Palawan ranks 8th best place to visit in Asia

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 8, 2019   •   913

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

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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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ part of ‘revolution’ for representation of Asians on screen – star

admin   •   September 5, 2018

 

Actress Constance Wu as Rachel Chu in Crazy Rich Asians movie | Courtesy to Warner Bros. via Reuters

Romantic comedy ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ hits UK cinemas on September 14th as the first Hollywood studio film featuring a large Asian cast in 25 years. Its cast hopes it is part of a “revolution” for more representation of Asians on screen.

The romantic comedy tells the story of an Asian-American New Yorker who goes to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s wealthy and tradition-bound family of Chinese descent is based on the 2013 best-selling book of the same name by Kevin Kwan.

The last Hollywood studio film to feature a large Asian cast was “The Joy Luck Club” in 1993.

Twenty-seven-year-old Londoner and financial services worker of Chinese heritage, Nicola Wong, said on Tuesday (September 4) she grew up seeing few Asian actors on screen.

However with the prospect of viewers getting to see more people of their own ethnicity on the big screen, it could help the next generation “deal with their own personal issues,” she said.

Showing people of different races on screen is important for showing reality, she added.

For actress Jung Lusi, who plays the fiancee of lead character Nick Young’s friend, the film is part of a revolution for Asian actors to play “normal characters.”

“To be standing here as part of that revolution… I can’t believe I’m part of it,” she added.

The U.S. box office saw an August surge partly due to the film’s success. It topped the domestic box office for the third week in a row following its release on August 15, with a cumulative U.S. domestic gross nearing 120 million dollars. — Reuters

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