Monday, October 10, 2011

Looking for stuff to import? Join the Canton Fair 2011

It's time to get into business.  The China Import and Export Fair, otherwise known as the Canton Fair will be on October 15 to November 4, 2011.  The fair will open by industry in three phases. 

Here is the schedule:

Phase 2:October 23-27, 2011
Phase 3:October 31-November 4, 2011
How to get there?
Make your way to Guangzhou, China by plane, bus or train.  More information
The venue is accessible by: 

1. Guangzhou Metro

Guangzhou Metro opened in 1999. The network covers much of the city center and is one fo main transportation vehicles in — Guangzhou. The fare ranges from RMB 2 to 12. Most of the signs and announcements are also in English. Tickets are bought from vending machines in the stations. Bills from RMB 5 —10 or coins from RMB 0.5 — 1 are accepted at ticket vending machines. Smaller bills can change at the customer service counter. The ticket is a small plastic token, which use at the gate entering the platform, and at the exit.

Getting to Canton Fair

  • Line 1

    If you take Line 1 first, please get off at Gongyuanqian Station and transfer to Line 2 (To Guangzhou South Railway Station). Then get off at Changgang Station and transfer to Line 8, get off at Xingangdong Station (to Area A,C) or get off at Pazhou Station (to Area B,C)
  • Line 2

    If you take Line 2 first, please get off at Changgang Station and transfer to Line 8, get off at Xingang Station (to Area A, C) or get off at Pazhou Station (to Area B, C)
  • Line 3

    If you take Line 3 first, please get off at Kecun Station and transfer to Line 8 (To Wanshengwei). Then get off at Xingangdong Station (to Area A,C) or get off at Pazhou Station (to Area B,C)
  • Line 4

    If you take Line 4 first, please get off at Wanshengwei Station and transfer to Line 8. Then get off at Xingangdong Station (to Area A,C) or get off at Pazhou Station (to Area B,C)

  • Line 5

    There are two ways to get to Canton Fair, if you take Line 5 first.
    Firstly, please get off at Zhujiang New Town Station and transfer to Line 3 (To Panyu Square). Then get off at Kecun Station and transfer to Line 8 (To Wanshengwei), get off at Xingangdong Station (to Area A,C) or get off at Pazhou Station (to Area B,C)
    Secondly, you can get off at Chebeinan Station and transfer to Line 4 (To Jinzhou Station), get off at Wanshengwei Station and transfer to Line 8. Then get off at Xingangdong Station (to Area A,C) or get off at Pazhou Station (to Area B,C)

  • Line 8

    If you are close to Line 8, please get off at Xingang Station (to Area A, C) or get off at Pazhou Station (to Area B, C)

Route map

Guangzhou Metro

Four Metro lines of 54.12 kilometers have been completed and opened in Guangzhou, with an average passenger capacity of 585,000 person-times per day. Lines under construction include Lines 3, 4, 5, 6, the extensions of Lines 2 and 8, and Guangzhou -Foshan Section of Pearl-River-Delta Inter-city Track Transport.

2 By Car:

A trip to Canton Fair from Baiyun International Airport normally costs around RMB 160.00.

Price List

Taxi Fare
Flag-Fall RMB 10.00
Charge per kilometers RMB 2.60
Taxi Hotline: 96900 / 96122

Traffic Guide

Traffic Guide

The complex covers a total construction area of 1,100,000 M2 with the indoor exhibition area of 338,000 M2 and the outdoor exhibition area of 43,600 M2. The Area A has an indoor exhibition area of 130,000 M2 and an outdoor exhibition area of 30,000 M2, the Area B has an indoor exhibition area of 128,000 M2and an outdoor exhibition area of 13,600 M2, and the Area C has an indoor exhibition area of 80,000 M2.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

No Other Woman Quotable Quotes

After seeing quite a number of posts on facebook (yeah, that's where I get updated with latest buzz) I was intrigued by the movie "No Other Woman" produced by Star Cinema starring Anne Curtis, Derek Ramsey and Cristine Reyes.  I'm not an avid fan of either of the three and watching Tagalog movie isn't my usual treat but whenever I hear good reviews, I find myself in the movie sobbing on the slightest drama scene.  The movie isn't exactly all that good, it just happened to have a well written script.  These lines will definitely be one for the books.

The movie tackles about love and temptation. The mistress Cara, played by Anne Curtis, not admitting she's a mistress but just having fun “Having fun? Ngayon yes fun! Pero paano pag iniwan ka na niya? Paano pag pinili na niya ang asawa niya? Paano pag na iskandalo na ang pamilya mo? Fun pa rin ba!”

All along she was in denial, this playgirl has fallen in love with a married man, Ram, played by Derek Ramsey.  Ram was a self confessed playboy but turned family man when he married Charmaine, played by Cristine Reyes, a fairly conservative housewife.  Charmaine won't give up the fight as her mom warns her that "Ang mundo ay isang malaking Quiapo. Maraming snatcher. Maagawan ka."  

Intimated my the social status of heiress Cara, her mom tells her "Pareparehong puta lang yun! Ang mayaman bumibili ng hermes sa mall, ang mahirap bumibili ng hermes sa greenhills."  "Panahon na para i-pack-up ‘yang si Lucy Torres mo. Ilabas mo na diyan si Gretchen Barretto. Sabi nga niya sa Magkaribal, ‘You want war? I’ll give you war.’ Anak, ako na ang bahala sa red stilettos mo!"  I just love that bitchy line popularized by Gretchen Barretto.

Charmaine bumped into Cara in one of the department stores.  Both of them were wearing purple,  and so Charmaine's friend blurted out "Meron ba ditong paparty ni barney na hindi ko alam?"  That line was hilariously gay as they proceed to fight for a bag implying no one shall take whatever one has already taken while an all innocent saleslady comes up to say, they have enough stock. haha

And so Charmaine befriended Cara, invited her for dinner at her place and threw this line... Charmaine: Why don’t you have dinner with us tonight, pa thank you ko na rin dahil kinuha mo ang asawa ko. Cara: I’m sorry? Charmaine: Bilang supplier ng furniture para sa resort niyo."

Over dinner, Charmaine was a run away winner and slapped Cara with these line, "The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Pero sa ganda mong iyan, siguradong marami kang alam na shortcuts."  "Alam mo kasi ang marriage parang exclusive village. Kailangan mong bantayan para hindi makapasok ang mga squatters."  "Mababaliw siguro ako kung malaman kong may babae siya. Baka mapatay ko yung kabit, silang dalawa actually."

In the end, Ram chooses to be with his wife but Cara won't give up just like that, and chased him on the highway swerving here and there, he slamed a truck with deformed bars (steel) sticking out of it and pierced him.  (That sent me goosebumps, that actually happened to a colleague a few months back where from out of nowhere, a steel bar flew right smack his windshield, which caught dead on the spot.)  Ram was lucky to have survived, Cara eventually gave up love.

Have I missed out on something, do write them here.

They say it's a movie for husbands to see, for me, it's a movie for wives to watch and learn.  Wear that red stilettos out, woman!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs Dies at 56

Yesterday, I woke with my facebook feeds flooded with disappointment about the ipone4s. Today, was even more disappointed by news about Steve Jobs death. I am priviledged to have use one of the first apple computer in the early 80s. Only a few months ago was I convinced to get my hands on an apple gadget - an ipad2. Since then, a day isn't complete without me checking on it, and it's the first and last piece of gadget I hold to start and end the day.

Here's an excerpt of his autobiography, he was adapoted, a dropout, a visionary, LEGENDARY.

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone, has died. He was 56.
Apple announced his death without giving a specific cause.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Explore Central Vietnam: Old Town of Hoi An

Previous:  Ho Chi Minh and Hue to Danang

Hoi An appealed to me simply because it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  We did not make plans for Hoi An except for hotel reservations and scanned through trip advisor on where to eat. Our flight out of Hoi An was moved 10 hours later, to our advantage, we have more time to spare.  A day and a half to spend in Hoi An was just right.  Although the town is small, there are too many alleys and nooks to look into, restaurants to try out and activities to do.
view of the riverside

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Free Tours Across England: London, Bath, Stonehenge, Cotswold, Windsor

Looks like I've becoming a walking trip advisor.  Shall I be flattered or it's a wake-up call that I've been wandering too much.

I just got back from a quick trip to England and there are quite a lot of good bargains and freebies, all things to be grateful for on this trip, for ten days, 500 pounds was more than enough to live by and even took home four long champ bags.

Thanks to HSBC for flying me there, it was not a joke spending early mornings and weekends going around the city swiping.

Thanks to my host, who met me at the airport, toured us for a day or two and graciously allowed me to stay at her place.  Every night was a good night's sleep on the couch.

Thanks to my travel companion, who flew all the way across the globe.

Thanks to BDO for complimentary Marco Polo Club membership, no queues!  I love the priority check-in and boarding, feeling first class on economy ticket.  Without it, I would be running off to the boarding gate as the check-in counters are really long.

Thanks to lots of free tours!  History isn't my cup of tea and visiting historical places don't exactly excite me.  Thanks to free tours, it made everything more interesting.

Here are some tips how we availed of free tours and great bargains while visiting England: London, Bath, Windsor, Stonehenge and Cotswold.
  • The London Pass
The London Pass has to be purchased outside of London.  It is a smart card with a computer chip inside - which allows you completely cash free entry to your choice of over 55 London tourist attractions.

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