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 🙂


Why Boracay is the Paradise? #PhilippinesDiary

Located in central Philippines, this little jewel has received many awards from travel publications and agencies. It has made to list of “Top 10 destinations to visit in 2016”. And if I have to award it, I will address it as “Best place for honeymooners”:-).

Dancing on white bed of sand while listening to those wild waves of ocean is not a dream of yours? Treat your eyes here, rather than just imagining how it would feel.

The picturesque beach offers some of the best spots for pictures and I too did not miss the opportunity…

Sunset here is never to be missed. Those unnamed colors seen in the sky would be the lifetime memories.

Also, you will see the sand artist at their best, almost at every half kilometer….Keep clicking, I told to myself.

The happening beach is full of palm trees, bars and restaurants. Boracay is the best place for relaxation and nightlife and once visited, you will agree to that.  The night life here is all about exploring, walking barefoot, enjoying different cuisines, trying karaoke, relaxing while enjoying massage, observing and sinking in the ambience around and finally, sleeping on towels on beach, while looking at those shining stars…..

The blue water and white sand are not allowing me to go back to my real life, although I am already back and believe me, you too will not….

And with this, if you think, Boracay story is over here…..Sorry, my friend. Stay tuned to drink the beauty of islands around….

Rainy Wish

Those droplets of water

When started pouring

My wishes got wings

Eyes got uninvited dreams

And heart went on perpetual journey

How perfect it would have been

To be on beach at this time

To talk with you silently

To make castle of wet sand

To look at never ending water

To walk with you infinitely

And allowing rain to make us miserable

Suddenly, you remember

“we should have it, rightnow”

You say mischievously

I try to read your eyes

But fail to understand

You hold my hand and start walking

I get shiver in spine

Anticipation of next few moments

Excitement of being with you


Happiness of being in rain, finally

And you suddenly wake me up from my rain dream

“Here is your garam chai ki pyaali”, you say

And I still see same smile on your face

Not sure to smile on my daydream

Or to be angry with your stupidity,

I sip tea while looking at you,

Thinking what kind of coaching you need

I smile silently and wink at you….

My love, I finally utter

But before I could speak,

You jumped in….

Ï know you want second cup of tea

And I laughed….

My idiot, I want to dance with you in rain,

I speak silently with a wide smile


Love is never wrong : Part -2

Previous part of the story can be read at Part-1.

And finally today was the day, Sahil got a chance to fulfill the wish of Ishu, which Ishita had almost forgot about. Walking on the white, soft sand on the beach, Sahil looked at her. She was lost in her own thoughts. Sahil moved nearer to her and she did not even realize. He softly held Ishita’s hand and she suddenly came out of the thought chain and pulled her hand back. Sahil was taken aback. For a moment, he felt rejected. After all, Ishu was his first love and even after 4 months of close friendship, he did not find a place in her heart. With deep breath, he looked into Ishu’s eyes and found tears flowing…..without thinking; he pulled her in his arms and hugged her tight. Ishita did not try to release herself and allowed tears to flow. Once settled, both set on the sand, quietly.


Sahil was very sure now that something was hidden in Ishu’s heart and he wanted to know. But her tears had moved him. He did not want Ishu to be in tears again. He decided to talk about it some other time. He looked at Ishu again and she smiled.

Thanks Sahil, Ishu

For what?, Sahil

I wanted to be here since so long, wanted to walk on the soft sand without uttering a word and you made it possible, Ishu

But I thought you would be happy. Really, did not like the tears part, Sahil

Ishita looked into Sahil’s eyes and kept looking. What?, he asked with eyes……she smiled poorly and moved her eyes to ocean.

Now, Sahil could not control himself. After all what was that which was making his Ishu so sad. He thought to ask but again dropped the idea. Ishu was just settled and he did not want to make any mistake again. To his surprise, Ishu started,

Sahil, do you know what this beach reminds me of? Ishu

He shook his head and kept looking in her eyes.

I had a childhood friend, Aman. We grew up together and went to same school. While living those teen years, I am not sure when I started liking him. Although I could never tell him that he was more than a friend to me, I had built up a castle about our lives together and filled up so many dreams in it. Aman was very brilliant and got scholarship for Melbourne university and left for Australia, last year. I and Aman were used to be on this beach, just to walk and talk. Since he left, we have almost lost contact. I am not sure whether Aman could never understand my feelings for him but I miss him every moment. I wanted to be here, on this beach, to walk with him, to be with him, to refresh those beautiful memories. Thanks, you made it possible ended Ishu with smile.

Sahil felt a crack in his heart. The one, whom he loved hiddenly, was already loving someone and was waiting for that someone. How can it be possible………he felt to cry out. At the age of 18, when you know that your first love cannot replicate your feelings because someone was already there in her life, it surely hurts……He looked at Ishita again, smiled poorly, got up and started walking towards car……

Again, 623 words L….have to stop here.

Stay tuned to know about next chapter of Sahil and Ishita’s love loop, including Aman’s. Love is so complex and still everyone of us wants to experience and live it for once in life…..strange!!!

Love is NEVER wrong – 1

Disclaimer : I never proof read my writing so you might find spell mistakes but isn’t it acceptable? After all, creating something while penning it down is not that easy :). Looking at past records and my habit to living every character of story, this time I have decided to limit every part of story to 500 words (you can expect some adjustments in that number, though)….short and sweet reads….


Here it goes –

The famous Banaroo song was on repeat mode and was crashing the window glasses of car…..

I’m calling you, I’m calling you
I need you today
Because I lost my direction
In the endless milky way

Emergency, emergency
Never get me home
I can find a way but I can
Find it on my own…………

That is how Sahil wanted the first ride…..first car ride with Ishita, his love.

For a moment he looked by side and that smile on her innocent face was a clear indication that she was enjoying it the way he wanted to.

At the age of 18, you want everything to be loud, to be shining and to be impressive. And why not? After all, this is the age, when you feel infinite power to defeat the worldJ. The sad thing is, not everyone can retain that passion about life and defeating the world or I should say, not everyone is lucky enough to have that first time love as life. But we can talk about it later on. As of now, let’s get back to the almost adult couple, who was on their first drive together without license.

The car stopped with jerk and with an offer,

Ishu, let’s spend some time on the beach……

Another beautiful smile and she nodded. While walking towards that source of endless blue water, his heart was racing. Every first time is exciting for everyone and for a 18 years old guy turning man, it’s a mixture of excitement and nervousness. The whole picture came alive to him within seconds….

It was the first time, he met ishita. Moving to new place and leaving old friends behind was something, Sahil was not comfortable with. But he was option less as his father got transfer to the totally remote but naturally beautiful place, Tarkarli. The place is known for its sandy beaches and authentic Malwani cuisines.  On very first day in Tarkarli, while he was still helping parents in setting up house, he saw an innocent girl with flowery smile. He quickly got out of house and found that he had got a beautiful neighbor. Suddenly, the gleam of leaving old friends behind was replaced by having someone special. For the second day, when he saw Ishita in the college, he jumped with joy and after knowing that she was his classmate, his joy did not knew any boundary. During Psychology lecture, while talking on “wishes and their effect on life” when professor asked Ishita about her wish, she softly spoke…

I want to be with someone special at beach…..just to walk endless, without uttering a word.

He kept staring her….


Those wide, expressive eyes were holding a story, which must have kept to heart since long. And that was the moment, he fell for Ishita or I must say, his Ïshu. Love at first sight, heard many times but experienced first time, he was delighted. At heart, he had decided to fulfill his princess’s wish soon….

That is how love happens or I should say progresses…. You learn to make the other person happy, you learn being happy while seeing the other one happy, you keep thinking about ways to make the other person happy……and when you add the sweet age of 18 to that mixture, that orange color becomes flame red..

I am keeping my promise and stopping here as the word count shows up as 600 :(…..

Stay tuned….

Waiting for your comments as its been really long I have penned down something….little encouragement would help in thinking and imagining and of course presenting it in better way 🙂



Tarkarli in photos : the place less travelled

Tarkarli, not so famous but offering beautifully crafted secluded beaches with white sand, serene atmosphere and cool breeze with hammocks…….I think no one can ask for anything else.

Presenting here some magnificent views captured while latest visit to the place of peace, adventure, history, Malwani cuisine and water, of course :-).


The mesmerizing sun-rise.


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Malwan Jetty

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Sindhudurg fort

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Malwani cuisine


boating fun

Love Isn’t something you find but ….part-3

Previous episodes are – Part 1, Part 2.

On the new day, with new heart and rhythmic footsteps, Shanaya got ready into dotted black and white knee length one-piece. Although not completely healed, her thoughts were very clear now. But that heart, was still speaking something, which she had to avoid to listen. She thought to herself,

I wish I could be that little girl again. Skinny knees are easy to fix than broken heart.

But you cannot change the reality. With deep thoughts she entered into Hari Cafe, her breakfast point. After tasting her favorite Vada-sambar, she started feeling better. Yes, most of the times our feelings can be diverted or put on hold due to good food and that is a good thing.  After relishing every sip of filter coffee, she was ready for her next destination – Sri Aurobindo Ashram. She had been there for multiple times by now but today she just wanted to sit there, while talking with herself. After touching the tomb of Sri Aurobindo, she found her eyes teary. So many emotions she had gone through since last few days, when Patrick was not replying to her calls. Finally, everything was over. it was time to begin new chapter of life or may be new life…..As they say,

One of the best times for figuring out who you are & what you really want out of life? Right after a break-up.

She sat in a corner silently, staring the sky. Why is it so hard?, she asked to herself. She felt crying hard but controlled herself. Silently, she got out of the place and went to the beach road. The beach road, at this time, was almost silent. Rare vehicle movements and few people around, she felt better. After all, she will not have to control herself again. She can allow those tears to flow down. After settling on the rock, she kept gazing at those splashing waves, for almost an hour. When she heard someone behind her, she felt like waking up from deep sleep.



Why are you crying? the guy asked same question again, which she did not even hear for the first time. She looked at him. Almost 6 feet height, unshaven face, grey t-shirt and blue jeans, deep eyes and ……she kept looking at him, forgetting to answer.

