Wednesday, October 29, 2008

IT'S BACK!

NEW NCCA GRANT FOR MARINDUQUE

After the success of last February's "Viva Marinduque" cultural showcase tour on the island-province, the National Commission for Culture & the Arts (NCCA) has decided to provide a new grant to the provincial government of Marinduque for the re-mounting of the presentation in celebration of Philipine International Arts Festival (PIAF)2009.

It will be recalled that since the inception of the said festival there has been no known effort from the side of local government units in Marinduque, nor national line agencies offices or cultural organizations to celebrate it with appropriate programs and activities. The provincial government thus took up the challenge in December last year by spearheading the "Viva" move. This was quickly responded to by the municipal LGUs and the private sector.

The Marinduque celebration of the Philippine Arts Festival 2008, (Ani ng Sining in Marinduque), through a cultural showcase that included the various art forms was conducted from February 6-26, 2008. This was done through a series of shows presented in all the six (6) municipalities of Marinduque that saw the participation of some 100-120 artistic and production staff. All the municipalities contributed their own showcases/numbers through songs, dances or plays, making it a truly unifying project. This has also probably made it the longest Philippine Arts Festival held in a particular locality.

Critical acclaim to the project was strengthened by two separate resolutions – one from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Marinduque that praised the project for having “exuded the province’s unique culture, customs and traditions which were hailed by most of those who witnessed the various activities and presentations relative to the same” and “ despite the limited time and budget of the provincial government and the six municipalities, it did not constrain them from organizing a committee that made the event a success and even strengthened a collaborative effort with the national government offices/agencies and other organizations that led to such an achievement”.

The second resolution was adopted by the Sangguniang Bayan ng Gasan which stressed that “those who were able to watch the presentation of this theatrical production can not help but admire the depth of its message, the beauty of its choreography, and the craftiness of its adaptation of light and sound effects and musical scoring”, that “Viva Marinduque is truly reflective of the richness of Marinduque’s beliefs, customs and traditions, and can also be an effective vehicle in the preservation of these cultures”; further stating, that the participation of Gasan youths “in this theatrical production have elevated them to a new dimension of skills, confidence and discipline” and that Viva Marinduque “is worthy of watching again and again and again”.

Cultural presentations of this nature also play significantly in continuously unifying the people. "Viva" organizers hope that the 2009 presentations could also be presented in far-flung areas on the island.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

SCUBA-DIVING IN MARINDUQUE



The Capitol's Tourism Team (Prov.Adm. Lord Allan Velasco, Joven Lilles & Gerry Jamilla) went scuba diving recently at the west wall of Elephant Island for updates on the state of Marinduque's divesites. This underwater photo was taken by Engr. Pampola.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT LETTER

Saturday, October 25, 2008 11:23 AM
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Dear Gov. Carrion,

Thank you for publishing in the Marinduque Government website my letter sent to you dated August 11, 2008 regarding your infracstructure project, Farm to Market Road. In my letter, I referred to the dirt road stretch from Maygayo to Tumapon which requires much needed attention to alleviate inconvenience experienced by commuters from the affected Barangays. Aside from publishing the letter in the Provincial Government website, your office acknowledged it in a letter addressed to me personally prepared by Atty. Lord Alan Jay Q. Velasco, Provincial Administrator on August 27, 2008.

I was informed that there was work done to improve the road recently. I personally thank you for the immediate attention given and I am pretty sure the people are happy to see the improvement made.

It is good to know that our Government leaders are sensitive to the needs of the ordinary citizens who for a long time prefer to remain silent and unable to express their concerns to the people in power. By communicating with you, I feel I am fulfilling my obligation to help our people.

I hope you and other elected officials will continue your dedication to the upliftment of Marinduquenos' lives.

God Bless Us All!

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Spotted Hyena Facts


Latin Name: Crocuta crocuta

Weight: Males 50 – 60 kg, females 60 – 70kg.

Lifespan:
Both males and females live 20 to 25 years in the wild. In captivity the spotted hyena can live as long as 40 years.

Sexual differentiation:
At one stage the spotted hyena was actually classified as a hermaphrodite (to have both male and female genitals).

The females have higher levels of testosterone than the males do, resulting in them being larger. They are also more aggressive. At a glance one could easily mistake a female for a male, as the genitals of both the sexes are very similar in appearance. The female has an enlarged clitoris, which she can erect at will, she also has a fake scrotum that looks similar to that of the male’s scrotum.

Social grouping:
Within a group of hyenas there are predominately more females than males. The males have a loose association with the group, often roaming alone or with other males.

Group sizes vary considerably from area to area. Large clans of spotted hyena may have as many as 70 – 80 related individuals. The females being larger than the males, dominate with a definite hierarchy between the females.
The alpha female (matriarch) is normally the oldest and most experienced member of the clan, her young are of a high ranking at birth and often take over the leadership of the clan, if old enough and should the matriarch die.

Reproduction:
Females looking to mate, seek males from neighbouring clans to mate with, thus reducing the chances of any inbreeding.
After a gestation of about 120 days the female gives birth to 1 or 2 cubs which are hidden in old abandoned aardvark (antbear) burrows. The cubs, if of the same sex will often try to kill each other, otherwise known as siblicide. This allows only the stronger and more dominant cubs to survive. Single cubs also get more food and thus develop a lot faster. The cubs are totally black in colour, gradually getting lighter and developing spots as they mature.
The cubs may suckle for more than a year but are normally weaned by 4 months.
They reach sexual maturity by 3 years of age.

Diet and Feeding:
Although hyenas scavenge off other predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs, they are in actual fact superb hunters.
Instead of speed, spotted hyenas rely more on stamina and as a group they take turns in running after their prey over long distances, until the point when the animal exhausts itself and can’t run fast anymore.
The hyena then grabs hold of the prey with its powerful jaws, often tearing chunks of flesh off, resulting in the animal dying from loss of blood and shock.

Bones are no problem for the hyenas jaws to chew though and make a meal there of.

Habits and Territoriality:
The sizes of spotted hyena territories vary considerably, from as little as 30 square kilometres to 800 + square kilometres. Factors that influence the territory size are the availability of food and water as well as pressure from neighbouring rival clans.

Territory boundaries are marked by scent glands from the hyena’s anal region. When scent-marking the spotted hyena bends its hind legs slightly while walking and then smears a thick paste-like substance onto the grass and sticks.

Encounters between rival clans often start with an increase in scent-marking and vocalisations such as whooping. Vocalising acts as a warning signal to the rivals to move out of the area as well as attracting the attention of the other resident clan members to make them aware of the intruding hyenas.

