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Stephanie’s Blog

June 24, 2011

7th Birthday

Filed under: every day life, my family, our girls, personal — steph @ 11:56 pm

Happy Birthday to my oldest daughter, Myriam Lucrettia Whiting. I will always love you no matter what, don’t forget that. You and your sister are always on my mind and in my heart. I love you!! Happy Birthday baby girl!! :-)

August 10, 2010

My going-on’s lately

Filed under: Friends, India, Kolkata, every day life, my family, personal — steph @ 9:54 pm

Well…lately I have been reading a few more expat blogs. Especially Diary of a White Indian Housewife, these interest me because I can see how others live, and their experiences of being an expat living in India. I must admit though, some of the stories there shock me! I suppose we’ve had it easy so far with the FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Office) here in Kolkata. But more about that in later posts, as I promise to post more about my experience with them.

This past week, the 3rd-5th, my brother, Julian, was in Kolkata. It was a blast! I enjoyed having him here although after dropping him at the airport on Thursday I was thoroughly exhausted!! (**NOTE** since my blog is not playing nice and letting me upload photos, the pictures of the visit here : http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=188159&id=530387772&l=616c4a25cf )

Tuesday Indra and I picked him up from the Howrah Train station at 630am…yes thats right! After 2 1/2 hours of sleep we left in the hired car, and were on our way. We found him waiting on the platform near his coach looking around. He had been brave and took the 3-tier sleeper class compartment, which means 3 bunks on each side of the train, without air conditioning for 2 1/2 days!!! WOW talk about brave, I’ve only been on a train once, and that was in an air conditioned train, and it was one of the best trains around. =D Once we picked him up we delivered him to his guest house, Mona Lisa Guest House, on Sarat Bose Road by Deshapriya Park. It was a very nice place, and we will probably use them again in the future for any other family who comes to visit.

After giving him some time to get ready, Julian and I ventured out to Howrah to go to the Botanical Gardens to see the Great Banyan Tree. We paid our Rs 50 ($1.10) for our tickets and went in. It was beautiful, so quiet and green. We kept walking, and finally found it. It was amazing! We had both thought it would be just one big huge tree, we were very pleasantly surprised. It was very much worth the 50 rupees we paid to get in. While walking around a over-sized golf cart pulled up to us and asked us if we wanted to go for a ride. We asked how much, he said 250 rupees each, but i am already giving you a discount to 150 rupees. We said no and continued on our walk.

Then we went to the Victoria Memorial, where we paid 150 rupees each to get in. We walked around and looked at the photos, and the old artifacts. But, we were not very impressed.

Later that night we met up with Indra and had a vegetarian bengali meal, with rice, daal, and some other veggies. It was yummy.

Thursday Indra took the day off and we went around the city. First we went to the Kalighat Temple, where we were accosted by touts telling us for a fee they could get us into the temple, avoiding all lines and all hassle. We ignored them, and walked around without going in. Then we were on our way to the Indian Coffee House on College Street. We had noodles and cold coffee with cream, it was yummy. We then went to a book store where Indra found a recipe book full of Indian sweets that we purchased for Julian. Then we went to Mithai (indian sweet shop) where Julian had sandesh and my personal favorite, ladu. Then we went to New Market, near Esplanade to go shopping.

Since Nina loves elephants, we wandered around New Market until we found a suitable elephant bracelet. We then went to Mocambo’s with John Bose, his gf Tara, Choto (small) Indranil Dasgupta, Arjun Ghosh, and us. We enjoyed some good beef steak sizzlers. Also, we had tried Baked Alaska (which was not very good)…then went home.

Thursday I picked Julian up at 12pm, and took him to the airport.

I will blog about each adventure individually, if you give me some time :)

June 24, 2010

Happy 6th Birthday Myriam

Filed under: every day life, my family, our girls, personal — steph @ 12:01 am

Today marks the 6th birthday of our oldest daughter, Myriam Lucrettia Whiting. It’s hard to believe that 6 years have gone by so fast, since she was born. I miss her each and every single day. But, what I want to say most to her right now is.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MYRIAM!!! MOMMY AND INDRA LOVE YOU!!! :-)

May 28, 2009

more, and more, and more….

Filed under: India, crazy crap, every day life, my family, our girls, personal — steph @ 11:40 am

Well…life has been good :) A few days ago we had Cyclone Alia come through. The cyclone didn’t come close to where I am, but all day the weather was horrible. It was dark and stormy, and *very very* windy, thank goodness Indra didn’t go to work that day. Johnny (our friend from Cassini’s Division and neighbor) had called me up asking me where he was, and was making sure that he was aware of the cyclone and safe. Thanks for good friends and neighbors here!! :) The next day we went out and it was amazing. All the billboards were blown down and there were trees that had been blown over. I mean, it was devastating because some people lost their homes, and there was a *lot* of flooding in certain places, but it was also beautiful. I know…it makes absolutely no sense…but it was!!

I went to WBUT with Indra and Subhodip this past week. It was interesting to say the least. There I met a friend I had been talking to for a long time online, who is also a friend of Indra’s, Najmun Nessa. It was fun to meet her and watch her work and interact with Indra and Subhodip. Najmun brought her son to the college, and he was very cute. It was nice to meet him, although he wouldn’t talk to me at all. Seeing him made me miss Myriam and Jovie. Oh well…such is life and we can not change it, even when I am being thwarted by their father…*sigh*

Its time to get ready to eat dinner, perhaps watch a movie with Indra, and go to bed…later :)

April 30, 2009

*sigh* one tough day

Filed under: crazy crap, every day life, my family, our girls, personal — steph @ 6:53 pm

Today was the last day I will see my daughters for god knows how long. The last 2 hours went by so fast. I was fighting back the tears the last 15 minutes with Jovie, and when cuddling with Myriam, I started to cry, and she told me ’stop crying, its okay.’ This has got to be the hardest thing I *have* ever done. It was even harder than walking away from Jeremy and the girls the first time.

February 11, 2009

update…yeah, fun time

Filed under: India, crazy crap, every day life, my family, wedding — steph @ 12:31 am

Ok, all…this is whats been going on…I fly into India via Delhi, leaving Las Vegas at 840am on May 5th, and arriving in Delhi May 6th at 815pm, we will stay in Delhi for a period of 2-3 days (undecided at the moment), and then we will travel to Kolkata and then return to Delhi for my return to home (sad time) on the 21st of May at 1050pm. For those of you closer to Delhi who wish to meet me, please contact Indra…he’s in charge of the plans on that side! =D

Other good news…everyone *MUST* save FEBRUARY 12, 2010 so they can attend…wait, here it comes!! The wedding of Indranil Das Gupta & Stephanie Ann Whiting…exciting!!!  Yep, it shall be held somewhere around Kolkata…all that is set is the date so far…but really nothing else…lol…we’ll keep you updated as it comes along. yeah for dates!! so everyone save that date!

October 16, 2008

hoping you did the best

Filed under: crazy crap, every day life, my family, our girls — steph @ 10:25 pm

how do you know if you did something right…when you let loose of something you love so very much, because it hurts too much??? (no i’m not talking about indra)…i’m hoping that i chose the right path…i suppose only time will tell…*sigh*….ok…if you are dying to know…message me…perhaps I’ll tell you.

September 4, 2008

what i see!

Filed under: my family — steph @ 5:06 pm

so this is my view as I sit here…ok…photo isn’t being uploaded…but i see my girls playing and coloring and having fun :-)

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