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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Re: International standard Service - what's that?

ီDear Frankie ,

Somebody should forward this email to Asia World International
Standard Company .
Is there anyone who knows Asia World email ?

Ko Nyi

On 7/28/10, Nyi Nyi ® <nyinyi@gmail.com> wrote:
> Since the beginning of recent privatization, we all might have frequently
> heard the word "international standard." What does it mean? It might mean
> everything. For the first time in July, I gotta move in and out of Yangon
> International airport in the mid of this month.
>
> Unlike my experience, I gotta put 500 Kyats back into my side pocket at the
> gate. Because those uniformed keepers pointed me a desk where I have had to
> fill up form for Airport entry, been later charged.
>
> They said Asia World has got the airport handover and there has been a
> change like this. And they say "Asia World company is trying its service to
> international standard. This is good in fact, private means a free,
> lucrative world. Isn't it?
>
> But let me think twice on this encounter. Why do they charge me for airport
> entry? Why do I have to fill up my personal information to enter to the
> airport? And plus, the airport staffs employed by Asia World, look very dull
> and it seems they don't know what they are doing there. For an example, see
> what they asked me!
>
> Who are returning from where? ဘယ္ကျပန္လာတဲ့သူကိုႀကိဳမွာလဲ
> Damn it. She acted like that I'm seeing somebody coming from abroad back to
> home country. It is not a necessary question nor proper one.
>
> The question so should be raised, what do you mean "making international
> standard" Mr. Aisa World?
>
>
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The Best Castle Hotels around the World

Posted: 31 Jul 2010 08:09 AM PDT

Have you ever dreamed about being a king or a queen just to have a room as big as your entire house, and a home that reminds you of the fairytales you used to read as a child? The good news is you don't even have to have royal blood anymore just to sleep in a castle. You can simply flip through the catalogues and choose among a wide myriad of castle lodgings around the globe. Below are our very top picks.

Château de la Bourdaisière


If you watch a lot of TV and you've come across the reality show Joe Millionaire, which just made your heart beat faster, this castle is going to look very familiar to you. This was a Fox hit in 2003, and now, you don't even have to get into the show to wine, dine, and spend the night in the property. For as low as 120 euros a night, you get the full lodging experience at the Château de la Bourdaisière.

Sitting at the countryside of France, only a little more than an hour from Paris, this castle was built in the 15th century, infamously for the king's royal mistress. The monarch during that time was King Francois I. Today, it remains one of the most popular destinations for couples who are spending their honeymoon. Just because you're single, though, doesn't mean you should skip out on paying the place a visit.

In fact, single ladies who spend their breaks in this castle might just find their own Prince Charming. The property is currently being managed by two of the most eligible bachelors, the Broglie princes. If you're lucky enough, something romantic might just happen.

The place is highly conducive for love affairs because aside from its elegant structure, the palace is also surrounded by an "enchanted" forest—enchanting because the colors just seem to jump off the canvass during autumn and spring. There are 11 rooms in the castle, tennis courts, a pool, and other amenities. If you prefer to explore the grounds outside the property, you can always go to the Loire Valley, which is a great place for air ballooning. You may also visit its vineyards and taste good wine.

Amberley Castle



If you're wondering what Queen Elizabeth I's lodgings looked like, you would want to book a room at the Amberley Castle. The Queen owned this castle between 1588 and 1603. Charles II is said to have visited the castle frequently, and you'll also get snippets of the civil war, tour the same walls which Cromwell attacked at that time.

How do you get to the castle? You need to cross it the old-fashioned way, using a drawbridge. The castle's portcullis is said to still be lowered every night. The property is surrounded by a 60-foot curtain wall which encloses its rose gardens. The best part of all is that this isn't just a garden filled with roses. There are live peacocks here, too.

When you enter it, you'll still feel that grand, medieval vibe. Inside, the walls are lined with old armory, tapestries, and arched stone doorways. You can choose among 19 of its rooms, sleep in royal four-poster beds, absorb the intricate designs of its wall hangings, and enjoy modern additions like Jacuzzis in the suites, television sets and VCRs.

Château de Castel Novel


In the secluded countryside of France sits the Château de Castel Novel. Not only does this castle give its guests highly refined accommodations, it's also a refuge from the fast-paced city life. If you've been frequenting France for quite a while, too, you'll find the views here refreshing. It's definitely off-beat, if anything else.

