Expat stories

Dependent In An Independent Country

I have been wondering what is the best way to put this out there. And then I read Kriss Carr’s, “Crazy Sexy Love Notes,” which basically said I should tell the truth. Not that I was planning on lying, but this just gave me the push I wanted. I moved to New York, to America… Continue reading Dependent In An Independent Country

Art and Crafts

Andy Warhol Is Everywhere

Every since I first heard of Andy Warhol in Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, I have seen his name in every museum I have been to. I read on the placard by his work that he was a silk screen printer. My ignorant self had no idea what that was. While I saw his name… Continue reading Andy Warhol Is Everywhere

Art and Crafts

Performing Art- A Good Deal

It is absolutely exhilarating to come out of a theater having watched performers act live. My mind feels at peace having spent two hours or more completely immersed in a show. My lips repeat the dialogues and songs that will over taken my being for the next few hours. I laugh about the scenes from the show,… Continue reading Performing Art- A Good Deal

Travel

Weekend Away -Portsmouth in Winter

As the winter really sets in, I am one of those people who take weekend trips to colder places. I mean, which of you will not agree that a few degrees colder than NYC is easy to handle? My logic about not going to warmer places is, I just cannot come back to the cold in… Continue reading Weekend Away -Portsmouth in Winter

Art and Crafts

Art (in New York) Today

I went to an installation of LED lights at the New Museum. This is Art. I saw paintings of horizontal lines painted across a canvas. This too is art. I saw painting made of short brush strokes. This is also art. I grew up in a time when paintings and sculptures were considered art. I have… Continue reading Art (in New York) Today

Lifestyle

Holiday Gifting

During the holidays, people often ask me if they must give “something” to their daughter’s teachers, the doorman or the garbageman. If so, how much is appropriate is always the next question. To me, as a teacher, fresh of the boat, back in 2011, I was appreciative of all the “help” I got during the… Continue reading Holiday Gifting

America

On Clear Days You Freeze!

In Fall and spring, I have a continue gripe about not knowing what the weather is going to be on a certain day. One day it’s a balmy 70 degrees (21 C) and the next it’s a crazy 40 (4.5 degree C). One day it’s gloomy as hell and the next it’s bright an sunny.… Continue reading On Clear Days You Freeze!

Lifestyle · Travel · Vegetarian food

Eat Healthy, Travel More And Save

I guess, I was a skeptic and thought warehouse shopping was for people who hoard, large suburban families and the frugal. It was definitely not for young Manhattanite without cars, who lived in boxes and shopped at Whole Foods and who enjoyed exploring new and different things and places. That was my silly narrow minded view when I… Continue reading Eat Healthy, Travel More And Save

Lifestyle

We love our Lines

In Manhattan I stand in lines for everything. The first time I had to stand in line for food, I channeled what my dad always told methought, ” Hey! That’s crazy. I am not that desperate for food.” I quickly got out and walked away. By and by, I realized that in New York, it’s a mattar… Continue reading We love our Lines

Lifestyle

Watch Movies In Theaters For Discounted Rates

Watching a movie in theaters is always a treat. The dark room, the larger than life image, surround sound, perfect temperature, a bag of popcorn all add to that enjoyable fun experience. When we first moved to the United States, the theaters we went to just didn’t appeal to us. They were dated, had awfully narrow… Continue reading Watch Movies In Theaters For Discounted Rates