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What I Need Right Now: A Relaxing Staycation!

Oh, hello there! Miss me? If you’ve been a follower of this blog before, I would like to let you know that I don’t blog much on this site anymore.

The truth is I feel bad when I think of the negligence and inconsistencies. It all started when I encountered some technical difficulties on this site. Even if my issue was resolved, my search ranking declined. I also moved on and focused on my travel blog (which I rarely update these days too).

Staycation, please.

Reviving one of my original blogs would be nice, but I think I outgrew it. I am just keeping this up for sentimental reasons. You know, there are days when I would read entries I wrote six years ago and analyze where I am now at present time and if I still have the same sentiments or opinions about certain topics. Some things that matter to me years back might not be a big deal to me anymore.

Just to keep those who are not on the loop updated, I don’t travel or blog as I used to. Right now, I am concentrating on my other dream and that is filmmaking.

I am working on a documentary now and about to make a feature narrative film soon. At the same time, I am still employed. Traveling from Dagupan to Pasay on a weekly basis is not really considered ‘traveling’. It is more of a commute for work. Probably that is the reason why I am feeling so anxious and tired most of the time.

Working on some tasks at Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu

I NEED A VACATION. But hey, I think what I need more is a staycation!

I need a staycation not in the Philippines, but in a different country. Perhaps in India? I should be searching for hotels in Shimla or a resort somewhere in Wayanad.

If that is not possible for now, I will just do a literal ‘Netflix and Chill’ thing and watch travel-related movies. Or some Bollywood films with the grand item numbers. Or maybe I should just go and look for someone to love and let him decide? LOL.

What I miss about media famtrips and press trips is the opportunity to stay in some hotels and resorts. I guess every Taurean will agree with that statement since a staycation means you get to stay in a place where you can just relax, eat good food, sleep a lot, eat again, swim in the pool, lounge in the lobby while listening to bossanova music, eat again or order coffee and so on and so forth. Gone are the days when I am so eager to do all the touristy, adventurous things. I just want to be a certified auntie and chill like a queen! 😛

What’s the point of this post? I don’t know. I am stressed at the moment and I just want to blog here for a change… or maybe I just miss this blog? This is supposedly my personal blog but like what I said earlier, I kind of moved on already.

 

Tequila: The ultimate party drink?

Tequila has to be one of the ultimate party drinks. It can be knocked back neat, swallowed in between a lick of salt and a bite of lime, or added to a host of cocktails, and it is a staple in bars and clubs in many countries around the world.

 

The beverage is made in Mexico from the blue agave plant, which looks like a cactus but is in fact a relative of the lily. Farmers remove its sharp leaves by hand, leaving just the heart of the plant. This is then steamed in brick ovens to convert its starches to sugars, before it is passed through a mill to produce a sweet water. This liquid is fermented with yeast and distilled to create tequila. Broadly speaking, there are four types of the tipple and these are white, gold, rested and aged.

 

For parties and nights out, tequila cocktails are perfect and the margarita is the most popular cocktail in the UK. To make this drink, the beverage is added to orange liqour and fresh lime juice, and it is served with ice cubes and a lime wedge garnish. For best results, the glass should have a salted rim too.

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A Dubai tour top three

Nobody could accuse Dubai of hiding its lights under a bushel, and some features of the desert kingdom – like a miniature world map made out of artificial islands – might seem kitsch. But that is also part of the appeal. There are loads of great Dubai holiday packages out there, and if you go for one, why not just embrace the pleasures on offer in this most unlikely of places. Here’s a top three of things to see and do if you get a chance.

Wild Wadi Water Park

Wadi means valley or dry river bed in Arabic, but there is nothing dry about the Wild Wadi Water Park, one of Dubai’s best active holiday destinations. Located just in front of the luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel, the park is one of the largest and most sophisticated of its kind anywhere in the world. There are thirty rides, all themed around a tale from Arabian folklore. Among them is the Wipeout Flowrider, a surfing experience that blasts out more than seven tonnes of water per second in a thin stream across a moulded foam sheet – perfect for body boarding without having to worry about the timing to catch the wave.

Dubai Gold Souk

There are many souks (traditional street markets) in the downtown area of the city, selling goods such as spices, textiles and fish. However the most amazing is probably the gold souk. With every trader competing to offer the most glittering display, it feels like walking through a true Aladdin’s cave of treasures. Arab countries have a well-known tradition of bartering, and nowhere is this more in evidence than in the gold souk of Dubai. If you are used to paying the price on the label, it can feel strange at first to come in with a lower offer, but soon you will get used to it and be bargaining with the best of them.

Jumeirah Mosque

Alongside the wealth and hedonism, Dubai has a fascinating culture that’s crying out to be explored. The beautiful Jumeirah Mosque is a good place to start. They operate an open-doors policy meaning you don’t have to be Muslim to go inside, though modest dress is recommended. Combining the 75 minute tour with a meal hosted by an Emirati guide is a superb way to get to know more about how Dubai has preserved its traditions amidst the boom of the past decade.

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