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Top 10 Best Airports of 2009

Every year Skytrax, a company that specializes in aviation research, organizes a massive consumer satisfaction survey to determine the best airports in the world. This year 8.6 million passengers at 190 airports offered up their opinions on everything from airport navigation to culinary options to amenities, in order to establish this year's winners. For the first time in seven years Hong Kong fell to second place, beat out by Incheon Airport in South Korea. Still, Skytrax reports that the top three contenders were neck-to-neck, making this year's contest the closest ever.

Some of the winners have amenities as wide-ranging as golf courses, casinos, spas, and indoor gardens, making them veritable destinations in their own right (and making it easy to see why consumers love them). Surprisingly, not one airport in North America made the top ten, not even the Dallas/Fort Worth airport, which won first place in the region.

1. Incheon International Airport: In addition to placing first in the world (up from third place last year), this light-filled airport in Seoul, South Korea also won first in class for cleanliness. It's easy-to-navigate layout (only one terminal) also makes it a favorite among consumers, but what really catapulted this Korean masterpiece to first place are all of the extras--everything from a golf course, casino, and spa, to seven indoor gardens and a museum dedicated to Korean culture that houses a collection of relics covering 5,000 years of Korean history.

Incheon International Airport
2. Hong Kong: After seven years on top, Hong Kong must be smarting after losing first place to Incheon. Still, there's nothing painful about layovers at this airport. Like Incheon, it's single-terminal layout makes navigation easy and you won't go hungry here-- the airport placed first in class for dining. The design is first-rate with awesome views over Hong Kong and while the city is only 25 minutes away by shuttle, you might not want to leave before exploring what the airport has to offer--you can do everything here from watching a movie, to having your nails done to catching a round of golf or shopping a string of boutiques (Prada, Gucci, Versace) that rivals New York's Fifth Avenue.
Hong Kong International Airport

3. Singapore Changi: Changi in Singapore may not be as futuristic in design or airy and light-filled as the top two winners this year, but what it lacks in outward design, it more than makes up with interior appeal. Not only did the airport place third worldwide, it also topped the "best amenities" list. At Changi, it's not hard to relax before a flight--travelers can nap in one of the napping areas, unwind on an orchid-filled indoor nature trail, get a massage at their spa, catch a movie at their 24-hour theater, or even cool down in the rooftop swimming pool.

Singapore Changi Airport

4. Zurich: Moving up to fourth place from eighth place last year, Zurich also ranked first among all European airports. Sure, Zurich boasts its fair share of between-flight amenities, including an IMAX theater, a planetarium, and a museum which contains over 3,000 objects pertaining to the history of transportation, but it's really their dedication to customer service that has kept them moving up the ranks year over year. Zurich airport ensures that customers are happy and things are running smoothly with a central office that coordinates everything from airline arrivals and baggage to customs and security.

Zurich Airport

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Posted by Amanda, in Travel.

Dentists recommend flossing but would you use food flavored floss?

Archie McPhee offers a line of floss that taste like fried bacon, waffles, coffee and cupcakes.   

Bacon Floss: Now you can improve your dental hygiene while enjoying the amazing flavor of crispy fried bacon. Is there anything bacon can't improve? Each 2-1/2" tall plastic dispenser contains 27.3 yards of waxed floss ($4.95 at Archie McPhee)

Bacon flavored floss

Breakfast Floss: Who needs breakfast when you've got Breakfast Floss? Start off your day by using the coffee flavor on your lower teeth, then switch over to the waffle and bacon flavors for your uppers. Quite possibly the most delicious way to keep yourself out of the dentist's chair. Each package contains three 1-1/2" tall plastic dispensers that contain 12 yards of waxed dental floss ($5.95 each)

Breakfast flavored floss coffee, waffles, bacon

Frosting Flavored Cupcake Floss: Turn a boring nightly routine into a party in your mouth with Cupcake Floss! Be careful though, the delicious frosting flavor might turn you into a flossaholic! Each 2-1/2" tall plastic dispenser contains 27.3 yards of waxed floss ($4.95)

Cupcake frosting flavored floss

Source: Food Network Magazine

Posted by Amanda, in Beauty and Cosmetics.

Sapphire Bangle by Matthew Campbell Laurenza is a colorful addition to your wardrobe

This rhodium plated sterling silver bracelet is adorned with black enamel and faceted multicolor sapphire stones with a 4.30 total carat weight ($380 each at Bergdorf Goodman).  The multi-color sapphire stones make this bangle a versatile fashion accessory bound to go with numerous outfits in your closet!

Sapphire Bangle by Matthew Campbell Laurenza

Posted by Amanda, in Jewelry.

A Perfect Getaway (2009) opens today in a theater near you

Synopsis:  "When newlyweds Cliff and Cydney Anderson (Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich) arrive on the lush island of Kauai for an adventurous Hawaiian honeymoon, their timing coincides with the headline-making news that a pair of serial killers are on the loose, brutally hacking up the tourists. Cliff, a nearsighted screenwriter with nerdy spectacles and few outdoor skills, is no Indiana Jones, but he's promised his wife an 11-mile hike up the Kalalau Trail to a spectacular beach with a hidden waterfall, so against all odds and the creepy feeling they're being stalked, it's a-hiking they go. The farther they get from the overcrowded part of the map and the deeper they plunge into the jungle, the stranger they feel. On the trail, they bond with another couple--Nick (Timothy Olyphant), a rugged hunter with ripped abs and a metal plate in his head from combat duty in Iraq, and his perky girlfriend, Gina (Kiele Sanchez), who has a thick Southern drawl and special skills with a machete. Cliff and Cydney feel safer with their new friends in tow. Nick is a warrior type who can survive the wilderness building shelter and catching his own food with a bow and arrow, and Gina is a whiz at gutting animals for food. Then a third couple encroaches--a pair of hostile, tattooed and potentially dangerous hippies who give Cliff the willies. Just when things get hairy, they are arrested and taken away by police helicopters. Case closed. Or is it? Suddenly the movie shifts gears, tables turn and roles reverse, plunging everyone into a fatal series of screaming terrors replete with red herrings, character reversals, screenplay twists and a violent, blood-drenched finale guaranteed to sizzle your nerves. The whole thing leads to the unraveling of the identity of the psychopathic maniacs." NY Observer

A Perfect Getaway movie poster

MPAA Rating: R for graphic violence, language including sexual references and some drug use

Runtime: 1 hr 37 mins

Genre: Action/Adventure, Thriller

Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Milla Jovovich, Kiele Sanchez, Chris Hemsworth, Marley Shelton, Steve Zahn

Director: David Twohy
Screenwriter: David Twohy
Producer: Ryan Kavanaugh, Mark Canton, Tucker Tooley, Robbie Brener

Music: Boris Elkis

Studio: Universal Pictures

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Posted by Amanda, in Television and Movies.

Anthropologie's Francophile Eiffel Tower Dinner Plate

May your meals never be without a touch of Parisian whimsy!  Depicting both the traditional and the kooky, these charming plates are Anthropologie exclusives from French designer Nathalie Lete. This stoneware is dishwasher and microwave safe ($24.00 at Anthropologie)

Eiffel Tower dinner plate by Anthropologie

Posted by Amanda, in Houses and Home Decor.

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