11.26.2013

Instagram Diaries - Malaysia Day 1





Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "Do not follow where the path may lead. Instead, go where there is no path and leave a trail". My pathless journey started in India and somehow the trail managed to reach Malaysia. (Wondering what I am talking about?) Recently, TOP 10 OF ASIA Magazine hosted TOP Corporate Ball on 15th Nov 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They honored many inspiring individuals and I was one among them for my contribution in lifestyle blogging. I decided to mix business with pleasure and managed to explore few places in my short five days visit to Malaysia. Hope you will enjoy reading few pages from my Malaysia diary shot via my iPhone(Yes! it is my DSLR)

My journey started on 13th Nov 2013 at midnight via Malaysian Airlines (I really hate travelling via midnight flights). My usual grumpy self checked in with all plans to sleep through the entire journey. With my luck, I managed to secure seats next to the engines and not to mention the plane was a mecca filled with crying babies (I really can't share the thoughts that stormed through my brain listening to babies crying. Lets just go with BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP option) I secured a headphone, watched back-to-back movies and enjoyed the in-flight entertainment system (including endless drinks). Somehow, I managed to kill four hours. Due to the time difference, plane landed in Kuala Lumpur International Airport at seven in the morning.

The first thought that raced through my mind after getting out from airport is, "Malaysia truly Asia"( I know! Don't sue me) The endless tourism ads of Malaysia saying the same was hard coded in my brain. I kept singing Malaysia truly Asia and annoyed my taxi driver, who finally caved in and told why it is the slogan. According to him, one of Malaysia's key attractions is its extreme contrasts which further add to this theme of ‘diversity'. Malaysia is bubbling and bustling melting-pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. Hence, the name "Malaysia Truly Asia"

The first day I was staying at Radius International hotel at Bukit Bintang. My initial few hours had loads of hiccups. Starters, Matrix customer support had not registered my SIM Card. I was completely paralysed without a working sim card. After what seemed like ages, I track down a Matrix customer service and got the work done.

Bukit Bintang (Star Hill) is the mecca of consumerism. A strolling ground for civics, Bukit Bintang hosts an array of shopping and entertainment hubs. One of the advantage I had was, the hotel was just half a kilometer away from the major plazas, food joints and pubs.

The first day I did not do much shopping, went to famous Thean Hou temple. When I travel, I love understanding culture and learning history about places I visit (Yes, I am a nerd!). It's dedicated to the heavenly mother, Thean Hou. Her statue takes centre stage in the main hall, with Kuan Yin (the Buddhist goddess of mercy) on her right and Shuiwei Shengniang (the goddess of the waterfront) to her left. Statues of Milefo (the laughing Buddha), Weituo and Guandi further contribute to this Taoist‒Buddhist hodgepodge. Architectural marvel reflects elements of Buddism, Taoism and Confucianism. Apart from enjoying the architectural wonder, the temple is known for predictions about the future (As you can see in one the photo, I am bored with my marriage prediction!). The temple hosts a garden with statues of animals representing each Chinese year and a garden of peace.

Next stop was KL Bird Park. It is World's Largest Free-flight Walk-in Aviary. I spent about two hours exploring the place, feeding birds and being admist nature. If you love animals, this is must visit place in KL.

After visiting KL Bird park, I visited KLCC Aquaria. It is similar to Dubai Aquarium. After seeing Dubai Aquarium, KLCC Aquaria was a disappointment.

I reached hotel around eight in the night, took some rest and hit the streets of Bukit Bintang to explore the night life. Nightlife at Bukit Bintang is a colorful and glamorous affair. Changkat Bukit Bintang hosts many luxurious lounges such as the Envie Club Lounge and Elixir. I managed to secure a table in casual open-air spot the Havana Bar & Grill. If you love dancing, I suggest that you visit Werner’s on Changkat.

This is how my first day in KL, came to end. Now to more important part, outfit details:

:: OUTFIT DETAILS ::

Dress - C/O Zovi.com (Buy here)
Jacket - Old Zara
Bird brooch - C/O Romwe.com (Buy here)
Leopard scarf - c/o Romwe.com (Buy here)
Bracelet - c/o Romwe.com (Similar here)
Bag - c/o Romwe.com (Similar here)
Arrow metal embellished flats - Tibetan Plaza (Cost Rs.500)

Photo Credits : Me and the random people I bugged in KL to take my photos. (Confessions of a Solo traveller!)











Loads of love,



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11.04.2013

Through the Years..




:: INSTAGRAM PHOTOS :: 



Two years! Well the first thought that comes to mind is "Damn! I can't believe it has been two years!" I remember starting out the blog thinking (hoping) people will enjoy reading my thoughts and style ideas. Initially, I remember struggling to make people understand how important the blog was to me. Smiling to the endless notes of criticism, coming back home from work and staying awake late in the night thinking of new concepts to blog about. Irrespective of anything, I kept on going and I can't believe my baby is two years old!! I am feeling so overwhelmed remembering the swirl of memories associated with the blog (Sleepless nights, the fights, the laughter, waking up after two hours of sleep and looking like a zombie!) I cherish every single moment I spent writing, styling and posing for this blog.

The best part about the blog anniversary was celebrating it with my friends who supported me throughout! I have to thank a lot of people, but foremost my mother. Her enthusiasm, support and kind words nurtured me to do better. Secondly, Vignesh who initially helped me start blogging. If he hadn't believed in me, the blog would not have existed. Murali who's amazing photography skills never fails to impress me. Monish and Sahana for being pillars in reaching new heights and helping me expand new horizons with the blog. My sister Prajwala, for relentlessly sharing my blog links to all her friends. (Sisters are the best!)

My friend Narendra for giving me valuable advice and guiding me. Lakshmi and Shreya for sharing my enthusiasm and encouraging me. Jyothsna, Vedashree, Deepthi and Jayanthi for their valuable inputs. Jose for being the biggest support system. Madhusudan, who put up with my silly coding questions and helped me every step of the way. Akshita and Namita my two blogger friends whom I met thanks to this blog. Thank you for all the feedback, love and support. Pulkit for his eccentric way of encouraging me. Sneha, Moni, Shruti, Mandeep and Anubhav for joining me and celebrating this special day. Lastly, all of you for reading my blog, sharing your thoughts and putting up with my extremely slow responses. Thank you so much for being a part of this wonderful two years. Thank you for reading and cherishing my small blog and making it so memorable. Thank you for being a part of all the highs and lows. Thank you for taking your valuable time out and letting me be a small part of your world through this blog.

Before I forget, huge thanks to TOP 10 OF ASIA magazine for making my dreams come true! (More on it in the coming blog post. I can't wait to share the great news).

Photos thanks to Monish Shanmugam Photography

:: OUTFIT DETAILS ::

Dress - c/o Rooja.com (Buy here)
Heels - c/o MartofChina (Buy here)
Bag - c/o MartofChina (Buy here)
Watch - ALDO c/o Majorbrands.in
Fake diamond earrings - c/o Romwe.com (Buy here)












Loads of love,



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11.01.2013

Peek - a -boo Floral dress and Neon heels



Hi everyone! A quick blogpost featuring the dress I wore to Stilettos Diary Blog anniversary get together.

To be really honest, I am usually not into wearing cut-out dresses or tops, now that I am fitting back into my clothes, I decided to take a risk. I picked this floral dress a few months ago from Rooja. The neon flowers and bow detailing makes it great transitional piece. I paired the floral dress with simple neon heels and went accessory free to let the dress make the statement.

As for Stilettos Diary anniversary bash, it was an amazing night with all my friends gathered to wish me. More on that, in the next post.

I apologize for the less photos and dim photos. Hardly any light when we took the photos.

Photos thanks to Monish Shanmugam Photography

:: OUTFIT DETAILS ::

Dress - c/o Rooja.com (Buy here)
Heels - c/o MartofChina (Buy here)
Bag - c/o MartofChina (Buy here)
Watch - ALDO c/o Majorbrands.in
Fake diamond earrings - c/o Romwe.com (Buy here)












Loads of love,



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