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I'm Walking On Sunshine!

I'm walking on sunshine (Wooah!)
I'm walking on sunshine (Wooah!)
And don't it feel good? :)

-Katrina & The Waves
This trip has finally come to its end. It's 10.20am in the morning now, and back home it is 7.47am....and in just a few more hours I'd be landing in Kolkata. Back home!!! I can't say I won't miss this place (I will miss having a safe way to cross roads) but I just want to go back home now...and I'm so happy, that I've been listening to happy songs since I woke up, (which by the way, wasn't a very long time back). HA HA HA HA!!!!

Nothing much left to go, except buy a few more chocolates for some of my most favorite people in the world. :D And the lunch at the West Coast Plaza. After which I'm going to come back and CRAM the rest of my things into my suitcase and backpack.

So, this is my official last blog post in Singapore Diaries from Singapore. I've had a lot of fun writing it - though towards the middle I had a melt down…

Night Safari: An Awesome Experience

Ironically, my last night in Singapore turned out to be the best night so far. As you can see from the map provided above, my sister and I walked through the whole night safari in 1.5 hours flat. :) I must say it was MIND BLOWING experience seeing the two lions from a distance. And even from that distance they seemed so large. King of the jungle title is absolutely well-deserved. I saw so many kinds of leopards and hyenas, that if you asked me about then now, I would end up feeling dazed and confused. It was too dark to take pictures and of course, people are not allowed to use flash. However, the night safari experience is to be taken an account of first hand. Not through pictures. In fact, I would say that if you guys ever happen to come to Singapore - put visiting the night safari at the top of your list.
The funniest experience by far was my sister wondering if the tiger had been sedated, and the tiger suddenly decided to prove her wrong. He pulled up his head, and directly toward…

Singapora Plaza

Well yesterday was fun. We went to the Far East Plaza in Orchard first, and from there to the Singapora Plaza: where we'd met some of my sister's friends, and went to eat at the TCC. Once again, ordered pasta. :P

Of Hairdressers, Pasta, Inedible Chinese food and Novelette

This blog post would tell you what I've been up to since the 20th of December till the 21st. I finally got my long hair cut off in the 20th; with the hair dresser encouraging me to experiment, since I was still 'young'. She didn't believe me when I told her I was in college. Big surprise. Not one person here, save those of whom who'd seen me last year, believed I was actually the age I am. *sighs* I think it's a pretty good thing though. Don't you? ;) Anyway, the haircut was nice. My long hair has reached shoulder length now. I would've gushed about how different their hair parlor is, but I have a strong feeling we get things like that back home (albeit in sky high prices.) Besides the only thing that I found funny here is they don't have a concept of 'beauty parlor.' It is like 'nail parlor', 'hair dresser', 'face parlor' technically the expertise in any one of the fields not all of them.

We had food from past…

Of Hookahs, Board Games and Spilt Drinks!

So first we went to Arab Street where we had our food in one of the cafes, and they also serve hookah. I did take a couple of puffs (not out of my will though). It was my brother-in-law and his friend's "21 now, grow up!" speech or rather threat that me do take a couple of puffs. Little did they know that I literally *cannot* smoke! :D I tried it once during the beginning of 2nd year and simply decided that smoking is just NOT my cup of tea. I'd rather stick to doing what I love best. Note to people who might raise an eye brow while reading the sentence before: you can ONLY call someone a thief when they get caught. ;)

After dinner we went to The Mind Cafe, which in my definition was really cool. Awesome in fact. And it was the most fun I've had after the bird park. They serve you drinks along with letting you play board games. :D How cool is that? Of course you pay for those vouchers that they have, like 2 hours of board games plus drinks. Just check out the li…

A Visit to Jurong Bird Park

Well today was fun. :) We went to the Jurong Bird Park and had a fabulous time there. I mean, I don't remember being this entertained for a long, long time. :D The two bird shows: birds & buddies and the birds of prey were fascinating to watch. I will upload those pics on to my laptop soon, and from there transform them into the web so that everyone can enjoy them. Well firstly, I must say that owl has become my favorite bird. :) They're really cute and quite the show off. Rotating their heads 360 degrees whenever you try to get a decent shot of theirs. By the way, to all the fans of Sheila ki jawani...they was a hunting eagle named Sheila in one of the shows. And we all laughed loudly on hearing her name. Over all, it was a fun day out. Really had fun today. The park was simply awesome. I wouldn't have minded just gazing at all the different kinds of birds that they least they try to help these poor creatures. Another thing that caught my attention was that S…

No Universal Studios :(

Sadly, the one thing I was really looking forward too...won't happen. Satyaki da just found out and then told me, that the Universal Studios is booked tomorrow, day after, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday... let's just say that people had booked it ONE month in advance. Damn technology! :'( So while we I was a little sad about not being to visit Universal Studios, I don't think I'm all that bummed up too. At least I escaped journeying in that cable car overhead taking one to Sentosa! :P We can always go to the Singapore Zoo tomorrow. :) They even have penguins. That should really be something cool and special. Maybe take a note of all the animals. Especially the night safari is supposed to be really fun!

