Monthly Archives: November 2013

Wild with Style, Las Vegas

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No matter how much struggle you do to show up an active front in the Corporate World, there are going to be days when you wake up exhausted, and eventually you end up looking for a refreshing indulgence with your family or your bunch of friends.

It was the month of October- the most tiring and strenuous months. My corporate mates were eager for ‘that’ dose of entertainment and here they go – to the luxurious city of casino, hotels and related entertainment – ‘Las Vegas’. While carrying the tag of ‘The Entertainment Capital of the World’, the city welcomes its visitors all year round. Shopping, dining, gaming, (or gambling) and most excitingly, the city’s nightlife adds an amazing charm to Las Vegas.

Heading for a Luxury Trip? Lets have a look at the main attractions of Las Vegas.

  • In addition to the giant casino hotels and gambling practices, Las Vegas endows its visitors with a fantasy like atmosphere. You would hardly see a ‘moment of monotony’ in the glitzy blitzy life of Vegas. Take a dig at the breathtaking and lavish decors as you party at the nightclubs at the ‘Sin City’.

  • Vegas has around 55 golf courses designed by great players and architects. Experience the lush greens and the dose of hospitality at Desert Pine Golf Club and have a wonderful golf adventure.

  • The scariest part is at The Sky Jump (Stratosphere); staring down the earth with wide open arms and your feet half off the platform. The chic and relaxing nightclubs of the City are an ultimate add-on.

  • The historic awesomeness especially Nevada State Museum is full of interesting and catchy displays. Another historic classic Hoover Dam is one of the world’s largest producers of hydroelectric power at the time of its construction. This was one of the top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th century.

  • A holiday trip to Las Vegas can really fulfil all your entertainment wishes. Plenty of outdoor activities in Lake Mead, Valley of Fire State Park, Red Rock Canyon and many more.

  • Dance to the eccentric composition of music & water symphony and experience unforgettable moments at ‘Fountains of Bellagio’. The fountain display is choreographed to various tunes like “Luck be a Lady”, “My Heart will go on” and “Viva Las Vegas”. Also, Bellagio has been voted as among the top contenders of Las Vegas by noted Magazines and Journals.  

  • Miss your childhood? How about bouncing back to baydon at ‘Skymania’! A room filled with an alluring grid of trampolines – where the walls and floor are padded and everyone jumps for joy.

  • Feast your eyes with yummy-tummy Pozole Blanco and family meals at Basque Restaurants. Explore the culinary wonders of seafood spaghetti at the ‘Mix’ (Mandalay Bay), French/American creations at ‘The Top of the World’ (Stratosphere). Get a chance to put your name down there in the history books of Monte Carlo at the Monte Carlo Resort. Finish the eight pound burger challenge at ‘The Pub’ and win goodies.

Last, but not the least. Hit out Gordon Ramsay’s BurGR Restaurant at Planet Hollywood. Do not miss out on the Gambling portion, of course! There’s nothing exciting like sitting with your bunch of besties and having a gala time. 

Coming of the Ashes…

There are three things wrong with this English team- they can’t bat, they can’t bowl, they can’t field.”  Martin Johnson.

The aim of English Cricket is, in fact, mainly to beat Australia.” – Jim Laker.

The statements must have indicated you something by now. “The much hyped rivalry between Englishmen and Australians”.  And Ashes Tournament comes out to be a live witness.

The Ashes Tournament has its roots deeply embedded in the soil of Cricketing History.

It is a form of test cricket played between England and Australia. There have been several games seen on the field of cricket- some well-contested and some one-sided hopelessly played. You name it dominance or gentleman spirit, nothing stands close to the reputation of Ashes. Such tournaments remain the highlight of the year with respect to their growing popularity and class cricket.

Trapped by our life’s hectic schedules, don’t we often miss out on some of the exciting ventures that we have been planning since long! It could vary from taking out time arranging tickets for Ashes to experiencing the gentleman’s game ‘live’. But today many resources have come up which allows you to stay in touch with your planned ventures wherever you go. Off late, a few good apps got launched on Ashes Test and have said to arrive the stores of ‘much talked about’ platforms- Android and iOS.

Go Ashes’ , ‘ECBCricket’ and ‘The Ashes’ are such few apps that carry all the useful information about such an event.

ECB Cricket:

ECB Cricket is a beautifully crafted app, yet full of desired information. This app is meant for the easy accessing of news scores, matches and updates. From the tickets of ongoing Ashes to updates on forthcoming tournaments, from match highlights to choosing a cricket wallpaper, from scoreboard to the fall of wickets, you will get them ALL.

It’s USP is that it comes on four platforms- Apple, Blackberry, Nokia and Android whilst the cost comes out to be absolutely free.

