Tuesday, January 27, 2009

HOLIDAY MOOD WITH MALAYSIAKINI: travel pictures of the week.

Who says January is about battening down the hatches and dodging the credit crunch? If your wanderlust has taken you no further than the corner shop this week, then fret not. Your favourite holiday website has shaken the photography tree and found plenty of spectacular images to rouse you from your slumber. Enjoy.

[dont forget to look at petronas tower]

Korean soldiers perform 'the crab'

Pyeongchang, South Korea
Who needs weapons when you have a fleet of scuttling soldiers? Here, South Korea's Special Warfare Command are captured mimicking crabs as part of their annual severe winter season drill, designed to improve their combat abilities in cold weather.

A girl emerges from icy waters as part of Epiphany celebrations in Rostov Veliky, Russia

Rostov Veliky, Russia
Suddenly, making crazy crustacean shapes in the snow doesn't seem so mad. For an utterly chilly idea, look to the historic town of Rostov Veliky, 124 miles from Moscow. On January 19, townsfolk take to the waters as part of traditional Epiphany celebrations. This poor mite may be smiling but the chances are she was grinning when she dived into these icy waters and her face has just frozen that way.

A woman in Jakarta tends to a tangerine tree

Jakarta, Indonesia
Tangerine dreams are being harvested in Jakarta this week. The fruit trees, imported from China, are only available for purchase once a year - in time to celebrate Chinese New Year. Get 'em while they're orange.

Kuala Lumpur skyline at sunset

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur shows it can rival Manhattan when it comes to awe-inspiring skylines. The image above shows the sun setting on the Petronas Twin Towers and the Kuala Lumpur Tower (to the left of the picture).

Beached whales on seashore

Tasmania, Australia
Tragedy struck on the Australian island state of Tasmania this week, when part of a pod of sperm whales became beached on the shores of Perkins Island. Only two of the whales survived after rescuers' efforts were hampered by high tides.

Waves crash against a lighthouse in San Esteban de Pravia, Spain

San Esteban de Pravia, Northern Spain
Kagools at the ready! This tiny Spanish fishing village became a storm seekers' nirvana last week when the sea swelled and crashed almighty waves against the lighthouse and shoreline.

An Ice shelf off the Antarctic Peninsula

The Wilkins Ice Shelf, Antarctica
Antarctica serves up yet another potent advertisement for saving the planet. You can almost hear the ice cracking in this image as The Wilkins Ice Shelf, just off the Antarctic Peninsula, is photographed breaking up. The latest victim of global warming, this huge shelf is on the brink of total collapse and is now relying on a fragile sliver of ice to hold it in place. Recycle, recycle, recycle TravelMailers...

Guests dine while beneath a crane as part of 'Dinner in the sky' in Santiago, Chile

Vina del Mar city, Chile
The mile-high club is so passé, dahling! Our friends in Chile have brought a whole new meaning to the idea of a 'table with a view' by dangling thrill-seeking diners from a crane to ensure their three-courses come complete with helpings of 360° panoramic views. 'Dinner in the Sky' is hosted at a table that accommodates 22 people and is suspended at a height of 50 metres above the shore. Beach-goers below have been warned to watch out for flying profiteroles.

View of the presidential Inauguration crowd from above

Washington, America
It may look like an army of ants surrounding a giant upturned tack but it's actually just a different take on Washington's National Mall during this week's presidential inauguration ceremony. This isn't the handiwork of a desperate pap dangling himself from a helicopter in search of an exclusive either. Instead, it comes courtesy of clever satellite photographer GeoEye.

A sand scultpute of Barack Obama in a beach in India

Puri, India
Over in India, the arrival of America's 44th President has been commemorated (albeit temporarily) in sand. Sculptor and artist Sudarshan Pattnaik chose a beach in Puri, 41 miles from Bhubaneswar to build this all American shrine. Let's hope President Obama isn't a wash-out.

[refer: Travel pictures of the week Daily Mail, UK ]