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Chhori turns 2: the celebration party

We decided to have a party to celebrate Chhori’s birthday with our friends and family after puja. We started planning when we were here in Sydney with my in laws so we had a venue booked months in advance. I also found photographer via Facebook so they were booked for the day as well.

I am sure anyone who is trying to book an event from overseas goes through lots of frustrations when you can’t find the right vendor to execute your ideas. I had the same problem when we planned our wedding and it was no different this time.

We had no idea what was available in Nepal in terms of decoration so I bought everything I could think of from here and I am so glad I did. Because when we got there, I couldn’t get the things that we wanted.

As the venue and photographer were sorted, the next big thing was cake and decoration. I bought the Dora cake topper from here so we got the baker to do a cake with those. I was pretty happy with the cake.

We also ordered cupcakes which did not turn out as planned. The cupcake was not the pink colour we wanted and it was not decorated as we had explained but I guess we shouldn’t have set our expectation too high since everyone seemed to use their own ideas instead of following ours 😦

The biggest problem we faced was not finding a person to do helium balloons. After searching and talking to so many people, finally when I put out a call for help on Facebook and a friend gave us the number of a guy who did the balloons. We got the number just a day before the party and I was so worried on what to do until then.

The other big problem was our outfit. I had this vision to have me and Chhori wearing similar colour outfit and AS can have tie to coordinate with us. It turned out choosing the outfit was not easy as I planned because there are too many choices. Finally after going to a few boutiques, I settled on golden and fuchsia pink lengha and Chhori was getting fuchsia pink princess style gown.

It took many visits to get the dresses right fitting but the end result was perfect. I loved them.

It was a big job to find fuchsia pink tie in Kathmandu. The shop keepers had millions of other suggestions on the tie if they didn’t have the one I needed. But finally we found a shop that sold one and was super happy with it.

When the day of party arrived I was happy as most of the stuff were sorted. I got my make-up done and got dressed and got Chhori ready. AS was busy getting the decoration finished and picking up the cake.

He has always been so supportive of my ideas and when I plan, he helps me to make my plans come true. I think we complement each other well.

The photographers were already at the venue when we arrived. I was glad to see all the decoration looked as we planned. The hall was looking beautiful with hundreds of white and pink balloons floating around.

We had a few hours left before the guests arrived so we took photos of Chhori, us and with our parents.

 

Slowly, the venue started to fill with family and friends. I hadn’t met many of them for a while so it was great time for all of us.

After a couple of hours into the party, we cut the cake and then on to the dance floor as usual.

I had been teaching Chhori to dance to the Nepali move song “Sirai ma sirbandi” for the last few month but I didn’t know if she would dance or not. But she made us so proud by dancing to the song with all the right moves and steps. She actually danced twice to the song and we got some amazing photos and video of that. She was looking totally adorable and princessy in her cute outfit.

All our relatives were dancing and enjoying themselves as well. It was a really happy occasion for us to celebrate the birthday of our beautiful daughter with our close family and friends.

By 10 pm the guests had dinner and stared to leave. Chhori was really tired and was fast sleep on the sofa. It was a long day but we were very happy with the end result.

Chhori was spoiled by everyone with gifts, dresses and money. I know Chhori doesn’t understand much yet but we have some great photos and videos that she can go through when she is a bit older.

I will write more about our trip to Nepal in the next post. Till then take care.

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Chhori turns 2 – Birthday Puja

One of the main reasons for our visit to Nepal this time was to celebrate Chhori 2nd birthday in Nepal with friends and family.

In Newari culture, for reasons unknown and out of tradition handed down from generation to generation, the first birthday of a child is not celebrated. When a child is born, we have chhaiti, nwaran then pasni. After pasni, the big celebration is second birthday, which is known as Nirbuni.

Time goes by so quickly and our little munchkin turned a BIG 2 on 20 Feb.

As we were in Nepal for the celebration, we followed Newari culture to perform her birthday puja.

In Newari culture, we make Yomari every even birthday 2, 4, 6, 8, and 12. Yomari is a delicacy of the Newars. It consists of an external covering of rice-flour and an inner content of sweet substances such as chaku (Molasses). Click here for the recipe.

We had planned things in advance for this and were happy that things came together as planned on the big day.

On her birthday, in the morning, MIL prepared for birthday puja with sagun (traditional plate typically consisting of a boiled egg, smoked fish, a “bara”, haku chhoila” and “aila” and “dhau”) .

We had other relatives who were invited for the occasion including my parents, uncles and aunts.

The puja started with tika and yomari mala (garland) from my MIL followed by ritual to pour bits of rice, radish, coins, and cucumber in a small container from her head. This is believed to drive any evil spirit.

Then it was followed by Sagun and gifts to her.She was really spoiled with gifts like dresses and jewelleries.

My parents had come with my relatives to celebrate Chhori’s birthday with lots of food which included rotis, fruits, sagun and gifts.

After my MIL my mum and aunt did similar puja. Tika and sagun was followed by gifts to Chhori, me, AS and to my in laws.

Chhori loved the whole process except when the yomari garland was put around her neck as the string annoyed her and she wanted to take it out. She was happy with so many people around us that day for the whole day. We really had a great time with all the relatives.

After all the puja was finished, we had cake smash for her too. What a difference a year can make. When we had done the cake smash on Chhori’s first birthday, she was happy to be messy and smashed the cake well, which gave us some amazing photos but this year she definitely has become a big girl.

At first she just used her finger to taste the cake and then asked for a knife to cut the cake when asked to smash it. Nevertheless we had a great time and she had a lot of fun sharing a piece with everyone.

The day was long but fun and exciting.

We had her birthday party on another day so I will write more about it in my next post.

Till then, take care everyone and happy Monday.

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Arriving in Kathmandu

As I mentioned before, I was excited and scared going to Nepal. Not for anything else but just for Chhori as she is so young and I wasn’t sure if she would be OK or not. But on the flight from KL to Kathmandu, I didn’t feel any anxiety or confusion. I was just happy to go to Nepal and meet our friends and family.

The flight was a short one, only 4 hours and Chhori handled it well. It was a really nice feeling to see the Himalayan range and the beautiful landscape from the plane window as we got closer to Kathmandu.

I knew Chhori wouldn’t understand much but I was happily explaining to her that we were going to birth place of her parents.

As we landed, cleared immigration and took a lift to ground level of airport, we were welcomed by a chaotic scene with so many people that it was hard to walk around.

Apparently, 10 different flights had landed at that time in Kathmandu and as they were only 3 luggage carousel everyone was confused and running around looking for their luggage. I was so thankful that AS and my dad were with us and looking for our luggage while I had to look after a very curious toddler trying to touch everything and anything.

Finally we found our luggage and made our way outside. AS’s brothers were there to pick us up and we were happy to be away from all the chaos.

Every time I return to Kathmandu I see so many changes and it was the same this time too. All the roads and buildings bring back so many memories.

Chhori was having the time of her life in the car as there was no car seat and she could move around. She was meeting with her Kaka (uncle) and kaki (aunt) and cousins for the first time.

My FIL and MIL were very happy to see Chhori after a year. It was so nice to see the grandparents – grandkids relationship.

In next few days, we went and met other relatives including AS’s grandma and my grandma who are great grandmas for Chhori. I am so happy that she got to meet them.

The sad thing to see was that they have aged so much in the last 3 years and that their health had deteriorated a lot.

We did have a great time with all our relatives and I was happy Chhori was having an amazing time with them.

I am going to write more about our Nepal trip soon in another post. Till then, take care everyone.

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Exploring Kuala Lumpur

Apart from Batu Caves and Petronas tower, we managed to go to a few more attractions around KL. To most of the places we caught a Grab car and after visiting the attractions we also found really nice places to try Malaysian cuisine. I still can’t forget all the yummy food they serve especially the variety of fish and meats. I think vegetarians might have a bit of trouble finding options to their liking though.

King’s Place (Istana Negara)

Due to my own lack of research, when we decided to visit King’s palace I was bit disappointed to know that you can view the palace only from the outside. The only plus side was that it is close to other attractions like the National Museum and the National Mosque so you can do some more right after viewing the palace.

You can only see the front gate, a bit of the garden and the front of the palace. As you can’t go inside, all tourist can do is take photos in front of the gate and with the guards. As I have mentioned many time, it is really hot in KL and the poor guards are in full dress uniform.

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

We didn’t go inside the Kulala Lumpur City Gallery as Chhori was sleepy and was in no mood for it. Instead we took some photos with the “I heart KL” sign and went to the nearby Merdeka Square to rest and have lunch.

As it is so close to other attractions, it is worth going to KL city Gallery to take photos outside even if you are not planning to go inside.

Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square is a historical ground In KL where they celebrate their Independence Day. It is surrounded by museums and historical houses.

It has a 100 meter flag pole proudly flying the Malaysian flag.

Victoria Fountain

The Victoria Fountain was a gift from England to the kingdom of Kuala Lumpur in the 1800’s. It has very beauty details and looks amazing.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Sultan Abdul Samad Building was built in the 1800’s and is arguably the grandest display of Moghul architecture in KL with 41-meter high ‘Big Ben’ clock tower. It now houses the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Communication of KL.

Jamek Mosque

We walk past the Masjid Jamek and it is the biggest mosque that is also said to be the first brick mosque to be built in the city.

Petaling Street

We went to Petaling Street just to browse as we didn’t want to buy anything. They sell lots of imitation branded stuff like watches, perfumes, bags for quite cheap but the quality is suspect.

Overall we had a great time in Malaysia and I was so glad to be able to share this holiday with my parents. From KL, we caught a flight to Nepal to start our holiday with friends and family. I will write more about that in my next post.

Take care everyone,

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

On top of Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC

I believe KLCC Petronas Twin Towers is one of the must visit areas in Kuala Lumpur and I was excited to take the whole family there. On my last visit, we made a mistake of not buying the tickets ahead of time which meant we wasted a few hours waiting for our turn. This time I bought our tickets from Sydney for our preferred day and time and we didn’t have to wait to go to the top of the tower.

The Petronas Twin Towers were the tallest towers in the world from 1998 until 2004, when Taipei 101 in Taiwan was built.

These towers are one of the main tourist attractions in Malaysia and tourists can visit organized tours to Sky Bridge and the Observation Deck.

I have to admit, the visit is very organised with many staff coordinating the tours so visitors can enjoy the views and take photos.

When we arrived a few minutes before our visit time, we were given lanyards to wear and wait for others in the queue to go up. We were given brief safety instruction and we were on our way to Sky Bridger on the 41st floor which was 170 meters above the ground.

 

The Sky Bridge connects the two towers together and is a double-decker structure with Level 41 being for visit operations and Level 42 being for private use by office tenants.

The sky-bridge is designed to not be physically attached to the two towers allowing for swaying of the buildings during high winds.

We were told we had 10 minutes to enjoy the views and take our photos. It was enough time for us to observe our surrounding and take photos. Chhori was having the time of her life running around and looking out the glass windows.

Once our time was up, we assembled again and were taken to another elevator which took us to the 86th floor to Observation Deck where we got 15 minutes.

While we enjoyed the view, one of their staffs came around and took a few photos from their cameras. He was nice enough to take some from our cameras too.

Chhori as usual was exploring every corner of the room. I am so glad kids can have so much fun no matter where they are.

As we finished on the Observation Deck, we went back to ground floor through souvenir shop where you could buy merchandise and also buy your photographs taken earlier by the staff.

Overall we have a great time going to the Petronas Twin Towers.

After the tower, we decided that we would do a quick shopping in the mall. It was close to Chinese New Year so we saw lots of decorations still hanging everywhere.

I went and bought a few shoes and went out to the KLCC Park where we managed to capture some nice photos with the towers in the background.

