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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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HOT & SPICY!
Don’t worry. She likes to play like that.

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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.

He.

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.

Pu La Deshpande Japanese Garden
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!!

The Westin Pune Koregaon Park ☆ Pune India

September 23, 2014

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When we went to Pune, we stayed at The Westin Pune Koregaon Park. The decision was made for us because we went to Pune to accompany my husband’s business. We had a suite instead of two adjoining rooms because the suite was slightly less than paying for two rooms for us and it was more fun for the kids. Our girls slept on the L shape couch which was big enough for them, but we also had an option to order an additional bed at no cost. We also requested to have a baby cot which was provided with no cost as well. The room was so spacious that it felt like we had an apartment!

In terms of The Westin’s location, it was great, too. All the restaurants recommended by my friend were very close from The Westin. The Jogger’s Park we went was a 5-minute drive from The Westin. It felt very central and convenient. The Westin Hotel stands on the bank overlooking Mula-Mutha River and the view and the sunset from the hotel was marvelous! I took a photo with my iPod Touch, which didn’t do justice to its real beauty, but I posted it below.

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Yes, when I am taking photos, my son usually goes crazy.

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When we are home, I often get questions these over and over. “Can I have a play date with so and so?” “Who are we having dinner with?” “Who are we going to see?” During our get away trip in Pune, it felt like a luxury to spend a quality time with my kids. It was a guilt-free lazy weekend which I came to realize is the best relaxation I can ever ask.

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BREAKFAST

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The Westin provided us with a wonderful retreat. I find the customer service quite good and friendly as well. The staff was especially kind to my kids and that was very nice. I find Indians in general love children and are friendly.

I also heard from other mom friends that they recommended Hyatt Regency Pune and JW Marriott Hotel Pune. Hyatt Regency has an indoor swimming pool which is nice for its cool weather. Hyatt Regency has corporate apartments and for the residences, they offer a play ground. I don’t know if they offer the hotel guests to use the play ground, but if they do, that would be a huge bonus for the families with little kids.

Photos by VSCO Cam on iPod Touch

I love how handy it is to take photos on iPod Touch. I highly recommend VSCO Cam app which takes great photos and has beautiful filters and great photo editing tools!

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Here are Waterlogue pictures I created with a Waterlogue app on my iPod Touch. It’s incredible how app can draw water paint pictures!

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Going to Pune?

I have previously posted a summary of our trip to Pune.

Please click here for the information.

Aga Khan Palace ☆ Pune India

September 18, 2014

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I decided to visit Aga Khan Palace because I was very intrigued by the history with the palace. The Aga Khan Palace played a role in the Indian freedom movement as it was used as a place where Mahatma Gandhi was interned. Mahatma Gandhi is someone whom I have always respected very much. To be able to see where he spent his late life was moving to me.

The Aga Khan Palace was built by Sir Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III in 1892. I have been reading some about Sir Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III, his grand son Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan IV who succeeded Aga Khan after him and Aga Khan IV’s three children: Zahra Aga Khan, Prince Rahim Aga Khan, and Prince Hussain Aga Khan. It’s fascinating.

The Aga Khan Palace was beautiful and interesting to photograph. I enjoyed my time very much and the best of all, my kids thanked me for taking them to the palace!

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My son got a lot of attention from the girls who were visiting the palace for a school field trip. I didn’t know that faux hawk is such a girl magnet.

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This photo below is my favorite one.

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I hope you enjoyed my photos.

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Aga Khan Palace
Samrat Ashok Road/Pune Nagar Road near Hyatt Pune

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