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If it’s lifestyle you’re looking for then this is one of it:
Playing a tennis game on a court that set way high – at 211 meters above the ground, indeed the court is not even a court to begin with. It is a helipad area of the Burj Al Arab Hotel that gets converted to a court for Andre Agassi and Roger Federer to play the match.

Interesting and scary part of it is the court doesn’t have any fence all around it, so unhit tennis balls will plunge free fall downward directly, just as long as players don’t run too far back – scare me.

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Well the hotel itself is a true beauty, ranging from $2,160 – $28,000/night (well some actually said $1,000 to start is also available) in the world’s most luxurious (the only 7 star) hotel in the world and the world’s tallest (321 meter above the ground) hotel, one can certainly get the sense of a true luxurious expensive lifestyle.

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for more info about the hotel please visit: http://alburjhotel.blogspot.com/
The architect is a British architect name Tom Wright
and architect and engineering consultant for the project is Atkins.

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Crafts for holiday season

Posted by editor On October - 24 - 2008

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Haloween pop-up project

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Crafting fun with kids can be a good thing for this holiday season. Haloween and Christmas is coming up, there’s this cool site: robertsabuda.com that will ease the fun in making holiday pop-up cards.

The site provide you with templates and step-by-step guide to do this project. here’s sample snap shot of the page, give it a try when you do have spare time – especially during weekend with kids – make it a fun family activiy.

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Have Fun trying!

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How to tie a tie?

Posted by editor On October - 24 - 2008

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I didn’t know there’re four ways to tie a tie. This how-to-image guide is from a european site. I find it very helpful now I can tie ties many ways for my husband, kinda fun =)

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Adorable picture of mouse giving a flower

Posted by editor On October - 23 - 2008

I thought this is very adorable, and cute too… so would like to share this with all of you:

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These days women, girls … people in general just want to get the look of celebs and not thinking thoroughly when it comes right down to money issue. So is handbag and jewlery renting is the right thing to do?

well let’s think about it if renting from companies like BBOS (bag borrow or steal) cost about 270 dollars roughly per bag per month not including their additional insurance fee, shipping fee, membership fee which will add up close to 300 in total then by the 5th times you are renting say you’re renting it per month then you’ll end up owning one for yourself, in where you can sell it back without loosing much, especially if you keep the bag in pristine condition. Plus you can only rent it for 5 months from bag rental companies but owning it means you can use it for as long as you want till you’re ready to get rid of it.

here’s an example of someone owning it, she showed her bag collections here, so there’s a pleasure of collecting your own handbags.Dsc02283

Other than that you might want to think several times before renting out with company like bagborroworsteal.com which recently change name to avelle. This company has lots of bad qualities: first, a very bad customer service (I experienced this myself) live chat is not always available and the USER INTERACTION of the live chat SUCKS and REALLY SUPER SLOW, phone customer service also really slow and some financial manager of the company promised me to return my call back and she never did! They’re just not able to resolve any issue! Secondly, order takes very slow very long to process, some items arrive in bad condition – I wouldn’t even want to wear it – worn tissue inside from previous user, yuckie/gross looking — oh hygine is pretty important for me, they just don’t seem to take a good care of their bags. Plus from a customer service rep that used to work there: they only have few of the bags and the wait list is like over 100 people => few is like three bags only! How would you feel paying monthly fees and renting bags for over 300 dollars and you have to wait for don’t know how long cuz a person can keep the bag for as long as she wants! More over some naughty ppl try to change the original bag and return a fake, yes heard over that issue from customer service rep that once work there, so you wouldn’t really know if you’re carrying a real one unless you own the real thing. Just cuz I am a bag freak – renting especially from them is really not a good experience!
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so ladies do your homework before renting bags or jewelry! there is another renting company called frombagstoriches.com which is much better deal in price (can be 50-100 dollar cheaper than bagborroworsteal.com) and much much much nicer, they will arrive in good condition and faster a lot faster. curios? read here – other people have the same opinion.

