Saturday, March 20, 2010

Shark Hologram

I have to position it in such a way that i could clearly capture the Great White Shark's image. It's a hologram, yes. I got this from a souvenir shop in Underwater World at Sentosa in Singapore. I choose this amongst others because of its ferocious look. It looks a bit spooky but cute, i don't know. *tongues out*
One species of the shark clan is the great white shark that swims around the coastal regions of the all the oceans. These sharks are also known as white pointer, white death, as well as white shark. The scientific name of this shark species is Carcharodon carcharias.

The white sharks are the largest predatory fish in the world. It is the only species of the genus Carcharodon that has survived the ravages of time. The rest of the species have gone into extinction.

The great white sharks are extremely sensitive to the electrical field emitted by the movement of living creatures. Their sensitivity is due to the extra sense that was given by the Ampullae of Lorenzini. The sharks are so sensitive that they can perceive half a billionth of a volt.

Your ticket to the pages

I don't know with you guys, but i think the bus tickets that are neglectfully left in your jeans' pockets or in your purses after a backpacking trip from other countries can be a brilliant idea for a bookmark. I was in a city bus, heading to Likas Bay in Malaysia, staring on my bus ticket when i thought of the idea. Bus tickets, usually, are written by the national language of the country and it reflects the amount paid for the ride in that country's currency. It's a nice souvenir, right? How about you go a little further and laminate it? You preserve the ticket souvenir, at the same time you have created an interesting international bookmark.

Here are the tickets I've got from a recent trip, Malaysia and Brunei, and from last year's trip in Vietnam. I've placed two tickets in one row and laminated it. You may leave it as is or you may put a hole on one end and put some frills that match the color or theme of the ticket.

I'm a Buffalo skin

This is a hand painted Buffalo skin bookmark i got from one of the booths in UP Fair - a traditional yearly concert of rock bands at University of the Philippines Diliman. I never thought somebody would have an interest to make a bookmark out of this beast's skin, but hey, why not. For me, it's a very unique and exotic material for a bookmark.

Buffalo, from Greek boubalos, perhaps from bous, cow; see gwou- in Indo-European roots.
Word History: The buffalo is so closely associated with the Wild West that one might assume that its name comes from a Native American word, as is the case with the words moose and skunk. In fact, however, buffalo can probably be traced back by way of one or more of the Romance languages through Late and Classical Latin and ultimately to the Greek word boubalos, meaning "an antelope or a buffalo." The buffalo referred to by the Greek and Latin words was of course not the American one but an Old World mammal, such as the water buffalo of southern Asia. Applied to the North American mammal, buffalo is a misnomer, bison being the preferred term. As far as everyday usage is concerned, however, buffalo, first recorded for the American mammal in 1635, is older than bison, first recorded in 1774.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Sobby Sabah

I just arrived last week from Kota Kinabalu (KK), Malaysia (and Brunei but, unfortunately, i wasn't able to buy bookmarks in Brunei). KK is the capital of Sabah state in Malaysia.

As a bookmark collector, i always ask vendors in souvenir shops and even in bookstores inside their malls if they sell bookmarks. Others understand what a bookmark is while others don't. My bookmark hunting finally satisfied when we visited Mt. Kinabalu park, where their souvenir shops sell really beautiful bookmarks. So, ---->
that's what I've got, a classic wooden bookmark with a carved Pitcher Plant design on top. Different species of pitcher plants are common in the lushes of Mt. Kinabalu and that's probably the reason they make souvenirs with such design.

I got another bookmark at one of the busy walk bridges in the heart of Kota Kinabalu. It's a warm crochet - and cheapskate i should say - bookmark with frills on both ends.

More About Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu is named after Mount Kinabalu, situated about 90 kilometres east-northeast of the city. Kinabalu derived from the name Aki Nabalu meaning the "revered place of the dead", in which, Aki means "ancestors" or "grandfather", and Nabalu being a name for the mountain in the Dusun language. There is also a source claiming that the term originated from Ki Nabalu, where Ki meaning "have" or "exist", and Nabalu meaning "spirit of the dead".

Monday, March 1, 2010

Bookmark Day: March 5

Ok, so I missed the Ist Bookmark Virtual Convention. In the absence of luck, I had a hard time looking for a way how to have Paypal account or something for me to pay and register. Honestly, I don’t have any credit card anymore, I cancelled it. It wasn’t a wise move when I got one. But, I realized the downside of not having one when circumstances like this comes along. Anyway, so much of the credit card thingie.

So I thought I have to wait for quite another while to experience another event for bookmark collectors until I stumbled on THIS BLOG. An American bookmark collector, Monica Schroeder, had a brilliant idea of creating a Bookmark Day. And that day is already fast approaching, it will be on March 15.

Isn’t that great to hear about? I missed something but, surely, another good thing is gonna come. This is what I am looking forward to.

If you’re an author, a bookmark seller, a bookmark blogger and/or a bookmark promoter who wish to donate or sell books and bookmarks, then this is your day. Proceed to this link for further information.

Let’s join the hype and have some fun. This is surely be great.