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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Million-Dollar Homes Around The World

A home valued at a million dollars sounds like a major luxury. The thing to keep in mind is that $1 million buys different properties in cities around the world. In New York City, for instance, where the median home sale price is $1.2 million, a million bucks can purchase a nice one-bedroom apartment. On the other hand, in Buenos Aires, a four-bedroom pad in a fancy neighborhood can be purchased.

Cape Town

This 10,000-square-foot, five-bedroom mountainside home sells for $981,000. It features a bar and private theater.


You need $1.09 million to buy a two-bedroom apartment in the City of Gold. This home is 1,900 square feet and has an ocean view.


With $1 million, you can afford a 990-square-foot apartment. This particular apartment is in close proximity to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Some of the features include high ceilings, a grand entrance foyer and a communal roof terrace with harbor views.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Who Is The Best Civil Engineer In The World

There are several talented people in the civil engineering community. Roma Agrawal comes to mind if you want to know about who is at the apex of their career right now. She was best known for being the structural engineer on the Shard, the tallest building in the European Union. People are often surprised when they learn about what Agrawal does for a living. "You're too pretty to be an engineer," is a common response.
Agrawal is reportedly not good with heights, but has been very instrumental in erecting one of the hottest buildings that the city of London has ever seen. Agrawal has become a sort of spokesperson for engineering as she enjoys speaking about the subject to people. She has made full use of her creativity and problem solving skills to get her project done. Being a team player has also been important according to her.
The construction industry is booming. Energy will be an issue in the world and scientists and engineers will be needed to cut down on the amount of power needed and energy output in the buildings.
Agrawal has a very strong academic background having grown up in Ithaca, New York prior to moving to Mumbai. In India, girls tend to study science more often than not. Her father was an electrical engineer who worked in the family business. Her mother was a computer programmer and this shows in her upbringing.
Agrawal feels that the growing vertically will help improve the housing situation in London. A lot of people want to live and work here and so it would be nice if the commute times didn't come up to about 2 hours.
'Engineering needs more women'
Only 10 percent of the engineers in Britain are female. Consequently, Agrawal has starred in a 'Leading Ladies' campaign to bring some attention to the profession. The profession could do with some diversity and a little bit of different perspective. There is a stereotype that exists that leads people to believe that women are unable to grasp the technical side of engineering.
Engineering is a rewarding career

A degree in engineering leads to any type of career whether it be in banking or tourism. Roma Agrawal's success can be replicated. She has risen to the top after completing a physics degree at Oxford University and then finishing her post graduate at Imperial College London in Structural Engineering. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Top Ten Travel Agencies


Zicasso was started by the happy couple Brian Tan and Yuchun Ku after they faced several issues when organizing their travel plans. Brian is seen as a leader and visionary in the travel industry with top travel publications quoting him.
Do not let education get in the way of your travel business ventures. The travel world is always looking for new input from fellow travelers and innovative entrepreneurs. For the smart couple, it was an interesting journey. Brian has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Brown University and an MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.
Yuchun started off with an MS in Engineering from the National Taiwan University and followed it up with a Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. 

Orbitz is a subsidiary of Expedia and is used to research, plan and book travel. There are flights, hotels, car rentals, vacation packages and other travel deals on offer on the Orbitz website. You can sign up for an account online and get into the rewards program.

Thomas Cook

Being one of the oldest travel agents, it is renowned for being the go-to source for travelers looking for guidance and expertise.

Abercrombie and Kent

With almost 50,000 likes, Abercrombie and Kent USA leads the way in social media fan following. There are stories of expedition cruises and private jet news that make this leader in luxury travel all the more fun to take a look at.
Tour operators are trained in the language that visitors are comfortable speaking. For instance, a German family visiting Bali would be introduced to a German-speaking guide who has achieved fluency in the language over a period of five years.

Ampersand Travel

This is a new kid on the block that you should check out for going the extra distance when it comes to tailor-made and cultural tours and vacations. The travel agents make the trips to the destinations they sell giving a personalized touch that is difficult to match.
Be sure to sign up for the Ampersand Travel newsletter and look closely at all the Asian holiday spots that they cover.

Cox and Kings

If you want to know about the top regional travel brand, it is this one. If you are looking at travel insurance, then it is best to book with Cox and Kings.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Apple- the world's most valuable company

I want to wish all you out there a Happy New Year. I hope 2013 brings you peace and prosperity. There is a reason why I based my first post on Apple. I know it really belongs on my other blog, but it brought me such good gains in 2012 when I started investing in it in January 2012 that I have made it my good luck charm going into the New Year. Yeah! I am a little superstitious.
Working on my brand new iPad 4!
As you can see, I love Apple products and Apple stock of course, but the two shouldn't necessarily go together. Always have a stock trader hat and a lover of products hat when looking at something as hyped up by Wall Street as Apple.
I am not going to jump into some hardcore fundamental analysis here, but simply lay the foundation for a more detailed stock analysis of the world's most valuable company. 

On Apple versus Google
There is a war going on in Silicon Valley and this was excellently characterized in Steve Jobs speech where he was mad at Google. But I am sorry to say that I find Google to be a more valuable company for investors. 
Apple's problems lies in its short product life cycle and escalating R&D costs. Whereas, Google has the edge in the mobile industry with it being the market share leader, although Apple is the profit leader (that's what counts for stock investors, anyway). Nonetheless, Google is the cornerstone of the Internet that is going to translate to a lot more dollars for the Search giant.

I have big plans for 2013 after 2012 was my best year yet! There's going to be a lot of changes around here and I've been working on how to make my blog truly world class. For a moment, I suppose you thought I was going to do a Thelma & Louise. Nah! Good things take time.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

I have been getting more awesome!

I know. I know it's been awhile. I promised big things and fail to deliver many of you might think. The truth is that I underestimated a lot of the work that would be needed to get something like this up and running and giving me a good ROI.

Alright guys, I'll admit a few things here. I was a bit lazy, but it was mostly because a lot of the work at my real job (the one that has seen me get a pay raise recently) has been time-consuming. Moreover, I was in a situation where I was really confused about whether I should continue blogging or not. As you can see I have decided to go ahead and keep giving you information that you will come away feeling like you made some money just reading (or in most cases glancing) through it.

How have I been adding value to my life?

I have realized the importance of programming especially for something like what I have gotten myself into. In order to be a good programmer or to call yourself a 'sophisticated' programmer, you would need to know at least two languages. I have narrowed it  down to Java and C(C++). These are practical choices from my vantage point. Any good book on C++ (I recommend this one) will cover generic programming and object oriented programming. It will teach you how to program.

That is all you need really. You need to be able to program and demonstrate to employers and other business owners that you will be able to get the job done; i.e. programming. When you have shown a high skill level in languages such as Java and C++, it will ensure that your potential employers know that you have the programming skill and learning another language will be a breeze.

Trading this week

Tech stocks which are my favorite sector have been doing pretty well recently. I thought of putting my money on stocks like Ebay (the fundamentals look good) and Amazon (not so good fundamentals here, but definitely on an up trend). Given the holidays are here, what do you think about my choices of Mastercard, Visa and PayPal to name a few?


I thought I'll share a few treats here. This was me writing up this post at work (during a short break of course).
This is going on YouTube for sure!!
Let me a put a pic here to for good measure. Haha!
And what about that election. Will let you know my thoughts in due course. Until next time...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

What have I been doing lately

I had 75 views last month and I am just getting started. I didn’t really work that much to promote this blog and want to really get into doing that. I actually started doing this for fun and to write about stuff that I enjoyed. Just a way to relax and keep abreast of some of the topics that I was dealing with on a day-to-day basis.
As you guys already know, I am a big football fan and I am looking forward to the New York Giants – New England Patriots match-up. Also, Tom Brady is my favorite quarterback and it will be exciting watch the Pats take on the Giants, but I am still pretty undecided about who I am rooting for.

Photo courtesy of Big Blue View.

I really like the Giants and their explosive receivers in Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz so I think I might be inclined to go with them. I do have a funny story to share with you today. My roommate really doesn’t watch football and she prefers to relax and watch a movie instead. There is only one TV in the house and I was thinking of telling her either today or tomorrow that I intend to watch the Super Bowl on that TV. Before I could get to telling her, she knocked on my room door and was telling me that she was planning to cook some roast and mash potatoes for us to share during the game.
Ahh! What a weekend to look forward to!!