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I Dream of...Malaysia

Monday, March 24, 2014 28 Comments

To know Malaysia is to love Malaysia and to love Malaysia is to know Malaysia.

The Spellbinding. awe-inspiring Malaysia- Truly Asia!

Spellbound? Well that's exactly what #Malaysia and #TourismMalaysia aims to. It aims to "Spell bound" each and every eye that visits this beautiful country, each and every heart that skips a beat for this beautiful place, each and every human being who steps in this glorious, bubbling geography of bustling diversity, towering skyscrappers, rugged mountains, gastronomical paradise. cool highland hideways, sandy beaches and rich culture. Yes, it aims to spellbound and successfully achieve the same. Do not believe me? Here's few picture, help yourself :)



Beautiful, diverse Malaysia - Picture Courtesy: http://www.tourism.gov.my/

If the pictures did not suffice, here's few names that you would like to search about-


Langkawi Island        Kedah      Gunung Mulu National Park

                                  Sarawak               Penang


Looks like, I have managed to win your attention to the beautiful country of Malaysia and it's rich natural, cultural and geographical diversity. Well I dunno about yours but here I am, with dreams in my heart and hopes in my eyes, sooo much looking forward to take a trip to Malaysia- Truly Asia!

So when Team Blogadda, in association with Tourism Malayasia, asked me to write about 5 things that I want to experience in Malaysia, I couldn't help but start dreaming again. Yes, I had never got that opportunity to travel outside India and my last vacation was in year 1999 December are not just the only reason that the secret tourist and nature lover in me was enticed to dream again, it was also "Destination Malaysia" That gave wings to my dreams. I quickly visited their website [please excuse my ignorance as I have only heard about beautiful travelogues n destination abroad but never got chance to actually travel] and made a list of top 5 things that I want to live [yes], experience in Malaysia- the Truly Asia.

Here's my top 5 wishlist while travelling to a beautiful, paradise like country- Malaysia. Well they say- talking is cheap, so let me use pictures [including mine with bags packed] to take you along on the fabulous experience I dream of-

1) Experience Beauty of Nature at "Langkawi, Kedah"

This highly popular tourist spot island is a world Geopark by UNESCO. It has astounding geological heritage. which dates back to more than 500 mn years ago. Whoa! That is truly awe-inspiring! I want to reach there by water and sky and relish in the nature and it's grandeur.


2) Experience thrill and Entertainment at "Genting Highlands, Pehang"

After island, comes the highlands. I cannot tell you how much I have heard of Genting highlands and being an adventure freak, how much I would love to visit there. I have learnt that Outdoor Theme park is temporarily closed and is under renovation for paving way for world's first 20th century fox theme park. However, other attractions are open and would be a delight to experience.


3) Experience "Underwater" and it's marvel at "Sipadan Island, Sabah"

There is a sea of things that I can do in Malaysia, in those sea of things, one of my favorite is going deep down the sea, under the sea :) Here's more-



4) Experience Heritage & Gastronomical delight at "George Town, Penang"

You can visit as many places as you want to. However, no trip is complete without visiting the ancient and historical side of the place. With me it is imperative to know the place, it's culture and heritage as much as to know it's geography, area of interest and places to see. In my list of 5 things that I want to experience- next comes- The heritage. Hence George Town. 


4) Experience Majestic at "Petronas Twin Tower- Kuala Lumpur"

If you have gone to Malaysia and not seen "Twin Towers" than trust me my friend, you have not seen anything. Majestic, giant, Augustic structure of Petronas Twin tower is a living proof of grandeur and splendor at Malaysia.



Well that was the five things that I want to experience at Malaysia- truly Asia.

The Soul of Asia
Fusion of Diversity and colors
land & sky with jest of life
It is- Malaysia

Sandy beaches and colored watered
Cheering spirits, smiles and laughter
It is a true land of Fantasia
It is- Malaysia

Of fun, events that engage
cultural richness and heritage
Gourmand delight & Grandiose of Asia
It is- Malaysia


I have given my best and now hoping that my dream of travelling there gets fulfilled soon. Hope Tourism Malaysia you are listening :)

So, what are you waiting for? If you have travel in mind and confused about the location, let me suggest, give your worry to rest and count on Malaysia to give you that truly enriching experience and world tourism. Take the flight of fancy to next level and book your tickets- NOW!!

