Monday, November 30, 2009

World Biggest Pearl Ever with Human Brain Shape

This pearl was called Palawan Princess,Possibly the second largest pearl ever discovered and documented, surpassed only by the renowned 14 pound (approx 31,893.5 carats) “Pearl of Allah” (so-called because it resembled the turbaned head of Allah), the present pearl is the product of the giant clam shell Tridacna gigas found off the coastal waters of the Philippines. this pearl measuring 15.24 cm with an estimated price of GPP 250.000 or approximately $400.000.

The natural non-nacreous pearl was found in saltwater near the Philippines' Palawan island and "bears an uncanny resemblance to a human brain," the auction house said. Both rare and immense, the gem is thought to be surpassed in size only by the 14-pound "Pearl of Allah," an approximately 14-pound, 31,893.5-carat pearl that, like the Palawan Princess, was the product of the giant clam shell Tridacna gigas and was also found off the coastal waters of the Philippines.

The approximately 11,339-carat Palawan Princess is a blister pearl measuring six inches in diameter and accompanied by the lower half of its original giant clam shell, which shows the point of attachment where the pearl formed.

These pearls will be sold in an auction in Los Angeles next December 6. here is the picture of those World Second Biggest Pearls "Palawan Princess"

Impressions of Florence (Italy)

It's long been said that Florence is one of the world's most beautiful cities, which is why I found it particularly difficult to find suitable images to portray it... most photographs don't really do it justice. The Tuscan capital is one of my favorite places in the world and even though I only spent a few days there this time, it was enough to make me feel like I just had a relaxing week away. Long known as being the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the vibrant city is full of amazing architecture, brimming with culture and - of course - home to many many shops and restaurants. While Milan lacks the typical Italian charm thanks to its gray office buildings , and Rome, despite its beauty is almost too over the top with the amount of monuments, statues and other sights it contains (i.e. it's one large outdoor museum), Florence strikes just the perfect balance between enchantment (behold all the narrow quaint streets) and glamour (large piazzas and castles). Which explains why it's a favorite destination for tourists, but I'm guessing it was always a special place, considering how everyone from Michelangelo to Galileo called it their home.

florence italyView of Florence's lush gardens surrounding Palazzo Pitti.

Like most areas in Italy, you won't starve in Florence, making it a great place for foodies. As an added bonus, shopping is fantastic. If you have time, you can head a little further afield to get some bargain-priced designer pieces in the many outlets between Florence and Pisa. If you're short on time, there are plenty of stores in-town, though the focus lies more on luxury brands and a few high-street labels. Vintage and indie stores are less prominent, but there are many stores specializing in handmade leather goods or gourmet goodies should you need a souvenir that's a little more unique.

florence italy santa maria del fiore duomoOne of the city's most famous landmarks: the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, aka. the Duomo.

florence italy uffiziThe Uffizi Gallery from the front (left) and viewed from the narrow courtyard. One of the finest art galleries in the world, it houses masterpieces by Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci.

florence italy palazzo vecchioPalazzo Vecchio (town hall) overlooking Piazza del Signora.

florence italy piazza del signoraSome of the statues on Piazza del Signora include a copy of Michelangelo's David (above) and various other copies and originals.

florence italy ponte vecchioThe medieval Ponte Vecchio bridge, which still houses shops (mainly jewelers and souvenir stores).

florence italy ponte vecchioJewelry stores along Ponte Vecchio (left) and one of the smaller streets on the South bank occupied by a fortress-like building (right).

florence italySome of the smaller shopping streets in the historic center.

florence italyMore grand architecture...

florence italy via tornabuoniSome of the bigger streets filled with luxury boutiques, including the ultimate designer destination via Tornabuoni (right).

florence italy roberto cavalliOne of Florence's many local designers includes proud native Roberto Cavalli who also has his own coffee and chocolate shop in the city. Of course the foodie gifts come packaged in animal print.

florence italy palazzo pittiPalazzo Pitti (above) and a grotto in the area (below).

florence italyThis was one of the many places that displayed giant mountains of ice-cream... some sold up to 9 scoops in a very large cone (left). And of course this wouldn't be Italy without some incredibly tasty fresh pasta (right).

florence italyNear the Pitti Palace... I included this pic because I loved the colors.

florence italy ponte santa trinitaView of Ponte Santa Trinita as seen from Ponte Vecchio.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Oarfish | World Longest Bony Fish which is almost extinct

Have you ever seen this creature before?? this creature is oarfish which is also known as the world longest bony fish, but unfortunately their species will extinct soon. so this fish will be categorized in the most rare animal in the world.

The common name oarfish is presumably in reference to either their highly compressed and elongated bodies, or to the former (but now discredited) belief that the fish "row" themselves through the water with their pelvic fins. The family name Regalecidae is derived from the Latin regalis, meaning "royal". The occasional beachings of oarfish after storms, and their habit of lingering at the surface when sick or dying, make oarfish a probable source of many sea serpent tales.

Although the larger species are considered game fish and are (to a minor extent) fished commercially, oarfish are rarely caught alive; their flesh is not well regarded due to its gelatinous consistency.

These fish are not fish in the legends as told by many people, but these fish are fish that actually exist but they are so rare to find that in saying that this is just a legend. fish relative Regalecidae Latin name, this fish came to the surface when it started dying. Oarfish also enter Guinness Book of Records as the Longest bony fish

oarfish a deep-sea fish are almost extinct, this fish is reported to have 8 m long and the longest ever captured reaches 17 meters. So this is the picture of Oarfish | World Longest Bony Fish which is almost extinct

Saturday, November 28, 2009

World Most Strangest and Unusual Woman Underwear

Today, the bra has "evolved" from simple underwear into a sexual garment, in order to emphasize the sexual nature of breasts. This can be readily seen, for example, by the terminology used to advertise bras: enticing, hot, ravishing, seducing, etc. It is no wonder feminists symbolically threw their bras into the trash in the 60s. Even today, going braless is sometimes connected with feminism. Still, putting feminism aside, there are actually some health reasons for not wearing bras.

In our previous post we also have posted about the unique bra in japan, that bra was suitable for those who want to get married. and in this opportunity we'll give you another strange and unique bra. like in the left picture. look at that underwear.. it was looks like a body armor for me.. do you think so??

Ok here's World Most Strangest and Unusual Woman Underwear

Thursday, November 26, 2009

World Most Expensive Watch | $5 Million Patek Philippe Calibre 89

Antiquorum’s 35th anniversary sale that was held recently on the 14th and 15th November was one successful event. The highlight of this sale was the Patek Philippe Calibre 89 timepiece from the Matsuda Collection. The exquisite yellow gold timepiece is said to be the world’s most complicated watch and had drawn many enthusiastic bidders ever since Antiquorum announced its intention to sell this exceptional timepiece. In just a few minutes of bidding, the timepiece managed to fetch a final bid of CHF 5,120,000 ($5,053,360), setting a new world record for this watch and also the most expensive watch sold in 2009 by any auction house in the world. As expected Patek Philippe continued to be the favorite brand at the auction with other timepiece from the famous watchmaker fetching extremely strong prices.

Some of the timepieces that were best sellers at this auction include, the Patek Philippe platinum and diamond wristwatch Ref. 3990 which fetched 312,000 CHF ($307,990), the white gold Patek Philippe ref. 5102 “Celestial” that fetched 228,000 CHF ($225,090), and the Patek Philippe Ref. 5041, a rare white gold wristwatch with perpetual calendar sold for a commendable 102,000 CHF ($100,710).

Overall, an extremely successful sale, the Antiquorum’s anniversary sale “Celebrating 35 Years of Making History in Time” drew an impressive 12,174,948 CHF ($12,020,873) in total sales over the two days.

Source : Antiquorum

Lanvin November Windows (Paris, France) & Awards

Anyone who's familiar with this blog, knows about my unhealthy passionate obsession with all that is Lanvin, and if there's one thing they do better than most flagships, it's their window displays. In some cases their windows display art, in others they provide a social commentary, but usually they're just lots of fun and showcase products in the most whimsical and adorable way possible. Like these windows, which were put up a few weeks ago and possibly capture what Alber Elbaz associates with November. Either that, or he really likes scarecrows and black crows (the bird, not the band). In any case, the mannequins seem to be doing a miserable job keeping the feathered creatures away, but then again - if I were a crow, it would take more than a few life-sized mannequins to scare me away from Lanvin...

By the way, if you missed out on previous Lanvin windows and want to catch up, click here.

