Archive for March, 2009

« Previous Entries


24 Hours in Victoria, Seychelles

Author: Administrator

27/03/2009

Not many people would struggle to spend 24 hours in the Seychelles: Beach, beer, beach, cocktail…repeat until sun, sea and alcohol blend into a perfect state of relaxation.

But if you have had enough of the archipelago’s white sand between your toes, if you are bored of diving into the topaz waters, then here is how to spend 24 hours in Victoria, the Seychelles’ slow-paced capital.

Friday

6 p.m. – Start your tropical evening with a rum punch. There’s only one meeting place to choose from, aptly called “Le Rendez-Vous’. Sit on the breezy first floor balcony,
Read the rest of this entry »

read users´ comments ( 0 )


Naomi Campbell on catwalk for Mumbai victims

Author: Administrator

27/03/2009

British supermodel Naomi Campbell walked down the ramp in Mumbai on Saturday to pay tribute to the victims of last November’s Mumbai attacks.

Along with a host of Indian celebrities, the 39-year-old Campbell helped raise funds for the city’s emergency medical services in a charity show called “Mai Mumbai.”

Campbell heads a charity called “Fashion for Relief.”

Islamist gunmen went on a three-day rampage on some of the most famous landmarks in Mumbai, the financial and entertainment capital of India, killing 166 people.

After the show, Campbell, dressed in a red saree and traditional Indian jewelry, told Reuters why she loves coming to India but won’t act in Bollywood again,
Read the rest of this entry »

read users´ comments ( 0 )


Dress with $30 million price tag spurns economic crisis

Author: Administrator

26/03/2009

The world may be cloaked in economic gloom, but the makers of a dress decked with 751 diamonds worth $30 million are confident that the desire to flaunt wealth has not quite been extinguished.

Worth nearly 5 times the top bonus paid out to American International Group Inc executives, the silk and taffeta evening gown has a 70 carat pear-shaped diamond at the center of the bodice, topped off with a train sparkling with diamonds.

And the extravagance may seem out of place in amid the world’s worst economic slowdown for decades, the masterminds behind the dress seemed unconcerned.

“Stocks drop, gold is even falling but a diamond is forever. This is a dress with diamonds. Why do backwards, why can’t we go forwards?” the designer of the dress, Faisol Abdullah, told Reuters as he showed off his sketches.

“We are going to the fantastic, but its real.
Read the rest of this entry »

read users´ comments ( 0 )


American wine dream blooms on Portuguese soil

Author: Administrator

24/03/2009

Mark Schultz has spent just a few years in Portugal, has no previous wine-making experience and has amassed a heap of awards for his red wines.

The financial trader, who comes from the U.S. “beer capital” of Milwaukee, pins the success of his Mark Stephen Schultz Selection range on a lifelong passion for wine, a love for chemistry in college and a more somber “seminal moment,” when he was operated on for cancer before moving to Portugal in 2004.

“It took the scare of death when I was 50 to say, okay you’ve been talking about it all your life. Either let’s do this right now or shut up,” the cheerful 57-year-old said,
Read the rest of this entry »

read users´ comments ( 0 )


Athens,the city with the glorious history

Author: Administrator

22/03/2009

came across three corpses during my long weekend in Athens. The first was smartly boxed up, and bobbing along on a procession of lilies and voluble descendants.

The second was a little Mycenaean girl, biscuit-dry and curled up in a glass case. She’s kept at the Ancient Agora (or marketplace), which looks much the same now as it did 3,000 years ago when she was buried there, with her needles and dolls and little pots of perfume.
Read the rest of this entry »

read users´ comments ( 0 )


Italian jewelers see gloom in 2009 as crisis hits

Author: Administrator

22/03/2009

Italy’s jewelry sector, the world’s top exporter, will see more gloom this year with falling output and export sales, participants at a trade fair said on Saturday.

Italian jewelry used to dominate the world markets, but its market share has shrunk since early 2000 as lower cost rivals from India, China and Turkey advanced. Economic crisis and high gold prices have dealt it an additional blow.

“After a bad 2008, the situation has not improved in the first quarter,
Read the rest of this entry »

read users´ comments ( 0 )


Heaven on earth: the Amalfi Coast

Author: Administrator

22/03/2009

Amalfi Coast in the Seventies and think it’s the most glorious place. And then you have Pompeii (and Herculaneum) on your doorstep, somewhere you could easily spend a week. The one black hole in the region, as far as I’m concerned, is Capri, which I hate and never want to go to again.

The coast is a marvellously relaxing place, and whenever I go I like to swim, either in a hotel pool or the sea. Like so much of the Mediterranean, the water is not as clean as it first appears, but it’s still more inviting than the sea in my hometown of Blackpool.

