Thursday, December 11, 2014

7 Mystifying Caves That Will Take Your Breath Away

Before we even venture into the magical caves...what is a cave in the first place? So what comes to your mind the moment someone mention  the word "cave"? Caveman? Or you will be thinking about the Croods (an awesome animation)? According to A~hem (clearing of throat) Wikipedia, a cave is a hollow place in the ground, especially natural underground space large enough for a human to enter. So today we are going to look at caves that you and I can enter and marvel at.

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1# Ice Cave, Skatefall, Iceland

This Ice Cave is situated in a secluded, preserved area in Öræfi, southeast of Iceland. You will be amazed the moment you enter this cave marveling the ebbs on flows on the cave. Conjured from ice coming down from the mountainside for hundreds of years, the mystifying icy cave's highly pressurized glacier contains almost no bubbles at all. This means that the ice reflects almost all of the light, allowing only some shades of blue to pass through. Hmm...I wonder if Elsa had her inspiration from this Ice Cave.

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2# Fingal's Cave, Scotland

Located on an uninhibited island of Staffa, Fingal's cave is unique for its rather artistic patterns that are etched along the walls. The unusual patterns appear to be like carvings and sculptures to me. An art installation by "someone" perhaps? However the hexagonal columns are actually naturally formed in such a way thanks to solidified lava. Then again this reminds me of a scene from Alien versus Predators...that's why this island is uninhibited, no?

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3# Red Flute Cave

Arguably one of the most incredible attractions in China, this natural limestone show in Guilin, Guangxi boast magical display reminiscent of the beautiful caves that you usually see in CGI movies.This magnificent cave has been around for a staggering 180 million years. Besides being a sight to behold, this cave can actually make music....literally! It is dubbed the Red Flute Cave because there is a type of reed that grows just outside the cave that is commonly used to make musical caves. I imagine those world famous ancient composers used to dwell in this cave to source for their "Ommph"!

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4# The Cave of Three Bridges, Tannourinne, Lebanon

Ok. Perhaps this cave is not like the above 3 caves that we have seen, but it still hold its own turf by being really breathtaking. Secondly this does look like a modified scene from Avatar right? The constant force of the Baatara George Waterfall has caused the formation of a series of bridges and tunnels in this open air cave. Why I can't see any Ikran flying around?

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5# Antelope Canyon, USA

Picasso might have used vibrant hues to colour this beautiful canyon. Sitting just outside of Page, Arizona, Antelope Canyon which sits on Navajo land makes one feel like you are standing right in a huge canvas. Well, instead of Picasso whipping his huge brush to paint this masterpiece, this unique appearance of Antelope Canyon was caused by mass flooding which eroded the Navaja Sandstone. Really, really beautiful right?

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6# Crystals Cave, Chihuahua, Mexico

Inside this magical cave, you will find the world's largest natural crystals. How large? Well...it is 39 feet in length and 13 feet wide, and it weighs a whopping 55 tonnes! This crystals cave which is attached to Naica Mine is very, very hot. Perhaps it is because of the energy exuded by those crystals? Without proper gears, you can only be in the cave for not more than 10 minutes at one time. That is also inscriptions dating back to 792 AD...perhaps aliens used to roam here? Or Clark Kent?

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7# Glowworm Caves, New Zealand

Perhaps this is the most magical cave of all. Situated on the North of North Island, New Zealand, this amazing cave is home to a unique species of worms that is ingenious to this island. They are tiny (smaller than a mosquito) but together, in symphony, these glowworms create a beautiful orchestra of lights. Their bioluminescence will light up the dark for you in spectacle that you will never forget! It's like admiring fireflies but only better. :)

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Perhaps this should be in my bucket list!

