Why Should You Stay At Four Seasons Bangkok

Photo: Four Seasons, Bangkok

Photo: Four Seasons, Bangkok

To be honest, this review is from my trip in 2010, and I certainly hope Four Seasons Bangkok is still as amazing! I am sure a lot of people who know me will possibly be a little bit shocked that I am talking about this experience since it was one of the trips I made with my soon to be ex-husband but I say why not? Life takes away a lot, good memories shouldn’t be a part of the deal. :)

Coming back to Four Seasons Bangkok, if I had to sum up the experience in just one line, I would like to say – Bradley Cooper and other actors from Hangover 2 were also staying there at that time. Yup! Obviously I am trying to make it sound like we hung out and stuff, which of course, never happened. What did happen though is that I had a great time at FS, Bangkok. Must point out their amazing service, that brilliant goose-down bed (FS hotels never disappoint in that regard, ever), courteous staff, stunning oriental interiors and superb food. Forget everything else, I still haven’t gotten over the fries! Lame, I know, but those fries were a work of art! Swim (in my case being parked at the shallow end), shower, TV, room service, your favourite sandwich and fries… You know what I mean?

Of course, you can’t let gluttony take over your stay. You have to step out no matter how comfy the bed. It’s pretty easy to get around town from Four Seasons Bangkok. You can take the metro which is just short walking distance away or hail a cab just as easily but my daily ritual used to be to hop on a tuk-tuk and let it whisk me away to one of the shopping destinations. Most of them are just 10-15 minutes away. I would come back, sip on a glass of wine and head for a relaxing massage. Good life!
Photo: Four Seasons, Bangkok

Photo: Four Seasons, Bangkok

That's me, gulping down Möet. Classy, huh?

That’s me, gulping down Möet. Classy, huh?

So over all, I would absolutely recommend FS, Bangkok. I would also like to hear about places where you’ve stayed and enjoyed. To share travel stories and experiences, follow me on twitter – @ThePickyC. Or on Pinterest. I love Pinterest! Don’t you?
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P.S: A version of this review first appeared on Triptease.com.

WHERE SHOULD YOU STAY IN NEW YORK

Review - Hyatt Union Square New York

Last summer, my friend Rimzim Dadu and I stayed at Hyatt Union Square, New York. What can I say, it was the perfect choice!! Imagine this, you’re just a walking distance from shopping heavens like 5th Avenue, SoHo, Nolita etc and a quick ride away from Times Square, Central Park, Empire State and Rockerfeller Building! Yes, that’s Hyatt Union Sqaure for you.

Another thing that I loved about the hotel was its boutique-hotel vibe. The staff was polite and dressed in we-are-not-so-stuck-up uniforms. It’s a smaller, more chilled-out Hyatt with a great roof-top. I liked that! The bed was super and the shower was absolutely brilliant (am I the only one who’s particular about water pressure? It has to be just right!). I wish our room faced the bustling road than the  back of another building and a bathtub in the room wouldn’t have hurt, although to be honest you’d rather be on the streets soaking up the city than bath-salts in a fancy tub especially if you’re there just a couple of days.

If you’re planning to visit NYC, do read my post ‘Why I Love New York‘ for all the details about what to do, where to go. I am sure you’ll have a memorable trip and come back with your own stories of the city.

pickyc in nyc - Hyatt Union Square New York

Hyatt Union Square had me at Welcome Cheese Platter!

Hyatt Union Square New York- review

Hyatt Union Square New York turned out to be a good boutique-ish hotel. Will go back to it.

Hyatt Union Square New York - pickyc in nyc

 

HERE COMES THE MONOCHROME TOURIST

I have been home for the past two days, and like any self-respecting digital gal I had to put my access to free time to good use. And impulsively a new Instagram account was created, ladies and gents please welcome THE MONOCHROME TOURIST!!!!

TheMonochromeTourist INSTAGRAM PAGE

Ummm I think I will stick to those many exclamation marks, if you don’t mind. Now, why a new Instagram page, you ask? Honestly, I don’t know either… let’s just say it’s my alter-traveller-ego. The truth is that subconsciously I spend every waking moment planning my next travel or thinking of places I have been to. It’s therapeutic. And I would love multiple outlets to explore my love for travelling. Also, there is one lame reason for this account (yeah I know, you saw this one coming) well I can never decide whether to post a coloured or black and white photo. So now I can have the best of both.

Moreover, the idea is to leverage the #THEMONOCHROMETOURIST as a platform where people from all over the world can share their single toned/black & white travel photos, in order to create a beautiful community of sorts, because the truth is the world is just prettier in monochrome!

Come join us in our journey…. Promise you it’ll be lovely!

FOLLOW THEMONOCHROMETOURIST ON INSTAGRAM

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THE MONOCHROME TOURIST PHOTOS

Can I Get A Window Seat, Please?!

The one time everyone’s at their best behaviour at airports is when they are about to ask for the window seat at the check-in counter. You’ve been there, right? Every one wants one of those window seats. Either for the view that makes long flights more entertaining or because you like being tucked into the corner or just because there’s such a premium on them. You may have an absolutely original reason why you like them but I am pretty lame, I like them because I can take photos of the skies, sunsets and sunrises, and of city landscapes. Window seats are the reason why I love flying – the whole fun of traveling by air is in trying to spot countries, cities, landmarks from the sky!

Beautiful skies enroute New York

Beautiful skies enroute New York

Pretty blue skies while crossing continents

Pretty blue skies while crossing continents

Dear airlines, could you please clean the windows from the outside so that I can take clearer photos?

Dear airlines, could you please clean the windows from the outside so that I can take clearer photos?

Bye bye Los Angeles

Bye bye Los Angeles

Over L.A

Over L.A

Sunset on the way back from Goa

Sunset on the way back from Goa

Las Vegas Airport

Las Vegas Airport

P.S: If I take photos from my camera, I always ensure my phone is on ‘Airplane’ mode and is only switched on for a few minutes. You see no pictures are more important than your safety.

Why do you like the window seat?

 

Pantene Says #WhipIt To Labels Against Women

Pantene’s latest commercial, currently running in the Philippines, is the nicest, coolest, awesome-st thing I have seen in a long time. For once a brand takes a stand against labelling against women and does it in style, without unnecessary melodrama. I would love to see this commercial run in India too.

Now please don’t label me as a feminist! Yes?

 

Why I Love New York

Indian travel blogger. New York. Central Park

After thinking, rethinking, planning, booking and rebooking tickets, I finally landed in New York City on the 12th of July, 2013. Nothing, seriously nothing prepares you to see the Manhattan Skyline arise in slow motion right before your eyes as your cab prepares to go into the tunnel on your way from the airport to Manhattan. It’s surreal, it’s magnificent, it’s breath-taking and from that moment on you’re in LOVE with undoubtedly the greatest city in the world.

Accept it or not, if you’ve been to New York at some point you do ask yourself “Why the hell do I not live here?!” I did too. I love Bombay! For all its craziness, it keeps you grounded. It keeps you motivated. I think I love New York for pretty much the same reasons. But what I love the most about NYC is that each neighbourhood has its own style and culture. Yes, that also causes neighbourhood-snobbery which every big city is privy to (Hello, South-Bombayites!) but New York does it effortlessly and with pride. Talking about pride, when you look at NYC’s steely, picturesque skyline, it really makes you wonder how much love, pride and focused-intentions must have gone into creating a city that amazing! It makes you wonder why the rest of the cities fail to do so? Is it just money? I don’t think so! Before I move ahead I must clarify that that I am not saying other big cities are not charming or impressive. Look at London, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo, Istanbul, Dubai, Hongkong, Shanghai…. they are all very impressive in terms of culture and infrastructure but no city in the world takes so much pride in itself. So may be eventually, what matters is how the people feel about their city…. that’s why may be with all the potholes, crazy traffic, over-capacitated public transportation, Bombay aka Mumbai still works and is so loved because we the people love it for just letting us be. There might be a lack of space but  Bombay manages to offer us more personal space than any other city in the country.

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See how difficult it is for me to talk about any other city without subconsciously comparing it to Bombay? Coming back to New York, the one thing you should know about New York is its tendency to hyperbole. Do not fall for “the best pizza in the world” reviews. Go with your intuition and the city won’t let you down.

For my flights, I used goibibo.com. Have to say hey got me a great deal considering I booked really close to my date of travel. Also their customer service was good. They called me as soon I tried booking my ticket to assist me in case of need. Which I thought was really nice as I was booking multiple destinations – Mumbai – New York, New York – Los Angeles, Los Angeles – Las Vegas, Las Vegas – LA and LA – Mumbai.

If you’re heading to NYC and want to download just one single app, go for YELP! It’s effing brilliant. Dining, nightlife, shopping, maps… there’s nothing you can’t Yelp.

I used airbnb.com to book the stay for the first couple of days. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was amazed! For the uninitiated, airbnb.com is a crowd-sourced platform where people who are not using their apartments, offer it to travelers. I liked it and recommend it for two main reasons. One it offers you the experience of living in the city (in your favourite neighbourhood) and secondly, it’s more cost-effective than a good hotel. Our one-bedroom apartment in Chelsea, Manhattan was really adorable and convenient. I think it makes a great travel deal.

For the last two nights, we stayed at Hyatt Union Square. I truly loved the hotel, it was so central and so lovely! Check out my review here.

If you’re in New York, you have to go to Williamsburg, Brookyn! And you have to take the ferry. No cabs, no subway… just take the ferry. It’s gorgeous! In Williamsburg, eat at La Nonna Pizzeria, great food and an even homemade Tiramisu. Drink at Meatball, the bartender made me his favourite cocktail, totally off the menu. Woop woop!  The other interesting way to get to Brooklyn is to walk the famous Brooklyn Bridge. Yes, you are allowed and yes it’s a long but a beautiful walk.

The last travel tip goes out to fellow vegetarians, there’s no dearth of veg/vegan food places in New York. We even found a veg sushi place, Beyond Sushi, in Meatpacking district. Yup, talk about irony.

This is all I can remember, do go through the photo gallery. I have added some more info as captions. If you have any interesting NYC stories, please do share them in the comments section. I will be sharing my other travels stories soon.

xxx

C