I am writing this post from a cloud. They call it Cloud no. 9! Thank you Salvatore Vionito for awarding me the Versatile Blogger Award and thank you Petrel41 for awarding me Liebster Award!!!
I am deeply touched, honored and humbly accept these accolades. 😀
And now I shall begin my ‘speech’ *Drum Roll*
I would like to thank God, my mom, dad, cat (if I had one I would give her a cookie today), Neighbours, Teachers, Teachers families, Sorry I forgot to mention my grandparents earlier, my laptop, office desktop, my fish (yes! I did have a goldfish but she now rests in peace), my siblings, friends, foes,my children and their children (they are not born yet but I am pretty sure they would complain if I miss them)…..Am i missing out anyone? 😉
I just want to thank my blog family, my 774 followers who patiently listen to me and bless me with their love, support and motivation. Thanks for listening to my ramblings and letting me be a part of your life.
I cannot nominate 15 blogs because I think each one of those blogs are unique and special in their own way. I would like to give it to everyone in my blogging circle.
Green tea originated in China and is extremely popular in the contemporary world. Chinese have been drinking Green Tea for thousands of years due to the drink’s innumerable healing and health benefits.
So what does green tea do?
Ever since I can remember I have been hearing stories about how green tea burns fats and slims you down. It affected me so much that I started drinking 2 cups until I was told, 1 cup has the same effect has multiple!
A study of overweight men in US reported that men with same diet routines and exercise regimes burnt 200 more calories per day after they started consuming green day and also increased their energy levels.
Oxidation damages healthy cells of the body and have been associated to illnesses like cancer, heart disease, and strokes.The antioxidants present in green tea help fight against cancerous cells.
Scientists at the University of Strathclyde found that, delivered to skin cancer tumours in concentrated doses in a laboratory test, EGCG (antioxidant present in green tea) eradicated 40 per cent of them, while an additional 30 per cent were reduced in size.
Green tea helps clean the teeth because of the presence of fluoride. Fluroide kills bacteria in the mouth that causes plaque and cavities. As a result, green tea is beneficial in maintaining healthy teeth and oral hygiene. It also helps in curing bad breath as it has high levels of an antioxidant, called polyphenols. Polyphenols attack bad breath by deactivating sulphur compounds produced by the bacteria.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance called a lipid, made in the liver. High cholesterol leads to a lot of other illnesses. Drinking green tea frequently can benefit people with high cholesterol levels as it lowers the bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and prevent the accumulation of blood clots in the body.
The Peking Union Medical College in Beijing analysed the results of 14 random trials in which participants drank green tea ranging from three to 12 months. The study found that on average, green tea was shown to reduce total cholesterol by 7.2 milligrams.
What are you waiting for? Want a cuppa green tea? GO ON THEN! xx
Pink is ever-green! Always in fashion and personifying femininity and innocence since time immemorial. However, having said that, we have come far ahead of the times when Pink only symbolized a gender stereotype. Today, many men rock pink with equal panache and flamboyance.
Powder pink, baby pink, shocking pink, fuchsia, magenta, carnation pink etc are the must haves for any wardrobe especially spring and summer. What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring in sun-starved London than to don a hot pink outfit and stride in the sun?
All you lovely people, looking pretty in pink does not entail being a Pink Panther from head to toe 😉
Even a pink scarf, pink lipstick, pink shoes, pink hair band, pink top or a pink skirt would do. Its how you use the color and brighten up your outfit!
Its time time to THINK PINK!!!
Here are some fav PINK looks for men, women as well as animals (ENJOY!)
*Victoria Beckham and Kate Middleton looking marvelous in PINK
*Pink dominated Fall Runways in London and Milan. And now its dominating the spring trends worldwide!
*Pink was the most popular lip colour in Oscars 2013, hello pinkys!
*Heidi Klum looks extremely fresh and lovely in the pink top matched with orange trousers. She pulls off this risky combination with sheer perfection! And FYI this was her grocery shopping look!
Last year I went to Kiev with my parents. No, you didnt get that right, it was not to watch the final of Euro Cup 2012! :p
It was a short and sweet trip to see family members living there and add a new place to my travelling portfolio.
Wizz Air flies directly from London to Ukraine and my ticket costed around a £100 – booked it a month before! Cheapest air ticket till date…
While checking in, my mother’s hand carry trolley was said to be higher than the allowed size…but how? we measured it at home! ‘Its the wheels!’ the guys at the counter snapped. Eventually, after paying £50 we were on our way to Kiev – my father ten seats behind me on the left, my mother fifteen side ahead of me on the right, Cheers budget airlines! Lets wizz through the air now.
Upon reaching the immigration counter in Kiev, three ‘green’ passports caused a high level alert in the least busy airport I have been to in my entire travelling history. And I have traveled quite a lot! The person at the counter took our passports to some room behind him. He stayed there for 2 hours while we waited…We were told they were being photo-copied (lazy machine I guess) as Pakistan was on the list of most dangerous countries in Kiev.
Finally we were allowed to enter Ukraine! Yayyy…
Kiev is a city of gardens, cathedrals, museums and and and beautiful women. Seriously, an average woman in Kiev is around 5’8 and watching their slender legs as they walked around was one of the highlights of my trip – in a very clean, non-sleazy way.
Below are some memories from Kiev and the places I highly recommend to visit
1.Kiev-Pechersk Lavra – Caves Monastery
This was built by Kiev monks back in 1051. It is considered as a holy place and many monks are buried in these caves.
2.Mykola Syadristy Microminiatures Museum
Something very unique and different. Art is depicted on strands of hair, needle, grain of rice etc. Microscopes help to see these novelties.
Unfortunately, I could not take any photos of miniature drawings and cravings done by Ukrainian artists! But here are some images of the museum that I found online
3. St. Michael’s Cathedral
A lovely, small church with a lot of history. There is no entry fee for this.
4.Great Patriotic War Museum
Depicts vast collections of world war 2 artifacts, photos and vehicles. If you do not speak Russian/Ukrainian try and take a language translator or some translation device with you. Entry is very cheap and this museum is definitely worth a visit! DO GO!
5. Khreshchatyk Street
It is refereed to as the Ukrainian version of ‘Shanzelize’ street in Paris, France. Surrounded by shopping centers, banks, restaurants, it serves as a great commercial hub for both tourists and locals. It just never sleeps…lights, people, cars keeping moving from one end to another – bustling with life!
6. Rodina Mat (Motherland)
Please do go to the top of the statue! Elevators, walks and after taking a couple of street laders, you finally get to the top. The view from here is spectacular!
Made available to the public on 7th May 1905 (constructed between 1902 and 1905), the Kyiv Funicular connects Uppertown and the lower commercial area of Kiev. The ticket is $0.20 one way!
8.National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv is among the oldest universities in kiev, Ukraine. Fuunded in 1834, the University has made a commendable contribution to the education in Ukraine.
9. Touristy Shops
There are plenty of touristy shops with lots of souvenir around the main city center. Loved them!
10. Founder’s Monument
The monument is sculptures of 4 siblings: 3 Princes and one Princess, who was founded city at 6th centuries AD. Many people believe it is more of a myth than reality.
11. Eternal Glory Park
This is dedicated to the soldiers of the nation in the “Great Patriotic War” and the actual complex is 9.5 hectares. The fire burns here, day and night…eternally!
Other than these, YOU’VE GOT TO SEE places, below are some sites and places I discovered while walking and driving around the historic city of Kiev! Some of favourite sights…
I would have taken more food photos if i knew I would blog about it one day! 😉
When I was in grade 8, I failed Mathematics mid-term exam. To be specific, my marks were 32/100.