BBOS only concern about marketing, they’re not concern about their customer at all. I’ve learn my lesson and just better buy the real thing nothing can beat that.

some testimonials here:

Please Stay away from BBS
Reviewer : Cindy (Hinsdale, IL)
I had ordered my first bag and it nevered arrived after 10 days. When I contacted BBS via their Live Chat, someone was going to check with the warehouse manager. After 36 hours I contact BBS again. I was told that the order was never processed. Yet my bank had put a hold on the funds. I have read some true horror stories about BBS so I canceled my membership. While I think this a great idea, I wish I had read teh reviews first before I joined. Too bad. I also told them I thought their Customer Service was very poor and that I was very disappointed. I am a Quality Manager and never would we have treated a customer this way.

here’s another one:

THE CUSTOMER IS NOT NUMBER ONE
I actually was a customer service rep for the website in Illinois. This company is no way by far Net Flicks. My basic day was nothing but unhappy customers online/phone/emails and live chat complaining about lack of product. Which is true. People would pay a high monthly membership for bags that we never had many in stock. How do you split 3- $2000 bags between 100 requests?. The corporate office was always spending a lot of money to appear on TV shows, media etc which of they themselves appeared on or in the photo shoots. I guess they were only interested in the glamor of it and being on tv. But never invested much money in buying the correct much needed quantities of bags to make sure everyone would get one. Why should someone be charged a $100.00 membership every month and then be told the bags not available or there is a long wait on that bag or told to pick something else out. What upsets me more is the fact that they would get brand new Louis Vittons in (only 3). The waiting list was 50 people with $100.00 membership customers.Sometimes the ones that complained the most went to the top of the waiting list.( not fair) BBS would not always mark any high end price bags, so when we received them back we really had no idea if the one that came back were fake. Or if they were marked never using their black light method to check them for fake returns. Just send them back out the again. There were a few times that I swear the bag was fake and got into it with the manager about this. And was told to just send it to the next person in line. Can you really be sure that the high end bag is the real bag and not a fake?. There were big problems with mail order fraud (not on BBS’s side but with customers with fake address, credit cards that were stolen or revoked and never heard from again)Course these people just walked away with a $2000 bag. At the time I worked there anyone who had a credit card, and It authorized for one month membership would get anything sent to them. (I would hope to think that they would be now doing a better checking system on people before shipping a $2000 bag out to them, only to find the next month membership billing on the card was closed by the card company or stolen ……..bye bye bag!!!! That means one less bag and longer waiting line for customers paying higher end memberships.
I would not recommend this company. They only have a hand full of the high end bags and when rented out the lucky ones keep renting them for months. There is no time limit on when you have to send it back. If they only have 5 high end bags and 5 people get them for 6 months, you still have to wait 6 months plus to rent it. The pics of the bags on the web site were usually taken of brand new bags. The bag you receive may not be in as good as shape as the pic posted.

another testimonial:

VERY POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
Bag Borrow or Steal is a great idea, but the actual company is not managed well in terms of shipping, customer communication and service. I have had more wrong or failed orders and I really tried hard to work with them as I actually have a great need for their product.
My first complaint is that they do not ship the bags in a timely manner. I have paid for overnight shipping countless times only to find that they didn’t ship the package for 2-3 days afterward. What is the point of the extra overnight charge then?
My second complaint is that their Live Chat is hardly ever operational and when it is, they cannot answer a direct question, you only get generic answers that just don’t help. If you call the 800 number, you get excuses and made to feel like the problem is your fault not theirs.
My thirds complaint is that they have absolutely no customer communication. They do not confirm your order via email so you are left to wonder if they received it. If you log into your account there is no info there either so you are left with calling their ineffective customer service or Live Chat line.
It is such a shame, because I really wish I could like this company, but I am sure that a good competitor will come along and steal their business- then I could actually get a good bag.
Recommended: No

another one:

