please pardon the delay, but here it goes. 🙂
please pardon the delay, but here it goes. 🙂
Imagine being in the middle of a vast desert in northern Africa, hills of sand and rock that stretches millions of miles to the south – as far as the eye can see. No sign of fauna, no greeneries, no water, and the only shadows that you see are your own. As you traverse this monotonous landscape southwards you notice something different, a big brown rock in the distance, Mount Chebika.
The Chebika Mountain range looks as barren and desolate as the surrounding great desert, but it contains something truly benevolent – an oasis, a rare fertile desert ground where water flows through the rocks or seep through the ground, and plants grow to root themselves deep. Old abandoned buildings scatter around the oasis, relics of a simpler time past, it is said that a disastrous flood took place back in 1969 and forced its inhabitants to leave for tunis to the north, or settle themselves at a higher plateau where the waters won’t reach. Today, around 100 people live in settlements around the Chebika Oasis, they are a more modern equivalent of the once crowded stone village.
The Chebika Oasis was also the set of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’s Tatooine (The planet with the Jawas, where Luke Skywalker and his Father were raised : P) The story goes that the oasis was named after one of the characters, Chewbacca.
The Chebika Oasis is certainly a good place to stumble upon when you find yourself lost in the Saharan desert… lots of water around (:
Geographically, Laos is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia. However, it does not diminish the possibilities for tourists getting unforgettable experiences in water. The vertical flowing water which located in Luang Prabang could give y
ou experience you will never forget. Your eyes will be spoiled by the amazingly beautiful view around Tat Kuang Si waterfall that will make you feel like in Paradise.
Luang Prabang city is now considered as Laos’ foremost tourist showpiece. The tropicalatmosphere intensely becomes an identity of this city. The hidden waterfall, Tat Kuang Si, is located only 45-50 minutes away from the city by Tuk-tuk. By only spending 20,000 kip, we can enjoy the great waterfall. Tat Kuang Si is a multi-tier waterfall with several cascades and turquoise water underneath. All of the natural pools are open for swimming, except this one pool that believed as a sacred place. The water is so cold as trees surround the area; yet swimming in Tat Kuang Si is very soothing especially in sunny days. Small wooden huts and picnic benches are also available in the area, which makes it perfect for family outings. It is possible for us to climb to the top of the waterfall by using the trails; the journey will be hard as the trails are steep and slippery, but the view of Tat Kuang Si from the top is gorgeously worth it.
You could also visit the enclosures housing of Asian Black Bears that are rescued by poachers. The signed trails also will lead you to better scenery and you will get to see on of Laos’ most endangered species, the Black Bears, lounging around. The Tat Kuang Si Bear rescue established in 2008, it is a sanctuary from illegal pet and Chinese medicines trades.
It is no surprise that people, primarily wanderlusts, are always on the quest for discovering the Earth’s hidden wonders, be it a real-life Atlantis, an underwater cave, secluded white sandy beaches surrounded by pristine waters, or even idyllic islands themselves. Nature is probably the closest heavenly paradise humans can come into contact and with that, nature has never ceased to make humans awestruck and enthralled by everything about it. One natural paradise that has brought me to my knees is the Unkai Terrace, perched on a mountaintop above the clouds in the Island of Hokkaido in Japan. You have probably guessed it, when the appropriate time comes, sea of white, immaculate, various forms of clouds inundate the sky, and viewers receive a picturesque panorama, postcard-worthy of cloudy goodness from the terrace. Now this is the epitome of a hidden paradise – and maybe the closest glimpse of what we get of heaven on earth.
What makes this tourist place very unique is that it requires patience from guests in order to get the perfect view offered by Mother Nature. The formations of clouds depend greatly on the time of day, and even the season. Sometimes guests are highly suggested to rise early to catch the view of the fogs and the cloud blankets by riding a gondola to the mountaintop terrace. Because seeing a natural phenomenon does not come in a blink of an eye – one is required to take extra time and effort to see and experience an unkai (read: Sea of Clouds).
With places and cloud formations like these, people will learn to take their time and appreciate what nature has to offer. Paradise can surely be a wonderful experience but what makes this one worthwhile is that we earn it, depending on nature – depending on whether or not nature themselves permits us to see them. This hidden paradise does not come twice; it only comes once because the possibilities of cloud formations are endless. Clouds are one of the many wonderful things God has created for us so we might as well revel in this heavenly-paradise-on-earth while we can.
Beach is always a great alternative to relax on your sweet escape. Forget your busy week and loads of assignment for a moment and use your weekend as wise as possible. Lucky for you who live in Indonesia because you are surrounded by beautiful beaches and islands; one of the most popular destinations is of course, Bali.
