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Furry Friday – Hang in there its almost the Weekend

Posted on May 24, 2013 | Comments Off on Furry Friday – Hang in there its almost the Weekend

Furry Friday – Hang in there its almost the weekend folks.Cute-Animals-Wallpaper-HD

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Bamboo fish traps – Vietnam

Posted on Mar 24, 2013 | Comments Off on Bamboo fish traps – Vietnam

Vietnam, Bamboo fish traps

The things you see on the road. No it is not a scene from Star Wars or a Durian race.

It is Bamboo fish traps going to market in Vietnam.

 

 

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Statue of Liberty set to shine again on July 4th

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 | Comments Off on Statue of Liberty set to shine again on July 4th

Statue of Liberty

The The US National Park Service is almost finished with extensive repairs at the Statue of Liberty site and they expect to reopen it to the public by July 4th.

The damage was caused by Hurricane Sandy. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a statement that the hurricane damaged docks, the energy infrastructure on Ellis Island and crippled the security screening system.

The Statue of Liberty is on Liberty Island, a 12 acre island located a mile south of lower Manhattan. Normally, the confines of the New York Harbor protect Liberty Island from extreme weather. However, when Hurricane Sandy hit, Liberty Island was in the direct path of a massive storm surge

“Based on the tremendous progress we have made, Lady Liberty will be open to the public in time for the July 4th celebration,”

Designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France, is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States: a welcoming signal to immigrants arriving from abroad.

Official site

 

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Holi Festival of Colour – India

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 | Comments Off on Holi Festival of Colour – India

Holi festival of colour

The Holi Festival of Colour is celebrated  this year from March 27th (2013).  Holi is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus as a festival of colours. It is primarily observed in India and Nepal.

It celebrates the beginning of the new season, spring. Originally, it was a festival that commemorated good harvests and the fertile land. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring’s abundant colors and saying farewell to winter. It also has a religious purpose, commemorating events present in Hindu mythology to commemorate the victory of good over evil, brought about by the burning and destruction of the demoness named Holika. This was enabled through unwavering devotion to the Hindu god of preservation, Lord Vishnu.

Although it is the least religious holiday, it is probably one of the most exhilarating ones in existence. During this event, participants hold a bonfire, throw colored powder at each other, and celebrate wildly.

Pack some old clothes as friends who have attended say it gets messy, wild, and joyous.

Official site

 

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Friday – Are we there yet?

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 | Comments Off on Friday – Are we there yet?

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Weird Travel – China

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 | Comments Off on Weird Travel – China

Tianzi Hotel

In the Weird Travel category  the Tianzi Hotel, is located in Hebei province, China in the Son of Heaven Garden, Yanjiao Economic-Technological Development Zone, Langfang. It is a ten-story high representation of, Fu Lu Shou (good fortune, prosperity and longevity), three Chinese epic heroes proudly standing in front of you as you enter through the right foot.

This ten-storey building in the shape of  these three huge Heroes was built in 2000 in the Chinese city of Langfang, Hebei Province, between Beijing and Tianjin.  Apparently it holds the Guinness World Record for the “biggest image building”…whatever that means.

The hotel’s official website @ http://www.tianzigarden.com (which is no longer working)  indicated that it takes only 20 minutes by Beijing Bus from World Trade Centre in Beijing to the Garden.  The rooms are smaller than typical hotel rooms but there are adequate facilities according to local sources. There are 2 unique suites in the hotel – the Peach suite which can be seen in the photo, Fu is holding in his left hand and the 9th floor presidential suite.

Wonder what the Feng shui is on having a rear facing room?

 

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Yosemite National Park- Put it on your Bucket List

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 | Comments Off on Yosemite National Park- Put it on your Bucket List

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park has been high on my bucket list, since first seeing the haunting black and white photography series by Ansel Adams taken in 1958.

Yosemite is a jewel of the United States National Parks in the central eastern portion of California. The park covers an area of 761,268 acres (3,080.74 km2)and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain.  Over 3.7 million people visit the park each year, most spend their time in the seven square miles (18 km2) of Yosemite Valley.  Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity.  Park tourism Site

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Well almost Furry Friday

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 | Comments Off on Well almost Furry Friday

Baby Oranutan

The orangutans are the two exclusively Asian species of great apes. Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, orangutans are currently found in only the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. Both orangutan species are considered to be Endangered, with the Sumatran orangutan being Critically Endangered. Human activities have caused severe declines in the populations and ranges of both species. Threats to wild orangutan populations include poaching, habitat destruction, and the illegal pet trade. Several conservation and rehabilitation organisations are dedicated to the survival of orangutans in the wild. If you want to help their survival in the wild click here

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Socialising with Bears – Don’t Try this at home

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 | Comments Off on Socialising with Bears – Don’t Try this at home

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Very eastern part of Russia, Chukotka peninsula, where lands of the USA and the Russian Federation nearly adjoin each other.  Apparently the local community used to feed the hungry bears with tinned Condensed Milk which they had in abundance.  For more photos follow this link

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Floating Lanterns

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 | Comments Off on Floating Lanterns

floating lanterns

 

Beautiful Floating Lanterns Launched at Sunset at Honolulu, Hawaii
Photograph by Dwight K. Morita

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