Unusual Beaches in the World

Beach. It’s a place usually dotted with palm trees where you get sand between your toes, get a tan under the heat of the sun, and bathe in crystal clear waters. Sure, but did you know that there are beaches in this mysterious world that offers more than that?

Did you know that there is a beach in this world that has glow in the dark particles dwelling in its waters? Did you know there are beaches in this world with green, purple, pink, black, and red sand? Prepare to be amazed as we show you the unusual beaches in the world.

  1. Red Sand Beach (Rabida, Galapagos)
    This beach is unusual because, yes you’re right, it has orangey red sand. The red sand is not because of blood of course, but it’s because of the oxidation of lava that contains a high level of iron and tiny bits of corals washed up.
  2. Pfeiffer Purple Sand Beach (California)
    It’s named “Purple Sand Beach” obviously because of its purple sand. Its sand however, is not purple all over. It has streaks of purple that look like someone spilled purple and indigo watercolor. No, nobody spilled watercolor on the sand. The purple color is because of the manganese garnet deposits from the hillside soil eroded to the beach.
  3. Pink Sand Beach (Bahamas)
    Here’s another one named after the color of its sand. Pink Sand Beach is pink because of the tiny pieces of coral that are broken down and washed ashore by the strong waves. Just imagine the blue waters and the pink sand! Just perfect!
  4. Papakolea Green Sand Beach (Hawaii)
    The first thing that you’ll probably think of when you see this beach is how slimy the sand must be because it looks like it’s covered with seaweeds. But no, the green shade is not because of seaweeds but because of Hawaii’s volcanic mountains. When the volcano erupts, the lava that reached the sea produces a mineral known as “olivine.” It’s the reason why the sand is green.
  5. Glass Beach (California)
    This beach is unusual because it is covered with tiny bits of glass. Sure, it may look nice and unique, but its history is exactly the opposite. Long ago, Glass Beach was the residents’ landfill. Locals used to dump their rubbish in the beach. The glass sand is a result of the waves pounding the glass materials into tiny pieces.
  6. Maldives (no specific beach though)
    Who says you can only enjoy the beach at daytime? In Maldives, visitors laze around the beach at night. When the sun goes down, when the stars appear in the sky, the bioluminescent phytoplankton gather up and line up the shore. The microscopic organisms glow in the dark as a reaction to the strong movements of the water. Oh so magical!
  7. Giants Causeway Beach (Ireland)
    This beach is unique and very picturesque because of its mysterious rock formation. Several million years ago, basalt lava rose to the surface. When it cooled, it cracked into gigantic columns that still exist until today.

Aren’t you attempt to pack your bags and go? I am! Come and join me for a trip today at askus@ladyredot.com.

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Places to see (Sakura) cherry blossom in 2017

 

If you have not seen Cherry Blossom at least once in your life, you are actually missing out on its beauty. I’m going to show you that Japan isn’t the only choice though that is obviously the most popular choice among all.

Japan
The cherry blossom season in Japan starting from late March to early May, depend on the locations. Some of the best spots to watch the show are:

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Takayama city, Gifu
A beautiful spring festival framed in white and pink colour, an enchanting sight that allows your eyes to feast on its beauty.

Kinosaki Onsen town, Hyogo
A romantic movie-like scene when Spring season arrives, where the pink glows along the street, it is an irresistible beauty.

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Fukuoka Castle Ruins at Maizuru Park, Fukuoka
The vintage classic atmosphere of the ruined castle blends perfectly with the fascinating blooming of more than 1000 cherry trees.

Japan Mint, Osaka
Passed down centuries of tradition since the end of the 19th, every year this place held the seasonal festival for the public to enjoy the gorgeous, iconic flowers blossom.

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Mt. Yoshino, Nara
The best among the best. Just vision the whole mountain covered in pink and white, the most romantic picture-perfect setting I believed.

Hirosaki Castle Park, Hirosaki city, Aomori
Another favourite spot where cherry blossom addicts flock to while in Japan.

