Issue 40 / November 2014
FRUIT COCKTAILS FOR GREAT WINTER SKIN HOW TO DO
LUXURY TRAVEL ON
LOW COST CARRIERS
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Editorâ€™s Talk Hello, November Nice to see you everyone. Itâ€™s now November, that means we have only one month left, before turning to 2015. Did you finish your 2014 plan?
Lomprayah Team Editor in Chief
We believe that most of people who read our magazine are love travelling, so we always find the interesting stories to provide you. In this issue, we will talk about Low Cost Carrier as the highlight. Someone knows about Low Cost Carrier, but not everyone clearly understands that, so we hope that you will get something helpful from this.
However, not only the highlight column, but we would like you to enjoy every column in Lomprayah Magazine. See you next time. Good Bye
Executive Editor Wanitcha Sukchet Tinn Chacalanuwattanapong
Vorapong Vongvarothai Juntiya Laoniyomthai Areeya Pichittanabordeekul
Art Director Methakritsada Wanngoen
Graphic Designer Seattakit Meunnak Annop Sawatdipol
LOW COST CARRIERS
REF: http://www.jvdz.net/index2.html?/lcc-def.html&frameMain http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-budget-airlines.htm http://www.airasia.com/my/en/about-us/ir-what-is-lcc. page#History http://www.adventureflair.com/the-3-types-low-cost-airlines/ http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2013/04/26/12-best-budgetairlines/ http://www.budgetairlineguide.com/budget-airlines-in-thailand
When talking about the aviation industry, airline types can be identified by dividing them into different groups. One method for example is to divide them into: cargo flights, general aviation, regional carriers, charter airlines, full-service carriers, and low-cost carriers. Cargo flights consist of freight carriers like FedEx and DHL. Generalaviation for example consists of private business jets. Both cargo flights and general-aviation are not taken into account here any further. Regional carriers are more locally oriented and traditionally act as commuter or feeder airlines, for larger carriers. Although charter carriers also consist of freighter airline, we will focus on passenger charter airlines. These charters traditionally offer flights for a certain period of time a year, mostly during holiday seasons. Full-service carriers can be seen as the counterpart of low-cost carriers. KLM-Air France and Lufthansa are examples of full-service carriers.
WHAT EXACTLY ARE LOW-COST CARRIERS? Discount airlines, No frills airlines, Prizefighters, Low-cost airlines, or low-cost carriers, all are different names for the same phenomenon: airlines which offer cheaper tickets compared to other carriers. It’s also known as LCC(s). A budget airline, also called a low-cost carrier, is a flight carrier that seeks to provide flight service at low cost, sometimes undercutting traditional airlines by more than 50%. Examples of typical budget airlines include Europe’s Ryanair, the United States’ Southwest and JetBlue airlines, and Southeast Asia’s Air Asia and Cebu Pacific. A budget airline will justify its low fees by seeking to cut costs through a number of ways. Popular practices include adopting an all-economy or allcoach seating format, providing “meal options,” to be paid for separately, rather than an included meal service, and using “first-come, first-served” seating, which means that the plane is boarded like a bus and seats go to whomever takes them first. To cut operating costs even further, a budget airline might also operate regionally rather than globally, fly short flights and operate either out of a secondary airport or at non-peak times at a primary flight hub. Although some people complain that there are hardly any amenities given out to passengers of a budget airline, the overall popularity of budget airlines is on the rise.
HISTORY OF THE LOW COST CARRIER The LCC boom began about 36 years ago when Southwest Airlines roam the skies of USA. Rollin King and Herb Kelleher got together and decided to start a different kind of airline with four set of principles: fly one type of aircraft to keep down engineering costs; keep overheads down; turnaround aircraft as quickly as possible; and abandon loyalty or air miles schemes. They began with one simple notion: â€œIf you get your guests to their destinations when they want to get there, on time, at the lowest possible fares and make darn sure they have a good time in doing so, people will fly your airline.â€?
TOP 5 LOW COST CARRIERS.
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES Best known for their above-and-beyond customer service--the airline made news in 2011 when a pilot held an outgoing flight for a grieving grandfather trying to see his dying 2-year-old grandson--Southwest Airlines now offers connections to even more cities around the U.S., Caribbean, and Mexico, thanks to a nifty new partnership with Air Tran Airways. Their unique open seating boarding procedure is another thing that makes this airline stand out. Youâ€™ll receive a group number when you check-in (the earlier the better), and after your group is called, stand in line and choose any seat you want while boarding the plane. Your first bag flies free, and your biggest decision all day will be choosing between the window or aisle seat.
