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Saptapari in Sydney

Few Saturday ago, we went to watch the Saptapari with my girlfriends.

Saptapri means Seven angles and seven stars from Nepal had been invited for the show. The show was advertised as empowerment for woman and that is what attracted us to the show.

The seven angles were

  1. Shristi K.C – a motivational speaker who lost her vision while she was studying in grade 8.
  2. Nikita Chandak – Miss Nepal World 2017
  3. Alisha Rai – actor, model and dancer
  4. Bimisha Hamal – a radio jockey, model and actress
  5. Barsha Raut – actress and model
  6. Swastima Khadka – actress and a model.
  7. Rajina Rimal – a singer

They had Nepali Fashion designer Muku’s items on show as well.

The show started really well with a speech from Nepali ambassador to Australia Lucky Sherpa. I loved what she said.

Then it went to the scheduled program.

The first was dance but it was an Indian dance. We all looked at each other and went what the hell. The performer was good but that was not the point.

Anyway, the second act was a Nepali group dance and it was great. We didn’t understand why the organiser found the need to have an Indian dance as the start of the program is beyond my understanding. I’d have preferred to have the Nepali dance as the first act.

Then there was the first round of fashion show. It started with the local models and continued with the artists from Nepal. The first went for too long but I have to mention Shritst K.C who also walked the ramp which out assistance. It takes lots of courage to make sure you can do it without sight.

It was followed by a speech by Nikita Chandak. I will say it was ok but not as exceptional as I was hoping it would be. I really admire her but her speech was not as I hoped for.

It was followed by a dance by Alisha Rai, Binisha Hamal, Swastima Khadka and Barsha Raut.

They were all good but I applauded the energy we can feel when Barsha Raut was dancing.

Up next was Rajina Rimal. I didn’t know her as a singer but I have heard her songs. I loved her voice and I became a fan after the show. She was so good with the crowd and I loved the way she performed.

Definitely the highlight of the show was Shristi K.C, her inspirational speech and her amazing dance.

The program ended with another too long fashion show.

Overall, we loved the idea of a show with woman empowerment but I think the show didn’t go as per the title. There was not much about women’s empowerment apart from few speeches.

It would have been great if all the Saptapari from Nepal had spoken about how they are progressing in their life. Really, we were there to listen from inspirational women, not only to see them dance or sing. It could be any other show if it was only for dancing and singing.

Definitely, the fashion show could have been shortened as not only us, everyone around us were bored seeing the same models walking up and down the ramp so many times.

We would have also liked a good introduction of the Fashion designer, Muku and a speech from her.

Anyway we had an OK night and went to have hotpot dinner afterward.

Take care ,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO 

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Celebrating Anniversary @ Kyūbi Modern Asian Dining

First of all, a million thanks for everyone who wished us on our anniversary. We feel so happy and blessed with all the warm anniversary wishes that came through Facebook, sms, blog, Instagram and calls. Thank you once again everyone.

AS bought me mesh bracelets which I loved.

We were lucky that our anniversary fell on a Sunday this year. My SIL looked after Chhori so we had the day to ourselves.

Since becoming parents, we don’t like to leave Chhori with someone for very long so we decided to take the afternoon to celebrate instead of the evening.

We dropped Chhori off and then went to the movie first.

The pick of the day was Jurassic World. I am not a big fan of the Jurassic series like AS is but I did enjoy the movie.

It was a fun movie and really enjoyed the graphics and animations.

After the movie, we went for lunch at this beautiful restaurant called Kyūbi Modern Asian Dining.

They described themselves as Modern Asian Dining and aspire to create a dining experience that brings people together over the love of food.

It is named after the mythical 9 Tail Fox, the Kyūbi features as folklore in many East Asian cultures. The 9 tails represent the various Asian cultures from which they draw inspiration and flavors.

I absolutely loved the decor of the place as it had some beautiful show pieces hanging on the walls from different Asian countries. It had sufficient privacy for groups of guests and was spacious.

The lady who served us was amazing as well with knowledge of the food and service was with smiles. She was very attentive to our needs and the service was genuine and not put on.

