Monday Mode ☆ Yellow Rhino Shirt & Advantages Of A Third Child ☆ Le Petit Society

My son got this cool rhino shirt from Le Petit Society which I love. I often put this shirt on him because both my son and I love it, but also it’s very soft and cute! Who said boy clothes are not cute? After 5 years of dressing my oldest and younger girls in pink, pink and more pink and frills (thank goodness they grew out of that phase), it was very refreshing to see other earthy colors displayed in my son’s wardrobe. Le Petit Society does a great job with boy clothes designs. By the way, if you meet the minimum order of HK$1,200 (about US$155), the standard shipping becomes free for the selected countries. Please check here for more details. I spend a lot of time with my son especially since this past June. From my own experience, I see many advantages for kids who grow up as […]

Monday Mode ☆ Yellow Rhino Shirt & Advantages Of A Third Child ☆ Le Petit Society

My son got this cool rhino shirt from Le Petit Society which I love. I often put this shirt on him because both my son and I love it, but also it’s very soft and cute! Who said boy clothes are not cute? After 5 years of dressing my oldest and younger girls in pink, pink and more pink and frills (thank goodness they grew out of that phase), it was very refreshing to see other earthy colors displayed in my son’s wardrobe. Le Petit Society does a great job with boy clothes designs. By the way, if you meet the minimum order of HK$1,200 (about US$155), the standard shipping becomes free for the selected countries. Please check here for more details. I spend a lot of time with my son especially since this past June. From my own experience, I see many advantages for kids who grow up as […]

Aga Khan Palace ☆ Pune India

Aga Khan Palace I decided to visit Aga Khan Palace because I was very intrigued by the history with the palace. The Aga Khan Palace played a role in the Indian freedom movement as it was used as a place where Mahatma Gandhi was interned. Mahatma Gandhi is someone whom I have always respected very much. To be able to see where he spent his late life was moving to me. The Aga Khan Palace was built by Sir Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III in 1892. I have been reading some about Sir Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III, his grand son Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan IV who succeeded Aga Khan after him and Aga Khan IV’s three children: Zahra Aga Khan, Prince Rahim Aga Khan, and Prince Hussain Aga Khan. It’s fascinating. The Aga Khan Palace was beautiful and interesting to photograph. I enjoyed my […]

Klyde Warren Park ☆ Dallas Texas

I still have a number of photos taken over the summer, which I need to go over, edit and upload to different sites to save them. I’m a bit overwhelmed. That’s why I have not been inspired to blog lately. Actually, I have a lot to say. The problem is that I don’t find the right photos to use and I have not been motivated to edit the photos. This often happens when I have too many photos for me to go through and edit. Anyways, I finally edited these photos from our time in Dallas during this past summer in 2014. These are dear to me. We went to visit my sister-in-law in Dallas, Texas. While she was at work, we took our kids and our nephew, my sister-in-law’s son, to visit Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas. We loved it! When I was looking for an activity to […]

Le Petit Society Interview

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My Interview Style My Kid / Chuzai Living Le Petit Society is an Asian base children’s fashion brand founded by a Singaporean couple, Robyn and Dylan. I had two wonderful opportunities to collaborate with Le Petit Society. My first collaboration with Le Petit Society came in May 2013 in this post. My second collaboration post came out in the recent past in July 2014 and you can find it here. Soon after my post on Le Petit Society’s adorable Safari collection came live on my blog, Le Petit Society kindly asked if I wanted to be interviewed for their blog’s new column called “Style My Kid”. I was very flattered that Le Petit Society was actually interested in hearing my opinions about kid fashion! My interview, Style My Kid / Chuzai Living, was recently published on le petit society blog. You can see some of my previous photos there as […]

