Wednesday, January 30, 2008
(they are based on gross leasable area)
1. South China Mall - Dongguan, China
2. Golden Resources Shopping Mall - Beijing, China
3. SM Mall of Asia - Pasay City, Philippines
4. Cevahir Istanbul - Istanbul, Turkey
5. West Edmonton Mall - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
6. SM Megamall - Mandaluyong City, Philippines
7. Berjaya Times Square - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
8. Beijing Mall - Beijing, China
9. Zhengjia Plaza - Guangzhou, China
10. SM North Edsa - Quezon City, Philippines
To some, the mall is just a place one goes to when one 'needs' to buy something. But really, to some others, it is a sanctuary. The answer to everything (At least the best malls)... Need a doctor? go to the mall. Need to visit the dentist? The mall is the place...Want to go splash some water on? The mall's got a water theme park...Feel like watching a movie in the Big Screen? The IMAX at the mall is the place to go.. Need some retail therapy? ..Visit MfG, Kenneth Cole, Target, KMart, D&G, Cue, or some other shop.. Cooking Emergency, ran out of tomatoes? Head to the mall's Woolworths or Coles. Feel like fine dining or fast food? McDonalds, or Kenny's or CPK or Guido's. Feel like a massage? Head to the Spa.
I guess at the end of the day, the Mall is there as an option. It makes life more interesting. You don't need the money, you can hang around the mall's shady trees or fountain. Or, you can have a million moolahs to spend then the mall is your playground.
But really, the mall is a lot better place if you are with good company.. Hey, sometimes I love the company of 'Me, Myself and I'. A few quality times I can remember was spent in the confines of those gigantic rubbles of cement and plaster. But that's just me, and my thoughts. What's yours?
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
A - American Express, Airbus A380
B - Beach
C - Canberra, Christmas Holiday, Canon 40D
D - Darwin
E - Emails
F - Fraser Island, Family, Floriade
G - Goulburn Street
H - Hardwork
I - Indonesian friend, Ice cream
J - Jars of clay (or ice cream)
K - Kitten dreams
L - Lonely nights
M - Manila, Movie Marathon
N - New department
O - Overtime
P - Prayer, Palm Beach
Q - Qantas
R - Residency
S - Super long annual leave (5weeks), Singapore
T - Tootache, The Lake House
U - Umbrella
V - Vacation
W - Winter chill
X - Xtra kilos!
Y - Yellow light
Z - Zzzspecial year!
Monday, January 28, 2008
Well, if you're not busy and are game, why not try it! You won't lose anything, and if it was true, then better. You would be helping those hungry people somewhere in the world.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
A lot of my holidays spent in Baguio… It is about 7 hours or so drive from Manila, with all the toilet and meal breaks… Can get traffic going up or down from the mountain province, especially during Easter and Christmas time…but really worth it! The cool weather is really something that would draw you the Pine City. It has got everything that Manila can offer, from cool hangout spots, yummy restos, parks, malls…including traffic jams!
Must try : Cafe by the Ruins, Camp John Hay Manor, Ukayukay shopping, the SM Mall, horseback riding, strawberry picking, roller skating/blading, some tucked cafe, Rosebowl, Don Henricos, Good Shepherd’s ube jam, peanut brittle, Walk along Session Road….
Must see: Camp John Hay, Mines View, The Mansion, Pink Sisters, the central market, panagbenga flower festival, Ibay’s silver shop, Baguio Country Club, Baguio Cathedral, Grotto, Kennon Road’s Lion, Botanical Garden….
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I know it's not at all a glamourous job, as some people may think of it as. But really, it is a dirty business that requires a whole LOT of effort, patience and 200% love for the industry. Because, it does not pay well. At all. When done right, it may bring in a few freebies here and there, but really to get to that point one would cross a thousand bridges and swim through the Pacific Ocean, maybe at least one hundred times over. But for a travel friek like me, it all is worth it. I breathe, I eat, I sleep with travel on my mind. Conciously and even subconciously. It's a lifestyle. (At least for me).
It's always been a passion. The first time I remember showing signs of being one, I can still recall clearly... I was on a trip with families and friends (about 20 plus of us), and we got stranded on this island. One of our hosts brought us to a beach resort, and it had this huge map of the island hanging on the wall. A bunch of friends were looking at the map trying to decipher were we were, and I sounded like a teacher pointing at the wall, where we were at that time, pointing at where we came from and where we were going. It came oh so naturally that I found myself talking to the "audience" from the heart. Cheesy as it is, but that's my clearest and fondest memory about being a know it all travel person. That, and well, in elementary I would find joy in memorising capital cities of countries, locating them on the map/atlas, and just really enjoying my Geography classes. Seems like I may have been born into it after all.
Anyway, recently I have been having these bursts of email again from previous clients looking for me, wanting me to set up my own travel agency. It has crossed my mind again, and I am currently studying it to see whether it is worth my while to actually set up a home based travel agency, or whether I should just stick to being employed.
I have been researching a bit on IATA, because although I have got an IATA card, it's different to actually have an IATA accredited travel agency. Being a woman, I can see how/why women want to start their own travel agency business. But, hey having said that, I am not just any other woman who would like to start her own Travel business. I'm here to start my empire! Haha! So many great finds and interesting read while researching this. I should probably do this again tomorrow!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Whether or not you are a Surf enthusiast, this amazing view will surely leave you breathless. I have come across this Wave just last October when I was in Canberra, watching Discovery Channel. It was a sight to behold, and til then I never knew something of its kind existed. Call me ignorant!
I have tried to search for photos to show, but none would justify it's grandeur. Let me just tell you a few amazing facts about this, and you do your own photo research!
It is an Amazonian wave (or a tidal bore, when it happens elsewhere)
The incoming tide forms a wave that travels against the direction of the current.
Can go as high as 4 metres, travelling up to 13 kilometres upstream the Amazon River.
It comes from the indigenous Tupi Language, which translates to 'great destructive noise', but for some they just refer to it as 'the monster'.
It is very popular with Surfers, and there even is a world competition to ride this amazing wave! Picuruta Salazar, holds this record as of the moment...(click link to see photo of Pocoroca)
This phenomenon happens once a day, once a night, for three days in February/March, when the rain and full moon raises high tide where the Amazon river empties onto the Atlantic.