Miss Universe Facts!

California’55
 
Like Brazil and the States, Sweden was one of the world’s beauty pageant superpowers in the 50s and 60s. In 1955, this Nordic nation won the global title.
 
Long Beach ’58
 
Surprisingly, Dutch Guiana – present-day Suriname (South America) — was one of the 15 semi-finalists, but did not make the list of the five finalists.
 
Miami ’61
 
Miss Universe 1961 Marlene Schmidt was born in the former East Germany, but she moved to West Germany in search of political tranquility and new opportunities. She was the first and only German to win the international award.
 
America ’65
 
After winning the event, Aspara Hangsakula (Thailand) embarked on a world tour, making stops in the United States, Asia and Latin America. The dark-eyed girl is Thailand’s most famous beauty queen.
 
Florida ’66
 
Inspired by Hangsakula’s victory, Thailand’s representative Jeeranum Savettanum was second runner-up.

Miami ’71

Lebanon’s Miss Universe Georgina Rizk, a native of Beirut, was the one of the first Miss Universes to appear on a national postage stamp. She, who participated in Miss World, is about five feet seven inches tall (she is taller than Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco ), weights 121 pounds and measures 35-25-35. In addition to this, Miss Lebanon Universe speaks four foreign languages.

El Salvador ’75
 
One of the most famous archaeological treasures in Central America, the Tazumal pyramid, was selected by the Miss Universe Organization as the symbol of the 23rd Miss Universe 1975 in San Salvador (El Salvador).

Acapulco ’78
 
Dewi Sukarno, former first Lady of Indonesia, was one of the international judges, along with Mario Moreno Cantinflas (Mexico’s actor), Ursula Andress (Sweden’s actress) and other famous celebrities. Dewi was the wife of former dictator Achmed Sukarno, one of the most brutal rulers in the 20th century.

Perth ’79

In the face of international sanctions, Bophuthatswana, it was not recognized by the United Nations and Washington, sent a representative to Australia, site of the beauty contest. Unfortunately, Bophuthatswana’s delegate, Alina Moeketse,a black girl, did not make the list of the 12 semi-finalists. Like Transkei, Venda, and Ciskei, Bophuthatswana was founded by the former South African apartheid regime.

Perth’79 & Paradise Island’09
 
Venezuela is often seen as a model for Miss Universe Pageant on Earth. In 1979, Venezuela’s representative Maritza Sayalero was elected MU in Oceania. In August 2009, this rich-oil country was the first country to win back-to-back Miss Universe finals. Between 1979 to 2009, the Latin nation has won six global crowns: Australia’79, New York’ 81, Panama ’86, Las Vegas ’96, Vietnam’08 & Paradise Island ’09.

New York City ’81
 
Venezuela’s Irene Saez Conde, 18-year-old, did not learn English until that she won the Miss Universe award in the United States in July 1981.During her reign, under the watchful eye of her professor, Joseph Nassif, she learned to speak English very well.

Panama City ’86
 
Miss Denmark, Helena Christensen, who had received little mention in the Panamanian press,  did not even make the semi-finals of Miss Universe Panama ’86, but seven years later she, who is half Peruvian, became one of the world’s top super-models in the 90s, alongside names like Cindy Crawford, Tyra Banks, and Naomi Campbell.
 
Taipei’88

Four beauty queens from Asia -Thailand (Porntip Nakhirunkanok), South Korea (Yunjung Chang), Japan (Mizuho Sakaguchi), & Hong Kong (Pauline Yeung) — were among the top five finalists. In this edition, Miss Thailand was crowned Miss Universe 1988. Apart from winning the universal trophy, she also won the “Best national Costume”. In Taiwan, Nakhirunkanok ended Latin America’s three year domination of international pageant. The three past events had been won by Deborah Carthy-Deu (Puerto Rico/1985), Barbara Palacios (Venezuela/1986) and Cecilia Bolocco (Chile/1987). Mexico’s Amanda Olivares was the only one to challenge the Asian supremacy: She finished third in the global contest.

Cancun’89

After falling from the Miss World Pageant in Spain/ UK, Angela Visser, Miss Holland, became Miss Universe in Cancun. According to experts on Miss Universe, the blue-eyed woman, an ex fashion model from Rotterdam, was one of the most beautiful beauty queens of the Twentieth century.

Las Vegas ’91
 
Ireland’s representative Siobhan McClaferty, 20-year-old hostess, did not make the list of the 10 semi-finalists, but won the Miss Photogenic award. Miss Ireland Universe, a blue-eyed girl, finished 19th (swimsuit: 8.08 points/ interview: 8.88/ evening gown: 8.44) in the international contest in Nevada. Curiously, she came close to winning the 1990 Miss World — MU’s rival – in the United Kingdom.

Bangkok ’92
 
Suriname – the only Dutch-speaking republic in the Americas – finished in the last place: 78th.

From Thailand’92 to Manila’94
 
By 1994, Miss Colombia placed second for the third consecutive year. Unfortunately, the South American country has not won a MU trophy in 51 years!

Las Vegas ’96

In the preliminaries, Miss India had the highest score in the interviews: 9.48 points, ahead of Venezuela (9.43), USA (9.37), Peru (9.36), Chile (9.28), El Salvador (9.26), Trinidad & Tobago (9.23) and Norway (9.19). India’s contestant Sandhya Chib made the top ten , but was not one of the finalists.

