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The off-shore islands   Leave a comment


The off-shore islands

The off-shore islands in the late afternoon

The off-shore islands at dusk

The Countries that are still missing from visiting my blog   Leave a comment


The Countries that are still missing from visiting my blog

Though I wanted the whole world to pay a visit to my blog, this is not to my wish as some countries are still at war or suffering human conflicts. World peace is a compulsory requirement. We wish for World Peace and Harmony for All in our life-time.

However, the next question is that has some of these isolated Island Nations have internet connection with the world? I shall google this and find out.

SP Lim

I am extremely happy and gratified that a total of 144 different countries visited my blog since its inception. From my own country Malaysia to Somalia with a few unclassified identified below:-

144. Somalia 1 Chart SO Visitors April 30, 2011
Unknown – Asia/Pacific Region 933 16 hours ago
Unknown – European Union 173 June 12, 2016
Unknown – Satellite Provider 50 September 4, 2012
Unknown – Anonymous Proxy 16 June 9, 2014

SP Lim

The World Globe

The World Globe

Country/ Visitors / Last New Visitor
1. Afghanistan 0 Never
2. Aland Islands 0 Never
3. American Samoa 0 Never
4. Andorra 0 Never
5. Angola 0 Never
6. Anguilla 0 Never
7. Aruba 0 Never
8. Belarus 0 Never
9. Belize 0 Never
10. Benin 0 Never
11. Bermuda 0 Never
12. British Indian Ocean Territory 0 Never
13. Burundi 0 Never
14. Cape Verde 0 Never
15. Caribbean Netherlands 0 Never
16. Cayman Islands 0 Never
17. Central African Republic 0 Never
18. Chad 0 Never
19. Christmas Island 0 Never
20. Comoros 0 Never
21. Cook Islands 0 Never
22. Cuba 0 Never
23. Democratic Republic of the Congo 0 Never
24. Djibouti 0 Never
25. Eritrea 0 Never
26. Ethiopia 0 Never
27. Falkland Islands 0 Never
28. Fiji 0 Never
29. French Guiana 0 Never
30. French Polynesia 0 Never
31. Gibraltar 0 Never
32. Greenland 0 Never
33. Guernsey 0 Never
34. Guinea 0 Never
35. Guinea-Bissau 0 Never
36. Guyana 0 Never
37. Haiti 0 Never
38. Iran 0 Never
39. Jersey 0 Never
40. Kazakhstan 0 Never
41. Kiribati 0 Never
42. Kosovo 0 Never
43. Kyrgyzstan 0 Never
44. Latvia 0 Never
45. Lesotho 0 Never
46. Liberia 0 Never
47. Libya 0 Never
48. Malawi 0 Never
49. Mali 0 Never
50. Marshall Islands 0 Never
51. Martinique 0 Never
52. Mauritania 0 Never
53. Mayotte 0 Never
54. Micronesia 0 Never
55. Mongolia 0 Never
56. Montserrat 0 Never
57. Namibia 0 Never
58. Nauru 0 Never
59. Niger 0 Never
60. Niue 0 Never
61. Norfolk Island 0 Never
62. North Korea 0 Never
63. Palau 0 Never
64. Palestinian Territory 0 Never
65. Republic of the Congo 0 Never
66. Rwanda 0 Never
67. Saint Barthelemy 0 Never
68. Saint Helena 0 Never
69. Saint Martin 0 Never
70. Saint Pierre and Miquelon 0 Never
71. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0 Never
72. Samoa 0 Never
73. San Marino 0 Never
74. Sao Tome and Principe 0 Never
75. Seychelles 0 Never
76. Sierra Leone 0 Never
77. Sint Maarten 0 Never
78. Solomon Islands 0 Never
79. South Sudan 0 Never
80. Sudan 0 Never
81. Suriname 0 Never
82. Svalbard 0 Never
83. Swaziland 0 Never
84. Syria 0 Never
85. Tajikistan 0 Never
86. The Gambia 0 Never
87. Timor-Leste 0 Never
88. Tokelau 0 Never
89. Tonga 0 Never
90. Turkmenistan 0 Never
91. Turks and Caicos Islands 0 Never
92. Tuvalu 0 Never
93. Uzbekistan 0 Never
94. Vanuatu 0 Never
95. Vatican City 0 Never
96. Virgin Islands 0 Never
97. Wallis and Futuna 0 Never

A Big Thank You For Visiting My Blog. Terima Kasih.

