Recently I read in the news that India’s longest Rail and Road bridge is coming up in Assam. This is the Bogibeel Bridge which is going to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25, 2018 as a Christmas and New Year gift to the entire North East. But what is the real story of the making of the Bogibeel bridge? Read on to know more!

Bogibeel Bridge Assam

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Bridging River Brahmaputra has always been a daunting task. The river has been traditionally considered extremely difficult for bridging due to various reasons including it’s ferocious and unpredictable behaviour, high currents and turbulent waters, widespread erosion of the banks, very short working period and high seismicity and remoteness of the area. On top of that, the construction is only possible 4 months in a year due to the heavy monsoon and melting of glaciers in summer.

With the width ranging from 1.2 km to 18 km, Brahmaputra river has been bridged 4 times in past. Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) holds the distinction of being the only company which has built two of these bridges and has now built the 5th bridge too at Bogibeel, near Dibrugarh.

HCC has always been at the forefront of building bridges in Assam as they built the Saraighat bridge way back in 1962 near Guwahati. This bridge was opened to traffic in April 1962 by the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

HCC was pivotal in also constructing the Kolia Bhomora Setu at Tezpur which is a pre-stressed concrete road bridge that connects Sonitpuron on the north bank with Nagaon district on the south bank. The length of this bridge is 3015 m, and its construction went on from 1981 to 1987. This was very important bridge in the history of Assam.

HCC in joint venture with DSD Brouckenbau GmbH, Germany and VNR Infrastructures Ltd received order from Northeast Frontier Railway to construct the superstructure of Bogibeel Rail-cum-road Bridge in November 2011.

It was not an easy task to build the Bogibeel bridge. HCC aced it by doing a lot of things very innovatively. HCC team came-up with a solution of pulling the steel trusses with a set of jacks and winches on the pillars. This eliminated the need to enter the river, which was often turbulent during monsoons. Besides, it also ensured safer working conditions, precluded the mobilisation of giant setup on either side of the river having a width of 4.8 km and accelerated the pace of the project.

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RVR Kishore, project director of the Hindustan Construction Company Ltd., recently mentioned that the location of the Bogibeel Bridge falls in Seismic Zone-V. In Indian history, Zone V has been most vulnerable to earthquakes with magnitudes in excess of 7.0. In order to offer good stability to the heavy spans (1700 MT), they are provided with seismic restrainers. This ensures that the Bogibeel bridge can withstand earthquake up to magnitude of 7 on the Richter scale and beyond. This is really good planning by HCC team!

Normally in a steel bridge construction, bolts & rivets are used, which needs periodic replacement due to shear failure over traffic loads. Construction of trusses using welding makes the connection between the components a permanent one, thereby eliminating the above failures. Welded bridge not only reduced the maintenance cost but also adds to the longevity of the superstructure. It is estimated that Bogibeel Bridge is durable and serviceable for next 120 years!

Railways have traditionally used steel rocker-roller bearings for bridges with larger spans. For the Bogibeel Bridge, the initial plan was to use Pot-PTFE bearing with metallic pins and guide bearings. However, it was found out that the size of bearing required for taking the anticipated load cannot be accommodated in the pier cap, hence Spherical Bearings have been used.

The superstructure of Bogibeel Bridge has been constructed using a special grade copper-bearing steel plates in order to reduce corrosion. The average annual relative humidity in Bogibeel is 90% which goes up to 96% to 97%. To further reduce corrosion due to the excessive humidity, a complex Corrosion Protection System specific to different components of the bridge has been implemented during the construction of the bridge.

Overall, Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) has created history by creating a modern marvel of engineering – India’s longest Rail and Road bridge – Bogibeel Bridge in Assam!

Imaginarium is a made in India concept for kids and families, where they are invited to discover, explore and expand their imagination through a host of live on-stage experiences, conducted by India’s premiere and only real-life Kids Influencer – Rob (of Mad Stuff with Rob/ POGO fame).

As India’s First Interactive Show for Kids and Families, Imaginarium – It’s a Wonderful World blended Rob’s real-life experiences with his unique, magical and larger-than-life artistic interpretations, to create a concept that mesmerized and engaged audiences of all ages.

Conceptualized and curated by Sony Music and Rob, and produced by BookMyShow, the limited shows of ‘Imaginarium – It’s a Wonderful Worldwill’ are in being performed in Bengaluru from 14th to 16th December, before moving to other cities.

Spanning across 90 minutes and bound together with attractive elements like humour, magic, foot-stomping music and spectacular visuals, kid’s icon Rob and his two delightful sidekicks, The Helping Hands, engaged with the audience and created science and art experiments as well as fascinating illusions.

This action-packed roller coaster of creativity empowered the audiences like us to participate in the show and not just witness it, a first in the Live Art show space.

Captivating audiences with concepts that will broaden their imagination and also allow them to learn and master DIY concepts, stays with them forever. Manifested through a series of incredible live art performances, Rob’s magical creations used daily mundane household items to create wonderful perspective art, and teach the audience simple yet innovative ways to make party treats.

The audience also learnt art forms used in places like Japan and Turkey, bringing characters to life using the ink splat technique, and creating much more along with Rob throughout the show, with their DIY kits which were provided at the venue.

A perfect outing for kids between the ages 4-14, and their families, Rob’s ‘Imaginarium – It’s a Wonderful World’ is happening in Bangalore’s Good Shepherd Auditorium from December 14-16, 2018. Book your tickets on BookMyShow here.

Recently I was invited to cover the 4th season of Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship’s Bangalore leg at the Prestige Golfshire Course, Bengaluru. The IT hub is the first of the four venues slated for this year’s series. This has been my 3rd year of association with Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship since I covered it in 2016 in Bangalore and in Pune.

