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Friday Finds ☆ Jamu Spa in Cipete, Jakarta

March 27, 2014

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    Jamu is traditional medicine in Indonesia mainly made from natural materials. It became popular during the Hindu Javanese period and is claimed to have originated in the Mataram Kingdom, a Hindu-Buddhist kingdom that was based in Central Java and later in East Java. Jamu is said to be influenced by Ayurveda.

    Having lived in India and learned a bit about Ayurveda, it is very interesting to know that India and Indonesia, the two countries I have lived back to back have such interesting historical ties.

I dedicate this post to those who are in Jakarta, Indonesia. Even though I have left Jakarta 10 months ago, the biggest readership till today is in Indonesia. This is my humble way to say thank you to them. At the same time, Jamu is definitely blog worthy. Even though I learned about Jamu during my second year of our three-year stay in Jakarta, I did not visit Jamu until the last month of our stay. It is such a shame. The good thing is that I’ve got to visit twice! I am eternally thankful to my Japanese friend, Kaori, who gave me the two opportunities to visit Jamu. Thank you, Kaori!! If you are an expat in Indonesia, I hope you take advantage of the wonderful spas available in Indonesia. Spas in Indonesia are something else. I don’t think I truly appreciated the spas in Indonesia until I left.

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Jamu is a wonderful place for the purpose of getting pampered in a true meaning with all natural materials as the name Jamu suggests. The cream bath at Jamu is probably the best among all the places I tried cream bath. Cream bath is a hair and massage treatment where the massage starts from the head and continues to the neck, shoulders and arms. It is divine and very relaxing. If you ever visit Indonesia, I highly recommend trying out a cream bath.

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Other Recommended Spas in Jakarta
That Are Popular Among Expats

I have posted two other spas in Jakarta in the past. Now with Jamu, I recommend all three of them for different reasons and they are very popular among the expats I know in Jakarta. I love Puri Santi for the combination of the service, ambiance and reasonable pricing. It is a great place to bring your out-of-town guests. I loved going to A Mi Casa in Kemang for getting a pedicure by myself for a quick pampering and it is the cheapest among three which is the reason why I went there for regular pedicure every time my feet felt like rocks.

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At the first visit, I had a cream bath and at the second visit, I had a massage treatment. Both were absolutely fantastic.

To read more about Jamu Concept, please click here.

Jamu
at Cipete, South Jakarta, Indonesia
Jl. Cipete VIII/94B Cipete,
South Jakarta, Indonesia
Tel : 021-765 9691
Fax: 021-765 9693
Email: jamujakarta@jamutraditionalspa.com

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Epilogue

There is another spa that I went with my great friend, Anita. She was so sweet to treat me to the spa and I absolutely loved their massage. I might say that their massage was one of the most relaxing. I would love to write about it, but I cannot find the photos or remember the name of the spa! One of many things that is tough about moving is losing information in the hectic transition. If I can find the information and photos, I hope to post them here. In the process of looking for the photos of the spa, I saw many photos of several places in Jakarta that I would love to share with you here especially for my readers in Indonesia and potential expats or visitors to Jakarta. Let’s hope that I will be organized enough to get my act together!

 

Want to know what other people thought of Jamu?

I posted about Jamu on my Facebook and I received very positive responses. I wanted to embed the post, but it’s not working well. Please click to see my Facebook page post and the comments. Thank you!

https://www.facebook.com/chuzailivingblog/posts/706017946116300

Wedensday Wall2Wall ☆ My Girl’s Bedroom

March 26, 2014

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My oldest daughter wanted to have her own room, so when we moved to Mumbai, we decided to let her have it and my younger two, my another daughter and son, share a room.

Since we live in a furnished housing, I have to use the bed. I removed the bed headboard to create more of a kid friendly ambiance.

I decorated this room with what we have already owned and used in our previous kids bedroom back in Jakarta. The few new items I purchased to add to the room are the small pink rug from Urban Outfitters and the pompoms.

