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How many of you so into the beach and island life-style, that you want to own one, even at least for just a week period of time if it is unaffordable to own for a lifetime period?

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Spending most of your days with serene endless blue sea and warm white sands will surely sounds good, especially if you are looking to be secluded and get that private life going. Well there’s a whole area on private island whether to own one or to rent one.

I came accross this island called Royal Davui, Fiji.
It is our for rent from US$7,200/week

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well if it is still within your affordable one, might consider to hold a private event, such as wedding or special gathering in private island, how cool would that be?

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not all rent fees are that high there are some that are under $500/wk
check it out here. (I saw something like $89/wk for some island in philiphines)

Here’s my favorite one $4,900/wk for Huvafen Fushi Island Resort, Maldives, Asia. All pictures here:

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Above is the Huvafen Fushi Island

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Showing one of their out door floatation pool, look like one of those private jacuzzi on the beach.

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Showing over the water bunggalows of the island

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One of the resort facility at the island

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Private dining, can someone please explain to me what’s this effect? is it a fiber optic pool lighting or what? It’s so romantic.

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Well isn’t it a world class underwater spa? it’s where you can get that relaxation massage with the true blue ambiance surrounding you. It’s kinda of reminds me of that Ithaa Hilton Maldives Underwater restaurant.

there are more islands listings from all over the world’s areas, if interested check it out for yourself here all pictures and sources are from privateislandsonline.com.

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Summer 2008 Olympic Gardens in Beijing, China

Posted by editor On August - 7 - 2008

Enjoy this view of manicured gardens that are prepare solely to celebrate the 2008 summer Olympic event in Beijing, China. What an amazing landscape greetings, aren’t they really promote the Olympic spirit?

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This is the one that depicts athletes and spirit of competition.

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What an idea? Amazing cut-out with lots of people, a globe and a map image.

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Look at the incorporation of waterfall into the landscape, how pretty.

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Ofcourse you have to have the symbol where Olympic originates after all!

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Is this Zeus as in the famous Greek mythology? WOW they’re really into the origin.

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Such a peaceful and serene view =)

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This is amazing, don’t you think? Those vegetation really floats up there.

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Oh my my, how long will it take to crave that whole mountain?

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I would want to have this romantic bridge for myself too, would be a cool photography spot!

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This is so cute, reminds me of the art of KUNG-FU

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So, Welcome to the Summer 2008 Olympic in Beijing, China. Let’s get it started!

Thanks to this site who provide all above pictures. Please visit the site for more pictures.

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caption read: The Olympic Green in Beijing in seen in this satelite image collected by DigitalGlobe on May 25, 2008 and released to Reuters July 18, 2008. The National Stadium (center), also known as the Bird’s Nest, the National Aquatics Center (lower center), also known as the Water Cube, and the Olympic Sports Center Stadium (top right) are seen. (REUTERS/DigitalGlobe/Handcut)

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caption read: The moon rises over the new National Theater in Beijing Wednesday July 16, 2008. The glass and titanium dome, nickname “The Egg” is one of a series of landmarks, notable for their futuristic design, that will greet visitors to the Olympics. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

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caption read: This picture taken on July 18, 2008 shows the Shatin Olympic Equestrian Venue in Hong Kong. The southern Chinese city has built state-of-the-art facilities for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games after the equestrian events were switched from Beijing because of fears of disease. (PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The Olympic is set to start on August 8th, 2008 in Beijing, China. Now a little bit about what most said about China’s preparation:

With a price tag of $43 billion, the Summer Games that will open Aug. 8 in Beijing are the most expensive in Olympic history. The transformation, however, goes far beyond the eye-popping architecture. The Chinese government also has been trying to create a new, improved population to go along with its spiffed-up capital city.

source: LA times.com “Beijing goes to extremes for its Olympic face-lift”

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caption read: Workers transport flowers to plant in the lake in front of the National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest, in Beijing July 19, 2008. The International Olympic Commitee recently praised Beijing for setting a “gold standard for the future” in its preparations for the Games, which begins in less than a month. (REUTERS/Reinhard Krause)

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caption read: A view of cooling towers at the Shougang Group steel plant on the outskirts of Beijing July 17, 2008. The head of Shougang Grop on Thursday smiled with satisfaction over this week’s four days of blue skies, even as smoke and steam still wreathed his steel plant less than a month before the Olympics. Beijing has ordered polluting plants in the capital city and surrounding provinces to either shut or meet emission standards, to reduce air pollution during the Olympic Games that begin on August 8. (REUTERS/Darren Whiteside)

And what about that air pollution issue that everyone make a bigg fuss about it, do they really worry of having to deliver a good air quality. Well here’s what their plan – I think they kinda take it very seriously!

With Beijing struggling to clear polluted skies before the Olympics in August, the nearby industrial port of Tianjin has ordered 40 factories to suspend some operations for two months as part of a broader effort to improve air quality during the Games, state news media reported.

