2 years of living in Goa

Honestly, I don’t have a gift for words, though I have a lot of things in mind that I want to share not just about craft but the way of life in Goa, India.  Or maybe I just don’t know how to put my stories in words or in writing.:-)  Sometimes I do get bored too..for days and even do nothing, but I think that is a good thing too, to be bored sometimes.  Maybe that’s just because I got so many things in my head and don’t know which one to do first.

I got busy with a lot of different things aside from handmade crochet custom orders. I’m preparing boutonnieres for my sis in laws weddings this coming Dec. 26, 2017 and Jan. 7, 2018.  I just finished them all today.  Indian weddings are extravagant!  The boutonnieres I made are total of 150, but these are only for the relatives of the bride and groom. Their weddings have a total number of 1,000 guests!

maple leaf wedding boutonniere
all the finished boutonnieres but without the ribbons yet

These maple leaves boutonnieres are for the december wedding.  I’ve finally finished all of these before they come for a short holiday this end of September, so that at least they can see the finished product.

blue,pink and yellow flowers are for the january wedding

Goan or indian weddings are festive and expensive since they celebrate for several days. Some rituals they still do, which I would say is part of the culture or some superstition. Now, the new generation also want something different, something new, from decorations and dresses, etc.  Mostly the materials they chose for dresses they have bought in Dubai where there are more choices and it is cheaper.

There are still other things I have to prepare like the headgear/crowns for the flower girls and bridesmaids, flower girls baskets and flower wristbands for the bridesmaids.  Being busy like this for me is much better than doing nothing…I would die of boredom.  I have custom crochet orders  https://www.facebook.com/knitwerksandcrafts/and  cake orders  in between.

Some other days I go around visiting filipina friends around the neighborhood, just to give my mind space to breath and think.  But during these past 3-4 days we are having heavy rains in goa, so mostly I am just at home.  if i’m not napping for at least an hour then I must be busy doing something with my hands.  I went out to do some errands for my mother in law and buy consumable stuff for the house in the nearby shops and the market, just around the neighborhood.  I am glad that I’m finally getting confident with the “indian” kind of traffic on the road when i ride my scootie pep scooter bike. My husband bought it for me almost 2 years back in Dec. 2015, he wanted me to learn so if I need to go out I could just go on my own.  From that time I was learning on and off with my sis in law teaching me.  Then just very sudden this January 2017 i said i need to go out on the road and be confident with the traffic.  One of my filipina friends invited me for her son’s birthday and there is no other way to go to her place (Varca)

I’ll end with these food items. Filipinas around the neighboring villages come together whenever there is a feast, birthdays to celebrate, baptism or any other gathering that we get the chance to be together and be with our “kababayans” in this country which we have adapted as our second home.

chocolate cupcakes i made
potluck filipino food lunch

This was a post birthday celebration with bbq chicken, rice noodles, rice, cassava cake, deep fried braided donuts(siakoy as what we call in the visayan language).