Saturday, April 19, 2014

Travel Souvenir and Collection

Do you collect items as souvenir in all your travels? Well, I do and I collect almost everything from tickets to hotel stuffs if I get the chance. The last travel we had was our vacation trip to Philippines and for me that was a big deal best because traveling to my home country is hardly possible to happen again in the near future. The ticket itself cost tons of money added with the hotel and food expenses plus the shopping of course. Anyway, here are the things I gathered together during our trip from Incheon Korea airport to hotels in the Philippines.

Money & Currency {Philippine money & Korean money}

Cash is important in every trip and travels. Before getting on a plane you have to make sure you have the money currency of the destination you land on. Husband exchange some dollars into pesos a week before our flight. Although we had a stop over at Korea but since it was just a few hours we used credit cards to pay for our expenses. But one our way going back to the US we decided to exchange most of our pesos cash to Korean won because we know we cannot use it anymore however we left a few in our pockets as souvenir.

Being in a plane is amazing already isn't it and of course I have to collect those little stuffs found in the plane such as slippers, condiments, snacks and all. They serve delicious food in the plane. Some of them might consider it terrible but for me it was good. It include utensils like chopstick and spoon. I love the spoon and forks but i can only snuck out one and also including chopstick and even toothpaste/toothbrush. Call me crazy but there is no rules that i can collect all these. At the Korean airport too i can't help but take hope those sachet green tea, sugar, and stuff. It was just left over and no harm to take home some for souvenir collections again.

Marriott Hotel is one of the five star hotel almost anywhere in the world. We booked our stay in Marriott Cebu upon our arrival and when we left the country. So when we left i made sure I had everything i wanted so i gathered atleast one of each toiletries like the travel size shampoo, conditioner, soap and even sachets. Crazy huh?

We stayed 10 days in Crown Regency hotel in Cebu City and everyday they replaced new of these bathroom essential. As I have said collecting nonsense stuffs is one of my interest. Besides all these I also like to collect postcards but since i ran out of money I did not able to buy postcards in Korean but husband bought me a Korean doll. How about you, what do you collect when you travel?


Friday, April 4, 2014

So, What Happened to Pluto

I actually no clue that Pluto was in trouble or questioned of its size thus got kicked out from the 9 planets of the solar system until I read this at the Carnegie Science Center. originally I learned since grade school that there are 9 Planets in our Solar System namely; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto (which is now named one of the Dwarf Planet). So, what happened to Pluto?

planet pluto
Astronomers have long debated the status of Pluto. Discovered in 1930 by American Astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, Pluto was originally considered the 9th planet in our solar system. But astronomers have three rules to consider something a planet, and Pluto only fits two of the three:

#1. The object must be in orbit around the Sun, not another or other body. Pluto does this.

#2 To be considered a "planet", the object has to be big enough that gravity pulls in into a roundish shape - like an orange. There are a lot of things in the solar system, like asteroids or the moons of Mars, which have an odd shape, like a potato, because they don't have enough gravity to mold them otherwise. Pluto, like Earth, is mostly round.

#3 An object must be big enough that its gravity removes other objects in the same orbit. They would either be pulled into it, or knocked out of the same orbit. But Pluto orbits in an area filled with other small objects, and does not have enough gravity to clear the area of these other objects. In fact, not only Pluto not large enough to clear its own orbit, its orbital period is actually tied to that of its giant neighbor Neptune.

In 2006, the International Astronomical Union [the governing body of astronomers having the authority to label and name celestial objects] determined that Pluto should be 'demoted' to dwarf planet status - one of five such bodies known today.

Pluto doesn't seem to mind, and keeps orbiting without complaint.

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Discovered in 1930, Pluto was originally classified as the ninth planet from the Sun. However, its status as a major planet fell into question following further study of it and the outer Solar System over the ensuing 75 years. Starting in 1977 with discovery of minor planet 2060 Chiron, numerous icy objects similar to Pluto with eccentric orbits were found. A number of scientists hold that Pluto should have remained classified as a planet, and that other dwarf planets should be added to the roster of planets along with Pluto

Pluto, minor-planet designation 134340 Pluto, is the largest object in the Kuiper belt, and the tenth-most-massive body observed directly orbiting the Sun. It is the second-most-massive known dwarf planet, after Eris. Pluto is composed primarily of rock and ice[14] and is relatively small, approximately one-sixth the mass of the Moon and one-third its volume. In 2015, the Pluto system is due to be visited by spacecraft for the first time. The New Horizons probe will perform a flyby during which it will attempt to take detailed measurements and images of the plutoid and its moons. Read more about Pluto from article

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