Monthly Archives: October 2014

GS Resorts, Velankanni, Tamil Nadu

Away from the clattering of vehicles yet situated on the main road, your search for peace and tranquility ends here. Wake up to the chirping of some rare winged-fauna and see the sun rise in its full glory from straight across the road. Squirrels prance and chameleons cavort, giving your eyes a lovely visual treat.
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Reception: Mr. Bose, is a kind gentleman. He helped us with our early check-in.
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Villas: There are around seven villas, strategically spaced out with around five rooms in each villa.
Villas1There’s ample parking space.
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Multicuisine Restaurant: Amutham Restaurant serves buffet meals. A la carte option is supposedly available for lunch and dinner. However, it was stopped for that weekend during our stay. Long weekend could be the reason.
Breakfast has the traditional South Indian favorites – Uttappam, Upma, Puri Bhaji, etc.
They charge Rs. 300/- pp for buffet lunch which comprised of veg and chicken soup, mutton  curry, a paneer vegetable, Chettinad fish curry, rice, chapattis and payassam for dessert. Most of the items were cold and bland. A total turn-off even for a humble gastronome!

Thumbs up for their coffee which makes up for all the drawbacks above. Its fabulous and a must-have!
Restaurant The top right corner area near the bricked wall is the buffet area.

Rooms: Categories are Deluxe, Superior, Executive and Suite. All the rooms are AC.
We’d booked Deluxe Double AC with an extra chargeable mattress for two nights. The room was pleasant with view of lush green fields and swaying coconut trees. Sole relief from the sweltering heat outside!
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The satellite LCD TV plays mostly all the South Indian channels.
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Toilet was spacious. Toothpaste, toothbrush and hair oil were provided apart from the bath linen. Attention to detail, must say!
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View from the room:
Balcony view
Amenities:
Ample parking space, 24 hours water, hot water during specified hours, generator backup, laundry, children’s park, STD/ISD facility, free accommodation for drivers, auto/cab on request.

Commuting:
The sole purpose of  our trip was to visit the Velankanni Church, a holy basilica, which according to the website is just 2 kms away from the resort.
It was when we actually traveled in the auto and spoke to the auto-drivers that we realized, its around 4-5 kms. Autos charge Rs. 150/- one way and cabs Rs. 200/-. That make commuting expensive unless you have your own vehicle. The reception can reserve them for you on request.

Summing Up:
Rooms are cool and pleasant. Room service is excellent, staff is friendly, prompt and helpful. Amenities are adequate. Food is pathetic. Commuting expensive (not if you have your own vehicle).

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It’s Better to Wait.

Eric Christopher Jackson

MEI am making a concerted effort to visit other people’s blogs to meet new people and be encouraged/inspired by what they do. This morning, I ran across a WordPress blog entitled, “Bites and Places.” One post really caught my attention: “Consensual Sex – Cheating or Rape?

Naturally, I had to give my opinion on the subject. First, I must say, very few men (if any) talk about the intricacies of relationships. It’s uncomfortable. It’s embarrassing. It’s something we generally shy away from. Still, every now and again, I’m approached with or come across this subject and feel obligated to chime in.

After reading the entire post, my response was this:

“It’s better to wait. If you “love” someone enough to have sex with them, you should love them enough to marry them “before” having sex. The “marriage” symbolizes the forever-commitment we are looking for. Sex is…

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Recipe: Sweet and Sour Shrimp

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Sweet and sour shrimp was one of my fave dish when i was a kid. extremely easy and quick to make and kids love it!

Ingredients:

shrimp – prefer fresh shrimps with heads.
ginger
scallions
cooking wine, starch, dark vinegar, salt (pic below)
sugar
sesame oil and soy sauce (2nd pic below)

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i dug out a bag of frozen shrimps, so i am just gonna use these today. the dish would taste SO MUCH better if you use fresh whole shrimps! if you use the frozen shrimps, make sure you get rid of all the water after they defrost.
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1. chop up ginger and scallions

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2. make the sauce. mix vinegar, sugar, salt, and a little bit cooking wine and water in a cup. taste it. add more vinegar if you like more sour, or more sugar if you like sweeter.

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3. add…

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Broccoli Pesto Sauce Recipe with Tuna and Chili

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Broccoli Pesto Sauce Recipe with Tuna and Chili

Hello everyone, hope you are having a good Saturday even though the weather  is not the best today. In days like this, kitchen becomes my favourite place to spent together with my husband (and we always put some of our favourite music on) 🙂 So this specific recipe is something I cooked today with the ingredients I had in the fridge and we really enjoyed it because it was something different, a pleasant surprise and easy to make.

Plus broccoli is very good for you and it works really well  in a “Pesto sauce” version with Parmesan cheese, peanuts, garlic and tuna. You will  just have to boil the broccoli and pasta and add all the other ingredients raw. Delicious 🙂

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Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs

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It hasn’t been a very exciting week and there isn’t a lot to share today.  Things have been quiet.  Too quiet really.  Though I will try and see if I have some things to share.

The Mallee

I think I will be going back up there in the next few weeks.  I will have access to a car in November and it seems a logical thing to do to plan another trip up there.  I might also see if I can get something together and try teaching sorrento-beach-waves-slow-sunset-463another class up there.  Thought I might start running some basic photography workshops.  I think lots of people up there have DSLR’s, but they have no idea how to use them, and not much opportunity to learn.  It has always been one of my most successful classes, teaching people that, so I am going to try and see if people are interested in that.

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