Looking at the menu we decided to go for their tasting plate so we could have a taste of everything yummy and it was definitely a good decision.

The portion sizes were perfect and each of the courses came out in a timely manner. It really is a great way to eat because you don’t have to eat a big main meal in one go.

So our menu contained

Entrees:

Char grilled salmon pla bon perilla leaf

Handmade prawn and pork shumai

Prawn has gow dumplings

Salt & Pepper Tofu pickled vegetables

Main:

Bulgoogi Korean lamb ribs

Wilted Asian leaves with dried shrimp

Slow cooked lamb ‘crying tiger’

Salt and Chilli King Prawn’s chilli mayonnaise

Vegetarian Fried Rice bamboo shoots, snow peas, water chestnut

Dessert:

Mango pudding with tapioca pearls, fresh fruit and lychee granita

The food was delicious and nicely flavored and very light but at the same time very filling. We will be going back again for sure.

By the time it was dessert time, I was so stuffed that I didn’t want to eat anymore but still tasted it.

We asked if they could write “Happy Anniversary” for us and they did. It was really nice.

While talking to the lady, we discovered that both the chefs in the kitchen were from Nepal so we went and said our hello after lunch.

Overall, we had a great afternoon and it was even better when we saw Chhori who was waiting for us with a big smile. She was so happy to spend the day with my nephew.

 Take care ,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO 

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ANZAC Day 2018

Every year on 25 April Australian mark the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.  It is called ANZAC Day and Australia has public holiday to commemorate this day.

Please read more about the day here.

Lest we Forget.

Have good day everyone and Take care !!!

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO 

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Easter long weekend fun

This Easter long weekend, we didn’t go away anywhere. Instead we made some plans with our friends and it was quite fun.

One day we took the kids to the Easter show.

It was a free event in Cronulla and there were the traditional rides, show bags, an animal farm, market stalls and roving entertainment.

We went on a big slide with the kids on our laps and kids enjoy the elephant merry – go-around as well. They also went into a jumping castle and had heaps of fun.

Chhori and her friend loved getting their face painted and they both looked adorable for sure.

But like every year the highlight for me was the petting zoo. They had alpacas, sheep, chicken, ducks, pigs, goat, rabbits and a calf. It was amazing to see the kids enjoy the animals and pat them too.

We also bought them the bubble guns and it was a hit as they could have hundreds of bubbles instantly.

Overall it was an amazing day out for the parents as well as for the kids.

Another day we took the kids to the park and they had a great time. We had lunch from a nearby café while the kids play at the park.

But the highlight of the Easter long weekend was the food. We planned a food marathon so we had something special for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

On the Friday we went to a sea food buffet and it was really great and we ate a lot. I loved the prawns and the amazing dessert.

Then on Saturday, it started with my scones for breakfast and amazing garlic prawn and chicken paella for dinner.

The next day we had gwaramari for breakfast and typical Nepali thakali thali for dinner.

We tried to make it as close as possible to the famous thakali thali and it contained rice, dal, gundruk ko achar, mula ko achar, chicken curry, saag (spinach) and mushroom curry. The whole combination tasted amazing.

On the third day it was pancakes for breakfast, chatamari and pakauda for lunch and nepali dal-bhaat-tarkari-masu for dinner.

The food was amazing and it didn’t feel like a lot of effort as different people were doing different dishes. But I have to admit, I put on at least a kilo after eating all that food.

I will share the recipes for a few of the dishes soon. Most of them are already on my blog so please do try them and let me know how it goes.

Till next time take care.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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SEA Aquarium, Singapore

The S.E.A. Aquarium is the second largest aquarium in the world featuring more than 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species, across 10 different zones in 49 different habitats. IT also has a world record from the Guinness Book of Records for the largest aquarium in the world and the longest in the world view panel. 

We have visited many aquariums and Chhori seems to like them a lot. So we were excited to go and visit this famous aquarium on Santosa Island.