The pompoms are recycled decor items from a birthday party my girls had in 2013. You can see how they were used at a party in the following posts Bollywood Dance Party Table and How to Steal Bollywood Dance Party.

長女が自分の部屋が欲しいというので、ムンバイに越して来てから、長女に一人部屋を与えました。次女と末っ子の息子は部屋を共有しています。

家具付きなので、ベッドは使わなくてはならないため、子供っぽく見せる様、ベッドのヘッドボードは取り外してもらいました。

既に持っていたものでこのお部屋を飾りました。以前ジャカルタに住んでいた時に使っていたものが殆どです。ジャカルタの子供の寝室は、こんな感じでした。新しく加わったものは、Urban Outfittersのラグと、天井から吊るしているポムポムくらい。

ポムポムは、2013年に行ったお誕生日パーティーの時の飾りのリサイクル。お誕生日会の時にどのようにしてポムポムを使ったかをご覧になりたい方は、以下のリンクでご覧になれます。

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A few months after I decorated, my daughter requested that we change it into a blue theme bedroom. What? I have known that she has preferred blue over pink in the recent past. I like blue and I thought about it, but in order to make such changes, some cost will be involved and I would hate not to use the resource we already have. I think I have to keep the idea pending.

I hope you enjoyed viewing the room.

部屋を飾って数ヶ月後、娘が青い部屋にして欲しいと。ヘ?娘はピンクではなく、最近は青い色が好きなのは知っていたし、私も青は好きだけど。既に持っているものを使わないのはもったいないし。てことで、青のお部屋は取り敢えずお預け。

楽しんでいただけましたでしょうか?

Monday Mode ☆ Meeting Stephanie ☆ Behind iSanctuary

March 24, 2014

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From the left Meredith, Alex (front), Stephanie (back), & Sunita

Some of you probably already know that I am a big fan of iSanctuary. Since my first post on iSanctuary, I have worn iSanctuary jewelry on 7 posts. I added a list of my styling with iSanctuary jewelry (I’d love it!) on this post. Please scroll down to the bottom to see the list if you are so inclined! Thank you!

お気づきの方もいるかと思うのですが、私はiSanctuaryというアクセサリーブランドのファンです。iSanctuaryに関する初めての記事を書いてから、7つのファッションのブログの記事にiSanctuaryのジュエリーを着けた写真を載せています。この記事の一番下にリストを載せてありますので、ご興味がある方は、リストの記事をご覧頂けると、非常に嬉しいです。

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I first learned about iSanctuary when I saw an iSanctuary vendor booth at a German Christmas event at the Turf Club in Mumbai in December 2013. Alex, the manager with iSanctuary in Mumbai, was at the booth and I asked her who designed the jewelry for iSanctuary because I recognized that the design was different from what I typically see in Mumbai and I could tell that it had a Western touch. She told me briefly about iSanctuary and Stephanie. Ever since then I have desired to meet Stephanie, the founder and designer of iSanctuary jewelry. She totally inspired me.

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Thanks to a great help from Alex, the day I met Stephanie came exactly 2 weeks ago. I had been so looking forward to this day. When I first met Stephanie, I thought she was even more beautiful in person, as friendly as I imagined and much cooler than I had expected. She has a great sense of humor and wherever she was, there was energy and laughter. She brightened the room with her presence. As a person, I thought that she was down to earth, humble, personable, funny, and fun to talk to.

私が初めてiSanctuaryと出会ったのは、2013年12月にムンバイのターフクラブで行われたドイツのクリスマスのイベントでした。iSanctuaryのムンバイ部のマネージャーであるアレックスがブースにおり、彼女にiSanctuaryのデザインに関して質問をしました。というのも、インドでそれまで見て来たデザインとはひと味違った、西洋のデザイン性を含んだアクセサリーだと感じたからです。アレックスは、iSanctuaryのこと、デザイナーで創設者であるアメリカ人のステファニーに関して簡単に説明してくれました。それから、ステファニーに会いたい、と思うようになりました。彼女のパワーに魅了されたのでした。

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アレックスのお陰で、ステファニーに丁度2週間程前に会う事が出来ました。私は憧れのステファニーに会える事にわくわくしていました。ステファニーに初めて会った時の印象は、本人は写真よりもずっと奇麗で、想像通りとても親しみがあり、思ったよりもずっとかっこいい方というものでした。ユーモアのセンスも良く、どこに居ても、エネルギーと笑いを取り巻いている感じの人で、彼女が居る場所は華やいでいました。人としては、とても堅実で、謙虚で、親しみがあり、面白く、話していると楽しい人でした。

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Stephanie’s Footsteps To iSanctuary

I asked Stephanie how she started the organization. As you can also read in Founder’s Bio under About on iSanctuary’s website, she told me about the magazine article that changed her. The article was about Maiti Nepal by Anuradha on a Marie Claire magazine she read in 2003. After reading the article about human trafficking in India, Stephanie felt the need to go to India. She didn’t know how at the time, but several months later she learned that her church was taking a group to India, so she signed up for the trip. She made her way to India and then eventually she found a volunteer position with a local NGO and lived in a small village in Andhra Pradesh for a year. After that, she moved to Mumbai and contacted International Justice Mission to see how she could help the trafficked women.

She went to foster homes to see if she could buy some items made by the survivors and sell them in the U.S., but she did not find the items that would be sellable for the U.S. market. Then, she thought that she could teach those survivors of human trafficking and make something that she could sell in the U.S. The answer to her was jewelry.

Stephanie taught how to make jewelry designed by her to the survivors of human trafficking not only to bring awareness of human trafficking to the world, but also to train them to be marketable for a job market in the future. The key to her success to me is that she put an emphasis on the design and she has an eye for design with a great sense of business. When you go to developing countries, you can find craftsmanship, but often times they lack of the trendy aspect in their designs. When I live overseas and shop locally, I find myself often attracted to locally crafted products made with the design from Europe or the U.S. or who studied design in these regions.

When Stephanie was telling me about how she came to India, she said “I was naive.” She came to India with her passion and determination to pursue her mission without having done much research on how to realize it in India. I would say she was courageous. Sometimes people need to jump into what they dream of doing. I, however, recognize that she’s quite smart. It might look like she just threw herself into this, but she knew what kind of choices to make and certainly knew how to start up an organization and business in India on her own. Having lived in India for 8 months, I can tell you that what she has done is hands-down amazing. It is not something that everyone can do. She’s one impressive woman for sure.

私は彼女にどのようにしてiSanctuaryが始まったのか訊いてみました。Founder’s Bio「創設者の経歴」で書いてあるように、ある雑誌の記事との出会いが彼女を変えたと教えてくれました。Marie Claireに載ったその記事は、Anuradhaによって書かれたMaiti Nepalについての記事でした。人身売買に関する記事を読んだ後、ステファニーはインドへ行く必要性を感じました。でも、その当時はどうやってインドへ行ったら良いのか分かりませんでした。数ヶ月後、彼女の通う教会がインドへグループを遠征することが分かり、その旅行に参加することにしました。彼女はインドへ渡り、その後現地の非営利団体での仕事を見つけ、アーンドラ・プラデーシュ州の小さな町に一年間滞在しました。その後、彼女はムンバイへと移り、International Justice Mission(アメリカを本拠地とする人権問題を扱う非営利団体。世界の至る国で、人権乱用の被害者となった人たちを救う活動を行っている。)にコンタクトを取り、人身売買の被害者になった女性達をどのようにして助けられるかを調べてみました。

