Best Part of Wedding Planning

Everyone says that cake tasting is the best part of wedding planning. We would agree. On both days the weather was great and I was back from India for two weeks. It was really nice to be home and especially nice to hang with Ash doing something you can’t really complain about. We went to four places, Katrina Rozell (Oakland), Neldha’s (Oakland), Walnut Creek Bakery, Montclair Bakery (oakland).

Katrina Rozelle was a small bakery in the Rock Ridge area of Oakland. The cakes were really moist and airy. The creams and fillings were very nice. We both liked the Valencia, a light chocolate cake with a hint of orange.


These were the specs that I drew out for Ash. We designed it together after our first tasting. Ash liked it and I got nice reactions from people in the stores who saw it.


Montcalir Bakery, the last place we went to was the best suited for us. The Chef was able to make lenon and orange, a not so typical filling. Ash and I are both really excited and hope people like the cake!

The Montclair cake samples:



Namaste US!

The flight back from Delhi was great. I didn’t face an real problems and bumped into a some interesting people flying home from a visit to their motherland. The flight didn’t even feel very long and I even got some good sleep…Here’s some airport snaps along the way.

Chicago O’Hare at 5am in the morning.


Seattle Tacoma in the at noon.


Bay Area – Home, Ashley and the pocket cratures!

End of 2 Months in India

Today is the end of my two month stay in India. I enjoyed my time here and really settled down into normal life. I took my last day to take some pictures of my frequent every day sights and activities starting with where I stay.

Sterling Residency aka “Sterling Guesht Housh” as spoken by all the India taxi drivers. The building was three stories high with 14 rooms. The people that works there are great. On my next return I will take some portraits photos of these guys to display here. There “the guard” who hangs out 8 hours a day at the gate. He must have the most boring job in the world but hey it could be worse.



I like going to this local market. The kid who works there doesn’t seem to like his job or else he just has a default unhappy look.

The market is usually busy. It is locally owned and sells grains, some chips, eggs, junk food, beverages and a whole bunch else of indian stuff I don’t know about. 🙂

These are some local kids. The big one looks like the boss. Kids all run around barefoot here. The area is so dusty that you can just see the dust on every kids cloths, faces and skin.

We (Chad, Dan, me) take a riskshaw ride in the morning to the office. Every morning there is a different guy whom we pull aside from the street. We always go through the same ritual was asking how much and then haggling our way down the to same price: 30 rupees. On days where the drivers are persistent it just means a longer ride…


This old guy is homeless and beggaing for money. The lines and hardship of the years show so plainly on his face and cloths. It’s really sad to see people living in such poverty here. No one really seems to see or pay attention to them.


Ahh, the Sapient Office….enough said.


It took me a month to get it right but the guys at Coffee Day have learned to make a black iced coffee. The coffee is pretty average and you can’t really get a black coffee. These drinks I get are all essentially cafe americano with water and ice… In either case, it’s good and the guys are really nice to remember my order.


The coffee guys below: on the right is the store manager. The dude with the crazy eyes is the one who has to make everything and do all the hard work.


Deepak and Chad are both leads on my project. These guy work really hard and are really great to hang out with as well.
At the end of the day, I said farewell to Deepak and Chad and left for the airport.


The Delhi airport is a mess and there is stupid paperwork for no reason. I almost didn’t make it into the station but things worked out and I got home ok.