A Big Thank You For Visiting My Blog. Terima Kasih.

Bird Eye’s view of surrounding area of Straits Quay, Penang   Leave a comment


Bird Eye’s view of surrounding residential area of Straits Quay, Penang. On-board camera HDR photography was used in the some of the photographs shown. I use a Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
SP Lim

Cityscapes of Seoul, South Korea   Leave a comment



From Wikipedia :-
Seoul (English pronunciation: /soʊl/; Korean: [sə.ul] — officially the Seoul Special City — is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. A megacity with a population of more than 10 million, it is the largest city proper in the developed world. The Seoul Capital Area, which includes the surrounding Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province, is the world’s second largest metropolitan area with over 25.6 million people, home to over half of South Koreans along with 632,000 international residents.
Situated on the Han River, Seoul’s history stretches back more than 2,000 years when it was founded in 18 BC by Baekje, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea. It continued as the capital of Korea under the Joseon Dynasty and the Korean Empire. The Seoul metropolitan area contains four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty. Seoul is surrounded by mountains, the tallest being Mt. Bukhan, the world’s most visited national park per square foot. Modern landmarks include the iconic N Seoul Tower, Lotte World, the world’s second largest indoor theme park, and Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, the world’s longest bridge fountain. The birthplace of K-pop and the Korean Wave, Seoul was voted the world’s most wanted travel destination by Chinese, Japanese and Thai tourists for three consecutive years in 2009–2011 with over 10 million international visitors in 2012.
Today, Seoul is considered a leading and rapidly rising global city, resulting from an economic boom and growth known as the Miracle on the Han River which transformed it from the ashes of the Korean War to the world’s fourth largest metropolitan economy with a GDP of US$773.9 billion[14] in 2012 after Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles. A world leading technology hub, it boasts the world’s sixth largest number of Fortune Global 500 multinationals such as Samsung, the world’s largest technology company, as well as LG, SK, and Hyundai-Kia. Gangnam is the commercial center along with Yeoui Island forming the financial center and Digital Media City being the technology hub. Jongno and Central District are the historical and cultural center of Seoul. Ranked sixth in the Global Power City Index, the metropolis exerts a major influence among global affairs as one of the five leading hosts of global conferences.[18] It is one of the world’s most livable major cities, with the United Nations rating Seoul’s quality of life higher than New York City, London or Melbourne in 2012.
Seoul has a very technologically advanced infrastructure.[20][21] It has the world’s highest fibre-optic broadband penetration, resulting in the world’s fastest internet connections with speeds up to 1 Gbps. Seoul Station is the main terminal of the KTX high-speed rail and the Seoul Subway is the world’s largest subway network by length, considered the world’s best subway by Jalopnik[25] featuring 4G LTE, WiFi, DMB and WiBro. Seoul is connected via AREX to Incheon International Airport, rated the world’s best airport seven years in a row (2005–2012) by Airports Council International. Lotte World Tower, a 556m (1,824 ft) supertall skyscraper is under construction in Seoul to become the OECD’s tallest in 2015 with the world’s tallest observation deck on its 123rd floor.
Seoul hosted the 1986 Asian Games, 1988 Summer Olympics, 2002 FIFA World Cup and the 2010 G-20 Seoul summit. A UNESCO City of Design, Seoul was named the 2010 World Design Capital.

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Seoraksan National Park of South Korea   Leave a comment


After editing my photo archives of April 2013 from my holidays in Republic of Korea, this is a series of the landscape shots of the Seoraksan National Park which we visited.