Hurry the world is waiting for you!

Fly to Malaysia- Today and experience the difference.
Bon Voyage!
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Oooh! What's that Smell Boss?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 5 Comments

Imagine, a day when you in all your fine spirits, good mood and a raring to go and live that brand new day. You get up and get going..the shower way off course! You take an indulging hot water aromatic bath in your heavily invested Jacuzzi with that exotic bath salt, mineral loofah and dash of UD Cologne in your bath water. Post it, you prep yourself with a fine towel and step out of shower feeling fresh and energetic. Ah! That Shower gel smells just too good.

Your penchant for refreshing fragrances doesn't stop there. While you dress up, you douse yourself left, right and center with your favorite body mist and wear your crisp cotton, well ironed cloths and venture out of your room in happy jolly mood. Its then you encounter a foul, sweaty, stinky smell greeting your nostrils and sending it to the moons of a wicked place somewhere deep down in the deepest Burroughs of the earth. #WhatsThatSmellBoss you think. It is your younger brother and his "legendary socks" that is smelling threadbare, right up from it's stinky linen- tip to Toe. Aaargh! You squeeze your nose up in disapproval and rush through the main door to escape.

Bang you cross the door and on the street to catch a vehicle to reach your office. You seem to have missed your office bus and next best option is a public transport. Auto, Auto..hey Bhaiyaa...stop...all in vain. It is then you realize that you get to catch a bus. Ok fine. You take hurried steps to the nearby bus stop, only to be greeted by a strong stinky smell of myriad hues and blues. Pop goes your eyes widened and nose closed to combat the smell. #WhatsThatSmellBoss you think! A look around and it is that over loaded garbage bin that it littered with all kinds of waste, unattended. Damn rain makes it much worse. A look around, to see if the road is cleaner on the other side [grass may not be greener] but your gaze is stopped by the road divider that proudly displayed all the garbage thrown by locals. Damn these locals, why do they have to dispose their waste on road and not in dust bin. A look at dustbin and areas around makes you withdraw your own question and with bated breath, you wait for your bus to come.

Honk, honk! you have your moment of great relief when you see your bus coming. The crowd in it is little too much to handle and quite discouraging but you never know when next bus will come and how better that would be? Sigh. Suddenly an army of boarders come from no where and ensure that your boarding the bus is no lesser a challenge. You almost boarded a bus full of people and some stinking people. Somehow you managed to find space to fit in your feet and in a little while a seat to rest your load. You heaved a sigh of relief and were about to thank God, it is then something that made a fierce and forceful entry in your nostril, making you wanting to puke. Yikes! #WhatsThatSmellBoss you think. You turn your head around to b welcome by a stinky armpit holding the support rods on mid pathway of the bus. The sweat was so dense and so thick, that you hurriedly pick your bag and rush out of the bus before it was about to land on your nicely ironed shirt. Eeks...some people have no civil sense...Gosh, They stink and how. Never heard of deo? Yes, they sure did not indeed.

Some how you reach your office and calls for the elevator. It seems ten more people were waiting for it and did not mind squeezing themselves into it as soon as it stopped at your floor. A look at lift board and it read- max 8 people at a time. Before you step out, your pushed to extreme corner of the lift with few stomping on your well polished shoes. oops, apology is such a vanity and when did it helped cleaning the stains off your shoes. You feel struggling for breath and while you still manage, another acute, breath strangulating smell reaches your poor nose and makes you go dizzy. #WhatsThatSmellBoss ask your self. It is the "Cigarrette" that your "ah so considerate" lift mate smoked before boarding the lift and breathing through your neck. Stinky that is. Deal with it, you tell yourself until your floor comes and men! Such a relief.

You reach you desk, while cursing all the stinky , smelly people right under your breath. Before you could settle in, you are summoned by boss' secretary who called in regarding attending a meeting in a shortwhile with cross functional team. Cross functional team? You wonder. Yeah cross functional team i.e. a team of all kinds of stinky, smelly set of people. May be you are wrong today, may be they took bath today. You think. While you gather your thoughts, your concentration is broken by a loud, garish scent. #WhatsThatSmellBoss you think. Aha! it is boss 's secretary wearing an otherwise loud deodorant that could be best served as alternate to chloroform that makes people unconscious and heady.

