Thursday, January 19, 2017

Post 12 - Puerto Rico - Day 5 - Blogathon 2017

Woke up leisurely and then went for brunch to a Mexican Restaurant, it was great Mexican food , fajitas, sizzlers, enchiladas yummm.
Then with no really fixed agenda we went to a nearby gaming area, they had pont rides, ATV rides and Go-Karting. Since the little one was not allowed on ATV me an Ritvik decided to go on the ATV whereas father-daughter stayed back. It was an awesome 1 hr ride, middle the guide took us to a secluded place where all of us dived in a beautiful naturally formed pool. We got back and did some Go-Karting and then off to the resort, after a nap all of us went to the resort beach, the little one not being used to sand did not want to get down from my lap, the son had lots of fun.
We then returned to the swimming pool and the kids had a great time.
We also walked around the resort a lot as that was the last day for us there and we were checking out to another place in the morning.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Post 10 - Food Receipe Blogathon 2017

Yesterday I felt like eating Malai Kofta and I knew I had paneer and potato at home, so I went to whole 9 yards and made Malai Kofta with garlic naan.
Here is how I did it:-
For the Koftas
Boiled 1 potato
Some paneer crumbled
Mix together with red chilly powder, garam masla, pinch of salt and some turmeric, I added some besan and then made small balls of it. I took the paniyaram vessel and shallow fried them.

For the gravy I took oil in a vessel, added cashews, onion, sautéed till brown and added tomatoes, mixed well for about 10 mins. Once cooled then grinded it, took the mixture in a vessel, added salt, red chilly powder, coriander powder and the koftas.

For the naan, I tool 50% maida and wheat flour, made a douch with hot water, milk and oil, added some chopped garlic to this.
Heated a tava on high flame and made the naan.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Post 9 - Puerto Rico - Day 4 Blogathon 2017

***Recap of Puerto Rico Trip***
For Day 3 go here
For Day 2 go here
For Day 1 go here

We did not have any itenary for this day, so we browsed on the attractions and decided to do the Camuy Caves.
The Camuy River Cave Park  is a cave system in Puerto Rico. It is located  in northwestern Puerto Rico The caverns are part of a large network of natural limestone caves and underground waterways carved out by the third-largest underground river in the world, the Río Camuy.
We got our tickets and waited for the trolley ride that would take us down to the caves, we passed a lot of rich foliage.
Once inside the caves we did see a lot of stalactites hanging down , there were steps to walk through the caves and the guide gave us some insights on the formation of the caves. Then we walked about and went to the mouth of the cave, took a lot of pictures and returned back. Normally I do not enjoy being in caves a lot but this one was good, a must try for all those who visit Puerto Rico.
We had booked our next two nights at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, Fajardo. It was a long drive to the resort, even longer was getting parking and then getting checked in, well, it was a typical resort with huge shops, eating areas, casino. We quickly went and checked in our room but unfortunately there was no microwave in the room, if we wanted anything heated up like milk etc we had to go to a nearby pastry shop and ask them to heat stuff(it really sucked). A friend of mine had told that there was a eating strip and the tacos were very famous, so we decided to do dinner there, I did not find any taco place so we just went with the delicacies there like crab something/lobster/fish --I don't remember the names exactly now.
It was great to be seated out on the patio and have our dinner, we then returned back to the resort and off to bed.


Sunday, January 08, 2017

Post 8- The 1st Sunday Blogathon 2017

Yesterday night I started watching the movie 2 States, watched it halfway till 12 and then went to bed. Today we all woke up aaram se what with it being a Sunday and all. Called home a it is their Visa Renewal Interview tomorrow morning **keeping fingers crossed**, quickly made tea and bread toast took bath and then myself and the kids went for a bday party in the party hall.
It was a Frozen theme birthday and so we went in our blues dress colors. There were activity for the kids, coloring, puzzles, some were just running around, then we had the cake cutting after which music was on for the kids to dance and a tissue wrapping game, the older one was with his friends, the younger one preferred to remain near me.

