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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Maiden Entry to Ruby Tuesday

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In dedication to my little children, who no longer are. I miss their childhood. My nest is empty and void.

Children in Red. First cousins reunion. Taken in Tulau,Germany, 1991

Noemi, Lily, Sarah and Richie
Take a moment to hear today
What your children are trying to say
Listen today whatever you do
Or they won't come back to listen to you
Listen to problems and their needs
Praise their triumps and good deeds
Tell them you love them every night
Read a story, then turn out the light
Don't worry about happened today
Tomorrow is going to be OK.


Cleanest and Top Town in My World

My World Tuesday #14

A big Thank You to our very innovative Host Klaus and his dynamic team: Sandy, Louise, Wren, The Fishing Guy and Sylvia for promoting

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God loveth the clean.
~Koran, Ch. 9

We see beautiful green and pristine nature. Now, let's see the human civilization's laid back side of prosperity. Would you agree with me that this is the cleanest town? The world of discipline is right here. Good, helpful, warm and friendly people and a great host to visitors. Of course, they have their own share of domestic blues - but when it comes to housekeeping and hospitality, it seems nothing can beat this beautiful place called Taupo, New Zealand.

Our recent trip to this Green Country was worth every penny, heart and soul we put forth in going there inspite few discomfort of the climate change menu to which we had have no control. All else, we're very happy and pleased!


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sand, Pebbles, Stones and Rocks in my OWM

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My first weekend morning stroll along Lake Taupo, the history of which is now posted in my main blog Parched Paper and the Quill.

I let the quotes speak on my behalf. They are as truthful as nature contains.

I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets. It has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful. Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me - I am happy. ~Hamlin Garland, McClure's, February 1899

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
An eternity in an hour.
~William Blake

The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.~Blaise Pascal

Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.~John Burroughs

Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher.~William Wordsworth

It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility.~Rachel Carson

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

A wholesome contemplative weekend for me to feel the refreshing beauty of a place far from home.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sharp and Blinding Reflection of Lake Taupo

My First Weekend Reflections Entry as hosted by our friend James of Newtown Area Photos blog. Please join the GANG! They're all HERE!

The glorious lamp of heaven, the radiant sun, Is Nature's eye.~John Dryden, The Story of Acis, Polyphemus, and Galatea (l. 165), from Ovid "Metamorphoses", bk. xiii

Lake Taupo is Australasia's largest fresh water lake.


Taupo Town Beyond Waikato River

My Scenic Sunday #9

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One of those awesome view taken in Taupo Bungy Jumping site. That river down below is called Waikato River.

The wooden railing is actually a part of a cantilever bungy platform which projects out from the spectacular pink and white cliffs of "Hell's Gate". Hell's Gate is 46 meters above the deep crystal clear waters of the Waikato River.


Friday, October 23, 2009

The Mood of Climate Change

Skywatch Friday #18

From Dot to Tom over to Host Klaus with Sandy, Ivar, Wren, Fishing Guy and ...Louise. SkyWatch Friday continues to create a huge sensational Phenomenon in the Meme World. Please keep Skywatching every Friday....the Sky is just above you. Look UP!

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The winds grow high; Impending tempests charge the sky;...And big waves lash the frightened shores. ~Matthew Prior

Even The FASCINATING NEW ZEALAND skies were affected by a chain reaction of the Tsunami in Samoa, Earthquake in Indonesia and Noah's Greatest Deluge in the Philippines.
Nevertheless, Please enjoy!


Sydney International Airport: taken before departure time at 8am.

The clouds dusting off its feathers as the plane taxied on the runway ready for a take off.

Auckland International Airport how it looked at past 3pm right after we finished off at the customs. I took this from the window as we were walking inside the airport premise to claim our luggages..

The sticky beak of me spied what's going on inside the airport compound. As you can see, this part is the hub of the airline laborious activities. But my eyes was more focused to the sky.

Now, you see what I mean? I was bit ... bit ... just bit ... as we still had another flight to tackle....with this clouds looming to doom? Heavens forbid!

Crossing towards Auckland Domestic Airport at 4pm

After a long wait, we were called for boarding our flight to Taupo. And this what had greeted us outside: strong dusty wind so freezing cold! Time:5:30pm

Auckland to Taupo Sky in the early stage few minutes after take off

Stage 2 of a milky journey away from the scary bad storm during lift off.

Stage 3 dreaming this heavenly creamy sight

That I call the "Iceberg in the Sky" at the elevation of 16,00 feet above the sea due to the stormy weather condition

We're getting there in few minutes.

Here we come! Safe landing at 6:15pm

Welcome to Taupo!

This is how the sky looks in the landing area soon after we took off from the plane.

A different look outside the premise while waiting for the shuttle bus to take us to Karaka Tree Motel in Taupo. Time:6:50pm

This is where we stayed on our arrival. The sky was looking beautiful and a promising adventure.

Until the sky changed its mind faster as any human minds change.

Storm ingathering. It thickens like faults of men.

The wrath is consumed up in heavens.

Unleashed tears, the sky cannot withhold no more.

Snow-capped mountains of Tongariro National Park visible from the Lake Taupo on a Monday, October 5, 2009.

The last sky seen in town before heading to the airport back home.