India trip: Intro

I guess it’s time for me to announce officially here that WE ARE GOING TO INDIA IN APRIL 2011! Got very cheap deal for AirAsia the other week so we thought no further! :P Total price of RM858 for return tickets for two persons (including taxes, luggage, insurance, airport bus etc) to New Delhi, isnt that a real bargain?

Well the reason I keep holding from talking about this to the world is coz when I think again, I know it seems weird that I’m busy planning for the trip with my (to-be) husband even before thinking and planning about wedding =.= I do look way more excited with the trip than the wedding even though it makes sense that the trip comes after the wedding. In fact, months after the wedding >.< I dont know, say I’m a weird species, I dont mind. I dont know if I ever plan anything regarding the wedding and kenduri yet. Ugh.

OHHOHO, forget the wedding, it’s not important yet :P let’s discuss about India, shall we?

Roughly that is our plan for now. Since India is too big and we can barely cover 5% of it for a 2 week trip, so we decided to go to somewhere important first. Actually the word ‘important’ isnt right here, coz all places are important, so basically we wanted to go to somewhere we feel like going first. Of course, New Delhi as it’s where we’re landing and it’s the capital, and Agra to see Taj Mahal (speaking of Taj Mahal, kindly check my post in the postcard blog with Taj Mahal postcards I received) and also India postcards in my Flickr doesnt that justify that I really need to go and see those for real? :)

And. Az suggested that we go to Kashmir. Simply coz we can have snow in the mountain there. Though in April I cant expect snowfall like winters, but it still DOES have snow in some places in Kashmir in April! We have to learn about safety there as well, and I joined some forums like IndiaMike to get to know more about the place, where to stay, what to see, the transport, hotels, etc. It sounds like a huge work to make this independent trip, but it’s been exciting planning so far! :D Our route will be: New Delhi -> Amritsar (meeting my old penpal Manu there) -> Jammu -> Srinagar -> Gulmarg/Pahalgam/Sonamarg -> Jammu -> New Delhi -> Agra -> Fatehpur Sikri -> New Delhi. Do I sound like a travel expert already? :P

And like I said in previous post about CouchSurfing, we’re looking forward to experience a few days surfing at some hosts along the way to make the “Get to know India” mission more real, and we’ve actually contacted a couple of people for the purpose and got some lovely, welcoming response :) Therefore it’s a good news, and the more I’m impatient about the trip!

Random

1- These few weeks I choose to stay in library instead of my cubical in Postgrad room. I came to think that I do actually like library better. And the Postgrad room has freezing air-conditioning that my hands get stiff after a few hours =.= (eh.. camana nak main snow nih kalau tak tahan sejuk??). Plus I can stay in library comfortably til late, 10.30pm, while the Postgrad room will start to be empty after 7pm, leaving me alone with unwelcome thoughts of hantu might appear at any time. Just kidding, I dont fear of that, but it’s a little tiny bit uncomfortable of being alone til late night in an empty office room at the 3rd floor with nobody’s around.

2- Dr Umi gave me til end of this month to finalize my program and analyze the outputs, and by November I’ll have to start writing thesis. One month. Hopefully I’ll manage to get it done accordingly.

3- Alot of credit cards usage this month which makes me feel bad that I had to rely on my parents to pay the bills still. From Kelisa maintenance service to changing the exhaust pipe to replacing my broken printer (and even the new printer got breakdown after 2nd usage T_T now waiting for HP to send a replacement). And some unnecessary makeup and beauty stuff I suddenly had to buy for the engagement. Tak jadik cantik sgt pon.. :/

4- My serviced apartment business is going good, Alhamdulillah. Got a number of bookings til December, mostly during weekends. It makes me a busy hotel manager now, getting calls and making calls every now and then.. haiyoh.

5- It’s both sensible and not sensible if I say I’m still not thinking about wedding preparation yet, even though the family have discussed that it will be happening in 4 months. I know normal people would start planning one year ahead before the big day, but to me.. I’m just too busy and lazy to think about wedding. Or maybe it’s still not really my thing. (Can I actually say that?). Tsk..

6- But but but!! I’m already excitedly preparing for our trip to India in April. The trip is way more important than wedding, hahaha.

7- Oooppss.. terlepas cakap pulak :P