Gingko Tree Highway in Japan

Only in Japan

Hidden Valley Springs Resort

Hot springs, dense forest, waterfalls--this place was fantastic! We spent the day here and I was begging for more. Next time, I would stay at Hidden Valley to make the most of the trip. It's a drive to get there, but consider doing it as a day trip from Tagaytay.

This place is paradise, and only 2 hours away from Manila! Yey! All the pools look inviting but mostly we stayed in the warm/hot pools due to the natural minerals they supposedly have. And I must say that after a couple of hours of bathing there, I felt invigorated and rejuvenated. The hidden falls is breathtaking and worth the hike going there. The food was a disappointment though, nothing great. Price is a little high, considering the food isn't great. We went on a weekday so I don't know if they serve the same food during weekends. There was no seafood at all, and the fruits were diced & mixed all together rather than sliced and served on a platter. But the place is really beautiful and we will definitely come back

Waterfalls of Havasupai

Havasu Canyon's allure is the blue-green waterfalls that captivate and enchant many people around the world. These waterfalls are located beyond the village and can be seen and heard as you hike down to the Campgrounds.
The water temperature of about 70 degrees remains relatively constant throughout the year. It's high mineral content and carbonate precipitate account for the pools and natural dams. The in-frequent floods repeatedly destroy many of these natural dams, but day by day and year by year they are constantly being reformed. 
When water percolates through the limestone layer it picks up high concentrations of carbon dioxide. This, in turn, can dissolve carbonate rocks in the groundwater. Once out of the ground and the water is no longer pressurized, the carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere, allowing the dissolved calcium carbonate to precipitate to form striking travertine benches.

Major Changes

Major Changes have occurred since August 2008 when a significant flash food swept through the canyon bypassing the old Navajo Falls, while creating two new falls. It is natural for the falls to change over time, as evidenced by the ancient crests lining Havasu and Mooney falls. The pools will regain their previous shapes as the process repeats itself as it has been doing for millennia; and sometimes with man's help to speed up the process.

Five Fantastic Waterfalls

Few other places in the world offer the unique opportunity to visit 5 major waterfalls so close together. The beautiful blue-green water of Havasu Creek tumbles over these five major waterfalls:
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For the Love of Gardening

I know recently my posts have been sponsored by colour green. This time it won’t be any different, I’m afraid ;)
Here in Poland we are having something we call “long weekend” – it actually can be 9 days long if you take just 3 days off from work.
In the 3 days to come I will be either doing this:

Botanic Gardens Sydney getting mobbed by cockatoos

The wild sulpher crested cockatoos at Sidney's Botanical Gardens like this lady.

Sunday Morning Buffet: Circus Trees

There once was a creative arborist named Axel ErlandsonA lot of people do stuff like this with Bonsais, but it's really quite a feat to do them with full-grown gigantic trees! He made about 75 of his "circus trees", but nobody took care of them after his death in 1964. Today only a few of them are left, but they are being taken care of as part of the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, California.

Study: More Children Growing Up In Single-Parrot Households

WASHINGTON—A study released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that over 10 million American children are now being raised in single-parrot households, up almost 50 percent from a decade ago. “Whereas the traditional two-parrot family used to be the norm, an increasing number of U.S. children are now growing up with only one parrot in the home,” read the study, which found no correlation between the number of parrots and a child’s success later in life. “Contrary to popular perceptions, the study found that children who grow up with only one parrot have similar communication skills, vocabulary sizes, and access to colorful hanging bells compared to their dual-parrot counterparts. What matters is not the number of parrots, but the quality of the parrot-child relationship.” The study further noted that nearly 2 million American children are now being raised in households with two same-sex parrots.


Parrot Helps Solve Murder of Its Owner

Talk about a pet detective! 

Hercule the parrot helped solve the murder of its owner in Agra, India, The Times of India reports. 

Neelam Sharma and her dog were killed Feb. 20 inside their home. Police were stumped until Sharma's husband, Vijay, noticed the bird's unusual behavior. 

Anytime his nephew Ashutosh came over in the days following Neelam's murder, Hercule would screech. "During discussions too, whenever Ashutosh's name was mentioned, the parrot would start screeching," Vijay said. "This raised my suspicion and I informed the police." 
Police questioned Ashutosh, and he soon confessed to the crime, saying he had intended to burglarize the home, but stabbed Neelam when he realized she might recognize him. He also stabbed the dog when it started barking. 

Luckily, one witness to the crime – Hercule – survived and ensured that justice was served. 


Restaurant | Chi Lin Nunnery | Hong Kong | China

Dining under a waterfall in a lovely tropical garden to celebrate a friend's birthday - what a great way to end a Sunday!

Established in 1934 and renovated in Tang dynasty style (AD 618–907) in 1990, the Chi Lin Nunnery is a large temple complex of elegant wooden architecture, treasured Buddhist relics and soul-soothing lotus ponds. The complex also includes a series of temple halls, some of which contain gold, clay and wooden statues representing divinities such as the Sakyamuni Buddha and bodhisattvas.