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SCHIPHOL AIRPORT TO AMSTERDAM CITY

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SCHIPHOL AIRPORT TO AMSTERDAM How to reach to the city center from Airport is always a big question while travelling. By far car/taxi is the easiest and most convenient form. But it’s costly, if you are travelling solo or as a couple. There is no harm to save few bugs but yes, comfort is always a priority. Public transport in Amsterdam is very convenient, fast and comfortable.   Shciphol is world’s 14 th largest airport situated 22 Km south of Amsterdam city center. It’s well connected to the city center and nearby places by bus train and taxi. By taxi : The maximum start price of taxi car is near about 2.83 euro, with travel rate of 2.08 euro per km and travel time cost 0.34 euro per minute. So expect a cost between 45 Euros to 60 Euros from shciphol airport to the city center, depending on your location. You can need taxi especially at late night, when the trams stop functioning. The taxi stand is located just outside of airport arrival hal

Effect of COVID 19 on edible oil industry and Palm oil

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  The Corona pandemic has caused a havoc on the global economy. Some countries have been more affected than others. I however would like to focus on the effect of the pandemic on the edible oil industry and Malaysian Palm oil especially. Last week I attended a webinar hosted by the  Malaysian Palm Oil Council with Dr Bhavna Shah, country representative of India/Sri Lanka as the speaker and what she said about the palm oil industry right now is really food for thought. How has COVID 19 affected the edible oil industry?  The pandemic caused shutting down of restaurants and catering businesses and hence a drastic reduction in the  import of edible oils. People have reduced eating outside to a very large extent and also takeaway orders have declined. This situation was particularly grave during the lockdown period. The production of cooking oil comes under Essential goods services but the production of containers isn't. Labours migrated back to their villages from the cities in huge nu

Book Review: The Art and Science of Real Wealth by Bollachettira Dhyan Appachu

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Title:  The Art and Science of Real Wealth Author: Bollachettira Dhyan Appachu Genre: Finance, Non fiction Pages: 103 This is my second book by  Bollachettira Dhyan Appachu after his 'Arya Dharma'. This is about finance with some really eye opening advice. I think of investing money from time to time and I feel almost everyone does the same so this is a must read for all. To start with do you know the difference between an investor and speculator? To become good in speculation, one has to overcome 4 things: ignorance, fear, hope, greed. e only way to conquer fear, hope and greed is by the sincere and sustained practice  of Dhyan to achieve Samathvam. Speculation is a continuous learning process. It's both an art and science. Even after 26 years the writer is not perfect. He has seen downfall till the recent past until early 2018.  He figured if even a world class speculator like Jesse Livermore did break his rules and make mistakes, he also have made th

Summers with Cherry Crumble California

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This summer vacation we couldn't go out but that didn't deter us from celebrating! We set up various picnic and party areas in our balcony from time to time and dressed up nicely. On the ocassion of  Father's Day, I gifted my princess ' Plush Dress ' (a chambray dress) from Cherry Crumble California.. Not only it's pure cotton and perfectly apt for this heat, but it's 10/10 on style with the yellow tassels and the appliqued flowers. She loved it! Why do I and my kid love Cherry Crumble California ? This brand truly represents the cool, laid back So Cal vibe. Their products and materials are of topmost quality and their designs are simply amazing. From beautiful appliques to tassels, to beadwork to pockets, each piece is unique. The apparel for boys is dapper and for girls they are pretty. Every single outfit is smart and uber cool.  A plush dress is a chic summer dress! It features floral embroidery with extra soft, plush felt applique.

LEGO Nature Glamping Set Review

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It maybe a little while till we are able to resume our normal lives and play with our kids in the park. The children have been the worst to suffer; it's their age to explore the world but they have been confined indoors for the past 4 months. Entertaining kids have been a challenge for all the parents. We are a No/Minimal screen parents so we are constantly trying to entertain our toddler with things that involve creativity. Of course LEGO sets are her favourite. Her latest set is the Nature Glamping Set. It's a super cute set with everything you can think of during glamorous camping or 'GLAMPING'. Encourage kids’ zest for the outdoors with this LEGO® Friends Nature Glamping  toy camping set. There are loads of features to keep kids playing for hours. Let them imagine cycling through the woods with LEGO Friends Olivia and Mia mini-dolls. Or they can play with the toy squirrel or pretend to stargaze with a telescope. Camping in style This is no back-to-basics campi

Celebs who I love following on TikTok

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The world almost stood still the past two months. While everyone stayed at homes and worked from within, my job didn't permit so. Yes I am a frontline worker (a medical professional) who had to go to the hospital during the entire lockdown time. I was double stressed: Catching the infection myself as well as silently passing on to my two little kids or my elderly parents. I have been seeing and hearing people cursing this quarantined life but they don't understand it's a privilege to be able to stay within the safe confines of home and work and earn. The only respite in this period has been TikTok. Yes, I am now a total TikTok convert.  If there's anything that got a boost during this Corona pandemic, it has to be TikTok. This app has seen billions of downloads and users in the past couple of months. And why not? It's like a breath of fresh air. After I come back from the hospital and undergo a rigorous sanitation regime to ward off any kind

Helping my wife during this Lockdown

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When you treat your other half like a princess, it means you were raised by a queen. I totally believe in gender equality. If women can work and cook, then why can't we men help with household chores? It's lockdown time that means we don't have any househelp. Ariel India has come up with an excellent initiative of #ShareTheLoad. It's high time that we men start helping with the housework. From doing laundry to groceries, cooking to cleaning, there should not be any discrimination in gender. Because chores are chores, irrespective of everything.  I have been brought up in a household where me being the only son and the youngest had been pampered to the hilt. My parents never let me do a single chore. I hadn't even filled a glass of water before going to the hostel. I was lucky that even I was pampered in my hostel. And after I passed my MBBS, I had the privilege of hiring maids to do all the chores. Usually it's said that when a guy lives alone, indep

Book Review: Arya Dharma by Bollachettira Dhyan Appachu

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Title: Arya Dharma The Nobel Dharma Author: Bollachettira Dhyan Appachu Genre: Non fiction Pages: 610 This book is very different as to what all I have read in the past. I am usually a reader of fiction and self help books but this one is of the most meaningful reads of my life. If you love your country and make some difference to the world, then you should definitely try reading this. This book is not easy, it's 600 pages but it is definitely a fast read. The author has tried to find a solution to every problem of today from our rich heritage. The ancient texts of Upanishads, Manusmriti, Arthashastra, Neetishastra etc seem to have the key for the questions of today. They may have been written thousands of years ago, but are truly timeless in their content. Why the name Arya Dharma? Arya means nobel. God hasn't created any religion or rift. It's us humans who have dissected the society. The author is highly against FUKUS (France, United Kingdom and USA) which he believes ha