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10 Beautiful Bridges around the World

Bridges truly are a feat of engineering and human innovation. We have been constructing bridges as a means of getting from one place to another, over any number of obstacles, for many decades now. From the humble log positioned over a stream, to the grandiose welding, steelwork and mighty cranes involved in today’s bridges, there is no doubt that humans just wouldn’t be where we are today without them.

Literally. There are so many beautiful bridges in this world that it is hard to narrow it down to the ultimate crème de la crème. However, there are some bridges that stand out as the most elite, the most impressive structures: the most beautiful bridges in the world.

Australia

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Image (cc) JJ Harrison/Wikimedia Commons

To begin, let’s look at our very own Sydney Harbour Bridge. Any tourist would be able to recognise it as it is one of our most photographed landmarks, and rightly so. It is the world’s largest steel arch bridge and took eight years to build, first opening in March 1932. Incredibly, because steel contracts or expands depending on what temperature it is, the bridge is not completely stationary and can rise or fall up to 18cm!

Bosnia

Stari Most

Image (cc) BáthoryPéter/Wikimedia Commons

Stari Most (“The Old Bridge”) is located in the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Hersegovina. This bridge stood for 427 years before it was destroyed in 1993 during the Bosnian War. It was then rebuilt after it’s destruction and reopened in 2004. This construction’s resilience and deep history makes it a truly remarkable object of study. In the Iranian city of Isfahan, Si-o-se Pol, or ‘The Bridge of 33 Arches’, stands grandly at 295 metres long and 13.75 metres wide. It is solely constructed from humble sticks and stones, and was commissioned in 1602 by Shah Abbas I, making it yet another bridge that is rich with historical significance.

Japan

Akashi Bridge

Image (cc) Kim Rötzel/Wikimedia Commons

Spanning mightily across the Akashi Strait in Japan, the Akashi-Kaikyo bridge took almost 12 years to build. Also known as the Pearl Bridge, it is the longest suspension bridge in the world, stretching across the Strait and connecting Kobe on Japanese mainland to Iwaya on Awayi Island.

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Keeping the family safe

A couple of days ago our family went to the nearest mall to cool down. Summer is at it’s peak and it gets so hot in the house even with all of our windows open. Electricity is super expensive and as much as we want to turn on the fan in full blast, it’s just too wasteful in my opinion. So we went to the mall to have Una’s photo taken because she needs ID pictures for her enrollment and then we ate lunch. After lunch, we usually hang out in the used book section in the mall, it’s just a few shelves located in one of the mall’s alley.

While Una and I were reading a book hubby told us that there were armed men surrounding the money changer, just a few meters away from where we are reading. I immediately hauled Una and went through the arcade so we can cross to the other alley and avoid being trapped in the commotion. From that alley, we can still see what is happening in the money changer. There are SWATS surrounding the place, the people are panicking and Una is starting to feel the tension based on the people’s reaction. I don’t know who the heck said it but someone said they heard a gun shot so we immediately went into a store and asked the ladies if we can hide behind their counters. They had no idea of what was going on and when they saw their neighboring shops closing their steel gates, they closed their gates too. While we were hiding under the desk, Una started whimpering, saying that she’s scared and wants to go home and see her Mama (Lola or grandmother). Hubby called the house to let them know what was going on and that we are safe and we will try to get out of if we can. After a while, we saw a lot of people heading to the direction of the exit. Thinking that it’s safe enough, we opened the store’s steel gate and we ran to the nearest exit.

We were safe, finally but we’re still trapped in the mall premises. We saw that there’s a congested traffic in the main route going out of the mall. While we were hiding I told her that it was just a drill, a pretend thing that we do so that we’ll be prepared if something bad happens. I don’t think she understood what was going on. We saw a lot of kids bigger than her that were crying on the floor because they were so scared. I tried to distract Una and let her play in my mobile phone but her hands were still shaking. We had to leave the car in the parking lot and brought Una home. Just to assure that everything is okay and that we’re safe.

When she saw her Mama, she finally cried. Mama assured her that everything as fine and that it was just drill. After a while she calmed down and asked if she can watch the TV.

The whole was exhausting but that didn’t end there. We know someone who are still trapped inside the mall because they were no longer letting people out. I browse the news feed and saw this Twitter update from a radio news station.

After 30 minutes, I saw another update from the reporter:

Are you kidding me?

I’m so grateful that we are safe and that there were never really an armed robbery in the mall. But the trauma that it caused my daughter witnessing that? Unbelievable. The police went to the wrong branch of Western Union. What a careless mistake is that?

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Staying home for the summer

It may be spring in some parts of the planet but boy do I feel the heat of summer this month. As much as I want to spend the days away from home, we didn’t have any planned vacation for this month. Yup, we’re staying home for the summer. :(

We didn’t feel like going away for Easter holiday. We know most of the families are in vacation places during Holy Week. For me it’s not really a holiday if it’s crowded. I prefer to soak under the sun in peace, thank you very much. Earlier this month, Hubby’s cousin set up a little pool party beside their house. By little, I mean it’s only meant for little kids because they were using an inflatable pool. Una had fun though so it’s all good.

Sigh. I miss the beach.

It’s just so hot, even the water from the tap is warm. I can only sit around and read, which is pretty much what I can do these days. Also clean the pad so I have more excuse to get wet. And exercise so I can add another shower in my daily activities. With all the reading I’ve been doing, I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to finish all of the books in my to-read list. I’ve been reading a lot, especially while waiting for Una to finish her Kumon class. Or just staying still in front of the fan and listen to relaxing music.

April is almost over but we still have a lot of things to do. There is DK’s IT certification (LOL forgot the name of the exam that he’ll be taking) and processing of Una’s enrollment to her new (big) school. We decided to move her to a closer school even if it’s more expensive and the classes starts ridiculously at 7am. She’ll be in Kindergarten and got really excited when she saw the playground in her new school. She also likes the garden area. Though I have some reservations when the registrar confirmed first if DK and I were married. I know it’s a Catholic school but do they have to discriminate kids that way?

Anyway, aside from being lazy and starving for water, (LOL not really starving though) we feel that it’s also the right time to catch up on healthy food. We’ve been devouring a lot of fruits these days, especially those that has been chilled for quite some time. Also mom-in-law prepares Halo-Halo on a daily basis. Good luck beach body haha!

halo-halo

What are your plans for the summer?

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