Sunday, August 31, 2008

50 places to see before you die

WARNING: THIS POST MAY CAUSE A SLIGHT TINT OF GREEN IN YOUR COMPLEXION DUE TO OVERWHELMING JEALOUSY.

today was an uber boring day. lol.
linked people, then added new songs on my blog, then surfed the web aimlessly..
yea. then i came across this link.


1) Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

2) The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

3) Torres del Paine, Chile
4) Chichen Itza, Mexico

5) The Maldives, Maldives
6) Zermatt, Switzerland
7) Masai Mara, Kenya

8) Luxor, Egypt

9) Rapa Nui, Chile (Enigmatic maoi, iconic statues carved from compressed volcanic ash, scatter the remote island of Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island. (OMG) The monumental stone heads were carved, moved and erected around AD1000, but the circumstances of their creators remain shrouded in mystery. Far off the coast of mainland Chile, the Polynesian island is not the cheapest destination, especially considering that you can see all its sights within a few days. However, this World Heritage site more than justifies the expense.)

10) Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe
11) The Alhambra, Spain

12) Angkor Wat, Cambodia

13) Yosemite National Park, USA
14) Bali, Indonesia

15) Hong Kong, Hong Kong

16) The Amazon, Brazil

17) Petra, Jordan

18) Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil

19) Golden Temple, India

20) Great Wall, China (been there, done that ;D)

21) Hawaii, USA
22) Angel Falls, Venezuela
23) Bangkok, Thailand (checked^^)

24) Machu Picchu, Peru
25) Bora Bora, Tahiti and her Islands (Forget places to see before you die – this is the place to indulge yourself before it’s too late. Tahiti and her Islands (also known as French Polynesia) represent an idyll where your dreams of the perfect tropical island getaway become reality. Isolated in the middle of the ocean, thousands of miles from anywhere, the islands are home to emerald lagoons, trees dripping with fruit, coral reefs and gorgeous sun-washed beaches. And Bora Bora is the country’s signature island.)

26) Himalayas, Nepal/Tibet/India (Mount Everest!!! K2!!!)
27) Sagrada Familia, Spain
28) Alaska, USA
29) Singapore, Singapore (A melting pot of East and West, and an eye-popping example of the region's economic success, Singapore never fails to overwhelm the first-time visitor. This former British trading post bristles with glass-smothered skyscrapers, flashing lights and spotless streets (chewing gum is famously banned here). Moreover, the city buzzes with a vibrant nightlife, a rich cultural mix and a lifetime’s worth of culinary experiences. Start by lapping up Singapore Sling cocktails at the famed Raffles Hotel one night, and chow down in the food markets of Bugis Junction and Clarke Quay the next.) (yup, i can't believe its on this list either...)

30) La Digue, Seychelles (Then again, if you’d swap all the monuments, cities and mountains in the world for a stunning stretch of sugary sand and sizzling sun, then be sure the Seychelles makes your list of places to see before you die. Of all the 115 islands that make up the country, La Digue is one of the most luxuriant, tropical paradises – ringed by dazzling beaches and sky-blue waters. And back onshore you’ll find the rich rhythms, colours and flavours of Africa.)

31) Dubai, UAE

32) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Let’s see. Why does Rio - the so-called Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City) - deserve to be among the 50 places to see before you die? Could it be its location, sandwiched between lush, forested mountains and silky white beaches? Or maybe it’s the dramatic landmarks, from hilltop Christ the Redeemer (its was struck by lightning, but remained undamaged) to the city’s innumerable colonial mansions and churches. Or perhaps it’s the exuberant Cariocas themselves, whose passion is evident year-round, not only for the world-famous carnival. For whichever reason, though, Rio is at the top of many a traveller’s wishlist and rightly so.)

33) Uluru, Australia (Named Uluru by the local Pitjantjatjara people, it was then renamed Ayers Rock by explorer, William Gosse, in honour of Sir Henry Ayers, then chief secretary of South Australia. This was contentious for many years, and it is now dual-named.)

34) Cape Town, South Africa (Few world cities can compete with the natural backdrop of Cape Town. This beautiful city sits below the immense bulk of Table Mountain, is fringed by gorgeous beaches and cushioned by productive vineyards. There are also the lively cosmopolitan culture and friendly locals to boast of. But really all it takes is a ride up the mountain in Cape Town’s iconic cable car and you’ll understand why the city is so high on our list of places to see before you die.)