It did not matter if I had scored over 80% in the remaining subjects. The red line on my report card came as a lightening thunder for my Father. We were at a dinner when he was told and immediately his face went expressionless. A smile replaced by a grim, sour line across his mouth. Like, he was in utter shock. In denial. He did not say anything and yet conveyed his sorrow. Emphatically.
It was the worst thing to experience as a 12 year old especially when your father is your biggest source of motivation. I remember that feeling. He was hurt and I felt like an amateur criminal, guilty as charged!
My father’s entire universe revolved around his children and continues to do so. He would never spend a penny on himself but ensured his children attended best schools, ate at the most famous restaurants and gained international exposure through frequent travelling.
So….what did I do to make up? I went to school from 8 am till 2 pm and then took private maths tuition which lasted from 4 pm till 9 pm. I would sit in the tuition academy and practice every single Maths question – text books, past papers…everywhere! I did this for the next half term.
Exhausted brain, aching finger joints, blurred vision, constant yawning were now my new best friends.
I kept pushing myself and reminding myself that life indeed begins outside your comfort zone. My final exam result was 90/100. Even till today I am baffled where did the remaining 10 marks go 🙂 but oh well…Thank God!
Maths and I had never been on good terms until my father came along. Everybody was astounded by my spectacular performance and there were accolades coming in from everywhere including friends, teachers….but I just remember one expression, the smile on my father’s face which glistened with pride for me. The smile was back.
A girl who couldn’t even solve a simple maths problem, ended up taking Additional Mathematics in O’levels (grade 9,10,11) along with normal Maths and eventually scored A’s in both.
That’s how my father inspires me. He has taught me time and again, things worth having in life don’t come easy. If they were easy, then their worth would erode away, simply evaporate! And yes, failure is the first step towards success. Literally in my case! 😉
I have never been to Iran physically but I feel I have traveled to Tehran and beyond owing to my obsession for Iranian food.
Recently, I discovered Patogh after a sudden pang of craving for chicken kebabs and tender lamb curry. Located on Crawford Road, London, it is just a few minutes’ walks from Marble Arch tube station – Patogh is by far the best Persian cuisine I have eaten in London.
Patogh is a small and compact place with a limited seating. There is no fancy decoration and please forget fine-dining when you decide to pay the restaurant a visit. Tables are shared, mocha walls are decorated with old Persian paintings and antique red lanterns. The moment I entered, it felt like I had stepped into an abandoned Persian kingdom which had lost it glory and grandeur in a long forgotten battle, hundreds of years back. As my growling stomach pulled me back to reality, I desperately hoped that the food would be good and YES! It exceeded my expectations! 🙂
Food is the main highlight of Patogh. It is prepared in front of you as you order. Specialties include: gigantic bread sprinkled with sesame seeds and served with mint yogurt ( I can bet you wouldn’t have seen a BIGGER bread than this!), Hummus, Chicken/Beef Skewers and Kebabs served with Saffron Rice with a slice of butter on top ..YUMMM!
Me and my friend shared a lamb curry with chick peas , cooked in delicious Iranian spices and tastefully garnished with ginger and a chicken Kebab which comprised of 2 huge Kebabs and served with saffron rice, boiled tomatoes and salad. We also tried their mint yogurt drink which is quite similar to lassi (yogurt-based drink which originated in the Punjab region in Subcontinent. It is made by blending yogurt with water and spices).
At a quick glance, Patogh is definitely worth a visit! They have:
– Huge Portions
– Mouth-Watering Food
– Economical (we ordered 2 mains, 2 starters, 3 drinks, pot of mint tea and our bill was only £26!!!)
– Efficient and friendly Service
They don’t accept payment by card so get some cash out from the nearest cash point before you get set to relish some juicy kebabs 😉
Highly recommended, make sure you go with an appetite! Definitely a journey that made me feel like I was in a food street in Iran, munching on greedily…Oh the joy!