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Singapore Zoo 

When we went to Singapore for holiday, we wanted Chhori to have lots of fun so Singapore zoo was on the top of our to-do list. 

Since we travel as a family now, the way we do things is very different compared to when we used to travel as a couple. Now there are a lot less adventurous stuffs and more baby friendly activities and so the zoo was on top of the list for us in Singapore. 

Chhori had enjoyed the Dubbo Zoo and Nepal Zoo so much that we knew that the zoo would be a must visit destination for us. 

The Singapore Zoo, formerly known as the Singapore Zoological Gardens and commonly known locally as the Mandai Zoo, occupies 28 hectares (69 acres) on the margins of Upper Seletar Reservoir within Singapore’s heavily forested central catchment area. 

Singapore Zoo is home to many exotic and endangered species.  

We caught a Grab Cab and arrived at the zoo around 10 am. It was already packed with families with kids and bus full of tourists. We queued for tickets and got a map with and it looked really easy to navigate. There are a number of zones located around the zoo: Frozen Tundra, Wild Africa, Fragile Forest, Australian Zone, Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia, Treetops Trail, Gibbon Island, Primate Kingdom, Reptile Garden, Tortoise Shell-ter and Tropical Crops & Orchid Garden.  

When we checked the timetable, we saw that there was a giraffe feeding soon so went and queued for the feeding. It took 30 minutes to get our turn but some for reason, the giraffe had decided to go away when it was being fed by the people before us. We waited for a while but the giraffe didn’t come back so they cancelled the feeding and we were so disappointed. I know we have no control over the animals’ behavior but I was so looking forward to do this one. 

Anyway from there we explored the rest of the zoo. The zoo is an amazing place to spend the day and is designed to be easy to navigate so you get to see as many animals as you want. 

Chhori was so excited to see the polar bear, cute otter and orangutans jumping in the trees. 

We also saw reptiles, pandas, dolphins and a white tiger. 

But the best part for Chhori was the waterpark in the Kidzworld and I have to say what a great idea. It was a hot and humid day and the waterpark was ideal for the kids to chill out in. We had packed her swimwear so she was super excited to play in the water. 

We spent more than an hour before we move on to another area. Chhori didn’t want to leave and wanted to stay longer but we were hungry. 

There is not many lunch option inside the zoo. There is only one main restaurant located in the middle of the park and a KFC at Kidzworld. There are a few more outside. 

We went to the Ah Meng restaurant and they had various stations of food like Malay and Indian, I had Nasi Lemak and AS had roast chicken and rice while we bought nugget & chips for Chhori. 

The food was ok but it was really busy. 

Overall we had a great time at the zoo and it was great fun for Chhori too.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Chhori turns 3!!

I cannot believe my daughter turns 3 today. Most of you have been with me on this journey from the day I announced that I was pregnant. Can you believe that it has been full 3 years since I introduce her to you all? 

I wanted to write a letter to Chhori to reflect on the first few years of her life. I hope she will read this one day and understand how much we love her and how much she has changed our life. 

Dear Chhori, 

I still can’t believe how fast time has flown since the day I first laid my eyes on you. 

Even before you were born, you were already a part of me, every second of every day, for almost 9 months. For this reason alone, Chhori, I will never, ever stop loving you for the rest of my life. 

When I was pregnant with you I was a little scared at times thinking about how the future would be but the moment I saw you, I was sure things would be ok.   

You were so tiny then, all helpless and fragile. I used to spend nights awake nursing you and just looking at you because you have completed me. I loved to carry you in a baby carrier with you enjoying hearing my heart beat and snuggling up against me. 

You evolved from lying on the cot, to sitting on your own, from carrier to stroller and from crawling to waking then running. Now, you’ve grown into a little girl who has accomplished so much. 

 

You are already potty-trained, know what you want to wear when we go out, sing along to numerous rhymes, dance to Nepali songs, can identify different shapes, colours, numbers, letters, and so many other things.  

You are this beautiful little soul. From you I have learned patience, I have experienced family, and I have evolved too. I am a better person for having you in my life. 

Every day is a testament to the wonderful person that you are, and Papa and I will always be proud of you. We love you, simply because you are our daughter.  

Happy Birthday Baby Girl. Wishing you a million days that reflect the possibilities you see. 

I love you with all my heart. 

Love,

Mama

We are having party to celebrate so will post more about it later.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Singapore adventures 

As I had mentioned before, we went to Singapore for our Christmas – New Year break.

Initially, I really want to go to Phillipines but we end up going to Singapore at the last minute. Can you imagine the cost of the flight and accommodation when you book during such a busy period? I am just glad that we still managed to have a holiday.

Anyway, Chhori was excited about the holiday from the day we booked the flight and told her about it.

I am so glad to see that she will be a traveler like her parents and enjoy new stuff in life. When we were boarding our flight to Singapore, she was so excited that she was dancing and jumping and saying, “We are going to Singapore for holiday.” Making all the onlookers smile.

We had an evening flight from Sydney so it was perfect for Chhori and me as she slept most of the 9 hours flight while AS couldn’t sleep a wink. For some reason AS can’t sleep on the plane making it hard for him when we reach our destination.

When we reached Singapore, it was 3 am in the morning so we caught a cab 🚕 and went straight to our hotel. We checked in and were very happy with our room. We got upgraded to a better room and I am so thankful to Novotel for that. They definitely gave us a very good start to our holiday.

We decided to sleep for a few hours and woke up hungry. We had breakfast at the hotel itself and decided to go to the city for the day.

We used GRAB, a car hailing app like Uber, while in Singapore and it was so convenient as well as saving us heaps of money.

Our first stop was the Merlion Park and Marina bay. As tourists do, we went around and took heaps of photos with all the iconic monuments. 

Chhori was equally excited to see this new city. I have been to Singapore before but this time it is so much better as my baby and my better half were with me.

From there we walked the bridge to go to the other side to Mariana bay shopping centre. We had lunch there and found this amazing activities for kids.

Chhori was excited to ride on animals, play on the big sandpits with balls and toys. We spent more than one hour there before going to an art and crafts stall where we painted and made snow man out of paper before leaving.

By then Chhori was so tired that she decided to sleep on the stroller.

We decided we should have dinner before leaving and found this little restaurant serving local food. 

I ordered chicken laksa and AS had pork belly. The food was amazing and it came with local tea and koffee as they call it.

We had an amazing first day in Singapore and were very excited for the rest of the trip. 

Will write more about our holiday soon, till then take care.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Pole dancing , magic mike and whole new vocabulary 😊

Hello everyone and a very happy 2018. I can’t believe that time is passing so fast.

I am back from my holiday and looking forward to another holiday soon  🙂

As soon as we came back from holiday I went to the hen’s night for one of my cousins and it was quite a night.

That Saturday evening, 10 gals glammed up to celebrate our dear cousion’s journey from Miss to Mrs. They are going to Nepal to celebrate their wedding but we planned her hen’s night here as not all of us will go to Nepal for the wedding.

The night started with us gathering in the city and marching to a pole dancing studio where we were greeted with a glass of champagne.

This was my first experience with pole dancing so I didn’t know what to expect. We were all excited.

We were asked to change into sexy hot outfits. There were heaps of laughs and giggles as we tried to find the right outfit for us. I found this one piece black dress with beads and sequins.

Once everyone were ready, the instructor showed us a few easy steps and we followed her. It was really fun and not as hard as I had expected. We had so much fun but the highlight of the day was the instructor’s 5 minute performance for us. It felt like she didn’t have any bones on her body as she seemed to flow on the pole.

After the dancing, we caught a cab and went to the second venue where we were going to have dinner and watch a show. I didn’t know what to except for this event as well but we were all pleasantly surprised.

We were greeted by topless waiters (guys) with a glass of champagne and escorted to our tables. The venue was not very big with only 5 big tables including ours. Most of them seemed to be there for hen’s night and there were only 2 males in the whole room apart from the waiters.

As we all sat down, entree was served and the show started with a strip tease. It was definitely a very new experience for most of us.

After a few shows, they offered body shot options for whoever dared. That was the first new word for us for the night 😄.

Body shotShot of tequila served with a topless waiter laying on the floor with salt on his body, shot glass on his mouth and lemon 🍋 slice on his mouth. Now I let you imagine how you drink the shot 😊.

Later, they served a yummy dinner. I had salmon with veggies as more shows were performed.

Then we decided that the bride 👰 needed to have a very expensive special desert.

Special desertIcecream 🍦 covered all over the topless waiter and it is up to you as to how you eat them 😊

Anyway, we had a great night and we stayed there until they closed at 11:30.

After the last shot and the last dance there, we moved to the nightclub upstairs and danced till dawn when everyone was tried and ready to crash on their bed.

Overall, it was a great way to start my new year. I hope all of your new year has begun with some excitement and fun like mine 😊.

Take care everyone and I will share my Singapore experience soon.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Merry Christmas, we are off to Singapore!!!

Hello everyone,

Hope you guys are having a great Christmas Day and enjoying the holidays. In Sydney we are having a gloomy day but we are not complaining as we had so many hot days recently that is it a nice change.

Sun, Sea and Santa is the easiest way to describe our Christmas 🙂

We are off to Singapore for our holiday and looking forward to having a fun time. I will see you all when we are back again in a week’s time.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas! Have a great time with your loved ones.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Nepal Idol Live in Sydney 2017

We went to watch Nepal Idol Live in Sydney on Friday, 1 Dec 2017.