Sigh! such a tragedy. How much you wish that one of the job qualification while scrubbing candidates should be- devoid of any foul smell and which perfume do you use, to be added in the candidate evaluation and recruitment form. Anyways, the meeting is in that large, AC conference room and that would be a good breather to entire "foul" routine thus far. Your short lived dream is really short lived when you enter the conference room that is laden with people and an AC that needs severe servicing, on an "Intensive Care Basis". #WhatsThatSmellBoss you text to your admin lady and pat comes reply- I will check post this meeting. Post this meeting? Gosh that is a day long meeting and whole through out, you were made to  bear through nasty orders, long presentations and some really stinky, smelly people whom you would like to ask- #WhatsThatSmellBoss!

Well that smell is someone burping and burping so loud that your appetite for next two days is killed. Then another colleague who perhaps have never seen an ad of bathing soaps and deodorants in his life. If that was not enough, here comes that most dreaded smell when someone really chose to let a little air out and wear a perfect "whodunnit" face. Disgusted you are! You rush to washroom to freshen up your face, only to realize, One Mr. Smarty Pants has used it without feeling the need to "flush" the room or wipe the water off the seat. eeeks...#WhatsThatSmellBoss and you realize someone forgot to clean the "mess" they created in washroom as if it was a great memento to display and leave thereafter. This time, instead of asking, #WhatsThatSmellBoss you rather wanted to ask- what did you eat, you monster. What did you eat last night, oops a day before that or even a week before.

The cruel saga of #WhatsThatSmellBoss continues for the whole day and by the time you reach home, you feel so pissed with yourself. You are so disgruntled that you may not have time to pick a glass of water for your throat but you rush immediately to the washroom to get yourself cleansed of and rid from all those stinky, smelly things and memories that you had throughout the day. 

Nothing, nothing can sooth your agony as better as that "hot shower bath" could. 

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#TravelSmart to Singapore

Monday, March 10, 2014 24 Comments

What would you say when I tell you that my last vacation was in 1999 December at Goa and never traveled outside India? What would you say when I tell you much I yearn seeing pictures of my friends and family visiting exotic locations and console myself with their trip pictures? Writing for a travelogue is indeed a feat for me But Ahoy! Wait! dreaming and planning to travel for a vacation is indeed interesting. Following the belief process of Author Rhonda Byron and her bestselling- The secret, here I am, sending my wishlist to the virtual wish cloud, hoping it to come true.

Yes, even my almost blank passport is dreaming along with me too!

So when SkyScanner and Indiblogger asked me about a destination where I wish to travel in 2014, I could not help but the very first name that came to my mind was- Singapore! Yes, I would love to go outside country once and what a great way to begin then beginning with a beautiful, bustling cosmopolitan city like- Singapore!
Things to do & places in Singapore
The beautiful landscape in night & sleep will be last thing in your mind

Why Singapore?

I would love to visit Singapore for its many brilliance. Brilliance spreading from Arts and culture to Heritage, Entertainment, Nature & wildlife, leisure cruises, Marine life park, underwater sports, Nightlife, Sports and recreations and many more.

Places to visit: There is plethora of things I can do, see and relish while travelling there. I would go to places like Merlion park, Universal studios, Adventure cove, Gardens by the bay, Maxwell Road Hawker Centre, Wave House Sentosa and many more.

#TravelSmartWithSkyscanner
The key to memorable trips is not mere the place that you visit but also the way you plan your trip. Planning is the key especially in International travels. I would leave no stones unturned while planning that prestigious trip, anywhere in the world. After all, it is the efficiency of my planning that makes me live the worth of my expenses, time and energy. Besides well planned trip are the one that creates best memories than haphazard ones.

I call it- travel smart! To travel smart to my favorite destination, I would pay due attention and tend to the following factors-

1) Planning the Itinery- Like I said above, key to a fruitful trip is "how well have you planned". This includes everything beginning from time to travel, travel and stay arrangements to local knowledge to sail through in an unknown country and still make the most of it. They say- "A job well began, is a job half done". When I say planning, I meant not just the dates and time of year but also everything else including the no of days I want to spend there, the local weather at that time [so I can carry stuff accordingly], languages spoken [so I can take a handbook] and much more.

