Kokke Gang Visits Bintan!


Kokke Gang, you might have read about this gang earlier in one of my posts. Haven’t you? Read it here – The Kokke Gang! Now, that you have read brief about Kokke Gang, I am sure this post will make a lot more sense.

We had been planning an outing since quite sometime but time and place wasn’t just adding up. Someone or the other would have work or so it was always getting postponed. April end while I was just looking for when next is the public holiday going to be, it struck to me that there is a long weekend coming up in August which would be 4 days including a weekend. What better time than having this trip then. πŸ˜ƒ

We all got into action for deciding what would be the best place to visit as we would not want to spend lot of time in travel and enjoy the time spent together. ‘Bintan’ was the destination decided and everyone was super excited about this trip.

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The Kokke Gang


‘The Kokke Gang’
[Standing L to R ] – Myself, Raghu Bavaji, Sudhir Bavaji, Vidhyadhar Bavaji & Rohit
[Sitting L to R ]- Wifey, Aks, Jaya, Ambica, Rhea
[Kids L to R] – Anagha, Ananya, Stuti, Sanchi, Vinayak [with Ambica]

Ever since I moved to Singapore a few years back, one thing that I always had in mind was, during leisure, what is that I am going to do? Who is it that I am going to meet? Who are the folks that I can be totally bindaas with and enjoy to the core? These questions weren’t answered immediately but eventually, it was.

Being single back then, the things I missed the most was family and home food. So, then I met up with these 3 families which eventually would be one super awesome, fun loving, caring and friendly huge family called ‘The Kokke Gang’.

Vidhyadhar Bavaji & Ambica (VB), Sudhir Bavaji & Jaya(SB), Raghu Bavaji & Aks(RB) [I am lazy to type the full names in the paragraphs ahead πŸ˜› ] – all have been in Singapore for quite some time and they knew each other well. So, for me to fit into this group after being introduced by VB was very easy. The main reason for this was, these guys made me feel very comfortable right from our first meet up. It was absolute fun and frolic whenever we met and I was very happy to have found a family away from home here in Singapore.

As my marriage date was nearing, I was obviously excited about getting married [who wouldn’t be πŸ˜› ] but I also was very happy that wifey wouldn’t feel alone with VB, SB & RB family awaiting her arrival here πŸ™‚ Wifey was welcomed with so much love that I must say, I am very thankful to Ambica, Aks & Jaya for having treated her so warmly ever since they met. πŸ™‚

I knew Rohit since my engineering days as my junior who I once ragged πŸ˜› [Bro, I will not get into the details of the ragging here πŸ˜‰ ] and when he moved here to Singapore, introducing him to this family was very easy. He too got hitched and then the big family was complete. I am sure Rhea too felt the same amount of warmth when she became part of this huge family – ‘The Kokke Gang’!

Being in Singapore, one thing that is constant – Work Pressure! So, once in a while, you do need that time to unwind and let yourself out with no boundaries whatsoever. It is not possible with each and everyone but with family, it always is. From birthday parties, bowling, BBQ parties [where of course, the men suffer more from fire πŸ˜› ], potlucks – ‘The Kokke Gang’ never leaves a chance to meet up. When we meet, its chaos πŸ™‚

In other words, its unlimited fun when ‘The Kokke Gang’ meets up. 5 kids – Ananya, Stuti, Sanchi, Anagha & Vinayak brighten up the mood even more with their innocent and creative talks. After the initial round of Hi & Hellos when we meet, the fun starts. Usually, women need some private time to discuss ‘Who, When & What’ πŸ˜‰ we men tend to silently enjoy ourselves with the topics concentrating more on Politics, Cricket and few other [which is not appropriate in public form – please read my mind here πŸ˜‰ ] When women have completed their ‘Who, When & What’ discussion, at least we men presume it to be completed πŸ˜› we usually have few games planned for the evening. Its fun to arrange these games and the best part is when the whole gang enjoys these. There are moments when SB comes up with his absolutely amazing one-liners which just gets every to roll on the floor laughing hard. Then there are those by RB which just are so hilarious, that you cannot even imagine. Overall, it’s more like Baba Ramdev’s Kapalbathi, getting a stomach exercise, but here the only difference is by laughing πŸ˜›

I feel blessed to have found a family here in Singapore which I always cherish meeting up. Thanks a ton ‘The Kokke Gang’ for the fantabulous fun with no strings attached πŸ˜‰

Cheers,
Muki

Penang – An Untouched Beauty!


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The final month of the year and planning something right at the last moment is quite thrilling. Planning has always been the best part of the trip for me since my wifey is the one who does it πŸ˜‰

Right before our trip to India early last year,

oh yes! “LAST YEAR” which reminds me – Happy New Year πŸ™‚ Its been one more year already which has been nothing else but exceptional in all terms.

Coming back now to the present, before the India trip, we did plan for Krabi, Thailand or Bali, Indonesia for December. Ticket prices were good, accommodation reasonable but the excitement of going to India was more and I missed to book the tickets. When in December, its right next to impossible to get a good deal at the final moment and yes we were left with no choice but to choose a city nearby Singapore, travel by bus and also have a relaxed time. PENANG it was!

Since Singapore is connected to Malaysia, you do have an option to travel to a lot of cities via road from Singapore. Yes, you do require a Visa to enter Malaysia & it is actually quite an easy process.

