Aug 29, 2014

Flowers on the Tables

This empty dining room was captured at a resort in one morning. The flowers were seen on each table. Looked simple yet the flowers surely beautified every table. Are they chrysanthemums?  

Closer look

Flying Moment

I captured the moment of two tandem paragliding flights from the takeoff spot at the Mount Banyak (Batu Malang, East Java, Indonesia) that I’ve shared the view last week. Both passengers were female visitors; one of them was my friend. She told me that it was a great and fun experience. 


Great flying moment
Touching the blue sky!

It’s a pity I couldn’t take shots of her landing moment. She reached the landing spot faster than us –of course. The car ride had to pass through the winding roads first. When we arrived at the landing field, she’s already there for about ten minutes.

 Fortunately, that day, a competition was held.  I was able to take shots of some landing moment. I promise I’ll share them next week :)
Sky Watch Friday

Aug 27, 2014

How to Recognize Face Cream Containing Mercury

We should know how to recognize face cream containing mercury as the substance is harmful to the skin. Mercury is essentially a matter that is most rapidly to make the skin becomes white. It's just that this substance has negative side effects. Cosmetics containing mercury will eventually erode or destroy the outer layer of skin. The skin may look white and smooth but actually the skin becomes thinner and no longer has a protective coating. The skin becomes more sensitive and vulnerable to damage. For example, if exposure to sunlight, although only briefly, the skin will feel sore and look red.

Cosmetic with mercury usually should always be used. If not, the skin will become dull, dark, black spots appear, sometimes black spots spread widely on the skin. Whereas for non-mercury cosmetic; if the usage is stopped, it will have less impact on the skin. The dangers of cosmetics with mercury aren’t only on the skin. In the long-term use, mercury may enter the blood circulation as well as damage nerve and kidney. It could even cause cancer.

How to identify face cream containing mercury is not easy. But at least when using a face cream, you must carefully choose and consider these first:

1. Looking for signs that the cosmetic brand has been officially registered at the Agency for Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Mercury has included material that is prohibited for cosmetic.
2. Seeing the creamy texture. A beauty and skin health expert explained that the cream containing mercury usually sticky. When the cream is left to stand in the open air, it will look like the liquid oil separates from the solid portion. Besides, the cream color also tends to be more striking shiny white or yellow.
3. Mercury cream generally has a fairly pungent odor. This is to cover up the smell of metallic mercury. The early use of the cream will make the skin irritated, only briefly exposed to sunlight, the skin appears reddish.
4. Mercury cream also whitens faster. If during the first daily usage about 7-10 days, your skin already looks white, smooth and clean, then it might be the cream contains mercury.

The other safe way is to use a cream that is already well known brand and buy it on the official site. It is better not to wear cream which its origin is not yet clear. You can find out in advance. For example, by asking friends and searching for further information. Or you may also join an online forum that discusses safe and dangerous cosmetics.  


Aug 26, 2014

Red Train

Allow me to share a commuter train with red touch. Captured at Bogor railway station in one afternoon, this train had just arrived from Jakarta and all passengers already got off. 
Closer look of the red train


Aug 22, 2014

7 Ways to Tone Your Arms

As the summer months approach and the time to pull out the sleeveless garments gets nearer, a great many Australians start to get extremely self-conscious about their arms. Months of relative inactivity can leave arms looking scrawny and unattractive, hardly an incentive to pull on a light and airy summer top. However, adherence to a routine of simple yet effective exercises could very quickly remedy this situation. All you will need is a few basic pieces of equipment and you will be ready to start. By following the 7 techniques laid out below, you could have shapely arms that you would be only to keen to show off to the world:

1. Curls

Simply sit on a chair or bench with your legs apart and raise a dumbbell towards you. Alternate between both arms to ensure a balanced workout. Be sure to lean forward with your elbow and knee aligned on the side of the body that you happen to be working.

2. Hammer Curls

This exercise needs to be done standing up and with the dumbbells grasped as if holding hammers.  Keep the upper arm dead straight at your side and slowly raise the dumbbell to your shoulder, then slowly lower it as if intending to strike the head of a nail. Alternate between left and right as with the curls.

3. Upright Row

Remaining on your feet, hold a dumbbell in each hand and raise them as if rowing a boat. Be sure to start out with the dumbbells parallel in front of your thighs. Complete a set of ten rows for an effective workout.

4. Dumbbell Kickback

Place one knee on a bench and support yourself with the arm from the same side of the body. Your other leg should be firmly placed on the ground alongside the bench. Hold a dumbbell in the arm of this side of the body and slowly swing it backwards. Be sure to bend your elbow to 90 degrees during the course of this swing before returning your arm to its original position. Ten repetitions should do the trick.

5. Curl Resistance Band Exercise

Stand upright for this one with your feet inline with your shoulders. With a resistance band beneath your feet, raise both hands to your shoulders whilst keeping your upper arms firmly by your side. Drop your hands slowly and then repeat the action the required number of times.

6. Bench Dips

You will need two sturdy benches in order to complete this exercise safely and successfully. Place your hands onto a bench positioned behind you and the backs of your heels onto one positioned in front. With you body suspended thus between the two benches, use your arms to raise yourself up and down in a dipping motion. Place a heavy object in your lap to increase the difficulty.

7. Close Grip Push Ups

A popular technique of boot camps in Melbourne, close grip push ups involve the hands being placed close together in order to fully work the triceps and pectoral muscles. By placing your knees on the floor it should be possibly to reduce the intensity of this particular exercise if it proves to be too demanding.


A strict adherence to the above list of techniques should soon have your arms looking sleek and toned. As an added means of improving the tone of your arms, and of your overall wellbeing, it would be a good idea to eat as healthily as you can. If possible, try to avoid sugary snacks and processed foods. Eat salads and fruit as an effective and healthy alternative.

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