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ibis Styles debuts in the Philippines

IBIS Styles, a creative hospitality brand from leading hotel operator Accor, marks a major milestone in the Philippines with the launch of its first ibis Styles hotel in the country. ibis Styles Manila Araneta City unleashes a distinctive hotel experience in one of Quezon City's hippest neighborhoods. Individually themed, each ibis Styles hotel is a unique, intensely designed venue with bold themes brought to life, inspiring guests and local...


How I found bliss cycling along the coast of Estonia

I was barely out of Pärnu on the first morning when it happened. I’d stopped to listen to the reed warblers in a broad belt of roadside wetland. Down at my feet were four types of orchid, and cuckoos were calling. It was the beginning of my trip: I didn’t know that I would be seeing and hearing those things continuously for the next week. But this was no nature reserve, simply an ordinary Estonian country lane, close to the coast and the...


New York-style ferry system in PH to cost P20B

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) estimates it would be spending up to P20 billion for the proposed ferry system traversing Manila Bay, Pasig River, Marikina River and Laguna Lake as it will be designed to accommodate a high volume of daily commuters. Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan, in a statement on Friday, said the project could be modeled after the Chao Phraya River Ferry System in Thailand and the New York Ferry...


Here’s What to Order at Oakland’s New Small Change Oyster Bar

These are the top four things to order at the new Temescal destination for seafood


Trnsmt fans fly the flag at Scotland’s biggest music festival

Trnsmt fans fly the flag at Scotland’s biggest music festival - Headliners at Glasgow Green on Saturday include Rick Astley and Gerry Cinnamon.


I never stay in Las Vegas for more than 2 nights. This is my foolproof itinerary for maximizing a weekend in Sin City.

I've been to Las Vegas a lot and don't stay more than two nights. Here's how I plan the best weekend in Vegas, plus my itinerary and recommendations.


International secret societies you've never heard of

Throughout history, various clandestine underground groups, orders, and organizations have emerged. These secret societies have always been surrounded by mystery, as their members deliberately choose to remain hidden from public view. While some of these societies are associated with sinister motives and conspiracy theories, others have become subjects of rumors, speculation, and even fantasies. What exactly are their inner workings? And why do they go to such lengths to keep their membership concealed? Explore the intriguing world of international secret societies that you may have never even known existed.


Big City bets make big move

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Palarong Pambansa’s sleeping giant has awakened. After dozing off in the first few days, the Big City went on a gold medal rampage and struck in various fronts, including swimming where Sophia Rose Garra was a mermaid, and gymnastics where Iza Yulo was a dynamo, to seize the overall lead yesterday. Garra, a protégé of Olympian Jenny Guerrero, set a new mark in the elementary girls’ 50-meter backstroke in 31.96...


Palaro gold winner explains beauty of 'boring' long-distance walk race

CEBU CITY, Philippines -- It may look boring but the long-distance walk race, like any other athletics events, has its beauty and challenges, too. Incoming Grade 11 student Sep Blessee Placido, a two-time Palarong Pambansa 2000m gold medalist, took the time to explain. Placido, 16, said the sport is too technical and that it demands mental toughness so as for the competitors not to increase their speed to the point that they're jogging or...


Government observes growth in tourism spending, investments in 2023

MANILA, Philippines — The government saw a surge in spending by tourists within the Philippines, as well as investments and spending by the government for tourism, which the Department of Tourism (DOT) said all helped grow the Philippines’ tourism industry in 2023. Domestic tourism expenditure, or spending by people traveling within the Philippines including locals, grew by 72.3 percent from 2022 to 2023, according to the 2023 Philippine Tourism...


Inside Magic Johnson's lavish summer getaway as NBA legend travels around Europe with wife Cookie and Samuel L. Jackson

Magic Johnson and Samuel L Jackson have been spotted on a big European vacation on board a superyacht. Johnson has been known to take trips around the Mediterranean in the past.


I moved our family from California to Costa Rica for love, and it ended up being the best thing for us — despite the breakup

Ivette Cuevas moved from California to Costa Rica and opened a coffee shop with her son. They both say it's better for them than life in the US.


Australia explorer laid to rest in village

Matthew Flinders, the man credited with naming Australia, has been reburied in Lincolnshire.


Stunning seaside town with hardly any tourists - unlike its swamped neighbour

Seaton is a beautiful seaside town sitting at the heart of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and is packed full of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants


What it’s really like to live at Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace, built in 1703 and designated a royal residence in 1761, is now well-known as the official residence of the late Queen Elizabeth II, but it's also an official state building. The famed royal grounds operate in both private and public spheres, containing both rooms designated for official purposes—the ones which we see—and private areas and apartments, which stay guarded from public view. With its 829,000 square feet and 775 rooms (including 19 state rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 92 offices, 78 bathrooms, and 188 staff bedrooms), the palace certainly has space for all the royals to live, but it's not as enticing as it might seem. While there are some definite perks to living in the palace, there are also a surprising number of challenges and inconveniences. Click through to find out what life at Buckingham Palace is really like.


Huge RAF plane lifted from fort by crane

The Blackburn Beverley is being dismantled in Hull and moved to a museum in Cumbria.


Is there hope for a Philippine 15-minute city?

How far can you go in a span of 15 minutes? For many of us who live in congested cities, our answers may be quite limited. In 15 minutes, some of us may find ourselves still squeezed in a jampacked elevator or stuck in traffic. Would you believe, however, that in some cities some people would have already traveled to the grocery, finished their shopping, and returned home—all in 15 minutes? This scenario of easy accessibility is the ideal life...


London Wildlife Trust launches stag beetle count

The stag beetle is in decline across much of Europe but London remains a "hotspot", the trust says.


10 Crowd-Favorite Airbnbs Around the World for Families

Check them out and see why they are a favorite.


Small sleepy town defeats billionaire's plans to build luxury resort

Joe Ricketts this week ordered crews to immediately stop construction on his $50million tourist trap in Bondurant to the delight of its 156 residents.


RNLI boats on show during charity event

Organisers of the Flag Day say souvenir stalls and a charity swim will also feature.


Canceled flights: Bad weather affects Manila-Zamboanga route

MANILA, Philippines — Flights were canceled on the Manila-Zamboanga-Manila route for Saturday due to “unfavorable weather conditions,” according to the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa). In a statement, Miaa said the following trips were called off as of 8:00 a.m. on July 13: Philippine Airlines (PAL) Express (2P) 2P 2949/2950 Manila-Zamboanga-Manila Cebu Pacific (5J) 5J 851/852 Manila-Zamboanga-Manila 5J 859/860...


Possible stone circle find near monument

An area around Arthur's Stone - said to mark the spot where King Arthur slew a giant - is being excavated.


Families of England players face major travel CHAOS as they look to attend the Euro 2024 final - with direct commercial flights to Berlin selling out and private jet quotes reaching £18k

SAMI MOKBEL IN BLANKENHAIN: The parent of one player has even taken the decision to drive to Germany for the game because they can not purchase a direct commercial flight.


‘As prepared as we can be’: UK airlines and airports get ready for summer getaway

It’s time. The summer holidays are upon us and that sunshine jaunt booked back in January is suddenly imminent. But as the first travel chaos stories of the season start to pepper the headlines – a power cut here, a baggage meltdown there – clouds of anxiety can gather over daydreams of beach bliss. In the post-pandemic rush to head overseas, the air and travel industry uncovered ever more new things to go wrong. In 2022 came the realisation...


What you should (and shouldn't) pack for the perfect beach day

Here are some of the best simple tips and hacks for packing light for the beach and managing beachside food and beverages with ease.


Maui sees significant decrease in tourists a year after devastating wildfires

Maui's economy continues to take a hit almost a year after wildfires devastated portions of the island and killed over 100 people, due to the continued drop in tourism revenue.


