Saturday, June 30, 2012

World's Largest Bridge Fountain

 Moonlight Rainbow Fountain in Seoul, South Korea

The Banpo Bridge and the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest bridge fountain. Source of image:  Robert Koehler in Flickr.
The Moonlight Rainbow Fountain is the world’s longest bridge fountain with nearly 10,000 LED nozzles that run along both sides that is 1,140m long, shooting out 190 tons of water per minute. Installed in September 2009 on the Banpo Bridge, it showcases Seoul’s eco-friendliness, as the water is pumped directly from the river itself and continuously recycled. The bridge has 38 water pumps and 380 nozzles on either side, which draw 190 tons of water per minute from the river 20 meters below the deck, and shoot as far as 43 meters horizontally. Source: Facebook

Friday, June 29, 2012

What Love Is

Love has hands to help others
It has feet to hasten
to the poor and the needy
it has eyes to see misery and want
it has ears to bear the nights and
sorrow of others
That is what love looks like
Makes sense?  Beautiful verses which are worth sharing.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The More You Give

Cynthia's Artwork

The more you give, the more you get.  
The more you do unselfishly,
The more you live abundantly.
The more of everything you share,
The more you'll always have to spare.
The more you laugh, the less you fret.
The more you love, the more you'll find
That life is good and friends are kind.
For only what we give away,
Enriches us from day to day.

Author Unknown - Submitted By: Leslie B.
Source of poem and angel:  Net Hugs 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

McDonald's vs Vip's Hamburgers


We have two different burgers as shown above. The  one on the left  is from Vip's and it has pickles, fresh tomato slice, a big piece of burger with onion  fry and fried egg on a toasted soft bun.  The one on the right  is from McDonald's. It has cheese, burger, fresh tomato slice, red onion The marketing manager from McDonald's, Hope Bagozzi has informed consumer through a video as to why the ad in their menu does not seem the same as what is purchased. And the reason that was given is that the burger as it goes for its photo shoot, undergoes a change through photoshop and with the ingredients placed in such a way that all the ingredients are shown to make the burger look more appetizing (cheese unmelted). They also add tomato sauce by using a disposable needle.  Likewise, she added that when the hamburger is purchased, it is still warm and as the container's cover is closed, steam  causes the hamburger to contract thus appearing  smaller.  Bagozzi, however pointed out that for  the burgers in the advertisment, they use the same ingredients as those found in the store.

On the other hand, the burger from Vip's is not only provided with more ingredients, but also comes with a special sauce and a better quality meat.  Of course, it is about three times as much costly.  But the way it looks in their picture is almost the same as what  is served. And if you are lucky, you can get a free Vip's burger in one of their invitations to attract client's loyalty as I did today.  It was really delicious and as huge as it looks.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Source of Image:  Artblart Ernst Ludwig Kirchner German 1880–1938
‘Reclining woman in a white chemise’
oil on canvas
95.0 x 121.0 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquired in 1950

“The Reclining Woman in a White Chemise” is a voluptuous picture redolent with sensuality, the well- proportioned lady showing off her ample curves; the huge flowers contrast brilliantly with the furniture, and the echoing curves of the sofa and wall behind give off an air of luxuriance that suggest that the subject was intimately known and loved by the artist. 

The German artist, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was considered one of the most important figures of European art in the XXth century,  a founding member of a group called “Die Brucke (The Bridge) which aimed to draw a link between the art of the past and that of the brutal new era that was dawning. Born in Dresden in 1880, he too volunteered for military service during World War I in 1914 but suffered a nervous breakdown in 1915 and was discharged, recovering for the next two years in sanatoriums in Switzerland.

 In 1918, he settled in Davos, living in a farm house in the Alps; from this time onwards his main subject matter was mountain scenes. In 1933, Kirchner was labelled a "degenerate artist” by the Nazis and asked for his resignation from the Berlin Academy of Arts. In 1937, over 600 of his works were confiscated from public museums in Germany and were sold or destroyed. In 1938, the psychological trauma of these events, along with the Nazi occupation of Austria, close to his home, led to his suicide.   Bettinka - arts theatre commentary Daily Nation Nairobi Star, Guardian Weekly stories reviews opinion.

I have  seen some of  Kirchner's original paintings in Fundación Mafre today, and I loved the exquisite display of bright colors and yet with the sense of serenity in many of his paintings, among which is the "Reclining Woman in a White Chemise".

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Hoatzin, A Rare Bird

The Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin), also known as the Hoactzin, Stinkbird, or Canje Pheasant, is a species of tropical bird found in swamps, riverine forest and mangrove of the Amazon and the Orinoco delta in South America. It is notable for having chicks that possess claws on two of their wing digits. Source of images and info: Wikipedia

The Hoatzin is strictly vegetarian, eating the leaves, flowers and fruits of more than 50 species of marshland plants. Hoatzins are very strange among birds, though, because they ferment this vegetable matter in their foregut like cows, sheep, deer and kangaroos, and thus have a specialized digestive system. Nestlings are fed this regurgitated matter. Hoatzins forage in the early morning and early evening, and spend much of the time roosting quietly and digesting their meal.

