Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

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In recent times I’ve come across a number of quotes through social media. Not all are by established or renowned people. I’m anyway not an avid reader or a follower of any philosopher / writer/ poet, but I do understand & like some of Buddha’s teachings. When I think of ‘words of wisdom’ , I think of Buddha immediately. His quotes are simple & easy to understand and can be put to use at any stage of life that one is in. Having said that they’re easy to understand, they’re not that simple to practice day-in and day-out in life. Sigh!

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I’ve made a note of 10 of them that really resonate with me. I think these are applicable irrespective to the time or phase of life that one is in.

1. You only lose what you cling to.

2. In the end only three things matter : how much you loved, how gently you lived and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.

3. Before you speak let your words pass through three gates. Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?

4. Weak people revenge, strong people forgive, intelligent people ignore.

5. Never regret being a good person to the wrong people. Your behaviour says everything about you, and their behavior says enough about them.

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6. Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth

7. Faith and prayer are both invisible  but they make the impossible things possible.

8. Pain is certain, suffering is optional.

9. The root of suffering is attachment.

10. The mind is everything, what you think you become.

Have you come across any other quotes that you relate to? They don’t necessarily need to be by Buddha.. Share in the comments below!

Have a wonderful weekend you all. It’s summer here in India, may we tackle this heat with a cool mind. Namaste!

Lots of love,

The Silent Hummer.

Franchua D’Souza

 

 

 

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Mama Mia, how can I resist you!

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On this lazy Sunday afternoon as I lay in bed with my feet stretched out to the cupboard next to it, I’m thinking mozarella cheese. I’m thinking Burrata cheese. I’m thinking home made pasta. I’m thinking a glass of fancy red wine. I’m thinking some great music. I’m thinking great company. I’m thinking of a great Italian pasta bar in Hong Kong. Oh wait, I’m transported to Pici (Pronounced as Peachy)!

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If you’ve read my previous travel posts, you will know that I’m not a big fan of South East Asian cuisines. Considering it is an acquired taste, I think my palette is opening up to it, but I can’t say I’m fond of it yet. Thankfully Hongkong has so many options available, I survived it without missing Indian food.

Here’s another thing about me. I’ve never gone trekking in my life, well at least not until Hong Kong happened. On one of my days there, the inner athletic in me decided to go trekking on the Dragon’s back. A legit 4 hour morning trek with a few stops to admire and click the scenic views.

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It was certainly a personal accomplishment and what better way than to celebrate it with some great Italian food!

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If you’re in Hong Kong, you’re probably well acquainted with Pici. Initially I called it everything from PC to Picki to pishi. On being seated, I finally gathered some courage and decided to get it out of the way with and asked what’s the place actually called! Peachy it is!

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It is hard to miss Pici. If you’ve not visited it yet, I strongly suggest you give it a shot. It’s definitely worth the hype. The food for one is amaaaaaaazing, I mean I’m actually drooling thinking about that burrata cheese and gnocchi Al pesto pasta right now! I’m not a Tiramisu or Panna Cotta fan generally, but boy! I really did enjoy my dessert too here. Did I mention they’ve got some interesting cocktails?

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Pici is well located and that’s another plus point. The place has got such a relaxing feel and vibe to it, the music and decor certainly add to it. The staff is warm and welcoming, happy to give their recommendations when needed. And the fact that you get to see your pasta being made in front of you is just so cool.

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This restaurant is all about a great experience. Having been able to have super fun conversations with strangers, I won’t be shy in saying this restaurant can actually be an ideal place for a first date/tenth date.. Whatever! I mean this is where I got to know about the ‘Brad Pitt returning to Jennifer Aniston’ rumour. Don’t forget to make a reservation in advance, I tell you! You can thank me later.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post. If you’re visiting Hong Kong, you should definitely put this on your list of restaurants that need to be visited.

I’ll keep sharing tidbits from my Hong Kong trip here on the blog. Do let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Lots of love,

The Silent Hummer

Franchua D’Souza

Roses are red my love

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Roses are red, yellow, orange, pink, black and what not! Flowers are beautiful, there’s no denying. They smell lovely is an added incentive. Frankly I’m not quite a floral person when it comes to gifting them, as it’s disheartening that they last for just a few days. I’m more into practical gifting. However as I mentioned, flowers are beautiful no doubt and even a bunch of them make can make some peoples’ day bright. They have the ability to turn a dull day into a romantic one and a depressing day into a motivating one. Imagine what happens when you see a complex full of flowers everywhere, like literally. That too in Mumbai!

