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Dreamland Beach Bali Favored By The Surfing Water Sports Enthusiasts

Dreamland Beach is a tourist place located south of Bali in the area called Pecatu. Dreamland beach surrounded by cliffs towering, rock and surrounded by a fairly large around the beach. This beach location is in the complex Pecatu Graha Bali (Kuta Golf Links Resort) which is about 30 minutes from Kuta beach.

Dreamland beach itself is almost similar to Kuta beach. White sand and a steep gully into the scene so compelling eyes to look at. Location of clean white sand on the narrow beach just below a steep rock walls suitable for enjoying the sunset or simply watch the surfers attractions. The waves are high and large great demand by fans of water sports surfing (surfing), even Dreamland has become a new kind of surf spots for the area of Bali.

Our streets again. Have you ever heard Dreamland beach in Bali.? I never asked you this time a trip to Dreamland Beach. Dreamland beach in the area called Pecatu. Still on the southern island of Bali. More precisely, a few miles before the Uluwatu Temple from Denpasar. Dreamland beach surrounded by cliffs towering, rock and surrounded by a fairly large around the beach. There was a video tape last one on the beach situation dreamland Bali is not natural as those who have been there. Pecatu area is now being built golf course and housing complex. The only way to dreamland beach is to go through these complex and now in the stage of large-scale development.

Pecatu population had lived as farmers and poor fishermen. Living in the hill that contains lime, making them truly livelihood from agriculture that can not be expected to result. Then came Pecatu Graha project, sponsored by Tommy Suharto (the program said the people Kalao ga salah sih) in the time before his father was still in power. The plan, Pecatu Graha will be made of a housing complex and other tourist attractions other than land used pantai.Walaupun Pecatu Graha project is a land of "coercion", but residents are hoping Pecatu completed projects, and they could pursue other business tourism sector. That's why land around the beach called Dreamland (dream land), and its beach called Dreamland Beach. But it eventually abandoned the project because the rulers at that time already stepped down. Uh, the truth of this story was just 99%, so do not believe this fake story he he he.

Happy Halloween!

Wishing you a SPOOKY and fun Halloween! Be safe!!

Lower Natural Beauty Coast Sea Manado Bunaken, North Sulawesi - Indonesia

Bunaken National Park is representative of Indonesian tropical water ecosystems of the mangrove ecosystems, seagrass, coral reefs, and land / coastal ecosystems. In the northern part of Bunaken, Manado Tua island, the island Montehage, Siladen island, the island Nain, Nain Kecil island, and some coastal areas of Cape Pisok. While in the Southern Cape coast includes some coconut.

Potential land islands national park is rich in species of palm, sago, woka, silar and coconut. Animal species that live on land and coastal regions such as Sulawesi black ape (Macaca nigra nigra), deer (Cervus timorensis russa), and possum (Ailurops ursinus ursinus). Plant species in the mangrove forests of Bunaken National Park Rhizophora sp., Sonneratia sp., Lumnitzera sp., And Bruguiera sp. The forest is rich in various kinds of crabs, shrimp, mollusks and various types of sea birds such as seagulls, storks, sea virgin, and Heron sea. Type of algae found in this national park include the type of Caulerpa sp., Halimeda sp., And Padina sp. Seagrass dominated Montehage especially on the island, and the island of Thalassia hemprichii Nain, Enhallus acoroides, and Thalassodendron ciliatum.

Recorded 13 genera of corals living in waters of Bunaken National Park, dominated by the edge of coral reef species and coral reef barrier. The most interesting is the vertical cliffs as far as 25-50 meters. Approximately 91 species of fish found in the waters of Bunaken National Park, including fish gusumi horse (Hippocampus horse), white oci (Seriola rivoliana), yellow tail lolosi (Lutjanus Kasmira), goropa (Pseudanthias Ephinephelus spilotoceps hypselosoma), ila trunk (Scolopsis bilineatus) , and others. Types of mollusks like giant clam (Tridacna gigas), the head of the goat (Cassis cornuta), hollow nautilus (Nautilus pompillius), and tunikates / ascidian. The best year to visit: May to August each year.

How to reach the location: Bunaken National Park can be achieved through the Port of Kuantan, Marina Nusantara Diving Center (NDC) in District Molas and Blue Banter Marina. From the Port of Kuantan by using a motor boat to the island can be taken Siladen + 20 minutes, the island of Bunaken + 30 minutes, the island Montehage + 50 minutes and +60 minutes Nain island. From Blue Banter Marina with a yacht that is available to the tourist area on Bunaken to within 10-15 minutes, while the port of NDC to dive sites at Bunaken island using speed boat to within + 20 minutes.

