I know that my last few posts have started with me apologizing for not writing for a long time but fuck it, my life has been pretty sweet of late and I’ve been more outdoors than actually at home. It’s not likely that I’ll forget how lovely it is, most days, to live out of suitcases but it’s nice to do it every few weeks, just so you don’t become too stuck in your comfort zone.
So what have I been doing? Erm, everything – because and I quote “
YOLO Bitches!” I mean, all this time we were living multiple lives and if it weren’t for Drake, we’d never have realized that we have just one life to go crazy over, okay?
Well, that brings us to lists and photos – because the awesomeness has accumulated more with every day I pushed off writing this. And because I’m so nice, I’m just going to post the highlights!
I saw the Petronas Towers – isn’t it featured on a lot of bucket lists? It’s quite impressive and is best viewed at night, all lit up and making the street life that much more magical looking.
I spent a couple of days lounging in Tioman (Dragon) Island. It really is untouched beauty, coral reefs just a short swim away and one of the most spectacular places for a snorkel and sunset.
I visited the Taj – the crowds kinda freaked me out but it was a lot calmer than Delhi, which was alright. Plus, it’s TAJ MAHAL. Enough said.
For obvious reasons, I’ll never stop loving the Mysore Palace. Specially when she’s like this.
Bylakuppe is one of my most favourite places to visit in South India. It’s really peaceful and has so much history. It’s people have so many character and the food is to die for. I take all my visiting friends there – for selfish reasons, obviously.
You’d love it just as much as I did if you love the performing arts. Just on the bay of the Singapore River, the Esplanade (Theatres on the Bay) is one of the best hangouts in Singapore. We even got to hear a Brass band play – it was a lovely evening.
The water levels on the river Cauvery were so low that they discovered a new Chamundi temple in the water. It was breathtaking and we went to visit just as it was being restored (before the crazy crowds could come, looking for miracles).
I love tribal customs and traditions. I visited a village near a rocky hill with holes in them at regular intervals (like seen in this photo). The children have made a game of it, where you are supposed to run on the surface of the hole without your feet touching the bottom. Sometimes, up to 5 children have run this at the same time and not touched the bottom. I, of course, failed miserably at this!
Look at all the crocodiles? They are such fascinating creatures to observe. Went to the crocodile park for the first time since I was a kid and I was just as ecstatic!
Old Delhi is something else, if you have the guts to explore it. The crisscrossing electric lines, the old movie posters, the cha-wallah, the ride in the cycle rickshaw, the MIND-BLOWING food at Karim’s (I would go back to Delhi every week just to eat here), the world heritage sites – Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort, India Gate- these are all things that I had only ever read about in history books. The entire vibe was just magical.
I rode this elephant (she’s fine, I promise) – take that bucket list! 🙂
No trip to Malaysia is complete without eating this nasty fruit, Durian. When I say NASTY, I mean it. I don’t know how I survived but I felt really brave for having tried it. So this has to be on my list. Deal with it.
When you’re travelling non-stop for 7 weeks, it’s places like these that you need without even realising it. This is a small french run restaurant called La Maison Rose (in Pondicherry)
Because no monsoon trip is complete without a trip to the sea.
And the highlight was that when I got back from the trip, I got to manage and meet and greet with the Poets of the Fall who were really down to earth and friendly and nearly squished me to death! Also, their live concerts are CRAZY! Loved every second of it.
THAT IS ALL! 😀
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Sigh. I so want to go to KL again – we went during Diwali, and they had made a HUGE rangoli inside the Petronas. Also, back then there was no Esplanade 😛 boy!
Is Bylankupe the same as Madikeri? Cuz my parents went to the same Buddhist temple in that pic and their trip was to Madikeri.
Croc park – I think the last time I went there I was 5 or 6, holy shit. Haha. Also, Delhi is Delhi *sighs nostalgically*
You went to Pondi!!! I have tons more recommendations for that place, ask me next time 😀 or, ROAD TRIPPPP!!!
Ah, durians! Never had the guts to try them 😛 they even sell durian icecream there, did you try that??
POTFPOTFPOTFPOTF ❤ ❤ ❤ That is all.
It is a beautiful place even if you’re moving from mall to mall on most days. I bet it would’ve been lovely during Diwali. Esplanade and the River Quay are in Singapore – my most favourite places there. I definitely recommend it. And yes, Bylakuppe is on the way to Madikeri, it really is lovely. You should go visit sometime. I grew up around Pondi in the summer and during holidays because my dad worked with NGOs there. I’ll definitely ask you next time. Road trip for sure. And yes, POTF FTW \m/
Yeah it seems so strange now, how fascinated we were back then by malls cuz they hadn’t invaded urban space here yet 😛 Carrefour made me feel tiny though, that store is HUGE. It was beautiful during Diwali, Little India especially – all lit up and decorated! Yup, I know about the Esplanade – it looks like a durian 😛 haha.
I really want to do a road trip now! Goa and/or Pondi. Let’s do it 😀 that’s pretty cool! A lot has changed in Pondi since then for sure.
All hail the poets ^:)^
Lucky gal! I was gonna go see Petronas last September but. 😦
There’s always next time. It’s beautiful at night!
You rode a freaking elephant? Damn, I’m jealous now 🙂 How was it?
Kinda like straddling a giant boat. You sway like that and afterwards you have trouble standing. Lol. But we rode one with a royal carriage so you sit sideways like a lady!
Good to know, that’s what I wanna do, ride an elephant like a lady! Fantastic 🙂
You should come visit sometime. The elephant takes you around the palace grounds. True princess style!
I would love to, haha 🙂
Que belleza !