The Clouds Are Heavier Than the Mountain




The Hanging Bridge

It’s a 350-meter suspended walkway connecting an islet to the shore. Apparently the plan is to have a zipline as part of the attraction.


But simply crossing the bridge in the middle of the rain was daunting enough. Not to mention some parts were being repaired.


But there were brave souls ahead.

Did I cross it?


You bet!


Location of the hanging bridge is here, somewhere on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines.

The Islands of the Undesirables Across Harlem River


(Randall’s Island and Ward’s Island as seen from Upper East Side, NY.)

A set of islands, just across the Harlem River, is where New York used to send “the tired, poor, sick and criminal… to be treated (or sometimes just confined).” They came to be known as the Islands of the Undesirables.

Among these islands are Randall’s and Ward’s, which were distinct islands until the 1960’s when New York dumped its rubble to fill the gap.

Talk about a dubious history!

But today the combined island is home to a park and a stadium (where Usain Bolt broke a world record), and hosts the Governor’s Ball Music Festival. It also has the NY Fire Department training academy where various structures are built to simulate all kinds of environments fire fighters might encounter (including a subway tunnel, a helipad, and a ship).

Undesirable no more.


If the World Was Mine


If the world was mine
I’d paint it gold and green
I’d make the oceans orange for a brilliant color scheme
I would color all the mountains, make the sky forever blue

If the world was mine
I’d tell you what I’d do
I’d wrap the world in ribbons and then give it all to you
– Melody Gardot

There are times when we wish the fleeting can last forever.

Purple Eggs, Anyone?


(Purple eggs sold side by side with normal eggs in a market in the Philippines.)

They weren’t laid by some exotic bird. These are actually salted duck eggs. A popular preparation method involves dipping and curing the eggs in a mixture of clay, salt and water for two weeks.

The salted eggs are then cleaned and boiled, and sold in the market pre-cooked. They are colored purple to distinguish them from  normal raw eggs.

Traditionally consumed for breakfast, they have apparently found their way into Southeast Asian recipes and even desserts!

Not that they were wanting attention to begin with!