Monthly Archives: December 2013

Nepal in TripAdvisor’s top travel destinations on the rise for 2014

If you are still thinking about where to travel in 2014, maybe you should consider going to Nepal as your next travel destination.

TripAdvisor, one of the world’s largest travel websites, announced the winners of its 2013 Traveller’s Choice Awards for Destinations on the Rise – aka the “most improved” awards of travel. It rates the places that have seen the biggest increase in positive reviews from travellers on the site over the past year and Kathmandu, Nepal has topped the list in Asia.

Kathmandu is mystical and magical place, a trove of ancient structures that are enveloped in folklore. Ancient Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the heart of the city, home to the legendary Kasthamandap temple, courtyards, fountains and the old royal palace. Kathmandu is a terrific base for various Nepalese adventures and Himalayan treks. For a more spiritual journey, visit a peaceful yoga or meditation centre or enroll in a course at a Buddhist monastery.

Apart from what Trip adviser states, Kathmandu has good weather, good food and cheaper accommodation to relax and enjoy your holiday. You can look at my blog to see that Nepal is very rich in culture and tradition and you will find nice people like me all over Nepal. 🙂

Once you have paid the most expensive portion of holiday, your flight ticket, accommodation, tours and food is comparatively cheap and reasonable. You can shop till you drop in Kathmandu or just visit one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu valley. You can take a short flight to Pokhara to paraglide or zipflyer or take a bus to Chitwan for an elephant ride, white water rafting in Seti river, trek to Annapurna Base camp or Everest base camp, or just visit one of the world’s most beautiful place, Mustang which was also featured in  Lonely Planet’s best in travel 2013 list. It’s your choice and you could pick from hundreds of exciting things to do.

Just google and you will find something you can do in Nepal. Hope to see in Nepal in 2014.

Here are other destinations on the list.

Top 10 Destinations on the Rise in Asia

1. Kathmandu, Nepal

2. Sapporo, Japan

3. Hanoi, Vietnam

4. Siem Reap, Cambodia

5. Hua Hin, Thailand

6. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

7. Sanur, Indonesia

8. Macau, China

9. Jaipur, India

10. Busan, South Korea

Not only in Asia, but Kathmandu is on No.3 on the Rise in the World list too.

Top 10 Destinations on the Rise in the World:

1. Havana, Cuba

2. La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

3. Kathmandu, Nepal

4. Jerusalem, Israel

5. Cusco, Peru

6. Ambergris Caye, Belize

7. Sapporo, Japan

8. Hanoi, Vietnam

9. Corralejo, Spain

10. Fortaleza, Brazil

Happy traveling everyone!!!

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Counting down

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 nepaliaustralian

XOXO

His t-shirt /shirt

I am sure I have seen this in movies a lot but wondering how many of you borrows your partner’s shirt/t-shirt to wear around the house.

Once we started living together, I got into wearing his t-shirt. I have tried shirts as well but I love t-shirts more.

It started one summer when it was so hot that I couldn’t wear my clothes and borrowed his t-shirt for a day as it is loose and very comfy. It is long enough for me not to wear any pants and it also kind of smells like him even though it has just been washed.

But one day has now turned into every day. 🙂

The great thing about this is that he loves it that I love his t-shirt and now has a special pile in his wardrobe where I can go anytime and pick a t-shirt.

Just checking that I am not the crazy one here.

 Do you wear your partner’s clothes? Do share.

Have a great weekend everyone 🙂

M from nepaliaustralia

XOXO

Mirror Mirror On The Wall

This article was published in DREAMS online magazine on 3rd December 2013.

Mirror Mirror On The Wall

 

I have to start this post by stating that I am a normal girl with a healthy weight and BMI who loves to cook and eat healthy food most of the times.

However, I have days when I look at the mirror and don’t like what I see. I know I am not alone in this. There are times when all of us feel like we are not beautiful, our body is not normal, and basically have a bad day.

On good days, I think I have a good body which can be bettered with exercise. But on bad days, all I see is the flaws of my body. My muscles can be more toned, my face can be prettier, my stomach can be flatter, my hair can be better, my skin can be cleaner, and the list can go on forever. Basically, I want a supermodel body and flat stomach. I go on diets and workout hard for it. But the best part of this phase is that I wake up in a good mood, and so have a good day.

I am a mature woman, so I know the difference between reality and fantasy. Also, having a husband who thinks I am beautiful and attractive helps.

But all this made me wonder how girls these days are coping with the image issue. When I was growing up, I never wanted to be a Barbie or some hot supermodel. I never saw girls with super-hot body attractive, so I did not diet to look like them. Nor did I read any magazines that gave me body issue problems.

But kids these days have it very tough in this matter. They get ideas about what is a perfect body from a very young age from perfectly groomed role models with great bodies. The fairy-tale characters in children’s books, dolls, and cartoons are designed to be perfect looking, and so are everyone else from TV and magazines. No wonder so many children suffer from anorexia, bulimia and depression.

And then there are fads like “size 0 figure”, so that even girls as young as 10 think they don’t have a good body, and start dieting. Most of these kids are letting their body define who or what they are rather than their personality. They think that all thin people are happy with themselves, and they want to be one of them.

Then I look around to where these kids are inspired from. Just open any teen magazine, watch any movie or music video. What do you see? Skinny girls portrayed as hot. Look at fashion week, and it will be hard to see a model who has normal curves like everyday women. This is so sad to see.

Does that mean 95 percent of the population of the world who are not models are not normal and healthy? Did any of these organizers give a thought to why anorexia, bulimia and depression are on the rise among young people?

I always advocate that healthy eating habits with exercise is the best way to live life. 10 -12 years old kids are too young to worry about their looks and body. They should be running around in parks with their friends with no worries in their head. At 10,  I am sure I was eating as many chocolates as I could get my hands on, without worrying about anything in the world. Body image issues should be the last thing on their mind.

We definitely need more programs which teach young people to accept that bodies come in a variety of shapes and sizes. It is normal for the body to change weekly and monthly in weight and shape. They need to know that apart from looks, everyone has other positive qualities and we should focus on them.

If you are an adult and you have body image issues, do something about it instead of getting depressed. Decide how you wish to spend your time and energy. Do you want the pursuit of perfect image to occupy most of your time? Or would you rather enjoy the people and positive things in your life?

Look at yourself as a growing, changing human being and be realistic, you can’t get 20’s body in your 40’s.

Most important, be aware of your own weight prejudice. I have never met any women so far who is perfectly happy with how she looks. So don’t be too hard on yourself.

Simply be happy, eat healthy and exercise regularly, and teach younger ones the same values. Everything outside of you is merely a reflection of everything inside.

Hope everyone is having a great week.

Till next post, take care.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

NEPALIAUSTRALIAN’s Blog Award 2013 Nominations Announced

Thank you everyone for getting behind Nepaliaustralian Blog Award 2013 and nominating your favorites blogs. I am so glad to have found some really wonderful blogs in the process.

Also thank you for those who nominated my blog in different categories. I am honored and pleased to see that but as I am running the award, it will not be fair so I am not nominating my blog in any category. 🙂

So now the nomination has closed and its time to vote for your favourite blogs to win the title.

Following are the nominations in each category.

