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From Keely - Monday, 5th March 2007, 23:46 (GMT)
Yes, you DEFINITELY have no choice but to go with the flow. Hampi is soooo cool. I hate Holi, and all the colours for the very reason that you are mentioning... the colour doesn't come out. my friend had pink hair for like 2 weeks after. I usually try to hide on Holi. Love the details! Do they still have those teacup saucer type boat thingies made out of straw that float you across the river in hampi? that's how we did it in the old days when i was there...(9 yrs ago)
They have a motor boat now, and the guy is definitely the richest man in Hampi as far as I can tell! 10rps, 15 with luggage, 50 with motor bike etc. And hundreds of people cross back and forth everyday! I saw the saucers, you can still cross that way at the other end of the river! HAMPI RULES! Of course you know as well as anyone how much I love stuff like that! Right up my alley! I like my new highlights!
From Natalie - Tuesday, 6th March 2007, 17:49 (GMT)
Holi looks so much fun. would have liked to got colourful with you. check your email sad news.
Hey Nats! Holi was the best and we really need to start this in Toronto! HUgs and Kisses! T
From denise - Tuesday, 6th March 2007, 22:01 (GMT)
Dylan had an amazing day at OFSAA. I am disappointed that I didn't make it on time to see any of his swims (I had classes and no supply). Well there is always next year!
Dylan was 8th in prelims for 50 free (he just barely made it to finals) and ended up winning the GOLD! He won 2nd in Butterfly. He lost to the swimmer he beat at City Finals.
You win some you lose some.
I guess you and I have something to look forward to next year.
that's all for now
WOW! That's soooo amazing! How exciting for Albert Campbell! Chat soon, T
From Mon & Dad - Wednesday, 7th March 2007, 13:12 (GMT)
Love that "painted woman". I hope the colour will be out by the time you get home. Doing the usual Florida things, golf, maj, and EATING. The weather here has been good. Darryn is visiting a week Sat. Looking forward to seeing him. Gerry's going home today, and Carolyn and kids came yesterday, Aaron to follow. They are going on a cruise on the 134,000 ton Royal Carribs new ship. Hope to catch up with them when they get back. Darryn and they will overlap one day.

Mom & Dad
As always sounds good! Hugs to all! Love, T
From Sheinman - Wednesday, 7th March 2007, 19:11 (GMT)
Hey Tammy,

Love the pics!! You look GREAT!!

Unfortunately I didn't get the job at the digital cable TV station. However, I am waiting to hear about another job that I had two interviews with.

Met up with some people from my graduating class at CHAT last night. We are organizing a reunion. I can't believe that it has been 20 years since our graduation. Everyone looked pretty much the same just a couple were balder and greyer. Everyone said that I looked almost exactly the same as I did during high school.

It was a blast seeing everyone and working on plans for the reunion.

My cousin's Bat Mitzvah was very nice (I missed having you as my date though). The party was on the 8th floor of the Simpson Tower (very nice) and the theme was Marti Gras because it fell on the eve of Purim.

I am glad you are having a blast. Talk to you later.


Sorry about the job! The reunion sounds fun! Sorry I missed the party, I am sure it was a blast! Hugs, T
From Valla - Thursday, 8th March 2007, 22:00 (GMT)
Hi again...I'm so excited to be reading your blog now that you're in are almost following in my footsteps, except you're going backwards. Isn't India fantastic? All the things you're saying, I have experienced. Will you be going to Jesailmer in the North? (Jesailmer Fort, a living Fort, not just a tourist site.)If so, I'd like to send you a picture of a boy that I wish I took home, but that wasn't possible. If you come across him, and I'm sure you will, because he speaks English and approaches all the white tourists, I'd be happy to get his address to be in touch with him and watch his progress as he grows, and perhaps help him too. He's about 10 years old. Aren't the children amazing wherever you go?
Hi Valla, I am going to Jaisamier. You can send the photo to my hotmail account. I am really loving India!
From Keely - Sunday, 11th March 2007, 15:38 (GMT)
Loving every minute of your blogs... I almost feel as though I am right there with you! Now you can see what I've been talking about all these years! I just got off the phone with Sohail... he is in Dharamsala and I told him u are coming. I'll give you his cell phone number when you are closer.
Try to write MORE! I love it!
Funny how I hadn't heard a peep from you before India and now you are miss chatty Cathy! Still wish you were here. It would have been fun to see something new together! Hugs, T
From Brondell - Sunday, 11th March 2007, 15:44 (GMT)
Dear Tamarra,
Hadn't read your blog for awhile. It is so interesting. Your adventures sound so exotic and a far cry from TO especially in winter which finally arrived. Purim (and Indian celebration) sounded like quite an experience. Keep well
I have been to synagogue three shabbots in a row! Not sure what the next one will bring! Nice to meet Jews from around teh globe! Love, T
From gerry - Monday, 12th March 2007, 12:42 (GMT)
Hi Cousin, back to work for me after being in Florida for 11 days. Boy reality is hard to face. You look AMAZING in the picutres.. even with the fish. I forgot to tell you, Lisa is doing her Co-Op at a Vet. and LOVING it! Take care.

