This Itchy Feet in Asia www.thisitchyfeet.asia


Number one in extent, number one in population. The world’s largest continent is also the most populous with approximately 3,8 billion inhabitants, 60% percent of the world’s population. China and India are the dominant countries in the Asian market, but when it comes to vacations the southeast part of the continent is more popular: Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Lately, South Vietnam and Cambodia have emerged as upcoming destinations for restless travelers, while Tokyo in Japan is always a must-go place for people that want to live, even for a few days, in a “Megalopolis”. India on the other hand offers other kind of thrills: busy big cities, curry smell and the sacred river of Ganges. The Great Wall in northern China and the Taj Mahal in northern India are sights you shouldn’t miss.

Asia is home to several language families and many language isolates. Most Asian countries have more than one language that is natively spoken. For instance, according to Ethnologue, more than 600 languages are spoken in Indonesia, more than 800 languages spoken in India, and more than 100 are spoken in the Philippines. China has many languages and dialects in different provinces.

Asia is too massive and diverse to conceptualize as a single digestible travel “destination”. Continue reading

Beach and Spa Villas – Resorts World Singapore


Spa Villas is a collection of more than 30 villas floating on a lagoon located at the western tip of Resorts World Sentosa, guests at the Beach Villas are guaranteed privacy while they enjoy spectacular views of glittering waters. Everyone is guaranteed to find themselves in paradise with this series of exquisite tropical sanctuaries, lavishly designed with tailored furnishings making it the perfect setting for an idyllic retreat. To cater to their every whim and fancy the guests at the Beach Villas can call upon their own personal butlers and transport buggies throughout their stay – regardless of the room type one stays in!

Within each of the villa, the guests are to discover living areas and bedrooms that open out to mini gardens, private timber sundecks and verandahs elegantly framing either lush greenery or an expanse of sea. Continue reading

Summer Ideas: What’s Inside Marina Bay Sands Singapore? | SG Summer, Summer Ideas & Tips


We have featured this amazing place to stay when in Singapore on the previous article about Marina Bay Sands. But today we would like to share the major attractions one can definitely not forget once experienced! Marina Bay Sands features three 55-story hotel towers. The three towers are connected by a 1 hectare sky terrace on the roof and very famously called The Sands SkyPark. However, there’s more! Just right in front of the three towers, one can cite the Theatre Block, which is a Convention and Exhibition Facilities Block. And of course, you just can’t miss the Casino Block, which have up to 1000 gaming tables and 1400 slot machines. From the latest article, we covered The ArtScience Museum that is standing right next to the three blocks with its lotus magnificence and retractable roof that provides an amazing waterfall coming from the roof of through of collected rainwater when closed in the day and with laser shows when opened at night. In front of the Event Plaza is the Wonder Full show, a light and water spectacular that is the largest in Southeast Asia.

Summer Ideas: Marina Bay Sands Singapore | SG Summer, Summer Ideas & Tips


Summer Ideas: Marina Bay Sands Singapore | SG Summer, Summer Ideas & Tips.

SWIM ON TOP OF THE WORLD! Is Marina Bay Sands’moniker, why not? It is almost true as Hotel guest enjoy privileged access to the iconic Sands Skypark and stunning Infinity Pool. Marina Bay is Singapore’s newest entertainment destination, offering luxury accommodation, shopping, dining, world-class entertainment, convention and exhibition facilities. This is probably the biggest hotel in Singapore with its three 55-storey towers, 2,560 luxury rooms and suites, and 18 different room types. Its 230 luxury suites come with butler service; VIP privileged access and panoramic views of the South China Sea and the Singapore skyline. Extending from each room’s balcony, the “Hanging Gardens” of bougainvillea provides a magnificent backdrop, overlooking the upcoming Gardens by the Bay.  

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Zen Today: Change.


People, situation or things cannot change without the cooperation of everyone involved. It needs to start somewhere. Sometimes, the current go against us, but we don’t let it carry us along the wrong side of the shore or deeper into the water. We don’t blame the water and the current because it’s not going the way we are going – we look into our raft or boat first, then the paddle, then maybe observe the way we row. We are probably not just doing it right, the current is always going in different directions. It is something we cannot control or blame and curse to change. We either have to get a different raft or bigger boat, or a wider paddle – or change the way we row...

Thin Line Between: Paranormal – Psychological.


I read a magazine this morning, one article contributor described genius people and retards are all in the same group – “abnormal”. I figured he is right, anything that goes above and below the limit is “not normal”. However, apart from being normal and not normal, there is also something called “special” which means undefined beyond any circumstances, and “ordinary” plainly states as the opposite of the latter. Continue reading

Zen Today: Greatness.


It is never forced or is subject to provocation. The art of controlling and mastering when to use it, how to use it and who to use it against – is the only way to gauge power, greatness and strength. It is the balance of physical skill, mental reasoning, emotional adaptability, and logical reflex. 

What Is Your Blog Objective – Followers or Viewers?



IT DEPENDS!

I woke up this morning with so many email – work, twitter, stumbleUpon, digg, tumblr, wordpress – all of them. It made my day, one particular spam made me write this article. It is a realization, I was given an advise on how I can drive traffic into my site by going into a certain website, back links and being on top of google searches etc.  I honestly appreciated it – unfortunately, she is barking on a wrong tree. You see –  and I would say I am not the only one who will agree on this, why it made my day when I woke up with my social emails is – it is not fake, no force, and no special techie effort on my site traffic, and I am proud of my small group of followers. You can bawl all you like but that is my stand – I have a purpose when I created my site 4 months back, and it is still the same up to now. Yes, It Depends! Continue reading

Product Review: Inhaling Sickness! Let’s Use HEPA Filters.


The Air That We Breathe

Can you imagine inhaling a very bad carbon dioxide?

Isn’t that flammable? The brain cell gets toasted, suddenly losing trigonometry and physics from high school.

It can make you dumb or stupid – I embraced that thought ever since I was a kid. Of course, that is not the case – not deadly and won’t make one dumb, but is not an excuse to release one in a room full of people.

I don’t plan to discuss “farting and carbon dioxide” in this article, however, it is very relative to breathing and living.

Human take in oxygen and emits carbon dioxide which is beneficial to other species – plants to be exact. If we take in something that is not beneficial to us, then it is harmful. Unfortunately for humans, we don’t wither and die easily if we take in something harmful – cigarette, alcohol, spoiled food, bacteria and viruses – our system fight and it makes health struggle, we die slow and painful. We get cancer of all types and diseases of different kind.

In order to make us immune and healthy – we supply our system with enough Vitamins and health boosting supplements, eat and live a healthy lifestyle, and manage to see our family doctor for regular check up.

Are we guaranteed a long and healthy life then? No. Ouch! That’s a lot of spending and health conscious effort! Continue reading

Grown Ups!


Men And Friendship

I was checking on a list of Torrents to download – Fine, I am a regular person with regular habits. I am an anti-piracy advocate. Going back, I decided I want a good laugh so I sorted out Adam Sandler‘s flicks – he is one of my fave, when God showered the world with humor – he was outside sun-bathing. Crazy. I bumped into Grown Ups – if I am not mistaken, he co – produced this under his Happy Madison TM. Full brand of comic relief and moral lesson. Really, no man is an island – and men are a perfect statement for this cliché. With all my heart – I find it really appealing. Women, not generalizing, but a majority, have lesser chances of having long-term friendship bond unlike men. Continue reading

The Next BIG Thing.


But Do We See It?

