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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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Our 7 Year Wedding Anniversary…….

I can’t believe it has already been 7 years since we got married. It definitely doesn’t feel that long. Please read Our Story to know about us.

When I first met him in high school, I had never imagined that one day he would be my husband and a wonderful father to our amazing daughter.

If you have been following my blog, you know that AS and I are so different in so many ways. We are complete opposites, we see things differently, we do things differently and we think differently. There are times when he drives me crazy and vice versa, but when we come together something just clicks. We make each other laugh and we both know how to get the best out of each other.

To my dear husband,

They say that Life is beautiful when you are surrounded by amazing people. I agree 100% because I have been lucky enough to have a wonderful man by my side in this wonderful life journey.

So today I’d like to say a massive thank you for being amazing, wonderful, handsome and an all-round awesome husband. You make my life so much better, you support me, you make me laugh, you make me feel like the most beautiful women in the world and you make me believe in myself and make me believe that together we can get though anything!

All the words in the world could not even begin to describe how deeply I am in love with you. You are not only my love, but you are my soul. I love you.

I am glad we have made it so far and I am sure we will go even further as we have loved this journey that we took together years before. Happy 7th Anniversary.

With lots of love ❤️,

M


Take care ,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO 

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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.

Yellowfin Tuna Tartare lettuce Cups

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.

Wood roasted free range pork belly

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

Celebrating 5 years of happiness: Happy Anniversary dear husband

Yes it is 24 June again and we are celebrating our 5th Wedding Anniversary. I can’t believe that time has gone by so fast. It was on 24 June 2011, we tied the knot and since then every year we had an amazing anniversary celebration. Here are the links for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Also every year I have been writing a letter to AS to celebrate our milestones (2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015) and here is my letter for this year.

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Dear darling AS,

Five years ago today, we became husband and wife. We didn’t know where we were heading back then but we knew for sure that we belonged together. And now, half a decade later, I can say with absolute certainty that the past five years have been the best of my entire life.

my wedding

Our lives have changed so much now that we are parents but every day has been an awesome journey that I would not trade for the world. You are a great friend, husband and my rock.

sindoor at wedding

Every day, I see Chhori with you, I feel so blessed that we are so lucky to have a man who is so loving, caring, kind, thoughtful, gentle, calm, patient and wonderful in our life.

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I love watching you play with her so patiently and talk to her. I love it when you tell her a story and put her to bed. You both are all that I could wish for in my life.

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Thank you for believing in me and for helping me believe in myself. You are a phenomenal dad and an even better husband. I am looking forward to so many anniversaries with you.

Happy Anniversary!!!

Always Yours,

M

P.S: We are going to lunch at Growings Bar and Grill and for a much needed massage afterwards so I’ll update with more later.

Till then take care.

XOXO

M from nepaliaustralian

Chhori, my best friend

I am a social being, an extrovert who always wants to be in the company of others. For me nothing is worse than staying home doing nothing. I never understand how people can stay home for weeks without meeting anyone. I guess each to their own but for me contact with another human being is really important.

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When my parents were here, I never had to think about being alone or lonely. They were always around to help, look after Chhori and make me smile. I really miss not living with family because after more than a decade I again felt the love of living with family. I had almost forgotten how it felt to have your loved ones around who love you unconditionally.

Then the D day arrived and my parents left for Nepal. It was going to be just me and Chhori for five days a week while AS was at work. I know I am very lucky to have so much time off work to look after Chhori because in Australia, we can take up to two years unpaid maternity leave. If you are very lucky, your work will pay you for a few months and the government will also pay 18 weeks minimum pay during the maternity leave. Most women choose to take a year off as financially going without income for more is too hard. One year is a good time as the baby is then old enough to go to childcare without too many problems.

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Anyway so it has been only me and Chhori for almost a month now. I have to admit I was very scared initially. I wasn’t sure how I was going to take care of her. How would she react to being with me alone when she has been so used to my mum being here? What will I do if something goes wrong? I had millions of questions in my mind but after a month I have to admit I feel more confident taking care of Chhori and we are a great duo now :).

I have slowly got into a routine with her so we have meal times, play times, sleep times and rest times. She loves to go out so I try to do different activities with her and she loves it. We visit friends and family and she loves all the attention that she gets.

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A few days a week, we stay home and we love it. Only me and her. Slowly she has become my best friend and I don’t feel lonely or alone when staying home with her.

We talk, we sing, we dance (okay I dance for her and she loves to watch 🙂 ), we have baths and we watch TV together. She loves when I play with her and talk to her. She loves when I take her photos and these days she has started smiling a lot.

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I know they say  “A daughter is a mother’s best friend.” I am so close to my mum and I always wished to have the same beautiful bond with Chhori. It is amazing that the beautiful bond has already started and I am so happy for both of us.

I now understand her different types of cry and act quickly to keep her happy. We talk baby talk even though the words have no meaning. I know it sounds silly but anyone who has kids know how cute these talks are :). Also it is a big part of their development.

chhori

Now I no longer feel the need to meet someone every day as I feel Chhori is always here for me and she keeps me happy, my life feels complete by her presence.

I am no longer scared to be alone with her as she is my best friend and we are lucky to spend so much time together. We love each other and know how to make each other laugh. She has so many tricks up her sleeves to keep me amused that no days feel the same and I look forward to each new day.

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These days, she tries to grab whatever she can get hold of and put it in her mouth. So I giver her my cheeks and she kisses them. That definitely melts my heart every time. I guess I could write about our beautiful bond forever but I need to stop here for this post.

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I am sure, every child has a beautiful bond with their parents and being a first time mum I’m discovering that slowly. Please share the  early memories of your child and you which brings a smile to your lips even now. I hope to read heaps of heart warming events from all of you.

Take care everyone and have a great weekend.
M form nepaliaustralian
XOXO