UTOPIA !

 

These past couple of weeks I’ve been in full travel planning mode as I’m trying to organize everything for my upcoming business trips, so I couldn’t help but reminisce one of the most special spots I’ve ever stayed in. As you probably remember from previous post I mentioned that I will be visiting LA then VEGAS and back to LA. Los Angeles is one of my favorite places to travel too, Not only is it incredibly beautiful but there are also so many new places to discover every time you visit it. I wont share a travel guide with all my tips about where to eat, shop and have fun because to each his own ! I am just going to post about the hotels I stayed in and some of the places I liked.
so it’s high time I revealed the ultimate place to stay in the LA: Hotel Beverly Terrace ! It should be called Utopia though because at least to me the hotel is yard is just how I imagine Utopia!

Perched on a secluded hill overlooking the mountains of Beverly Hills, the hotel beverly terrace is the crown jewel of Beverly Hills hotels. The outer look of the hotel and the Lobby doesn’t reflect what its really like to walk in further inside. from the moment I’ve arrived I welcomed with chilled drinks at the bar. Shortly after checking in, I had a walk all around the hotel which really sealed the deal – and I was like this is going to be a fantastic 2 days.

The hotel was a maze of bright grey alleyways leading to the rooms. Some rooms like mine had a direct access to the yard pictured above. Its very hard to mix vintageness with modernness and come up with a masterpiece of design. I was positively surprised by how well it integrated with its surroundings. The atmosphere was also great – chic, relaxed and luxurious all in one. The hotel was not to big but it really had everything I needed: A rooftop area, an outdoor cocktail bar, a gym, a cute little busniess center and one of the best restaurants in the area.

The room was not spacious but very well designed to look so, spotless clean and beautifully decorated. Truth be told, I was worried it could be noisy as it also overlooked the yard/bar area, this was not an issue throughout my stay not at all. One of the things I really loved about the Hotel Beverly Terrace was how relaxed and intimate it felt. I typically spent my two nights unwinding by the roof, soaking up the sun, listening to great tunes and socializing with the amazing staff. That’s not to say that I didn’t get to enjoy the surrounding area too.

If you’re looking for a place in Los Angeles where you can treat yourself to a relaxing holiday, Then this hotel is absolutely the only hotel you should pick !

It may be pricey indeed but don’t let the cost startle you; you’ll be rewarded with one of your best traveling experiences for sure.

A special shout for the super amazing staff Yenory, Maria from the front desk and Aleckx from the bar/restaurants. At some places staff really make the difference !

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Emirates Airline A380 Business Class Review

 

My connection was 1 hour in Dubai airport so I had to run immediately to the gate “flight number EK215” rather than the business class lounge, I boarded through the door on the lower deck, walked up the staircase through first class, and then found myself in the business class cabin.

Emirates’ A380 business class cabin is massive, with 76 seats. There’s a forward business class cabin with 58 seats, and then a rear cabin with 18 seats. As you can see, the forward cabin is huge.

Emirates’ A380 business class product is in a staggered configuration, with each fully flat seat featuring direct aisle access.

I had assigned myself seat 18A, which was the window seat in the fourth to last row of the forward cabin. Emirates’ business class seats are staggered, meaning that in each row they alternate between being closer to the aisle and being closer to the window. you’ll want to select the seats closest to the window, if possible. That’s because these seats have significantly more privacy, and really feel like cocoons.

 

As you can see below, the seats closer to the aisle don’t have nearly as much privacy, and feel quite exposed

Meanwhile to my right was the entertainment controller, seat controller, minibar, power outlets, and more storage.

Generally speaking I find this type of staggered configuration to feel pretty claustrophobic, especially the area for your feet, which is often too small to be able to move your feet when in the reclined position.

The meal was done about 2hr30min after takeoff, which is quite long for a three course meal. Then again, it’s not like there’s much of a rush on a 16+ hour flight.

