The Himalayas from 20,000 ft.

The aerial cinema experts at Teton Gravity Research release the first ultra HD footage of the Himalayas shot from above 20,000 ft. with the GSS C520 system, the most advanced gyro-stabilized camera system in the world. Filmed from a helicopter with a crew flying from Kathmandu at 4,600 ft. up to 24,000 ft. on supplemental oxygen, these are some of the most stable, crisp, clear aerial shots of these mountains ever released, which include Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse.

Enthralled by the Adventure Around Manaslu

I was so much enthralled by the adventure that this one heartwarming video that I just wanted to go back home and live a simple life that does not demand driving on the freeway.  The video shows the trail around Manaslu mountain (8163m) in Nepal.

John Eldredge on Betrayal

Everyone has been betrayed by someone, some more profoundly than others. Betrayal is a violation that strikes at the core of our being; to make ourselves vulnerable and entrust our well-being to another, only to be harmed by those on whom our hopes were set is among the worst pain of the human experience. Sometimes the way God treats us feels like betrayal.

John Eldredge,  The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God

“New Year’s Song” by Over the Rhine

Folks back home are 10h 45m ahead of our time here in Michigan. As they wake up, it’s New Year 2015 for them. Some must already be wasting in liquor and making resolutions for new year. Anyway, I want to dedicate this song to my family and friends on the eve of year 2014 and new year 2015. Enjoy one of my wife’ favorite bands and now mine too, Over the Rhine.

“Here’s a little New Year’s song
Don’t worry it won’t take too long
Just a bit of New Year’s cheer
To say I’m glad you’re here

Little leftover Christmas tree
Just big enough for you and me
With just a single strand of lights
To tease the stars outside

And we thought perhaps we’d see some friends
But as the old year slowly ends
The dogs are dreaming in their beds
We might stay home instead

Here’s a little New Year’s song
Don’t worry it won’t take too long
Just a quiet New Year’s eve
There’s somethin’ up your sleeve

And I might gently take your wrist
Read your body like a Christmas list
The first night that the New Year brings
I wouldn’t wanna miss a thing

Let’s stay home and play old records
Our future’s bright our past is checkered
What do you say we lift a glass

Toast the ghost of another year past
Just a little New Year’s song
Happy New Year everyone
It came upon a midnight clear
Another brand new year

New mercy comes with every morning
The unexpected with no warning
For loved ones who’ve gone on before
Sing me Auld Lang Syne

New mercy comes with every morning
The unexpected with no warning
Let the dear ones you love know
You’ll miss them when you go”

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 28 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Spaghetti Turned to Spiceghetti

This is, by no means, a recipe. I had spaghetti for lunch but didn’t like it as the sauce was too sweet for me. I wanted to modify it by adding little bit of “this” and “that”. This is what it turned out when I was done with it.

1) Made spaghetti with Ragu sauce but didn’t like the taste, 2) Sauteed in wok oil and added sesame seed oil, teriyaki sauce and soy sauce; still didn’t like it, 3) Now sprinkled coriander powder, cumin power, added garlic paste, a drop of lemon juice and fried with Sriracha hot chili sauce, 4) Taste? Guess what?

Tada! 😂👍

Not-So-Cool Teacher Gives me Goosebumps

This story is quite inspiring to me. When I saw this teacher doing something incredible like this for his students for decades, the urge to become a teacher like him almost completely took over me. I have been telling people who ask me what I want to do after seminary that I want to be a teacher – a teaching pastor. A Bible Teacher.

This video shows a dedication of a high school teacher Bruce Farrer, and his impact on his former students to whom he asked to write letters to their future selves for decades as an assignment. If you add all the hours he put on them to store and organize them, that is very unbelievable. It requires a maximum dedication and commitment to the cause. Anyway, he tracks down his former students after twenty years and mails their letters to their current address. The students in the video testify more than I can write here how much their lives were impacted by this not-so-cool teacher back then. Watch and enjoy and do not forget to appreciate your teachers who have walked with you an extra mile to make you what you are today.

Passengers Roping For But What?

Have you every had a car or bus ride where you had to get down and push it to pull aside or jumpstart? Well, I’ve had one of those experience in the past where we were told to get off the bus and push it to start the engine that suddenly turned off on its own. You stay behind the bus or car in a push-up position, hold your breath, and push the vehicle with all your might just like the picture below;)

Bus stuck in Bajura road

Continue reading Passengers Roping For But What?

Elephant’s Skull

On the second day of our trip, we went to see the elephant breeding place in Sauraha, Chitawan National Park. Ticket counter has an adjacent room that is used as one-room museum that displays the big skull of a dead elephant. Four walls of the room is covered with valuable information on elephant’s life-cycle, its inhabitant, health issues and challenges to rear them etc. etc. I captured the skull from four sides for my blog readers.


Male Elephant Has Long Tusks


Our tour guide told us that only male elephants have two long tusks. Females have short ones under their trunk. We saw more than half a dozen elephants (male and female) tied their front legs with metal chain under the tall sheds. Behind them in the open space was their dry poop piled up. Staffs of the park set fire on the heaps of dung to burn them.

…where East meets West


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