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Thailand for honeymoon?

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Thailand is one of the most beautiful country in southeast asia. Southeast Asian countries are known for their very rich and colorful cultures. If I were to ask what country in asia I would be excited to visit, It will be Thailand. I’m a big fan of thai movies so I’ve seen a lot of their tourist spots endorsed in the movies.

For newly wed couples, Thailand is one of best honeymoon spots around asia. I’ve never been there so I can’t give as much information as I would like to. I was looking for the best topic to endorse Thailand’s beauty and a honeymoon spot is the best that I come up with. Through google, I found this site that contains fresh and unbiased hotel reviews, Thailand Honeymoon Reviews, Itineraries and Information, tips for couples that is travelling to Thailand and other useful stuffs. The site also contains information about the  resorts, beaches or hotels that has an ongoing promotions that can give you a big discount for your limited budget. It has the list of top attractions, latest news and a sneekpeek in their language. Helpful english words that you would like to interpret in thai and a link to website that will give you more advance lesson in their language.

Image from google.

One of the most famous tourist spot in Thailand is the Samui Island. It is very popular among other foreign countries because of the tropical weather. In the northern part of the island, the famous Big Buddha that was built last 1972 can be found and visited there. If you would like to visit and enjoy this amazing place, it is best to search for a good resort that will give you the full experience you’re looking for. Koh Samui Luxury Resorts reviews will give you a complete top 20 list of the best resorts around Samui.

I’m a Filipino. I love my country and the countries around it. Let’s embrace and learn the culture of the Southeast Asian countries. 🙂

Visit: http://www.thailandhoneymoon.info/ for more info.

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Meaning of Tax and Taxation

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Taxes

— The enforced proportional contributions from persons and property, level by the state for virtue of its sovereignty for the support of the government and for all public needs. (Meaning according to Cooley)

— The compulsory contributions to support the state.

— Lifeblood of a government.

Taxation

— The supreme power of a sovereign state to impose burdens or charges upon persons, property or property rights for public purpose.

— Power vested upon the legislature for the purpose of raising revenues to finance government expenditures and for the general welfare and protection of its citizens.

— Method of apportioning the cost of government among those who in some measure are privileged to enjoy its benefits and must therefore, bear its burden. (Cooley, Law of Taxation)

 

Amanpulo in Palawan

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Amanpulo is an escape from the markings of mankind and is a dive into island life where nature has been unashamedly boastful. The island is secluded, being private, and offers a variety of sea, sand and tropical island-retreat–pleasures, in exclusive comfort and in traditionally styled accommodation. Amanpulo or, 

‘peaceful island’, honours its island host, respecting the natural elements with a profoundly ‘South Seas’ interpretation. The 40 Beach, Hillside and Treetop Casitas are modelled on authentic bahay kubo dwellings, each with its own golf cart for island exploration.

This romantically remote island caters for those who wish to ‘hammock’ and beach comb their days in paradise, and for those who 

seek an active agenda, involving a myriad of maritime adventures as well as tennis, a high-tec air-conditioned gym, and taking languid lengths in the resort’s 30m serene pool. The open-air Garden and Beach Salas are discreetly secluded for pleasurable holistic body treatments.    

Source :  http://www.amanresorts.com/amanpulo/resort.aspx

I was really amazed when I saw the pictures of this island resort. A family friend introduced this site and place to me. Beautiful isn’t it?

THE EARLY FILIPINOS

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The Philippines, scientists believe, once was a part of Mainland China. According to the scientists, during the Ice Age, the waters surrounding the Philippines dropped to about 156 feet below the present levels, exposing large bodies of land. These became land bridges connecting the Philippines to the Asian mainland.

The Philippines, Out from the Bottom of the Sea?

In February 1976, Dr. Fritjof Voss, a German scientist who studied the geology of the Philippines, questioned the validity of this theory of land bridges. He maintained that the Philippines was never part of mainland Asia. He claimed that it arose from the bottom of the sea and, as the thin Pacific crust moved below it, continued to rise. It continues to rise today. The country lies along great Earth faults that extend to deep undersea trenches. The resulting violent earthquakes caused what is now the land masses forming the Philippines to rise to the surface of the sea.

Dr. Voss also pointed out that when scientific studies were done on the earth’s crust from 1964 to 1967, it was discovered that the 35-kilometer-thick crust underneath China does not reach the Philippines. Thus, the latter could not have been a land bridge to the Asian mainland.

When They Came, How They Came?

The traditional teaching of Philippine history in Filipino schools today has early Philippine habitants coming in waves.