I knew about the co-op but I am glad she likes it! Definitely a step in the right direction! Hope Florida was good and that you gave my parents lots of hugs and kisses from me! Happy working! Love, T
From Jan-Jan - Monday, 12th March 2007, 15:56 (GMT)
Great photos - I would have had a blast partaking. I definitely think we should start the tradition here.

We had my mom and aunt's 65th. b-day party yesterday. I think I should change my career to event coordinator, I'm getting good at it.

The weather this past weekend was fantastic - just as I was getting ready to find the groundhog who incorrectly predicted an early spring...but maybe it's starting now...?? Here's hoping.

Missing you...Jan-Jan.
Hi Jan Jan! What did you guys do for their b-days? How's being back at work? Hugs Love, T
From Mila - Monday, 12th March 2007, 22:24 (GMT)
Hi Tams,

You look GREAT!!!! I love the pictures - are you still multi-coloured???

Glad you're having fun.

Things are good here - Sasha got her level 2 and 3 in swimming. Madeleine is still in Salamander and told her instructor 2 weeks ago "I don't want to practice, I only want to play".

Ian got the okay from his doctor (about his wrist) which is good news, because the doctor initially had some concerns about it. Yesterday (Sunday, March 11) Ian played his 1st hockey game in almost 5 months.

Keep having fun and stay safe!


I think the hair may stay red forever, or until it grows out! I have washed it sooooo many times! I am glad one of your children is a little fish! Great summer jobs! T
From Sarah - Tuesday, 13th March 2007, 20:24 (GMT)
Look how skinny you look at the fish market!!! You look fantastic!!!! You're going to disappear by the time you get back!
Life here is good. I am now working at Forest Hill Real Estate and I just sent out my little announcement letter to everyone I know telling them that I've started. Now the networking begins and hopefully I'll get some business. Time will tell!
Purim was fun... David decided at the last minute to be one of the star wars characters... I had to convince him to be one of the human ones!!! So out came my sewing machine and I made him a great Obi-wan Kenobi costume!! He was adorable! Karen went as a doctor -- David's costume that I made 2 years ago!!!
Anyway, other than that, all is well... Hopefully I'll see you online one of these days. Happy travelling! And don't open any doors!
Love Sarah
BUsy and fun as usual! Hope you sell your first home soon! Love, T
From Slana - Friday, 16th March 2007, 11:20 (GMT)
Weeeeeeenis! Your trip is still sounding amazing and i'm glad you're having such a great time. Please, find more places to'll want to frame this next line YOU ARE BECOMING EMACIATED! The India diet, I see, is working for you. oy! I keep finding what you're leaving over there...i'm in full swing of the move. Packing purging (stuff from my apt, not my body!) donating, etc. Contents sale at my place on Mar 31/Apr 1. Wanna come? Just kidding! I get the condo on Apr 4 (just after 2nd seder) and move the following week. I'll keep you posted. Love the blog. Keep blogging. Find a snack. Seriously.
Love Slana
Oh what fun it is to move, NOT! But you are embarking on a new adventure and that is always fun! And don't kid yourself Slana EMACIATED?? I don't think so, maybe another 30 lbs then we can use that word! Hugs, Have fun! Love, T
From Pamela Fuge - Saturday, 17th March 2007, 19:13 (GMT)
Tamara, finally found the time to read about your Indonesian adventures after we said good bye in Bukittinggi.
Anyone reading this- Tamara is such a great travel companion-we had so much fun on the 2 day trek from Bukittinggi to Lake Maninjau. Never laughed so much in my life. You are one hilarious woman Tamara.
Just realized you were in Brestagi when I was in Bukit Lawang.
Keep enjoying your adventrue and I will keep enjoying read of it.
Warm Regards,
Pamela. Sydney Australia.
Thanks Pamela! You kept up your end of the hilarious stories as well. I really enjoyed that walk and especially Uncle Tan's! What a place! T
From Pamela - Saturday, 17th March 2007, 19:19 (GMT)
Tamara, Just checked out the photos of Southern India- WOW!!! You look so fantastic- congratulations of how fit and wonderful you look today- it is simply amazing.
Hi Pamela! Travelling is the best diet ever, and not to bad for the head and the sole either! Hope you are well! T
From denise - Thursday, 22nd March 2007, 16:01 (GMT)
Hi T
I hope this is okay for me to send this message to you:
I was wondering no one is stepping up to convene Swimming for next year. I was thinking maybe we could do it together? what do you think?
If you are absolutely against the idea then I will decline.
I f you think it is something either you or I could do with help from the other person than I am considering it.
We don't need to answer immediately.
They need someone to step up before or at the the Pre-season meeting or Scarborough will not have swimming.
Heather is a definite no because she has teh VB OFSAA thing to organize.
What are your thoughts on this?
I know I feel weird even asking you because you are so far away and should not have to make these kind of decisions while on your 4/5 I just thought I would give you some time to think about it and if the answer is no then that will give other people time to re-consider.
I hope all is well.
Sorry Denise! Adjusting to being back in Toronto will be more than enough on my plate! Convening Swimming is a huge job! Thanks for the offer!
From Keely - Wednesday, 23rd May 2007, 01:52 (GMT)
Sounds great... I loved those hot springs... we stayed a couple of days there just to relax our weary bones and eat those special Himalayan banana breads and carrot cakes!
Sounds good! Maybe I will see you in India!
From Lisa - Friday, 23rd March 2007, 19:48 (GMT)
Your form is filled out and I will drop it by the school next week.
I love the latest pics - the colours are amazing of the clothing!
Take care,
Thanks Lisa! I really appreciate it! Enjoy you final months off! Love, T
From James Morden - Saturday, 26th May 2007, 03:35 (GMT)
Nepal... I am soooo jealous!
Long time no hear! What's up with you guys! Are you well? Nepal is AWESOME! And a dream come true! I know a bit corny but I have wanted to come here for a long long time! Be well! T
From kasim (former-studen - Friday, 30th March 2007, 15:01 (GMT)
Wow, Weinstein... you are rockin' Indochina. I am really happy that you have decided to take a year-round vacation. I took a glimpse of all the pictures that you've posted and I was in awe. A few days ago, i visited Downsview, I spoke to Laura and she was kind enough to let me in on your tour. Hopefully all goes well, have a safe trip with what is left-over, and after your return we can see each other. Take care!
Hey Kasim! I can even picture your face! You left a lasting impression! :) Maybe one day you will take an adventure like mine! It is a fantastic experience! What are you doing now?? Is it good? T
From AARON - Tuesday, 29th May 2007, 02:35 (GMT)

