TRULY ECO-FRIENDLY TRAVEL

The current buzzwords in the tourism sector include “Eco”, “Eco-friendly” and “Eco-tourism.” But what do they mean? Eco-tourism can be defined as the act of responsible travelling to natural environment protection area that conserves the natural environment while increasing the living standards of the local people.

This means you can go out into the natural world and enjoy yourself with your travel companion while at the same time practising responsible tourism practices hence minimising negative environmental impact. As you are reading this article now, one – fifth of the travel industry is contributed by nature-friendly tourism. However, UNESCO released an alarming report showing that there is an increase in the climate change in the major world tourist attraction sites which are likely to affect tourism negatively.

Climate change is mostly contributed by increased release of carbon monoxide into the environment either from our chimneys, cars or aeroplanes while travelling or vacating. If you practice eco-tourism travelling, you will help to sustain the environment for future generations to travel and appreciate nature too.

Environmental pollution is mainly caused by irresponsible travelling, unlimited tourist access such as frequent travel either by car or aircraft. But as a responsible eco-tourist, you can help preserve the ecosystem by avoiding many short breaks/tours during the year and taking long holidays once a year hence reducing the amount of carbon monoxide emitted to the environment.

Benefits of Environment-Friendly Tourism

As a real eco-friendly traveller, you will be playing a significant role in saving the natural resources while at the same time providing employment to the local communities. A Research that was conducted indicated that for every eleven formal jobs worldwide, one job is created by the tourism industry.

According to a statistical report that was published by the Center for Responsible Tourism, in 2016 alone, the tourism sector contributed 9.8% ($7.2 trillion) of the world’s gross domestic product. The money generated this way can be used to fund education problems, support environmental conservation programmes or help improve the carbon reduction technologies.

Responsible Body

As we speak, we do not have any internationally recognised organisation that is responsible for eco-tourism. However, several non-governmental organisations in conjunctions with different governments have come up with comprehensive eco-friendly tourism guidelines. One such organisation is the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources which is the world’s most influential environment conservation organisation. Through its members and environmental experts, it has established a link that overlooks all aspects of nature protection. During its largest conference on eco-tourism which was held in Hawaii this year, the following recommendations were made:

  • Supporting and promoting equitable protection of natural resources
  • Nature Conservation
  • Using nature based solutions to address present social challenges such as drought, food insecurity and natural disasters for the good of communities, species and ecosystems.
  • In conjunction with the World Bank, they aim to improve sustainable living standards and protection of natural resources

These guidelines are meant to help you explore the world’s natural geographic features without leaving a huge carbon footprint. From now on, you do not have an excuse as to why you should not apply these environmental friendly guidelines on eco-friendly travelling for all of your future eco-tourism travels.

Currently, IUCN has 1,400 members worldwide, which include government agencies, both national and international NGOs, and local organisations and they are hopeful that if these guidelines are implemented, they will go a long way in ensuring eco-friendly eco-tourism in the member countries and beyond.

How to Ensure Sustainable Travel

The list below shows some of the eco-friendly sustainable tourism practices.

  • Choose hotels that practice green living techniques
  • Travel light to reduce greenhouse gas emission
  • Once you reach your travel destination, plan eco-friendly outdoor activities.
  • Practice green living while on tour by recycling all recyclable products, conserving water and eating fresh farm produce.
  • Practice greenwashing.

LadyRedot support Eco-friendly tourism, reach out to us to find out how you can change your travel plans to make it friendly to our Earth at askus@ladyredot.com.

2017 List of Michelin Food Places in Singapore

The 2017 List of Michelin Food Places in Singapore were announced on 29th June, showing this year’s one, two and three starred restaurants and hawkers. A total of 38 restaurants were rated depending on the dynamism and the quality of Singapore’s culinary exceptional cuisines.

The rating also took into consideration the efforts of the chefs who as entrepreneurs give their all to invest in and develop new restaurants, also the people of Singapore and tourists who are on the look for new culinary experiences were involved in the different rating of establishments.

The following is the full list of the starred restaurants.

  1. One Star Restaurants

ALMA

A European and Spanish contemporary cuisine restaurant.

Location: Orchard Road. Physical address: 22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore – 228221. Phone: +65 6735 9937.

Operating hours: Mon-Tue: 5:30-10:30pm; Wed-Fri: 12-2pm, 5:30-10:30pm; Sat: 5:30-10:30pm. It is

Closed on Sunday.

A place where the best ingredients are combined with the best of European culinary passion for transforming your eating experience.

BÉNI

A French contemporary cuisine restaurant.

Location: Orchard Road. Address: # 04-06 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road, Singapore – 238897. Phone: +65 9159 3177. Website: www.beni-sg.com. Email: inquary@beni-sg.com.

