Friday Finds ☆ Sanjay Gandhi National Park Mumbai India

Sanjay Gandhi Natinal Park Mumbai-3

Who would’ve known that Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai, India would look like another part of India and nothing like the urban areas of Mumbai? It was quite a pleasant surprise to see the lush landscape and lovely nature at Sanjay Gandhi National Park which is about an average of 30 to 50 minute drive from many city areas in Mumbai on any given day (except for when there is traffic on a highway). Elephanta Island vs. Kanheri Caves at Sanjay Gandhi National Park ☆ Please understand that I’m writing this from a perspective of a mother with a toddler. I am sure that I would have had different perspectives, had I been at a different stage of my life. My friend and her family came to visit us in Mumbai from another part of the world. They showed an interest in going to Elephanta Island during their stay. […]

Yilan Taiwan Part 3 ☆ Spring Onion Farm

Yilan Spring Onion Country-2

On the same day we traveled to Yilan, Taiwan from Taipei on a fast train, our friends, Josh and Kara, took us to a spring onion farm because Yilan is famous for spring onions. (Please give me a few more days to check the name of this place.) Kids got to wear boots and go pick spring onions. As you can see in the photos below, after picking some spring onions, they washed them and then made spring onion/scallion pancakes. Those pancakes were delicious!!! The crispy outside layer has a lovely texture and an accent flavor of scallions spreads in your mouth with each bite. We all scarfed them down. My son who was 2 at the time was too young to go. Thus, I stayed behind with him. Can you tell he was envious? The spring onion picking only took about 10 minutes. It was really quick. I’ve got […]

Yilan Taiwan Part 2 ☆ Forte Dong-Shan Villa

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Hotel Forte Dong-Shan Villa was great for our small trip to Yilan, an hour train ride from Taipei. It is located in the same premises as the National Center For Traditional Arts which made our trip so much easier to access the National Center For Traditional Arts. For those who stayed there get some free coupons to do the arts and crafts which was a big bonus for our kids. As for the location, the hotel was about 15-minute taxi ride from Luodong Railway Station and the fare was inexpensive. On the second day we checked out of our rooms on the second day after having a breakfast and then walked to the National Center For Traditional Arts for the day filled with fun arts and craft. Our friends, Kara & Josh, who live in Taipei arranged everything for us for this Yilan Trip. We were so lucky. The room […]

Yilan, Taiwan Part 1 ☆ National Center For Traditional Arts

National Center For Traditional Arts Yilan Taiwan-9

National Center For Traditional Arts in Yilan was nothing short of an amazing and entertaining place for our kids. Thanks to Kara and Josh, we made a quick two-day trip to Yilan from Taipei. We got on a fast train from Songshan Station in Taipei and it only took us an hour to get to our destination, Loudong Station. The tickets were reserved and purchased by our friends in advance. Pretty amazing. From Loudong Station, a taxi ride to National Center For Traditional Arts, where our hotel was also located, took about 15 minutes and it was inexpensive. There were many activities for kids to do and our kids had a blast. When you explore their website, I don’t think you can tell how entertaining it is for young kids to be at National Center for Traditional Arts to do arts and craft. I find the photos on Tripadvisor explain […]

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 […]

Jogger’s Park in Kalyani Nagar ☆ Pune India

The Damodar Ravji Galande Patil Park is better known as a Jogger’s Park Kalyani Nagar among the locals and expats who live in Pune. It has a really nice grassy area where many families gather during the opening hours. They close between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Since the weather in Pune is much cooler than it is in Mumbai, it is beautiful to go there just to hang out. We saw many people sit on the grass and chat or play with their kids. If you are traveling from Mumbai by car and plan on taking your kids to the Jogger’s Park, I recommend bringing a frisbee or ball. I believe that eating is not allowed in the park. My friend introduced me to a really cute local cafe only a few minute walk from the Jogger’s Park which would be a perfect place for the visitors to go […]

Weekend In Pune ☆ India

Damodar Ravji Galande Patil Garden

Sometimes we have so many social engagements for our kids over a weekend that I feel like I don’t really spend time with them. I chaperon my kids everywhere to their activities or parties, have a play date, feed them, socialize with our friends, and a weekend is done. My oldest daughter is 9 years old. I’m at the half way point till she will take off to go to collage. If the next 9 years will go by as fast as the last 9 years have gone, the day to send her off to collage will come before I know it. A weekend trip to Pune was a nice remedy for my thought. I loved that I was with my kids: Talking to them, seeing them play, and relaxing with them. It was nothing extravagant, but it was special to me. So, you might be thinking, what’s in Pune? […]

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 […]

My Gym ☆ Kids Activity Gym in Mumbai

My Gym Bandra Mumbai-3

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 […]