Legendary cricketers, Mr. Kapil Dev and Brian Lara were the key highlights of the game as they enjoyed a tee off jointly on the lush green course. The tournament witnessed participation from avid golfers across India. It was a great opportunity for us to meet them too and discuss about how they feel Golf is more prominent in their lives now that they have retired from active cricket.

We also got to interact with 12 time Women’s Golf Champion Ms. Sharmila Nicollet along with other international golfers Ashlyn Ramsey and Nick Taylor. They were all present on the occasion to back the tournament and interact with the other participating players. Popular actor Madhavan was also a part of the tournament and teed off with Mr.C. Sasidhar, MD Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited

Mr. Brian Lara on the occasion said, “I am very delighted to associate with Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship. Golf is a very rejuvenating game and a great stress buster besides I have been playing it since a while now. It’s a great platform as it enables me to indulge while promote a sport that I truly love besides cricket. The competitiveness and spirit of the players at the championship was truly inspiring. Such tournaments should keep happening as it encourages more young golfers to be a part of this sport which is still picking up in India.”

Mr. Kapil Dev on the occasion said, “Golf is emerging in a big way in India and it’s indeed the right time that we endorse and support young, talented golfers to pursue their passion for golfing. It takes huge money, time and effort to promote a sport in our country and I really admire Krishnapatnam Port for their unwavering passion for the game that has enabled this tournament to gain such farfetched popularity in such a short period of time.

Commenting on the occasion Mr. C Sasidhar – MD Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited said “Golf is a beautiful game to indulge and relax even while pursuing your passion for perfection. The appreciation we have been receiving all through these seasons of the tournament has been indeed overwhelming. We have always believed in doing things with a desired differentiation and our golf championship is one among those. Krishnapatnam Port is also extremely proud to be developing the country’s first ocean linked golf course and look forward to more and more players coming forward to making this emerging sport a grand success in our country.”

The consequent games of the four city event will be staged across Boulder hills – Hyderabad on 10th November 2018, Oxford Golf Resort & Country Club – Pune on 17th November 2018 and DLF Golf and Country club – Delhi on 23rd November ‘18.

About Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship

The Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship TM is part of the port’s ‘Golfing for Greater Good Initiative’. The exclusive tournament seeks to raise awareness and support for various causes of education, healthcare, wellness, employment among others through the CSR arm of the company through various golf-related activities. The current tournament will be raising financial support for a retired Sea- men’s Trust. The tournament houses the top industry golfers from across sectors inclusive of partners, customers and business associates of the port.

Krishnapatnam Port is a firm believer in investing in society, and also has several massive projects under its CSR arm – The CVR Foundation – covers healthcare, education, livelihood generation, training and community building programmes.

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My 5 year old son Reyansh was asking me to take him to a nice amusement park as he wanted to enjoy the rides. But I couldn’t go much far from Bangalore due to work commitments. So we zeroed in on the best amusement park in Bangalore, Wonderla Bangalore! Also did you know that they also offer accommodation in terms of Wonderla resort which is really good for a relaxing time after enjoying the rides all day long!

Fitted with tiled flooring, modern air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV with cable channels, tea/coffee making facilities, and a wardrobe. The private bathroom comes with hot/cold shower facilities. Just check out how beautifully it is maintained and immaculately clean too! Decors are very fashionable! We had come here 6 years back when we were pregnant with Reyansh, and still the resort is maintained very well!

Wonderla mascot Chikku welcomes us at the resort with this wonderful installation where it looks like he is flying a plane through the resort! For every occasion, big or small, they have a banquet hall ready. Their banquet halls, each named after a magnificent tree are spacious, equipped with modern amenities and are perfect for the event that you have in mind.

Wonderla Resort also features a heated outdoor swimming pool, 2 dining options and complimentary Wi-Fi access. On-site parking is free. It is great to wind up in the pool after enjoying the rides whole day. Or you can have an early morning swim the next day before check-out too as check-out is after 11am!

Woods restaurant serves Indian delights, alongside Chinese and Continental cuisines for breakast, lunch and dinner. The lounge ‘Red Ice’ offers beverages and snacks, including alcoholic drinks and mocktails. In-room dining is also possible!

You can take a package for the Wonderla resort rooms which also offers Wonderla park entry. Best part about that is you will be taken in Wonderla car from resort to amusement park and also can come back for lunch at the resort. You will be given multiple entry bands. Reyansh loved the ride in Wonderla branded car to and fro!

Coming to the amusement park itself, there are 60+ exhilarating rides which you can go on. The safety levels are world class and they are impeccably maintained! Inside what appears to be a gigantic termite mound with a witch’s mouth for entry, are two popular rides – the Termite Train and the Termite Coaster. The Termite Train winds along a crazy track with sharp curves, steep climbs and dizzying drops. If that sounds tame to you, try the Coaster. It will take you screaming, up and down hair-raising loops at break-neck speeds.

There are a lot of kiddie rides for children under 7-8 years too! One of them is Mini Venice ride. Mini Venice can accommodate 24 kids. The ride recreates the feeling of gondola ride through the canals of Venice.

One of the best rides which is also new is the Recoil ride – India’s First Reverse Looping Rollercoaster. This high tech roller coaster is imported from the Netherlands, and has two track ramps that go up to 40 meters. The train climbs one ramp and accelerates to 80 kmph in 1 second, before encountering a ‘cobra roll’ and a ‘loop’ in the tracks, climbing the second ramp, again to a 40 m height, and then doing it all over all again, only this time, it is Backwards! You can actually sign up for Recoil Challenge on Wonderla website, you not only get priority access to the ride (which saves up to 1 hour of your time) plus you get a free GoPro video of your ride! Don’t miss this!