Operating hours: Mon –Sat 12:00 – 3:00 Pm for lunch and 7:00 – 10:00 Pm for dinner. They are closed every Sunday and certain Public Holidays.

This small, elegant restaurant whose top quality seasonal ingredients are mostly imported from France and Japan. It’s two set of menus changes on a weekly basis to suit your eating desires.

CANDLENUT

Type of cuisine: Peranakan. Location:

Dempsey Road. Address: 17A Dempsey Road, Singapore – 249676. Phone: +65 1800 304 2288.

Operating hours: Mon – Sun 12:00 – 2:30 Pm for lunch; 6:00 – 9:00 Pm for dinner. Sun –Thu and Fri & Sat evening from 6:00 – 10:30 Pm.

A place where the heart and soul of Peranakan dishes are served which melts in your mouth. A restaurant where a sense of family togetherness is real.

CORNER HOUSE

Type of cuisine: innovative.

Location: Bukit Timah, Tanglin. Address: 1 Cluny Road, Botanical Gardens, EJH Corner House, (Nassim Gate Entrance), Singapore -259569. Phone: +65 6469 1000.

Operating hours: Tue-Sat: 12-3pm, 6:30-11pm; Sun: 11:30am-3pm, 6:30-11pm. Closed on Mondays.

An elegant upscaled restaurant at Botanic Gardens that offers a balanced, innovative menu that will leave a mark on you as a great one-of-a-kind dining experience.

CRYSTAL JADE GOLDEN PALACE

Cuisines: Chinese.

Location: Orchard Road. Address: 290 Orchard Road #05-22, The Paragon, Singapore – 238859. Phone: +65 6734 6866.

Operating hours: Mon-Fri: 11:30am-3pm, 6-10:30pm; Sat: 11am-3pm, 6-10:30pm; Sun & Public Holidays: 10:30am-3pm, 6:00 -10:30pm.

A refined combination of Chinese culinary expertise and the best ingredients that offer an unforgettable contemporary eating experience. This is what led crystal jade into the 2017 list of Michelin food places.

CUT

It specialises in steakhouse kind of cuisine.
Location: Marina Bay Sands. Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, Galleria Level, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore – 018972. Phone: +65 6688 8517.

Operating hours: Daily from 5:30 Pm – 12:00 Am. Sun – Thur 5:30 – 10:30 Pm for dinner. Fri & Sat 5:30 – 11:00 Pm.

Tony Chi, an esteemed hospitality designer, crafted the interior of cut with a modern aesthetic design to complement the contemporary menu that offers the finest range of beef selections grilled over hardwood and charcoal.

JAAN

A French cuisine contemporary kind of restaurant.

Location: Swissotel, the Stamford. Address: Level 70, 2 Stamford Road, Equinox Complex, Singapore – 178882. Phone: +65 6837 3322.

Operating hours: Mon – Sat 12:00 – 2:30 Pm for lunch and closed on Sunday and public holidays.

Jaan, a 40-seat, intimate restaurant that is dedicated to showcasing the best of modern French contemporary cuisine in Singapore.

LEI GARDEN

A Cantonese type of restaurant.

Location: City Hall. Address: 30 Victoria Street, #01-24 Chijmes, Singapore – 187996. Phone: +65 6339 3822.

Operating hours: Mon – Fri 11:30 Am – 3:00 Pm for lunch and 6:00 – 11:00 Pm for dinner.

It’s long reputation of nothing but the best cuisine with attentive staff and consistency in quality food for all dining occasions.

OSIA RESTAURANT

An Australian contemporary cuisine restaurant.

Location: Festive Walk. Email: osia@rwsentosa.com. Phone: +65 6577 6560

Operating hours: Thurs – Tue 12:00 – 2:30 Pm for lunch and 6:00 – 10:00 Pm for dinner. Closed every Wednesday.

A place to share iconic dishes that are presented in unique portions to facilitate common dining with the loved ones.

PUTIEN (KITCHENER ROAD)

Cuisine: Fujian.

Location: Kitchener Road. Address: Farrer Park 127129, Kitchener Road. Phone: +65 62956358

Website: http://www.putien.com.

Open hours: Mon – Fri 11:30 Am – 2:30 Pm and 5:30 – 10:30 Pm.

One of Singapore’s finest restaurant that offers authentic Heng Hwa cuisine aided by a superior reputation and an intrinsic desire to provide heart-warming food for globetrotting city slickers.

RHUBARB LE RESTAURANT

Cuisine: French contemporary.

Location: URA City Gallery. Address: 3 Duxton Hill, Singapore – 089589. Phone: +65 8127 5001

Open hours: Mon – Fri12:00 – 2:30Pm, 6:30 – 9:30 Pm; Saturday 6:00 – 10:00 Pm.

It has personalised service which proves you don’t need loud music, fancy cocktails to speak the language of food. It is ideal for business meetings and celebrations.

