As I mentioned before, we will be going on a Cruise to New Caledonia soon and I am counting down the days until the day arrives. This year has been really long and I am glad holiday time is almost here so I can relax and enjoy the remaining days of this year. We will be spending Christmas on board so it will be a different experience.
I have to say I am a bit anxious about this particular holiday because I will be spending most of the time in the ship. This is our first cruise and being first time cruisers we were a little bit apprehensive and are doing a lot of research. I have sailed before but never been on a cruise so I am having mixed feeling. I am busy doing my research to make sure I don’t make any mistakes and reading everyone’s’ experience I can see that most of them really enjoyed it so I am hoping to come back and report that I had a fun holiday.
The most worrying part for me is seasickness. I normally don’t get sea sick and I am going to take heaps of medications as well to help me be normal but sometimes you can plan all you want and still things may not work out so a bit worried about it.
Most of the holidays we go to, I have full day plan for nearly all days so I know what I am doing and in control of everything but this holiday we are going to have few sea days and I have no idea how we should spend those. I have been doing my research and there seems to be heaps of things to do in Carnival like going on water ride, golfing, swimming or just relaxing but still not having a proper plan is making me worried a bit.
Apart from that, I think most of the things should go smoothly. I will spend 2 weeks with my loving husband by my side just relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, eating and enjoying ourselves. Can’t thank him enough for make my birthday so special and making me so happy with the cruise as a birthday gift.
If anyone has been on Carnival Spirit before, your suggestions will be highly valuable.
I am very excited about our destination. I have heard a lot about New Caledonia for years now and always wanted to go there and now we will be stopping there in less than a months’ time. I always love tropical holidays with lots of sun, sand and sea and this one is going to be one like that too. As all of you know, I am a summer person and tropical holiday is my cup of tea
One of the stop for us is Isle of Pines and I have seen so many amazing photos from this place. Isle of Pines was dramatically formed by a series of volcanic upheavals and is truly beautiful.
Another stop is Lifou which is within the Loyalty Islands of New Caledonia and known for their coral reefs and limestone caves.
Hope this holiday will be exciting and fun so we can book more cruise holidays in the future too.
See you with my next post soon.
M from nepaliaustralia
Posted in Celebrations, Holidays, New Caledo, Travel
Tagged Carnival Spirit, christmas, Cruise ship, Isle of Pine, Isle of Pines, Lifou, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia, Noumea, Oceania, Seasickness, Travel and Tourism
I always wished for a white Christmas. Even though it is not snowing in Kathmandu, I am having a cold Christmas here in Kathmandu unlike in Australia where it is hot and muggy during Christmas.
So from a far far land called Kathmandu, Merry Christmas everyone. May the Christmas spirit keep you warm and full of joy this holiday season.
Kathmandu has changed a lot in the past decade. When I was growing up here, there was hardly any sign of Christmas seen in Kathmandu but these days every shopping mall is decorated with Christmas decorations and every shop has a Santa or mannequin dressed in a red. From the only Hindu country in the world Nepal has changed to be a multi religious secular country.
My Facebook is full of photos of people from Nepal celebrating Christmas eve and Christmas, It is nice to see globalisation (in every aspect) happening in Nepal as well.
I also got this picture from my boss; it is of my desk at work full of gifts for Christmas. It was really nice of her. I am eagerly waiting to go back and open them
Talking about Christmas I couldn’t help but notice that Bangkok is adorned in fairy lights and Christmas decorations.
According to Wikipedia, 94.6% of Thais are Buddhists followed by 4.6% Muslims which leave less than 1 percentage of Thai to be Christian. But if you are in Thailand, especially Bangkok, you will be forgiven if you think Thailand is a 100% Christian country. It looks like Thais love Christmas. As soon as early November rolls around, every year, up go the Christmas trees, the Christmas lights and the Christmas decorations all over Bangkok. We saw Christmas decoration in every shopping mall, every department store, every shop and even many schools and offices decorated for Christmas. It’s actually quite wonderful if you’re a Christian living in Bangkok, as it’s hard to be depressed and miss your family when there’s Christmas cheer everywhere in Bangkok.