Wonder Splash ride is an absolute must for every guest visiting Wonderla. A bogie that resembles a raft made of logs is hauled up a hill using a conveyor and taken through a tunnel. On emerging from the tunnel, it hurtles down a steep incline at a dizzying speed and splashes into a shallow pool, sending a glorious spray of water your way and drenching you in the process. This fun ride is suitable for all riders in all the age groups.

If you are tired of all the outdoor fun, you can head indoors for some wonderful 3D shows! Cinemagic 3D is an absolute family thriller that brings you the essence of virtual reality cinema. Experience HD-3D video, multi-channel surround sound, high power blowers and hydraulics-assisted seats that move in perfect synchronization with the visual content.

Experience the Adventures of Chikku, a state-of-the-art ride that combines a 3D film with physical and environmental effects, in an air-conditioned theatre with 180 seats. Visitors will experience movement under their feet, splashes of water, gusts of wind and movie magic like never before. The 3D goggles will introduce the spectators to a new, larger-than-life world.

If you thought Wonderla fun ended with regular rides, you can’t be more mistaken! Wonderla brings you the biggest variety of water rides. From watery coasters to fun pools to beach like wave pools to a rain disco. Only Reverse Osmosis treated water is used in the pools, which is solar heated during winters. What are you waiting for? Take a splash and just chill!

Jungle Lagoon is a Water play attraction measuring over 10,000 sqft, with special soft flooring, very shallow water levels and 5 uniquely themed water slides and a large water play tree-house and It can accommodate over 400 people comfortably.

If all you want is to wallow in the waters and relax, get yourself a float and drift along the meandering lazy river. It will gently waft you along taking you through a lion’s mouth, under a fallen tree, past an alligator with its mouth agape, and past a gargoyle skull that keeps spewing water through its mouth.

Reyansh loved meeting the Wonderla Mascot Chikku! There’s no better place to experience something new together. Make sure you check out the most thrilling attractions, water rides and land rides. Keep a keen eye out for timings of various other fun programs across the park – be it the next wave at the Wave Pool, or the next dance at the Rain Disco, or the next show at the Adventures of Chikku. Your visit should be a non-stop fun ride!

Always wear apparel made of Nylon or 100% synthetic material (t-shirts, shorts, bermudas, three-fourths, or swim suits). Sarees, churidars/salwars, dupatta, formal pants, shirts, burkhas/ purdahs, school uniforms, denims (jeans and three-fourth jeans), cargos etc. are not permitted in the water rides. Almost all rides involve motion/moving parts. That’s why they request guests to refrain from wearing long or loose garments like Saree/Dupatta/Shawls/Scarves/ Hijab/Mafta/Habit etc. in any of the rides, as it could lead to potential harm to themselves or others.

Check out the fun video of all the fun we had in Wonderla Bangalore!

For my 5 year old son Reyansh, I’m always looking at apps which are not just entertaining but also educative. In this context, recently I was introduced to the Lingokids app which was supposed to make learning fun for children. I’m really glad I found this app as it has become very useful to educate my kid!

Lingokids is the best way to teach kids languages in a fun and natural way. Lingokids offers an adaptive language-learning platform to teach English to children from 2 to 8 years of age, designed with Oxford University Press content.

Lingokids is a complete language-learning course, with activities that adapt to your child’s learning style. Their curriculum includes exciting educational games and a recommended playlist of activities based on your child’s level in a 100% ad-free and safe environment.

It was great to hear that this English language-learning platform has reached over 5 million downloads worldwide with the most number of downloads from India with over 400,000 users followed by Brazil and Mexico since its launch in 2016. The percentage downloads from Maharashtra are at 22.9% being highest in India, 16.4% in Delhi followed by 10.5% in Karnataka.

The online Education market In India is expected to touch $1.96 billion by 2021 and witness a 8X growth in the next 5 years according to a recent report by Google, KPMG. The reason for demand of online education has been the growth in Internet penetration and easy accessibility to affordable and quality education online.

Lingokids offers complete English courses with lots of activities for every learning style for kids from 2 to 8 years and offers well-researched, superior educational content through ELT, a division of the esteemed Oxford University Press and a global leader in multimedia English language teaching.

50 percent of the ability to learn is developed in the first 8 years of life and Lingokids’ immersive program encourages early learning and development for children by constantly exposing children to various grammatical structures and more than 3,000 vocabulary words. The apps’ hits-and-errors algorithm adapts each lesson to the child’s learning speed and the curriculum follows a methodology guided by a prestigious Board of Educators from diverse backgrounds in the field of education with expertise in literacy instruction, vocabulary development, child psychology, ESL instruction, and educational technology.

Go ahead and try ‘Lingokids – English Learning for Kids’ app for your child aged between 2 to 8 years of age and you won’t be disappointed 🙂

Recently I was a part of a very special bloggers’ meet where we were introduced to a wonderful piece of technology which has changed lives for the better! It was about Cochlear India implant which is recommended for people with severe to profound hearing loss. It has an internal implant and a external sound processor. It is compatible with smart app to directly listen to calls and music from the phone itself! We met the family of a 5 year old girl who got this implant when she was 1 year old and learned how it drastically changed her life for the good, as she is as good as a normal child now!

It was shocking to know that there are 360 million people living with disabling hearing loss worldwide, and this figure is set to more than triple to 1.2 billion by 2050! According to the World Health Organization, there are approximately 72 million people in the world right now who could potentially benefit from the use of a hearing device including a cochlear implant or hearing aid.

What are Cochlear Implants?

A cochlear implant is an established, effective and long-term hearing solution for people with moderate to profound hearing loss. Unlike traditional hearing aids that amplify, or make sounds louder, a cochlear implant system can be a more effective hearing solution for certain people. A cochlear implant is capable of directly stimulating the cochlea hearing nerve, bypassing the damaged area of the hearing pathway.