As far as the service goes, I think the crew was friendly, though I think Emirates’ service procedures in business class are way better than any other airline I’ve tried. The entire experience feels like an assembly line.

I really felt guilty asking for things “out of turn,” although the crew is so nice during the service they also looked so stressed. and has a very specific procedure. Perhaps part of the problem is that Emirates has a pretty big business class cabin.

So while it’s not the crew’s fault, there’s room for improvement on Emirates’ part.

At this point we were approaching Russia, and I decided to check out the bar at the back of business class.

In the bar there was dedicated cabin crew called Christina from “Lithuania” she was simply amazing, as a person who cannot sleep during flights I spent most of my time at the bar chatting with her and other passengers, it was like a social place with people from all around the world.

 

She also offered me a pre-departure beverage from a tray, with the choice between champagne, rose champagne, apple juice, or orange juice. I had a glass of champagne, and was also asked if I wanted the wine list for the flight.

It was my first time on A380 business call and that’s the reason I am posting about it !

Over all it was one of the best flights I have ever took. Emirates exceeded my expectation.

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How Many Times You Should Try

In a society where the one thing constantly celebrated and harped on is success, sometimes we forget the failures that come along with every “person of the year” cover story. Today’s infographic highlights some of the failures experienced by world-renowned individuals:

 

Breaking it down:

  • Steven Spielberg was rejected by the University of Southern California Film School 3 times. He eventually attended another school, only to drop out and become a director. He returned school to earn his BA 35 years later.

 

  • Productivity guru Tim Ferris was rejected by publishers 25 times for his book The 4-Hour Workweek. It went on to become a New York Times’ Best Seller, as has his next two books The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Chef.

 

  • Founder of Pandora, Tim Westergren, was rejected by over 300 VCs when pitching for funding. The company spent 2.5 years broke. To compensate for the lack of funds, Westergren worked for free and convinced others to do the same.

 

  • Richard Branson launched 400 companies before founding one that is out of this world (Virgin Galactic). As with any successful entrepreneur, he has failed in many businesses from Virgin Cola to Virgin Brides to Virgin Cars to Virgin Clothing to Virgin Cosmetics. Bet you didn’t know that Branson launched a cosmetics company before, did you? He even started a condoms company in 1987 (which he sold a year later) that has become big in the UK!

 

  • Colonel Sanders was rejected 1,009 times when trying to sell his fried chicken recipe.[6] As we all know, KFC is a world-renowned franchise today and likely inspired the launch of other fried chicken companies. I share more of Colonel’s story here .

 

  • Sylvester Stallone was rejected 1,500 times when he tried selling his script and himself for what would be the film Rocky. Stallone suffers from partial paralysis in his face which made it difficult for him to get casted in an industry that’s all about looks. Today, Rocky is one of the most successful film series of all time, grossing more than US $1 billion.

 

  • James Dyson, founder of the Dyson, created 5,126 times failed prototypes of his vacuum cleaner before succeeding. Today, Dyson sells machines in over 70 countries and employs more than 7,000 people worldwide.

 

  • And you probably know this one: Thomas Edison created 10,000 failed prototypes of his electric bulb before succeeding. As he famously said,

    “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

    It is easy to ignore the hard work and failures that winners experienced in their success as they may seem uncool or unsexy.

But failure is part and parcel of success. Failure is where we learn about ourselves and ways that don’t work. Failure is where we become more intelligent and gain more experience and understand the gaps in our skills. Failure is where we move closer to success.

 

Meaning… to succeed fast,

  1. Learn to fail. Fast. Take action. Try different things. Bad ideas, good ideas; it don’t matter. Just put yourself out THERE.
  2. Then, learn from these failures. Be curious. Understand what worked and what didn’t work.
  3. Fix the issues that didn’t work and revise your strategy.
  4. Then, try again.

The more you fail, the more experienced you are. The more experienced you are, the smarter you become. The smarter you become, the higher your chances of success. And in a matter of time, you will reach your desired goal.

SIX SENSES ZIL PASYON

FÉLICITÉ, SEYCHELLES

Six Senses Zil Pasyon is a luxury boutique beach resort in the Seychelles, located on the private island of Félicité. With other inner islands nearby for activities, Zil Pasyon is secluded and offers guests the utmost in privacy and luxury.

AT A GLANCE

  • Features just 30 villas and 17 private residences on a private island, exclusive to Six Senses
  • The area is superb for diving and snorkelling
  • Take a stroll through the impressive flora along the island’s walking paths
  • Make full use of your villa’s private wine cellar and butler service for the ultimate luxury experience

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Top 7 Dog Breeds to help you be happier 

As someone who has suffered from depression, I cannot express the value my dogs Chen and Chloe both has brought to my life. The happiness, the companionship, the responsibility, the activity, the touch, and the laughter.

While many of us have heard about the studies proving dogs reduce stress, tension, and depression – I’m here to convince you to take the next step. To jumpstart the mental process of actually picking up a pouch and taking a step toward a depression free life.

Raising and owning dogs since the age of 13,  taught me an abundance on my furry friends. Anything from breed characteristics and temperament to maintenance and health risks.

The key to choosing a dog to help overcome depression is quite different than choosing one for general needs. You’ll want to find a breed which is playful yet not overly energetic, loving and not independent, low maintenance, and somewhat portable.

Here is a list of such dogs:

1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Pros: Very affectionate, portable, easy to train, and great for apartments.

Cons: They need to be groomed and they’re prone to heart issues.

 

2. Pug

 

Pros: Funny personality, portable, highly adaptable, and very positive temperament.

Cons: Shedding, not good in heat, and potential breathing issues.

 

3. Chow Chow

Pros: Extremely affectionate, playful, very good with children and full of love.

Cons: Needs Constant grooming, stubborn in a funny way.

 

4. Golden Retriever

Pros: Loving, athletic, easy to train, love to swim.

Cons: Shedding, have been known to nip, need to be groomed, not great for apartments.

 

5. Poodle

Pros: Adaptable, long life-span, natural performer, great family dog.

Cons: Professional grooming, prone to bloat.

 

6. Labrador Retriever

Pros: Loyal, easy to train, and active.
Cons: Potential hip and joint problems, needs space.

 

7. French Bulldog 

Pros: healthy, athletic, very clean, loving.
Cons: Needs lots attention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coachella April 2017

 

 

It has always been on my list-to do ! Coachella music festival. And by pure coincidence I will be able to catch their second round (weekend) 21st April during my business trip to California.

Here is a brief about the festival:

 

Held in the dessert of Indio, CA, Coachella is an annual music festival that takes place from Friday to Sunday during two select weekends in April. Operated by the concert business, Goldenvoice, many describe Coachella as the “Festival of the Year.

In 2017 some of my favorite music artists will perform.

Coachella Rituals:

1. You have channel your inner hippie by dressing in a certain style.

2. You can basically sit on the grass enjoying some good food and drinks while watching your favorite artists perform.

3. You will surely meet tons of strangers, dance with them and make a long lasting friendship with those you click with.

Credit: STS/WENN.com

It will cost around $400 for general admission which you can never purchase by now except along with “outstanding in the field” pass its basically dinner served by celebrity chef “NOT MY INTEREST”. It costs $225. So the total will go up to $625.

Now my biggest concern is that I am on a really tight schedule and I am not sure if I can attend it this year’s event or no. Not to mention the drive from where I am staying is 4 hrs going there and back. So I have to decide by this weekend after finalizing my business schedule and meetings in LA.

According to a friend I trust he told me about Coachella 2016: “Overall Coachella was, without exaggeration the best weekend of my life. Flume, Disclosure, Guns N’ Roses, Big Sean, Ice Cube and Zedd are only a few of the very talented bands and artists I got to hear play with my awesome happy people all around you.”

 

Tickets can be purchased either through :

Coachella.com

or

stubhub.com 

Bang & Olufsen review: Bluetooth speakers bliss Beoplay A1 

I am a huge fan of B&O when it comes to sound quality and excellent design, so don’t judge my sanity if I confessed that I own three B&O audio products two Bluetooth speakers and one headphone (outdated cannot review it)

It’s not often a Bluetooth speaker has its designer’s name tucked away within its specification. But then the BeoPlay AWhich I both purchased” by Bang & Olufsen, are no ordinary Bluetooth speakers; they are both exemplary for the kind of sound quality that can be achieved at this small scale.

The thing is, their prices point is far from ordinary too. The obvious question, then, is whether it’s worth the investment?

Bang & Olufsen is well known for its design. The Danish company walks the line between understated and outlandish, falling into the former camp for the A1 (it is designed by Cecilie Manz – a well-known industrial designer)

Beoplay A1 circular base gives it a nautical, port-hole kind of appearance – especially once it’s been hung from the wall via its tied leather strap.
Up top is an aluminium grille, complete with arrangement of fine holes to disperse sound; beneath which is a polymer base with hidden soft-touch buttons to hold everything together.

The two parts are well connected, although they look somewhat separate from one another. Rested on a tabletop and it’s not necessarily B&O Play’s finest work, especially compared to some of its higher-end products.

Operability is great. A USB Type-C port ensures quick charging of the 2,200mAh on-board battery, which can last for up to a day at a time. We’ve easily been getting two working days at a time when set to a reasonable volume.

There’s app connectivity with the B&O BeoPlay, but connectivity isn’t as complex as some larger dedicated speakers. There’s no Airplay, or WiFi, for example – although it is possible to pair two of the speakers into a stereo pair, if you have a lot of spare cash to buy two of them.

Design shortcomings are more comparisons to the competition rather than major failings: the B&O lacks waterproofing like the Ultimate Ears UE Boom, for example, while its sound can’t project in as full a 360-degree arrangement either.

But just because it can’t fire sound out in all directions really doesn’t matter – it’s not like you’ll mount it backwards and hope it sounds at its best. Indeed, when you first hear the BeoPlay A1 you’ll be surprised that sound this good can come from something so small.

The real standout point for the A1 is just how significant its bass response is from a speaker of this size. It’s taut and can manage frequencies as low as 60Hz, which is plenty base enough. Having caught-up with DJ Friction’s D&B show on Radio 1, it did a grand job of firing out basslines like a speaker far larger would. That’s down to an “aluminium core sub-woofer, powerful magnetic system and amps,” says B&O.

Not that it’s all bass – the BeoPlay A1 is really well balanced with its delivery of all kinds of music, from ensuring mid-range vocals cut through, to sparkly high-end percussion. It’s not overly sharp nor resonant, just a real exemplary speaker for how good sound quality can be at this scale.

Verdict

It might be small “for that I bought it” but the B&O BeoPlay A1’s big sound makes it standout in the portable Bluetooth speaker market. We may have baulked at its price at first, but given how good it sounds, we think it’s worth every cent.

Sure, there’s no WiFi, AirPlay, waterproofing or 360-degree design like some of its competitors, but the solid battery, build quality, extra drive of bass and sheer audio clarity give this speaker the upper hand when it comes to sound quality. The BeoPlay A1 is well worth saving up for.

 

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Diem: HOT Brazilian Shoe Brand

I love fashion ! and I admire Brazilian concepts. As usual I was randomly browsing the internet for new fashion items found this stunning Shoes Brand, what is special about it in short:

  1. Simple yet stunning designs !
  2. All models are unisex.
  3. Variety of designs.
  4. Sophisticated materials and Made in Brazil !
  5. PRICES ARE JUST PERFECT !

The website does not support english yet, I know that very soon it will ! although its not a problem if you use chrome browser as it will translated it into english.

I will certainly orderer my favorite pairs through Aramex since they offer a virtual address in Brazil !

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