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Unique Ways to See the United States

Summer is almost here and with it the desire to get away for a vacation. Skip the usual road trip this year and book a journey on a railroad train for your next adventure. Rail travel gives you a new look at the country, eliminates stress, and provides a luxurious experience for your time off.


What Types Of Train Trips Can You Take?

The common form of train travel is the direct route to your destination and back. Instead of being focused on the road and missing the sights, it gives you the opportunity to take in the scenery as you go by. Many states also have smaller routes within the borders, such as hotel and train ride packages South Florida. Several of these excursions are themed and provide a meal and activity on a one or two day trip.

Why Should You Travel by Train?

The first advantage of rail travel is that it is very inexpensive. Saving money getting to your destination allows you to have more money to spend when you get there. Train seats are larger and comfier with far more leg room to stretch. Train stations are typically located downtown of major cities getting you to your final destination quicker. And rail travel is far more ecologically friendly, making the planet you are enjoying as you pass by cleaner for future generations. Booking trips months in the future is unnecessary when you go by train. In some instances, you can buy a ticket at the station on the day of your trip.

Perks of Rail Travel

There are many things a traveler should indulge in while he or she rides the rails in style. Make sure to grab a meal in the dining car and get to know other passengers over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Adult riders can kick back and take it easy while getting a drink in the bar car. You can book a roomette or bedroom to get a good night sleep while on your way. Several trains have dome cars to allow you to get a better look at the scenery around you.

Summer is nearly here and now is the time to make those big vacation plans. Add a special twist to your itinerary this year and book a trip on a train. Whether it’s to get where you want to go or just to get away, it’ll be an experience that you will treasure for a long time.

What You Need To Know About the Distracted Driving Law in California

Using a cell phone while driving is a big public safety concern. Despite laws banning distracted driving, many people continue to talk on the phone or text while behind the wheel. It is vital to understand California’s laws on the issue so that you will not have to hire a traffic ticket attorney Los Angeles any time soon.

Mini Cooper Dream Car

Laws Dealing With Cell Phones

California has adopted laws banning the use of both cellular and hardwired car phones while the vehicle is in motion. However, drivers over the age of 18 may use a hands-free device or Bluetooth as long as it only requires the use of one ear. Teenagers younger than 18 cannot use any device even if it is hands-free. No one is allowed to text and drive.

Exceptions to California’s Laws

In some circumstances, you can use a cell phone while driving without needing to hire a traffic ticket lawyer San Francisco in the near future. For example, you can use a phone as long as you are on your own private property. You can make an emergency call while driving. Therefore, if you saw a building on fire, you could contact your local fire department to notify them.

Penalties for Breaking These Laws

The first time you get caught texting and driving will cost you a ticket worth $75. Subsequent offenses will increase the fine to $190. Additionally, since it is a moving violation, you will get points on your record. In the event you accumulate too many points, the state can suspend your driver’s license.

It is best to keep your phone far away from your eyes as possible when you drive. That person you need to text back can wait until you reach your destination. Anyone who does receive this traffic ticket needs to hire an attorney right away to maintain a clean driving record.

Sta Elena Fun Farm

Three Tips for a Stress-Free Outdoor Adventure

You are going to remember your next outdoor adventure for the rest of your life, but these trips can be stressful if you don’t plan ahead. No one wants to run into inclement weather or spend large sums of money on last-minute plane tickets. Here are three simple tips that will help you pull off the perfect outdoor excursion.

Sta Elena Fun Farm

Start Planning Six Months in Advance

Carefully planning out your trip a few months in advance will help you avoid a wide variety of expensive problems. At the very least, you should try to purchase your plane tickets between 60 and 90 days before you leave. Depending on where you are going, you might need to reserve camping spots or permits a year in advance. Coming up with a checklist of items to bring and other minor details can be done in the weeks leading up to your trip.

Check the Past Weather Reports

Even though weather forecasts are much more accurate than they used to be, they aren’t perfect. The best way to get an idea of what the weather will be like is to check out past weather data for your destination. Many different websites and mobile apps maintain comprehensive reports on average temperatures and rainfall on specific dates. You can’t always predict the weather, but you can get a general idea of what type of clothes and gear to bring.

Contact a Professional Trip Planner

Hiring an overland trip planner is another great way to simplify this process. In addition to helping you acquire permits, these planners usually rent out gear and vehicles as well. You won’t have to worry about flying with multiple bags of gear or renting a truck hours away from your destination. Some even offer custom packages that include food and guides.

Every outdoor excursion is going to have roadblocks, and that is why you need to be prepared. A little bit of planning will help you avoid major issues so that you can focus on enjoying youself.

Ada Lopez Laughing At No Smoking Sign Lake Hotel Tagaytay

Before Renting A Beach House

If you have a vacation planned to an island, you might discover that there are more houses to rent instead of hotels. Fortunately, there are a few tips that you can keep in mind when looking for Bald Head Island rentals so that you get something large enough for everyone to enjoy and something that offers the amenities that you desire. Set a budget for the rental as well as a deposit that you might have to pay and any extra fees that are associated with a rental so that you know what to avoid when you begin your search.

Ada Lopez Laughing At No Smoking Sign Lake Hotel Tagaytay

Know what you want and need before you begin looking. If you plan on spending most of your time on the beach or in town instead of inside the house, then you might want to look for something that doesn’t have a lot of amenities because it will likely be money wasted. Time your vacation when there aren’t as many people in the area. If you’re going on vacation to an island in the middle of summer, then you’re going to spend more money on the rental. You’ll also spend more money if you vacation while there’s a special event taking place in the area, such as a tournament or a festival.

Read reviews about the person or company renting the home. Look at recent pictures, not ones that seem like they are a few years old. Call the person who is responsible for renting the home to get an idea of how the person maintains the property. There are some owners who don’t allow anything inside the rental home while others don’t mind a pet or two or even smoking as long as you clean the home before you leave. Find out if there are additional fees for guests over a certain limit or if there are fees if the owner has to provide linens, toiletries, and towels so that you are prepared before you arrive.

Pirelli Diablo Rosso II

Top 5 Tires for Everyday Motorcycle Riding Adventure

Equipping your bike with the right kind of tires is just as critical as choosing the best brake pads, battery or transmission components. Choosing your wheels depends on the type of bike you ride as well as your typical terrain and riding style. Take a look at these top five picks for ATVs, commuter motorcycles, cruising and touring machines, scooters and dual-sport bikes.

The Duro HF274 Excavator: An All-Terrain Wonder

Utility ATVs easily take on any terrain, thanks to this tire’s tread design, durability and puncture resistance. This workhorse scores also high marks among cheap ATV tires and comes in both 4-ply and 6-ply editions.

For Commuter Bikes: The Pirelli Diablo Rosso

Pirelli Diablo Rosso IIPirelli’s Diablo Rosso models, especially the Rosso II and Rosso III, bring together key traits critical for urban commuter riding. Excellent traction and handling on both dry and wet pavement come from the tire’s large footprint area, high-performance silica compound materials and unique tread pattern.

The Dunlop American Elite Tackles the Open Road

The Dunlop American Elite is a top favorite among cruiser and touring bike riders, designed explicitly for high-mileage riding. Its tread offers reliable grip on both wet and dry roads while a laterally grip compound on the shoulders deliver exceptional handling.

For Scooters: The Michelin Power Pure SC

Tracking down scooter tires can be tricky, but the Michelin Power Pure SC is a solid performer loved by riders. These sturdy tires offer a quiet ride and are crafted with a special center tread compound for extra durability.

The Pirelli Scorpion MT90 A/T for Street and Off-Road Action

Pirelli’s Scorpion MT90 A/T is built for smooth, agile handling on the street while standing up to gravel and hard pack on off-road trails. With a tread pattern fabricated with large central knobs, the Scorpion also provides stability at high speeds.’s inventory features high-quality motorcycle tires for sale along with parts, accessories, tools and other gear. Visit to outfit your machine and get fast, free shipping on orders over $99.



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Trip to Sta. Elena Fun Farm

My co-workers and I have officially bidden the dry season adieu with a quick swim in Sta. Elena, Laguna! Before we got to the clubhouse, though, we decided to spend a little bit of our time at the Sta. Elena Fun Farm. Was the one-day trip grand!

Sta Elena Fun Farm Inspirational

Heartwarming, though oftentimes cheesy, motivational quotes can be seen everywhere!

Guinea Pigs at Sta Elena Fun Farm Laguna

A guinea pig band, anyone?

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A carabao-drawn carriage makes this farm fun!

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Yay, a swing!

Sta Elena Clubhouse Pool

My coworkers and I spent most of our time at the infinity pool in the clubhouse, which was about a kilometer or so away from the farm. The place was really nice! Lush greenery were everywhere, and the water in the pool wasn’t bitter at all! We were surprised to find out that the pool water they use is filtered seawater!Team building at Sta Elena Laguna

This has got to be the most fun and laid-back engagement activity I have ever participated in. HR peeps, take note!

Ada Lopez Laughing At No Smoking Sign Lake Hotel Tagaytay

Tagaytay Freedom!

Just had a marvelous trip to Tagaytay last weekend (June 14-15, 2014) and it was, for the most part, perfect since it was the first time my parents actually allowed me to spend the night out-of-town alone. But then again, my travel buddy Ada Lopez was there throughout my–ahem–journey to the “unknown”, and needless to say I had a blast.


Touchdown beybeh!

Obviously I wasn’t able to take enough pictures during the entire trip, and I wasn’t able to take pictures of some of the places I’ve been. I’ll make sure I post everything I remember, though, to make sure my future self will never forget about anything. That’s how awesome this trip has been.

