CNDirect Wishlist- Pretty, Cheap and Easy Buy

Hello awesome people!!!

My love for online shopping lets me discover some really awesome websites with such amazing deals that I just can’t resist ordering atleast one item from them and one such website I discovered recently is CNDirect.com (Click here). It’s a Chinese website that ships INTERNATIONALLY and also has their warehouse in USA apart from CHINA (HAPPY NEWS). I can’t tell you guys the amount of time I’ve spent on this website choosing what I should order because of the fact that they have so many in-trend stuffs from clothes to shoes to bags for both women and men. Apart from the apparels, there are electronic gadgets and even home decor items for such small price, that you will be drooling over their website. IF YOU SIGN UP FOR THEIR EMAIL LIST YOU WILL GET A LIST COUPONS( 50 DOLLARS OFF COUPON)YOUR FIRST ORDER!

I found some amazing deals on CNDirect from almost 0.01$ and they are ah-mazing!!! They have these flash sales every single day and also has a separate section for FREE SHIPPING, so you don’t have to worry about paying extra cash for the shipping part. But I think if you don’t wish to wait for 15-20 days of time for your package to arrive, best way is to just pay a little and get your hands on your goodies in just 3-4 days. Well its all upto you what you want to choose. They have some awesome courier companies tied up with them like ARAMEX, DHL and EMS and I think the cheapest among all is ARAMEX. I have ordered a few items from them and I’m eagerly waiting for them to arrive and I thought why not share with them. Maybe you would like to buy something out of my wishlist too.

So here we go 🙂

 

Bohemian neckpiece
BUY HERE:Bohemian neckpiece- 3.21$( FREE SHIPPING) 

 

bag
BUY HERE: Cute Leopard print Backpack– 3.59$

 

kitty tee

        BUY HERE:Kitty Tee-2.33$

Fringed Bag
BUY HERE:Fringed Bag- 1.69$

 

Combat boots- 5.19$
BUY HERE:Combat boots- 5.19$
Fringed jacket
BUY HERE:Fringed jacket-0.01$
leggings
BUY HERE:Faux leather leggings-1.98$
Sunglasses- 1.91$
BUY HERE:Sunglasses- 1.91$
Slit top-3.68$
BUY HERE:Slit top-3.68$
Fuschia asymmetrical top
BUY HERE:Fuschia asymmetrical top-3.35$

So these are all the awesome stuffs I liked on CNDirect.com and I think I almost decided on an entire outfit along with the necessary accessories for myself and I’m super happy for the price I’m getting all these for. If you like any of these items be sure to click on the picture to find out more about the products as they are available in various colors and sizes and make sure to visit their website for their FLASH SALE as some of the really pricey stuffs are sold at a price of just 0.01$.

Make sure to let me know if you liked any of the items from my post or if you plan to buy anything from their website 🙂

 

 

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Get a surprise this Diwali with the “MYSTERY-BOX”

HOLA!!!!

Hope none of you are suffering from the MONDAY BLUES 🙂

If you read my blog posts regularly, you must be knowing my love for SUBSCRIPTION BOXES/BAGS. I just love the fact that at a very meagre price I get to try out some really awesome stuffs, be it makeup, jewellery, food or any other product in this entire universe. I am up for trying out new things and subscription boxes have done that for me. There are a huge variety of subscription boxes and bags available in India  and there are many other coming up with some really cool ideas to lure people like me. One such new subscription box is the “MYSTERY-BOX“. So when I got a chance to speak with the brain behind this new box, I got to know a lot of interesting things about this box and I thought why not share with you guys before I get my box for the coming month. So here are a few facts to know about this newbie:

  • MYSTERY-BOX celebrated its birthday on 14th Oct 2015 and has successfully started it’s own awesome  WEBSITE (Click here).
  • They have an FB page as well as Instagram page and you can enquire more about it on these pages as well
  • They have the following plans: LET ME TRY IT- 1499 Rs for 1 month, UPGRADE ME-4197Rs for 3 months, LOVING IT 7794Rs for 6 months and ADDICTED 14388Rs for 1 year .
Choose one that suits you
Choose one that suits you

I love the fact that MYSTERY BOX does not have a fixed concept of sending you makeup and skincare products or just jewellery or accessories in their box. This would be a mixture of everything and that’s what makes it different from many of the available boxes and bags in India. Every month there would be a THEME to their box will have a mix of products varying from the latest fashion accessories ,beauty products , personal care products and many more. So here’s what you have to watch out for; the “MORE” is actually the mystery part which you will figure out every month based on the theme and you will receive 4-5 products which would not be revealed till the time it doesn’t reach your hands, just as the name says.

Gift yourself this Diwali with the MYSTERY BOX
Gift yourself this Diwali with the MYSTERY BOX

So if you are in to surprise yourself every month , you should definitely go ahead and subscribe to MYSTERY BOX and guess what they have ,a special launch discount coupon for all you lovelies for your first subscription. So when you go to their website or FB page to subscribe use the code FLT150 for a flat 150INR off on your first booking. Try out their NOVEMBER BOX which is curated just for the coming Diwali with all the right essentials for you. I am sure we all will go back for more. If you book soon, you will start receiving it before this Diwali and you’ll be all set for the festive season. I’m waiting for mine so that I can show you all what I received in my MYSTERY BOX and I think you should give it a try too. 🙂

 

Have an amazing week 😀

 

 

An Archipelago of serenity- The Andaman Diaries-Havelock Island

Hi everyone,

So I finally managed to reach to the final destination and my favorite among all, The Havelock Island.  And if you haven’t read the previous parts from my Andaman diaries, click on these links below:

Part1Part2Part3Part4

If you ever visit Andaman and not go to Havelock, then your trip is of no use and a total waste. This place deserves all the hype it gets from everywhere and you’ll know by the end of this post why?

