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Venice Pop-up!

It’s been a long year that she had stayed without him for so long…Apart from the chats and late night video call’s she didn’t really get to see him that often in the good old day’s that used to be, hanging around and fooling with each other all the time. It’s been  few year’s from the time they started dating as college friend’s, from their first fresher’s party to the prom night dance, to those camping and fun treks of being supportive and understanding of each other….she knew him more than he would have known himself and had faith that everything would work out well in the long run. When they first met, they were so hot blooded and hated enemies of each other that they couldn’t even stand each other in the same classroom corridor for no good reason but their attitude was so opposite that everything they did was under a total competition spirit. Being so competitive they were made to work in the same team and with no choice they started to know each other as time went by. Like chalk and cheese they were so difficult to understand but when they started blending it was an amazing sight to see. She was an introvert to an extent and him the total opposite. So many laugh’s, fight’s, tear’s, sorrow’s and joy they’ve shared. It’s been more than 6 year’s college has come to an end. Everybody eventually graduated and started settling in their life of their own but these two love bird’s have had quite a few ups and down but still managed to stayed strong, as time passed by their love for each other felt even more real and strong. It wasn’t just a college phase or teenage romance for them but a lifelong hand-in-hand companionship they wanted to take a plunge at without awaiting any longer.

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Nissa, Jaden and me have been the closest of friends and I’ve seen them love and grow even in those distance long difficult times. She works as an executive head with a marketing company and he is abroad working as project head with a MNC. Last week he called me up to tell me that it’s finally time that he rings the bell with her but before that he wanted to have a romantic getaway to pop the million dollar question before her with that moment that would be engraved in the history of their live’s eventually. She’s more the die-hard romantic one’s but he isn’t so he asked me to plan a surprise for her that she wouldn’t have even imagined (I played cupid to them even when they met).

I tried surfing through so many travel site’s that I eventually was about to give up as planning someone’s lifelong loving moment was not an easy task I could do so swiftly. And then I landed up on skyscanner with all that I had in mind to just shot up and execute half of my problems about travel and booking that were completely sorted in no time with a budget of about 1,00,000/- I had been offered by skyscanner for a trip I so wanted to make this as the best gift for my two besties and  as a romantic getaway thought of Venice as the perfect location. He would travel on the second day directly so I had to bring her there without giving her a hint on what would be ahead planned once we reach there, so I did the flight and the hotel booking for the both of us i.e. me and her, yes I had to go along to see if it was all on track.

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Skyscanner helped me to cross check the prices and comfort of travelling in the flights I preferred with either halts or direct locations I wanted to go by with time and availability preference which came upto 48,723/- including the return tickets.

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The hotel booking too had to be in a place nearby as we hardly had two nights and the fact that we were there we did have quite a few visits in the nearby places to be done. For a 2 nights stay it costed about 26,679/-

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For sightseeing i booked a car to travel to those historic yet romantic places and that added to another 10,080/-

Flight Booking for 2 persons : Rs  48,723/-

Hotel Booking : Rs 26,679/-

Hiring a Car : Rs 10,080/-

TOTAL :  Rs 85,482/-

BIG SAVE OF Rs 14,518/- out of the 1,00,000/- budget given.

 

Now, before He could land with a royal hero entry to woo the lady of his dreams these were the places i thought of visiting  :

 

The Doge’s Palace

The Doge’s Palace is the most outstanding civilian monument of Venice but it is also a monument of which the architecture is extraordinary in Europe by its originality.

Indeed when you approach by the lagoon, the best way for a first contact, we were struck by what the architects call an “inversion of masses”.

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Campanile di San Marco, Venice

A work of art and architecture, the bell tower of San Marco stands right in front of the church on Piazza San Marco. The “Campanile”, as it is most often referred to by the Venetians, is an outstanding landmark of Venice. Standing at almost 100 meters high it is hard to miss it once at the square. Unlike the Basilica, its simple brick structure makes it unique while standing out from other structures.

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Churches, Venice

This lovely little church filled with the heavy smell of incense is to be found just a few steps from the San Polo end of the famous Ponte Rialto. Allegedly, the first church to stand on this site dated to the 5th century and so it would make it Venice’s oldest church.

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Cafe Florian, Venice

 

I wanted to order a Bellini, which came with olives and canapes – as expected but- for the experience of sitting outside one of the most famous and oldest cafes in Italy, in one of the most famous squares in the world, when the crowds had gone home (well at least to their next location/ cruise ship etc) and the lights were reflecting off the waters that had seeped into the square, and music from the orchestras was drifting overhead – it would be worth every euro!!!

