During my recent trip to Costa Rica I got to go super zen and view nature from an un-American viewpoint. One thing you have to see when you are in Costa rica is the many packs of monkeys that inhabit the region. Swinging to and fro, throwing poo at each other, and occasionally getting in to your car and stealing whatever they can get their hands on is a common occurrence. Did you ever think about how they are able to swing all over the damn place all day and not get tired? Of course it is easy to say, “Well, they are monkeys.” but they don’t just pop out of their mom and start gathering bananas. (Can’t officially verify that.)
After oooooing, awwwwing, and then chasing those damn monkeys for stealing my Alanis Morissette cd’s, I finally decided in order to have a chance at getting even, I must “train like a monkey”. So here is an excellent exercise to get a full ab workout and all you have to do is “hang out”.
Hanging Knee Raises
This is an extremely tough exercise that lets you work out your lower abs and your serratus muscles.
1. Grab a pull up bar, palms out, with your arms should width apart
2. Slowly lift your knees towards your chest making sure you are squeezing your abs the whole time – keep your feet off the ground for the whole exercise.
3. Rinse and repeat to exhaustion
That’s it. A ridiculous ab workout. If you really want to target those serratus muscles, alternate lifting your legs to each side.
NOTE: It is almost a given that your wrists will give out before you abs will. In that case hang some straps from the pull up bar and slip your arms through just past your elbow. After your arms are through, the straps can help you work out your abs to exhaustion.
Got a good ab exercise you want to let the world know about? Anyone see my Alanis cd’s? Let us know in the comments.
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What a wonderful notion for your little girl’s birthday. A pink Mod Monkey birthday theme featuring all of the best supplies that can get this party off to a good start. The girl Mod Monkey birthday invitations will get everybody in the mood for the birthday party. Pick from the choice of party packs or put your own together. Centerpieces, banners, balloons, pink Mod Monkey t-shirts and decals for decorating the wall will provide you with all of the supplies you need to have the birthday party she has been dreaming of. The big choice of pink mod monkey birthday party supplies will be sure to allow everybody to have a good time. Party blow-outs, notepads, sticker sheets and activity placemats will keep them busy.

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Because California hosts persons from all around the globe there are dining places that offer a range of dishes. Many of the worlds best chefs reside and work here. A lot of these chefs likewise teach at many culinary schools in California.

Culinary Schools in California Offer you Good Climate and Options

The availability of culinary schools in California, and of course the average weather, get this to area a stylish destination for students. These students will have the chance to earn degrees in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management. Students who study numerous facets of cooking will also get hands-on experiences at some of the top restaurants in the world.

Earn Culinary Degrees at a California Culinary School

Students going to one of the numerous culinary schools in California can apply for programs that provide degrees in Culinary Management, Culinary Arts, Restaurant Management, Food & Beverage, Pastry, Baking and much more. Having a degree from an accredited Culinary Arts Program an individual can obtain grip of just about any restaurant of the choice.

Inside the Los Angeles area alone there are several culinary arts schools. For example, students could decide to attend a culinary arts college in Beverly Hills, Burbank, Pasadena, Sierra Madre or Windsor Hills.

Consider culinary arts schools in California with names like the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts or The California School of Culinary Arts where you can earn a piece of paper in Culinary Arts, an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts, a Certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts or an Associates Degree in baking and Pastry Arts.

There’s also many culinary schools in the Northern California area. You can locate ones in areas such as Bay area and in the Sonoma and Napa valleys. These have been in the heart from the wine country as well. You may want to earn a degree in wine. You could discover the ways of production and aging, the various types of grapes and wine and the good reputation for wine in California. Somebody who has an interest to cook should not pass up the chance to earn a diploma and begin a satisfying and profitable culinary arts salary within the culinary arts field. For the person who has a just a desire to hone their cooking skills to serve delectably creative meals only for friends and family you could also consider attending one of the numerous culinary schools in California.

Going to one of the many culinary schools in California has its rewards. Having a successful culinary career will bring satisfaction and security to someone considering a career as a chef. Visit to learn more about culinary schools and job opportunities.

