- Producer29/03/2017The Accidental Gypsy - A Conversation with Mr. Rais KhanThis is a series of articles focusing on life and what would life be without learning about its adventures from the pros. I will speak to distinguished professionals who are now retired and have a wealth of knowledge to pass on to the coming...
- Producer27/03/2017CASA FLORA ENCASES THREE LUXURY CONCEPTS IN ONETwo worlds which, although different, come together to create the perfect blend of hospitality and design.The concept behind the project of Casa Flora, is to offer a totally new and different idea of hospitality, an environment designed to be...
- 26/03/2017LONG-DISTANCE TRAVEL TIPS
Traveling is wonderful, you can learn new cultures, see new places, meet new people, learn new language and just explore things. However, there is a different side of it. It can be pretty exhausting. I suppose I can name myself as
experienced traveller now, so I have some lifehacks/tips which can help you be more comfortable and relaxed when you need to travel a lot.
RU: Как же прекрасно путешествовать. Можно узнать новые культуры, увидеть новые места, встретить новых людей, даже немного выучить другой язык и просто открыть что-то новое для себя. Но не стоит забывать и об обратной стороне, а именно о том, что поездки могут быть утомительными. Думаю, я могу уже себя назвать опытным путешественником. И у меня есть несколько лайфхаков/советов, как сделать свою поездку более комфортной и расслабленной.Moved Temporarilylimbria.blogspot.com
- Producer22/03/2017Oh, Kolkata! One Of India's Most Vibrant Cities.“From where I sit, I can see the old lighthouse in the High Court Campus. It’s a rather “telling structure, ”pleasant to look at, as if it almost belongs to the country. The GPO on the other hand strikes rather a false note, as it is too European...
Comments23/03/2017 #21 Paul Walters#20 @Asesh Datta Thanks for your feedback. The article was for a magazine and they only gave me 1200 words so hard to cover everything . You are right there are so many things that I didn't cover ...the bookseller street and the famous tea houses along it for one. I shall return there is no doubt. Once again, thanks for stopping by !23/03/2017 #20 Asesh Datta@Paul Walters It is always nice to read about our own city from a traveller and, that too, from another country. Like political capital, commercial capital, Kolkata is being labelled as cultural capital of India. Apart from historical significance and imperial construction, there are other facets which British have left as legacy. Some of them you may list in your next trip are Fort William, Eden Garden, Belur Math, Botanical Garden, Gun and Shell Factory (even before British Period), Clive House and New Town. Then the attraction of food, art and culture apart from language (Bengali). Thanks and regards.22/03/2017 #18 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand AmbassadorThe British left India in 1947, but they left behind quite a bit of baggage — starchy clubs with antiquated jacket-and-tie dress codes completely unsuitable for Indian weather, a passion for cricket and English and Anglicized names.
Every city had streets and squares named after English viceroys and governor-generals: Clive, Hastings, Dalhousie. Soon the new government was busy renaming those roads and landmarks after Indian freedom fighters. Lala Lajpat Rai. Tilak, Gandhi. Nehru. A lot of Gandhis and Nehrus.22/03/2017 #17 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsI love the way you describe calcutta or kolkata as it's called now. I had visited calcutta in 2009 and also instantly fell in love with the city. You have almost everything there. I didn't visit alot of places as it was just a stop over for the evening but I loved the Hoowrah bridge a true master piece and the trip to the Ganges was spectacular during the sunset. @Paul Walters Enjoyed the revisit through your buzz 🤗🤗🤗🤗 And Oh the cycle rickshaws are a must try there. Pretty amazing 🤗22/03/2017 #8 Randy KehoI, too, admire mature architecture. But, how can Kolkata be the most vibrant city if there's no mention of the nightlife? Surely, you must of mistakenly stumbled upon a pub from days gone by somewhere along the line.
By the way, I've traded the tall blonde for two shorter versions. May the best one win. The decision may be made final Saturday night -- if they don't find out about one another beforehand. They're old friends.
You don't have to ride in a blind taxi in India to live dangerously.
