Monthly Archives: May 2014

Learn Nepal Bhasa / Newari – Chapter 23

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English Nepal Basa
May I step inside? Du-ne wa-ne jii laa?
Do I have to take off my shoes? Laa- kaa twah-te maah laa?
Yes/no Maah/mwah
What god is kept in there? A-na chhu dyah ta-yaa tah-gu du?
Can I take a picture? Tas-bir kaa-ye jii laa?
What’s that temple? Wa chuu de-gah?
We come to see the procession. Ji-pii jaa-traa swah-was-yaa-gu.
Will the procession pass this way? Jaa-traa tha-naa hai la?
Is there a restaurant around here? Tha-na ga-naa restaurant du la?
I will have a plate of momo. Ma-ma-chaa chha-guu plate ha-yaa di-saa.
Please bring it quickly. Yaa-ka-naa ha-yaa di-saa
Is it spicy? Paa-lu laa?
This is not what I ordered? Jin dha-yaa gu thaw ma-khu.
Please bring the bill. Bill bi-yaa di-saa

Learn Nepali : Nepali ingredients name

When I share recipe, I use lots of Nepali name so here is the list of Nepali ingredients commonly used in Nepali food.

Nepali name                                                                         English Name

Ajwain Tymolseeds
Aduwa Ginger
Amchoor Mango powder
Ata Wheat flour
Banda (Banda Govi) Cabbage
Bakula Fava Beans
Bhatmas Soybeans
Bhanta Eggplant, Brinjal,Aubergines
Besan Gram flour
Besar Turmeric
Bhuteko Channa Roasted gram
Bodi Black-eyed peas
Chana Chick peas
Chana dal Gram dal
Chyapi Chives
Dal Lentils
Dahi Curds, Yoghourt
Dhania (leaves) Coriander leaves, Cilantro, Chinese Parsley
Dhania (masala) Coriander seeds
Farsi Pumpkin
Hing Asafoetida
Ilaichi Cardamom (black)
Jau Oats
Jeera Cummin
Jwanu Lovage
Kankro Cucumber
Kari Pata Curry leaves
Kesar Saffron
Kathal Raw jack fruit
Kalonji Onion seeds
Kodo Millet
Kurilo Asparagus
Kuskus Poppy seeds
Lwang Cloves
Lasun Garlic
Makai Corn
Marich Black Pepper
Mas Black Lentils
Masoor dal Red gram
Maida Flour
Moong dal Green gram
Methi Fenugreek
Methi sag Fenugreek leaves
Makai Corn
Moong Whole green gram
Mula Daikon Radish
Palungo Spinach
Paneer Paneer (or cottage cheese)
Parwal Pointed gourd
Phapar Buckwheat
Pindaula Taro or Eddos
Pitho Flour (All Purpose)
Pyaj Onions
Pyaj (Hariyo) Scallion
Ram Toriya Okra (Lady’s Finger)
Rawa Semolina, Cream of wheat
Rayo/Tori Mustard
Roti Flat Bread
Sabudana Dry ginger
Sakhar Brown Sugar
Salgam Turnip
Simi Green Beans
Saunf (sag) Dill leaves
Saunf (masala) Fennel
Sukamel Cardamom (green)
Tama Bamboo Soda
Tej Paat Bay Leaf
Til Sesame seeds
Til ko Tel Gingelly oil
Turai Sponge gourd
Tarul Yam
Urrad Dhal Black gram

 

6 reasons it’s even more important to exercise in winter

This post is definitely not for everyone who is enjoying Spring(very jealous as you know I hate winter) in northern hemisphere but to very one who is freezing is autumn/winter cold. I read( Body + Soul) this article and it inspired me to keep exercising through winter and hope it will also motivate to keep exercising.

It’s important to keep moving during winter and we all know that but there are some good reasons to keep in mind.

It might be the time when all you want to do is snuggle up indoors, but it’s actually during winter that getting active is even more important, and not just for your fitness.

Here are 6 reasons you’ll feel better than ever if you keep exercising when the temperature drops.

1. Find the sunshine

There’s a reason it’s called the sunshine vitamin. While there are a limited number of foods that can provide your body with vitamin D, the easiest source is from exposure of bare skin to sunlight.