The coast boasts some amazing hotels. I can recommend the Cappuccini Convento (currently closed for restoration) in Amalfi,
Read the rest of this entry »

read users´ comments ( 0 )


Asia exhibit spotlights designer Lacroix’s costumes

Author: Administrator

21/03/2009

His pouf skirts and fanciful designs have made him a fashion icon, but Christian Lacroix’s true love is the arts, and a collection of ballet, opera and theater costumes he designed debuts in Singapore this week.

“Christian Lacroix the Costumier” is the first overseas trip for a major collection of costumes and sketches by the French designer, whose work spans two decades and more than 25 productions including the operas “Carmen” and “Cosi fan tutte” as well as Shakespeare’s “Othello.

“Drawing for dance or for theater allows me to breathe,
Read the rest of this entry »

read users´ comments ( 0 )


World’s cruise industry sailing rough waters

Author: Administrator

20/03/2009

The cruise ship season in Sydney is in full swing and it’s booming, with ships forced to anchor in the middle of Sydney Harbour due to a lack of dock space.

But despite the onboard party atmosphere and the postcard image of luxury liner passengers waving to ferry commuters from ship rails, the world’s cruise industry is sailing through rough financial seas as the global downturn bites into tourism.

Cruise operators are desperately trying to attract passengers for 2009, slashing prices, offering last-minute deals, two-for-one pricing, shorter cruises, family packages in which children sail free, and home port cruising which avoids the cost of an airfare to reach an exotic
Read the rest of this entry »

read users´ comments ( 0 )


Recession the fashion at major Indian couture show

Author: Administrator

19/03/2009

India’s biggest fashion event started on a dark note in New Delhi with designers using the global recession and emotional depression to set a somber trend for their autumn/winter collections.

Models draped in black, grey and deep purple sashayed down the catwalk at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, a five-day event in which 103 designers vie for the attention of 175 domestic and international buyers.

“We are in the heart of recession, and it’s fashionable,” said designer Kiran Uttam Ghosh,whose “Frugality is the new Black” collection was inspired by the global downturn.

“I’ve combined high-street cheap leggings with luxe jackets, T-shirts with luxury shawls,” she said. “You can be frugal, sensible, spend less and yet you can be fashionable.”
Read the rest of this entry »

read users´ comments ( 0 )

« Previous Entries

“experience with Malindo Air is horrible”

Never travel Malindo Air: I traveled from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. My experience with Malindo is horrible. Μalindo Air employees with bad English, inability to understand the nationality of a passport, difficulties to communicate with other Malindo employees, to resolve such traveling issues,holding for an hour the passenger till to know that as a citizen of the European Union does not need a visa to final destination in Hong Kong. Employees are not qualified most of them young people,low pay, from Philippines and Malindo never apologize when customer complain,for his trouble. I will never travel with Malindo again.

Wellington,Best Western,Kai,Bad Hotel Experiences You Need To Avoid

Wellington hotel in New York,some negative points to note which made our experience an unfortunate one: the air conditioning did not work .. Although the receptionist did not come & have a look bothing further was done. We also had an extremely unpleasant experience during check out, primarily due to the absolute incompetency of the hotel staff and especially the Asian origin manager(he refused to tell us his name) in charge was extremely unhelpful ! Best Western Hong Kong and Shenzhen rooms was not clean and not well maintained and especially in Hong Kong cuseway Not sufficient room for the baggage.Kai hotel in Singapore,rooms like a box,charging 150 Singapore Dollars,never again.

The most luxurious products for your lifestyle and “Oraia” Luxury Smartwatches

bugatti3watchluxurylifestyle22lifestyle1Our Luxury style club,trying to pick out the highest quality and most luxurious products for your lifestyle,getting the right car,as a Bugatti super car,can suit your requirements of your lifestyle and women's "Oraia" Luxury Smart Watch hand made high quality for the dual purpose of protection and personalization, "Oraia" Watch phone.For more info:www.oraia.org

Buy a super car Bugatti for your perfect freedom

80104038bBugatti Veyron Grand Sport Sport (4.038).Price:1.490.000. 2)Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse (8.010).Price:1.747.100 EUR 3)Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse (8.018).Price:1.794.600 EUR.For all above One year after delivery, optional extended warranty All prices Ex Works (EXW) Starsbourg France, excluding VAT, transportation and registration costs. No. of previous owners.For more info:info@oraia.co.uk.

