World Cup ‘Psychic Paul the Octopus’ Predicts Spanish Win

Paul the octopus successfully predicted Spain win over Germany. The “psychic” octopus, who has become a sensation in Germany for correctly predicting the results of all the country’s World Cup games so far this year, picked Spain to win the semi-final game. Paul, who lives in a Sea Life aquarium in western Germany, made his prediction by choosing a mussel from a jar with a Spanish flag rather than one with a German flag, the BBC reports. Germany supporters can take comfort in the fact that one of Paul’s predictions during the 2008 Euro cup proved wrong.

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Viva España campeon del mundo!!
The two-year-old celebrity octopus, who has accurately picked the outcome of all six of Germany’s World Cup matches so far, quickly tipped Spain to beat the Netherlands. It took him only three minutes to make up his mind.

“That was fast — it looks like a clear-cut victory for Spain,” said Tanja Munzig, spokeswoman for Sea Life in Oberhausen. She was surprised by his speed in picking Spain. For some matches it took Paul 70 minutes to decide.

The octopus, considered by some to be the most intelligent of all invertebrates, got the choice of picking food from two different transparent containers lowered into his tank — one with a Dutch flag on it and one with Spain’s flag.

Reaction in Spain was swift, with the country’s biggest selling sports daily website Marca.com running the headline: “The octopus Paul makes us champions.”

The container Paul opens first is regarded as his pick. On Friday he wasted no time in diving for the container on the right side with the Spanish flag on it.

Two German television networks interrupted their programming for live coverage of the two-year-old celebrity octopus’s picks. Networks in Spain, the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe also broadcast Paul’s decision live.

Earlier on Friday, Germans heaved a sigh of relief when Paul tipped Germany to beat Uruguay in the World Cup match for third place. There were cheers in offices across Germany after crowds of viewers tuned in to watch Paul live.

Normally he only picks Germany matches. But for the final Sea Life made an exception.

The octopus in Oberhausen turned into a global celebrity for correctly picking the winners of all six of Germany’s World Cup matches — including their two defeats to Serbia and Spain.

On Friday Paul first settled on top of the Germany container but after a few minutes shifted to the Uruguay container. Then after about 15 minutes he went back to Germany container, quickly opened the lid and ate the morsel of food inside.

Not an ordinarily superstitious people, Germans have become believers in Paul’s possible psychic powers. The country was shocked and distraught when he picked Spain to beat Germany after tipping German wins over Argentina, England, Ghana and Australia.

Paul’s selections have become top news across Germany and around the world. Some commentators even wondered aloud whether his improbable winning streak might have begun to influence some of the more superstitious players.

But after Paul accurately picked Spain to beat Germany in the semi-final, some Germans called for a public roasting of the oracle octopus. Newspapers and websites were filled with suggestions on how to cook and eat him.

Officials at Sea Life in Oberhausen have installed extra security to protect their octopus.

“Paul is in safe hands with us,” said Munzig.

Spain’s Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero was quoted in Spanish media reports saying — in jest — he was concerned about Paul’s safety.

“I am concerned for the octopus…I am thinking of sending him a protective team,” Zapatero said.

Spain’s Environment and Fisheries Minister Elena Espinosa also said: “On Monday I shall be at the European Council of Ministers and I shall be asking for a (fishing) ban on Paul the octopus so Germans do not eat him.”

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New Season Sale! at Latitude

It’s time to celebrate the end of summer and usher in a new season – a new era, new leadership, new hope and new treats for everyone in the Philippines.

Enjoy the new season offering of Traders Hotel Manila’s Latitude restaurant – a special patriotic price of only Php760 nett per person for buffet lunch. Enjoy a selection of delightful flavors and new dishes ranging from starters to steaks to desserts that the whole family or your friends and colleagues will love. Get a free round of drinks (chilled juices or iced tea) if you come in a group of six (6) persons or more!

This limited offer is valid from July 5 to 31 only. Book now for your New Season buffet lunch at Latitude. For reservations, call 523-7011 local 2402.

National Shrine of St. Therese of Lisseux ( St. Therese of the Child Jesus)

Today, I met an angel beside me on the plane, Tita Nina Manalo, a retired teacher from Rawis, Legazpi City, she’s still very active & strong at the age of 77 years old! With no maintenance medicine besides Centrum Silver! I also met her daughter Arlene and good friend kuya Rudy who fetched us from the airport, they have a very good heart, they toured me to the National Shrine of St. Therese of Lisseux (or St. Therese of the Child Jesus). The shrine is huge.  It stands tall, all of 6,200 sq.m sitting by the Villamor Air Base, across NAIA 3. This was the cross-shaped edifice one sees across the new airport, when one’s plane makes a landing. It could be a landmark in future.

