Friday, July 25, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
We left Delhi after a simple breakfast at Cafe Coffee Day in C.P. for Agra. My stomach was still upset so simple croissants were in order.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
We overslept, too tired from our adventures of the previous day to have an early start. After lunch yet at the same place we headed for Haus Khas complex. We visited the nearby park that had deers and peacocks then rested for ice cream for it was a really hot day. Then we entered the complex filled with restaurants, and boutiques. There was also a young and trendy crowd roaming. We visited the old palace there that now serves as a hip place to meet up. It was almost in ruins but you could tell that it must have been gorgeous back in the days. Now the young crowd there just add to the ruin by littering, eating, carving on the old marble and singing loudly. I mean I get that it is a beautiful place but it is also a heritage and we have to show some respect and restraint. We did not want to stay longer even though the view was breathtaking.
Hello there! I thought I would give you a respite from our Golden triangle adventures with a little outfit post.
It is Ramadan, a very precious time for Muslims worldwide. I enjoy this time but it is hard being away from family and friends. If I were home I would enjoy Iftar with my family eating delicacies or if I was back in Japan, my friends and I would take turns hosting Iftar parties. I do miss that. But Ramadan in India is not that bad. For one thing at least I live in a country where there are some Muslims. I can hear the call for prayer from my house ( and no, it is not my computer but the Mosque). I can enjoy Halal food from restaurants all around and they deliver so if I am too tired to cook or run out of ideas for a menu, I can always order. To top it all, it is not hot at all. It has not really rained yet but temperatures are below 30 so fasting is not that hard. If only I can find a way to keep my energy level high I would be happy.
Today I had to run errands and I wanted to wear something I could just slip on and be gone. I usually dig for maxis but for some reasons I was not feeling it. I tried several things on and was running late when I thought about digging this Abbaya up. My Dad gave me this red Abbaya and a white one as a souvenir from Mecca. The dresses came with silky linings that were too tight. I never wore them and for three years they were hidden in my suitcase. Until last month, when I remembered about them after being on an refashion/ alteration spree. I just removed the linings and was left with a sheer tunic that would be perfect paired with pants.
Personally I enjoyed the tunic. It is light enough for hot days and sturdy enough to cover me from blasting A.C. Sometimes I just wished I had more clothes like that, something that I can just slip on. I have to confess that I now understand the appeal of the black Abbaya Middle Easter and some Indian women wear. Imagine you are at home chilling with short shorts and tank and the door bell ring. Usually it means that I have to fumble to find something suitable to change into before the person at the door leaves. But with an Abbaya on hand, no fuss.
Yet I still need color in my life. I cannot imagine wearing only black cloacks round the clock.
What do you think? Would it be easier to dress if you had to wear black Abbaya all the time, or do you like to wear different things on a daily basis?
Sunday, July 6, 2014
As I told you in my previous post, we are visiting India's Golden Triangle. Our first stop is Delhi we reached in the afternoon through plane from Pune. Firt impression: it is hot. It was 42 degrees when we landed. It is hot but not humid at all. So after the first shock, we got used to it. We were met by our driver who took us to our hotel. The drive was long but we had ample time to enjoy the beauty of Delhi. I fell in love with the city. The route from the airport to New Delhi railway station was almost scenic with lots of greeneries, wide streets and beautiful monuments. The traffic was congested but less aggressive than Pune or Mumbai. For a moment, I was sure this was not India.
However the area around our hotel located near New Delhi railway station was crowded with lots of hawkers, rickshaws and people. This was more like the India I was used to. Our hotel called Krishna New Delhi is not bad but not great either. The room is tiny but has two big beds ( we asked for a family room). The shower is weak and nothing seperate the bathing area to the toilet ( except shower curtains) so after one shower the entire bathroom floor is wet. However the free wifi is great and the hubby could watch the World cup on TV so we cannot really complain. Upon arrival, we settled a bit then walk around the neighborhood in search of diner. There are some cafes and hotel restaurants in the alley but we settled for a small Muslim eatery where we ordered Chicken Afgani, Egg curry, Chicken fried rice, Chicken rolls and Romali roti. The place is not sparkling clean and chaotic as there are many va-et-vient between the kitchen at the back and the front of the restaurant. The manager shouts orders and the servers and cooks do not have clean habits ( they take the pickles from the fridge with their bear hands, the same hands that clean the tables). Yet the food is good and affordable. I ordered the roll and it was less oily than the one I am used to eating in Pune. It is just some kebab with cucumber rolled in a Romali roti which was soft and a bit chewy. We all enjoyed the food and head back to the hotel.
We woke up before 9 am and headed for breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Two words: purely crappy. The spread was thin and what was available was either bland or missing. The kids had cornflakes, bananas and toast while I had boiled eggs on toast. They had something like a spinach crepes which would have been tasty if they were fresh.
After food, we took the car we rented for a tour of the city. We stopped at India Gate (not to be mistaken with Gate of India, which is in Mumbai), took some pics then drove on Raj path to see the Presidential palace. The entire area is vast and beautiful. I enjoyed the architecture which is a mix of Mughal and British colonial.
For the entire day I had on my denim tunic and leopard pants. I was very comfortabe even under the heat because the fabric is light. The only problem I have with it is the lack of pockets. But overall I am very happy with my purchase. I think that my other denim button down may have met its match.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
So for 10 days, here is what I packed: