Goa Family Trip

We left our home at 4.15am on Saturday early morning in Meru cab and reached Bangalore Airport at 5.25am. Nandini, my wife and I had coffee and I bought a water bottle. This was the second time my wife was travelling by flight. Also my daughter Keerthana too. However, Keerthana doesn’t remember her first flight as she was just two years old then. Both wanted to sit by the window to see the view from the flight. Keerthana took the window seat and Nandini sat next to her.

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I had booked a room in the hotel called “Mariaariose ~ Melody of the sea” much in advance and had spoken to them the night before the journey. The hotel people sent us the pickup cab to the airport. I had booked this particular hotel as it was near to the Goa Airport. Also it was near to the BOGMALO beach.

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The Hotel staff were friendly and they agreed to early check in by 8.20am. Usually, the check in is at 2PM in most of the Goa hotels. Also they gave us an upgrade from Classic to Deluxe room. The Classic room is smaller as compared to the deluxe room. The only advantage Classic room has is a balcony, which we felt was okay to not to have.

We got ready and had breakfast at in our hotel restaurant itself. Then the hotel person introduced us to a cab owner. We came to know that they charge Rs.3,000/- for one day. They cover North Goa and South Goa in two days and that would cost us Rs.6,000/-. I decided to see North Goa on the first day. Fortunately, we got a Kannada speaking cab driver named Pandu. I started conversation with him and we both got connected soon.

We first went to DONA PAULA is a former village, and tourist destination in the suburbs of Panaji, Goa.

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We clicked some memorable snaps at this place. Also three of us bought hats and cap as summer heat was too much for us, though there was cool breeze.

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Then Pandu took us to FORT AGUADA which was nice. We had spent some time over here.

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Later we went to the DOLPHIN POINT which cost us Rs.600/- per person for the boat ride. Luckily, we didn’t have to pay for Keerthana.

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The boat person took us the point where Dolphins are usually sighted. We waited for some time until Dolphins made their appearance blissfully swimming in the sea.

Then Pandu took us to two more beaches CANDOLIM BEACH and CALANGUTE BEACH. Then we had our lunch. We found one WAX MUESUM next to the hotel where we were having food. We decided to give it a visit after completing our lunch. It was really good one. Keerthana asked me to take her snaps along with each wax statue of famous personalities and I obliged.

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We went to see 9D movie which was okay. Later, we both played in dashing cars outside the Wax Museum. Then we went to BAGA Beach, which is the biggest beach in North Goa. Keerthana and Nandini had a nice time playing in the beach.

We went to PANJIM BOAT CRUISE late in the evening and it was one hour ride, with lights and music. People danced to the native songs.

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Finally, we stopped at one restaurant to have our dinner. We returned to our hotel to take rest for the night.

Next morning, we had breakfast on the way. We were to see places in SOUTH GOA on the second day, which was Sunday, 21st May 2019. Pandu took us to FISH AQUARIUM and the guide explained about various fishes that were there in that Aquarium.

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Then we went to some old Church in Goa and it was nice.

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Pandu took us to the LORD BALAJI TEMPLE and it was nice.

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Also the journey in South Goa was wonderful as greenery was spread across everywhere. It was a treat for a nature lover like me.

Then we went to MANGESHI TEMPLE which was built in 1539.

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It was very hot to walk barefoot inside the premises of the temple. We did some shopping after returning from the temple. We skipped the SPICE PLANTATION as we were running out of time. We had lunch near to MANGESHI TEMPLE.

We went to BIG FOOT OLD HOUSE which had history about Goa.

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Then we left to COLVA BEACH the last beach to end our day’s trip.

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We had dinner at some sea side hotel and then Pandu dropped us at our hotel. We settled two days Cab charges and also I paid some extra money to Pandu, which made him happy. For next day we had requested for a bike so that we could visit nearby places.

The hotel stay was comfortable with electric kettle, so that we could make coffee whenever we wanted. Next day, we only got the bike by 12 noon. So we had to have our breakfast at hotel itself. Then we left the hotel on Activa. We wanted to see the Japanese Garden, which Pandu had mentioned the previous day. Japanese Garden was just a normal park with the amazing view of the sea and beach below it. I found some stairs which lead to the beach. We walked down to the beach which was solitary as hardly a few came down. We clicked some picks at this nice beach.

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Then we went back to our Hotel as it was already 3pm. We had lunch on our way to hotel and it was good. Then we got ready and left to BOGMALO BEACH. It was a nice beach. I took some wonderful pics at this beach and sharing them with you.

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Then we had dinner at a hotel near to the beach. After dinner, we left to our hotel. Finally, our trip was coming to an end.

We got up early next morning as our flight was at 8.30 am. The hotel staff arranged drop to the airport. We reached Bangalore by 9.45am.

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Mighty Little Bheem (2019) Season 1 on Nextflix:

 I enjoyed watching this series with my daughter who loves Chota Bheem Series so much that there was spill over on her Birthday cakes as well. Now, she has diverted her attention to other animated series on POGO.

The animation is done well for this Mighty Little Bheem Series. Also the episodes are crisp and short. They have fewer or no dialogues and mostly works on body language. So there is no language barrier to enjoy this mini series.

