National Scavenger Hunt Day

Scavenger Hunt began to be popular in the United States in the early 1930’s. It was the American gossip columnist, author and songwriter Elsa Maxwell who introduced the scavenger hunt as a party game. National Scavenger Hunt Day is observed annually on May 24.

In a scavenger hunt game, teams are challenged to “scavenge” for a list of odd items. Participants are not allowed to buy the objects. They have to barter, beg or work for them. The first team to complete the list or the one with the most items from the list wins.

There’s a variation of the game where players take photos of listed items or the participants are challenged to complete the tasks on the list in the most creative manner. In some scavenger hunts, riddles are added to each item making the game more difficult.

There’s also an internet and media scavenger hunts, wherein invited participants visit different websites to find clues and solve the puzzle, sometimes for a prize. It was in 1992 when the first internet scavenger hunt was developed by Rick Gates.

Actor Misha Collins currently holds the Guinness World Record for organizing GISHWHES, the world’s largest media scavenger hunt with 14,580 participants in 972 teams from 90 countries; while the town of Provo in Utah currently holds the Guinness World Record for organizing the world’s largest scavenger hunt with 2,079 participants.

Mother’s Day Celebrations Around the World

Mother’s Day is one of the most important celebrations in the world. This is the day we give honor to our mothers for all their sacrifices to the family. It’s just a week before the celebration but do you know how it started and how the world celebrates it?


Here are some quick facts about Mother’s Day:

The modern Mother’s Day celebration began in 1908. It was Anna Jarvis who initiated a campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in the United States.

Although some countries observe Mother’s Day on different dates, it is officially celebrated every second Sunday of May, worldwide by almost 50 countries.

In the Czech Republic, Mother’s Day started in 1923, Alice Masaryková was the promoter of the celebration.

In Paraguay, Mother’s Day is celebrated to honor the role played by Juana María de Lara that led to Paraguay’s independence.

In Samoa, Monday after Mother’s Day is a national holiday.

Mother’s Day celebration in Egypt was first introduced by journalist Mustafa Amin and was first celebrated in 1956.

In South Sudan, the first Mother’s Day was held in July 2, 2012.

In Sweden, the first celebration of Mother’s Day was initiated by the author Cecilia Bååth-Holmberg 1919.

In Taiwan, Mother’s Day is celebrated together with Buddha’s Birthday and Tzu Chi Day.

In the United States, Mother’s Day is one of the biggest days for sales of flowers and greeting cards and it yields the highest church attendance after Christmas Eve and Easter. Many worshippers celebrated the day with carnation, colored if the mother is still alive and white if deceased.

Mother’s Day celebration in Australia was started by Janet Heyden in 1924. Traditionally, chrysanthemum is given to “mums” for Mother’s Day.

In Belgium, children make little presents for Mom a week before Mother’s Day or Moederkesdag. Fathers typically buy croissants and other sweet breads and pastries and bring these to the mother while she’s still in bed.

In China, carnation is a very popular gift during Mother’s Day and the most sold flowers during the celebration.


Tips for a Smooth Check In and Check Out at the Airport

Airports have heightened its security over the years to ensure the safety of passengers and everyone inside the place. To avoid delays, here are some tips to make your check in and check out as smoothly as possible.

  1. Avoid packing up things that are not allowed inside the airport. You can always check for the things that are prohibited or restricted with your airline.
  2. Go to the airport ahead of time. It is better to be at the airport an hour or two earlier before the flight.
  3. If you are not navigating in your home airport, check the airport map and familiarize yourself with the locations of different facilities inside the airport.
  4. It is better to weigh your bag before check-in. Many airports have installed scales, weigh your bag to make sure they are not overweight before you reach the check-in counter.
  5. In most cases, it is better to travel with carry on baggage, but if you are travelling with items unapproved for hand carrying, check them in.
  6. Before check-in, make sure to prepare all the necessary documents. Have in hand all the items and documentation you need before you fall in line.

World Red Cross Day

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is an international humanitarian movement based in Geneva, Switzerland. It was founded to ensure respect for all human beings, to protect human life and health and to prevent and alleviate human suffering. It has approximately 97 million volunteers, members and staff worldwide nowadays.

Every May 8 of each year is the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. It is the celebration of the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and also the birthday of Henry Dunant, the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross. The first Red Cross Day was celebrated in 1948. The official name for the celebration has changed over time and it became “World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day” in 1984.

People all around the world show support for the work of around 17 million volunteers by wearing red. Also on this day, local heroes that have made invaluable contributions in life protection are being recognized. It is also celebrated through blood donations and fund raising.

This year’s theme is the same as last year’s “ Everywhere for everyone,” which reminds people anywhere on Earth, that the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is working all around the world, every hour of every day.

Show your support on social media by using #RedCrescentDay #RedCrossDay on all your posts and updates in connection with the celebration.

Fascinating Treehouses Around the World

Treehouses are structures built around, next to or among the trunk or branches of one or more mature trees while above ground level. They are every children’s dream and over the years, the concept of treehouses have changed from a kids playground to something as modern as suites and restaurants. Here are some of the world’s most fascinating treehouses:

Three-Storey Treehouse

We often see a single-storey treehouse but in Canada, they have three-storey which can be found in The Enchanted Forest in British Columbia, Canada. The treehouse is the major attraction in the place and the tallest treehouse in British columbia.

Photo credit: Go Big or Go Home Blog
Photo credit: Go Big or Go Home Blog

Minister’s Treehouse

Standing at 100 feet, this structure is said to be the tallest tree house in world. It was built entirely out of reclaimed wood by Horace Burgess in Crossville, Tennessee USA.

Photo credit: Andy Melton (Flickr)
Photo credit: Andy Melton (Flickr)

Yellow Treehouse Restaurant

This restaurant in Auckland, New Zealand, started its construction in 2009. This chrysalis-inspired treehouse is designed to be weather-resistant and is able to host up to 18 guests at a time.

Photo credit: Huh Magazine
Photo credit: Huh Magazine

Plane Treehouse (Costa Rica)

This is actually the vintage 1965 Boeing 727 which was bought by Joanne Ussary for $2,000.00. She spent $4,000.00 to move the plane and $24,000.00 to renovate and turn it into Executive Suite 727 tree house, which is located on the edge of the Manuel Antonia National Park, Costa Rica.

Treehouse for Birds and People

This modern tree house concept by Nendo is a 78-room bird apartment where human visitors get a peek into the lives of birds. This is a work of a 35-year old Japanese designer, Oki Sato and is located in Andu Momofuku Centre, Japan.

Photo credit: Nendo
Photo credit: Nendo