Five Beautiful and Unique Dining Places in the World

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant

Ithaa, which means mother-of-pearl in Dhivehi, is the very first undersea restaurant in the world. Set five metres below the surface with 180-degrees of panoramic views of the vibrant coral gardens surrounding it, Ithaa serves contemporary European cuisine in a six-course set dinner menu matched by a wine concept dedicated to Champagne.

Ithaa’s entrance is a spiral staircase in a thatched pavilion at the end of a jetty. The tsunami which followed the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake topped at 0.31 metres (1 ft 0 in) below the staircase entrance, and caused no damage to the restaurant. [Link]

 

Dining at Water, Tahiti Islands

Dining at water in Tahiti Islands

Dining in the water is perhaps the best way to relax and to clear your mind while you enjoy your meal. This experience is a part of an excursion of a local tour (Haumana Cruises), usually for half day adventure that includes snorkeling, swimming, sightseeing of the island and a full lunch on a lagoon. [Link]

 

Labassin Waterfall Restaurant in San Pablo, Philippines

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Located at the Villa Escudero Resort in the Philippines, The Labassin Waterfall Restaurant offers a unique and memorable dining experience where guests get to enjoy lunch while the water flows under their feet.

One can enjoy the authentic local cuisine and feel the serenity of the almost untouched nature around the area which was once for farm and coconut plantations. [Link]

 

Gajumaru Okinawa Restaurant, Japan

Gajumaru Okinawa Restaurant

Located on Highway 58, in Onoyama Park in the South of Japan, recently named Gajumaru sits perfectly on the top of a massive reproduction of a Gajumaru tree (like a Banyan tree) made of concrete.

Gajumaru is 20 feet above the ground and using the spiral stairs or the lift inside the trunk, once you’re top and in the restaurant, you’ll have a beautiful view of the harbor between the branches of this huge tree.

Having a tranquil, elegant and romantic ambience, Gajumaru attracts more couples than families with kids, where you be served the best Japanese – Thai – Korean – Indian and Chinese cuisine in Okinawa. [Link]

 

The Redwood Treehouse, New Zealand

Redwood Treehouse

An amazing pod-shaped structure built ten metres high in a Redwood tree near Warkworth, north of Auckland, the Redwoods Treehouse was commissioned as part of a marketing campaign in 2008.

Redwoods Treehouse is a versatile space as a corporate venue for private functions and events. The pod itself holds 30 guests either at seated tables or casual stand up. Their ‘Fork and Bowl’ menu is ideal for any stand-up function – a substantial finger food selection menu and a canapé with stand-up buffet menu.

However, the Redwoods Treehouse no longer operates as a restaurant and is not open to the general public. The venue currently operates for private functions for 30 people and is not available for individual bookings or for casual dining. [Link]

Google Chromecast, Why You Need It

Chromecast
Just a day ago, Google unveiled Chromecast, a dongle-like device that streams your internet media from your smartphones and tablets to a HDTV. Now the big hoo-ha is not so much of the technology, but rather for the price tag of the device. I must say, it’s pretty hard to ignore it when it is priced at $35 (approx. RM105).

Simply by plugging Chromecast into any HDTV, connect it to WiFi, you can immediately send videos and more from your smartphone, tablet or laptop to your TV with the press of a button.

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For those who have got a HDTV at home, you may want to consider getting Chromecast. The fact that it is at such affordable price, you should consider getting one even if you’ve already got a Smart TV at home simply for two reasons, Typing and Control.

While most Smart TV comes with a remote control, you’ll still need to have good finger maneuvering skill with the remote just to get your favourite YouTube video running. Keying is search with the arrow keys with one letter at a time is not exactly very smart. Even if you have a Samsung Smart TV with Smart Motion control (hand-gesture control), waving your arms around in the air trying to key in your search, again with one letter at a time doesn’t make you look any smarter too.

But if you’ve got Chromecast, you can simply search and run your favourite YouTube video from your smartphone or tablet and then switch it over to your HDTV. Is there any other reason why you shouldn’t be getting one? I’ll probably be getting one when it is made available here in Malaysia.

Chromecast Plug-in
Chromecast is compatible with all WiFi-enabled Android 2.3+ smartphones and tablets; iOS 6.0+ iPhones, iPads, and iPods; Chrome for Mac® and Chrome for Windows®; and Chromebook Pixel.

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