ステファニーは、人権乱用の被害にあった女性が社会復帰するまでのホーで作られた商品を買って、米国で売れるかを考えてみましたが、アメリカの市場で売れると感じるものを見つける事が出来ませんでした。そこで、彼女自身が人身売買の被害に遭った女性に何かを教え、アメリカで売ってみてはどうかと思いつきました。ステファニーが考えだした答えは、アクセサリーだったのです。

ステファニーは彼女自身がデザインしたジュエリーの作り方を人身売買にあった被害者の女性に教え、その商品を売る事によって世界に人身売買に関する知識を広めることを試みたと同時に、将来被害者達が仕事を見つけられる様に、職業訓練も行いました。彼女の成功の鍵は、デザインを重視したこと、そして彼女自身デザインの才能があり、またビジネスセンスに長けていた事にあったと感じます。発展途上国へ行くと、工芸技術はあっても、デザインにトレンディーの要素が欠けていると感じます。海外に住んで買い物に出ると、私の興味を惹かれるものは、ヨーロッパやアメリカからのデザインを取り入れて現地で作られたものが多いです。

ステファニーがどのようにしてインドに来たかを話している時、「私は無知だったの。」と言いました。彼女の目的をインドで果たすための情報を集める事も無く、情熱と任務を果たしたい決意のみで渡印しました。私はそれはどちらかというととても勇気の要った事だと感じます。時には、夢に向かって飛び込んで行く事も必要なのではないでしょうか。ただ、彼女自身非常に賢い人であることが感じ取れました。彼女はただ単に飛び込んで行ったかのように見えますが、正しい決断を選択して来ていますし、一人でどのようにしてインドで団体を立ち上げれば良いのかちゃんと分かっていました。私自身インドに8ヶ月滞在してみて、彼女が行って来た事がどれだけすごいことであるのかよく分かります。皆が皆できることではありません。彼女の努力にはとにかく頭が下がります。

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She served me some chai as it was an afternoon chai time in India. Then she surprised me with a gorgeous necklace she just asked her helpers to make for me. Isn’t this so sweet? I was so smitten by it!

インドの午後のチャイの時間になったので、ステファニーは私にチャイをご馳走してくれました。そして、私が彼女と話をしている間に働いている方に頼んで写真のような素敵なネックレスを作ってプレゼントするというサプライズまでしてくれました。すごい気遣いですよね?感激しました!

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Stephanie, thank you very very much for your time to meet with me during your time in Mumbai and for the lovely necklace you gave me. I have been wearing it along with my other favorites from iSanctuary store. Please keep up your wonderful work.

ステファニーさん、ムンバイに居る間の貴重な時間を割いて会って下さり、そして素敵なネックレスまでありがとうございました。iSanctuaryからの他のネックレス同様、新しいネックレスを愛用しています。素晴らしい活動これからも頑張って下さい。

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Thank you Stephanie, Alex and Meredith for your time! I’m sorry that Stephanie and Alex are blurry! My bad!!

For those who are curious about jewelry by iSanctuary, you can browse and shop for their jewelry pieces on iSanctuary online shop. I love how reasonable their prices are. As a mom, a budget for my fashion is limited and I love how I can afford fashionable iSanctuary jewelry!!

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iSanctuary jewelry is available at The Yoga House (at their new location)!

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STYLING WITH iSanctuary

This is to show how obsessed I have been. Here are the Monday Mode posts where I styled my outfits with iSanctuary jewelry.

*You can find all my fashion posts under the FASHION tab.

Monday Mode ☆ Mango Shirt, Gap Green Pants & iSanctuary Jewelry + Technical Difficulty with a Camera Remote Control
Monday Mode ☆ Neon Yellow Maxi Dress & Leather Bag by MANGO
Monday Mode ☆ Black & White Polka Dot Shirt
Monday Mode ☆ Stripe Shirt & Maxi Skirt
Monday Mode ☆ iSanctuary Turquoise Choti (braided) Necklace With Zara white shirt & two kinds of jeans
Monday Mode ☆ Styling with scarves
Monday Mode ☆ Cottonworld Blue Shirt

ステファニー、アレックス、メレディス、時間をどうもありがとう!写真のステファニーとアレックスがぼけてしまいました。ごめんなさい!

iSanctuaryのジュエリーにご興味がある方、また買いたい方は、iSanctuaryのオンラインショップを是非覗いてみて下さい。値段がとても良心的なのが嬉しいです。子供が居る身なので、自分にかけるファッションの予算が小さいため、センスの良いiSanctuaryのアクセサリーがお手頃な値段買えるのがとても有り難い限りです!

