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You are not my best friend

I am sure you can tell from my posts lately that life is all about Chhori these days. I am loving that she is growing up to be a cute little talker who doesn’t waste time and tells you exactly how she feels.

She has got good manners and says Thank you and Please (most of the time 🙂 ). She sometimes say unexpected things like,

Looking good mama

New dress

You sick?”

Good job

Light off please

I always wanted her to grow up to be a strong , confident independent woman but then I have to go through all these phases of her attitudes which I am not ready for.

There have been times she says NO to things and we have to tell her why she has to eat/do/ wear it etc.

AS is so patient with her and explains her everything, I am just grateful that he is part of this whole parenting process.

 

Anyway these days, when I pick her up from childcare she tells me about her day and depending on who she played with on that day, “Jacob/Ivy/Monique/Abby/Nathan is my best friend.”

And then she started saying,” Mama, you are my best friend” or “Papa, you are my best friend.”

It is so sweet because she will come and hug and kiss.  She comes and says “Hug me please

She shows so much of love that I can’t get enough of it.

But then when she is denied something, she makes this sweet angry face and says, “You are not my best friend.” Or “I don’t like you.”

She looks so cute that I have to hide my laugh and concentrate on disciplining her.

Life is so much better being a parent for sure.

Do share your own sweet moments with your toddler.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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October long weekend road trip – Malua Bay and Hyams Beach

Last long weekend we went to the south coast of Sydney with a few of our friends. We had a great time and so much fun.

Malua Bay is a locality in the South Coast region of the state of New South Wales, Australia which is around 4 hours’ drive from Sydney.

Malua Bay town centre is located astride George Bass Drive, which is approximately 13 kilometres drive from the town of Batemans Bay where we went on holiday a few years ago on the Easter long weekend break.

In Malua Bay, we booked this beautiful 5 bedrooms house and we could view the bay from the balcony.

We left Sydney on Monday morning after the breakfast and our first stop was Kiama.

Kiama is situated 121km south of Sydney and has a population of about 12,000. It was the site of two strong volcanic flows, called the Gerringong Volcanics, which came out of Saddleback Mountain, now a collapsed volcanic vent.

When we arrived at Kiama, it was hard to find parking and very busy as it was a long weekend. We went straight to the “Kiama Blowhole” where the ocean pushes with great force through a fault in the rock and is considered one of Australia’s best known natural phenomena.

We waited to see a few blasts and went up to the light house and took a few photos. By then everyone was hungry so went to a nearby Thai restaurant. The food was good even though we thought the portion could have been better.

From there, our next stop was the beach house. As everyone has similar ideas as our, at times we met holiday traffic but most of the trip was smooth. We reached the house by 6 pm.

By that time, we were all tired so went for a round of tea and some snacks before preparing the dinner.

The kids were having the blast. We had 4 kids in total, two girls including Chhori and two boys who were younger. Chhori loved the company, she gets along well with our friends’ daughter as they are of similar age. She was good with sharing and playing together.

She also loved the little boy (I am not sure if she saw him as toy) and was playing with him. She loved to feed him water from his milk bottle. But she was not very happy when he didn’t take the bottle. It was so nice to see the kids interact.

We had done shopping for grocery from Sydney and had planned well. That night our dinner was everyone’s favourite, momo. As you can probably imagine, get together with Nepali people is not complete without this super yummy dumpling.

As there were so many people, it didn’t take long for the dinner to be ready with everyone helping out and it turned out yum. It was accompanied by tequilas shots, beers and wines. We all sat around until well past midnight talking and having fun.

Next morning, we had breakfast and went to Batesman Bay.

The day was a bit windy but the kids enjoyed the beach and the playground.

We grabbed take away for lunch and went back to the beach house for a relaxed lunch. The fish and chips we bought were really yummy.

For the dinner that night, it was Nepali style fried noodle we call Chowmein and it was delicious. We stayed up until 2 am playing dumb charades, singing and enjoying each other’s company.

On the last day there, we had an early breakfast and headed to Hyams beach.

Hyams Beach is a seaside town on the shores of Jervis Bay, located on the South Coast of New South Wales. It is one of the most beautiful beaches with bluish green water and white sand.

The kids enjoyed the sand play and we loved the amazing view. I really didn’t want to leave the beach but it was time for lunch and the drive back.

On the way back, we grabbed lunch and rested for a while and when we reached home and it was after 8 pm. We were all quite tired so we just went to bed concluding our October long weekend break.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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No nappy, pull up please

My little Chhori is growing up so fast.

A while ago we started potty training for Chhori and introduce pull up nappies to make the process easier.

Then we had to delay the training for various reasons. She still goes to pee in a potty sometimes but she only says poo after she pooed in the nappy so we haven’t had much success.

Anyway since that time Chhori says, “No nappy, pull up please. I am a big girl.”

Unfortunately, we bought nappies in bulk and we want to use it up so we are making pull ups with the nappy by pre attaching the ends. We do that so Chhori doesn’t see the whole process.

I and AS were just glad that our little trick was working fine.

One day I saw Chhori playing with one of her nappies.

Me : “Chhori, please don’t play with a nappy. Please give it to me.”

Chhori” “Mama, I make pull up nappy.”

The penny dropped for me just then. She knew all along what we were doing and we thought we were outsmarting her.

When do kids grow to be so smart? Do share your own experience.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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What makes you ready to have baby #2

Last weekend we went for a weekend away with a family who have a small baby boy. Chhori was so gentle and engaged with the baby that we wondered if she is ok to have a little sibling.

I and AS have always thought we will have 2 babies but once Chhori was born we were so busy that we didn’t have time to think about it much.

We did have the conversation a few times this year but we always ended up saying we are not ready. Initially, we thought Chhori is too small but now as she is a bit bigger, we don’t know if we need to think about it again.

At times, we imagine that having another baby will be so hard and busy, maybe we are OK to stop at one. Then I see Chhori with other kids and wish she has a sibling to play with as well.

It’s like a constant battle of yes and no in our heads that I thought I will get the opinion and ideas of people who have already been on this boat.

I really want to ask everyone out there who is a parent this questions

If you have one baby, why did you stop at one? If given a choice, would you like another one?

Parents of more than one kids, when did you know that you were ready to have no 2.

Seriously, is anyone ready for a baby at all, in general, let alone more than one baby? 🙂

No offense to anyone who have more babies. I just wonder how you mange kids, home, work and life in general.

Please do share your thoughts.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Mummy’s Nappy

These days normally Chhori and AS go to grocery shopping while I fix things at home.

One day AS came home a bit horrified from one of these shopping trips.

He told me that they were at the checkout and a lady before them was buying sanitary pads.

Chhori, in a very loud voice, said, “Look papa, it is mama’s nappy” pointing at the pads and of course everyone around them looked at it.

I couldn’t help but laugh because I had taught her that.

One day she asked me “What’s that?” pointing to the sanitary pads. For me it was easier to explain them as mama’s nappy as she is too small to talk about the real stuff.

I guess I need to think before I explain things to my curious daughter as she will say the most embarrassing things at the most inopportune moments.

Do you have any such incident, a bit funny, a bit embarrassing? Please do share so I can make AS feel better  🙂

Happy Weekend everyone.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Luau – Experiencing the food and culture of the Hawaiian Islands

A visit to the Hawaiian Islands is not complete without experiencing a luau. Luau a Hawaiian feast featuring lively music and vibrant cultural performances from Hawaii and greater Polynesia.

Even though Hawaii is part of the United States, it has a very distinct cultural heritage that distinguishes it from other states. To enjoy this wonderful culture, we went to Luau one evening. After lots of research we picked Chief’s Luau and it was a good choice as it turned out to be an amazing experience.

We were picked up from our hotel and taken on a bus to Sea Life Park. Our guide was Cousin Ben and he was really funny. He entertained us for the entire journey, sharing some great jokes.

Once we got to the Sea life park, we were greeted with drinks and a seashell garland and then taken to our seat.

The whole thing was set right on the beach with a perfect view of the sunset. There was a stall selling souvenirs and a guy doing temporary tattoos. We joined the queue and all of us got a tattoo each. Chhori loved hers so much that she kept on talking about it the whole night.

While everything was being organized the guest were being entertained with spear throwing and leaf headband demonstrations.

We made a few headbands with the help of the staff which we wore through the evening.

