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Wondering what this is? . This is cleaned, dried, boiled and coloured elephant poop, ready to set into frames and become paper! . We had a go at making elephant poop paper at the Elephant Jungle Safari in Pattaya, and absolutely loved the experience! . #elephantsanctuary #pattayaelephantsanctuary #elepantjunglesafari #ifoundawesome #pattaya #pattayaelephantjunglesanctuary #pattayatraveldiaries #thailand #thailandtraveldiaries #amazingthailand #thaitourism #thailandtourism #thailandgram #condenasttraveller #bangaloretravelblogger #indiantravelblogger #elephantpoo #poopaper #pooppaper #elephantpoop #elephant #elephantpoopaper #elephantpooppaper #subgreatlikez
At the Elephant Jungle Safari in Pattaya, we learnt how to make paper from elephant poop. The poop is cleaned, dried, boiled and coloured, then set in frames and allowed to dry - and voila! You get paper! . So, so interesting this was! Best use of waste, pretty to look at too. And, no, elephant poo paper does not smell, in case you are wondering! :) . #elephantsanctuary #elephantjunglesafari #pattaya #pattayaelephantsanctuary #pattayaelephantjunglesanctuary #pattayatraveldiaries #ifoundawesome #thailand #thailandtraveldiaries #amazingthailand #thaitourism #thailandtourism #thailandgram #condenasttraveller #bangaloretravelblogger #indiantravelblogger #elephantpoo #poopaper #pooppaper #elephantpoopaper #elepant #elephantpooppaper #sunfn09
Out beyond ideas Of wrongdoing and rightdoing There is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass The world will be too full to talk about. ~ Rumi  #kokernag #anantnag #kashmir #srinagartraveldiaries #kashmirtraveldiaries #jammuandkashmir #indiatraveldiaries #indiantravelblogger #bangaloretravelblogger #condenasttraveller #incredibleindia #incredibleindiaofficial #indiatravelgram #lonelyplanetindia #indiapictures #traveltales #travelwithme #travelholic
The Pattaya Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is a barebones operation that rescues elephants and helps rehabilitate them. Tourists are given a chance to get up, close and personal with the mammoths, feeding them, walking in their midst, posing for pics with them, and bathing them. All of this happens in a very natural, eco-friendly way, very humane and respectful treatment meted out to the animals. Patrons don't ride the elephants here, instead they work with them. .  The husband, the bub and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with the ellies, here. Detailed blog post coming up soon! . Have you been here yet? . #pattaya #thailand #thailandtraveldiaries #amazingthailand #thaitourism #thailandtourism #thailandgram #condenasttraveller #pattayatraveldiaries #pattayaelephantjunglesanctuary #elephantsanctuary #pattayaelephantsanctuary #indiantravelblogger #bangaloretravelblogger #traveltales #travelwithme #travelholic
The Grand Palace in Bangkok, the former residence of Thailand's royal family, is not just a single structure. It includes, within its premises, several buildings, open courtyards and gardens, along with a temple to the Emerald Buddha. The buildings were built one at a time, over the centuries, which accounts for their different styles of construction. . I loved, loved, loved this blue-and-white structure within the premises of the Grand Palace. It reminded me of Greece and Italy, somehow. . #grandpalace #emeraldbuddha #ifoundawesome #eneraldbuddhatemple #thailand #thailandtraveldiaries #amazingthailand #thaitourism #thailandtourism #thailandgram #bangkok #bangkoktraveldiaries #watkraew #condenasttraveller #indiantravelblogger #bangaloretravelblogger #traveltales #travelwithme
Ornate golden, crystal and glass detailing is everywhere in and around the Grand Palace. Here is a small sample! . Detailed blog post about this place coming up on the blog soon! . #grandpalace #emeraldbuddha #ifoundawesome #eneraldbuddhatemple #thailand #thailandtraveldiaries #amazingthailand #thaitourism #thailandtourism #thailandgram #bangkok #bangkoktraveldiaries #watkraew #condenasttraveller #indiantravelblogger #bangaloretravelblogger #traveltales #travelwithme #travelholic
These Vegetable Sesame Noodles With Sweet & Sour Sauce was what we had for dinner today. . I've been feeling much, much better over the last two days, after a storm of a viral fever attacked me last week. I cooked today after ages, these noodles. Had a hearty meal after what feels like months! . How have you been, peeps? . #noodles #sweetandsournoodles #vegetablenoodles #vegetablesesamenoodles #huffposttaste #ifoundawesome #dinner #homemadewithlove #homefood #madefromscratch #indianfoodblogger #bangalorefoodies #bangalorefoodblogger #sobangalore #yaymek #mymagicpinbangalore #theslowlife #lifeintheslowlane #slowliving
I adore seahorses. I am fascinated by them. I don't have a particular reason for this fascination - I'm just charmed. . I always assumed I'd have to travel to some place like the Andamans or the Maldives to see a live seahorse. And even then, a sighting would depend entirely on luck. I had no clue I was going to walk into an entire section dedicated to seahorses at Sea Life in Bangkok. I was speechless to see several types of this beautiful sea creature in the flesh, at Sea Life, which is a place I cannot get enough of BTW. . For all those people who have ever wondered about the goings-on beneath the waves of the sea, Sea Life is a must-visit. It is difficult to believe this beauty of a place is housed within one of Bangkok's posh malls. The best part is, the marine creatures are handled in a very eco-friendly, responsible way. . Have you visited this place yet? . #seahorse #ifoundawesome #siamparagon #siamparagonmall #mallsofthailand #mallsofbangkok #seaworld #seaworldbangkok #bangkok #bangkoktraveldiaries #thailand #thailandtraveldiaries #amazingthailand #thaitourism #thailandtourism #thailandgram #condenasttraveller #bangaloretravelblogger #indiantravelblogger #sealife #sealifethailand #sealifebangkok
Right from the moment we landed in Thailand, on our recent holiday, I wanted to get my hands on some authentic local food. We shunned the regular coffee-and-burger cafes, and headed straight to a small Thai restaurant in Suvarnabhoomi Airport, Bangkok, for a breakfast of vegetarian Pad Thai noodles. This Mango & Sticky Rice was our post-breakfast sweet treat at the Chinatown restaurant in the airport. So much yum! . #suvarnabhoomi #bangkokairport #suvarnabhoomiairport #mangoandstickyrice #stickyriceandmango #ifoundawesome #huffposttaste #dessert #dessertporn #stickyricemango #stickyriceandmango #stickyrice #mango #dessert #dessertporn #thefeedfeed #f52grams #trellfood #thekitchn #thailand #thailandtraveldiaries #amazingthailand #thaitourism #thailandtourism #thailandgram #bangkok #bangkoktraveldiaries #condenasttraveller  #thaifood #thaicuisine #thailandfood #thailandcuisine
Toddlerhood – the time when a child is between 1 and 3 years of age – is a precious phase. This is the time when kids are at their most notorious, driving their parents up the wall every so often – yet, this is when they are at their most vulnerable and adorable best. This is also when the time when they are exploring the world around them, food included. They are slowly learning to navigate the world, understand what they like and what they don’t and, as parents, it is our duty to help them do just that. In terms of food, toddlers should be exposed to a variety of finger foods – stuff they can easily hold in their little hands and eat on their own. This has a number of benefits, from improvement in gross and fine motor co-ordination and sensory integration to improved bonding with the parents and a deeper sense of ‘home’. .  This week, the theme at Foodie Monday Blog Hop is just that – #toddlerfingerfoods. For this theme, which is super close to my heart, I decided to prepare one of the bub's favourite toddler snacks - pretty Cocktail Idli Flowers or naturally coloured mini idlis arranged into flowers. .  Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog! . https://thephotowali.wordpress.com/2018/12/03/cocktail-idli-flowers-beetroot-carrot-spinach-mini-idlis/ .  #bubboo #lifeasamom #daughterdiaries #carrotidlis #miniidlis #colouredidlis #spinachidlis #beetrootidlis #miniidli #toddlerfood #snacksforkids #healthysnacksforkids #foodiemondaybloghop #recipepost #carrotidli #indianfood #huffposttaste #cocktailidli #ifoundawesome #indianmommyblogger #spinachidli #beetrootidli #bangaloremommyblogger #bangalorefoodies #bangalorefoodblogger #indianfoodblogger
Glossy bean paste vegetables spotted at a dessert place in Thailand! . Moong bean paste is commonly used to make small stuff like this - typically fruits and vegetables - in Thailand. They are called Luk Chup (what a cute name, right?), and can be eaten on their own or used as toppings for other desserts. They are so pretty, so colourful, done with so much perfection, resembling the real stuff exactly. .  #beanpaste #beanpastefigures #dessert #dessertporn #huffposttaste #ifoundawesome #platinummall #bangkok #mallsofthailand #mallsofbangkok #thaicuisine #thaifood #thailandcuisine #thailandfood #thaidessert #beanpastecraft #thaibeanpastecraft #thailand #bangkok #bangkoktraveldiaries #thailand#thailandtraveldiaries #amazingthailand #thaitourism #thailandtourism #thailandgram #condenasttraveller #bangaloretravelblogger #indiantravelblogger #lukchup