DIDN’T MEET MY STANDARDS
Bag Borrow or Steal is a great concept but I found the actual bag quality less than what I had hoped for.
I asked to borrow a bag from the middle of the line handbag collection (approx. value $450) and it had several small oil marks on the front, the bottom of the purse was dirty and in one of the inside pockets there were small pieces of waded up paper. The leather was considerably worn and didn’t look like the picture at all.
I have a small collection of higher end purses, none over 5 years old and my purses are all better than the one I received to try. I didn’t even want to carry the purse I received and sent it back the next day and canceled my membership. I was not given a refund nor an opportunity to explain that I felt the quality I received was not up to par. All I received was a computer generated form letter.
The pluses are; a great concept, excellent website with lots of beautiful things to look at, fast ordering and shipping process.
Overall, it comes down to luxury and Bag Borrow or Steal needs to step up the quality of their bags.
Recommended: No

Even more:

This site looks good but I would not become a customer. I’ve looked over the prices. Most customers would think it cheaper to buy a gently used one from an auction site, buy a fake one, or buy the real one. These fees can add up.
Maria | July 14, 2006 10:14 PM

Bag Borrow or Steal may have a new customer service department, but they still have horrible business practices. They are raking in a lot of money by over charging for bags, not spending money on upkeeping the bags, and then charging people’s credit cards 2-3 times and waiting until after the consumer consults with a legal time to get the charges removed/refunded. http://www.fashionaccessoryforum.com/general-handbag-discussion/3144-cindys-bag-borrow-steal-experience.html gives an accurate look at bag borrow or steal
CheatedOutofMoney | July 30, 2008 10:13 AM

If all these isn’t enough to stop you from your renting temptation from avelle or bagborroworsteal then go to this forum about cindy’s bag borrow or steal experience.

I hope this part of my posting & sharing really help all of you female out there who happen to share same interest but confuse at the same times especially regarding designer bags.

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Another remarkable design for your loo. Maybe you are one of those people who like to entertain and will certainly need one of this loo for your visitors. They’ll be impress when they meet with Mrs. Hudson in your water closet, Yes indeed its name is Mrs. Hudson, it was designed by 2-B-2 Architecture and said to be inspired by a modified water drop. This design recently grab attention at the Russian bathroom design contest. Being a winner of a contest sponsored by Roca it sure must be good to use not just esthetically but functinally too.

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Well it does somewhat look more like giant smoking pipe than an modified water drop so I guess yankodesign.com was right on the spot when mentioning about this.

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New approach in designing – Sound Chair

Posted by editor On October - 9 - 2008

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Product design for a chair emerge solely from the idea of making a sound wave into a reality 3D pattern furniture, how very thoughtful!

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Sound/Chair begins as a sound that is precisely crafted to form the shape of a chair when
visualized as a 3-dimensional object using a volume, time, frequency plot.
The chair is an exact replica of the soundwave graph. The result is a product
with dual existence as both a sound and chair, and a new approach to designing products.

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Bike in a tree – amazing picture

Posted by editor On October - 8 - 2008

My friend just got back from her short weekend trip from Seattle and shared a wonderful photograph of a bike that got eaten by a tree, here it is:

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This photo was taken on Vashion Island (close to Seattle, WA). I told her what an amazing discover and how it the first place it got to be like that.

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She said that people of that area told her that it’s been like this for about 30 some years. well I discover a little say about this tree:

On Vashon Island (near Seattle, Washington), a tree grows carrying a rather unusual passenger – an old bike. Apparently some kid chained a bike to the tree decades ago and never picked it up, leaving the tree no choice but to grow around the bike.

The tree and island gained some level of notoriety when Berkeley Breathed, creator of Bloom County, wrote a children’s book inspired by the bicycle eating tree entitled Red Ranger Came Calling.

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Someone blog about this in here, it reminds me of that movie called Monalisa Smile (2003) with Julia Robert, Kirsten Dunst and Julia Stiles in it.

