Tel Aviv

I was fortunate enough to visit Israel for the first time. The country has a very unique feel, like European with a splash of India/Middle East.

The food was fantastic. I found this great family-owned Palestinian restaurant. The wife recommended a dish that was very tasty. But then I look over and see that she and her husband are eating it too. Did she suggest the meal she wanted? Hmm…

For a small country Israel has some great tourism. The beach in Tel Aviv had smooth sand and nice water. Although the highlight was definitely floating in the dead sea. Of course I figured floating on your back was possible, but I could actually float vertically like a fishing bobber! I also learned that the dead sea is the lowest point on earth.

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Posted by on July 3rd, 2017 No Comments

Ask the Sexpert

The BBC recently covered a story about Dr. Mahinder Watsa’s column “Ask the Sexpert.” Dr. Watsa’s goal is to promote discussion on the topic of sex education, which remains a controversial topic in India. What is most surprising is that Dr. Watsa began his column 10 years ago at the age of 80.

When you see the questions posed to him, you can really understand the lack of knowledge that exists. Below are some of the more unusual questions along with Dr. Watsa’s sarcastic replies.

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Posted by on July 27th, 2014 No Comments

Funny Food Delivery

One of the families that lives in my apartment community has a son going to school in Boston. On my most recent trip home, his mother asked if I can bring some home-cooked foods for him. I said it was no problem and brought the goodies with me.

Since they were cooked foods, he needed to collect them from me before they went bad. Unfortunately, I was away that weekend so I couldn’t go out to meet him. To spare my mother the details, I told her that my “friend” would be coming to collect a bag of food. Seemed simple enough.

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Posted by on March 18th, 2014 No Comments

Indian Tour Bus

This is how the local bands travel from gig to gig.

I hope those instruments are bolted down well.

Posted by on March 8th, 2014 No Comments

The Only Store

If you’ve ever spent some time in India, you’d understand why the name of this store is funny.

Posted by on March 8th, 2014 No Comments

Jaipur Day Tour

Jaipur has to be one of my favorite cities in India. It feels very untouched with the old traditions still in place. The buildings are also gorgeous and almost all of them are colored pink.

Even some of the elephants are pink.

I got to visit some forts with great architecture with an amazing view.

This photo shows you can’t judge a book by its cover.

And it wouldn’t be a trip to India without some snake charmers.

Posted by on March 8th, 2014 1 Comment

Point of View

It’s interesting how your perspective changes in different parts of the world. I’m fairly certain nobody from the western world considers bell peppers and broccoli as an “exotic” vegetable.

When I think exotic, I normally think about the 4 foot gourds that I see in the supermarkets here.

Posted by on March 8th, 2014 No Comments

Taj Mahal

After almost 2 years in India I finally set out to see the Taj Mahal. I took a 5am flight to Jaipur, got to my hotel by 7:30am, and left for the Taj Mahal around 8:30am. After a few rest stops, we finally reached by 12:30pm.

I had a guide with me explaining the history of the Taj Mahal. The best part was he knew all the places where you should have photos taken. He also had me do some interesting poses.

I had a great time visiting the Taj Mahal. However, I think it was a over-hyped. In fact, I probably had more fun exploring Jaipur for the day since it was less touristy. All in all a good time though.

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Posted by on March 8th, 2014 No Comments

Goa Round Two

I made it to Goa again. Fortunately, this time was for vacation and not for work. It’s not that I don’t enjoy visiting Sewage Treatment Plants in 90 degree weather, I just prefer hanging by the beach.

Goa is famous for its restaurants, especially for seafood. This one restaurant was boasting that its been around since 2014. Seems like that’s something you wait a few years to declare.

The best way to get around is by Vespa. I had no experience riding, so fortunately my girlfriend took care of that while I enjoyed the scenery.

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Posted by on March 8th, 2014 No Comments

Mumbai Traffic Police

The Mumbai traffic police said it best. And I can personally confirm traffic moves slow enough to read this whole thing.

Posted by on March 4th, 2014 1 Comment