Monthly Archives: March 2014

Why I don’t eat beef?

This is a question I get a lot when I go out for lunch or dinner with colleagues or friends. I always tell them it is a religion thing as it is the easiest explanation but there is more to that story hence this post.

In Hindu religion, beef is not allowed as we consider cow to be a sacred animal. It is worshiped as mother and God as it provides us with milk like a mother. We have a special day during Tihar festival to celebrate the special place cows and oxen have in our lives. Please read more here.

Until recently, Nepal used to be the Hindu country where selling and eating beef was illegal but now it is not. Anyway, while I was growing up in Nepal, beef was never an options so it never was a question.

When I moved to Australia, there were no restrictions on me. My parents never asked me not to eat and I am not that religious to not eat beef just for that reason. Most of my friends here eat beef already as it is the easiest and cheapest options for meat. But something about the smell of beef has always turned me off. Definitely I am not into steak, may be curry won’t be that bad as it will be very close to buffalo we eat in Nepal but I have never thought of starting eating beef. I have eaten beef my mistake a few time like in a salami or pie and never liked it.

I think if you didn’t eat something ever, sometimes the new taste doesn’t agree with you and it seems to be the case with beef for me. There were so many opportunity I could have started eating it but I never wanted to.

Once AS came to Australia, I was fully predicting that he would be a beef eater as he was living in the US and it is so normal for guys to do it but he never ate beef before too which means I never had to cook it.

I am not going to say never but it looks like we may not eat beef, ever. But explaining all this will not be easy to everyone so I always say I don’t because of religious sentiments.

I also know that one day when we have kids, they will definitely eat it and we will have no problem with that.

Take care everyone and more update from Nepal very soon :),

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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In search of the perfect outfit part 3 – Happy ending !!!

Sorry this post has come so late but as you know from my previous post here and here, how I was in search for perfect outfit and I am very happy to tell you that it had a very happy ending.

Once I ordered my lehengha and sari online, I was really excited. It felt so good to find something you really wanted and to wait for it. I was like a little girl a few days before Christmas, waiting for Christmas morning. I was slightly worried as there was not many days left before I left Sydney.

I thought it would be safest for me to get them delivered to work and I was in a waiting game. I began worrying when I had only 3 days left and I still hadn’t heard about or received the package. I was in panic mode and had called and emailed the store twice already.

The next morning I receive an email from one of my colleagues letting me know that there was a package for me at the front desk. I was so relieved and happy that I went running to the front desk. It was the package I was expecting. I also learnt that it had been delivered 2 days ago but they had failed to inform me. I was a bit annoyed but I it was short lived because I was relieved to finally get the lehenga and sari.

I wore all of them during the wedding ceremonies and here are the pics for all of you. Thank you so much for listening to my whinges and supporting me 🙂

lehenga (1) lehenga (2) saree (2) saree

Take care everyone and more update from Nepal very soon :),

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

More photo update from Nepal

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Chatpat 🙂

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Idol of Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts and nature: Saraswati

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Swarovski in Kathmandu

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Enjoyed Newari bhoj after ages

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The beautiful site you see around temples in Nepal, love it…

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Went to movie with SIL and MIL

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Paau, my favourite dish in newari bhoj

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Me and AS during the wedding receiption

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Wedding venue

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Chir at Basantapur for Holi celebration

More update  soon. Till then take care…

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Not Spending A Cent For A Day

This article was published in +977 (a Nepalese Lifestyle Magazine in Australia) in March 2014 issue.

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Many times I have had people ask me how I manage to save money to travel, to do various activates and go to concerts. Most of them are in the same boat as me with big mortgage, ever-rising cost of living in Sydney and working average paying jobs. I hadn’t given it a thought until recently so here is my answer.

First and foremost you need to have the willingness to save money. Everyone wants to win a 50 million lotto and take their life from there but that is not going to happen with most of us so one must mentally prepare oneself to save money. It is easy to spend it but very hard to save it.

Second thing is willingness to do things. In Nepali there is a proverb, “Ta aat ma puraunchhu” which translates to you try and I will make sure you succeed. Unless and until you try to do something how will you know if you can or can’t do that. It is better to fail after trying than never attempting at all.

After that it’s all about being disciplined and sticking to the plan. Here are some simple tips I follow to get my saving in line:

  • Make a list of things you want to do in writing and pin that somewhere visible. Seeing something in writing everyday will encourage to reach your goal.
  • Make a note of every spending, even for 20 cents and put that in an excel spreadsheet.  Look at the incomes and expenses and see where you can cut down. This will give you a clear idea of your finance rather than just assumptions. Do this for at least a month.
  • Looking at the excel sheet, you will realise that food/grocery is one of the biggest spender apart from rent/mortgage so be smart while buying groceries. Plan your meals ahead and make a list so nothing goes to waste. Never waste food and never comprise on food quality. You won’t enjoy your saving if you have poor health.
  • Takeaway lunches are quick but they are not healthy and they make a big hole in your wallet. Try to take lunches from home and treat yourself with takeaway occasionally.
  • If you are a heavy coffee or soft drink drinker, check how much you are spending a day on your drinks. You will be surprised how much that amounts to in a year. If you can’t live without your drinks look for cheaper alternative like making your own espresso or buying cold drinks in bulk.
  • It is tempting to buy on impulse when shopping so make a budget and stick to it while you are in malls. It is easy to ignore the budget when you fall in love with the perfect dress that you have been looking for months but remember that dress you loved so much will still be around next week. And what are you going to do with the dress if you can’t afford your next planned holiday.
  • If you are saving for holiday, house, wedding, kids’ education, put aside a certain amount each month/ paycheck in a separate account and never touch this money.
  • Always have emergency money and never use it unless it is a real emergency. Staying so far from our family, you never know when you will need that.
  • Try to experiment just once for a whole day not spending a cent. Take lunch and snacks from home to work and do not buy anything. At the end of the day think about it and realise that you just made XX amount working whole day and not even a cent was spent. Isn’t that a great feeling? Don’t you want to have that feeling more often? I do. 🙂
  • By following these tips, you are not becoming a miser but being money smart. 

The most important thing to remember is: don’t stop living your life because you want to save money. You live only once so no point having millions in your bank account when you die. At the same time, you don’t want to be careless with your money that you have to struggle when you retire.

Good luck and HAPPY SAVING!!!

Photo update from Nepal

Temple bells

Temple bells

Wedding procession

Wedding procession

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Temple

This is how traffic is controlled in Nepal

This is how traffic is controlled in Nepal

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Pashupati Nath

Pashupati Nath

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Morning view from the rooftop

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Diyo

Diyo

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Traffic controller’s horse

Kathmandu Kumari Ghar

Kathmandu Kumari Ghar

Sel roti

Sel roti

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Nepali flag

Nepali flag

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Load shedding in Kathmandu

Load shedding in Kathmandu

God of Sun

God of Sun

More update  soon. Till then take care…

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO