Monday, February 10, 2014

New Work Week

This week marks the beginning of a few work related changes around here. The nature of my projects will require me to travel less to the beach {which is a 4 hour drive from the city} every week and concentrate on other projects. The change of pace is welcomed as the projects on the pipeline will yield excellent results.

Here are this week's links:

Have a great week!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Andaz Papagayo

A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to go to visit the newly opened Andaz Hotel in Papagayo. The hotel is beautiful, modern and surrounded by the beautiful Gulf of Papagayo.

The design was inspired by the terrain, the lush nature and the local culture of the area, all mixed with modern architecture and decor.

The resort is a beautiful enclave with stunning views of the ocean and two beached with dark and light colored with serene waters perfect for those who want relax.

The rooms are spacious with large windows and balconies with ocean views. There is art made by local artisans that give the hotel a strong sense of place and belonging in its tropical environment.

 No doubt, this is the kind of retreat ideal to enjoy a romantic vacation away from the craziness of everyday life!.

Have a relaxing day!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

In with the New

There's a new project in store for me, and this one is dear to my heart because it is the place I call home when I go to Miami. The apartment belongs to friends who are so dear to me that they have become family.

Over the next few months we will be remodeling this great apartment by installing new floors, painting, adding new furniture, window treatments, a new bathroom and a new kitchen.

As you can see the apartment looks very washed out with all white surfaces and black and steel furniture with the orange chair as an attempt at color. It is the quintessential bachelor pad... ha!

As I move forward with this project I will be showing you what we do and how we do it, I will share product information, tips and other helpful information for you to get your own renovations going.

It will be a great journey as we give this apartment a new life step by step, and turn it from a house into a beautiful home!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Year of the Horse

I know it's been a few days since the new lunar year started but I still wanted to go over it a little as I was surrounded by horse symbols on my recent trip to Vegas. Every hotel I visited and every shopping area had decoration allusive to the Year of the Horse.

The horse represents energy, intelligence and brightness, and those born under this sign not only posses those qualities but are also great speakers, cheerful and very personable. Despite of that, they tend to be impatient and a little hot headed which can be exacerbated by their lack of tolerance of failure.

This is a year for travel and exploration where decisive action will bring lots of success. Adventure is the key word and where ever you go immerse in the experience and surroundings. This will be a fast year as the energy of the horse will make things move fast, so procrastination must be put aside and creative fast thinking must be exercised.

Just like the animal itself this is a free year to enjoy life, get a promotion and make important decisions. But, if you are not sure of anything, refrain from taking that step and just go with the flow and enjoy the good energy.

Have a free spirited and good fortune day!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Back to Work

Last week was definitely a hectic one with my travels to conferences and business meetings, the Super Bowl and even presidential election day in this part of the world. On more shocking news, I was really saddened about the death of Phillip Seymour, who was a tremendous actor and starred in one of my favorite movies, Pirate Radio - if you've never seen it please do, its a great movie that makes you smile and lightens up the day.

Here are this week's links:

Have a great week and wish you a fantastic Year of the Horse!!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cheers from LA

What a week it has been... Flying to Miami on Thursday night, Vegas on Sunday and LA last night. I'll be here are a conference until Thursday and then back to reality. One thing that I've discovered or actually confirmed that even for work I love to travel, though I wouldn't mind doing it without a suitcase, or at least have it magically appear at my hotel room... Ha!

Here are this week's links:

Have a lovely day!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Italian Speaking

One of the those things I deeply regret is not going to Lugano when I was in northern Italy. Why I didn't, you might ask? I want to attribute it to lack of common sense and idiocy. Ever since that trip I've been wanting to go and experience it up close and personal.

Know as the "Monte Carlo" of Switzerland, Lugano is the largest Italian speaking city outside of Italy. It is located not he shores of Lake Lugano with an impressive view of the Lugano Prealps. It is favored as a tourism spot for its warm summers and milder winters, with few days of snow.

The crescent shape of the city as it meets the lake and its proximity to the mountains allows for the enjoyment of outdoor activities like hiking and mountain bike trails, some of the most famous in Switzerland. Other attractions include Swiss heritage sites like art museums, churches and a number of public buildings.

The city center is also a shopping and international finacial center, that takes advantage of its great location in Switzerland, near the business centers of northern Italy, and proximity to France. There are plenty of guided tours that allow tourists to experience the city's attractions first hand.

I don't know you, but I find it a truly romantic destination. I can think of walks alond the lake's boardwalk, boat trips to little towns on the lake shore, and international cuisine with a strong Italian influence.

Have a lovely day!