Honestly, this is way too boujee for me. I mean… don’t get me wrong. I’m stoked to have it but I don’t think I can afford to keep buying it.
Would I if I could though? I still think not. But I might be being slightly too harsh. 🤷🏻♀️
The body wash literally smells like a perfume. The scent is extremely strong and beautiful I feel like I’m bathing in perfume. Slightly weird not going to lie. Especially because the scent isn’t one you associate with bath time , lol!
I use it on my face and it leaves my skin feeling lovely. Squeaky clean, fresh and soft. Normally I don’t ever use body wash on my face because my skin is extremely sensitive but I figured…. Gucci so why the hell not?!
Next step: use it as sparingly as possible because if anything, it looks good in your bath product collection ✨
I just traveled to an even hotter destination than the one I’m currently in. But it was every bit worth it. Now I know Kerala is known to be God’s own country but literally it is! Err ma gawd it’s breathtakingly beautiful. I’m just so blessed to have even gotten this opportunity, much thanks to Shanice. You probably know her from My Birthday Blog ! post. You know… my soul sister but now I feel like the trophy sister, haahahaha.
Anyway… get yourself some popcorn or chips, a coke, a juice – whatever you like. This is going to be a long one! (Also … Question of the day – do any of you call snakes ‘long ones’ ? PLEASE LET ME KNOW!)
Right from the time Shanice told me about this trip till I reached the hotel, I had absolutely no clue of what to expect. I just knew, I was going to Kerala and staying at the Taj. So I knew it would be great but I mean… This was next level. As we pulled into the property, we were greeted with chilled coconut water and a scenery that could take your breath away.
We were then escorted to our rooms, actually… scratch that. We were then escorted to our gorgeous little house with a front porch and a pond! I’m just sad I didn’t get a picture of the bathroom area for you guys. It was pretty though. Right next to the shower was an outdoorsy type area covered in pebbles.
I’m absolutely in love with this place. It’s the most peaceful, calm, serene getaway location ever. You’ll hear the sound of birds throughout your stay as they share borders with a bird sanctuary. Also no matter what time of year you visit, there’ll be something to do. From pottery to cycle tours or just a ride around the property, boating in their private pond. Or a boat ride into the backwaters, rappelling, swimming you name it!
I fell in love even with the tea time snacks. I kid you not, after eating this banana fritter I ate at least about 5 more throughout my stay in Kerala.
So tea time starts at 4:00pm and ends at 5:00pm followed by a boat ride. I was obsessed with taking pictures everywhere! In fact, before coming to Kerala, I randomly messaged Shanice saying I want a yellow wall to take pictures in front of! To which she said, oh don’t worry… You’ll find plenty in Kerala. Girl! Was she right. And my favourite was this tiny storage unit right where Chayakada was served. So you can only guess how we passed our time. Besides the chats we never seem to run out of, lol!
Straight out of a story book, or what? And not only the place and the pictures. The people are so lovely. Everyone! Just such kind, genuine, helpful, chatty people. The Helmsman (if I can call him that) offered to take our pictures – he also asked us to move about to get the perfect shot! Hahaaha… it was the cutest thing. The guide with us from the hotel was telling us about the floods and how the water was up to their waist at the Taj. Everyone was relocated to their Kochi property. He was telling us to go for a walk at 6:00am to the bird sanctuary next door to which we were slightly apprehensive. Then he was like this is not Mumbai or Delhi, Kerala is very safe.
After that extremely relaxing boat trip, we went for an early dinner, while live folk music was playing. Then stayed for a couple minutes to watch the folk dancer before we called it a night.
I would totally recommend staying at the Taj Kumarakom for a special occasion or even just a relaxing getaway. Although a little more on the pricey side depending on what you want, I felt that they really got everything SO right. They were extremely accommodating and their customer service and attention to detail was spot on. They made our special stay feel so special and everybody was friendly and very helpful.
I think that’s enough for one blog post, I’ll do day 2 in another. Hope you enjoyed reading this. Do share it with your friends or family planning a trip and make sure to give it a like.
Morning, afternoon, evening Fleekies! (Depends on when you’re reading this)
Hope you’re enjoying the ridiculously hot weather (: I know I am! Because with the heat I end up waking up earlier which in turn leads me to getting more done and feeling a lot happier.
Speaking of happy, there’s this new cool jewelry / accessory brand called THE HAPPY TRIBE. I personally love it because every piece is hand crafted. Every stone, every wire and each chain is personally handpicked to create these gorgeous pieces. Which means no two pieces will be the same. Ever.
Here are some of my favourites from her collection.
If you’re interested and want to get in touch with her, check out Instagram of course – the most millennial destination to ever exist! There’s a lot more stuff you’ll love ❤ . Also, you know the drill… To keep getting her products on your feed follow @happytribee . Because what can make you happier that fashion? Let me know if you know the answer to that. Really, please do.
I started The Happy Tribe purely because of the joy it brought me. I try and keep my designs just like every one of my customers – unique, beautiful, imperfectly perfect. Right from inception, The Happy Tribe has given me unimaginable opportunities, memories and so much to look forward to.
