Lot happened in 2 months!!

Every week, I keep thinking about my next post and time keeps going by… it has been almost 2 months since my last post, so I thought I do a quick recap.

Malaysia Airlines: It has been 3 weeks since the Malaysia Airlines MH 370 flight disappeared.  As you can see my last post was about my visit to Kuala Lumpur.  I traveled to India in January on Malaysia Airlines and from Los Angeles to Tokyo to Kuala Lumpur and back same route, I flew on Boeing 777-200 the same type of plane that disappeared.  So I can’t stop thinking about how it would have felt for passengers on that plane, no matter what happened.  My thoughts and prayers are with the passengers and their family.  I sure will keep counting my blessing every time I get off a plane.

Almost on CNBC: last week, I traveled to New York to be on a CNBC segment on BirdieBox.com, a new venture I am being part of… The night before the interview we find out that they do not have enough space on stage and had to cut my segment out.. at last minute on the day of the interview, they moved it to outside of NYSE and I almost got back on there, except that there as no spare microphone available – oh well, my time will come, but it was an awesome experience visiting NYSE and CNBC studios on the floor of the stock exchange.

My 2 new favorite apps: Lesli and I have been using the Jawbone UP bands to keep track of our activity and the UP app on iPhone is one my favorite apps.  You know a good user experience when you are addicted to the app and being in Technology field, I really appreciated the effort put into making the app so good.  Then on my trip to New York, I finally got to use UBER.  It has been out for a while, but I never got a chance to use it till recently and instantly fell in love with it – the simplicity and functionality are the two most impressive factors about this app.

Travel: Obviously it has been one of the busiest travel quarter of my life.  I had some interesting experiences like getting stuck in a hotel during snow in Atlanta, someone taking my bag to Mexico City during our vacation trip to Puerto Vallarta, etc.  Finally home for a full week in a month and plan to catch up with life and things I enjoy doing… like writing this blog.

Headed back to India in a couple of week – will be peak summer, but the excitement of opening our second development center on May 2nd is going to be well worth it!

Vacationing in Mexico… East Indian Style!!!

Haven’t been able to write anything for more than 2 weeks now… because of two things…

1. Vacation in Mexico (Bucerias) for a week,
2. At home all week (9 days) for first time this year, catching up with life….

So now I am back on the road and starting to reflect on my vacation in Mexico and the fact that I have to wait almost one more year before taking another Mexican vacation….

First time I traveled to Mexico was back in 1997 to Juarez across the border from El Paso to visit the American Consulate to get my passport stamped for visa renewal. I was there for only a few hours, and noticed how “close” to India it looked like.

Then I didn’t get to Mexico again till 2004, to a small town called “Bucerias” north of Puerto Vallarta, courtesy of my Mother In Law, who started going there in winter. She finally moved into her own place there now and lives 6 months out of the year. So I have been there 10 times so far, and realized how “at home” I feel now everytime I go there.

Being from India has its pros and cons when you travel to Mexico.

Pros:

1. When you are trying to get out of airport, Time Share people don’t mob you… they must think either I am Mexican, or cheap, whatever it is, works for me… I walk right past everyone.
2. Walking in the streets, nobody is notices you.. no vendors, no solicitors….
3. When you ask for “Pecante”… I get spicy food, they don’t feel like they have to hold back for me…

Cons:
1. Everyone thinks I can speak Spanish… I tried to use my limited spanish vocabulary and they would start full conversations, and I have to say “whoa…. all I know is few words”. On my last trip we got pulled over by a cop and I was in passenger seat and he started talking to me in Spanish thinking I could convey the meaning to the others in the car… and he was quite surprised that I can’t.
2. Well I can’t think of anything else… who cares, you are in Mexico 🙂

When I first went to Bucerias in 2004, I was stressed out a bit… your phone didn’t work, you have to go to an Internet Cafe to check emails (at 56 kbps). Growing up I never had a real vacation where you absolutely do nothing… but over time I realized doing nothing is such a beautiful thing on vacations. Yes, I do work a bit, but I don’t mind the view and the fact that it makes you feel relaxed without worrying about what’s going on.

Lot of people don’t even know where India is in Bucerias, one year, a waiter brought a map and was amazed that I am from other side of the planet and we looked so much alike. I used to think I am the only “East Indian” guy in Bucerias, but on my latest trip we met a couple of gals from Vancouver, who are originally from India. We ended up talking as if we knew each other for a long time…

The most stressful thing on my recent vacation… to decide where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner… tough life.

No matter where we eat everyday, one thing is certain… we end up at the same place every night for nightcap… Mark’s Bar & Grill in Bucerias. Shout out to Jan and Mark for creating such a wonderful place to eat, drink and be happy…

Here is the link to Bucerias… you should visit some time… Best of Bucerias.

Here is the link to Mark’s Bar & Grill.