During summer a short exposure of 10-15 minutes is plenty, but in winter sunshine can be harder to come by, especially when you’re huddled indoors. But that’s why it’s even more important to get outside and get moving.

So why do you need it? For strong bones, to grow, to absorb calcium and to keep your immune system strong. If that’s not enough, research has also found that this handy vitamin can even help prevent high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer.

2. Keep warm

Save electricity and an expanding waistline by heating your body up naturally with a workout. The rise in your body temperature has a soothing, calming effect on your body, not unlike a long soak in a warm bath or lying in front of the heater.

“Bask in the sunny days,” recommends body+soul Psychologist, Toby Green, “Staying warm is easier than warming up.”

3. Stay healthy

It’s not completely clear why, but research has shown time and again that regular exercise strengthens your immune system so it can fight off bacterial and viral infections. This becomes particularly important in winter when colds and flu rear their ugly heads.

When you exercise and get your blood pumping, immune cells circulate through your body more quickly helping them seek and destroy infections. But this boost only lasts for a few hours, so exercise needs to be regular for long-term effects.

4. Beat the winter blues

Whether it’s the usual winter blues or the more serious SAD (seasonal affective disorder) putting a gloom over the colder months. A daily workout releases feel-good, de-stress brain chemicals, gives you a break from the daily grind and helps ease depression.

Plus if you combine exercise with the great outdoors you can cheer yourself up even more!

A study of US prisoners discovered that those with farmland view from their cells had 24% less cases of sickness than those in cells facing the prison yard. While another study found adults who spent more time in parks generally had lower blood pressure and older people living near greenery had greater longevity.

“After at least 10 minutes of exercise, the brain releases “feel-good” chemicals serotonin and dopamine, which can help to reduce anxiety and depression while boosting well being,” explains body+soul Personal Trainer, Kirsty Welsh.

5. Take a deep breath

Being cooped up with nothing but heaters to keep the air moving means fresh air is much harder to come by in winter! Generally, the air outside is healthier then that inside so going for a walk or run outside gives your lungs a chance to detox and breathe deeply without concern for breathing in other people’s bugs.

6. Avoid winter weight gain

Think of winter. Most of us conjured up images of red wine, cheese, hot chocolate, warm soups and a crackling fire. No wonder it’s known as the ‘winter weight gain’. It can be harder to resist unhealthy temptation in the cold and the only way to make up for that is to increase the amount of exercise you’re doing.

That glass of wine will cost you 30-minutes of walking. Just 2 cubes of cheese will be another 30-minutes. And the hot chocolate? A full hour of walking is what you need to work that off.

How is your winter exercising going? Please share how you keep yourself motivated during these cold days?

Happy exercising everyone!

Healthy Surprise

Whenever we have morning tea for any occasion at work, I try to pick only healthy options but some morning teas don’t have healthy options at all. It feels rude not to take anything so on most occasions I just take a piece of cake or some pastry. I normally don’t eat them as it will make me feel guilty for whole day so I take them home instead.

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Every time I have something, when AS comes home I tell him that I have a surprise for him. He always gets excited like a little kid :). Most of the time he shares the treat with me and it is always nice to eat it together.

But last time, it was something different. Because we organised the tea and there was heaps of fresh fruits, we had lots of leftovers. We didn’t want to throw them out so we packed them to take it home with us. I ended up taking some watermelons and cherries home.

When AS came home that day, as usual I told him there is something in my lunch box for me.

Expecting something sweet, he opened the lunch box. After a pause he told me, “Please don’t bring me healthy surprises.

I felt bad that I got his hopes up but we ended up eating the fruits together and all was well.

Take care  and have a great weekend,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

P.S: I have updated my blogroll so please go and check out some amazing blogs 🙂

I am a student again

After debating with myself for a while, I enrolled for a course. It has been ages since I finished university so I was a bit hesitant, as I knew it is a big responsibility to start studying again but I am so glad I did. I know now I need to adjust to my new routine and the demands of coursework but I should be OK.

