Deepest Diving Points for the Adventurer in You

There’s a whole other world of excitement that awaits anyone under the sea. But deep-sea adventures, such as scuba diving require some guts and will require a bit more know-how in the water. The stunning scenery and abundance of underwater life become a lot more impressive and unbelievable once you submerged deeper into the water. For a more memorable underwater experience, here is a list of some of the deepest diving points from around the world.

Yamashiro Wreck, Surigao Strait Philippines

Yamashiro was the Imperial Japanese Navy´s second Fuso-class battleship. She was the first Japanese vessel equipped with aircraft catapults. The ship was sunk by U.S. naval forces at the battle of Surigao Strait on the 25th October 1944. The shipwreck which lies about 200 meters below sea level was located by a British SCUBA diver and the first human ever to break the 1,000 feet barrier, John Benett in 2001. Recent explorations on the site revealed a deep dive down to 236 meters.

Sra Kaew, Krabi Thailand

The Sra Keaw located in Ao Nang, Krabi is the deepest cave in Asia.  This cave has some of the world’s most aggressive routes including a traverse to a nearby pond joining up at 67m. This worm hole into the earth is very silty and visibility will be stirred unless extreme caution is exercised. It was discovered by a team of divers on February 18, 2007, after reaching the bottom of the cave at 240 meters deep.

Red Sea

The Red Sea which lies between Africa and Asia is among the deepest diving sites in the world. This is where the deepest scuba dive happened. It was achieved by Ahmed Gabr, a 41-year-old Egyptian after plunging an astonishing 332.35 meters in the Red Sea off the coast of Dahab, South Sinai, Egypt on September 18, 2014.

Font Estramar, France

Font Estramar is an exsurgence –  the outlet of subterranean flows that come from the infiltration of rainwater. Located at the foot of the Corbières Maritimes on the territory of the town of Salses-le-Château, it is the deepest resurgence explored in diving in Europe, the 5th deepest in the world. On August 16, 2013, Xavier Méniscus, equipped with a double recycler and assisted by a large international team, continues the exploration of the cavity to a depth of 248 meters. In July 2015, with the help of fifteen crew members, he again repelled the exploration of about thirty meters to the depth of 262 meters.

Lake Garda, Italy

Lake Garda also known as Benaco, is the largest lake in Italy. It has a depth of more or less 350 meters. On September 20, 2012; Darek Wilamowski attempted to beat the world record for taking the deepest dive in Europe ever done and to thereby become the first Pole who ever crossed the barrier of 300 meters depth and fifth such a person in the world, but finished his dive at 244 meters deep after 10 hours and 12 minutes.

Rooftop Bars to Explore

Rooftop bars are the best place to feel recharged and alive. It is where the cuisines are one thing and the view another. Rooftop bars provide a distinct ambiance and spectacular view of the cityscape—helping one to take a breather from life’s pressures every once in a while.

We’ve listed down some of the world’s best rooftop bars offering the hottest party destinations and the coolest laid-back drinking spots.

  1. Moon Bar at Banyan Tree, Bangkok, Thailand

Moon Bar is a gravity-defying restaurant and bar combo located on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel. It claims to be among the highest alfresco bars in the world. It offers a 360-degree view of Bangkok’s dazzling cityscape. The experience inside can be heightened by multiple rounds of Thai Sabai, a potent mix of Mekhong (a national sugar cane and rice-based spirit), lime juice, basil leaves, and a splash of soda water.

  1. Ozone, Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

Ozone, the world’s highest rooftop bar can be found at the 118th and ultimate floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong. Here, you’ll bask in extreme views of Hong Kong Island while sipping an HK Skyline, a blend of Zacapa Centenario Rum, absinthe, Imperial Oolong syrup, pink grapefruit juice, lime juice, and Dom Pérignon foam.

