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Stories of Incredible Survival during the Recent Nepal Earthquake

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Two waves of fatal earthquakes less than a month apart have hit Nepal just recently, causing widespread and massive destruction of properties and lives. On 25 April 2015, a 7.8 magnitude quake hit Gorkha District of Nepal, killing some 8,000 people. Since then, a series of aftershocks continue to rock the already devastated country. Worse, on 12 May 2015, another strong earthquake with a 7.3 magnitude hit the borders of Dolakha and Sindhupalchowk, killing a hundred more.

Still, no matter how grave the situation can be, heroes rise to the challenge and stories of amazing survival bring hope to what seems like a hopeless circumstance.

Infant Boy Survived the Wreckage

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The rescue of a four-month old baby boy, Sonit Awal, was a great miracle. He had been under the ruble for 22 hours after the first quake hit. Amazingly, the baby was reunited with his older sister, mother and father in healthy and stable condition. The soldiers who rescued the baby were moved by a soft cry below the wreckage. Sonit was covered in dust when he was discovered, but did not suffer any internal injuries.

Pregnant Woman Rescued in Five Days

Six months pregnant, Rita Maya Shrestra, was at her home when the great quake struck. Her home, the district of Sindhupalchok, is one of the mostly badly hit by the quake, and it took about five days for Rita to finally get medical help. She suffered broken hips and legs, but was otherwise okay and so was her baby.

Teenager Pulled Out from Rubble

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Pema Lama, 15, was pulled out from the rubble at Kathmandu after he was sandwiched between two floors of a guesthouse building during the 7.8-magnitude quake in Nepal. He was all dazed and dusty, and had some injuries. His rescue came after a few hours after baby boy Sonit’s rescue.

The two major quakes that rattled Nepal recently flattened villages, and claimed hundreds to thousands of lives. Nevertheless, survival stories bring many to their knees in awe, a reminder that there is hope and life does move on.

A small town inside a baseball court

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The story starts with an impressive baseball stadium in the center of Osaka in Japan to become the headquarters of the famous Japanese baseball team Nankai Hawks. The capacity of the land reached the 31.380 people and created based on all the new technologies and included the most modern construction. The fans, in fact, thrilled with the impressive result of step, but their joy did not last long.

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baseball court town
baseball court town
baseball court town

In 1998 the company who build and operated the stadium decided to sell the site to a Japanese group of companies and transferred to the city Fukuoka, which built the new baseball stadium. To result was that stage to fall into disuse and be left unused for a long time. By the time it was decided to construct houses in the interior, while parks and green flower beds filled soon the scene.

baseball court town
baseball court town
baseball court town
baseball court town

This created a strange little town on the court, in the center of Osaka, where residents had the privilege to say, and not without a reason, that baseball is deeply in their heart!

By Nicole P.

10 Things Not To Miss When Visiting Croatia

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For many people who are planning their holidays, Croatia is one country that is often ignored. A lot may not have been said about this destination, but it is a treasure waiting to be uncovered, a diamond in the rough. Keep on reading and we’ll tell you more about the different things that will make a Croatian holiday a part of your bucket list.

Spend a Day at the Beach

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Dubrovnik

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Croatia is never complete without mentioning its world-class beaches, including Dalmatia and Makarska Riviera. Hidden coves and pristine waters are just some of the surprises waiting to be uncovered. Many of these beaches are unspoilt and free from a dense crowd.

Walk along the Walls of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, a walled city, is one of the most stunning attractions in Croatia. It is lined with marble streets and baroque buildings. Having a stroll around town is like having a walk back in time. Do it early in the morning or late in the afternoon as these are the times wherein it is less crowded.

Try Sailing

Looking for something that is adventure-filled? Go sailing while you are in Croatia. There are several sailing routes that are available depending on what you prefer. The best thing is that many of the sailing tours can be enjoyed without having to spend a fortune.

Tour Wineries

If you love wine, you will have another good reason to fall in love with Croatia. Since the time the country has been occupied by Greek colonists, until the present, wine is a big part of their culture. Make sure to visit luxurious cellars and exquisite tasting rooms during your trip.

Go Island Hopping

If staying in one beach is not enough for you, it would also be good to hop from one island to another. Gifted with more than 1,000 islands, the options will surely be endless. Some of the places that should not be missed include Hvar, Korcula, and Krk.

Go on a Food Trip

Food will surely be a big part of your Croatian holiday. Some of the traditional dishes you should sample include chard, black squid risotto, homemade pasta, spicy pork sausages, spicy stew made with river fish, and smoked ham.

