Showing posts from February 18, 2007

Foreigner's Registration Office

I'm now an officially registered foreigner. After having heard innumerable horror stories about the bureaucracy in India, I have to say this was completely painless. I had the help of a relocation service (Ikan) and they took care of all the paperwork. The entire process took less than 1/2 hour. I walked next door (the FRO is next door to Embassy Icon) met the Ikan rep, and he walked me through the process. Two windows to submit paperwork at, three individuals whose signatures we needed to get with me there in person, that was it. I daresay it would have been much more painful without their help - my office mate said that it took him 18 months including a full day to pay a US$30 fine for registering late. The fine having to be paid at an obscure bank located 45 minutes away.

The waiting room for the office did meet all my expectations of what a scary bureaucratic office should look like though. Ancient metal seats, peeling paint, obscure notices on the wall, faceless people behind …

Arriving in Bangalore - Restaurant Reviews part 1


Sunny's restaurant is supposedly one of the best Italian places in Bangalore, and a foodie "destination" restaurant. It's definitely good, and one of the few places we've gone to more than once since arriving. It helps that it's on Vittal Mallya Road very close to the Google guest house.

Sunny's lets the flavors of the ingredients show through with simple but interesting preparations. I had roast lamb chops (prepared rare, as I asked, with no arguments or questions) which were served in what appeared to be a reduced balsamic glaze with sprigs of thyme and whole rosemary. Quite tasty. Debbie had penne in a gorgonzola cream sauce that was also very tasty, though I commented that while the penne was properly "al dente" the cooking water hadn't been quite hot enough - the pasta was a tiny bit gummy. We were brave and had this with a Ceasar Salad.

The second time we decided to try the pepperoni pizza. Since I make pizza myself I was inte…

Arriving in Bangalore - House Hunting

One of the things we've been doing this week is looking for a permanent place to live. We have a real estate agent hired by Google, and filled out a big check list of what we're interested in and what's important. What we're interested in is a place that's walking distance to work, and costs less than Rs 50,000/month. We'd like 3 bedrooms but we'll be happy with 2 - but we have to have at least 2 because we want to have guests. We want furnished because I don't want to deal with having to buy a bunch of stuff only to sell it again in a year - though we may go that route by buying a houseful of stuff from someone else in the corresponding situation who's now leaving.

Anyway, when I first filled out the questionnaire I thought we'd be working first at the one Google location at Embassy Icon and then at Prestige Sigma so I wanted a place that was walking distance to both. The realtor started by showing us a bunch of places in Richmond Town (all of …