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The White Window Pop-up Shop ☆ Raya Jewels & Laila Motwane

October 9, 2014

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The White Window by Twinkle Khanna held a Pop-up Shop at The White Window store in Bandra West hosting Raya Jewels by Vijeta R and Laila Motwane. What I like about pop-up shops is that the products and the creators are present together. Since I received an invitation to The White Window Pop-up Shop, I decided to check it out quickly. Going to pop-up shops in different countries to me is a cultural experience as well. I loved Brightspot Market in Jakarta, Indonesia, which was a huge pop-up shop or more like a pop-up market as the name suggests hosting many entrepreneur brands all at once in one place.

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The White Window is a shop owned and curated by Twinkle Khanna, an interior designer. For my readers who are not familiar with the Bollywood scenes (including myself, but I’m learning), Twinkle Khanna is also a Bollywood film actress and married to a well-known and popular Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar. Twinkle Khanna’s is from a Bollywood family whose parents are Dimple Kapadia, a Bollywood actress, and the late Rajesh Khanna, who is very well-known as one of the most influential actors in India.

For this post, I hope that my photos will entertain you with the virtual tour of the Pop-up Shop at The White Window and the eye-candies of the Raya Jewels jewelry and the Laila Motwane’s Indian fashion.

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I hope you enjoyed the photos and had a taste of what it feels like to be at a pop-up shop at The White Window in Mumbai.

I have written a post about The White Window on my blog. Click here to view the post.

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Have a great weekend!

Wednesday Wall2Wall ☆ Thai Cooking Class by Vandana ☆ Mumbai India

October 7, 2014

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In May I had a fabulous accidental opportunity to take Thai lessons twice thanks to my friend, Katie whom I met in Mumbai in 2013. Sadly for me, she left Mumbai in March 2014 to move to New Delhi. Then in May 2014, she moved back to the U.S. for her husband’s job. She’s a talented designer and you can see how talented she is on her work site here and her personal site here. I love her taste.

I’m one of those people who are lazy about taking classes. Katie invited me to join her to learn Thai cooking back in March 2014, but the classes took place in the morning and my son was little and stayed home (he’s still little and stays home), so I could not commit to it and passed the opportunity. Several weeks went by and suddenly she had to literary pack her home to move to New Delhi with a very short notice for her husband’s job. She emailed me after she moved to Delhi and said she had two classes left that she could not take as she had to move away and asked me if I wanted to take her spot in the class. I was shocked to hear that she had already moved away and I didn’t get to see her one more time before the move, but I was touched to know that she thought of me to take the classes. I was reluctant probably because it was outside of my comfort zone, yet I took it as a sign of my destiny to take the class, so I did. I am so glad I did and thank you, Katie!

I never thought that learning Thai cooking was so enlightening. I always thought that Thai cooking was so hard that there was no way I could cook Thai food well. I never even imagined that I would take a Thai cooking class from an Indian instructor, either. Vandana, a native of India, lived in Thailand as an expat with her family for 2 years for her husband’s work assignment. She loved Thai food. When she realized that she would leave Thailand at some point which means that she and her family would miss authentic Thai food, she thought she would have to make Thai food herself for her family. That way they can enjoy authentic Thai food wherever they go. So, she did. Her passion is shown in her work.

The dishes she made within 2 hours was amazing. I enjoyed every bite of the food she cooked. What was even more surprising and impressive to me who loves interior design was her home. I loved the marriage of Indian design and Thai decor. Vandana’s home looked like it popped out of a magazine. Since I took my camera with a 50 mm lens, the photos I was able to take were quite limited as I could not zoom out. However, I hope you’ll enjoy seeing her home.

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Here are the images of Vandana’s beautiful home and the final dishes that I published on my instagram.

Here is my attempt of my Thai cooking at home. Everyone loved it!

Vandana PhotoVandana’s photo on the left provided by courtesy of Vandana.

Vandana is truly inspiring. She totally changed my perspective on cooking classes. Not only am I more inspired to be adventurous with cooking at home, but I am eager to take more cooking classes (what?) and learn from the master chef! I have not contacted Vandana in a while, but she said she also offered other cuisines such as Indian cooking as well.

