Monthly Archives: November 2010

The best views in Fiji: Indulge in the tropical natural world

If you’re looking for an amazing luxurious trip, we know the perfect place for you: the Fiji islands. South Pacific cruises are a good way to get to know the islands, but you can also simply plan a whole vacation only in Fiji–it is well worth the time, since Fiji is an extremely rewarding destination for lovers of natural scenery.

If you like to mix natural with human scenery, don’t miss Navala Village. The village is situated about an hour up in the highlands from the main resort cities around the island. There you will see, nestled among the tropical hills, a group of traditional Fijian houses and native inhabitants welcoming you with a traditional ceremony. The houses are traditionally made out of bamboo and leaves, and the bathrooms are situated in another building outside the house. It is a not-to-miss spot in the island, and as it is very popular, you might want to go early in the day. But it’s definitely worth the drive, and you will see many other scenic spots on the way. There you will learn many things about traditional Fijian life.

If beaches are your thing, then don’t despair: Fiji has among the most beautiful beaches in the world. An especially prized spot by beach lovers and connoisseurs are the Yasawa Islands, about an hour away from Nadi on a regular ferry boat. It is an island chain that has been set up to attract backpackers and other budget travelers who enjoy the more adventurous side of traveling. You can rend a boat or a catamaran to travel between the islands, and you can sleep at one of the many resorts set for adventurers throughout the islands. You might even want to try some beach camping!

For those who like sailing on inland rivers instead of the open seas, Fiji also has something for you despite its small size. The Navua river provides beautiful riverside scenery as you sail, either in a modern motorized boat or a more traditional bamboo raft, into the heart of the Fijian jungle. At the end, you will find nice Fijian villages and the natural world literally at your doorstep. From there you can observe wildlife as well as enjoy the pristine waters of the tropical riverside.

If you like your nature a little more tame, then the Bouma National Park is for you. Located at the north of Taveuni, this 15 000-hectare park features the best of the Fijian tropical rainforest, picturesque waterfalls and mystical trails. If you’re too timid to brave the park on your own, there are regular guided tours. Otherwise, just ramble on through the trails in the park, and enjoy this place outside of time and space to meditate and reflect on the beauty of nature.

These are only a few things to do in Fiji; the islands are full of activities for everyone. And if you ever get bored with it (and we can promise you you won’t!), you can hop on one of the many Pacific cruises stopping by the islands on their way to other tropical Pacific destinations.

The Symphony of Parol at the Ayala Triangle Opens the Yuletide Season

Last November 17th, the Symphony of Parol also called by Ayala Land as Christmas at the Gardens featuring Parol, opened at the Ayala Triangle Gardens.

Wizheart and I decided to celebrate his birthday there during the opening. We were again awed by the symphony of lights (its name last year).

Take a look:

After that awesome display, we got hungry, and so we checked out the newly opened restos at the Ayala Triangle. Look which restos are there.

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A-Card Holders Exclusive Screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Here’s another treat for Ayala Malls A Card holders.

A Card holders will get to see the exclusive movie screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1. Call the A Card hotline now! :)

Brunch and Brawl for Pacquiao-Margarito Fight at Marriott Hotel Manila

The country will stop again for Manny “Pacman” Pacquaio‘s fight this Sunday, November 14th. Tickets of the fight I’m sure have been sold out much earlier. So if you’re someone who can’t miss one of Pacman’s fights, head for Velocity Sports Bar at Marriott Hotel Manila.

With its sleek and state-of-the-art sporting ambience, the Velocity Sports Bar of Marriott Hotel Manila brings you the biggest match of the season. The World Super Welterweight Championship will be beamed live from from  Dallas Cowboys Stadium Arlington Texas, USA from 8AM to 1PM.

The audience at Velocity Bar will surely experience a larger than life blow by blow adventure of the game in gigantic screens. Find out if Antonio Margarito will fall another victim to Pacquiao’s fist after celebrated victories over the likes of Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar dela Hoya, and Ricky Hatton.

Take the viewing experience to a higher level with an inclusive ambrosial brunch buffet escapade, courtesy of Executive Chef Meik’s culinary choices: crispy bacon, corned beef, hash brown, garlic rice, Chinese bun, and Singapore noodles. The oven-fresh bakery section is also filled with an assortment of sweet and crisp bread choices which include pandesal, ensaymada, warm croissant, Danish bread roll, cheese cake, and apple tart. Wrap up the treat with a loadful of healthy fruits such as papaya, orange, watermelon, and mango. Then top it all off with creamy fruit yogurt, crunchy cornflakes and coco pops. Sip in indulgence free flow of San Miguel beer, soda or iced tea for only P1750 net or a choice of 2 San Miguel beer, iced tea, or soda for only P1500 net. Watch the nation’s sports hero with his biggest event of the year as he goes for the gold only at Velocity!

For inquiries or reservations, please call 988-9999 or visit www.marriott.com/mnlap