I’m not going to talk about Bali’s night lives, Kuta Beach, expensive restaurants or everything you have heard before, instead I’m going to bring you to an untouched Utopia in this Island of God. Located in Karang Asem or 3 hours away from Bali’s capital city, “Virgin Beach” is truly a heaven on earth. The fact that not so many people have recognised this place is one thing, but the charming view you will get from this beach is what makes Virgin Beach a great spot for relaxation.
Although it takes sometimes to get here, good vibes you’ll get from this place are priceless. To swim through the waves and spoil your eyes with enchanting sight, you will need to spend all day here. Other unique aspect from Virgin Beach is a whale-shaped island within reach and if you are interested, you can sail to this small isle by renting a boat.
One or two things that might be your considerations such as “How can I find a place to eat in this area” or “Is there any restroom?” and the only answer to them is you don’t have to worry because you will find them easily. In addition, for you who love Bali’s signature goods, you can also get them here.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, book a flight to Bali and you will certainly get a kick out of this sheer BLISS.
So, here is the thing: any kind of horror story can easily scared me. However, those kind of stories always caught my attention. Part of me doesn’t want to know about it, but the other part is craving for more and more horror stories. Urban Legend is one of the most frightening stories for me, because you don’t really know whether the story is true or not. The fact that most people do believe in urban legends somehow made me believe that those legends do (or at least did) exist.
There are countless urban legends I’ve ever read and heard. Both local and international stories. Some stories are so scary it stuck in my head no matter how hard I try to forgot or ignore. One of the creepiest stories I’ve been read about urban legend is about the blind maiden, an urban legend from Spain. While this story is not very popular outside Spain, with this technology called internet and my curiosity about urban legend combined, I managed to find this story when I was trying to sleep in the middle of the night alone.
It is said that students in schools all over Spain are talking in whispers and rumors about a strange website called “The Blind Maiden”. They say that the website is offline for most of the time and inaccessible. However, according to the legend, there are three rules that you have to obey in order to be able to access the website.
1. You must be all alone
2. You must turn off all the lights in your house
3. You must go to the website at exactly midnight on a moonless night
Once you are in, your eyes will immediately be assailed by a never-ending screaming faces with no eyes. After those scenes, the website will present you with a line that says:
“This website will take you to a whole new level of horror. A horror that will use all of your five senses. You must be very careful not to click anything by accident. You will be faced with a real experience of absolute horror. Click the accept button to be actively engaged in the experience.”
People says that when the website offers you a choice to click either “Accept” or “Decline” button, then don’t bother clicking accept. Just stay save by clicking decline and get out of the website. The legend says that if you click accept, then you will be see a live video of a sinister silhouette walking towards your place, trying to find you and kill you by ripping up your eyes while recording its action towards you in order for you to be in the website’s collection.
Despite the story is true or not, I don’t have any courage to try to open the website and prove it myself whether it is true, or simply a website that have a collection of frightening pictures only. I will just past the challenge on to you guys. Do you dare to check? Are you willing to take the risk? If yes, well then just click here. The choice is yours to take… (Nadia / Various Sources)
This week’s blog topic is about Urban Legends. I personally cannot remember any urban legend at the top of my head, so I had to do a mini research on it first before I started my writing. When I surfed on the internet about Urban Legends, most of the stories that came up are horrifying. It is as if horror stories are the epitome of ‘urban legends’ –which is not actually the case. However, I do think that to some extent, scary tales are more captivating to hear than the funny ones, thus making them spread faster.
If you search on the internet about what Urban Legends actually mean, most sites would say that they are popular stories which are assumed to be true. They are usually passed from one person to another orally, or using written communication such as chain letters. The stories vary greatly as they can either be terrifying, outlandish, and even humorous! Sometimes they are told purely just for entertainment but some has a moral to it.
After going through a couple of narratives, there is one record that stands out the most to me:
“A woman, walking to her car in a parking lot, noticed a man following her. She quickly jumped into the car and raced away. But the man got into his car and followed her. She drove through the downtown, past businesses, bars, and houses. He persisted in following her. Finally she drove to the home of her brother-in-law, a policeman. Honking her horn, she quickly explained to her brother-in-law that a man was stalking her. “And there he is!” she yelled as the man drove up. The policeman quickly approached the man. “Take it easy” said the chaser. “All I wanted to do was to tell her about the guy in the back seat.” And indeed there was a man huddled in the back seat of the woman’s car, a knife in hand and ready to attack..” (Source: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/around-the-watercooler/201110/urban-legends-strange-funny-horrible-moral)
It is said that the moral of this story is simply: “always check the backseat!” but, for me there is a deeper significance to it than just checking your backseat. To me, this story is saying that there is more than meets the eye. The women is clearly behaving that way based on her initial judgement of the situation. She did not even bother to check twice on her surrounding which causes her to assume and act hastily. Hence, I believe that the moral of the story is to always analyze every situation thoroughly before taking any decisions as there could be more than just the surface.
Back then in the first grade of high school, me with three other friends of mine travel to Bandung at a holiday trip. So here we are three young boys traveling from Surabaya to Bandung via bus. When we arrived at there, it’s already past afternoon, so we decide to go to our hotel and set up first. After that we do a little trip near our hotel just by walk. Luckily our hotel is at the center of the city, which mean near to every popular place. Its night already and we’ve been to some cool places. Then we decided to go back to the hotel. But on the way back one of my friend suggest us to go by the street named Bahureksa. I ask to him “What’s so special in there bro?” “Just come with me” he said. All of us agreed with him. Everything is fine until the moment when we about to enter the street. I sense something wrong. At the right corner of the street is full with big trees and from what I can see until the end of the street I only saw a few faint lamps. It turns out the street is very creepy. Is the street haunted? I don’t know, I don’t ask and just keep walking with my friends. Very dark situation and we just keep walking with silence. After a few-hundred-meters walking, suddenly my friend who suggesting to walk by this street stop in front of a house. “What, what is it? Why do we stop?” said my other friend. Me myself also wondering, what so strange about the house? Just ordinary house with a car parked in front of it covered in car lid. Not until my friend explain “Guys you know what? That car parked in front of the house is the famous ghost ambulance! It said there is still blood covering the wind shield, you want to check it?” I said “What????? Are you out of your mind!?!?!” without talking further about it, me and my other friend walk-semi-run back to the hotel while two other friends of mine checking closely to the ghost ambulance. Yes checking it like some tough boys!! When we meet back together at the hotel we discuss about it. “What’s that all about? What happened to the ambulance?” I ask. “The story is, back then there is a Dutch family living in that house. And then the entire family member got killed by an accident. Following the regular procedure their bodies were rescued by an ambulance. After that accident the house become empty for a while. But mysteriously, the ambulance that brings the family bodies, parked in front of the house without someone driving it. It confuses everybody, because every time they tried to move the ambulance it goes back to the house again. And sometimes the engine turns on by itself and disturbs the neighborhood. So they remove the engine, but still for some time the sound of the engine from the car turn up. This is not the end of it”. “What? There are more stories about this ambulance?” “Yes, it said that this ambulance often shows up driving in the middle of the night around the city, some people already prove this event. Not just that, people who play around the ambulance will get followed into their home. Or even possessed by evil spirit and can see the whole family mad of being disturbed! Scary isn’t it?” My friend who checked the ambulance becomes feared of what he’s done and that night he hardly sleep because he keep imagining the ambulance following him to the hotel. Not just him but that night all of us keep thinking about the ambulance. Do you believe this story or not, it’s up to you. But you can check the ambulance by yourself; it’s still there until today at Bahureksa street Bandung.
Do you remember what toys that you used to play in your childhood?
If you are one of the 90s kids, you should still remember that you play Tamiya, remote control car, Barbie, Lego,and many more. Boys usually collect a lot of toys car, and keep trying to buy the new one even though you do not have enough space to keep it. Not only the boys, but the girls also collecting Barbie or other dolls as much as they are allowed to buy by their parents. Both girls and boys always keep buying small things just to complete their collection, such as buying the Barbie costumes. Sometimes, we also play congklak, gundu, or gangsing, the traditional toys from Indonesia. 90s kids love to gather with their friends for playing or competing their toys together.
And how about the toys in this 21s era?Are they still playing the same toys that we play in 90s era?
We might say yes, the girls are still playing Barbie, and the boys also still playing remote control car. But, are there any differences? We may look to the kids around us. We will see that 21s kids are very high-tech or even we could say as gadget-freak. Even 7 years old kids they might be busy playing with their ipad, PSP, gameboy, or even their own smartphone.
It’s very rare to find boys play toys car or girls hold their dolls in public places. And even, we might not find kids are still playing traditional toys. 21s kids have been digitized by many gadget games and prefer to play through those gadgets rather than playing previous toys. With this new toys such as iPad, PSP, or Gameboy, the parents might save more money instead of spending some money on toys, because in those gadgets, kids can play a lot of games and even could download free games.
But it decreases the socialization process because they do not communicate directly even though they could communicate online through several games. In 90s era there was also gadget toys like Gameboy, but most of them prefer to play with their tangible toys so that they could play together with friends.We can see clearly the differences that affected by the development of technology. So, if you could return to the be a kids again, what era and toys you prefer?