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5 Best Sunsets in the World

 

As the saying goes, “no two sunsets are ever alike.” There will always be the difference in the scenery, the shape of the clouds, the hues, and the vantage point from where the viewer stands. These factors and many other are among the reasons that makes some places in the world the best places for sunset. As beautiful as sunsets are, there are only selected places in the world where you can see them at their utmost breathtaking image. Take a look at these five beautiful places in the world famous for their spectacular view of the sunset. 

 

Serengeti, Tanzania

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Wouldn’t it be nice to see the sun go down as you imagine Simba and Mufasa in your midst? This is the kind of sunset you will get to experience while being in the national park of Serengeti, Tanzania. Running with the fiercest of life’s creatures and frolicking in the dusk with the sense of liberty that will enthrall your every breath as you gallop with the animals, it will be a child’s playground in the wildest sense of the definition. Enjoy the wildlife and afford yourself of the stunning scenery of Africa and prepared to be taken away by the spectacular landscape of the extensive areas where buffalos, elephants, giraffe, impalas and hippos rest in the comforts of the acacia woodland, together with the lions and the tigers. A perfect place for the thrill-seekers who would want to fathom the reality of what is known to be the circle of life.

 

Santorini, Greece

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Be with the gods and goddesses in Santorini, Greece. Every woman will feel the beauty of Aphrodite half-naked with feet touching the warm waters of the sea as the sun goes down, while the sun god Helios rides his chariot across the golden sky each day. This dramatic scenery will astonish you and as you marvel on the promises of love that must have been tied and consummated in this romantically stricken place. You wouldn’t want to miss the chance of finding your soul mate in the streets that seemed to snake around all the houses, giving you the chance to find your love yet the challenge to find him on time. The beauty of the sunset in Santorini is famous for its magnificence.

 

Grand Canyon, Arizona, U.S.A.

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The adrenalin rush of being on top of one of the highest places on earth is already a treat in itself. The Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA offers a one-of-a-kind experience. How much would a sunset be of much indulgence when you get to see it first hand with a viewpoint of both the east and the west? It sure has taken you in great heights while the softness of the sun’s rays touch your skin in a subtle farewell. Warm yellows in amalgamation of the fiery reds, to contrast the sparkling golds and deep orange of the rays of the sun… surely, you will grasp the power of the sun as it hides in the silhouettes of the fading horizon.

 

Stonehenge, United Kingdom

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For over 5,000 years, the Stonehenge has remained a popular monolith that is mysteriously beautiful, it being a prehistoric monument. As the sun sets and peaks on the Sarsen rocks, you will not help but feel being taken back to the time it has been a slaughter place for sacrifice as that of an altar. Feel the thrills of the ancient years while being near the gods of the heavens. Experience the greatness of this atmospheric place and be drawn in the summer solstice while you capture the sun going down being buried in the dark sky.

 

Tanah Lot Temple, Bali, Indonesia

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With only shallow waters to cross and the setting sun at the back, this ancient temple caters to thousands of visitors whole year round. The big stone that holds the temple and the history of its maker, Dang Hyang Nirartha, who found the place to be initially a resting place but later on thought of it as a sacred place to worship the Balinese God of the Sea. The Coastal Periphery made the location more strategic and unique as the shrine that it is custom made for. This is a place you would definitely want to feel total serenity as you hear the splashing of the waters that break the waves as they hit the rocks and the coral reefs. A sound that would resonate the whispers of distant souls calling you from afar.

From wherever part of the world you may be in, the beauty of every sunset will always leave you breathless and be mesmerized of how wonderful the day has ended and how inimitably special every sunset is. As there are many areas in the world where the sun takes the longest peek before it sets and vanishes in the dark, there are specific corners of the earth that the sun shows her majestic beauty and renounces the onlookers with awe.

Regardless of where the sun sets in your place, enjoy its beauty and be reassured that for every sunset, comes an eminent sunrise to keep you waiting for the next day when the sun is up again opening possibilites for a new life.

 

 

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5 Safest Humanitarian Outreach Countries

 

Humanitarian outreach programs happen all over the world where there is a dire need for food, shelter, clothing and medicine. mostly due to the grave devastation of wars, natural disasters or famine. Some of the aids rendered are short-term, while others are long-term assistance programs that are usually carried out by governments and other well-funded non-government organizations or NGOs.

Everyone knows that while these types of cause touches the hearts of many people, it's not easy to reach out for help and join a humanitarian program especially with the different kinds of danger you will be facing and you've got your own family waiting for you back home. But if you really are hoping to reach out in some way without completely endangering your life completely, consider these five places in the world where you can do a lot to help with lesser risks. Here are 5 of the safest humanitarian outreach countries that will be a great opportunity to extend helping hand to the needy and helpless.

