Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thought for the Day

A Lot Of Trouble Would Disappear
If Only People Would Learn To Talk To One Another
Instead Of Talking About One Another .....

When People Walk Away From You, Let Them Go.
Your Destiny Is Never Tied To Anyone Who Leaves You.
It Doesn't Mean They Are Bad People.
It Just Means That Their Part In Your Story Is Over.. !

Human Life Would Be Perfect If...
Anger Had A STOP Button 
Mistakes Had A REWIND Button
Hard Times Had A FORWARD Button
And Good Times A PAUSE Button !!


Always Welcome Your Problems,
Because Problems Give You Dual Advice,
Firstly, You Can Know How To Solve Them,
Secondly, You Learn How To Avoid Them In Future,
Have Faith In GOD And Yourself…!

 Reflection Cannot Be Seen In Boiling Water,
In The Same Way,
Truth Cannot Be Seen In A State Of Anger!
Analyze Before You Finalize.

A Good Heart Can Win Many Relationships,
A Good Nature Can Win Many Good Hearts!

A TOUCH Could HEAL A Wound
An Eye Could SPEAK Volumes
A SMILE Can Confirm I AM THERE !!

The Bird Asked The Bumblebee:
"You Work So Hard To Make The Honey
And Humans Just Take It Away,
Doesn't It Make You Feel Bad?"
"No," Said The Bee, "Because They Will Never
Take From Me The Art Of Making It."

All photos were taken by Ronald except the last one with the bumblebee.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Man With A Violin

Perception – A Social Experiment

PLACE:- Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approximately 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing.

He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.

4 minutes later:

The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

6 minutes later:

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

10 minutes later:

A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued

to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.

45 minutes later:

The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

1 hour later:

He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world.

He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.

The questions raised were: In a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

The answer is: MOST OF THE TIME, WE DON’T

Source:  Useful Info and Health Tips

Friday, September 13, 2013

A Brilliant Student

A teacher is having lunch in the dining room of the University. A student comes with his tray and sits next to the teacher. The teacher says: "a pig and a bird, they do not sit down together to eat ". To which the student replies: "So then I'm flying", and he changes to another table.

The Professor green with rage, decides to postpone getting even in the next exam, but the student answers with brilliance to all questions. He then asks the following question: -You are walking down the street and find two bags, inside the first one is wisdom and in the other a lot of money, which of the two will you take? The student answers without any hesitation: the money! The Professor says: in your place, I would have seized the wisdom instead, don't you think? Each one takes what he does not have, responds the student: Professor, hysterical, writes on the test sheet: idiot! And he returns it. The student takes the sheet and goes to his seat. After a few minutes he goes to the teacher and tells him: - Sir, you have signed me the sheet but did not indicate the grade.  Source: Anonymous....

Simple example: A smart student ends up owning an oil company, a brilliant one ends up working for the oil company. Employees are brilliant, employers are smart!  Emmy9ite

I think that more than  being brilliant, the  student was smart.   But if I were to choose between the two, I would rather be smart than brilliant, because it is more of a smart person to be able to get out of complicated situations with a quick response while a brilliant person would be taking time outweighing all options.

But of course, there are people who can be brilliant and smart at the same time.  Like, why choose one when you can have both, ie.,  wisdom and money!  Just reminded me of my son, the first time he took a long flight with me and as the stewardess asked at the time of serving lunch,  "what would you have chicken or beef".  To which he quickly replied:  "chicken and beef".  Smart because while he got the chicken, I got the beef, so he ended up having both!

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Ron and Beatriz's Trip to Split

Split is a city in Croatia situated in the Mediterranean Basin on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea, centered around the ancient Roman Palace of the Emperor Diocletian and its bay and port. Split is also one of the oldest cities in the area.  Source: Wikitravel

When Emperor Diocletian was considering retirement from governing the Roman Empire, he shopped around, found no decent rest homes and decided to build his own. And so Split was born. This magnificent walled city palace was built to Diocletian’s exacting standards, and today retains enough original charms to attract visitors by the thousands.  Source:  Telegraph

The historic complex of Split is unusual in that it is entirely situated within the confines of the walls of Diocletian's Palace. When the Roman Empire crumbled, the locals huddled together for protection within the then-abandoned imperial residence, and they have remained there ever since. Due to this fact, Split has one of the strangest and coolest main entrances to an old town: through the main gate of an old palace entering up the stairs into a remarkable presidium. There's not much to see these days of Diocletian's living quarters, just some bare rooms with a few artifacts, but what is most striking is how certain structures of the palace, temples etc., have been coopted and transformed for the use of the current citizens. Split has a lovely little warren of streets to explore and some excellent cafes for sitting and watching the world go by.  Source: World Heritage Site

And here is what Split looks like from the photos of Ron and Beatriz.

One of the most lovely places around town is the Narodni Trg (People's Square) the main square of Split, filled with shops and with the town hall reminiscent of a Venetian square, as the city used to be part of the Venetian Empire.