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Happiness


This word gives a whole new dimension to ones life. Every single person defines ‘Happiness’ in their own way possible and it is not necessary that the reason for ‘Happiness’ be the same for everyone. Irrespective of how it is achieved, the end result is amazing.

For me personally, the first and foremost way of achieving ‘Happiness’ is by getting a smile on my parents face. That feeling is absolutely amazing and if that feeling is called ‘Happiness’ then its the best ever. Being away from home since early study phase, the craving to be with parents, spend quality time with them has increased manifold and every minute I get to do it, I cannot thank god enough – ‘Happiness’

Block leaves have always been the thing to look out for to wifey and me ever since I moved out. We have always been so excited planning for India holidays, just like the summer holidays that we as kids looked forward to, to enjoy super awesome time at grandparents place. πŸ™‚ Where to go, what to eat, what to cook, what to shop, the list is never ending. Not everything goes as planned but even the ad-hoc plannings are just equally exciting as the planned ones – ‘Happiness’

Post marriage, time has to be managed at two places which is equally exciting and at in-laws place, there is more and more love showered in terms of food πŸ™‚ Sometimes I wonder, parents and in-laws are the happiest when we as their kids eat well than do anything else. My bulging tummy speaks volumes of the love being showered on me πŸ˜€ I believe that, they find their ‘Happiness’ in that way πŸ™‚

Professionally as well, solving a critical issue, giving a helping hand to a project which you are not part of, helping a colleague understand something and more over having a sense of satisfaction at the end of day all contribute to one thing – ‘Happiness’.

This post is a way to remind myself that I need to blog often and find that ‘Happiness’ on this front as well. The next biggest ‘Happiness’ will be when I reduce my tummy πŸ˜€

How do you find your daily dose of ‘Happiness’? πŸ™‚

Cheers,
Muki

An Adventurous Trip – Cebu, Philippines!


Before I even go to the actual content, I realized that it’s been a year and a month since my last post!! How lazy I have become. Yes, I have become so damn lazy, gained weight with a tummy staring at me and just have to buck up! So yes, I have woken up from my slumber and here I am penning down 2nd trip of this year (First one coming next πŸ˜›)

 

Planning a trip is always super exciting. First, it comes to which place to visit and then the adventures you want to experience in that place, the location of accommodation, food – which is the most important thing as we are vegetarians, mode of travel.Β  Thanks to Venki Nayak, coming to a conclusion about going to Cebu, Philippines was not so difficult for us. He made it easy with much-needed tips and guidance.

 

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Amma & Annu :)


The word “AMMA” has so much meaning to it, that it just cannot be described in wordsΒ & can only be felt. In the same way, “ANNU” is also that word which gives you that proud feeling and also yes some fear too πŸ˜‰Β  Everyone will agree with me on this. πŸ™‚

Today being ‘Mother’s Day’, I felt about dedicating this post specially for you AMMA πŸ™‚

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Everyday is ‘Mother’s Day’ and we should always make it count by sending out our love and warmth as much as possible to the person who brought us to this earth and has given us a life to live.

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GSB Singapore Badminton!


In the wake of Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu emerging as Olympic Champions in the field of Badminton, every indians love towards the sport has increased manifold. Not that the sport wasn’t famous before the rise of these 2 super stars but now it is even more audience.

GSB’s at SG are active across all forms of sports with Badminton being the latest attraction and this was the 2nd tournament organised by fellow GSB’s. Over 40 folks participated both young and old πŸ™‚

A fun filled morning started on 14th of April and being a Public Holiday, the turn out was even more than the 1st one. Tampines Hub was the venue which has over 25 indoor courts. The atmosphere was thrilling and on the other side was terribly hot πŸ˜›

Men’s doubles, Ladies doubles and kids singles were the groups. All enthusiasts were on their heels for the start of the each game. 4 courts were booked from 7am to 10am and it was more than sufficient to drain out each one of our energy πŸ™‚ **Ammi Amase Punve ek vela khelche paleya** πŸ˜› (Sorry folks, can’t translate this into english :D)

Organizing such a event is truly wonderful experience and Nagraj Shenoy Maam and team made sure that there was absolutely no shortcomings. Kudos to them for arranging one and getting all of us involved. Kids are always fascinated and excited when they get a gift and this was made sure by Purnima maayi who sponsored trophies for all winners as well as medals for kids. Truly a wonderful moment to see the kids glow with happiness πŸ™‚ and who doesn’t love to pose for pictures? πŸ™‚ There should be someone behind the lens as well for this. Thanks Shyam for the wonderful captures. πŸ™‚

Amchi’s and no food!! Can this ever happen?? “Ambica’s Fine Dine” to the rescue – πŸ™‚ Upma was on the menu and was super yummy.

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Got a chance to play doubles with a uncle who was quite old enough and guess what, his age was 70! No, I am not kidding. He plays 3 times a week from 8am to 10am. Getting some tips from him for the drops and the smashes that I played was wonderful. πŸ™‚ ** pats my back πŸ˜› **

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In front of him, I was nothing in terms of fitness. Being at SG, people around you always remind you about being fit no matter what your age is. Are you fit? πŸ˜‰

All in all, it was a wonderful get-together and this time around was to lose some calories than to gain πŸ™‚ ** I will not even talk about the 2 days after the tournament. Let all your imaginations flow πŸ˜€ **

Cheers,
Muki