For over 30 years Cochlear has been at the forefront of developing technologically advanced solutions that offer superior hearing performance. In its endeavor to create cutting-edge hearing solutions, Cochlear has helped bring the gift of sound to more than quarter of a million people across the world.

Cochlear implant recipients who still benefit from hearing aids may be able to benefit from hybrid hearing – a unique combination of cochlear implant and acoustic hearing, is available with the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor.

What is the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor?

The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is the world’s first Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor to allow users to stream sound from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch directly to their sound processor, offering greater accessibility, connectivity and wireless solutions. They will also be able to control, monitor and customize their hearing on their iPhone or iPod touch through the Nucleus Smart App available to download for free from the App Store.

The Nucleus Smart App for Android offers greater connectivity than ever before for people with a Nucleus 7 Sound Processor. Users can now control their hearing with the Nucleus Smart App from a compatible Android device, allowing them to monitor and adjust their settings, view personalised hearing information and even locate a missing sound processor, all from the convenience of their smartphone.

Cochlear has added a first-of-its kind control feature called ForwardFocus. This user-activated control feature allows the wearer to hear better in challenging listening environments such as a busy restaurant. When switched on, ForwardFocus reduces distracting noise coming from behind a person, so they can more easily enjoy a face-to-face conversation.

Cochlear’s technology is always backward compatible. The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is available even to people with a Nucleus 24 Series Implant. This means thousands of people from all over the world living with disabling hearing loss are now able to choose a Nucleus 7 Sound Processor for the first time and benefit from all the technological advancements!

Cochlear Implants’ Global Hearing Ambassador – Brett Lee

As one of the world’s fastest bowlers, who has smashed multiple cricket records, Brett Lee’s target is to reach 466 million people and raise awareness about hearing loss. 466 million is the estimated number of people worldwide who have a disabling hearing loss. Many, however, are not aware of the effects it can have on them or what treatments are available.

Brett Lee said that the 466 million people which include 34 million children, suffer from hearing loss issues across the world. There is a need to solve this problem using technology and to educate people about implants that can eventually change the life of a hearing-impaired person.

Hearing loss is one of the many battles that people fight in life. Often without the right guidance and knowledge, people tend to give up and cease to understand the options available to them. The disability has a significant impact on their quality of lives as there is minimal interaction with their near and dear ones. This, in the end, results in weakening their emotional and physical well-being.

I strongly urge hearing test to be made compulsory in India and the world, as soon as a child is born; so that these kind of issues are detected at neo-natal level and proper treatment can be given using Cochlear implants and aids.

Cochlear is the global leader in implantable hearing solutions. The company has a global workforce of more than 3,000 people and invests more than AUD$150 million a year in research and development. Products include hearing systems for cochlear implants, bone conduction and acoustic implants, which are designed to treat a range of moderate to profound types of hearing loss. Over 450,000 people of all ages, across more than 100 countries, now hear because of Cochlear.

Recently, Dhempe Travel Blog and MacroTraveller were invited to host a table of top food bloggers in Bangalore at Conrad Bengaluru for the launch of the new menu at Mikusu restaurant.

Mikusu restaurant at Conrad Bengaluru is a heaven for Pan Asian cuisine aficionados as it has a flavourful, spiced infused menu along with their famed sushi bar, robatayaki grill and the wok & roll. It is almost as if you are sitting by the Sumida lake in Tokyo!

The team at Mikusu comprises of executive Chef Praveen Shetty, his able executive sous chef Dolphy Lobo and the wonderful Food and Beverage Managers, Ninad Chimote and Prachi Chavan.

Wondering what does Mikusu mean? Mikusu in Japanese means a blend. That’s why in Mikusu restaurant at Conrad Bengaluru you get to see a blend of Japanese, Chinese and Thai cuisines. Mikusu is an Asian affair : It is an exotic culinary blend of Japanese, Chinese and Thai cultures, paying homage through a luxuriously crafted ambience and soulful experiences.

Authentic, uncomplicated and elegant dishes celebrate the culinary artistry of the East, while allowing the intricate flavors of each ingredient to take center stage. Their dishes are imbued with a strong sense of their locale and are paired with a curated range of exquisite sake and exotic Asian cocktails.

This fantastic restaurant setup inside Conrad Bengaluru hotel serves the best of Asian Cuisine. The restaurant hosted a special tasting experience for a select group of people.

Chef Praveen Shetty curated a special tasting menu and served the best dishes from Asian cuisine. The chef focuses on quality ingredients to offer a spread that satiates the palate of a global traveler. An exclusive community table was set up where everyone was served the lovely food. Along with good food, we devoured some excellent Champagne and Red Wine.

Things I tried were Mushroom Ramen, Tofu Carpaccio, Chef’s Signature Assorted Sushi, BBQ Mushroom Dimsum, Rock Corn Tempura & Tofu Skewers. Stir-Fried Greens and Assorted Mushroom Saute along with Vegetable Yaki Udon and Yakimeshi. I savored the special selection of Desserts, Five Spiced Chocolate Mousse with Orange Compote.

Chef Dolphy Lobo informed us that the Norwegian salmon comes from the famed market in Japan, the macha and more. There are very few serving the robatayaki on charcoal, most offer gas options which is what makes them different. Chef Lobo was earlier with Delhi’s Mansingh, Wasabi by Morimoto, and before that with Taj Palace Mumbai.

Recently I was invited to the launch of the Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel which is a part of the Marriott International. It is the brand’s first hotel in South India and the fourth in line to join the Renaissance Hotels India portfolio, following the launch of Renaissance Ahmedabad earlier this year. Reinforcing the brand’s global commitment to design, the hotel features horse-inspired design motifs given its locale which is next to Bengaluru Race Course; setting the stage for guests to go “off-script” and experience unconventional travel.

