Trip To Paris

The family visited Paris in last week of July. The trip was outstanding to say the least. Perfect weather. Crowded but not too much(I don’t think terrorism has impacted the tourism much. Especially people from China). Friendly people (for the most part. We did experience some famous French pouting).

Here are some pictures.

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Charu and Rhea exhausted after a trip to Versailles
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Resting at Eiffel Tower
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View from our room.
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These were everywhere!
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Notre Dame
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On the hop-on hop-off bus
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At Sacre Coeur
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Arc De Triomphe
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Jardin Du Luxembourg
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Jardin Du Luxembourg. Check out the trees.
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Jardin Du Luxembourg. Charu fighting with Rhea
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Jardin Du Luxembourg. Rhea thinks she looks dumb
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At Versailles.
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At Versailles. Garden at the back.
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At Versailles. The main view.
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Used metro quite a lot. Excellent service.
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At Lourve.
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Rhea trying a new look.
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On our way to the top
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A look from the bottom.
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Walking tour. The best part of the trip.
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Both very skeptical about the different kinds of cheeses.
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Walking through the small streets.
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Rhea refused to play with the bubbles. Until they came her way :)
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Found a great Thai place. My goofy was goofing off.
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Selfies galore!
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Last day. Waiting at the Metro.
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Security was intense. Soldiers everywhere.
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My baby.
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On a bridge along Seine river.
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The sleepy head was always catching a nap.
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Just walking about along Seine river.
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Fries and Algae juice.
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Napolean’s tomb.
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Cruising along river Seine.
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Rhea was exhausted by day 5.
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It was a fabulous trip. Love you Paris!


Runner’s Egos

So during my long run this Sunday I was about to cross a family with a little child planning on the path.

The father yells out “Hayley, get aside and let this jogger through”

WTF!! I wanted to yell back “I am not a jogger. I am a runner”.

Does anyone else have this problem?


Updates On My Life

Ok. Lets try this again.

Life has been relatively steady. Summer is finally here and once it gets here you suddenly realise that you are not a “heat” person anymore. If the temperature ticks to 25.00001 C, my sweat pores open up like a runaway faucet and I yearn for some cold air.

Went golfing with the neighbour boys on Tuesday and each time I play golf I realise I really love it. And then forget about it for a few months. Am sure it will be no different this time.

Running has been steady. Am no Robin, but am putting in about 35 to 40 KM a week. Am pushing to double it by September. Planning a couple of marathons later in the year. Ran Around The Bay in April which was strangely my worst and best run. Worst because I have never in my life felt so cold. Was severely under-dressed for the run. Best because I finally beat the 3:00 hour mark. Finished the run in 2:59:14 hours. Really proud of it.

Work has been good. Work mostly from home although I have a preference to work from office. I find I am more productive at office. No distractions and working from home is a drain on the will power.

Daughter has been growing a breakneck speed. She is going to be 13 this year. And what does this teen want? A dog. Oh my god!! She is relentless. I have given in and my wife is almost there. Looks like we will be getting a doggy in the house.

What else?

Well, there is music.

The fairly tale story is of course Maggie Rogers. I think the whole world has seen this clip of Pharrell’s reaction to her song.

I find the video so adorable because for the first half of the song she kept glancing at Pharrell to gauge his reaction but she could not read his expressions until finally he gave her the gracious nod. Then she just beams! And the song is fantastic. Hope to hear some good things from this young woman.

More music reviews coming up.

Well, hope to see you all soon on this page. Will try to get it active again.

First Weekend Of Spring

Finally. We can finally say it’s spring!

Made the most of it today.


At Waterloo Park.


Freesbee time.



Some were recovering from a night of heavy partying.


Some were being babied.


Some were being used as a couch.


Lounging around. Totally lazy day.


And now time to relax some more and read.

What a great weekend.

Sumesh’s 50th Birthday


Rhea’s new picture pose.


She is now bored.


All smiles. From left to right…. Nutty, Suman, Charu and no-idea.


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Best friends


Something really really funny happened.


All formal and “quiet”


Suman and kids


Dance moves by Rhea – Robot like.


Totally Robot like.


Charu’s snake dance


Bored? Happy? Can’t tell.

Running (11 Jan – 17 Jan)

Not the best effort this week. I’d give myself B-.

Total : 27.5

12 Jan : 7.2 KM @ 6.38 min/KM
13 Jan : 5.3 KM @ 6.42 min/KM
14 Jan : Jillian Michaels work out
15 Jan : 4 KM @ 6.43 min/KM
17 Jan : 10.9 KM @ 6.29 min/KM

All were on treadmill. I did venture out on the 17th but after I landed on my butt after. 5 KM I thought best to shift to treadmill.

Recent updates

So we were invited to lohri (a South Asian celebration of end of winter) in Mississauga. Not sure why we celebrate it here in January. That’s smack in the middle of winter of Canada. Thankfully the weather cooperated (thank you El NiƱo!!) and we were able to spend a few minutes outside.


Yes this was happening in the garage. Don’t worry the doors were open and I was told fire extinguishers were close by.


Rhea had fun.


Lots of singing of traditional songs


Jolly bhaiyya (a close family friend in purple jersey) was in total “entertainment” form. Leading the singing.


Our gracious co-hosts.