- Producer02/07/2017Wandering The Shifting Sands Of The Namib, The World’s Oldest Desert.It’s just on 5.00 am. As I leave the comfort of my hotel room in pitch darkness, a crescent moon hangs low, like a scimitar on the horizon, its light almost no match for the billions of stars that pepper an inky black sky. The only sound...
Comments02/07/2017 #18 Deb 🐝 HelfrichTruly one of your most engrossing pieces, @Paul Walters. What a vicarious thrill to be so well-guided through such an inhospitable area of our world.
Your description of how the Atlantic and its harsh, frigid waves and winds created this majesty of desolation, makes me pause and ask what is so special about this stretch of coast.... or might it be that with our ever increasing and evolving climate change pace, we might be seeing a sneak-preview of the barrenness waiting to come to fruition on similarly terrained coastlines around the world.02/07/2017 #17 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee"These prove to be no match for the air that, once we get going, swirls around us like freezing whirlwinds that whizz around the interior like demented dervish dancers, penetrating any area of the body not covered in suitably protective clothing."
Evidence of pure magic. I feel like I just consumed my favorite Raspberry Truffle ice cream in a Waffle cone. Delicious. Thank you for this story.02/07/2017 #14 Ken BoddieOne of your best descriptive posts, Pak Paul. I've never been to Namibia, but with a few sentences you transported me back over several decades and across thousands of kilometes
to the massive dunes of Abu Dhabi's Empty Quarter. I remember how these dune landscapes can be a kaleidoscope of colour at dawn and dusk. Furthermore, they can be so savagely blindingly biting when the wind storms howl, but so deafeningly silent in the contrasting stillness. Pity there wasn't a spare camel to take you and your moon boot to the top.
- 01/07/2017Best wishes to my spiritual homeland on its 150th birthday. Canada remains a beacon of goodwill and social conscience for the world to see and hopefully emulate.
Comments01/07/2017 #10 Phil Friedman#5 For the record, Kevin, I lived and worked for some 15 years in Canada, am married to a Canadian, and my daughters are dual U.S./Canadian citizens. The years I spent in Canada were at a time when the U.S. was pursuing a reckless and futile course of military adventurism in southeast Asia that was not worth a single drop of U.S. blood, nor that of anyone else. And some of us went into voluntary self-exile in protest against the forces driving that folly. Despite the international political pressures at the time, Canada welcomed us exiles, and willingly gave us a place to live, work, and flourish. For that I will always be grateful and carry a deep and abiding affection for what I call my spiritual homeland.
- 01/07/2017Happy 150th Birthday to Canada and thanks to all the amazing Canadians bees who keep on buzzing, spreading honey and cross-channel pollinating -- like ambassadors @Jim Murray @Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA @CityVP 🐝 Manjit @Don 🐝 Kerr @Donald 🐝 Grandy...Say hello to Canada's two newest astronauts!www.theweathernetwork.com The Canadian Space Agency has announced our nation's two newest astronauts - Joshua Kutryk and Jennifer Sidey - who will soon join David St. Jacques and Jeremy Hansen as our future representatives in...
- Producer25/06/2017Gourmand Bankruptcy in OsakaIt may be said that the Japanese love and have a healthy respect for good food, but the Osakans take things to a completely different level. Osaka's relatively outgoing and down-to-earth citizens, compared to Tokyo's colder and more reserved...
Comments30/06/2017 #29 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#25 haha, I have to admit, I don't think I've ever asked if my butt looks big. I think I have a bad habit of asking how a shirt looks on me or if my hair looks ok? So petty, eh? Even when I hear, it looks good, or you look fine... I get mad and say, "Just fine, are you avoiding my question because it doesn't look good?!" My husband, "I can't win." Am I proud that I react like that, no LOL. Not sure what I'd do if I was told my butt or other body parts look big? Ok, back to food!
Actually, I think I lost my appetite after reading your comment to Dean about the binge drinker/eater. Throwing up on a large rat, good thing the guy was too drunk to be freaked out ;-)29/06/2017 #28 Ken Boddie#22 Oh the joys of binge eating and binge drinking, Dean-san. Reminds me of the drunk who over-indulged in an unfamiliar restaurant and had to rush to the rest room with the intention of paying penance in front of the porcelain goddess. Well he turned right instead of left and ended up in the alley. But his stomach, by this time, had its own schedule, and he involuntarily threw up all over a large rat. Looking down at the results of his technicolour yawn, he scratched his head and was eventually heard to say, "Funny, I don't remember eating that?" 🤢29/06/2017 #25 Ken Boddie#21 Three things I've learned from bitter experience, Lisa:
- Never guess a lady's age - I'm always wrong;
- Never comment on a lady's weight - I like my head just where it is, thank you; and, most of all
- When asked "Does my bum look big in this?" the answer is always "No, you look great!"
