Oct 2011 03

Ok, I just got back from my first ever backpacking trip with my girlfriend and now I’m all set to write some pros and cons. This one seems to be toughest of all. Almost like tightrope walking.

Pros :

1. Everything (Just Everything) looks beautiful ( Cause love is in the air?! )

2. You won’t have to worry about keeping yourself clean (You can afford to travel without toiletries, she will always have more than she needs)

3. Backpacking with your girlfriend = Honeymooning (Idea of multiple honeymooning on shoestring sounds fab. Isn’t it? )

4. Your parents won’t be worried (Girlfriends are guy-fun dampeners, isn’t it?)

5. High ROI (If you are lucky)

Cons :

1. It’s really tough to equally divide your trip cost ( I know its so mean but not unless you are on a mission to set foot on all 196 countries)

2. Forget about socialising with other girls

3. High maintenance

4. After few miles, your love may become your extra luggage

5. Parting ways during traveling = Break up

Aug 2011 09

At the end of the day I came across these three videos which, I bet, will surely charge you up and push you a bit more towards your next trip. Move, Learn and Eat – a treat to all your senses!

MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

LEARN from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

EAT from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

Jul 2011 29

Jul 2011 15

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, presenting to you the Super Cheapskate Malaysian Diva!

She is hot and full of wanderlust, but she is broke…… but she can manage!

Here are few things to remember before you plan to go backpacking with her :

Pros :

1. Unlike divas from other corners of the world, SCMD will help you save a lot of money during your backpacking trip.

2. You can vent out your frustration by abusing her in hindi, she wont understand, she’ll just laugh it off

3. SCMD will make you feel good by making yu believe that you are not the only one bad with directions

4. She can keep quiet and sound intelligent

Cons :

1. She’ll prefer napping over talking

2. You can’t crack desi jokes to make her smile/laugh,she won’t understand

3. Being cheap is ok but being super cheapskate means sleeping at railway stations and stuffing your backpack with maggi noodles

4. Modesty her foot, she will make people donate her some food

Jul 2011 15

1. See the Taj Mahal
2. Eat at the highway Punjabi dhaba
3.Watch an Indian movie in the theatre
4.Play cricket on the street
5.Put mehndi aka henna on your palms
6.Take a dip in the Ganges at Varanasi
7. Walk through the bazaar of Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi
8.Go to Pushkar Mela(Fair)
9. Sip tea at a streetside stall
10. Watch the cricket match at Eden Gardens Stadium, Calcutta
11.Visit the city of Palitana, City of Jain temples
12.See the Golden Temple, Amritsar.
13.Spend a week at Osho Ashram, Pune
14.Sunset with the camels on the sand dunes of Rajasthan
15. Visit the mystical ruins of Khajuraho
16.Tiger Safari at one of the many Tiger Reserves
17.Visit the Gir Sanctuary, the last refuge for the endangered Asiatic Lions in the world.
18.Attend the Durga Puja in Calcutta
19.Fly kites at the annual kite flying festival in Ahmedabad
20. Blind yourself dancing in the monsoon rains (my personal favorite)
21. Go the southern tip of India, Kanya Kumari.
22.Get an oil massage in Kerala
23.Ganesh Visarjan, watch the idol of Ganesh the Hindu God being immersed in the sea.
24.Visit the Tirupati Temple, Tirumala.
25.Stay at the Udaipur Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur.
26.Dine at The Taj Hotel, Bombay
27.Take the Darjeeling Train Journey, Darjeeling.
28.Volunteer at an Orphanage.(believe me it will change your life)
29.Travel in the train (make sure its not first class)
30. See the Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
31. Attend the Republic Day Parade, New Delhi.
32.See the world famous Dabbawallahs (lunch delivery specialists, all of them uneducated) in action in Bombay. (given a six sigma rating for organization and zero wrong deliveries)
33.Meet the Real Maharaja staying at one of the heritage hotels.
34.Go to Ladakh the highest plateau in the world
35.Visit the Chapel of St. Francis Xavier in Old Goa.
36.Yak Safari in Sikkim
37.See the Sun Temple in Konark, Orissa.
38.Stay in the Shikara or House boat in Dal Lake, Kashmir.
39.See the Mysore Fort lit up, Mysore.
40.Sun Bathe in Goa.
41.Visit the Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad
42.See Jodhpur, the blue city, Rajasthan.
43.See the Red Fort and Qutub Minar, Delhi.
44.Tashi Jong Monastery, a Buddhist Monastery, Himachal Pradesh.
45.Follow the Buddha Trail, Where Budhha found enlightenment.
46.Scuba Diving in Andaman Islands.
47.Visit the Ajmer Dargah, Ajmer.
48. Ride a motorcycle on the street of India.( seems impossible)
49.Do Kushti i.e. Indian form of wrestling.
50.Get a Gold Facial. Yes, 22 carat gold facial.

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