Monthly Archives: January 2015

Joys of Today: Bump Update

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As my role as a teacher comes to an end in a few weeks, I am going to be starting the most challenging and exciting one of my life: being a mom (yes, it is a cliche). I know there are countless pregnancy blogs about what happens or what to expect, etc. so I am not going to go there. I do read books and blogs here and there but I also do want to just experience things as they come along. So I am in the final stretch of this journey and luckily it has been a good one so far. I wanted to take the time to share some of the most special and comforting moments so far.

I can spend hours or an entire day just laying in bed and waiting to feel the baby move. It is such a comforting feeling and I don’t think I am doing any just in describing the emotion and joy one feels. Most days, I am content doing just that and nothing else. In addition to just feeling the baby move, I have started reading and playing music for the baby. I usually end up reading the same Winnie the Pooh poems, my favorite one being “To the Market Square.” I enjoy reading these stories and poems just as much as for myself as for the baby.

Front Shot…spot the bump!

Front Shot…spot the bump!

Your first pregnancy is also a time that you get pampered the most, definitely in India. Everybody is ready to make any food you crave and satisfy any needs or urges you may have. Some are also willing to pick up household chores for you! A common question I get is whether I have any cravings or not and while I would like to believe that no, I have not really had any cravings that have driven me up the wall, the real reason behind is probably my husband. Even if I just mention, in passing, that I feel like eating this particular food, by that evening that food is in front of me 🙂 Now who cannot like this royal treatment?

7 months pregnant in the only pair of jeans that still fit.

7 months pregnant in the only pair of jeans that still fit.

The pregnancy has been a smooth one so far and I hope it continues this way 🙂 I am even more excited as we get closer to meeting our little one.

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Amazing Thailand!!!!

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Hello! Hello! I know it’s been a while for us writing…like my blogging partner said, the last 6 months of 2014 went by in a whirlwind. Honestly, a lot of times I did sit down in front of my laptop and thought about writing a post, but I then I was like “I have nothing to share.” So back again, I would switch off the laptop, and go on with the daily routine. My husband constantly asked why I wasn’t blogging and I kept saying I have nothing to write about; in all honesty, I was getting a bit lazy. But as they say, absence makes the heart go fonder and I am back!

Bangkok Traffic

Bangkok Traffic

A lot happened in 2014….probably the biggest is the fact that we are expecting a baby in May!!!! A million emotions are constantly running through me, feelings of excitement an d nervousness. I think I might write a separate post on all that I keep constantly thinking about.

Let me get back to what this blog is supposed to be about, as the title suggests, I just came from a quick 4 day trip to Bangkok. It’s the city I grew up in and even though most of my friends and family have moved on….the city still holds a super special place in my heart. The last time I visited Bangkok was almost 6/7 years ago and while a lot has changed, a lot hasn’t.

Strolling around Lumpini Park

Strolling around Lumpini Park

So what did I do in Bangkok? I ate, shopped, slept, ate, shopped, slept….on repeat. I guess that is what a good vacation is about. I constantly complain that the Thai food in India doesn’t quite make the cut. Some places (ex: Baan Tao or Polka Dots in Pune have good curries), but they don’t get that 100% authentic taste. Also they say, street food in Thailand is the best, so I was pretty much on a mission to make my husband try all the food that I grew up eating…from the krapao kai…to Swensens ice-cream to Paprika chips.

Mama Tom Yum

Mama Tom Yum

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Sticky Chewy Fantasy at Swensens….still my favorite ice cream flavor!

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Mango Ice Cream & Mango Custard at Mango Tango, Siam

 

We, also, did do a lot of shopping for the baby. Yes, you can find almost everything you need for a baby in India (thank you Amazon.in), but variety is an issue. I fell in love with almost all the baby things I saw and actually had to be told to stop shopping for the baby (the malls in Bangkok probably deserve a separate post as well).

It was a much needed trip. I am back feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and ready to take on the next 6 weeks of work. Bangkok….I am not sure when we will meet next, but till next time….see ya!

The trendy Terminal 21 mall, which is designed like an airport with each floor representing a different global city.

The trendy Terminal 21 mall, which is designed like an airport with each floor representing a different global city.

Travel Diaries – Maldives

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It has been a while-it is wedding season in India, and it can get a bit exhausting getting ready for the functions. And then we just got a bit lazy.

But, finally here my pics from the trip to the Maldives in November. We were there for four days, and wish that we could have stayed there longer. We stayed at the Paradise Beach Resort, which was approximately 20 minutes away from the airport in a speed boat.

View from the seaplane ride

View from the seaplane ride

From our 6am photosession

From our 6am photosession

Overwater villas (morning, noon and night views)

Overwater villas (morning, noon and night views)

Jump shots are a must

Jump shots are a must

You can choose to do as much or as little in the Maldives.There is snorkeling, diving, jet sking, submarine ride, sea plane ride, island hopping, fishing, sunset cruises, and Male sightseeing to choose from. Also, most resorts tend to organize events in the evening as well- there was crab racing, live band, and a Bollywood night while we were staying.

We chose to simply relax, and let our son enjoy the sand and the water. And boy did he love it. We had a beach front villa, and he would wake up and just want to step out onto the sand and start playing with his toys. Even during breakfast, all he wanted to do was go into the pool.

Vivaan and his toys

Vivaan and his toys

Once you have kids, I think you need to plan holidays keeping in mind what they would enjoy the most. Toddlers are really too young to understand or appreciate culture or monuments. All they want to do is be able to play and eat when they are hungry and nap, and then repeat the cycle. Our son probably enjoyed the most, and for that we are so glad to have made this trip.