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My Keto Diet Updates : Week 1

My Keto Diet Updates : Week 1

As you already know, I have recently adopted the Keto diet – the Low Carb High Fat diet that everyone is talking about. Meaning I have drastically reduced my carbohydrate intake, while increasing my intake of healthy fats (ghee, coconut oil, and butter). As promised, here’s the […]

Low Carb Life: Bellyrina Tries The Keto Diet!

Low Carb Life: Bellyrina Tries The Keto Diet!

A lot of people have been asking me my opinion on the Keto diet. Well, can’t give an opinion without trying it myself. So here goes!

Pretty Up That Passport!

Pretty Up That Passport!

You probably know by now how much I love to travel. In fact, when I renewed my passport recently, I applied for the Jumbo variant (60 pages!), and I’m determined to have it stamped up good before it expires. Fingers crossed for that! But as much travel as I do hope my passport gets to be a part of, I would hate for it to get bruised or battered on the way. So when the lovely people at Urby offered to send me my very own, personalised passport holder, I pretty much squealed with glee.

And can you blame me? Look at this beauty!

Urby Passport Holder | Gold | The Bellyrina Diaries

This style is the Urby Wanderlust Passport Holder in Gold, and let me just say, I’m in love. My Mallu genes are kicking in and totally drooling over the golden-ness of it! Plus, the texturing makes it look really luxe, and not like just-another-bit-of-bling.

But let’s start this little review at the very beginning — with the packaging!

Urby Passport Holder Packaging | The Bellyrina Diaries

No-fuss, elegant, and minimalist — Just the way I like it. I must add though, simple as it may look, the quality of the packaging is tangible. The branding itself is clean, classy, and unobtrusive.

Within this delightful box, the passport holder is nestled in its own little muslin drawstring pouch, cozy and protected. I’ll probably hold on to this for storage, since the one I picked has a metallic finish that I would like to protect from any wear & tear (I’ll update this in a few months and let you know how it actually holds up to wear).

Now, back to the actual passport holder. Urby’s website mentions that all its passport holders and wallets (and other accessories) are fashioned from genuine leather. The feel of the material is incredible — soft and luxurious. The metallic finish is subtle, and doesn’t appear tacky. Hell, I plan to be carrying this on every trip from now on!

On the inside, it has room for your passport, and upto 3 cards or IDs. Oh, and did I mention that they offer personalisation, too? Because if you like it, then you better put yo’ name on it!

Urby Passport Holder | Lifestyle | The Bellyrina Diaries

The holder fits a standard Indian passport quite snugly. It was a teeny bit small for mine, but that’s just because mine is the jumbo variant. I tried it with my husband’s passport, and it fit perfectly.

So there you have it — practical, stylish, and great quality. Urby seems to have nailed the trifecta! Head on over to the website, and find the perfect passport holder for your travels. They even have wallets and luggage tags, all of which would also make great gifts!

Got any more questions about the Urby passport holder? Leave me a comment, and I’ll be happy to answer them. 🙂

What Is LISS?

What Is LISS?

It’s the latest buzzword that every fitness expert and enthusiast is using. So what exactly is LISS, and should you be doing it?

Sometimes Water Isn’t Enough

Sometimes Water Isn’t Enough

We’ve heard it time and time again when we’re working out — Drink water! But what about those times when water simply isn’t enough, and you need more?

Bellyrina In Bali : The Island Life

Bellyrina In Bali : The Island Life

Everyone has at least one trip or vacation that sticks with them through the years, and holds a special place in their heart. For me, that will always be my 2014 vacation in Bali. Well, the correct term would be ‘honeymoon’, but what is a honeymoon after all, but a gloriously romantic vacation?

Vacation in Bali | The Bellyrina Diaries

I visited the gorgeous island of Bali in January 2014, and I think I fell in love as soon as I exited the airport. The beauty, the energy, and the warmth (both literal and figurative) of Bali made me feel like the place had been waiting for me.

So you’re planning a vacation in Bali? For starters, yay! You’re going to love it! Read on for a few of my experiences and recommendations.

When selecting a place to stay, Bali will leave you spoiled for choice. Whether you’re on a budget or prepared to splurge, looking for a cosy nook or a luxurious villa, there’s something for everybody. We stayed at an absolutely stunning villa that we found on AirBnB. Located in Sanur, the villa boasted huge rooms, a delightful pool, a darling host (whom I’ll tell you more about in a bit), and 3 adorable cats. And all of that, for a fraction of what a fancy hotel/resort would have cost us anywhere else (even India!)

Our host Silvie was an absolute gem! She was listed as one of AirBnB’s star hosts, and it wasn’t difficult to see why. For a couple of months before our trip, she befriended us over e-mail and began listing out all the great activities we could look forward to in the area. By the time we arrived at the villa, we were meeting a friend. What made our trip as great as it was, were all the fantastic recommendations that Silvie made during our stay. Thanks to her, we managed to skip a lot of the clichés, and experience a lot of hidden gems of Bali — the kind of stuff only a local could tell you about.

For example, when she learnt that I love coffee, Silvie recommended the Alam Sari coffee plantation & tasting tour. We were taken on a great tour where we were shown their entire process of coffee creation, from picking to roasting and grinding. We also got to taste several different types of Balinese coffee, including the famed Kopi Luwak (civet coffee). My favourites were the Ginseng coffee with its light gingery undertones, and the Coconut coffee which was sweeter, and had a lovely tropical mood — makes a fantastic dessert coffee! Needless to say, I bought several packs of both to bring home with me!

She also pointed us to some beautiful beaches, particularly the ones that tourists don’t frequent. So we were greeted by pristine white sand, cool blue water, and absolutely no crowds. In fact, the only company around were surfers — a LOT of surfers!

Another one of my favourite things about Bali was the food. While I didn’t photograph much of it (too busy honeymooning and eating), I do have a few recommendations. For starters, the Nasi Goreng and Nasi Campur at most little ‘warungs‘ (smaller local restaurants) is amazing! The flavours are fresh and vibrant, and needless to say, the ingredients used are all really healthy. Just a heads-up though, if you’re allergic to peanuts, make sure your server/chef knows. A lot of the food contains peanuts in some form (usually sauce), so you’ll need to be careful.

And if you’re a fan of sushi, you’re going to love Bali! We stuffed our faces with delicious salmon sushi at a quaint little place called Kokoya in Sanur. A platter of 10 pieces for the equivalent of INR250! Just thinking of it makes me want to go back *drool*  (I have no pictures of those, because my husband eats really fast!)

This is just a teeny tiny peek into what Bali was like. Want more stories and tips? Let me know in the comments, and I’m happy to share more stuff from this vacation of a lifetime!

Later, lovelies!

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