Greece invite you to experience an unforgettable summer

chinafood8Hotel waiter delivering room service, breakfast in foregroundEvery day of Greek summer feels like a celebration – and that’s because it is! Greece celebrates summer from May until October. Hospitable, bright and colourful, it offers incredible treasures to all. Welcome to summer in Greece! Historic treasures Summer in Greece: ancient temples gaze out at the Aegean Sea. Portara in Naxos, Delos, Skarkos in Ios, Faistos in Heraklion, Crete. Famous summer destinations where Greece’s past is illuminated by the Mediterranean sun. Ancient Olympia, Knossos and the Ancient Valley of Gortyna, the monasteries of Mt Athos, Akrotiri in Santorini: all are just a stone’s throw from the sea, and should be high priority on your summer holiday itinerary. As should the archaeological museums, Byzantine monasteries, castles, towers, and ancient trails. In Greece, even the smallest sight has a big history. Discover it. Authentic moments in the Greek islands Discover authentic Greece when you travel to the islands of the Aegean and the Ionian. Donoussa, Schinoussa, Anafi, Kimolos, Halki, Kastelorizo. From Symi to Ikaria and Amorgos, Tilos, Kalymnos, Alonissos, Samothraki, Ithaca, Paxi, exotic Antipaxi, and the lush, green island of Lefkada. You’ll share meze, ouzo and local wine with fishermen, village leaders, and housewives who bake bread in wood-burning ovens. Over treats and delicacies like amygdalota (crushed almond shortbread), soumada (almond syrup), mastiha, homemade lemonade, and aromatic Greek coffee, the locals will share the stories of their land. Myths, customs and traditions are still alive today, passed along from generation to generation through word of mouth. They’ll share improvised poems and songs, and you’ll want to hum along. Summer in Greece is generous and pure. Water sports and boundless energy For water sports enthusiasts, the Greek summer provided the perfect backdrop: Perivolos in Santorini. Psarou, Paradise and Paranga in Mykonos. Punda Beach in Paros. Mylopotas in Ios. You’ll knock back shots at the fun-filled beach bars all day long. Multicoloured kiteboards and windsurf sails play in the waves and in the wind. Vouliagmeni in the Athenian Riviera. Paros. Mili and Vassiliki Beaches in Lefkada. Prasonisi in Rhodes, Sigri in Lesvos, Sarti in Halkidiki. Everyone is one under the sun. Beach volleyball and paddle ball. Scrabble and backgammon under the shade of your umbrella. Diving from the dock, tubing and water skiing. Beautiful bathing suits, colourful sarongs, tanned bodies and smiling faces. Greece’s beaches always emit a positive and vibrant vibe, thanks to young people from all over the world. Panoramic view of Navagio beach Sailing experiences in Greece A woman with a bathingsuit and sun hat in the Greek islands The famous beach of Navagio in Zakynthos Navagio in Zakynthos from above Balos beach in Crete The beautiful Balos beach on Crete island A taste of Greece and the Mediterranean Day after day your palate will be pleased. The Greek summer is overflowing with flavours and aromas: wild greens, fragrant fruits, legumes, vegetables, cheese, warm bread, extra virgin olive oil, fresh fish and seafood, homemade wine. Every place in Greece has its own microclimate. Every village, island and city has its own recipes. Whether you are walking with a slice of juicy watermelon along the beach, or indulging in a gourmet meal made with local produce, whether you’re dipping a slice of bread into pure olive oil or eating an oyster straight from the sea, the delicious flavours will overwhelm you. Wind in your sails Sea routes in the Greek islands: Santorini. Mykonos. Milos. Crete. Lefkada. Corfu. Zakynthos. Paxi. Award-winning marinas, picturesque fishing ports, hidden beaches, and bays with emerald water. More than 6,000 islands and islets, on a coastline more than 14,500 kilometres long – what more could yachting and sailing enthusiasts ask for! The summer winds in the Aegean are perfect for competitive sailing, while the calmer waters of the Ionian are ideal for smooth sailing. Dive into the fun Bonfires on the beach. Conversations, music, night swimming in a peaceful sea, under the moon. The barman concocts a new cocktail recipe, and treats you to shots with exotic flavours. The music pulses and the dancing begins. The same happens in the bars of Hora, where the Djs let the beat lift the lively crowd. Greek summer is synonymous with nightlife, that lasts until the sunrise. You’ll go straight from the club to the beach, and with that first dip in the sea your mind and body will be revived. It’s romantic and emotional, without a schedule or obligation. Just live it! You are all invited... To the fairs and festivals of August 15th throughout Greece, with their rituals, lutes and treats. To the traditional weddings, and the bridal procession through the island’s cobblestone streets. At the Saints Day fairs, where the locals serve you homemade food, raki and wine. To the big parties. To the cultural events and concerts at the open-air theatres overlooking the sea, or in the mediaeval fortresses. To the gastronomy festivals and ouzo celebrations. Hospitable, open-hearted, always ready to treat you, Greeks will welcome you with open arms. Because they want you to get to know Greece as it is – pure and authentic. And you will invite them into your heart forever. The hinterland No matter what beach in Greece you may find yourself on, it’s worth taking a trip into the hinterland. Nearby you’ll find traditional villages with shady squares lined with coffee shops. An archaeological site. A significant museum. Trails and parks. Lakes and wetlands. Popular destinations that offer unforgettable summer experiences are: Pelion, Crete, Messinia, Mani, Nafplio, Katerini, Preveza and Parga, Ilia and of course the Athenian Riviera with Sounion are just some of the places that will impress you, without ever having to leave the sea breeze.