Sunday, 1 January 2017

Singapore! My Travel Story

Hello lovelies, wish you a very happy new year! Hope you all had a blast celebrating Christmas and New Year! with this new year, I have something new on my blog! Yes, this is my first ever travel post and I am super super nervous while writing this. In November 2016, I and my mom traveled three countries in South East Asia and here is my experience in Singapore! If you have any plans to travel there, this will be helpful! So, let’s get started!



Day 1
Singapore is two and a half hours ahead of India and it takes approximately six hours to reach, from Mumbai. We landed on Changi airport, Singapore. After checking in the hotel we went on a city tour. First we took the Singapore river ride where we saw all beautifully built skyscrapers at the edge of the river. All buildings are commercial once, also it is said that, higher is the skyscraper the wealthier is the owner. 

 We also got to see the famous Merlion statue, which happens to be the identity of Singapore. The city was named after the name Singha, means Lion. Many years back when a warrior, (who happens to be the first King) stepped on this land, he saw a Lion at his sight and he named this land as Singa-pore. It is said that this Merlion protects the city and brings many tourists every year, which contributes a considerable amount in Singapore's Economy.




 Of course when you go near the merlion statue, you get to see many things around it, like Marina bay hotel and the Esplanade auditorium. Next we rode the Singapore Flyer and enjoyed the view of city.


I forgot to mention this was my third time in Singapore and was visiting the city after 17 years! Of course, it means that, I was a child back then and the city has changed drastically now, so I had to make a visit!
We also took a tour around the parliament house, City Hall, Orchard Road, Fountain of wealth, the Suntec city and Esplanade auditorium.

 After all this, we were very tired and decided to head back to our hotel to rest. We stayed at the ‘Premium Inn’, which happens to be a very good Hotel on beach road and many attractions in Singapore are just 8 to 10 minutes away from this hotel.

At night, we went for night safari. That's a place where you have to take a tram ride and of course, you are not supposed to get down from the tram even if the tram takes stops in between. There is an audio guide in the tram that tells you on what side the next animal will be. The audio guide provides information about all the animals you will see around. The ride takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes. After the ride we headed for the show called as ‘Creatures of the night’. It is a fun show where some reptiles and small animals perform.


In my entire tour, what I found interesting about attending these shows is, you get to see people from all around the world sitting at one place, and chances are; you get to talk to another tourist from some other country. I cannot tell you how exciting it is to talk to some complete stranger about their lives and family. One thing you will definitely feel while you travel is that, it is more important to be a good fellow human being for this world to be a good place. We may belong to different countries and different culture but, in spite of differences; our lives are more or less similar. You will certainly feel connected as a human and as a traveler.

Day 2

Anyways, Moving on to next day, we spent our entire day at the Universal Studios which was indeed Fun! 


My favorite ride at universal Studios was the transformer ride at the Sci-fi city. It certainly is mind blowing and something that no one should miss! When you take a ticket at universal studios, you will be handed a map of the whole place and a schedule for all the shows and meet and greets. This schedule would tell you where would you get to see the streets shows and at what location you will get to meet your favorite characters and take a photo with them. I managed to attend the ‘Rockfellas’ show and the ‘Sesame street show’. Apart from the street shows, there are some places where the shows are inside the buildings and you can only see them at prescribed timings. For example, 'Lights, Camera, Action'; it is a live show, which is hosted by ‘Steven Spielberg’. It gives you a feel of being in the movie itself. Let me not spoil what scene it is (nothing from Titanic) but it surely some awesome action happening in there!



At Universal Studios, I took first ever roller coaster ride in my life. In fact there are two roller coaster rides. let me put a picture down here.


These are actually two roller coasters with separate entrances. The Red Track is just Twist and turns and the Grey one (the cyclone) is where you turn upside down and lot more (Yayks!)
In these roller coaster rides you can definitely see the tracks of roller coaster, so you know what is going to happen to you next, but same is not the case in the adjacent ride and that's, ‘Revenge of the Mummy ride’; where you cannot see what's going to happen to you next. So, that's one of the many fun rides. Apart from this we visited Lost World (Jurassic Park theme), Far Far Away (Shrek), Madagascar, Hollywood and New York. And that was it for the second day.


Day 3
On third day we took a cable car ride to Sentosa Island. Yes you will see another Merlion statue there but that’s not the original one.



There are many things to see at sentosa Island (Yes, Universal Studios is also at Sentosa Island). We first visited Madame Tussaud's, do I need to tell you about it? It was my third time at Madame Tussaud’s but first two times was in London. If you have been to Madame Tussaud’s wax museum London, you need not to visit this one, because it is much smaller and many statues are not included in Singapore.