With slightly irritation in his voice, he asked the question for third time and Shanaya suddenly realized, where she was.

Ohhh, umm….its something personal, she spoke with hesitation. She never liked someone to interfere in her personal life.

Well, thats fine. I just wanted to tell you that don’t cry for the person who never understood the value of your tears, he said and shrugged with a little smile on his face and started walking in the opposite direction of beach.

Shanaya was amazed with his profoundness, his boldness, his caring gesture and above all his ability to read her mind. She almost ran behind him.

Heeyyyy, just wanted to talk with you for few minutes, she said from behind.

He turned around and looked at her. Without hesitation, he agreed and started walking with Shanaya.

After walking for few minutes, when Shanaya found both of them mute, she introduced herself.

In return, he shook his hand with her and spoke his name – Kartik.

Kartik, she spoke his name silently and smiled. They kept walking but no one spoke. Once again, Shanaya started,

So, how did you assume I had a heart break?

Its not an assumption, he shortened his answer.

Then? With curiosity she looked at him.

Its a fact, he looked straight into her eyes and for a moment she felt she was in love with those deep eyes.
Suddenly she felt like she wanted to share her story with him. Seriously, life is like that only.

Most of the time you do not want to share something with the nearest one but can easily speak about it to someone unknown. Afterall, being vulnerable is the best thing to do when you do not know what to do.

When she found Kartik waiting for her to start, she began her story and told him everything about Patrick and her relationship and how just yesterday everything ended.

But why are you crying? Kartik asked.

With irritation, she replied, its because I lost my first love, the person whom I loved the most.

Oh come on, you did not lose him, he lost you, he said with same intensity of irritation.

And suddenly Shanaya realized something. Something that was going to change the vision for upcoming life forever…..

To be continued….

(photos: 4expensivecars.blogspot.com, mental-health-center.com)

Love Isn’t something you find but ….

Beautiful Pondicherry…..one of the union territory of India, which has been blessed with culture, beaches, Sri Aurobindo and Autovile. When the beach road gets vehicle less in the evening, the real Pondicherry can be seen. Those playing little buddies, people walking around and enjoying beach, parents allowing kids to run and roam freely and a sense of fulfilled day makes the visit of Pondi more delightful. Anyone, who visits this place once, will never be able to forget it easily.


La Café, the 24 hours café on the beach road of Pondi, an evening and Shanaya ….

A female in her twenties with long, open hair, whitish skin and innocent face……….With blank eyes, she was looking at the roaring Bay of Bengal.

What Patrick must be doing at this moment, she thought. Patrick, the man of her dreams, denied her numerous calls within past few days, without reason and that made Shanaya anxious. She wanted to run away from here and wanted to meet Patrick but it was a kind of struggle between heart and mind. After getting rejected for visa for couple of times, finally she had got tourist visa for India for six months and she did not want to miss the opportunity to explore the country where her parents were born and brought up. Since childhood, she had heard so many stories about India. With every story, her desire to visit India got stronger. Although her parents were not in favour of her vising India alone, she was able to convince them. After all, parents learn getting convinced once kids turn to adults. Her parents had love marriage and after marriage, when none of their parents agreed upon, they had to leave India. After relocating to Perth, Australia, they struggled like anything but finally settled well and once Shanaya was there in their lives, it was almost perfect. Although they never felt the need to re-visit India, they kept telling stories about India to Shanaya. After imagining India in her own ways, when Shanaya really got chance to visit the country of culture, she did not want to miss it and that is how she convinced Patrick too, her boyfriend, her love and her man of dreams.

Suddenly drizzle began and people started to run here and there. Shanaya had a smile on her face, while looking at them. Why do we run away when god bless us? She thought and put off her sweat shirt, got out to the garden of café and closed her eyes while those soft rain drops touched her heart. She was missing Patrick badly.

It was just like this evening when she found her love – Patrick. In a college, where everyone had boyfriend, she was still in search. Her thoughts and may be the values her parents had built in were never in favour of temporary relationship. She wanted to love someone rather than getting into bed with the one. From her parents’ example, she could understood very well, what love means. Her parents too, tried their best in terms of explaining her the difference between love and crush, at the right age. But still, at the age of 19, when each of her friend had someone special, she was still in search. And that fine day, her search was over when she met Patrick. One of the common friend mentioned about the local band in the university and said Patrick, especially was very good. And Shanaya, with her friend, visited the band, who was playing in downtown area, on that day. Her eyes could not move when she saw Patrick. Typical Australian physique, blue eyes and golden curls……he is my dream man, her heart said. After introducing each other, when she observed the same spark in Patrick’s eyes, she knew, she had found someone….some one for lifetime and her happiness was boundless.

Two years of perfect relationship, where she had enjoyed each and every moment with Patrick, and suddenly Patrick was not answering her calls. Being at the other end of world, when you do not hear from your love, heart gets out of control and that’s how she was feeling at the moment, while enjoying rain in Pondi. And suddenly, her phone beeped. She ran to her table and saw a message from Patrick.

Without knowing, the message was going to change her life, she clicked to read the message.

To be continued ….