I was amazed. Envisioned to be the center of devotion to St. Therese of the Child Jesus in Asia, the Shrine is well-equipped with features and amenities that make a celebration of faith truly enriching. Consider this:
 

  • Center for St. Therese relics
  • Stained glass featuring highlights of St. Therese’s life (itself a museum)
  • Ecclesiastical museum
  • Adoration chapel
  • Family prayer room
  • Complete with video and audio capacities
  • Fully air conditioned
  • Sound-proof 
  • Seating capacity: 1,800 seats 
  • Souvenir shop and a cafe
Where can you find, at least in Asia, an ultramodern shrine, fully-air conditioned, 3 level, with 42″ plasma TV for the psalms and announcements? Only at National Shrine of St. Therese of Lisseux (or St. Therese of the Child Jesus).
The church area itself has a sitting capacity of 1,800 people. Gee, a bride who will walk down its aisle would need to walk 50 meters from the church door to the altar, to display the gown and all in her beaming radiance.

Atop the main entrance of the church (3rd level) is what is called the family, where mothers with young children could sit, separated by glass, without disturbing other church goers.

It is entirely sound proof, such that no matter how many airplanes or helicopters fly over the area, or perhaps, even a coup attack, the noise would not be heard inside the shrine.

DO-IT-YOURSELF Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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DO-IT-YOURSELF Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC Towers)
On our way to the airport

We woke up @ 4 a.m. to be able to catch the air-conditioned Philtranco Bus bound for Clark International Airport @ the pick-up point at the back of Building A SM Megamall, in front of the mall’s entrance near Surplus Shop ( think Toy Kingdom, The Soup Kitchen, Powerbooks near the entrance of SM Megamall A along Bank Drive/ St. Francis St.; it is also near St. Francis Square). 
The fare for a one-way ride then costs Php300. Travel time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. We had a reservation through e-mail so we boarded ahead of those who don’t have a reserved seat.

At Clark International Airport, there were only 2 ATMs. Both died down on us, somebody’s card got stuck @ Landbank ATM. That’s why nobody could use it. On the other hand, RCBC’s ATM has nationwide maintenance break! Talk about convenience eh! Ha ha ha! I was literally penniless. OMG!

Thank God my brother brought some extra money. Naku, if nagkataon mamalimos ako sa kalsada sa Malaysia. (Oh, otherwise, I would be begging in the streets of Malaysia.)

Our flight went a breeze. Congratulations Air Asia for making me feel safe in all the flights I flew with you. 

Going to our hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

After arrival @ airport terminal (LCCT) in KUALA LUMPUR MALAYSIA, we boarded the Air Asia Skybus, the passenger bus of Air Asia that goes to KL Sentral. We pre-booked our seats on this bus online.

We disembarked @ KL Sentral station and said our goodbye to our co-passengers Jonah & Michiko! They headed to McDonalds Restaurant whereas my brother and I had to look for a Rapid bus bound for Bukit Bintang area. 
Nobody understood us when we asked around at KL Sentral on how we can go to our hotel. Then an angel passed by.Hanna, a native of Sarawak, Malaysia. She helped us find our way to the Monorail train station where we can take a ride to Bukit Bintang. Taking the monorail train, she said, is better than taking the Rapid bus at that time in order to avoid traffic.   
Hanna is an avid fan of Claudine Barreto and Rico Yan. She watched the television series “MULA SA PUSO” over and over again and cried a bucket when she learned of the death of Rico Yan. She said she would love Rico Yan forever. She doesn’t like Jericho Rosales (his teleserye was shown in Malaysia, too). She said no one else comes close to her idol RICO YAN!
I thought she gonna sing when she told me that she knows the theme song of MULA SA PUSO. He he he. Hi, Hanna! Oh, she’s now added to my Facebook. I do agree with you, Hanna. Rico Yan is so handsome♥!

@ Bukit Bintang, we walked all the way from the Monorail train station and passed through Sungei Wang Mall and BB Plaza Mall and made our way to our hotel, RADIUS INTERNATIONAL HOTEL, just a few blocks away from KFC Restaurant in BUKIT BINTANG. 
Guess what? Our room was upgraded to a superior room at the hotel and we had a beautiful view of PETRONAS Twin Towers and other nearby buildings. Plus we get to swim @ its swimming pool and had a bubble bath @ the bath tub.

Since it’s my brother’s birthday, we looked for a Nando’s Chicken outlet and ate its to die for Nando’s Chicken Mild Peri peri and had bottomless Iced tea! It was a superb meal! You ought to try it too! I super love its iced tea. Ha ha ha! I had 5! Yehey! Bawi ang bayad! Ha ha ha!

PETRONAS Twin Towers (KLCC Towers)


In the following morning, we went to the 88-storey PETRONAS Twin Towers (also known as PETRONAS Towers) which the locals fondly call KLCC Towers. KLCC stands for Kuala Lumpur City Centre. At the base of these Twin Towers lies the Suria KLCC Mall.

If you tell your cab driver to bring you to Petronas, he will, most probably, bring you to the nearest Petronas gasoline station. Ha ha ha! 

Petronas, the national oil company, by the way, sells its petrol (gasoline) @ RM 1.2/ per liter times 14.1 = 16.92 / liter of gas. I am so jealous! Ha ha ha! And almost all of the cars in Malaysia are European cars and petite cars like KIA, TOYOTA AVANZA, SUZUKI PETITE. Tipid sa Gas!

