Archive for August, 2010

  • Glories of the Guam Island – Barrigada, Agat, Hagatna
    Glories of the Guam Island – Barrigada, Agat, Hagatna
    Guam is a small water locked territory nestled in the Pacific Seas, which is separated by only about thirteen degrees from the zero degree line of equator. To the North of Guam is the technological nation of Japan, while the western part of Guam neighbors the land of the Philippines. A thriving commercial hub, Guam attracts a large number of sun-sand-surf enthusiasts from all over the world. The only way to lay your steps on the Guam lands is by means of flight. A typical vacation experience at Guam will include the pristine shores and the sandy beaches of Guam, as against the contrasting hues of the blue skies. After reaching the islands, the traveler will have to find a mode of transport to go about exploring the place. And, the best deal is to hire a vehicle or rent a car. There are many rent-a-car providers who can be easily  [...]
    Posted at August 31st, 2010 at 05:08 am
  • When in Agra, Visit the Red Fort
    When in Agra, Visit the Red Fort
    When people visit Agra in India, they generally end up marking out some time to visit the Taj Mahal. There is a lot more that the region has to offer to everyone who decides to visit it. The Agra Fort stands at a distance of lower than 2 kilometers from the Taj Mahal. The Heydays of Agra: The history of Agra is known to date back to around 2500 years. It wasn’t until the days of the Mughal emperors (Muslim rulers) that this region got the status of being a provincial city. Humayun, son of Babur, who was the founder of the Mogul empire, received a number of precious gems and stones from the family of the King of Gwalior. One of these gifts included the oh-so-famous Kohinoor diamond. This precious and unique diamond is today said to be in the custody of the English, who had ruled over India for a good 150 years. But things got even  [...]
    Posted at August 30th, 2010 at 01:08 am
  • The Timeless Syrian Saga
    The Timeless Syrian Saga
    No! Before you begin to connect Syria with a land of terrorists, or fanatics or alike; its time to rise up from false media projections. To the contrary, of what is commonly gathered of Syria, this middle-east nation is one of the most hospitable countries to visit with very friendly people who treat guests with much warmth and friendliness. Once you come to Syria, you love Syria forever! Like it is said, ‘Simplicity is most beautiful.’ It can be similarly summed up for Syria whose undying charm comes straight out of its effortless enigma. However, the commercialization plan is high up on the agenda of Syria. Especially post Bashar-al-Assad entrance into the lineage to take charge of the country. Today, Syria stands as a leading destination and a nation with an open outlook evolving by the day. Though, not a scowl of uncontrolled  [...]
    Posted at August 29th, 2010 at 10:08 pm
  • All’s Cool at the Atlantic City
    All’s Cool at the Atlantic City
    Man (which includes women) is a gambler by instinct. We gamble on everything be it a cricket match, the weather, outcome of a war or skirmish, whether the boss will come to the office in time, what kind of food will be available for lunch, and everything which the mind can conceive of and imagine. With gambling being so much a part of our lives, it is strange that very few cities have been designed for the exclusive purpose of gambling and these are obviously some of the major and most popular tourist attractions in the world. Such places include the Casinos of Kathmandu, the island of Macau, Genting Heights not far from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, the entire area of Monaco in Monte Carlo and a few more. However, nowhere is the spirit of gambling captured in giant mentions and casinos as it is the United States of America. While Las  [...]
    Posted at August 28th, 2010 at 12:08 am
  • Rudesheim: The Queen of the Rhine
    Rudesheim: The Queen of the Rhine
    River valleys have an ethereal fascination. This multiplies immensely when the winding and meandering river is decked on both sides with hills adorned with ancient castles, vineyards and forests. One such abode of pristine beauty and enigmatic charm is the Rhine Valley in Germany. The valley extends from Osterreich to St.Goarshausen with excellent resorts and plush properties. Located in between at Rudesheim, Assmannshausen  and Loreley, of these Rudesheim nested at the bent in the Rhine with rolling hills embellished with the choicest vines reaching up to the top of neighboring mountains is distinguished by historical memorial and statue to Prince Bismark perched on top of the hill. The location of Rudesheim Just an hour away from the busy Frankfurt Airport makes it an easy stop over in between flights and is an excellent relaxation  [...]
