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High Life at LeBua State Tower in Bangkok

Posted by editor On January - 7 - 2011

Lebua is one of Bangkok’s top luxury hotels. What amazed me is the stunning architecture of the building encompassing a thirty meter tall golden rooftop dome and new-classical balconies. The building combined condominiums, serviced apartments, offices and retail units into one becoming South East Asia’s largest building with three hundred thousand meter square. Among many some of this building’s great features include a forty story high inside atrium, a glass sky bridge suspended mid air on its top most level to offer one of a kind panoramic view of the city, world’s highest alfresco restaurant called Sirocco on LeBula’s highest floor (64th floor), and an open air sky bar.


LeBua Open Sky Bar


world’s highest alfresco restaurant, Sirocco located at 64th floor of LeBua


Asian-style seafood restaurant, Breeze located on the 51st and 52nd floors of LeBua


LeBua glass Sky Bridge

If you would like a taste of the high life in Bangkok try to book your self a room at LeBua State Towerl hotel. Prices start from $100 -200 USD/night.

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The Villa by Barton G. in Miami Beach, Florida

Posted by editor On March - 24 - 2010

Check out this newly renovated Casa Casuarina which was just re-open in March 2010. Amazing luxury concept vacation in South Beach, Miami Florida. This place was formerly owned by Gianni Versace. Amazing design a must see if you get the chance and fortune.

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U.S. Prettiest Towns

Posted by editor On November - 29 - 2009

1. Sedona, Arizona
Why? Its stunning desert and red-sandstone formation
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2. Savannah, Georgia
Why? Famous for its lovely colonial town and amazing garden squares
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3. Monterey, California
Why? Marine sactuary famous with its world class aquarium and coastal town. Amazing waterfront, bay and canneries.
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4. Lake Placid, New York
Why? Beautiful crystal lakes, pine hills, and mountain.
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5. Guttenberg, Iowa
Why? Mississippi River front, antique store front and beautiful Main Street.
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Read more about America’s prettiest towns from the source.

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World’s Happiest Countries:

According to World Values Survey , the world’s happiest countries are:

1. Denmark

Population:
5,484,723
Life Expectancy: 78
GDP Per Capita: $37,400

The center of world happiness is neither an Alpine fantasy getaway nor a topaz Caribbean paradise. It’s a cold, windy, maritime nation on the North Sea that Vikings once called home and which was the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The Danes proudly attribute their status as the world’s happiest country to a balance in managing a free and powerful economy, high standards in education, social safety nets, and wide acceptance of outsiders. Kate Vial, an American expat who has lived in Denmark for more than 30 years, says that the attitude among Danish people is summed up in one word—”hygge” (pronounced hooga). Difficult to translate and even harder to comprehend, hygge roughly describes a cozy, convivial sentiment that involves strong family bonds. “The gist of it is that you are not supposed to have anything to do except let go,” Vial says.

2. Puerto Rico

Population: 3,958,128
Life Expectancy: 79
GDP Per Capita: $19,600

With the U.S. rated at a disappointing 16th on the list of happiest countries, the World Values Survey saw fit to separate Puerto Rico, an American territory that’s culturally closer to its Latin American cousins. The result: The self-described “Island of Enchantment” ranked No. 2 in the world, despite having per capita income lower than Mississippi and receiving less than 15% of the Medicaid funding it would be allotted as a state. But Puerto Ricans, who enjoy permanent summer weather, a vibrant musical heritage, and idyllic emerald beaches, pay no federal income taxes.

3. Colombia

Population: 45,013,674
Life Expectancy: 73
GDP Per Capita: $6,700

Today it’s the world’s third happiest country, but “cocaine” and “cartel” are traditionally more easily associated with Colombia than “carefree” and “contented.” The change: Surging tourism and economic growth have accompanied the South American country’s efforts in recent years to reassert control over its decades-old rebel violence and lucrative drug operations. Even though per capita income is far lower than in the top 10 countries, Colombia’s literacy rate is 94%, well above the world average. And the ethnically tolerant country supports thriving coastal communities of Arabs, Jews, Italians, Germans, French, Portuguese, and Roma descendants.

4. Iceland

Population: 304,367
Life Expectancy: 81
GDP Per Capita: $38,800

It’s not as icy as its name suggests. No. 4-ranked Iceland, an island nation at the edge of the Arctic Circle, is home to a happy community of coastal residents who enjoy almost unparalleled economic and civic freedoms. Priding itself on egalitarian values, Iceland elected its first female head of state in 1980, and in 1996, Parliament passed legislation to create registered partnerships for same-sex couples, covering nearly all the rights and benefits of marriage. Additionally, with 99% fuel independence and no standing army, Icelanders appear confident about their future security.

