Nov 28, 2010

Need a help in Beijing?

When I was traveling in Beijing, 
my friend recommended  me to contact John (Zhang Yong Xin), a friendly funny Chinese driver.
She enjoyed his service as a driver and guide.
She said he could drive me around and translate or bargain for whatever for me.
So, I booked him for 5 days.
At first, I didn't expect that I would need his help that much.
When I was in China, I realized that
it was almost impossible to take a taxi cab to anywhere(even 10 blocks from the hotel) 
without speaking Chinese at all.
John ended up becoming my lifesaver, helping get everywhere and discounts for lots of things.

I wouldn't have had such a great time without his help.
 So, if you are planning to travel to China but don't know any Chinese at all,
you might need a help and he is definitely the guy for you!
His website is 
I was impressed in his easy-going styles, compromising deal, trustworthy personality, local knowledge and sense of humor :)

Nov 24, 2010

The Love of Concrete

Cast Concrete Shopfront in São Paolo
Architect: Marcio Kogan
Location: Sao Paulo,
Design Year: 2006
Construction Year: 2007
Co-author: Bruno Gomes, Bruno Guedes
Collaborators: Diana Radomysler, Oswaldo Pessano, Renata Furlanetto, Samanta Cafardo, Suzana Glogowski, Lair Reis, Carolina Castroviejo, Eduardo Glycerio, Maria Cristina Motta, Gabriel Kogan, Mariana Simas
Site Area: 504 sqm
Constructed Area: 250 sqm
Contractor: Pentágono Engenharia
Photographs: Fran Parente, Nelson Kon

My Idealistic Loft Space

I am in love with the raw materials...
rough textures, colors and emptiness...

Love The Ice.

 I never like the cold but if it is cold and cool just like this,
I can live there!

"This is the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, a tourist attraction that's being rebuilt every year, since 1990.
The entire hotel is made completely out of ice blocks taken from the Torne River - even the glasses in the bar are made of ice. The hotel has more than 80 rooms and suites, a bar, reception area and church. The hotel only exists between December and April. Each room is unique and the architecture of the hotel is changed each year, as it is rebuilt from scratch. (Wikipedia)"

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