Archive for March, 2012

 

Selamat Datang! ^__^

This is what greeted us upon pulling up the driveway of Sabah Museum. Oddly, it sounds pretty close to Maligayang Pagdating (which also means Welcome in Filipino). Datang –> Pagdating LOL #prettyclose.jpg

In the facade of the building, a fountain/statue thing is situated which provides a nice backdrop for more touristy shots.

 

 

 Near the parking lot, vintage cars were on display. I actually don’t understand why they have those cars there, but they looked pretty in pictures so whatever. lol

 

 

The museum is one big complex which consists of the Main Building, Science and Education Centre, Heritage Village, Sabah Art Gallery, and Museum of Islamic Civilization.  

However enticing that might sound, we didn’t go in to check out the archives coz we were pressed for time. We did checkout the souvenir shop, though. They sold all sorts of trinkets from silly ballpens to preserved insects.

 

 

I did not buy anything from there though because we had a chance to check out the local night market on our first night and the prices in this shop are way too steep for the spendthrift that I am.

After a few minutes of going around, we decided to go and move on to our next destination. It’s such a shame how we were not even able to go inside the main museum but I’m trying to think of it in a positive way. More reasons to go back, yeah?

 

 

 

 Malaysia, I will be back someday. Someday…

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1. Popcorn has more antioxidants than fruit and vegetables

As well as being a great diet food, popcorn also contains a high level of antioxidents, which help fight harmful molecules. Posed by model

Popcorn was found to have a high level of concentrated antioxidants because it is made up of just four percent water while they are more diluted in fruits and vegetables because they are made up of up to 90 percent water.

 

2. The smell of freshly-cut grass is actually a plant distress call

The smell of freshly-cut grass is actually a plant distress call

The lovely scent of cut grass is the reek of plant anguish: When attacked, plants release airborne chemical compounds. Now scientists say plants can use these compounds almost like language, notifying nearby creatures who can “rescue” them from insect attacks.

 

3. You can injure your brain and suddenly turn into a foodie

Although the article doesn’t go into more detail about this quirk of his brain injury, he’s not an isolated case. When a certain part of the right hemisphere of the brain is damaged by trauma, stroke or tumors, some patients develop “gourmand syndrome.” First identified by neuroscientists in the 1990s, the disorder is marked by “a preoccupation with food and a preference for fine eating.”

 

4. Being alone can break your heart 

In recent years, researchers have begun to unravel the cardiovascular effects of social isolation, and they’ve discovered that feeling alone may hurt the heart even more than actually being alone.

“We started looking at social isolation about 20 years ago, and we found fairly quickly that objective social isolation in everyday life isn’t as important as perceived social isolation,” says John Cacioppo, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago. “And there’s a term for perceived social isolation: It’s loneliness.”

What we call loneliness—the feeling that you have no one to turn to, that no one understands you—is a form of stress. And if it becomes chronic, it can wreak havoc on your blood vessels and heart.

 

My first ever international travel was to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. We wanted to optimize our stay and visit as much tourist spots as we could given the not-so-long-time that we had. Luckily, we were able to contact a fellow Pinoy who now resides in KK and makes a living out of being a tourist guide. We arranged for a city tour with a private car and a driver so going from one place to another was no problem.

The first place we visited was Sabah State Mosque (also known as City Mosque). It has one majestic dome and gold inlays. Pretty elegant, really.

The mosque could accomodate up to 5,000 worshippers at one time. Unfortunately, it was still closed when we dropped by so we did not get to see the interior of the place. Nothing much we could do but take pictures and stare in amazement at this stunning piece of architecture.

Visiting this place was the perfect jumpstart to a day of exploration around Kota Kinabalu.

I am headed home to my good ol’ province in less than 10 days for the Holy Week vacation and a cousin’s wedding. This would be the first ever family wedding I am able to attend (on my father’s side, at least) so I’m pretty stoked. In the past, much to my chagrin, I was either busy with school or work. Luckily, this wedding coincided with the Lenten vacation so successkid.jpg!

Anyway, I was looking through old photo albums and I realized I never got to share our vacation pictures in Ilocos Norte (and side trip in Vigan) some two years ago. I toured my friends around my hometown and revisited classic tourist spots all around Ilocos.

We headed straight to our house for a much needed breakfast and refresher. Then off to Cape Bojeador Lighthouse we went.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, also known as Burgos Lighthouse, is a cultural heritage structure in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, that was established during the Spanish Colonial period in the Philippines. It was first lit on March 30, 1892 and is set high on Vigia de Nagparitan Hill overlooking the scenic Cape Bojeador where early galleons used to sail by. After over 100 years, it still functions as a welcoming beacon to the international ships that enter the Philippine Archipelago from the north and guide them safely away from the rocky coast of the town.

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Just recently, I discovered a new form of art – the SPOKEN WORD. Sure, I have attended a couple of poetry reading and cultural nights before but never have I formally recognized Spoken Word as a real form of art.

I used to think that poems were supposed to always rhyme – that poems which do not rhyme are plainly not poetic at all. That’s why I could never get haikus. What with all the focus on counting and not rhyming. It’s stupid, I know. Forgive me and my apparent lack of artistic knowledge.

I am aware that I am not the most knowledgeable and cultured person. That’s why I always strive to learn new things. Thanks to tumblr and bloggers all over the world, I get to see things I would never have discovered on my own.

I saw a video of Sarah Kay performing one of her poems. I have never even heard of her or recognized spoken word as an art before I saw that video. When her performance ended, I couldn’t help myself from clicking on the other suggested videos. Before I knew it, I was totally hanging on to her words and watched at least ten of her performances in a row. I was hooked.

Here is one of my favorites from her:

 

 

And here’s Phil Kaye (Sarah’s co-founder of THE VOICE) with a pretty accurate description of the Spoken Word.

I don’t know about you but time really zooms by fast, yeah? One moment you’re just drinking sparkling grape juice while welcoming the new year and the next thing you know, BAM! It’s already the third month of the (not-so) new year! whatisthissorcery?.jpg

So what has happened over the past two months?

The usual. Been working my ass off, partying hard (lol not so much), squeezing in travel and leisure as much as I can, and eating a shit ton of fewd (I’ll have to tell you some other time about my fixation to milk teas!).

I don’t suppose things are about to change real soon. I am still buried knee-deep in office work, still drink and get buzzed whenever I can, looking at possibilities of beach tripsssssss in the next few months, and consuming food like it’s my job. THE USUAL. lol

And yeah, just this morning, I saw the trailer for THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER MADE. Watch it, watch it, watch it! Jimmy Kimmel is one hilarious punk.

So funny, leh?

How have you been? How is life treating you, so far?