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THE CHINESE STOLE MY SNOW GLOBE

I purchased a snow globe while daytripping in Hong Kong.  It was a gift for a relative.  I never gave it much thought.  I just threw it in my backpack.  I had a hotel in Macau where I was visiting for a few days.  I take a ferry back to Macau and continue with my trip.  I have a couple days in Macau before flying back to Manila.

 

I spend a couple more days in Manila and then it's time to head home.  I leave Manila flying a jumbo Air China plane.  There's a several hour layover in Beijing before finally getting back to JFK.  I arrive at Aquino airport around 3:00am and wait in a ridiculously long line to check in.  Nobody says anything about snow globes.  I go through security and customs and get on my plane.  The snow globe is safely wrapped in paper inside my backpack.

 

When I get to Beijing, I start looking for the signs for international transfers.  Beijing has a huge, intimidating airport.  I end up having to go through passport control and security to get to my terminal.  Suddenly, there's a fuss over my backpack.  The security guards are opening up my backpack and going through the sections.  They pull out my snow globe and are making a to do over it.  I am imformed that this is an item not allowed to be taken on the plane as a carry-on item.  This shocks me since I boarded two different flights before arriving at Beijing.

 

I put up a small argument.  I notice that they have several boxes with confiscated items.  There are other snow globes, glass items, lighters and matches.  I guess they resell the items or divvy them up among themselves.  These are all items that are carried onto planes throughout the rest of the world.

 

I was a little ticked off about the whole thing.  I refused to buy a cup of coffee or eat any food while waiting for my plane to New York.  It upset my sense of fairness.  But at least now I have a "the Chinese stole my snow globe" story to add to my already stunning portfolio of anecdotes.

 

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BEST OF DUBAI’S VIBRANT NIGHTLIFE

 

BEST OF DUBAI’S VIBRANT NIGHTLIFE




 

 

 

Dubai’s crazy vibrant nightlife is famous around the globe. Late night entertainment, parties and world-known Dj’s and artists are major highlights of Dubai nightlife. Dubai is one of the most popular international holiday destination majorly packed with tourists all around the year. It is recommended to book hotels, car rentals, attraction visits in advance to avoid delays and last minute troubles. Such as car rentals can easily be booked with https://www.car4hires.com/ there are endless sites for hotels and other bookings. Dubai is flooded with places to offer promising night experience, varying from nightclubs, bars to lively events and speakeasies.

 

 

 

WHITE DUBAI

 

White Dubai is biggest largest and the most exclusive nightclub of Dubai located on the roof top of Meydan Racecourse Grand Stand. It is open only in winters from 15th September onward. It is great place to enjoy drinks, dance and spectacular view of Dubai skyline. Everyday there are live performances, urban beats and EDM DJ sets. This club is crowded even after its huge size.

 

 

 

CLUB 360

 

One of the renowned club of Dubai, 360 is a rooftop club located approximately 1 km out into Arabian Gulf. It is designed in a circular building and also offers stunning views of Burj Al Rab and ocean. Club 360 is more popular among sophisticated crowd for parties. Club hosts variety of international Djs those make people dance on their beats till wee hours of the morning.

 

 

 

CAVALLI CLUB

 

Classic club of Dubai, Cavalli is longest running and exclusive club of Dubai. From years, Cavalli Club is a popular party destination in Dubai. Stunning setting, charming interiors, low hanging chandeliers adds up to the charm of this classy place.

 

 

 

ARMANI PRIVE

 

Located in world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa Armani Prive is glamorous party destination of Dubai. This club has a unique next level feels to luxury and glamour. International DJ’s, private live performances, DJ sets by residents are major highlights of Armani Prive.

 

 

 

CIRQUE LE SOIR

 

This club is an interesting combination of glamour and freak thriving with vibrant party scene every night. It is located on Sheikh Jayed Road and well known in Dubai for its extreme circus theme. One of the best performances in Dubai are hosted here, from EDM Djs to Hip-hop everything is wonderful here.

