Oman Diaries: Lunch at The Cave restaurant


The Cave welcomes us
The Cave welcomes us

The Cave is a group of about 8 restaurants in the heart of Muscat serving cuisines from across the world since 2014.

The eclectic fare on offer from across the world
The eclectic fare on offer from across the world

Situated at the top of a hill, the restaurant offers lovely views of the city and beyond.

Views from outside The Cave
Views from outside The Cave
Views of the Arabian Sea from outside The Cave
Views of the Arabian Sea from outside The Cave

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Kerala Diaries: An early morning at Kovalam Beach


Kovalam - An epitome of tranquility as the first lights of the day brighten the sky
Kovalam – An epitome of tranquility as the first lights of the day brighten the sky

Kovalam Beach is considered one of the famous beaches in India. It is located about 15kms from the center of Trivandrum.

The numerous restaurants and coffee shops dotting the beach landscape
The numerous restaurants and coffee shops dotting the beach landscape

While the beach is quite commercialized in terms of restaurants, boat operators and the likes, it was fairly tranquil and peaceful during my visit. It was also quite clean than most other beaches in India.

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Moscow Diaries: Christmas nights in Moscow


Christmas in Moscow

Christmas in Russia and about 15 other countries is celebrated every year on January 7th rather than December 25th. The Russians start their year with around 10 vacation days which begin with the New Year celebrations and culminate in the Christmas festivities.

Christmas in Moscow

The primary reason for this is the fact that the Russian orthodox church follows the Julian calendar which is 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar.

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Singapore Diaries: An evening at Gardens by the Bay


The Supertrees welcome you to Gardens by the Bay
The Supertrees welcome you to Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is one of the iconic landmarks of Singapore situated right next to the Marina Bay Sands in about 100 hectares of reclaimed land.

Marina Bay Sands - right opposite to Gardens by the Bay
Marina Bay Sands – right opposite to Gardens by the Bay

It consists of the Flower Dome which spans an area of around 1.2 hectares and is regarded as the world’s largest glass greenhouse consisting of flowers and plants found in regions as varied as the Mediterranean, South America, Australia, South Africa and more.

In the Cloud Forest, the cool moist air relaxes you
In the Cloud Forest, the cool moist air relaxes you

Then, there is the Cloud Forest which is a bit smaller than the Flower Dome but it’s cool moist conditions make you feel that you are somewhere in South East Asia.

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Oman Diaries: The roads of Oman..


Somewhere in the interiors of Oman
Somewhere in the interiors of Oman

Oman is up there in the top 10 countries with the best quality roads in the world. And why am I not surprised?

On the way to Muscat from the interiors
On the way to Muscat from the interiors

Being born and brought up in Oman, I have had the pleasure of being driven on smoothest of highways.

The lovely Baushar - Amerat road constructed by cutting through the hills
The lovely Baushar – Amerat road constructed by cutting through the hills

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Indonesia Diaries: A weekend at Batam


Batam - Serene and Peaceful
Batam – Serene and Peaceful

Batam and Bintan – two small islands part of the Riau archipelago in Indonesia are both famous weekend getaways for individuals and other tourists from Singapore. Since both of them are less than 200km away, they are easily accessible from mainland Singapore by a short ferry ride.

Our Batamfast ferry
Our Batamfast ferry

There are various deals for trips to Batam which you can find on sites like Groupon. They typically offer a hotel stay (2D1N should be more than enough) and a ferry ride (to and fro from Singapore). Some do offer all the meals while others only offer breakfast. Our package included all the meals. The hotel was fairly decent as well. Some deals also offer city tours. Do check the fine print to know what is and what is not included in the tour packages in order to avoid any surprises.

Our abode
Our abode

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Singapore Diaries: A visit to the Macritchie Reservoir


Welcome to the Macritchie Reservoir
Welcome to the Macritchie Reservoir

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.

Doesn't it feel like the backwaters in Kerala?
Doesn’t it feel like the backwaters in Kerala?
The tranquil surroundings..
The tranquil surroundings..

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