Monthly Archives: September 2017

Daily Life in Mumbai

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We are still exploring Mumbai and learning new things.

Like my son asking me why people have lemon and peppers hanging at the back of their cars?

Well I don’t know but will surly ask our amazing friends.

So I did and its believed that it keeps evil spirits or bad stuff away…well I guess it’s not only in Africa its everywhere just done differently.

And now lets talk about walking on the streets and its super hot and humid. You can stopped by this beautifully designed stalls and a gentleman will serve you some nice chilled water for free. Yes…its free for all. Am suoer grateful for sure.

And he us home…arrived today and am excited and kids are glad to have their daddy back home especially our son MJ…he says it’s time for boys stuff…and I say it’s time for some date nights.

Found this sleeping gowns for $3 And in the states its $20 tell me about it. Buying them for my 4th Princess she love them.

And that’s the water stall…

So thankful…

My 14yr old sent me this…she says it’s her first card she plans on having…and she stamped her name on it…awesomeness

And her first house she sent me also…am excited for her

New friends…my son made a friend..and we got to join them on his 8th birthday

Making new friends is such an am Awesome feeling

Mj new friend…

She is absolutely adorable i had to get a picture

When at an 8yr old boys party and the noise is loud…

Selfie time and weired face…at an 8yr old Indian birthday party…at an American fast food joint McDonald’s and they are playing and Spanish song Despacito…and you are from Africa…4 cultures all merged in one great and loud evening in Mumbai

Its dance and music festivals in Mumbai

Our amazing friend spoiling mJ

Hair cut with an M

For 40 cents I can take him on a date….

When aasha saw then killed and skin live chicken she cried and said she wants to be a vegetarian…

Different way to cleaning the fish…

$6 a kilo….

$3 for 6 medium size that can feed my whole clan

They are becoming independent in their own tuk tuk…

No paparazzi mom…lol…

Still enjoying our experience here in Mumbai…now that hubby is home we will do more tourist stuff…. Will share pictures as it unfolds

Mumbai Exploration Continues…

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Juhu, Bandra and the Arabian sea all in one night

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And again our LLF’S helped us create another magnificent evening in Mumbai.

They scooped us up andin the car we laughed and sung all the way to Bandra…

We visited our Mary of the Mount (which is like st Mary) but since this one is near the sea and on a mountain they derive that name. It’s a beautiful original church built by the British.

So Bandra is for the rich and famous of Mumbai… now for me seeing that was a bit of a shock since it did not have the super fancy houses nor did the streets lights up with all the bling…

But what I loved was it was alive with people and the rushing sounds of the Arabian sea hitting the rocks makes it all famous for me.

We visited one of Indians famous actor whom I love but never new his name until today. And we got to take pictures infront of his home. Which we are not the only ones taking pictures infront of his house… apparently every year on his birthday hundreds of people gather infront of his house just to get a glimpse of him standing infront and just having a blast with his fans.. noe thats a sight I would have loved to see…but hey maybe our next trip to Mumbai will be around his birthday.

After our Bandra visit and some walks on the shores of the Arabian beach…we headed to the well known juhu beach…

First impression the beach was very filthy….my …we had a discussion how it could possobly be this dirty… but who are we judge.

The view with the beach lights and the lovely snack and food area makes it a must visit at night.

You can walk the beach or just bring you a beach mat and enjoy the vast nature of the Arabian Ocean…

We also got to taste lots of snacks…some did not go well for us but the already peeled tamarind was our fav… it was tasty and the sliced green apples…. now I think Indians loves snacking and that explains all the snacks they sell on the streets…and their huge sweats shops….

Am so grateful we met our new LLF’s as without them venturing out like that at night would have been a no no for me and kids and the trying of new foods…. at least until Marcus arrives.

Oh and my favorite part of the night was those tasty grilled chicken Tikka….it was a hit…tasty and juicer all in one.

What a great evening and pictures below…hope you enjoy scrowing up through the pictures as much as we enjoyed taking them.

Our night started off with some snacks…apply pie and some chicken pastry…

And that’s the famous actors home Shah Rukh Khan

And that’s him…shah Rhuh Khan

Inside our mount of Mary church

And outside the church they sell wax figures of things and you can buy some and take it to the opposite sight and offer it to a statue and make a wish for on what you desire….you can see i had a house…Destiny said her knees hurt from walking so she got two legs and our friend hot an airplane…so we took them up and made a wish for these matrial things to come true.

