Saturday, February 23, 2019

It's always art and design expo season after the Christmas holidays and Artists and designers look forward to these events like the annual Art Fair Philippines Event. 

Art Fair is open on February 22 to 24, 2019 from 10 am to 9pm. Big art studios join the exhibition like Artcube gallery, 1443 Mabini, Artinformal, Silverlens Gallery, Galleria Duemila and many more. 

Some tips before deciding to go to the fair:

1. There is a student/PWD and Senior citizen discount so don't forget to bring your IDs if applicable. 

2. It's recommendable to buy the fair map for easy navigation especially on peak hours.
3. Practice Art Fair Etiquette! To be guided please see link attached 

4.Avoid bringing big bags to avoid the hassle of falling in line on baggage counters.

5. Wear comfortable clothing. People usually take the stairs going to the other gallery spaces because the elevator lobby is jam-packed. 

6. Don't forget to Enjoy!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Sheikh Zayed Mosque is the one of the most beautiful structures in UAE that shows the heritage and culture of the country. It is the first majestic structure that people will see from the Airport. It is the project of the late President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and this eventually became his final resting place.
The largest mosque in the country, it is the key place of worship for daily prayers, Friday gathering and Eid prayers. During Eid it may be visited by more than 41,000 people.
It was designed by Syrian Architect Yousef Abdelky and it took 11 years to finish the construction of the project. Everything inside is hand-made or hand carved and not a single 3d printing machine was used. The mosque was inspired from Persian, Mughal and the Alexandrian Mosque of Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi in Egypt.
This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest hand knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers –10 metres in diameter, 15 metres in height and weighing twelve tonnes. The mosque’s first ceremony was the funeral of its namesake, Sheikh Zayed, who is buried at the site.
How To Get There?
1.      If you are coming from Abu Dhabi city, you can take bus 32, 34, 44 or 54. It’s cheaper to go to the mosque through bus and it will only take about 30 minutes travel time from city proper to the mosque. You can also take a taxi and it will cost for about 35 AED
2.      If you are coming from Dubai, you can take an intercity bus from Ibn Battuta or Al Ghubaiba bus station to Al Wahda mall and then from Al Wahda mall you can take city bus 54. Travel time is about 15 minutes.
Things to remember:
1.      Dress modestly, no shorts, sleeveless, see-through clothes. Women are also asked to wear abaya which are provided in the mosque. (Visitors can also bring their own abaya if they want.)
2.      Smoking and food are not allowed inside.
3.      Before entering the mosque, visitors will be asked to remove their shoes.
4.      Be very respectful of the place.
5.      Of course there are no entrance fees. Mosque is open to visitors daily for 9 am to 10pm except for Friday mornings for worship.
Don’t forget to enjoy the calming and scenic view of the Mosque!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

For the past week, friends in facebook and Instagram share their total expenses in Grab for the year 2018 or even way back to when they installed the app (most likely when Uber was gone). So out of curiosity how much did you spend in Grab for 2018?

To check your “Statement of Accounts” you can google Grab Hub.

And then you will log in using your phone number to which the site will send you a pin number on your phone to enter in the site.

After logging in you’ll be brought to your dashboard where you can check your ride history from your specified date.

The total amount you spent can be seen when you asked for a pdf or an excel file version of the ride history

Most of the rides from last year are for business purposes and site meetings, but if you look into the amount accumulated for the past year, 23K is not a small amount.

Some of the things that you can buy for P23,000?

·        -Airplane ticket and pocket money for local trips
·        -Pocket money for international trips
·        -Airfare to Singapore or Hongkong
·        -A new beginner level DSLR
·        -Capital for small business

But why do we spend so much in Grab? 
NO the question really is “WHY DO WE SPEND SO MUCH IN TRAFFIC??

Modern cities around the globe focus their energy on infrastructure. A good infrastructure is crucial in the development mainly of the socio-economics of the country and tourism. Traffic in general impales a country and that is what happens to the Philippines.

JICA Philippines presented a data last Feb 2018 for the traffic update of 2017 and they computed that the country loses 3.5 Billion daily!

This is because the Philippines don’t invest on mass transportation and the country focuses more on individual car sales for profit.

But what can we do to help relieve this problem? Carpooling is becoming a trending transport solutions for Filipinos in the metro because it’s cheap, very convenient and it builds up camaraderie among the commuters. Ayala malls are also developing a bigger range for their P2P buses spreading as far as Clark Pampanga, Antipolo and Laguna.

The government is also developing a Build, Build, Build scheme that aims to create infrastructure that will solve the main problems of the country.

For this 2019 Let us hope to see some of the Build, Build, Build projects come into fruition and for Filipinos to experience a world class development in the country.

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