Top Ten Long Distance Birthday Ideas

Celebrating their big day apart this year? Let them know you’re still thinking about them with these great ideas for celebrating a birthdaylong distance style.





1. Spend your birthday together, even though you are apart by sending a birthday celebration package! In your package, make sure to include cake mix, candles, matches, streamers, balloons, and a romantic movie. Prepare your own party with the same movie and treats. (For those who aren’t “baking” oriented, send your partner some special birthday cookies instead.) For an extra touch, have dinner delivered to your love at the same time you have yours delivered. At a prearranged time, call your love on the phone so that you can share your celebration together.

2. Hop in the car or on a plane and surprise them with the best gift of all – you! You could surprise them at their office, call them from the airport, or if you have access to their home, be waiting inside with dinner and a romantic bath for two.

“For my birthday last year, when my boyfriend and I lived apart, I was expecting a phone call, but he surprised me by calling me from the airport! He’d flown in just to spend my birthday with me. That night, he blindfolded me and fed me fondue, having me guess what I was eating. He carried me to the bathroom where he had a candlelit bath for two waiting. After our bath, he gave me a body massage. It was the best surprise birthday celebration ever!”
–submitted by Anonymous


3. Send them a package or letter with directions for a little adventure. Give them clues (like scavenger hunt clues – specific directions or riddles) that will take them from their home to their birthday surprise! You could direct them to a local bakery to get the birthday cake you pre-ordered for them, to a restaurant for a special birthday meal, or to a store where their birthday gift is waiting. If you know the area where they live, you could make the walk to their surprise part of the birthday experience. There are endless options limited only by your creativity for this idea, think Elizabethtown — a super original romantic comedy where Kirsten Dunst takes Orlando Bloom on an adventure across the country without being with him.

4. Plan a countdown! Send them small gifts leading up to their birthday. They can be notes, sentimental tokens, small gifts, or pieces to alarger gift.

“Last year for my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day, I decided to do something different. I bought one of those little kid puzzles from the toy store, the ones that have like 15 pieces. I spray painted the entire puzzle white. After the paint was dry, I wrote a date on the front of each piece. On the back, I wrote what happened on that date. I did a puzzle piece for the first time that we met, our first kiss, the first time he met my parents, etc. We had a long distance relationship, and so I started mailing him the pieces. When I went out to visit him for Valentine’s Day, I brought him the final piece. All of the pieces were finally together, and I’d brought a frame with me so we could keep the puzzle forever. I told him that we fit together like the pieces of a puzzle. He thought that it was the sweetest Valentine’s present that he had ever gotten.”
–submitted by Beth

5. Send your love a framed picture of you, or of something to remind them of you. It can be sweet, silly, or even sexy!

“I went to the Dominican Republic for a while without my boyfriend. It was hard on us being apart, so one day while lying on the beach I decided to write, I (Heart) and my boy’s initials in the sand. I used seaweed and other grasses from the water to trace the message. I took a picture when I was finished. I bought a 5 x 7 light colored wooden frame and hot glued on some shells I had gathered. I then put the picture centered on a piece of aqua paper and in blue ink typed out the quote, “I wrote your name in the sand, but the waves washed it away…”, glued it above the picture and then put the remainder of the quote, “…so I wrote your name in my heart, and that’s where it will stay” underneath the picture. After I got back, I gave it to my boyfriend when he was having a bad day and it cheered him right up!”
–submitted by Lindsay

6. Send them out for a night out with the guys/girls. Make reservations at a restaurant, send tickets to a show, or even for a day at the spa. Make it extra special by doing things like calling the restaurant to have a bottle of champagne sent to their table or have a personalized cake, card, or gift delivered to them. Those extra little touches will make it feel like you’re there with them.

7. Send them a homemade gift like a message in a bottle, a scrapbook, a love journal, a love letter, or a box of love.

“I thought of a great way of telling my boyfriend how much I loved him. This idea is particularly good if you know programming. I created a simple program that will pop up a love message each time the computer is started. The messages that popped up included reasons I love him, what makes him so special, etc. I emailed it to him and told him how to install it without telling him what it was. The next time he started his computer he was so surprised! He loved it so much!”
–submitted by Leena

8. Send or email a video of you. It could be a day in your life, a very special birthday message, or a video of memories.

9. Surprise your love with tickets to come to you or meet you somewhere for the birthday celebration! Think extravagant, think unforgettable. You could plan the rendezvous out completely or meet somewhere and discover a new place together.

10. Send them the classic long distance gift – a singing telegram.

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Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai (Festival of Light)


Loi Krathong Festival

Every year, when the full moon falls in the 12th month of Lunar calendar, Loi Krathong festival, a celebrations of water under the moonlight, will be held throughout of Thailand.

