Want to get your kids into college? Let them play

Want to get your kids into college? Let them play

By Erika Christakis and Nicholas Christakis, Special to CNN
December 29, 2010 — Updated 1257 GMT (2057 HKT)
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Erika and Nicholas Christakis says they see students at Harvard who have trouble getting along
  • They say kids better equipped to learn, interact, if taught using play-based curricula
  • “Drill and kill” skill-based learning, requires more social isolation, they say
  • Writers: Play-based learning builds empathy, better self-control, and problem solving skill

Editor’s note: Erika Christakis, MEd, MPH, is an early childhood teacher and former preschool director. Nicholas Christakis, MD, PhD, is a professor of medicine and sociology at Harvard University. Together, they serve as Masters of Pforzheimer House, one of the undergraduate residential houses at Harvard College.

(CNN) — Every day where we work, we see our young students struggling with the transition from home to school. They’re all wonderful kids, but some can’t share easily or listen in a group.

Some have impulse control problems and have trouble keeping their hands to themselves; others don’t always see that actions have consequences; a few suffer terribly from separation anxiety.

We’re not talking about preschool children. These are Harvard undergraduate students whom we teach and advise. They all know how to work, but some of them haven’t learned how to play.

Parents, educators, psychologists, neuroscientists, and politicians generally fall into one of two camps when it comes to preparing very young children for school: play-based or skills-based.

These two kinds of curricula are often pitted against one another as a zero-sum game: If you want to protect your daughter’s childhood, so the argument goes, choose a play-based program; but if you want her to get into Harvard, you’d better make sure you’re brushing up on the ABC flashcards every night before bed.

We think it is quite the reverse. Or, in any case, if you want your child to succeed in college, the play-based curriculum is the way to go.

In fact, we wonder why play is not encouraged in educational periods later in the developmental life of young people — giving kids more practice as they get closer to the ages of our students.

Why do this? One of the best predictors of school success is the ability to control impulses. Children who can control their impulse to be the center of the universe, and — relatedly — who can assume the perspective of another person, are better equipped to learn.

Psychologists calls this the “theory of mind”: the ability to recognize that our own ideas, beliefs, and desires are distinct from those of the people around us. When a four-year-old destroys someone’s carefully constructed block castle or a 20-year-old belligerently monopolizes the class discussion on a routine basis, we might conclude that they are unaware of the feelings of the people around them.

The beauty of a play-based curriculum is that very young children can routinely observe and learn from others’ emotions and experiences. Skills-based curricula, on the other hand, are sometimes derisively known as “drill and kill” programs because most teachers understand that young children can’t learn meaningfully in the social isolation required for such an approach.

How do these approaches look different in a classroom? Preschoolers in both kinds of programs might learn about hibernating squirrels, for example, but in the skills-based program, the child could be asked to fill out a worksheet, counting (or guessing) the number of nuts in a basket and coloring the squirrel’s fur.

In a play-based curriculum, by contrast, a child might hear stories about squirrels and be asked why a squirrel accumulates nuts or has fur. The child might then collaborate with peers in the construction of a squirrel habitat, learning not only about number sense, measurement, and other principles needed for engineering, but also about how to listen to, and express, ideas.

The child filling out the worksheet is engaged in a more one-dimensional task, but the child in the play-based program interacts meaningfully with peers, materials, and ideas.

Programs centered around constructive, teacher-moderated play are very effective. For instance, one randomized, controlled trial had 4- and 5-year-olds engage in make-believe play with adults and found substantial and durable gains in the ability of children to show self-control and to delay gratification. Countless other studies support the association between dramatic play and self-regulation.

Through play, children learn to take turns, delay gratification, negotiate conflicts, solve problems, share goals, acquire flexibility, and live with disappointment. By allowing children to imagine walking in another person’s shoes, imaginative play also seeds the development of empathy, a key ingredient for intellectual and social-emotional success.

The real “readiness” skills that make for an academically successful kindergartener or college student have as much to do with emotional intelligence as they do with academic preparation. Kindergartners need to know not just sight words and lower case letters, but how to search for meaning. The same is true of 18-year-olds.

