The HEXA at Christmas

Last Christmas day, I was invited to attend an event by Tata Motors where fun and cars mix to feed joy, curiosity, and adventurism to people like me. It was a good day, the weather and temperature were just right to spend outdoors, so with sunscreen and sunglasses in hand, together with my husband, a car-enthusiasts, and my son, a hyperactive toddler, we made our way to see what #HexaExperience we could get.

On the way, not being familiar with the place, we missed a turn and as a result, we had to drive back for another 10 minutes, but after that, the place was hard to miss because of the big billboards scattered along the road with the #HexaExperience signs. The event was held in White Orchid in Hebbal. The place has both huge indoor and outdoor spaces. Upon entering the gate, we were offered for valet parking but we chose not to so we could pick a shady parking place. As we’re heading to the parking place, we saw that some people were already enjoying the off-road race course, with couples of cars trekking the obstacle course in Tata Hexa cars. It was a sight to behold when the cars were almost on their two side wheels, or when they were climbing on the very high steel bridge and stopping in the middle of the slope, a really gasp-moment must I say.

After the registration, where we also signed for a test drive, we checked out several stalls and booths in the convention hall. There were many Tata products on display such as the jewelry, insurance, clothes, even the Tata tea! Aside from Tata products, there was also playpen for kids and other children activities stuff. My son had a blast running around and trying out games like fishing and making frogs hop. We also met with people and dogs from Care, an animal shelter, who offers adoption for dogs. There were also food stalls like Dominos and Dunkin Donuts. We loved the live band playing lively music while we sip tea and gobble pizza.

We also met with the people from Indiblogger who assisted us with fast tracking the test drive since my toddler was already acting up, he doesn’t have the longest patience in the world :p. We went for the off-road course but we decided not to try it since my toddler wasn’t allowed due to the risk so we just watched on the sideline as the Hexa flipped back in forth coursing through the obstacle. It was really amazing how a car, packed with passengers, could overcome such obstacles without a huff when I remember being in a couple of incidents where our car was totaled when hit by a motorbike, and another one was stuck in a mud for ages despite being big and bulky. I tell you that it isn’t really nice to be in such a situation, you will always wish for a better car after that. Sometimes, and most oftentimes, it isn’t the comfort inside that is important but the power and strength of the car that matter.

The event was about the Tata Hexa, a premium UV which Tata Motors is proudly showcasing and I must say that they have enough reason to be proud of. Hexa has all the comfort that a passenger wants. It has a stylish and cool interior with fully packed features such as 6 airbags, lumbar supports, a wide leg and knee spaces, soft seat materials, retractable window sunblinds, 10 speaker JBL system, fully automatic temperature control, and much more. And of course, Hexa will be loved by drivers with its powerful and high capacity engine and 19” alloy wheels. It also has all the driver-friendly features that are mostly available in all premium SUVs like AWD, different drive modes, traction control system, ABS with EBD, steering mounted controls, parking sensors and camera, cruise control, power windows and Connectnext App Suite for the tech-savvy drivers.
Overall, the #HexaExperience was a joy to attend and if we’re planning to buy a new car, the Tata Hexa would definitely be considered.

A Yearly Yatra

Goa Sunset

Every year, as long as there’s no important reason to miss, we head to the beach for a holiday. This yearly getaway has become a habit in order to give us the much-needed break from daily life and experience a knowing change from the everyday routine. Although this yearly vacation is as much as a yearly routine, we do welcome familiarity and avoid stressful surprises, if we can. I know that some would not like this kind of vacation but my family is happy and content with it, and for us, this is a perfect vacation, year after year.

This year, just like every other year before that, our beach vacation coincided with our son’s first birthday, and aside from that, a dear uncle also visited us after a long while, so it was quite a party. When all bags were packed, including our two dogs’ week-long food and their stuffed duffel bag, and loaded onto the car,  the baby secured in his car seat, all the knick-knacks checked, empty house locked, and eager holidaymakers strapped in the car, we rode our way from the busy Bangalore to the scenic Goa. Our ride to Goa is always tranquil and mesmerizing, with lush forest, beautiful waterfalls, magnificent view of windmills on the hills along the way keep us entertained and make the journey interesting. They never fail to amaze us.

Before our fur-kids arrived in our family, we’d ridden to Goa by motorbike, train, and plane. However, since we expanded our family, it’s only logical and safe to travel by car. Though we’d contemplated before of going by plane, checked the airlines which accommodate dogs and also flight schedule from Bangalore to Goa, but it seemed that it’s quite stressful to our fur-kids so we dropped the idea.

When I say that our yearly vacation is a repeat of every year’s vacation, that is because it’s really a repeat of everything. We always stay in the same guest house, swim in the same pool, watch the sunset on the same beach, which is a walking distance from our accommodation. Though from time to time, we explore other parts of Goa and face some unexpected yet memorable experiences. This year was no exception, especially when we made a wrong turn after we visited the old church. No thanks to Google map, it took us to a scary, old mansion on the hill, where we didn’t see a single soul whom we could have asked for direction. We left with no choice but trace our way back down, slowly but surely, in the dark. There were some arguments and blame game during that ride but as soon as we hit the main road, we all laughed out loud and shared our fears and shuddery made-up stories during that chilling moment.

One of the things I like holidaying in Goa is the abundance of seafood. Since we always stay in a house where there is a full working kitchen, every morning, we make sure to visit the local market to buy some fresh seafood. It’s remarkable how different the taste of the fish we buy in Bangalore compared to the ones we buy in Goa. Nothing beats the freshness of the fish that comes from the local fisherman’s boat. It is also amazing how almost all restaurants in Goa serve delicious food, perhaps because of the quality and freshness of the ingredients.

Although I know that I will do the same thing, eat the same food, swim in the same pool, watch the sunset on the same beach, I know that for me, that is how my perfect vacation will be, as long as I’m with my family. So, just like every other year that passed by, I’m excited and look forward to our next Yatra.