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!
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.
The hair stylist for perm brought these samples in the photo below, so I picked the far left one.
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.
After the Haircut, Before the Perm.
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.
This is Raja, the hair stylist who is popular among expats and can cut short hair well.
Since 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.
Would I go back to SAKS? Sure.
I feel fortunate that Asian food restaurants are widely available in Mumbai. Singkong is a contemporary Pan-Asian food restaurant located in the heart of Khar West. Someone told me that the name Singkong came from the combination of Singapore and Hongkong. Singkong’s food is definitely Chinese inspired Asian food and I hear that the Chinese food you can get in Singapore and Hongkong is the top notch. Singkong is on the first floor above another great restaurant called Sancho’s which is a Mexican food restaurant, which is one of our favorite restaurants in town. I went to Singkong with my friend back in September 2013, but it took me this long to write about it. It is simply because back then I had a lot of posts to write about from my time in Indonesia and after that the time got away from me.
At Singkong several dishes I tried were quite spicy, but I thought they were great. I am sure they have some dishes that are not spicy and great for kids to have. In fact, it was my friend who introduced me to Singkong said her children love Singkong. Their dishes tend to be more on the salty side, but I find it quite common in Mumbai. I liked Singkong for overall experience and I would definitely go back.
Pinnacle House, Junction of P. D. Hinduja Road
15th Road, Linking, Road, Bandra
Sancho Restaurant & Cantina, Mumbai
Pali Village, Khar West, Bandra
Maharashtra 400050, India
PHONE: +91 22 6709 4444
HOURS: 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
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Home Delivery Service
I love ordering food on Sunday night when I don’t feel like cooking and it’s great to have an Asian food delivery option!
Please ask Singkong to which areas they would deliver take-out orders.
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!!
The Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips is my husband’s favorite and the Lemon Icing Pound Cake is my favorite from TH Bakes.
It’s always so fun and pretty to have macarons on a table. They are from Le 15 Patisserie.
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!
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)!
Hop n Bop
444, The Corporate Lounge
2nd Floor, Linking Road
Khar (west) 400052
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 400052
PHONE: 226197400 / 2266197401
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.
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.
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!!
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.
I believe that we all are influenced and inspired by what surrounds us and what we see on a daily basis. I love seeing how expats in different countries incorporate the local design pieces and items into their home overseas.
Today I would like to show how Indian design pieces and items are used to decorate a home by my friend with an European eye and how she created the modern look with them. I hope you find it inspiring and refreshing.
In Other Rooms
Thank you, Caron, for opening up your home!
Indian women are great with scarves. I didn’t know that scarves in India are not only for the styling purpose in fashion but also for a practical reason to accommodate the climate. It gets quite cool in Mumbai from November to February. It can get cold in December and January after the sunset and as you know, scarves keep you warm. I started to style with a scarf more frequently after I moved to India.
I love my converse, but for someone like me who need some help with heels, I must say that pumps balance out the proportion better. I love my neon pants from GAP, but they are not necessarily in the most flattering shape. I love the casual look you get with converse, but if I want to emphasize more on the look as a whole, I would pick a pair of pumps. The pumps also add to appear a tad bid more dressed. It is interesting to see how what we wear can shape the style of the whole look.
It has been challenging to do anything online recently as my Mac Book has been slow. It puts me to sleep while I’m waiting for it to work. It’s. That. Slow.
I wanted to get this post out before the weekend starts. Our house guests and my family went to Formerly Prince of Wales Museum, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum also known as CSMVS in January. I challenge you, non-Indians, to be able to pronounce the name for the very first time correctly and without choking.
We all had a great time and I was very very impressed with the museum. It’s a wonderful place to take your kids in Mumbai even little ones and it’s very kid friendly. Museum is located in Kala Ghoda, the area known for arts. It’s a great place to take your out-of-town guests as well.
The building was designed by a Scottish architect, George Wittet, who is known for Indo-Saracenic style. He also designed the Gateway of India, which is another cool place to visit for Mumbai visitors.
I cannot wait to go back to Kala Ghoda again. There are many stores and restaurants that I would like try in the area. On the day we visited, we went to The Table. I believe that it’s one of the best restaurants in town.
As you can see, photography is allowed in Formerly Prince of Wales Museum/CSMVS. It is required to buy a permit at the reception. They cost very little. I bought two permits to take photos. One for my big camera and one for my iPod (I do NOT have an iPhone, so I use my iPod to Instagram.) I loved the museum’s photo permit bands in neon colors!!
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Formerly Prince of Wales Museum
159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Road
Fort, Mumbai – 400023
PHONE: +91.022.22844484 | 22844519
Check the website for their events on site.