*I just learned that Vandana recently moved Dubai, United Arab Emirates!!! That is sad news for me and Mumbaikars. I was hoping to take some other classes taught by her. If you live in Dubai, I highly recommend taking her classes! If you are interested in taking classes from Vandana, please contact her at vandysingla[at]yahoo[dot]com (please replace at and dot).

Monday Mode ☆ Zara Kurta Blouse & Pants

October 5, 2014

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Kurta is a type of shirt which is widely worn in many countries in South and Southwest Asia. Kurtas are very popular in India and worn by both women and men. I have seen many different kinds in various colors. I especially love seeing beautiful kurtas on women in India. Kurtas seem to be gaining more popularity outside of South Asia such as in Europe and in the U.S. and I also like those kurtas that have received some western influence.

I found this white kurta at ZARA in Mumbai when Zara had a big sale in August this year. I had been wanting to get one for a while, but the ones of which I had liked the designs in Mumbai were expensive, believe it or not, so I have never bought one until I saw one in white at ZARA which was on sale! I wonder if the same kurtas were sold in Europe as well.

I love Kurta for its light weight, comfort, and beautiful embroidery. Not all of kurtas come with embroideries, but I especially like kurtas with Indian embroideries. I find them beautiful.

In India you see many people in traditional clothing. One of the things I enjoy here in Mumbai is seeing women’s fashion. You see many women in saris/sarees and kurtas with scarves. The color combinations you see in India are just amazing. Especially the women in sari/saree walking down the street look so elegant and beautiful.

クルタとは、南アジアでよく見られるシャツの種類のことをさします。インドではクルタは女性にも男性にも着用され、とても人気です。特に女性用のクルタは色鮮やかで、デザインも斬新なものが最近ではあるので、見ているものも楽しませてくれます。最近では、クルタは南アジア諸国の外のヨーロッパや米国でも人気を得ている様で、私としては西洋の影響を受けたクルタがとても好きです。

この白いクルタはムンバイのザラで見つけました。8月にザラで大セールがあった際、購入しました。ずっとクルタが欲しいなと思っていたのですが、結構ムンバイで素敵だなと思えるクルタは結構なお値段がするので、買えずにいましたが、ザラでちょうどセールになっていたので、やっと買えました!同じクルタはヨーロッパでも売られていたのでしょうか。

クルタはとても生地も軽く、気持ちが良くて、素敵な刺繍もとても魅力があります。全てのクルタに刺繍がある訳ではないのですが、私は刺繍がほどこされているものがやっぱり素敵で好きです。

インドでは多くの人が、伝統的な衣装を普段から身につけています。インドで私が楽しんでいることの一つは、インドでの女性のファッションを見ることです。多くの女性はサリーやクルタにスカーフを巻いて着ています。インド人女性がする色の組み合わせには感心させられます。サリーをまとって通りを歩いている女性は、とてもエレガントで奇麗だと思います。

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By the way, what do you do with the strings on both shoulders that are there for a hanger? I noticed the string sitting outside of my collar after I downloaded the photos onto my computer. What a disappointment! I have kept the strings on my shirts and blouses, but often times the strings come out when I wear a shirt with them. I do try to put them inside, but sometimes they come out and I forget to check if they are tucked in or not. I have cut off some of them. Do you?

ところで、シャツやブラウスの肩の部分に付いて来るハンガー用の紐をどうしていますか?今回撮影した写真をコンピューターに落とした後、シャツから紐が出ていたことに気づきました!とってもがっかり。シャツやブラウスの紐をそのままシャツやブラウスに付けておくことが多いのですが、時々紐が肩から出ていることに気づかず、みっともない気がします。いくつかシャツの紐を切ってみたのですが、皆さんはどうされていますか?

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Chalkboard ☆ Do More Of What Makes You Happy

September 30, 2014

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Copied from this original on my Pinboard by Lily & Val. I changed up a bit to go with my liking.

Do more of what makes you happy is a simple quote, but I find it easier to be said than done. Why? I think many people have obligations and responsibilities to meet their daily needs before what their hearts tell them to do. Being a mother of 3 kids, I find myself not always being able to allocate the time to do what I desire to do. It even makes me feel guilty if I chose what excites me over being with my kids. It’s a hard balance that I am yet to manage well.

