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ANZAC Day 2018

Every year on 25 April Australian mark the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.  It is called ANZAC Day and Australia has public holiday to commemorate this day.

Please read more about the day here.

Lest we Forget.

Have good day everyone and Take care !!!

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO 

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Easter long weekend fun

This Easter long weekend, we didn’t go away anywhere. Instead we made some plans with our friends and it was quite fun.

One day we took the kids to the Easter show.

It was a free event in Cronulla and there were the traditional rides, show bags, an animal farm, market stalls and roving entertainment.

We went on a big slide with the kids on our laps and kids enjoy the elephant merry – go-around as well. They also went into a jumping castle and had heaps of fun.

Chhori and her friend loved getting their face painted and they both looked adorable for sure.

But like every year the highlight for me was the petting zoo. They had alpacas, sheep, chicken, ducks, pigs, goat, rabbits and a calf. It was amazing to see the kids enjoy the animals and pat them too.

We also bought them the bubble guns and it was a hit as they could have hundreds of bubbles instantly.

Overall it was an amazing day out for the parents as well as for the kids.

Another day we took the kids to the park and they had a great time. We had lunch from a nearby café while the kids play at the park.

But the highlight of the Easter long weekend was the food. We planned a food marathon so we had something special for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

On the Friday we went to a sea food buffet and it was really great and we ate a lot. I loved the prawns and the amazing dessert.

Then on Saturday, it started with my scones for breakfast and amazing garlic prawn and chicken paella for dinner.

The next day we had gwaramari for breakfast and typical Nepali thakali thali for dinner.

We tried to make it as close as possible to the famous thakali thali and it contained rice, dal, gundruk ko achar, mula ko achar, chicken curry, saag (spinach) and mushroom curry. The whole combination tasted amazing.

On the third day it was pancakes for breakfast, chatamari and pakauda for lunch and nepali dal-bhaat-tarkari-masu for dinner.

The food was amazing and it didn’t feel like a lot of effort as different people were doing different dishes. But I have to admit, I put on at least a kilo after eating all that food.

I will share the recipes for a few of the dishes soon. Most of them are already on my blog so please do try them and let me know how it goes.

Till next time take care.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Happy Nepali New Year 2075 🇳🇵🇳🇵🇳🇵

Today is Nepali New Year 2075. Yes, we are ahead of time 😊.

As I have mentioned before, Nepal follows a different calendar than the Gregorian calendar so Nepali New Year falls on mid-April instead of 1st of January. Bikram Sambat or Nepali Calendar or Nepali patro is approximately 56 years and 8½ months ahead of the Gregorian calendar.

Last night we celebrated the new year eve with few friends eating yummy food and enjoying great company.

We all dressed up in kurta so we had a Nepali vibe . Chhori also loved her Nepali outfit and was happy  throughout the evening.

What can be more Nepali than momo for food with aloo achar .

We also had cake so the kids help us cut it.

We really had great time .

A new beginning…
New hopes…
New horizons to reach for…
May the Sun radiate all the goodness of life…
In the coming year and always!
Happy Nepali New Year 2075 to all!!!

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Chhori’s birthday celebrations

As I have mentioned before, we do not follow the Gregorian calendar so on the Nepali Calendar we have birthdays on different days every year depending on the position of sun, moon and planets.  So we celebrated Chhori’s Tithi birthday in traditional Nepali manner with puja and sagun.

Luckily it was a weekend so I had enough time to prepare and wasn’t too rushed.

I wore a tradition sari and Chhori wore a lehenga. She was so excited that she was turning 3 that she had been telling everyone she met that she is going to be 3 soon. It was cute to see her excited about her birthday.

Once everything was prepared, Chhori sat down and I started the pooja.

I started the pooja for Lord Ganesh and then pooja for to Chhori. I explained to her everything I was doing and she listened and followed the instructions. She didn’t complain or try to get up from her place for the whole time and I am super proud of her.

She got the sagun and gifts and she was so happy.

I am hoping our effort to show Chhori our culture and tradition will help her understand where her roots are and how amazing and rich Nepali culture is.

I made a small pink birthday cake to cut that day as I didn’t want her to have a birthday celebration without a cake 🙂

On her birthday according to the Gregorian calendar, I baked a cake and took it to her childcare. When she saw me with the cake she was so excited and started to show the cake to her friends.

The teachers had arranged the table for us to celebrate her birthday. She sat with her friends when we sang the birthday song for her and then cut the cake.

As childcare has a policy of no nuts and no chocolate I had made a simple vanilla sponge cake with fondant and it turned out OK.

If you are a parent, kid’s birthdays are so special and I hope Chhori will have a special one every year.

Hope everyone is having a great week.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Life – Death and in-between

In a span of 2 years, I have seen so many of our dear ones leave this world.

It started with my MIL’s sister with cancer followed by my dad’s sister, cancer again. Then after a while we lost AS’s grandma due to old age and them my mum’s sister (cancer) and then very recently my dad’s brother (kidney problem).

Going through all this grief in such a short period of time, I started thinking about death more seriously.

I know death is the only thing which we all know is certain but still when our near and dear ones pass away, we are left with pain and grief. Just because we all know everyone is going to leave this earth doesn’t make our pain any easier.

But at the same time I am appreciating life more. I am trying to enjoy time with friends and family doing things I love to do and living my life to the fullest so if I don’t wake up tomorrow, I know I will have no regret.

It is definitely lot harder to do than I have planned but I am going to keep this in mind.

Life is definitely unpredictable and too short for egos in relationships.

Surrounding myself with like mined and positive people will make it worth living. I am making the most of my time, saying what I want to and doing what I want to do. Nobody should be taken for granted and it works both way.

Someone’s death is a reminder for us that life is shorter than we think.

Hope I could provoke your thought about life and death and see this world slightly differently as no one knows what will happen tomorrow.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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SEA Aquarium, Singapore

The S.E.A. Aquarium is the second largest aquarium in the world featuring more than 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species, across 10 different zones in 49 different habitats. IT also has a world record from the Guinness Book of Records for the largest aquarium in the world and the longest in the world view panel. 

We have visited many aquariums and Chhori seems to like them a lot. So we were excited to go and visit this famous aquarium on Santosa Island.

 

As we walked inside the aquarium, we saw the shipwreck habitat from the waters of Java Sea. It is so interesting to see how marine life eco system works. While shipwrecks are said to destroy coral reefs, it can also be home to a wide array of marine species.

 

From there we went to Shark Seas where we could see the endangered predators, including the Scalloped Hammerhead Shark, Silvertip Shark and Sandbar Shark. It was a bit crowed in that area so we took a few photos and moved to the next section which was the Coral Garden.

Coral Garden is known as “rainforests of the sea” with coral reefs form some of the most diverse underwater ecosystem on Earth where it is home to a large variety of marine life.

 

We saw Bluestripe, Emperor Angelfish, Japanese Giant Spider Crab, Floating Bell or Australian Spotted Jellyfish, Japanese Sea Nettles, Moon Sea Jellies, also known as Moon Jelly and the Saucer Jelly or Common Jellyfish .  

The Jellyfish looked so amazing with their translucent, saucer-shaped bell.

 

The main area of the S.E.A Aquarium is the world’s biggest Open Ocean tank offering a panoramic view of the ocean which is home to many gentle giants of the sea including Leopard Sharks, Groupers and others over 50,000 marine creatures. 

We rested in the area and waited for the feeding session. Chhori decided to have her nap so we had plenty of time to relax after walking for so long.

Chhori woke up in time for the feeding.

 

As it was around Christmas so we were visited by Scuba Santa and the Underwater Cheeky Elves delivering special Fishman’s treats to the marine animals.

 

Chhori was so excited to see the Santa inside the tank. We took heaps of photos in front of the tank and moved to the next area of the aquarium but this was definitely the highlight of the day for us. 

At one point we walked past a floor of glass filled with predators like sharks under us and Chhori loved it so much she decided to lie down on the glass to watch the sharks under her. It was really funny.

 I also liked the popular discovery touch pool where you get to touch Starfish and other marine specimens. I was excited about it but Chhori decided that it was not her thing.

 She did love the Starfish that was on display in the zone and all the colourful fish in the tank.

Every time we saw a clownfish, she got super excited and cried out, “Nemo, Nemo.”

 As we were near the exit, we passed through another huge tunnel where there were more sharks swimming above our head.

 

Overall we had a great time at the aquarium and Chhori was so happy to see so many “fishy”. I would definitely recommend a visit to the aquarium in Santosa Island; especially if you have kids with you.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Fun @ Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island is a famous tourist destination in Singapore. The island got the name “Sentosa” (which means “isle of tranquillity”) only in 1972 after Singapore government decided to develop the island into a holiday resort for local visitors and tourists. 

We spent one day in Sentosa Island doing many amazing things and I wished we had more time to spend there. There are so many things to do that a day is definitely not enough.  

I remember going there the last time to Universal Studio but this time we wanted it to be more fun for Chhori so we stuck to kid friendly stuffs. 

We started outside Universal Studio where the water sprinklers are. Chhori was so happy with the water that she was running from one end to other. 

From there we passed through the Trick Eye Museum to go to SEA Aquarium. I will post about the aquarium in a separate post. 

After the aquarium, we were hungry so went to the big food court for lunch. There are so many places to eat from that it is a bit confusing but we decided to stick with Malay traditional food. The food was yummy and it was nice to rest and eat in the air-conditioned hall. 

After lunch we decided to walk around the area and Chhori was fascinated by the lollies outside Candylicious. She kept running from one to another saying “M n M Mama”, “Surprise mama”. It was nice to see her so excited. 

As it was so hot we decided to get an ice cream before we start on the Festive Walk. Festive Walk is a strip that connects several attractions.

You can shop in some of the luxury boutiques, including the very first Victoria´s Secret boutique in Asia, Versace, Rolex, Ralph Lauren, Bulgari and many more or just walk along to reach the Merlion Park. 

The legendary Merlion is a half lion half fish guardian of prosperity which personifies Singapore’s history as a port city. The lion depicts the folklore of Prince Sang Nila Utama’s rediscovery of lion (singa) and City (pura) while the fish tail symbolises ancient fishing village of Temasek, meaning “sea” in Javanese. Today, the majestic Merlion is a Singapore icon attracting visitors from all around the world. 

Legend has it that the Merlion would visit Sentosa Island every year to guard Singapore’s well-being.  

This whole walk was very picturesque and we took heaps of photos. From there we took the train to go to the Siloso Beach as we had booked tickets to watch the Wings of Time. 

The Wings of Time show at Sentosa is a night show that is available daily at 7.40pm and 8.40pm. The show, which cost $10m to produce, is set outdoors at Siloso Beach against the backdrop of the open sea. It’s wonderful to see how art and science come together to create the show. 

The 25-minute show tells a tale about two friends, a mysterious pre-historic bird and their journey across several landscapes and time to find the bird’s home. 

We had tickets for the 7.40 pm one. When the show started and for the whole length of the show, Chhori was really good and enjoyed it, even asking questions sometimes. 

The show ended with a bang, a wonderful display of fireworks. 

After the show, we walked from the beach to the Merlion Park as the queue for the train was too long. We wanted to go to Merlion Park to see the sound and light show at 8.45 pm. 

Merlion sound and light show ran every half hour starting at 7.45 pm. The show was National Day themed, showcasing the diversity of the cultures in Singapore that coexist so beautifully. We thoroughly enjoyed it and were glad to have such a wonderful time at the island. 

It was almost 10 pm then so we caught the train to Vivo City and a cab from there to our hotel. We were all tired but we were happy to have had a wonderful day on Sentosa Island.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

P.S: Do not forget to  check out winners of  NEPALIAUSTRALIAN’s Blog Award 2017