Author - Jude Abraham

I am a New Zealand ex-pat currently residing in the Middle East. I like to dabble in a bit of everything, as I am a firm believer in the phrase "variety is the spice of life". I have a professional background in digital and content marketing working in both large corporations as well as local startups. I used to be an amateur musician, and also played sports competitively at high school level. I follow most major sports with a special love for Football (Soccer). I get easily hooked into TV shows, and have a soft spot for science-fiction movies. I am always on the lookout for the coolest gadgets and gizmos because I like to keep things simple (or maybe it's because I am lazy, go figure). In my spare time I travel and collect artifacts and memorabilia from the places I visit. I am lucky to be married to the love of my life and fortunate to be a parent. My writing at TooCool2BeTrue reflects my many areas of interest.

City Life

Vietnam’s Highly Anticipated Golden Bridge Opens

We know what you’re thinking, and the answer is no – this isn’t a scene from a fantasy movie. This golden woven thread bridge held up by a colossal pair of hands overlooking the mountains is located in central Vietnam.

Nicknamed “The Hands of God”,  and nestled in the densely forested Ba Na Hills, Vietnam’s officially named Golden Bridge has attracted throngs of tourists since it opened in June this year. It seems like the purpose to design a structure to evoke the image of the giant hands of God, pulling a strip of gold out of the land was achieved when the shimmering structure, set more than 3,280 feet above sea level, was opened to the public.

The bridge is 150-meters long and passes through a picturesque mountside. It is held up by two weathered hands which although appear to be stone, are in fact made from a combination of steel mesh, concrete and covered with fiberglass.

The scenic Ba Na Hills was first established by French colonists in 1919 and is located near Danang on Vietnam’s central coast. At one point in time, it boasted some 200 villas, but only a few ruins remain today. The Hills are renown for its cobbled streets, a Fantasy Park, and a French-style village, and attracted 2.7 million visitors last year alone according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. The walkway extends over the treetops from the edge of a leafy cliff face and offers visitors uninterrupted views of the landscape beneath.

According to the BBC, plans are in the works to build an adjoining silver bride that would resemble God’s strand of hair. The area was formerly the site of an American base during the Vietnam War and is now a vacation hot spot. The unique mix of city, beach, and mountains draw many tourists to the area: China Beach for fresh seafood and good waves; Marble Mountains for exploring temples and caves; and the city itself for a burgeoning culinary scene.

The bridge is reported to have cost the Vietnamese government a titanic USD $2 billion and was designed by TA Landscape Architecture in Ho Chi Minh City.

We know what you’re thinking, and the answer is no – this isn’t a scene from a fantasy movie. This golden woven thread bridge held up by a colossal pair of hands overlooking the mountains is located in central Vietnam.
Nicknamed “The...

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The Best High School Yearbook Quotes EVER

We all remember that fateful day when we had to come up with our high school yearbook quote. Its that time in the school career where you finally have a chance to show your real self to your peers, teachers, friends and years down the line when you show your yearbook to your children! Many decide to go with profound quotes, some are bizarre, and some purely hilarious!

This list is dedicated to the best high school quotes around. Get ready to see those kids who made history with their brilliant one-liners. While some become heroes, others revel in their newfound villainy! Scroll through and see for yourself.

Click next to check them all out for yourself:

We all remember that fateful day when we had to come up with our high school yearbook quote. Its that time in the school career where you finally have a chance to show your real self to your peers, teachers, friends and years down the line when you show your...

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Hilarious Signs Found Only In Texas

Texas is so big, its people often refer to the rest of the United States as “that sketchy place outside of Texas.” Proudly known as the Lone Star State, Texas loves to immortalize its former status as an independent republic as well as its historic struggle for independence from Mexico. Bigger than many countries, it would be the 39th largest country by land mass if it were a nation.

Therefore it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Texans have their own dandy sense of humor. Possessing a culture larger than life, Texans are renown for their good old-fashioned manners and their smiles as bright as day. There’s a reason the origin of Texas’s name comes from the word “taysha”, which means “friends” in Native American Caddo.

Let’s take a look to see the most charming Texas signs ever displayed.

A Slow And Painful Death

If only all danger signs were so passive-aggressive, we would read each and every one in their entirety. If dying isn’t enough reason to put someone off, the pain which precedes it surely has to be a deterrent.

That’s One Cold Beer

Well then, hell must’ve frozen over. Why not bury your sorrows with a cold one mulling over that heartless, good for nothing, ex of yours who you’re happy to see the back of. If the beer is as the sign says, we better quit talkin’ and start drinkin’.

Hold onto your cowboy hats, there’s more:

Texas is so big, its people often refer to the rest of the United States as “that sketchy place outside of Texas.” Proudly known as the Lone Star State, Texas loves to immortalize its former status as an independent republic as well as its historic...

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Awesome & Outrageous Things You Can Only See In Dubai

Planning a vacation? If you like cities, you might pick New York. If beaches are your thing, perhaps the Caribbean is where you’ll get your tan. If you want to experience the great outdoors, you may choose the deserts of the Middle East or the wildlife of Africa. Or if it’s culture you’re after, Europe is the scene of your adventure. However, if you want a little of all of the above, Dubai is the place.

The most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, the city of Dubai is one of the seven emirates which make up the Persian Gulf nation. It is a Middle Eastern business hub and a truly global city. Once a city dependent on oil reserves, today less than 5% of its revenue comes from oil, with tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services now key components of the city’s economy.

The World Was Not Their Oyster

Before the discovery of oil, Dubai was an important port of call for trading, particularly from Iran. Until the 1930s, Dubai was known for its pearl exports. However, when the pearl trade was damaged by the Great Depression in the 1930s, as well as the invention of cultured pearls (through oyster farming), Dubai fell into a state of depression with many residents moving elsewhere.

For the next three decades, Dubai survived thanks to the patronage of its ruler Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. When oil was discovered in 1966, the city’s fortunes were set to change for the better, and Dubai would never be the same again.

A Sea Of Oil

With the discovery of oil came a sea of immigration as the city’s population grew by over 300% between 1968 and 1975. The first oil field named, “Fateh” meaning “good fortune” was a good omen for what was to come. Infrastructure development plans resulted in a construction boom like few others in history.

With the British withdrawing completely in 1968, Dubai along with Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain and Fujairah in the Act of Union to form the United Arab Emirates. The seventh emirate, Ras Al Khaimah, would join later in 1972. The city continued to grow from revenues generated from oil and trade in the following decades to what it has become today.

Discover the secrets of what gives Dubai its unique appeal:


Planning a vacation? If you like cities, you might pick New York. If beaches are your thing, perhaps the Caribbean is where you’ll get your tan. If you want to experience the great outdoors, you may choose the deserts of the Middle East or the wildlife...

interesting

Awesome & Outrageous Things You Can Only See In Dubai

Planning a vacation? If you like cities, you might pick New York. If beaches are your thing, perhaps the Caribbean is where you’ll get your tan. If you want to experience the great outdoors, you may choose the deserts of the Middle East or the wildlife of Africa. Or if it’s culture you’re after, Europe is the scene of your adventure. However, if you want a little of all of the above, Dubai is the place.

The most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, the city of Dubai is one of the seven emirates which make up the Persian Gulf nation. It is a Middle Eastern business hub and a truly global city. Once a city dependent on oil reserves, today less than 5% of its revenue comes from oil, with tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services now key components of the city’s economy.

A Sea Of Oil

With the discovery of oil came a sea of immigration as the city’s population grew by over 300% between 1968 and 1975. The first oil field named, “Fateh” meaning “good fortune” was a good omen for what was to come. Infrastructure development plans resulted in a construction boom like few others in history.

With the British withdrawing completely in 1968, Dubai along with Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain and Fujairah in the Act of Union to form the United Arab Emirates. The seventh emirate, Ras Al Khaimah, would join later in 1972. The city continued to grow from revenues generated from oil and trade in the following decades to what it has become today.

The World Was Not Their Oyster

Before the discovery of oil, Dubai was an important port of call for trading, particularly from Iran. Until the 1930s, Dubai was known for its pearl exports. However, when the pearl trade was damaged by the Great Depression in the 1930s, as well as the invention of cultured pearls (through oyster farming), Dubai fell into a state of depression with many residents moving elsewhere.

For the next three decades, Dubai survived thanks to the patronage of its ruler Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. When oil was discovered in 1966, the city’s fortunes were set to change for the better, and Dubai would never be the same again.

