Thursday, October 25, 2012

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

World's most extraordinary ancient structures

Ever wondered how did ancient civilisation with such primitive tools managed to construct extraordinary structures like the Stonehenge or the Pyramids? From feats of human engineering to downright miraculous, here are 10 of the most amazing historical sites in the world with the most remarkable stories behind them.

Tikal, Guatemala
Photobucket This Mayan city-state is one of the largest and best preserved ruins of the civilisation. Native stories and legends have told over the decades that Tikal is shrouded in strange mystical mysteries and excavation has showed that it was abruptly abandoned by the Mayans over 1000 years ago with no visible evidence as to why.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia Photobucket
This legendary ancient city was built by the Khmer kings in a process that lasted almost 4 centuries and was subsequently abandoned in the mid-1400s when Thai armies invaded. Hidden by jungles, the ruins were rediscovered in 1860 and the lost civilisation instantly piqued the research interest of Western archaeologists and historians.

Machu Picchu, Peru
Photobucket Accessible only by train or a 4 day trek, this amazing site is widely referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas”. Invisible from below and completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural promenades sufficient to feed the population, and watered by natural springs, the Machu Picchu site seemed to have been built by the Inca as a secret ceremonial city.

The Moai statues of Easter Island, Pacific Ocean Photobucket
These massive and amazingly carved ancient relics, Moai are seen all over the island, and in different shapes, sizes, and stages of completion. Many statues were left unfinished at the quarry site and there is no evidence yet as to what functions did the Moai served. These incredibly carved statues are alas the only thing left of the mysterious Polynesian culture that once lived there.

Petra, Jordan
Discovered in 19th century by a Swiss explorer, the massive historical site was made famous by Hollywood motion picture, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and one of the most recognisable spots is the Al Khazneh, commonly referred to as the ‘Treasury’. Its function was a mystery until a recent excavation revealed that the Treasury was actually a tomb, probably of the royalties.

The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt Photobucket
These extraordinary 3,000 years old pyramid still hold a vast number of unopened chambers till this day. Historians and scientists are baffled at the remarkable human engineering of the pyramids that was built to directly align with the stars and the solstices.

The Roman Colosseum, Rome Photobucket
Dating back from AD 72, this is the scene where countless stories of gory battles between gladiators, slaves, prisoners and wild animals have emerged from this amphitheatre. Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the amphitheatre was ravaged by Roman popes and aristocrats, all eager to use its materials for their palaces and churches.

Stonehenge, England Photobucket
Erected around 2500BC, this was an impressive engineering feat during its time. The massive stones were aligned almost perfectly with the sunrise on the summer solstice and for that reason it was speculated to be a site for ancient rituals as well as a sacred burial ground for high-ranking officials.

Taj Mahal, India
One of the finest prehistoric buildings in the world, this Mughal beauty was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife who died in childbirth. It was constructed by twenty thousand workers from marble and inlayed with twenty-eight different kinds of precious and semi-precious stones from across India and Asia.

The Great Wall of China, China Photobucket
The world’s longest man made structure, it is a breath-taking feat of ancient defence architecture that took over 21 centuries of construction and rebuilding. Formed mainly to protect the Chinese Empire from northern invaders, the wall is also known as the “longest cemetery on earth” because of the many deaths during its construction.

Monday, October 8, 2012


2010年由 Discovery Channel 播映的紀錄片《百慕達三角大曝光(Bermuda Triangle Exposed)》。 人稱百慕達三角的地帶,是全球最危險、最令人無法解釋的海上墳場,範圍由百慕達到邁阿密到波多黎各,從海底二萬八千呎到空中二萬­­九千呎。幾十年來百慕達三角因為無法解­釋而令人著迷。已經有二千艘船和七十五架飛機,在這裡消失得無影無蹤。 要是將百慕達三角還原到最基本的本質呢?除去層層面紗,實際觀察和研究這片四十四萬平方哩海域下的狀況。我們是否終於能解開百慕­­達三角謎團的幕後真相?答案就在《百慕­達三角大曝光》。

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Ghost dance @ Singapore

We took to the streets when we saw Sentosa's ad looking to hire ghosts for Spooktacular 2012. Will you hire us Sentosa? We've not eaten anyone for many many years, and we are good with kids! Really!