The trip to Havelock island from Port Blair used to be a really long journey a few years back, but after the introduction of cruise rides, it has become superbly convenient to travel in less amount of time. Coming from the Indian mainland, with quite often dirty & polluted beaches, street chaos and crowded places, this island was just what we needed: the complete opposite.

We had to first get to the entrance of the port by our own vehicles and from there a government owned bus takes everyone inside the port where a thorough checking is done and you will have to show your ID cards as well. Once you reach the jetty, there is a waiting hall and it is just like a mini airport where we wait to board our flights, here in our case is the cruise. So we decided to take the very popular cruise named “MAKRUZZ“. They have an awesome service and you will have an amazing and comfortable ride till your destination in their cruise line. There is also some snacks service inside the cruise and you can enjoy them while you are on your way to HAVELOCK and listen to some old 90’s English songs too 🙂

Security check at the jetty before taking the cruise
Security check at the jetty before taking the cruise
MAKRUZZ
MAKRUZZ

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I have a terrible problem of SEA SICKNESS but travelling in the cruise never made me realize that i’m in water maybe because it was the morning time and the sea was pretty calm. We reached HAVELOCK JETTY in almost 2 hours and from there we were picked up by the pre arranged taxis to our resort. Since my dad had a few connections, we managed to get the ever so famous “DOLPHIN BEACH RESORT“. It’s a government owned resort and has the most beautiful guest houses in the entire Havelock. The best part was, it had its own PRIVATE BEACH as well. Our rooms were really clean and well maintained and the whole place was filled with MANGO TREES. I even got to eat some yummy mangoes from there.

Waiting to board MAKCRUZZ
Waiting to board MAKCRUZZ
Inside MAKRUZZ
Inside MAKRUZZ
Super excited to reach Havelock
Super excited to reach Havelock

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There a couple of stunningly beautiful beaches on Havelock island. Most of them can be described as tropical paradises beaches with the oceans being more of a natural swimming pool. But be aware: even though the water is calm most of the time, it can get pretty rough as well. Oh and one more thing: Havelock island is a pretty wild place and it’s possible to see many types of wild animals, including crocodiles – salt water crocodiles to be exact. Years ago an American tourist was taken by a salt crocodile. Don’t be put off by this incident though. It’s best to check ones with the locals before heading to any beach.

DOLPHIN BEACH resort
DOLPHIN BEACH resort

Anyway, the beaches here are numbered and even though they have their own names, you will them having their own numbers if you pick up a Havelock’s map. You can rent scooters in Havelock to drive around and even explore places on your own and the view is just breathtaking. But since I was with my family, we decided to take cabs to the beach. As we were here only for 1 day, I wanted to get in the water as soon as I could. One of the most famous beaches is the Radhanagar beach (or beach #7). Voted one of the top 10 beaches in Asia, this beach certainly deserves all the credit it has got. Awesomely huge, pristine and with wonderful views, this beach is a delight!! There is a place where you can even change your clothes after a nice shower and both for men and women are at separate places (PHEWW). I was so amazed by the clear water here and was just not ready to come out of the water. Infact me and my dad were going all crazy and guys the beaches here are like swimming pools, you walk really far into the water and it will be still shallow and safe. But by evening the water starts coming up and that’s when the life gaurds will start shooing off everyone from the water. I even noticed that there are some places to stay nearby the beach but I’m sure those would whooping costly. We treated ourselves with some hot PAKODAS and CHAI and even fresh TENDER COCONUT WATER. Well! I love tender coconut and can have as many as possible in a day..LOL

Radhanagar Beach, Havelock
Radhanagar Beach, Havelock
Dad n me going crazy in the water
Dad n me going crazy in the water
Radhanagr beach
Radhanagar beach
Radhanagar beach
Radhanagar beach

 

After the day at the beach, we were so exhausted like as if we worked out in a gym for hours and came back. My whole body was in so much pain, but somehow i was happy and content. You don’t get to see such pretty places in the mainland India right? Since it was getting into the monsoon mood out there, most of the fishermen had stopped going for fishing and finding a good sea food place at that time was really a tough thing for us. Still me and dad went for a lookout and eventually found a small shop where he luckily had some amazing fresh caught fish and crabs. Since I am a huge fish fan, we decided to take the fish and asked him to cook a spicy fish fry for us. I wanted to eat this with the other delicious feast that was already cooked for us in the resort, I decided to get it packed and took it back to the resort. After a delicious hearty dinner, we headed back for a goodnight sleep.

The next day was more of a laidback day and we were just hanging out in the resort and taking walks on the private beach. Since it was low tide we got to see some cute little crabs, their hide outs and could even walk deep inside where there would be leg deep water otherwise. It was so much fun guys, I wish I could forever just freeze that time. We entertained ourselves with a few games of UNO in which I lost like a maniac and filled our stomachs with fresh Litchis and tender coconut water (AGAIN!!!)

