The best foods in Singapore (1)

Bak Kut Teh

One of the many tales of Bak Kut Teh’s invention was that throughout the olden days of Singapore, an inadequate, starving beggar visited a roadway side pork noodle shop to ask for food. The stall owner remained in destitution, yet intended to aid him.

He boiled a few of his left over pork bones as well as added whatever cheap spices he had to flavour the soup, consisting of star anise as well as pepper which developed a soup looking like tea in colour. Hence pork bone tea was born. Another canon explains that this was a tonic invented to ‘reinvigorate’ the Chinese coolies that worked in the Clark Quay area.

Bak Kut Teh has been in Singapore since we were still a developing country and also deserves its acknowledgment as a simple, simple recipe. The various other variant would certainly be the Klang Bak Kut Teh, a dark and also highly flavoured herbal soup stemming from Malaysia.

Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh: 7 Keppel Roadway, # 01-05/07, PSA Tanjong Pagar Facility, Singapore 089053 (shut on Mon).

Tune Fa Bak Kut Teh: 11 New Link Road # 01-01, Singapore 059383.

Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup: 208 Rangoon Roadway, Hong Structure Singapore 218453 (closed on Mon).

Leong Kee (Klang) Bak Kut Teh: 321 Beach Roadway, Singapore 199557 (shut on Wed).

Wanton Mee

The Singapore Wanton noodles was most likely affected by Hong Kong cuisine, but has come to be entrenched in our culture over the years. The Singapore version is commonly consumed ‘completely dry’, soaked with some light pleasant sauce, slices of pork char siew as well as wanton dumplings loaded with pork, with a tiny bowl of soup on the side.

The Malaysian variation is a darker colored sauce, sweeter sampling mee.

Fei Fei Wanton Mee: 62 Joo Chiat Location, Singapore 427785.

Kok Kee Wanton Mee: 380 Jalan Besar, Lavender Food Square, # 01-06, Singapore 209000 (closed every 3 weeks Wed & Thur).

Parklane Zha Yun Tun Mee House: 91 Bencoolen Road, # 01-53, Sunlight Plaza, Singapore 189652.

Fried Carrot cake

No, this isn’t the American Dessert. This is vice versa. The Singapore Fried Carrot cake is made with eggs, maintained radish (chai poh) and white radish flour pie, which looks like a ‘white carrot’ and how the name transpires.

This is a teochew dish prominent both in Singapore and also Malaysia. Variations consist of the ‘black’ version, which is with sweet sauce (molasses) added, or a crunchy version with the cake fried on top of a beaten egg to create a crust and also pieces of cake. A lot of commonly seen in Singapore though is the sliced up version with individual radish cake cubes.

Carrot Pie (that’s the literal name of the store): 20 Kensington Park Road, Chomp Food Centre, Singapore 557269 (closed on alternate Tues).

Fu Ming Carrot Cake: Blk 85 Redhill Street, Redhill Food Center, Singapore 150085.

Hai Sheng Carrot Cake: Blk 724 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, Market as well as Food Center, # 01-09, Singapore 560724.

He Zhong Carrot Cake: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, Bukit Timah Market and also Food Center, Singapore 588172.

Where stay resort in Singapore? (2)

Moevenpick Heritage Resort Sentosa is a high end restored colonial structure strategically situated bang in the center of the Sentosa Island development.The residence can be gotten to by taxi or by shuttle bus from Singapores worldwide Changi airport.

Movenpick Sentosa

Moevenpick Heritage Resort Sentosa is a high end restored colonial structure strategically situated bang in the center of the Sentosa Island development.The residence can be gotten to by taxi or by shuttle bus from Singapores worldwide Changi airport.The Imbiah terminal on the Sentosa express monorail associates with the MRT, Singapores rapid transport software so a travel to the harbour and also the downtown Central Downtown is rather quickly negotiated.There are company and also conference centers available at the hotel wedding catering for the discriminating company traveller.Universal Studios Singapore is a brief 5 minutes away and the buying as well as casino encounter on Sentosa Island is all handy.

Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa

Sentosa Hotel as well as Spa is a relaxing set-up surrounded by rich exotic vegetation in an outdoor style atmosphere affording an oneness with nature.The style is both colonial and also contemporary with the out-door in-door feeling of a health centre.This resort renowned for its health club hotel and also conscious dining restaurants is a short taxicab drive away from Singapores worldwide Changi airport and also offers magnificent sights of the South China Sea.Take a nature walk through secondary rainforest the home of over 20 types of bird as well as numerous animals within the hotel compounds.Being just a few minutes shuttle trip from Lion Citys Central Business District guests can appreciate fine dining by the waters edge with the magnificent sights over the city or dine alfresco at The Balcony – an eatery that offers a comprehensive range of Chinese as well as Western thrills.

Siloso Coastline Hotel, Sentosa

Siloso Beach Hotel is built on the side of a hillside in the Sentosa beachside area of Singapore.A brief journey from Singapores Changi airport this household resort has a pleasant team of team to fulfill and welcome you on arrival.The seventh flooring is advised as the very best floor to choose.The swimming pool has a rubber sidewalk surrounding it making it risk-free for children to stroll by the side of the water.The breakfast is big on amount as well as not so large on range but the chef has actually been known to prepare meals specifically for visitors who ask for them.Access to all spaces are from outside sidewalks and although being a little aged do have refurbished bathrooms with a lot of warm water and tooth brushes and tooth paste is proved in addition to shampoo, conditioner, as well as shower caps which is consistently a wonderful touch to discover when exploring a resort.

ONE15 Marina Club

ONE15 Marina Club on the waters edge boasts spectacular sights of the harbour as well as the private yachts moored below the citys contemporary streamlined metropolitan as well as company skyline.A skyline that is especially awesome during the night with the city lights reflecting on the waters surface.The Marina Club offers visitors the chance to charter 11 modern private yachts for the well-heeled sea-faring traveller to check out the bordering waters both nearby as well as global unique locales.Reachable by taxi from Singapores Changi airport terminal this hotel lies on Cove Drive and can be made use of as a base to travel to the huge shopping center of Orchard Road or attractions such as the Universal Studios or the Agricultural Gardens for a day or 2.

Amara Sanctuary Sentosa

Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa is a 140 room shop trendy resort hotel embeded in a story of lush exotic yards on a stunning hillside simply mins from the Central Business District and a 40 minute drive by taxi from Singapores global Changi airport.These residences offers the most effective of both worlds being established away from the hustle and also the bustle of the city yet being in shooting distance of the high-rise shopping malls of Lion Citys Orchard Road as well as the citys cultural tourist attractions such as the Fine art as well as History Museums.The resort has numerous dining options, a gym and also health club in addition to a modern ballroom that can hold company meetings as well as events such as wedding events, conventions, as well as birthday celebrations.

Temporary hot flashes after heat and bathing –

Called hot flashes those unusual warmth has happened to the head and face, face, is called hot flashes what happened to the body in addition to the head. Hot flashes is what it is easy to appear when mentally tense or that there is or heat when you embarrassed, but by diseases such as disturbance or menopause the balance of the autonomic nervous, sometimes chronically hot flashes occur.

The human body, it can shrink the blood vessels in response to cold or heat, and can be expanded, we have the regulation of body temperature. You can not work under the scorching sun, when a blood vessel by or have used a long time in the bath is made of the state of the remains to expand, and an abnormality in the blood circulation of the brain, a temporary hot flashes will occur.
The balance of the female hormone is disturbed affect the autonomic nervous system, occurs abnormal blood vessels on the surface of the skin or extend or shrink, it may be dizzy. In particular and menopause before and after menopause after childbirth, it helps disturbed the balance of the female hormon.
Public in becoming feverish suddenly face nervous when you talk to it is temporary, but it is easy to feel chronically hot flashes and or followed by tension and mental stress. This is because the blood vessels become extended slightly disturbed the balance of the autonomic nervous
When accompanied by hot flashes in fever, it will be considered, such as infection or heatstroke, such as colds and flu. Other, sweating in hot flashes or hot flashes, palpitations, hyperthyroidism when accompanied by symptoms such as hand tremors, hot flashes and hot flashes when the subsequent autonomic imbalance, menopause, is suspected, such as hypertension. It may also occur hot flashes causing hypertension therapeutic agent.

Cold-causing viruses, such as the nose and throat, and from such as bronchial enter the body, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, phlegm, sore throat, symptoms appear, such as fever, sometimes hot flashes and hot flashes occur due to heat . Cold will heal in a normal about one week unless aggravated.

