09 June, 2010

Monsoon

ok so it is here...and i took this video...which is really dark so you cant see anything....but you can hear me and the rain!!
video

i count!!

A man came by my place the other night to drop off my official Indian census form…I said but I am not Indian “do I count”…he said “no” but to fill it anyway...

22 April, 2010

reasons not to use goggle translator

So my students have to write a 400 word personnal statement as part of their application. Our classes are all tuaght in English and the personnal statemnt is too be in english as well. this kid just sent one....he typed each line in Hindi into Google translator and this is how it came out in english....

Before I’ll dinner yet while eat communicate from them. What ever they would say. I’ll keep alert all those time because He will be our progenitor. They will tell what ever we our for good tell. Perhaps They said this, Industries is not all of them. So we shouldn’t shock from telling this talk. There’s any body to be come popular. He is talent & own Hard Struggle Cause to become popular. He is every thing to a doubt Renan citation world. As if world think watch 3 hours the movie. There must be all of cushy work. But here’s Just Negative. Is not cushy any work one scene do till ten day’s lossed unit of every person hard work struggler should never think so, I likely to meet work In Industries So I haves becomed king But also required to be challenge hard work. Whatever to day’s stars He don’t make cushy stars but also before make a stars They has been cantoned director’s Producer’s of hard Review. They have been own motivate Resemble. They think always we shouldn’t laxity & in fewer ants should go ever wish to be, They Think always forever stars make to be go in propaganda. Some people say’s while shoot more do tough work actors & directors. No its wrong while shoot every workers hard work in unit. Then we able to cushy watch on the TV & canvas. Today’s every body have more money In the Industry. They wished more many make the movie & they can lucrative money but past are the days. & the days rapidly has becomed change. For make a movie should good story & for good story we should good & pacify mind as one writer & director can do because they go in propaganda dire provided the

he was rejected!

and here is a photo of me i took this weekend that i kinda like....

31 March, 2010

test explain

so i have to admit i am not very technologically apt. funny thing is i used to totally be that guy...but some how life has passed me by. I would like to blame my India exhile status, but that is not true, it has forced me to be more tech savey ie: this blog...

so anyway

i lost the cord that connects my camera to my computer so when i have photos to post i have to go to take a bus to the train station and get them burned on a CD and it's a pain. so last week a friend told me to buy a card reader...i didnt know this exsieted but bascially i stick the card reader into my computer and then my cameras memeory card into that and Vola!! Now as you can view below, i can post videos as well....so get ready!!!

a test

video

29 March, 2010

Easter!

in preparation for our Lord's Re-Birth, i will share my all time favorite Easter song...by one Miss Dolly Parton.
She sings as if she was one of the characters in the story...it just makes me laugh to think of Dolly, the way she looks, in the time of Jesus...

so here it is...ENJOY!!!



The gates and doors were barred, And all the windows fastened down
I spent the night in sleeplessness
And rose at every sound, Half in hope of sorrow
And half in fear the day
Would find the soldiers breakin' through
To drag us all away

And just before the sunrise, I heard something at the wall
The gate began to rattle, And a voice began to call
I hurried to the window, Looked down into the street
Expecting swords and torches, And the sound of soldiers' feet

But there was no one there but Mary, So I went down to let her in
John stood there beside me, As she told me where she'd been
She said they've moved Him in the night
And none of us know where, The stone's been rolled away
And now His body isn't there

We both ran towards the garden, Then John ran on ahead
We found the stone and empty tomb, Just the way that Mary said
But the winding sheet they wrapped Him in
Was just an empty shell, And how or where they'd taken Him
Was more than I could tell

Oh something strange had happened there, Just what I did not know
John believed a miracle, But I just turned to go
Circumstance and speculation, Couldn't lift me very high
'Cause I'd seen them crucify Him, Then I saw Him die

Back inside the house again, The guilt and anguish came
Everything I'd promised Him, Just added to my shame
When at last it came to choices, I denied I knew His name
And even if He was alive, It wouldn't be the same