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  1. L’Oiseau Blanc at the Peninsula Paris, France

 L’Oiseau Blanc, a vintage aviation-themed lounge will let you be amazed by the romance and beauty of the City of Light, marveling at panoramas of the Eiffel Tower and Paris’s famed rooftops. The interiors which include an actual plane and the cocktails (like the Aviation and the Take Off) pay homage to French pilots Charles Nungesser and François Coli, who attempted the first transatlantic flight between Paris and New York on the plane L’Oiseau Blanc.

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  1. Rock Bar in Bali, Indonesia

Rock Bar is located on natural rocks 14 meters above the Indian Ocean. It is widely respected as one of the globe’s most popular sunset, cocktail and entertainment venues. Listen to premier international DJs as they heighten your experience from a custom DJ booth carved directly into the cliff face while enjoying a glamorous sunset vibe and a seductive after-dark ambiance.

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  1. Bar 54 in New York City, USA

Bar 54 on the 54th floor or the Hyatt Centric Times Square is unique among the typical bars in New York. It is calm and unpretentious and is considered one of the best bars in New York. It serves up trendy handcrafted cocktails offering breathtaking river-to-river views of the Chrysler Building and lower Manhattan.

Have you been to a rooftop bar? What are the features that you love the most?

Best Beach Bars

Beach bars are simply magical.  With a cocktail in hand and toes in the sand, you’ll forget all your worries behind for a temporary laidback and carefree life. A beach bar is perfect for listening to crashing waves, taking in stunning sunsets, and sipping on that sherbet-colored cocktail, complete with the requisite mini-umbrella.

Here are some of the world’s best bars that will make you come back over and over again.

Baba Nest

This bar in Phuket, Thailand is essentially a flat-deck platform in an infinity pool with unbeatable views of the Andaman Sea and outlying islands. It is regarded as the world’s most stylish and exclusive rooftop bar serving delicious cocktails, alongside the sexiest sunset sessions. An exclusive selection of high-end cocktails, fine wines & champagne will get your evening started.

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Doyles on the Beach

This beach bar in Watsons Bay Sydney, Australia is allegedly the world’s oldest beach bar. Doyles on the Beach opened in 1885 and travelers have been flocking to this beachfront paradise ever since. Any traveler will catch terrific views of Sydney Harbour, and chill with locals and tourists in the bar. Also, don’t forget the fish n’ chips.

Moonshadows 

Moonshadows in Malibu opened its doors some 40 years ago. It continues to score because no one else has quite such a dramatic outdoor bar perched right over the rocks and crashing surf along this stretch of Pacific Coast Highway. It was once a steakhouse renowned for its awesome salad bar. Now it pushes seafood, though carnivores will find Kobe burgers on the menu.

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Uxua Praia

Uxua Praia in Bahia, Brazil is a big wooden fisherman’s boat cleverly converted into a bar. The reclaimed fishing boats that were used to build the bar features vast, cushioned sofas and flat-roofed pergolas. The bar attracts a laid back, music-loving, athletic crowd keen to sample one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Dune Preserve Beach Bar 

The Dune Preserve Beach Bar in Anguilla is the place to revel in your addiction to reggae tracks and dripping ribs, and to argue politics, philosophy and the ingredients for the perfect rum punch with Bankie. The bar, pieced together from driftwood, wrecked racing boats and seashells  is the kind of place you dream of discovering on your first trip to the Caribbean. It’s a daytime place open 11 a.m. till sunset, that will teach you not just how to build a boat, but how to build a lifestyle few would turn down.

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Skills You Need to be a World Traveler

To be a world traveler does not only mean to see, to visit or to experience the best of the best of the countries from the 6 continents around the globe. To be a world traveler, you have to deal with the best and the worst there is around the world. You should have seen a variety of terrains such as desert, tundra, steppe, rain forest, etc; you should have travelled by a wide variety of means – train, plane, ship, car, camel, and more – and you should be familiar with many different cultures, religions, languages, etc. Being a world traveler does not only require money and resources, above all it requires skills.

Below are some of the skills you need to be a world traveler:

  1. Reading a map

GPS, Waze are helpful tech tools when travelling. But what if GPS or Waze isn’t an option? In critical areas where there is no cellphone service or an internet connection, it is still good to know how to read a map. It’s also an essential tool for hiking, for road trips, and for navigating a city center where you may want to save data for emergencies.

  1. Haggle

Haggling is a skill you need if don’t want to pay full price for things. And bargaining comes in handy in more ways than you think. It is not just about shopping street markets where it’s a common practice. Your skills in negotiating can also be very helpful when you’re booking for an accommodation or any means of transportation.

  1. Learning languages

You don’t have to be fluent of the local language in the country or city you are in, you just need the basic to make your life easier while traveling. It will also save yourself time and money and it helps you get closer to the culture of the place. Learning a language helps you appreciate a new country because you understand lessons in its history culture and even etiquette.

  1. Acquire basic survival skills

If there is one constant in travel, it is that eventually, something goes wrong and the longer you are on the road, the more likely it is that something will go wrong. This is when you’ll be needing your basic survival skills. How to use a first aid kit and other life-saving skills are necessary whether you travel alone or with a group because you can’t always call for a rescue at all times.

  1. Adaptability

Nothing is perfect on the road. There are a lot of twists, turns, and even stops. You may get lost or get stuck along your journey but if you have the ability to deal with the unexpected, you will survive and you will realize that your journey might be tough but it’s all worth it.

Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan, and Paris

A fashion week is a fashion industry event that lasts approximately one week. Fashion designers, brands or “houses” display their latest collections in runway fashion shows to buyers and the media during the event which influence trends for the current and upcoming seasons.

The most prominent fashion weeks are held in the fashion capitals of the world – New York, London, Milan and Paris; known as the “Big Four.”

Fashion Week Calendar

This September, the Big Four will be having womenswear shows for the fashion week. The show happens in order – it always starts in New York, then London, Milan, and Paris.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2018 starts on September 7 – 14, 2017. Almost 200 brands are joining the show and some of them are these prominent names in New York’s fashion industry – Donna Karan, Urban Zen, Calvin Klein, Christian Siriano, Club Monaco, Project Runway, Michael Kors, Victoria Beckham, Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren.

London Fashion Week Spring 2018 will be held on September 15 – 19, 2017. Almost a hundred of famous names will grace this year’s London Fashion Week show such as Xiao Li, Ralph and Russo, Fyodor Golan, Topshop, Versus Versace, Emporio Armani, Jamie Wei Huang, Burberry and Tommy Hilfiger.

Milan Fashion Week Spring 2018 is set to happen on September 20 – 26, 2017. Around 70 fashion brands such as Gucci, Fendi, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Bottega Venetta, Giorgio Armani and Versace, will be present for the MFW show.

On September 26 – October 2, 2017 is the Paris Fashion Week Spring 2018. Expect Lacoste, Christian Dior, Saint Laurent, Nina Ricci, Guy Laroche, Elie Saab, Jacquemus, Zara Umrigar and more or less 50 more brands on the runway show.

For sure, everyone is excited to see what glamour and luxury this fashion week has in store and which brands will make their names even bigger and brighter in the world of fashion.

Beach Trip Wardrobe

A beach trip should be fun and very relaxing. It does take some planning ahead in order to have the best beach trip possible and it starts with packing. When heading to the beach make sure to pack wisely and stick with the summer staples which can take you from a day in the sand to an evening on the town. Remember to pack a beach trip wardrobe that’s light and bright.

Here are some tips on the beach wears you have to include in your packing list:

  1. Swimsuit

It doesn’t necessarily need to be a bikini or a tankini. You know your style and what looks good on you. Be true to yourself, wear what makes you comfortable, and enjoy the sunshine and ocean waves.

  1. Maxi dress

Whether it is solid, striped or print, yellow or purple, halter or tank style, a maxi dress is a perfect beach wear. Use your judgment and your sense of style for each garment.