It starts today.  What is the first thing you think about when you wake up?  Is it – how lovely your day ended before sleeping last night, or how bad the dinner was, maybe how amazing it felt when your boss agreed with your project, or probably how great the party was? It’s a lot of things, good or bad, money or life. But it all comes down to – What happened before you sleep. Why? We have different reasons.  The most common is:

 “So I’d know what to do today…” OR “So next time I’ll do better than how I did last night/yesterday/last week/last month or year…or when that day I was born…etc…”

These are all valid and unquestionable.  As a matter of fact, our reasoning is the one that dictates our individualism.  Because of that, no one can say you are wrong without being so personal about it. Often times, we get hurt and resist the truth the moment we hear it – That’s personality and attitude working. Doing something about it is character, but how we do it is where substance and depth comes in.  Is there really a right approach on seeing things so we can all be successful?  I’ve asked myself that question, twice in my life, that’s when I had two major disappointments – career wise.  I asked that question the 1st time it happened.  Going back and analyzing where I messed up. Continue reading

Tasting Garlic Ice Cream


This is Classic! Am sharing this to Matt and Bill. Thanks Dasbloggen! I like your blogs 😉

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As soon as I heard that there was an ice cream parlour in Vancouver that sold garlic ice cream, I knew I had to go. I’m pretty adventurous in my tastes, and I love to try new crazy foods – even if they do sound disgusting – so off I hopped to La Casa Gelato with a spring in my step.

If Willy Wonka ever decided to expand his candy business to ice cream, he’d have a tough time competing with this place. Upon entering, I let out an immediate groan. There before me were an amazing 218 different flavours of ice cream, all lined up in a row. Some people might think this is a good thing, but personally I think so much choice is a bad thing. It means going through the horrible process of deciding what you want. Who the hell likes deciding stuff?

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EAT PRAY LOVE: Finding Yourself.


Finding Yourself.

Life is a test of character and strength.

The struggle?

Man’s initial reaction to pain and confusion is always the same – Anger. Until it eats you up you never stop.

The moment you get tired – that’s the only time you accept you are a looser. But until you beat yourself up for being one, you will never move on.

It takes time, and no one is hurrying us. Besides, no matter what other people say, whether you believe them or not. You’d still knock yourself blind.

It’s human nature don’t worry.  Amazingly normal.  Only to a certain degree of course, don’t get me wrong.

Consider EQ – it is your saving grace. Follow through with realism, it leads to acceptance and freedom. Continue reading

He’s just not that into you Movie


starring Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Drew Barrymore, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Justin Long, Kevin Connolly, Scarlett Johanssen

 

The Exception To The Rule.


The Exception To The RULE.

First and foremost – this is for my best friend Joni.

I am having a very nice and fulfilling vacation in Hongkong, when I finally checked on my emails – a girlfriend of mine sends about 2 emails in every 20 minute interval – The boyfriend issue.

I wanted to comfort her, but I am miles away. So for you my friend, and all the girls out there who are dating or in a relationship – Cheer up! This is the day when you will stop “figuring it out”.

Just a heads up, I am not anti-fairy tale. I am not a heartless girl neither a player or a rebel when it comes to love and emotion, or “relationships”. I sucked a couple of times, but then I realized you “don’t go with it”.

You should be in sync with the “relationship” and not “just with the partner”.

The Dilemma.

It sounds confusing and vague I know. What’s even frustrating is when you start analyzing it becomes more complex.

Remember, love and affection is an emotion, a feeling, not mathematics or science.

The rule is not to lose yourself with “just the partner” but to the relationship as a whole – or else, you lose your individuality, which is actually the main reason why your partner chose you – of all the billions of girls out there.

All I know is – Love is a very strong emotion, therefore it should be realistic or else – your sanity is at stake together with your being.

When you focus on the relationship more and not just/only with your partner – you get a better perspective of what the “real deal” is, or what really is happening and why you or the other is probably not happy or satisfied. Instead of changing yourself or compromising too much – which is actually a result of being into the partner instead of being into the relationship, it is more likely that you’ll be able to use logic and common sense instead of the overwhelming, confusing, and most often misleading emotions.

Emotions can rob you off of common sense and logic, making you less likely in touch with a gut feeling or that inside voice – instinct. Like any animal – humans alike follow instinct or gut which makes reflexes respond naturally. However, instincts or that inside voice can be compromised if logic and common sense are clouded with intense emotions.

Scenario: Being into the relationship instead of being into the partner.

Bad:

Maybe it’s because I am so busy and I can’t give him enough time, or I have other priorities aside from him.

Good:

He is probably not contented or happy anymore. He suddenly realized that “this” is not working for him at all.

