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Double celebration – Australia said YES and Socceroos wins

After a long drawn out postal survey, the result was announced yesterday and Australia has said YES to same-sex marriage.

More than two months after the survey forms began arriving in the mail boxes and longer still since the Yes and No campaigns kicked off, ABS chief statistician David Kalisch revealed the decision: “61.6 per cent of clear responses were yes”. Australians rejoice as the result was announced.

It is a big step for all Australian to take a decisive step towards legislating marriage equality.

I voted YES but I met lots of people around me who voted NO. I know some people put their reason as religion while others think it is wrong. But for me, it is all about giving everyone the same chance to be with the person they love, no matter if they are gay or straight.

Next step is for it to go through the parliament to pass the bill to make it all legal. It is expected to happen before Christmas.

In another great news, Australian soccer team, Socceroos beat Honduras 3-1 to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

It was a great game and I am looking forward to watching the FIFA World Cup next year.

Hope all of you are having a great day like I am.

Take care.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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October long weekend road trip – Malua Bay and Hyams Beach

Last long weekend we went to the south coast of Sydney with a few of our friends. We had a great time and so much fun.

Malua Bay is a locality in the South Coast region of the state of New South Wales, Australia which is around 4 hours’ drive from Sydney.

Malua Bay town centre is located astride George Bass Drive, which is approximately 13 kilometres drive from the town of Batemans Bay where we went on holiday a few years ago on the Easter long weekend break.

In Malua Bay, we booked this beautiful 5 bedrooms house and we could view the bay from the balcony.

We left Sydney on Monday morning after the breakfast and our first stop was Kiama.

Kiama is situated 121km south of Sydney and has a population of about 12,000. It was the site of two strong volcanic flows, called the Gerringong Volcanics, which came out of Saddleback Mountain, now a collapsed volcanic vent.

When we arrived at Kiama, it was hard to find parking and very busy as it was a long weekend. We went straight to the “Kiama Blowhole” where the ocean pushes with great force through a fault in the rock and is considered one of Australia’s best known natural phenomena.

We waited to see a few blasts and went up to the light house and took a few photos. By then everyone was hungry so went to a nearby Thai restaurant. The food was good even though we thought the portion could have been better.

From there, our next stop was the beach house. As everyone has similar ideas as our, at times we met holiday traffic but most of the trip was smooth. We reached the house by 6 pm.

By that time, we were all tired so went for a round of tea and some snacks before preparing the dinner.

The kids were having the blast. We had 4 kids in total, two girls including Chhori and two boys who were younger. Chhori loved the company, she gets along well with our friends’ daughter as they are of similar age. She was good with sharing and playing together.

She also loved the little boy (I am not sure if she saw him as toy) and was playing with him. She loved to feed him water from his milk bottle. But she was not very happy when he didn’t take the bottle. It was so nice to see the kids interact.

We had done shopping for grocery from Sydney and had planned well. That night our dinner was everyone’s favourite, momo. As you can probably imagine, get together with Nepali people is not complete without this super yummy dumpling.

As there were so many people, it didn’t take long for the dinner to be ready with everyone helping out and it turned out yum. It was accompanied by tequilas shots, beers and wines. We all sat around until well past midnight talking and having fun.

Next morning, we had breakfast and went to Batesman Bay.

The day was a bit windy but the kids enjoyed the beach and the playground.

We grabbed take away for lunch and went back to the beach house for a relaxed lunch. The fish and chips we bought were really yummy.

For the dinner that night, it was Nepali style fried noodle we call Chowmein and it was delicious. We stayed up until 2 am playing dumb charades, singing and enjoying each other’s company.

On the last day there, we had an early breakfast and headed to Hyams beach.

Hyams Beach is a seaside town on the shores of Jervis Bay, located on the South Coast of New South Wales. It is one of the most beautiful beaches with bluish green water and white sand.

The kids enjoyed the sand play and we loved the amazing view. I really didn’t want to leave the beach but it was time for lunch and the drive back.

On the way back, we grabbed lunch and rested for a while and when we reached home and it was after 8 pm. We were all quite tired so we just went to bed concluding our October long weekend break.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Our Story : Mehendi ceremony- Part 39

This is a continuation of my previous posts. Please read the previous posts here.

Finally after so many ups and down, the wedding rituals began. The first ritual was the Mehendi ceremony.

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Mehendi ceremony is not a traditional part in Nepali wedding but I wanted to do something similar to hen’s night in Nepal. I did have a hen’s night in Australia but I still wanted to do something in Nepal with my cousins and friends as well to remember my wedding as a fun ceremony.

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Mehendi means henna and, during this ceremony, a henna artist applies mehendi to the bride’s hands and feet, as well as to the hands of all female relatives and friends. This is purely done for decoration and to make the bride look even more beautiful on her wedding day. So I arranged a person to come to my place to put Mehendi on. I invited all my close female relatives and good friends. So it was going to be a girl’s night with Mehendi and music.

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I went for bridal Mehendi while all my friends and family had simpler ones. The bridal designs are so intricate, that they require several hours to be drawn and then to dry. My mehendi took more than 3 hours. It was hard spending 3 hours sitting on a chair, with somebody painting your hands and feet, you just cannot move even to eat, drink, go to the loo or basically do anything at all except for talking.

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I waited for another hour for the mehendi to get a little dry and then applied a mixture of lemon and sugar. It is supposed to make it darker. Whole day passed with us having fun while the mehendi guy was applying mehendi to everyone’s hand.

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The mehendi was followed, in the evening, by dancing and music. It was great to see people dancing including my aunts and cousins and having fun. My mum was also having a great time and even though she was busy at the same time as she was making lunch for the guests. It was worth all the effort and money I paid the guy at the end of the day.

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When I scrubbed off the dried out Mehendi, it had left a deep red coloured design. It is a common belief that the darker the colour of the mehndi on the hands on a bride, the more will she be loved by her husband. I was thinking, of course I know that and that is the reason I am getting married to him 🙂

Wedding Ceremony

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Update form Nepal Part 4

Meeting Bashundhara and Meengma

I have to admit this blog has given me more than what I had expected. And this time in Kathmandu I was able to meet two of my fellow bloggers Bashundhara from Nepal mero maya and Meengma from iScribble.

I met Bashundhara with her better half and it was so nice to have a great conversation with someone who I have never seen and met before. The only common platform we had was our blogs but we still felt like friends who had know each other for so long. Thanks guys for the momo :). And all the best with everything.

Bashundhara

I also met Meengma with his better half and again I was surprised how comfortable I was with both of them. We had a great conversation and a good time together.

I hope to meet all of you again.

Spending the day with my MIL

AS I mentioned before, I am at my parents’ house now but I still meet my in-laws from time to time.

The other day I went shopping with my MIL as she wanted to buy me some stuffs. It was a great day out. We stopped at a pote shop as well as many other places.

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Then we went to a restaurant for lunch where we had pizza and momo. Finally we went back to AS’s home and spent more time together.

pizza

I am so glad to have MIL who understands me and tries her best to make adjustment for me in her life. I do understand that there is a generation gap between us and it is not easy all the time but I am glad that she is trying her best and I am doing the same as well. Happy to be part of my new family.

Visiting the dentist

It is my ritual to get my teeth cleaned and checked every time I come to Nepal. After the wedding it has been even easier as AS’s cousin and her husband are both dentists. But this time I did a big mistake and left the check up till the last minute. And unfortunately this time I have to do more than just the cleaning of the teeth. One of my teeth has decayed and if possible they wanted to do a root canal but due to lack of time, I am just getting it filled, Hope I won’t have any problem with my teeth in Sydney.

Being sick

We have been so careful about food and water in Nepal to avoid getting sick. Also we are taking wheatgrass juice as well as supplements to make sure that we are not sick and in bed for days so we don’t waste our limited time in Nepal.

Unfortunately even with all the care, the other night I became really sick. That day I had lunch at my mum’s friend place and dinner at AS’s house. So for the whole day I didn’t eat anything from outside but still my tummy was unhappy and I vomited at night. I was so scared as I kept on vomiting which looked like food poisoning and it was making me weak.

As it was the middle of the night I was alone in my bathroom and had no energy to even call my parents. Luckily, my dog was with me and he kept on barking when he saw me sick that my mum came to check. I was so glad to have my mum’s care but I was really missing AS as well.

my dog

Love you mum so much and thanks for nursing me back to health. And lots of hugs to my dog who loved me so much too.

I am fit and fine now but I was really scared for a while when I was vomiting nonstop.

Inviting in-laws for dinner at my house

As I keep on saying, a marriage is Nepal is not just between two people but it is between two families. So it is normal for the families to invite each other over for a meal.

My parents had invited my in-laws for dinner the other day and we had a great time. My BILs also joined us and it was so nice to see both the family enjoying each other’s company. They do meet often when we are not it in Nepal as well.