Guerlain Eyeliner – Brun Cendre

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Guerlain Eyeliner in Brun Cendre is my absolute favourite makeup item. The brush is designed to be an easy applicator that glides on your eyes seamlessly, giving them a wonderful highlight. The gorgeous rich chocolate colour is such a great alternative to the standard noir. The packaging too is luxurious and elegant; It’s a joy to have it out on my dresser.

 

Guide to Ceylon

Ceylon is a beautiful country made more beautiful by the kind and genteel people who call it home. Being a small country, one can traverse the hills and the beaches on a short scenic drive.

Here is my guide to Ceylon –

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Colombo 11 – was the home of famous Ceylon-born architect, Geoffrey Bawa. Tours through the home are now conducted 4 times a day and is a treat for those who love art and architecture.

Noritake – is a world renowned Japanese company that creates fine porcelain tea and dinner sets. A visit to their store in Colombo is a must to stock up on wonderful cutlery, that also make for great souvenirs.

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Independence Arcade – The mall adjacent to the Independence Square and the lovely gardens is a beautifully restored dutch heritage building. It has the wonderful T-lounge by Dilmah, a great place to curl up with a book whilst relishing on delicious matcha ice-cream. It also has two beautiful spas and even a multiplex, should you fancy watching the latest blockbuster whilst on a holiday.

Barefoot Cafe – is a bookstore, art gallery and cafe serving lip-smacking food; Of particular note is the ‘Srilankan thali’ consisting of rice, poppadum, salad, lentils and oh-so delicious fish curry.

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Borella Kanate Cemetery – Arthur C Clarke made Ceylon his home from 1956 till his death in 2008. He was deeply attached to the country, drawn at first with the promises of wondrous underwater adventures along its clear coastline. His final resting place is the Borella Kanate cemetery where his tombstone reads – “He never grew up, but he never stopped growing”.

Paradise Road Gallery Cafe – is one of the chicest places to dine in Colombo. The building was designed by renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa; The walls are filled with beautiful art, the food is wonderful and the entire experience is a delight to the senses.

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Lunuganga, Bentota – Lunuganga was architect Geoffrey Bawa’s country estate and is now a beautiful hotel. The expansive, rolling hills skirting a lake, the roman statues and delightful nooks are reminiscent of an Italian villa. If you are merely visiting the gardens, partaking in a traditional Srilankan lunch spread is a wonderful idea. The table is laid out in the impeccably decorated main house facing the placid waters of the Dedduwa lake and is an experience one simply cannot miss.

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Fort Galle – The historic Fort Galle is a world heritage site, owing to the beautiful Dutch & Portuguese architecture within it’s walls. One can spend an entire day walking the ramparts and discovering beautiful villas at every turn.

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Church Street Social – is beautifully decorated in soothing shades of grey and serves the most delicious food in all of Galle. The delectable desserts deserve a special mention, my favourite being the exquisite orange chocolate fondant served with delicious vanilla ice-cream.

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Ahangama Beach – holds a special place in my heart, for it spun many memories that I will always hold dear. It is a pristine beach ideal for surfing and snorkelling. It is also a short tuk-tuk ride away from whale and dolphin watching at Mirissa.

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Postcrossing

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Postcrossing.com is a dream come true for people who love sending and receiving postcards from all over the world. All you need to do is send postcards to the addresses given to you on the website and in turn receive beautiful postcards from all over the globe.

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There is no better feeling than to have a wonderful surprise, in the form a postcard from a distant land, waiting for you in your mailbox.

Happy Postcrossing!

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