  • Best Blog for 2013
  1. http://www.thirdeyemom.com
  2. http://www.playamart.wordpress.com
  3. http://www.nellewrites.wordpress.com
  4. http://www.tasteofcolours.wordpress.com
  5. http://www.depressionexists.com
  • Best Photo Blog 2013
  1. http://www.veggiezest.com
  2. http://www.alexshye.wordpress.com
  3. http://www.retireediary.wordpress.com
  4. http://www.themagiccamera.wordpress.com
  5. http://www.sartenada.wordpress.com
  • Best Food Blog 2013
  1. http://www.sh0werstorm.wordpress.com
  2. http://www.dishnthekitchen.wordpress.com
  3. http://www.dentistvschef.wordpress.com
  4. http://www.foodpleasureandhealth.com
  5. http://www.passionfruitgarden.com
  • Best Travel Blog 2013
  1. http://www.keepcalmandjustwrite.wordpress.com
  2. http://www.alisonanddon.wordpress.com
  3. http://www.lakshmilovestoshop.com
  4. http://www.adventurebeforeavarice.com
  5. http://www.megaworthit.wordpress.com
  • Best Fashion Blog 2013
  1. http://www.astairwaytofashion.com
  2. http://www.fashion-bombay.com
  3. http://www.sarahforshaw.wordpress.com
  4. http://www.theworldofnelayish.wordpress.com
  5. http://www.vintage-reflection.com/
  • Best Personal Blog 2013
  1. http://www.yellowmumblog.wordpress.com
  2. http://www.editionsofgreenboochi.wordpress.com
  3. http://www.madh-mama.blogspot.com
  4. http://www.wordsfallfrommyeyes.wordpress.com
  5. http://www.witlessdatingafterfifty.wordpress.com
  • Best Blog Design 2013
  1. http://www.bunnyeatsdesign.com
  2. http://www.katescreativespace.com
  3. http://www.designlifekids.com
  4. http://www.bunnymummy-jacquie.blogspot.co.uk
  5. http://www.makinglemonadeblog.com
  • Most Diverse Blog 2013
  1. http://www.talkingexperience.wordpress.com
  2. http://www.clarissasblog.com
  3. http://www.siciliangodmother.wordpress.com
  4. http://www.thelinkbetween.wordpress.com
  5. http://www.atkokosplace.wordpress.com
  • Best New Blog 2013
  1. http://www.littleblackyellowseeds.com
  2. http://www.elisebradfield.com
  3. http://www.ngimaphotos.wordpress.com
  4. http://www.papermashed.com
  5. http://www.amorusagi.wordpress.com
  • Best Blog Post of the Year 2013
  1. http://alexshye.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/walking-the-fine-line-between-confidence-and-humility/
  2. http://tashsn.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/what-is-real-happiness/
  3. http://nellewrites.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/obamacare-pass-the-popcorn/
  4. http://thirdeyemom.com/2013/11/25/cause-an-uproar-national-geographics-big-cat-week/
  5. http://fancythatfancythis.com/2013/06/05/finally-2/
  • Most Educational Blog Post 2013
  1. http://istylemantra.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/charity-shopping-event-bubbles-and.html
  2. http://depressionexists.com/2013/11/19/depression-exists-17/
  3. http://www.chaiacupoflife.com/home-remedy-for-cough
  4. http://liveendeavour.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/the-art-of-letting-go/
  5. http://nepalmeromaya.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/puja-einfach-erklart/
  • Most Witty Blog Post 2013
  1. http://rattythegameworm.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/how-come-excel-list-very-well-about-me/
  2. http://kayinindia.blogspot.in/2013/11/reverse-culture-shock-moi.html#comment-form
  3. http://weourlife.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/strictly-adult-jokes/
  4. http://theroofsofkathmandu.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/anything-is-possible-in-kathmandu/
  5. http://tandooripanipurilife.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/pk-doent-lives-in-the-house/
  • Best Photo Blog Post 2013
  1. http://keepcalmandjustwrite.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/travel-thursday-akron-falls-ny/
  2. http://sochbichaar.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/the-lost-community-bhishtis/
  3. http://lovelaughbelight.com/2013/11/14/nepal-an-offering-to-ganesh/
  4. http://jaincareyphotography.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/tonights-sky-11-14-13/
  5. http://sonofsharecroppers.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/leaves-raindrops/
  • Best Fashion Blog Post 2013
  1. http://shilupoudel.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/trend-alert-palazzo-pant.html
  2. http://fashionreveller.com/2013/11/07/street-style-winter-hats/
  3. http://llly78.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/boldly-beautiful-2/
  4. http://dulcecandy.com/2013/11/diy-paper-bag-book-cover.html
  5. http://www.magdalennes.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/affordable-foundation.html

How to vote?

Please copy the following on the comment box and type 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 next to each category.

  • Best Blog for 2013
  • Best Photo Blog 2013
  • Best Food Blog 2013
  • Best Travel Blog 2013
  • Best Fashion Blog 2013
  • Best Personal Blog 2013
  • Best Blog Design 2013
  • Most Diverse Blog 2013
  • Best New Blog 2013
  • Best Blog Post of the Year 2013
  • Most Educational Blog Post 2013
  • Most Witty Blog Post 2013
  • Best Photo Blog Post 2013
  • Best Fashion Blog Post 2013

 The rules:

  • E-mail addresses or blog addresses are required to vote.
  • One person can vote once for every category.
  • Winner will be announced in January 2014.

To all the nominees

First all of big congratulations on nomination. Please write a post in your blog about this award or reblog this post so your readers can vote for you. There are buttons at the end of this post for you to share or you can use the link below.

https://nepaliaustralian.com/2013/12/02/nepaliaustralians-blog-award-2013-nominations-announced/

Also add the image below with the link on the side bar of your blog so your readers can click there and reach this post to vote for you.

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Good luck everyone!!!