NaPoWriMo Poem #3: Hot Dry Spell

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Hot, hot, the day’s hot and dry,
It’s raining sweat on my back,
It’s just too hot that I can’t bear,
Please, can I use an ice pack?

Hot, hot, everything’s hot and dry,
Ice melts, taps dry, felt like being fried,
Restless, annoyed, covered in sweat,
It’s just too hot to walk outside.

Hot, hot, everything’s hot and dry,
Being a tree is no more breezy,
Standing in the sun is no more easy,
Oh, it could even turn me crazy!

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Dry spell in Malaysia had caused lots of forest fire. Green leaves on lots of trees turned brown as in autumn before drying and blown away from the trees. I snapped this photo on our way back from Penang a few weeks ago.

NaPoWriMo Poem #2: Nice Animals

Cats are cute and cuddly,
As cute as fluffy stuffed toy,
Joe loves to sleep with one,
Then he’ll wake up with joy.

Horses are strong and beautiful,
But don’t think I could ride one,
They’re too tall for me to mount,
And there’s other things to be done.

Lemurs are sweet like squirrels,
And they are so cute and carefree,
Wait, lemur sounds very familiar,
Of course, I’ve seen one on TV!

The world famous lemor, King Julian.
The most famous lemur, King Julien.

Magnitude 8.2 Earthquake Hit Northern Chile

A fire burns at a restaurant after an earthquake in Iquique, Chile, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile's northern coast Tuesday night. There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage, but buildings shook in nearby Peru and in Bolivia's high altitude capital of La Paz. (AP Photo/Cristian Viveros) NO PUBLICAR EN CHILE
A fire burns at a restaurant after an earthquake in Iquique, Chile, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile’s northern coast Tuesday night. There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage, but buildings shook in nearby Peru and in Bolivia’s high altitude capital of La Paz. (AP Photo/Cristian Viveros) NO PUBLICAR EN CHILE

A powerful magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck off northern Chile on Tuesday night killing at least 5 people.

The Telegraph reported that according to the the United States Geological Survey (USGS) , the powerful quake struck at 8.46 pm local time (2346 GMT) at the relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (six miles), 83 kilometres from Iquique on Chile’s northern coast.

A view of the city of Iquique, Chile, after an earthquake struck late Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile's northern coast Tuesday night. Buildings also shook in nearby Peru and in Bolivia's high altitude capital of La Paz. (AP Photo/Cristian Viveros) NO PUBLICAR EN CHILE
A view of the city of Iquique, Chile, after an earthquake struck late Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile’s northern coast Tuesday night. Buildings also shook in nearby Peru and in Bolivia’s high altitude capital of La Paz. (AP Photo/Cristian Viveros) NO PUBLICAR EN CHILE

The earthquake caused landslides that blocked roads, power failed for thousands, damaged an airport and caused fire to some buildings.

It also shook modern buildings in nearby Peru and in Bolivia’s high altitude capital of La Paz.

About 300 inmates escaped from a women’s prison in the city of Iquique.

However, Chilean press reported that 30-40 escaped prisoners had been recaptured.

A tsunami warning remained in effect for northern Chile, but alerts were lifted elsewhere.

Geophysicist Gerard Fryer at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center told The Associated Press:

“We regard the coast line of Chile as still dangerous, so we’re maintaining the warning,”

The center warned that the U.S. state of Hawaii, might see higher waves on Wednesday. 

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In Peru, waves of 2 meters above normal forced about 200 people to leave the seaside town of Boca del Rio.

More than 10 strong aftershocks followed in the first few hours, including a 6.2 tremor.

Seismologist Mario Pardo from the University of Chile said that more aftershocks and even a larger quake could not be ruled out.

NaPoWriMo Poem #1: Tasty Foods

Ice creams are sweet and creamy,

They are so, cold and yummy,

Doughnuts are buttery and tasty,

They are good to fill my tummy

*****

Bread are nice with butter,

Scones are nice with cream,

But never eat them with chilli,

Or they will make you scream.

*****

Pasta are topped with basil,

Pizza are topped with cheese,

Remember to add pepperoni,

But never add the peas.

125th Anniversary Of The Iconic Eiffel Tower

1889: View at the 'Exposition Universelle' across the River Seine towards the Eiffel Tower, and the 'Globe Celeste'. The Eiffel Tower, built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, was the central focus of both the 1889 and the 1900 Paris Exhibition site.  (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
1889: View at the ‘Exposition Universelle’ across the River Seine towards the Eiffel Tower, and the ‘Globe Celeste’. The Eiffel Tower, built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, was the central focus of both the 1889 and the 1900 Paris Exhibition site. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)

Eiffel Tower or La Tour Eiffel celebrates its 125th anniversary on March 31, 2014.

It was named after an engineer, Gustave Eiffel, the owner of the company that designed and built the tower.

1900: Visitors to the World Exposition walking under the Eiffel Tower, with a view of the Chateau d'Eau in the background, Paris, France.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1900: Visitors to the World Exposition walking under the Eiffel Tower, with a view of the Chateau d’Eau in the background, Paris, France. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The tower was built as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair or Exposition Universelle of 1889.

Now it is a global cultural icon of France.

The construction of the iconic tower was officially completed after 2 years, 2 months, and 5 days.

Now let’s take a look at some photos of the Eiffel Tower during its construction…

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