SHINJI BY KANESAKA (BRAS BASAH ROAD)

Cuisines: Sushi.

Location: Bras Basah Road. Physical address: 76 Bras Basah Road, Lobby Floor, Carlton Hotel, Singapore -189558. Phone: +65 6338 6131.

It is open Mon – Sat 12:00 – 2:00 Pm.

It’s hard to find sushi better than what they serve at Shinji by Kanesaka simply because they use the best ingredients with distinct flavours.

SHINJI BY KANESAKA (TANGLIN ROAD)

Cuisines: Sushi.

Location: Tanglin Road. Address: St. Regis Hotel, Lobby Level, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore. Phone +6568848239.

Website: http://www.shinjibykanesaka.com

It is open Tue-Sat: 12-2:30pm, 6-11pm; Sun: 12-2:30pm, 6-10pm and it is closed Monday.

It’s deep-rooted commitment to providing quality sushi, unrivalled hospitality and sophisticated luxury set the stage for Shinji by Kanesaka.

SUMMER PAVILION

Cuisine: Cantonese.

Location: City Hall, Promenade with address 7 Raffle Avenue, the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia, Singapore – 039799. Phone: +65 6434 5286.

It is open Mon-Sun: 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:30pm-10:30pm

Whether a birthday, corporate dinner or a special family occasion, a place where pan-fried shredded yam, conpoy and mushroom dumpling in clear broth, and pumpkin are served to take your Cantonese experience to the next level.

SUSHI ICHI

Cuisine: Sushi.

Location: Marriot Tang Plaza. Physical address: 320 Orchard Road, Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, #01-04, Singapore – 238865. Phone: +65 6235 5514.

It’s open Tue – Sun 12:00 – 2:30 Pm for lunch and 6:00 – 11:00 Pm for dinner. It is closed on Monday.

An award-winning restaurant that serves delicate, smooth sushi that will fulfil the appetite of every food explorer.

THE KITCHEN AT BACCHANALIA

Cuisines: innovative.

Location: Clarke Quay. Address: 39 Hong Kong Street, Singapore – 059678. Phone: +65 9179 4552.

It’s open Tue-Sat: 12:00 – 2:30 pm, 6:00 – 10:30 pm and closed Sunday and Monday.

Here you can enjoy a meal emphasising on a communal dining concept, in the heart of the bustling restaurant’s kitchen.

THE SONG OF INDIA

Well known for its Indian cuisines.

Located at Newton, Orchard Road. Its address is 33 Scotts Road, Singapore – 228226. Phone: +65 6836 0055.

They are open Mon-Sun: 12:00 – 3:00 pm, 6:00 – 11:00pm.

Situated in a classic black-and-white old bungalow in Orchard Road, the one starred Michelin – The Song of India is well known for its elegant, modern Indian cuisine.

BRACI

An Italian cuisine contemporary restaurant.

Location: Boat Quay, Clarke Quay with address 52 Boat Quay, Level 5, Singapore – 049841. Phone: +65 6866 1933.

They are open Mon: 6:00 -11:00 pm, Tue-Fri: 12:00 -2:30pm, 6:00 -11:00pm; Sat: 6-11pm and closed Sunday.

An all-new modern Italian restaurant which features delicious Italian cuisine and classic cocktails.

CHEEK BY JOWL

Cuisines: Australian contemporary.

Location: Raffles Place Tanjon Pagar: Address: 21 Boon Tat Street, Singapore – 069620. Phone: +65 62211911.

Operating hours: Mon-Fri: 12:00 -2:30pm, 6:00 -10pm, Sat: 6-10pm and closed Sunday.

At Cheek by Jowl, expect to dine in a relaxed and casual space while experiencing flavoursome modern Australian contemporary cuisines.

CHEF KANG’S

Cuisines: Cantonese.

Located at Mackenzie Road with address: 25 Mackenzie Road, Mackenzie Regency, Singapore – 228681. Phone: +65 6238 6263.

Open Wed – Mon 11:00 Am – 2:00 Pm and 6:00 – 10:30 Pm. They are closed on Tuesday.

Would you like to enjoy delicious, mouthwatering Cantonese foods? Then visit Chef Kang’s restaurant.

GARIBALDI

Cuisines: Italian cuisines.

Location: City Hall, Bugis. Address: 36 Purvis Street, Singapore – 188613. Phone: +65 6837 1468.

Open Mon – Fri 12 Am – 2:30 Pm for lunch and 6:30 – 10:30 Pm for dinner and Sat – Sun 11:30 Am – 3:00 Pm.

With impeccable service and pride itself for serving the freshest food, it is no wonder that Garibaldi achieves their Michelin Star. Their weekend brunch buffet is not to miss!