WHERE THEY FLY: Major cities throughout the United
States; Nassau, Bahamas; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Mexico City, Cancun, and Los Cabos, Mexico.
Fun-loving employees and open seating options
RYANAIR RyanAir is probably one of the most well-known of all the budget airlines, but unfortunately is also known for offering super-low base ticket prices and tacking on extra fees for things like baggage, purchasing your tickets with a credit card, reserving seats, and reissuing boarding passes--at one point the airline even considered charging passengers to use the onboard restrooms. According to their website, these extreme methods are used as a way to encourage people to fly in a simple, low cost way, for instance, without any checked baggage, so for budget travelers with only carry-on luggage, this airline can be a great way to see more cities for a fraction of the price you would be spending on another airline.
WHERE THEY FLY: Various cities around Europe,
Morocco, Cyprus, and the Canary Islands.
Cheap flights--but watch for extra fees
EASYJET The U.K.â€™s largest airline, EasyJet connects 30 countries on 600 routes, transporting more than 59 million passengers a year, all while offering some of the cheapest fares around Europe. If youâ€™re hoping to visit more cities while in Europe or the Middle East, this airline makes it easier to hop a plane to a new place for less. Their nifty Inspire Me tool can help figure out where to go next--just enter the European city you plan to leave from, set your budget range, and watch the options appear. A search from London, for instance, yielded one-way tickets ranging from nearby Edinburgh and Belfast to cities as far away as Berlin, Munich, and Milan for less than $50.
WHERE THEY FLY: Throughout the U.K. and between
a number of major European cities; Moscow and various cities in Eastern Europe, Morocco, Turkey, Israel, Cyprus, Jordan, and Egypt.
Affordable flights around Europe and the Middle East
JETBLUE AIRWAYS So you want to fly down to D.C., Orlando, or even San Juan for the weekend--no problem! JetBlue Airways makes your flight--whether itâ€™s a cross-country hop to San Francisco or a shorter, regional flight to Boston--comfy and enjoyable with plush leather seats and your very own TV screen equipped with 36 channels to make the time fly by. Complimentary snacks like Lindenâ€™s chocolate chip cookies, Terra blues potato chips, and Dunkin Donuts coffee are available among other tasty snack options, and to top it all off, your first checked bag flies free of charge. Taking the red-eye? JetBlue offers a complimentary snooze kit with eyeshades, ear plugs, and pre-landing treats like hot towels, coffee, and orange juice to help you greet the new day.
WHERE THEY FLY: Between major cities in the north-
east, southeast, and western United States; the Caribbean; select cities in Mexico, Central America, and South America.
Comfy leather seats and televisions for all
JETSTAR Australiaâ€™s award winning low cost airline is Jetstar, a group of airlines made up of Jetstar Airways, based in New Zealand and Australia; Jetstar Asia, based in Singapore; Jetstar Pacific, based in Vietnam; Jetstar Japan; and Jetstar Hong Kong. Together, the Jetstar Group has flown more than 75 million passengers, helping people fly between hotspot destinations around Asia, the South Pacific, and Hawaii for less since 2004. You have the flexibility to choose how many included amenities you want while booking thanks to their cheap base fares and the ability to add extras as you go??? The standard ticket price includes one piece of carry-on luggage (a great value for those who tend to pack light), while other variations include seat selection, food, beverages, and in-flight entertainment.
WHERE THEY FLY: Various cities in Japan, Taiwan, Viet-
nam, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines.
Domestic flights between cities in 15 Asian and South Pacific countries
LOW COST CARRIERS AND
OPERATING IN THAILAND
THAI SMILE AIRWAYS Thai Smile Airways is an upcoming budget airline based in Bangkok, Thailand. It was founded in 2011 as the low-cost wing of Thai Airways. Its main hub will be Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and operations are expected to begin in July 2012. According to Thai Smile, all passengers will enjoy free ‘light premium’ services such as seat selection, on-board refreshments, and a baggage allowance of 20kg. Thai Smile Airways will operate a fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft with a two-class seating configuration.