Here are some decoration from Siam Paragon, Central World Plaza, Amarin Plaza and other malls and walkway around Bangkok.
I meant to write this post yesterday but I have been really busy this week. So finally I got some time to write this morning.
Right now I am at Sydney International Airport waiting for our flight to Bangkok. We checked in, passed immigration so nothing else to do but wait. AS is busy on his mobile playing Sudoko while I am browsing the net and writing this post.
This week has been really busy as my brother with SIL and little nephew left for Nepal. Then the whole week at work I had meetings and trainings that kept me very busy.
Anyway I am just glad that we are going on a holiday. Luggage wise I didn’t have much problem. I think it is better when I fly out from Sydney but coming back is always a problem with so much stuffs that I bring with me. We have more than 30 kgs in our luggage which is only gifts for my family and AS’s family. I always think I haven’t bought much but when we started packing, OMG there is so much. I really hope everyone will love our gifts as we spent lots of time on them.
First stop will be Thailand where we will spend 4 days going around and shopping in Bangkok. We will also meet AS’s cousin with his wife and little girl (she is under 2 and this is the first time we will be meeting her) so that is really exciting. After that we will be in Nepal for the rest of the holiday.
Really looking forward to spending a good time with our family. All the fear I have expressed in this blog before has gone away and I am really looking forward to having a great time.
I will have a cold but not a white Christmas this year so that is completely different than Christmas in Australia as I have mentioned in my post here, no BBQ, no beach.
I will be updating my blog and reading other blogs less frequently until I come back to Sydney so till then take care everyone. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
If you wish to send me a Christmas Gift, please read here to know what I want :).
It is December and Christmas is only a few weeks away. Christmas is the time for giving and I would like to give something back to all my fellow bloggers from whom I have learned so much. Also I’d like to thank everyone who visited my blog and left comments. It means a lot to me.
What is a Liebster Blog Award?
It’s an award to draw attention to blogs that are terrific but have less than 300 followers but deserves a lot more recognition and is all in the spirit of fostering new connections. I saw this concept romaning around the blogs so in the spirit of the giving season, I though I will start this award too.
Liebster means dearest, favorite or sweetest in German. This award is presented to the blogs which are your favorite, meaning, if you receive this award from a blogger then you are among their favorite blogs.
The Rules for the Liebster Award are:
- Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
- Reveal your 5 top picks for the award and let them know by linking to their blog.
- Post the award on your blog.
- Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the blogosphere – other bloggers.
- Best of all – have fun and spread all that good blogging karma.
So I would like to award the following blogs with this award (in alphabetic order). You are not obligated to do anything unless you want to.
Love your writing style and millions of ideas you have for blogging. Your recent post about your wedding plans had brought back my experience from my own wedding. Waiting for pre and post wedding posts now. Good luck with the rest of the preparation Kay.
I feel this blog has so many posts close to my heart that while reading some post I feel that I was writing them. I feel connected to Tash and love the way she expresses herself. Thank you for your support and for all the comments you left on my blog. It really helps to know that someone is following your blog.
Reading your blog it feels like I am part of your life as you share so much of your life here and I am thankful that you are allowing us to be part of your journey. You have a great way of writing that keeps your reader captivated and waiting for more. Your blog inspired me to start my own blog so Thank You C.
I miss so many things from Nepal and would like to thank you for filling the gaps through your blog. Your posts really help me to connect with Nepal and Nepali jiwan there. Thanks Zoe also for support and comments on my blog.
Basundhara, you seem to be more Nepali than I can be. You always have latest updates of news in Nepal and you seem to love everything about Nepal. Thank you for keeping me up to date through your blog and for supporting and following my blog. Thanks for all the comments as it really helps to keep going. .
It was hard for me to pick 5 as there are few other blogs that I really like and follow regularly so if I get this award back from someone, I will love to award them as well.
Thank you everyone for your support. Keep blogging.
At work today everyone had their own opinion on when to put up our Christmas tree. It has been up for the last few months in the shopping malls. They even have Christmas carols going on the loud speaker. I guess they just want us to shop for Christmas early.
In Sydney, every year there is a big event for the Martin Place Tree Lighting & Christmas Concert in Hyde Park. It happened on 24th of November this year.
I really like the giant tree they have every year and especially the lights they have on Sydney Town Hall. It is colourful and in the evenings it brightens up the city.
In most suburbs, most houses have their Christmas lights up as well. There are some suburbs where they have so many decorations in the garden that people drive by just to look at the decorations and lights.
At work every department have their own tree and I am in charge of putting the tree up for our department. So when I told the boys that we need to put up our tree today, they said it was too early. But then all the girls including my boss were ok to have our tree up today.
Anyway I did some research and found that different people have a different opinion. Most suggested that Christmas tree should be up only 12 days before Christmas and until 12 days after Christmas. Do you know when is the right time for putting up the tree?
The problem at work is most of us take time off around Christmas which means that the last week before Christmas and first week after New Year , there is hardly anyone around. There is no point in having decorations if there is no one around to appreciate them.
So finally we decided as it is 1st of December today, the tree should be put up today. We spent few hours decorating the tree and now it looks a lot like Christmas in our department.Holiday season is here and I am really enjoying it. I need to go around different departments now and see what they are up to for Christmas decorations.
Merry Christmas everyone!!!
As Christmas is just around the corner I thought I might write my wish list now. Some people may tell me that it is too early to do that, but have you been out lately? All the shopping malls and stores are decorated with Christmas trees and decorations. Christmas carols are on their loud speakers and every advertisements and catalogues have Christmas references. Above all that, North Pole is so far away from here that I thought it would take a while for my letter to reach Santa as FedEx told me they don’t have next day delivery service there and Santa will certainly need a few weeks to find what I want.
I could write I would like Marc Jacobs’s bag, Jimmy Choo’s shoes, Prada sunnies, and Chanel diamond earrings or I could be really beauty queen like and ask for world peace and every human being to be happy. But sorry this year I will be very selfish and ask for what I really want.
Here is my letter to Santa this year,
You know I have been so good this year. I was always good as you know but this year I am sure I get extra brownie points for not being a Bridezilla during my wedding, understanding another human being (my husband), not killing anyone when things didn’t go my way and above all not spending so much money on shopping, buying worthless stuff.
This year all I want is one thing from you and I really hope you can fulfil my wish. So here you go, I want a new book on “How to live a perfect life for Dummies” this Christmas. Wait! I am not done yet. Please make sure the following chapters are included in that book.
- How not to smack someone when they lie to your face?
- How to pretend you are enjoying the conversation when you are not?
- How to enjoy life when you spend so much time working, cleaning, cooking and doing laundry?(Can days be longer than 24 hours?)
- How not to show your disappointments?
- How to love what I am doing ?(when I really want to be somewhere else doing something else.)
- How to win the lotto?
- How to have lots of holidays? (may be if I win lotto, this problem will be solved)
- How to cross all the items in my bucket list in the next 20 years?
- How to be friends with people who stab you in the back?
- How to smile and look surprised when you open a gift (when you are actually shocked)?
- How to please everyone around you?
- How to be a perfect wife, daughter, friend, sister and daughter in law?
I can think of more but I guess the book will be too heavy for you to carry around and there is next Christmas anyway.
I know I know, you don’t know the answer as well but still give it a shot and send me that book please. Isn’t Christmas the time when you try to be nice? So you better be nice to me and send me WHAT I WANT. Otherwise I will tell everyone who will listen that there is no Santa and beware I have 2000 friends in Facebook and 5000 followers in twitter and I blog too!!!.
Thank you so much Santa. Love you.
A nice girl from Downunder o:)
Posted in Australia, Holidays
Tagged Bridezilla, chanel, christmas, Christmas carols, christmas decorations., Christmas trees, diamond earrings, facebook., FedEx, Holidays, How to live a perfect life for Dummies, jimmy choos, marc jacobs, North Pole, prada, twitter