Be Active

For those who enjoy physical activities, there is a lot to love about Croatia. There are spectacular coastal hiking destinations, such as Lopud Island. You can also try kayaking, kite surfing, diving and white water rafting.

Uncover History

Vacationing in Croatia can also be informative. There are six UNESCO World Heritage Sites that will surely be worth seeing. There are also tons of museums that you can explore, as well as historic towns and fortresses.

 

See the Plitvice Lakes

 

Taking a boat tour of the Plitvice Lakes is another activity that will definitely be worth your time. Visit the sixteen electric blue lakes, which are interconnected with waterfalls. This is sure to be a relaxing activity and will be the perfect opportunity to commune with nature.

 

Have a One-of-a-Kind Cinematic Experience in Pula

 

The amphitheatre of Pula is one of the most beautiful in the country, making it a popular tourist attraction. It is not enough that you see it. The best way to experience it is to watch a concert or cinema screening, among other events.

5 Hidden Treasures of New York

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New York is undoubtedly one of the world’s most significant tourist destinations, and much like any hotspot, it has countless “must see” attractions that everyone knows. However, although these landmarks deserve all of the attention that they get, sometimes it feels better to discover something a little out of the ordinary.

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New York, being the expansive metropolis that it is, still has a plethora of unique and interesting spots that are yet to be discovered by the rest of the world. For every towering skyscraper, there’s a quirky museum or a hidden bar just waiting to be found. Therefore, we’ve put together a list of our top 5 hidden treasures in New York, so that you too can enjoy some of the city’s most charming secrets.

1 – Mmuseumm

Mmuseumm is the well hidden modern history museum created by entrepreneur Alex Kalman. Located in a converted freight elevator down an alley in Chinatown, the eclectic selection of exhibits that occupy MMuseumm’s walls make it one of the most uniquely intriguing places to visit in the city, as well as a polar opposite to the more traditional museums that call New York their home. Planning ahead is advised as it’s only open Thursday through Sunday, but if you can get there, it’s definitely worth a visit.

2 – Fragment of the Berlin Wall

Although not many are aware of this, there is in fact 5 panels of the iconic Berlin Wall situated inside the lobby of 520 Madison avenue, just a short walk from the Museum of Modern Art. Segments of the legendary wall can be found in various locations all over the world, but this particular slab is one of largest sections that has been kept intact, thus making it particularly significant.

3 – City Hall Station

Originally opened as part of the cities inaugural subway line in 1904, the City Hall station is now inoperative, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t witness its spellbinding beauty. Closing in 1945, the stations distinctive architecture and design is an absolute treat that can only truly be appreciated in the flesh, however, doing so can be difficult. There are guided tours provided by the New York Transit Museum, but these are infrequent, so if you want to make this visit a part of your trip then it would be advisable to book in advance.

4 – Staten Island Boat Graveyard

If you’re willing to go a bit further afield, then Staten Island’s Boat Graveyard is one of the most undeniably interesting places in all of New York. This Salvage Yard is home to a mass of decommissioned ships, many of which hold significant historical importance. Whether you’re a ship enthusiast or you’re just looking for a truly unique experience, the Boat Graveyard is undoubtedly one of the eeriest yet most powerful sights that the city has to offer.

5 – PDT (Please Don’t Tell)

PDT is one of many hidden speakeasies that can be found around New York City. Now infamous for it’s attempts to stay hidden, the bar is located behind a vintage telephone booth in Crif Dogs, a hot dog restaurant in the East Village. The atmosphere in PDT really makes it feel like you’re part of an exclusive group, predominantly thanks to its smaller size, ‘hidden’ entrance, and traditional 1920’s style.

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10 Cool Things to Do in Sydney

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Sydney is not the capital of Australia, but one of its most important cities. If you are organizing a trip to Australia you can not miss this post where we recommend the best places to visit in Sydney and what to do in the city. These are our recommendations, based on our experience living in Sydney. Not all the places we mention are touristic places, but they are for us the best places to see in Sydney.

Opera House

It is the symbol of Sydney, the most emblematic place in the city, so take the opportunity to photograph it from all angles. Book an entrance to go to the opera or visit the interior of the auditorium. Go to the Opera Bar for a beer, the views are spectacular, especially at night.

Royal Botanic Garden

Take a walk through the gardens and enjoy the views of the bridge and the opera. If you have time, we also recommend that you have a picnic, it is a very good plan.

Bondi – Coogee Coastal Walk

If you visit Sydney you are bound to visit its most famous beach, Bondi Beach. We also recommend you to go from Bondi to Coogee Beach and enjoy the spectacular coastal views. Finish in Coogee and go up to the Coogee Pavilion bar terrace to have a drink after the walk.

Manly

Take a Ferry from Circular Quay to Manly to see the famous Sydney Bay. Once in Manly, walk along the boardwalk to Shelly Beach.

Parramatta

Stroll through the streets of the most alternative and livelier neighborhood in the city and go for a beer at any of its typical pubs or hidden rooftops. It’s also nice to know that some of the best criminal lawyers in Parramatta are also some of the best in the world.

Panoramic view in O Bar and Dining

It is a revolving restaurant that is located in the center of the city (CBD), opens at 5 pm and offers spectacular views to watch the sunset.

Northern Beaches

You can not leave Sydney without going up to the Palm Beach lighthouse and enjoying the views of Sydney’s most stylish beach.

The Rocks

It is worth getting closer on Saturday morning to see the market and walk through its streets, it is one of the oldest areas of the city. It also has many bars and restaurants for dinner.

Harbor Bridge / Luna Park

Walk across the bridge to enjoy the views and visit the famous and old Luna Park amusement park.

Surfing

Go to Maroubra, Bondi or Manly, rent a surfboard and try to surf at least one hour. You can not leave Australia without saying that you have climbed a surfing board.

Contactless Credit Cards Are Reshaping the Way People Board Trains

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London has finally licensed a contactless payment system that allows people to board trains or buses with the use of a debit or credit card. This new technology will also be coming to other major cities around the world.

Universal Transport System

The license allows people to use this technology that can be utilized elsewhere. The money earned with this type of technology will be kept for a fare freeze for commuters in the city. This new tech enables the use of contactless debit or credit cards by swiping on readers in public terminals.

Ticketless Commuting

As a result, commuters will be able to travel without using any ticket. At each day’s end, the transport system will calculate the distance being travelled and will deduct the right amount. A daily or weekly cap will be applied on your spending if you travel enough. Mobile devices that support contactless technology can now be used as well to jump on a train or bus or even on the London Underground.

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History of Contactless Tech

In 2003, this concept was started by introducing the Oyster swipe card developed by Cubic, which allows commuters to keep season tickets or pay-as-you-go credit in just one card. This same card reading system has added contactless payment system since 2012. The company will take this contactless tech to other countries as well.

Procedure for Contactless Payments

Personal identification numbers or signatures are not necessary when you use contactless. You simply need to touch your card on the card reader that should render contactless. Other contactless payment methods are also accepted when making transactions elsewhere.

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You only need to have a credit or debit card issued in the UK on MasterCard, American Express, Visa or Maestro that displays the contactless payment symbol. Thus, you can use it when you decide to travel on various transports around the UK and soon around the world.

 

Tips on getting the perfect tan during your beach holidays

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It’s summer time! Everyone is already on holidays or planning their next excursion on the beach. What’s more attractive than a great tan during the summer? Read on for some great tips on how to achieve the perfect tan and protect yourself during your beach holidays!

It's time to get tanned!
It’s time to get tanned!

Save yourself from sunburn

Stay away from the sun by prefering the shade of an umbrella between 12 and 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Your aim to get tanned has to with the quality so you don’t want to spend way too much time under the burning sun. It is good to dedicate about an hour a day to sunbathing, spending 15 minutes on each side of your body and taking breaks for diving.

Eat foods that help you get tanned

The foods with vitamin A and carotene help in the fast production of melanin and are considered your allies on tanning. According to a study by the University of Nottingham in England, students were asked to consume fruits rich in beta-carotene for several months and acquired increased pigmentation of the skin. This substance recreates the inner glow of sun-kissed skin. Therefore, buy sweet potatoes, apricots, mangoes, carrots, peaches, cantaloupe, spinach and tomatoes. Apart from the tanning part, they contain antioxidants that are able to protect your skin from premature aging.

Carrots are great for you in more than one ways
Carrots are great for you in more than one ways

Drink plenty of water during the sun

Always have a bottle of cold water with you on the beach, to keep yourself hydrated and your skin fresh. Water extends the life of the cells of the body, giving you the opportunity for an even tan, while keeping your skin soft. Moreover, under the hot sun, your body needs plenty of water to restore its temperature and renew the levels of fluids.

Water will keep you hydrated and your skin soft during your tanning time
Water will keep you hydrated and your skin soft during your tanning time

Exfoliate to get rid of dead skin cells

Scrub with a homemade sugar peeling two times a week, before you get to the beach, so get rid of the dead skin cells, This process will make your skin glow and will also give it the opportunity to develop new healthy cells and absord the tanning better. Women who exfoliate regularly acquire healthy skin, free of blemishes, which retains moisture and remains elastic and tanned. However, keep in mind that you should rub the sponge gently to avoid creating skin irritations.

