Photo from Yahoo! Sports
27 March 2010
26 March 2010
|1.||Burj Khalifa||Dubai||2,716 ft|
|2.||Taipei 101||Taipei||1,671 ft|
|3.||Shanghai World Financial ..||Shanghai||1,614 ft|
|4.||Petronas Towers 1 and 2||Kuala Lumpur||1,483 ft|
|5.||Willis Tower||Chicago||1,451 ft|
|6.||Jin Mao Tower||Shanghai||1,380 ft|
|7.||Two IFC||Hong Kong||1,362 ft|
|8.||Trump International Hotel||Chicago||1,362 ft|
|9.||CITIC Plaza||Guangzhou||1,283 ft|
|10.||Shun Hing Square||Shenzhen||1,260 ft|
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Still on IFC Tower and HK, I took this stunning night view video of the Victoria Harbour and HK Islands skyscrapers while sat on a bench along the Avenue of Stars just watching ferries crossing the harbour and some lights flicker from the buildings. I could really stay here for hours...
facts from: emporis.com
25 March 2010
From wikipedia.com: Hong Kong is mountainous and there are a lot of steep slopes. According to Emporis, there are 7,681 skyscrapers in Hong Kong, putting the city at the top of world rankings. The high density and tall skyline of Hong Kong's urban area is due to a lack of available sprawl space, with the average distance from the harbour front to the steep hills of Hong Kong Island at 1.3 km (0.8 mi), much of it reclaimed land. This lack of space causing demand for dense, high-rise offices and housing, has resulted in 36 of the world's 100 tallest residential buildings being in Hong Kong, and more people living or working above the 14th floor than anywhere else on Earth, making it the world's most vertical city.
I mean just look at where almost all of them live.
24 March 2010
I want to share a story that I have finished reading for the 2nd time. The Shack written by William P. Young. It's a like a prayer book, lessons from the Bible, daily bread, and fiction rolled into one great story that in one way or another will open the readers' minds and hearts. It will give you the reasons for one's lack of faith.
The story is about a father who lost his youngest daughter to a tragedy that made him question the capacity of God to actually save the one's who truly does not deserve bad things. It is not a story that is unusual but what's different about this is how the main character found his faith again. He met God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit who showed and reminded him of how painful, but also amazing life can be. These to me are the best parts of the book:
"Evil is a word we use to describe the absence of Good, just as we use the word darkness to describe the absence of Light or death to describe the absence of Life. Both evil and darkness can only be understood in relation to Light and Good; they do not have any actual existence. I am Light and I am Good. I am Love and there is no darkness in me. Light and Good actually exist. So, removing yourself from me will plunge you into darkness. Declaring independence will result in evil because apart from me, you can only draw upon yourself. That is death because you have separated yourself from me: Life."
"The person who lives by his fears will not find freedom in my [God's] love. I am not talking about rational fears regarding legitimate dangers, but imagined fears, and especially the projection of those into the future. To the degree that those fears have a place in your life, you neither believe that I [God] am good nor know deep in your heart that I love you. You sing about it, you talk about it, but you don't know it."
"Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive. But should they finally confess and repent, you will discover a miracle in your own heart that allows you to reach out and begin to build between you a bridge of reconciliation.........Forgiveness does not excuse anything.........You may have to declare your forgiveness a hundred times the first day and the second day, but the third day will be less and each day after, until one day you will realize that you have forgiven completely. And then one day you will pray for his wholeness......"
"Each relationship between two persons is absolutely unique. That is why you cannot love two people the same. It simply is not possible. You love each person differently because of who they are and the uniqueness that they draw out of you. "
"Have you noticed that even though you call me Lord and King, I have never really acted in that capacity with you? I've never taken control of your choices or forced you to do anything, even when what you were about to do was destructive or hurtful to yourself and others."
16 March 2010
14 March 2010
The best I've read about Pacman...
by Andrew Corsello:
How can he live this way?
Because he is the serene centering Eye. The storm, his life, envelops but does not touch him. The Tysonesque psychopathologies that drive other boxers to the dark side are flung centrifugally from his body and soul, outsourced to his disciples, who carry this burden and lay down their lives for him."
05 March 2010
or this... (toilet seat cover)
I love how they translate this not just in English but also in Filipino... I guess a lot of hard headed Pinoys over there...
In DreamWorld theme park, they call Snow White.... Snow Whote?
A sign by the entrance of Victoria Park in Causeway Bay. So basically, you cannot do anything. It would have been much easier if they put up a sign saying "NO ENTRY"
I loved seeing some familiar stores...
they don't have Walker's Thai Sweet Chilli crisps here :(
It says "do not walk outside this area"... I wouldn't dare!
04 March 2010
just look how much leg room I have here... If I had to commute by bus everyday in the Philippines, I'll always have bruises on my knees.
underground train is also an easy way to get around...
I love how Chinese people are all so well dressed for work...
there's wi fi hot spot in almost every corner especially in the Central area...
Visited Ikea and had Swedish meatballs for lunch...
some school kids in an educational trip...
the hotel I wish I was staying in...
I could stay here for hours on end...
This was like an overpass in Lohas Park that felt like half a mile long...
The MTR(underground train) Lohas Park station...
inside the train, look how clean! why was I alone? it was only 10:30 pm...