WHERE THEY FLY: Thailand, Southeast Asia, India,
NOK AIR Nok Air is a budget airline based in Bangkok, Thailand. It was established in 2004 and is the low-cost subsidiary of national carrier Thai Airways. Its main hub is Bangkok Don Muang Airport. Of all the Thai airlines, Nok Air has the highest number of domestic destinations. It offers scheduled flights to 20 cities in Thailand plus “island destinations” with combination flight/bus/ferry tickets. Nok Air experimented with international routes to India and Vietnam, but these have been terminated. Nok Air operates a mixed fleet of Boeing 737 and ATR 72-200 aircraft. The airline’s name means “bird” in the Thai language, and its planes are distinguishable by their bright colors and painted ‘beaks’.
WHERE THEY FLY: Thailand, India and Vietnam
AIR ASIA AirAsia is a low-cost airline based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It operates scheduled domestic and international flights and is Asiaâ€™s leading low fare, no frills airline. It is also the first airline in the region to implement fully ticketless travel and unassigned seats. AirAsia has been expanding rapidly and is very popular among the traveling public thanks to its frequent low fare deals. Its main base is the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. AirAsia operates 656 flights daily, 102 routes to 57 destinations in 12 countries. In Bangkok AirAsia operates all domestic and international flights from the Don Muang International Airport.
WHERE THEY FLY: Australia, Brunei, China, Macau,
Hongkong, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philiphines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam
BANGKOK AIRWAYS Bangkok Airways is a regional airline. It began operations in 1986 and was Thailandâ€™s first privately owned airline. Bangkok Airways currently offers domestic flights and international flights. Though not a traditional budget airline, Bangkok Airways offers good value flights to destinations not served by other airlines. It is the private owner of the airports in Koh Samui, Sukhothai, and Trat. All passengers enjoy premium services including complimentary checked luggage, on-board refreshments, and pre-flight lounge access. Bangkok Airways operates a mixed fleet of Airbus A319, Airbus A320, and ATR-72-500 aircraft.
WHERE THEY FLY: Thailand, Laos, Bangladesh,
Cambodia, Hongkong, India, Maldives, Myanmar and Singapore
ORIENT THAI Orient Thai is a budget airline based in Bangkok, Thailand. It was founded in 1995 and uses Bangkokâ€™s Suvarnabhumi Airport as its main hub. Orient Thai Airlines flies to 8 destinations within Thailand and internationally to Hong Kong. It also offers charter flights. Orient Thaiâ€™s fleet comprises of Boeing 737, Boeing 767, and McDonnell Douglas aircraft. Unlike other budget airlines, Orient Thai offers complimentary checked luggage, on-board refreshments, and seat selection on most flights.
WHERE THEY FLY: Thailand and Hongkong
THAI LION AIR Thai Lion Air is a subsidiary of low-cost airline Lion Air. It’s operating both domestic and international flights from Don Mueng Airport. Thai Lion Air is not just a Low Cost carrier but it is an airline that provides superior products and services. As the slogan “We make people fly” will make you feel freedom to fly to your destination. Thai Lion Air proudly serve you with the first brand new aircraft in Thailand, Boeing 737-900ER fly direct from factory to Bangkok.
WHERE THEY FLY: Thailand, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur
Budget airlines are immensely popular with young tourists, backpackers, college kids, and travelers who simply want to get from one place to another in the cheapest possible way. They are so popular in some parts of the world in fact, that a few cities have airport terminals dedicated specially to these low-cost airlines. The reason for the success of the new low cost carriers is very simple - move the maximum number of guests at the minimum of cost. The concept of LCC is based on the idea that people would fly a lot more often if it were more affordable. LCC airlineâ€™s main mission is to make air travel the most simple, convenient and inexpensive form of transportation in the world. The fare differential between the full service carriers (FSC) and LCC can be as high as 40%-60% cheaper.
KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK SURAT THANI
AS THE OLDEST evergreen rainforest in the world, Khao Sok National Park is a sight to behold. Characterized by limestone monoliths, caves, lakes, valleys, wild animals, unique flora and much more, the park is a one-of-a-kind world of an area of 739 square kilometres to discover and explore. The average height of the limestone karsts area around 400 metres with the tallest peak 960 Cheow Larn Lake in the centre of the park was formed when Rhajaprabhar Dam was built about 25 years ago to provide water for a hydro electric power plant. It is about 60 kilometres from north to south and contains more than 100 hundred islands. Many species of wildlife exist in the park as do fauna with Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world, to be found there. Khao Sok National Park is a virgin forest where various types of plant life can be found. This includes a number of very rare and sacred tree species such as the Neobalanocarpus heimil. A few other plants that can be seen in this park include the following: Genus Hoper, Chisocheton and Anisoptera etc., as well as small bushes such as the Rafflesia kerrii, palm, rattan, betel palm, and various types of bamboo.
