Go Rishi, it’s your birthday…

…Loose your luggage, its your birthday!

Okay okay, so we’re in Singapore, Anj had lovingly spoilt me and organized this part of the trip all for me! 🙂

But after our flight over night, with 8 hour stop over, and after the usual couple of donuts, we waltzed down to the luggage area to find our bags missing!


Would we get them back? Would we have to wear the same clothes for the next 2 months? Would we have to go shopping and buy a whole new wardrobe? What would we wear after a shower!?

After all these questions ran through my mind…we complained and received 80 quid to survive on for the day!

So off we went to Little India where we took a nice walk around and visited an amazing temple. It had incredible statues and carvings throughout, and we even found a poster advertising a talk taking place by Swamiji (Chinmaya Mission)! Small world!

We then trekked back to our hostel, hoping to discover our bags were back! And guess what they were! Shweeeeet!

So in other words we got paid 80 quid for our luggage to be delivered to our hostel! This was especially sweet since our hostel was on a steep hill, so we avoided the climb with our heavy backpacks!

Anywho, after getting ready and a wonderful meal at an italian restaurant, Anjali took me to this amazing bar right on the top of one of the tallest buildings in Singapore!

 The views were spectacular, especially at night and we were there till 1 to celebrate my birthday (whoop whoop, I’m now 29). Really special place! Being the partay animals we are though (not), we headed off to the Clarke Quay clubs! Was buzzing with people and all in high spirits! Was a special night!

The next day (my birthday), we received a sudden phonecall from Kish! I couldn’t believe it! Kishan and Meera are ENGAGED! Soooo exciting! And an amazing proposal, which I’ll leave for them to tell the story! CONGRATS guys! (Even though Meera, you know Kish will still always be mine…especially when Brian Mcknights on!)

We then visited Orchard Road to roam the malls. This street is jampacked with shopping center after shopping center! Was a load of window shopping for me and Anj though (especially after the amount we spent in Japan) but it was amazing to see how multicultural Singapore is and how safe it feels to walk around!

Finally we taxied (with a guy who quite obviously was a tour guide in his previous life) all the way to Singapore Zoo! This is a MUST see in Singapore! The animals are not behind cages but actually out in front of you! It was like visiting a wildlife safari, but where you kinda knew you were safe! Amazing experience, filled with monkies, snakes, lions, giraffes, kangaroos, birds, elephants and much much more!



That finished just in time for us to speed back to little india for dosas, start following the world cup cricket final on our mobile phone and get ready to take our flight to Australia!

The worst thing was we actually got on the plane to travel to Australia just after India started their innings and lost there first 2 wickets! 31-2…crazy!

All I could do was sit there wondering! Did India do it? Are they gonna end their 28 year wait? Will Sachin get his hands on the trophy before he retires?

We landed to find they won! And on top of that Man Utd won, Arsenal drew! I literally wanted to jump up and down on the plane, as I waited to get off! I seriously had to restrain myself!

Overall my 29th Birthday was unforgettable! In one day my best mate got engaged, India won the world cup, Man utd extended their lead at the top, and Anjali spoilt me rotten! Thanks Anj for a wonderful day! (P.S. thanks to all those who sent me their birthday wishes too, I’m lucky to have you all!)

Take a deep breath…. and relax.

Having planned a pretty big wedding while working hard in the city…followed by 3 weeks of our activity packed honeymoon, it was time to end the trip with a deep sigh and total veg out on a beach.

Around July/August, beach locations without hurricanes or monsoon are few and far between, which is why Rishi selected Aruba. Its a small island in the Caribbean, with sunshine all year round. Owned by Holland, it is much more Americanified than other Caribbean islands. It even had a taco bell! Yum!

We stayed in a gorgeous room with views over the ocean.

What I loved about Aruba was the stunning white sandy beaches and clear turquoise ocean that is the benefit of a Caribbean island but it also had a life, soul and good food!

Everyone there seemed so happy and loved living in Aruba, even the taxi driver who took us from our hotel to get a drive through taco bell! The staff were friendly and wherever we went, people just seemed to be smiling!

The town centre is a pretty beach front marina, from where many people take boats out to Venezula. They have some nice shops, mainly high end like Ralph Lauren and a couple of cool bars.

We did venture out one evening to a recommended bar. It was actually more of a really chilled out balcony over the port with cool cocktails and played Latin music. Fabulous! The crowd were relaxed but up for a laugh, with both locals and tourists just dancing away. We did meet some people who said there is also a cool club across the road, but decided this was good enough and so headed home.

Perhaps the flash was a LITTLE too strong!

Food choices were good too, from a yummy alfresco Italian restaurant right across our hotel to a hidden away Indian restaurant in town, not to mention the too unhealthy to be good but so delicious American style snacks in the hotel.

Aruba is a really good mix of beach relaxation with all the mod cons we love. Perfect end to our South American adventure! x