Archives for March 2009

The Samosas in India on a Friday Night!

Once Brian and Jen, with their four friends Jolene & Ryan and Jess & Hugo, arrived on Friday afternoon, our evening started. We began with some appetizers and happy hour drinks with a nice sunset at our apartment. There was a mix up with the van, so after we all got gussied up, we headed out with all nine of us (the driver is included) to Shiro. Luckily upon arrival there weren’t too many people, so we could take in the stunning atmosphere of this hot spot. As the night continued the crowd increased with dancing to the DJ a highlight of the evening. He was playing some oldies but goodies. Too bad there wasn’t a karoke!

Four sparkling ladies fit into the back of the Innova.

Four sparkling ladies fit into the back of the Innova.

Gilan joined us!

Gilan joined us!

So did TonyPappa.

So did TonyPappa.

All the ladies in the house...

All the ladies in the house...

Jen gettin' her groove on.

Jen gettin' her groove on.

We found the arm raising is hereditary.  This is Brian dancin' up a storm.

We found the arm raising is hereditary. This is Brian dancin' up a storm.

All the fellas raisin' up their arms...

All the fellas raisin' up their arms...

Up close with Brian--he decided to grow a stash while in Rajasthan!

Up close with Brian--he decided to grow a stash while in Rajasthan!

TonyPappa

ASB has hired producer and director TonyPappa to make a film for the school. (We don’t call him just Tony; we call him TonyPappa to include his surname. It’s a great name to say;) While he’s been here, our family has had a chance to get to know him since he has been working in the library–and he’s become a good bud of Barry’s.  We had a good time with him, Barry, Dan, and Vinky when they came over for dinner. Following are some pictures from the night:

TonyPappa got some great coverage of the beach at sunset from our balcony.  The tiltshift clips he took even made it into the ASB movie he was here to produce.

TonyPappa got some great coverage of the beach at sunset from our balcony. The tiltshift clips he took even made it into the ASB movie he was here to produce.

Sweet Barry

Sweet Barry


 
TonyPappa shared his iPhone with the kids--of course Vincent was enthralled.  He wants his own iTouch!

TonyPappa shared his iPhone with the kids--of course Vincent was enthralled. He wants his own iTouch!

See! Look how entranced he is...

See! Look how entranced he is...

TonyPappa with Dan

TonyPappa with Dan

Here's our fabulous friend Vinky.

Here's our fabulous friend Vinky.

And of course...last but not least...a shot with the kids and Barry.

And of course...last but not least...a shot with the kids and Barry.

The Samosas are in India!

Brian and Jen arrived Saturday night with their friends Jes and Hugo and Joylene and Ryan. We were able to spend Sunday touring around South Bombay with them. It’s becoming quite normal to catch up with these two a couple of times a year. It feels so normal to meet up with Brian and Jen–even though the locations are atypical. We just spent time with them in Bangkok.

Here they are carrying the packet of samosas we made sure were in the car waiting for them when they arrived. Suprisingly, their room was great--right on Marine Drive.  From the Internet site, we were actually a little worried.

Here they are carrying the packet of samosas we made sure were in the car waiting for them when they arrived. Suprisingly, their room was great--right on Marine Drive. From the Internet site, we were actually a little worried.


Uncle Beef is just admiring his nephew for a moment.

Uncle Beef is just admiring his nephew for a moment.


We rented a school van for easy transport around South Bombay.  Our mini-van followed with all the purchases.

We rented a school van for easy transport around South Bombay. Our mini-van followed with all the purchases.


Jen's excitement was contagious in the ultra-huge Fabindian downtown.

Jen's excitement was contagious in the ultra-huge Fabindian downtown.


After so much shopping, we needed a yummy lunch at Leopolds.

After so much shopping, we needed a yummy lunch at Leopolds.


The Gateway of India

The Gateway of India


This lady with pan stained lips wanted to take a picture with our kids.  When they said no, I turned it around and made a picture with her.

This lady with pan stained lips wanted to take a picture with our kids. When they said no, I turned it around and made a picture with her.


After the Gateway, we made our usual cooling/refreshing stop at the Taj.

After the Gateway, we made our usual cooling/refreshing stop at the Taj.


Jen and I took our annual pic on Marine Drive during sunset.  (Click on the picture to see the last one.)

Jen and I took our annual pic on Marine Drive during sunset. (Click on the picture to see the last one.)

Honky Tonk Murder Mystery

Crystalline Daniels and Rowdy Lawless had a fun Saturday night. Basically, Bubba was shot in his office at his very own bar, and no one was leavin’ until the murderer was found. Luckily it was not neither of us. Crystalline worked as the barmaid of the saloon, and Rowdy was just passin’ through on his Harley. The best part about the night was when Rowdy convinced Crystalline to run away from Cactus, Texas with him. They’re gettin’ married. Rowdy’s okay with the fact the Crystalline is carrying Bubba’s child–that means more money for them now that Bubba has been killed!

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Here's Crstalline with her new catch: Rowdy! Look how strong and brave he is. Nothin' like slimy Bubba. Rowdy is a MAN!


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I don't know what Dusty is doin' posin' with the murderer! That's Jim Bob, Cactus' very own preacher--well not anymore!

Gigi’s Sports’ Day

I have now witnessed four Sports’ Days at ASB. This one by far was the best. The activities for the kids were punctuated with art and props. Gigi has been so excited for her own Sports’ Day. Enjoy this event through some pictures!

On the way to school, Gigi had her game face--oh and two pairs of glasses. We listened to Galvanize, by the Chemical Brothers to get even more pumped!

On the way to school, Gigi had her game face--oh and two pairs of glasses. We listened to Galvanize, by the Chemical Brothers to get even more pumped!


She was movin' the whole time.  She kind of looked like a track athlete the way she was shakin' her legs about.

She was movin' the whole time. She kind of looked like a track athlete the way she was shakin' her legs about.


This was a cute village type of race--do the marketing for the day.  (There's a rubber chicken in her bucket!)

This was a cute village type of race--do the marketing for the day. (There's a rubber chicken in her bucket!)


Vincent, with his classmates, cheered her on.

Vincent, with his classmates, cheered her on.


Here she is pulling with all her might on the tug-o-war.

Here she is pulling with all her might on the tug-o-war.


The proud participant with her certificate and award!

The proud participant with her certificate and award!


One pic with Mommy--I feel so lucky to be able to attend events like.  It makes being a working mom a bit easier.

One pic with Mommy--I feel so lucky to be able to attend events like. It makes being a working mom a bit easier.


Gigi's pic of her medal.

Gigi's pic of her medal.

Vincent’s Sounds: Part I

I’m starting a new series about Vincent. Once a month he comes up with a new sound–a new sound that he continually makes for about 30 days. This one takes much effort and is at times obnoxious but is somehow still enjoyable. See for yourself:


Untitled from Ann Krembs on Vimeo.

PON, Part I

The Parade of Nations is coming up at ASB. The Parade of Nations, referred to now as PON, used to be known as FON, the Festival of Nations. But that’s all history stuff. The main point of this post is to tell of Vincent’s maturity.

Each year, the ASB child decides which nation they will walk with across the stage to celebrate their country. Our own kids are rapidly being described as TCKs–or in other words “Third Culture Kids.” They were born of American parents in Venezuela yet live in India (for most of their life) and will move to China real soon. This could make for an issue in identity, yet PON at ASB helps celebrate our children’s diversity.

Last year, and the years before that, the kids have always walked with USA. However, Gigi wanted to walk with India last year, but in the end decided to walk for USA with her brother. It was determined last year, that this year Gigi would decide for which country they would both walk. Gigi, living most of her life in India, would like to walk with India. Although Vincent hasn’t wanted to, this morning he told Gigi that he would indeed walk with her for India.

I document Vincent’s growth in maturity through this post. I’ve also included some photos from our first September here in Bombay back on Gandhi’s Day in 2004 to celebrate physical growth.

Gigi's just about 1 here, and Vincent would be just about 2 1/2.

