Sunday, April 21, 2013

Make Your Trip to Japan Unlike Any Other

You will never run out of places to visit and things to do in Japan. Since this country is known for being one of the most expensive countries in Southeast Asia, you should be wise enough to prepare well for your trip in terms of budget. This is to make sure that you will be able to do everything you wish to do and there will never be a single day on your vacation wherein you will just be stuck in your hotel doing nothing. Here are some wonderful options for the most expensive vacation in Japan you can ever have.

Shibuya Crossing

It is probably not the first time you’re seeing the Shibuya Crossing because this attraction has been used in several Japanese concerts, music videos and several other shows. This is the very reason why a lot of people flock to this attraction especially if they are self-confessed fans of Japanese entertainment. Here, you will also get to see the statue of famous dog, Hachiko, who never left the train station in the hope of seeing his master once again. An adaption of his life was translated to a touching movie that you shouldn’t forget to watch either.

Inogashira Park

If you are traveling with your family, make sure to bring them to the Inogashira Park. You might think that this park is just like all the parks out there but that’s where you’re wrong. This park is great because it is reflective of a very rich Japanese history. Make sure to visit the site when the weather is good. This way, you will be able to enjoy the beauty of nature and just breathe in the fresh air of Japan.

Tokyo Disneyland

Make it a point to visit all the Disneyland’s in the world so make sure to head to Tokyo Disneyland as well. What’s interesting with this attraction is the fact that most Disney characters are inspired by the Japanese anime. This means that they don’t look exactly like the American Disney characters you grew up it. They are very much Japanese in appearance but certainly Disney in their hearts. A day tour here may not be enough so make sure to get at least two days passes to maximize your vacation in Japan.

Tokyo National Museum

The Tokyo National Museum is another tourist favorite. This museum houses everything you might want to know about Japan. What’s more, you will also be able to find a number of interesting artifacts here. Also, you will be encouraged to buy some souvenir items. Make sure to splurge a little because it is not every day that you will get to experience Japan this way.

Hello Kitty House

Even if you are not traveling with kids in tow, still make it a point to drop by the Hello Kitty House. This attraction is truly Japanese in nature because if you must remember Sanrio is actually a Japanese brand. Of course, Hello Kitty is not the only character you will find here, you will also be able to see all the other Sanrio characters like Puchacco, Kerrokerroppi, Little Twin Stars and more. Once again, don’t forget to buy cute souvenir items while you’re there.

Gyoshintei

If an entire day of touring around Japan tires you down, don’t worry because there are a lot of authentic Japanese restaurants here that you will definitely enjoy. Try dining at the Gyoshintei restaurant that serves everything Japanese. You will be welcomed by warm and accommodating receptionists and you will be seated in a comfortable area. The prices of the foods are quite expensive but they are definitely worth the try.

Kisoji

Another authentic Japanese dining experience is brought to you by the Kisoji restaurant. This one also serves authentic Japanese cuisine. You will be transported to the flavors of Japan with your every bite. If you are lucky enough, you might even be able to interact with the Japanese chef in this restaurant who is definitely well-loved by a lot of tourists because of his funny and friendly nature.

By now, you are probably excited to book that ticket for a trip to Japan. Make sure to book a good number of days that will make it possible for you to explore many things about the country. Don’t forget to prepare yourself in terms of budget as well because the more money you bring, the more likely will you feel confident with your every purchase. Of course, it would be pointless to just splurge on anything you don’t necessarily like so make sure to go for the top tourist attractions and activities that you can only find and do in Japan. What are you still waiting for? Book a ticket, prepare your bags and fly to Japan now!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Most Expensive Resort in the World Perfect for Everyone

Traveling to resorts for your vacation is like traveling to several countries all at the same time. Why? This is because when you visit a resort, you’re not able to enjoy the perfect view of nature, you are also able to enjoy different types of water activities. The minute you get inside your hotel room or suite, you are brought to the country’s culture and history and when you dine at select restaurants you are more likely to experience something else. This is the very reason why if you can afford it try checking out the most expensive resort in the world this time around.

