Place of Pine Trees

I love pine trees. I am drawn to parts of the world with landscape made of pine trees, lakes and mountains. New Zealand has its share of picturesque  pine trees which adds to the already beautiful landscape. Hence, I was quite disappointed to hear during my last trip that the pine trees were a nuisance…

The Great Lakes, NSW

Earlier this year, we headed north for the long weekend getaway. We thought to do something different. Instead of heading south as we usually do, we decided to explore new areas in the opposite direction. It was going to be a 3 night camping trip. I found a quite little camp ground which had a…

Enjoying the Destination

I love hiking mountains. The fresh air, being amongst nature, the effort and sweat involved in hiking upwards all uplifts my mind, body and soul. Not to forget the feeling you get when you experience the incredible views at the top. Though, for me, most of my time is spent hiking up and down and…

The Gift of Giving

Today I found myself listening to a random motivational video on how to be happy everyday. I was curious to find out what the how was. Little did I expect, it was all about giving. As simple as that. The idea made total sense to me. According to research, the act of giving has a positive impact…

In the Flow

Going through the photos from my recent overseas trip, I came across a bunch of my attempted astrophotography photos.  They were taken in the middle of the night in the freezing cold. That night was one of the coldest nights in New Zealand this year. It was also first attempt at astrophotography. Now I am not…

Voluntary Simplicity

I came across the term Voluntary Simplicity the other day. Instantly, without knowing what it really means (I’ve never heard of it before), it grabbed by attention. I found it deeply resonated with me. After all, I have been voluntarily working on simplifying my life in every way. When I looked up what it meant,…

Beautiful as a Painting

I’m back from my trip to New Zealand (one of my favourite countries in the world) with 3000 photos. Yes I went all out :). As I go through the many photos and think about the many blogs I can write on this trip and previous ones to the magical country, I thought I’d write…

Autumn Colours

Before I start writing many many blogs on one of my favorite countries, New Zealand (I’ve just returned from there with interesting adventures and photos), I want to write bit about Autumn colours as Autumn has just passed by. I am a sucker for Autumn colours. The bright reds, orange, yellow, maroons, I just can’t…

Embracing Getting Older

For the longest time, I remember being negative about aging. I recall how my friends and I used to complain about getting older each birthday. The negativity around aging was fueled by the fact that I wasn’t married especially after turning 35. There were fears about not being able to have kids with passing age. Too…

Discovering the Unexpected (Nepal)

Special Note: This is the travel story that started my blog writing journey. I wrote this piece for a world travel writing competition. The prize was a trip to my bucket list country – Patagonia and a writing scholarship. I was super excited entering the competition. I didn’t end up winning the competition which was very…