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Everyday Asia 2016 – Happy New Year!

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It is a time of celebration. It was a year of change. From some nerve wracking months when I didn’t know whether I could remain in India to manic work back in one of my favourite places – Jakarta – 2016 had lows and highs and many moments in between.

Blogging honestly hasn’t been a priority.  From September, I was more in Indonesia than India. Even when home, my focus was on the project. However I didn’t just work in Jakarta. I did manage an escape to Bogor to breath in oxygenated air at the Botanical gardens and even attend a Christmas fair in Kemang.

Did you want this box?

Did you want this box?

In India, our wee Zoe continues to amuse us everyday with her kitten antics – thankfully we’ve managed to curtail her escape artist tendencies! We attended innumerable performances – occupational hazard when your partner is an actor… And finally after a year of construction fully got our home back.

International travels had more trips to Singapore than I could count. Partly for business, mostly for pleasure, often as pitstops between Mumbai and Jakarta, Singapore remains my alternate home – in large part thanks to dear friends who have become family over the years. I’ve even added a new reason to travel there – Whisky Live Singapore – which I hope will be an annual highlight!

Gimli (Photo: Clarina Taylor)

My June jaunt to Canada was a much needed chance to catch up with family and friends – witnessing the pride preparations in Toronto, celebrating a 50th anniversary, 60th birthday, day trip to Gimli, and most of all – success in obtaining my Indian employment visa!

On the writing front, I published my 1st article in an online newspaper I admire tremendously – Scroll.in. It was called: A foreign woman’s response to Mahesh Sharma: It’s got nothing to do with dressing modestly (When you can’t keep silent).

As always, life in India continues to confound, amuse, and remain above all my home.

Here is wishing you a fabulous 2017!

Pssst… Guess which were my top 3 posts for 2016?

2016-04-13 Walking



  1. You’ve had a busy year!
    Happy New Year Carissa. May 2017 be all you could wish for.

  2. Bama says:

    Wishing you an even more exciting year ahead, Carissa! (and more frequent visits to Jakarta).

  3. Marta says:

    Happy new year!!

  4. Happy New Year! Sounds like 2016 was a whirlwind of a year for you. Wishing you all the best in 2017!

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