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Vivid 2017

Vivid Sydney is an annual light show that showcases great ideas and creativity of amazing artists. The event has spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails, botanical garden and an amazing water show at Darling Harbor.

Last week, we went to Vivid like every year as it is one of the best shows Sydney puts on apart from the New Year fireworks.

This year, canon had a special setup in front of the Opera house and Harbor Bridge. We queued up for 30 minutes to take our photo and it was worth it :).

They emailed the digital version and gave us printed copy as well.

Overall, we had a great evening out and Chhori enjoyed it a lot too.

Have a great day everyone.

M from nepaliaustralian


Take care

Vivid 2016 and Smashed iphone6

Last week, we went to watch Vivid like every year. It is one of the best shows Sydney puts on apart from the New Year fireworks. I loved Vivid this year as there was line-up of amazing lights in even more places.

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My favourite was the animated canvas on Opera house inspired by Aboriginal arts. It was so nice that we stayed in front of it for a long time, admiring the view and taking some great photos.

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Another one of my favourites was the Sydney’s Hidden Stories projection onto the Custom’s House. It was full of great characters like the lizard, snakes, cockatoos, gnomes and gumnut fairies and even a witch. Even though it was a cold evening, we loved the night out and Chhori was happy to run around.

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On the way back to the train station, we found a phone on the middle of the road. It was an iphone6 and a car must have run over it. The screen was all smashed and we could not see anything.

The phone had a cover which had a student card with name and a photo. The first thing I could think of was to search for her name on Facebook just in case we could find her. We found a Facebook page with the same name but we were not sure if that was the same girl as the photo seemed a little different.

In that mean time, the phone started ringing but we couldn’t pick it as the screen was smashed and was not sensitive to touch. So I decided to leave a message on her Facebook just in case it was the same person.

The phone kept ringing and eventually died.

The next morning, I checked my Facebook for a response but there was none so I decided to call the university. Luckily when I talked to the lady there, there was only one student with that name. So I left a message for her to call me back and let her know that the phone is with me.

That afternoon she called me and was happy to know that I had her phone. Unfortunately I had to inform her that the phone was smashed and unusable. We arranged for her to pick the phone up from my friend’s office as that was closer to her.

The next day, she picked up the phone and I was happy that the phone was reunited with the owner even though it was battered. It is a good feeling when you know that you did the right thing. 🙂

And it was really nice of her to send me a pack of nice chocolates as a “Thank you.”

Do you have a similar story where someone has returned your lost item or you found the owner for a lost item that you found? Please do share.

Have a great day.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian


Vivid Sydney 2014

Sydney has once again been transformed into a spectacular canvas of light and music when Vivid Sydney took over the city. This year the festival is so big that we had to go twice to make sure we saw all the great displays.

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The first time we went to the Darling Harbour where Cockle Bay was centre stage as the stunning Aquatique Water Theatre again brings a little of the magic of Versailles to Sydney. Even though it was a cold evening, we had heaps of fun enjoying the show. The video projections, colour laser was really worth the trip. Here are some amazing photos from the night.

Then over the weekend, we went to Circular Quay for another amazing display.

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We reached there before 6pm and there were lots of people already. We had fun watching Opera house transformed into a colourful canvas, Customs House turned into a series of massive ‘musical sculptures’ with Play Me!, in an explosion of light, colour and sound. We also enjoyed giant snakes sliding across the Art Deco façade and Cellular Tessellation is a geometric architectural installation made from recycled plastic milk bottles.

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There was food market in the Rocks and we enjoyed the street food for dinner. I also enjoyed the photos with the big Robot called Chip, yellow transformer looking guy and two very tall ladies in pink walking around on stilts.

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After resting or a while we walked to Martin Place to enjoy more displays. Martin Place is part of Vivid for the first time. I loved Urban Tree Project and geometric head that uses live video to put your face on the work.

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Here are some of the amazing photos I found on the internet courtesy of  James Morgan from Destination NSW.

If you are in Sydney don’t forget to go and enjoy the amazing displays.

Take care.

M from nepaliaustralian


Vivid Light Festival Sydney 2013

Sydney was once again transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas when Vivid Light Festival Sydney started last week. Colouring the city with creativity and inspiration, the largest light, music and ideas festival in the Southern Hemisphere, Vivid Sydney features lighting installations around the Sydney harbour foreshore, live music performances, and over 120 creative industry events.

vivid (1)So on Saturday, hubby and me put on our warmest jumpers and went to the city to enjoy the colourful event. First stop was Darling Harbour and I have to admit Vivid is even better this year than the last few years. Vivid lights up the city like never before and creates an atmosphere of creativity and fun, transforming iconic buildings and spaces into canvases for light.

This year, Vivid Light has tripled in size, with one-third of lighting installations from international artists including from the USA, Germany, Italy, Greece, Malaysia, Korea, Poland, Brazil and New Zealand.

As we reached Darling Harbour, they had just started the 7pm show. As there were so many people, we were on the side and the view as not very good. Still, the 3D projections and laser sculptures were just amazing and it went for around 15 minutes.

vivid (3)We wanted to see it again and someone told us that the show would be even better at 8pm with fireworks at 8.30pm. So we decided to hang around until 8pm and went to get the best place to watch, from the top of the bridge, next to IMAX.

vivid (2)And we were glad we stayed. The 3D projection was different and much better than the 7pm. Aquatique Water Theatre transformed Cockle Bay into a 20-metre wall of water, light, colour, projections and music inspired by the fountains of Versailles. They had Spanish music, Bollywood music and ballet as well. That is not all, the water and display was just amazing. Watch the videos and photos below.

vivid (1) vivid (2) vivid (3)The show lasted around 15 minutes. Then we waited another 15 minutes for the fireworks to start. Fireworks were amazing as well and they went on for around 10 minutes. Me and AS just enjoyed the wonderful view cuddling with each other.

vivid (5)-tileIf you are a Citibank customer, you can also enjoy a pop-up bar on the Darling Harbour foreshore.

After the fireworks, we walk to the train station and went to Circular Quay where Opera House, International Passenger Terminal, a ship from P & O cruise and Harbour Bridge were lit up in bold colours and 3-D graphics.

vivid (6) vivid (7)The grand façade of Customs House at Circular Quay displayed an amazing visual feast of 3D-mapped projections .

For the first time in the world also, the famed Harbour Bridge of Sydney comes fully alive through an “interactive lighting installation” found in the western side of the bridge.

We were home around midnight and were glad to have had a great night out. If you live in Sydney, do go out and enjoy this awesome festival, and for everyone else here are some videos, I managed to capture and some from YouTube too.

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London Calling Part II

Please read the Part I of my London experience if you haven’t already. This is a continuation of that experience.

Tower Bridge and Tower Bridge Exhibition

Tower Bridge, which was built between 1886 and 1894, is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, England, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, from which it takes its name.

I had seen so many photos of people in front of Tower Bridge that when I saw it for the first time I felt that I had been there before. It was a nice summer day the day we went to the Tower Bridge. We walked along the Thames River taking photos of the bridge from different angel. Then we went inside to see the Tower Bridge exhibition. We had bought a London Pass and it was included in the pass.

The tour started in the lift while up to the top with a tour guide telling us what to expect. When the lift stopped at the top, we were ushered into a room to watch a video (which was good and informative). Then we were ushered to see some pictures of different bridges along one of the enclosed walkways inside the bridge. You can walk through the Tower Bridge exhibition at your leisure and have a self-guided tour as all necessary information was available at each point of interest. We loved reading the history of all the bridges from around the world that were displayed along with their photographs. When we saw Sydney and Harbour Bridge, I stopped to take a photo while when we saw Los Angles bridge, AS stopped to take a photo. I guess his heart is still set in the States despite living here for almost 2 years. Then we walked through the other walk way where they had pictures of cities which have hosted the Olympics over the years.

There were even free Olympic Games for the children, ring tosses, etc. As I am still kid at heart I tried the game and it was fun 🙂

The view from the top level of the tower was fantastic with views of Thames, east & west of the bridge. We both really enjoyed the visit.

Then we went downstairs to see some of the equipment used for raising and lowering the bridge.  There was a video playing with information about the history and making of the bridge. We had the opportunity to see the Victorian-era machines that kept the bridge operating efficiently from the moment it was made operational, as well as other areas of the bridge. The engineering is wonderful to see.

On the way out we went to gift shop and bought some souvenirs.

St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral, London, is a Church of England cathedral and seat of the Bishop of London. Its dedication to Paul the Apostle dates back to the original church on this site, founded in AD 604.

St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s cathedral seemed to have different opening time depending on what’s going on there. We were lucky that we checked the website to get more information and got the information that the day we wanted to visit the church; it was closing at 3pm. So we decided to go there first before going to the other attractions. We took the red bus to the Cathedral.

St Paul’s Cathedral front

You need to pay to enter the Cathedral but as we had London Pass, our pass covered the cost. As soon as we got in, we were given audio guides which guided us through the place very comfortably helping to make sure that nothing got missed. The audio guide gave me a lot of information about the history and the construction of the building. The building itself was really beautiful.

The size of the building is immense, particularly when you step underneath the 365 foot dome. Taking the 259 steps to the dome, the whispering gallery is a must climb, no matter what shape you are in, it can take a while and definitely gives you a workout.  That is when you begin to fully appreciate the magnitude and the sheer splendour of the building. It was a great experience. There is a painted line on the wall and it is believed if you whisper below that line then your words can be heard by someone on the other side of the gallery. The views down into the main church are also fantastic from there.

The dome view from the top

From the whispering gallery, you can take further 119 steps up to the Stone Galley where there is a viewing platform. Inside, I noticed along the way that there was a small window in the floor that allowed us to look directly down at the floor of the cathedral, which meant the window was right at the centre of the dome. From the Stone gallery, we can see many of the most popular sites in London. We could see the Tower Bridge and London Eye in one direction and the Millennium Bridge at other. It was a bit windy at the top but the experience was definitely worth it.

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View from Stone Galley

View from Stone Galley

I thought that was it when we noticed that we were not at the top yet. There are 152 more steps to go to the Golden Gallery. Even though it was tiring, we decided to go to the top as we were nearly there already.  So we went up the stairs for another hike. The top viewing area was really small but people were taking turns to take photos. It was really windy as well so in most of my photos, my face is either covered by my hair or I was trying to hold my hair. But I am so glad we went all the way to the top as the view was even better than from the Stone Gallery. You are so high up that you notice that people and cars on the street look like small dots. I was really happy to see the magnificent view.

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me on the top of Golden Gallery

AS on top of Golden Gallery

After some time there we decided to return but this time we had to take 528 steps to take us all the way down to cathedral floor. It was a great experience with some exercise along the way.

The stairs were narrow

Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus

There are lots of people I know who now live in London but I wasn’t planning to meet all of them due to the time constraint. One of my English teachers from middle school, Mr. R lives there as well. He used to be one of my favourite teachers in school. He is also my Facebook friend and always used to ask me to visit him if I ever came to London, so I asked him if he was free to catch up with us on one of the days we were there. He was happy to meet in London even though he lives in Reading. So we caught up after 15 years.

We both knew what was going on with each other’s lives thanks to Facebook. We introduced AS and his wife and all of us went for a nice evening out at Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus.

Leicester Square is a pedestrianised square in the West End of London, England. The Square lies within an area bound by Lisle Street , to the north; Charing Cross Road, to the east; Orange Street, to the south; and Whitcomb Street, to the west.

In the middle of the Square is a small park, in the centre of which is a 19th century statue of William Shakespeare surrounded by dolphins. The four corner gates of the park have one bust each, depicting Sir Isaac Newton, the scientist; Sir Joshua Reynolds, the first President of the Royal Academy; John Hunter, a pioneer of surgery; and William Hogarth, the painter.

Piccadilly Circus looked like a mini version of Time square. It had a similar feeling with lots of lights, the union flags everywhere and big digital advertisement screens. It is surrounded by cinemas, a wide range of eateries, pubs and clubs.

It is also near China town so after the Square, we walked along China town. While we were walking we noticed that one of the restaurant was a dual restaurant, Japanese as well as Nepali. We decided to have our dinner there.

We had bara (Newari version of lentil pancake), our favourite momo and chhoyela. Mr. R and AS also had Chhayng (homemade Nepali alcohol, made from rice). It was a great night out and chatting with my teacher and his wife.

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