Exploring India 2009 – Udaipur

Oct 05

Exploring India 2009 – Udaipur

Ah Rajasthan! Mere mention of its name, images of grand palaces and forts, Maharajahs riding on top of the gigantic and yet gentle elephants, fearsome warriors with their bended swords riding proudly on top of white horses, oasis with exotic parrots and squirrels in lush greenery surrounded by vast desserts came into my mind. Only this time it is real. My first...

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Exploring India 2009 – Mumbai (Bombay)

Oct 03

Exploring India 2009 – Mumbai (Bombay)

Ah… finally I am in Bollywood. Together with Thierry; a skateboarder from Belgium who visited India almost every year and Wendy; an adventurous grandmother from South Africa who has penchant for jewellery disembark from the air-conditioned train into the famous Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST aka Victoria Terminus) around 6am. It is famous not only because...

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Exploring India 2009 – Panaji (Panjim), Goa

Oct 01

Exploring India 2009 – Panaji (Panjim), Goa

Finally I am on my own again and it feels good. The sense of freedom is exhilarating. The vast and mysterious land is ready for me to explore and the fun part is I don’t really know what to expect. I began my solo journey in Panaji in Northern Goa. The midnight train from Manipal took around 8 hours and 30 minutes to reach this rustic town. Normally, travelers...

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Exploring India 2009 – Manipal

Sep 28

Exploring India 2009 – Manipal

After 17 hours on the train, we finally reached Mangalore. From here, we took a taxi to Manipal. It was already past midnight when we reached my sister’s apartment. Anyway, I’m glad she has reached the campus safely. Manipal is not a tourist destination. This is where my sister and few hundred other Malaysians study. I stayed there for 3 days, preparing...

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Exploring India 2009 – Tiruchirapalli

Sep 27

Exploring India 2009 – Tiruchirapalli

They said all great journeys begin with a small steps and Tiruchirapalli (or Trichy) is more than a small step. Remembering the name itself is no small feat. Luckily it has a nickname or else I will end up calling it “teeroo-chappatti” or something like that. Stepping on the soil of this great nation means a lot to me. It was a dream came true and a...

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Scuba Diving in El Nido

Jul 27

Scuba Diving in El Nido

After my first snorkeling tour in El Nido, I told myself I must scuba dive at least once in El Nido. That was exactly what I did on the second day which is also our last day in El Nido. I was so tempted by the crystal clear sea water. To imagine how clear was the sea water, buy a bottle of drinking water. The scuba package costs 2,500 peso (RM185) which is the...

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