Original mataking: The Reef Dive Resort at Mataking Island, Malaysia, is one of the newest dive spots in the Celebes Sea, and islocated just 40 minutes from Semporna. Luxurious accommodation is provided with on Mataking and the diving is enchanting. The Alice Channel which is about 100 meters deep connects Mataking to Pulau Sipadan which just an 80 minutes trip away. At Mataking, you will have all the privacy, exclusivity and space you need whether you are staying in one of the exclusive chalets or a deluxe room. Whether it is a retreat for your body, soul & mind or exciting undersea exploration, you will find Mataking the perfect choice. Once back on land, after your day's diving, the night life can be exciting. There are fire flies all over the place at night. Green and Hawksbill turtles come up to lay their eggs in the sands of Mataking Island. During the day, bask on the snow white sandy beach and enjoy the sight of the island's coconut crabs scurrying up the trees. You can also take a walk while listening to the birds singing in the exotic gardens of the resort. If you prefer a bird's eye view of Mataking, climb up the King's Watchtower and enjoy the breathtaking sight. If you are more adventurous, take a few friends and explore the lushness of the tropical island vegetation or have some fun playing beach volleyball & beach soccer, taking up some traditional handicrafts, cooking or dancing lessons. You can also take the chance to re-enact Moses' miraculous crossing of the Red sea by taking a stroll down the 1km sandbar that connects Mataking and Mataking Kecil at low tide. The water literally splits in half and you don't even have to wave your hands! Mother Nature does it all for you. The Reef boasts 8 executive chalets and 24 deluxe rooms in traditional architecture offering simply elegant and exquisite accommodation for up to 70 pax in a serene and cozy set up. The air-conditioned rooms have attached sea view bathrooms and balcony. You can also stay connected with those who are a world away from you as internet services are available at Mataking. The resort also has satellite TV with more than 30 channels for your viewing pleasure. Please your palate at the spacious restaurant serving Asian and Continental Buffet meals, or pamper yourself at the Jamu spa and jacuzzi. The resort offers 3 boat dives a day, unlimited house reef diving and excursions to the nearby islands including the well known islands of Sipadan and Mabul. Exotic honeymoon and wedding arrangements can also come true on this romantic paradise. Mataking has also been very popular with Japanese divers. Rewrite Mataking Reef Dive’s Best Features At Mataking Island in Malaysia, be wowed by one of the latest diving site. It’s in the Celebes Sea, more than a half an hour away from Semporna: the Reef Dive Resort. You can also dive at the 100 meters deep Alice Channel which is more than an hour’s worth of travel towards Palau Sipadan. It’s one of the best underwater adventures an exploring diver can get. But more than just the breathtaking diving places, the accommodations are one of the best ever on Mataking. You can go ahead and relax in their sumptuous chalets and other deluxe accommodations. They offer different kinds of rooms, all lavish, exclusive, spacious and very private. Mother Nature’s Offerings There’s a lot of other things to enjoy and explore at Mataking other than its undersea treasures. View the Hawksbill and Green turtles emerging from the sea to lay eggs on the sandy beaches of Mataking Island, with fireflies lighting up the night. When the sun rises, take a brisk walk on their beaches of snowy white sand and explore nature, such as the exotic birds that fill the hotel’s exotic gardens with melody or the coconut crabs that climb up the tall palm trees. Take a trip up the King’s Watchtower which offers a magnificent view of the island from above – a truly glorious experience for a photographer. When the tide is low, walk through the 1km sandbar that connects Mataking and Mataking Kecil where the water splits in half without you raising a staff ala-Moses of the Ten Commandments movie. Other Activities Or try other recreational activities such as hiking through the thick tropical flora of the island or even beach sports which includes beach soccer and volleyball. You can also take lessons in traditional crafts making, native dancing and cooking. There is always the right kind of adventure for you at Mataking. The Reef’s Great Features Another great resort, which features traditional architecture for all their 24 deluxe rooms and 8 executive chalets, is The Reef. This sophisticatedly simple yet elegant décor and rooming can accommodate up to 70 people quite comfortably. Catch the glorious sight of the sea even from your air-conditioned rooms through their attached sea view balconies and bathrooms. This great getaway resort can still connect you with the world despite its distance from the maddening crowd. Stay connected with their internet services and the hotel’s 30 plus channels on their satellite TVs. International cuisine can be had at their large and luxurious restaurant serving Buffet, Asian and Continental meals. Or better yet, indulge yourself in a Jamu Spa and Jacuzzi treatments. Now you know why Mataking is popular with the Japanese. Other Services Unlimited house excursion and reef diving packages to nearby islands, such as the famous Sipadan and Mabul isles, are one of the best dive offerings of The Reef. They also offer 3 boat dives a day if you prefer deep sea diving. For a unique Mataking honeymoon and wedding, you can also make arrangements for an exotic matrimonial ceremony with all the native or traditional trimmings you desire. Nothing can be