Gigi’s just about 1 here, and Vincent would be just about 2 1/2. Very sweet!

Such a cute little man!

Such a cute little man!

The spunky Gig-ster!

The spunky Gig-ster!

A family pic in our Indian dress at our new school--ASB

A family pic in our Indian dress at our new school–ASB

Arabian Nights, ASB Ball, 2009

Aside from winning the grand prize, we had a fabulous time.  Again, I’ll let pictures speak…

Before we left we got a pic from our balcony.

Before we left we got a pic from our balcony.

Here we are at the entrance to the ball.

Here we are at the entrance to the ball.

This is a picture with two fabulous library gals: Jenny and Gizelle. They had just performed a dance for all.

This is a picture with two fabulous library gals: Jenny and Gizelle. They had just performed a dance for all.

I know this is the backs of two wonderful ladies, but it was such a precious moment.  They're both preggers--in fact due in the next month or so, and it was just so tender to watch them together.

I know this is the backs of two wonderful ladies, but it was such a precious moment. They’re both preggers–in fact due in the next month or so, and it was just so tender to watch them together.

This is my fashionista friend Parul.  She's one of those amazingly beautiful people inside and out.

This is my fashionista friend Parul. She\’s one of those amazingly beautiful people inside and out.

This is Vipul, Gielle's husband.  I had such fun dancing with him.  He's an AMAZING dancer!

This is Vipul, Gielle’s husband. I had such fun dancing with him. He’s an AMAZING dancer!

Glamour=Vinky, Khush, Priyanka, Charlotte, and me!

Glamour=Vinky, Khush, Priyanka, Charlotte, and me!

Feeling fabulous with Gizelle!

Feeling fabulous with Gizelle!

Kevin was the last person on the dance floor with this PTA mom!  Go KevStar!!

Kevin was the last person on the dance floor with this PTA mom! Go KevStar!!

One last pic with Gizelle--we were just about the last people there!

One last pic with Gizelle–we were just about the last people there!

This time I got a picture of Barry!  Usually he's the one takin' the shots.

This time I got a picture of Barry! Usually he\’s the one takin\’ the shots.

I won the Grand Prize!

Last night, at the ASB Ball 2009, I won the Grand Prize: three nights at the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur! Looks like MaharAnnie will be going back for another fabulous weekend in Jaipur.

Here’s a preview of the palace:

 

 

It’s All in the D’s

For all of the family and friends that know me, you will appreciate this post. Usually, I look more forward to the preparation of the event, rather than the actual event. (I’d like Joanie, Julie, and Mary to comment; don’t you agree! Julie, how many times have I heard you say, it’s all in the little details!?)

Well, with the annual ASB Ball today, Saturday, March 14, this is a post to preview exactly that: the fun details!

Here's my shimmery purple dress.  I found it last summer the day before we left to come back to India.  Funny, but it's actually made in India.

Here\’s my shimmery purple dress. I found it last summer the day before we left to come back to India. Funny, but it\’s actually made in India.

 

Kevin and I will be coordinated with this snazzy tie.  He actually found it in his closet, so we didn't have to go shopping for one.

Kevin and I will be coordinated with this snazzy tie. He actually found it in his closet, so we didn\’t have to go shopping for one.

 

Here are the earrings I found--obviously costume jewelry, but sparkly not the less.

Here are the earrings I found–obviously costume jewelry, but sparkly not the less.

 

At the last minute, I found this fun bauble to wear.  It's a ring.

At the last minute, I found this fun bauble to wear. It\’s a ring.

 

Gigi came with me to get a mani yesterday.  Look at how cute her flowers are!

Gigi came with me to get a mani yesterday. Look at how cute her flowers are!

 

Shoes were a dilemma.  I couldn't find a purple pair.  This silvery pair kind of look lavender-ish.  I found two flowers I could add to the shoe, or I could keep the original.  What do you think?  Please comment.

Shoes were a dilemma. I couldn\’t find a purple pair. This silvery pair kind of look lavender-ish. I found two flowers I could add to the shoe, or I could keep the original. What do you think? Please comment.