Pale Blue Dot

8 03 2008

Ever wonder how the Earth would look like from the edge of the solar system?Here is a humbling video of Carl Sagan’s address about the picture of Earth taken by Voyager 1. It just shows how insignificant we are in the grand scale of things, how pointless it is for us to stage wars, to commit violent acts upon one another. Watch this and it will feel good. :)



Beijing: Transforming an Old Capital into a City of the Future

22 02 2008


Since Beijing won the bid for the 2008 Olympic back in 2001, the city has been undergoing a massive makeover in a bid to amaze the tens of thousands of visitors for the Olympic games. How did they go about doing this? By building amazing, cutting edge architecture that no other place (perhaps, excluding Dubai) would risk building.

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Seoul’s Oldest Building Succumbs to Drunk Old Man

13 02 2008


In a devastating loss for South Korea, the country’s National Treasure No. 1, the Namdaemoon, fell to a fire started by a drunk old man. Or at least, that was how the first reports were calling him. The latest word is that it was started by a man who also tried to set fire to the Royal Palace two years ago. Apparently he has some land issues with the government, I guess this was his way of getting some attention from them. But after this, he will only get the other kind of attention from the government.

The Namdaemoon was the southern gate of Seoul when it was a walled city in the past. Apparently the Japanese tore down the walls during its occupation of Korea and the Namdaemoon is the only remaining remnant of the great wall of Seoul. Standing in the middle of a busy intersection, it was a great reminder of the Korea of the past.

On the bright side, the stone base of the Namdaemoon received little to no damage. A heritage group will rebuild the famous landmark at a cost of $21 million and it will take three years to finish. Although it’s nice that it will be rebuilt, that aura of the old building will be gone. Oh, I wish wood wasn’t so susceptible to fire.

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Fort Bonifacio Global City, Philippines

21 12 2006

Fort Bonifacio Global City is a masterplanned city that is designed to meet the needs of the 21st Century. That sounds like marketing speak, but this video explains it much better than I do.

I’ve been following up the developments of Fort Bonifacio for about a year now. New residential condominiums and office buildings are popping up all over the city. I might just buy a condo at this city when I’m older (and have the $$$)

The video shows a possible Fort Bonifacio 15 years in the future with the City Center densely packed with high-rises. Right now the City Center is in development with only the Retail Promenade in construction.

More pictures of the Fort Bonifacio Global City as it is now.

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Living the Star Wars Life, No Really

12 12 2006


Almost 30 years after the first Star Wars film debuted on the big screen, the film sets of the Star Wars movie in the sandy deserts of Tunisia have become home to poor Tunisians who have nowhere else to go. Who knew that the sandstone dwellings that housed Anakin Skywalker in the movies would become a refuge for poor desert people?

…he explained to me that since he had neither family nor money, he came to live in the movie set. He looks after the place, the real roof of the fake house protects him from the sandstorms, and if a tourist throws him a small coin every once in a while, he can buy some more tea and some food. And he is hardly the only one living in the Lucas-built wonderland in the middle of the Sahara.

It seems that Tunisia has got itself a lil’ tourist spot. I’d like to go there someday. If it weren’t so hot I would so go there, bring my lightsaber and live the Jedi life. I’m afraid I can’t handle the two suns.

Read the very interesting article here.

Makati City, Philippines

27 11 2006
(Photo by Flickr: janzedrik)

Before seeing Makati, I never knew that Philippines had such a city. One that is filled with tall high rise skyscrapers and modern buildings. Reading the SkycraperCity forums have been an englightening experience for me as I can see places all over the world that are beautiful and not just urban sprawls but also natural places. One thing I’ve learned is that even though the Philippines is considered a third world country by many, it is one of the richest areas in terms of natural resources. But for now I’ll show you the “NYC” of the Philippines: Makati, one of the cities that make up the Metro Manila.

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Thanksgiving at Disneyland

25 11 2006

Disneyland Entrance

This Thanksgiving I went to LA with my dad, sister, and niece. We spent the whole day at the park and had lots of fun. After eight years since my last visit to Disneyland, every ride, sight, and Disney character was fresh. Not to mention that going with my little niece Aira made it so much more fun, witnessing her amazement at every little thing was to me the best part.

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