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posted a Quick Tip about Chicago Spire. January 03, 2012
posted in Windy City Secrets
Chicago Spire
I have to laugh. In concept, this sucker was pretty. REAL pretty. However, it went through at least four different design phases which were all greenlighted then inexplicably stopped. The head architect tried to gain favor for it by claiming it would just fade into the background of Chicago's other great architecture and never be noticed, which is just plain stupid for two reasons: One, it's about …
posted a Quick Tip about Sands SkyPark. August 10, 2011
Sands SkyPark
               Some incredible images of the SkyPark from the net. If you haven't seen these before, you'd definitely want to go on top it now, don't you? Well, enjoy your virtual trip and if you do make a trip to Singapore in near future, make sure you don't miss your chance of taking some spectacular pictures around this latest tourist …
reviewed Sands SkyPark. August 10, 2011
posted in Icons
Sands SkyPark
The latest tourist attraction in Singapore atop the Marina Bay Sands Casino & Hotel. The view from up here is awesome and the wow factor lies in the hotel's swimming pool which overlooks the entire Singapore CBD skyline!             Go up around 6 pm to get a great day shot, 30 mins later the sunset shot and another 30 mins later the night shot! …
posted a Quick Tip about Air Force One. May 01, 2011
posted in UP UP & Away!
Air Force One
It may carry the most important person in the U.S., however, it causes traffic chaos whenever it goes! Practically all air traffic has to be halted wherever Air Force One chooses to land. I was in Chicago once and President Bush happened to land that very night causing all the delays in flights out of Chicago and missed connections! It seems that the airport will not have any flight taking off or …
reviewed Forbidden City. April 30, 2011
posted in Go China
Forbidden City
The Forbidden City was the seat of Imperial power in China for more than 5 centuries. It was where the Emperors ruled and where every Chinese would want to pay pilgrimage to at least once in his/her lifetime, together with an excursion to the Great Wall of China. These are the 2 most magnificent man-made architecture in China. Both are huge and both plays a significant role in the …
posted a Quick Tip about Château de Villandry. April 30, 2011
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Château de Villandry
Chateau de Villandry is a beauty in its own right. Its specialty lies in the well crafted gardens in the chateau. A walk around the chateau is a definite must for the romantic!
posted a Quick Tip about Château de Chenonceau. April 30, 2011
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Château de Chenonceau
The most beautiful and elegant chateau in the entire Loire Valley. If you're in Paris, take the 1 hour speed train to Tours and then stay a night or two (I stayed 4 nights) to visit some of the best architecture in this area of France. Chateau de Chenonceau is a must and would take you at least about 4 hours to go through it! Visiting all the famous chateaux in this area may take as many as 3-5 …
reviewed Burj Khalifa. December 12, 2010
posted in Icons
Burj Khalifa
Sometimes as one watches human aspirations as high as this, it can be truly breathtaking. Other times, it is literally breathtaking to stand on top of the building at that height as well as the consequences from building such an architecture. A building is no longer simply a building but it has become a man's race for supremacy. Man aims for the tallest, the biggest and the most expensive. While …
posted a Quick Tip about Burj Dubai. December 12, 2010
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Burj Dubai
Known as Burj Khalifa, it is currently the tallest building in the world at a height of 828 m (2717 ft). It was opened on Jan. 4 this year (2010) with Adiran Smith as chief architect & Bill Baker as chief structural engineer. The primary contract is South Korean Samsung C & T. The total cost of the project? A staggering US$1.5 billion!
reviewed Burj Al Arab. December 12, 2010
Burj Al Arab
While it is true that some of the best things in life are free, often we have to pay a great deal to enjoy other things. It is then prudent to ask what we are actually paying for. In the past, we pay for quality, authenticity, uniqueness and beautiful stuff. In recent years, the trend is to not only pay for all of the above but also something else. Not only do we need these factors to be present we …
posted a Quick Tip about Guangzhou Opera House. November 02, 2010
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Guangzhou Opera House
The newest masterpiece of Zaha Hadid, Guangzhou Opera House is now open to public for visits and musical performances. To join the guided tour of the building, go to the box office before 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm & 4 pm. There are 6 visits each day and each visit lasts for 1 hour. Take note that the opera house is closed on Monday. The Opera House is best photographed in the night. However, …
posted a Quick Tip about Silversea Cruises. August 22, 2010
Silversea Cruises
Most luxurious cruise liner I've been on. The rooms are all suites and the dining experience is simply marvelous! If there is one dream anyone could have, it is to travel around the world in Silversea Cruises for an entire year! Absolutely a breathtaking experience!
posted a Quick Tip about International Commerce Centre. May 06, 2010
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International Commerce Centre
I love shopping at its basement which houses the Elements shopping mall. A fine building with a class of its own!
posted a Quick Tip about Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC.... May 06, 2010
posted in Icons
Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) (上海环球金融中心)
Popularly known as the giant bottle opener, SWFC boasts the highest observation deck in the world on the 100th floor. U can see it for US$20
posted a Quick Tip about Zaha Hadid. April 24, 2010
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Zaha H
She's forward looking & has some splendid vision. Her fluid designs are ahead of times but in some ways eternal too. Highly interesting.
posted a Quick Tip about Antonio Gaudí. April 24, 2010
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Dream big and believe in one's dreams. Gaudi epitomizes all that and more. He's now a Saint in Barcelona! What a legacy he's left behind!
posted a Quick Tip about Beijing National Aquatics Center. April 02, 2010
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Water Cube
Water Cube is a most amazing concept & spectacular complex! A building that lights up, esp. awesome in the night!
reviewed Dan Cruickshank's Adventures in Archi.... March 09, 2010
Dan Cruickshank's Adventures in Architecture
Almost 2 weeks ago, I was introduced to the wonderful TV documentary by Arte Wolfe on Photography in his series of Travel To The Edge. That was about traveling around the world highlighting photography as the subject matter. This week, I am happy to be watching another series, this time by Dan Cruickshank and his subject matter is architecture. These series are truly nice and entertaining for someone …
posted a Quick Tip about Burj Al Arab. March 06, 2010
posted in Unique Hotels
Burj Al Arab
A 7* hotel in Dubai; an architecture masterpiece & a designer dream comes true! Spectacular! You need to pay a fee to see the hotel though!
reviewed Vatican City. February 15, 2010
Vatican City
The Vatican City is the smallest sovereign state in the world with only 900 hundred residents! Independent since 1929 after the stipulation of the Lateran Treaty between the Holy See & the Italian State, the Vatican is completely independent of the Italian State. It has its own police force & a real police service represented by the famous "SWISS GUARDS". The Pope is not only …
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