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

Le Petit Society Yellow Rhino Safari Shirt

LPS Yello Rhino Safari Shirt

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.

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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 the youngest child in a family. My third gets a lot of attention for being the youngest. On top of that, my husband and I have become more experienced as a parent and have definitely learned from our past mistakes, thus we seem to do a better job by the third one came.

One very typical example of how parents focus more on their first child which many people can relate is the photo albums of children. I have created photo albums for my oldest daughter up to she was 3 years old. That’s actually not that good. Then came my second daughter, who only has like a half an album. Not even one complete album! Yikes.

Then, how many printed albums does my youngest have? ZERO.

Ah, too bad.

It, however, seems that I have more digital photos of my youngest as a baby on this blog and I have none of my girls. Obviously I started blogging when my girls are a little older. However, it also means that I spend more time with him than my girls these days because my girls are not around. It strikes me hard how quickly my girls are growing up. As much as I enjoy seeing their growth and independence which means more freedom for myself, I do feel sentimental. This sentiment becomes my desire to capture every moment of the time I share with my kids, especially my youngest who is still around and needs me the most.

Many Japanese mom friends of mine often says to me “you must love him so much (“more than your girls” is inferred behind the words)”. Honestly, I don’t think he’s cuter or more lovable than my girls when they were at that age. I think all toddlers are adorable in their own ways. I do admit that my son wants and needs me more at the moment than my older girls need me and I love being wanted and needed. It seems that this is reflected on the time I spend with him.

LPS Yellow Rhino Safari Shirt & Pants

I hope you enjoyed seeing Le Petit Society Safari shirt! If you would like to see my other photos of Le Petit Society, please click the links below.

Le Petit Society Posts
Le Petit Society Safari Boy Shirt & Tribal Girl Shirts
Le Petit Society Lady’s Gray Safari Shirt + Mia Tui Purse
Le Petit Society Boy Outfits ☆ My First Le Petit Society Post!

Thank you for visiting!

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

Le Petit Society Yellow Rhino Safari Shirt

LPS Yello Rhino Safari Shirt

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.

Le Petit Society Yellow Rhino Safari Shirt1

Le Petit Society Yello Rhino Safari Shirt-2

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 the youngest child in a family. My third gets a lot of attention for being the youngest. On top of that, my husband and I have become more experienced as a parent and have definitely learned from our past mistakes, thus we seem to do a better job by the third one came.

One very typical example of how parents focus more on their first child which many people can relate is the photo albums of children. I have created photo albums for my oldest daughter up to she was 3 years old. That’s actually not that good. Then came my second daughter, who only has like a half an album. Not even one complete album! Yikes.

Then, how many printed albums does my youngest have? ZERO.

Ah, too bad.

It, however, seems that I have more digital photos of my youngest as a baby on this blog and I have none of my girls. Obviously I started blogging when my girls are a little older. However, it also means that I spend more time with him than my girls these days because my girls are not around. It strikes me hard how quickly my girls are growing up. As much as I enjoy seeing their growth and independence which means more freedom for myself, I do feel sentimental. This sentiment becomes my desire to capture every moment of the time I share with my kids, especially my youngest who is still around and needs me the most.

Many Japanese mom friends of mine often says to me “you must love him so much (“more than your girls” is inferred behind the words)”. Honestly, I don’t think he’s cuter or more lovable than my girls when they were at that age. I think all toddlers are adorable in their own ways. I do admit that my son wants and needs me more at the moment than my older girls need me and I love being wanted and needed. It seems that this is reflected on the time I spend with him.

LPS Yellow Rhino Safari Shirt & Pants

I hope you enjoyed seeing Le Petit Society Safari shirt! If you would like to see my other photos of Le Petit Society, please click the links below.

Le Petit Society Posts
Le Petit Society Safari Boy Shirt & Tribal Girl Shirts
Le Petit Society Lady’s Gray Safari Shirt + Mia Tui Purse
Le Petit Society Boy Outfits ☆ My First Le Petit Society Post!

Thank you for visiting!

Aga Khan Palace ☆ Pune India

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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 time very much and the best of all, my kids thanked me for taking them to the palace!

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My son got a lot of attention from the girls who were visiting the palace for a school field trip. I didn’t know that faux hawk is such a girl magnet.

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This photo below is my favorite one.

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I hope you enjoyed my photos.

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Aga Khan Palace
Samrat Ashok Road/Pune Nagar Road near Hyatt Pune

Other Related Posts
Weekend In Pune ☆ India ☆ Summary of our weekend trip to Pune
The Westin Pune Koregaon Park
The Jogger’s Park Kalyani Nagar
Baan Tao ☆ Dim Sum Restaurant At Hyatt Pune

Klyde Warren Park ☆ Dallas Texas

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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 do with our kids, my sister-in-law’s neighbor recommended Klyde Warren Park. It was perfect as we wanted a reasonably priced activity that entertains our kids well, can tire them out, and can be finished in time for us to put our toddler son to take a nap. Well, Klyde Warren Park is free! We loved ordering lunch from the food car parked along the Klyde Warren Park and eat outside before having gone to the park.

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I highly recommend Klyde Warren Park for any families who visit Dallas (I assume people who live there know about it). It was a gem. Klyde Warren Park was exactly what my kids miss in our life in Mumbai and they absolutely loved running around in a play ground getting splashed by the water in the hot weather. It was a bit warm for parents to watch the kids, but it was worth seeing our kids smile.

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 well.

I am inspired by Robyn and Dylan who founded and run the company. Their website is stylish and beautiful. The design of its clothes are adorable and quite comfortable. How do I know? Because I wear them. Please see my photos on the post about Safari Shirts post. More to come, too. Le Petit Society’s instagram stream is fun as well.

Some day I hope to meet le petit society team. It’s a funny world the blogging creates. What a wondrous world it is, too! I cannot imagine my world without my blog. I say this even though I have not blogged frequently in the recent past. Le Petit Society reminded me of its joy during the summer, though. Arigato!