IGGY’S IMPERIAL TREASURE FINE TEOCHEW CUISINE

European contemporary cuisines are what made Iggy’s famous.

Located at Orchard road. Address: ION Orchard, # 03-05, 2 orchard turn, Singapore – 238801. Phone: +65 67362118.

Open Mon – Fri 11:30 Am – 3:00 Pm for lunch and 6:00 – 11:00 Pm for dinner. Sat 11:00 Am – 3:00 Pm for lunch and 6:00 Pm – 11:00 Pm for dinner. While on Sun and Public Holidays 10:30 Am – 3:00 Pm and 6:00 – 11:00 Pm.

They were awarded the one star for their utmost skill, attention to detail and wholesome preparation methods for their enticing desserts, fresh seafood and marinated meats.

LABYRINTH

It’s well known for innovative cuisines.

Located at Marina Bay, Promenade. Address: 8 Raffle Avenue, # 02-23, Esplanade Mall, Singapore – 039802. Phone: +65 6223 4098.

Open Tue – Fri 12:00 – 2:30 Pm and 6:00 – 11:30 Pm and Sat – Sun 6:00 – 11:30 Pm. They are closed on Mondays.

Labyrinth makes its way to the Michelin food places for its classic, delicious dishes and modern interpretations in the food industry.

META

It is famous for its innovative cuisines.

Location: Chinatown, Koang Saik. Address: 9 Koang Saik Road, Singapore – 089117. Or call +65 6513 0898

Open Mon – Fri 12:00 – 2:30 Pm and 6:00 – 11:00 Pm and Saturdays 6:00 – 11:00 Pm. They remain closed on Sundays.

Situated in the Bukit Pasoh Conservation area, Meta is a spunky hideout in an evolving neighbourhood full of a combination of old world charm and modern buzz.

SAINT PIERRE

It is well known for its contemporary French cuisines.

Location: Fullerton, Raffles place.

Address: 1 Fullerton road, #02 – 02B Singapore – 049213. Or call + 65 6438 0887 for reservations.

Open on Tuesday – Friday 11:30 AM – 3:00 Pm and 6:30 – 11:00 Pm and Monday and Saturday 6:30 – 11:00 Pm. They are closed on Sundays.

A classic top end French restaurant with a view over the bay. The staff is excellent, and the food is flawless.

SUMMER PALACE

Type of cuisine: Cantonese.

Location: Orchard Road, Tangalin, Regent, Singapore.

Address: 1 Cuscadem Road, level 3, the Regent Singapore – 249715. Phone: +65 6725 3288

Open Monday – Friday 12:00 – 2: 30 Pm for lunch and 6:30 – 10:30 PM for dinner. And Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 – 3:30 Pm for lunch and 6:30 – 10:30 Pm for dinner.

Summer Palace boasts about its formidable team of renowned chefs who create culinary magic to satisfy every Cantonese food desire.

WHITEGRASS

A modern Australian cuisines restaurant located in Victoria Street, near the Singapore Management University on the famous Chijmes complex.

Phone: +65 68370402 or email: info@whitegrass.com.sg   for reservations.

Open 6 PM – 9:30 pm, Tuesday to Saturday for dinner and 12 Pm – 2 Pm Wednesday to Saturday for lunch. They are closed on Mondays and Sundays.

A serene place either for lunch or dinner. An accurate reflection of personality and culinary style which combine carefully sourced native Australian ingredients for mouthwatering delicacy.

  1. Two Star Restaurants

ANDRÉ

A French contemporary cuisine restaurant located at Tanjong Pagar. Address: 41 Bukit Pasoh Road

TEL: +65 6534 8880. Website: www.restaurantandre.com.

Operating hours: Tue – Sun 12:00 – 2:00 Pm for lunch and 7:00 – 11:00 Pm for dinner. Closed on Mondays and public holidays.

L’ATELIER DE JOËL ROBUCHON

It’s famous for its French cuisines.

Location: Hotel Michael, Level 1. Address: 26 Sentosa Gateway, Hotel Michael, #01-101, 102 & 103, Singapore – 098138. Phone: +65 65777888.

Operating hours: Thu – Mon 6:00 – 10:30 Pm. It is closed every Tue and Wed except public holidays.

An intimate restaurant with creative designs where French cuisine is served mingled with the Mediterranean touch.

LES AMIS

Cuisine: French Contemporary.

Location: Orchard Road. Address: 1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre, #01-16, Singapore – 228208. Phone: +65 6733 2225.

Operating hours: Mon-Thu: 12-1:45pm, 7-9pm; Fri-Sun: 12-1:45pm, 6:30-9pm.

One of the finest dining restaurants with exquisite French cuisine prepared by expert hands of the executive chef and his crew which made Les Amis famous.

ODETTE

Cuisine: French.