Go Ashes:

Designed for both iPhone and iPad, Go Ashes acts as a perfect companion during your tour to the Tournament. It has a feature by an interesting name “Twickets”. It organizes all your Ashes twitter feeds at one place. Other’s include live scoring, series overview and history and news feeds w.r.t. both the teams.

Its makers say that “It is a must have for any visitor to Australia! “. Besides (in the app) you get food and drink suggestions to all the Ashes host cities.

The Ashes:

The Ashes is another commendable app on Google Play. It endows users with the latest information on the ongoing tournament. Here, all the content is powered by ‘The Telegraph’. This app has a simplified approach towards reporting on the Ashes and other cricket info.

All all, these apps are more fruitful & perfect to those having minimal time with no-fuss approach. Blessed with video content, live blogs, squad profile, photo galleries; they are match and news focussed. Other apps in the line are Yahoo Cricket, Crickbuzz Cricket Scores & News, ICC Cricket and Cricket Companion App.

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My Trip With Mummy

The pictures were really fascinating and I was fantasising. I was not willing to shutdown my laptop. “We’ll definitely pay a visit if you clear your SAT exams”, that is what my father told. And there i was with the flying colors. I beat the score and emerged out to be a winner of the competition i had been thriving hard since last year. With coaching and apps, i had finally made it. My reward from Dad was the trip to Egypt, grand holidays. I had made the itinerary planner with help of top travel apps. A week later I and my family directly landed in the heart of Egypt. We put up in one of the best hotels. With the help of travel apps, we first started the journey through the Farafra, white desert or Sahara el Beyda.

  • The Sahara desert is the third largest desert in the world. The desert engulfs most of North Africa. It’s white, creamy color fascinates the crew of Expedition. The climate undergoes enormous variations between wet and dry, frequently accompanied by sandstorms and dust devils. The highest peak of sand is the Emi Koussi. Talking about flora and fauna, there is scarcity of water and vegetation to sustain life in most part of the desert. The screwhorn antelope is the Sahara’s largest indigenous mammal. We clicked numerous pics with varieties of camels and have also uploaded the camel ride video on the facebook.

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  • Hold your breath, the next destination was “mummies”. I was overexcited. The worth seeing mummies are from the Eighteenth through the Twentieth Dynasties of the New Kingdom. Mummification is the process of bandaging the dead body along with the rituals and removing the internal organs except the heart.  It takes about 70 days to completely mummify a dead body. We also visited Egyptian Museum or Museum of Cairo to understand history in a better way and make the trip a complete edutainment trip.

  • After the dry, hot days, we made our way for some scuba diving and other water activities. Besides ancient allure, Egypt attracts lot many beach vacationers. It has seven beach zones namely The Gulf of Suez, The Beach at Stella Di Mari, The Mainland Coast Along the Red Sea, The Eastern Sinai along the Gulf of Aqaba and its Southern region in the Red Sea etc.  Windsurfing and skiing is very popular along the mainland Gulf of Suez Zone. We were auto guided by travel and leisure app.

Since we had planned trip for a week, we covered almost all the famous places like Mosque of Ibn Tulun, Dahab, Siwa Oasis, Abu Simbel, River Nile Cruise, Red Sea Reef, Karnak, Giza Necropolis and of course The Mummy. I did not lag behind in shopping either and got some antique golden clothing, small decor mummy, miniature pyramid. Each one of us did loads of shopping according to the taste.

The more I was into the shopping stuff, my brother only craved for food, fatso. He is not a shopaholic. We enjoyed the traditional as well as contemporary food like Baghrir, Berber, Keneffa, Briouat,Charmoula, Ghriyyaba with amazing cocktails. The mesmerising memories are well trapped in my smartphone. Finally the exotic trip was over and we landed on the New York International Airport.

A Journey from an Active Player to an Active Viewer…

If not otherwise occupied, can you deny when you are offered to play a game? Well, I can’t. Man is by nature drawn towards some or other games. The whole universe regards a mother as a child’s first teacher and do you know how this great teacher teaches a child! Of course, through games. An infant is encouraged to play games through which he can use all his senses.

Do you remember when your mom used to hide your toys under a blanket and how you used to take pleasure in finding it out? Our moms used to collide two of our toys and thus the sound produced used to amaze us and later, in order to encourage us, our moms used to give us same expressions when we repeat it. Even when a little baby makes his glass of milk fall down it becomes a matter of pleasure for him, but can we say the same for the parents? Nooooo. Many times have I heard a sentence from my elders that a child’s work is to play and the parent’s work is to clean up later.infant_play_site_083_w640

With age comes a change in our games. Few years later we start imitating the world around. I still remember how I used to force my elder brother to be a thief and then used to pretend as if making an all out effort to catch him as a cop. And then the next day, he was forced to be my student. hahaha.. I am sure, many of you have the similar instances to get nostalgic about. Such games help in developing our power of imagination, we try to understand the practicalities of life through our own ways. We try to solve our cooked up problems in our own special ways.Phenom-Childred-Play-631

In schools, we get an altogether different platform to play. Here, we learn to play in abidance by rules. We feel ourselves like professional players when we go for an inter school competition. This is the place that turns our fun into our passion. However, it is after our college years that we need to decide whether we opt as a professional sportsman or go for some other ambitious careers. And thus, get busy in our career building process.

At this juncture, our passion as a sports player takes a backseat but to compensate this separation we become an all the more passionate viewer or a fan. We make an emotional bond with a particular sport, then with a team and finally with a player. Being an enthusiastic viewer,  we hardly want to miss any sport event. In such a tech-savvy arena, we have mobiles, computers and apps like ED sports fanatics that keep us updated about sports’ on-goings and their venues. Our belief that fans do affect the outcome of the game, make us follow our Favorite team to the core of the world irrespective of our expense, work, and time.Wisconsin-Fans-Cheering

Lets take a very recent example of our craze as fans: Sachin Tendulkar, a name that needs no recognition. A name that speaks volumes about the legendary cricketer. The news that he is going to take retirement after playing his 200th Test cricket, has spread like fire in woods. The whole Indian cricket association is making an all out effort to give him a memorable farewell. So is the efforts of his widely spread fan following. His fans from all over the world are grappling with their busy schedules to make it to India between 14th-18th November to witness the historic event live. They do not want to lag behind in an effort to bid him adieu amidst so much fanfare. Such is the emotional bond all his fans share with him.

As a viewer, we serve as a support or source of enthusiasm for our team and its players. Thus, whether as a player or a viewer we always remain in touch with sport that gives us a break from our otherwise monotonous lives and relieve us from mental exhaustion. That’s how it becomes a source of energy and enthusiasm throughout our lives.

P.S.- Lets take a sneak view at benefits of playing:

  • Acts as a regular but playful exercise.

  • Strengthen our bones and muscles.

  • Saves us from being overweight.

  • sports give us a break from our otherwise monotonous lives.

  • They relax the mind and vanish our mental exhaustion.

  • They provide opportunity to prove one’s talent.

  • Teach us the importance of team spirit.  

  • Make us disciplined.

 

My longing The Eiffel Tower

Paris is a dream destination for all tourists. I think this is actually the first place which we all should visit. Paris has so many attractions so familiar that even people who have never been there felt as though they have. Among many attractions Eiffel Tower is my hotspot sight in Paris. The breathtaking beauty of Eiffel Tower speaks volumes of his glory.

The Eiffel Tower is best seen close up, where you can really appreciate its overwhelming charm. Magnificent view to all sides of Paris opens up once you are on top! This sublime and monumental architecture has towering impact on tourists mind. Even if one is on a virtual tour, this iconic tower never fails to leave its impression on one’s mind.

And for all those curious who must be interested in knowing a little bit of history of Eiffel Tower, here is a small dose of it. The Eiffel Tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the ‘1889 World’s Fair’, it has become the cultural symbol of France and one of the most recognizable historical structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world. The tower stands 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building.

Got Bored! I understand some of us hate history. I had friends in school who used to hate history books. But I love history. My history teacher in school happened to be a good-looking handsome guy. Most of the girls in my class even those who hated history were infatuated by him. In fact, he was my first crush. Hey guys, I am sorry for driving away from the topic “ Eiffel Tower”. Getting away from history to some cool facts about Eiffel Tower.

You get to see maddening crowd outside the Eiffel Tower. Dancing and singing! Euphoria in the air! Wanna go to the top of tower, take the elevator up and enjoy the enchanting view. Amazing and mesmerizing! And the most thrilling part is there is no really time limit, as in how much time you can spend on top and the elevator arrives every couple of minutes and brings another part of excited crowd! When you are on the top, your jaw will drop and you’ll say, “I’m really in Paris”. You get the great feeling of seeing whole of Paris.

And this is not all, lot of street performers keep you grooving throughout sight-seeing. Are you in a party mood? Well in that case stop off for a moment at the champagne bar on the top floor to enjoy a unique festive experience. The bar offers you a choice of a glass of either rose or white champagne, served as chilled as you like. What a romantic way to toast a sensuous experience at the top of the Tower ! The bar is open daily from midday to 10 at night (a glass of champagne will cost between €12 and €21).

After sunset, the Eiffel tower shines and bathes in golden light to welcome its night-time visitors and offers an enthralling view of the Paris lights. Explore the marvelous beauty of Eiffel Tower! And experience the lifetime glory!