Nepal Idol 2017 is a Nepalese reality television singing competition that was a part of the Idols franchise created by Simon Fuller and owned by Fremantle Media. It aired on AP1 TV in Nepal.

Nepal Idol Live in Sydney featured live performances from the first ever Nepal Idol “Buddha Lama”, Runner Up “Nishan Bhattarai”, Second Runner Up “Pratap Das” along with “Pramila Rai” who was top 7.

After many years, Nepal Idol 2017 is the only Nepali show that we watched religiously on Saturday mornings on YouTube after it was telecasted in Nepal the day before. We started when it was top 12 and watched till the Finale.

So when one of our friends got us tickets to the show, we were so excited.

Initially, we were not sure if Chhori would be OK to be at the show so late so we were uncertain whether to take her. My SIL offered to baby sit Chhori if required but we decide to take her with us and it was the best decision.

I told Chhori that Pratap Das would sing “Motorcycle ma…” song, when we told her about the concert the day before so when we got there she kept asking me, from the time that we sat down, when was the song coming. She just loves the song and dances and sings along every time we play it on Youtube.

As it was Friday, we went straight after work so once we got there the first thing we did was to go and buy some momo and we enjoyed every bite of it. Chhori loved her momo too.

Then the show started. It opened with a Chilean group followed by a few local dance groups and then the main event.

For the first half of the show, Chhori was dancing along with every song. The people around us were watching her more than singers on the stage because she was showing off her moves even though she didn’t understand the songs.

 

On the stage the Nepal Idols came one after another and we enjoyed the show immensely. At around 9:30 – 10 pm, Chhori got tired and went to sleep. So AS took her and I went with my friend to the front of the stage to dance and enjoy the rest of the show.

Most of the songs in the second half were dance numbers so we danced along and enjoyed the songs.

I have to say that it was a great show apart for the fact they started a bit late and we finished at midnight. Out of all the performances, I became a fan of Pratap Das as he knew how to work the stage and interact with the audience. I am sure over time, the others will learn the skills too but vocal wise every one of them was brilliant.

Overall, it was a great night for us and I am so glad that Chhori was so good with the concert that I am excited to plan many more in the future.

Take care everyone

M from nepaliaustralian
XOXO
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Vivid Wireless Review and Vivid Wireless Referral Code 143388

This post is from my own experience as a customer hoping can help other people who are looking to change their internet provider. Although if someone does use my referral code it will benefit me as well.

When we went to Nepal last March we couldn’t believe that, in Kathmandu they had a lot better internet than what we were getting in Sydney. For developed city like Sydney, we were getting 3-5 mbps internet download speed on ADSL and that on good days.  So when I read news saying that Sydney has one of the worst wired internets for a developed city I was not surprised at all.

We had been thinking about the changing our internet provider for a while but hadn’t got around to it. After we returned from Nepal we found our internet speed going downhill but it was still useable if barely. But for last couple of months the internet just went crazy with drop outs and speed slowing down to 1-2mbps. We talked to our provider but they couldn’t do much so we start to look for other options.

NBN is not going to come to our area for at least a year so we only had a choice between ADSL and wireless internet. ADSL was going to be the same whichever ISP we could go with.

So it came down to the wireless 4G internet for us and with it we could go for something with a potentially faster speed but with the data capped like OVO or Optus 100GB/$70 plans , or with unlimited data with the speed capped like Vivid Wireless. As we do a lot of streaming we chose the second option.

Although Vivid Wireless have both the limited data and unlimited data plans, for our address the only plan available was the unlimited data for $90/month with a maximum of 12 up 1 down Mbps speed. As it is not on a contract but month to month we planned to check it for a few months and change if we didn’t like it.

It look hubby less than 5 minutes to set it up and I haven’t had a single problem with it. So far we are happy to admit that we love it as we get 8-10 mbps. The service is great and reception is good too. It is great if you watch movies using Netflix or other streaming services. No stop and start and no drop outs. I think after having a bad internet connection for so long we were pleasantly surprised at how fast this felt.

We got our modem from the Good Guys and received second month free internet from Vivid Wireless (although I think if you get it from the Vivid Wireless website you will still get the free month). Hubby couldn’t wait for a few days shipping so decided to get it from TGG. We also used a referral code that we got from a friend which gave us another month free. I understand the credits will get applied after we’ve stayed with Vivid Wireless for more than 21 days. This nearly offsets the cost of the modem which was $199.

If you are looking to change to Vivid Wireless Internet, you can use the following referral code when you sign up, you get 1 month free internet and I also get one month free so it is a win-win for the both of us.

 Vivid Wireless Referral Code 143388

Your unique referral URL is

https://vw4g.co/143388

Your unique referral code is 143388

(Your unique referral code are the numbers in your referral URL)

Your friend needs to enter this referral code when they activate their Vivid Wireless account.

If you’re both eligible then you both get a 1 month free data credit

Happy Surfing  🙂

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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