35) Las Vegas strip, USA

36) Red Square, Russia (It’s not red, and it’s not square. But everything else about this monumental plaza lives up to its incredible reputation. Russia’s symbolic heart does not disappoint in grandeur or sights. You could spend a week exploring the buildings that surround it: from Lenin's Mausoleum to the State History Museum, the GUM shopping centre to the stunning St Basil's Cathedral.)

37) The Acropolis, Greece
(Some would say this ‘city of temples’ is the most important ancient site in the Western world. We content ourselves with saying it’s one of the most spectacular by far. Crowned by the unmistakable bulk of the Parthenon, it sits above the city of Athens, and its presence is felt throughout the city. Begun in 510BC, the temples are built of gleaming white marble that turns golden as the light fades.)

38) Venice canals, Italy


Rialto Bridge
Bridge of Sighs

(This beautiful northern Italian city, famous for its gondoliers, is made up of 118 small islands, connected by bridges. See the stunningly ornate Rialto Bridge and the Byron-named Bridge of Sighs, the iconic enclosed limestone bridge that famously connected the old prison with the interrogation rooms of the Doge’s Palace. From here, prisoners took in their last view of Venice before being banged up.)

39) Stonehenge, UK (This ancient ring of monolithic stones adorns a million t-shirts, tea towels, posters and pencil sharpeners. Its druidic following has lent it a surreal, comic reputation. But Stonehenge’s mystical appeal that has endured for the last 5,000 years lives on, only enhanced by its mysterious origins. If we hesitated about putting Stonehenge on a list of places to see before you die for even a moment, it was only because visitors can no longer walk among the huge stones themselves. For that’s where you can fully appreciate what an incredible feat their erection represents.)

40) Niagara Falls, Canada/USA (These huge waterfalls are infamous, but no matter how many times you have seen them on Superman II, in real life the true scale, not to mention the sound, of the falls is a breathtaking experience. They sit between two unique cities, both called Niagara Falls, one in Ontario, Canada; one in New York, USA.)
41) The Coliseum, Italy
42) The Pyramids, Egypt (The subject of so very many conspiracy theories, in truth the origin of the pyramids is fairly straightforward – they were built as monuments to the men they entombed. There are still over 100 pyramids, the huge Giza pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo, being the most famous. The Great Pyramid is the only remaining member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.)

43) Sydney Harbour, Australia

44) Manhattan, New York, USA

45) Eiffel Tower, France (Like Buckingham Palace and Beefeaters to London, this tower has come to be shorthand for France and Frenchness. A testament to modern architecture, the 319m-high iron structure was the tallest in the world from 1989 until the 1930s Chrysler Building in New York. The design, the view and the food at Le Jules Verne restaurant make this an ever-special place to visit.)

46) Mt Cook National Park, New Zealand (New Zealand was always a top contender in this list: a country of such astounding seismic beauty, with every natural attraction to boast of. Glacial mountains, vast lakes, steaming geysers, remote beaches and thick forests are just the beginning. The range of outdoor activities – from rafting to bungy jumping – is just as wide. And if there’s one place in New Zealand most worthy of this list, it’s the South Island, and in particular, the stunning Mt Cook National Park. No less than 22 of the country’s 27 highest mountains reside here. Mt Cook, itself, reaches 3,755m (12,391ft).)

47) Canadian Rockies, Canada

48) Taj Mahal, India

49) Great Barrier Reef, Australia

50) The Grand Canyon, USA (One of the only landmarks you can spot from outer space, this vibrant red canyon was born out of rock by the huge, rumbling Colorado River over millions of years. The canyon itself sits within the Grand Canyon National Park, and there’s now a glass ‘Skywalk’ rising 1220m (4,000ft) above the floor of the canyon, to really test your metal.)

I sooooo wanna go backpacking around the world...


randomness...

i'm sooooooooooooo boreddddd....... :(

so i've decided to be really random now...



i watched tv the whole day on 30Aug.

i've been having really weird dreams these few days. mostly bout things i hear or see or know or wadever. but one of them is really freaky. i dreamt that i was watching the news. bbc somemore. then this article came up showing two pics side by side. and then its about a new species of human. -.- having a new feature. -.- and you know what? the new species of human has triple eyelids. -.- suan. stop laughing hor. -.- walao!~~ then i think cos i read this interesting article the other day about useless body parts. go see number 10. Plica semilunaris. wtf. then i was thinking... we could lose quite abit of weight when we are free of some of those body parts lo. -.- okay. nvm me.