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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 toddlers to elementary school kids) become great places to entertain active kids.

My Gym is based on membership and you enroll your child in a class. If you were to join for your toddler child, I highly recommend that you join with your friends. I find it more fun for you to go there with your friends. I joined thanks to my friend, Moniek, who told me about the promotion period to join My Gym and invited me and my son to join her, her daughter and their friends. I would have not been able to afford if it was not during the promotion period. (Please scroll down for a deal with My Gym I got for my readers.) It became a regular play date where I could see my friends and my son could see his friends.

Do not worry if your child won’t be able to sit during the class. Many 2-year-olds don’t. My son is definitely the type who would not sit and listen to instructions. In fact, I’m usually chasing after my son because he doesn’t want to participate and runs away from me. My Gym has about 10 to 15 minutes of class activities and after that, children have a free play time and are allowed to go to different stations to have play on their own. During the free play time, staff also creates different activity stations where kids are encouraged to try, but if your kids don’t want to try, it is okay.

Here’s another thing that sold me to My Gym. If you become a member, you can also take your child to what they call “practice and play” sessions which allow members to take their children to play for an hour at a designated time. The practice and play session hours are offered to different age groups throughout the day. There were two practice and play hours in the morning in a week where I thought my son could go, so that was very nice. I like to take my son to My Gym because it’s clean, safe with padded equipments and there are always a couple of My Gym employees who watch kids. It’s wonderful!

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When I joined in 2013, I joined during a promotional period. The discounted amount I paid was 18,000 Rs. (about US$300) for 16 sessions which is equivalent to a 4 months period. When you cannot make it to the class, they will not count that day and you can use a make-up day later, which is fantastic.

☆ Special Offer To Chuzai Living Readers ☆
Only At
☆ My Gym Bandra in Mumbai India ☆

If you tell that you saw this post on Chuzai Living when you register at My Gym Bandra in Mumbai, India, you will get the same promotion price as I did.

私のブログを見た、と登録の際言っていただくと、ムンバイのマイ・ジム・バンドラでのみ、私と同じプロモーション価格でご入会いただけます。

My Gym

The Silver Pearl, 402 4th Floor
Waterfield Road
Bandra – West
Mumbai, MA 400 050
PHONE: 96199 69496
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Just in case you are wondering, I am not affiliated with My Gym.

マイ・ジムの関係者ではありません。念のため。

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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 Celejor sweets and chocolate at her place and that made me want to go to Celejor to buy some for myself. You can see how she served the sweets at her place here. If you need a cake for a special occasion, they can accept your cake order up to a day prior to your need, so if you are in a rush or need a cake with a short notice, Celejor is a good option for you. Celejor delivers as well.

Celejor’s Menu can be seen on burrp page. Click here to view Celejor’s menu.

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Celejor Almond Loaf and Palmiers have become one of my favorite snacks…

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If you are expats or traveling in Mumbai and were to try local Indian sweets, I recommend going to Celejor. My Dutch friend says her favorite Indian sweets are these green pistachio sweet called Pista Katli.

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Recently I ordered a cake with a print of the Newcastle United emblem for my husband. It was fun to have it and delicious. Most importantly my husband liked the cake! The Newcastle United logo photo was printed on a thin sugar sheet. This is a less expensive option for a design cake compared to design cakes made with marzipan.

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Celejor

Shop No. 1, Oxford Center
Shahid Bhagat Singh Rd, Colaba
Mumbai, MH 400005
Phone: 022 2287 2733
Fax: +91 22 2287 2734
Email: admin@celejor.com

Shop No. 4, West View
S.V. Road, Santacruz West
Mumbai
Phone: 022 2605 9513

Pali Naka
Shop No. 1, Lourdes Haven Building
Pali Naka, Bandra West, Mumbai
Phone: 022 2604 2410

Bandra West Chapel Road
Shop No 7, Pearl Heaven
86 Chapel Road, Bandra West, Mumbai
Phone: 022 2651 3681

Mahim
47, Georgian House, Opposite Dominos
Next To Living Room, Lady Jamshedji Road
Mahim, Mumbai 400016
Phone: 022 4917 6443

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 Celejor sweets and chocolate at her place and that made me want to go to Celejor to buy some for myself. You can see how she served the sweets at her place here. If you need a cake for a special occasion, they can accept your cake order up to a day prior to your need, so if you are in a rush or need a cake with a short notice, Celejor is a good option for you. Celejor delivers as well.

Celejor’s Menu can be seen on burrp page. Click here to view Celejor’s menu.

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Celejor Almond Loaf and Palmiers have become one of my favorite snacks…

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If you are expats or traveling in Mumbai and were to try local Indian sweets, I recommend going to Celejor. My Dutch friend says her favorite Indian sweets are these green pistachio sweet called Pista Katli.

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Recently I ordered a cake with a print of the Newcastle United emblem for my husband. It was fun to have it and delicious. Most importantly my husband liked the cake! The Newcastle United logo photo was printed on a thin sugar sheet. This is a less expensive option for a design cake compared to design cakes made with marzipan.

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Celejor

Shop No. 1, Oxford Center
Shahid Bhagat Singh Rd, Colaba
Mumbai, MH 400005
Phone: 022 2287 2733
Fax: +91 22 2287 2734
Email: admin@celejor.com

Shop No. 4, West View
S.V. Road, Santacruz West
Mumbai
Phone: 022 2605 9513

Pali Naka
Shop No. 1, Lourdes Haven Building
Pali Naka, Bandra West, Mumbai
Phone: 022 2604 2410

Bandra West Chapel Road
Shop No 7, Pearl Heaven
86 Chapel Road, Bandra West, Mumbai
Phone: 022 2651 3681

Mahim
47, Georgian House, Opposite Dominos
Next To Living Room, Lady Jamshedji Road
Mahim, Mumbai 400016
Phone: 022 4917 6443

My India Through Instagram

Painted in Waterlogue

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 missing keys to write. At least we have one that I can use. I cannot complain. However, my life feels on hold. It’s not too bad, I must say.

You would think that I would spend more time doing something I don’t usually prioritize to do. Not the case for me at the moment. I end up spending more time on Instagram!

MY THOUGHTS on INSTAGRAM
MY INSTAGRAM

Can I just say Instagram is brilliant? I finally joined Instagram in January 2014. If you love photography, Instagram is more visually entertaining than any other social media outlets in my opinion. It is very easy to shoot, edit and post photos and incredibly fun to see the gallery of creative captures by the people you follow while you get a plenty of information.

Indeed, a picture is worth a thousand words.

I feel that Instagram allows you to connect with people more easily as well. In fact, I got reconnected with Stephanie of Just me, my soldier, and our 4 little chicks. I met Stephanie in Texas through my husband’s sister, my sister-in-law back when my husband and I were dating. That is, many many years ago. Not only did I feel honored to be reconnected with Stephanie who is a fantastic blogger, but she also featured my Instagram on her blog as one of her 5 Instagram favorites. I am so happy. Stephanie takes beautiful photos to document her expat life in Italy on Instagram. She, her blog and Instagram are very inspiring to me.

MY INDIA THROUGH INSTAGRAM

On this post I would like to share with you some photos I took in our current city, Mumbai, which I posted on my Instagram chuzailiving. They represent how I feel about my life in India.

I hope you will enjoy my photos.

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Chai

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Holi

Holi

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Jean-Claude Beguine Spa

Jean Claude Beguine

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American Girl Doll in Sari

Food

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Le 15 Patisserie

TH Bakes

TH Bakes Sugar Cookies

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Yauatcha Mumbai

the yoga house

Salad

Thai cooking class

thai cooking class

Streets

fruit vendor

fruit stand

graffiti

Street art Mumbai

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post office in Mumbai

Street

street of Mumbai

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Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

Taj Palace Hotel

Design

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Rangoli

good earth lanterns

Good Earth Lanterns

good earth lamp shades

Good Earth Lampshades

Jaipur plates

Indian Plates

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The Yoga House

The Yoga House interior

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Pali Village Cafe

rustic Indian design

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Mamagoto Mumbai

the baker’s dozen

The Baker's Dozen

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Women's India Trust

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rickshaw ride in Mumbai

Rickshaw

Without Instagram, this post would have not existed.

Many of these photos probably would have not been taken.

Without Instagram, why would I take a photo of my shoes on a rickshaw?
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My India is more vivid thanks to Instagram.

Now my goal is to not get obsessed and consumed by Instagram.

I want to live my life and see everything with my own eyes while making it possible to capture some precious moments for future keepsakes.

Can I do it?

I hope so.

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. Needless to say, I already fell in love with The Baker’s Dozen.

金曜日の発見ポストが遅れてしまい、申し訳ありません。結構良くある事なのですが、私生活で忙しくなると、どうしても趣味の域でしかないブログは二の次になってしまいます。

今回は、私の好きなパン屋さんをご紹介します。ユダヤ教のパンで編み込んであるハラーブレッドが私は大好きです。嬉しい事に、ムンバイのベイカーズダズンでは美味しいハラーブレッドを売っています。最初にベイカーズダズンと出会ったのは、フーデストというオンラインの食品のお店を通してでした。フーデストが私の注文を初めて届けてくれた時、ベイカーズダズンのハラーブレッドが入った紙袋があまりにも可愛いバッグだったので、強い印象が残りました。ベイカーズダズンのパンがお美味しかったので、即気に入りました。リクエストを訊いて頂けるなら、ニューヨークのベーグルも焼いて頂きたいな、なんて思います。デザインから入って行く私にとって、初めてフーデストを通してベーカーズのパンが届いた時、白い袋に可愛いタイプ文字でデザインされたバッグがとても可愛いと思いました。デザインやスタイルから入って行く私は、美味しいパンを作るお洒落なベイカーズダズンがすぐにお気に入りとなりました。

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I purchased banana walnut bread and Challah bread this time. They were delicious!

バナナウォールナッツブレッドとハラーブレッドを買って帰りました。美味しかったです!!

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The Baker’s Dozen
4, 13/B, Pali Road, Shakti Raj CHS
Pali Hill, Bandra West, Mumbai
PHONE: 022 26451313
*Next to Gold’s Gym

9, Jayant Apartment, Opposite Mercedes-Benz Showroom,, Near Century Bazaar, Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400025, India
PHONE:+91 99 20 101313
HOURS: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER

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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 to the beautiful videography done by FoxyMoron. I tried to enunciate each word and ended up sounding like… a terrible narrator with a Japanese accent or whatever accent it sounds like! Anyways, I am kneeling down on the ground to pay respect to FoxyMoron for their great visual work on the video.

Other bloggers who were featured on Beautiful Home on Yahoo! India are Esha Gupta of Design Pataki, Sahana Singh of Home is where the art is, and Aarohi of Art By Aarohi. They are all established well-known bloggers in India. I am humbled that Yahoo! India picked me to be grouped with all these beautiful and talented bloggers.

Thank you, Yahoo! India, FoxyMoron, and Asian Paints for this wonderful opportunity and featuring my home! It already became one of my best memories in my current home, Mumbai, India and it will be a great keepsake from India in the future!

To view the video, click the photo above or here.
Thank you!!

先月、Yahoo! Indiaさんとインドのデジタル・エージェンシーであるFoxyMoronさんと一緒にプロジェクトをする機会を与えて頂きました。Yahoo! Indiaが私のブログを見つけ、同サイトのLifestyleの中のBeautiful Homesというセクションの自宅紹介の中に入れて下さいました。ビューティフルホームズは、Asian Paintsというペンキのブランドがスポンサーしています。どうやってYahoo! Indiaさん目に留まったのかは分かりませんが、非常に光栄でした!

