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Honeymoon Planning Guide   1 comment

It is crucial for both honeymooners to have a shared and understood desires and plans of what the perfect dream honeymoon is. There are far too many favourite honeymoon hotspots around and this may requires some brainwork to pre-select the one perfect dream holiday of a lifetime. Remember whatever come second place though it may be visited the next trip round but the feeling will be far from a true blue honeymoon the first time. While most people like surprises however to truly enjoy the honeymoon destinations it is advisable that the couples have some knowledge of the holiday destination and source for detailed location information through a checklist. The checklist would then be better go through by both the couple so that in the course of it preferences can be made clear and compromises be made if this is necessary, for there are just too many choices around and one’s perception of the perfect dream honeymoon holiday may differs.

Here are some critical factors when considering for a honeymoon holiday;
– Place (preferred destination type/ theme/ location)
– Price (budget and package)
– Room (comfort level)
– Food (selection and quality)
– Activity (range and type)

First, there are various types of honeymooning theme and these can be generally grouped into;
– Beach
– River
– Lake
– Mountain
– Desert
– City
– Cruise ship

Second refers to the location settings. Some would like to have a quiet and secluded honeymoon trip while others may prefer a vibrant environment. These can be categorized as;
– Quiet and secluded
– Exclusive villas resort
– Vibrant city, with nightclubs and entertainment
– All-inclusive

Third factor is the location or the region. A beach front theme can be found in probably more than one region or continent. However, for a desert theme the selection list is comparatively fewer to choose from. This region can be grouped under;
– Africa
– Asia
– Caribbean
– Europe
– Hawaii
– Mexico
– North America; United States and Canada
– South America
– South Pacific

Depending on one’s preferences of the ideal honeymooning destination type, this is further determined by the budget. It can range from the budgeted few hundred to a luxury trip that could cost up to multiple thousand dollars. The other factor directly affecting this budget package is the duration of the honeymoon trip. Joint Pain During Pregnancy 

Lastly, location activities differ from place to place. It is good to preview on the selection of activities offer or available at destination. To avoid disappointment, some pre-booking of activities may be required especially during peak seasons.

Whatever is offered and selected, be romantic at night! The plan will takes it’s course!


Posted January 15, 2011 by D€r3k in Top Honeymoon Destinations

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada   Leave a comment

Small cafés and cosy restaurants, delightful boutiques, lively terraces, elegant squares, theatres and museums are no doubt the great contributors to the dynamic and charming ambience of historic Old Quebec, cradle of French civilisation in North America. It remains predominantly a European city in North America today! It’s probably the most beautiful city in the world as claimed by the locals.

Quebec or Quebec City is the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec. It is the second most populous city in Quebec after Montreal, which is about 233 kilometers to the southwest.

Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America, and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 as the ‘Historic District of Old Québec. Joint Pain Relief

Quebec City, Canada
Quebec City, Canada
Saint Lawrence River; the narrowing of the Saint Lawrence River approximate to the city’s promontory, Cap-Diamant (Cape Diamond), and Lévis, on the opposite bank, provided the name given to the city, Kébec, an Algonquin word meaning “where the river narrows”.

Quebec City, Canada
Saint Lawrence River and surrounding beautifully cladded with winter snow.

Place-Royale; the spot where Samuel de Champlain landed in 1608 and founded the first French settlement in North America, now converted into a postcard-pretty public square. Nicely covered with snow and Christmas festive decorations.

Notre-Dame-des-Victoires; is a small Roman Catholic church in the Lower Town of Quebec City. Construction was started in 1687 and was completed in 1723. Originally dedicated to l’Enfant Jésus, it received the name Notre-Dame-de-la-Victoire following the Battle of Quebec of 1690, in which an English expedition commanded by William Phips was forced to retreat. In 1711, its name was changed again, to Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, after bad weather sunk a British fleet commanded by Hovenden Walker.

The church was largely destroyed by the British bombardment that preceded the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in September 1759. A complete restoration of the church was finished in 1816.

Quebec City, Canada
Rue Sous le Fort. There are many lively boutiques lining along both sides on the stretch of road.

Quebec City, Canada
Funiculaire (at far distance); you have the ease to commute between the upper and lower towns in the Old City by Funiculaire. $2 will get you from near the base of the Breakneck Stairs (l’Escalier Casse-Cou) back up to the front of the Chateau Frontenac.

Quebec City, Canada
Chateau Frontenac; located at Haute-Ville (or Upper Town), Quebec City’s icon as claimed to be the most photographed hotel in North America!

Quebec City, Canada

Quebec City, Canada
Restaurants; you can choose from French to Italian to Japanese (happened to found one there!). Most of the menus come typically in French but English version is available upon request.

