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Beach by the Cliff


Salalah. Muscat Daily
This is a  tourist site in the Dhofar region of Oman.The Cliffs like this are abound in this cold region in what otherwise is a hot desert country in the GCC region.
Wadi Tiwi
Wadi Tiwi Along the Arabian Sea Oman(cliffhangercorner©photo)
Wadi Daykah Dam
Wadi Daykah is Oman’s most Popular Dam and a Popular Site [Cliffhanger©photo]

Marine Life


 

Life on Earth is connected to the ocean and its inhabitants. It is a must to get acquainted with matters concerning this vital system, thus the urge to ensure that its health is not endangered is ever-present in us which could then be shared to others and inspiring them to be responsible marine-life loving people.

1-Castilla Sorsogon...
The Bay along Sorsogon

Banana of all Bananas


Every once in a while, life offers something new, unique, extraordinary with a flare of rarity that few could ever come to grasp or comprehend and with the change of, or advancement in applied science and technology thru  research, many in today’s presently changing world of new ideas, inventions, medical and technological innovations  as  for instance births of new human offsprings can bringst forth not just a single baby born but could end up 8, 9 , 12 or so babies  with the use of fertility drugs. Same is true in plants and many agriculturists  are going as far as producing hybrid types and trying genetical modifications to produce the desired output. Also rice have experienced revolutionary ways to produce yields in much different more advanced methods to produce higher yields than what used to be just normal. Scientists have to reinvent the rice plant again in order to keep up with the still rapidly growing  population. The newest techniques in biotechnology and genetic engineering employed by  scientists involves the transfer of the genes from one rice plant directly into the cells of another, reducing breeding time and allow for the transfer of specific traits. Instead of crossbreeding plants by hand in the field, scientists are now able to make finite genetic changes to plant embryos in test tubes, virtually ensuring the success of the transfer. This blog talks about one such ordinary variety of banana that was grown without the aid of genetically infused growth and many agriculturists are perplexed at how this banana tree bore fruit more than what is usually produced per bundle. In a remote village in the north of the Philippines in the City of San Fernando, which happens to be the ancestral place of my grandparents, a banana tree was found to have bore a 9-ft. bundle of fruit. Which gives us the intriguing imagination of the huge economic windfall to be derived should the genes of the banana fruit be extracted and re-grown  en-mass and re-planted. This banana just sprang out naturally and it was a case of genetic accident which is rare and should thus be preserved and multiplied to benefit more people globally.

Banana high breed.True or false

9-Foot long bundle of banana discovered in Brgy Catbagen,Sn Fernanco La Union.
A record crop yield on just 1 banana stalk.It produced a 9-ft long bundle grown without the aid of genetically infused growth.It was discovered recently in a remote village in the Northern Province of La Union in the Philippines.

Top destination forecast in 2013


Is the Philippines positioned to go a notch higher as a hot beach-holiday destination?The Philippines’ heavenly islands and white sand beaches are among the newest destinations to watch for in 2013 according to American travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller. Fact is, it occupies the # 2 spot in the Top Ten Destinations for 2013.Pls. click on the mag’s website (www.cntraveller.com)

Caramoan Island-White Sandy Beach in the Bicol Region
Caramoan Peninsula is touted as the Philippine’s secret paradise since it is virtually hidden from the rest of the province of Camarines Sur. The Philippine geographic landscape consisting of a bevy of 7,107 Islands from Luzon to Mindanao has been a great contributor to the country’s tourism growth and the one Island that stands out currently in terms of international exposure is Caramoan island.This island caught media attention twice in 2008 with the filming of the French reality hit show Survivor and Survivor Bulgaria followed by Survivor Israel in 2009.Caramoan has a very rich marine life to cater to the ocean adventurers plus its got the limestone cliffs and caves for climbing and exploring.
This Island boasts of lush and thick vegetation.Caramoan Island, Caramoan Peninsula, in the province of Camarines Sur, Bicol Region, Philippines.
This Island boasts of lush and thick vegetation. Caramoan Island is one of the thirty-five municipalities of the Province of Camarines Sur,Bicol and is situated at the heart of the Caramoan Peninsula at the southernmost tip of Luzon.
Rizal Collage
Thanks to surfing,Rizal Beach is starting to make a name.Turbulent waters in the San Bernardino Strait produces consistent waves year round  with the major swell season starting in October to March.Location:Gubat,Sorsogon,Phils.

“Top 10 hot destinations that will be big news for travelers in 2013.”

1.Brazil 2.Philippines 3.The Netherlands’ city of Amsterdam 4. Africa 5. Galapagos Islands 6. Kashmir 7.Mayan Riviera 8.New Zealand 9.Panama and 10.Oman….so there you go! Dare pack up now to these places?

Nakhal Fort2
Oman completes the Top Ten list by placing 10th. Oman boasts of many age-old forts like Al Nakhal Fort which we just visited recently. It is adjacent to the most frequented Thowara Hot Springs located at Rustaq.

Condé Nast’s Laura Fowler wrote in her article that “the Philippines may still not be the most obvious beach destination but it soon will be.” The writer also compared the country’s more than 7,000 islands to the islands of Maldives: “Sorry, Maldives… We love you, but we’ve got a new flame.”

Must-see places according to the article  are Bicol, where travelers can swim with the huge but gentle whale sharks in Donsol,Sorsogon and go surfing in Rizal Beach(pictured) or enjoy the pristine waters of Caramoan Island (pictured); Siargao in Surigao del Norte (Mindanao), a stunning little known island perfect for deep-sea fishing; Palawan, “palm-fringed white-powder beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, natural lagoons for wild swimming all of it protected by UNESCO.

A place to relax.It’s more than what we wished for.


PicMonkey Collage.alnadah

Escape becomes the order of the day: Resorts provide all the relaxation you need.

The hustle and bustle correlated to city living is one that you expect when moving from your quiet hometown.The stimulation of crowds and horrible traffic generate energy that challenges the human spirit.  It is a generally accepted notion that  the city dweller reflects the image of a moody, stressed and unfriendly person.   And you are no longer the countryman that  is  depicted   as calm, relaxed and friendly because you have moved to a city where you may have been lured by a lucrative job offer from a leading company.Take the time off! Experience something relaxing.That’s what we did by going into a spa resort in a town in Oman called Barka.A good 30-min ride from Muscat will take you to this forest look resort with a string of cottages lining up the edges of this countryside spa resort within a country that has a typical hot arabian desert temperature.The package of course included a massage to all guests from a well trained staff that gave us a truly soothing and  relaxing experience.While I am not saying that citylife is not good.It’s the opposite of course because modern society living is what city life is. Activities galore in the city but city life is more challenging and it carries a heavy price.Worst of all, the most expensive component of life in the city is the toll it takes on your body through stress. Stress is present with every waking moment in the city.  The multitudes of people, unstoppable traffic, rigid work schedules never let up. The air is filthy.  The carbon monoxide emitted by thousands of vehicles overwhelm what little green life remains to clean the air.  Brain and body are continuously bombarded by environmental pollutant that diminish the human spirit.  Opportunities to relax are few and short. Stress builds up. Quality of life declines.The city dweller looks forward to a day out of the city.   Escape becomes the order of the day. Each move to the outer boundaries of the urban environment makes life a little more peaceful.  The  move (vacation leave or permanent) to the country is the greatest move of all.Peaceful is the most succinct description of the country. The night is refreshingly quiet. Soft insect noises and the plaintive call of an owl or frog rule the stillness.Leaves are strewn all over the places. No heavy traffic, no sirens, no rush of the “madding crowd.” Life is simple and calming. The country offers advantages to the harried city dweller that can reduce stress, induce health, and reharges your body.

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Inside the Al Nahda Resort and Spa.The driveway network  for golf cart users, promenaders, joggers and bikers.Beautiful trees  abound—–Very homey atmosphere.Birds are chirping nearby and the smell is naturely fresh. Continue reading A place to relax.It’s more than what we wished for.