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Under a Spell at Pangulasian Islands

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Soaking in all the sea minerals might be the single most productive thing to do at Pangulasian islands. So we set sail after a hearty breakfast the next day, as if we were already pro at it and gave in to the little snorkeling pleasures of life. One deep breath… And into the water we sprang! To say hello to little fins. On an island vacation, keep your snorkeling kits handy. India – here, here or here. | Germany – here, here or here. Having…

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Sailing Into Bewitchment, Pangulasian Islands

el nido resorts pangulasian island

Waking up to the sound of waves and hiking boats again for lunch is what we call an island life. Since Philippines has 7100 islands, they have naturally mastered the skills of living one. And El Nido resorts on the Pangulasian islands is 2X island life. The Banca boys picked us up again at midday. Marking the sea with a trail. And transporting us within 10 minutes at the dock of Miniloc Islands and resorts, another property owned by the same group. In contrast…

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Beach Villa, Pangulasian Islands

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Since the jet lag has almost shrugged off & the morning has been spent scooting through the memory cards, all with the occasional sighs, why wait for another hour to pass by without letting you have every exciting bit of our story about El Nido, Pangulasian and Philippines! It is impossible to resist when the excitement is so huge, we could not stop ourselves from telling you all about our trip just hours after getting off the flight. As guests…

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Green Grass. Blue Jeans. Windmills & Sheeps. Netherlands.

apeksha and vishal

We quite envy the people who live this life every single day of their lives. It must be fascinating to be surrounded by windmills, sheeps, ducks and blooms all year round! Waking up to the sounds of chirping birds and sleeping in absolute silence. One day here & we side with countryside. Beginning the day with rolling on the grass and doing absolutely nothing for a change. Crossing multiple dream houses. Ultimately choosing the one with a garden. On the streets…

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Netherland’s Backyard

vishal and apeksha boating

We might be city bred & born but a little downtime in countryside hurt no one. Infact a countryside holiday should be referred to as the vacation cleanse. Especially when its Broek in Waterland, a tiny village with population of just 2000 people. We call it Netherland’s backyard. Strokes of color and perfectly placed trinkets in the lanes of Broek are as if the town came alive from a painting. We parked ourselves by the river, letting the afternoon pass by…

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Tulips & Trotting, Amsterdam

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By the time we got used to our heart skipping a beat at everything we saw in Amsterdam, we realized we were far from it. Just outside our hostel was the grand Concert Gebouw, a treat for music lovers. Though you got to book a show beforehand. And the postcards coming to life. Amsterdam at this time of the year is at its beautiful best. The flowers begin to bloom and if you do not wish to go as far…

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Cheese Tasting in Amsterdam

store in amsterdam

Have you ever had second thoughts on, ‘To cheese or not to cheese’, when it comes to food? Is that even a question we wonder. Especially if its Hollander. And its colored. And its herbed. Just walking in the alleys of Amsterdam you wonder whats better than Holland’s superstar cheese. Well, it is cheese tasting ofcourse. At Henry Willig Cheese Company. On a wednesday afternoon, this boutique of a store was chock-a-block with fans from around the world. Large and medium…

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A Crush on Amsterdam

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Unlike the usual notion that Amsterdam revels under (obviously, coffee shops and weed), it actually smells of happiness. Yes, you can’t really smell happiness but it walks with you past the canals, in the park and on cobbled streets. Just a simple walk around the city is gratifying. Underground houses peep over. And the symmetrical buildings stuck together make up for magical architecture here. Amsterdam is made up of 100 kms of canals and 1500 bridges. So its safe to…

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Ski & Sauna, Black Forest

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We woke up to crisp white mountains and trinklets of snow on the tree. Best weather to dunk your biscuits in hot tea. There is a certain comfort in putting on your fuzzy socks and sitting by the snowflakes, listening to the sound of silence around you. Islands might be our favorite holidays but mountains are for serendipity. Have a SNO-ring weekend ✋ A photo posted by Apeksha Vishal (@thing2gether) on Feb 20, 2016 at 12:34am PST We were done…

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Snow A Gogo, Black Forest

vishal and apeksha black forest

After breakfast we had the snow day to ourselves. Just outside our room, the hotel windows overlooked drizzles of snowflake. Pretty much non-stop. Familien Haus Feldburg-Falkau could easily pass for a massive private bungalow on three levels. Just walking along the glass doors painted with snow felt homely. Snowballs were waiting and though we were stepping out in negative temperatures, there was nothing we had not signed up for. Since the hotel could only give us access to as much…

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Black Forest, Germany

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When you start your day with a rainbow, what’s ahead is magical. Driving to Black Forest, Germany for skiing and bucket loads of snow turned out to be a titanic of a weekend. Soon after crossing Frieburg, the roads began to swirl. Revealing thousands of snow covered trees, one turn at a time.   We had booked 2 nights stay at Feldburg Falkau familien haus, a property very close to the ski area. There is a supermarket very close to…

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The Frankfurt Carnival

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Germany’s ever famous tradition came alive last week. Bang in the center of Frankfurt, a parade walked down, throwing goodies at the crowd, singing and dancing and making merry with beer. The Frankfurt carnival happens once a year and almost all of Frankfurt is on the streets. Colors were sprinkled on the pathway of the parade. And humans came in every size & shape, grooving to their own tunes. Even the crowd dressed up to the occasion. The German horses stole…

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A Happy Sunday

restaurant in frankfurt

On Sunday, we were craving some health food. The restaurant next to our house in Frankfurt serves such. Green Sauce & More stirs up middle eastern cuisine jumbled with German dishes and fruity cocktails. It was a rainy afternoon. So we got very comfortable at the restaurant, spending a lot of time, waiting for the rains to stop. Initiating a trippy start to please our sweet tooth. And then loading Falafels, Flammkuchen & salad on our table. Flammkuchen, the cousin…

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Travel Photography #1 – Ducks

ducks sleeping

On an evening walk, along the Main river in Frankfurt, our subjects waded through cobbled streets, had a hundred colors and kept us entertained throughout. In #1 travel photography project, we have captured the happy lives of ducks in the evening hours. The mood of the city was fine & charming as the log trains crossed over our heads. And in the middle of all this, an ideal bench waited for us. & swings to play. The walk ended with Flammkuchen…

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