Thursday, October 27, 2011

Komodo - Indonesia

KOMODOIndonesia’s Komodo National Park includes the three larger islands Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller ones, for a total area of 1,817 square kilometers (603 square kilometers of it land).




The national park was founded in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon. Later, it was also dedicated to protecting other species, including marine animals. The islands of the national park are of volcanic origin.



















In Paris, Berlin, Brussels and Hamburg masses of people voted for Komodo on laptops—and discovered more about the endangered Komodo dragon and its lush Indonesian habitat.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sundarbans

Finalist of the New 7 Wonders of Nature




The Sundarbans delta, at the mouth of the Ganges river, is the largest mangrove forest in the world, spreading across parts of Bangladesh and West Bengal, India. 
















The Sundarbans features a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests. 















The area is known for its wide range of fauna, with the Royal Bengal tiger being the most famous, but also including many birds, spotted deer, crocodiles and snakes.




Friday, October 21, 2011

Jeju Island

Jeju Island




Jejudo is a volcanic island, 130 km from the southern coast of Korea. The largest island and smallest province in Korea, the island has a surface area of 1,846 sqkm. A central feature of Jeju is Hallasan, the tallest mountain in South Korea and a dormant volcano, which rises 1,950 m above sea level. 360 satellite volcanoes are around the main volcano.














According to media reports, popular K-pop trio JYJ plan to file a complaint against Korean TV station KBS for cancelling the group’s scheduled TV appearance on Wednesday night in a concert to promote Jeju Island, which hopes to be one of the New7Wonders of Nature. In May, JYJ became honorary ambassadors for Jeju.
Responding to the KBS cancellation, band member Kim Jaejoong tweeted: “If there’s an obstacle in the way blocking the promotion of our country’s natural landscape then I’ll just promote it myself.” He then added: “@gentlechan If 100,000 people tweet a picture of Jeju Island, won’t at least 20 million people learn of it?” Kim Jaejoong also changed his Twitter profile picture to a picture of Jeju Island.
The KBS cancellation is seen in some quarters as collateral damage in a broader battle between JYJ and SM Entertainment, an independent Korean record label, talent agency, producer and publisher of pop music. A Soompi.com profile of SM Entertainment founder, Lee Soo Man, created the picture of an ambitious, visionary K-pop figure, who is not afraid to drive a hard bargain.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon
Vote for your 7 favorite Wonders of Nature





The Grand Canyon, created by the Colorado River over a period of 6 million years, is 446 km long, ranges in width from 6 to 29 km and attains a depth of more than 1.6 km. During prehistory, the area was inhabited by Native Americans who built settlements within the canyon and its many caves.





          The Grand Canyon is 277 miles/446 km long, up to 18 miles/29 km wide 
   and attains a depth of over 6,000 feet/1,800 metres.
How exactly was the Grand Canyon formed? The question has been hotly debated by canyon geologists in Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico for more than a century.
Now, according to the LiveScience website, new research suggests that the gigantic canyon’s origins might be more recent than originally thought. And the Grand Canyon might have been caused by volcanic activity instead of water erosion. The discovery of an unusual structure beneath the Colorado Plateau implies that at one point it rose up, was filled with magma, and then eroded into the deep valleys that produced the world-famous canyon.
Up until now, scientists have generally believed that the canyon was formed by theColorado River, which was thought to have slowly cut through layers of rock over millennia. The new data indicates a more recent formation — in the last six to seven million years.
“Anyone who goes to the Grand Canyon and looks down should think, ‘What is it that made it this way?’ The most immediate answer is water, that a river cut this canyon, but what is it that made the rock it lies in, the earth, move up?” Alan Levander, a structural seismologist at Rice University, told LiveScience.
In the lithosphere — the Earth’s crust and upper mantle beneath the oceans and the continents — under the Grand Canyon and much of the western half of the Colorado Plateau, scientists found an anomalously cold region more than 120 miles (200 km) deep sinking into the Earth. The theory now is that this might  have been responsible for the remarkable geological history of what became the Grand Canyon.
Please Vote for your 7 Wonders of Nature at www.new7wonders.com

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Amazon River

Amazon
Amazon

Amazon


The Amazon Rainforest, also known as Amazonia, the Amazon jungle or the Amazon Basin, encompasses seven million square kilometers (1.7 billion acres), though the forest itself occupies some 5.5 million square kilometers (1.4 billion acres), located within nine nations. The Amazon represents over half of the planet's remaining rainforests and comprises the largest and most species-rich tract of tropical rainforest in the world. The Amazon River is the largest river in the world by volume, with a total flow greater than the top ten rivers worldwide combined. It accounts for approximately one-fifth of the total world river flow and has the biggest drainage basin on the planet. Not a single bridge crosses the Amazon.
















