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Spain and an Update!

Sorry for being MIA for so long but a lot of things have been happening and our priorities changed. But we have a lot to share and a lot of blogs to go through. It’s always good coming back and seeing what everyone else is up to.
We went to a 16 day trip to Spain, 6 days out of which we spent on Tenerife Island with Mohit’s sisters family. The process of sorting through pictures and experiences is such a huge undertaking that I keep procrastinating. But no more.

For those who are not aware, Tenerife is the largest of the 7 main canary islands and also has the highest elevation point in Spain. It has the third largest volcano in the world. Oh and some part of the movie fast and furious 6 was also shot here.

Spain Tenerife

We would probably never have visited this beautiful island if my sister in law did not stay there. It’s an approximately 4 hr flight from Barcelona. After a 13 direct flight from Singapore to Barcelona we had a 6 hour layover before catching the Air Europa flight to Tenerife. Needless to say it was a long journey. But we were very excited to meet the family after a long time. My MIL, who stays in Mumbai, had already arrived a few days back.

Our main purpose of visiting Spain was meeting the family and celebrating Diwali together. But since we were going so far we planned a 6 day trip to Tenerife and 10 days in mainland Spain after. Needless to say we had a lot of fun. I’ll do a separate post on Tenerife later on. We also visited Madrid, Seville, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz, Granada and Barcelona in that order. We decide to stick to Spain and not visit the neighboring countries because Spain in itself is so huge that it will take us months to visit the whole country.

Also, I’ll be going to India in December mainly because my sister and my niece are visiting from the US and I want to spend time with them and my family. Since I’ve been freelancing for the time being, I can afford to take the few days off. So not looking forward to the travelling part though. Airports bore me to death, especially if I have to travel alone.

Anyway, that’s all for now. Will be back with another post soon.

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Sorry for the not so crisp image, it’s taken with my phone from behind the glass windows of one of the meeting rooms. Ports are a huge part of Singapore economy as Singapore imports/ exports tons of stuff from all over the world. Having worked with Port Singapore Authority for a few months I still cannot imagine how this Port manages to keep itself going day and night without any major goof ups.

Ports of Singapore

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Sunda Kelapa Jakarta

Sunda Kelapa: Jakarta: A rustic port

Sunda Kelapa Jakarta

We were at Old Town when I recalled reading about a place called ‘Sunda Kelapa’ close by where one could watch the traditional boats loading and unloading cargo. After asking for directions, we set out for the harbor. The path didn’t feel very safe to me as there were truck driver stops along the way and it was almost time for sunset. But having my 6.2′ tall husband with me made me feel safe haha. After a 15 min walk and 5,000 Indonesian rupiah at the entrance, we were in.

Sunda Kelapa Jakarta
Sunda Kelapa is not a very touristy place. It’s a small harbor with a lot of boats loading/ unloading their daily cargo. It was interesting because we had never seen such a place before (I’ve been to JNPT in Mumbai but it’s a very huge port and not to be compared to this one). Here the boats were small and so close that we could see inside them.
It got some beautiful pictures if I may say so myself.

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A 2 day trip to Desaru – Malaysia

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This was supposed to be one of those breeze in- breeze out trips where we wont remember much of it years later – but we were mistaken, pleasantly so. We decided to take a weekend trip to Desaru, Malaysia. Its around 2 hour drive from Singapore. It’s for people like us who forget to book months in advance for a long weekend.

So we rented a car from Johor Bahru, since Singapore car plates are easy targets for robbery and such. The trip to Desaru was uneventful, the husband enjoyed driving and I enjoyed the scenery whilst controlling his speed limit.
The resort was beautiful and the rooms were some of the best we had seen. But we are not the ones to sit at one place and relax even if it’s next to a beach. We tried out the Korean food close to the resort which was run by a Korean family. It wasn’t the usual Korean fare available in Singapore and it tested our taste buds quite a bit.
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The next day we toured the surroundings in our rented car and generally had fun. We saw the fireflies tour which was a tad disappointing in terms of the no. of fireflies but as a whole it was a wonderful experience. The cool night, the village on the river and the boat sailing through the river on an almost quite night was memorable.

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