Category Archives: Travel

A Strong US$ Makes “Mary” Happy!

The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Labor Department posted an increase in job employment of 271,000 in October 2015 (compared to 142,000 in September), cutting down the unemployment rate to 5%, the lowest so far since 2008. Investment experts are now speculating that the said healthy labor market may trigger Federal Bank’s or “Fed” (U.S. Central Bank) decision to raise interest rates sometime in December next month. For economists, an increase in interest rates would mean many things to the economy. There are pluses and minuses, there will be winners and losers, depending on which part of the … Continue reading A Strong US$ Makes “Mary” Happy!

Visit the Philippines Pa More!

In line with its mandate and the forthcoming World Tourism Day, the Philippines Department of Tourism in collaboration with the private sector launched various events this year primarily to invite and attract prospective tourists and visitors (both local and foreign) to visit and see the beauty of the Philippines Islands, with the end view of raising potential revenues for the Government, among others.  The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) which supervises the World Tourism day (held every year on 27th September), encourages all countries in the world to spread and talk about the importance of tourism not only in … Continue reading Visit the Philippines Pa More!

The Biri Rock Formation: A Jaw Dropping Wonder!

Jocella,  a young upbeat  Manila-educated professional from Calbayog City in Samar, Philippines would dream and love to travel around the world if only she had the luxury of leaving the management of her hotel to a trusted individual. Since she couldn’t afford to embark on such an impossible dream, her only other option is to explore some interesting places located in their region particularly during weekends. One of the places she was able to visit one summer day was the Rock Formations in Biri Island, a growing fascinating humble town in Northern Samar. She decided to go solo with a … Continue reading The Biri Rock Formation: A Jaw Dropping Wonder!

The Journey That Started It All: The First Day! (A Continuation)

The flight ended up a breeze as I had a good night’s eye shut, a solid 6 hours in total sleep with no jet-lag feeling! The sound temporary respite helped perk up and restore the glow of my skin—it gave me the refreshed and revitalized feeling that I needed to face the day! Since my roommate was not around when I woke up, it was easy for me to go around checking literally the “ins and outs” of the room, including the unloading of my things( clothes, food, first aid kit, etc. ) from the suitcases to the clothes closet. … Continue reading The Journey That Started It All: The First Day! (A Continuation)

The Journey That Started It All: The Arrival

It was a sunny yet cool December day when the consul of the Pakistan Embassy gave me back my passport with the visa stamped on it after a brief course orientation and an overview about Pakistan. The said official travel authorization  was for a  3-month course on Central Banking sponsored by the country’s central bank, known as the State Bank of Pakistan. Despite the aggressive campaign from my close office peers for me not to go and wait for a much better opportunity, perhaps an Ivy League graduate school program in a developed country like the U.S., I still decided … Continue reading The Journey That Started It All: The Arrival

What is “7” to Malaysia Airlines: Is it a Lucky Number?

Further to My Useful Tips earlier blog in March this year on the disappearance of MH 370 (feel free to click the link to read the article: http://www.myusefultips.com/final-flight-mh370the-greatest-mystery-aviation-history/#sthash.CJre6phb.dpbs),  another Malaysia Airlines plane (Flight 17)  encountered a tragic accident on July 17, 2014. While on its way to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, MH 17 crashed on a conflict zone near Hrabove in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, near the Ukraine-Russia border, allegedly shot down by a missile, killing everyone on board: 283 passengers and 15 crew. This is a very unfortunate incident not only for the management and staff of Malaysia Airlines but … Continue reading What is “7” to Malaysia Airlines: Is it a Lucky Number?

“Making Waves” in Another Country: Is It Easy?

The preceding blog on Migration, entitled “The New Wave of Immigrants in the U.S.” briefly discussed on why people emigrate. People move freely, transport out their families to other countries and look for better opportunities, if and when given the chance. It is their inherent right to travel to any place either for leisure or for exploration purposes, be it for business, employment or to build a new home. When people decide to move out to a new place, what they have in mind is a positive stance, that everything will fall into place, that it will make their lives … Continue reading “Making Waves” in Another Country: Is It Easy?

The Final Flight of MH370:The Greatest Mystery in Aviation History

The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight No. 370 from radar detection of Malaysia’s air traffic control on 8th March while en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur  is considered as the most baffling and mysterious event in the history of aviation.  The plane carried 239 people (majority of whom are Chinese) on board, including the pilots and crews. One  month has passed after MH370 suddenly vanished in mid-air but the Malaysian Government and other Governments who have offered help in the search have still no concrete findings and possible answers on various questions beginning with “Why, What, Who, When and … Continue reading The Final Flight of MH370:The Greatest Mystery in Aviation History

A Safe, Convenient and Efficient Public Transport: A Wishful Thinking?

In developed metro cities like New York  and Tokyo,  commuters would opt to take the city’s public transportation facilities such as metro buses and the subway trains  in going to schools and workplaces because of its accessibility and convenience.   This is understandable as the  mass transport facilities of the said places are by far excellent,  responding to the needs of the public riders. This is definitely not the case in certain developing countries in Asia and Africa as public transportation  is either inadequate or unsafe.   In Metro Manila for instance,  there are various modes of public transportation touring the metropolis, … Continue reading A Safe, Convenient and Efficient Public Transport: A Wishful Thinking?

Boracay Faces Serious Environmental Threat

Decades ago, Boracay used to be a virgin small island (exactly located in the Panay island in Visayas of the Philippines) filled with unexplored natural resources (e.g. beautiful coral reefs, lush greenery, unparalleled white sands, etc.) and untouched by the commercial flair. Only a privileged few backpackers, nature and sea lovers had access to it exclusively relishing its pristine beauty. As a matter of fact not everyone of the island’s natives was aware of its existence; there was no opportunity for them to explore every nook and cranny of the place. No one has thought at that time that the … Continue reading Boracay Faces Serious Environmental Threat