The Purest and Truest Love in this world. Mothers Love Unlimited and Forever.
Dream Big. Imagination has no Boundaries.
Beleive Everything is Possible and make it Happen.
Written by by Ang Li and photo credits to Karen and Wong, friends made during our Lapland trip
Huskies are the most hardworking animals I know so far because they don’t even rest during Christmas. Husky safari is pricey – far beyond our budget. My best friend J and I became speechless at the Price, upon our arrival at the hostel reception desk in Ivalo, a small town within the arctic circle in Finland.
After a thorough Internet research on the quality and price of husky safaris worldwide, J and I made our biggest investment in life. The next day, we were picked up by the agency owner at 6am, and two hours later, we wrapped ourselves like penguin astronauts.
With some basic instructions, we embarked on the amazing journey through dreamy Finnish forests with the most energetic huskies I have ever encountered. J was sitting in the “basket” while I was controlling the brake of the sled. Our six husky leaders rushed so fast that I had to constantly slow down their speed to avoid sled crash.
The freezing wind in December felt like blade cutting on my cheek, but the view was worth the hurt – what a surreal fairyland! While I was indulged in the immense excitement, I forgot to keep an eye on the huskies. Suddenly I spotted a sharp turn in front, but it was already too late to brake. Huskies were running like crazy and I was thrown into the air due to the inertia of their speed!
My mind went blank and the next thing I could remember was when I landed in the soft snow safe and sound. It was such a miracle that my body was still in one piece with no pain! Great, no medical expense incurred!
Then I saw J. Poor girl! The basket she was sitting in rolled over and the right side of her body splashed huge tides of snow. Needless to say, the huskies were still keeping their momentum to run with full force, as if they had some burning fires in their heart. Unstoppable!
Finally, our guide saved us from the sled accident. Luckily nobody got injured for God’s sake. J and I enjoyed the rest of the husky safari and we took a nice break at a camping site.
Despite the little incident, J and I still madly loved our husky babies. And we laughed our ass off the whole day upon recalling the funny scene. Husky safari in Finland is absolutely a once-in-a-lifetime experience for us that we wouldn’t miss for the world.
Thank you Ang-Li for sharing this post. Thank you for the pictures Karen and Wong and J. Ang-Li looking forward to more of your travel adventures articles around the world!! I am glad both of you survived the Sled accident and are ready for more adventures.
A thrilling experience, at a speedy pace through the breathtaking Lappish scenery Ivalo, Lapland, Finland .
Flavour – Blend – 5 cardamoms – 5 Cloves – 5 sticks of Cinnamon – 1 inch pc Crushed Ginger – Coarse Spice Blend.
Heat – 3 cups Water – 2 Cups Milk – Bring to Boil
Brew – 1 1/2 tbsp. Black Tea Leaf/ powder – Spice Blend – Add to above – Continue boiling for 3- 4 mnts – low flame – Turn of Stove.
Sweeten – Add 3 tbsp. Sugar to above – Stir gently.
Froth – Pour Hot tea from one cup to another at some height to form forth. Traditional Indian Street Vendor Style.
Note : Change quantity of Milk / Tea Powder to taste. Use Just Cardomoms or Ginger to flavour Tea. Adjust Sugar to taste.
Tea is said to have a Cooling effect on the Body during summer months.
Enjoy Delicious Indian Masala Chai with Spicy Savoury Snacks. Mmmm…..
Thank You dearest Friends and Family for being in my Life.
Visiting my home country to see all my Loved Ones,Friends and Relatives
Returning back to my Family and Friends in my Resident country
Has made me realise that A Little Bit of My Heart Lives
Every Place I lived and with Everyone I love.
Future Happiness is Designed in the Present
Coconut Oil – Apply coconut Oil on Gums – Spit if Saliva forms – Before going to Sleep – Beautiful healthy Teeth
Mango Leaves – Tender Leaves – Wash – Chew 2-3 mnts. Rinse and wash mouth – Strong gums Healthy Teeth.
Charcoal – Brush Teeth with Powdered Charcoal – Shiny White Teeth
Apple – Apples or Raw Carrots – Wash – Chew well – Eat one a day – Fresh breath and Clean Teeth.
Orange Peel – Rub Teeth with inside of an orange peel – Natural Clean Teeth.
Baking Soda – Mix 1 tsp. Baking Soda + 1 tsp Sea Salt – Brush teeth – Rinse well – Once a week – Pearl white Teeth
These are a few tried and tested teeth care tips. My grandmother lived to be 88 years Old with all her teeth intact. She brushed her teeth everyday with Charcoal!!
A beautiful Village easily reachable by Train or Bus from Amsterdam
Sometimes we learn something new about ourselves, something we did not know before. If it was not for my trip to Giethoorn (Netherlands) I would have never known that I am not so good at rowing a boat for instance!!
Giethoorn is a small town in the Netherlands and can be easily reached by train and bus. Well whenever they are not striking that is, which they were when I came to the Netherlands.
It was quite easy to take a train to be fair but taking the bus? A bit more difficult. Luckily my Chinese friend convinced the Chinese speaking woman at the bus ticket counter not on strike to organize a bus ride for us.
Other tourists began protesting as well so the woman had to call someone. Long story short… A bus came and we did not even have to pay for it. The bus driver said it was his form of protesting against the Dutch Government. Why? Sincerely I do not even know but he let us ride for free so I did not feel like asking too many questions.
Giethoorn is a wonderful place, though. Do you like fairytales, do you like the Hobbit, do you like feeling being in Venice but in a much cozier, less touristy and probably also really, really tidy version of it?
Then Giethoorn is the right place for you! All the houses look very neat and very cute, so cute that sometimes it feels rather unreal. The whole town can easily be explored on foot or in boats since locals are offering boat rentals to tourists.
There is also a seashell museum you can visit for free in the village which we did. I have never seen so many seashells in one place. My 10-year-old self who was obsessed about seashells would have been over the moon. My 24-year-old self was quite amazed as well to be honest. So many seashells in all colours!
Anyways, Giethoorn is a wonderful place. We rented a boat and all I can tell you that it was a good idea. Seeing the Venice of the Netherlands by boat is a must when visiting Giethoorn! It is so peaceful traversing the town by boat. Everything looks green and cute and even the people are very relaxed there Well they have to since a ton of tourists are taking tons of pictures of their houses every day.
Time really seems to have stopped there and I am sure that even highly pressured managers would benefit from visiting Giethoorn by boat and that says a lot about the place!
It was really fun in the boat. Until we got lost. To be fair it was mostly due to our lack of orientation than to the complexity of the canal system of Giethoorn. After some time, we were back on track again though and it was just a blast after that!
Overall it was a good trip. Nobody fell into the water and nobody’s phone or camera either. Now, that’s what I call a success!
What else is there to say? Oh yes. Go visit Giethoorn! You won’t regret it.
We have visited Giethoorn when we lived in Holland many years ago.
However, it is my dear friend Nathalie Gschließer who shared this post in her own words. She visited Giethoorn a few weeks ago with her friends. Thank you Nathalie for Sharing your Experience of Giethoorn and the beautiful pictures. You have inspired us to visit again!!
Nathalie speaks many European languages, loves to travel and cooking is her Hobby. Hey, Nathalie, you should visit India sometime and learn a few Indian languages and try some Indian cooking . And lots of beautiful places in India to write about too!!
Tried and Tested Natural Beauty Tips from Family and friends.
Cucumber – Slice Cucumber- Place on closed eyelids – Relax 15 mnts – Reduce dark circles around eyes.
Gram flour- Mix with water – Make Paste – Use as facepack – leave on skin for 15 mnts. before shower – Soft Smooth Skin.
Eggs – Apply a little Egg white to face – let dry. – Wash face Luke Warm Water – Tighten Facial skin – Regain Youth.
Honey – Apply on face – Leave 20 mnts – Lighten your skin. Antiseptic and Antifungal.
Butter – Apply butter on lips – Before going to sleep – Wake up with Soft Lips
These are a few of the natural foods we use in India as beauty aids regularly. Beautiful Skin Natural way for the whole family.
Other Natural tips for skin care are welcome. Please share your tips too in comments below.
Park Abbey Beautiful place to visit in Leuven Belgium Europe.
Going for an evening walk in Abdij van Park for a breath of fresh air. A park with stunning views, a monastery and 3 beautiful lakes.
A monastry for centuries a great place to explore by bike and take pictures.
A piece of heaven just five minutes from the city.
Such a Beautiful view of grazing cows in the green pasture!!
We came across a beautiful lady by the New Milk vending maching. She was refilling the Vending Maching with Fresh Warm Milk from the cows grazing in the pasture. There’s nothing quite like Fresh Milk straight from the farm Tasty and Organic.
Here a few words from beautiful Ine about the fresh milk from the Farm. Oops !! my Video taking skills are not perfect. No worries only start is upside down!!
Dont forget to take your own bottles if you want to buy it.
All info at http://www.boerencompagnie.be/
Dear Friends if you live in Leuven or nearby hope you check out this milk, share info with friends and enjoy!!
In India we boil the milk before drinking. For a lighter texture add some water when boiling. Cooling the milk after boiling gives a thick layer of cream on top which can be used to make Butter. Homemade Cheese and Yogurt with Fresh Milk is so delicious.
I will be posting recipes with homemade paneer cheese and yogurt in my blog soon.
Hope you enjoy some beautiful walk in Abdij van Park too.