Actual view of the Bangalore Race Course from Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel

Speaking on the launch, Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President, South Asia, Marriott International said, “The hospitality sector is moving forward at a very fast pace and India is a strategic growth market for us right now. The rise of the middle class, increasing disposable incomes and double-digit growth in domestic tourism are very positive trends. Bengaluru as a market is witnessing phenomenal growth, its booming tech scene makes it one of the country’s most dynamic cities with exceptional economic growth and strong business activity. With the debut of the Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel, guests can experience a global, lifestyle hospitality brand that seeks to inspire, and encourages spontaneous discovery when travelling, be it for business or pleasure”.

Reception of Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel

With 276 modern and artfully designed rooms, the Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel offers an unsurpassed view of the Bangalore Turf Club. Establishing its proximity to this iconic Turf Club, the design elements at the hotel revolves around many horse-related aspects, in line with the brand’s design philosophy of “look and look again”. Life-sized horse heads, symbolic of locally incorporated features, greets guests at the entrance of the hotel. The famous Channapatna toys native to the state of Karnataka– handmade from wood and natural colors, are thoughtfully placed across various locations within the property, bringing alive elements of the local artisan community, while the hotel corridors are adorned with paintings of horses, lending an element of quiet grandeur.

Cinnamon Coffee Shop at Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel

The hotel houses four incredible culinary outlets – Lush, the casual all-day dining restaurant serving delectable cuisines from across the world. Cinnamon, the one-stop destination located at the lobby level for gourmet delicatessen items and sweet treats.

Bath Tub in Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel

R Bar is a stylish pub with a contemporary twist featuring live bands as a part of the brands signature program RLife Live. To add an essence of art to R Bar, a life-size wooden horse is suspended from the restaurant’s ceiling making for a very compelling image. The PoolBar offers a delightful break from city life, with a healthy mix of Chef’s special detox salads served along with poolside favorites such as frozen margaritas & cold infused fruits. Leisure facilities at the hotel include a full service spa and an outdoor swimming pool.

The hotel offers extensive facilities for social events and meetings. Spread over 12680 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor space, the property features the brand’s signature R.E.N. Meetings Program with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology and high-speed Wi-Fi.

A team of dedicated event and wedding specialists are available to assist and help organize events both large and small. Adding an element of surprise, all meeting room tables have innovative Channapatna toys and wooden Blotters, traced with horse imprints, intended to spark that unexpected, fun and creative moment during meetings.

Evenings at Renaissance is where guests can connect, socialize, and experience the locale through nightly programming. Positioned with a sense of clever theatricality, Renaissance Hotels offers its guests an open invitation to experience something a little unexpected during their travels.

For the true social discoverer, the hotel’s Navigators will help experience the neighborhood’s soul by highlighting the hidden gems and handpicked local discoveries – the best in cuisine, music, arts and more.

“It is our pleasure to introduce the city of Bengaluru to its first Renaissance Hotel. We are proud to be a part of this incredible growth story and see the hotel serve as a platform for guests to explore and share all that is vibrant and exciting about the city. With a distinct and conscious effort to present local experiences in an unusual manner, the Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel will always have that unexpected surprise waiting for its guests.” said Firoz Jangaria, General Manager, Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel.

Actual external shot of the Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel

Recently, I was in Bali with my family and had a great time there. We stayed at Hard Rock Hotel Bali which is considered to be a superior first-class hotel in the heart of the Kuta shopping district, just across the street from the beautiful beaches and having a variety of recreational facilities suitable for teens and families.

Hard Rock Hotel Bali is built along 3 hectares of beachfront land at Kuta Beach. It is a paradise for rock enthusiasts, and when you step into the Hard Rock Hotel, you quickly blend into the rock and roll. It is a famous Holiday Surf Hotel, witnessing the brilliant rock culture of the past 40 years. To commemorate rock and roll artists from the 1950s to the late 90s and the music, fashion, and art of each stage. The hotel’s walls are decorated with pictures, memorabilia, and portraits from Rocking ‘Tots to Grunge Grand Dads, and this is Asia’s first music-themed resort hotel.

The room we stayed in was quite spacious and it even had a small guitar embroidered on the pillowcase, the room has an old-fashioned vibe. The hotel rooms were clean and tidy and the staff treated our children very kindly. All rooms were equipped with bath and shower, wall-mounted TV, CD and cassette player, free coffee and tea making facilities and mini-bar.

My family loved the pool area, and the pool was clean and watched by lifeguards at all times. Water activities are fun for all ages and staff gets people involved. Music is up until late night but well, it’s Hard Rock. The hotel has an in-house band which is doing a live show every night, playing top 40 and rock hits, one of a complimentary bonus for staying in this hotel. It’s also a perfect place for rocking young couples and music lovers. After you have enjoyed the music, just want to be alone for a while, and you will find the beautiful beach right in front of the hotel.

For fitness and entertainment lovers, this is a first class place. You are free to slug in the pool, splashing cold water on your body, enjoying the hotel’s wonderful rock spa or rock climbing. The hotel has a standard in-room fitness center, fully equipped with sauna and steam room. In terms of dining, there is a wide range of cuisines to choose from; each with a unique style, and most uniquely, you can choose to enjoy it in the beautiful landscape.

Breakfast in the hotel was amazing, and you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and the pool! Music inside the hotel bar was rocking, but also kind nightclubbing to hear music! Every night in the bar they will have activities, for those who want to relax in the hotel is an excellent choice.

The hotel has meeting and banquet halls catering to a wide range of business travelers, hosting corporate seminars or organizing various themed events such as private banquets or banquets for up to 400 guests.