Grgur Ninski (Gregory of Nin) was a medieval Croatian bishop who strongly opposed the Pope and introduced the Croatian language in the religious services in 926 . Until that time services were held only in Latin and therefore not understandable to the majority of population. The statue is work of Ivan Mestrovic, the greatest and wide world famous Croatian sculptor. Legend says that by rubbing his toe gives one good luck or makes a secret wish come true.   Source:  Virtual Tourist

Curiosity will catch your eye as you spot the peculiar Pirja Fountain, a funnel-like sculpture on the ground and a fisted hand on the wall above where water aims into the funnel. The fisted hand shows the thumb protruding between the index finger and middle finger, showcasing a typical hand sign from Split, šipak, with a versatile definition of up yours, whatever, or nothing. Unfortunately, the fountain has not been in use much as the water splashes onto pedestrians.SOurce:  Total Split


The pulpit

Views from the Belfry of St. Domnius.
The Cathedral of St. Domnius (Katedrala Sv. Duje or Sv. Dujam) is the most visited attraction in Split, particularly as the imposing bell-tower is considered the emblem of the city. The church was originally built as Diocletian’s mausoleum; quite an oxymoron as the emperor was a known prosecutor of Christians. It was converted into a cathedral in the mid 7th century and the central place originally meant for Diocletian's sarcophagus was ritually destroyed.  Source:  Total Split

The Cathedral of St. Duje is a complex of a church, formed from an Imperial Roman mausoleum , with a bell tower; strictly the church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the bell tower to Saint Duje. Together they form the Cathedral of St. Duje. The Cathedral of Saint Domnius is the oldest cathedral in the world.  Source:  Wikipedia

The ruins

Trg Republike (Republic Square) is a large, open square surrounded on three sides by a collection of elaborate neo-Renaissance buildings known as the Prokurative. On the southern side, the square opens up to a lovely view of the harbour. Construction of the Prokurative started during the latter half of the 19th century under the supervision of General Marmont, with the buildings inspired largely by the architecture of the same period in Venice. While relatively unoccupied in the cooler months, the square comes alive in the summer with concerts and cultural events, the most popular being the Entertainment Musical Festival of Split.

Peristil square- This is Split's main square, the former entry hall in Diocletian's Palace. It is derived from a Roman architectural term called the peristyle, an open colonnade surrounding a court.

By the silver gate (Porta Argentea), one of the four gates to the palace.

The iron gate, (Porta Ferrea) Palace of Cipriano de Ciprianis on the Southeastern corner of Pjaca. It is a late-Romanesque structure built by an aristocrat from the island of Korčula in the late 14th century. It is characterized by its heksaforas, six-part windows on the first floor separated by double columns. On its façade is a statue of St. Anthony.

The golden gate. This was the main entry into Diocletian’s Palace. It’s double door design kept the palace safe. From the outside of the gate you get an unobstructed view of how the palace walls looked before so many buildings were tacked onto them.  Source: Karen Brown's World of Travel

The sphinx without head by the Jupiter temple in the Diocletian  Palace.

The basement of the Diocletian palace- It is thought that these underground rooms housed the slaves. In the Middle Ages, the rooms were filled with materials moved out of the way to build the palace apartments. Cleared out in 1956, they revealed amazingly thick walls and lovely vaulted ceilings. Their location has enabled experts to imagine the layout of the imperial apartments above. The central section leads from the Bronze Gate to the palace peristyle. Today it is the scene of arts and crafts stalls.


Papalic palace a flamboyant Gothic palace designed in the 15C by George the Dalmatian for one of the richest families of Split This is now a museum containing collections of stones, old weapons, statutes of the city and the works of Emanuel Vidovic, a 20C painter born in Split.

The  Riva waterfront and the beach outside of the Diocletian's palace.  Plenty of facilities for the yachting community which include refueling spots.

The sunset

And that ends the tour of Ron and Beatriz's trip to Croatia. They enjoyed their trip and I hope everyone else too who had taken this virtual tour with them.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Ron and Beatriz's Trip to Trogir

Trogir is a town-museum in the very meaning of the word. Lovers of cultural and historical monuments, art, original architecture and nice alleys are given the opportunity in Trogir to learn about the manifold and complex heritage - from the Romanesque yard to the modern interiors. The unique historical core, Radovan's portal, the art collections which have been arousing excitement among visitors and travellers for centuries offer a tourist beauty, personified in the relief of Kairos as an appropriate souvenir. The wider surroundings of Trogir (Trogir - Seget - Ciovo Riviera) is characterized by lavish green vegetation, numerous islands and islets, rocky and pebble beaches. Apart from the high quality accommodation - hotels, boarding houses, apartments, campsites, delicious domestic food, fish dishes in particular, the sports and recreation offer includes many opportunities - tennis, boccia, bowling, jogging, surfing school, diving. Entertainment includes lively fishermen's nights and folklore show but also classical music concerts in special scenic sets of the town.

Beaches there are gravel, sandy, rocky and, in order to make the approach to them easier, partly concrete.  Source: Trogir



By the sea front

Fortress Kamerlengo -  It was named after kamerlengo (camerarius), the public servant in charge of financial and economic affairs. After restoration and preservation, the fortress battlements and top become accessible from where the view of the city is beautiful.  Source: Trogir

Fortress of St. Marc

Cathedral of St. Lawrence - The most famous monument in Trogir. The Trogir Cathedral is a Romanesque-Gothic basilica with a nave and two aisles, three semi-circular apses and a vaulted interior above which rises the Campanile. Romanesque massiveness and Gothic elegance have been harmoniously combined in its architecture.

Several craftsmen worked on the making of the new early Gothic frame; the contents of it underline the theme of a Sin and Redemption. The statues of the naked Adam and Eve, placed on the lions, represent Original Sin.

City Hall

The streets and other buildings



Night life 

You can spend your evening in Trogir in one of many street coffee bars and in restaurants. Different types of musical and folklore happenings take place on Trogir's streets and squares.  Source:  Trogir


Just winding up



In whatever new place you go to, somehow you get to crave for some familiar food like ice cream and potatoes.  But potatoes on a stick?  Hmmm... never had that.   But that is how Ron and Beatriz ended their visit to Trogir.  So long....