Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy 2010

Greetings!

Watery Wednesday


New Year’s Reflections
Looking back on the months gone by,
As a new year starts and an old one ends,
We contemplate what brought us joy,
And we think of our loved ones and our friends.
Recalling all the happy times,
Remembering how they enriched our lives,
We reflect upon who really counts,
As the fresh and bright new year arrives.
And when I/we ponder those who do,
I/we immediately think of you.
Thanks for being one of the reasonsI'll/We'll have a Happy New Year!

By Joanna Fuchs
http://www.poemsource.com



Fireworks!

video


Happy New Year 2010!


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Greenery Buffet

Century Plaza Hotel Shenzhen, a famous 4-star international hotel, is the unique Stock-Listed Hotel in Shenzhen.

At Century Plaza Greenery Buffet, the decorations were awesome. Plenty of greens everywhere.

Look at the vase filled with green apples!
Simply amazing!


Green plants were seen growing
out of the rocks displayed in the middle of the restaurant.


Just simply admired those pink roses
displayed near the entrance of the restaurant.


I always enjoyed those breakfast supplied by hotels all over the world.


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Ferry



Christmas (WR1)


(WR2)
China Ferry Terminal

This terminal offers ferry services from the Kowloon side, is located on the Tshimshatsui waterfront alongside Harbour City.


departure time
Tickets to Macau can be bought in Hong Kong up to 28 days in advance.


(WR3)
departure gate

Passengers are advised to be at the terminal at least 30 minutes before departure in order to complete immigration formalities.


one way ticket


Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal
The terminal building is a two storey structure with arrivals on the lower level and departures on the upper level.


Macau

(WR4)


Kun Lam
Taking center stage along the outer harbor waterfront is this breath-taking statue of the Goddess of Mercy.

Kun Lam is the most popular goddess amongst Buddhists and plays a special role in protecting children, as well as bringing affluence.

Inaugurated by the Portuguese president Jorge Sampaio, the statue was designed by noted Portuguese artist Cristina Rocha Leiria.

The 48 polished bronze plates that make up the 20-meter tall statue were crafted in Nanjing, and bolted together on site.

The giant lotus flower pedestal is home to the Ecumenical Centre, providing information on China's major religions.



Scenic Sunday

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Jewellery City

Jewellery City dazzled me with its extensive collection of exquisitely crafted and fashionable jewellery.


Jewellery City Co. Ltd was set up in 1983 in Hong Kong.

They are popularly known as JC to their customers and every year, around 60,000 people pass through the doors of their stores in Hong Kong and Singapore. Their clientele is made up of 70 percent tourists and 30 percent locals.

lovely globe


rings and bangles (at the workshop)



My birthstone is Sapphire. What's your?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air."

~W. T. Ellis~



It is the personal thoughtfulness, the warm human awareness, the reaching out of the self to one's fellow man that makes giving worthy of the Christmas spirit."

~Isabel Currier~



Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given--when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes."

~Joan Winmill Brown~



Remember
This December,
That love weighs more than gold!

~Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon~


cinderella


snow white


sleeping beauty


the seven dwarfs


mickey



Open your presents at Christmas time but be thankful year round for the gifts you receive.

~Lorinda Ruth Lowen~




The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.

~Burton Hillis~




A Christmas Blessing
During this Christmas season,
May you be blessed
With the spirit of the season,
which is peace,
The gladness of the season,
which is hope,
And the heart of the season,
which is love

Somehow, not only for Christmas
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart's possessing
Returns to you glad.

~John Greenleaf Whittier~

Merry Christmas!



Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Royal Banquet Hall

The Royal Banquet Hall at Fantasyland serves international food including American Grill, Japanese, Chinese Dim Sum and Specialty Rice Dishes. One can enjoy delicious grilled chicken, steak, pizza, beef burger and sushi.

lovely interior


There are different types of kitchen.

the Grill kitchen that serves satays, steaks and sausage


a Sushi and Tempura kitchen.


the Steam kitchen serves dim sum


the Kettle kitchen offers curries and stews



We had only three dishes.
broiled beef steak


grilled chicken


turkey leg



They were simply delicious but pretty expensive.


Monday, December 21, 2009

Prayer Wheel of Tibetian Buddhism

We came to this unique place where we could see three prayer wheels. We were asked to turn the wheels clockwise one after another from right to left.


