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Aberdeen, the granite city (the world third largest granite building is in this city) and busy harbour, set between the Rivers Don and Dee. However, I was fascinated by a small town, Stonehaven which is about 30 minutes driving distance from Aberdeen. There is a castle, Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven. It was built on the cliff and was destroyed many years ago, yet the view was nice and fascinating. You have to pay 3 pounds to visit the castle, but I did not pay for it when I went there, because there wasn't anybody selling ticket at the entrance. The town itself is wonderful, I felt very comfortable while walking along the farms and the coast. The town is easy to access, you can take a bus from Aberdeen, the bus fare is about 3 pounds per trip. Try to get some information in Aberdeen before going to Stonehaven, the information centre in Stonehaven closes in winter.
Borobudur is one of the wonders in the world, it is a Hindu-Buddhist temple, and located 41 km northwest of Yogyakarta, 7 km south of Magelang, Central Java. It was built in the 9th century under the Sailendra dynasty of Java. Hindu-Buddhist used to have great influence to Indonesian until 15 century. This temple was built to worship the Hindu Buddha. It was constructed on the hill and it consists of eight steplike stones terraces, one on top of the other. The five terraces are square and surrounded by walls, the walls are adorned by the Buddha sculpture. Besides, the story and studies of Buddha were carved on the walls, therefore, you can appreciate the architecture of the temple and at the same time read the stories on the walls. The upper three are circular, each with a circle of bell-shaped stupas (Buddhist shrines). The entire edifice is crowned by a large stupa at the center of the top circle. If you are an observant, you will notice that the sculptures of Buddha are different on four sides of the wall. The sculpture of Buddha facing the south is different from the one facing the north. This is because the design of Borobudur symbolizes the structure of the universe. Though it was abandoned in the 11th century, the whole building is still in good condition. I was impressed by its architecture and the workmanship of 9th century. You will feel their enthusiasms in religion when you are there.
Sarawak is the largest state in Malaysia and located on Borneo, East Malaysia. It is a fascinating state which is famous of its culture and the wonders of the natural world such as National Park, rain forests, beaches and islands. Kuching is the capital of Sarawak states. If you wish to visit Swarawak, you have to fly to Kuching airport, it will be your starting point to anywhere of Sarawak. Because Sarawak is sparsely populated, you have to access other cities by flight or by boat. Mulu National Park is a must visit. The park is dominated by three mountains - Gunung Mulu, Gunung Api and Gunung Benarat which contain the largest limestone cave system in the world. You can go there first by domestic flight from Kuuching Airport to Miri Airport, then take the flight from Miri Airport to Mulu National Park, which takes 45 minutes or go from Miri to Mulu by cruise and boat, which takes half a day to travel from downstream to upstream. I would suggest you going there by flight and returning by boat, which you can see the life of people on the banks while taking waterway. There are four accessible well know limestone caves in Sarawak, Deer Cave (the world's largest cave passage), Clearwater Cave (the world's longest cave in Southeast Asia), Lang Cave and Wind Cave. Especially the Deer Cave, is the home of thousands of bats. If you are lucky, you will see another natural wonder, the bats flying out from the cave in the evening to look for food. They all flew in groups, batch by batch, led by a leader. All these four caves are famous of its limestone stalactites and stalagmites. Visitors are advised not to touch those growing stalactites and stalagmites, because the acidic hands will stop them from growing. Another National Park, Niah National Cave situated south of Miri, is accessible only through a flight to Miri, a car ride, followed by a boat ride. It is regarded as one of the largest limestone caves in the world. The
Archeologists found fragments of pottery, stone tools, ornaments, paintings on the wall in the caves and the boat-shaped coffins indicated that the caves is about 45,000 years old. It is also a favourite place for bird's nests hunting nowadays, a lot of inhabitants go there to earn for living. There is a bewildering variety of different ethnic groups in Sarawak numbering more than thirty. The main groups are: Iban, Bidayuh, Chinese, Malay, Melanau and Orang Ulu. The Iban are the best known and most populous of Sarawak's peoples, forming 30% of the state's population and most of them are Christians. The ethnic groups have a strong tradition of hospitality, and a longhouse visit is an unforgettable experience. Many of Sarawak Ethnic groups live in the long houses. There are about 40 to 100 rooms in each long house, and each family is allocated a room. The people live in long houses are all sharing kitchens and bath rooms with each other. You will be served a rice wine (tauk) and entertained with music and dancing while visiting long houses. The long houses, which open for tourist are mainly in Bintulu, which you can go by car immediate after Niah National Cave visit. Besides the national park, the culture village in Kuching is a nice place to visit too. You will know more about the ethnic groups' life and tradition. There are too much things to see and too many places to explore in Sarawak, which I could not write all in my opinions, you got to find out by yourself.
