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Weekly Photo Challenge : Happy

Happiness is a very sensitive feeling that we all feel only at various stages in our lives. Those different stages in our life can be in many different sort of ways either by a relationship, gift, place or even a simple thing like an anonymous tweet.
Above pictures are some of which brings a smile filled with happiness in my life.
Books I love books and one of the happiest days is when I walk into a book store and walk out with a bag of my favorite authors book.
Design and architecture – I love traveling and visiting places that portray a unique interior. Many places I visited in Dubai has amazed me by the structure and design of the place/buildings.
Those visits gave me the happiness of visiting somewhere new and discovering the beauty of that place/building.
Every time I walk in to the fruits section at a supermarket I smile looking at the pomelos which is spread besides the oranges. the story behind my smile is the memory of happy Family get-togethers surrounded by my aunt, uncle and cousins with a plate of pomelo and some salt and chillie.
Shopping in Bangalore are memories that brings a smile filled with loads of happiness which are still fresh.

“Real Happiness lies in making others happy” is a saying which I often use and WordPress has done that by making me and everyone else happy by offering a great new way of displaying the photos in shapes (I like circles) with a lovely topic this week.

Like WordPress 😄

A HOLIDAY IN SRI LANKA

ARUGAM BAY SITUATED IN THE INDIAN OCEAN ON THE DRY ZONE OF SRILANKA IN THE SOUTH EAST.

BADULLA A VIEW ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS EARLY IN THE MORNING COVERED WITH MIST

A VILLAGE HOUSE SITUATED IN NORTHERN SRI LANKA WITH A LOVELY PATH IN BETWEEN THE GREEN FRESH GRASS ALONG THE SIDES AND A BACKGROUND OF COCONUT TREES.
ITS REALLY EYE CATCHING AND GREEN. I LOVE THE VIEW.
SRI LANKA IS FULL OF TREES AND AND GRASS A CLIMATE THAT SUITS ALL SORTS OF PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

A WATERFALL IN THE HILL COUNTRY

are you planning your next trip?
check these pictures out and if you looking for an al in one outing then sri lanka is the best.
places to visit-
HIKKADUWA famous for its coral and beaches. Hikkaduwa coral gardens are known as the best out of all coral gardens found in Asia , Hikaduwa is also the best spot for snorkeling and and surfing.
surfing
Pinnawela elephant orphanage
Dalada maligawa
National museum
Bentota beach hotel
Yala wild life sanctuary
Wilpattu national park
Trincomale the hot water springs (trincomale is very lovely place)
Peradeniya botanical gardens kandy
The Dutch hospital shopping complex colombo
Mount Lavinia beach for some relaxing 🙂
Negombo beach hotel

check out the Rainforest Ecolodge – Deniyaya for a great experience of staying in sri lanka.
more editing in a few hours 🙂

PICTURES COURTESY LANKA DREAM TOURS

weekly photo challenge solitary

The peaceful atmosphere at Bastakiya in Dubai captured through a camera.

A man who works at bastakiya passes by as I capture this extraordinary picture of the display of traditional utensils in a very traditional way.
This place really impressed me not only for the architecture but for the peaceful atmosphere which I really enjoyed spending time on.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE EVERYDAY LIFE

Everyday life for a construction worker is so difficult working under a 39-40 degree temperature in a developing area where you rarely find a shop to have a snack and a cup of coffee.

ALL THE HARD WORK DONE BY THOSE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS TRANSFORMED INTO A MAGNIFICENT STRUCTURE.
LEAVING FAMILY AND FRIENDS BEHIND IN THEIR HOME TOWN AND WORKING IN ANOTHER COUNTRY WE SHOULD THINK ABOUT HOW MUCH HARD WORK AND SACRIFICE HAS BEEN PUT IN TO BRING UP SUCH ENORMOUS  ARCHITECTURES.

“World’s Famous Ghost Towns

Ghost Towns, does it sound familiar?
Whether you’ve heard of a ghost town in a movie, a newspaper article or any other source I decided to give all of you guys out there a very brief insight into ghost towns and the top 10 ghost towns in the world.
As a hobby which is to research, write and blog anything and everything that interests me which I really enjoy sharing on my blog today, I am glad to have found a new subject to write on about.
The first I did was gather some information about Ghost Towns and here is what I found;
A ghost town is an abandoned city, town or village which contains substantial visible remains of that place. Most of the ghost towns were populated and flourishing but later became abandoned after the collapse of its main business activity for e.g.; coal mining or gold and natural resources, etc.
Some of the causes of a town being called as a ghost towns are listed below;
Diminution of natural resources such as;
1. Gold exploration
2. Coal mining
Natural calamities such as;
1. Flood
2. Earthquake
Human made disasters and other such as;
1. Nuclear accidents
2. Loss of potential business
3. Economic crisis
4. Emergence of war

Apart from the collapse of the main business due to natural and human caused disasters which has turned these wonderful cities into Ghost Towns and become tourist attractions due to periodic architecture.
The top 10 Ghost Towns
in the world are listed below;
1. Bodie mono county California
2. Kowloon walled city
3. Kolmanskop Namibia
4. Ovadour sur glane
5. Prypiat Ukraine
6. Craco Italy
7. Pompeii Italy
8. Bam Italy
9. Minam
10. St Elmo Colorado

If you like to learn more on this subject check out the link below and probably you could include into your next travel itinerary.
http://famous101.com/famous-ghost-towns-of-the-world

Street Food/Shawarma/Dubai

Have I been away from blogging for a long week or less with no posts? Oh, my that’s kinda unbelievable for me. Yea blogging is almost my full time job. Everywhere I go or whatever I do I think of how to present something as an interesting article.
Yesterday was a very fine day, had a long drive from Jumeira village circle to deira. Here in Dubai the temperature is around 30-40 during the night, I am guessing based on the weather report I heard a few weeks ago on the radio. I never Checked it since then will be checking soon, these days have been very busy. But believe me it’s so  hot and you can never spend the night out in the streets walking for too long unless someone invents a  cooler like a sweater.
Walking along the streets close to al wasl or souq as they’ve named it, everywhere you smell the delicious mouth watering aroma of grilled chicken, Which is grilled in a skewer placed along a grill vertically for almost a day or so, hot and spicy as you can call it to the Arabian level of spiciness, where as my level is way too adventurous, being born and brought up in Sri Lanka we opt for a bit extra spiciness.
Let’s get back to the grilled chicken, there is a grilled beef option as well. Both are delicious but chicken is my favorite when it comes to a shawarma.
Shawarmas are a flat bread or Rotti filled with those grilled chicken or beef, a vegetable salad and some tomatoes with a couple of spoons of humus which goes really well with the arabic flat bread/Rotti that is used for the shawarmas, always served with a slice of pickled green chillie, carrot, jalapeño or gherkin.
I got some pictures but unfortunately I couldnt get a picture of the shawarma as I had no patience to wait till I get home to eat it, the exciting smell of the shawarma said eat ‘ASAP’ so I ate it in the car. I really enjoy eating while driving. Oooops! I dint mean it that way, I wasn’t driving my hubby was!!!

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The pickle I got it’s still sitting in my shelf I love pickles.

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The chicken that stands on the grill all day grilling, which is shaved into bite size thin piece and wrapped in the rotti/flat bread.

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