Trinidad Tobago’99

The African republic of Bostwana – an obscure country that had never won a beauty contest- earned the global competition in the Caribbean. It was the first time since Namibia (1992) that an obscure nation had won the prize.

Los Angeles ’06

This year Puerto Rico won its fourth Miss Universe award after finishing second in the 2005 Miss Universe in Bangkok, Thailand. There were a number of celebrations in the island, after Zuleyka Rivera won the universal title in North America.

Paradise Island ’09

According to MU experts, Miss France, Chloe Mortaud, was the pre-pageant favorite to win the MU title in The Bahamas, ahead of Rachael Anne Finch (Australia), Ada Aimèe de la Cruz (Dominican Republic), Iveta Lutokska (Czech Republic) and China (Wang Jungyao). Surprisingly, she, a dual French-American citizen, did not make the top 5, and finished sixth. France’s Mortaud was the first black  to be named favorite since Vanessa Mendoza, Miss Colombia, in 2002.

Route Across Asia

You know, sometimes I can read your mind. If I tell you to get on a trip from St. Petersburg in Russia across the whole Asia and ending up in Bali, I am sure you are thinking: “I want to get on this trip”. So here it is a few words of what this amazing offer is about and maybe I tempt you to discover more about this route across Asia!

Many times we have heard about the train that runs across Russia into Mongolia. The Trans Siberian. I have personally never taken this experience but anytime I hear about it there is something that shakes in my stomach. Even if it is just a train, the whole story about crossing Siberia sounds by itself like an adventure.

Get your flights to Europe, take a connection to St. Petersburg, and you are at the edge of beginning the route across Asia, probably the dream trip of your life. You will run across the vast Russian landscapes in a guided tour offered by an adventure travel company, entering then Mongolia with the enormous impact between Western and Eastern cultures. Visiting many cities in Mongolia, including its capital, you will continue your journey into China, Beijing, the Great Wall, down into central cities and towns, back to the business world across Hong Kong, and then turning left to explore the countries of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. After exploring these amazing cultures into real paradise, the trip will follow down to Malaysia, crossing and visiting the state of Singapore and finally entering Indonesia to end at the eastern part of it, in Bali.

The way this company prepares this trips in in a group of between 1 and 16 persons, with an expert guide for each country, and using several means of transport, many times local transport in order to make you feel the real life of these lands. No luxury should be expected, but if you love to be in deep contact with other cultures and experience life in it’s primitive sense, then this trip is for you. Staying at local guest-houses and cottages will be normal, although some good quality hotels have been included in the route. Some meals will be included with the price, which is probably the most astonishing feature of the trip. You could get all this for only 5000 Euros (US$7750).

Having experience in this market, I must lower my head and admire with respect these great guys who are able to place a guided 103 days adventure for this price. The only thing I can say is that I won’t miss this trip, and tell you guys that if you have the money and the time to do it, don’t think it twice. It “has” to be good, just because of how it looks when you draw the lines in the map!

Best Couples Spa Packages in Asia for 2016

It is such bliss to enjoy more than your ordinary holiday, to take it to the next step and experience a truly relaxing time that you know you have earned. What’s more, to enjoy it with the person who means the world to you – the other half of you that equally deserves a great vacation – is absolutely amazing…

And that’s one of the things Sri Lanka is renowned for providing- couples spa vacations in the gorgeous island are just divine. They are sought after among the wellness packages in Asia, the continent that is known for its traditional healing therapies handed down from generation to generation, using natural ingredients and remedies that give its seekers, wholesome restorative properties.

One place where you are sure to be able to indulge in a wonderful couples’ spa package in Sri Lanka is at Saman Villas a picturesque location by the sea in the South West of the island. A truly heart-warming experience at an idyllic location perched atop an outcrop overlooking the beautifully blue Indian Ocean. There is no better place to rest and breathe in the fresh sea air and retreat into a haven of natural tranquility with your loved one. Enjoy each other’s company as you let yourself be pampered, revived and prepped to meet the demands of daily life.

Wake up to yoga sessions that cleanse the mind each day and then participate in meditation sessions together with your loved one. After a healthy breakfast prepared using only the best and freshest produce, sign up for a couples’ spa treatment that is unparalleled. Detox your body, exfoliate your skin and rub your cares away. Professional hands will guide you down a path of revival while the natural, traditional and authentic wraps and treatments will offer you a new lease of life.

And you don’t have to accept all this at face value… talk to the spa professionals at Saman Villas and reach a consensus on what’s best for the health of you and your better half. Choose a wellness package that suits both of you.

In the evenings, work up a sweat at the gym together and then enjoy a herbal drink as you put your feet up. And then, when you’re nice and rested, opt for a quiet sightseeing tour of the Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and many other tourist destinations not far from the hotel that are sure to enthrall you. Whatever your need, the staff at Saman Villas is ready to make it happen…

Sri Lanka is a popular destination for sun, sand and surf, but is now increasingly becoming known for its superb wellness holidays as well. What a great place to enjoy your vacation with your sweetheart or spouse; it is guaranteed that you will have an unforgettable time. And it is indeed a bonus that you will both come out of it, relaxed, rested and ready for life! Many claim to offer their guests a taste of paradise, but you won’t know what you’re missing out on, until you’ve stepped onto the gorgeous shores of the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.