If the all warnings are ignored, a battle between the two clans may begin, often resulting in serious injuries or even deaths.

Quick Facts:
-Statistically, Spotted Hyenas are responsible for EATING (NOT KILLING) more people than any other predator in Africa every year.
-Their jaws are capable of exerting pressures of up to 800 kg/square inch!
-Another name for the spotted hyena is the “laughing hyena”.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Ryugyong Hotel Pyongyang North Korea City tallest hotel

Pyongyang is the capital city of North Korea. It is situated on the Taedong River in the northwest of the country.Pyongyang is the largest city in North Korea. Most tourists fly into Beijing and then connect to the flight to Pyongyang. Trains from China arrive at Pyongyang's main central train station.

Pyongyang recommend hotels, based on the fare from lowest to highest :

1. Heabangsan Hotel*, Sungri Street, Central district, +850 2 37037. A five-storey building which is the cheapest option in Pyongyang. It has 83 rooms, but you cannot be certain that you as a foreigner will be allowed to stay here.

2.Pyongyang Hotel, Sungri Street, Central district (near Pyongyang Grand Theatre), +850 2 38161. Class 2 hotel with 170 rooms, open since 1961.
Taedonggang Hotel, Sungri Street, Central district (beside Taedonggang river), +850 2 38346. 2nd class hotel that has been around since 1956.

3. Yanggakdo Hotel, +850 2 381 2134. Opened 1995. This is where most tourists in Pyongyang end up staying. It is situated on Yanggakdo Island, in the middle of the Taedong River. It is 47 stories tall, has several restaurants (including a revolving restaurant on the top), and a kitsch casino in the basement where you can watch Chinese gamblers go wild. Also has a bowling alley, shoe repair shop and (genuine) massage service. The staff are Chinese. Prices range from €70 for a third-class room on one of the lower floors, to €420 for a deluxe room high up. Meals are included.

4. Koryo Hotel, Changwang Street, +850 2 381 4397. The most luxurious hotel in the city together with Yanggakdo Hotel. Has 45 floors and over 500 rooms. Centrally located in downtown Pyongyang near the train station, makes you less isolated than the Yanggakdo. Singles €175, doubles €290.

5. Potongang Hotel, +850 2 381 2229. First-class hotel situated next to the Potong River about 4 km from the city centre. It has 216 rooms equipped with air conditioning, refrigerator, telephone and satellite TV. The facilities include restaurants, bar, souvenir shop and a beauty salon.

6. Sosan Hotel, Kwangbok Street, +850 2 71191. Another first-class option, recently renovated. Features a pool, bars, internet access and cable TV.
Ryanggang Hotel, Chongchun Street (at the junction of the Taedonggang and Potonggang rivers), Mangyongdae district, +850 2 73825. Opened in 1989, this first-class hotel has 317 rooms and a rotating restaurant on the roof.

Ryugyong Hotel

Now Pyongyang still developing its future hotel, Ryugyong Hotel, a structure that if it were ever possible to finish would have been the world's tallest hotel, is symbolic of the state of North Korea itself.


Koryo Hotel

The Koryo Hotel in downtown Pyongyang. Walking is the main mode of transport in North Korea, and there are virtually no foreigners. One of the Koryo's towers has a revolving restaurant with a good Korean Barbecue. It used to close promptly at 9pm, whether you were finished eating or not. Recently, with the introduction of tipping, you can stay and drink all night.

Watch The Ryugyong Hotel (or Ryu-Gyong Hotel or Yu-Kyung Hotel or the 105 Building) video here

Saturday, October 25, 2008

For those who like to go it alone, deals for singles

About a quarter of Americans took a leisure trip by themselves in the last year, according to the latest annual survey by Ypartnership/Yankelovich Inc. Yet most of the travel industry seems as geared toward couples as Noah's Ark.  Solo sojourners typically get charged for two to stay alone in a room. On cruises and tours, thanks to single supplements, they may pay hundreds or even thousands more than the standard price.  So, it's extra hard for a single traveler to stick to a budget. But here are five suggestions. (These trips are examples; prices and availability may change.)

Pursue your passion: Chances are, you'll find like-minded people.  Lifelong learners age 55 and older might consider Boston-basedElderhostel, which runs educational tours in the U.S. and abroad. Among them is a five-night "San Antonio [Texas]: History, Culture and Traditions," starting at $729 per person, double, or $979 with single supplement, including lodging, lectures, field trips and most meals but not airfare; many dates.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Chengdu best disco nightclub bars ktv clubs nightlife

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province, located in southwest People's Republic of China. Chengdu is an old city with a history of over 2,000 years. In contrast to most of China's other urban landscape, and despite the fast redevelopment, Chengdu has seccessfully preserved the atmosphere how one might imagine China have once been sometime in the past.

Chengdu nighlife tourist attractions and places to go at night :

1. Face Change in Sichuan Opera - Music Drama
2. Qingyang Palace Chuan Opera & Snack - Shufengyayun Sichuan Opera & Snack & Tea
3. Shufengyayun Sichuan Opera & Snack & Tea - Shufengyayun Sichuan Opera & Tea
4. Shunxin Old Teahouse Sichuan Opera & Tea - Shunxin Old Teahouse Snack & Sichuan Opera & Tea
5. Wuhou Temple Stage & Tea - Wuhou Temple Stage & Tea
6. Zanng&Qiang minority show

Chengdu best bars, KTV, disco, club house :
1. Allen Tale Club - Crane Sing Tea House
2. Fisherman Port City - Juxian House
3. Mei Gao Mei International Club - Nantianyue Hotel Tea House
4. Old Chengdu Tea House - Red Age Bar
5. Seven Bowls Tea House - Taxi Tea House
6. Tongjin Tea House - Xinlei Club

Chengdu best nightclubs in town are listed :
1. Versailles Palace
Address: 11 4 Segment S. Renmin Rd., Chengdu
Tel: 028-5220419
Luxurious decor of classical European manner, the great collection of songs from all over the world is also very attractive to customers.

2. 21 Club
Address: 34 Xinhong Rd., Chengdu
Tel: 028-4335519
The club has stimulating music, disco, restaurant, teahouse and sauna center. Open till 6 a.m.

3. One-way Road Club
Address: 2nd Segment Mid Renmin Rd., Qinggong Mansion, Chengdu
Tel: 028-7650545
It's a large club, can accommodate more than 200 people, concerts of European rock, gifts and lucky draw for gusts every night.

4. Honeycomb Club
Address: Minzu (Nation) Restaurant, Yang Xi Xian, Chengdu
Tel: 028-7764485
This club had a high reputation for its Japanese-style bar and European-style boxes. Celebrated bands and appreciated for its perfect sound effects.

5. Y2K Club
Address: 85 Daci Si Rd., Chengdu
Tel: 028-6675108
This is one of the few clubs that offers performances in Thai style in the city. The quiet and romantic café here is another great attraction to tourists.

6. Moon River Nightclub
Address: 65 N. 1st Segment, 1st Ring Rd., Chengdu
Tel: 028-7674366
Set with advanced facilities and impressive illuminations, an ideal place for parties and get-togethers. Fresh fruits and a birthday cake is offered free of charge if arranged for a birthday party.

Chengdu Photos :

Chengdu Bar

Chengdu City


Watch Chengdu Bar and Nightclub Video at 88 Bar here

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

First you might want a Camera

Here are some links courtesy of Lynn. I learned quite a bit reviewing this material. I discovered choosing a camera is a really personal decision with choices ranging from point and shoot to high end complex digital SLRs. These references helped me make the best compromises of features for my needs.  I picked a Panasonic DMC-FZ28 -- Bill

Digital Camera resource page - Camera Database with 'search by features' function
It's pretty straightforward as to it's use. Their camera database linked above shows an orange box with an R for any camera they've done a review on. They also have an alphabetical list by manufacturer on a separate page.

dpreview.com has many in-depth reviews & discussion forums
Using links in the upper left corner, try going to "Camera Database" then select "Canon" & scroll down to the G9 you mentioned which can then lead you to their G9 full review. I use this as an example since you mentioned an interest in the G9. You can go to their 'Conclusions' on page 20 for a quick overview of the 'Pros' & 'Cons' in the eyes of this reviewer.
Yet another site for in-depth reviews.

They also offer camera reviews. I find this page helpful when I want to easily compare particular features of 2 or 3 cameras side by side.

Each of the above sites have particular strengths & some may like the approach of one over the other. They all offer a wealth of information & opinions. Have fun browsing & good luck selecting just the right camera for your needs.

Difference between Leopard and Cheetah



At a glance one could easily mistake a leopard for a cheetah, but if you take a closer look at them you'll see they are actually quite different.
Here are some of the main physical differences between the two animals:

Leopard

•A very large, muscular predator, weighing 100kg and even more.
•The leopard is a far more powerful animal compared to the cheetah.
•The spots of the leopard are rosette in shape, covering the whole body as well as the face.
•They have white eye-linings at the bottom of the eyes. The white colour assists its vision at night by amplifying light which is reflected off objects around it, into the eyes.
•Just like a "true cat," all of its claws are fully retractable.

Cheetah

•They have a tall and slender build.
•The head of a cheetah is quite small in relation to its body, when compared to leopard, making the cheetah more stream-lined.
•Their nostrils are large in size to allow maximum oxygen in-take for their muscles, while running at high speeds.
•Cheetah's tails are quite flat towards the end, acting as a rudder to balance it while running.
•Instead of having rosette shaped spots, they have single large spots (like thumb prints), covering the whole body. The front of face has very few spots and is more a light brown colour.
•Cheetah's have black "tear lines" which run from the eyes down to the sides of the mouth. They hunt mostly during the day, so the black "tear lines" help absorb light, to prevent a blinding effect from the bright sunlight.
•The cheetah can only retract its dew claw. The dew claw is hooked onto an animal that it's hunting to try pull it down. The rest of the claws are non-retractable, just like dogs, giving the Cheetah better grip on the ground while running.

Travel websites and fraud: how to know who is legitimate

Question: I am trying to book a trip online for South America; a pretty good package was arranged for me by an online company. How can I check if it is reputable?

Answer: You can't know just by looking at a site whether it's OK....  If you're not going the travel agent route, put on your world's greatest skeptic suit and prepare to spend a lot of time pounding the keyboard. Your first move, suggests Donna Hoffman, a professor at the Sloan Center for Internet Retailing at UC Riverside, is to Google the name of the company and the word "fraud" and see if anything comes up.

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I use well known reputable travel sites & agencies and use a credit card that have fraud protection. - Bill

Monday, October 20, 2008

FOREBODING TARUG CAVES



The approach to TARUG CAVES. Ominous, foreboding limestone protuberance. With 32 million years of geological history on how it appeared on the face of the earth. The French naturalist, Alfred Marche, enticed by Marinduque's reputation more than a hundred years ago as "the isle of grottos", traveled to the island from April to June of 1881, to rediscover the island's one hundred caves. What appeared to be a description of Tarug Caves was written in his journals:

"On June 2, I went to a new find. It was raining hard and after several hours of horseback riding we had to abandon our horses which advanced only with difficulty on a wet and slippery soil. We were even obliged to leave our dripping clothes and to go in shorts. At noon we reached the foot of a perpendicular madreporite or coral rock, 70 meters high: on its sides were five to six caves. In the lowest cave I found a skull with a slight stalagmite covering and a small broken gargoyle. It took us nearly an hour to climb this rock, at whose peak was an elevated vault which crossed it entirely. From there, one could see many easily accesible corridors. In one of them, there were debris of coffins and tibors (or Chinese jars).

Sunday, October 19, 2008

TARUG CAVE


Tarug cave entrance.

TARUG CAVE AS ECO-TOURISM SITE


NEW ADVENTURE. Tarug Cave's peak, Mogpog, Marinduque. Locals take seriously now the conversion of Tarug Caves into an eco-tourism site that involves immersion into their folkways.

Seoul Goyang City Best Bars Cafe Clubs Korean

Seoul is not only a city that is renowned for its natural attractions, but it is also known for its unlimited entertainment options. Things to do in the city are countless and one of the major sources of entertainment in the city is the bars and pubs in Seoul. The bars and pubs in the city are world class and contribute considerably to the Seoul's nightlife.

Some of the popular bars and pubs of Seoul are Aura Bar, Groove Bar and Embassy Lounge Bar.

