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George Bush Intercontinental airport

Dec 21, 2008 Author: bluegreen butterfly | Filed under: Travels

It was the same flight and schedule, traveling by reward and by early flight reservation, same flight route and same feeling: excitement and contentment because I was going home for a vacation. I had a good time waiting for the next flight leg from Houston. I was so glad I opted for my rolling carry on bag and placing my laptop on top, over the shoulder bag where I could put the notebook computer inside. I knew it would be very heavy on me with all my carry on items inside with all the walking and going to my designated terminal. Houston George Bush Intercontinental airport is the sixth largest airport in the world and the fourth in the United States.

Frontier trivia of the day:

By land mass, the biggest airport in the world is hosted by the oil-rich Saudi Arabia, the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, which covers some 81 square miles, larger than some cities. This airport has four terminals, yet only three have ever been used. Denver International Airport takes 53 sq. miles.

At the Taj Mahal Hotel

Dec 2, 2008 Author: bluegreen butterfly | Filed under: India, Photography, Travels

Taj Mahal Hotel

This is me in Mumbai, India with the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel on the background. This was during our second tour to the Gateway of India, with Paul the driver. It was safe and peaceful then which I am so thankful. It is just so sad that the seaborne terrorist attack not just damaged the building, but killed almost two hundred people, poor clueless and so defenseless people and tourists in a strange land. I know just how it feels, but the terror and fear on that day and the reason of the attack is beyond comprehension.

Frontier trivia of the day:

The best rooms in the superior old wing of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel cost more than £250 per night, India’s best-known and best-loved hotel in the heart of its commercial and financial capital.

At the Taj

Sep 30, 2008 Author: bluegreen butterfly | Filed under: India, Photography, Travels

A photo of us at the Taj Mahal one chilly early morning in December last year. Our tour guide took this photo. It was a wonderful experience. Isn’t it lovely?

Frontier trivia of the day:

There are calligraphies everywhere in the Taj Mahal compounds. As we enter through the gate of the Taj, there is one that says, “O Soul, thou art at rest. Return to the Lord at peace with Him, and He at peace with you.”

To the Middle East

Sep 20, 2008 Author: bluegreen butterfly | Filed under: headline, Personal

It seems that our days in India are over, whether temporary or not. We have seen what we have to see, and visited places we ought to while there, and I am privileged which I am so grateful for. Have to move on. Middle east is very exciting for me too. I have several former college classmates and fellow engineers that work there. I want to know more about its culture (music, art, dress, and cuisine) and the beauty there is to share to those who stop to appreciate, or for those who want to see everything there is.

Frontier trivia of the day:

As of 2007, oil and natural gas revenues had enabled Qatar to attain the highest per capita income in the world, followed by Luxembourg. (see note)

Elephant on the road

Sep 17, 2008 Author: bluegreen butterfly | Filed under: India, Photography, Travels

Namashtè! I just want to share these photos we took a while back. You see this man, he did not look like a beggar to me, but after all, we were strangers to the place. But our tour guide said that he collected money for the elephants, his elephants, or for the sake of the elephants, whatever it was. It was fine, we really were going for an elephant ride just for experience, which in the end, I found it so much fun. That day he had an elephant with him on the road carrying a load on its back. It was just one of those elephants we always see on the roads. What I like about this picture are his clothes and the silverware he’s carrying, and also his bag. Somehow I felt satisfied being able to capture them.

Frontier trivia of the day:

In India there are a total of 3,400 domesticated elephants owned by different groups, and 23,900 – 32,900 total elephants in the wild (eleaid.com)

Carpet weaving

Sep 4, 2008 Author: bluegreen butterfly | Filed under: Featured, India, Photography, Travels

carpet-weaving

carpet-weaving

There are many souvenirs to buy, and other products in India that they also export, and one of them are carpets. We stopped by one large store to see their products for sale. Most of that store’s displays were jewelry items, carved products and woven stuff. In one corner of the store I spotted this man weaving a carpet. It was beautiful. Such an intricate handwork, that it is so great seeing what he has woven thus far. Of course he must have very long patience.

Frontier trivia of the day:

The hand-knotted pile carpet probably originated in Central Asia. The importance of carpets in the culture of Turkmenistan is such that the national flag features a vertical red stripe near the hoist side, containing five carpet guls (designs used in producing rugs). (Wikipedia)

Children vendor

Sep 4, 2008 Author: bluegreen butterfly | Filed under: Health, India, Personal, Photography, Travels

child-vendor

This was on our way out from the Taj Mahal. Children selling souvenirs. The girl was selling a pencil. I have had a load of souvenirs that time. It was a great time. It gave me the souvenir of the Taj not just in pictures but in my mind, forever.

Frontier trivia of the day:

Poor children in India begin working at a very young and tender age. Children are often exploited and deprived of their rights in India, and until further measures are taken in the matter of tackling the problem of child labour, many Indian children will continue to live in poverty. (indianchild.com)

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