Discover the secrets of what gives Dubai its unique appeal:


Planning a vacation? If you like cities, you might pick New York. If beaches are your thing, perhaps the Caribbean is where you’ll get your tan. If you want to experience the great outdoors, you may choose the deserts of the Middle East or the wildlife...

interesting

Awesome & Outrageous Things You Can Only See In Dubai

Planning a vacation? If you like cities, you might pick New York. If beaches are your thing, perhaps the Caribbean is where you’ll get your tan. If you want to experience the great outdoors, you may choose the deserts of the Middle East or the wildlife of Africa. Or if it’s culture you’re after, Europe is the scene of your adventure. However, if you want a little of all of the above, Dubai is the place.

The most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, the city of Dubai is one of the seven emirates which make up the Persian Gulf nation. It is a Middle Eastern business hub and a truly global city. Once a city dependent on oil reserves, today less than 5% of its revenue comes from oil, with tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services now key components of the city’s economy.

The World Was Not Their Oyster

Before the discovery of oil, Dubai was an important port of call for trading, particularly from Iran. Until the 1930s, Dubai was known for its pearl exports. However, when the pearl trade was damaged by the Great Depression in the 1930s, as well as the invention of cultured pearls (through oyster farming), Dubai fell into a state of depression with many residents moving elsewhere.

For the next three decades, Dubai survived thanks to the patronage of its ruler Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. When oil was discovered in 1966, the city’s fortunes were set to change for the better, and Dubai would never be the same again.

A Sea Of Oil

With the discovery of oil came a sea of immigration as the city’s population grew by over 300% between 1968 and 1975. The first oil field named, “Fateh” meaning “good fortune” was a good omen for what was to come. Infrastructure development plans resulted in a construction boom like few others in history.

With the British withdrawing completely in 1968, Dubai along with Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain and Fujairah in the Act of Union to form the United Arab Emirates. The seventh emirate, Ras Al Khaimah, would join later in 1972. The city continued to grow from revenues generated from oil and trade in the following decades to what it has become today.

Discover the secrets of what gives Dubai its unique appeal:


Planning a vacation? If you like cities, you might pick New York. If beaches are your thing, perhaps the Caribbean is where you’ll get your tan. If you want to experience the great outdoors, you may choose the deserts of the Middle East or the wildlife...

interesting

Awesome & Outrageous Things You Can Only See In Dubai

Planning a vacation? If you like cities, you might pick New York. If beaches are your thing, perhaps the Caribbean is where you’ll get your tan. If you want to experience the great outdoors, you may choose the deserts of the Middle East or the wildlife of Africa. Or if it’s culture you’re after, Europe is the scene of your adventure. However, if you want a little of all of the above, Dubai is the place.

The most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, the city of Dubai is one of the seven emirates which make up the Persian Gulf nation. It is a Middle Eastern business hub and a truly global city. Once a city dependent on oil reserves, today less than 5% of its revenue comes from oil, with tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services now key components of the city’s economy.

The World Was Not Their Oyster

Before the discovery of oil, Dubai was an important port of call for trading, particularly from Iran. Until the 1930s, Dubai was known for its pearl exports. However, when the pearl trade was damaged by the Great Depression in the 1930s, as well as the invention of cultured pearls (through oyster farming), Dubai fell into a state of depression with many residents moving elsewhere.

For the next three decades, Dubai survived thanks to the patronage of its ruler Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. When oil was discovered in 1966, the city’s fortunes were set to change for the better, and Dubai would never be the same again.

A Sea Of Oil

With the discovery of oil came a sea of immigration as the city’s population grew by over 300% between 1968 and 1975. The first oil field named, “Fateh” meaning “good fortune” was a good omen for what was to come. Infrastructure development plans resulted in a construction boom like few others in history.

With the British withdrawing completely in 1968, Dubai along with Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain and Fujairah in the Act of Union to form the United Arab Emirates. The seventh emirate, Ras Al Khaimah, would join later in 1972. The city continued to grow from revenues generated from oil and trade in the following decades to what it has become today.

Discover the secrets of what gives Dubai its unique appeal:


Planning a vacation? If you like cities, you might pick New York. If beaches are your thing, perhaps the Caribbean is where you’ll get your tan. If you want to experience the great outdoors, you may choose the deserts of the Middle East or the wildlife...

interesting

Awesome & Outrageous Things You Can Only See In Dubai

Planning a vacation? If you like cities, you might pick New York. If beaches are your thing, perhaps the Caribbean is where you’ll get your tan. If you want to experience the great outdoors, you may choose the deserts of the Middle East or the wildlife of Africa. Or if it’s culture you’re after, Europe is the scene of your adventure. However, if you want a little of all of the above, Dubai is the place.

