NORTH LUZON EXPRESSWAY (NLEX) in partnership with Our Awesome Planet and Caltex Philippines presents “Your Awesome Getaway Experience in the North” Guide Maps for 2012.
The NLEX Guide Map Project features:
1). Four (4) of the top destinations in the North — Pampanga, Subic, Baguio and Pagudpud. 2). A Quick Guide to NLEX and SCTEX Exits with distance from Manila (in KM) information. 3). Safety and Security tips when you travel via NLEX, the most beautiful expressway in Manila. 4). Our Awesome Planet’s must eat and must see places in the destination.
Best of all, it is distributed complimentary to all motorists traveling via NLEX this November 2012!
TAGAYTAY 101: Escape to Tagaytay written by Anton Diaz for the Awesome Life Planner 2012
Tagaytay is the closest haven for Manileños looking for cool weather, refreshing scenery and great food. Its charm lies primarily in the awesome view of Taal Volcano, which is described as “A Lake within a Volcano within a Lake within an Island” by the book 1000 Places to See Before You Die.
There are many ways to go around experiencing Tagaytay. Some people, who are first-timers to the area, limit their trip to the commercialized establishments along the ridge. For others, they just think of Tagaytay as a mid-point stopover en route to the beautiful beaches of Batangas. Then, there are those who succumb to the urge to cross the lake and hike all the way to Taal Volcano’s crater.
The best way to discover Tagaytay is by exploring its garden restaurants, boutique hotels, and other interesting spots with your family and friends. For sure, it will be a trip to remember.
Pampanga 101: A Taste of Kapampangan Food Culture written by Anton Diaz for the Awesome Life Planner 2012
Pampanga is regarded as the culinary center of the Philippines. It is a haven for foodies, where good food is a minimum requirement and where great cooks are born. Most of the best places to eat around the country can trace back their roots to Pampanga.
This province ignited my passion for food. Sometimes, I wish I grew up in a Kapampangan household because of its yummy food and culinary traditions. When exploring the province, I recommend seeking out its home-based traditional cuisine and going where the locals love to hang out.
Here is a first-timer’s foodie guide to experiencing the best food in Pampanga:
BICOL LOVE written by Anton Diaz for the Awesome Life Planner 2012
Unique cuisine, fun adventure destinations and the ever-majestic Mayon Volcano await you in Bicol. The best time to go would be during the summer months when you can also travel all the way to Donsol to swim with the whale sharks. To get to Naga or Legazpi City, you can take a 12-hour road trip or a one-hour plane ride from Manila.
8 Compelling Reasons to Visit Bicol
1. Climb Mayon Volcano!
When we were kids, we often drew volcanoes as perfect triangles with perfect cones. Beholding Mayon Volcano, as it towers over the Bicol region, is like seeing those childhood drawings come to life. You can hike the lava trail or go up to the halfway point of Mayon. The best viewpoints are in Daraga Church and the zipline in Lingon Hill.
YOUR AWESOME JOURNEY TO PAGUDPUD written by Anton Diaz for the Awesome Life Planner 2012
The road trip to Pagudpud is often the initiation for first-time road trip travelers. You can just decide to go, throw caution to the wind, follow the appropriate sign at every crossroad and drive all the way for 12-14 hours until you see the “Welcome to Pagudpud” arch.
There’s an adrenaline rush you get from seeing the northern towns for the first time. It is best to experience it with no expectations, just with the utmost appreciation for all the surprises that come your way.