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Peking to Paris Motor Challenge 2010

September 11, 2010 | Topics: Fun and Offbeat

Photos of some antique cars which are taking part in the 2010 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge

[En], a reminiscent of the 1907 Peking-Paris Rally…

Antique car at Peking to Paris Motor Challenge 2010

Antique car at Peking to Paris Motor Challenge 2010

Antique car at Peking to Paris Motor Challenge 2010

Now there is something different.
 There is a picture of the 1907 rally under this slot
The roads are an awful lot better today than 100yrs ago. Dodie xxx
Thanks Yeinjee x I don't know what I'd do without you. 


Old-China photos (1)

Digitally restored photos from old China (est. 1880-1925), via Ralphrepo…

Old photo of the Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China [1907] Herbert G. Ponting

Old photo of Chinese women

Chinese women with fans, Canton, China [c1880] Afong Lai

Old photo of Chinese bride

Bride on her way to wedding, Fujian, China [c1911-1913] Ralph G. Gold

Old photo of Peking To Paris Autorace

Peking To Paris Autorace [1907]


Red panda cubs in Japan

Japan’s Chiba Zoological Park has released a video of its two cute red panda

(also known as lesser panda)cubs which were born on July 3.

The names of the baby pandas will be decided on Sept 19 via a special poll by the zoo visitors.


K-on! Nendoroid set

Mini figurine sets with characters from popular Japanese anime K-On!

Anime figurines are getting popular these days; some anime fans are willing to spend hundreds of dollars to

collect their favourite figures.

K-On! Nendoroid set


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The horse ride

The scene was pretty chaotic when we arrived at the foothill (at the beginning); there’s obviously more supply than demand, and the horsemen were swarming the tourists trying to make their only business of the day. Our driver-guide took care of the matters, and we got our horses after a couple of frenzied minutes.

Horse ride at Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia

I was the heaviest in my group, but somehow the horsemen decided to let me rode on the smallest horse instead. It’s only my second horse ride; in fact I’m not sure if I’ve done it before… it’s a vague childhood memory.

It’s pretty scary at first, but it’s ok when I got into the rhythm; and the horseman was guiding the horse in front anyway. Ended up a very nice experience to add into my diary; hope that I didn’t burden the little pony too much lol.


Japanese town of Washimiya estimates that the Lucky Star anime has brought over one billion yen (~ US$11 million) into the local economy after the town’s main shrine, the Washinomiya Shrine, was featured in the popular anime in 2007.

Lucky Star Kagami and Tsukasa Hiiragi figurine at Washinomiya Shrine, Washimiya, Japan

The full economic impact of Lucky Star cannot be determined for certain; but the sales of related goods

alone have been pegged at 70 million yen.

Visitors during the New Year’s holidays (Japanese would traditionally visit a shrine)
increased from 90,000 in 2007 to 450,000 in 2010; that’s plenty of tourism money for a small town
with less than 40,000 of population. 

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Next big trip: Seoul, Korea

Been busy for the past week making arrangement for my next travel plan… to Seoul, South Korea.

close to three months in the country, just within the stay limit without needing a visa.

Already booked my flight ticket, departing in January 2010; will share more stories as time approaches.

At the moment, check out this latest Seoul tourism promotion video for the Visit Korea Year (2010-2012) campaign…


Mt Semeru-Bromo-Batok from Penanjakan viewpoint

Highlight from my Indonesian trip, the Semeru-Bromo-Batok volcanoes, the most unearthly place that I’ve ever been.

Had to wake up early in the morning and catch a jeep ride to a mountain-top viewpoint at Mt Penanjakan for the sunrise

and breathtaking scenery of the volcanoes and caldera…

Mt Semeru-Bromo-Batok volcanoes from Penanjakan viewpoint, Indonesia

The tallest volcano in the backdrop is the highly active Mt Semeru; the nearest is Mt Batok,

a dead volcano;while the steamy volcano is the famous Mt Bromo.

All these volcanoes are located inside the Tengger Caldera,

a massive crater created by super volcano eruptions millions of years ago.



Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game sets world record sales

Guinness World Records have officially recognised Yu-Gi-Oh! as the top selling trading card game of all time

with more than 22.5 billion cards sold since its introduction a decade ago.