Monday, October 17, 2011

Dead Sea

DEAD SEA

Dead Sea

Dead Sea in the morning



They survived for 69 days; their rescue was described as a miracle. After a gruelling underground ordeal in the San José copper-gold mine near Copiapó in the Atacama Desert, these 33 Chilean miners have become international celebrities. Some of them have been guests of honour at Manchester United and Real Madrid football games, while others have visited Disneyworld and Hollywood.

Recently, 25 of them made an eight-day trip to Israel as part of what they called "a pilgrimage of thanksgiving". During their visit, the miners — many of whom were accompanied by their wives and children — visited key Catholic sites in the Holy Land, including the Via Dolorosa and Bethlehem's Church Of The Nativity in the occupied West Bank. They also made trips to Jerusalem's Western Wall and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.
After their spiritual, cultural and historical experiences, the miners took time out to relax at the Dead Sea, where they floated in the water and took advantage of the mineral-rich mud around the area, which is the lowest place on Earth and an Official Finalist in the New7Wonders of Nature campaign.











Sunday, October 16, 2011

Puerto Princesa Underground River

THE NEW SEVEN WONDERS OF NATURE FINALIST


These two campaigns are on same foundation, New7Wonders Foundation, led by Canadian-Swiss Bernard Weber. The "New 7 Wonders of Nature" began last 2007 following the declaration of the winners of the "New 7 Wonders of the World". The Official Declaration of the New7Wonders of Nature will be in November 11, 2011 (11/11/2011). The tentative venue of declaration is Indonesia.

The Official New7Wonders of Nature campaign started in 2007 where it listed over 440 participants representing over 220 countries and through a national qualification and race to become one of the top 77 and went to top 28 finalists, where Puerto Princesa underground River in the 
Philippines is one of them.

News from different media including television, radio and the internet told us that President Benigno S. Aquino III urged all Filipinos here and abroad to vote and support the country’s pride, the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR), as one of the finalists in the global search for the New 7 Wondersof Nature.

He also signed the proclamation order urging all national government agencies, local government units, students and even overseas Filipino workers to join hands in the aggressive voting campaign thru internet and SMS (short messaging system).







  • Amazon Rainforest (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela)
  • Angel Falls (Venezuela)
  • Bay of Fundy (Canada)
  • Black Forest (Germany)
  • Bu Tinah Shoals (United Arab Emirates)
  • Cliffs of Moher (Ireland)
  • Dead Sea (Palestine, Israel, Jordan)
  • El Yunque (United States)
  • Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)
  • Grand Canyon (United States)
  • Great Barrier Reef (Australia)
  • Halong Bay (Vietnam)
  • Iguazu Falls (Argentina, Brazil)
  • Jeita Grotto (Lebanon)
  • Jeju Island (South Korea)
  • Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
  • Komodo National Park (Indonesia)
  • Maldives (Maldives)
  • Masurian Lake District (Poland)
  • Matterhorn/Cervino (Italy, Switzerland)
  • Milford Sound (New Zealand)
  • Mud Volcanoes (Azerbaijan
  • Sundarbans (Bangladesh, India)
  • Table Mountain (South Africa)
  • Uluru (Australia)
  • Vesuvius (Italy)
  • Yushan (Chinese Taipei)

  • Amazon Rainforest (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela)
  • Angel Falls (Venezuela)
  • Bay of Fundy (Canada)
  • Black Forest (Germany)
  • Bu Tinah Shoals (United Arab Emirates)
  • Cliffs of Moher (Ireland)
  • Dead Sea (Palestine, Israel, Jordan)
  • El Yunque (United States)
  • Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)
  • Grand Canyon (United States)
  • Great Barrier Reef (Australia)
  • Halong Bay (Vietnam)
  • Iguazu Falls (Argentina, Brazil)
  • Jeita Grotto (Lebanon)
  • Jeju Island (South Korea)
  • Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
  • Komodo National Park (Indonesia)
  • Maldives (Maldives)
  • Masurian Lake District (Poland)
  • Matterhorn/Cervino (Italy, Switzerland)
  • Milford Sound (New Zealand)
  • Mud Volcanoes (Azerbaijan)
  • Sundarbans (Bangladesh, India)
  • Table Mountain (South Africa)
  • Uluru (Australia)
  • Vesuvius (Italy)
  • Yushan (Chinese Taipei)


  • Thursday, October 13, 2011

    Lady Gaga

     Famous as :Singer, songwriter

    Birth Name :Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

    Birth Date :March 28, 1986

                     Birth Place :New York, New York, USA

                     Claim to fame :Single "Just Dance" (2008)




    Lady GaGa, who was born as Joanne Stefani Germanotta on March 20, 1986 in Yonkers, New York, showed a strong passion in music since she was a little. She used to sing along using her mini plastic tape recorder to Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper's hits. There was also a point in her childhood where she turned to sounds performed by The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. By age four, she had taught herself to play piano by ear. When she was a teenager, she penned her first song and played in front of public for the first time during an open mic nights at New York's Bitter End. At the age of seventeen, she was one of twenty people in the world to gain early admission to the Clive Davis program at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, proving herself as a smart one.