 Only addition I saw here, was India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. So if you want to see a grander Madame Tussaud’s wax museum? Go to London, Nothing beats that! Also there is a small boat ride inside the same building, called images of Singapore, it literally takes 2-3 minutes.
Then we walked down to Marine Life Park, which is the largest oceanarium in the world, which contains 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species. 





By this time we were very tired but, there was something relaxing to attend and I believe everyone must! It was a spectacular night show called ‘Wings of Time’. We took a mono rail ride from the aquarium and since we had a lot of time before the show, we went to the manmade beach. The show takes place outdoor at the beach, and is a combination of water and laser.


You can find the whole show on YouTube. But I would suggest not to watch it if you are going to visit there soon. Anyway if you do watch it on YouTube, it won’t be that great, because watching it live on a beach, with so many people, with good Audio quality, and with lovely breezes is quite an experience.


Day 4
I was really excited for the third day because, we were going to visit the place I came to Singapore for! 'Gardens by the bay'. I love plants and nature in general, so I was very excited to visit Gardens by the bay. I wore a nice, georgette maxi dress that day, and guess what? it was a bad choice. Let me tell you why. Gardens by the bay. according to me consists of three main parts, first is 'flower dome', second one is, 'Cloud Forest' and third is super tree. 


Everything fine with the super tree but flower dome and Cloud forest are Air conditioned and the temperature inside these domes is very low. At least, for someone from Mumbai, it was very cold. So in case, you are going to gardens by the bay, make sure you wear something that covers you. Trust me, it says that indoor temperature is 23 to 25 degree Celsius but it is much cold than that! Especially, at the Cloud Forest.


One more tip: If you come out of any dome and will be going back inside again, make sure to take a stamp on your hand at the exit or you will not be allowed to enter again. If you want some great photographs at this place I suggest you to visit it at the morning time around 9 am, because it starts getting crowded later. Also, if you are carrying DSLR/ Professional cameras, know that your lenses are going to get foggy after you come out of the Domes, so you are going to have to wait for at least 20 minutes for the lenses to clear the moisture after you come out. Make sure to carry a lens cleaning cloth with you. 

Gardens by the bay look beautiful at night time too. Someday if I visit Singapore again, I would want to visit the Garden at night. However it wasn't possible in this trip because we had to leave for that afternoon! It was time to say goodbye! Our next stop was Malaysia!
My travel story in Malaysia is coming soon, so stay tuned! Till then, share this post with someone is going to visit Singapore; or may be someone who is not!
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Much Love,
Chitra XOXO






Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Favorites of the month November 2016

Hello Readers! Wish you a Happy December! It's time for the favorites of the month, yey! I had decided to post my monthly favorites since January 2016. Monthly favorites are those small things I get to know throughout the month and I love to share with all my friends!! There are Favorite food, music, books, videos, songs, quotes, websites and even people! Hope you enjoy and get benefited. :)
So lets get started!

Favorite video :Monday morning motivation


Yes! many of us hate going to work on a Monday, so it's time to stop complaining and being thankful to have a job that feeds you! Make sure to check out the video and change your thinking and thereby your life on every Monday morning. 

Favorite plants: Succulents






I saw succulents on the internet and I fell in love with them. I saw them in videos on YouTube, in photographs on Instagram and I saw them in different shapes, forms and colors! they are so impressive! I had to get one for myself! When I actually found them at HyperCity, I got three for myself ;) And they don't even need much of the space and water to grow, you can plant them in a very small pot and water it once in 2-3 days! plus they are excellent pieces for home decor. Look how cute the are! aren't they?


Favorite Clothing: Dress from Chowrangee bazaar

You probably have not heard about the brand because it has been recently launched on a small scale, I found out about them through a fashion blogger I follow on Instagram. I loved many dresses, but I ordered one for the start. You can checkout their Instagram page HERE. If you like one, you can inquire about the dresses through DM. You can also give them your measurements and they will send you a customized size dress.



Favorite Quote: You become what you believe.



 Of course, to achieve anything the first thing you need to do is to believe that you can! If you don't, then it is going to be a rough road for you, a rough road which you made for yourself! So, Believe that you can and you shall achieve it. Also we can look at this quote in other way, be careful what you believe, if you think you are not worth something, if you are not capable of doing something, you will become worthless, you will become incapable, if you think you are bad (even if you really are not), you will become bad (that's an example). 


Favorite Accessory: Aeroplane earrings



I bought these on a small stall in Bangkok, and Man! I loved them so much! They looked cute in the basket, and looked even cuter when I wore them. They grab attention and are conversation starters! They do not have a particular brand, but you can find similar ones HERE.


So that's it for this month! May you have a happening and rocking December! Wish you a very happy holiday time and Merry Christmas! If you like this post make sure to press that G+ button! Share this post  with someone you love and care about, because Sharing is Caring!

Much Love!
Chitra Takle. 