I enrolled for Project Management as a part time student and I think it will help me in my current job as well as further my career in the future. This week was my first class and it was amazing to be in a classroom again for a whole day, learning new thing and talking about assignments. We had a workshop for a few hours and it was so surreal to be in a group of people I just met and to do a project plan and talk about different aspects. We already got our first assignment and it is due in a few weeks :).

The teacher we have seems very interesting and very dedicated so it should be a great learning experience. I am sure I will have some story in the coming months as the course runs for a year. Till then wish me luck. I am going back to my first assignment now. 🙂

Take care everyone ,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Two must have apps in Nepal

If you are living in Nepal I am sure I don’t need to tell you about it but if you are going to Nepal anytime soon, there are a few must have apps you should download before you go. They were really useful while I was there.

1. Nepal load shedding schedule app

If you are going to Nepal and you don’t know what load shedding is, then you really need to do a lot of research on it. I know power cut is really annoying but we can’t do anything about it so being smart might help you a lot while you are in Nepal.

This app allows you to view and track daily load-shedding schedule, set your load shedding GROUP, view the schedule along with Power ON/OFF status, remaining COUNTDOWN time, and the NOTIFICATION regarding the upcoming power cut. This was my life line while I was there as I used to check this app many times a day to plan when to have a shower, when to iron and vacuum and many other daily activates.

2. Flashlight

If you own a smart phone, one of the most useful apps for Nepal will be the flashlight app. There are heaps of different free flashlight apps for iPhone and Android and believe me it will be a lifesaver. You never know when the power goes out like while I was in the changing room of a shop and suddenly it was pitch black. Not many people have backup generators so the flashlight app came in very hand.

You can also use the light to guide you while out and about during the evening as street light are not always there or if there are some they may not be on.

Happy Traveling. Take care everyone ,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Behind the Fun Tour on board Carnival Spirit

Before we had even boarded the ship, we had already decided to do the behind the scene tour on Carnival Spirit because there aren’t many times that you get an opportunity to see how the big ships are operated and cater for 3000+ guests and staffs.

The carnival website describes it as Behind the Fun tour, which costs $95-per-person and lasts around three-and-a-half hours and which includes a visit with key shipboard officers such as the the chief engineer, chef de cuisine and also a visit with the captain on the bridge. It also includes stops backstage in the main show lounge, the ship’s laundry room, crew galley and dining room, crew gym, crew training centre, the main passenger galley, the ship’s bridge and engine control room.

Behind the Fun participants receive a number of commemorative gifts, including a Behind the Fun baseball cap and photos with the captain on the bridge. The capacity is limited to 16 passengers per tour, and passengers must be 13 or older to participate.

We booked this tour on our first day on board and luckily got two tickets. I was a bit disappointed to know that cameras, or anything with an audio or video recording function, are not allowed as it would have been fun to take a few photos for the memory.

We were asked to wear flat comfortable shoes and not to wear skirt or dress for women. Therefore, I was wearing my running shoes and short. We meet others at the meeting point , the Shanghai bar, at 8:30 am. We met our guide who checked our tickets and gave us a lanyard with a tour pass. We were asked to make a single file and we followed the guide to the theatre, our first stop.

The lead dancer who was taking us around took us behind the stage where we could see hundreds of costumes, wigs, jeweleries and props. It was brightly lit and had several mirrors. He gave us an overview and then we moved on to our next stop.

We exited the theater and made our way to our next stop, the photography lab. The lab was smaller than expected but I learned a few new stuffs from the manager in charge. They only have a few computers and two huge printers. She told us that thousands of photos are taken every day around the cruise. For those of you who haven’t cruised, every photo taken of you by a ship’s photographer is displayed in the gallery for the duration of the cruise. One can go and buy the photo if you like. Since photos cost between $10 and $20 each, many photos end up not being purchased. She told us that even if just 10% of the photos are sold they are happy while on this particular ship, the sale has been around 20%. Rest of the photos will be recycled. I was a bit disappointed that they didn’t give digital copies of the photos instead but they have a plan to do that in future.

From there our next stop was the galley where the chefs prepare our delicious meals every day. We met the head chef who explained how much food is consumed every day in the ship. Here are some fun facts that they told us during this trip.

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They were making chocolate covered strawberries so all of us were allowed to taste them along with some freshly baked pastries. Before we moved on to the next stop, Carnival’s photographer did take a few photos of us with the chef.

From the galley, we descended one level to our first visit to a crew deck, to the storerooms. They had big cool rooms bigger than our cabin rooms to stores everything from beer and wines to fruits and veggies for the whole tour. The guy who managed the tour told us that on their first Australian trip, they had run out of coco cola and beer the last few days and it was very disappointing. So they stock 30% more alcohol in case Aussies decided to go on a drinking spree. I always find it weird to hear that we, Aussies, are so much into drinking when I can see that the same thing happening everywhere in the world.

From there we walked further in the corridor unofficially named I-95 (after the main highway on the East Coast of the United States). We saw crew/staff rooms, staff dining room, bar, staff computer room, staff library and other areas.

The tour guide told us that all staffs must speak English in guest areas and there is language training and other education programs on board making sure crews/staffs are trained in every aspect of their job.

From there we went to went to the environmental control/garbage room. The Waste Management Plant consists of two dry garbage shredders for the burnable and un-burnable waste (i.e. cartons, wood, plastic, glass and tins), which is collected from passenger/crew areas and transported to the Garbage Room at Deck A level. The unsorted waste is fed into two heavy duty high capacity shredders. One waste compactor is suitable for compacting cardboard, paper and plastic. Glass (three colours) is collected in bags or containers and stored on board for later delivery to shore side reception facilities. One tin identifier, capable of compacting 70kg of tin cans per hour is also on board as are two garbage incinerators which are automatic, multi-chamber, semi-pyrolitic marine type with an incineration capacity of 1,400kW each.

I was really happy to see that they take care of the environment and recycle everything possible.

The next stop was engine control room. There we met two officers, both from Italy. They explained to us about the engine room and how they controlled that from the engine control room but seriously now I have no memories about it 🙂

After we exited the engine control room’s little corridor, we took elevators down the deck below the waterline and to the laundry room.

First, we walked through the area where they cleaned and iron the passengers’ personal items. Nearby were racks of crew uniforms and everywhere were people keeping busy. The rooms were very noisy. After a few turns we gathered around the man in charge and the machines, and there were machines: the towel and sheet folders.

They did a demo and asked if anyone wanted to try it. I gave it a go and it was fun :). The laundry in charge told us that the stewards keep two backups for each stateroom’s linen in their cupboards at all times.

From there we were taken to HR office/training room where we rested for a while looking at photos of different areas we couldn’t go to especially the crew’s rooms as it was their only personal space. Everyone who had questions was allowed to ask and the tour guide was nice enough to answer all those questions.

We left the office, backtracked a bit, and came to the crew bar where there were cookies as well as soda, juice, and coffee. I had a glass of orange juice and some cookies. After everyone was done with their food, we took the elevator and stairs to the Bridge. This part was the most exciting for me as it is the place where everything is controlled from and is the headquarter for the entire ship.

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We met the captain, the head of the ship. He was an Italian man who I saw smiling a lot. His name is Adriano Binacchi and he was nice and friendly. He explained the different equipments and how the ship works. The view from the bridge was amazing and I could see the crew’s deck at the front of the ship, where they have their own hot tub. Potted plants lined the big bridge. There was also a glass on one side of the floor and the view was great as you could see all the way down to the water and standing on it felt like you are standing on thin air.

After this, we queued to have our photos taken with the captain and also had a group shot with him. That was the end of the tour and we were back to the Shanghai bar where we met in the morning. The tour was over 3 hours and all of us were tired. It was really thoughtful that coffee, juice, and pastries were available at the Shanghai bar when we got back.

We got a goodie bag each with swans made out of soap, a bag, a lanyard and bracelet with Behind The Fun inscribed, and a baseball cap inside. It also had a leaflet with ship statistics and a recipe for the famous chocolate melting cake. This was lovely as I didn’t know we were getting all that.

warm melting cake

Later that afternoon we also got the print of the photos we had taken with the captain and the master chef as well as a treat, a plate of chocolate covered strawberries and some freshly baked pastry.

We both loved the tour as we would have not known so much about the ship for sure if we haven’t gone on the tour.

Take care everyone ,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO