Having visited Sri Lanka five years ago.I was familiar with the city.
And the excitement of working on Project for a Destination that I would be visting again after a five years was on another level.
I did not know what to expect in the five years that had gone by .And after travelling extensively to all Major countries in the World. I really had no Idea what to expect from the country,Once I visit it again.
A Couple of weeks later,We were considering going for a Recce to Sri Lanka to finalise the venues & Hotel with the client.
We Landed in Sri lanka and the complete Journey was a revelation of how much the country had developed in terms of it’s infrastrcture expressways throughout Galle,Colombo to cities around sri lanka last time there were no such Roads like these.
Galle Fort was very much the same with quite a few restaurants newly opened and stores like Barefoot still being one of the stores to visit in Galle.
The Cricket Stadium being in the city and connecting the fort is something that most unusal about the City.
Visited some New places around Galle.
Mirissa – which is popular for the whale watching experience & Weligama where so many hotels chains have opened and are opening for the breathtaking view of the blue waters from the rooftop terraces.
Colombo felt like the city that has developed so much with real estate investments from around the world & within the country.So Many Hotels chains to have opened while some had gone through the reovations to still be considred as one of the hotel options to stay & experience their hospitality while others want the tourist & locals to experience thiers.
Ministry of Crab – The only Resturant in Sri lanka to be part of the Asia’s 50 Best Resturant 2017 And to have Sri Lanka on the World Map for it’s Food.. And the Man behind is the celebratory Chef Dharshan Mundaisa- Is behind the fame Resturant (Nihonbashi)
Ministry of Crab is in with Partnership with Sri lankan cricketers Mahela Jawardene & Kumar Sangakkara.
I also had the opporunity to meet Mahela Jawardene at the Ministry of crab when we visited the restaurant during our visit.
Dharshan Mundaisa has also partnered with Jacquline ferandez for Keamesutra another restaurant that specialises in Japanese Food at the Shangri-la Colombo.
Dutch Hospital Street is the most lively street to be on weekend with live music performances,Bars and a resturants to choose from.
Sri lanka has more to offer than just Cinamon & Tea.
It’s the Goa of Sri Lanka .
Syphon – A tube used to convey liquids upwards from a reservoir and then down to a lower level of its own accord.
Once the liquid has been flown into the tube typically by suction or immersion flow continues unaided.
Now imagine-This is a coffee making method in Japan known as Siphon coffee Which was invented in 1840 by a French housewife and a Scottish marine engineer -Marie Fanny Amelne Massot of Lyons of France known as Mme. The design was initially known as Vasseiux -Two glass balloons shaped held together (The same design is the Siphon coffee makers we know today )At the same time Scottish marine engineers was working on his version which was known as Napier coffee pot which was awarded by the institution of mechanical engineers in 1856.
The syphon is becoming so popular around the world -Every coffee shop has it on their menu today.On my Recent visit to the Coffee Di Bella Exclusive outlet.
I couldn’t resist trying out the syphon and while my cousin too was on a coffee date with me.We ordered the Syphon and
The whole coffee making process was made interesting by Jaykrut from
coffee Di Bella who was very enthusiastic about us two braving the rains and walking into the coffee shop for the cinematic coffee experience .
The phrase there isn’t any business like show business holds true for this coffee making method.
Water is poured into one glass that’s at the bottom.
Cut to :
The burner it could a manual or electric burner.(The one which you get part of the kit is a Manual one) is lit and you could see the water boiling.
Long shot :
The coffee grounds are poured and the glass is pressed down (Those familiar with French press coffee technique) and the coffee grounds get mixed with the waters and the coffee is now getting brewed.
And is ready to be served a minute later.
Enjoy the cup of coffee with cookies.
Fade to black.
What a week it was In Europe’s most luxurious cities ,with a team “Work” yes all worked out pretty well,even after all the communication gap we had amongst the venue teams first and then working with these French,We became French-Fried with their ignorance of understanding what we wanted ! something we always knew was a challenges.But,this challenging even I hadn’t expected it to be.
The stringent work laws -Was a total first hand experience of struggle . I had empathy for these the first time, when I learnt about the struggle of author Craig Carlson -in his book ‘Breakfast in America.’When he not only tried,But lived the American dream in Paris.
Fortunate enough with my hectic schedule and my working hours,I managed to live the European lifestyle of walking the streets of the city and witnessing the best venues they had to offer to the rich and famous personalities.
I also watched the sunrise,the sunset and experienced snowfall and rain in this crazy week.Concluded the trip! with Yes,Cannes day trip! All the hype and a city that,I wanted to explore a couple of years ago when we were on a family vacation, but “Canned”the idea .
The city is beautiful and lively and much more happening than monaco!
Reminds you a lot about Rodeo Drive in LA and Miami Florida.
“It’s was really nice to meet you”
While waiting for another movie show to begin.And realising the neighbour too has come for the same screening and as we were catching up what has been happening in our lives.I don’t know how,But he told me about the movie, “Blood diamond”The story and star cast and I was immediately, drawn to go and watch this movie.Instead of what I had come to watch.
Almost a year later today,I had the movie saved on “MyList” on the popular streaming website and it did not disappoint me at all.With the story establishing the characters and story in the first few minutes,to taking off with the action and tension of the scenario of what would be happening next.
The story is all about illegal trading of diamonds and how one is forced,Brainwashed to be part of this racket and how everyone is under suspicion of hiding away diamonds for their benefit.
The 150 minutes action packed movie is worth spending part of your weekend. If You haven’t watched Blood Diamond,Go watch it now!! It’s got a story,It’s got the emotions of empathy for the characters every time they are in trouble and the One Question will they find it or not.