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May. 27th, 2008

03:45 pm - Selling &/or donating National Geographic

Hi -

I inherited some 80 years worth of National Geographic magazines. Not a full set by any stretch of the imagination, but a decent collection, from the 1920s-on.

I'm debating the prospects of selling &/or donating them, though my mind isn't made up on the issue, since they were handed down from family.

Wonder if any of you had suggestions with this?


Apr. 23rd, 2008

10:44 am - Destination : Garut

Source : www.visitbandung.net

Garut is one of the regencies in Southern West Java with the area of 306.519 hectares or 3,006.88 square kilometers. Geographically, it lies between 657'34"-744'57" latitude and 107 24'34"-108 7'34 longitude. , belonging to West Java Province region in Indonesia where its borders are the follows;

• Eastern Side : Tasikmalaya Regency
• Western Side : Cianjur and Bandung Regency
• Northern Side : Sumedang Regency
• Southern Side : Indonesian Ocean

This area includes valley territory surrounded by volcanoes (mount Karacak:1838m, mount Cikuray:2821 m, mount Guntur:2249 m, mountKampung Naga - Garut Papandayan 2622 m in the Northern side with the average heights of 700 - 750 meters over sea level . There are the streams of frozen lavas on their slopes. In general Garut has cool and tropical climate with the average temperature of 24.3 Celsius degree, whereas the rain falls are average of 2,589 millimeters per-year.

The typology of land fertility is various because of being influenced by mountains, river stream and coastal lowland territories. With the mentioned condition the potency of Garut Regency's territory I dominated by agricultural businesses especially plantation, food plant, animal husbandry followed by forest resources.

Some of specific and well known commodities from Garut are Garut Orange Fruits (Jeruk Garut), Garut Lamb (Domba Garut), Dodol Garut (delicious specific snack from Garut), Vetiver Root Oil /Andropogon Zizanioides (Minyak Akar Wangi), Batik Tulis Garutan (hand painting clothes), Silk Worm Clothes, Gemstone, Leather Craft, and Bamboo Craft. Garut Orange commodity plant located at mountain hill area at Wanaraja, Samarang and Bayongbong District. That all location most popular in Indonesia as mountain hill area with highland view more than sea level 900 m - many kind of fruits and vegetable production. Since a long time ago, when Indonesia have been Dutch colonization, Garut orange are kind variety classified as one of Indonesia famous exotic fruits in the world. Garut Orange has a good taste, good coloring, thick skin textures, and good aroma. Until, a moment, CVPD ( citrus vein phloem degeneration/) damaged it.

Administratively, Garut regency consists of 42 sub districts and 419 rural districts with 2.173.623 people (1.106.473 males and 1.067.150 females). Garut Regency constitutes the buffer land and hinterland for the development of Bandung Raja's territory, has strategic position and the supplier for the needs of Bandung municipality and regency's populations all at once it takes a rote in restraining environmental equilibrium.

Based on the characteristic of the territory, Garut Regency is divided into two territories.

• The territory of Northern Garut consists of upland which constitutes the largest rice field in Garut regency and in general it consists of upland with mountains and range of hills.
• The territory of Southern Garut most consist of sloping land and flowed by twelve rivers going in directions of south and emptying into Indonesian Ocean .

The potencies of tourist resort in Garut Regency, not only coastal panorama and its sea but also crater, waterfalls. Lakes and a hot water place supported by fresh and cool air are much enjoyed by local tourist or those being out Garut Regency even foreign tourists instead. So it is reasonable at if Garut Regency had the call "Swiss Van Java" in the Dutch Colonial Period.

Mar. 27th, 2008

06:49 am - The Hills and Mountains Around Bandung

The hills and mountains that surround Bandung are sometimes somewhat humorously and affectionately referred to as the "guardian angels of Bandung". It is as if they stand guard and protect the city but they might also be thought of as brooding giants. Heading southwest from the city, though, one is more likely to think of the hills as guardian angels. The scenery is attractive and rolling hills lead up to higher mountains, portraying a bucolic charm and peacefulness. Heading towards Mount Patuha, some 35 to 40 kilometers from central Bandung, the urban sprawl of the city gradually gives way to the countryside and the road narrows and starts to climb into the surrounding hills.

All over these hills are strawberries being grown for the local markets but also for the passersby to pick for themselves if they so choose to. Typically being grown in raised cylinders of soil, these strawberries are small but sweet and inexpensive according to Simon Marcus Gower.

Fruitful stop-offs can be made along the way to Mount Patuha and the quite remarkable crater lake that is to be found there known as Kawah Putih. The name Kawah Putih translates as White Crater and it soon becomes clear why this scenic area is so named.

The roadway up to the crater is narrow and quite rough and feels precarious as large boulders seem to threaten a collapse and landslide down onto the roadway. But once this rather worrisome road has been negotiated, one emerges into a clearing where numerous stalls have been set up to serve visitors.

Here refreshments may be bought and the ubiquitous, for this area, strawberries are for sale too. Also on sale are woolen gloves and scarves, which indicate the temperatures in these parts are relatively cooler. The scarves might also come in handy to protect the nose and mouth — for what lies ahead is quite smelly.

Climbing up to the crater’s edge and then on down into the crater, the practically nauseating smell of sulfur wafts up with the breeze. The sense of smell is, then, practically under attack but the sense of sight is soon rewarded with stunning and quite mesmerizing colors.

A pathway leads down to the crater’s floor and from this pathway one can look down and across the quite brilliant colors of this natural phenomenon. The lake that sits in the center of the crater is a quite vibrant white/turquoise color. At the edges of the lake’s waters, the sulfur deposits have stained the land yellow.

The walls of the crater, that in parts soar perpendicularly to a great height, are made up of rock and stones that look as though they have been bleached white. Running along the lip of the crater are trees that add greenery to the view and all of this, combined with a blue sky, creates a colorful and picturesque scene.

There are some trees and shrubs that have grown up — or rather, have attempted to grow up — in the crater itself. But many of these plants are blackened and choked to death by the quite suffocating vapors that constantly surface from the depths of the crater.

The waters of the lake bubble and boil up showing the brooding nature of this crater. In isolated corners, blackened lava-like substances froth and foam up and it is perhaps one of the wonders of this site that the visitor can get so close to these ominous sights of the earth’s volatility.

As noted vegetation in the crater is largely killed off by the sulfur vapors, human visitors should be careful too. If the wind blows in the wrong direction, quite overpowering wafts of the vapors can be sent swirling and thus the protection of a recently bought scarf or handkerchief may be called upon.

Near to the pathway that leads down to the crater floor is a cave-like opening into the wall of the crater. It is here that shafts were apparently mined to collect sulfur — but the danger that seems to lurk thereabouts tends to ward off too much exploration in that direction.

Kawah Putih is, then, quite stunning to the eye but is a little disturbing to the nose. For good views and a breath of fresh air, a short journey on and around the slopes of Mount Patuha can be taken to Lake Patengan.

Through an area known as Walini, rolling and tumbling small hills are passed. These hills are made very attractive to the eye by the tea plantations that cover them, creating the impression of a green carpet only occasionally broken up by huge rocks and boulders strewn about or busy tea pickers.

On then the traveler goes through these hilly plantations that produce the leaf for our daily beverage, and down a short road between all this greenery to the lake of Patengan. It can be a little confusing, though, to know what to call this lake; it is sometimes referred to as Situ Patengan but at other times is called Patenggang.

There is no confusion, however, over what is to be seen and experienced here. A wide and open lake spreads before the visitor, with pine trees dotting the lakeshore making for a perfect picnic place.

Colorful boats sit upon the shore ready to take visitors on pleasure cruises on and around the lake. Near the main public entrance to the lake, stalls are huddled where once again refreshments and strawberries can be purchased as well as locally produced tea.

Small fees must be paid to enter these locations: Rp 5,000 for a car and Rp 7,500 per person at Kawah Putih, and Rp 11,500 for a car and Rp 4,000 per person at Lake Patengan.

Apparently, the shape of the lake is that of a heart. There are mythical stories told of how the lake was formed after a lady asked her gentleman friend to prove his love for her by making the lake that we see today. The story is romantic but fanciful and it is far more likely that the lake was formed eons ago by volcanic activity.

No matter how the lake came into existence, what we see today is a scene of considerable beauty that offers an attractive and calming location to relax and enjoy clear mountain air and cool breezes off the lake’s waters.

Both Kawah Putih and Lake Patengan exemplify pleasing and attractive hill and mountain locations where one can enjoy relaxing times among Bandung’s "guardian angels".

Source : www.visitbandung.net / Indonesialogue

Dec. 10th, 2007

12:47 am - Win A Contest - Help Me Find This Music!!


I’ll give a $30.00 gift certificate to the establishment of your choice (somewhere nationwide that I have access to, or at least online access to) to the first person who can either find me the above Moroccan album on CD (I’ll pay shipping if necessary – I’ll take the tape if that’s all you can find, but would prefer CD) or if you can tell me where online I can get it. It has to be THIS album, not another album that is similar or another album by the same artist – it has to be this exact album! (Ask your Arab friends to help!)
This album is by a Moroccan artist, and we suspect that it is a bit dated and/or by an independent artist, which is why it may be hard to find. As you can see the language is in Arabic, of which I cannot read. My friend Younes, from Morocco, thinks the name/spelling is something like “Abd Al Lakh Almajid”, but since the google searches were unsuccessful it could be spelled wrong or something.
Anyway, I would *REALLY* like this CD for a video project I am working on. I don’t want or need any music *like* it, as I have that already in case I’m unable to locate it, but if you were able to locate it you’d be my hero for life ;-) and also featured as a guest star on my blog AND would have a cool handy-dandy $30.00 gift certificate, which would make a great holiday gift! ;-)

Current Location: USA
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful

Nov. 9th, 2007

03:48 am - "Rock El Casbah" - My Music Video from My Trip to Morocco!

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Current Location: St. Pete, FL
Current Mood: creative

Sep. 21st, 2007

02:06 pm - Steve Raymer

Hi all,

I found this community recently when doing a search for Steve Raymer's name. I didn't even know there was a National Geographic community! How neat.

Anyway, I see that at least a couple of the recent pictures posted are Steve's, so I thought you all might be interested to know that he has a new photo book that is coming out/has just arrived in print. It's called Images of a Journey: India in Diaspora, and it is a study of the Indian people and culture as they have moved and settled in so many parts of the world outside of India. You can see a sample of the book (and also get to the Amazon book purchase link via the "Store" page) on his website, HERE. The book was 4 years in the making, and definitely worth it!

I was lucky enough to get to attend his book talk yesterday in DC and see some of the photos up on the big slide screen. They're great!

Current Mood: happyhappy

Aug. 2nd, 2007

03:19 pm - It's been a while since anyone posted here, so...

A couple of months ago, National Geographic did a story on ivory (March 2007). A later issue featuring feedback from the March issue (I think it was the May issue, but I'm not sure) had several letters to the editor criticizing the magazine for very graphic photographs, one of which showed an elephant essentially with its face cut off. The writers of those letters said that the images were unnecessarily violent and without merit for being published.

I'm curious to see how people here feel about those pictures, or others like them (National Geographic has published other graphic shots on other subjects many times before). If you read the ivory article and saw them, did you feel they belonged in the story?

Personally, I didn't think there was anything wrong with them. The real world is not always a pretty place full of flowers and butterflies. Violence exists in this world and sometimes the best way to end it is to expose it. No reader of National Geographic should have been surprised to find such pictures in that story, since I believe it is widely known that taking a tusk from an elephant is not clinical procedure (like getting a tooth pulled at the dentist). It's not like National Geographic fabricated these pictures, or used real pictures out of context. They were directly related to the story being told.


Current Location: work

May. 25th, 2007

10:30 am - An old article I found: TANGO

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Feb. 16th, 2007

03:20 pm - photo of my mama missing since 19.11.06

This is my mama, if anyone saw her since 19.11.06 in China please please please contact me at shulamitg@yahoo.com or +86 15925465617 (shulamit) or +86 13988769457 (smadar) or +86 13521999153 (miss Zhao in Israeli embassy)me and my sister are already two months in northern Yunan, searching for our mama. recently a rescue team from Israel arrived to help us but still no clues. thank you for any help

Feb. 7th, 2007

12:05 am - missing in China

Ada Gershovich is a very experienced traveler.
She is traveling many years by herself in many countries.
She is 63 years old, her height is 1.62, not fat, she has curly brown hair and green eyes.
Many years she wanted to travel in China and finally on March (03) 2006 she arrived to Beijing. She traveled for about a month in eastern China and then flew to Korea. than she traveled another two months and went to Mongolia. after Mongolia she returned to China, but very soon went to Kazakhstan.
In the middle of September (09) 2006 she returned to China the last time. She traveled in Sichuan and then arrived to Yunnan.
The last e-mail we got from her was on 11.17.06 where she wrote that she is in Deqin city, that she left her big bag in Zhongdian and that she plans to stay in Deqin till 11.19.06. On 11.19.06 we got the last phone call from her.
She said she wants to go for a two day trek to Yubeng village in Melli Snow Mountain area.
after that she plans to go to Baishuitai, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Lijiang, Kunming and then to go to Jinghong where she plans to take a boat to Thailand. She said that her Chinese visa expires on 12.17.06 and she'll be home in Israel before 12.25.06 (because we had a family wedding on 12.27.06)

Since the telephone talk on 11.19.06 we didn't have any contact with her.
When she didn't arrive to Israel on the 12.25.06 we got very worried.
We contacted Israeli embassy in Beijing and they contacted the police of Yunnan, Zhongdian and Deqin.

On 04.01.07 me and my sister came to China to look for our mother. We are in constant contact with local police, there are broadcasts about her on Yunan TV and radio, posters are spread in the whole area but no information whatsoever.
Recently we contacted an organization in Israel that specifies in search and rescue of missing people. Their group is arriving tomorrow, hopefully they will succeed.
The group consists of specialists in missing people search and they are all volunteers, but all the expanses of flights, equipment, employment of local help and of course boarding and food are paid by us. We ask the help of the public to donate as much as they can to help us finance the rescue team.

Also we ask all the travelers that have been in Shangrila area on the dates between 19.11.06 and till today (or any other area) if they met or saw Ada please contact us:
Smadar and Shulamit: 13522000952
Miss Zhao Israeli embassy in Beijing: 13521999153
Miss He in Zhongdian police: 13988766069

information in Hebrew and details for donations can be found on the site of Israeli Flying Aid

Thank you very much for your help

With great respect,
Shulamit and Smadar

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