And when didi gets back from lab tonight, I can always ask her to take me for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I wanna see that movie so so, so badly. I can't even begin to tell you. Most of you guys would have seen it by now, I assume. It doesn't co…

Thai Food, More Shopping and Tortoise Obsessions...

Back in Vivo City...and we got gifts for all the women in our family (ies - for didi)... I never knew Body Shop actually stocked such a hell lot of things. Did you? And that they actually have something called "birth month discount!" Wow, how nice is that? I always knew birthdays were kind of special. This was just another sweet discovery. Maybe I should come back to this place in September, next year? ;) I mean, they let you go to all the three parks in the Singapore Zoo for free if you go there ON your birthday. Age no bar! A visit back here in September IS a must! :D

Dinner was nice today. Thai food: green chicken, stir-fried sweet and sour chicken and rice. :) It did taste yummy. Well, I am a HUGE sweet and sour fan, so that dish would never score bad points with me! :P Anyway, the moral of the story is, the food was good. And right now, I'm stuffed. Dinner canceled out our plans to have either coffee or tea, and then we came home in a bus. :D

I had taken the bus be…

Bugis Junction Revisited

I was so wrapped up about the shopping, I completely forgot about the food! :P (Oh don't worry, I did get something for everyone. Well at least all the girls! I'm still wondering what to get the boys... :-/) Anyway, these are chocolate puffs that you can see in the picture. The inside of these is filled with a nice chocolate-y was simply awesome! :D Dinner last night was at MOS Burger. It was a spicy chicken burger, french fries and well, a strawberry milkshake! :P I've had McDonald's a couple of times here, and back at home say about 5 to 6 times. I still liked this MOS Burgers. According to didi, they're better than MacD. According to me: no comments. They're just burgers. And I was raving hungry yesterday... We were supposed to eat at Nandos. But that eating place closed down at 10.00pm. Time had simply flown, from the minute we'd entered Bugis Junction it seemed. By the way, they had a super cute comic book store. That actually kept merchand…

The Shopping Hater turns into a Shopaholic! :P

Yeah okay, Bugis Market would turn ANYONE into a shopaholic. The deals are good. And it's like the Singaporean version of our very own Kolkata New Market. All the deals are take it or leave it. If you have a good eye, then you're shopping's worth it. What I did like was the charm bracelet my sister gifted me. It has a pair of scissors, a horse shoe, the number three, a lock with a key, and something that I can't remember right now. *sighs* Ah, and I got a hell lot of clothes. *double sighs* and two pairs of shoes. Okay, I'm honestly NOT sure how I'm gonna fit all that back into my bag, and drag that bag back to India. But I do know it's going back with me. I didn't dance around the market, choosing things just to keep them here. Wish I could tell you more about the market place, but my sister's calling me to go sleep now. So, I'll write about the Bugis Market in detail in the morning. I promise. Good night, my dears. Hope you've all been we…

Delayed Post: THE LAB

Ah, I forgot to write about the lab. (Nicknamed Dexter's Lab, by the way.) Okay, it looks exactly like the ones we see in the sci-fi movies. Didi's desk is the third from the entrance, the last one is Sathya da's. It is his birthday today, so we had gone there to celebrate. And ended up being there for a couple of hours. I am certainly more comfortable in the company in didi's lab mates than I am with the "wives" of Satyaki da's friends or his friends per say. Though I do like Kallol da and Jojo da. (Ah well, I like Kallol da because I'd met him on a one-on-one basis last Thursday, on my first visit to Vivo City.) I really do not like meeting new people. Which is weird considering I love writing, and yes, how the hell are you supposed to write when you don't meet new people? But honestly, you can take one look at some people and write them off as stereotypes. It's people like Sathya da and Priya di, that you would really like to get to know.

Of Swollen Eyes, ISDs and Missed SmS-es!

I miss my phone. And I hate vodafone. :( I really miss texting my friends...and I have realized I should've given myself more time to fit into the whole 2.5 hrs ahead time difference. Now I'm suffering with a swollen right eye. Which is really weird considering that only my left eye usually gets swollen. :P But I guess there is a first time for everything. The sad part is, I cannot go swimming..when I really want to!

Well on the bright side, I get to spend a lot time just thinking and well getting bored. At least I was able to call Muppet today and wish her for her birthday. But I guess her phone really sucks! :P Cuz mid way to greeting her, it kind of died. *sighs*

Enough about me. About Singapore. I'll be going to Universal Studios next weekend with didi and Satyaki da. And maybe their friends would join us. (Hopefully the ones I like.) And I might have to go to the zoo on my own. :P Hey did you know they let the Birthday babies (no matter what age) free entry to all the…

A Visit to Dexter's Lab

Oh LOL! Tonight I finally get go inside one of those places my sis works in... a lab! :) I did go out this afternoon on my own...well not too far away, but I went to the West Coast Plaza. Had the same old sandwich though. Still, as long as it's bread I'm game for it. I should give you guys a piece of good news. My laptop's finally working again. Which means, I can get back to updating my stories in fictionpress! *dances around*

So how have you guys been? I have kind of lost the rhythm to writing this blog. But maybe I'll be back tomorrow, with very high spirits. So take care and I'll be back tomorrow!

Good evening, guys! :)

Musing: Ramblings of a confused tween!

If you could see, the other side of me
I'm just like everybody else, can't you tell?

I haven't been updating my blog for a really long time I know...that's why my happiest days aren't recorded here. I did go to a shopping plaza on my own yesterday, that was a good adventure for me. Right now, I am locked in my room hammering away at the laptop I had kidnapped this afternoon.... There's a party going on outside, and try as I might I cannot make myself on with this crowd. They're all nice people, don't get me wrong. But somehow I feel more at home with Sathya da and Priya di... I really talking to them. I love their company. In fact, I just might base my future characters on the two of them. They inspire me so much. :) And always make me see something good and something worth finding...a quest worth searching for...if you know what I mean... or maybe you don't. I am quite distracted now...and don't even know myself why I am writing this. I was re…

Vivo City

I would have written this blog yesterday, but my didi was sitting right behind me....reading every line I was typing out. *sighs* and it doesn't help a writer when her critics are sitting right behind her, breathing down her neck.... I wanted to write a lot of things but I find that now, I dont' have that "I can write whatever the hell I want to" attitude anymore. I can feel my posts seem strained, limited and always written with a lot of afterthought. That's really not writing from the heart. That's writing with diplomacy and always having to make sure no one gets offended by the posts. Yesterday I wished to write something about shopaholicism but I had to check that term and change it to "shoeahoclic!" (Okay, is that *even* a word?) God only knows. And didi.

But the visit to Vivo City was fun...well to my it was. Since it meant getting a canon camera for my 21st birthday... :D and then getting clothes and a pair of shoes along with that! :P Singa…

Good morning!!!

It's 10.19 am here...and I'm already done with my breakfast. (If my mom reads this blog post, she would most probably laugh out loud from shock!) Back home, she couldn't wake me up till it was way past breakfast time, and then I would end up having brunch. :)

Today I am simply determined to go and sit by the swimming pool if I don't write, at least. I just hope the Sun doesn't shine so's a pain trying to look at things when the Sun is blinding your vision.

My didi just left for her work. And I'm here online, updating my blog. She said she would be taking me to get my 21st birthday present! (It was way back in September though, but we had decided beforehand that would be getting my presents in December.) I hope the present would be something nice... h'mm knowing didi, it would be!

Speaking of didi, it's her birthday this Saturday. And I'm with her after 2 years, on her birthday. That was the reason why everyone in the family has s…

From 39 degrees to rain... *sighs*

Okay, so up until a few minutes ago I was complaining about how hot Singapore was, and I was wishing for the rain. Well, I have learnt my lesson:

Be careful what you wish for. The rains have come crashing down, forcing my plans to sitting by the pool to be rechecked, for the umpteenth time. *sighs*

Oh well, I could simply sit at home, and watch the raindrops falling on the ground, as well as in the pool. It was actually funny, to see all the swimmers get up from the pool and scamper off in different directions. Even they way they run seems to amuse me.

Had I not been so bummed about not being able to sit by the pool, I would've definitely noticed them better, and laughed heartily at the whole thing. But then the rain is mocking me too, and so I shouldn't be laughing at the misery of others... Right? :P

Back from Lunch

11.30am, and 1.56pm... :) Indian time and Singaporean time. :D I was just taken to the NUS campus for lunch, and then dropped back home. (Well, West Bay to be precise.)

