Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

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Un-wound

February 22, 2010

I feel bad that I haven’t been able to post anything yesterday. It broke my consistency. Since December 14, 2009, I have always been able to post at least one blog entry everyday. But that was all broken yesterday. Well, at least I have a very valid excuse for doing so. I was offline because I went to Camotes Island on Saturday afternoon. For those who aren’t familiar with Philippines tourist destinations, Camotes is an island off the Main Island of Cebu. It is located in the North, and a little behind civilization and technology. However, the beaches there are perfect. I was able to enjoy the sun for the past tow days. But now, I am back in the city, and I’m back to blogging as well. I’ll be posting more enjoyable blogs tomorrow. 🙂 Sweet dreams and goodnight, friends… *wink*

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The Greatest Advice

February 2, 2010

Again, I am going to share a very inspiring email message that I received last year. I hope that you enjoy this message as much as I did. There are really very good pieces of advice here. This piece was written by Rick Warren. Happy reading!:)

THE GREATEST ADVICE

Rick Warren

 

 

Don’t date because you are desperate.
Don’t marry because you are miserable.
Don’t have kids because you think your genes are superior.
Don’t philander because you think you are irresistible.

Don’t associate with people you can’t trust.
Don’t cheat. Don’t lie. Don’t pretend.
Don’t dictate because you are smarter.
Don’t demand because you are stronger.

Don’t sleep around because you think you are old enough and know better.
Don’t hurt your kids because loving them is harder.
Don’t sell yourself, your family or your ideals.
Don’t stagnate.

 
Don’t regress.
Don’t live in the past. Time can’t bring anything or anyone back.
Don’t put your life on hold for possibly Mr. Right.
Don’t throw your life away on absolutely Mr. Wrong because your biological clock is ticking.

 
Learn a new skill.
Find a new friend.
Start a new career.
Sometimes, there is no race to be won, only a price to be paid for some of life’s more hasty decisions.

 

To terminate your loneliness, reach out to the homeless.
To feed your nurturing instincts, care for the needy.
To fulfill your parenting fantasies, get a puppy.
Don’t bring another life into this world for all the wrong reasons.

 
To make yourself happy, pursue your passions and be the best of what you can be.
Simplify your life. Take away the clutter.
Get rid of destructive elements: abusive friends, nasty habits, and dangerous liaisons.
Don’t abandon your responsibilities but don’t overdose on duty.

 

Don’t live life recklessly without thought and feeling for your family.
Be true to yourself.
Don’t commit when you are not ready.
Don’t keep others waiting needlessly.

 
Go on that trip. Don’t postpone it.
Say those words. Don’t let the moment pass.
Do what you have to, even at society’s scorn.
 

Write poetry.
Love deeply.
Walk barefoot.
Dance with wild abandon.
Cry at the movies.

Take care of yourself. Don’t wait for someone to take care of you.
You light up your life.

You drive yourself to your destination.
No one completes you – except YOU.

 
It isn’t true that life does not get easier with age.
It only gets more challenging.

Don’t be afraid. Don’t lose your capacity to love.
Pursue your passions.

Live your dreams.
Don’t lose faith in GOD.

Don’t grow old.
Just grow YOU.

When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back.
Your time is your life.

That is why the greatest gift you can give to someone is your time.
Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is T-I-M-E because the essence of love is not what we think or do or provide for others, but how much we give of ourselves.

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The Lalitha Mahal

January 13, 2010

Ive always known about the Taj Mahal. I’ve always about its history and its captivating beauty. However, I only learned about the Lalitha Mahal today.

The Lalitha Mahal is the second largest palace in Mysore. It is located near the Chamundi Hills, east of the city of Mysore in the Indian state of Karnataka. The Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV ordered this palace to be built for the exlusive stay of the then Viceroy of India. The palace was fashioned on the lines of the St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Today, it is now run as an elite hotel of the Ashok Group of the India Tourism Development Corporations, still unde rthe Government of India. I am attaching a picture on this blog entry, so you may also see what the palace looks like.

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Creepy Places

December 19, 2009

Has anybody ever fantasized about visting haunted castles and houses? When I was young, I’ve always wanted to be a witch. I would google out chants and witch holidays. I would watch The Craft over and over until I had memorized the lines.

Today, I feel like going back to the old days. I am going to list down ten of the most popular haunted places on earth. I wish that I could visit even just one of them. However, since that wish seems to be a little too impossible, let me just stick to the fantasies then.

1. Bermuda Triangle

– Come on, who hasn’t heard of the mysterious Bermuda Triangle? A couple of movies have already been made where people always disappear during ill-fated trips around the area. A lot of people have dedicated their life’s work to understanding the mystery. Others have tried to give scientific explanations to the losses that happened within the area. But that’s the whole point. This place is meant to be mysterious. Why try to solve such an ageless mystery when this is the main reason that people are drawn to it.

2. Roswell

– Speculations say that a UFO landed in Roswell sometime in 1947. Like all other unexplainable incidents, there are always people who try to give logical excuses for a certain mystery. According to some people, it wasn’t a UFO that crashed. But how can anybody be sure at all? The eternal question always follows: Are we really alone in this universe?

3. Winchester Mystery House

– Sarah Winchester married William Wirt Winchester, a gun magnate. The Winchester House was built to be their house. However, it remained to be continuously under construction for 38 years. Rumor has it that the house was haunted by the people who died from Winchester guns. The house still stands today, as a museum.

4. Gettysburg

– What wouldn’t be scary in a battlefield? People fought, blood was shed, and lives were lost. Now, if it’s true that the ghost of George Washington rides through the area, then isn’t that cool?

5. Salem

– This would be the first place I’d visit if I have the power to do so. The place became known because of the infamous Salem Witch Trials where a lot of people were executed for allegedly being witches. Even men weren’t safe from being arrested. People say that the ghosts of those who died during the witch hunt still haunt the place even until now.

6. Paris Catacombs

– Is there anything scarier than being trapped underneath, surrounded by thousands of human bones? I’ve seen a scary movie which featured the Catacombs. The plot of the movie wasn’t really scary, but the thought of being in the catacombs definitely gives me goosebumps.

7. Lizze Borden Bed and Breakfast

– According to history, Lizzie Borden murdered her father and stepmother. Everybody believed her to be guilty; however, she was acquitted at the time of trial. Visiting the scene of the crime would really be terrifying.

8. Hacker House

– This place is in Salem, North Carolina. Everytime this place is used, bad things always happen. It rests upon a Native American mass grave. Some soldiers said they had a battle with the undead. Indeed, bodies were excavated, but they were shockingly hollow. When the place was used as a funeral parlor, things still went bad. Now, people only take a tour of the house, but nobody wants to live there anymore.

9. Edinburgh Castle

– This is such a magnificent place with a medieval atmosphere. However, there are reports of ghost dogs, headless drummers, and other unexplainable beings. Psychologists have now set out to find quantitative proof of these reports.

10. Bran Castle

– This place is more commonly known as “Dracula’s Castle.” We all know Count Dracula, so his house should be scary for everybody. There should be nothings else to say about the place. I think the place isn’t really haunted. It’s just the fact that the famous Count Dracula lived here that makes the place scary.

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