Hiba Tawaji is a well-known professional Lebanese artist. She surfaced as a professional singer and actress after her collaboration with prominent producer and composer Oussama Rahbani back in 2007. Hiba Michel Tawaj was born on December 10, 1987, in Achrafieh, Beirut, and grew up in the Elissar, Matn District, Lebanon.
Hiba Tawaji’s Repertoire
She has in her repertoire 3 albums and 4 musicals all of them produced, directed or adapted by Rahbanis. Tawaji is widely known for her strong and distinguished feminine vocal skills. She sings in Arabic, English and French and has adopted several styles from oriental and opera to pop, funk and jazz. She is also a coloratura soprano with a four octave vocal rang. She also showcased her acting skills during an acclaimed musical play in 2011 “Don Quixote,” by Marwan, Ghadi and Oussama Rahbani.
At The Voice
Hiba Tawaji just blew everyone away at France’s The Voice. She started off singing Michel Legrand’s “Les Moulins De Mon Coeur” before going into her own Lebanese version of the song “La Bidayi Wala Nihayi” prompting all four judges to turn for her.
Hiba then continued singing effortlessly before ending her performance with a high note that got all 4 judges to give her a standing ovation, as well as have the audience attending the taping rise to their feet to applause her.
Honeymoon – It’s that time of your life when you are pumped full of love and to visit a place truly blessed by the cupid is all you need for a perfect post-wedding-cum-romantic getaway! While some newlyweds like the hustle-bustle of the crowd, others prefer a cosy silent place meant just for them and India with its huge diversity caters well to those diverse needs! From breathtakingly beautiful places that can make you fall in love even on your tenth honeymoon to the isolated peace bathed areas where you rejoice with your soul mate in silence, India offers a wide ranging options and you won’t be disappointed.
So, sit back with your better half as we tell you about some honeymoon destinations that will ignite the spark:
Be it winters or summers, Goa is a place you can visit anytime of the year! Watching the sun dip into the ocean while holding hands with your loved, the reassuring hug after a thrilling experience at water sports or the lingering touch as you talk a walk beside the ocean under the stars are some moments that will make for a perfect honeymoon! Goa has it all – from its unique blend of Indo-Portuguese architectural magnificence to the absolutely awesome sun-kissed beaches, come here to experience true bliss!
Agra, situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh is home to the Seventh Wonder of the World and the most exquisite symbol of love- The Taj Mahal. The city is adorned with architectural marvels of the Mughal era, each one impeccably beautiful. A romantic candlelit dinner while overlooking the glistening white Taj Mahal under the moonlight is all you need to make that everlasting promise of love and begin your new life.
Also known as the “The City of Lakes” or “The Venice of East”, Udaipur is standing with arms wide open for you lovebirds! You’ll be blown away by the hypnotising beauty and charm of the royal palaces as you tread those paths with your queen/king. City Palace, Lake Palace, Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar, Gulab Bagh are some places that are major tourist attractions especially during the honeymoon season!
The Lakshadweep islands are situated far off the south western coast of India. The islands provide the much needed isolation from the hustle-bustle of daily routine life. The island consists of exotic, jaw-dropping beautiful beaches that will leave you and your loved one absolutely mesmerised. What’s more? You could witness ethereal beauty of oceanic life while deep sea diving! Hear, hear all you adventure lovers! Here, at Lakshadweep Islands you can experience nature at its best and celebrate this new beginning of your life. Kavratti, Minicoy, Agatti, Kadmat and Bangram are some places you should checkout while you’re here!
Kerala or God’s own country is one of the top honeymoon places in India. The state is equipped with sunny beaches like the Kovalam’s beach, hilly regions of Munnar and Wayanad and the most famous backwaters of Kerala! Yes well, here is where you get a full package of natural beauty as you make your way with your mate. To make your stay even more romantic, you can hire a houseboat (instead of a hotel), which are just as luxurious and experience love amidst the charming backwaters. Cochin, Munnar, Kollam are a few places that will leave you stunned.
Surrounded by the mighty Himalayas and set atop as the crown of India, Kashmir is known as “heaven on earth” and indeed it is. The state is decorated by snow during winters and even during the summer months it offers respite from the hot humid weather down south. Kashmir with its awe-inspiring natural beauty and magnificent architectural monuments will provide the right setting for fairytale romance! The lush green valleys, sparkling lakes and the heavenly mountains will make this trip a memorable experience for you. Visit the Shalimar Bagh, Srinagar city, Leh/Ladakh to make your stay a blissful experience!
The Kodagu region or the Coorg town is a particularly famous honeymoon destination in India. Often known as the Scotland of India, this place is known for its picturesque beauty. The place is bustling with the aroma of coffee, orange orchards and vast stretches of greenery-all of these adding up to make for a perfect romantic getaway! India, thus offers a wide range of choices to make your honeymoon a memorable experience. And it’s even budget friendly!
When choosing a holiday destination, a number of things are taken into consideration: the amount of money you’re ready to spend, the free time you have and the time of the year when this trip will take place. These are, as it always turns out the night before departure, the easy questions – it’s the hard ones that make you crazy: how much clothes and sunscreen to take with you, do you need another pair of shoes, should you buy another bathing suit. But, when it comes to picking which exotic island you wish to visit, pay attention to its history, geographic location, climate, local customs and activities to enjoy. Here are some details concerning the very beautiful and exciting island of Koh Samui.