I AM BROKE and in serious need of medication for the penniless syndrome.

i wanna buy every book written by jodi picoult.

i wanna read the "tales of the beedle bard" NOW.

i watched "Tears of the Sun" on ch5 just now and it was nice. and my mouth hung open for most parts of the movie.

i watched a chinese movie today. ?!?!!??!?!!#*&%^!. "The Phantom Lover". and it was awesome. and that's a first. cos i've never felt this way about a re-made movie. its like "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Phantom of the Opera" rolled into one. and instead of the Don Juan, they played romeo and juliet instead.

Leslie Cheung is so handsome... but he's gay? and its such a waste he's dead...

my mum said leslie cheung's complexion is very good. wahahaha

i SOOOOOOO regret not going to watch Phantom of the Opera live. i think last year? and they said its the last time it'll be performed... :'( *cries*

someone made me angry big time again at 1:30am. but i didn't fight back. i learnt to reason and swallow hurt. i learnt to hide anger and avoid lashing back.

i survived an entire day(minus 30mins) without the comp :D

i miss school... or just them friends...

my mother doesn't know the meaning of holiday... *sigh* another person who needs a dictionary...

i am expected to do homework and flip through notes all day.

i want to diet.

but i wanna eat.

but i don't wanna eat.

i want to go to greece. new zealand. paris. zurich. mongolia. australia. africa. cape town. SWITZERLAND. hawaii. tioman island. or maybe i just want to get away. from some people. for a while...

i want to explore the mysterious places like easter island. cooks island. you know. comprehension sucks because they give you awesome stories bout places like this but you're not there to experience it.

i want to visit the salty salty dead sea.

i wanna parachute.

i want motivation. for i don't know what.

i need peace.

i want to end this post cos the air is getting really emo in here and i can't breathe.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

woopeedoo~~~

see la...

thanks so much starbucks, giving me more free eye-shadows.. which appears on the opposite lid.

and thank you brain. for not freaking think of the freaking caffeine.

and thank you my ******, for making me feel so "attractive". *rolls eyes*

and thank you my dear, dear pineal gland for being soooooooo non-existent.

thanks y'all.

Friday, August 29, 2008

WOOOOO~~~ I FINALLY GOT TO SEE MY BESTIE!!!!! :D

YAY!!! hahaha haven't seen her for at least 6months!!! and she haven't changed ONE BIT!!! except maybe... grow even skinnier?? oh my... envy envy envy...

lol. okay. so. went to sp at ard 12.30pm... THANK GOD i was late. hahaha she had a meeting in sch and it ended later than we expected!! so... waited for only abt 10 mins or so?... then we went to canteen (uh.. i dunno which one..) to have lunch tgt.. hahaha then caught up a lil'.. hahaha

then we headed to orchard.. muahahha.. went to wisma (hahaha yea!!! cotton on again!! lol.. tried on the top i hesitated to buy ytd, again... in the end still din buy it.. lol) then went to the starbucks... but nydia din see the something ice-blended mocha she wanted... hahah then we finished up wisma.. then headed to the starbucks next to wheelock place.. but they also din have the one she wanted!! haha, i think its like limited-edition?? LOL. then i got white chocolate chip ice-blended frappucino (oh my tian... that'll be another 100kg thank you) which was damn nice. hahaha then we tried to go to the ZARA shop next door. but the security guard din let us in cos of the drink, then he said "ice-cream somemore!!" which was damn funny cos it was actually whipped cream can? HAHAHHAAH

then we went to far-east plaza to shop cos its the only place which actually allows drinks? ahahaa then nydia got her oreo crush bubble tea. MUAHAHAH then we went on to hunt for her shorts... but failed to find ANY.. haha

