Clouds Over Koh Samui, Thailand

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Our days in Koh Samui, Thailand have been very relaxing.

Lazing by the beach, watching the sea and the clouds were part of our enjoyment.DSC_0630

One evening, we walked by the beach and was stunned by the colorful storm clouds that were hanging low over the horizon.DSC_0629

The clouds looked dramatic. Looking at how the clouds and sky change their color as the sun was setting was really memorable.

When the sun has almost set, the sky exhibited an almost red color.DSC_0640

We didn’t know these were the signs of a heavy storm that night. When we were back at our hotel and were ready to sleep, thunders began to roar. With the heavy rain, there was continuous lightning too.

In the midst of all the thunders, suddenly there was an electricity  blackout. The whole area, including our bungalow was pitch black – we couldn’t see a thing. There was some panic, as we…

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The Golden Autumn in South Korea

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Hope my previous posts did not convey the impression that the fall foliage in South Korea are all red, orange and pink only.DSCF3335
In our trip, we did see a lot of fall foliage which are yellow or even golden in color.DSCF3334
Everywhere there are lots of Gingko and other trees which gave an impression of a Golden Autumn.DSCF3333

The following is a poem by a Chinese scholar, translated into English:

I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud.
So I like best of all autumn, because its leaves are
a little yellow, its tones mellower, its colors richer, and it is tinged
a little with sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not
of the innocence of spring, nor of the power of summer, but
of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age.
It knows the limitations of life and is content
.
Lin…

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Langkawi – I’ll Follow the Sun

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After almost a whole day of travelling, we were tired when we arrived at Langkawi – “our” idyllic island.

We seated ourselves in the hotel restaurant overviewing the sea and were thinking of having an early alfresco dinner.

The sun was setting and the view was so beautiful; we decided we would go for a walk by the sea instead, chasing the sun as it went down.DSC_0017

When we reached this board walk, the street lamp was already lit and the view from the board walk was unbelievably enchanting.

The last rays of sun light reflected from the teak wood walkway.

We strolled in the direction of the sun, without knowing where the board walk was leading to.

We finally reached the very end of the board walk where the shore turned into a rocky beach.  We climbed up and down the rocks, having fun. . . . . .  and followed the sun . …

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Amazon plans crowd-sourced publishing program

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It appears Amazon has stolen the march on competitors by announcing plans to launch a crowd-sourced publishing program that will see participating authors receive US$1500 plus 50% royalties on net eBook revenues.

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The revolutionary publishing progam comes hot on the heels of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited (KU) initiative, which offers KU subscribers unlimited eBook borrows and which is predicted to further change the publishing landscape – and change it dramatically – if it hasn’t already.

While crowd-sourcing may not be new (feature films have been crowdsource-funded with much hoopla and fanfare) it’s a fairly new phenomenon in the publishing game. Certainly, other publishers have tried it – two others if our sources are correct – but there’s no doubt Amazon’s crowd-source funding will be highly visible. And, if our experience with the publishing giant is anything to go by, it will be highly successful.

The Digital Reader had the best summary of the new…

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