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.




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.







Kuala Lumpur & Around – Gudu Gudu Minchu

The kind of monsoons in Malaysia is something that i have never experienced before. I stayed around the western ghats in India for most part of my life and its crazy rainfall but the kind of monsoons that you experience here makes the ones in India seem like a trickle. I’ve rarely seen lightning strike when i was in Bangalore or it would seem like its struck at a very far distance. Here its the opposite. Its just loud thunder with flashes of light every few seconds. Its so frequent and scary that it delivers a shiver down your spine. The highways around the city are mostly elevated due to which you have a clear view of the horizon at a distance so its not very uncommon to see lightning strike every few seconds at a distance. Driving can be a nightmare.

I have always been fascinated with the photographs of the lightning strikes and wondered how does one capture it precisely at the right moment. Googled around and found quite a number of interesting articles. Unfortunately all of them require a tripod ( which i left back in India ) and a remote shutter release cable ( which i don’t have ). So i tried my hand at capturing one manually and Here’s the finished product 🙂 I am sure this one could have been better.  It definitely is not as easy as the tutorials and definitely requires a lot of patience ( which i lack for sure 😉 ). Oh and before you start to wonder what i meant by Gudu Gudu Minchu…. It means Thunder & Lightning in Konkani (my native language).







Kuala Lumpur & Around – Jalan Alor

One of the really active streets of KL when it comes to night life and awesome street food is Jalan Alor. Almost in the heart of the famous Bukit Bintang and close proximity to Changkat, Jalan Alor is a treat for sea food lovers. There’s a whole bunch of restaurants offering street side seating with awesome food to tickle all the senses and artists entertaining us with foot tapping music. I would recommend a good weekend at the famous pubs at Changkat and then a hearty meal at Jalan Alor. It will definitely be a lovely end to an awesome evening.