Philippines Travel Guide
In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, several organization are calling on volunteers to help rebuild the Philippines.
One of those agencies, Projects Abroad, already has people on the ground concentrating on restoring schools and child care centers. Since disaster relief efforts are expected to last for the next several months, they organizing more volunteer trips to the region right now.
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The Bourne Legacy may have been filmed all over the worldin New York, Alberta, Vancouverbut the movie's most memorable location has to be Manila, Philippines.
The fourth installment of the Bourne franchise, starring Jeremy Renner, spent nearly two month filming chase scenes on location in Manila's infamously congested traffic.
The Bourne Legacy is one of the few big budget American films (maybe the only one) to show off the streets of Manila. The film might not place the capital in the best light, but even Filipinos admit it provides an accurate view of bustling city life in Manila.
When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!
You're drunk and you're in Manila, Philippines and looking for a late-night salty snack to absorb some of the liquid sloshing around in your belly or at least kill some hunger pangs. One of the most popular quick, pop-a-handful-into-your-mouth options is called Boy Bawang. A little bag of these things, like a Filipino version of Corn Nuts.
The Taste: "Bawang" is actually Tagalog for "garlic," so you've been warned. This flavor we've got is "super garlic," and after two handfuls, we can barely stand our own breath let alone venture outdoors to talk to our friends. Best to keep "super garlic" a strictly at-home indulgence. The crunch, solid like biting into hominy, is extremely satisfying and it's easy to gobble up to the whole bag and reach for another. This time though, may we suggest the chili cheese flavor to temper the garlic?
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Okay, so you've probably already wasted a couple minutes this week watching the viral video of the female Cebu Pacific flight attendants performing the flight safety briefing to the tune of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, complete with dance moves, but now that a male version has popped up, it's time to watch again.
In this newest video, you can see three male flight attendants dancing their safety briefing to "The Safety Dance" on another Cebu Pacific flight. Just so we're all clear here, these videos are done by Cebu Pacific and the plane is at cruising altitude during the performance; heck, even the seatbelt signs have already been turned off.
Check out the first, female FA one, below.
We've all seen it and thought it the weirdest/awesomest thing ever: the prisoners who perform the full dance routine for Michael Jackson's Thriller in the prison yard. Back in July 2007 when this video hit YouTube, it took the world by storm and now has garnered over 38 million views. We're sure we're not the only ones to wonder exactly where this prison with rhythm is, and thanks to a little digging, we've discovered its location.
Although it could probably become a tourist destination if the prison was open to giving performances, we doubt there are any plans for that happenso long as they've still got access to YouTube.
See where the inmates dance to Jackson, after the jump
Already battered by typhoons in recent months, it doesn't appear that Mother Nature is easing up on the Philippines, a destination that holds a special place for those of us who have traveled there in recent years. On our last trip, we had the opportunity to trek up an active volcano on horseback, but even the most adventurous of tourists will have to abstain from getting close to Mount Mayon, which is currently spewing lava "half a kilometer downslope," according to a report from The Philippine Star.
Located on Luzon, the largest of the Philippines' 7,000-plus islands, Mayon's seismic activity has triggered "43 volcanic quakes" in recent days, says Business Mirror online. Suffice to say, now is not optimal for visiting the area, though the holidays are a particularly popular time of year for tourists and Philippine expats to travel there.
We hope not too many Jaunted readers were traveling through the Philippines over the weekend because it hasn't been pretty: a tropical storm hit the north of the country and caused the worst flooding Manila has seen for more than 50 years.
Almost half a million people have been displaced by the floods and sadly, at least 86 have been confirmed dead, with the final death toll expected to be a lot higher.
What this means for travelers: right now is clearly not a fantastic time to be landing in the northern Philippines. Apart from the fact that the locals are busy with more important things than entertaining tourists, with such widespread flooding there's also the danger of disease outbreaks. Postpone your trip if you can. When you do get there, remember we've also warned you to be wary of ferries, okay?