As admissions officers at selective colleges like to say, an entire freshman class could be filled with students with perfect grades and test scores. But academic achievement in college requires readiness skills that transcend mere book learning. It requires the ability to engage actively with people and ideas. In short, it requires a deep connection with the world.

For a five year-old, this connection begins and ends with the creating, questioning, imitating, dreaming, and sharing that characterize play. When we deny young children play, we are denying them the right to understand the world. By the time they get to college, we will have denied them the opportunity to fix the world too.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Erika and Nicholas Christakis.

Mari Sambut Kehadiran Teknologi NFC

Mari Sambut Kehadiran Teknologi NFC
Website Kompas

Jumat, 28 Januari 2011 | 12:01 WIB

Google Nexus S merupakan smartphone kedua rancangan Google setelah Nexus One. Ponsel ini telah dilengkapi chip NFC.

KOMPAS.com – Kalau kita lihat sejarah transaksi pembayaran, awalnya dulu sebelum ada kemudahan elektronika seseorang harus mengambil uang dahulu ke bank dengan mengantre di loket sehingga sebaiknya mengambil uang untuk pemakaian selama jangka waktu tertentu mengingat usaha yang lumayan untuk mengambil sejumlah uang. Dengan adanya anjungan tunai mandiri (ATM), di mana-mana usaha untuk mengambil uang menjadi ringan sehingga seseorang cukup mengambil uang untuk jangka waktu pendek. Selain itu ATM mengurangi resiko pemegang uang dari kejahatan pencurian/perampokan/dan lain-lain karena uang yang diambil biasanya lebih sedikit jika dibandingkan dengan mengambil uang di loket bank.

Dengan berkembangnya teknologi informasi dan komunikasi (TIK), munculah alat pembayaran baru elektronika yang menjadi popular di Indonesia seperti kartu kredit dan kartu debit. Kedua jenis pembayaran tersebut menggunakan kartu pintar yang digosokkan ke terminal pembayaran di toko-toko ketika membayar. Kartu pintar dapat menggantikan uang fisik yang biasanya disimpan di dompet sehingga pengguna kartu pintar dapat terhindar dari tindak kejahatan dan juga pengguna mendapatkan kemudahan, yaitu tidak perlu mengambil uang ke bank atau ATM dan menyimpan di dompet.

Tentunya sistem pembayaran dengan kartu pintar tersebut harus memiliki sistem keamanan yang menjamin uang pengguna tidak diambil oleh pihak yang tidak berhak dan juga tidak ada pihak yang mengklaim pembayaran yang tidak pernah dilakukan pengguna. Tanpa adanya penjaminan sistem keamanan pada sistem pembayaran dengan kartu pintar, pengguna tidak akan berminat untuk menggunakannya.

Pada saat ini, selain dompet wajib hukumnya membawa handphone dalam berpergian. Ini memberikan ide bagi inovator untuk menggabungkan dompet dan handphone. Sudah ada layanan inovatif dari mobile provider untuk melakukan pembayaran menggunakan SMS maupun mobile web. Sebuah konsorsium dari produsen-produsen raksasa handphone di dunia akhirnya bekerja sama untuk membuat produk baru untuk menggabungkan dompet dengan handphone dengan nama Near Field Communications (NFC).

Sebenarnya NFC adalah pengembangan dari teknologi kartu Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). RFID ini memiliki bentuk dan fungsi yang sama seperti kartu ATM bedanya adalah kartu RFID tidak perlu digosok (contactless) sehingga kartu RFID tidak perlu dikeluarkan dari dompet dalam proses pembayaran, pengguna cukup mendekatkan dompetnya ke terminal pembayaran atau disebut reader. Di Indonesia, kartu RFID sudah banyak digunakan, contohnya: e-Toll untuk pembayaran otomatis gerbang tol, gelang (RFID tag, bukan berbentuk kartu) yang digunakan sebagai pengganti tiket di taman-taman hiburan.

Teknologi NFC pada handphone selangkah lebih maju daripada teknologi RFID di mana pada handphone ditanamkan NFC chip yang dapat bertindak sebagai kartu RFID dan juga sebagai reader sekaligus dengan radius jangkauan pendek (kurang dari 10 cm). Teknologi NFC pada handphone betul-betul dapat menggantikan dompet di mana dapat mengeluarkan uang dan juga menerima uang dari dan ke sesama pengguna NFC. Selain untuk pembayaran teknologi NFC dapat digunakan sebagai pengganti KTP, SIM, kartu mahasiswa, dan lain-lain, kartu absen, dan lain-lain.

Direncanakan tahun 2011 ini akan muncul berbagai produk handphone ternama yang dilengkapi teknologi NFC. Produk handphone pertama dengan teknologi NFC yang sudah dipasarkan di Eropa dan Amerika adalah Samsung Nexus S, dilengkai NFC controller chip produk NXP (Philips) yaitu PN544. Philips adalah produsen ternama untuk kartu RFID. Samsung Nexus S menggunakan sistem operasi Android versi Gingerbread yang didukung oleh Google. Google sendiri sudah mempersiapkan berbagai aplikasi untuk teknologi NFC pada handphone.

Banyak lelucon tentang mesin cetak yang bekerja keras 24 jam penuh untuk memproduksi jumlah uang yang sangat banyak untuk mendanai pengeluaran yang sangat besar. Namun di sisi lain, penggunaan uang tunai secara fisik sedang menurun di seluruh dunia, karena pembayaran non-tunai sedang meningkat popularitasnya. Meskipun menurut para ekonom jumlah uang meningkat, jumlah uang kertas yang disimpan orang di dompet cenderung menurun. Hal ini terlihat dari meningkatnya jumlah transaksi kartu kredit dan debit di seluruh dunia. Para analis meramalkan bahwa tiga wilayah teratas dalam pembayaran mobile adalah Timur Jauh termasuk Cina, Eropa Barat dan Amerika Serikat, yang secara keseluruhan akan menguasai lebih dari 70 persen pangsa pasar pembayaran mobile dalam basis transaksi kotor di tahun 2013.

Kami dari NFC Research Group di School of Electrical Engineering & Informatics, Institut Teknologi Bandung sedang giat-giatnya melakukan penelitian untuk membangun Sistem Transaksi Menggunakan Mobile Phone dan Teknologi NFC dengan bantuan dana dari Program Insentif, Kementrian Negara Riset dan Teknologi. Tujuan dari penelitian ini adalah menghasilkan sistem transaksi dengan teknologi NFC pada handphone untuk micropayment (pembayaran dengan jumlah kecil, contohnya: angkot, warung, kantin, dan lain-lain) dan macropayment (pembayaran dengan jumlah lebih besar, contohnya: supermarket, minimarket, restoran, berbagai toko, dan lain-lain).

Sistem transaksi ini haruslah sangat aman untuk pengguna, penjual, dan industri keuangan sehingga uang pengguna tidak dapat berkurang/bertambah tidak semestinya; penjual mendapatkan uang pembayarannya yang seharusnya; dan industri keuangan tidak kehilangan uangnya dan tidak harus membayar yang tidak semestinya. Mari sambut kehadiran teknologi NFC untuk kemakmuran bersama.(KOMPASIANA/Emir Husni)

Website BATIK

Sambutan Bapak Dr.Ir.Gatot Hari Priowirjanto -Direktur SEAMEO-SEAMOLEC

GHPSelamat datang di website BATIK (Bahasa Indonesia degan Teknologi Informasi dan Komunikasi). Website ini menyediakan konten Bahasa Indonesia sebagai bentuk kepedulian SEAMOLEC terhadap pendidikan Bahasa Indonesia secara online dan jarak jauh. SEAMOLEC atau singkatan dari “Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Open Learning Centre” adalah organisasi para mentri pendidikan se-Asia Tenggara yang bergerak di bidang PTJJ (Pendidikan Terbuka dan Jarak Jauh).