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Gondole, gondoliere, traghetti, Venice

 

As I walked around Venice, I spotted many gondolas gliding along the canals. One night, when it was dark, I could hear what I thought was a recorded song coming from the canal, it was on closer inspection a gondolier singing as he rowed along- it was quite atmospheric, as his voice echoed around the narrow canal in the dark. I also heard an accordian being played that night.This old transport possibility on the waterways of the city is an attraction for all the visitors of it.
Many travellers have the desire to hear a song when they lie tranquil in the gondola. The gondolier drives the traditional boat along the narrow canals, and sings for the guests.

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Scala Contarini del Bovolo, Venice

 

Scala del Bovolo literally translated means “snail-shell stairway”. The marvelous open stairway is the reason for the Contarini family palace to be called Palazzo Contarini dal Bovolo. The palace itself, designed by Giovanni Candi, was built in 15th and 16th centuries and it is mostly Gothic in style. However, the stairway tower designed probably by Giorgio Spavento is fully Renaissance work.

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Food, wine and sweets, Venice

The Jewish comunity is big in Venice, and around the old Ghetto area there are a lot of shops offering Kosher food. This bakery attracted our sense with the color of the windows and the smell of the sugary goodies they were baking.  I had to try their tiny pizzette di sfoglia and a variety of their cookies. The ones with almond were exceptional.

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And it would Finally happen when we were to stand on the Rialto Bridge  located at the center of Venice and is one of the bridges that span the Grand Canal.There are three walkways on the bridge comprising of two along the outer balustrades and a wider central walkway which leads to some charming shops,

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Jaden came from behind and tapped her slowly, they had this slow moment pause, staring deep into each other’s eyes, he kissed her on the forehead and went down on his knees, with a diamond studded ring in his hand, he popped the big question Will you Marry Me???? 

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Jaden came from behind and tapped her slowly, they had this slow moment pause, staring deep into each other’s eyes, he kissed her on the forehead and went down on his knees, with a diamond studded ring in his hand, he popped the big question Will you Marry Me????

Mission accomplished to see the two lovelies share their moment of love so unexpectedly….I wish to fulfill this dream with skyscanner my travel buddy soon someday…Big Help with success, we hail thee skyscanner!

 

 

 

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I-amsterdam

From the last two weeks my mom has been yelling at me to clear the mess in my room, the paper cuttings that i just scatter around without being bothered to pick them up once my work is done, the coffee mug and vessels that i don’t wash after using them and how it seems like a pig was staying in my room if a stranger had to enter….So many complaints from her and am tired of not improving as usual….Putting up the radio in full volume and adding a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream to the hot cappuccino with those experimenting with the food that i do i start sipping slowly from the cup, flipping the travel magazine pages and admiring how beautiful these exotic locations look only if i had the chance to go visit them in a world of fantasy of my own, as i switch on the wi-fi router my mail beeps and i read about how skyscanner would give me the opportunity to travel to a place i would wish to within a budget of 1,00,000/-…I couldn’t even think twice before i started typing A…AM….AMSTERDAM.

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3yrs back when my family took off for a vacation to South Africa I had board exams to give that were so crucial more than me for them that for the entire 4 months i had books all around me right from sleeping to eating on the dining table that even the word of vacations by me were given such an awkward look at home. At that time i had this huge travel scrapbook tearing out holiday pics from magazine and newspaper and sticking it in which slowly began to excite me and want to know more about these destinations when i would have the opportunity to travel there by myself

Time is a luxury, and it’s one we’re often short of when we travel.

There were so many places i wish i could put a magic wand upon and make it true to all those out of boundary regions i had in mind but amsterdam would make me alot more comfortable. A cousin of mine was studying there for 2 years and on her trip back she was so chirpy about the entire scenario like i could actually imagine myself there in it. Amsterdam is one of top visitor destinations and deservedly so, is one of Europe’s smallest capitals, lends itself well to whistle-stop tours thanks to its compact city center and excellent public transit . If I had just 3 days to see it all, this is how I’d pack the most of Amsterdam into a nutshell like  a personalized tour for the time-constrained, from the wonders of the 17th-century Low Countries to modern Dutch life.

I immediately would have logged onto the site and booked the tickets landing to the city in the morning without wanting to miss a thing from the time i stepped in cause all i had was 3days and a huge to-do list that if i wouldn’t complete i would have regretted for the rest of my sulking how being there i could have missed it?