    Posted at August 27th, 2010 at 12:08 am
  • Bananas about cabanas
    Bananas about cabanas
    Having fun by the beach side is no longer what it used to be. Sure, you’ve still got the white sands crinkling below your feet (that’s if you’re savvy and picked the right spot), the sparkling azure waters lapping at your feet and, on a good day, the aroma of freshly cooked tickling your olfactory senses. But it still isn’t what it used to be; that beachside cabana is no longer that perfect sultry summer getaway, it’s now a perfect piece of real estate everyone wants a piece of. From honeymooning couples looking to make love and a whole lot of memories to high rollers looking to buy a slice of nature, everything is now commercialized with no pleasure spared. Why then, do I feel like my spirits have fallen through the floor and distinctly deflated? At one time, the sun-lounge was a thing of much wonder to covet, drawing  [...]
    Posted at August 26th, 2010 at 03:08 am
  • The Red Waters Around the World
    The Red Waters Around the World
    What is a red tide? This is a naturally-occurring concentration of a microscopic alga called Karenia brevis (which was formerly known as Gymnodinium breve). In some cases, under certain kinds of environmental conditions, these microscopic algae will be able to grow and multiply quickly. This will end up creating blooms which will make the ocean appear brown or red to the people. People often call these blooms the ‘red tide’, owing to the color that the water takes on. This organism is capable of producing a toxin which is known to affect and debilitate the central nervous system of fishes. This ends up paralyzing the fishes that are no longer able to breathe normally. As a result of this phenomenon, the red tide is often known to result in masses of dead fishes which end up washing up on the Gulf beaches. What causes red tides? The  [...]
    Posted at August 25th, 2010 at 01:08 am
  • Very Vacation, Very Vanuatu
    Very Vacation, Very Vanuatu
    Planning a vacation to Vanuata? Great! The scintillating islands have it all to make your vacation a truly memorable one. If Vanuata makes you think just of gentle winds and amazing cuisines, it’s time to brush up! This place offers exotic experiences that are unmatched by any other offerings of any other place. Vanuata clearly stands unique, to its own for the many visitors coming in. In the crystal sparking waters which make for a diver’s favorite pool also is an anchor forever to a luxury liner that got stranded and has ever since been partially floating and partially sunk to the Vanuata waters. The island of Tanna is a blazing with the most active volcanic eruption and not just view it from a distance, but they also make for an accessible spot. That’s not all to this place, feeling like a Tarzan must never be more realistic.  [...]
    Posted at August 24th, 2010 at 12:08 am
  • The Workout Junkie’s Holiday
    The Workout Junkie’s Holiday
    I have a couple of pals who wouldn’t even think of a single day passing by without their workout routines in place. It almost seems like they’re obsessed with their workout regimes. But the truth of the matter is that, they’re definitely fitter than I am. But then again, most of them hate holidaying, because they hate missing out on their workouts. Add to this the binge-eating that holidays generally bring with them. Voila! Quite a deadly combination, don’t you think? Here are a few options of holiday destinations in the United States where you could relax some and work out some. Problem solved? We think so! Row Your Boat – Princeton, NJ The best part about rowing a boat is that few other sports might actually help you develop both – endurance and power. That is the beauty (and burden, as some say) of rowing. According  [...]
    Posted at August 23rd, 2010 at 01:08 am
  • Hunting for Phantoms in Angola
    Hunting for Phantoms in Angola
    Perhaps it is the layer of days-old grime on the Land Cruiser’s window, but I could swear I saw a face peeking out at me through the foliage. And there it is again. My last therapist certified me as sane, so I’m pretty damn sure it’s not my mind playing tricks on me this time. I asked the driver to stop in as calm and as rational a voice as I could. I didn’t want anyone to think I was a few fries short of a happy meal. And then again, the face poked out from the leafy beyond, the face of a Forest Phantom. I tried to snap a photo of it as quickly as I could but he (she?) was a slippery one. I see where they get the name from now, and I could consider myself lucky. Few others had ever seen one before From what I could tell, his skin had a velvety texture to it. Perhaps suede? They certainly knew how to be stylish, those Forest  [...]
    Posted at August 22nd, 2010 at 12:08 am