But suddenly the air was filled, With a strange and sweet perfume
Light that came from everywhere, Drove shadows from the room
And Jesus stood before me, With His arms held open wide
And I fell down on my knees, And I just clung to Him and cried

Then He raised me to my feet, And as I looked into His eyes
The love was shining out from Him, Like sunlight from the skies
Guilt in my confusion, Disappeared in sweet release
And every fear I ever had, Just melted into peace

He's alive yes He's alive, Yes He's alive and I'm forgiven
Heaven's gates are open wide, He's alive yes He's alive
Oh He's alive and I'm forgiven, Heaven's gates are open wide
He's alive He's alive, Hallelujah He's alive
He's alive and I'm forgiven, Heaven's gates are open wide
He's alive He's alive He's alive, I believe it He's alive
Sweet Jesus

12 March, 2010

Republic day: midget's prositutes temples and flamingo's

Republic Day of India commemorates the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect (January 26, 1950)...Blah Blah Blah...it really means we get a day off from work whoot whoot!

I began my Republic day the night before. R.Day is a dry day, which means they don’t serve or sell booze so everyone goes out the night before. The plan was to take out our friend Harvey; he had just been dumped by his girlfriend, so we used this as an excuse to drink (like we needed one).

[sidebar about Harvey and the girl, they met on New Years eve and had already talked about marriage, he got dumped on the 25th of JANUARY!! it's strange like that here...I’ve been on first dates here where I am told at the end "I love you". scary!]

Aili, Harvey and I met up at my favorite Mumbai waterhole the Golden Chariot. (I will forever be in debt to Aili for introducing me to this place!!) The Golden Chariot is in the parking area of the domestic airport, Santa Cruz east just opp. Sahara Star Hotel.

[sidebar 2: A strange thing; in India restaurants that also serve beer/liquor are mostly called “hotels” and then, places where you can sleep are also called hotels. My assistant says that if you were talking to your friends and you wanted to get a room you would say “let’s get a room” but if you wanted a drink you would say “let’s go to hotel”. And if you are in your town there would be no reason to get a hotel so when you say hotel it always means drink! Anyway Golden Chariot is a hotel, but you can’t sleep there, pass out yes, sleep no!]

What Golden Chariot does have is one of the best clientele freak shows of any place I’ve ever been. Let’s start at the door where you are greeted by…

Now that alone should be reason enough to go but it continues. The restaurant is divided into two areas an inside AC upscalish restaurant and an outside area which is covered by a large canopy. This is the place! Outside nightly they have live music, AWESOME live music! It’s basically a guy with a laptop singing karaoke but it’s great. He sings old classis Hindi songs mostly desperate tear jerking love songs and “Hindi drinking songs” which are mostly desperate tear jerking love songs. This is he and me...

Another aspect of heaven on earth, the golden chariot is due to it’s proximity to the airport it is full of prostitutes looking for a quickie. And due to the coloration of my skin they flock to me…she is one of my favorites…

Seems to be no dental plan for whores in Mumbai (yuck!!) she got mad at me cause I took her photo; saw her teeth; and ran away!

We were joined by Bhavin he used to work at WWI with us. We nursed Harvey’s broken heart, danced, sang, drank and celebrated independence!!





The next day Aili had arrange a full day of activities for us…first we (Aili and I) went to campus for a flag raising ceremony and for Aili to get an award for Employee of the year!!

After Aili, myself and the director of the IT department Priyadarshi (P.D. for short) took his car and headed for a temple. Along the way we passed slat flats…

The white stuff is really table salt being made or grown or harvested…I am still not clear...but it was cool.

So we got to the temple and it’s still under construction which turned out to be the neat part seeing how it is being made, stone cut etc. I had to poop there and there was no toilet paper and had to use my hand. No photo’s of that.





At the temple we met up with Natalie, she’s an Australian doing a research project at our school. While waiting for her to arrive; Harvey called and invited us over for lunch, he lives near byish. So P.D., Aili, Natalie and I went and had an amazing Guajarati lunch at Harvey’s house. I pooped at Harvey’s too; he didn’t have toilet paper either.

