Monthly Archives: March 2012

Jaywalking

Jaywalking is an informal term commonly used to refer to illegal or reckless pedestrian crossing of a roadway. Examples include a pedestrian crossing between intersections (outside or, in some jurisdictions, also inside a marked or unmarked crosswalk) without yielding to drivers and starting to cross a crosswalk at a signalized intersection without waiting for a permissive indication to be displayed

I have seen everyone jaywalking, men, women, boys, girls, old women and men, men in suit, tradies, students, take you pick.

I know we are time poor but I don’t think I am ready to get hurt just to save a few minutes or seconds in most cases. My friends sometimes make fun of me when I refuse to jaywalk with them when we are out and about but I am not ashamed to leave them jaywalking and go to the nearest crossing and wait for the sign to turn green to cross. The funny thing is that they will be waiting for me on the other side of the road anyway.

In NSW, Sydney there is no law against jaywalking but in Victoria,Melbourne they fine $60 on-the-spot if cops see you jaywalking. A few of my friends have paid that fine before. I am so supportive of that law and wish we have it here as well. By jaywalking, one is not only risking oneself but also endangering other people like the drives and other pedestrians on the road.

I don’t see why it is so hard to be patient when crossing the road. It might be a few minutes of the wait in the crossing but that might save you from being hurt, disabled or even death. Isn’t your life more valuable?

If you still think jaywalking is ok, please read the story below and think again.

This is a story of a mother who lost his son because she decided to jaywalk with the kids. This mum had 3 kids aging from 5 – 11. She decided it was safe to jaywalk in a suburban road as it was not busy. The nearest crossing was 500m down the road in the other direction they were going so she held the hands of the two youngest kids and ask the oldest one to hold one of the other kids’ hand.  They cross half of the road and stopped on the divider island in the road. When she decided to cross the other half and was about to cross the road, she saw a car coming towards them  so she held back and pulled her children back to the island but unfortunately the oldest child whose hand she was not holding couldn’t make that judgement and kept going and was hit by this oncoming car.

I know it must be a great pain to loose a loved one especially kids, but to feel responsible must be the worst feeling in the world. So just because she decided to save a few minutes, she is suffering the consequence for her whole life.

Please think for a second before jaywalking again. There are loved ones waiting for you at home who rely on you and love you so much that their world would fall apart if something happened to you.  Be responsible and be safe.

Movie marathon month

Since we came back from Nepal, we had been a bit busy so we didn’t watch lots of movie but for some reason I just realised that we watched 4 movies in the last 4 weeks. So here I am reviewing all of them.

Young Adult 

 

I went to watch this movie because I like Charlie Theron but I was heavily disappointed by the plot, the cast, the acting, virtually everything.

IMDB has it rated 6.9 with synopsis as follows “Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter.”

Sorry IMDB but you got it all wrong as I will give it a 2. It was so boring, nothing really happened in the movie to occupy the audience and the ending was so disappointing. I need to choose my movies more wisely from now one, just can’t go and watch it because there is a good cast.

Hugo

 

AS picked this movie as he loves movie like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Anyway I hadn’t had high expectation but was surprised that I loved it, It is a story set in 1930s Paris of an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station and is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Asa Butterfield, the boy who played Hugo, has the bluest eyes I have ever seen. I was expecting this movie to have robots and all from its trailer but surprisingly it was nothing like that. Also I think Chloë Grace Moretz, did a great job as well. There are many lovely things in this film that it is easy to forgive its small shortcomings. If you want to know a bit about early cinema, you should watch this movie.

For me the best clip was when people get scared when a running train comes on the screen when they are watching the movie for the first time. The moment people were trying to duck the train and run away from the seat in fear of being crushed by the train made me laugh. We have come a long way with movies.

Contraband

I chose to watch this movie as I am a huge fan of Mark Wahlberg since he made Entourage (I can write a whole post about it so I will leave that for another post).

It is a story about a man who gave up his criminal past to start a family and live a normal life but was forced to get back in it to protect his brother-in-law.

The best scene of the movie is the last one where the money just starts floating in the open sea.

This movie is watchable but not great .Whole movie goes in same pace so there is no adrenaline or excitement. Most of the story is predictable. I would have not gone to the cinema for this kind of movie but it is ok to watch at home on your leisure time. I was disappointed overall.

John Carter

 

We went to watch this movie because my husband’s work organised a private screening of 3D in a Gold class cinema. It was only 38 people in a luxury cinema with finger food served during the movie.

I think people who are into Sci-fi movies like my husband will love this movie.

John Carter is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs about a guy who is transported to Mars and meets a princess who is in desperate need of a savior (so Disney like). I loved some of the scenes of the movies as they looked so real and so Mars. But for me I was able to go through the whole movie only because I watched it in 3D. If it was a normal screen I would have been bored. I don’t like all these animated characters and out of this world story. I am sure most of the movie was shot in front of green screen as well.

I am waiting for Hunger Game to come in cinema. Really exited for that movie. According to who read the book, it has an excellent plot. It starts Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth (Aussie Aussie Aussie :), brother of the one who played Thor), Woody Harrelson, Willow Shields, Paula Malcomson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Wes Bentley, Stanley Tucci, Isabelle Fuhrman, Alexander Ludwig, Lenny Kravitz, Toby Jones and directed by Gary Ross  and realising on 22 May 2012.

If anyone has watched these movies, do let me know how you liked them.

Good Samaritan named Jack

Sometime we meet strangers who help you when you fall down or who picks up the papers you dropped in the street or offers you a hand when you are carrying a heavy load, who offers you water in a sunny day or just gives you a seat in a bus /train when you are tired. You don’t know these people but they were just there when you needed help and they helped you. You might thank them when they helped you but sometimes you are so busy trying to fix the problem that before you gather your composure and look up to thank them but they are gone.

I am sure all of us can relate to these kinds of people who we don’t know but who is such a Good Samaritan that without them this world would be an evil place.

I had run in with a few people like that who came with an umbrella on a rainy day so I could cross the road; helped me to my car when I was carrying heavy grocery bags, stopped the car for me to cross, paid my bus fare on prepaid bus by using their pass and declined money or the ones who helped me fill air into my car tyres.

But today I want to share an incident of one of those Good Samaritans named Jack who made me smile and made this world a better place all over again.

One of my colleague’s wife, let’s call her Anna, had a car accident on Monday. For some reason she lost control of her car and hit a tree at the side of a street. She was driving with 2 kids, boys, 9 and 11. When she hit the car, the only thing on her mind was her boys’ safety but then she realised she was hurt and she couldn’t move. All three of them were in shock so that they didn’t react quickly. They were still inside the car. When you are in shock it is normal for people not to react and that was what they were going through.

Anyway out of nowhere, there was this guy who came and helped the kids out of the car. When he was trying to help Anna out of the car, he realised that she was hurt so she dialled ‘000’ for help. All Anna could hear at this stage was the guy talking on the phone and telling that his name is Jack. Anyway, the ambulance came after a few minutes and took Anna and both the boys to the hospital. The ambulance officer helped Anna, to call her husband, my colleague.

My colleague went to the hospital and found out that the boys were ok but Anna had some fractured bones so they were treating her at the hospital. He was thankful that it was not a big injury and glad that there was a guy who helped all of them. Once all the shock was absorbed, he asked Anna if she remembered who the Good Samaritan was as his quick thinking and help made sure Anna had proper medical help in time. But all Anna could remember was his first name. He even tried calling hospital to get the name so he could contact Jack and thank him. But no one knew who he was.

Yesterday he was so restless because he couldn’t  find any detail about Jack that he decided he would make a board that said ‘Thank You Jack!’ and stuck that on the tree where the accident happened. He told me that he really wanted to make sure that Jack knew that the whole family is thankful for his help.

Anyway he stuck the sign on the tree on the way to work yesterday. Guess what he saw on the tree when he was was driving home? Yes, Jack had replied and put a poster saying “It’s Ok. 🙂 I hope the kids r doing good.”

My colleague was so happy that his message was conveyed. He even took a picture of the tree and I am sharing that with you.

