#KiniFamilyAtSingapore :)


Tickets are booked, my brother exclaimed!!! πŸ™‚ My joy knew no bounds. A dream come true after 4 years and finally parents and brother were coming down to Singapore for couple of weeks πŸ™‚

Ever since I moved to SG, I always wanted to get my parents and brother to experience the beauty & awesomeness of this counrty. Something or the other always came in between and this trip never became a reality. Excitement was super high and their travel was approaching fast. It was my parents first ever international travel and having them here was just about the amazing feeling that I could get. Mugdha too was on her heels and counting days to 27th January πŸ™‚

Day 1: 27th January, 2017

Final few information on call before they boarded the flight and then they were off. We could not wait for the clock to tick 6pm πŸ™‚ Wifey had prepared welcome boards for parents as well as Mannu Bannu πŸ™‚ Yes, that what she calls him πŸ˜€

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Then we see them walking out. That Feeling!! Cannot express and I guess it is one of those moments that I will cherish through out my life. Seeing them all smiles and they seeing us all smiles – πŸ™‚

This day was so so long! We spoke spoke and spoke as if there was no tomorrow. The happiness wasn’t sinking in, it still is not even after almost 2 weeks of they coming down. It was truly amazing. It was almost 2 when we actually thought it was a nice idea to sleep πŸ˜€

Day 2: 28th January, 2017

The iconic Marina Bay Sands was planned right before anything else. That “WOW” feeling which one gets watching the boat on top of 3 huge towers, that makes the SG trip complete πŸ™‚

img_20170128_162332 img_20170128_163117Merlion welcomed them by showering water from its mouth πŸ˜‰

❀️ #Singapore #MerlionPark #family #KiniFamilyAtSingapore

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Even though rains spoilt most of our evening, we made it count with a back up plan and headed out towards Suntec City mall with those amazingly huge showrooms with a hell lot on display. Fountain of wealth added on to the list with beautiful evening by the fountain which was truly wonderful experience. Dad was fascinated with those sexy cars on display with Lamborgini and Ferrari taking him off his foot πŸ™‚

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I am sure this was one day we walked walked and walked! So much. Trust me, now I realise that I should not have taken them around so much right on the first day. The excitement of being in SG drove them, but otherwise it was really a tiring day. Dad & wifey went for a huge walk around the Bedok reservoir park early morning. A round trip home, is approximately 7kms and with talks and lot of talks, they both had a very good walk and talk time πŸ™‚ This added on to their step-o-meter and by late evening, both of them were feeling each of their steps πŸ˜€

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Italian Gelato – something quite new and tasty which they loved. πŸ™‚ Always curious and ready to do something new, my parents were totally loving it here at SG.

Day 3: 29th January, 2017

Dad is a shoe freak and I am his son πŸ™‚ So I don’t need to explain more. We both went down for some ‘Shoe Shopping’ πŸ™‚

Nike it was! He was totally blown away with the amount of shoes on display and so with the price when compared to those in India. Just 2 shoes and he had already done his decision πŸ™‚ Quick and fast, we were out with a wide smile on his face with a big orange box in his hand πŸ™‚

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Showing him my current client place at Changi Business Park was a proud moment.

Sentosa!!!! πŸ™‚

Complete 2nd half dedicated solely to this amazing place. Started off with a trip on the monorail. First time experience for parents, brother as well as my wife. Even though she is in SG for the past 6 months, we did not visit the most important tourist attractions – Sentosa. So all in all, everyone were excited.

Cable car ride was thrilling. This was an internal cable car, which took us from Imbiah Station all the way till the Siloso Beach and back. To our left, it was completely sea shore with those huge ships with containers docked up. To our right we had the amazing Singapore city. It was truly mesmirizing.

Post the cable car ride, parents visited Madam Tussads as dad was so keen on meeting up with Narendra Modi πŸ™‚ Yes, he is a huge fan and this visit to see his wax statue was worth it. His excitement is totally seen below:

Mannu, Mugdha and myself tried the skyline-luge! Luge is something very similar to Go-Kart with the only difference being, no accelerator here and this works only down the slope. Pull a bit and you are off with a little more pull applies the brakes. It is one awesome ride to experience. Go down the mountain via the luge and come up on the skyline. Skyline is similar to the cable car but an open one πŸ™‚ Its totally worth it.