Recent studies reportedly indicate that women who ask about how their derriere looks live longer than men who give the wrong answer. 🙁29/06/2017 #22 Dean OwenThat is so cool! I learn something new everyday. In this case I learned that the caramel candy I basically grew up on was named after a rather ominous substance called glycogen! Underneath the large cow the sign reads Hormone which is a Japanese foreign word they use to mean innards such as offal and intestines. I love Okonomiyaki, and suspect you were given a choice of either that or Monjayaki. Similar dishes famous in Osaka, but you chose wisely as the latter very much resembles what comes out of your mouth after a night of binging.27/06/2017 #19 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#15 I think I was asking myself that question "Does my bum look big in this," after our road trip to Colorado ha ha. I wish there was a laughter icon, your poem was great and made me chuckle @Ken Boddie View more#15 I think I was asking myself that question "Does my bum look big in this," after our road trip to Colorado ha ha. I wish there was a laughter icon, your poem was great and made me chuckle @Ken Boddie. Put me in a district where there is an abundance of great foods to choose from and forget it, that's my weakness which I need to CHANGE!! We just purchased an incumbent bike for various reasons. So, I now have almost an entire gym in my bedroom with no excuses, well except.. ouch- this is painful! Close27/06/2017 #15 Ken Boddie#14 Well, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher.....
Dotonbori's very good,
If you really love your food,
But if you'll take my advice,
In this foodie's paradise,
Count your cals and watch your spending,
So much choice, it's never ending,
If you eat until you drop,
Munching, crunching cannot stop,
You'll be asking with a hiss,
"Does my bum look big in this?"
🙁27/06/2017 #14 Lisa 🐝 GallagherA foodie's paradise it appears @Ken Boddie. The meal looked delicious and I enjoyed the photos with descriptions. Pamela tagged me so I could see your new "Author" photo, love it, what was the inspiration? Your wife looks so happy and she's cute Ken! I'm glad Pam tagged me because I love travel and foodie blogs.
- Producer23/06/2017MUSICAL DECADES - 1960s - The British InvasionThe British Invasion was a phenomenon that occurred when rock and pop music acts from the United Kingdom, as well as other aspects of British culture, became popular in the United States and Canada, and significant to the rising...
Comments25/06/2017 #13 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsPetula Clark's "Downtown" was my teenage angst reliever. I can remember singing it a lot while doing chores, babysitting younger siblings, or just during episodes of teenage heartbreak. Loved your memory lane this morning Dominique! Other memories may come and go but music memories last forever! This one hit wonder by LuLu, another British artist; from one of my favorite old movies (which I found on DVD recently) "To Sir With Love";
https://youtu.be/yTapoA5RQyo25/06/2017 #11 Dominique 🐝 Petersen#10 Love your post, Javier. When we were teenagers listening to this music, we basically just thought of it as OUR music (even though me and my friends were in Canada!) So, I can't say whether British bands are better than American. I love both! ;o)
And thanks for the share, @Javier 🐝 beBee
- Producer25/06/2017Roots.Changes.Journeys.Generations.And the Ties that Bind.... Part 1 – East London to Abu Dhabi “Well I was born in a small town…” John Mellencamp “Small Town” 1985 I really was born in a small place! A seventh generation South African from British ancestry, I was born in East London a small city on...
Comments26/06/2017 #37 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsComing back from my awesome Abu Dhabi trip to read this lovely Bio is a treat. I must admit it's a great place and I wish I had made the move 10 years earlier. I love Dubai but must admit Abu Dhabi as something subtle about it. UAE has to much to offer we need to look in the right place. You've captured the essence of this place in your buzz Chris :)26/06/2017 #32 Sara JacoboviciI'm not surprised that a music lover (of great taste in music), such as yourself, would also be a great storyteller @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA. I came across a quote today before I read your post. Wonder if you think there is any connection? "A biography is like a handshake down the years, that can become an arm-wrestle." - Richard Holmes Looking forward to Part 2!25/06/2017 #26 Lisa 🐝 GallagherHow interesting @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA. What a great experience you have received, or should I say life changing? That's cool about Elton John's band! So, does everyone work on Sundays? Does everyone have Saturday's off? The photos are beautiful. I've seen many promotional photos of the city and it looks futuristic. I would imagine there is a lot to see and do in Abu Dhabi. It sounds like you really have enjoyed the move! Looking forward to pt. 2.25/06/2017 #24 David 🐝 Martín Alonso#23 @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA Thanks for recommendations, I already follow @Gert Scholtz Blog., and now your buzzes.
