Good Girl Gone Bad| #MeetRihannaWithPUMA

Hello everyone,

If you follow me on my social media profiles, you would know that recently I have become a part of POPxo as one of their POPxo Blogger and when they, PUMA and Myntra came together to give one lucky person the chance to meet Rihanna in person in USA, I was more than ecstatic to be a part of it. So before going through the post, please take some time and vote for me by clicking this link and help me win this awesome chance to meet Rihannahttp://bit.ly/28KHiuQn1It will ask you to login, click on “Login to participate” and then vote by clicking the “heart” icon.

If you don’t know yet, PUMA has collaborated with Rihanna for their FENTY Collection which truly describes Rihanna’s style- edgy, sexy and bold. All I had to do was buy a PUMA product from Myntra and style it my way , but this time I wanted to go all out and try something out of my comfort zone and what better inspiration than Rihanna herself. I chose an oversized red T-shirt from the Men’s section and a grey coloured backpack from Myntra. I have seen RiRi styling any kind of look with so much confidence and likes a more casual, more sporty look, and she rocks it to the fullest. I decided to pair the tee with a denim dungarees skirt that I bought from Sarojini Nagar Market during my recent Delhi visit along with my Sky Hi sneakers from Koovs. I have recently been way too obsessed with anything that’s 90’s and wanted to go for a grunge 90’s look which is something that’s been sported quite a lot by RiRi.

#MeetRihannaWithPUMA
#MeetRihannaWithPUMA

It’s pretty obvious that I cannot match anywhere near her style, but style is all about taking inspiration from the looks you like and putting in your own bits to it right! Also, double buns are trending these days and I recently saw RiRi flaunting them too in one of her casual night looks, hence tried these double buns which I absolutely loved. Keeps all the hair away from the face and looks super cute in a not so kiddish way.

#MeetRihannaWithPUMA
#MeetRihannaWithPUMA
#MeetRihannaWithPUMA
#MeetRihannaWithPUMA
#MeetRihannaWithPUMA
#MeetRihannaWithPUMA
#MeetRihannaWithPUMA
#MeetRihannaWithPUMA
#MeetRihannaWithPUMA
#MeetRihannaWithPUMA
#MeetRihannaWithPUMA
#MeetRihannaWithPUMA

Outfit details: T-Shirt- PUMA on Myntra

Backpack- PUMA on Myntra

Denim Dungaree Skirt- Sarojini Nagar

Sneakers- Koovs

Choker and Bracelets- Brigade Road, Bangalore

I am really glad that I tried something different this time and I hope you would like this look and help me win this contest because, one click of yours can lead me to New York. The process is simple, click on the LINK, click the “Heart” under my picture and that’s it. The contest ends on the 5th of July, hence your votes needs to reach me before 5th and you can also participate too and get yourself to win the trip.

Till then stay awesome 😀

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10 Must Haves To Glam Up Yourself Anytime

Hello ladies,

It takes a lot of effort to stay young and beautiful. There are a lot of products that claim of giving incredible results after a certain period of usage. A lot of girls are worried about their looks when they move out. Sometimes your skin turns out to be the villain while you go out and sometimes it is the climate. Whatever it be, it is to be taken care that your skin and your looks always are attractive and the best. You can look glamorous anytime if you are keen on using certain specific products while you are on the go. Check out the products that you should own to keep yourself glamorous all the time.

Compact Powder: Compact powder is one of the most essential products that you need to make yourself look perfect anytime. Just dab a little powder on your face with the puff and get a smooth and even finish. Choose the right shade that matches well with your skin color.compact

Buy only branded products and test them initially for any allergy on your skin like itching or rashes and then use it. Carry it along with you whenever you go out. Buy branded compact powder that suits your skin type online from Amazon India, one of the best online stores that is a real hub for any kind of beauty products. They have good and popular brands listed and and sells only skin-friendly products.

Kajal: Beautifying your eyes is very important to enhance your look any time. Draw your eyes with a kajal and work on it extensively to give your look the needed perfection. It is always good to use the waterproof kajal as it stays longer. Work on your lashes as well, highlight them and use eye shadows to make your eyes beautiful and attractive. Eyes convey messages and so make sure you glam it up.kajal

Buy eye liners online. You can check Flipkart for amazing branded eye liners and kajal that can define your eyes more extensively.

