Monthly Archives: August 2013

Pune Farmer’s Market: Piggy Cupcake Blast!

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Two months ago I attend my first ever Pune Farmer’s Market. I had been hearing about the event in the past and finally was able to check it out. I was quite impressed and vowed to make it back. This time around I attend the latest Pune Farmer’s Market, held at the Westin, not only as a visitor but also as a vendor. I was assisting my sister-in-law’s venture, Once Upon a Cake, display its customized and delicious cupcakes. They were showing a wide range of animal and hand painted cupcakes. Helping the booth was tons of fun, as we got to see little kids go ga-ga after the piggy cupcakes. They were my personal favorite as well. It was so great to see her work get so much appreciation.

Hand Painted Cupcakes from Once Upon a Cake

Hand Painted Cupcakes from Once Upon a Cake

I did have a chance to see the other booths; vendors from Bangalore, Pune, and Mumbai presented an exciting mix of food, fresh produce, drinks and arts and craft. Oh, wait, there was more; several vendors led mini demonstrations on food and there was also a quick 10 minute foot massage offered by the Four Fountains Spa. So if you were tired of walking around, foot relaxation was just a second away-now how can one go wrong with that?

Piggy, watermelon flavored, cupcakes! They were a HUGE hit :)

Piggy, watermelon flavored, cupcakes! They were a HUGE hit 🙂

I gorged on delicious garlic hummus and tacos, sipped on my new go-to- drink, Sparkling Passion Fruit from Good Juicery, and viewed some awesome art work. It was a Sunday well spent! I can’t wait for the next farmer’s market.

Market-also a great place to catch up with friends

Market-also a great place to catch up with friends

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A Peak ino my Bag Closet

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This past week we got our baby’s closet worked on and fixed so that all his clothes could finally be unpacked. While the handyman was over, I even had the my bag closet fixed, so it now has sheets of sunmica or laminate instead of unpolished wood.

Since they were all out I though this could be a good time to do a post on my bag collection, which I have plenty of but probably not enough (I think). At last count I have 20 handbags and 23 clutches, and they range from high street to designer. Most of my clutches are Platinum buys and not branded, and sadly that shop has since closed.

Lovely Longchamp

Lovely Longchamp

Some of my favorites are my Longchamp bags, which are perfect for both work and also for a weekend trip. I definitely want to pick a travel size one though the next time I am at a duty free.

Guess Hobo

Guess Hobo

I also really like the above Guess hobo bag my mom picked for me from Singapore. It is quite slim but it can literally fit in everything that you would stuff into a larger bag. And even after it manages to maintain its shape.

H&M

H&M

Another favorite is this bright orange H&M one I picked from Singapore. The orange Hermes shade brightens up any outfit and is perfect for the current gloomy weather that we are witnessing currently in this part of the country.

Coach leather hobo

Coach leather hobo

This Coach leather hobo comes with both a small and long handle making it work as both casual and dressy. And the shade is the loveliest of pinks. I had my blog partner Swara order this for me from the States, as I definitely did not want to pay at least double if not more if I had purchased it in Bangkok.

My absolute favorite are definitely my LV Neverfull and Speedy, which I purchased for two of my birthdays. I prefer the Damier print to the monogram and so both carry the same. I would have picked the monogram but there are just way too many fakes on the streets-just devalues your purchase.

As far as designer bags go I already own two out of the five on my list of must have handbags. The others are Balenciaga City, a classic Chanel flap, and of course an Hermes Birkin.

Which is a favorite that you own, and which are you dying to purchase?

Rakhi: Celebrating Sibling Relationships

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It has been a while since I have written anything on this blog! I can blame this on work, but more than that I wasn’t sure of what to write. I was having a semi-writer’s block.

Living in India, or any country, is quite incomplete without participating in all the cultural rituals and traditions. Rakhi, an auspicious day where sisters tie a thread on their brothers’ left wrist and brothers in turn vow to protect them forever, was one such event that I never ever followed.  The simple reason being that I don’t have a brother and my cousin brothers were in India, so I never actually got to physically tie a rakhi to anybody.