Soon it was pizza time after which there were cup ice-creams, strawberry and chocolate flavored and then the little return gifts were given. All in all a fun party!

We returned home and napped for some time.

C u all on Monday!

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Post 7- Books That I Read Blogathon 2017

I have been on the lookout for good bools to read for quite some time, now that the kids no longer need my undivided attention and they have taken an interest in T.V I have some time for myself. I was super interested in Harry Potter books and so I googled on what to read after Harry Potter and came across this link  which you all should check out.
The first book I read was

Inkheart, Cornelia Funke

What it’s about: This story within a story follows a 12-year-old girl named Meggie, who learns that her father can bring fictional characters to life. One night while reading a book called Inkheart, an evil ruler escapes and abducts them both. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that caused this nightmare so she can change the course of the story

My verdict: I never knew what was going to happen, the beginning was interesting but then I soon lost interest in the story and the characters. Lastly I just skimmped the novel to see how it ends

Next on my list was 

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson), Rick Riordan

What it’s about: Percy Jackson, a young boy who faced several strange, supernatural encounters, discovers that he is actually the son of Poseidon. Percy and his friends go on a quest to prevent a war between the Greek Gods.

My verdict : I liked the whole series, infact I read all the 6 books at a stretch, I do like Greek mythology so that added to my interest. However by the last book  the battles were getting redundant.Overall a good series.

Next was

The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern

What it’s about: This story is about a circus, one with black and white tents that arrives with no warning or announcement. Behind the scenes, two young magicians prepare for a duel that they have been trained for since childhood. Despite themselves, the duo fall in love, but what they don’t know is that this game can only leave one standing.

My verdict:-- I loved this book, the writing, the descriptions, the suspense, just beautiful. I wanted to take a pen myself and start writing a novel on the same lines.I do not mind reading it again.

Next was 

The Magicians, Lev Grossman

What it’s about: The Magicians, the first book of a trilogy, is about Quentin Coldwater, a kid who attends an exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. He and his friends travel in pursuit of finding a magical land, but what they actually find is more than they bargained for.

My verdict: The beginning held my interest and I kept reading it along, but somewhere at the three fourths I felt it stretched out a lot. In fact if the author would have stopped it there and then di the remaining in a sequel I would have definitely read the sequel. Right now I am not too interested int he sequel portion. FYI: I saw the trailer for this on Netflix, not sure if I will watch it.

Next and current

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Michael Scott

What it’s about: This story is about Nicholas Flamel, the greatest Alchemyst of his day. Nearly 700 years after his birth, he still lives, the secret of eternal life hidden in a book that Dr. John Dee is trying to steal. If it ends up in his hands, it could destroy the world, and based on a prophecy, twins Sophie and Josh Newman are the only people who can help save humanity.

My verdict So far: Not interesting enough, I started a few weeks ago and it has been days since I have returned to reading the rest of the pages, not sure if I will get back to it or just go and get another one form the list.

Please do let me know if anyone has any other good books that I can read to.

Post 6- The Post That I missed Blogathon 2017

Somehow I missed publishing the 6th post. It was  a Friday evening and I always thought I had plenty of time to post. I had meetings till 4pm after which I cleaned the kitchen and went to bath, Dundu baby came back from day-care so I gave her milk and put tea, after which I had this splitting headache because of the cold and congestion, just sat idly watching the kids play their own game, gave bath to Dundu and by 6:45 I took her to the play area. She made we walk with her up and down the staircase a couple of times giving me some exercise and then after some time lot of kids came to the play area so she went about playing with them, I walked a little with my friends, chatted with some, at 8 the poker group came so I played a little , then at 9 came home and quickly made some paneer paratha for dinner.
After having dinner it was past 10 and the hubby put the movie Dear Zindagi, sat watching it till after 12 and hit the bed at 12:30. It was then that I realized that I had not posted for the day. I immediately wanted to get up and write but I had already past the deadline for the day so let it go and promised to write 2 posts today.
So here is the 1st one, missing a post gave me the fodder for it