There are a million bars in Seoul. They can be basically lumped into 5 categories:
1. Western Bars -- this doesn't mean there will be any western people, just lots of beer. Number 10, Wa Bar and others fall into this category.
2. Real Western Bars -- replete with real western people. And you can actually stand by the bar.
3. Korean bars -- Places that serve different Korean liquors.
4. Soju Tents -- Little tents set up serving Soju. Often frequented by middle-aged men and less expensive than any other places.
5. Juicy Bars -- The deal here is that you go in and a girl (employee of the bar) will sit down and chat with you, usually wearing skimpy clothing. She'll ask, "Can you buy me a drink" and the drink will cost 20 000 won. Apparently half of the price of a drink will go directly to the girl working there.
6. Nightclubs -- Entertaining if you're feeling frisky. The waitstaff will drag unaccompanied girls to your table to enjoy your company and alcohol for as long as you're able to keep their attention. You're free to send them away when you get bored, and they're likewise free to leave if you're a lout.


Best bars, cafe, and clubs in Seoul City
1. JJ's
Housed in the basement of the Hyatt hotel in Discover JJ's
Itaewon, JJ’s is a popular ex-pat to hang out in the nite.

2. Mafia Bar
A hard-to-find gem in typically upscale Apku-Jong Dong where the hottest stars can be found Discover Mafia Bar
in the hippest bars…

3. Mr. Chow
The exclusive restaurant chain of mercurial designer, painter, actor and art collector Michael Discover Mr. Chow
Chow has now opened in Seoul.

4. Nashville Steak House
Enjoy the best steak in the town.

Here are a few pics of Sinchon in Seodaemun-gu. Seodaemun is located west of Jongno on the way to Goyang-city (one of the biggest Seoul suburbs). Along with Gwancheoldong, Hongdae, Daehangno, Myeongdong, and Gangnam station, Sinchon is a very popular hangout area for the youth. This is probably due to several universities being located nearby, such as Yonsei (one of Korea's most prestigious tertiary-level schools).

Seoul Bars
Seoul Bars

Watch Wa Bar, a nightlife bar in Seoul City video here

Friday, October 17, 2008

Wuxi jiangsu old city hotel and tourist sites

Wuxi (无锡) is an old city in Jiangsu province, in China. Wuxi is one of the eight biggest tourism cities in China. Wuxi was founded 3,000 years ago by two fugitive princes, Taibo and Zhongyong, Wuxi has most of its scenic spots around the Dev. Zone. Plum Garden and Xihui Park are to the north of the Dev. Zone. To the west there are three isles and fairy island in Lake Tai. Going south you and fairy island in Lake Tai. Going south you can reach Liyuan Park. Three kingdoms City, Tang Town, European City. The Wuxi 10,000-seat Sports Center and the city of overseas Chinese are to the east. A distinguished feature of Liyuan dev. Zone is the tinguished feature of Liyuan Dev. Zone is the aquatic products in Lake Tai. Well-kept fish ponds of more than 1000 mu are home to various fishes. Treasures of arquatic products ---"three whites" in Lake Tai (Whitefish, whiteshrimp and jade fish) are famous in the world 2000 tons of various acquatic products are provided annually.

Visiting Wuxi, don't forget to visit this travel sites. There are the most popular travel places in Wuxi. Here are the list :

1.Turtle Head Islet
2.Lingshan Big Statue
3.Li Garden
4.Tang City
5.Luding Hill Park

About accomodation in Wuxi, there a lot of hotel, but not of the hotel is cheap and comfortable.

Recommended Hotel in Wuxi. Cheap, safe, and comfortable. Try this hotel :

1. Rome Hotel Wuxi
1 Middle South Road Binhu District Wuxi 214073, City from USD 44
Offering comfortable accommodation and quality services, this property is the perfect base for you to reside whether you are in Wuxi for

2. Ramada Encore Hotel Wuxi
8 Beida Street Beitang District, Wuxi Jiangsu, Jiangsu Province 214043, City Centre: Downtown from USD 52
Being an ideal place in the city of Wuxi, this hotel offers a warm welcome, pleasant ambience and convenient facilities to make your stay a memorable one.

3. GreenTree Inn Wuxi Jiefang West Road Hotel
153 West Jiefang Road Nanjian Wuxi 214001, Centre from USD 30
Combining exceptional location and welcoming atmosphere, this property is an ideal place for a splendid vacation in Wuxi.

Wuxi Tourist

Wuxi Hotel

Watch Wuxi Nightclub at Australian bar R&B band Video here

GOV. CARRION AND VICE-GOV PIZZARO

Marinduque Governor Bong Carrion and Vice-Governor Tom Pizzaro. Taken from last year's Moriones Festival parade in Boac in preparation for a much bigger MORIONES 2009 Celebration. Visitors to Marinduque are expected to witness a new spectacle, "BATTLE OF THE MORIONES", a first mock-battle spectacle to be participated in by the different municipalities and contingents from various schools and colleges in Marinduque. A workshop program for actors also are in the offing for the evening stage presentations that culminate in the Black Saturday "PUGUTAN".

Better book early now to experience Marinduque's Moriones 2009! It is going to be different!



MORE ON CAWIT PORT & MARINDUQUE AIRPORT, etc.

CAWIT PORT
Cawit Port, located in the municipality of Boac is identified as a most vital linkage connecting Marinduque to the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (Western Seaboard). Port rehabilitation which is part of the Luzon Urban Beltway project, has been completed and the port is set to open within October 2008.

The said Port, however, remains vulnerable to big waves brought about by strong winds coming from the southwest and northeast directions. This necessitates the construction of a breakwater structure that ensures the Port’s continued operation any time of the year, and its accommodation to most of the water transport traffic on the island-province.

A study and a preliminary plan for a Breakwater Structure for conversion of Cawit Port into an all-weather port, drawn up by the Provincial Engineer’s Office but that involves a staggering cost. The provincial government, however, could not cease to dream about converting it into an all-weather port.

Meanwhile, going to Marinduque is a lot easier now, particularly for residents of Boac, Gasan and Buenavista.

PORT OF MACALELON TO PORT OF BUYABOD

Governor Carrion has also made representations with the Governor of Quezon, Raffy Nantes to prioritize the Port of Macalelon in Quezon (directly north of Marinduque), to link it with the Port of Buyabod in Sta. Cruz. Eventual travel between this two ports will only take 45 minutes...


MARINDUQUE AIRPORT.

It is and always has been known as "Marinduque Airport" not "Masiga Airport", which continues to be used now and then.

The Marinduque Airport in Masiga, Gasan, the only existing commercial airport in Marinduque has not been in operation for the last four (4) years. A proposed runway extension to allow jets to service the airport costing PHP 161-Million has received the endorsement of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Civil Aeronautics Administration and is awaiting implementation.

It is of paramount importance, however, that the airport is opened to domestic flights, particularly 70-seater aircrafts, to boost the tourism thrust of the provincial administration and in response to increased public clamour.

This necessitates the rehabilitation of a somewhat deteriorated portion of the existing runway (measuring 486 m. x 30 m), through asphalt overlaying.

Provincial Board Member, Allan Nepomuceno, a former commercial pilot, has thoroughly inspected the airport condition and is instrumental in getting the nod of ZESTAIR to include the airport in their destinations with their 50-seater planes for now.

It should be stressed that domestic flight operations scheduled for next month or early December will not be hampered by the eventual implementation of the proposed runway extension earlier mentioned.

By the way, the ZESTAIR one-way airfare is less than P. 500.00! Asian Spirit is the former owners of said new airline company.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

OF CAWIT PORT & MARINDUQUE AIRPORT

Hmm... Now it can be told after the long wait. Plans and projections apparently just couldn't be easily conveyed to those who have repeatedly kept asking about the status of the above matters. They get stalled. But now, Cawit Port has been reopened since October 8 (it should have been re-opened on Oct. 2), but Marinduque was placed under signal no. 1 because of a tropical depression (the island was to be directly hit after a day), but the typhoon never came. (Vice-President Noli de Castro was supposed to visit Marinduque the day after - Oct. 2, for the Mimaropa Regional Development Council meeting which had to be postponed on the 13th due to the threat of bad weather).

M/V REBECCA, a huge 4-storey RORO owned by Montenegro Lines now plies the Cawit-Dalahican (Talao-Talao) Port daily, leaving Cawit at 12:00 noon and 8:00pm. Now Cawit Port is again abuzz with life and the residents of Bunganay and Cawit are happy again.

The MARINDUQUE AIRPORT on the other hand await the touchdown of a 50-seater ZESTAIR (labelled as "a new refreshing brand of airline"), which is ready to serve passengers starting November or December this year (a specific date in November was mentioned in press releases but local sources revealed that it really is first week of December. Maybe best to browse through the airline's website at http://www.zestair.com.ph/. I haven't had the time today.

So that's two of the most frequently asked questions being answered.

Vice-President "Kabayan" Noli visited Marinduque last October 13 after the postponement of the RDC Council Meet. Governor Carrion took up with him certain issues and concerns about Marinduque. That included the said port and airport yes, the hospital and other important matters taken up by the Marinduque government with the President in other venues, which certainly needed follow-ups.

Ecstatic about the opening of the airport is Provincial Administrator Allan Q. Velasco, who met with the Provincial Tourism Council yesterday in preparation for what may well be the biggest Moriones Festival celebration in years! The airport opening is a shot in the arm at this time, indeed!

Columbia: More than just a ghost town

History buffs could hardly do better than a visit to California's Gold Country in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada where gold was discovered in the mid-19th Century, setting off a population explosion that helped shape what California is today. And maybe the best place to get a sense of what it all was like back then is Columbia State Park, hailed as the state's best preserved ghost town.  Actually, Columbia is far from a ghost town.

Several local business owners are alive and well, thank you, operating park concessions that help re-create the feeling of a town in the Gold Rush era. On any given day you'll find people all over town dressed like it was still the 1800's and doing all they can to create the illusion that you are traveling back in time. Columbia's Main Street does look like a movie set except that the downtown stores are not just storefronts but actual historical buildings. There are about 40 brick buildings and 10 wooden structures all built back in the day when thousands of miners would come into town to get their supplies before returning to gold claims that ultimately produced $67 million worth of gold between 1850 and 1870.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

In Colorado, autumn in all its glory


In Spanish, Colorado means red. In autumn, Colorado means red, yellow, orange, gold and green leaves and very blue sky. The combination is so breathtaking that you can use up every bit of memory -- in your brain and your digital camera -- trying to take it all in. We found a special way to do just that on a four-day trip in early October: We stayed in a yurt, a dwelling developed in the 12th century by Mongolian nomads in central Asia.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Difference between Black and White Rhino



Black Rhino (Hooked-lip Rhino)

•Smaller than the white rhino. A large bull weighs around 1000 kg.
•They have a rather small hooked shaped mouth for feeding on trees and shrubs.
•The black rhinos' natural head posture is face upward, so there is no need for it to lift its' head when feeding off trees.
•Black rhino are often found in thick vegetation which is possibly the reason why the female will often run in front of her calf to clear a pathway.
•The black rhino is short tempered and extremely aggressive compared to the white rhino.
•They are very solitary and seldom join up with other individuals.

White Rhino (Broad-mouthed Rhino)

•Larger than black rhino. Large bulls reaching weights of 2500 kg.
•They have a very broad flat mouth which aids in feeding off large quantities of grass.
•A white rhinos' natural head posture faces downward so its' mouth is always close to the ground while grazing.
•They have a very distinct hump above the shoulders as well as a very prominent fold of skin at the lower parts of the shoulders.
•Being a very social animals it is not uncommon to see 10 or 15 white rhinos moving together and sometime more.
•White rhino are normally found in very open areas such as plains.
•The calf normally runs in front of its mother, with the mother using her horn to direct the calf by tapping it on the rear.

There is no colour difference between the two rhinos. The Dutch people named the white rhino the "Weid mond rhino", meaning “Wide-mouth rhino”. The English thought they were saying "white", so it was all just a misinterpretation of the name.

Even though the white rhino is less aggressive, there are still more incidents of them attacking people as they have a higher population and thus regular encounters with people.

Italy: Art springs to life in gardens near Rome


It lies atop a hill about 60 miles north of Rome where a gentleman-cardinal built a garden in the 16th century. His architects created it from water and stone, green leaves and vine. But the result is more than the sum of its parts. Villa Lante embodies the humanist ideals of the Italian Renaissance. In a way, all gardens, from the lowliest patch of zinnias to a sophisticated jewel of landscape design such as Villa Lante, are postage stamps from Eden. So it is no wonder that soon after I moved to Rome last spring, I began seeking them out.

I took a Vatican Gardens tour to see the pope's beautiful backyard and saw the ingenious fountains at the Villa d'Este about 20 miles east of Rome. I found secret havens in the city -- the rose garden on the Aventine Hill, for one -- and tagged along with a group of architecture students from Yale University to visit Villa Madama, in the hills northwest of town. While the students sketched its elephant fountain, their professors told me about other gardens in the region of Lazio around Rome that attest to the evolution of garden art in Italy. Many are attached to country villas where counts and cardinals took refuge from the summer heat.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Great places to see fall colors in California

Yosemite National Park 
"Yosemite is not known for having spectacular fall colors because most of the trees are evergreen. Still, big-leaf maples, black oaks, Pacific dogwoods and other deciduous trees tend to be showy around mid-October."