Saturday, 3 December 2016

FIVE MINUTE JOURNAL


Hello lovely people! I hope you all are doing wonderful! I am just back from my vacation and I feel so energized! And with this energy I want to share something that worked as a life changer for me! Yes, that is FIVE MINUTE JOURNAL.


Before I dive into praising this journal, I want to thank UJ Ramdas and Alex Ikonn for creating such an amazing product and making our lives better. You can check out what these amazing people think, at following links.

I came to know about the journal through Alex’s YouTube Channel and I felt the need to have one in my life, so I ordered it in the year of 2014.  I am going to leave it to the creator to explain about the journal. You can check that out HERE in a video form. Instead of telling you how this journal works and what’s in it exactly, I am going to share how use of this journal changed my perspective towards life. Before that, I would love if you see the video I have linked above.

After watching the video, you can flip through the journal and buy it HERE. Or download the Fiv minute journal App for your iPhone HERE.




First of all, this journal is very interactive, right from the first page of it. It starts talking to you, explains the science behind the journal, it explains how to effectively answer each question in it. Five minute journal has total of Five questions to be answered by you, three questions in the morning and two at night. Everyday, the questions are going to be the same, just that the beginning quotes are different. Till now, I have loved all the quotes the creators have picked up for us. And yeah! there is a  weekly challenge also! These weekly challenges are some fun things to do, and one can do it very easily, but for that you have to break the stupid barriers we have built inside us as we grow up.

It is recommended to answer the three morning questions immediately when you wake up, even before brushing your teeth, even before you start checking texts on your phone (if that's the first thing you do ;D) Because it is called as toothbrush for your mind, so before filling your mind with any kind of thoughts, brush your mind, clean it, and then start your day. These questions will set the tone for the day or should I say, it will set the "Right" tone for your day. So five minute journal is something that you need to keep by your bedside, within the reach of your arm with a pen of course!

The first thing that you have to write is, 
I am Grateful for...
This question is everything! (Assuming you have watched the video what to write in this section) Writing three things your are grateful to have in your life, have made me realize that, I am blessed with  pretty much everything in my life. Every morning, a sense of happiness surges out of me and brings smile on my face when I finish writing this part. Also I realized that there's a lot we forget to appreciate about our lives. If you are reading this post right now, consider yourself to be lucky because, hey! apart from food and water you have enough money to pay for the device and the internet! and so many people in this world are not even getting enough to eat! you are blessed with education, so that you can read things and choose to change your life. In these two years, I have appreciated for over hundreds of things, sometimes I am grateful  for same things again and again. People in our lives, the country we live in, the food we eat, the teachers we met, fresh air to breath, nice bed to sleep, shoes and clothes to wear, the lessons we learnt... there are n number of things to be grateful for, and you just have to write three of these everyday so that you start valuing what you have, instead of crying for what you don't.
This section, is my favorite because, so as soon as I wake up, the first feeling is happy. :)

The next question is,
What would make today great?
This one totally pushes me to go through my day's schedule and make me think what are the tasks I have to get done today. This question helps your mind to give a command and gives it a direction to act accordingly. 99% of the time, I have found myself getting those three things done. It makes me feel like an achiever by the end of the day ;) :)
and no, it doesn't have to be something BIG! it can be something small like, I am going to smile a lot today, I will drink enough water, I am going to the Gym today...
Achieving even smaller things that you find hard to do, can make a huge difference over a period of time. 

The Last question(not a question exactly) for morning section is,
Daily Affirmations. I am...
This is a part where you have to write things you want to achieve, or to simplify, I would say, you have to write three positive, affirmative sentences. And as you know, what you believe, becomes your truth, that's what this section will help you to happen. I had a hard time being a positive person, I used to stress over things, I used to always carry a fear about a certain task, what if it doesn't work out well? what if the person wont like my work? I used to build more negativity around everything. And later I used to realize that, that stress and negativity was absolutely unnecessary. Yet next time I used to do the same. This part of five minute journal has helped to get over my problem. I became much positive and happy person. In fact, approximately a year later, I got some compliments about my positive attitude. That! was the biggest achievement for me! It didn't just benefited me, but also those who are around me. And that's why FIVE MINUTE JOURNAL is so close to my heart.

 Just like FIVE MINUTE JOURNAL should be the first thing you do after you wake up, It should also be the LAST thing you do before you go to sleep, yes! NO phone after that! 
First question in the night Section is,



3 Amazing things that happened today...
The last two questions help you to reflect on your day, this in turn, helps you to set an aim for the next day. Again, 3 amazing things need not to be really AMMAZZINNGG! Even if nothing really AMAZING happens in your day, the creators want you to find the smaller amazing things, or they want you to find joy in small things. For example, you had a good laugh with your friend, the girl you like; smiled at you, you had a great time with your family, you started working out again, you saved money, you consciously ate healthy for whole day/ week... it could be anything. The point is, we should enjoy small things. And that's what you learn to do with this part. Also you go to sleep with good thoughts, BONUS!

And!!! the last question for the day is!!!
How would I have made today even better?
This journal is designed to work on our subconscious mind, and here, you get a chance to tell your subconscious mind to get done what you didn't do today! and also, to realize that what you should have done. Maybe you could have planned your work more efficiently, maybe you could have been nice to someone, maybe you could have chosen salad over French fries.. there are so many ways you can make your day better and only you know it! nobody's perfect! so here, you go through your entire day and reflect on yourself and make the next day even  better. 

So with this journal, you, without even knowing are working on your happiness step by step. Because, happiness doesn't happen, you have to make it happen and other happy things that occur to you are bonuses! Five Minute Journal is definitely an effective tool to be a happy and better person, and I say it through my experience and feedback I got about me from people around me. 
Last but not the least! I love how creators of Five minute journal stay in touch with after you buy the journal. You get emails from the FMJ team every week, giving you guidelines about how can you make you FMJ experience better. They post tips regarding how to avoid repeating answers to same questions in the journal and how to think deeply and creatively write you journal. That's my most favorite thing about the FMJ Team. 

Make sure you use the journal, you don’t even have to buy one, and you can create your own and get started! You know that consistency is everything! This journal also loves the consistency. So go ahead, and be happy! If you like this post,  make sure to hit that G+ button! Also, don’t forget to recommend it to those who love and care, because Sharing is Caring!

Much Love,
Chitra XOXO


Saturday, 5 November 2016

Favorites of the month : October 2016

Hello beautiful people! I hope you all are doing well! I certainly am, because my favorite season is coming! and it has already started to show signs of winter. Also, my vacations are nearby (wink!) So, don't forget to follow me on my Instagram to see what i am going to see! link to my Instagram is on the upper side of this page, so make sure to check out! 


Okay! so without chattering much, let’s get into the favorites for the month of October!

Favorite song: Hymn for the weekend by Coldplay ft. Beyonce:
I usually start my favorites of the month with a song because of the fact that, I LOVE MUSIC, well, we all do, don't we? Even though the song is old now, somehow it is stuck in my mind. Also, I love the video, so make sure to check out! Obviously it has to be everyone's favorite when two talented artists have collaborated.



Favorite Quote




Many months back, i read a book called, 'The Four Agreements'. The book is all about four agreements that you need to make to yourself, and one of the agreements was, 'Never take anything Personally' the idea behind this agreement was, when people comment about you, when they insult you, when they hate you or say mean things about you, It is the reflection of their own life. That hate or jealousy is coming out of their own struggles and not because they have something against you.
And this quote is on similar lines! I would strongly recommend reading the above mentioned book called 'the four agreements' by Don Miguel Ruiz. 



Favorite article: how buying a camera changed me by Deepti Asthana
I love travelling and of course I love photography too, because camera helps to capture wonderful structures, landscapes, moments, colors and patterns. and then I can relive all those moments through photographs later. Just when I was thinking about putting some travel posts on my blog (I have no experience how to blog about travelling) I decided to first checkout blogs of travel photographers. and I bumped into Deepti Asthana's blog And I fell in love with this post. It talks about her journey from being an amateur photographer to being a  famous travel photographer and pursuing that as her career and living her dream life. What I love the most about the article is that, she talks more about the emotional walls that she passed through and quite frankly many of us including me can relate to that post. I had to share her inspiring story with you all! Click HERE to see Deepti Asthana’s post.

Favorite Mobile Application: Patternator 
Patternator is a fun App to create Patterns of your favorite things. It has a large number of inbuilt images to create patterns. I have put few images down here. You can manage the background color, Decide the spacing and angle between two stamps, you can place them all in one direction or put it upside down and many more variations can be done to generate your favorite pattern. These patterns can be used as mobile wall papers, can be printed on mobile case or on a t shirt. you can also crop out your favorite shape and generate the pattern. And!! the App is free! So it had to make into my monthly favorites!

 
 


Favorite Routine: Five Minute Journal
I cannot believe I haven't Shared this yet! I have been practicing Five Minute Journal since 2 years and i love it!! It is not that I have done it each and everyday in last 2 years but yes! i feel the need to go back and start writing it because it helps you to stay focused and keep that positivity flowing effortlessly. Actually there's lot you can achieve on mental level through this journal and i have recommended it to almost everyone! Check out this link to know what it is exactly. Apart from that I am planning to post my experience about the journal very soon. 




So, I guess that’s it for this post! If you guys find out this post useful, make sure to press that G+ button! Hope you have wonderful month ahead. Share this with someone you love and care, because sharing is caring!!


Much Love,
Chitra Takle  XOXO