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TBI Journals: A lively crowd at the Dead Sea Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The Dead Sea got its name because of its high salinity. No living thing can survive inside because 35% of the water is dissolved salt! One can easily float in this ocean but bathers are advised to stay only for a maximum of 15 minutes. Otherwise, the salt will start to react with your skin which will cause a slight burning pain. It is also the lowest place on Earth being 1,300 feet below sea level! Our pilgrims had a chance to experience what it was like to dip in this ocean. After days of walking and touring, it was a great relaxation for them.

L-R: Amado Javier, Jaime Apolo, Fr. Tony Gerente, Charles Dumancas, Fr. Edione Febrero, Kiko Silva & Gil Marpuri (seated)

The Dead Sea’s sand is also known to have good effects on your skin. just rub it on your body and you will feel the difference after you wash it away.

The Dead Sea Mud has therapeutic, aesthetic & rejuvinating effects. Charles Dumancas can attest to this!

TBI Journals: Star of Bethlehem Monday, February 28th, 2011

Their journey continues by traveling to the place where it all began. Our pilgrims have seen the places where Jesus walked so it was time to see the place where He was born. They journeyed to Bethlehem and like the shepherds, they stood on the field where the angels announced the birth of Christ.

Each pilgrim had a chance to pay homage to the birthplace of Jesus. Shown in the photo are Fr.'s Edione and Tony with the group.

They entered one by one and were amazed that they were actually looking at the spot where a manger used to be. Humbled by this experience, each of them took turns in kissing this holy ground.

The Star of Bethlehem, the place where Jesus was born.

TBI Journals: Cana, River Jordan and Grotto of Annunciation Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Our group continues their journey of the Holy Land and were able to witness and experience being in the actual places that Jesus walked.

February 23, 2011

Their next stop was Cana. Cana is known as the place where Jesus performed His first miracle of turning water into wine. It was performed during a wedding so this place was perfect for our pilgrim couples to renew their marriage vows with each other. With the help of our priests, Fr. Edione and Fr. Tony, a mini ceremony was performed followed by a happy celebration. The couples got to exchange marriage vows and express their love for one another in front of the group.

Back Row (L-R): Charles & Ginnette Dumancas, Nilo & Minda Orozco, Amado & Letty Javier, Jaime & Elen Apolo. Priests: Fr. Tony Gerente & Fr. Edione Febrero

Our pilgrim couples were not the only ones in the spotlight that day. All our pilgrims had their chance to renew their baptismal vows by visiting the Jordan River in Yardenit. This was the place were Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist and all of them got to bathe in this holy river while our pilgrimage chaplains officiated the baptism. A very uplifting experience indeed!

YARDENIT - Renewal of Baptismal Vows in River Jordan

Ferbuary 24, 2011

The next day was just as climactic as the previous one as our group had the opportunity to see the Grotto of Annunciation. This was the place where the Virgin Mary said yes to the angel who announced that she will bear the Son of God. Why was it climactic? Because they did not only visit the place, they even celebrated mass on the spot itself!

Group was priveledged to celebrate MASS at the Grotto of Annunciation where Mary said YES to bear the Son of God

Keep on visiting our website and stay tuned as we follow our pilgrims in the land where Jesus walked.

TBI Journals: Journey to Petra Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Upon arriving in Jordan, the first stop of our group was Petra. Petra, meaning rock, is a historical and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma’an that is known for its rock cut architecture and water conduits system. Established sometime around the 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans, it is a symbol of Jordan as well as its most visited tourism attraction. It lies on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.

Travel Bounty visits one of the Seven World Wonders - PETRA. Shown is the famous Treasury

Our group walked into the mountains to witness the famous World Wonder and took wonderful pictures. All of them were amazed on how the early settlers were able to carve through the mountains and form such incredible architecture. The sun was up but the atmosphere was only 2C! Very cold yet very fulfilling.

Behind the group are ancient tombs of the Nabateans, early settlers of Petra.

Dining at Santorini Monday, February 7th, 2011

Did you know that Thira, the capital of Santorini is famous for its cliff top restaurants, breathtaking views and amazing sunsets? Get to try out this dining experience as you join our tour to Greece and Turkey! Relax while sipping their unique variety of wine that was locally fermented from the island itself. A great way to enjoy a very calm summer. Book now!!!

9 More Slots for Holy Land! Thursday, January 13th, 2011

We still have 9 more slots before the big tour! Hurry and reserve yours now before it closes!

Top 10 Places to Spend Christmas Friday, December 17th, 2010

Still confused on where to spend Christmas? CNN shares with us their top suggestions around the world. Happy planning!

From www.cnn.com

1. Boston, Massachusetts

Why: During the festive season, Boston lays on the New England charm thick, with snow-dusted cobblestone roads, locals feasting on roasted lobster instead of Christmas turkey and candlelight carols at the Trinity Church.

The Sowa Holiday Market, which features works made by New England artisans, is a great place to get Christmas shopping done.

When: The Sowa Holiday Market will be held on December 11 and 12 this year.

2. London, United Kingdom

Why: Head to London for the Dicksenian holiday experience with A Christmas Carol walking tour of the places characters Pickwick, Scrooge and Tiny Tim supposedly lived.

Oxford Street also offers one of the best (and most crowded) Christmas shopping experiences in the world, with thousands of shoppers jostling to get into 300-odd shops while basking in the glow of Christmas lights.

When: Oxford Street Christmas lights were turned on November 4.