 

As we walked inside the aquarium, we saw the shipwreck habitat from the waters of Java Sea. It is so interesting to see how marine life eco system works. While shipwrecks are said to destroy coral reefs, it can also be home to a wide array of marine species.

 

From there we went to Shark Seas where we could see the endangered predators, including the Scalloped Hammerhead Shark, Silvertip Shark and Sandbar Shark. It was a bit crowed in that area so we took a few photos and moved to the next section which was the Coral Garden.

Coral Garden is known as “rainforests of the sea” with coral reefs form some of the most diverse underwater ecosystem on Earth where it is home to a large variety of marine life.

 

We saw Bluestripe, Emperor Angelfish, Japanese Giant Spider Crab, Floating Bell or Australian Spotted Jellyfish, Japanese Sea Nettles, Moon Sea Jellies, also known as Moon Jelly and the Saucer Jelly or Common Jellyfish .  

The Jellyfish looked so amazing with their translucent, saucer-shaped bell.

 

The main area of the S.E.A Aquarium is the world’s biggest Open Ocean tank offering a panoramic view of the ocean which is home to many gentle giants of the sea including Leopard Sharks, Groupers and others over 50,000 marine creatures. 

We rested in the area and waited for the feeding session. Chhori decided to have her nap so we had plenty of time to relax after walking for so long.

Chhori woke up in time for the feeding.

 

As it was around Christmas so we were visited by Scuba Santa and the Underwater Cheeky Elves delivering special Fishman’s treats to the marine animals.

 

Chhori was so excited to see the Santa inside the tank. We took heaps of photos in front of the tank and moved to the next area of the aquarium but this was definitely the highlight of the day for us. 

At one point we walked past a floor of glass filled with predators like sharks under us and Chhori loved it so much she decided to lie down on the glass to watch the sharks under her. It was really funny.

 I also liked the popular discovery touch pool where you get to touch Starfish and other marine specimens. I was excited about it but Chhori decided that it was not her thing.

 She did love the Starfish that was on display in the zone and all the colourful fish in the tank.

Every time we saw a clownfish, she got super excited and cried out, “Nemo, Nemo.”

 As we were near the exit, we passed through another huge tunnel where there were more sharks swimming above our head.

 

Overall we had a great time at the aquarium and Chhori was so happy to see so many “fishy”. I would definitely recommend a visit to the aquarium in Santosa Island; especially if you have kids with you.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Fun @ Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island is a famous tourist destination in Singapore. The island got the name “Sentosa” (which means “isle of tranquillity”) only in 1972 after Singapore government decided to develop the island into a holiday resort for local visitors and tourists. 

We spent one day in Sentosa Island doing many amazing things and I wished we had more time to spend there. There are so many things to do that a day is definitely not enough.  

I remember going there the last time to Universal Studio but this time we wanted it to be more fun for Chhori so we stuck to kid friendly stuffs. 

We started outside Universal Studio where the water sprinklers are. Chhori was so happy with the water that she was running from one end to other. 

From there we passed through the Trick Eye Museum to go to SEA Aquarium. I will post about the aquarium in a separate post. 

After the aquarium, we were hungry so went to the big food court for lunch. There are so many places to eat from that it is a bit confusing but we decided to stick with Malay traditional food. The food was yummy and it was nice to rest and eat in the air-conditioned hall. 

After lunch we decided to walk around the area and Chhori was fascinated by the lollies outside Candylicious. She kept running from one to another saying “M n M Mama”, “Surprise mama”. It was nice to see her so excited. 

As it was so hot we decided to get an ice cream before we start on the Festive Walk. Festive Walk is a strip that connects several attractions.

You can shop in some of the luxury boutiques, including the very first Victoria´s Secret boutique in Asia, Versace, Rolex, Ralph Lauren, Bulgari and many more or just walk along to reach the Merlion Park. 

The legendary Merlion is a half lion half fish guardian of prosperity which personifies Singapore’s history as a port city. The lion depicts the folklore of Prince Sang Nila Utama’s rediscovery of lion (singa) and City (pura) while the fish tail symbolises ancient fishing village of Temasek, meaning “sea” in Javanese. Today, the majestic Merlion is a Singapore icon attracting visitors from all around the world. 