At Hard Rock Hotel Bali, family holidays are always fun for children and Lil Hard Rock Kids Club will lead children into fun gaming worlds such as reading, Department of Health, Balinese dance or treasure hunt. There are always exciting games that are supervised by experienced staff at the Lil Hard Rock Kids’ Club. Very decent price for what you are getting at this place. You can spot Kuta Beach just across the road, and the hotel is close to shopping and nightlife to meet different needs.

Thanks, Hard Rock Hotel Bali for giving us such a great holiday experience. I highly recommend this hotel and will visit again!

On our recent visit to Bali, we stayed at the spectacular Samsara Ubud Resort located in the Ubud area of ​​Bali. This 5-star hotel is easily accessible from the airport, which is only 40 km away. It is 7 km from Ubud Botanical Garden, Tirta Empul Temple, and Neka Museum. There are mountains and parks within walking distance of the Samsara Ubud Villa. Thanks to its excellent location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see sites.

Arriving at the Samsara Ubud, the peaceful and relaxed atmosphere greeted us very warmly. Our stay for the evening was at the one-bedroom pool villa. It had all amenities ensuring a wonderful level of comfort. The room featured a private balcony and had modern decor with tiled floors, and teak furniture, a private space heated pool with rainforest views, a large bedroom with luxurious bed, and a private bathroom which had a deep soaking tub with both indoor and outdoor showers.

It is also home to all the conveniences you need if your preference is fitness: The hiking trails, yoga room, fitness center, sauna, outdoor swimming pool are undoubtedly perfect for unwinding after a long day. Take in yourself a relaxing treat and enjoy some massages, body treatments, and facials. Throughout the day you can enjoy the soothing atmosphere and leisure facilities by the outdoor pool and fitness facilities.

After relaxing in the pool, you can ease at the restaurant and enjoy the bar atmosphere. You can also dine in the comfort of your room and enjoy your meal in the room. Have a drink at the bar/lounge or a poolside bar.
Our first morning at Samsara Ubud was greeted with views of the expanse of green forest, a blue infinity pool visible from the room and a very cool air also refreshing. No waste of time we set an exclusive start to the restaurant “The Kelusa Restaurant” which is an all-day dining restaurant that provides breakfast, lunch up to dinner.

The location of this restaurant is perfectly under the lobby of the villa, the expanse of green forest landscape is a very visible light of this restaurant with a peaceful atmosphere and accompanied by music, the more we create a comfortable. The Kelusa Restaurant said the choice of Unlimited Breakfast style, so from the selection of breakfast offerings we were able to determine what we want for breakfast. Very impressive right guys, the overall breakfast experience is very satisfying, a delicious and mixed meal with a great view.

We also set up for the early dinner back at The Kelusa Restaurant. This restaurant looks very glowing from a distance, and when we arrived at the restaurant, we were warmly welcomed back. This restaurant looks charming with its blend of lamps. Satisfied with the food we returned to the villa to rest.

Samsara Ubud Resort which is newly opened have thought of everything, given attention to all tiny details to make sure visit a memorable experience. The staff was so friendly and welcoming; they honestly tried to remember our names. It is an ideal base for travelers looking for the charm and comfort of the city of Bali. The number of villas in Samsara Ubud has a total of 17, with 8 one bedroom Pool Villa, 6 one bedroom Deluxe Pool Villa, 2 two bedroom Pool Villa and 1 three bedroom Pool Villa.

The checkout from Samsara Ubud is very much appreciated, every guest staying will surely get the small gift, it’s a candle of therapeutic aroma. Samsara Ubud is a must for those looking for a quality hotel in Bali.

DreamWorks Animation is new and exciting. Countless big people and children around the world have become enthusiastic fans! You don’t have to travel far to go to the United States to meet the stars in the movie “Kung Fu Panda,” “Shrek” and “Madagascar”. As long as you can go to Macao, you can meet the stars! You can also have breakfast and take pictures with them.

The “Experience DreamWorks” Po’s Kung Fu Panda Feast is located in the Urumqi Ballroom on the 4th floor of the Golden Sands City Centre in Macao. The aroma and flavorful breakfast is a source of vitality for a day. Special dishes such as Kung Fu Panda Noodle, Panda Bun, Panda Biscuits, etc., are all inspired by the “Kung Fu Panda” movie.

It felt like the activities were non-stop on the day. We arrived at Po’s Kung Fu Feast at 9 o’clock in the morning. The restaurant was very big with an incredible array of food on each side. Some food was served in the theme of Kung Fu Panda, including noodles, buns, etc. Regarding the environment, there was a stage set up in the middle. Staff advised that there would be a performance at 9:30 am. Before the performance, we spent our free time enjoying the pictures of DreamWorks All-Stars hanging on the wall.

The play area was so large with a stage in the middle! Two sides were decorated, and it felt like we had come to a party. A lot of interesting pictures on the wall. It was so cute, and Reyansh enjoyed the performance thoroughly!
An incredible array of food. We were so hungry. The food was delicious, and we enjoyed it. There were souvenirs for sale in the area. Rey desired to take one home!

The show started with the greeting by a presenter, followed by an exceptional performance that mingles singing & dancing by different characters. Those characters even came down the stage and had interactive games with kids. Rey stared at the concert and danced along with the music’s rhythm. It was so funny!

Taking a photo with Kung Fu Panda and Tigress. See how excited Reyansh was!

Staff organized a photo session after the show, and let us take photos with the characters. Exceptional characters like Alex from Madagascar came down the stage while the other stood on the stage. As soon as Rey saw King Julian of Madagascar, he inquired to take a photo with the character!

Kung Fu Panda’s appearance was cute and almost all costumed characters performed on the stage. Eventually, Reyansh wanted to take pictures with most of the costumed characters. Regarding the arrangement, the photo session was excellent and was organized in a very orderly fashion.

