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Thursday, 2 August 2018

Family Fun Comes Together at #NextGenTimeZone

Growing up in a city like Mumbai has its ups and downs.
I feel grateful because I grew up at a time when parks and children play areas were plenty even in a crowded city like Mumbai. And even those, who did not have parks close by, had their building complexes which where large enough and clutter free to even host cricket matches.
We were blessed because we were not engulfed by technology yet.

But decades later, when I became a parent, I felt my kid will miss out on all the fun I had as a child. Playing hide and seek in our building complex, or a game of lagori or even badminton is a distant dream now, as building complexes have been converted into additional parking space. Garden and parks are empty as kids prefer to play games online at home or prefer their mall visits more, compared to play areas.
With busier lifestyles, it is becoming more and more difficult for families to spend quality time together and more often I like to blame technology for that.
But my visit to #NextGenTimeZone Games at Inorbit Malad changed my perspective and made me a little hopeful for the future.

Timezone is your one-stop interactive entertainment destination having latest arcade games, exciting rides and fabulous prizes. It lets you re-live your childhood and make new memories with your family and friends. Timezone, has recently revamped and relaunched itself as #NEXTGENTIMEZONE at Inorbit Mall, Malad.
This place has elements which focuses on young adults along with kids and family. So this is a perfect place for family bonding.
I spent the last weekend with my family there, and I cant believe how much fun we had together. Scroll down to read, what all we loved about this place.

Krazee Whirl Cars: Here they have added a fun element to the bumper cars. They have dual joysticks and the base of the cars is LED illuminated. This is one ride that is enjoyed by kids and adults equally.

Virtual Rabbids: This concept has been launched in India for the first time. It is a ride which combines virtual reality and makes it fun for kids and families to enjoy together.

Family Bowling: Bowling has been a favorite in our family and we just have too much fun every time, we go out for bowling nights. The bowling arcade at TimeZone is termed as Family bowling,
because even they understand that bowling is best enjoyed with family. The bowling area uses latest graphics and animations which makes bowling even more fun.

Fruit Ninja: The game that I really enjoy playing on my cell phone, takes a bigger and better avatar at Timezone. My nephew had too much fun cutting the fruits. And I was happy to see him smile.

Prize shop: The Prize shop at TimeZone games is one of the best I have seen lately. It has a huge gamut of exclusive merchandize that comprises of home decor, plush toys, sports, utility products along with confectioneries and soft drinks.

Massage Chairs: One of the best thing that TimeZone has added are massage chairs. When parents run out of energy and kids don't, there are massage chairs that help parents relax and chill.

All in all, we really loved the entire experience and realized that we haven't had so much fun together after a very long time.

I think this is a perfect place to host birthday parties as they have a dedicated party area. In fact I would even love to host Raksha Bandhan or family get-togethers here, as this place has something fun for every age group.

Have you visited Timezone yet? If not, we recommend you totally should.

About TimeZone India:
Timezone India is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Entertainment and Education group (TEEG) based out of Australia which operates centres at 250 locations across 7 countries. Timezone has 26 stores currently in India located within all the leading malls like Inorbit Malls, Korum Mall, Phoenix Market City etc and is expected to open a total of 32 stores by end of 2018.
P.S. ​"I've shared my experience at the revamped Timezone  ​Inorbit ​Malad​ in association with BlogAdda"

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Is Earth Networks the support that firefighters need to prepare for storms?


Did you know that about 24,000 people are killed every year due to lightning strikes and about 2,40,000 are injured? Lightning strikes have a mortality rate of between 10-30% with up to 80% of the survivors sustaining long-term injuries. Whilst, these statistics may not seem as dire as some other natural disaster calamity rates; nevertheless, there are many emergency service providers who are working rigorously to find solutions to firstly pre-empt thunderstorms and secondly to mitigate casualties.
Earth Networks is one such enterprise which is making significant in-roads in creating highly efficient detection systems combined with high end analytics. They have successfully curated a very accurate weather alert system which provides clear and advanced weather alerts to optimize outdoor safety and weather preparedness.

