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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Loy Krathong Festival in Thailand


Loy Krathong (or Loi Kratong, Thai ลอยกระทง) is a festival celebrated annually throughout Thailand. It is held on the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar, in the western calendar this usually falls into November. The Thai tradition of Loy Kratong started off in Sukhothai, but is now celebrated throughout Thailand, with the festivities in Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya being particularly well known.

“Loi” means “to float”. “Krathong” is a raft about a handspan in diameter traditionally made from a section of banana tree trunk (although modern-day versions use specially made bread 'flowers' and may use styrofoam), decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves, flowers, candles, incense sticks etc.

Loy Krathong is one of the most beautiful and popular festivals in Thailand. During the evening, many people will go down to their local klong (canal) or river to float their krathongs. They believe this will bring them good luck. The krathongs (see picture above) contain a flower, a candle and three incense sticks which are lighted before being placed on the water. The people usually make a wish at the same time. Some people believe that if the candle remains burning until the krathong is out of sight then their wish will come true. By the end of the evening, there are hundreds of flickering lights bobbing up and down on the water. Quite often there are also firework displays as well as shows and beauty contests for everyone. Overall it is really a memorable evening.

The Loy Krathong festival dates back to the time of the Sukhothai Kingdom, about 700 years ago. It marked the end of the rainy season and the main rice harvest. It is based on a Hindu tradition of thanking the water god for the waters. The farmers of Sukhothai used to hold a festival of floating candles. One year, a beautiful woman called Noppamas, who was the chief royal consort, made some special lanterns for the festival. She made them from banana leaves and shaped them like lotus flowers. The king was impressed with what he saw, so he announced that krathongs would be floated on the water every year from then on. Today, the memory of that woman who made the first krathong is remembered in a beauty contest called "The Noppamas Queen Contest".



According to the writings of H.M. King Rama IV in 1863, the originally Brahmanical festival was adapted by Buddhists in Thailand as a ceremony to honour the Lord Buddha. Apart from venerating the Buddha with light (the candle on the raft), the act of floating away the candle raft is symbolic of letting go of all one's grudges, anger and defilements, so that one can start life afresh on a better foot. People will also cut their fingernails and hair and add them to the raft as a symbol of letting go of the bad parts of oneself. Many Thai believe that floating a krathong will create good luck, and they do it to honor and thank the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha.

The beauty contests that accompany the festival are known as "Noppamas Queen Contests". According to legend, Noppamas was a consort of the Sukothai king Loethai (14th century) and she was the first to float decorated krathongs.

I did not have the chance to visit some beautiful places here in Thailand where Loy Krathong was being celebrated like Pattaya, Phuket, etc... But passing through some small rivers and lake when I was on my way home and seeing people placing their Krathongs in the water was enough to see how this Thai people pay respect to their gods. I am sure everyone had fun that night. Not only Thai people celebrated this festival. I also saw some foreigners and fellow Filipinos went to celebrate too. It was a lovely night seeing fireworks in the sky and candlelights floating in the water. Too bad it was not holiday. By the way, Loy Krathong was celebrated last November 24, 2007, Saturday.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

God Is With You

Just a simple, touching story about a child who never heard about Jesus. Always remember that there is a God who always care for us and love us. Read on... God Bless You All!

There was a couple who had a child. The couple never told their daughter anything about the Lord. One night when the little girl was 5 years old, the parents fought with each other and the dad shot the Mom, right in front of the child. Then, the dad shot himself. The little girl watched it all.

She then was sent to a foster home. The foster mother was a Christian and took the child to church. On the first day of Sunday School, the foster mother told the teacher that the girl had never heard of Jesus, and to have patience with her. The teacher held up a picture of Jesus and said, "Does anyone know who this is?" The little girl said, "I do, that's the man who was holding me the night my parents died."

Traffic Exchange

What can I say about today, November 27, 2007? Such a BORING DAY!!! eerrrrr... I thought of something to do and I ended up searching for some ways how to increase traffic to my blog. I found this topic "Traffic Exchange" in Wikipedia. I think this could help somehow. Here is some part of the content...

A traffic exchange is a type of website which provides a service for webmasters in exchange for traffic. It is similar to the autosurf concept with the exception that traffic exchanges usually use a manual rotation.

A traffic exchange website receives website submissions from webmasters that join traffic exchange networks. The person who submitted the website then has to browse other member sites on the exchange program to earn credits, which enable their sites to be viewed by other members through the surf system. This increases the number of visitors to all the sites involved.

Exchanges enforce a certain credit ratio, which illustrates the amount of websites the surfer must view in order to receive one hit through the program for their promoted website. Many sites offer the ability to upgrade one's membership level for a more equal credit ratio.

As the viewers are all website owners or affiliates, it is possible that some might find certain member sites interesting and thus make note of them on their own sites, sending more traffic their way. Most traffic programs also impose a time limit when members are browsing, ranging from 10 seconds to 60 seconds. Some incorporate the use of captcha to ensure user interaction.

Almost all traffic exchange programs are free, although many of them offer special features to paid members and offer credits for purchase. Almost all traffic exchange programs encourage users to build their own referral networks, which in turn increases the referrers' amount of credits.

The traffic generated in a traffic exchange can be leveraged by using a downline builder to assist the user in building a referral network in the many different traffic exchanges.

In practice, traffic exchange programs are generally used by small business owners or marketers who either want free advertising or use the exchange programs for low-budget advertisement campaigns. Also, a small number of users may simply purchase credits because of their typically low price. Some are free, some ask you to pay. Some pay the members just for viewing the pages, while others provide faster browsing and good ratios like 1:1 for upgraded accounts and to make is easier to upgrade they have advertisers that will pay for a paid membership letting the member get better benefits for free.

Click here for list of traffic exchanges sites: ALLGPT

Monday, November 26, 2007

Is This True?

1. Sex is a beauty treatment. Scientific tests found that when women make love, they produce amounts of the hormone estrogen, which makes hair shine and skin smooth.

- Good Bye: WATSONS...

2. Gentle, relaxed lovemaking reduces your chances of suffering dermatitis, skin rashes and blemishes. The sweat produced cleanses the pores and makes your skin glow.

- Good Bye: DR. VICKY BELO MEDICAL GROUP...

3. Lovemaking can burn up those calories you piled on during that romantic dinner.

- Good Bye: WINNERS GYM...

4. Sex is one of the safest sports you can take up. It stretches and tones up just about every muscle in the body. It's more enjoyable than swimming 20 laps, and you don't need special sneakers!

- Good Bye: SPORTS COMPLEX...

5. Sex is an instant cure for mild depression. It releases endorphins into the bloodstream, producing a sense of euphoria and leaving you with a feeling of well-being.

- Good Bye: YOGA, SOCORO and MERCURY Drug Store...

6. The more sex you have, the more you will be offered. The sexually active body gives off greater quantities of chemicals called pheromones. These subtle sex perfumes drive the opposite sex crazy!

- Good Bye: AXE, POLO, DAVIDOFF and CALVIN KLEIN...

7. Sex is the safest tranquilizer in the world. IT IS 10 TIMES MORE EFFECTIVE THAN VALIUM.

- Good Bye: SOCORO and MERCURY Drug Store...

8. Kissing each day will keep the dentist away. Kissing encourages saliva to wash food from the teeth and lowers the level of the acid that causes decay, preventing plaque build-up.

- Good Bye: DR. ESCANLAR... (My Dentist when I was still a small boy)

9. Sex actually relieves headaches. A lovemaking session can release the tension that restricts blood vessels in the brain.

- Good Bye: BIOGESIC, TYLENOL...

10. A lot of lovemaking can unblock a stuffy nose. Sex is a natural antihistamine. It can help combat asthma and hay fever.

- Good Bye: NEOZEP, SINUTAB...

Big THANKS to DARA for this... By the way, She is an expert... hahaha Peace dude!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

To all the kids who where born in the 1950's - 80's

I received this email from my cousin, Ate Caryl. While I was reading the email, I recalled when I was a kid doing the same thing. Playing all day outside the house like "Tagu-an, Habulan, Diving in the dirty fish pond, flying kites, building cars made of sardine cans, etc... ". It was absolutely fun. Then I tried to compare my time as a kid to the generation today. It is too far different right now. You cannot find kids playing in the streets anymore, diving in dirty fish ponds, building cars made of cans and even flying kites at summer time except I think, in rural areas. So for those who where born in this generation, read on!!!

Actually, the original title of this is "To all the kids who where born in the 1950's - 70's". But I changed it until 80's considering that I was born in that time and we were still doing all this stuffs when I was still a kid.

  • First, some of us survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us. (Sioktong ang inumin) They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, fish from a can (Brand:Ligo), and didn't get tested for diabetes.
  • Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint, pati na yung laruang kabayu-kabayuhan.
  • We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, no kneepads , sometimes wala ngang preno yung bisikleta.
  • As children, we would ride in car with no seat belts or air bags - hanggang ngayon naman, di ba ? (Jeep)
  • Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat. (May kaya kayo pare!)
  • We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle (Minsan straight from the faucet).
  • We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this Or contacted hepatitis.
  • We ate rice with tinunaw na purico (Dahil ubos na ang star margarine) , nutribuns na galing kay macoy and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight kasi nga..... WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!
  • We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. Sarap mag patintero, tumbang preso , habulan at taguan.
  • No one was able to reach us all day (Di uso ang cellphone , walang beepers). And we were O.K.
  • We would spend hours building our trolleys or slides out of scraps and then ride down the street, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
  • We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms....... WE HAD FRIENDS.
  • We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. The only rubbing we get is from our friends with the words... Masakit ba? Pero pag galit yung kalaro mo… Ang sasabihin sa iyo... Beh, buti nga sayu!
  • We play in the dirt , wash our hands a little and ate with our bare hands. We were not afraid of getting worms in our stomachs.
  • We have to live with homemade guns - gawa sa kahoy, tinali ng rubberband , sumpit, tirador at kung ano ano pa na puedeng makasakit... Pero walang nagrereklamo.
  • Made up games with sticks (Syatong) and cans (Tumbang preso) and although we were told it would happen, wala naman tayong binulag o napatay... Paminsan minsan may nabubukulan.
  • We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!
  • Mini basketball teams had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Walang sumasama ang loob.
  • Ang magulang ay nandoon lang para tingnan kung ayos lang ang bata... Hindi para makialam.


This generation (1950's-1980's) of ours has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and managers ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

Are you one of us? If so..... CONGRATULATIONS!

Note: You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the government regulated our lives for our own good. And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Rated 18 Video

If you are under 18 years old... You are not allowed to view this video... Parental guidance is recommended... Enjoy watching!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Boxing Tournament



What happened??? Haha

Joke Time (Part 2)

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1 panget na babae, hinoholdap.....

Holdaper: Holdap ito! Akin na gamit mo!
Babae: RAPE! RAPE! RAPE!
Holdaper: Anong rape? Holdap nga to eh!
Babae: Wala lang! Nagsusuggest lang... Baka pa naman OK sayu...
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Priest: Ang mga bakla ay walang lugar sa kaharian ng langit.
Mga bakla: Okey lang po father.. Doon na lang kami sa rainbow mag slide-slide!!!
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ANAK: Ma! Ma! Si kuya, nagbigti sa banyo!
MAMA: Ha? (tumakbo patungong cr.) Ikaw ha! Wag ka magbiro ng ganyan!
ANAK: Hehe. Joke lang. Sa sala talaga siya nagbigti.
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Sa sabungan, walang entrance fee ang may dalang manok. Si Juan, para makalibre pumasok na may dalang inahin.

Bantay: (Sinita si juan) anu yan?
Juan: (Galit pa!) MANOK!
Bantay: Alam ko, eh bakit inahin?
Juan: Helleeerrrr! May laban ang mister nya, syempre moral support!
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NOEL: Ipapangalan ko sa aking anak "LEON" baliktad ng Noel.
NINO: Sa akin "ONIN" baliktad ng NINO.
TOTO: Huwag niyo akong maisali-Sali dyan sa usapan niyo ha!
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A thirsty City Girl went to a barrio...

GIRL: Where galing your water Manong?
MATANDA: Sa ilog ineng.
GIRL: Ha? You drink that water Manong?
MATANDA: Duuuuhhh! Why Ineng? Sa syudad ba chinu-chew?
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Doc talking to moms.....

Mahilig ka sa sweets so you named her CANDY, right?
Ikaw naman, mahilig ka sa pera so you named him PENNY, di ba?

3rd mom tumayo, "Let's go DICK bago tayo mainsulto dito!
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Go To:
Part 3
Part 1

Joke Time (Part 1)

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PAMBANSANG HAYOP.....

Host: Ano ang pambansang hayop ng Pilipinas? nagsisimula xa s letter K..
Contestant: KABAYO!!!
Host: Mali !! nagtatapos xa s letter W..
Contestant: KABAYOW!!
Host : Mali pa rin!! may sungay ang hayop na ito...
Contestant: Alam ko na!!! DEMONYONG KABAYOW!!!
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A husband came home 4 am and saw his wife in the bed with another man.

His wife shouted at him
Wife: Where have you been?
Husband: Who's that?
Wife: Ay grabe ka, don't change the topic!!!
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In a MISS GAY PAGEANT.....

HOST: How can we uplift our economy today even though we're under economic crisis?
GAY: (Namutla) PUNYETA kayo mga bakla!!!! Kala ko ba sabi nyu Miss Gay ito?! Eh QUIZ BEE naman to eh!!!
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Anak: Tay , totoo po bang may multo?
Tatay: Anak, kanino mo naman nalaman yan?
Anak: Sa kapitbhay natin.
Tatay: Anak... Wala tayong kapitbahay.
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Usapan ng dalawang aso.....

Aso #1: Pare, sabi nila, ang laway natin may rabies at nakamamatay, tama ba?
Aso #2: Oh, tapos? Anung problema?
Aso #1: Nalunok ko ung laway ko. Kinakabahan ako! Shit!
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BF: Hon, may malaki AKONG problema.
GF: Huwag mo sabihin problema MO lang, problema NATIN dahil nagmamahalan tayo. Ngayon ano problema NATIN?
BF: Nabuntis NATIN si INDAY at TAYO ang AMA.
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Killer: Father mangungumpisal po ako.
Father: Ano kasalanan mo?
Killer: Pumatay po ako ng 20 na tao.
Father: Bakit?
Killer: Kasi po naniniwala sila sa Diyos, kayo po naniniwala ba?
Father: Dati... Pero ngayon trip trip na lang!
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Go To:
Part 3
Part 2

Friday, November 2, 2007

Priceless Pictures

This is what SAD looks like...

This is what SORRY looks like...

Hhhmm.... Wrong spelling I think...Right?

Privacy Please!!!

Talking about: "Loud Speakers". Would this be enough for you?

Miscalculation...

Shocking Accident...

HARD WORKING Police...

McBURNT...

I think.... I would rather hold it....

Piling up... Want to join them?

This is really going to hurt...

Forgot something...

Please let me explain... I am sorry. Please forgive me...haha

Monday, October 22, 2007

My Wild Self

Introducing..... Alvin the "Conda-Fro-Antula-Bat"... Charan!!!!! hahahaha


Try it... Here is the link... http://www.buildyourwildself.com/ ... Enjoy... Weeee

Best of Friends, Forever...


Friday, October 19, 2007

6 Reasons NOT to Get DRUNK

What the!?! This images reminds me of something... Weeeee getting wasted after school. Hahaha Oh I miss Bossing Edwin so much. A good friend of ours. He is actually, hmmm, okay okay...a Gay. Haha But not like those who are too obvious. He walks like a man, he talks like a man and he dress up like a man. But I tell you, don't ever ever sit beside him in the taxi. Be sure to sit in the front seat. Coz if you do so, that's the time HE (Edwin) became SHE (Edwina). Haha Ooopsss... I remember someone was almost raped. Who was it? Anyone please? Hahaha And who can forget that time when one of my classmate went into the Girls Toilet and started spraying the acid from his stomach? Weee Good thing he still have the strength to clean it up. How about Ajinomoto? Lady Ann Bar (Butchoy... Haha)? Cheer Up Boys!!! Computer Engineering Batch 2006 is the best!!! Hahaha

Very Good Drivers

They said this things always happened to woman drivers. But for me I think, this could happen to anyone especially for those who we may call, "Careless Drivers". haha I, sometimes did some stupid things when driving. Lucky enough did not end up like this. weeeeee....

Awesome Airport

Does anyone have any idea where this Airport is located?