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Our 3rd attraction was supposed to be Sea Aquarium but due to time constraint we could not make it and hence visited the Tiger Tower. Over 20 storeys high and rotating a very slow speed, the view is absolutely magnificient. Even Malaysia can be seen from the top.

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The day ended with the absolutely brilliant and mind blowing lazer show – Wings of Time! All were floored by this one and their expression post the show said it all. An award winning show which captures everyones eyes. One cannot miss this show if you visit Sentosa Islands.

All in all an eventful day with lot of amazing things seen. Days were flying off and the happiness amongst us was just too hard to contain.

Day 4: 30th January, 2017

As it was Chineese New Year weekend, me and Mugdha both had a long weekend and it was good time for parents to come down. Fort Canning Park and Clarke Quay were on the cards.

img_20170130_173046Rains spoilt the evening with Fort Canning just did not happen. Getting wet in the rains was fun, but the overall site visit did not serve the purpose. Clarke Quay on the other hand was a silent but lovely experience. Due to rains, the crowd was less and as the evening progressed the rains drifted off. We enjoyed the lovely evening by the Boat Quay as well as the walk through those amazing restaurants across the river.

Commenting on the folks who enjoyed the reverse bungee jump was super fun! We were so much into it that we wanted the bungee to twist and turn multiple times just for us to feel the adrenaline πŸ˜› Poor people who rode the one during those multiple turns might have had hearts in their mouth πŸ˜€

img_20170130_182037When you do not get to roam around, sitting at a place and enjoying the beauty with your loved ones gives a different kind of happiness alltogether.

We visited one amazing restaurant, Annalakshmi – where by you eat as much as you like and also pay as much as you like. Yes! That’s their model with only vegeterian food on the menu. I must say, it was delicious. After the long walks that we did, it was full-filling. Ambience of the place and the warm welcome added on to it. There was this lady who looked like a newbee cooking those ‘Aapams’ and most of the one she prepared were undercooked. People were waiting for it and she in a hurry gave away the undercooked ones as well πŸ˜€ Mannu was at his best. He waited till all left, sat around with eye on the aapams and right when it was good, he would tell us to go and get it πŸ˜€ In that way, she was not pressurized and we did not get the undercooked ones πŸ™‚

img_20170130_155845All in all a good day to sign off.

Day 5: 31st January, 2017

5th and 6th day of their visit, I & wifey both had to return back to office. As Marina Bay Observation deck was not ticked off our list, we decided to visit in the evening. Luckily the rains took a break and the weather was perfect to enjoy the view atop 56th floor of Marina Bay Sands.

Parents, bro and wifey were awestruck from that amazing view of the skyline on one side and the garden view from the other. Even though my dad has the fear of heights, standing on top there, was he says is one of the best experiences he ever had in his life. So it was for mom and bro. Pics Pics and more pics followed before we sat down and enjoyed that amazing view. It just wasn’t sinking in for them.

A glimpse of “Infinity Pool” from one side of the deck and that was one more thing which is worth a visit. Only guests who stay at the hotel have access to the pool and hence this one is still pending for them as well as me πŸ™‚

By now, they were well versed with the MRT and bus routes around our place and just giving them the directions would suffice. :)you

Day 6: 1st February, 2017

A day off from travel and it was a couple of meetings scheduled for dad and brother with dinner at Ambica’s place. As usual, it was super fun to be around with the hosts – ‘The Kudva’s’ πŸ™‚ The lil kudva with his ‘bappa, bappa’ calls. Just love him more and even more every single time you meet. Away from India, parents were happy to meet Bavaji and Ambica and it felt like a family reunion they mentioned. Even though they had met only once earlier backΒ  in India, this was like a long family get together πŸ™‚ Thanks to Bavaji & Ambica for making the evening memorable πŸ™‚

Day 7: 2nd February, 2017

It was shopping day! πŸ™‚ Shopping is so much fun, with parents around and buying stuffs for them is even more fun πŸ™‚

China Town is always the goto place in SG for souvenirs and the fridge magnets which usually are given as gifts. You cannot stop yourself from filling your basket. Such are the stuffs around there, for any shopping freak, it would definitely be worth a visit. As the name goes, the street just outside the MRT station is filled up quite a lot of shops with loads and loads of eye catching things.

