Wallpaper City Guide Mumbai

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I love flipping pages of the Wallpaper* City Guide Mumbai to read about places and view the gorgeous photos. It is a lovely and helpful city guide for any locals, expats and travelers who love to discover the trendiest in terms of design and style in a city. Having lived in Mumbai for 2 years and looked at the guide book, I can attest to the fact that the Wallpaper* City Guide Mumbai lists carefully selected coolest and hippest places in Mumbai. Wallpaper* City Guides cover more than 100 cities such as Tokyo, Austin, Washington, D.C., Singapore, and Jakarta where I have lived. If you would like to see the list of cities, please click here. Wallpaper* City Guide Mumbai has launched in August, 2015. Wallpaper* City Guides are published by a British publisher of books on the visual arts, Phaidon. They are “pocket-sized travel bibles which reveal a city’s […]

Dhobi Ghat Mumbai Open Air Clothes Washing Colony

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Dhobi Ghat In Mumbai Dhobi Ghat is a famous open air clothes washing colony in Mumbai, India. It is one of the popular tourist attractions in Mumbai. The washers who work there are called “dhobis” and the term “Dhobi Ghat” is used all over India to refer to the places where many washers congregate to work. (information via Wikipedia) There are tours for Dhobi Ghat which I know many expats and tourists do. Also I have heard that it is easily seen from the flyover bridge of Mahalaxmi Station. When my Japanese friends came to visit, I decided to take them to Dhobi Ghat. Since we had a busy schedule from lunch time to the late afternoon, I decided to bring my friends to the flyover to show Dhobi Ghat. The course for the first day in Mumbai for my Japanese friends included Britannia & Company for lunch, Starbucks Coffee […]

Gateway of India In Mumbai

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GATEWAY OF INDIA The Gateway of India is the most famous monument in Mumbai. It might be the most popular tourist site in Mumbai as you can see The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel from there. The Gateway of India which overlooks the Arabian Sea was built during the British Raj in India as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. ☆The word “raj” in Hindi means “rule”. The British Raj is British rule in the Indian subcontinent between 1858 and 1947. The Gateway of India used to be the arrival point for visitors from the west during the British Raj. Ironically, when the British Raj ended in 1947, the last of the British ships sailed off to England from the Gateway of India as well. Information via gatewayofindia.co.in, Mumbai.org.uk, mumbainet.com Architectural Design Of Gateway Of India The Gateway of India has a height […]

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 Airbnb Villa In Alibaug

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Firefly is a beautiful holiday villa in Alibaug that you can rent through Airbnb. (☆The Firefly farm house seems to not be listed on Airbnb any longer.) Alibaug is a small coastal town located approximately 108 km south of Mumbai and it takes about 3 hours by car from Mumbai. I find Alibaug an easy weekend get-away for relaxation especially for city dwellers in Mumbai. Firefly gave us the place to enjoy the nature and escape into the peaceful time away from the city. Our good friends in Mumbai, Kati and JP, booked Firefly for a weekend in April and invited us to join them. 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 […]

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 […]