All posts tagged: new jersey


If there’s ever a clichéd metaphor for life, it must be this. That no matter how gloomy, cold or dark a day may seem, the sun is there, a constant presence, waiting for its time to shine. For there is this thing called not-quite-yet — that something ever burning, so very bright, awaits its turn in this grand design of an awe-inspiring universe. If there’s ever a clichéd metaphor for life, it must be this. But we all need a reminder sometimes. Photo taken during a winter walk in Wawayanda State Park, NJ. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area and would like a simple walk, with its hiking trails even including 20 miles of the Appalachian Trail. 

Why I Wish I Paid More Attention In Science Class

So. I didn’t know a lot about minerals (uhh, can we talk about philosophy or even graphic design instead because apparently, my geekiness does not extend to Geology nor Mineralogy). Why do fluorescent rocks change their color under UV light? Not originally part of my knowledge bank, but when my boyfriend and I went on a day trip to Sterling Hill Mine in New Jersey, I wish it was. Sterling Hill Mine, as I learned, is one of the oldest mines in the US and one of the most famous in the world. It boasts of a large concentration of zinc among a list of minerals, and is famous for fluorescent rocks even though it has closed its operations many years ago (because of, among other reasons, extremely high taxes in the area). There is also now a museum where the miners used to change and rest, and visitors are able to take guided tours of the mine. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and cordial. It was interesting to learn not only about the …

Great Falls National Historic Park

There are those places we pass by a hundred times and don’t even know the many secrets they hide. Because we always have other places to be, things to get done, no time to discover the simpler, the unassuming. Photos taken at the Great Falls National Historic Park, Paterson, NJ, a park I didn’t even know existed in Jersey. It was a truly nice spring afternoon spent discovering this park and the beautiful falls in my own backyard. The best surprise was the rainbow that formed as the sun hit the water.  I was glad to have captured it in these photos, but these would not compare to being there in person.

When Life Hands You Polar Vortex

Our old friend winter is back, and it looks like we are getting the same sub-zero temperatures we experienced last year. Having originally come from a tropical country, I love winter. The first fall of a snow flake, everything covered in white — just beautiful. It is brutally cold, but it is an opportunity to find ways to keep warm. Hug and snuggle with a loved one. Gather friends and play in the snow. Put on lots of layers and take your dog out for a walk in a park you haven’t explored before, winter views are breathtaking. Make hot chocolate and write that book you have been meaning to write, or maybe read one from the best seller list, take that much needed time for yourself. Revel in the beauty of the winter, and in the promise of spring. Photos taken when my friends and I went snow tubing in Mountain Creek, NJ

My Top 5 New Restaurant Finds of 2014

As we’re getting ready to say goodbye to 2014, it’s time yet again for countdowns — our customary way of looking back on the year that was. So, I decided to write one of my own: my list of top new restaurant finds of the year. 1. Bocuse Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America(Hyde Park, NY) For Valentine’s Day this year, my boyfriend and I decided we were going to give each other a list of things we would like to do for the year in lieu of presents. On his list was the Culinary Institute for America, which I had written about here in a prior post. I had also mentioned how we had one of the best dishes — maybe in the top 5 of our lives — the Guinea Hen at Bocuse. Later in the year, we went back for their lunch service. They had a surprisingly reasonably priced prix fixe lunch menu option, which we took advantage of. For my appetizer, I had the poached lobster with avocado and sweet …

Galbi Night

Last night I went to dinner out with my parents, and we decided we were going to try a new restaurant recommended by my mom’s coworker. Dong Bang Grill is a Korean restaurant located just about five minutes off the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey. We got there around 6:00 in the evening, it was the perfect time to go because it was just before it got busy. The ambiance was nice, you have to climb up stairs to the second floor, where the tables and other furniture are all made of dark wood. It is also interesting and a great surprise that even after the restaurants filled with people, the noise level stayed low. The wait staff were all wearing headsets — each time they take an order, they phone in the order so it’s ready for them and they can serve to the tables much faster. The food was very good. Everything was fresh, from the side dishes to the meats (the galbi was superb) and even the fish (which …

On Leaving

As we watch a place get smaller from a window of a plane, or a train, a car, we leave our old selves behind. For no matter the reason and however long — a year to study abroad, a week or two exploring cities we haven’t been, whether it’s for work, family or friends — we come back a different person. We do not know this as we watch the distance increase between what we left behind and where we are going in the beautiful, cotton candy clouds seen from the plane window, or the farmlands whizzing by a super highway. But something different, when we come back, as the same scenes will have a different meaning.