Korea
Lesser known than Japan doesn’t mean Korea has less to offer in this springtime. Check out the hot spots for your magnificent cherry blossom backdrops:

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Busan
There are many sites in this touristic town, where your craving for cherry blossom is satisfied: Haeundae Dalmaji Road, colour Stream Park, Igidae Coastal Promenade, Mt. Hwangnyeong Ring Road are among the best to enjoy the springtime performance.

Seoul
Book your ticket to come here in early April and participate in festivals like Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival, Yeouido Spring Flower Festival. The splendid sightings of the pink and white fallen petal carpet ensure plenty picture perfect moments.

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Jeju Island
The idyllic island is famous for their legendary cherry trees, which only blossom for 2 – 3 days each year. A well worthy rare sight that should not be missed.

Europe
After a long cold, snowy winter, Spring time is widely welcomed around Europe. In some countries, this comes with the glorious blooming of cherry trees. Let check them out together:

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Yes, not only tulip fields but also Sakura, get yourself to the English park and being rewarded with the romantic walkway here.

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Stockholm, Sweden
The classic fairy tale sightings blend with the silky pink color from million cherry petals entirely a princess dream comes true.

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London, UK
Despite numerous flowers unfold their beauty during spring time, it is undeniable, cherry tree holding the crown.

Other Countries
Vancouver, Canada
The spring celebrations here has always included the beauty of cherry blossom. If you already used to the incredible yellow Falls, try to visit Vancouver during Spring for a change, which is equally impressive.

Washington DC, US
Cheering your US spring with cherry blossoming isn’t a bad idea at all, especially when it has such irresistible natural beauty.

Dalat, Vietnam
If you happen to be in South East Asia yet still love to have a glimpse of Sakura blooming, you are at the right place. Starting from Feb, the little city change to its pink dress to celebrate Tet, the Vietnam New Year.

Chiang Mai, Northen Thailand
Another budget-friendly spot to enjoy the shower of cherry flower or Tiger Queen as how the local like to refer to. Unlike the professional festivals in Japan or Korean, or the entirely different fairy tale look in Europe, cherry blossom here mixes with the rural breath, giving another unique experience.

As one of the most famous iconic flowers signalise Springtime, Cherry Blossom is not only a show of nature beauty but also a remind of how fragile and quick beautiful moments flash. Enjoy the short yet elegant beauty as much as you treasure the little joys in life.

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Guest Post: Iceland! More amazing nature!

Iceland has many different views …here are more…. amazing waterfalls…

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Seljalandsfoss a 60m waterfall in a lovely location,surrounded by cliffs and green slopes.

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A footpath leads behind the waterfall… little bit wet….

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such beautiful green….

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This is Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano which broke out in April 2010 and had me and mum stranded in Germany for a week because of the ash in the air so the planes couldn’t fly. We now saw it dormant with snow. (1660m high) I never thought I would see this volcano.

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Then we went to a crashed plane wreck on the coast on black sand. It was a US Navy DC3 and it crashed 1973 because it ran out of fuel. All survived and it turned out later that the pilot switched to the wrong fuel tank.

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I went even inside….

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It feels it is in the middle of nowhere but in the back you can see the glacier.

Black sand just everywhere.

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Very little growth…

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I loved the sand and the sea, it was sunny too, see I tanned a bit!

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This is the Solheimajokull glacier.

It says that with the global warming it can disappear within 100 to 200 years.

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The last stop was the huge Skogafoss Waterfall.

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We got very wet, but as the sun was shining the rainbow went all the way round.

So beautiful!

We walked all the way to the top.

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We had a busy day and chilled out with an original Icelandic yogurt – Skyr

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We enjoyed the whole experience as well as the Icelandic food!

I can only recommend Iceland for its nature, wonderful people, clean air, amazing drinking water ( ph 8.8- tastes fantastic) and its food.

I hope you enjoyed my day trip as much as I did!


