Lara, Antalya

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We stay at Lara hotel in Antalya, it has access to the sea with a small sand beach. The hotel also serve drink for customers who want to sun bathing in the beach. The hotel also has a outdoor swimming pool but we didn’t utilize the facilities  of the swimming pool or the beach. The scenic view around this hotel are beautiful.

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We have to walk about 3 miles from the hotel to use the local bus services, plenty of big shopping malls in the old and the new town of Antalya. The services of the hotel is alright and the staff are not very helpful. We managed to get our lost luggage back on our last day in Antalya  We took a bus to Pamukkale and the journey is about 3 to 31/2 hours and it cost us about 120 Lira.

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Once we reach Denizil station , we have to change another mini bus to Pamukkale.  We are happy Pamukkale is just 5 minute walk from our hotel. I couldn’t wait to explore this gorgeous “Cotton Castle” as the owner of the hotel told us that this national park close at 8.00 p.m. and it is best to visit this place either sunrise and sunset as there aren’t so many tourists.

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Cing Jing Farm, Wushe, Taiwan

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Packed and ready for our tour to Cing Jing Farm and it was pouring with rain.  When we reached Cing Jing Farm at least the rain eas slightly  and we were able to walk around  Cing Jing Farm. This farm was meant for children than adult, our heart felt young and enjoying every minutes of it. The pony were out for children to ride  and sheep grazing at the rolling fields.

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The farm organized show of farming techniques and how to shave the sheep fur. Plenty of activities to  entertainment for children and children are encourage to take part in the show. The farm having entertainment show 3 times a day, the local stalls selling fruits grew from the farm. The sheep walk among tourists looking free food or titbits from the tourists. The sheep were not shy from strangers. After the show we went back to look for our driver as he will drive us  to the local market  for our lunch.

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The hawker stalls around the parking lot look horrible but they are famous for beef noodle soup. Once we finished our lunch and our way  to Hualian.

Alishan Nature Park, Taiwan

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It took us about 3 hours to reached Alishan Mountains,  half way up to the mountains, it was fogging and the roads totally covered by the mist. All we can see is misty white covered a large part of the mountains and the reserve. We got into park and found our way to check in our hotel, the tour company had booked us into a lousy village hotel, every where we can see dirt and spiderwebs around the walls and floors.

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The staff working there were very friendly and we  booked our additional trips to visit the reserve and  morning sunrise with them.  Our driver was not allow to take us into the reserve, it was a regulation set by the reserve, and  we must wake up at 3.00 a.m. in the morning for this mini tour. We been offered 2 tours – one is by the train which we  will see only the morning sunrise and the train trip and another more expensive tour  which covered all the important landmarks in the Alishan and cost 3 to 4 times different.

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Ailshan National Scenic Area is a mountain resort and nature preserve in the mountains of Chiayi County. The reserve is about 415 square km in area which include wilderness, four villages, waterfalls tea plantation, Ailshan train station and hiking trails. This place is popular with tourists and mountain climbers, and it become one of the major landmarks in Taiwan.

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Ailshan is well known for the sunrises, and on a beautiful day one can observe the sun come up on a sea of clouds in the area between Ailshan and Yushan.

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We went for our walk to the train station and in time to see the sunset, then we went to the local restaurant to have our dinner which they offered steamboat and various dishes as a package deal.  Enjoyed our dinner and wine, we back to our hotel to have an early night for the next day excursion. When we reached our hotel,  the place were full of butterflies and moths, I have never see such a great varieties of these before.  So spent a great time time taking photos of the butterflies and moths and totally forgotten I need to wake up at 2.00 a.m. the next morning for the mini tour.

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Day 4 – Furong Ancient Town, Zhangjiajie, China

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Our Day 4 at Zhangjiajie, one of my sister’s friend is ill with flue and our tour guide Tung also got the flu. Even they were ill but our tour  was still on. Today we were to visit Furong Ancient Town when we reach the Furong Ancient town, our guide leaded us to the restaurant just next to the entrance to have our breakfast of Rice Tofu dessert as it is the most popular dish in this town. Once we went into the Ancient Town, our guide arrange for the guide working in this old town to guide us into this old ancient town.

