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Kuching off-road, exploring the Fairy cave and enjoying a Bidayuh meal amongst others amazing things !

Darwin on the rocks and around the world

We booked the Bau History Tourwith James during our holiday in Kuching and we learnt a lot about the history of this region. James has a deep knowledge of the area and knows a lot about caving : that was really interesting !

It was a full day tour during which we visited Bau and a “bird nest factory”. Bau has been a gold mining town since 1840. In 1857, there was a lot of fights between the Chinese miners and the first Rajah, James Brooke, resulting in a violent massacre. The dead bodies were left to rot in the river because there were too many to bury. The decomposing bodies produced a bad smell, which is said to have given the town its current name. In Malay, Bau means “smelly” 🙂 Don’t be scared, the town is not smelly anymore and it is actually quite nice ! On our way to the village…

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Memorable Travels of 2014

Thanks for taking me along on your travels Indah ~ one day I hope to spend tons of time in your part of the world!!

indahs: dive, travel & photography

Year 2014 is near to end. I did travel this year as holiday and overall I enjoyed my break from the office routines. Those traveling days are now just memories and they are not forgotten. In this post, I would like to summarize the travels in 2014 and shared my favorite travel pictures that perhaps you have not seen yet.

I spent the first day of year 2014 by scuba diving in the waters surrounding Bangka Island, North Sulawesi (Indonesia). For the first time I saw pink hair squat lobster, would anyone believe that in this world actually exist a hairy lobster with pink color? And one of my favorite underwater pictures includes a funny “jumping” shrimp with eggs on her head or maybe it was her brain?

Sadly some part of the island is now mined and the latest update I received from friends in Bangka Island, the…

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4 nice day trips from Kuching and 1 traumatizing experience

Darwin on the rocks and around the world

We stayed in Kuching for about 1 week during the xmas holiday last year. Despite the harsh weather (it was the rainy season), we did plenty of things to enjoy ourselves, other than visiting the town and eating sea food 😀

* Learning about the culture in Sarawak Cultural Village

Going to the Sarawak Cultural Village is a good way to know about the different tribes that are living on that part of Borneo island. It’s not too far away from Kuching, and you can rent a taxi for half a day (or an entire day) for a good price. There is no public transport to go over there, but I’ve heard that a shuttle is going there at certain periods of the year.

Over there, you can find good examples of traditional longhouses from several tribal groups with the appropriate utensils and artefacts : longhouses of the Iban, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu…

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►Greek Mythology: “The Harpies, Winged Bird Monsters”.-

O, I think I don’t like these Harpies! I’ve always dislike strong winds & maybe they are the cause of this – lol!

⚡️La Audacia de Aquiles⚡️

►Greek Mythology: “The Harpies, Winged Bird Monsters”:

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"Aeneas and his Companions Fighting the Harpies" by François Perrier (17th century). “Aeneas and his Companions Fighting the Harpies” by François Perrier (17th century).

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In Greek Mythology, a harpy was a female monster in the form of a bird with a human face.

They were  the spirits of sudden, sharp gusts of wind.

They were known as the hounds of Zeus and were sent by him to snatch away people and things from the earth.

The harpies were also they were agents of punishment who abducted people and tortured them on their way toHades’ domains. Like the Erinyes, the harpies were employed by the gods as instruments for the punishment of the guilty.

They seem originally to have been wind spirits. Their name means “snatchers”.

Aeschylus in The “Eumenides” (Third part of “The Oresteia”) referred to them as ugly winged bird-women. 

Odysseus-SirensLater Greeks transformed Harpies into Sirens, which can be seen in depictions of Odysseus on his…

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Sandy Acres Ranch, Punta Gorda, Florida

Many years ago I spent time in Punta Gorda near the marina. Love your painting!

Christa Friedl

Pond at Sandy Acres Ranch Pond at Sandy Acres Ranch, oil on hardboard, 12×9 inches

Mondays plein air painting at Sandy Acres Ranch. It  was an overcast day in the sunshine state

Plein Air Malen am vergangenen Montag auf Sandy Acres Ranch. Es war ein wolkenverhangener Vormittag.

oil auf hard board, 12×9 inches

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A Saturday in December

Ron From Texas

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10 Photos in This Gallery

I wandered up to the Houston Heights and saw the sights on 19th Street.  It looks like Main Street in a small town despite being surrounded by sprawling Houston.

That evening there were more art gallery openings than one could attend in an evening.  Most of these were true openings with new works, not just art store open houses like the ones seen on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.  Photographs in the background in “3 Blonds” are by John Runnels at Redbud Gallery.  “Cecilia” is at Archway Gallery, “Two Girls” are at Laura Rathe Fine Art.

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Lianne Schneider, Painter, Digital Artist

From 1 Artist 2 Another

“I have a passion for the landscape of Western New York and for the sea that I am unable to express completely in my poetry alone.”


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I have a passion for the landscape of Western New York and for the sea that I am unable to express completely in my poetry alone. Now, I have converted both those loves into digital paintings in an impressionist style that express what I see with the heart more than with the eye. I added to that the metaphor of the spiritual journey in my Sea Stories paintings – a visual metaphor for our personal quest for character, courage and truth. Contemporary, yet timeless, my digital paintings are modern realism but with homage to the classic works. In addition to my current art work, I have two self-published volumes of poetry, ‘Songs of the Heart’s Longing’ from Blurb publishing…

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Markthal Rotterdam

Looks like a great place to spend an afternoon – both visually and gastronomically – lol!

indahs: dive, travel & photography

It is claimed to be the first indoor market in the Netherlands and after seeing it myself, I can say it is a spectacular one!

The construction started in 2009 and finally, the Markthal Rotterdam opened on the first October 2014, inaugurated by Dutch Queen Maxima. It is a popular place in the Netherlands at this moment. I was there a couple weeks ago and we did not get any place to dine as all restaurants and bars were full.

Markthal Rotterdam is an indoor food market, and yes, it is inspired by the indoor market in Barcelona, Valencia and Stockholm. The building is designed by Rotterdam architects Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries. Its outside arch constructed for 228 apartments with view to inside of the markets and outside. The market has 96 units for fresh food and beverages plus 20 hospitality or retails units. Additionally…

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