The Nerdy look, Geeky chic have all evolved as Fashion styles which have become trend setters lately. And why not, when you have such cool pair of specs of different designs, colors and shapes available in the market to suit different face shapes and skin tones. You can look sassy and classy at the same time with the right pair of glasses.

Here are my top 5 tips to look good in glasses:

Eyebrows

Let’s face it; eyebrows define your face. Neat, full and well-groomed eyebrows can make a world of a difference to one’s face. Since your eyes are a focal point when you wear glasses, well-defined eyebrows are a must.

Lashes

Don’t forget to curl them, ladies. Otherwise, every time you blink, they will keep hitting on your glasses instead. (pun intended)

Go nude or go bold with your lip

From matte red to soft peach gloss to dark burgundy to peppy purple to nude brown, all of them will look equally beautiful with spectacles. The choice is yours, darling.

Eyeliner / kajal

Either or both can be your best friends. I would suggest to go for a ‘smudge’ look rather than going ‘smokey’ look because the effect is magnified with the glasses and you want to look hot rather than a racoon

Concealer

The right amount of concealer can help cover all the dark circles and pop up your eyes. The trick is, to find the right shade that suits your skin tone so that it settles in your skin and your skin seems flawless.  The right concealer can do wonders and make your eye stand out.

Now that the basics are done, let’s find out where and how to choose the right frames for your face shape and skin.  How?  just try on a few styles and shapes, pick the one that enhances your features. Where? – Specsmakers . I love their collection and their variety.

Specsmakers , one of South India’s fastest growing optical retail chain with a vision to provide the best quality eye wear products, services at affordable & economical price range is available across 100 stores in India. They offer a large selection of quality optical frames, including many designer styles and prescription sunglasses.

 

My experience

When I walked into the Frazer Town store, I was quite delighted to see their offering. I mean, from basic black to funky neon green, they had frames in all colors!!! You also get free lenses for every frame you purchase. They have no-condition warranty replacements. The staff at the store were extremely patient and friendly. They give you suggestions which are quite helpful to choose the right one for your face type. Unlike other stores, they don’t push you to buy their products and instead educate you on their offering. This approach moved me and was quite a refreshing experience. I tried on a few pairs and purchased a pair for myself.

I think Specsmakers has the latest designs, great quality products at affordable prices.

When I walked into the store, I was quite happy to see the range they offer. I mean, from basic black to funky neon green, they had frames in all colors..! You get free lenses on every frame you purchase. They have no-condition warranty replacements. I tried on a few pairs, interacted with helpful staff and in the end, bought a pair for myself.  Good quality, affordable pricing of latest designs is what I feel Specsmakers is.

State of the art eye testing facility

For those who don’t know, Specsmakers offer an eye testing facility using premium optical instruments by professionally trained optometrists.

Lenses

Specsmakers offer a choice of Single Vision Distance, Single Vision Reading, Bifocal and Progressive lenses. As vision is their top priority, they have a broad range of options for their lens that is thinner, lighter, scratch-resistant and safe. Their super quality and choices along with comfort, safety makes it my favorite brand when it comes to Eyewear.

Free repairs, alignments and adjustments

Spectacles tend to wear out and generally get dusty due to normal wear and tear. To ensure their customers are always satisfied, they offer free adjustments and ultrasonic cleaning for the lifetime of your glasses at any store near you. They will also replace nose pads at no charge!! With ultrasonic cleaning, you can remove the dirt and the dust accumulated on your spectacles and always feel that you own a brand-new pair of eye wear.

   

Love,

Kruti

If you are visiting Coron, Philippines, do not miss this. The Island escapade tour is one of its kind, ‘relaxing’ and ‘luxurious’, 3 island hopping compared to the ”Coron island tour” where there is lot of swimming and snorkeling involved. To give you an idea of both, the Coron island tour would be more preferred by those adventurers. And this one can be right up your alley if you love beach bumming in the turquoise water and stunning picturesque nature, while sipping yummy tender coconut.

The drill was the same, for all the island trips. Once our booking was confirmed, they picked us up in the morning in a van and dropped off at the jetty.

Along with 15 other people, the captain gave us instructions and the boat took off. Since there were only 3 islands for this trip, we got good amount of time to enjoy and explore all the islands.

Bulog Dos Isand

After a gorgeous 1.5 hour boat ride, the first stop was the Bulog Dos Island. White sandy beaches, clear blue sky and turquoise  water, this is the view I would never ever get tired of. We docked our boat and began exploring the island. The thing I loved about these islands was, each of them had a different character.  So, no matter how many island tours you go to, each place will be different. This Bulog Dos island had white sandy beach and unique rock formations which gave it very unique character. There was a Two Seasons resort, which you could easily spot form the beach but you cannot go beyond a hill.