Here, you'll find a fine mix of gastronomic and historical delights. In between these activities, you can be one with nature while taking leisurely walks. The castle sits in the Limousine city of France. The property was built in the 14th century, and was originally constructed as a fortified castle on top of the hill. Certain changes in the design in the 19th century, though, softened the architecture of the castle with some Renaissance additions.

You'll definitely be in awe of its sweeping balconies, spacious terraces, and manicured rose gardens. The castle's past residents also added character to the property. Legend has it that the castle was home to star-crossed lovers: the lady and the troubadour.

More recently, Colette, a French writer, composed several novels inside one of its rooms. The castle has a total of twenty-seven rooms, all of them elegant suites which are open for lodging and viewing.

Waterford Castle

Tired of your boring life? The Waterford Castle, which sits at a secluded area in Southern Ireland. It is surrounded by the River Suir, and sits at the heart of a 310-acre island. This castle can only be accessed through a private ferry, and if you're looking for the perfect refuge, this is the place you should be staying in. Of course, no one wants to be cooped up in a room for the duration of their stay.

There's also an 18 hole golf course, and trails for horseback rides. You can also take part in a number of water sports, or go fishing by yourself or with your travel companions. The stone castle has been around since the 16th century, and has retained most of its Norman design elements. Aside from the location of the castle, you'll also like the gargoyles, towers and turrets.

Its nineteen guestrooms and all of its main rooms are lined with regal tapestries, period décor and antiques. For five centuries it was owned by the Fitzgerald family before it was turned into a luxury hotel in 1988.

Kasbah du Toubkal


Now, on the other side of the world, where there are no cars, limousines, and ferries, there's also a castle that's accessible only by a donkey ride. We're talking about the Kasbah du Toubkal which is in Morocco. If you don't like donkeys, you can also access the castle by hiking, but that's such a drag when you're carrying your luggage. How will you admire the sight as you climb up the peak of Atlas?

Roughly sixty minutes from Markesh, the palatial property is a little on the rustic side, with eight rooms overlooking the views from the mountain. It also has a pretty rich history. From the 1940s to 1956, this castle was the summer home of the French caid. Today, it's one of the most prominent eco-tourism destinations.

For the film buffs out there, you may recognize the palace as the Tibetan Monastery in Kundun (1997). The palace is popular among those who love to hike specifically because of its location and the good food they serve at the castle-cum-hotel.

Castle on the Hudson


Are you from Manhattan and just dying to escape the crowded city and the smog? If you take a subway, just 25 miles away from the city, off north and across Hudson River, you'll find the Castle on the Hudson. While this property may lack the royal history that most castles have, it certainly makes up for it with its tall stone walls and palatial trimmings. It's still kingly in its own right.

The Castle on the Hudson was constructed between 1897 and 1910. If you enter its Oak Rooms, you'll be pleasantly surprised with its pannelings. While no royal figure actually resided here for years, the panels are from the Parisian home of James II from Louis XIV. This Parisian house was where James II spent his years as an exile.

There are five rooms in the castle, and they're certainly fit for royalty. Each one has a fireplace, a four poster bet, impressive furnishings and turret alcoves. If you're hungry, just go to the Equus restaurant which is also located within the palatial lodgings. While dining, enjoy the view of New York's skyline across the Hudson River.

Palacio Belmonte

If you like castles because of their historic value, then the Palacio Belmonte is a must-see. This architectural grandeur is surrounded by Moorish and Roman walls. This is, by far, the oldest structure in Lisbon, so it's seen quite a lot. The castle has been there since 130 BC, and it sits on top of a hill which gives its guests a great view of the river and the city made from cobblestones.

For a while, it was uninhabitable, but since its restoration as a hotel which took six years and several million dollars, it got back its royal stature. Before the hotel was restored, though, it was owned privately by the descendants of the Earls of Belmonte. It was the royal family's home for about 500 years.

Today, there is a total of eight suites you can spend the night in. Inside, they're decorated with colorful and luxurious silk, but what you're going to be very impressed with are their spacious terraces. Within the property, you can also use a big swimming pool made from elegant black marble. There are African and Japanese artifacts adorning the place, and Roman fountains outside which makes your short walks around the property extra legal.

