I woke up before dawn and opened the door of our cottage. The boys were still in bed, nuzzling in the comfort of the cool morning air. It was still dark outside, but I was eager to go to the beach. When I was a kid, my dad told me that if I went to the beach early morning before everyone else did, I could scavenge things that were swept from the sea. You know, things like big shells, old things from the sea, and maybe even bottles filled with messages. I urged the boys to get out of bed.
Continue reading Fishing in Agonda Beach and Turtle Nesting in Galgibaga Beach, Goa
It’s still dark when I woke up in the morning. The air was really chilly, too, because last night we left the windows opened. I went to the kitchen and put a pot of water on the stove. We still don’t have water heater, you know, so I need to boil some water for Yaseen to bath everyday in winter. Sadik woke this sleepy little boy up and dragged him to the sink. After he brushed his teeth, he quietly sneak to the couch and curled there until we had to yell at him again to hurry for school.
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October passed us by very swiftly here. I didn’t write much because I couldn’t seem to be able stay on track after our long road trip. I’m trying to get back on an old routine, shuffling between taking care of the boys, blogging and writing my novels. This is absolutely confusing, and when I get really exhausted, I talk to my mom.
(My mom with her sister’s grandson. And guess what! His name is Farm. Also, why she is wearing two pairs of glasses?)
I haven’t always been very close to my mom, you know. Maybe it was because
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The only thing I miss the most when I travel is cooking. I love eating food at local restaurants a lot, but after a while, I crave the comfort of home-cooked meal. A lot of you guys have been telling me to share more recipes, and while I’ve been cooking a lot, 3 meals a day except on the weekends actually, I was unable to keep up with the loads of work.
I’ve been trying to finish a novel in NaNoWriMo, novel writing marathon, but the goal seems really far-fetched right now because I have to edit the travel
Continue reading Garlic and Pepper Chicken with Rice
Have you been feeling anxious lately? Sometimes I feel like I can’t keep up with the pace of changes in the world. But remember everyone is dealing with things in their life even though we aren’t facing the same problems. When you see chaos caused by differences, you can’t deny the amount of stress coming your way. I have a way to cope with the issues, and it’s to travel. Just travel.
I’m not saying that you can forget about life for a while and go on a trip. Travel is not about running away from the problems, but
Continue reading A Trip to Agonda Beach, Goa
Hey guys! I know we have disappeared for a while, but if you’re following us on facebook, you would probably know that we were on a road trip again. It was Diwali Vacation, and Yaseen had 2 weeks off school. Sadik and I then decided that we should drive down to visit our family in Kerala.
Here is a 1 minute preview video of our trip. More is coming soon with blog posts and tons of pictures.
2850 Road Trip
Watch 2850 Road Trip here on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYQr9YXRfSQ
We extended our trip on the road a little longer
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I’m excited about the coming trip. It’s that time of the year again when we can drive down south to visit our family in Kerala. As usual, I will be getting something for the kids, Yaseen’s cousins. My in-laws don’t encourage us to spoil them, but we can’t help because we want to do just that since we’re not with them all the time. Sadik’s family is very practical and simple, and the kids are raised so down to earth, and I really admire that. Yaseen is going to have an amazing time with his cousins, and I’m looking forward
Continue reading Crispy Mushroom and Tofu Curry
I used to hate vegetarian food to the point that I would be really upset when I had to be in all-vegetarian restaurants. Meat was such a big part of the food I grew up eating. I thought a meal without animal proteins was incomplete and unfulfilled. Living in India has changed my perspective about food, and I gradually came out of my shell and started enjoying food regardless of what it lacks. Now for me, good food is beyond what is on a plate but the experience, the journey, the story, and what it can potentially do to your
Continue reading Split Lentil and Kale Stew
The other day, Yaseen asked me what weather we’re in right now. I was speechless for a whole minute because I truly didn’t know what kind of weather we were in at the moment. I told him “Well, we’re kind of in the end of rainy season and on the way to winter.” He seemed confused because both weather didn’t seem to include the blazing sunlight. The thing is we can ignore Global Warming Crisis all we want, but our world is changing. We have never been in this kind of awkward weather talk before. It’s strange to tell your
Continue reading Jeaw Hon (Isaan Meat Soup)
When I was in school, my sister mocked me that I didn’t have any friend. I grew up weird. Well, I was a tomboy who went to the woods after school and played a lone ranger by myself. I didn’t like to be around people, and I was a square peg. I spent most of my time sketching and writing stories in my room. My sister, on the other hand, was popular, and she had a lot of friends. I remember feeling a little jealous sometimes because being in a big squad showed that you’re interesting and cool. Who wouldn’t
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