  1. Sandals

Beaded, fringed, or embellished with stones sandals will add some panache and still pair well with the swimsuit, the shorts, the skirts, the pants or the maxi dress. It also provides comfort for a long beach walk, whether during the day or at night time. Just remember to choose a light and bright one.

  1. Scarf

A scarf is a very versatile piece of clothing. Choose a large, light and bright scarf. It could be worn as a cover-up, a skirt, a dress, or as a shawl to protect you from the cold weather and can also be worn as protection from the heat of the sun.

  1. Accessories

Pack at most two bright necklaces that match all of your outfits. Again, nothing too fancy, the jewelry should coordinate with the clothes.  A good choice of accessories will make you fashionable even under the heat of the sun.

Recommended Beach Reading

The beach is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life. With so little to no distractions at all in the beach, one definitely will have a good time reading his or her favorite book. Aside from that, a place surrounded with nature inspires people to read and we feel and understand better what we read when we are in a natural environment. Here are some recommended beach reading suggestions.

  1. A Hundred Summers

The book was written by Beatriz Williams – New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author from Seattle – and was published on May 30, 2013.

The book unfolds in 1930s Seaview, Rhode Island; where Lily Dane returns not just to escape the New York’s social scene but also from a heartbreak that still haunts her. Here, among the Seaside community that has embraced her since childhood, she finds comfort in the familiar rituals of summer. Until the Greenwalds, an unwelcome specter from her past takes up residence in the community. The arrival of Budgie and Nick Greenwald, her former best friend and former fiancé, complicated further her own life. As a massive hurricane churns northward, Lily and Nick must confront an emotional storm that will change their worlds forever.

Lily’s story of love, betrayal, fun in the summer sun, and plenty of scandal, makes A Hundred Summers a great and engrossing beach read.

  1. Mrs. Dalloway

This book was written by Virginia Woolf, an English writer from United Kingdom and was published on May 14, 1925.

This novel is about a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a fictional high-society woman in post–First World War England. It addresses Clarissa’s preparations for a party she will host that evening of June 1923. The story travels forwards and back in time and in and out of the characters’ minds to construct an image of Clarissa’s life and of the inter-war social structure.

What makes this book perfect for the beach are the thoughts, impressions, and memories that will lap around like gentle waves and scenes that will dissolve into each other like sand castles melting away.

  1. The Island House

The Island House is a book written by Nancy Thayes, an American novelist from Massachusetts on May 31, 2016.

The story is about a girl named Courtney who seems to never forget the magical summer she spent with her college roommate Robin and his family on Nantucket. When Courtney started working in Kansas City, she decided to spend another summer in the sun-swept paradise for one personal reason – she needs to know whether James, Robin’s brother; shares the feelings she’s secretly had for him.

As the summer unfolds, a crisis escalates, surprising truths are revealed, and Courtney will at last find out where her heart and her future lie.

The Island House is a beautiful story about the ties that bind us—and how the blessings of love and family heal us in ways we never dream possible.

  1. The Nightingale

This is a historical fiction novel, written by Kristin Hannah, an award-winning and best-selling American novelist and was published in February 3, 2015.

It tells the story of two sisters, just coming of age in France on the eve of World War II. Vianne, who endures the capture of her husband has to deal with the oppression under Nazi system in order for her and her daughter to survive. Isabelle, the younger one decides to resist the occupation hiding under the code name “Nightingale.” She survives despite the hellish conditions she experienced and got reunited to Vianne before she dies.

The book is not light summer fluff, but anything about survival, love, freedom and heroic acts for the family or for other people is really an inspiring read while on the beach.

  1. The Martian

The Martian is a 2011 science fiction novel written by Andy Weir, an American novelist from California. In 2014, Crown Publishing purchased the rights and re-released the book.

The story follows an American astronaut, Mark Watney, as he becomes stranded alone on Mars in the year 2035. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills, he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

The Martian is a perfect summer reading to someone who is always looking for adventure. While reading the book on the beach, you’ll get the idea of how it feels to be adrift on the desolate landscape of Mars.

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