SHOPPING TIPS IN MUMBAI, INDIA

I found this incredibly helpful while in Mumbai. If you are looking for one of a kind, high end indian clothing or wondering where to wedding shop, this is THE outline to follow….

Most of the wedding shopping can be done from Juhu Tara road, Santa Cruz (West), Colaba, Kemps Corner, Lokhanwallah complex or Dadar

Friendship Sarees at Santacruz.
Queens road at Marine lines have rows of saree shops.
Juhu Tara road has line of designer shops on both sides of the road.
Lokhanwalah Complex is another lane to check out.
Benzer at Breach Candy
Ogaan at Colaba
Courtyard at Colaba
Kimaya at Juhu
Quorum at Phenix Mills, Parel
Ensemble at Lions Gate
Atria Mall , worli
Inorbit Mall, malad
Oberoi Towers at Nariman point
Aishwarya Desigh studio, Linking road
Silk India, Masid Galli, Dadar
Kamdhenu, 4 Bungalows, Andheri

Some of the designers to check out:

Ritu Kumar at Parel
Private collections at Pedder Road
Designer studio at Pedder road.
Kavita Bhartia at Ogaan
Payal Singhaal at Altamount road
Deepika Gehani at Juhu
Menka Mirpuri at Shivaji Park
Manish Arora at Courtyard
Bhartis’ at Lokhanwallah complex
Satya paul at Juhu Tara road
Tarun Tahiliani at Bandra
Vikram Padnis at Juhu
Mango at Linking road
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for Dress Materials

Elco Arcate in Hill road, Bandra
Gandhi Market in Kings’ circle
Mahesh market at Tardeo
Sagar at Linking road
Saroj at khar
Lokhanwallah
Santacruz
Dadar

For shoes and foot wear and handbags:

There are variety of shoe shops at Linking road, Kemp Corner, Lokhanwakkah complex and Colaba.

Some of the shoes stores you could check out
Metro
Lords
Citywalk
Regal
Catwalk

Some of the stores for designer handbags to check out

Cheemo at Kemps’corner
Boudoir London shop at Juhu
Calzzare at Nariman point
Da Milano at Quorum, Parel
Hidesigh at Kemps corner

The places to check out for bindhis, bangles and artificial jewelry

Past lane, Colaba
Santa Cruz Market
or if you have strength to walk, try Bhuleshwar

For mehendi and hair assessories

Beauty Art centre at khar, SV road.
Santa Cruz Market
Dadar

For Men’s clothes

Try Millionare at Juhu
Standard at Santa Cruz
Charagh Din at Colaba

Accessories for Mandap and car decoration

Dadar market (west) near the station
Santa Cruz market
Khar market
Bhuleshwar

For gold and diamond jewellary
Javery bazaar
Turner road and waterfeild road, Bandra
Panchratna, Opera house.

Some of them to check out for great designs
Tanishq at Linking road
Amparapali at Oberoi towers
Adora at Turner road, Bandra
Anmol at turner road, bandra
Naqsh at Panch ratna, Opera House
Notandas & Sons at waterfield road, Bandra

For wedding cards

C P tank road (behind Opera house)
Girguan
Dadar (west)

For wedding souvenirs

Archies
Silver stores at Khar or Dadar
Big bazaar at Parel
Bhuleshwar
The Bombay store, Fort
Santa Cruz market.
Art d’inox, Raghuransh estate, Parel
Ravissant, Kemps corner
Frazer and Haws, Bandra

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yea he gets one too…

your stupid fiery tongue,
that surely did stunk,
I know you’re a punk,
still I adored you a ton,
so for me, it truly stung,
managed to even get me sprung,
but you’re waay too young,
it’s really annoying son,
definitely was so much fun,
gotta think the long run,
so sad, you couldn’t be the one.

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Live Music for Charity in New York-June 5th, 2009

Organized and created by yours truly….Come check out my blood sweat and tears:
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I want us to see the sky

another one of my cheesy lunchtime creations and goodbye to Mr. Roboto, forever:

I want us to see the sky,
probably a striking blue,
but every time we try,
we seem to have no view,

You remember a rain,
grey clouds all around,
making my memory wane,
it’s dragging me down,

Please tilt your head up,
There might be a rainbow,
but your eyes are cupped,
and your head is hung low

Away from you I’ll run,
just can’t stand the stress,
I know there’s a sun
to clear the gloominess.

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St. Martin

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This little island is divided into a french (St. Martin) and dutch (St. Maarten) side. It’s romantic seeing the french culture still intact on its side but totally absurd the two sides have not reconciled inane differences like cell phones services, electric outlets, and acceptable forms of cash. Be prepared to deal with these annoying inconsistencies. The most beautiful beaches are on the french side and all the casinos and night clubs are on the dutch side. We decided to live on the french side and party on the dutch side. party on the dutch side. party on the dutch side.

Housing-Our trip was 10 days long so we opted for a condo rental over a Hotel. Best idea ever. Also happened to be my idea. I searched many websites, but eventually found it through http://www.loperimmo.com. I thought it was a little risky when I was asked to wire over cash for a reservation, but it turned out to be the cutest furnished apartment on the marina.

Car Rental-It is imperative that you rent a car while you are there. The island is small enough for driving not to be too difficult, but large enough so that walking everywhere isn’t really an option. Don’t bother reserving your car ahead of time, it’s smarter to rent straight from the airport because the car rental booths are all set up next to each other so you can arrange your own price bidding war. We were lucky to have found an SUV with Avis for about $20 a day.

Food-We ate on too many occasions at the row of overpriced tourist infested restaurants on the Marigot Marina, mostly because of it’s convenient location. Apparently when your muscles are sore and your stomach is growling, you’re not too picky about where you eat. I highly recommend the “Lolos” in Grand Case. For those of you that know what I’m talking about…”can I get a YUM YUM?” The best darn barbecued ribs and chicken on the fly. Bonus Tip: The mouth on fire salsa that will change your life is the one that lists “scotch bonnet peppers” as its first ingredient.

Recreation
Rhino Riders-Ride your own two person water craft in a 2.5 hour tour through boths sides of the island and spend an hour snorkeling on Creole Rock. Much better than jet skiing. You get to ride through rough waters at ridiculous speeds. Warning: The faster you go, the higher your boat flies up into the air and the harder it slams back. My jaw misaligned after one such jump. TOTALLY WORTH IT.

Loterie Farms-An extreme zip-line tour, treetop. It wasn’t just a series of zip-lines (approximately 10), but also an obstacle course of rope swings, and log bridges. Definitely an amazing experience to be flying through air 1000ft above ground.

Beaches-Once we found Orient Bay, it became our beach of choice. In my opinion, it is by far the best beach on the island, not only for it’s vast size, and beach bars, but mostly for the people watching…The beaches on the french side allow total nudity, but don’t require you to be of a certain age or physicality, ifyouknowwhatImean…good times.

Fort Louis-originally built in the late 1700’s as a barrier to protect Marigot from invaders, now is a scenic historical monument with panoramic views. You climb a series of steep steps to a peak that overlooks the entire Marigot harbor. The sight is breath taking and you can even see Anguilla from a distance.

Marigot Market-Basically a flea market with a french flavor. Great area for buying crafts and fresh produce. Only open on wed, fri and sat.

Nearby islands-It is relatively easy to visit nearby islands such as Anguilla and Saba by ferry and catamarran http://link.ai. Plan this event in advance as the ferries only run on certain days and tickets need to be purchased in advance. We learned this the hard way 😦

Nightlife-The island is small with many bars and casinos but only a few could be considered “hotspots”. In our experience (jan23-feb1), Tuesday was *the* night to go out. Pineapple Petes is great for live music and pool playing and Bliss is the only “club”, packed every night, for those of you that like techno/house crap.

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My St. Martin/St. Maarten Condo Deals

Hotels in St. Martin/St. Maarten are a RIP OFF, especially during high season. I have compiled a list of helpful website that offer luxury condo rentals for a fraction of the price. They were a pain to find, so I hope this is helpful for those of you traveling to St. Martin/St. Maarten in a recession bind.

http://www.vrbo.com

http://www.homeaway.com

http://www.st-martin-vacation.com/Budget-Rentals.html

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Top 5 Flight of the Conchords Music Videos (plus 1 for good luck)

Sorry I’ve been in hiatus (translation: lazy). I was able to muster up some energy today to blog. Brainless reality TV is taking over, and as a result shows just aren’t smart or clever anymore. That’s why Flight of the Conchords brings tears of joy to my eyes.

Inner City Pressure 

Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros

The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room

If You’re into it

Think about it

Business Time

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