Ask yourself:

But he is well aware of this even before we started dating, I make sure I have 2 weekdays and a weekend spent together at least. Am I not being committed? Am I lacking despite I am having such a hard time trying to balance “us”?

Exactly. Should you analyze the BAD or the GOOD? Concentrate on the GOOD: He is probably not contented or happy anymore. He suddenly realized that “this” is not working for him at all. 

This is how one should think when analyzing a relationship situation. Go for the GOOD instead of the BAD. Look at the question that arises, it goes into the root.

Should you blame yourself despite knowing you are committed? No. You know too well you are doing your part. If he is asking more than what you are capable of – he is being selfish. If he said he cheated because of that – it’s crap. If he said he is unhappy now because he is looking for a 24/7 relationship.

What will you do? You having been able to understand it – will only compromise enough and not too much , you will not be led into an emotional trap that we all are AVOIDING causing clouded logic and common sense.

Greg Behrendt

The Self-Help.

He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt.

I have read and followed this book for years now.

I wouldn’t say I have perfected the craft – believe me, no matter what book you read, what advice you take – the only thing that will help you learn, is your tears. Sometimes, it’s not even enough – we just want to go ahead and bang our heads straight to the wall until we bleed. Once you saw blood – then you learn.

Greg’s (Author) book is all about transparency, realism, and frankness.

Setting yourself up for a good cup instead of a bad one. I guess, he’s got some point on the rule and exception. The obvious doesn’t mean you can assume. Let’s not make life complicated and too colorful or dramatic. I’ve shared some quotes from his book – for my friend.

Stop and think – It actually helped, especially if you are the type who is always “out there” (too vulnerable), and is always paired for dating. Make this your bible, it doesn’t necessarily mean you stop hoping to catch Prince Charming, you are just trying to avoid those “toads” that are everywhere.

Greg Behrendt > Quotes

“If he’s not calling you, it’s because you are not on his mind. If he creates expectations for you, and then doesn’t follow through on little things, he will do same for big things. Be aware of this and realize that he’s okay with disappointing you. Don’t be with someone who doesn’t do what they say they’re going to do. If he’s choosing not to make a simple effort that would put you at ease and bring harmony to a recurring fight, then he doesn’t respect your feelings and needs. “Busy” is another word for “asshole.” “Asshole” is another word for the guy you’re dating. You deserve a fcking phone call.”

“I’m about to make a wild, extreme and severe relationship rule: the word busy is a load of crap and is most often used by assholes. The word “busy” is the relationship Weapon of Mass Destruction. It seems like a good excuse, but in fact in every silo you uncover, all you’re going to find is a man who didn’t care enough to call. Remember men are never too busy to get what they want.”

“Here’s something else to think about: calling when you say you’re going to be the very first brick in the house you are building of love and trust. If he can’t lay this one stupid brick down, you ain’t never gonna have a house baby, and it’s cold outside.”

“Don’t be flattered that he misses you. He should miss you. You are deeply miserable. However, he’s still the same person who just broke up with you. Remember, the only reason he can miss you is because he’s choosing, every day, not to be with you.”

“Let’s start with this statistic: You are delicious. Be brave, my sweet. I know you can get lonely. I know you can crave companionship and sex and love so badly that it physically hurts. But I truly believe that the only way you can find out that there’s something better out there is to first believe there’s something better out there. What other choice is there?”

“You picked a lemon, throw it away lemonade is overrated. Freaks should remain at the circus, not in your apartment. You already have one asshole. You don’t need another. Make a space in your life for the glorious things you deserve. Have faith.”

“We have become a sloppy bunch of people. We say things we don’t mean. We make promises we don’t keep. “I’ll call you.” “Let’s get together.” We know we won’t. On the Human Interaction Stock Exchange, our words have lost almost all their value. And the spiral continues, as we now don’t even expect people to keep their word; in fact we might even be embarrassed to point out to the dirty liar that they never did what they said they’d do. So if a guy you’re dating doesn’t call when he says he’s doing to, why should that be such a big deal? Because you should be dating a man who’s at least as good as his word.”

“It’s very tempting when you really want to be with someone to settle for much, much less — even a vague pathetic facsimile of less — than you would have ever imagined. Remember always what you set out to get and please don’t settle for less. These guys exist because there are a lot of women out there who allow them to.”

“Busy’ is another word for ‘asshole’. ‘Asshole’ is another word for the guy you’re dating.”

“Girls are taught a lot of stuff growing up. If a guy punches you he likes you. Never try to trim your own bangs and someday you will meet a wonderful guy and get your very own happy ending. Every movie we see, Every story we’re told implores us to wait for it, the third act twist, the unexpected declaration of love, the exception to the rule. But sometimes we’re so focused on finding our happy ending we don’t learn how to read the signs. How to tell from the ones who want us and the ones who don’t, the ones who will stay and the ones who will leave. And maybe a happy ending doesn’t include a guy, maybe… it’s you, on your own, picking up the pieces and starting over, freeing yourself up for something better in the future. Maybe the happy ending is… just… moving on. Or maybe the happy ending is this, knowing after all the unreturned phone calls, broken-hearts, through the blunders and misread signals, through all the pain and embarrassment you never gave up hope.”

“We’re taught that in life, we should try to look on the bright side. Not in this case. In this case, assume rejection first. Assume you’re the rule, not the exception. It’s liberating. But we also know it’s not an easy concept. -He’s not just into you”

“A man who wants to make a relationship work will move mountains to keep the woman he loves”

“If the guy you’re dating doesn’t seem to be completely into you, or you feel the need to start ‘figuring him out,’ please consider the glorious thought that he might just not be that into you. And then free yourself to go find someone that is.”

“Don’t waste the pretty”

Cheaters never prosper. (Because they suck.) ”

“Don’t spend your time on and give your heart to any guy who makes you wonder about anything related to his feelings for you”

“A man would rather be trampled by elephants on fire than tell you he’s just not that into you.”

“You already have one asshole, you don’t need another one”

“Big plans require big action”

“Life is hard enough as it is without choosing someone difficult to share it with”

“Alone also means available for someone outstanding.”

“It’s an odd thing to think about, but try imagining that your breakup is a disease. If you were told that you had a serious yet curable disease, would you go get hammered on a regular basis? Eat two bags of Oreos? Chain-smoke, pop, pills, get stoned, or fuck around? NO YOU WOULDN’T. You would take great care of yourself and cut all the unhealthy things out of your life. Because you love yourself, and even if you don’t right now, WE DO. So put the (insert vice here) and start moving on.”

“A friend of mine told a story about a date with a guy she was really excited about: He stood her up. He then called her, begging her forgiveness and giving some excuse. She told him to get lost, telling him that he only gets one shot with her, and he blew it.”

“We (men) would rather lose an arm out a city bus window than tell you simply, “You’re not the one.” We are quite sure you will kill us or yourself or both—or even worse, cry and yell at us.”

“I’m tired of seeing great women in bullshit relationships.”

“He doesn’t have to love your CD collection. He doesn’t have to love your shoes. But any good, mature guy better make an attempt to love your friends and family—especially when they’re great.”

“The quickest way to rectify that mistake (choosing the wrong person) is by learning from that, moving on, and choosing much wiser in the future.”

“Because here’s what guys don’t do if they can’t live without you: They don’t break up with you.”

“I’m about to make a wild, extreme, and a severe relationship rule: THE WORD “BUSY” IS A LOAD OF CRAP AND IS MOST OFTEN USED BY ASSHOLES. The word “busy” is the relationship Weapon of Mass Destruction. Remember: Men are never too busy to get what they want.”
― Greg Behrendt, He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

My Word of Advice.

Life is a puzzle.

Each of the people are puzzle pieces that make up that puzzle.

Every puzzle piece is meant to fit another puzzle piece – you cannot force a piece that has different edges and vice versa.

In every relationship, there is someone who is bound to fit you perfectly or almost, without too much effort or convenience – just right.

The key is to keep trying while you keep your edges intact for the right puzzle piece to come along.

– Maria Bunda, Author of The Hunter’s Bloodline

 

A Copywriter is Expected to be Perfect. But Perfect is Superficial.


