Saturday, December 25, 2010

Los Roques, Posadas

Dreamlike snow-white beaches, azure waters, Posadas of different categories, delicious food in fancy restaurants and sunshine that is what distinguishes the island paradise of Los Roques in the Atlantic Ocean near the venezuelan coast. 

Here is a chill-out as easily as possible as pure sport. This piece of dream is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Scuba divers will find beautiful spots with beautiful coral reefs. Besides very big fishes,there are crawfish and other tropical animals here at home. For the safety of the professional dive centers can take care on the island.

Sailors and kite surfers know the islands as an area with ideal wind conditions, and last but not least come the angler fully at your expense. Barracuda, bonefish & Co could be your catch sequence. Almost all of Posadas, which are mostly run by Italians, are located on Gran Roque, the main island of the park. 
The prices are not the smallest, but it is worthwhile to invest in this fantastic destination something. The paradise has its price. Boat trips are offered to the smaller islands. And there you have time for the dreamly islands and the unbelievable underwater world.

The Romanesque Churches and Cathedrals

Romanesque was the dominant architectural style in Europe in the 11th and 12th centuries. Named for its basis in the basilicas of ancient Rome, Romanesque architecture developed in northern Italy and had its most exquisite expression in France, but fine examples can be found throughout western Europe. 

"Romanesque" is Roman(e) in French, Romanish in German, Romaanse in Dutch, Románico in Spanish and Romanico in Italian.
Romanesque churches were the first buildings to incorporate monumental sculpture since ancient Rome and the first to use a stone vault instead of a wooden roof. Other characteristics of Romanesque include round arches, large towers, thick walls, small windows, and decorative details inside and out. 

When they were first built, Romanesque churches were alive with color and imagery, serving as a visual Bible to a mostly illiterate population. But not all Romanesque church art is religious: many carvings and paintings depict plants, animals, mythical beasts, pagan imagery, scenes of daily medieval life, and humorous figures.

The Pantheon in Rome, Italy.

The Pantheon is a magnificent ancient temple in Rome that was later converted into the church of Santa Maria ad Martyres. Dating from 125 AD, this is the most complete ancient building in Rome and one of the city's most spectacular sights. 

Until the 20th century, the Pantheon was the largest concrete structure in the world. Michelangelo studied its great dome before starting work on the dome of St Peter's Basilica.
The Pantheon was dedicated to pan theos, "all the gods." 

When it became a church, it was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and all the martyrs.
The Pantheon is the burial place of several important Italians (including the artist Raphael), and it remains an active church. It is a major tourist destination and a popular place for weddings.

The Chimney - An Archeological Mystery

Situated on a rise at Tanjung Kubong is the famous ‘Chimney’, a 106 feet high red brick stack believed to be linked to the coal mining days of Labuan. The Chimney, 106 feet tall, was made from more than 23,000 pieces of red bricks imported from ngland. The bricks layering and works are typical of British style.

The ‘Chimney’ was long thought to be nothing more than a ventilation shaft. However, recent findings revealed that there were no traces of smokes or burning to suggest its use as a chimney as popularly believed. Careful digging has revealed at least 12 layers of bricks beneath the surface. The structure sits firmly on a large tract of limestone rock containing rich kaolin or porcelain clay, which provided the strong foundation.

The ‘Chimney’ is still very much a mystery until today. Various hypothesis has been put forward to its purpose. Some said it was an unfinished mansion. While others said it was a light house beaconing passing ships. In its heyday, a thriving settlement was built at the sea front area below the Chimney. It was then used as a bell tower to announce the arrival of ships to the residents below. It has become an intriguing riddle that fascinates locals and visitors alike.

The Spanish Steps

The famous Spanish Steps lead from the Piazza di Spagna up to the Trinita Church. The staircase was constructed between 1723 and 1725 in the Roman Baroque style and is the longest and widest in Europe. The design is an elegant series of ramps with 138 steps in a fan or butterfly wing shape. In May, they are particularly beautiful when the ramps of the staircase are covered in spring flowers.
Architecture aside, what makes the Spanish Steps a favorite spot to hang out is the people watching. It's a place for tourists and locals to sit and enjoy the spectacle of Rome life.

The adjacent Piazza di Spagna is surrounded by wonderful tea rooms and cafes as well as being adjacent to some of the best shopping streets in Rome.

