On Unadulterated Love & Johnny Johnny

  • In the middle of the night, if N happens to wake up and sees D is not at his place, I hear N calling D out with panic, and alerts me almost immediately.
  • D brings out an old album with my younger day pictures and calls out ‘Amma’ to my mother when I am travelling. He also points to the framed photos of mine at my parents’ place.
  • D attempts to sing Johnny Johnny nursery rhyme. He goes, ‘Papa, Papa’ to indicate that he wants to watch that song. He adorably goes ‘Hahaha’ towards the end.

D is 1 year 5 months 25 days old.
N is 4 year 7 months 29 days old.

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    Business Trip To China

    I left Malaysia on the 15th of June. Will be here till the 21st. This is my second trip.

    Day 1

    Previously, I stayed in The Garden hotel. This time around, we are staying at Marriott, Tien He. The check in counter at the hotel is at the 5th floor. Yes. You enter the building, take a lift to the 5th floor. Another set of lifts would take you to the rooms. Whether you like it or not, to get to your room/entrance of the hotel, you get up/down to the 5th floor, change lifts to get to your destination. Interesting huh?

    Dinner was at this restaurant called Element Fresh. Big in portion and big in price. Cant help much given it is part of the Taikoo Hui.

    The food in Guangzhou is generally costly. Though that did not prevent me from eating good food. Taxis are ample, though you should be wary of the timings. Peak time would see most of the taxis occupied. So, we must ensure we leave at the right time to avoid late arrival/hungry tummy.

    Day 2

    Lunch was at Crowne Plaza. We had Dim Sum at the Mei Hua Chinese Restaurant.

    We had Thai food for dinner in this restaurant called Yummi in the Grandview Mall. To say the food was yummy is an understatement.

    Day 3-Day 5

    • Week long, breakfast was an assortment of fast foods like a burger or nuggets from McD’s/KFC. Other times, it was a sandwich from Starbucks.
    • Desert was ice-cream from either of the two joints above.
    • Lychee was in season. Ate that in abundance.
    • Had lunch twice in Crowne Plaza, both times at Hao Chi Gourmet Restaurant.
    • Dinner for the second time, was at Yummi.
    • Visited the People’s Park, viewed the Canton Tower & Opera House.
    • Another colleague also took us for a drive around the city after dinner at Xin Yue Muslim restaurant.
    • Night view of Tien He is simply awesome.
    • Visited Beijing Street again. Bought a Ultraman watch for N. Had food at this restaurant called Lombok Indonesian restaurant.
    • Took a walk to the Tee Mall and had dinner at the Pizza Hut.
    • Walked about at the many retails stores along the metro station of Tee Mall.
    • Did a little shopping at Aeon for the boys.

    Day 6

    Did some minor shopping at H&M in Grandview Mall before checking out at 11.15am. First time ever, I experienced delayed flight. It was first scheduled at 2.40pm, only to take off at 4pm. Good too as my husband’s charter bus was also delayed-he was away on his company’s team building.

    Shamelessly asked if the best peanuts served in Malaysia Airlines is not served this time around. Received those peanuts from the steward generously.

    Summary

    • A steward was flirting with me. This was en route to Guangzhou.
    • A steward was generous to pack peanuts for me. I consider these two events as a personal highlights. Definitely a confidence booster! Hah! This was on the flight home.
    • I would recommend all the eateries mentioned here. The food was very good.
    • Even a mundane business trip would be cheerful when you have the right people with you.
    • It pays to be nice to all.
    • The truth will emerge, somehow. I experienced this first hand and it is related to work. Also that people actually observe you at work. The higher ones, I mean.
    • All in all, this was one the best business trip I ever had.
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    The police patrol van in Beijing Street

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    My McD breakfast

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    The Canton Tower

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    The Asian Games Stadium

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    View from the People’s Park

    Note:

    I started this post while still in China, well, the intro and Day 1 was at least. The rest were written this morning. So, please excuse the tenses.

    Frozen

    The snow glows white on the mountain tonight,
     not a footprint to be seen.
    A kingdom of isolation and it looks like I’m the queen.
    The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside.
    Couldn’t keep it in, Heaven knows I tried.
    Don’t let them in, don’t let them see.
     Be the good girl you always have to be.
    Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know.
    Well, now they know!

    Let it go, let it go!
    Can’t hold it back any more.
    Let it go, let it go!
    Turn away and slam the door.
    I don’t care what they’re going to say.
    Let the storm rage on.
    The cold never bothered me anyway.

    It’s funny how some distance,
    makes everything seem small.
    And the fears that once controlled me, can’t get to me at all
    It’s time to see what I can do,
    to test the limits and break through.
    No right, no wrong, no rules for me.
    I’m free!

    Let it go, let it go.
    I am one with the wind and sky.
    Let it go, let it go.
    You’ll never see me cry.
    Here I’ll stand, and here I’ll stay.
    Let the storm rage on.

    My power flurries through the air into the ground.
    My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
    And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
    I’m never going back; the past is in the past!

    Let it go, let it go.
    And I’ll rise like the break of dawn.
    Let it go, let it go
    That perfect girl is gone
    Here I stand, in the light of day.