My Gym ☆ Kids Activity Gym in Mumbai

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Did you land in Mumbai with a toddler of yours? You must have wondered how you can entertain your active child. I did last summer. There are not many places you can take your kids to play during the day in Mumbai unless your apartment has an outdoor play area. There are parks and playgrounds in Mumbai, but they usually close from 10:00 a.m. (or 11:00) until 4:00 p.m. (some open at 3:30). Therefore, the precious playgrounds become unavailable during the day when they are very active. To me after 4:00 p.m. is not a possibility to take my toddler to a play ground because I have to be home to attend to my older kids. During the Monsoon Season, outdoor activities are not options. Thus, children’s fitness centers like My Gym and privately owned indoor playgrounds such as Hop n Bop (good for toddlers) and Funky Monkey (fantastic for […]

Friday Finds ☆ Celejor Chocolatier & Bake Shop in Mumbai

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All the photos on this post were taken with a camera on iPod4 and edited with VSCO Cam. Celejor, a bake shop and chocolatier, seems a very popular patisserie chain in Mumbai. Celejor has stores everywhere in the city, so if you have been in Mumbai even for a while, I’m sure you have seen them around. I learned about Celejor for the first time at the beginning of my stay in Mumbai thanks to my friend. She said she had to plan a birthday party for her daughter shortly after she had arrived in Mumbai, but she didn’t know where to order a cake from. Someone recommended her to go to Celejor, so she did and was very pleased with the cake. Later I have several other expat friends telling me that they liked Celejor for the taste as well as reasonable prices. One of my expat friends served […]

Friday Finds ☆ Celejor Chocolatier & Bake Shop in Mumbai

All the photos on this post were taken with a camera on iPod4 and edited with VSCO Cam. Celejor, a bake shop and chocolatier, seems a very popular patisserie chain in Mumbai. Celejor has stores everywhere in the city, so if you have been in Mumbai even for a while, I’m sure you have seen them around. I learned about Celejor for the first time at the beginning of my stay in Mumbai thanks to my friend. She said she had to plan a birthday party for her daughter shortly after she had arrived in Mumbai, but she didn’t know where to order a cake from. Someone recommended her to go to Celejor, so she did and was very pleased with the cake. Later I have several other expat friends telling me that they liked Celejor for the taste as well as reasonable prices. One of my expat friends served […]

My India Through Instagram

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All the photos on this post were taken with my iPod Touch 4. Some of them were taken with VOSCO CAM, a photo app, which is excellent and I am in love with. The above elephant painting is my photo (original here) converted into a water paint painting with Waterlogue application. UPDATE I have been itching to write, but my computer is dead. The hard drive gave up. R.I.P. That means I can’t edit my photos to post on my blog. Thus, I can’t blog as my blog is usually photo heavy with my own photos (with exceptions of a few). The good news with the computer crash is that I saved all the files in an external hard drive. I had learned a hard way several times in the past, so I was determined to not do the same this time. I am currently using our old computer with […]

Friday Finds ☆ The Baker’s Dozen in Mumbai, India

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I apologize for the tardy Friday Finds! When my life needs to be prioritized, blogging, my hobby, has to be secondary and that often happens. I would like to introduce you to my favorite baker in Mumbai. I’m a big fan of Challah bread and the Baker’s Dozen makes great Challah bread! I first learned about The Baker’s Dozen through foodesto.com, an online grocery website in India. I ordered some Challah bread made by The Baker’s Dozen sold on Foodesto and I was very pleased with it. I liked every bread I tried from The Baker’s Dozen. I would love for them to make real New York style bagels as well if they are open to any requests! When Foodesto delivered my order, the Baker’s Dozen bread came in an adorable white paper bag with lovely typography (shown below). I love stores that put values on its style and design. […]

Yahoo! India Feature My Home ☆ Video on Beautiful Homes by Yahoo! India Lifestyle

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If you click the photo above, you can open the video page on Yahoo! India. 写真をクリックすると、ヤフーインドのビデオのページを開ける事が出来ます。 Or you can simply watch here if you don’t mind not seeing the final video. または、ちょっと画像が悪いのですが、下でもご覧頂けます。   I had a grand opportunity to work with fabulous Yahoo! India and FoxyMoron, a digital agency, for Yahoo! India’s interior design page called Beautiful Homes under Lifestyle. How I came under Yahoo! India’s radar? I don’t know. I was quite honored to be asked and featured in the Beautiful Homes which is sponsored by Asian Paints. Working with both talented Yahoo! India and FoxyMoron was such a joy and wonderful experience for me. Everyone whom I interacted with was in their early 20’s! They looked so young, but they were professional and their talent blew my mind. I was given an opportunity to narrate the video. I am afraid that my amateur narration did not do justice […]