The park serves as a home for a wide variety of wildlife such as the gaur, banteng, sambar deer, bear, Malayan tapir, macaque, gibbon, serow, mouse deer, porcupine, marbled cat, wild boar, and Asian wild dog. It also acts as the natural habitat for several for several bird species. Ecotourism is practiced with many tours available offering opportunities to see the spectacular sights and partake in activities. Recommended safaris of two to five days include jungle trekking, elephant trekking, canoeing, tubing and bamboo rafting and boat tours to Cheow Larn Lake. Ride an elephant through a hidden valley surrounded by rainforest and mountains and learn about and how to care for them. Canoe down the Sok river and watch the panoramic views of nature and the jungle pass by. The possibilities to discover and learn about the nature and natural history of the park are endless.
Ref: http://www.huahinparadisecity.com/khomapastr-hua-hin/ http://www.iyarahuahin.com/activities/?p=100
ADDRESS: 218 Petchkasem Road, Ampur Hua HIn, Prachuabkirikan, 77710Thailand
Monday – Saturday (9 am – 7 pm) Sunday (9 am – 5 pm)
TEL: +66 (0)32 511 250 FAX: +66 (0)32 532 537 EMAIL:
Looking to take home a piece of Hua Hin? There is nothing more authentic than a gift from Khomapastr. Khompapastr products range from lifestyle to home decoration, mostly found in palaces, luxury hotels and private homes. The brand’s signature design – Gold Hand Print (or ‘pha kiao’) – can be traced back to the 15th century, when it was used primarily in the royal court. Production involves a meticulous process of hand-painting using natural dyes and gold leaf. What makes Khomapastr fabrics-cotton and silk alikestand out from others is their traditional designs that tell stories through Thai arts, from literary characters to Thai creatures and plants. The gift collection features a broad range of contemporary designs and lifestyle products, including tote bags, tissue box covers, purses, placemats and other knickknacks. Colorful and unique, these make ideal gifts for family and friends back home. Dress-making fabrics are the backbone of the Khompapastr brand, and these have led to off-shoot products such as apparel and fashion accessories. The collection features more than 1,000 designs, from traditional Thai to floral and graphic patterns, each showcasing elaborate details and high-quality finish.
RESTAURANT The quaint Pangaea Restaurant provides a
comfortable setting to sip a few cocktails and sample some delicious Mediterranean delights. Eat in a place where you can see all foods from different continents. The restaurant features local and international cuisines using cooking techniques and ingredients from each continent. The ideal meeting place before venturing out to explore the many attractions of Koh Samui or as a place to unwind after a busy day of touring.
ADDRESS : SALA Samui Resort and Spa 10/9 Moo 5, Baan Plai Lam Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320, Thailand
TEL : +66-77-245-888 EMAIL : firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE : www.salaresorts.com Ref: http://thailandmusings.thaivisa.com/sala-samui-resort-spa/ http://www.salaresorts.com/samui/wineanddine-en.html
THAT TEAW THAI #33 Thai Teaw Thai is the biggest travel fair in Thailand, which the people who love travelling should not miss. This event has more than 800 booths from various tour operators that offer many special promotions for travelling in this winter, including hotels, resorts, airlines, tour packages, spas, travel equipment and etc. Ref: www.thaiteawthaiplaza.com
LOCATION: IMPACT Muang Thong Thani Hall 3-4
DATE: Thursday 6th â€“ Sunday 9th November 2014
10.00 am - 9.00 pm.
PARADISE ON A BUDGET:
CHEAP ISLAND ADVENTURES
An air-conditioned bungalow with a private bathroom on a secluded palmlined beach can set you back $25-30 a night. That’s about the same as a bunk bed in an Australian backpackers. Even flash resorts usually have a pretty cheap standard room tucked away behind the expensive ones. We used Agoda to book rooms a fair bit and found it very useful and a good to save money. When I read travel blogs, I always want to know ‘how much do things actually cost?’. But usually its really hard to find out. So, if you are planning to travel to the islands in Southern Thailand, I hope this is useful. Cheap Street Food Thailand Som Tam Sticky Rice Grilled Chicken Ko Lanta The islands of Krabi and Trang province are probably the most expensive destinations for travellers in Thailand – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still really cheap. Our aim wasn’t to live as cheaply as possible – it was to enjoy the islands as much as we could without spending too much money. We spent 24 days island hopping, and I spent about AUS$40 a day. This includes everything once we touched down at Phuket airport, from accommodation and food and drinks, through to sunscreen , boat transfers and snorkelling trips (it also includes our flights to Bangkok once we finished). We spent 2 days at Phuket, 6 days on Ko Phi Phi, 13 days on Ko Lanta, 3 days on Ko Ngai (I think). The fact that you can travel here on a small budget is quite amazing – the islands really make postcards look like crap. Its paradise (I keep using that word) if the kind that you weren’t convinced was real.
Most of the food on the islands is found at generic tourist restaurants that line the beaches. Don’t get me wrong, they are often gorgeous places – but they all have the same MASSIVE menus offering average versions of western staples (burgers, pasta, pizza, sandwiches), and watered-down versions of thai classics.
Most of the islands aren’t really targeted towards low-budget travel, and plus this is the kind of place where its easy to talk yourself into paying a little more. You can rent a old, smelly fan bungalow for $15 a night a 20 minute walk from the beach – or you can spend $25 and get a gorgeous bungalow with air-conditioning near the water. Wake up in the morning, and charge out of bed into the sea. We didn’t want to stay ‘out the back of paradise’, so we usually spent a bit more. The remoteness of some beaches and islands means you are locked in to spending more money. A resort on an island surrounded by thick jungle means you have to eat at the resort restaurant. Still – the food is pretty good, and you can always get dinner for 150 baht ($5) or less. Could we have travelled cheaper? Yep. But we didn’t want to – it wouldn’t have been worth it. If you want some island time for super-cheap – you can book rooms/bungalows/houses on larger islands like Ko Lanta for a month or longer, at super-cheap prices.
When there was street food available (such as on Ko Lanta and Phuket), we alternated between eating at tourist restaurants on the beach (lunch here costs around $5 each) and getting food from street vendors (lunch here costs $1-2). Eating at restaurants is fun, but it gets tiresome when you have to eat three meals a day this way. The islands don’t provide as many options when it comes to street food – but in an reasonably sized town there will be places serving delicious local food for a dollar or two. Out of town, you may have to walk along a major road for a while before finding a food vendor. On a remote island – you will have to get your food from the resort restaurant – so visit 711 or the supermarket before you go and stock up on crackers, biscuits and chocolate!
SOME TIPS FOR TRAVELLING CHEAPLY IN THE ISLANDS • •
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Slow travel. One thing that beefs up spending is the travel itself. If you are travelling in high season (December – February), book ahead (we had some great experiences booking through Agoda). Otherwise you may find yourselves with limited options once you arrive, and be forced to paying more than you hoped. As always, booze blows your budget out. Its very easy to spend more on alcohol than on food. We only had a few beers and cocktails every now and then. Buying beer, vodka and local Sang Som rum from Mini-marts or 711 is a good idea. Have a few drinks at home before heading to a bar on the beach. Eat on the street – the food is better, faster and cheaper (fruit, banana pancakes, rice/noodles). Scuba diving chews up a lot of money. Whereas an 8-hour snorkelling trip on a longtail boat to 6 or 7 islands around Ko Phi Phi cost us 1000 baht (about $30) each. Don’t be afraid of the local travel agents. We thought just turning up at the ferry and buying tickets would be a lot cheaper – but often you can get to your destination for the same price, and they will organise a hotel transfer for you at either end. Motorcycle hire is a luxury that you don’t really need. If you are dreaming about snorkelling in warm, turquoise water in front of your bungalow for a month – you can afford it. Get going.
Top of the World
THE WORLD’S MOST PAID
VACATION DAYS The countries that have the most paid holiday are Austria and Portugal. Each country having 35 paid holiday days each year, according to CEPR research. It’s made up of 22 days annual leave and a whopping 13 public holidays, which are often paid at double wages or with a day-in-lieu. Austrian companies also provide extra time off for workers with more than 25 years experience, as well as those who work night shifts or stressful jobs. They even pay workers a “13 month” salary to cover extra holiday expenses, paid at the same time as their monthly salary but taxed at a lower rate. In Portugal, things are slightly less rosy, with high unemployment and austerity measures meaning workers could fact losing some of their public holidays to increase productivity in the country. In Europe, things are almost universally better, as employees are legally required to take a minimum number of vacation days. That’s right: There’s a law that says people need to go on vacation. In the US, there’s nothing. Effectively, while there’s plenty of work to be had in the US, there’s not really a ton of leisure time. Compared to other developed nations, Americans get very little -- if any -- paid vacation time. As a small consolation, they do get approximately 10 days a year off for holidays.
Ref: http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/best-countries-to-live-in-for-public-holidays/story-e6frfm9r-1226734102848 http://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/paid-time-off-which-countries-get-the-most-vacation-time
THANKSGIVING DAY Ref: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/thanksgiving-day
Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November every year in the USA. It is traditionally a day for families and friends to get together for a special meal. The meal often includes a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, pumpkin pie, and vegetables. Thanksgiving Day is a time for many people to give thanks for what they have. It has been an annual holiday in the United States since 1863. Not everyone sees Thanksgiving Day as a cause for celebration. Each year since 1970, a group of Native Americans and their supporters have staged a protest for a National Day of Mourning at Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Thanksgiving Day. There are claims that the first Thanksgiving Day was held in the city of El Paso, Texas in 1598. Another early event was held in 1619 in the Virginia Colony. Many people trace the origins of the modern Thanksgiving Day to the harvest celebration that the Pilgrims held in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. However, their first true thanksgiving was in 1623, when they gave thanks for rain that ended a drought. These early thanksgivings took the form of a special church service, rather than a feast. In the second half of the 1600s, thanksgivings after the harvest became more common and started to become annual events. However, it was celebrated on different days in different communities and in some places there were more than one thanksgiving each year. George Washington, the first president of the United States, proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789.
Nowadays, most government offices, businesses, schools and other organizations are closed on Thanksgiving Day. Many offices and businesses allow staff to have a four-day weekend so these offices and businesses are also closed on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day. Public transit systems do not usually operate on their regular timetables. Thanksgiving Day it is one of the busiest periods for travel in the USA. This can cause congestion and overcrowding. Seasonal parades and busy football games can cause disruption to local traffic. Thanksgiving Day parades are held in some cities and towns on or around Thanksgiving Day. Some parades or festivities also mark the opening of the Christmas shopping season. Some people have a four-day weekend so it is a popular time for trips and to visit family and friends.
Horoscope Predictions for the month of
November By Mr.
Rup Krishen Baqaya
You shift part of your focus from work to social interactions. Friends and lovers fulfill your needs and that is a lot to be grateful for. Even professionally you will do well.
This is a time of achievements. Even though expenses soar, money will fly in with equal ease, so you can both afford and enjoy the good things of life. Both family and professional life will bear fruit.
You will be undertaking a lot of public relations work and interacting with distinguished people. Most of your plans will go smoothly. The focus will be both on work and social activities.
You have taken on a lot, both in terms of work and social commitments. You realize the need for both ingenious thought and effort to make a success of it all. You will be willing to take financial risks as also risks in matter of heart to fulfill your dreams.
You may be feeling that you have bitten more than you can chew and there could be both hidden and overt stresses to cope with. A kind of rebellion may make you indulge in unusual activities. Even romance will be wild.
You are back to your usual self -- committed and sober. You have had your thrills and now want to settle down to a more regular way of life. You realize that this is what you really want to do. It will lead to all round joy.
The impact of your planets is felt on the finances. Some expensive purchases are lined up. It is also time to contemplate about lifeâ€™s many unanswered questions. You will review your progress and make plans for the future.
You are bound to be the centre of attention. All eyes are on you and you will be challenged to display your social and healing skills. You must come to rescue with your emotional support.
Recognition of your worth comes with all the benefits it implies. It is not going to be a cakewalk though. You will need to resolve some personal matters and give the same amount of attention to both your home and workplace.
Your social stars are very lively now. As usual you will not be interested in small talk and will want to mix with old friends who offer some sort of close commitment. At work, focus on long term plans.
If you are contemplating a change of job or a new community commitment, now is the time to pull out all the sops. Do not compromise your principles.
You are passing through an adventurous time. Your travel stars are good and you will be itching to fly to foreign lands. Your mystic nature too is on the move and you may rediscover some strange interests.