What's life without funny boomerangs 🗯

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Banana Island

The next stop was just after a 10 minute boat ride, long & white sandy, Banana Island. There are some cottages if you like to stay there overnight. There are lot of hammocks and huts also where you can rest and spend some time. By the time we finished exploring the island, it was almost noon and we were hungry. Lunch again, was carried/cooked on the boat, the captain and his crew happily set up a buffet table for us. We bonded over lunch with all the other people of our boat and it was amazing listening to everyone’s story. After lunch I found myself a throne in the middle of the beach and I decided to settle there.

Malcapuya Island

Since these three islands are close to each other, it generally takes 10-15 minutes boat ride to reach. So the third and final stop was, Malcapuya beach. Ah, what a sight it was..! This beach was way longer than the other two and had a completely different vibe. The water was so inviting, I could not stop myself from jumping in. Along with white sand and crystal turquoise water, it had a series of coconut trees as well as some very curved-fallen-half uprooted tree branches. Each and every branch could make a perfect post card. While Rohitt got his post cards, even I got mine, on a fallen coconut tree trunk..!

 

White pristine beaches and shades of blue …. photographs don't even do justice to how beautiful Philippines is ! ❤️

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After spending the whole day at the gorgeous beaches, we were dropped off at our hotel by 5:00 pm and we still had the entire evening to us. Since we were tired, we chilled at the hotel for some time, went out for dinner and planned the adventure for the next day……

 

Love,

Kruti

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Last month I had this amazing opportunity to attend an informative event organized by Axis Bank. It was held at Axis Bank’s thought factory to celebrate the Graduation Day of the first cohort start-ups.

 

At @axis_bank event ✨#AxisThoughtFactory

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As you know, Axis bank is India’s third largest private sector bank. In July 2016, Axis Bank launched its flagship accelerator Program for start-ups, the very first Indian Bank to do so.

 

Thought Factory

The Thought Factory, is Axis Bank’s co-innovation Lab, which is located in the city of Bangalore. The lab was formed with the sole objective of building disruptive banking solutions – #UnimaginedIsUndone’, being the lab’s maxim.

Thought Factory team has collaborated with OCBC & Visa Innovation Lab, Singapore for co-innovating. A Tech Advisory Board comprising of Sharad Sharma (iSpirit), Manish Chokhani (Enam), Vishal Gondal (Founder, GoQii) & Shankar Narayan (Singapore based serial entrepreneur) along with Axis Bank Senior Management form the ThinkTank for Thought Factory together guide the Thought Factory team in various functions.

 

 

Since 2016..

Over the past year, Thought Factory has been a major FinTech ecosystem enabler in Bangalore, hosting multiple events, workshops, international visitors and other corporate clients; thereby enhancing industry-start up collaboration.

For the first cohort of its Accelerator Program, Axis Bank’s Think Tank, selected 6 emerging start -ups from an application pool of 108.

Once the start-ups were on board, they were given a structured mentorship program and access to Axis Bank’s Thought Factory office space. Axis Bank’s aim behind the program was to expedite the overall growth of these emerging start-ups along with exploring novel banking ideas with them. The program focused on two areas:

  •  3 months long classroom styled workshops, focusing on Customer, Product and Traction. The zone Start-ups and the Program Managers of the Bank’s Accelerator program facilitated this. Zone Start-ups organized various sessions, meeting with Eco-system gurus and investors.
  • A tactical Proof-Of- Concept with Axis Bank was enabled by Axis Bank’s Thought Factory team. The POC aided a live validation of start-up’s product idea and its market acceptance.

 

The event

At the start of the event, Axis Bank Executive Director Rajiv Anand briefed us about the 6 start-ups that were selected for mentoring & funding. He also mentioned that the Axis bank is proud to be the first ever Indian Bank to do so. We then, went on to see the presentations and demo by these start-ups and here they are:

 

S2Pay – Enabling Offline Mobile Payments

Business Area – Payments

S2Pay forms a layer over payments app and enables the end consumer to make secure offline payments from their mobile app. The technology is especially useful in remote areas where internet data is still a question mark; making digital payments a reality for everyone.

Pally – AI Stack based Chatbot for Investment Advisory

Business Area – Investments
Pally has created a chatbot. Once the user feeds the chatbot with the an image of their salary slip, it creates an investment portfolio which maximizes tax saving for the end customer. The plan is customized for each customer; his details and desired saving plans are queried by an intelligent chat by the bot.

Perpule – Self checkout on mobile app

Business Area – Payments
Perpule’s app lets end customers scan the shopped products from their mobile app, and pay for the billed products using the app once the list is complete. Perpule integrates with retailer’s campaigns, thus automatically applies discounts/offers on the go. Perpule wants to do away the check-out queues, and make shopping fun.