Monday Mode ☆ AND Gray Dress

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I walked into AND India store one day not realizing that was the store my friend recommended and I totally fell in love with the brand! I took photos of the dress and posted on my instagram because I wasn’t sure. I knew I liked it, but it was more than I normally spend on a dress. It wasn’t expensive. I’m frugal. Then I received responses, which made it easier for me to make a decision. Thank you! AND Indiaは、友人が良いと教えてくれていたブランドだったのですが、ある日そうとは気づかずに入り、すぐに好きになりました。 その時このドレスが気に入ったのですが、普段自分の服に掛けるお金より高かったので、躊躇しました。ANDのお値段が高いという分けでは無いです。私の自分の服の予算が低いだけなんです。取り敢えず写真だけ撮って、インスタグラムに載せた所、反応があり、お陰で結局購入しました。有り難かったです! I love this AND gray dress especially because of the design on the back which is not commonly seen. I also like the high waist which allows my body to look better proportioned and balanced. It is a long dress, so it suits well in India. I have one more dress I bought from AND. That is for another day! このAND Indiaのグレーのドレスは、あまり見ない背中のデザインが気に入りました。ハイウェイストなので、全身のバランスを良く見せてくれるところも嬉しいです。また、ロングドレスなので、インドで着るには合っているかなと思いました。 ANDでもう一着買ったのですが、それは他の機会に! AND WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER […]

Friday Finds ☆ Jamu Spa in Cipete, Jakarta

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Jamu is traditional medicine in Indonesia mainly made from natural materials. It became popular during the Hindu Javanese period and is claimed to have originated in the Mataram Kingdom, a Hindu-Buddhist kingdom that was based in Central Java and later in East Java. Jamu is said to be influenced by Ayurveda. Having lived in India and learned a bit about Ayurveda, it is very interesting to know that India and Indonesia, the two countries I have lived back to back have such interesting historical ties. I dedicate this post to those who are in Jakarta, Indonesia. Even though I have left Jakarta 10 months ago, the biggest readership till today is in Indonesia. This is my humble way to say thank you to them. At the same time, Jamu is definitely blog worthy. Even though I learned about Jamu during my second year of our three-year stay in Jakarta, I […]

SAKS Hair Salon ☆ First Haircut & Perm in Mumbai, India

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As my hair was getting long and my perm looked like overcooked spaghetti, I decided to go to a salon in Mumbai. One of the big challenges that many expat women face in living overseas is finding a right hair dresser after moving to a new city. To find a hair dresser outside of your country who can understand the hair that he/she is not familiar with is a difficult or impossible task. Here in Mumbai, some of my Japanese friends go to SAKS for a short haircut. Apparently it is hard to find a hair dresser who can cut short hair because many Indian women like to keep their hair long. Since all of my friends’ short haircut looks great, I decided to try the same hair stylist. His name is Raja. One Japanese expat girl, A was the first one I knew who went to SAKS and had […]

Tea Party With Paisley Design Icing Cookies by TH Bakes & Macarons by Le 15 Patisserie

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TH Bakes makes it so much easier for me to have any type of gathering. I ordered paisley design icing cookies from TH Bakes for a tea party and I loved them!! THベイクスのお陰で、色んな会を計画するのがとても楽になりました。お茶会のために、ペイズリーデザインのアイシング・クッキーを注文しました。可愛く仕上がって配達され、感動しました! The Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips is my husband’s favorite and the Lemon Icing Pound Cake is my favorite from TH Bakes. THベイクドからのチョコチップ入りパンプキンブレッドは夫のお気に入りで、私のお気に入りはレモングレーズドパウンドケーキ。 It’s always so fun and pretty to have macarons on a table. They are from Le 15 Patisserie. マカロンは、テーブルに飾るといつも華やかにしてくれます。これらはル・15パティセリーで購入しました。 TH BAKES WEBSITE | FACEBOOK How To Order Go to TH Bakes’ website & click on How to Order or click here. Click here to view their menu. TEL: 93204 41921 / 93231 66963 or EMAIL: thbakesindia@gmail.com