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Furong Ancient Town, Furong (Hibiscus) Town is originally named Wengoun. It is an ancient town where Tujiazu people live together. Until now, in the town, pavement laid with black flagstones and ancient domestic house (mainly Diaojiaolou) are well preserved. The famous movie Furong Town directed by Xiejin is shot here. At Furong Town, the local specialty, “rice tofu” it is said that the most genuine shop is in the vicinity of toril. That shop is the rice tofu shop in the movie

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The scenery in the town has unique bearing. Shops with trap dorrs are on both sides of five-mile street of black flagstone. Tujia Diaojiaolou {stilted house} are set up against the slope. The simple bearing of Tujiazu is very charming. In the Warring States Period, “Xizhou Copper Pillar” set as a war covenant made between the emperor of Chu, Maxifan and the King of headman remains as before. On “Xizhou Copper Pillar”. key cultural relic under state protection, more than 2300 characters are inscribed, the covenant of dismissing troops and reconciling made between the emperor of Chu, Maxifan and the King of headman in 940 A.D. is recorded.

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It is a precious object of studying nation relation in ancient China. Beside there is Wangoun waterfall which is about 60 meters high and 70 meters wide here. Walking behind the hanging screen of the waterfall is like placing oneself in a crystal palace.

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Furong Ancient Town is a town where lot of locals still living in this town but the local government change the policy of entrance charges  to collect revenue for this ancient town. The locals used the side entrance and they don’t have to pay for the entrance fees.

HND Fine Art – Drawing

My 2nd weeks of drawing lessons, draw the skeleton of the human body. I have a hate and love passion for drawing, hate due to I can’t draw and  would love it if I could do it. At least our lecturer, Jon is quite understanding and trying his best to correct me in my drawing on proportions, perspectives and tones of my drawing. I felt more comfortable during my 2nd lessons and able  to draw  freely and without self awareness of doing something wrong.

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It is quiet daunting facing with a task like this and you have no ideas where to start with. We can choose to draw any parts of the bones we like and can express ourselves but must be detailed drawing. It is out of my comfort zone but we did have drawing sessions during our Foundation Arts and Design and hopefully I am able to get it right. IMG_0952.1

Unfortunately, I haven’t have time to finish my drawing with more shading and tones on it. Thanks God, Jon starting to see my drawing coming up with the brown chalk shading and it started to look better than my lousy attempt to make it perfect. I felt quite happy that it is so childish look but at least it getting better with each lesson and hopefully there is some hope for me to become skilled at drawing.

The following are some of the beautiful and amazing drawings from my classmates where we need to take photos of their works and compared with our work.  I am way behind my classmates but will work harder and practice more to improve my skill and hopefully will be able to draw with confident.

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Luke amazing drawing of the skeleton and he saw this piles of bones in another way by adding hat onto it. To make it see more surreal as a person than just bones.

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This amazing beautiful drawing is drawn by Alessia.  Perfect and precise in the drawing with great tones and shading.

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Maggie’s drawing and great in detail toning and shading to bring out the parts of the bones to show a  different parts of the joints.

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Matt’s drawing  – It draw my eye as it is Gothic and it showing the dark side of the world.

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Kelly’s drawing  – precise and great perspectives with different tones.

From all our drawings, I found that for mature students we tended to follow the instructions of the lecturer but the younger ones, they work with freedom of what they see and imaginations free flowing with ideas totally with a different aspect.

Rhine Falls – Switzerland

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Our trip to Rhine Falls, Switzerland, my family came to England for holidays and it is a big group of us so we joined the tour for 10 Days. I don’t have to bother to plan the places to visit or the hotels as all are in the package tour $68 Euro per person per day.  We have an early breakfast today as our trip consist of visiting the Lucerne Lake, Rhine Falls and the Black Forest in Germany.  I love the Rhine Falls in the Switzerland, it is the largest waterfall in Europe and  amazing beautiful experience to view the sight of this waterfall.

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Source from trip advisor

Rhine Falls

The Rhine Falls, the biggest Falls in Europe, offer the visitor a spectacular sight!17,000 years ago this impressive wonder of nature was formed and is now the main attraction for countless visitors from all over the world.Over a width of 150 metres and a height of 23 metres, an average of 700,000 litres of water cascade over the rocks every second. A boat ride to the famous rock in the middle of the Falls and the short walk to the top, is an unforgettable experience for every visitor.

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Tourists have been awed by the Rhine Falls for centuries. In the 19th century, the painter J. M. W. Turner made several studies and larger paintings of the falls.

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As our schedule for the day was packed we only allow one and half hour at this Rhine Falls we don’t have the time for the boat trip or walk up to the top of the platform to experience the waves hitting on our faces. Rhein Falls is a beautiful tourist attraction and there is a bridge and a park surrounding this park. It is easily access by car or local bus or train. The entry fee is $5.00 Euro and it worth every cent to visit this beautiful waterfall.