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screen-shot-2016-09-17-at-9-37-17-pmMy name is Ute and my blog is about my passion in life. Positive living, beauty, music and dancing. I hope you enjoy reading and that it gives my readers ideas and inspiration in their lives. I am a happy person and like to make others happy too! Love life, music and dance. Live today as for tomorrow it will be all history! Go to her blog at https://utesmile.wordpress.com

Road Trips in Malaysia

 

I just love road trips! When I was in Singapore, there isn’t much chance to do a road trip to the tiny country is really small (think east to west in about an hour or so). But when I moved to Malaysia, opportunities for road trips are plenty! As I am located in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of the country, there are several options open up to me.

Nearby places such as Genting Highlands to Malacca or even for the adventurous and the daring, drive up to Thailand! Many have done it and commented that it is worth it to try.

So if you are arriving in Kuala Lumpur and thinking of spending of setting up 1, 2 or even 3 days for a road trip, here are my fabulous tried and completed recommendations:

Genting Highlands

Journey time: 1 hour+
How far: 55.4km

Why: Genting Highlands are like the winter amusement park for the families or aka Las Vegas for the Malaysians and Singaporeans alike. Jackpot for the grannies, roller coasters for the kids, shopping for the mummies and superstars concerts for the teens. You can spend a weekend there with your family and not be bored.

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Cameron Highlands

Journey time: 3 hours+
How far: 205km

Why: If you are looking for more educational and closer to nature trip for your family, Cameron Highlands is the place to be. Cooling, fresh air with peaceful nature all around you. That is how I felt whenever I am over there. Plus there are strawberries farms and BOH tea plantation not to be missed!

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Ipoh

Journey time: 3 hours
How far: 198km

Why: This sleepy old town has lots to offer from the fantastic food like famous Ipoh Horfun, Ipoh Chicken Rice, Dim Sum to water rafting to cave exploration. This town doesn’t seem to be that sleepy after all!

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Penang

Journey time: 4 hours
How far: 353km

Why: The mainly Chinese population town serves really good Penang Laksa, Penang Rojak and Char Koay Teow. Penang has nice beautiful beaches too! Great to drive up for a Sunday seaside picnic.

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Malacca

Journey time: 2 hours
How far: 150km

Why: It is a location full of history and old charm, this place just mesmerises your old socks off. Malacca has a super rich Peranakan culture so do remember to try all the Peranakan food like Asam Laksa, Ayam Pongteh and my favourite Mee Siam! Yummy!

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If you want to plan your next road trip, we can help you to navigate the best route with the best pitstops. Just drop us an email at askus@ladyredot.com!


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Kally

Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

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Guest Post: Fun Foto Challenge – All About Cities

This week’s Fun Foto Challenge by Cee is all about the cities where we live. So let me show you a very little glimpse of my city, Karachi.

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Karachi is the biggest, most populated city of Pakistan. With population of more than 23 million, this city is a palette of all colors found across Pakistan.

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You will find tallest buildings to longest bridges here.

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Things that sell on streets here like vegetables.

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Or furniture for your home.

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Even clothes.

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Karachi is one of few cities where old meets new.

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Where people may have to wait a litter longer for ride back home after a busy day at work

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But sky is clear here most of the time.

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And nights are full of lights.

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Almost everywhere.

 

For CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE: ALL ABOUT CITIES (SKYLINES TO STREET PHOTOGRAPHY)


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23336ecbead4349e6976017f979c6b0bA great listener, an obedient son, a loving father, a movie buff, a nature lover, a vivid thinker and most importantly, a simple guy.

Add up all above mentioned qualities and you get Hammad Rais, creator of hammadrais.wordpress.com.

An Impulsive Solo Trip to Surabaya

Looking at one of my girlfriends’ Facebook posts about her trip to Mount Bromo excites me and I immediately book an air ticket to Surabaya. I started to ask her details about her trip and engaged a private tour guide, named Ebrott. It is quite upsetting to learn that he has to work at a tender age of 17 to support the family as his dad has passed on. His service is extraordinarily good, courteous and patient.

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There are a couple of airlines that fly directly to Surabaya. You can choose either Air Asia or JetStar. My first stop is a 5 to 6 hours’ drive from city to the foot of Mount Bromo. I spent a night in a local guesthouse. It comes with basic minimal necessities – a bed and toilet. It is very cold – approximately 16 degree at night. Hence, don’t expect a fan or air condition in the room.

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To catch Sunrise at Mount Bromo, I have to wake up at 2am as Ebrott is picking me up at 3am. We will be travelling via a jeep as the road is bumpy and uphill. We reached the peak at about 3.30am. The temperature is so cold we decided to get something hot from one of the stalls. The sun starts to rise at 4.30am. The view is magnificent and unforgettable. It’s the power of nature and we should treasure it.

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We stayed for 2 hours enjoying the nature of light and went for breakfast. The simple comfort food – bowl of soup noodles and egg is all I asked for. Simple food like this means a lot to me especially after the breathtaking view, I have to appreciate simplicity even more. We continue the journey to the other side where you can take a horse ride to the foot of Mount Bromo before climbing up through a sea of sand to the crater.  

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After Mount Bromo, we travelled another 4 hours to a hotel near Kawah Ijen for a good rest and nap. I am going to catch Ijen Blue Fire hence needs to set off at 11pm. Please prepare to gear up your good trekking/hiking shoes, windproof jacket and pants. Bring a bottle of water and light snacks along. You’ll be sure to thank me for this tip!  

The hike up and down to catch the glimpse of Blue Fire took me 2 hours. Someone like me who doesn’t hike as frequently as I want to, I must say I feel so proud accomplishing the mission. Yay! A lot of determination and strength is required and the overall experience is worth it. Pace yourself well and take your time. 

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It’s time to head back to Surabaya city. Travelling back is approximately 8 hours. Have patience with the tour guide. He is tired as well. Since I am the passenger, I get to sleep and rest throughout the journey. On and off we did a few pit stops for meals and break. I checked into Ascott Waterplace at about 5pm. And something caught my eye – A&W fast food restaurant opposite the hotel. I couldn’t resist and pack a meal back to the room. I made an advanced booking of Body Massage at 8pm which is indeed the best choice after 2 days of hiking.  

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Personal Thoughts after the trip: I think I have become stronger from all aspects of myself. The power of determination and achieving the Goals set.  Thank You, Ebrott (@hisba_93) for being a helpful and supportive friend and teaching me to be contented with what I have in life and the beauty of simplicity. 

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Guest Post: Kashmir: A nature’s paradise!

I know, I know It’s not a very great time to talk about #tourism or #dreamtrails to Kashmir but what to do? I can’t get over that feeling everytime I look at the pictures straight from this paradise ( Come on, just type in google or I am sure any one of your chachaji must have visited it once.). I know when people are debating over the freedom of  media in Kashmir coverage or the plight of Kashmiri youth who suffer from terrorism then it’s so stupid to talk about a dream which gets fulfilled by travelling to these lands of coniferous trees, snow laden lazy mountains and lovely people. Yeah! You heard it right Kashmiris are extremely warm and hospitable people. Infact when you hear such horrendous news then two types of thoughts come to people like us who have been fortunate enough to visit the lands.

Firstly, How could people bomb or disturb this paradise, They must be ass** to do so. Secondly you think that is it just a God’s rumor to keep it a paradise? I mean less people, less interference, less pollution, less plastics and more trees, more purity, more peace, more innocence! Isn’t it? There is something about Kashmir that touches your heart and makes you fall for it.

I agree there is Shimla and Switzerland but there is only one Kashmir and there is something about it which is pure, pious, beautiful or may be just innocent! The green pastures, the coniferous forests, the beautiful mountains touching the sky, the mesmerizing floral carpets on ground carelessly thrown around, the pure air  which feels like fondling with your lungs and simple people around. Like who the bloody hell can even think that there exists terrorists at such place too. I felt it’s actually unimaginable to think about bad people and bad things happening at that kind of place until you actually get to face one. People are so beautiful, warm and smiling that you feel like showing those exasperated looks to all those newspapers and magazines who proudly publish that there exists misguided youth around at that place. Oh Bro! Get some life,look at them and around, do you feel there’s anything wrong even an ounce? And by the way have you ever heard a tourist ‘s harmed? No na?