Lanvin Homme

lanvin paris boutique windowI think these were the only scarecrows that kept the birds away...

lanvin paris boutique windowI love how pi**ed off the one on the right looks. Not sure if it's because of the crow on his head, or if his buddy stole his seat...

lanvin paris boutique windowThe most well-dressed scarecrows EVER. The three crows on his arm probably agree.

lanvin paris boutique windowA crow trying to nab a messenger bag.

lanvin paris boutique windowApparently this scarecrow just did some Lanvin shopping. They seem to have better lives than the average human...

Lanvin Femme

lanvin paris boutique windowScarecrows decked out in fur and silk... while the crows fight over a brooch.

lanvin paris boutique windowThe chicest scarecrow in town...

lanvin paris boutique window... aside from this one. Gorgeous coat.

lanvin paris boutique windowNot sure what happened to this lady...

lanvin paris boutique windowCrows behaving like magpies, pecking at jewels.

lanvin paris boutique windowIf the hand weren't holding the lovely clutch, this would almost be creepy (crow is trying to get the ring).

lanvin paris boutique windowThe only scarecrow without legs, but at least she has shoes...

Again, I'm somewhat behind on a couple of awards I received, so I'd like to take the opportunity to post these and pass them along to some lovely bloggers out there.

First up, the beautiful Niki B. from A Haute Mess not only gave me an award, but she created it herself, so I'm honored to have received 'The Haute Mess Award'. Thank you Niki!

I've scaled it down a bit, but I hope you can still see the awesomeness that includes Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour. Anyway, I'm supposed to pass this on to three blogs, which are:

I also received the Lovely Lemonade award from the fabulous Pearl Westwood of Fashion Pearls of Wisdom and the 5 Diamonds award from the stylish Inspiration in Italy. Thank you both! Each award should be passed on to 10 bloggers, but I'll be bad and cheat, because I don't think I could list 20 blogs at the moment...

I'd like to pass this award to:

And I'd like the following bloggers to receive this award:

Finally I also received the Kreativ Blogger Award from the lovely Draffin Bears and the wonderful Thirty Something Style:

The award comes with a tag where I'm supposed to list 7 random/interesting facts about me. I've received this award and done the tag before here, but because I've referred to the same post about three times now, I'll be good and present you with... "5 random facts, the Christmas edition"! Yes, my favorite season deserves its own tag, so here we go:

  1. Last year, two weeks before Christmas, I somehow managed to get the chickenpox, even though I was convinced I had been vaccinated against this as a child. Needless to say it ruined some fun Christmas shopping, because I was quarantined for over a week. The kind French doctor who first examined me, also made the mistake of telling me I had 'smallpox', which totally freaked me out.
  2. One of our annual family traditions is a Christmas Day buffet where we get to stuff ourselves with goodies. One year, one of the goodies wasn't all that good, because I got food poisoning the next day (I suspect it was an oyster), which involved me spending the entire Boxing Day in the bathroom hugging a toilet. Fun times.
  3. One year, my friends and I made the mistake of straying from the usual mulled wine at a Christmas market in Germany and chose an "Eierpunsch" (egg-punch) instead, which was very very strong and not that great. We drank it on an empty stomach... around noon. And ended up attending a lecture slightly wasted (my head actually slammed on the table at one point).
  4. During another Christmas market incident, I had my wallet stolen. It was the first (and hopefully last) time this ever happened.
  5. The most bizarre pre-holiday experience was the time I lived in Amsterdam. The Dutch believe in Saint Nicholas ('Sinterklaas'), who according to folklore arrives on a steamboat from Spain and is greeted by a large parade of children and adults every year. What's disturbing is that he has a few dark-skinned helpers named 'Zwarte Piet' ('black Pete'), so you don't just get memorabilia and pastry adorned with his face, but have half the country dressing up as this character... which also involves donning blackface make-up (click on the wiki-link or see pic below). Needless to say most expats don't really find this to be politically correct. My most surreal experience was sitting in a restaurant with the hubby, when our usual 6' tall blonde waitress suddenly appeared as Zwarte Piet and served us pancakes. Another one was looking out my office window to see 10 kids dressed as Zwarte Piet playing football/soccer in the park.

I would like to pass this award & tag to all my lovely readers and if like me, you've done this tag before, please feel free to share a holiday version as well... I'd love to read it!

Left: Christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany. Right: a lady dressed up as Zwarte Piet (source: wikimedia) and a traditional Eierpunsch.