Green Thumb – How to care for Bougainvilleas

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Bougainvilleas are native to South America and was most likely brought to India by the British. Jeanne Baré who disguised herself as a man to join a naval expedition around the globe, was probably the first European to document them.

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Bougainvilleas are relatively pest-free and easy to care for. They thrive in abundant sunlight and in dry climate. They need to be watered everyday but only if the soil dries out at the end of each day. If winters are particularly harsh where you live, bring them in until the weather improves.

 

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Organic Manure can be added once in few months to nourish the soil and help the plant flower throughout the year. Bougainvillea also take well to being ‘guided’ to climb trellises or trees even and form a beautiful curtain of vibrant flowers.

Happy Gardening! Let me know if you have any questions?

Guide to Phuket

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Phuket is the largest island off the southern coast of Thailand and is an amalgamation of all the attractions that make Thailand such a popular travel destination.

Things to do

Visit Patong Beach 

Ride a colourful tuk-tuk to Patong beach and party the night away or soak in the sights and sounds and get a massage at one of the many shops along the street.

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Tuk-tuk to Patong!

Visit Nai Harn Beach

This is a pristine beach with fewer people and a great place to relax. On the way to Nai harn is the Kata-Karon viewpoint and makes for a great pitstop at sunset. You could also take the boats out to small islands near Nai Harn for a bit of snorkelling or diving.

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Nai Harn Beach

Learn to cook Thai cuisine

Have yourself an impromptu cooking class on the street, the friendly locals are happy to show you how they make thai curries and other specialities in their carts. Also don’t forget to sample the delicious nutella pancakes you find at every corner.

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Impromptu cooking classes on the street

Anokhi, Jaipur

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I discovered Anokhi whilst I was working in Jaipur and fell in love with their textiles. Anokhi creates beautiful cotton clothes that are block-printed by master craftsmen in Jaipur and are perfect for the sweltering heat wave that sweeps through most of India. They are also renowned for their ethical trade practices and support the welfare of their craftsmen. Even to this day their textiles are all block-printed by hand using vegetable dyes.

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Anokhi is sold only at their stores in India, You can however follow them on Facebook to see a preview of their latest collection.

Guide to Singapore

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Singapore Botanical Gardens
Singapore is one of the cleanest, safest cities in the world and has the prettiest gardens. The people of Singapore are conscientious, helpful and always full of joy.

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Singapore Botanical Gardens
Places to see

Singapore Botanical Gardens – This 156 year old elegant garden is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Spend an entire day exploring the musical stream, the ancient trees, the prized orchids, the hidden alcoves and at last, stop by the Villa Halia for a refreshing ginger drink and a delicious lunch.

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Haji Lane
Haji Lane – Watch the street come alive at sunset with the smell of kebabs and the sound of jazz! Don’t forget to treat yourself to a refreshing massage at the Frangipani spa located at the end of the lane.

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Adventure Cove, Sentosa
Adventure Cove, Sentosa – Swim with beautiful fishes of all colors of the rainbow at the Adventure Cove, watch the amusing manta rays and enjoy the sun while you gobble delicious gelato.

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Singapore Philatelic Museum
Singapore Philatelic Museum – is located in a colourful, colonial building near Clarke Quay and is a delight for stamp collectors; You can even buy stamps from other countries. I bought a treasured dinosaur stamp from Ecuador.

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Jurong Bird Park
Jurong Bird Park – The African Waterfall Aviary is an impressive 5 acre, rainforest habitat with free-flying birds, many of whom have learned to mimic human speech!

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Jurong Bird Park

Haiku – Japanese Poetry

Haiku is a beautiful form of Japanese poetry describing fleeting moments in nature. It’s structure is 17 on separated in lines of 5,7,5 and depicting a season. Haiku is called ‘unfinished’ poetry; The poet paints a true picture of a beautiful moment in nature and the readers are to finish the poem in their hearts.

Here are some examples of famous haiku, hope you enjoy them and someday create your own.

Winter seclusion –
Listening, that evening,
To the rain in the mountain.

– Kobayashi Issa

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From time to time
The clouds give rest
To the moon-beholders.

– Matsuo Bashō

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Consider me
As one who loved poetry
And persimmons.

– Masaoaka Shiki

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