Friday, February 15, 2008

Where do the days go...

It's nearly been two months since my last post and that is not due to the lack of things to write about... There is just not enough hours in the day between my German classes twice a week, German homework, OWC admin, meetings, interviews, hours spent on planning events, designing ad's, weekly meetings selling tickets and of course being stuck in Bangalore traffic. Between the day to day stuff, we are also planning our 12 day trip to Thailand at the end of March (Counting down the days, Mel!!)

We spent our 2nd New Year in Bangalore with our great hosts Liz and Shane and more friends from all over the word. We enjoyed a lovely evening of snacks, lots of drinks, lots of wireworks, playing flip cup (the picture says it all) and we ended the evening at early hours the next in the hot tub.

Happy 2008!

Singing, auld lang syne....
This was so funny; I printed the lyrics off then internet because no one really knew them. I think we've all been singing this song for years but don't really know how it goes. Well, the print out didn't really help as we just ended up sining the part we've been singing for all these years:
"Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind. Should auld acquaintance be forgot and auld lang syne CHORUS: For auld lang syne my dear, for auld lang syne. We'll tak a cup o' kindess yet, for auld lang syne "

a couple of games of "flip cup"

On Saturday, February 9 we kicked off our bi-annual Race Day event with the “Stairs Cup”, hosted by The Bangalore Turf Club. In keeping with the traditions of “an afternoon at the races” guests dressed up for the occasion, especially all the ladies with stylish hats, boosting the festive mood of the day.

What a fun event!
It has been a busy first two months of 2008 and I am happy to have the first Friday at home in a long time "doing nothing". Yes, I I am fortunate enough to have a Friday at home (another thing that makes expat life great, I guess). One thing I can say for curtain is that this is my 2nd year of not working (well, not earning a salary, I should say) and I have never once felt frustrated or bored during this time. I realize how lucky I am being able to take this time to do the things I enjoy doing.

I've been looking into the possibility of doing freelance work, exploring a possible apprenticeship at a packaging design company, improving my German a little every week. "I am a lucky girl"! Ok, so maybe the term "girl" should not be used after 30, which makes this experience even more amazing... and I love it!

I've had a few e-mails from people asking "what's happening, why you are not updating the blog. This got me thinking about the whole blog thing...

Blogs are used for different reasons by different people. Some do it, providing interesting reading, writing about specific topics etc. for me it started because I wanted to tell friends and family back home about "our new life". In the beginning it was exciting to report on the things we've seen and friends, new house, different experiences because it was new to us and we thought that our friends might find it interesting. After living in India for over a year now, its' not about that anymore though. I realized, "Life goes on" the (new friends) become our friends, the (new house) become a home.

I guess our blog is no longer meant as just and update to our family and friends, as our "new life" is now no different to their "current life" (our old life). When ever I update our blog I always think about how I miss hearing about their lives and that I wish everyone had a blog. Now thanks to facebook, we at least get to see photo's of what people are up to. We love to see all the party, holiday, family pics, read birthday wishes and other comments on the wall and other fun stuff that make us feel that we are apart of it even though we are in a different country.

Besides the activities and events being updated on the blog it has become more like a journal and it has become a great reference for friends and probably other people all over the world just like other peoples blogs have been saved to my favourites. It is great to be able to talk to someone about a trip (not being able to remember, when you went, the name of the place, hotel or how long it took by train etc. etc.) and then to send them a link to our blog and to also read it ourselves from time to time and re-live the experiences.

I will continue to update our blog as long as I have something to blog about (weekly or monthly). Whether it's a story to tell, pics of an event, party or an entry about a trip somewhere.
You can keep watching this space!