Our son making his wish…

And you can buy some colored candles and burn when you go up

View of the church

Our LLF making her wish…

The Arabian sea view from the church

When the Arabian sea is your back door and the front view is a famous actors home…

Sisters for life

They love the camera

I got a pose in

A fun night

Bringing usain Bolt to india

And they pose

Who run the world? Girls girls….

Ok thats a brain street food of some animal…

And the fun began…with this view

Ok this I have to try to explain…its egg white kind of boiled but it was just a bit weired and the middle part has grilled lamb… all I can say is we tasted it and that was all we could do…

Lamb in white sauce

That was our favorite…

Some street snacks….green sliced mango and some tamarind…really love them all

Destiny being silly acting like a blind person on the beach…

Juhu beach filled with people

Picture of the crew

A selfie is in order

After MJ almost got eaten by 4 beach dogs…we laughed and had to turn around….

And on this beautiful beach there are some guys sitting around with a basket of oils and you can get a neck and shoulder massage right there at the beach for 50 rupees which is about 85 cents.

We saw someone with their shirt off laying on a mat getting a massage…am not sure about the sand.

Snack time again….pan…this sweats wrapped in some green leaf…it was tasty minty flavoured.

Shaved icy….it was ok till they added the salt…and we all gave up on the idea…so without the salt is a great way to get sugar high.

Her first taste….she is like mommy can I get just chocolate ice cream…

All I can say….our nights in Mumbai are starting to be super awesome….

Mumbai Exploration Continues…..

Gateway of India with our new LLF’S

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Yes we have made some amazing LLF’S here in Mumbai..

And today they came and picked us and spent the whole evening with us just exploring south of Mumbai.

We got to see the iconic Taj Mahal hotel as well as the gateway india…. And walked the promenade.

Am telling you we laughed and sung and laugh and ate and laughed again for hours.

Am so grateful for such friends we meet as they truly are the ones who makes our travels more special.

Free to laugh and just free to be you….we walked the busy markets of south Mumbai at 11pm and am telling you people are still selling and the streets are buzzing.

With sweets all over the place…and the buzzing noise of the horns can really get you biting some calories out here on this streets. Lol..!!!

Really could not thank our two LLF’S enough they are truly one amazing people and we will always have them in our hearts and will always remember this amazing experiences they gave us tonight.

Now lets share some exploration pictures…

This is the smallest popsicle ever…

Some india rice dessert

This lamb bone is not making it in the trash…

Still in birthday mode

We all eat together.. We are all ONE

Let the fun begin….

Eat of be eaten….lol!!!

Yeap thats our dinner…rice with boiled egg and some potatoes and all day roasted lamb

Let’s get a picture before digging in …

Spicy but tasty…

Reading the history behind gateway india

Let’s just make it more exciting

The nee edition to Taj Mahal hotel

Girls only

Me and my new life long friend

Girls only allowed…

We are family….

Memories with my kids

Our snack before our main dish…all veggie

Road to south Mumbai

The bridge into south Mumbai

Best coffee in india made by an Indian guy

More gateway india discussion

Taj Mahal hotel

What am amazing night with amazing new friends.

Mumbai Exploration Continues….

Sweet 16 in Mumbai

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As we travel our kids end up having their birthdays in different countries. And somtimes this countries are places we don’t know anyone and have yet to make any friends.

And Mumbai happens to be one of them for our oldest daughter Destiny.

She turn 16yrs yesterday and as we all know sweet 16 is a hit for more teenagers her age.

So as a mother I had to put my thinking cap on and get to work.

We woke up in the morning excited and ready to hit the streets to celebrate my oldest.

I knew that kids her age love pampering so we started the day with some gifts that she wanted…some beautiful fashion sun glasses.

Then we went to Enrich salon which I had booked a spa day for her…

She had manicure and pedicure… then got hand and feet massage

After she had her hair washed and blow dry and flat iron and ready for her day.

Thanks to this amazing team at the ENRICH salon they surprised Destiny with a birthday care and a candle….ohhh…she had tears in her eyes and was so surprised. And so happy.

