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Stranded No More

All but one of the pod of false killer whales that beached on a Phuket islet have successfully been assisted back to sea.

It’s believed to be the first mass beaching of whales in Thailand.

Rescue workers have been trying to get the mammals back to open waters since Thursday. They say none of them now appears to be returning to the shallows.

Locals on Racha Yai reported the unprecedented 30 beached whales on the west of the islet on Thursday evening.

Weighing at least 300 kilograms each, they were unable to refloat themselves.

Phuket Marine Biological Centre staff went to the whales’ aid.

“Such a mass stranding has never happened in Thailand before,” Kanjana Adulyanu-kosol, head of the centre’s Rare Marine Animal unit, says.

Helped by staff of a nearby resort, the centre managed to get 20 whales back to sea almost immediately.

Brought back to health

However, 10 were considered too weak to swim in the rough seas off the exposed and rocky coast.

Cranes and lorries were used to transport the whales to the sheltered eastern side of the island.

Veterinarian Sonthaya Manawattana administered sedatives and nutrition. Nine recovered.

“Their breathing was normal, and they no longer showed signs of stress,” Kanjana says. “We were able to get these whales back to sea by midnight”.

One whale died. The centre will conduct a post mortem to discover the cause of death, although Sonthaya says shock is the likely cause.

Kanjana says the whales may have been forced ashore by the heavy seas or they may have become disoriented. Other causes for the beaching are viruses or marine survey signals.

“But the most likely scenario is that the pod leader misled them into shallow waters. With strong winds and their enormous weight, it was impossible for them to retreat,” Kanjana explains.…

Opium Hill

Also known as the Opium Hill, Bukit Chandu, Singapore is a site where tourists can get a deep insight into the tumultuous history of Singapore.

Bukit Chandu is primarily known for Reflections at Bukit Chandu, an interpretative war center that commemorates the sacrifice of countless warriors who chose death over dishonor and fought for their country till the end.

Bukit Chandu is a trip down memory lane, to February 1942 when 1,400 soldiers of the Malay Regiment stood up against 13,000 Japanese soldiers to defend the western sector of Singapore during the second world war.

Bukit Chandu has many galleries that have photographs, dates, maps and other information about life in the Malay Regiment, and the Defense of Malaya. A true delight for historians, Bukit Chandu takes you back to the Battle of Pasir Panjang as you ponder about the ramifications of war.

Reflections at Bukit Chandu, Singapore was opened in February 2002 by the then Minister of Defense. A visit to this attraction of Singapore will remind you of the heroes of war of your own country, and you’re sure to have a strange nostalgic feeling.

For a slight dose of patriotism, do not miss a visit to Bukit Chandu when you travel to Singapore this time around. It’ll be a truly heart-wrenching experience.

The center at Bukit Chandu is open between 9 am and 5 pm from Tuesdays to Sundays. Admission charges are SGD 2 for adults and SGD 1 for students and senior citizens.

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Thaipusam Festival

Thaipusam, an annual Hindu festival that falls between mid January and mid February, is one of the most popular festivals in Malaysia. The Thaipusam Festival is a day when Hindus go through self-punishment with no visible sign of pain in order to ask for the blessings of Lord Murugan and the day is usually preceded by weeks of rigorous abstinence. On this day of thanksgiving and penance, devotees spear their cheeks with steel rods and pierce their body with small needles.

The most popular legend about the festival of Thaipusam is that it is celebrated to pay homage to the day when goddess Parvathi, the consort of the Hindu God Shiva, gave a lance to her son, Murugan, in order to destroy all the demons of the world. If you travel to Malaysia at the time of the festival, you must visit the Batu Caves Temple in Kuala Lumpur where Malays celebrate this day with a lot of pomp and ceremony. A carnival-like atmosphere can be seen in the city where a large procession in which a chariot bearing an image of Lord Murugan, accompanied by drums and music, is taken out from Sri Mahamariaman Temple in downtown Kuala Lumpur to Batu Caves. While in Penang Island the traditional six pairs of bulls draw the chariot, in Kuala Lumpur the chariot is drawn by a motorized vehicle due to excessive protest by animal rights activists. A lot of Malaysians carry pots of milk to pour over the lance and some shave their heads in humility and atonement. Many people eat only vegetarian food for 40 days after Thaipusam celebrations and avoid all worldly comforts during this period.

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Esplanade

Theaters on the Bay, Singapore is located along the waterfront of Marina Bay. Spread across six hectares of land, the Esplanade – Theaters on the Bay is near the mouth of Singapore River, one of the main Singapore attractions.