Tipped to be one of Bali’s most precious natural treasures, the sacred Monkey Forest is a one of a kind nature reserve in the holiday Mecca. Officially dubbed the ‘Padangtegal Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana’, this sanctuary is operated by appointed village members in Padangtegal who form the Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation. Drawing well-over 15,000 visitors monthly this sprawling natural sanctuary devoted to the Crab Eating Macaque Monkey species is also a sacred site in Balinese Hinduism as the creatures and the land on which the nature reserve is located in is of religious significance dating back centuries.

Spread out across an expansive area of 27 acres, this breathtaking attraction in Ubud is home to nearly 340 monkeys that occupy the area of the forest in four groups. The entire populace includes 77 females who are adults, 122 adolescents, nearly 54 baby monkeys with the remaining being adult males and male sub adults.

In addition to the Monkey Forests’ fauna population the venue also boasts a large collection of tree varieties including 115 individual plant species. Most of these towering trees are deemed sacred or holy in Balinese culture and are often used in performing spiritual rites and ceremonies. The timbers from the trees are also employed exclusively for the construction of temples and shrines. The leaves of the Berigin tree for example are used during cremations of deceased villagers while small pieces of the Pule Bandak tree is used to make masks as the spirits of the jungle are believed to be contained within the trees.

Littered with historical monuments, the Sacred Monkey Forest is home to the temple named “Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal”, the “Holy Spring” bathing temple as well as another religious edifice used for cremations. In ancient times sacred forests such as these were encircled by temples in every direction reconfirming the coexistence of the spiritual realm with that of the living as well as the close relationship between nature and humans. Used for daily religious activities by villagers, the temples form an important part of Balinese culture and heritage.

Those on the lookout for a luxury hotel Bali counts among its most coveted rests should look to Uma Bali for all their accommodation needs. Providing guests with the crme de la crme in modern amenities this Ubud hotel offers unforgettable island vacations.

Kung Fu – a popular word of Chinese origin, has a deeper meaning to those who truly understand it. Kung fu actually describes any person’s success or honed skill that is attained after diligent training. Taking that into account, the real word Kung fu can be used to portray any skill achieved in such training, and it is distinctly different that any form of martial arts there is.

Despite it all, kung fu (also called gung fu) is typically used to describe a noteworthy aspect of the Chinese martial arts in the modern era. With that being said, the word is representative of highly specialized styles of martial which are somewhat difficult to find the origins. This is what sets the Chinese arts apart from a lot of other forms of martial arts, where a clearer origins can be traced.ed.

The diverse kung fu styles listed in the article give readers an idea about the range of techniques and ways of self-defense used in Kung fu. These styles need a lot of practice and dedication to hone them.

Crane Style Kung Fu Styles
This kung fu technique was created by Fang Qiniang, a female martial artist. Intricate hand movements and near proximity combat are the essentials of this style. The movements pattern the graceful movements of cranes. The flying crane technique imitates the flapping movement of wings.

Snake Style Kung Fu Techniques
Snake style techniques are used to bring about fluidity in movements. This fluidity which resembles the movements of snake is useful in entwining the body around that of the opponent. It helps defend in a better manner. The attacking moves can also be made from different angles by adopting this technique.

Praying Mantis Kung Fu Style
The praying mantis kung fu style belongs to either “Northern Praying Mantis” or the “Southern Praying Mantis”.

Northern Praying Mantis
This style was developed in Shadong, a northeastern Chinese region. The Northern praying mantis employs the methods of avoiding enemy blows that are given straight at you. The technique involves circular or whip-like movements. The praying mantis hook made with 1 – 3 fingers is used in targeting the eyes and also in blocking the attacks of the enemy.

Southern Praying Mantis
It was created by Hakka people who lives in China’s southwest province. This technique is unlike the Northern Praying Mantis and place importance on proximal combat. The use of low kicks is limited and hand movements are given more emphasis.

Monkey Kung Fu Style
The monkey style kung fu style patterns monkey or ape-like actions. The monkey techniques are popularly known as ‘Monkey Fist’. The hidden strength in this kung fu technique is the use of a range of swords, spears and other objects. The important techniques of monkey-style kung fu are “Tai Shing Pek Kwar” and “Hou Quan.”

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Athens Airport Hotels – Hotel Medusa

The seafront 3(***)star Hotel MEDUSA is located in Artemida, a popular Athens Airport Hotel on the East Coast of Attica washed by the Southern Eboan Gulf, 25 km East of Athens, only 6km from Athens International Airport and 3,5km from the new Exhibition & conference centre “Metropolitan Expo”. The hotel is open all year round and provides 12 twin bedded and 2 four bedded rooms (most of them with sea-view), providing all necessary amenities for our guests.

Take Advantage of our 2010 Special Offer

From 1st January 2010 – 31st March 2010 45 per night when you stay at least 2 nights!

For the summer period of 2010 we do have special rates, which you can find at Hotel Medusa’s page here.

Price includes a delicious breakfast but no transfer from/to Athens International airport.

Welcome to Medusa Hotel! Always Here to Offer You The Best Short or Long-Term, Vacation Experience!

If you are seeking to escape from the daily routine and constant strain, Hotel Medusa is the right place for you. Discover a little paradise in the area of Artemis (Loutsa): an idyllic hotel, which is the boast of this locality… You don’t want to lose this unique sunrise from the view of your room in front of the sea!

You will never be hungry here. Noon and night, our delicious dishes are waiting for you to taste them. We can take orders for people who have a special diet (vegetarians, children etc.).

Your coffee or beverage can be accompanied by one of the delicious, delectable desserts of our menu.

Hotel Medusa can also offer his 380 square meter restaurant accommodation for parties, seminars and special events during the whole year. Due to our very close distance from Athens International Airport, we can host almost any event you wish.

Upon request, we can always host your event really nice that fits your needs.

Hotel Medusa is the ideal destination for every season of the year and an opportunity for you to discover the beauty of Attica.

We are looking forward to seeing you…here in our nice family hotel.

Hotel Medusa

2, Artemidos Avenue, GR-190 16,Artemis,Greece
el: +30 697 4733083
Fax: +30 22940-85.403

Commenting on the introduction of the Santa Cruz Zoo Volunteer project, Willson Marshal, Bolivia Volunteers Administrator says,

This is a very exciting time for us here at Bolivia Volunteers, and in the short time since we introduced the project at the Zoologico Municipal Fauna Sudamericana we have been amazed by the number of inquiries and offers of assistance we have received.

Of course we have offered projects caring for neglected and abandoned domestic animals in several cities across Bolivia for many years, but the prospect of being able to spend time at the Santa Cruz Zoo with our indigenous wildlife puma, llama, carpincho, tapir, pink dolphins, flamingo, condor and many more has really fired the imagination of our volunteers.

And Pascal Deneuve from Creuzier-le-vieux, France – currently at the Zoo on a two month volunteer placement adds.

Ive always been an animal lover, but of course thats really only for dogs and cats back home but here at the Santa Cruz Zoo Ive had real hands-on experience of caring for much larger and exotic animals.

At the moment Im working on upgrading the bird enclosures, doing some building and painting. The next assignment lined up for me look at is planning a diet regime for the big cats. This place is just SO special, nothing like the zoos back home and really does need all the help it can get.

In a recent global survey of several thousand volunteer travelers, over 75% chose South America as their preferred continent and of those, 65% commented that BOLIVIA the poorest South American country would be their first choice destination.

It is 10 years since the International Year of Volunteers in 2001 and through a UN General Assembly Resolution, this anniversary is being marked across the globe, with volunteering organizations world-wide promoting the values of volunteering, recognizing the value of volunteering, building and reinforcing volunteering networks, and helping individuals to realize their potential to make a real difference by sharing their time, skills and experience for the benefit of others.

The declaration of IYV+10, under the banner “Volunteer! Make a Difference”, is an acknowledgement of the important role of the volunteer sector, and aims to –

Build respect, trust, understanding and solidarity through volunteering;

Raise volunteerism on the development agenda;

Build partnerships; and

Define and empower global volunteering.