 

Honduras

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Honduras is a place that is facing severe flooding with damaged farm-to-market roads which in effect are affecting the renegade humanity of the country. Transportation has become a challenge to the people that is why they travel less and get minimal contact with the people outside their community. But outreach volunteers here have manifested to indeed have feared their lives but have been well treated and greatly appreciated for their humanitarian deed. They have secured to be protected from assault and made to feel as comfortable as possible.

 

Kenya

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In an orphanage, children are taught and taken care of but love and the feeling of belongingness sometimes become just an act of mercy. As a volunteer in one of the orphanages and kindergartens, the volunteer participates in the feeding program and health teachings of the children. The kids are cuddled and hugged and made to feel being a part of a family through the language of touch and the kindness of words spoken. These children are supplemented with vitamins and medicines to the sick ones are made available. Feeding programs have always been the easiest way to extend kindness and is likewise the basic necessity that should be addressed right away by any organization.

 

Rwanda

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In Rwanda, the outreach programs include teaching all members of the family to function well in a community and be able to be healthy holistically. Children as young as 3 years old are taught social skill and classroom education are afforded to toddlers and pre-schoolers. Young boys and girls are provided dormitories and practical arts class such as mechanics and cooking for boys and girls respectively. The women are learning to sew and make clothes and plant crops as a livelihood project which is designed to increase sustainability among communities.

 

Chile

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Non-profit organizations feel secured to conduct outreach programs in Chile as they are certain not to fear of their security and feel they are well-accepted and above all needed by a sector of their population. As the aged are usually getting abandoned by family members and let alone to the care of the state or any non-government organization, the need to have as much caregivers and volunteers as possible is immense. These geriatrics have special needs thus needing a special kind of care, and with this is the need to have highly trained individuals to do the job and be efficient as well as effective health care providers.

 

Cambodia

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Due to war and destruction the city of Phnom Penh has become a shock to most tourists. Poverty has engulfed the place and women and children are the frailest victims that suffer and feel the impact of destitution. In the desire of the government to help its people, the countries from neighboring land as   well as the United Nations have held hands to help alleviate if not totally avert impoverished families of the land. A program to increase the literacy rate was being done and volunteers from all over the globe come and take active participation in the educational programs. These volunteers have banked on the fact that Cambodia is a safe place to reach out hands and improve quality of life.


The ordeal of having to volunteer in an outreach program is something that is worth looking forward to but the idea of having to do it in a foreign land where the people you will be attending to are victims of political disputes and war, famine and extensive drought, or any natural calamity that has really affected a large fraction, if not the entire populace, who needs courage and strength.

Selfless dedication and commitment sometimes do not get reciprocated but being volunteers, these do not matter anymore. It is just a priority that people who engage in humanitarian outreach programs are made secured and has a decent and comfortable place to stay. After all, they have no monetary considerations for their act of altruism.

 

 

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The Best Hotels In The World Today

 

Almost every man on Earth has a wish to travel all around the world, thus visiting the most interesting places, historical monuments and fascinating natural beauties. And indeed, amazing things can be seen in various countries worldwide. But travelling also means that one should have lodging and a place to stay. We all mostly use hotels, and numerous times we have weighed between the two or more hotels where some were cheaper but lacked some contents and the others had it all but were more expensive. But what if all of us could afford the world’s best hotels and enjoy their magnificent services, polite staff and all the possible facilities? Well, some of you can afford such hotels, and that is why we bring you the list of best hotels in the world. Check them out below:

 

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace in Romania

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The Gresham Palace was completed in 1906 as an office and apartment building, now turned into a fabulous hotel located along the River Danube near the renowned Chain Bridge. This 179-room hotel is gracefully combining vintage architecture and design with modern services and amenities, leaving its visitors with a never-forget experience that makes them wish come again. Staying here will give you a glimpse of royalty, especially if you choose its famous Four Seasons Experience which actually includes a private dinner on the centre stage at the Hungarian State Opera House followed by the concert of the orchestra playing only for you. And if you are more for a regular dining then you can try some of the amazing Hungarian and Italian dishes in the Gresham Restaurant adjacent to the magnificent Hotel lobby. 

 

Southern Ocean Lodge in Australia

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This incredible hotel is located on the Kangaroo Island and offers you a peaceful and cozy stay. Here in Southern Ocean Lodge you are able to choose between 21 suites, each of which contains an outdoor terrace and limestone floor. The hotel is built in a way that it uses all the natural weather patterns, so you won’t need an AC here. Once you enter the hotel, you’ll be able to see works of art on every step, which makes a kind of a small artistic exhibition. And if you want to have the full privacy, you can book the glass-walled suite with its own pool and a granite bath. When it comes to activities on the island, you can for instance go fishing and your catch can become your lunch with the help of the chef Tim Bourke.

