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I am still blogging.  I have moved my blog to a new location.  Same blog just a new home.  Don’t forget to bookmark it.  Check it out http://melissa.jinaraj.com/

Published in: on October 17, 2009 at 1:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Three Essentials for Nursing a Sunburn

3essentialsThose of you who have had a sunburn know how uncomfortable and painful it can be. I discovered the ultimate remedy awhile back and I thought I would share it.  I used to get sunburns all the time when I was younger.  I would spend hours in the sun with no sunscreen and come home beet red.  I would often cry because my sunburn was so bad.  My grandmother would soak towels in cold water and put them on my sunburn and less than five minutes later the towel was hot.  I tried Aloe Vera, but that just seemed to make it horribly worse.  I even had to go to the Emergency room twice because the sunburns were so bad.  My sunburns would inch under the skin and burn and the same time.  It was excruciating.

On one of the trips to the ER the doctor told me that as a result of being in the sun for so long and getting burned I had lost a lot of electrolytes and he told me in order to restore them I should drink Gatorade since it has both sugar and sodium and it would at the same time hydrate me.  I suppose you could drink water with sugar and salt,  it would probably do the same thing.

Advil is a great pain reliever for the burn because it is ibuprofen and will cause the swelling to go down.  Advil will help you not be in pain so that you can rest.

I discovered Ocean Potion Burn Relief Ice about six years ago.  Once I put it on my burn it was like I was healing instantly.  It felt so cold and smelled so fresh.  I was amazed at how fast this helped me.  It literally takes the burn out.  It made the redness go away within a couple of days.  Ocean Potion Burn Relief Ice works so well because it has tea tree extract and lidocaine.  I bought a huge bottle at Wal-mart six years ago and then stopped shopping there and couldn’t find it anywhere else.  I finally found it in Walgreens in Las Vegas.  There are also numerous places you can purchase it online.

I swear by this remedy.  Use all three and you will be comfortable and burn-free in no time

Published in: on October 10, 2009 at 3:35 pm  Comments (2)  

Wallet Project

As you can probably imagine I have a lot of free time on my hands when we are not out and about so I decided to buy a sewing machine.  I love sewing and I love fabric.  I was missing my sewing machine back home so I thought getting one would be a good way to pass the time.

Me and my sewing machine!

I had a hard time finding fabric.  There are fabric stores here, but the selection isn’t that great, but I discovered the clothing stores have a great selection of already cut fabric.  The catch is that you have to buy the whole package which is about 8 meters all together.  The package consists of 2 meters for the pants, 2 meters for the top, and a 2 meter scarf. There are usually two different fabrics that match in some way.  The price is only $10.00.  Great deal!

I found this great wallet tutorial online at Confessions of a Fabricaholic and I had to try and make it.  So here is my second project:

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Published in: on October 8, 2009 at 10:08 am  Comments (2)  

A Satisfying Encounter

I had an interesting encounter yesterday.  Liji and I were shopping around for some fabric and we decided to go to a coffee shop for an afternoon snack.  We usually go to either Cafe Coffee Day or Cocoa Tree Cafe.  Yesterday we couldn’t decide which one we wanted to go to, eventually we ended up going to Cocoa Tree.  Soon after we sat down a blond woman walked in and sat at the table next to us and asked us for directions to Seemati, a clothing store, and the conversation took off from there.  Suzan, a fellow American, travels by herself and is a travel writer.  She is from the Seattle area.  The three of us had a great conversation.  We exchanged stories about our journeys so far and she gave us some tips on places to see around India.  In the end we swapped information.

The encounter was short, but I feel like I met someone I will never forget.  I can’t help but to think that our paths would have never crossed if we decided on the other coffee shop, or if we chose to go at a different time.  What made us choose that shop at that time?

Published in: on October 7, 2009 at 12:46 pm  Comments (1)  

Photos of the Day

A guy at his drink stand

A guy at his drink stand.

Chillin'

Chillin'

Liji and I saw a sign that said Indian School of Art so we went upstairs to check it out.  Found out it was a school that does personal lessons for people who are interested in various forms of art as a hobby.

Liji and I saw a sign that said Indian School of Art so we went upstairs to check it out. Found out it was a school that does personal lessons for people who are interested in various forms of art as a hobby.

Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi

Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi

Entrance to the Rabipuram Krishna Temple.  I thought it was beautiful in the middle of the city.

Entrance to the Ravipuram Krishna Temple. I thought it was beautiful in the middle of the city.

Tailors doing some sewing

Tailors doing some sewing

I took this just in case someday I do love Kochi.

I took this just in case someday I do love Kochi.

Published in: on October 5, 2009 at 5:23 pm  Leave a Comment