Thanks for the shoutout. I truly enjoy reading about your adventures.22/03/2017 #7 Ken BoddieStill finding it difficult to imagine Basil Fawlty with an Indian accent, Paul. And the half naked gentleman standing next to the STD sign had me worried, until I figured out the abbreviations are associated with telecommunications rather than a warning about the dangers of overfamiliarity. India is a country I have avoided colliding with on my travels, but perhaps one day, some day .....22/03/2017 #6 Netta VirtanenThis is so beautifully written, it took me straight back to Calcutta! =) I agree with you about Calcutta being ¨one of the more vibrant cities in India.¨ Calcutta is much more traditional and modest in comparison to Delhi and Mumbai. Calcutta has so much to offer, it is amazing. Hopefully next time you get your luggage on arrival. =)22/03/2017 #3 Lisa 🐝 GallagherA busy City indeed @Paul Walters! Kolkata is full of history. I enjoyed reading about this city. Your jaunt in the Taxi.......... OMG LOL! I would have been crapping myself (excuse me for saying that) LOL. I love train stations, tracks and trains too. That was a really cool station and busy as heck by the appearance of all the taxi's there?!! You did get your belongings, right? My husband flew to the Canary Islands out of Scotland about 10 years ago and on his way back 2 of his bags went missing. They said they would have the bags at Heathrow by the time he left to go back to the States, that never happened. After many calls when he returned, I finally got a hold of a man at the airport in Scotland and I could barely understand him (his brogue), you'd think I would have been able to since my grandparents had a very strong brogue. Anyhow, he said let me check, came back all excited saying he found my husband's stuff and gave me a telephone number with email address so we could get his stuff sent here. Uh, somehow it was never to be found again. He even told me what was in the bags. Sorry to remiss about that incident but your story made me think of it. Ok, enough about that, you are a wanderlust and I love it!
- 20/03/2017♡♡ Aujourd'hui sur le blog, je reviens après une petite semaine de repos, avec un article qui vous explique pourquoi j'ai décidé de repartir tenter ma chance en Angleterre. Sur ce que je vais faire là-haut et surtout vous donner pleins de conseils utiles ! ♡♡Pourquoi j’ai encore une fois décidé de partir en UK.dealeusesdefleurs.com Ça y’est, je m’envole bientôt pour la deuxième fois en Angleterre, c’est la première fois que je vais revivre cette expérience en tenant un blog et j’en suis plus que...
- 17/03/2017"In Tokyo, one of the world’s most crowded cities, it is not uncommon for people to "reserve" seats in cafes by placing their new iPhone on the table while going to order at the counter." True. In my 9 years there I had not heard one instance of theft among my circle of friends (apart from the time I was blind drunk and could not get a taxi home from Roppongi, so I hopped on a bicycle and rode it home only to discover the next morning it was a white bicycle, which means one thing in Japan - it was a police bicycle!)This May Be the World's Most Honest Citywww.bloomberg.com Millions of dollars worth of cash reaches the Tokyo police’s lost and found department every...
Comments17/03/2017 #2 Dean Owen#1 No guarding with swords. Houses do not get burgled, people do not get mugged. You'll see when you go there, top restaurants and hotels will exchange old notes at a bank for fresh crisp new notes to give to clients as change. It's an image thing. Like taxi drivers wearing white gloves, and the taxi seats having fresh linen lace seat covers every day, and the taxis are spotless. It's a service culture and the service is impeccable. Be ready for a culture shock!17/03/2017 #1 Ken BoddieWhile the rest of the developed world is going cashless, beats me why the Japanese have this love for cash, a yearn for the yen, a propensity for paper, and a reticence to flash the plastic. In a land where cash is king, they must have big wallets and even larger pockets. The only other place I have encountered such a love for bundles of cash and an 'apparent' honesty was the Arabian Gulf States, in most of which you got your hand cut off (literally) if you were caught stealing. Do the Nippon cash custodians guard their stash with a Samurai sword, Dean-san?
- Producer14/03/2017We Rate the Most Delicious Coffee Regions Around the WorldDifferent coffee beans taste different, depending on where and how they're grown. The very best way to figure out which type of coffee you love best is taste testing. You can do this either by flavoring samples at coffee shops, or purchase small...
Comments14/03/2017 #4 Devesh 🐝 BhattWhile coffee beans from around the world are available in metropolitan areas i was fortunate to taste some Vietnamese Coffee straight from a Vietnamese coffee estate. It was amazing and nothig like what sells in the market.
Makes me want to travel around and tast them.
Nice buzz and thanks for the link.
- Producer09/03/2017The Ancient Naxi and the Dongba Script – The Last Surviving Pictographic Script in the WorldIn the shadow of the mighty Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, nestled in a sprawling city, lies the picturesque Old Town of Lijiang. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Old Town is generally considered to be the ancient capital of the Naxi Kingdom. ...
Comments10/03/2017 #9 Ken BoddieFascinating exposure, Dean-san, of but one of many unique communities, which becomes all the more so when we consider there are at least 56 'Chinese' ethnic minority groups also tucked away in this country's mozaic of cultures.
Magical mountains, musical maestros and 'commonsensical' hieroglyphics! Why would you want to leave this land of diversity when you can drive westward into Pandora's box every time you've had a 'Han-full' of Shanghai? 🤗
- Producer09/03/2017Back in Old BlightyI grew up in a rather plain house in the woods in Oxshott, Surrey.We were surrounded by trees, small lakes and forests made up of Scotch Pine, Douglas Fir, Silver Birch, Oak and Beech trees.My father with Merlin and RupertMum and Dad with Merlin and...
Comments10/03/2017 #19 Claire L 🐝 CardwellNope @Paul Walters - when I was about 3, I announced that I was South African and I was always going to move back there and start my own business. I felt totally at home here, right from the word go. I am eating mealie porridge that my friend Molly has just made me.... I love Maltabela, Bookum and mangos. There is a water fall that I paddle in just up the road from me. Life is good!09/03/2017 #6 Claire L 🐝 CardwellWhen I was at school, I used to get on the bus half price (under 15) from out side the school straight to one of Brighton's many pubs (drinking age 18). February/March were great. It was Norwegian Season in Brighton. I used to get loads of free drinks! Alternatively I would buy a bottle of cider and sit on the beach, writing bad poetry.09/03/2017 #1 Gerald Hecht@Claire L 🐝 Cardwell I suspect that you may think that I'm kidding...but I am not when I tell you that a great deal of the nature, and even some of the structures and objects are amazingly similar to some of the sights along the south jersey shore...along the boardwalk (pre Donald Trump Atlantic City and surrounding areas)...I used to lifeguard at this hotel called the Ritz Carllton built in the 1920's...it was like something out of the "Shining" in the Winter.
The basement became a speakeasy during prohibition and had a full size carousel... in the winter I would work there as a valet parking guy... the carousel would freak me out when I would go down there... all covered in cobwebs.
The current President of the USA took a wrecking ball to it in 1979 to build his casino: "The Taj Majhal"... broke my heart
- Producer05/03/2017South Africa is not for sissies....When I first moved to South Africa in June 1999 I was told that 'South Africa is not for sissies' not to bother to complain about something but to 'make a plan' and that 'the difference between a tourist and a racist is 3 weeks'.I was appalled by...
Comments09/03/2017 #79 Claire L 🐝 CardwellIt is great living here @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman! About a 15 minute drive from my house there is the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. There is a waterfall and black eagles that nest above it. Less than an hour to the Northwest there are two amazing game lodges - Askari Lodge and Glen Afric.08/03/2017 #77 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell@Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman - it was at one point over R20 to 1 Pound..... When I first came over here it was R10 / Pound and R7 to the US Dollar and R6 to the Euro..... It held fairly steady until about 3 years ago - then it started dropping like a stone. Every time Jacob Zuma or Julius Malema opened their mouths, it dropped again..... It is quite cheap to live here, petrol is about R13 / litre and a packet of smokes ranges from R25 - R40.... A packet of 4 Porterhouse Steaks would be about R60-R80 and the vegetables and fruit are really cheap and very tasty. Because we get second grade fruit and vegetables (top grade is normally exported) they are left for longer to ripen. Summers are long - from September to the end of March the temperatures are about 27-30 degrees Celsius during the day and about 18 at night. Winters are quite cold here in Joburg 21 during the day and 0 at night. It's the altitude that is responsible for the temperature swing - we are about 3000m above sea level.07/03/2017 #72 Claire L 🐝 CardwellI think the National Front in the UK has been re-branded as Britain First. The NF was very active in the 80s and recruited a lot of 'football hooligans' to do it's dirty work. A very good friend of mine at University - Izzy was walking along the street in London in the middle of the day. A man came up behind her and stabbed her in the back. The knife missed her heart by a couple of millimeters.... Izzy was very fortunate to survive. She ended up having to take a year off University to recover. Izzy was one of the loveliest people I had ever met. She had pale cafe au lait skin, dark curly hair, big sparkling brown eyes and the most incredible smile. She was kind, funny and kind of wacky. I reached out to her when she returned, but she was a shadow of her former self.06/03/2017 #70 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell#67 Helena - please do not apologise! It's fair enough, there has been far too much finger pointing by the English speaking whites at the Afrikaaners in the past. The fact is as you say the Apartheid regime was supported by the UK and the US, many companies evaded the sanctions and were not even fined or brought to task in any way what so ever. It was the English that invented the Concentration Camps and it was the English that started the Boer War.
One thing I really admire about Afrikaans people is that they always make sure that the basics are there. If you need help, it's there - food, water, assistance with your car I could go on. Even if they don't particularly like you, they will still assist you. They were the ones who taught me to stop complaining and start strategising - 'to make a plan'.06/03/2017 #68 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell#65 Also Helena - I've been living in South Africa for nearly 20 years and it's taken me this long to write about my adopted Country.... Yes there are still many things that need to be fixed and the corruption is a problem. But as you say, racism exists in every country - The National Front is a terrible fascist organisation in the UK that seems to be gaining ground again.... Corruption is too. I used to work for the Financial Times and the stories I heard from my journalist colleagues made my head spin. Politicians in the UK were just better at hiding it than the ANC Government is over here....
