Fighting Fear: EuroAfricAsia 2015

23 Nov
Okay, maybe I did some touristy stuff during my summer in London (June 2006)

Okay, maybe I did some touristy stuff during my summer in London (June 2006)

When I see a cheap flight, especially a glitch or error fare, I turn into an animal and pounce like it’s my dinner and I haven’t eaten in ages. Book now, figure it out later. Thanks to a rule by the Department of Transportation, you have 24 hours to cancel a flight with a full refund—so really, I have nothing to lose and everything to gain when an error fare comes up. That’s how I found myself with a flight out from Portland, Oregon to London, England returning from Istanbul, Turkey back to Portland, from mid-November to mid-December for under $500 USD. That was less than a flight home for the holidays. (In the words of my friend, Kenna, #bookthatish!)

Thanks to a European tour we did as a family vacation when I was 9ish, I had technically seen more of Europe than any other continent out there, 12 countries or 21% according to my been app. I also spent a summer living here while I was in college, interning as a South Asian wedding planner (yes, it was as much fun as it sounds like it was!), though I spent my time that summer staying in London, trying to embrace life as a local vs being a tourist. This was my opportunity to revisit Europe, as an adult. To really understand and appreciate its culture and beauty, and more importantly, to be able to explore and experience it the way I wanted to.

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I Really Hope Goddess Lakshmi Likes Cupcakes

10 Nov Ta da! Not bad if I say so myself

The end of the year always creeps up on me. I feel like I just got back from Central America, yet here I am, only days away from my next trip. (And I already bought a ticket for my trip after that–typical.) I’m already overwhelmed and have a to do list a mile long that needs to be taken care of before I leave, and then I get the call from my mom, “It’s Diwali!”

The very first post I made to start the annual tradition.

The very first post I made to start the annual tradition.

I’m not sure why, but five years ago I started making daily posts during the five days of Diwali explaining the significance and the traditions of the day. For example, this was my post today: “On the first day of Diwali, we celebrate Dhanteras. It’s celebrated by lighting diyas (little lamps) around the house, buying jewelry (gold and silver) and utensils. In the evening, we pray to Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, to bless our homes and family with wealth. So basically, I’ve lit some candles, I’m on Amazon as we speak and I’m going to hunt down some local and foreign coins (because funemployment funds are getting scarce but I still want to travel!)”

Now when I was living in Toronto, I actually did something every day with my family or we had family friends who were having get togethers or we’d go to the temple–Diwali was busy! Once I left home, we would celebrate Diwali on the weekend through events on campus or in the community. Since I moved to Portland, I’ve always wanted to be more proactive and establish my own traditions for Diwali, but it just never quite worked out that way. Until now. Continue reading

So Much to Share, Starting with these Seven

17 Oct

There’s so much to write about I don’t even know where to start. It’s to the point where I’ve spent the last few hours of this rainy rest day during the middle of my trip to Central America at this cute cafe with internet, and instead of writing, I’ve just been surfing the web. Oh procrastination, I still haven’t been able to quit you. (I did find some articles about the monumental Blue Jays win last night, so I don’t think it was a complete waste of time :-) My two faves are this one that recapped the 7th inning [I tuned in as the Blue Jays tied it up] and this one about Jose Bautista’s bat flip.)

Ending the day with a Blue Jays win!

Ending the day with a Blue Jays win!

I digress. There are so many ideas and stories and experiences that I’ve had over the past month that I’ve told myself I’m going to write about, but didn’t get to for a variety of reason. So, I’m going to call this my idea blog post and share a random stream of consciousness which will turn into a list of topics I’m going to write about. By the end of the year. (Eeks, it’s in writing now, so it needs to happen!) That’s my word. And as a friend once told me, “Your word is a reflection of your character, if you can’t keep your word, that’s speaks volumes about your character.” Truth.

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Starting Again, Again.

1 Sep

My last attempt at blogging regularly again was back in April and it lasted a whole two weeks. Not my best work, not even close but I chose to be distracted by things and people instead of prioritizing what made me most happy and fulfilled. When I was sailing last year, I felt incredible. It’s AMAZING what good sleep, great company, and working your brain (for me that was through reading and writing daily) can do for your mind, body and soul. Funny enough, those are all things that I can do anywhere, anytime, if I choose to do so. So here I am, trying again, to do what makes me feel my best. And I might still fail, again, but you can bet that I’ll keep trying until I find something that works for me.

I read somewhere that it can take 18 – 254 days (yes, two hundred and fifty-four, that’s not a typo) for something to become a habit. While I’m in no way, form, or shape committing to blogging for 254 days, I think it’s time I do my own version of NoBloPoMo and try to blog through the month of September. Why September? Well, for starters, it’s conveniently today and I found myself with time today to write again. I was born in September so it seems like an appropriate time for change and reflection. And seasonally, it’s a time of transition. Besides all that, why not September? After all, the whole premise of my blog is to starting someday today :-)

In Sejal fashion, I’m going to share 5 things three things (gotta run and make my flight back to Portland!) that have happened since I last blogged:

  1. I’m currently in Chicago, for the second time this year and second time this summer. A friend got married in Louisville this weekend and instead of flying in and out of Louisville, I decided to come to Chicago before and after the wedding (it was cheaper to fly into) and catch a ride down to Kentucky for the wedding. My time in Chicago this time around was limited but I got to see a few friends, which is always nice! Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 10.44.33 AM Continue reading

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