ビデオ作成で関わっていたヤフーインディアとフォクシーモロン(面白い名前ですよね。フォクシーとはセクシーとか魅力的という意味があり、モロンとは、脳たりん、能なし、ばかという意味があります。「セクシーな能なし」!)さんのスタッフは、とても才能のある20代前半の若者達ばかりでした!外見はとても若いのですが、仕事ぶりはとてもプロフェッショナルでしたよ。若いのに成功していて、すごいなと思いました。

ビデオナレーションをする機会を与えて頂いたのですが、結果はお恥ずかしい限りです。私の素人のナレーションが、とても素敵に出来上がったビデオと釣り合っていない気がしました。一言一言はっきりと話そうとしていたのが裏目に出て、おかしなアクセントの英語になってしまいました!素晴らしいビデオの仕上がりには、頭が下がって上がりません。

ヤフーインディアさんのライフスタイルのビューティフルホームで紹介されている他のブロガーのご自宅は、Design Patakiのエシャ・グプタさん, Home is where the art isのサハナ・シンさん、そしてArt By Aarohiのアロヒさんです。是非ご覧になって見て下さい。

ヤフーインドさん、フォクシーモロンさん、アジアン・ペイントさん、この様な特別な機会を与えて頂けた事を非常に感謝致します。今回このような素敵な自宅のビデオを作成して頂き、インドでの貴重な経験の一つとなりましたし、ビデオが将来インドを離れた時のとても大切な思い出となることと思います。

私の自宅のビデオをご覧になる場合は、上の写真をクリックするか、こちらをクリックして下さい。
ありがとうございました!

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!

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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!

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Some Locations in Mumbai

Bajaj Niwas, Linking Road,
Khar(W),
Mumbai – 400 052.
Tel: 022 6526 0711

Level 1, Skyzone Extn,
High Street Phoenix,
Lower Parel.
Tel: 022 6523 1234

Upper Ground Floor
Phoenix Market City Kurla,
L.B.S Marg, Kurla(W)
Tel: 022 61801233

For More locations in Mumbai, click here. There are many other locations all over India. They also ship to outside of India as well according to the store keeper.
ムンバイの他の店舗を探すのであれば、こちらをクリックして下さい。インド各地に店舗があるようで、ウェブサイトで店舗情報を入手できます。また、お店の方によると、インドの外にも郵送するそうですよ。

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 did not visit Jamu until the last month of our stay. It is such a shame. The good thing is that I’ve got to visit twice! I am eternally thankful to my Japanese friend, Kaori, who gave me the two opportunities to visit Jamu. Thank you, Kaori!! If you are an expat in Indonesia, I hope you take advantage of the wonderful spas available in Indonesia. Spas in Indonesia are something else. I don’t think I truly appreciated the spas in Indonesia until I left.

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Jamu is a wonderful place for the purpose of getting pampered in a true meaning with all natural materials as the name Jamu suggests. The cream bath at Jamu is probably the best among all the places I tried cream bath. Cream bath is a hair and massage treatment where the massage starts from the head and continues to the neck, shoulders and arms. It is divine and very relaxing. If you ever visit Indonesia, I highly recommend trying out a cream bath.

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Other Recommended Spas in Jakarta
That Are Popular Among Expats

I have posted two other spas in Jakarta in the past. Now with Jamu, I recommend all three of them for different reasons and they are very popular among the expats I know in Jakarta. I love Puri Santi for the combination of the service, ambiance and reasonable pricing. It is a great place to bring your out-of-town guests. I loved going to A Mi Casa in Kemang for getting a pedicure by myself for a quick pampering and it is the cheapest among three which is the reason why I went there for regular pedicure every time my feet felt like rocks.

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At the first visit, I had a cream bath and at the second visit, I had a massage treatment. Both were absolutely fantastic.

To read more about Jamu Concept, please click here.

Jamu
at Cipete, South Jakarta, Indonesia
Jl. Cipete VIII/94B Cipete,
South Jakarta, Indonesia
Tel : 021-765 9691
Fax: 021-765 9693
Email: jamujakarta@jamutraditionalspa.com

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Epilogue

There is another spa that I went with my great friend, Anita. She was so sweet to treat me to the spa and I absolutely loved their massage. I might say that their massage was one of the most relaxing. I would love to write about it, but I cannot find the photos or remember the name of the spa! One of many things that is tough about moving is losing information in the hectic transition. If I can find the information and photos, I hope to post them here. In the process of looking for the photos of the spa, I saw many photos of several places in Jakarta that I would love to share with you here especially for my readers in Indonesia and potential expats or visitors to Jakarta. Let’s hope that I will be organized enough to get my act together!

 

Want to know what other people thought of Jamu?

I posted about Jamu on my Facebook and I received very positive responses. I wanted to embed the post, but it’s not working well. Please click to see my Facebook page post and the comments. Thank you!

https://www.facebook.com/chuzailivingblog/posts/706017946116300

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 a hair cut by Raja. The word of mouth got around who saw her hair and now there are about 15 Japanese ladies who go to him thanks to her!

髪の毛が伸びっぱなしだし、パーマは伸びきった麺のようになってきていたので、ムンバイでヘアーサロンへ行く事にしました。海外に住んでいると、日本人スタイリストが居るサロンがあれば別ですが、日本人のサロンのようにカットをしてくれる人を探すのは至難の業です。

ムンバイでは、日本人の友人何人かが通っているサロンがあります。インドでは女性が髪を長くするのが人気なので、ショートカットが出来るスタイリストさんは少ないとか。同じサロンでショートカットをしてもらった日本人の友人の髪型が皆可愛いので、私も同じスタイリストさんにカットを頼む事にしました。名前はラジャさんとおっしゃいます。ラジャさんによると、友人Aさんがカットをした後、彼女の髪の毛を見て気に入った日本人女性が来てくれるようになり、今では15人程クライエントを抱えているとか。すごいですね!

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I brought my old photos and explained that I wanted big waves like I used to have.