From Wikipedia:-

Seoraksan National Park (Korean: 설악산국립공원, 雪嶽山國立公園) is a national park in South Korea. It listed by the South Korean government with UNESCO as a tentative World Heritage site. The government designated the area as a nature reserve in 1965 and UNESCO designated it as a biosphere reserve in 1982. It was also the first Korean national park to be named under the National Park Law in 1970. Located on the east-central Korean peninsula, the reserve includes Injegun, Yanyanggun, and Sokchosi. It is popular with tourists and nature enthusiasts. It is home to many rare taxa of flora and fauna.
The reserve has an area of 163.6 square kilometres (63.2 sq mi) and includes many mountain peaks measuring over 1,200 metres above sea level, the tallest being Daecheongbong, at an altitude of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft). The ranges are composed largely of dissected granite and gneiss. The annual precipitation is about 1,000 millimetres in Inner Soraksan and 1,300 millimetres in Outer Soraksan.[2]
The park is valued for its floral diversity. There are about 1,013 species of plants known, with 822 vascular plant species. Pine trees such as the Siberian pine are abundant on the southern slope while the northern slopes of the mountain range are characterized by oaks and other deciduous trees. Thuja grow in the deep valleys. Dwarf pines and yews grow on low and high slopes. Juniper, hawthorn, and Manchurian fir can be found. Other plants include forsythias and saw-worts. Rare plants in the reserve include Hanabusaya asiatica.

Location of Seoraksan
1,562 animal species have been classified so far. Local fauna include the Asian black bear, otters, Siberian flying squirrel, Kestrel, Chinese Sparrowhawk, lenok, Chinese minnow, and spotted barbel. Endangered animal taxa include Tristram’s Woodpecker, Korean goral, and Korean musk deer.
Cultural landmarks in the reserve include the Buddhist temples Baekdamsa and Sinheungsa.

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Old Faithful of Penang   Leave a comment



This is the man-made “geyser” – Old Faithful of Penang, opposite my house this Sunday morning. It was caused by an accident caused by a vehicle hitting the fire hydrant. Good Morning, folks.

From Wikipedia :-

Old Faithful is a cone geyser located in Wyoming, in Yellowstone National Park in the United States. Old Faithful was named in 1870 during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition and was the first geyser in the park to receive a name. It is also called the most predictable geographical feature on Earth erupting almost every 91 minutes. The geyser, as well as the nearby Old Faithful Inn, is part of the Old Faithful Historic District.

Eruptions

Eruptions can shoot 3,700 to 8,400 US gallons (14,000 to 32,000 L) of boiling water to a height of 106 to 185 feet (32 to 56 m) lasting from 1.5 to 5 minutes. The average height of an eruption is 145 feet (44 m). Intervals between eruptions can range from 45 to 125 minutes, averaging 66.5 minutes in 1939, slowly increasing to an average of 90 minutes apart today. The time between eruptions has a bimodal distribution.
More than 137,000 eruptions have been recorded. Harry Woodward first described a mathematical relationship between the duration and intervals of the eruptions (1938). Old Faithful is not the tallest or largest geyser in the park; that title belongs to the less predictable Steamboat Geyser. Its popularity is more likely due to the small eruption window and high frequency.

Increasing interval

Over the years, the length of the interval has increased, which may be the result of earthquakes affecting subterranean water levels. These disruptions have made the earlier mathematical relationship inaccurate, but have in fact made Old Faithful more predictable. With a margin of error of 10 minutes, Old Faithful will erupt 65 minutes after an eruption lasting less than 2.5 minutes or 91 minutes after an eruption lasting more than 2.5 minutes. The reliability of Old Faithful can be attributed to the fact that it is not connected to any other thermal features of the Upper Geyser Basin.

Measurement

Between 1983 and 1994, four probes containing temperature and pressure measurement devices and video equipment were lowered into Old Faithful. The probes were lowered as deep as 72 feet (22 m). Temperature measurements of the water at this depth was 244 °F (118 °C), the same as was measured in 1942. The video probes were lowered to a maximum depth of 42 feet (13 m) to observe the conduit formation and the processes that took place in the conduit. Some of the processes observed include fog formation from the interaction of cool air from above mixing with heated air from below, the recharge processes of water entering into the conduit and expanding from below, and entry of superheated steam measuring as high as 265 °F (129 °C) into the conduit.