ANYWAY. SOH SUAN HUI. THE TWO ITEMS YOU WANTED SOOOOOOOOO BADLY ARE AVAILABLE IN ABUNDANCE IN FAR EAST PLAZAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!! *wink*

then we finished with far east plaza. and went to mango which was -.-... then went to the... uh... what place eh? uh... the place with the ripcurl store. (shit. my memory is gone. nb. finito. finish. over). nvm. hahah then went back to the ZARA shop again. lol. the children and baby's clothes are UBERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR cute okayyyyyyyyyy. lol. then went to taka to shop!!! (pull and bear!!! yup!!!) :D and hunted for nydia's shorts... found two which fitted her waist but didn't fit her thigh? (i beg you to grow fatter girl!!!) .. lol... hahaha then had our dinner there...

then. we decided it was tooooooo early to go home... eh... or we just wanted to shop? lol. so we went down to raffles city to shop even more.. yup. then shop here and there... then we decided to head down to the esplanade :D wawhahaah then went to the rooftop. and ogled at the sight abit.(ya. so sua ku hor. my first time up there i think. i think i went before when i was younger... but you know la.. my memory...) then tried to take pictures of the view. but you know my phone's camera sucks la... lol. then attempted to take pics of us. but failed miserably too.. lol.. then walked around a bit... then tried to take pics of the singapore flyer but failed too. ya... but we finally managed to capture ONE shot like finally lo... oh yea!! many bands playing too!! and a duo performing indoors.. lol. then we finally decided to go home la. hahaha. but so suay know. when we finally decided to go home, the band decided to finish performing too.. and so, we squeezed with the crowd lo. lol. reached home around 11 plus?(see la. time ALSO i can forget -.-) yup. so... since i only have 1 picture... played ard with photobucket a bit... wahaha (aiya... ppl bored mah..)

PICTURES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
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I LOVE YOU NYDIA!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

Thursday, August 28, 2008

i FINALLY, have a life people :D

yup!! :D hahaha yesterday, went out with salleh and suan!! :D woo~~~ haven't seen them in a while... lols.

so, we met at clementi, then went to newyork newyork at marina square.. for some catching up with each other's life.. :) ahahah. then we talked bout spooooooky ghost stories. then laughed like crazy... ahhaah. then walked around for a lil' bit... then went to cineleisure to watch PS. I Love You. mauahhaha. (the book was nicer though.. :X).. aahah then went to hong kong cafe to chill a bit.. hahah then this really funny waiter or manager or wadeva was persuading us to sign up for the membership. but we were trying so hard not to laugh lo. lol.

anyway, we headed to wisma atria after that... hahaha then went to cotton on... muahahah. bought a pair of shorts there.. then went to cotton on body. muahahhaha then fantasized a lil' bout the kl trip. HAAHAHH.

then we decided to head home alr. hahahaha not bad for a "first day of life" eh? :P

oh. and i MUST get a job soon or i'll die of the penniless syndrome.

NYDIA!!!!!!!! we are finally meeting tmr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D


ps: pics of the day are with suan and salleh!! post them up some other time k? haahah no promises though, as we chose to be out on a not-so-photogenic day :X heehee :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

what???

oh my... its all... sooo unreal?? or does everyone feel this way too??? oh goooossshhhhhh... soooo unbelievable man... its only a piece of paper... yet... omggggg~~~

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Monday, August 25, 2008

another uber boring day lo...

wakakakaka the tv finally got its first day of break after like... 16 days?? yup... but sooooo bored la... now that the olympics are over... sian half... yea lor. the sian-ness started right from ytd night lo. resulting in the really mad post of the closing ceremony... (see previous post) :D

haahhaah but wth... today.... still din go out... stayed at home and murdered ants... lots and lots and lots of ants... OMGGGGGGGG~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ okay.. nvm about that i guess...

then did the omg laundry then tried to come online and the omg desktop went berserk and hanged halfway to the omg start-up. then the omg monitor light was blinking but there's nothing on the omg screen!??!!? so wtf lor. THANK GOD for this heaven-sent laptop... else god knows man... i would have to live without the comp(AGAIN) and go crazy and mia from blog, msn, youtube and wadever lo. and i'd be even more no-life than i already am right now.

ohh.... i just realised that i've been typing all that sub-consciously lo.... sorry ah... so boring leh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ROARRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!

oh yea... btw... to anyone and everyone who survived all that crap above... PLEASE I BBBEEEGGG YYYOOOUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need a job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! intro me or something alright!?!??! i've been looking on the web for the past 3 hours... but still... NOTHING!!! OH GOD...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Beijing Olympics 2008 Closing Ceremony

just watched the ceremony... its directed by Zhang Yi Mou, famous director he is..

