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teramachi street

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teramachi6teramachi8teramachi means temple area
but we went there to shop
and while i got a few souvenirs
including a sword-like-umbrella

i got caught up with
the pretty cafes and
second hand books, CDs
that were there for sale

after sunset, the streets lit up
and the temple lanterns
indicated there was indeed
a temple in teramachi street

Traveling Tastebuds

Last night I made Maggi for dinner.
I thought I’d cook something interesting
but realised I don’t really know how
to whip up something nice and tasty;
or is it that I really don’t make that effort?
or that I just don’t enjoy cooking?

But when I travel,
I automatically become the foodie
I enjoy all kinds of food.
From the airplane food,
to the take-out-tiffin from
the local family mart
and all that you get in-between.


Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary

Processed with VSCO with nc presetLast weekend we made it to Barsey Rhododendron Park
(a tiny break from g-town).
While we thought we’d be the only ones visiting the place,
the number of tourists and taxis lined up at Hilley
would make you want to return.

But Hilley was only the starting point of our hike.
And we could already see rhododendrons in bloom.
So, without wasting much time,
we entered the forest and found ourselves walking
the brown carpet and enjoying the occasional sighting of bright flowers.IMG_5375IMG_5420

Since it was all ready evening.
We pitched our tents for the night
but campfire was not allowed
still we managed to make instant noodles
for our humble dinner that night.
Halfway through our sleep in the woods,
we were woken by thunder and rain
which continued through the morning
that also brought surprise hailstorms for us.

While we were to hike back the longer route
we were not equipped for a long rainy walk
so we walked back the same way
through an all together different woods.

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on june 24th, we celebrated the sao joao festival in goa.
the festival when you drink feny and jump in wells.
while locals were vague about its origin
everyone knew it was about john the Baptist.
so you put jumping in well with the baptism ritual together
and you think you know about the festival.
but it is not just that…

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there were so many details to take into account.
the flower crowns and only the men jumping in the well
while the girls were poured buckets of water instead.
at one time we walked inside what felt like the rainforest
where some ritual was taking place,
i wished this was my field of research…

but one can only have so many interests
so until i get to read more on this festival
i am glad to have been a part of it this year.

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iBuy Books

walked into a book sale on my birthday this year
while i had just bought three second hand books only three days ago
i got three more at this place in candolim
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(last pic by rongcup)

i keep buying books
because i like to read
from fiction to autobiography
poetry and folklores
i enjoy reading ’em all

i also buy books
because i like to collect them
because i thought i would build a library someday
(and my personal collection could be a contribution)

i read books
i buy books
i collect books
because one day when i die
the only thing i can leave perhaps
is a rich assortment of books
whether i get to build a library or not.