Breaking the Dubai monopoly over Season Two, we take off from Dubai to land in Singapore for a meet up with “The Ramble Roundup” Travel Expert – Mandira! I met Mandira, yes you guessed it – Online .. and on The Marina Mums Group! She had posted asking for moms to give first hand review of the hotels we have stayed in. I replied like the enthusiastic travel junkie that I am and then we caught up over coffee when I was in Singapore last month. Although I am really embarrassed to admit that I am yet to send her my reviews *** Hangs Head in Shame *** Sorry Mandira! I shall get to this ASAP – or like we say in this region – Inshallah! For now, over to Mandira!
Archive of ‘Travel’ category
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Yesterday was a good day! Initum Novum completed a year and my first book was released for pre order on Amazon AND I launched a personal project – My very own flip book I call “The Ramble Roundup“. So I have always said that what I write is not meant to be taken seriously. They are my rambles, meant for an easy read! I do not give “tips”, I am no expert. I do not give “gyan” I am work in progress my self.
What a fab summer that was! Anyone who follows me on social media will agree with me when I say that this world is an amazing place! Each city so unique, so different, so wonderful. Honestly was the best summer ever. The only problem (if it even can be called one) I face at times is the food, more so when it is a long-ish break. Eating three meals (or more) at a restaurant can take a toll. OMG, and on that road trip, I simple could not eat another slice of bread! And I specially dislike mass produced buffets, even for breakfast I then stick to freshly made omelette but after a point in time I’m ready for a change! My pet hate is the excess oil used in the food, and I am not even sure of the quality then. It’s just way too much fat and not the kind I am used to or fond off. I am a big advocate of coconut oil, which is often used in the meals cooked at my home.
I feel the need for a disclaimer before I start this. So here goes – I am not overtly patriotic. I usually am nonchalant about everything around me anyway. I am notoriously famous for my most common reaction – Mera Kya?? I don’t ever feel the need to justify myself and I hate getting into confrontations which was why I was hesitant to post this. It takes up so much of my energy and over what [notice I never responded to the Gulf News feature ;-)]! But this is something I feel very strongly about. Because when we put “our own” down, it gives everyone else a right to do so as well. I wrote this while on our holiday recently, many little things happened that got me thinking. Then a very recent incident that sparked comments against the Indians just encouraged me further. It’s just coincidence that I’m posting it in August when both India and Singapore celebrate their National Days!
Being so close to nature, watching her at her glorious best has inspired this very special feature of “What Women Want”. I mean who better suited than Mother Nature herself showing off her Favorite Child – Longyearbyen.
Seychelles was so stunning that just words couldn’t do it justice! Here is my Picture Guide to Stunning Seychelles! Enjoy!
Hello from the Paradise Island – Seychelles! It is such a serene, beautiful place really, ideal for a celebration! No, it’s not a significantly “big” birthday or anything, but truth be told, I have run out of gift ideas! I guess it happens in a marriage when you have shared a lot of birthdays (and anniversaries) together, add to that count the junior’s birthdays and we have a total of 42! So as a desperate attempt to take out the proverbial rabbit from the hat, I planned this surprise trip! Birthdays are very important to me. So are the other bigger dates but birthdays tend to get me broody, I do feel they are a time for reflection. They take me back – to a time different from now, a place that isn’t paradise, a person who isn’t me anymore.
Yup! Still holds true. In the jet age when everyone is pressed for time, rushing to meet those deadlines, running from pillar to post wouldn’t it be fabulous to slow and well – walk!