Category Archives: Architecture

Hotel Review: Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort

Disclaimer: In exchange for a two-night stay, I am writing this review. Anantara, a Thai luxury hospitality company with properties throughout Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia, has three popular spots in Dubai alone. And if you’re solely going … Continue reading

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Tokyo’s Nakagin Capsule Tower (with October 2022 Update)

Kurokawa Kishou’s 中銀カプセルタワー, the Nakagin Capsule Tower, was completed in 1972, close to both the swish Ginza district and the Tsukiji wholesale market (aka the place where you, as a native non-Japanese speaker are most certainly not welcome, particularly at … Continue reading

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Hotel Review: Hotel Nikko Bangkok, Thailand

Disclaimer: In exchange for this hotel review, I received a stay in Bangkok, Thailand in one of the Hotel Nikko’s Premier Corner rooms. Though I’ve visited Bangkok many times, I haven’t changed the location of the hotel much.  Generally, I … Continue reading

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Bangkok, Thailand’s King Power Mahanakhon Observation Deck and Skywalk

A skyscraper owned by a duty free company with an observation deck, to boot?  This, I’ve got to see… Yes, on previous visits to Bangkok, Thailand I had been tracking the construction of this modern landmark, better known as King … Continue reading

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Hotel Review: Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Disclaimer: In exchange for this hotel review, I received a stay in Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia in one of the Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur’s City View Rooms. Four Seasons Place, located adjacent to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) in … Continue reading

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A Brief Tour of Al Balad, the Historic Center of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Although I was quite looking forward to visiting Al Balad, the historic section of Jeddah, Saudia Arabia, I was already slightly disappointed before my first visit.  Due to various reasons which I will not delve into here  (for starters, check … Continue reading

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Restaurant Review: Al Orjouan at The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

In this second of the two-part series reviewing the Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, we’ll now be focusing on the breakfast buffet at Al Orjouan restaurant. The phrase “buffet at the Ritz” presents quite the dichotomy to cynics.  Buffets are usually … Continue reading

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Hotel Review: The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Disclaimer: In exchange for this hotel review, I received a two nights-stay in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in one of The Ritz-Carlton‘s superior rooms.  Additionally, this will be one in a two-part series; the first will be of the hotel and the room, … Continue reading

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The Tianzi (Son of Heaven) Building in Yanjiao, Hebei, China

China is – or at least, until recently was- the world’s petri dish for what I like to call bizarrchitecture.  You have malls with Venetian gondolas (and Somali video games), (empty) towns designed to be spitting images of European villages … Continue reading

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Hotel Review: The Alexander, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Disclaimer: In exchange for this hotel review, I received a two nights-stay in one of The Alexander‘s two bedroom California king suites.  (I had a last-minute need to be in Indianapolis, Indiana earlier than anticipated.  Fortunately, Jake, one of the … Continue reading

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