Location: National Gallery. Address: 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, National Gallery, #01-04, Singapore – 178957. Phone: +65 6385 0498. Website: www.odetterestaurant.com.

Operating hours: Tue – Sat 12:00 – 1:30 pm for lunch and 7:00 – 9:00 Pm for dinner. Closed on Mon lunch, Sunday and public holidays.

A timeless fine dining destination with soft, warm and elegant decor

WAKU GHIN

Cuisine: Asian.

Location: Marina Bay Sands. Physical address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore – 018956. Phone: +65 6688 8507. Website: http://www.marinabaysands.com

Operating hours: Daily from5:30 – 10:30 Pm.

Unparalleled Asian 10-course degustation menu as culinary of different foods such as desserts, cocktail and coffee makes it an elegant restaurant.

SHISEN HANTEN

Cuisine: Vegetarian Japanese and Chinese.

Location: Orchard Road. Physical address: 333 Orchard Road, Level 35, Mandarin Orchard Hotel, Singapore – 238867. Phone: +65 6831 6266.

Operating hours: Mon-Sun: 12:00 – 3:00 pm and 6:00 – 10:00pm.

Its signature dishes of sour, pungent, hot, sweet, bitter, aromatic and salty makes it a place not to miss.

SHOUKOUWA

Cuisine: Japanese.

Location: Fullerton, Raffles Place. Address: 1 Fullerton Road, One Fullerton, #02-02A, Singapore – 049213. Phone: +65 6432 9939.

Operating hours: Tue-Sat: 11:30am-3pm, 6-11pm; Sun: 6-11pm. Closed on Mondays.

A restaurant with jaw-dropping prices with excellent food. Look no further for an incredibly intimate and meditative sushi restaurant.

  1. Three-star Restaurant


JOËL ROBUCHON RESTAURANT

Cuisine: French.

Location: Hotel Michael, Level 1. Address: 26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-104 & 105, Hotel Michael, Singapore – 098138. Email: robuchon@RWsantosa.com. Phone: +65 65777888.

Operating hours: Tue – Sat 6:00 pm – 10:30 Pm for dinner. It is closed every Sun and Mon except on public holidays.

A restaurant where the very best of the French cuisine is served. Its degustation menu with its famed dessert, bread, ice-cream and tea trolleys. It also an indoor winter garden for intimate private parties.

  1. Hawkers Restaurant

HILL STREET TAI HWA PORK NOODLE

Cuisine: signature Noodles with minced pork.

Location: Hill Street Address: 466 Crawford Lane, Singapore – 190465. Phone: +65 6292 7477.

Operating Hours: Daily from 9:30 Am – 9:00 Pm. Every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month they are closed.

A hawker’s restaurant whose noodles are firm to bite; served with tender and fresh pork mince, pork and liver slices.

LIAO FAN HONG KONG SOYA SAUCE CHICKEN RICE & NOODLE

Cuisine: Chicken Rice and noodles

Location: 335 Smith Street. Address: 335 Smith Street, #02-126 Chinatown Complex Market and Food Centre, Singapore – 050335. Phone: Does not have a phone. Website: https://www.facebook.com/hongkongsoyasaucechickenricenoodle/

Operating hours: Daily from 10:30 Am to 8:00 Pm.

It is well known for its chicken rice and chicken noodle which is served with its trademark soya sauce. Experience the service yourself.

LadyRedot have something for you! To celebrate our Michelin starred nation, we are offering a free food trail for you to enjoy the most out of Michelin’s most recommended hawker food!

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Unusual Beaches in the World

Beach. It’s a place usually dotted with palm trees where you get sand between your toes, get a tan under the heat of the sun, and bathe in crystal clear waters. Sure, but did you know that there are beaches in this mysterious world that offers more than that?

Did you know that there is a beach in this world that has glow in the dark particles dwelling in its waters? Did you know there are beaches in this world with green, purple, pink, black, and red sand? Prepare to be amazed as we show you the unusual beaches in the world.

