Cruising Asia is a True Delight

A cruise is a voyage of discovery, an experience of cultural extravaganza of various civilizations. Cruising can reveal the biggest continents with the lengthiest coastlines and the highest mountains of the world.

To explore the true majesty of our world and its magnificent past, to experience the agnanimity of its religions and its peoples, embark on a cruise [http://www.acruisetrip.com]. You will never ever forget the experience.

Of all the cruises that I have been on, I liked the Asia cruise because it takes you to Singapore and Hong Kong. It was definitely worth a look. The temples in Thailand , the temples of India, or the peaceful eyes of Buddha, redefine spiritual faith of the believers and non-believers. Native women display graceful dance forms of India , the Japanese tea ceremony and the Chinese theatre. All of these wonders have enormous cultural significance that are and integral part of the region’s tradition. It is a pleasure to be a spectator of such enormous cultural and traditional environment intermingles with every walk of life, so alike to each other yet so very regional in its own right.

The Asia cruise takes the traveler along the Malaysian, Vietnamese and the Thai seas. Splurge on pretty gifts from the fabulous shopping arcades of Singapore and Hong Kong . Take time to spoil yourself in Dubai. Be a part of a once in a lifetime shopping experience with discounts and promotional offers like you have never seen. Come to Bollywood, know what family entertainmentcan be found and enjoyed by watching a Hindi film.

Your Asia cruise can be a channel and opportunity to explore the cultures and land masses with their own unique spirit and expression. You can go on an Asia cruise to suit your own needs
whether it is Far East or the southern pacific. Every cruise has its mystique and its own story to unfold.

After you have chosen your cruise, you should expect elegance and no gimmicks. You can enjoy your vacation at your own pace as if you were still at home but better. If you like solitary
experiences then you can jog unmolested, swim a lap in warm pools or read a great book. You should, however, take part in some of the free activities. Join the exercise classes, get a soothing massage, and enjoy a relaxing sauna.

Some cruises offer aerial sightseeing, white water rafting, and hikes amongst other things. You can find spas, health clubs and even wedding chapels on your cruise ship.Children have special play areas or centers with lots of fun and entertainment. The cruise agency often invite at least one guest speaker to share their experiences about the region you are traveling through giving you funny and sometimes curious insights. Most of the cruise staff provides excellent service and all guests get first class attention.

The dedicated staff looks after you very well and is there at your beckoned call. You can find the vital information you need from the staff and other places on board about where to find souvenirs, to shop for local handicrafts, or nice restaurants that are sure to delight and amaze you.

Asian cruises have exotic entertainment billings that showcase authentic entertainment and special theme events, hilarious comedies, and regional musicals. The exquisite dance perrformances will most assuredly leave you spell bound.

Spellbound and mesmerized will be the mood for you when your cruise journey ends. Surely, you and the ones you love will benefit in more ways than one from a trip of this magnitude.

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Top Three Markets Of South East Asia

The mood seems to be quite upbeat for ASEAN capital markets and investing in South East Asian ETFs (a visible trend of the past year) will rise further in all likelihood. The region which will inhabit more than 300 million middle class families by 2015 is attracting a fair amount of foreign investments through institutionalised channels and interestingly through the broader options. Foreign Investors including Americans vested in South East Asia markets are now looking beyond exclusive Singapore ETFs and towards wide spectrum products that are centric on fast emerging markets like Indonesia, Malaysia and even frontier nations like Cambodia which has posted one of the strongest economic growth figures for 2012.

This side of Asia has remained indeed very strong even during the Global economic crisis. European distress and despair in terms of its overall economy still continues to top the news and even in the United States unemployment figures remain significantly high. China too, may remain slower for all current year’s quarters amidst weak exports and low investments in the country and a testimony to that is World Bank degrading China’s growth rate by 2 %. South East Asian economies and their consolidated returns on the other hand may outperform with higher growth rates than Brazil, China, India or even Russia in the coming fiscal year.

A cross border trading platform and aggressive M & A activity will go a long way in stirring investor’s interest. Good corporate governance ensures strong fundamentals and the players of the ASEAN community seem robust. Indonesia and Malaysia, both should very well suffice their real growth outlook of +6% for the current year. The newest country of the region, Myanmar along with Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam is poised to display highest growth rates in Asia, which will reflect profitably on their most active trading partners like Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Business Activity of the area is well represented by a united body called ASEAN – The Association of South East Asian nations. It comprises of 10 nations namely – Indonesia, Laos, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines and the majority of economic activity is concentrated in four of these nations – Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. According to International monetary fund (IMF) the GDP growth rate for Malaysia is expected to be 4.7% for the year 2013, Indonesia is expected to grow at the rate of 6.3% in 2013 and for the same year Thailand and Singapore’s growth level is predicted to be 7.5% and 3.5%. In fact this entire region has a strong upward future GDP growth rate.

