Category Archives: Asia

Bali’s Eerie Beauty

Ghost tourism has been quite rampant and famous today and for most travel backpackers who seek unusual and thrilling activities and Indonesia is such a superstitious country making it one of the best places to go to for these travellers; stories of the past, myths, and folklore combined and Indonesia is basically unbeatable, from graveyards by the yard to ghost shipwrecks, haunted houses are just meh in Indonesia.

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The Bedugul Taman Hotel, or popularly known as the Ghost Palace Hotel was erected back in the 1990s and there is quite the number of stories as to why the hotel earned its namesake. The hotel definitely looks majestic, or it should have been one but today it is on top of a hill overlooking a lake, with all the fog clouding and hiding the supposedly great view, it could only add to the suspiciously haunting explanation why the hotel never saw daylight.

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It is as if the Indonesian nature spirits really never forgave the people who bothered their peaceful territory, that is technically owned by Tommy Suharto, the son of the former Indonesian dictator General Suharto who was convicted and sent to prison in 2000 for murdering a judge. This was one belief explaining why the locals call this hotel cursed because Suharto was a corrupt and unjust person. The second theory says that the hotel did welcome guests and everyone just vanished the next morning, no sign of any life in the place, not the guests, or the hotel crew, nothing but their souls said to be lingering in the labyrinth-like corridors of Ghost Palace Hotel. Lastly, and the most ghoulish and morbid yet, is that story where the workers building the palace hotel ended up to be human sacrifices to appease the nature goddesses but it backfired when those betrayed souls were the ones who began haunting the place.DSC_0774

Whichever you pick to believe in, there are no certainty or documentation that says which is which, we could only cling to logic and sense, meanwhile, locals are just careful to avoid the place, even taxi drivers that take brave heart tourists up this hill cannot wait to drive away, and the guards on duty are most likely getting paid high digits of money to wave off any unnatural feeling on the back of their necks, if the heavy fog is not too much then perhaps the vibe would do the job to scare anyone away and attract other beings closer.DSC_0766

 

Any reasons why this place is a good spot for ghost tourism and photography are an understatement, the palace is huge and the architecture is of an eerie beauty. The serpents by the grounds seem to know something that people do not, and everything else just fit into a horror movie or documentary.

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Who would want a serpent that big to welcome anybody? No one would be able to relax in this hotel even if it is not abandoned.

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But perhaps it is not really meant for relaxation, but for something more, an art that is rarely understood by many but few.

Ghost Palace Hotel would give you a different kind of adrenaline that would make you feel alive amongst the opposite. If you would dare to experience it, although Ghost Palace Hotel is not listed with us, eGetinnz offers flexible options for you to choose from and might you be traveling for business, pleasure, or even an unnatural adventure like this.

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The Blogger Philippines: Your Next Local Blogger Guide

As one of the myriad blogs that serves as guides to all travel bugs and wanderers, The Blogger Philippines is quite distinguished already, verified page on The Blogger Philippines Fan Page by Facebook Developers, nominated in Blogger Recognition Award, listed at the TOP 8 Trips to Make in 2018, and was listed at the TOP 25 Best Philippines Travel Blogs on the Planet. Philippines could never fit into a single travel blog hence a network of bloggers is much better to give everyone admiring the country every possible angle to look at.

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The Blogger Philippines is your next local blogger guide, as its founder and writer, Jeff Valle has been doing these past two years. Assisting numbers of celebrity icons and even beauty queens of the Miss Universe 2016.

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Valle lives in the famous island of Boracay, Philippines and has first-hand experiences and knowledge of what the place has to offer.

Engaging with such guides make a travel journey much genuine and unforgettable. Guides such as The Blogger Philippines and Jeff offer something more than sharing what you could do in a place but rather what you would actually enjoy when you visit the place.

Check it out and find out for yourself, at http://www.thebloggerphilippines.net.