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Skyscanner my all in one travel guide helped me sort out most of the travelling part and how to go about it with all the comapring done with just a simple click instantly….I booked thru and fro tickets for a 3 day stay that came upto Rs. 59,302/-

 

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Next i wanted to book a hotel which should have been right at the centre of the city so i instantly typed my preference and chose the Swissotel Amsterdam that was famous to the adjacent dam square and barely 20 mins from the airport located at the heart of the city.A 3 night stay costed me 13,710/- minus the tax part which was still good.

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To move about in the city i first thought of getting a bicycle to just roam about pedalling across the street (i like the fantasy part of it) but then rent-a-car option on skyscanner seemed so preferable so i opted for a chevrolet car that would take me around the citywith a much reliable local driver who would know the directions faster than me that again added a 6,043.12/- to the budget being planned out.

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Things that i made a list of for a 72 hour sight seeing most of it was:

 Amsterdam Canal Cruises

No visitor should miss out on a water-borne tour of the splendid canals of Amsterdam. A cruise on Amsterdam’s canals is a must for any first-time visitor. By doing this early in my trip i would get a great perspective of the city. This was a maximum experience in Amsterdam. It brings you down the Canals to show you the hidden life of Amsterdam city. This had to be a must do on my list.While any canal tour will be an experience to remember, the options are plentiful: hop aboard an open-top boat  or a special themed or catered tour.

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The Rijksmuseum (National Museum)

The Rijksmuseum hosts an impressive collection of paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals, and more! Most famous is Rembrandt’s masterpiece the Night Watch.The museum is being renovated and will reopen completely in April 2013. In the meantime, 400 masterpieces from the 17th century Dutch Golden Age are on show daily from 9 am to 6 pm.

Leiden Square (Leidseplein)

Planning a night out in Amsterdam? Head down to Leiden Square (Leidseplein,) which is known as the center of nightlife where you can choose from hundreds of bars, clubs, restaurants and discos that would suit every style and taste.

 

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Anne Frank House (Anne Frankhuis)

A Museum with a Story. Visit the hiding place where Anne Frank wrote her diary during the Second World War. For more than two years, Anne Frank lived secretively with the other people in hiding in the back part of her father’s office building at # 263 Prinsengracht.

Red Light District

If you are a bit worried about going out and about in the Red Light district … don’t be.

All manner of humanity can be found there and it’s harmless. You will see mothers with children, grandmothers and grandfathers, along with prostitutes behind glass, tourists, all living together just fine.  If you’re from a big city you might have to have someone point it out to you because during the day it looks like any other part of Amsterdam, just older.

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Van Gogh Museum

Amsterdam promises just as much for lovers of modern art: its most-visited museum, the Van Gogh Museum , is a tribute to the post-impressionist painter whose inventive technique and sympathetic subject matter has earned him countless admirers. Its recently re-opened for another temporary exhibit despite its renovation, is another can’t-miss destination for modern art enthusiasts; its Erezaal (“Hall of Honor”) is bedecked with classic canvases from Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Yves Klein and other celebrated artists.

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The Jordaan

This charming neighborhood is Amsterdam’s Greenwich Village, with its narrow alleys, leafy canals lined with 17th-century houses, quirky specialty shops, cafes and designer boutiques.

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One of Amsterdam’s main squares, this is an ideal place to sit on one of the many terraces and watch the world go by.

I really do hope this much awaited dream in my thoughts does come soon with the help of my now all time favourite travel guide partner Skyscanner!

 

 

 

 

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Y is black not a color?

I happened to watch the news sometime back about people debating over Black not being a color? So strange it was that it made me think what if the color black didin’t exist then white would not have existed and how would other colors get a definition to them if black wouldn’t be a source to it hmmm think think???

On the movement scale, black is a very still, bold color.Women like me seem more attached to black than any other color in their wardrobe. If I told you that pink’s not your color—or yellow, or orange—you might be open to the idea. But black?

Yes. Black.

And I think that idea doesn’t freak women out because black makes them look and feel amazing and black seems like a safe standby whenever you doubt what to wear. You just try removing those black clothes off your wardrobe and you’ll find a big hole in there without knowing what to replace it with??

When i have exams that go on for more than a month and am sitting at home studying for them without any physical activity happening as such, i tend to gain those extra calories and wish to hide it off only below a black kaftan top or dress and am so sure it would work for so many of you out there in the same way…Black is ideal at times without a second thought indeed!

The 5 Black things i would wish for among the thousand other wishes i could have are:

1. TALL WIRE BIRDCAGE

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TALL WIRE BIRDCAGE

Birds are cute, Birds are chirpy..they can make anyone happy. The last i had was a parrot named Piu in a blue cage in my balcony. It was fun waking up early playing and feeding it before i left for daily work. The recent one’s my sister gifted me last month are a pair of cute love birds.Usually, birds get scared and anxious if they’re too low. If they’re up higher than eye level, they’ll take it as a sign that they are superior to their owners. If they’re even higher, they will feel isolated from the people below. Many birds love attention and would be bored and lonely in an empty, unused room but if my birdcage was in the center of a room, my birds would feel anxious and scared, as they have nowhere to hide from danger. Birds need at least one side of their cage up against a wall, as it provides them with a feeling of security hence i would wish this tall wire birdcage against the wall for them.

 

2. MULBERRRY WALTER BRIEFCASE

 

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MULBERRY WALTER BRIEFCASE

A sleek and stylish briefcase crafted from oak soft saddle leather with enough space … This single briefcase could carried in the hand. … Soft Saddle Shoulder. The black mulberry briefcase is what i wish for and who said only men carry it around? I do. The Single Briefcase highlights understated practicality. Designed to be slim and unassuming, finished with minimal hardware for a timeless leather accessory. It features a simple top handle and a secure lock to the front. Carefully-organised interior space has room for technology and documents. Mulberry’s Walter briefcase would be a smart way for me to stay stylish on the go.

 

3. A  BLACK SHIP SAILING BY MY NAME

“I can’t control the wind but I can adjust the sail.” 
― Ricky Saggs

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BLACK SHIP

From every night in my dreams I see you, I feel you and that is how I know you…go on. I wish like titanic i had a ship built in my name…how mesmerizing the thought of itself could be…What I would really love is to hang over the edge and watch the bow of the ship slice through the waves. I would have loved it especially when the waves would be high and the ship rose and fell, or when it was snowing and the flakes stung on my face. Sailing on a black ship by my name carved on it would be the best feeling ever.

 

4. A BLACK STAR CEILING

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A BLACK STAR CEILING

A Fibre optic star ceiling is a definite plus for any home theatre or bedroom and i definitely want to have one.They are great to view in almost any light.When there are lights off in the room… the fiber optics are visible and beautiful. When the lights are on… they are still visible and beautiful. And, you can even make them twinkle.You can have a realistic looking Milky Way in your mural, that has a cloudy look to it and has thousands and thousands of tiny little stars.

 

 

5. A HUGE WALL SIZED CROSS

“Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us.”

 

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A CROSS

A firm believer in the christian faith….I pray whole heartedly to the Lord, My God everyday. Keeping him the centre of my life…I know he will protect me day and night.

I wish to have a wall sized cross in black for my white painted wall in the living room cause i start my day touching the foot of the cross and surrender my day to the Almighty Lord, before i resign off to sleep i thank him for blessing me.

 

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Any colour would do – so long as it’s black

If you read the title of the post carefully, you’ll notice that it sounds familiar….maybe you’ve heard it or seen it somewhere?? Its those famous line published in Sir Henry Ford’s autobiography My Life and Work (1992) when he was quoted saying “Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black”

In times of fear and uncertainty black contains the energy of the threatening unknown. In a positive state, black is seen as a restful emptiness into which anything may emerge and disappear once again. It is also mysterious, providing a sense of potential and possibility. Black is the absorption of all color and the absence of light. Black hides, while white brings to light. What black covers, white uncovers. We all use black at various times to hide from the world around us in one way or another. Some of us use it to hide our weight; others among us use it to hide our feelings, our fears or our insecurities.People who like black may be conventional, conservative and serious, or they may think of themselves as being sophisticated or very dignified.

The color black is often seen as a color of sophistication, as in ‘the little black dress’ or ‘the black tie event’. Affluent and success orientated women often choose black as it can give an impression of elegance, sophistication and confidence.

Black is the end, but the end always implies a new beginning. When the light appears, black becomes white, the color of new beginnings.

“Think of what starlight

And lamplight would lack

Diamonds and fireflies

If they couldn’t lean against Black. . . .”