Friday Finds ☆ Hop n Bop ☆ Kids Indoor Play Area & Activity Center in Mumbai

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If you are a mom to a toddler, you must be constantly looking for a place to entertain your active child. It’s great that there are more and more places for small kids popping open in Mumbai these days. What a difference they make for moms! My almost two-year-old son had a play date with his friends at Hop n Bop, a soft kids play area in Khar, Mumbai over a month ago. I have heard about Hop n Bop since its opening, so I was excited to finally go and check it out! It is the cutest place with a great style and design. Since I arrived more than 30 minutes late from the time I was supposed to meet up with my friends because I left home late (I feel like I’m always late!), but also I got lost on the way there as the rickshaw driver didn’t […]

Following Humans of New York

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Many of you probably have heard of the blog or already follow, Humans of New York. When the author, Brandon Stanton, gets passionate with something, he gets obsessed with it. His obsession to take portraits of strangers in New York City gained an enormous number of followers. It is amazing to see how a story can be told in one single photo with a short dialogue between the author and the subject or a comment by the photo subject. Simple words from ordinary people can be so moving. I follow Humans of New York on Facebook and it always excites me to see his new posts. I learned about Humans of New York through an article under Opinion “30 Under 30: Meet Brandon Stanton, the Photographer Behind Humans of New York” on Time Ideas, a blog by TIME magazine. I have posted a video of his interview which you can […]

Friday Finds ☆ Restaurant Recommendations For Goa ☆ Venite, Mum’s Kitchen & Calamari Beach Shack

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During our trip in Goa, we spent most of our time at our hotel, Cidade de Goa. It was fun and fine as our youngest needed to take a nap in the afternoon and that worked for us. However, we made a point to go out in town for dinner on three nights for a change of scenery and experience a bit of Goa. My husband’s colleague who was from Goa gave him her fabulous recommendations which were a tremendous help! I listed her recommendations on the bottom of this post, so please take a look! Here in my post I would like to show where we have eaten in the Panaji (aka Panjim) area, the capital of Goa prefecture. All three places were relatively close to Cidade de Goa (except for Calamari, which was about 30+ minute drive), which was great. All three places we went were fantastic and […]

Quick Bedroom Makeover with a Bed Cover & Pillows

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All the furniture and even the rug in this room were provided by my husband’s office. The lamps and decorative pieces are ours. When we go overseas, we usually live in a furnished housing with the furniture in this style which I don’t know what it’s called, classic style? We also brought some small furniture pieces we own that I love to take with us to feel like it is our home and you can spot them in our living room. The furniture we get is nice and I am grateful that they provide us with the furniture, but the colors and style are not what I would pick for ourselves. Our guest bedroom used to look like this. BEFORE Since I decorated our bedroom 5 months ago, I have always felt that something was missing in this room. It’s a room that we don’t use often. My bedroom in […]

How To Wear A Sari

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If you have a saree / sari, you need instructions to wear it. I learned how to do it by seeing when I went sari shopping. It is actually not that hard. Also, safety pins are your friends if you would like to secure your sari. 1. Petticoat When you buy a sari, you need to buy a petticoat as well at a petticoat shop. You buy them already made. Mine was 200 Rupees (US$3+) and they come in different sizes: Small, Medium or Large. You should ask your sari shop to provide you with a little piece of your sari fabric to take it to the petticoat shop. Then the petticoat shop keeper will pull out the one in a color that is close to your sari color. 2. Place a sari’s pleats in front of you and figure out where on your waist one end of a sari […]