Look up and you'll see brick ceilings which date back to the 7th century, marble bathrooms themed in black, and roughly 30,000 Portugese tiles which date back to the 18th century. All of these with the imported antiques are bound to give the guests a refined, luxurious vibe.

Balfour Castle


A few of the best castles around the world can be found in Scotland. One of them is the Balfour Castle. This property sits at the heart of the Orkney Island, and romantics would be happy to see the whole island surrounded by mist especially in the colder seasons. The island is in Shapinsay, Scotland. If you're holding a map, look north and you should be able to spot its exact location.

Because it's at the edge of Europe, though, the castle's a bit challenging to reach. You need to bring yourself to Kirkwall, and then take a 25-minute ferry ride to reach the island. To say that it's secluded is an understatement. Ten whole miles of rolling hills and forests surround the property. This royal fortress, which was built in 1848, is definitely Victorian.

Once you're inside, you'll be amazed by its old library, turrets, stuffed owls, and old paintings. The castle has six rooms, each one with wood-carved poster beds. There are also canopy beds, if you prefer that style, and of course, oriental rugs. Being so near the sea, all of the rooms also have the best vantage points of the coastline. Only four of these six rooms, though, have their own baths.

Just like the Amberley Castle, the Balfour Castle also has impressive grounds. There are walled gardens, and just in case you want to explore the sea, you can borrow any of the two boats and sail to the island's spooky caverns and dramatic cliff walls.

Palazzo Gritti


This castle was built in 1525. It was originally supposed to serve as the home of the Doge of Venice. Since then, it has been playing the gracious host to a number of VIPs, including Greta Garbo, Winston Churchhill, Ernest Hemingway, and numerous heads-of-state all over the world. It is already 500 years old, so it's not surprising to hear some people say it's seen prettier days.

Fans of the palace insist that its age just gives it character. Today, it represents the historical richness of Venice. It overlooks the Grand Canal, which makes it one of the best lodgings to stay in if you want to see the waterscape of the city. The best view is probably from the terrace of the property's restaurant. Like the other palaces we've discussed earlier, this one is also furnished with a lot of antiques.

There are more than 82 guest houses in this palace. They're all proudly Venetian.

Lake Palace in Jaipur


Have you ever wanted to live like a maharajah? Then the castle you should spend your summers in is the Lake Palace. This palatial property is made from white marble. It's located in India and was built as a retreat for the country's ruler in the 1700s. Most visitors describe it with one word: ethereal. This was never the official home of India's ruler as it was constructed purely for his summer breaks.

Now that it's a hotel, the same principle applies. Guests here will feel nothing but restful. The 83-room property has 17 suites you can choose from if you really want to live it up. The walls have impressive murals and furnishings made from rich wood. A lot of distinguished guests have frequented the palace including Queen Elizabeth II, the King of Nepal, the Shah of Iran, and Jackie O.

A lot of distinguished guests have frequented the palace including Queen Elizabeth II, the King of Nepal, the Shah of Iran, and Jackie O.


The Best Street Foods across the Globe

Posted: 31 Jul 2010 07:31 AM PDT

It’s 8:30 in the morning, the office is already just a few blocks away. Your clothes are a bit ruffled and your hair needs a little more combing. This is just the result of waking up 20 minutes later than the usual and so you had to skip breakfast too. You snake through the morning rush hour traffic and as you walk to your office, you smell a hint of good food in the air. Despite being hungry and in a hurry, there is still time to enjoy a meal thanks to foodcarts such as this.

Street food vendors offer the city’s hungry something good to discover in their packages. And as times are lean, it is also filling to chow down on these eats without breaking your budget. It is this reason that street food is again gaining momentum in several US cities. Metropolis like San Francisco, Portland in Oregon, and New York have taken their love of the street to another level with people gushing about their favorite takeaway meals in their blogs and professional chef paying respect to the street vendor.

Cities have a long standing romance with street vended foods. In the city of Pompeii for example, where things are preserved by dried lava, there are several corners where signs of vendors and small eateries still exist. In a research conducted by the UN, it shows that there is at least 2.5 billion street food eaten every day.

The special allure of street food comes from its roots. If there is a measure of tradition and authenticity behind the preparation of the snack, chances are people will take a bite. People demand no less of their kebab than it taste like the ones prepared around the Mediterranean.