The biggest arts center of Singapore, Esplanade – Theaters on the Bay was opened in October 2002. The cost of construction amounted to SGD 1 billion.

Esplanade – Theaters on the Bay, Singapore is an excellent work of architecture. There are unadorned glass cases shaded by a cladding of aluminum over the theaters. This design resembles a tropical fruit called Durian. Hence, the Esplanade – Theaters on the Bay is colloquially referred to as ‘the Durian’.

The Esplanade is a center of performing arts that provides world-class facilities for various art-related shows. The place houses a 1,600-seater concert hall and a theater capable of seating 2,000 people.

The Concert Hall of Esplanade – Theaters on the Bay, Singapore has witnessed shows by many celebrated artistes of the world. Elegantly designed and stupendously decorated, it features world-class acoustics, making it a hot favorite for concerts and recitals.

The main theater of Esplanade – Theaters on the Bay, Singapore resembles a traditional opera house of Europe. It also houses Singapore’s largest performing stage and a 30-meter high fly tower.

The library of The Esplanade is Singapore’s first public library meant for art lovers. It is located on the third floor of the building.

The Esplanade also has various meeting venues, outdoor performing centers, retail outlets and eateries. Many popular hotels of Singapore are located in the vicinity.

You cannot afford to miss out on catching a movie, concert or play at the Esplanade – Theaters on the Bay during your Singapore tour.

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The Rainmakers

Royal Thai Air Force jets have been called in an attempt to beat the heat and provide water for people and plants alike in the dry Northeast.

RTAF chief Air Chief Marshal Chalit Pukbhasuk presided at a ceremony Friday assigning aircraft to be used in the artificial rainmaking operation to counter Thailand’s seasonal drought on Friday.

Drought in Thailand’s northeastern region is likely to become worse before it gets better when the annual rains arrive to help the Korat Plateau, Thailand’s largest and poorest region.

ACM Chalit said 15 aircraft and 400 personnel from RTAF wings at three airbases have been dispatched to join cloud-seeding operations in areas assigned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.

The air force didn’t set a timeframe for the mission as it depends on the situation on the ground, and in the air, as the needs change from area to area.

RTAF is using its Alpha jet aircraft in its artificial rainmaking operations. Its tail section has ample room to accommodate sizable chemical loads sufficient for the cloud-seeding operations.

Water has been distributed to some drought-affected areas to solve the problem on a temporary basis.

Local authorities in Yasothon have distributed drinking water to thirsty villagers. It is estimated that the number of afflicted local residents has now surpassed 14,000 people.

In Khu Muang district, eucalyptus growers can sell fewer eucalyptus sprouts as farmers face an expanding drought and dare not to grow eucalyptus trees. The quick-growing cash-crop species is favoured for commercial forestry, but the trees ‘drink up’ large volumes of water that would otherwise be available for vegetable and fruit gardens, small-scale paddy irrigation, and household use.

In Kalasin, villagers living outside the specially-served royal irrigation system areas have also been affected by the drought, despite their proximity to adequately-served royal projects. Over 80,000 paddy fields, as well as cassava and sugar cane plantation are affected by the continuing water shortage .

Local authoriities are dispatching survey teams to assess damage that can be alleviated by urgent assistance. …

Clarke Quay

Get set for the most mesmerizing sojourn during your Singapore tour. Clarke Quay, Singapore is the place where you can indulge in endless shopping or eating as you get engulfed in the splendor of the beautiful Singapore River.

Named after Sir Andrew Clarke, Singapore’s second Governor, Clarke Quay was initially a chain of shophouses of the 19th century. But now, it has more than 50 shops that form five blocks of restored warehouses. Shops here are well known for their second-hand items and antiques that encompass everything from batik prints and home furnishings to silk and fabrics.

Clarke Quay is a quieter and inconspicuous place when compared to some of the more popular Singapore attractions. However, it is a great place to be in the evenings, when dance clubs and pubs come alive with the sound of music filling the air.

Many popular restaurants of Singapore are lined up along Clarke Quay. With endless dining options at your disposal, you’ll just not be able to satiate your heart. Try out all sorts of international cuisines at the F&B outlets of hotels in Singapore located here, or the local food of Singapore at small time eateries and coffee shops.

Not just shopping or eating, Clarke Quay, Singapore also offers you numerous options for fun and thrill. The G-Max Reverse Bungy, Singapore is one of the highlights of adventures at Clarke Quay. A high adrenaline experience, this extreme ride is only for the audacious and strong hearted. An open-air capsule capable of seating three people is catapulted up to 60 meters in the air for about five minutes. This electrifying experience at Clarke Quay, Singapore can be enjoyed on the payment of SGD 30 per person.

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