Spectacular View At Mt. Kiltepan, Sagada

My favorite star exposes its intense white glow while it appears to “rise” from the horizon. But this time, there’s a sea of clouds which makes it more dreamy. Perfect timing 😀

Can hardly blame our ancestors from the distant past who had worshiped you. Actually, it made more sense ‘cos you’re truly amazing! I think you deserve to have this separate post 🙂

Also, If we humans were not too Geocentric to think:  The sun doesn’t go down, nor rises as the Earth is spinning around. 🙂

And here’s Carl Sagan’s quote to remind us this beautiful epoch.

It’s interesting to think about the consequences of living in a double star system. Maybe our whole evolution would have produced different results with a very different day/night pattern than we have now. But to have two suns (plus the size of the Jupiter is so freaking massive)?, It is highly probable that there’s no life exists. No single-celled organisms had evolved. O.o

I watched That Thing Called Tadhana with my sister. Even though I like that film, I didn’t travel here because of that (would tell you on my next post why I did visit Sagada, so stay tuned). I’m pretty sure that these visitors were also here to see the beauty of Kiltepan because of this film. To my surprised, it is super pretty! Glad we woke up early and caught the transfixing beauty of the sunrise from Mt. Kiltepan. Top of the world where you can day dream on ensconcing this paradise soon. And by the way, humans are everywhere. >.< Don’t say I didn’t warn you. But I guess, there’s still a day where you can experience the view without the overwhelming number of people who also trying to capture the moment, so you need an extra radar when will that be. 😛 If you found one, then congrats! That would be a great escape from the ludicrous hectic world.

Ladies And Gentlemen, James Randi Shows You The Evidence, You Make Up Your Own Mind

“No matter how smart or well-educated you are, you can be deceived,”  — James Randi

Woohoo! Finally, I’ve got to see James Randi’s An Honest Liar. A documentary of life and career of the world-famous magician (also known as The Amazing Randi) and skeptic of the “superstitious woo” such as psychic powers, psychic surgery, faith healing, paranormal, crystal healers, dowsing, fake channeling, aura reading, and more across the world.

They typically have one thing in common; they’re scammers. In other words, they are manipulative human beings who want money from the gullible people. James Randi has been diligently exposing those elaborate hoaxes of these scammers on television for over many years; showed how people got duped with just a slide of hands and illusions.

Philippine: Psychic surgery

If you read Carl Sagan’s book – Demon haunted world. The “Physic surgery” that became famous in the Philippines was mentioned there. Yes, I saw this “psychic surgery” on the television when I was young. As a kid, I for one believe it, and was transfixed on how it was done. Imagine you can have a surgery without them cutting your skin, then pulled some “guts” with their bare hands. Many people has been a fallen prey– vulnerable and desperate people who wanted help to cure their diseases. They are willing to pay without questioning the real medical benefits from it.

Here’s the clip: 

Remember this classic, guys? hehe

The film also shows Randi’s life when he was a kid. Just like a typical kiddo, Randi was amazed by magic. It had his attention when a man made the woman float in air. He joined the carnival and never went home.

“When I introduced myself as a magician “Good evening my name is the great Randal! I’m a liar, cheater and a charlatan. I will lie to you but for purposes of entertainment only, of course.”

For Randi, Houdini was an epitome of a great magician. I presumed every magicians kind of treated him as their saving grace. Houdini started out as a magician, escape artist, and debunker, and dedicated his life to keeping people from being duped. And there was a scene in the film where Randi also did the stunts on what Houdini was being famous of– being a great escape artist. A chapter in his life where he said  this “If the man can make it, I could break it”

On February 7th 1975, an unidentified man (Mr. X) working for a Toronto film company was dangled over the precipice of the Horseshoe Falls at the Table Rock by a crane for five minutes while strapped into a strait jacket.
On February 7th 1975, an unidentified man (Mr. X) working for a Toronto film company was dangled over the precipice of the Horseshoe Falls at the Table Rock by a crane for five minutes while strapped into a strait jacket.
And yep, this was James Randi, his sweet escape!

Not only he wanted to be like him, but It also became his obsession to escape faster than Houdini. Continue reading “Ladies And Gentlemen, James Randi Shows You The Evidence, You Make Up Your Own Mind”

Batad-Banaue 2015: Where The Rice Fields Are Greener

“What titan built this wonder of the world? It was the Ifugao people of the Philippines working with not much more than their hands.”

That’s how Neil introduced Banaue Rice Terraces in his Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Season1 Episode12. Yep, the ship of imagination has flown over the rice terraces of Banaue in Ifugao.

Via Cordillerasun.com

In this episode, Tyson discussed about the effects of global warming. And it was in the last 5 minutes of the series where he tackled how our own ancestors had learned to adapt in a self-sustaining lifestyle by inventing Agriculture.

Excerpt from that particular episode I was referring to:

“What titan built this wonder of the world? It was the Ifugao people of the Philippines working with not much more than their hands. About 10,000 years ago, our ancestors all over the world took advantage of another form of climate change. The gentler climate of the intermission of the ice age. They invented agriculture. They gave up the ceaseless wandering, hunting, and gathering that had been their way of life for a million years or so to settle down and produce food. They found a way to harvest ten to a hundred times more solar energy than the environment naturally provided for their ancestors. People all over the world made the difficult transition from nomadic cultures to agricultural ones that used solar energy efficiently. It gave rise to civilization. We stand on the shoulders of those who did the hard work that such a fundamental transformation required. Now it’s our turn.”

After watching, I was like – OHEEMGEEE! I haven’t seen Banaue Rice Terraces yet :-/ So I made a promise to visit it soon. Luckily, I got the chance to see it up-close. I re-watched that episode yesterday, and boy it gives me more ahs and awes than the first time I saw it. Haha Perfectly explained the causes of global warming, the effects, and the solution. We Earthlings should be informed about this important issue and greatest challenge facing humanity today, a greatest challenge humanity has ever faced, and probably will ever face.

Watch it guys!! Here’s the link 😀   Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey