Monday, 28 July 2014

#Singapore HIGH TOWERS, HIGHER HEMLINES, and CRAZIEST SELFIES


As soon as we landed at Changi airport, we boarded the metro train (cheapest mode of transport) to reach our hotel in Little India. The automated voice “lady” in the train spoke in a language that I am familiar with. A few seconds later, I realized that the language was Tamil (surprise surprise!!) Tamil is recognized as the Indian language in Singapore (Didn’t see that one coming!).


From its wide-empty-clean roads to a distinct variety of people, an Indian is sure to fall in love with Singapore. We knew that budget travelling would require us to stay at a cheap hotel. Don’t be repulsed by the word “cheap”. The place was without a speck of dirt and had a very homely feel. There were 4 of us and so we stayed in a room with 2 bunk beds (yeyy from childhood) and attached bathroom (thankfully!). Even though we were cramped for space, it was nice to be together – arguing, fighting, planning, sharing,  and cracking jokes.

Little India is actually a very modern India. It has elements from home, such as temples, Colaba-like stores, and large Indian population. With the prevalence of South Indian restaurants, this place is a modern South India. The South Indian food in Little India can elicit such awe that, other than ghar ka khana, this is the best food I have eaten from down-south (cannot forget the mouth-watering Bisibelabath/Sambar rice).

Speaking about the locals in Singapore, I was intimidated by the glowing skin, lean bodies and silky hair. I wonder how none of them have chubby ankles or big feet or hairy legs (which “normal” people do have). As time went on, I solved this riddle. If seafood is available in such profusion and if it is incorporated in the daily diet with minimal spices, fat and sugar, who cannot be fit, right?


Chubby legs are generally not flattering when you want to wear “super short” shorts every day. If Sari is our national attire, a pair of Black Shorts is Singaporean uniform (not kidding). I saw striped tees and black shorts in excess.

As part of our excursions, we took the Duck tour. This does not imply a tour in the lake with Ducks (fyi - I thought of the same). It starts with a ride on the bus which is in the shape of a Duck and pretty eyes on it :). After a few minutes on the road, the bus gushes into the water and we get to explore the city through the water bay. Since all the exquisite architecture of the heritage buildings and the mighty structures of the financial area are built close to the water, this is a most enjoyable experience.




Our guide was Chinese who had gob smacking sarcastic humor, which was a fun way to share highlights of the cityscape. One such mention was about Singapore Flyer, one of the most attractive structures that define the city. The Flyer used to rotate in clockwise direction. Call it superstition or belief, the government changed the direction to anti-clockwise. Their reasoning was that since the financial sector lies on the left side of the Flyer, a clockwise rotation takes you out of the financial area (supposedly a bad omen!) They spent billions just to change the direction of the Flyer  (wow! rich people!). 


On our first day, we walked our way to explore the area near the Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Merlion. The grandeur of Marina Bay is at par as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and it has transformed Singapore’s skyline. The hotel, with a SkyPark on top, is open for visitors. The 360-degree view from the 57th floor of the SkyPark is mesmerizing. The laser show from the top and the city lights at night are a great way enjoy a beautiful starry evening.


The Singapore Merlion is their national symbol with a story and a reason behind it (Google it!). Even though the area near the Merlion is overcrowded (with people taking endless selfies), that is the area which makes you realize – Yes! I am in Singapore.☺ If Philippines is the Selfie city of the world, Singapore is not far behind. Selfie phones are the most popular in Singapore where the front camera has more megapixels. If this craze continues, the Selfie monopod will soon replace the Merlion as the national symbol!


We managed to reach Gardens By the Bay on time for the Light Show. It is nothing like what I have ever seen before. All the tombs in the Garden are lit up and then the Avatar-like music takes you into a wonderful magical world. Sleep on the floor and stare at the flower studded tombs for the show - Bliss.


Putting up some of my favorite pictures of the city. Enjoy!





This is my first post in the Singapore Series. More to come - Fun experiences at Universal Studios, th zoo and the Jurong Bird Park. I will also cover a post on the Tips and Tricks when you are travelling to Singapore.

Watch this space in the coming days if you are planning a budget vacation to Singapore.

Share your travel moments and fun experiences by leaving your comments below.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

#forever21 MY FLORAL FIXATION



I enjoy posing and showing off outfits that sculpt the body. Not that I don’t have a mind of my own or that I require approval, but a catwalk during my trials is my “feel good factor”. Rarely a lone shopper, my last shopping escapade with my bestie, Dhanashree was proof of my fixation with florals.
Flowers have reigned in art, fashion and architecture throughout the ages. Floral motifs have always ruled the wardrobe of woman as a timeless charm. The best part is that a floral print can never go out of season. All that is required of a sleek and simple floral dress is a sprinkle of attitude.

My better half’s first gift to me was a flower motif pendant. Mom-in-law adorned me with delicate floral design gold bangles for my little fat Indian wedding. My Floralmania is so explicit  that it is visible in my jewellery, my clothing, and even my home decor. J 

This girly impulse is brought out by the mind-numbing rush of colors in hibiscus pinks, ocean blues, and citrus hues. I sometimes wish I was a flower. It does not end there  - if I were a flower, I’d be a purple orchid. I would have the power to brighten up a dull atmosphere by adding elegance just by my presence.

Every time we meet, my girlfriend and I talk about random stuff (from Big Data to Varun Dhawan :D). The tummy is so full of gossip to share that a fortnight is not enough to sum up the craziness between us.
Ever since Forever21 has opened at the Viviana mall in Thane, it is the first place you can find me every time I am in Mumbai. With my previous shopping experience fresh in my mind, I am excited to share the goodies that I picked up. The spring collection was stocked up and I was Rohita in Wonderland. I could not resist buying a floral crop top and a pair of floral bellies.

Enjoy my picks from Forever21 with envy! (add evil laughter here :p). 






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Saturday, 5 July 2014

#trusyjeans FOR SHINY MORNINGS



What does a budding stylist and photographer want for motivation? A girl who loves to dress up and pose! When I approached Neha with my idea, it was like she was waiting for such an opportunity all her life.:) She is wholeheartedly the girl for my first post because of her energy and enthusiasm to get styled and photographed. I was pleasantly surprised with her faith in me.

A lazy shopper, a mountain lover, a free spirited soul (Rare! Very rare!!) – she DOES NOT follow trends. Ask her about her first memory of being fashionable, and she blushes and she blurts, “When my husband and I had started dating.” (true for many girls out there).After experimenting with a few looks, she found her style in a pair of denims, flowy top, and minimalistic jewelry (her fashion version of comfort food :p) Her favorite brands are AND for formal wear and Global Desi for fusion wear (couldn't agree more on this one!).

Ask her to praise an actor’s good looks and pat comes the response, “My Abhi (husband) looks better (awww), but I have made exceptions for Arjun and Salman.” (lolzzz …wink wink).

Since comfort and simplicity defines Neha, we decided on this look – a pair of denims and a floral top – something simple, casual, and  yet preppy with accessories and a printed sling bag.









Denim – Lee Cooper
Top – Zink London
Shoes – Inc5
Bag – Global Desi
Accessories – Aisha, Street wear, Colaba causeway
Makeup – Lakme Absolute Mousse, Maybelline Turquoise


Girls, when in doubt, go for the simplest outfit in your closet. Pair it with bright accessories, hold that head high and you are ready to roll.

I would love to know your views/feedback, please leave your comments below. :)