Sunday, January 31, 2010

Padavali Temple

Around Gwalior (State: Madhya Pradesh) there are plenty of places of historical importance. One among them is Padavali located at a distance of 40kms from Gwalior.

Here in the fortress of Padavali there exists a magnificent temple. The premises of fort has to to be entered by climbing a set of steps. The temple and a small residential complex are the only two structures inside the fort. The temple displays classic architecture, which is as good as any of the famous temples in its time. Most of the sculptures are in the ceiling.

This temple depicts the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu, Ram Leela, Krishna Leela, Mahabharat, marriage of Lord Ganesha, and Samudra Manthan among various other things. The image of Lord Shiva dancing in the cemetery in Preta form is a specialty of this beautiful shrine.

An abode of numerous Hindu gods and goddesses, devotees will be enriched with devotion by the holy darshan. They all look so novel as if they were built just recently.

The carvings in the ceiling are unique and no two carvings are identical.

From here we next moved to Mitavali.

Distance: Padavali ---> Mitavali 12 kms

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Hello...Loeffler Randall

Since Loeffler Randall came out in '05, I've been drooling after their shoes/boots.  And then they added bags and clothes.  It just keeps on getting better and better!  So here are my sale picks:

  •  Jinx Mid Boot ($363) in fawn patent (with snake embossment).  I have a pair in regular leather (same color) and they are ridiculously comfortable.  

  •  Riley Boot ($413) in black suede.  I'm not crazy about the OTK boot trend but if I had to pick a pair, these would be it!
  •  Matilde Boot in black patent ($348) and taupe leather with snake embossment ($388).
  •  Marti Flat Buckle Boot in black ($448) and birch ($448).  Update (2/1): You can find the black version for $358 at
    •  Cale Mid Flat Buckle Boot in black ($398) and birch ($398).
    • Sweater Dress ($219.99) in taupe.  A no brainer for the office!
    • Cocoon Sweater in black ($248) and taupe ($248).  The taupe version is something I would wear every day! 

    Saturday, January 30, 2010

    Unique Pissa Tower - Italy Travel World

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    Contemporary Designer Bag Buying Tip

    Did you just find THE bag from Linea Pelle, Foley + Corinna, Lauren Merkin, Rebecca Minkoff or Treesje?  Bags from these contemporary designers are not only beautiful, chic and affordable (when compared to LV, Chanel and other premium designers), they can usually be found on sale at a bag-focused website or the designer's own website.

    Two sales that are running this weekend:

    1) For all you RM lovers, is offering the following promotion (code: WOW40): 40% off all RM bags until tomorrow (1/31).  This site also offers free shipping.

    2) is offering the following promotion (code: SPRING30): 30% off various contemporary designer bags (with some exclusions) until tomorrow (1/31).

    Also, don't forget to do check if the bag you want is available for less at and Piperlime. com.  You never know...

    Postcard City Coat + A Few Gifts

    Is it me or is it just getting colder?  For those of you who are down-sensitive and still looking for a winter coat (or just want another one), have you thought about Postcard's primaloft City Coat (in various colors)?  It's light, warm, wind-proof and water-repellant!  Right now Searle is running a promotion (code: GIFT):  buy a Postcard coat and receive a gift comprised of a rabbit-fur lined trapper hat (in various colors) and a pair of shearling mittens (in various colors).   I not only LOVE my Postcard City Coat (shown in pewter; mine is in a much darker grey), I also LOVE my trapper hat shown below (in grey)!!  In all honesty, I am indifferent to the shearling mittens.
    Where's the sale, you ask?  Well...Searle is also running another promotion (code: SAVE20): spend $1200+, receive 20% off your total purchase.  Since the coat is $998, you can another item (or several items) equal to $250 and it's basically another gift!  Personally, I would choose this alluring little dress from Walter at $248.  The codes are stackable - you just need to find the right stacking combo.  Persevere and it will work!!  On top of this, there's automatic free shipping and if you live outside of NY, there's no tax! 
    Note:  It's unclear when these promotions will end.

    If you like Sephora, you will like Ulta

    Have you checked out Ulta for beauty products?  If there's not one near you, visit their website (  They have great weekly deals and weekly promotion codes/coupons.  If you sign up to receive their weekly ad, every couple of months or so, they will include a 20% off coupon for your entire purchase with NO exclusions.  This means 20% off Bare Escentuals, Stila, StriVectin, Chi and more!  These "prestige" brands are usually excluded.  Good things come to those who wait...