Friday, October 10, 2008

Budget travel sites to keep you out of the red

With stock prices falling like acorns, budget-centric websites are rising to the top of more vacationers' bookmark lists. USA TODAY's Laura Bly points a mouse to 25 sites — some old favorites, some newcomers — aimed at bargain hunters.

AIRFARES

Airfarewatchdog.com

Relying on brain power rather than computerized algorithms, Airfarewatchdog's site and newsletter emphasize unadvertised, time-sensitive deals, including Web-only fares. Deals are checked for availability, and the site points out when a "bargain" really isn't.

Farecast.live.com

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Live Search Farecast attempts to answer one of the toughest airfare dilemmas — buy now, or wait? — by making predictions based on historical data on whether fares will rise or fall over the next seven days.Also worth clicking: FareCompare.com

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The African Big 5

What are the Big 5 and how were they chosen?



1) Lion
2) Leopard
3) African Elephant
4) Black Rhino
5) Cape Buffalo

These 5 animals were chosen by the first European hunters as being the most dangerous animals to hunt and were responsible for killing the most hunters on their hunting safaris’

Why is the Hippopotamus not part of the big five, as statistics show it kills more people in Africa than any other mammal?

The Hippo is very dangerous, but not dangerous to hunt. When Hippo are in water they are quite relaxed when approached on foot, making it very easy for a hunter to get close to them without much threat of an attack.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Man-eating Lions

Why do some Lions become man-eaters?

It has been said that once a Lion eats a person they will often try hunting people again as they then like the taste of human flesh.

This is not the case. A lion does not have many taste preferences, as they will eat just about any meat, especially when they’re hungry. They will even eat rotting meat filled with maggots. A few weeks ago we had a pride of lion eating a large male giraffe, it took them 7 days to finish it. By the 6th day the giraffe meat had tuned into soup it was so rotten, yet the lions kept eating.

The Lions that are most likely to become man-eaters are often old, injured or very ill and are struggling to hunt, so they start looking for alternative prey that might be easier to catch. In some cases a Lion might feel threatened by a person that walks to close to them, and in defence it attacks and kills, possibly turning it into a meal.

Once a Lion has killed a human it may then realize how easy it is to kill us. We are slow and very weak compared to most of the animals that they normally hunt. We are easy prey. In many cases like this, Lions may try hunt humans again, so sadly they must be destroyed to prevent it from happening again.

For more on man-eating lions read: The man-eating lions of the Kruger National Park.

Qingdao Shandong Province best sauna massage place

Qingdao, (青岛; 青島) a very pretty costal city, is located at the southern tip of Shandong peninsula. Qingdao is famous for its beautiful seaside city in eastern Shandong Province where air is fresh and clean, a lot of beautiful and stylist old buildings, and the people there very easy going.

Today Qingdao is famous for its bridge, the worlds longest sea bridge now open at Qingdao.

Qingdao Neighboring Areas are Jiangsu, Anhui, Henan, and Hebei provinces. Along with Beijing's winning bid to host the 2008 Summer Olympics, Qingdao will be the host city for several events of the Olympic Sailing competitions which will take place along the shoreline by the city. These events will be hosted at the Qingdao International Sailing Centre and held in Fushan Bay, near the city's central business district.

If you got tired in Qingdao, don't forget to relax yourself in best sauna in town. Qingdao recommended sauna and massage place are listed here :

1. Bath & Massage
Dinghao Foot Massage Center
12 Shantou Lu
Tel: 8587-5500

2. Foot Massage
134 Hongkong Zhong Lu
Tel: 8592-0130

3. Langtaosha Bath House
109 Yanan San Lu
Tel: 8571-7069

4. Medical Massage Acupuncture
17 Guoyuan Lu
Tel: 8865-6700

5. Renming Foot Massage Center
5 Hongkong Zhong Lu (opp. World Trade Center)
Tel: 8387-8866 / 8387-9188

6. Yukangyuan Foot and Body Massage

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

African Elephant Facts


Latin name: Loxodonta africana

Weight:
The average large Elephant bull reaches a weight of 5.5 tons. Some males can be as heavy as 6.5 tons. The females average about 3.5 to 4 tons.

Sexuall differentiation:
Bulls are heavier in weight and generally have thicker tusks than the cows do.
A cow has a more prominent forehead when compared to the bull. With young calves it is rather difficult to see the difference in the forehead.



Gestation period:
The female is pregnant for 22 months.

Breeding and reproduction:
By 10 years of age both males and females are sexually mature. The male however, may only have his first opportunity of mating at the age of 20 to 25 years of age.
The female can give birth to her first calf at 12 years of age.

Only the stronger more dominant bulls get to mate and roughly once a year for about 1 week or as long as 2 or 3 months, the bull goes into a reproductive condition known a musth. When in musth, the male’s temporal glands start secreting excessive fluid and there is also a very visible flow of fluid from the genitals, which has a very prominent /powerful smell. This is all as a result of an increased level in testosterone.

Bulls in musth actively seek breeding herds to find potential females to mate with.
After a successful copulation the female gives birth after a gestation of 22 months. The newborn calf suckles for 18 months or as long as 2 years.
The reason for such a long weaning period is because of the many thousands of muscles that they have in their trunks, making it very difficult for the calf to control. As the calf learns how to use its trunk, it will start feeding more off vegetation and become less dependent on its mother’s milk.

The female’s on average give birth every 5 to 7 years.

Social Life:
There are two main types of herds to be found, breeding herds and bachelor herds.

The breeding herd consists of predominantly females which are related in some way or another. The oldest female normally leads the herd and is known as the matriarch. The matriarch has the most knowledge of the area in which they live. She knows where to find the best feeding areas as well as water.
Over time a breeding herd can get quite large with as many as 200 individuals or more. Large herds will often split with the second oldest female taking charge of the new herd. The two herds will go separate ways and on occasion will join up again for short periods.

Young males, at the age 13 years are chased out of the breeding herd by the adults to be on their own or to join up with other males in the bachelor herds.
Bachelor herds consist of only males. The size of a bachelor herd changes on a regular basis as the males come and go as they please.
Competition for dominance between males is fierce with a definite hierarchy.

Lifespan & Feeding:
A large Elephant bull will eat as much a 200 kg of food a day. Only 40% of that is digested as they have a very weak digestive system. They will eat on average 18 hours a day.