It occurs by infection with influenza virus, out suddenly 39 ℃ before and after the high fever, joint pain, chills, such as thrill, headache, symptoms such as fatigue appears. Peak 2-3 days of fever, hot flashes by high fever, hot flashes occur, such as will appear pain then runny nose and throat.

If you greet the menopause which refers to about 10 years of menopause before and after, the balance of the autonomic nervous is hot flashes collapsed due to a rapid decrease in the female hormone (estrogen), hot flashes, irritability, palpitations, a variety of trouble in mind and body, such as dizziness and stiff neck It caused you. symptoms face flows sweat on the neck and back is suddenly hot and Ka~tsu is referred to as the hot flash, it is often symptom of things that appear in the first half of the menopause.

CHIKMAGALUR – The Coffee Land of Karnataka – The Travel Bug Bit Me!

Summer begins early in Bangalore, largely in the past few years. For reasons I won’t bore you with in this post, come February, all we want is a getaway to escape the soaring temperatures and avoid getting baked in the afternoon sun. Chikmagalur seemed like the perfect place to do that and more. Located at the foothills of the Mullayanagiri Range, this little town bestows the clichéd “picture perfect”, watercolour painting-like scenes that not only deceived us into being in a parallel universe but also astonished in a way because this beauty lay so close to home. Well, close because it’s a short road trip away, about 4 hours although it did take us longer since the husband and me were keen on a stopover at a little town called ‘Channarayapatna’. Significant mainly because my husband spent a good chunk of his childhood here. A serious case of nostalgic fever was evident on his face as we clicked away pictures of him and a bunch of students from the alma mater. The little things, no?
Chikmagalur is also called The Coffee Land of Karnataka, which means acres of rolling green hills displaying elegantly scattered white blossoms. These coffee flowers look like exaggerated  forms of the simple daisies but it’s the way Mother Nature decided to present them that catches the eye.Rather than a stem that holds a single flower, these stems balance a long row of ivory flowers that can cheat you into believing that a mortal meticulously arranged them.
Our home for the next few days was the Eagle Eye Resorts. It was midday when we checked in and our benevolent hosts welcomed us with a glass of fresh strawberry juice & a hot lunch. I have to say, the real magic began early next morning when a peek outside our cottage window revealed a jaw dropping view of the mountains enwrapped in a cloud of silvery mist….enchanting to say the least. Might I quickly add that holidays, of any kind, have a way of transforming a hopeless nocturnal into a morning person…guilty as charged!
A quick breakfast and we were on the road rudderlessly driving our way off the beaten path, stopping & snapping pictures, with only music, light drizzles of rain, sweeping views of coffee estates & silence to keep us company. It was about an hour into the drive when my husband remarked as to how we didn’t happen to find a Cafe Coffee Day ( a popular coffee hot spot in India) considering the fact that Chikmagalur is where they primarily source their coffee from. A google search and the next thing I know, he’s  pulling over at the The Serai….a luxurious Cafe Coffee Day resort that we visited four times in the next 2 days. Not only do they have stunning views of their property and an incredible coffee lounge, their chef happens to conjure up the most extravagant of buffets with a vast vegetarian spread (these short visits for our timely lunches & dinners prompted us to plan a stay at their other resorts inKABINI & BANDIPUR).
The following day we drove through serpentine roads up the Mullayanagiri hills (which is the highest peak in Karnataka), amidst heavy rains pitter pattering noisily on the hood of our car.I have to admit, I was a little jittery every single time I saw a vehicle coming from the opposite side because as we went higher, the roads were extremely narrow, allowing for just one vehicle to pass, forcing us to be more cautious than ever. But, we eventually got to the top and the rain continued to tumble from the grey skies. We were standing on the mountains, in the midst of clouds, letting the rain soak us. After all, how often does one get to experience something like this?
At one point the clouds wrapped us snuggly like a blanket, obscuring all vision except a faint sight of each other.An illusion of being alone, of being one with the skies. Few seconds later, they parted to unveil mist kissed mountains with a haze of emerald green. This happened for a while. When Mother Nature is in a mood for some joyful play, you do nothing but play along and simply thank her for the stroke of serendipity…
Next stop,Kudremukh,meaning, “horse face” in Kannada . Belonging to the Western ghats as well, it is the third highest peak in Karnataka, India. We drove in the thick of the Kudremukh National Park,  a rainforest, for about an hour. While the Rain Gods had settled, the dense canopy of green smattered with sparkling droplets of water came to life. The soil still wet, the air fragrant of dampened earth, a faint, fresh breeze…..I would seem greedy if I asked for more….
Let’s take a look at some pictures, shall we?

