A Getaway.....

A day spent frolicking in the beach(a almost-private one at that) and pool as you guzzle down glasses n glasses of beer ~~ Now doesnt that seem like the perfect way to spend the weekend! And thts exactly what we did this weekend @Windflower in Pondi This must be one of the first vacations where we did zero sight-seeing(a quickie to Auroville doesnt count) n most importantly zero shopping(!!!!)!

But again as a colleague commented, to do jus this did u hv to drive all the way to pondi ~~ Couldnt u hv done jus the same at any of the resorts that dot Bangalore! Hmm yeap possibly ~~ But then a beach resort has a charm of its own n jus the very act of getting away from the 'Daily Living' can spruce up your entire system ~~ or as hubbs says "It is the journey that I cherish, more than the destination"!

The view from the room!

The Sand! I jus love that blue sky....
And the Beach....
Yea! I know there isnt anything "Pondi" abt these pics... But then as I said we hardly budged out from the hotel and the Beach :-D. BTW this trip was courtesy a gift voucher for a performance award that ma sis bagged from her work place.. How I wish ma comp would adopt such a policy to reward the best performance! Then sachi, I will pull my socks in no time :)

Linking this ColorDeckors weekend wrap up(Ages I hv shown up there) and ABC Wednesday(G for Getaway)

Face Painting!

Now am not one of those who aint a gr8 fan of "Face Painting" .... But but recently I sat engrossed thru a "Face Painting" session of nee not kids but of "Men"! Yea  u heard it rt... Face Painting for men by men! Look at below pics to see what am talking of....

Work In Progress!
Work (still) in Progress - Ably assisted by a 2nd person!
A closer look of the almost-finished Face!
Haa wondering whats happening here?? As few of you must have guessed the man here is having his face painted for he is the lead actor in "Kathakali" ~~ A folk dance from Kerala, India. You can read more about it here

A Kathakali Dance Mask ~~ The actor is supposed to resemble something close this once the make-up session is done!
              I hope u enjoyed this infotainment walk thru of the Face-Painitng session... Lol!

                     Linking this to ABC Wednesday(F is for "Face Painting")

Are Dreams a epitome of things to come?

Yesterday Morn I woke up with these "butterflies in my tummy" ~~ A hangover from the early morn nightmares (yes plural)! Now they don really classify as a "nightmare" ~~ Cause they weren’t really "scary"! Each dream thou had a pattern thou ~~ Of a calamity (not a major one mind u) that is this close to happening but is averted at the last moment! N a repeat performance of this thru the night ensured that I woke up in not the best frame of my mind! But as the day dawned I got so involved in the routine that this thots were shoved away somewhere!

So why this post now? Cause well the dream jus played out in front of my eyes last night....... When I reached hom from office, the sight that greeted me was this huge beehive in our bedroom balcony! Now now this usually doesn’t hv my eye popping out... U c these guests make a appearance atleast once a year(Thanks to this well maintained garden opp our house ~~ courtesy the church convent) ! N the lazy bums we are, we jus let them thrive there until the watchman manages to get those bee hive hunters!

But today, with my mom around ~~ she got this crazy idea that the bee hive on our balcony is a a epitome of a unkempt house and so took this as a personal insult which had to be set right ASAP.

Now in hindsight, I wonder where did all our presence-of-mind disappear! The huubs n mom(ably guided by me) decided to spray "Hit" on the beehive ~~ Now imagine the chaos tht followed post tht! We had closed our doors and windows but v conveniently forgot that they can swarm the entire building soon ~~ thou thank heavens that the worst case scenario dint really play out ~~ the damage was v.v.minimal(Jus one person bitten ~~ I still dono how!) but the heartburn that ensued (for lack of presence-of-mind n the sight of the dead bees) did ensure that my smiley is still :( The topping on the cake should be the news of  a young colleagues accidental death that hit me first thing in the morn!

Here is hoping that there is no repeat performance of this dream anytime!

Funnily enuf after all that fiasco, the only thing that bring a small smile back on my face was to see a new horde of bees coming back and building the hive all over again... Indeed a grim reminder that life does go on!

Epitome of Valentines Day....

Cute isnt it :). Pic courtesy hubbs ofcourse

Here is wishing you all a happy valentines day ~~ Hv a good one!

Speaking of mine, wouldnt call it a "romantic" date but managed to hv a "couple" lunch post ages as against the hurried eat-on-the-run places!

Linking this to ABC Wednesday(E is for Epitome)


As the D-Day of engagment approaches....

Here is hoping that both of you are indeed made for each other(The tongue-in-cheek msg on the cake below is courtesy hubbs:))

Here is Hoping that both of you indeed remain mad for each other not jus today, Not jus tomo but each and every day of you life together.....

Here is hoping that you hv a gr8 life ahead Dearies!

Linking this to ABC Wednesday (D is for D-Day of ma dearies)......

A pic speaks a thousand words...

.. Nee Nee this pic isnt abt more pics or abt ma hubs blog for tht matter! Go ahead, look at the below link n well u'll be a believer of the post title!

Sony World Photography awards @ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2095791/Sony-World-Photography-awards-shortlist-2012-provides-real-challenge-eye.html

TOI ad for their Launch at Kochi @ http://www.firstpost.com/photos/images-the-times-of-india-kerala-launch-simply-stunning-199894.html

Some mindblowing stuff huh!

Numero Uno!

Small for sure but hey its a mention nonetheless ~~ Hopefully the first of many(anti-jinx!). If u read this 3+ page article in Hindu(Yea! I know its a boring paper, but read it jus for this once) and peer hard at the 6th para you will see a mention of ma most fav blog(yea! yea! Am known for me modesty)  ~~  Pheno Menon's capturedalive  :-D(Hubbs Photoblog)  And if you are too lazy to go and read up that entire thing, here's a transcript of the same......

Another photoblog, Pheno Menon's capturedalive(http://capturedalive.wordpress.com/)  is the result of a play of colours, starkness and succinct comments, and a sound investment in a DSLR.

And a post on a photoblog deserves a pic for sure rt.... Leaving you with the current fav of mine! Fav simply cause itc reminds me of a succulent piece of cheese.... lol, Am a foodie for sure.......

Linking this to thursday Challenge ~~ "ONE" (One of Anything, Unique, Standing Out, Special,...)

Cloud Watching!

Cloud Watching ~~ Ho yes u read tht rt! N, no I dint mean sky watching ~~  'Cloud Watching' is a v distinct, different hobby from 'Sky Watching'. Read on to know how I hit upon this pastime.........

When I was a child I firmly believed that people who die look down at us from the sky camouflaged as clouds ~~ courtesy my grandmother \my father(was it a ploy on their part to get us to shut our mouths for a while!). So there I was ~~ accompanied by ma sis ~~ up on the terrace trying to figure out as many shapes as we could. N discover shapes we did ~~ from people to animals to birds to dragons(ho yes!) to well u name it........ Lol!!

This is a habit that still catches me unawares ~~ So next time u c somebody peering closely at the morn sky nee the clouds, u know its yours truly :).

Look at this pic n c'mon put on ur thinking hats n start fishing out 'figures' in there....

I c a mouth-wide-open tortoise, A big fat cat, A crocodile, A fish, A lizard..........

Linking this to ABC Wednesdays(C is for Cloud)Wordless Wednesday