Lipstick:  Chapped and dry lips are never attractive. Use lipstick to get rosy lips. But, make sure that you use only relevant colors that suit your skin tone. If you are a fair person, most of the colors will suit you and if you have a dark skin, probably you should prefer using some dark shades that will match your skin tone. Mark your lips with a lip liner and then fill the gap with lipstick evenly. Apply it as and when required. Check out Snapdeal to buy any branded lipstick at a very feasible rate.lipstick

Mascara: As mentioned above, it is important to work on your lashes as they make your look attractive. Use black or even colored mascaras to enlarge them and look big. Give it a touch once in awhile so that it looks good rather than dried and unattractive. So, carry a mascara always in your bag to give your lashes a touch up!

Source: Makeupgeek.com
Source: Makeupgeek.com

BB Cream:  BB Cream is very useful and is a must have product with you anywhere anytime. It acts as a moisturizer, a foundation base and even a sun protector. Apply it evenly on your face and neck and you can feel the difference instantly. After applying the cream, you can dab a little compact and now you can see that your face has got a makeup finish instantly. Make sure to wash your face before applying the cream.

Source: beautylovin.pl
Source: beautylovin.pl

Facial Face Wipes:  Facial Face Wipes can be used to make you feel fresh whenever you feel like you are tired. Wipe them on your face and remove all the dust and impurities. It contains facial essence that can bring glow to your face and gives a facial effect. So, carry them to get you a fresh look instantly.facial wipes

Concealer: Concealer though you cannot use every now and then, use it while you do your makeup, to hide your dark spots and blemishes. Apply it as spots on areas you need to get an even tone and then rub to make it smooth and fine. Then you can continue your makeup and you will be having a smooth and fair skin.

Source: Cosmopolitan.com
Source: Cosmopolitan.com

Liquid Compact:  Liquid compact powder provides rich, luxurious moisture for an evenly fair skin tone. It gives smoother skin with brighter radiance with a perfect matte finish. Apply it if you find the powder not appealing as much as you need it to be. Get a radiant skin instantly with a liquid compact.liquid compact

Lip Gloss: If you do not have a lipstick in hand, make your lips to glow instantly with a lip gloss. The glossy look it gives makes your lips more attractive. Colorless gloss will match with any looks and if you want it a little more highlighted, go for the colored gloss and it will be sufficient to make your lips attractive.lip gloss

Perfume: No matter what you wear and how you look, if you do not smell good, people will frown at you. So it is as important to smell good always whenever you move out. It shouldn’t be a too strong smell nor too low. It should be pleasant and mild and should stay longer so that you smell fresh and good.  So do not forget to make you smell good always.perfume

So, carry these essentials and I’m sure you are going to be a diva any place, any time.

 

Till then stay awesome 😀

Bangalore shares it’s love for Music and Scotch|#LoveScotch Event with Anushka Manchanda & Nakul Shenoy

Hello everyone,

I’m sure most of you are watching the nail biting IPL final between RCB and SRH when I’m writing this post, but I had to share with you all the fun Hitesh from team #thattrirpeurbanlife had at the #LoveScotch event this Friday along with the sensational singer, actor Anushka Manchanda and the much sought after mind reader Nakul Shenoy. USL Diageo continued its celebration of #LoveScotch in Bangalore with candid conversations and precious moments around Scotch whisky which began at Permit Room and ended at Arbour Brewing Company.IMG_4139

#LoveScotch with Anushka Manchanda and Nakul Shenoy
#LoveScotch with Anushka Manchanda and Nakul Shenoy

The unique flavour and personality of of Scotch Whisky made Anushka and Nakul share their love for their favorite blends. Both the lovely personalities tried their hands behind the bar by creating signature serves and exotic cocktails with the help of United Spirits Reserve Brand Ambassador Andrew Qadri.  Anushka created West Coast Julep made with the iconic Johnnie Walker Black Label while Nakul made Sunset Cinnamon infused with Black Dog Black Reserve.

We absolutely loved Anushka’s comfy and sporty look. She was wearing an off shoulder dress with white kicks and an absolutely adorable half top knot. She even did an impromptu by singing a song for everyone that made the even more interesting and fun. Nakul, on the other hand grabbed everyone’s eyes by his wonderful mind reading skills that got everyone mind boggled for sure.

#LoveScotch with Anushka Manchanda and Nakul Shenoy
#LoveScotch with Anushka Manchanda and Nakul Shenoy

While speaking to our team, she mentioned her connection with her favorite drink Johnnie Walker Black Label. She stated “Scotch is the world’s favourite whisky and my love for it is timeless. My father’s favourite Scotch Whisky is Johnnie Walker Black Label and hence mine too! Whenever and wherever I globe trot I always bring him a bottle of his favorite Scotch Whisky and It’s almost like a ritual now. It’s the first whisky I knew, and the one I enjoy sipping the most.”

#LoveScotch with Anushka Manchanda and Nakul Shenoy
#LoveScotch with Anushka Manchanda and Nakul Shenoy
#LoveScotch with Anushka Manchanda and Nakul Shenoy
#LoveScotch with Anushka Manchanda and Nakul Shenoy
#LoveScotch with Anushka Manchanda and Nakul Shenoy
#LoveScotch with Anushka Manchanda and Nakul Shenoy
#LoveScotch with Anushka Manchanda and Nakul Shenoy
#LoveScotch with Anushka Manchanda and Nakul Shenoy

On the other hand, this was what Nakul Shenoy had to say about his love for scotch whisky- “I enjoy and savour my glass of Vat 69 Scotch Whisky. It embodies the spirit of being unique and doing things differently which resonates with me. The pub crawl was amazing fun and a great way to showcase our love for Scotch Whisky. I now realize it is no easy task to make cocktails as it needs skill and technique to do so. Whether neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail, there is no right or wrong way to drink Scotch whisky, as long as you enjoy it, that’s all that matters.”

#LoveScotch with Anushka Manchanda and Nakul Shenoy
#LoveScotch with Anushka Manchanda and Nakul Shenoy
#LoveScotch with Anushka Manchanda and Nakul Shenoy- Hitesh with Anushka
#LoveScotch with Anushka Manchanda and Nakul Shenoy- Hitesh with Anushka

It was a lot of fun this time all the more for the music and great people around. Anushka and Nakul surely did make sure to let everyone know why they love their Scotch so much. Here are a few cocktail recipes, that you might want to try the next time you have your Scotch Whisky:

  1. Black and White: Orange and Mint Julep45ml Black and White, 4 slices of orange, 8-10 mint leaves, topped with Ginger ale. This drink is built in a hi-ball glass over cubed ice and stirred quickly before service.
  2. Black Dog Black Reserve: Sunset Cinnamon

    45ml Black Dog Black Reserve, 10 ml Cinnamon syrup, 2 of Maraschino Cherries, 5 dashes Angostura bitters. Stir all the ingredients over ice and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

  3.  Black Label: West Coast Julep45ml Johnnie Walker Black Label, 20 ml ginger infused honey syrup, 30ml apple juice, 10 fresh mint leaves, 5 ml lime juice. Add all ingredients to shaker and shake hard. Then double strain into a rocks glass, add crushed ice and serve with a fresh mint sprig garnish.

Scotch is world’s favorite whisky, with 95 million cases sold across 256 countries. Around the world, consumers enjoy Scotch in many different ways. Share your favorite way of drinking whisky with us in the comments section below and wait for the next post to know more about events happening  in the city.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @thattrip_e_urbanlife  for latest pictures and live updates on Twitter @shopaholibond.

PIC COURTESY: The Sling Shots Company

Till then stay awesome 😀

Disclaimer: The legal age for drinking in India is 25 years in most states. This post in no way encourages anyone to drink or promote underage drinking. Drink responsibly and don’t drive after alcohol consumption.

Mystery Box India for May 2016| Yay or Nay|Giveaway

Hello everyone,

I’m here with yet another subscription box review and this time it’s Mystery Box India. If you follow my posts, you would know that last year I had reviewed their Diwali edition box and I’d totally loved it to bits. When the sweet people at mystery box India contacted me to collaborate again, I was more than happy to review this month’s box which is themed as #TravelEssentials Special box. If you want to know more about Mystery Box, click Here to know their subscription plans, shipping details etc. PS: Stay tuned for a giveaway towards the end!!!

May Mystery Box India
May Mystery Box India

Since I keep travelling all the time these days, I was so excited to see what I received in the box. I saw a change in their packaging this time and I was quite happy about it. They had enclosed the actual box in a cardboard box for extra protection during the whole shipping process, thus making sure the box is intact along with the products.

