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Our pigeons have babies!!

Remember my last post regarding the pigeons in our balcony?

The eggs they laid hatched and now there are two cute baby pigeons. I got a video of them with the mum/dad. Look how cute they are.  🙂

I hope everyone is happy and busy right before the holiday season.

Wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

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Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Sculpture by the Sea 2016

Sculpture by the Sea is staged along the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk. The coastal walk begins at the bottom of Notts Avenue, which runs off Campbell Parade, Bondi. The coastal walk can also be accessed by stairs at various points along the exhibition route at Hunter Park, Gaerloch Avenue and Pacific Avenue. The exhibition finishes at Tamarama Park, Marine Drive, Tamarama.

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It is Chhori’s second time there but its first time she could run around and she loved it.

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Like every year, they had some amazing ones and some fun ones and some weird ones.  Enjoy the photos.

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Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Finding money – What a nice surprise!!

On the weekend, AS came to me with ten $50 notes. He had this big grin on his face and gave me $500. I was surprised but I was not going to say NO to money in any case.  🙂

Anyway it turns out that, he found this money in his suit jacket. So yes basically it is our money.

Remember a year ago, Chhori had her pasni celebration. Click here if you want to know more. Anyway, during that time, we took money out to pay the venue and, he forgot the remaining money in his suit jacket. He didn’t even know that it was there and I had no clue either.

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Finding your own money is a lot like you are gaining nothing in reality but it is still nice to fine the money if you have already forgotten about it 🙂

For us, that extra $500 can add to our Dashain kitty :).

Please share your own experience where you have found money that hasn’t been budgeted for, accounted for, remembered, promised, or owed, anything at all, since you lost it.

Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Auckland: New Zealand

After a few days in Hamilton, we drove to Auckland. We had a great time in Hamilton and all of us were looking forward to the rest of the holidays.

I really enjoyed this holiday as I got to spend lots of time with my parents without needing to worry about work or cooking or chores. We were all relaxed and happy to explore places and enjoy each other’s company.

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The driver form Hamilton to Auckland was beautiful with the sun out and greenery everywhere. Seriously, no matter how many times we visit New Zealand, every time it manages to take our breath away and we always return wanting to go back again.

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We reached our hotel in the afternoon and checked in. We had got a hotel near the city centre so we were walking distance to many attractions.

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In Auckland we went to

  • Sky tower
  • Queen street shopping strip
  • Wharf
  • Aotea Square
  • One tree hill
  • Cornwell park
  • Onehunga Mall

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While in Auckland, we discovered this amazing Indian eatery called Little India by accident. They have a few branches around Auckland and I highly recommend the restaurant. I have eaten in so many Indian places but this was just the best so far. Loved every food we tried there. We ate there every night as my mother loved the food. We tried different dishes and love all of them. The especially loved the chole bhature and chicken curry.

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We had a great memorable family holiday and I can’t wait for our next holiday to start 🙂

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Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

 

Hello Spring!

From 1st September, spring has come to Sydney and I am a very happy person. I am sure you have read numerous posts about how I hate winter and am looking forward to spring, so you can imagine my happiness.

The weather is warm now so I don’t have to put layers upon layer. Springtime means it is time to say goodbye to those jeans, heavy sweaters and jackets and bring out my dresses , swimwear and shorts  🙂

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The outdoor is more attractive now as well. I can enjoy the nice flowers in the park when I go for a run or a walk.

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But the best reason for me is that when I go home after work, the sun is still out so I get to take Chhori out to the park or for walk and she absolutely loves it. She loves her new tricycle as well as playing on a swing or the slides at the park and I love to spend more time with her and I love our bonding time  🙂

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I constantly have a smile on my face taking in the onset of spring. I wish every day is like spring so everyone can stay happy always.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Hamilton Gardens: New Zealand

When I was googling places to visit in Hamilton, I discovered Hamilton Gardens and so glad I did. The garden receives over 1 million visitors a year.

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Hamilton Gardens won International Garden of the Year 2014 and it is one of the beautiful gardens I have visited. On top that, entry is free so we went there two days in a row so we could look at everything there. There is plenty of parking as well so it is a must place to visit if you are in Hamilton.

The garden is separated into five themed collections, which are Paradise, Productive, Fantasy, Cultivar and Landscape. Within each of these collections are individual themed gardens.

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The Paradise Collection consists of an

  • Indian Char Bagh Garden – an interpretation of a 16th – 17th Century garden built for the Mughal aristocracy who spread their empire eastwards from Persia into northern India from the 13thcentury onwards. WE loved the garden as it reminded me of our visit to Taj Mahal and garden around it.

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  • American Modernist Garden -a late 20th Century garden designed for outdoor living, in the American West Coast tradition featuring swimming pools, barbecue and outdoor eating areas. There is a huge mural of Marilyn Monroe.

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  • Chinese Scholars Garden – an interpretation of the 10th – 12th Century Sung Dynasty gardens consist of windy path, rock décor, red bridge, moon door, lake with plenty of koi and pavilion.

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  • English Flower Garden – designed in the style of an English 19th Century Arts and Crafts garden which emphasised simple forms and natural motifs.

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  • Japanese Garden of Contemplation – an example of the 14th – 16th Century Muromachi Period gardens which we couldn’t view unfortunately as it was under construction.
  • Italian Renaissance Garden – an interpretation of the 15th – 16th Century Renaissance Gardens with fountain in the middle of the garden, the high surrounding walls, flat square beds with edges lined with plants, beds of simples, flowery meads, and the arched trellis work making it so beautiful.

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On day one, we mostly did only this section and we really enjoyed it. So we decide we will go back and finish the whole garden.

The following day we went to visit Productive Collection consists of following edible gardens.

  • Kitchen Garden – traditional European productive garden with a variety of vegetables and small fruits.

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  • Herb garden – 20th century invention using four beds defined by their purpose, – culinary, medicinal, cosmetic and perfume herbs. Two other sections of the Herb Garden contain herbs used for dyes and for herbal teas.

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  • Sustainable Backyard – designed around sustainable gardening principles so some things have many functions and most available space is used and waste is used as a resource.

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  • Te Parapara Garden – traditional Māori horticulture garden that displays plants that can be used as resources as well as plants of cultural significance. I have never been to garden like this before. You get some kind of feeling when we were there looking at Maori handicrafts.

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The next one is Fantasy Collection which includes

  • Chinoiserie Garden – European interpretations of Oriental design that were fashionable in late 18th and 19th Century gardens.

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  • Tropical Garden – uses plants from other climatic regions to recreate the luxuriant beauty, colour and fantasy of tropical gardens.

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  • Tudor Garden -traditional garden reflects the fascination 16th century English aristocracy had with geometric patterns and symbolism with double meanings. I love this garden as it t is surrounded by mythical beasts on top of the pole like Unicorn, Dragon, Satyr, Centaur, Sea serpent etc. and it was really good.

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  • Surrealist Garden – under development

After these garden, we went to next collection called Cultivar collection which includes

  • Hammond Camellia Garden – tells the story of the discovery and development of the Camellia genus, which is one of the most popular ornamental plants in New Zealand gardens. We spend lots of time around this garden as they have chairs provided for us to rest.

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  • Rhododendron Lawn – Nepal’s nation flower is Rhododendron so it was exciting for us to walk around the wooded area and other gardens bordering the path that circles the Rhododendron. They were so many tress and they have lots of flowers, just beautiful.

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  • Rogers Rose Garden – tells the story of the development of the modern rose through a series of themed areas that each focus on a different aspect but unfortunately as it was winter, we didn’t saw only few roses. I could imagine how beautiful it will look in spring.

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  • Victorian Flower Garden – the Victorian Flower Garden there are really two themes. Firstly, the garden and greenhouses featuring plants bred for colour and curiosity; and secondly, a 19th century garden in the English gardenesque tradition.

All of us, including my parents and Chhori enjoyed the garden. We felt like we went to different places as we walk around different theme gardens.

I highly recommend anyone going to New Zealand to stop here for a day and enjoy the nature.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Anniversary lunch @ Gowings Bar & Grill, Sydney

I am sure if you have been reading my blog for a while, I have mentioned multiple times that AS is an introvert but for our anniversary he surprised me by sending me the following poem.

I wish I could write with such majesty
But woe is me I have no poetry
The only words that come to me
Is “Happy 5th Anniversary”

Years ago you stole my heart      
You have it still my sweetheart
Now with our family on the start
Let’s live happy, never apart

Happy 5th Anniversary my sweetheart!

I have never thought he will ever write a poem for me and to top that up, post that on Facebook. I know it is a big deal for him and he did it for me.

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Apart from that, he also bought me a ring and a beautiful card. He knew I wanted a solitaire diamond ring for a while so he got me one this time. Of course I am very happy to get such a beautiful ring. It was a great start to our Anniversary.

As we are parents now, it is hard for us to take an evening off from Chhori. Also it will be hard for my parents to look after her the whole day and till late evening so we decided it would be best for us to celebrate our anniversary with a lunch instead.

So both of us took a half day off from work and met in the city for lunch. We decided to go to Gowings Bar & Grill, Sydney as one of our friends recommend it.

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As we walked into the QT hotel to the restaurant, we could feel that the décor was very different than normal hotels. The building has a wonderful sense of old-world character with a quirky wall full of old trunks and suitcases and even brick exposed walls.

The ground floor has the Parlour Lane Roasters which is a café that serves freshly brewed coffee and light bites by day, and by night, wine and bar snacks.  Gowings Bar & Grill is located on the first floor. As we stepped out of the lift, we were greeted by a friendly staff. She took us to our table and helped us with the napkins.

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As we sat down on our table and we noticed that there were many corporate people there on their extended lunch and the place was full.

I loved the ambiance of the restaurant with its modern and plush décor. It was definitely different to the previous anniversary’s fine dining experience.

The first thing we were served is two baguettes to start, with Pepe Saya butter. The bread was warm but a bit hard to chew.

Beer Steamed Prawn Cocktail “Re-Dux”

Beer Steamed Prawn Cocktail “Re-Dux”

We started our lunch with the entrée. AS chose Beer Steamed Prawn Cocktail “Re-Dux” served with shredded Iceberg , cucumber, tiny shrimp, tiger prawns, cognac horseradish and fermented tomato hot sauce, squid ink and prawn crackers and I ordered Yellowfin Tuna Tartare lettuce Cups served with kimchi, organic soya sauce, toasted sesame, pickled fennel hearts.

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Yellowfin Tuna Tartare lettuce Cups

Love the tuna as it was crunchy with just the right sauce. Not too sure about the prawns as I don’t like beer at all and it had a strong smell of beer. AS loved it though.

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½ Spick duck

The main meal was ½ Spick duck  served with Paris mash steamed black cabbage and salt bush and Wood roasted free range pork belly which was filled with malt bread stuffing , sage and parmesan wasabi spinach served with mustard apples, Paris mash and black truffle gravy.

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Wood roasted free range pork belly

The pork belly was the highlight for me for sure with such a yummy flavour and the portion was perfect.

Even though it said ½ duck in the menu, we didn’t expect it to be such a big portion. Perfect to share, amazing flavours but it made us too full so we decided that we would order only one desert and share.

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For dessert we had the Finger Lime Coconut Lemon Custard Tart which was served with Buffalo Ricotta Chantilly, green coconut flesh and coconut ripple gelato. The first spoonful came with the powerful flavour of lime and lemon but we love it. We made a good decision to share as we didn’t have much room in our tummy for more food.

Finger Lime Coconut Lemon Custard Tart

Finger Lime Coconut Lemon Custard Tart

Over all we had a great time and an uninterrupted adult conversation. We were so stuffed after the 3 course meal that we decided that we would shop around for a while and then we went for a relaxing hour long Thai massage.

By the time we were done, caught a train and reached home it was around 7pm.

When we opened the door to our home, Chhori was patiently waiting for us. As soon as she saw the both of us walking through the door, her eyes lit up and I knew that she is the best thing out of our relationship and there is no argument about it.

As I opened the baby gate, she came running and hugged and kissed me and the day just became perfect.

Thank you everyone for sending Anniversary wishes. We really appreciate them.

Hope everyone had a great weekend too.

Take care and happy Monday

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO