Afternoon Tea At The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

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Afternoon Tea at The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai was one thing my Japanese friends requested to be included in the plans when they came to visit Mumbai. I was going to show them Gateway of India and The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, so I planned one day around the afternoon tea at Sea Lounge in the Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai which starts at 3:30 p.m. We went to Churchgate Station and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus first, then went to The Pantry to have some snack, San-Cha Tea Boutique, and Filter in Kala Ghoda before heading to the Gateway of India and The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. I have been to the afternoon tea at Sea Lounge in The Taj Mahal once before, but I was there with my kids. It’s not the most relaxing afternoon tea if you go to a nice hotel like Taj Mahal Palace Hotel with your young […]

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai

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When my Japanese friends came to visit, I took them to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus which is also known as CST for short. I picked the location because I thought that it would be fun for them to see the magnificent architecture that has been featured in many places and named as the Unesco World Heritage Site. We went and checked out CST first and then moved onto the area little further south called Kala Ghoda. Here is a little summary of the background of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is a historic railway station in Mumbai, India which was named in honor of the 17th-century king Chhatrapati Shivaji, a founder of the Maratha Empire. The station was known as Victoria Terminus until it was renamed to the current name in March, 1996. The station was designed by an English architectural engineer, Frederick William Stevens with influences from Victorian […]

San Cha Tea Boutique ☆ Kala Ghoda Mumbai

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I learned about San Cha Tea Boutique in Kala Ghoda by accident. I wanted to take my friends who were visiting us in Mumbai to the famous Kala Ghoda Cafe in Fort. As San Cha Tea Boutique stands on the right side of Kala Ghoda Cafe, we walked by the San Cha shop and noticed it. We all could not help but peek into the San Cha Tea Boutique from the window because the store looked so beautiful. Unfortunately, Kala Ghoda Cafe’s wait was long, so we couldn’t get a table. We went to The Pantry Cafe instead which was right around the corner and it was actually another cafe that I have wanted to try, so that worked out great! After we had a yummy lunch at the cute Pantry Cafe, we walked back towards Kala Ghoda Cafe. As we walked by the San Cha Tea Lounge, my friend […]

Firefly ☆ Beautiful Holiday Villa in Alibaug

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Our good friends in Mumbai, Kati and JP, booked a vacation home called Firefly in Alibag on Airbnb for a weekend in April and invited us to join them. Alibag is a small coastal town located approximately 108 km south of Mumbai. By the way, isn’t Airbnb an amazing concept? It was founded in 2008, only 7 years ago, and Airbnb seems to have become a huge trend for travelers these days. Just in case if you are wondering, this post is neither requested or sponsored. It just happened that my husband was traveling during the weekend when our friends booked to go to Firefly, so he could not join us. It’s always a bit intimidating to travel with three kids by myself (not really as I went there with my friends, but you know what I mean), but I decided to make this weekend at Firefly happen because Alibag […]

Friday Finds ☆ Sanjay Gandhi National Park Mumbai India

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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. […]

Ccaza Ccomodore Alibag

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Some of my friends in Mumbai have stayed at Ccaza Ccomodore Alibag. Alibag is a great quick vacation destination from Mumbai which is only a 3-hour drive. In addition to Alibag, another good destination from Mumbai for a long weekend without a hassle of flying is Pune. My friends who stayed at Ccaza Ccomodore Alibag always spoke highly of the Ccaza Ccomodore bungalow, but I never thought to go there with my family. After staying at Ccasa Ccomodore in Alibag for my yoga teacher training retreat, my experience was much like “a picture is worth thousand words”. Now I would love to bring my family to Alibag. Ccaza Ccomodore is known among expats. It has 3 bedrooms and one additional guest room in a small building. When you book, you would have to book the whole house. During the yoga teacher training retreat, there were 13 of us adults staying […]

Qin Wei Guan ☆ Shaanxi Cuisine Restaurant In Taipei

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Qin Wei Guan is one of our friend’s favorite restaurants in Taipei. We purposely did not eat much for lunch to prepare for our dinner at Qin Wei Guan since they warned us that we would eat so much. Qin Wei Guan serves dishes from the Shaanxi Province of China. Shaanxi cuisine is influenced by the numerous Muslims living in the area called Shaanxi Province (陝西). To accommodate local palettes in Taiwan, the owner Lin Hui-lin (林惠玲) has added fish, pork, and tofu to the menu. (via Taipei Times) To learn more about Chin Wei Guan, I recommend reading two articles. One is this blog post by iEATTAIWAN. The other is a restaurant review of Qin Wei Guan on Taipei Times. There were surprisingly more vegetarian dishes that I thought. I especially loved the dish made with tofu skin. I could have it everyday! Other fried vegetable and noodle dishes […]

Yilan Taiwan Part 3 ☆ Spring Onion Farm

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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

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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 […]