Bhutan Diaries: Chelela Pass~ ‘ A Pass not to be missed..’

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Chelela pass is at an elevation of 13000 ft above sea level, considered to be one of the highest motorable roads in Bhutan. It’s about an hour drive from Paro, it passes through lush valleys, pine and rhododendron forest.The drive to this pass was just amazing. This place was not in our initial plan. We added it to our list just the day before we visited this place. That’s the reason why I never prefer any travel agencies, I always believe the finest exploration always lies with the individual instincts.

Chelela pass (2) One of the Highest motorable roads in Bhutan

It was so windy and Freezing. Our driver told us that 'they call chelela as A.C of Bhutan. It was so windy and Freezing. Our driver told us that ‘they call chelela as A.C of Bhutan.

It’s always exciting to remember the joy we carry, if any last minute call ends up with a fabulous surprise package. It has obviously considered being the best part of our trip.  This pass…

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Confidence is the key

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Healthy lifestyle – it’s not only psyhical health but as well mental. While it is obvious enough, that you need a good balanced diet and sport to stay healthy, it’s less obvious that you need your happiness too. In an era of media, stress and  busy life we feel often overwhelmed and less confident. It’s time to change it, and create a positive life for yourself.

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In the pursuit of happiness, confidence is the key, so let’s talk about it first.

Confidence is an attitude that is based on being cool and comfortable with who you are and what you like. ‘Confidence is walking through the world like you’re in a music video, like there’s an awesome soundtrack playing exclusively for your life’. 🙂

We all have our bad days, when we don’t like our hair and don’t like our jobs, but the key to real confidence is how we deal…

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Dots Connected

The Uncertainty Principle

A star twinkles, beautiful they see…
So far, unfathomable by thee…
Closer you go, the fire it burns…
Giving the soothing light…
While its heart and mind, ablaze in turns.

Constellations form, light years away…
Jock Tamson’s Bairn, always have a way…
Dots are spotted, among billions they say…
Sense injected, into randomness at play…
Stars connected happy and gay.

Constellation was incomplete, a star missing…
Scottish it was, humanity sipping…
Magical hands, wit at its best…
Writes she when, swells the pen’s chest…
Words shared together, the search came to rest.

Happy she was, sad she felt…
A teacher a mother, in her all the goodness dwelt…
Light she radiates, heat she suffer…
Soon the wind blows, cools the burning mother…
And with constellation complete, its time for supper.

Written for a beautiful blogger whose words never fail to impress and inspire. Thank you @scottishmomus ( I still have…

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Happy Birthday to Me!!

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Birthdays are a new start, a fresh beginning, and a time to pursue new endeavors with new goals. Move forward with confidence and courage. I’llForget the past; look forward to the future, for the best things yet to come. I want to set the world on fire with my dreams and use the flame to light my birthday candle.I am always grateful to my parents for the gift of my life, without them I might not be here posting this :p. I’m jealous of my parents because I will never have a son so cute as they have.Happy birthday to me!

Dont listen to people who tell you how to live life, live your life in your own way. ‘Life is short my dear friends try to Live as if today is your last day. It is more important to be satisfied and happy than rich and powerful.

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NJ Man Leads Fight To Feature PATH Trains Prominently On The NYC Subway Map

Should the PATH trains be better included on our subway map? Digital media strategist Stewart Mader believes they should, and he reminds us the New Jersey trains used to be incorporated—up until the Vignelli map, the PATH was prominently featured.

Subway maps in New York City have a long history of including the Hudson Waterfront and subway connections between New York and New Jersey. The 1968 map displayed the H&M tunnels (labeled “PATH Tubes”), and stations (represented with black dots) more prominently than previous maps, but did not include labels containing station names. It also included an unlabeled outline of the Hudson Waterfront. The Hudson Waterfront and PATH were excluded from the 1972 map designed by Massimo Vignelli. A small portion of the Hudson Waterfront, labeled “New Jersey” reappeared on the 1979 map, but has been absent since about 1990.

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The current subway map does make note of the PATH trains, but Mader believes they need to be better represented as a rapid-transit system, as NYC’s “second subway,” with NJ looking like a 6th borough on the other side of the Hudson. He notes in his proposal that:

It operates 24/7, provides frequent service with short headways (time between trains), accepts the same pay-per-ride MetroCard as the Subway for fare payment, and has six underground stations in Manhattan (four with direct physical connections to the New York City Subway). The current fleet of PATH train cars (PA5) are an updated version of the Subway cars (R142A) used on the 4 and 6 trains.However, PATH is represented on the Subway Map using the visual style labeled “Commuter rail service” in the map’s key: pale blue “railroad track” lines, square station markers, and small, lightweight text labels. This appears to be an incorrect application of the MTA visual style guide, and doesn’t effectively communicate to Subway riders that PATH is also a rapid-transit service.

Mader has created a rendering of the new map himself, and his website Subway NY NJ holds his entire proposal. This week he told us, “I was also careful to stay within the existing geographical boundaries of the map, as well as the style guide, so that it would be clear that this can be added without fundamentally altering the character and usability of the map. I also added a description box with info on PATH, and a disclaimer that service is not provided by MTA, but MetroCard is accepted.”

The idea is an inexpensive one, Mader claims, “it’s meant to be the kind of regional thinking and cooperation that wouldn’t cost the agencies much in terms of time or money, especially compared to capital projects.” One potential issue he notes is that the shade of blue the PATH uses is close to the Second Avenue Subway (but lol that’s never getting finished in our lifetimes). (That is a joke… depending on when you die.)

So far Mader says he’s “gotten positive reception from the Port Authority, but no on the record response from MTA yet.” Reached for comment, MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg told us the following in response:

Showing other regional services like PATH in greater detail is a good use for a regional transit map, similar to the one put together for the Super Bowl. However, our map is a subway map, and its primary purpose is to serve as a guide to the subway system. We put a lot of thought into how to reduce the visual distractions and clutter on the map—we don’t even show our own railroads in much detail—but this proposal would add to those non-subway distractions.We already show PATH where it meets the subway system, although without seeming to imply nonexistent free transfers at the Sixth Avenue stations, and making PATH more prominent would require shrinking the subway portion of the map slightly to accommodate more of the New Jersey waterfront on the same size paper.

However, the MTA does include the AirTrain to JFK on the map, which is also a Port Authority-operated service. Mader points out that “there’s a precedent on the current map to include non-MTA services that directly connect to the MTA network, which PATH does at four Manhattan stations.”