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20
Sep
13

Felipe Massa’s “Pit-Stop” in the Philippines

Shell Philippines brought the excitement of Formula One in the country last Tuesday, September 17, 2013 by bringing the Scuderia Ferrari F1 driver, Felipe Massa, to meet local motoring enthusiasts and F1 fans.

Felipe Massa greets the press and fans

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13
May
10

Experience the World through Sports: Sports Tourism

Given a chance, who wouldn’t want to travel?  But travelling for sports?  That’s a different story altogether.

We typically travel either for business or leisure, and if it’s the latter we usually have relaxation in mind.  And relaxation doesn’t usually involve moving too much!

Sports Tourism is a niche of the travel industry with sports at its core—either through spectating or participation.  You need not go abroad to watch the World Cup or Olympics, or be an athlete yourself to be called a sports tourist—you already are when you went out of town for that basketball game!  Indeed spectating is the most relaxed form of sports tourism, but why stay behind the scenes when you can be part of the action?

A year ago I went to Singapore for some hard labor—not for employment as typically expected with most Pinoys—I went to run a marathon!  Even Singaporeans that I met were surprised that I visited their country for four days just to run.  I was a perfect example of a sports tourist!

The Philippines has much more to offer than Singapore as far as tourism is concerned.  The latter despite being one of the smallest countries in the world it is frequented annually by a lot of visitors.  It is so small in fact that you can practically cover the entire island in less than a day!  So what keeps tourists coming back to Singapore?  Sports!  Aside from world class marathons, the country is also popular for its F1 races and now they even host a 70.3 Ironman race.  Imagine all the income these tourists bring to their economy annually?

The Philippines may not have as developed tourism infrastructure as other countries but as far as sports tourism is concerned we’ve got so much to offer.  Recently our surfing spots are becoming world famous and also a similarly world-class 70.3 Ironman race reached our shores. Even our local running scene attracts some foreign elite athletes.  It may not be as much as with other countries but it’s a good start.  Mainly fuelled by locals, Philippine sports tourism needs all the support it can get, but what’s in it for you?

With sports tourism you get to view a place in an unusual perspective—like watching a movie behind the scenes.  But don’t be contented with “viewing,” participate! Participation in sports allows you to “experience” the place—and you don’t need to be an elite athlete to enjoy it.  We can say that sports tourists don’t just “visit” the place, they “experience” it!  And the Philippine advantage is that you have a lot to choose from for every budget!

For starters you can try “jogging” along baywalk (or a nearby park).  Once you get started everything becomes easier, and before you knew it you’d be taking that six hour bus ride or that next flight out just to participate with your favorite sports!

I was once just like every yuppie out there stuck between the walls of the office cube during office hours but through sports I was set free!  Little did I know that aside from being good for health, through sports I’d be able to experience the world in a unique way!  Don’t just take my word for it; experience it for your own.  Stop thinking and start doing.  Are you ready to make your own experiences?

Note: This article was originally intended for print.

25
Dec
09

Singapore Special: Solo Flight (Day 04)

Bags packed, ready to go—not for home, not just yet.  For my last day in Singapore my good ol’ friend Ernie who’s now based in Singapore was kind enough to take me on a quick tour.  I had pretty little time but I was thankful I was able to visit places many of my friends weren’t able to.  Let’s start this Uniquely Singapore tour!

Last morning in Singapore

View from our window: Bugis Junction

Hotel InterContinental, also across our hostel

Bugis Junction seems to be old structures refurnished for the 21st century

Just a few steps away was Singapore National Library

The library’s atrium

Books borrowed from the library can be returned anytime of the day through this terminal conveniently located at the lobby

The lobby was very spacious and conducive to reading

What’s inside the library

There’s also a café at the lobby

Very inviting library entrance

Travel Tip: Free Wi-Fi in Singapore is everywhere but unlike in the Philippines it requires a login (creating an account is free as well).

Waterloo Street

No feeding the birds

Sri Krishnan Temple

…with very intricate details

Still at Waterloo Street (doesn’t it look like a street in Manila?)

Chinese Temple

Uhm, a lion?

Another mall, The Cathay, blending the old with the new

Plaza Singapura

Istana Park

Metro Manila has big trees but Singapore has much more and bigger!

A divider in one of the pedestrian crossings in Orchard Road bearing the country’s symbol

Taking a quick round trip tour of Singapore via MRT

Travel Tip: With the MRT via North South (NS) and East West (EW) Lines you can virtually cover almost the entire island in roughly an hour and a half!

Clean and green Singapore

Despite having a small area it’s hardly crowded due to excellent urban panning

Back at Changi Airport, Terminal 2: this was as far as my friend can take me

Travel Tip: If you have a lot of spare time before your flight, grab a copy of Changi Airport’s brochure as there are a lot of activities you can do at the airport itself.  Since it is much like a mall and hotel combo I could even suggest that you dedicate hours before your flight to tour the airport!

Airline counters

F1 fever still on!

Scale model on display

Finding my gate

Too far too walk

Not window seat, again!

It definitely was a memorable trip for me and unexpectedly four days wasn’t enough to tour Singapore!  Now I definitely have reasons to return and next time I know better.  For when or what main activity would bring me back is yet decided, but is already considered.  Until the next time, thank you Singapore!

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