I had planned on going downstairs to sit by the pool and write, but my sister called, and asked me to have lunch with her and her college friends. :) Two of them, Aarthi di and Priya di, I had met just earlier this year when they'd come over for my sister's marriage. But the 3rd face was a new one. She's in the same lab as didi, it seems. Her name is Anika and she's German.

I am not entirely sure what the dish I had was named, but I'm pretty sure it was called Barbeque Chicken. :P It was nice, accompanied with a bowl of rice, a HORRIBLE tasting soup and kimchi. (I didn't dare to taste that since it was supposed to be hot. And when didi says it's hot, I'd prefer NOT to experiment with that.)

It was nice sitting in the NUS lunch canteen, and watching students gorging on their lunches. I e…

Peaceful Mornings

Ah, so now that I am rested and have a lot of free time...I shall try to tell you about the place that I am in. Right now, I am sitting in their large sitting room, hammering away at the keyboard. It's a glorious morning... (well it's 11.16am here). And I can see the clear skies from their balcony, on the 5th floor.

I intend to go downstairs and sit by the sitting place of pool and write. I don't know what I would write, but I have a feeling that if I go downstairs there, words would simply flow into my mind, and my hands would simply create an impression of it. Or something like that.

Lunch would be from the pizza we had ordered yesterday, and honestly, I don't mind. Poor didi already feeling guilty about being able to be here with me throughout the day. But I am sure I'll find a lot of things useful to do. Read the many books that I had been holding back on, or simply watch television. Finally be at peace.... well anywhere AWAY from the university of ours become…

Jet lagged, much?

How could simply 2.5 hours time difference mess someone up? :P I can't help but wonder, as I try my best to fight sleep and type out this blog post. There will be consequences on many levels if I cannot manage to update something decent in this blog by the end of tonight. Judging by Indian time, I still have a lot of hours to successfully finish this post. But the Singapore team is screaming for me get writing this over with and go off to sleep. Only I cannot since my sister expects company tonight.

*YAWNS* damn, I am sleepy. :(

What would you expect someone to write who has come to not only to a foreign land, but has traveled the odd miles all by herself? It is an adventure of sorts. Yes. But an adventure I couldn't help but wish to get over as soon as possible. Everything went smoothly right from my check in to my immigration, to boarding the plane and finally landing here. (Well I did have to chase my suitcase on the belt, and then come back to collect my abandoned backpac…


Here I am, traveled the miles between Kolkata and Singapore to finally reach this place. I don't know where to begin my story from... that everyone was more excited about my trip than I was. Or from the point when I had finally reached my destination? I really don't know... But my eyes are heavy with sleep at the moment. And therefore, I'll take a little nap now. Wake up and begin writing this blog. :) Adios for now.

~ Aniesha.

For A Dear Buddy...

Standing in front of the gates,
laughing with the friends
not caring whether these days will go on
Or whether life will someday end...

Oblivious to the fact
a lot of things are around us
We only have time for
The ones who surround us

And among those few
I'm glad I found a friend like you

With you by my side
It is easier to endure the fights,
the hurt, the stupid pain.
Because I know everything will be all right.

There is a whole new world
waiting for us, out there
But we're so drowned in the thoughts of day
We can't even care!

And I'm sure things are going to be just fine
With a friend like you, life will fall in place with time

You have no idea how you came
In to my life, and changed everything
You taught me to fly
when I didn't even know I had wings...

Reality will hit me hard, I know
when our time together will be gone
But I just want you to know,
I wouldn't have moved on!

Because a friend like you is all I will ever wish for
Even when life closes one way, and opens the second door...

Always Something On My Mind

Remember those dreams, we dreamt as children?
Life was stretched a colorful walk on the rainbow...
Did you really bargain...
for the life that we know?

All those nights, when we gazed at stars
When our dreams seemed to be so near us
And now, they just seem too far.

Life isn't a walk in the park,
Things will never come to us easy
and as days pass, everything gets drowned out...
We keep saying, "I'm busy!"

But why?

We keep saying, "Someday, things will fall in place!"
Tell me, what is the point of this race?
Because by the time I win it...

It will be time to say goodbye.

You get one chance at life.
Better do it right.

Write the story as it was meant to be written,
Enjoy the little things...
Allow yourself to be smitten

Dance when it rains,
Laugh when you are happy,
Drown out your anger and anguishes
Make time for love even if you're busy...

Remember the time,
when you wanted to go waltzing on the moon?

Remember the day,
you said you wanted another room?

Remember those …