You can see more photos of my hair before here.

自分の昔の写真を持って行き、同じ様な大きなウェーブをお願いしました。

以前のパーマの写真はこちらにあります。

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The hair stylist for perm brought these samples in the photo below, so I picked the far left one.

大きなウェーブをお願いしました。スタイリストさんがサンプルを持って来たので、一番左の様な感じ、とお願いしました。

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At this salon, the stylist who cut my hair and the stylist who permed my hair were different. (In Japan, usually one person takes care of both a haircut and perm.)

After I got my hair permed, I learned that SAKS don’t have many clients who would ask for perm, which I think is true in general at many other salons in this city. Apparently many wealthy people go get their hair done at a salon in the morning when they go out, so many women wouldn’t need to perm their hair.

サックスでは、髪の毛を切ってくれる人と髪の毛をパーマしてくれる人が別でした。日本とは違い、仕事が専門別に別れているのかもしれないですね。

パーマをした後、実はサックスではパーマを希望されるお客さんはあまり居ないと知りました。多分インド全体で、髪の毛にパーマをかける女性が少ないのだと思います。お金持ちの女性は、お出かけする前にヘアーサロンでスタイリグをしてもらうのは一般的なので、パーマをしてもらう必要が無いのだと思います。

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After the Haircut, Before the Perm.

ヘアカット後、パーマの前。

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I went to the salon three times in total for this time. The second time was to get the perm all over again because I had many patches of hair with no perm. The third time was to have the hair trimmed after the second perm as the haircut before perm needed some retouching.

I negotiated the price for perm with the salon. In the end, I paid 4500 Rs (US$75) for hair perm and 1800 Rs (US$30) for hair cut.

今回のカットとパーマのために、合計3回サロンへ行きました。2回目はパーマがちゃんとかかっていなかった箇所を直してもらうためだったのですが、結局パーマを掛け直す形となりました。3回目は、パーマ後の髪の毛を切ってもらうためでした。

ムンバイでも有名なサロンでのパーマの値段を元に、SAKSで言われたパーマ代金の値段を交渉しました。結局最終的に、パーマには4500ルピー(7500円くらい)とパーマに1800ルピー(3000円くらい)を払いました。

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This is Raja, the hair stylist who is popular among expats and can cut short hair well.

駐在員奥様方に人気で、ショートカットもカットできるスタイリストのラジャさん。

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I was hoping for a big natural wavy hair style like I did before, but somehow ended up getting small spiral curls that look like I popped out of 80’s. It took me a while to take it in at first. Now I’m used to it. You know what? Hair grows. No big deal.

自然な大きいウェーブパーマを希望した所、サンプルを持って来てくれ、一番左のような感じで、とお願いをしました。それなのに、出来上がったらスパイラルで、まるで80年代のパーマ。今は見慣れましたが、希望していた髪型とは違い、慣れるまで時間がかかりました。でも髪の毛は伸びますからね。気にしない事にしました。

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Would I go back to SAKS? Sure.

今回の体験で、またSAKSへ戻るかですか?また行きたいと思っています。

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!

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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。

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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。

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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 know the location. Thus, I could only catch up with my mommy friends for a little bit and they all left because their one-hour time ran out! My son had fun, though!

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My Notes…

1. I think it would be more fun for moms to go to Hop n Bop with their friends.

2. If you go to Hop n Bop with friends, make sure you arrive and enter at the same time as your entry is timed.

3. The Hop n Bop play ground is for kids up to 8, but it might best serve for toddlers and preschoolers.

Side Note: If you are looking for a place to entertain slightly older kids such as kindergartener and 1st graders, you might want to check into Funky Monkey in Lower Parel as well.

4. Don’t forget your socks (for adults)!

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Hop n Bop

444, The Corporate Lounge
2nd Floor, Linking Road
Khar (west) 400052
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 400052
PHONE: 226197400 / 2266197401
EMAIL: info@hopnbop.in
HOURS: 11:00 am – 7:30 pm

Classes are also offered at Hop n Bop. Please check here for their classes.

FINDING LOCATION TIP

If your driver does not know where it is, please look for The hab on Linking Road, which, by the way, is a craft store that looks beautiful. Hop n Bop is on the 2nd floor of the same building.

PRICE

I could not find the price information, so please use this as a guideline as I wrote this with my memory. Please do contact Hop n Bop for the information. The price might be subject to change.
I think I paid 450 Rupees (about US$7.50) for the first hour and 200 Rupees (US$3.50) for the second hour.

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Photo taking at Hop n Bop is not allowed. I almost always ask an owner or manager of establishments if I could take photos inside, but for some reason I completely forgot to do so this time. I assumed that it would be okay to take photos, so I carried on. My activity was reported to the owner and when I was making the payment at the front desk, I was asked to delete all the photos. I explained my reason for photo taking. I was very embarrassed as I agree that I really should have asked for a permission to take photos. In the end the owner of Hop n Bop kindly allowed me to keep some photos which I shared with you on this post. Thank you so much!!

PHOTOGRAPHY

Unlike my usual posts, all the photos on this post were taken with my iPod Touch camera, which I also use for my Instagram. As some of you might have guessed that my instagram posts are more likely latergram unless I’m home to take photos and post them right away.

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 see the original on this post.

ブログ「Humans of New York(ニューヨークの人々)」をもう多くの方は知っているか、既にフォローしているかと思います。写真家であるBrandon Stanton(ブランドン・スタントン)は、何かに夢中になるとのめり込んでしまうとか。彼は、ニューヨーク市の見知らぬ人々の写真を撮ると決め、その活動は多くの人々を魅了して来ました。一枚の写真と簡単な解説が、これほどまで人の心を打つのかと感心、感動しました。私は、「Humans of New York(ニューヨークの人々)」をフェイスブック上でフォローしています。新しい写真が載っているのを見ると、今度はどんな新しいストーリーがあるのかとわくわくします。

初めて「Humans of New York」を知ったのは、Time Ideasというタイム・マガジンのブログに掲載された記事、30 Under 30ーHumans of New York(ニューヨークの人々)の「カメラマン、ブランドン・スタントンに訊く」を通してでした。下に、タイムマガジンのブログ記事にある彼のビデオインタビューを掲載させて頂きます。

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The best is to visit Humans of New York, but here are a few out of many that struck me or left me thinking.

Humans of New Yorkを見る方が一番良いかと思うのですが、私の心に残った多くの写真の一例はこちら。

 

via Humans of New York

“I was engaged eight years ago, but my fiancee died in Iraq. After that, I promised myself that I’d never be that dependent on someone again. So after I met my husband, I fought marriage for the longest time. But we got married in September. And even though I was rebelling against it, and I always saw it as a meaningless formality, I’ve been surprised. There’s a comfort in knowing that you’re sworn to someone else.”

 

via Humans of New York

“I’m 86. And that’s about enough. I’m ready to go.”
“Aren’t you afraid of death?”
“Why would I be?”
“Isn’t that sort of a natural condition of living?”
“Not when you miss your husband as much as I do.”

 

via Humans of New York

“I want to be a princess hairdresser.”
“What’s going to be the hardest part about being a princess hairdresser?”
“Cutting Rapunzel’s hair.”

 

via Humans of New York

“It’s kinda weird having a child of my own, because I’m seeing all the things that my father missed.”

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 I recommend them all! We would have been lost without my husband’s colleague’s help. Thank you, Mel! With additional help from Tripadvisor, we picked three restaurants.

Here you go!

 

Hotel Venite Restaurant

 

If you would like to experience what is Goa about from a certain angle, I believe this restaurant kind of sums it up for you: eclectic, vintage, quirky, unique, a bit of colonial twist, etc. Goa is known for its club scene which reminds me of Bali in Indonesia. We are not in that scene for grown-ups any more (with three kids? No), so it was kind of cool to be able to experience a bit of the hip environment through this restaurant. The food? The food was great! It was delicious. I recommend Venite for the whole Goa experience.

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Hotel Venite Restaurant
31st January Rd, Panjim, Goa, India
HOURS: Mon – Sat: 9:00 am – 10:30 pm
Cash Only
TEL: 0832-2425537 / 9850467008
FACEBOOK

 

Mum’s Kitchen

 

When in Goa, you’ve got to experience Goan food. Right? So, here is a recommendation for the traditional Goan food. The prawns my husband ordered was so fresh and delicious. The Goan sausage curry was very spicy, but great! It was a very family friendly restaurant.

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Mum’s Kitchen
854, Martins Building, D.B. Street
Panjim-Miramar Road, Goa 403 001
EMAIL: mumskitchengoa@gmail.com

Mrs. Suzette Martin’s
+91 9011095557
mumskitchengoa@gmail.com

Mr. Rony Martins
+91 9822175556
mumskitchengoa@rediffmail.com

 

Calamari Beach Shack

 

On our last night in Goa, we went to Calamari Beach Shack. Since we were in Goa, on the southeast coast of India facing the Arabian Ocean, we thought that it would be nice to see the sun setting down in the Arabian Ocean. We had great fun and the food and ambiance were just what we needed! It was nice for kids to be able to play at the beach for a bit before it got dark. The water was quite rough and I was again glad that I picked Cidade de Goa as the water there was much calmer and felt safer with our kids.

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Do you remember the first time you walked on the sand?

Was it like this?

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I feel like he’s saying “Mom, why are you looking at me like that?”

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My husband and I don’t have many couple pictures. I’m usually the one behind the lens, so inevitably we would not be in photos together, but also I think that in general many men do not have a desire to be in photos. Anyways, my husband said on this evening “Let’s take photos together. Why don’t we ask our girls to take our photos?” He probably has no idea how happy I was to be asked to be in photos with him!

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I actually do not feel good about how I look in this photo above, but you know what? This is how I look, then I have to accept it. I love that my kids are in the photo with me.

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Dando Beach | Candolim, Candolim, Bardez, India
Landmark: Opposite of Santana Beach Resort
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☆ RECOMMENDATIONS IN GOA by a GOAN ☆

I’d like to share with you an awesome recommendation made by my husband’s colleague who is from Goa. The best kind of recommendations is those made by the people who know the area really well and what we would be interested in! Isn’t this awesome?

Places to visit:
1) Palolem Beach in South Goa (known for the beautiful sunset view)

2) Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa – relics of St. Francis Xavier in a tomb, inside the Basilica, which is believed to be more than 400 years old.

3) Se Cathedral, Old Goa – its opposite Basilica of Bom Jesus

4) Dudhsagar Falls (drive 60-70 kms from Panjim)

5) Anjuna Flea market

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1) Souza lobo Calangute beach (North Goa)

2) St. Anthony’s Baga Beach (North Goa)

3) Britto’s Baga Beach (North Goa)

4) Tito’s Baga beach (North Goa) (not for kids)

5) Mum’s Kitchen Miramar Beach (North Goa, close to Panjim, near Times of India Building)

6) Venite’s Panjim (North Goa – on the way to Miramar Beach)

7) Quarterdeck Panjim (on the way to Miramar Beach)

8) Viva Panjim Panjim (Tel: 0832-2422405 – House No. 178, 31st January Road, Fontainhas, Behind Mary Immaculate High

School, Panjim, North Goa)
9) George’s Panjim (North Goa – at the foot of Panjim church)

10) Martin’s Corner Betalbatim (South Goa — near Hotel Alila Diva; 5-7 minutes’ drive from Park Hyatt resort in South Goa)

11) Curly’s Beach Shack – Anjuna (North Goa)

12) Calamari Beach Shack – Candolim (North Goa)

13) Wok n Roll Oriental food (North Goa) south-east cuisine – near Aguada Anchorage, Sinquirim, Candolim)

