On our 72nd Independence Day

We joined the Independence Day celebrations at our kid’s school. The weather was kind and the rains held out until after the event. The school’s festivities were based on the theme ” Me and my country, we grow together“. Here’s some snaps of the morning festivities. The celebrations were concluded with an exhibition of the…

A Slice of Kowloon 2018

7 pm and as we stepped out of the Hong Kong Museum of History, the rain had petered out and twilight transformed Hong Kong into the neon city. Soaking in all that history and culture made me hungry. Last stop for the evening, dinner and we are heading to Mak’s Noodles.  It was a small…

A journey to the beginning : Hong Kong 2018

There were four ethnic groups in Hong Kong – the Boat Dwellers, the Hoklo settlers, the Punti and the Hakka people. The Hoklo settlers built thatched houses along the water’s edge. The Punti were traditionally farmers, landlords and shopowners. The Hakka people settled the poorer land in the hilly areas. And where else for this…

A day of discovery and duck in Hong Kong 2018

Let’s begin with a puzzle in keeping with the spirit of the Hong Kong Science Museum, where it is not about merely viewing the models enclosed in glass cases; the exhibits prompt your action and attention. The museum provides an awesome experience with each exhibit inviting some sort of action from your side – press this…

Morning delights in Hong Kong 2018

New day; 2nd day in Hong Kong. Wet, wet, wet; we head out for breakfast armed with the umbrella. A 5 min walk and we are in front of this cute looking place called Lai Yuen Restaurant. Our English breakfast arrives, beautifully plated and super tasty. We have the Mushroom and Ham Omelette with Salad…

Tsim Sha Tsui escapades 2018

The one image that comes to mind when I think of Hong Kong, are the junk boats with their characteristic red sails. And the Hong Kong skyline picture below, in this aspect is complete with the junk boat. We were gathered with the rest of the crowd on the platform at the Tsim Sha Tsui…

Central in Hong Kong 2018

This trip to Hong Kong is a DIY tour and we couldn’t cover all the places we had crammed into our list. So a very practical Day 1 in Hong Kong went as follows: 9:30 am – Arrival at the Hong Kong Intl Airport 12:30 pm – Reached the Guang Dong Hotel and lunch 2:30 pm…

Wet and green : Hong Kong in July 2018

Our first souvenir in Hong Kong was an umbrella from a 7Eleven store. It was raining throughout, but not a deterrent to the shoppers and tourists flocking the streets. 2 days in Hong Kong !! We caught a City Flyer (A21) – the double-decker bus from the airport to Tsim Sha Tsui. We were staying at…

In transit to Fiji

Fiji is far away and this realisation dawned when I saw the flight bookings. There are no direct flights and the transit time in another country is a tempting opportunity to spend a day or two exploring that place also. So we  planned 2 days in Hong Kong en route Fiji. This would be our…

A delightful Fiji tale

Fiji; the internet photos show sun, sand and blue skies; the articles talk about cannibalism, coups and tourism. Not very fond of reading on screens, I turn to find a book which will introduce me to Fiji.  It was difficult to choose one – the choices were narrowed down to – [1] Getting Stoned with Savages:…

Vaca on an island paradise

Our next destination. Can you guess the place ? Below are 10 fun facts about the place: {1} It’s cannot be called an island, more an archipelago. {2} Situated in the Pacific Ocean. {3} Located on the International Date Line or the 180˚ meridian, which is the imaginary line in the Pacific Ocean that splits consecutive…

An itinerary for Sri Lanka

Ayubowan ! …. a greeting in Sinhalese, meaning Long life. A 4N, 5D trip to Sri Lanka, covering four places – Bentota, Yala, Kandy & Colombo. Here’s the itinerary. Day 1: Arrival @Colombo and off to Bentota Flew SriLankan airlines from Kochi to Colombo. Green Holiday was the local agent engaged for the trip, hired through a…

A book for Ceylon

It was a holiday homework from school for the kid; to read and present a book, when the school re-opened after the summer vacations of April-May. Choosing a book is no easy task, especially when the sole aim of the holidays is to get away from books and reading. The kid was going on a…

For the Best Breakfast in Bengaluru

Remember the bookshelf? Our second visit to this great food joint on a Saturday morning. Here’s the link to the post of the first visit…Hole in the Wall Cafe @Bengaluru : Good things come in small packages Here’s what we ordered this time round. The best dish in the trio for the morning  was The…

Window seat please…

We always ask at the airline counter. If we get one, we are elated, else we are visibly disappointed. We pay for the transportation and the view comes free !! I always take pictures from the airplane, but posted here are only the ones with the window outline. At the designated seats, we check out…

Musings @Misu, Bengaluru

Back in Bengaluru and off to Misu for a Sunday brunch. Located on St Mark’s road, we reached the restaurant by 12:15 pm; they open only by 12:30 pm. We were seated temporarily in the adjoining restaurant called the Open Box, which opened at 12 noon. Also served water and given the Misu menu to…

Kochi Muziris Biennale 2018: A prelude

  Fort Kochi is perhaps the most important tourist destination in Kochi, an apt place for people searching for evidences and artefacts from the colonial past. Surrounded by blue waters and abundant sunshine, the charm and quiet of this idyllic place is a big draw for tourists. Recent excavations by the archaeologists provided evidence to…

Eat, shop…..repeat @ Kochi, Kerala

What would you call a perfect day? A day when everything goes as per the plan? A day which brings forth an unexpected and delightful surprise? A day of doing only the things that you enjoy? Or perhaps a combination of all the above. Vacations at home are filled with such days, it’s just revisiting…

Ordinary homes, extraordinary charm @ Kerala

We set off to visit our extended family in Kottayam. The houses are either on the banks of the river and streams or in the middle of rubber plantations. These are not the traditional houses in Kerala; they have evolved with the times, but still retain some of the old world charm. The houses situated…

Fish & Tasty – On a food trail @ Kottayam, Kerala

Kottayam, home to the village of Aymanam, made famous by Arundhati Roy’s Booker Prize winning book God of Small Things. Kottayam was also home of the 10th President of India, the late K R Narayanan. Kottayam – the land of lakes, letters and latex. This district encompasses the favourite tourist destination of Kumarakom, famous for…