I have always heard people crib about the fact that Singapore doesn’t have anything natural to offer when it comes to tourism. Ironically, as of 2005, Singapore has about 2000 hectares of park area which is equal to about 70 km. But then, Singapore isn’t generally promoted as a destination for eco-tourism simply because the authorities believe that they can offer much more to the tourist in other areas like shopping, man-made attractions and more.
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Most people who go to Burj Khalifa end up at either of the observation decks – Floor 124 or Floor 148. I instead decided to visit the At.mosphere restaurant which at a height of 1450 feet is regarded as the world’s highest restaurant.
The entry on the ground is through the Armani hotel where the staff at the reception check your booking. With regards to the dress code, the website mentions ‘smart elegant’. I had worn a formal shirt with jeans and it worked fine. Since I had sports shoes on, the guys at the reception gave me a pair of formal shoes to put on before going to the restaurant. But in order to avoid last minute hassles, I would still suggest to follow the dress code to the T rather than having to argue with them at the reception.
The lift goes straight to the 124th floor (in a matter of seconds) and you end up with a popping sound in your ear due to the change in altitude. Once you arrive at the 124th floor, you have to come down the steps to the 123rd floor where on one side is the lounge and on the other is the more expensive restaurant.
I must say I came across this concept only very recently when a company advertised this new policy in their organization on Linkedin. As expected from the comments section, the people were divided on whether it made sense or not. As is always the case, there are two sides to the coin and you would agree or disagree depending on the side you are on.
There are days in a month where women feel unwell when they are going through the menstrual period. And this may affect them in terms of their efficiency of doing the various tasks. So a policy like menstrual leave enables them to rest and relax without having to worry about meeting their deadlines for completing a certain task. It also shows an organization’s empathy in understanding the concerns of a woman employee.
So we have already the crossed the first half of the year. As always, it feels as though the months have passed by quicker than I can even imagine. And soon we will bid goodbye to another year gone by.
January started off with me still dreaming about my trip to Moscow and the lovely winter there. There were travel posts galore of the times in Moscow, Kuwait and Singapore. February and March were all about family and fun. I went home for the first time after coming to Kuwait and it truly felt like those days back in Muscat whenever we used to go home during the school summer vacations. There was also the trip to Dubai which culminated in a number of travel posts as well.
Mumbai, the city that never sleeps may seem like any other overcrowded metro in India. But it has a lot more to offer than shopping malls and awesome street food. It is blessed with numerous historical sites, religious places and architectural wonders that will leave you spellbound by its simplicity.
However, one of the most intriguing things about Mumbai that not many cities in India can boast about, is the sheer number of neighbouring hill stations and exotic getaways that it has.
Mrs Funnybones is Twinkle Khanna’s debut book after a spate of articles in Times of India (TOI) and Daily News Analysis (DNA). The book is an eclectic mix of some of her articles in the past along with stories from her household represented in a satirical and witty manner.
The blurb goes like this:
Full of wit and delicious observations, Mrs Funnybones captures the life of the modern Indian woman—a woman who organizes dinner each evening, even as she goes to work all day, who runs her own life but has to listen to her Mummyji, who worries about her weight and the state of the country. Based on Twinkle Khanna’s super-hit column, Mrs Funnybones marks the debut of one of our funniest, most original voices.
Twinkle seems to have quite a wacky and witty sense of humor and that reflects in her articles as well as the book. The book with its large font size and illustrations makes for a breezy read which can be completed in one sitting. Each of the illustrations and the notes before every chapter are perfectly done to keep the reader in the mood for more.
Jon Krakauer is a mountaineer and writer of more than 5 books and a lot many magazine articles. While on an assignment for the Outside magazine in 1996, he wrote ‘Into Thin Air’ which went on to become one of his most famous books.
The blurb goes like this:
In May 1996, Jon Krakauer was on one of the three expeditions near the summit of Mount Everest. Then a storm hit, and by the end of the day eight people were dead. Into Thin Air tells the story of that ill-fated adventure. In it Krakauer brilliantly evokes the majestic Everest landscape and places his own experiences within the history of man’s attempt to conquer the world’s highest mountain. Into Thin Air is a landmark of mountaineering literature, and a harrowing tale of human tragedy and endurance.
I have finally learnt a few words like ‘buddy’ and am on the way to be the so called ‘modern’ dad you wanted me to be. I hear you ask why do I call you buddy rather than my son. As you would have observed, in my style of parenting, the children should always feel that while interacting with their parents they are as comfortable as interacting with their friends. They should be able to tell anything and everything without having the fear to be judged.
There was a phase during my growing up years when I felt that my parents didn’t know anything. I felt that they didn’t understand me at all. As far as I was concerned, they were pretty much outcasts when it came to my thinking, my friends and my general way of life. I always feared for the fact that if I share my life’s stories with them, they would judge me rather than share meaningful advice.
While they were far apart in terms of distance with both of them engrossed in studies on different continents separated by thousands of kilometers, their love was the one common thing which made their world go round. From WhatsApp chats to Skype calls, they always kept each other updated on their lives and everything which came with it be it happiness or despair.
This went on for a few years until he popped the question silently smiling to himself expecting her to say yes almost immediately. Both of them were now working and making their way up the career ladder slowly but surely. She was shocked and blatantly refused exclaiming that this was the time when she wanted to concentrate on her career and couldn’t think of anything else. While he was devastated, he was half expecting it considering their conversations had dramatically reduced since quite a while.