We took off to Little India post China Town. Any Indian coming to SG, the visit is not complete without a visit to Little India and Mustaffa πŸ™‚ Name any Chocolates, they have it. Visiting such an enormous store which has every single thing that you would want in your life – from pin to gold πŸ™‚ Yes, I am not joking, he does sell Gold as well. Worthy experience.

It was very kind of my boss to come down to little india to have dinner with my family. I really appreciate his care and concern, even after being my boss he did come over for dinner as a matter of respect towards my parents. Thanks boss πŸ™‚

Dinner with VIPs 😊 #singapore #KiniFamilyAtSingapore

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Day 8: 3rd February, 2017

Again a rain spoilt evening at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. My first ever visit to this amazing place (I know, staying is SG for so long and still the first trip πŸ˜› ) and I was spell bound at the way they have constructed this whole gardens just next to the bay. If not for the rains, it would definitely be even more fun filled. Not that we could not look into any of the attractions inside there. The ones we did visit were truly majestic, specially the Supertree Groove. GoPro really does wonders in capturing this amazing view in a single shot πŸ™‚

 

Mannu as usual is brilliant with his photography skills which is evident from his instagram page – www.instagram.com/mildwave . Some of his pictures were beyond amazing and the way he clicked those were also worth a watch πŸ˜›

img_20170203_1753122 umbrellas and 5 folks πŸ™‚ Umbrella Management was the key here πŸ˜€ With me and dad being the thinnest of the lot, we took one umbrella and the other 3, not so thinnest took one more πŸ˜› Drenched in the rains, this was an amazing walk down the gardens.

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There are quite a lot of things to cover here and I am going to have a full day dedicated to this place in the coming weekend πŸ™‚

With rains pouring down, wifey had something hot and yummy prepared – Onion Pakodas πŸ™‚ Absolutely yummy from wifey! The weather added flavor to it πŸ™‚

Day 9: 4th February, 2017

This was the best day I must say. All 5 at home, with no plans whatsoever πŸ™‚ Lots of games of cards which I won πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ (obvisously πŸ˜› ) and getting some handy tips from 2 big Chartered Accountants was worth every minute. A late evening visit to Bedok Reservoir Park summed up the day. Dad already was in awe of this place for its 5km jogging track around the reservoir which early morning has its own charm. The serene surrounding made the evening with family truly worth living. πŸ™‚ Cannot describe sometimes the feeling of having your loved ones around. Sometimes its sad that we all are not together every single day. I really and heartily want that day to come soon!

Some more shopping followed with a visit to the nearby huge mall. The superstore here called ‘Fair Price’ had a lot to offer as well πŸ™‚ We are always good at shopping πŸ˜€ It was a good day which ended me watching the Chelsea game on the huge screen at the Tampines Hub πŸ˜› Yes, Chelsea won by a comfortable scoreline.

Pani Puri time it was back at home. All sitting down, waiting for their share of Puris πŸ™‚ Ahaa, this added so much taste to the pani puri πŸ™‚ Finger licking good πŸ™‚

Day 10: 5th February, 2017

The feeling of having missed out on the ‘Sea Aquarium’ was too much to bear for me and I somehow managed to fit in one more day at Sentosa πŸ™‚ Yes, dedicated to ‘Sea Aquarium’ and the lovely beaches. πŸ™‚

‘Sea Aquarium’ – one word for this experience is “SOOTHING”.

Getting to see so many underwater creatures, some of which we would not even imagine exists is wonderful. For aqua maniacs it is bliss. Sharks, Sting Rays, Fishes – tons of them. Its just wow πŸ™‚

Even though there is no scarcity for beaches back in Manipal for them, the Siloso beach here at Sentosa has its own charm. The lovely sunset with bunch of ships in the foreground makes the sunset worth watching πŸ™‚

Back home, it was yummy patholi time πŸ™‚ A konkani dish prepared with the jaggery and rice dough steamed with turmeric leaves πŸ™‚Β  Yummy!! Yes, my tummy is growing πŸ˜›

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Day 11: 6th February, 2017

The feeling had already started to kick in! Just one more day and they would be traveling back to India and I wanted the time to stop, rewind back 10 days and start playing in loops for ever.

Day 12: 7th February, 2017

9pm was their flight back to Bengaluru and since the previous day, eyes were moist, heart quite heavy. We all had such an amazing time and we dint want it to end. This feeling was mutual amongs all of us.

For dad, it was his long wish to travel abroad and away from his office chores, no phone calls as well, he was totally in a holiday mood. Amma on the other hand, hates travelling. Forget Singapore, she does not travel down to her mothers place Koteshwar which is hardly 30 mins from Manipal often. For her to come down, relax and spend quality time with her whole family and not feeling the tension which she usually does during travel which is something which made all of us super happy. Many more trips in the days to come for sure to SG πŸ™‚ Just love having her around. Finally, for brother, it was a cool vacation πŸ™‚ Enjoy till it lasts – his mantra. His one liners always a killer. As the day progresses, he gets into his groove and there is no arguing with him when it comes to his killer instincts. The atmosphere with him around just turns electric πŸ™‚

Dad always had his morning ‘SHOPPING’ walks πŸ˜€ Post morning tea, he would go around our neighbourhood and shop for something or the other. Fruits were on top priority with a couple of new items everyday and then it came to croceries, utensils and what not πŸ˜€ and guess what he even managed to bargain and get items from here πŸ™‚ Just can’t believe it πŸ™‚ Parents named Murugan stores as ‘Shanmugam’ πŸ˜› and the Tampines bus interchange as ‘Majestic’ πŸ˜€ I don’t think, we will ever call these by their right names ahead πŸ˜€

Wifey was at her super best, fully busy cooking and serving as many lovely yummy dishes as possible whenever she found time. Pizza’s, Patholi, Happla Peet, Meethi Parota, Brinjal Yennegai and the list goes on and on and on! Out of her excitement, she was confused as to what to do and what not to. Love her for everything she has done.

Overall, it was such an amazing trip that I cannot thank malshi enough for making this one a reality. A long long dream fulfilled πŸ™‚ Wishing many more of these to come at regular intervals πŸ™‚

Love you all!

Cheers,
Muki

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Travel Diaries :: Kusu Islands, Singapore


Travel is something that we all often do. Blogging about it is something we seldom do πŸ™‚ Visited quite few places in Singapore which are “NOT THE ONES HIGHLIGHTED” in Places to visit in Singapore and I felt the need that a small post about these has to be written so that somewhere someone searches gets this post πŸ™‚
Singapore itself being an island, is surrounded by plenty others where by Singaporeans always love to visit and spend their weekends! One such is Kusu Island. πŸ™‚
Located just about 7kms from Singapore which can be reached via ferry in a matter of 20 minutes, this island is absolutelyΒ magnificent. An ideal getaway place from the hustle bustle of the busy city life, it also helps you to relax and soothe your eyes.

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Shopping Diaries!


Shopping! The word itself lits up many eyes specially for the ladies out there but not necessarily for all πŸ˜‰ (let me play little safe here :P)

Wedding dates rushing super fast and there had to be a short trip back to India to complete all the shopping! By look of it, it seems a simple task but when you really get into a wedding shopping then the list is humongous. Aunts, uncles, cousins, friends. The list goes on and on!!

Thanks to parents and my master mind brother, we could chalk out a list with what things needs to be bought, where and how many. Sometimes, if you have a plan and act accordingly then it’s as simple as it is. So was our wedding shopping. Trust me, with everything set prior to my touch down, one and half days we winded up almost everything.

Bengaluru is just an amazing place to be and we got to buy few saris from the Weaver’s themselves. Big brands buy from these and we end up paying double the price for just the brand. Some beautiful sari from these Weaver’s were very pleasant to the eyes. Also, we ended up in one wholesale shop for sari known to my fiancee and end to end sari selection was completed in record time of 4hrs πŸ™‚ Even though I wasn’t very actively involved in it, but the way these guys sell those is magnificent. By the look of it, you can’t say which is what and unless and until you have in-depth knowledge about silks you can be caught off guard and duped easily.

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That Late Night Ride!


Always during those childhood days, specially for those who were born until the 80’s, one of the favorite evening entertainment would be the long bicycle rides all around the town πŸ™‚ Miss those days and just wanted to revive it somehow!