According to the Tibetan Buddhist belief, spinning such a wheel is just as effective as reciting them orally. In Tibetan prayer wheels, the mantra (prayer) Om Mani Padme Hum is printed in an ancient Indian script or in Tibetan script, usually on the outside as well as on the scroll inside.



A Buddhist prayer wheel is of a hollow metal cylinder, often beautifully embossed, mounted on a rod handle and containing a tightly wound scroll printed with a mantra.



  • Om purifies bliss and pride (realm of the gods)
  • Ma purifies jealousy and need for entertainment (realm of the jealous gods)
  • Ni purifies passion and desire (human realm)
  • Pad purifies ignorance and prejudice (animal realm)
  • Me purifies poverty and possessiveness (realm of the hungry ghosts)
  • Hum purifies aggression and hatred (hell realm)


human body physiological and pathological

Pathology is the study of diseases in humans.



Well, we were led to a big room and lectured on the health of mankind. The lecturer was promoting a kind of medication for certain kind of diseases. Too bad I hardly understood since I was not so well-versed in Mandarin.

He experimented with a burning rod and burnt his own palm. He just had to applied the bao fu ling (Compound Camphor Cream) on his palm. Later, we could see that there were no burn marks at all.

Actually, I had seen this experiment before when I was in Beijing 3 years ago. I had bought the cream and found it very effective.

Funny, somehow the people there could sense it and asked me whether I would like to get one from them. I politely said that I had used them before.
So this time I didn't buy it.

But the other two couples were caught and hurried into different rooms. My girl and I just headed to the washroom and quietly sneaked out of the shop.

We had waited for almost half an hour for the couples. A couple came out and the wife was nagging the husband for buying those miracle pills. Fortunately, the next couple could get away from their persistent acts.

Another persistent salesperson.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Silk

We visited the silk factory and we were given a brief account about the silk-making and also a demonstration of making the silk comforter.



Cocoons

The cocoon is made of a thread of raw silk from 300 to about 900 meters (1,000 to 3,000 feet) long.

The fibers are very fine and lustrous.




Silkworm

The silkworm is the larva or caterpillar of the domesticated silkmoth.

It is an important economic insect since it is the producer of silk.

A silkworm's preferred food is white mulberry leaves.

It is entirely dependent on humans for its reproduction and no longer occurs naturally in the wild.


In China, there is a legend that the discovery of the silkworm's silk was by an ancient empress called Xi Ling-Shi. She was drinking tea under a tree when a silk cocoon fell into her tea. She picked it out and started to wrap the silk thread around her finger, she slowly felt a warm sensation. When the silk ran out, she saw a small larva. In an instant, she realized that this caterpiller larva was the source of the silk.

Well, I showed interesting about the making of the comforter and immediately, the salesgirl urged me to get the comforter at a special price.

But, I was hesitant and finally, I didn't buy it.

Personally, I like to feel easy and decide to buy it on my own free will rather than to be pressured in the purchase of any items.


What about you? Are you easily influenced by any salesperson?


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, near Keystone, South Dakota, is a monumental granite sculpture by Gutzon Borglum (1867–1941), located within the United States Presidential Memorial that represents the first 150 years of the history of the United States of America with 18 m sculptures of the heads of former United States presidents.




(left to right):

George Washington (1732–1799),

Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826),

Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), and

Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)



Mount Rushmore National Memorial
at the Window of the World

The building is the United States Capitol



Niagara Fall

We just had a far view of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. How I wish I could get nearer and touch the granite sculpture.


Friday, December 18, 2009

Egypt

The Great Pyramid of Giza (also called the Pyramid of Khufu and the Pyramid of Cheops) is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis bordering what is now El Giza, Egypt, and is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that survives substantially intact.


far view of the pyramids at Window of the World


The Sphinx is the largest monolith statue in the world,
standing 73.5 m (240 ft) long, 6 m (20 ft) wide, and 20 m (66 ft) high.
It is the oldest known monumental sculpture.


The Great Sphinx of Giza is a statue of a reclining lion with a human head


the entrance into the pyramid


the interior of the pyramid


The interior is complex,
with a series of passages leading to several rooms.

The pyramid remained the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years, unsurpassed until the 160-meter-tall spire of Lincoln Cathedral was completed c. 1300.

Well, we didn't spent much time inside the pyramid. It was a little eeirie as we saw a mummy lying somewhere inside it.

But it was indeed a wonderful experience. Wonder how it would feel like inside a real pyramid in Egypt.


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