There you have it folks. 7 of the most mystifying beautiful caves in the world. I wish one day I would be able to go to all of these 7 caves with my wife and babies. However I have one cave that I really love and that is the underwater cave in Nullarbor Plain like that one we witnessed in James Cameron's Sanctum. Beautiful it might, this underwater cave does send chills down my spine! Have any of you visited any of the 7 caves in this post?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

88% Of Malaysians Have ZERO Savings

A staggering 88% of Malaysian households DO NOT HAVE ANY SAVINGS at all! In other words a lot of our fellow Malaysians would be in deep trouble once they need cash immediately! It is saddening but that's the brutal hard fact-in the event of income emergencies, a lot of Malaysians will be struggling because they do not have any financial assets or any savings account. This revelation is not only scary but at the same time very pathetic!

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There goes your piggy bank

In a shocking report commissioned by the Household Income Survey (HIS), an unbelievable 90% of rural households have zero savings; Likewise households in urban areas as much as 86% do not have any savings at all. That works out to be 88% after calculating the min for both of the figures. It means more than 5 out of 6 households in Malaysia do not have any savings at all. NOTHING~ZERO! My Goodness. What is going on with our country? Yet, we are saying that we will become high-income nation by year 2020?

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Heart-wrenching figures!

In another report carried out by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 53% of Malaysian households have no financial assets. This report could paint a more positive outlook because it takes into account other tangible assets such as fixed investment or insurance investment that can be withdrawn immediately in the event of emergencies. Still this means that 1 of our 2 household do not have any liquid assets or savings when they need to use money! Not really a rosy picture after all aye? So what is happening to our nation? Vision 2020?

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More and more Malaysians will be counting pennies...

Of course both reports did not take into account forced savings (deduction) such as the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) as households will not have immediate access to their very own money should they need to use it. More worrying is that the inequality in EPF is really, really extreme: The top 1.7% of depositors in EPF has more savings than the savings of the entire bottom 57% combined! How pathetic right? What does this mean? Our education and government are really screwing Malaysians!

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At this rate...a lot of Malaysians will not be able to even buy this in the future
[By Gary Chen: 21st November 2013 at Padang Tembak]

Although my family is one of the "lucky" households to have savings and financial assets to tide up through the rainy days...I could not help but feel very, very sad for my other fellow Malaysians who have to struggle on a day-to-day basis! All this is happening because most of Malaysians are earning peanuts; most of our fellow Malaysians are low-income earners who have to work their socks off every day just to make ends meet, let alone having a slightly more comfortable life. So what is happening?

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The government is not helping those who REALLY need help...

With GST going to be implemented next year, prices of goods will be skyrocketing in one way or another despite the government's assurance that the needy will be aided; worse still...more and more Malaysians would not be able to afford to buy a house! So what is happening to our country? The answers are quite obvious aren't they...who has been governing our country for the past 57 years? Does that mean Barisan Nasional has failed to improve the quality of life for the majority of Malaysians? The answer is a resounding YES, isn't it?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

How Bloggers Can Make US$100 In 3 Simple Steps

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sia's Chandelier-An Explosively Uplifting Song

I believe by now a lot of us must have heard Sia's Chandelier right? This electropop song from Sia is taken from her sixth studio album-1000 Forms of Fear. Sia's catchy raspy voice really breathe life into the whole Chandelier; wait...after all she's the one crafted the song right? I must say this is at this time my most favourite song of the moment. It feels like it has been ages since we get to listen to such a beautiful song huh!

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You'll have a hard time deciphering the song if you don't scrutinize the lyrics that Sia had penned. "Here comes the shame, here comes the shame! 1, 2, 3. 1, 2, 3 drink!" OMG! The way Sia croons over this reggae-like beat in Chandelier really sets her apart from her peers. With the booming chorus and infectious marimbas intertwining with Sia's uninhibited belting makes the whole song even more perfect! Seriously...how many divas can actually pull off their half-scream vocals and still sound sonically pleasurable? Not many right and Sia is really one of such rare singers!

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The talented Sia

Chandelier is written with elements of melancholic; one that depicts the demoralization of alcoholism that usually comes typical with "party girl'. However in actual fact,  Sia's Chandelier is actually a song about her personal struggles with alcoholism and even prescription drugs. In a rare interview with Billboard, Sia said, "I was really unhappy being an artist. I was always a drinker but I didn't know I was an alcoholic. Then I got seriously addicted to Vicodin and Oxycodone." I hope she had exorcised that demon inside of her already.

