Someone teach me how to live life…..

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“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning” J. B. Priestly

So another New Year is here and everyone seems excited about it and their New Year’s resolutions. I never was excited about the New Year or never really made resolutions. For me New Year is just another day. But to keep myself and everyone else positive I thought I’ll put a few words out there………

Turns out I don’t have any words of wisdom, so here are my ramblings while gulping down meloncello straight from the bottle. 🙂  (I am not drunk, it’s just so hot out here)

Ok so I love my life… sometimes…. but then again that’s how everyone rolls isn’t it? 🙂

I have so many things in queue and they are very fair and small goals just to get my life back on track. I am not lost or anything, I know what I want and what I want to be doing, I just don’t know how to get there. And I have had enough of running up and down and not get where I want to exactly. So I am hoping to change a few things this time around.

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” – Bill Copeland

I need someone to tell me how to get things done. Don’t we all you say? Everybody’s lives would have been so much better and so much easier if there was a little gene in bottle or an angel on your shoulder, but the problem is there are no such things. It’s you and only you can figure your way in and out of things you want.

“No one saves us but our selves, no one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path” – Lord Buddha

“In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.” Theodore Roosevelt

So for a little inspiration, a little guidance I turned to Google. (C’mon it’s what we all do, isn’t it?) 🙂 I rammed through pages of inspirational quotes by people wiser than I am and it helped. It really did. Not just reading through but actually believing in them. So I wanted to share some that inspired me and I hope I remember these through the coming year of ups and downs. Like they say;

”It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up that matters.”– Vince Lombardi

On a different matter I now understand why they say ‘youth is wasted on the young’ so true. I am still young (considerably) 😉 and still I feel like by the time we finish school, go through university, get a job and earn something to be able to live independently you have spent the best times of your lives and don’t even know it. Oh well that should be another post all together. However, this is what I live by now. I always keep reminding myself this and is my golden rule at the moment.

“If you want to do something, you will find a way, if not you will find an excuse” – Anonymous

So this is my plan number one for the foreseeable future.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius 🙂

This new year I hope all of you will have enough motivation and guidance to carry out the things you need to do, I hope along the way you get inspired because life without inspiration is no fun life, I hope all of you get at least a bit spoilt by someone who loves you, I hope everyone will have a job regardless of you like it or not, I hope this year you will remember to smile and I hope you all will have a good 2013. 🙂

”Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” Roy Goodman

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light ” – Aristotle Onassis

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Through the winding roads of Southern Italy…..

We are on our way covering southern Italy. After visiting Pompeii we are off to the beautiful Amalfi Coast. The little car (there are ONLY little cars everywhere you look) was expertly manoeuvred through tiny streets, sometimes taking almost 360o turns, passing busy locals, wandering tourists and little shops of all things Italian.

A little after the sun has set, we arrived in the beautiful town of Amalfi where on one side the glowing blue Mediterranean Sea and on the other, steep mountains covered with Mediterranean style houses. A sight like no other.amalfi and coast (7)

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The breathtaking views were only second to the experience of walking through the town of tiny cobble stone paths and alley ways peering in to little shops and admiring and tasting the local speciality, limoncello. It’s a liqueur made with lemons, as the area is a known cultivator of lemons, and there are cute little shops with bottles of all shapes and sizes. It was a typical Italian tourist town as it was filled even at night with people, chatting, sipping coffee and eating oversized pizzas. With much hesitation we drove out of Amalfi through Positano and few other breathtaking and daring coastal towns to Sorrento, our stop for the night.

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Next day we drove around Sorrento absorbing the chilled morning air and amazing views all around us while heading towards Naples, the food capital of Italy. Naples was different. The city was literally made out of houses, horizontally and vertically. But it was impressive, regardless of what the Romans have to say about Naples. 😉

Our first stop was Piazza del Municipio, the massive building with high glass roof and delicate architectural details really fascinated me. Also it was a popular spot for newly wedded couple to take photos as we saw more than a few of white gown and tuxedos posing to photographers instructions. 🙂 Unfortunately I didn’t see the typical Naples way of drying clothes above the streets as it was a cloudy day but, the experience of walking on the main street with braches of streets with similar style multi-story apartments looking in to each other was nothing unusual.

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Our final stop at Naples was San Gregorio Armeno. It’s supposed to be world famous (forgive me for not knowing) for cribs and other ornaments. Locals said during Christmas time it is impossible to walk in that area as everyone comes here to buy Christmas ornament. They weren’t exaggerating; there were shops after shops filled with different ornaments and bigger statues of pretty much everything. It was quite a colourful end to our southern Italy round up in two days. 🙂

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Every girl’s dream is not to find the perfect guy but to eat without getting fat…. :)

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It’s true isn’t it? 🙂 Anyway let me start by saying this post is NOT about photography. This is a collection of what we indulged on our Italy trip and it’s safe to say I forget photography when I see these kinds of meals in front of me. 😉 Pretty much all these were taken from my dear iphone as it takes too much time to take the camera out and set this and that. So here goes. Like I said it’s not pretty photography but it was surely tasty food.

Some of the BEST food I tasted were home cooked and I’d take that any day over any fancy restaurant meal. Ok so let’s start.bruschetta

This tomato & basil bruschetta was homemade and it was one of the tastiest things I have eaten. So fresh and so simple and we cleaned up two plates between three girls. Off to a good start.

So listen to this…. They bring in the pasta. Oh so good. I serve myself a generous bowl and it’s so good I go for seconds. After that I am so full and content I relax and sip my wine thinking that’s the end of the meal. No! no! no! then comes the second course of salads and other side dishes. Wait a minute, what? Yeah take your pick from baked fish and potatoes, baked eggplant, baked cauliflower, green salads and the list goes on. Apparently they do it the other way around. Mains first. Who knew? I am so full on pasta yet I cannot just not eat these amazing foods in front of me, so I eat. At the end I don’t even have room to breathe!!pasta

Here we have home made fettucini with mushrooms and black truffle! (I have never had truffle before, so I felt a bit posh)pasta

An amazing Pasta Arabiatta cooked by my very talented cousin followed by baked fish & potatoes!

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This happened pretty much every day because every time I go to someone’s house and they bring in the pasta first and don’t even say or show they have other dished hidden in the kitchen, I fear I might not get enough so I stuff myself up on the first course (no complains) and then the story goes on. Oh not to forget the desserts and coffee.

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IMG_0708IMG_0665So in Italy there is normal coffee and then there is Naples coffee. Normal coffee is espresso (of course) and in Naples there is a speciality where they make it with a shot of espresso, then frothed milk/cream/sugar on top with a sprinkle of coco. And the froth is cold so there is so much contrast going in that tiny cup and it’s quite tasty.Napolitan pizza

Lets not forget about pizza. We had so much pizza from square pizzas by weight at the street side pizzeria to pizza shop at a shopping mall to the famous ‘original’ pizza from Naples. In Naples they are very proud & passionate about their pizza, and it’s pretty good. Very fresh and simple and especially the base is the best ever BUT I did get bored after a while.

So the winner is…… I Corsari. We drove about an hour from Rome to get to this place hidden in a quiet town overlooking the city and it is supposed to be award winning.massive

massiveAward winning for sure. This was no ordinary pizza. It was MASSIVE! See the photo with half my cousin in it, to show you the scale. It not only is massive it also comes in four choice of toppings. So it’s like four pizzas in one. And is undoubtedly the BEST pizza I have tasted anywhere in the world! Of course it has to be shared as I thought no one can OR should eat one by oneself but two of my friends did, with no problems. (Oh boy!)

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This is a chocolate shot. A what? It is a cup made with dark chocolate, filled with your choice of liqueur, topped with whipped cream & chocolate shavings and dusted with coco and all gulped down in one mouthful! Fun! 🙂

And last not least, gelato. We had so much gelato through out but I am embarrassed to say I have no pictures of actual gelato. What can I say? I was too busy eating them to take pictures. I however do have a picture of the best gelataria in Rome. There are long lines to get to this place during daytime, so we being the smart people we are, waited till past midnight & had the best gelato overlooking the Vatican City walls after an amazing night stroll on a nice cold roman night.

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oh little town, why you so lonely?

It’s been awhile, but what to do? sometimes technology fails a little bit more than I would like! Now to continue with my italian journey…

We went medieval town hopping!

I always wanted to and I was told this is the best way to get a feel of the true Italian country side. Who wants to say no? We started off at a little town called Posticciola near Lake Turano. I don’t think I have the right words to describe the architecture of exposed bricks, rubble and masonry and decades or maybe centuries old timber works of the place. It really was like walking through a history lesson. But at the same time you can’t help that feeling of absolute loneliness standing in the middle of empty streets and narrow pathways. I didn’t see anybody the whole time I was there. Later I got to know that most owners abandon their houses in most of these tiny medieval towns because it’s just too hard living there. It’s too far from the city centre and when tourism is at a low they have no income. Such a pity. But of course that didn’t stop us from wandering through the town on its’ tiny (when I say tiny I really mean tiny) pathways in awe. Sometimes I felt like I was trespassing, but of course I wasn’t. 🙂

  

Next big stop was Casperia. This is located in the town of Poggio Mirtetto and the historic centre of Casperia is walled and traffic free and has spectacular views of the local town on one side and the surrounding hills and mountains on the other. This of course was different to Postcciola mainly because it was part of a town and was more alive with people, charming little shops, bars and restaurants. Again the historic walled city was a delight to walk through climbing several steps up and several steps down. Good exercise i must say. 🙂 We ended the day on a lovely open terrace overlooking the local town, watching the beautiful sunset.

  

  

Kalpitiya: somewhere a little bit different

ah! the heat!

It was good getting there in our air-conditioned vehicles but when you see the change of colour in trees, the palm trees on the side of the road and woven dried coconut leaf fences you know you are in the dry country. Kalpitiya situated in Puttalam district overlooking the Puttalam lagoon on one side and the Indian ocean on the other is a beautiful place except for the unbearable heat during day.

 

I guess that’s life….

I really feel for the people living here or anywhere in dry lands. They still have to go out do their jobs or things they do to make a living and here I didn’t want to get out of the shade of coconut & palm trees to do anything till the sun went down.

I met some interesting people there….

We visited a little village in Puttlam district known for a group of African descendents who are famous for their music and dancing. According to them the ancestors came to the country in the 1800’s and today there are 22 families in the village and more scattered around puttalam. They were nice enough to do a quick little performance for us saying if they had time to prepare they could have gotten their 12 people group together and dress accordingly. 🙂

And of course with the music and dancing the children came from neighbouring houses to see the performances and to see the strange people from Colombo. I tried to capture a few of those gorgeous little faces and I hope you will find these as interesting as I did…

Sydney: finally!!

It took us four years to cross the border from Victoria to New South Wales. I know, that’s sad. But we did it FINALLY!! It was a short trip and we barely covered the bustling metropolitan. But here are some sites that anybody going to Sydney SHOULD cover. Let the photos speak for this beautiful city….

Sydney Opera House

  

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Museum of Contemporary Art

  

          

The Rocks

Manly (Ferry Ride)

Streets & Around

Photo Credit – Ashan Dias