Private beach
Private beach
Private beach- During low tide
Private beach- During low tide
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Low tide
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Our rooms in the resort
our UNO place
our UNO place

Before a few hours of our cruise back to Port Blair, we headed over to another small beach named “ELEPHANT BEACH”. It is said that an elephant(now very old) with its mahout on her back, used to swim to this beach every day.Elephant apart, this beach is straight out of picture postcard, so stunningly beautiful that your own eyes won’t believe the beauty is for real…it feels like a dream world and I did not want to close my eyes for a bit!!If you plan to spend a whole day here, bring your own food and water because there are no restaurants or street vendors around except for a few coconut sellers. Elephant beach can be reached after a 20 minute drive through the jungle and the view is amazing. I think if you plan for a destination wedding, you should really plan it here. 😀

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On the way to ELEPHANT beach through thick forests
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ELEPHANT BEACH at the side
Elephant beach
Elephant beach

After playing some FRISBEE here, we headed back to the jetty to board the cruise. Well I must say I was super sad to leave this island. I don’t think any place could ever substitute HAVELOCK for its beauty for me. The ride back to PORT BLAIR was pretty bad as the sea was horribly rough and the whole cruise was literally jumping on the waves and moving. I was glad we reached safely and all thanks to MAKCRUZZ (no, this post is not sponsored by them )

Sunset- A view from the MAKRUZZ
Sunset- A view from the MAKRUZZ

After all that excitement and adventure, it was time to bid goodbye to ANDAMAN the next day. The flights were a little delayed which quite normal if you are planning a visit to ANDAMAN. Oh YES, another thing is don’t try to pick up shells or any such things from the beaches, because during the luggage scan they will detect it and ask you to take it out and deposit at the counter to the forest department people. That’s exactly what happened to me and another small kid who was crying his heart out the whole time for snatching away his precious shells from him. SAD 😦

Our final dinner in Port blair
Our final dinner in Port blair
Random shots
Random shot

 

BYE BYE ANDAMAN!!!
BYE BYE ANDAMAN!!!

So this was all about my beautiful journey to the most favorite destination of all time for me- THE ANDAMANS. Before i end this post, many of you requested and hence I will definitely want to give you a few tips if you want to visit ANDAMAN ISLANDS. 

  1. If you wish to go to the Andaman Islands book your flight early.
  2. Before planning the trip, you must know about the climatic conditions here, so that you can choose the weather of your choice. February to May, is the best time to visit the islands, as the sun will shine directly on the beaches, while June to September will be extremely rainy, somewhat ruining the charm of the place and making it a little dangerous on the coasts. While the winters, December and January, also has a charm of its own. What suits you, should be your choice, while we will suggest the pleasant summers.
  3. Research on places to visit thoroughly before reaching the islands.
  4. You can get flights from CHENNAI and KOLKATA, there are ships also from both places if you plan to spend most of your holidays in the sea. I’m not sure of the travel duration and fare for ships though.
  5. Make sure you have atleast a week’s time with you to visit most of the well known places which includes, ROSS ISLAND, VIPER ISLAND,CELLULAR JAIL, HAVELOCK ISLAND, LIMESTONE CAVE, ABERDEEN BAZAAR, CHATHAM SAW MILL,  SAGARIKA, SAMUDRIKA
  6. Make sure to keep an umbrella with you because it can rain anytime there.
  7. Pack light cotton clothing and maybe something little thicker for the nights.
  8. Make sure to have comfortable footwear, sun shades, sun hats, scarves, sun blocks. You must also keep anti allergy cream, as the close contact with sea water may give you rashes.  I had a few :/
  9. Don’t forget to do scuba diving or snorkeling or glass boat ride to watch the splendid coral reefs of this place.
  10. This trip might be a little costly and hence advisable to carry some extra cash with you apart from the estimated budget. And make sure to always carry an ID PROOF with you.

So that’s the Andamans, where white-sand beaches and turquoise waters await…..it’s really a worthwhile destination, but get there soon, as it’s getting more and more popular.Hope you guys had fun reading my ANDAMAN DIARIES and could get some idea about how the place is and also visit the place. I have personally had some of the best memories in Andaman years back and reliving some of them again this year was nostalgic as well as amazing for me. Do let me know what you think of this post and if you plan to visit Andaman in the near future.

 

Happy SUNDAY you all 🙂

“MISS BOX” October Edition- New subscription box in town

Hi Everyone,

If you’ve read my previous blog posts, you must have read my article about various subscription boxes in India (HERE ). There are many more that have come up and doing extremely great and adding one more feather to this cap, we have a new subscription box names “MISS BOX“. They are pretty much new and offer an amazing deal on their boxes.

So when the team contacted me on Instagram, I was delighted to try out a new subscription box and they were sweet enough to reveal that they will be adding some personal touch to the box. So today I received this box and thought why not share my experience with you.

PRICE: INR 499. You will receive 3-4 products ranging from makeup and  accessories in the box along with a surprise product.

MY EXPERIENCE: So MISS BOX products come in a hard cardboard box that had a pearly finish to it which screamed “FESTIVAL” in all sorts of way. They have a themed box every month and this month’s theme was “MISS ETHNIC” and is totally apt for this festival season. I was a little disappointed that the box came damaged, thanks to the courier company that shipped it, but super glad that all the products inside was safe and intact. Everything was bubble wrapped and individually packed in a plastic cover.

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Wish the box was not damaged by the courier company 😦

So these are the products that I received in the box :

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Let’s have a look at each of these items and I’ll share my views about them.

  1. Statement Necklace: I absolutely loved the color of this jewelry piece. I am a huge fan of anything that’s in the color GREEN and the fact that I received my box with the theme of green was even better. This piece is just perfect to be paired with both Indian as well as Western outfit. You can even pair it up with a plain black top and a pair of jeans. IMG_20151021_193727627
  2. Earrings: My mom couldn’t stop talking about these peacock shaped earrings the whole day. I mean they are truly beautiful. I think they would go with any Indian outfit. So now I have one thing less to worry about what I should wear for this Diwali. 🙂 IMG_20151021_193834448
  3. Ring:  Though its a little big on my finger (thanks to my ever so thin fingers), I still find it pretty. I’ve passed it over to my mom since it fits her perfectly and would look good with so many of her sarees. IMG_20151021_193814691
  4. Lakme Eyeconic Kajal : No girl can get enough of having kohls or black kajal in her makeup box. I have already like 3 or 4 of them but somehow I didn’t mind having one more added to my box. Though I wish I had received a different colored kajal. :/ IMG_20151021_193652929
  5. Diya/ Earthen lamps: They are super pretty and the fact that instead of just one, they sent out two of these hand painted DIYAS is extremely sweet of them. They both are in different and vibrant colors and I’m definitely going to use this for the coming DIWALI. IMG_20151021_193922275
  6. Chocolates: So when they told me they would be adding a personal touch to the box, I wasn’t expecting these home-made dark chocolates. Though I won’t say they are the yummiest ones I’ve had so far, yet they taste good and I’m always up for chocolates no matter how they are. I received 4 of these chocolates wrapped in golden foil and thank fully they didn’t melt when I received them considering the horrible weather in Chennai. IMG_20151021_193709777

 

Apart from all these lovely products, there was also a hand-written note and somehow that just won my heart. I’m a sucker for such sweet gestures by anyone and even if it’s for a business purpose, it was extremely sweet of MISS BOX to be thoughtful to send it. All-in-all I really liked the efforts put in by MISS BOX seeing the fact that they are a newbie to the whole “subscription box army” and have done a wonderful job for just a small amount of Rs 499.

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Also a disclaimer to you all, when you subscribe to them, you might not receive the same items as mine, some of the products might be a little different or maybe the entire box would be different. The idea is to give you a surprise when you receive these items. Currently they take orders only on Facebook and Instagram and hopefully they’ll be coming up with a website of their own.  I would highly suggest you to try out this month’s bag and see to yourself if you would want to subscribe for a long-term plan. I would link their pages below so that you can checkout their pages.

MISS BOX Facebook page

MISS BOX Instagram page

I hope you liked this review. I would be coming up with something different next week especially on a request that was made by a very good friend of mine. So watch out this space next week and do let me know what you think of the products that I got in this box. Would love to hear from you all.

 

HAPPY DUSSEHRA TO YOU ALL 🙂

An Archipelago of serenity- The Andaman Diaries-CHATHAM SAW MILL,SAMUDRIKA & LIMESTONE CAVE

Hello awesome people!!

I know it’s Monday and I should be drowning myself in those sucky Monday blues. But I’m just too excited because I’ve been loaded with so many packages from all the online shopping I did in the last week. I’ll definitely do a haul post soon. Let’s get back to the rest of the days in my ANDAMAN SAGA.

So, this was the day we thought to relax a bit and stay away from the sea and planned to visit the famous CHATHAM SAW MILL.  This saw mill is credited to be one of the biggest and oldest saw mills in Asia which is located at the north tip of the Andaman. Chatham is famous for the colonial history of Andaman and  dates back to 1883 and was set up by the British.Just close to the saw mill, there is a forest museum that exhibits some of the masterpieces made from Andaman woods.

Let me tell you a little bit of history behind this place. Chatham mill was of utmost importance in the pre-independence era as it catered to the needs of the British. During the second world war, it became a prey to the heavy bombarding done by the Japanese and was badly destroyed as one bomb hit it directly. The Japanese then occupied this island and it remained under their rule till 1945. Post second world war, the island revived its glory and the mill started functioning again in 1946 and since then it has never looked back.

So this place is actually located in a small island like place which is also called the CHATHAM ISLAND and is connected by a bridge. As soon as we reached there, we could see wood all around (of course). Large piles of woods can were being loaded, unloaded, sorted, cut and moulded. We saw how these wood logs are cut in the mill for various purposes and the main wood of Andaman that is known for its life-long durability is the “PADAUK WOOD“. When we were living in PORT BLAIR, we got a couple of furnitures made for our future house then, and guys they look as good as new now when we opened them during our house- warming ceremony.

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Wood log being processed in the mill

 

On the way to see the FOREST MUSEUM next to the mill, I saw the rail tracks and after enquiring, I got to know that earlier locomotives were used to carry woods and later the use of locomotives were discarded. When we entered the mill, I could get this nice woody fragrance all over and then I noticed that this museum actually showcases some of the masterpieces made from the Andaman woods. This museum exhibits beautiful photographs of historical importance as well as about the general working of the Department of Environment & Forests. It also exhibits souvenirs and various handicrafts on timber. The products were so distinct with its intricate carving, polishing, designing and skilled craftsmanship. Some of these products can be easily purchased from the “SAGARIKA” handicrafts store that I had mentioned in my previous post (HERE).

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Handicrafts made out of wood in the Forest Museum

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The next stop was the “SAMUDRIKA NAVAL MUSEUM“. As the name suggests it’s a museum run by the Indian Navy and aims to generate awareness about the ocean environment and the marine life. It used to be one of my favorite places among many when I used to live in PORT BLAIR a few years back. As a kid I loved coming here to look at all the pretty looking creatures in the ocean especially the various variety of shells and corals. This museum showcases some of the best and rare collection of shells, corals, fishes and a few species of colorful fishes found in these islands. The museum has five sections that consists of the history of Andaman Islands, Geographical information, people of Andaman, Archaeology and Marine life.You can get all the information regarding them here and if you are someone who loves nature and its beautiful creations, I’m sure you are definitely going to love this place. You will also find informative displays on the islands’ various tribal communities like the Jarawans,Onges etc.The Indian Navy has made sure to take very good care of this museum and is one of those must-go places if you are in Port Blair.  This museum is open only from 9 AM-5PM , so make sure to plan accordingly.

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The Naval Marine Museum- Samudrika

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The famous skeleton at samudrika museum
The famous skeleton at samudrika museum
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These are my favorite shells.. Aren’t they pretty

 

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Miniature Andaman Nicobar map made on Padauk Wood

 

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Various tribes of the islands

 

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The famous skeleton in the museum

 

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Pretty coral (dead)

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The next day we visited this island called “BARATANG“. The names in Andaman are a little different from the ones you’ve heard before but guys the amazing experience that you’re going to have just to reach this island is just out of this world. We got up early morning and hired a Traveller to get to the jetty. And here comes the adventurous part, to reach to the jetty that takes you to Baratang, you have to go through the Andaman Grand Trunk road, which connects Port Blair to South, Middle and North Andaman. So,soon we left the city behind. The jungle along both sides during your travel would be a treat to watch. On your way you would pass through Jirkatang, couple of decade ago people feared to stay or pass through these places because of attacks by the native tribes (JARAWANS) who usually used to come to these places in search of food. Until recently, government has made efforts to help and protect these tribes after which the attacks on people staying or passing through these places were reduced. and reached the check post. We had to take a pit stop as we arrived pretty early so thought having some hot pakodas and tea.This is the place where there are specific timings when the forest department sends out convoys and all the vehicles have to register themselves and at a certain time, here for us it was 9 AM, all the vehicles starts moving in a line one after the other. No vehicle can overtake or should stop anywhere until you reach the jetty as you pass through scarcely populated areas of the jungle.You would now pass through the Jarawa Tribe reserve, the reserve controlled and operated by government for protection of the Jarawas against diseases from which they do not have natural immunity. The government also provides medical aid to these indigenous tribes.

Long line of vehicles waiting for the Convoy
Long line of vehicles waiting for the Convoy. Dad busy taking my pictures 🙂

 

 

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Something to be taken care of

 

Pit stop at the check post
Pit stop at the check post. Loved the shop aunty’s hot yummy pakodas

We even spotted a few of these tribes along the road. It is recommended not to offer any food or take pictures of these tribes during this time. Interacting with them, giving them food or clicking their pictures is strictly prohibited and is a punishable offence. After passing through the tribal reserve we reached the Nilamber Jetty. It was raining cats and dogs and once the ferry arrived we all boarded it which would take us to the Baratang Island. These vehicle ferry can accommodate buses, trucks, cars & bikes and is the only source of transportation for the residents of BARATANG. Upon reaching Baratang Jetty we took a dongi(boat) which took us through dense mangroves to reach the starting point of our journey to reach the Limestone caves. It is even said that there are lot of crocodiles that could be found in these waters due to the mangroves. The journey to the cave is a lifetime experience guys. After we got onto the island we were passing through walkways made by cutting through dense forest and large stones.Since it was raining as well, the experience was even more adventurous. Inside the cave the temperature is lower than outside. The cave contains beautiful cave formation. The whole cave was formed due to the rain water and the CO2 in the air present. Rain water picks up carbon dioxide in the air and a weak solution of carbonic acid is formed. This water can dissolve limestone over time, creating a cave. The guided who comes along with us in the boat told us the whole story of how this cave was formed and showed us some spectacular formations. Loved it !!!

Things to do in Baratang
Places to visit in Baratang

 

The vehicle ferry
The vehicle ferry

 

While leaving the jetty to Baratang
Baratang Jetyy

 

The deep mangroves on the way to Limestone cave
The deep mangroves on the way to Limestone cave

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Limestone cave
Limestone cave
Limestone cave
Limestone cave

After a tiring journey, we headed back to Port Blair, the same way as we arrived. I absolutely loved the whole journey through the forests, spotting the famous Jarawas and all this happiness gave me a very pleasant sleep as well 😀

I have one last post left and that was the most awaited part of my vacation. Tune in to read what I did on the last 2 days of my trip. Hope you guys are liking this segment. Do let me know if you want to know anything about Andaman from staying to places to visit to anything and I would love to help you out. 😀

To read the previous posts from this series click on the links here:

https://shopaholibond.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/an-archipelago-of-serenity-the-andaman-diaries/

https://shopaholibond.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/an-archipelago-of-serenity-the-andaman-diaries-the-cellular-jail/

https://shopaholibond.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/an-archipelago-of-serenity-the-andaman-diaries-ross-island-north-bay/

 

Happy Monday 🙂

 

 

An Archipelago of serenity- The Andaman Diaries- ROSS ISLAND & NORTH BAY

HOLA!!!

First of all, I am so sorry guys for not posting the rest of the post, but I had lost all the pictures and retrieving them back took a lot of time and thus the delay. Anyhow, I wanted to finish this segment and let’s not delay any further. 🙂 ANd if you haven’t read the previous posts from the same series you can go here and here

The thing about Andaman is that its beauty cannot be put in words. It is not just a place, it is a feeling. You can’t just land in there and touch all the important attractions and get back saying you’ve travelled the paradise. You have to stand there, watch the clouds floating in the sky, breathe in the fresh air, walk through the waters and then only will you understand what the place can do. So here’s about the rest of my Andaman Diaries.

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The crowd at 8 AM in Aberdeen jetty

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The Day-2 was one of the most exciting part of our trip. We got up early and left for the jetty in the water sports complex. There were so many people already crowded up and all were waiting for their boats to arrive. The boats were going to take us first to ROSS ISLAND and then to NORTH BAY ISLAND. Around 10 years back when I used to stay in Port Blair, ROSS ISLAND was one of my favorite places to visit during the weekends. This island is so beautiful and serene in its own way and is one of the most beautiful islands in ANDAMANS. While the place is no habituated by the locals, it holds historical significance as the British administrative headquarters. When the Tsunami hit the islands in 1941, the British shifted their HQ to Port Blair. The island is located in such a place that it was easily visible from the topmost tower of CELLULAR JAIL and vice versa. The church ruins along with the magnificent gardens and the ballrooms are sure to take your heart away. You can spot some really pretty deer on this island and even enjoy fresh tender coconut which I absolutely enjoyed during the visit. The island is presently managed by the Indian Navy.It is said that it is blessed by the Rain Gods and while it may or may not rain in the rest of the Andaman, Ross Island will always witness monsoon at its best. While returning, we experienced the same and I have to admit that in the recent times, I haven’t loved rains as much as I did here.

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The little beach on ROSS

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We had time till 2 PM here , so we roamed around and took tons of pictures which I will definitely post later. There is even a small museum where you can find the old pictures of the buildings and how it looked during the BRITISH raj. The feeling that you will get on this island is so different. Throughout the tour I was just thinking of how it used to be when all these broken ruins of the buildings were as good as new and people used to stay here. The Britishers had a pretty lavish life and ROSS was even popularly known as “THE PARIS OF THE EAST” because of its extravagant lifestyle that it offered to its residents. Well, I would definitely want to TIME-TRAVEL and experience that life 😀

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Aerial view of ROSS ISLAND
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Some of the majestic trees on ROSS
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Remains of the Officer’s club

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Once our boat arrived to take us to the next destination, NORTH BAY ISLAND, I was already jumping around with excitement. This island offers some pretty adventurous stuffs to do like scuba diving, snorkeling, sea walk and glass boat ride. We opted for the glass boat ride as my mum and the others didn’t want to go for scuba diving. Though you wont be able to see the coral and fishes that clearly but the boat guy picked up a jelly fish and handed over to me to feel it.HEHEEE..it felt so weird to touch it and I was scared as well thinking I might squish it and kill it..Stupid me 😀

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Glass boat and us 😀
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Me! Super scared 😛

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On the way back to Port Blair

After we got onto the island from the glass boat, me, dad and 2 of our family friends decided to go for scuba diving. SO here’s a thing guys, even if you dont know swimming you can do scuba. Because you need to be still while you are inside the water, else you will scare away the fishes. This cheered me up and boosted my confidence a little as I don’t know swimming. So we were assigned trainers who would teach us the basics of scuba diving, the signs to show to go up or down or if there’s problem breathing through the mask. I was a bit scared and even thought of backing out but trust me, you wont get chances ike this again and again in your life then why not go for it 🙂

The experience of being under water and watching such beautiful creatures and live corals were something that I always dreamt off and experiencing that was like a dream come true for me. I enjoyed every second of it. So after my scuba diving saga, I came out to get my diving video and pictures and had a hearty lunch. We headed back to Port Blair and roamed around a bit in the ABERDEEN BAZAAR which is one of the oldest markets in PORT BLAIR. I even had my favorite home made ice-cream that I used to have when I was kid and lived in Port Blair (Don’t remember the name of the shop)

So Andaman Nicobar government is very particular about preserving the natural beauty of the islands and hence taking any kind of shells or stones from these islands without permission is prohibited. If you are really interested to get your hands on some artwork made out of these shells, definitely head over to “SAGARIKA” handicraft emporium. This is a government run shop where the shells and corals that are dead are used to make very pretty handicrafts and jewelry items. The famous “PADAUK” wood that is found only in these islands are used to make handicraft pieces like “the Jarawan houses” etc. Even carefully crafted coconut shells are used to create some really cute souvenirs that you can always take to gift your loved ones from here. We did some heavy duty shopping here and still ended up spending a small amount as everything here is super CHEAP.

