Travel ~ Marvelous Munich

It’s that time of year again, the autumn chestnut trees and cool breeze are rolling through Germany.

Centuries of history lure you in with artistic charm from Gothic buildings, prosperous businesses, classical musicians to literary prominence, dominant sport and a quality of life in Munich.

Annually, people from all corners of the world travel to Oktoberfest for beer celebrations. However, there’s more than beverage events to explore in this Bavarian center of culture.

Who:

You as a tourist will adore the German language. Might be best to learn a few phrases before arrival. First step – Guten Tag is hello.

What to do:

When to go:

End of summer (August) and early autumn (September/October) mainly because the climate ranges from 13-20 degrees Celsius or 55-70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Where to stay:

** Budget option: ibis Munchen, from $91/night.

*** Moderate leisure: Hotel Bavaria, from $107/night.

**** Splurge a bit: Pullman Munich, from $117/night.

***** Top of the class: Hilton Munich Park, from $139/night.

Why it’s worth it:

Munich has unique characteristics. There are moments of admiration and confusion. It keeps things interesting while roaming the industrial city streets. The traditional expressive form and street graffiti is fascinating for the artistic eye. German is the official language yet English is spoken as well. This is the place where Adolf Hitler rose to power if you’re into politics. There’s a strong economy which drives the bustling business scene. Historical value makes the Bavarian atmosphere alluring. People have a good quality of life which helps for assimilation into the societal culture. Also, technology is improving the means of communication in the city.

How to get there:

Munich International Airport welcomes flights from intercontinental destinations including: Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Beijing, Cairo, Chicago, Delhi, Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Montréal, Mumbai, Muscat, New York, Osaka, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo, Toronto and more. Time to fly, book here.

Art ~ Alibis: Sigmar Polke

Former German painter and photographer, Sigmar Polke is bringing his foundation of capitalist realism to New York.

Sigmar Polke was a highly influential postwar generation artist who highlighted art, history, social, political and traditional aspects of German culture in his works.

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From using unconventional materials, numerous mediums are explored which blur the boundaries in art.There are 250 powerful works which include drawings, films, installations, paintings and prints. Imagery features art history, cartoons, current affairs and scenes from Polke’s private life.

At an early age, Polke was fond of consumer goods during a time of deprivation.Thus, he experimented with raw materials such as fabric, detergent, paint, coal, tape and bubble wrap to find his own artistic style as a way to defy authority. The composition resulted in figurative abstraction and mocking minimalism and conceptualism.

Polke’s pieces depict valued ideas and meanings from the past. In all, the works make viewers question what is/was as they are amused. The MoMA is presenting the exhibition to convey a retrospective variety of Polke’s subject matter. Get ready for confusion and amazement while trying to discover alibis in contemporary art.

Culture ~ FIFA World Cup 2014

With less than fifty days until one of the largest sporting events, we’re all counting down.

The upcoming FIFA World Cup 2014 will be a time for people of all kinds to unite for entertainment in Brasil.

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This will be the 20th international men’s football tournament. The event is set to take place from 12 June 2014 to 13 July 2014. For the second time, Brasil will welcome sport spectators to enjoy football. A total of 32 teams will travel to 12 host cities to compete in the matches. The countries are:

Group A: Brasil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon

Group B: Australia, Chile, Netherlands, Spain

Group C: Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Greece, Japan

Group D: Costa Rica, England, Italy, Uruguay

Group E: Ecuador, France, Honduras, Switzerland

Group F: Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria

Group G: Ghana, Germany, Portugal, USA

Group H: Algeria, Belgium, Russia, South Korea

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This year, the official logo is inspiration with a design of three hands creating a facepalm with yellow and green to represent Brasil. Next, FIFA commissioned an official poster designed by Brasilian Creative Agency, Crama with an official slogan: “All in One Rhythm”.

In Portuguese: “Juntos num só ritmo”. Then the official song is “We Are One” by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte. For the mascot, tatu-balo emerged as an armadillo named Fuleco which is a portmanteau of futebol (football) and ecologica (ecology) raising up a football. And of course, Adidas has the privilege of providing the official Brazuca ball shown below.

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I’m super excited to see what each country has to bring to the pitch. For record though, I will be supporting Brasil. Then as a way to reflect on past spectacular moments, The Telegraph has assembled instances which were significant during previous World Cups. Despite international news about the progress of the host cities’ stadiums and stability, I believe that Brasil will be able to pull off this event and shock/surprise the world. The biggest issues will be language and transportation but in these times, the national motto will will be applied: Ordem e progresso (order and progress). At the same time, this isn’t just a sport, it’s a way of life in Brasil.

Additionally, this World Cup is a chance for many people to view and immerse themselves into Brasilian culture. From beaches, food, music, dance to language and style.There are vital opportunities for business to prosper from international communication. Since Brasil is an emerging nation, there is a possibility that the sport event can boost the country’s infrastructure. For the latest updates, follow FIFA’s Twitter.

Fashion ~ Style in the city

London delivered an amazing display of fashion for Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 collections.

For me, Markus Lupfer portrayed the most oustanding presentation at London Fashion Week.

Markus Lupfer display as a cafe. Photo Credit: Google.
Markus Lupfer showing as a cafe. Photo Credit: Google.

The German designer, Markus Lupfer graduated from University of Westminster in 1997. Graduating from the same university, I recognize that anything is possible in this fast-paced industry. Lupfer’s talent is very admirable. It has allowed him to excel within the British fashion sphere. Soon enough, he was given the British Fashion Council‘s New Gen award in 2001. Then over the past ten years, expertise gained him a popular following with awesome millennials and celebrities including: Alexa Chung, Beyonce, Rihanna, Florence Welch, Blake Lively and Lily Allen.

Punk! Merino Wool Sweater by Markus Lupfer. Photo Credit: Google.
Punk! Merino Wool Sweater by Markus Lupfer. Photo Credit: Google.

Markus Lupfer is the definition of contemporary fashion. The image above is my favorite piece from the previous season SS13/14. There is a unique aesthetic. The brand breathes life and inspiration through design. The playful theme in each collection that captures attention of today’s international youth. If you fancy the latest items, you can shop here.

And now time to venture to the next fashion capital. Are you excited?!

Art ~ Decade Perception

Born in Germany during 1948, Isa Genzken has influenced many artists over the past years.

Bringing her contemporary art to NYC, there is a diverse body of work on display at the MoMA.

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Isa Genzken. Bild (Painting). 1989. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2012. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

In NYC, art lovers tend to recognize Genzken’s sculptures yet recently colorful collages, detailed drawings, beautiful paintings and striking photographs are being introduced to the city. The architecture of her pieces depict strong themes of nationalism, globalism and consumerism.

The installations are going to captivate our souls as well. Viewers will begin to question notions of life. Iza Genzken’s investigative process of creating art stimulates social experience. The retrospective presents cultural symbols in the exhibition.