Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Miami Happinesssss!!

"Sun is shining, the weather is sweet. Make you want to move your dancing feet." Sometimes, I wonder whether Bob Marley went to Miami to write this song then. Alluring and warm beaches, night life which keeps you on your toes, great architecture, jovial and enthusiastic crowd, every person and thing in Miami is larger than life.

It is no less than a dream vacation for people who know how to enjoy life at it's best in Miami. There are so many things to do in Miami but for first timers, I would suggest to book a day trip via Viator, it's cool, very informative, covers the whole Miami, including Coral Gables, Little Havana and a very exciting and well informed cruise of Biscayne Bay. If you have extra time in hand and want to be a little more adventurous, go the local way, take metro movers which are completely free of cost and cover the whole downtown area of Miami or hop on the Miami city tour buses and be on your own, they have a daily charge and you can hop on, hop off any number of times in a day, or just rent a car for suiting your comfort, but when you explore a location in a local way, you take back home the best and only the best.

On our day two we covered Key-West, the island at the southern most tip of the Florida keys, the drive to Key-west is an adventure in itself, your eyes will thank you for this treat. Rent a car ,set your GPS and you are off for the best drive of your life, alternatively you can book cabs or buses for a more laid back and relaxed drive. Enjoy the Key-west island on conch trains or trolleys which are guided & are for people interested in learning more about the culture & history. If you are a party person, there are lots of cafes and bars with bands playing in. Not to be missed in Key-west, the very famous Mallory square, the southernmost tip and the great sun-set. Key-west is a place to chill, relax and be your self, leave all the prejudgments at home before enjoying the best of Key-west. Don't forget the famous Key-Lime Pie, added romance with the hubby enhances the flavor of the trip.

Drive to Key-West
Any trip to Miami is incomplete without getting wet in the waters of the world famous South Beach, go with your towels, sun screen and eye- glares to enjoy the Miami waters. Lay back on the beach chairs with chilled beers, a book or two or just be in the water the whole time, tan yourself , para-sail, jet-ski and all your stress will wither away in no time. Take a stroll of the prominent Art Deco street for observing the Miami night life closely, visit the world erotic art museum and enjoy your food with live music. You will thank your stars for tasting and exploring one of the best night lives of the world.

The famous Mallory Square
Miami is a blissful, fashionable and a sophisticated city with plentiful ways of enjoying your stay there, beat the beats to enjoy the Miami heat. Be a traveler instead of a tourist, add more "s" to your happiness..!!

Just before our para-sailing adventure

Para-sailed !!

Monday, May 12, 2014

The reason behind my energy and enthusiasm!!

I have no idea how do I start this post, I was wanting to write on this subject for a very long time now but somehow was not able to muster the courage to do so. But when I think of her, I just want to pen down my love, expressions in the form of words and thus today I am writing this post for my mommy, the source of my happiness, the rope of my strength.

My mother is a very simple lady, she never had any expectations from life, She has always thanked God for every little gift and never in my life I have seen her demanding for any of those fancy I want this-that things which women adore! Everybody was putting status messages on thanking their mommies yesterday and it does make so much of sense to thank your mom on mother's day but I realized I was just unable to do the same, I had so much to say, so much to write but I just couldn't. May be because one day was just not enough to thank her for what all she has done for me, may be one day was not enough to express my love for her , may be one day was not enough for making her realize that she is the center of my gravity, the reason behind my chilled out, simple and mommy will handle it all life.

My mommy has seen me failing and succeeding, she has seen me weak and strong, she has seen me sad and happy but I have always seen her loving, her failures, success, strengths, happiness everything just revolved around my happiness, If I cried she cried too and now that I am crying while writing this and it is becoming a tad heavy, I just want to say that mumma you are God for me and it would not be justified if I thank you because a thank you is just not enough, a day is not enough and neither a lifetime to explain what you mean to me.

I love you and always will!!

Aap ho toh main hun :)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Eat, eat and eat some more..!!!

Food is not a choice, it's a necessity. It's important to eat to carry out day to day activities.They say eat to live and not live to eat but for some people like me and my real close circle of friends we just live to eat and with all the enthusiasm and pride I declare that I love food and  food loves me back.