more romantic and heavenly for newly-weds or future couples. Original 2011 Honda Civic Vehicle Overview Honda's compact Civic is available in coupe and sedan body styles and is positioned between the subcompact Fit hatchback and midsize Accord in Honda's lineup. The Civic competes with the Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra and Nissan Sentra. Five distinct models are available: the Civic sedan and coupe, Civic Si sedan and coupe, and the Civic Hybrid sedan, which is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section. In addition, approved Honda dealers in California, Utah, Oklahoma and New York carry a Civic GX powered by natural gas. (Skip to details on the: Civic Si) New for 2011 There are no significant changes. Exterior Honda says the Civic features an "expressive and futuristic design." Design touches include a steeply raked windshield, minimal front and rear overhangs, and small gaps between the tires and fenders. Exterior features include: Standard 15-inch wheels Optional 16-inch wheels Optional power moonroof Optional rear deck spoiler and chrome exhaust finisher Interior All Civics seat five, and the driver faces a two-tier instrument panel and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. There is a multifunction center console. Interior features include: Standard power windows Optional navigation system with voice recognition Optional Bluetooth limited to navigation-equipped vehicles Optional USB audio interface for MP3 players and flash drives Optional leather interior Optional XM Satellite Radio Under the Hood Regular Civic coupes and sedans use a 1.8-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder. All models use drive-by-wire throttle control. Mechanical features include: 140 horsepower and 128 pounds-feet of torque Five-speed manual transmission Optional five-speed automatic MacPherson strut front suspension and a compact multilink double-wishbone rear suspension Safety As in previous years, the electronic stability system is not available on lower trim levels, but it's standard on EX-L trims and above. Standard safety features include: Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution Side-impact and side curtain airbags Active head restraints for front seats Civic Si Honda's performance-oriented Si model — offered as a sedan and coupe — features a rear deck spoiler, cladding and Si badging that's different from the coupe's rear spoiler and cladding. The engine cover also is black instead of silver. Features include: 2.0-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder 197 hp at 7,800 rpm and 139 pounds-feet of torque at 6,200 rpm Six-speed manual gearbox Limited-slip differential Deeply bolstered seats with red fabric stitching Alloy wheels with 17-inch tires USB audio interface for MP3 players and flash drives Navigation system with voice recognition available Rewritten Honda Civic 2011 Product Overview The compact Honda Civic 2011 is created to compete with the Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra and the Hyundai Electra. Its slightly smaller than Fit's subcompact hatchback but bigger than the midsized Honda Accord. It's available in two body styles: the coupe and the sedan. The Civic boasts of five models to choose from: the Civic coupe, Civic sedan, Civic SI coupe and sedan and the Civic Hybrid sedan which is exclusively presented in the Research page of Cars.com. Also, the natural gas-powered Civic GX is now exclusively offered by approved Honda dealers of New York, Utah, California and Oklahoma. 2011 Additions / Upgrades No announced improvements for now Exterior Features According to Honda, Civic was designed to be futuristic and expressive. Some of its main design features include minimal overhangs (front and rear), minute spaces between the fenders and tires and a steeply raked windshield. It also offers an upgrade for it's 15-inch wheels to 14-inch, along with optional additions of a power moonroof, chrome exhaust finisher and rear deck spoiler. Interior Features Some of the great interior features of Civic include a two-tier dashboard panel for instruments positioned in front of the driver, a telecoping/tilt steering wheel, a center console with multiple functions, power windows and comfortable seating for five. Optional features include a voice recognition navigation system with bluetooth capabilities, USB audio interface for music storage players, gadgets and drives, luxurious leather interior, and an XM satellite radio. Engine Features The standard engine for regular Civic sedans and coupes is the i-VTEC four-cylinder (1.8 liter), while all models are installed with drive-by-wire throttle control. Their five- speed manual transmission handles the 140 hp engine quite well. It also features torque of 128 pounds-feet, compact mutilink for its double-wishbone rear suspension and a MacPherson strut for its front suspension. Safety Features Presently, there are still no electronic stability systems for the lower models but it remains as a standard for the models for all EX-L trims and higher. However, standard Civic safety features always include side-curtain and side-impact airbags, front seat head restraints and electronic brake-force distribution on all its anti-lock brakes. Civic SI Summary Considered as on of the most popular performance oriented among the SI model. Both it's sedan and coupe class feature cladding, rear deck spoiler and the badging – all SI exclusives. It also boasts of a black engine cover, instead of silver which is featured in the regular coupe. It's i-VTEC four-cylinder 2.0 liter engine can reach up to 197 horsepower at 7,800 rpm and torque at almost 140 pound-feet with 6,200 revolutions per minute (rpm). The