A Malabari, like myself, hails from the West Coast! (India’s southwest coast, lying on the narrow coastal plain of Karnataka and Kerala states between the Western Ghats range and the Arabian Sea). Known as God’s own country, Kerala boasts of gorgeous beaches and landscape that makes you fall in love at first sight. No words can do justice to the kind of natural beauty Kerala is home to. Anyone planning a beach holiday or an escape to the mountains, should definitely consider visiting this quaint place.
However, now I want to talk about a different paradise, another west coast! Malibu by the Pacific Ocean, an escape to the fantasy world! We had a family gathering, a religious event which brought us to beautiful California yet again. Given the time constraints, we skipped the glitz of Hollywood and the posh landmarks of Beverly Hills. We squeezed time for L.A.’s most stunning natural wonders.
It’s true that if you don’t have much time to explore, all you need to do is cruise up to Malibu on the Pacific Coast Highway for an amazing experience! We have driven the entirety of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) through California multiple times and enjoyed it immensely every single time.
From the back sides of billionaire mansions on Carbon Beach to Zuma Beach on the northern end of Malibu, the 21 mile shoreline that makes up Malibu is on the most exclusive places in the world. The cliffs and Santa Monica Mountains terraced with massive mansions isolate Malibu from the sprawling madness of Los Angeles. Continue reading “Malabari at Malibu: Ocean, Sun and Fun!”
Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL), the nation’s gateway holds great significance in aiding the metropolis to sustain its fast paced growth. The highly awarded MIAL is a benchmark for its infrastructure, facilities and services to match global standards. These consistent efforts have been rewarded time and again. The latest one being the Mumbai Duty Free receiving recognition as one of Asia’s 100 Greatest Brands for the year 2017, at the recently held second annual edition of the prestigious, ‘Asia’s Greatest Brands and Leaders Awards’ presented by well-known AsiaOne Magazine & URS Media at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
Understanding the Indian traveller who seeks best value for his purchase, Mumbai Duty Free launched a global first marketing campaign, ‘Mumbai Duty Free is now Free’. The campaign aimed at providing discount vouchers, redeemable coupons and complementary experiences from partner brands which the customer can use for making purchases in India. With double the value back from partner brands, a customer’s purchase at Mumbai Duty Free technically becomes free.
Asia’s Greatest Brands is a mission where leading global brands are identified after extensive research by experts. The shortlisted global brands are put on deserving pedestals for admiration of the world. The winners are adjudged on the basis of research across 16 industries, 1200 brands and 62 sub-categories from multiple sectors, with the process being reviewed by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC). The summit has become one of the distinguished platforms to honour the greatest brands and leaders from across Asia for their contribution as growth engines of the world. Continue reading “DUTY FREE AT CSIA RECOGNIZED AMONGST ASIA’S 100 GREATEST BRANDS”
We’re going to a resort. Fantastic! We’re going to escape the extreme cold for a few days. Awesome!
We’re going to enjoy tropical fruits and exotic drinks. Superb! We’re going to soak up the sun, sand and sea-breeze! Amazing!
Well, the party had just begun for our group of over 25 revelers, ranging from teens to seniors, celebrating New Year’s at Riviera Maya, Mexico. For thorough city-bred folks like us, this should have been sufficient to relax over the holidays. Flying to Cancun at this time of the year, laying on the beach was our dream, our well-planned vacation. Even before touchdown into the region, you can’t help but be wonderstruck at the miles of practically unpopulated dense, green tropical forest boundaries of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. As also Cancun’s extremely party-friendly Hotel Zone! The city line is dotted by beautiful, well-lit resorts as we drive into our very tastefully done all-inclusive beachfront paradise, which was going to be our home for the week.
The perfect white sand beaches, the flora and fauna native to Yucatan Peninsula played great hosts throughout our entire stay. The expanse of the jungle beckoned us to get more active on the trip and it offered plenty of opportunities to explore. So, even as we went to the most beautiful jewelry store with all kinds of lovely silver ornaments, we were more attracted towards the monkeys that were swinging on the trees outside! The treasures of the jungles seemed more precious, inspiring us to be more adventurous! Continue reading “MEXICAN ADVENTURES, MAYAN TREASURES!”
Thanksgiving weekend is here- for the Americans I meant! We’re having our American family visit us and are excitedly looking forward to it!
Prior to that, we had other priorities –bring another family member back home! From the US of A! My mother-in-law who cannot travel alone but loves to visit her granddaughter in America, once every year!
On our weekend getaway with a mission/purpose we land in a very beautiful city, St. Louis in Missouri. This has been our tradition for the past decade or so, where we deplane at this city for our onward road journey to our family’s hometown.
St. Louis, one of the biggest city of Missouri is one of the finest cities to visit and well-known for its Gateway Arch, night life, botanical garden etc. The boat tour on Mississipi River is splendid and an experience we cherish. A visit to the Gateway Arch is essential, a must do for everyone visiting or passing by St. Louis — pictures do the astonishingly colossal monument no justice.
Like most Midwestern cities, the people here are very friendly and warm. The weather is slightly cold at this time of the year, but nothing to complain about. Really. There is an old joke: Question: “What is the hardest job in the world?” Answer: “Bank guard in Alaska…everyone is wearing ski masks!” The second hardest job in the world has to be forecasting the weather in St. Louis, since it’s pretty much the opposite of San Diego’s steadfast sunshine.
Having said that, other than Chicago, St. Louis is one of the nicest major cities to visit, especially enroute to where we want to go. The people are amazing, the food is great!
Continue reading “St. Louis Sends Love!”