I made some real good friends over Maggi, street food, paranthas and what not, food not only connects two people once but it keeps connecting and re connecting again and again provided the love for food is real ;)

Infact eating is a simple answer to so many questions, when in dissonance with self eat chocolates, when you have a fight eat Maggi with Amul butter, when you can't understand life and don't know which path you are on, leave everything and go for some street food hogging, I know too much food is bad and all but it is any day better than a nicotine break, you don't want to lose your lungs weight in the end ;)

Eating your favorite food sometimes is very important to know your own-self, sometimes what you love to eat at a particular point in time can actually give insight about the problems you are facing. Believe you me a friend once in deep trouble left everything to grab her favorite ice-cream and ola!! she got the answer, I am not saying she found the solution in the ice-cream but ice-cream helped her to relax and think. Food helps, we just need to allow it to soothe and ease us.

If you agree with me, please share your thoughts on the same and the foods you prefer to eat during happy or tense times.

Happy Eattt..ingg :)

Monday, May 5, 2014

To be one with the nature..!!

Living in America is a dream come true for me.I always wanted to stay in a different country, I have felt the happiness of walking down the unknown streets, meeting complete strangers and living a life of a traveler settled in an unknown space. That very feeling is what I am living right now.

I love my life, it's exactly the way I wanted it to be. After spending an year and a half in Atlanta I have realized that this city is extremely blissful, it has that freshness, the warm touch , the simplicity , amazing people and a beauty which cannot be mentioned in words.

This weekend we decided to visit the Morgan falls, I have been to Morgan falls before as well but this time around it felt different, may be because I was observing it for the first time, may be it was just more beautiful than ever before or may be it's that time of the year when everything you see gives happiness.

The park is for all, everyone can enjoy there, there were rides with happy faces of young kids on them, there were porch swings overlooking the lake Chattahoochee, huge picnic pavilion , the fishing pier, the walking trails around the lake. A place for silent romance,  a sight for the photographers, infact we witnessed
a couple of photo shoots happening around the place. It's a place to relax, to walk on the soft grass, to disconnect for a while or just be there to catch a beautiful sunset.

The kid in me felt alive after so long as we played some games from the childhood days. Morgan falls is a place to relive the childhood, to de-stress, to be in and with the nature, to calm your senses and to feel the magic of the scenic beauty around. If you are feeling a little low and want a break, just drive down to the Morgan falls, sit down on any of the porch swings and you will be relaxed in no time as the nature would have done its bit for you.

Every now and then, we all need to unchain ourselves form the daily routine to feel the music of mother nature, to let the child in us come out.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Once a Yogi..!!

It's been almost nine months since I have been practicing yoga, the decision to join a yoga studio was very random. I moved to a new country and while I was on my exploration stage of looking out for adventurous ventures, I came across a silent yoga studio across the bus stand I boarded my bus from, their was something in the name of the studio rather than the yoga part itself, it read "You Yoga Me Yoga and more", I guess I wanted to visit it for the "more" part but somehow the whole story changed.

I was soon attending the yoga classes, the owner of the studio and the very welcoming and affable Yogi Andrea , sooner turned into a friend, she was my first friend in this new country. I was overwhelmed by her yoga mannerisms, she knows more about Yoga than any experienced Indian Yogi would know.

I was some how hooked to the studio, the peaceful room, the silent decor, the studio has a personality of its own, the events she does for engaging her clients were just so heart pleasing that one could not resist from keep going back to the place.

I am now a Yogi and I take much pride in becoming one, Yoga has changed me as a person, more than helping me in appreciating my own self, it has made me flexible not only physically but also in my thoughts, I am now more open in thoughts, feelings, understanding people. Yoga change the way you look at things, I am now less judgmental and my husband can vouch for that ;)

Today is the anniversary of the studio which changed my life, today is the anniversary of the smile which Andrea bought on so many peoples faces, today is the anniversary of her dreams which she once thought were not achievable.

I pray for Andrea and the studio and wish her all the success.

Once a Yogi....always a Yogi :)