 

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Bus from Surabaya to Medan

Surabaya

 

Sebagai kota terbesar kedua di Indonesia, kota Surabaya memiliki budaya campuran dari bangsa Belanda, agama Islam, bangsa Indonesia dan Cina. Seperti kota besar lainnya, Surabaya juga menghadapi masalah kepadatana lalu lintas yang luar biasa dan dikelilingi oleh gedung-gedung tinggi. Tempat ini adalah contoh perpaduan unik antara arsitektur modern dan tradisional. Sebelumnya, kota ini sama sekali bukan dimaksudkan untuk tujuan wisata namun hanya dijadikan sebagai tujuan transit sebelum menuju ke Bali. Dalam beberapa tahun terakhir pariwisata di kota ini pun meningkat - berkat para pengunjung baru yang datang ke sini sesekali. Dengan berkembangnya teknologi dan perkembangan industri, Surabaya juga menjadi tujuan bisnis yang utama. Sebagian besar tujuan utama untuk wisata di kota ini meliputi kebun raya, Museum Sampoerna yang terpelihara dengan baik, gereja-gereja megah, pasar besar dan masjid. Inilah alasan yang membuat kota Surabaya harus dikunjungi saat Anda sedang tur ke Indonesia. Kota ini juga memiliki beberapa pilihan akomodasi yang beragam, mulai dari hotel dengan bangunan era Belanda sampai jaringan hotel mewah seperti Sheraton. Kota ini juga memiliki banyak pilihan untuk wisatawan dengan anggaran yang terbatas maupun wisatawan yang mencari hotel yang bisa memberikan fasilitas mewah. Akomodasi mulai dari Rp145.000 hingga Rp1.000.000 per malamnya.

 

Medan

 

Kota Medan dikenal sebagai kota dimana berbagai agama bisa hidup rukun dan bersatu. Kota ini adalah kota terbesar keempat di Indonesia dan merupakan salah satu wilayah yang paling beragam di dunia. Dengan orang-orang dari semua etnis Asia seperti India Selatan, India Utara, Jawa, tionghoa dan berbagai suku Indonesia lainnya yang tinggal bersama-sama. Keanekaragaman yang sangat besar di satu daerah inilah yang telah menciptakan perpaduan budaya yang dinamis. Membuat tempat ini harus dikunjungi di daftar tempat liburan bagi siapa pun. Kota ini juga dipenuhi dengan pura dari agama Hindu dan Budha, maupun masjid dan gereja. Setiap kelompok etnis yang tinggal di sini juga memberikan kontribusi terhadap cita rasa dan keanekaragaman kuliner yang ada di daerah ini. Kota ini juga dapat dijadikan sebagai tujuan akhir pekan yang hebat dan sangat lengkap untuk dikunjungi oleh penikmat makanan.

 

Berdasarkan pendapat penduduk setempat, saya pun mengetahui bahwa bus dianggap sebagai salah satu moda transportasi terbaik di Indonesia. Orang-orang di sini lebih suka bepergian dengan bus dibandingkan terjebak dalam kemacetan dengan kendaraan pribadi yang terasa sangat melelahkan. Tak perlu khawatir akan menunggu lama karena bus yang ada hampir selalu tersedia setiap 15 menit. Pastikan untuk memesan tiket bus Anda terlebih dahulu secara online dari www.redbus.id karena tiket bus yang tersedia bisa terjual habis dengan cepat. Situs penyedia tiket bus ini juga akan memberikan diskon dan juga kemudahan bagi Anda untuk memilih dari berbagai macam bus yang tersedia, seperti bus kelas ekonomi, ekspres dan premium. Perjalanan dengan bus ini akan memakan biaya sekitar Rp 50.000 sampai Rp 200.000 tergantung dari kelas bus mana yang Anda pesan. Saya akan merekomendasikan Anda untuk memesan bus ekspres jika Anda hanya memiliki sedikit waktu, karena bus ini memiliki lebih sedikit pemberhentian dan membuat Anda sampai ke tempat tujuan lebih cepat. Sedangkan untuk Anda yang memiliki anggaran yang terbatas, bus kelas ekonomi adalah pilihan yang tepat. Untuk kelas premium, bisa Anda pesan dengan harga yang lebih tinggi dibandingkan kelas lainnya dan tersedia tempat duduk yang lebih lega, juga pilihan film dan makanan ringan untuk dinikmati di jalan. Tentukan pilihan Anda sekarang dan tak perlu ragu untuk bepergian dengan bus.

 

Dari Surabaya, Anda dapat dengan mudah mencapai kota Medan dalam perjalanan sehari dengan bus. Akan ada waktu istirahat selama perjalanan dan waktu tempuh sekitar 71 jam dan 29 menit. Jarak antara kedua kota besar ini adalah 3.200 km. Tersedia dua bus yang akan berangkat setiap harinya dari Surabaya menuju ke Medan. Waktu keberangkatan kedua bus ini terasa cukup pas, yaitu pada pukul 17.30 dan 22.30. Namun, saya akan merekomendasikan Anda untuk ikut dalam rombongan bus yang berangkat pukul 10.30 malam karena dengan begitu Anda lebih akan terbebas dari kepadatan lalu lintas.