5. Northern Ireland

Only 10 years ago, Northern Ireland was wracked by grisly religious violence known as “The Troubles” that killed thousands of Catholic Nationalists and Protestant Unionists. Now, thanks to peace, Northern Ireland—officially a “constituent country” of Britain—has emerged just ahead of Ireland to occupy fifth place among the world’s happiest countries. Since the start of ceasefires in the 1990s, millions of British pounds have been invested in the regeneration of Northern Ireland’s infrastructure, and a newfound pride and optimism is keeping young talent from emigrating. Like Ireland, the strengthening economy also is attracting foreign labor.

6. Ireland

Population: 4,156,119
Life Expectancy: 78
GDP Per Capita: $43,100

“Luck o’ the Irish” aptly summarizes the surprising optimism that pervades life in this sixth-ranked country, where the pub lies at the heart of cultural, social, and political life. Ireland’s starkly beautiful maritime scenery and captivating, lyrical language may explain some of its happiness, but economics likely play an even bigger role. Only a century ago, the Irish were fleeing famine and poverty by the millions. But since the 1990s, the “Celtic Tiger” has roared to life, turning Ireland into the second wealthiest country per capita in the world, behind only Japan. The change has brought hundreds of thousands of new workers from Eastern Europe and Asia to a place that now offers relative political stability and free education at all levels, as well as a focus on traditional values.

7. Switzerland

Population:
7,581,520
Life Expectancy:
81
GDP Per Capita:
$41,100

A stable government and a tradition of neutrality in the historical wars of its neighbors have helped make Switzerland a stronghold of banking and one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Its fairy-tale alpine setting offers breathtaking views at the top of the world. And its mixed population is an accepted facet of life: German, French, and Italian are all national languages, and two women have been elected president there since 1998. The Swiss also enjoy an unmatched degree of “direct democracy,” whereby citizens are able to directly petition the government to hold referenda that can topple laws passed by parliament.

8. Netherlands

Population:
16,654,313
Life Expectancy:
79
GDP Per Capita:
$38,500

Europe’s most densely populated country, the Netherlands’ famously liberal approach to recreational drugs, prostitution, homosexuality, abortion, and euthanasia make it the most socially tolerant society in the world—a factor that may contribute to its ranking as the eighth-happiest. Religion, on the other hand, plays little role: Fewer than 20% of people go to church in what has become a largely secular country. Unemployment is the lowest in Europe, and the U.N. Children’s Fund ranks the Netherlands first in the world for child well-being.

9. Canada

Population: 33,212,696
Life Expectancy: 81
GDP Per Capita: $38,400

Hard winters and a mind-numbingly vast expanse of land don’t get the world’s ninth-happiest people down. A member of the Group of Eight industrialized countries, Canada has enjoyed a rapidly growing economy since the early 1990s. Equalization payments are spread among richer and poorer provinces to maintain a balance in federal administration. Strong nationalism, ethnic and religious tolerance, and a welcoming atmosphere for immigrants and refugees also factor into Canada’s status as one of the world’s happiest countries.

10. Austria

Population: 8,205,533
Life Expectancy: 79
GDP Per Capita: $38,400

With a high standard of living, first-rate schools, and some of the best alpine real estate in Europe, this home of musical talents ranging from Mozart to the Von Trapp Family ranks happily at No. 10 in the world. Once the seat of the Hapsburg Empire, which reached as far east as Ukraine and Transylvania and as far south as Bosnia, Austria today supports a heterogeneous mix of people. Thousands of Hungarians and Croats live within its borders, as well as Catholics, Eastern Orthodox Christians, Muslims, and Jews, making Austria one of the most pluralistic nations in Western Europe.

According to Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the world’s happiest countries are:

1. Denmark

Satisfaction With Present Life: 90.1*

Predicted Satisfaction With Future Life: 92.3*

2009 Gross Domestic Product Per Capita: $68,362**

Unemployment Rate: 2%***
2. Finland

Satisfaction With Present Life: 85.9*

Predicted Satisfaction With Future Life: 88.0*

2009 Gross Domestic Product Per Capita: $55,344**

Unemployment Rate: 6.4%***

3. Netherlands

Satisfaction With Present Life: 85.1*

Predicted Satisfaction With Future Life: 88.2*

2009 Gross Domestic Product Per Capita: $55,453**

Unemployment Rate: 4.5%***
4. Sweden

Satisfaction With Present Life: 82.7*

Predicted Satisfaction With Future Life: 85.6*

2009 Gross Domestic Product Per Capita: $54,908**

Unemployment Rate: 6.4%***

5. Ireland

Satisfaction With Present Life: 81.1*

Predicted Satisfaction With Future Life: 91.4*

2009 Gross Domestic Product Per Capita: $63,788**

Unemployment Rate: 6.2%***
6. Canada

Satisfaction With Present Life: 78.0*

Predicted Satisfaction With Future Life: 87.3*

2009 Gross Domestic Product Per Capita: $46,799**

Unemployment Rate: 6.1%***
7.  Switzerland

Satisfaction With Present Life: 77.4*

Predicted Satisfaction With Future Life: 80.9*

2009 Gross Domestic Product Per Capita: $65,563**

Unemployment Rate: 3%***
8. New Zealand

Satisfaction With Present Life: 76.7*

Predicted Satisfaction With Future Life: 85.5*

2009 Gross Domestic Product Per Capita: $30,556**

Unemployment Rate: 4%***
9. Norway

Satisfaction With Present Life: 76.5*
Predicted Satisfaction With Future Life:
84.3*
2009 Gross Domestic Product Per Capita:
$98,822**
Unemployment Rate:
2.6%***

