Thursday, August 27, 2015

Philippine Holidays for 2016

We can now plan for our 2016 vacations! Yey! MalacaƱang released on Wednesday the official list of nationwide holidays for 2016. No wonder why I dreamt of Batanes last night, I can finally schedule my trip there soon!


Long weekends are as follows:
  • January 1 - 3
  • February 6 - 8
  • August 27 - 29
  • October 29 - November 1
  • December 30, 2016 - January 2, 2017

Holidays and special non-working days are as follows:
Regular holidays


New Year's Day
1-Jan
Friday
Maundy Thursday
24-Mar
Thursday
Good Friday
25-Mar
Friday
Araw ng Kagitingan
9-Apr
Saturday
Labor Day
1-May
Sunday
Independence Day
12-Jun
Sunday
National Heroes Day
29-Aug
Monday
Bonifacio Day
30-Nov
Wednesday
Christmas Day
25-Dec
Sunday
Rizal Day
30-Dec
Friday



Special (non-working) days


Chinese New Year
8-Feb
Monday
EDSA People Power Revolution
25-Feb
Thursday
Black Saturday
26-Mar
Saturday
Ninoy Aquino Day
21-Aug
Sunday
All Saints Day
1-Nov
Tuesday
Additional special (non-working) day
2-Jan
Saturday
Additional special (non-working) day 
31-Oct
Monday
Additional special (non-working) day 
24-Dec
Saturday
Additional special (non-working) day 
31-Dec
Saturday





Proclamations to declare national holidays for Eid'l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall follow after approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined.

So go ahead and plan for your 2016 travel schedules! Good luck and have a fun filled vacations!



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Saturday, August 22, 2015

A walk along Lornie Trail, MacRitchie Reservoir

Lorne Trail, MacRitchie Reservoir, SIngapore

MacRitchie Reservoir is a popular destination for joggers and runners, it covers a total of 11 km nature trail loop popularly known as MacRitchie trails. The walking trails skirt the water's edges and snake through a jungle which is ideal for all nature lovers and fitness fanatics. 

For this post, let me share my photos of Lornie trail.  It is connected to MacRitchie Reservoir park and  around 45 mins to an hour walk. The footpath is uneven with rocks, stones, roots and fallen branches which adds thrill to your walking adventure. 

Lorne Trail, MacRitchie Reservoir, Singapore
here's the entrance to the trail, connecting the MacRitchie Park to Lornie trail
Lornie trail  connecting to Chemperai trail, MacRitchie Reservoir
on the right is the start of the wooden path of Chemperai trail along the water edges of the reservoir
Lornie Trail, MacRitchie Reservoir

The trail is well paved and a lot of signages to guide you so don't worry about getting lost in the forest. Just make sure to follow the path, there are also plenty of map boards along the trail. Expect pools of mud when it rains, so make sure to wear appropriate clothing. Bring enough drinking water with you since there are no stores nearby.

Lornie Trail, MacRitchie Reservoir
a well-maintained path at  Lornie Trail
Lornie Trail, MacRitchie Reservoir

Lornie Trail, MacRitchie Reservoir

wild monkeys at Lornie Trail, MacRitchie Reservoir
wild monkeys along the trail, pls don't feed them!
This is our last trail from Venues Drive, it took us around 4 hours to complete the loop from Venus drive to treetop walk, golf link, Lornie trail and MacRitchie Reservoir Park.  This is our exit point to Lornie Rd.  Please be reminded not to enter Lornie trail after 7pm because there are no lights along the trail.


Lornie Trail, MacRitchie Reservoir


Getting there:

  • MacRitchie Reservoir is served by multiple bus services : 52, 74, 93, 130, 132, 156, 157, 162, 162M, 165, 166, 167, 852, 855, 980) that stop right at its doorstep. 
  • The closest train station to the reservoir is Marymount, approximately 1 km away. Take a bus (services 52, 74, 165, 852, 855) to get to the reservoir from Marymount MRT Station. 


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