Appointed Minister of Forestry, Decree No. 730/Kpts-II/1991
area 89,065 hectares
Defined ---
Location of Minahasa regency and municipality
Manado, North Sulawesi Province
Air temperature 26 ° - 31 ° C
Rainfall from 2500 to 3500 mm / year
Elevation 0 to 800 meters above sea level
Salinity from 33 to 35 ° / OO
Brightness from 10 to 30 m
2.5 meter tidal
November s West season / d in February
East season March to October
The geographical position 1 ° 35 '- 1 ° 49' N, 124 ° 39 '- 124 ° 35' E

The Show Will Go On! Update on the Alameda Flea

Yesterday I posted about the Alameda Collectible & Antiques Faire aka Alameda Flea Market being canceled. Their website offered no details. They simply posted a banner with the following statement: Proceedings have been commenced for the voluntary dissolution of Antiques By The Bay, Inc. As a result the show scheduled for Nov 1, 2009 will not take place.

Since yesterday, it's been a whirlwind of emails, Tweets and phone calls between myself and vendors, dealers & bloggers. What a great network we have. If we want to get the word out, it spreads like wildfire. It appears as if Sunday's show will go on and hopefully continue into the future. Oh, thank heavens.

This very informative article in The Island confirms that this Sunday's flea market will be happening. Evidently there is a legal dispute among the partners who run the Antiques By the Bay corporation, but the President of the company, Allen Michaan, confirms to The Island that the vendors will indeed be setting up at Alameda Point on Sunday morning.

So, for all of you attending, set your clocks back an hour, sleep in a little longer, bring your warm coat, coffee and flashlight, and I'll see you out at the Point!

Want to Really Scare Your Trick-or-Treaters?

If gory-looking things upset you, look no further...

These spooky finger cookies were made by Jamilyn at Living it at Home. Jamilyn bakes them for her daughter's friends and they hesitate to eat them. But, she says they are quite yummy. Take one if you dare!!

Scary Finger Cookie Recipe

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 Egg
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 2/3 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup almonds, whole blanched (not sure what blanched means, I just bought "slivered" almonds for the nails)
1 tube red decorator gel
Preheat oven to 325

Cream the butter with powdered sugar. Mix in egg, and extracts until creamy. Sift and add the dry ingredients. Blend to make a soft dough. Wrap and refrigerate dough until it is easy to work with (about 15-20 minutes). Roll into a finger shape about 3" long and 1/2" thick (They will rise when baked so make them smaller than you'd like the finished finger to be). Place finger on lined cookie sheet. Using a butter knife, lightly press a flat nail bed shape at the end of the finger and cut 3 lines in the middle of the finger to form knuckles. Press lightly above and below knuckle to make finger more realistic (give it shape). Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 3-5 minutes. Put a bit of red gel in the nail bed and press the almond fingernails into the end of the finger.

*Arrange fingers on a nice platter, add some spiders to crawl over fingers.


photo & recipe from Living it at Home

Important Announcement re: Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire

For all of you that attend or sell at the Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire in Alameda, California, this news was just released today. "Proceedings have been commenced for the voluntary dissolution of Antiques By The Bay, Inc. As a result the show scheduled for Nov 1, 2009 will not take place."

I am not sure exactly what this means, but I just spoke with a monthly vendor and apparently the partners are in some sort of litigation. Will there be another Alameda Antiques Faire? None of us know. I feel so badly, as hundreds of people make a living from this show; the sellers, food stands, even the City of Alameda. And as a buyer, it is one of my best sources for antiques.

The Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire is Northern California's largest antiques and collectibles faire with over 800 booths and a growing attendance that recently topped out at over 10,000 customers. Let's hope this situation can be rectified soon.


UPDATE: Word has it that the show may be back on. Will keep you posted with any updates...sorry for the confusion...

photo from here

Hauntingly Haunted Hotels & Houses

Sacramento's Stanford House

We all love a good ghost story now and then, and what a better time than Halloween Week! CasaSugar posted a tour of some of the most famous haunted hotels and homes in the state of California. Here are a few of my favorites...don't be scared!!!