If you’re interested in what I did on the anniversary of being expelled from my mother’s uterus, then keep reading (:
I’ve always been a fan of chill, relaxing birthdays. So this year, my mum booked me a room at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. Checked in on the 19th around tea time so we would be in time for the tour of the hotel – its history, the people etc. Turned out the tour had been pre-poned and had just started when we got there.
If you’re interested in the tour, try and check in by 2:30 so you can go for the tour at 3:30. Anyway… my room was filled with these heart balloons – borderline honeymoon vibes but oh well! Had tea with the mum ( and by tea, I mean juice, nuggets and fries) before she took off.
Check me out! In my evening gown and what not 😛
Hahahaha… In case it wasn’t obvious, went for a swim in the evening. Shanice really wished we had gowns to take pictures with on the staircase. So… Here I am, posing in my gown. 😀
Then showered and went out. Fun fact:
The shower at the Taj has the temperature on the knob. So you can adjust the heat accordingly :O :O :O I was blown away!
Also… totally in love with my birthday OOTD. I’m always the happiest in shorts. These are my Forever 21 ones that I got on sale for INR 450!
MANDATORY MINI PHOTO SESH, OF COURSE!
Pizza! Because like it says, we’re a pizza generation. And totes proud of it.
Nipped around the corner for some drinks at Bar Stock Exchange. Thank you to all those who came ❤ Lots of love.
Then got back to some Netflix but no chilling, lol. Riverdale tho ❤ ❤ ❤ !
And 3:00am room service has got to be the best thing of life. Agree?
But not before my sister from another mister, Shanice put together this #InstaWorthy setup. Girl! I F*CKING LOVE YOU!
SPONTANEOUS 3:00 AM PHOTO SHOOT, LOVE IT!
And then we passed out……….
20 / 03 / 2019 9:30 am
Birthday bath time. #Blessed
I know… the honeymoon vibes again. But as for now, this is the closest I’m going to get to anything romantic. (:
I love my photos to show that I’m super healthy. Mostly because fruit is so photogenic, lol. But besides this, I had coffee, pineapple and orange juice and a cheese and mushroom omelette.
Don’t want to jinx it but I think this is going to be the year in which you’re going to hear so much from me, you’re going to be bored to tears! A.K.A the year in which I’m actually going to post as much as I should have all these years.
Hope you liked my previous post on my Goa outfits. If you haven’t read it yet, here’s the link, go check it out and come back (: GOA 2019 LOOKBOOK .
Now, on to my 3 favourite places to eat at in Goa.
DISCLAIMER: This is strictly a food review. Which means I’m not going to write about the ambiance, the service or anything else that might add to a great experience. Don’t expect me to anyway. If I add extras in there, take it with a smile. AND LIKE MY POST!
Came here for dinner on the night we arrived and I can tell you one thing… Goa was off to a delicious start!
The dishes in the pictures:
Prawns Plancha which was essentially prawns tossed in garlic, chilli and garlic aioli (tbh I don’t know what aioli is) let me know if you do. All I know it was delicious, one of my favourite dishes here.
Crispy Calamari not completely gaga over it. Was decent but wouldn’t order it again if given the chance. The meat was slightly tough and quite tasteless if I’m going to be completely honest.
Bistro Pork Poutine yas! Yaas! Yaaas! Need I say more? The pork was perfectly cooked – tender as ever, it practically melted in my mouth. I need to find a place in Mumbai that does this. Genuinely.
RED WINE SANGRIAAAA of course! Sorry I can’t tell you what wine it was or how it tasted after I shook the glass in my hand and smelt it like a fancy lady. Because well… even if I did do that, my opinion wouldn’t be accurate. In fact, it would be totally off, ahahahaha.
The perfect place by the beach. Great food, an insane view and a chance to take off your pants and jump in the sea. What’s not to love?
There’s not much to review here but honestly when in Goa all you really need is a perfectly grilled / tandoored Snapper. And this is that. And hey, if Snapper isn’t your thing, they bring you that terrifying platter of dead seafood to choose from. I promise it isn’t as traumatizing as my picture looks.
The drink you’re wondering? Fruit punch. Because I was so done with alcohol. But it was one yummy fruit punch, I tell ya.
They got that name from their food, I tell you! It’ll blow your taste-buds away. Spicy is an understatement but delicious as hell.
Started off with some cocktails, I had the Smoked Maple Old Fashioned which is a blend of bourbon, maple syrup, bitter and Islay misk.
For starters we had the Andhra Prawn Masala, Beef Fry and Spicy Chorizo. I think my favourite was hands down the Prawns, we even called for seconds.
Now… if you have a low, medium, heck! Even a high tolerance for spice, do not order the Spicy Chirizo. It comes straight from hell I tell ya! No joke.
The main coarse was incredible. We had this Idukki pork curry which was nothing like anything I’d ever tasted before. Mostly because I don’t eat Kerala food but regardless… It was delicious. with Malabar Parotta at first and then with Appam. Also… I’m pretty sure, Appams are my new favourite thing to eat with curry. Or without curry.
