Going behind the scenes of Saltimbanco in Manila

The circus is back in town! Cirque du Soleil is back in Manila with their longest running show, Saltimbanco. Unlike last year’s Varekai, this show does not come with the Grand Chapiteau; the show is held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

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Rehearsing the bungee

Though I did get invited to watch during the opening night, it was the invitation to watch the performers rehearse and tour the backstage.
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Holiday mode at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa

They said that when you want something and keep thinking about it, the universe gives you what you’re asking for. It was the fourth week of May, and I just realized just how big a commitment I signed on when I agreed to do PHL360°. I needed to take a break, at least for a while. Then came an e-mail bearing the best news.

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Aerial shot of Rasa Sentosa courtesy of the hotel

“Would you like to spend 4 days and 3 nights at any Shangri-La property around the world?” I’m paraphrasing, but basically, that was the content of the email. I was beside myself with joy, and I had to read the email several times, going through each word with care, to be certain that I did read it right the first time. I did, and I was now faced with a tough decision to make: which Shangri-La property?
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Snapshot Singapore: Rasa Sentosa

The invitation came last May, and I’ve been so excited for this trip since.
The invite was actually for any Shangri-La property anywhere in the world,
but since I have to shoulder the cost to go there, I knew I had to pick a
hotel or resort in Southeast Asia.

I’ve decided right from the start that I’d stay in a resort, and not a
hotel. Shangri-La Resorts are more casual than the hotels, and certainly
more laid back. It is designed for relaxation, and that’s what I intend to
do.

(This post was written by the poolside. There is free wi-fi throughout the
entire resort. Definitely #lovingthemoment)

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USNS Mercy

As a traveler, I’m very interested with different forms of transportation. I’ve ridden a dromedary in the Sahara Desert, temple-hopped on a horse cart in Bagan, flew over Melbourne on a hot air balloon, crossed Manila Bay on a naval ship to Corregidor. One of the more interesting vessel I’ve been on was the Oberon-class submarine Onslow, which, I suppose does not count on being ridden as it’s docked and is open for tours when you visit the Australia National Maritime Museum in Sydney.

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Our chariot awaits

Thanks to the U.S. Embassy Manila I can add two more to my list: a helicopter and the USNS Mercy.
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Adventures of a different kind

Despite my life of non-travel in the past two months, the universe gave me some things to get excited about.

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This way to the beach

For one thing, the real reason I went to Misibis Bay was finally revealed: we went there for the filming of the second season of the Amazing Race Australia. The Philippines was the first stop for this season, so all the teams made it to the country.
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