When the architect Norman Foster presented the first sketches for the Hearst Tower, the first skyscraper approved for construction in Manhattan after September 11, the first question of the future owners was: how are we going to clean those windows?
In the beginning of 2002, architects Foster & Partners came up with a solution. The result, a rectangular steel box the size of a Smart car, supported by a forty meter long mast and a hydraulic arm attached by six steel wires that runs around on the roof of the tower.
Here in Belgium, our buildings aren't all that high, fortunately , but we still need professional window cleaners who don't mind flirting with death in order to clean those high windows, like this one for example: ruitenwasser.
Anti-ageing treatments are all the rage at the moment. This is nothing to be surprised about, as the clientele mainly consists of baby boomers.
Consider this generation of post-world war 2 baby boomers: they are generally in their sixties, are (the last generation to be abe to?) enjoying their monthly retirement checks, and are still healthy and active enough to want to enjoy life to the fullest.
So the industry of anti-ageing treatments blooms. Microderm abrasion is one of these very popular treatments.
Look at www.beautycenterelysee.be/behandeling-acne-microdermabrasie for an example of a beauty salon that proposes this treatment.
Most of us know the phenomenon only from television, but they do exist in real life: in each country you will find thousands of people who claim to be mediums, and can communicate with the dead.
But to what extent do we believe it? Do we really think that some people are able to communicate with the dead?
Ever wondered what a psychic medium looks like? You can see some examples of real-life psychics offering their services on this Belgian website.
A designer table lamp is great to spice up your interior design, as you can find them in many different colors and shapes. All rooms need lighting, and designer table lamps are a nice way to provide intimate lighting in just the area where you want it.
We rarely stop to think about out heating. However,in many northern countries we would suffer great discomfort if we didn't have heating or if our heating would stop working. It's also quite an expenditure, so it's best to compare the cheapest form of energy to heat your house with.
How does our heating function? Well, mainly, either by circulating hot water or electrically.
Search Engine Optimization or 'SEO' is the rather dark art of getting websites found in Google for specific keywords, involving onsite changes and offsite linkbuilding techniques.
In Belgium, the concept of SEO is a relatively young one, but the players are starting to emerge in the fledgling Belgian SEO industry.
Looking for an elegant sauna? Maybe you've already head of the barrel sauna, one of the most popular outdoors sauna models these days.
Barrel saunas - which look like a wine barrel on steroids - have a very elegant and contemporary look. Most models are fashioned out of Canadian 'Red Cedar' wood, a very beautiful and resistent wood with a nice scent.
Thanks to its round shape, the barrel sauna heats up much faster than traditional models. This is logical as about 35% less space has to be heated thanks to the rounded corners, without losing any usable space inside. Not only does it heat much faster than traditional models, but this also means that the energy consumption is much lower than with other sauna models, even infraroodcabines! They are also surprisingly roomy, as can read later on in this article you can even have a hot stone massage inside a barrel sauna!
Houses are always getting more expensive: more and more people are buying older homes on which they then have to do extensive restoration works. The roof is one of the most important restoration works that have to be taken care of, and can also be one of the most expensive.
While it's not easy to find good roofing contractors, there are websites out there (like bouwmatch.be for example) which can help you to find reliable sources, like the ones i found in Belgium: dakwerken borsbeek or www.dakonderhoud.be.
Do you want to make a website, be it personal or for your business? In that case, it's interesting to know what the monthly or annual cost of maintaining a website can amount to!
In this article we focus on hosting fees and other expenses to build and maintain your website.
Source: Hosting prijzen.
A team building event is not so easy to organize. Not only must it be a nice day out, it must also be suitable for the majority of your employees, and should also endeavour to improve the coworking capabilities of the team members.
There are some things you should think about carefully. Do you want your team building activity to be just a fun day out for your employees, or do you want to throw some business training into the mix? By which we don't mean put your employees in some stuffy meeting rooms, but integrate the business training into the day's activities!
Do you go to a diamond store or do you shop online? Is it so easy to buy diamonds in a responsible way?
Well, ok, in my case a ‘ship’ is saying a lot... I have a small boat in need of some repairs, but while researching the best way to do it I stumbled upon underwater ship repair and it caught my attention. So maybe with any luck it will capture your attenion as well!
Did you ever get stuck at an airport waiting for a taxi? Maybe you ended up taking a non-licensed taxi who made you pay five times what the trip was worth?
As this should be avoided at all costs, we're reviewing a number of taxi services from Brussels which can get you from and to Zaventem airport. Today we're taking a look at Taxi Verts.
This taxi company is currently the market leader in Brussels, and they have existed for over a hundred years. With a pool of just about 450 taxis there is usually one at work right in your neighborhood, so you never have to wait long for them. Most of the time you can have one at your door within five to fifteen minutes. So there is no need to call and book in advance, but if you want to you can even book a full week in advance!
It's also worth mentioning that you can get a 'return trip' discount if you book a return trip with Taxi Verts. Just tell them when they have to pick you up upon returning from your trip, what could be easier, right? Or just call them 10 minutes before you arrive, alternatively. Upon your return the driver will be waiting at the arrival gate with a sign with your name on it.
The taxi service is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Apart from the 450 regular taxis there are also 70 cars for the disabled in circulation, with room for a wheelchair and three additional people. There is no extra fee charged for these cars!
Looking for a taxi to drive you to or from the airport in Zaventem? For the residents of Brussels or tourists visiting Brussels Taxi Verts is definitely the cheapest and fastest way to get there!
You can click on the following link for more information: taxi Zaventem.
Ever been to a bacheror party when your best friend got married? Or have you ever participated in organizing a bachelor party?
For the most part, entire-day bachelor parties consist of two parts. The day or afternoon is often spent with different games, chores or challenges organized especially for the guest of honor. Maybe a funny "sexy" outfit, the likes of which can be found here. In the evening the party generally moves on to a bar of sorts, albeit with or without the participation of some 'female performers' (wink wink).
When you put it like that, it all sounds amazingly simple. But make no mistake, organizing a bachelor party that occupies a full day day or an afternoon is NOT as simple as it seems.
Relationship problems: we've all been there in our past our current relationships. How can we avoid them? Here are 3 quick tips that can help.
1) Accept your partner for who he/she is
When we first fall in love, we don't see the little negative traits of character that might frustrate us later on. We are blinded by love, and have our heads up the clouds. When we get to know our partners better, after months or even years, we realize that there are certain things we just don't want...So we try to change them. We can have arguments about habits our partners have, political vieuws, or even just plain taste in furniture...
2) Accept advice from others : therapy or councelling
Sometimes, it helps to have a third person open your eyes to things you just aren't doing right. After all, nobody taught you how to have a relationship. So why not accept help from a professional? Places that offer training and personal sessions on how to have succesful relationships exist. A great resource for relationship therapy can often be found closer than you think. For example in Belgium I know a respected organization that provides therapy: http://www.schoolvoorrelaties.be/
Bachelor parties usually consist of heavy drinking and getting the bachelor to do all sorts of stupid stuff, preferably while taking masses of pictures. Planning all the stupid stuff they have to do however, can be quite a hassle. That's why a a company in Belgium has come up with adventure style GPS based games, just for what they call a vrijgezellenfeest. These games are perfect to have lots of fun stuff to do with your bachelor.
The US has know this product for a while - hair mascara to cover roots of grey hair. Like a normal mascara, the product consists of a small brush you can use to touch up to whiskers.
The hair mascara is especially popular with women why color their hair - which is kind of obvious. These are the ones most likely to get grey hairs. Now it seems this product is being imported into Europe also, through the website espacenanas.be - meaning "space for chicks.be". The product will first be imported into Belgium, as this is where it is being shipped from and distribution costs need to stay low at first in the testing. So basically, the french belgian will have a way of hiding their white hair pretty soon now also!
We're quite curious to see how the product will take off. Some people say it's kind of fry, which isn't a good thing off course...We'll see! Maybe it will take off!
If you've been watching the telly every now and then, you'll no doubt realize that Brussels and europe are highly related. Most summits, big meetings and conferences happen in Brussels, that tiny little capital of Belgium that doesn't have a government since a year and a half. This also means that most eu offices are based in brussels, around the socalled european quarter.
Buying a new laptop isn't easy. What do we have to watch out for?
First of all, you need to think about the use of the thing. Are you a gamer or are you going to use it for working? Next, you need to find out if there is warranty on the product. Will it be quickly fixed if your kid vomits all over it? Is the warranty included on the battery? Do you have to send it for repair yourself?
Also important is knowing whether the product has a decent windows licence, and what accessories come with it. You see, buying laptops ai'nt easy.