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Manila: Manila Zoo

Located in the heart of Manila, Manila Zoo is the oldest zoo not only in the Philippines but also in Asia.

Formally called Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden. This 5.5 hectare zoo opened to the public on July 25, 1959. It is home to hundreds of animals belonging to more or less 100 different species. 

The most famous (and controversial) of these animals is Mali, the lone Asian elephant. Mali was only a 3-year old calf when it was brought to Manila Zoo from Sri Lanka. At present, Mali is the only captive elephant in the Philippines. She is the subject of campaigns from the animal rights group People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA).

Other notable animals in Manila Zoo includes the macaques, crocodiles, Bengal Tiger, and the hybrid Hebra (a mixed breed from a horse and a zebra). A long time ago, the zoo also had a pair of giraffe and an ill-mannered orangutan.

As its name suggests, Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden is not only a home to numerous species of animals but also t…

Top 10 Things to Do in Sta. Ana, Cagayan

Sta. Ana is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Cagayan. It is also the northeastern-most point of the island of Luzon. 

For those planning to visit the town to check out what it has to offer, here are the Top 10 Things To Do in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

1. Visit San Vicente Port and rent a boat to tour you around the coast and islands near Sta. Ana.

2. Eat seafoods. 

3. Have a photo taken at KM 642, the farthest and last kilometer marker in Northern Luzon.

4. Hike Mt. Kabo and check out the beautiful Cape Engano.

5. Check out the Cape Engano Lighthouse.

6. Compose an Instagram worthy photo of Dos Hermanos Islands.

7. Visit Crocodile Island.

8. Snorkel or swim with the fishes in Palaui Island's Fish Sanctuary.

9. Enjoy the sun and the sand at Anguib Beach.

10. Visit Palaui Island and admire its beauty or create your own episode of the Survivor series.

How about you? What are your top 10 things to do in Sta. Ana, Cagayan?

A Guide to Singapore Tourist Pass

Despite being a small country, Singapore has one of the best transportation systems in Southeast Asia. However, it is also one of the most expensive. Hence, that sometimes pose as a challenge to those budget backpackers who target to visit multiple areas of the country in a short period of time.

For those travelers who are planning to extensively use Singapore's train and bus system for 3 days or less, here's a wallet-friendly and worry free tip for you... Avail theSingapore Tourist Pass!

The Singapore Tourist Pass is a special ez-link card that offers unlimited rides on Singapore's trains and buses except the Sentosa Express, RWS8, Fast Fprward, Night Rider, Nite Owl buses and buses to Johore.

There are three types of passes that you can choose from depending on the number of days of your planned tours. These passes are as follows:

1-Day Pass which costs SGD 10 + SGD 10 rental deposit*
2-Day Pass which costs SGD 16 + SGD 10 rental deposit*
3-Day Pass which costs SGD 20 + SGD 10…

Singapore: Peninsula Excelsior Hotel

Located at Coleman Street in Singapore, Peninsula Excelsior Hotel is a 4-star hotel located near some of the major tourist spots in the country.

As mentioned, the Peninsula Excelsior Hotel is just a few minutes walk from Fort Canning Park, Clarke Quay and St. Andrew's Cathedral. It is also a few minutes drive from Merlion Park and Marina Bay Sands. Raffles City and Clarke Quay MRT stations are also only a stone throw away from the hotel.

The hotel offers 600 rooms and suites at the most reasonable rates. Each room and suite has elegant furnishings complete with amenities such as Wi-Fi, a cable TV, and a handy smart phone. Yup, you read that right! These smart phones are a huge help for those who need the Google Map App to explore Singapore. Aside from having unlimited 4G internet , these phones can also be used by the guests for unlimited local and international calls (limited to 11 countries only).

My family and I got a chance to stay in the Peninsula Excelsior Hotel thanks to our c…

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