Monthly Archives: April 2013

Recycling and reusing in Nepal

This article was published in +977 (a Nepalese Lifestyle Magazine in Australia) in April 2013 issue.

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My recent visit to Nepal has given me inside to many things and one of them is recycling and using anything and everything possible.

Recycling is very important, but even better is reusing. I was really impressed on reusing skill on people from Nepal. From old metal cans, plastic bags, old newspapers, packing containers and old clothes, Nepali housewives especially found ways to give second life for simple items around their home by reusing them.

I really think people living in west are spoiled and they really need to learn how to reuse and recycle than buying things that are use and throw. I have to admit, even though I am conscious about recycling and reusing, I have a long way to go to be anywhere near these housewives. I am going to remember from now on that not everything is destined for the rubbish bin. I need to think before I throw.

No matter how rich or how poor people are, most Nepali people reuse lots of thing and this is what I observe.

  • Plastic grocery bags used as small trash can bags.
  • Ziplock bags washed and reused.
  • Worn out clothes used as rags to clean floors and windows.
  • Margarine and butter tubs used as takeaway containers.
  • Everyone unwrap their gifts very careful so they can reuse the wrapping paper.
  • Shoe boxes used as storage containers for small items.
  • Old toothbrush used to clean hard to reach areas like around the sink, your drains, faucets and grout.
  • Newspaper used for cleaning windows and mirrors. Also it is used to clean up after pets.
  • Old glass bottles from tomato sauce or honey used as storage container for herbs and spices in the kitchen.It can be also be used as a stationary organiser.

  • Small jars from jams used as candle holders.
  • Old saucers used as soap dishes.
  • Mugs are used as utensil holders.

  •  Leftovers are put in freeze and used in fried rice the next day.
  • Any kind of boxes used as storage containers or organisers.
  •  Plastic milk jugs, juice containers, big coke bottles used to store water.
  •  Small plastic water or soda bottles used to take water with you while out and about.

If you are interested in any of the ideas, please Google and you will find heaps of ideas on how to turn your trash into treasure and you will be surprised how good they look. Also it will help you save some money and you are doing your bit to save the environment.

Do you recycle?

Till next post, take care.

M from nepaliaustralia

XOXO

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I am currently on holiday on north coast of Sydney. The place is just beautiful so  sharing some photos.

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Till next post, take care.

M from nepaliaustralia

XOXO

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Seviya kheer (vermicelli kheer)

Yesterday AS felt like having Seviya kheer out of the blue so I decided to make one. Seviya is fried vermicelli noodles. I bought a packet of fried Seviya from an Asian grocery store. This was the first time I tried it and I have to admit, it was very easy.

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Ingredients

  • 200gm vermicelli
  • 800 ml milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (add more or less according to your taste)
  • 2 tablespoons ghee/clarified butter
  • 7-8 roasted or fried unsalted almonds, chopped

Instructions

  • Heat ghee in a pan and when it is melted add vermicelli and fry till they become golden brown.

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  • Pour the milk and let it come to a boil.

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  • Add sugar and mix well.
  • Lower the flame and let the milk simmer for 5-7 minutes till the vermicelli gets cooked.

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  • Add chopped almonds.
  • Serve the kheer hot, warm or cold.

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  • I prefer mine cold :). Enjoy!

Benefits of wheat grass Juice

Wheatgrass Nepal

Please call on 5534288 if you are looking for wheatgrass in Kathmandu.

Address is Kumaripati, Lalitpur.

I have talked about wheatgrass juice before. Please click my post here to know details.

Today I am writing more about the benefits of wheatgrass juice.

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Wheatgrass Nutrition Facts

Vitamins

Wheatgrass contains high amounts of vitamins A, E and B. It also contains many minerals and trace elements: Calcium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron and Zinc.

Amino Acids

Wheatgrass also contains twelve amino acids including the eight essential amino acids: phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, isoleucine, methionine, leucine, and lysine. Essential amino acids are those that the body cannot create, they must be obtained through one’s diet.