Barcelona is one of my favorites in Spain, i´ve lived there and visited many times. Next time you plan to visit Spain, please consider visiting South, Sevilla, Córdoba, Granada, the muslim triangle, amazing experience.25/06/2017 #23 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA#22 Thanks for your kind comments @David 🐝 Martín Alonso and for the share. Cape Town is the real gem of SA and offers so much.We in turn have visited Barcelona on holiday and loved the experience.
Please see the travel blogs of @Gert Scholtz for more on SA travel.25/06/2017 #20 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA#19 Thanks so much for your insightful comments dear @Deb 🐝 Helfrich. Finally have some free time to put it all down! Hope to have part 2 out later this week when I'll all also do some inter-generational analysis.
PS If Michael Moore's people don't call you about the road doccie call them 😃!25/06/2017 #19 Deb 🐝 HelfrichI love the contrast you built up, @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA between a life of comforting tradition and that one phone call that sent you and your family into an entirely different future.
I feel like we become more of who we are meant to be, when we step outside the well-trodden paths. Once we are habituated to a place, life tends to function on auto-pilot, especially when we are immersed in an entire community. That we are known so well is certainly a blessing, but can also be a bind from emerging into all that we are capable of.
I am actively courting that revolutionary phone call right now. But for a contrary reason. I am feeling drawn to travel - the call of the road, as you know, in order to find that place that feels like the home I want to cultivate for the rest of my life. I am ready to negotiate the staying-put part of life. But the place were I can do my best work, contribute the most value is still a mystery to me.
So a drive-about seems prudent.
Excited to see what happens in your tale next!25/06/2017 #17 Gert Scholtz@Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA Now that does sound like a big change: East London to Abu Dhabi. I am sure, although at times you miss the shores of the Eastern Cape, Abu Dhabi offers a rich tapestry of experience and opportunity for you and your family. Thanks you for the mention Chris, and for a music lover such as you, here is Desert Rose: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3lWwBslWqg
- Producer21/06/2017So Much To Do, So Little Time. 48 Hours In Istanbul.I often receive some rather, " we need it now!" requests from magazines and this piece, written for the July edition of Turkish Airlines was one of those. Its primarily a, 'what to do' article but might be helpful for any bees buzzing through this...
Comments23/06/2017 #22 Ken BoddieThanks again for bringing back memories, Pak Paul, which at my age are vague indeed. I visited Istanbul too many years ago with a bunch of engineers newly graduated from Aberdeen Uni. Even back then there was a security scare which prevented us from visiting the Bosporus Bridge (first one) which was under construction. My memories of 'Turkish delight' were the 'entertainment' in an infamous nightclub from which we were ejected for ..... well that's a different story. I'm pretty sure we visited the iconic places you mention and which you have beautifully illustrated, but my recollection was distorted through beer goggles. Another prime example of life being wasted on the young. 😂21/06/2017 #9 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWonderful read @Paul Walters! Congrats on this piece being featured in the July Edition of Turkish Airlines!! Wow, the view from the roof top restaurant looks breathtaking. Spices... can you buy and fly with them? I'm just getting over the stomach flu and I must be feeling better because I became hungry while reading this. Stunning photos and history of Istanbul. My son visited Istanbul in 2005 with a group from RIT. He enjoyed his visit!21/06/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 ManjitTurkey is a very interesting place if only because I have noted how young Turkish people have adapted to social networks and so I can only judge from my own biased perspective of very enlightening and pleasant encounters.
While the expression "Young Turks" is generally a positive, a growing expression is "Mechanical Turks" but this is not about Turkish people, it is about the research industry who use a form of cheap labour to conduct research.
Erdogan does not much help matters politically speaking but I must give credit to Turkish people who recognize the value within Turkey of a secular culture. When I combine that with the rich history and geographical beauty of Turkey as outlined in this buzz, no wonder @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee also speaks fondly and with respect for the place he has often visited in a business capacity.