 

Thailand’s Bizarre Shrine

On the east side of the Railay Bay is famous cave known for its wonderful stalactites and stalagmites. Since ancient times, Phra Nang (Princess) Cave or Phallus Cave in modern day has been where fishermen, before going out to sea, have made offerings to the symbolic Phallus of Shiva (known as the Siwaleung or Palad Khik in Thai). The fishermen, who say the cave is the home of a mythical sea princess, believe their offerings will bring them success in their fishing and protect them from danger, but what is more remarkable is that the cave contains a large collection of carved wooden phallic symbols, offerings and other objects believed to help with fertility.

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As much as it is very bizarre and uncomfortable for many girls, the cave and shrine is still filled with tourists who are quite open to religious art no matter what the type. The cave is also surrounded with few other alternatives such the Narakeering cave in Amphur Priphaya.

FUN FACT: Siwaleung or Palad Khik, or small wooden penis is considered a common and famous amulet in Thailand, locals believe that it brings the wearer good luck, and helps avoid accident and illnesses.

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As peculiar as Princess Cave may seem, this represents how Thailand is a very sexual and religious country at the same time, a rare combination as to how humanity embraces its inclinations and belief.

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7 Things to do in Pangasinan Aside from the Counting the Hundred Islands

Located in northern Luzon, Pangasinan is practically famous for the Hundred Islands in Alaminos but aside from the said tourist attraction, Pangasinan still has a lot to offer, even more so that Boracay is closed. The Ilocos-Pangasinan-Zambales area is most likely to fill in. Here are a few things you could more than enjoy in the land where salt is made.

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Before getting yourself strapped on a safety harness, you still need to endure one long and steep climb up the mountain. There are two ziplines on the peak, one is 620m for those who want to get down fast and the other one is 1.4km, that could last for more than a minute for you to enjoy the rather exciting view, that is if you can manage to keep your eyes open throughout the swoooosh. Also, there is an ATV rental at your disposal when you want to roam around the terrain.

2.  Lingayen’s Architectural Masterpiececapitol1

The province’s capital has been around since the World War 2, and remnants of the unfortunate event are still pretty much visible in the area. Outside, the city hall is just as magnificent on the inside. The local government unit’s building is a tourist spot itself. Inside is a mini-museum of the city, where everything you need to know about Lingayen could be found.

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Looks easy enough? There are two stages of power kiting in Pangasinan, you need to make the huge kite fly–like really fly then follow the wind towards the sea, step on your boards, and voila that is power kiting. This is not for everyone though, kiting is not for everybody, some people cannot even make a small kite fly.

4. Visit the Death PoolDeath Pool

This crater was because of both earth and water natural process, this spot is where two large waves from two different currents meet, it fills the ditch, making it a saltwater pool. Only professional or amateur swimmers can actually take this, nobody knows how deep the hole is, therefore, safety is a must when visiting the Death Pool

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In the year 2017, tourists take an unusual detour to watch farmers harvest salt. A 1993 study conducted by the Nutrition Center of the Philippines showed that salt from this town, combined with those produced in the towns of Bolinao and Bani and Alaminos City, totaled 74,765 MT, the highest salt production by a province in the country for that year.

6. Paddle at Balingasay, Riverthe Enchanted Cave, Bolinao

Paddle through the country’s cleanest river. The waters of the river of Balingasay lead to the Enchanted Cave, where somehow it is Puerto Princesa in Pangasinan.

7. Watch the Sunset

 

Laois Beach right after sunset.Being located in the western part of Luzon, Pangasinan took sunsets to the next level. Manila Bay could not even par. Perhaps Thanos actually missed a Pangasinan Sunset Brochure when he decided to go to Benguet.

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7 Underrated Places in Bataan That You Need To Check Out This Summer

The Philippines has the most wonderful sights of nature and history combined with all the eighteen regions of the country, there is no uneventful place in the 7 107 islands of the Philippines and as they say, it is more fun in the Philippines. Bataan known as the History Hub of Central Luzon is a peninsula in the northern part of the country’s largest group of islands. Being not that famous in the world where Boracay is the star, Bataan actually have the beaches that rival the nearby provinces such as Batangas and La Union, it also has the mountain trails that can parr with Zambales’, and lastly the sea waves that can match to Baler’s.

