Friday, May 20, 2016

Malaysia Magic: Exploring Penang Island and Langkawi

Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand were the swiss chocolates on my bucket list of travel destinations. And lo and behold, the universe decided to sprinkle some magic dust on me this year, granting me the golden opportunity to embark on my first international adventure in Malaysia. 

My sister had been living in Malaysia and with their presence in Malaysia, it was the perfect opportunity to explore this country together. After all, what better way to enjoy a vacation than with your loved ones?

When I shared my travel plans with my sister, her energy echoed through the phone. We wasted no time and promptly planned travel arrangements, eagerly counting down the days until our departure.

The moment we mentioned that we were going on an international trip, my Aunt Sumathi immediately insisted that we stop by KSR College. She handed me some money, telling me to buy something special there, and gave us a heartfelt send-off. With her cheers still ringing in my ears, we hopped on the flight and magically touched down in Malaysia after a mere three hours. And boy, oh boy, the moment we hit the road, we were greeted with the most pristine streets and jaw-dropping architecture that made us wonder if we had accidentally stumbled into a fairy tale.

But wait, there it was, the crown jewel of the city: the Petronas Twin Towers. Those magnificent towers stood tall and proud, winking at us with their captivating height and architecture. Naturally, we couldn't resist their tempting allure, but since we desperately needed to freshen up from our long journey, we decided to postpone our tower-trekking exploration until the cover of night.

And guess what? My uncle, insisted that the towers were even more enchanting after sunset, thanks to a spectacular display of music and flashy lights. It was like they transformed into the ultimate party destination, complete with a DJ booth and disco ball. So, with anticipation bubbling in our veins, we prepared ourselves for a nighttime rendezvous with the Petronas Twin Towers.

The next morning, our grand plan was to conquer China town and then venture off to Batu Caves. I swear I've seen that Muragan statue in every movie known to mankind. But here's the kicker: the climb to the caves involved a whopping 272 steps. Now, picture this: my adorable little nephew Sanju, who's a mere three years old, couldn't possibly conquer those stairs with his tiny legs. Poor thing, he started complaining about his achy legs. That's when Super Aunt (that's me) sprang into action. Without a second thought, I scooped up my little hero and decided to take on those 272 steps in one heroic leap!

Looking back on it now, it feels like a miracle. Perhaps it was my secret training for the mythical marathon that bestowed me with superhuman stamina. Oh, the things we do for family!

As the sun began its descent, we bid farewell to Kuala Lumpur's wonders and set off on yet another airborne adventure. Our next destination? Aquaria KLCC, because apparently, we just couldn't get enough of being surrounded by fascinating sea creatures. I mean, who needs gills when you can explore underwater worlds in style?

After soaking up all the aquatic marvels, our time in Kuala Lumpur came to a close. We hopped on another flight, this time from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Perlis.

There was not much places to visit in Kuala Perlis. One Monday morning, we were bored and decided to visit Ladang Nipah Kipli which was near to my sister home. But it was closed since it was a Monday. Then we returned home after some chit-chat. Since there are not much places to visit in Kuala Perlis, we planned for Penang and Langkawi.

Our Penang escapade kicked off with visits to the fascinating Karumariamman and Dharmikarama Burmese Temples. There's this cool belief where you pick a number, and that number reveals some mystical fortune. I don't know about that, but I was practically buzzing with excitement as I entered the Buddha temple. I mean, who wouldn't be attracted to Buddhism when you feel those positive vibes coursing through your very soul?

Next up, we frolicked in the Penang Botanic Gardens and got lost in the magical world of the Penang Butterfly Farm. Oh, the sheer joy of having those delicate creatures fluttering around us, their vibrant wings painting the air with a kaleidoscope of colors. Trust me, this place is a butterfly enthusiast's paradise!

But wait, there's more! Penang is a treasure trove of captivating attractions, like the Toy Museum, Penang State Museum & Art Gallery, and the awe-inspiring Penang Khoo Khongsi. You'll need a good four days to fully immerse yourself in the wonders of Penang. And let's not forget the Penang Bridge, a mesmerizing spot to cruise along during the enchanting evening hours, taking in the breathtaking beauty of the island.

Our final stop on this whirlwind journey was none other than Langkawi. While it may not boast as many attractions as Penang, it still has its fair share of must-see wonders. We couldn't resist soaring high above the clouds on the Langkawi Cable Car, striking a pose in front of the iconic Eagle Square, and delving into the mysterious depths of the underwater world.

With our camera filled with cherished memories, we bid farewell to Langkawi and made our way back to Kuala Lumpur, where our return flight awaited us. This trip will forever hold a special place in our hearts, as it marked our very first international adventure. The memories we made, the places we explored, and the joy we felt will forever be etched in our travel journal of unforgettable experiences.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Horlicks #Immunity4Growth IndiBlogger Meet

Jill Castle
Last week I received an email from Indi Blogger team about the Horlicks #Immunity4Growth IndiBlogger Meet. It was on Sunday evening at Vivanta By Taj, M.G Road. Even though it was on a Sunday evening, I was kind enough to cancel all my plans, I had on that day and decided to make it for the event. Because, I am Indian By Birth, Blogger by Choice and love IndiBlogger’s meet.

This was the first Indiblogger meet that I was on time. Yes, I reached the venue sharp by 4:00 PM. Within few minutes, the registrations was started and we were inside the hall. This time, I was lucky enough to mingle with few new faces and was excited to meet the people whom I follow regularly on blog.
All the mothers should have felt proud on attending this #Immunity4Growth IndiBlogger Meet organized by Indiblogger. Because all the speakers, started their presentation by honouring the mother

Anoop introduced, Dr. Jill castle, a childhood nutrition expert and she walk through on the necessity of nutrition’s and its role on children. She did a fair amount of research and explained in detail with the statistics of children’s suffering from malnutrition. She was kind enough to open up and say that she was embarrassed to see the foreign foods like Pizza (which is more of sugar and fat and less calorie) occupying in India and causing the obesity in child.

After her presentation we had Q&A session on malnutrition. Finally, the group was divided into team of 14 and we had a quiz. I loved the freebie quiz that was Horlicks makes kids taller, stronger and ___________ :)

The wining team has a chance to click a group picture with Jill Castle. Every mother loves to keep their child health and this bloggers meet must have really spread awareness about malnutrition

Few of my take away from Indiblogger Meet:

  • Don’t boil the milk twice. If you do so, all the nutrition’s will be lost.
  • Egg and Milk are the 2 things which have all the nutritious items in it. Make sure to include those both in your daily diet
  • Have lot of fruits and vegetables. Even though lot of artificial agents like fertilizer and pesticides are mixed, it’s worth consuming them for nutrition.  

Finally, after the delicious yummy dinner I hit my home :) 

Thank you Indiblogger and Horlicks for such a wonderful and another memorable event.