Reunion in US

Hello folks!!

How have you guys been?? What are you upto??

I really apologise for not being around for such a long time. I was really occupied with a few errands.

Well, this June I took a 20 days trip to US and gallivanted across 15 states incl(D.C) which is not a state for sure… if you say that in D.C, you are lookin’ for trouble.

Anyways, the trip was fantastic, I really enjoyed my time there and was with my friends; some of the most finest people on earth 🙂

We took a road trip which began in Baltimore, Maryland and onwards to New York. Then we travelled further mid-west covering West Virginia, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri & Kansas. We took a detour in Ohio, we got down in Zanesville and took a motel for a night (Best Western) it was really good.

Btw, I learned how to swim 🙂 Yah… I didn’t know how to swim before… But now I DO!!!

Also, we stopped by to say hi to my Grandpa who is a famous Sitar player from India, who now lives in St.Louis,MO, he is a maverick and dexterous too.

Celebrated 4th of July in Dallas and then I left Dallas on 07th early morning; heard there was shooting goin on there in Dallas, feel sorry for the folks out there.

All in all it was an adventurous trip. The most exciting part of the trip was…..

I met a girl and I fell in love 🙂 Oh god it was so wonderful… I’m planning on visiting her next year and will take a trip to Park city & Heber city, Utah 🙂

 

Love
Alan

 

 

Ghanaian Soya

Hello Folks!!

How have y’ll been? Well, I have been quite occupied with my work and planning for my vacation to the US this year. Yah, I got my tickets done and I’m planning to visit DC, NYC, B’more, Philly, KC & Dallas.

Anyways, this post is about a new food item which I learned from my friend George Gyau of Ghana; its called as ‘Ghanaian Soya’.

I learned this recipe from him, while he was here in Bombay for an internship through AIESEC. He used to make this item mebbe every Sunday I suppose….

Anyways, here’s how he made it.

Ingredients:

1 packet – Soya bean
1 finely chopped onion
1 finely chopped tomato
2 finely chopped potato (french fries style)
Cooking oil (coconut or olive) anything.
tomato puree/sauce.
finely chopped coriander.

 

Preparation:

Firstly, empty the packet of soya into a bowl full of water and leave it for 10 mins, till the beans become soft and spongy.

Then, take your cookware and pour a lil oil into it, followed by chopped onion, tomato and potato. Stir it till the colour of onion is gold and potatoes are cooked well, then put all the beans inside it and stir it for 10 mins.

Lastly, the touch of tomato puree or sauce whatever you have at home and coriander. Cover with the lid for a 2 mins and let it cook.
Serve it with rice or eat with bread.!!

Love
Alan.

LET THERE BE LIGHT

Hi folks!!

This week, I am crazy for writing about New Zealand…. Yeah Thats Right baby!! KIWI

I have been in love with this country since my childhood and have always dreamt about going to Taumata mountain, celebrate waitangi day etc…

I do love all the countries in the world and people… My obsession with the world is such that I know each country that exists on this planet along with their capitals and major cities currency, language and culture (BRAGGING) but true!! I love the world soooooo much!!

We can play a quiz too… its so much fun!!

Taumata is a mountain in NZ, and people say its the longest word in English Lang…

One of my best friend Matt is going to stay in NZ for 2 years and I will be visiting him soon!! 🙂

I dunno why i Posted this.. but … LOVE YOU GUYSS!!

Love
Alan

LANGUAGES : Communication and Connection

Our world is referred to as a modern world because of its diversity and uniqueness …
Today people are talking about Networking.. – a decade ago we never even uttered the word… In our wildest dreams it wasn’t there … We never thought we’d come this far….

Technology made it possible … And why was technology successful in doing so… Because of the Communication Revolution….

Today our entire world and its systems revolves around/on Communication.. Businesses, politics, technology, diversification etc..

Infact our relationships with our families, friends and even GOD depends upn communication ….

It suddenly dawned on me one day, what if I learn languages and make friends.. Weird it was.. But fun though.

I began educating myself in series of communications related scopeias, for instance… If I want to communicate with the computer I gotta learn software or programming, which is a language in which computer speaks … Similarly world languages .. They have their impact … Don’t believe me … ? If you ever happen to meet any stranger from another nation … Randomly, say for instance you meet a person from china and tell him ‘Ni hao ma wo de pengyou’ (How are you my friend) or meet a guy from South Africa and tell him ‘Kunjani’? (How are you) …or ‘Nkosi sikeleli afrika’ (god bless South Africa) suddenly brings smile on their faces…

Believe me .. That smile is worth it…. People sometimes feel far from home and when in an alien nation, someone speaks in your language… Seriously makes you feel home… You must be thinking its surreal … Surreal yes boring no…..

Once in Dubai metro, me and my friends were travelling. They suddenly made a pact; why don’t we communicate in other languages … Just for fun … knowing how ostentatious I am and would love to show them some of my freaknoid skills… We started speaking in various languages …. Suddenly a white guy next to us took a note of it and was waiting to see, whether I was able to communicate in his language …. Turns out he was from Ireland … And I’d just said ‘Conas ata tu a chara‘….

He suddenly laughed out there applauding and quickly befriended … See… Languages create adventures for me …

Have no idea why I’m writing this but …

Love
Alan

The New York city Tweedledum

Have you ever been to the New York city?

Oh, its beautiful in New York city. Btw, when were you in New York city? In December I was in New York city.

There is train from Boston that goes to New York city. Reaches at 17:00hrs in New York city and splendid looks New York city.

December brings happiness in New York city. New York city! That place full of lovely ladies and handsome hunks who love the city not for its scumbags but good looking punks…??!!.

New York city dude! They, the rich lives there!!!

Brooklyn is a part of New York city… Its one of the boroughs of New York city…..

Christmas in awesome in New York city. Whats the accent like in New York city..?? Its like the accent in the New York city…

Whats so great about New York city….. !!! Its great coz its THE NEW YORK CITY….

Are you obsessed with New York city… I love New York city…. Romantic spot in New York city..

ITS THE NEW YORK CITY

How to obtain a US Visa : Tips for your visa interview

What’s up folks!!!!!

I trust you’ve all been happy lately …

People esp. Travellers have a lot of dreams … Like to visit their dream/favourite place or desired destination … So on..

One of the dreams I dreamt was to visit America … Not because of any greatness …. As a historian, I was just fascinated by the American history esp. Civil war and Abraham Lincoln …. New York City, San Francisco etc….

As a child I was so obsessed with multi-culturism, people, languages and food…. But States always had a special place in my heart …… The zenith of this obsession was such … That whenever I would hear someone talk about America or even mention it ..I would give my ear to it… Which really started annoying people… Words likes Washington, parkington would give me goosebumps… I even went to am extend and memorised each different states in the US and their capitals .. Name of the previous presidents .. Which shocked even some of my American friends … One major person who really influenced me to see that place was Mr. Robert nimmo, he was kinda mentor to me and used to teach me about American culture… He served in the US navy and had practically lived in every city in the US…. Cities like Casper, Helena, Bismarck, stove pipe well Death Valley etc… A gold rush prospectus he was…

But it’s not always easy for non American folks to visit America… I know 9/11 changed everything there….

Last year I finally decided to visit America … And I went in for a visa interview … Most people out here mind wonder its just a visa ..why make a deal out of it… Well, like I said… It’s really considered as an achievement in the third world country….

However, I was refused saying that I didn’t demonstrate enough ties to my home country ….I was in grave pain… I couldn’t even hear my own thoughts for a week… I thought I didn’t do anything wrong still I was rejected …. But then I decided I’ll do research and prove them that, I’m not going to live in America but I’m just going to visit the place and appreciate the beauty of the culture….

And finally I made it this year … My visa was approved …

So I would just like to share a few thoughts on your visa interview … Again, each case is different and you can never guarantee … But hard work pays… And a little information can make huge differences …

1) When you intend to apply for the tourist visa for the US, do not hire anyone to do that for you… People can fake a lot of things… I’m sorry but our today’s world is like this…

2) Prepare all the documents in advance and keep it with you handy while you fill in your DS-160 … For with you can log onto www.ceac.state.gov

Fill your DS 160 and make sure you email or print for yourself a copy, in order to know what you’ve written, also never lie about anything in your application, because lying is not good and secondly the consular officer will come to know as they are well trained and they know about you more than you know… Mebbe it’s a cliché but that’s what it is…

3) Print the Stanley form to pay your visa application fees… You can choose your bank to pay on US travel Docs website… Where you’ll have to create an account ….

4) after paying your visa fees, you will receive a detail showing payment update in your US travel docs account, click on the payment token and schedule your appointment … There will be 2 appointments based on your country of origin, as for India, they’ve to go for the OFC which a biometrics, fingerprint, photo and other such information appointment. I suggest to book your OFC appointment a day prior to your visa interview… Makes the job easy ….

5) Arrive at the embassy or consulate on the interview day no less than 15 mins… Dress well, always wear a smile, do not over smile, don’t give any signs of nervousness … Even if you are… I know it’s hard … But think its your dream to see the place..

6) The consular officers usually do not look at your documents … They rely on verbal conversations … When you present facts and figures they start analysing your response and give a conclusion, whether or not to grant you a visa… Show as much ties to your home country as possible, do not be hard in trying to convince the officer, do not volunteer information, which is it asked. If the officer needs additional details he/she will ask you. See, they are gentle people, however their work is very tough.. They are protecting the american borders .. They meet 1000s of dumbs everyday, who do not stick to the answer or the question per se…

7) Once your visa is approve, your passports will be kept for visa stamping, if you were rejected under 214(b), then they’ll return your passport … Remember it’s not the end of the world … You can apply very soon, once your circumstances have changed..

If you have any query or you wanna give a mock interview and want to find out whether you are eligible for a visa or you wanna know more, please write to me : alanphoenix18@hotmail.com

I would to hear from you … Good luck and all the best…

Love
Alan

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Precious Moments : The Diary of the Tour Buddies

Hello Loved ones!!

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A friend just wrote this and sent it to me…

I always feel it like a passion

Eating, Cooking, Travelling, Learning new languages, Acting on stage, playing sitar, religious studies, education and airplane science just amaze me… !! All these are passion… I just love to explore new culture and value it!! Life seems never ending in those moments!! 🙂

Love
Alan