FintechLabs – Analytics in lending

Business Area: Lending
Fintech labs analytical models can be used in digital lending space. With their analytics, they want to digitize lending completely, making it quick, easy but safe and focused.

Paymatrix : Credit in rental space

Business Area: Real Estate, Payments, Credit Cards, Liabilities
Paymatrix is trying to solve the problem of credit involved in Indian rental market via enabling payments to land lords via credit cards. They also help landlords in rent/property management. Paymatrix is trying to reduce the commotion in field on Indian rentals and instill transparency & organization.

 

Session

Post our interaction with each one of the start-ups, we went to attend the talk where GIEOM spoke about their flagship AI solution for banking sector. The event was ended on a yummy note, with tea and snacks.

The Success

The past 6 months have been quiet eventful for the start-ups, Perpule won the semi-final round of Next Money FintechFinals ‘17, and raised a seed funding of $650K from Kalaari Capital, S2Pay and Gieom onboarded multiple new clients, FintechLabs & Paymatrix expanded their services portfolio while Pally evolved in its product idea and expanded its team.

 

Axis Bank & start-ups

Axis Bank has always been keen on adoption of technology in its systems and solutions. Besides the Accelerator start-ups, Bank, with the Thought Factory team, has been working with other upcoming start-ups too. With Active AI(a Singapore based start-up specializing in AI stack), Bank is building a chatbot. The bot will be able to provide speedy redress of customer queries via chat. Another interesting solution is AI based video-surveillance, which the Thought Factory team is working for with Uncanny Vision. If successful, the solution has potential of removing any manual intervention in surveillance.

Axis Bank’s innovation team is working on recruitment of start-ups for the second cohort of the  Accelerator. For a much quicker implementation Bank is also developing a Development Platform – a sandbox environment of its APIs, which can be used by start-ups for a quick plug-n- play.

To know more about Axis bank & Thought Factory, go HERE.

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Love,

Kruti

 

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Hi Guys,

After ages and ages, I have yet another post on Philippines.  I promise, I’ll try my best to be regular if Rohitt gives me pictures on time.  So, let’s rewind a little, shall we ?

After leaving from Bangalore on the 23rd night, we reached Manila the next day. Since it has one of the finest harbor in the country, we chose a hotel which was closer to Manila Bay. We strolled around our hotel, exchanged the currency and headed towards Bay walk, because Rohitt wanted to take some pictures. After spending few hours, he managed to get the most gorgeous picture..

Reflections at Manila Bay Walk

The following morning we took a 2 hour flight to Busuanga airport. Then a 45 mins bus ride later, we were at our beautiful hotel in Coron, Vela Terraces. The weather was quite hot and we were greeted with chilled Pineapple juice which I still think was the best juice I’ve ever had. We then strolled around the quaint little town with narrow streets and booked the Island hopping trips with Calamian Islands Travel & Tours. The next day our adventure began ,

Airport OOTD

The best Pineapple Juice, Ever !

Planning in progress

Kayangan Lake

We were up early, had our breakfast and then were picked up by 8 am. After reaching the jetty we got into a boat with 15 other people. Our guide gave us some instructions, and our snorkeling gear. We started & our first spot was Kayangan Lake. I really can’t describe how beautiful the journey was. The blue water, clear sky with sun shining above, there is no greater feeling..! Now, to reach the lake, you have to first climb a mountain, literally..! ( I mean it’s just 20-30 min hike) And then, you have to climb down that mountain and on the other side, you will see the Kayangan lake. The water there is 70% fresh water & 30% salt water. It is the most clean, beautiful and crystal blue lake and from the wooden boardwalk only you can see underwater rock formation. All we did was swim in that water. We were told that there is a small cave in the lake, so If you can free dive, you would be able to experience that too!

View of the ‘parking spot’ from the mountain

Kayangan Lake

Twin Lagoons

Sadly, I had forgotten my waterproof mobile cover at the hotel and could not click any pictures. The boats would stop in the first lagoon, you’ll have to first jump into the water and through the secret entrance you would reach the second lagoon. The entrance is nothing but a small opening in the limestone so you have to swim to reach. And when you enter the second lagoon, you will the lime rock formations you have never seen before. Tall and years old lime rock formations, emerald green crystal clear water is what will make you realize how beautiful the nature is..! The lagoon is quite big and you will have to swim through it to experience it’s beauty but, don’t worry, they will provide you a life jacket so you can easily float. And if you can’t swim with the jacket like Rohitt, your lovely wife will drag you along, while swimming around the lagoon, so that you do not miss it. But be nice and thank her later because, swimming for an hour while dragging another human being gets quite exhausting..!

Beach 91

A small beautiful beach which was the best ‘Lunch Spot’. The food is a dream come true for non-vegetarians with a huge spread of fresh meat & sea food and yummy watermelons. If you are a vegetarian, you will have to only survive on fruits or plain rice.

Skeleton Wreck

It is famous for scuba diving. But we could see the wreck while snorkeling since it was not very deep.

Marine Park

By this point, most of the travelers were exhausted. Since I had taken an oath to jump into every water body possible, I and another lovely couple, jumped in the water, again! I am not exaggerating but, it turned out to be one of the best snorkeling experience..!

CYC Beach

We had to skip it because it was getting late. On our way back, we were served yummy caramelized sweet potatoes which our guides had grilled on the boat.

That was it for day one in Coron. We reached back at our hotel by 5:30 pm and we had an entire evening to our selves which we spent walking around in the town and finding a good restaurant which served vegetarian food.

Tricycle – Filipino transport

I hope you guys liked this kind of post. Let me know what you think about it in the comments box below.

 

Love,

Kruti

 

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Coron, you were amazing 😍 off to next destination – El Nido 🌊

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Philippines….. Stunning white beaches, crystal blue water, friendly locals, Mesmerizing sunrises &

sunsets , it’s a traveler’s paradise. Plus a bonus if you love spending your days in bare minimum clothes!

We have spent 2 weeks in this heaven, loved every bit of it and honestly, I would love to go back and

explore more. Here is our itinerary, experience, thing’s to do, what to pack, and some tips for traveling.

Because #ItsMoreFunInPhilippines 💛

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Philippines in general

Philippines is a group of more than 7000 islands located between the South-East Asia. That means, if you

were going to spend a day on each island, it would take you 20 years! English is spoken widely and

people are very friendly. Manila is the capital and Pesos is their currency. Indians need to get the visa

done on prior. There are a few International airports and Manila &  Cebu will be the best choice from

India because they are well connected.

When to travel

Philippines has only two seasons, wet & dry.  Late November till May is the dry season and rest of the year it’s wet. Since it’s a place with amazing beaches, choosing to go in the dry season would be wise. We went there on 24th February till 10th march and it was the perfect weather..!!

I could get used to this ✈️

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Our 2 week itinerary

When there are thousands of islands, it is a tough call to decide which ones to choose. Since we had only 2 weeks & wanted to explore the untouched islands & empty beaches, we chose Palawan over the most-popular tourist destination Boracay. The capital Manila and Cebu has the most well connected flights from across the world. We chose Manila because, it was closer to Palawan.   Here is what our 2 week itinerary looked like :

Bon voyage ⚓️

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Day 1 : Flew to Manila from Bangalore with a layover at Kuala Lumpur

Day 2: Reached Manila and spent the night there

Day 3: Two hour morning Flight to Busuanga and then 45 minutes bus journey to Coron. Checked in to our hotel, Vela Terraces.

Day 4: Island hopping began. Took the Coron Island Tour.

Day 5: Island Escapade tour

Day 6: Explored the Island on our rented scooter

Day 7: Left Coron in a ferry(4:30 hours duration) to El-Nido. Reached El-Nido in the evening.

Day 8: Island hopping tour A

Day 9: Trek to the falls, Nagpan beach & Duli beach

Day 10: Marimegmeg beach & Las cabanas beach

Day 11: Marimegmeg beach & Las cabanas beach

Day 12: 6 hours van journey from El-nido to Puerto Princesa. Reached in the evening to our Microtel Hotel.

Day 13: Relaxed at the Hotel & beach

Day 13: We were supposed to go to the Underground river tour but, we cancelled and spent the day at the Hotel & beach, again..!

Day 14: Left Philippines in the morning and reached Bangalore at mid-night.

What to Pack

Loads of bikinis, shorts & sunscreen…! You will survive the whole trip with just these two. But its better to carry some add ons like t-shirts, sunglasses, hats & caps,  maxi dresses for chilled out beach days, flowy dresses, shirt dresses, comfortable travel outfits with a jacket for flights, aloe vera gel for after sun.

I have reviewed this anti aging potion aka sunscreeen from @vlccin on the blog ☀️ go have a look 😛

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Thing’s to do

From an extreme adventurer to a beach bummer, Philippines will make everyone happy. The one thing you need to keep in mind is that, you must love water if you want to enjoy Philippines to the fullest..! You can do snorkeling, kayaking, scuba dive, free-dive, surfing, kite-surfing, Island hopping, beach bumming, swimming in the lagoons.. the list can go on…. Take your pick and you will love each & every gorgeous thing Philippines has to offer. Apart from diving & surfing, we tried everything and loved every bit of it.

Of Lagoons and tanned back

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Wait, it doesn’t end here.  If you came here looking for some exotic pictures, keep an eye for the next set of posts..! I am sure it’ll be worth it.

Love,

Kruti