Scubarob Adventure Log Life is too short to not enjoy it Mon, 23 Dec 2019 21:41:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Scubarob Adventure Log 32 32 Stalking and Gaslighting Mon, 23 Dec 2019 21:41:53 +0000 Gaslighting and stalking are rather common and can happen to you as they have happened to me without any apparent reason; indeed, someone may desire something you own or may just envy you or your life. In my case they were friends of relatives but in many cases are lovers, friends, or relatives.]]> 0 Power and Identity in Ancient and Modern Cultures Wed, 05 Jun 2019 22:38:09 +0000 ritual danceThe relationship between power and identity can be defined through shared social constructs requiring a shared ideology. Thus, authority structures and political dominance are based not only on rituals but also on some form of agreement and exchange. Examples are recurring in times and geographies: from the Maya and Aztecs to the modern Asian Nations. ]]> 0 Mythology and Symbolism of Cacao Mon, 15 Apr 2019 21:36:00 +0000 cacao beansThe fermented, roasted, and ground beans of the Theobroma cacao have been consumed by pre-Olmec people since 1900 BC; later, the Aztecs and the Maya used the beans as a currency and a valued beverage. Indeed, the drink called Xocoatll was employed in religious rituals because of its special aphrodisiac and strength properties.]]> 0 The Ancient Origins of Wine Tue, 26 Mar 2019 18:41:10 +0000 Wine ancient potteryWater, wine, and the sacred are linked together since ancient times; like holy water, sacramental wine is considered to be a creation of spiritual or religious elites in direct connection with deities]]> 2 Rituals From Ancient Societies: the Cigar Sun, 24 Feb 2019 16:14:55 +0000 Ancient evidence of Mayan use of tobacco had been found in Campeche (Mexico). Archeologists established that Mayan elites used Nicotiana Rustica (kutz) to achieve different levels of consciousness during their rituals.]]> 1 The Cultural Use of Caves Sun, 24 Feb 2019 15:26:09 +0000 Cave archeological sites are spread around the world and witness the use of such natural structures for living purposes; however, it is interesting that most prehistoric societies at some point of their development employed caves for different purposes.]]> 1 Concha y Toro: between wine and history Wed, 06 Feb 2019 19:25:16 +0000 The Marquis de Concha y Toro selected the Bordeaux region of France for the seeds of the grapes he imported into Chile (Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Merlot, and Carmenère).]]> 4 Cool Nights in Jazz Mon, 28 Jan 2019 01:51:49 +0000 Club de Jazz SantiagoOpened in 1943, the Club de Jazz Santiago, with its wide range of themes (latin #jazz, ragtime, #swing, #dixieland, bebop, fusion and blues), represents an institution among jazz joints in South America because of the performance of international artists as Louis Armstrong, James Moody, Elvin Jones, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, and Paquito D’Rivera.]]> 0 Hat, ukulele, and notebook. What else? Tue, 22 Jan 2019 20:17:35 +0000 Header or iconIn this short post I suggest tips on how to modify images in #Photoshop with basic editing skills. Specifically, I consider Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 enhanced with the Elements+ plugin.]]> 0 Santiago as the hearth of the Chilean culture Thu, 27 Dec 2018 20:01:01 +0000 Chile SantiagoSantiago well represents the Chilean cultural, economic and educational identity characterized by homogeneity and virtually not existent regional conflict. Indeed, the country's geographical isolation represents a major symbol of national identification and it has been generally considered a key factor in the creation of a homogeneous society.]]> 0 Costa Rica as fast as possible Sun, 23 Sep 2018 18:23:55 +0000 Costa RicaCosta Rica, one of the most ecologically diverse places on the planet, is famous for its parks and wildlife reserves where it is easy to find species difficult to spot elsewhere.]]> 0 Music Theory for lunch… Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:21:20 +0000 A Minor ScaleMusic theory is made up of sounds that can be organized into three main elements: melody (a succession of notes), rhythm (when and how long play notes), and harmony (more notes played together). Ok, let's play the Ukulele...]]> 0 America’s ancient civilizations Sat, 25 Apr 2015 21:55:10 +0000 Perù Machu PicchuAt the time Christopher Columbus reached the coast of San Salvador, the major cultures and civilizations in central America were the Olmec, the Maya, and the Aztec whereas in South America the Moche, the Wari, the Tiwanaku, the Chimor, and the Inca. ]]> 0 Buenos Aires and its Barrios Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:40:47 +0000 Argentina Buenos AiresBuenos-Aires can be considered the most cultured and sophisticated among all South America’s capitals. Its restaurants, bars, historic cafés and heaving nightclubs, opera house, theatres, multiscreen cinemas, avant-garde galleries and French-style palaces all underline its attachment to the arts and its eternal sense of style.]]> 0 Colonial and Post-Colonial Cities of South America Sun, 30 Mar 2014 20:54:43 +0000 PanamaSouth America offers great material for photographers looking for architectural spots and dramatic pictures; indeed, the Colonial heritage of the Spanish Conquistadores rests close to modern buildings and ancient monuments of pre-columbian civilizations.]]> 0 Ometepe Island in Nicaragua Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:04:16 +0000 NicaraguaCrossing Nicaragua is an adventure in itself mainly because of the untouched landscapes and beautiful nature.]]> 0 The Lost Continent of Atlantis – Philippines Wed, 12 Dec 2012 20:20:25 +0000 Philippines Underwater LifeThe waters of the Philippines comprise nearly 1 million square miles of sea, a major part of which is in the Coral Triangle, an area that contains the world’s highest coral diversity. ]]> 0 The Lost Continent of Atlantis – The Maldives Sun, 09 Jan 2011 20:59:23 +0000 Maldives Underwater LifeThe Maldives Republic consists of 1,192 small tropical islands that cross strategic shipping routes and have a richly diverse marine environment.]]> 0 The Lost Continent of Atlantis – The Red Sea Thu, 08 Jul 2010 21:39:41 +0000 Egypt Underwater LifeThe Red Sea is a laboratory of evolution and very significant for understanding adaptation processes; indeed, the high endemism ratio is a consequence of the isolation and recolonization processes during sea level variations in the past.]]> 0 Sacred Geographies Tue, 25 May 2010 14:18:53 +0000 Trade routesQuestions about how religion grows, diffuses, and affects communities and cultures are linked to geographical factors: sacred geographies relate to spatial variations, the global pattern of religion, and their interplay shed lights on the properties of human persistence, tolerance, and motivation with respect to people and their belief systems.]]> 0 Modern City States – Singapore Sun, 11 Apr 2010 20:05:14 +0000 SingaporeAccording to legend, in the thirteenth century, a prince of Srivijaya was shipwrecked on the island; he saw a lion there for the first time in his life and took this as a sign that he should found a new city, which he named "Lion City" - Singapura. ]]> 0 The Contradictions of India Wed, 31 Dec 2008 15:36:05 +0000 India Udaipur RajastanIt is now understood that significant human activity was underway in India by the Holocene Period (10,000 years ago) and that many historical assumptions based upon earlier work in Egypt and Mesopotamia need to be reviewed and revised. ]]> 0 The Ruins of the Ancient Egypt Civilization Mon, 08 Dec 2008 19:27:32 +0000 Egypt PyramidsThe Ancient Egyptian civilization produced the first government to rule an entire nation, covered an entire country thousands of square miles in size and with millions of inhabitants.]]> 0 A little bit of Australia and New Zealand Sun, 15 Jun 2008 20:37:32 +0000 New Zealand RotoruaFrom Sydney's sophisticated architecture to the rugged Outback, then to New Zealand's sheep-dotted plains and cliff-lined fjords; a short stop to Waitomo reveals something about the Maori culture.]]> 0 Multi Ethnicity of Fiji Islands Sun, 15 Jun 2008 19:59:14 +0000 FijiLapita's colonisation of Fiji was only one of the several prehistoric migratory movements in Oceania. The 800+ km water gap separating Vanuatu–New Caledonia from Fiji was the largest inter-archipelagic voyage in the Lapita world.]]> 0 Sacred Geographies – Australia Sun, 08 Jun 2008 19:05:44 +0000 Australia Ayres Rock UluruAccording to Aboriginal legends in Uluru, during Alcheringa (Dreamtime) ancestral souls in the form of animals and humans emerged from the interior of the Earth and began to wander over the land. Their everyday actions (play, singing, fishing, hunting, marriage, and death) determined the characteristics of the landscape and became a sacred geography.]]> 0 Sacred Geographies – Tonga Sat, 31 May 2008 20:41:00 +0000 TongaThe Tu'i Tonga Empire is said to have been formed around the year 950AD. The first Tu'i Tonga (‘Aho'eitu) located his capital at the village of Toloa on the island of Tongatapu. The main remaining is a monumental stone architecture comprising of three coral limestone slabs. ]]> 0 Sacred Geographies – Yap Thu, 29 Mar 2007 15:01:27 +0000 Yap MicronesiaYap was central in the intensive cultural exchange in Micronesia, famously involving the large stonemoney discs quarried from distant islands of Palau and Guam. Indeed, the formalized Yap-focused exchange system known as sawei guided movement of tribute among diverse and dispersed clans in the Caroline Islands.]]> 0 Sacred Geographies – Palau Mon, 12 Mar 2007 15:25:11 +0000 Palau MicronesiaThe islands of Palau have a rich artistic heritage of weaving, woodworking, performing arts, pottery production, oral narratives, stone statuary, and costume and body art. Palau’s first certain petroglyph site was identified on Babeldaob as a boulder marking the burial of the legendary Surech.]]> 0 Modern Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur Mon, 11 Jul 2005 19:31:13 +0000 Malaysia Kuala LumpurKuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, is the country’s largest urban area and its cultural, commercial, and transportation centre.]]> 0 Anthropology trip – The Orangutan in Malaysian Borneo Sat, 25 Jun 2005 21:43:53 +0000 Malaysia Borneo Sepilok Park OrangutanThe understanding of the evolutionary origins of Orangutans and the successful reconstruction of the habits of their ancestors remain unresolved. Notwithstanding their high intelligence, Orangutans live in a relatively simple social system.]]> 0 The Biodiversity of Borneo – Sabah and its Islands Fri, 10 Jun 2005 22:43:18 +0000 Malaysia BorneoBorneo, the third largest island in the world, is located in Southeast Asia close to the Equator; it is divided among three countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei. Ecologically, Borneo has a profusion of tropical rainforests and is one of the most important centers of biodiversity in the world.]]> 0 Biodiversity in Indonesia – Wallacea Wed, 11 Aug 2004 21:50:14 +0000 Indonesia Togians WaleaOccupying only 1.3% of the world’s land surface, Indonesia, an archipelago made up of about 17,000 islands, is one of the world’s richest nations in terms of biodiversity. ]]> 0 The Lost Continent of Atlantis – Plato’s Timaeus Fri, 03 Jan 2003 20:30:47 +0000 Atlantis MapAtlantis has been the topic of debate for over 2,500 years among philosophers, historians, and archaeologists. According to Plato, Atlantis was protected by the god Poseidon who made his son Atlas king of this land.]]> 0