Loi Krathong is a ceremony of gratitude to thank Mae Kongka or Mother of Water for her scarification in giving us water to live on and generosity in forgiving us when we have ruin her water.

Loi is to float, and Krathong is a boat/raft, so the word Loi Krathong literally means to float a boat/raft into river. Krathong was originally a small cup made from bamboo or banana leaves, however, they are now transformed in to a flat slide of banana-tree trunk and decorated with colorful leaves and flowers. On the top, a candle and incense sticks are inserted.Some coins may also be added in hope to return gratitude to the Mother of Water and let go bad lucks and sufferings, but these can become a prey to boys in search for treasure.


Lanna Fire Balloons

Many Thais make their own Krathong for temselves and family members, however, a number of people find it more convenient to buy a ready-made Krathong selling along the riverside. The prices are ranging from 20 and upwards. If you look closely, you can find a stall that have Krathong made of bread and ice cream cone for sell which can be alternative way to join the ceremony and feed the fishes in the river.

At the time of launching, light the candle and incenses. Before placing it in the stream, make a silent prayer, ask for forgiveness, make a wish, and then gently float the Krathong into the river, to let the flickering light joins the march of other thousands Krathong.Tips to join Loi Krathong Festival

  1. Apart from its beautiful and sparkling event, Loi Krathong festival is a celebrations of light. So many people enjoy playing fireworks which some times go out of control.
  2. To avoid the danger derived from fireworks, wear long sleeve shirt and long pants, possibly shoes that covers your feet.
  3. Always be careful when dealing with fire.
  4. Say “No” to Krathong made of polystyrene foam. Help save the earth and reserve the water resource by using a Krathong made from natural materials.
and also second post from Daniel Nahabedian


For the past few years, I have lived many extraordinary moments that would be engraved in my mind forever. Last weekend, I experienced one of these moments here in Chiang Mai during the long awaited Loy Krathong/Yi Peng holiday.

Loy Krathong takes place on the night of the full moon of the 12th month in the Thai lunar calendar and is celebrated all over Thailand. Loy means to float and Krathongs are small rafts made of bread and banana leaves that Thais offer the the river spirits.

Loy Krathong also coincides with the Northern Thailand Lanna festival called Yi Peng. It is during this festival that thousands of flying lanterns are released in the sky.

I have tried to document the event as much as I can, and I hope this Photo Essay will help you experience the beauty of this festival for just a bit.


Red lanterns in Chiang Mai for Loy Krathong and Yi Peng festival in 2010, Thailand.

In every corner, decorations and lanterns are installed illuminating the city with bright beautiful colors. These lanterns are displayed in front of the 3 Kings monument and attract many tourists and locals at night.


Lanterns with Chinese characters in Chiang Mai, Thailand for the Loy Krathong 2010 festival.

Many different types of lanterns are found everywhere in gardens, shops and temples. From intricately shaped paper lanterns (khom fai), hanging lanterns (khom khwaen), small lanterns carried on a stick (khom thue) and of course the flying lanterns (khom loi).

A Thai man building a krathong floating lantern with banana leaves for the Loy Krathong festival in Chiang Mai 2010

Elaborately decorated krathongs are seen everywhere in town. They are often made of bread (or styrofoam although rare as they are polluting) and folded banana leaves. Candles, flowers, incense and coins are often added as an offering to the river spirits.

At night, Thais will float their krathongs on the river (or pond) to pay respect to Buddha and the river spirits. Some will also add fingernails and hair as a symbol of letting go of the bad parts of one’s life.

Loy Krathong festival with lantern release in Mae Jo near Chiang Mai Thailand

The most impressive Yi Peng celebration is the huge lantern release near the Mae Jo University a few kilometers North of Chiang Mai. Thousands of people gather that day to celebrate and release khom loi lanterns together.

Buddhist Monks waiting to start the Loy Krathong 2010 ceremony by chanting and praying.

The ceremony starts with blessings, chants and prayers from Buddhist monks as well as a guided meditation in both Thai and English. The ceremony lasts a few hours until dark.

A girl waiting for the Loy Krathong Ceremony to begin in Mae Jo, near Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Thousands of people coming from all parts of Thailand gather around the temple in Mae Jo to experience this beautiful event. Everyone carries at least one or two lanterns to light at night.

A family lighting their lanterns in Mae Jo for the Lantern Release Ceremony of Loy Krathong 2010

When the moment comes, the crowd unfolds their lanterns and starts lighting up the fuel cell attached to fill the khom loi with hot air. Excitement is felt everywhere, from families preparing to launch the lanterns …

Friends lighting up their lantern in Mae Jo for the Loy Krathong Ceremony 2010

… to friends all holding their khom loi and making a wish together.

