Beautiful Chinese Bridges

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Being one of the world’s oldest cultures, Chinese culture is influential in a large geographical region in Eastern Asia with traditions differing between cities, provinces, and towns. Vital elements of Chinese culture include music, literature, cuisine, religion, visual arts, architecture etc. I am in awe whenever I see pictures of beautiful buildings and other structures in China. The Great Wall of China is one testament to how much of a perfectionist Chinese people are and how they will do everything just to protect their territory against intruders.

Having said that, China has been known to have a long history in bridge construction and recently it has been pushing the frontiers of bridge construction with many record breaking bridges. The long list of bridges is structured by province and includes noteworthy bridges such as the Anji Bridge which also happens to be the oldest existing bridge. Then there is the Danyang Kunshan Grand Bridge which is the world’s longest bridge measuring over 164 kilometers. Another is the Sidu River Bridge, the highest bridge in the world and the Xihoumen Bridge in Zhejiang province, the second longest suspension bridge span. The list of magnificent, well constructed bridges goes on.

The book Chinese Bridges: Living Architecture from China’s Past by Ronald G. Knapp takes us on a more detailed look and gives thorough information about over 50 historically, culturally, and architecturally noteworthy bridges across China that represent the advanced engineering and technological achievements of earlier times. Readers are given an intellectual and enlightening tour of both famous Chinese bridges and those that are just being discovered by people in the west. The author shows how beautiful, grand, spectacular, and unique these bridges are apart from being functional. They are a part of Chinese architecture that may not be given a lot of attention but in this book they are given the importance that they deserve.

Chinese Bridges is an English language book that contains more than 400 magnificent colored pictures, historic images, paintings, and line drawings as well as descriptions, history, and essays of these bridges. The book is an amazing work of architectural history and will surely provide inspiration for years to come. It is thoroughly researched and carefully written and displays how historical architecture can bring to life the living experiences and ancient culture of its people. This coffee table style book truly imparts rich historical and cultural setting for China’s bridge building tradition.

The Best Way To Invest, Coins and Jewelry

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In uncertain economic times, jewelry and coins always retain their value. Coins and jewelry pieces are very liquid as they can be sold at anytime for fair prices. It’s important to understand the various factors involved in determining the market value of jewelry, coins and other forms of currency. First and foremost, the precious metal content of a gold is a very important factor in the final sale price. The purity of gold coins is usually rated in 12K, 14K, 18K, 20K and 22K denominations. Naturally, a high purity rating yields a higher market value for a gold coin. By knowing the purity and weight of a gold coin, the value can be calculated at any instant. The only factor that fluctuates is the market price of gold, which changes slightly on a daily basis. However, the price of gold per ounce has been been reaching record highs during the recent U.S. economic recession.

Another factor that plays an important role in the value of a gold coin is age. The older the coin is, the more rare and valuable it is considered to be. For example, a gold coin from the 16th century is more valuable than a coin of the same purity and weight from the 20th century. Gold coins have been minted since ancient times. Most coins from early civilizations are now on display in museums and private collections as historic relics and not currency. For example, it would be impossible to estimate the market value of a gold coin that was minted during Ancient Roman times. In general, foreign gold coins tend to be more expensive than American gold coins when dealing on the American market. Trying to visit a numismatic dealer is an example of searching for a great purchase or sale deal on gold coins that are minted in the United States.

Paper currency can also be very valuable depending on several factors. For example, the United States has released different dollar denominations for brief periods throughout the country’s history. A 5 dollar bill minted during the Civil War in the United States has tremendous historic value in today’s market. Experienced numismatic dealers usually know the history behind all of the currency circulation of the United States dating back to the earliest federal reserves and mints. Rare American coins that are not made of precious metals can still have high value in today’s market.

Things to Remember When Shopping For Shoes

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Shopping for quality shoes is not easy. It’s sometimes better to just buy something that’s branded and expensive because at least you know that it’s durable and of high quality. But what if you don’t have the money to buy pricey shoes? There are some things to remember to guide you through the process. Always try on the shoes you like first before you decide to buy them. Keep them on your feet and walk around for a few minutes to see how they feel. Be sure that they fit perfectly and you feel comfortable wearing them. Check if the shoes can be returned before buying them.

Purchase from a familiar brand that you’ve worn before when shopping online. This way you already know your accurate size. If you have to choose between leather and synthetic leathers, it’s a no brainer that you have to go with leather. They’re biodegradable and more durable. Always choose quality over quantity. A quality shoe with quality maintenance should last a long time. You shouldn’t worry too much about the cost since quality shoes look better, lasts longer, and are more repairable. Thus, they’re a better long term investment.

As for good dress shoes which men should have at least a pair of, the soles should be stitched not just glued to the bottom of the shoes, at least a quarter of an inch thick, and is made of leather. Also, the lining is made of high quality calfskin or natural leather not synthetic materials. If you want to have stylish and top quality leather shoes, shop at Reef. They have some really beautiful and interesting models to choose from like the Reef Eland. It has premium full grain leather upper with distressed and vintage finishes, leather outsole with rubber enforce strike area, and premium pig skin leather lining. Plus, it’s handcrafted in Brazil.

Another model that’s worth checking out is the Reef Bantu shoe, what with its premium leather full grain upper with distressed and vintage finishes, molded wax texture cushion insole, molded rubber swellular traction out sole, slammed cup sole construction, and EVA compounds for odor management on the insole, among its features. I’m sure I’ll also look good if I wear the Reef Spiniker Mid NB. It has Reef molded rubber swellular traction outsole, removable and washable insole for function and travel, odor management EVA insole, molded wax texture cushion insole, and die cut leather labels inlay on the outsole.

 

DNP Programs Online

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Although most industries in the United States are contracting because of the recession, the health care industry is actually expanding. The overall age of the population is getting older because of the large generation of Baby Boomers who are entering the age of the senior citizen. There are many options for a hard working individual who is looking for safe employment in order to raise a family or simply get ahead. However, it is essential that an individual get the proper training in order to take full advantage of these opportunities.

– DNP Programs Online

The nursing industry is in need of individuals who are looking for steady work in all aspects of the industry. Whether you want to get involved with the administration side of the business or work directly with patients within hospitals or providing in home care, the DNP programs online is there so that you can learn these skills without having to overturn your current day to day life.

The main advantage of an online class of any sort is the ability to take that class at your leisure. If you have a smart phone and Bluetooth, you can even go over class lectures while you are in rush hour traffic coming home from work! With this kind of flexibility, it is much easier for an individual to complete the work as well as master the material in a much more precise way than in a classroom.

Another advantage is that online courses usually cost much less than in class courses. Aside from having to buy less textbooks and not pay for the overhead of attending class in a facility, you will save on gas as well because you do not have to travel to a particular location just to hear a lecture.

Online classes also have professors who are much more flexible. Most classes will have a messageboard that will allow students to ask questions at their leisure. The professor will not have to choose between students in a limited classroom situation – every student will get their question answered.

With all of these advantages, why are you not taking an online health care course right now? There is an opportunity to increase the opportunities in your life for good – take it now while the industry is expanding.

Woodgrain and Aluminum Truffol iPhone 5 Cases

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On today’s fashion, essentials and main type accessories are taking a big part now inside the fashion industry. Because these stuff can help the whole styling or certain fashion pieces to be more accentual and to be more looking appealing for the eye. I hope you can got me here? LOL anyway, it seems that iPhone is getting part of the fashion industry these days, because as I’ve heard the newly released iPhone 5s had teamed up with  at the high-end brand called Burberry for the said brand fashion week showroom. I will blog further about this teamed up by my next post because this post is supposedly for the iphone Case brand which the Truffol.

Recently, Truffol released an fashionable and chic iPhone 5 cases that comes with Woodgrain and Aluminum – see the photos on top for the preview. I think, these cases are versatile that we could be also using on styling ourselves – you may check out lookbook.nu for the idea on how your iPhone can be part of your styling. Because I’ve seen a lot of awesome fashion forward there rocking themselves together with their iPhone on. By the way, Woodgrain and Aluminum Truffol iPhone 5 Cases has a price of $75 USD each and you may buy some at the Truffol’s shop site or in the brand’s nearby stores.

Okay, that will be all for now and I hope you’ll find at least informative this post here about “Woodgrain and Aluminum Truffol iPhone 5 Cases”.

Taeyang – Take It Slow (Acapella)

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Occasionally, I am also blogging up some music related topics on this blog, especially Kpop. Because this blog is mainly about Korean or Asians fashion and I think putting up some music that has fashion related to it is also doable. Most fans out there are really knew that this guy named Taeyang has this great and quirky fashion sense and tastes. That’s why then most of you guys,particularly Asians guys, are keep following and mimicking its styling every now and then. And I’ll be sharing some of his fashion statements which influences the today’s men’s fashion. So – please keep on tuning in here as I tackle Taeyang fashion by on my next posts.

Before that, let me also share this video ( actually an audio only) where this guy, Taeyang, singing his song entitled ” Take It Slow” acapella version.

I simply liked this acapella version because his voice is fully heard.

How To Roll Up Your Shirt Sleeves?

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I know most men out there are got this little problem on how they may roll up their shirt sleeves easily. Yeah! I know, right? because I was also troubling with it when every time I wear my shirts. Actually, rolling up your shirt’s sleeves is not really as hard as you thinking of. Because you would just have to know the basics and the proper techniques to do it so. Let me share these 2 videos that I’ve recently found over the video sharing site, YouTube.

On these videos, they’ve mentioned the 3 ways on how you may fold your sleeves easily and I prefer myself to do the 2nd one. Because it is indeed the easiest and the most convenient to do. Try to check these 2 videos for you to know the proper ways on rolling up the sleeves.

To Deal With Challenging Questions On Cisco Certification Exams

 

You will run into challenging questions on Cisco certification exams, but do you know how to deal with them? Will you try to figure out what to do when it happens, or do you want to know what to do ahead of time? Because it’s better to know exactly what to do before you’re in that situation, here is some advice for dealing with challenging questions on Cisco certification exams.

 

Take Your Time

First off, take your time. You don’t want to rush through a challenging question and make a mistake that you wouldn’t have made if you’d approached the question calmly. Take a deep breath, and give each challenging question the amount of time that it deserves.

 

Read Each Question Carefully

It is crucial that you read challenging questions carefully. After all, it’s going to be pretty difficult to answer a question correctly if you don’t even know exactly what is being asked. Read each question carefully so that you understand the information that is being given and what information the question is asking for.

 

Prepare For Challenging Questions Beforehand

Of course, the best way to deal with challenging questions is to already know that material so well that even the most challenging questions don’t seem that difficult to you. You can do this by going to TestsLive for all your test prep needs. When you get your test prep resources from TestsLive, you will be less likely to find questions to be challenging and you will be well equipped to handle even the ones that are.

Hyunseung’s wearin’ Lanvin T-shirt (Green)

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On today’s men’s fashion. Printed shirt basics are the one in hip. Because most celebrities are often wearing it and at the same time leading brand companies are keep on releasing too some kind of tees, meaning, printed shirt basics are now trending on today’s men’s fashion that’s why dudes are keep on searching over the web where they could buy some great printed shirts like what Hyunseung wearing on the top photo.

Hyunseung, Korean singer, B2ST member, is wearing an green kinda leopard print tee from the brand Lavin. I dunno where’s the brand located – locally, maybe in Korea?, but I am not sure about this just my hint though. Anyway, the tee looks great on him and I must say, the tee suits in any bottom you have whether its an shorts or an pants…

As Ive said, I dunno the brand, Lavin, yet. That’s why I cant give out some information about the brand either to the tee itself. So – please bear with me again in here, however, soon enough as I got time to search it over, sure thing! will update you again in here. Thanks!

KPOP Beast/B2ST For CECI Magazine

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Have you see the CECI Magazine already? if not yet, you’re so lucky to be stumbled here because these are the some photos of the all boy kpop group b2st for the magazine. Actually, I think the magazine is already out in the market today, just check out your local store for it as you wanted to have yourself a copy. On the photos on top. One thing is I’ve noticed, which their fashion styles. Because we all know that b2st had only an simply style when it comes to their fashion, however, since they’ve released their new song called ” Beautiful Night” it noticeable that they started to consider these high-end fashion pieces.. This was only my opinion though… please dont get me wrong dear fans..hahah Because I just often seen them wearing some street wear brands like stussy,obey and more.. than to these high-end fashion brands.

Watch their awesome live performance below singing their beautiful night song