2) Budget- There is no limit to splurging money. However, having a good idea about the upcoming expenses helps you plan and relish better. I would not go to a destination which I cannot afford immediately. I would rather go to a place where I can have a pleasant stay and comfortable too and ensuring that my purse does not turn privy purse.

3) Research- yes, research is the key word when you travel foreign shore. Before finalizing a destination, I would do all research. In this case, for Singapore. I have my own interest areas and to see what the city could offer best, I can explore and match my interest with it's offerings. While Google and dedicated sites are my best bet, I could not deny the importance of research through my friends and acquaintances who have been to Singapore or already staying there to understand the city better.

4) Mobile App- What will our generation do without a cell phone? well nothing. Even the tourism department understands its importance and hence created a special mobile app- Your Singapore Guide for beginners like me. The app is available on on app stores and supported by Android too. With this and google map, I am sure I would not get lost anywhere.

5) Selecting a right airline- There is no limit to upper range of flight tickets. While travelling comfortably is important, it is also vital to match comfort with the price. I am not in mood to spend through my nose for over the top expensive tickets. Hence a right "online ticketing platform partner" plays a vital role here. I have recently discovered a beautiful website called- Skyscanner.co.in and seeing it's range of flights and price option, am sure to use its services to book my tickets and plan my accommodation too. Know what? It also offers "car hire" for intra city movement. Wow.

6) No Middlemen Please- with advent of Internet technology and wifi, I wanna travel hassle free. No more ticketing agent is required. Skyscanner and it's flexible planning tool helps me to find right flight, right hotels and city cabs directly. So, I need not have to be on mercies of travel agents for planning my trip and charging me exorbitant in name of cheaper packaging.

7) Travelling lite- I prefer to travel with less baggage and more cards..Lolz..One of my funda to travel smart and enjoy all the places at my dream destination and equally enjoy shopping the local stuff is, to travel lite...may be with big suitcase but less cloths. Two pair of jeans and few tops and I am sorted. If I need something else, well what a good excuse to shop and shop till you drop?

8) Camera- Never forget to carry your camera, charger, additional batteries and all that is required for its functioning when you are travelling to your destination. I would like to capture all shades and all good memoirs of the city, so I would ensure my camera is not left behind.

9) International Calling card- Singapore is outside the vicinity of domestic roaming and hence it has different sets of rates and tariff for voice and data charges. before embarking on my trip, I will ensure that I turn international roaming on my phone and use a most conducive bill plan while I am away. If it requires me to carry an IC card, I will. In the meantime, I will inform my cellular service provider about my trip so that they will inform me before barring my number while travelling abroad, just in case my bill value exceeds my credit limit while on roaming.

10) Local currency- It is another a must and being a financial freak I am, I would ensure that I have enough cash [Singapore Dollars] or means of applicable payment mode [read handy] with me when I am into new country. Good news is that they have many points apart from Singapore Changi Airport to facilitate the currency exchange. And they also accept a lot of main credit cards such as Mastercard, Visa etc. Ahoy! Do you know that they ATM available at all places as well? #TravelSmart indeed!

11) Survival Kit- Well do not let your imaginations run wild. Survival kit can be of many kind. The one that I am talking about here is a simple one, mostly an extension of a first aid box where I carry simple bandage, anti allergy medicines etc to combat any unsuitable condition at new place. Having a reference of some local doctors comes handy too.

12) Singlish Guide- Yes, Singlish may yet to be recognized in world as a formal language, a bit of it's knowledge comes handy especially when you are travelling to Singapore to understand and respond to local, not so grammatically strong language. Singlish is a blend of English, Chinese, Tamil, Malay and some local dialects. For example- "Can, Can" means "yes definitely".

13) Tax Refund Via eTRS- As a tourist in Singapore, one may claim a refund on the 7% goods and services tax aka GST paid on their purchases [made at participating retail outlets] before leaving Singapore. This GST refund can be applied and availed at Changi Airport. Isn't that wonderful? It is. Hence I am going to apply for it as well.

14) Singapore Visa- Well, interesting news. Visa is not a mandatory requirement while visiting Singapore. It can be done via Social Visit passes. knowing is receiving. hence I am prepared to apply for it rather than biting my nail worrying on Visa entry status. Ain't that's all about #TravellingSmart? :)

15) Weather Check and other local regulations- It pays to know well in advance the weather condition at new city and also their local rules and law. Singapore is known for its hot and humid weather, with minor variations throughout the year. So it is imperative to pack according to weather. Even though its December in Delhi, I will not carry more than one woolen on my trip to Singapore.

