Saturday, May 28, 2016

Whats that pic-45

Good day everyone,
After ages a picture for the Whats that pic photo series. This one wants you to Caption it !

Covered/Uncovered Photos or Beauty and the Veiled ;)
Covered/Uncovered Photos 
Beauty and the Veiled

Those are my captions. What is yours?
Waiting for your caption(s). Let us see how many we get :)

Check more Caption it posts:
Heart crossed by Arrow seeming Tubelight
Walking in Air?
Sunday lunch material
Caged growth?
Anchors anchored for life

Go through the entire Whats that pic series for a Hilarious time ;)

Bye. Take care.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Event: Mother's Day at KidZania Mumbai for #ZuperMomDay at #ZuperDayAtKidZania

Good day Everyone!
Its a week since Mother's day and I am still feeling the effect of it, Good and the Bad ! Good cause me,my son and hubby enjoyed a visit to KidZania Mumbai with JAMMs mommies. It was a super 5 hour outing. Bad cause my body was gladly exhausted and I am still nursing a bad cold :D

JAMMs in full force !
Have you seen the hoardings and ads for KidZania everywhere? Their slogan is:
Raho Curious, Bano Hoshiyaar
It is apt. You learn more with practically doing things and being curious instead of learning to do them. This theme park walks  its talk :)

Nevertheless, it was a memorable visit to the 75000 sq ft small city for Kids. Hence the name KidZania. We visited the Mumbai branch in R City Mall, Ghatkopar. Its an entertainment and educational theme park for kids. It allows kids to choose an occupation and pretend to be a doctor or a Fireman or a Policeman or a Construction worker.... Choose from 90+ occupation.

There are 2 slots in a day. We choose the 10am-3pm slot. At the Ticket counter you will be given Tickets, Map, a cheque, bracelet/watch, hair net. At the information desk you can ask all your queries. Since my kid is a toddler he was allowed 25 activities listed in the brochure.

Also the Highlight of the day as it was Mother's day or #ZuperMomDay at #ZuperDayAtKidZania, we mothers could choose any 5 out of 10 activities to do with our kids as their interns :D Its a privilege I feel as no parents are allowed for any activities. At the end of the day, Me and my kiddo managed to do 2 together.


First thing to do is convert your cheque into Kidzos, yes KidZania has its own currency. For some activities you pay, from some you earn. We had 50 Kidzos to spend.

The Yes bank for KidZania. The kids only will be given the Kidzos
 While we decided what to do first, The Clock Tower was announcing the time with a little dance.
Clock Tower
 There are two levels. These were some of the sections on the lower floor.
Parachute Hair Salon

Barber shop, come learn how to beautify people :)
Cadbury factory
Cute Dabbawalas delivering dabbas
Window cleaners













Kiwi fruit Quality testing lab


Godrej security vaults

They even have a petrol station and car driving area



























For my kid the highlight of the day was to become a Fireman. He is crazy about the Firetruck, Firemen and how they douse out fires. So he was delighted to see that he could become a Fireman today. The one who cant sit still for 1 minute waited patiently till his turn came. Give his kidzos to the Fire chiefs. Listened to all their instructions. Wore the uniforms, rode the Firetruck with all its bells ringing and lights flashing. They got to douse out the fire in a Hotel with real water jets. He enjoyed that bit thoroughly !
Firemen !
 The next on his agenda was the Construction site coz it had a working Crane. He loves being a carpenter at home, can operate a crane at his Papa's factory so this was similar and fun. They were given helmets, jackets. They had to work and build a wall. Transport heavy loads with the crane. At the end, they earned Kidzos. He was super surprised when he got money back :D

Construction workers.
 There are eating areas, benches and a parents lounge on the upper floor with couches and free WiFi. We had a little bite to make sure our little tornado was recharged. His dad was already looking exhausted ;)


KidZania Police department
 Next I decided lets do some Mommy-son activity. One of which was being with the Police force. The kids were given uniforms along with some nice light emitting sticks. They were given instruction about their role to maintain law and order in KidZania. They were asked to patrol both the levels and report any miscreants, so that they could be locked up in the cell. I joined the team in patrolling the area. It was fun stopping kids who were running, who were being loud,.. We earned again Kidzos for safe guarding KidZania :D I got a stamp on my Intern card, as activity successfully completed :)

On the upper floor you have more entertaining activities. We parents made a bee line for the Parents lounge. Got our WiFi passwords and my hubby got busy with his phone. In the mean while our kiddo tried his hand at being a Doctor. They were shown how to do checkups, pacify babies.

Hospital
For babies there are 2 activities. One is ABZ Elementary school and the other is Urbano's house.

