Sunday

A Taste of Filipino Recipe at Christmas time in the Philippines



Philippine food and culture have distinct mixes of the East and the West.

You are in the Philippines because you want to see its beauty, experience culture and tradition of the local people and have a taste of the best Filipino dishes.

Philippine cuisine was greatly influenced by the American especially the names of the dish. Asian countries like China, India and other Southeast Asian countries has contributed to how the Philippine food is prepared and evolved throughout time.

Like some Asian countries, rice is the Philippines' staple food. It is always part of the meal whether it is homemade, or dining in a feast or holiday season. In any occasion, meals are generally served with rice.

Filipinos typically accompany their meals with complementing sauces, spices and condiments. It is common for each diner to put his preferred sauce, spice, or condiment in his own plate. Popular ones used in a meal include: Patis (fermented fish sauce) or soy sauce (usually blended with calamansi, a green Philippine citrus fruit similar to lemon); native vinegar; and alamang (cream-style shrimp paste).

I identified some of the Filipino dishes that you must try while in the Philippines at Christmas time, festivals or important events. I guarantee the following are the best and can be found in most local dining table.

Adobo (Chicken or Pork)
The signature Filipino dish adobo used pork or chicken cooked in oil, vinegar, pepper, bay leaf and soy sauce. In some cases, dried banana blossoms is added for a distinct aroma and sweetness. It is one of the most popular Filipino dishes commonly prepared in both Philippine homes and restaurants.

Saturday

Why Did I Travel to Karachi?

Karachi may not be a popular tourist destination, but I wish I would have extended my stay. When you see the good side of Karachi, you will be able to paint a picture of a cosmopolitan and urban city different from other major Pakistani cities.

And you probably be asking why.....

Being in a geographical location on a bay, you too will enjoy its prominent position that made Karachi the financial capital of Pakistan. In spite of violence in certain parts of Karachi, the Karachiites are determined to carry on with their lives.  

Karachi is not the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad is.


I will tell you a bit about Karachi before I go on with my short escapade of the city. It is located on the coast of Arabian Sea, north west of the River Delta. The way I see, it is practically large and really busy of a city.

You have no idea how I feel when I set foot at the Jinnah International Airport early morning at 5:00 o'clock. Just in time to catch the locals getting ready for the morning prayers. I am used to this, as I always hear them due to the fact that I was coming from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Thursday

What You Should Know Before Travelling to Dubai

Written by Shezaa Nehal

The most sophisticated place in the Arabian Gulf, Dubai is famous in the world due to its beaches and most shining and amazing structures. A place where elegance moves, Dubai is almost an isle of excitement enclosed by real rich waters. An amazing Dubai shopping area, Dubai is the centre of the purchasing mania that holds the world with its greatest shopping events. Switching desire into reality, the place is presenting its greatest and the best shopping malls, resorts and structures to the world.
Photo Credit : Pixabay Creative Commons CC0


It Is An Awesome Place

The second greatest emirate in United Arab Emirates, Dubai has amazing scenery too. Fantastic seaside pieces enclosed by aqua blue rich waters are a cure to the eyes. Having a warm environment throughout, Dubai is always pleasant to the tourists. Mostly a wasteland place is home to vast beaches and hills. The high-rising city and its endless styles however make it like a haven.

Tuesday

Best Hostels for Backpackers in Santiago, Chile

Written by: Alexia Wolker


Santiago is the capital of Chile and the largest metropolis of South America which is located in the basin, surrounded by mountains on all sides.




Santiago is primarily a city with rich history. Therefore, the main attractions here are rare artifacts, colonial buildings and places of recent historical events. It is a modern megalopolis, which develops in a frenzied rhythm, and the miracles still appeared here.

Thursday

Two Cities in Israel that are Entirely Different

A visit to Israel can be overwhelming and it is surprising that this is my longest stay in a country. The memories is endless. 

You won't believe it, I explored and have stayed in two cities which are entirely different in many aspects. Though some of you may not agree, they are both memorable in spite of their differences.






The distance of 60 kilometres between the two major cities is not the reason why I see a very different feeling from the time I leave the bus station in Jerusalem. My barely one hour travel takes me into another dimension, one that defies distance and time.

Saturday

5 Fun Off-the-Beaten-Path Things to Do in New York City

Written by: Ray Chin


There are so many fun things to do in New York City. You have Central Park, the Empire State Building, Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge, etc. But here are a few fun off the beaten path things to do in New York City that may not be on your radar when you are visiting NYC.
Bryant Park






Bryant Park is just two blocks away from Times Square and there are so many things to do. You can play ping pong, golf, chess, board games, and there is even an art cart. It also offers fun daily events such as movies at night, yoga meetings and concerts seasonally. During the winter, there is even an ice skating rink.

The Ultimate Guide to Italy's Best Yoga Destinations

Written by: Miriam Cihodariu


One of the best things about Italy as a vacation destination is that it's not something you simply scratch off your bucket list. You can return to Italy again and again and still not have enough of this picturesque land and its delicious fares, nor be bored with its history and culture.




Such is the charm of this Mediterranean gem of a country that offers almost any type of vacation you can think of. The present guide will focus on Italian yoga destinations. But even if you're going for a yoga retreat, it's hard to ignore the rest of Italy's wonders.