 

Ocean House in the U.S.

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This 1868 Victorian property is today a grand hotel at the oceanfront. It is really cozy and offers you 49 guest rooms and 22 private villas and all of them are followed by modern bathrooms and custom-made furnishings. Whenever you decide to stay in Ocean House, you will enjoy the long walks on private beach or relaxing treatments in the hotel’s spa. And if you prefer an extraordinary room with an ocean view, then take the Grand Deluxe Room 301. It has everything, including a fireplace and a free-standing tub.

 

Triple Creek Ranch in the U.S.

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This hotel is located in the Bitterroot Valley of Western Montana which is a place of majesty, serenity, natural beauty and comfort in all four seasons where you can see elk, deer, moose, turkeys and many other animals freely wandering through the area. Triple Creek Ranch offers rustic elegance in a mountain retreat featuring private log cabins and a comfortable lodge. There are many things you can try doing here, from mountain fishing to dog sledging and horseback riding, and when you get hungry from all of those activities you can go to the hotel’s restaurant and try some delicious international dishes served with the best house wines. Have in mind that Forbes declared Triple Creek Ranch as the best hotel in the world in 2014.

 

Nayara Springs in Costa Rica

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Nayara Springs is a hotel in the Arenal Volcano National Park, which is a host to one of the world’s highest concentration of tropical plants and wildlife. It is surrounded by the lush vegetation of Costa Rica’s pristine rainforest and bounded by a creek and underground mineral thermal springs and that is why so many travelers love to stay here. Nayara Springs is most characteristic for its interesting activities such as a trip through the rainforest, water rafting, boat safari, biking and many others and when it comes to dining, you can try some of the many delicious dishes served in three on-site restaurants. 

 

These are just 5 of the world’s best hotels for this year, but that does not mean that there are no other amazing places that should be visited if you have a chance. We will see which hotels are going to be in the top 5 next year.

 

 

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The World’s Richest People in Real Estate

 

Real estate has always been popular and in recent years its worth has been constantly rising. Nowadays we can even say that real estate is a key factor for creating wealth and thus it makes  the world's tycoons even more wealthy. It is estimated that real estate is 12.7% higher in value today than several years ago. Also, another study from 2014 announced that real estate investments are going to be No. 1 in 2015 because great majority of billionaires plan to buy properties throughout this whole year. But why would this be so? Well, one thing is for sure – one can never lose money if he had invested it in real estate. There is always the chance to sell the property at higher price than you have previously bought it or to recover your invested money in the worst possible scenario. That is why we provide you with a list of the richest people who constantly invest in real estate and who constantly become richer. 

 

Lee Shau Kee

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Lee Shau Kee is among the richest people in Hong Kong. He is a landlord and all his wealth came from investing in real estate, beginning with a majority stake of shares of Henderson Land Development. He is also the owner of Miramar Hotel and Hong Kong and China Gas. Earning all his money mostly through buying properties got him several nicknames among which are 'Hong Kong's Buffett' and 'Asia's Master of Stock'. His current net worth is estimated at $24.8 billion, which makes him 27th richest man in real estate in the world. Apart from buying properties all round the world, Lee Shau Kee is a great philanthropist.

 

Wang Jianlin

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Another master of stocks comes from China. Wang Jianlin is the owner of Dalian Wanda Group which is actually a commercial real estate powerhouse controlling hundreds of luxury hotels and shopping plazas. But Dalian Wanda Group is even more – it is world’s largest operator of movie theaters. Wang Jianlin had expanded his business to Australia, Beverly Hills and Chicago. But apart from his properties in China, Hong Kong, USA and Australia, he also has Edifico Espana building in Spain, properties in India, Great Britain and just he himself knows where else does he have real estate investments. His current net worth is estimated at $24.2 billion and this year it is expected to grow even more.

 

Cheng Yu-tung

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Cheng Yu-tung is the old fox of real estate business with extensive business dealings and real estate interests in both Hong Kong and Macau. Although many reports are stating his health is in quite poor condition which made him leave the chairmanship of his New World Development to his elder son Henry this tiger from Hong Kong is still having a huge impact on company’s future. His family is also having control over Asia's largest jewelry retailer and their hotel empire is constantly increasing so don’t be surprised if in forthcoming years they make a jump from 5th place to the top when it comes to real estate business.

 

Donald Bren

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Donald Bren is an owner and the Chairman of the Irvine Company, a US-based real estate investment company, and he is also the only non-Chinese who made it to top 5 of richest people in the real estate business. This guy owns 500 office properties, more than 40 shopping centers, 50,000 apartments, three hotels and several golf clubs and marinas, mostly in Southern California and if that was not enough, he bought an office tower in downtown Chicago for $850 million. This amount of money might sound astronomic but for Donald Bren whose net worth is estimated around $15 billion this is just pocket money. He had also started a new project that will make him even richer, namely he has started building a 1.2 million square-foot office campus that will open in Silicon Valley in 2016.

 

Thomas & Raymond Kwok

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We might say that Thomas Kwok is a real bad boy in real estate business, since he was found guilty in December 2014 of bribing the city's former number two official and was sentenced to five years in prison. But he had found a suitable replacement – his brother Raymond who was also under investigation but was cleared of all charges. Their father Kwok Tak-seng was the founder of their family business which would be even bigger if they did not had a feud with their older brother, Walter, who's now listed separately as a billionaire. Thomas and Raymond Kwok are the owners of Sun Hung Kai Properties, a real estate developer that is well known for building many skyscrapers all around Tokyo. Their net worth is estimated at nearly $16 billion and this amount is increasing continuously despite all of these affairs.

 

 

 

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The Happiest People Around The World

 

Our planet is a great place to live in, or at least it is the only one we know about so we don’t actually have a choice. One way or another, the world is luckily full of happy people who keep on finding positive sides of life. But which people are generally the happiest on the planet and what are the reasons for that? Is it in their culture and mentality, or maybe the economy and politics are responsible for that situation, or it is just something in the water that makes them smile all the time? Here you can find a short list of the happiest people around the world and their recipe for enjoying lifestyle.

 

Norwegians

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Scandinavian countries are generally a good place for living and Norway holds the No. 1 spot when it comes to the general happiness of population. This is not a surprise because Norway is one of the most prosperous countries in the world, where every citizen has a proper job and health insurance. And even if you ever get stressed here – which is possible, but highly improbable – you can explore its amazing environment that includes fjords, glaciers, and mountains that will recharge you in no time. 

 

Jamaicans

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People from Jamaica are generally the coolest people you will ever come across in your life. It is almost impossible to see a true Jamaican who is not smiling all the time. If you have in mind that the typical Jamaican response to any request made is “no problem” you will be able to get a picture of their attitude towards life in general. And who would not be happy if they lived in a Caribbean paradise surrounded by beautiful beaches while listening to Bob Marley singing “Don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing gonna be alright”!

 

Dutch

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Netherland is the most liberal country in Europe that attracts people from all parts of the world who want to spend their life here. And who could blame them for having a wish to live in a country of tulips and windmills that decorate already beautiful environment of this amazing country. And that is not all, Netherland has a strong job market and great work-life balance which is very important for spending a night peacefully.

 

Panamanians

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It is said that happiness does not necessarily require money, and in most cases a man needs little to be happy and satisfied. That is why some of the world’s poorest countries are found to have the happiest people as well. Panama is not an exception, according to research made in 2014. Positive attitude is one of the rare things that don’t lack in Panama. The reason for such great levels of positivity perhaps can be found in recent growth in economy and living standards. Indeed, Panama has many things to offer: magnificent sea coast and amazing beaches, interesting culture and heritage and at the top of it all warm and polite people who don’t need much to be happy.

 

Guatemalans

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No matter that Guatemala is just 118th country in the world when it comes to nominal GDP per capita, which makes it almost the poorest country on Earth, this war torn country takes second place in case of positivity and happiness of its residents. This really is a proof that money cannot buy happiness and it looks like after the war people in Guatemala were given a hope of a better tomorrow which was more than enough to make their lives happier, more positive and fulfilled. Being alive and healthy with a few positive thoughts is what makes lives of thousands citizens in Guatemala.

 

Costa Ricans

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For some people this might come as a surprise, but Costa Rica takes the fourth place on positivity index and it’s no wonder because its citizens live by the saying ‘Pura vida’ or ‘Life is good.’ The fact that Costa Rica does not have an army says a lot about how warm and friendly are its citizens and how much they appreciate life, positivity, happiness and all the good things that come in life. Costa Rica has simply everything – beautiful sea coast, beaches to die for, untouched nature of rainforests and volcanoes throughout the whole country and much more. So, being friendly to everyone around you can in reality bring lots of positive feelings and energy which are actually crucial to the quality of your life.
 
There is much to be seen from all the countries listed above. The fact is that none of them is perfect and many face with some of the world’s biggest problems. However, their citizens are full of hope and that’s what makes them so positive and happy. Once again, these countries are not the wealthiest on Earth, but they are certainly the happiest, and in the end the number of smiles in life is going to be counted before everything else.

 

 

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