The Coffee Plantations

Pretty flowers of the Coffee plant

Breathtaking views from the resort

Our hut-like cottages at the resort

The view from atop the Mullayanagiri Hill Range

Here’s a video of the drive through a rainy Mullayanagiri mountain range (notice how narrow the roads are & the lack of barriers along the edge)

The Serai, Chikmagalur

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, 
  There is a rapture on the lonely shore, 
  There is society, where none intrudes, 
  By the deep sea, and music in it’s roar
  I love not man the less, but nature more.”
-George Gordon Byron
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Québec City – The Travel Bug Bit Me!

It was a lazy friday morning. Owing to the Labor Day weekend, our morning began much later than it usually does on busy weekdays. A well laid out plan had been devised for the long weekend: Pop by the CN tower that beckoned us for a visit, considering it stands tall in our backyard, cram ourselves with Mexican at Milagro’s, devour gelato’s at the Distillery district, cycle along Lake Shore ( an essential at this point, considering the calorie consumption!). At 4:30pm, I looked into the wardrobe, racking my brains, wondering what to wear, when the husband said took me by a jolt,
Husband: “Hey, do want to got to Québec City?
Me: Huh??? Hmmm…it’s a long drive, it’s last minute, it’s not planned, it’s…..
Husband: Come on, it’ll be fun, let’s go!!!
Me: Are you sure? It’s a long drive, it’s….
Husband: It’ll be ok!
Me ( his excitement slowly easing into me): OK!! Let’s do it!
That’s how the first weekend of September, 2015 went from being an organised, well thought out four days into an unplanned vacation at Quebec City. I won’t lie, a part of me was fraught with apprehension, taking into account hotel accommodations, car rentals, etcetera. But in vain because I came to realise later, unplanned vacations brim with serendipitous encounters, like meeting new friends…unexpected but full of surprise.

After a previous sprint at yet another historic region in Québec, good ol’ Montreal, we were accustomed to the French influence as much as newcomers to Canada should be. Bonjour, Comment Allez Vous & Merci were part of my vocabulary now although anything beyond that would swoop right over my head.
Despite driving long hours ( Québec City is about an 8 hour drive from Toronto. We took a break after a 4 hour drive and then resumed our journey early morning) through the night & catching hardly any sleep, we were battle ready in the early morning….the irony about holidays I suppose. I’m going to try & take you on a little journey through Old Quebec in the hope that it will help you if you do happen to visit sometime…let’s see if I’m any good….
Old Québec is a historic landmark in the city…an age old grey stone arch for a welcome and if you’re keen to experience the past in true flavour, there’s horse carriages too. An entrance through the arch leads to a long,narrow alley lined by tall restaurants with Italian food & Poutine & a million other droolworthy food options, bursting & overflowing clusters of flowers, souvenir stores with walls of magnets & tons of colour….awnings in yellow, window sills in viridian, rooftops in deep crimson & pansies in violet & purple. At the far end is the Chateau Frontenac, sitting proud atop a cliff, also apparently the most photographed hotel. Not surprised though, it can mislead you into thinking it’s a castle. ‘Chateauesque’ architecture, they call it, after the French country houses (Chateau), defined by a multiple, random eruption of structures crowned by spires & pitched roofs.
The open space around aka the edges of the cliff ( not to worry they’re barricaded) are mostly occupied by tourists taking in the calm of the St. Lawrence River and indefatigable street artists.
Step down a little to the left, a little to the right & land at the Place Royale. Stand & stare at the Fresque Des Québécois , a colossal fresco painting depicting life in Old Quebec, replete with paintings of writers & artists(Picture below) .Then put your feet up & relax at La Maison Smith, a cafe, with a coffee, a croissant & a book. Panacea.
Then walk down to the Lower Town.  A warm summer afternoon meant a swarming of tourists, so we pushed & shoved and finally made our way down to the entrance of a tiny alley. People were zealously shopping for jewellery, waiting in line at restaurants, overall a noisy albeit a merry affair. I have to say, as much as I yearn for peace & quiet, I like happy crowds, I like happy people being happy, commotion or whatever,…it makes me happy.
That being said, a stark contrast to that , bang in the centre of this hustle bustle, like it landed out of nowhere…a little park, festooned with paper lanterns, a kind musician playing soulful European tunes, swings for kids & adults alike, benches long enough to stretch the legs and catch a wink……Silence.Out.
Now, we take a look at pictures,

The Parliament

The stony arch 

Streets of Old Quebec

The Chateau Frontenac by the day & night

Fresque Des Quebecois

Place Royale

The Lower Town

A piece of heaven amongst chaos

This guy used wooden spoons to play the traditional music of Quebec which is a mash up of Irish & French. Notice the energy & joy on his face..these musicians really do change the aura around the place…

You can’t miss art..

It won’t be fair to end this post without mentioning the Montgomery Falls , which is about a 20 min drive from the city. Reviews compared these falls with the mighty Niagara whose roar & magnanimity is obviously amiss here but I also think it’s unreasonable to compare the two. These falls are like a bridal veil, graceful & poised, and on hot days, a vision like this is undoubtedly a sight for sore eyes. If you’re in a mood for some workout, climb down the wooden steps, like we did, stand close to the water & let the droplets sprinkle on you. Then, climb back up. It’s long but we all need something to burn off those notorious pizzas & pastas….Do check out my other blogs on art & food…my two other loves!
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Melia Bali Resort Nusa Dua Bali Indonesia

Melia Bali Villas and Resort Spa is just 12 km or 20 minutes drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport and 30 km or 45 minutes drive from Denpasar.

Relax on the golden sands of Nusa Dua beach. Bask in the warmth of our staff for whom your comfort is their genuine pleasure and nearby is a championship 18 holes golf course and a complex where shoppers can browse among intriguing arts and crafts from all over Indonesia.

Melia Bali

P.O BOX 88 Nusa Dua Bali 80363, Indonesia.

Accommodation at Melia Bali

Melia Bali set amongst 25 acres of spectacular lush tropical gardens, with a large lagoon style pool winding gently through the hotel grounds located on the beach in Nusa Dua on the southern Peninsula of the Paradise Island of Bali.

All of the rooms have been elegantly decorated with tradisional Balinese furniture, feature a private bathroom with hair dryer, air conditioning mini bar, satelite TV, direct dial phone safety deposite box and balcony / terrace. 24 hours room service.

Superior Room

74 Superior rooms are available exclusively at the ground level, featuring spacious patios and terraces especially angled to capture vistas of the resort’s lush tropical gardens. Newly equipped with 29-Inch Flat Screen TVs, the Superior inventory includes 39 kings, 26 Hollywood twins and 9 Hollywood twins and sofa beds (bedding configuration is subject to availability upon check in), all with richly polished furniture and a warm, contemporary atmosphere. 

Deluxe Room Garden View

The resort has completed renovations which upgraded 247 Superior category rooms to Deluxe to enhance our guests’ comfort and enjoyment. Renovations include a selection of 104 king-bedded rooms with sofa beds, 111 Hollywood twin rooms and 26 Hollywood twin rooms with sofa beds. All the rooms feature contemporary tropical d�cor with canopied beds, gleaming tropical wood floors and sleek furnishings. New 32-Inch LCD TVs completes the upgrade.

Guests are welcomed with a fruit basket and fresh white orchids in the room.

Junior Suite

50 unique Junior Suites (split level) provide spacious accommodation within 71 square meters. The marbled entry-level comprises separate living and dining areas. Sliding glass doors open up to the balcony with a view of mature, exhuberant gardens.

A teak stairway ascends to a teak-floored loft with king or twin beds. Spacious wardrobes contain an electronic safe. The large marbled bathroom has a bathtub, shower, and vanity with sink. Cotton bathrobes and slippers are provided for guest comfort.

Family Room

Each of the rooms features a master bedroom and a lower level for children. The marble foyer flows into the lower-level children’s room, which is fitted with twin and sliding beds. The 40-inch LCD TVs entertainment system includes on-request Play station II equipment to keep the youngsters amused. Located in Buildings II, III and IV, the spacious patio of each Family Room is angled to capture the resort’s beautiful tropical gardens.

Maximum capacity: 2 adults and 3 children below 12 years.

Lagoon Access Suite

Each of the 48 square meter Lagoon Access suites will feature a private patio giving direct access to the Resort’s new Lagoon just steps away.

Guests in the Lagoon Access Suites will enjoy many privileges, starting with a welcome drink, fresh fruit and flowers in the room on arrival, and local and international newspapers.

A specially designed comfortable day bed with a trundle for children will ensure the supreme comfort of family travelers enjoying the lagoon and garden view and a 37″ LCD television.

Spacious marble bathrooms offer separate large tubs, standing showers and the latest in contemporary fittings.

A glass door will lead to the private patio where chaise lounges will welcome those who want to relax and admire Meli� Bali’s lush tropical gardens over the elegant crystal clear blue Lagoon.

The resort�s new room type will offer the highest number of lagoon access suites on the island.

Maximum occupancy: Maximum 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years or 3 adults only

The Level Lagoon Access Suite

HE LEVEL Lagoon Access Suites are an exclusive resort area with privileged rooms and service, offering a pampered and uniquely warm experience to discriminating travelers and honeymooners.

Each of the 48 square meters THE LEVEL Lagoon Access suites will have a private patio offering direct access to Resort’s new Lagoon just steps away.

Guests in THE LEVEL Lagoon Access Suites will enjoy many privileges, starting with a personalized coconut welcome drink, fresh fruit and flowers in the room on arrival, and local and international newspapers.

They will start their morning with breakfast at Sorrento, El Patio Restaurant or in their suite with Room Service, and then pass the day relaxing at the private Villa Pool and Beach, with afternoon tea or coffee and snacks by the Villa Pool.

Of course free unlimited internet access is available 24 hours a day.

Guests will enjoy exclusive check in & check out at THE LEVEL Lounge, 24 hour Butler service, complimentary Mini Bar on arrival, personalized bath robes, complimentary pressing for up to two pieces of light clothing daily and a one-time 60 Minute Balinese Massage at the YHI Spa.

The resort’s new room type will offer the highest number of lagoon access suites on the island.

Maximum occupancy: Maximum for 2 adults only.

Click The Travel Goes on

When we got to SAPA there was lots of Black Hmong tribe woman asking if you wanted home stay but better to book in advanced. As one of our friends did that they said the home stay was packed with lots of travelers and the next day they stayed in a hotel.

Our tour guide called Chan meet us at the bus stop and we went to a hotel we meant to stay the second night. We dropped all our things and just took want we needed as she said it is a long walk.

I thought the walk was going to be about 1 to 2 hours but it ended about 5 to 6 hours to get to the homestay. SAPA is on the Indochina Mountain (Mount Fansipan) at 3,143 meters, 

As to my amassment I thought I can handle the walking the mountain but I did not have the good grip and was falling a lot and my cardio needs improving. Our tour guide was only 20 years old and younger than me.

The place is very beautiful with lots of rice fields so that took our mind away from the pain of walking for hours. It was nice finding out all about the black Hmong tribe.  We were meant to stay for 2 and half days and the on the 3day go to the hotel nut we loved it so we stayed for 3 days. The one thing that stuck with me is how happy everyone is and how kind they are to us.

The food at the home stay was amazing and we got to make homemade spring rolls and try rice wine that was very strong and one fo my friends took a sip of it and nearly chundered up.
The next day we had a 5-hour walk to a waterfall and to a small village seeing how people live and It was amazing and I would recommend it. On the last day, we went back the hotel to get our bags and the bus back to Hanoi.

When we went to the bus station we waited for 2o minutes and did not see our bus and thought we missed it but asked someone at the bus station and they told us where to go.  The bus came and it was very small like a mini bus and we thought it would be a big bus and it was

EcoSapa Limousine bus was the type of bus we went on. Yu can read more about at https://www.hanoisapatrain.com/sapa-bus.html. The bus came with heating and leather seats flashy bus. The bus driver also picked up another passenger and it was a guy who worked at Downtown Hanoi Backpackers where we were going to and he said he knew the manager so we got a free drink when we got to the hostel in Hanoi.

Caring for Terrapins – Traveldiscoverynews

A terrapin is a member of the reptile family and very similar to a turtle. When you are caring for terrapins, one of the most important things to remember is that a terrapin cannot regulate its body temperature. They are dependent upon their surroundings to draw enough heat to stay warm. You will need to provide a heat lamp for your terrapin in order for it to stay healthy.

Terrapins don’t like to be picked up or even touched, so you need to content with just watching your terrapin. They can live up to twenty years, so be sure you can take care of it and not abandon your terrapin when you tire of it.

Caring for terrapins requires some planning. You will need a tank or aquarium with enough room to supply your terrapin with a wet area for swimming and a dry area so they can bask in the warmth of a heat lamp. Your terrapin will also need a place to crawl under or into and hide when it wants to get away. This can be built from stones or wood.

Caring for terrapins also means keeping the tank clean. Ideally, it needs to be cleaned every day. If this is not possible with your schedule, you may want to feed your terrapin from a dish instead of on the floor of the aquarium. If you do feed your terrapin on the floor of the aquarium, be sure to remove any food that is left over immediately. It can spoil and begin to smell. Regular cleaning of the aquarium will help keep your terrapin healthy.

Caring for terrapins also include the necessary diet. Terrapins will need a combination of animal proteins, fruits, and vegetables. Some of the foods terrapins like are:

Meat (small bites of cooked chicken, turkey, or beef)
Worms (mealworms, wax worms, or earthworms)
Lettuce
Strawberries
Kale
Bananas
Apples
Terrapin pellets (found at most pet supply stores)
Powered bone meal (provides calcium)

Your terrapin will also require fresh water daily, not only in their drinking water, but in the water they swim in as well. You can also use a filter to help remove chlorine that may be present in tap water.

Caring for terrapins includes allowing enough space for your pet. If you have more than one terrapin, you will need to allow for additional space or they may fight.

Also, if your terrapin appears to be sleeping around the clock, he is more than likely ill. You may want to see if there is a veterinarian close by that is familiar with reptiles. There are medications available for sick terrapins.

After touching your terrapin or cleaning its tank, you need to be sure to wash your hands thoroughly. Terrapins can carry diseases which can cause flu like symptoms. Hand washing is the best way to prevent you from catching it.

You can learn a lot about reptiles when you are caring for terrapins. These are amazing creatures and they are interesting to watch. Since they live so long, many people will continue caring for terrapins into adulthood.

source: Caring for Terrapins

GOA Vacance – 1 – The Travel Bug Bit Me!

“Respond to every call that excites your spirit”
-Rumi

“The Goa Chapter”…A reunion with the husband’s friends/friend meant that we(I mean the wives) were entailed to listen to long & hilarious episodes of their bachelor- day holidays in Goa. He’d been there a couple of times and having heard so much about the place and the the fun times there, I think my curiosity was getting the better of me & I was eager to experience Goa. There we were on the 25th of November 2012 and I came to realise, what I had missed all these years. Excited  is an understatement to what I was feeling.It was finally happening & I was more than ready to soak in the sun & go beach hopping considering the umpteen number of beaches there! The weather is perfect too in the winter season…pleasant, breezy and just the right amount of ‘hot’.
However, Goa is more than just sun,sand & sea…there exists something hypnotising about the air, the people & their laidback, friendly attitude that will “call” you over & over again. Unquestionably, addicting. And that’s the reason the my title reads “Goa Vacance-1”. There are sequels to this story because we vacationed again in 2013 & 2015 and those posts will slowly follow this one up. I read somewhere that living in Goa is like a 365 day vacation & I now understand why…..there is no demand or pressure of a busy city life thereby giving you a chance to experience calm & content. If you ask me, it’s the ideal getaway in India, a place to just let go & unwind.
We stayed at Morjim(North Goa) at the Montego Bay Beach Resort. Quaint little cottages just perfect for a couple and the beach for a view.The hammocks held by tall coconut trees, just outside the cabin, are perfect to nap on lazy afternoons…the massive leaves of the tree move pleasingly with the breeze and provide a cover from the blazing sun…..it’s a time to forget the hustle bustle of the city & get some shut eye.
Dusk was reserved for long walks along the beach. The sounds of the pounding waves, the waters kissing our bare feet, the stunning array of colours on the sunset sky….If I could freeze these moments, I would. I’m an ardent lover of the glistening evening sky and I believe, no number of watercolours or canvases could replicate it’s sheer beauty. A line from ‘Stray Birds’ by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore seems apt,
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to the sunset sky.”

Food is not a hassle as the resort has a wide range menu for the entire day. Although, with us being vegetarians, we decided it’s a good idea to find a place that would suit us better aka SITA. Sita is a small restaurant in Anjuna that took care of our food needs like an Adigas/Darshini in Bangalore. If you’re wondering how we got there 2 times a day then you have to know that if you are a licensed two wheeler rider, all you have to do, is ask your resort manager & he will hook you up with a bike of your choice for as long as you need it! Ah! Away from the insanity of traffic, the wind in my hair, we rode our ‘Yamaha’ like we wouldn’t see one again! Good times!

Vasco Da Gama brought the Portuguese to Goa who colonised and ruled here for over 450 years, starting in 1498 but the influence still remains whether it’s the cuisine, culture or the myriad of churches.
Today, Goa is home to not only to Indians & the descendants of the portuguese but countless foreigners from the world over. The warm sun & sand are a welcome contrast to the harsh winters of the west and undoubtedly, the vibe here beguiles you into being in a foreign country.
There are two options for tourists in Goa….you can either sight see and acknowledge the historical background of the place OR do nothing which is as nice. Since I was a first timer, I was curious to explore.
1.Chapora Fort– A short hike on a hillock to the ruins of this ancient fort granted a splendid view of the Vagator Beach & have been captured in many a Bollywood movie!

2.Fort Aguada – Built by the Portugals to defend themselves from the British & Marathas, this historical fort & lighthouse, overlook the waters of the Arabian Sea.

3.Panjim – A drastic change from the small towns & villages of Goa which are dominated by beaches & nature, is Panjim. With a shopping mall here & there, the glimmering “boat” casinos on the waters of the Mandovi River and the abundance of traffic, it screams of city life. It’s also home to the Chapel of Our lady of the Mount.

4.Anjuna Flea Market – The Anjuna Flea Market is a bargain & a window shopper’s paradise replete with clothes & junk jewellery. Aside from that, what struck my attention were the many varieties of tea…Our love story with tea began in Sri Lanka and both my husband & me have become loyal tea drinkers. With our Dilmah pouches long gone & finished, we were pretty thrilled to find not just chocolate, strawberry & mango flavoured tea but so many more! Surely it was time to stack up the tea shelf!
On a side note, as tempted as you are, be warned of the super high, impractical prices that sellers ask for their wares especially to foreign faces…

Well, this trip ends here but little did we know, there’s more to come. Our next journey to Goa was nothing short of an adventure!

Do check out my other blogs on art & food…my two other loves!
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Perfectionists are not perfect. | Traveling Anchors for Two

My almost weekly job search today led me here: the creation of this blog and of course, my first post!! I have NEVER been satisfied in my job and actually, come to think of it, there are several aspects of my life in which I am not satisfied. I am always thinking I need a change, or this should be like that, or why isnt my life “perfect”. Is there really such thing as being content or having the perfect life?

So how does one find satisfaction within themselves, contentment with what they have, and the acceptance of the world they live in?

First thing’s first, you have to be happy with yourself, know yourself and absolutely accept yourself for who you are. Of course there are sometimes going to be little things you want to work on and things that you know you can do better, but being content with yourself will allow you to start becoming satisfied with other areas of your life. For me, I am still in midair, leaping over this hurdle. It takes time.

Over the last couple of years I have become more aware of and learned a lot about myself, but I’m not completely content or satisfied. With this blog, I am hoping to learn first about myself, where I really want my life to go and to figure out what is most important in life so I can teach my daughter the same. I want to, no wait, I WILL become a happy, content individual and will LEAD the “perfect” life: the life God has chosen for my daughter and I. Before I gave birth to my daughter and really learned what true love was, I was lost and lonely, unhappy and depressed. Two years later (which I wish would have been sooner, oh wait, we are practicing acceptance) I have realized it is time to makes some big changes. Time for a new chapter. More appropriately, time for a new BOOK! (And yes, I’ve had a lot of these: new beginnings, new starts, etc., but I’ve never put it in writing, so maybe this time it will really be life changing.) In the last two years and with the new found realization that my life is no longer just about me and my actions will directly affect another human being (my daughter), I have began to accept myself, tried to love myself, and started looking for ways of getting to our best life. One of the most important WAYS is the realtionship I have with God which has recently grown and I know can only continue to change my life for the better.

I turned 30 this year, but I still have a lot of learning and growing to do. I want to know about myself and the world around me and I’m hoping this blog will help do just that.