By then it was lunch time so we went out and had our lunch. I have always loved Malaysian cuisines and it was a treat to be able to choose from so many options. AS and my parents loved the food as well.

I will write more about our trip in my next post, till then take care everyone.

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

 

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

On my last visit to KL, one of the highlights was Batu Caves so it was on the top of the go to places for us. I was sure my parents and AS would like the place as well.

The Batu Caves is said to be 400 million years old but was only founded to be a site for Hindu worship in 1890 by K. Thamboosamy Pillai (the same founder of Sri Mahamariamman Temple in Kuala Lumpur).

We booked a car using the Grab app and it was an easy ride, around 30 minutes from our hotel to the caves. The car dropped us right outside the temple. After a few minutes’ walk we could see this huge statue of Lord Murugan, god of war right outside the entrance to the steps. The statue is 140 feet tall and we looked so small in front of it.

The caves are about 100 meters above the ground and the Caves temple complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave which has a very high ceiling and features ornate Hindu shrines. To reach it, visitors we have to climb a steep flight of 272 steps.

The caves and the steps area are full of monkeys, small and big. I was OK with the steps but was very scared of the monkeys as they start to fight with each other anytime. It spooked Chhori sometimes but she still enjoyed watching the monkeys up close. There were so many and they weren’t afraid of people at all, some just ran so close to us.

While climbing the steps, we were resting after every 50 steps or so because it was hot and humid. But it was all worth it when we reached the top and when we stepped inside as it was cool with water dripping from the limestones.

   

There were shrines along with a couple of temples and the main temple of Lord Murugan was further inside where we had to climb more steps, may be 20+.

In the main temple, a priest was doing aarati when we got there and we went inside and lit an oil lamp.

We didn’t go to any other caves but heard they were very good to explore as well.

Climbing down was better but the day was very humid so we were still sweating. Once we reached down, we saw a vendor selling fresh coconut and we all went for it. Chhori really liked it as it was the first time she got to drink fresh coconut water.

We rested for a while and then we caught a car to go to our next destination.

I will write more about Malaysia in the next post, till then take care everyone. I am so glad I am blogging more often now  🙂

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

 

Malaysia and The Face Suites

On our way to Nepal, we have stopped over in Malaysia. We only went to Kuala Lumpur as we had limited time. I have visited Malaysia before but it was the first time for my parents, AS and Chhori.

In KL, we booked a hotel called The Face Suites and I am so glad we did. Our stay at KL was made better because of this excellent apartment we were in. We booked a 2 bedroom apartment and the rooms were spacious and comfortable with a fully equipped kitchenette. The suite was superb, so tastefully decorated with everything you need and then some. From the master bedroom, we had a great view of the Petronas Towers and the city. The bathroom was huge and clean and they had free Wi-Fi too.

When we checked in, we were given a room on the 15th floors but it was not facing the Petronas Towers so we made a request to change the room and we were given a room facing the towers on the 43rd floor. We were very happy with the room we were given and I have to admit the duty manager was really helpful.

I booked this particular hotel after looking at the photo of their infinity pool on the internet and I was not disappointed at all when we got there. From the pool, there is a great view of the Petronas Towers and the city.

The view was amazing in the morning as well as the evening with the blue lights. We spent most of our spare time at the pool, relaxing or swimming or taking photos. Chhori also had a great time as they have a kids’ pool where she could run around.

For our sightseeing, we used a Grab app (similar to Uber) and it was cheap and convenient to go around. I highly recommend the service if you want to save money instead of booking tours. You do need to do a bit of homework and find out what you want to visit.

We managed to see the Petronas Twin Towers, Batu cave, King’s Place, Petaling Street, KLCC Park, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Merdeka Square, Jamek Mosque, and the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery. I will be posting in detail in another post soon.

Some of these attractions were just walking distance from each other so we could visit a few of them at the same time.

Over all we had a great time in Malaysia. We all found the beautiful country very diverse and at every turn it was a new experience.

Take care everyone.

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO