Blogs from Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka, Asia - page 7


Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo June 9th 2009

Today was the last day of our trip to Sri Lanka. Since our Bhante (Buddhist teacher cum organiser of this trip) went to Chennai, India, early in the morning, the rest of us decided to take things slowly today. After waking up at 8am and having a slow breakfast, we packed our luggage and waited for our bus to take us to downtown Colombo for some shopping. However, due to some misunderstanding, the bus arrived very late. (We waited for more than 1 hour...) Nevertheless, we still had a couple of hours to spare, so we went to Manning Market (in the Pettah district, Colombo) for some shopping. Manning Market is basically a huge outdoor market selling all kinds of vegetables, fruits and any organic produces that are edible... Due to the ridiculously low prices, most ... read more
Corridor of Full Moon Garden Hotel
Breakfast at Full Moon Garden Hotel
A narrow street outside the hotel

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo June 4th 2009

After breakfast, we wanted to take a stroll along Galle Face Green, so we walked towards the coast. After passing through a security check and walking past the World Trade Centre, we arrived at the coast, only to be turned away by a soldier. We were disappointed, because the victory parade had already ended on the previous day and the Galle Face Green should be reopened by then. But, the soldier refused to let us through, citing security concerns. Do my mum and I look like terrorists who will blow up something on the seaside promenade? (Even if we want to blow something up, there's nothing we can blow up along the promenade, except for a flag-mast...) Since our train to Kandy would only leave at 3:35pm, we still had a lot of time to spare ... read more
One of the many Buddhist shrines throughout the country
The facade of Sri Subramania Kovil temple
Shrines inside the Sri Subramania Kovil temple

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo June 3rd 2009

One fine day in May, my mum came back from her weekly Buddhist lecture and asked me whether I was interested to go to Sri Lanka. As a travel-addict, I said "why not?". Sri Lanka is a great travel destination (with plenty of beaches and archeological sites) but not many people go there because of the civil war and the damages caused by the 2004 tsunami. Now that the civil war has just ended and the tsunami is a fading memory, there is no better time than now to visit Sri Lanka (before everyone else realises it and flocks there too). What makes this trip more interesting is that the trip was organised by Mahakaruna Buddhist Society (where my mum has her weekly Buddhist lectures) to celebrate the Poson full moon dansala (a festival to commemorate ... read more
My mum asking for info at the tourist info at Colombo airport
View from my hotel room
Cargills department store

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo May 15th 2009

We jetted out of London on the ‘worlds 5* airline’ Qatar Air (if their ads are to believed) and it was pretty good with on demand movies and TV. Doha was a bit horrid. We arrived in the middle of a sand storm, but the turnaround was fast and we were soon on our way to Sir Lanka. Given the recent outbreak of swine flu we arrived to a health check. Even though Scott was exhibiting all the signs due to a cold; sneezing, red nose, watery eyes we were waved through. Our host was standing waiting for us and we were soon on our way to Negombo. The country was very lush and tropical and boy was it humid. The guesthouse was simple, clean and only 1min walk to the beach. The beach was full ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo April 9th 2009

After a very early start we set off for a bumpy return to Colombo - both boys were sick en route so they will take tablets henceforth. We were delighted to find a clean and welcoming hotel in Mount Lavinia. We were all shattered but with only 15 minutes until the wedding (of an old school friend from Stourbridge) just had quick showers and ignored the lure of our beds. We got a 3 wheeler to the truly spectacular Mount Lavinia Hotel only to discover there was no wedding there. Panic was staved off when they were kind enough to let us use the internet there and we retrieved the online invitation and headed off to Mount Lavinia HOUSE. At least the boys were enjoying the Tuk-tuk rides. Nicky was met by Kannan and Sweta who ... read more
Our First Coconuts
Bride and Groom

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo March 18th 2009

Just set up my Travel Blog, Sitting at home. Tomorrow train to London at 6.15am. Tube to Terminal 5. Flight to Mumbai at 10.30am. Arrives 12.40am on the 19th - meet Josh and Tom in airport. Flight to Columbo on the 20th at 3.40am. Arrives 6am. Keep you posted... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo October 30th 2008

Although half way across the world, getting here wasn't all that traumatic. There was some confusion over how I managed to check into my London flight at Aberdeen airport (and thus whether or not my luggage would be transfered through) but I was just happy not to have missed the flight. The London to Colombo (via the Maldives) flight was alright, generously paid for by the 'Wood Family Trust'. 10 hours without air conditioning sitting beside a guy with a tendancy to cough all over me wasn't so good, but this was redeemed with all the free food and drink, not to mention SEATBACK TV's (!). Although after watching 'Kung Fu Panda' 3 or so times in a row I challenge anyone not to find Jack Blacks voice a little grating... I'm spending the rest of ... read more
Corner shop
Precarious scaffold
Tri shaw

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo August 29th 2008

Trip to Colombo: July 6-12, 2008 Transit to Singapore via Singapore Airlines on July 6. One night stay in hotel in Singapore. July 7 - my trip going to Colombo. Philippines is 2 and half hours ahead of Sri Lanka time. DAY 1 IN SRI LANKA The hotel transportation picked me up in the airport. On the way, I have observed that Colombo is just like one of the Philippines provinces. The roads, the houses, the train, buildings and the people make me feel am back on the 70s. On the other hand, it’s nice to see men and women walking in the streets wearing their traditional dress (sari for the women) on different colors. I feel am in a déjà vu seeing some Filipino women wearing Maria Clara in the Philippine streets. That’s what’s nice ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo August 16th 2008

All of a sudden it's the BIG day! and as expected Helen and David do a fine job of getting married serenely in Sri Lankan splendour. Held in an elegant church with a fantastic choir the ceremony is lovely and afterwards we all enjoy celebrating in the grounds of the church. The jazz band gets everyone dancing and we enjoy a buffet banquet fit for a king and queen! I think it's today over G and T's with Vaughan that I decide I should move to Sri Lanka and get a job out here, or at least change my flight and extend my holiday... Congratulations to Helen and David and good luck for Zambia! xx ... read more
Gorgeous girls
Wedding reception

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo August 10th 2008

I can't believe how quick my time in India has gone! I feel a moment of sadness when the custom's guy stamps my passport. That's it I've left India and all my new friends behind me :( Then it's quickly replaced by excitement - I'm on plane back to beautiful Sri Lanka, somewhere I've already been lucky enough to visit once and this time I'm here to see Helen for her wedding. No one else seems to be getting off the plane in Sri Lanka, they're all in transit on to London. I get to baggage reclaim and sure enough on the last baggage carousel my lonely backpack creaks slowly round and round. I pick up my bag and head through customs half expecting to have that usual sinking feeling when I realise there is no ... read more
Tuk tuk!

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