Tara drawing tayo! 5 ways to make your long weekend memorable

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 31, 2019   •   277

It’s almost the end of the year, have you gone on vacation yet? Have you been anywhere else besides your bed or the kitchen?

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It’s not bad to unwind once in a while especially with all the stress from work or school. We have listed a few fun activities you can do with your friends, loved ones, or by yourself—self-love.

Take a hike!

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Spend time with nature. Hiking has been one of the popular activities today because of the breath-taking views to enjoy with good company. It’s also an opportunity to learn more about the local culture.

READ: Shinrin-yoku: How to remove stress through forest bathing

You can become a joiner through various hiking groups on Facebook and make friends with new people. This is also a good exercise but be sure to be well-prepared before hiking. Check the itinerary that will be given by hiking organizers and re-check your stuff before leaving.

If you’re uncomfortable talking to strangers you can just reconnect with nature without the need to become social, no one would mind.

Just dive in!

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If climbing mountains seems too tedious for you, just get the classic vitamin sea instead. Nothing beats a good old beach vacation. Imagine yourself dipping in fresh saltwater or making sandcastles. Also, budol fiigghhtt!

You can also enroll in free-diving lessons and enjoy an underwater experience. Be a mermaid for a day! Just make sure you have the proper training before diving in—safety first!

Nurture your culture!

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You can also try immersing yourself in art. The Philippines has interesting museums you can explore. Some of them are even offering free entrance—yay! Free stuff.

Spend your vacation touring Manila, track the roots of Filipino culture and appreciate the art that embodies it. Looking at art can also have a calming effect. Some museums even offer fun activities like painting, origami, or seminars.

Eat to your heart’s content!

If museum hopping isn’t triggering your excitement then try food exploring! Every city in the country has its own best food destination — it’s not just Maginhawa anymore.

Spend your vacation trying some of the best foods that the Philippines can offer. Imagine yourself as a well-known chef in search of the most delicious bites. Create a memorable culinary experience by going to the unfamiliar. Is there a food that you haven’t tried before?

Home sweet home

What else is there to say? Food, check! Entertainment, check! Comfort, check!—AAC

Istorya: Lola weaves paper dress for apo’s costume for school program

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 22, 2019

A grandparent’s love are forehead kisses, freshly-washed blankets, and good food. It is rest after hours of playtime and the warmth inside a hot chocolate during a rainy day.

Lola Eva Duave is among the group of women who weaves paper in Smokey Mountain.

At first glance, one might think of her as a child. Lola Eva is too small for his age. Her back is also hunched and she has a missing toe.

But despite these things that she lacks, she is still full.

She is full of hope. Lola Eva said they could not afford a doctor to determine her condition and she doesn’t mind.

“Nabubuhay pa rin ako. Kahit ganito binibigyan pa rin ako ng Dios ng lakas ng katawan kahit maraming naranasan (I’m still alive. Even if I am like this, God has still given me the strength amid difficulties),” she said.

She is full of talent. Among the things Lola Eva is proud of is her work in weaving paper. She can weave bags among other things.

According to Lola Eva, most of her works are bought by foreigners.

She is full of love. Lola Eva still found the time to weave a dress made of paper when her granddaughter needed a costume and they didn’t have the money to buy one.

Catch the full story on Saturday, November 23 at 5:00 p.m. on Istorya.—AAC

LRMC launches Ikot MNL mobile app for LRT-1 riders, tourists

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 19, 2019

The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) on Tuesday (November 19) launched Ikot MNL – a mobile app for LRT-1 riders and tourists.

Ikot MNL provides real-time information about train arrivals and departures, fare information, crowd volume, and other advisories.

Passengers can also send their queries or complaints through the app. Tourists can also get information about famous tourist spots around Metro Manila.

LRMC CEO Juan Alfonso said that the app can provide a seamless journey of passengers.

“At least pagdating niya sa station alam niya kung ilang minutes dadating iyong train. Also let’s say pwede siyang pumili between two stations makikita niya iyong mas hindi crowded (At least [the passenger] can determine how many minutes before the train arrives. They can also choose between two stations depending on which is less crowded),” he said.

Alfonso also wants to assist commuters during the holiday season, especially with expected traffic congestion.

“Pwede tayong magkaroon ng tips kung saan pwede mag-Christmas shopping, for example Doroteo Jose station. Second is also iyong schedules natin we’ll be constantly updating iyong schedules (We can provide tips on where to Christmas shop, for example, in Doroteo Jose Station. Second our schedule, we will be constantly updating our schedules),” he added.

However, the LRMC has admitted there are still a few things to fix regarding the app including the accuracy of the real-time train situation.

Ikot MNL is available in IOS and Andriod devices. It can be downloaded through Playstore and Google Play.—AAC (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

Wait for me oppa: South Korea announces 3 ways to go to Korea visa-free

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 8, 2019

The Republic of Korea in the Philippines on Thursday (November 7) announced three ways on how to visit South Korea visa-free.

For the complete information, visit the embassy’s website at overseas.mofa.go.kr/

Based on their website, eligible for a visa-free visit to Korea are (1) tourists in transit to third countries, (2) foreign transfer passengers; and (3) visitors to Jeju area.

Eligible applicants for the first category are nationalities of countries except 24 excluded countries: Syria, Sudan, Iran, Macedonia, Cuba, Republic Of Kosovo, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Ghana, Yemen, Gambia, Senegal, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Cameron, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Egypt.

Tourists transiting through Korea will be granted visa-free access to the country as long as you have a confirmed onward flight ticket for departure for 30 days, in addition to having no record of criminal offence such as overstay in the countries mentioned above

United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand visa holders are also eligible in the first category

For category two, or for the foreign transfer passengers, eligible tourists are those transferring through the Incheon Airport and taking part in the Transit Tourism Program on their way to a third country or the country of their nationality.

However, citizens of the 24 countries that need visas to enter Jeju island are not included.

The third category are for people arriving at ports of entry in Jeju without a visa for travel and transit, excluding people from the following countries whose visa free entry is limited: Ghana, Nigeria, Republic Of Kosovo, Macedonia, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Cuba, Palestine, Yemen , Egypt, Gambia, Senegal, Bangladesh, Kyrgyz, Pakistan, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Cameroon, Sri lanka, Myanmar.—AAC 

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