Exploring Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands is an island country, officially the Republic of the Marshall Islands situated near the equator in the Pacific Ocean.  The country is part of the larger island group of Micronesia in geographical placement and with a population of around 53,000 people that inhibits 29 coral atolls, comprising 1,156 separate islands and islets. There are Hidden islands that belong to the Marshall Islands that can only be viewed in the air as it is hazardous for people to set foot in.

Cactus Dome

Cactus dome is an enormous concrete structure built over a nuclear crater.

The US military organized atmospheric nuclear tests over the “Pacific Proving Grounds,” counted at 105, between the years 1946 and 1962. For the Marshall Islands people and several other nearby South Pacific atolls, the act is a euphemism.

The US government dug up 111,000 cubic yards of soil from the Bikini and Rongelap atolls in an effort to clean up the radioactive debris left by those explosions and deposited it on Runit Island in the late 1970s. Code-named Cactus – is the resting place of these debris a 350-foot wide crater that been made two decades earlier by an 18-kiloton nuclear test.

It cost the government just about a quarter of a billion dollars and spent three years to finish to cover up that giant radioactive pit. This project resulted in a huge, consisting of 358 gigantic concrete panels, foot-and-a-half-thick, 100,000-square-foot dome. It is still possible to make land on Runit and a quick stopover at Cactus Dome despite signs warning off visitors. Bring a Geiger counter if you’d like to visit Cactus Dome.

Bikini Atoll

Located about halfway between Hawaii and Australia, Bikini Atoll is a Micronesian Island chain and is what should be a heavenly place on Earth. In 1946, the United States took possession of the islands and its residents were forcibly relocated and over the next 12 years, the US sent 23 nuclear bombs raining down on this slice of paradise, rendering it uninhabitable to this day.

Bikini is pristine and beautiful when viewed from the sky. Since the explosions and is lush and green, the plant life has regrown unchecked. It gives the illusion that civilization still exists on the land as there exist visible remains of houses, towns, and graveyards.  There is reborn of the coral reefs and the large lagoon is inviting and clear. This island chain has plenty of money-making potentials and looks hungry for tourists. Bikini Atoll hides its secrets well from the aerial view.

Twenty-three members of a Japanese fishing boat crew supposedly at a safe distance were contaminated by the blast during the first practical test of a hydrogen bomb at Bikini and the scandal that shocked the nation was a legend. This became the inspiration for the movie Godzilla which a radioactive monster rises from a US nuclear test and attacks Japan. If not for the deadly, invisible poisons contaminating both the land and sea,  fans of the cult film could visit the origin of the classic.

The US prematurely regarded the islands safe in 1968, permitting residents to reside in their homes and restore their towns. The residents had to be removed again as detected that radiation levels and related chemical strains rose to high-risk unhealthy levels in their bloodstreams.

The United States compensates the survivors and residents who will likely never be able to go home again up to this day, and the islands remain a divine abode of beauty and potential that no one can tell that it can safely be experienced and inhabited.

Best Places in Seattle, WA

Have you ever visited the town where Kurt Cobain lived and eventually died? Aberdeen, Washington is just outside of Seattle. We recently visited the booming town and realized some key points about the area and the culture.

  1. Seattleite’s really loves their coffee. See our photos of the natives while they bum rush the streets for their caffeine fix.
  2. It’s not as dark and gloomy as I had pictured the state. Seattle is filled with activity and life, especially around 3pm when the natives are picking up their second batch of coffee.
  3. The music scene is vibrant.

Seattle, Washington has shown to be a town of night owls and music snobs, but it’s still quaint and not overexposed quite yet. The locals are especially amused by the punk scene that is still alive and well – although their founding fathers aren’t quite the same. If you’re looking for a great place to stay, The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is well-known for its numerous guests. Decked out with its luxurious furniture and buffet food, it’s definitely the first stop to make and drop off your bags.

The second pit stop I would recommend is the Space Needle. We went up to the observation level and were mind-blown. The view is clear and beautiful, overlooking the rest of Seattle and what seems like the world. Same thing with the Museum of Pop Culture – what a cool place to visit if you’re a Trekkie or just a fan of American culture.

If you’re ever in the area and need a few places to see, contact our guys at Polished Concrete Company Seattle as they have the coolest sights and experiences you’ll want to hear about!