People are warming up again to the cuisine of street foods. According to several experts, much of the food carts around that are getting people’s attentions come from Asia. A chef believes that the culture of Southeast Asian culture of hawking food in open environments and the convenience of being able to finish these items quickly while working are the primary reasons street foods are a hit.

Food carts are now leaping over cultural borders and promoting their originating cultures through their cuisine. This explains the sudden popularity of food carts and the growing legion of admirers who want to sample what they have to offer. Street food are now giving various tongues a world tour. Here are some of the best food carts out there.

Dumplings


In New York, there is a truck making the rounds of the city and serving hungry commuters with delectable dumplings. Anita Lo, David Weber and Kenny Lao started this roving business as a paean to a dumpling bar. There are various flavors to choose from like pork herbed with chives, or chicken cookies with Thai basil. People can get six of these dumplings for only six dollars. These dumplings are sure to transport you to China.

Empanadas


Consider a pastry pocket filled with meat, chicken or cheese, these snacks from the countries of South America are filling and hearty. Although they don’t stack up that much in health or fitness benefits, people from South America love this dish because of the delectation they provide in such a concentrated package. Empanada vendors are a dime dozen on every country on the continent.

Fish Tacos

There are a lot of mini taquerias on wheels out there featuring their take on the much loved fish tacos. Some of them cook the fish deep-fried while some grill them. The sauce is also an area of contention. Does salsa do the job a lot better than the white sauce can? Is adding guacamole a turn off? However, despite these considerations, a lot of people believe that the pearl of fish taco street vendors can be found in San Diego in Encinitas’ North Coast Highway. The store, Juanita’s Taco Shop, continues the tradition of classic fish tacos since the 70s just the way many prefer it – fillet covered in batter and then fried deep in oil and covered with rich helpings of salsa and lettuce and lime.

Frittelle di Baccalà

Anyone wandering the streets of Rome on a holiday are in for a treat in among the street vendorss.  Frittelle di Baccalà are common staples found in Italy’s streets. The main ingredient in this snack is Baccala, cod cured using salt which was a common dish served in Italian households during the years the country was rebuilding itself after the war. Because of these lean times, the cod is returning in full force across this European nation. Now instead of being served as itself, they are fried in fritters and the flavor they produce is nothing short of addicting.

Kebab


The smell of roasted lamb wafting across  a New York avenue is enough of an advertisement for the many trucks selling these Middle Eastern skewers. Critics and locals have their own favorites among these mobile establishments. One of the sought after is a vendor selling chicken pitas in Canal Street. The chicken pitas have that secret ingredient factor that keeps people coming back. Some chefs think that the champion for this roasted treat is a Chinese vendor in Division. Their take? Roasted lamb spiced with chili and a sprinkle of cumin. The performance of the establishment is rather consistent as people rave about the chicken and beef kebabs too.

Onigiri


Onigiri are rice balls or triangles covered in seaweed wrapping or kelp and are traditionally served by Japanese mothers as lunches for children to eat at school. The usual fillings consist of fish, meat, tofu or pickles. Today, the rice ball has many versions that can be found in convenience stores in Japan with various flavors like curry and corned beef. However, one cart in Portland, Oregon has a healthy incarnation which uses brown rice instead of the starchy white and fills it with vegetarian items.

Pani Puri


Imagine a crisp fried ball made of a special batter of plain and wheat flour and Urad Daal flour (Urad Daal is a bean, similar to the mung bean, growing in the Indian subcontinent.), salt and water. This crispy shell is then filled with tamarind yogurt, mint and spicy chickpeas. Pani Puri is synonymous to gol gappa. Traditionally it is served by the vendor on a ratio of one is to one. The hungry customers who want more will have to queue again while the vendor cooks the ball according to their individual preferences.

Peas Topped Meat Pie


Because of the uniqueness that each street food vendor brings on the table, the food they serve is affixed with their stamp. It is also this uniqueness that people seek out these stalls to taste what they offer. Through the years of their operation, certain stalls create traditions through the food they serve. Harry’s Cafe de Wheels in Sydney exemplifies this. Started in 1930, the stall has been serving meat pies topped with a concoction of crushed peas. After biting on the pie and tasting the peas, the unmistakable flavor of lean beef comes in.

