Monday, January 25, 2016

Let's explore Baguio City, Philippines!

    I am a proud graduate of Saint Louis University, one of the most prestigious universities in Baguio City. What made me decide to stay and study in Baguio? Of course the weather! Located amidst the mountainous region of Cordillera, 250 km north of Manila and 1,500 meters above the sea, Baguio City is one of the few places in the Philippines blessed with a cool climate. Not surprisingly, Baguio has become the "summer capital" of the country, aside from that, it is also known as the "City of Pines".

    Aside from the cool weather, Baguio also offers scenic and historical attractions which make it an important and interesting destination. We visited the city again last week after our trip to Manaoag, so let me share the video I made to summarize our trip. 

    How to get there:

    Since all air links to Baguio has been terminated, the only way you can get to the summer capital is via land using a car or a bus. From Manila you can try taking a bus from stations in Cubao or Pasay like Victory Liner, journey time is around 6 hours depending on stops. If you are taking a car you can get there faster, via NLEX (North Luzon Expressway) and/or the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) then continue on to TPLEX (Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway). At the moment, TPLEX is still under construction but you can use the expressway until Urdaneta exit then take the national road to either Kennon Road which was built by the Americans when the Philippines was their colony or the Marcos Highway.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Cycling Adventure at Punggol Waterway and Coney Island, Singapore

east gate at Coney Island, Singapore

Coney Island Park, Singapore's latest nature attraction finally opened its doors to the public on 10 October 2015. Also knows as Pulau Serangoon, this 50-hectare sustainable park being managed by NParks (National Parks Board)  is located off Singapore's North East coast.

Coney Island also known as Pulau Serangoon, features diverse habitats, including coastal forests, grasslands and mangroves and casuarina woodlands. This rustic park is an ecologically sustainable park with many environmental initiatives. It focuses on conserving energy and water, recycling and retaining of the natural elements in the park. 

The island is best explored by foot or by cycling. Start exploring the forest and mangrove habitats on the newly built boardwalk and move on to the beach which can be accessed at five locations. 

Let me share my video while exploring the island, coming from Punggol Waterway Park.  I hope you enjoy the video!

cycling at Coney Island, Singapore

Park Information

How to get there: From Punggol interchange, take bus 84 to Punggol Point Park/Punggol Settlement. Walk about 500m east along the Punggol Promenade Nature Walk to get to Coney Island West Entrance.

Park Size: 50 hectares

Park opening hours: 7am to 7pm (gate will be closed at 7pm)

Nearby Parks/Park Connectors: Punggol Promenade Nature Walk, Punggol Point Park, Punggol Waterways.

Accessibility: Barrier Free Access and Wheelchair accessible at the East and West ends. Cycling is allowed along the main path.

Specific Do’s and Don’ts: No Camping. No Fishing

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