Use a sunscreen with a high SPF rate and tanning oil

Under the dangerous rays of the sun, a sunscreen with a high protection rate will save you from burns and will offer you a gradual tan. Furthermore, if you use oil for tanning , make sure you buy one with moisturizing ingredients and a SPF rate of 8 or 10. Spread it evenly throughout the body, to avoid the possibility of uneven tanning. Consider your skin type and do not forget to put a generous amount on your back, elbows and knees.

Block the sun!
Block the sun!

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By +Nikos Kontorigas

How to Make Your RV the Coolest Thing on the Road

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It’s really cool to go camping with an RV fitted with miniature versions of your home spaces. But there are ways to make your camper the coolest thing yet. Here are exciting ideas on accessorizing and modifying your recreational vehicle.

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Entertainment

Entertainment devices such as flat screen TV, DVD player and speakers are standard RV fittings these days. However, the way you mount them such that they don’t take so much space makes your RV looking more spacious and cooler. Go for wall or ceiling mounts. Also, use door pockets or caddies to store remote controls.

Cooking Station

Most of your food is going to come from your mini kitchen. You might want to invest in a reliable yet space-saving stove or oven, and combine it with a slide out cabinet system, hanging dish racks, fold out rack, wall-mounted peg board, or over-the-sink rack to organize cooking utensils and food supplies.

Awning & Shades

Most RVs are equipped with solar panels to power up their gadgets and electronics. This means that the vehicle is supposed to be parked under the heat of the sun and not under the shade. To make your RV more comfortable and cooler inside, invest in tarps and drapes for an awning. Also, design a customized plywood or fiberglass roof over your RV to for a much cooler environment. The plywood or fiberglass roof secures the drapes on the sides in place.

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Heating & Cooling

Vents and fans make your RV a better place to live in while your camping. Install vents on the roof and inside the RV to promote air circulation. A portable heater is likewise valuable during winter camping. Paint the roof of your RV in white to reflect heat. Place screens on doors and windows, so that you can open them for air and prevent insects coming in.

Storage

There are plenty of storage options to make your RV much comfortable and spacious. Hideaway hooks, Velcro, pocket organizers, ceiling storage, suction cups with hooks, dangling jars, hanging basket, hanging shelf, pegboard, veggie hammock, nesting bowls, magnet strips, fold out rack, bedside caddy, hanging pantry, and magazine holders are just some of the possible choices. The more organized your RV is, the more cooler and spacious it becomes, making it easier to move around and locate the things you need.

What’s the Coolest Thing You Can Do in the Desert?

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The desert may seem like an alien land full of misery and nothingness (nah, not really). If you are game, you can actually have tons of fun in a barren place such as a desert.

Dune Bashing

Hit the road, the desert road with your driving prowess and make your monster ride literally bash the sand dunes in a seemingly reckless, crazy manner. Dune bashing isn’t a family-friendly adventure and it has its set of risks, but if you’re a risk-taker, then this is definitely the desert activity for you.

Place to dune bash – Dubai

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Sand Boarding

Sliding down the slopes of the desert can be really fun. Sand boarding isn’t entirely exclusive to deserts, as it may be doable in sandy beaches. But since you’re in the desert, there’s limitless possibilities to sand board all you can from sun up till sun down. The only catch is – in order to sand board again, you’ll have to hike up the same distance you sand boarded down. It can get pretty tough and tiresome.

Places to sand board – Australia, Egypt, Maldives, Namibia, Philippines, South Africa, US, South America, and Germany.

Desert Hiking

Deserts are scenic places for hikes and treks, too. Some places have jugged, rocky formations that make up a nice diversion to the already common sandy landscapes. Just don’t forget to bring lots of knowledge about desert survival and safety, and water canteen.

Places to desert hike – Eastern Washington, California, Jordan, Bolivia, Chile, and Arizona.

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Quad Biking

If you don’t like the confines of a four-wheel drive truck, then perhaps a buggy or quad bike will do the trick. Hit the sandy path and drive around, blasting sand dunes after sand dunes. It can really be an amazing adventure, especially when you know you don’t have passengers to look after.

Places to desert quad bike – Namibia, Dubai, Morocco (Sahara), and Egypt.

Camel Riding

Of course, riding the camel is a top pick for the coolest thing to do in the desert. This hardy desert animal has long been used for transport and travel, and riding one can be an awesome experience.

Places to camel ride – Africa, Dubai, Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and other Middle Eastern countries.