Luxury Watch brands in Bangladesh

Watch connoisseurs no longer need to go abroad to buy a luxury timepiece thanks to an initiative of Meghna Group, which opened a high-end boutique in Dhaka to cater to the country’s growing affluent class.

Called Mohammad & Sons (M&S), the store located at Shanta Western Tower will showcase timepieces from five Swiss watchmakers Zenith, Tag Heuer, Movado, Montblanc and Frédérique Constant.

The starting price of a watch at the store is Tk 45,000 and goes up to Tk 11 lakh. The timepieces will come with two years’ global warranty.

Rashiqur Rahman Mahin, managing director of M&S, said there is a demand in the market for such high-end watches.

Typically, people who buy such high-end timepieces get them from abroad, depriving the government of taxes, he said. About 38 percent customs duty is levied on the import of high-end watches, according to Rahman.

“Having a luxury watch is a fashion for many Bangladeshis now. We have a target to hook this segment,” said Safayet Chowdhury, general manger of M&S, while addressing a press conference at the boutique yesterday.

Chowdhury is upbeat about the company’s business prospects for two reasons: competitive pricing and rising spending capacity of a section of local customers.

“High-end watches are no longer a luxury but a necessity,” said MA Jabbar, managing director of DBL Group, at the store’s opening.

They work as choice gifts for many individuals as well corporate houses, he added.

The watches can be purchased with 12 equal monthly instalments at zero interest with credit cards from six banks.

Along with the wrist watches, M&S will sell accessories, such as luxury writing instruments, cufflinks, belts, sunglasses, wallets, briefcases and cardholders.

Lifestyle in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a land of rich cultural diversity that evolved over the centuries through continued interactions among different social groups and travelers from around the world.  The ancient land has always been an irresistible temptation to foreigners because of its resources & natural beauty as well as the traditional hospitable attitude of the people. Authors, music composers, painters, film-makers, craftsmen, thinkers, religion preachers, and different socio-economic groups have played a significant role in shaping the lifestyle and culture in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh is a country of multiple ethnicities with Bangalees as the predominant group comprising about 98% of the population. However, each ethnic community, regardless of its size, maintains its own distinct cultural identity and language. Following could give an overview of the lifestyle and culture in Bangladesh:

Language:

Language constitutes an important element of culture and national identity of Bangladeshi people. Bangla is the mother language of the predominant ethnic community of the country, the Bagalees. It is an Indo-European language, spoken not only in Bangladesh but also in the West Bengal and some other provinces of India.  About 300 million around the world speak Bangla as their mother language and native speakers of this language constitute seventh largest linguistic group in the world. The language dates back to well before the birth of Christ.Bangla is the state language of Bangladesh and the language is used extensively all over the country.

Shortly after the creation of new States through partition of the Indian sub-continent, the authorities of Pakistan started pursuing highly discriminatory policy via-a-vis Bangla, the mother language of the largest community in the country at that time. In view of utter violation of the sanctity of the mother language by the Pakistani authorities, Bangalees initiated a movement to establish the due place of Bangla language along with other languages of Pakistan. In the backdrop of the then non-Bangla-speaking dominant communities’ continued refusal to accept the legitimate demand of the Bangalees, the language movement gradually gainedmomentumand reached culmination in the martyrdom on 21st February 1952. Finally, Bangla was recognized as one of the state languages. Recognizing the importance of preserving all vernacular languages in the world and the sacrifice made by the Bangaleesfor the cause of the mother tongue, UNSECO General Conference unanimously declared 21st February as the International Mother Language Day in November 1999. Since then, the Day is being observed with due solemnity all over the world.The main spirit of the Day is to renew our respect and commitments to each and every language of the world.

Bangladesh Government has established an International Mother Language Institute in Dhaka to promote and preserve all languages in the world. Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stone of this institutionin March 2001 in presence of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.The institution finally started its operation in 2010 and has been recognized as a Category-II institution of UNESCO in November 2015. Bangladesh Government is now in the midst of gradual introduction of school text books for tribal communities in their own language.

Travel guide in Bangladesh

General Time Zone: GMT +6 Electricity: 220 V, 50Hz. Electrical Outlets: European with 2 circular metal pins; British with 3 flat blades and 3 circular metal pins forming a triangle. Consider brining an adapter along. Clothing: Shoulders and legs must be covered for both men and women. Shorts are only worn by little boys.

Passports and Visas Passports must be valid for three months or more following departure. Visas are required by all those entering the country with certain exceptions (Bangladeshis with stamped British passports, Hong Kong nationals, Macau nationals, Maldives national and transit passengers). Members from certain countries can obtain a thirty day visa when they arrive. Tourist and business visas are issued. Prices will depend on traveler’s nationality. Application for visas are handled by the consular section of the High Commission or Embassy. Applications take three to seven days or more.

Safety Clashes in the Chittagong Hill Tract region have created a risk and therefore travelers are advised to avoid this area. This does not encompass Chittagong city. It is important that tourists be aware that terrorism is a threat in Bangladesh and Embassies will be able to provide you with up-to-date information on the political and safety situation in Bangladesh. As is the case throughout the world, crime is increasing – especially in the larger cities. Be aware of pick pocketing and purse-snatching. Do not walk alone at night or carry valuables. Keep jewelry and money in safety deposit boxes at the hotel. Penalties for breaking Bangladesh’s laws are quite severe and very strict. Drug possession is not taken lightly and is likely to lead to imprisonment. Bangladesh’s judicial system is slow and prison conditions poor, so it is best to avoid engaging in any sort of wrongdoing.

Importance of dining and drinking

The dining room is the most important social aspect of residential aged care. By Karen Abbey

The dining room not only provides a place for residents to receive nourishment, it’s also a place for them to gather together and be social in the home.

The importance of food and fluids

Apart from the nutritional benefits of foods and fluids, eating also provides comfort and a sense of self. Everyone has their own unique food pattern and preferences.

These patterns are built up over a life time and have been influenced by our surroundings. The menu should reflect what the residents want to eat and be made up of foods which resonate with their life experiences. Meals should be looked forward to.

When it comes to meal times, the dining room is a place which gives residents a place to enjoy a nice meal.

Importance of the dining room in residential aged care settings:

  •     Provides a social meeting place
  •     Provides a different part of the building for residents to go and use throughout the day
  •     Provides a place for residents to sit down and talk to others
  •     Provides a place for family and friends to spend time with residents and assist at meal times
  •     Provides a place where staff can be more interactive with all residents
  •     Helps to ensure that residents are eating and drinking enough food
  •     May provide additional support and encouragement to residents who are unable to feed themselves

Key factors of dining room design and set-up:

Design: It is important to allow adequate space for wheelie walkers, gel chairs and beds so that residents can come into the dining room for social interaction

Food delivery: The dining room and the food service are should be carefully considered so each system complements the other; the process of serving meals is seamless, and food is being sent out at the correct temperature

Social compatibility: Residents should be matched so that they are compatible socially and have some common interest with the other residents sitting at the same table

Meal timing: When serving meals, it is useful to alternate which table is served first in the meal service

Assistance: Prior to serving a meal, residents should be set up correctly and be able to easily access their meal

Comfort: It is important to ensure the room has adequate light and is a comfortable temperature for residents

Supervision: It is necessary for the dining room to be supervised by staff at all times

Independence: Each resident should have the necessary eating utensils and support that is needed to enjoy the meal as independently as possible

Sports car for racing

Sports-car racing, form of motor racing involving cars built to combine aspects of racing and touring cars. Although there are many conflicting definitions of sports cars, it is usually conceded that in normal production form they do not resemble Grand Prix (Formula One) racing machines. Whereas the latter is a single-seat design carrying spartan cockpit furnishings and utterly functional equipment throughout, the sports car is usually a two-seater, sometimes a four-seater, characterized by its nimble abilities (if not speed and power) together with general suitability for high-speed touring on ordinary roads. Unlike a Grand Prix car, it is usually series-produced, seldom handmade. Some manufacturers of Grand Prix machines, such as Ferrari and Lotus, also make sports cars. Other makes include MG, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Austin-Healey, Triumph, Porsche, Lancia, Morgan, and Chevrolet Corvette. Although not usually designed exclusively for racing, sports cars are, nevertheless, able racing machines and are often entered in competitions with others of their class. Most of the world’s sports-car racing is conducted for amateur drivers by local and regional organizations. Some of the world’s most famous professional races are sports-car events, however, and may even be designated as Grand Prix. (When the term Grand Prix is used in this context, it does not refer to the type of car used but rather to the race’s being a major automotive event of the nation in which it is held.) The development of sports cars for racing, especially in such commercially important events as the 24-hour endurance race at Le Mans, where the reputations of participating manufacturers are very much at stake, brought about some prototype sports cars that are, in reality, little different in their power and speed potentials from Formula One machines. A world sports-car championship was awarded from 1953 to 1961. It was replaced in 1962 by a manufacturer’s championship, for which grand touring and prototype cars also compete, awarded annually to the make of car that achieves the best record in a specified series of races.

Benefits of capital one credit card

Rewards are one major benefit of many cards. Some rewards credit cards let you earn cash back. Some travel rewards can be redeemed for recent travel purchases.

Capital One has rewards credit cards to fit your lifestyle—so you can get the kind of rewards that matter most to you.

A rewards credit card for travel

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A cash back rewards credit card for dining and entertainment

If you want to earn unlimited 4% cash back on dining and entertainment, 2% at grocery stores1 and 1% on all other purchases, try the Savor® card. Savor cardholders can also earn 8% cash back on tickets at Vivid Seats.2

A cash back rewards credit card for everyday purchases

If you want to earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase, every day, check out the Quicksilver® card. The rewards offers don’t stop there. If you spend $500 on purchases within the first three months of opening an account, you get a one-time cash bonus of $150.

Additional Capital One Perks

From account alerts to travel upgrades, mobile apps to exclusive event access, Capital One rewards credit card benefits and services help you in everyday life and out on the road. Here’s a closer look at some potential rewards credit card benefits:

Capital One Mobile App3

Keep track of your account from anywhere, anytime with the Capital One mobile app. You can pay your bill, view your balance and transactions—even take a peek at your rewards status and history.

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You could be part of some of the biggest events in music, sports and dining. Some rewards card benefits include exclusive offers and insider access to help you turn moments into memories. See what special events are ahead or explore past cardholder experiences.

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Traveling by boat

The one recurring feature of a long backpacking stint (aside from dirty laundry and malnutrition) is public bloody transport. As any traveler can testify when you get the option of taking any other mode of transport rather than another long distance bus, you grab it with both hands. When that mode of transport is a boat, you’re in for a real treat…

I’ve taken boats up the Nile, down the Mekong, across Japan, Korea and China, from Ireland and France and I can’t get enough of them! Here are the 5 reasons why I think traveling by boats beats any other mode of transport, no contest:

1) Space. With you knees jammed somewhere up around your chin in another cross-country bus, you truly begin to appreciate the luxury of space that boats can afford. In fact, I revel in it so much that I often run to the centre of the deck and burst into spontaneous starjumps simply because I can. Seriously, you can walk around at your leisure, even sometimes order food and drinks and spread out and sleep if you really need to.

2) Leisurely pace. Some may argue that this is a negative aspect but I beg to differ. Boats are not lightning fast, far from it but this is another aspect I enjoy. You meander across an ocean or down a river at a leisurely pace, giving you time to genuinely appreciate the journey that you’re on. You can plan your next steps with all the free time you find yourself with and kick back, read a book and sanctimoniously think of all the people around the world darting to and fro in their fast-paced jobs while you, unhurriedly, enjoy the rolling of the water.

3) Cheap. This certainly applies to the boats that I take although I fully appreciate this isn’t always the case. As a budget traveler, luxury yachts and cruise-ships aren’t my haunt at all but cargo boats, slow ferries, feluccas etc certainly don’t burst any tight budgets. If you choose wisely and are in no rush, boats can be the cheapest mode of transport. You don’t (can’t) spend too much money while you’re onboard, the tickets often include accommodation and food, you can bring your own booze and snacks on board – all in all, a bargain mode of transport.

4) Exciting. Don’t even bother trying to tell me you didn’t dream about sailing boats as a kid, following in the footsteps Christopher Columbus or Vasco De Gama or chasing pirates in the high seas. This lets you (discreetly!) relive your childhood dreams in the most traditional long distance transport available. Land Ahoy!

5) Social. Possibly the best aspect to traveling by boat, certainly for a backpacker, is the social side. You’re stuck on this vessel for a long-time with a finite group of people to converse with, before too long you’ll be swapping stories like old friends.

Importance of Modern Art

I was pretty amazed by these photos taken from atop the Shard – which at the current state of completion is the tallest skyscraper in Europe. The stunning snaps are thanks to a plucky group of ‘urban explorers’ who (mostly) made it past security to climb a thousand feet all the way to the crane at the top.

Alongside the stunning images, the blog post’s author takes the opportunity to air a polemic against crap architecture and modern Art. Whilst I think most of us are surprised at some of the urban monstrosities that get planning permission, I am always amazed when anyone with even the most passing awareness of beauty pipes up with a blanket disdain for anything which “a five-year-old could do”.

In a world where religion is on the wain, I believe that more than ever we need spaces to reflect, to be reminded of and forced to consider certain things which we would not have otherwise considered. Art, the sort that sits in galleries collecting dust and not being touched, provides us with a priceless opportunity to open our minds to new ideas and reflect on our situation in new ways.

In the West as in many cultures, religion and Art were tightly intertwined until relatively recently. Walk through any large gallery and you’ll notice anything before about 1500 is almost all religious. Anything between then and about 1750 is still lots of religion with a good dollop of portraiture and history thrown in, and then onwards through the 19th century gets a bit more landscape and still life-heavy before Art hits a cataclysmic step change with the onset of Impressionism – the first truly ‘modern’ Art. And the reason paintings suddenly looked so different? Photography.

Due to the invention of photography, Art would never be the same again now that painters and sculptors were relieved of the pressure of accurately rendering scenes in oil, canvas and clay. This development gave artists great freedom from the rigours of figurative painting and sculpture, and also presented a challenge to stay relevant and necessary. Artists rose to this challenge. After all, painting – and indeed all hand-made Art – would always be able to express more than a photograph ever could – the feeling, emotion, sounds and so on – of a place or person.

The next pivot was 1917 when Marcel Duchamp famously presented his latest piece – a urinal lay down on a plinth with a fake signature cheekily painted on it, entitled ‘Fountain’. From that point on, pure workmanship would no longer be the only measure by which Art was judged. Conceptual Art was born and so started the great “what is Art?” debate, which still rages on in gallery cafes today.