Palawan ranks 8th best place to visit in Asia

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 8, 2019   •   1076

Palawan ranks 8th in the best places to visit in Asia according to a travel website.

According to the Lonely Planet, “long known as the Philippines’ last frontier, Palawan has ridden a slew of media accolades to the cusp of international superstardom.”

Travel site, Lonely Planet, has listed 10 best places to visit in Asia which includes Margaret River & Southern WA, Australia, Shikoku in Japan, and Bay of Islands & Northland, New Zealand as the top three places.

“The crown jewel is El Nido, where skyscraping karst formations rise out of blue water in Bacuit Bay.

New rules restrict visitor numbers at signature sights like the Big Lagoon on Miniloc Island, while a ban on single-use plastic bottles on tour boats is helping to tackle marine pollution,” the website reads.—AAC

Cebu, Iloilo among best airports in Asia

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 1, 2019

Mactan-Cebu International Airport

The airports in Cebu and Iloilo are among the best in Asia, according to an online poll of a travel website.

Among the top 20 best airports in Asia, the Sleeping in Airports has ranked the Mactan Cebu International Airport in 16th place while Iloilo International Airport is ranked 18th.

Iloilo International Airport

The website said, the ranking is based on the overall experience of travellers: comfort, services, immigration/ security, customer service, navigation/ease of transit, food options and ‘sleepability’.

In a statement, the Chief Executive Advisor of the GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation Andrew Acquaah-Harrison is happy with the said ranking.

“We are glad to once again be ranked by travellers among one of the best airports in Asia on Sleepinginairports.net. Our common goal, in partnership with the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority, government agencies, and airport community stakeholders, is to continuously improve and provide a positive experience to the passengers at Mactan-Cebu International Airport,” he said.

Ranking first in Asia, as well as in the world, is Singapore Changi Airport followed by Seoul Incheon Airport.—AAC

Shinrin-yoku: How to remove stress through forest bathing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 19, 2019

Shinrin-yoku is Japanese for forest bathing. Shinrin meaning “forest” and yoku meaning “bath”. It can also be called Tree Therapy.

What is Shinrin-yoku?

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Shinrin-yoku is a Japanese practice that started in the 1980’s. It is basically connecting with nature through all your senses, like smelling the forest air, feeling the leaves and the branches.

Why try Shinrin-yoku?

There are studies that show how forest bathing brings health benefits to an individual. Phytoncides, the antimicrobial chemicals released by trees to prevent from rotting also helps in giving health benefits to humans.

Most trees also contain organic compounds that support our own natural killers (NK) which fights off cancer.

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Other benefits include:

  • Reduced stress
  • Decreased depression, fatigue, anxiety, and confusion.
  • Boosted immune system
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased ability to focus

How to start forest bathing?

First, find a forest that will suit you. It doesn’t matter if it is an hour away from home or it will take hours of travel, as long as it is a place that will surely bring you comfort.

No gadgets. It is better to keep your phones in your bag or leave them behind.

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Some ‘forest bathers’ walk barefoot to fully experience nature. But it is not required.

You don’t need to jog or do any exercise. You can walk, sit, or just lie down on the ground.

Where to forest bathe?

You can try visiting Arroceros Forest Park in Manila, Ayala Triangle in Makati or La Mesa Eco Park in Quezon City.

If you want to go somewhere that will really immerse you in nature, visit the provinces or try hiking.

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U.N. sets out massive benefits from air pollution action in Asia

admin   •   October 31, 2018

 


FILE PHOTO: Smoke billowing from the steel plant in Tangshan, Hebei Province, China on March 2017 | REUTERS

Asia could reap massive benefits in health, environment, agriculture and economic growth if governments implement 25 policies such as banning the burning of household waste and cutting industrial emissions, according to a U.N. report published on Tuesday (October 30).

Air pollution is a health risk for 4 billion people in Asia, killing about 4 million of them annually, and efforts to tackle the problem are already on track to ensure air pollution is no worse in 2030, but huge advances could be made, the report “Air Pollution in Asia and the Pacific: Science-based solutions” said.

The report’s 25 recommendations would cost an estimated $300 billion-$600 billion annually, a big investment but loose change compared with a projected $12 trillion economic growth increase.

Helena Molin Valdes, head of Climate and Clean Air Coalition Secretariat at U.N. Environment, said there was an increasing political openness to taking action on air pollution and the report reflected three years of discussions with governments.

The report estimates its recommendations would cut carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent compared to a baseline scenario, potentially decreasing global warming by one-third of a degree Celsius by 2050, which would also be a contribution in the fight against climate change.

One billion people would enjoy high air quality, while the number exposed to the worst pollution would be cut by 80 percent to 430 million. Premature deaths would fall by a third. — Reuters

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