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The whole thing made out of broken shells

After a yummy seafood dinner in our guest house after the shopping, we all headed back to our rooms to have an early goodnight sleep as the next day was filled with our trip to the famous “CHATHAM SAW MILL” and the “SAMUDRIKA” museum. All the details for the last two days will be in the next posts.

I promise you guys, I will be more consistent with my travelogues from now on. Enjoy these pretty pictures 🙂

Have a happy coming weekend 😀

“Playing with prints”- An OOTD from the Backwaters

Hi pretty people,

First of all, really sorry for being MIA for a long time. I know I’d promised to post 2 posts a week, but I’d been on a vacation cum a small visit to my granny’s house in Kerela. I’ll tell you all about my visit very soon in another post. 😀

I have always loved prints. I feel if you choose the right print according to your body type, it does magic to your whole outfit. I know its time to take out our winter clothes, but there are still places in India where you need to wear summer clothes all throughout the year. And Kerela is one such place. So here it is, sending you all the love wearing this beautiful Maxi Dress from the backwaters of Aleppey.

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Maxi dress: MISSA MORE; Sandals: SSS; Silver Necklace: Brigade Road, Bangalore
MAKEUP: Makeup revolution London, LA Splash, MUA, Maybelline
I love the carefree, feel-good spirit of summers, especially all the fun and easy-breezy clothing that accompanies it. Maxi dresses are the best for those sunny day-outs.
Everything about this look screams HOT summer days can be so much fun … I wore this comfy maxi dress from Missa More along with the golden and black pair of flats from Street Style Store and to jazz up the look, paired a silver neckpiece that was a street shopping at Brigade Road in Bangalore. I never forget to use bold colors for my lips and that’s why this dark fuschia pink lips. I am not very good with makeup and having a lot of pigmentation issues lately, hence I just used my Makeup Revolution nude palette for my eyes along with a hint of kohl to line my eyes with a little bit of CC cream mixed with my sunscreen.
Maxi dresses in flouncy layers of cotton help you stay cool, and they look good on most every body type.  The lightweight, breezy fabric is ideal for humid conditions, plus the fuss-free silhouette is perfect for all your on-the-go moments.
Style any of your maxis with a pair of flats for a chic-yet-laidback daytime outfit. Don’t forget to checkout MISSA MORE‘s website to checkout their amazing and affordable collection.
Have a great week ahead girls 🙂

 

“LIEBSTER AWARD” – First ever nomination on my blog :)

Hi Everyone,

 

Second blog post on a single day!! Well I was really bored today and no mood to study and that’s when I realised I was nominated a week ago by the beautiful blogger Linda who’s from California for the LIEBSTER AWARD. YAYYY!!! This is the first time I’ve been nominated for a blogger award. HAPPY MUCH!! Thank you so much Linda (Visit her blog here) 🙂

And if you don’t know what a Liebster award is , i found a link where you can read about it http://wordingwell.com/the-liebster-award-the-official-rules-my-first-blog-award-and-a-few-personal-secrets-revealed/

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So this is just like a chain mail where instead of a mail being passed , you just pass away questions to new bloggers and discover their fun answers as well. This is a great way to know about new blogs and bloggers who are just starting out. So what I need to do is first thank the person who nominated me, write 11 random facts about me and then nominate 5 other bloggers for the award. Also post a liebster logo in my post and answer the questions asked my LINDA on my blog. SO here I start :

11 Random Facts About Myself:

  • I hate to be late for anything, be it school, college or office
  • I love late night snacking 😀
  • I don’t believe in early to bed early to rise. LOL
  • I’m a huge movie buff
  • I love spicy and tangy food
  • Pani puris are my favorite street food
  • I’m a shopaholic. That’s why this blog
  • I prefer online shopping over regular shopping
  • I believe in quantity over quality when it comes to shopping
  • I love doing budget travelling
  • I have very few girl friends and so I love my blog because I get to make such awesome lady bloggers here 🙂

 

Questions from Linda:

  1. If you could have one super power, what would it be and why? An ability to time travel. I would love to visit the ancient era and see how things were during those times.
  2. Travel internationally or domestic? I’ve travelled all across India, so time to travel internationally 🙂
  3. Favorite food? Rajma and rice
  4. Why did you start your blog? Because I love writing and it’s an amazing way to let the world know your views.
  5. 3 products (beauty or not) you cannot live without? My Maybelline 14hr lipstick in plum, Maybelline Colossal Kajal, My laptop
  6. What’s your next travel destination? New Zealand
  7. Hotel, hostel, or Home Away/Airbnb ?Any day Home sweet Home
  8. Night owl or early bird? Night owl.hahaa
  9. Favorite TV shows? PLL, The Modern Family, Gossip Girl, Entourage
  10. Got any pet peeves? I love cute lil puppies
  11. What’s the worst thing you have ever eaten? Tuna fish! Yuckkk

 

QUESTIONS FOR THE NOMINEES:

  1. What do you do when you are bored?
  2. Who’ your favorite superhero?
  3. 3 Holy grail products for you?
  4. What’s in your handbag?
  5. Movie/Long drive/ Chill at home?
  6. What do you love about your blog?
  7. Whose your favorite Blogger?
  8. What’s your ideal date?
  9. What’s your go-to outfit?
  10. What’s your dream job?
  11. Your tips for new bloggers?

