Reflections on the New Decade

And so another collection of 12 months have come and gone and we are here, almost two months into a fresh new decade that once seemed resolutely unattainable, lodged within a science fiction future. For the longest time now, I approach new years with some contradiction of both apathy and trepidation. That pressure to have […]

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Aesthetics – Grapevines of India

I didn’t realise there were grapevines in India until recently. The only other one we visited was somewhere between Lausanne and Geneva… it was half bald and my shoes were killing me was my main memory of that event. I was impressed with this landscape in Nashik, a small town about 4 1/2 hours drive […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Amadria Park Milenij Hotel

I was curious about this so-called Monte Carlo of Croatia. When I stumbled on the page of Amadria Park Milenij of Opatija (link here), the aesthetics pulled me in, especially its waterfront location and the stunning outdoor dining hall. It seemed like a beautiful place to conclude a week of Airbnbs in Rovinj and Pula, […]

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Reflections on Your Word

In life, there are those whose words and actions are in better harmony than others. The ones who when they give you their word, you never fret about whether they will deliver. And then there are those who, when they give you their word, you feel no sense of assurance. There is a high probability […]

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Aesthetics – Gerbeaud Cafe, Budapest

We popped by this cafe on a warm November afternoon. It’s a milder version of the New York Cafe, more authentic, less terrorised by stampedes of tourism. We could actually have real conversations amongst locals here, and there wasn’t a need to book way in advance. It comprises of the usual Austro-Hungary dining room aesthetics […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Sea Lounge, Taj Palace Hotel

Taj Palace Hotel’s Sea Lounge is famous for its afternoon tea delights and a memorable view of the Gateway of India perched upon the Arabian Sea. The Taj Palace Hotel itself is an Indian institution – a Tata creation, the haunt of dignitaries, celebrities and royalty, and a tourist must-see or dine. It is more […]

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Reflections on Failures and Death

A short reflection on the grim and macabre aspects of all that we avoid in life. Failures I think the only way we genuinely experience humility is through abject failures. I feel that life has a way of making you bow down to all that you were previously arrogant about, whether you manifested this arrogance […]

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Aesthetics – Sailing from Rovinj

Ps Many told me about the wonders of the Adriatic – and what better way to enjoy this natural wonder than by spending half a day sailing on it. My search quickly took me to Istraordinary’s website (here) and IG page (here). I liked their Legend sailboat and the offer they provided – 4 hours […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Kala Ghoda Shopping

The Indian aesthetic tradition is refined and grand. For me, shopping in Bombay is a richer experience than most places in the world. When perusing through their best offerings, you are exposed to a sense of culture, history and individuality, not mass-produced generic thoughtlessness. One of the best places to taste an authentic feel of […]

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Reflections on Relocation

Lately, I’m trying to reflect on why I’ve started to have a relocation itch. It’s strange to think that I’ve been living in one place since February 2018 now. For many years I waxed lyrical that this is what I really wanted. To be back home, in an aesthetically beloved apartment, in my favourite part […]

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Aesthetics – Zagreb Facade

Ahh.. it’s time for another post on facades, this time featuring Zagreb. I wasn’t sure what to expect architecturally in the capital of Croatia. We could feel immediately upon entering into the streets that there was a warmth in the energy of the people, different to our Budapest experience. Yet the buildings and structures still […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Seagulls Rock and Cape Kamenjak

Pictures of sea caves and cliff jumping in coasts merely a speedboat ride away from Pula harbour were, strangely, too tempting for me – a certified height and claustrophobia phobic. I thought that even if I couldn’t participate in these fun nature activities, I would still want to be in close proximity to such beautiful […]

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Reflections on Rejection

To be vulnerable, to offer yourself up for public judgment, and to be rejected by others for the very same reasons you reject yourself is a terribly uncomfortable place to be. A slap in the face? A push against the wall? A mirror facing moment where you have to admit to yourself that some shortcomings […]

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Aesthetics – Lake Bled

Serenity and tranquil. That’s what lakes are all about and Lake Bled epitomised that like no other. If you happen to be in Ljubljana, then we strongly recommend a one hour bus ride to Lake Bled for a nature’s walk and their ever famous cream cake desert at the minimum. For those who want to […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Celes Beachfront Koh Samui