Dalam melaksanakan program pendidikan terbuka dan jarak jauh, SEAMOLEC melakukan berbagaimacam riset, inovasi dan selalu mengupdate teknologi terbaru sesuai dengan perkembangan zaman untuk menunjang sistim pendidikan dan penyajian konten atau materi. Dengan demikian, pertukaran informasi makin cepat, penyajian materi lebih mudah dan dapat diakses oleh semua masyarakat di dunia.

Kami berharap dengan kehadiran website ini, Anda akan mudah memahami dan mempelajari Bahasa Indonesia dengan memanfaatkan Teknologi Informasi dan Komunikasi.

http://batik.seamolec.org/elearning/

Beberapa Minggu Lagi, Alamat Internet Habis

Beberapa Minggu Lagi, Alamat Internet Habis
Laporan: Kompas.com

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Selasa, 25 Januari 2011 | 22:51 WITA

TRIBUN-TIMUR.COM – Alamat Internet akan habis dalam beberapa minggu, menurut salah satu penemu Internet pekan lalu. Alamat Internet yang dimaksud adalah alamat protokol Internet (IP address).

Vint Cerf, yang turut mendesain alamat protokol Internet tersebut, mengatakan kalau Internet saat ini hanya dapat menampung 4,3 miliar alamat. Cerf menyebutkan kalau alamat ini akan terpakai seluruhnya dalam beberapa minggu ke depan.

Cerf mengakui kalau pada saat mendesain alamat internet protokol, ia tidak menyangka jumlah 4,3 miliar tidak cukup.

“Ini ‘kesalahan’ kami, para pendesain. Kami pikir Internet adalah sebuah eksperimen dan untuk eksperimen kami kira jumlah 4,3 miliar saja sudah cukup.” kata Cerf yang juga wakil presiden Google dalam sebuah wawancara.

Cerf membuat protokol IPv4, versi protokol yang sekarang ini menghubungkan komputer-komputer ke Internet di seluruh dunia, pada tahun 1977 sebagai bagian dari sebuah eksperimen saat bekerja untuk Department of Defense. Pada tahun 1981, IPv4 beroprasi penuh.

Alamat protokol Internet berupa urutan angka-angka. Angka-angka itu unik pada setiap komputer atau perangkat lain–termasuk ponsel dan perangkat bergerak lainnya–yang terhubung ke internet. Peningkatan jumlah perangkat yang terhubung ke Internet inilah yang menyebabkan percepatan habisnya alamat protokol. Bukan hanya komputer dan ponsel, televisi yang terhubung ke Internet pun mulai tersedia di beberapa negara.

Alamat protokol Internet ini berbeda dengan alamat situs web. Alamat situs web dikenal dengan “nama domain”.

Untuk mengatasi krisis ini, protokol baru IPv6 sedang dipersiapkan. Alamat IP baru ini dapat menciptakan triliunan alamat internet. Saat ini, IPv6 sudah dapat bekerja di semua sistem operasi besar meskipun belum seluas IPv4.(*)

Moðvenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida’a

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– Waiters/waitress  :  salary from KD 90
– Housekeeping cleaners :  female/male : salary KD 80

The hotel offers free accommodation, transportation, medical and life  insurance, 3 meals per day, uniform as well as tickets every 2 years to  the point of hire.

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Executive Housekeeper by a Five Stars Hotel Group in Doha-Qatar

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World Tourism Rankings

Sumber : Wikipedia

International tourist arrivals by country of destination 2009

The top ten international destinations in 2009 were:

Rank↓ Country↓ International tourist arrivals
1 France 74.2 million
2 United States 54.9 million
3 Spain 52.2 million
4 China 50.9 million
5 Italy 43.2 million
6 United Kingdom 28.0 million
7 Turkey 25.5 million
8 Germany 24.2 million
9 Malaysia 23.6 million
10 Mexico 21.5 million

International tourist arrivals by country of destination 2008

The top ten international destinations in 2008 were:

Rank↓ Country↓ International tourist arrivals
1 France 79.2 million
2 United States 57.9 million
3 Spain 57.2 million
4 China 53.0 million
5 Italy 42.7 million
6 United Kingdom 30.1 million
7 Ukraine 25.4 million
8 Turkey 25.0 million
9 Germany 24.9 million
10 Mexico 22.6 million

Africa

The top ten African destinations in 2008 were:

Rank↓ Country↓ International tourist arrivals
1 Egypt 12.3 million
2 South Africa 9.6 million
3 Morocco 7.9 million
4 Tunisia 7.0 million
5 Algeria 1.8 million
6 Botswana 1.5 million
7 Uganda 0.84 million
8 Zambia 0.81 million
9 Swaziland 0.754 million
10 Tanzania 0.750 million

International tourist arrivals by country of destination 2007

Out of a global total of 901 million tourists in 2007, the following countries were the 60 most visited:

Rank↓ Country↓ International tourist arrivals
1 France 80.9 million
2 Spain 58.7 million
3 United States 56.0 million
4 China 54.7 million
5 Italy 43.7 million
6 United Kingdom 30.9 million
7 Germany 24.4 million
8 Ukraine 23.1 million
9 Turkey 22.2 million
10 Mexico 21.4 million
11 Malaysia 21.0 million
12 Austria 20.8 million
13 Russia 20.6 million
14 Canada 17.9 million
15 Hong Kong 17.2 million
16 Greece 16.2 million
17 Poland 15.0 million
18 Thailand 14.5 million
19 Macau 12.9 million
20 Portugal 12.3 million
21 Saudi Arabia 11.5 million
22 Netherlands 11.0 million
23 Egypt 10.6 million
24 Croatia 9.3 million
25 South Africa 9.1 million
26 Hungary 8.6 million
27 Switzerland 8.4 million
28 Japan 8.35 million
29 Ireland 8.33 million
30 Singapore 8.0 million
31 Morocco 7.4 million
32 United Arab Emirates 7.1 million (2005)
33 Belgium 7.0 million
34 Tunisia 6.8 million
35 Czech Republic 6.7 million
36 South Korea 6.4 million
37 Australia 5.6 million
38 Indonesia 5.5 million
39 Sweden 5.2 million
40 Bulgaria 5.15 million
41 India 5.08 million
42 Brazil 5.03 million
43 Bahrain 4.9 million
44 Denmark 4.8 million
45 Argentina 4.6 million
46 Norway 4.4 million
47 Vietnam 4.23 million
48 Syria 4.16 million
49 Dominican Republic 3.98 million
50 Taiwan 3.72 million
51 Puerto Rico 3.69 million
52 Finland 3.5 million
53 Jordan 3.4 million
54 Philippines 3.1 million
55 Cyprus 2.7 million
56 Chile 2.5 million
57 New Zealand 2.47 million
58 Andorra 2.2 million
59 Cuba 2.12 million
60 Israel 2.07 million

Oddest Markets on Earth

We go to market for foods and other household goods everyday. Markets are the place where we can buy necessary things. Therefore, we can see markets every where from poor countryside to luxurious cities. However, have you ever heard about a market where you can buy a bride, a market selling llama fetuses, or a market that you have to shop by boat? These markets are considered as the oddest markets in the world.

 

Bride market in Roma
Wearing lots of make-up and dressed in the most beautiful clothes and jewelry, thousands of teenage Gypsy girls in Roma were accompanied by their parents to arrive at an open-air bride market in order to look for Mr. Right who is willing to pay a large amount of money for his future wife. As the sale of goods, a young bride’s worth up to several thousand euros.

 
The market is in the village of Mogila near Stara Zagora in Bulgaria. It takes place on the first Saturday after the start of the orthodox Easter fast.

The market is in the village of Mogila near Stara Zagora in Bulgaria. It takes place on the first Saturday after the start of the orthodox Easter fast.

 

Witches’ Market of La Paz, Bolivia
The Witches’ Market is one of the oddest markets in South America. The market is in the old quarter of La Paz. It has certainly become an attraction for curious tourists, selling everything from llama fetuses, dried frogs to countless talismans and potions.

 
The Witches’ Market, one of the oddest markets in South America

The Witches’ Market is one of the oddest markets in South America

 

Old Umbrella Shop in Launceston, northern Tasmania
The Old Umbrella Shop is a special store in central Launceston, northern Tasmania which is named in the World Heritage list. Built in the 1860s, the shop sells various umbrellas and other souvenirs.

The Old Umbrella Shop is a special store in central Launceston, northern Tasmania which is named in the World Heritage list. Built in the 1860s, the shop sells various umbrellas and other souvenirs.

 

Ka Firushi Bird market
Located in a dirty quarter next to the Old City’s Blue Mosque, Ka Firushi Bird market is so familiar to bird-keepers. In small open-fronted shops, shopkeepers sell canaries, bulbuls, budgerigars and other songbirds.

Located in a dirty quarter next to the Old City’s Blue Mosque, Ka Firushi Bird market is so familiar to bird-keepers. In small open-fronted shops, shopkeepers sell canaries, bulbuls, budgerigars and other songbirds.

 

Deyrolle shop in Paris
Deyrolle shop is where you can buy a stuffed elk, a frog's skeleton and you can also see many creatures of all sizes including butterflies, rabbits, foxes and geese and so on.

Deyrolle shop is the place where you can buy a stuffed elk, a frog’s skeleton and you can also see many creatures of all sizes including butterflies, rabbits, foxes, geese and so on.

 

Muara Kuin Floating Market in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan
Muara Kuin Floating Market located in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan is a traditional market where you shop by boat. The market sells many different items such as vegetables, fruits, all kinds of fish and other household goods

Muara Kuin Floating Market, located in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan is a traditional market where you shop by boat. The market sells many different items such as vegetables, fruits, all kinds of fish and other household goods

 

Freitag’s Recycled Shipping Container Store
Freitag Shop in Zurich, Switzerland is so different from any other shops because it is built of containers and sells bags, made of recycle material.

Freitag Shop in Zurich, Switzerland is different from any other shops. Selling bags, it is built of containers and recycle material.

 

The fetish market (voodoo) market in Lome
The Lome voodoo fetish market in Togo, West Africa is one among many across Africa that sells animal parts to make potions for good health and to ward off evil

The Lome voodoo fetish market in Togo, West Africa sells animal parts to make potions for good health and ward off evil

 

Rope store in Japan
Rope is a store selling items that are different from any others. It is where you can find all the girls’ often-used items such as uniforms, shirts and make-up and so on

Rope is a store selling items that are different from any others. It is the place where you can find all the girls’ often-used items such as uniforms, shirts, make-up and so on

 

Strippers World
The store sells items to striptease dancers including ridiculous heels, bizarre things as well as mini skirts.

The store sells items to striptease dancers including ridiculous heels, bizarre things as well as mini skirts.

Sumber : Travel ezineseeker

Top Tourist Destination for 2011

The year 2010 experiences the tightness in money due to crisis economy. For this reason, vacation and holiday become hard for most people dictated by the cost of accommodation and the flights. The newly coming year 2011 sets slate of holidays to plan. Holiday makers continue following the trend with travel companies who offer best deals for limited budgets.

In 2010, the Top Travel Destinations of 2010 was voted by customers and readers for the tried-and-true favorite place to go. In the 2011 list, the travel destinations have been released including exotic beaches, perfect retreat and cities all over the world.

 

Vieques Island, Puerto Rico — Exquisite Seclusion
Although Vieques Island is voted the best Caribbean island, it is still well-kept by Puerto Rico. The jewel of Caribbean offers tourist superchic beaches.

Although Vieques Island is voted to be the best Caribbean island, it is still well-kept by Puerto Rico. The jewel of Caribbean offers tourist superchic beaches.

