A walk around Diyatha Uyana

In sri lanka after a year and a half.

It was a very fine day with a very high temperature. Unbearable heat made us decide to go for a walk in an area surrounded by water and plants. Having never visited the place encouraged us to decide the venue as  diyatha uyana for the weekend.
A large line of vehicles were awaiting in a cue to get a spot at the parking inside.  If you jump the line you dont get a parking inside. So thats what happened we had to jump the line or else we would have ended up in the cue until 7 pm.

As we entered we were welcomed by the fresh breeze of air coming from the surrounding plants and the lake.
walking was great looking at the variety of plants that were available for sale. The plants range from colorful roses to green plants, a variety of flowers and Australian grass.

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Sri Lanka has many types of items made of clay. I really love the food cooked in clay pots and now lets talk about of that later, it’s a long subject. I would like to introduce the variety of products made of clay. The products range from bird cages to cases and ornaments and even pots and pans.

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A part of the plants section at diyatha uyana.

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The walk along the river lit up with lovely lights definitely a romantic get away for those honeymooners 🙂
You can hold hands and walk in peace as the breeze kisses your chin moving your hair towards your eyes.

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A very lovely place to enjoy your BBQ? Ofcourse they do provide bbq chicken for a fee you can pay and sit back enjoying the beauty of the place while your dinner is being cooked. You’ll get the appetite soon as they fire up the bbq grill. The smell is so delicious.

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The place where the BBQ is prepared. Ofcourse a place to sit when it starts drizzling for those who dont like getting wet in the rain.

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The lake 🙂

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The big fat duck hiding from the bbq area I guess in fear of being killed for a bbq?
Its too old for a bbq 🙂

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And yes the photo shoot place. Wondering whats special?
Can’t guess?
Okay, thats fine!
Its the 3D art on the walk. Yes you can see through a naked eyes but only through your camera. You dont need a dslr my s4 did the job well.
Doesn’t it look like water or waves or both?
It does from my point of view.

Wana take the next flight to sri lanka?
You should atleast visit once if you can afford. If not no worries I will keep you posted on the beaty and thats all on travel for today.
My next post os all about the delicious srilankan cuisine.
Does it ring a bell?
yes, await the beauty of traditional srilankan food.

Thanks
Mafaza
Travelandfoodworldwide

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Weekly Writing Challenge : Backward

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Finally got my books exchanged and walked out happily capturing panoramic images through my new Samsung galaxy s4.

Its humongous, isnt it?

Its was a very fine day when my hubby’s cousin told me about the logos hope which is a missionary ship with volunteers from many parts of the world working together to help the underprivileged.
Its a ship with a bookfair where people can buy books for a fraction of the retail price. I agree to my cousins wird that the books are very cheap.
I was eager to visit the ship from the time I herd of it. I was searching online for the details of arrival at the colombo harbour.
My favourite Sunday newspaper and a social media site had an article about the ship arrival in sri lanka and I fixed a date with ny family members to make it a day out.

I couldn’t wait to visit the bookfair.
Finally it was a Thursday evening as the clock stuck three we started getting ready expecting the rain to stop as I had an infant whom I had no other option apart from carrying him along.

We started of by four to the harbour and as we reached we had to park our car and get the tickets from where we were escorted into a bus which will take us to the harbour.
As we went closer to the ship I was really happy to walk in. It was my first ever visit to a real ship and my first visit to the harbour.
As we entered we were welcomed by a crew member and was given a short tutorial about how the bookfair works and a short briefing of logos hopes mission.
Soon afterwards we entered the book fair where there were hundreds and thousands of books on various fields. Everuone can find a book if you are interested in reading. I am addicted to cook books and my favourite was a few baking books. I managed to get one and thought my hubby would be interested in dietery books so grabed a couple of them and walked towards the cafe where my family members met and had a chat over a cup of hot chocolate and popcorns. Kids prefered something cool so we got some lime juices and ice creams.
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Soon afterwards we came out of the ship through a passage which led outdoors with a line up of benches, a sailors dummy, huge travelling bag which I believe should be the largest in the world (cos I stood inside it and got a few pictures “not that am 7 feet ) there were many sorta of souvenirs like keytags, badges, 3d model ship making sheets, pena and many more.

As we came out of the ship we took some pictures and returned home.
Soon after coming home and freshening up I remembered I forgot to take the pictures on panorama mode and felt like dashing backwards like harry potter does through a time tuner and redoing the photographing. Yet it was impossible so I made up my mind. The same noght I was talking to my hubby about my adventure and the books I found. He was less interested in the books as we both have a very clear knowledge of lowcarb and dietery proportions. Soon after the call I was eager to return the books and get some other book which I badly wanted.

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On monday I returned to the ship with my family and selected a few books I wanted and rusged to the counter with a doubt if they might exchange.
I was lucky enough to get the books exchanged and as I came towards the bus I switched my phone camera to panorama mode and clicked a few pictures in various angles.
The best angle is posted on top of the post.

mafaza

December 4th 2012 winter mornings

A few days before it was raining with a little bit of lightning for a few hours here in Dubai. As winter has approached the climate is awesome. I really love dubai during winter.
Today Early morning at 6:45 am I slightly drew the curtains to see If it’s raining and found this lovely view from my balcony.
Yes, a beautiful cloudy sky with blue, grey and a lovely pink. I guess the sun has just started rising and the sky was looking beautiful. Nature has many natural colors.
Standing along my balcony the winter air blows in a slow breeze while I enjoy the beauty of nature, birds flying around from one place to another buses and cars moving fast on al khail road, school busses moving around emirates garden 1, construction workers starting the days work with more buildings being built around in this developing area called Jumeira village circle it’s really a kind of meditation to wake up early and admire the beauty of nature.

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Smoothie Contest by Aquarius at the Balance Cafe

I really enjoy participating in contests that gives me an opportunity to display my talents.

Whether I win or lose all that matters to me is that I participated in a contest. there are many who feel bad for loosing a contest but all I look into is what I learnt from my failure. life has taught many of us good things by our failures so did this smoothie contest teach me that kiwi smoothie is different but yet not a very good option.

oasis wellness festival at the oasis center in Dubai is being held from the 8th to 24th November.
There are many activities like the diabetic walk, free RBS check ups and blood pressure checks to create awareness amongst the public and encouraging fitness by many yoga sessions and healthy cooking shows for kids.

The smoothie making contest was one such healthy program.

I always make an avocado or papaw smoothie at home but never have tried a kiwi smoothie.

My husband always did add some fruits that was left at home for example he used to add a banana with another fruit that’s available and make a smoothie.

As a person who is obsessed of masterchef Australia and any other cookery shows I have always dreamt of participating in an invention test.

The smoothie contest was an invention test. as many of the participants selected strawberries dates and cocoa I decided to get some kiwi with banana.

I have never read there was a kiwi smoothie but I prepared it and tasted although the taste was palatable it was not very good for a person who has a sweet tooth like me.

What I learnt from the contest

  1. yogurt added to a smoothie enhances the flavor and especially with a fruit like kiwi.
  2. honey is healthier than sugar and equally sweet as sugar.

At the end of the contest I received a complimentary issue of Aquarius magazine November issue.

Kiwi Smoothie

Ingredients

3 ripe kiwis peeled

2 ripe bananas

1/8 cup milk

1/3 cup yogurt

1 dsp honey

Method

peel kiwi and banana.

add to the blender with honey, milk and yoghurt.

blend well until evenly combined.

add a few cubes of ice if you prefer with ice.

substitute kiwi with avocado or any other fruit of choice.

pour into a glass and serve.

Expat life in Dubai

How I see the expat life seated in the middle of the food court surrounded by expats as 99% of the Dubai population is expats.
in my opinion expat life is home, work and shopping malls.
apart from visiting the malls for grocery, weekends become bored when you have no much contact or friends to handout with, so which is why there are many malls that is packed with a huge crowd on every weekends. especially if it’s a festival season the parking lot is full.
The sound of Bell ringing every minute from the merry-go-round, dads pushing prams with busy Mums taking care of the other kids or the bags with baby stuff and sometimes the shopping cart.
Busy shoppers walking towards the shops looking around for offers as the shops keep people busy with fabulous and exciting offers throughout the year with or without reasons.
People tired of shopping and hungry after finishing their work who seemed to forget they’ve got a stomach which gets hungry and needs to be fed. shopping always seem to make people forget loads of stuff.
Here at the food court seated till I get my lunch I seem to have forgotten that I am hungry mesmerized by the idea I got as I type the words before I forget on my iPhone 4 I was really enjoying every moment.
Flash lights going on and off from cameras around people clicking every moment to share with family and friend or save for the future generation
People looking around for a seat to sit and eat.
Family and friends get together, week-end outings with lots of smiles and laughter.
Next to me a couple of Elderly ladies enjoying a cone of vanilla ice cream.
Another Middle age couple sharing a piece of cake romantically over casual chat.
kids running around with maids chasing, they seem really attracted towards the end of the food court where the kids play area is set.