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6 Aug

(Originally posted on March 24, 2010)

The Migratory Birds in Coastal Road

Everybody enjoys having guests from time to time. In the Philippines, this happens regularly in the case of migratory birds –birds that journey from one place to another in a given season that has been caused by changes in weather, food availability or scarcity and habitat.

Now who wouldn’t want to see these beautiful creatures? Being an archipelago consisting of 7,100 islands, the country provides several spots that attract migratory birds. The good news is that one of them is very accessible as it is just located within Metro Manila – the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area. This area is just a few minutes near the International airport.

Ever wonder what could attract these birds in the city? Surprisingly, there are still mudflats, marshes and mangrove areas in this part of the city. And these provide perfect stopovers and shelter for the migratory birds. Continue reading


Hang for a moment in Taal Lake

6 Aug

(Originally posted on March 24, 2010)

You could already hear people screaming their lungs out from a distance. And it is only when you get there that you realize that these people are having the time of their lives. They’re screaming not because of fear but of excitement, of the thrill caused by gliding in a steel cable, 300 feet off the ground while enjoying the majestic view of the Taal Lake and the surrounding forests.

This is the Tagaytay Ridge Zipline experience. It’s only been in the picnic grove viewdeck for more than a year, right where the cable car rides are also located.

The cable is approximately 250 meters long and a one-way ride takes around 20-25 seconds with a speed of up to 60 kilometres per hour. It can carry up to twenty tons that is equivalent to seven sumo wrestlers. The management prides itself for having been inspected and registered with the Government Safety Authority.

However, the management adds that “guests are requested to read and sign a Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims and Indemnification Agreement prior to participating in a Tagaytay Ridge Zipline & Cable Car ride.”

To get on with the ride, you must first climb the stairs leading to the platform 300 feet off the ground where you will be prepared and assisted by guides that will also give you safety tips.

You will be using a climbing harness for safety. You can ride it anyway you like –sitting, upside down or just like superman! In addition, you can ride the Zipline with friends or family to make the experience more memorable.

Souvenirs in the form of framed photos or video copies are available as per request prior to the ride. The photos sized 5 inches by 7 inches costs 100 pesos while the video copies are priced at 200 pesos.

The Zipline rides are cheaper by 100 percent during weekdays. A one-way ride costs 100 pesos during weekdays and 200 pesos during weekends. The rides are open daily from nine o’ clock in the morning until six o’ clock in the afternoon.

The ride is almost for everyone with a few exceptions. The minimum age requirement is five years old and children are required to zip tandem with a guide or with a parent. Drinking of alcohol or drug use is prohibited throughout the ride.

Getting there is just easy. For commuters coming from Manila, a bus terminal is available in Pasay Rotunda MRT station that house buses going directly to Olivarez, Tagaytay. From there, a tricycle can immediately get you up for a fare of 60 pesos or you can wait for a jeepney that will only cost you 10 pesos. If driving, taking the SLEX (South Luzon Expressway) to Sta. Rosa/Tagaytay exit can save a lot of time. From there, any local can asked for directions on going up to Picnic Grove.