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A Delicate Balance: A Window to the Batanes Way of Life

A breathtaking verdant landscapes and blue waters which is alternately agitated and calm is the popular images of Batanes.  Batanes the northernmost Philippine islands is more than just a weekend getaway,  it has long been part of a traveler’s must-go-and-experience list.

A project of The Museo ng Kaalamang Katutubo (MusKKat)  a book entitled “A Delicate Balance: Batanes Food, Ecology and Community” explores how food, ecology, nature, and tradition, have shaped the Ivatan way of life in the last 4,000 years.  It also explains too that the Ivatan and the Itbayat, people of the Batanes, knew well how to husband resources through aeons, without depleting or otherwise compromising nature.

The book was ritten by Corazon S. Alvina and Marian Pastor Roces and complemented with insightful photographs by Neal Oshima, the book shows the intricate but robust relationships within the Ivatan communities and how traditional Ivatan and Itbayat food is interconnected with the islands’ microsystems.

Officially launched this November, the book is a result of the collaboration with, and the consolidation of the substantive research work of, archaeologists, anthropologists, boat makers, botanists, Ivatan experts and cooks, a professional urban chef, nutritionists, geologists, sea current specialists, and zoologists.  “A Delicate Balance: Batanes Food, Ecology and Community” is available for purchase and priced at P3,850 via www.phfoodecosystems.com.

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Take A Healthy Walk Through Paris

Here’s a suggestion to keep in mind for your next trip to Paris.  If you plan to go somewhere or do things that are full of outdoor activity and exercise, then you might want to have some of Garmin’s best electronic and outdoor accessories on hand to help make your trip enjoyable.

Garmin offers a selection of activewear and outdoor equipment that is perfect when going on trips which require a great deal of physical activity, like skiing, cycling, hiking or similar sports and recreation.  And you can find the best Garmin deals and sales available on Groupon coupons.

For example, there are Groupon coupons a buyer can use to purchase personal navigation devices and equipment to use in the car, on a motorcycle, or even on yourself.  So you can go for extended bicycle rides – even your own personal Tour de France – using the GPS system and mileage counter you get from Garmin with your Groupon coupon.  You can also obtain the weatherproof and shock-resistant timepieces and exercise monitoring equipment you need to keep track of your new cardio-vascular exercise program.  And Garmin can also provide you with equipment that monitors your health performance as you exercise, including counting steps, mileage, and heartbeats.

Such products can be a godsend when you visit a walkable city like Paris.  One can spend days wandering through Paris neighborhoods, climbing the steps to the cafes and bistros in Montmartre, strolling through the diverse clubs and sights along the Left Bank, or walking through the historic palace at Versailles.  Indeed, a visit to Paris almost demands that the traveler be prepared to walk for miles, since nearly every neighborhood brings new and fascinating experiences and encounters with history, art and culture.  Put on an ankle monitor from Garmin, your most comfortable walking shoes, grab a pair of sunglasses, a small wallet with some euros handy in case you need them, and go for a stroll through the diverse communities that comprise the City of Light.  Your walks will be so enjoyable that you will completely forget the exercise you are getting – at least until you check your monitor.  Nor do you need to worry about getting lost; you can rely upon your portable GPS from Garmin to keep you pointed in the right direction.  So just get out and start walking!

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Saving Up In New York Staying In Affordable Hotels

New York is one of the cities in the world that frequently gets visitors. Not only because it is the center of business and fashion but it also houses the John F. Kennedy International Airport; known for being the 17th busiest airports in the world.

One day visit is for sure not enough but don’t worry because you would be scheduling up another visit anytime soon. Bear in mind that in order to fully explore its beauty, make sure you know how to budget your time and most importantly your money.

New York, Skyline, New York City, City, Manhattan

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Staying in New York might be costly but if you just know where to look, they also have several affordable hotels located near major establishments. Staying here would also mean learning to reach some of the destinations on your feet. Full-blooded New Yorkers know how to do the subway and can walk from several minutes without losing their poise.

Another way of keeping your New York visit at a lower cost would be booking your flights few months before your planned visit. It would also include booking at the affordable hotels in advance because in New York anytime can get busy thus anytime can become a peak season and you might end up having a hard time to look for a place to stay.

Since you’ve already saved up on staying in affordable hotels and booking your flights in advance, you will have enough budget to try out their sumptuous dishes. The city is known to be the melting pot of various international cuisines and this is something that you shouldn’t miss. Invest on their food and don’t forget to take pictures.

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