I am also proud of how far South Africa has come and the fact that the majority of the people are all working together to create a better future. The peaceful transition was also a blessing, and leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu worked very hard to make sure that it would happen. We now need to remember their wisdom and legacies and build on them.06/03/2017 #66 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell#58 Helena - thanks for your comments, please don't assume that I was only talking about Afrikaaners when I said that I had a problem with White people in general. In fact many of the most racist, passive aggressive people I met were actually English speaking whites. One of my Engineers - Callie Joubert is Afrikaans and was persecuted by the previous regime for a) working with the blacks in Soweto and b) paying his staff good and fair wages irrespective of their race. His children were not excluded, they were banned from Sunday School.....My good friends the Freeds (who are also Afrikaans) who own Plum Pudding and The View Hotels in Auckland Park also suffered under the Aparteid Government. The contribution of people like Beyers Naude and Braam Fischer to the struggle can also not go unnoticed.06/03/2017 #65 Helena Jansen van Vuuren#61 Beautifully illustrated......I am not good at writing just get a bit of verbal diarrhea on occasion - my mum is 94 and lives in Cape Town - she will also enjoy reading your essay. My father was born in 1912 and if he was still alive he would be very proud of South Africa and what it has achieved to date.
- 05/03/2017EN: Are you going to Cyprus? I share with you some of my tips, to-do list in Cyprus and some places, where I recommend to eat in Ayia Napa :)
RU: Собираетесь на Кипр? В своем посту я поделилась некоторыми своими советами и списком дел, которые стоит сделать на Кипре, а так же рассказала о местах, где можно вкусно поесть и которые я лично рекоммендую, уж больно они мне понравились:)Travel Stories: Cyprus - Limbrialimbria.blogspot.com Cyprus holidays, Cyprus travel, wanderlust, holidays to Cyprus, Ayia Napa, travel to-do...
- Producer03/03/2017Australia's Gold Coast Beaches UnveiledAs a Gold Coast girl, practically from birth, you’d think I’d be immune to its glitzy, coastal packaging. But, the truth is that I’m still overwhelmed by the sheer force of energy that radiates from the beaches, rainforests and trendy micro hubs...
Comments03/03/2017 #8 David B. GrinbergThanks for this buzzing read, Nicole. I echo Lance's sentiments. In fact, I'm packing my bags and sunscreen right now! I've heard and read that Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches worldwide -- not to mention having @Lance 🐝 Scoular View moreThanks for this buzzing read, Nicole. I echo Lance's sentiments. In fact, I'm packing my bags and sunscreen right now! I've heard and read that Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches worldwide -- not to mention having @Lance 🐝 Scoular in Sydney (now who could ask for anything more). I also love the photos, which remind me of Miami Beach (South Beach) here in the USA. Speaking of which, you should meet @Candice 🐝 Galek. She's the resident bikini geek of Miami Beach who is the founder and Millennial CEO of global brand Bikini Luxe https://www.bikiniluxe.com/ Also, I'm following you now and sharing this buzz in three hives. Welcome to beBee, we're pleased you are here! Close03/03/2017 #5 Lance 🐝 ScoularHi Ho Nicole
Welcome to beBee and good to have another Aussie here.
I am from down south, in the city with the coat hanger 🌉bridge and operatic ⛵sails.
Great piece, and to get you buzzing on Twitter I have pressed the magic button 🔴🐥🐝.
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☀🌐🐝🍯03/03/2017 #1 Paul Walters@Nicole Leigh West Yay! you made it onto beBEE . This site will be enhanced with your fabulous writing which as always entertains and keeps all enthralled . Nmsn is looking for a story on the Gold Coast right now so why not send this to them? @Javier 🐝 beBee Nicole is one of the better travel writers I have come across for a long time as some of her pieces on Huffington Post have been illuminating !!!
- Producer21/02/2017An Indonesian Catastrophe: A Man- Made Mud Bath.I am standing thirty five meters up, on top of a huge dyke, just a short, thirty minute drive from Indonesia’s second largest city Surabaya. This massive dyke stretches ten kilometers either side of me and I am looking out over one of the largest...
Comments10/03/2017 #36 Ken Boddie#34 Proper and adequately focussed intrusive investigation, Pam, would undoubtedly help in producing a working solution (or alternatives) to cap the flow, but this would require planning and payment and undoubtedly an admission of guilt from some party or other. Not having been involved in this project it is difficult for me to comment, except to suggest that there may already be subsurface information available, awaiting the appropriate authority to have it analysed by specialists.10/03/2017 #34 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsAnd they have no way of knowing or even testing for the conditions since the mud continues to flow and cover the surface, Right? It's a wait and see scenario?? Would pre-drilling surveys be able to answer the questions? If the surveys were actually done and done correctly? #3009/03/2017 #30 Ken Boddie#29 The short answer, Pam, is yes, no, or maybe. Your scenario is possible if the fluid has enough soil particles ejected to leave voids behind in the subsurface strata, and if these voids are large enough and shallow enough to initiate and propagate subsidence so that bridging cannot be sustained. Alternatively, if the fluid is ejected from pressurised pores in the strata, then extensive voids may not recreated and hence subsidence will not occur.08/03/2017 #29 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsI just keep thinking about this post. @Ken Boddie , you're the geologist. What happens when that much mud is displaced underground and isn't the weight putting pressure on the surface? Sounds like the makings of a huge sink hole as the pressure causes the surface to collapse into the voids created underground. Is that possible? If that happens wouldn't the ocean of mud suddenly be sucked back into the earth?08/03/2017 #28 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell#27 That would be great @Paul Walters! It's good timing as I will be in the UK in July/August so will still be here when you come over. @Gert 🐝 Scholtz has suggested that we get together with @Ian Weinberg for a South African Bees Braai. Hopefully we will be able to round up some more SA Bees to join us.08/03/2017 #27 Paul Walters#26 @Claire L 🐝 Cardwell Tis a sobering place !! In fact many places in Indonesia can be sobering when one sees the man made destruction! Kalimantan, northern Sumatra to name just two. However there are some jaw droppingly beautiful places here...c'mon over . By the way I will be in Jhb mid June so lets meet up...what say you?25/02/2017 #23 Ken BoddieI must admit to having quite forgotten about this Indo disaster, Paul. No surprises that in big buck multi-national industrial activity, 'would've' and 'could've' are often buried in a similarly smothering sea of beaurocratic 'mud', along with the processes of environmental reparation and rightful compensation. Those seeking further info may benefit from the following links:
The last link above has some interesting photos and a video.22/02/2017 #20 Robert CormackExcellent post, @Paul Walters. The Lapindo family is directly responsible and, despite a decline in their fortunes, they should be held accountable (which I'm sure they won't be). Too often, ecological disasters are written off as just that, despite cases where it's obviously man-made. Great reporting.
- 21/02/2017Finally decided to come out of my shell and step out of my comfort zone. I feel bad for having setup this blog about Palawan but not regularly updated. I feel even guilty that the Facebook Page for this blog has been getting likes over the past few months. I am not complaining. Needless to say, I am however not proud.The Silent Town of Port Barton, Palawan – Worth It! - Palawan Bloggerpalawanblogger.com Finally decided to come out of my shell and step out of my comfort zone. I feel bad for having setup this blog about Palawan but not regularly updated. I feel even guilty that the Facebook Page for this blog has been getting likes over the past few...
- Producer17/02/2017Is Your Travel Blog as Empty as Mine? After writing my entry on becoming a digital nomad, each day I wake up and sitting on my desk feels like betraying my lifelong dream. I checked my supposedly blog just for the island I am in www.palawanblogger.com and I feel pity that I haven’t...
Comments17/02/2017 #9 Lisa 🐝 GallagherBeing self employed or in your case @Pat 🐝 Bagano, freelancer can be so time consuming and full of stress because many people live, eat and breathe their work. Im happy you are taking a week for yourself! We are trying to find time between my husband's big projects to head out to Colorado. Your destination looks breathtaking!17/02/2017 #7 Mike RanaSince I'm still building the blog itself, I"ll direct you to the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM9fmFm5OBstgiK3wibAhug View moreSince I'm still building the blog itself, I"ll direct you to the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM9fmFm5OBstgiK3wibAhug
It also has a Facebook page by the same name.#2 Close17/02/2017 #6 Pat 🐝 Bagano#5 There are environmental fees. Yes, the government did secure areas as "environmentally protected" nonetheless, from a local's POV, there's so much pollution now compared then. Same, it is also nice that there are no roads that leads everywhere, otherwise, resorts will be built replacing mangroves. I know, I get into an argument with industrialists every time the environmentalist in me surface.17/02/2017 #5 Devesh 🐝 Bhatt#4 if the people really want it, imagination will find a solution.
Here this is my hometown, Nainital, just google now and 1995
I somehow like the fact that proper roads havent reached many places here...eg Deoria Tal.
The same stands for many states across India, if one can walk and not litter, amazing experience.
I see that your town has done a much much better job than the rest of us.
Perhaps tourism companies should also have a green rating wherein tourists can pay a premium if the rating is good.
It too will be exploited for personal gain but atleast people should know fresh air isnt for free, unless one plants a tree :)17/02/2017 #2 Pat 🐝 Bagano#1 Congratulations! And welcome to the world of blogging: A good minimalist theme would do. so that the design will not clash with your pictures and text! Let me know when it is set up! I would love to on of your fans!
Also, don't forget to post your content here on beBee. It will give you instant audience. Best of luck Mike!
- Producer12/02/2017El Mar de Wedell, la Antártida indómitaNuevo artículo en mi blog acerca de uno de los rincones más inexplorados y salvajes del...
- Producer07/02/2017Ascending Ever Closer To Heaven.It is just on 4.00 am and I have climbed to the highest point of Borobudur, a 9th-century monument in Magalang central Java Indonesia, the world's largest Buddhist temple. Along with a few other intrepid early- risers I have braved the morning...
Comments09/02/2017 #26 Ken BoddieI echo your sentiments, Paul, that Borobudur is an awe inspiring construction and, of course, there are so many other smaller temples in the area for those who want to explore further. I've visited Borobudur twice now and would go back again at the drop of a hat, as the surrounding area and villages are also interesting and some of the local accommodation idyllic. My fondest memory is getting up at 'sparrow's fart' and driving a few kilometres out of town before stumbling up a hillside (somewhere in the middle of nowhere) to join all the other foreign photographers who were waiting for the sun to rise over the temple and the surrounding area. Not only did I get some interesting photos of Borobudur and surrounds but I also couldn't help but snap a few off at the gaggle of photographers assembled atop this vantage point. The variety of equipment and people was astonishing.09/02/2017 #25 Asesh DattaPaul Walters, Great travel story vividly described of a fascinating archeological monuments long lost under volcanic ashes. Your description of 'perforated stupa' intrigued me. Would like to know the reason behind those perforation. 'Nirvana' literally means "blown out", as in an oil lamp. The term "nirvana" is most commonly associated with Buddhism, and represents its ultimate state of soteriological release and liberation from rebirths in saṃsāra. Great post and thanks
Comments07/02/2017 #3 Dean Owen#1 I like the "for a smarter view on the World", but that sounds like a CNN tagline. I saw something recently that I thought was brilliant, "The World has more than four corners" or something to that effect. Wish I'd thought of that. Anyway, I am not paid to promote beBee so I don't devote much time to these things, but I would love to see more travel writers here. I used to blog on Travelblog.org. Great bunch of bloggers there.07/02/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 ManjitVery good layout! I think we can also target those travel bloggers who are not struggling for views :
"Travel bloggers brighten your horizons. For smarter views of the world there is bebee.com"
An intelligent destination
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- Producer04/02/2017HanabiIt’s nice to see quite a few Japanese words make their way to the English language. For foodies, the trendy word these days is Umami, a fifth taste set “discovered” by the Japanese in the early 20th Century. The devastating 2004 Indian Ocean...
Comments09/02/2017 #26 Dean Owen#25 I had to google graveyard custodian. I thought it either meant graveyard shift, or perhaps Disneyland had an actual onsite graveyard for some reason. I have fond memories of taking girls to Tokyo Disneyland or Disneysea after work to see the fireworks. Would have loved to have worked there in my youth instead of the load of restaurant and supermarket gigs I did. Now all there is to do is to wait in anticipation for you to do a Live Buzz and recreate some of those pyrotechnical experiments!09/02/2017 #25 Wayne YoshidaThanks @Dean Owen. I am amazed by the 420 kg shell. Google mass translator says that is 925.942 pounds. Yikes.
I have two fond fireworks memories: (1) When a few of us in high school chemistry got to be "lab assistants" and had access to the stockroom. We did a lot of fun authorized and non-authorized pyrotechnical experiments. And (2) When I worked at Disneyland as a graveyard custodian, and we had access to plenty of "non guest" areas of the park - including the fireworks launch pad. Although the area was off-limits to us, one employee parking lot was a safe zone and so close we could see all the wires and stuff . . . and had an excellent and private view.
Although the giant shell in the video is impressive, D/L did a fireworks show every night in the summertime.07/02/2017 #24 Dean Owen#22 I very almost moved to Australia back in the 80's. Even packed my bags. But a change in circumstances caused an about face at the last minute. What you describe Ken-san sounds very enticing, but it also sounds very much like my hometown of London, which has, in my lifetime, become probably the most diverse city on Earth.07/02/2017 #23 Dean Owen#21 I love the story of "Uncle" Prakesh. I assume you are using the word "Uncle" as we do so often in S.E.Asia, not to describe a relative, but to describe an elderly man who we are very fond of. If there is one country that I would recommend everyone visit, it has to be Japan. It is so unique, colourful, creative, futuristic, yet firmly planted in tradition. And the people are just so polite and well mannered.06/02/2017 #22 Ken Boddie#15 I sometimes wonder if English is the main language here in Oz, Dean-san. In a taxi here in Brissie you're likely to hear Punjabi or have a coffee in West End and you're in old man Greek land. Italian is the tongue in Lygon St in Melbourne and you have a good chance of hearing Afrikaans or Chinese Indonesian in Perth. As for Sydney CBD, throw the dice and whatever comes up, it's unlikely to be English. And then there's the slowly dying Strine. No wonder so many Aussies can't spell and have poor English grammar. The teachers are all from somewhere else. 😂06/02/2017 #21 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsSuch a beautiful display of firework ! So fascinating and magical. I love the culture there and I guess I can survive if I ever come to live there considering my love for trying anything new these days :) Hanabi is a must watch life time experience.
Fireworks in India are absolutely spectacular but I have nothing of this magnitude anywhere. As a child I lived next door to an uncle named Prakash who used to put up a firework shop only during Diwali for sale . Since we never celebrated Diwali , he would call us to watch and light a few when he was lighting them up for his son and daughter.
Apart from the one's that light up in the sky, the flower-pots and chase-me-Charley's I dislike the noisy dangerous ones.
I've not had the chance to see Dubai's new year fireworks for the last 2 years as I go on Holidays during that time. But during EID and New year's the firework is said to be fascinating in UAE.
I will do a live buzz for the next upcoming fireworks display. There's a lot I'd like you guys to see here :)
Thanks @Dean Owen Chan I enjoyed this buzz and my bucket-list is getting heavier :) :)06/02/2017 #18 Dean Owen#12 Thanks for the wonderful comment @Devesh 🐝 Bhatt. As you may know, the Chinese govt has really clamped down on the prolific use of fireworks in light of the 2009 fire that destroyed the Beijing TV Cultural Center in addition to a drive to clean up pollution. But that really hasn't stopped it much. I can still hear fireworks as I type. (It is the last weekend of the Chinese NY). Fire fountains are popular in Japan at every festival. They are called Niagara. And I have seen a burning phoenix before, usually a metal frame bird adorned with sparklers, drawn across the sky on a pulley. These ones are kites in Korea -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he1w3T7c2oU05/02/2017 #14 CityVP 🐝 ManjitFor nearly three decades of my life it was all about Nov 5th.
Today I love the 21st Century retelling of the Guy Fawkes story in V for Vendetta https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSA7mAHolAw
As for fireworks where I live now, they have a climate change initiative where we shut our power for 1 hour and then later on the year the city engages a huge firework display, I find that constantly ironic considering what is said here : https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/nov/15/fireworks-bonfire-night-diwali-pollution05/02/2017 #13 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanI love learning about other cultures and thank you for sharing, Dean. What a spectacular display of fireworks you have shared and I 've always been curious about how some of them explode into what appears to be delicate layers of colors and lights. I watch fireworks on the Fourth of July and New Years Eve.05/02/2017 #12 Devesh 🐝 BhattYour wonderful buzz has really got me curious about fireworks .
Bits and pieces come to mind regarding India. Kautilya/Chanakya had mentioned Agnichurna (recipe unknown) for smoke and fire based clay balls.
One of Ashoka's pillar edicts has a Govt inscription banning the commercial sale of potassium nitrate and sulphur. Made me wonder if there were Chinese people who visited India before Fa-hien and probably shared this knowledge.
Recently there was a case in the Supreme Court of India stating , ban fireworks as they are a modern inclusion into Diwali, not part our Culture. A reference by the defence lawyer was made to Chinese firework exports to India in the 16th Century where Adil Shah had a display of fire fountains at the Yamuna River bank and a Purple Flame Bird, whatever that is.
We do get fire fountains today, but no Purple Flame Bird, I wonder what it is :)05/02/2017 #11 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsMy best firework memory was visiting a friend in Washington. We had a picnic lunch on the lawn of the Pentagon where her husband worked and watch the National firework show over the Potomac River. It was a rather emotional experience being in our nations capital. Now I can't even imagine wanting to be in Washington for anything but a protest march. Sad :-(04/02/2017 #10 Donna-Luisa EversleyIn Trinidad we have big fireworks displays for our Independence Day celebrations, and for New Years. I love Tiramisu😊 thanks for sharing these Japanese words and the ones that are not. The cultural experiences you share are amazing @Dean Owen View moreIn Trinidad we have big fireworks displays for our Independence Day celebrations, and for New Years. I love Tiramisu😊 thanks for sharing these Japanese words and the ones that are not. The cultural experiences you share are amazing @Dean Owen..thanks a lot 😀🌼🌹🌸 Close
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Comments01/02/2017 #20 Aleta Curry#19 I guess I can say now because the programme has been sold to the BBC. It was Alan Carter and Eric Knowles, and I think it was more because they'd gone to antiques centres and shops up the wazoo, and our setup is so different! Dogs, horse, antiques stored in a half-finshed house in what are going to be the sitting room, dining room and kitchen...!
Martin's been working on the house when he's free, it's been a few years but feels like 50 or 60!01/02/2017 #19 Lisa 🐝 GallagherQuite interesting @Aleta Curry. The photos are breathtaking! Oh snap, I can't stand the heat. I'm a wimp if it's hot but a wimp and a whiner if it's hot and humid! You home looks as though it's going to be beautiful, how long have you been building? How cool that a film crew visited to document (his antiques, I'm guessing?). More to come? Thanks for sharing, really enjoyed this.30/01/2017 #16 Aleta Curry#14 #13 Yes, he is a pretty amazing fellow. Sort of a cross between Bear Grylls and Grizzly Adams, though you two may be too young to know who that is. Interestingly enough, Martin was raised in civilisation, except that he lived most of his young life working hard through harsh winters on the family farm. He's Irish, too, born and bred, so how he bears the Aussie sun Heaven only knows. Someday maybe I'll tell you about the rest of his skill set, but for now enough already, I'm sure I sound pretty fawning!30/01/2017 #14 Dean OwenR E S P E C T! Beautifully written. I've lived all my life in big cities (apart from 6 months in Connecticut) and always dreamed of perhaps spending my twilight years in the country, perhaps in Umbria, Oxfordshire, the Province, or Karuizawa, largely bug (and kangaroo) free countryside. Being a city wimp, I'd have to enrol in a Bear Grylls course to deal with the hazards of The Bush. Fortunately for you it appears you are married to Bear Grylls!30/01/2017 #12 Aleta Curry#9 Ha, 'Le Shack' is what I call the little dwelling we're currently in, @Todd Jones. I couldn't find a decent picture of it when I was writing this. I call the house in the photos 'the Big House' and yes, Martin Curry has laid over 13,000 blocks himself, never mind scouting the position, surveying and digging the footings. Oh, and let's not forget the concreting. And in his spare time, he's become an authority on antique ceramics, started an auction house and an events management company. He's a rock star!29/01/2017 #9 Todd JonesWonderful Aleta! Love the imagery that you craft with this post.
"Le Shack"... funny! Did your husband build that house by himself? You mentioned that you have electricity, plumbing, and hot water. Once he finishes the roof, and puts in a door, the bugs and snakes will have to work a little harder to get in!
All joking aside, I would love to learn more about the challenges of living in the bush. Keep 'em coming!29/01/2017 #8 Rod LoaderHaving lived for most of my life out of town in Australia, @Aleta Curry, I understood every reference and was saying "Oh yeah" to each of them, including the black snake inside. There's nothing like rural Australia, I wouldn't trade it. Based on your comment that the summers are sharp and short, I assumed you must live in the southern part of Australia. Here in Queensland the hot weather lasts from mid October to mid March (hot = above 30C, or for my American friends above 85F).29/01/2017 #6 Aleta Curry#4 Fortunately, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, my neighbours live too far away to be disturbed by my shrieks. I assure you that the sound effects are plentiful around here. Thanks so much for your response.
Our antiques are unusual in that we source the rare and quirky from all over the world, sell with relatively low markets and tell the truth about condition. Customers think we're wonderful, competitors think we're suckers. I think people think more in terms of the uniqueness of our lifestyle, running antiques events in towns and cities from a little shack out in the middle of nowhere!
Yes, I think this would make a good series - I'll have to do that!29/01/2017 #4 Deb 🐝 HelfrichI wish we had sound-o-vision on the internet, @Aleta Curry. I just made so many noises while reading this buzz, my Seattle neighbors probably think I need to be exported to the bush.
I gasped, umm-ed, eeked, ahhhed, wow-ed, icked, screeched and shuddered.
This is an incredibly evocative piece of writing and I am thrilled to get to inhabit a little slice of your life - I felt like I got to watch a snippet of that footage.
Please make this a series. I want to know soooooo much more.
May I start with learning why your antiques are so unusual? My mind is boggled as to the immense possibilities.....
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Because of this holiday I decided to write about 5 really beautiful and charming places for Valentine's Day getaway. I don't wanna write about some typical places, like France or Italy(of course, they're really beautiful and I adore these countries, they're always a good idea to travel).
I just wanted to dig deeper and write about some alternatives around the world, which are also wonderful to spend your time with your partner.
RU: Первый месяц 2017 года близится к концу и скоро придет время романтики и любви в феврале. В преддверии праздника, я решила написать пост о 5 красивых и романтических места для романтического уик-енда. Не хочется писать о таких типичных местах, как Франция или Италия.
Именно поэтому, я решила найти 5 альтернативных, не менее романтичных и красивых места для проведения сказочного и романтичного уик-енда.5 Romantic Places for a Valentine's Day Getaway - Limbrialimbria.blogspot.com
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Comments27/01/2017 #4 Brook Massey#3 Dean - All 3 Asian Disney Parks are on our to-do list, with DisneySea being the tops. It is supposed to be the best Disney Park in the world. We currently travel mainly by cruise, because we love cruises, and my wife has medical problems that limit her. Disney Cruise Line is expanding in 2020 with a focus likely on China. If we haven't made it East by then, we will have a perfect opportunity.
The off season is definitely less crowded. It is just a better experience all around in my opinion.27/01/2017 #3 Dean OwenI do the off-season always - not only cheaper, but way less crowded. I hope one day you'll be able to make it to the 3 Disneyland complexes in my neighbourhood! Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. Hong Kong is great as the queues are really short despite it being a small park. Tokyo is great as you not only have Disneyland, but also Disneysea, which is more geared toward adults (they even serve beer in the stands), and Shanghai, well it is HUGE! Then pop down to Singapore for Universal Studios!
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