The most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, the city of Dubai is one of the seven emirates which make up the Persian Gulf nation. It is a Middle Eastern business hub and a truly global city. Once a city dependent on oil reserves, today less than 5% of its revenue comes from oil, with tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services now key components of the city’s economy.

A Sea Of Oil

With the discovery of oil came a sea of immigration as the city’s population grew by over 300% between 1968 and 1975. The first oil field named, “Fateh” meaning “good fortune” was a good omen for what was to come. Infrastructure development plans resulted in a construction boom like few others in history.

With the British withdrawing completely in 1968, Dubai along with Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain and Fujairah in the Act of Union to form the United Arab Emirates. The seventh emirate, Ras Al Khaimah, would join later in 1972. The city continued to grow from revenues generated from oil and trade in the following decades to what it has become today.

The World Was Not Their Oyster

Before the discovery of oil, Dubai was an important port of call for trading, particularly from Iran. Until the 1930s, Dubai was known for its pearl exports. However, when the pearl trade was damaged by the Great Depression in the 1930s, as well as the invention of cultured pearls (through oyster farming), Dubai fell into a state of depression with many residents moving elsewhere.

For the next three decades, Dubai survived thanks to the patronage of its ruler Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. When oil was discovered in 1966, the city’s fortunes were set to change for the better, and Dubai would never be the same again.

Discover the secrets of what gives Dubai its unique appeal:


Planning a vacation? If you like cities, you might pick New York. If beaches are your thing, perhaps the Caribbean is where you’ll get your tan. If you want to experience the great outdoors, you may choose the deserts of the Middle East or the wildlife...

editorial

Awesome & Outrageous Things You Can Only See In Dubai

Planning a vacation? If you like cities, you might pick New York. If beaches are your thing, perhaps the Caribbean is where you’ll get your tan. If you want to experience the great outdoors, you may choose the deserts of the Middle East or the wildlife of Africa. Or if it’s culture you’re after, Europe is the scene of your adventure. However, if you want a little of all of the above, Dubai is the place.

The most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, the city of Dubai is one of the seven emirates which make up the Persian Gulf nation. It is a Middle Eastern business hub and a truly global city. Once a city dependent on oil reserves, today less than 5% of its revenue comes from oil, with tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services now key components of the city’s economy.

The World Was Not Their Oyster

Before the discovery of oil, Dubai was an important port of call for trading, particularly from Iran. Until the 1930s, Dubai was known for its pearl exports. However, when the pearl trade was damaged by the Great Depression in the 1930s, as well as the invention of cultured pearls (through oyster farming), Dubai fell into a state of depression with many residents moving elsewhere.

For the next three decades, Dubai survived thanks to the patronage of its ruler Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. When oil was discovered in 1966, the city’s fortunes were set to change for the better, and Dubai would never be the same again.

Discover the secrets of what gives Dubai its unique appeal:

Planning a vacation? If you like cities, you might pick New York. If beaches are your thing, perhaps the Caribbean is where you’ll get your tan. If you want to experience the great outdoors, you may choose the deserts of the Middle East or the wildlife...

Celebs

How Is LeBron James Single-handedly Reshaping The NBA?

In case you’ve been living under a rock lately, arguably the biggest news in NBA history broke out earlier this week: LeBron James is moving to the Los Angeles Lakers! This came as a huge shock to everyone, with even the most well-connected of sports journalists being taken by complete surprise.

Eight years ago James, then also with the Cleveland Cavaliers, made the bold decision to join Dwayne Wade’s Miami Heat project. At the time, James was vilified by Cleveland fans who went so far as to burn his jersey. Then NBA commissioner, David Stern, lambasted James calling the move “ill-conceived”. Even Michael Jordan mocked James saying he would never join a rival but try to beat them. James spent four seasons in a Heat team which also featured Chris Bosh. This all-conquering triumvirate of James, Wade, and Bosh reached four finals, winning two NBA championships during what was considered a successful stint. James certainly delivered on his promise to, “take my talents to South Beach“.

Eight years later, James leaves Cleveland once again, this time spending four seasons with his hometown team. In this time, the “super-team” phenomenon has caught on among both the minds of players and franchise owners. Golden State Warriors’ signing of Kevin Durant in recent times being the most noteworthy example. Over the course of time, the public has, by and large, come to accept players as the key cog which keeps the NBA machine spinning. Power has shifted from franchise owners to individual players.

This time around, James leaves a sinking ship having given his all to a team he carried to four consecutive NBA finals. Incredibly, James has featured in eight NBA finals in a row now, of which he has won three – two with Miami in four years, and one with Cleveland in four years. Thus, his thirst for success seems understandable given his poor return with Cleveland. Few would argue that it was him who carried Cleveland during his eleven cumulative years with the team. Yet he still kept his promise of delivering an NBA championship to Cleveland’s owner, Dan Gilbert, upon his return and this time leaves a hero.

The Lakers have reportedly signed James for four years. In fact, it is understood James even took a pay-cut to join Los Angeles despite having a better offer on the table from the Cavaliers. It is a well-known fact the Lakers are nowhere near the force they were a decade ago when were led by Kobe Bryant to three consecutive NBA finals, winning two. With many top-level players entering free agency this year, it might be the perfect time to re-build a Lakers super team.

The signing of Shaquille O’Neil by the Lakers in the late 90s changed the rules of the playing field for the better part of a half-decade. This time around, it seems the ramifications of James’ trade will redefine the NBA landscape and arguably re-shape it into a similar model to that of European Soccer’s richest clubs.

It took the legendary Laker, Magic Johnson, to convince James to join Los Angeles. Now it seems, it is James’ turn to deliver and correct his own finals record. This may be his final chance to settle once and for all who is the greatest of them all: Jordan, Bryant, or himself.

No matter which way you look at it, LeBron James is single-handedly taking the NBA into an era of unbridled player power, yet it is still the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy which remains the litmus test for determining the greatest players of all time.

Can James win three championships with the Lakers and beat Bryant’s overall record, or will he be gunning for four more championships and eclipse Jordan himself? Let’s wait and see.

In case you’ve been living under a rock lately, arguably the biggest news in NBA history broke out earlier this week: LeBron James is moving to the Los Angeles Lakers! This came as a huge shock to everyone, with even the most well-connected of sports...

Galleries

Unedited Photos of the Wild Wild West You Need To See

Straddle up, we’re in for a bumpy ride through the wild west – one of the most exciting times to be alive in all of history. It was a time of unbridled possibility, with all kinds of opportunities presenting themselves.

Many a journeyman moved to the new American frontier seeking a better life, with some ending up on the wrong side of the law to make themselves a living. Life sure was an adventure for these folks!

The Famous Leavitt Saloon

Bob’s Saloon was a popular establishment in the early 1900s for the inhabitants of Jordan, Montana. This 1904 photo by L.A. Huffman shows a group of cowboys relaxing in front of the old saloon. Robert Leavitt, the saloon’s owner, happened to be a cowboy himself and was among the first residents to settle in Jordan.

The old west saloons offered patrons all types of entertainment such as dancing girls, card games, dice games, and even bowling. Many saloons employed piano players and put on theatrical skits to entertain customers.

Buckle up and keep on reading to learn more:

Straddle up, we’re in for a bumpy ride through the wild west – one of the most exciting times to be alive in all of history. It was a time of unbridled possibility, with all kinds of opportunities presenting themselves.
Many a journeyman moved to...

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The World’s Most Unusual Prisons

Nobody wants to end up in prison. Being locked behind bars is the worst punishment imaginable for many people. To be far away from everyone and everything they hold dear is in itself punishment enough, however, life in some prisons around the world adds insult to injury and becomes the stuff of nightmares. In saying that, some places are surprisingly much more bearable than others. In fact, in some cases, the conditions are actually more comfortable than some houses!

This list offers a peek into what life is like in different prisons around the world, from the very worst to the not so bad. Get set to witness more than a few surprises.

Neve Tirza, Israel

Neve Tirza is Israel’s only women’s prison. Conjugal visits, three-day-long absences and vacation programs for eligible prisoners are available. The prison is equipped with a petting zoo, a meditation room, and glow-in-the-dark fish tanks!

Runaways On The Runway?

In 2014, Israel’s Neve Tirza prison made international headlines when it hosted a fashion show. The show included gowns, hairdressers, intricate make-up and a runway. The prison can currently house up to 226 prisoners. Seeing as Israel has one of the lowest recidivism rates in the world, it seems like it’ll do.

Got a warrant? There are more cells to search…


Nobody wants to end up in prison. Being locked behind bars is the worst punishment imaginable for many people. To be far away from everyone and everything they hold dear is in itself punishment enough, however, life in some prisons around the world adds...