Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Explore India and Bhutan on Foot

For a really exciting and adventurous holiday, full of new and diverse experiences why not consider one of the many wonderful walking holidays in northwest India and Bhutan? This area is made up of three main areas, the tea picking region of Darjeeling, the once independent state of Sikkim and the still separate country of Bhutan. Although the area is made up of three distinct parts, when exploring on foot a unique region perfect for satiating the discerning traveller’s appetite transpires.

The Secret of Bhutan

There are only a limited number of visitors permitted to undertake 
Bhutan tours every year and as one of the lucky few you can’t help but feel extremely privileged at having the opportunity to discover a fascinating and relatively unknown area of our planet. Very few walking holidays are permitted access to the country which has in turn meant that the natural environment has been perfectly preserved and western influence has been kept at bay. Days trekking through Bhutan will see you exploring tiny hillside villages and getting a glimpse into the real heart of Bhutanese culture and heritage, something the locals have hung steadfastly to throughout the ages. Phuntsholing is the commercial centre of the country and is know as The Gateway to Bhutan, while a visit to Thimpu is rewarded with an abundance of cultural delights. One of the best treks in the area is the ascent up to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched high above the Paro Valley and boasting a simply breath-taking panorama.

The Spirit of Sikkim

The magic of Sikkim should not be missed. Arguably one of the most spiritual places in the Buddhist world, here you can delve into the religion’s deep history and visit some of the oldest and most well known monasteries in the country. Sikkim also boasts some excellent trekking opportunities and 
walking holidays in the area will see you exploring wild and rugged mountains and discovering tiny remote villages and farms.

Take Tea in Darjeeling

Typical of the Raj era so evident in India, Darjeeling is a special place that deserves a few days stay. The proud colonial buildings still stand in their unforgotten glory and are tastefully interspersed with vibrant temples and colourful shrines. This part of India produces some of the finest teas in the world and the industry is still going strong today. You can visit a tea planation and learn about the process before indulging in some of the best tea you will ever taste. People from all over the Himalayas have moved into the area to work the tea plantations and the town has rapidly become quite a vivacious mix of cultures and communities.

Embarking on one of the many walking holidays in India is an exciting prospect. With such a different culture and diverse environment, incredible scenery and fascinating history, make sure you take your time exploring and making the most of every new experience and exciting adventure. Sit back and appreciate the strong will with which the country seems to stand still in time and hold onto its roots and yet conversely how it reaches out to embrace the changing times and make its way in the 21
st century.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Best Ways to Get a Free Airplane Ticket

Flying is nothing short of a miracle. If you stop to think not so long ago it would take weeks or months to get to a destination that we can now to fly to in a few hours. It is not always cheap to fly to a destination but when you factor in the time that is saved in travel it is a great deal. But don't get discouraged there are ways to fly for free. In this article I will give you some tips for free air travel.

Flying for free is not easy. If it was easy for just anyone to claim free airplane tickets anytime they want, then everybody would be doing it and the airlines would be out of business.

On the contrary, getting free airline tickets requires deliberate planning, shopping around, and research. It may be coupled with the purchases of other items. Also, more than likely you may not get to fly on the flight of your choice. You may have to take connecting flights with stop-overs.

Many business will hold a Grand Opening promotion, and some businesses do this on a recurring basis. They want to draw attention to their business, and they do this by offering free stuff like airline tickets. You can benefit by entering into these contests and promotions.

Near the month of your travel you should look out for websites that offer special discounts to flyers for internet bookings and e-tickets. However you should be careful about falling for any fake scams on the internet as there are many fraud sites coming up these days. These sites claim to offer you unbelievable prices on travel and lodging and may ask you to enter your credit card information which may be misused.

Lastly, keep your ears open to promotions that offer free air travel. Radio stations are always offering free travel as are new businesses that offer store promotions to get you in their establishment. Usually these store drawings require you be there to win the prize. It is a good way to get you in their store. Many schools and charities sell raffle tickets that the prize is free travel. They usually get this by miles donated by members or travel agencies for advertising. Doing this makes you a double winner you are donating to charity and at the same time you could win a free plane tickets.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

It Gives & Takes...

On rooftops, when it's cloudy, I scream, when it's cloudy I scream.

I scream when it's cloudy hoping that one cloud could embrace my heart and fly me away from earth, away from my body.

On rooftops when it's sunny, I scream, when it's Sunny I scream.

I scream when it's Sunny wishing a warm sun ray to go through me and light the dark corners in my soul.

On rooftops, when it's rainy, I scream, when it's rainy I scream.

I scream when it's rainy thinking rain could wash away the past that's burning inside of me…

I dream, I dream of a Sunny world, numerous numbers of clouds, and endless rain, endless pouring rain.