Credits: youwan

Posted January 12, 2011 by D€r3k in Travel

Top Honeymoon Destinations of All Times   Leave a comment

Searching for the dream honeymoon destination? Well, after spending all the headaches and stresses on your very own biggest day, you are definitely deserving a top of the world getaway holiday for only two of you. It is a good idea to check out the favorite destinations of most newlyweds. There are many world’s acclaimed all time favourites and hotspots for honeymoon-goers. It is advisable to choose a honeymoon destination based on the criteria of what the newlywed likes and the theme should be one of total relaxation! Get ready to indulge yourselves in the tranquility of a world of your own! Here are some of the recommended hot honeymoon destinations;

HAWAII – Aloha! This is undoubtedly top of the list of many newlyweds. It is also by far the most recommended for the incredible natural wonders and beauties. Renowned for its many world class resorts, exotic islands and sandy beaches, this is the place to let loose and enjoy the tropical breezes, majestic volcanic scenery and hospitable Hawaiian culture. Sign up for the diving course with your newlywed at any of the numerous training schools to enjoy the wonders of the undersea world. Otherwise snorkeling along the coral reefs is another marvelous experience for the faint hearted. Indulge yourself into a romantic Hawaii!

BALI – On top of Indonesia list of 17,000 islands is none other than BALI. It is probably best known as the sunbather’s paradise. The many resort styled villas and spa are magnificently carved to blend into the lush tropical forest, warm Indian Ocean waters, scenic volcanoes and rice paddy fields. Experience yourself to the many local favourite delicacies. And not forgetting the abundances of the wonderful seafood it has to offer. Be ready to immerse yourself into the laid back vibe while in BALI with the beautiful sun, sea and sand over a sumptuous lobster meal!

MALDIVES – Another dream honeymoon destination not to be missed! Renowned for its underwater activities, white beaches besides the elegant tropical coconut palm, Maldives boosts almost 1200 islands set in an oasis of tranquility and harmony in the Indian Ocean. Be amazed by the underwater scenery if you care for a dive in any of the hundreds of diving sites or walk along the many coral islands and tiny islets, the smallest which will probably takes less than 5 minutes to cover the perimeters! Get a meal set out on the sandy white beach against the backdrop of the graceful coconut palm trees. While you enjoy the meal on the beach try dipping your toes into the cooling Indian Ocean waters!

SEYCHELLES – Probably planet earth’s most preserved and protected islands in the Indian Ocean. Most of the islands are uninhabited. Another tropical favourite honeymoon destination with the rich flora and fauna, along the stretch of beautifully carved coral reefs set beside sandy beaches. Renowned for its underwater activities, white beaches besides the elegant tropical coconut palm. You can choose for the underwater diving experience if you are adventurous or simply drift along the sandy coast during the sunset with the elegantly decorated palm trees as the backdrop!

MAURITIUS – Mamamia! Coral reefs stretching across the extended coastline lay with glittering white sandy beaches, this is Mauritius! Mauritius is blessed with a vast cultural heritage and the colonial architecture is not to be missed. It boasts to have some of the most luxurious hotels in the world and their service standard a class above all! The cultural diversity gives sparkle to this island state and enriches the abundances of the local gourmet cuisines. Take a walk down the dazzling sandy beaches or spread your hammock across under the palm trees and enjoy the spectacular sunset to welcome the evening breezes.

MALAYSIA – Selamat Datang and this is truly Asia! This is becoming a regular hotspot appearing on the radar of many adventurous newlyweds. It boosts a rich cultural heritage comprising the three major races; Malay, Chinese and Indian. Endowed with huge tropical rainforests that lies along the equatorial region, you can go trekking or even a boat ride through the renowned rainforest river cruise. There are many tropical resorts in major islands located at Langkawi, Penang or Sarawak. Blessed by a rich and colourful marine ocean-world, it is another experience to explore the underwater world.

FIJI – Bula! Lies in the South Pacific Ocean is Fiji Islands, home to more than 300 islands in the archipelago about the Koro Sea. This is another honeymoon paradise renowned for its pristine white sandy beaches and coral reefs in warm turpuoise waters.  Immerse  in the crystal clear water off the South Pacific Ocean, pools or its many lagoons. Listen to the ocean breezes rustling through the tall and elegant tropical palm trees while enjoying a drink of vagona. There are abundances water recreational sports around to keep one occupied. Or just laze back to enjoy the tranquility of these honeymoon islands have to offer!!

Posted January 4, 2011 by D€r3k in Top Honeymoon Destinations, Travel

New York City, United States   Leave a comment

Start spreadin’ the news, I’m leaving today. I want to be a part of it: New York, New York….

Lady Liberty, iconic symbol of New York

New York is one of the most populous metropolitan in the world. It is where the United Nations is headquartered. The city consists of five boroughs; The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.

 Manhattan skyline

rubbles from the 9-11 sites were gathered and sculptured for display.

New York was founded as a commercial trading post by the Dutch in 1624. The settlement was called New Amsterdam until 1664 when the colony came under English control.

Wall Street in lower Manhattan, where money never sleep

Sky scrapers are a view to admire in its own respect in New York.

NYSE; New York Stock Exchange. World largest stock exchange by market capitalization of about US$11 trillion.

Ground Zero; the unfateful site of the 9-11 attack in 2001 whereby the Twin Towers collasped.

United Nations Headquarter in New York City.

The twisted gun barrel which was a gift to UN by Luxemburg. It symbolizes peace.

Madam Tussauds; the renowned wax muesum in New York City.

If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,

It’s up to you, New York, New York…..

Posted January 4, 2011 by D€r3k in Travel

taizhou @ jiangsu china   Leave a comment

it’s on the road again and straight to taizhou located at jiangsu province this time.

taizhou in mandarin means “peaceful prefecture”. this city is situated on the north bank of yangtze river, bordering nantong to the east, yancheng to the north, and yangzhou to the west. taizhou has a population over five million and its land mass is 5,793 square kilometer.

taizhou city is one of jiangsu thirteen prefecture-level cities which administers two old municipal districts and 4 county-level cities, jingjiang, jiangyan, taixing, and xinghua.

dubbed “china’s medical city”, taizhou has become a national hub in attracting more and more major international and domestic corporations to lcoate their subsidiaries and facilities in the r&d and production of pharmaceutical, biomedical, biochemical and bio-tech related fields. it happens to host the international medical exhibition commencing 13th Dec.

shanghai, jiangsu, china
flight is decorated for coming christmas festive season. getting to taizhou in jiangsu was a bit of a trouble considering that there isn’t a direct international route. there are direct train services from nanjing that cost about 13rmb and journey takes approximately 2 hrs. however the train station is located far from city that requires at least another bus ride costing about 26rmb and 30min to reach the city. train operates about 6 trips per day. taxi services are available as well and it shouldn’t cost much.

i chose to endure the direct 3 hrs cab service from shanghai to taizhou for about 1500rmb including toll charges after a direct 5hr flight in to shanghai pudong airport.

taizhou jiangsu
the manmade lake besides the hotel, wind was strong and daytime temperature was 4deg cel. from the horizon you can find there isn’t many tall buildings.

taizhou, jiangsu china

there isn’t really much to see except that this is a pretty clean city, and the birth place of the current president of china, hu jintao 胡锦涛 among the other once famous peking opera artician mei lanfang 梅兰芳.

most local students study in nearby nanjing and yangzhou. both neighbouring provinces are within 2hr by car.

taizhou jiangsu
coal powered generating plant. at its peak could burn up to 10,000mt of coal daily!!! we need to look for cleaner and greener energy before it’s too late!

on returning, it was the same route and weather looks gloomy along the way…….the trees lining up both sides along the road had shed its leaves during winter season adding the gloomy scenery of a foggy, hazy and greyish journey. adding to magnitude is the winter chills…..
taizhou jiangsu to shanghai

taizhou jiangsu to shanghai

crossing the yangtze river by the jiangyin highway bridge, which was opened in 1999.
taizhou jiangsu

taizhou jiangsu

taizhou jiangsu

every city has a story to tell, and i guess taizhou tells it in its very own unique way.

Posted December 11, 2010 by D€r3k in Travel

Spectacular Fireworks!   Leave a comment

another wonderful trip to genting in malaysia to share with all. this was located in the state of pahang; the genting resort renowned for it’s casino and theme parks!

the trip was made on the day before malaysia national day on the 30th aug 2009. malaysia national day, or called hari merdeka (independence day) is on aug 31st.

this was the second consecutive year that the whole family had made the trip especially for the fireworks!!! we like the close proximity to where these fireworks were launched, literally the burning smell of these fireworks filled the hotel room. and for the best view, you have to book the world club room. we booked it at the peak season rate of rm600 per night for a suite. as with most festive peak seasons, room has to be booked early to avoid disappointment.

we like it too for the cool weather about 18 to 20 degree celsius up at this mountain top resort at 6000 feets above sea level. you will be treated to the spectacular view over the distanced city as night falls.

we’ll be back for sure!!!

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Posted November 28, 2010 by D€r3k in Travel

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Travel Guide – China   Leave a comment

enchanting china, one of the four oldest civilizations in the world, has a written history of 5,000 years and boasts rich cultural relics and historical sites. It is where the compass, paper-making, gunpowder and printing were invented. the great wall, grand canal and karez irrigation system are three great ancient engineering projects built 2,000 years ago. now they are the symbols of the rich culture of the chinese nation. travel and have your holiday in china for you will be amazed by the beauty of this cultural rich country has to offer!

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Posted November 24, 2010 by D€r3k in Travel