Decided i was going to sneak out to dive with the Mantas at Nusa Penida. This was more a celebratory dive since i was holed up in my room preparing for my PMI-PMP certification (which i cleared 🙂 ) for three weeks. Landed in Bali and i quickly signed up with Neptune Scuba Diving. I sent them an enquiry and Yoga from the dive club got in touch with me and walked me through the options. I was a bit skeptical since i read everywhere that you needed to be atleast Advanced certified to dive at Nusa Penida and i was only a few dives old. Yoga assured me that i was going to be in good hands and i decided to go ahead with the dive trip. I signed up for a full day 3 dive package which included pick up and drop from the hotel. Gracia was going to be the dive master who i was going to be tagged with. She was extremely professional and fun to dive with. I had my first experience watching the majestic Manta Rays at Manta Point during the first dive. The water was murky and the visibility was poor but i am not complaining. Second dive was at Crystal bay where we saw two Octopuses mating, saw a moral eel, hermit crab, flounder, etc. Third dive was my first drift dive experience. The corals at SD point were bright and colorful. We even saw a pair of huge turtles and hung out with them for a few minutes. Another couple who accompanied us on the trip told me they saw a whale shark and they signalled us to join them but we were too late. Wish i could have had some proof but the word goes that if no proof, then you didnt see it 😉 Heres a brief video of the dive experience.
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Probably the most impromptu vacation ever. This time to Laos, wedged between Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and China. Temple run continues in another Southeast Asian country having deep buddhist and hinduism roots. Another country struck off the list.
This post is probably 2 years overdue. Just realised i have been spending an awful lot of time on work and have not taken time to update the blog. So here goes, catching up a two year old journey update to Vietnam.
Keeping up with the tradition of taking on new experiences on each anniversary, this time we travelled to Vietnam. With a bucket list of items to tick including a gastronomic exploration in Hanoi to the magnificent Halong bay cruises to the tunnels at Saigon.. We did it all during our 5 days.
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.
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 🙂 .
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.
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.