Tuesday, November 19, 2013


was suddenly reminded of this route i did years ago in the western ghats of karnataka - winding bendy roads with nary a person, beautiful green forest, with a luchious river running through and at one point there were beautiful bamboos lining the river but we couldnt stop coz it was raining ice on the hottest day in summer ;p

bloody hell i wanna do this route again *slaps self for being a travel addict

I wrote a post on that trip (those days i was such a diligent travel writer) but all the photos are missing and i'm too lazy to replace them 

ps: the video does not do this place justice

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Sarithira Payanam

I have no idea why it took me so long to discover this song by Juvan Shiva but this is one of the most brilliant songs I've heard and the lyrics are amazing

Sarithira Payanam (Historical Journey) a tribute to unsung heroes of the past - within you is an epic, a story from the past. Yours is a story of courageous warriors, who sailed dark uncharted waters with hopes for a glorious life on the soil of Malaya. They arrived with hunger for a new destiny - a destiny only possible as blood-drenched slaves chained to the mercy of the British Rajahs. Blood and death was the sacrifice made for generations they would never live to see. The destiny you real today arose from seeds of endless miseries.

You can listen to the song at the link here and the lyrics are as below

Vocal, lyrics and song composed by Juvan Shiva
Music: Boy Radge

Kappalgal yehri kadal kadanthu intha mannil naamum vanthom,
Rattangal sinthi uyiraiyum koduthu intha mannai valarthom,
munnor seitha thiyagangalai indru nenjil naamum maranthom,
vanmurai seithu valimurai thavari vantha paathai ilanthom,
Indian endrah naamam, ini nenjinil endrum vendum,
Orumurai thirumbi paarthal, vantha sarithiram unakku puriyum,
Indian endra naamam, ini nenjinil endrum vendum,
Ithuvarai pirinthathu pohthum, anther sarithiram uyirpereh vendum...


Kadkalai kadanthu mudkalai mithithu andru avargal uzhaithaargal,
Noigalai thaangi sonthangal maranthu intha mannai vithaithaargal,
Sanjikuliyai iravum pagalum vellaiyan aachiyil puthainthaargal,
Thalaimurai kaatke thiyagangal seithu nammil indrodu kalanthaargal.

Andru sinthiya ratthangal sinthiyathen...
Indru sinthanai seiya nee maruppathum yen?
Nam munnor seitha thiyagangalai nenjil kaadpom...
Andru sinthiya ratthangal sinthiyathen...
Indru sinthanai seiya nee maruppathum yen?
Nam munnor seither thiyagangalai ini meedpom...

Kappalgal yehri kadal kadanthu (kalanthu) inther mannil naamum vanthom,
Rattangal sinthi uyiraiyum koduthu intha mannai valarthom,
Munnor seither thiyagangalai ini nenjil naamum kaapom,
Vanmurai thagarthu valimurai kaathu vantha paathai meedpom…

Indian endra naamam ini nenjinil endrum vendum...
Orumurai thirumbi paarthaal vantha sarithiram unakku puriyum...
Indian endra naamam ini nenjinil endrum kaapom...
Orumurai thirumbi paarthaal vantha sarithiram unakku puriyum...
Indiya naamam indiya naamam nenjinil endrum kaapom..
Orumurai paarthaal marumurai paarthal sarithiram unaku puriyum...

Indiyaa naamam...... ini nenjinil endrum kaapom......................

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Saturday, November 09, 2013

The paradise called Lipe

Sitting outdoors under the moonless light as Chet sang beautifully in heavily Thai influenced English pronunciations over dinner is high up there on my list of things I loved to do. I was sitting at Pooh’s restaurant in beautiful Koh Lipe an island 4 hours by sea and land of Hatyai. Ever smilling Chet provided the much needed live music that suited the islands laid backness. Of course midway rain suddenly decided to invite himself and rained in a matter of few minutes as all of us scrambled into the indoor area as rain and wind lashed at us.

Ah Koh Lipe what a lovely place to be.

We were staying right at the centre of Walking street, the main area where all the tours and restaurants were. Everyday we would walk towards Pattaya Beach, about 8 minutes from our hotel passing by my favourite dessert and breakfast place – Thai Lady pancake where you take of your shoes, wash your feet and sit at the chairs or on the wooden ramps on short Japanese tables. They served my all-time favourite breakfast bacon, sausages and eggs as well as some yummy sandwhiches and thai pancakes in whatever topping you wanted.

There are no cars on the island just golf carts and bike taxis which we only used when we arrived and were leaving as everything was pretty much in walking distance from our hotel.

Now the beach, what I read online was different from what I saw. Pattaya was touted as the best beach while Sunrise wasn’t but it was pretty opposite in terms of white sandy sand. Also theres a lot of development taking place at Pattaya so that was dampner. We had also arrived on a moonless day and on that evening the waters were a bit murky, clear but murky which was a bit unusualy coz 2 days later the water at Pattaya was crystal clear. So mind the timing when you head to the beach, the water seems different according to the moon.


We spent a whole day snorkelling at the little islands off Lipe. We were supposed to head to 5 islands but had only time for 4. We missed the black pebble island but it just means I have another reason to come back ;p I can’t remember the islands accept for Koh Rawi where we stopped for lunch but all the islands waters were stunning emerald green and filled with fish. It was lovely to snorkel there but the sealife was still nothing compared to what we find in Malaysia. But anytime spent in the sea is awesome ;p

I was walking around after lunch taking photos when I got out of the water to find a black crab hanging from my shorts. Luckily it hadn't found my flesh and dug in ;p

We got to see some beautiful sunsets and no we didn’t bother with the sunrise.

The people on the island are pretty nice. Walking by the streets everyday you’d get smiles from everyone and no one trying to sell you something.

One evening there were this kids running around the streets growling at people and turned up at me growling so of course I growled back. So kid decides to follow me and growl a few times. On the third growl, I took of my glasses and gave him one of my scary big eyed growls. Poor kid ran away. Later in the evening I saw him again and tried to take his photo but he refused to be photographed  ;p

At dinner most of the restaurants had grilled seafood made to order so one night when we were looking at where to eat we found one shop with a huge swordfish at its grill. I stopped to take a photo and finally decided to eat there. My fish arrived yummly cooked and melting off the skin with a lovely homemade lime sauce.  

And so ended our lovely beach holiday before we headed back to Hatyai. Now that was an interesting adventure. On the way back we were put on a medium sized speedboat instead of the ferry we arrived in. midway through the boat stopped as the driver started yakking in thai to someone on the phone. Next thing we see two big fishing trawlers pass each other and we stopped right next to it. Apparently the driver was buying fish in the middle of the sea. Lol that kinda freaked out the rest of the travellers, a big group of fellow Malaysians.


Some time later the boat stopped and this time it was engine trouble. Somehow they managed to get the boat running again but it happened again and luckily they got it solved and we finalled reached land. Only to find my bag soaking wet and smelling of fish! I quickly bought another plastic bag and dumped all my clothes into it. Luckily the clothes weren’t wet but I had to wash my bag the moment we reached the hotel.

Note to self never let your bag go into the boats underneath compartment.

Can’t wait to head there again even if it takes 4 hours to get there.

Ps: Don’t think I’ll edit the photos on time so enjoy the instagram photos – and oh you can follow me on instagram just look for @visithra

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Glorious Bangkok

window gazer

I’ve been to Bangkok twice and I still haven’t seen the famous Wats and Palace.

The first time I was there it was a really short trip but I absolutely loved it so this time I spent a few more days here hoping to see the temples but guess what, we were too busy doing other things to go.

I'm so cute!

We stayed in this lovely gorgeous harem like hotel. The lobby was decorated with plush pillows and in a morrocon and Indian theme. We spent some time lazing in the icy cool water of the pool and the couches. We also got our massages there as well while facing the pool ;p

morning doze on the barbers chair

The staff were also really nice so we enjoyed staying there.

We spent one whole day at Chatuchak though besides the beautiful painting I got, wasn’t worth our time at all. Got better deals along the night markets in the main town.


We walked around Sukhumvit exploring the little areas with less tourist, the river area where people were waiting for something (a boat it think) and just watching the town go by. Then we picked stations and got down to explore the area just for the fun of it. Was pretty interesting.

snip snip 

One night we headed to the pub area for music and were entertained by this band with a really good drummer and guitarist though the singers weren’t really that good or creative. Still it was an enjoyable night ;p

Didn’t really take much photos on the trip coz we were doing a lot of hanging out ;p

We spent our last day there just lazing around and getting a relaxing massage just before our flight back to KL. Must say that was an awesome thing to do ;p

You called me? Siesta Life Ice cream please! Hello Sweetness a window in bangkok Tattooted men of Thailand

ps: story from a trip in 2012

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