Monthly Archives: April 2014

Singaporean Delights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the most interesting things on my visit to Singapore was the beauty of the city and of course my trust with the delightful architecture and some interesting sights that I had on my trip. The best thing about Singapore, is that you can get from Point A to Point B with complete ease. The worst thing about Singapore, is that you hate when you leave it. šŸ˜‰ Most of my trip I either took the metro, or walked across the city wherever I could go. It was so easy that I didn’t have to ask for any directions. In most cases, Google Maps did the job for me. The beauty of this city is the sparseness and the clean roads. But more than that the entire experience has a level of nostalgia that I cannot just share in mere words. The reason I decided to write this post was to remember and relive those memories that I had last year! A few delightful moments in this Photo essay of my trip to Singapore.

A colourful view of theHongbao River festivalā€¦ Part of Chinese New Year celebrations.

A colourful view of the Hongbao River festivalā€¦ Part of Chinese New Year celebrations.

A view of the Lotus shaped Arts Science centre from The Helix Bridgeā€¦

A view of the Lotus shaped Arts Science centre from The Helix Bridgeā€¦

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple - Chinatown

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple – Chinatown

Tintitn Statue at the Tintin store in Chinatown

Tintin Statue at the Tintin store in Chinatown

A view from Boat Quay

A view from Boat Quay

Chinatown during the day

Chinatown during the day

DBS Building near Marina Bay

DBS Building near Marina Bay

Five Stars Building - Pagoda

Five Stars Building – Pagoda

Fullerton Hotel Near Boat Quay

Fullerton Hotel Near Boat Quay

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Mustafa Center Near Little India

Mustafa Center Near Little India

Outside Buddha Tooth Relic Temple near Chinatown

Outside Buddha Tooth Relic Temple near Chinatown

Paper Puppets Installation at Hongbao Festival

Paper Puppets Installation at Hongbao Festival

Parliament House

Parliament House

Singapore Flyer - Beautifully lit up Ferris Wheel at night

Singapore Flyer – Beautifully lit up Ferris Wheel at night

Singapore River

Singapore River

Songs of the Sea - A must watch at Sentosa Island

Songs of the Sea – A must watch at Sentosa Island

Sunset at Siloso Beach - Sentosa

Sunset at Siloso Beach – Sentosa

The Merlion and Marina Bay Sands

The Merlion and Marina Bay Sands

 

 

Wandering off beyond reality

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“To wander off beyond the realms of reality, sometimes you just need to travel to get back to the roots of your imagination.”

Isn’t it true? Whenever you travel you make sure that you go to the places that you have dreamed of many times. When you travel, you always make it a point to find something that you don’t get in your day to day life. You find that escapade, that solitude and that beautiful far off distant places that you wondered about every single day of your life. Travel to me is beyond finding that escape, beyond just rediscovering myself or finding my soul. Sometimes I travel to just look at the beauty that is around me. Sometimes I just travel to find an interesting observation that I won’t on a day to day basis. Many a times I travel to just look at things that I don’t pay attention to if I am living my so called ‘life.’

How do you decide where you want to travel? The truth really is, you don’t decide where you travel, it decides you. Yeah, you might say that it’s a cliche, that has been fed to many a writers, artists and now people don’t accept it the way it is meant to be. Yes, many of us make our bucket lists and travel to places that you have been wishing for many years and I fall in that category too. The truth is, no matter how much you plan, how much you travel you would never get enough of it. So don’t think about it. Travel as much as you can, travel without a goal, travel without a dream. Just travel for the sake of it, if you will. Believe in the fact that you have the world to yourself and get going on the road that you have thought of in your mind!

Just wander off! Just start traveling, just start dreaming and start believing in the fact that, no matter what you do, you’ll always keep traveling at the smallest occasion you get. Believe in the fact that you can do it and you will do it! When you look at it a few years down the line Ā you’ll realize how far you have come! And that’s what I do, today. I am happy! I feel and I think I am for sure. I know I can be happier, and I know I will! Cause I have a belief that that is the only goal I have in life and I will pursue it day after day until I die! Cause I believe in what I want, and what I shall get! To travel the world till I die!

Meandering into the Island of Gods

Sometimes aĀ distant world that you think of in your mind to be one of the best places across this planet, happens to be exactly what you thought of. While many of us realize our travels and escapades bring us closer to the elements of nature and ourselves, it is hard to imagine what it would be like when you are caught away in a place that never ceases to amaze you. Well, to me, Bali was that experience. As soulful and as divine it has been made up to be, it was truly as enchanting as I thought it could be. While the beaches that stretch across the coasts of South Bali give you an experience that would seem like any other island destination, if you look at the nitty gritties of it, it brings you closer to tranquility and rediscovering yourself among the horizons of the ocean.

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Seminyak, Kuta, Bali

Ubud Paddy Field

Ubud Paddy Field

Amazing as it may see, the journey across the diversity of these islands bring you very close to different aspects of nature. Be it the humid, sunny and warm beaches in South Bali or the cold and pleasant breeze hitting your face at Lake Bratan while you take the boat across the lake peeking into the hiding sun across the huge mountains, you are always amazed by the beauty of every granule around you. At sunset if you take a look at the mesmerizing rays at Purah Tanah Lot you will re-imagine your own, a look below the steep sea waves across the mountains of Uluwatu will give you a heavy feeling that you cannot fathom simply because the beauty that you seek to reach out to is so near, yet so far. The trip in Bali gave me a beautiful experience of a land that was clean, magical, enchanting and yet, so very melancholic that you might feel that you’re in heaven but know that some places on our planet can have the beauty and the experience that you wouldn’t get on any ordinary day.

Lake Bratan

Uluwatu Temple, Lake Bratan

Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot

Uluwatu Temple, Bali

Monkey on our way to Uluwatu Temple

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Uluwatu Temple

The Hindu culture that Bali has is rich and divine and has a unique add and flip to it, be it the Barong Dance or the popular Balinese dance that the women execute beautifully with their hand movements, everything has a taste of Bali to it, pretty much like the taste of beauty that the food in Bali has. Of course while it may seem a little different from any other attributes that the culture has, it has a unique yet enticing similarity to a lot of oriental performances that it gives you a feeling of the historic Asian culture.

Ganesha

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Barong Guy

One experience for me was the Deep Sea Walking in Nusa Dua. It was the first experience of that kind for me, and while I certainly thought it would be something out of the ordinary, I didn’t imagine it to be this beautiful. It didn’t last long, but whatever few moments I had beneath I thoroughly enjoyed them. It felt as though I was out there somewhere in a different realm of space and universe, and pretty much like the Star Trek quote, “To boldly go where no man has gone before” sums it all in the right spirit. Nusa Dua beaches have to be one of the most exotic beaches and the finesse that adds to this place with the exotic resorts that this beach has, will get you to stick to the sand and stay there forever. Didn’t really stay at Nusa Dua, but if I do go there again, certainly, this place calls for a stay over for sure.

Seawalking

While one side of Bali is laden with the most beautiful beaches, the other side or the country side if I may add brings in a joy that most nature lovers seek to enjoy every day of their life. With small roads, paddy fields on both sides of the horizon and huge palm trees to engulf the rays of the sky, Ubud is a place for a quiet and peaceful encounter with your inner sanctity. If you go there during the beginning of the year, you can always rely on the raindrops with the smell of petrichor to engulf your senses and help you breathe in the soaking joy of this beautiful little town if you may. While Goa Gajah is a beautiful place to visit, when you are at Ubud and many Kopi Luwak plantations will reach out to you, one thing you would enjoy in Ubud is but of course, the cycling across the inner roads of this small and quiet country side. Although, I didn’t spend a lot of time in Ubud, I feel, if you have been to a lot of beaches across the world, Ubud is a place you need to spend more time in, when you’re in Bali!

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Goa Gajah

Statue

Lady

Without the imagination of an artist, you cannot carve or paint a picturesque memory of the island of gods or bring the joy that God’s paradise in Bali brings to you. So when you’re down there, just forget everything that you know about anything else out there in the entire world. Just let the magic seep in to you in a Ā heavenly fashion and let go! Rest I trust, the Island of Gods, Bali will do for you.

Gems of Mumbai!

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Gajanana, the gem of Dwarka Restaurant

Meet Gajanana of Dwarka Restaurant at Nagindas Master Road (Fort). Every time I’ve been here I’ve found him to be one of the most enterprising and welcoming people at that busy, hectic, always packed restaurant duringĀ lunch time. His job probably is to just offer nothing but a smile, excellent customer service, talk to the customer, not sell them on anything but pure joy!

A couple of things I noticed a few times. Unlike many other restaurants where people are just going on and about taking orders, delivering them, giving the bill and letting the customers walk away, he has a very personalized interaction with a lot of customers who come in everyday.

“Come, come, I have reserved a seat for you.” He says that with a smile to almost anyone and everyone who come in during lunch.

A true conversationalist that he is, yesterday I noticed him talking to two customers across the table:

Gajanana: “Have the Lassi! It’s the best out here.”
Customers: “Is it, really?”
Gajanana: “I’m telling you the truth, I don’t lie. The times for me to lie are gone.”

Holding his forearm ahead and pointing to his elbow and then to his palms, he measures them and says

“This much of my life is over! Now only this much is left. So I won’t lie.” And then smiles cheekily…Ā Ā The customers smile back and I do too, without him noticing that.

He hails from Murudeshwar, Karnataka and probably is also the owner of the place, pretty much like the old uncle at Britannia Restaurant! He truly spreads a lot of joy and happiness especially in a city where we need some smiles rather than the frowning, grumpy faces. Such people are gems of this city. With the busy, hectic, rat race driven rut that people live in, Mumbai needs more freshness like him!