Some Facts About Travelling

Statistics of tourist arrivals whether they are local or international are increasing steadily n the past decade. Every major airport has reported a huge rise of arrivals that prompts them to plan and build terminal expansions to accommodate the growing tourist. And the infographic below is an interesting fact about travelling which and probably many among us don’t know yet of its existing especially the location of the most expensive hotel room in the world.

Can you guess where it is?

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Little that we know that when we travel we actually help generate jobs and according to the US Travel Association, the travel industry in the US alone translates into an estimated 14.6 million jobs. And I am sure that this numbers are still growing in a fast pace despite some countries experiencing economic turmoil. And I suspect that it’s the tourism industry that helped in easing-up the financial burdens of some tourist destinations and hotel and resort owners.

And here’s one more trivia for you. Can you guess what city or where in the world you can find the most hotel rooms of any city worldwide?

Travelling to Watch Real Madrid

I’ve been counting the days since the time when the news came around that Real Madrid will be playing at the Khalifa International Stadium. What made it more exciting or perhaps a must have to watch is because Los Blancos are playing against Paris Saint-Germain then it will be another Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic face-off. It was indeed their first meeting after Ronaldo held Sweden to a 4-2 aggregate win in the World Cup playoff and all Portugal goals came from CRon himself including a hat-trick right at the home turf of Zlatan.

And here are the images that I got from our road trip to watch Real Madrid vs. PSG in a friendly match at the Khalifa International Stadium with the Spanish outfit coming out victorious with a slim 1-0 score. But neither CRon nor Zlatan could find the back of the net. And I could have also shot some close up images if only I have the telephoto lens with me, so I just have to make use of the available kit lens. I am still happy with it rather than nothing at all.

Khalifa International Stadium with The Torch Hotel on the left.

This is my second trip to watch a football match and it was supposedly with my wife and son, just like when we watch “The Battle of the Champions” in February last year. But our son had just recovered from his fever and on the other side, we are also so fortunate that they did not come because it rained during the match and luckily we are not that soaking wet. It’s for that reason also that I have taken only a few snapshots of the match and during the trip. Thanks to the PSG banners that were on our seats which we use to at least cover us from the rain. I could not imagine if our son was with us.

Making the pitch ready for the match.

And the game has started.

The half time whistle goes off. RM 1-0 PSG

The 2nd half of action ended without a goal.

The other side of the stadium.

The Gateway to Central Philippines

If you haven’t been in Cebu or have been there already and still are looking for spots or destinations to see and visit, the video below is a good guide for you to explore Cebu. I stumble on the video while I was browsing the net for information since January is fast approaching and Cebu is very well known for the Sinulog Festival. In fact, as early as October hotels and pension houses are fully booked already for the Sinulog activities.

The Battle Between CRon and Zlatan Continues

Yesterday before we watch the movie, Tarzan, I went to buy tickets for the January 2 friendly match between Real Madrid and PSG. The champions of Spain are going to face the champions of France. It may be just a friendly game but there must be some bragging rights with it since two of the most expensive football players are facing France’s current league leaders Paris Saint-Germain. At the same time, it will be the first time that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo will face each other again since CRon single-handedly eliminated Sweden in the World Cup qualification match last month.

After having the tickets on my hand, I am so excited that I will be able to watch live another high profile football match, more so that it will be Real Madrid, my favorite team who are playing, as if I won the mega millions jackpot in lottery. And we will be driving again for almost 50 kilometers just to watch the game but I think it is worth the travel since it’s seldom you’ll have such match with two of football’s biggest names facing each other. This could be Zlatan’s only chance of revenge against Cristiano Ronaldo after he was humbled by Ronaldo’s hat trick during the second leg of the World Cup qualification. And this could be another battle between Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.