Ever since I moved to SG, one of the major things that I could see all over was, hell lot of bicycles πŸ™‚ It was indeed a very good change to see these unlike that in Bangalore where the majority of the roads are clogged with vehicles. The excitement to buy one was very much there but due to various reasons it never happened and always would have to rent one of them and ride along the lovely beaches of SG.

Finally last week, the muhurta was right I can say and I did manage to buy one of it which had Gears too! πŸ™‚ Yes, a proud owner of a bicycle πŸ˜‰ Gear cycles were never there back then during my childhood days and it only came into market quite late with ‘Swing’ being the first one which I still remember

Flashback to childhood days, I had a small mini cycle first which was utilised to the max possible extent and due to the very thin tyres that it had, it would fly off in a jiffy. Speed was a thrill back then and I think there is nobody left in my neighborhood that have not complained to my mother about those speedy rides I had. :).

After hearing quite a lot of those, my father had a very smart idea and gifted me one of the bigger bicycles πŸ™‚ My excitement had no bounds. The size of the new bicycle was atleast 5 times the one I had before which goes on to tell how much excited I was πŸ™‚ The brand was Hercules MTB! Amongst my friends circle, mine was that amazing one which stood out and it added on to my excitement. My height did not permit me to sit on the seat and ride it but just had to manage by some way of riding called ‘Monkey Peddling’ whereby, I would have to put my legs between the horizontal rods in order to ride the bicycle. Even though it looked odd, I did not care and I was only happy about having a new bicycle. The smart thing that I spoke about my father was that, this bicycle had huge tyres and very thick ones which meant that, no matter how hard you peddle, for my strength it just wouldn’t run faster πŸ˜‰ Even though he had to shell out 1,800 Rs for the cycle, yes it did cost so less back then, overall he won the battle and I was confined to slow rides thereafter.

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Out in the Open – Lovely Bike Ride


Thinking back of the 8 months I spent in Bengaluru with my brother, one of the many wonderful moment was that of the Nandi Hill bike ride with his group of friends. Must say, one of the beautiful ones till date,Β my write-up onΒ #together for Housing.com.

It was suddenly planned ride over and we didn’t think much on what to do and what not to. Nandi Hills and the ride – It was a green signal πŸ™‚ The early morning wake up and the ride was delayed due to some reason (read it as sleep πŸ˜› ) but we managed to start off by 6 from MG Road.

The best part of the ride being the other 2 bikes which accompanied us. Enfield vs The Hunk :D. I know, it’s not even a comparison to make. I duly remember, on the roads towards the airport with not much traffic, the enfields just zoomed away and even though we were clocking around 110-120 kmph ourselves on our Hunk, it just felt like riding a TVS Luna which is going at a speed of Β 40kmph πŸ˜‰ At such speed, my brothers hat went for a toss πŸ˜› and he had to walk back almost half a km to go and fetch it amidst the traffic. It was indeed funny.

The bengaluru weather added on the beauty of the trip with all of us literally shivering by the time we reached Nandi Hills. The Β tea stop just before the turn towards Nandi hills from the highway with Pancakes was really out of the world. Sometimes, it’s just these small shops which are the ones which serve food with utmost love and care to its customers that it makes it stand out from the rest and also does add-on the flavour somehow.

The only person not shivering and fully energetic even after riding around for 2 hours plus was none other than my HUNK πŸ˜› His body had heated up so badly and he just was not in a mood to cool down despite of my extra efforts. On the other hand there were these 2 royal enfields just laughing away at this poor guy who just could not live up to the name HUNK πŸ™‚ I still have the HUNK with me, even though I rarely get to ride these days and I must say, even though it’s not for the long rides, the comfort that it provides is absolutely classic.

The scenery up there, even though the sun was already up and shining was so mesmerizing and with the cool breeze hitting up on us, it made the visit even more blissful. Sometimes or rather most of the times I must say, we tend to indulge ourselves into all the fake things surrounding us that we forget to enjoy the real beauty of nature.

Its been over 2 years now since that trip happened and I just am planning one more around April but this time on a new devil – Pulsar 200 NS πŸ™‚ If the bandwidth of people around you matches well then there is nothing like having a road trip.