Hollywood's Hotel Roosevelt

"The Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood is said to house one very famous ghost — Montgomery Clift, who stayed in room 928 for three months while filming From Here to Eternity. Stories note that his ghost has been seen pacing the ninth floor, and maids have felt a cold presence brush by them or watch them."

Jean Harlow's Westwood Home

"Film legend Jean Harlow rented a Westwood home in the early '30s. After new owners moved in, their dogs would follow them through the house, growling and barking at something in the upstairs bedrooms. The woman who lived in the home also said that she heard someone whisper "Please help me" outside the master bedroom. The owners also reported hearing a woman sobbing, smelling phantom perfume, and experiencing other ghostly manifestations."

San Francisco's Queen Anne Hotel

"Built by Senator James Fair in 1889, the hotel is said to be delightfully and benignly haunted by the general's mistress, Mary Lake. Common occurrences include sightings of Mary Lake, unexplained cold spots, and clothes and belongings tidied and hung without explanation."

Bessie Love's Canyon in Laurel Canyon

"In the early 1900s, silent film star Bessie Love bought a beautiful little cabin in Laurel Canyon. While living there, she experienced a number of ghostly manifestations, including seeing a transparent man in a cowboy hat, hearing low moans, having doors open and shut themselves without explanation, and experiencing odd electrical problems and lights turning on and off by themselves. The house is said to still be haunted today."

I've never had a "ghost" or paranormal experience. Thank heavens...I'd probably freak out! Do you have a haunted house or ghost story you want to share?

photos/stories from

Tricks & Treats

To celebrate spooky Halloween week, I thought I'd post these haunting photos from the October issue of Harper’s Bazaar. They feature characters from filmmaker Tim Burton's past movies; The Night Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands & Beetlejuice -- the models bedecked in designer clothing and accessories.

The spread is called, "Magical Fashion" and the photos were shot by the talented Tim Walker.

The spread is in anticipation of Tim Burton's career retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art from November 22, 2009–April 26, 2010.

To see all of the photos, visit Harper's Bazaar. And, thanks Lisa Golightly for turning me on to this eerie and fabulous spread!

photos from Harper's Bazaar

Happy 100th Anniversary PALACE HOTEL!!

I think many of you know how much I love old hotels. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. I don't want to make this a lengthy history post, but wanted to share a few tidbits about this spectacular hotel, including some of my own fond memories.

photo of the Palace Hotel during the 1906 earthquake and fire

In December 1909, the Palace Hotel reopened, three years after the devastating San Francisco earthquake. More than 1000 people in fancy horse-drawn carriages and elegant autos, entered the Grand new hotel. One described it as a "fairyland of loveliness."

Early postcard-- exterior of the Palace Hotel

1923 - The Ballroom

The magnificent Grand Ballroom still exists with the same elaborate crystal chandeliers. Many of the daughters of the State's oldest families have made their debut with this beautiful ballroom as the setting.
Imagine these prices from 1922

Maxfield's in the Palace was named after the famous artist Maxfield Parrish who painted the iconic Pied Piper of Hamlin mural located in the adjacent Pied Piper Bar. Really beautiful to see in person.

Ahhh... the pièce de résistance... The Garden Court. I consider it the most elegant room in San Francisco. When you first walk into the hotel, you see the Garden Court and it takes your breath away. Magnificent marble columns and 700 pound chandeliers. The ceiling is crowned with an immense translucent skylight created with 25,000 individual panes of glass arranged in 692 geometric panels. Can you imagine?

I have some fond memories of the Palace. On a couple of very special occasions, my family went to their Sunday brunch. What a treat! Also, there were a few years we spoiled ourselves at their annual Christmas dinner buffet. What a magnificent setting!


The Palace Hotel is celebrating its 100 year anniversary with a very reasonably priced lunch menu and historic tour of the hotel. Lunch is served in the elegant Garden Court and runs $19.09 per person, as in 1909. This is available through December of 2009. Now, that's a great deal! You can get more info here.

High tea at the Garden Court - photo courtesy of The Tea Room

If any of you happen to go on the tour and for lunch, I'd love to hear about it!

Palace Hotel
New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, California, 94105-3402

all photos except for the last from the Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum, which I may add has a full history of the Palace Hotel

Who Says You Can't Judge a Book by its Cover?

Jennifer at the Peak of Chic has a wonderful series on her blog where she features people's favorite books. I was thrilled when she contacted me about featuring mine. She had an inkling that I'm drawn to books by their cover art. She's right!

I'm delighted to be featured in her blog post today. You can check it out here. Thanks so much Jennifer. I so appreciate it!