The GrapevineTexas Wine Bar

The Grapevine is a wine tasting room located in Gruene, Texas featuring New World wines and one of the largest selections of Texas wines available. We offer complimentary tastings daily and sell wine by the glass or bottle with discounts on wine by the case. In addition, we sell an assortment of cheeses, crackers and sausages that customers may enjoy with a glass of wine on our front porch or patio or in our outdoor garden.

On most Thursdays in the spring, summer and fall and at special times during Holiday in Gruene a Certified Wine Specialist or a Texas winery representative will be on site in Grapevine's Outdoor Garden to do a special complimentary tasting featuring 3 handpicked, quality Texas or New World wines where you can learn first hand details about the wineries, wine makers and the wines they craft. Enjoy live jazz tunes and visit with other wine enthusiasts in Grapevine’s casual relaxed atmosphere in the heart of Gruene Historic District. During the cooler times cozy around the outdoor fire pits or gather in the tasting room. Recommend your favorite hard to find wines and get rewarded if we add them to our wine menu. Specialty beers and tasty Grapevine appetizers are available or bring in food to-go from the Gristmill, Mozie's or Cantina Del Rio.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Present Simple

Present Simple means an action or things that is happening at the moment, which it is no present continuous.

For example; > sit, eat, listen, smile, and write.
        E.g.; > Ikram eat the big burger just now.

*Rule; We use the Present Simple for things which happen regularly or which are always true.

  •  with We, I, They, and You (base from verb, which is not change)
  •  with He, It, and She (add s, es)
  •  with  He, It, and She (some verbs ends in 'es'/'s')
  •  verbs ends with consonants ( + ) y, the ending is '-ies'.
  •  Positive(+) We, I, They, and You = run
  •  Negative(-) We, I, They, and You = do not/don't run
  •  Positive(+) He, It, and She = runs
  •  Negative(-) He, It, and She = does not/doesn't run


*Rule; We often use the '-ing' form after V's of liking and not liking.
   E.g.; > enjoys, hate and love.

Like (+) '-ing'

If the verb e, we drop the e before '-ing'.
E.g.;> dance = dancing
       > smile = smiling

If short V + C, we double the last letter before '-ing'.
E.g.;> swim = swimming
       > run = running

    Sunday, October 10, 2010

    The Jesselton Hotel

    The Premier Boutique Hotel.
    The Jesselton Hotel- a timeless piece of colonial beauty that is established in 1954.
    The Hotel is strategically located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu's business and commercial district and a mere 20 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

    The Hotel provides exquisite personalized service, in the style of a colonial house with welcoming public areas, a cozy lounge, an elegant Italian restaurant, 32 well-appointed guestrooms  and authentic London cab - in hopes of extending a genuine welcome to her guests.

    The Premier Boutique Hotel in Sabah
    69, Gaya Street, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
    Tel: (088)223333   Fax: (088)240401

    Twinsky Seafood Restaurant

    Twinsky Seafood Restaurant specialize in serving  fresh seafood is one of the longest in history since it started 25 years ago. The restaurant is famous by its pleasant environment and obviously of its massive quantity of various types of live seafood, such as lobsters, prawns, fishes, shell and even vegetables. 

    Lots of tourists from Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Japan, Europe etc who dined here gives high appraisal to their chef. By just looking at the dishes already stir up your eating desires and the tasted is just unique, no way else can cook alike.  

    When you come to Twinsky Seafood Restaurant, you must try their specialities like lobsters soup, big prawns, steam crabs etc.....

    So, come today to try their fresh live seafood and enjoy a joyful and unforgettable feast of fresh live seafood.

           > >SERVE NO PORK<<

    Kampung Nelayan - BBQ HOTPOT

    KAMPUNG NELAYAN - BBQ HOTPOT, located at Bukit Padang specializes in authentic BBQ and Hotpot dining. A variety of 80 fresh items are prepared for your selection. The self-serving dining style combines BBQ grilling and steamboat, creating a unique experience for guests to enjoy.

    The fully air-conditioned restaurant is equipped with state-of-the-art steam and smoke ventilating system to ensure an airy and comfortable environment for your dining pleasure. In addition, special BBQ pits are available.

