|| Guam - The Wonderful Island in Pacific ||

posted on 02 Feb 2009 19:49 by xteenn

Guam is an island in the western Pacific Ocean and is an organized, unincorporated insular area of the United States. It is one of five U.S. territories with an established civilian government. The island's capital is Hagåtña. Guam is the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands. Guam lies between 13.2N and 13.7N and between 144.6E and 145.0E, and has an area of 209 square miles (541 km2), making it the 32nd largest island of the United States. It is the southernmost island in the Mariana island chain and is the largest island in Micronesia. The climate is characterized as tropical marine. The weather is generally hot and very humid with little seasonal temperature variation. Traditional Chamorro culture is visually manifested in dance, sea navigation, unique cuisine, fishing, games (such as batu, chonka, estuleks, and bayogu), songs and fashion influenced by the immigration of peoples from other lands. Guam's economy depends primarily on tourism, Department of Defense installations, and locally owned businesses. Guam is governed by a popularly elected governor and a unicameral 15-member legislature, whose members are known as senators.

The Chamorros, Guam's indigenous inhabitants, first populated the island approximately 4,000 years ago. The island has a long history of European colonialism beginning in 1668 with the arrival of Spanish settlers including Padre San Vitores, a Catholic missionary. The island was taken over from Spain by the United States during the Spanish American War in 1898. As the largest island in Micronesia and the only American-held Island in the region before World War II, Guam was occupied by the Japanese in December 1941, and was subject to fierce fighting when American troops recaptured the island in July 1944. Today, Guam's economy is mainly supported by tourism and U.S. military bases.

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-- Magha Puja -- The important religious festival

posted on 17 Jan 2009 15:11 by xteenn

 

Magha Puja is an important religious festival celebrated by Buddhists in Thailand,
Cambodia, and Laos on the full moon day of the third lunar month (this usually
falls in February) It is a public holiday in Thailand and Laos - and is an occasion when
Buddhists tend to go to the temple to perform merit-making activities.

Magha Puja day marks the four auspicious occasions, which happened nine months
after the Enlightenment of the Lord Buddha at Veluvana Bamboo Grove, near
Rajagaha in Northern India. On that occasion, four miraculous events coincided;
1) 1,250 enlightened disciples of the Buddha spontaneously gathered
2) every one of those enlightened disciples had been given monastic ordination
personally by the Lord     Buddha
3) those disciples knew to meet together without any previous appointment
4) it was the full-moon day.

The Lord Buddha gave an important teaching to the assembled monks on that
day 2,500 years ago called the 'Ovadapatimokkha' which laid down the principles
by which the monks should spread the Buddhist teachings. In Thailand, this
teaching has been dubbed the 'Heart of Buddhism'.


In the evening, each temple in Thailand holds a candle procession whereby
the monks and congregation members circumambulate the main chapel or
pagoda in the temple in homage to the Lord Buddha. 

In this year 2009, Magha Puja is on 9th February. 

edit @ 1 Feb 2009 16:01:11 by xteenn

~ Eros ~ The God of Love ^_^

posted on 14 Jan 2009 18:59 by xteenn


Eros in Greek mythology, was the primordial god of lust, love, and intercourse; he was also worshipped as a fertility deity. His Roman counterpart was Cupid, "desire", also known as Amor, "love". In some myths, he was the son of the deities Aphrodite and Ares, but according to Plato's Symposium he was conceived by Poros (Plenty) and Penia (Poverty) at Aphrodite's birthday. This explains the different aspects of love. Like Dionysus, he was sometimes referred to as Eleutherios, "the liberator".

In Roman mythology, Cupid (Latin cupido) is the god of erotic love and beauty. He is also known by another one of his Latin names, Amor (cognate with Kama).

According to tradition which was made by Eratosthenes, Eros was principally the patron of male love, while Aphrodite ruled the love between men and women. His statue could be found in the palaestrae or wrestling schools, one of the principal venues for men to associate with their beloveds, and it was to him that the Spartans sacrificed before battle. Meleager records this role in a poem preserved in the Greek Anthology: "a woman, hurls the fire that maddens men for women; but Eros himself sways the passion for males." (Mousa Paidiké, 86)

Throughout Greek thought, there appear to be two sides to the conception of Eros; in the first, he is a primeval deity who embodies not only the force of erotic love but also the creative urge of ever-flowing nature, the firstborn Light for the coming into being and ordering of all things in the cosmos. In Hesiod's Theogony, the most famous Greek creation myth, Eros sprang forth from the primordial Chaos together with Gaea, the Earth, and Tartarus, the underworld; according to Aristophanes' play The Birds, he burgeons forth from an egg laid by Night conceived with Darkness. In the Eleusinian Mysteries, he was worshiped as Protogonus', the first-born.

Alternately, later in antiquity, Eros was the son of Aphrodite and either Ares (most commonly), Hermes or Hephaestus, or of Porus and Penia, or sometimes of Iris and Zephyrus; this Eros was an attendant to Aphrodite, harnessing the primordial force of love and directing it into mortals. Worship of Eros was uncommon in early Greece, but eventually became widespread. He was fervently worshiped by a fertility cult in Thespiae, and played an important role in the Eleusinian Mysteries. In Athens, he shared a very popular cult with Aphrodite, and the fourth day of every month was sacred to him.

Eros, very angry at the lovely Apollo for making fun of his archery skills, caused him to fall in love with the nymph Daphne, daughter of Ladon, who had scorned him. Daphne prayed to her father, the river god Peneus to help her escape Apollo and was changed into a laurel tree, which became sacred to Apollo.