One day I hope to visit Istanbul, hopefully not as a part of my aging farewell tour but while I am still relatively a "Young Turk" :-)21/06/2017 #5 Gerald Hecht@Paul Walters What an immature fool Ive been--it's time for me to " " " "man up" sir...why? I'll tell you why; nobody twisted my arm --allowing the architectural/cultural splendor of this storied bridge between Asia and Europe...the echoes of Byzantine whispers in the calls to prayer --all , all to pass me by while I foolishly misspent my youth laundering currency and smuggling freshly blackened Poppy Sap for a quick buck and a 24 hour coma in a nameless Opium Den; awakening to find my "vision of a hostess without equal --in both grace and beauty in fine silks" ...gone; along with my cufflinks and fine Corinthian Leather wallet from the peerless Ivanka Trump Line --the embodiment of my highest aspirations at the time...A philosophically empty obsession with "style" as an equal to Plato's Ideal, and Bagdahd's extension of Pythagoras..."Al-Jabbar"; Analytic Geometry; the key to the spheres...I am ashamed still; for I was a fool!
- Producer19/06/2017Big World, Strange FoodFood is something of a universal language. Each dish is so unique and distinct to its culture, and yet any human being, from any background can appreciate it for what it brings to the table—no pun intended. A traditional Indian dish of rajma is...
- Producer11/06/2017Why and How to Make Languages Fun and Interesting in post-Brexit UKRecently I returned from the Polyglot Gathering in Bratislava, where I attended many interesting talks, including one by Seán Ó Riain on Brexit and languages in Europe.Ever since the Language Show Live in London, October 2016, featuring the Speak to...
Comments11/06/2017 #1 Vincent AndrewExcellent suggestions Dimitris.
I think one reason why people find it difficult to learn another language is that they don't see a need for it. For example, I want to learn Chinese but everyone here speaks English or Malay. If I am in an environment where Chinese language skills are needed, I may be more desperate to learn it.
Thank you for your buzz.
- 01/06/2017In Sarawak and other parts of Borneo, the Gawai Dayak is celebrated every 1st of June by the Dayaks or the Ibans. Gawai is a festival where people thank the gods for a bountiful harvest and celebrate the occasion with rituals and sharing food and drinks with friends and family. 'Tuak' or rice wine is normally served. 'Ngajat' or the warrior dance is performed by men and women alike. 'Ngabang' or visits is common as people celebrating Gawai open their homes to visitors.
As a Dayak myself, my recollection of Gawai as a young child is one of indulgence in food, merriment and family reunion.
In Malaysia the occasion is marked with a public holiday.
Selamat Hari Gawai Dayak, gayu guru gerai nyamai.
Picture credit: https://hornbillunleashed.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/selamat-hari-gawai-gayu-guru-gerai-nyamai-3/
- Producer21/05/2017The Discreet, Enigmatic and Evasive GeishaIt was our last night in Kyoto and we had explored so many facets of this beautiful city's culture and beauty. The breathtaking splendour of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, the magic of origami, the calming propriety of the tea ceremony, all...
Comments23/05/2017 #28 Ken Boddie#27 Lisa, if you are really keen on photography, my best advice to you is to take an on line course. I completed a diploma on line many years ago and though I knew quite a lot until I did the course. If you pick the right one, you will be given practicals to do every week, or in your own time, if weekly is too much, and you should be able to get great feedback from your on line tutor. As for Photoshop, you don't really need it and there are many cheaper and less complex programs around, but Photoshop is the industry standard and well worth the time investment. An alternative editor, which has great crits and is much cheaper, is Lightroom, but I have no hands on experience with this. Why not join a local club? They're not hard to find and you'll pick up many interesting tips to get you on your way.23/05/2017 #27 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#13 #14 I love your frank honesty Ken :)) That means you are down to earth! I like the idea of keeping a notepad with me. I always forget so many details when I travel. It's easy to forget. I think I will grab one and keep it in my purse when we leave. Dr. Google is very generous, isn't he? I want to learn how to take raw photos. I met a professional photographer on IG a few years back and he still uses an older camera and said he won't use anything but. He does the same, develops, turns them into jpegs and I'm not sure about Photoshop. I just began teaching myself how to use Photoshop. I hate when I take a nice photo but no matter what settings I use it may look drab. I also use a few free photo editors too. Is it hard to take raw and then develop them? Sort of sounds relaxing to me. I'm glad you and your wife had such a good time. Welcome home a few weeks late. My husband and I were both really sick this past month and I missed a lot. He's still recovering from pneumonia and we leave on Friday, yikes! Send the healing Gods LOL22/05/2017 #26 Ken Boddie#25 The images of this fascinating country, Gert, were bursting to be taken by my trusty Canon. You are of course correct in your assessment that I took some time to compile these two blogs to date, but much of the time was taken up in choosing only a very few photos from the 1200 or so developed jpegs, taken over a period of some two weeks, so as to hopefully match the blog subjects. When the culture, art and scenery of the places we visit is so stimulating, preparation time flies past, as you undoubtedly know yourself. Thanks for the compliments.22/05/2017 #25 Gert Scholtz@Ken Boddie Along with your previous post, these are two of the most interesting travel pieces I have read. Fascinating information on a country and culture that is quite foreign to me, and your photos are superb. Thanks for taking what must have been a chunk of your time to compile these posts. Shared into the Travel Hive. Ever looking forward to the next Ken Boddie travel post!22/05/2017 #18 Ken Boddie#12 Thank you so much, Lada, for your compliments. I am glad you enjoyed this post. So many foreigners when travelling in Japan are fascinated by the kimono, which, when comprising a beautiful silk with subtle hues, worn by a woman with poise and maturity, is the epitomy of the Japanese female attire. To illustrate, I refer you to the two lovely ladies (above) who I photographed at the tea ceremony. The three young girls, however, who I shot in Tokyo's Hamarikyu Gardens (refer this earlier post: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ken-boddie/did-we-miss-cherry-blossom-season ), although also beautifully attired, almost appear to be casually dressed by comparison, as is befitting of a stroll outdoors in the uplifting cherry blossom.
- 09/05/2017Anyone with Welsh Heritage? You might be interested in @globalwelsh
Together, #WeAreTheGlobalWelshTogether, #WeAreTheGlobalWelsh Wales has a lot to be proud of. Traditionally our landscapes, our language, and of course, our rugby. We can also be proud of the incredible impact the...
- 08/05/2017World Red Cross Day Celebrationlrbandassociates.com World Red Cross Day is today, May 8th. Because this day is important to remember what Red Cross stands for, it is imperative that we recognize this day. World Red Cross Day When you think about the Red Cross, you should know it is a day dedicated...
- 06/05/2017155 years ago on May 5th, three brave men fought El Guapo at the battle of Santa Poco to give Mexico its independence. Viva Mexico Cabrones!
- Producer26/04/2017The Deprived Angels of this Universe - Street UrchinsHutment and squalor become life for the dwellers of this universe. Outcast from the society in general and the sole claimer of castaway clothes knows how harsh this life could be for them. Never once did they complain or cursed their fate for their...
Comments28/04/2017 #31 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWhat a moving story @Tausif Mundrawala. Life really isn't fair. It sounds as though they make the best of their situation but deserve so much more. This has always been an issue to me, seeing class division. Maybe if the news focused more on real stories that affect so many humans around the globe, well possibly mindsets would change too. I don't know the answers but it's hard to hear of people who work so hard just to survive. You brought light to a real human situation, thank you so much for sharing this story. I wish them both their angel wings while still here on earth :))27/04/2017 #28 Tausif Mundrawala#26 Those who goes through pain know how does it feel to endure that excruciating bitter pill. I am emphatic with those who have been through a lot. As somewhere or the other every individual goes through it. Even I have been through a lot. But the strength gained is unmatchable to all kinds of strong material available in the world. I am elated to know what you felt of this buzz.
Thank you so much once again my friend,@Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee27/04/2017 #24 siraj shaik@Tausif Mundrawala Sometimes out of blues someone reaches in support.. and fulfill the not only the one who keeps on dreams, but also those who may not.. There are many in various fields, just an example about One from region you are well aware of is "Jackie Shroff" (urf jackie da - bhidu).27/04/2017 #17 Tausif Mundrawala#16 To be very honest I am worried about them not being schooled and I always persuade Tahameena to send her kids to school. But this poor mother hardly makes ends meet and she couldn't afford to educate them. It wrecks my heart to see these kids devoid of education. You made this buzz more special because I have not received such a wonderful feedback. Thank you so much once again, @Lisa Vanderburg27/04/2017 #16 Lisa VanderburgThe beauty of this tale @Tausif Mundrawala is that these 'urchins' (such an adorable word!) choose to see wonder in such a harsh world they live in. It's as if have instinctively understood that life is a moment-to-moment existence; they have decided to see magic, see love, see playfulness and find joy in a life that is fraught with danger, termination or pain - an art that's quite lost to most 1st worlder-kids. You've written this with such empathy and NO pity - which makes Pappu and his friends revered! Breath-taking, thank you Tausif!
- Producer27/04/2017My Introduction to Intercultural ManagementIntercultural management is an field that some say dates back to the end of World War II, when the US foreign service began to send more staff members to a greater number of posts worldwide. So it was a way to intertwine language learning with...
- 26/04/2017Gini index, Palma ratio, GDP and happiness rankings, Where is your country according to these indicators? "Norway tops the global happiness rankings for 2017. People in China are no happier than 25 years ago. Much of Africa is struggling. Happiness has fallen in America."Inequality index: where are the world's most unequal countries?www.theguardian.com Inequality isn’t all about income. Here’s a guide to different ranking systems – from wealth distribution to the World Happiness Report – and which countries rate best and worst under...
- Producer26/04/2017Reasons why I love the USAWhy I love the USFreedomPeople fight to defend their freedom. This freedom gives everybody the right to do what you want without fear of government intervention.RiskThis country was founded with risk and risk-takers are still applauded...
Comments11/05/2017 #42 Enrique de la RicaWhy do I love China? China is the most successful example of development in history. In the last 30 years it has maintained sustained annual growth of more than 9%. There is no evidence of similar growth in an economy. During this period around 400 million people have emerged from poverty and the average income of one person has multiplied by 20. China has experienced in 30 years the 200 years of development and industrialization of West. But the Asian giant does not stop. Their financial capacity is brutal. Its foreign exchange reserves amount to 2.5 trillion dollars, more than double the country that follows (Japan), and three times the holdings of the whole European Union. It is the largest country in the world's inhabitants, the one that grows the most, the largest in terms of manufacturing capacity, the largest savings capacity and in a couple of years will be the largest consumer in the world. In the next decade we will attend the assault of Chinese companies to the western markets. We are already living with companies such as Lenovo, Alibaba, Huawei, Tencent, Xiami, Haier... In 2020 China will have 29% of all engineers and graduates in the world and by 2030, 37 out of every 100 scientists in the world will be Chinese (data from the OECD). There are more and more Chinese Universities among the 100 most prestigious in the world and the most famous in the West have more and more Chinese students ... and these occupy the top positions among the graduates. People who will return and develop their skills and competences in their country of origin….and then….11/05/2017 #41 Enrique de la RicaI agree and I would add Burgers at The Counter, Sam Adams, car sound systems, Fast and Loud, culture of failure, you can eat at anytime, University academic system, skills training at School, Katy Perry, 1968 Mustang Convertible, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Computer History Museum, Mac Book and the Tombs at Georgetown30/04/2017 #37 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsI can with all honesty and sadness right now say: I have disheartened with my country right now, it's leaders, and now too many of it's people, those I never thought would have the attitude towards others that they do:
But I love it's beauty, the natural wonders this country is graced with could be unmatched in the world. It's diversity, the myriad of nationalities I encounter every day. That both these are being threatened by the monsters now in control of our government scares the living hell out of me. May they rot!
Sorry, Javier, this is such a positive post, I love how you feel about my country, I wish I had visited yours and could give glowing commentaries!
May the U.S. survive this monstrosity we call a government and live to see the beauty of our country continue for many centuries to come...
Sorry I hate basketball, watching it, playing it, everything about it; but that's natural for a shorty like me! Now give me a baseball and a bat and I'll hit it out of the Park! I also have my pins for a bowling a 200 and 250 game! Closest I got to a perfect game was the one that earned me the 250 pin, with a score of 276 (for the novices 300 is the perfect score!) thanks for the tag Javi!27/04/2017 #36 Sarah ElkinsAs much as I'd like to get in on this, I'd rather point out that, as @Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador said, each country has wonderful things and terrible things. I love my country, and I love many other countries. My experiences in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Italy, France, Germany, and UK have all offered incredible opportunities to explore a variety of foods, people, transportation, and cultural events. I have love for each country, not one about the other. That would be like having a favored child to me; I find beauty and sadness everywhere.27/04/2017 #35 Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand AmbassadorOne of the nice things about diversity in the world is there can be a place for any one any time and the ability to change. Each country has something wonderful and some drawbacks. Can you eliminate a drawback without impacting the good too? For example, the US does have inequality. However, that also drives innovation through a desire for something better. The US is still one of the few places that anyone can grow up and become president, wealthy or be a hermit. It's not perfect, the question is it close enough to your liking for what you want to do. And who know, what would have happened if Spanish explorers decided to go further North. :)27/04/2017 #34 Irene 🐝 Rodriguez EscolarSomeone told me that "my country is the one that gives me something to eat", I understand it, although I know that we are always attracted again. Personally I do not believe in borders, from my current perspective, I agree with Mr. Jim Murrai, I think the USA, that is missing, in Spain we continue to fight for health and education remains public and quality, many are We depend on this. Usually few people, those who have their fixed work stop to think, do not put in place of ... fortunately not all are equal. We are in a happy country where abundance, good food, valued by its nutritional contribution, the good people and their humor and desire to pass it well above the difficulties. The only time I traveled was to Germany. I could not travel more, I would love to do it. @
@Jan 🐝 Barbosa will be happy to welcome you, next Japand weekend in Madrid probably in October, yet to be confirmed 😉26/04/2017 #31 Preston 🐝 Vander VenGreat Buzz. I love all those reasons you have listed.
Sadly I know many people who that these for granted and don't even realized what they have and are willing to give it up just for an illusion of feeling safe. Benjamin Franklin once said that “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”.
The founding fathers were once safe under the crown, yet without everything listed above, and that is why they left. But, today I see those willing to go back.
The Truth is 'We Really Don’t Know What We Have Until It’s Gone’. So, sometimes we need to see some else who has lost it to understand.26/04/2017 #30 Lisa 🐝 GallagherThanks for tagging me @Javier 🐝 beBee. I had no idea you've visited so many places! Like @Jerry Fletcher, I too, wish I would have traveled much more when younger. It's never too late though! I think what I love about the USA is would be the diversity of what you find in different regions of the US, lakes, forests, mountains, Pacific and Atlantic Ocean along our coasts. We are very lucky to have so many differing states to visit and we are close enough to drive to Canada.. well those of us that live up North. We have cultural diversity which is great (hope it stays that way) and everything you named above... well I could not agree more!! Thanks!26/04/2017 #29 Jim MurrayOddly enough I love my country because it is not the USA. I don't dislike the USA per se. I acknowledge that it is a great country, and I have spent a lot of time there having grown up in a town bordering Buffalo New York. I had many American friends. And when I got into advertising and photography I traveled extensively in the US and was always astonished to hear how little most of the people I met knew about Canada and the rest of the world. It's a great country but it is very insular. I don't judge America by what's going on right now, because that's just a silly phase they're going through. But I do judge them on the fact that their government does not treat all the citizens of the country the same way. America does a good job of being the world's policeman, but a very poor job of taking care of its own people, veterans, the disabled the poor. In Canada we have similar situations, but our government does work to address these inequities.26/04/2017 #28 AnonymousWhat do I love about my country? Freedom. Freedom that we can follow a dream or idea no matter how old or how young one is. Freedom to be friends with whoever we want.
I love that we can reach out and connect with people all over the world who are open minded and willing to reach out. I love learning about other cultures and people..and like Matt said: food ! Love to try different countries foods. LOL What is there to not love about anyone one's choice of where they live ?
I have not traveled much (did I hear "Bucket List"? ) but the places I have visited have been so awesome, I would want to go back some time.26/04/2017 #27 Jerry Fletcher#5 I love my good fortune for being born into a country that renews itself regularly and rewards the innovators that push it to be a little different down the line. The beBee community is full of minds that make it a second home. I wish that like so many members of beBee I had traveled more in my youth. Their observations and tales of the countries, cities and keepsake moments make armchair travel a constant delight. Muchas Gracias!26/04/2017 #26 Susan 🐝 Botello#10 I love this! I love Spain and The U.S. and my heart has two sides: One for Spain and the other for San Diego. If you visit San Diego we have Beaches and mountains, deserts and unique cities and towns all within 30 minutes of each other. We have the best foods, including food from all over the world. San Diego has awesome indie artists and amazing innovators in business. I love the ambiance in Spain and the tapas. Bees are everywhere creating virtual bridges between countries and minds! I am grateful to have a home in the U.S.A. and in Spain! Olé!26/04/2017 #25 Wayne Yoshida@Javier 🐝 beBee - thank you for this post and for the tag. I have traveled to several countries, and each time I go somewhere, I take some time to enjoy what the local people do and experience many of their everyday vs "foreign tourist things" to do.