Tonight when my kids were watching an episode of Jessie, I was on my computer. After the TV was turned off for them to go to bed, I continued to be on my computer. My older two girls started complaining that I wasn’t giving them attention because before bed time in our household is my kids’ time to be with me. My oldest said to me “You’ve been on the computer for a while. You forgot us, Mama!” I felt guilty. I apologized to her because I had no excuse. I was in my la-la-land pinning photos onto Pinterest. Pinterest is great, but it’s not more important than my kids. It’s a bad addiction because it’s not like I don’t spend enough time on my computer editing my photos, emailing or working on my blog post.

Do more of what makes you happy. Yes, but finding a peaceful balance between priorities and desire is important. Self control over surfing internet and working on my blog is a challenge to tackle for me. I keep reminding myself that I will have my time to focus more on my passion later. It sometimes feels like I have a piece of delicious-looking cake in front of me that I am not supposed to touch until the time is right. I know that if I eat too many sweets because it makes me happy, I will end up with cavities and gaining weight, which will make me unhappy. Moderation in all things. Yet, it’s a good reminder. We should do more of what makes us happy.

Nathalie, thank you so much for finding this beautiful chalkboard inspiration for me! I had this design on my chalkboard for almost 4 months!!

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Monday Mode ☆ Yellow Rhino Shirt & Advantages Of A Third Child ☆ Le Petit Society

September 29, 2014

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My son got this cool rhino shirt from Le Petit Society which I love. I often put this shirt on him because both my son and I love it, but also it’s very soft and cute! Who said boy clothes are not cute? After 5 years of dressing my oldest and younger girls in pink, pink and more pink and frills (thank goodness they grew out of that phase), it was very refreshing to see other earthy colors displayed in my son’s wardrobe. Le Petit Society does a great job with boy clothes designs. By the way, if you meet the minimum order of HK$1,200 (about US$155), the standard shipping becomes free for the selected countries. Please check here for more details.

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I spend a lot of time with my son especially since this past June. From my own experience, I see many advantages for kids who grow up as the youngest child in a family. My third gets a lot of attention for being the youngest. On top of that, my husband and I have become more experienced as a parent and have definitely learned from our past mistakes, thus we seem to do a better job by the third one came.

One very typical example of how parents focus more on their first child which many people can relate is the photo albums of children. I have created photo albums for my oldest daughter up to she was 3 years old. That’s actually not that good. Then came my second daughter, who only has like a half an album. Not even one complete album! Yikes.

Then, how many printed albums does my youngest have? ZERO.

Ah, too bad.

It, however, seems that I have more digital photos of my youngest as a baby on this blog and I have none of my girls. Obviously I started blogging when my girls are a little older. However, it also means that I spend more time with him than my girls these days because my girls are not around. It strikes me hard how quickly my girls are growing up. As much as I enjoy seeing their growth and independence which means more freedom for myself, I do feel sentimental. This sentiment becomes my desire to capture every moment of the time I share with my kids, especially my youngest who is still around and needs me the most.

Many Japanese mom friends of mine often says to me “you must love him so much (“more than your girls” is inferred behind the words)”. Honestly, I don’t think he’s cuter or more lovable than my girls when they were at that age. I think all toddlers are adorable in their own ways. I do admit that my son wants and needs me more at the moment than my older girls need me and I love being wanted and needed. It seems that this is reflected on the time I spend with him.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing Le Petit Society Safari shirt! If you would like to see my other photos of Le Petit Society, please click the links below.

Le Petit Society Posts
Le Petit Society Safari Boy Shirt & Tribal Girl Shirts
Le Petit Society Lady’s Gray Safari Shirt + Mia Tui Purse
Le Petit Society Boy Outfits ☆ My First Le Petit Society Post!

Thank you for visiting!

Baan Tao at Hyatt Pune ☆ Pune India

September 25, 2014

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Baan Tao is a lovely Chinese restaurant inside Hyatt Pune. It’s quiet, beautiful and the dim sum lunch was fabulous!

Since my middle and youngest children do not eat much, I asked if they would let me order 2 sets for 4 of us: me, my two girls and 2-year-old son. They kindly accepted it! I was delighted that we’d get to have a nice dim sum lunch with a bargain price and we won’t waste food! If you take two young children, an order of one portion for two kids is plenty.