That's only a dream; I can't have it all! Why? You're asking me why? Simple: it gives and takes, Life gives and takes.

Cover my smile, kill my ambitions, poison my dreams, I'll scream: it gives and takes.

Destroy my memories, burn my home, hide my Sun, I'll scream: it gives and takes.

Pull me back, bring me down, lock me thoughts, I'll scream: it gives and takes.

No lights, the world is falling apart, no forgiveness nor even truth, I'll scream: it gives and takes.

Loneliness, complains and cries, anger and missing, I'll scream: It gives and takes.

Sun rises when the moon hides, I'll scream: it gives and takes…

Happiness shows up when we had enough pain, I'll scream: it gives and takes…

Loneliness might stay for a while, but friends stay forever, I'll scream: it gives and takes…

Tears of sadness reach your lips to water a smile, I'll scream: it gives and takes…

When it's over, it's a start, I'll scream: it gives and takes, it gives and takes…

I'll move on alone, I'll never walk with a mindless crowd, won't dream with a broken heart, won't scream for nothing! I'll move on with my head high and big dreams, I'll move on not afraid from losing because it gives and takes, life gives and takes.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Soul Surfer- Movie Review!

It was a Friday night when I and a friend of mine decided not to go out and stay home for a movie night, I've already got my copy of a movie called "Soul Surfer" couple of days ago and asked my friend if he's OK with me deciding what to watch, yes, he replied. It's been almost a year since I watched the top #10 Box office with Soul Surfer topping the list by then, something attracted me in the trailer enough to remember it after a whole year, that was a sentence passed by which is: "Something good is gonna come out of this." Yes, it was that what touched me in the deep.

In brief and not to ruin the movie for those who haven't watched it yet, Soul Surfer is based on a true story of a girl who existed on this planet with exceptional courage and determination, she loved surfing ever since she was a child and it was her ultimate passion, lost her arm while practicing for a surfing competition with her friends but never let that stop her from continuing what she's started. She never gave up, never complained but worked harder and harder. And thus, she started the journey of starting over and getting used to her new life style and surfing with one arm. Been through a lot of challenges and experiences and made a successful story of her sorrow.

The movie explains life; the girl lost her arm the thing she needed to do her daily only thing: surfing. Imagine you love reading and lost your eyes, love writing and lost your arms, love running and lost your legs, or even love surfing and lost one of your arms! How would you react about that? What will be your choices? Will you run away and give up on your passion, your dream?! A big number of people would do that, they run away, they deal with it as if it's the end of the world, they chose to give up, they chose to stop, to let go their passion and purpose of living and thus they end up miserable for the rest of their lives unless they decided to never let go the dream, like what the girl did.
She had the choice to give up, had every single reason to complain and cry, had the choice to just forget about surfing and start a new leisure activity that requires one hand. She tried; she never had her passion off her mind, faced difficulties and challenges, never hided herself being afraid from how would people look at me and the pity look in their eyes once they see her, NO! She faced that, faced her problems with strength instead of running away and her family did play a significant rule in supporting her, family support does help, a lot. But she's a human, and a human being gets weak, she got weak at some point, or to be more specific, she felt lost.

Lost is good, it's good to feel lost sometimes, when we do, we start searching for another road other than the one we're in. we get lost just to find a better road than the one we were in. sometimes what we need is just experience something new, to meet new people, to find something motivating, something worth dying for, something would make us feel happy just having it done, to appreciate what we have, we need, we need what we love, what makes us alive, we need a dream, a dream to fight for.
She felt lost, and thought running away from town would make her forget about surfing, she took a new road without even thinking about it. She's been through an experience that changed her perspectives about her life, she saw people who lost things more important than a hand, she got inspired by a natural disaster, she got hope from people who lost almost everything they had but decided to move on and start over.

She got back home with determination and a dream in paint. She had no idea about how to make it, she just felt it, wanted it so bad and been a hard worker getting used to surfing with one arm, eventually, with all the ups and downs she's been through, from all the pain she's felt, from her biggest lost came out the good thing. Couple of years later she made a successful story and became a public figure, her life's changed a lot for the better and she got out of life what she's put into it. And see, a Movie about her was made while she's still alive, she inspired millions by sharing her story with the world, taught us life, taught us that life's worthy, to not give up, to dream big, to keep on moving, to be strong, to stay positive no matter what, to smile when you have all the reasons to cry, to see the hard times as good, to see life in a new perspective, Hope, when there's no one around there's hope, there's God that created us and won't ever give up on us.

When your world falls apart and life seem to be cruel on you just raise your head up and chose to stay strong, to never give up, to work hard and never let go the dream, look above, baby dreamer look above where the clouds are and whisper: "Something good is gonna come out of this."

By: Sabri Jaber.
March, 1st. 2012.