A Copywriter is Expected to be Perfect. But Perfect is Superficial..

Read this quote before you beat me up with negative comments.

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

—Ernest Hemingway

Writing is a Craft.

It is always a work in progress – only attained by consistently reading and revising. Which I think is the reason there are books with different Editions.

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Agoda Picks: The Chateau Spa & Organic Wellness Resort


Agoda Picks: The Chateau Spa & Organic Wellness Resort.

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The Chateau Spa & Organic Wellness Resort

KM 48 Persimpangan Bertingkat Lebuhraya Karak, Bukit Tinggi, Berjaya Hills, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 28750 (Show on map)
Very attentive services, first class treatment ever…
Eiap, Malaysia  January 03, 2013

Let us try something different in the busy life of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Today’s Agoda Pick sits on panoramic view of the city and the Genting Highlands. Not a very typical hotel and resort, unquestionably one of the best in KL, boasting a 5 Star recognition. This Organic and Wellness Hotel offers Spa Treatments suing Salt! We consider this a perfect and not an ordinary getaway for those who wants a peaceful and very refreshing KL Vacation. Hotel is running on promotion with Agoda and deals applies on this Post.

The Secret of Letting Go


Blame it on New Year – it brings a sense of New Beginnings and Letting Go’s, not to mention – Moving On’s. I was thinking of looking back at 2012’s happenings in my life, but I find myself looking back on the past decade of my life. I don’t know how that came about, I just realized if I look back from last year (it’s already 2 hours to New Year here…), 2013 will be the same as 2012 – or at least not much of a difference.

See, way back 2002 – things are much much different, a lot have happened and the impact of decisions and choices is only felt now til the last days of 2012. Well, technically for the long-term decisions and goals – which I never really have simply because time is never long-term for me. It’s me talking and am not generalizing. If you are one of those people who had the same impulsive and courageous character then we have the same disease. I plainly consider the tomorrow as a chore and live the days as if it were to end today. That is also the reason am saying I felt the consequences of 10 years eating me up just lately. I worried for a while, then got mad, hated myself for a few minutes – then I finally admitted defeat. I can’t beat myself for my choices – it is me, no matter how many New Year’s resolution I write – I live daily and not on tomorrows. What kind of failures really burn? I only know of personal and emotional attachments. Career and finances are always that something we can always recover from. Unfortunately, with raging emotions and physical attachment – things are murky and blurry especially when reason is all but a cliché’. Continue reading

Investing Ideas: McDonald’s COMPS Quarter Pounder


MCD

McDonald’s returned $1.6 billion to its shareholders through share repurchases and dividend payments in the second quarter of 2012. Regardless of the reduction in the future assumptions, I consider the main issues facing the company as recurring in nature. I still see McDonald’s as the best restaurant operator having an extraordinary economic moat.
Global comparable-store sales (comps) rose 3.7% in the second quarter, while U.S. sales are up 3.6%, Europe went up 3.8% and Asia/Pacific,Middle East and Africa (APMEA) up with 0.9% which went down from the last quarter of 7.3% as well as last year’s level of 5.6%. MCD’s solution to declining market share in informal eating-out (IEO) industry and slowdown in comps growth, the company started to implement several strategies in each market with main emphasis on extra-value offer. Although, management noted that most of these measures are short-term and could prove detrimental to margins if exercised on a long-term basis, the company still expects these initiatives to dominate the market from late 2012. Continue reading

Travel Trivia: How NOT to Get LOST while Traveling.


Farther, Farthest and Far

Determining and describing distance in getting directions while traveling on places that one is least familiar with – Is a NECESSITY. Often, when we visit places as “tourists” – we deal with native or local people who does not use English as their 1st dialect. How will you get help or assistance in getting accurate directions from one place to another – I learned through experience, tough one. I realized one word changes the connotation or meaning of the whole sentence – that’s when you get lost. So I will share a trivia, petty as it may seem, but it couldv’e saved me the hassle if I paid enough attention.

The Photos will help you identify the difference and the usage of these words.   Continue reading