CNNGo: 15 great travel gift ideas for Christmas

3. San Juan, Puerto Rico

Why: Can’t get enough of Christmas? Head to San Juan in Puerto Rico, where Christmas celebrations run longer than anybody else’s — sing carols, or aguinaldos, from November through mid-January.

On Christmas Eve, many Puerto Ricans head to Misa de Gallo, midnight mass, to catch a re-enactment of the nativity scene.

On New Year’s Eve, locals might make you eat 12 grapes for luck, and the government hosts a free-for-all party.

The climax of the season is El Día de los Tres Reyes Magos, or Three Kings Day, when children can get free gifts at the San Juan governor’s house.

Three Kings Day is on January 6, 2011.

When: November to mid-January

4. Hong Kong, China

Why: Hong Kong may take top billing when it comes to having one of the most commercial and unauthentic Christmases around, but the city has its strong points.

Most shops are open even on Christmas Day, allowing residents to do Christmas shopping at literally the last minute. Many expats are out of town during the Christmas season, which means your favorite watering hole is probably quieter than usual.

And let’s not forget the brilliant Christmas light displays on buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour, and the 30-meter Swarovski crystal Christmas tree in Central, which tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents and Mainland Chinese tourists love to gawk at.

When: Celebrations kick off on November 29 and last till January 1

CNNGo: 8 of the hottest Asian winter retreats

5. New York City

Why: No Christmas destination list would be complete without a mention of the Rock at New York. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is probably the most famous in the world and is illuminated by five miles of lights starting the week after Thanksgiving.

If you’re a tourist, throw on a pair of skates and jump into the rink for the quintessential “I’m in New York during Christmas!” Facebook photo.

When: The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony was held on November 30

6. Sydney, Australia

Why: For those who think snow is overrated, how about singing carols on a beach while chugging ice cold beer?

Christmas occurs during the thick of summer in Australia, with average temperatures in Sydney hitting 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) throughout December.

This year, Sydney hosted “Carols by the Beach,” on Bondi Beach on December 9. The Sydney Christmas Parade was held on November 29.

Of course, there’s always the option of feasting on steak and prawns on the barbie at a friend’s pad.

When: November 9 to December 25

7. Salzburg, Austria

Why: Every year Salzburg’s historic city center transforms into the Salzburg Christmas Market, or the Salzburger Christkindlmarkt. The market piles Christmas cliché upon Christmas cliché but it’s hard not to be charmed by it all.

Expect to be overdosed with choral singing, mulled wine, glogg, nativity plays and gingerbread.

When: November 18 to December 26

8. Pogost, Belarus

Why: Belarus may be tricky for foreign visitors to enter, but what it lacks in accessibility it makes up for in eye-opening yuletide traditions.

The Belorussian festive season is all about the Koliady, a folk ritual that was originally a pagan holiday but later appropriated to coincide with Christmas and the New Year.

In villages such as Pogost, grannies down vodka by the bottle, and youngsters perform folk plays for the public during Koliady. Locals dress up as animals and carry animal heads on a stick to go trick-or-treating in village neighborhoods.

When: December 25 to January 7

9. Nuremberg, Germany

Why: The dazzling Nuremberg Christmas market (or the Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt) is a German institution, luring two million visitors yearly with a giant carved wooden Ferris wheel, and stalls selling all the handmade nativity ornaments revelers will ever need.

Adults will enjoy stuffing their faces with sticky buns and fritters; kids will love spending the day at the Toy Museum and the German Railway Museum.

Each year the market is opened by the Nuremberg Christ Child, a lass between 16 and 19 who is elected from a pool of contestants online.

When: November 26 to December 24

10. Reykjavik, Iceland

Why: For a real treat for the tots, take them to Iceland, where local folklore has not one but 13 Santas bearing goodie bags at Christmas parties. The 13 Santas (or jólasveinar, meaning Yule Lads), each with Brothers Grimm-like characteristics such as “the spoon licker” and “the door slammer,” come into town one day at a time starting December 12.

Then there’s the Christmas Village at Hafnarfjördur, a town not far from Reykjavik that is known in Icelandic lore as the home of elves. The Christmas Village is open on every weekend from November 24 until Christmas day. Hafnarfjördur also offers walking tours to supposed elf homesites.

Back in Reykjavik, people start celebrating Christmas from late November by pigging out at traditional Christmas buffet dinners around town.

On Christmas Eve, bells ring throughout the capital, marking the formal beginning of Christmas.

There are bonfires and fireworks all over Iceland on both New Year’s Eve and the Twelfth Night, which falls on January 6, 2011.

When: Late November to January 6, 2011

Nile Cruise Extension for Holy Land! Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Contact our office now and ask about how to avail of our Nile River Cruise Extension Upgrade for our Holy Land Pilgrimage!!!

Sakura in Springtime Monday, December 13th, 2010

Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) only bloom 2 weeks a year in Japan. Witness this wonderful phenomenon as you join Travel Bounty in visiting the Land of the Rising Sun. Get to ride a bullet train, make takoyaki balls, visit theme parks, castles and temples as you travel their country and experience their culture.

The Great Alaskan Cruise Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Travel the seas and journey to the Last Frontier. Make your way through glaciers as you join Travel Bounty cruise to the largest US state.


September 10, 2013
Sakura in Springtime: March 23-30, 2014

Japan’s Cherry Blossoms at its finest!

September 7, 2013
A Journey to New Zealand: April 14-26, 2014

More adventure awaits in New Zealand

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