Now that you have come so far, do take some time to watch the video below. The music is catchy. –

Cheers,
Muki

Volvo Bus Savari :)


Present Government of Karnataka has always been in trouble but has managed to stay afloat during all the times. For people of Udupi-Manipal-Mangalore one ofΒ  the reason to support BJP is the introduction of VOLVO bus services from Manipal to Mangalore πŸ™‚

65 bucks + the cool ride all the way, who wouldn’t go by it? Definitely luxury πŸ™‚ For those traveling daily to Mangalore from Udupi or Manipal during this hot summer it is just a boon given by the Government.

Starting at 7.15 in the morning, buses ply from Manipal to Mangalore with the time interval between 2 buses being 25 mins. Last one from Mangalore being at 7.15 in the evening. 1 and half hour the journey which is truly amazing.

Being a daily traveler to Mangalore, I really find it worth at least during the morning wherein you will stay afresh even after the 90 min travel!

There are some disadvantages of it too –

Since I love to sleep πŸ˜› I would have definitely wanted the seats to be a bit more comfortable. The chances of you banging the head to the front seat, when the driver applies brakes are more now (experience πŸ˜› ) and if there’s a lady sitting in the front seat you are sure to have a blast ( no I dint experience this, believe me πŸ™‚ ).

4 seats in the front face each other and people sitting there must definitely be extra careful. It once happened, a lady and a gentleman were sitting face to face, the brakes were applied sternly and you can guess the rest of the story πŸ˜›

Other than this, it is just an awesome facility given by the government ( which surely is cursed by private buses πŸ˜› ).

Cheers
Muki

Overslept!


SLEEP is a naturally recurring state characterized by reduced or absent consciousness, relatively suspended sensory activity, and inactivity of nearly all voluntary muscles.That is the dictionary definition of the word SLEEP. But in common words people would call it relaxation!

This just happened a week back! Daily routine of Mangalore to Manipal travel, and mostly when you are on your way back at night after some really great work your boss assigns to you, you would just not know when you have fallen asleep! I don’t blame the boss, why are we paid for Come On! πŸ˜›

This was just another day, the regular bus which takes me from Mangalore and throws me down at Manipal! Buses usually in the evening hours are filled. Peak hours for office returning people. You are lucky if you get a seat, window seat then you are truly blessed ( in local language its called AJJI PUNYA – meaning grandmother has done some good deeds which you are getting now πŸ˜› ). I got a window seat πŸ˜€ yes AJJI PUNYA πŸ™‚ The person next to me was snoring to glory πŸ™‚ , no really I am not exaggerating out here. Its a fact. That is how it is in the local buses. The bus drivers just can’t control his piss once he gets on to the wheels, he is forced to drive as fast as possible to the destination. On not doing so there is always a scare of pissing in his pants :). Yes, that’s the state. AΒ  minimum speed of 70kmph, and THEY OWN THE ROAD πŸ™‚ that is how it is. With sudden breaks to pick up people, even though its not a bus stop ( mind you this doesn’t apply when you want to get down. Drop is only at bus stops. Pick up is literally anywhere ) the people who are seated get the biggest shocks not once or twice but nearly ‘n’ number of times until the destination is reached.

With all these happening in the bus, its really hard to imagine how can some people sleep to glory? or atleast that’s what I thought till the day this happened πŸ˜› Now i know why πŸ™‚ I got the window seat, took the ticket. I dint even reach Kulur (outskirts of Mangalore ) and I was in my dreamland. I dunno what was happening around me, where the bus was heading, who got down, who got in πŸ˜› I was just in my own world dreaming about something which I do not want to disclose in public πŸ˜› It was when some mosquitoes bit me, I suddenly woke up and realized that I was traveling from Mangalore to Manipal. And where the hell was I ? I just couldn’t get the place where the bus had stopped! The lights were off, once a crowded bus was now all to myself. Since I was in the last but one seat, the conductor did not notice me. The bus was parked at their Depot. The last stop at Manipal nearly 5-6 kms from the place where I was supposed to get down πŸ˜›

Luckily for me, my loving dad came to pick me up πŸ™‚ I guess I proved my friends right on that particular day. The title CAT which they gave me was indeed justified πŸ˜› (CAT always sleeps sleeps sleeps sleeps…….n sleeps – hence the name)

A funny experience indeed πŸ™‚

Cheers
Muki