Monday, July 23, 2012

Life is a dance

Here are some famous quotes as illustrated by ballet dancers.

Life is a game where nobody can leave with his gains.  André Maurois

You ask me why I buy rice and flowers?  I buy rice in order to live and flowers to have something to live by.  Confucius

There are two ways to live: One is as if nothing were a miracle, and the other is as if everything were a miracle.   Albert Einstein

The best is to abandon  life as if you were to leave a feast,  neither thirsty nor drunk.  Aristotle

Life consists not in having good cards but in having the cards that you have played well.  Josh Billings

Life is like a legend, it does not matter how long it is but how well you relate it. Lucio Anne Séneca

All men are made from the same clay, but not from the same mold.  Mexican proverb

While great minds discuss  ideas, the mediocre talk on things; and the small minds focus on persons.  Chinese proverb

I wish you live all the days of your life.  Jonathan Swift

Friday, July 20, 2012

Joke Of the Day

A fellow walked into a bank in New York City asking for a loan for $4000 dollars.

“Well, before we lend you the money we are going to need some kind of
security” the bank teller said.

“No problem” the man responded, " here are the keys to my car,  you’ll see it, it’s a black Porsche parked in the back of the parking lot.”

A few weeks later the man returned to pay off his loan. While he was paying it up, along with the interest of $11 dollars, the manager came over,

“Sir, we are very happy to have your business, but if you don’t mind me asking, after you left we looked into you and found out that you are a millionaire, why would you need to borrow $4000 dollars?”

“Well, the fellow responded it’s quite simple, where else can I park my car for three weeks in New York for $11 dollars?”

Lesson learned:  The rich gets richer because they take advantage of all the opportunities. As they say, "while the optimist and pessimist argue over the glass of water, the opportunist sneaks in and drinks it". Well, well, well...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Palawan Island Nº1 Getaway In The World


The fun in the Philippines is definitely starting to pick up with a private getaway island in Palawan province taking the top spot in the British edition of Vogue Magazine’s 100 best holiday destinations in the world.

In a statement, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. said Philippine tourism would surely benefit from the worldwide recognition.
“What is remarkable is that the entire resort is a testament to the unique artistry and skills of Filipino designers and artisans,” Jimenez said.

“The use of local materials and traditional techniques serves as good advertising for Filipino craftsmanship and world-class products,” he added.

The resort is owned by British property developer Charles McCulloch and his wife, Carrie.

The United Kingdom remains to be one of the Philippines’ biggest tourism markets, registering over 104,400 tourist arrivals last year, which the DOT noted was a record.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

George, the Tallest Dog in the World

Giant George – The Tallest Dog in the World.

# Weighing in at over 245 pounds (111 kg) and standing 43 inches tall (1.09 meters), Giant George is the Guinness World Record Holder for Tallest Living Dog & Tallest Dog Ever.

# When standing on his hind legs, George measures a staggering 7 feet three inches.

# George is 6 years old and was born November 17, 2005.

# He’s a Great Dane and AKC (American Kennel Club) Registered.

# George sleeps on alone on a Queen Size Bed and consumes over 110 pounds (49 kg) of food every month.

To view more pictures of Giant George, visit :  Daily Mail and

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Watermelon, Anyone?

Source of Image:  Amazing watermelon art

In hot summer months, there is nothing like a  watermelon for dessert but when presented as beautifully as above, it seems like  you would rather have them conserved forever.

For carving tips and recipes visit :         

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Glamping in Spain

It is vacation time again, and glamping becomes popular. Two concepts that seem to be contrary like "camping" and "glamour" have been joined together to make way for "glamping" a perfect mix for nature, conveniences, respect for the environment and elegance. See below some of the glamping sites in Spain.  Source: by Patricia Osuna.

The Hoopoe Yurt Hotel. This hotel has five yurts, a circular, domed, portable tent used by nomadic peoples of central Asia located in Cortes de Frontera (Málaga). Each one is decorated in  differently, provided with private bathroom, hot showers and ecologic toilet.  They offer continental  breakfast and lunch with  Spanish or Italian bread sandwiches, plate of cheese or cold cuts and salads.  And for dinner under the stars, they prepare ingredients from their vegetable garden or of local produce.  Cost:  120 euros per night and yurt and breakfast included.   For more information, visit:

The Jaima.  In the Marnes Rural Refuge House (Alicante) they have installed a real beduin tent, decorated luxuriously and equipped with kitchen and bathroom.  With capacity for four people, the guests can enjoy a wide area of 20 hectares of own land to take a walk.  Cost: from 395 €/week.  For more information, visit:

Another world.   Just by looking at the photos of the lodging in the  Sierra del Segura (Albacete) one realizes that its name meets it to a "T".  Two eco domes decorated with a retro chic style and equipped with an ecologic bathroom, a small kitchen and shower (water is heated by solar energy)  are all that is needed to be able to disconnect completely from routine.  Cost:  between 60 to 80€.   For more information, visit:

Laila's House. Sophisticated and with an Arab touch, this eco retreat situado  in the Valle del Guadalhorce, with views of the Andalucian town of Alhaurín el Grande, offers five cozy tents (2/3 occupants per tent) equipped with comfortable beds and pillows, rugs, with sheep leather on the floor, beddings and towels, electricity, wifi, outside kitchen, swimming pool, showers with hot water...  Cost:  30€ per person/night.  (includes breakfast).  For more information, visit:

Finca Siete Puertas.  Only one hour from the  Costa del Sol, in El Valle del Guadiaro, we can find another example of glamping.  In the middle of the garden with trees of quince, apricots, peaches, figs and almonds, they have constructed three yurts with a small swimming pool to cool off during the summer months and with a barbecue.  The lodging is situated by the doors of the natural parks of Grazalema and  Alcornocales and beside the Cañada del Real Tesoro.  Cost: 60 €/night (includes breakfast). For more information, visit:

The above are only some of the glamping sites in Spain, for more sites, visit:

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Women and Flowers

"Bear in mind always that
skin gets wrinkled, hair turns grey, days become years but that there is one important thing that does not change:  your inner strength”.  
- Mother Theresa of Calcutta
Albanese Missionary/Saint 1910-1979

"The body gets wrinkled, that is  inevitable, but not the brain.
Keep your brain with illusion, active, make it work, and it will never degenerate". 
-Rita Levi Montalcini- Italian neurologist 22-04-1909 Nobel Prize Medicine

"Nothing in life is to be feared,
merely to be understood.

Now is the time to be more comprehensive in order to fear less".- Marie Curie, Polish/French physicist.  1867-1934

 "I am that woman that climbed the mountain of life.Turning over stones and planting flowers".-Cora Coralina, pseudonym of
Ana Lins dos Guimarães Peixoto Bretas, Brazilian poetess and story teller 1889-1985).

"He who does not know how to cry with  his heart, neither will know how to laugh".
-Golda Meir stateswoman
 Russian Jewish 1898-1978

"One must never crawl if he has the instinct to fly".
-Helen Keller
American writer and teacher for the deaf and blind 1880-1968

Beautiful orchids for some women with beautiful thoughts that made history.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

A Ballet of Flowers

Each flower is filmed for two hours and each photograph is taken with an interval of 7 minutes each, producing this effect. What a beautiful presentation! It seems like a ballet of flowers. Source: Maestroviejo's Blog