Wednesday, February 18, 2009

0ff to thailand

My Bangkok plans includes exploring three very different and interesting places during a walk about in the city’s bustling flower market, a china town, a serene Buddhist temple.   95% of Thailand's population in Buddhist, there are around 400 wats (wat means temple) in Bangkok. My tour takes me to one of the most impressive: The Reclining Buddha temple “Wat Pho”. This is also home to the original and famous massage school

I will also travel by boat through the backwater canals of old Bangkok.

Nineteenth-century Bangkok was laced with waterways, giving the capital the designation “Venice of the East”. Over the past three decades many of the canals have disappeared and made way for motorways. Surviving canals and the mighty Chao Phraya, Bangkok’s River of Kings, provide a fascinating insight into the traditional waterborne Thai way-of-life that has remained essentially unchanged over the centuries.

The Royal Grand Palace is one of Bangkok’s most visited attractions and a wonder of the modern world. The royal palace, covering one square mile, was built in 1782 by King Rama I and remained a royal residence of the Chakri Kings up until the present monarch, who moved his home to the Dusit neighborhood.

Another highlight is Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) which houses Thailand’s most revered Buddha image carved from a single piece of jade, believed to be the protector of the kingdom. The area is always crowded with worshippers as well as visitors trying to catch a glimpse of Thailand’s most sacred image of the Buddha.

I also look forward to visiting and maybe even dinning at the top of Bangkok's second tallest building - the landmark State Tower with its highly visible golden dome.

Book mark my blog so you can come back and see what I experienced and so help you plan your own trip to this land of smiles.

blogging 101 and check out my other one

Blogging 101   Friday, 13 February 2009 11:40 by Writer's Relief Staff

The term “blog” is a derivative of “Weblog,” a phrase coined by Jorn Barger to describe his online journal, Robot Wisdom. A “blogger” is the person behind the blog—a collection of online journal entries. And the “blogosphere” is the community of blogging sites as a whole. Got it? Here’s some history.

Back in 1995 FrontPage was released by Vermeer Technologies. It was one of the first Web publishing tools, and it was designed to allow ordinary people (those without coding skills) to publish their own Web sites. Two years later Ritual Entertainment hired Steve Gibson to write journal entries online full-time, making him one of the first professional bloggers. And today there are too many blogging sites to document.

Weblogs originally were defined by one single characteristic: the site had to contain a series of dated entries. From there Weblogs differed in scope and content, style and tone, but they all contained individual commentaries, personal thoughts, and links to related sites. A blog may contain videos, photos, sketches, even music. Read one person’s journal-type blog over a period of a year, for example, and you get a pretty good idea about what it’s like to walk in that person’s shoes for a while. It’s socially appropriate voyeurism.


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Sunday, February 1, 2009

danger of travel is high

True? Check this piece out on out if you have post travel distress.

Returning home can be dangerous to your health - post travel distress and a general malaise that can leave one feeling restless, irritable and discontented. 
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