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    Typhoon Season/Rainy Days Travel Ideas: From Museums to Storm Surfing

    Just what every traveler doesn't want is for summer to end and be stuck at home during typhoon season. Here are a few tips from Tutubi to do during these no "starry, starry nights" with occasional rains, low pressure areas, inter-tropical convergence zones, tropical depressions and storms hounding the weather news.

    1. Visit Museums

    When was the last time you visited the National Museum? During elementary school days herded in and out of the bus on a field trip? Museums are the repositories of our country's heritage and showcases our culture, history and the richness of our biodiversity. Tip: There's still free entrance to the National Art Gallery, right across the National Museum, for you to catch a glimpse of Juan Luna's Spoliarium.

    2. Learn New Languages

    Tutubi studied Spanish and Japanese (Nihongo) in college, self-studied a little French and Cebuano. He can actually understand Cebuano and can speak it "gamay lang" just to haggle with vendors and ask directions from Cebuanos.

    Just recently, he's heard about the free Korean language classes at the newly-opened Korean Cultural Center in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, he might give enrolling in the free Korean language class in Manila a try if the schedule permits.

    3. Couch potato travel or the armchair explorer by watching Travel TV shows

    Cheap and cozy travel watching travel tv at the comforts of home and help you plan your next trip. A handy Travel TV Show Schedules compiled by Tutubi (needs updates though). On Sunday mornings, Byaheng Bulilit, Pinoy T.A.L.K. and Easy Ride if you don't have cable TV channels like Living Asia Channel and Discovery Travel and Adventure.

    Storm Chasers: Storm Surfing

    For the adrenaline rush and dangerous one at that, when most people avoid the beaches during typhoons, a handful of adventurers actually paddle out on surfboards to meet gigantic waves on the surfing beaches facing the Pacific Ocean. Try the beaches of Bicol (Bagasbas Beach, for one) or those in Baler, Aurora (where the closing scene of Oliver Stone's Hollywood movie "Apocalypse Now" was shot). It's also during typhoon season where the world famous Cloud Nine waves of Siargao come alive.

    Storm Surfing Philippines, a haven for storm surfers :P


    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:56 PM,


    At Aug 4, 2011, 1:40:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    Aside from storm chasing, I am sold with the others on the list.

    At Aug 5, 2011, 10:01:00 PM, Anonymous Seair said...

    I love this! this is perfect for the ridiculous weather that we have been having!

    At Aug 10, 2011, 1:03:00 AM, Anonymous thepinaysolobackpacker said...

    great suggestions tutubi! thanks for sharing!

    At Aug 21, 2011, 2:11:00 PM, Blogger lifeisacelebration said...

    I'd stick to couch potato-traveling and museums. No storm chasing definitely for me. Lol

    At Dec 31, 2011, 6:28:00 PM, Anonymous gorilla safaris said...

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