Off late, I have been making a list of things to be done in the next one month and I have been so lazy to work towards it. Ignore or lack of interest should I call?

List of to do stuff on my iPhone apps BTW. ;)

Waking up!

Found this interesting wall hanging at Archies, Garuda Mall, Bangalore.

How many of you agree with this? ;) 

Change in blog URL

Dear Readers,

Please note the change in the URL: 

Now, my blog URL contains "manasa-t", a combination of first name and initial of my last name. 

Facebook.. see you soon..

11th May 2012, Melbourne
I had begun to feel that I was spending most time on social networking site facebook either commenting on friends status or browsing through some groups and liking them,  or even thinking what to upload or update daily when others would ask, "Oh, no updates from you" or "Show us more of Australia", "Pics are so-so, could have clicked better, having known you for such long time...". Off late, I began to feel very unsecured sharing any updates on day to day life or even a photo of mine or ones which I have clicked. Or someone would ping you saying how much weight one should lose!

Initially, when I signed up facebook or orkut, finding good old mates from school or college and staying connected was important and fun. As time passed, I begun to receive requests from those whom I knew little or friend of friend of friend who just wants to have a good count of friend list and show off or someone from office who would just gossip on you, what you did, what your routine is.. Folks on your friend list make comments which you never expect. Though, good and bad are existent, have been seeing the other side of it.
Its been 10 days that I deactivated my account and feeling much better.

Oh, yeah. I can survive without Facebook. ;)

Reading Challenge

I signed up the Book Reading Challenge on The Book Vixen's blog.
Having read only one book last year, I hope to read few more this year and keep up the reading pace. :)

2012 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
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Mt Buller

It was my first weekend in Melbourne or rather say Australia and a long weekend here in Victoria being Queen's birthday on June 13th '11, few colleagues had planned to visit this snow filled placed, Mt Buller, about 208 km from Melbourne on June 12th '11, on a Sunday, so that we could relax the next day.

We started off at 5am in the bus at Fed square, Melb CBD. It is a 3 hour drive from Melb and we reached around 8am. One can hire the toboggan, ski jackets, gloves and ski pants and the ski board if you don't have one. We hire them all and started off with the toboggan with two sitting and sliding on it from the top.
I was excited seeing the snow filled mountain and holding the snow for the first time. It was my first encoutner with snow. When two of them slide others who were down would throw snow at us and it was all us hitting each other with snow. All of us started playing with snow after a while.

At 1pm, it was lunch hour and having skipped the breakfast we focussed on nothing else than pizza and coke. ;) We started again on the snow filled beauty with all smiles.

At 5 PM we got back back to the bus reluctantly as we had to head back home. All of us were tired and dozed off in the bus. At 8 PM we reached the Fed Square. It was a one day trip and a memorable one. :)
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The dollar

A pop up flashes on your screen when a good old mate from your school or college pings you seeing your Facebook status that you have been living abroad for sometime. Aah, lucky you must be that you are at least remembered while you're alive and especially while you earn not in INR but in Dollar.

"hey gal, wassup?"

"hi ... How you been doing mate? Long time no see!"

"going good. Since you have gone there you have forgotten me altogether!"

"duh? When I was ever remembered dear? When you saw my fb status that I am here. ;)

" you see, its been a long time ever since we chatted. Saw you online and that too you're in Melbourne. Now that, AUD is more than USD when you convert. So you must be saving a lot naaaaaaa!"

"Why don't you give me your salary? I will save it for you as well. :P

"oh. Leave it. Even if I convert it wouldn't be as much. You guys who go abroad make bucks."

"Hmmm. Why don't you come over here? You can also make big bucks dear. Since you're very stingy and keep converting every dollar, you can show others how much you have saved and how to save also. ;)"

"Ok. Bye. Have some work. Ciao"

You will learn to handle folks while you're abroad. ;)

City circle tram

In Melbourne CBD, you can find the City Circle team adapted from Vienna, Austria. Entry to the team is free and one can find the booklets for To see places in Melb. I am enjoying my free ride now. ;)

Coffee o coffee

I found this interesting post at a Tullamarine airport cafe. Here it goes:

Any lovers who wanna marry coffee ;)

Oh life!

I had been feeling that I had no space or time for myself for the past few months. I wanna do a list of things which have been pending for a long time. My "To-do" checklist has been growing day by day and I feel depressed at times not being able to do it. The work pressure was so high, I had begun to find it monotonous.

I joined Fitness First, the gym, after 9 months coming Melbourne. But every day I ended up staying late at office and missed the regular work out as well which created much stress.

