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The beautiful Bvlgari Hotel in Bali, the paradise Island

Posted by editor On July - 10 - 2008

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Bulgari being the famous brand in jewelry market now branching its hotel properties outside Milan, creating one that is very private and beautiful in Bali, Indonesia.

Blending the traditional Balinese style with contemporary Italian design, the Bulgari Resort in Bali is located near the village of Pecatu and the stunning cliff top site of the Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, on the island’s far southwestern tip. Uniquely positioned at more than 150 meters above the sea shore, the resort offers unrivalled views across the Indian Ocean. Nestled between the cliff and the ocean, a 1.5 kilometer long beach is accessible only through the resort’s inclined elevator.

Designed by architects Antonio Citterio and Partners, the 59-villa resort reflects a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Balinese design while conveying the distinctive Bulgari Italian style.

I think personally it’s a very intimate and perfect romantic setting for a special couple vacation however each night will cost roughly at about $1,500 for each villa.

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view of the villages from top during the day

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view of the pool during the day

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view of the floating bar area during the day

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The private beach accessible by the incline elevator

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The view of Il Ristorante Fine dining restaurant in Bvlgari Resort.

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Underwater dining experience at Hiton Maldives

Posted by editor On June - 24 - 2008

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[Credit: Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa]

How do you like to dine with fishes all around you? It sounds good to me! You can do it at the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant in Hilton Maldives.

The Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa has recently opened the Ithaa Undersea restaurant, which is indeed underwater. A blogger at Table of Malcontents seemed rather disgusted at the prospect of dining in an establishment where there were fish swimming around everywhere, but personally I think it’d be pretty cool. The cuisine is described as “Maldivian-Western fusion,” which sounds good to me as long as there’s some tasty calamari on the menu.

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The Ithaa Restaurant sits 15 feet below the Indian Ocean, surrounded by the beautiful coral reef. It is encased in clear acrylic, offering diners 270 degrees of panoramic underwater views. The restaurant is reached by a wooden walkway from the nearby over-water Sunset Grill Restaurant, and seats just 14 people for an exclusive dining experience.

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Facial – the tool of the trade

Posted by editor On May - 19 - 2008

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I kinda go overboard with cleanliness issue, so when it come to having a facial I just gotta do it myself. Well it’s true, I used to go to facial and couldn’t figure out what the beautician used to extract those blackheads, whiteheads, or zits till later I found out they are using this double loop extractor tool and sometimes needle (ouchh). So from then on I did my research and gotta have my own facial tool (skin care too), aside from all those masking & face care items, now I add doing this regular extraction to my face care and I just lovin my skin =) since.

Tip I’d share: I don’t go to facial spa anymore cuz everytime I visit, I’d have pimples on my face couple days after having a treatment. So it’s not just about the cleanliness, but the after-effect isn’t so good for me either.

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Laser Hair Removal Consequences – Brazilian Waxing

Posted by editor On May - 18 - 2008
All women acknowledge good things when it come to “hairless fashion trend” that become more popular these days in our society, especially when spring/summer arrives. Brazilian wax is quite a regular, at least for me and among my female friends, but when you have to do it every so often sometimes kinda wonder of that laser option that promise to have it permanently remove (so don’t have to bother with regular waxing). As I researched more with the topic I came across this article (that really makes me stick with the regular waxing icon smile option):

Popularized in an episode of Sex in the City, it involves removing all body hair.

At Spa Radiance, the hairless look is growing in popularity. Angelina Umansky, owner, Spa Radiance: “This year has been the biggest year for Brazilian waxing ever at the Spa.”

Twenty-year-old Stella Chung is a regular client. Stella Chung, hair waxing client: “I want to make sure it’s clean there, and for hygiene issues, too.

” What about the pain? Angelina Umansky, owner, Spa Radiance: “We don’t use a lot of numbing creams because they take awhile to kick in. But we do small patches.”

Stella Chung, hair waxing client: “Initially, when I first got it done, of course it hurt. It’s more like a stinging feeling. But it’s really fast and quick. But when you get it done everything, three weeks or not, you get used to it.” And Stella says her partners prefer it, too.

Stella Chung, hair waxing client: “Usually, the partners that I’m with, they prefer the bare because I think it’s a whole trend thing.”

In fact, for an entire generation, hairless is becoming the new standard of beauty. For almost any female between 15 and 25, the message seems to be bare is better.

Male, name withheld: “It shows they just try to take care of their bodies. You know, like it portrays them more like femininity when it’s not so, when it’s hairy.”

Male, name withheld: “I’m just not attracted to hair, I guess. I don’t know. It’s not something that is appealing.”

Female, name withheld: “I know a lot of guys prefer it, and I know a lot of guys joke about women not being hairless in certain areas, and it is kind of weird. So I think there are social pressures to conform to being more hairless these days, for sure.Even in high school – that’s where it started, and it’s just getting to the point where most women are.”

There are real concerns here. First, this body hair has lots of functions, including providing protection and lubrication for tender tissues. And while shaving or waxing all your body hair is one thing, many women are turning to lasers for hair removal. But with any laser, there is the potential for burns and serious infections, like triggering a herpes outbreak.

For Berkeley physician Christine Brozowski, the demand for total laser hair removal is skyrocketing.

Christine Brozowski, M.D., physician and laser specialist: “It’s just a very popular thing.” She cautions in untrained hands, patients could be harmed.

Christine Brozowski, M.D., physician and laser specialist: “I think that laser procedures in general are very safe. However, when used not in the proper hands there is a greater chance of having a complication such as hyper, hypo pigmentation (those are changes in the skin color), or infection, or burning.”

She routinely pre-treats a lot of patients with an antiviral medication to prevent a herpes outbreak. Laser hair removal requires several treatments, six weeks apart to destroy the hair follicles during their growth cycle.

That leads to one more caution: Christine Brozowski, M.D., physician and laser specialist: “Your hair is not going to grow back. So you need to know that. It’s not a six-week thing. It’s that your hair is not going to grow back.”

Even more than tattoos or piercing, this is one fashion trend you may be stuck with for life.

Further complicating the problem is that many teens and young adults are getting treated at spas or salons – not at dermatologist’s office. So the risk of infection and burns is far greater.

Link : ABC news by Dr. Dean Edell

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Wine Country Perfect Escape

Posted by editor On May - 15 - 2008

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Napa Valley in California has long been known for its wine among travelers. These days Napa Valley is quite a popular destination especially among newly-weds, honeymooners, couples as well as food lovers, families, and freinds. Not long ago I discover this Kenwood inn & spa in sonoma county through a friend of mine. I tried staying there on the weekend, oh my it’s just so beautiful, like staying in the Tuscan country side. This place is really romantic, I’m just in love with its setting, architectures, more over they have pretty good gourmet breakfast cook to suit your need and excellent service.

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