It was a roller-coaster day. I had to make a decision which had been disturbing me. Once the decision was made, I experienced a mini upheaval of emotions before settling down and being focused. So glad I finally managed to do so!

The best part was going home, feeling relieved and not drained! Despite leaving the office late, I was energised. In fact, I felt fresh and got to put up my Christmas tree with Arrow #3. Finally!
ChristmasTreeI like it!

Reviews and Appraisals


Honestly. I am somewhat disappointed really. I was looking for a specific kind of pillow. There are so many types for sale and I really wasn’t in a mood to spend precious money to try each type out. What I was looking for had to be good but of course affordable. I have had enough of these supposedly orthopaedic pillows which didnt do the job at all. So there I was, looking around, and I am sure, looking very lost. I finally located a salesperson and made my request. To my dismay, not only was he ignorant of what I was looking for, he was downright uninterested to assist! It had been a long day, and I really didnt need this sort of attitude!

This incident made me compare with other places with high standards. Some places are so good that they are recognised and obtain special rating. The one I saw recently was the Cozy Winters Reviews – they have top rating! I wonder if it’s possible to get this sort of system enforced here. That would surely pull up some proprietors!

As for the salesman… I had to do something I dislike intensely; I made a complaint. Well, it wasn’t an official complaint. What I did was to go look for someone else who looked more able to help and remark how I had asked but got no assistance from that person. Turns out that the second member of staff I was speaking to was the manager on duty. Oops!




The rings were just too tight and I was going for a medical test which required them to be removed. So what could I do?

Thankfully I recalled a little trick I saw. A video clip was sent to me and I had watched it with rapt attention. Boy, was I glad I did!


Out came some line. I didnt have anything strong, but the dental floss seemed to be sufficient.

I would it round and round my finger. Then slipped one end under the ring. I began to pull the loose end and as it made its way round and round my finger, it slid the ring over my joint and voila!

Was it painful to do? Well, I think it was less painful that if I had tried it with oil, soap, etc and just pulled away. This way, I was able to get both rings off in no time, and not only the finger survived!

Now I have to decide whether or not to put them back on after the procedure!!! Should I?



Learned a new word! Chill and relax put together, becomes Chillax!


Hubby had a special gift for his birthday – a coupon for two to have a full body massage. Fantastic!

I am the one who likes the massage more, but this promised to be one that he might enjoy too. The only drawback was that a three-day notice was needed. Days went by and it became weeks. We still hadnt gone!

Then one day, on the spur of the moment (otherwise known as having a long full and shoulder aching day) he called the place and asked if they had an opening.

They did!

And off we went.

This was the first step – having a foot soak of five minutes and then having the foot dried.
IMG_1580Needless to say we had a really nice shoulder unknotted time… great way to hit the sack after. Ahhhhhh

Blossoming Beauties


One of the greatest joys of a visit to temperate climates is the blooms that greet you after the cold, dark, and often damp winter months. Spring is wonderful… except for the hay fever sufferers.


Glorious array of coloursIMG_8977

What incredible styles and ways that these stemmed beauties carry themselves. IMG_8978

What an imaginative way to promote colours!
IMG_9186Truly am blessed by this!



Pristine Lake


A short walk to the lake and I am left speechless. It’s waters are clear. The surroundings are serene. People can do all sorts of summer water activities here and yet I am told that the water is clean enough to drink.Zell am See LakeIt’s possible to swim across the lake but you would have to be a confident and strong swimmer.

A drive around the entire lake takes about 30 minutes. That’s vast. Beautiful place to relax. Love it. This is Zell am See Lake.

Home from Home


When in Austria, you can either go to the countryside or stay in the town. We opted to go to Zell am See, an hour’s drive from Salzburg.

You can also have a choice of rental – apartments or condominiums is one. The other, which we much prefer, is to get a house. This one is fully equipped (towels and toiletries, dishwasher and dryer) well maintained (lovely wooden paneling inside) and in a convenient location (minutes walk to the town centre and most places)

thumb_IMG_8352_1024A garden to relax in during the summer months. It’s cosy, it’s warm, it’s welcoming. What a life!


The Hills are Alive


The famous song echoes in my mind as I look towards the lovely Alps. Snow is beginning to thaw, and that simply adds to the beauty. Scenes that I have only found in magazines and on the television are now being visualised by my very own eyes. I feel so very blessed.thumb_IMG_8083_1024

The weather was perfect – not too hot and not too cold. In almost every direction I turned I saw majestic mountains crowning green pastures.


We used Zell am See as our base. This is the village where the Von Trapp Family stayed. So one evening, there was a tribute to the family. A water, laser musical. Though it didn’t last very long, it was fun, informative and entertaining. I took lots of videos and was left, like many present, wanting more.

IMG_8444What a delightful time thus far!


Major changes


So I planned for a trip down memory lane. It was totally unlike what I had in mind. There were so many changes to the place where I used to live.

One of the most major change I noticed was the diet. This is what the local high street fare is now. No more the local chippie (fish and chips) let alone the Chinese take-away (although I am told that the Chinese fare shop is still around albeit the other end of the road!)  thumb_IMG_7286_1024

It’s kebab, naan, samosa, and the like. There was only one butcher selling pork in the local market and the clothing stores contained an amazing array of beautiful sarees, punjabi outfits and similar cloth which could be sewn up into colourful displays of the culture now more prominent. It’s enlightening. It’s more affluent. It’s a new east end of London.

Back at our friends’ home, it’s the usual English fare – bangers and not mash, but a typical Yorkshire pudding. The vegetables are boiled and they hold their natural taste without the added rich spices that one would find the neighbours using.

thumb_IMG_7305_1024I thought I would be re-visiting the place I called home for more than a decade. Instead I found myself in a totally different world and life despite the familiar road names. This is turning out to be a real holiday – a home away from home!



A Transformed Community





At last we make the long flight to our holiday destinations! The first of two wonderful destinations, we land at London! It’s been years since I have been here; I am really looking forward to my time.

It’s summer time, so the hours are longer. That means we get to go for a walk after dinner.

Our friends take us to visit the place where the London Olympics were held. What an amazing transformation! The whole place is unlike anything we have seen before.

This is where the rowing competition was held. It looks so serene and beautiful. The place is redeemed.


All around I see flowers, cheering up the place.
thumb_IMG_7212_1024This is not the east end of London I knew. What joy! I am thrilled that there has been so much development for good. What’s more, the old structures have not been left to disrepair. The stadium is being renovated to house the local football team, West Ham. The swimming pool and arena is being well used by the residents. New and more upmarket shops are opened in the nearby shopping centre. There is so much life!

It’s a great start to the holidays and I am looking forward to more.

But first, now, it’s time to hit the bed after staying up for so many hours….



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