Lanterns released at the same time for the Loy Krathong festival in Mae Jo near Chiang Mai, Thailand

After a short prayer and a blessing from the monks, the crowd release the lanterns at the same time. It was one of the most beautiful moments I have lived. The sky quickly fills with thousands of khom loi lighting up all the place. No words can describe the feeling experienced.

Hundreds of flying lanterns released in the sky at Mae Jo for Loy Krathong 2010

The lanterns flying high appearing like a shiny Milky Way across the night sky.

A woman holding a flying lantern with her friends for Loy Krathong festival in Mae Jo, Thailand

Soon after the first release, a second round is announced and people light up their remaining lanterns.


and another post from Eugene Tang

Thailand The Festival of Lights – Loy Krathong (21 Nov 2010)

The Loy Krathong festival dates back to the time of the Sukhothai Kingdom (Thailand),the first Thai capital about 700 years ago. This is one of the Kingdom’s oldest and best-preserved traditions. Throughout the Thai kingdom, hundreds of thousands of ornately-decorated krathong or traditional banana leaf floats are set adrift in rivers and waterways in a spell-binding ritual called “Loi Krathong” – the ‘Festival of Lights” on the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar.

Traditional Krathong made from banana stump

Krathongs made of natural materials instead of styrofoam, which is not bio-degradable

Loy” means “to float“. “Krathong” is a raft, about a hand span in diameter, traditionally made from a section of banana stump. A raft is decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves, flowers, candles, incense sticks etc. It marked the end of the rainy season and the main rice harvest. It is based on a Hindu tradition of thanking the water god for the waters.

Beautifully handcrafted Krathong

Thai people still practise their unique traditions dating to the Sukhothai period

Loy Krathong is held. In the western calendar this usually falls in November. Many people will float a small raft (Krathong) on a river or other body of water, such as canals, lakes and seas. Some people even float a raft (Krathong) in a basin in their own yard. Thai people believe that floating a raft on the river is to honor and pay respect to the goddess of water. Also, floating a raft in the river is to apologize to the Goddess of the Water for the bad things we have done to the river during the past year. This is one of the Kingdom’s oldest and best-preserved traditions.

Noppamas Queen Contests – Miss Loy Krathong Bangkok 2009

The beauty contests that accompany the festival are known as “Noppamas Queen Contests“. According to legend, Noppamas was a consort of the Sukothai king Loethai (14th century) and she was the first to float a decorated raft (krathong).

Khom loy are symbols for letting go of all one’s troubles and worries

Loy Krathong – a festival for merit making

In the northern part of Thailand, in addition to creating “krathong” people also celebrate the festival with “Khom Loy“. People usually create “Khom Loy” from a thin fabric and let the air get inside so that “Khom Loy” can go up in the air like a balloon. This tradition is called “Yi Peng” meaning to celebrate goodness (tam-boon) in the 12th month in Thai lunar calendar. The most elaborate Yi Peng celebrations can be seen in Chiang Mai, the ancient capital of the former Lanna kingdom.

Loy Krathong Event Highlights – Handmade Krathong Contest

At the Sukhothai Loy Krathong festival, visitors will be dazzled by the float procession of large krathong from 17 Northern provinces. The procession will consist of krathongs from government agencies, state enterprises, private sectors, and the general public. There are also a Krathong design contest, the Miss Noppamas Beauty Contest, and Sukhothai arts and culture performances.

In 2010 Loy Krathong Day will be celebrated on 21 November

Loy Krathong – A magical night where the City of Angels filled with thousands of wishes

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10 Tips to Always Look Good in Photos

As a photographer, you look great behind the camera, but what happens when the camera is pointing at you? A lot of photographers tend to freeze up, or go in for that fake, cheesy smile. But you’d be happy to know that you don’t need to be born photogenic in order to look nice in photos. Just follow these 10 simple tips to ensure that you’d always look good in front of the camera.


1.) Dress to impress

If you know that a photo opportunity will present itself at an event (which it always does), dress nicely. Try to avoid wearing stripey outfits, clashing colors or uncomfortable clothing and accessories. Keep it simple, neat and ironed. If you’re wearing something sheer, realize that it will become more transparent under certain lighting and camera flashes.

Photo thanks to g-mikee

2.) Do a quick check

If there’s a mirror around or a reflection, take a quick glance at yourself. Check that your clothes aren’t crumpled, hair’s not messed up or something stuck between your teeth. If you can’t find a reflection or there’s no time, ask the photographer to do a quick check.