Am so grateful for what they did for my daughter. Thank you enrich salon

Now after we decided to have lunch at the Infiniti mall in malad

Then we went on a shopping spree….

She got 2 shoes she says she loves…from aldo and vans.

Also got necklace and other goodies.

Then had dinner at the food court and homebound. I think as a mother I created the best day I could possibly create for her and she said she really enjoyed her day.

Am so grateful that we can celebrate her on her 16th birthday.

Love you Destiny Alberda Adjoa Manns

What an awesome day….

Mumbai Exploration Continues

My View on Indians

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I must say it has really been a total shock for me arriving here in Mumbai. I would say 2 weeks before we arrived I started receiving social media post and comments about how Indians don’t like forigners and especially black people and we need to be careful… I must say i did read all the comments and watched all the YouTube channels filled with so many negative actions on there and documentaries about Indian not liking people from other countries. But like most news it really got to be negative for the media to want to publish it…. Well I must say my experience here is 100 % opposite what is on the social media and the news… Am telling you my experience in Brazil which suppose to be migrations from Africa there was worse than any country I have been too… I had bad experience as just being abke to ask someone for direction or for help. And in Mumbai….its absolutely different the people are super nice from our apartment host (Gagal home service apartment), To our amazing caretaker and chef, to our uber drivers , to our tuktuk drivers, the security officers at our apartment, the guy who drops off free milk and news paper every single morning, to the team at Yog power studio, the staff at the ENRICH salon in Growels mall…I mean I could really just keep going on and on and on… This people are awesome and so welcoming and just want to help…genuinely wants to help…our Zumba teacher and his wife…I mean it feels right to be here. They welcome you with love and smiles. Now don’t get me wrong am sure they are a few people who have had a differnt experience with the people here…. but like human being The good stuff we do washes off like Teflon and the one time not so great stuff sticks like Velcro.. that’s just how we are weired. Even in Brazil….I made awesome friend even with my so call bad experience…I had amazing memories there that will always remind me of this beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro. So my advice arrive and explore…allow yourself to be challenged and enjoy the journey as much as you will be enjoying the destination. Well I wanted to share this before I share our amazing day celebrating our 16yr old daughters birthday Mumbai style. Hope this helps you decide whether your next summer vacation will be Mumbai Mumbai Exploration Continues

Transportation system in Mumbai

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Well..I must say Mumbai has variety when it comes to transportation.

We have been here for 2 weeks now and I have tried out 3 of the 5 that I am aware of or maybe I should say will be easily available when you arrive in the country.

So as an expat or forigners its exciting when you have options for moving around, but in Mumbai you must choose and pick your exploration of transportation wisely. I will start with what most Indians have advised that I should not even think about taking it.

The train system…. yeap…kids and I went to the train station and I must say it was crowded and not even worth experiencing this train ride. So for a forigner visiting I say stay away from the train stations.

Ok this bus systems are great for those short distance I think…since it gets suoer packed and kind of stinky and if you don’t know where you are going you will spend the whole day trying to get to your destination… So I say unless you have never been on a public bus then go for it…but if have then stay far away.

Ok this is almost becoming my favorite until one day the drive drove my kids all around the city when they clearly mentioned the mall they are going too…the kids said that they know he heard them but intentionally passed the turn just to make more money… any when I say more money…its like 30cents total ride…lol…but I still take this with my kids. I can fit me and my 4 kids in that ride….now it get hot and tjey drive crazy so its a dangerous ride somtimes….and I will say if you have not idea where you are going then don’t take this ride….but if you know your way and can direct them then great deal for moving around. Oh and they have meter in them so no negotiations just ride and pay.

Ok taxis…did not like their attitude…and they seem not to cut the meter on…and when I come around to notice it…he smiled like he forgot and ask that i pay him some ridiculous amount…all I can say is be mindful when you sit in the ride. And most of them don’t speak English. And can seem to read the Google maps in english.

This is an app system like uber…it cheaper than uber….but they don’t speak English so when you book them and they are lost calling and talking to them can be a bit stressful…I had some challenges with them since they don’t speak English. But if you location of pick up is easy to find and your destination is a place you can direct him in case he gets lost then better deal than uber.

