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Amsterdam’s Bibliotheek + Conservatorium (new and old)

As I sip my morning coffee in Bombay, back to the sights, sounds and smells of India, it seems strange to think last weekend I was in Europe!

It was a brilliant impromptu trip with many wonderful moments. Lucky me, last Saturday a friend had time to show me slices of ‘her’ Amsterdam that I’d be unlikely to explore on my own…

While originally from Japan, she’s called Holland home for 30 years – lured by her love of Western classical music and art. (more…)

Theatre III – Celebrate Bandra + Jazz

While I was off gallivanting around Europe, my partner was busy with myriad of activities… including organising the theatre section of Celebrate Bandra.

While there is a whole host of fabulous music, dance, theatre and more to see and do, I’m naturally completely biased and planned my flight in time to return to see his performance in “Bombay JAZZ”. (more…)

Day trip to Haarlem

Have you ever just gone on a wander? Hopped on a train and then walked and walked til you felt like stopping, did just that, then walked some more?

That was our day in Haarlem. (more…)

Side helping of ‘marriage’ with your ‘lease’ registration?

Renewing our lease was on my ‘must do’ list before ‘rewarding’ myself with the trip to The Netherlands.

Lo and behold this remarkable feat was accomplished the day of my flight and I gotta admit, either I’ve become completely adapted to how things work here (probably) or this process might just be becoming less painful and complicated than it used to be. (more…)

Strolling into a Marqt opening in Amsterdam

You know you are in Holland when… You feast your eyes on yummy cheese, cheese and more cheese!

Oooh baby! Bring on the fromage!!

Oooh baby! Bring on the fromage!!

This evening we were taking a post-late-lunch stroll and completely by chance, stumbled upon a new gourmet food store’s opening – Marqt on Linnaeusstraat. (more…)

Getting booted up for Amsterdam!

There is something quite absurd about buying boots in Bombay on a bright warm sunny day in a thin sleeveless t-shirt…

So why am I buying such footwear?

Last night I booked a flight and tomorrow I fly… and this time Europe (not Asia) is the lucky winner! (more…)

Theatre II – Prithvi Festival + Naseeruddin Shah’s Einstein

Prithvi is a theatrical oasis in the midst of the mad hustle and bustle, chaos and cacophony that makes up every day life in Mumbai.

Prithvi House FullFor those not familiar, for over 35 years it has been home to the performing arts of Bombay. The theatre is intimate with the audience surrounding three sides of the stage and a seating capacity of only 300.

Inside the complex is a delightful outdoor cafe where cutting chai is sipped alongside cappuccinos, where folks hang out before or after a performance chatting, reading, relaxing and soaking in the ambiance. Wander further and browse around the small bookstore bursting with books on theatre and related topics. (more…)

Theatre I – Intro

One of the hazards benefits of living with a stage actor is I get to see a LOT of theatre… sometimes in our living room!

In the last month since I returned from Indonesia, we’ve enjoyed two theatre festivals, I nearly missed one play from Canada but managed to join a ‘pop up venue’ version and my partner is curating a third theatre festival – part of a larger set of festivities that make up ‘Celebrate Bandra’.

And as my partner’s rehearses for his play ‘JAZZ‘, I couldn’t help but think, how lucky is it to enjoy LIVE theatre? (more…)

Does Age Really Matter? Chichibu The Floor Malted 3 yr, Blair Athol 16 yr, Glen Deveron 20 yr

Many of you fab folks who follow Every Day Adventures in Asia (Mostly)  are not so enthu about my whisky posts… Starting from now, there will be at MOST one post a month from our private whisky tasting club in Mumbai, India.

For those special few interested in more whisky posts – do check out / follow my new blog Whisky Lady devoted to various whisky sampling adventures!   

Without further ado, here is this month’s one and only whisky post…

Tasting Notes from 16 October 2014

This month featured whiskies from Japan’s Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu’s The Floor Malted 3 year, Blair Athol 16 year and Glen Deveron 20 year. (more…)

Wedding socials to crowdfunding…

A regular feature in Manitoba was “The Wedding Social“… basically a great big party to raise money to help offset the costs of an even bigger party ie “The Wedding”.

You find a cheap hall to hold it in with a crappy music system, your friend’s band would play, you’d charge a reasonable amount for drinks to make a little but not gouge the wallet, food would be rye bread, kubasa and sliced meats, cheese, slap on some mustard and mayo and voila! Oh and there would be pickles – lots of pickles! Plus a generous side helping of chips and pretzels.

Add to this donations of weird and sometimes wonderful assorted items for raffle / draw / bidding wars! Generally it would be a good time full of laughter and cheer while happening to raise some money too. Real people, real times together in a real community.

Then along came crowdfunding… with its global reach, click of a button payments and the pleas to support, share, begging help! (more…)

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