The island of Bali is part of the Republic of Indonesia and is located 8 to 9 degrees south of the equator between Java in the West and Lombok and the rest of the Lesser Sunda Islands (Sumbawa, Flores, Sumba and Timor) in the East. The main religion on Bali Island is Hindu or Hindu Dharma, which claims that good and evil exist at the same time to form an equilibrium world. 95% of the Bali population is Hindus, and over 2000 of temples and palaces proved their enthusiasms in religion. Balinese are also good at woodcarving as you can see a lot of wooden sculpture in their house or garden. There are a lot of places that you can visit on the island but the place that impressed me the most is mountain village of Kintamani Volcano. The scene on the way to mountain village of Kintamani Volcano, especially the spectacular views of Lake Batur and the volcano, fascinated me. It was a really a breath taking view. Furthermore, there is a weird tradition that the unmarried women have to be half naked (it means not wearing blouse or shirt), only the married women can full dress up, isn’t it weird? I was told that it is one of the methods for men to make a right decision before marry.
‘Van Gogh Museum is the must if you visit Amsterdam’ I was told by my friends; before visiting Amsterdam. It is really a nice museum. I spent half a day in the museum. You can appreciate the paintings and know more about Van Gogh from this museum. If you are an observant, you will notice the changes of his works, the paintings changes from monotonous colors to striking colors, especially the Sun flowers painting, it was one of his typical latest paintings. His paintings were so vivid and enthusiastic that you can feel how did he feel while he was painting. You should not miss out this! It is only 30 guilders per person, worth visiting.
How did I know Amazon? It was introduced by my friends. First and for most, Amazon has very good service as most of the books are available in 24 hours. Customers can receive the books in two days time. You will ask why didn’t I go to the bookshops? I tried, but most of the time I did not manage to buy the books that I want in the end. This is partly because the books were not available at that moment or partly because the books were more expensive than Amazon. Another reason that I bought the books from Amazon is, there are many comments and feedback from other readers for reference, and the ranking of the books provided by Amazon is useful. Customers can also read the table of contents from the net if they want to know more about the books. I personally found the comments and ranking are useful; I have no regret to buy the books from Amazon.
There are two different courses for postgraduates, one is taught course, Msc in IT, MA in IT and Diploma in IT another one is degree by research, Msc of research and MPhil in Computing. Taught course means the degree is assessed by examinations and dissertation whereas degree by research means the degree is assessed by research. Taught course is for the students from non IT or computing diciplines to acquire the skills needed to work in IT field, therfore, if you are from IT or computing diciplines, please choose Msc of reserch or MPhil course. Msc IT is for students who are from Science and Engineering diciplines and MA IT is for students who are from Business, Arts and Social Science diciplines. Msc IT will specialise in software engineering, basic programming skills is required. Otherwise, you will find difficulties in coping with programming assignments. So, please make a right choice before chosing the course. I hope this opinion may help.
Albion house is one of the off campus university owned accommodations, it situates in Beeston, just next to Sainsbury's car park. It is about 15~ 20 minutes walking distance from University West Entrance. The environment here is peaceful and greenly, it is a good place to study. There are 24 flats in Albion House and each flat consists of 7 rooms, two shower rooms and two toilets. There are two refrigerators, one freezer, oven and grill, electric cookers and a kettle in the kitchen. Yet, we have to buy electricity cards to 'feed' the meter; otherwise there will be black out. Though Beeston is a small town, it is quite busy everyday. There are Sainsbury, New Look, Boots, Charity chops, Mcdonald, HSBC and NetWest Bank, post office, Sainsbury, Iceland, Farmfood, KwikSave etc in Beeston. Therefore, it is very convenient for students to shop around. For students who study on main campus will have no problem on traveling, but for students who study on Jubilee Campus and Sutton Bonnington Campus have to take hopper bus everyday. If you are going to study business, computing and education, please don't put Albion House as your fist choice, because all the above courses will be commenced on Jubilee Campus, but put Melton Hall or Newark Hall as your first choice.
Microsoft word 2000 premium The new Microsoft Word 2000 is embedded with Visio Proffesional. It is now more convenient for users to draw flowcharts or diagrams on words. The Microsoft Word 97 was not embedded with Visio Professional, therefore users have to install Visio Proffessional separately. After drawing the charts or diagrams, users have to copy the files from Visio Professional to Microsoft Word 97 if the users want to open the chart from other computers, which have no Visio Professional installed. This could be painful for users as the charts could not be modified directly. Now, Microsoft Word 2000 has solved this problem (Microsoft bought over Visio Professional this year). Users can modify their charts from any computer, which has office 2000 installed.
