Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Sao Joao Celebrations at Campal 24.6.2014

Holy Cross Association
Campal, Panaji - Goa

Sao Joao 2014
24th June 2014
It's their third year of celebrations

 Some pics and Video

Rain, Rain dance, hanging fruits..


Jumping splash




Jumping, splash

Brass band


floating birthday cake
Birthday boy dy Mayor Kabir Pinto Makhija
Also a Local Ward Councillor

Mayor, dy Mayor
Surendra Furtado, Kabir Pinto Makhija

With media


Sao Joao at Aldona Tin Manos

Teen Manos (Sluice Gates)
Coimavado, Aldona

Organised by friends of Aldona

Pics and Video

There are 61 pics

Rain, Rain dance, Artificial Rain, Kids bathing


jumping, bathing in the Manos

 Sao Joao Crown, copel or Kopel

Festive Boiled grams (Ukolo Chonne)


Festive decorations – balloons

 Other scenic views

A view from top


Entertainment on stage
Com Brian
Peter-Roshan, Norman Cardozo, Robert de Calvim, Benzer etc



Robert de Calvim

Something coming up or extension


Video 2: Com Brian

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Siolim Sao Joao 2014

Siolim Traditional Boat Festival
Opp St. Anthony Church
24th June 2014

We arrived bit late this time  around 5.15pm

No Francis de Tuem this time
However, Micky Pacheco was Chief Guest, I missed him too

Pics (88) and Videos (3)


Former Miss Universe, Bollywood Actress Lara Dutta

Smart Kids dancers
Could not get their group name etc

Crowning glory

Familiar face at the Festival - Alister Gomes ?

A section of the crowd


the cross also gets a crown

the Siolim Church

There are in all about 88 pics.

Please browse from the links above

Video 1

Video 2: Kids Dancers
Could not get their group name etc

Video 3  Baba Cielo Singing

Pics links all

The Church

 The Well, Mermaid, Creek..

The cross with Crown or Copel

 Kopel, copel

Boat Festival
Mermaid, Dolphin..

The Crab

Plastic Bottles recycling

 Pirates of the Caribbean ?
Peace warriors, cannon guns

Well, Penguin

 Vaddy Legends boat


boats, Bridge, Culvert, crowd, creek etc

Cross, Church, stage, section of the crowd

 Johny be good with Bushka

Baba Cielo

Competition, spot prizes, shortest hair


With Lara Dutta
Former Miss Universe, Bollywood actress

Smart kids dancers



Creek in between

The stream, creek, land filling

Host Alister Gomes

Monday, 16 June 2014

Mormugao Fort, Goa

Construction of which started in 1624..
Vasco da  Gama, Goa

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So many times I travelled this way,  I even once walked back from Harbour as I could not get return transport from there... Nor I knew the existence of fort around this area for I thought the fort or the fort remains located down the Japanese garden at headland Sada.
I mean to say, my visit to this fort was not planned, it was purely accidental.
I just got down to read what the description board says which made me to realised the fort is located around this area.  Bellow the sign boards; there is a pathway / steps and curiosity made me to follow it right up to the top.  I was all alone, bit scared too.  There was nobody up there,  just myself.

There is a huge cross, little notice on it say it was restored in 2004 by Fr. Theo D’Cunha.

In front of it there is a small Chapel dedicated to ‘Piedade Saibinn’ see pic.

Looks like there is monthly or annually mass service here as I could see some chairs caged inside the chapel.

Then I went up on the fort wall using the flight of steps, up there, one can take breathtaking view of Arabian Sea, which includes MPT cargo handling activities, dockyard, cruise terminal etc.

Opp to main entrance of the fort, there a roofless structure  inside of which located  one or two chambers or room, it was bit dark out there, bit scary (particularly when there was no one around) but I managed to enter it, it has small openings, probably for placement of canon guns facing the sea.

To the right of the Chapel, there is another gate or exit and one can see the fort wall externally. Close by, there is a tree and I saw a heavy peacock flying away, probably she got disturbed by me.  There is also a narrow concrete pathway (recent addition or not being part of fort) which leads to the Main road to Sada but via MPT Administrative building complex.

This access is ideal for older people where walking or climbing uphill is not involved.

One has to enter the MPT main gate, see pic,  and take the path.  At the main gate, I don’t remember seeing any sign board about the fort.

It can be a good tourist attraction if government maintain and promote the fort.

Many may not have visited the fort for they are unaware of it. Look at me, I am supposed to be an explorer myself and I didn’t know of it either.

I tell you, just visit the fort and you will love it.

Watch the video I made and you will not even need any help as to how to get there etc

 If taking public transport, city buses, get down at Sada – Bhogda junction and take Harbour Road.  Walk until you see sign boards to your left and right ‘Protected site’ Protected Monument’ etc. You can climb this way and exit other way as show in the video.

Please note: If taking Motorcycle pilot, they may not know of the fort at all.
Original steps or pathway from the road can be refurbished or restored, railings could be provided too


 From the road (to Harbour)


a brief description board

Pathway to the fort

up on the fort

Some Chambers  / rooms

Steps to the fort walls

 Sea view from the top – Cruise terminal, dock etc


A Cross, Chapel inside the fort
Nossa Senhora de Piedade
Our  Lady of Piety
Piedade Saibinn


Other side  with exit door

 on this tee there was a peacock (long tailed, female?)

the pathway leading to Main road (Sada)
Via MPT offices building complex

A ship view
Sahara india
Since 9.1.14

another access via MPT Administrative Office, Main Gate
Road towards headland Sada - see pic / Gate

More pics and video July 3, 2016

Ship MV Qing
Tilted Ship, that was in the news Early July 2016

Other view, MPT, Coal, cargo loading unloading etc

Video - June 014

Another Video - 3.7.2016