Hoatzins are poor fliers, and they put a lot of noisy effort into using their broad rusty wings to cross channels or move away from perceived danger. Source: Web Page by Don Roberson

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Aelita Andre, an abstract painter at 2

World's Youngest Artist Earning Thousands
09 May 2012

Source of image:  Wikipedia

Aelita Andre is said to be the 'world's youngest artist' 

A five-year-old Australian girl who has already earned well over £100,000 from her paintings has been described as the "world's youngest professional artist".

Aelita Andre has been painting since she was just two and her work has been exhibited in Australia and America, reports Sky News.
Her cheapest paintings are now selling for more than £3,000 each, the money from which is being put in a trust fund.
Her mother, Russian-born Nikka Kalashnikova, says she quickly realised her daughter's technique set her apart from other playschool painters.

"Her composition, her use of colour, her concentration span," she told Sky News.
"Sometimes even as a little kid she was painting for about one hour, one-and-a-half hours, she would walk off, then come back again, it is just her concentration.
"Usually kids paint for two or three minutes and they have had enough, they run off, but not Aelita."

Walking into Aelita's home the chaos and colour of her work hits you straight away.
Almost the whole of the downstairs of the suburban Melbourne house is taken up with the little girl's studio. Paint pots, brushes, spray cans, glitter and craft materials are everywhere.

Aelita's huge canvases are covered in bright swirls and splashes of paint and often have items stuck on them - twigs, children's toys and feathers.

What little space is left is taken up with completed works, stacked along the walls by her parents, ready to be shipped to New York for her next major exhibition in June.

The website of the gallery in New York states: "These paintings are both contemplative and powerful, providing a window into the emancipated creative subconscious mind of a child."

Critics say her parents must be influencing her art but Nikka Kalashnikova strongly denies that.

"She is her own person, and if she was not enjoying it... have a look how much she produces. She absolutely loves it. Talk to any parents - if you are able to push your child into doing anything, well good luck."

Aelita's father recently filmed his daughter painting a canvas from beginning to end in a bid to prove she is not influenced by any adult.

Melbourne art critic Robert Nelson says the paintings have some merit and the people buying them could be collectors speculating on her future potential.

Source: This Day Live.

Don't you wish, you had a child like Aelita? I guess some professional artists must be lamenting and asking how come a child like Aelita can be earning what they could not even think of earning in a lifetime! Well, that is just the way things are. Some people are just gifted from childhood with talents that can earn money. And life goes on...

Friday, June 15, 2012

On Mother's Day 2012

Mother's day, what an important event!  Unlike in USA and the Philippines, Mother's Day is celebrated in Spain  on the first Sunday of May.

Mel called me up early to greet me from Bournemouth in UK. And today was quite a cloudy day with the sun  trying to shine through and hardly could,  being held by the dark clouds, but the temperature was pleasant in spite of a faint wisp of the wind, every now and then.

Ron came in time to join me to hear mass in our church in town, mass was officiated by a bishop from the nearby town of Alcala de Henares, and the bishop came particularly to bless our baptismal font and our church bells in the parish church. It felt good to get a special blessing from a bishop and a special message on the importance of Christ in our lives.

After mass, Ron and I decided to go and eat in the newly inaugurated Isabela Gourmet Market, in Madrid.  Even if finding a parking space in Madrid is oftentimes difficult, we were lucky that Ron found one that was close to where we wanted to go.

Here are some of our pictures taken from the Isabela Gourmet Market and what we chose to eat:  crepes of shrimp and mushrooms, and Serrano ham, mini hot dogs on buns, tempura shrimps, (small fried squids, not shown), grilled tuna, salmon and  ice cream for dessert.  Tapas were a little bit expensive, ranging from 3 Euros above, but for a place that is in the plush area of Madrid, prices were still relatively cheap.  It was a different way to celebrate a special event like Mother's Day.  Just missed Mel, but we will soon be seeing each other anyway. Another more day to be thankful for.



Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Trip to Studland, London, Coldstone, UK May 2012

On May 19 of 2012, we went to West London as invited by Nilo and Karli to meet their son, Xavey. We passed by Studland on the way.  We saw several grazing cows and huge patches of wild yellow flowers which adorned the fields brightly as they mixed against the stunning greens.  If in Spain, we have the logo of the Osborne bull, in UK, it is the white horse,  the so called "KilburnWhite Horse", a hill figure.

I found some buttercups and I could not resist picking some to be pressed.

We decided to go uphill, what for? to take jumping shots!

That was really funny!  Then we reached West London.

The typical phone booths, with some crazy people fighting to use the phone!

We took a five seater taxi to where we were going to have lunch as invited guests.  It was at the Orange Public House and Hotel In Pimlico Road.   There was a farmers' market going on in the area and we had the chance to look at their produce before we went to lunch.

And just in front of the Orange Pub is the St. Barnabas Church, which is supposedly one of the most beautiful churches in London.

And lunch was served!  Everything was so typically English and being able to hold Xavey and be with his family was wonderfully invigorating.

After lunch, we strolled around the nearby park and passed by the Albert Bridge over the river Thames.  But first the jumping shots.


Battersea Bridge

We spent a little more time fooling around...

We moved on towards the airport, but we took some time to stop in Coldstone, a small town nearby.

 Then it was time to leave UK... too bad that Mel had to stay behind...