上のリストで、どれだけ私がiSanctuaryに夢中になっているのかお分かりいただけます。月曜日のモード記事に載せたiSanctuaryのアクセサリーを着けて撮影した写真が載っている記事は以下の通りです。

ファッションに関する記事は全てFASHIONのタブに載せてあります。

Friday Finds ☆ Palate Culinary Studio ☆ Santacruz, Mumbai

March 21, 2014

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Parents are constantly on the lookout for birthday party ideas, aren’t they? This was a birthday party where the kids were invited to have a cooking experience at the Palate Culinary Studio in Santacruz, Mumbai. My daughter loved it! They all made a cupcake in a jar. Isn’t this such a cute idea?

The Palate Culinary Studio offers cooking classes for a variety of cuisines, baking and decorating cakes. You can take a look at their cooking schedule and rates for the classes in the near future here and a list of courses with rates here on their website. The rates are between 2000 Rupees (US$30+) and 3500 Rupees (US$60) per class. I find the rates rather pricy, but Palate Culinary Studio looks like a celebrity cooking studio and the chef instructor seems like a celebrity, too, so I guess that’s the price you have to pay. It’s expensive to live in Mumbai even though labor is quite inexpensive, which many people outside of India don’t realize until they move to this mega city.

Have a look at their website if you are curious about beautiful Palate Culinary Studio!

外国人の親御さんはお子さんの誕生日パーティーのためにとても熱心に計画を立て、常に子供のためのお誕生日会のアイディアを探しています。このお誕生日会では、子供達がクッキングのクラスに招待され、ムンバイのサンタクルズにあるクッキングスクールパラテお料理スタジオで、レッドベルベットケーキをジャーの中に作って来ました。可愛いですよね。

パラテ料理スタジオでは様々なお料理のクラスが行われています。近日中に行われるお料理のスケジュールと料金はこちらで、コース名と料金の一覧はこちら。お値段は、クラス一回につき大体2000ルピー(約3000円+)から3500ルピー(約5500円)くらいです。結構するので、びっくりしましたが、日本はそれくらいでしょうか?パラテ料理スタジオのスタジオ自体、奇麗ですし、インストラクターもとても人気があるようなので、セレブのお料理教室に払う金額といった感じでしょうか。人件費が安い割には、ムンバイは実は物価が高い街で、結構外にムンバイの物価の高さが知られていないので、ムンバイに来て驚かれる方が多いです。

パラテ料理スタジオのクラスにご興味がある方は、是非を覗いてみて下さい。

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Ground Floor, Survodaya Co-Op Housing Society
7, Juhu Road, Plot no 28
Mumbai – 400054
*Opp Society Stores, Behind SBI Bank
Santacruz West
OFFICE: 022265695221
EMAIL: palateculinarystudio@gmail.com
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Hosting A Party For 30 People

March 19, 2014

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My husband and I hosted a holiday party at the end of last year, 2013, for the local staff who work in his office in Mumbai, India. We had about 30 guests who came. This gathering was held after Christmas in the same week because that timing worked the best for everyone.

I promised my mom last year that I would post some photos of our table with snacks I prepared for 30 guests. Now it’s mid March that I feel this is way overdue to post photos from the holiday season in 2013 and posting these photos in December this year (2014) would probably be more suitable. I, however, decided to post these now. I hope some of you find this post interesting.