But, the best part of travel, to me is - it is so great to come home.26/04/2017 #24 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorThank you, Javier, for tagging me and thank you for displaying a positive attitude about the US. Being an older person (whoops, did I admit to that!), my journey while living in the US has been a good one. Not everything is to my liking, however, I don't have expectations of living in a perfect world. I am grateful for where I have been and where I am now. I believe things happen for a reason and so be it. I am proud to be a US citizen.26/04/2017 #23 Jan 🐝 BarbosaSorry , I am a humbug... I fall in love with cities, monuments and sights... seldom to countries... Miami, New York, San Juan, Las Vegas = WOW !!! The Pyramids, The Parthenon, the Colorado Canyon, The temple of Sobek, the greek war museum touched me greatly and my beloved Disney !!! Will visit Spain to see tha castles and the Santiago Bernabeu :) ... But as Countries go... Sorry never felt myself a patriot... Because usually (for me) it seems one don't follow the goodness of common people.. but the greed of those few in power... And as a lover of history I know where that leads..
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Comments25/04/2017 #2 David B. GrinbergThank you, Lance, for this important and educational read. I believe many Americans -- especially young people -- need to learn more about world history and the customs of other countries/cultures. More Millennials and members of Gen Z should be mindful of the very short history of the USA compared to thousands or years of history in most other parts of the world. Thus, adopting and appreciating a multicultural mindset and worldview will help more Americans see their own nation in a broader global historical context, rather than a short-term monolithic one (which is narrow-minded and ethnocentric).
With that said, Lance, your posts about Australian traditions and customs are very much appreciated. Thanks again and buzz on, mate!
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Comments09/04/2017 #28 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI'm glad you mentioned that you have to leave. After reading this and seeing the photos Changi looks like a beautiful city instead of an airport. Pods to sleep in, I could dig that! Have you and @Dean Owen View moreI'm glad you mentioned that you have to leave. After reading this and seeing the photos Changi looks like a beautiful city instead of an airport. Pods to sleep in, I could dig that! Have you and @Dean Owen met each other yet @Paul Walters? I can see why Dean loves Singapore, they are sure growing by leaps and bounds and ahead of the game in many aspects. Thanks for sharing, love this! Close04/04/2017 #23 Gerald Hecht#22 @Yogesh Sukal yeah, Louisiana is like boot camp for the apocalypse --Fort Polk Louisiana was THE boot camp for...it was the gateway for all American GI's on their way to the "jewel of southeast asia"...identical climate/vegetation as the mekong delta
etc...03/04/2017 #21 Gerald Hecht#20 @Yogesh Sukal yeah, that's why I want to get the research thingie approved--so I could peaceable live as a volunteer helping professional...or work there...doing hospitality services ...peacefully...there really is no nefarious motive on my part...it may sound either ludicrous, or I've fallen completely under the spell of @Paul Walters description/depiction...it may just be that I was struck in the head by flying debris (we had another Louisiana "weather event" in the wee hours: http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/weather_traffic/article_8aa17c7e-17b5-11e7-9836-3bbfe5e19975.html
)...I just can think of nothing more restorative, than an extended stay at the Changi International Airport...it does sound crazy to read it aloud...but I think that is just an example of the limitations of language...I've never been ...so seriously, with that in mind...read his peice, and then imagine "my dream"...do you "see it"?
Not as crazy a notion as it seems...
...that's why I'd gladly pay my way as a hospitality/concierge!03/04/2017 #20 Yogesh Sukal#19 hahaha. I suggest you not to do that. I mean wasting time of your in the observation. just talk and seek truth rather than comprehending the myth. :D
in that case nobody have to bother & there is peace. you happy, they happy. and time is also happy as saved from killing it in this act. :D03/04/2017 #17 Netta VirtanenChangi airport is the best! =) Spacious, relaxing, beautiful design, it feels like you are in a tropical garden, great shopping, great food and friendly staff! It's easy to get from place to place, everything is clean and there is plenty for everybody. Great lounges for frequent flyers too! =)02/04/2017 #13 Susan 🐝 RooksWhat's weird is that I flew into Singapore in 1998 or 1997, but I don't remember anything special about the airport. Of course, maybe I flew to another airport in Singapore. Pity, that, @Paul Walters View moreWhat's weird is that I flew into Singapore in 1998 or 1997, but I don't remember anything special about the airport. Of course, maybe I flew to another airport in Singapore. Pity, that, @Paul Walters, because I sure would love to see it! Close
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Comments01/05/2017 #2 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsI'm reading a very interesting book right now; The Longest Trail, by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr., which is a collection of pieces written by his father; Josephy Sr.
The problem; it's a hard read! I can only read about 20 pages at a time before it starts depressing me.
Our country's history is shameful. this is what should be taught in school, not the jolly Pilgrim stories we were taught. It sickens me. The saddest part;
It hasn't changed at all; the election of Trump illustrates that.
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