People like Jack make this world a better place and it makes me proud that we are human beings and haven’t lost our humanity.

Do share if you have any stories similar to this.

Titaura

Anyone who is from Nepal already knows what Titaura is. Just thinking about it, my mouth is salivating already. For the rest of you who don’t know, Tiatura is sweet, sour, salty or hot or mixture of all those made from fruits like lapsi (pronounced “Lopsy”) which is also known as Nepali Hog Plum or scientific name Choerospondias axillaries. Titaura is also known as Paun in Nepal Bhasa.

Titaura seems to be famous among teenage girls so it is also known as lyase paun. In Nepal Bhasa the word lyase means young girl .

Lapsi is found in Nepal in the hills and they bloom in spring which is around March /April. Lapsi grows in a tree and it has green cover with flesh and a single seedstone inside when it is ripe.  Lapsi by itself tastes sour but when they make Titaura, they boil lapsi and take the seedstone out . The gluey flesh is mixed with ingredients like sugar, chilli, salt, other spices depending upon what type of Titaura need to be made. Then it is dried in the sun before packing in a plastic pouch to sell it.

One of the most famous shops in Kathmandu for Titaura is Ratna Park Paun bhandar. The Tiatura from Paun bhandra is sold every where in Nepal form corner shop to supermarkets. These days you also find Titaura made from mango, tamarind, dates, lemon, gooseberry and lime.

For the last few years, we have been lucky to get Titaura in Nepali /Indian grocery shops in Sydney as well. It does cost almost 100% more but it is worth the price for the treat sometimes. I don’t buy it  often but when I do, I love it. I love the sweet ones a lot. Not a big fan of salty and hot ones.

Normally in Nepal, it is believed that these Titaura are not made in hygienic way and are discouraged by parents but you will find people of all age enjoying it nevertheless.

If you ever get a chance, do try it out. You may like it. 🙂

I’ve been tagged

First of all I want to thank Autumn and Janie for being so nice and tagging me in their blog. I am honoured and pleased to be a part of this game. Also I apologise for not doing this post sooner.

As any other award, this one has some rules as well.

Rules

1. Post the Rules.

2. Answer the question you were tagged with and then create 11 new questions for those you are going to tag.

3. Tag 11 people and link them to your post.

4. Let them know they have been tagged

Here are the questions Janie asked, with my answers.

  • What is your biggest regret in life? Not spending lots of time with my family.
  • What makes you angry? Selfish people.
  • Are you capable of forgiving and forgetting? Yes.
  • What do you consider the biggest fight you’ve ever had in your life? I fought a lot with my brother when we were kids
  • What is the ugliest part of your personality? Short temper.
  • Do you choose to see the best or the worst in people? Why? Best as I am a positive person.
  • Do you think other life forms exist in the universe? Yes.
  • If God were to grant you a wish, what would it be? Happiness to everyone.
  • What would you do if a stranger threw a spoon at you? Scream.
  • You are sky diving and you realize that you can’t open your parachute so, in a few moments you are about to die. What do you think would be your last thoughts? I will miss my family but  I died doing something I love 🙂
  • What will you do tomorrow? Weekend so just having fun 🙂

Here are the questions Autumn asked, with my answers.

  • Your Nickname? M
  • The wildest thing that you have ever done? Black water rafting.
  • Have you found true love in life? Yes. I am married to him now 🙂
  • Your special quality? Honest.
  • Your most clear memory of your childhood? Time spent with my brother.
  • The colour which describes you best? Red.
  • Your favourite novel? Sands of Time By Sidney Sheldon.
  • Your favourite movie? Sex and the City
  • One thing you would like to change about yourself? My temper
  • A song which describes you?  I am woman by Helen Reddy

Here are my questions for the people I’m tagging.

  • What makes you laugh?
  • What is the best part of blogging?
  • What makes your day?
  • What is your worst fear?
  • One famous person you want to meet.
  • If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • What do you think is the single best decision you’ve made in your life so far?
  • What song always makes you happy when you hear it?
  • What are the things you always take with you?
  • What do you know about Nepal?
  • What are you thinking right now?

 My Tagged Bloggers

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