This week I am able to wind us things earlier and going to gym. Feel relaxed. Hoping to stay fit and fine like I used to work out daily in Bangalore. :)

Meanwhile, I signed up where I write tits and bits of daily events. Feels good that the writer in me still alive if not on blogger though.


"I had fooled my boss that I am from Calcutta though I had been there only once", he said.
I smiled with astonishment.

"Yeah. I look more of a Tamilian and question me if I am from Chennai".
Duh ? umm.. well.. [Yes, very much. I was of the same impression.. ]

Sit here, Jaaneman, I shall play it for you. The other Hindi word I know is Shukriya.
Shy me, No Thanks.

 He lifted the huge Didgeridoo and the music played.
 Lovely, this was the starting tune for the famous Hindi song, 'Jaane kyun log pyaar karte hai' from Dil Chahta Hai.

More about Didgeridoo in the upcoming post. Listen to the beautiful song shot in Sydney. ;) © Manasa. All rights reserved.


Fireworks at Docklands, Melbourne, VIC during the month of July, being the longest winter of 5 weeks. Fireworks would be from Friday to Sunday, 7PM lasting for 15 minutes. It is truly a bliss to see these!

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Apps for blogger

Aah! I downloaded apps for my blogger account on iPhone. I can blog at a feather touch even lying down without having to scribble telegram code on a notepad and later, trying to recollect what I was trying to write!


'11 - A wonderful year it had been, a most memorable one of my life. There  are lot of events which I need to pen down. A year of most important learnings of my life.

The year started off with myriad interests in arts, music, long working outs in gym, sports, travel and a lot more... There were times when I was extremely low and good friends who always cheered me up like here and here.

I attended a lot of stage events: L Subramanian's Concerts, Kadri Gopalnath, Kailash Kher, Lalgudi Krishnan and ViswaMohan Bhatt. Shubendra and Saskia Rao, Sapta Sitar.

Indiblogger blogger meet at ISKCON and a fairwell bloggers meet at Infy, DanceJathre, Chitra Santhe, Ananya Bengaluru dance events, Gudi Sambhrama, Bengaluru Habba, volunteering at Ellu Bella celebrations.

A wedding photoshoot of a close friend in Mylapore, Chennai. Visiting Dakshina Chitra, Besant Nagar beach, masala dosa at Saravana Bhavan.

I always had a flair learning Veena, the most divine stringed instrument in South India. Having trained in carnatic music for 3 years while I was at school, I finally managed to find a Veena teacher in Feb. After attending a couple of classes, bought home a miniature Veena and a Tanjavur concert Veena on Mar 11.

Exhibiting my photographs at Infy along with fellow SLRBB photographers. Most awaited KR Market photoshoot-one of the most crowded market areas in Bangalore; a place where you name it and you find it. :)

Clicked the Supermoon in March. Saw Moon and rings surrounding Jupiter in April for the first time through a telescope at Infy campus and the same day completed 10 km cycling in 32 mins. yaay!

Then came the twist, wp to Ausland. Don't ask how excited I was andthe dilemma I had. The last visit to Commercial Street roaming around each and every galli until my knees ached. Sipped lemon tea at Transit for the last time in Bangalore.

First international flight to Melb. Landed here on my birthday, the best gift  I could get. :)

---In Melbourne---
This is the first time I am away from parents and home for such a long time. A great learning experience living with roomies, Cooking experiments and whole lot of responsibilities at work as well.

First ride in City Circle tram, then a train, ferry to Sorrento...left is helicopter ride..

My visit to Mt. Buller on the first weekend in Australia and holding the snow was an awesome experience which I cannot express in words. :) Lovely sun kissed beaches with the crystal clear waters, cool breeze blowing @ Wilsoms prom.

View of the city from the 88th floor of the tallest building Eureka in Southern hemisphere.

Posing with a sleepy koala in my arms at Gold Cost.

Dressed as a European Lady nineteenth century in Ballarat.

Bought myself a the famous German Cuckoo clock from Tamborine.

My passion for music drives me crazy and I managed to find a piccolo teacher. Why piccolo? It is easy to carry while travelling unlike Veena or a Sitar. The silvered coated piccolo comes in a cute pencil box case. Now I own it too!

The last week of the year is indeed a special one to me. I did so many activities which I had seen only the bravos on Discovery Channel and hero in the movie shot abroad. Yes, I did sky, scuba diving with a wide smile.. naah I wasn't afraid at all. Along with snorkeling, jet skiing, parasailing, bumber tube, river rafting, hot air ballooning.

June 5th 2011 - Jan 5th 2012. Seven months in Australia. In love with Melbourne. ;)  

A wonderful new year eve and fireworks in Melbourne. :)

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