Pho


Pho instantly makes the one eating it feel better thanks to the lingering scent it produces. Credit goes to the lime, the Thai basil, and sometimes the Ca Cuong which provide the noodle broth with its efficacious smell. Aside from these herbs, a typical bowl of pho contains beef chunks as well as cinnamon, and cilantro. It so popular in its country of origin that people eat it three times a day in the various cities across Vietnam. Street vendors sit customers on stools and serve them with bowls and tailor the garnishings of lime, bean sprouts and other herbs for each hungry buyer.

Poutine


This messy snack is sure to delight even the more poised street gourmands. The Canadian take on the french fries, Poutine is an interesting mix combining the snack with curds of cheese and gravy. There is quite nothing like being served a hot heaping plate of Poutine after a late night’s stroll. Poutine is quickly gaining patrons all over  who are converted by the convincing mix of cheese, gravy and potatoes. People from  Toronto flock to Mr Tasty Fries, a fixture in the square just across the City Hall of Toronto. Bite into the hot potato slices and let its taste melt away with the cheese and the sudden beefy burst of the gravy.

Takoyaki


These lovely octopus balls from Japan are sure to make your mouth water after the first taste and keep you coming back for seconds. Properly cooked, each piece of Takoyaki is packed with umami – the Japanese take on delicious. To cook this dish, the Japanese put little pieces of octopus on a batter and stuff it with pickled ginger and onions. Each of these balls are covered with mayonnaise and then topped with spring onion and bonito flakes. Since a trip to Japan is not readily possible, try searching your nearest Japanese restaurant for these treats.

Ramen


Not all ramen are the instant and artificially flavored ones you  buy from the supermarket. For the best experience of the authentic dish, stroll through the Tsukiji market before dawn and sit in one of the ramen stalls there. The stools can get occupied but the it is worth the effort as the filling noodles are sure to satisfy and the broth will warm your belly out of the cold. Since each ramen stall has its own signature take on the ramen, you will not run out of choices when you visit Japan.


Top 10 of the Uniquely Designed Apartment Blocks

Posted: 31 Jul 2010 04:36 AM PDT

A building’s architecture often gives way to practicalities. Dictates of the city planning administration or simply the urgent need to finish a building in the fastest time possible have left structures that do not complement the cityscape.

Do not fret however, as there are still artists left in architects. There are living spaces, apartments to be specific, which are innovations on their own. If you want to live in an address that is uniquely its own, scope out the following apartments.

Block 16

Designed by René van Zuuk for a new development in Almere, this apartment complex appears like it is constantly moving. The inspiration for the design lies in the construction technique of tunnel formwork. Like the prefabricated construction of tunnels, the building’s floors and walls have been built at the same time. Sectioning was made as the work progressed. Inside the central tunnels which serve as the central passageways were uniform. The alternate tunnels were the ones they lengthened or shortened in order to give the external area of the building that wavy look. The firm OMA which the designer is from reports that performing this particular construction method did not increase the costs for making the building. The project which was finished last July 2005 was reported to have cost only € 5,6 M.

Waldspirale

The translations of its German name means forest spire; Spire because of its U shaped design that seems to spiral in on itself and because of the large spire at its peak and forest because of the use of plants as roofing.  Friedensreich Hundertwasser, an artist from Vienna, created the designs for this innovative apartment. He has made so that   the building transgresses the grid based planning common in building practices. People living in the Waldspirale do not look out at the same windows as not one of the thousand are alike. Aside from these innovations, there is an artificial lake in the courtyard and a playground for the children. A cafe and a bar serves residents at the topmost floor.

Walden 7

Situated in what has been the remains of a cement factory, Walden 7 arose out of the limited budget the architect was given with 18 towers tapering and interconnecting with one another. These spaces where the towers bisected would become common areas for residents to mingle with one another. This social housing project, which appears to be quite the labyrinth, breaks the mold of government housing. Residents stay in studio apartments with some of the spaces increasing in other areas to accommodate four room ones. Any common rooms like game rooms, shops and arcades can be found at the bottom of the Walden 7.

Lace Apartments

Imagine a lace striped amber, orange, brown and green floating and folding. Now think that that lace is creating a structure as it goes and then gets fixed in the facade of that building. The 3D rendering of a lace is the one that animates this particular building in Nova Gorica in Slovenia. Nova Gorica is near the country’s border with Italy. Špela Vide?nik and Rok Oman led the design team that created this structure. A lot of features have also been built around the lace like pergolas, dividing walls, balconies including loggias, terraces and projecting roofs. At first glance, the design appears impractical. However the facade’s features mitigates the temperature levels in the bedrooms and the living rooms. The outcroppings protect against gusts of wind and unpredictable weather. The building promotes privacy as common spaces and service areas are limited. Shafts provide the entry of sunlight into the interior. It is because of these limitations that residents inside the building have very low energy consumptions resulting in savings.

Casa Mila Barcelona

Ever seen a building that looks like a giant fountain? Casa Mila Barcelona is the last civil design of Antoni Gaudi, an architect who happens to be a surrealist as well. As one can see the meandering white stone facade looks like flowing water. The portals appear like they have sculpted from sand ala a sand castle. If that’s not enough scope out the figurines at the top of the building. Commonly called La Pedrera or the Quarry in Spanish because of its resemblance to mines stones are gathered, the casa has long been retired from civil use. It is however seeing increased traffic as a venue for artistic affairs and its being granted the status of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

VM Houses

Seen from sky these two new residences in Copenhagen’s new district of Ørestaden, look like a V and an M and thus their collective name VM Houses. For the V house, the grid based design was opened up in the middle and along the sides, pushing the foundation more to the center. This particular manipulation of space creates wider vistas for residents and the materials for the building were chosen to maximize the entry of daylight and air. On the northern part of each apartment there is more head space while there is more diagonal space and increase views on the southern part. The terraces on the southern edge protrude of the building like spikes. The V House is lifted by columns in order to create common meeting areas with other residents. The building will be able to impale a giant. On its opposite side the M building was designed after several sections of what should have been a grid based design were taken off piecemeal by piecemeal to appear like an M. The M House employs the same materials as the V House with two shafts providing light into the building.

Reversible Destiny Lofts

Arakawa + Gins is a pair of artists who use living space and architecture as medium to create art which make people think about life. Reversible Destiny Lofts is the culmination of the pair’s philosophy towards architecture. The couple has made it their mission to turn back mortality. For practical purposes, the death they are trying to avert is not of our physical bodies but that of our sense of wonder. True enough the buildings are designed in a surreal manner. The floors are meandering and the kitchens are likely sunk in the center of the room. Some rooms are designed in such a way that you will feel you are in two places at once. Comfort leads to death according to the artists and that is why  they made the living spaces challenging. It is the kind of strange apartment that makes you feel strange to the point that you are not the same person coming out of its doors. People who want to live in this conceptual art of a residence need to shell out $750,000.

Liulin Residential Complex

Bulgaria, particularly the city of Sofia, is in the cusp of change. As for 2009 the Foster + Partners are churning out designs for a new section of the city which includes a large park in the center. This particular development has spurred the rush for the creation of new structures. One such structure being built is the Liulin apartment complex which has a predecessor in the area two decades ago.

However since the times are changing, the old one deserves an upgraded version. This structure is sitting on the crossroads of time and of metropolis and natural environment. As such certain features takes advantage of nature like its maximization of residents views of Mt. Vitosha. Despite the grid based allotment of the space, the designers have rounded out the edges to provide an ambiguity that drinks in the pavements and the nature around it. It’s scale and dimensions do not depart from the city’s standards so the Liulin apartment complex appears down to earth despite the newness the design effects.

Tetris Apartments

The Tetris apartments is architecture adjusting to homeowner’s needs for privacy and intimacy. Since the structure faces a highway, the apartments’s windows were turned by at least 30 degrees to the quieter South side. The loggias and the balconies have been planned in such a way that neighbors will not have to see each other hence the shape of the facade. It is through this particular measure when the elevations were done that people started giving the social housing complex the nickname of Tetris Apartments.

Habitat 67

The architectural showcase of the 1967 International and Universal Exposition in Montreal, Habitat 67 has long since stopped being an exhibition piece to a utilized one. It’s inspiration came from the writer Antoine de Exupery who wrote that one of the truths about housing is to live in it. The houses were the designer residences in 60s Canada and has been the pride of the people of Montreal. Now residents are still living on the innovative and unique lifestyle that the buildings which appear like lego blocks inspire. Moshe Safdie, its architect, envisioned a design that mimics eternity through the values of the blocks. The 354 cubes which comprise the 148 housing units here do not merely represent squares but the values of origin, truth, moral perfection and wisdom. It is a sculpture that seeks to make people meditate on man’s place in nature.