The Sunshine Award

23 May

Arch, who blogs here, has decided to give me The Sunshine Award.

Thank you so much for this, Arch! I am glad you love reading my blog. :)

I need to put up 10 random things about myself, in order to accept the award. I am tempted to cheat and point you to the number of times I have written down random things about myself on my blog, but I will refrain. I will be a good girl, and write about 10 new things. :D So, here we go:

1. I am currently reading Adriana Trigiani’s Very Valentine. I’m loving the book so far.

2. I have finally found three soaps that suit my skin texture – the Fiama di Wills gel bar, the regular Pears bar, and Dettol Skincare. They don’t make my face look as if it needs blotting paper, and neither do they make it feel like blotting paper itself. They are just right. Phew!

3. I am falling in love with dark chocolate. My current love is Bournville’s dark chocolate with cranberries. Gorgeous it is!

4. I take after my father, in terms of looks. A lot of people have told me so. (Taking the cue from Arch’s blog.)

5. I plan on making vegetable sandwiches for dinner tonight. Maybe, there will be some curd rice too.

6. I love playing Wordament on my cellphone – it is a word game, where you need to locate words out of grid. It is challenging, fun and addictive. Any of you play it?

7. I still haven’t had any litchis this season! :(

8. I finally caught up with the movie Queen, and loved it!

9. I am all in the mood for some street photography, as you might have guessed from the recent posts on my blog already.

10. I am craving to bake something at home. It has been ages since I did. I don’t know what I want to bake, though.

What’s up in your lives, people?

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30 Responses to “The Sunshine Award”

  1. vishalbheeroo May 23, 2014 at 7:50 am #

    Hey congrats for the award and well earned. Love reading the ten things and well done:)

  2. greenboochi May 23, 2014 at 8:23 am #

    Hehe good you didnt cheat and wrote ten more things about you, loved reading the post :)

    Guess what TGND – I found Fiama Di Wills suit my skin too. I actually love it :) Right now I am using seaweed and lemongrass – wonderful fragrance :)

    I like the sound of veggie sandwiches and curd rice – yumm!

    A lot of ppl tell me I look like my dad too, whereas I think I look like my mom (Err.. should have kept it for my post :P )

    I am thinking of baking something over the weekend as well, its been really really long. Chocolate Tea Cake is on my mind from morning, cant get it off at all :D

    Love your street photographs :) I am yet to watch Queen.

    • The Girl Next Door May 23, 2014 at 9:28 am #


      Wow! Chocolate tea cake sounds yummylicious. Do post the recipe, ok?

      I was talking about Fiami di Willis gel bar, not the ordinary soap. This one just melts in your hands, like butter. :D

      He he.. would love to read your post for the award.

      Do watch Queen. It’s lovely!

      • greenboochi May 23, 2014 at 9:33 am #

        Oh yes yes. I have the gel bar only. And its lathers quite well no? Its like silk :D

      • The Girl Next Door May 23, 2014 at 9:34 am #


        Yes, it melts horribly fast. A bar is over before you even realise you’ve been using it. :P But then, they say good soap bars should be like that.

  3. R's Mom May 23, 2014 at 8:38 am #

    You are a bit of sunshine yourself :)

    Errr..did you find such a classic combination for your hair?? Pepper and I have been searching for a good shampoo for the weird hair of ours :)

    Queen am yet to watch…

    litchis ayega baba…patience darling patience :)

    • The Girl Next Door May 23, 2014 at 9:25 am #

      @R’s Mom

      Thank you so much. :)

      For my hair, Dove shampoo works fine. Not perfect, but not too bad either. Better than all the ones I have tried so far. Have you tried it?

      Arre, you should watch Queen. You’ll love it. :)

  4. Arch May 23, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    Hey! Thanks so much for doing this post! :)

    I also love the Fiama Di Wills Gel Bar, especially that Brazilian orange one. I love it’s fragrance! :) Also I recently tried the Bournville Cranberry chocolate too.. It’s yummy!

    I love the street photographs you take! Do keep posting them. :)

    • The Girl Next Door May 23, 2014 at 9:23 am #


      Thank YOU for the award. It was fun doing this post. :)

      More street photography coming up, hopefully.

  5. Lifesong May 23, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    Congrats for the award :)
    I love dark chocolate too… my favourite is dark chocolate in orange flavour.
    All the best for baking :) Do share whatever you bake :)
    I recently baked whole wheat banana muffins… they turned out to be quite nice :)

    • The Girl Next Door May 23, 2014 at 11:05 am #


      Thank you! :)

      I recently discovered the joy of dark chocolate, and am loving it.

      Will definitely share whatever I bake, on my blog. :)

      Whole wheat banana muffins sound lovely!

  6. Bikramjit May 23, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    heartiest congratulations TGND.. awards galore.. well done .
    and i love dark chocolate tooo :)

    so what do you plan to bake.. wait wait waiittttt let me come over then bake he he he he he..

    Take vcare and enjoy have a great weekend

    • The Girl Next Door May 23, 2014 at 2:13 pm #


      Thank you so much, Bikram! :)

      I don’t know what to bake re… I just know I want to bake something. :D

      You have a great weekend too!

  7. Vidya May 23, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    Hello! It feels like a long time since I dropped in here. It was fun reading random things :D
    Ok,question-Litchis are already in the market no?Or is there something one should look out for while buying them?
    And if I can make a suggestion-please consider baking a mango cake! You have the whole year for other stuff!! But the mangoes now in the market are….well I dont have words :P :D

    • The Girl Next Door May 24, 2014 at 3:11 am #


      Yes, litchis are already in the market. Not the ripe, pink, fat ones that are really juicy, though. So, I’m waiting. Check out this post:

      Mango cake is a great idea! Will look up recipes. Have never baked one.

      • Vidya May 24, 2014 at 6:53 am #

        Woman,look at all the baking suggestions you’ve got now! Now please us all and bake them all :P ;)

      • The Girl Next Door May 25, 2014 at 5:49 am #


        He he.. yeah, loving all the baking-related suggestions! :)

        If I bake everything that has been suggested here, I will end up the size of a drum. :D An even bigger drum than I am already. :D

  8. metherebel May 23, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

    Congratulations TGND :-)

    I like pears soap too. Same pinch.

  9. Suko May 24, 2014 at 1:07 am #

    Fun post!

    My daughter and her friend are baking honey-lavender cupcakes. We had to search for the culinary lavender. I am addicted to Words With Friends on my phone, a game similar to Scrabble.

    Enjoy your weekend!

    • The Girl Next Door May 24, 2014 at 3:13 am #


      Honey and lavender cakes sound so awesome! We don’t get any lavender here, sadly, culinary or otherwise. :(

      You have a great weekend, too! :)

  10. Sangitha May 24, 2014 at 5:20 am #

    French yogurt cake to add more sunshine to the pretty bright household (the recipe from Bon Appetit). Try it – we love it here, it is easy, ingredients are easily available, it is light and yum. Cute post.

  11. Monkey Mind May 24, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    Congrats TGND! You totally deserve it :)

    Have you tried Lindt’s dark chocolate with chilli? It is delish! :)

    I want litchis now. I haven’t spotted fresh ones here in UAE. Just those canned ones which taste not-so-good :(

    Queen was refreshing na! Thoroughly enjoyed watching it :)

    I love word games too. Going to check Wordament now :)

    Your posts are a treat and especially the ones with candid-street-photos you click :)

    • The Girl Next Door May 25, 2014 at 5:47 am #

      @Monkey Mind

      Thank you so much, Monkey Mind! :)

      I didn’t even know there was a Lindt dark chocolate with chilli! Thanks for letting me know. I’ve got to try that out. :)

      Canned litchis?! Not a patch over the fresh ones you can buy off the street, I say!

      Do check out Wordament. It’s a lovely, challenging game.

      Will, hopefully, be doing more street photography posts.

  12. fishhawk May 25, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    “The Girl Next Door” has been included in the A Sunday Drive for this week. Be assured that I hope this helps to point even more new visitors in your direction.

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