Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Boracay-- the best beach in the world

Boracay Beach
is off the north-western tip of Panay Island in the Visayan Region and is about 300kms south of the Capitol of Manila. It has become the number one tourist destination of the Philippines. Travellers from all over the globe come to see the world's most beautiful beach-"White Sands Beach". Boracay is shaped like a dumb-bell, it is 7 km. long and the narrowest spot is nearly 1 km. wide. Land area is approximately 1, 083 hectares with about 6,000 locals. The island belongs to the municipality of Malay in Aklan province and consists of three communities locally called "barangay". Yapak in the northern barangay, Balabag in the central barangay and Manoc-Manoc in the southern barangay. The northern and southern parts of the island rise into picturesque hills, with elevations of 100 meters above sea level which face the sea with weather worn cliffs. This is were you will find the famous Nami Boracay Resort which is perched high atop a cliff face were the most spectacular view can be found. The Island has numerous scattered villages interconnected by a maze of locally carved jungle pathways.The Island boasts of having one of the world's finest beaches - White Beach, a broad 3.5 kilometer stretch of sugary white sand, washed by crystal clear turquoise water. The Island's pure white beaches are a sun worshipper's heaven on earth. If lying on a perfect white beach under the tropical sun sipping some exotic drink forgetting the stresses of life is your conception of relaxation than this is the place for you.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Weird people: a story of a weird man named Howard

Background
Howard Hughes was born in Texas in 1905. Raised by an overly obsessive mother who forced him to endure strange cleanliness rituals, douse himself with mineral oil daily, and forced him to stay away from other 'germ ridden' children, Howard had no other alternative than to be different. His mother died when he was 16 and his father perished 2 years later. The youth took over his father's company, the Hughes Tool Company and was immediately recognized for his brilliant business skills.

His Life
Bored with business, Howard became a movie producer and created such classics as Scarface, Hell's Angels, and The Outlaw. He turned his favorite hobby, flying airplanes into a lucrative business too forming the Hughes Aircraft Company. He quickly became the world's richest man.
But as Howard's riches grew, so did his eccentricities. After suffering several mental breakdowns in the 1950's, Howard began conducting all business activities through intermediaries, particularly Mormons who he considered the only people clean enough to be allowed in his presence.

His Eccentricities
His fear of people and the world around him lured him into purchasing his own hotel so he could remain isolated. Most of his time was spent watching old movies on a local TV station. When the station began airing alternative programming during the wee morning hours, Howard bought the TV stations so he could direct the programming.
His personal entourage was forced to wear white cotton gloves and masks and required to perform bizarre cleansing procedures every time they left and entered his room. He eventually eschewed clothing for sanitary reasons and began living the remaining years of his life naked. Lights were kept off to avoid contamination. Food consumption became scarce due to his fear of being poisoned. To ease the remaining pains of life, Howard turned to drugs.

His Death
At the end of his life, the 6'4" Hughes weighed a meager 90 pounds when he died at the age of 70 years old.

Child completed more than one mile swim

SAN FRANCISCO - A 7-year-old Arizona boy completed an estimated 1.4-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the city's Aquatic Park early Monday.

Braxton Bilbrey's coach and two other adults joined him in the chilly waters of San Francisco Bay. He was greeted at the finish by reporters, photographers and well-wishers.
"I think it's pretty cool," Braxton said shortly after his father grabbed him under the arms and lifted him out of the water.
When asked what he wanted to do next, Braxton said he hoped to swim the English Channel.
Stacey Bilbrey originally wasn't sold on the idea of her son swimming from Alcatraz, but she accepted it once he proved he was dedicated to his goal.
"For a 7-year-old to be that motivated and stick with a goal that long is amazing," she said.
Alcatraz, once a notorious federal prison that housed some of the nation's infamous criminals, including Chicago mobster Al Capone, is now a tourist site that attracts about 1 million visitors a year. It also draws a fair share of swimmers who attempt the crossing as part of the annual Escape from Alcatraz triathlon.
The second-grader from Glendale, Ariz., got the idea when he saw a magazine story about a 9-year-old boy who made the swim. Johnny Wilson, a fourth grader from Hillsborough completed the swim in 53-degree waters last October.
Braxton, who has completed several short-scale youth triathlons, then asked his swim coach if he could do it.
"If you were to ask me if a 7-year-old is old enough to do it, I'd say maybe one out of 10 million," coach Joe Zemaitis said. "But he's that one."

SAN FRANCISCO - A 7-year-old Arizona boy completed an estimated 1.4-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the city's Aquatic Park early Monday.

Braxton Bilbrey's coach and two other adults joined him in the chilly waters of San Francisco Bay. He was greeted at the finish by reporters, photographers and well-wishers.
"I think it's pretty cool," Braxton said shortly after his father grabbed him under the arms and lifted him out of the water.
When asked what he wanted to do next, Braxton said he hoped to swim the English Channel.
Stacey Bilbrey originally wasn't sold on the idea of her son swimming from Alcatraz, but she accepted it once he proved he was dedicated to his goal.
"For a 7-year-old to be that motivated and stick with a goal that long is amazing," she said.
Alcatraz, once a notorious federal prison that housed some of the nation's infamous criminals, including Chicago mobster Al Capone, is now a tourist site that attracts about 1 million visitors a year. It also draws a fair share of swimmers who attempt the crossing as part of the annual Escape from Alcatraz triathlon.
The second-grader from Glendale, Ariz., got the idea when he saw a magazine story about a 9-year-old boy who made the swim. Johnny Wilson, a fourth grader from Hillsborough completed the swim in 53-degree waters last October.
Braxton, who has completed several short-scale youth triathlons, then asked his swim coach if he could do it.
"If you were to ask me if a 7-year-old is old enough to do it, I'd say maybe one out of 10 million," coach Joe Zemaitis said. "But he's that one."

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Time

As I stood near the door
Waiting fo the time to flow
Angels in despair share my sorrows
Then each leaves falling from the trees
Make me remember those memories

These are the winds that give me life
Songs that melt and make me joyful
Those whispers that I remember
And hear within my heart

It is the love that you give
The immense kindness that you showed
You are the light out of this dark world
It is from now to Eternity

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