Amchi Mumbai: The Gateway of India

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Hello Readers! Today’s blog is about my little trip to Mumbai. The tile to my post says Amchi Mumbai, which means MY Mumbai in Marathi. Even though I was raised in Jakarta, I used to visit Mumbai every summer as a kid. If I was asked to compare Mumbai to any other city, I would I say that it is just like New York. You feel the electrifying vibe, the rush of people moving from one place to another, and you see the crowd which doesn’t seem to stop growing. Mumbaikars ( which is what we call ourselves) call it the city that never sleeps. I am serious, you would find street food joints open at 4 AM!

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New York City

I went to New York City 8 years ago. It was at that time when I fell in love with the city. Everyone is familiar with the hustle and bustle of the city, everyone has heard the names: the Big Apple and the City that Never Sleeps, and everyone has seen King Kong climb the Empire State building. After 8 years, I decided it was time for me to go see that city again and that is exactly what I did.

I spent a week in New York, but instead of sightseeing a lot, I went to places that I had never been to and ate at the most amazing places. I went to New York to visit my childhood friend and she was my tour guide!

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A Recap to Fourth of July

The weekend just passed and here I am wishing a very happy belated independence day to all of you! Living here for the past 4 years has taught me a lot about the American culture. This day many spend time with their families having a barbecue and watching the fireworks.

I spent my holiday back in West Lafayette, Indiana with some of my best friends. We spent our day at our apartment terrace playing card games, listening to music and watching our neighbors light up the fireworks. We used my DSLR to click lots of pictures before we headed to watch the fireworks on the West Lafayette public bridge. The view was just spectacular. I loved looking over the bridge to see the fireworks lit up the sky.

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Singapore, a memoir

Singapore is a city close to home. Living in Jakarta, I would make frequent trips to Singapore. We would go there to enjoy the food, shop and definitely get all the Indian snacks possible from Little India. Everything kept aside, I didn’t really like Singapore till I spent one summer exploring the country. So I dedicate this blog to the first time I fell in love with this city.

I have a friend who study’s in SIM and one summer I decided to take that trip. I asked her to take some time out for me and be my tourist guide.

The first place wee went to is Gardens By the Bay. Opened to the public in 2011, Gardens by The Bay is the country’s iconic garden city. The large land holds multiple conservatories and places to see ranging from the flower dome, supertree grove, cloud forest, and the dragonfly lake. A fun fact, this place contains more than 500,000 species of plants. Isn’t that just amazing to find the most beautiful part of nature under one big roof.

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Travel With Me

Blogging for the first time is nerve wrecking, especially when you have no idea what to start with. With the start of my winter break and after traveling for 24 hours from Chicago to Jakarta, I thought about writing about traveling essentials. I know it is a cliche topic and most of you must have read numerous articles and blogs on this, but I believe that everyone is different in what their traveling needs are. Some are fine with just their passports and phones, while some like to carry a load of things in their carry on.

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