Singapore Diaries: SATS Tour

When I was 9 years old, I decided to be a cabin crew. I had seen one of my neighbours leave for her flight once. She was dressed in a beautiful uniform, with perfect hair and makeup. Her little suitcase indicated she would be away for a couple of days. I wanted to do that….

Photolog: Yakshagana Performers

I tried to capture the way in which Yakshangana performers prepare for their role. They sit under a single light bulb or a candle light and paint their faces to transform themselves. Forget professional makeup tools; kalpavriksha is the core here. Organic colours are mixed with coconut oil to make the base, lip-liner, lipstick, and…

Learning To Cook In Singapore

When I was about eight years old, my mom brought home a can of Nestle Milkmaid. The sweet condensed milk  with its beautiful texture and sugary sweetness, was a novelty food product I had ever seen. The best thing about it was the paper wrapping around the tin which had dessert recipes. Every time we…

Photolog: Universal Studios Singapore

Being an avid fan of movies, Universal Studios was high on my list of things I wanted to do in Singapore. The thrill of rides, being a child all over again interacting with some of my favourite movie characters, experiencing a theme park for the first time outside of India was all very exciting. My…

Restaurants in Singapore: Lolla and PS. Cafe

Singapore is well-known for its food and especially its street food, like I mentioned in my previous blog post. I went to many hawker centres and randomly stopped at food courts to see what was being served. Everywhere I went I found something new. On some nights I skipped these hawker centres and dined at…

Hawker Centres in Singapore

To understand a country’s people, you need to eat what they eat. Food is the universal language we speak and luckily for me, I have no barriers. The last time I visited South East Asia, I was living a lie as a vegetarian. Two years of going green put me off everything meat. Surprisingly, I…

Old World Charm: Tea Chapter & Ya Kun Kaya

Singapore is a modern, city-state that lies at the tip of the Malay Peninsula. For centuries, it was a meeting point for traders from all corners of the world. Singapore saw Indian vessels, Arab dhows, Chinese junks, Portuguese battleships, and Buginese schooners. This was the old Singapore. Modern Singapore came about when Sir Thomas Stamford…

New Travel Plans: Singapore

I’m packing my bags once again and this time it’s not a backpack. My neat little stroller is ready to travel six hours by flight to the Far East and land in Singapore. I cannot express how excited I am to embark on this solo adventure. A dear friend visited Singapore last year and came…

Vodka Flambéed Prawn Penne

I love seafood. My meals at home always have at least one fish course. Mom and I got to the fish market once or twice a week to stock up on prawns, mandeli, bangda, and halwa. My mother usually sticks to Mangalorean curries while I whip up continental meals. When I’m hungry, I lack the…

Making Macarons at La Folie

Sweet-toothed folks are going to love this one. March 20 is celebrated as World Macaron Day and La Folie is hopping on board the merry making with a special day for all macaron fans. La Folie opened their second store at Palladium Mall just in time for this mega event. Tomorrow, they’ll be selling only…

Sunday Brunch at Brewbot, Andheri

I’m quite lazy when it comes to breakfast buffets. I like to think myself as more of a brunch girl. I want my eggs and my booze together and I have qualms about it. One Sunday, we decide to check out the Sunday Brunch at Brewbot in Andheri. A friend’s brother is one of the…

Quick Trip To Goa

A few months ago my colleague and I went to Goa for work. We spent a week there to explore some new restaurants and had a great time. Yes, we did get a lot of work done but whenever we could catch a break, we checked out some places suggested by locals and had a…