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Maddie-Ziegler-The girl who gives Chandelier a deeper meaning!

When I looked at the official music video of Chandelier...initially I was a bit puzzled but after pondering for a while the music video which was directed by Daniel Askill and Sia really blew my mind! Choreographed by Ryan Heffington, the 12 years old Maddie Ziegler who danced the song totally nailed the message that Sia wanted to get through to the audience. Ziegler's every graceful move and soulful glance is so meticulously captivating! I must admit that I am pleasingly in love with Ziegler's dancing-she is really in her elements! The whole choreograph has really epressed Sia's chandelier in a very beautiful, artistic way! Awesome!

Now let us listen to Sia's liberating Chandelier (if you are a drinker)

Sia's Chandelier Lyrics

Party girls don't get hurt
Can't feel anything, when will I learn
I push it down, push it down

I'm the one "for a good time call"
Phone's blowin' up, they're ringin' my doorbell
I feel the love, feel the love

[Pre-Chorus]
1,2,3 1,2,3 drink
1,2,3 1,2,3 drink
1,2,3 1,2,3 drink
Throw 'em back, 'til I lose count

[Chorus]
I'm gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I'm gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist
Like it doesn't exist
I'm gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry
I'm gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier

But I'm holding on for dear life, won't look down won't open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, 'cos I'm just holding on for tonight
Help me, I'm holding on for dear life, won't look down won't open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, 'cos I'm just holding on for tonight
On for tonight

Sun is up, I'm a mess
Gotta get out now, gotta run from this
Here comes the shame, here comes the shame

[Pre-Chorus]
1,2,3 1,2,3 drink
a> 1,2,3 1,2,3 drink
1,2,3 1,2,3 drink

[Chorus]
I'm gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I'm gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist
Like it doesn't exist
I'm gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry
I'm gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier

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I love her graceful dance.

What do you think folks? Hook up your headphones and stuff your earplugs and you will understand why Sia's Chandelier is not only amazingly addicting, but it is really liberating at the same time. It's like you are in Sia's place...you don't feel any inhibition anymore. OMG! I have to admit that Sia's mystically penned Chandelier that narrates the story of a party girl with an epiphany really hits all the right notes for audiophiles like me! I am so in love with Chandelier, Sia and Ziegler! Arrgghh....I can't get enough of them. :D

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The App Aided College Students [Infographic]

Gone are the days when you had to bring huge tomes of books to your lecture hall while listening attentively to every single word that your professor uttered; You no longer needed to sharpen your pencils and make carbon copies of all those valuable notes that are scribbled on the blackboard...in fact everything that we need right now is just a "touch" away. One of man's greatest strength lies with our ability to evolve and the way we learn has certainly evolved as well. Enter the era of "Apps-ducation" where students can do so much more by leveraging on the potential of apps on their smartphones and tablets.

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Enter the new Apps-ducation

It is undeniable that technology is playing its vital part in unleashing the potential in education especially in tertiary levels such as colleges and universities. You will be surprised to know how much the way we learn know is different from what our fathers used to experience. Students are using all the newest apps, social sites, blogs and tools for online learning to accomplish their education goals be it to grab lecture notes or apps that help them with their assignments. Nowadays we don't only rely on our smartphones and tablets for fun and communication, they are also used creatively to help us in our studies.

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We are learning differently now.

Colleges and universities are using technology to provide better education for all. The advent of apps has really changed the landscape of education the way we knew it. More and more people are taking their down their important notes using Evernote. Miss a lecture, fret not as you can share your friends' notes by using StudyBlue Flashcards. Can't meet up to do your assignments, why not hang out in Facebook? All these are just a few examples of how learning can be done in a more effective, social way. Let's look at how our education has been revolutionized in this App-Aided College Student Infographic.

The App-Aided College Student | Campbellsville U Infographic

 

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