Five Things You Should Know Before Travelling to Bali

A Very Happy New Year to all my readers.

This post has been long pending and finally I am getting back on track with my blogging schedule. Fingers crossed. It’s been two months since I got back from Bali and travelled to another tropical zone. I will talk about that later.

It’s a new year and I have news for people who aren’t aware of the major change in life. I have navigated the transition from single to married. Yes! I am not sure if I would be working on the wedding outfit posts or not but will surely showcase them in either of my channel.

Alright then, let’s get started with the first post from my Bali series. There are few things that any traveller should be aware of before travelling to Bali. I did my research and contacted a lot of people to understand the place and figure out my travel schedule.

Here are those five things you should know –

  • Currency – IDR is crazy. Period. It took me two days to understand that mathematics of the exchange rate. Prepare yourself from before. And make sure you fractionate the money according to the requirement so that you don’t spend more than what is required. That’s what happened the first day – because your dearest The Small Town Blogger found everything dirt cheap.
  • Transit Visa If Required – I have heard people restricted from getting on to their connecting flights because of transit visa. Our flights we via Singapore and Malaysia. I was sceptical about Singapore, but after reading and talking to associates regarding transit visa, got that figured out.
  • Internal Transport – You can either hire a cab, 4-wheeler or a bike to roam around the city. But if you have plans of travelling from Ubud to Kuta or vice versa, then it might get exhausting. We preferred a bike to roam around the city but to travel intercity we hired a cab. The cheapest, safest and the most popular rental cab service in Bali is Gojek. Travelling between different cities is not just time consuming but expensive too. We stayed in two different city instead for two days, which made it easier for us to walk around the city.
  • Weather Conditions – With the current scene in Indonesia, it’s better to be cautious. Check the weather forecast before you book your tickets and accommodation.
  • Food – If you are not a fan of Asian cuisine, make sure you carry food from the country you are travelling from for comfort. Otherwise, Bali has exotic and very interesting way of serving food. Mostly sweet. From Satay to Nasi Goreng, it’s a diversified range.


Will soon post a detailed Bali itinerary. Hope this post serves it’s purpose.

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Guide To Wedding Guest Outfits

Instagram is currently filled with celebrities and influencer’s wedding pictures in a very fancy and rich location or otherwise. Who doesn’t love looking at everyone’s wedding pictures and dream about yours? It’s the wedding season apparently and everyone who has to attend one is more baffled than the main people. Since it’s the wedding season, I decided to jot down a few options for Indian Wedding Guest Attires. Call it a cheat post to get you sorted for the upcoming weddings or festivities. 

The moment you receive an invitation to a wedding, the first thing that comes to your mind is “What Should I Wear?”. And if this is the first time you would be attending a wedding, then this post is a saviour. You might have a lot of Salwar Suits stacked in your wardrobe, but that still leaves you clueless. We Indians walk straight to salwar suits for religious festivities or cultural functions. 

Did you know there are various designs and options when it comes to Salwar suits? From the very conventional plain salwar suit to Anarkali. I am going to showcase a few of my favourite picks from the World Wide Web. You can either buy it online or head to the local market for the fabric and get it stitched. The later one is surely time-consuming but if you don’t have much time, please stick to the traditional Indian attire websites. 

  • If you are a person who has a sophisticated sense of style, you can go for a simple solid colour salwar suit and style with a grand dupatta. Also, works perfectly for a day event like Haldi and Mehendi
  • Not keen on styling a dupatta, you can choose a designer Anarkali which looks like a long maxi dress but also had a traditional touch to it.
  • As a blogger, I love experimenting with different styles, off late I have been keen on owning a sharara suit. It’s basically a salwar suit with a flared pants or a flowy skirt. 
  • My personal go-to salwar suits are the ones that can be styled with palazzo and straight pants. They look smart and chic. Also, is a perfect attire as an work wear. Most of us have events at work that requires us to wear something ethnic. 


I hope this post helps you with any upcoming or future events that require you to dress up in an Indian attire. 

