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.
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.
My friend, Sarah, gave me a beautiful Mia Tui bag when we saw each other in Houston, Texas, this past summer. Mia Tui is a bag brand which was founded in 2010 by a mom of two, Charlotte, while she lived in Vietnam with her family. All the Mia Tui purses are created in Vietnam and “Tui” in the name means “bag” in Vietnamese.
Sarah and I met in Jakarta, Indonesia through our kids and we shared some fabulous time during the whole three years of our tour in Jakarta. The most memorable time with Sarah to me was the time we spent in the same group to practice and perform for the Fashion Dance, a charity event organized by the British Women’s Association in Jakarta, Indonesia.
After Sarah gave me this fabulous purse in Houston, I traveled with it all summer and I have been using it everyday in Mumbai, India since we came back from our summer holidays. For women with a busy life style whether at work or at home with or without kids, traveling, shopping, etc. there is nothing better than having a purse that helps you organize and get to everything quickly.
shirt: le petit society, pants: zara
The bag that I have is called Grace. I love Grace bag for its versatility. It can be a shoulder bag or a messenger bag with an extension belt. Messenger bags are so convenient as you can get to your stuff with one hand.
When I flew from the U.S. to Japan and from Japan back to India, I used Grace bag as a messenger bag and it was very practical at the airports. I was able to get my children’s and my passports and boarding passes in and out of the bag very easily.
I love my big bags, too, but I always felt that I could never find what I needed when I needed it. I used to look for my cell phone, wallet and key all the time.
I have done this below before to look for my key and cell phone. My head was halfway in my purse.
Have you done this?
Ok, maybe it’s just me…
This key string has been a life saver for me who’s always looking for a house key. I can find my key even without looking. Another thing that many people might appreciate is that Mia Tui bags are waterproof inside and outside. I like subtle colors for my purses, but I do love and feel cheerful when I open my purse and see the pink lining inside. I find it really pretty.
Below is the inside of my purse. (Eeeek!) To keep all these small items organized in a purse without getting everything scrambled is a bit of a challenge.
I have three kids. My youngest son, who is two years old, keeps me on my toes. It helps me to have a well-organized purse so that I don’t get distracted by digging out something in my purse and I can keep an eye on him. He can move fast, you know!
I hope you enjoyed my virtual tour of Mia Tui bag!
Thank you, Sarah, for a wonderful gift!!
During the summer holidays in 2014, we made a trip to Hokkaido, Japan. Our first stop was in Hakodate, Hokkaido for one day before we headed to Sapporo. From Tokyo all the way to Hokkaido we took “shinkansen”, a bullet train. There is a whole another post to be written on our fun ride on different trains with JR Passes. The very first day in Hakodate was chilly even though it was already the end of June. Hot drinks at Starbucks in Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse area in Hakodate defrosted our freezing bodies. I loved how the interior of the Starbucks in Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse was decorated with a port theme.
I’m finally getting to my photos I’ve taken this summer. It took me a long time to get back to the blogging routine. Thank you so much to those readers who left me sweet comments on my instagram or Facebook page. Your words meant a lot to me and made me want to come back to blogging.
I feel like I’m not fully back yet. I had gone away from blogging for over two months. The summer time when I took a break from our expat life with a fabulous help at home and returned to the reality where I had to do everything on my own was a good wake-up call and eye-opening experience for me. During the summer, at the end of the day I had no juice to face my computer to blog or edit my photos. I was done mentally and physically. At the same time, it was great that I lived my life. I removed my blog filter and enjoyed every moment of my time with my family and friends without looking through my camera lens. It was needed and appreciated.
Here are my instagram photos which I took at the Starbucks in Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse area in Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan.
Our trip to Hokkaido was an absolutely gem. It was just what we needed.
Now I have to work on more photos.
Before that, though, I have to reevaluate how I want to balance my life with blogging.
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!
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!
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.
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Eleanor Roosevelt was the First Lady and politician who devoted her life to fight for the human rights. I have a lot of respect for her and her way of living. She left many words of wisdom that have inspired many people in the world. This is only one example. It was encouraging to see her words on my chalkboard which I see a number of times throughout the day.
This quote reminds me of Martin Luther King, Jr’s speech “I have a dream”. In fact, Eleanor Roosevelt was an ardent supporter of him. I would be happy if I can have even a little bit of their courage to attain my dream.
Do you have a dream? Having a dream gives you hope for the future, doesn’t it?
I have been absent from the blog world for a while. Normally it’s hard for me to blog when I am on vacation visiting our families in the U.S. and Japan not to mention dealing with a jet-lag at the beginning. Even after getting adjusted, I feel tired by the end of the day taking care of my kids. At the same time I am trying to live in the moment and enjoy my family’s company as opposed to facing my computer working on my blogging hobby so that I can keep up with my posts. It’s hard enough to find the time for myself in the first place when I’m home since I do normal chores that many women in Japan and the U.S. do at home such as laundry, grocery shopping, and dishes. I recognize how fortunate I am to be able to afford a help at home in India.
I have done a collaboration with Le Petit Society before here a little over a year ago in Jakarta thanks to my blogger friend Erica of Expatria Baby. I love their outfits on my son! The shirts got too small on my son, but he can still wear the sorts, so he still wears them to this day!
I had another wonderful opportunity to collaborate with Le Petit Society this summer and received some beautiful items from the new Safari Collection at Le Petit Society. All three of my kids were really happy in their brand new outfits and it made me happy to see them in such cute outfits. This time I even received a few items for myself! One of them which I wore for this post is a cool rhino shirt that matches with my son’s! Thank you, Le Petit Society!!!
今年の夏、再びLe Petit Societyとコラボをさせていただく機会に恵まれ、Le Petit Societyのサファリ・コレクションから可愛い洋服を頂きました。子供たちは可愛い洋服に大喜び。そんな子供たちを見れた私もとても幸せな気持ちになりました。今回は、有り難いことに私も２点洋服を頂いてしまいました。その一点は、こちらの記事の写真でお見せしている、息子とお揃いのサイのシャツです。Le Petit Society、ありがとう！
Please click here for their online catalogues. For the customers who live in Asian countries that are listed here on the Le Petit Society website, you get a free standard shipping if you spend more than HK$1,200 (US$155)!