Baan Tao’s dim sum lunch costs about 890 Rupees (US$16) before tax if I remember correctly. I think that is a great deal to begin with for the quality and amount of food you get at a restaurant in a hotel like Hyatt. We enjoyed our first lunch in Pune at Baan Tao. Since Baan Tao does not open until 12:30, we went to visit the beautiful Aga Khan Palace first, which is right next to Hyatt Pune. Then we went over to Hyatt Pune to have lunch at Baan Tao.

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I usually don’t allow my kids to play with a tablet when we are at a restaurant with a few exceptions with friends and after a meal, so I enjoy taking photos of my kids playing at a restaurant. Baan Tao offered a beautiful set up for photo ops.

My son surprised me with a little drum action and singing performance.

He is quite a character.

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I recommend that you combine a Aga Khan Palace tour and Baan Tao dim sum lunch because they are right next to each other.

I used to be really good about packing my bag and taking off to any place. Now I have 3 kids and pack for all 4 of us for a trip, traveling has become a bit more of a task and is no longer so easy. Having fun moments like this with my kids, though, is what makes it worth the hard work.

I used to envy my husband for his business trips. I don’t any more. I think it’s very healthy and good for any moms to go on a trip without kids once in a while. I am sure I will have a great time during a trip and I did when I made a trip to Ubud in Bali with my girl friend, Kara, her sister and her friends. That being said, I’m okay without traveling by myself for now. My time will come.

For now, I embrace my time with them.

BAAN TAO HYATT PUNE

Hyatt,Adjacent to Aga Khan Palace
Pune Nagar Rd, Nilanjali Society
Kalyani Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411006
PHONE:020 4141 8840
HOURS: 12:30–3:00 pm
7:30–11:30 pm

Jogger’s Park in Kalyani Nagar ☆ Pune India

September 24, 2014

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The Damodar Ravji Galande Patil Park is better known as a Jogger’s Park Kalyani Nagar among the locals and expats who live in Pune. It has a really nice grassy area where many families gather during the opening hours. They close between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Since the weather in Pune is much cooler than it is in Mumbai, it is beautiful to go there just to hang out. We saw many people sit on the grass and chat or play with their kids. If you are traveling from Mumbai by car and plan on taking your kids to the Jogger’s Park, I recommend bringing a frisbee or ball.

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I believe that eating is not allowed in the park. My friend introduced me to a really cute local cafe only a few minute walk from the Jogger’s Park which would be a perfect place for the visitors to go afterwards or beforehand. Unfortunately, I forgot the name, so here is the location of the beautiful cafe near the park.

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My kids enjoyed the park so much that we went there twice. The first time was to meet up with my new friend, Beth, and her two kids in the morning and the second time was in the evening after my son had woken up from his afternoon nap!

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Can you tell that I love taking pictures of my child flying?

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He kept saying he wanted to play with the frisbee that two kids are playing with their dad.

Gradually.

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Approached…

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This very kind dad threw a frisbee to him so that he could join. That was so nice.

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Mosquitos were out although the number of mosquitos seemed to be much fewer in Pune than in Mumbai, I thought it’s better to be cautious. If you forget to pack mosquito repellant in your suitcase, don’t worry. You can find pharmacies everywhere in Pune. My kids tend to get bitten with mosquito repellant stickers. I would use the stickers along with anti-mosquito cream for a double protection.

My friend who lives in Pune also recommended me the following places for activities.

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Nice place to go for walks. There is a zoo nearby so you can do them together as they are in the same area and quite far from anything else.

Outside Pune
1. Fort Jadhavgahd– lovely resort which used to be a fort. About an hour’s drive from Pune. Great for lunch and walking. You can stay overnight as well. Very India feel.

2. Jejuri Temple– about an hour and a half away. Very fascinating temple where everything is covered in turmeric powder.

If my son wasn’t taking a nap, I might have tried the Pu La Deshpande Japanese Garden. When I checked on Google Map, it said the Japanese Garden was about a 30-minute drive from The Westin where we stayed. Without traffic, it takes a little less.

I had a hard time locating the Pune Okayama Japanese Garden on Google Map, so here’s what I found. The Japanese Garden is on Sinhagad Road (I also see Narveer Tanaji Malusare Road on Google Map) and the area is called Dattavadi. Here is a site with more information with a map on Pu La Deshpande Japanese Garden.

I hope you enjoyed my photos!!

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