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Nostalgic food from all over

Random food and beverages from my several homes. Growing up in parts of India, you often come across the Jamun tree. The fruit has a purple bitter sweet flesh. This drink from India tries to capture the flavour for urban people who miss jamun picking. Next is a popular rice cake from Hanoi, North Vietnam (thanks to childhood friend Trang for getting it for me). This cake is made by a family business in the Hang Than Street - that had many similar rice cake shops. Nguyen means origin, and Ninh is derived from the name of the hometown (Yen Ninh) of the original owner of the cake shop. Last is a well being/health drink from Indonesia, contains honey and several herbs. You can buy these sachets from convenience stores or small shops across Indonesia.

Introducing Kimchi Dosa

It is said that Koreans form one of the biggest expatriate community in India. But what’s the point if we still have not combined the greatest frood from the two countries. As someone who was born in India but has Korean stomach, I decided to myself undertake this responsibility. Presenting the kimchi dosa.

Here is the humble dosa, a staple South Indian food. And Cabbage Kimchi from our Korea.

Combine the two and you get healthy and crunchy Kimchi Dosa.

Visiting Philippines on an Indian Passport with currently valid Australia, Japan, Canada, Singapore, Schengen, US or UK visa

Ordinarily, Indian citizens requires a visa in advance for the Philippines but if she has a valid Australian, Canadian, Japanese, Singapore, Schengen, UK, U.S. multiple entry visa or permanent residence permit then they can visit for a duration of 14 days.  

I recently tried this by stopping over in Manila for some meetings (yes, you can get both tourism as well as business entry) on my Taiwan to Singapore trip. The process was fast – I joined the regular immigration queue. The officer made sure that I have a valid and yet unused visa issued by one of the above countries and proceeded to stamp my passport. He did not ask for anything else. 

Below are the two forms you will have to fill. The Disembarkation Card and the Customs Declaration Form.


The information for selective visa free entry

and this announcement that open entry via all international entry points

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