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).

Celebrating Eid in our neighbourhood

Most of the communities or villages here are compose of hindus, christians, and muslims living together.  Today the muslims are celebrating eid.  Some neighbors kids come to the house to give food.  They come around lunchtime and bring pulau rice (plain or with mutton), that’s what we got today, mutton and chicken gravy and some kind of noodle dessert.  These are the same kids who come for tutor lessons with my mother in law.  But today, was a holiday for them to celebrate eid and they go around the neighborhoood to bring food.  They also go roaming around the village to their muslim friends.

Dressing Up

She is one of our muslim neighbors.  She came in the morning to have her hair fix by me.  I just made a braid headband design and a bun at the bottom.  Indian women like to grow their hair long and always either braid, tie or made into a bun.  She said she wanted to put her hairdown.   But I was doubting that maybe somebody in her family might not like,  even at times I try to teach something new to these kids.  Then later on I realize I could have put half her hair down because I saw her wearing a high heeled shoes too.

I did put on her a bit of make up.  Just something light to put some color on her face just like the last time.  I like to match eyeshadow colors with the dress that they wear.  So, that’s just what I did.

gold and green  eyeshadows

It isn’t so obvious in the photo, she’s just a kid so I made it light..but she did look good in it.  Pink lipstick and blush on, and eyeliner and she’s done.

 

I braided and made a bun on the lower half.

I sometimes teach them with their lessons too and other new things to learn over the internet.  Since they don’t have access to it and they come from villages in Karnataka, their hometown.  Their fathers come here to work in Goa, so the whole family comes too.   Most or not all of them were born in their native places but have grown up and study here Goa.

Happy Eid to the Muslim community around the world!

 

 

Daily Life in Goa

The decision to live in Goa

When I met my husband in Singapore, fast forward to 3 years, and decided to get married,he ask me that if I would be willing to live in Goa.  I never gave an answer right away.  I had so much doubt that I would fill homesick because India has totally has a different culture, practices, a mix of different religions.  And the food, I think is too spicy for me.

After my work contract ended in Singapore.  I have to go back to Cebu, Philippines and take a long term visa (OCI) at the Indian Embassy in Manila, Philippines.  My husband also decided to resign with the job in Singapore and come back to Goa.  After just holidaying in Goa for the past years while working in Singapore, I finally settled down here in June of 2015.  It feels like really plunging into the unknown.

Currently, my husband works in the ship design office in Panjim, where he has to drive 1.5 hours from where we live.  Changing a job or career, is another difficult decision to make unless your willing to take risk.  I didn’t really want to work in the same office as my husband, although they invited me to join.  I didn’t want to hassle myself of going to Panjim and driving everyday there for work.  Instead, I chose to stay at home and start my own home business.  I do handmade crafts like crochet, knitting, sewing and baking!

Daily routine

While my husband goes to work from monday-saturday.  I enjoy my time at home, cooking, crochet, knitting. My mother in law is also here to accompany me.  We like to do the same things together while talking, I do crochet and she does cross-stitch or embroidery.

rose embroidery pillow cases done by my mother in law

Some other days we go to Margao to buy food items or anything we need that we can’t buy in the shops nearby. Sometimes have some errands to do too.

Since I like a variety of crafts, I like going to Margao where I can buy cheap stuff   Cotton fabrics are so cheap.  It/s as cheap as Rs50/meter. The most I buy in Margao can range from Rs50-Rs75/ meter and are of good quality and nice prints already, like this shorts I’ve made.

floral cotton fabrics I’ve made into shorts that can be worn at home

 

My mother in law does tutor classes too from monday-saturday with the kids around the neighborhood, from kindergarten to 8 standard.  Sometimes I help out with the teaching,  but I really don’t have that much patience like hers.

one of the students who comes for tutor classes with my mother in law

 

So this is my daily life in Goa.  In Singapore I and husband use to have the same job as ship design engineer in one of the shipyards there.  As for now, I’m quite enjoying just staying at home, having my own time.  In my next post I want to show some of the crafts I made and actually sell to local people.  I was amazed at how goans and indians like handmade items so much, than if I was selling in the Philippine market.  That is another thing that I like about Goa and the goans, they like crochet, knitting, handmade decors, tailored clothes.  So if you got skills of doing this craft or this is just a hobby, you can actually turn it into a home business here.

If there are filipinas out there who are planning to get married in India or Goa specifically, you can contact me in this blog or thru my email: canas_fe@hotmail.com I’m sure you have some questions in mind about the life here and most probably on processing of documents.