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BEST PLACES TO SHOP IN KUALA LUMPUR

Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia and a vibrant tourist destination. A wide range of fun activities and attractions are on offer in Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur has plethora of options are available in Kuala Lumpur for shopping varying from huge shopping malls to street markets. Everyone finds one or the other thing of their taste and budget in extraordinary markets of Kuala Lumpur. Visitors car rent a car with car4hires and explore comprehensive shopping scene of capital city. Places to have best shopping experience in Kuala Lumpur has been listed below.

 

CENTRAL MARKET

Central Market is a Kuala Lumpur’s important landmark and popular tourist attraction. It is an indoor market with most comfortable environment. Many designer boutiques, shops selling antiques, casual wears, Malaysian gifts and many more interesting items. This market offers a huge variety to confuse even a shopaholic. A nice food court with many food stalls and shops offers great food at good prices to treat your taste-buds with best of the Malaysian flavours.

 

PETALING STREET MARKET

Shopper’s heaven and gourmet’s paradise, Petaling Street Market has a lot on offer. Hundreds of stalls selling almost everything from merchandise to good food. This market is a great place delve into Malaysian culture and have fun while roaming around and checking street shopping. Yook Woo Hin, Kim Lian Kee, Sze Ngan Chye and Kam Kee are popular must try food joints of this place.

 

PAVILION KUALA LUMPUR

One of the largest malls of Kuala Lumpur, Pavilion is home to flagship outlets of many international brands and restaurants, hotels. This lavish shopping mall is decorated all around the year and looks amazingly beautiful during festivals. Many international as well as local brands have their outlets here. A huge food court and many oriental restaurants are situated on first floor of the mall.

 

UTAMA

Utama is the largest mall of Malaysia and seventh largest mall of the world. There are nearly 700 shops in Utama housing best brands and franchises from all over the world. Utama is a massive modern architectural monument located in Bandar Utama is great place to shop if you do not bother about prices.

 

There never ending list of Kuala Lumpur’s places to shop. For local experience you can visit Chow Kit Market, Imbi Market, Fiesta Nite at Plaza Mont’Kiara, Jalan Masjid Indian Market, Kasturi Walk, Kampung Baru Market or any of the night markets of city. For high-end experience Suria KLCC and Mid Valley Megamall are good addition to the list.

 

 

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BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN IRELAND

BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN IRELAND



 

 

 

 

 

Ireland is one of the most attractive countries of Europe. Ireland is small in size but offers endless unique and amazing experiences. Spectacular landscapes, Fascinating cities gulped in history and culture and friendliest people are major highlights of Ireland. Holidaying with your own set of wheels is most convenient and enjoyable in Ireland. Rental vehicles are easily available at multiple locations in Ireland, You can get yours too with car4hires. Tourists attractions are available in abundance and variance in Ireland making it one of the preferred holiday destination in Ireland. Best places to visit in Ireland has been listed below, starting from dramatic cliffs of Moher.

 

 

 

CLIFFS OF MOHER – COUNTY CLARE

 

It is one of the major tourist attractions of Ireland, offers the breathtaking views. This nature’s gem is 214 meters in height and is located on the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can experience most spectacular coastal walk here. Cliffs are visited by millions of people every year for their magnificent beauty and scenery.

 

 

 

RING OF KERRY

 

The most spectacular drive or trail in the world, Ring of Kerry is most iconic experience of all. It runs 120 km through pretty fishing villages,picturesque towns, magnificent landscapes and dramatic scenery. Those wants to experience traditional Ireland, drive to Ring Of Kerry is an ideal way to explore Ireland at its best original form.

 

 

 

KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK

 

It is an UNESCO listed World Heritage Biosphere Reserve and also home to national heritage site, Ross Castle and Muckross House. Muckross Lake here is one of the three most iconic lakes of Killarney. The house and gardens are unforgettable delights of Killarney National Park which should not be missed when travelling to Killarney.

 

 

 

GIANT’S CAUSEWAY

 

Lying at the foot of basalt cliffs, It is UNESCO listed World Heritage Site of Northern Ireland. Giant’s Causeway is mother nature’s most iconic gift to country. It is comprised of nearly 40,000 basalt rocks making a series of gigantic stepping stones and offering the unique opportunity to walk upon this strange pathway.