Over the weekend, a few of us accepted an invitation to attend a flower exhibition put up in town. If you’ve lived in Mumbai, you’d know that unfortunately we are not lucky enough to see nature in all it’s glory. So the invite seemed too lucrative to be ignored. The complex that hosted the exhibition had about 35 gardens with different floral set ups, each one-better-than-the-other. The organisers did everything possible to make this event grand. They set up the place like a dream- the flowers were the stars, they got 1853-style trams to take us around all the gardens, and they even got the navy band to perform live. Refreshments were served at a few corners so even the 4pm heat couldn’t do much to bother us. Looking at all this beauty, we completely forgot that we were still in Mumbai and realization only struck after exiting the complex.

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My pics are just a glance of the weekend that was. I bet you will have to return to see the actual flower display. It’s going to blow your mind!

In the mean time you can check the previous time I posted about my floral experience.

Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. I’ve even joined Roposo- @franchua  recently, I’m yet to learn it, but join me there too!

Photography credits : Nolasco Alphonso, he’s the best.

Lots of love,

The Silent Hummer
Franchua D’Souza

I’m gonna see my ma chère amie-o

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This “Jambalaya” Song is so apt for a date night right? It has love and food in it 🙂

Recently, no I’m not talking Valentines’ Day, but just another ordinary day I stepped out for a dinner date. It’s something I do not do on a regular basis. We decided to give ‘Byblos Kitchen’ a try after reading some good reviews on popular food and restaurant recommendation engines. If you’re following me on Instagram (Follow now, if you’re not already), you would’ve seen my little review of the place there, along with a few pics. It’s located just next to the parking lot of Phoenix Mills- Lower Parel, which doesn’t make the location very striking. The food and service however was definitely note worthy. Not to take their credit away, but it could’ve also been since we were the only diners at 9 pm! I almost got tricked into believing a Private restaurant was booked especially for me.. and we’re talking about a 130 seats Restaurant!! 🙂

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Dinner was wonderful just like I had expected. We’ve captured pics so that I could share them here and look them up whenever I wanted to. The steward was kind to even click a few pics of us. Although this wasn’t Valentine’s Day dinner, it felt like one. Co-incidentally I even wore Red! We should do this more often.

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OOTD Details:-

Red dress: Sister’s closet
Beige Bag: Esbeda
Chain: Forever21
Makeup by: Estee Lauder

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Let me know how you like the post and pics. Would love to know what you think of them. Hope you all had a love filled Valentine’s Day. Comment and Share the love.

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Lots of Love,

The Silent Hummer
Franchua D’Souza

Sharp Dressed Man

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It’s such a pleasure to be contacted by someone who’s interested in contributing to your blog. Here below is a guest post by Gayathry Pillai from CouponRani, and she’s put up an interesting article on Beauty essentials for men. This is the first guest post on the blog, so would appreciate some encouragement.


10 Must Have Beauty Essentials For Men During Winter

We have seen a lot of articles and write-ups related to beauty tips and winter care solutions for women. But, does it mean that only women are concerned about their skin and beauty always? It is never so. Even men must take needed precautions to keep their skin soft and moist during winter.

Nowadays we see a lot of products that come specifically for men. It denotes the fact that even men are now very much bothered about the beauty and wellness of their skin. Rough and scaly skin, chapped lips, dry skin, etc. are the difficulties which are also faced by men during the winter season. Certain products should be used by men to keep their skin look and feel healthy during the winter season. Check out ten must have beauty essentials for men during winter…

Cleanser

Cleanser makes your skin pure and free from all the impurities. If you know it right, exposure of your skin to heat and dust close your pores, and all the impurities get locked inside your skin damaging it. So it is essential to open them and clean. A good cleanser will help you to get over these impurities locked inside the skin. Buy branded cleansers at low prices online from stores like Amazon.

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Exfoliating Face Wash

Even men have blackheads and whiteheads that make their skin look dull. They too face difficulties with dry skin and blemishes. Any exfoliating face wash will help to get rid of these stains. Use them twice daily for best results. Remember men are more exposed to the sun than women and so they have more blemishes on their skin which look them tanned as well.

Moisturizer

Moisturizer is yet another beauty essential that is needed to make the skin soft and supple during the winters. The climate is too hungry for some adequate nourishment for your body and skin. Apply loads of moisturizer on your skin so that it gets the needed moisture it needs. The climate demands it.

Lip Balm

Even men face problems with their lips during the winter. Men do get chapped lips when the climate is cold and unfavorable. Lip balms should be used to keep lips look healthy and to keep it soft and supple. Chapped lips do not look good either for men nor women. Buy lip balms from Snapdeal at a very affordable rate.

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Hair Gel/Lotion

Hair Gel/Lotion is equally essential especially during the winter season to make your hair stay manageable and attractive. Hair is likely to go frizzy and rough during the winter season. So, it is good to use any hair gel or lotion to make it look attractive and shiny even during the adverse climate.

Body Lotion

The body lotion is again an important beauty essential when it comes to skin and body care during the winter season. It has those basic ingredients that are needed to make your body and skin nourished. Men too have issues with their skin during winter and need to pamper their skin.

