Hong Kong – day 1


Finallyy, we were at Hong Kong. (How did we plan the trip? Read it here) It was almost 12 by the time we reached the airport. In 15 minutes, we had a guide waiting for us in the arrival hall. It took us like half an hour to reach the hotel. We got adjacent rooms for us (one room for parents and one for my sister and me). So problem number 1. We are pure vegetarian. And no one in the hotel understood what that meant. Like, Really? My mom was extremely skeptical about eating anything there. Thankfully we had packed a few packs of cup noodles and ready to eat stuff. So though we were extremely hungry, that’s all we had to eat. Anyways if you are vegan, at least carry some packed products like that. Also, get some seasonal fruits in the market.

We took a nap for 20 minutes, and by 4, we had to start for the evening city tour. Problem number 2 : The predicted weather was warm (32 degrees max), but it started raining, by the time we started for the tour. We did not have an umbrella. Thankfully, the rain stopped after a while. We reached Victoria Harbor, and had a cruise ride for 45 minutes. This was HEAVEN. Do not miss this one. The view from the cruise screams Vacation. The traces of rain added to the beauty of the scene. Sit back, sip a drink, and you are sure to be mesmerized. Check my insta page for pictures.

Next we went on the Tram to the PEAK, and visited Madame Tussades, which is a wax museum with famous personalities from all over the world. We had missed this in Singapore, and didn’t want to miss it here. This was too good as well. Finally, we visited the Sky terrace which gave a view into the whole on HK. This one was okay, in the sense, it was crowded with too many people, and they could have organised this better by regulated the crowd and forming a queue. We were extremely tired and hungry at this point, but again, the veg options were less there. So we took a taxi from there and went to Saravana Bhavan (an Indian pure veg restaurant). The Taxi was pretty expensive, but considering that was our first proper meal for the day, we were happy that we went there. Finally, we just prep’d the clothes and accessories for the next day and had a good sleep.

So where did we go the next day? Keep guessing, till the next one! 😀

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Planning a holiday!


I had always been the kid who was extremely lazy to do anything. But when it came to travelling, I would be the first one to get ready and pack my essentials. Travelling excites me. Come March, my family and I start jolting down different places and check the feasibility of visiting it, keeping in mind factors like weather, places, cost and so on. And then, we would have a week or two of short listing that to one. This was always the most difficult part. We would google away experiences, ask people we know, check the places of interest and we finally come up with the name of one place. This year, it came down to Hong Kong.

The next task in hand is to google the different travel agencies and find the package that is most suitable. Now a days most of them offer customized packages, but some how I find their standard ones the best, because they know where best to take their customers.

So we choose the 5 nights, 6 days package with 3 days in Hong Kong and 2 days in Macau – which is an island nearby, and is known as the Vegas of Asia (famous for it’s casino’s.) Since gambling is prohibited at HK, Macau attracts a lot of people from inside and outside the country. We had options of the air+land or just the land package (you’ll have to book your air tickets yourself), but we choose the air+land, as the prices didn’t seem to vary much, from what it would’ve been, had we booked. The package took care of everything – our flight tickets, hotels, entry tickets to places of visit and pickup-drop. It was extremely comforting.

So having all this ready by April, we planned the trip from the 13th of May. Again, being a travel-crazy person, I jolted down separate lists with the things to carry, things to buy (there), apps to download (for easy navigation there) and did some of my own research about the places.

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At the airport! 😀

So there we were all set to fly. How was it there? Was it as seamless as it seemed in the package? Or did we have glitches. Well, wait for the next part of this series (Well, told ya, I am lazy!) Mean while, check some of my clicks in my insta page.

Oh, and do you guys have any suggestions for the next trip? Maybe 2017 could have one more international fly! 😀

Till the next one,
~The Crank ^_^

When snacking turned healthy!


Don’t we all love to munch quick bites? Wouldn’t a weekend with the TV series/anime that you are watching be perfect with a lot of crisps and chocolates? We probably would have no clue what we are eating! 😛 As part of my ‘turn healthy’ year resolution, I have found another brand, that encourages me to have their perfect range of quick bites – for they are filled with proteins and taste incredibly good.

RiteBite Max is a brand with a range of products that give you instant proteins. If you are a work out person, this would be bliss for you. For a person like me, having this in my handbag, and munching it whenever I am hungry, especially when I can’t get food, has become a thing. Their packaging is travel friendly too.

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My travel buddy!

You can find their complete list of products here. Quick review of the products that I’ve tried :

  • Honey Lemon protein bar : Doesn’t the name scream it all? What is not to like in a honey lemon combination? I love the way the ingredients were blended and it tasted like heaven.
  • Workout bar : Filled with nuts, proteins, fibre and chocolate, this is my partner during travel.
  • Sugarless Choco Lite : I was really skeptical about trying this, but turns out, the dark cocoa in this kept me hooked.
  • Choco Fudge : Need I say more? The best of all the flavors they have! 😀
  • Merry Berry Nutrition Bar : With the goodness of berries, this one is a low fat bar, which is again at a travel friendly packaging.
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Which flavor do you choose?!