 

 

 

GRAFSTON STREET – DUBLIN

 

It is liveliest street of Ireland, flooded with buskers, performance-artists, boutiques and shops offering great experiences of being in Dublin. There is plenty of good restaurants and cafes too, perfect for having a short coffee break while shopping and enjoying. Various other attractions such as Kalmainham Goal, The Book of Kells and Trinity College are worth more a visit in Dublin.

 

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BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN VENICE

This picture postcard canal city, Venice is a city of immense beauty and historical significance. It is a capital of Veneto region of Italy built on 180 islands and nearly 150 canals with more than 400 bridges connect these islands. City is regarded as most romantic city of Italy and world as well. Venice is a centre of European art and music. Many renowned churches, monuments, museums, palaces and squares are located in Venice. For better discovering this city a week-long stay is needed and for comfortable travel you can easily get a car rental at car4hires for you. Some of must visits of Venice has been listed below. 

 

ST MARK’S BASILICA

Undoubtedly Venice’s most beautiful and well known church ST Mark’s Basilica is a must visit when travelling to Venice. It was a private chapel of Doge originally. It is a masterpiece of Byzantine art dating back to 9th century. This Church is an extraordinary example of some of the best works of art from the ornate details and sculptures to fantastically painted frescoes. 

 

THE GRAND CANAL

The largest of the Venice’s 100 canals is The Grand Canal. This reverse S shaped canal connects the city with 4 bridges. Canal has also served as an important waterway to the city over hundreds of years. Many impressive buildings of Venice are situated on the banks of this canal. Early morning gondola ride is most beautiful experience one can have in Venice. 

 

ST MARK’S SQUARE

It is also called Piazza San Marco, is the main square of Venice. It is main spot of locals to meet, stroll, enjoy coffee, get together etc. It is a natural epicentre of this city with most influential landmarks such as ST Mark’s Basilica and Palazzo Ducale around it. It is a must visit for classic Venetian experience. 

 

DOGE’S PALACE

It is one of the most renowned buildings of Venice, This grand palace is simply stunning and features excellent works of art, lavish arched white stone designs, diamond designs on walls and uniquely designed rooms are immensely beautiful. This palace is a former residence of Doge and city’s centre of power and administration. 

 

BRIDGE OF SIGHS

It is a small bridge which was used to take criminals from Doge’s palace to new prison and criminals sigh on the last glimpse of Venice as well for their punishments. This bridge is one most visited and important landmark of city. 

 

 

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Which bus to take from Hyderabad to Chennai?



 

The social characteristic of Hyderabad is undoubtedly based out of its homegrown culture of Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad has a rich Hyderabadi tradition of its own, a mixture of Persian and Telugu societies, which thrived underneath the rule of the Qutb Shahis. Hyderabad is otherwise referred to as the "city of Nizams" considering the Nizams ruled it for particularly an even as. The Nizams of Hyderabad had been good more often than not referred to as the wealthiest royals ever. In these days, Hyderabad is among the focuses of know-how innovation. The establishing Biotech and IT businesses have given the city a global stage. The flourishing tourism in Hyderabad and IT ventures have introduced Marriott, Novotel, and Taj, the goliaths in the hotels trade.

 

Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu and is one of the foremost metropolitans of the nation. This is a historic metropolis that is located on the Coromandel Coast is one of the top visited cities on the planet. It is home to a quantity of brilliant attractions like Marina beach, Covelong seashore, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, fortress St George, Arignar Anna Zoological Park and Guindy; countrywide Park. I booked tickets from https://www.redbus.in/travels/kaleswari-travels.aspx at great discounts. It was a simple and secured booking procedure. I opted for an Kaleswari travels Ac Volvo bus to travel to Chennai and it was relaxing. The approximate road distance between these two major cities is 627km and the journey took almost 10 to 12 hours.

 

There are a number of bus boarding points in the city of Hyderabad, including Gachibowli, Lakdikapool, Ameerpet, Miyapur and Kothapet. Similarly, there are quite a number of dropping points in Chennai, including Tindivanam, Chengalpattu, Koyambedu, Egmore and SRM University. I boarded the bus around 11pm and reached Chennai at 10am the next day. The bus came with clean interiors and the staff made sure that the 11 hours of journey was comfortable for all its passengers.

 

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Best vintage shops in Malaysia and reach them by Bus

Best vintage shops in Malaysia and reach them by Bus