It is one of the best fruit moisturizers. This humble fruit works wonders on dry skin and helps nourish and tighten the skin. It is also known to invigorate the skin. It cleanses open pores leaving the skin look absolutely flawless. Mash one banana and mix 1tsp oatmeal with a little full cream milk, enough to make a smooth paste. Apply to clean skin and leave it for about 15 minutes. This should be washed off first with milk and then water.
They are a great source of natural vitamins, especially if you have a fair and sensitive skin. They have astringent and softening properties that helps keep the skin supple and hydrated. Mash an apple and mix with 1tsp of honey and apply to clean skin for about 10 minutes. This face mask will help soften your skin, especially if you have an oily or combination skin type and cannot use heavy creams and moisturizers which very often lead to break outs.
Strawberries are high in Vitamin C and manganese. They have potent antioxidants like phenol which has oxygen giving properties to the body. Strawberry is an anti-cancer fruit that helps build up immunity in the body. It has medicinal value and astringent properties. By using it as a scrub on the skin it helps in improving oily skin in winters. You can make a wonderful strawberry skin smoothie by taking 20 strawberries and mashing them into 4tsb of yogurt. Apply this on the skin for 15 minutes and wash off with water.
This exotic fruit is high on Vitamin A, E, D and the minerals and potassium found in this fruit make it excellent for nourishing dry and sun damaged skin. Avocado is naturally moisturizing and is one of the best masks I have made till now. With this fruit, add the following natural goodies: 2tsp honey whipped into 1 mashed avocado in a blender with 1tsp of fresh cream and 2 marigold flowers. Apply this mask onto the skin for at least 15 minutes and wash off with tepid water.
This winter fruit has been used from ages as a luxurious body scrub. Its juice once absorbed by the skin helps keep the skin young and supple. I would definitely like to use this as a dead skin exfoliate on the face, as it helps wake up the skin on a dull winter morning. Take the â€˜pearlsâ€™ of one pomegranate, pound it in a petal and mortar, add 10 almonds or a 3tsb almond powder and 2tsp milk powder. Scrub gently on the skin in a rotating manner. Wash off with milk and then water to revel in baby soft supple skin.
Excellent skin softeners and high in Vitamin C. Oranges are great toners for dead skin. One can rub the skin with orange peel or grind the dried peels with milk and honey to make a natural Vitamin nourishing scrub. I usually boil the peel in mineral water and add orange flowers and leaves to make a ‘wake me up’ tonic for my skin. This can be stored in a bottle in the fridge for up to ten days. It works even better in a spritz bottle. Don’t forget that oranges being high in Vitamin C can help in building up the immune system, so eat them in plenty.
Available throughout the year, I specially bless this fruit for its great digestive qualities. It has helped me cure many teenagers’ problems like acne, stomach issues and blemishes on the skin. Paw and paw or simply papaya has softening properties and when mashed with 2 cubes of pineapple and 1tsp glycerin, it helps soften painful cuticles. Daily, dip your fingers in a small bowl to which you have added these 3 ingredients for 5 minutes and see your cuticles become soft and less painful. 4-5 pieces of papaya mashed and massaged onto the face daily helps clear up blemished skin and improves the dryness. It is a softening fruit and I recommend that mixing it with 1tsb of fresh cream as it can soothe sunburn and dead leathery dry skin in no time at all. Ref: http://cooks.ndtv.com/article/show/fruit-cocktails-for-great-winter-skin-435078
Lompraya News The consultant of Lomprayah Catamaran and Lonlahk, Pha Ngan branch, awarded the prize to the athletes. The consultant of Lomprayah Catamaran and Lonlahk, Pha Ngan branch awarded the trophies and prizes to the footballers of Pha Ngan FC at the 1st Provincial Administrative Organization Cup.
Lomprayah Catamaran, Bangkok office is renovated. Lomprayah Catamaran Co., Ltd in Bangkok is now renovating to serve you better. We decide to renovate our office to make the customers feel convenient and get the better service from us. This office will be opened next month.
Kleaw Kluen Coffee Shop, Hua Hin branch will be opened next month. Lomprayah Catamaran will open a new branch of Kleaw Kluen coffee shop at Hua Hin, to serve the delicious beverage to our customers. This branch will be opened next month. Here is also the place where you can enjoy the beautiful view of Hua Hin.