Well we made it through a very hectic Labor Day weekend for travelers without any major mishaps, that is, unless you were spending your three-day weekend in The Philippines, where a Superferry sunk on Sunday after a mysterious clunk was heard and the ferry began listing. As a result of the tragedy, nine people lost their lives although 957 others were savedyou can even see them heading down the ladders on the side of the ship in the picture above.
As if we weren't already wary about boarding vintage-looking vessels, The Guardian UK has this to say:
Sea accidents are common in the Philippine archipelago because of tropical storms, badly maintained boats and weak enforcement of safety regulations. Last year, a ferry overturned after sailing towards a powerful typhoon, killing more than 800 people on board.
After a couple of low-key stateside weeks, visiting Chicago and reliving his favorite food moments, Anthony Bourdain is back to what he does best this week, discovering little-known hole-in-the-walls serving weird-as-hell grub in far-flung locales.
Tony visited the Philippines this episode and trekked literally all over the country, finding genuine lumpia spring rolls down a dark alley in Manila; slurping down beef buffalo soup in Cebu City; and tentatively trying boiled pork face in Angeles City.
Tony's got the info for all those restaurants on his website, but what we really want is an invite to one of those gigantic pork roast parties he got to hang out at. Now that would be a one-of-a-kind Filipino meal. How come we don't get any info on that? What gives, Bourdain?
Photo: [Travel Channel]
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The incidence of jellyfish events this past week has dropped ever so slightly, heightening our paranoia that the jellies are amassing before a final virulent strike in the last weeks of summer.
While there were no out-and-out invasions this week, two smaller incidents deserve note: A fisherman died of cardiac arrest after being stung in Barangay Tiling, Philippines while out swimming with his brother. And on Hilbre Island off the coast of England near Liverpool, a 12-year-old and a 10-year-old girl were rushed to the hospital after incidental stings when one of them went into anaphylactic shock.
But! Just weeks after suffering more than 60 jellyfish stings, a Canadian long-distance swimmer is back in the water to swim the distance from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick today. The seriously brave lady, Jen Alexander, is completing the 22-hour swim to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes, which she has had for 20 years--she'll even test her blood sugar en route. Go, Jen, go! Before they strike again!
Our Jellyfish Invasion Map helps you track this summer's trendiest menace.
· Jellyfish stings girls near Hilbre Island [Wirral Globe]
· Fisherman Dies from Jellyfish Sting [Inquirer]
· Marathon swimmer makes second attempt [Metronews.ca]
· Jellyfish Panic Continues Worldwide! [Jaunted]
· Bikini Travel: Bar Refaeli Braves Killer Jellyfish in France [Jaunted]
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Next time you're in Manila and need a gaming fix, the obvious choice is FriiSpirit, a Wii-focused hangout in Quezon City. Fully stocked with projection screens, beanbag chairs and cheap eats, it's an always-busy student hangout, says PSFK.
After hours things get even more interesting. Friday nights, one of the owners whips up fancy food to serve alongside movies (recent picks included "I'm Not There," "The Godfather" and "Dirty Dancing"), pancake suppers happen every Thursday night and other evenings friends stop in for Rock Band competitions.
To get the full schedule of events, check FriiSpirit's blog, natch.
We admit we don't know everything about every destination in the whole world, but we sure are surprised that we hadn't heard of the Chocolate Hills until now. They're found in Bohol in the Philippines and have hit the headlines because they're in the running to be one of the new Natural Wonders of the World.
But before you book your ticket, don't get too excited: They're not actually hills made of chocolate, as we'd hoped. Instead they are a weird set of over 1,200 cone-shaped hills, all of a similar size, and because the green grass that covers them turns brown during the dry season, they were named the Chocolate Hills.
Two of the chocolate hills have resorts on them, and at one there's a special viewing station which is part of the Chocolate Hills Complex. They've also got a hostel, swimming pool and a restaurant: Here's hoping their menu features lots of chocolate.