    Lady Gaga has been nominated for 2 MTV O Music Awards in the Fan Army FTW & Must Follow Artist on Twitter category!
    The O Music Awards honor the artists, innovators, fans & web celebrities that are driving change and impacting the way we discover, share, and enjoy music.
    Following the success of the inaugural O Music Awards from April, MTV Music Group today announced that O Music Awards 2, the multiplatform event celebrating and honoring the artists, innovators and fans of digital music culture will return for this year’s second awards festivities live on October 31, 2011.

    SLEEPING FACTS


    16 Things You Didn't Know About Sleep

    1. What goes on when you sleep:    • Your brain recharges    • Your cells repair themselves    • Your body releases important hormones

    2. You need different amounts of sleep depending on your age:    • Babies -> 16 hours    • 3 – 12 years -> 10 hours    • 13 – 18 years -> 10 hours    • 19 – 55 years -> 8 hours    • Over 65 years -> 6 hours

    3. Men have dreams about other men 70% of the time.    But women dream about women and men equally.

    4. We can only dream about faces we have already seen    whether we actively remember them or not.

    5. Parasomnia is a type of sleep disorder that makes you do     unnatural movements, despite being asleep. Crimes committed on    parasomnia include:   • Sleep driving   • Writing bad checks   • Murder   • Child molesting   • Rape

    6. 12% of people dream only in black and white.    This number used to be higher but since the advent of color television,    more people dream in color than before.

    7. Dreaming is normal. People who do not dream     generally have personality disorders.

    8. Sleep positions may determine your personality.
        The most common positions are:    a) Fetal (41%) – People are gruff initially but have warm and open hearts    b) Log (15%) – Social butterflies    c) The Yearner (13%) – Perceived as open, but truly suspicious    d) Soldier (8%) – Reserved    e) Freefall (7%) – Fun and fantastic at parties    f) Starfish (5%) – Excellent listeners

    9. 1 in 4 married couples sleep in separate beds.

    10. British soldiers were the first to develop a method of staying up      36 hours without sleep. When fatigued, they put on special visors      that emulated the brightness of a sunrise and it woke them up. 

    11. Longest sleeping mammals:     • Koalas – 22 hours a day     • Brown Bat – 19.9 hours a day     • Pangolins – 18 hours a day    Shortest sleeping mammals:    • Giraffes – 1.9 hours a day (in 5 to 10-minute sessions)    • Roe Deer – 3.09 hours a day    • Asiatic Elephant – 3.0 hours a day

    12. When dolphins sleep,only half their brain shutdown      The other half stays awake to help with breathing cycles.

    13. You’ll die from sleep deprivation before food depravation.       It takes 2 weeks to starve, but 10 days without sleep can kill you.

    14. Blind people can still see images in dreams.      Those born blind experience dreams involving      emotion, sound, smell, and touch instead of sight.

    15. Within 5 minutes of waking up, 50% of your dream is forgotten.      Within 10 minutes, 90% is gone.

    16. 1 out 50 teenagers still wet their beds.  

    Charice

    CHARICE

    What do people say about Charice Pempengco?  
    David Foster said "A star is born" 
    Oprah Winfrey said "the most talented girl in the world"
    Ellen DeGeneres said "you are gonna be blown away" 


    She has done duet with great singers of our time!


    She is the first Asian to land top 10 Billboard in the USA
    Her duet with Iyaz was fantastic hit Pyramid
    She collaborated with Phil-Am award winning singer Bruno Mars


    During her visit at Star King in Korea, although quite small in size,  she brought the house down with her vocal adrenalin.  


    Her first appearance in the USA was a standing ovation in the Ellen DeGeneres show


    Oprah then heard about Charice. They ambush Charice and her mom while flying back to the Philippines. Then it was a dream come true for Charice.


    Thanks to Star King, Ellen, Oprah, David and you for making Charice a star !

    Below is a link for a star.

    http://youtu.be/Y8fR2jroUxE