Egg Sandwich Pancake House

Pancake House’s cheese sandwich, not egg sandwich, silly.

After spending about three hours on the road (half the time was spent in a van bound to Tagaytay, the other half looking for public transport that can take us there), Ada and I reached Tagaytay already delirious from hunger. So after checkin in, we took a quick jeepney ride to Magallanes Square, where we had our late lunch at Pancake House. The food was a bit more expensive than in Manila.

Martin's Cinnamon Toast - Pancake House

My favorite cinnamon toast! Thanks, Martin!

Ada was gracious enough to pay for lunch. Huzzah! Thanks Ada! I heart you.

Tagaytay Pancake House Magallanes

Pancake House’s ceiling was nifty.

Road Accident Tagaytay

To save money, we walked back to the hotel. Magallanes Square was easily just about 100 meters away from Lake View Hotel anyway. We found a road accident, so I took a picture (like a tourist).

Tagaytay Lake Hotel

The room we got has a spectacular view of the Taal Lake. It’s pretty awesome.

Wedding Planning Tagaytay

After spending some time at a nearby grocery store (in Summit Ridge) Ada and I walked back home and tried to dip in the pool. It turned out to be a bad idea because the hotel doesn’t have heated pools. We instead turned the bath tub into some kind of therapeutic jacuzzi where we shared our personal stories and gave relationship advice. <3 Staff was also busy preparing for a wedding Ada and I got to watch from the balcony. That was pretty amazing.

Beautiful June Wedding Tagaytay

 Especially the kiss!

Ada Lopez Profile Breakfast Buffet Lake Hotel Tagaytay

The following day, Ada and I had breakfast and we were both blown away by the awesome view! I had a bit of juice and what most omnivores devour on a regular basis (seafood, chicken, siomai, etc.) Ada had some fish and veggies. She doesn’t appear too thrilled about the food in these pictures, but I hope she enjoyed them. Either that or she hated the fact that I left her alone for several hours the night before.

Ada Lopez Sad Face Lake Hotel Tagaytay

Sorry babe. :(

Ada Lopez Laughing At No Smoking Sign Lake Hotel Tagaytay

Ada perked up a bit when we went sunbathing on the balcony, though.

Ethel Merioles Bathtub Lake Hotel Tagaytay

Then we had another round of bathtub therapy, which was nice.

Hot Chicks Lake Hotel Tagaytay

Lake Hotel Tagaytay Suite

Oh and here’s how our room looks like. It’s cool.

Lake Hotel Tagaytay

 Obligatory Lake Taal picture.

Sunday noon meant check-out so we headed back to Manila on a bus (specifically to Baclaran). We had lunch at Soi MOA, an insanely amazing Thai restaurant.

Soi Ada Lopez Ethel Merioles

Ada said “Pout” and we were thinking about two different things.

Soi Pad Thai - MOA

Pad Thai

Soi Seafood Curry

Seafood Curry

Soi Vegetable Rice - MOA

Vegetable Rice

At this point, though, I’m too lazy to post much about the food. I guess I’ll have to visit a nearby Soi branch soon for a “proper” review. Let’s just say that this restaurant is now my fave fave fave Thai place in Manila.


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The 3rd World Traveler: Making Traveling Easy

Being frugal is an art form.

I admit, I splurge almost half the time, spending much more money on items with almost half the value. (I spend too much on food, don’t judge!) But when the going gets tough, the tough get stingy!

The common belief is that food is a basic necessity, and travel is obviously a luxury. Ma. Patricia Yulo turns the tables by declaring–out loud in a 90-page book, no less–that traveling does not have to be a luxury! After a grand experience with the Banana Pancake Trail in 2009, Yulo caught the travel bug and felt the need to travel the world, meet new people, enjoy new food and experience new sights and sounds.

After a brief trip out of town or out of the country, who wouldn’t want to know what else is out there? 

If you think about the world as more than just an azure orb floating in space, traveling becomes a necessity.

The 3rd World Traveler is one affordable book that teaches novice explorers how to experience the world without shelling out too much money. The book contains important information addressing the all too important issues one may encounter regarding money, and there are even tips on how to travel within your budget.patricia yulo third world traveler

What’s awesome about this book–apart from the fact that Yulo got Lourd Freaking de Veyra to write her foreword–is that Yulo is one credible author. I’ve had issues with authors writing how-to books before, so reading an honest, locally published book about frugal traveling is a relief for me. Yulo is a veteran shoestring traveler, and her 4-year-old Rica’s Rucksack Travel Blog proves where she’s been and how she’s made ends meet.

This is indeed A Guide to Fulfilling Your Travel Dreams on a Shoestring Budget. From determining your travel budget and creating your travel fund to packing things light, the book has everything you need to know to survive out there in the wild.

Price: Php 350
4 out of 5 (Only because I wanted more pages.)


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