Nightlife in Makati Philippines – Fantastic Friday Nights

Friday nights are where you let loose from all the stress of the week and just have a little fun whether you are on holiday or not. If you are to spend those Friday nights with your friends in Makati, here are a few places you might find interesting.

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A toast to sports

If you are the sports lover, hanging out on a Friday night with friends at Mulligan’s is the perfect place for you! The pub’s interior gives you the feel of the typical Irish gastropubs. The atmosphere here is quite lively as visitors gulp down their beers and cheer on their favourite teams. Enjoy Irish-American bites available on the menu.

Party hard at Black Market

If you are looking for a break from your calm and quiet atmosphere in your hotel in Makati, for instance, the likes of Berjaya Makati Hotel, head out to Black Market. Dance to the beats of the latest pop songs and a bit of base from the underground music as well. dance the night away, take a few minutes rest at the bar with unlimited drinks from 12 am to 3 am.

Dine fine at the Penthouse 8747

Even though it is Friday, you may not be up for a crazy night ahead. Well, then why not go out with your better half for an elegant dinner at the Penthouse 8747. The theme for the interior of this restaurant is from The Great Gatsby with a splendid view of Manila from the 22nd floor. Relish the fantastic cocktails and treat your tongue to a tasty dish with your partner.

Sway to the disco beat

If the current hits on the club playlist is not your cup of tea, simply walk into Strumms in Makati. There are several bands that will be performing with music from the 70s and 80s. It’s certain that your toes will not stop tapping and you will eventually end up on the dance floor bumping to the beats of the disco era.

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Exploring the Religious Town of Kataragama – A Spiritual Experience…

The small town of Kataragama is one of the most venerated religious sites on the island of Sri Lanka, which people of all ethnicities flock to pay homage to.

Background

Kataragama embodies a sense of spiritual divinity and lays claim to historical relevance dating back to the 2nd century BC. The town’s most popular temple is the one dedicated to the Kataragama deity, a Hindu / Buddhist lord. It is believed that King Dutugamunu built the shrine for the deity to fulfil a vow made to him when he defeated, King Elehara.

Things to Do

While the town is peaceful, it undergoes a dramatic transformation when its time for the evening Pooja. Hundreds of devotees assemble on the site carrying platters of fresh fruits and garlands of scented flowers to seek blessings, and taking part in it would prove to be an unforgettable experience!

Festivities

If you ‘re planning on visiting the sacred town, choosing to do so in the month of July would be ideal as it will enable you to experience the Kataragama Festival. Rituals rooted in ancient traditions along with a colourful parade known as a Perehara which includes dances and acrobatics could be seen in all its glory.

How to Get There

Kataragama can be reached approximately in 5 hours from Colombo via the Southern Expressway. If you wish to stay for a few days, then there are many hotels in Kataragama, Sri Lanka including the likes of Mandara Rosen Kataragama to choose from.

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Clarke Quay and Riverside Nightlife at Singapore – The party hub

The nights at Clarke Quay and Riverside offer a unique look into the dining and entertainment scene in Singapore.

Clarke Quay and Riverside Nightlife | Image Credit - William Cho, CC BY-SA 2.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Clarke Quay and Riverside Nightlife | Image Credit – William Cho, CC BY-SA 2.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

History

Back in the days, Clarke Quay was a centre of commercial activity that was situated on the banks of the Singapore River. Now, it is a maze of everything from stores to bars, casual dining to exhilarating clubs.

Zouk

If you ask anyone about clubs in Clarke Quay, the in-crowd would probably begin with Zouk. This is the most popular club on that stretch and caters to anyone who have a love for House music. Resident and international DJs play at this club and on Wednesday nights, the club has a special playlist that has a mix of the 70s, 80s, and 90s pop music.

Trace Club

Trace Club is kind of new to the scene but quickly gained a name for being the best place to be in after dark. Many luxury hotels in Asia are situated in and around the popular party places, and Singapore is no different. Big names like Park Hotel Group and more have at least one hotel that is within a kilometre’s distance away from this club.

Attica Nightclub

If you want to dance all night with like-minded party goers, then the Attica Nightclub is where you should be heading to!

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Diving the Yongala Wreck – The Legendary Dive Site of Queensland Australia

There are so many breathtakingly beautiful dive-sites to be found within the Queensland area, but one of the most legendary sites across the world is where the SS Yongala sits on the ocean bed.

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The SS Yongala

This massive passenger ship was built by an English company for the Adelaide Steamship Company. It was named after a small town in the south of Australia, whose name means ‘good water’ in the native Nadjuri language.

The Story Behind the Sinking

The ship sank after being caught in a cyclone in 1911, which resulted in the death of all 122 passengers that were on board. It took more than forty years to discover the wreckage, which was found in 1958.

The Wreck

After sitting on the ocean bed for more than a century, the SS Yongala has become a thriving ecosystem for the bounty of marine life that is to be found beneath the water. Around 10,000 divers visit the wreck every year. If you’re on vacation at one of many hotels Townsville such as the likes of Oaks M on Palmer, you might want to think about a visit.

The Experience

The wreck is one of the best examples of its kind, with the skeletal remains of the ship still having many components such as the rudder and engine intact. You can also discover marine creatures ranging from manta rays to bull sharks.

 

 

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Bali Safari & Marine Park – A Day Out in the Wild

Experience the ‘wild side’ of the Island of Gods at the Bali Safari & Marine Park; here you can see animals from all around the world roaming freely in habitats similar to their natural environs. It is the perfect place to enjoy with the whole family and get up close with certain creatures too.

Where can it be found

Launched in 2007, the Bali Safari & Marine Park is located in the island’s Gianyar regency. Spread across a massive 40 hectare property, this popular attraction is open daily from 09:00am to 17:00pm. Be you staying at a budget rest house or boutique hotel Bali has to offer such as Alila Manggis planning a visit here is worth it.

The safari experience

This thrilling guided safari ride takes place on air-conditioned trams that drive through special open spaces. These areas have been carefully made to resemble natural habitats including those of Africa, Indonesia and India.

The Wildlife

There is much to see on a safari ride at the park; on your adventures, you can glimpse everything from majestic Indian white tigers to Himalayan bears as well as African hippos, lions, camels, black bucks, baboons, elephants and a whole lot more!

Highlights at the park

Not to be missed is ‘Ranthambore’ where you can see white tigers amidst a setting of an ancient Rajasthan fort and a special area where elephants are looked after. You also get several animal themed shows and even a chance to take photos with some of the friendly wild inhabitants.

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Snorkelling Trip to Khai Islands

Nestled a little away from Phang Nga Bay, Khai Islands, with bright blue transparent waters are best known for providing a great snorkelling opportunity.

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Snorkelling Trip to Khai Islands | Image Credit – Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia Commons

The islands

The three Khai Islands, namely Khai Nai, Koh Khai Nok and Koh Khai Nai are located approximately 30 minutes from the east of Phuket. Resort lovers who choose to stay at properties of COMO Hotels & Resorts will find that a day trip to these islands is the perfect escape from the crowds.

Snorkelling

Koh Nai Island and Koh Khai Nai Island are popular for snorkelers as the waters are teeming with a colourful range of marine life.

What not to do

No matter how tempting it looks, remember that you should not feed the fish, as this will harm the ecosystem since the fish will eventually become dependent on humans for their food! Also, you can be arrested for it.

Essentials

Everything from swimwear, sunscreen and sunglasses are essential. If you stay a property such as COMO Point Yamu, a tour to these islands can be arranged for approximately THB 2,500++ per person, which includes snorkelling equipment, guides and transfers.

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Windsurfing in Maldives – Water adventures

Maldives is one of the most popular tourist destinations for beach holidays and water sports. Windsurfing is one of the more popular water sports in Maldives which combines sailing together with surfing.

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Maldives

Maldives is the ultimate destination for water sports. The lovely strong winds, the turquoise waves and the year-round sunny weather present the perfect conditions for the sport.