Well that's all were my few tips on my idea for #TravelSmart. Indeed I will choose Skyscanner for all my flight, accommodation and local conveyance needs to #TravelSmartWithSkycanner. Isn't that a smart move folks? :) SO I am going to #TravelSmartWithSkyScanner... how about you?

So Singapore, here I come!

A little more on Skyscanner that I stumbled upon at their beautiful, clean, well organized website. Here's sharing it with you-

Skyscanner- why are we free
courtesy
http://www.skyscanner.co.in
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Go Play with #DovePlay

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 50 Comments

Hair is the only thing in our whole appearance that we can change anytime we want. Anytime we want and anyway we want it to. Curl, straighten up, tweak, style, volume blow up, play down sleek, rollers and even a simple hair cut can do many a splendor things to your looks and confidence.

Yessss! I love playing with my hair. I love when it dance to my tunes, my loony tunes and make me look prettier every time. I so much love my hair..I so much love to play with them.

So when Dove in association with Indiblogger asked me how do I #Play with my hair, I went little sulky as my mane is no more the silky self and I fear experimenting with it any more. No more worry, said #DovePlay. It didn't just speak but it sang to me. It said, If I just crawl, how would I be able to run? Also, whenever I fall, I shall stand and look at the mirror which says- You are beautiful! Do not believe me? Well you will definitely believe Dove then. Here's Dove Play Song, exclusive for you-


The video put rest to all my predicament and Here I go Vroooooom playing with my hair.

Lets #GoPlay #HairWay with #DovePlay
Vroooooooom

Here I come, Hair I come
Time to be United, lets be one
Together we weave, together we pleat
together we curl, together we swirl
together we braid, cause its all fun

I can grow you to new lengths
and chop into a small bun
I will let you loose, let you fly high
You can romance with winds
when I let you leave open

Hair, my beautiful hair, Lets try a new style today
Cause you have that magic, to transform often

I would go for a hike
and ride a carefree bike
and not without your help, So lets be united
Lets celebrate fun!

Dust and grime, I am so done with your crime
I will wash you away anytime
oil you out, you crazy dryness
gel, spray and mousse- enough of your after-effect nuisance
The above all kept me at bay,
when i wanted to #HairPlay
I worry no more, split-ends you bore!
Cause I have my own #DovePlay


Hair I come, Here I come
Time to play with you, time to have fun
I leave you open, without a fear
You are my crowning glory, Mane my dear.

Come to me baby, let's style you love
Lets nurture u O' Tresses and then pamper with #Dove


Styled them, fine! So what's next that I wanna do? Color, color and experiment with some funky colors..what say? Yes how about full curls? Ummm, adding on my wishlist.

So, that's a lot of wonderful things that I intend to do with my hair. Look above my images to know more. They say- "hair today, gone tomorrow"? I say "A Thing of Hair, is a joy forever". Let us nurture it enough that we do not fear to play. Let us #DovePlay!

My hair, a sure shot winner!

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This entry was to celebrate al the beautiful things that we can do with one of our greatest gift of beauty, our hair. Courtesy Indiblogger and #DovePlay

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The Gypsy and The Lion

Sunday, March 02, 2014 , 40 Comments

The Sleeping Gypsy, 1897, by Henry Rousseau 
The night was young
the moon was white
on a desert sand
slept the gypsy tight

Unassuming, a lion came by
why did it come?
I don't know why
It's a picture prompt, so am giving a try

So lets' swing and imagine
what was the reason of visit
for the lion king

Truth is, the desert that was
once upon a dense forest
the wildlife lived there
it was their habitat

The human that began for his need
deforested animal's abode
to meet his own stretching greed

their kingdom was shattered
their folks were scattered
while some didn't live to see next day sun
some found place in zoo
Oh Man! still you do not rue?

Human sings their own tune
they call it an art of music
to make a flute, a mandolin
they strip off many tree

forests uprooted
deserts flourished
oasis is a mirage
O' man spare that
otherwise your generation will end as a pitiful adage!
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