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Five Things I Like About Shonar Pahar

Bengali writings are not just poetic but have a mystical quality too. This artistic quality is prominently visible in the way Bengalis make their movies and the stories that they introduce to the common man. Bengali movies are known to be heart touching and dramatically radical. Not just that, the Bengali film industry has notable actors and writers whose movies are a must watch.

Since we are talking about Bangla cinema, let’s talk about this amazing new movie called Shonar Pahar. The Firstpost had called it a near perfect movie in their review. Tanuja Mukherjee is a well-known veteran actress who is the lead in Shonar Pahar. The director, Mr Parambrata Chatterjee has brilliantly showcased the generation gap that old aged parents face.

This movie is about a mother who has raised her son single handed and later in life desperately looks forward to his son and her daughter in law to visit her or spend time with her. But the generation gap and the new city life brainwashes the son’s mind which results in him getting irritated by his mother. Due to which, he tries to avoid her as much as he can.

Now, I am going to make it easy for the readers and list down the reasons why I liked the movie:

  1. Shonar Pahar is an idiosyncratic and unorthodox movie directed brilliantly with amazing actors. There is no doubt that the director has chosen the best of actors for his movie and these accomplished actors’ work looks flawless.
  2. The way in which Parambrata Chatterjee has balanced all the strong emotions that were necessary is prodigious and sublime.
  3. The generation gap is not only heart touching but an eye-opener for few because the story is shockingly realistic and heart-tugging.   
  4. People yearn for the fast moving lifestyle, only to realise later how they miss the simple life. Sometimes the person also forgets the memories that they have left behind. This movie has shown this transition with such realism that most people who hail from a small town-bred will understand.
  5. The best part about the movie is how the director sheds light on the perspectives of both the mother and the estranged son, unlike the usual movies where the son or the mother is the villain.

In my opinion, these are good enough reasons to prove that Shonar Pahar is a finely crafted movie and a must watch. I won’t be surprised if it bags all the awards next year.



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Five Swimwear You Should Have According to Your Body Type

Are you here on this page to see which swimwear works for your body type the best?

Firstly, I believe that a confident soul can carry anything that they are comfortable in. I am against these articles that talk about how a certain body type should wear a particular type of swimwear. What if you are comfortable and satisfied in what the society declares it’s not meant for you? Call me rebellious, I don’t like it when someone says it’s not meant for me because I am the one who has to decide that. Agree?

You can’t use “embrace your body type” and “swimwear according to your body type” in one single post.  Embracing your body type is about your way of expressing yourself when you move around by not caring about what the world has to say.  

The headline of the article is totally opposite of what I am going to talk about here in this post. I am going to list out the safest and the most comfortable swimwear that one should own without thinking twice.  This post might be helpful for people who want to own one for the first time but are sceptical or for those women who want to experiment.

Finding the right swimwear is always a hassle. But in the back your mind you know what you can wear at the beach and what you can’t. Just for cheap thrills, you might just splurge into something you would never ever wear. Why do that? Invest in something that you will wear comfortably. Also, find out how you can rock a swimwear look here. You will be surprised to know the number of swim wears they have for different types. I am not going to talk in detail about it because the internet is filled with such articles.


The most friendly and comfortable designs according to me are as follows:

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One Piece – The first option is the prototypical one-piece swimwear that everyone begins their swimming lessons in. It covers perfectly without making you feel awkward. There are few one pieces that come with a skirt like a frill below in case you want your thighs covered.





Designer One Piece – If typical designs are too mainstream for you, you can choose from the various designer one piece swimwear online. They have pretty cut-outs on the waist and one of them even comes with a cold shoulder option.




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Tankini – It’s a two-piece suit that gives you an illusion of a one piece. Basically a combination of a camisole kind of a top and a bottom wear.




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Standard Two Piece – They say a two piece is not everyone’s cup of tea. I disagree. There are so many variants and designs to choose from. If we want to feel adventurous and yet a little shy, try the high waist bottom wear with the top.



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Fancy Two Pieces – As I mentioned, there are a lot of designs in two-piece swimwear online.  Keeping the high waist bottom wear in mind, look for a fancy top that’s trending and stylish depending on the type of vacation.




You can find more latest and trendy designs of swimwear online.



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