― Mary O’Neill, Hailstones and Halibut Bones

Right from the television set to my music system,laptop,blackberry, bag, shoes and watches i have them all in black somehow….i remember mom used to complain whenever i was out shopping for those blue faded color jeans or my side sling bag for daily usage that “beta,black mein le lo agar mehla hua toh jaldi dikhega bhi nahi” (take whatever your taking in black cause if it get’s dirty, nobody will notice it soon). Funny, but i think from those days itself whatever i opted for would have black as the main dominant color in it. There was this happy green neon color phase that i was infatuated with but it really didn’t last that long cause black is the ultimate for me.

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Even though i do posses quite a few things in black the list would be unending, if i had to complete all those black things i really needed but for now these are few of the things i really wish for in black ofcourse:

1. BLACK BEATLES HOODIE

Firstly, I might just sound like another Beatles Fan but I badly wish for this cause i really don’t have one and it’s black and the beatles and i can keep saying that again and again like a big ardent fan of their’s cause here’s the thing you have to understand about the beatles is the fact that they were THE FIRST, yes THE VERY FIRST.

Before the beatles everything sounded like… nothing you hear today. The beatles pioneered the sound of modern rock music. think of all the branches from there! metal, alternative, pop, whatever- if it weren’t for the beatles none of that would have existed. The fact that they are still famous 40 years later and that they changed the lives of millions can’t be disputed. They pioneered a new sound. Very influential I must say. What is there to say about the Beatles that hasn’t been said? They restructured pop and rock music as we know it more than once during the brief seven years that they made records. They were at the center of a pop-culture revolution that’s still resonating today. And every single one of their albums — from 1963′s debut, ‘Please Please Me,’ to 1970′s swan song, ‘Let It Be’ — is a classic.

2. BLACK CANON EOS 1200D:

True creative mastery is yours with a model that is built to impress.

Canon EOS 1200D
Canon EOS 1200D

It is every photographer’s dream to own one and every model’s dream to pose for one. I come in the latter category though, I love posing for photographs, right from the time i was a little one my father used to run behind me with the camera to capture all those silly moments i happily posed for and developed a liking towards it…I somehow transform into a completely different self when am in front of the lens being captured…those emotions,faces,landscape,portrait all i’m so passionate about. So hence, i would want to gift this one to myself so that i have a reason to smile each time am out and down.

Now, why Canon EOS 1200D? Is because The EOS 1200D now features the fully-automatic Scene Intelligent Auto mode, which would analyze the scene in front of me and automatically picking the best settings, much like the systems used by lot of digital compacts. The 1200D also offer a Creative Auto mode which would allow me to change a few key settings using the LCD screen via a simple slider system for changing the aperture and exposure compensation, or Background and Exposure as the camera refers to them.

3. BLACK WALK-IN CLOSET :

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Black Walk-in-Closet

We all like our home to look nice and organized. We like our clothes, accessories and shoes to be stored in a closet, out of sight but still easy to find. But we all have different ideas when it comes to choosing a closet style. Some people prefer walk-in closets while others enjoy the armoires more. Reach-in closets are interesting because they resemble a small portion of a walk-in closet. They include various storage solutions such as poles, drawers, compartments and open shelves. They are all combined in a way that allows you to basically neatly store everything inside without occupying much space. In a way, it could be considered a very condensed version of the walk-in closet but the walk-in-closet are the most  popular and that is my dream closet.Of course,they happen to occupy the entire room but the main advantage is the fact that i would get to store everything beautifully and won’t have to worry about space anymore.

4. BLACK BEETLE CAR :

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The Beetle

They say when you really wish for something you can’t just stop talking about it cause sometimes that’s all that keeps running through your mind each time. The Beetle is my favourite car, born in a family with all automobile engineer’s i’ve always been travelling, reading, listening to the latest car’s and the auto car show exhibition etc around me. Infact, if my dad see’s a car from a long distance he can exactly tell you the model, the features, is it a compact or easy car, high-end or low-budget and everything that you must have not even known or heard about, yeah like literally the history of the car, his favourite would be the BMW painted in pearl white but mine is the one above in jet black…so classy it looks, i tell you. I did get a chance to go for a ride in one but having one to myself..umm havn’t been that lucky yet you know shyaa… but i do wish to embrace the speed and travel in this one to places i haven’t been.It’s also famously called the “people’s car”. The Volkswagen Beetle has been around for a number of decades, but the most recent third generation is all new. It’s offered as either a three-door hatchback or a two-door convertible that carries plenty of style and history along with it.The current Beetle is a front-engine, front-wheel drive vehicle–distinctly unlike the original rear-engine, rear-drive Beetle. The current Beetle is also based on the same architecture as that in the Golf and Jetta. Too much it’s become na? but it’s car’s what to do? Never mind am stopping…Okay next and the final on the list is…

