Food, Life, Travel

Annual Family Holiday ver. 2018 feat. Sri Lanka (part 2)

This is the continuation or, as the title states, the second part of my recollections of my trip to Sri Lanka. The first part can be found here: Annual Family Holiday ver. 2018 feat. Sri Lanka (part 1), where I covered Colombo City, Nuwara Eliya and Horton Plains National Park.

We’re now on to Ella ( a relatively close neighbour of Nuwara Eliya), then on one of the most scenic rides in the world and finally, a suburb in Colombo, Mount Lavinia.

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Food, Life, Travel

Annual Family Holiday ver. 2018 feat. Sri Lanka (part 1)

Prior to the year end festivities of 2017, we were tossing up between Guang Zhou and Shanghai for the next family holiday before I threw Colombo, Sri Lanka into the mix. I know its a little strange considering how vastly different Colombo is from the other two options. 2017’s annual family holiday was to Boracay in the Philippines where both my father and I fell ill after unintentionally consuming some moonshine at a local eatery (he got it worse than I did). As such, my father wasn’t convinced on having another holiday in a developing nation. Not to mention, Sri Lanka was stuck in a civil war for over 20 years that ended only very recently in 2009.

One of my main motives for visiting Colombo was that I had a good friends from college who lived there and had been meaning to visit them for a while. Thankfully, my father’s friends convinced him that Sri Lanka was worth the visit and also suggested that we head to Nuwara Eliya in the hill countries of central Sri Lanka. So, off to Sri Lanka we went.

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Life, Travel

A Thank You letter to 2017

On the first day of 2017, I had made a wish that it would “be a great year of change for me”. In that respect, 2017 you did not disappoint the least bit, in fact you were pretty much an overachiever. I got more than I had bargained for but hey, go big or go home. It was a year filled with tough love that kicked me right out of my comfort zone and provided endless opportunities for new experiences and growth. A roller coaster year with extreme highs and lows, it occasionally felt like I was aimless, lost and drowning in chaos. But it was just what I needed. No pain, no gain.

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Food, Life, Travel

Going vegetarian.

Header image: Vegetarian sushi platter from Sticks’n’Sushi, London

 Being vegetarian was never one of my life goals like graduating from college with first class honours or running 10km under an hour. I had started my journey to being an almost herbivore about 4 years ago. ( “Almost” because I still consume eggs and dairy products) I never actively spoke about going vegetarian till recently in the last half of 2017 when I had finally completely stopped consuming meat.

There have almost never been any negative responses from my friends or random folks when I share that I do not consume meat, its usually curiosity. Lots of whats, whens, whys, hows and wheres. I guess its a little bizarre to have dietary constraints not due to health reasons in a first world country where food is plentiful and, more often than not, mouthwateringly delicious.

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Life

There were many firsts and this is another one of them.

I’ve had countless blogs and even websites prior to this and they have all died a natural death as I grew out of them (blogspot/ livejournal) and some entire hosting sites no longer even exist (geocities). So here is another one, another attempt at chronicling my life and thoughts and work. This blog’s content will be mirrored on the blog section of my portfolio site. Incredibly ambitious by my standards, considering I could never even commit to updating one blog, much less two.

 

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