sexta-feira, 21 de dezembro de 2012

Feliz Natal

    Merry Christmas
    Frohe Weihnachten
    Mboni Chrismen
    Feliz Navidad
    Vesele Vanoce
    Hauskaa Joulua
    Joyeux Noël
    Eftihismena Christougenna
    Boldog Karácsonyt
    Shub Christu Jayanti
    Buon Natale
    Merii Kurisumasu
    Gledelig Jul
    Boze Narodzenie
    Sarbatori vesele
    Hristos Razdajetsja ou Rozdjestvom Hristovim
    Ewadee Pe-e Mai
    Yeni yiliniz kutlu olsun
    Veseloho Vam Rizdva
     Chuc mung Giang Sinh

    terça-feira, 18 de dezembro de 2012

    quarta-feira, 12 de dezembro de 2012


    I give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
    for all creatures - large and small,
    for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
    for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
    for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
    and the whispered "I love you."
    - J.L.H.

    sexta-feira, 7 de dezembro de 2012


    I've seen better days,
    but I've also seen worse.
    I don't have everything that I want,
    but I do have all I need (..)
    I woke up with some aches and pains,
    but I woke up.
    My life may not be perfect
    but it's the one I chose!
    Not having time lately
    to visit you all as you deserve,
    I am sorry for that.
    Enjoy your WEEKEND!

    quarta-feira, 5 de dezembro de 2012



    I wanna be free
    The wind blowing
     my boat away
    Across the ocean
    To some desert island

    Far far away
    From everything and everybody
    My only worries
    to be
    food and shelter!

    I wanna be free!

    sexta-feira, 30 de novembro de 2012



    The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.
    I know I do .. :)


    terça-feira, 27 de novembro de 2012


    only when the last river has been polluted, and the last tree been cut down, and the last fish been caught, will we realise we cannot eat money.

    sexta-feira, 23 de novembro de 2012

    Up, where we belong..

    Who knows what tomorrow brings
    In a world, few hearts survive..
    All I know is the way I feel
    When it's real, I keep it alive.
    The road is long
    There are mountains in our way
    But we climb a step every day..
    Some hang on to "used to be"
    Live their lives, looking behind
    All we have is here and now
    All our life, out there to find.
    Love lift us up where we belong
    where the eagles cry, on a mountain high
    Far from the world we know,
    Up where the clear winds blow.
    (Joe Cocker)

    quinta-feira, 22 de novembro de 2012

    The Guardian

    Dragon, Python, the Guardian of the Subterranean Waters
    at Parc Güell - Barcelona

    It represents what the eye cannot see

    segunda-feira, 19 de novembro de 2012


    In the confrontation between the
    stream and the rock, The stream
    always wins – Not through strength,
    but through persistence.
    (Buddha )


    sexta-feira, 16 de novembro de 2012

    quarta-feira, 14 de novembro de 2012

    segunda-feira, 12 de novembro de 2012



    ‘Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.’
    Ancient Indian Proverb


    quinta-feira, 8 de novembro de 2012

    segunda-feira, 5 de novembro de 2012


    In Nature we never see anything isolated,
     but everything in connection with something else
     which is before it, beside it, under it, and over it.
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    terça-feira, 30 de outubro de 2012

    Beautiful thoughts

    FOUR Beautiful THOUGHTS of Life :

    Look back & get EXPERIENCE
    Look forward & see HOPE
    Look around & find REALITY
    Look within & find YOUR SELF

    sexta-feira, 26 de outubro de 2012

    Mafra's Baroque royal palace

    The words "massive," "monumental," "gigantic," "colossal," and "vast" fail to describe the scale of Mafra's Baroque royal palace. The grandiose monument was built in 1717 to celebrate the birth of a daughter to King João V and includes a convent and a basilica.

    The extravagant king wanted the palace and basilica to compete in magnificence and grandeur with Spain's Escorial and St. Peter's in Rome, and at the time it seemed that such a huge project would never be completed. At one point there were 45,000 men working on it, and several artists came from abroad, with 7,000 soldiers overseeing the workforce. They ended up creating 5,200 doorways, 2,500 windows, 880 halls and rooms, 154 staircases, 29 courtyards, and two bell towers boasting the world's largest collection of bells (57 in each) that can be heard for 24km (15 miles) when they're played on Sunday.

    In 1720 the French ambassador reported to his king that all the money in Iberia would be insufficient to pay for it, but the gold that flowed in from the rich mines of Brazil made it possible in 1735.

    terça-feira, 23 de outubro de 2012

    Jambiani - Zanzibar

    Jambiani is one of the most beautiful villages I’ve ever seen. This village of palm hut roofs relies entirely on the white sandy beach. The coconut trees generously offer its shadow over the whole village, there are no roads or even dirt, just sand. There is no electricity or running water, television or telephone. Only the lodges or guest houses hold this comfort.

    Trade is carried out directly on the beach, where everything can be offered, from fried cakes to Masai crafts, shells coming directly from the reef, pareos and scarves, Henna tattoos, or even dinner booking at any fisherman house.

    We did not resist one of them, Captain Cook, who prepared us a dinner of lobster, rice and spinach (that looked like seaweed from the beach), we were served at a fine sandy courtyard covered with palm leaves, while the dog played with crabs under our table. It was an amazing evening! :)

    The whole village survives from lobster fishing  and fish for their own consumption, and from the seaweed harvesting  greatly appreciated by the Japanese. Given the nature of the reef, which is close to a mile from shore, wave action during tidal leaves thousands of seaweed trapped in ingenious frames driven into the sand. Once harvested, the seaweed are sun-dried and exported to Japan.


     Algae culture are caught daily at low tide

    Small fish caught by women, who cast the nets at low tide

    The coconuts are cut and frayed so braided rope can be made.

    Rides in "Dhow boats", local fishing boats for snorkeling near the reef or simply watch the sunset are also a source of income for the entire village.

    The preferred transport of the entire population is the bike used only on the beach where the sand is harder and also where are the signs showing directions. Not only do people use the beach as a road. Cows, goats and other animals also roam the beach up and down all day long.

    Diving from a boat in the clear, blue ocean of Zanzibar is one of the most exhilarating experiences to be had on a holiday in this part of East Africa. The visibility is usually very good, the water warm and the marine life diverse and innumerable.

    domingo, 21 de outubro de 2012

    Almost ... a Love Story

    Once, long ago, before people appeared on Earth, the land was not the same as it is now. There was no Moon and the Sun was alone in the sky. The Sun was lonely, and would wander day and night through the sky. Always was the Sun searching for someone to be his friend, his companion. One day, the Sun wandered farther north than he ever had before, and there he saw a Glacier resting between two Mountains. The sun thought the glacier was one of the most beautiful things he had ever seen.

    And so it was that the Sun came to the north more often and spent many days watching the Glacier from the cover of the Mountains and the horizon. The Sun was clever but he could not hide forever, and the Mountains soon told the Glacier that he was hiding from her and watching from a distance. The Sun was ashamed and began to run away, fearing the Glacier would be mad at him. To his surprise, the Glacier was not mad and called out to the Sun, "Come closer, so that I may see you as well." But the Sun was bright and hard to look at. The Mountains told her to climb upon their backs so that she could see better. Still, she could not clearly see the face of the Sun, and so she leaped to him in the heavens and became the Moon.

    The Sun made a home for them in the heavens and there the Moon and the Sun danced together, and they were happy. The Sun had never been more full of joy. He had found his mate, and was no longer lonely. He beamed down upon all the earth and sung his love. In this way, they lived a long time, but one day the Moon was not as happy as she usually was.

    "Why are you not happy", asked the Sun?"

    "I LOVE YOU, and I like dancing through the sky with you, but I am homesick for the Mountains and their firm embrace. I am going to return to them."

    "I am sorry my love", replied the Sun, "but you cannot return. You are no longer the glacier that you once were. You are now the Moon and cannot return to the Mountains."

    Her reply was filled with tears, "I shall try to return anyway. Do not think I love the Mountains anymore than I love you, this is something I must do."

    "I understand, and I will not let you leave my heart", said the Sun, "every day you try to return to the mountains, I will follow. When you decide that you no longer wish to search for the Mountains I will be behind you, waiting with my heart open for you. Whenever you feel you cannot continue, turn around and return to me."

    When the People appeared on Earth they saw the Sun and they watched as it followed the Moon. Every day they watched as the Moon continued her quest searching for the Mountains of her youth, and the Sun followed. The Sun has never stopped following the Moon, and he never will.  (by Roninspoon)

    quinta-feira, 18 de outubro de 2012