Remarkable Personalized Wedding Gifts

Whenever you are invited to a wedding, whether it’s for a close or distant friend or relative, you should always carry with you a special gift. With the markets already over-saturated with wedding gifts, you must be in dilemma on the most appropriate gift to buy. Well, if you are thinking of buying a remarkable wedding gift from any of these shops, you are mistaken. In order to leave a mark on the lives of the newlyweds, you ought to give them personalized wedding gifts. At such, they won’t have to guess on who gave them the gift; they will immediately know that it’s from you.

Small gift packs like flower vases, flower pots, charm bracelets, table wear, table mats, paintings and wall hangings make extemporary personalized wedding gifts. The secret to getting the one that is truly -special is to have the bride/groom in mind when buying/designing them. You don’t need to spend so much on a gift that will be thrown in the trash after a week. If for instance the couple likes the wild game, getting them paintings of wild animals would do great. However, you should never pick a gift that does not conform to one’s personality. Among smokers for instance, getting one a smoke pipe would be great, but to a non-smoker, it would be reflected as an insult.

If the gift is meant for the couple, a lamp-stand is most appropriate. In order to add that sense of personification to it, you can ask someone make it for you and add extra details that the couple appreciates. But, first of all enquire on what the couple likes best. The colors used for such gifts should be neutral. A gift that is more girlish is less likely to be embraced by the man. It’s best to give presents that compliment the couple’s favorite colors so as to leave a more positive impact on them. No matter how remarkable a gift is, if it is of a less preferred color, it will most definitely receive less appreciation.

Antique gifts too make very good personalized wedding gifts. Antique carvings, mirrors or chandeliers will not only be appreciated by the couple but also by the future generations. If even possible, you may give them an antique/vintage car model-there is no way how they can forget that. Other personalized wedding gifts that may be given to the couple include magazine holders, make-up kit to the bride, motorbike to the groom or even vacation tickets to their favorite destination.

Though not very necessary, it wouldn’t hurt to sign a name below the gift. That way, you will always be remembered. One can therefore choose to have the gift personalized by the creator/manufacturer or just personalize it themselves. But just in case you need to save on cost, you can make your own gift. Artistic works are believed to last the longest and, don’t require as much money to come up with. With a little spare time, dedication and creativity, you can create very special personalized wedding gifts that will always be remembered by the couple.

Astana Kazakhstan and Its Remarkable Buildings

It’s time to visit Kazakhstan! The capital will astound you. Dubbed by CNN as the world’s weirdest capital, Astana seems like a playground of modern architecture. From a bird’s eye view, the profusion of uniquely designed edifices in different shapes, sizes and colors is itself worth the visit. From the ground, marvel at each point of interest, which are remarkably different from each other architecturally.

Perhaps the most iconic building in Astana is the Bayterek Monument. Nicknamed the Tree of Life, the Bayterek is an inspired work based on the Kazakh legend, where a tree of life grows on the World River bank and on its top is a nest of the Samruk, a holy bird of happiness. In this nest, the bird flies over to lay a golden egg. The Bayterek stands in the middle of the city at 97 meters high. For its creators, it is a tree with a big golden egg in a nest on its crown represented by a giant, wooden globe in shiny gold held by several petal-like structures. But for the locals, it simply is the giant Chupa Chups or lollipop as it does look like one.

Inside the tower are several entertainment facilities like aquariums, a gallery and a café perfect for a quick gastronomic respite. Try your best to get to the 86th floor as it offers the best 360-degree view of the city. A stroll around the tower is also delightful as you will be walking around geometrically arranged garden patches with flowers bursting in bright colors.

Another strikingly different and ultra-contemporary structure in the city is the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center. It looks like a tent in a monumental scale, whose base is bigger than 10 football stadiums. Thus it is often considered the world’s largest tent. It is transparent and such effect was achieved not by the use of plastic but a fabric stretched and suspended by series of cables. The transparent feature makes a perfect containment of multi-colored lights that make a dramatic effect on the structure when seen in the evening. The inside holds a park, a shopping center, squares, cobbled streets, a boating river, a mini golf, and an indoor beach resort.

Definitely eye-catching for its resemblance to the Louvre in Paris, the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation also known as the Pyramid of Peace and Accord is another must-see, due to its structure and design as well as the idea and belief it stands for. It’s a 5- story glass pyramid where each triangle side measures about 12 meters. The upper two stories are interesting because of the flying dove design etched on them. When light passes through these doves, the reflections are truly magical. This unique structure and the ideaology that it was based on it to be admired and commended.

Every three years, the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions is held here. For the Kazakhs, the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation represents and reinforces their belief that various religion, cultures and traditions can thrive side by side peacefully. Aside from the congress held in its oval hall, the palace also contains an opera house with a 1,500 seat capacity, a national museum of culture, a library and a research center devoted to the Kazakhstan’s ethnic and geographical groups.

Astana also astonishes visitors with its other magnificent buildings like the Presidential Palace that resembles the White House, the colorful Duman Center, and the Nur-Astana Mosque. Make sure to bring your camera and capture the remarkable Astana structures.

In-N-Out Burger Sets the Standard for Remarkable Service

I just got out of the gym and ordered a “protein burger” from In n’ Out.

For you east coast folks out there; In N’ Out is our flagship burger chain here in the West Coast (mainly California and Nevada). There’s nothing quite like it in the U.S. (Esquire magazine echoed similar statements). When they opened shop in Reno, the line reached couple of blocks away.

They’re so fanatical in the quality of their burger it took them 50 years to open a restaurant in Reno (when they were already 200 miles away). Bad news for you Yankees. It’s going to take a while.

So I ordered the protein burger (instead of sponge buns, they use lettuce as ‘buns’) for $1.85.

And the pleasant looking girl asked if I wanted water to go with it. No Up-sells (not that it’s bad). No fancy terminologies. No 25 cents-for-extra-sauce-demands. Just plain and simple good service to match their magnificent burgers.

Not once do they miss little details like grilled onions instead of fresh – or giving you incomplete orders – I wish I can say the same thing with other fast food chains.

In my experience, remarkable experience have these components:

  • Fanatical leader: One who sets the vision and makes sure that it’s practiced throughout the company – from the CEO to the Server.
  • Incremental improvement instead of aiming for overnight success: They keep it simple. Constant improvement in reaching systematic remarkable experience.
  • Feedback: listening and acting on it. But they don’t try to please everybody. In-N-Out offers a tenth of what normal fast food chains have in their menus.
  • First things first: Customers, employees, profits.

I write about this because it inspires me to create something similar in my market. I’m a “little guy” business man who buys and sells real estate. But what’s stopping us from following these game changers?

I want to recreate this REMARKABLE experience in my business. From what I write online (initial contact) all the way to the closing – perhaps adding a nice In-N-Out gift certificate as a closing gift =)