Month: August 2016

The Ticket to Travel

This Awesome Canadian Couple Visited Nagaland – and Loved It!

Oh no, it’s Monday again. Not looking forward to go to work? Tired of waiting for your vacation plans to work out? On most bad days, most of us can’t deny the thought of quitting our jobs to go travel the world – you know . . . to live a little  🙂 Well, we bumped into a beautiful, adventurous couple in Nagaland who are doing just that and loving every bit of it! Wanna know how they do it? Read on. Meet Nathan and Danica Reid, a Canadian couple who run the YouTube channel The Ticket to Travel. The Reids are currently based out of Nepal and have lived there since 2014. This is their story. What’s ‘The Ticket to Travel’ all about?  As young, enthusiastic people we both had experience in different kinds of jobs before we decided to move to Nepal. We could have taken up jobs here too, but because we had experienced travel quite extensively in our past, we thought, “Why don’t we share our adventures with rest of the world …

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“Handmade by Soren” | Crafts Made with Love from Nagaland

Located in the heart of Nagaland’s Kohima town, craft maker Soren Odyuo’s handicraft work embodies the sentiment that “local is lovely!” Every handcrafted item on display invites viewers to slow down for a moment, to look, to touch and to listen. Her handmade crafts celebrate the colourful bright exuberance of life around us – and serve as a reminder that a hobby can be joyful and productive at the same time. Soren tells us that she started ‘Handmade By Soren‘ when well-wishers nudged her to make something worthwhile out of her remarkable gift of taking something ordinary and turning it into sheer beauty. “Every piece of craft in my store is unique and made by hand with love.” ~ Soren of ‘Handmade by Soren’ An interior designer with a very fitting hobby for beautiful handmade crafts. But how are you juggling between the two (full time) jobs? Yes, I do have my hands full most of the time. I am currently working as an interior designer with Zynorique Consultants which is an architectural firm, based out of Kohima. But …

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Recipe | Let’s Cook Pomfret Naga Style

Who likes fish? Pomfrets anyone? That is what we are cooking today. We generally bake it or pan fry the whole fish but today we are going to show you a slightly different version – a healthy, simple and very easy  one. Just make sure that you buy a fresh  pomfret from the local market. Ingredients you need: 1 large Tomato 4 tablespoon of fresh bamboo shoot juice 5 gloves of garlic (crushed) 6 green chillies – chopped 3-4 leaves of basil 1 medium sized pomfret fish 250 ml of water Salt to taste How to prepare the fish Remove all the scales with the help of a sharp knife. The areas to look for particularly are the belly, the edges and the fins. Clean thoroughly by rinsing with water and finally Slice it up into equal sizes. Directions to cook Put all the ingredients together in a medium sized pot, and cook until the water dry out. Usually takes 30-35 mins Sprinkle roughly chopped basil leaves on top, and let it simmer and cool Serve with steamed rice. Tip: Best to have …

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The Lady Who Makes Cuddly Crochet Dolls | Ashibo

Someone wise once said, “There are two kinds of people in the world – those who love dolls and those who don’t yet know that they love dolls.” A doll’s journey to being born in its maker’s imagination and then later in our world begins decades earlier. It begins with a gathering of a lifetime of seemingly unrelated skills, which then one day collide and end up in complete and total creative harmony. And then slowly and steadily, dolls carry millions of children across the world into a world of sheer happiness. Today we met up with one such talented maker, Ashibo who has been creating some super cute handmade crochet dolls. Cute and stylish (just like the lady who makes them), it looks as if the dolls await to tell us a story, and Ashibo is their chosen medium. Were we right or were we just making things up in our minds? We asked Ashibo to help us answer. What was the inspiration behind creating these beautiful crochet dolls?  Well, I have always loved knitting …

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Recipe | Simple Snail and Pork Dish

Today we have one very simple recipe for you to try. Here we go! Ingredients you will need : 1 large Tomato 6-8 Green Chilly (Depends on how spicy you want) 1/2 kilo of fresh pork 1/2 kilo of snail 750 ml of water 5 clove of garlic 3-4″ ginger Cleaning the Snails: After buying the fresh snails from the market, make sure you keep them in a bucket of water for about 3 days. Keep changing the water everyday. This way, the snail will clean enough to be cooked 🙂 Directions to Cook: Put all the ingredients together in a deep pot and cook until the meat is tender which would take about 30-45 minutes. Add more water incase you want some light gravy. How to eat the Snails? Suck in through the pointed edge (which is the snail head) and then turn around to the wide open end (opposite side) and suck in again. Did you know? Not only are they delicious (they really are!), but they also have serious superfood potential -as …