I just came back from an amazing trek in the Himalayas with my colleagues. It was a great, one of a kind experience. Going up 4000 meters on the snow-clad mountains, spending 10 days wandering on top of the world, for me, it is life changing and exciting. Just that leaving my family alone at home was tougher than I anticipated.
You don’t always be on the radar in the Himalayas. We rarely got the phone signals up there. I missed home, but when I called Tes, she wasn’t in the mood. She was angry, oh boy, she was not okay with me being away. She was alright when I left, but I knew she hated being apart. Sorry, but what was I gonna do, I was so up high and far away at that point.
I needed something special that would make my “ticket to home,” finding
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I am a natural curlie. My hair is wavy and fuzzy like a spun sugar. It’s quite difficult to manage. I had my hair straighten now, but sometimes I do miss my curls so I grab a hair curler and do the rolls.
I am so thankful to the hair care technologies these days. We can have our hair any ways we want, and there’s a lot of products out there that help nourishing and protecting our hair at the same time. We can experiment and go wild with the hair like never before. It wasn’t this scenario twenty years ago. I still remember having an unmanageable fuzzy hair. It’s hurtful even to comb. My mother and I went to a great length make it behave, but in the end my arrogant messy hair always won.
There were two ways I did my hair to school— a
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When we bought this apartment, I’m very happy about the layout of this place. It’s spacious and functional. The bedrooms are of the perfect sizes, the kitchen is cozy, and there’s a good space of balcony for laying back in the summer days.
We have a dinning area attached to the living room. It’s a place where we eat, sit, talk, and shares our days.
Dinning area has to be intimate and welcoming. We have a wooden table that gives an earthy warm touch.
I bought this vintage looking mirror recently. It’s hand painted. We got a really good deal on it as well. The mirror makes the place look brighter, and it gave an illusion of enhancing the area.
I took my free afternoon to finish three paintings. They looked perfect on the wall. Your very own works of art can give a personal
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I am horrible at baking. I mean, very really terrible when it comes to oven. I grew up in a part of the world where we never used oven at all in that time. We cooked in a pot, a large wok, over the flame of firewood. Baking is not what I was born to do, but I do have a strong craving for fresh bake goods.
Once a while I bake. And I know that baking needs discipline, and I should follow the recipes and measurements strictly for the perfect result. Knowing all that, I have never follow rules— I cook with my eyes, without measuring cup, like I was doing my regular stir frying, and maybe that’s why I’m so bad at baking.
Nevertheless, I’ve survived many baking days. Every now and then, my family gets to enjoy fresh bread, warm cakes, cookies, and some other
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I’ve backed away from the book club for a while. It’s not because I didn’t read though. Actually, I’ve been reading quite a lot of books, but I didn’t have time to share about them because of my other writings.
But spending a lot of time with myself, I’ve discovered that I should be invested my time with only the genres I loved. And as I told you before, I love ‘fantasy’, so I decided to revamp my whole shelves with horror, paranormal, and mystery.
Dead Rules by R.S. Russell
I studied science too much to believe in fantasy, I always blamed myself. I almost obsess with the stories about the afterlife, and this book really gave me a new perspective about being dead. And I should have been immersing in the story a little bit more if my subconscious didn’t always giggle by the dark humor of this book.
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I’m an outdoor person, but now-a-day, when I look out my window I feel so discouraged. The weather is horrible. It’s so hot and dry. So, I’m feeling trapped because it’s so hard to find a place to hang out in the summer. I want a forest full of big trees, a big lake with clear water where we can take a dip, a cool moist wind, but there won’t be a place like that around this city for next 4 months.
Last week came in a surprise to me. My husband’s friend suggested us visit a small chateau just right out side the city. This gives me a new perspective of my surrounding. I thought I knew Pune inside out, but this trip woke me up. Even in hot summer, you will find a place to go out, do the things we love, driving and experiencing new
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Do you know how big strawberries in Mahaboleshwar get bigger every year? The size of these cute berries is a mouthful this season. I wonder what’s the new technique, or is it purely a kind of scary strong fertilizer they’re using.
Anyway, to find something that look and feel organic is so difficult now a day. But if you go to the farm, and see how earthy they grow these things, it sounds safer.
So while the strawberries is about to say goodbye to the market, I think I needs to do a few things before they’re really vanished. Strawberries are not available throughout the year in India. So, if you’re in love with their luscious flavor and color like us, then you need to hoard them for a year at home. I’m going to make some homemade jellies, crush, jams, sauce and even frozen strawberries. The foreseen
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I love travel the way I love living. We always look forward to a new adventures. Summer vacation is on the way, and it’s a big outdoor-season for us. Though many times we ended up being spontaneous, I like to be organised when it comes to travel. Which is why when Himanshu contacted us about sharing his holiday planning tips in our blog, I found it very useful, and I think I should share this with you guys.
It Takes 16 Days to Freeze Your Domestic Holiday Plan
Traveling could be fun but planning needs serious thinking. It takes a lot of effort to make a perfect plan for your travel particularly if you are not a frequent traveler. If you are planning to travel with your family, you have various factors to consider. The duration of your tour and your destination would be based on the size
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I’ve been quiet about an exciting project I’ve been cooking up in another blog, Tes Photchaman Yuphin. It’s new, fresh, and I’m still working on the contents. This blog is a space where I can concentrate and dedicate myself entirely to my writing. I kept an online journals, and I also shared the progress of the books I’m working on.
I would like you all to join me there as well.
Last year, I published a novel, ‘Lavender Blood’ in Kindle Stores, and I’m so thankful for an overwhelming responses. I’ve been quiet about it because it’s being edited professionally at Night Owl Editing Service right now. I should be honest with you that you shouldn’t purchase this book until I republish the edited version.
Lea Ellen is doing such a good job with my novel, and it is such a treasured experience working with her. I learn and improve a
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Do you know that Yaseen scared of crab? All kind of crabs, mud crabs, sea crabs, big crabs, and the tiny crabs. When it’s time to get out of the sea and he’s too cranky to comply, we catch some crabs on the beach to scare him off.
And then, there’s a weekend trip to a fish market. He loves staring at the basket of crawling crabs. They fascinate him and creep him out at the same time. I have an urge to teasingly push him closer to them, then he would scream and giggle as he wrinkles around my legs.
But it’s another story when they’re in my wok. My simple stir-fried crab curry with fresh turmeric and soy sauce is a humble little dish, but it’s packed with flavor. It’s super easy to make. Quick, too, 15 minutes top. It’s so good with hot rice. When
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