  1. Red Sand Beach (Rabida, Galapagos)
    This beach is unusual because, yes you’re right, it has orangey red sand. The red sand is not because of blood of course, but it’s because of the oxidation of lava that contains a high level of iron and tiny bits of corals washed up.
  2. Pfeiffer Purple Sand Beach (California)
    It’s named “Purple Sand Beach” obviously because of its purple sand. Its sand however, is not purple all over. It has streaks of purple that look like someone spilled purple and indigo watercolor. No, nobody spilled watercolor on the sand. The purple color is because of the manganese garnet deposits from the hillside soil eroded to the beach.
  3. Pink Sand Beach (Bahamas)
    Here’s another one named after the color of its sand. Pink Sand Beach is pink because of the tiny pieces of coral that are broken down and washed ashore by the strong waves. Just imagine the blue waters and the pink sand! Just perfect!
  4. Papakolea Green Sand Beach (Hawaii)
    The first thing that you’ll probably think of when you see this beach is how slimy the sand must be because it looks like it’s covered with seaweeds. But no, the green shade is not because of seaweeds but because of Hawaii’s volcanic mountains. When the volcano erupts, the lava that reached the sea produces a mineral known as “olivine.” It’s the reason why the sand is green.
  5. Glass Beach (California)
    This beach is unusual because it is covered with tiny bits of glass. Sure, it may look nice and unique, but its history is exactly the opposite. Long ago, Glass Beach was the residents’ landfill. Locals used to dump their rubbish in the beach. The glass sand is a result of the waves pounding the glass materials into tiny pieces.
  6. Maldives (no specific beach though)
    Who says you can only enjoy the beach at daytime? In Maldives, visitors laze around the beach at night. When the sun goes down, when the stars appear in the sky, the bioluminescent phytoplankton gather up and line up the shore. The microscopic organisms glow in the dark as a reaction to the strong movements of the water. Oh so magical!
  7. Giants Causeway Beach (Ireland)
    This beach is unique and very picturesque because of its mysterious rock formation. Several million years ago, basalt lava rose to the surface. When it cooled, it cracked into gigantic columns that still exist until today.

Aren’t you attempt to pack your bags and go? I am! Come and join me for a trip today at askus@ladyredot.com.

To The Ends Of The World in Choquequirao

Many people say only the tough ones can make it to Choquequirao. They may be right. To get there, one has to tackle the 45 kilometer trek (back and forth) and numerous elevation change. It’s definitely not an easy feat, but it is going to be totally worth it.

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Brief Background

Choquequirao, Chuqi K’iraw or Chuqik’iraw, which means “cradle of gold,” is a remote Incan site  in the Andes. It is on the Vilcabamba mountain range and is 3,050 meters above the ground.

People call it the “sister of Machu Picchu” because aside from the fact that it is located in Peru, its structure and architecture are also very similar to that of its more famous sibling. Choquequirao, however, spans up to three times the size of Machu Picchu (although only 30% of it is visible) and gets only a handful of visitors daily. (Machu Picchu has more than 2,000 visitors a day while Choquequirao has only had about 5,000 visitors since 2013).

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How to Get There

Choquequirao can be reached by hiking or trekking for three days (or even up to more than a week) just outside Cusco. The starting point is the village of Cachora (just 5 hours away from Cusco), and then through the Apuramic Valley, and then to Chiquisca where travelers pitch their tents and spend the night. The next morning, the journey involves uphill trek to Santa Rosa and to Marampata. The travelers will then have to descend to 2000 meters, and then ascend again to 3000 meters (and this pattern repeats all throughout).

Choquequirao is, again, not easily accessible (but the 5,000 travelers who have gone there will surely tell you it will be all worth it). The journey requires high level of fitness and determination. To get around, it is also advised that you get an experienced guide.

P.S If you are wondering how to get back to the starting point, it’s the same way you came: trek up and down!

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When to Go

It is best to go anytime between May and October as this season has the driest months of the year. However, still expect occasional rain even during the dry season.

While in Choquequirao

Choquequirao gives you a glimpse of the ancient Andean life. Although you only get to see the ruins of the structure, the richness of their culture and the brilliance of the people behind the amazing architecture are very apparent. For instance, you will notice that the water fountains were strategically made of large rocks for durability, and  flat slabs of stones were inserted under the windows which refrigerate stored food. You will also see terraces that were decorated with white stones formed into llamas, animals that played an important role in ancient transportation.

Aside from the majestic ruins of the Incan royal estate, you can also marvel at the beauty of the surrounding snow-capped mountains of Ampay, Panta, and Quishuar. It’s easy to get lost in the mystery of Choquequirao. So don’t forget to look up and witness the marvelous mountains around you.

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mish Hello, I am Mish! I used to work as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since I graduated, I decided to give up my corporate job to focuses on my 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. I am a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, I’m tiny but I am an Olympic-level glutton. Let me bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach me at LinkedIn.

 

Close Up in Nature in Melbourne

Melbourne is not all about the hustle bustle of city life. It is also blessed with beautiful landscapes from tranquil forests to staggering cliffs that are specially crafted by mother nature. Therefore, let yourself submerge into the beauty of Melbourne’s finest nature attractions, by going through the enthralling exploration in these four magnificent places.

 

  • Sherbrooke Forest

As a part of Dandenong Ranges National Park, Sherbrooke Forest lies at an altitude of 220-500 m, 40 kilometers east of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.   It was the home to the Eucalyptus regnans , which is the tallest flowering plant in the world. Aside from its function as conservation center, there are a lot of activities that you can do in the area of Sherbrooke Forest. If you are a cyclist, try the 1 in 20 bike lane, where it is named as Melbourne’s popular climbs since it has challenging obstacles. The ride passes through fern gullies and grassy forest, and end to the appealing hilltop village of Sassafras.