engine also sports a six-speed manual gear box and limited-slip differential. Other special features include red fabric stitching on the interiors' deeply bolstered seats, a Navigation system with voice recognition, USB audio interface for gadgets, flashdrives and music players and 17-inch tires on alloy wheels. Original Kitchen Ideas for a Narrow Kitchen I want to do this! Tranforming a cramped kitchen starts with letting in light. Narrow kitchens tend to suffer from poor lighting, badly placed accessories and limited counter space. If it is difficult for you to even move around in your kitchen-- much less prepare a dinner there--you may have to break down walls and remodel. However, to transform your narrow kitchen into a room that's workable, use creative organization and decoration to open up the space. Let in Light 2. The smaller the kitchen, the more windows it needs. If your kitchen already has a big window, you can let in more light by removing the existing blinds or curtains and installing mini blinds with narrow slats that let in more light. If you are not blessed with a large window, and you have the ability to make one, make the wall at the end of the kitchen a major light source. Arrange a table and chairs in the space to draw attention to the light. Organize Appliances 3. Microwaves, toasters and coffee makers take up counter space and make a kitchen appear cluttered. Reordering kitchen appliances opens the counter space and creates a clean look. If you have a microwave, install it at the same level as the cabinetry. Place the dishwasher between the kitchen table and the sink, where it will be most accessible for cleaning and emptying. If possible, cut a few appliances from the kitchen counter altogether. For example, you can store a small six- or eight-cup French coffee press in the cupboard after you make your morning coffee instead of leaving a bulky electric drip coffee maker on the counter top all day. Breakfast Nook 4. Designing a small area for eating at the end or side of the kitchen opens the space. Instead of placing a table in the center of the kitchen, or an island in the middle, adding a nook near the far window or door creates a friendly spot for gathering, eating, sharing and chatting. Adding banquette seating, an L-shaped cushioned bench around the table, replaces the need for extra chairs. A banquette with storage below also comes in useful for a kitchen with limited cabinetry. Color Scheme 5. Choosing a color scheme unifies the space. A two-toned color scheme, like blue and white or black and white, will open up the narrow room because there are no distracting colors and objects to shrink the space. Neutral colors harmonize the room without making it drab. Tan, blue, pale green, beige, cream and pastels are suitable choices. Choosing a clear glass tile or similarly colored stove backsplash complements the color scheme and creates the illusion of depth and spaciousness. Rewritten Ideas for Expanding a Small Kitchen I want to do this! Try to let in the light to open up a confined kitchen. One of the biggest problems of narrow kitchens, other than restrictive spaces for counters along with badly arranged accessories, is poor lighting. You might just consider remodeling and tearing down divisions just so you can move freely in your kitchen in order to prepare proper meals. If you do intend to fix-up your narrow kitchen to have enough breathable space to work, try using these creative ideas and organization tips: Let There be Light The more windows you have, the better especially if you have a small kitchen. For kitchens with big windows, remove those cumbersome curtains or those large blinds and install mini blinds instead to let more light in. If need be, put aside a bit of your budget so you can place a window at the end part of the kitchen. Set up a small table and chairs under that window for visitors to focus on the light source. Rearrange Appliances Small appliances can make your kitchen appear cluttered, therefore your microwave oven, coffee makers, toasters and food processors may need a bit of rearranging to clear up your countertops. Try installing the microwave with a wall mount so it’s aligned with the lower cabinets. If you can manage it, replace really bulky appliances with smaller versions which you can hide away in a cupboard after using. An example would be using a small French coffee press instead of large electric coffee maker. Rearrange larger appliances, such as placing the dishwasher in between the sink and the kitchen table, for easier cleaning and emptying. Create a Dining Nook Create a small part at one side or the end of the kitchen as a n eating space to open up the area. It’s a better option than an island or a table in the center of the kitchen. A small nook at the very end under that far window or besides the door allows a place for sudden meet-ups, talks, sharing and eating. Consider banquet seating, which is an L-shaped wall mounted cushioned bench behind the table, in place of extra chairs. Make sure you place some storage space under the banquette for more cabinetry options. Redesign Color Schemes Color schemes are great space unifiers and expanders. Select two-toned color schemes such as black and white or blue and white to give that illusion of space in a small kitchen. Make sure there are no shocks of colors on other objects or appliances that can shrink the view. Try neutral colors to harmonize the flow of the room but don’t choose dull hues. Choices include pale greens, beiges, blues, creams and pastels. Add more depth and space by choosing tile with complements for the color scheme you’ve chosen for the kitchen or clear glass tile and install it for your stove backsplash.