Travel in Mekong Delta view sailing festival


Travel in Mekong Delta view sailing festival

The Mekong Delta or the Mekong River was originated from the Thai and Lao words called, the “Mae Nam Khong” where “mae” means mother, “nam” means water and “khong” means Ganges. It is considered as one of the great rivers in the world, it is estimated at about 4,909 km long and having an area of about 795,000 km2. The Mekong River is also called as the River Khong or the Ping River among the Thais from the North and the people from Laos.

It is such a great honor and a privilege to be in a country where a popular and famous river is always a destination for people coming from different localities, neighboring countries and other foreign countries around the world. It is something to be proud of as a citizen of China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam where the river runs.

There are some festivals celebrating on the Mekong Delta. One of them is the full-moon festival, which is usually called as the Ok Om Bok Festival or also called as the Harvest Moon Festival. It is a popular festival which the Khmer people celebrate yearly for their belief that it was the Goddess of the Moon who are taking care of their land and water crops, and so this is the reason why it is also known as the Festival of Worshipping the Moon, so this festival is like the Buddhists’ way of giving thanks and appreciation for the bounty crops that they are harvesting for their income. This festival usually takes place on the 10th lunar month, on its’ 15th day.

When to festivals, you may freely if known the place and time takes place. If you are not sure you can hear the advice of the travel company and choose a Mekong Delta tour.

The full-moon festival always starts with different traditional activities on the river of the Long Binh. The one that always opens the big celebration is called, the Ngo Boat Race or the Um Tuk Ngua, with matching sounds, music and cheers from the viewers. The boats that the participants use in the said competition is about 24 meters long and having 1.2 meters wide and carrying 40 individuals in each boat. Many among the Khmer localities come and participate in the festival. There are also many foreigners and locals from other districts come and witness the said festival. (more…)

A disputed Olympic medal



By Aug. 5, as Frechette began the first portion of the finals in her event–the execution of four figures drawn from synchro-swimming’s repertoire of ballet-like movements–it was apparent that she had succeeded. On the first of the four, only American Babb-Sprague scored higher. Frechette would later describe the second, called an albatross spin, as “the best figure of my life.” At least four of the five judges, sitting in pulpit-like stands around the pool, plainly agreed: they punched scores of 9.2 or better into the small electronic keypads connected to the facility’s scoring computer.


But at the fifth judging position, there was consternation. Brazilian judge Ana Maria da Silveira had also rated Frechette’s figure highly: later, the swimmer’s coach, Julie Sauv*, said that da Silveira had told her that she intended to award a 9.7–but instead struck keys registering an 8.7. Almost instantly, it appears, she tried to activate a device intended to allow her to recall a mistyped score. Swiss judge Marlis Haeberlis, whose position was next to da Silveira’s, recounted: “She tried to correct it, and she couldn’t make that recall thing work. Finally, because she was all excited, she pushed several buttons.” (more…)

Unsinkable Sylvie Swimmer


Unsinkable Sylvie Swimmer

Frechette’s loss of the gold medal due to a judging error was one of several disappointments and frustrations experienced by Canadian athletes at the 1992 Summer Olympic games in Barcelona, Spain.

She swam

She would say later, “with all the emotion I had.” To the soft strains of a gently lyrical soundtrack, Montreal’s Sylvie Frechette, wearing virginal white, adorned only with a discreet touch of lace, glided through an expressive synchronized swimming program that at times seemed tinged with melancholy. The poignant mood was fitting for a woman who, in order to compete at all, had to shake off the shock of a lifetime: the suicide of her boyfriend, Sylvain Lake, on the eve of the Olympics. If anyone deserved a fair shake at the Barcelona Games themselves, it was surely Frechette. But although she outscored her sequined American rival, Kristen Babb-Sprague, in the final routine, she finished a fraction behind in the two-day event–the victim of a controversial judging error on the first day. Accepting her silver medal, the 25-year-old Frechette demonstrated the same grace under adversity that she did in the water. Said the swimmer: “There was a mistake, but that is part of my sport. I cannot change anything. I did my very best.” (more…)

Aerobic – The Beat Goes On


Pulse Check

For 20 or 30 minutes more, everyone dances and stretches to a vigorous beat. Students are taught to check their pulse rates at the beginning of the workout, in the middle, and during the cool-down period. That way, they can measure how well their hearts are handling the exercise. Over time, these kinds of workouts help heart muscles to get stronger and make lungs work more efficiently.

You can measure your resting heart rate by lying on the floor. With your first and second fingers, feel for your pulse on your neck under your ear. Count how many times it pulses in 10 seconds.

Multiply that number by six to figure out your pulse rate per minute. Most healthy adults have a resting heart rate of about 72 beats per minute. Yours may be lower than that because younger people usually have a lower rate than adults do. When you take part in active exercise, like dance, that rate will just about double. (more…)