Monday, November 26, 2012

Beautiful Autumn Pictures

Autumn has its special enchantment with the different colors that come from the changing colors of the leaves. I love the Japanese maple leaves as they turn from green to red, just as much as I love the fan shaped leaves of the ginkgo biloba as they become yellow in autumn.  It is to note that ginkgo biloba is an herb that is well known for its antioxidant and detoxifying properties as well as a brain booster. Ginkgo Biloba is originally from Asia, derived from the maidenhair tree. This species of tree is known as the 'living fossil tree' as it has no living relatives, and originated from the prehistoric age.  Source:  Ginkgo Biloba



 

 

 

 

 


Source of images:  Net hugs.com

Monday, November 19, 2012

Creative AT&T Advertisements

AT&T is a cell phone carrier that knows how to make a successful promotion. Take a look at some of the most colorful posters. Using just hands and a phone, American carrier recreates a popular idea of painting hands into the colors of different countries.  Source:  Funzog.com

Egypt

Japan
Costa Rica

China

Mexico

United Kingdom

Brazil

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Philippine National Dishes

The Philippines is comprised of over 7,000 islands,but there are only a few specialties that are commonly thought of as  “national dishes”, these specialties have an important role in the culture and traditions of the Philippines.  The official Philippine national dish is a whole spit-roasted pig called Lechon (Litson). It is the culinary centerpiece at every celebration, fiesta, family event (wedding, birthday), and is also popular around Christmas time.  Lechon is prepared by stuffing the inside of the animal with herbs and vegetables. The pigs are slowly roasted, usually by hand-turning over hot coals for hours, until their skin becomes crispy and turns reddish brown, while the inside flesh becomes tender and flavorful. The crispy skin is always a favorite. The dish is often served with a thick liver sauce that is simmered with vinegar, sugar and herbs.  The lechon capital of the Philippines is La Loma district in Quezon City. The roasted pigs are displayed on the sidewalks and are sold whole or by the kg. The Spanish name for pig is Lechon, in the Philippines it means a spit-roasted suckling pig.  They also have spit-roasted cow (lechon baka) and spit-roasted chicken (lechon manok).


Source of Image:  Virtual Tourist

Other popular cuisine in the Philippines that could be considered unofficially as national dishes are adobo, bistek, and sinigang.  Adobo is made from chicken, pork, squid (pusit) or vegetables stewed in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, peppercorns and bay leaf. 


Bistek is another popular national dish of the Philippines it is made by braising beef and onion rings in soy sauce.


Sinigang is a  slightly sour soup served with rice, it could be considered the national soup. The soup is cooked with souring agents like unripe guavas, tamarind leaves and flowers, kamias and tomatoes. There are different varieties of sinigang such as, sour vegetable soup with fish (sinigang na isda)  and sour vegetable soup with pork (sinigang na baboy).

Source of Image:  im0jamille

Enjoy your food with a San Miguel Beer the national drink of the Philippines.  Source:  Travel Food and Drink

For more information on the Philippine National Symbols, visit : http://www.philippinecountry.com/philippine_national_symbols.html


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Using Nature to Decorate Homes

Who would not want to live in a house surrounded by nature in whichever one of these houses?  Great vacation homes but only for a chosen few.









Saturday, November 10, 2012

Amazing European Castles

It seems that not everyone can be content with having an ordinary house, here are a few examples.  Source:  El baúl de Pepe

Limburgo  - Belgium

 

Frydlan  - Czech Republic


Egeskovg - Denmark

 


Windsor - England


Chenonceau - France

 


Neuschwansteing  - Germany

 

Pena - Portugal

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Blue Trees in Seattle


Nature lovers making their way through Seattle’s Westlake Park or taking a leisurely stroll along the Burke-Gilman Trail are likely stopping, staring and scratching their heads at this very moment. Gazing up at the honey locusts and birches, they might wonder, “Am I imagining this?” No. Those trees really are blue.

Dimopoulos previously gave trees the Smurf treatment for the 2011 Vancouver Biennale. Other locations have included Richmond, Virginia and Melbourne in the artist’s home country of Australia. Seattle’s 4Culture organization, which is backing the project, says that it’s meant to “inspire discussion and action around deforestation issues.
“Colour is a powerful stimulant, a means of altering perception and defining space and time,” says Dimopoulos. “The fact that blue is a colour that is not naturally identified with trees suggests to the viewer that something unusual, something out of the ordinary has happened. It becomes a magical transformation. In nature colour is used both as a defensive mechanism, a means of protection, and as a mechanism to attract. The Blue Trees attempts to waken a similar response from viewers. It is within this context that the blue denotes sacredness, something reverential.”   Source: Web Urbanist

Would it not be nice if we can choose the colors of the trees?  That would be like being in wonderland!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Charles Chaplin and his Thoughts


The following text was written by Charles Chaplin
When I really loved me

When I  really loved me, I realized that in all of the circumstances, I was in the right place and at the right time. And then I could relax... Today I know that  has a name... self esteem.


When I  really loved me, I could see that my anguish and my emotional suffering are but signals that I am going against my own truths. Today I know that is... accuracy.

When I  really loved me, I stopped wishing that my life was different, and began to see that everything that happens helps my development. Today I know that  is called... maturity.


When I loved the truth, I began to understand why it is offensive to try to force a situation or a person, only to achieve what I wished for, even knowing that it is not the time or the person (perhaps myself) who is not ready. Today I know that the name of that... is respect.

When I loved the truth, I began to rid myself of everything that wasn't healthy: people and situations, all and any thing that pushed me  down.  At first, my reason called that attitude as selfishness. Today it is called... love for oneself.


When I loved the truth, I stopped worrying about not having any free time and gave up making big plans, I left the future mega-projects. Now I do what I find right, what I like, when I want to and at my own pace. Today I know, that is... simplicity.When I  really loved me, I gave up wanting to always be right, and  after which I realized that I erred less often. So I discovered ... humility.

When I
truly loved me,  I gave up reliving the past and worrying about the future. Now, I keep focussed in the present, which is where life happens. Today I live one day at a time. And that's called... to live life to the fullest.

When I really loved me, I realized that my mind can haunt me and disappoint me. But when I put it in the service of my heart, it becomes it's valuable ally. And that is .... how to live!


We must not be afraid to question ourselves... Even the planets collide against each other, but in the chaos is when the  stars are born.  Source: Ramón EA4EGC...CR.

Hope you like the words of Charlie Chaplin!