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St Lucia – An Exotic destination

Hey folks,

This blog features my latest trip to enchanting St Lucia. I was feeling a bit monotonous at my workplace and so I decided to go out with my friends to some exotic destination. We discussed about it nearly for two weeks and finally zeroed in on St Lucia as it packs many lovely attractions and scenic beaches. Through net, we came to know about an awesome site, Zipholidays. With simple-to-use search facility, we picked out the best deal on St Lucia and they assured us value for money and fun and asked us to pack our bags for an exciting sojourn.

When I got the re-confirmation through phone, I informed this to my friends and we started to plan on how to go about. We fixed a moderate budget and informed our offices of our trip. Since our main motive was to explore the region, we bought guidebooks and checked for some really irresistible offers. We worked out the best offers.

I have read that St Lucia is a small, rich tropical paradise that shelters splendid rain forests, magnificent beaches and excellent resorts. I wanted to explore it in reality.

If your goal is to just relax, you can opt for all inclusive packages that take away worries about costs. If you are like us, to be encircled by some of the best sceneries, it is better to go towards south side, the rural part of St Lucia. The southern part is known for water sports such as snorkelling, yachting and scuba diving and we ventured into some water sports for a while. Its northern side is more populated and touristy place and it has the capital of Castries that is renowned for duty free shopping. We bought some Venetian souvenirs from these duty free shops.

St Lucia helicopters, a private company enabled us to enjoy panoramic views of the place. We were amazed by the fabulous view of the scenic island. Then we hiked through lush rainforests and we walked along giant trees and explored the indigenous tree species. We found it very informative and adventurous.

The next day we went to another tour called “Jungle tours” and saw the natural wonders of the island. At the end of the day, St Lucia offered its own unique music with locals playing it with utmost pleasure. Since most of the hotels provide nightly entertainment we enjoyed watching the Steel Pan bands, local bands and some limbo dancers.

We dined at the highly recommended Dasheen restaurant that is situated at Ladera Resort. We also relished at the Debbie’s Restaurant known for originality, ambience and price. As we went there in April, we could not experience the hurricane season that starts from June. Getting around may not be a cheap proposition as you will find renting a car or taxi significantly expensive. So we opted for local buses.

Typically I get up at 5 and do some yoga till 6:30 am. And then the usual chores. Two weeks into our trip and we are back to our place.

So.. I highly suggest that you folks also enjoy the pleasures that we got from our dream St Lucia holidays. Just like us, you too check out zipholidays.co.uk and you will find an array of cheap holiday offers.

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May 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Unforgettable Trip To Antigua

Hi guys,

This blog is on my recent trip to Antigua. Two weeks back, my girl friend Annie and I, took an exciting trip to this Caribbean Island. We booked through ZipHolidays as it took less time and money to kick off to our dream vacation.

We stayed at Yepton Estate Cottages that house beautifully laid out cottages. We read some of the reviews beforehand, and felt how special it is. Friendly people are there to suggest us some nearby restaurants, places to see or scenic beaches. We dined at couple of restaurants and relished different types of cuisines. We enjoyed its spotless and relaxed ambience and couldn’t ask for better stay and dining. Cool.

I have read that Antigua is an archipelago of islets. After exploring the place we found it as an oasis which offers something for everyone, frolicking on the sand to taking a chance in casinos. So many beaches of breath taking views and boasting as a major sailing place with many natural anchorages and small islets.

We took a small cruise to Bird Island and had some really delicious Lobster on a serene beach. After that, an all Island tour with Antigua Premier Tours in an air-conditioned van with snacks and drinks through out the day. Nice service Indeed.

We also explored some of the duty free shops of Heritage Quay. Duty free is one of the reasons many cruises stay here for a while. You can bargain on perfumes, liqueurs, jewellery and so on. We thought of getting some local memorabilia and we bought a hand printed cotton clothing and also some colourful dolls and quilts. For a while, we wandered around the streets searching for some artisan shops. Couple of minutes later we found beautiful blankets and we were tempted to buy it but could not afford it. Very expensive. I really liked the market and enjoyed the haggle.

