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Concrete Planet: The Strange and Fascinating Story of the World's Most Common Man-Made Material
You might think that a book about the history of concrete would make for some mighty lame reading. I must admit that this was my initial reaction when I happened upon Robert Courland's new book "Concrete …
posted a Quick Tip about Grand Designs. November 21, 2011
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Grand Designs
If I've a dream, it'd have been realized on this show. How nice it is to see one's dream being built in real and going beyond what we are capable of dreaming! For anyone into modern architecture …
posted a Quick Tip about The Cool Hunter. April 30, 2011
The Cool Hunter
The Cool Hunter is an Australian blog which focuses on showing its readers the most spectacular and vibrant designs in the world. I love The Cool Hunter for its colorful format and quality of pictures …
reviewed Forbidden City. April 30, 2011
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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 …
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 …
posted a Quick Tip about The Cool Hunter. April 17, 2011
The Cool Hunter
Best blog I've come across. For those into design and modern art, this is a must-see site! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!           
posted a Quick Tip about The Gothic Enterprise: A Guide to Und.... March 29, 2011
The Gothic Enterprise: A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral
If you're planning to visit any of Europe's great gothic cathedrals, this book makes a great companion to assist in understanding what you're seeing.
The Gothic Enterprise: A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral
My husband and I enjoy visiting Gothic cathedrals whenever we take a trip to Europe. The very first, and one of the oldest, cathedrals that we experienced was in Salisbury, England. I’ll never forget …
posted a Quick Tip about Lighthouse. March 21, 2011
One of the neatest things about living along the coast is having the opportunity to see lighthouses. These historic edifices come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Here in New England they …
reviewed Hearst Castle. February 28, 2011
Main House Hearst Castle
The Hearst Castle, owned by the state of California, is a fabulous place. Although the more than 100 ornate rooms and detailed ceilings, gold leaf floor designs in the crazily gorgeous indoor pool, …
reviewed Burj Khalifa. December 12, 2010
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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 …
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 …
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 …
reviewed Capitol Records Building. October 25, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Capitol Records Building
I worked here at the Tower from 1986-1989 and loved the interior and exterior of the building.  I worked in the Accounting Department on the tenth floor.  I remember feeling a major earthquake …
posted a Quick Tip about Hiroshima Peace Memorial. August 15, 2010
Hiroshima Peace Memorial
A reminder of how horrifying a war is, esp. a Nuclear War. Everyone, especially leaders and those in power should make a trip down to see what is left behind when one makes a decision to start a war. …
Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of
Peter Hall (Professor of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley) has written many books on urban planning, and this 1988 book is a wonderful summary and history of various progressive "new cities" …
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
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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 Bay Bridge: Competing Against Time. May 01, 2010
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Bay Bridge: Competing Against Time
It's taking how long? Those who live in San Francisco better pray that no major earthquake strike the area in next 5 years or so!
Around the World in 80 Treasures
The last 3 days I’ve spent my time watching BBC’s Around The World in 80 Treasures with Dan Cruickshank. It’s not hard to imagine why I’d be so taken in with such documentaries. …
posted a Quick Tip about Around the World in 80 Treasures. April 29, 2010
Around the World in 80 Treasures
A little aged (the 10-episode series was aired in 2005) but still a reasonably good BBC production. Takes one to a few exotic places! Nice!
posted a Quick Tip about Museums. April 27, 2010
An indispensable tool for homeschooling and parenting! I grew up visiting all kinds of museums at least once in two weeks,thanks to my mom!
posted a Quick Tip about Petra. April 24, 2010
Petra is an ancient city like no other. Full of adventure and mystery, a trip to Petra takes you to where Indiana Jones was once filmed!
posted a Quick Tip about UNESCO World Heritage Site. March 24, 2010
UNESCO World Heritage Site
UNESCO presents some of the world's best kept treasures & restores others which need preservation for all!
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