What I received in the May Mystery Box:

May Mystery Box India
May Mystery Box India
  1. Personalised Passport holder/cover: This was the star of the box this month and my favourite among the lot. I received a gold toned passport holder from The Messy Corner with my name etched on it along with some charms that screams vacation. It also has two mini slits inside where you can maybe keep your atm cards etc.

    May Mystery Box India
    May Mystery Box India
  2. Luggage Tag: If you are one of those who gets confused about your bag on the conveyer belt in airports, this luggage tag  from That Thing Co. is for you. All you have to do is to write your name, address and contact details on the tag and you can recognize your bag right away or even if it gets lost, the person knows where to send them. Isn’t that really cool!
    May Mystery Box India
    May Mystery Box India

    May Mystery Box India
    May Mystery Box India
  3. Pocket mirror: Who can say no to pocket mirrors. I mean, we all need these cutesy mirrors to check ourselves whenever we can and while you are travelling, you can touch up your makeup or clean up your messy hair with the help of this tiny mirror that has a magnifying as well as a normal side to it.
    May Mystery Box India
    May Mystery Box India

    May Mystery Box India
    May Mystery Box India
  4. Fancy watch: This had no brand on it but I really liked this bracelet kind of a watch in one of my favorite colors, Blue. You can wear this with your dresses to accessorise your wrist or even wear it to your office.

    May Mystery Box India
    May Mystery Box India
  5. Cleansing Lotion: To be honest, I was first a bit skeptical about this white pepper cleansing lotion from The Nature’s Co. Who would have ever thought using white pepper to clean your face, but this thing is amazing and removes even your waterproof mascara easily without any tingling sensation. Don’t get scared by the name you guys 😉

    May Mystery Box India
    May Mystery Box India

So, I received 5 products in total along with a coupon code for you all to get 15% off on your first box. This box was definitely a Yay for me since all the products were really good and something that I never owned except for the pocket mirror maybe.

Since I’m going to hit 5K followers on my Instagram, I thought of doing a giveaway with Mystery Box India to thank all of you. Now you can get your very own personalised passport Holder from the Messy corner along with a 30% on 3 months subscription of Mystery Box. All you have to do is follow these simple rules:

Follow these 4 simple steps and you can win a cutesy personalised passport holder in your own favorite color along with your name on it.

If you have tried this subscription box, make sure to comment below and let me know your thoughts about Mystery Box.

 

Till then stay awesome 😀

 

 

COUPONZETA- Coupons, deals and lots more| Website Review

Hello everyone,

For most of us in India, online shopping came in as a life saviour and trust me you all, in this busy lifestyle, it surely does help us get all that we want right from the comfort of our couch. In few of my previous posts I have spoken about how websites offer you coupons, discounts and deals to give you maximum benefits from your shopping and if you haven’t read them, click here and here to know about paybacks and coupons.

My love for online shopping introduced me to yet another website named COUPON ZETA, that provides you coupons, deals and discounts while shopping online.

couponzeta
couponzeta

About COUPONZETA: 

CouponZeta is a new well designed and user focused Coupon & Deal website that offers Coupons, Promo Codes and Deals for hundreds of Indian online stores. The website offers the best coupons from many popular online stores like Dominos, Amazon, Nykaa, abof, Snapdeal, Jabong, Flipkart, Trendin, Zivame, Clovia, American swan and lots more.

I absolutely enjoy websites that are user friendly and don’t have much navigation involved to search for a particular product. CouponZeta has a very easy-to-navigate website and all you have to do it is to just follow these quick and easy steps to search for your favorite website’s coupons and deals:

  1. Go to the search bar at the top right hand corner and type your favorite store’s name
  2. The deals and coupons will be displayed once you press enter
  3. Select the deal that you prefer and click on “ACTIVATE DEAL”
  4. a new page will open up with the coupon code on it. Copy the code and then click on the website link on the same page that will take you to your preferred online store.
  5. While checking out from the store, apply the COUPON CODE and that’s it, you just saved some money 😀

    couponzeta
    couponzeta

Aren’t these steps super easy??? They also have a wide variety of CATEGORIES like Fashion, food, electronics and even offers on mobile and DTH recharges. COUPONZETA in short makes sure that you have everything you name it right on their website without much hassle. I have already made some purchases through Nearbuy (formerly known as Groupon) . Apart from searching coupons, they even display the current deals going on and daily hot deals that you can avail which is amazing.

couponzeta
couponzeta

I have already made some purchase on Nykaa through couponzeta and have got some really nice deals on my shopping cart. If you are someone like me who love to shop online, make sure to checkout CouponZeta.in to save yourself from going broke every month 🙂

If you have tried couponzeta before, do let me know in the comments below or tell me what you like the most about such websites in general.

Till then stay awesome 🙂

 

 

Summer LookBook featuring Clovia.Com

Hello my lovely people,

Hope you are having a great weekend. I am on a blogging marathon and have been scheduling a lot of posts for the coming week since I’ll be travelling and don’t want to miss on posting any of the blogs like last time.

Summers are on full mode right now and everybody’s planning on going for vacations to some nice breezy place or just chill at home. I have come up with 3 looks here in this post that are appropriate for a beach vacation, a brunch date and a laidback movie night at home respectively. This post is in collaboration with Clovia.com which was known as MoodsOfCloe.com earlier. They have some of the best lingerie and loungewears and have recently started curating pretty summer apparels too and all at really affordable price range. I have been shopping with them for all most of my lingerie long before I started blogging and I can definitely vouch on their awesome fabric quality and comfort.

LOOK 1- Let’s Go to the Beach

Clovia fashions Beach wear
Clovia fashions Beach wear

This pretty polka dot Beach dress is super comfy and flowy and one can breathe easy in this soft silky fabric. I paired the dress with a floral Kimono to give it a more beachy look. Sadly, Bangalore doesn’t have beaches and I had no time to go for a vacation to a beach, hence had to do with this beautiful dress and get the feel of a vacation. Hehehee

Clovia fashions Beach wear
Clovia fashions Beach wear
Clovia fashions Beach wear
Clovia fashions Beach wear

LOOK 2- Would you be my date?

Clovia Fashions- Brunch date look
Clovia Fashions- Brunch date look

 

The next look is a Brunch Date look. The floral dress shouts out loud and tell you that it’s the perfect outfit for this summer. I wanted to keep the accessories minimal and hence paired it up with a statement necklace from Zahana and block heels from Amazon.in The fabric is light and breathable and has a tie up lace behind, that cinches your waist and give you a more structured look

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Clovia Fashions- Brunch date look
Clovia Fashions- Brunch date look

LOOK 3- I’m a Couch Potato

Clovia Fashions- Lounge wear
Clovia Fashions Lounge wear
Clovia
Clovia fashions Lounge wear

And the final look is of course for lazy girls like me. Nothing fancy here, just a super lazy and comfy lounge wear. The shorts are the comfiest pair I own till date and no! Clovia hasn’t paid me to say that; They are really Comfortable and soft on your skin and is perfect for the ruthless heat we all are experiencing this year. The tee was a tad bit tight for me, but I can still wear them during the day and while around in the house if not in the night.

Clovia fashions Lounge wear
Clovia fashions Lounge wear

So these were 3 simple looks that are so very summery and easy going. You can find really good deals on Clovia and create your own summer looks without much brainstorming. Summers should be all about easy going and breathable and Clovia has all that in their lingerie and Fashion apparel collection.  There’s a Women’s only WOSF Sale going on currently on their website and you can get some great deals on all their merchandise<HAPPY DANCE>

If you liked these looks, make sure to provide your feedback in the comment section below and if you have shopped from Clovia, do let me know too.

 

Till then stay awesome 😀

CouponzGuru.Com-Best place to get Coupons for Online shopping|Review

Hello shopaholics,

How is your weekend going on so far? I’m on a 2 Broke Girls Marathon today and already finished one whole season. Anyway coming back to the post for today…

You know how online shopping has taken over the whole of the country in the recent years and everybody now just looks for deals and sales on their favorite online websites all the time. Coupons and cashbacks are a new and interesting way to attract customers to a certain website and it surely does benefit us to save some extra cash. If you read my blogs regularly, I’d recently spoken about a cashback website and today I’ll be talking about how you can get some great deals and coupons to shop on your favorite e-commerce websites with the help of the well known website CouponzGuru.com.

About CouponzGuru:

One of the leading coupons and daily deals website in India since 2011 and is also one of the first coupon websites to start in India They started their journey in 2011 with around 10-15 merchants like Makemytrip, Yatra, Myntra, Snapdeal and few more, since then theyhave been growing along with Indian E-Commerce Eco System. They are adding new merchants on their website almost daily and the merchant list is growing. They validate and check each and every coupon manually to make sure that correct information is provided to the users.

CouponzGuru-banner

When I visited CouponzGuru, I was impressed with the user-friendly and well organized website and they had coupons from various categories like Shopping, Travel, Food and even Banking. Banking is a category which I haven’t found in many of it counterparts and it was definitely a great way to attract customers by various online shopping websites. The basic agenda of the website is to direct you to the sale of the website you choose for. The homepage has the “Hot deals” and “offers of the day” displayed and it’s super easy to navigate to the respective websites.couponz

Here’s a quick and easy step-by-step procedure for you all:

  1. Enter in your desired website’s name in the search bar on top  step1
  2. The search results will show all the deals and coupons available for that particular website. Click on “Get this Coupon” for the desired deal.step2
  3. It’ll show you the coupon code which you can copy and click on “Go to Offer Page” and that’s it. Shop like the usual way once it’s redirected to the online shopping website.step3

You can easily grab the best discounts offered by popular online shopping sites like Yatra.com, Jabong, Flipkart, Askme.com, MakeMyTrip etc. You’ll never miss a deal on your favorite products from clothes to electronics to even travel tickets by using CouponzGuru. Now let’s see some Pros and Cons :

Pros:

  • User-friendly interface. Easy navigation to the desired websites.
  • Valid and updated coupons everyday.
  • Large variety of websites available to choose from.
  • Large spectrum of categories available like Food, Fashion, Electronics, Grocery etc.

Cons: Maybe include coupons for international shopping websites.

Ratings: 4.7/5

This website is definitely a yayy for me and I would suggest you all to checkout CouponzGuru.Com for coupons whenever you are shopping online to get great offers and deals and save some extra bucks.

Have you ever used online coupons from CouponzGuru? Do you have more websites to suggest? Make sure to comment below and let me know everything. Also don’t forget to participate in my giveaway happening on Facebook and Instagram.

Till then stay awesome 😀

 

 

Earn cash while shopping online with Shopback.in

 

Hello everyone,

Hope the week is treating you well. If you know me well then you’ll know I’m a sucker for online shopping and crazy deals. You know how these days, almost all the e-commerce sites have cashback options if you shop with your credit cards but not all of us own a credit card right. So what then?

What if I tell you that you can earn cash just by shopping online that too without worrying about owning a credit card, and not just clothes or accessories but also on food, travel and many more. Too good to be true?? Well then let me tell you about this awesome website that had made millions of heads turn in Singapore with the name of shopback.sg and now finally they are in India as shopback.in.

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shopback

About Shopback.in:

ShopBack rewards consumers with Cashback every time they shop at one of their many merchants including Flipkart, Jabong, Paytm. This is literally you getting paid to shop. That’s not all though, ShopBack is your one-stop website for all your online shopping saving needs – from a promo code, a sale or even discount coupons. If you’re looking for a deal, promotion, offer or sale then ShopBack is the best website for such information.

It’s super easy to get cash back through Shopback India. Here are a few snapshots of how you can earn money, everytime you do a purchase on your favorite online website:

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  1. Click on any website through ShopBack and get redirected to the store’s website.
  2. Shop as usual on your desired website and make a purchase.sb4
  3. Get Cashback in your ShopBack account within 48 hours of the purchase.
  4. Your Cashback will turn ‘Redeemable’ once order is validated by the merchant. This will take 30-60 days to ensure that there is no order cancellation/return/exchange.sb5
  5. You can request for payout once you’ve reached Redeemable Cashback of Rs.200.
  6. Bonus can only be cashed out when your Redeemable Cashback reaches Rs.200. They support most of the well known banks, so no need to worry about that as well.

Isn’t that super easy!!! I have heard so many good things about Shopback from many YouTubers and I think cashback is definitely an awesome concept that was always popular in countries like USA and UK and finally through Shopback, we will all get to earn some cash through our online purchase in India.

The best part is that they have partnered with so many well know websites like Flipkart, Jabong, Koovs, Paytm, makemytrip and so many more from which we often shop, so, that makes it all the more merrier right??

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I can’t wait to start shopping soon and the shopaholic in me is a happy kid already. I hope this post helped you in knowing everything about Shopback.in and hope you all have a fun time shopping online while earning some cash back. Make sure to leave your feedback and views in the comments section below with what you think about this really cool concept.

Till then stay awesome 😀

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 🙂

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 🙂