I feel very lucky not to live in the 1950’s =) so I guess no one will be expecting me to function under those principals below for a wife, but it would be nice if one could, which I think would be pretty hard for current standard life-style having the fact that woman has to work also aside of house-wifing (for the lack of better term I like to call it that).

Want a healthy relationship? don’t see each other as a servant, just ought to help each other in order to establish a healthy and balance relationship. Women and Men both are created to be one in marriage as a harmonious companion – not like so men can be masters and women their forever servants/helper with a degree below them. eekk, I don’t want a man like that!

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well incase the picture above has a very small print I’ve re-write all the points here:

  1. Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and they prospect of a good meal (especially his favorite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.
  2. Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.
  3. Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.
  4. Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives.
  5. Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper etc and then run a dust cloth over the tables.
  6. Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order and it will five you a lift too. After all, catering for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.
  7. Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children’s hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair and if necessary, change their clothes, They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part. Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.
  8. Be happy to see him.
  9. Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.
  10. Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first – remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.
  11. Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.
  12. Your goal: Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and tranquility where you husband can renew himself in body and spirit.
  13. Don’t greet him with complaints and problems.
  14. Don’t complain if he’s late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.
  15. Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.
  16. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.
  17. Don’t ask him question about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.
  18. A good wife always knows her place.

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Top 8 most bizzare plants around the globe

Posted by editor On October - 2 - 2008

1. Rafflesia arnolidii (largest individual flower on earth)

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These two photos of rafflesia arnoldii were taken in the Palupu Reserve near Bukittinggi, Indonesia.

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Rafflesia is a parasite plant that grows only in undisturbed rainforests. It doesn’t have roots, stems or leaves, interesting right? Even more intriguing this plant can grow up to three feet in diameter even more, and its center hole can hold up to six quarts of water. Bad news is that it is very smelly. Rafflesia is also consider to be an endangered plant species.

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Another picture of genus Rafflesia

2. Hydnora Africana

A parasitic plant that grows in Southern Africa’s dessert. The plant grow undergrown except for its flower. It eats on beetles by way of emitting an odor to attract them and trap them on its flower.

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Hydnora africana at Cornel's Kop

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3. Dranculus vulgaris (also known as Stink Lily)

Native to Balkans, Greece, Crete, and Aegean Island. This plan is known as Stink Lily beause it has such a bad smell reminiscent of a carcass. The Plant traps flies for a night and releases them the next day with a load of pollen.

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Dracunculus Vulgaris (2)

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4. Amorphophallus (other names: misshapen penis, shapelss male genetalia)

word derive from Ancient Greek
amorphos = without form / misshapen & Phallos = penis
The plant can be find in tropical areas and subtropical areas. (West Africa to Pacific Islands)
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5. Wollemia nobilis

This tree can grow up to 80 – 100 feet tall. It has a bark that resemble that cocoa puffs cereal. This tree grows in New South Wales area, North West of Sydney.

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6. Welwitschia Mirabillis

This plants said to be able to live for up to 1000 years. here’s more:

consists of only two leaves and a stem with roots. Its two leaves continue to grow until they resemble an alien life form. The stem gets thicker rather than higher, although this plant can grow to be almost six feet high and twenty-four feet wide. Its estimated lifespan is 400 to 1500 years. Mirabilis grows in Namibia, and is thought to be a relic of the Jurassic period.

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Detail view of the plant

7. Drakaea Glyptodon (Hammer Orchid)

Native to Australia, an endangered species of orchid. Their method of pollination is only possible through the Thynnid wasp (male) – in other word: pollination by sexual deception. Their structure, color and smell resemble that of female wasp’s to attract the male.

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8. Wolffia Angusta (Smalles Flower of the Earth)

It’s a very tiny plant, floats on the water and look somewhat like those japanese fish eggs, except smaller in size.

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Thanks to divinecaroline.com for the source.
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