The Bengaluru Marriott Hotel Whitefield is conveniently located in the popular Whitefield neighborhood in the heart of the new Bengaluru. Marriott is meant for today’s commuter who is looking for an honest and uncomplicated hotel experience with a particular focus on productivity.

Incredible Rooms and Amenities of Marriott!

When I checked in, the staff greeted me with my name and warmly welcomed me. When I went to my room upon arrival, I found a welcome note waiting for me in the room. It’s a beautiful gesture from the team. My room was modern, very clean and well maintained, the service was extremely polite and attentive.

The rooms feature carpeted floors, luxury headboards, air conditioning, a flat-screen satellite TV and an electric kettle. You will have a free wired Internet connection and free Wi-Fi, an iPod docking station and cable TV for your leisure time.

The ensuite bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower has a deep soaking bathtub and a rainfall shower head. Reyansh loved chilling in the bathtub. Conveniences include a safe and a desk, as well as a maid service available daily. Thanks to housekeeping team for making my room comfort and excellence.

For a relaxing like no other, nothing like a visit to the spa, which offers body treatments. The spa is an exceptional place to relax and unwind. I also tried the spa, and it was perfect! The spa is excellent – you can use the hot tub, steam, and sauna at any time. I had a massage, and it was a handsome price and high quality.

If you want to have fun, here is an outdoor pool and gym, among many other facilities. The hotel offers 24-hour reception, newspapers, ATM, tour desk, currency exchange service, and concierge service. It also has car rental service, laundry, and dry cleaning. The fitness and spa facilities were top notch, with personal trainers available.

Dining – I credit Marriott for its high standard, as always. The service and the food were exceptional. Enjoy a meal in one of the 3 restaurants at this hotel or take advantage of 24-hour room service. Douse your thirst with your preferred drink in the bar or lounge. One of the best is Whtfld Bar & Grill.

The M Café serves international dishes, and the Alto Vino restaurant serves Italian cuisine. Cocktails and other drinks are offered at the M Bar. The Whitefield Baking Company makes bread, cakes, quiches, cakes and delicious smoothies. Lunch, dinner, and breakfast had enough variety to keep my taste buds delighted.

You will have high-speed Internet access via cable (free), fast check-in and fast check-out at your disposal. Are you organizing an event in Bengaluru? In this hotel, you have at your disposal 995 square meters of space with a conference center and meeting rooms. Paying a small supplement, you can take advantage of services such as shuttle service to the airport (round trip) (on request) and parking with free assistance.

Enjoy the hotel’s recreational facilities, including fitness hub, outdoor pool, spa, massage, pool (kids), before leaving your room for a well-deserved rest. Whatever your reason for visiting Bangalore, the Whitefield Marriott Bengaluru Hotel is the perfect venue for an exhilarating and exciting breakaway.

The staff strives for everything to be liked and for delighting customers with the best service and unbeatable quality! Whitefield is an excellent choice for travelers interested in doing business, cold weather, and nightlife.

Thanks a lot to the Marriott team for your care and hospitality. I recommend everyone to stay and enjoy their food. I would highly recommend this hotel for business trips! I would love to visit this property again and again!

Departing to Northern Bali, you can find stunning views of Mount Batur. Not far from the mountain, you can find Toya Devasya which provides natural hot water. Toya Devasya offers a place for you to swim and soak in the hot tub while enjoying the panoramic beauty of Batur Lake a little closer. Toya Devasya Hot Springs provides rinse and change rooms, towels and welcome drink for the visitors.

Toya Devasya Natural Hot Springs has four natural hot spring pools and one pool of warm water the size of a swimming pool. Minerals contained in hot water is said to be able to provide healing, revitalize the body and rejuvenate your soul. Enjoying natural panorama and fresh mountain air while sitting or soaking in warm water will make you feel fresh and comfortable. In addition to restoring the freshness of the body, natural hot water is also beneficial for health and healing diseases. Such as itching, skin allergies, as reflex stiff muscles, and many other types of skin diseases.

With Toya Devasya Natural Hot Spring you will have a different Bali holiday experience. Bali has several hot spring bath locations that become a tourist choice at the weekend. Not barely in the area of ​​Tabanan regency, but natural hot springs are also famous as in the vicinity of Kintamani, Lake Batur, and Bangli Regency.

One of them is Toya Devasya Natural Hot Spring & Camping Resort. The most favorite is the hot water pool which is located right next to Lake Batur and facing Mount Abang. Toya Devasya Natural Hot Spring & Camping Resort, at Jalan Puri Bening (STA), Toya Bungkah, Kintamani, Kabupaten, Bangli Regency, Bali. Besides, to bathe and swim in hot water, you can also do various activities such as corporate/family gathering, cycling, team building, canoeing, and BBQ Dinner. In addition to a heated pool. Toya Devasya also provides a place for camping with tents.

With the concept of open nature like this, this place can accommodate the visitors up to 5,000 people. The hot water pool is located right next to the lake, and the mountain is the latest facility of Toya Devasya Natural Hot Spring & Camping Resort, which operated since a time ago. Because of the very precise position facing directly towards the natural scenery, it is no wonder if every day this bath is filled with about 200 visitors. The hot water used by Toya Devasya is a natural hot spring from the mountains directly, so the water is odorless and colorless.

One thing that becomes a visitor’s habit is a selfie moment with a Background of the Hills. Tips for getting good shots is to use a waterproof smartphone protector or a selfie stick, so the phone is not wet exposed to water. Natural hot water in Toya Devasya is excellent for health especially for visitors who have an illness such as influenza, sinusitis, stroke and other diseases. Hot water here is said to reduce and cure all kinds of diseases.

