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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Chasm


Another photo stop... I just love photo stop... Obviously it is... right?!

This popular walk is on the Milford side of the Homer Tunnel and is well signposted. Two footbridges over the Cleddau River offer spectacular views of a series of powerful waterfalls. Thousands of years of swirling water have sculptured round shapes and basins in the rock.
Fiordland National Park 
New Zealand

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cleddau River

This is one place we stopped on our way towards Milford Sound in Fiordland, the Cleddau River.

The Cleddau River is a river of New Zealand. It flows into the head of Milford Sound. The river is one of the most massive rivers that feed the waters of Milford Sound. However in winter, the volume of water in the river is low. But it certainly makes  a nice scenery.
Our driver/guide informed us that the water in Fiordland is safe to drink. According to him, No one ever got sick from drinking the water there. So all of us tried the water in the stream. The water was crystal clear, pure, untreated spring water that came from the mountains. Very refreshing.
The rain, and water up there on the mountains are some of the cleanest water in New Zealand.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Mirror Lake, Eglinton Valley, NZ

Another photo stop before reaching Milford Sound. A beautiful crystal clear reflection know as the Mirror Lakes.
The Eglinton Valley is a 30 minute drive north of Te Anau on the South Island of New Zealand that you'll pass on the way to Milford Sound. This valley is well known for 'The Avenue of the Disappearing Mountain' and its wonderful views.
Since the Eglinton Valley is a long narrow valley with clear natural boundaries, a wide variety of flora and fauna, and a road running up the middle, it is an ideal location to explore and see the stunning surrounds from one of the only road-accessible valleys in Fiordland.
A good place to stretch your legs during the drive to Milford Sound.
 Small lakes on the roadside provide outstanding reflective views of the Earl Mountains. Waterfowl and wetland plants can be seen against a backdrop of beech forest.
 Interpretation panels provide on local wildlife.

World Heritage Area
Mirror Lakes and the Eglinton valley are a part of Te Wahipounamu - south west New Zealand World Heritage Area. This is one of the worlds greatest wilderness areas. River system like these found in Fiordland are becoming increasingly rare on an international scale. Many New Zealand plant and animal species currently living here will not survive unless the environment is retained and managed.

How Were the Lakes Forms
Mirror Lakes are a feature created by the Eglinton River as it flowed through the valley. The river starts at the divide, 30km along the road to Milford Sound and flows down the valley to lake Te Anau. At some point in time the river shifted position and abandoned these deep pools. deposition partially filled the channels leaving isolated ponds called oxbow lakes. these lakes are particularly rich in biologival terms. they serve as habitat for many animals that rely uon water as part of their life cycle.

Mirror Lakes
These lakes are named for the crystal-clear reflection that occur when the wind ceased, usually early morning or late evening. The snow and rain-feb black creek fills and drains the lakes.

I took chances to take a lot of photos with this splendid view with my sister and our tour driver/guide.
Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre 
Lakefront Drive, Te Anau
New Zealand


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Sunday, February 26, 2012

PBB 12th Nomination Night



ABS-CBN Pinoy Big Brother Unlimited
12th Nomination Night
February 26, 2012


Pinoy Big Brother's memorable ex-housemate enters the PBB unlimited house as M6

Franzen Fajardo - Maharot
Baron Geisler - Maangas
Beauty Gonzales - Makulit
Roca Paras - Matalino
Kigoy Albarico - Madiskarte
Luz McClinton - Malakas

M6 main task is to help Big Brother and House Player Paco in bringing out the true colors of the current housemates, through this it will help viewers choose the Big 4.

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Nominated Housemates

Divine
Kevin
Seiichi 

Voting is officially opened

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

PBB 11th Eviction Night


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11th Eviction Night
February 25, 2012


Voting for  11th Nominated Housemates was stopped. This is due for a forced eviction to one of the housemates due to violations made.

14.13% - Carlo - SAVED
20.85% -  Deniesse - FORCED EVICTION
28.80% - Seiichi - SAVED
36.22% - Tin - SAVED

Carlo was supposed to be the evicted housemate for garnering the lowest percentage vote, but due to Deniesse violation which is whispering to Divine and asking regarding the outside world to Melay, this made Deniesse out of Pinoy Big Brother House.

Deniesse Joaquin from Quezon City is the latest Evictee due to Forced Eviction


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A Tribute to a Friend


Last February 19, 2012 got a text message from one of my bestfriend saying "Michelle Tendero died early this morning" I was a bit shock about this news and I even don't have any idea that she's sick. I called another friend of mine to confirm about the news if its true and what's the cause of her death, say's It's MI commonly known as heart attack.