Pondoh Salacca (also, Zalacca) is a fruit native to Indonesia. I discovered it in Thailand, though - it is available in quite a few roadside fruit stalls as well as malls. . I used to call this Snake Fruit, because of its scaly skin, when in Thailand. Now, reading up on the Internet, I realise that is actually quite a popular unofficial name for the fruit. . The skin is peeled off, and the soft white interior (not unlike a litchi) is consumed. The flesh is nothing like that of the sweet-smelling litchi, though. It has a strong, peculiar smell and a strong, almost acidic taste that didn't sit well with me. . Have you tried this out? . #pondohsalacca #pondohzalacca #indonesia #ifoundawesome #huffposttaste #indonesiafruit #indonesianfruit #snakefruit #thailand #thailandtraveldiaries #siamparagonmall #siamparagon #gourmetmarket #siamparagongourmetmarket #bangkok #bangkoktraveldiaries #indianfoodblogger #bangalorefoodies #bangalorefoodblogger #condenasttraveller #bangaloretravelblogger #indiantravelblogger #amazingthailand #thaitourism #thailandtourism #thailandgram #mallsofthailand
A durian seller, caught in action at the Floating Market in Pattaya. . This is a place I found very pretty, in spite of the waters being filthy and there being a lot of tourist traps all around. I learnt a lot about Thai culture and food here, and am grateful for the experience. . As for the durian, I tried it out a couple of times in the course of our Thailand holiday, and couldn't go beyond two little spoonfuls each time. I don't think we are ever going to be friends - durian and I. . #durian #durianseller #pattaya #floatingmarket #huffposttaste #ifoundawesome #pattayafloatingmarket #thailand #thailandtraveldiaries #amazingthailand #thaitourism #thailandtourism #thailandgram #pattayatraveldiaries #indiantravelblogger #bangaloretravelblogger #condenasttraveller #traveltales #travelwithme #travelholic
On our recent holiday to Thailand, we managed to land there in the midst of their 9-day long Vegetarian Festival, something akin to our Navratri, when many of the Thais eat only vegetarian food. Most malls in Bangkok have a host of vegetarian stalls in their food courts this time of the year, characterised by yellow-and-red flags proclaiming 'Jay' (vegetarian/vegan) food. . In the picture are cups of Sakoo Piek, a Thai dessert made with sago pearls aka sabudana, at the Siam Paragon mall. As far as I understand, those colours are natural - derived from all-natural sources. We didn't manage to try this out, but it surely looked really interesting! . #sakoopiek #ifoundawesome #huffposttaste #thaidessert #dessert #dessertporn #thailand #thailandtraveldiaries #amazingthailand #thaitourism #thailandtourism #thailandgram #bangkok #bangkoktraveldiaries #thaisagodessert #sago #sagopearls #vegetarianfoodfestival #siamparagon #siamparagonmall #mallsofthailand #mallsofbangkok #thaicuisine #thaifood #thailandcuisine #thailandfood #condenasttraveller #thailandvegetarianfoodfestival
Aaya naya Ujala Chaar boondoon wala.. .  I grew up listening to the Ujala ad playing on television, almost endlessly. Today, though, I don't see Ujala 'blue' anywhere around me. Anywhere but in Kashmir, that is. In the local markets of Srinagar, Ujala is very much still in vogue, or so it seems. . #bazaar #sundaymarket #bazaarsofindia #srinagar #bazaarsofsrinagar #srinagartraveldiaries #kashmiribazaar #bazaarsofkashmir #kashmir #jammuandkashmir #kashmirtraveldiaries #ujala #ujalableach #ifoundawesome #jammuandkashmirtraveldiaries #indiapictures #indiantravelblogger #bangaloretravelblogger #condenasttraveller #indiatraveldiaries #incredibleindia #incredibleindiaofficial #indiatravelgram #lonelyplanetindia #traveltales #travelwithme #travelholic
You have to check these ice creams out! . Three of acclaimed Chef Ben Ungermann's (of the MasterChef Australia 2017 fame) ice creams are now available exclusively on Swiggy, in partnership with Cream Stone! As part of the Swiggy Signatures program, these ice creams - Coffee & Cardamom, Salted Caramel & Potato Chips, and Popcorn - can only be ordered from Cream Stone via @swiggyindia. . I tried out @ben_ungermann's ice creams through Swiggy recently, and absolutely loved the Popcorn and Salted Caramel. The popcorn and the potato chips added a lovely crunch and savoury note to the ice creams, which were delicious anyway. The Coffee & Cardamom was too bitter for me, and there was barely any hint of cardamom in it. .  Do try these exclusive ice creams out too! This is a limited-time offer, which you must grab ASAP! Available in select locations in India only. .  #benungermann #icecream #saltedcaramelicecream #popcornicecream #coffeeandcardamomicecream #masterchefaustralia #masterchefaustralia2017 #benungermannicecream #swiggy #swiggysignatures #swiggyexclusives

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