Racha : A little piece of paradise

Having lived on the plains & hills of north India most of my life, I’d always wanted to experience living on a beach, where I could fall asleep and wake up to the sound of the ocean. A holiday in Goa is the closest I got, before I moved to Singapore 4 years back and went on…

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…

Beach Bums

Dogs have an uncanny ability to read and respond to human emotions. And humans in turn, respond to dogs with the same hormone responsible for bonding mothers to their babies. This connection of a human with a dog is special. I have noticed that stray dogs, specially those on the beach are more friendly than…

Cambodia Painted

I have been enchanted by Cambodia and its colorful images so I decided to paint a few. Some of my favorite pictures that I took at Cambodia as paintings in water-color and oil. Floating house at Tonle Sap Bayon Temple The road ahead On the road A Cambodian Home Streets of Siem Reap Standing Tall…

Banteay Srei Temple

With just half a day left in Siem Reap, we decide to wake up early next morning and visit Banteay Srei. It’s 25 km away from the other temples and one hour by tuk tuk, but the ride there through the country side was the most pleasant one. The endless views of the flatlands of Cambodia, the…

Evening at Angkor

After the sunrise experience at Angkor Wat,it was a must to see the temple in the light of the setting sun. So, the next day at dusk we head to the temple on our tuk-tuk. The temple is much more crowded at this time. Everyone is eager to catch a glimpse of the beautiful Angkor…

The magnificent Angkor

It’s an early day, we’re on our way to visit the grand Angkor Wat, a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu ( Avatar) – the Preserver. Angkor Wat, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and am excited as its the first time, I’ll experience the spectacular sunrise at the temple. As we cross the bridge over the gigantic Angkor…

Bayon Temple

Prasat Bayon is the main temple of Angkor Thom, and is situated right in the center of the ancient city. As I walk to the temple, the guards at the entrance check my pass. I notice a lot of japanese tourists here, some with their faces covered in hygiene masks. Our guide explains that the temple’s conservation…

Ta Prohm : Jungle temple

In the jungle among the really tall trees is the outer wall of the ‘Jungle temple’ – Ta Prohm. The entrance gate with a Bayon head gopura, leads to a dirt track, on the sides of which are some men under a huge umbrella, playing traditional cambodian music. They are land-mine victims, who now play music,…

Baphuon – A Shiva Temple

Baphuon, a pyramid shaped temple was built in the mid 11th century as the state temple of Udayadityavarman II and was dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. It is located in Angkor Thom, northwest of the Bayon in Siem Reap. In the late 15th century, the Baphuon was converted to a Buddhist temple. One side wall of the temple is in the…

The Elephant Terrace

Built by Jayavarman VII, Terrace of the Elephants is a part of the walled city of Angkor Thom, in Cambodia. Most of the original structure was made of organic material and is lost, only the foundation platform of the complex remains. The terrace is named for the carvings of elephants on its eastern face. The middle section of the…

Angkor Thom – Angkor City

The Khmer Empire, one of the most powerful empires in Southeast Asia flourished from around the 9th to 15th century AD. Founded by King Jayavarmana II, the whole empire covered parts of modern-day Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Burma and Malaysia. It’s greatest legacy Angkor, was the capital city during the empire’s zenith. Angkor Thom, translating to Angkor…

Khmer Cuisine

Khmer cuisine from Cambodia is influenced by the food of neighboring countries of Thailand, Vietnam, China & India. Dreaming about the amalgamation of foods from all these countries, I imagined it to be a burst of exotic flavors. And extraordinary it was, but with a taste that was predominantly sweet. So if you like Asian food…

Floating magic of Tonlé Sap

End October and its the end of rainy season in Cambodia. On Tonle Sap lake,  the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia, the water has submerged the trees and flooded the plains. And yet it seems life goes on normally for the people of the ‘floating village’. Its my first experience of the floating way of life. As my water taxi moves through the village, I realize all houses are floating like rafts, swaying to the waves. They have electricity and amenities like Television, which they power by car batteries! There is a school, a water station, fish and crocodile farms, a church and a police station – all floating on the lake.

Chinese Opera

Chinese believe that the dead return to visit their living relatives during the 7th month and thus the living family would prepare a sumptuous meal for the ‘hungry ghosts’. They feel they have to satisfy the ghosts in order to get good fortune and luck in their lives. During the 7th month celebrations, the Chinese…

Ghost month celebrations

During the 7th lunar month celebrations, the Chinese offer prayers and offerings to the deceased relatives, burn joss sticks, paper money and offer food. These offerings are made by burning fake money notes, which are also known as ‘hell money’. In Singapore and Malaysia, it is a common sight to see entertaining ‘ wayang’ or…

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden at Singapore Botanical gardens is a perfect place for kids to play. Some pictures of the visitor’s center and cafe. Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is Asia’s first children’s garden. Dedicated to all children of Singapore, it is designed to provide unique discovery and learning experiences in a garden setting.