Over the course of the past several years, this island has gained much popularity and has been attracting a constantly rising number of tourists every year. It doesn’t come as much of a surprise knowing how exotic and cared for it really is, but also bearing in mind that its unique location has a lot to do with this rise of attraction. Being on the eastern coast of Thailand’s Malay Peninsula, Koh Samui is this country’s second biggest island, but its population of about 63 thousand is drastically outnumbered by the annual arrival of tourists which surpasses one and a half million every year. What most of them find extremely interesting are not just the sandy beaches, corals, coconut and palm trees, but also the island’s central part – this tropical jungle hasn’t been fully explored yet and therefore attracts those of more adventurous spirit who aren’t satisfied with being on the beach the whole time.
History and Climate
Even though it has been inhabited for over a thousand years and present on world maps since the 17th century, Koh Samui hasn’t gained international notice until quite recently. Only in the past several decades has it been connected to the aforementioned peninsula and, due to established roads, can it see economic prosperity, positive changes in the cultural and environment spheres. Much of the island’s fame within international tourism today is owed to the warm climate that is present all year long. With only one dry month, Koh Samui is, despite being in a predominantly tropical monsoon climate region, relatively dry and much more pleasant than the rest of the country. Moreover, the temperatures are always between 29 and 33°C, so it’s actually possible for those who rent a place in paradise to spend the entire day on the beach.
Speaking of the beach, here is the fun part about Koh Samui – the activities you can enjoy on this beautiful island. First of all, there is the standard offer present in all similar places worldwide – swimming, diving, snorkeling, deep sea exploration around the coral reefs, jet skiing, etc. – but have in mind that it’s the environment and surroundings that separate this place from all the others. It’s not too hot nor is it too humid, so the conditions for a full day in the sea are quite perfect. However, for those who are into something else, there is the already mentioned exploration of the jungle in the central region of the island, with hiking, climbing and mountaineering. Finally, if you are in the festive mood and want a bigger celebration, there are several festivals held in Koh Samui and they cover different ranges of activities, from buffalo fighting and parading, to sailing and triathlon and even cultural and art activities.
Thailand has been in the top ten tourist destinations for the past several years on the global level and actually a runner-up in the Asia and Pacific region, right after China. Many of its visitors spend time in Koh Samui and have a strong tendency to return to this “paradise island” soon after leaving and relive the days of fun and games in a great climate.
We all knew a Sydney or two in high school, and girls with this name were usually real heartbreakers. However, this story is not about a girl and it is definitely not a heart-breaking one. This is a compilation of experiences and great memories that I had during my stay in Sydney, Australia. During those couple of days this incredible city won my heart and I know that I will try to go there as many times as I can.
Divine climate and shiny happy people
The first thing that strikes you as you arrive at the Sydney Airport and get off your plane is the sun. I have been to many countries but the Australian sun is different from anything I have seen and felt so far. The Australian climate is definitely among the most enjoyable ones in the whole world. Of course, I am not talking about the arid climate that prevails in the inland, but the cozy and mild conditions in New South Wales, where Sydney is situated. The climate in this part of Australia is the most similar to the Californian and the Mediterranean climate and it goes without saying how beneficial it is for our health and mind.
As you get bathed by the silky touch of Sydney sunrays, the next thing that you notice are people, who seem so happy and relaxed that you wish at once to stay there for a long period of time. It is probably partly due to the climate, but most probably because of the great economic and social system of Australia. It is not wonder that Australia is one of the best countries to live by the quality of living criteria.
Wonderful sights and affordable accommodation
As you travel from the airport to the city centre, you stay breathless due to the beauty and cleanness of the whole city. As you get to the center, you will see the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which are a part of every itinerary for foreigners. However, I would like to recommend visiting other interesting sights in the city centre, such as Macquarie Street, which is a host to many interesting attractions such as the Parliament House and the Old Mint. In addition to this sight-adorned street, every first-time Sydney visitor has to see Circular Quay, which is the central point of the Sydney Harbour and a real tourist hub with restaurants, a promenade and street musicians.
When it comes to accommodation, if you have a substantial budget for this trip, you can choose from a wide range of center-based hotels. However, if you would like to save some money on accommodation and have more assets for museums and other sights, you could try a boutique hotel Sydney accommodation facility in Randwick. This is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Sydney and from here you can easily get to Bondi or Coogee and many other beaches and parts of the city by bus.
Follow in the Olympic footsteps
Thanks to the Summer Olympic Games that were held in Sydney in 2000, today you can go and see a vast array of attractions left behind the games. Some of them still have their primary role for which they were built, while some others have a different purpose now.
The Olympic tour should begin at the AZN Stadium, where the opening ceremony of the 2000 Olympics took place. This monumental edifice is still an arena of numerous sports battles which attracts both local sport enthusiasts and tourists.
On your tour de Sydney Olympics sights, you should not miss the Sydney Aquatic Center, where all the swimming and water polo events of the Sydney Olympics took place. Also, there are numerous memorabilia from famous Australian swimmers. For further sights and interesting venues, have a look at the Sydney Olympic Park website.
The already fabulous impression of this marvelous city would be even more fantastic if I had a pleasure of meeting a Sydney-named Aussie girl to show me the Sydney foreigners rarely get to know. For the time being and the first stay in Sydney, I am still swept by the charm and good vibrations that Sydney, its sights and beaches and shiny happy people send to tourists from the whole world. There are still many attractions that I am yet to visit on my future travels to this gem of Australian coast.