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  • raajashok 7:33 pm on August 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Bangkok, Barista, Beat Boxing, Bull Dog cafe, , , , Harry Potter, , London, , Madison Square, Red Light District Amsterdam, Sawadika, Space Cake, Times Square, Tom Thun, Tony Wheeler, TrafalgarSquare   

    Fun in Red Light District Amsterdam and Bangkok Soi 9 


    river kwai bridge

    Fun it was in the Red Light District Amsterdam,  when on a balmy June evening  we decided to go around the Dam Square and the near-abouts. Why fun? Because, we spotted a man who was peeping into every door and jumping with excitement when he spotted the mandatory muse there. He had just come  out from Bull Dog…if you know what we mean! We ended up watching him, because that was more fun…ahem ahem….DSC_0056

    Fun it always is when ava and her brother Adi, take over the kitchen and plan the weekend home programme.


    When Pluto decided to express his feelings, it is no-ending fun! Here his expression says: “I just cant believe you ate that cookie without giving me even one crumb. SAD”


    Fun it was in Bangkok Soi 9 when the hubby decided to go for a smoke outside the hotel and was chased by a group of masseuses from the massage parlour bang opposite our hotel. “Sawadika sir, please try our service…”.He wasn’t prepared, it seems. Well, whatever that means….but it was fun every  time we stepped out and the girls called  him out….bkk

    Fun it was in Goa when we drove from the sleepy side to the happening side of Goa when it was raining tigers and lions! The road near a river almost looked dangerously close to flooding. Seeing the swelled-up river so close was so frigging scary! But when we sped past it and reached a safer high ground, it seemed like fun.





    Fun it was when we were jaywalking in the Madison Square and Central Park . And loads of fun when  snow storm Jonas hit NYC with a huge whoosh.


    Fun it was in London Trafalgar Square when the Harry Potter characters were seen texting and chatting when not busy with being photographed by tourists. Mythical gone modern!  But smart and quick as they are, they noticed me with my phone cam and quickly went back to their routine!

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    Fun it was when being photo bombed by none other than boy-wonder beat boxing champ Tom Thun!

    tom pb

    Tom photo bombs …and how….

    tom n me


    Fun it was to hear  Sir Jeffery Archer taking the  liberty to tell me off for interfering with my daughter’s choice of studies! More than fun it was something else …something that felt good…


    Fun it was when Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler and me indulged in a (Tarot) card styled  Q&A when he had come for a Leadership seminar to Oman.

    tony n me

    No end to fun moments! It keeps coming. Even a dull day in the office perks up with a chat with the cute Barista guy at the Costa Coffee outlet in our office!


  • raajashok 8:11 pm on July 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Broadway, Fifth Avenue, Hudson River, Jersey Boys, JFK, Macy's, New York, New York City Brookfields place, One Memorial, Wall Street   

    Planet New York 


    The first impression was not too good.
    New York City looked snooty and snobbish.

    The surly burly officers behind the immigration counters, looked unfriendly and over fed.

    The cops loitering around in the airport confirmed their Hollywood image-sakes. Burger in one hand and the other  under the belt. Or coffee cups and endless stare.

    The icy wind outside and the January sleet did nothing much to encourage our dark impression about the place

    Out hotel though was a great find, smack in the middle of 8th Avenue with a pizza place, and a Chipotle place right across the road. The lane next to the pizza place took one to the Broadway (not our cup of tea) and to Times Square (very much our cup of tea).

    We started from Dubai at 3 in the evening and by 7 in the evening New York time, we were at our hotel in the 8th Avenue. Times Zones, I say….ohhhh!

    Though the chill reached our bones, we dared for a night-walk through the Broadway lanes to the Times Square. Come night, come day, come winter, come summer the brightly lit-up signage at this Square don’t relax. We learnt that come Jonas or Blizzard or snow storm of any level too, the sign boards shine brightly as always! Some crazy level positive vibes this place exudes.

    So we stood there, mildly jet-lagged and full of awe starting at the giant bill boards and brightly lit hoardings. And it was crowded. The ubiquitous NYPD jeeps were a reassuring sight for once. We even took a selfie with an NYPD cop. But our hands were shaking so much, the result was an image that looked like a selfie of a light orb with another light orb with NYPD emblazoned on it.

    We had turmeric latte at the Starbucks which unsurprisingly was crowded at that hour closer to midnight. But of course, who am I kidding…Hallo, New York…where the city hardly sleeps…at least the eateries and cafes don’t….


    Within a few hours of landing in this city, we knew our way in and out to many places near our hotel. That is the beauty of this place – the easy yet invisible grid layout  that make navigation so much easier. The main avenues and streets like 5th 6th and the 8th which, due to their proximity shopping places, theaters and Central Park are crowded most of the time. But if you hop into a bus and head to the Financial District and walk towards Washington village or the China town and Pier 16, there is a kind of a quiet with a simple charm that you would most certainly like.

    The quay or rather the landing behind Brookfield place near One Memorial is a beautiful waterfront where you could spend some time just relaxing at  one of the wooden seats, conveniently provided. You can see the distant Statue of Liberty and the many boats powering their way to the Ellis Island across the Hudson river.

    Within a day, we fell head over heels in love with this city! So much so, when Jonas spread a wave of knee-deep snow across the state, and our flights were cancelled, I couldn’t contain my glee!


    • Varadarajan Seshamani 1:34 am on July 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Never experienced New York except in transit
      Perhaps I should go there sometime on holiday

      • raajashok 4:35 am on August 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        tell me when…we can plan together:)

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