Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Fort, beach and the cruise - Goa Day 2

Early next morning we started to Aguda fort , I have very little clue about the history of this place but one fact I'm sure about is that the bollywood film Dil Chahta hai was shot here. So all of us were thrilled to click few pics at this spot :)
Aguada in Portuguese translates to 'water' and the fort has been called so for the spring within the ramparts that provided water supply to the ships that called here arriving after the long sea voyage from Lisbon.

Later that day was a time for some adrenalin rush, we set out on the water scooter in the beach jus' for the sheer thrill of it.. OMG!! loved the feel of the chill breeze hitting my face but did feel a little scared at times :p . It was my first time experience in a water scooter :) . Goa is turning out to be a times for many of my firsts :)

By then it was time for lunch, after a heavy meal we opted to spend a fun filled relaxed evening in the shores of Vagator beach. It was a calm black soil beach with rocks in the middle. We also did a little bit of shopping ( I got these goan slippers , and some junk jewellery ) in the shops along the beach.

day 2 to continue..

Friday, 21 November 2008

Goa - Day 1

We reached Goa around noon the following day. We stayed at Alor Grande , it was a pretty nice place to stay at. The rooms were spacious and comfortable.

We had our lunch in one of the resto bars adjacent to our resort. It was a lively place where one could hang out with firends playing board games or enjoy a noon with your favourite book and a drink. The place had a collection of board games and books ( a very nice one to be specific).

We rented couple of cars so that we could drive by the city in the later part of the day. Around 6 in the evening we hit Baga beach . This gave me the true feeling of being in Goa, after enjoying in the beach we returned to our resort for dinner. Are plans for the night were already set and most of us were so excited about it :)

We hit the disc after dinner to enjoy the night life in Goa. We went to this night club called Tito's , amazing fun we had. Around 2 am we left the place as most of us were hungry , we drove down to the nearest cafe that was open and chatted our way into dawn :)

It's one night that all of us had so much fun..

Friday, 14 November 2008

The train Journey to Goa

This is one trip thats very close to my heart, my trip to Goa is my first trip out of Chennai with my friends . It was a 5 day trip . Our main stay was at Goa and on the way back to Chennai we were in Bangalore (Bengaluru) for a day.

Our IV (Industrial Visit) organisers - Narmada and Ashish.

We started boarded the Vasco expree from Chennai central station on 17th Oct at 1:30 pm and reached Goa the following day at 11 am. The whole of night we had so much fun singing songs, dancing and pulling each others leg :) . We passed through many scenic locations and tunnels from around 9 in the morning until we reached.

The journey continues...

Friday, 7 November 2008

Singapore:Songs Of The Sea

This was the laser show I was talking about it in my last post. Enjoy but don miss to catch the show live is your visiting Singapore , going down to Sentosa for this one show I would say is worth visiting the Island :)

Sun, Sand and the Sea @ Sentosa

Sentosa is an island few kms away from Singapore which you can reach via the Sentosa express train, cable car or road. We opted to take the mono rail that connects Singapore to Sentosa from the Vivo city station.

Sentosa is a beautiful place to relax and chill out from the city's fast paced lifestyle. Here you can romance the sun, sand and the sea :)

This place can entertain people of all age groups, but let me warn you ..Sentosa is a tad too expensive. On reaching Sentosa we opted for a package entry to the various attractions . First we took a ride on the sky tower. From the tower I was actually able to see Singapore and traces of Malaysia as well .

We took a Merlion walk and moved to have a peak into the butterfly and insect kingdom. OMG!! I never knew few insects looked so attractive until I was here :) . I specially liked the butterfly park which was a huge netted area filled with colorful winged little things..

We had a peak into the underwater world, where I was enlightened about the various species of sea species. They also have various packages where you can up close with the variety of sea species.
The dolphins were a fun lot to watch in the Dolphin lagoon, it moreover rained jus' before the show started . So I was a little skeptical if I would be able to catch the dolphins in action. But, neverthless I wasn't disappointed.

Lastly , comes the star of the show or atleast that how I'd like to call it. The Laser show , which drew a huge crowd. The Songs of the Sea laser show gets all my votes to make my trip to Sentosa a very fun filled and a memorable one..
I loved everybit of the show. Its one place where the water, light and the fire comes into action. I specially liked the fire thingy.. Will try finding the video and posting it soon .

Shopping at Bugis street

This turned out to be one of my most fun filled shopping experiences in Singapore. This a place where you can get stuffs at bargain rates. Bugis gives an air conditioned street shopping experience with over 600 stalls from hawker centres, cafes to shop selling trendy street wears.

We got off at Bugis junction and jus' opposite to the MRT station is Bugis street. Bugis junction is where you can find high end malls , the place where you can shop for branded , exclusive merchandise whereas jus' crossing the road leads you to the essence of street shopping for those of you who love to bargain , jus like me. I would consider this to be the perfect place to buy souvenieur and gifts for friends and family back home.

I got myself the Singapore dress, did a little bit of clothes shopping and collected a lot misc. items from the $10 store which you find all over Bugis. Thou' one can't assure about the quality of stuffs found here, but neverthless a fun place to shop at and understand and experience the real local culture of Singaporeans.