Perfumes/Deos

Winter does not make you sweat as frequently as you normally do. Perspiration is very less, but it is important to use the perfect perfume/deos even then as it pops out your personality trait among others. So, make sure that you use only such perfumes/deos that will sustain till the end of the day making you lively and impressive. Buy men’s perfumes and does at reasonable rates online from stores like Flipkart.

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After Shave Cream/Lotion

These things are needed by them more often than anything else. It prevents their skin from itching and from getting scars. Applying after shave cream or lotion helps from getting your skin rough after usage of a razor.

Shampoo + Conditioner

Irrespective of the season, men too needs to pamper their hair by cleaning it with shampoo and conditioner. During winter, the hair is more likely to be frizzy and rough. So wash them with a good shampoo and use conditioner to rinse off the excess oil and dust from the hair, to make it soft and smooth even during the Winter.

Face Cream

Face cream will make men’s skin oil free as well as it will lighten the skin as such. A lot of them are available for various brands. Use the one that suits the skin to get the best results. Use them to make the skin feel good and to prevent from severe drying.


 

Hope you found this list useful. Just because winter is coming to an end doesn’t mean you don’t follow this. These grooming tips will definitely keep you presentable and hygienic at all times.

This guest post is in association with CouponRani . For such collaborations email me : thesilenthummer@gmail.com

You may follow Gayathry Pillai on Twitter: @gayathryvp
Also, Follow me on Twitter: @Thesilenthummer and on Instagram: @franchuadsouza

 

Lots of love,

The Silent Hummer
Franchua D’Souza

Green Garden

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Valentine’s day is soon approaching and I’m certain there are extremists when it comes to this day of Love. While I’m sure St. Valentine, the man behind whom this day is named, would be glad to see RED everywhere, this year I chose this beautiful emerald green dress from Jabong.

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It has lace and has a satin belt which makes it look very dainty. I’m not sure if it will make the other lasses go green, but it’ll definitely make heads turn.
Since I couldn’t really wait until Valentines Day to mark it’s debut, I stuttered around in it for a dear friend’s wedding. It got me loads of compliments and considering green is not really considered an evening color, it stood out all the more. The live band present even made me do a little jig and twirl for them, which I happily agreed to.

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I’m set for Valentines Day.. and thankfully I do not have issues repeating clothes. Besides my Valentine hasn’t seen it yet so the novelty factor is still intact 😉 Shh..
In case you haven’t picked your V’ day outfit yet, rush to Jabong now!!

Wishing you All A very Happy Valentines this year.. Make this one special.

Follow me on Twitter and Instagram to see more updates about my day.

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Lots of Love,

The Silent Hummer,
Franchua D’Souza

 

Happy in my Blue Heaven

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Calgari shift dress from Jabong

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Accessorized the dress with a broad Black belt

Working in the Corporate World, I’m extremely used to wearing the standard Corporate colors like Black, White, Grey and Navy Blue. To make 2016 a gleeful year at work for myself, I’ve decided to experiment a little more with brighter shades, yet shades that will be accepted at the workplace.

For me outdoor shopping is truly a task as I do not have the patience to stop around, wait in changing room queues or bargain. Online shopping relieves me of all these woes. Recently while browsing through Jabong , I found this Calgari shift dress which looked smart, elegant and business like at the same time. I did a little reading of the description, made sure it fit my need and then went on to buy it. Here are the basics I usually check while shopping for clothes.

– Product material
– Cost
– Is it machine washable?
– Returns & exchange policy
– Reviews by previous buyers

Only after performing all these checks on this dress did I make a purchase.

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Here is my review of the dress and Jabong:

The color- Cobalt Blue looks rich and beautiful. The size is just perfect. As it is a shift dress (and shift dresses usually do not give shape as such), I used a belt to accentuate my waist.
If accessorized correctly, it’s kind of a desk-to-date dress. I’ve tried this dress with a blazer too and it looked formal enough to go to an official meeting.
Although for this post I wore black pumps, the good thing about shift dresses is they can be worn even with flat ballet shoes.

I ordered the dress on the 20th of Jan and the delivery time shown to me was on or before 29th Jan. As I needed the dress much earlier than that, I contacted the customer care and requested them to dispatch it as early as possible so that I could have it at least by the 25th. They promptly made a note of my request and had the dress delivered to me exactly on the 25th. So where delivery and service is concerned, they are fab. The return and exchange policy is note worthy too.

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Will I go to Jabong to shop again? Yes Of course!
Will I buy clothing from Calgari? Yes absolutely!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Let me know what you thought about it. You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram , I’d appreciate it!

Photography : Nolasco Alphonso

*This post is a sponsored post, but the review is completely honest*
For any collaborations, you may contact me at thesilenthummer@gmail.com

Lots Of Love,

The Silent Hummer
Franchua D’Souza