14) L’Orange Barbaque and Goan food (North Goa – Near Magnum resort, Candolim)

Must eat Goan dishes

1) Baangda (Mackarel) or Pomfret Reachado (Fish fry – stuffed with the goan reachado masala)

2) Chicken/Prawn/mutton Xacuti (gravy dish)

3) Rawa (semolina) fried squids (calamari), prawns, mussels (dry starter)

4) Goan fish curry with Goan rice (goan rice called Ukkada)

5) Vindaloo (Pork or Chicken or Fish) – gravy

6) Goan pork sausages chilly fry (spicy dry dish – no chillies though, just the goan sausages, with mainly tomatoes and onions)

7) Chicken Cafreal (gravy)

8) Pork Sorpotel (gravy dish)

9) Ambot Tik curry (mostly Shark fish or any other fish – its sour-spicy gravy dish)

10) Prawn or fish balchao

11) Bombil fry (Bombay duck fish fried in semolina – dry dish – not spicy)

12) Beef chilly fry (dry dish – no chillies though, just the goan sausages, with mainly tomatoes and onions)

Sweets

1) Doss
2) Dodhol
3) Pinnaq
4) Bebinca

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

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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 Jakarta looked like this below.

Click here for the photos of a guest bedroom in our previous home in Jakarta.

I like the idea of painting. I actually have the same exact bird wall decal in white that I used in the guest bedroom in our previous home shown in the above photo. I thought about painting our current guest bedroom in our home in Mumbai, India, but it’s a lot of work and cost money.

Then I saw this bed cover at Sanctum in Bandra, Mumbai. I thought to myself, this could be it! It was the easiest and low cost makeover of the room that I really love. The colors go well with our favorite Nishijima paintings, too.

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I featured Sanctum on my blog. Please click here to see photos of the Sanctum Store!

I always love seeing before and after photos right next to each other. So, here they are.

BEFORE & AFTER

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What do you think?

How To Wear A Saree / 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.

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2. Place a sari’s pleats in front of you and figure out where on your waist one end of a sari needs to go.

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++Stitching++

I requested my sari to be stitched. Pleats can be stitched for your liking. I recommend this to foreigners especially because not only will it make it much easier for you to wear it, but it’ll save you a lot of time.

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3. Tuck in the top end into the petticoat.

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4. After you finish tucking in all the way to the pleats, you hold the left hand side of a sari and put it around your back. The sari should come out under your right arm. Then you hang the rest of the long part of a sari on your left shoulder.

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Accessorize

Sari looks great with accessories. You need to go bold and accessorize with big size earrings, necklace, bangles, bindi etc so that they are not shadowed by your sari.

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You can mix and match with different bangles.

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Blouses are all order made. You need to calculate about 4 days from the day you purchase to the day you can wear your sari. The tailors tend to make it quite tight, so be aware when you are being measured and express your concern if you feel that the measurement is too tight.

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Voila!

I will share my shopping experience here and introduce where I purchased my sari and the accessories in the future.

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.

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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 ☆ Purchase with Purpose Mumbai and you’ll find their links.

iSanctuaryは、私がムンバイに来てから大好きになったジュエリーブランドです。iSanctuary、オリジナルデザインのジュエリーを通して人身売買に関する情報をより多くの人に理解してもらう活動を行っています。iSanctuaryのジュエリーにご興味がある方は、私のMonday Mode ☆ iSanctuary ☆ Purchase with Purpose Mumbaiのブログの記事を読んで下さい。リンクを載せてあります。

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I do my self portraits for fashion posts. I asked my husband for a remote control for my camera at last Christmas. I have not used it so much, but now it doesn’t work so well… Sometimes it takes photos, sometimes it doesn’t and I have to point the remote control closer to the receiver. It wasn’t like that at the beginning. Could it be because of low battery?

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Do you see a little remote control in the photo above?

Then these….

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Is this remote really working…?

SNAP!

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I ♥ iSanctuary.
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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.

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3. For Hindu weddings, the writings on the very top on an invitation card is written in Sanskrit, a holy language of Hinduism and a scholarly literary language in India. (It is different from Hindi.)

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4. There are still many families in India who still practice arranged marriages. Mothers of daughters start looking for a candidate for their daughters’ future husbands when the daughters are still very young.

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5. A bride’s family give their groom’s family and relatives gifts. Normally diamonds or gold jewelries are given. This is the reason why when parents have a girl, they start saving all the valuables from the daughter’s early age to save money for her wedding.

6. Often times, brides’ families pay for the transportation as well as lodging for the out-of-town family members who attend the wedding.

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7. There is a wedding celebration called Sangeet, which is a party held a few days before the wedding ceremony to give blessings to the bride and groom by families and friends with music and dancing.

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8. After a Hindu woman gets married, she wears a black necklace with gold, toe rings, red bindi or sindoor which is a red cosmetic powder that women wear along the parting of their hair and green glass bangles. I asked my Hindi teacher if there is anything that Indian men wear to indicate that they are married and she said no. Apparently men do not have to wear anything to show that he is married or not. Interesting…

I hear that many women like to wear a sari to a wedding here. I don’t have one. I would love to get one eventually.

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 can see it here.

The following year, I was still nursing twice a day, but my breast size has shrunk, so I thought that maybe I could squeeze myself in. Not a chance. I wore a dress that I purchased 2 years prior to that year which I did not get to wear as the gown arrived after the banquet. My luck! However, the upside of it is that I got to wear it in 2012. Here is the photo of the gown.

So finally, at my third trial, I was able to zip up my dress!!! Hooray!!! I. could. not. breath… Joke aside, it was fortunate that I was able to put it on because otherwise I would have just worn the dress I wore last year. I could not motivate myself to find a tailor, pick a design, find a fabric and have it tailor-made. That’s a lot of work! I am very glad it worked out.