The Royal Villa Grand Resort Lagonissi 




The Royal Villa Grand Resort Lagonissi is top choice for splurging on your vacation with family and friends. An overnight stay should cost you approximately $50,000. However, this beauteous resort located in Athens, Greece promises to make every dollar you spend worth it. They offer the best hotel facilities and they guarantee a truly remarkable experience while you’re in Greece. What’s more, the will provide you with a breathtaking view of the country and will also treat you with utmost care and respect.

Hugh Hefner Sky Villa


The Hugh Hefner Sky Villa is located at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. This resort will cost you around $40,000 per night but you need not worry either because there are a lot of activities to enjoy here. You can stay inside your room or enjoy a free access to the casino. Who knows, you just might win a good amount to make up for your travel expenses. From your hotel window, you can also view the entire Las Vegas strip so it’s like seeing and experiencing the hotel city without the hassle.

Emirates Palace 



If you can really afford an extravagant vacation, why not stay at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. This resort looks like an actual palace so expect to be treated like a king or queen. This resort houses 394 rooms and offers you a direct access to an exclusive white sand beach. There are several pools to choose from as well. A night’s stay will cost you approximately $300,000. There are still many other luxurious resorts in the world that you might want to see. Save up for a trip to any of these destinations and experience something different during your lifetime.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Top 10 Luxury Shoe Brands

What is it about women and shoes? The mere sight and smell of an It shoe from an It brand fashioned out of the most luxurious and luscious leather is enough to drive one crazy. Case in point: Observe how women are in the presence of the most coveted shoe brands. Their feral instincts come out in the open when reduced to fighting for a pair many others are after. After all, who could ever resist the thrill of snagging an It pair of shoes? The truth is women just can’t say no to beautifully sculptured works of art called shoes. More so if they’re from the world’s most coveted shoe brands. Read on to know the list of the top 10 luxury shoe brands in the world.

10 Gucci



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1990 wasn’t exactly a good year for the Gucci fashion house. Sales were not good and its prestige was slipping away. Then came Tom Ford and the rest, as they say, is history. He was initially appointed the chief ready-to-wear designer and soon enough, he took over the men’s and shoe lines. Suffice to say, he was the man responsible for bringing sexy back to the fashion house with his slinky, sleek, and smart creations. The new designs were instantly considered classics. Needless to say, the whole world fell in love again with Gucci. Loyal following ensued and the company was finally able to get back on its feet. It didn’t take long for Gucci to become a billion-dollar luxury brand enterprise. Gucci shoes were especially noted for its comfort and craftsmanship.

9. Miu Miu



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This high fashion brand from the Prada group has one of the most-sought after line of shoes in the world. The brand’s quirky name evokes an even quirkier spirit evident in their shoe designs fit for the modern, carefree, intelligentsia crowd. Named after Prada’s president and head designer Miuccia Prada, you can expect avant-garde designs tempered with wit. Fans of Miu Miu include cool and hip girls about town like Kirsten Dunst, Katie Holmes, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Chloe Sevigny just to name a few.

8. Stuart Weitzman



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Stuart Weitzman made his mark in the shoe industry for his exquisite, one-off, million dollar shoes fit for a princess. His creations often walk the red carpet events particularly the annual Academy Awards where his shoes are given their rightful fifteen minutes of fame. Save for a 2007 red carpet controversy where the actress Weitzman chose didn’t go for his shoes, the brand is revered for its elegant designs and use of materials such as Lucite, cork, vinyl, and even 24-k gold.

7. Brian Atwood



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The brand is a relatively newcomer in the fashion shoe block but the impeccable quality and superb craftsmanship tells otherwise. Brian Atwood shoes are definitely not for wallflower types as they are wonderful works of art meant to be ogled at. Given his architectural and structural shoe designs, it isn't any wonder how his shoes have the power to highlight a woman’s legs in a very flattering way. The heels are designed in such a way that the wearer’s legs look leaner and longer than ever without sacrificing comfort.

6. Alexander McQueen



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Alexander McQueen is known for heading Givenchy's design team in the mid-90s, years after he launched his eponymous line of shoes, clothes, and bags. His shoe designs were equal parts gothic, baroque, chic, and cutting edge. Famous for his unconventional, intriguing, and, sometimes risqué aesthetic, people started to regard his shoes as pieces of wearable art. Shoe lovers all over the world covet and collect his shoes like wonderful pieces of priceless jewels.