We left, taking Harvey with us and travelled all the way down the city talking over the whole India vs. Australia controversy!
We drove down to this remote place in Mumbai in search of Flamingo’s; that’s right kids Flamingo’s!! Aili had read in the paper that during their migration south they stop for a layover in Mumbai so in search we went! It was funny trying to find it, lots of missed turns and bad directions lots of “you had to be there” moments! Finally in the shadow of a huge toxic power plant we found them…you’ll have to look close for the pink line but their there…


After, we walked next door to an old abandoned Muslim temple. Suddenly, out of nowhere, tons and tons of young Muslim boys came running in, it got kinda of scary cause they were everywhere and getting really rowdy seeing the two white women so we left, quickly!
To finish the day we drove to Marine drive and walked watching the sun come down.

It may have taken me a month to blog about but it was certainly one of the best 48 hours in my life. Just one of those great days where you just let the wind (or Aili) lead the way and you enjoy every second!!

05 March, 2010

SuperStar!!

03 March, 2010

the winklers vs. sri lanka

For a wedding at thanksgiving the winklers landed in sri lanka...



it's strange to see this family portrait (and this isnt everybody) growing up it was always just my mom, grandmom, brother and myself. teeny tiny family, then my brother got married...now we are spread across france, canada, india, america, srilanka. we went from country folk to international jet setters with the words "I DO".

we rode elephants...it was scary...my mom, my sister-in-law Denise, and super stud!!




we had a driver...nobody liked the way he smelled...i wanted to be his best friend!



we saw turtles...



i met a monk with lady lips...



we went to the beach...it was my favorite day...




the house was full of kids...people tell me kids are fun...



and there was a wedding...



it was fun fun fun and great to see my family and interesting to see them on sort of my turf...although sri lanka kicks india butt in terms of cleanliness and order but...they got the idea.

23 February, 2010

setting up house

After 2.5 years of eating off cheapy metal plates and bowls that i hated...i got me some dishes. i think when i moved here i didnt realize the enormity of starting over...like i knew i would have to find friends and a job, the big stuff, but it was the buying of tape and dishes and sheets and towels which has sort of sucked. Mostly becuase my Moms house is full of all my Philadelphia tape, dishes, sheets and towles. Lord knows my mom would love to have her closets back, shes got stuff of her own to fill them with. Sending that stuff to me just isnt fiscally fesable and i can get everything here. trouble is quality. One of the misconceptions in moving to india is i figured i'd just get everything here it will be cheaper. what i didnt realize is that the stuff here is cheaper as in cheap quality. here you have to pay American prices to get American quality...and there are thing you need you cant skimp on, tape, dishes, sheets and towles. sleeping on cheap sheets suckes and useing a cheap towel leaves your skin feeling icky.

so these are my new dishes...and i love them...



and this is my blackberry. just had the photo thought i'd share...

12 February, 2010

Alexander McQueen.

Jan sent me an SMS last night at 12am on the dot with the news of McQueens death.

I am so sad. I loved him. He was everything i aspire to be, smart, determined, respected, fun and many other inspiring and important words... i am just so sad for the world...and i know that sounds extreme but...

there are some people that just get it...can mix art and politics, can make the serious fun, he was that...he was so right on!!
there are some people that you don't personally know but you know them and you know you'd be great friends!

I remember once seeing a tee shirt of his for $3oo. i went and looked at that shirt maybe 5-6 times within one week and kept laughing to myself...that is true skill that he would make my poor ass actually consider a $3oo tee-shirt. This past weekend i bought light brown shoes i would have never bought had you not told me they were in

so this world will go on, people will wake this morning, put on terrible outfits, drink coffee, go to work and carry on. The world has the resilient strength i wish you had had. Today I will wear my light brown shoes, think of you and hope you are at peace.

Thank you for everything...

11 February, 2010

One thing I hate, One thing I love and One thing that causes guilt! !