The Bheem in this series is cute and adorable. It is nice that he has a mother who wasn’t there in the earlier Chota Bheem series, if I remember right. I have downloaded this series and saved it on a pendrive, so that my daughter can watch it anytime, even if Netflix is down for some reason.

Hoping to see season 2 soon. My rating for this series is 3/5. Recommended.

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Colombiana (2011) English Movie Review:

I remember well my good friend Madhavi Gadgil had mentioned about this movie somewhere long back. It was in my mind to see this one. Finally, happened to see this action flick and wasn’t dissappointed a bit. It held my attention from start to finish. The movie has cool action and stylish presentation. I like girls with guns movies. Remembered Angelina Jolie while watching this one.I liked Zoe in this movie and only after searching for her name did I realize that she was in Avatar.

Though this one is a typical revenge action drama, but still it is entertaining and has edge of seat aderline action scenes. Zoe Saldana has tremendous screen presence and beauty as well. She is believable as a stone-cold assassin, especially the way she sneaks and crawls around like a Ninja.

All in all, a good action movie. My rating is 3.5/5.

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Maharshi (2019) Telugu Movie Review:

I am glad that this one is Super Star Mahes Babu’s 25th Movie.This one is like his ‘Swades’. I felt that the second half was bit lenthy, but it was good. I ended up liking this one. It has current relevant social problem : farmers and their issues. You don’t need to be highly educated to understand where are we going? I mean with ever increasing population and with it increased desires/greed to have more property than it is required.

Agriculture lands have been converted to concerte jungles…cities are spreading its tentacles like gaint octopuses…farmers are ending their lives..farm lands are disappearing, but who really cares? As long as food is available no one is really bothered. One day, the farmer who cultivates and provides food to us would be extinct. Farm lands may end up in our history books. Then what would we feed ourselves? Currency notes would become useless once food shortage hits the peak.

I was surprised to hear audience discuss about farm lands and farming while coming out of the theatre. I feel any movie that entertains and gives food for thought is a good movie. I think Maharshi has achieved that! If the first half of the movie is about friendship between Mahesh and Naresh. The last 45 minutes picks up the tempo of the movie with the social message. Songs are let down.

My rating is 3.5/5. Recommended.

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Kavaludaari (2019) Kannada Movie Review:

 This one being second movie of Hemanth after his wonderful debut Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu, so expectations are high.I happened to see it in Miniplex which is like watching a movie on my mobile I didn’t expect the screen to be so small, if not, I wouldn’t have booked the last row seat. Anyways, coming back to movie, though the story is simple, but the treatment is different. On the plus side, the movie has experimental cinematography and narration which works.

Performances by Rishi, Anant Nag and Achyuth Kumar are great. They stand out, especially, Rishi and Anant Nag. Music by Charan Raj is another major contribution to the movie. Especially, the BGM of the movie is amazing in one word. I have been listening to it since I saw the movie and it is addictive! The suspense keeps you guessing till the end.

On the downside the movie has it loopholes, like the security of the CM and the climax aren’t realistic enough. The movie is a slow burner. Add to this, it has many co-incidences. Like the last one which isn’t really required.

Rishi has come a long way after his happy-go-lucky character in Operation Alamelamma(2017). It is nice the movie has English subtitles. Others who don’t know Kannada can watch this one too! All in all, a nice movie.

My rating is 3.5/5. Recommended.

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) English Movie Review:

This one was a treat to watch as if a comic book had come to life on screen. The animation was amazing with a well written story. I have grown up watching the amazing spider man animated series on TV and this one made me feel nostalgic.

The story is about Miles Morales who is bitten by a radioactive spider, thus giving him the super powers. Then he meets the Spider-Man (Peter Parker) who is killed by the villian Kingoin. While everyone is mouring the death of Spider-Man, Peter Parker from another dimension lands here. So,do the other Spidey characters from other dimensions as well. They all team up to fight the villian. Also they help in making Miles the new Spider-Man.

With great power comes great responsibility and we all can be heroes. This is the idea behind Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

I recommend to see this movie with entire family and enjoy! My rating is 4.5/5.

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Thadam (2019) Tamil Movie Review:

This one is an interesting thriller which is unpredictable until the climax, which is rare thing in most movies that I have seen. The movie has a simple plot or storyline. However, it is the treatment that makes it different. The last movie i remember seeing Arun Vijay was in Kuttram 23, another well made thriller.

The best thing about this movie is its gripping screenplay that keeps one on edge of their seat for most part of the movie, especially second half. A rich young man is brutally murdered in his apartment with virtually no evidence to tie back to the killer. A selfie that shows Arun Vijay in the background comes as a much needed rescue to the police. Inspector Gopalakrishnan (Fefsi Vijayan), who has a score to settle with Ezhil, picks him up in no time. However, the plot becomes complicated from here onwards. Three women play the lead in this movie,

Tanya Hope and Smruthi Venkat have limited screen presence. However, they leave their mark. While Vidya Pradeep plays a cop and she makes best use of her screen space. Sonia Agarwal is a single mother and a gambling addict in the flashback. Magizh Thirumeni does a good job as the director of this gripping thriller.

Thank you Sunil Kumar S for recommending this thriller to me!

My rating is 4/5. Highly recommended!

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