    Note: A 20% off total purchase (with certain exclusions) code expires today.  They've included the following prestige brands as specials:  Stila, Urban Decay and StriVectin.  So if you're looking for items from these brands, now would be the time!  The coupon code is 20680.

    Loehmann's Extra 25% Off Clearance Coupon Expires Today

    When you visit Loehmann's today for their clearance sale, remember to bring your extra 25% off clearance coupon!!   You never know what you will find...

    Click on the link for the coupon:  Loehmann's Clearance Coupon

    J Brand at a HUGE Discount: $59.99-$69.99

    If you're looking for a pair of new J Brand jeans and are feeling lucky, head over to the Runway section of T.J. Maxx.  I spotted various sizes and various styles of J Brand jeans there...most of them are in Ink (the dark color that we all want)!   I also noticed that most of them recently received a price reduction, from $69.99 to $59.99.  It's too bad none were in my size because I found a pair of skinnies 912 in Ink.   What a steal that would have been!

    Chennai Hotels

    Chennai Hotels
    Chennai Hotels - Choose the Best For Your Stay

    The capital of Tamil Nadu, Chennai in South India adorns the Coromandal Coast of India. The second largest exporter city of software and Information Technology in India, Chennai houses an abundance of modes of accommodation. The high standards of hospitality and technological advancements get several of these Chennai hotels listed amongst best in the country. Like the city the hotels in Chennai are also praised for their pristine location by the sea or close to the business and entertainment centre of the city.
    Clubbed around the tourist places of interest, these Chennai hotels offer state-of-the-art amenities along with heart-warming hospitality. Known as 'Gateway to South India', Chennai is a culturally and economically thriving city. The city ruled by various dynasties such as Pallavas, Cholas, Pandyas and more, Chennai is proud to divulge its rich heritage through a variety of historical monuments and stunning temples. These beauteous structures laid the foundation for hotels in Chennai which are mostly resemblance of the fine artistry created by their ancestors in the ancient age.

    Chennai Hotels
    The travellers on a leisurely visit to the city should first look into list of hotels available in all categories for a clear view before making any hotel booking in Chennai. Look for the ones mainly perched on the beach for a quiet time with your loved ones amidst scenic beauty. The ones visiting the city for a business purpose should be looking at array of accommodation placed near airport, industrial areas and economical centre.

    Five Star Hotels in Chennai: Accommodating the guests in well spacious rooms these luxury hotels in Chennai are further embellished with chic interiors and all the modern comforts. Rejuvenating spas, swimming pool, prompt room service, perky nightclubs, tantalizing eatables on offer along with conferencing and secretarial services together creates provision for both travellers on a business or recreational tour to Chennai. Amongst best of the luxury hotels in Chennai names of Taj Coromandel, The Park, Fisherman's Cove, Park Sheraton & Towers and Le Royal Meridien are most respected.

    Chennai Hotels
    Economy & Budget Hotels in Chennai: The city is thronged by a number of travellers each year and the second most growing city of India, Chennai is well equipped with a variety of accommodation arrangements to suffice requirements of all. The city is dotted by a series of standard economy and budget class hotels. These Chennai hotels differs from the luxury hotels in countenance and space and yet are decent properties availing good value for money accommodation. These hotels offers comforts required for a comfortable stay for the modern traveler that includes adequately spaced rooms, television, room service, telephone, safety locker and conference amenities and more. Before making any bookings one must explore various Chennai hotel packages on offer to get the best deals for your stay in the city. Amongst best of the three star properties Aadithya Hotel, Hotel Royal Plaza, Hotel Marriott Courtyard, Hotel Maurya International and Beverly Hotel are renowned names.

    Luxury Beach Resorts in Goa

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    Celebrate Life Affluently at Luxury Beach Resorts in Goa

    Embodiment of heavenly beauty on Earth, Goa is located on the western coast of India where it is bordered by vast, incessant Arabian Sea. Envisage a series of beauteous sun-kissed beaches, world heritage architecture with the backdrop of verdant, mesmerizing vistas and numerous gorgeous places of worship and Goa serves it all in a colorful palate. A popular tourist town, Goa is donned by a variety of hotels; these hotels in Goa comprise various luxury properties for a rejuvenating experience. Amongst these Goa hotels those by the sea shores offer most refreshing and enjoyable stay along with uninterrupted sight of the ocean stretched in front.