I have said it before and I will say it again…I hate hate hate when the contestants on American Idol talk about their kids… I don’t care. I have never bought a CD based on the birthing/parenting abilities of the artist. I don’t care. Do you feel that children make your voice better…from what I have heard this season NO!
Everyone with kids and a job is working to make a better life for their kids, what makes you special? You decided to figure out a way to provide for them AFTER you gave birth, that hardly makes you special or vote worthy, the other word for that is Stupid!!
When picking a winner wouldn’t you rather have a single guy/girl that will become famous and have scandalous affairs that make the papers. If you want ogle someone saddled with a family…go to Wal-mart!!!
I hate you parental American Idol people!! The only that would be worse is if you had a blind contestant!!



My office wife (Aili) told me “I love lady gaga” too much. Of course I began a mission to prove her wrong…after much googling I found this guy…every time The Ga makes an appearance he bakes cookies to represent her outfits. I love this!!


Mad Men…in my schools library we just got Season 1 DVD of the popular AMC show, it was the first time I watched this show.
Its strange, I love it, totally love it, but at the same time am conflicted. Every single character is pretty darn despicable, so I don’t like liking it.
Do i need to like the way the people on a TV show behave? It's not like they are pop idol's, they are fictional. Do i need to want to be like them to enjoy the show?

Having never seen the show the only thing I knew about it was how everyone (all men) wants to be “John Hamm from Mad Men”…well he’s a cheater, like a multiple, unremorseful cheater and that’s no one we should idolize. I don’t understand the show, as in what’s the point; it just makes me hate our grandparents’ generation. it does make me understand why smoking and drinking at work is dumb, why we (Americans) need sexual harassment laws, and why I love my mobile phone and technology. So maybe that’s it…whatever, I am hooked and will without doubt be downloading season 2-3 today!!

04 February, 2010

I still live...

in Bollywood!!

Since i have not been 'acting' there has been little-or-no bollywood talk so here is a current favorite song of mine (it actually months old but still) and a very old song but I's loves it and you will too!!

From 'love aaj kal'



now the oldie, from 'Blackmail'



Enjoy!!

02 February, 2010

Fashy On!

today's blog was suppose to be about republic day (indian 4th July), which was last tuesday, but because i was/am saturday, i didn't get my photos done....i lost the cord to download pictures directly to my PC so i have to go to the shop and get a CD burned, it takes time, but i am visualizing a laptop in my near future so all that will change!!

until then...the secondary topic will be....

Fashion!!

i want this...


i want to be this guy....and before you start, i know its bad to want to be anyone else...but i want to be him and have the life i pretend he has...





i want to know who this is...he's a fashion designer but thats all i know...


i hope i live long enough to see someone wearing these...


ok so chew on that...put on something from the back of your closet today!!! (not you mom, put down the "snazz") but everyone else!!!

25 January, 2010

the weekend

This is an example of the emails I receive from co-workers…

“Thanking you to please seeing attached documentational information and do the needingful in the timing for same”

And then they will freak out if you don’t reply…anyone have a decoder ring I could borrow?

*********************

Contrary to popular belief, here in India, one does not need to haggle to purchase items. 95% of things have a prices printed on them known as the MRP (maximum retail price, maximum rupee paid, Mumbai rupee price etc).

There are staple items (i.e. milk, sugar, rice, petrol) and their price is fixed by the government. When there is a need to raise the price it has to be ‘approved’ and fierce debate takes place. Currently they are trying to raise the milk price. I don’t know what it is now, I buy cartons and I think they are Rs. 38. But apparently it’s going up. It’s strange because I think it will go up by 2-3 rupees (roughly 5 cents?). With India being such a poor country that actually really affects people.

Next item: my weekend…

Friday I went to a play. It was in Hindi and I was bored. Just before we went in I drank a huge coffee and it was charging through my veins and I felt like a drug addict. I left during intermission.

Saturday I went to Hypercity.



Every Saturday I go to Hypercity. It’s Mumbai’s Target/Sam’s club. I start off in the mall next to it HC, it’s called Inorbitz.