I do have a couple more places that I really liked the food from. So if you’re interested, let me know in the comments. All you have to do is sign up with your email id, it ain’t that hard I promise.
I think this is one of my favourite places in Vietnam to write about. I’m the kind of girl who loves the city life. I like when buildings, shops, restaurants and other structures are close to one another. I like a city where you can take a walk down the street and meet a bunch of friends, a city where you don’t need to take a taxi, then a bus and a train to get to your desired location. I love how in some cities you can just walk out of your house and go straight to a friends place and knock on the door to see if they’re home – no formalities or phone calls to see if they’re free. I guess that’s the reason why I love living in Mumbai so much – it’s exactly that kind of city and so is HANOI!
We arrived in Hanoi at about 5:30pm and it was chucking it down with rain. Jeez! Thankfully our tour guide brought us umbrellas and the car wasn’t too far away. It was probably a forty five minute drive from the airport to our hotel. We stayed at the Hanoi Delano hotel. I think the hotel was in the perfect location as all the shopping that you could ever imagine and MORE was right outside the door! From shoes to bags, clothing, stationary and cooking / baking items, not to forget restaurants and roadside eateries was all around the area. The lanes were narrow, short and well labelled which made it so easy to walk around the whole area. Well easy for the average human – I’m bad on another level with directions. 🙈
As for the sightseeing we visited the Hochiminh Complex which includes: Hochiminh Mausoleum, One pillar pagoda and the Ba dinh Square. We then went to the Temple of Literature – Vietnam’s first university established during the construction of the capital. We also went to the Museum of ethnology which was where we learnt about the diverse Vietnamese culture, beliefs and ethnic distributions. Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ngoc Son Temple which were both incredibly beautiful with such stunning architecture. Inspite of the fact that Vietnam is a developing country, everything and I mean every single temple, monument, natural feature, the roads and just every possible thing is so well maintained.
We did a private food tour where we got to experience the incredible Vietnamese Cuisine just like the locals do on the streets. We strolled through hidden alleyways and the bustling markets of Hanoi’s old quarter.
We visited the Bai Dinh Pagoda – the biggest pagoda in Vietnam with 500 La Han statues , biggest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam that weighed a hundred tons. This place had a series of never ending steps, but because the weather was so lovely that day we made it! Ofcourse I was completely exhausted and starving after all that walking and climbing (it’s not on level ground). So you have to keep going higher and higher to see different things. I think there was a total of 600 steps to reach right to the top.
Anyway, what came after that made it all worthwhile! We had the most delicious and elaborate lunch where dishes just kept on coming . Like literally they wouldn’t stop. Just when we thought, “Wow! This is a lot!” some more food came. If you’re wondering… How could your dishes keep on coming like this? Wouldn’t you be in charge of ordering what you want? Well no. Because when we booked this particular tour company to show us around food was included. And they have set menus. Which was so nice because that meant, we didn’t have the stress of what to order, how much would be enough, what is each person in the mood for, etc etc. They gave us the best and we thoroughly enjoyed everything! Well…. Almost everything. 🙂
We then went on to visit the Trang An Scenic Landscape complex – more commonly known as Halong Bay on land which has recently been recognised as a World Natural Heritage of UNESCO. We got on a rowing boat and circled the river , looking at the mountains and the greenery all around. We went under caves some of the most famous ones being Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave and Nau Ruou Cave. The boat ride was so calming and relaxing. There were different shades of green everywhere we looked. The boat ride was for two hours which at first I thought would be too long! I thought I would get bored and restless after the first half hour itself. But there was just so much to see, I helped a tiny bit with rowing the boat and towards the end it was about to rain so we all put in our efforts to row the boat to shore before we got wet! We made it just in time. And I actually wished the ride was longer….
Now for the most exciting part of all (some may beg to differ) – SHOPPING!!! We went to Aeon mall Long Bien. We did quite a lot of shopping. Well Andre and his fam did atleast. I finished my money. Lol! There was amazing stuff nevertheless and I was extremely tempted. I did however get my birthday presents from the Fernandes’. They bought me a pair of high waisted dark blue jeans which are ripped at the knees, you know the kind that are ever so popular these days. I picked it out though :P. And André and I got a pair of matching sunglasses. So cool! Or cheesy…? Anyway, then was lunch and a big massive bowl of Swensen’s Icecream and by massive I mean a bowl of twelve scoops. HEAVENLY!!!
This was my favourite place in Vietnam. In fact, I love it so much I can think of myself moving there someday. The only problem is the language. But hey! We survived this trip and it’ll only get easier with time. Hahaha… Anyway, dreams aside, I hope you liked this post, let me know in the comments if you want me to do a Vietnam Shopping Haul which will include all that I bought from there and the places I bought them from. Thanks for sticking till the end. Love you all lots!
Picture Courtesy: Andre Fernandes ; Instagram: @andrefernandes1994