Aesthetics – Watercolours

The idea started a few months ago. My friend and I were trying to figure out what to do to amuse ourselves during the incessant lockdown and suggested we could do some painting. Initially I scoffed at the idea given my non-existent artistic prowess (pretty sure the last time I did art was when I […]

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Aesthetics – Granada, 2001

A few conversations lately made me recollect the first summer holiday I enjoyed as a young adult with a best friend, and not my family. It was the summer of 2001, and I couldn’t have felt more grown-up. Whatever ambivalence we have about our past, there’s no denying the intoxicating excitement of being so young […]

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Aesthetics – Lake Gardens, KL

It’s been almost two months since my last update. Life during a pandemic has been a little bit surreal. While living in the thick of it, our vision is myopic. In hindsight, and hopefully there will be a time for hindsights, the individual and collective human experience will probably be understood better. Initially the journey […]

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Aesthetics – Artisan Tiffins

My sister and I agree that we are visual creatures. Everything that has aesthetic value fascinates us and we are often poring over various images of different fabrics, homewares, interior designs, architecture and exchanging notes about beautiful things throughout our travels. She recently came across these exquisite tiffin carriers and fell in love with both […]

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Aesthetics – Opatija facade

September 2019 feels like a century ago. The mechanisms of how our memory functions has always been quite a mysterious fascination and I am curious about how everyone is reviewing their lives this time last year. Back then, I had no idea what was in store for us in six months. For us it, it […]

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Aesthetics – Beach Days

This year, life was about being indoors. I didn’t realise how much I needed to get physically connected to nature again until we had a very quick beach get away recently. For various reasons, it came at a time I needed it the most, and I just sank in the experience with much gratitude. I […]

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Aesthetics – Bits of Zagreb

Zagreb was the first city we landed on in the Balkan area and we immediately warmed to it. It was a crazy hot 30 + degrees August, and we were anxious to extricate ourselves from neighbouring Budapest, which we found a little cold, emotionally. People smiled here, they were a little louder and I liked […]

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Aesthetics – Lokhandwala, Bloomsbury

We popped by this restaurant one October evening on a trip to London, two years ago, to meet some friends for dinner. It’s in the best street of Bloomsburg – Charlotte Street, home to many chi chi hotels, cafes, restaurants and bars. I’m putting up this post because I found this restaurant’s interiors and plating […]

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Aesthetics – Indoor Walks

I wondered if it’s scraping the bottom of the barrel to share photos of what mornings have been like, visually, since the pandemic began. Clarity walks in the common space of our apartment block, was what unexpectedly gave me a new lease of life during the most critical days of the world, region, country and […]

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Aesthetics – View from the Top

So the nomads amongst us are having itchy feet and longing to hit the skies again for another adventure to begin but God had other plans. I realised I had a dated collection of these aeroplane window shots, taken at a time when arriving at a new country was so deliciously exciting. Since developing a […]

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Aesthetics – A walk through Hoi An

Vietnam was in general, a very engaging introduction to the Indo-China world. We visited in December 2014, as we were about to wrap up our first year in Bangkok. We started from Hanoi and stopped by Lang Co and Hoi An before moving to Ho Chi Minh. I would say Hoi An was, as many […]

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Aesthetics – Goodearth Homewares

Goodearth I first locked eyes with this beautiful homewares store a decade ago, circa 2010, in Khan Market, New Delhi. Back then it was a place to get a few gifts for family at home. After that, life took me away from this paradise until 2014, when I first visited Bombay and was taken to […]

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Aesthetics – Budapest Facade

All over the media, it seems clear that travel needs to be aborted until 2022 or something like that. My days of trawling through a new city and taking copious amounts of photos of interesting doors and windows are currently well into the past. Retrospectively my last few facade aesthetics was in the summer of […]

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Aesthetics – Pula Abode

There is always the hit and the miss with Airbnb. It’s been the only way to travel since 2013 but I’m starting to withdraw a little from this travel option these days. That is if travel is ever possible again in the Covid era. Anyway, we reckon this Airbnb we stayed at in Pula was […]

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Aesthetics – Streets of Rovinj

Even now, I still consider Rovinj one of the prettiest towns I’ve seen. There’s something natural, sultry and raw about her beauty. If she was a woman, she would be a middle-aged goddess, wearing her history proudly on her face without any camouflage. The attractiveness of this little town is also all-encompassing: every alleyway you […]

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Aesthetics – Ljubljana Facade

We were charmed by Ljubljana partly because we didn’t expect it, and we didn’t expect it because we had never heard of it. Small-town sophistication imbued with Aesop Fable tranquil. Terrace cafes brimming with patrons by the river, cyclists running their daily life, quaint back streets, weekend farmer’s markets and beautiful facades. We wished we […]

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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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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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Aesthetics – Sailing from Rovinj

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 sailing […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Aesthetics – Old World Geneve

Old World Charm in Geneva¬† Despite constantly trying different accommodations in Geneva, I’ve never been impressed with any of its apartments offerings on Airbnb until I managed to book this old world charm. I was incredibly lucky, this apartment is usually always booked. But I was determined this time to keep searching until I found […]

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Aesthetics – Ceylonese Nature

I initially knew Sri Lanka only in terms of its conflict since 2007. My first exposure to the concept of displacement, war and persecution was through the testimonies of those who fled this island. Their resilience, intelligence and desire for a better beginning always impressed me. I also wrote a 30,000 word thesis on a […]

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