Dear Bali…Here I come…

I don’t know whether this is a coincidence or what but I am very happy to post this today because today is 3rd anniversary of my blog.. :p and 7th anniversary of my other blog. I always believe birthdays and anniversaries are those which should a special mention and celebrated even more special with lot of surprises that is what I’m currently now..

There remains a great deal of ambiguity surrounding my trip to Bali and, to an extent, I prefer it that way. I’ve done extensive research on this trip, more than I can remember doing for any other… Because this time I am the most responsible one as well… We are 12 members, 4 families with different age groups right from 3 till 60 yrs are travelling. So I should take appropriate care and a good planning in order to make this trip more successful.

Indonesia is one of the most intimidating places in the world to travel. Landing in Bali without a basic outline, even for someone as experienced as me, would be foolish. I know we can take a travel agency which hosts it. But the pinch of adventure would only lay if I plan end-to-end for me I don’t really enjoy or experience what I want to see..

More over taking a travel agency for that short duration won’t cover all the must see places. So I decided to hire a comfortable vehicle like Suzuki Elf, Then I tailored our itenary by myself which covers all the must see places in Bali.

To make this trip smooth I’ve been learning Bahasa  from a long time by practicing it with my friend trisny through whatsapp. (I feel happy when she praises me about my pronunciation) 😛

So I’ve completely done it by myself with the help of my elder brother  and Trisny(My very good Indonesian friend)

Of course, I’m still largely winging my trip to Indonesia. I have booked: Two nights in a five star beach resort in Seminayak and One night in UBUD; my inbound and outbound flights and hired a Vehicle, Planned my itenary.. Fingers crossed with excitement of exploring new place with the pinch of responsibility,,

My preparation: Ever since we decided to travel to Indonesia.I have been researching on the foods,Life style, culture and language. And I have shown few pictures of oldest Hindu temples (Prambanan temples dedicated to Trinities) in Indonesia to my best friend. I never even guessed that I will visit these marvels so soon. May be I’m living my dream in this trip 😉  

Basically everyone I know who has traveled to Indonesia has urged me to “stay longer,” but due to the restricted time factor of my family members, we cannot extend our trip. Anyways my planning always thrills me even if it is of short or long duration. I was more excited to experience a new culture,language and food. It is better to see something than to hear about it A thousand times. Looking forward to explore the unseen beauties of the Indonesia… Will post updates as soon as I get an opportunity….;)

Dear Bali..

Inspiring Quotes :

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli

I’m in love with places which I’ve  never been to…

 “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ― Augustine of Hippo

Elephant and the Rope Story

As a man was passing some elephants, suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not..Elephant and rope

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” the trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were..

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?

I think every one of us can relate to this story and the feeling of having failed at something or another over the years. Over time, we can begin to think that we are not capable of doing a particular thing and we accept this as the truth and limit ourselves to a very confined world. We think to ourselves ‘ah I tried that before and it didn’t work out, what is the point in trying it again and wasting my time, I don’t want to look like a fool!’ And this is how we start to shrink and contract and settle for a life that is ‘safe’ and ‘less than exciting’. However, if we could look at all the so-called ‘failures’ in our lives as just stepping stones along our path and decide to respond in a way that is positive, saying ‘ah well, at least I tried, now I know what doesn’t work so it makes my next attempt clearer!’ Treat it like a process of elimination, gathering momentum and staying focused on what we would like to achieve, trying this way and that until we succeed!

So, don’t limit yourself to a small world, shatter those thoughts and beliefs just spread your wings and fly..This world is yours. You can do anything you set your heart on, if you just believe it! Go on, just try it and never mind what the outcome is, just enjoy every experience you encounter in your life and embrace every bit of it! So what if it takes you 10 attempts or 100! Which will you regret more…the things you did or the things you didn’t do?! It’s all a journey so let’s make it AWESOME! You will never know how far you can go until you have the courage to do it! And if you fall, just get up again… that’s all!

Courtesy: Marie Fay, Inspirationalstorytellers.com

Health Tips for Diabetics

1.Drink water as much as you can: It has been shown that people with diabetes who drink water regularly have lower blood glucose levels than those that do not. It may be the fact that drinking a lot of water will help you flush out your system of all of the toxins & excess sugar.

2. Include fresh vegetable salad in every meal. Try to add cucumbers or carrots in your breakfast. Remember that the less they are cooked the better they are for you, since they contain more vitamins.

3.Beware of some fruits & fruit juices: Do not drink fruit juice unless it is all natural and only have one serving. Most juices are from concentrate and contain a lot of added sugar. Mangoes, Sitaphal,  Chikkoo(sapota) etc  to be avoided at any cost.

4.Try to start your day with Oats. Eating oats is a great way to regulate the sugar. The good thing is that it is also a great source of fiber so it will keep you full for a long time. The more full you are, the less likely you will be to fill up on things that will spike your blood sugar levels.

5. Start eating Brown rice, Jowar ki Roti and try to minimize White rice & White breads. This is one of the most important thing to do.

6.Substitute meat with beans. Beans is a good source for Proteins and contains less fat when compared to meats. Try having beans for at least two meals a week.