Royal treasures: Discover the largest private art collection in the world

The Royal Collection of the British royal family is the largest private art collection in the world. Housed variously in occupied and historic royal residences across the United Kingdom, this vast treasure trove in owned by King Charles and overseen by the Royal Collection Trust. It numbers the priceless Crown Jewels, rare Old Masters, and unique Fabergé eggs among many other rare and extraordinary artifacts. And most of the collection is on public display! Click through and be dazzled by the treasures of the Royal Collection.


Socotra Island, the most unworldly place on the planet

Socotra Island covers an area of just 3,626 sq km (1,400 sq m), and yet this tiny Indian Ocean island lying off the coast of Yemen represents a treasure trove of dazzling biodiversity. The largest island in the Socotra archipelago, this is a destination that defies worldly description. Instead its landscape in more alien in nature, a unique collection of habitats that would look more at home on a distant planet in the far reaches of the universe. But Socotra is accessible, and more people are venturing outside their comfort zone to explore this remarkable island and its wealth of rare flora and fauna. So, how adventurous are you? Click through and journey to a place extraterrestrial in looks, and little explored by earthlings.


China's Sci-Fi Adventure ‘Escape From the 21st Century' Picked up by Fortissimo Films

Amsterdam and Beijing-based film sales company Fortissimo Films has picked up licensing duties to upcoming "Escape From the 21st Century," a Chinese sci-fi action title. The story follows three friends who discover they have the power to travel back and forth 20 years with a sneeze. However, the future is not as good as they […]


This is what it feels like to visit Death Valley National Park

This is what it feels like to visit Death Valley as one of the Earth's hottest places is being punished by a dangerous heat wave.


The most beautiful sounds found in nature

It's just our luck that nature has an abundance of amazing creations for us to marvel at and appreciate. Even just listening in can be quite the unique experience. Indeed, there are certain animals blessed with some of the most beautiful calls in the wild. Many of them are well known, while others might not be recognizable to many people. Intrigued? In this gallery, discover some of nature's most beautiful sounds. Simply click on!


The Midwest state with lowest cost of living revealed

Oklahoma has been ranked as the state with the lowest cost of living after its major city was revealed as the cheapest big city in the country to rent in.


USA road-tripping: the best camping spots

With 58 National Parks to choose from, the United States has glorious campsites as far as the eye can see. For those who love getting fresh air and being out in nature, camping trips are mandatory. Whether you have an annual pass for national parks or you're a first-time explorer, the options are endless. Based on a list from the lifestyle site Greatist, click through the following gallery to see 15 stunning places you will want to set up camp in.


Things to do in London this weekend (July 12 – 14)

Things to do in London this weekend (July 12 – 14) - From south London’s hottest new suntrap to a series of live music gigs and a party for the ages, this is everything to eat see and do this weekend


Humanity at the core of architecture, urban design

People are at the heart of three international days that the community of nations celebrates during the month of July. The United Nations observes July 1 as the International Day of Cooperatives, July 11 as World Population Day, and July 30 as the International Day of Friendship (United Nations, 2024). If we are all to partake in honoring these days from different viewpoints, it is important to understand the principles underlying these...


Lost cities found: unearthing the civilizations of old

History has witnessed many once-mighty cities vanish and disappear either as a result of natural disasters or through conflict and the wanton destruction of a conquering foe. Others, long abandoned, have simply been forgotten and buried by time. But around the world are numerous examples of settlements thought long lost being unearthed by archaeologists and subsequently rediscovered as places of great cultural and historical significance. Click through the following gallery and dig up the past with this fascinating list of lost cities found.


The last unexplored places on Earth

We've been to the Moon, so surely we know every corner of our planet, right? Not quite. Many places on Earth remain largely unexplored. From unclimbed mountains, to the depths of the oceans and rainforests, there are still many ecosystems to be discovered. And not only are there unexplored places, there are also still uncontacted peoples out there! Earth is indeed a big place, and we've not seen it all. In this gallery, we've compiled a list of some of our planet's unexplored places. Click through and start your journey of discovery.