Beach resort I’ve wanted to go to Koh Samui since 2014 when I first lived in Bangkok. It probably doesn’t have the most stunning beach in the world (in my view, that’s still the prize of Maldives) but it was said to be more exclusive than say Phuket or Koh Lipe or Krabi. Somehow we […]

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Reflections – Vacationing sans Gadgets

This is just a quick post to strongly recommend taking a break from online activity when taking a vacation. Recently I went through email exchanges of 10 years ago, where I was describing to my family about a Tuscan holiday I had taken with a good friend, some weeks after the holiday.¬† I realised that […]

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Aesthetics – Cafe Schwarzenberg, Vienna

Cafe cafe Viennese cafe culture is so renowned that it was the only thing I wanted to experience when we had a few hours to roam around what was once the capital of the Austro-Hungary empire. After searching through various blogs, I decided to try Cafe Schwarzenberg purely for its visual patina. It was established […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Adriatic Dolphins

Sighting dolphins in the Adriatic is a must-do given their habitation here. The problem is trying to find a company that doesn’t exploit their existence, and see them as just a money-making opportunity. We found dolphinwatching.org (website link here) through searching on the web to meet these criteria and we were not disappointed. Marta and […]

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Reflections on Music

What’s on my playlist? Music is so evocative and my playlist is filled with songs that have followed me for so long now, they’ve become part of me. For this post, I thought of sharing some classics from a generally melancholic genre, accompanied by the wave of nostalgia that all cherished songs offer us. (Note […]

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Aesthetics – New York Cafe, Budapest

I was first alerted to this Renaissance beauty in one of the blogs I follow. There is something irresistibly curious about the grandeur of the past – the idea that this was the highest manifestation of beauty is fascinating and it never fails to awe me how the architects of the past were so advanced […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Istrian Riveria

When a work meeting was finally confirmed in Budapest this summer, we set about planning the details of our post-meeting trip to the Balkans and it seemed clear – Dubrovnik and Split were too far by land from Budapest and we would spend large chunks of the holiday getting to or leaving from the Dalmatian […]

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Reflections on The Museum of Broken Relationships

I had heard a lot about the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb and that was basically my only must-do when visiting this quaint Croatian capital. It didn’t disappoint. I was enraptured with every piece and walked away with my heart fuller, which is all you hope for when visiting a cultural showpiece. The museum’s […]

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Aesthetics – A Summer’s Day in Ljubljana

Ahhh… this often overlooked capital in that perilious path between Austro-Hungary and the Balkan world. I had zero understanding about Slovenia much less Ljubljana for most of my life and despite heavy research before the trip, still couldn’t put my finger on what to expect. What I found? An absolute gem of a city. It […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Budapest Trip

Budapest was very much a work trip interspersed with sightseeing in the evening and over the weekend. I wouldn’t say this is particularly a recommendation post, it just happens to be what we did given the circumstances. The Parliament This is, architecturally, the crowning glory of Budapest. It’s neo-Gothic majesty sits by the Danube river […]

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Reflections on the Humanitarian World

Tales of Aid Workers This year I was ready to embrace the risk of reading again, minus the heartache. So I avoided books about genocide survivors and instead reached for books about aid workers dealing with genocide survivors. Chasing Chaos¬†byJessica Alexander is the first book I have read in a long long time that captivated […]

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Aesthetics – Galle Facade

Heritage facade Colonial charm in this beautiful island. It’s easy to understand why Galle is such a hit with tourists. A beach, a historical old town with old European accents where you can stroll through the whole weekend from one cafe to another, browsing through curio shops as you devour a vanilla ice cream, dipping […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Kayra at Bangsar Village

Keralan dining  Kayra just opened their new branch in Bangsar Village and it is pretty phenomenal. While I confess that so much of my adoration for Kayra is personal, look no further than these stellar reviews on food blogs  here, here, here and Tripadvisor reviews to know that there is a unanimous love for Kayra’s […]

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