Perfect place to windsurf

Maldives is an island nation that comprises of 26 atolls made of over a thousand coral islands. Choose to stay at a Maldives luxury resort the likes of COMO Maalifushi, The Maldives which offers this activity and a great option to consider since it has a windsurfing course for novices or those looking to get reacquainted with this thrilling recreational activity.

Figure out your equipment

The equipment needed for this activity is not complicated at all and once you have got the balance mastered and learn how to navigate, you can be skimming the surface in no time.

When to go

Beginners can go anytime. As the sun is always shining, suitable wind conditions can be found somewhere around the collection of atolls. If you are a skilled surfer and are looking for something suitable for your skill level, though, things get more selective. The best time for you to visit would be from May to October.

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Guide to Whale Watching in Mirissa – A Thrilling Experience for the Whole Family

Mirissa is one of the most popular coastal locales in Sri Lanka, and in addition to offering beautiful beaches with powdery sands and turquoise waters, it is has a significant whale population.

Overnight stay at Cape Weligama & Weligama

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International Grade Operations

Pretty much all the providers of whale-watching expeditions operate under very strict guidelines to ensure the wellbeing of the marine titans. Among many things they refrain from venturing unnecessarily close to the whales, and they never interfere with the creature’s course.

The Vessels

The whale-watching boats are generally large vessels with a capacity of at least forty people. The ones run by the military are even bigger, and can hold more than a hundred passengers. The price is also generally inclusive of insurance relating to the boat and its passengers respectively.

Procuring a Tour

A whale-watching adventure should definitely be a priority when it comes to things to do in Sri Lanka. You can easily procure a whale-watching expedition from many travel providers such as Walkers Tours.

Whale-Watching Season

The optimal time to go whale-watching is from November to April, where there’s a very high number of whales and the seas are also quite calm. Although there will be whales from May to October as well, the seasons tend to be quite rough and the voyage is not recommended.

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Extreme Water Sports to try out in Kalutara – Adrenaline Pumping Activities

Kalutara is a quiet coastal town located in the south of Sri Lanka and is one of the best places on the island to partake in a variety of water sports.

Jet Ski

Hop on a jet ski and rip through the mesmerizing lagoon waters of Kalutara. This adrenaline pumping sport is a great way to spend the afternoon, especially if you’re staying at AVANI Kalutara Resort.

Surfing

Surfing is an island wide favourite and if you’re looking for popular things to do in Kalutara– this is it! Grab a surf board and catch some of the biggest and baddest waves around the coastal areas.

Parasailing

With the wind as your friend, parasailing is a great way to enjoy the scenery and partake in a thrilling activity! Feel the adrenaline rush through your bones as you soar above the shimmering ocean waters.

Wind Surfing

Sri Lankan beaches, lagoons and rivers are the best places to try this water sport as you’re constantly blessed with the gusts of wind. Glide along the waves and let the wind be your guide.

Diving

Don your flippers and scuba diving kit and dive into the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean. Only those with a PADI license are permitted to dive.

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Abu Dhabi Leisure Activities – Fun For All!

The capital of UAE and a rapidly developing city has a range of leisure activities for visitors to partake in. Whether you’re staying in the city or exploring the beauty of Sir Bani Yas Islands, Abu Dhabi offers fun for all!

Desert Safari

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Enjoy a scenic and adventurous desert safari ride on4X4 vehicles – a must do activity when you’re in the emirate. Some of the major hotel chains in Abu Dhabi offer this excursion for their guests. Sit back and get ready for the ride of your life on the golden sands of the Arabian Desert.

Archery

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Archery; an ancient method of hunting, is offered by many shooting ranges across the country. However, those staying at any of the Minor Hotels in Abu Dhabi will be able to enjoy this activity, whether you’re a beginner or professional.

Snorkelling

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Explore the refreshing waters surrounding the magnificent Sir Bani Yas Island during a snorkelling expedition, as you discover a whole new world that flourishes beneath the surface.

Nature and Wildlife Drives

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Another popular excursion to partake in when you’re in Sir Bani Yas Island is a nature and wildlife drive. During this expedition, you’ll be able to a variety of wildlife from giraffes to Arabian Oryx in their natural habitat.

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