7. Mount Samat, Shrine, Pilar

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This place is almost akin to the ruins of Charleston in South Carolina, although Mount Samat was converted into a shrine, all the ruins and memorabilia of the second world war are very much present in this shrine. It became the symbol of the commemoration of the Valor Day or Araw ng Kagitingan or as for the locals, the Bataan day. Climbing the mountain is not that hard but is highly rewarding with the giant cross on the top which you could actually climb.

 

6. Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga, Balanga City

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Bataan might come as an archaic and time-honored province, it has its own way of charming the tourists and even its citizens to fall in love with it. Its capital, Balanga City is quite the epitome of the modern and old world. The plaza is more beautiful and alive at night, with a spectacle of lights and dancing fountains.

5. Pasukulan Falls, Abucay

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Chasing Waterfalls is one activity to do in Bataan and for those exploring Bataan’s great outdoor experience, Pasukulan Falls has a majestic sight, with pristine waters cascading from almost 200 feet above and into a serene pool.

4. Lolen’s Hu Tieu-an, Morong

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This amazing restaurant opened in the 90s, after the refugees from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia sought temporary shelter in Bataan’s Philippines Refugee Processing Center. Two decades later, the refugees have long gone, yet this chapter in the world history lives on through this humble place. Try the Vietnamese noodle soup, hu tieu, and their special take on the banh mi.

3 Vista Tala Resort and Recreational Park, Orani

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In the small village called Tala in Orani, is a majestic escape by the mountains. Vista Tala Resort and Recreational Park is a mountainside resort, decked with villas and a beautiful cliffside pool overlooking a view of lush mountains and trees.

2. Stella Mariz Resort, Bagac

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Stella Mariz Resort lets you be one with nature. Away from the bustle of the city, simple cottages, picnic tables, and pine trees adorn the beach, instead of concrete, plush hotels and villas.Bask in the warm sun and sand between your toes, set up camp by the beach and spend your nights by the shore. Conversations with friends by the campfire, while listening to the crashing waves and lying under the stars? You bet.

  1. La Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bagac

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Of course, one does not leave Bataan without visiting the Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, a heritage resort that’s just a marvelous sight by itself, with opulent Spanish-era houses, cobblestone streets and a majestic canal, all perched by the sea. Las Casas has been a popular setting for period films and television shows in recent years, such as GMA-7’s Zorro, the sleeper hit Heneral Luna, and Lav Diaz’ 8-hour film Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis. Book a night at their heritage house, take a dip in the sea as a calesa strides by. It’s just like being transported back in time.

These are only a few activities and spots that you can enjoy in Bataan. Visit the place now and you will not regret it. Let us help you with finding a home away from home in https://www.egetinnz.com/s/bataan–philippines/ChIJiXiYAeMUljMRSD3hXo_L4Go?&guests=1

What Duterte’s Build, Build, Build Project Could Mean to Philippine Tourism

When it comes to getaways that pique the interests of many foreign travelers, Philippines does not have an unexciting or uneventful island from Batanes up north to Davao down south and with the current government’s Build, Build, Build Project tourism industry might just boom like never before.

Whilst the ongoing debate over Boracay’s island wide closure where approximately five billion pesos worth of gross would be lost, President Rodrigo controversial project, being called out as overspending with $180 billion as budget for the major and nationwide constructions. With the stable economy brought by his predecessor beginning the year 2011, Duterte intend to change former President Aquino’s under spending to give the Filipinos 75 flagship projects.

The government is looking at six airports, nine railways, three bus transits, 32 roads and bridges, and four seaports in the hopes of urbanizing rural areas. To improve local net worth buttering the local government units for his desire for a change to the democratic government to federalism where LGUs has the authority over its funds and freedom over their domain. Make provincial investments and make production and transportation of goods easier and create more options and jobs for the people.

On the other hand, tourism in the country has always been thriving although the Philippines has been lauded as the “Sick man of Asia” and Duterte wants to change that by creating new infrastructures that would serve as braces for the sick man to get back on his feet. Philippines has never had any major constructions since the time of President Ferdinand Marcos back in 1970s.

As of now the MRT-7 is being developed to lessen the current northern traffic congestion which resulted to even longer travel time around the upper part of Quezon City and the president strikes with the Build, Build, Build project at the same time targeting the year 2022 for a better country as a whole.

There is that bigger picture in Duterte’s mind which he is crafting to become real right now but that means would be of a paramount delay and hindrance to the usual everyday routine of the masses especially the commuters, even tourists that reside in the city. Business could be more sluggish than usual as the country wait for all of these pending projects to be done.

If Duterte succeeds, not only would he be remembered for the years to come as the Discipliner and the Builder who purged the country but the Philippines would develop internal and external growth. There would not be any tourism hesitancy with a fully functional country. However, if the president fails, the delay would only create longer dilemma and heavier chain reaction effect for the economy not just for tourism business.

Boracay for Vacation and Forever

A vacation package to the Philippines isn’t enough if it’s going to be a trip to Boracay. You’re going to need to go for longer durations of vacation rentals if you want the best beach party scene and, at the same time, relaxingly iconic island vibe the Philippines has to offer.

Boracay, in recent years, has garnered mixed receptions from both the local and foreign tourist. The biggest beef that it has is how commercialism has consumed what was once a virginal strip of untainted paradise. Even with the reputation, Boracay is still constantly flocked by people year in and year out which, we’ll guess, is what majorly makes up its new found appeal: it’s the island equivalent of Facebook or Twitter.

Going for Vacation

Boracay is an island just off the coast of Kalibo, within the province of Aklan. To get there, you will need to fly from Manila (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) to Kalibo airport and then take a boat ride to the island.

The Philippines is such a foreigner friendly country and a short term rental is a great option to go for when availing for accommodations in Boracay. Not only are Filipinos very friendly towards none nationals, the accommodations are budget friendly as well especially for short- and long-term transience.

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Some hotels could go for as much as 6,000 Philippines Pesos (PhP) a day but a short term rental place might only cost around 14,000PhP a month, and that’s for the nicer places nearer the shore. They go lower the further from the shore a place is.

But why go for short term rentals? Because it’s hard to completely appreciate Boracay for very short stays. A trip of 3 days and 2 nights would be enough to get your party on (because the party scene is very “lit” in Boracay, if we may say so ourselves) and do some water activities like kite surfing or island hopping but you will need more time to be able to also enjoy the local culture, most of the other islands and secret beaches, and good Filipino company.

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Going for Longer

Boracay might be a great place to retire. It isn’t jam-packed throughout the year so you still get to enjoy the laidback seaside experience that the island was once known for. Not to mention, you can choose which of its 12 beautiful beaches to crash depending on your mood. If you have a budget of less than 2,000 USD per month, you can live quite a comfortable & luxurious life in Boracay (generally, most vacation rentals in the Philippines might cost somewhere around 200 USD per month, more if closer to major cities like Manila or Cebu).

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Going Forever

If you aren’t going to the Philippines for vacation packages and are looking for something along the lines of “permanent stay”, the Philippine government offers special considerations for retirees through the Special Resident Retiree’s Visa or SRRV. You can read more about it here. They also, since 2015, have opened their government subsidized health care system to foreigners. The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) accepts and provides health care benefits to expatriates living in the Philippines for long periods or permanently—the coverage could take of as much as 80% which is especially helpful if you get hospitalized. Not to mention, the Veterans Memorial Hospital (albeit only has their main facility in Manila) also provides veterans with medical services.

Whether for vacation rentals or permanent stay in the Philippines, Boracay should be one consideration on your mind. It has familiar Western comforts but even behind the massive parties and consumerism, it also retains its friendly Filipino culture of hospitality and camaraderie.