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Posted on Monday, September 28, 2009

miss thailand universe

Miss Thailand Universe 2004 Aimee Morakot Kittisara in a stunning black one-piece swimsuit.

Best Thailand holidays memory: bring back a Thai wife!

Aimee Morakot Kittisara

Aimee Morakot Kittisara in bikini, Thai beach at background

Everybody loves to bring something back from their holidays. Wouldn't it be great to spend your holidays in Thailand and return with no less than a Thai wife as stunning as Miss Thailand Universe?

The good news is that it's easier to find a stunning Thailand bride than you think because:

  • Thailand is famous for its Thai beautiful women! Trust me: the most beautiful Thai ladies don't even bother to waste their time to become Miss Thailand Universe, as the competition is just too big

  • you only need to follow these 7 tips to find a Thai wife before planning your next holiday to Thailand or to one of the great Thai beaches like Phi Phi Don

And if you only want to spend $600 a month, then you should consider to prolong your Thailand holidays for a complete lifetime: your Thai wife and yourself will maybe one day be the proud parents of the next Miss Thailand Universe!

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Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2009

where is bali

Bali is where I will spend my next 2 weeks holiday. Actually, it's way too quite for comfort here in our Phuket Spa resort, so I am voluntarily taking my vacation and return to my home-base in one of the Spa resorts in Bali.

No, I am not going to enjoy massages and la 'dolce far niente', I am just going to continue working there.

Then it will be up to the management in Phuket whether they have enough tourists to need me back or whether I can be more useful in our Bali spa resort.

So where is Bali Island?

Bali is in Indonesia. It's one of the 17,000 islands. Bali is 145 km (90 miles) long and 80 km (50 miles) wide. Bali is situated just east of the island of Java and west of Lombok.

Most of Bali's 3 million people are Hindu, which for me makes it an ideal spa destination. But that's just because I love the Hindu way of every day making small offerings to the Gods. It keeps you in sink with nature and the creation in a beautiful matter.

And it beats the Balinese dances and Gamelan orchestra performances that are so over the top made for the tourist. But hey, if you like that, then don't listen to my preferences :-)

Bali offers something for everybody, just hire a driver and a guide and get around the places you want to see.

The expensive Bali resorts and spas have a tide security, as Bali is where the Bali bombings took place years ago :-(

Posted on Sunday, September 13, 2009

four seasons resort great exuma

The Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma - a well known luxury resort in the Bahamas - is shutting down for business May 26.

Just like our resort, resorts on paradise island Bahamas are struggling to keep the high end tourists coming. Like during any economical recession: high end tourists tie their belts and seek less expensive beach travel destinations like Malacca Beach in Malaysia.

We do have to point out that if you look around on the Internet, you can still find bargains to visit the high end resorts for a not so high end price!

US is struck the hardest though and Bahamas vacations are visibly on the decline. That's why the Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma at Emerald Bay, which only opened in 2003 and had troubles paying its debts in 2007, will close May 26.

This resort is part of a 500-acre (202-hectare) development that includes a marina and golf course.

The good news is that there already is new ownership in place and the government is helping the search for investment to acquire and reopen the hotel.

The bad news is that although there are plenty of cheap and good Bahamas vacation packages on offer, most big Bahamas resorts have announced layoffs as the world economic crisis slashes tourism across the Caribbean:

Westin and Sheraton Grand Bahama Our Lucaya Resort

For example: In January, the Westin and Sheraton Grand Bahama Our Lucaya Resort laid off 181 employees, which is about 1 fifth of its beachfront work force.

atlantis resort paradise island bahamas

Meanwhile the sprawling Atlantis Resort Paradise Island Bahamas has dismissed about 800 workers this season.

Baha Mar Resorts

Baha Mar Resorts Ltd. however laid off only 80 employees at two Bahamas locations.

Reason why they are doing better is that they got fresh capital from Chinese investors, who are also bringing their workers over. Since traveling is a world wide business, no need to jump up and down when China brings over a Chinese workforce. Better that than no more resorts in the Bahamas.

Posted on Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Yoga positions for beginners

If I am not busy, I try every morning to join the yoga positions for beginners session at our resort. It's free for every guest anyway :-)

It's fun, relaxing and one of the biggest benefits of yoga is that it wakes me up to start a great new day!

I have to admit the first time I joined in, the basic yoga poses were quite tiring and I managed to stretch muscles I never felt before... And it is more tiring than I expected for exercises that are done on 1 and the same spot. I mean, we are not running, not even jumping up and down, just stretching and "twisting" our bodies...

If you do yoga in the tropics, make sure you do it on a place in the shade like in the picture. Because even in the morning, it's never a good idea to be in the sun for more than an hour, let alone doing all the yoga exercises.

lululemon yoga clothing

Also make sure to wear special yoga clothing... No need to buy yoga clothing from Lululemon : the most popular Yoga clothing brand that I know of. Just wear something not too warm and not to tight as like I said, you need to stretch in positions you never held possible. And no, they don't practice naked yoga here, so make sure to wear something :-)

lululemon yoga clothes

Remember you are in for an eastern class of yoga to purify and strengthen your physical and spiritual body. You are not there for a western class of showing off the most fashionable commercialised clothes!

Make sure to bring a towel to wipe your face in case you start sweating (I see some people wearing headbands as well). Also don't plan an excursion that would start right after your yoga class, because you would love to take a shower first!

Again lots of Japanese tourists are taking up the yoga positions for beginners session, which means that our yoga instructor explains the moves both in English and Japanese.

Basic yoga poses

basic yoga poses

Don't panic when you can't do the basic yoga pose from the picture above. Remember you are on holiday and just do the yoga session for the fun of it. The instructor will make sure you are warmed up very well and you only stretch as far as you want or can do.

If all this would embarrass you, you can always sit down at the back where nobody will see you :-) But if you are as small as me, you will only sit at the back for 5 minutes and then quickly change position to the front row in order to see clearly how the instructor is performing his basic yoga poses. Nobody will be really paying attention to you unless some male tourists who are looking for a date ...

If you want to experience the true spirit of Asian, in stead of going to those cultural show with dingdong bells, sign up for a yoga positions for beginners session!

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Posted on Saturday, September 05, 2009

Pamela Levenson designer of the Popina Swimwear brand offers five how to choose a swimsuit tips for Swimsuit shopping.

Pamela is based in Portland, Oregon, she sells her bathing suits on line, Wholesale at approximately 50 retailers in twelve states and from her brick and mortar Portland Swimwear boutique.

How to choose a bathing suit Tip #1

Pick colors and prints that suit your skin and hair colors and then
- "Just Try it On"!

Said so well by the housekeeper in the Movie Spanglish, it is surprising how many women
come into my Swimwear Boutique with pre-conceived ideas of what is the best Bathing Suit for them.

There is no substitute for your own opinion and comfort level, try on a few things you think would never suit you, break all the conventional rules, you might just be surprised.

I always encourage the customers in my store to try on as much Swimwear as they have time for if they are not sure.

It is not uncommon that my customers will spend 1-2 hours trying on Swimwear, but why not, it should be fun!

How to choose a swim suit Tip #2

Go Retro

Retro Swimwear

Personally I love Retro Swimwear styles, before the march to make Swimsuits smaller and smaller, there was a time that mystery and modesty had value.

1940's-1950's Bathing Suits are my favorite era, these Vintage Swimsuits did a great job of covering up the right stuff and still having a great sense of style.

Interestingly Retro Swimsuits are now fashion forward, if you want to have a fun, unique look from the crowd, retro is a great way to set yourself apart and have a great fun look!

How to choose swimwear Tip # 3

Care for your Suit

Chlorine and Spandex have a very tenuous relationship.

It makes me very optimistic that there has been a trend toward converting skin drying, swimsuit destroying chlorine pools into saline which is way less harmful to swimwear.

If you are using your suit in a pool, be sure to wash it out with a mild detergent and hang it to dry.

I have heard stories that if the chlorine is strong enough (like you can smell it - yuck!) and a suit has been left in a ball un-rinsed, a suit will literally disintegrate in days.

How to choose a bikini Tip #4

Try a Tankini rather than a One Piece

Our most popular Swimwear style is the Tankini.


My Tankini styles are designed with "Meet and Greet" Sizing which means for an averaged woman's body, the bottom of the Tankini meets the top of the Swimwear Bottoms so that it has the look of a One Piece Bathing Suit.

There are many advantages to a Tankini from a One Piece Bathing Suit first off the convenience of.......well let's just say it, going to the bathroom. With a One Piece Swimsuit you basically need to undress, a Tankini is much more bathroom friendly.

Second, with Tankinis you can mix and match tops and Swimwear Bottoms. A great way to stretch a budget is to buy one top and two bottoms or two bottoms and one top that coordinate. One extra piece gives you a whole new outfit!

Finally, for those with longer torsos who have difficulty finding a One Piece Swimsuit that fits right, a Tankini will provide most of the coverage of a One Piece Swimsuit.

How to choose swimsuit Tip #5

Try to have fun

Swimwear buying for many women is an experience of dread.

My Portland Swimwear Store is located next door to a Dentist, if I polled some of my shoppers I think some would rather have their teeth drilled than to try on Swimwear; in fact my very first store customer cried when she tried on a swimsuit.

Many women are way too hard on themselves.

I am sensitive to these feelings and that is a big part of why I created my line and when designing my Portland Swimwear Store I took great lengths to try to make it a fun and comfortable place to try on Swimsuits.

I strive to create swimwear that allows women to feel good about themselves and create an environment that makes the process fun.

But lets face it some of us do not have perfect bodies, in fact probably 5% of women have the to die for bod, and believe it or not, the women with the perfect bodies can often be the
hardest on themselves!

So remember, you are buying Swimwear because you love to have fun and when you put on your suit you will be in the water.

Life is too short lets swim!