As you can imagine that it was overwhelming for me just to think that we were going to entertain 30 people. I had already been exhausted from having 2 birthdays and cooking for Thanksgiving in November, and participating in events leading up to Christmas and cooking for Christmas in December before we hosted this holiday party. This was a last spurt of a ‘holiday marathon’.

I told my husband that I could only handle an afternoon party where I do not have to cook a meal. Using a catering service would be one way to entertain a big group of guests, but we covered all the cost out-of-pocket and you know how it is after Christmas. We have 3 kids and planned a vacation in January. Who has a big budget to throw a party for 30 people around that time of a year? Certainly not us. Thus, we held an afternoon holiday party and this is the spread I had. I baked two different kinds of cookies. I wish I had energy left to cook more, but alas, there is so much I can do.

2013年の年末に、夫の職場の人を招待してホリデーパーティー(12月のホリデーシーズンに行う集まりは、宗教が関係ないホリデーパーティーとよぶ事が多い)をしました。職場から30人程来る、私としては大きなイベントでした。パーティーは皆の都合が合う、クリスマスが終わった同じ週に行いました。

母に、30人位の来客が来るパーティーをすると言った所、写真を見てみたいと言ってくれたので、ブログに写真を載せる約束を去年(2013年)の年末にしました。忙しくしているうちに、2014年ももう3月も中旬、かなり時間が経ってしまいました。季節外れの写真で、今年2014年の12月に掲載した方が良さそうな気もしたのですが、母に見せたいので、今ブログの記事にしちゃいます。楽しんで頂けたら光栄です。

30人も招待客が来るとなると、さすがに怖じ気づいてしまいました。11月には子供2人の誕生日、アメリカの感謝祭の料理作り、クリスマスまでにあった数々のパーティー、クリスマスのお食事作り、とイベントのマラソンのようだった2ヶ月。お正月のことも考えていたので、結構体力的にも精神的にも疲れていました。

そこで、夫には、お食事を作らないで良い午後のパーティーにして欲しいとお願いしました。ケータリングのサービスを利用するという手もありますが、2人の子供の誕生日、クリスマス、1月にはちょっとした休暇で旅行に出かける予定もあり、自腹でホリデーパーティーを開いたので、大きな予算を当てられる訳も無く。平日の午後に職場のホリデーパーティーがうちで行われ、このような感じの簡単に準備できる軽食を準備しました。2種類のクッキーを焼いて見ました。もっと手作りのものをご馳走したかったという気持ちもありましたが、気力がありませんでした。

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Thanks to TH Bakes, our dessert table looked quite festive without my stressing out too much to bake. I don’t know what I would have done without TH Bakes.

THベイクスさん(アメリカ人女性とインド人の旦那様が経営するケーキデリバリーのビジネス)のお陰で、ベイキングするストレスが無くても、華やかにテーブルを飾る事が出来ました。THベイクスさんが居なかったからどうなっていたことか。とにかくお勧めですよ。

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I made tomato and mozzarella cheese salad with local fresh paneer instead of mozzarella. It is more fresh and inexpensive in India. Paneer actually goes well with tomato, basil and olive oil. I recommend using paneer.

トマトとモッツァレラチーズのサラダを、モッツァレラをパニールで代用して作ってみました。インドなので、モッツァレラよりパニールは新鮮で安いです。パニールは結構トマトとバジルとオリーブオイルと相性が良いですよ。パニールお勧めです。

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I baked these cookies.

Chocolate Chip Cookies & Citrus-Drizzled Cranberry Cookies

この2種類のクッキーを焼きました。

チョコチップクッキーとクランベリーのレモンアイシングクッキー

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My Japanese friend taught me this paneer salad/sashimi with Asian dressing. The dressing is soy sauce base with wasabi or ginger. Believe it or not, this paneer sashimi (just slices of paneer) and Asian dressing go well together.

Paneer 500 g (1 lbs)
Spring onions cut small (I omitted this in another word forgot to use it for the party) 2-3 Tablespoon

{Dressing}
Soy Sauce 3 Tablespoon
Salad Oil (sesame oil for Chinese flavor) 2 Tablespoon
Vinegar 2 Tablespoon
Sugar 1/2 Teaspoon
One of the following 1/4 Teaspoon
Wasabi paste (like real sashimi), Ginger (Japanese), or Spicy Bean Paste (Kind of Chinese. I used spicy bean paste for the party)

Slice paneer into a bite size. Mix dressing ingredients. Sprinkle spring onions and pour dressing.

友人が教えてくれたパニールのお刺身サラダ。わさび醤油や生姜醤油のドレッシングで和風に。結構これが和の味で美味しいんですよ!

パニール  500g
万能ネギ みじん切り   1束

ドレッシング 
醤油   大さじ3
サラダ油(中華風にはごま油)  大さじ2
お酢   大さじ2
砂糖   小さじ1/2
以下一つ 小さじ1/4
わさび、生姜または豆板醤

パニールを5ミリの厚さにスライスする。ドレッシングの材料を混ぜる。刻んだ万能ネギをパニールに散らし、ドレッシングを掛ける。

パニールは木綿豆腐の水を切った様な食感で、ドレッシングが染み渡るとコクが出て美味です。

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Mixing sparkling water with Monin’s flavored syrup makes great party drinks!

スパークリングウォーターとモーニンのシロップを混ぜると美味しいパーティードリンクが出来ますよ!

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I hope you were able to get some ideas from the way I entertained our guests!

私たちのパーティーからアイディアを得て頂けたら、光栄です!

Monday Mode ☆ Cottonworld Blue Shirt

March 16, 2014

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Today is a holiday in India called Holi. It is a spring festival also known as a festival of colors. I’m sure you have seen some photos or documentary on TV about Holi with people covered with colored powder and water. I’m excited to experience my first Holi in India, but I’m worried about getting sprayed!!

I bought this Indian design blue shirt at Cottonworld. I wrote about Cottonworld before here with its casual sleeveless T-shirt. I often wear this blue shirt with white jeans, but I decided to wear it with dark denim pants which I purchased at UNIQLO in Tokyo, one of my favorite shops to go to when I visit my family in Japan.

I sometimes tuck the shirt in, but this time I had it out and used a belt to add a form. I wore it with 3 different pairs of shoes/sandals to play around and experimented the different look. I love flat ballet shoes, but I realize that I need any bit of help to make my short legs look longer.

My middle daughter helped me take these photos. My remote control broke and I can’t find a place to have it fixed. Maybe it’s time for me to get a new one?

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Friday Finds ☆ Dessange French Salon & Spa in Mumbai

March 14, 2014

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I had a chance to go to Dessange thanks to the American Women’s Club of Bombay. This was one of the Coffee Mornings at Dessange Salon and Spa for the members held back in September 2013. We all got to pick one pedicure or manicure treatment for free (Yippeeeee!), which was awesome! These photos were actually taken almost 6 months ago.

I was new to Mumbai and I remember how impressed I was to see Dessange (I had stars in my eyes) that looked like a salon in Europe! The pedicure and manicure are reasonably priced. If I were to get manicure or pedicure at Dessange in Paris, I imagine that it would be very experience and I wouldn’t be able to afford it, but here in Mumbai, it is affordable.

I have only tried their pedicure, so I cannot speak for other experiences. I wonder they have many Bollywood celebrities as their clients.

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This is a make-up artist from France.
She looked really cool and fashionable.

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Wait.
Is this in Mumbai
or
Paris?

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DESSANGE

Dessange Salon & Spa,
Bandra, Coral Apartments,
Opp. St. Theresa Church, 24th Road,
Bandra (W), Mumbai – 400 050.
PHONE: +91 2226000170 / 71
EMAIL: bandra@dessangemumbai.com

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