Phi Phi Island : The beauty crown of Thailand

Thailand was never on my list as I always believed it was overrated (yes, I assume things), but when it happened the first thing I wanted to visit was Phi Phi Island. Had read and heard many things about this vehicle free tiny island where culture is great, parties are great and weather is romantic. Let me show you the whole episode of journey from Phuket to Phi Phi (the second Boracay?), via pictures…

Flight from Bangkok to Phuket was sleepy…..It took too much time to reach Phuket (or that’s what I think).

But surprise was waiting on Phuket airport. The jetty to get a boat to Phi Phi was an hour travel from airport. Hooh, I said silently but with no option, got into car. And soon, my disappointment vanished. Traveling to Phuket roads was beautiful. Finally, reached jetty almost on time to catch the boat but managed to get that thirst killer and got into boat.

And the journey started…..everywhere you see, its water, beautiful islands and blue sky. The beauty was wordless….

Finally, after almost 1.5 hours of comfortable boat ride, saw first sight of Phi Phi island.

Got down to pier and waited for next boat to reach to hotel, while drinking beauty of nature around…

And yay, there is the hotel….the beach looked awesome from that long tail boat

BTW, I did notice that NoRegrets tag and its so right….No regrets, if you get to travel 🙂

Evening at Phi Phi was one of the most memorable evening in Thailand.

Walking through the beach street bare foot, next morning and boozing with sunlight was something, I would do again and again. That little street, where you do not see any vehicle but only aromatic food, candle lit dinner tables, fire shows, pool parties, rock dances, happy faces and beautiful structures…..

Saying bye to Phi Phi was the most difficult task but knowing the next destination was soothing. Want to know, what was my next destination? But before that, you will have to tolerate photo story of island hopping around Phi Phi

Stay tuned :-)….I promise, I will use less words and more pictures for it 🙂

Love is an Adventure : Part 1

And Keya stared at her phone screen….The bright screen stressed her eyes in dark room but she could not put it off. At the age of 36, when you are too busy with kids, family and social life, if you read “I Love You” from someone special (who is not your husband) at 2 am in the morning, it surely makes you numb. And that is what Keya was….

Meeting with Ankur was just a co-incidence.  A year back, at annual function in school, where her son grabbed 3 prizes,  Keya was beaming with pride and that is where Ankur came to her with a warm smile, congratulating her. In 2 minutes talk with Ankur, Keya learned that Ankur’s daughter was a classmate of her son and a good friend of his too. Keya asked for Revati, Ankur’s wife and he said, she was not well. A formal bye and back to real life…that’s how first meeting ended.

Later in the day, while talking with Nimit, her husband, Keya mentioned the talk with Ankur. As usual, Nimit was busy with business call. This was routine for the couple. No fights, no arguments, no discussions and no excitement. Sometimes Keya wondered what she was looking forward in life. But a self-talk about society praising Nimit so much as husband, was always used to be helpful. Keya did not have any complaint but life was not she had thought of or imagined.

A creative mind with full of life, Keya was used to be a leader personality. Her confidence always put her ahead of crowd. “I get what I want” was her mantra for life. When girls of her age were used to worry about make-up and fashion, this girl with thick glasses was used to lose herself in romance novels. But romance never happened in real time for Keya. May be because of her personality, may be because of her expectations, may be because of her attitude or may be because of her patient nature to wait for right person. Again, when other girls were used to talk about BFs, Keya was used to be happy with her daydreams.

Time flew by and before Keya could realize the loss of golden teenage years, Nimit was in her life – of course, arranged marriages work that way only. You blink and you are in lifelong, society approved bondage with the most unknown person and whether you like (forget about love) or not, you are supposed to make a lemonade from sour limes. Keya accepted Nimit with whole heart but Nimit kept failing in meeting her expectations – those little gestures, she was waiting for him to do, she was excited to share with him, never happened. And Keya started shrinking. That bubbly, independent, leader had transformed to kind, confused, introvert and respectful mother after 10 years of marriage life. Occasional fulfillment of biological needs, constant stress to meet expectations from everyone around and almost no time for self, that’s how life was for her, until……

When you think you are settled with life and have accepted the circumstances, life surprises you :-). And with silent but strong intention to change her life, Ankur entered into her life….

Stay tuned to know more about what happened to Keya (and Ankur)…..

A day in Pureto Princesa, Palwan : #PhilippinesDiary

Before I venture out for new destination, I wanted to cover one more place from beautiful Philippines….Palwan. They say Palwan has beautiful beaches and after scrolling down to this photo story, you will agree on that but what’s more enticing about Palwan is…..

Scroll down and see what was covered in a day, in Pureto Princessa, Palwan…..

That’s what I saw as first scene, when I opened my eyes on first morning in Palwan

Excited, I ran down stairs to feel that beach while sun was already out…

After treating my thirsty eyes with sun and sea, it was time to rush…The day was supposed to start. Heading out for half day city tour…

Riding in that tri-wheeler was fun….

And here is the first stop….A formal panel colony, where 150 US soldiers were burned by Japanese, during second world war

The church in front was crowded being it was 25th December.

The little but colorful market outside church…

And now the place, I was looking forward to….Bay walk. The first sight itself was tempting.

The beautiful bay walk track, where I can walk infinitely….

After leisure time and photography fun, it was time to visit Butterfly Park….Oh, its just 11 am….on time 🙂

Butterflies……I am always at a loss of words to explain what I feel when I see these beautiful creatures

Oh, did I tell you there was a baby turtle too there…

Couple of meaningful posters inside park…

And now the tribal show….

Mitra’s ranch….thats where we headed next and the beauty around was just breathtaking.

And lastly, Baker’s Hill. I do not have any pictures of Baked items they offered as it was raining and was more interested in taking pictures of those love signs…

It was around 1 pm and island hoping was yet to be covered. Thinking should not spend more than 3 hours for it was a bad bad idea and I still regret it. They take you to 5 islands via boat and believe me, each of the island is marvelous. You will not leave it until your boatman follow you and ask you for multiple times to get on boat. One of the best experience, would love to repeat. So here I was, hoping the islands for next 3 hours….

And with this, day ended with lots of memories.

They say, you can never forget beautiful memories….I want to add to it, its only until you create new. Philippines and 2017 was closed with great bunch of memories but with a resolution to create more exciting memories in 2018.

Stay tuned 🙂

We, females…..An open letter to all men

We, females…..

Love you to be around

because that makes us feel wanted in this big, unknown world

And when you are not around, we are the right person to have all rights to ask you about your whereabouts

Prefer you to listen us

because that soothes the hurt soul and noisy mind

Please don’t ask questions and read my eyes

Ask you for your opinion

because that tricks you that you are considered

Sorry for revealing the truth but we do not care, actually

Chose you to be best friend

because that is what you are supposed to be

if you meet that expectation, we are at same side of game, always.

Expect you to make a cup of tea

because that satisfies the silent wish of seeing you in kitchen

BTW, you need better recipe for tea, next time

Need you to cry about everything

because that gives us a chance to accuse you for everything

And we cannot miss the chance to play our favorite game – The blame game

Require you to do everything for us

because that’s what we have been taught

to expect everything from you, including our own happiness…. Bullshit!!

Await you to love us unconditionally

because that defines the true bond between us

Everyone wants to be part of love story rather than reading it

And

Kick you out if you look around

that’s known to you better than me

experienced multiple times by now? Sshhhh……:-)

PP Underground river – New 7 Wonders of Nature : #PhilippinesDiary

What is to see around Palwan?  Was the first question to the tri-wheeler driver on the way to hotel from baby airport of Pureto Princessa.

You should go see Underground River….He said.

Underground river…..sounds interesting. Imagination about this unknown recommendation was in full swing. One more day and I was on the way to Underground river…excited 🙂

Known with a formal name as The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 80 kilometres from the city center of Puerto Princesa, Palawan.  The river is called Underground River because it flows directly underneath the St Paul Mountain Range. Besides being one of the longest underground rivers in the world, the PPUR is also one of the very few that outflows directly to the sea.

To reach to underground river, you will visit beautiful Sabang town. The little town offers amazing beauty of blue watered beach, friendly people, couple of very good resorts and lots of novelty fruit shakes. Time at Sabang will be the most exciting time, while waiting for your turn for ferry ride and enjoying the beauty of nature around, especially those splashing waves.

And the wait ends….the new journey starts and while ferry ride, you are not sure, on which side you should see because the stunning beauty, nature has spread around is much more than your eyes can drink in.

And finally, you are on another beach. The most clean, splendidly beautiful, white beach where you do not want to stop clicking. Five minutes of soft hiking from here will take you to the boat ride station to Underground River.

And now, the most exciting part starts….Are you ready to get into that dark, seemingly little entrance in the mountain? The audio tour will help you while whole boat ride of 20 minutes, where you will explore the underground river, those naturally shaped curves, which will be interestingly related to human body and lifestyle, by your boatman. BTW, let me tell you, in the dark, the headlamp of boatman is the only directive point for you. The boatman will ask you to be silent so that you can clearly listen to those click-click of bats, sweet chirps of all the fauna, which you might not have heard about in outer world.

Finally, that’s the way to go out to sunlight again and beautiful sceneries again.

And once out of boat, you will be transferred to ferry again to go back to Sabang. And believe me, those unforgettable memories will not allow you to sleep for longer.

Stay tuned for some more visual treats where I will take you to the beautiful islands, around Palwan 🙂