Meanwhile for the family-friendly activities, the Eastern Sherbrooke Forest Walk is an easy trail route that encompasses of 6,6 kilometers of length. Take your kids for a morning walk, and introduce them to nature as they can witness various vegetation of plants, ferns, and vegetable growing during World War II. Moreover, if you are lucky, exotic animals such as wombats, samp wallaby, possums, and owl may greet you during your walk. Lastly, to end your adventure, top it off by sharing meal together with your family and closest friends at Grants Picnic Ground.

  • Cloudehill Garden

Still located in Dandenong Ranges, Cloudehill Garden is a unique concept of garden that combining art and natures at the same place. Feel the classic ambience of old European garden landscape, as various of trees, plants, and flowerbeds are neatly placed. With many areas to be explore, Cloudehill Garden offers various         photo spots that surely will elevate your Instagram feeds. For its iconic attraction, visit The Maple Court, where there are two gigantic maple trees standing strong since 1928. The garden is constructed around them. The Gallery Walk is a hidden gem with immersing types of roses like Scotch briars and Rosa spinosissima . Watch as it starts blooming from spring to early summer, with hints of cool sculpture collections scattered everywhere in the garden which should not be missed.

  • Sandringham Cliffs

Feel the warm breeze, sunny weather, at the bayside in Sandringham. Back in the days, Sandringham was originally known as “Gypsy Village” that is nothing more than a fishing village. Fast forward to the present time, Sandringham is a lively suburb with plenty of palm trees along its street. Situated on the opposite of Sandringham Hotel, there is a famous landmark known as band rotunda located on a clifftop overlooking the beach. Surrounded by palm trees, lawns and gardens, the scenic views are breathtaking as you can see endless ocean view from the top.

 

  • Alfred Nicholas Garden

Admire the seasonal highlights in Alfred Nicholas Garden. Whether you come in spring, summer, autumn, or winter, the scenery of Alfred Nicholas Garden is always mesmerizing to see, where each landscapes are wisely forming into colorful paintings created by nature. Watch as golden leaves scatter on the ground during autumn filling the lake with vibrant colors, or witness the blossoming of cherries flowers the spring comes which made Alfred Nicholas Gardens as a beautiful spots to take pictures. Open from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm every day, the garden itself is also equipped with linking paths that take you beneath the canopy of the Mountain Ash trees. Walk down to the picturesque lake and set picnic by the boathouse. In addition, Alfred Nicholas Garden provides wide area of spaces to rent as wedding venue. If you’re interested, do contact the official website for further information.

Whether you are a nature lover or you like to have your wedding photoshoot in Melbourne, reach out to us at askus@ladyredot.com and we will be happy to help you plan!

 


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Activities to do in Iloilo, Philippines

A heart-shaped province located in Western Visayas, Iloilo is aptly called the “Heart of the Philippines.” It may only have a total land area of 5000 square km with a population of approximately 2 Million, but this province offers countless activities for the young and old!

Food Tour

When you’re in Iloilo, it’s kinda difficult to stay faithful to your strict diet. Why? For starters, mouth-watering dishes are Iloilo’s year round attractions. Find a true blue local to show you places where you can eat authentic Ilonggo cuisines: La Paz Batchoy, native “lechon manok” (roast chicken), talaba and sinamak (oysters and native vinegar), KBL (pigeon peas, pork, and green jackfruit), chicken binakol, Pancit Molo, and fresh seafood dishes (The Philippines is an archipelago, so you see fresh seafood almost everywhere).

Heritage Sites Tour

There are several historical sites scattered all over Iloilo. Don’t forget to visit Calle Real, Plaza Libertad, the Iloilo Provincial Capitol grounds, Cathedral, Lizares Mansion, Casa Mariquit, Molo Church, and Bahay Camiña nga Bato, Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral, Miagao Church, San Joaquin Church, Dumangas Church, Santa Barbara Church and Convent, Ermita Chapel, and Nazaria Lagos Monument. You will surely be in awe of the history, architecture, and culture of the people. This activity is not only fun but also very educational!

Take a dip in Iloilo’s pristine waters

No travel article about the Philippines has no section about how beautiful its beaches are. Don’t forget your swimming outfit, eco-friendly sunblock, and cameras (these beaches are soooo picturesque)! Head over to Islas de Gigantes, Concepcion, Ajuy, Sicogon, San Joaquin, Miagao, Guimbal, Tigbauan, and Oton.

Climb, Trek, and Hike

Aside from crystal clear waters, Iloilo is also blessed with lush mountains. Get a trusted local tour guide to show you the roads less traveled: Bucari, Igbaras, Janiuay, Calinog, and Lambunao. Hike hidden trails and be surprised to see amazing waterfalls, overlooking views, and super clean surroundings! Your lungs, eyes, and heart will surely thank you!