The planned shutdowns in Tianjin, about 70 miles east of Beijing, are one piece of a regional plan that is expected to result in temporary factory closings or slowdowns across a large swath of northern China during the Games. Few details are known about which factories might close or when, so the announcement in Tianjin offers a window into one piece of the plan.

Beijing’s air quality remains a major concern for the Games as the city continues to struggle with pollution, despite a $20 billion government cleanup campaign. Beijing is also a victim of its neighborhood: pollution blows in from surrounding regions that are dotted with coal mines, coal-fired power plants, steel mills, cement factories and other clusters of heavy industry.

I trully wonder about the economy of it, wouldn’t factor owners have to say a little bit about this decision?
read more of the above quote in: The New York Times article “Cities Near Beijing Close Factories to Improve Air for Olympics.”

Other preparations include transportation, security, welcoming and greeting performances, news/broadcastings and cleanliness.
China has prepare a new bullettrain which is scheduled to start service on August 1. The train has set a speed record in China of 394.3 kilo meter per hour on the 115 kilo meter newly-built railway.

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All pictures and pictures’ captions are made possible from boston.com from the article “Beijing 2008 perparations – Three Weeks to Go” by Alan Taylor. I do encourage readers to visit this article because they do have pictures in bigger resolutions, more pictures and more info.

for more info read:
Beijing 2008 Games’ Official Site
NY times.com “Olympic Games (2008)”

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#1 Tirtha Uluwatu Chapel, Tirtha Property, Bukit, Bali

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I think this is an outstanding piece of architecture, in term of setting, scale and building esthetic I am drawn to this!
This is not just such a beauty for a piece of architecture and design but also a piece of beauty for its purpose: a wedding chapel!
How romantic to have such a beautiful floating chapel set against the tip of the most beautiful cliff of Uluwatu, Bali. Uluwatu known for the best sunset viewing. So just imagine to have an intimate party at a romantic chapel set in a tropical garden above the clif looking over the vast Indian Ocean.

here’s some description from TRENDS magazine:

The chapel appears to float in water on the edge of the cliff-top, high above the Indian Ocean. Although the other pavilions feature local materials, all the products used in the construction of the chapel were imported.

“Tirtha means holy water, which is another reason for the setting,” says Parker. “The design was also influenced by the old palaces around Bali and Java, which were built around moats and ponds. The setting itself provides a sense of prominence and significance.”
The air-conditioned chapel can seat 40 guests and has standing room for another 20. With its raised wedding podium and altar, and the vast horizon of the ocean as a backdrop, the entire atrium creates an illusion of infinity, say the owners.

#2 Infinity Chapel, Conrad Hotel, Nusa Dua, Bali

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Well how do you feel about walking between water, elevated 2 meters above the ground, looking towards this huge triangle, for that bridal aile walk???

Newly opened in Oct 2006, the Infinity Chapel is surrounded by flowing water. There is a story about the design – the chapel is fantastic outlook means the husband always protects and gives his beloved warmth. And the wife is standing by his husband, giving him full support. Facing the ocean and beach, Infinity Chapel is perfect location for photo shooting during the ceremony. Boasting 117 sqm of floor space with a ceiling height of 12 m, the interior of Infinity is beautifully simple with elegant marble floors, floor to ceiling, ocean facing glass frontage and a transposable seating plan that comfortably receives 60 guests, making the fully air-conditioned building the perfect location for exclusive events and special celebrations.

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Need more chapels? check the followings:

#3 Santi Chapel, Seminyak, Bali

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#4 The Chapel at Blue Point Bay Villas, Uluwatu, Bali

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#5 Astina Chapel, Ritz Carlton, Jimbaran, Bali

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#6 Tresna Pavillion, Ritz Carlton, Jimbaran, Bali

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Ice bars, Ice hotels and now… Ice weddings!

Posted by editor On July - 12 - 2008

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Finally, proclaiming your white wedding can be a reality – everything will be in white including your venue setting –> a venue completely crafted from ice! Bellow is showing a wedding in an ice church .

Eternal vows in an ephemeral church
The need to show respect, to focus on one’s own thoughts and reflect on the nature of things is a feeling you get from an encounter with ICEHOTEL. Many pieces of life’s puzzle seem to fall into place here, in the ice chapel on the Torne River.

The ceremony and the unique experience of the place, the ice, the snow and the almost unreal environment leave no-one untouched. And perhaps the shared memories and experiences are stronger for the very reason that the chapel is impermanent. When no architectural memento exists, the memories and the vows exchanged are especially cherished.

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More and more couples are doing this out-of-the-ordinary wedding setting. Isn’t it special to have a winter white wedding in reality? Discover more information for venue and more here and here .

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For previous link on ice bar visit my posting on “travellers – ice bar around the world” and “ice hotel – everything ice structure.”

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