In Toya Devasya, we can find a shower of elephant statues and pipe that is formed so unique to rinse the body. The bath is open from 07.00 to 19.00 pm. Visitors can soak in the pool for a day while enjoying the natural scenery.
This destination is also equipped with a rinse room with warm water so that after you soak and rinse yourself can still feel the sensation of warm water immersion. Toya Devasya can be a natural tourist destination with family, colleagues, and friends to spend your weekend and holiday.

Dare to Dream, Dare Traveling, Be Adventurous!

Generally when some one mentions to us about Macao, we think it’s only a gambler’s paradise or sin-city like Vegas or Amsterdam. Though there is a lot of nightlife and gambling in the city, it is also a wonderful haven for family. The amount of entertainment options available for kids in Macao is really mind-boggling. One of the best accommodations in Macao to enjoy this is at the majestic Venetian Macao on the Cotai Strip. I recently stayed there with my wife and 4 year old and we had a wonderful time in this paradise for families!

The Venetian Macao experience started from the hotel shuttles which picked us up from the ferry stations itself. They were in the signature blue color with the proud emblem of the lion with wings. Wonderful part is that all the shuttles had free WiFi which helped you in updating your social media channels and also catch up on mails. They were very regular from the ferry stations and also provided a smooth drive across the city where you can see the old city and also the new Cotai strip.

As soon as we entered the main lobby, we were flabbergasted by the opulence and grandness of the buildings. No wonder that Korean pop star Psy had recently shot his music video ‘New Face’ in The Venetian Macao. My son being a big time fan of Psy started posing like Gagnam-style in front of the wonderful murals in the lobby.

One of the highlights of Venetian Macao is the indoor Gondola rides which reminds you of Venice and can be done in any weather because it’s inside the hotel/mall itself. Venetian Macao Gondola rides cost around US $16 per head but there can be a huge line so check the timings accordingly and book early to avoid disappointment.

We were floored by the spacious rooms in Venetian Macao. We were staying in the Famiglia Suite which had 1 King Bed & 1 Children’s Bunk Bed. This suite could easily accommodate 2 Adults & 2 Children. My son Reyansh loved the bunk bed and his own TV and refused to come down from the bunk bed and demanded to get the same at home too!

Ladies would love the big dresser in the marble bathroom along with access to walk-in wardrobe which would help them get ready at comfort and in style!

The luxurious bath tub in the suite provided the perfect place to have some bubble baths. Even kids can enjoy luxurious baths here with rubber ducks.

I love personal touches that hotels put up for their guests. Venetian Macao had toiletries for kids like tooth brushes, tooth pastes, creams and lotions too!

The all-marble bathrooms were also stocked with toiletries for both parents and kids and the closets had robes and slippers for the whole family. I have never seen such wonderful attention to families in any other hotel world wide!

For Indian guests, you need not worry about Indian cuisine as Venetian Macao has The Golden Peacock restaurant which has been awarded a highly coveted star-rating by the illustrious Michelin Guide to Restaurants and Hotels in its Hong Kong & Macau 2014, 2015 & 2016 editions for Third Straight Year .

This restaurant offers lunch buffet from 11am to 3pm daily. Dinner is ala-carte and is open from 6pm to 11pm. Lunch buffett is generally priced at around 188 Macao Patacas for adults and 95 Macao Patacas for children aged 3 to 12.

In starters section, for vegetarians there were Vadas which were really crunchy and tasty.

For non-vegetarians, there was Malai Chicken Kebabs which were just melting in mouth.

If you like Mushrooms, there were Cheesy Mushrooms too which provide the right balance of taste and health to your appetite.

The Desserts counter was huge with lots of different options of Indian sweets, baked items and also fresh cut fruits.

You need not worry if you missed the Golden Peacock timings due to partying across Macao. You could always order in some amazing Indian food via room service which is available round the clock.

Venetian Macao is definitely the best family hotel in Macao providing the best of everything you would need for a relaxing family vacation.

Kung Fu Panda Adventure Ice World is an Ice sculpture exhibition created by a world-class Ice sculpture artists from Harbin, carved out of thousands of colorful ice cubes. Along with the primary attraction Kung Fu Panda there are other famous animations from DreamWorks such as Madagascar, Shrek, Dragon Master and Magic Elf.

There are a series of “Kung Fu Panda” theme adventure missions and games, food, souvenirs and other stalls. This children’s favorite yields the most happiness, and each level has been carefully designed into a small game of physical strength and brain activity. The visitors have the opportunity to get in touch with the “Dragon Fighter” Awa and some other DreamWorks Superstars to enjoy an unforgettable “Experience DreamWorks.”

First of all, I have to tell you that the world of Ice is not allowed for children under the age of 1, because the real world of ice and snow is really too cold! In the entrance, we can see the penguins sitting on the arch Dora, going inside you can see Shrek; it seems to be like walking into the animated world, Shrek and Princess Fionna, and their lovely children. Even donkeys, boots and cats, dragons… all have, really so….Good!

After moving further, you can come across Madagascar animation characters such as King Julien, Maurice, Mort, Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria, and others. There are ice chair thrones, so you can sit and take photos to experience the feeling of the jungle king. Next walking into the Kung Fu Panda’s frozen Jade Palace is very exciting; there are some adventure games to participate. Games like Rows of Slides make people addicted to playing.

The ice sculptures here is very vivid and different from the monochromatic ice sculptures that we have seen before, and the expression of the ice sculptures is lifelike, the cartoon is 2D, and the live ice sculpture is 3D. The cartoon characters are really eye-catching.

If I think about it, it seems that I haven’t been as happy as a child for a long time. The things we get are getting better and better, but the innocence and the ability to experience joy are diminishing, and how hopeful it is to pick up innocence more profoundly. This Kungfu Panda Adventure Ice World experience brought the child out of me, and I was lucky to find a way to spend my last holiday.

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