Monday Mode ☆ Mango Shirt, Gap Green Pants & iSanctuary Jewelry + Technical Difficulty with a Camera Remote Control

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I stopped at MANGO store at a shopping mall in Mumbai, India the other day and saw this shirt. In a sale rack. I had to get it. I love how it’s soft, longer on the back, cute baggy and it’s my favorite border shirt. These green cargo pants are my favorite from GAP in Tokyo. They were also on sale and very inexpensive. Most people think that it’s expensive to shop in Tokyo. I think it depends on where and which store you go to. I find the sale rack at GAP in Tokyo always have cute items with great pricing. iSanctuary is my most recent favorite jewelry shop I learned about in Mumbai. Not only does iSanctuary make amazing jewelry and sell for very reasonable prices, but they also work to fight against human trafficking. To read more about iSanctuary, please check my post Monday Mode ☆ iSanctuary […]

Indian Wedding Invitation Card ☆ 8 Facts on Indian Wedding

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This gorgeous Indian wedding invitation card was hand delivered to us. I could not help but admire the design of this colorful wedding invitation which looks very Indian to me. Here are 8 facts related to weddings in India, more specifically in the Hindu culture in Mumbai. I learned about this facts from my Hindi teacher who is from Mumbai. Please note that some facts might not be true in other regions in India. I find learning about wedding traditions is one of the most interesting cultural experiences living overseas. 1. A wedding season in India starts as soon as a monsoon season is over. November indicates the beginning of the wedding season in Mumbai. 2. When an invitation says “Blessings Only”, it signifies that the family is very wealthy and does not need any gifts. Close families and friends, however, still give gifts. 3. For Hindu weddings, the writings […]

Monday Mode ☆ Silver Ball Gown

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和訳は下にあります。 Photos were taken by my 5-year-old daughter. When I looked at these photos, I thought that I needed to state that I was/am not pregnant (no need!). I purchased this gown online two years ago. Without trying it out. I know. Bold. It was not cheap, either. What was I thinking? I have a good excuse for you, though. I was pregnant at the time. My breast is small (sadly, but what can I do?), so I picked a dress based on my chest size. I should have measured myself before picking a size. Dugh?! Women who have gotten pregnant know that when they get pregnant, their lower rib cage expands on top of the change in their breast size. I underestimated the rib cage size change. I could not fit in it when I was pregnant and I had to make a ball gown in a rush. You […]

Organic Farmers’ Market in Mumbai ☆ Maharashtra Nature Park

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When my friend, Kati, invited me to go to an organic farmers’ market near BKC (Bandra Kurla Complex) in Mumbai one Sunday morning, I had no idea what to expect. I’ve been to farmers’ markets before, but they were in the U.S. In India? In a megalopolis, Mumbai? Out of curiosity and a chance to take a little break from taking care of my kids, especially my toddler son who has been attached to my hip for 4 straight days (this is another story), I was intrigued. Having visited the Farmers’ Market in Maharashtra Nature Park in Mumbai with my two girl friends, I can say that I was so glad I went and had a great time. At the Organic Farmers’ Market there were amazing products. Everything is organic and friendly to the environment and our nature earth. And I mean EVERYTHING! I love the concept of recycling. I […]

Adrian’s Adventures in Indonesia

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I’m dedicating this post to my friends, Jaime (Jaime Teahen Sanders), the creator of the book “Adrian’s Adventures in Indonesia” and Liz (Elizabeth LaVally), who is an illustrator for the book. I met Jaime when I lived in Indonesia. She was one of the girl friends with whom I went Siem Reap, Cambodia in December, 2011 for a race. You can see some photos of us in my posts about Siem Reap, Cambodia under Travel tab. She’s one of the inspiring friends who worked and always had multiple projects going on when I knew her in Indonesia. I remember when she had told me about the idea of writing and publishing a children’s book and have illustration done by our friend, Liz. Not too long after that she really published a children’s book “Adrian’s Adventures in Indonesia”. I was floored. It taught me that if you set your mind to […]