“To Be Honest” – This is yet Another Friday Night [Saturday Morning]

As Julian says, “To be Honest”  [Not Julian Dalbert but Julian Tan]

Life here is a little funny, you meet people here and then
Wonder why? Is it alcohol or is the Clarke Quay or the memories of Phnom Penh
I render.
No matter where ever you be,
This little heart wants to break free

Alone, when I look at your pictures on Facebook,
I don’t miss you at all, I miss the essence of you in that bracelet (Red in color)
I render.
Time would or should say, I should be over you,
But that thought of you, that image of you – Think of a Winter Sunday morning dew

It says on the leaf till the impatient wind displaces it off the quadrant
am I your expression or are you my constant?
I render.
It just might be this particular night that I might wonder,
You’re still there, here and to that fact; I surrender. (I wish)

Math might not be the right way to display my affection
but what about you and memories of you, there’re in my heart like an art collection?
I render.
I’m not an artist and I’m not an curator
To me; my heart, you and that mistake leaves me with a significant crater

With a hope that someday I will move on to become a person you always wanted me to be,
I render.
Make me a choice, give me that option; make me an invitee.

Incredible Adira – God’s Own Country #8

Ever wondered, what if the girl your dreams is a waitress at a small hotel in a small city of India? Or Indonesia or Brazil?
Why not!

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Yesterday, I met Adira;  a calm, composed, simple, shy yet awe-inspiringly genius girl. Her smile said it all, her background, her hard work, her passion, her responsibilities, her hobbies, her choices; her life!

There was something really different about her, she was unique, original; no resemblance whatsoever to anyone. I wish I had the opportunity to discover further who she really was.
Of course, She’s not the girl of my dreams, if she was, I won’t have just simply let her go but the fact that she resembles her so much makes me feel weak at heart!
I do wish Adira a great life ahead, I hope to meet her again, that is if destiny permits.

This reminds me of a One Tree Hill quote: At this moment, there are 6,470,818,671 people in the world. Some are running scared. Some are coming home. Some tell lies to make it through the day. Others are just now facing the truth. Some are evil men, that war with good. And some are good, struggling with evil. 6 billion people in the world. 6 billion souls. And sometimes, all you need is one.

Good luck, Adira :)

Backwater Breeze – God’s Own Country #6

So eventually, we did manage to reach Kumrakom to witness the inland backwaters. These backwaters run along Kerala covering an area of 900 Sq Kms, yes that’s humongous.

The plan for 26th was just to chill and enjoy the scenic beauty around.

We checked-in at Backwater Breeze (I found this place on Booking.com). It’s a home stay cottage with all basic amenities. What’s amazing is it’s location, It’s facing head straight to the Kumrakom lake whike behind these cottages there is acres of Rice Paddy Fields which makes this place way more awe-inspiring. They also have a mini-farm behind which is a home to a couple of ducks, hens and pigeons.

The food here is prepared by the neighbor aunty who is an excellent cook, she made us a $3 fish fry which was almost the best fish fry I ever had.

It’s amazing how the most beautiful of all things is at the smallest and rarest of all places. Always

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The Great Indian Traffic – God’s Own Country #5

Written at 2pm, 26th July

We’re talking India here; there’s no escaping the haphazard traffic. Perhaps that best you can do is roll up your car windows and switch on the chill aircon.

We’re on the road since 9:30 in the morning, it’s at least a four hour ride downhill from Munnar and yes the traffic makes it 4 hours not the distance plus its raining like cats, dogs and mouses!

But the travel’s not over yet; after we pick up the girls, our next stop is at least 2 hrs away by road and I’m assuming traffic will too play its part.

When you’re traveling in India, you need to factor in the long traffic hours.

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It’s difficult to explain others why they are spending their entire Saturday in traffic but that’s a part of your Incredible India experience.

This is what people of Kochi ( or Indians in general) go through everyday and the fact is life will go on, so will our travel. Here it is, LuLu Mall.

Ruskin’s Nature – God’s Own Country #4

Ruskin Bond once wrote: Great things are done when men and mountains meet.

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And it’s true indeed. These hills of Munnar give me a sense of being content and a belongingness that I do not want to let go.

These hills that run from East to west remind me of Home, Dehradun.

It also reminds of the most known yet unpracticed rule of life inspired by nature.

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A Ruskin Life hack ;)

Our Next Destination is Lulu Mall, Cochin City where we’ll meet up with three Gandhian female monkeys that will join us to embark on an awe-inspiring experience called Backwaters.

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Until then ;)

Munnar – God’s Own City

And we started our day by taking a ferry trip from Fort Cochin to the main city experiencing an enchanting encounter with an amazing sunrise.

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We picked our third partner in crime, Carmen, from the Cochin Airport and headed straight for Munnar.

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It’s a surreal place, incredible panoramas, breathless aura and a memorable story to remember.

We hired a tuk-tuk rickshaw to go around Munnar. The main highlight of the trip was an Elephant ride along a tea estate.

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We also did trespass on a private property just to witness the awesomeness of Tea gardens ;)

And to end this awe-inspiring day, we entered our cozy beds to watch a movie marathon of Golden Compass, Insidious and Indiana Jones.

An incredible day to remember but I have a feeling, we have some sheer awesomeness lined up ahead.

(apologies for the lack of adjectives but it’s almost impossible to write a blog post while standing in this lobby, that too in shorts and shivering as hell)

Until tomorrow :)