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Coron, Palawan – The Perfect Destination For Nature Lovers

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Photo courtesy of Angeli C. Picazo

My travelling companions and I travelled from Manila the capital city of the Philippines to Busuanga, Palawan. There was an option of taking the ferry boat but it meant having to stay overnight on the boat. When our excited group reached Busuanga Airport, there were rented vans plying the route to Coron, Palawan.

From what I understand, Coron is one of the popular destinations in the Philippines because of its pristine white sand and unbelievably calm waters. The view was breathtaking and it seems like this place is going to be worth the efforts. Surprisingly, most of the villagers spoke English and they cordially welcomed us to their island. We certainly do not need travel guides because people were only too willing to point to the best places of the island.

Tricycles were the best means of transportation if you want to easily get from one point to another. Tricycles in the Philippines are powered by the usual motorcycle with a sidecar that can accommodate 3 passengers, that is if you will consider the third narrow seat which must have been added as an afterthought. Drivers were accommodating and willing to wait to take us to our next destination. They are also best sources of information on restaurants that serve the best delicacies of Palawan.

On the other hand, hotels in Palawan offer guided tours as part of a package but we wanted to experience the freedom of being able to explore the island on our own. A 30-minute boat ride allowed us a dramatic view of the limestone cliffs amidst the beautiful lagoon.

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Photo courtesy of Angeli C. Picazo

Coron is one of the favorite spots of nature lovers because of the famous wreck diving destinations. According to the boatmen, there were 12 Japanese wrecks sunk by the American bombings during the Second World War in Coron Bay in 1944. There are also good reefs that are protected by environmentalists to allow the wealth of new corals to grow and thrive. If you are not fond of snorkeling or kayaking, just sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

The Essence Of Art Collections

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Buying art and collecting art are two different endeavors. You bought a piece of fine art in a gallery because it was appealing and it would fit perfectly in the living room. On the other hand, there are individuals who frequent auctions with the hope of adding an original and rare painting to their art collection. In both cases, buying art has to satisfy individual tastes.

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There are art collectors who will not think twice to pay more than a hundred million dollars for a Picasso painting. Come to think of it, is art really worth all that money? It is not made of gold, diamonds or platinum and neither can you wear it, drink it or eat it. If it is really as worthless as it seems, why do art collectors compete at auctions to place the highest bid for the same painting?

The monetary value of art is measured by how much an individual or organization is prepared to pay for its acquisition. However, it is the perceived cultural value that increases the price to such an extent that it reaches hundreds of millions at Christie’s or Sotheby’s. A Picasso painting has historical significance and aesthetically rewarding, the winning formula for a coveted masterpiece.

Great art collectors are best described as widely popular and respected in the art world. For example, the Barnes collection and Chrysler collection became successful with their art collections that have been selected and grouped accordingly. However, you do not have to be a great collector to form a meaningful art collection. You can be a small scale collector of specific works from budding artists. The art collection does not have to cost millions of dollars particularly if your real objective is recreational instead of potential profits. In the first place, buying art must be for personal enjoyment and not for high returns on investment.

If you are not confident on what types of fine art you will buy, seek advice from a reliable Fine art dealer who has the knowledge and experience of the art world. Don’t miss the opportunity of discussing the fine points of a certain work of art to determine whether it is really as good as everyone believes.

How To Choose Bangkok Limousines To Rent

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If you are planning to rent Bangkok limousines, the first thing that you should do is look for a company that rent out limousines in Bangkok or in the area that you are going to visit. However, with the number of limousines being rented out, you might have a hard time choosing which of them is most suited for your needs. To make choosing easier for you, here are some ideas that you might want to consider.

Choose the right size for you

There are some things that need to be considered when renting a limousine. One of these things is the number of passengers who will be in the limousine. A standard limousine can take in up to four passengers. If there will be more than four of you as passengers, you might want o consider getting a bigger SUV or getting two Bangkok limousines to accommodate your group.

Check the amenities

Some limousines have better facilities than their counterparts. For instance, some limousine rental companies offer free WiFi connection to their customers while in transit or while using the vehicle. This will be an advantage if you are not on roaming service and getting internet service from your service provider would mean paying a luxurious amount for it.

Choose affordability   

The truth is, limousines are luxury cars so do not expect a cheap rental for it. However, there are ways to stretch your money and get the best value for it. One way to do it is by checking the perks and inclusions of the rates. The more inclusions there are, the more you can save on your rent since you no longer have to pay for additional goods and services. As an example, look for a rental company for Bangkok limousines that will allow you to relax the moment you arrive in Thailand by paying all the necessary fees such as government taxes, fuel, toll and express way fees, parking fees etc. These fees should already be included in the rental fee so you won’t have to worry about a thing when you get to Thailand.

Benefits Of Condo Investment Financially

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The past few years have shown that real estate in Thailand is a proven solid investment option. The real estate market is steadily growing and there is a constant demand for residential as well as commercial properties. This is the reason why many are grabbing the financial opportunity to invest in a condo in Thailand.

Despite the fact that one may not be able to get their capital gain from their real estate assets as fast as they would like to, condominiums are still the most practical option and is the safest option when it comes to investing. Condos are now offered in flexible terms of payment thus young professionals can easily buy their first unit. Here the benefits you can get financially from owning a condo:

– Have access to luxury amenities without having to pay too much. Condo living requires the owner to pay a monthly maintenance fee which will go to the amenities. This fee is still cheaper compared to having your own pool at home or setting up you own gym. The amenities and facilities are one of the best perks of owning a condo unit.
– High resale value for condos located in major cities. During inflation, the sales value of a condo also increases. It also increases every time the building undergoes an improvement or of the building is located in a prestige and ideal location. If ever you decide to sell in the future, you are guaranteed with a high resale value.
– It can be offered for rent. There are many properties up for rent in Thailand. It is not surprising to know that condo owners buy units for them to rent it out. The rates are competitive and you will be able to earn passively. Renting is common for people who are working far from their home and needs to save time and money spent in daily commute.
– The unit can be transferred easily. It is one of the most practical ways of transferring your assets. It is common for parents in Thailand who can afford to buy condo for their children that is close to where they work or attend school.
For those who are looking for a condo in Thailand, visit Seaview Luxury Property Development for available units.

Next Stop: Koh Samui In Thailand

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You might be travelling all over the world looking for wonders and meeting new people but you might be missing out on a lot if you haven’t visited Koh Samui yet, a beautiful island found in the Gulf of Thailand. If you are not convinced on visiting the island for your next trip, here is a list of things that might make you fall in love with the island before even reaching it.

  • Thailand is a country famous for its ladyboy shows and if you are in Chaweng Beach Road then it is worth checking out the Starz Cabaret. It is a good way to spend your night out in the island. After the show, you can pick a beach bar and then end the night in one of the well-known nightspots in the island, Green Mango Club.
  • As soon as your plane flies over the airport in Koh Samui, you will see right away the Big Buddha in its temple. Its height is a glorious 12 feet and its temple was built back in 1972. The locals call it Wat Phra Yai. Buddha can be seen sitting in a Mara position which signifies enlightenment, steadfastness and pureness.
  • Aside from the famous Big Buddha temple, there are many other temples to visit in the island such as the Wat Khunaram temple because it is considered the home of the mummified monk. There you will see an upright casket with the body one of the monks, Loung Pordaeng, wearing a pair of sunglasses.

While relaxing in your pool villa in Koh Samui, you might see people wearing strings that are tied around the waist. It is a cotton thread locally called sai sin which is known to be blessed by the Buddhist monk. The wearer will be protected and given good health. These are usually white to symbolize purity. The rule is that anyone can wear the charm but it must not be taken off at all cost. If it falls off because of natural causes then it should be kept in a height higher than the wearer’s head.

 

The MICE Industry – One Of The Major Branches Of Tourism In Thailand

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‘The Land of Smiles’ was a name dubbed to Thailand as it earned praises for their legendary hospitality. It is a popular destination for corporate events and meetings in Southeast Asia, thus the birth of the MICE Industry in Thailand, or the Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing Exhibitions (MICE) Industry. It is said to have contributed 0.58% to the GDP of Thailand, and almost 10% of all tourism earnings. The country, with this tourism branch, have marketed the elaborate and enticing variety of both indoor and outdoor meeting venue and conference places in Thailand, even conveniently separated by the city in TCEB’s website or the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau.