 


The story of Eros and Psyche has a longstanding tradition as a folktale of the ancient Greco-Roman world long before it was put to print; first seen in Apuleius' Latin novel, The Golden Ass, this is apparent and an interesting intermingling of character roles. The novel itself is picaresque Roman style, yet Psyche and Aphrodite retain their Greek parts. It is only Eros whose role hails from his part in the Roman pantheon.

The story is told as a digression and structural parallel to the main storyline of Apuleius' novel. It tells of the struggle for love and trust between Eros and Psyche, whose name is difficult to appropriately translate as it transcends both the Greek and Latin language, but can be taken to mean "soul", "mind" or rather both. Aphrodite is jealous of the beauty of mortal Psyche, as men are leaving her altars barren to worship a mere human woman instead, and so commands her son Eros to cause Psyche to fall in love with the ugliest creature on earth. Eros falls in love with Psyche himself and spirits her away to his home. Their fragile peace is ruined by a visit of Psyche's jealous sisters, who cause Psyche to betray the trust of her husband. Wounded, Eros departs from his wife and Psyche wanders the earth, looking for her lost love.

In Apuleius's The Golden Ass Psyche bears Eros a daughter, Hedone, whose name means "sex."

Cupid has also become a symbol of Valentine's Day.

The more common holiday representation of Cupid is a putto with a bow and arrow. Sometimes the arrow will have a heart for its tip. Cupid is most often seen either nude or diapered. Cupid is sometimes blindfolded, as in the expression "love is blind."
 

Chinese New Year

posted on 08 Jan 2009 20:48 by xteenn



A scene in Chinatown, Singapore, during the Chinese New Year holidays


Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese
holidays. It is sometimes called the Lunar New Year, especially by people outside
China. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first lunar month in the
Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th. Chinese New Year's Eve is known as Chúxī .
It literally means "Year-pass Eve". Celebrated in areas with large populations of ethnic
Chinese, Chinese New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had
influence on the new year celebrations of its geographic neighbours, as well as cultures
with whom the Chinese have had extensive interaction.

In this year 2009 ,Chinese New Year 's on 26th January. 

 
"Xin Nien Kuai Le" means Happy New Year in Chinese. 

edit @ 14 Jan 2009 20:41:10 by xteenn

Blue - Best in me

posted on 06 Jan 2009 21:31 by xteenn
Blue is one of my most favorite artist, and Best in me is the greatest in my mind.
It's nice music and the good meaning !


 



Best in me lyric
  
From the moment I met you I just knew you'd be mine
You touched my hand
And I knew that this was gonna be our time
I don't ever wanna lose this feeling
I don't wanna spend a moment apart

Chorus:
'Cos you bring out the best in me, like no-one else can do
That's why I'm by your side, and that's why I love you

Every day that I'm here with you
I know that it feels right
And I've just got to be near you every day and every night
And you know that we belong together
It just had to be you and me

'Cos you bring out the best in me, like no-one else can do
That's why I'm by your side, and that's why I love you

And you know that we belong together, It just had to be you and me

'Cos you bring out the best in me, like no-one else can do
That's why I'm by your side
'Cos you bring out the best in me, like no-one else can do
That's why I'm by your side, and that's why I love you
'Cos you bring out the best in me, like no-one else can do
That's why I'm by your side, and that's why I love you



edit @ 6 Jan 2009 21:43:20 by xteenn

Comparatives and Superlatives

posted on 04 Jan 2009 20:27 by xteenn

Comparatives and Superlatives 


1) Use words ending in -er or modified by the word more to compare two items. This is known as the   comparative degree. Use words ending in -est or modified by the word most to compare three or  more items. This is known as the superlative degree. 

Correct:    K2 is taller than Annapurna. 
Incorrect: Annapurna is the taller of the three peaks. (Three or more requires superlative.) 
Correct:    Annapurna is the tallest of the three peaks. 


2) -er and -est are added to two-syllable words unless the new word sounds awkward. 

Correct:     fairer prettier handsomest 


3) Use the modifiers more or most with all root words longer than two syllables as well as with two syllable words that sound awkward. Always use more or most with adverbs that end in -ly. 

Incorrect:   beautifuller smoothliest 
Correct:     more beautiful most smoothly 
Correct:     friendliest beastliest (adjectives, not adverbs)

Less and least form comparisons of a lesser degree in a similar manner.
Less is used when comparing two items, least with three or more. 

 

Irregular Comparisons

                 A few of the comparatives and superlatives in English do not follow the usual pattern. Here is a list of common exceptions.
Positive                    Comparative                 Superlative

bad                            worse                             worst
far(distance)               farther                           farthest
far(extent)                 further                           furthest
good                          better                            best
ill                                worse                             worst
late                            later                                latest or last
less                            lesser                              least
little(amount)             less                                 least
many                        more                               most
much                        more                               most
well                            better                             best

 


Comparison Problems

There are five problems writers sometimes have with comparisons.

1. Make sure you are comparing similar items.

2. Make sure your comparison is balanced. Use the same pattern on both sides of the comparison to make it readable and clear.

3. When comparing people or items that are grouped together, it may be necessary to use the word  other or else to make the meaning clear.

4. The words major and minor are comparative forms that have lost some of their original usage. However, it is nonstandard to add -ly to them just as it is to add -ly to any comparative adjective or adverb that ends in -er.

5. Avoid the double comparison. Words that end in -er or -est and certain irregular comparisons do not need to be modified with the words more, most, less, or least since they are already comparative or superlative. 

            Similarly, do not add an -er or -est to an irregular comparison for the same reason.


Credit : http://englishplus.com/grammar/stylcont.htm 

   

edit @ 6 Jan 2009 21:41:06 by xteenn

Welcome to XTEEN Blog !!!

posted on 03 Jan 2009 18:51 by xteenn

Halo! I have just written this blog, it's my first. Enjoy it ! 


                                                                         Happy New Year 2009 ^-^