Namashtè! We are heading to New Orleans in few days. We are glad that the hurricanes did not do considerable damage to the crescent city, so our schedule does not change. We had been to New Orleans a few times but we are not yet so familiar with the whole city so of course we rely on maps and guides. I found this cute widget online I would like to share. A guide to New Orleans, interactive city map and photos, with review links for sights and attractions, restaurants, bars and more…
Our second wedding anniversary is getting closer now; and we are set for a vacation. Where do you think is the best place to go? We want somewhere romantic, of course, and since it will be on our wedding anniversary, I want it so special, to be in a paradise. Do you know that there is a place called the Island of Love? That is where the romance and honeymoon happen, not just with our special someone but with nature too. It is Tahiti, in the famous Bora Bora and other exquisite islands of French Polynesia.
I have been looking for information about the easy way to Tahiti for a Bora Bora holidays and vacation in the islands. I know that in organizing vacations like this, it is always better to deal with local agents from the place. They can always provide support and accommodate our concerns because they have the local knowledge advantage and the best vacation deals. Bora Bora is a major tourism place in Tahiti and staying in Bora Bora hotel just in front of the beautiful lagoons and beaches cannot be more inviting for relaxation and accommodation. We have flown with different airlines but now we can fly to the island paradise by Air Tahiti for cheap fares. Everything is exotic. The pristine white sand beaches, ecology, geological diversity and colorful history of Bora Bora and the whole island group of Tahiti are an attraction in themselves, and especially their black pearl farming. It will make a perfect wedding anniversary gift.
Tahiti is the largest island in the Windward group of French Polynesia, located in the archipelago of Society Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. At 17° 32 S and 149° 34 W, Tahiti situated half way between California (6,200 km) and Australia (5,700 km).
The illusion of the long neck
I came across a humor blog few weeks back and the humorist showed a photo or two of peoples, particularly of women having long necks. At first sight that seemed funny, but I knew it goes deeper than that.
By following Jewel in the palace community I read some phrases about “long-necked beauty”. So was it for that reason that those women have long necks, for beauty?
I have not traveled and met with them actually, I just found some interesting things. I believe there are also some small tribes in Africa (women of Ndebele), but the group of people some labeled as the “long-neck” or “giraffe” tribe, signifying the very old tradition and practice of adorning their women with rings around the neck, are called Karen Padaung, a tiny sub-group of the larger Karen people, natives of Burma who have long been caught up in a civil war against the government, and found refuge in artificial tourist villages in Thailand who were accepted by the Thai government for the tourist money they bring in, which also supports them. They sat on display at a Bangkok tourism fair, helping to create the buzz that would draw visitors from around the globe who will be paying a heavy entrance fee to gawk at them. They prefer to be exploited for tourism, (anyway they seem to enjoy being photographed), than going back to their land in civil war.
In the Mae Hong Sorn and Bann Thaton area in Thailand, the women of the Karen Padaung villages wear multiple brass spiral coils and rings around the neck, the arms and the legs, and use carved elephant tusk in the ears. This neck ring adornment is started when the girls are 5 or 6 years old and the neck grows longer as additional rings are added with each passing year. The rings on the neck reach from the clavicle up to beneath the chin, and these rings are always held very tightly by the bone structure from clavicle to chin. But the appearance of a longer neck is a visual illusion. The women’s necks are not actually stretched. The weight of the rings gradually pushed down the women’s collarbones, as well as the upper ribs, to such an angle that the collarbone actually appears to be a part of the neck, making an illusion of a long neck! For this tribe the rings are the most prominent sign of female beauty and status, and an extra-long neck is considered a sign of great beauty and wealth and that it will attract a better husband. But in this small tribe whose members marries within the group, adultery is low, well, since the punishment is removal of the brass neck ring, which over the years, weakened the neck muscles that women have to spend their life lying down for support. Each peoples, each cultures. There is always striking beauty and wonder in them that overwhelm our thoughts of fathoming them.
I am glad I finally heard from hubby and that they landed safe in Mumbai this morning. He has been traveling trans-atlantic since yesterday, and now I am peaceful. I know. He has been traveling a lot for so many years now. It is just good to know all is okay. Much okay because he will be gone for just three weeks. He is flying the Houston-Netherlands-India route.
So I’m gonna fly today to India to spend the holidays with hubby. I will be there for almost a month, and glad that I will still see my family after that. I still go back to the Philippines after the India trip for final departure to the USA. I am so excited for the trip though. We have been away for more than a month and half now. If I would not have this Indian vacation for a month, I will be away for three months and hubby said he’s not gonna let me leave that long, so long. But be together in few hours. Keep posted for my stay in India. Bon voyage for me.