Monthly Archives: May 2014

Easy Tom Yum Soup noodle (Sour Spicy Soup)

This is probably one of the easiest ways to have Tom Yum Soup noodle.

Ingredients

  • 400 gm udon noodle(ready to fry)
  • 2 – 3 cups chicken/Vegetable stock
  • 10 shrimps
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1 lemon (depends on how sour you like it)
  • 2 chillies sliced
  • 1 handful of sliced Lemongrass
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar

Easy Tom Yum Soup noodle (1)

Procedure

  • Boil chicken stock in medium sauce pot.

Easy Tom Yum Soup noodle (2)

  • When the stock is boiling, add the sliced lemongrass, onion and tomatoes.

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  • Boil for about 5 minutes and then add the udon noodle

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  • Boil for another 5 minutes and add the shrimp
  • Boil for 2 minutes and add fish sauce, chilli and sugar, boil the soup for another 5 minutes

Easy Tom Yum Soup noodle (5)

  • Take the pot off the heat and squeeze lemon juice and check if you want to add more lemon if you like it more sour.

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  • The dinner is ready.

Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ Nepal

I am sure you have heard the ‘Happy’ song by Pharell Williams and the video clip which features happy people doing happy things which has been really popular.

Since its original video has been out, people all over the word have been doing their own versions of the song and I am sharing the Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ Nepal version here. I liked it as it shows different places in Kathmandu and people of all ages.

Enjoy!

While we are talking about Nepal, let me also share another great video that will make you want to drop everything and go to Nepal . If you have not already, hope after watching this video, you will.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea 2014

Like every year, our work hosted Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea 2014 for the Cancer Council. Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is Australia’s most popular fundraising event and the largest, most successful event of its kind. Please click here to learn more about it.

This year, I was given the responsibility to decorate for it. With the help of a few colleagues I decorated the hall in blue and yellow and I am so glad that everyone loved the décor and it was a success.

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I even dressed in yellow 🙂

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As always, everyone chipped in with food and we managed to raise good sum of money. People were really creative with what they cooked and the food tasted so good. Look at the amazing amount of food we had.

If you would like to support the cause, please visit their website.

Sick season

I feel like I’ve been away for a long time but I know it’s been just a week. I was sick with bronchitis and in bed and had no energy to write. I came back to work on Monday after a week and I am feeling great.

I think I haven’t been very sick for a while now (touch wood), I think the last one was the one after my visit from USA (my scare thinking it as swine flu) but this time it was really bad. It started with flu and cough last weekend and it kept on getting worse with fever and aches and pains.

I have to admit I become really needy when I am sick. I want someone to be around me all the time and poor AS had his hands full looking after me. He was making sure I was resting and at the same time giving me medicine and food.

The first few days, I didn’t go to the doctor but took cold and flu medication and hoped things would go away but after 3 days in bed I finally I decided to go to the doctor. He gave me the news that I have bronchitis and I needed antibiotics. It was a bit of relief because now I knew I could be better in a few days. However, it was not as easy as I thought.

I had a hard time sleeping at nights as my body temperature went up at times and then I was all sweaty next. My body was really weak with regular coughing. After going through this for a few days, I couldn’t help but cry. Poor AS had no idea what to do, as he was tired and sleep deprived as well looking after of me.

I cried because I was sick of being sick, I cried because I wanted to be normal soon as the headache and pain was too much. I wanted to have a good night’s sleep and wake up fresh. Now if I think about it, it feels so silly but at that time I was not thinking straight.

AS would hold me in his arms and tell me that he was there for me always and I will be fine soon. He was trying to make me smile with jokes. Eventually he was successful in calming me down. I am so glad he was with me most of the time. He took a few days off work as well to make sure I was not left alone.

Being so far away from family, you wish that you had them around you when you are sick and down. I was missing my mum a lot during the whole time I was in bed sick. But I am so grateful that AS was there for me. I couldn’t imagine being sick and alone, no one to look after me and no one to talk to.

AS turned into a great chef for the whole time as well and cooked me awesome chicken soup, jaulo (the mixture of lentils and rice cooked in a pressure cooker and mainly served to sick people) for the first few days. When I was bit better he also made me Kale chips which were a great alternative for snacks. Also he prepared kale and chickpeas salad with roast chicken as well as delicious fried rice.

kale chips Kale Salad

I feel ashamed to admit that even though AS was doing his best making great food I was carving for junk food so a few days we had takeaway for dinner.

After this experience, I fully understand when they say, “Health is wealth”. Fingers crossed, I will never be sick again. Being back at work feels so go and I am happy I am getting better, not 100% yet but will get there soon.

Looks like it’s not only me who was sick; for the last few weeks, most of my friends have been sick. My poor little nephew has been sick for a while and now at work a few of my colleagues are off sick as well. So I am calling this season – sick season.

As I keep on saying every time, I hate winter and I now have one more reason to do so. I can’t wait for the next 3 more months to be over so I can relax and enjoy the outdoors again. Till then keep warm and be safe.

Take care ,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

When are you thinking of moving to Nepal again permanently?

In one of my post, one of the fellow blogger, asked me the question “When are you thinking of moving to Nepal again permanently? “Many people have asked me this question before and I too have asked myself the same question repeatedly.

If the question was “Are you thinking of moving to Nepal again permanently?” my answers will be definitely YES but I am not sure when.

