Some people may be reluctant to travel to the Philippine Islands because of what they perceive may be political instability in this South East Asian archipelago nation.
True, the Philippines Islands have had a history of military coups; bandits that kidnap foreigners for ransom; a minor communist insurgency problem and Islamic secessionists . But all these are far less dramatic than what news reports suggest. The Philippines is generally a peaceful place to visit and even an ideal place to live. The thousands of foreigners and expatriates who have found their second home in the Philippines are proof of that fact.
The Philippines is not just one island, but an archipelago of 7,107 islands, and one of the primary industries that supports the economy of the Philippines is tourism. The Philippines enjoys a constant flow of visitors from Europe, the US, and neighboring Asian countries like Japan, China, Taiwan, and recently a flood of Koreans, many of whom stay for good.
In addition to being a spectacular destination for adventure sports such as SCUBA and snorkeling, fishing, mountain biking and boating, the Philippines is also known as a popular place to have a romantic vacation. Many resorts go out of their way to hold spectacular wedding ceremonies, while most accommodations have facilities to accommodate honeymooners.
Filipino culture is a fusion of pre-Hispanic indigenous civilizations of the Philippines mixed with Hispanic, American, Chinese and Islamic cultures.
The Hispanic influences in Filipino culture are largely derived from the culture of Spain and Mexico as a result of over three centuries of Spanish colonial rule, and particularly evident in literature, folk music and dance, language, food, art and most importantly religion. The Philippines is the seat of Christianity in Asia; the first Roman Catholic mass was in Cebu in 1521, courtesy of Ferdinand Magellan.
Despite foreign influences, many of the Philippines old myths and legends, customs, traditions and beliefs have been retained and practiced until this day by much of the indigenous folk.
Colorful native legends; warm and friendly people; immaculate sandy beaches and miles of clear blue ocean combine to make the Philippine Islands a highly recommended safe vacation destination.
November 13, 2017 / Beach & Island
Some people may be reluctant to travel to the Philippine Islands because of what they perceive may be political instability in this South East Asian archipelago nation.
November 12, 2017 / Beach & Island
Many people who are serious about losing weight are finding success with the very popular South Beach Diet. This diet was created by a cardiologist, Dr. Arthur Agatston, who wanted his heart patients to be able to lose weight safely.
The South Beach diet is not about no carbs or no fats – it’s about eating the right carbs and the right fats. Dieters are educated to eat the right kinds of carbs, which have a low GI (glycemic index) and therefore digest easier and don’t allow the insulin level to spike – causing cravings for more carbs. The right fats are emphasised, such as olive oil, and omega 3 oils from fish.
The South Beach diet has 3 “phases” – Phase 1 is the beginning phase in which carbohydrates are restricted for the first 2 weeks, but are added slowly back into the diet after that. Among Phase 1 foods are lean meats, low fat cheeses, nuts, low GI vegetables, lite tofu, and sugarless candy.
In Phase 2, fruits, starches, dairy, vegetables not allowed in Phase 1, some chocolate, ice cream and even red wine are added to the list of acceptable foods.
Phase 3 is meant to maintain your desired weight for life – continuing to eat low glycemic index foods, the right kinds of fats, carbs, and food portions.
South Beach dieters say that there is no hunger on this diet – they eat three meals a day, two snacks, and dessert after dinner, if preferred – in fact, they say that if you’re not snacking on this diet, you’re not doing it correctly.
Basically the South Beach diet is a lifestyle change, and a healthy one at that. While you lose weight on the South Beach diet, you are also reducing your risk of future heart problems, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis and diabetes.
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November 4, 2017 / Beach & Island
Sivota is seaside paradise situated on a picturesque small, secluded bay. The ideal location for those seeking a relaxing holiday.
It is the most cosmopolitan region of Thesprotia,Epirus with clusters of islands and beautiful beaches hidden among the maze of small islands and capes.
There’s a great variety of refreshing Sivota beaches both sandy and pebbly,though all with crystal clear waters.
The sea, the sun and the wind have tastefully formed the place
creating an impressive coastline.Some of these have been awarded
the Blue Flag, the European guarantee of cleanliness..
Apart from those beautiful Sivota beaches you can find marvelous rocky cliffs ideal for snorkeling
Some of these beaches that you have to explore:
A cosmopolitan beach with sand and cool waters, well organized with water sports facilities.
This is the diver’s paradise as you can find marvelous rocky cliffs ideal for snorkeling. It is actually an enclosed bay with clear waters and beautiful colors.
This is actually two beaches with a huge cliffs in the middle.The first one is ideal for families and the other one is a nude beach that you can reach walking a very beautiful and kind of dangerous path or by boat.
The most famous beach at Sivota can be reached only by boat or on foot because of the the shallow water.In fact there are three successive beaches,very close one to another.
Accessed only by boat,a very beautiful beach with white sand and cool blue waters,is really like a pool. Nice and private environment for those who seeks the perfect.
This beautiful place is located at the northwestern side of Greece,at the perfecture of Epirus.It is nearby the port of Igoumenitsa and a few kilometers away from the famous places of Parga and Preveza.This is a well developed place with numerous hotels and resorts and you can stay there in a low budget.
If you’re planning a family vacation,a romantic getaway or
an adventure with friends,you’ve come to the right place!
October 28, 2017 / Beach & Island
The Canary Islands are an eternally popular holiday destination and one that routinely brings holidaymakers back to its sunny shores year after year. Perhaps the best thing about this holiday hotspot is its diversity – and it’s certainly got that in abundance.
Take Lanzarote for instance. Renowned for its volcanic lunar-like scenery, soft grey sandy beaches and its fantastic array of water sports, Lanzarote is perfect for just about every type of holiday imaginable. From beach bums to windsurfers, hikers to ardent sightseers, they all get their kicks here. And what’s more, it’s refreshingly easy to get to. There’s a vast range of scheduled flights and a myriad of package holidays available, with tour operators regularly battling it out to offer the best prices to secure your custom. One such example is the tour operator Canarias. Offering holidays all over Europe but best known for their sizzling deals on Canary Island getaways, you’re bound to find Lanzarote hotels at Canarias to match your preferences as well as your pocket.
Across the water in Tenerife, a diverse island of different proportions awaits. Famous for its hedonistic night scene and the type of clubs and crowds that draw big-name DJs from all over the world, Tenerife certainly knows how to do clubbing holidays. But there’s so much more to this popular island than big tunes and all-night parties. Take advantage of affordable car hire in Tenerife at Canarias and get out to explore the spectacular Teide mountain range – home to the highest peak in Spain, a dormant volcano offering spectacular views and a heady experience from the summit.
You might be surprised to learn that Tenerife is also famous for its golf courses. But then, what could be better than practising your swing in glorious sunshine, surrounded by spectacular seascapes and without a care in the world? The likes of Hotel Aguamarina in the South of the island provides a high standard of accommodation just a short stroll from the Amarilla Golf Club.
There’s so much more to the Canary Islands than meets the eye. Why not scratch the surface of this diverse destination and find out for yourself?
October 27, 2017 / Beach & Island
With number of spectacular beaches strewn all over, Auckland is among the top beach destinations in the world. Millions of adventure junkies are on a perennial lookout for air tickets to Auckland merely for indulging in popular activities of the beaches like sunbathing, scuba diving and snorkelling, swimming, and surfing.
However, the problem of plenty leaves holidaymakers in dilemma and half of them spend their holidays wandering around the city in search of stunning beaches. Read on and get acquainted with top 5 beaches which are must-visit and are popular lures of Auckland.
Auckland’s most famous west coast Piha Beach boasts miles of black sand, crystal clear waters, and the gallant Lion Rock that stands like a guard over the beach. The beach is backed by Waitakere Ranges and is surrounded by verdant parklands of sub-tropical forest. Overwhelming sense of peace and the breathtaking spectacle of glossy waters of the wild Tasman Sea are the ideal pay-offs for the efforts invested in netting cheap airline tickets to New Zealand. Indulge in exhilarating water activities like swimming and surfing, amble along the tranquil beach and drink in its glorious grace!
One of the wild beaches of the West Coast, Karekare Beach feasts the eyes with picturesque vista of boisterous waters trying hard to meet the serene sky. Black sand, stony shards fenced with hills and smashing waves greets the visitor with warmth. Part of Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Karekare Beach is an ideal spot for enjoying the ecstatic rewards of isolation. Here, the booming surf hits you with thunder, splashing waves create a symphony and the spectacular vistas caress the senses.
On the south of Karekare and on the shore of Manukau Harbour, Whatipu Beach is a worthy destination for spell-binding experience. After the 40 minutes drive from central Auckland, its great to revel in the magnificence of black sand, coastal dunes and wetlands. Soothing ambience fills the heart with utmost ecstasy and volcanic black sand and large cave stuns almost every traveller.
Muriwai Beach is home to gannet breeding colonies. Black sand and pine forest punctuates the charm of this mesmerizing beach. Muriwai Beach offers great walking tracks in the area, wood hill forest for mountain biking, and finest cafs. Travellers grabbing air tickets to Auckland must visit the beach for having a rewarding experience.
Te Henga (Bethells) Beach
Te Henga (Bethells) Beach is among the most beautiful beaches in Auckland. The beach is an archetype of unspoilt beauty of nature. The beach has no unwanted construction. Sand dunes, black sand and Lake Wainamu accentuate the appeal of the beach. The beach is a popular spot for fishing and moseying.
October 25, 2017 / Beach & Island
Welcome to the world of water and all its associated magic – Welcome to the U.S Virgin Islands, the Water Paradise that awaits you on Caribbean waters. This place is a water-lovers heaven on earth. Filled with numerous options of fun-filled and adventurous activities, the Virgin Islands is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in the Caribbean islands.
We are not talking just about the sunny beaches, gleaming blue water and an enjoyable weather but also a rich culture and a vivid ethnic diversity in the Virgin Islands. The Virgin Islands are located in the eastern part of the Caribbean islands at a distance of about 1000 miles south east of Miami.
There are three major islands in the Virgin Islands of the Caribbean. They are St.Croix, St John and St.Thomas. Each of these islands exhibits a stunning uniqueness of its own. At St. Croix you would be amazed at the Danish influence that has taken over the place to a large extent. This island is perfectly fit for those who look out for a laid-back stress free holiday. There are various options available right from horse-riding to golf in this island.
A major part of St John is a national park. It also boasts of globally renowned beaches like Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay and Salt Pond Bay. This island is an adventure seekers paradise. Come and soak yourself in its umpteen choices of hiking, camping, exclusive shopping and awe inspiring sceneries.
One of the most beautiful harbors of the world is situated in St.Thomas. This also has the credit of the most frequented port in the Caribbean peninsula. The island is home to various tourist spots that offer exotic culinary treats, exciting night-life and breathtaking submarine experiences.
The U.S Virgin Islands is a treasure house of surprises that has in store not just beaches and water-oriented activities but also a rich cultural experience in the form of an informative historical tour around the place, a culinary fair, artisan meets, parades and many more fun-filled activities. If you are a walk-enthusiast this is one of your best chances to explore the architectural excellence of the island. Art lovers may not miss the famous museums of Haagenson House on St. Thomas and Whim Museum in St.Croix that showcase some of the masterpieces of the rich cultural past that this island has carried forward so successfully till date.
The U.S Virgin Islands can also be the Food lovers Paradise with all its delicacies that have been handed down for generations and have been preserved with effort and precision.
There could be no other island in the world that offers ample scope for a variety of tourist activities like the Virgin Islands- beaches that are almost to yourselves, duty-free shopping, trekking, hiking, aqua-sporting activities, diving, national parks-all under one sun. Be there to enjoy the experience.
October 21, 2017 / Beach & Island
Prices Islands are also known as Istanbul Islands or Kizil Island. They consist of four larger and five small islands. Visitors love to go to this place after taking city tour as it is a popular escape from the city, with wealthier owning summer houses. It is really a beautiful island chain with lot to see and do. Tourists taking flights to Istanbul may enjoy the activities of horse riding, walking, swimming, picnicking, or simply visiting monasteries and historic buildings on the islands. Many local people in Istanbul own or rent their summer houses to spend their weekend at this beautiful place. The main reason to visit to this Island is simply the peace, quiet and tranquility at this island. The main Islands at Prices Island are;
Buyukada: This is the largest and most famous island at Prices Island. Visitors explore the island by foot, bicycle, in horse-drawn carriages. The strength of visitors taking flights to Istanbul from UK to visit Buyukada Island increases 10 to 15 times in summer season. They use to reserve their flights with flights to Istanbul There are many restaurants, cafeterias and shops around Buyukada Island to amuse visitors. There are also some exotic beaches at Island open for swimmers like; Yoruk Ali beach, Kumsal beach, Princess beach, and Nakibey beach. There are several historical buildings at Buyukada Island to take a delightful visit after taking cheap flights to Istanbul. These buildings are; Ayia Yorgi Church and Monastery, the Ayios Dimitrios Church, and the Hamidiye Mosque.
Heybeliada: It is the second largest island on Princes island chain. It has many copper mines. It has many interesting places to make flights to Istanbul Turkey more enjoyable. These places include; Naval Academy, Greek Orthodox High School, Halki Palace, Virgin Mary, and many more. There are many trekking and hiking trails over the hills to celebrate your tour.
Burgazada: Burgazada Island also previously known as Panormos is the third largest of the Princess Islands. Although the island doesn’t offer much places to overnight but it has many places of interest for those taking cheap Istanbul flights such as; Hagia Ioannes Prodromos church, Christos Metamorfosis Monastery, and Hagia Gheorghios Church and Monastery.
Kinaliada: Although it is the smallest of four islands but is most popular for its beautiful summer homes. Visitors taking cheap flights to Istanbul from UK and other destinations especially from America prefer this island for their summer vacations. These flights may be reserved with air Travel Company
October 19, 2017 / Beach & Island
Goa which undoubtedly is the most favored beach destination in India, is visited by thousands of tourists every year from all over the world. Goa boasts of a powerfully long coast line that houses over 40 beaches epitomizing mirth and serenity. A Goa beach can be an intensely tempting affair as, unlike most beaches that are either too loud or too quiet, it is a pleasant mix of tranquility and merriment.
Description of Goa beaches: Though a Goa beach is known for the joie de vivre and youthful exuberance it holds, the tall and swaying palm trees have an inherent power to force serenity and nostalgic charm. Like a gorgeous maiden who never fails to seduce, the Goa beach, too, is hauntingly beautiful. The deep blue sea titillates a tired mind into wakefulness and the cold waters that kiss your feet can be seriously erotic. Perhaps this is why Goa is a popular getaway for love birds and newly married.
A holiday in Goa, just like a Kerala tour, can be intensely romantic. If Keralas lagoons and backwaters have that fragrance of silent romance, the Goa beaches are synonymous with passionate love, fervor and zeal. A young reveler can swim, take enjoyable dips, surf or boat while a more subdued personality can simply lie down on the sandy beach and relish the sun, breeze and the atmosphere. Besides sprawling down on the golden sandy carpet, you can feast over coconut juice thats as tasty as it is beneficial. Beers and whiskeys are alternatives and mostly meant for night-time parties. The breeze emanating from the cluster of palm trees can be as soothing as a mothers lullaby.
Some noted Goa beaches: Though Goas coastline has gifted the state a number of beaches, some of the more popular ones include the Miramar Beach, Dona Paula beach, Vagator beach, Cavelossim beach and Anjuna beach. Some of these are full of life with young revelers partying around while some offer isolation and heavenly quiet that is soulful and spiritually blissful.
Inner delights of a holiday in Goa: Though, no amount of praiseworthy words is enough to do justice to the charm of the Goa beaches, theres no denying that theres much more to look forward to during a holiday in Goa. A tourist can simply not miss out on the delights that Goas inner pockets offer. The towns remind of the Portugal colonial rule as ancient churches, cemeteries, forts and monuments are sprinkled everywhere. History can never seem more real and right-in-front-of-your-eyes with everything around you evoking memories of the bygone era.
There are some dense forests, exotic wildlife, sparkling waterfalls and festivals & carnivals. The people are extremely genial and the cuisines are lip-smacking. Visiting Goa is no less than walking into the heavenly Garden of Eden!
October 11, 2017 / Beach & Island
Should You Invest In Green Carpet Cleaning?
Most of us have heard of Hermosa Beach Green Carpet Cleaning services by now, but there are still many who don’t actually know what it means. What are the differences between green services and all the others? Is it actually worth investing in green services?
The big difference between Hermosa Beach Green Carpet Cleaning products and services is their active ingredients. Products that are -green- will be made of natural ingredients that are less toxic for your home, your pets, your family, and the environment at large. The manufacturing processes are sometimes different as well so green cleaning products are more environmentally friendly.
There are two big problems with most cleaning products used by non-green carpet cleaning services:
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The number of companies offering green carpet cleaning services is growing, thanks to a growth in consumer demand. As more people understand what Hermosa Beach Green Carpet Cleaning is and realize how much safer and healthier it is for their families, this consumer demand is guaranteed to increase. This will make green carpet cleaning services even easier to find at affordable prices.
Companies that have already gone completely green need the support of consumers who believe in green carpet cleaning. Find these services in your local area and use them! With time this type of cleaning is going to be the norm since it is safer not only for people and animals but for the environment.
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October 7, 2017 / Beach & Island
Siesta Key Beach Ranks #1 Sarasota Attractions
“Siesta Key is the best beach in the whole entire world,” says 54-year-old world traveler John Martin of Australia.
“Every year,” Martin adds, “my wife and I visit Sarasota for this amazing beach. We’ve experienced beaches throughout the world. By far, Siesta Key offers the most beautiful white soft sand; it’s always cool & very clean. The blue-green almost is so glassy, warm and clear.”
Siesta Key appeals to all age groups:
*Kids love the water – roughly 3′ deep and mostly calm as far as 100′ from shore.
*Kids also enjoy digging in the sand.
*Older kids hang out near the sand volleyball courts or throw footballs and frisbees in expansive areas between Pavillion and water.
*Adults set up tents and beach chairs near the water, watching kids play and passersby stroll, jog & bike along the water’s edge.
Winner of the “world’s finest, whitest sand,” Siesta Key (Public) Beach extends along a half-mile of the most pristine white sands in the world. There is no sand comparable to Siesta Key’s. Even under the burning subtropical sun, it remains cool to the touch. Siesta Key has received many honors for its powdery white-sandy beaches including recognition as one of Americas Best Beaches,” Third Best Walking Beach in the USA by USA Today International Edition, and The Best of the Best Sand by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine.
There is endless room to walk, plenty of room to find a spot to hang out for an entire day, over 800 public parking spots that fill quickly, and nearby Siesta Village with shops and restaurants.
Lifeguards positioned at several towers on the beach keep a watchful eye, protecting tourists from wondering out too far into boating territory. Picnic pavilions are available for groups at a nominal fee. Water sports of every kind add color and excitement to the Siesta Beach scene.
Siesta Key Public Beach amenities include:
. public restrooms, snackbar & gift shop
. showers and handicap ramps
. picnic areas with & without roofs
. picnic shelters & tables (8 – family size shelters)
. gazebo (holds uo to 60 people)
. large shelter (holds uo to 120 people)
. free lighted public tennis courts
. sand volleyball courts (on the beach)
. fitness trail
. playground equipment
. lifeguards on duty year round
. handicap beach chairs/wheel chairs available
. first aid
At the southern end of Siesta Key is Turtle Beach. The sand at Turtle Beach is a bit coarser than at Siesta Key. However, Turtle Beach is quieter. No lifeguards or food concessions, though you will find picnic tables, pavilions with grills, parking, and playground equipment.
Siesta Key Beach highlights a Sarasota, Florida, vacation or local lifestyle. Among all Sarasota attractions, visitors and locals alike treasure Sarasotas world-class beach experience. For people who call Sarasota home – whether part time or full time – Sarasota’s beaches and the tranquil Gulf of Mexico offer relaxing (and free) Sarasota lifestyle.