The age will vary from one area to the next. In South Africa they normally reach 60-65 years. In Kenya & Tanzania about 70-75 years. The world record oldest Elephant reached an age of 86 years.
The reason why there is such an age difference in the different countries is due to the type of vegetation that the Elephants are eating. The softer the vegetation is, the longer the lifespan of the animal.

Excluding the tusks, an Elephant has 8 teeth in its’ mouth, 4 molars on the top and 4 on the bottom. They eat on average 18 hours a day so eventually the teeth start cracking and fall out. A new set of teeth will then replace the old set. An Elephant goes through 6 sets of teeth in a lifetime and at the age of about 47 years the last set will push through. Once the last set of teeth have fallen out Elephant starts rubbing the vegetation between its’ gums to try break it down. The condition of the animal deteriorates as it can’t chew its’ food properly to get enough nutrition and eventually dies.

The Elephants in Kenya & Tanzania feed mainly on grass, which is their favourite food. The grass is soft on the teeth, so the Elephants last set of teeth last quite a long time.

The elephants in South Africa also prefer grass but in the winter period when there less grass to eat they then start feeding more on leaves, roots and the bark of trees. This vegetation is a lot harder on the teeth so the last set of teeth don’t last as long as the Elephants in Kenya/Tanzania.

Elephant's Trunk:
No one knows for 100% how many muscles there are. I have heard two figures, one of
40 0000 and another of 140 000 muscles. With so many muscles so close together it makes it difficult to count. What might look like 1 muscle could be a small group of muscles.
So the correct answer would be "the elephant has thousands of muscles in the trunk".

Quick Facts:
- An Elephant is capable of running at a top speed of 45km/hour.
- The African Elephant's closest relative is the Dassie (Hyrax)
- The collective name for elephant is a parade or memory of elephants.
- A Mature elephant bull produces on average 120 kg of dung every day!!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

African Animal Names

Lion
Sotho - Tau
Tsonga / Shangaan – Ngala
Tswana - Tau
Swahili - Simba
Xhosa - Isigidi
Zulu - Ingonyama
Afrikaans – Leeu

Leopard
Sotho – Nkwe
Swahili – Chui
Tsonga / Shangaan – Yingwe
Tswana - Nkwe
Xhosa - Ingwe
Zulu - Ingwe
Afrikaans - Luiperd

Cheetah
Sotho - Lengau
Tsonga / Shangaan – Xikankanka
Tswana – Lengau
Swahili - Duma
Xhosa - Ihlosi
Zulu - Ingulule
Afrikaans - Jagluiperd

Caracal
Sotho - Thoane
Tsonga – Nandzana
Tswana – Thwane
Xhosa - Ingqawa
Zulu - Indabushe
Afrikaans - Rooikat

Serval
Sotho - Tlodi
Tsonga / Shangaan – Ndloti
Tswana – Tadi
Xhosa - Hlosi
Zulu - Ndlozi
Afrikaans - Tierboskat

Civet
Sotho - Leqaqane
Tsonga / Shangaan – Mfungwe
Tswana - Tsaparangaka
Xhosa - Inyhwagi
Zulu - Iqaqa
Afrikaans – Siwet

African Wild Dog
Sotho – Lekanyane
Swahili - Mbwa mwitu
Tsonga / Shangaan – mahlolwa
Tswana - Lethalerwa
Xhosa - Ixhwili
Zulu - Inkentshane
Afrikaans - Wildehond

Black-backed Jackal
Sotho – Phokojwe
Swahili - Bweha
Tswana – Phokoje
Tsonga / Shangaan – Mangawana
Xhosa – Impungutye
Zulu – Impungushe
Afrikaans – Swartrugjakkals

Side-striped Jackal
Sotho - Phokojwe
Tsonga Shangaan - Mhungubya
Afrikaans - Witwasjakkals

Cape Fox
Tswana – Lesie
Xhosa - uGqeleba
Afrikaans - Silwervos

Bat-eared Fox
Tswana - Tlhose
Xhosa – Motlόsi
Zulu - Udlamhloshwana
Afrikaans - Bakoorjakkals

Aardwolf
Sotho – Thikgwi
Tswana - Mmabudu
Zulu – Nehi
Afrikaans - Aardwolf

Spotted Hyena
Sotho - Sentawana
Swahili - Fisi
Tsonga / Shangaan – Mhisi
Tswana - Phiri
Xhosa - Mpisi
Zulu - Mpisi
Afrikaans – Gevlekte hiёna

Brown Hyena
Swahili – Nyani
Xhosa - Ingqawane
Afrikaans – Strandjut, bruinhiёna

Lesser Bushbaby
Swahili – Komba
Tsonga / Shangaan - Nwana kahina
Tswana - Kgajwanamasigo
Zulu - Nhlathini umntwana
Afrikaans – Nagapie

Vervet Monkey
Sotho - Kgabo
Swahili – Tumbili
Tsonga / Shangaan – Nkawu
Tswana – Kgabo
Xhosa - Inkawu
Zulu – Nkawu
Afrikaans – Blou-aap

Baboon
Sotho – Tshwene
Tsonga / Shangaan – Mfenhe
Tswana - Tshwene
Xhosa - Imfene
Zulu – Isidawana
Afrikaans - Bobbejaan

Porcupine
Swahili – Nungu
Tsonga / Shangaan - Jelwana
Tswana - Noko
Zulu – Ngungumbane
Afrikaans - Ystervark

Giraffe
Sotho – Thuhlo
Swahili - Twiga
Tsonga / Shangaan – Nhutlwa
Tswana - Thutlwa
Xhosa - Indulamithi
Zulu - Indulamithi
Afrikaans – Kameelperd

African Elephant
Sotho – Tlou
Swahili - Tembo
Tsonga / Shangaan – Ndlopfu
Tswana – Tlou
Xhosa – Indlovu
Zulu – Indlovu
Afrikaans – Olifant

Hippopotamus
Sotho – Kubu
Swahili - Kiboko
Tsonga / Shangaan – Ndlopfu
Tswana - Kubu
Xhosa - Imvubu
Zulu - Imvubu
Afrikaans - Seekoei

White Rhinoceros
Sotho– Tshukudu e molomo o sephara
Swahili - Faru
Tsonga / Shangaan – Mkhumbi
Tswana - Tshukudu e tshweu
Xhosa - Umkhombe
Zulu - Ubhejane
Afrikaans - Witrenoster