Chapter 1 Reunion


-Pre-ceremony Performance
haha this wasn't broadcasted on national tv... but what happened was Fuwa was the main theme of this segment... you know... Fuwa... the 5 panda mascots.. hhaahha


-Entrance of the President of PRC, the President of IOC and VIP
*yawn*


-Prelude, Countdown and Fireworks Display
The countdown starts from "29", indicating the 29th Olympic Games. From "29" to "11", highlights of this Olympic Games are shown with countdown numbers on the screen. Then from "10" to "0", fireworks were shot up in the shape of the numbers.. followed by more fireworks...


-Welcome the president of PRC, the President of IOC
*yawn*

-Raising the PRC National Flag, Singing the PRC National Anthem
*yawn*

-Prelude
-Greeting the Guests
Silver bell performers dance in tune with the beat of the heavenly drums on the Mian Stage to greet the guests.

-Entrance of the NOC Flags
*hmm*

-Entrance of the Atheletes
*day-dreaming* oh!! hey!! Feng TianWei waved to national tv!!! *back to day-dreaming*


-Marathon Victory Ceremony
o.O


-Entrance of the Representatives of Volunteers
*dreams again*

-Entrance of the New Members of IOC Athletes' Commission
ooo... more kids...
-New Members of IOC Athletes' Commission Present Flowers to the Representatives of Volunteers
ooo... flowers... hmm..


-The Present of IOC and the Present of BOCOG Take the Floor
*stares at the screen* whoa... thank god that speech was short..


-Raising the UK National Flag and Playing the UK National Anthem; Raising the Greek National Flag and Playing the Greek National Anthem
*stares at screen more*


-Lowering the Olympic Flag and singing the Olympic Hymn
*dreams* ooo.. nice song!!! *stares at screen* *giggles at the robotic way of the folding of the flag* *dreams more*

-Entry of Mayor of Beijing and Mayor of London, Olympic Flag Handover Ceremony
Mayor of Beijing Guo Jinlong walked form VIP corridor to the Main Stage with the Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Mayor of Beijing receives the Olympic flag from the flag-bearer. Waves it comically around, hands it to the President of IOC, who waves it comically too, then hands the flag to the Mayor of London standing on the left to the Olympic Flag Handover Ceremony.. who waves it comically around too. *laughs*

-Handover Performance

wooo~~ thats the trademark red London bus!!!
Destination London 2012


Guess who's inside the bus!!! there's a 9 year-old girl. picked from thousands of kids from a tv prog.. something like that... then there's Leona Lewis!! and legendary Led Zeppelin rock group guitarist Jimmy Page (err i dunno who), then David Beckham!!!(hmmm.. where's Posh?)

Leona Lewis

ya. btw. that's what the bus transformed into. the green thing..

David Beckham(kicking a ball to the crowd below)

Chapter 2 Memory

-Extinguishing the Olympic Flame -- Prelude
An airport electronic flight screen appears on the large screen of the Stadium. An athlete about to leave walks up the boarding ladder and turns around affectionately.

-Extinguishing the Olympic Flame -- Memory
The rim of the bowl changes into a red track. Special lights cast precious and spectacular scenes of the 16 days from the lighting of the holy flame to now onto the track in the air.

-Extinguishing the Olympic Flame -- Flame
The athlete on the boarding ladder looks at the burning holy flame in the distance, and slowly folds painting scroll. The holy flame of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games is slowly extinguished. As the holy fame is extinguished, a huge "holy flame" is lighted at he center of the field (396 "memory tower" performers simulate the flame with their bodies. The "holy flame" on the "memory tower" is flowing with ever-changing scenes, expressing man's Olympic spirit of "Citius, Altius, Fortius." In the passionate far-reaching music, 16 lucky cloud yarn strips slowly rise along the "memory tower" on the Main Stage.

just a flicker left...


Chapter 3 Carnival
ermm.. lets just say that this portion was a little wierd... lots of.. you know... nasal singing... you know.. in the very chinese way... erm.. lots of err...remixes of otherwise, nice songs.. but.. yeah... then got the "pavarotti"-singing guy with the nasal-singing-very-shiny woman doing a duet.

wanna read even more details? just head over to the link below :D


the Olympics is officially over... and thus, boredom begins...

Credits:
http://en.beijing2008.cn/