I just had to post this up as soon as I finished unpacking since pictures alone can't describe the fantabulous time we had in Mangalore. So this is an uber crucial one :)
So it all started on Friday (the day that we're supposed to leave) when xc and I realised that we haven't purchased the bus tickets to mangalore. Xc; being the savior for the day, slipped in and out of clinics and got us the tickets. Non air conditioned bus but who am I to complain..
The journey was horrible and how much I would love to say that it was the excitement that kept me awake throughout the night.. but then, I would be lying.
And thanks to bus conductors crappy sense of timing.. My poor kal stayed awake from 2.30 waiting for our call... which she didn't receive till 8 am when we actually reached.
Breakfast was from Pizza Hut at Kal's house. Not sure which was more warming.. the fact that I'm having good pizza after so long or that I'm having it with kal, xc and fiona just like old times :)
City Centre was the first stop for the day. Mangalore's largest and latest addition to the family of malls that the city boasts. ( Do you guys back there really need that many malls??) Anyway, as soon as we stepped into the mall, it was helllooooo shopping and bye bye crisp rupee notes.. First store was West side. And then Lifestyle which was India's high end version of Parkson. The four of us, at different corners of the store, trying out clothes one after the other and calling up each other for opinions... what a sight!!
After lunch at Sizzlers where we met up with Variant, Pau, Anna, Yong Yau and Kugan, we went to Bharat Mall to try out the arcade games. Not only did I suck at air hockey; ( Lol Kal won 4-1 against me) .. driving is not my thing too apparently. We made a quick visit to Nilgiri's where one can go gaga over the food items ; at least i did. :) heee.
Froth On Top was our next stop. It was this cool little place with cartoons and sketches drawn on its walls. It felt as if we walked straight into a scene of a comic book. Food was a little too pricey but it was definitely worth the visit.
Returned to kal's apartment to leave our shopping bags behind and get the cake that kal specially baked for Nadia's house warming that night. Yup she did. Talk about perfect timing :) Met up with friends from Davengere and Mangalore.
There were definitely a few things going on while xc and I were asleep. Kal ended up sleeping downstairs in the hall and Fiona inevitably hacked into kal's FB account. Yup talk about nocturnals ..
Woke up around 615am since we planned to go to the BEACH!!!Clad in black t-shirts and 'hula hula' shorts (except for Kelvin who seemed pretty comfortable in his white t-shirt and pants), the 5 of us got hold of an auto and had an eventful ride to the beach (oopsie............. forgot the name) . The five of us squeezed into an auto ( another five more and we could have made it into the guinness book of world records :p) and half my legs were hanging out of the auto.
We had to take a boat across a river to get to the beach. The beach was so much fun!! Armed with packets of Lays and camera's.. it was definitely an outing to be cherished. :)
After dropping by at Pabaas ( mangalore's desert haven) and treating ourselves to some amazing sweet takeaways, we proceded to Manipal which was a 1 1/2 hour drive away from Mangalore. Went straight to Vid's and Variant's apartment ( Vid was back in Malaysia though) , pulled sleepy head Variant out of her bed and dragged her to Medan Selera for lunch. The egg fried rice was good and I had my first 'tofu sumbat' in India!!!! Yay.. i knew it was possible people!!! Tofu in India :) OOooh and they had fresh soya too ( not sure whether it was fresh but it was yummy so who cares)
Met up with Mahen, Sundaraa and Ming at the cafe. Wen Xin, Pau, Anna and Jessie joined us for lunch. And yess we had pisang goreng :) Heavenly... We followed Wen Xin to her place shortly after lunch. I looved her room.. !! Blending in with the surrounding greens .. it was very au naturelle... ;)
Came back to Variant's place again and decided to pay Shar a visit. We made it to her room on second attempt;p Poor girl had her whole toe nail removed.. :( Hope the nail grows out quickly shar.
Next we visited their well equipped cafetaria ( think subway and barista) . Fiona and Kelvin left for Davangere right after that. Sobs. It was so hard just to send you off dear. All the best for your exams sweetheart :)
Variant brought us for a short tour around the HUGEE library, the oh- so- famous anatomy museum and their field. Quite an impressive place..manipal. Wished we could have stayed there longer to explore the city more. Well.. definitely a good excuse to come to this part of India again :)
Left Manipal at arouund 6ish pm and arrived at Manipal almost 2 hours later. Went to City Center again for last minute shopping :P Had pasta from Dominos for dinner and ruuushhed to the bus station only to find out that .... we missed our BUS!!!! Xc was either too shocked to say anything or she was already planning out tomorrow's shopping spree quietly.. hahaha. Fortunately enough, we managed to contact the bus driver. ( and by we i mean the guy at the travel agency who kept reminding us that we were late... Lol the bus had left 15 minutes ago; of course we WERE LATE!) Thank goodness for him, the bus driver agreed to wait for us at some place about 7km away. So we both stormed into an auto and rushed to the place. We didn't even get to say our proper byes to Kal.. poor girl we had to leave you at the station alone. Sorry dear!
So that was how our awesome weekend in manglore ended. Thank you Kal for being an amazing host :) WE LOVE YOU !