 

Phuket, Thailand — Asia’s Most Popular Beach Destination
Phuket is the top destination in Asia generally and in Thailand particularly. The pristine ocean views and glorious sunset are worth traveling in 2011.

Phuket is the top destination in Asia generally and in Thailand particularly. The pristine ocean views and glorious sunset are worth traveling in 2011.

 

New York City — Always A U.S. Hotspot
The “City that never sleeps” is the heart of finance, culture and fashion in the world. There will no lack of adventures both in day or night right outside the door.

The “City that never sleeps” is the heart of finance, culture and fashion in the world. There will no lack of adventures both in day or night right outside the door.

 

Urubamba Valley, Peru — Sacred Valley Of The Incas
Urubamba Valley is located near the ancient city of Machu Picchu. This valley functions as the gateway to the Inca ruins.

Urubamba Valley is located near the ancient city of Machu Picchu. This valley functions as the gateway to the Inca ruins.

 

Bali — Everyone’s Favorite Tropical Getaway
Bali is consistently selected as the ever enchanting travel destination in the world.

Bali is consistently selected as the ever enchanting travel destination in the world.

 

Doha, Qatar — On The Up And Up
The tiny nation Qatar is located on the Persian Gulf. It is famous for cultural mecca.

The tiny nation Qatar is located on the Persian Gulf. It is famous for cultural mecca.

 

Sydney, Australia — Always A Top Ten
Sydney is named the jewel of the South Pacific and top ten travel destination of all time.

Sydney is named as the jewel of the South Pacific and top ten travel destination of all time.

 

Costa Navarino, Greece — The Mediterranean Sea
Costa Navarino is the new Mediterranean’s destination. Its longest and most pristine coastlines in Greece reserve naturally unspoiled scenery.

Costa Navarino is the new Mediterranean’s destination. Its longest and most pristine coastlines in Greece reserve naturally unspoiled scenery.

 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Indulgence Starts Here
Dubai was absolutely built for entertainment and traveling. When you get enough the glitzy lifestyle with high-class clubs, stores and arrays of dining restaurant, Al Maha - Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa outside the city will be your perfect retreat.

Dubai was absolutely built for entertainment and traveling. When you get enough the glitzy lifestyle with high-class clubs, stores and arrays of dining restaurant, Al Maha – Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa outside the city will be your perfect retreat.

 

Shanghai, China — Setting The Pace
Shanghai is the perfect destination in Asia which evokes both European lifestyle and Asian flair.

Shanghai is the perfect destination in Asia which evokes both European lifestyle and Asian flair.

 

Bora Bora — It’s A Once-In-A-Lifetime Trip
Le Méridien Bora Bora is the secluded island in the South Pacific. The island offers perfect sanctuary for honeymoon.

Le Méridien Bora Bora is the secluded island in the South Pacific. The island offers perfect sanctuary for honeymoon.

 

Cape Town, South Africa — The Tip Of The World
The Westin Cape Town – the most beautiful city on the planet – will surely regenerate your soul and refresh your eyes.

The Westin Cape Town – the most beautiful city on the planet – will surely regenerate your soul and refresh your eyes.

 

Turkey — Europe’s New Hotspot
Turkey is definitely a place to go thanks to its modern shopping, hectic nightlife and ancient history. Specially, at Sheraton Cesme Hotel, Resort and Spa in Izmir, tourists can enjoy the beaches along the Turkish Riviera.

Turkey is definitely a place to go thanks to its modern shopping, hectic nightlife and ancient history. Specially, at Sheraton Cesme Hotel, Resort and Spa in Izmir, tourists can enjoy the beaches along the Turkish Riviera.

 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The hot spot in the UAE is possibly upcoming Abu Dhabi, not just in Dubai. The beaches in Arabian coast, futuristic skyscrapers and iconic architecture make mark the place second largest of the seven emirates.

The hotspot in the UAE is possibly upcoming Abu Dhabi, not just in Dubai. The beaches in Arabian coast, futuristic skyscrapers and iconic architecture make it the place second largest of the seven emirates.

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Top Ten Architecture Moments Through A Decade

Do you know ten best architecture moments of the last decade? This article will provide readers general information about these constructions, which are located in France, Japan, United States, Israel, China, Italy and Denmark.

In 2001: Rouen Concert Hall and Exhibition Complex

The Rouen Concert and Exhibition Complex, designed by architect Bernard Tschumi, aims at supporting Rouen’s economic and cultural developments in the 21st century. This architecture features 8,000-seat concert hall, an open public space and new 70,000-square-foot exhibition hall. Besides, there is a public plaza opens toward respective entrances of the complex.
The complex’s public area can hold open-air events and exhibitions as well as allow lighting installations and temporary structure

The complex’s public area can hold open-air events and exhibitions as well as allow lighting installations and temporary structure

 

In 2002: Yokohama International Port Terminal
The Yokohama International Port Terminal, designed by Foreign Office Architects in 2002, is an open public space structure along the waterfront. It can articulate a passenger cruise terminal and a mix of civic facilities for its citizens’ use in one building.

 
It was among impressive constructions at that time thanks to its design and uniqueness

It was among impressive constructions at that time thanks to its design and uniqueness

 

In 2003: Walt Disney Concert Hall
The Walt Disney Concert Hall was built in Los Angeles, United States and created by Gehry Partners. Based on a similar design philosophy to that of Bilbao, it used complex steel curves and geometry systems with Gehry Technologies.

 
The Disney Concert Hall is said to be among creative buildings

The Disney Concert Hall is said to be among creative buildings

 

In 2004: Seattle Central Library
The construction of Seattle Central Library was carried out in 2004 and designed by Office for Metropolitan Architecture. It includes five platforms and four flowing planes that together create its distinctive faceted shape.

 
The Seattle Central Library become an ideal space that helps exchange knowledge in all media

The Seattle Central Library becomes an ideal space that helps exchange knowledge in all media

 

In 2005: Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum
The Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum, located in Jerusalem, Israel was designed by Safdie Architects. Its main body is considered as a timeline featuring scattered galleries to present the Holocaust chapter.

 
This building is illuminated by a central skylight sixty feet above the linear walkway

This building is illuminated by a central skylight sixty feet above the linear walkway

 

In 2006: Olympic Sculpture Park
The Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, United States, which was designed by Weiss, links three separate sites with Z-shaped platform descending forty feet from the city to the water.

 
This location used to be the last undeveloped waterfront property in Seatle

This location used to be the last undeveloped waterfront property in Seatle

 

In 2007: The New York Times Building
New York Times Building located in New York City, United States is home to the newspaper’s headquarter. Its facade is a combination of glass curtain walls and a scrim of white ceramic tubes.

 
The New York Times Building was designed by Renzo Piano Buiding Workshop in 2007. It was lightened up all days and nights

The New York Times Building was designed by Renzo Piano Buiding Workshop in 2007. It was lightened up all days and nights

 

In 2008: Beijing Olympic Stadium, Bird’s Nest
The Beijing Olympic Stadium, also known as Bird’s Nest, was built in Beijing, China to proudly host 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. It design implemented steel beams to hide supports for the retractable roof that make the stadium look like a “Bird’s nest”.

 
It now becomes the most important public space in Beijing

It now becomes the most important public space in Beijing

 

In 2009: MAXXI – Museum of XXI Century Arts
MAXXI that stands for Museum of 21st Century Arts is the first Italian public museum to show contemporary creativity, arts and architecture. Its walls create both major and minor streams. While the major streams are the galleries, the minor streams are the connections and the bridges.

 
The museum was located in Rome and designed by Zaha Hadid Architects

The museum located in Rome was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects

 

In 2010: 8 House
8 House designed by BIG Architects is located in Southern Orestad on the edge of the Copenhagen Canal, Denmark. This bow-shaped building includes two distinct spaces that are separated by the center of the bow to host communal facilities and resembles the numeric 8.

 
The 8 House becomes a stunning construction of this decade

The 8 House becomes a stunning construction of this decade

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