Jalebi Love

celebrating life with this bundle of sweetness and joy // homemade jalebis

Jalebi is an Arabian sweet that is famous for its distinct spiral shape. • Jalebi is typically served as a ‘celebration sweet’ in India. • The oldest reference of jalebi was cited in 13th century in a cookbook written by Muhammad Bin Hasan from Iran.

What’s your favorite sweet? 🙂

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The Trip to Paradise

We were expecting a typical hotel room with two double beds waiting for us, but this resort surpassed all our expectations.

And, almost a month after my 8-day trip to Hawaii, I will be finally making my travel journey posts. This was the very first scenic picture I took after I landed in Maui — the first island of this family trip. We stayed in a resort where each family basically gets a one floor condominium during their stay. It comprised of a multiple bathrooms, bedrooms, a huge balcony from where this picture was taken, and of course a living room. Some things I particularly found memorable were this amazing library collection consisting of travel books full of history and fiction novels; original oil paintings from Hawaiian artists; and several televisions with free movies and games access. We were expecting a typical hotel room with two double beds waiting for us, but this resort surpassed all our expectations. It was such a pleasant surprise. It had this great homely feeling, and we loved coming back to it after our adventure during the day. It had a great view with the beach right across the street. We drove through the entirety of the island, so I have plenty of great adventures to share — of course, with pictures! 🙂

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Bioluminescence

Just a jellyfish showing off its bioluminescent organs to over two million guests annually.

Just a jellyfish showing off its bioluminescent organs to over two million guests annually.

But little do we think about the millions of years this feature took to get to where it is today. Bioluminescence is essential for innumerable functions for these creatures from attracting prey to communicating. Very frankly, bioluminescence exists primarily because of evolution.

Taken at Georgia Aquarium.

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The Westin Peachtree Plaza

That building represents my life in America. Wow, what a deep statement you may be wondering. Yes, it’s how much Westin means to me.

Some cities are known for great job opportunities. Some for their history. Some for its unique architecture. Some for the great hospitality. Hmm even some for the low cost of living. But, to me, Atlanta, the city I’ve lived for more than 13 years, made its very first connection with me with its Westin building. Before moving to Atlanta, I lived in West Des Moines, Iowa, but had visited New York City, Chicago, and other great cities. But, I had never heard of a revolving floor in a building.

I’m not sure what it is with my fascination in architecture and admiration for tall buildings, but Westin just blew my mind away when I first visited it in 2003 with my family. I remember every moment of that particular visit as if it was yesterday. Walking from the parking lot to the building, trying to avoid the sun as I looked up to see the tall building, fighting with my sister to press the elevator buttons to the top floor where the restaurant was located, ordering pizza out of all the fancy dishes they had so my grandparents can eat it too, posing for the old camera my dad had then, quickly eating the food to go explore the revolving floor — everything’s just so fresh in my mind.

Ever since that visit and hearing about the hotels in the building, I was determined to live there. Of course, that just wasn’t feasible as a 9-year old. But, I do get to live five minutes away from it now at college and have it as my view from my apartment. I can see it from my favorite study spot on campus too…perhaps that’s why it’s my spot.

That building represents my life in America. Wow, what a deep statement you may be wondering. Yes, it’s how much Westin means to me. Seeing it as I head to the airport for a great vacation or picking up loved ones, seeing it as I go to the temple to pray for peace with my family, seeing it as I entered freshmen orientation on campus as a nervous 18-year old — Westin has seen me experience a lot of phases in life. Perhaps why I added such dramatic filters to this photograph.

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Alone and Bold

We tend to forget that alone is also a beautiful adjective for those who strive to be different and not always conform to societal pressures and expectations.

Often, alone is used interchangeably with with insecure or lack of confidence. We tend to forget that alone is also a beautiful adjective for those who strive to be different and not always conform to societal pressures and expectations. Why even live your one life for the society and not for yourself?

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