10. Belgium

Satisfaction With Present Life: 76.3
Predicted Satisfaction With Future Life: 75.5
2009 Gross Domestic Product Per Capita: $49,888
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%

Absolute World’s Happiest Countries

So merging the two lists, the following countries are the “absolute world’s happiest countries” – these countries appears on both lists:
1. Denmark
2. Switzerland
3. Ireland
4. Netherlands
5. Canada

And the following countries appear on one list or the other list:

  • Puerto Rico
  • Colombia
  • Iceland
  • Northern Ireland
  • Austria
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Belgium
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Albarracin in Spain

Posted by editor On June - 28 - 2009

Albarracin in Spain is a small village in the northeastern part of Spain in the area called Aragon. The village is known for its beautiful structures built of carved wood and stone decorated with ornate iron fixtures produced in the local forges. A striking reddish color dominates the houses that are perched on narrow streets on the steep hillsides. The region, one of the least populated of Spain, is famous for its cured ham and Moorish influence.

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Ice Wedding at Hotel de Glace Canada

Posted by editor On May - 5 - 2009

If you dream to have a romantic ice wedding, Hotel de Glace in Canada will have its 10th annual ice hotel this year and it’s quite a speacial one to be able to have a wedding there. Everything is made up of ice and of course you’ll have a trully white wedding. The hotel’s architectural and interior detail made fully from ice enchance year after year.

Here’s a view of their beautiful wedding chapel interior:

source: Hotel de Glace

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Alaska Railroad Adventure – GoldStar Dome Car Train

Posted by editor On May - 2 - 2009


11.5 hours ride will be an extremely enjoyable experience in Dome train running from Anchorage all the way to Fairbanks totaling 360 miles.

Alaska Railroad’s GoldStar Service features the newest and most luxurious of all railcars. All the seats in these double-decker dome cars give passengers a full 360-degree view. All seats also face forward, with the option to rotate seats to allow for a party of four to face one another, though most passengers prefer to face forward.

Don’t miss this part of Alaska’s fun try to check out for prices here.

source: alaska.org

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Ice Hotel – Hotel de Glace in Canada

Posted by editor On May - 1 - 2009

Winter Vacation in Hotel de Glace will surely be a memorable one. Don’t miss the 10th edition of Hotel de Glace from January 4 to April 4, 2010.

The Hôtel de Glace is a nordic event that brings to life a one-of-a-kind experience combining fun and learning, with a focus on the magic of nature and the great outdoors.


This is the picture of the Hotel’s Lobby


Another shot at the ice hotel’s interior


Interior of the ice bar of Hotel de Glace


everything made from ice here even the furniture and to even satisfy ice fans they have serving on ice glass in their ice bar – check out their website for more detail and more pictures here.

Here’s a sample vacation holiday package price:

Enchanting Discovery Package:
* $324.50 (Canadian dollar)
* Admission to the Hôtel de Glace during your stay
* A welcome cocktail served on the rocks
* Dinner at Auberge Duchesnay
* Access to Hôtel de Glace hot tubs and sauna
* One night’s accommodation in an Hôtel de Glace room
* Private room at Station touristique Duchesnay on the same night as your stay at the Hôtel de Glace
* Full buffet breakfast at Auberge Duchesnay
* Hot morning beverage and an exclusive Hôtel de Glace personalized service package
* Full equipment for the night (arctic sleeping bag, blanket, and pillow)
* All gratuities

source: Hotel de Glace, Canada

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Convent Garden Teahouse

Posted by editor On April - 3 - 2009

The Tea house at convent garden station is quite an attraction, so if you happen to be in London maybe it’s a good thing to make a stop here. Its front fascade is a full glass window with lots and lots of colorful stuff and tea display.

People stop to admire and stare because it’s hard to take it all in while just walking by. I have to say this is the most enticing shop window I have seen so far in a tea shop.

The store has cozy atmosphere and hold humongous selections for tea.

It holds more then 100 kinds of teas, including teas form Japan, China, India and traditional English blends.




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The view of Lijiang Old town at night from Wang Gu Lou.
The world famous Old Town of Lijiang is located in Lijiang City. It is a UNESCO Heritage Site. I went here a couple years ago and still remembered this place as a really beautiful and serene place which sometimes remind me of a romantic ancient Chinese story. I love the weeping willows surrounding the paved stone walk way within the city. It’s truly is a beautiful place for a different kind of romance travelers.

Lijiang Old town viewed at night


Lijiang Old town in the morning


the UNESCO heritage site monument

Need more info about Lijiang and its history?
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