Global News TAT launches “Yours” app, a personalised guidebook for mobile devices The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched “Yours Connect”, a new app that will help visitors find wherever they want to go in the kingdom with just a couple of taps of their mobile device. Yours™ acts like a personal tour guide with dozens of recommended places stored inside including great restaurants, accommodation, shops, and tourist spots. Visitors never again have to worry about getting lost in Thailand or finding the perfect guidebook to take them to the best places.
Kyoto welcomes new international flights Japan Airlines recently announced its expansion plans include the addition of a non-stop daily flight between Los Angeles and Kansai International Airport, which will start in March 2015. And from May 2015, Air Canada will introduce a direct non-stop service between Vancouver and Kansai International Airport, offering five flights a week.
THAI wins Best APAC Airline Website award Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) recently received top honors for Best APAC Airline Website at the 7th Annual TravelMole APAC Web Award 2014 in association with ITB Asia in Singapore.
Thanks : http://www.tatnews.org/tat-launches-app-personalised-guidebook-mobile-devices/
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BUDGET Ref: http://www.womentravelblog.com/travel-resources/travel-advice/luxury-travel-on-budget/
CHOOSE THE RIGHT DESTINATION As obvious as it sounds, choosing a destination is the biggest thing that will make a difference to whether or not you can get affordable luxury on your trip. South East Asia is famous for its excellent hospitality and low prices, but there are also parts of Europe, Africa and the Americas where you can stay in a luxury four or five star hotel for $100 – $200 per night. Here are a few places to consider: Beijing, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ecuador, Egypt, Goa (India), Hungary, Ireland, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Poland, Portugal, Tunisia, Turkey.
BOOK REALLY EARLY OR REALLY LATE If you’re planning a trip ahead of time then you should book it yourself, it will be much cheaper than booking with a travel agent. Booking flights at least three months ahead is often the cheapest way to do it, but use Google flights and Skyscanner to see price variations.
III TRAVEL OUT OF SEASON Do not plan a trip during peak season if you are trying to save money as everything will be expensive – your accommodation, flights, meals out and excursions. The ‘shoulder season’ is either side of peak season and ‘off season’ is the quietest and cheapest time to go. Find out when these are and what the weather will be like, and then decide what works best for you. During off-peak season you stand a better chance of getting an upgrade at your hotel or on your flight/train as there are empty rooms/ seats.
IV JOIN A FREQUENT FLYER PROGRAM
If you’re a frequent flyer then join an air miles scheme which means that you also earn points when you travel. You can use your points for an upgrade, and if you rack up enough points you are entitled to free upgrades!
DEAL DIRECT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE If you decide to book a hotel, call them directly and ask over the phone for their best deals. You will usually get the cheapest rate direct and you also have a better chance of getting an upgrade on arrival (if you’re very nice to the receptionist). Paying up front for your hotel at the time of booking will also guarantee you a discount. Make sure to get good travel insurance which covers pre-paid and non-refundable expenses. If you don’t fancy a hotel or it’s out of your price range consider staying at a bed and breakfast or guesthouse, the level of service is usually very high and the cost will be much lower. Use a website like Wimdu to rent out rooms in people’s homes, or rent apartments and villas direct from the owner. If you can gather a group of friends or family together a villa holiday can be very affordable and luxurious – you’ll probably have your own pool and you can save money by making your own meals.
VI GET ORGANIZED AND GO OFF THE BEATEN TRACK If you have time buy a guide book and plan your trip so that you know the best places to go outside the tourist areas. Prices will be significantly cheaper if you’re going out for a meal, and you can usually find cheaper ways to see the sights than following the usual tourist trail. Other things you can organize yourself are the little luxuries like champagne in the room (buy it in a supermarket and ask room service for an ice bucket) or a massage (a local therapist will be much cheaper than the hotel spa).
FOLLOW THE ADVICE OF FELLOW TRAVELERS When you’ve decided what you want to see and do, get online and read some travel blogs and Trip Advisor reviews which should really help you find the best way to do it. For example, when visiting London recently we were very keen to see the view from London’s tallest building The Shard. Tickets to the viewing platform are £25 each.
VIII BE CHEEKY I’ve always been told “If you don’t ask, you don’t get,” and this is certainly a maxim which has served me well! Of course, you should always be polite and friendly, but it really doesn’t hurt to let the person checking you in at the airline or hotel know that this is a special trip. If they don’t offer you an upgrade, don’t be afraid to ask – the worst that they can say is no, and occasionally you will catch someone in a good mood who will be happy to make your day!
Published on Nov 27, 2014
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