Predigested Food

Wheatgrass juice is considered a predigested food. It does not require enzymes for breaking down proteins. Wheatgrass juice contains both amino acids and glucose therefore it is readily assimilated in the body.

Chlorophyll

Wheatgrass juice is rich in Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has a molecular structure almost identical to the hemoglobin molecule of human blood. Chlorophyll in the wheatgrass juice helps the blood carry Oxygen to all the cells.

Chlorophyll cleanses the liver, tissues and cells and purifies the blood. Wheatgrass juice helps remove toxic heavy metals such as lead, mercury, aluminum, that have become stored in the tissues of the body.Wheatgrass juice aids in detoxification by breaking up impacted matter in the colon. It also helps fight infection therefore aiding the body’s natural self-healing process.

Wheatgrass Nutrient Analysis

The following information is from the publication entitled: Wheatgrass Nutritional Analaysis Report by The Optimum Healht Institute of San Diego. Test results were provided by Irvine Analyticial Laboratories, Inc., Irvine CA.

The results are listed per 100 grams of wheatgrass juice which is approximately 2.8 ounces.

Basic Nutrients in Wheatgrass

Calories 21.0 Cal
Water 95g
Fat 0.06g
Carbohydrates 2.0g
Dietary Fiber <0.1g
Chlorophyll 42.2mg
Choline 92.4mg
Glucose 0.80g


Minerals in Wheatgrass

Iron 0.61mg
Magnesium 24mg
Potassium 147mg
Phosphorous 75.2mg
Zinc 0.33mg
Calcium 24.2mg
Sodium 10.3mg
Selenium <1ppm

Vitamins in Wheatgrass

Vitamin C 3.64mg
Vitamin A 427 IU
Vitamin B1 0.08mg
Vitamin B2 0.13mg
Vitamin B3 0.11mg
Vitamin B5 6.0mg
Vitamin B6 0.2mg
Vitamin B12 <1mcg
Vitamin E 15.2IU
Folic Acid 29mcg

15 Uses of Wheatgrass

Besides drinking wheatgrass and giving your body the nutritional benefits of wheatgrass there are many more uses.

1. To eliminate itching apply wheatgrass to the skin.

2. Wheatgrass will soothe sunburned skin

3. Wheatgrass can be used as a disinfectant

4.Wheatgrass can be used a beauty treatment, it will help tighten loose and sagging skin

5. Rub wheatgrass into the scalp before shampooing to help mend damaged hair and alleviate itchy scalp

6.Wheatgrass can be used for soothing and healing cuts, burns, scrapes, rashes, poison ivy, athlete’s foot, insect bites, boils, sores, open ulcers and tumors

7.Use wheatgrass in your bath water to enjoy all the external benefits

8.As a sleep aid, place a tray of wheatgrass near the head of your bed. It will enhance the oxygen in the air

9. Gargle with wheatgrass to relieve soar throats

10. Wheatgrass helps overcome dandruff. Rub the juice into the scalp, rinse and shampoo.

11. Hold wheatgrass juice in the mouth for 5 minutes to relieve toothaches

12. Use wheatgrass as a mouthwash since it draws out toxins from the gums and teeth

13.Bundles of wheatgrass suspended in aquarium water purifies and disinfects the water and can heal sick fish

14.Wash eyes with finely strained wheatgrass juice to improve your vision, as well as relief of eyestrain and itchiness.