Museum cafe plan wins support of city councillors

The £850k plans had been "called in" for closer scrutiny, but have now been passed.


British patients fly to New York to obtain Alzheimer’s ‘wonder drug’

British patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease are flying to New York to be treated with new wonder drugs following delays in the UK, an expert has warned. The breakthrough drugs, called lecanemab and donanemab, have been proven to slow down the progression of the disease by as much as 60 per cent in clinical trials. They work by helping to ...


17-year-old injured after falling from swing ride at Six Flags-owned Canada's Wonderland park

The teen was taken to the hospital and an "incident investigation is underway," a park representative tells EW.


World's first hydrogen-powered commercial ferry to run on San Francisco Bay, and it's free to ride

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The world’s first hydrogen-powered commercial passenger ferry will start operating on San Francisco Bay as part of plans to phase out diesel-powered vessels and reduce planet-warming carbon emissions, California officials said Friday, demonstrating the ship. The 70-foot (21-meter) catamaran called the MV Sea Change will transport up to 75 passengers along the waterfront between Pier 41 and the downtown San Francisco ferry...


Picturesque towns in Europe you won't believe exist

Some of the towns in this gallery look like they've come straight out of a fairy tale. From the romantic town of Burano, Italy, to the breathtaking fortifications of Göreme, Turkey, these beautiful towns are filled with historic charm. Click through and see for yourself!


The most famous sculptures of all time

Sculptures have been a vital part of human history for thousands of years. From ancient civilizations to modern times, they have been used to depict gods, heroes, everyday people, and even objects. From Michelangelo’s David to Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate, these iconic sculptures are defining works of both their eras and their creators. Whether you are an art enthusiast or simply curious about the world of sculpture, check out this gallery for the most famous sculptures of all time. But keep in mind that photographs alone rarely do sculpture justice, so aim to see these examples in person to appreciate their full aesthetic impact.


Fictional restaurants, cafés, and bars we'd love to visit

Who ever watched 'Friends' and wished they could hang out with the show's cast at Central Perk? Many movies and TV show have some really iconic cafés, diners, bars, and the like that we'd love to visit. We're attracted by the location itself, but also by the staff, customers, and sometimes even the food and drinks they served there. In this gallery, we take you on a journey through the best fictional food and drink spots we wish we could visit. Click on!


Firework safety tips to remember

Fireworks were originally invented over a thousand years ago in Liuyang, China, to frighten away evil spirits. But the only thing that should scare you today is using fireworks irresponsibly. Whatever the season, fireworks are guaranteed to be part of any celebration. However, there are many firework safety tips to keep in mind, as there are consequences that can impact your safety and that of the people around you. So if you're prepping to celebrate any festivities with a bang, keep these firework safety tips in mind.


One man dead and another rescued after boat capsized crossing bar

The men launched the boat from the Kennedy Drive boat ramp at Tweed Heads and were heading out across the bar when the boat capsized.


Places around the world you are forbidden to visit

It's hard to imagine that there are a lot of places around the world that people are prohibited from visiting. Unless you're a researcher, scientist, or military officer, some of these places are strictly forbidden for the general public, which adds another layer of mystery to them. There are historical sites that are so fragile they can be easily damaged by humans, and also some seriously dangerous places many of us would be terrified to visit. From an island infested with snakes to a vault holding special secrets, check out these extremely fascinating and forbidden places. Click on!


13 Facts About Notre-Dame Cathedral

The 800-plus-year-old Parisian cathedral has centuries of French history built into its stone. Here are 13 things you might not know about it.


Ryan Moore on Flight, Qirat, The Parthenon and his seven top rides at Newmarket on Saturday, July 13

Ryan Moore has a busy Saturday at Newmarket after being booked for seven rides onboard a host of top competitors with the Betfair ambassador discussing his weekend outings.