3.) Don’t hunch

Slouching not only makes you appear shorter in photos, but often brings about unsightly stomach rolls too. Straighten up and stand tall, as if you’re head’s being pulled by a vertical string.

4.) Relax the shoulders

When we’re nervous or stressed, our shoulders automatically tense up without us knowing. Take notice of them and subtly roll them back and push them down.

5.) Think happy thoughts

There’s nothing worse than a forced smile, so think back to a moment when you were truly happy. That vacation you went on? Maybe last year’s Christmas celebration? Or that person you have a crush on? Hopefully that happy thought will bring a more genuine smile to your face.

Photo thanks to mcpeak_michael

6.) “Smeyes”

Model Tara Banks will always stress on the importance of smiling with your eyes (aka smeyes). If your lips are smiling but your eyes are all tensed up, you’d end up with an awkward photo. Simply relax the eyes and eyebrows and don’t strain your eyes trying to look at the camera. If needed, close your eyes for a second before opening them to take the photo.

Photo thanks to Sara* Eloise*

7.) Location, location, location

An interesting background can make a huge difference to the photo. Have a look at your surrounding and see if you spot anything intriguing. It can just be a textured wall or a colorful backdrop.

Photo thanks to Bzuk

8.) Strike a pose

No need to come up with the extreme poses you might find in fashion magazines. Maybe just twisting your body slightly, or putting your hands in your pocket. Also, have some fun with your poses or maybe interact with a prop or another person.

Photo thanks to Geekr

9.) Use the light

As a photographer, you know that lighting can make or break the photo. When you’re in front of the camera, make sure that the lights will hit your face at a desirable angle. For example, Standing directly under harsh lighting can make shadows appear under your eyes, so you may need to lift and tilt your face.

Photo thanks to Simon Pais

10.) Practice makes perfect

Yes, practicing in front of the mirror will make you a pro when you need to look your best in front of the camera. When you’re alone, practice a few poses, try out a few different smiles and work out your better looking side.

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Where Ugly is Beautiful

We can all appreciate natural beauty. Sun setting over the ocean. Exotic flowers blooming across the mountains. The golden leaves of Autumn trees. But the true beauty of photography is capturing everyday objects and the fleeting moments that pass by. These urban decay inspired photos shed some new light onto the every day dirt and grime of the raw streets.

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1 Litre of Tears

I was re-watching 1 Litre of Tears, it’s dorama – Japan Serial Movie talking about Aya have incureable desease. When I first watch it-like in 2005 ago, it was very sad. But when i watched it again, it still sad but not make me crying, i was just “oh so pity”

In that story tell us about how to appreciate life, when Aya caught she had incurable desease – spinocerebellar degeneration, she just ask herself “why me? i just 15 years old”. No one knows when your life ended, so do i. Because of that, we always teached to thanks to God for every second we have, including the happiness or sadness feeling at the moment.

Since i’m not a good teller story, so take the summary from wikipedia :

Aya Kitō was diagnosed with a disease called spinocerebellar Degeneration when she was 15 years old. The disease causes the person to lose control over their body, but because the person can retain all mental ability the disease acts as a prison. So in the end she cant eat, walk or talk.

Through family, medical examinations and rehabilitations, and finally succumbing to the disease, Aya must cope with the disease and live on with life until her death at the age of 25.


Here is one of Ikeuchi Aya’s Diary – which is my fave : 

My life is like a flower that hasn’t bloomed yet.
From the start of this youth, I want to treasure it and have no regrets.

Okaasan. In my heart, I know I can always trust my mom.
From this point forward, I leave it for you.
I’m sorry for always making you worry.

This disease, why it did choose me?
Fate. It can’t be put into words.

I want to make a time machine and go back in time.
If it wasn’t for this disease, not only I could I enjoy falling in love but I also wouldn’t have to rely on anyone and live by myself.

I really don’t want to say things such as “I want to go back to how things were before”.
I recognize how I am right now, and I will continue to live on.

Therefore I definitely won’t run away.
That’s what I’ll do. Definitely, always.

Even if it’s like that, I still want to stay here.
Because this is the place where I am.
To be able to be seen as an equal by my friends, I’m really thankful.
“We’ve started to like reading, under Aya’s influence”, they said.
“Ah! that’s great”. I didn’just only make trouble for them…
Thinking like this, I’ve started not mind it that much.

If you look up at the sky after falling down the blue sky is also today stretching limitlessly and smiles at me… I’m alive.
I’m alive.
There are still four days until school ends.
Seems like that because of me, everyone is folding a thousand paper cranes.
The looks they had when they were folding so diligently,
I’m going to keep them deep in my memory.
Even when we’ve been separated, I will never forget them. But… I’d rather hear them say “Aya-chan, don’t go.”

People shouldn’t dwell on the past. It’s enough to try your best in all that you’re doing now.
The sounds, “ma”, “wa”, “ba” and “n” have become hard to pronounce.
I can only breathe out air instead of saying it. So I can’t communicate with others.
Recently, I have been talking to myself a lot. I didn’t like it before,
but to practice pronouncing, I have to do it. I will not give up on speaking…

Reality is too cruel, too brutal. I don’t even have the right to dream.
As I think about the future, the tears will come out again.
Where should I head towards? Even if there isn’t an answer, I’ll feel better by writing it down.
I’ve looked for a pair of helping hands. But I couldn’t feel them, couldn’t see them.
I only face towards the darkness and hear sounds of my hopeless screams.

Okaasan, will I be able to get married?

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Love from the fairytale

Why did Aurora sleep for 100 years ?
To tell us that you might have to wait for quite sometime for your true love to come along. Sometimes very long, but it’s worth

Why did Ariel exchange her fins for feet ?
To show us that people are wiling to give up anything to be with who they love, just to be happy.
Why did Cinderella run away at midnight ?
To remind us that everything does have its limitation, even our dreams
Why was Belle in love with a Beast ?
To remind us that you can’t really help what’s on the outside, but if the inside is beautiful,then nothing will stand in the way of your love.

Why was Snow White given a poisoned apple ?
To show us that not everyone is gonna be kind,and not everyone is really who they say they are.

Why did princess Jasmine fall for Alladin?
To let us know, that what the heart wants, It wants it no matter what.

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Brain, Liver and Cancer


1. No Breakfast 
People who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level. This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration.

2 . Overeating
It causes harde ning of the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power.

3. Smoking 
It causes multiple brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer disease.

4. High Sugar consumption 
Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development.

5. Air Pollution 
The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our 20 body. Inhaling polluted air decreases the supply of oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decrease in brain efficiency.

6 . Sleep Deprivation 
Sleep allows our brain to rest.. Long term deprivation from sleep will accelerate the death of brain cells..

7. Head covered while sleeping
Sleeping with the head covered increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and decrease concentration of oxygen that may lead to brain damaging effects.

8. Working your brain during illness 
Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to a decrease in effectiveness of the brain as well as damage the brain.

9. Lacking in stimulating thoughts 
Thinking is the best way to train our brain, lacking in brain stimulation thoughts may cause brain shrinkage.

10. Talking Rarely 
Intellectual conversations will promote the efficiency of the brain

The main causes of liver damage are:

1. Sleeping too late and waking up too late are main cause.

2. Not urinating in the morning.

3 . Too much eating.

4. Skipping breakfast.

5. Consuming too much medication.

6. Consuming too much preservatives, additives, food coloring, and artificial sweetener.

7. Consuming unhealthy cooking oil.
As much as possible reduce cooking oil use when frying, which includes even the best cooking oils like olive oil. Do not consume fried foods when you are tired, except if the body is very fit.

8. Consuming raw (overly done) foods also add to the burden of liver.
Veggies should be eaten raw or cooked 3-5 parts. Fried veggies should be finished in one sitting, do not store.

We should prevent this without necessarily spending more. We just have to adopt a good daily lifestyle and eating habits. Maintaining good eating habits and time condition are very important for our bodies to absorb and get rid of unnecessary chemicals according to ‘schedule.’

The top five cancer-causing foods are:

1.. Hot Dogs

Because they are high in nitrates, the Cancer Prevention Coalition advises that children eat no more than 12 hot dogs a month. If you can’t live without hot dogs, buy those made without sodium nitrate.

2. Processed meats and Bacon

Also high in the same sodium nitrates found in hot dogs, bacon, and other processed meats raise the risk of heart disease. The saturated fat in bacon also contributes to cancer.

3. Doughnuts

Doughnuts are cancer-causing double trouble. First, they are made with white flour, sugar, and hydrogenated oils, then fried at high temperatures. Doughnuts, says Adams , may be the worst food you can possibly eat to raise your risk of cancer.

4. French fries

Like doughnuts, French fries are made with hydrogenated oils and then fried at high temperatures. They also contain cancer- causing acryl amides which occur during the frying process. They should be called cancer fries, not French fries, said Adams .

5. Chips, crackers, and cookies

All are usually made with white flour and sugar. Even the ones whose labels claim to be free of trans-fats generally contain small amounts of trans-fats.

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