Kolkata, India

The City of Saint and Goddess.

Kolkata

A group of sisters kneel and bow their heads in prayers in a room on the 1st floor opposite our hotel, which is aptly named Hotel Heaven.  Hotel Heaven is nothing like its name is located just next-door to Mother House at A.J.C Bose Road, Kolkata. Like any shutter happy photographers some of us immediately aim our zoom lens through the open window without realizing this maybe rude and intrusive to the sisters in their private moment. I only realize this the following morning when we went into the Mother House of Teresa and saw a sign saying ‘”Photography is not permitted inside the Mother House of Teresa” and we were only allow to take photos of Mother Teresa’s tomb. All other areas inside of Mother House are private and entry is strictly prohibited. Mother House as it’s now known is where Mother Teresa lived and worked from the 1950s until her death in 5 September 1997. In Oct 19, 2003 Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II and this many would believe is the latest step to attain sainthood. To many people of Kolkata, especially to the poor and the sick, the Mother House of Teresa is indeed a place of sanctuary. During our short stay we had in Kolkata most of us visited the Mother House and took pictures of the nearby streets as well.

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KL Street photography

 

Kuala Lumpur ChinatownKL street

The Chinatown of KL is a popular place for local and tourists alike. There are rows old shop-houses dated back to pre-war days, the popular night market of Petaling Street and the pre- dawn to early morning flea market that will clear off before 9 am. Within walking distance of each other, there are 2 Chinese temples and 1 Indian temple that drawn huge crowd of devotees during festivals. One of the highlights of Chinatown is everyone favourite – FOOD. Stalls and restaurants are open from early morning till late night. And (unfortunately) with development, there are now fancy cafes and countless guesthouses too.

And when it gets cooler in the evening the night market will be packed with people looking for bargains. From LV to Prada, the latest sport wears to Swiss watches. Check all these out but do take care of your belongings as it can get pretty packed.

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Prague

Quintessential Prague Experiences

Praha_DSC5519 After a pleasant but long and uneventful train rides from Budapest sharing a cabin with 2 old American ladies and 2 guys from Prague I arrived at Prague railway station in the afternoon. There is nothing much to do or see during the journey except exchange small talk with my cabin companions. A guy came by occasionally selling drinks and snacks but I have bought pastries and croissant for my lunch before departing Budapest in the morning.

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