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The Lost City of the Monkey God

This is a true story about an expedition to find a lost ancient city in Honduras.

Stories that passed down from generation to generation tell the tale of a lost city built of white stone, called Ciudad Blanca or White City. It is also known as the “Lost City of the Monkey God”. According to the legend, the city was abandoned when the gods became displeased with the people, causing a catastrophe that made it impossible for people to continue living there.

Since the turn of the twentieth century, many explorers have tried to determine if the city actually exists. Among those who claimed to have found the city were conmen who fleeced unsuspecting funders to fund expeditions into the jungle to find the lost city.

The city is located in the Mosquitia region. No humans have set foot in the dense jungle for centuries. To say that exploring the jungle is challenging would be an understatement. Fortunately, a new laser technology called Lidar made it possible for the team to determine if there is of a lost city buried in the dense jungle.

Excitement ran high when a scan of the jungle using Lidar showed a high possibility of a buried city. The next step was to send a ground-truth expedition to find it.

Reading this book made me feel like I was there with the expedition team exploring the jungle to re-discover an ancient civilisation. I felt a little envious of the people who were granted a rare opportunity to rediscover a lost ancient city and civilisation. If you like non-fiction, history, adventure books, then I highly recommend this book. Get it from this store or that store.

What are the Benefits of Fasting?

Today is the seventh day of Ramadan and Muslims worldwide are fasting. We abstain from food and water and a few other things from sunrise to sunset. Why do we deprive ourselves? Simply because we believe that our Creator know what is best for us, and therefore, we obey his command to fast in Ramadan. Turns out, several scientific researches show that there are many health benefits to fasting.

Below is a TEDx talk by Dr. Mark Mattson about how fasting benefits our brain. Dr. Mattson is the Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging and a professor of Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University. He is one of the foremost researchers in the area of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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Langit Petang

Arif adalah seorang pejuang kemerdekaan yang dilupakan. Dia tidak pernah mengungkit sumbangannya untuk tanah air tercinta. Seorang pejuang hebat menghabiskan sisa hidupnya di kampung setinggan.

Hafiz adalah seorang penulis dan wartawan sambilan yang meninggalkan kerjayanya untuk mengembara. Mahu mengembara, membaca dan merasa, katanya. Tak seorang pun tahu pemergiannya adalah disebabkan satu rahsia. Arif yang sudah dianggapnya sebagai bapa juga tidak tahu kenapa dia pergi.

Zakiah adalah seorang wanita yang hidup dalam bayangan dendamnya terhadap mereka yang pernah mempergunakannya. Kini dia mahu mempergunakan dan memangsakan mereka. Dia mahu menjadikan mereka barang permainannya dan bukan sebaliknya. Hafiz adalah satu-satunya lelaki yang Zakiah percayai.

Langit Petang” berbicara tentang falsafah kehidupan. Ia tersenarai dalam “100 Novel Melayu Yang Wajib Dibaca“. Dapatkannya di sini.

Restoran Al-Arafah, Seri Kembangan

I checked out Restoran Al-Arafah about a month ago. I ordered mushroom soup (of course), mandi lamb and Arabic tea. Apparently, Arabic tea is Lipton tea plus mint and some spices. Hmmmm….

The mushroom soup tasted like instant soup. No big deal. You’re not missing anything big if you don’t order this. The tea was very bitter. Even after I added sugar, it was still bitter. The mandi lamb was quite good, but I think the one at Balqis Restaurant is better. The bill for my meal was RM26.

My verdict:

Pawns in the Game

Their ultimate goal is to establish a totalitarian one-world government — they want to win for themselves undisputed control of the wealth, natural resources and man power of the entire world.

There is a Secret Power that, time and again, has used propaganda to divide humans into opposing camps on political, social, economic and religious issues so that they could stir people into such a state of emotionalism that they will fight and kill each other.

The Secret Power divides people into two camps: Kings and Queens; Bishops and Knights; and the masses of the world’s population, as pieces in their game. Their ruthless policy considers all other humans as expendable — sacrifice a major piece or a million pawns to place them a move nearer to their ultimate goal.

The author exposes the hidden hands that orchestrated key historical events starting with the English Revolution, the French Revolution, the downfall of Napoleon, the Russian Revolution, the Spanish Revolution and the events that led to two world wars.

Monetary and economic manipulation was at the heart of how the masses were manipulated into revolting against their governments in order to arrive at a position that places the Secret Power a step closer to their goal. The same tactic is still used today.

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