The next day we went to Jolly dive centre to experience some cool diving. By the way, Antigua has some 365 beaches to dive and it is a diver’s paradise to enjoy it. It is nice to know that they offer a discover scuba diving course for first time divers. The beaches are great and you can do a lot in this area.

To get a taste of Antigua architecture, we visited a former colonial house, the architecture of which is something fabulous. Historical artefacts also held great importance for us and so went to fabled sugar mills that were once used to process sugar canes.

We enjoyed an energetic stroll on the scenic roads of Fig Tree drive. We found that the fig trees for which the drive is called are actually bananas, a misnomer that came about when the two words messed up. The drive leads you to many serene small villages. There is lot to do in this place and with camera you can look back on this splendid place later.

The Nook is a small eatery in St. John and we relished its well known meat patties. At the later part of the day we located a money changer. I tried uploading some of our pics here, but couldn’t able to do and so you’ve to wait a bit longer.

So… Overall, Antigua exhibits stunning beaches, delicious food, tranquil surroundings and exotic places. Vivid coral reefs and brightly coloured fish render this place a heavenly touch.

I have been to some of the fantastic places in the world – but this was one of my best spot till date. I would highly suggest booking Antigua holidays through zipholidays.co.uk as they offer unparalleled comfort and value for money. So once again don’t forget to take your camera and regret later that you missed some fabulous photo opportunities.

May 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

World Earth day?…. Do we really need it?

Remembering Mother Nature

Remembering Mother Nature

Today is not just another day! On this day, throughout the globe, nature conscious people will celebrate “World Earth Day”. An important day to remember and to spread awareness on preserving our mother nature for ourselves and for our future generations.

On 22nd April 1970, US Senator Gaylord Nelson staged a protest against environmental degradation that was happening in US to get the attention of callous political leaders and bigwigs. He also wanted to create a strong awareness among masses that he believed would bring this ecological issue onto the national agenda. Though the campaign was started in U.S, it grew like wild fire and in the year of 1990, it became a global phenomenon.

Earth Day Facts:

* On an average, we use 6,278 watts of power every year. It is a great wastage and if we prudently use it, we will be saving a good amount of power.

* Canada loses one-third of its sea ice every year and it worsens global warming.

* Each person throws away approximately four pounds of garbage every day.

* More than one third of all energy is used by people at home

* 1/3 of all water is used to flush the toilet.

* Nearly 90 percent of all household waste can be recycled.

Activities:

* East Sussex County Council of UK, in an effort to make its environment green, is providing grants to nature-friendly projects. Ideas and suggestions are invited for community projects that consist of promoting recycling or composting, planting trees, starting an environment club or setting up an EcoSchools project.

* Earth day is being celebrated in Marietta as ‘Green Fest’ wherein hands-on activities are organized. The motive behind it is to bring “earth-friendly” displays and activities to the US community.

* Keep Phoenix Beautiful is organising a program at Cesar Chavez Plaza Downtown Phoenix that highlights recycling and “green” options for the US business community of Phoenix.

* Maricopa County and Phoenix city employees have organized a scenic four-mile cruise through the Willo and Roosevelt Historic District to celebrate bicycle travel.

Have fun on Earth Day

Have fun on Earth Day

Fun activities:

* Colour any ecology related picture with crayons

* Send Earth cards to your near and dear.

* Take a quick puzzle on ecology.

* Make papier mache handicrafts, kites, and party hats.

Have a look at this site for cool earth games and activities: http://www.ecokids.ca/pub/games_activities/index.cfm

Some interesting quotes:

* “I’m not an environmentalist.  I’m an Earth warrior” – Darryl Cherney

* “Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money” – Cree Indian Proverb

* “Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth” – Henry David Thoreau.

What can you do to save nature?

* Get an eco-poster from your neighbourhood

* Plant a tree in your home.

* By giving brochures on environmental conservation.

* Wear T-shirts that are stamped with earth conscious pics.

* Buy a pair of Earth mugs and help save the nature by reducing the usage of disposable cups.

