#30DayWritingChallenge: A trip I can’t forget. (Mumbai)

Day Twenty-Eight: A trip I can’t forget. (Mumbai)

The only weekend I had when I briefly stayed in Mumbai was nearly ruined when I went drinking on Saturday morning after shift.

There is a good local beer in India called Kingfisher. It comes in two variants: white and red label. Normally, I drank the lighter white label; but on that Saturday, I decided to finally give the red label a try. It was good. Kingfisher was less sweet than Filipino beer like San Miguel Pale Pilsen or Red Horse, but has a nice earthy flavor and little bitterness.

The local beer in India, Kingfisher, comes in huge-ass 650 mL bottles. Single serving.

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Kingfisher Red also kicked like a motherfucker.

I was hungover when I woke up that evening, causing me to cancel meeting up one of the team supervisors who invited me over to his place near the sea. That really sucked major ass: the only Saturday I spent in Mumbai and I had to sleep it off. My hangover lasted well into Sunday and I was only able to go out after noon.

It is relatively easy to move around Mumbai.

Travel writing workshop at the Filipinas Heritage Library.

There was a time when I enrolled myself to several writing and photography workshops. They were a great way to take a break from my usual job, allowing me to do something other than the usual tech support thing.

I’d like to think that I learned a few things from those workshops, particularly in photography. I never got the chance to actually practice the writing bit.

There was an announcement sent to my email about an advanced travel writing workshop at the Filipinas Heritage Library this month, facilitated by Kristine Fonacier. I had the chance to sit in two of her workshops and she’s a very insightful facilitator. Whether I was a particularly competent participant was another matter; it’ll take more than workshops to make me less of a lazy writer.

From the Filipinas Heritage Library announcement:

Advanced Travel Writing
October 17, 20, 24, and 25, 2011
6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.

Share your love of travel with others and even get the chance to see your name in print! Listen to Kristine Fonacier, a writer and travel enthusiast, as she imparts valuable insights into pushing yourself further and taking the next step to travel writing. The workshop is designed for those who have had some experience in travel writing and would like to learn advanced techniques in creating exceptional travel literary pieces.

Workshop fee is P3,500 inclusive of handouts, materials, snacks, and certificate. A down payment of P1000 is required to reserve a slot. The deadline for reservations is October 7, 2011. A P500 discount will be given to those who pay in full on or before the deadline.

Payments can be made in cash, check, or through credit card.
*Discount does not apply to credit card transactions.

Contact: Camille Martinez
8921801 Loc 27 | 09175612413 martinez.cc@ayalafoundation.org

I’m actually interested to enroll, but on the 17th I’ll be in Bacolod for Masskara (funny coincidence, that) so I will have to pass this one. But hey, if anyone wants to try their hand at travel writing, they should. There’s always plenty of things one could write about the places one goes to.