5. Walter Steiger



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Famous for his signature curved heels, Walter Steiger's shoes are what you will call classics with a twist. The designer is hailed for his inimitable and innovative designs that practically changed the entire shoe industry. Having lived in Paris and London in the 60s, elements of Parisian Haute Couture are evident in his body of work, while the Swinging 60s vibe of London fuels his desire for constant change and freshness in his design. The brand has since collaborated with premier fashion houses like Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, Nina Ricci, Chloe, and Karl Lagerfeld.

4. Louis Vuitton



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In the eyes of many, Louis Vuitton can never do anything wrong. Being one of the most revered and trusted fashion houses there is, the brand is responsible for creating the most iconic and beautiful bags. Equally iconic and beautiful are their shoes crafted by the house's leather artisans. It has to be said that owning a piece of this brand is synonymous to owning a piece of tradition.

3. Manolo Blahnik



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Remember the "Sex and the City" episode where Carrie Bradshaw was held at gun point in an NY street where, apart from her bag and watch, the robber also took her strappy Manolo Blahniks? Such is the power of Manolo Blahnik shoes. The designer was originally a fashion illustrator and was pluck from anonymity by then Vogue editor Diana Vreeland who told him he should focus on making shoes. He took her advise and never looked back since. Back in the 70s, we went against the grain and concentrated on creating stilettos back when everyone else was doing boots and chunky platforms. His perseverance paid off as the stiletto is considered a wardrobe staple up to now.

2. Christian Louboutin



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The French footwear designer is the man responsible for creating dangerously high and sexy red-sole heels. Favored by A-list actresses and socialites, his designs scream temptress meets chic. His popularity naturally resulted to him being one of the most counterfeited designers prompting the company to create a website solely dedicated to identifying the fake stores selling fake Loubs. Today, thanks to Mr. Louboutin, higher than high heels have escaped its fantastical roots and finally became a mainstay in real women's shoe cabinets.

1 Jimmy Choo



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Launched in London in the 80s, the brand is patronized by the moneyed set and pretty young things. The appeal of Jimmy Choo shoes lies in its excellent artistry and superior craftsmanship that catapulted the brand into fame. It has amassed cult-like status owing to the sheer beauty of their shoes.

People Start Lining Up As Powerball Finally Hits California

Powerball is an American lottery game known for its big jackpot prizes. Last April 8, California joined the list of states where the game is played. With the state now joining in on the Powerball fever, tons of people are lining up with money in hand, hoping to become the next big winner of the Powerball.

The tickets cost twice as much as the regular SuperLotto Plus and Mega Millions which are also pick six lottery types. However, the Powerball attracts more attention since it has the ability to grow $10 million after every draw that doesn't get a winner. It also has the biggest starting jackpot amount which makes it grow faster and more lucrative for players. The Powerball jackpot starts off at $40 million while the SuperLotto Plus and Mega Millions start off at $7 and $12 million, respectively.

The game is played twice a week across all states and is known for reaching up to $100 million on a regular basis. Its biggest jackpot to date was won November last year at an astonishing $587 million that were shared between two people. The biggest jackpot won by a single person in the Powerball amounted to $337 million. It is no surprise as to why people are so excited to buy a ticket for this lottery since it has a bigger payoff and grows much faster compared to the other lotteries in the U.S.

American Powerball is played by choosing 5 white balls from 1 to 59 and one red ball (Powerball) from 1 to 35. Players can select their own numbers or have the terminal randomly select numbers called quick pick or easy pick. The order at which the white balls are drawn is irrelevant but in order to win, the players must match at least three white balls and/or the red Powerball. Players cannot switch their Powerball number with their white ball number or vice-versa. With the added complexity of the game, it is estimated that chance of winning is 1 out of 175 million. Despite the odds, people still queue up to buy a ticket. There is also a Powerplay option; however, this option is not available in California.

A few days after the biggest Powerball jackpot last November, the California Lottery Commission voted unanimously that they will join the multi-state game making them the 43rd state to allow Powerball play. Only the following states don't play Powerball: Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Since becoming a part of the Powerball group, California has started aggressive ads and campaigns for the very popular lottery hoping that this will lure more players, which in turn will result in more revenue for public schools.