7. Do atleast 1 hour of exercise daily. Do not eat immediately after a workout.

8. Eat small meals at regular intervals but don’t overeat. Make sure the gaps between your meals are short. If you are on insulin, make sure you have three proper meals with light snacks in between.

9.Fruits that can lower your Blood glucose levels:  Kiwis, Black jamun, Guava, Apples, Papaya, Watermelon, amla, Pomegrenade, peaches, berries and cherries Studies proved that these fruits showed a good results in lowering Blood sugar levels

10. Do not eat fast, masticate and munch your food well before you swallow. Avoid fried foods, Junk and sweetmeats.

Make sure that the food that you eat is healthy and fresh will assure that your body will function exactly as it should. Keeping your insulin levels at a good level will most likely contribute to you losing some excess weight. Also check your blood sugar levels regularly. Hope these tips will help you in maintaining your blood sugar level. And will help you in making your life more happier than before.

Bibi ka Maqbara-‘A monument dedicated to Mother’s love’

India..  Many foreigners do talk about “Taj Mahal” as soon as they think of India. Taj Mahal is treated as an icon of love of a husband towards his wife. But very seldom people know that in India the iconic constructions were not only built on the fond memories of the wife but also on the Mother. “ Bibi-Ka-Maqbara “ is one of the unique example for it which we need to look at with the  pride and respect the Heritage culture of the country.

This beautiful mausoleum of Dilras Banu Begum, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb is located in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. This mausoleum is believed to be constructed by Prince Azam Shah in memory of his mother between 1651 and 1661 A.D. It was supposed to be a replica of the great ‘Taj Mahal’.

Bibi ka maqbura

The mausoleum draws its inspiration from the Taj Mahal of Agra and hence it is known as the “Taj of Deccan”.

Bibi ka maqbura

Clouds on the mausoleum is simply magical

Though it cannot be compared to the Taj Mahal. Bibi ka Maqbara has its own charm and silence. The garden area is beautiful and well maintained.

Bibi ka maqbura (91)
Interesting Fact is that the cost of construction of this mausoleum was Rupees Six Lakh, Sixty Eight Thousand, Two Hundred and Three & Seven Annas  in 1651-1661 A.D.

Taj of Deccan

I’ve waited for a long time to get this picture with no one in the background.. 😉

Perhaps Indian tourism Board should focus more on this monument to make this as famous as Tajmahal. 😛

Last touch in China

In this post I want to share the Foods which we tried in our last trip in China. Whenever I travel I put my special interest in trying local cuisines especially those foods which are sold on streets. I try street foods for a number of reasons, One is that they are reasonably priced and delicious than the foods which are sold in restaurants and other is to experience ethnic cuisines and also for nostalgia.

Xi’an foods:

I personally liked Xi’an foods especially our first dinner in Xi’an was unforgettable. I have no words to explain my feelings on that meal. Every day in this city was a treat to our to tongues. I will never forget those foods which we tried in this beautiful historical city. You should also check this post where I’ve posted about the foods which we explored in muslim quarter near Bell tower and Drum tower

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Foods which we tried in Sichuan :

This combines the cuisines from Chengdu,Emei shan, Leshan and chongqing.

Sichuan food has a great history that it has been originated in the Qing dynasty(1644-1911) books had systematically recorderd a total of 38 cooking methods like scald,wrap,bake,mix,stew and adhere,etc. it features pugent seasoning which were famed as 3 peppers (chinese prickly ash,pepper and hot pepper)3 aroma (shallot ginger and garlic). 7 tastes(sweet,sour,tingling,spicy bitter piquant, and salty)and  8 flavors(fish flavored sour with spice pepper-tingling odd flavor tingling with spice,red spicy oily,ginger sauce and home cooking..I got this info from my 1st year Introduction to china book.

I went to Sichuan with anxiety to try all the foods there. Because all the famous foods which represent China are from this Province. But I was kind of disappointed because I failed to try those foods which I planned to try.

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Story behind the origin of Pineapple Rice:

There was once an elderly couple living in the city of Xishuangbann in the Yunnan Province. They tended the land for the feudal lord by gardening on a small island. One summer there came a severe storm that flooded the island. Even though the island had many fruits and vegetables, they were running out, and only had a small amount of rice as well. To stretch the rice, they decided to mix it with bananas, and mangoes. This didn’t taste very good, nor did they like the texture, so they decided to try pineapple. At first they chopped up the pineapple and mixed it with the rice.The pineapple tasted good, they had it several times. One day the old man carved out a pineapple first, and then filled it with rice. This was a perfect combination, so they continued with this preparation even after the floods subsided. These people called the Dai people were a hidden Chinese minority all the way up until the late 19th century. Today this has become a popular dish throughout China with only a few improvements.Pineapple Rice in Chengdu, Sichuan (1) Pineapple Rice in Chengdu, Sichuan (3)

 Tips from my Trip :

1.Gong baoji ding-in chinese it is called gong bao ji ding; This is a tender chicken dish,tender as the meat is quickly fried flavored with peanuts,this is tasty and very popular.
2.Don’t forget to try foods in muslim quarter near the Bell tower and Drum tower especially Fomi zhongzi (sweet rice dumplings)
3. Yangrou paomo is one of the most delicious meal you should try it for sure.
4.Fried rice with pickled Chinese cabbage and little capsicum is extremely savoury.