Posted by in Travel on May 25, 2013
Want to give your friend or loved one a special gift from the Hawaiian Islands in honor of their wedding? Who doesn’t love the idea of a gift from the exotic Islands of Hawaii? Here are some unique and traditional ideas to consider as wedding or shower gifts that come straight from this slice of paradise:
Outrigger Canoe-for those with a larger budget, the outrigger canoe has been traditionally used by the bride and groom to begin and end the wedding ceremony. The outrigger canoe resembles the themes of strength, stability and a strong bond of commitment making it a memorable gift to honor a couple’s marriage vows.
Conch Shell-the conch shell is customarily used as an instrument in Hawaii weddings to announce the end of the ceremony with a loud and robust song. This gift is a special way for a couple to remember the commencement of their wedding.
Lei- in traditional Hawaii weddings when given to a bride and groom by loved ones, a lei is seen as a way to signify the love between the couple. This is an ancient Hawaiian tradition for wedding ceremonies.
Koa-the wood of the Acacia Koa tree is used to make many different authentic Hawaiian gifts including picture frames, guitars and furniture. An item made from Koa makes a special and memorable wedding gift item and can be made to fit any budget.
Regardless of your budget, you can choose from several great gift ideas from the Hawaiian Islands to give to that special couple in honor of their wedding. Your gift will be sure to be distinctively memorable for the married pair.
Posted by in Real Estate on May 21, 2013
Pattaya, how to go there
Pattaya is a popular beach resort on the Gulf of Thailand just 150 km southeast of Bangkok. The easiest and comfortable way is a Taxi ride of two hour from Bangkok city at 2000 THB, or just over one hour from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport for 1500 THB.
Pattaya is best for:
One of the hottest beach-resort destinations in Thailand, Pattaya may not be idyllic but it certainly makes up for it with a wide variety of activities, accommodation, and nightlife venues. While Pattaya once had a well deserved reputation for its seedy nightlife, local authorities have, in recent years, improved the quality of the beaches and reinvented the resort, to some degree, as a more family friendly destination.
Activities in Pattaya
Pattaya is a lively beach town that draws visitors from around the world. With activities that include a wide array of water sports, golf, shopping, cabaret shows, an elephant village, and a Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum (to name only a very few) it’s impossible not to have an action-packed Pattaya holiday.
For the Sports Fan
Today, hundreds of thousands of visitors are drawn each year to Pattaya to windsurf, water ski, swim, sunbathe, snorkel, sail, or take trips to nearby islands. Other activities include Bungee jumping, cycling, skydiving, go-Karting, Muay Thai (Thai boxing), and Paintball (to name only a few!) Golfers, both novice and expert are well catered to as well, with a wide selection of golf courses around Pattaya including the Phoenix, Pattaya Country Club, and the Navy course near Sattahip, which offers 18 holes of golf for around 1,000 baht (around 30 US dollars)!
Another major draw for visitors to Pattaya is the wide selection of restaurants serving some of Thailand’s freshest seafood. Due to the high number of expatriate foreigners in Pattaya there is also an excellent selection of authentic foreign eateries serving French, Italian, Swiss, German, Hungarian, Scandinavian, English, Indian, Moslem, Japanese, and Chinese cuisine.
Drawing such a large number of diverse visitors from across the world, it’s no surprise that Pattaya also boasts an incredible choice of accommodation. Those on a tight budget and those with money to burn are equally able to find rooms to suit their needs. Even those who are turned off by the widespread development along Pattaya’s main beach can find some peaceful beach time at nearby Jomtien beach, just 3 kilometers south, which is a far quieter alternative.
Pattaya Walking Street
Posted by in Restaurant on February 20, 2013
The utmost care should be taken when considering the design of a new restaurant or redesigning an existing one. You may have an excellent business plan and the best chef and staff in the world but unless your restaurant has been furnished according to your customer’s needs and tastes then you will not be open for business very long. Of course, if you are catering for a very young and hip crowd as opposed to an older sedate customer the design will vary but the aim should still be the same to create an enjoyable and relaxing environment where customers can enjoy good food and a good ambience. Here are a few things to consider.
Consider the colour- Despite blue being a very popular colour it is not considered to be a good colour for a restaurant as it is deemed the least appetising out of all the colours. Colours that are considered to be more appetite inducing are red and orange, brown and green.
For the Love of Lighting- Hopefully you will have a good source of natural light that will be delightful during day time dining but you will also of course have to consider lighting fixtures that aid the natural light during the day but adapt for the evening dining too. Ambience can be created by using wall lights and up lights can create dramatic shadows and character. LED lights around a bar can be striking and coloured lights can inject fun into a themed restaurant. Low lighting is generally considered the best but don’t have it so low that people can’t see their fabulous meals properly.