5.BLACK SOUVENIRS 

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Black Souvenir’s

We all have our own way of reminiscing the past but the best feeling is the moment right there and there is when you hold that certain souvenir in your hand. Collecting souvenirs is not a profession but merely a hobby, but I could never get over of grabbing the things that inspire the travel or journey in my life, whether it is a vacation, for work or even on at an exhibition. As years have gone by looking at that set that I bought in the other part of the earth, that is when i could conclude that i’ve had the best vacation souvenir bought in my lifetime. Typically, I can never tell whether I have already collected the best souvenir up until my dying days.  It is the natural process of life, so as am still in my prime, I collect souvenirs like woodcarvings, and  have fun identifying these items in the process, and most importantly,  I look for any soul-bewitching designs. Souvenirs bought in the place where I have gone before entails pride and priceless memories, that is why most people like me will go on different lengths of sacrifices just to bring their best souvenirs home. I wish i had a bag full of them, even the places i haven’t been too cause having them with me would want me to go there and see it for myself….I just simply love these little things in life.

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Goa is like a fridge, coz everyone is chillin out there!

That night when I restlessly tuck myself in bed I didn’t expect that a dream I had since so long would ever come true so early thanks to the constant busy life that needs my attention from time to time I have been so involved living in…

I’ve had friends, relatives, colleagues all the ones around me talk about holidaying on one of the most famous tourist spot at any time through the year either going as solo backpackers or with a group of homies to just relax and take a break simply…Aha you got it! Yes, Goa is the dream I’v had since very long and I’ve always wished that everytime someone spoke about it I could just fly and transport myself in a quick jiffy right there , not as easy as u dream but it could be true was the hope  if i got an opportunity to live it and all I had  to do was just plan properly.

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There are times when your either tied up with work, have deadlines to finish or simply pushing yourself to an extent to make ends meet with no room to plan and do your favourite things like travel to places you’v never been to or wish to but are scared cause you might end up being disappointed with exploring places that won’t really match up to your expectation making a big hole in ur pockets by spending on anything and everything coming your way on the trip and at times like these a travel buddy by your side can be a great saviour to help you out and most obviously get your plan working and set it right.

Skyscanner was the opportunity that I got to travel to my dream place Goa with all travel expenses paid but to a set budget of Rs.1,00,000.

I was getting all these butterflies in my tummy thinking where, when and how am I going to plan the itenary of the to do list to my destination-dream-holiday-place….While humming the Go Goa Aha Aha I immediately logged in to www.skyscanner.co.in to further book the tickets and compare prices with great quality expectation.

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http://www.skyscanner.co.in

I planned the trip for 2 people as me and my bhai bhai (brother) like I call him, two as a company are insane as hell….we laugh, joke, comment, trouble each other and are sometimes little too much to handle at the same time…ask my mom about that.

Anyway back to planning I planned a trip of 9 nights 8 days with all the price check and direct stop to goa which would take me there in exact 1hour 5minutes from the departure time and a cost for 2 would sum upto Rs. 14,978.

Flight Booking
Flight Booking

Next was a Hotel to look for the stay which was near to the beaches as I’ve always wanted to atleast spend a day and night dancing on the beach with long walks at sunset and just watch the calm sea touch my feet tickling me like little baby fishes nibbling onto you.

Hotel Booking
Hotel Booking

I simply chose MyKonos Blu Hotel was cause it’s a 15mins walk from baga beach and market with free wi-fi services to connect to the map for places to explorearound and get a review from was a bonus and beaches like anjuna,calangute,vagator were a 5 minute driveaway plus the greek interiors of the hotel assured that the stay would be exciting and the cost was approximated to Rs.36,024/-

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Okay now lemme simply check ,flight tickets and hotel booking:

Rs 14,978 + Rs 36,024 = Rs 51,002 /-

There were  places I had to visit on My List without giving it a miss, I did have time on my side this time:

Beaches:

  • Mandrem Beach
  • Agonda Beach
  • Baga Beach
  • Candolim Beach
  • Cavelossim Beach
  •  Anjuna Beach
  • Kakolem Beach

Markets:

  • Friday Mapusa Market
  • Banastarim Bazar
  • Anjuna Flea Market
  • Mapusa Market
  • Saturday Night Markets

Historical Places: 

  • The Aguada Fort
  • The Chapora Fort
  • Se Cathedral Church
  • Church of St. Alex
St. Francis Xavier Church
St. Francis Xavier Church

Next were beaches of Candolim, Calangute and Baga the most famous of Goa’s northern belt. Teeming with tourists, the shacks lining it’s fringe invite you to sink your toes into the cool sand and succumb to a glass of chilled beer. kingfish, tiger prawns, squid and mussels fried in semolina or in a sauce of garlic butter keep good company as I watched the sun carry out it’s daily dive into the Arabian sea.

