Swaying my body for benefit

The benefit of exercise is something that I waiting to see. If you have not guessed,  then let me tell. The thought of going to workout and gain a bit of stamina suddenly cropped; though it did make circles for a while in my head. But now that I have started, the feeling is so amazing that, I am impressed by myself ( I need a good pat). What is motivating is the people to encourage me; no I haven’t made friends yet. Its the dedication and willingness to have a healthy body from my surrounding is very welcoming. The result is evident. A stronger feeling is in here, out and within.

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But, what I enjoy the most is the music, that force to shake my leg and push me to do that extra bit. Believe me, its just about 20 days. What about those who have been sweating it out for long? How good they must be feeling? I felt the calmness within to tackle bigger situations.

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Post work out, I take a short ride back home. What was different in my usual path , was the lighter moment when the slow wind came by to brush my cheeks gently. I nearly closed my eyes….oops… I did not forget its the middle of the road and no dreamland. In a true sense, rediscovering the word “rejuvenate” was wonderful and harnessing this very moment  everyday is truly blissful.

Let there be bliss in each of our lives.

Loads of  love,

Vannie.

 

 

 

Foggy View-Nandi Hills

How many of us are perfectionist and how perfect is an individual? Is there a way one could measure? I suppose not yet, at the least for character of an individual. And then comes personal issues with non-perfect people, even when it is not quantifiable in general. But what about nature? Is it perfect? I know, its not.

I saw these imperfections created by mountains, rivers, volcano’s, rain, and many more. All these only made our earth beautiful. Its what we see past the imperfections and I am loving them.

Here is a beauty I captured, where I wished to get lost one early morning, running away from the smoky city center.

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A view of Nandi Hills

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The stretching hills

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Swaying coconut trees……..welcoming visitors

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Moss covering the fort wall

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The settled white flower amidst a green surrounding

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Standing out spreading its branches to embrace the droplets from above

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My brother and his lady love….

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An unforgettable view…from the restaurant

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The regular visitor

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Waiting to be showered in Yellow rain

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Our morning breakfast with complimentary view

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Some happy moments…..to cherish….

 

***Nandi Hills is very close to Bangalore, where most bikers race through the fog to the view the best of nature. With a hope to get there soon.yet again…signing off now.

Happy Sunday!!

 

 

Happy Birthday Neel, celebrating 9 years of joy!!

I wish I can hold back time sometime soon. This is just an attempt. For moms, kids grow fast and by the time we realize where they reached, it’s just memories we hold to cherish each of those moments. I make many attempts to capture such acts of my angel, for he is truly special. Beginning his early years, through photo or words, it is important to tell him (in future) how he was or what he did and I am sure, we heard many such acts of ours from parents. Nonetheless, today’s technology has helped us in doing so better than what we had/have. Many “mothers” are in the process, despite their schedules.

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The birthday cake

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From the initial years…..

Here is another occasion, to hold on to. Neel turned 9 this November 11th. We had a quiet party with few friends of his and family. Like every mother, I too could not hold on to my happiness seeing him smiling throughout. The best part was, when he thanked me for the party and told “the entire arrangement was his gift”. It was bit of a surprise, as I did not expect it from him. I realized he growing faster than I expected……..

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Up for the pose

 

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The party attire

cheers!!

Food for Thought-KL part 2

Hola folks,

Here is the second and last part of my food compilation from KualaLumpur. Hope you equally enjoy this, as you did it in, part 1.

 

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Coconut Ice-cream. A street affair- must try.

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Fish & Chips with mayo for my kiddo

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Grilled chicken, mashed potato & brocolli

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A Thai affair-Cashew chicken

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Thai cold tea

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Mango coconut ribbon @ Timesquare

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Mango coconut pandan jelly

 

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Lamb chop, grilled chicken, mash potato & brocolli

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My kiddo’s pizza

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The mayo dip

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@ KL airport

 

Let me know what you think of it. Happy week ahead!!

 

 

A Fishy Sunday

An imbibed tradition for most people in Indian household is to cook non-vegetarian dish, specially on Sunday. When I think why only on Sunday’s? I suppose I got the answer now, when I am working. Preparing something we like with some additional time is more joyous rather in hurry. More importantly when family or relatives are around slow perfect cooking is the only option.

As a child, I remembered eagerly waiting for Sunday , not because I didn’t attend school or had extra time playing with my brother in our little garden. But, waited to have something special than usual. It would mostly be chicken curry or fish curry or fish fry or sometimes lamb stew. Since, my mother is from coastal part of South India, fish was more often cooked over others. My mother is an expert in fish curry. She told me that she hardly eat veggies as fish was cheaper. I wondered how lucky they were. She bought hand full of Anchovies for 50 paise for which I now end up paying at the least Rs.100. Nevertheless, I am not too fond of it, unless my mother cooks 🙂 Fried Anchovies go well with any cold drinks. These days an average family spends a minimum of Rs.500 every Sunday, definitely not a cheaper option. What I hate about cooking fish, is the fact it stinks but can’t do without it.

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A portion of rice with fish curry and prawn semi-gravy

So this Sunday, its Fish and Prawns. Hope all you people are having a lovely Sunday!!

 

Food for Thought-My KL Experience-Part 1

I don’t call back dreaming about food, for at least a year. Yet, cant withhold the fact about me being a big fan of gastronomy tourism, for I do not leave an opportunity to give a tickle to my taste buds should such possibility arise.

The best thing about travel is to try out local authentic food, which is cheaper than commonly available food. Well, it is the case everywhere. Locally famous cuisine plays crucial role is enriching one’s journey though sense experience. Here are some pictures from my recent travel to KL. I agree that the locals flavors weren’t much in here, yet I managed to dig into many others amazing stuff that left me with the thought of getting back.

 

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Ice Cream at the Times Square

 

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Tom Yum Soup @ Thai Joint

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Steaming Cup of Coffee @ Time Sqaure

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A new trial that went wrong…..healthy option

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Back to China

 

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Pizza offer @ Capricciosa, Royal pavilion, Bukit Bintang. One of the finest resturant …recommend a try

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Aahh…A south Indian affair…..Masala Dosa….with coconut, ginger and mint chutney along with sambhar

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My kiddos meal…

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An evening affair with Garlic bread and noddles topped with mussels & squid

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One of the best, Butter Garlic Prawns

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Hummus….worth the ringget 🙂

 

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Pita bread with mayo and chips…..

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Arabic tea with dates….a must try….just love it!!

 

Dedicated to all foodies!!!

 

Love,

Vannie

 

Wedding Crashers

What’s life without “good embarrassments”? Well, I bet each of us have had our own experiences and many of them turn out to be good memories. In my opinion, its good to encounter such situations, despite not being created intentionally.

I spoke to a good friend of mine,  after a month and she had something that we could laugh about for a while. It seems, that they went for a wedding last Sunday; With all the required preparation(getting traditionally dressed and racing off  Bangalore traffic), they landed at the venue that hosted two weddings on the same day. Unsure, where to go, they decided to ask the security guard. Much to their surprise, a Hindu and Muslim wedding were held, rather than a Christian wedding, where they intended to go. To their dismay, it was found that the wedding was held on Saturday. A day late!!!! Happens !!!! But, trust me she is gonna remember this for the rest of life. Its sweet, isn’t it!!

This reminded me another incident. My dad is an easy going person and he is now 64 years, yet is fun to hang around for any age group. He is a gem, I say. His close friend is Prasad uncle, who is equally fun loving.  Since, both friends stay almost about 20 kilometers far, they make it a point to speak frequently and visit atleast twice or thrice a month. Each time they met up, something naughty was up their sleeve, even at this age. Once such incident was when they decided to crash a wedding held at Trivandrum (caution-its not what they practice, but for fun). As they were well dressed, they decided to choose a venue, which seemed to be hosted by someone well to do. It was not hard, as the venue itself speaks about financial capacity. After having chosen one, they made sure to go around greet people (none would know them whom they represent). Then comes the best part, food!! Had sumptuous lunch with 3 payasam (desert) and left with a hearty laugh!!!!

Imagine they did this in their 60’s. How many of us would dare doing this for fun? I believe, that, the only life we are presented should have many such memories.

Have fun people, Have a lovely weekend!!

Cheers

Vannie