Enjoy the city life

In most parts of the Philippines, it is still possible to enjoy the so-called “city life” without losing that laid-back ambience. Iloilo City has a number of lifestyle centers where you can enjoy a cup of coffee while reading a book, spa day (alone or with your loved ones), dine at classy restaurants, and shop at malls. Don’t forget to check out Plazuela de Iloilo, Ayala Atria Iloilo, Smallville Complex, SM City Iloilo, Robinsons Place Iloilo, and Iloilo Business Park.

Or go on a city tour

Iloilo may be a province, but Iloilo City is actually a tourist hub. Aside from its numerous restaurants and shopping districts, it also has amazing museums, hotels, and lifestyle districts.  and nightlife in the province await.

Join a festival

Because the Philippines is hugely Catholic, it’s not difficult to find yourself in the middle of a religious festival while in a province. Iloilo hosts the Dinagyang Festival, a religious and cultural festival held on the fourth Sunday of January. Enjoy the tribal music, religious rituals, street dancing, colorful costumes, amazing food, and most of all, the warmth of the locals.

Not a sleepy old town, Iloilo has plenty to offer for the adventurous and young at heart. Reach out to us to help you to plan your next trip to Philippines @askus@ladyredot.com.


 Hello, I am Mish! I used to work as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since I graduated, I decided to give up my corporate job to focuses on my 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. I am a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, I’m tiny but I am an Olympic-level glutton. Let me bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach me at LinkedIn.

 

Adventure Seeking in Bicolandia, Philippines

Bicol, also known as Bicolandia, is a region of the Philippines (specifically region V). It is composed of six provinces with a combined population of six million. So what does region V have to offer for adventure-seeking tourists? Read on.

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Hiking The Majestic Mount Mayon
Mount Mayon, an active volcano in Albay, is world-famous for its perfect conical shape. Anyone can marvel at the majestic beauty of the volcano when in Albay, but only the brave hearts can dare to hike the slopes of the 8,077-foot volcano. If you are one of the adventure-seeking tourists who would like to experience what it is like to be on Mount Mayon, do not forget to secure a permit from the local government first!

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Go caving at Calintaan Cave
Although this activity is all about caving, you have to prepare to get wet for this. Reaching Calintaan Cave involves hopping on a boat (in fact, it’s usually part of an island hopping package) from the the equally picturesque Subic Beach. Getting inside the cave chambers requires the tourists to swim (you can use the life vest provided by the boatmen if you don’t know how to swim). The best part is when you get inside the cave and reach different open and closed chambers where trees tower you. Tip: this activity is only possible when the tide is low so arrange this ahead with your tour guide or ask a local to help you.

Quitinday Hills
If Mount Mayon is too much for you, you can try hiking the hills of Quitinday. This involves a short hike from the ground and the slopes are not that steep, too. Reaching the peak will give you an amazing panorama of what seems to be a never-ending hilly terrain.

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Trek Mount Isarog
Located at the heart of Camarines Sur, this paradise is perfect for mountaineers and non-mountaineers. Along your way, you will meet various flora and fauna, natural pools, waterfalls, and clouds. Yes, clouds! This mountain is the second highest mountain in the region. That means at some point, you will even be higher than the clouds!

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Jump into Malabsay Falls
You can reach Malabsay Falls by trekking Mt. Isarog first. Bathing in its ice cold water is a perfect way to cool yourselves down after an exhausting trek!

Stay at Caramoan like a ‘survivor’
There is no question why Caramoan was chosen by the producers of Survivor for their show. The Caramoan Peninsula is a world-class destination that offers tourists the peace and quiet that they need, aside from the unbelievably marvelous (still an understatement) island beaches and rock formations around the place.

Or stay at Calaguas Island
The Calaguas Group of Islands should be on your list if you like to live a simple island life. You can sleep in tents with no electricity (and sometimes no water), cook your own food (and start your own fire), and connect with the beauty of nature (and not with social media). The beauty of this paradise is just jaw dropping! No crowd… just peace and serenity.

Try wakeboarding in Camarines Sur
Head over to Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC), a park made for wakeboarding, waterskiing, and wakeskating to get your dose of adrenaline rush. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you don’t need to worry as the operators and trained instructors provide instructions to ensure your safety. Ramps, obstacles, beach volleyball area, and a pool are available for the guests.

For the adventurers at heart, let us help you to plan all the necessities while you prep your own gear. For more information, just askus@ladyredot.com


mish
Hello, I am Mish! I used to work as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since I graduated, I decided to give up my corporate job to focuses on my 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. I am a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, I’m tiny but I am an Olympic-level glutton. Let me bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach me at LinkedIn.