Behind the Scenes at PHB

Having an online shop is challenging, since you usually don't get to meet your customers face-to-face. I like to make each purchase extra-special & personalized by using pretty tissue, labels, ribbons, etc. You certainly wouldn't want to receive your package wrapped in newspaper!

Meet my assistant Dianna. Dianna has worked for Paris Hotel Boutique for 4 years now. Dianna is the gal behind the scenes who makes everything look pretty. And she's pretty cool too, but I'll get to that later...

Being surrounded by antiques sounds pretty glamorous. It's not. Our packing station is filled with ribbons and notions, but there are loads of boxes, packing peanuts, bubble wrap--you name it. Constantly a state of chaos. (not sharing those photos for sure).

Back to Dianna. She is a loyal, hard-working gal that I'm thrilled to work with. Not only does she help pack those pretty packages you receive, she's a multi-tasker and keeps things rolling along. Need ink refills? Dianna. Silver polished? Dianna. Post office runs? Dianna. You didn't actually think I did all of this myself, did you?

Dianna has an interesting background from working for Senator Dianne Feinstein & author, Danielle Steele, to being a mover and shaker in the music industry. Dianna manages one band and two artists. How does she balance being a Mom and having two jobs? Good question. I have trouble handling one job.

Dianna with Thriving Ivory at Alice Radio Station

You may have heard of Dianna's artists; Thriving Ivory, a piano-driven pop rock band that has topped the charts with their single, "Angels on the Moon." Rykarda Parasol plays "rock noir" that evokes moody atmospheres and gin-drenched romanticism. Elliot Randall, a country-rock troubadour, known for his unique songwriting.

D, thanks for being my savior for the last 4 years. Couldn't do it without you!

Latest Celebrity Scandal...

(Sent to me by a friend and had to share...giggle, giggle...)

"I was afraid something like this might happen! These temperamental Hollywood-types have very fragile egos! Poor little Vito was obviously disgruntled over not making the 'Romantic Homes' cover and now look... he's been 'moonlighting' and who could blame him!!!" Vito here...

Finally Batik official Recognized As World Cultural Heritage Indonesia by UNESCO

Good news for lovers and pengarajin batik. United Nations Education Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) set of batik as a form of cultural heritage objects rather than human or representative of UNESCO list of intengible cultural heritage of humanity.

The process of batik as the inauguration of the cultural heritage is not the thing took place on 28 September to 2 October in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Batik is recognized as a cultural heritage rather than the object that comes from the Indonesian nation. Batik is considered as a cultural icon that is unique as a symbol and tradition in a society with a profound philosophy, which includes the human life cycle proposed by Indonesia as a cultural heritage of humanity did not object. This is important, because it concerns that the batik regarded as the nation's cultural origin is recognized as Indonesia and the cultural representation of the object not of humanity.

In a summarizing assessment of batik, UNESCO asking questions such as whether batik generated down-down that comes from Indonesia. Also asked whether the government provide protection against Indonesia's batik. Is the government doing the safe guard of batik. The answer, the government has made a guide book and education about batik spread in schools. UNESCO was also asked whether Indonesia has a batik community, industry, users, culture and history. Based on UNESCO's evaluation of batik has been approved to be one not of cultural heritage objects of human heritage of UNESCO.

Ruffles... are you loving them or all ruffled out?

photo credit:

Have you noticed that ruffles are appearing everywhere? Shirts, dresses, shoes, jewelry, home decor...the list goes on. I must say, I'm fond of ruffles in moderation.

photo credit: ruffled bedding; Anthropologie

The bedding above is from Anthropologie. You like?

photo credit: left to right: dress; Anthropologie, cardigan; Anthropologie, brown ruffled jacket; Anthropologie, skirt; Anthropologie.

I actually purchased the grey cardigan above. It's fun to wear with jeans. I like wearing it over a black or white top and pinning it together with a large vintage brooch. Adds a little glamour and pizazz.

photo credit: left to right: scarf; Anthropologie, handbag; Urban Outfitters, glass and pearl necklace by Lanvin; Net-A-Porter, gloves; Anthropologie, pillow; Pier One Imports, boots; Anthropologie

Ruffles on gloves, pillows, handbags, boots. Is the trend going too far?

photo credit: With This Nest

There is always room for a ruffled cake, don't you think?

How do you feel about ruffles? For those of you who don't live in the US, are ruffled items a hot trend in your neck of the woods as well?