Initially, I wanted to go there before I turned 40 because I was thinking I will have my life sorted out by then and will have good income to go and live in Nepal with my family. When I used to answer like that lots of people around me told me that things would change in the future and it seems they might have been right because now I am not sure when I will be going and I am sure having a baby and owning a house definitely makes a big difference.

Still, I want to retire there but it is not going to be anytime soon.

I left Nepal initially for study, but it has been more than a decade and in that time I have learned a lot, seen a lot and have done extensive traveling. I have seen many places, tasted different food, met different people and seen different life-styles. However, I remain proud of my roots and I visit Nepal as often as I can. I doubt that that would ever change.

Every time I plan a trip to Nepal, I feel happy thinking of the traditional food, friends to meet, movies to watch and travel.

The first time I visited Nepal my friends were busy and so I really did not get much time to spend with them. Of course, they had their life in Nepal and they couldn’t just drop everything for me just because I was on holiday. I got sick with diarrhoea and vomiting. Three months in Nepal went by so quickly just going to relatives’ homes and a bit of travel.

Since them every time I have been there, the situation was similar or worse because most of my friends were married by then and some even had kids which meant they had lots of responsibilities in their day-to-day life to make time to meet me or entertainment me.

Then I got married and things changed completely because now I had two families to spend time with so I had even less free time for other stuffs like catching up with friends. Every time I visit Nepal, the reality of living in Nepal forever seems harder and harder as things are completely different from what I imagine in my head.

Now we have a mortgage as well which means we are not going anywhere until it is all paid off. So I am sure I will not be moving back to Nepal in my 40s for sure but I am still hoping to retire there. When that will really happen, only time will tell but I definitely want to.

I still have a dream of building our own all Nepali style house with carved wooden doors and windows. I still want a garden with Dhunge Dhara (stone water tap) and lovely view. I still want to wake up to the sound of temple bells . I still want to live in a place where I am not asked “Where are you from?” every day. I still want our kids to know our culture and traditions and be proud of it.

Hope this dream will come true one day.

Please share your story about your decisions of making another country your permanent home. What caused your decision and How did your decision affect you?

Take care ,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

10,000 steps

Recently we got an email at work – “10,000 steps Staff competition – How far can you go?”.

10,000 Steps is a free health promotion program that encourages the use of step-counting pedometers to monitor your daily physical activity levels. Please click here to read more.

I am so glad that my workplace has taken positive steps towards workplace’s health. As soon as I finished reading, I knew I wanted to do it. Therefore, I sent an email straight away saying I am in.

The four week challenge was open to all staff and involved teams of up to five people with the goal of reaching 10,000 steps per day. The steps were measured using pedometers attached to the waist.

The competition will run from Monday 19 May to Monday 16 June. We will be using the online 10,000 Steps program to log how far teams have walked. At the end of 4 weeks, prizes are given to two teams – the team with the greatest number of steps taken and the team who has used the staff bike fleet the most.

I do really want to win it as it means we are pushing ourselves to achieve more number of steps and at the same time improving our health.

Let the counting begin and wish me luck.

Take care ,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

My Life Lesson No 4: Appreciate what you have

There are so many times in life that we forget how good we have got that all we do is complain and be sad instead of appreciating what we have.

“Happiness will never come to those who don’t appreciate what they have.”

I am a normal human being as well, so many times I complain that I didn’t get better things and I am not happy with what I have. As everyone else I am so focused on things that I don’t have, I forgot to enjoy and appreciate the things that I do have.

But these days I am trying consciously to be happy with what I have. Every time I travel to poor countries, I realise that how much better what I have is. However, at the same time even though they live with minimal things in life, they are the happiest people I have seen.

I have been forcing myself to appreciate what I have by thinking about all the good things in my life. I have a wonderful husband and family, good job and good health. I don’t know why I complain.

Recently I lost a friend to cancer and I know that she would have given anything to be alive and be next to her husband but she didn’t get that choice. I have to say she fought her battle so strongly that every time I remember her, I see a smiling face.

Just few weeks ago, after a long weekend, I was ready to come back to work. I was really annoyed that my car didn’t start. After the initial reaction, I changed my mindset completely; I had a choice to call NRMA (insurance company) and wait for the car to be fixed and be late for work or take a train to work. I decided to take a train because millions of people do that every day and I used to do that before I started driving. I didn’t know why I got annoyed initially as it is completely normal for car to break down from time to time. By looking at the positive side, I was clam and happy to go to work and be at work on time rather than getting pissed at the situation that I have no control over. My day went alright and my car got fixed in the evening.

Every time I visit Nepal, I appreciate that I live in a country where there is no problem of electricity, water or gas. I also appreciate that Australia has good health care and transport system. I am lucky to live here.

Someone wise once said “you don’t know what you have until it’s taken away from you” and I see that time and time again; People longing for what they used to have. I have those regrets as well. I wish I was able to stay with my paternal grand ma (she passed away few years ago) more. I wish I had spent more time with my parents when I had the chance, I wish I had appreciated my life when it was simpler.

So next time you find your mind wandering away from the present moment, towards a place that you wish you were, bring it back. Think about the present and look around and learn to smile as you are lucky to have what you have. There are millions in the world who will be very happy to be in your shoes any given day.

Learning to appreciate what we have right now is an art that’s worth investing a little time in perfecting. So, every time I pray, I thank God for all the good things in my life. I thank him that I am happy and healthy and for the beautiful people around me.

Take care  and have a great week,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO