Archive for November, 2010

Ooh to be a…

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Arsenal vs Spurs – 7.45am on Saturday.

Too early for a pub? I don’t think so.

Mind the bed bugs..

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Fortunately, I haven’t encountered any but I am worried the more hotels I stay in the more likely it is that I will.

So far I have stayed in:

Holiday Inn Mount Kisco

Crown Plaza White Plains

Smyth Hotel Tribeca

Hotel Benjamin

Hilton Embassy Suites

The Empire

Grand Hyatt

The Chandler

The Carlton

On the Ave

St Giles

Gild Hotel

Soho Grand

The Kitano

Fashion 26

The Iroquois

Although some people would find the constant upheaval a pain, I am enjoying the changes and getting to see lots of New Yorks hotels !


Sunday, November 14th, 2010

I have found a new appreciation for Autumn, which I am putting down to one or more of the following:

  1. I haven’t seen Autumn for 2 years
  2. The “Fall” is particuarly colorful in the New York State (yes, i left the “u” out on purpose)
  3. I am getting old.

Either way, the views are quite beautiful – its a shame I only have my camera phone – which doesn’t do it justice.


The Fall

Note to self . .

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Don’t walk around office on laptop on skype video chat – you cant see where you are going.

At first I thought I had got away with my clumsiness, then a cartoon bruise rose from my face.




Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

There was a point last year when I debated running the NY Marathon with Dave- but didn’t think I would be able to make it to NY (let alone run 26 miles)

Anyway, Dave completed the Marathon in a very respectable 4.06.


Go Dave!


Give me a "D"


Team Weeds !

2 years..

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

I have just realised that its 2 years since I moved to India. How appropriate that I ate last night in an Indian – destiny must have been calling !

The time has flown by – I wonder where I will be 2 years from now.

I like Diwali, everybody does . .

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Unfortunately I am missing Diwali – last year was one of the best party’s in Chennai.

Copying the Sex Therapist posters which are all over Chennai we made our own Diwali posters – although our plans to put them up all over Chennai didn’t come into fruition.

Needless to say it was a legendary night.

Sex Poster

Sex Poster

Party Poster

Party Poster

If Carlesberg did DJ Booths

If Carlesberg did DJ Booths

Uncle Sam

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

So after 6 weeks of searching i finally struck gold.

I went to an Indian restaurant in midtown for dinner last night, and as the waiter I approached I analyzed his appearance – dark skin, belt wrapped round one and a half times – so far so good.

Having been burnt many times before, I asked him if he was from India or Bangladesh.

“India Sir”

Game on.

“Where abouts?” I innocently inquired.


He then got 3 months pent up Tamil all at once, complete with head wobbles.

“Thank you, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven,eight, nine, ten, my name is nick, masala dosa, welcome”

His puzzled look turned to a smile and he introduced himself, ” My name is Saravanan – call me Sam”. No Sam, call you Saravanan.

Anyway, made me realise how much I miss India – I’m gonna eat there everyday till I leave.

Sri Lanka

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Earlier in the year, Austin and I went to Sri Lanka. We only had a few days, most of which I spent attempting to kite surf, but hopefully I will get a chance to see more of the country.

In my ignorance I didn’t know that Sri Lanka is predominantly a Buddhist country, but below are some photos of the Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple.