A few days back my cousin Vaish asked me to check out a video of this acapella guy. Mike Tompkins is like any other acapella guy and like no other acapella guy. He is very talented and makes songs so much better than the original. Try listening to his version of Only Girl by Rihanna. It’s way better than her version! So here’s the video for mash up acapella of Teenage Dream and Just the way you are.
A few years ago, I used to practice Yoga everyday for 45 mins to an hour as a part of a program at my bschool.What started off as a class soon became a part of my routine which eventually got discontinued when I came back to Chennai and began to work. The hustle and bustle of the city life caught up and I dumped the art of practising Yoga for more unhealthier habits and lifestyle. Today after 3-4 years, I went online and looked up modern exercise videos such as the Pilates and Zumba when suddenly I came across Yoga videos which instantly clicked that part of me alive back again. I realised in a blink that it was that something that used to make me feel so good. Yoga gave me not only good skin, clear face and clean health. It instilled and boosted confidence levels, kept me active throughout the day and the best of all, made me feel light throughout ending the day with a sound sleep. What a lot of people don’t get is that Yoga is NOT about losing weight. It is about keeping yourself active, alert and attractive. Yes, ATTRACTIVE. Try Yoga for a week and you will see a huge difference in your face. Your face gains more clarity and you never look tired.
Anyway, after bumping into this Hatha Yoga Video, I realized that this is something I definitely want back on my routine. Back in the undergraduation days, I used to go on looooooong walks everyday. Walked nearly 10 kms every single day for about 2 years. I used to feel super light and was always healthy. Sometimes it may seem ridiculous to be exercising so much (strictly from the POV of non-exercisers), but trust me, exercising does keep you physically and mentally active. Kar is always harping on how even a 30-min walk which I used to do back then during our 6 month engagement period was not enough for someone my age. He was always telling me that it was never about losing weight and it is more to do with keeping myself physically fit. I never understood why he was so concerned but now when I think about it, I realise that back then all the walking and yoga was done with my friends. So I never felt the pain and ever under-motivated. I was always in the mood for exercise and now understand that self-motivation is the something I completely lack.
This video on Youtube lasts for 43 mins. Trust me, even though it’s not exactly the same yoga I used to do back then. It is still something good. After those 43 mins, I can tell you I definitely feel better, breathe better and feel light. Most importantly, can feel the blood flowing throughout my body like a boost in circulation. It feels great. I am definitely making this an essential part of my routine. Thanks Yogayak!
Here’s the link to Yogayak’s channel.
So recently we had been to a few small towns north of San Francisco. It was super cute and gorgeous up there. We stayed at this cute little town called Ukiah.. Oops! Not town. Cute little city called Ukiah which has a total of maybe 30 streets altogether. Staying at Ukiah was a lot of fun. There are many small shops each specializing in something – prom dresses, shoes, beads, coffee, dutch bakery… so many shops and selling products of high quality and unfortunately for the size of the town straying their focus on the quantity they sell.
There are three shops in particular I want to talk to you about. One was this beads store. One a pasta-ish very American-Italian place. One a coffee shop (obvious for my love of coffee).
The Beads store – Beads Fever – absolute brilliance. Locally owned and sells beads imported from different parts of the country. The people there are very friendly and helped us a lot even though most customers are jewelry makers. We bought a few strands of different beads and left the place to visit the famous Fort Bragg Glass Beach and to pass by the famous Redwoods forest.
Next stop – North State Cafe – this American-Italian restaurant. The owner reminded me a lot of Aaron Eckhart… Very cute and super friendly. On our way back from Fort Bragg, it was already getting late and this was one of the few places open in the city. It looked very decent and so we stepped even though we saw they worked only till 9pm. They still had the open sign on and we wanted to check if they would still serve us. The waitress seated us at a table, asked us in an almost loud-rude tone if we needed some drinks. And when we said yes, she stomped herself all the way to the front counter of the restaurant and back indicating some sort of irritation at us. A few minutes later, the owner himself came and started asking us for our orders. He was very pleasant. Patiently answered all our questions and told us we were in no hurry. The girl in the meantime was stomping hard on the floor while she walked back and forth throwing cold looks at us. We found it very uncomfortable. And me being me, I was on the verge of asking her if there was a problem when she came out of the restaurant’s kitchen bidding goodbye to the owner throwing us another cold look and went out the door. The food tasted great. Although I had ordered for a pasta which I’m sure others with a strong flavor for sun-dried tomatoes and garlic would have loved. Kar’s cajun pasta was very very yummy and probably one of the best pastas I’ve tasted. And the merlot was hands down the best I’ve had (considering I’m not a great fan of the merlot… and the menu otherwise had the cab which I absolutely detest)
Third stop – The coffee critic – Me and Kar love our coffee. Infact our love for coffee is sooo crazy that anyone coming to our place will always find 3-4 different kinds of ground coffee powder. Currently we have a dark italian french roast, viennese, italian espresso and our very own Indian Leo coffee and coffee day. Please feel free to drop in for some of the best coffees in Sunnyvale So anyway we found this huge building almost in the heart of Ukiah with a large board titled the coffee critic. The two of us raised our eyebrows. As usual our love for coffee and the need to have only good coffee urged us to go in. Alas the place had already closed for the day. So we left and came back the next day. Early in the morning for that hot cup of coffee after the unusually good bed & breakfast’s black coffee. The coffee critic is a huge place. Boasts the ambience of a place that truly knows their business well. Has extensive menus. Friendly staff… but wait except for the one who served us. This girl was probably racist. I don’t know why but she kept throwing smiles at all customers except us. We were super friendly like always. We even got the attention of one of the other waitresses in the shop who was super friendly with us. There was no reason for anyone to get so cold. This black-haired girl literally threw the receipt on the counter asking Kar to sign it. The coffee was good but the experience was not. Our expectations of the place crushed after being treated like that. The Coffee Critic serves some of the best coffees in the US. Although I pity the owner who is probably losing a lot of business coz of some silly young girl.
Overall, our dining experience during this small trip was good. I even got Kar to get lunch at Denny’s one day. We saw the best and the worst parts of Ukiah. Ukiah is a sweet little town despite our dull moments in the place.