Investors, who have experienced nothing but a perpetual gloom form the Euro Zone and American exchanges may mull a focus on to other emerging economies in Asia especially the ones that form the ASEAN League where a better growth forecast in the near term is thriving on increasing domestic consumptions and demands backed by good governance of the policy makers.

Buying into ASEAN 40 Index ETFs is encouraged on the pretext of their immunity to the western crisis, and United States on the road to its recovery has added more favorable conditions. In order to avoid certain risks like market volatility, geopolitical and liquidity problems; an ETF approach seems the right way to go. This is due to its basket methodology and overall flexibility when it comes to trading. Invest in Southeast Asia tracking the performance of the FTSE ASEAN 40 index encompasses the largest and the most liquid companies of the five vital nations of the said region (Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore). These funds that normally charge an expense fee up to 65 basis points annually also benefit their participants in form a dividend yield along with high annual value growths.

A Visit to Rebel – Held Area in Asia

We started our journey towards Kilinochchi and reached the Omanthai Military Check Point, the Northernmost Frontier of the Sri Lanka Army in the mainland and stopped for clearance.

Dr. Jayalath Jayawardene spoke to the Military Officials and we were cleared after a few procedures and set on our journey towards North. In a few minutes’ time by passing the No Man Zone, we reached the LTTE Check Point. I spoke to an LTTE member who questioned me about our mission. I explained our mission and introduced the German team and others there. I told we had already informed the Political wing of the LTTE about our mission.

They were highly concerned about our mission as we were about to visit the Mulaitivu region which is an LTTE stronghold. The German Television crew had come with satellite equipment for direct transmission of disaster immediately from the spot. We thought whether we would be facing any difficulties because of the security issues. But we had been cleared and were on our way to Kilinochchi.

While we were traveling we found both sides of the highway were a blend of dense forests and the paddy lands created a lot of excitement within me. Peacocks were everywhere, busily foraging in the paddy lands.

After two hours of our journey we reached Murukandy, a stopover for passengers where a small Hindu temple is found. It has become a tradition for passengers to stop there and worship the God, which was enshrined in that small temple especially if they were Hindus. Others too used to stop there as a pastime and buy a variety of foodstuff available there. We too stopped for a while but not very long, as we were already late according to our schedule to reach Kilinochchi. We had to arrange accommodation for more than twenty-five persons. I was highly worried as there were fifteen German nationals, and they would expect reasonable accommodation for the night. When we reached Kilinochchi it was early night.

We went to meet LTTE’s media spokesman who was coordinating our mission in the LTTE-controlled areas. He was startled at the number of people on our mission. He asked his subordinates to look around for places to accommodate us. Visiting NGO members and the media people had already occupied the available places. We were stalled for a couple of hours.

The German T.V. crew and the German Praktikum (Internship) students were in their vans for hours and it was sad to see their situation. Some of the youths who came with us from a local T.V. channel started to scold me, as I was the coordinator in those areas. But I had to pacify them saying after all it’s a relief mission, and we were prepared to bear the hardships.

Some how or other the LTTE’s Political Wing found accommodation and I had to take some of the German students to the lodgings, which had been arranged for them. My responsibility had been narrowed down. The German Television crew had also been assigned a place.

Some of the students were asking whether their rooms were equipped with mosquito nets. I had to find rooms with mosquito nets for them. But one room with nets, I had to reserve for a Sinhalese couple as promised. I had taken some extra care that they should not feel that they had been discriminated in a Tamil area. I had told the students I had to keep that room for the couple. All the students got rooms with mosquito nets in that complex except two students. Then I went to the LTTE’s Political Wing office to check what was happening there.

AGSEP’s Director Dietmar Doering said he would be staying where the female students and some of the AGSEP staff were staying for their safety and went with them. The young Sinhalese couple got a room at the LTTE’s Political Wing office. The incident might be as surprising as an Israelit couple taking night shelter at the office of the Palestinian rebels.

I returned to one of the lodgings, where the students were staying and got into the room, which had a mosquito net, which became available, as the couple had found room at the Political Wing. I was a little worried staying in my room because of my German friends. Would they have any misgivings about me? So, I knocked at their room doors, but got no response from them.

The exhausting day-long journey had overcome them with deep slumber.