Monday, December 14, 2009

Back In Australia – James and Jenny’s wedding

Well we did make it to Mumbai again, but now we are back in Australia, which at times doesn't feel much different to Mumbai as there are some many Indians immigrating here at the moment and particularly Werribee.

Two weekends ago James and Jenny got married and now the hunt is on for work and a place to stay, will it be here in Melbourne or Darwin, maybe even Brisbane????


Friday, June 19, 2009

We are back again!

Well it was good to arrive back in Mumbai after a short break of about 5 months in Melbourne and Darwin. So lets start the story in pictures once again.

Can you see the two men painting the lines in the carpark. That's one way of doing it I suppose, so glad we have other methods in Australia, could you imagine someone doing it this way there??? I cant.

Here are Beth, Keira and Jason standing next to our new car, the day is Wednesday so our driver Prem is having his day off. So that means Jason gets to drive.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

From Darwin to Melbourne

We are still in Australia and decided to travel to Melbourne from Darwin til we return to Mumbai in July.

We had some great fun along the way as you can see, Beth helped drive and so we were able to do it in 4 days.

Along the way she would drive for about 2 hrs and then would pass out in the back seat for another 2 hrs it was so funny.

We also saw lots of wildlife and some not so alive wildlife on the side of the road.

Beth also enjoyed waving to all the cars as we passed them and found driving long distance a different challenge to driving in traffic.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


Hi All,
I haven't been in Australia for awhile, but am loving being back. I have been enjoying Darwin's wet season and all the rain, rain, rain.

I just found out that we will be returning to Mumbai soon. I am excited about about being back with Jason and can't wait for the girls to enjoy the new school they will be going to there.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Skin Colour Madness

I read this article in the Mumbai Mirror and had to share.

Most people in India are obsessed with the color of their skin.

This article is an example of the madness that has come over them.

On TV there are ads that convince you that you can have whiter skin by using this cream or that soap.

These young girls died because of a countries obsession with something they really cant have.

Now I know you will say that we in the west are obsessed with darker skin or not having any wrinkles.

I agree with you, but those things don't dictate who you will marry or what job you will get.

It is a shame that we are still trying to get things we don't have and don't appreciate ourselves for what we are. I am glad I am who I am.

Friday, February 6, 2009

The Trip to the Post Office - 3hrs later

Today I went to the post office to send Shante her birthday present.

3 hrs later I was heading home, exhasted and thirsty!

Here is what happened. Amelia and I headed out with our parcel and then caught a rickshaw to the post office, Amelia negotiated with them to see what we needed to do...............not being able to talk Hindi is a real draw back.

We needed to go to a dressmaker to get him to sew a cover for the parcel as they don't have parcel bags like in Australia. So off we went looking for someone. We finally found someone but he was at the post office doing his own So we waited about 15mins when someone at his shop gave him a call, he said he would be awhile and to come back.

So Emelia and I decided to go to Inorbit Mall to pick up bread (this is the only place that bake fresh and have bread regular size near us). While we were there I went to Cartridge World to re-ink my Dell cartridge............guess what you can't re-ink them and you cant even buy them here in India, even through Dell......agggghhhh!

So back into a rickshaw and back to the dressmaker.............he was there, so Emelia told him what we wanted and off to work he went. That is him in the picture.

After that we had to find a Xerox place to photo copy the paper work 3 times and then a stationery place to get a plastic sleeve to add to the parcel............a strange way to post a parcel.

Then is was back to the post office to wait in line again. Finally at the front of the line and Emelia once again does all the talking. We send it speed mail to get it there in 4 days (I wonder if that will happen), I pay my 767 rupees, which is $25 so I hope it does get there in 4 days.

Then we go a rickshaw.................tired and thirsty!
Here is the outfit I sent Shante for her 6th Birthday.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Emelia - The new housekeeper

I know, I haven't written for awhile and today I have published 3 items, oh well, that's the way it is I suppose..................I was a bit down, culture shock and adjustments and all. Feeling a bit better now, so back to it!!

This is Emelia, she is the Auntie of Nataline (the former housekeeper). She started just over a week ago, after Nataline finished. Nataline's son who is 5 was giving her lots of trouble so she finished up.

I love Emelia, even though Nataline was lovely, Emelia is a gentle soul, she diligently does her work and is proactive, which I love. She is a great cook too, Jason loves her chicken curry.

Emelia has worked for other Westerners and has even lived in Dubai and Switzerland. She has a 6 year old son who wants to be an engineer.