    Let the storm rage on!
    The cold never bothered me anyway…

    OMG! This song presentation gave (and is still giving) me the goosebumps! How beautiful is voice singing it, the lyrics & what picturisation! The visuals after 3.03 touched me beyond words.

    Such a lovely movie

    A sister yearning for her older sibling. A teenage love. Parents in their bid of doing good and guarding their child, end up surpressing the child instead.  A prince with a hidden agenda. A princess with no one around her falling in love with the first charming man she meets. A nice guy who is tough and rough but with a heart of gold. A silly little snowman with such innocence and care.  Some people out there who are eager out to put their weight around.

    A queen who finally gets to be her self and chooses to embraces her ‘power’. Wow!

    This song is in loop as I type out this post.

     

    Disneyland/Potty, Singing & Mid Year Results

    Disneyland/Potty
    When it came to going potty, N would insist on wanting the diaper. Tried many ways to make him use the toilet, nothing positive came out. Not for more than a day, even. Squatting potty, baby toilet seat, chocolate, toys, name dropping, motivation, hugging him, talk over, dispelling his fears, well nothing worked.

    Disneyland did the trick. I was telling hubby that we should take the boys perhaps next year or so once D is also aware of Disneyland (initial plan was this year, before D was born). However, with N not yet potty trained, I turned to N and said to him that we could go to Disneyland if he poo poos in the potty.

    It has been two weeks now and N goes potty on his own. Yeaaaayyyy!

    Singing
    D remotely says ABCD and I am seeing him attempting to sing the nursery rhymes he usually watches on Ipad.

    Mid Year Results
    N scored between 98 & 85 on all tests. Did not receive Tamizh score sheet though it was a big C for comprehension, reading & writing.


    India, Here I Come (A Pictorial Collage)

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    Summing It Up

    A perfect closure for an almost perfect trip, I say. Can’t believe the 5 days just flew by. The only scary thing was the power cut experiences in the hotel at night. Though each of the three lasted for less than a second each, it was still scary for me.

    On Thursday, the weather temperature was at 43 degrees! The hottest I have ever experienced, ever.

    I did most of my shopping at the Ambience Mall. Visited India gate and saw the Presidential Palace from afar. Took a walk at Connaught Place while heading to Barbeque Nation.

    And of course, continued with some more shopping at the airport. This time looking for some Indian home decor. The airport is simply awesome.

    Just something to note, it took me awhile to get used to seeing people like me EVERYWHERE. Indians, indians, indians all around me. I could get used to that! 😀

    India, Here I Come (My Homage to Indian Food)

    Food! Food! Glorious Food!

    Panchawati Gaurav
    We were treated to a sumptuous lunch at Panchavati Gaurav. It was a thali meal and there’s no menu as all they serve is a fixed Thali. Eat all you can is the concept. The waiters would go around and fill your plate with one item after another. It’s up to you when you want to call it quits.

    Eight small eversilver containers were placed on a big kick ass eversilver tray. Gravies, veges and a payasam like sweet. This does not include an array of pickles, chutneys and a huge masala papadam, a jelebi, an idli like item with gravy in between and fried pakora. Washed it all down with free flow of mini puris, parantha with ghee and bajra

    I was even scooping the gravies on its own after stopping the breads!

    The icing was the fresh mango pulp with cashews on it. Divine!

    Moti Mahal Express
    Chicken Biryani
    Chicken Tikka Biryani
    Butter naan & Tandoori Chicken
    Garlic naan & Tikka Tandoori Chicken

    Four days in a row, my dinner was at Moti Mahal Express. Do I need to say how much I loveeeeeeeee this eatery?!

    Breakfast at the hotel
    Puri with Sambhar
    Chole Bathure
    Plain Paratha
    Stuffed Paratha with Aloo
    Stuffed Paratha with Paneer
    Mangoes
    Lassis (name the flavour, you get it!)
    Idli (not my take)
    Hakka noodles (Indian style)
    Fried rice
    Upma (different kinds, some days)
    Poha
    Pongal
    Egg omelette with masala!
    Rajma something

    I am omitting the non-indian fare deliberately. How can I not enjoy the breakfast?! Like today, it was the first ever time I tried the stuffed paratha with paneer. It was yummy is an understatement.

    Food at the office cafetaria
    At 40 rupees fixed price, we get rice, unlimited chapati, a gravy, a chicken dish and a sweet of the day. How cool is that?

    Cocoa By Cafe Belgique (Connaught Place)
    Had some finger food here while waiting for Barbeque Nation to reopen at 7pm.

    Barbeque Nation
    Yes, dinner was at Babu Ganesan. Hahaha. The theme was Grand Trunk Road, meaning food from the major states passed formed the appetizer. We were full just be eating the appetizers. Grilled chicken, shrimp, fried fish, some others name not known. Awesomeness all over.

    I was too full even to try a mouthful Biryani which was part of the main course buffet. I am regretting it till today.

    Did not fail to try the desserts though. Miniature gulab jamuns…in perfectly prepared syrup oh la la…