The Urbano's house has a living room, a kitchen with everything from a toy fridge, oven, fruits, vegetables, plates, bowls, Iron, coffee maker. The bedroom has bouncy beds which the kids have fun jumping on and a bathroom that has a bathtub filled with balls to throw around.
Cupcake for you Mummy at Urbano's house

Kitchen

Mad over donuts, decorate your own donuts










Chocos factory






There were many factory setups on the upper floor but for older kids. There was the Cadbury factory, the Frooti factoy, Chocos, Coco Cola factory.

There are lot many other activities one can do like: Shiamak's Dance studio, Bollywood acting academy, Painting school, a theater, party hub,  Big bazar supermarket, face painting studio, pottery workshop, Radio stations, Journalists .... lots and lots. A day is not enough !

What I liked:
They ensure safety and entertainment of the kids at all times. The staff is attentive and cheerful. There is help available all around.
There are many clean bathrooms on both levels. There are feeding areas also available for young mothers. The kids have to wear the hair net for most activities. The bracelet/watch is scanned at start and end of each activity. 

What I wanted more:
They have their own photographer who will click close up photos of your kids in gear at each activity and give a number on a slip for that photograph. At the end you can go to their studio show all the slips, select the photos you want a print of. But what irritated me was the Cost. Please. KidZania team, keep appropriate cost for each photo. I would have loved a simple print of those photos and not as a memento in the form of  a key chain or a frame.
Certain activities take up too much time. Some way to speed up.



This has got to be the most memorable Mother's day for me. Thank you KidZania Mumbai and JAMMs.
Truly a #ZuperMomDay at #ZuperDayAtKidZania.

Planning to take my entire family's baccha party there soon. Wish me Luck ;)

Have you visited KidZania? Go Visit it now ! If yes, let us know your review of the place.

Here are more posts by our JAMMs mommy bloggers:
Mother's day at KidZania
KidZania Mumbai an Incredible Experience

Until next time. Bye. Take care.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Event: JAMMs Thane Meet up and PlayDate at The Riot Room

Good day people,
Yes again a post about JAMMs and one of their meet ups ;)
We were excited Thaneites when JAMMs decided to do a meetup at Thane and combine a play date for our kids at The Riot Room which is a Hot Favorite place for kids these days.

When the meet up was announced, we were gladly surprised at the awesome response. When we meet today we were 18 mothers or Jammies with their toddlers and kids.



It was an eclectic mix of mothers from Dentists to Authors to Toy makers to owners of brands and shops. It was supposed to be a 1hour play date but when we all started getting to know each other there was no stopping even after 2.5hrs :p

If you have been to The Riot Room, you will be assured that your kids will love it there and are safe. The Riot Room is a the Biggest Soft play area for kids and not in South Mumbai or Subburbs but in Thane. The area is huge, very kid friendly, your kid can be busy exploring the place for hours with attendants helping/making sure kids are safe. They have a separate Toddler area where younger kids can play too. They have a pantry and you can order snacks, drinks, tea, coffees in the relaxing area for parents while they wait for the kids. This was my 2nd time there.

Toddler Play area
Ball pools
Ball Blaster
I didnt click pics of the entire place, do visit to see it for real :)
Its HUGE !












 

 So we all mommies were busy catching up and getting awed as each one introduced themselves.  The exciting part was the owner of the place is also a Jammy :) We had the owner of Desi Toys, a shop in Viviana Mall which showcases some lovely colorful wooden toys which you wont find in other shops. We had Author Sunita Saldhana who is a voracious reader, writer, poetess, teacher. We had the owner of JustBooks Library, Thane. We had the owner of Rustic Art which  has ecofriendly products free of chemicals and toxins. The owner of Playschool Bachpan. Talented A10 Architect. A Dentist at Bethany Hospital, a former Make up artist, mothers who are pursuing higher education, an HR. Some were new mommies who are on Maternity breaks.

It was a wonderful meet up with like minded women and kids got to make new friends too :)
Hope to have more such meets in Thane. So Jammies please lets take up the initiative to make these happen often :)

My kid and my friends bonding at the Big attraction right at the entrance: Kings throne

Bye. Take care.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Event: Italian Cuisine cooking workshop by Nandita Gupta, organised by JAMMs

Good day Foodies,
A sudden foodie cooking mode came over me when I decided to attend an Italian Cuisine Cooking workshop conducted by Nandita Gupta and organised by JAMMs.
Nandita has been experimenting in food since she was a little girl. Her expertise are in all cuisines may it be Italian, Mexican, Continental, Lebanese,... Indian cooking she modestly says she is not good at, we beg to differ :)

So we 14 Jammies assembled at Nandita's house on 10th May from 2-5 pm to learn some mouth watering, cheesy Italian delicacies. Written recipe sheet was shared but what we learnt on the whole was more than what the sheet contained.

Arancini Balls in progress
 Nandita started with demonstrating how to make the Arancini balls. Its a super, recyclable way to use rice, if leftover then great. Healthy for kids, can be used as starter.

Eyes and all ears

Lets help. Its an interactive, hands on class
A few helped roll the rice into balls. It was a hands on, interactive session.

Rolling Whole Wheat homemade pasta.
Next was how to make home made whole wheat pasta. You can either use it fresh or dry it and use it within a week. A little effort instead of picking up a Del Monte or Borges pasta.
Magic Machine to flatten the pasta sheets
 There is a machine available to make the pasta sheets or noddles. Its an investments if you buy this one. Reminds me of the summers at native place where we used to roll out noddles of rice paste to be dried and fried as papad throughout the year.
Or go machine free
 If you dont have the machine, get your knife and go slicing as thin as you can. If you have the provision of sunlight filled area around you. You can dry them in sun for a day and then store them to be finished in a week, since no preservatives added to it.
Everyone wants to try
Everyone was fascinated with the machine :)
Pasta sheets for Lasagna
 These are the Pasta sheets to be used in layers of the Lasagna. The scraper was another thing that fascinated the Ladies :D

 Help and watch.
Coated Arancini balls
 Double coated balls. Tip: Add crushed cornflakes and oats to the breadcrumbs. It will give an extra crunch to the coating.
Boiled Pasta sheets
Tip: Pasta sheets need to put in boiling water and immediately transferred to cold water to avoid tearing and sticking together.

Setting up the Lasagna
The Lasagna was layers of pasta sheets, a veggies mix, red sauce, cheese & repeat. Slurrp !

Ready to go in oven
 Bake it in oven and eat it Hot.


Check the cheese mixed layers
Out of Oven, It smells heavenly

 We finished it instantly. All eyes on the Lasagna !

One portion & you are done.
Eat it & Burn it ! You cant pass up such a sinful treat for a few hundred calories, can you? ;)

JAMMs group pic. It was yummy !
See the smile on our faces, the food in our tummy brings that :D

Thank you Nandita for teaching and bearing our queries. Thank you Ritu and JAMMs for organising this session.

More information about Nandita:

  • She is a Mommy Foodpreneur. Dont go on her looks. She is fast, efficient and very passionate about making healthy food for kids. She wants to show how a Pizza and Pasta can be made healthy, if your kids eat just that.
  • She makes Healthy Meal Boxes for Kids or Teenagers which can be pre ordered. Currently she is making them for the kids in her complex. She plans to extend this into a proper venture with infrastructure and resources. 
  • Also she is loves to share her knowledge and passion so she will be conducting such cooking sessions too. You can check her Blog:  Stir It Quick 
Meet some lovely, interesting ladies in this session. Hope to catch up with you all soon again.


More interesting events I will be blogging about. Stay tuned. Come back really soon.

Bye. Take care.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

#AtoZ Challenge 2016: Letter R for Rooms

Greetings everyone,
Trying to catch up and complete the #AtoZChallenge. Photographs of Letter R for Rooms. Which one do you like best? Let us know. I think I can safely write in my resume: I am a Restaurant and Hotel Reviewer ! :D

Family Room at Urban Tadka restaurant. Loved the bangles lantern

Party room at our favourite Chinese joint China Bistro, Thane

House of Plastic bottles. An installation at Kala Ghoda, Mumbai























Recycled Room? Interiors of the House all made with Plastic waste.


Club house of Lodha



Class room for Nursery students in my school Loreto Convent School
Dinning Room at our Hotel in Istanbul. What a view of the Bosphoros ! along with Apple Cinnamon Tea
On one side you see the Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey




Bhoot bangla, the age old house of the British Engineer who created the Dam on Tulsi Lake, Mumbai. It still has the hollow of the Fireplace and a huge bath tub. 

Homestay : Dala Mare rooms at Paanchgani. Beautiful. spacious, accompanied with a balcony and a view. Review post pending. Coming soon!


Kitchen room of the House which has the Samadhi of Valmiki at Ajoba Parvat


Our room at Alsisar Haveli, Jaipur. I loved the glass work on the windows



Amber Palace at Jaipur, the Queen Quarters. The top floor was where the King resided, the below floor had room for each queen. The quarters were so designed that the King had access to each Queen's room without letting anyone know he was which Queen at a time. Read about the Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas all within the Amber Palace, Jaipur, India



Spacious, airy, sunny rooms at the Mango Beach House, Kihim beach, Alibaug. We had a lovely family holiday here with the beach right behind the Homestay. Know more about this Homestay.


A simple basic room for all attending students at Vipassana Center, Igatpuri. Its a lovely practise and a beautiful place to practise it. Read more about the Center and the Practise at Vipassana Technique


This was our contribution for Letter R:

See you all soon.