Yu-Gi-Oh trading card game

Yu-Gi-Oh! was first created as a manga by Kazuki Takahashi in 1996 before spawning into a huge franchise, which includes anime series, video & online games, and trading card games etc.

The collectible card game is developed and published by Konami since 1999; more about the game on Wiki [image from Yugioh-card]

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Lala Hsu – Riding a White Horse

“Riding a White Horse” (身骑白马) by singer-songwriter Lala Hsu, from her debut album released in May 2009; a mix of pop music with traditional folk song… Many East Asian Songs and Artists can be found on YouTube


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  "Alone in Love",                        I somehow Alone in Lovenever think of other countries having soaps on the t.v, in fact I often forget that most countries throughout the known world now have electricity and t.v. Where I was brought up in Bont Newydd in Denbighshire North Wales we honestly didn't have mains electricity until around 1960, before then it was the water mill, two turbines and a lot of sweat from the guys who used to have to rake the mill about every four hours to give us light. Jewel in the Palace                                                                                         "Dae Jang Geum",
 It's a strange fact also that even though this was only 50 yrs. ago that at last we were being given this wonderful invention that there were those amongst us who actually complained then about the loss of beauty these huge pylons would make of our Winter Sonatacountryside.
Well the pylons arrived, the t.v. for all and cookers etc. No more ironing with a flat iron in the kitchen whilst listening to Radio Luxembourg on the transistor radio. Did we miss the turbines? You bet we didn't. And the pylon's are still

"Winter Sonata",     
there passing straight through the beautiful valley.None of us became cancerous or mental through these mighty steel skyscrapers, in fact life adjusted, got better and went on as beforPalacee. We are now experiencing a different monster.... the dreaded windmill that will make that same electricity more efficient and less expensive. Just think of Holland and relax a little, I thing that is my suggestion... things will sort themselves out eventually.  

Korean TV Dramas             "Palace"

   Korean TV dramas used to not travel much beyond Korea's borders, but beginning in the late 1990s they began to acquire a strong following throughout east and southeast Asia, as well as in Hawaii, where they are screened with English subtitles. A great number of TV and film stars also owe their current popularity to the success of TV dramas. This page is devoted to providing some subjective reviews of the better-known dramas. Also be sure to visit the essay "Why is Winter Sonata a Big Hit in Asia?" by Diana Lee.

If you type what films you would like to see, i.e. "Korean Movies" in the search box of this Amazon Widget, it will give you a list of Korean Films available from Amazon to buy or from "Love Rental", for you to rent.

My favourite film of all time is "Bishunmoo" which is just so fantastic, and I'm retired already. Number two, would have to be "The House of Flying Daggers," and then oh my then it gets difficult because I have a hundred Asian films from all over Asia.

I love the clip in the playlist above of quite a few sad songs, love them all but none of these can compare with the closing scene of "Bishunmoo". I hope you realise that even though it is turned 12.30 in the morning, I am now going to have to watch it again. We are very lucky in the UK. BBC4 and a few of the other channels on Sky have seasons of different films. It has been Japan's turn for the last three weeks. I watched "Nobody Knows," Last night it was brilliant. Twilight Samurai," is on this Saturday.

So it will be Happy, Happy, Street for me again.

I am going to write to BBC4 and ask them to do a South Korean Season, but ask them NOT to show any of the war films, We don't need them anymore. Music is the way forward kids and don't you forget it. Leave the fighting behind and keep your lives free from such horrors.... Oops Diddily getting caried away now.

Well I have reached 64years old already and I don't think there has been a year without some war, somewhere raging. Keep your fingers crossed my darlings that you will all be safe for your lives and your childrens too.

For more comprehensive English-language websites on TV dramas, visit Soompi.com or www.koreanwiz.org, which offers a wide range of information and credits on Korean dramas

This is a video playlist of mainly Vietnamese music and dance,
I found it on the "Tagged" blog site of a beautiful lady called
Kim Lien D,
both her and her site are pretty dashed good.

“You must not pass over in silence the mountains called by the Welsh Eryri, but by the British Snowdon, or the mountains of Snow, which... seem to rear their lofty summits even to the clouds”
Korean actress Gu Hye-sun on Elle Girl magazine

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