My favorite….yes you read that right…no stress and not need to understand each other…and the uber cars in Mumbai has uber engraved on the side of some of the rides. And it’s so cheap its worth all the bells and whistles you get…ac fully pumped up and cooling you off and they actually welcome you in the car and some open the door for you. And when I say cheap its super cheap…like a 5 kilometers journey cost about $3.75 and a trip that took us an hour and a half cost us $2.80… I mean this is for all 5 of us in the car…. So if you are visiting Mumbai I say download the uber app and set it up for moving around so you ca enjoy the city fully without worrying about transportation.

I really hope this helps in deciding which transportation to use when exploring this vast city called Mumbai.

Mumbai Exploration Continues…

Ganesh Festival in India

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There are about 300,000 gods in India but the primary god is called Ganesh. This time in india is considered Christmas celebrations.

The elephant head god is considered the god for success and peace and relaxation. It’s their biggest festival and its celebration across the city.

The Ganesh Festival goes on for 11 days. And they set up temple aeound the city with the gods inside and people goes every morning or evening to pray and make wishes and ask for sucess and life long peace.

On the last day all the gods (the elephant head god statue ) is taken to the nearest moving water like the ocean, river or lake and its a process called immersion (they basically bring all the gods around that neighbourhood and submerg it into the water and leave it there.

The gods are made out of clay and coconut shell and all organic so in a few days it decompose in the water. And this festival is celebrated every year around august – September depending on their Hindu calender.

It truly are experience that will last a life time…with the deep meaning of peace and love during this festival.

Our host in India (Gagal hospitality group) amazing team and super nice host came to our apartment and drove us all around the city enjoying this festival. With so many lights and people it makes such a great evening in Mumbai.

Oh and for laughs…india is the first country to invent the invisible traffic light…the traffic lights here are just for show…

Such an awesome evening and here are some pictures to share

Mumbai Exploration Continues…

Indian outfit on the Manns clan

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So we finally got some Indian cloths and I must say i feel so comfortable in them and they make me feel so sassy but yet classy…

Kids and I went for some well deserved shopping and we had to just hide the money at home if not we will be broke in less than a week in india.

Things are so cheap and so beautiful its hard not to buy them. We going to have some serious suitcase issues. Lol…

I paid $15 for my complete Indian gold color outfit and the kids own, I paid $12. Now tell me why we should be wearing those expensive western cloths that dont even look right and pay $100 for them….lol

Here are a few pictures of our outfits…oh and if they don’t fit right they will take your measurements and make them fit to yours body.

Mumbai Exploration Continues…

Street life in India for an African

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Well..so we made it safely into india. No issues with flights and non with immigration.

We got our visa online which India has now so it was easy with everything needed to fill out the form online we got our visa in 24hours.

Now we made it to our apartment which is lovely very artsy kind of apartment. Which we got from airbnb through a company called Gagal hospitality and their apartment comes with a chef and caretaker who is around 24hours 7days a week…yeap..you read that right.

So kids and I decided to venture out a few days after our arrival and got on a tuktuk with my 14yr old Aasha and the adventures of that day was surely one to remember.

So the tuktuk here which they call it auto is very cheap…its like 30cents(usd) to travel about 3 kilometers. It can seat 3 persons…now it’s not the safest way of travelling since they have no rules on the roads.

But Aasha and I decided to try it all our and we went to a street market called indrashpata shopping center…now this place is in Borivali east and we live in west side.

This place you can buy all the Indian cloths and materials you want at a very cheap price and its not a tourist section of the city. Its where the locals shop in chaoes.

We started our journey on the tuktuk and when we arrived we decided to walk the streets and just try all their yummy and healthy street foods. I must say it was a shock to our palettes for sure.

Aasha almost threw up right in front of the place we buying from…lol…funny but scary as I had to master up my universal action of the power of thoughts…

All i can say is come prepared to be shocked and to be probably at your healthiest state of your life as most of their foods here is vegan or vegetarian. Even the street foods. No meats.

Here are a few pictures of Aasha and I street food experience.

Our Apartments was exactly how they listed on the company’s website. Best fit for our family.

Hope you enjoyed our adventures with us.

Mumbai Exploration Continues…