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Hot Springs, AR: Hot Springs National Park

Before the 45th President decided to upgrade Jefferson National Expansion Memorial into the Gateway Arch National Park, Hot Springs National Park was always the black sheep among the all-stars in the United States National Parks. Due to the history and the way land were acquired for preservation in the United States, the wild and scenic […]

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Oak Ridge, TN: The Manhattan Project National Historical Park

“I have become death, the destroyer of worlds.” Unlike most units in the National Parks, the Manhattan Project encompasses three sites in collaboration with the Department of Energy. The unit that I am at is the one in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the other two are far across the country – Hanford, Washington and Los Alamos, […]

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Greenville, TN: Andrew Johnson National Historical Site

Lincoln has been well regarded as one of the best president the United States have ever gotten. He managed to see the union through the U.S. civil war, and emancipated all enslaved people in the Confederate states. The second term of his presidency would have been focus to bring the country back, hopefully stronger, during […]

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George Washington National Forest: Crabtree Falls

George Washington National Forest is less popular than the nearby Shenandoah National Park, but still as stunning. The famous Blue Ridge Parkway runs directly through the mountain ridge, but I opted to drive down I-81 because it is much faster. As a result, I have to climb and descend over the mountain to get to […]

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MYS: Sungai Lembing

Around the World, Day 8/80 Tin was the original aluminum. For a long time, disposable metallic things were made from tin, because purifying aluminum was expensive and tin is resistant to corrosion. As a result, everyday items that we still use today, such as tin cans and tin foils, were named after tin. In the […]

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MYS: Kangkar Bahru (新港)

Around the World, Day 4/80 Even though Malaysia is a melting pot of mixed cultures, you wouldn’t be able to tell from the names of places. Most cities and towns have Malay names, as many of these places were first settled as Malay villages. (There were controversial name changes in some places and streets, but […]

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Mulu, MYS – Gunung Mulu National Park, Part I

To get to Mulu, one almost certainly has to get to Miri. On a whole, the state of Sarawak is sparsely populated and too big to get to places by car. Mulu is one of probably thousands of small villages scattered across the state that is barely connected to the outside world by road. For […]

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Chicago: Gene and Jude’s

  The nam e, Gene and Jude’s, gave me the impression of an upscale, bygone restaurant. It would have been dingy, and the waitstaff, impatient and arrogant. Steaks would be served on a silver platter. That’s why I am completely blindsided to learn that they are known for their hot dogs. Even with that information, […]