* Keep recycling bins at your house.

* Wrap around ice cream to keep frozen.

* Reduce the usage of plastic covers and opt for paper bags.

* Cut down leather usage. Instead check out for plastic sandals.

In short, what we can do to nature is to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

PS: Apart from celebrating this day, I also believe in action. How about you? Post your comments here!

April 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Would u like playing online games? Check this league cricket

Great way to play online cricket

Great way to play online cricket

If you are bored by watching games in TV as passive audience, then Fantasy Sport is the thing for you. It vents your discontent – you can choose a specific team and line up for a particular match at this fantasy games website – http://www.indianfantasyleague.com and Voila! Watch your team score based on actual performance in real tournaments.

Get in touch with your pals and colleagues and compete in a fantasy squad. Also most fantasy leagues have a grand list of prizes to be given out at the end of each tournament.

The website has wide variety of games like Fantasy Football, Fantasy Tennis and Fantasy Golf apart from Fantasy Cricket. It gives the reason why devout sports lovers enjoy playing games at Fantasy league.

Indian Fantasy League is distributing prizes only within India at the moment. People looking for hard cash may feel let down as there are no monetary prizes in this game. The prizes given out are 25 dishtv connections, 10 Plasma TVs, 10 Laptops, 2 FZ-S, 100 Mobile Phones, 3 MPV cars and so on.

April 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

What is happening in IPL 2009– Season 2 Match Schedule is here

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Cricket Extravaganza

Indian Premier league (IPL) began on 18th April 2009. It was founded last year by Indian Cricket board and features Indian cricketers and the world’s top players in eight teams. The squads are owned by Bollywood film stars and the country’s wealthiest businessmen.

In the opening game of the IPL 2009 Season 2, Sachin Tendulkar’s Mumbai Indians, take on IPL 2008 finalists, the Chennai Super Kings, at Newlands in Cape Town. This 59-match extravaganza will be played in South Africa and majority of Indians and cricket lovers can enjoy them live through TV, web or in the stadium.

Ready to grab the action?

Ready to grab the action?

The following is the time table for the first five matches:

1st match: Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians at Cape Town – Match scheduled to begin at 12:30 local time (10:30 GMT)

2nd match: Bangalore Royal Challengers v Rajasthan Royals at Cape Town – Apr 18, 2009 – Match scheduled to begin at 16:30 local time (14:30 GMT)

3rd match: Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab at Cape Town – Apr 19, 2009 (12:30 local, 10:30 GMT)

4th match: Deccan Chargers v Kolkata Knight Riders at Cape Town – Apr 19, 2009 (16:30 local, 14:30 GMT)

5th match: Bangalore Royal Challengers v Chennai Super Kings at Port Elizabeth – Apr 20, 2009 (16:30 local, 14:30 GMT)

To get the complete schedule of IPL matches, check this out:

http://www.allindians.com/blogs/sports/cricket/4527/ipl-20-20-schedule-ipl-2009

Let us take a look at teams one by one:

Rajasthan Royals:

Emerging Media Group owns this team. The Pink City of Jaipur is represented by the Rajasthan Royals. Astute coach-cum-captain Shane Warne and the top order Graeme Smith can lead the team with their best performance. In the lower order, Ravindra Jadeja can prove helpful. India’s all-rounder Mohammad Kaif and Munaf Patel will rub shoulders with the likes of Justin Langer and Younus Khan. The team will reflect the values of courageous Rajputs and is predicted that they will make it to the semi-finals but will find it difficult to repeat the last year’s outstanding performance.

Kings XI Punjab:

This Lion-hearted team with skipper Yuvraj Singh has made its mission clear, “To be the most entertaining and successful franchise in the league”. The team has the best players owned by Bollywood’s Preity Zinta, and famous industrialists Mohit Burman, Karan Paul and Ness Wadia. Veterans like Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Ramnaresh Sarwan are expected to deliver alongside bravo Brett Lee, Sree Santh and Irfan Pathan who will spearhead the bowling attack. It seems the team is worst hit by injuries for pacers like Brett Lee and Sreesanth. With few big names, it will find difficult to make it to the final stage.

Mumbai Indians:

Owned by Reliance Industries, it has the most expensive and extraordinary cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar. The team has the right balance of youthful vigour and best talent by having players like Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Sanath Jayasuriya, Pinal Shah and Yogesh Takawale. It seems the fans will get to watch glittering performances of the top players. Yet, the team doesn’t have a dashing wicketkeeper-cum-batsman. It is predicted that if the team plays well to their potential, it deserves to reach the semi-finals.

Delhi Daredevils:

Led by the celebrated player Virender Sehwag – the Nawab of Najafgarh, the team takes pride in having solid batsmen like Gautam Gambhir and Shoaib Malik, and bowlers like Glenn McGrath, Daniel Vettori and Mohammad Asif. GMR Group owns the team and Bollywood icon Akshay Kumar is the designated brand ambassador. Check out for this team’s brilliant performance when they play with unceasing vigour. The team relies heavily on their top order and the middle order is below par at some times. Yet they will remain the hot favourites of the season.

Chennai Super Kings:

Owned by India cements, it is led by highest paid and ranked star Mahendra Singh Dhoni. It has added glamour to its kitty by former cricketer Kris Srikkanth and South Indian actors Vijay and Nayantara as brand ambassadors. Coached by former South African cricketer Kepler Wessels, the team is packed by stalwarts like Matthew Hayden, Stephen Fleming, Michael Hussey, Jacob Oram, Makhaya Ntini and Muttiah Muralidharan lending their participation to the Super Kings. The team’s name was selected as a tribute to the rulers of the golden era of Tamil culture. Even though, their bowling order is at present weak with L. Balaji and suave Muralitharan it appears they will win the hearts of cricket lovers.

Kolkata Knight Riders:

The star studded team consists of some renowned cricket players like Aussie Skipper Ricky Ponting, Kolkata Prince Sourav Ganguly, Brendan McCullum of New Zealand and Chris Gayle of the West Indies. Owned by the Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan, the franchise has done everything to promote the team. Kolkata has probably the most explosive opening combination in Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum. With the Pakistan fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul backing out, the team’s bowling order look feeble. The ongoing tension between the coach John Buchanan and the captain over the multiple-captain theory can endanger the morale of the team. It seems that in IPL 2009, they may finish at the lowest order.

Bangalore Royal Challengers:

Business magnate Dr. Vijay Mallya owns the team, named after one of his top brands. Rahul Dravid, the darling of Bangalore, is the captain and the formidable line up of players like Anil kumble, Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Mark Boucher will bring laurels to the team. The Youth force is headed by Under 19 World cup captain Virat kohli, Arun Kumar and Shreevats Goswami among others. Coached by Former Indian fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad, it is expected to shine in the IPL matches with their endurance, determination and team spirit. It seems it could upset the fans in few matches.

Deccan Chargers:

Media house Deccan chronicle owns this team. It has the local favourites like VVS Laxman and international players like Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds, Herschelle

Gibbs and Shahid Afridi to its roster. RP Singh, Chaminda Vaas and Nuwan Zoysa were also the pick of the bowlers. Skipper Adam Gilchrist with his rearranged team, the fortunes of the team has risen to a new level. The Deccan Chargers mascot represents a charging bull signifying strength, power and aggression. The bowling order does not have the strength to give sleepless nights to opposing teams. Even though Fidel Edwards has been inducted into the team, he may not be a significant threat in this 20-20 format. Apart from this, the middle order is reasonably weak in its aggression.

Kasi Viswanathan, secretary of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association and Head of Operations of the Super Kings assured the reporters that they would come back with the trophy this time.

Web links to enjoy the IPL games:

a) Official website of the Indian Premier League: http://www.iplt20.com/home.html andyoutube channel of IPL is www.youtube.com/ipl

b) Get info on every team from here: http://aandavan.info/Watch-IPL-Live-Streaming/index.php

c) Free commentary and live scores: cricinfo.com, cricketnext.com and others.

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