    Dotted with a wide range of stunningly beautiful beaches, Goa attracts thousands of travelers from world over for a relaxed holiday experience. Amongst this abundance of Goa beach resorts are those every traveler craves for. These luxury domes are replete with a variety of amenities amongst comfortable settings and are further complimented with numerous leisure activities promising a fun filled Goa tour. At these luxury beach resorts in Goa, one can rejuvenate amidst nature's bounty and unwind with unlimited luxuries thrown at your feet.

    Goa Hotels
    An erstwhile Dutch colony, Goa is adorned with a number of spectacular churches that avails a peep into ancient Christian life in Goa. The land pulsating gaiety and cheerful pleasures, Goa also has a spiritual essence that can be experienced by a visit to gorgeous age old churches here. Before booking hotels in Goa one must explore the list of options available for luxury accommodation. Amongst best of luxury beach resorts in Goa some of the most preferred hotels are:

    Taj Exotica Goa: Adding another feather to the hat of esteemed Taj hotel group, Taj Exotica is synonym for luxury and serenity. Overlooking the Arabian Sea the hotel is covered with lush foliage that is both soothing and rejuvenating. A sun kissed porch, lavish architecture and grand corridors with flowers laden patios this Goa hotel is for a memorable holiday.

    Fort Aguada Beach Resort: The ruins of 16th century Portuguese fortress were revamped in order to create one of the most affluent accommodations in Goa. Overlooking the gorgeous beach, this resort offers diverse forms of accommodation, a range of fabulous dining options and a plethora of options for indulging in leisure activities.

    Goa Hotels
    Whispering Palms Beach Resort: The resort located amidst pictorial settings, Whispering Palms Beach Resort is one of the most preferred resorts in Goa. Unwind at the sunny stretch to the sea or enjoy a lazy afternoon by the beauteous swimming pool or simply bask in the beauty of colorful flora that surrounds the resort for a tranquilizing effect of Goa tour.

    Cidade de Goa Beach Resort: Creating a magical blend of charming traditions and modern affluence, Cidade de Goa Beach Resort is meant for a romantic stay on the seafront. The architecture of the resort resembles that of Portuguese splendor and the hotel overlooks gorgeous Goan beach that adds to the lavish ambiance making this Goa hotel an eternal luxury dome.

    Thursday, January 28, 2010


    (Source: and forwarded to this blogger by

    Marelco cannot possibly escape scrutiny particularly on financial matters, and when concerned employees of the electric cooperative begin to speak about issues familiar to them, then that deserves our full attention. Emailed message addressed to Marelco's Member Consumers follows:

    "Para sa Kaalaman ng Mga Member-Consumers ng MARELCO;

    Sa darating na February 3 & 4, 2010, sa MARELCO Conference Room itinakda ng Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) ang pagdinig (hearing) hinggil sa petisyon ng Marelco na magtaas ng taripa ng kuryente na sisingilin sa ating mga consumers. Isa na namang malaking pasanin para sa ating naghihirap ng mamamayan.

    Ang layunin daw ng naturang petisyon ay upang mapunan ang malaking kakulangan na pangtustos sa operasyon ng MARELCO dahil daw sa hindi na sapat ang kasalukuyang taripa, kung kaya ilang beses na napuputulan ng Napocor. Ito ay isang malaking kasinungalingan sapagka’t sapat naman, kung ginagamit lang sa tamang pamamaraan ng paggastos at wastong pangangalaga ng financial operation ng kooperatiba, at tamang pangangasiwa sa pangkalahatan.

    Sa madaling salita, MISMANAGEMENT.

    Bakit nga baga kinakapos sa pangtustos ng operasyon?

    1. Maliban sa power cost o pambayad para sa nakunsumong kuryente mula sa supply ng NAPOCOR, pangalawang malaking porsiyento ay napupunta sa pambayad sa mga pagkakautang sa NEA (National Electrification Administration), na kung saan ang mga ito ay meron ng post-dated checks na pinopondohan ng P17 Milyon kada buwan (ang lahat nag ito ay nakatala sa Marelco News noong September 2007). Kabaliktaran sa ipinahayag sa Pulso noog September 2009. Saan nga ba ginamit ang mga naturang loans na ito?

    a. P 15.2Milyong “Working Capital Facility Loan”, na inilaan sa pambayad ng power bill sa NAPOCOR. Ang tanong, saan napunta ang kinolekta sa mga consumers na bahagi ng tinatawag na generation cost?

    b. Utang na pinambili ng mga bagong sasakyan kabilang ang isang SUV (Isuzu Crosswinds) na pansariling ginagamit ng ating General Manager.

    c. Utang na humigit-kumulang sa P7M na ginastos para sa construction ng tinatawag na inter-looping of lines o pagdugtong ng linya ng primary lines mula Torrijos hanggang Buenavista. Diumano, ito daw ay upang maipababa ang System’s Loss. Subalit halos apat (4) na taon ng tapos ang naturang proyekto hindi bumababa ang systems loss na umaabot ng 18% - 23%, samantalang ang systems loss cap o iyong pinapayagan lamang ng ERC na singilin sa ating konsumidor ay 14% lamang. Ibig sabihin, may nawawalang humigit kumulang sa 4% - 9% revenue o kita na dapat sana’y pambayad sa mga utang na ito.

    d. Maliban sa halos P7M na nabanggit, gumugol din ang Marelco ng humigit kumulang P19M na inutang din sa NEA para sa construction naman ng 5MVA substation na itinayo sa Cagpo, Torrijos, upang maibaba din daw ang systems loss. Subali’t, mula ng ito ay matapos, my limang (5) taon ng nakakaraan, ganoon pa din ang systems loss, sa kadahilanang, hindi naman ito ginagamit. Ang nakakabahala, unti-unti na itong kinakalawang, sa kabila ng napakalaking halagang ginugol dito.

    e. Ang pinakahuling pagkakautang ay para din daw sa systems loss reduction na humigit-kumulang sa P2M. Ito ay para sa construction ng tinatawag na “grounding transformer” na hindi maunawaan ng karamihang empleyado. Subalit, my ilang buwan na din itong natatapos, pero hindi naman magamit sa kadahilanang ang mga naturang lumang transformers na binili mula sa Elephant Island ay depektibo ayon sa report ng Technical.

    Ito ay dulot ng walang tuwirang direksiyon sa pagpapatakbo ng kooperatiba. MISMANAGEMENT nga na masasabi. Walang kaukulang pag-aaral na kung ano talaga ang nararapat na pagkagastusan kagaya ng systems loss na palagi na lamang sinisisi ay Napocor.

    2. Mga hindi karapat-dapat na gastusin na dapat sana ay para sa pagsasayos ng serbisyo.

    a. Pagbabayad ng mga penalty sa NPC, BIR, ERC, at marami pa, dahil sa kapabayaan ng kasalukuyang management kabilang ang mga Board of Directors.

    b. Mga libreng celphone at load ng mga Board of Directors.

    c. Mga legal fees, o paggastos sa mga kaso o usapin na kinabibilangan ng 3i power case, labor cases at kung anu ano pa na ang mga kadahilan ay kapabayaan at kapritso ng ilang kawani at Board of Directors.

    d. Paggugol ng humigit kumulang sa P700,000 para sa Lineman’s Training Course na kung saan ang my kontrata o trainors ay mga dating kawani ng NEA. Isang malaking katanungan at pagtataka kung bakit gumastos ng ganoong kalaking halaga ng wala naming pakinabang ang kooperatiba. Sa loob ng napakahabang panahon simula ng itinatag ang Marelco, ang naturang gawain ay isinisagawa ng Marelco sa pangangasiwa at pangangalaga ng Technical Dept. Ano nga ba ang tunay na motibo? Kung tutuusin, wala naming pinagkaiba. At sa katunayan, napakarami ng mga Marelco-trained Lineman ang nagkaroon ng magandang buhay sa pagtatrabaho sa abroad.

    3. Lumalaking pagkakautang sa NPC na ang ugat lamang ay maling disposisyon sa paghawak ng usapin tungkol sa orihinal na P1.2M na FCA sinisingil ng NPCna umaabot na sa ngayon ng mahigit P10 Milyon. Isang kapalpakan! Na kung tutuusin, ang halagang ito naman ay nakolekta na mula sa mg consumers

    4. Ang usapin hinggil sa hindi maipaliwanag na pag gamit ng P47M VAT na diumano ay ginamit sa pagsasaayos ng linya na sinalanta ng bagyong Reming. Isang napakalaking kasinungalingan, sapagka’t nagbigay ang NEA ng P32M grant para dito.

    5. At sa kasalukuyan, ang Reorganization ng Marelco, na kung saan ito ay manangahulugan na naman ng karagdagang gastusin para sa Marelco. May mga pagbabago sapagka’t tataas ang sweldo ng mga empleyado. Subalit ang higit na nakababahala ay ito’y wala naming tuwirang epekto upang maisaayos ang sistema. Bagkus, nagdulot pa ng demoralisasyon sa nakararami. Isang programang layunin lamang ay magpasok ang mga Board of Directors ng kani-kanilang tao sa mga bakanteng posisyon, kahit na hindi kuwalipikado at walang karanasan.