 

I would like to nominate the following bloggers:

Christen from Sohisticatedchicblog

Katie from katiecupcakelifewithme

Sonam Naidu from sonamnaiducreative

Aishwarya Kaushal from glamourignited

Melina from macelina

Hope you ladies will have fun answering my questions. Nominate other fellow bloggers and continue the fun!!

 

Till the next post XOXO!!! :*

 

The Nature’s Co. Buy1 Get1 Offer: Just few hours left! #LoveYourBody

Hi Everyone,

I had mentioned a few posts back about The Nature’s Co. who makes these amazing natural skin and hair care products (you can read it here: https://shopaholibond.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/give-yourself-a-gift-every-month-subscription-boxes-in-india/)

I have been loving their Beauty wish box and the products that they send in there. They are hosting an offer for Buy1 Get1 free and I was so excited to see the products on which this offer holds. They are all SLS and Paraben free and smells so delicious. So who wouldn’t love to buy them. They are at a very affordable price as compared to other natural skincare products that are priced so high. Some of the products that has this offer on are the green clay body wrap, their bestseller mixed berry body lotion and the yummy smelling tangerine body lotion.

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Do checkout their website to grab this offer and this offer is only till today that is the 5th of October.

Don’t miss out this chance to give your mind, body and senses the therapy it deserves and relieve oneself of all the stress that had been towing you down.
To #LoveYourBody before the time runs out, click here now: B1G1 🙂

And while ordering the products,  the Free Product may not show in your Shopping Cart. But don’t worry as the Free Product will be added by their logistic team before your order is dispatched by default. 

This was just a small post to let you all know about this offer. I know it’s a little late to inform you but better late than never right 😉 Do let me know if you buy from their website as well as your experience in the comment box.

Have a great Monday guys 😀

Flaunt that body with these amazing prints this season

Hi everyone,

How are you all doing? I hope you all have great plans for the weekend 😉 I was really happy with the fact that prints have come back in fashion and the sole reason why I like it is, it hides all those problem areas that we guiltily try to shy away from most of our lives. Nothing makes heads turn like the perfect print. But knowing which designs enhances your figure and learning how to style them flawlessly are some of the key factors to revamp your closet. So let me take you through a few prints which are my favorites.

POLKA DOTS: 

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This has been always my favourite favourite print. From dresses to tops to even my underwears have been filled with polka dots when this fashion had just come in . HAHAHAA. TMI!!

But always make sure to go for smaller polka dots as BIG polka dots make you look childish and a little at the bulkier side too. My suggestion would be to opt for darker shades of clothing with a contrast polka dots color and then you watch how the spotlight will be on you 🙂

FLORAL PRINTS:

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My second favorite has to be the pretty floral prints. This is the best print to style up for your summer and spring season. But don’t think that florals can only be a girly thing. You can make it look all sophisticated and chic by teaming up with the right accessories, shoes and even outer wears like blazer and coats. But be very very careful as this print can make you like huge and wide if the right print is not chosen according to your body frame. If you have a broad figure, do not wear long sleeved clothes as this will accentuate all the wrong areas and make you look bulky. Team it up with some statement pieces like a nice golden bib, a cuff and a thin belt to cinch that figure and you are good to go. 😀

STRIPES:

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If you are broad and short like me, then this is the best print for you. But as per the stylists, never go for horizontal stripes, as this will only make you look shorter and add weight to your body. The best option is to go for vertical stripes or even zig-zag or horizontal stripes. They make an illusion of a slimmer body and draw the eyes up and down, giving the illusion of height. Be sure that your clothes are tailored to fit you perfectly. If they are too tight or baggy, it can make your stripes lumpy and uneven, making you to look weird.

ANIMAL PRINTS:

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Though I’m not a big fan of this print when it comes to clothes , but it’s been one of the most styled prints among celebrities, be it HOLLYWOOD or BOLLYWOOD. The most iconic one is the famous leopard print. You can find this print on handbags, shoes, leggings and dresses. If you plan to wear a leopard legging, keep the top plain and the vice versa applies as well. It can look a bit tacky, but if you think you carry off that style, go ahead girl!!! I like this style usually in bags, belts and even hair accessories.

HOUNDSTOOTH:

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This is one pattern that is just universally flattering. Be it a petite woman or a curvy one, this just makes you stand out in the crowd. The reason behind it is, there’s so much design and pattern in it that there’s no part of the body where one can concentrate separately. My style tip would be to make sure the accessories and your shoes match up with the color of the outfit. This print is best if you want to flaunt a classy look. 😉

NAUTICAL STRIPES:

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And the last one is the sailor-inspired stripes. They give you a very retro look and if you like to add some ooph to your appearance, this is the right print for you. This print just screams SUMMER in all its true sense. Classic black and white stripes have been around for ages, as one of the most beloved patterns in fashion history. Ever since Coco Chanel sported the timeless pattern on a boat neck shirt, it has become a popular summer choice for fashion-forward women all around the world, not just for young men catching fish on a boat. Pair a good nautical striped tee with your jeans or shorts to go for a sporty look. But if you want to play all quirky, wear a crop top with this pattern with some flared skirt and pumps and see what magic you do to the crowd.

So these were some of the major prints that are in vogue and I’m sure there are many other prints as well. If you guys know about other prints, do let me know in the comments window so that I can try them too. You see, there’s nothing exciting than gaining some knowledge about FASHION from my readers. I’m no fashion expert and these are just my personal choices and I hope you like some of these at least  🙂

 

Happy weekend 🙂