Two long weekends are coming – Aug 19 to 21 and Aug 26 to 28. Maybe some of you already made plans but for those who are still contemplating on what to do, we made a list that you can definitely find useful.
For those who want to get away without having to spend for being too far away, we have five (5) destinations you can get to.
Baguio. Of course, we have to go to Baguio. It was once the summer capital of the Philippines because of its cool weather but since the change in climates, growth in population and establishments, the vibe of the city has changed. But many parts of Baguio still hold its old charm. Going to Baguio can be a breeze because of SCTEX and TPLEX, and the road trip view is relaxing. If you plan to drive there yourself, don’t forget to make sure your vehicle is insured with Auto Master. Alternatively, you can take a deluxe or premium bus that gets you straight to Baguio from the Manila terminal. There are lots of new restaurants when you get there but one of the many that people still visit is Café by the Ruins. Café by the Ruins will not reopen since its tragic fire but its junior, Café Dua is open in session road where you can enjoy Café by the Ruins favorites. Fire is one of the common causes for a business to go down but accidents like these can be avoided with sufficient protection. Get a quotation now via Business Protect. One of the many things you can do in Baguio is to revisit Camp John Hay which offers so much more than The Manor like Treetop Adventure, butterfly sanctuary and an actual walking tour around the camp with the original houses preserved. For your accommodation, it is an easy check at Aribnb.
Bolinao. If you don’t want to go too far north, then head on to Bolinao, Pangasinan. It offers a classic experience that many Filipino provinces do. There are churches to visit, cave to explore – Enchanted Cave, falls to play in – Bolinao Falls, beach and lots of local cuisine. One place you can stay in offers more than just the warmth and sun of Pangasinan, but also the look and feel of Santorini, Greece. We’re talking about Sundowners Vacation Villas which is best enjoyed with a group of friends or with your family.
Masungi Georeserve. Masungi Georeserve is taking over everyone’s Instagram feed, well, that and Korea and Japan. It is a conservation area that features well-preserved rainforest and hill views as well as various physical activities for visitors. There is a hiking trail that takes you around the scenic georeserve to see and experience on Sapot, hanging bridge, Yungib ni Ruben – cave formation, Tatay and Nanay – two limestone peaks, and so much more. To know more about Masungi Georeserve, visit its website.
Anilao. Batangas is about 4 hours away from Manila and many of the resorts on and around the hills of Anilao are easily reachable by car. The area is known for diving and if you want to give scuba diving a try, we suggest you check out Dive Solana resort which has your basic room needs, hefty full-board meals and complete diving gear. If scuba diving is not your cup of tea, many mid to premium resorts offer scenic views by the pool, cocktails and beautiful architecture. Try Le Chevrerie Resort & Spa, Acacia Resort and Dive Center or Aiyanar. Whatever you plan to do, make sure you get a travel insurance before you head out to Batangas. This ensures you are protected whatever unforeseen accident occurs. To get a travel insurance quickly, go to Travel Master now.
Now, if the thought of going away and travelling are exhausting you, maybe indoor activities are more suitable for you. There are lots of things you can do at home to maximize the coming long weekends especially if it is going to be rainy on those days:
Hobby. Discovering a new hobby is typically something we include in our New Year’s resolution but always fail to accomplish. Use these upcoming long weekends to tick-off a promise you made to yourself. The trouble with this is that we tend to reach too far. Instead, start with something easy like simple cross stitching. By simple, we don’t mean horses or a landscape, we mean flower, cartoon giraffe, a quote, etc. You can download free cross stitch patterns from this link then just buy the cloth and thread from a DMC store. You can also buy cross stitch kits online and have them delivered at your doorstep. Something to remember: check the patter’s width and height before you buy it so you know how much work you will have to do.
Read. Catch up on those books during these long weekends. Paula Hawkin’s Girl on the Train is still popular but her Into the Water isn’t bad either. If you’re up for Filipino pride, try Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan, a Filipina based in Singapore who unofficially, wrote the first Filipino crime novel. If you prefer non-fiction, Sheryl’s Sandberg’s Lean In and Option B are great ways to spend your weekends. For more reading options, click here. You can also buy a book online and have it delivered to you where convenient.
Netflix & Chill. Thanks to streaming sites, you can now finish an entire new season in a day! There are many movie and show streaming sites you can choose from depending on the types of shows you want to watch – Netflix, Hulu, iFlix, Hooq, Fox+, etc.
Cook and Bake. On regular weekdays, it’s such a chore to come home from an 8-hour or more shift and cook for yourself. For these upcoming long weekends, make the most of the time to cook something from scratch – like a pasta made fresh with dough you made yourself, uniquely made desserts as suggested by Buzz Feed’s Tasty, even something as simple as coffee ice on milk.
Finally, if you want to really make the most of the long weekends, do something worthwhile and visit an animal shelter to help out with their needs or bring some food and play with the rescued animals. You don’t have to adopt, you just have to help the animals get used to being around humans to make them more likely to be adopted. Animal shelters usually lack manpower to get all things done in a day so they’ll appreciate all the help they can get. To inspire you, here’s a heartwarming video about a retired K-9 and his Filipino handler. It will make you think about what else we can do to dogs who also served the country. You can also read about the 9-year old Filipino who established his own shelter for stray dogs.
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Happy long weekends to all of you!
Written by Kristina Relampagos