  • Spanish Tomato Snack : Tangy in taste , this one is non fried and non bakes (hot air puffed), yet tastes as good as any tomato flavored crisps. And it is filled with proteins. Win-win is it?
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My favorite quick bite.

  • Cheese and Jalapeno Snack : Well, I was not too fond of this flavor, as somehow I felt it too cheesy. But if you are cheese lover, then this one is for you.
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Snack time.

Overall, it is a brand worth trying, especially if you are calorie conscious, as this would reduce the fat content in your favorite snack and turn it all protein. Or if you are a vegan like me, then you could just use up some extra proteins! 😛

Till the next one
~The Crank ^_^

Depressed? Try Retail Therapy.


Hey,

Weekdays are hectic and tiring. Come weekends, all I want to do is relax, with a book, some music and pamper myself. In addition it is my birthday week, and so I have a bunch of haul. View it on instagram here 🙂

Skin18 is a one stop destination for all K-beauty products, which would be a perfect way to start your weekend. I had already done a post about my previous experience with skin18, check it here if you haven’t read it earlier. I have tried two of their mask sheets (Fresh Fruit Blueberry and Fresh Fruit Honey) which I will be reviewing today.

Both these masks have similar directions to use. I first washed my face, and used my regular toner. Then applied the mask for around 30 minutes. I ended it with massaging my face for a minute. The hydration was real, it felt so good to the skin. Also, the aroma of the mask was a definite plus. Finally, I locked the moisture that the mask gave me by using a night cream.

Pros :

  • Quick restoration of hydration
  • Easy to use
  • Pocket friendly

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Rating : 4.5/5

Till the next post,
~The Crank

New year resolutions – DOA?


A month back, we celebrated the new year with a lot of pomp. Though, we all say, that resolutions do not really happen, don’t we secretly wish for something? Mine revolved around turning to healthy eating habits and organic food, instead of junk. But healthy food cannot mean bland food. (Fine with me? No ways.) So, featuring a set of brands that have launched healthy tasty snacks, as alternatives for the junk. They strike the chord between nutrition and taste. This is the first of a set of posts.

Ambroto

They are a brand aimed at combining the concepts of a balanced diet and great taste. Theey have a variety of snacks – including chips, nuts, cookies, dry fruits and so on. They have recently launched a “Detox Oats” which is nothing but oats+ dry fruits+ berries. They taste amazing, and will definitely suffice as a meal/snack. All you have to do, is add milk or water ( my case milk and sugar 😛 ) and enjoy your meal. This has a tri-motto of burning fat, purification and regaining strength. The snack tasted yum, and is nothing like bland oats. It also looks so good, that it attracted both my grandmother as well as my nephew! My nephew eating this since it looked “colourful” made the job so easy for my sister 😉 You can check out this product and buy it here.

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The packaging

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My kind of snack!

Stay tuned for the other posts of this series.

Till the next one
~The Crank

Wake up trouble?


Hey,

The festive season is in the air, with the new year around the corner. It’s becoming chill day by day, so much that I’ve started ignoring my alarm clock every morning. After a million snoozes, what really inspires me to get up is the thought about my morning ‘filter’ coffee. A sleep walk to the kitchen (sane enough to make a good coffee 😛 ) and the aroma of the coffee, half wakes me up, and the first sip makes me thank my existence. Such is the importance of coffee in my life.

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I totally heart coffee ❤

Recently I shifted to a new city (away from family) and so I could not get access to the usually coffee powder that my family used. That was exactly when I found the brand called BeanStalknLeaves which was created by people who shared  a similar love story with coffee. I’ve tried three of their variants and this is my honest feedback about it.

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Enjoying a cup of coffee! 🙂

  • Velvet Dew is a not so strong variant of coffee, which is perfect a quick sip when you need a drink after dinner, before leaving for a quick task, the perfect coffee to offer guests, when you aren’t very sure of how strong they like their coffee. It definitely can’t go wrong there.
    My rating : 4/5
    Price : Rs 355 for 250g
  • Shot Gun is a very strong coffee variant (I ❤ this one) which helps my brain wake up in the morning and do my work right. This often goes on my afternoon to-do lists, so that the rest of the tasks on that list get done too! 😛 (win-win situation)
    My rating : 4.5/5
    Price : Rs 335 for 250g
  • Smooth Operator is the mildest variant of the three. Perfect for lazy days, where you don’t have too much to do, and want to chill.
    My rating : 3.5/5
    Price : Rs 295 for 250g

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    Beautifully packed, travel friendly.

I’m waiting for more variants from this brand. Visit their official site for more on each of the variants or head to amazon to shop them. You could also gift these to a coffee lover, this festive season and pass on a few smiles. Happy spreading joy 😀 Let me know how you guys start your day. Mine is incomplete without coffee! 🙂

Till the next shot of coffee
~ The Crank!