Kadayawan is a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living. And today, we are letting you in on some awesome ideas to celebrate this festival even if you are miles away from home.
If you are in Hong Kong, hike the dragon’s back or go zen!
In Hong Kong this Kadayawan? Don’t despair! This city of modern skyscrapers and swanky malls offers you some remarkable ideas to spend the day. If you miss the natural landscape of your home country, you can go for the Dragon’s Back Trail and enjoy a 360-degree view of beaches, bays and the South China Sea from Shek O Peak. If you are more into the serenity of living, just head straight to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in the New Territories, and bask in the serenity of the temple as 500 life-sized golden Buddhas watch over you!
If you are in Singapore, visit the zoo or the River Safari
Can’t go back home this Kadayawan? Don’t lose heart, my friends! This lovely country has some amazing options that will remind you of the celebrations back home. If you are a nature lover, you must visit the Singapore Zoo! No matter what your age, you are going to have a blast watching the wonderful animals there. If you are missing the Davao River Festival, a River Safari is just what you need! Unique animals and the lovely ambience is a perfect way to pay tribute to the source of all life.
If you are in Australia, take a ferry ride or catch fireworks
Living away from home can be tough, and it only gets tougher when it’s a festival back home and you can’t be a part of it! We totally feel your pain! But there’s a bright side to it if you are in Australia. This beautiful country is full of surprises and here are a few that can cheer you up this Kadayawan. Come Saturday and you could catch the fireworks at Darling Harbour or have breakfast with the koalas at the Wildlife Park in Darling Harbour. Adventurous souls who miss the power boat races could take a ferry and explore the Cockatoo Island , finishing with a cocktail at the Island Bar. We totally dig the breakfast with koalas option, what about you?
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