Things I learned while my Mom was in America.

My mom went away to visit our relatives and family in the US for roughly 3 weeks, and she just got home today. She joked that she had wanted to go home already because it had seemed like we didn’t need her anymore. I’m pretty sure we still do, as my brothers and I breathed a sigh of relief as our tasks and chores can return to normal volumes again.

I was especially stressed when Mom announced that she was leaving on the exact same week that our end-of-year exams were happening. To be frank, I am very uptight about my studies, and I have these study rituals which keep me locked up in my room the whole day, only going out for basic necessities such as food and water. For the majority of my days as a student, my parents have indulged me with these sacred study times because they know that the grades I got really mattered to me, and I would have a hissy-fit if I got anything lower than an A-. I still maintained my usual chores, like washing up dishes, and folding all the clothes from the laundry, but they’d allow me to do the minimum amount required (I am realizing how silly I might sound, being so pedantic over my study rituals).

So when we found out the dates that my mom was set to leave, I was in a state. And that is actually an understatement, because it feels like I have never been in so much stress and anxiety all my life (I could be exaggerating, but honestly, that was how I felt). Luckily, one of my younger brothers were better at the kitchen compared to me, and so he took the task of preparing lunches for everyone, and cooking dinner. I volunteered as an assistant cook while my exams were underway. My other brother took care of the laundry, and the youngest had to start doing his own shifts for the dishes.

We managed quite well, if I say so myself. One of our main objectives was to make sure our dad experienced the least stress possible, because when something ticks him off, everyone suffers the consequences (and Pops if you’re reading this, you know we love you!). I’m very thankful I have 3 good brothers- whilst imperfect (as I know I am), everyone did their jobs (with a little prodding from me sometimes), which leads me to some of my realizations:

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My Trip to India 2: Things to Eat and See!

Hi there! So for the second installment of My Trip to India, I’ve decided to write a little about all the places I’ve been to, and everything that I ate! If you’ve missed out on the first post, you can … Continue reading

My trip to India 1: Colours

Okay, I’ve decided to divide my experience into several smaller posts, according to a category that I see fit! For any new readers, I went to India back in December last year for the wedding of my boyfriend’s older sister. I’ve been putting off blogging about it because I didn’t know quite how I was going to share my experience, while doing it justice. Everything I read about the country was true: it holds different experiences for different people, and some will end up extremely hating it or extremely loving it. Fortunately, I’ve loved my experience, despite the fact that we didn’t really go for the rugged adventurer type. We were quite comfortable actually, and well-guided thanks to the warm reception we received from the groom’s family.

India was loud, crazy, noisy, amazing, dirty, busy, beautiful, and simply alive. The theme for this post will simply be all the wonderful, vibrant colors that were captured during the trip.

A photo I took on our first night in Mumbai. Very filled with character, isn't it?

A photo I took on our first night in Mumbai. Very filled with character, isn’t it?

In Mumbai, I got to experience shopping and haggling along the busy streets of Bandra. It was just a short walk from our hotel, and the little tents and stalls set up across the length of the street was so overwhelming! There were so many cheap and amazingly cute, exotic and lovely items that I was itching the whole time to keep from buying some more! The haggling was a bit stressful for me since I tend to be a push-over, so I was very thankful to have my boyfriend’s feisty and energetic aunt with us the whole time. She’s petite, but don’t let that fool you, she’s a mean-as haggler too!

So many shoes, so little time!

So many shoes, so little time!

The amazing Auntie M!

The amazing Auntie M!

Colaba Causeway was another spot we visited for the flea-market excitement. The prices were a bit higher though as it was a famous tourist spot, but that didn’t stop us from trying push the prices down! It was a fun experience!

Gold, silver, and other lovely trinkets!

An old pocket watch.

An old pocket watch.

We had one day dedicated to touring Mumbai city, and you can see every corner of the streets filled with people bustling about trying to make a living, or trying to successfully navigate through the lively chaos! I had to struggle to keep track of the group while taking photos of random things!

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We also visited Agra and the Taj Mahal before heading back home, and as much as the Taj looked absolutely breathtaking from afar, seeing the decorations on its walls close up was equally magnificent. It took me a long time to ponder just how precise and delicate all the patterns and inscriptions were (I didn’t even know that the inscriptions were actually verses from the Quran). There is no question why it is one of the seven original wonders of the world!

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  • A photo of our local tour guide showing us how the stones and glass were fashioned into the walls of the Taj.
    A photo of our local tour guide showing us how the stones and glass were fashioned into the walls of the Taj.
These were some of the ladies who ahead of us in line to see the Taj. Funnily enough, as I was taking discrete photos of them, I noticed they were doing the same to us too!

These were some of the ladies who were ahead of us in line to see the Taj. Funnily enough, as I was taking discrete photos of them, I noticed they were doing the same to us too!

And finally, while I plan to dedicate separate post, here are some shots from the wedding itself because really, that had to be the most colorful highlight of my trip!

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Wacky shot of the bride, groom, and the bride’s maids!

Alright! Well, that’s it for my first post on India, and hopefully you’ve found it interesting enough to stay tuned for the following posts! Until next time! 🙂