    The restaurant opens from 6p.m. to 11p.m. daily including Public Holidays. It is your choice for an enjoyable evening.

    The Lankayan Island (Sandakan)

    Lankayan, a tiny jewel shaped island located on the northeastern coast of Sabah, is part of the Sugud Islands Marine Conservation Area (SIMCA) and is surrounded blue-green waters and corals reefs. It is also one of Sabah's top diving spots.

    The availability of jungle interior and interesting diving attracts both divers and non-divers alike to Lankayan. 40 dive sites including the Lankayan Wreck, all only minutes away from the island, offer magnificent displays of marine life ranging from giant groupers to tiny ribbon eels. 

    Enormous whale sharks are regularly sighted between March and May, and the island is also a nesting site for green and hawksbill turtles. You can watch as the baby turtles are released back into the sea.

    And to getting there, the transfer to Lankayan is by speedboat departing from the Sandakan Yacth Club and takes about an hour and a half. 

    De Lanna Authentic Thai Reflexology (Warisan Square)

    "Lanna" means millions of Thai rice field, it was the ancient name of an old kingdom at the northern part Thailand, which is now known as Chiangmai. They are proudly named it "De Lanna" because offer only the genuine experience masseurs from Chiangmai, Thailand.

    They have highly trained with professional certificate therapists who are capable provide natural therapy to nurture ours body, mind and soul. We may experience various massage skills from hands of Thai traditional massage to Foot reflexology, Aroma therapy oil massage to Herbal body treatments.

    It is highly recommend "The Ancient Thai Traditional Massage", it has been practiced over 2,500 years ago. It isn't just a normal muscle manipulation, it is an interactive manipulation of body using passive stretching and gentle or hard pressure along an invisible grid system of our body energy lines. It helps to re-energizes, regain and refresh body and soul. Come and indulge yourself with an extreme pleasant feeling of well-being and rejuvenation.

    Only at "De Lanna", body and mind care heavenly.

    The Mataking Island

    Mataking Island is an island not far from Sipadan. Located on the north of Mabul, it is about 40 minutes boat rides away from mainland Semporna. Diving in Mataking is a combination of Marco and pelagics which is suitable for photographers, new and advanced divers. There are many interesting dive sites at the island with wide marine species.

    The Sipadan Water Village Resort

    Luxurious Holiday and diving resort.....

    In Borneo, Malaysia Sipadan Water Village Resort is built on stilts over the water layout of Mabul Island creating a water utopia. Splendid water cottage accommodations providing an exciting holidays for sun and island seeker, honeymooners, dive enthusiast especially underwater photographer.

    Come and experience a life time adventure in Sipadan Water Village Resort.   

    The Sipadan Island

    Sipadan, the internationally famous island lies five degrees north of the equator in the Sulawesi Sea (Celebes Sea). Lying 35km south of Semporna, it thickly forested and surround by sandy beaches. Sipadan is an oceanic island and was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct undersea volcano, which rises 600m from the seabed.

    More than 3,000 species of fish and hundred of coral species have been classified in this richest of ecosystem. Sipadan is well known for its unusually large number of green and hawksbill turtles gathered there to mate and nest. Another unique feature to divers visiting Sipadan is the turtle tomb that contains many of skeletal remains of turtles.

    Saturday, October 9, 2010

    Ka'andaman Traditional Healing Garden

    The ideal setting within the scenic surroundings of the traditional homes to the ethnic groups in Sabah, Malaysia enhances Ka'andaman's charms as a traditional healing garden. Ka'andaman, which means "memory" or "remembrance", in the Kadazan language, aptly describes the place and the feeling of every guest will sense after a visit. Each experience will have you reminisce for more.

    Ka'andaman reawakens the mind and rekindles the soul, from its simplistic exterior to the Asian-inspired interior; from its friendly and helpful Spa Assistants to the trained and experience Spa Therapist; from its revitalizing aromatherapy to the signature spa treatment. Ka'andaman is a haven for the mind and spirit where one can soothe aches and pains away with a gentle massage, soak in a restful milk bath or re-energize with a ginger compress treatment that improves blood circulation.

    A visit to Ka'andaman relieves stress, ease tired muscle, revives the mind and strengthens the body. The unhurried experience of a luxurious afternoon here leaves one reminiscing the idyllic Borneo days.