Thursday, July 31, 2014

To travel is To Dream

Its all about a dream.
A dream to go where I HAVE NEVER GONE BEFORE.

Well,I have not gone too many places yet...I want to,but responsibilities beckon.
I am probably waiting more than sweet child for school to get over...then I will be a free bird. Send him off to college and let hubby dear trudge his briefcase and notepad to office and I will flit and float and fleetly flee I'll fly...
I'll travel -alone if possible,if not, then with like minded girl friends-I want to do that at least once.
Uncomplicated,free and fun.
I know.It seems like a pipe dream,but then whats life without a petty dream?
Maybe these dreams will go on to huge and concrete one day.
I would like to try the Ian Wright way with my back pack and 2 pairs of denims and a camera, huger than huge for a few weeks.(I assure you,I'll be loaded with my sun screen,my biotique Kohl , body shop lip balm  and Nina Ricci Perfume and travelling iron...don't want to be a scruffy Ian Wright wannabe.)
First on...disappear to the ancient land of Egypt.
I am not an extravagant woman  at most times,but I am a woman...adore the luxury of world class travel.And when it is so cheap..Hallelujah!
At 30K, a third of the moolah is over. So one needs to be a little thrifty here on.

Since I'll be travelling alone,I need a place decent enough to hang my boots. Hotels have awesome breakfast spreads, and I as a food blogger how can I not eat out???So street food it is. So I save money on food and use local transport -read buses for travel.Safe!

First on,the White Desert.
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After reading all those books on the ancient scrolls and Cairo and the Pyramids and the role in the old testament,I am loathe to discover the ancient part of the city. A day trip to Luxor by bus to discover the secrets of the pyramids and say the customary hello to Monsieur Le Sphinx...I don't want to be carrying away the spirits back home-we have enough here with our tonas and totkas.
Sunset and the camera, a perfect date.
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I will need a couple of days to wander and lose myself in the souks in Cairo, taste the mint and cardamom tea and eat as much mutton kebabs as I want. Remember, I'm footing it all out , so the denims have no way of becoming tighter. I have a few papyrus paintings and scrolls that I was gifted, but I would like to buy my own. And blue glass and stuff. My favourite buy anywhere is scarfs and earrings, the jinglier the better. Also a tagine, that I may not find and some ancient vessel as a conversation starter for my living room.
Some history again...
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A trip to the sea side to see the ruins and hear tales about Moses and stuff from an Egyptologist would be fascinating. I think an 8 GB memory card would not suffice...
I'll need to keep uploading the pictures. 
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Back to Cairo, I would now book into a pension or an inn...and visit the Egyptian Museum to acquaint myself with Tutankhamen and the other Pharaohs.  Tin Tin and his travails will stand by me here, and wasn't there enough stuff in the Mummy series?But that was all eerie.
 I'll consult Sky scanner again and spend most of my money now on entry tickets.

My visit to Egypt would be incomplete without Alexandria...So old and so romantic. 
I'm really keen on trying out the seafood this side of the Mediterranean. Since hubby dear and sweet child can't stand the smell of fish, I generally have to refrain. 
So I will let go here and eat till my heart is satisfied. 
And not to mention, check out all that's old and historic and linking back to Lawrence of Arabia and the Key to Rebeca and the Seventh Scroll. ...etc.
The bookings handled by Skyscanner allow for some spill over and a few gifts.
Maybe a power bank for the camera. 
Love the cheap fares on the luxury airlines and classy hotels. Maybe I'll need my chiffons and heels  after all...I wouldn't want to be the scruffiest guest. 

I'd like to do Abydos ,slightly south of Cairo,thats where the temple of the Seti and Osiris are...
But the budgets are limited. 
As they say ,I'll loose myself here some other day.
Next time ,I'll visit with hubby dear.
There has to be a fresh dream.

Dreams are what keep us alive.
And contests like these keep our dreams soaring high.
Thank you Blogadda.

This post is a part of Skyscanner travel wizard activity at

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Black -The Darkest Colours and Some Most Coveted Things

Almost like my favourite cuss words. I'm a believer in some expressions of expletives. These words take away all that's negative in you.The absence of all that's light or good. But that is not the black I want.
Undeniably Covetous.
Undeniably Desirable.
Sinister,Mysterious ,Super Sexy...OK..that is the norm.
For some yes...but there is no harm in continuing to want.
I am a big fan of black. When I was just a little girl, I was told that black is not the colour to wear."There are other colours in the world".
Black was my first taboo.
But the greatest pleasures in life are in doing what the others say you cannot do. so black is half my wardrobe today.
For me ,black is the ultimate. Yes I love the colour, Red,it comes a close second to my favourite colour. But black is undeniably hot.

The first on my list of my most wanted black Objects (Capitals,because the object is Big) is a big,         black ,shiny SUV.
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Not really concerned with the brand or anything,it can be a Mercedes or a Jag or an Audi(I live in Punjab,everyone -except me ,drives a foreign returned NRI type car...even the local Dubai returned carpenter.....).The power that a large black SUV exudes,even without rolling down the windows or listening to the music system,

Valentino Garavani Rose Satin Pumps are next on my list of my most wanted black Objects. I am someone for whom shopping is incomplete without a pair of shoes. At the moment this desire is on hold because I intend shopping for many many shoes in Malaysia...
So why a pair of shoes that cost USD600 upwards? Well ,they may not be very comfortable , but a pair of ivory peep toes covered with satin black roses just scream luxury and class. You wont be walking around on anything less than carpeted floor in those shoes. Luxury indeed.
Its the forbidden black of the roses that makes them so covetable.
I want.
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The next on my list ,a drive on a black motor cycle.  I'm the tomboy of the family. So never been the little black dress for me ,I'm the one with the scrapes and stitches on my knees. What is it that screams power? The black motor cycle.  I'd love to ride on a Harley Davidson, but they have issues with speed, and the drivers are always men with long hair. So the bike ride- I dont want to be the pillion rider people, the rider. BLACK bike and all the leather trimmings and the speed ...restrained by yours truly.
The speed on the black mean machine is what I want.
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Black raspberries. I love the black jamun that we gorge on in the summers in India, but raspberries are seedless and sweet and tangy and awesome.  They colour your tongue a blackish purple but they are worth the flavour. I have  tried the red raspberries and love the flavour. The ticklish yumminess of the black raspberries will be awesome. 
I want them.
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I love dogs and have had dogs since like forever. A Russian Symoyde, a Doberman and a couple of Lhasa Apsos white and black and tan and white and tan...
Never all jet black.
I'd love dogs and would love a jet black dog .
Dogs are clumsy and flop around and pant and shed hair and back and wag their tail and make things fall. OK ,they give the most love , but I want a black cat. With green eyes.
Soft ball of fur. And pricey.  You can not just cuddle up to a cat ,it will never allow you to. You have to wait until it wants you to cuddle it. My sweet dog Romeo pants in my ear when he wants me to wake up and he sleeps so soundly that you need to call him to wake him .But a black cat will go where it wants , be alert and those green eyes will peer at you when the lights are out. It will not beg for cookies or ice cream like a dog . Dignity and elegance, that is what a black cat will be all about.
Persian Cat....hmmm
I want.
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Desire and Covetousness is all about the colour black.
There is always that sinister feeling about black.  And whatever is taboo is always the most wanted.
These are the 5 black things I want!

Question is...when am I getting them?
This post is a part of #WhatTheBlack activity at

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