According to the Wikipedia: Myocardial infarction (MI) or acute myocardial infarction (AMI), commonly known as a heart attack, results from the interruption of blood supply to a part of the heart, causing heart cells to die. This is most commonly due to occlusion (blockage) of a coronary artery following the rupture of a vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque, which is an unstable collection of lipids (cholesterol and fatty acids) and white blood cells (especially macrophages) in the wall of an artery. The resulting ischemia (restriction in blood supply) and ensuing oxygen shortage, if left untreated for a sufficient period of time, can cause damage or death (infarction) of heart muscle tissue (myocardium).
Highschool Days
Michelle May Tendero is my high school batch mate at Colegio de las Hijas de Jesus, a friend and one of my lunch mate. I used to go to their house during fiesta days in Tigbauan. A girl with a strong personality.

At an early age of 32, she's now with the Lord. Life seems to short for her in this earth but I know and I could feel that she's happy where ever she is. 

To my friend Michelle, whom I haven't seen for a long time. May you rest in peace in God's graces. Staying a night on your wake is one of our way to be gathered again and everything that happened has it's purpose. I got to see some good old friends, reminishing the past with laughters and  feels like you were just around with us.  Through your wake, it makes and keep our bonding alive and with this, friendship stills remain.

Thank you Michelle for sharing  lot's of laughter to us back then and We will truly miss you. 

May she rest her soul to eternal life.

To Michelle's mom, Tita Maricor and to the rest of her family, my deepest condolences...

Interment
February 27, 2012
2:00 PM
Tigbauan Parish Church


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Friday, February 24, 2012

Exploring Te Anau, Fiordland


The start for our long land trip in reaching Milford Sound. We stopped various photo stop and various spots, part of Fiordland National Park.

Extraordinary scenic beauty has earned this region a reputation as a significant sightseeing and walking destination, and a must see for anyone travelling to New Zealand.
The hub of the Fiordland region is the attractive town of Te Anau. From here it is an easy 2 to 2½ hours drive to Milford Sound, a gateway and 20 minutes by coach to Lake Manapouri and the start of a Doubtful Sound excursion.

Te Anau has a range of activity options, fine restaurants, seven days a week shopping and can cater for all levels of accommodation.

We had stopped in one of the cafe "Pop Inn Cafe" for some snacks and photos of the beautiful lake.
Exploring Te Anau

The serene deep waters of Lake Te Anau make up the largest lake in the South Island and second largest in New Zealand and are bordered on its western shore by lush virgin forest.

The attractive town of Te Anau lies nestled on the edge of this beautiful lake, with a spectacular backdrop of Mt Luxmore and the Murchison mountains.

As usual picture taking is one of our fun activity for this stop. With this beautiful moutains that surrounds us. Picture Perfect!!! Splendid landscape...


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Skyline Queenstown Part II


Bob's Peak

"The Skyline building, Luge and Gondola are all located on a hill known locally  as Bob's Peak, although in reality this this hill has no official name and the actual Bob's Peak is located 5km to the west. Encompassing this area is the Ben Lomond Reserve, which is a 388 hectare area of land owned by the Queenstown Lakes District Council. One of the features if this reserve is the peak, Ben Lomond. Despite its height of almost 1750 metros it is quite easily accessible and for the over 100 years has been a popular climb for those wanting a magnificent view of the surrounding lakes and mountains.

Talk of constructing an access road to the top of this hill began in 1920's but it wasn't until 1961 that a steep, zigzag road of 15 hairpin bends was formed and a commercial operation started transporting visitors to this location.

In 1964, a small, wooden chalet was constructed on this site offering visitors light refreshments and meals... and a certificate to anyone who walked from the township to the top!

The original Gondola began operation in 1967 and was updated 20 years later to the current Dopplemayer lift. Today there is a huge variety of activities available in and around the Skyline Complex. These include a restaurant and bar, walking and mountain biking tracks, luge rides, bungy jumping and paragliding."
Hurtle down the winding downhill Skyline Luge, it's the fastest fun on wheels...

A touch of New Zealand's indigenous culture with the live Kiwi Haka Maori performance, an authentic and powerful cultural show.
Take in the challenge of AJ Hackett's Ledge Bungy or Swing or take off on a tandem parapet flight.

Shop at the Skyline Souvenir Shop, my sister bought me a beautiful Red Jacket with a New Zealand Kiwi logo patch on it.

Various walking tracks can be accessed around the skyline, good for photo opportunities and hike around the splendid scenery. We really took a chance to take more photos in a beautiful landscape background. Perfectness!!!




A gondola ride back downhill
Bought some photos they took us, for souvenir, busy choosing the good one
together with my sister and our tour guide who's helping us

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Skyline Queenstown
Brecon St, Queenstown
New Zealand


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