I am very curious why the name of places in Holland always ended with 'dam'? It always reminded me of 'dam' shit J, anyway, no mean to offend Dutch. I would say, Zaandam is a 'dam' good place to visit. Really, I was very excited to see the windmills in Zaandam, my dream was to see the real windmills and it finally came true. Zaandam is not the only place to see windmills in Netherlands, but it is one of the famous tourist spots. There is Cheese farm and Wooden Shoes factory as well in Zaandam. You will be explained how to make cheese and wooden shoes. Especially the wooden shoes, it looks clumsy but actually it is very useful, its main function is to protect our feet. The making of wooden shoes also attracted me. With the advantage technology nowadays, it only takes less than half an hour to finish making a wooden shoes.
Though ICQ is my first choice, Yahoo messenger is my favorite too. It main advantage is, it can work behind firewall. The other advantage is the contact list database of individual user is stored in the server; therefore, no matter where we go, we can still retrieve the contact list easily from the server, it is pretty convinient. Yet, we cannot send huge files through Yahoo messenger, we can only send the files through Yahoo mail and the files is restricted to less than 1.5MB. Anway, it is one of the cheapest way to chat with our friends from different countries in the world.
I love ICQ very much, but it has some problems that it can not be solved thoroughly today. That is it can't really work behind firewall though ICQ2000a claimed that it could work behind firewall. My friends and I installed the ICQ2000a before, but we could not make it work behind firewall. We have had written to ICQ.com for help, but it still could not work. I hope that it can be improved as soon as possible. I really miss ICQ very much. Now I have to install it to the computer in the libary to chat with my friends everyday. ICQ sometimes has problem in searching friends. By right,we can easily find a friend by his or her e-mail address since e-mail address is unique. Yet, we sometimes could not find our friends even though they registered ICQ with their e-mails address. However, I would suggest that ICQ should have the contact list database for ICQ users (not the current database store in individual computer)that no matter where the users go, they still can retrieve their database from ICQ so that users do not need to find their friends again. I like the concept of Yahoo messenger, it store users' database and this databse can be retrieved from different platform or computer. Yet, Yahoo messenger does not use ftp server, huge files cannot be transfered through Yahoo messenger. Since ICQ using ftp server for transmission, no matter how big are the files, the files can still be tranfered easily through ICQ. This is one of the advantages of ICQ. If ICQ could solve the above problems, it can be the perfect chat machine(or??).
I am happy to join the e-circle, it is just like a community place for our friends. No matter where we go, we can still keep in touch with each other. The e circle committee members will send us e-mail to inform us what kind of events are on, they even tell us whose birthday is coming soon. The thing that I like the most is the Photo Album in the e-circle. We can upload our photos to the circle, and share them with our friends. Our friends can even write the comments to the albums if they like. I felt touch whenever I read funny comments; it means that they really enjoy seeing my photos. How precious the friendship is. If you want to upload the photos to more than one e-circle, you can copy the photo album from one e-circle to another by one click on Copy Album button, just simple as that. Have a tour to www.ecircle.com .
Dooyoo was introduced to me by my friend two days ago. And now I have to admitt that I have addicted to it, I couldn't stop writing. Besides, I have been introducing it to my friends. It is a good place for people to share their resources, experience and earn money at the same time. I wish to write good quality comments and opinions, the comments and rating help me to achieve self-esteem if my opinions are read by other readers. I think you will understand why I am happy to write, because I have so much experience to share with you. So why hesitate? Just doo it, you will get more than you expected. P/s: By the way, I received a cheque from Dooyoo a few months ago. It is true that you will definitely be rewarded after you have contributed your precious opinions.
I am a university student, as you know student has not much money to spend. I strongly recommend Sainsburys to you all, becasue it offer a large variety of foods and beverages for us, especially students. My flat is just next to Sainsburys' car park, therefore I know Sainsburys quite well because I visit Sainsburys everyday. It has promotion every week, the 'Offer of the Week' section is impressive, the foods in that section are almost sold at half price, worth buying. It often has 'buy on get one free' promotion on different products, this is also one of its attraction to customers. If you go there half an hour before closing, sometimes you can even buy strawberries with 30 pence, sandwiches with 30 pence, donuts with 50 pence etc. But it depends on your luck. So do try your luck if you wish to visit Sainsburys in the evening sometimes. If you wish to save the planet, you can bring your own plastic bags or bag to carry your goods, you will be refund with 1 pence per bag. I know one pence doesn't mean to you but at least you have made an effort to save the environment.