The country’s capital, Bangkok, is a vibrant city that is in the top four of Asia’s international conference destinations. This is due to the undeniable outstanding services delivered from their first class indoor and outdoor meeting venue and conference places. But it is not only in Bangkok that this legendary hospitality is being practiced. Other cities in Thailand are also already world renowned that when someone visits Bangkok, it couldn’t be helped but to also visit other Thai cities with so much to offer as well.

Hotel venues in Thailand include luxury brands, but what is most exciting is how they explore other venues as well that is proven exciting albeit still classy. Golf courses are among popular outdoor venues in Thailand. If an event has to be outdoors, say, for instance, a fireworks display will culminate the evening, but it is not as casual as a beach event, it can be held in a golf course venue. The class and elegance are still intact even though it is outdoors. There is a variety of golf clubs around Thailand. Aside from the ambiance it offers, the food is also exquisite.

The country’s blend of stunning scenery and cultural traditions makes a perfect balance for a unique and rich selection of event venues. Many organizers even combine a city event with a mountainside retreat to Chiang Mai or temple viewing in Nakhon Pathom. Or the most popular, a beach escape to Pattaya, where a large group can also gather at a convention center that can seat 80,000 people. Organizers have endless possibilities and options in Thailand, the Land of Smiles.

 

Types Of Hair Extensions

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If you are seriously considering getting hair extensions, the first thing for you to do is get the necessary information to help you decide which of the hair extensions in the market is suitable for you. For starters, there are two types of materials used on hair extensions; the synthetic hair extension which is made of silicone and remy hair extension which is made from human air. Out of these materials, different types of hair extensions styles are made. Some of the most popular hair styles of extensions are as follows:

Loop/Micro Bead or Micro Link Hair Extensions

This type of hair extension is attached to the hair by looping it to the natural hair. The hair extension is clamped down with the use of pliers together with a metal bead for finishing. One of the major setbacks of this type of hair extension is that it can cause hair breakage due to hair exposure to heat. The application of heat on the metal rings is necessary in order to successfully attach the extension to the natural hair.

Weave Hair Extensions

Weave hair extensions are suitable to girls with thick locks. The artificial hair is attached to the corn row of the natural hair by weaving or braiding them together through the use of needle and a thread of cotton. Weave hair extensions can be used on all hair types but they can strain the scalp if attached too tightly. This type of hair extension is also not suitable to fine hair.

Tape Hair Extensions

The advantage of tape hair extensions is that they can last for up to six to twelve weeks, which is why they are called semi-permanent extensions. They are also easy to fit and do not require heavy maintenance. They are also easy to apply. The application is done by pre-taping the extension and putting them in between the sides of hair.

Fusion/Pre-bonded Hair Extensions

Pre-bonded hair extensions can last for up to six months. The application is done by putting petroleum-based adhesives to the scalp to attach the artificial hair. The application and removal of fusion hair extensions should be administered by a professional.

 

What LED Strip Should You Buy?

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A basic LED strip lights comes with a self-adhesive tape and a substrate to which the LEDs are connected in regular intervals. After installation and powering up, the whole strip consisting of LEDs will give off a forward lighting. It is suitable for any environment setting such as domestic and commercial. These LED strip lights are affordable and easy to install. It is the cheapest way to alter the mood and look of a certain room in an instant.

There are many options when it comes to choosing LED strips. These can be installed either indoors or outdoors. It has different brightness level and it is available in various colours. LED strip lights can be used in the following:

  • In kitchen and bathroom cabinets, either above or under.
  • On the back of television and speaker systems.
  • In kick-panels and for skirting.
  • Serves as Christmas lights or for special occasions.
  • In the cove of the ceiling, wall washers and around the bar.
  • Under the roof soffits.
  • In cupboards, bar counters as well as display cases.
  • In gardens, signs, pathways and driveways.
  • In windows, floors, stairs and around the doorways.

When purchasing, consider the place where the strip will be installed and what the purpose of the lighting is for. The surface where it will be installed should be clean and dry before installation. If you are aiming for different light output then the LEDs on every strip can be varied either by colour, size or number. The IP rating of the LED strip light determines if it can be used on a dry or wet area or if it comes in a silicone coating.

You should know that the most basic integral LED is rated at 12 volt LED strip lights. It demands that there must be a driver to provide constant voltage. This is some kind of a transformer that will convert the main power source into a 12 volts supply. The LED strips are typically purchased in reels with 5 meters each. They can be cut but it is important to only do this at the specified cut points marked on every strip.

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