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October 2014

Cebu Life: A photo essay

The odds are most people haven’t even heard of Cebu. The Philippines’ oldest city, a World War II port, is an often overlooked travel destination with Manila or Boracay being the usual suspects. And that’s exactly why you should visit now. We enjoyed a virtually untouched by tourists city (not that we left our resort much) but just a taxi ride through the city really offered up some interesting insights. It

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Maggie Beer’s Farm, Barossa Valley, Australia

Maggie Beer is a massive celebrity for viewers of Masterchef Australia here in India. We hang on to this chef extraordinaire’s every word, smile like lovestruck puppies when she says or does something sweet, and read her recipes like a bible. As soon as Charles and I decided to drive the Great Ocean Road in Australia, I thought, “Wait a minute. Maggie Beer’s Farm, Barossa Valley, Australia!” and started jumping up and down

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Chef’s Tasting Menu at Adaa, Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

Here we were, seated inside a conference room that seemed straight out of the early 1900s, listening to the Palace Chef tell us about the Princess’ penchant for very high standards when it came to the food she ate and served her guests. We wondered if we were in a dream as tales of mouth watering recipes sourced from old farsi journals were served to us by Executive Chef Arun Sundaraj

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Travelling as a couple Part I: The good vs the bad

Travelling as a couple was something that came very naturally to Charles and me, since it began with a vengeance right from our honeymoon in Mauritius. We’ve had a lot of people ask us with immense curiosity about how we make it work. But frankly, I couldn’t ask for a better travel companion and it doesn’t always have to do with the fact that we’re married to each other. The

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16 times we found India abroad

You travel to find out you were wrong about every other country. I read this somewhere (probably Pinterest) long ago and it resonates every single time I travel. And if there’s one thing that’s been common across so many of our trips, it is to find out that the world is more Indian than you think. As an Indian traveller who cowers every time she sees her fellow citizens having

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Nalusuan Island Marine Sanctuary

Nalusuan Marine Sanctuary, a snorkel mask, and me. Who would have thought? Until a year ago, I didn’t know how to swim. And a lot of people I’ve admitted that fact to react rather incredulously, disbelief writ large on their faces. So I begin the usual story of how I grew up in a city in South India where most of us didn’t learn swimming (my brother, most of my

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