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The Folk Village and the Seongsan Sunrise Peak of Jeju, South Korea   Leave a comment


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Our second day in Jeju, South Korea started early with a quick breakfast at a cafetaria some distance away and not at the hotel itself. After the breakfast, we were on our way to the Jeju Folk Village where the famous Korean TV series of a Palace maid of olden days in Korea, were shot in this place. A green park with beautiful trees and flowering shrubs but it was after winter thus some trees were still not budding as yet. However, there was beauty in these “skeletal” trees in my opinion. According to the Korean Tourist Guide Mr Lee, there are abundance of female population in Jeju than the male who were sent to war or lost at sea as some were fishermen. There is an absence of petty thieves on the Jeju Island and some items that were carelessly left behind by tourists can still be found some hours after. There is also an abundance of rocks – of volcanic nature. After about 1.5 hour at the Jeju Folk Village, we were on our way to Seongan Sunrise Peak. I was so engrossed in shooting the beautiful scenery and of the limited time at the place, I did not reach the peak. About half-way, I turned left and walked towards the cliff but also had no time to hike down to the beach. I had to be contented shooting from the cliffs.

From Wikipedia :-
Jeju Province (officially the Jeju Special Self-governing Province is one of the nine provinces of South Korea. The province is situated on and coterminous with the nation’s largest island, formerly transliterated as Cheju or known as Quelpart to Europeans. Jeju Province lies in the Korea Strait, southwest of South Jeolla Province, of which it was a part before it became a separate province in 1946. Its capital is Jeju City.

The island contains the natural World Heritage Site Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes.Jeju Island has a temperate climate and even in winter, the temperature rarely falls below freezing point. The interest in Hallasan, Seongsan Sunrise Peak, and the Geomun lava cave system emphasized the value and importance of academic, cultural and ecotourism-related features. Thus, in June 2007, on the Natural section of the World Heritage Site, Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes were registered.

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DAY 3 Monday, 22 April, 2013
Jeju Island – Pyeongchang ( Site of the fture Winter Olympics of 2018 )
0700 Transfer to Seoul by Flight KE1200
Breakfast
Morning Sightseeing – Kimchi Making Session
Lunch
Afternoon Sightseeing – Nami Island ( Site of the Korean TV Series Winter Sonata )
Dinner
Accomodation at Phoenix Park Resort ( Ski Resort )

The first step in blogging is not writing them but reading them. — Jeff Jarvis

Penang Bridge and her Night Scenery taken from the sea   Leave a comment


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Be obscure clearly. — E.B. White

While others are shooting the Sun and Venus, I am shooting the rough seas   4 comments


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Being a contrarion. I did the opposite shooting the rough seas probably caused by the strong pull of the additoal gravitational forces on the tides, caused by the alignment of Venus, the Sun and our Earth. I think everybody else is shooting at the transit of Venus across the Sun like making a small black hole on the Sun surface, a hole in the Sun. Rough seas with huge waves are seen for the last 2 weeks. The fishermen especially the inshore ones, are taking a break from their fishing activities. Be careful when you are going to the beach during this week or so.

SP Lim

Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers. — Isaac Asimov

Sunrise on the morning of the Sumatra Earthquake on 11 April, 2012   Leave a comment


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I woke up at around 6.00 am this Wednesday morning as I was going to the Tanjung City Marina to join my friends for an early dawn shooting of the sunrise. The colours in the sky was running riot with such splendid vivid colours of so many shades and hues ranging from red, orange, yellow to blue. The cloud formations were simply irratically arranged and abnormal. Probably, nature was showing us something was about to occur – stormy rains. The end result was the earthquake of over 8 in the Richter scale off Sumatra – happenning on the Indian plate of the earthquake=prone area. Penang was prepared for a warning of a tsunami strike at 9.11 pm that night but it was later aborted at 8.30 pm. It is better to be prepared than caught “with the pants down” .

SP Lim

Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own. — Carol Burnett

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