Earth Networks is helping organizations across the globe to mitigate weather-related financial, operational and human risk. They are currently operational in over 90 countries and have been a weather expert for over 20 years. They not only help organizations monitor real-time weather conditions and preventing weather disruptions to assure business continuity; but also in taking control of emergency response situations through collaboration.
They are the largest proprietary weather observation network with over 12,000 hyperlocal stations and their Total LightningNetworkTM is the first in-cloud and could-to-ground global lightning detection network with over 1500 sensors. In areas prone to thunderstorms and lightning strikes, the realtime lightning data that the system provides, could be crucial to the human and non-human resources risk mitigation. The Outdoor Alerting System allows you to configure hours of operation, lightning-strike distance, alert duration, and to deploy auto-generated email and text alerts to recipients. Currently they have been successful in schools, airport operations, energy & utilities, parks amongst other industries. Hence you and your organization needs Earth Network to plan and prepare for every weather scenario.

-Gouri Patwardhan
  For So-Saree

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Outfit Post: The Black Jumpsuit

The monsoons have arrived in Mumbai. 
And I am a little excited. Yes, I still hate the daily commute during monsoons, but monsoons also mean monsoon getaways.
I was causally browzing through my old pictures and I came across this folder that said Ganpatiphule. And I realized I never posted about this trip anywhere on my blog. 
Ganpatiphule was unexpectedly beautiful and so much fun and I want to do a travel post on things to in Ganpatiphule, but that will have to wait. For today's post I have an outfit post which was shot at the Jaigad Fort which is around 20 km away from Ganpatiphule.
A black jumpsuit which has featured on the blog twice before (here and here) was a perfect choice for sightseeing in and around Ganpatiphule. Light, breezy and very functional.
Scroll down to see the pictures.

Outfit Details:
Black Jumpsuit: Local store in Mumbai
Necklace: FashionandYou
Backpack: Limeroad
Footwear: Crocs

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Bike Bandit – Your biking Gear Genie

Just after I came out of the movie theatre having watched Madhuri Dixit’s “Bucket List” where she, who is a heart transplant recipient, embarks on a brilliantly liberating journey of completing her donor’s Bucket List. Now I know that movies are supposed to be entertainment, and one should not dwell too much once they are over, but this time it got me thinking – hard! Given that life today is so unpredictable, shouldn’t I, who is in her mid-thirties, also start ticking off some items off my bucket list too?

So I immediately fished out my old scrapbook and started scrolling through my precious bucket list to firstly rejuvenate my memory and secondly to see if I have actually accomplished any of the wishes on there. To my dismay, one of the top items on my list was to learn to ride a bike, and I had no head start there, whatsoever. I immediately called up a friend of mine, who is majorly into bike riding and explained my predicament. He was quite helpful and we decided that he would teach me how to ride a bike on all weekend mornings, so no worries there! But my problems were not solved yet; the next worry was to buy correct and safe (and hopefully stylish too!) biking gear.
Just when I was ankle deep in biking gear shopping worries and questions, the same friend pulled another rabbit from his hat, by the name of BikeBandit.com. I spent the next couple of hours going through the details on this site, and trust me I was hooked on the spot. Bikebandit has all the biking gear and accessories you can think of along with appropriate suggestions and a live chat option for apt advice.


What’s more is that they have a stunning collection of cheap motorcycle jackets; which are extremely stylish but do not necessarily burn a huge hole in your pocket.

Having now equipped myself with the coolest biking gear from BikeBandit.com, I am all set to tick off a very ambitious item off my bucket list, how about you?!

-Gouri Patwardhan
 For So-Saree

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Review: Fire And Ice Facial By Yavana Clinic

I am no longer in my 20's and it kind of makes me sad. But guess what... 30's isn't so bad after all.
Being in my early 30's has brought a mix of both goods and bads.
The goods first.
I am more patient, have more perspective, almost a pro at "adulting" and if I can say a bit more wiser.
Now lets come to the bads.
Since I am an adult now, people easily take me for granted. But that could also be because of my Miss Congeniality nature.
Dark circles officially made a debut under my eyes. And my skin has never been so dry.
If losing weight in my 20's was tough, you don't even know how tougher it is now. Sometimes I feel I just put on weight even if I think of food.

Seeking a good skin and hair treatment has become almost like a mission for me these days.
And that is how I discovered Yavana Aesthetics Clinic.
Headed and founded by Dr. Madhuri Agrawal, Yavana has been in the beauty industry for 12 years now. I have had the privilege to work with her in the past and that is how I was introduced to Dr. Madhuri.
Last month when I casually met her and mentioned about my skin woes, she analyzed my skin and immediately asked me to visit her clinic for a facial appointment.
Well, facials are my favourite, because they relax me too much and who doesn't like a glowing face.
I immediately said yes and in a few days, found myself seated at her clinic in Mulund.

Dr. Madhuri announced that she was going to do the Fire and Ice facial on me. The name was enough to get me onboard and I readily agreed.

The first step of Yavana Fire & Ice facial is facial toning. This step improves circulation and
detoxifies the skin. The next step is exfoliation of the top layer of dead skin cells to smoothen and renew the skin. The best part about this step was that the blackheads and whiteheads on your skin easily pop out without even hurting you. OMG! This was so great as I really dread my clean up sessions because of the painful procedure of extracting black and white heads. Now that my skin was fresh and clean, it was oxygenated to plump it and restore its health.

The next step was Yavana's signature fire therapy to calm the skin, settle the acne, improve the fine lines and tighten the skin. Then nutrient-rich active ingredients were infused in my skin.

The final step was the signature cold mask with proprietary blend of seaweed and marine ingredients is applied to cool and relax the skin.
This process took about 60 minutes and by the time the cool mask was applied, I was so ready to doze off. I swear I think I took a small nap when the mask was drying.

After the process when I saw my face in the mirror it looked de-tanned and felt so soft and youthful. My skin felt thoroughly hydrated.

Cost: Rs. 4,000
My verdict: The Fire & Ice facial was a unique experience, painless and totally relaxing. I saw instant results after the treatment and my skin felt supple even after a few weeks. I totally recommend it to anyone who would like to do have a quick fix for their tired skin.
I give it a rating of 4.5/5.

P.S. This is not a sponsored post.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Outfit Post: LookBook From Maldives

My previous post was based on my trip to the magnificent Maldives. If you're planning a trip to the tropical island soon, then you must check out my post about 5 Things To Know Before You Plan Your Maldives Trip.
It was one of the best family vacations we've ever had. We were able to tick off 2 things off our bucket list, visiting the Maldives and a Cruise trip. We had an amazing experience on the cruise as well as the best beach holiday ever. Apart from the fact that I  got to spend an incredible amount of quality time with my family, the next best thing about this trip was that I could finally wear bright and breezy outfits throughout the trip. After almost a year of wearing sweaters and cardigans in Canada, I finally had the opportunity to dress less, comfy and cool. 😉

I have put together a small lookbook of all my favorite looks from the trip. Hope you like them.

 For So-Saree

Monday, 7 May 2018

Tulips of the Valley Festival, British Columbia

It was last year in March, when I first heard about the annual Tulip Fest that happens in BC.
The pictures looked so stunning that I instantly imagined myself singing to the tunes of
‘Dekha Ek Khwaab To Yeh Silsile Hue’ in the beautiful fields of tulips. I wanted to go and take millions of pictures but because of some reason or the other I couldn’t make it last year! It was on my bucket list for 2018 and until yesterday it didn’t seem like it was happening this
year either.
BUT due to a series of pleasant coincidences I was finally able to make it to the Tulips of the Valley in Chilliwack on the very last day of the festival. Of course, I was as happy as a fat kid eating cake! :)
The bright and vibrant colors of tulips spread across a 20-acre field, surrounded by the
Fraser valley and with a backdrop of snow capped mountains, transported me to a different
world altogether. It was better than I imagined! Needless to say, I took a million pictures
some of which I’m going to share today!


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