Monthly Archives: June 2014

We got Artoo (R2)

I am sure every StarWars fan knows what I mean but for those who don’t, R2D2 is a robot in Star Wars who is an ever-resourceful astromech droid with features like Lightsaber port, Fire extinguisher and more.

Of course, we could not afford to get the real R2D2 but have recently purchased a robot vacuum cleaner for the home which AS named R2D2 or Artoo for short.

Few cleaning products have sparked as much interest in my dearest hubby as the robot vac. As he is the one who mostly vacuums our place, he claims that it is the best thing he could buy to help him. I think he has secretly hoped that he will be able to sit down and relax while an artificially intelligent device cleans the house.

I am sure most of you have heard about Robomaid Robot Vacuum for a while but it doesn’t come cheap and that was the excuse we had not to get one.

But recently our local store advertised a cheaper version ($169) and AS got very excited. He was convinced that it works well after his extensive research that he decided to get it. He also read that it is quite popular and may not be easily available so he knew he had to be there when the shop opened on the advertised day to get his hands on one.

 So on the particular day, AS dragged me with him before the store opening time and we waited 30 minutes outside to get the Artoo. Funnily enough there were many people waiting for the store to open, which reminded me that my husband is not the only one who is robot crazy.

 

Anyway after buying our new Artoo, he charged it up and demoed it for my knowledge. I have to say I am impressed that Artoo is quite good at picking up dirt from the floor and for the price we paid, it is well worth it. He let it run for around 3 hours and the whole house was clean including the kitchen.

robot vacuum

Yesterday I took it to my walk-in closet and pressed the button, and Artoo was ready to start the job; I left it inside for 5 minutes and when I went back, the room was cleaned. It is a lot quieter than I expected that we had it running around when we were watching TV and we had no problem. Artoo can mop as well if we attach a damp micro fibre cloth to its underbelly which allows it to mop the floors as well but we still need to try that out.

 If it gets stuck or caught on something, it beeps for help but we made sure to move everything out of its way to make sure it cleans the whole area properly. I am sure we have to vacuum with the “manual” vacuum from time to time but for a quick clean Artoo is a winner.

If you are thinking about buying one, I will say go for it and you won’t regret it. It will give you some extra time to do other jobs or enjoy life a wee bit more.

If you have one do share how you are liking it. It is so new for us that we are loving it and it is fun to watch how it works and avoid walls and objects in its path.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

30 Days list

How many times has it happened to you that you buy something and as soon as you come home you realise that you don’t like it or you don’t need it. Sometimes you can return them but others you are stuck with. It happens to me a lot and I get annoyed for not being smarter with my buying.

I like something in the shop after trying it on and checking it properly so I happily give my credit card only to be disappointed in it after I come home.

So I and AS made a pact, if we are spending more than $100 items doesn’t matter what it is, we will keep them in our 30 days list. After 30 days if we still feel like we want that item then we will go and buy it.

We read it somewhere and thought it might work out for us and save us some money in the process.

I have a few items in the list already and waiting for the 30 days to pass.

Looks like I might buy one of the item but the others I can easily give them a pass.

What do you think of our 30 days list idea? What do you do to stop yourself buying things on impulse? Please share your ideas here.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

The Final 10,000 steps

Yesterday was the last day of our 10,000 steps competition. For the whole month I had done 391,176 steps with an average of 13,489 steps per day.

steps

Our team has five people and we managed to rack up 1,762,967 steps.

However, we are not the team with the most steps as some other team has as many as 2,898,329.

Here is the graph for my last week.

graph

It has been a great experience and like in past winters, I have not put on any weight, instead I feel better and have more energy most of the days. My best days are when I swim in the afternoon which makes me feel refreshed every time.I love my weekend yoga session as well 🙂

myoga

Even though the competition is over, I am planning to keep counting my steps so I know how much exercise I do every day. If I see it go too low, it encourages me to do something after I get home.

Keep exercising everyone.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Australia won the World Cup and the weekend update

I know FIFA World Cups is still underway (I am not crazy :P) and I know that Australia lost its first match against Chile but that is not what I am talking about here.

Australia is the world champions once again, defending their Hockey World Cup title with a 6-1 demolition of the Netherlands. 😀 😀 😀

Australian hockey team also known as the Kookaburras played the most dominant performance of the tournament and gave Australians a reason to celebrate :).

Now back to the soccer world cup, I enjoyed heaps of soccer last weekend. It was great to be home and watch the games. Saturday started early for us as there were a few games on but the very important one at 8am was Chile vs Australia.

It was so disappointing to watch 2 goals from Chile in the first 15 minutes. Seriously, every goal was so painful but Australia did still really push them hard. Then the magic happened, Tim Cahill’s goal with a brilliant header gave some hope back to the Aussies.

There were a few opportunities for Australia in the second half like Cahill (twice) and Mathew Leckie, both headed over during the second half, while Mark Bresciano struck a sweet far-post half-volley that was saved by Claudio Bravo.

Australia went down to Chile 3-1 and I am sad because Australia played really well. We will take on the Netherlands next on Thursday morning. I know Netherlands are good after watching their game with Spain but there is still some hope.

After the game on Saturday, I made a big breakfast with bacon, hash browns, beans, mushroom, eggs, bread and tea. It was more like a brunch than a breakfast and it kept us full for a long time.

big breakfast

The plan for the rest of the afternoon was to clean the house but our friends called to check if we were interested to go to eat Newari food for lunch. We couldn’t resist so we went to Bhancha to enjoy lunch with them. We ordered Fokso fry, Nhyapu (brain fry), jhol momo, choila and chatamari. The food was yummy and I had fun with their daughter.

cholia Fokso fry jhol momo

After a very satisfying lunch, we went to the beach again. We wanted to give our failed walk from last weekend another try and this time there was no rain.

me

It took us over 90 minutes (over 10,000 steps) to do that walk but it was one of the best things we did for the weekend. The sunset was just beautiful and AS and I talked the whole time.

sunset

As the lunch was so filling, AS had salad for dinner and I had some fruits and that was the end of Saturday.

Sunday was planned as a lazy Sunday so we had late breakfast and caught up on some TV shows. I have to admit I wasted many hours watching mindless things on YouTube instead of cleaning the house. So it was already 2pm when I went to the kitchen to make lunch for the day and for the following day. I made an easy chicken couscous, which turned out nice.

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After that we Skyped with our parents; it is always nice to catch up with them. By the time we were done with both the family, it was almost the end of the weekend.

Of course, we watched more soccer this morning. Go Argentina 🙂

How was your weekend? Hope you had heaps of fun too.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Simple chicken couscous

These days I am after recipes that are easy, quick and healthy. This is one pot wonder.

Serves: Four

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 200g chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 1-2 tablespoons harissa paste (use chilli paste if you don’t have harissa)
  • 2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 10 dried apricots
  • 220g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 200 gm char grilled red capsicum sliced
  • 200g couscous
  • 200ml hot chicken stock
  • Salt to taste

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Method

  • Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion for 1-2 mins until the onions turn golden.
  • Add grated ginger and fry for a few minutes.
  • Now add the chicken and fry for 5 mins until cooked through

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  • Add cumin powder, salt and stir through the harissa to coat everything and cook for 1 min more.
  • Add in the apricots, red capsicum, chickpeas and couscous, then pour over the stock and stir once.

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  • Cover with a lid and leave for about 5 mins until the couscous has soaked up all the stock and is soft.

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  • Fluff up the couscous with a fork and serve with yogurt, if you like.

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  • Enjoy!!!

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO