Monday, September 29, 2014

Avenue of Stars A Place for People to Unwind in Hongkong

As I came out of Tsim Sha Tsui and was walking towards the Promenade.Being Sunday I can see lot of youngsters walking towards the Harbour front.This stretch of sea front is lined with Hongkong in the 100 year film history, cine stars who have contributed to the city.No doubt Hongkong city is called the Hollywood of Orient.One can find the details about the Hongkong actors and actresses,souvenir shops,photo kiosks in this stretch.

Hongkong,Avenue of stars,Avenue of Stars, Harbour, Hongkong, Instruments, Kowloon, Singer, Symphony of Lights,

Thursday, September 25, 2014

World Is Connected In Dots And Lines

Kolam the traditional art is drawn in every house entrance be it a village or city and it requires patience and skill of the person to draw it in a systematic way connecting the dots with lines or arcs.Madras(chennai) which is the cultural capital of India conducts many festivals throughout the year and are centered around temples and sabhas. One such festival is jointly organised by Mylapore Times and Sundaram Finance is the Mylapore Festival in the month of January which is well received by the Public for many years.

India,Chennai,Madras,Mylapore Festival,Kolam,

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mosaic Of Movement In Hongkong

After having fun with the Dolphins in the Tai O fishing village which is also called venice of the orient I reached Ngong Ping an another sleepy village and started waiting for the slow boat back to Hongkong Victoria Harbour.As I watched I saw a few people waiting near the boat quarry.I asked a person who was sitting next to me about them.

Hongkong,Symphony Of Lights,Star Ferry,Skyscraper,Lantau,Tai O

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Dangerous Fall In Good Company

Drowning takes many lives and I do not want my fellow Backpackers to be a part of it.Never play with water if you do not know swimming.Always talk to the locals about the water conditions before you take a plunge.I have read many articles on Tubing in Laos and how it is banned now.Our life is precious.Live to enjoy life and do not venture for the sake of fun.Below I give some statistics about the loss of human life in US for Travel Enthusiasts.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

When Parks Turn Fatal


S-Stay hydrated(Drink plenty of water and Electrolyte drinks)

M-Move to the shades very often

A-Avoid hiking in the heat of the day


Monday, July 7, 2014

Beyond Language - Borobudur Temple A UNESCO World Heritage Site

We were visiting to Borobudur Temples which is retaining its one of the seven wonders of the world status in Indonesia.It was very hot and humid and we were completely soaked with sweat after our 40 km trip from Yogyakarta. But the joy and thrill of entering the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site made us to forget the inconveniences and concentrate on seeing the sculptures.The two magnificent temple complexes near Yogyakarta are Prambanan and Borobudur.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Travel Bites-Go By The Culinary Book

As I go on Globe trotting I come across Hostel;s,Home stays ,Street Joints where  I experience the taste of Local food at affordable prices.Being a vegetarian I have to see the food preparation with my own eyes before ordering them.Many times these little street chiefs give a big smile when I order my vegetarian combination to them and they are happy to see me devouring the food and not wasting anything.In places where I cannot communicate with the chefs like in Hongkong I am satisfied with Bread,Bun and fresh fruit juices.But I strictly follow these rules when I order my food.

1.There are several apps to check your food if it is safe to consume or not.

2.Avoid cut vegetables and fruits.Buy whole new ones and slice them yourself.

Koulen Restaurant,Apsara Dance,Siem Reap,Cambodia

Thursday, July 3, 2014

From Past Files- Houses in Indonesia

Home sweet home.All of us long to be back in our home after spending time outside.And also we are curious to know what is inside when we visit any new home.In Jakarta we decided to visit the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah National Park.We took the normal public bus to reach this location which is about 25 km from central Jakarta..But we went late by noon.One must be here at the opening of the park so that you can visit all the attractions leisurely and without skipping anyone.We were attracted by the model of the houses of the 27 provinces (current 33 )in Indonesia.In that we were able to peak in their houses without annoying anyone.

Indonesia,Jakarta,Taman Mini,Province Houses

Friday, June 27, 2014

Hostel : Backpackers Hongkong

Getting a cheap accommodation in Hongkong is a big thing.Many skip Hongkong because of this and searching the place of stay becomes another adventure for them.But there a lot of cheap,good affordable accommodation are available in Hongkong throughout the year.One need not worry about this.The youngsters are quite helpful and they speak good English.They go out of the way to help you to contact your owner and make them to come and stand near a junction to take you to your accommodation.There are many families who rent out their small place for a very cheap fee with all facilities available.Also there is a Backpackers accommodation available in Hongkong.

Hongkong,Lantau,Big Buddha,Backpack

Monday, June 23, 2014

Journey Of Challenges-Sign Posts In Hongkong

I have travelled many Asian countries but nothing can beat Hongkong.The best Tourist friendly place but no doubt very expensive compared to other Asian countries.The moment you are out of the Immigration a big board with names of the important locations in Honkong combined with distance,time it will take to reach and the price you have to pay for taking different modes of transport welcomes you.It also has a very fast train  with limited stops to reach the major places escaping from the traffic jams but quite expensive.

Sign Posts,Hongkong,Travel

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Visa : Visa On Arrival At Phuket,Thailand

Thailand is a favourite place for Backpackers from all over the world.This was made possible by the shooting of the film The Beach acted by Leonardo Decaprio in one of the uninhibited islands in 70 s and now a destination packed with Tourists throughout the year.Maya Bay the main attraction in Phuket will be filled with Tourists  and speed boats when you see it at Mid day.

Visa,VOA,Phuket,Thailand,Maya Bay

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Visa : Visa On Arrival At Manila Airport,Philippines

It is a nightmare for Backpackers to visit Embassy and stamp their passport with visa sanction to enter a country.But off late many countries are wooing Tourists with no visa fees for a stay of 14 days in their country.It helps many families to enter the country and see the places of interest without shelling any currency towards fees.The Air fares are also very cheap if you travel from major airports like Kulalumpur in Malaysia.Many Philippines air lines have a very attractive discount fares to reach Manila.

El Nido,Philippines

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Beware Of Food At Snake Island In El Nido,Philippines

Having seen the news that you can get a free visa (matters a lot for Backpackers like me)on arrival in Philippines Manila,I decided to explore the country.You get frequent cheap flights to Manila from Malaysia KL airport and onward connection to Puerto princesa. My original plan was to explore the underground river which has been declared as one of the latest 7 wonders by UNESCO world heritage .But  having landed in PP seeing the heavy scorching sun and waiting time to get the permit to the river.

El Nido, Philippines, Snake Island,

Monday, April 28, 2014

Romance In The Air -Beach Walk Snippets in El Nido,Philippines

I got up 6 am from my Bed and decided to take a walk in the Beach.There was little crowd with the locals preparing their boats for the days tour,men arranging dive gears,filling kerosene for the engines and going to market to get vegetables.Young girls were training little babies to walk on the sands.Wonderful sight to see

Beach Walk, El Nido, Philippines, Hotels, Pension Houses,

Friday, April 25, 2014

A Reason To Splurge In Hongkong

As I was coming back from the Goldfish market in Hongkong I happened to see this advertisement in a restaurant on the street..Newsweek has selected this speciality store restaurant as one of the 101 best places to eat in the world.The store was a small one may be it is having branches.Why this confusion I saw many Dim Dim Sum hoardings in any nook and corner of the streets in Hongkong.Of late I saw these words in Madras near Spencers outlets.As I am a Vegetarian I never venture inside.

Hongkong, Dim Dim Sum, Newsweek, Best Places,