Osprey Out and About: The Roadtrip Adventure

*Osprey Out and About, first leg of many Osprey Adventures, is an outdoor experience exposing it’s participants to various activities and environments. This initiative seeks to inspire the adventurous to go further by enabling them to explore and try new experiences with Osprey. From nature tripping to cultural immersions, short hikes to breathe taking sights, giving back to the environment to trying local delicacies, Osprey Out and About is all about adventure backpacking! Held last November 4-5, Osprey invited friends from the media and select travel bloggers for the Osprey Out and About at Balanga, Bataan which entailed two days of trying out new things, and putting Osprey packs to the test.

Osprey Bataan Adventure

Our first stop was Balanga City Wetland and Nature Park which is considered as one of the country’s birdwatching havens. It serves as feeding grounds for migratory and endemic bird species. Because of its thick mangrove forest, wetlands, grasslands and mudflats, it became a natural food basket to at least 35 species and 15 families of birds, making it one of the most populated bird sites in the Philippines. Continue reading

Fun-filled Weekend at Caliraya Spring’s Mountain Lake Resort | Laguna

I woke up earlier than usual to meet my friends at the terminal. From there, we will take the bus bound to Sta.Cruz, Laguna and I almost didn’t make it. haha! This time, the group’s destination is Caliraya Spring’s Mountain Lake Resort. Check rates or book here.

1 Caliraya Mountain Spring Clubhouse

When we arrived, the staff welcomed and assisted us inside the clubhouse. We settled down first, had some snack that they prepared and proceeded to the pond for our first activity, feeding the ducks. Yes! You read it right, we can’t keep our giggles seeing how they run and bumped with each other just to get fed. Cute was the only word I can think of to describe how they run together while swaying their tails. Besides, how often do you experience feeding a group of duck in your lifetime? Continue reading

Four Fascinating Historical Facts about Tenerife

At this moment in time, Tenerife is an admired and approved destination among numerous travellers wanting to escape daily life in search of sun, sea, and sand. The biggest of the Canary Islands is also home to nearly half the region’s residents, but it wasn’t always this way.

Tenerife was uninhabited until around 200BC when cave dwellers known as Guanches settled here. For over a millennium, these natives were isolated from the outside world until the Spanish arrived in the 15th century.

From then until the present day, Tenerife has been a part of Spain, which is heavily reflected in the island’s culture and cuisine. But what other facts are there about the island’s fascinating past?

1. The word “Tinerfe” refers to one of the original Guanche monarchs
Although the word “Tinerfe” closely resembles the island’s name and can be seen on various buildings and businesses, it is actually honouring one of the original Guanche monarchs.

Tinerfe had nine children and after his death, each one received a “menceyatos” or municipality on the island to rule over. While Tenerife now consists of 31 municipalities, they are divided up in much the same way.

2. It took two years for Spain to complete its conquest
Military leader Javier Alonso Luis Fernández de Lugo along with around 2,200 soldiers sailed to the shores of Tenerife at the end of 1493 to begin Spain’s conquest of the island. However, the last of the defending Guanches did not surrender until late December 1495.

In addition to fatal injuries suffered in battle, the Guanches also succumbed to various diseases that the Spanish brought over, as the natives had little natural immunity or resistance.

3. Tenerife survived a famous attack from the British
Even though Horatio Nelson was one of Great Britain’s finest military leaders, he failed to conquer the island in 1797. In fact, the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife was where a musket ball hit him in his right arm, which later had to be amputated.

To commemorate this victory, Castle Negrillo close to the Parque Maritimo César Manrique hosts an annual re-enactment on 25th July. As you would expect, Nelson always loses.

4. Tenerife was a tourist destination before the 20th century
After a period of stability, Tenerife warmly welcomed visitors to its shores and by the 1890s it was a popular holiday destination. While visitors typically stayed around Santa Cruz and Puero de la Cruz, the whole island embraced the idea of tourism.

However, Tenerife soon entered yet another turbulent period and growth was hampered when the Spanish Civil War began in 1936. After General Francisco Franco was installed as leader of a dictatorship, several of his opponents in Tenerife fled to Cuba and Latin America.

But today, there are no signs of turmoil or trouble and Tenerife has firmly established itself as a thoroughly charming and captivating destination.

Images by Tony Hisgett and Jörg Lange used under the Creative Commons license.