    Sa kasalukuyan, marami ng empleyado ang nagretiro subalit hindi pa nakakatanggap ng kaukulang retirement pay.

    Mga minamahal naming mga member-consumers. Ang mga nabanggit ay ilan lamang sa mga bagay-bagay na nais naming iparating sa inyo. Ang pagtataas ng taripa ng kuryente ay napakalaking pasanin para sa ating lahat.

    PAPAYAGAN BA NATIN NA ANG KAPABAYAAN AT MISMANGEMENT NG MARELCO AY TAYO ANG MAGPASAN at MAGHIRAP? Kung nagawa po ng mga concerned member-consumers na mag-rally dahil sa nangyaring brownout ng nakaraang taon, mas nararapat na TUTULAN ANG GANITONG PANGMATAGALANG PAGHIHIRAP DULOT NG MATAAS NA KURYENTE. Atin pong labanan ang anumang baluktot at di makatwirang pagtataas ng taripa na hinahangad ng management. Magtungo po kayo sa Pebrero 3 at 4, 2010 sa Marelco upang tutulan ang nakaambang pagpapahirap na ito.

    Sa mga kinauukulan lalo na sa Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), inyo pong busisiin mabuti ang naturang petisyon lalo na ang my kinalaman sa katatayuang pinansiyal at technical. Makatwiran ba na tayong mga consumers ang maghirap dahil sa kanilang kapabayaan? Sapat lamang po ang kasalukuyang taripa kung maayos lamang ang pamamahala ng Marelco.


    Treesje - Metro Clutch in Purple

    Grab your purple Treesje Metro Clutch to complete your outfit for date night!  Endless is currently offering this beautiful leather bag for a sale price of $193.39.  Plus, is currently offering 6% cash back.

    Coclico - Sandals for Summer

    These beautiful burnt orange leather sandals are on sale ($111) at  They will add a sexy pop to your summer outfit!  Available in sizes 36, 36.5 and 37.  I have a pair in grey and they just look so much better than flip flops.

    Badavilinga Temple, Hampi

    Badavilinga Temple is the home for the largest monolithic Linga in Hampi. This is located near the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple.

    It is installed inside a small chamber that has a single opening in front. The Linga was commissioned by a peasant woman. On the Linga there are the three eyes carved on it. They depict the eyes of Lord Shiva. The sanctum containing the Linga is always filled with water at the base as the water channel flows through it.

    The Linga was commissioned by a peasant woman. In the local language the term Badva means poor and the temple derived its name from the same word.

    Calling All Working Gals: Theory Max C Pants

    If you can't make it to next month's Theory sample sale, fear still can a great price on a pair of Theory Max C pants for work.  Loehmann's is currently carrying a navy version (in wool).  It's perfect for the office!  Various sizes are available.  (I've included the tag with the SKU in the event you want to do a charge send.)

    Haute Hippe Dresses on Sale

    You can find Haute Hippie dresses on sale at the following locations:

    Loehmann's (I've included the tag so you have the SKU in the event you want to do a charge send!  Don't forget: if you're a Gold/Diamond Insider, you automatically get 10% off and free shipping.)
    • Sequin Studded Dress ($199.99) in grey.
    • Beaded Trim Dress ($199.99) in gold/beige.
    • Beaded Dress ($199.99) in gold.  (A grey/silver version is available as well.)
    • Embellished Knit Dress ($99) in coal.

    • Beaded Mini Dress ($118.49) in gold.

    Herve Leger - Your Valentine's Day Dress!

    Yes...I know.  You want to look smokin' on Valentine's Day and you want to do it in a Herve Leger dress.  So here are a couple HL dresses on sale for you (sizes vary)...
    •  Cross Front Round Neck Dress ($792) in Pacific Blue.
    •  Banded-Waist Dress ($507) in Concrete.  Update: It's gone!
    • Metallic Mini Dress ($890) in Taupe.

    • Embroided Dress ($890) in Ebony. 

    • Mini Stretch Dress ($695) in Magenta.

    White + Warren - Cashmere Elbow Cardigan

    White + Warren has discounted its cashmere elbow cardigan (ignore the dressed up's a shrug) to $117.00.  Various sizes and colors are available.  Just because you're wearing THE dress that makes your db/dh jaw drop doesn't mean you can't stay warm!  Don't forget to check out W+W's other sale items...cashmere evening wraps in various colors are usually on sale if you prefer wraps.