Life is great! Big hugs! Love, T
From Sheinman - Tuesday, 3rd April 2007, 15:28 (GMT)
Hi Tammy,

Happy Passover!! How was the Seder with 400 travelling Jews? I bet it was a great experience.

We had the first Seder at my Parent's place and of course I was totally stuffed by the end.

Tonight my uncle is hosting a huge seder at Oakdale Golf & Country Club for his extended family. That will be an experience. I think there will be about 50 people there.

The job search continues with second interviews. I will let you know if I get an offer. I can sense a good job that pays well just on the horizon.

That's basically it. Hiking season is fast approaching. Rattlesnake Point here I come.

Keep having FUN!!!

Love Sheinman
I went on a great hike yesterday and was rewarded with a beautiful waterfall that I could swi in! Fun! Happy Passover to you and your family! Happy Hiking! Love, T
From Mila - Friday, 6th April 2007, 01:28 (GMT)
Hi Tams,

I'm exhausted just reading your stories, although the past week has been crazy here.

We drove to Montreal on Saturday, after Sasha's dance class, arriving in Montreal at 10:00 p.m..

We had the 1st Seder in Montreal on Monday night, then left for Toronto on Tuesday morning, came home, got ready for the Seder and had the 2nd Seder in Toronto with my family.

School was still closed on Wednesday, so I stayed home with the girls and then went to work today (Thursday, April 5) for 1 day - tomorrow is Good Friday.

It snowed today, just a tiny bit, but of course everyone forgot how to drive in the 2 weeks its been nice, so there were accidents all over the place and it took me 2 hours to get to work - ridiculous.

Have fun and post some pictures already.


Sorry about the pics! Hopefully today! Winter is almost over! I am up in the mountains now and I have just seen snow for the first time in 12 months! CRAZY! Love, T
From Mila - Tuesday, 29th May 2007, 02:21 (GMT)
Hi Tams,

I read your email, good to hear from you. I think we've been in touch more since you've been away than when you're here!

Sounds like you have been busy the last 24 days (and I've been going through "blog withdrawl")! I'm looking forward to the more extended version of the trek.

Fantastic pictures - as usual.

Things are good here - busy as usual. I was supposed to be in St. Catharines starting today for a 3 week trial, but it settled so I am home - yeah! Since the time was marked off in my calendar, I was going to take next week off, but now things have become very busy and I don't know if I'll be able to manage that. Oh well!

Hope you enjoyed your steak dinner!


No vacation for Mila! I will put my feet up for a day in your name, how's that!!! Not the same I know! :) Glad to hear all is well. Chat soon! Love, T
From Sheinman - Friday, 6th April 2007, 21:09 (GMT)
Hi Tammy!

I've got GREAT NEWS!!! I've got a great full time job that pays a nice high salary!!!!!!

I start April 30 and my new position is National Marketing & Communications Manager for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

I am VERY EXCITED and the best part is that I now have the rest of the month off until my first day!!!

Talk to you later. I hope everything is well!!

Love Sheinman
Mazel Tov!! That is soooooooo great! I hope it is wonderful! Enjoy the time off you deserve it! HUgs and kisses, Tamarra