In 1962, it was concluded that about 250,000 years ago, primitive men came to the Philippines from the Asian mainland. Then about 25,000 years ago came the pygmies, the small, black-skinned, squat-nosed, thick-lipped, and kinky-haired people from the south over the still remaining land bridges. (They are considered the ancestors of the Negritoes, who are, in turn, regarded as the aborigines of the Philippines.)

Around 12,000 to 15,000 years ago, another Negrito (or Aeta) migration occurred. They reached Luzon from Borneo over land bridges in Palawan and Mindoro. The submergence of the land bridges when the ice melted with the passing of time did not prevent other people from inhabiting the Philippines.

5,000 to 6,000 Years Ago?

The first Indonesians arrived by boat from Southeast Asia some 5,000 to 6,000 years ago. Much later, around 1500 B.C., a second wave of Indonesians arrived. Then came the Malays in two successive waves, the first between 800 and 500 B.C. and the second, between 300 and 200 B.C. From Borneo, they traveled by sailboats and settled in the three major islands of the Philippines: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Subsequent peoples who came from the start of Christianity until the present time include the Indians (Hindus), the Arabs, the Chinese, other Eastern Asians, the Europeans, and the Americans.

Who Came First?

The matter of who the first settlers were has not been really resolved. This is being disputed by anthropologists, as well as the theory of Professor H. Otley Beyer that the first inhabitants of the Philippines came from the Malay Peninsula.

The Malays now constitute the largest portion of the populace and what Filipinos now have is a Malayan culture. Anthropologist F. Landa Jocano of the University of the Philippines contends that what fossil evidence of ancient men show is that they not only migrated to the Philippines, but also to New Guinea, Borneo, and Australia. He says that there is no way of determining if they were Negritoes at all. However, what is sure is that there is evidence the Philippines was inhabited as early as 21,000 or 22,000 years ago. In 1962, a skull cap and a portion of a jaw, presumed to be those of a human being, were found in a Tabon cave in Palawan Province.

The discovery proved that man came earlier to the Philippines than to the Malay Peninsula; therefore, the first inhabitants of the former did not come from the latter.

Jocano further believes that present Filipinos are products of the long process of evolutions and movements of people. This not only holds true for Filipinos, but for the Indonesians and the Malays of Malaysia, as well. No group among the three is culturally or racially dominant. Hence, Jocano says that it is not correct to attribute the Filipino culture as being Malay in orientation.

According to Jocano’s findings, the peoples of the prehistoric islands of Southeast Asia were of the same population as the combination of human evolution that occurred in the islands of Southeast Asia about 1.9 million years ago. The proofs of this are fossil materials found in different parts of the region and the movements of other peoples from the Asian mainland during historic times.

He states that these ancient men cannot be categorized under any of the historically identified ethnic groups (Malays, Indonesians, Filipinos) of today.

Some Filipino ethnic groups were pagans while others were Muslims. The pagans were converted to Christianity by the Spaniards. The Americans later arrived and introduced further cultural changes, which made the Filipinos more and more different from the peoples of other Southeast Asian countries.

Travel to Philippines

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Philippines is one of the best vacation spot in Asia. It offers a lot of natural resources and magnificent places to visit. It is a large archipelago full of hidden beauty.

One of the famous tourist spots here in the Philippines is the Tubbataha Reefs.

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is home to some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world. Rising from the volcanic depths of the Sulu Sea in the western Philippines, these magnificent atolls encompass an astonishing diversity of marine life.

The park is an underwater sanctuary where nature can thrive. Tubbataha is the Philippines’ only marine natural Park and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a place of global importance, being preserved for generations to come.

Amazing right? That’s paradise underwater.

So why don’t you just start packing up your things. Prepare your luggage and buy different travel accessories for a once in a life time vacation!! I recommend that you visit the Philippines famous Tubbataha Reefs. I also recommend this Luggage Store to buy for a new designer luggage needed for your vacation.  You can buy cheap and affordable luggage bags there. The shipping is free on orders over $99 within the  United States. You can also select various ways to order and pay!

Here is the screenshot of this site that offers travel accessories, luggage bags and other goods needed for your ultimate vacation.

Update to 7 New Wonders of Nature

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As of now.. ( june 10,2008 )

The Philippines Tubbataha Reefs is in the 2nd place.
Chocolate Hills in the 4th place.
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in the 6th place.
and Mayon Volcano in the 9th place.

The top 7 of the 7 New Wonders are all from Asia. This proves that Asia is really rich and equipped with a lot of biological resources.

Go Asia! Go Philippines!

Live Ranking here.

Philippine Photos here.