Gone Cruisin’

During the past couple of weeks, I’ve been busy arranging two back-to-back, spur-of-the-moment, trips to Bermuda and the Caribbean. And, thus, my temporary disappearance. The thing is we decided to move (back) to Asia by year end. So these are perhaps our last trips in North America in the foreseeable future. Just thinking about it, I miss the States already. Looking at the bright side though, there will be more adventures in Asia awaiting me.

The next couple of weeks, I’ll be swimming, snorkeling, and lounging in Bermuda, followed by cruisin’ the Caribbean sea and island hopping. It will be NY – Bermuda – NY – San Juan, Puerto Rico – St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands – Barbados – St Lucia – St Kitts – St Maarten – San Juan, Puerto Rico – NY. The internet will be exorbitantly expensive on the ship @ 55 cents a minute! So I will be offline and disappear for a big while.

Let me end this post with one of my favorite Beach Boys’ songs, Kokomo.

Bodies in the sand 
Tropical drink melting in your hand 
We’ll be falling in love 
To the rhythm of a steel drum band 
Down in Kokomo

Aruba, Jamaica ooo I wanna take ya 
To Bermuda, Bahama come on pretty mama 
Key Largo, Montego baby why don’t we go 
Down to Kokomo 
We’ll get there fast 
And then we’ll take it slow 
That’s where we wanna go 
Way down to Kokomo…


Warren County Farmers’ Fair and Balloon Festival

The 75th Warren County Farmers’ Fair in Phillipsburg, NJ, has concluded last Saturday. There were all kinds of fun-filled activities from tractor pull, demolition derby to corn eating contest.

But I admit that I was there mainly for the balloon festival.

This post also serves as my entry to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth, Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post: Splendid, as well as the new monthly challenge by Marianne, CBBH Photo Challenge: Looking Up. Now call me GREEDY!
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Weekly Image Of Life: A Lifetime Of Memories

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

A lifetime of memories begins on this day.


This is my first entry to island traveler’s Weekly Image Of Life. The theme for this week is ‘A Lifetime of Memories‘.

Mt Washington Auto Road: Not a Journey for the Faint of Heart

The highest mountain in the Northeast
The highest wind ever observed by man
The scariest road ever observed by me!

I also double this post as an entry to Jakesprinster’s Sunday Post: Road. (I know it’s already Tuesday :P)


Mt Washington Auto Road

Before you are about to enter the toll both of Mt. Washington Auto Road, the first thing you see is this warning sign.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road is a steep, narrow, mountain road without guardrails. If you have a fear of heights, you may not appreciate this driving experience. Guided tours are available.

Thought it was just a regular warning sign. Perhaps a sneaky way to threaten us and use ‘fear’ to sell guided tours which are more expensive than tolls if driving ourselves. I don’t have a fear of heights, so no problem.

We paid the fees ($25 for the car and driver, plus $8 for each additional adult) and got an audio tour on CD and a bumper sticker saying “This Car Climbed Mount Washington”.

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Charming Towns of New England: Stockbridge and Great Barrington, MA

During our recent New England camping trip, we stumbled upon these two charming New England towns by chance.

Stockbridge, MA

A charming historic town, named by the English colonists after Stockbridge in Hampshire, England. This historic Red Lion Inn was established in 1773, even before the birth of the nation.

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The Color Purple: Exotic Flowers, Royalty, Spirituality and Passion

Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

The theme for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is ‘purple‘. Purple is a very rare color in nature. The first thing that came to my mind was lavender! But then again, I’ve never been to a lavender field in bloom. So I thought I would be desperate this time and not participate this week.

Then I went through my image collection and found not one but THREE images of purple flowers! Historically and psychologically, the color purple represents royalty, nobility and spirituality. As you can see below, these exotic flowers are truly royal, noble and spiritual…

Lotus is a sacred flower in Hinduism and Buddhism, symbolizing purity and enlightenment. Whereas the ancient Egyptians associated lotus with rebirth, the Sun and creation.

(Edit: Wait…I believe this image below is not a lotus but a water lily!?)


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Wager with the Wind: a Day in Talkeetna

While chilling out with my Sunday’s creation, Bloody Sunday Sparkling Guava Nectar, I skimmed through Wager with the Wind: the Don Sheldon Story that my husband bought me and insisted that I read. It’s the story of Alaska’s legendary bush pilot, Don Sheldon, who pioneered glacier landings around Mt. McKinley and was based out of Talkeetna.

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My Virgin Sunday Bloody Sunday

Yes, it’s hot. So I searched through the fridge for something refreshing. I found lemon. (Nah, lemonade is a bit boring.) What about Goya Guava Nectar? Well, it’s too sweet. What else did I have? V8 and San Pellegrino. Now…I have to admit that I’m not a big fan of vegetable juice and sparkling mineral water.

What else did I have in order to make a nice cool drink? Creativity, I guess. By itself, I don’t fancy each of these drinks. But combined together, they make a bloody perfect summer drink for a warm Sunday afternoon. I shall call this virgin cocktail drink ‘Bloody Sunday Sparkling Guava Nectar‘.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

First of all, I have to offer my condolences to the victims of the Colorado theater massacre. My deepest sympathy go out to them and their families.

Inside the Cockpit

The theme for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is inside‘. I decided to post a couple of images ‘inside the cockpit’ as I find them interesting. Have you ever wondered what’s going on behind the cockpit when you fly? For a layman like me, I’m all CURIOUS.

Inside the cockpit of a Hawker 

On the way to Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The pilot-in-command is none other than my better half. (Hope he doesn’t kill me for posting his picture. Lol.)

Inside the cockpit of a Maldivian Air Taxi seaplane, Twin Otter

On the way to Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

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