Nepal – Once is not enough!

Nepal Tourism tagline that says, “Naturally Nepal – Once is not enough” holds absolutely true! From trekking up through a rhododendron forest, to ridge walking above 4000m with jaw-dropping views of the Annapurna Himalayas up close, to enjoying gorgeous sunrise views of the entire mountain range from a village on the foothills, to chilling in a resort on a hill overlooking Phewa Lake & Pokhara city, chasing the one horned Rhino on a jungle safari at Chitwan National Park, experiencing the living heritage city of Patan in a traditional Newari home, to devouring delicious momos, sekwa, Dal Bhat and other traditional food in Kathmandu, it was the most eventful, thrilling & enjoyable two weeks I’ve spent in any country, and I am definitely coming back for more!

Thai Fusion food at Wok Pagoda

I am not sure if it’s the love for seafood or the sea-view that lures me to Thailand from Singapore every few months, but it sure is great pigging out on all the mouth-watering Thai food with a view of the gorgeous blue sea, and the beaches are for real! 😉

Riding through the Central Highlands of Vietnam

Before we set out on our road trip through the Central Highlands of Vietnam, I was nervous about riding for the first time in a new country. It took me a while to get comfortable on the motorbike and let my eyes off the road to enjoy the scenic views. But after riding more than 1300 km through half of the country, I am convinced there is no better way to travel in Vietnam than on a motorbike! And the freedom of exploring a place riding on my own adds to the depth of my travel experiences.

Motorcycle Diaries: Offbeat Vietnam

Starting from bustling Ho Chi Minh City in the South to riding through the Vietnamese countryside with gorgeous landscapes of the Central highlands and paddy fields, rivers and emerald lakes, cruising through the misty cloud covered hills at Hai Van pass to the historic UNESCO cities of Hoi An & Hue in Central Vietnam, with excellent roads & amenities, delicious flavorful food, fresh Ca-Phe (coffee) and friendly Vietnamese people, it was an awesome experience to ride through half of Vietnam and experience the local way of life. The thrill of riding a motorbike and the freedom of going anywhere, was a dream realized… leaving me with yet another reverie, of the higher mountains of North Vietnam!

Rustic Kalaw, Myanmar

Surrounded by the misty blue Shan hills, Kalaw is a great place to relax, enjoy the view, other than cycling around exploring the town, to nearby monasteries, pagodas & the market. With beautiful views of the surrounding hills, it’s quite rewarding to spend time at the Buddhist monastery and see the daily life of young Buddhist monks who call it home.

Kumortuli: Where Goddesses are made

On the banks of Hooghly, in North Kolkata is a labyrinth of narrow lanes, older than the city and full of vibrant color and art, Kumortuli – the potter’s colony, where idols of Gods and Goddesses are made from scratch for the Hindu festival of Durga Puja. Various artists work on different stages of sculpting, painting & decorating the idol of Goddess Durga in the workshops here. Deeply engrossed in the making of the Goddess, they look meditative.

Blue Magic: Butterfly Pea flower Kheer

This post is to celebrate a decade of travelling and blogging; a visual treat for your eyes and taste buds, a creation inspired by my love for travel, food and photography – Blue Kheer – a sweet rice pudding from India! The beautiful blue color is from the petals of a Southeast Asian – Butterfly Pea Flower.

Cooking for the soul

Cooking was not one of my favorite things to do, but eating authentic Thai food and watching it get cooked in front of me & plated in a matter of minutes, has changed that. The aroma and freshness of Thai food is both exhilarating and comforting to my senses! So this time in Phuket, while…

Baan Rim Pa – Phuket’s finest in Royal Thai Cuisine

Dining by the sea is one of my favorites. The sound of waves and the rustling leaves from the trees make soothing music and the moist air is so refreshing. All of this with delicious Thai food is almost sinful! Thailand has some amazing restaurants with delicious food and stunning views. The people are warm,…

Coorg: Nature trails and a home-stay experience

Coorg or Kodagu in Karnataka, is a hill station nestled in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, South India. A lush plantation wonderland infused with the intoxicating fragrance of coffee and spices, it’s a perfect get away from city life into the lap of nature. Much of Coorg is used for agriculture with coffee and pepper as the…

Coorg: Berry Coffee!

Coorg is a beautiful hilly town in Karnataka, known for coffee plantations, beautiful views of the hills, and awesome Coorgi food – Pandi curry or pork curry with Kadambuttu or rice balls. Other than coffee and spices, honey from Coorg is one of the best. It’s a peaceful weekend destination a few hours away from Bangalore…

Breakfast all day!

I wish I could eat breakfast all day! 🙂 A few of my breakfast favourites… Masala Chai or freshly brewed coffee… And some light dessert 🙂 Talking about breakfast, the Singapore Zoo is the only place in the world where one can have a jungle breakfast with Orang utans! 🙂 More information on Jungle breakfast…

Enchanting streets of Pushkar

There is nothing like a walk on the street to experience the mood, culture and lifestyle of a place. And Pushkar is a town which is best seen on foot. It’s quite small and can be covered with in a few hours. The colorful little shops & cafes look fascinating against the backdrop of old buildings decorated with street art. The fresh…

Food Photography: Star Anise

Star anise – Other than yummy food, the aroma of this beautiful star-shaped spice reminds me of drunken nights and hangovers! 😉 I love shots of German Jägermeister and Italian Sambuca, and both the herbal liqueurs have anise as an ingredient. Star anise has a strong flavour with a sweet liquorice-like aroma and is also…

Dolce Vita: It’s a sweet life!

Singapore is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines from all over the world, and it’s exciting as there are new places to eat & drink almost every week! In hot and humid Singapore, there is nothing better than a chilled drink any time of the day, or even better, a cocktail made of fresh…

Flavours of India

We associate food with its particular fragrance and there is a special aroma in a mix of finely chopped fresh mint, coriander, crunchy green chillies, onions & tomatoes, sprinkled with fresh lime juice and black salt, which reminds me of the sweet, tangy, spicy & flavorful Chaats (savoury snack) we devoured on the streets, in India as kids. My trip to…

Weekly Photo Challenge : Color

This week’s photo challenge is on COLOR. I love color and enjoy playing with it in my daily work, life & therapy. My interest in color brought about the name of my blog, Color odyssey – my adventures & experiences with color. I hope you enjoy this vibrant journey through MY lens 🙂 Colors of…

Food Photography : Chocolate

After shots of coffee and some fruits in my product food photography series, I decided to photograph chocolate, as it’s one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world. So for all you chocolate lovers out there 🙂 The hand-made chocolate bars ( which are heavenly) are from the famous Italian pasticceria Brunetti from…

Fruit Photography

I’ve been working on product food photography and had posted some pictures of roasted coffee beans and brewed coffee in my earlier post Food photography : Coffee. Here are some pictures of fresh fruits.  

Food Photography: Coffee

I’ve been working on some product food photography. Sharing some photos of roasted coffee beans and coffee that I shot recently. I started learning photography when film cameras were still being manufactured, and have some un-developed films lying in a box since years! While searching for ‘35mm negative film developing’ on the net, I accidentally came…

India Impressions : Corelle

World Kitchen LLC, a global leader in dinnerware, introduced the India Impressions series in August 2011. The dinnerware collection designed exclusively for the Indian market with modern Indian homes in mind, is available across all leading dinnerware stores in India. One of the designs – Melody, designed by Ritu Saini. (Read more) Melody : Inspired by Holi, the…

Thai High

If ever I’ve to choose my last meal, I’ll pick all my favorites from Thai cuisine to get that last high! The bursts of flavor on my tongue and the aroma would be refreshing, satisfying and divine to all my senses alike. It’s a harmonious blend of sweet, salty, sour, spicy and bitter, all of it together. Thai cuisine is extremely diverse as…

Gastronomy : With a view

Eating out was invented for travellers but it’s an important aspect of socializing and is highly sophisticated in today’s world. It gives us a chance to show off our cosmopolitanism in a world which values it. We spend not so much for the food as for the entertainment value and the thrill of being treated like…