So at the grand age of 27, I was set to tie my first Rakhi to my brother in law. All day yesterday, I was quite fidgety, much like the students I teach, in anticipation of tying my first rakhi in evening. Like most things, my concept of Rakhi was based on what I saw in TV serials and movies. Was it like this for all?

Like true Sikh/Punjabi style, our Rakhi was more about food 🙂 We all conjured at my Aunt’s place and in a matter of two minutes (more like 30 seconds), all the rakhis were tied, sweets and gifts exchanged (brothers give their sisters a small gift in return-could be chocolates, jewelry, clothes) and we were set to feast on some Chinese style appetizers, pizza and watermelon flavoured cupcakes. The family caught up on sharing jokes and stories.

My rakhi didn’t have any puja, music, or melodrama as portrayed in the TV dramas; it was more about the family meeting up and that is what makes it special. Bring on more of these traditions and I will gladly take part 🙂

I didn’t take pictures of myself, but in lieu of that, have included Rakhi celebration pictures from my school 🙂 photo 2-3

5B Magicians

5B Magicians

New Laptop

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I had had my Samsung netbook for a few years now, and it was definitely time for a change. The battery had stopped picking a charge, which meant that everytime I had to choose it I had to plug it the power cable. The right click button needed multiple pressing for a menu to open, the shift key worked intermittently and finally the machine had gotten quite slow.

I had seen the ads for the Ultrabook on TV here in India, but the few stores that I did visit did not seem to stock it. And in general the options for Windows 8 loaded laptops was quite limited. Since I was heading to Thailand I decided to wait before I made my purchase.

All my tech purchases are evaluated by my dad and my brother and this time was no different. They knew my budget and also my primary use and this model was one of the suggestions. I ended up picking the Asus Ultrabook with Core i5.The Core i7 would have been too much for my needs as neither me nor my husband would be doing any heavy programming. We basically use it for surfing, watching TV shows, Microsoft Office. The i3 would also have met our needs but since my hubby uses AutoCad this was a more stable machine, and plus the price difference was just about a 1000 Thai Bhat.

In addition my version also comes with a touchscreen, and even though I was not too keen on it initially, Windows 8 is so much more fun to browse with that option. Both my brother and my dad are big fans of the latest version of Windows and have it installed for themselves and like they had said once you get the hang of it, it is fun to use. My brother just last week picked the Surface tablet and my dad is waiting for the next processor update, which should be out in a couple of months before he picks a new machine.

For anyone looking to buy a new laptop, I definitely recommend Windows 8 and definitely opt for the touchscreen option. A lot of my friends recommended that I pick a Macbook, which they all love and is just so pretty but I like the fact that I know my shortcuts etc on Windows. Plus since I carry a Nokia Lumia, which also runs on the Windows OS I have everything synced together, which would not have been possible with a Mac.

TheAsus Ultrabook definitely gets an A+ from me.

Bangkok Recap

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I meant to do this post almost two weeks back, but having a baby really takes up a whole lot of time. And I have had even less time since my husband, bro and sis in law were in Thailand for a few days before we flew back.

I was at home for a good five months, as I chose to have my delivery in Thailand. The last week was spent settling in back in India, unpacking (of which there is still a long way to go), and making sure my baby was adjusting well to a new place, people and climate. We came from hot and humid where you need air conditioning to survive to non-stop drizzling and a chill that requires you to put on a warm cardigan.

My time back home was spent eating a lot of Thai food, spending time with cousins who had flown down and taking them around, meeting old friends and simply enjoying such a long stay at home. I ended up going to all the places covered in my previous post, and some more.

The malls are decorated with sculptures and installations throughout the year so they make for great photo taking opportunity, of which we did quite a bit.

Here are just a few photos from my long summer in Bangkok. Oh how I miss it and my family already.

Us at Spring Summer

Us at Spring Summer

My brother and I at Terminal 21

My brother and I at Terminal 21

Ocean World at Paragon

Ocean World at Paragon

Siam Center

Siam Center

Some of the food along the way

Some of the food along the way

Asiatique

Asiatique

My dad and I-shopping time

My dad and I-shopping time

Mommy and I

Mommy and I