Legend has it that the Merlion would visit Sentosa Island every year to guard Singapore’s well-being.  

This whole walk was very picturesque and we took heaps of photos. From there we took the train to go to the Siloso Beach as we had booked tickets to watch the Wings of Time. 

The Wings of Time show at Sentosa is a night show that is available daily at 7.40pm and 8.40pm. The show, which cost $10m to produce, is set outdoors at Siloso Beach against the backdrop of the open sea. It’s wonderful to see how art and science come together to create the show. 

The 25-minute show tells a tale about two friends, a mysterious pre-historic bird and their journey across several landscapes and time to find the bird’s home. 

We had tickets for the 7.40 pm one. When the show started and for the whole length of the show, Chhori was really good and enjoyed it, even asking questions sometimes. 

The show ended with a bang, a wonderful display of fireworks. 

After the show, we walked from the beach to the Merlion Park as the queue for the train was too long. We wanted to go to Merlion Park to see the sound and light show at 8.45 pm. 

Merlion sound and light show ran every half hour starting at 7.45 pm. The show was National Day themed, showcasing the diversity of the cultures in Singapore that coexist so beautifully. We thoroughly enjoyed it and were glad to have such a wonderful time at the island. 

It was almost 10 pm then so we caught the train to Vivo City and a cab from there to our hotel. We were all tired but we were happy to have had a wonderful day on Sentosa Island.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Little India and China town in Singapore

While we were in Singapore we went and enjoyed roaming around Little India and China town. 

That morning we woke up and caught a Grab cab to go to Little India for breakfast. We found the MTR restaurant which is very famous for Indian vegetarian food so decided to give it a go. 

The restaurant was busy so we had to wait for a few minutes before we got our table. The place was small and extremely busy but had great service. We ordered some dosa and idly.

The food was good but not exceptionally good to be so famous. May be we didn’t pick the right dishes or maybe I have eaten in many nice Indian restaurants. 

After breakfast we went to roam around the area. We went to Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple and Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple. We also went to different Chinese temples. 

It was nice and surprising to see so many Chines temples in Little India and visa versa when we went to China town. 

After visiting the temples we went to Mostafa Centre for some shopping. It was really overwhelming for me as it was so big and things are everywhere. I prefer to shop in small shops where I feel like I can go and browsers where as in a large place with too many things make my head spin. 

We bought one item from the whole building and left the centre. 

From there we walk around the area and went to Taka centre. The first thing we did was to go to their food court where there were choices of so many authentic Hawker food. 

The food is really cheap here and so yummy. I really loved the food. The only negative point was it was hot and had no air conditioning. 

After that we went to the centre to look around and were equally overwhelmed by so many shops selling traditional sarees and lengha. I wanted to buy a few for me and Chhori but it was too much to handle and look inside any of the shops. AS wanted me to buy something but I told him that we need to leave as I couldn’t make up my mind with all the options. 

From there we went to the hotel to rest and Chhori had a nap. 

In the evening we went to China town. First of all went to a few temples around the area like the Hindu temple Sri Mariamman Temple and a few Chinese temples before walking around the market stalls.

We bought a few souvenirs and gifts.

 

We also went to a famous Tin Tin shop. 

It was AS’s birthday that day so we decided to go to a restaurant and celebrate. We went to Xie Lao Song restaurant and I was glad it was so cool with air conditioning.  

For dinner, we ordered chilli crab and duck dishes.

The food was yummy and AS enjoyed his with local beer. AS also had a yummy cheese cake I had got for his birthday. 

After dinner, we went for a stroll and saw many people dancing with to some music in an old square. It was so nice to see that anyone can walk and join the group and leave once done. 

By this time Chhori was fast asleep in her stroller so we caught a Grab cab and went back to the hotel. 

We had walked so much this day and we are so tired that we were fast asleep in our soft warm bed as soon as we go into it. 

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

P.S: Do not forget to  check out winners of  NEPALIAUSTRALIAN’s Blog Award 2017