Dive while you can

Yay.. Another country and another item knocked off the bucket list. I am finally a SSI Certified Open Water Diver.

#40underforty 🙂

Check out the full post here. 😀


Hong Kong & Macau

Hong Kong & Macau.. an action packed vacation on a tight schedule… One of the best destinations to visit.. After last year’s vacation to Bali, wifey  had only one condition… we visit some place cold.. the weather was at its best all throughout the trip. We did a 4 nights & 5 day trip covering most of Hong Kong and Macau. Definitely not a budget trip and not for anyone who hopes for a relaxing holiday. Ours was a tight packed itinerary and something definitely not for the ones who are slow on their feet.

Read my detailed blog post here.



Nagarhole & Ranganathittu

One of the last trips we did before we moved out of Bangalore was a trip to Nagarhole National Park which is around 250KM from the city. Quite a wonderful experience 🙂 . You can get all the information bout the park here. We stayed at the Kings Sanctuary resort which was just outside the park. You can read my tripadvisor review here. The park restricts vehicular movement between 18:00-06:00 each day. There is no entry fee to the park however one needs to register at the check post. The jungle safari however has a nominal fee. The safari is conducted twice a day.. Mornings from 6-9 and evenings from 3-5pm. Would recommend that you reach early atleast an hour before start to reserve seats. On our way back we visited Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary.  The sanctuary is a short detour on the Bangalore Mysore highway right after Srirangapattana town. One can cover the entire distance in bout 3 hours. Definitely recommend taking the boat ride. You can find more information bout the park here. Some of the pics that i clicked during the trip 🙂 .






Gray Langur

Malabar Giant Squirrel

Asian Open Billed Stork



Eurasian Spoonbill

Eurasian SpoonBill

Eurasian SpoonBill

Great Egret

Little Egret

Painted Stork

Painted Stork in flight

Painted Stork



Kuala Lumpur & Around – Floria

After the previous post on the Putrajaya Night Cruise, I missed updating the pictures of Floria. At RM3 entry per person, the flower show was the first one of its kind that we attended after the usual ones which i have attended at Lalbagh at Namma Bengaluru.. The show allowed us to compare the standards of the event that’s held back home with what we saw here.  The difference lies in the way the entire event was organised. The kind of involvement from the government and agencies taking part here is commendable. With a wide range of flora to view and under various weather conditions, It gave us a first hand experience of the tropical flora and fauna. Apart from the flower show, they also had several stalls showcasing different types of landscape gardens, alternate materials and techniques used in gardening, interior decorations, etc. They almost had activities for everyone.. kids had a petting zoo with plenty of rabbits running around, also a snake park but that was a pity.. just a couple of lazy pythons and one albino python lying around fully fed 🙂 They also had various performances by fire dancers, local drum beats, etc.. Quite a unique experience.
















Kuala Lumpur & Around – Putrajaya Night Cruise

The annual flower show at Putrajaya – Floria 2014 was one of the nicest weekend trips we did in KL.. After the flower show, we visited the Magic of the Night show by the Putrajaya lake. We saw a number of  decorated floats  with glittering lights brought in from every state in Malaysia. The event showcased the aesthetics of flora and fauna as well as the identity of each participating state. It ended with a wonderful display of fireworks. I wish i could have taken a lot of pictures but the photographs taken at Floria filled up the storage.  One can also take a  cruise in the lake at RM25 per person. the cruise is definitely one of the must do activities in Putrajaya. I would recommend doing this after sunset as that’s when the city lights up in all its glory. Here’s a glimpse of the area around the cruise.