Double Father’s Day Celebration

As we celebrate both Nepali Father’s Day and Australian Father’s Day, we had a great time with both the celebrations.

For the Australian one, Chhori and I baked a cake and surprised AS with breakfast in bed.

Chhori helped me with cooking and baking and was over the moon with her cupcake.

With Nepali Father’s day, I prepared Sagun and Chhori followed the ritual with AS.

I am so proud to say that she is such a good girl that we don’t have to worry at all. All I have to do is instruct and she will do the process and enjoy the whole thing too.

Please click the link if you are interested in knowing more about the Nepali father’s day.

Hope all the fathers had a great time celebrating Father’s Day.

Happy Weekend everyone 🙂

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Nepaliaustralian turns 7!!!

This year my life had been so busy that I missed blog anniversary on September 13. Better late than never so here I am celebrating 🙂

It has  been an incredible journey for something started as hobby. I never expected then to write my 7th anniversary post.

This blog started my way of documenting Nepali culture and tradition and my own way of celebrating being Nepali in Australia.

Today the blog has 1038 posts, 80 pages, 10,714 comments with 1,871,845 page views, 4447 followers and 987,195 readers from 230 countries visiting my blog :).

I am also grateful to you for your support over the last 7 years. I could not have gotten to where I am without you, so thank you for all your encouragement, comments, likes, shares, and more. It has meant so much to me. Thank you for reading my rants and giving so much love to me, AS and Chhori.

I have a virtual cake for all to hand around! Cheers!!!

 

P.S: To celebrate the occasion like every year, I will be opening the nominations for Nepaliaustralian’s Blog Award 2018 so watch out for my future post.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Saptapari in Sydney

Few Saturday ago, we went to watch the Saptapari with my girlfriends.

Saptapri means Seven angles and seven stars from Nepal had been invited for the show. The show was advertised as empowerment for woman and that is what attracted us to the show.

The seven angles were

  1. Shristi K.C – a motivational speaker who lost her vision while she was studying in grade 8.
  2. Nikita Chandak – Miss Nepal World 2017
  3. Alisha Rai – actor, model and dancer
  4. Bimisha Hamal – a radio jockey, model and actress
  5. Barsha Raut – actress and model
  6. Swastima Khadka – actress and a model.
  7. Rajina Rimal – a singer

They had Nepali Fashion designer Muku’s items on show as well.

The show started really well with a speech from Nepali ambassador to Australia Lucky Sherpa. I loved what she said.

Then it went to the scheduled program.

The first was dance but it was an Indian dance. We all looked at each other and went what the hell. The performer was good but that was not the point.

Anyway, the second act was a Nepali group dance and it was great. We didn’t understand why the organiser found the need to have an Indian dance as the start of the program is beyond my understanding. I’d have preferred to have the Nepali dance as the first act.

Then there was the first round of fashion show. It started with the local models and continued with the artists from Nepal. The first went for too long but I have to mention Shritst K.C who also walked the ramp which out assistance. It takes lots of courage to make sure you can do it without sight.

It was followed by a speech by Nikita Chandak. I will say it was ok but not as exceptional as I was hoping it would be. I really admire her but her speech was not as I hoped for.

It was followed by a dance by Alisha Rai, Binisha Hamal, Swastima Khadka and Barsha Raut.

They were all good but I applauded the energy we can feel when Barsha Raut was dancing.

Up next was Rajina Rimal. I didn’t know her as a singer but I have heard her songs. I loved her voice and I became a fan after the show. She was so good with the crowd and I loved the way she performed.

Definitely the highlight of the show was Shristi K.C, her inspirational speech and her amazing dance.

The program ended with another too long fashion show.

Overall, we loved the idea of a show with woman empowerment but I think the show didn’t go as per the title. There was not much about women’s empowerment apart from few speeches.

It would have been great if all the Saptapari from Nepal had spoken about how they are progressing in their life. Really, we were there to listen from inspirational women, not only to see them dance or sing. It could be any other show if it was only for dancing and singing.

Definitely, the fashion show could have been shortened as not only us, everyone around us were bored seeing the same models walking up and down the ramp so many times.

We would have also liked a good introduction of the Fashion designer, Muku and a speech from her.

Anyway we had an OK night and went to have hotpot dinner afterward.

Take care ,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO 

I want Pink room

First of all I am very sorry that I have been MIA for a while. Thank you so much everyone who DM me on Instagram and twitter and emailed to check if everything is OK.

Yes, everything is ok. It is just that we bought a new house and the packing, moving and unpacking has been taking up all my spare time and I didn’t have much time to update the blog.

I promise to be more regular now.

When we moved 5 years ago, it was a breeze as we moved from a one bedroom apartment to a 3 bedroom one. But this move was crazy and massive.

I don’t know how and when we collected so much stuff. It took almost a month to do all the packing, a whole day to move with the help of friends and family and I am still unpacking.