Top 3 Adventures

8. Influence Of The Borneo International Jazz Festival

Held every year in the city of Miri, the Borneo International Jazz Festival is currently in its tenth year! In light of such an extraordinary event, the coordinators have chosen to celebrate the commemoration by having a get-together of groups from the prior years. Get your tickets now and influence to the provocative smooth hints of jazz by universally perceived craftsmen from around the world.

9. Eat park hotel miri Food Straight From The Jungle

Hailing from Bario, a level arranged in the good countries in Northern Sarawak, the miri people group is only one of the numerous ethnic gatherings found all through East Malaysia. Customarily, Kelabit nourishment is sourced straight from the wilderness. Quite a while prior, it may have been hard to get the fixings fundamental for legitimate Kelabit dishes . Notwithstanding, the changing circumstances have seen the Kelabit individuals relocating into urban communities and thank heavens for that since they’ve carried their nourishment with them!

Both Tribal Stove Restaurant in Kuching and The Summit Cafe in Miri serve genuine Kelabit nourishment (with the last being more moderate, serving clients ‘economy rice’ style). And keeping in mind that the dishes may appear to be ‘basic’, they’re altogether stuffed with flavor and are totally one of a kind. So on the off chance that you can’t decide, don’t be hesitant to approach the benevolent staff for suggestions!

10. See Wild Proboscis Monkeys At Bako National Park

At first look, Sarawak’s most seasoned national stop may not appear to be especially remarkable. Notwithstanding, Bako National Park still stands as one of the best places to watch the mind blowing assortment of vegetation that is one of a kind to Sarawak’s scene. For such a little region, Bako surely contains a significant number of assorted biological communities from mangrove marshes to rough bluffs, rainforests and sandy shorelines. The recreation center is likewise bounteous in natural life so in case you’re calm, you may simply be sufficiently fortunate to detect a proboscis monkey or even an unshaven pig establishing around in the wilderness!

Traveling to The Bahamas

One summer, I traveled to The Bahamas. I went with family and had a great time. That was around 15 years ago. Because it was so long ago I don’t remember much. It was before iPhones! Because of that, I don’t believe there is any video footage of my trip. Surely, we could have carried along an old-school camcorder, which was akin to a large and heavy brick-like object. But I’m sure my mom wouldn’t want to risk any possible damage to it on the beach where water could destroy it.

I do remember riding a wave runner on the water along the coast. There were men on the beach who would rent their wave runners for a great price for, I believe, an hour a ride. Although I was a minor at the time, I was able to take one out. I never fell off! This surprised me even though there were small waves. I suppose I was a little bit extra careful since that was my first time riding one. Now that I think of it, I believe that was the only time I’ve ever been on a wave runner. I’m not sure if I prefer those or snowmobiles!

Because it was summer, the weather was perfect. Palm trees, warm sand, and blue skies were all I would see for miles. It was paradise! The Bahamas, Hawaii, and Seychelles all have that visual setting.

We did not get to The Bahamas via airplane. A cruise ship from Florida had taken us there. It was a Disney cruise. On the same trip, we were able to visit another island, which was owned by Disney. I’m sure most people don’t know that Disney owns an island! I wonder if they own more. Visiting The Bahamas was a wonderful experience for me and I hope to return one day.

Getting to Know Malaysia

If you were to ask some strangers, on the street, whether Malaysia was a city or a country, you might be surprised. Some might say “country” (great job!). Some might say “city”. Some might even say “Mala-what?”. Sure, it’s a country on the other side of the world, and it’s understandable why some people wouldn’t answer the question correctly. But people love to travel.

As more countries enter the Informational Age, the world will get smaller, in a way. Peoples and nations will feel closer since communication will expand. This will allow countries on the other side of the world, such as Malaysia, to be discovered by more people. And for the hopeful traveler, the country will be an option to visit.

Malaysia is a country in southern Asia and is flanked by Thailand (to the north) and Singapore (to the south). The east and west coasts are met by the sea. The large central area of Malaysia is home to a national rain forest, which is northeast of the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia itself sits just north of the equator, making the country mostly hot and humid throughout the year. Much of Malaysia is covered by forests. Combining that with the humidity and proximity to the sea would explain why Malaysia has such a large rain forest.

There is a factor about Malaysia which will make it more of an appealing vacation spot. English is an active second language of much of the country. This makes it accessible to much of the world. As a matter of fact, English proficiency in Malaysia is the 13th best in the world, which is a fact that will surprise most people. The official language in Malaysia is called Bahasa Malaysia, otherwise known as “Malay language”.

Be sure to return next week, when we learn about the culture of the Malaysian people!

