gio2409: October is almost there and the best scent of the year in Beijing to me is about to come. Yonghegong. That magnificent alley framed by the bright yellow leaves falling gently from the trees on the ground create a welcoming materass for those few spiritual beings left in the City to walk on the path to the Temple. Step after step the red door at the end of the alley reveals itself and finally the first scent comes up to your nose. Incent. In front of the Buddhas sitting there is the space for incents to burn, the smoke then goes up into the sky as if it would represent a way to contact with the divinity. Even the most atheist person in the world would overcome in front of such a ceremony of dedicated spirituality. This fragrance makes me believe that behind all this modernity and this fast spinning world, there is still time to concentrate, dedicate an intention and stop for a while to smell, to pray, to cherish and be thankful. This, to me, represents a moment of harmony that links all the senses together starting from the olfaction and then crystallizing the memory of the smell like Proust's madeleine. We are always nostalgic of what a good memory means to us, thanks to that scent I remind myself the importance of spirituality in my life.
siggeytuazon: Benzoin is my favorite scent and there are seemingly apt reasons on why such as: It is an essential oil which smells like bubble gum and frozen dairy. Also, I used this so that my room will smell like a combination of baked goods and soft chocolate in a sophisticated way. Lastly, I use this so that I can imagine that I am always staying at a nice hotel/apartment just like The Sandalwood, Beijing Marriott Executive Apartments. :)
mattaya: My favorite scent would have to be pizza, because wherever I am in the house I can smell that delicious pizza waiting for me to devour it up. It's one of those foods I can eat with my hands and its scent smells so...so....delicious! I prefer the Italian sausage or pepperoni pizza, but that's just me, though.
eikka: I also couldn't agree less on this review. I'm from Finland where coffee flows in our veins. So we not only appreciate, but we can't live without a good coffee. Voyage coffee delivers that and with a smile.
buzzcrushtrendkill: How obvious could it be? Yes, he most likely is cheating. These are surely the tell-tale signs. Wake up and read the glowing neon on the wall. And how naive are these writers?!? My advise (as a man who has done the shady cheating stuff myself) get th information you need so you do not waste your lifetime with that person. The advise of "oh, just trust him" is just plain silly if he engages in those behaviors.
missanne1959: I'd steal her secrets. Can you imagine how juicy those might be? Everyone thinks she's this little old lady, but after nearly 63 years on the throne, she's got a lot she's keeping under her hat, from what she really thinks about Duchess Kate to her favorite brand of tea cozy.
petermurch: OK Fun article to read, but wrong perspective. I too used to look at this stuff and think, "geez, it has no resistance, not really a workout." Seems tho that what older folks really need (and Chinese folks actually put the effort in for) is flexibility. And these machines are pretty darn good for that. They stretch their legs (some over their heads, right?) because it wards off lower back pain, etc etc. So this is the right stuff for the intended audience. Thanks tho for the article - I did wonder how some of the more mysterious stuff worked!!
chole: 1. I saw the handsome Austrian boss in the restaurant. He recommend us to try fisherman, which is signature dish and I was impressed. Trout and crayfish are very fresh. Great taste combined with avocado. 2. Decoration of the restaurant is high fashion. Waiters are super nice. “Poultry terrine” contains chicken liver and pigeon and chicken breast, and pork belly. It is totally new for me. I never try pigeon before. But it is delicious.
niclow: I would knick the Ming vase sitting in a dusty corner of her white drawing room. Why? I doubt she would notice one missing vase in her palatial home and it's a cultural relic of China. I would be killing two birds with one stone, I'd be creating more space at Buckingham Palace and improving relations with China at the same time :)
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