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Zanzibar: Bang on Baga beach, Zanzibar is famous for it’s friendly staff and the owner’s dog Pepper who lazily roamed around the place. Electronic music, set to the various moods of the day along with the places’ cocktails and continental appetisers is a favourite among the younger holiday crowd.

Cape Town Cafe: The world meets at this Baga lounge bar. The perfect place to make friends will fellow travellers from the world over.  Ushering  the tourist season in Goa, the Final Waves parties were held in full spree and enthusiasm  at Cafe Del Mar, Zanzibar, Cafe Mambo and Cape Town.

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Shivas: Laxmi shack on Baga beach served mind numbing cold coffees strengthened with brandy that hit ud harder than a long island ice tea. goa-tourism

To travel in and around Goa we had to go around by roadway as road trips have their own little story to tell and it’s a thrill to be behind the wheels hopping from one place to another a two wheeler seemed a little unsafe so a car was the best option and skyscanner again helped suiting my needs perfectly.

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So I selected a compact car cause  it’s spacious and would fit few shopping bags as I would stop everywhere to get all those creative stuff  loaded in the backseat of the car.And the rent-a-car or hire a car would cost about Rs.2,580 per day so a total of  Rs.23,225 for the 8 days I plan to stay there..

This would sum up the entire cost to Rs.14,978 + Rs. 36024 + Rs. 23225 = Rs. 74,227 /- with a big save of Rs. 25,773/- which was a a huge save surpass my expectation, yayiee so happyyy!

 

Goa is also such a romantic place for couples and i vividly remember admiring watching this one couple that had booked for dinner date in the middle of the sea…That little love feeling started to tingle in me I did hope to be in that romantic place with someone special soon someday.

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The handicraft markets for those jholas and souveniers  done with so much of love would make me buy them not in one and two but so many that it made wonder for who exactly would I be purchasing them all for but i just couldn’t resist hoarding up on all of them, they were all so colorful and that neon bag , Ahh! it makes a dull day so happy!

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Mapusa Market

What I did observe was that most of the beaches in north are quiet popular hence crowded (calangute ,baga) and so these beaches have lost their pristine beauty and have become more of centers for commerce and trade,places where even substandard goods are quiet expensive. Exactly opposite is the case with beaches in southern Goa beaches are less known and less visited however beaches like Palolem are a great feast for eyes. The place was surrounded with coconut palms and there was a beautiful view of a hillock surrounded by sea.

The other few places I visited were:

Anjuna/Vagator/Chapora: This side of the Goan coast line was made famous for it’s hippie culture and as the birthplace of Goa trance. Today – one of the most famous tourist spots, these three beaches are a standing memory to the flower power days of the past.

Curlies: Voted the best shack in North Goa, Curlies is known for their trance music and menagerie of tourists. I occupied a divan on the deck and enjoy a stellar view of Anjuna beach

Thalassa: This Greek restaurant in Vagator was the definition of quality food. My bro was  looking for a break from the Goan fare stop by for a plate of their Mediterranean best.

Hilltop: Another trance hub, Hilltop is an open air dance floor with DJs from the world over playing Euro, psy and other genres of trance. I Enjoyed a simple omelette pao under a coconut tree so lavishly.

Munches: I kept gulping from a range of healthy juices, herbal teas and milkshakes at Munches in Vagator. This restaurant served wholesome sandwiches, pancakes and other desserts too.

Chapora fort: Chapora fort offered me a panoramic view of the coast line and was a challenging day trek,fun not to forget.

Arambol: The beach belt of Morjim, Arambol right up to Keri beach is often regarded as the Russian part of Goa because of the shoals of Russian tourists who frequent these places. With summer in full swing, the place was less crowded and was a treat  looking for an empty beach to hang out on.
 
The sweet water lake: A strip of sand away from Arambol beach the sweet water lake rests in a nook between rocks and surrounded on two sides by thick vegetation. The cool water invited me to flip on my back and simply stare at the sky.
 
Fellini: The pizza menu at Fellini is confounding, to say the least. There are no-cheese pizzas, four cheese pizzas, folded pizzas and toppings of assorted seafood, meat and vegetables. Baked in a wood fire oven these are thin-crust delights, yummy they were.

Psy Bar: When I craved for the party vibe of Anjuna, swing by Psy Bar, a dusky restobar with murals of fluorescent planets and ‘full power’ psychedelic trance music.

Drum circle: Evening at Arambol beach was full of yoga practitioners and various performers. Among them were a group of musicians, professional and amateur who got together with their drums for an impromptu music session.

I was back with so many photographs and clips with thousand splendid memories running each time at the back of my head…No wonder people keep saying Goa is 364 days on a holiday!

Last but not the least thank you Skyscanner for making my dream come true it was the most marvellous experience that helped me even more to connect with my inner self….you were just too good! Kudos!

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FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)

Time is running short for all the things one wants to do in Life. The bucket list is long and the number of items ticked after completion, too few. So one learns to reassess, reschedule and prioritize.

However, the fear of missing out on all you want to do in order to live life to its full potential, is very different from the fear of missing out on the fun , the good times and opportunities that are being enjoyed by others. I see the former fear  as a positive sign, which if handled properly, can only enhance one’s living experience….but the latter fear brings in huge  amounts of dissatisfaction looking at what others are doing and achieving that makes you feel inadequate comparatively. No amount of rescheduling or re-prioritizing can ever help you take care of a discontent that stems from the achievements or enjoyment of others. The anxiety does not let you to decide which of multiple equally fun-sounding events to be a part of. So people are glued to their Smartphones obsessively checking mails WhatsApping , BBMing or posting on Twitter or individual blogs. As people post their minute-by-minute activities, thoughts, spotlight moments and achievements on social networking sites, it causes envy and restless inadequacy amongst others.

Everyone wants to be “someone”, someone influential who is looked upon and followed by many but so much dependency on the fun others are having is bound to have a negative impact on oneself leaving no scope to explore our own feelings, talents and potential. So let’s turn the fear of missing out within and figure out what we would most like to do for our ownselves ,independent of others. What is it that enhances life for you? What gives you feeling of completion and satisfaction? Let us focus on our own Bucket List rather than on fake ones created by others!

Bonaza over the weekend!

It was a Friday afternoon when the office work was done earlier than usual and like otherwise where most of my girl gang at workplace would have been sulking over household chores awaiting them on the weekend to follow they were all instead enthusiastic to kickstart the evening by pampering themselves at the Phoenix Marketcity Kurla, the largest Premium Lifestyle shopping mall, in India, that offers the best of international and national brand mix for the best of shopping where as a part of celebrating International Women’s month the Information desk at the mall would allow a free registration showing a valid corporate photo ID or a credit card or a valid four wheeler’s driver license by any Lady from the 8th March- 31st March would be given a Power Pack Brochure with 12 entries free to various outlets in the mall on weekdays only and the benefits of being registered would let oneself make full availability of it up til the end of June 2014.
A friend of mine told me that these Power Pack Benefits would include some as Free entry COUPONS to Snow World where Freezing Rains Snow world, a gastronomic adventure and a hub for cultural, sports and family activities and urban entertainment had Huge natural Snow filled Mountains and Snow Play area with crazy freezing climate that set the sense for a chilling experience and enjoyed real snow and Activities of sledging, sliding, warming in an Igloo with fire camp, enjoyed skating on the crystal clear ice, dashed few othermates with disco cars in chilled atmosphere let her totally spellbound & Drinks Free at Rain Forest where the dimly lit place has low hanging lights over each table and comfortable seating. Jungle creepers hanging over faux-rock walls around a huge projector TV gives the restaurant a simulated rainforest look good enough for a wild experience. The food menu highlighted Indian, Chinese and Italian cuisines among the few to be listed also CASHBACK offers on a limited amount purchase done on more than 250+ Brands & Accessories as well as electronic gadgets with 5% cashback on downpayment without any BARGAIN or don’t know what would fit the bill? type of situation as price ranges would start right from an affordable price to meet higher end demands and Series of clothes and furniture that epitomizes the brand’s vision of discreet luxury with every creation made into a compelling combination of stunning weaves, prints, embroideries, sensuous materials and impeccable craftsmanship.
With otherwise no time left for oneself in a busy working environment this would be a great chance for all those lovely ladies to make themselves feel so special in a beautiful way !