Do I say anything? Shikara!

Do I say anything? Shikara!

Those must rides in a Shikara shout out loud to me and those heavenly stays in houseboats leaves me craving. The colourful boats which are traditionally designed and decorated with all those beautiful paper mache artifacts offer you uninterrupted views to those snowcapped mountains all the while indulging your senses into ultimate calmness of the Jhelum flowing all around you. Your Kashmir visit is incomplete if you miss one of these stays at houseboats and devoid yourself from getting pampered. I know I know I am so in love with these Shikaras already.Now who is not aware of the Dal lake but that is not the point! Point is I so want to indulge into the shopping this area has to offer to anyone. Kashmiri work suits, woolen clothes, those beautiful paper mache artifacts, traditional jewellery, wooden tray, key chains and what not. And do you know they do have an entire floating market on Dal lake? Like you go there for a ride in a Shikara and come back loaded with shopping bags. Wow! Amazing isn’t? Now tell me which other state in India gives you such experience like Venice? Also I can’t describe everything that this market has to offer to you along with that aided orgasmic pleasure that you get after bargaining hard with those poor road side endore. What? Come on, I am a woman that’s my birth right. Hah!

Paper Mache stuffs

Paper Mache stuffs

Then you know what would I do after I will be all done with shopping and Shikara rides? I’ll pack my bags and leave to Gulmarg “the meadows of flowers” Can you imagine how beautiful it is? Of Course you can! Now don’t tell me you don’t watch bollywood movies? So every third bollywood movie is like shot there, now don’t ask me for the data source but I know okay? So you imagine any snow capped mountain and Gondola rides and if its not shot in switzerland then it’s definitely shot in Gulmarg. And do you know Gulmarg Gondola is worlds highest Gondola ride! Now tell me how would it feel to be in God’s personal meadows surrounded by lovely coniferous trees,flower laden grass and whity snow wrapped mountains? Must be beautiful , na?

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meadows at Gulmarg

Then there are three wildlife sanctuaries around in Kashmir. Dachigam wildlife sanctuary, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve and Overa wildlife sanctuary.Yes,three god damn full of God’s magnificent creations from musk deer to leopard to Himalayan griffon to  lammergeyer, long tailed blue magpie to Himalayan weasel to Black Bear to Rhesus Macaque. Humph…basically what I mean to say is that this kind of wildlife tour is going to leave any wildlife lover awe struck and mesmerised.

And those mouth watering Kashmiri cuisines. ‘Cuisines for royals’! What? You think I am exaggerating? Well Rogan- Josh,Yakhni, Dum aloo etcetera are ‘ Zaika e Kashmir’ Okay! And here I am not including Momos, Thukpa famous in Leh region. And hope you know Leh is a part of Jammu and Kashmir region? Now who doesn’t know that but still….Though entirely different culture but it is an integral part of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Talking of Momos and Thukpa, I just remembered that Leh-Ladakh is a gateway to an entirely another culture. Rich and colourful practicing the soulful Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism. They are very unlike the urban culture India has to offer infact unlike any culture. Doesn’t it make our country more great and mysterious? ‘Unity in Diversity’! Ha?

Then there’s Pahalgam, Sonmarg, Buddhist temples, mountains and god know how many other things this beautiful beautiful region has to offer to anyone. I think you can never be same after reaching those heights at Gulmarg and watching the sunrise through your naked eyes at Ladakh.

A cottage at Gulmarg

A cottage at Gulmarg

So Don’t you think that makes it a dream destination? And either way we owe it to our troops there to go visit and see those places where they stand for us, guard us day and night! And tell me why not to go there? Just because somebody said there’s trouble? Doesn’t it give you more reasons to visit that place and stay there more?

Kashmir! Here I come!

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