Shinrin-yoku: How to remove stress through forest bathing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 19, 2019   •   1756

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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DOT: 3.4-M int’l tourists visited the Philippines from January to May 2019

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 10, 2019

Foreign nationals arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has recorded 3.4 million international tourists who visited the Philippines from January to May 2019.

This is a 9.76 percent increase compared to the figures in the previous year, according to the tourism department.

“The numbers are very encouraging. From 3,178,984 tourists recorded from January to May in 2018, we are already close to breaching the 3.5 million mark this year. This only shows that the preservation of our environment can go hand in hand with economic gains,” according to tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

Tourists from Korea holds the highest number of 788,530 January-May arrivals. This is followed by China with 733,769 arrivals, and the United States and Japan with 472,469 and 281,988 arrivals respectively.

Meanwhile, the month of May recorded the highest growth in number of arrivals for 2019. There is a 15.62% growth with 621,719 tourist arrivals compared to 537,743 last year.—AAC

Palawan ranks 8th best place to visit in Asia

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 8, 2019

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

LISTEN: Wishclusive road trip playlist

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 17, 2019

Who’s ready for a road trip?

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While some people prefer to travel in silence because it relaxes them more, there are others who like to listen to good music to hype up their summer getaway.

For music lovers, start your road trip with the perfect playlist with Wish 107.5’s perfect travel playlist.

It features artists like The Ransom Collective, Ben & Ben, and
IV of Spades. Checkout Wish 107.5’s YouTube channel if you want more songs to add to your road trip playlist.—Aileen Cerrudo

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