Google Holiday logos for 2009

Did you notice the Google Holiday logos? If you don’t, check this out the Google logo that I gathered. I noticed this already when I first saw the changes of the normal Google logo, so I tried to save those holiday logo then I can share to everyone who loves to visit my blog.











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Limketkai Mall on Christmas season

One of the main entrance of the Mall

My niece and I went to Limketkai mall here in our city. It's one of the nicest malls that I sometimes visit. The mall is not so far from our house, it's about 10 - 15 minutes drive by jeepney and trisikad. Once I'm here in my own city, I feel that I'm too spoiled when it comes to transportation because I don't walk that long like I did when I was in Holland. Although, we don't own any car or so but transportation is very accessible for us. Therefore, no need for me to go to the bus station or so because here, just few seconds walk from our house, I can directly take a trisikad and transfer to another public transportation such as, the jeepney. No more hassle for me to walk for long because I'm too lazy to do that, I get tired fast, but I never get tired walking inside the mall. Since I'm lazy to do some exercise, I just consider that walking in the mall for long hours is such a good exercise for me, cool place and I enjoy what I'm doing *wink*.

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Anyway, this whole afternoon, I shop a bit for some things that I need. The mall was very crowded because many shoppers were there too. Many discounted items that you can buy, so shoppers grab this opportunity to shop to get some discount. I just feel to take some photo shoots in this crowded mall, but I forgot my camera, the good thing was, I had my mobile with me. Take a look the Limketkai mall during the Christmas season.


Christmas Market in Germany

The Christmas Market
Inside the shopping mall

It was two years ago that I visited the Christmas market in Germany. It was my first time to witness this yearly Christmas market displayed, so obviously, I was very excited. It took us about 2.5 hours to travel by car just to reach this place, but it's worthy for the traveling time because we had a great time there. The Christmas market displayed was very nice, it's very colorful light that you can see everywhere and very attractive especially when it starts to get dark. Wow! Flashing Christmas lights that I saw everywhere and a variety of Christmas stuff displayed, it's too many that it makes me feel dizzy and it's also very crowded. Since it's a yearly celebration, many people especially tourist were very excited to visit this place. It's the most awaited celebration for some people because they wanted to buy some Christmas stuff here.

We also entered a big shopping mall that was closed by in Christmas market displayed, wow! I'm also amazed of their Christmas decorations that hang in the ceiling. From far, you got attracted already because it's too shiny from the Christmas lights and their Christmas tree that stands in the center. Well, after our whole day exploring, everyone got hungry, so, before we went back to the Netherlands, we ate first at the Greek Restaurant that was close by in the Christmas Market. We loved the Greek Restaurant here also because they served many and like always, Greek food is very delicious.



Game download

A few days ago, my sister keeps asking me about some PC games for her laptop. She wanted to have some games that she used to play in the PC of her classmate. Since I was busy with my own stuff, I keep ignoring her because I thought she will forget it, but I was wrong because recently she asked me again. I remembered that I have those games that she wanted to install for her laptop, but the problem was, I misplaced it somewhere in my room. I tried to search the DVD disc, where I stored some games that I used to play before, but I started to feel tired in searching and still I can't find it. It came through my mind that why not searched through the net. So I start browsing for the games that she likes and guess what, I came across this game torrents site. A site where you can download a variety of games from puzzled to shooting and many more, wow! I started to like this site; all the games that I'm was looking for were all available to download. I'm so happy that I directly reach in this site, this is really useful.


Saint Nicholas Parade

Saint Nicholas together with two Zwarte Piet

I just want to share to everyone the St. Nicolas parade that was held in Den Haag, the Netherlands last 2008. I know it was a last year, but I never got a chance to watch it again this year because I'm here in the Philippines right now. This parade was part of the Dutch tradition which they called as the Sinterklaas feast that they celebrate every 5th day of December. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of children. Therefore, during the parade, all the roads were mostly covered with lots of children. They were so excited to see Saint Nicholas and of course his companions, the Zwarte Piet. The Zwarte Piet (meaning Black Pete) is the helpers of Saint Nicholas.

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Charter on Demand

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Mummy Museums

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Before I visit the mummy museum, I was curious already on why they made this mummy. I have many questions that I had in my mind, but visiting this mummy museum gave me a better explanation for my questions.

This mummy museum is called the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden), located in Leiden, Netherlands. It's the national centre of archaeology where as wide and varied as possible an audience can appreciate the cultures of ancient Egypt, the Near East, the classical world and the early Netherlands.

What are mummies? Mummies are bodies of person or animals that had been preserved after death. During the Egyptian times, they believe that when they mummify a person's body after death was essential to ensure a safe passage to the afterlife or they will have an everlasting life.

How are mummies made? Traditionally mummification takes 70 days. Special priests remove the internal organs by making an incision in the left side. Sometimes they also remove the brain through the nose by means of a hook. The Internal organs are kept separately in four funerary canopic jars.



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Dirt Devil Holiday Buying Guide

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Just few days to go then its Christmas time already. Many stores and shopping malls are getting crowded because many people start doing there shopping. And the most common experience in this season time is the long waiting line in the cashier; it could be a time-consuming for us to wait for our turn. Sometimes it's a bit irritating and annoying if we feel that there's someone pushing as because of the crowded space.

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Muiderslot


The Muiderslot is a castle in the Netherlands, located at the mouth of the river Vecht, some 15 kilometers southeast of Amsterdam, in Muiden, where it flows into what used to be the Zuiderzee. It's one of the better known castles in the Netherlands and has been featured in many television shows set in the Middle Ages.

It was 2 years ago that I visited this castle, but because I have many pictures in this castle, I can still figure out how it looked. Of course, if we look it from the outside, we already got attractive in the architectural design of the castle and that's what I feel when I first went there. I was all amazed and curious how it looked inside. I enjoyed visiting some castles and palaces because we don't have those in the Philippines. The Muiderslot castle has a huge garden which it adds more beauty of the castle. Inside the castle was an old stuff that was used many years ago.

When I was a kid, I only saw those castles and palaces on TV. Now that I've been given a chance to visit the Netherlands, I will grab this opportunity to explore all those castles and palaces if it's possible.

History of Muiderslot



    The history of the Muiderslot (Castle Muiden, where muiden means rivermouth) begins with Count Floris V who built a stone castle at the mouth of the river back in 1280, when he gained command over an area that used to be part of the See of Utrecht. The River Vecht was the trade route to Utrecht, one of the most important tradetowns of that age. The castle was used to enforce a toll on the traders. It is a relatively small castle, measuring 32 by 35 metres with brick walls well over 1.5 metres thick. A large moat surrounded the castle.

    A hundred years later, in 1370, the castle was rebuilt on the same spot based on the same plan, by Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria, who at that time was also the Count of Holland and Zeeland.

    The next famous owner of the castle shows up in the 16th century, when P.C. Hooft (1581-1647), a famous author, poet and historian took over sheriff and bailiff duties for the area (Het Gooiland). For 39 years he spent his summers in the castle and invited friends, scholars, poets and painters such as Vondel, Huygens, Bredero and Maria Tesselschade Visscher, over for visits. This group became known as the Muiderkring. He also extended the garden and the plum orchard, while at the same time an outer earthworks defense system was put into place.

    At the end of the 18th century, the castle was first used as a prison, then abandoned and became derelict. Further neglect caused it to be offered for sale in 1825, with the purpose of it being demolished. Only intervention by King William I prevented this. Another 70 years went by until enough money was gathered to restore the castle in its former glory.

    The Muiderslot is currently a national museum (Rijksmuseum). The insides of the castle, its rooms and kitchens, have been restored to look like they did in the 17th century and several of the rooms now house a good collection of arms and armour.


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You Gotta See This Video Contest

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Yesterday, I got a chance to chat with my friend who lived across a thousand miles. She used to have a thick glass way back High School and College days. It's been so long that we haven't seen each other, so it's like we're chatting and updating each other's life. As I saw her in the cam, I noticed that she did not wear any glasses anymore. She started to discuss to me that she wears a contact lens, but still unsatisfied because it's a bit hassle to do some activities.

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Space Expo


Space Expo is a museum that is all about space. It's another museum in the Netherlands that I enjoyed to visit because I love it when it's all about space or solar system. My hubby and parent's in law brought me in this museum because they all knew that I like solar system and visiting here was very entertaining and it's very educational. I really got entertain with the activity that they have especially the anti gravity mirror, which was very funny. And it gave me some idea on how people live in the outer space to think that there's no gravity.

I remembered when I was still in my preliminary level; I always wait for the schedule of the solar system topic. I'm very curious when it comes to outer space, it always makes me wonder on how it feels being in the outer space. These were just few of my questions that I can remember during my childhood life.

Space Expo is Europe's first permanent space exhibition. Space Expo is also the visitor centre for ESTEC, the European Space Agency ESA's largest technological establishment.

Here are some of the things that you can see in the Space Expo

* See what it was like for the first men on the moon
* Admire a piece of moon rock billions of years old
* Experience the simulated launch of an Ariane rocket ‘live’
* Play the Ariane-5 launch game
* Discover the world of satellites with the test models of successful European unmanned space missions
* Find out all about astronauts and see how they live and work in space
* Discover how the Eiffel Tower was photographed from space


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