I bought a Coca Cola in can from a dispenser and paid RM1. When I checked, the price of water per bottle (small one) is RM 2.70. My golly! Gas is cheaper@ 1.20! Remind me to drink gasoline instead of water next time around. Ha ha ha!

@ 1:30 p.m., I inquired at the KLCC Twin Towers concierge if we could get tour the Sky Bridge if some of those who had their tickets reserved earlier don’t show up. The manager on duty told us to wait @ 1:45 p.m. and try again. Luckily, 10 people did not show up @ 1:45 p.m., so we got our ID pass/ tickets and we boarded the elevator to the 41st floor Sky Bridge connecting the twin towers in 40 seconds FLAT! Amazing elevator!

[NOTE: When we toured the Sky Bridge, ticket was FREE!!! Starting 2010, however, tickets are sold for the amounts stated beow. The difference is that the ticket now includes tour to the Sky Bridge (Level 41) AND Observation Deck (Level 86). By the way, Level 42 of the Sky Bridge can only be used by tenants of the Twin Towers.]  

PETRONAS Twin Towers are built on the spot of what was once Kuala Lumpur Race Course. In fact, the road behind the structures is still named Kuda (Horse) Road.

At the Sky Bridge


Once you get to the Sky Bridge, an in-house guide will give you a short briefing about your visit. You get to walk and take pictures on this sky bridge for about ten (10) minutes.

From the Sky Bridge, you will see some parts of the city center of KUALA LUMPUR in all their glory. 

In the 1999 movie “Entrapment,” actors Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones escaped from the authorities on the eve of Millennium celebrations by walking ALONG THE TOP of this Sky Bridge!

By the way, the Sky Bridge is open to visitors from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Some visitors line up early (some as early as 6:00 a.m.) to get ID passes/ tickets for the Sky Bridge. Sometimes by 9:30 a.m., all the tickets are sold out for the day.

Take note that the Sky Bridge is CLOSED to visitors on Mondays (and some public holidays) and from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Fridays.

Ticket counter is located at the Concourse Level, PETRONAS Twin Towers. This is at the lower ground floor level. Ticket counter is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Cost of ticket:            Adult                                          –  80 Malaysian Ringgit
                                   Adult (MyKad)                           –  25 Malaysian Ringgit  
                                   Child (12 years & below)         –  30 Malaysian Ringgit
                                   Child (MyKid)                            – 12 Malaysian Ringgit 

You can also try purchasing tickets on line at https://eticket.petronastwintowers.com.my/ if your intended visit is not within the next 24 hours. This means that you have to buy tickets at the Concourse Level if you intend to visit within the next 24 hours. 

For the time being, PETRONAS Twin Towers Visit Operations does not offer online ticketing for MyKad and MyKid holders. To enjoy MyKad and MyKid ticket prices, you can present your MyKad/MyKid when purchasing the ticket at the Ticketing Counter, Concourse Level, PETRONAS Twin Towers.

For more information, you can call +60 (3) 23318080.

[NOTE: When we toured the Sky Bridge, ticket was FREE!!! Starting 2010, however, tickets are sold for the amounts stated above. The difference is that the ticket now includes tour to the Sky Bridge (Level 41) AND Observation Deck (Level 86). By the way, Level 42 of the Sky Bridge can only be used by tenants of the Twin Towers.]  

Terms and conditions:

1. Admission of children aged 3 and below is FREE of charge.
2. Tickets sold are not refundable or transferable.
3. An adult MUST accompany children below 12 years of age.
4. All baggage and personal items MUST go through the Security Scanning Machine.
5. Eating, drinking, chewing gum and smoking are not allowed during the visit.
6. The Management reserves the right to reschedule or cancel visits without prior notice.
7. The Management reserves the right to refuse any entry to any visitor(s).
8. Visitor shall at all times, adhere to and obey:
a. The signs and notices displayed in, on and/or around the premises;
b. The rules and regulations of the PETRONAS Twin Towers Visit;
and
c. The instructions of the officers in the PETRONAS Twin Towers Visit operation.
9. The Management may remove any visitor who is behaving in an indecent, unruly or disruptive manner or pose any kind of danger or discomfort to other visitors.

Tickets are limited to about 800 people a day and issued on “First Come First Serve” basis. There is also a limit on the number of persons (20) in each time slot throughout the day. Once you got your tickets, you have to return 15 minutes before the scheduled time to reconfirm your ticket.

Cathay Pacific

I always fly Cathay Pacific whenever I went to Hongkong or China, I love their service and wide seats ( food is ok since we got lucky, we overslept & when we woke up, they run out of stock of the economy food and gave us business class food yehey! ) and whenever they are late they compensate by giving free bottled water and sandwiches, like last April 24, 2009 they are 20 minutes late so to pacify the passengers they let everyone have a free sandwich, sodas, and water yum yum! Cathay Pacific is really cool!