Black Rhinoceros
Sotho - Tshukudu e molomo wa haka
Swahili - Faru
Tsonga / Shangaan – Mhelembe
Tswana - Tshukudu e ntsho
Xhosa - Ubhejane
Zulu - Ubhejane
Afrikaans – Swartrenoster

Zebra
Sotho – Pisti
Swahili - Punda milia
Tsonga Shangaan – Mangwa
Tswana - Pitsi
Xhosa - Iqwarhashe
Zulu - Idube
Afrikaans - Sebra

Warthog
Sotho – Kolobe
Swahili - Ngiri
Tsonga / Shangaan – Honci
Tswana - Kolobe
Xhosa - Ingulube
Zulu - Intibane
Afrikaans - Vlakvark

Bushpig
Sotho - Kolobemoru
Tsonga – Khumba
Tswana - Kolobe ya naga
Zulu - Ngulube
Afrikaans - Bosvark

Nyala
Sotho - Phuthiatsana
Tsonga / Shangaan – Inyala
Xhosa -
Zulu - Inyala
Afrikaans – Njala

Kudu
Sotho – Tholo
Swahili - Tandala
Tsonga / Shangaan – Nhongo
Tswana - Tholo
Xhosa - Iqudu
Zulu - Umgankla
Afrikaans - Koedoe

Bushbuck
Sotho - Pabala
Tsonga Shangaan – Mbbavala
Tswana - Serolobotlhoko
Xhosa - Imbabala
Zulu - Imbabala
Afrikaans - Bosbok

Common Reedbuck
Sotho - Lekwena
Tsonga Shangaan – nhlangu
Tswana - Sebugatla
Xhosa - Ntlangu
Zulu - Nxala
Afrikaans - Rietbok

Waterbuck
Sotho - Phitlwa
Tsonga / Shangaan – Mhitlwa
Tswana - Pitlhwa
Zulu - Phiva
Afrikaans - Waterbok

Impala
Sotho – Phala
Swahili - Swala pala
Tsonga – Mhala
Tswana - Phala
Xhosa - Impala
Zulu - Impala
Afrikaans - Rooibok

Sable
Sotho - Phalafala
Tsonga / Shangaan – Mhalamhala
Tswana - Kwalata
Zulu - Mpalampale
Afrikaans – Swartwitpens

Roan
Sotho - Hlaba-ka-lela
Tsonga / Shangaan – Ndakadsi
Tswana - Kunkuru
Afrikaans - Bastergemsbok

Gemsbok
Sotho – Nyamatsane
Tswana - Kukama
Xhosa - Inkukhama
Afrikaans - Gemsbok

Eland
Sotho - Phofu
Tsonga / Shangaan – mhofu
Tswana - Phofu
Xhosa - Impofu
Zulu - Impofu
Afrikaans - Eland

Red Hartebeest
Sotho – Tlohela
Tswana - Kgama
Afrikaans - Rooihartebeest

Tsessebe
Sotho - Kgama ya lebasetere
Tsonga / Shangaan – Nondo
Tswana – Tshesebe
Afrikaans - Basterhartbees

Blue Wildebeest
Sotho – Kgokong
Swahili - Nyumbu
Tsonga / Shangaan – Hongonyi
Tswana - Kgokong
Xhosa - Nkhonhoni
Zulu - Nkhonhoni
Afrikaans – Blouwildebeest

Cape Buffalo
Sotho - Nare
Tsonga / Shangaan – Nyarhi
Swahili - Nyati
Tswana - Nare
Xhosa - Inyathi
Zulu - Inyathi
Afrikaans - Buffel

Nile Crocodile
Swahili – Mamba
Tsonga / Shangaan - Ngwenya
Tswana - Kwena
Zulu – Ingwenya
Afrikaans – Nyl Krokodil

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Taipei City best pubs ktv bars in Taiwan

Taipei is the capital city of Taiwan, situated on the Danshui River, almost at the northern tip of the country, about 25 km southwest of Keelung, which is its port on the Pacific Ocean.

The best month to visit Taiwan is September and October

Taipei has many bars and pubs, so don't miss your trip without visit the best bar in the Taipei City. Taipei has more than its share of hostess bars. Just bring plenty of funds for the drinks and the company. There are also a number of gay bars which provide a welcoming atmosphere. The common nightspots found everywhere are discotheques, piano bars, music lounges, and pubs.

Food and drinks go concurrently in Chinese society. Drinks, namely beer, wine and spirits, usually accompany meals. After a tiring work day, drinks are a form of 'letting loose' and revealing the inner-person.

If you enjoy pubs and bars, Sugar Daddy Row around Shuang Cheng Street is the place to visit. Other Taipei best Pubs, bars, KTV are listed here :

1. 45 Pub
2nd Floor, 45, Hoping East Road
Section 1, Taipei City
Tel: +886-2 2321-2140

2. Brown Sugar
1st Floor, 218 Chin Shan South Road
Section 2, Taipei City
Tel:+886-2 2322-4677

3. Hard Rock Café
Basement 100, Tun Hua North Road, Taipei City
No phone as it is located in the basement of the Asiaworld Hotel.

4. Malibu Café & Bar
5, Lane 91, Jen Ai Road
Section 4, Taipei City
Tel: +886-2 2776-4963

5. My Place
3-1 Lane 32, Shuang Cheng Street, Taipei City
Tel: +886-2 2591-4269

6. Opium Den
Basement, 32 Jen Ai Road
Section 3, Taipei City
Tel: +886-2 2705-8922

7. The Pig
1st Floor, 78 Tien Mu East Road
Shih Lin District, Taipei City
Tel: +886-2 2874-0631

8. Planet Hollywood
2nd Floor, 16 Sung Sho Road
Hsin Yi District, Taipei City
Tel: +886-2 2723-3304

9. TU
Basement 249 Fushing North Road
Section 1, Taipei City
Tel: +886-2 2704-7290
Business hours: Opens at about 8 p.m., but really gets going after midnight.

10. Ziga Zaga
2nd Floor, Grand Hyatt Hotel
2, Sung Sho Road, Taipei City
Tel: +886-2 2720-1200 ext. 3288

11. Blue Note
4F, 171 Roosevelt Road, Section 3,Taipei 106 Taiwan Region
Tel No:- +886 (0)2 2362 2333
Open Hours: 7am-1am daily

12. Cha Lounge
Grand Hyatt Taipei, 2 Sung Shou Road,Taipei 110 Taiwan Region
Tel No:- +886 (0)2 2720 1130
Open Hours: Noon-1am daily


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Taipei Bars

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