Top Ten Adventures in Sarawak, Malaysia

1. Go River Kayaking in the Rainforest

Truly, there isn’t anything very as quiet as stream kayaking. Some may feel that waterway kayaking is part of diligent work all things considered, it’s completely up to you how hard or how quick you need to go! Hell, I even once kayaked with a gathering of vacationers who chosen to quit paddling and rather, kick back and unwind with two or three beverages as the kayak was tenderly moved downstream by the ebbs and flows (obviously there were extends of waterway where they couldn’t do that however you get the thought!). Kuching has a few surely understood kayak administrators who might happily take you and yours on a remarkable enterprise that makes you overlook the rushing about of city life.

2. Explore Mulu National Park

Being named a world legacy site resembles winning the Oscars of Mother Nature and Malaysia has been sufficiently lucky to have accomplished a few of these titles. Recorded as a world legacy site by UNESCO in 2000, Mulu National Park is a standout amongst the most exquisite spots you can visit in Malaysia, if not the world.

The hollows here are truly stunning yet it wasn’t only for its excellence that Mulu was perceived. The recreation center is likewise a huge regular natural surroundings, brimming with untamed life not effectively discovered somewhere else. In the event that you surmise that Mulu National Park is your “commonplace” trek and snap, it isn’t! There’s a considerable measure to do here. From enterprise buckling to kayaking to going to local settlements and waterfalls, there’s a considerable measure of Mulu to take in. What’s more, on the off chance that you do choose to make the trek over here, you need to discover the bats leaving at dawn. It’s an incredible sight.

3. Party In A Jungle Rainforest

Held yearly at the Sarawak Cultural Village, the Rainforest World Music Festival unites incredibly famous indigenous performers for a celebration dissimilar to whatever other. The celebrations keep going for three days, with music, movie and art workshops amid the day and a diverse (non-standard) line-up of music entertainers during the evening.

The canopy that the rainforest provides is like nothing you’ve ever experienced. There are beams of sunlight that break through, providing a beautiful contrast while the party goers dance the night away. I don’t even know that the best tree service in Florida could do anything to reduce the number of trees and canopy above. Why would they want to? It’s spectacular!

4. Find Old-School Siniawan Night Market

Found an a large portion of hour’s head out from Kuching’s downtown area, the lethargic little town of Siniawan wakes up each end of the week with a clamoring night-advertise sufficiently vivacious to opponent that of any significant city. Once seriously crushed by surges, the old shophouse here were perfectly reestablished to their previous greatness, keeping in with the old-school feel of the town.

The drive to Siniawan can be a little spooky after dusk as the streets are not sufficiently bright so I can pardon you for feeling that it’s every one of the similar to the start of an awful blood and gore flick. In any case, once you kill the primary street into town, it’s a totally unique scene! Brilliant red lights are hung over the road that is fixed with peddlers. The air is regularly smoky from the cooking however everything smells flavorful!

5. The Month Long Kuching Food Festival

9 times out of 10 when you ask a nearby Kuchingite what there is to do around the local area, they’ll answer you with a clear gaze and say.. ‘Eat la!’ as though there couldn’t be a more clear answer. So because of their adoration for sustenance, the city gathering composes a yearly MONTH-LONG nourishment celebration.

Consistently the nourishment celebration just appears to get greater ( there was more than 200 sustenance slows down alone a year ago). Some are controlled by surely understood eateries and bistros yet usually, a portion of the best sustenance to be found at Kuching Fest is concocted by the slow down proprietors who just offer their dishes amid this month-long celebration of yumminess. In any case, not all sustenance is made equivalent and each celebration, there is by all accounts that one specific slow down that is caught the interest of local people, one year it was durian puffs, one more year it was pan fried drain!

6. Surf The Waves At Pesta Benak

Also called the Tidal Bore celebration, Pesta Benak is held every year in the town of Sri Aman, along the Batang Lupar stream. A tidal bore is a characteristic marvel where the approaching tide is channeled up a waterway, bringing about an unmistakably extensive wave that goes against the stream momentum. Tidal bores are uncommon, just happening parts of the world where the topography of the inlet enables it to happen. What’s more, despite the fact that they may happen a few times in a year, tidal bores are most great amid high tides or amid the ‘Ruler tide’ which is the thing that Pesta Benak is about!

7. Get Up Close With An Orang Utan

Truly meaning: individual of-the-wilderness. Orangutans are extraordinarily local to the rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia. A visit to Sarawak wouldn’t be finished without seeing one of these flawlessly brassy animals in any event once!