I start by going to Crosswords (Mumbai’s Barnes and noble). I like to look at the western music section and to finger the books but never buy, cause books I get from school or friends and music I get from another store in the mall…it’s my next stop…I think its called “M music”, I cant remember right now…all the guys there know me and will show me the latest western music they have in. they have no idea what my taste are so they just show me all the CD’s with white people on the cover!

I look around at other stores but rarely, rarely buy anything. Because my place is sooo dumpy I don’t really decorate it or try to class it up. Clothes here are different from me.

At Hypercity I get all my groceries and household products, deo’s, soaps, pots and pans. People say the prices are more expensive there but they are not (see above MPR statement) and if they are, the ease of being able to get everything under on roof is well worth it. When I go to market I like to try at least one new thing but I can’t promise that I always do. This week I got moth balls, people tell me they will keep the lizards out (yes, I have a lizard problem).

Saturtday night I and the boyfriend met my friend david for dinner, then david and I went out for drinks. It was david’s birthday. I had fun!

Sunday…I watched a Desperate Housewives marathon.

and that's 3 days in Mumbai!!

Gothic Mumbai

aili and i went to lunch...

08 January, 2010

keep it simple!!

some simple updates:

i have had a cold for almost three weeks now
and i am over it (not the cold but over having it :)!!

work has been stinky!

i am sorta, kinda, maybe, dating someone!!

my dead camera has been brought back to life!!

and thats that.

here is my favorite thing right now...

http://garfieldminusgarfield.net/

Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.

please go and view this, you'll never read comics the same again!!

04 January, 2010

"in and out" isnt just a burger joint

Growing up a little girl on the farm, one of my favorite things in the world was that on Jan. 1 of every year 'The Washington Post' would put out an "In and Out" list. Anything that was cool or to be cool was on the “in” side…and anything totally “out” (like the word totally) would be on the “out” side.

I loved it.

Looking back now I probably didn’t get half the items they listed, I was on a farm, not knee deep in the big city of DC but regardless I drank it up...it made me feel like I knew what was happening out “there". My neighbors didn’t know, but I did. That made me better faster, smarter, and not one of them! Of course they were delivered the exact same paper we did but kuch bhi; I was like 13ish and made me feel hip!

So in the grand tradition of this great newspapers list, I have done my own...see below and live it!!!

(and for some reason i can not get the justification correct so deal!!)


Out.........................In
Kylie.......................Gaga
Khans.......................Kapoors
Perezhilton.Com.............Stylerookie.Com
Renaldo.....................Sanath Jayasuriya
Ambivalence ................Cards on the Table
Mylie Cyrus/Taylor Swift....Anybody Else
Sex/Drunk Hook Ups..........Victorian Sensibilities
People in their 20’s........People in their 40’s
Abs.........................Bellies
Sway Calloway...............Johann Wald
Non-Fat Mocha Lattes........Black Coffee
Rickshaw Drivers............IT Nerds
Twilight Books/Movies.......Warriors (Warrior Cats Series)
Booze.......................Mango Juice
Tiger Woods.................Kumar Sanakkara
Blue Eyes...................Moustaches
Gap.........................Indian Terrain
American Style..............European Style
China House.................Aer
Hrithik Roshan..............Ranbir kapoor
Twitter.....................Phone Calls
Upen Patel..................JCAC (Jan)
Dinner......................Breakfast
Marvel Comicsl..............Steam, Clock, and Dieselpunk
Garfield....................Garfield Minus Garfield (Old But…)
Kingfisher Beer.............Tiger Beer
5 Star Hotel Meals..........Pot Luck Dinners at Friends
Branded Clothes.............Train Station Clothes
Bollywood...................Japanese Cinema
Benetton....................Lacoste
Scotch on the Rocks.........Vodka Shots
Obama.......................Annise Parker
Kathy Griffin...............Regina Hall
Universal Healthcare........Home Remedies
Facebook....................Myspace, it’s coming back bitches
Wally Lamb..................Tao Lin
Mika........................Patrick Wolf
Craig.......................Craig

enjoy the year...i love everyone!!