One of my missions while unpacking is to declutter so we have less stuff. Seriously, sometimes I wonder why we collect so much stuff.

With Chhori, we have so much toys and clothes and shoes, I couldn’t believe it when I was packing. Kids these days are definitely spoiled compared to what I grew up with.

So we unpacked the essentials first, which means Chhori’s room decoration wasn’t done straight after moving. Decoration was not even on my mind when Chhori came to me and had the following conversation.

Chhori : “I want my old room back.”

Me: “What do you mean?”

Chhori: “I like my old room in old house.”

Me: “This is your room now and you have the same stuff from your old room.”

Chhori : “But it is not pink.”

Then I realised that, I haven’t used her normal linen and curations and decorations to make the room pink.

Me: “Ok, this weekend I will make your room pink.”

Chhori : “I love you Mama.”

I am glad at least it is easy to make her happy  🙂

Have a great week everyone.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Things Chhori says: Why winter is in the house?

I think I always write one post every winter stating how much I hate winter and this year is no different. Because we had a hot summer and a warm autumn, winter seems to be too cold. Anyways I was just talking to Chhori the other day about how it is cold in winter, trying to teach her the difference between Spring, Summer, Winter and Autumn.

Me: “There are 4 seasons Chhori. Spring, Summer, Winter and Autumn. Summer is hot and Winter is cold. Winter is here now.”

Chhori: “Why winter is in our house Mama?” 

I think this age is so cute. She takes everything literally. I explained to her further and she goes “Ohoo, OK.” and went back to playing with her toys!

 Take care ,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO 

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Things Choori says: Baby 👶 shower 🚿

One of my good friend is pregnant and we were planning a baby shower for her.

So on the day of the baby shower, I had this conversation with Chhori.

Me: “We are going to N aunt’s baby shower today, go get ready.

Chhori: “Are we showring the baby today? But where is the baby?

Me: “No no we are just getting ready for the baby so we are going to celebrate and have a party for the mom and dad to be, the baby is still inside the tummy.”

Chhori (sounding confused): “So who are we going to shower?

I never thought about it before but Chhori does make her own kind of sense. She takes everything literally and there was no baby to shower.

Take care ,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO 

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Celebrating Anniversary @ Kyūbi Modern Asian Dining

First of all, a million thanks for everyone who wished us on our anniversary. We feel so happy and blessed with all the warm anniversary wishes that came through Facebook, sms, blog, Instagram and calls. Thank you once again everyone.

AS bought me mesh bracelets which I loved.

We were lucky that our anniversary fell on a Sunday this year. My SIL looked after Chhori so we had the day to ourselves.

Since becoming parents, we don’t like to leave Chhori with someone for very long so we decided to take the afternoon to celebrate instead of the evening.

We dropped Chhori off and then went to the movie first.

The pick of the day was Jurassic World. I am not a big fan of the Jurassic series like AS is but I did enjoy the movie.

It was a fun movie and really enjoyed the graphics and animations.

After the movie, we went for lunch at this beautiful restaurant called Kyūbi Modern Asian Dining.

They described themselves as Modern Asian Dining and aspire to create a dining experience that brings people together over the love of food.

It is named after the mythical 9 Tail Fox, the Kyūbi features as folklore in many East Asian cultures. The 9 tails represent the various Asian cultures from which they draw inspiration and flavors.

I absolutely loved the decor of the place as it had some beautiful show pieces hanging on the walls from different Asian countries. It had sufficient privacy for groups of guests and was spacious.

The lady who served us was amazing as well with knowledge of the food and service was with smiles. She was very attentive to our needs and the service was genuine and not put on.

Looking at the menu we decided to go for their tasting plate so we could have a taste of everything yummy and it was definitely a good decision.

The portion sizes were perfect and each of the courses came out in a timely manner. It really is a great way to eat because you don’t have to eat a big main meal in one go.

So our menu contained

Entrees:

Char grilled salmon pla bon perilla leaf

Handmade prawn and pork shumai

Prawn has gow dumplings

Salt & Pepper Tofu pickled vegetables

Main:

Bulgoogi Korean lamb ribs

Wilted Asian leaves with dried shrimp

Slow cooked lamb ‘crying tiger’

Salt and Chilli King Prawn’s chilli mayonnaise

Vegetarian Fried Rice bamboo shoots, snow peas, water chestnut

Dessert:

Mango pudding with tapioca pearls, fresh fruit and lychee granita

The food was delicious and nicely flavored and very light but at the same time very filling. We will be going back again for sure.

By the time it was dessert time, I was so stuffed that I didn’t want to eat anymore but still tasted it.

We asked if they could write “Happy Anniversary” for us and they did. It was really nice.

While talking to the lady, we discovered that both the chefs in the kitchen were from Nepal so we went and said our hello after lunch.

Overall, we had a great afternoon and it was even better when we saw Chhori who was waiting for us with a big smile. She was so happy to spend the day with my nephew.

 Take care ,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO 

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