15.If you have a cold, insert wheatgrass juice into nasal passages and inhale to cleanse and open sinuses

20 Benefits of Wheatgrass

1. Wheatgrass lowers blood pressure

2. Wheatgrass helps the digestive system by flushing toxins from the system

3. Wheatgrass slows the graying of hair and removes dandruff

4. Wheatgrass suppresses appetite, curves cravings, and stimulates metabolism and circulation

5. Wheatgrass protects the body from outside pollutants by building up the white blood cells

6.  Wheatgrass has anti-inflammatory effects on arthritis, ulcers and insect bites

7. Wheatgrass builds blood by building red blood cells quickly

8. Wheatgrass energizes and reduces fatigue

9. Wheatgrass promotes regularity and helps fight constipation

10. Wheatgrass reduces or eliminates offensive body and breath odors

11. Wheatgrass’ antibacterial properties reduce symptoms of a sore throat when used to gargle

12.   Wheatgrass topical antibacterial use for skin wounds (burns and sunburns)

13.  Wheatgrass aids in stopping tooth decay

14. Chewing of wheatgrass may banish sleepiness and bring a new alertness

15. Wheatgrass juice helps cleanse the liver

16. Wheatgrass calms the nervous system

17. Presence of chlorophyll in wheatgrass stabilizes blood sugar levels

18. Wheatgrass reduces fever & irritability in children

19. Wheatgrass applied regularly onto the skin will eventually fade blemishes and sunspots by stimulating the growth of healthy new skin and “tightening” older skin

20.When inhaled through the nose, wheatgrass is effective in clearing sinus congestion

How Much Wheatgrass Should I Drink?

During your detoxification phase you should drink 60 ml (2 ounces) of wheatgrass juice twice a day.

If it is the first time drinking it, you should start slow. 15ml or 30ml (½ ounce or 1 ounce) of wheatgrass juice is a good start. You should slowly build up to 60 ml (2 ounces). Listen to your body, no need to rush it. Also, there are no real additional benefits of drinking more than 60 ml (2 ounces). Your body could only handle a small amount of wheatgrass each time.

Please call on 5534288 if you are looking for wheatgrass in Kathmandu.

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Sautéed Brussels sprouts with Bacon & Onions

I know many people don’t like Brussels sprouts but every time I read any healthy recipes, it seems to be on the menu so I decided to find a good way to eat it. I know if Brussels sprouts is not done right, it won’t taste good but sautéing with bacon and onion seemed to do the trick. Even AS was happy to eat it and told me he didn’t mind eating it again.

So here is a simple way to enjoy Brussels sprouts.

Ingredients

  • 200 gm Brussels sprouts cleaned and trimmed
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper  to taste
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice (optional)

Steps

  • Cut the cleaned and trimmed Brussels sprouts into halves. Make sure the sprouts are similar in size so some don’t overcook and some under cook.

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  • Boil water in a big pot and when it starts boiling add the sprouts.

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  • Boil the sprouts for around 3-5 minutes making sure it is tender and not over cooked.
  • Drain the sprouts

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  • In a pan, cook bacon over medium heat until it is crisp. And put aside.

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  • Now cook the chopped onion in the pan and cook until golden brown.

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  • Increase heat to medium-high, add the Brussels sprouts, and cook stirring occasionally, until tender and warmed through. It should be around 3 minutes.

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  • Add the bacon and lemon juice(optional).
  • Season with salt and pepper or chilli.

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  • Rest it for a while and it is ready to be served.

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  • We had ours with grilled lamb.

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Bryan Adams Live in concert

One of the concerts I have always wanted to attend was Bryan Adams. I really love his songs and they remind me of my school days. Songs like 18 Till I Die, Everything I Do, I Do It for You, Heaven, Summer of ‘69 used to be our party anthem.

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For those who don’t know Bryan Adams (I think there are many), click here for his biography . As Canada’s best-known ambassador, Bryan Adams has spent the last three decades making music history. He has sold over 65 million records, toured six continents and achieved #1 status in over 40 countries around the world. With hits like, “Cuts Like A Knife”, “Summer of ’69”, “Kids Wanna Rock”, “Can’t Stop This Thing We’ve Started”, “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”, “Heaven” and most recently “Thought I’d Seen Everything”, Adams status as one of the great songwriter’s of our time, has been solidified. He has won MTV Video Music Awards, Juno Awards, Grammy Awards and American Music Awards.

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Last year, he had come to Sydney for a concert but we were in Nepal at that time so we missed it and not long ago he was in Kathmandu but we had just left Kathmandu so we missed again. I was telling my husband, maybe we will never see him in concert again as he is not getting any younger which means he may not have that many concerts organised in Sydney.

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Lucky for us he had a few concerts organised in Sydney and we managed to get the ticket for Friday.

I was already very happy to go and see him as I knew I would love it. I know most of his songs and I had heard that he is very interactive during his concert and I am glad to report that he didn’t disappoint me.

After work, me and AS met up in the city and went to have dinner first. The concert was to start at 7:30 so we wanted something quick and yummy so we decided to eat Korean. I loved my spicy pork with rice and AS enjoyed his noodle with prawns.

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I was really excited so we went to the concert hall at 7:00. There were already many people waiting in the bar and eating areas. We showed our tickets and went inside to find our seats. It looked like people were already there and excited. By 7.30, the hall was less than 70% full. I was surprised that it wasn’t sold out.

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The light went off and Amy Macdonald was on the stage. She introduced herself as a Scottish recording artist. I have to say her voice was awesome and even though I have never listened to her songs, I really enjoyed her voice. After she was done, the arena got really excited as it was Bryan Adams on the stage soon.

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By then the arena was 99% full. It was amazing that so many people knew that Bryan Adams won’t be on stage till after 8pm. Looking around I realised that most of the people there were a bit older than us. I guessed they must have been in their teens or 20’s when Bryan Adams was very famous. And there were younger people like me as well who must have been in love with him from very young age.

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While we were waiting for Bryan Adams to come on stage, there was a display of his twitter account on the huge screen behind the stage. It was really interesting as people started to send lots of funny tweets like, “Someone just farted” and “Marry me Amy”. As I have a twitter account, I also sent a few tweets and captured them on camera. Have a look 🙂

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It was a really good idea to keep us engaged for a while. Anyway, the light of the arena went dim again and it was the man himself on the stage. I was so excited and happy to see him.

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Straight away, everyone was cheering and the amazing night began. He sang all my favourite songs and I didn’t want him to stop. I really have to admit that he is really great even at 52 years to rock the stage like that for over 2 hours. The audience were standing up and swaying to the beats.

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There were also some taking pictures or video on their phones. We could see the whole arena dotted with the lights of the mobile phone screens like stars on a dark night.

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He normally has great audience interaction and this time as well he picked a girl from the audience to help him sing the “Baby When You’re Gone” duet. I wish I could have gone on the stage but this lucky girl from Penrith did a great job singing the song with him. She was just ecstatic to be there with Bryan and was giving him numerous hugs and kisses that many in the audience would have died for.

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After that he started his love songs and I was just blown away. “Everything I do, I do it for you”, “Heaven”, and “Have You Really Loved a Woman” sounded awesome when it was live. It was like he was taking the audience on an amazing journey to the love land. 🙂

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At the end he acknowledged his band members Keith Scott (lead) and Mickey Currie (drums). Mickey Currie was awesome as he played the drums using only bucket and metal plates at one point. Both me and AS were really impressed.

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You’re welcome back to Australia anytime Bryan Adams.

Do you like Bryan Adams? Which is your favourite song?

Till next post, take care.

M from nepaliaustralia

XOXO

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Namo Buddha : Nepal

Namo Buddha is about 40km away from the heart of Kathmandu City. It is in Kavre District towards the southeast of the valley. Driving from Kathmandu, it took us around 2 hours to get there. We left the paved road and drove on dirt road after an hour. After about 45 minutes we caught a glimpse of the temple through the clouds.

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Namo Buddha is a beautiful place far from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, with no pollution, and the air is so fresh and cool. Situated at an elevation of 1750 m above sea level, Namo Buddha is a great tourist destination around Kathmandu valley. From the top of the hill you can see the snow-covered Himalayan ranges which look so pure and amazing.

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From the Buddhist point of view, Namo Buddha is one of the most important religious sites in Nepal. There are three major Buddhist pilgrimage sites: Boudha Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa and Namo Buddha.

I went there with my parents and an aunty.Once we parked the car, we had to go through a big gate to reach the stupa. The stupa was not as big as Boudha Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa but has high significance.

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According to history around 6000 years ago prince Great Being (Ngingdui Tshenpo Mahasatwo), found a tigress lying near a rock at the top of the hill, overlooking the jungle. Very quickly, he realized that she was going to die. Her five babies were still little and their survival depended on their mother. Ngingdui Tshenpo,  was a young man who had his own kingdom but he decide to give his life to the tigress in a bust of love and compassion. The tigress refused. When the tigress refused to eat him, he decided to cut his arm to feed his warm blood to the tigress. The taste of blood gave the tigress an appetite and finally she accepted the sacrifice from the prince. The tigress left only the bare bones of the prince which were brought back in the village and buried in a tomb which became the actual stupa of Namo Buddha. Some 3500 years later, the Gautam Buddha came to the village of Sange da Fyafulsa; he went around the Stupa three times and declared that he was the reincarnation of Prince Ngingdui Tshenpo. It was that moment that Gautam Buddha renamed this village and henceforth the name of Namo Buddha which means First Buddha.

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My mum and my aunty bought the butter lamps and offered it to the Buddha and we prayed and went around the Stupa. There were a few kids begging money. At first I didn’t wanted to give money to them and spoil their habit but later I felt sorry for them and gave them 10 rupees each.

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Once we were done, everyone was hungry at this point so we went to a local restaurant. Everyone had rice, dal, vegetable (meat is not available in the local restaurants as Buddhist doesn’t eat meat) but I ordered my favourite Wai Wai instant noodle soup. After lunch we all were recharged and went back in the car to go to the monastery.

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The Thrangu Tashi Yangtse monastery looked really beautiful up-close. As there was specific time for the opening of the monastery we waited for it to open.  As we waited, we saw there were more people coming to visit the place.

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The inside of the monastery was impressive but pictures are not allowed inside. There were about 10-15 painters working on hand painting the walls.  The walls and ceiling were very colourful with Buddhist paintings. The place is really silent and I could easily imagine why people came there to meditate.

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As we walk out from the monastery, there are prayer wheels all around it.  We rotated the prayer wheels and walked around the monastery. A prayer wheel is a cylindrical “wheel” on a spindle made from metal, wood, stone, leather or coarse cotton. Traditionally, the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is written in Sanskrit on the outside of the wheel. According to the lineage texts on prayer wheels, prayer wheels are used to accumulate wisdom and merit (good karma) and to purify negativities (bad karma).

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From the monastery, we walked to towards the top of the hill. There is a big statue of the Buddha at one place made out of brass.

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As we walked towards the top of the hill, we reached a stone sculpture that depicted Buddha himself feeding a hungry tigress and her cubs. It is believed that the place is where Buddha gave up his body.

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Following the ridge to another summit on the same hill, there is another small Stupa which is said to be the spot of the den of the tigress. There, we saw pilgrims lying down on the ground as if offering their bodies to the place. Pieces of cloth hung on the branches of the tree for protection. It was such a beautiful place to be at.

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When we reached the top of the hill, we could see the monastery and the view of the village. On one side we could even see some part of the Karve District forest. The top of the hill is surrounded by colourful prayer flags and there were a few people enjoying their picnic around the area.

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I really liked this side of Kathmandu and it will be a great place for anyone to go for a day or more to enjoy the peace you can find so close to busy Kathmandu.

Till next post, take care!

M from nepaliaustralia

XOXO

P.S.: I am going to Bryan Adams concert tonight and very excited. I will update more soon. Happy weekend everyone!!!

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