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I went to Jean-Claude Biguine for my evening updo. I never go get my hair done. When I got married, I had short hair, so I just styled it myself. The last three years when I was in Jakarta, I didn’t do get my hair done, either. I just can’t justify paying that kind of money. It’s just not my priority. But this year, I thought I’d try it. It was fun! However, when I looked at the bill, my chin dropped. INR 4000. This is about US$65 with the current exchange rate. With a tip it ended up being US$70. That was expensive to me and I was shocked to learn that a hair updo can cost that much in India. I was, however, glad I did it because I think the hair complimented the dress. I finally understand that there is a reason why people get their hair done professionally for dressing up.

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This is the only photo I have with my husband for this year. I didn’t want to drag my camera out to a venue when I’m wearing my gown. It does not look good. My big camera does not fit in my small clutch, either. I’m happy that I took some photos before we left.

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5歳の娘に撮ってもらった写真です。

ドレスを着てみて、妊娠している訳ではありませんよ〜、と付け加えておかないと、何か思われそうだなと感じました。ちょっとデザインがマタネティーっぽいですよね。というのは、このドレスを買ったのは、2年前の丁度妊娠初期でした。オンラインショッピングだったので、試着をした訳でもなく自分の普段の胸囲からサイズを選んだら、小さくて入りませんでした。

妊娠したことがある方はきっとお分かりですが、妊娠すると胸囲だけでなく、胸郭もかなり広がるんですね。胸郭下部が既に広がっていて、2年前の妊娠中はドレスを着る事はできませんでした。そこで、2011年の宴会にはこのようなドレスを急遽仕立ててもらいました。

妊娠後、まだ授乳中ではあったけれど、一日2回の授乳に回数を減らしていたため、胸囲もかなり妊娠前に戻っていたように感じたので、ドレスを着れるかと思ったら、まだ去年の時点でも駄目でした。その2012年の年は、2010年にオーダーしたドレスが宴会の後に届いたことから、着た事がなかったので、そちらの方を着ました。その写真はこちらです。

3度目の正直で、今年はやっとドレスを着る事ができました。やった〜!でも息が吸えないかも。。。?って言う感じにきつかったです。でも入って良かった!入らなかったら、去年着たドレスをもう一度着る事になると思っていたので、嬉しかったです。インドとは言え、引っ越し直後に仕立て屋さんを探し、デザインを選び、布を探し、ドレスを仕立てるというのは労力の居る仕事なので、とても出来ませんでした。

髪の毛は、Jean-Claude Biguineでやってもらいました。結婚した時は髪の毛が短かったので、自分の結婚式の日でさえ髪の毛のスタイリングをしてもらわなかったし、インドネシアに住んでいた時も自分で適当にやっていたので、今回初めて髪の毛をイブニング用にセットしてもらいました。4000ルピー(ほぼ6500円くらい)と私にはとても高く、しかもインドでこのお値段でビックリでしたが、でもやって良かったとは思います。私の性格上、こういう事にこれだけのお金を掛ける事がないので、罪悪感がありました。でもドレスを着てみると、アップにした髪の毛がドレスを引き立ててくれるのが分かり、プロの人に頼む理由が分かった気がしました。

パーティーにはカメラを持って行かなかったので、この日の写真はこれで全部です。ドレスに大きなカメラを担いで行くのは似合わないし、忘れるといけないと思ったので、辞めました。クラッチに入るサイズのカメラがあれば良かったです。

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 also love organic food. Once you get there, you forget where you are. I didn’t hear any street noises. Instead, the live music with a guitar and violin by the entrance accompanied our shopping. Everything was very reasonable. The market was small, but it was still great. The best part to me was that I walked away feeling relaxed. There is something about this market that was very peaceful and relaxing.

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I am thankful for Kati for having invited me to go to the Organic Farmers’ Market in Maharashtra Nature Park with her. I will definitely go back. As Kati says, the dosa made by the lemonade stand lady, is definitely worth a visit. That dosa was amazing. The coconut garnish in green to go with dosa made it divine. I think I can just eat the garnish like a bowl of soup. If you go to the dosa stand which was on the far left as you enter the market, make sure you get a yellow number token from her table. The wait was pretty long as she only has one hot plate to make dosa and there were many people wanting to get her dosa. She was a very popular lady and people were willing to wait to get her famous dosa.

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The Organic Farmers’ Market at Maharashtra Nature Park only opens from October to March (and it is closed during the monsoon months)! Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity to shop organic goods in an open air market in Mumbai!

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The Farmers’ Market
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Maharashtra Nature Park
Main Gate & Special Gate
Maharashtra Nature Park (MNP)
Bandra Sion Link Road
Near Dharavi Depot
Dharavi Mumbai, 400017

For more directions, click here.

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 achieve a goal and dedicate your time and energy for it, you can realize it.

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I met Liz for the first time through Jaime. I always knew her as a working mom with the U.S. Air Force which I was already impressed with. Until Jaime told me that Liz was going to illustrate for her book, I had no idea that she was an artist. She totally surprised me with her talent. I love the soft lines of color pencils in the illustrations which feel very warm. At the time when she was drawing for the book, her boys were very young and I was impressed that she had managed to find the time to illustrate. It seems that I can’t find enough time to do everything I need to do these days!

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Adrian’s Adventures in Indonesia teach children (and adults) about Indonesia’s different islands, their natural habitats and the environments with words and illustrations. It would make a great gift for children who have lived there for memorabilia and for children who are moving to Indonesia in the future to get them excited about their own new adventures. For someone moving to Indonesia, what can be more appropriate than to give “Adrian’s Adventures in Indonesia” as a farewell present? Even if you don’t have any ties with Indonesia, this would be a great book to teach children about Indonesia.

“Adrian’s Adventures in Indonesia” is available at the following stores online.
amazon.com
Barnes & Noble.
*The author would love it if you could write a review of the story on the sites if you have already read the book!

If you are in Indonesia, you can order the book online or ask your local bookstore to order it or stock it.

I would like to also add that a portion of the proceeds from the book will support the fight against child trafficking.

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