The main course at a luau is kalua pua’a – pork roasted for eight hours in a pitlike earthen oven known as imu. They showed us how a pig is unburied before being served to the guests.

The food is buffet style and has kalua pua’a, fresh mahi-mahi and poi (mashed taro plant) and an array of salads and sides. I would say the food was OK as I was not overly impressed but it made us full for sure.

I actually enjoyed the hula and fire dancing. The chief introduced each dance and we enjoyed the Chief’s Journey through the Polynesian Islands which included New Zealand Haka and the Fijian Warrior Dance.

Also during this dancing, the volunteers were asked to come on stage to dance with the dancers. Chhori wanted me to go on the stage so we went on the stage together and we had a great time. It was fun as we danced with the drum beats.

We also went on the stage when they called for people celebrating anniversaries as we were there for our 6th anniversary as well. We were given a beautiful bouquet of flowers and drinks.

The fire dancers at the end was amazing and it was the highlight of the show for me.

Overall, we enjoyed the show a lot.

After the Luau was over Cousin Ben took us back to our hotel.

Some Popular Luau Dishes

Poi: Pounded taro plant root; a starch meant to be eaten with everything.

Kalua Pig: Pork prepared in an imu or underground oven and shredded.

Chicken Long Rice: A chicken noodle soup-like dish with bean thread noodles and ginger.

Laulau: Meat wrapped in luau (taro) leaves and steamed. Traditionally, this is prepared in an underground oven called an imu.

Lomilomi Salmon: A side dish made from salmon, tomatoes, onion and crushed ice.

Haupia: Coconut pudding.

Poke: The term literally means “to slice cross-wise into pieces” and commonly features raw fish served with a variety of condiments such as shoyu (soy sauce), green onions, kukui nut (candlenut), limu (seaweed). However, the dish isn’t exclusively fish-based and there are other variations as well.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Shingles – a painful experience

Until I got shingles a few weeks ago, I didn’t know what shingles was. So let me first explain what it is.

Shingles is a painful rash which is most common in older adults and people who have weak immune systems because of stress, injury, certain medicines, or other reasons.

Shingles occur when the virus that causes chickenpox get activated again in your body. After you get better from chickenpox, the virus “sleeps” (is dormant) in your nerve roots. In some people, it stays dormant forever. In others, the virus “wakes up” when disease, stress, or aging weakens the immune system.

I had chickenpox as a child but never thought about it until now.

A few weeks ago, I started to have some pain on my left shoulder blade. The first few days, I thought it was due to me sleeping in a wrong position. But the pain didn’t go away after a few days, instead the pain was more intense and at times it was so severe that I was comparing it with labour pain.

When things didn’t get better in day 4, AS insisted I should go and see the physiotherapist and I am so thankful that he did. I was planning to wait a few more days before going to see a doctor otherwise.

So I went and saw my physiotherapist, the next day which was day 5. I explained to him what is happening and explained to him that I can’t remember doing anything in particular but I feel like I have very deep muscular pain for a few days now.

While he was giving me pressure point massage, he saw 4 small rashes on my back, like a pimple had just started.  He examined it closer and was sure it is Shingles. He asked me if I have been stressed later.

There was a lot happening at my work so it had definitely made me stressed with a few sleepless nights as well. But I didn’t think that it was so bad that my body would get Shingles.

Next day, I went to the GP and he confirmed that I have Shingles. He was glad that we caught it early so I can get the special medication (only in first 72 hours of a rash showing up) which was going to heal the rashes sooner. Also he told me to keep taking paracetamol if required, for the pain.

The medication did help the rashes to reduce and it slowly disappeared but the nerve pain didn’t go away so I had to go back to the GP. He prescribed me with codine and panadeine forte which was a relief but I was out of action from work for 10 days.

When I took those medication, I didn’t feel the pain but I felt like a zombie sometimes. I had headache as well as dizziness.  As we always do, I googled to check how long the pain was going to last and it was saying that for some people , the nerve pain lasts up to a year.

I was really scared to read that but thank god, my pain reduced in 2 weeks and I was able to function just on Panadol after that.

Anyway, I am all well and good now. I just wanted to share my experience with you all in case this helps anyone to diagnose the Shingles early. Please do not ignore any pains and aches, just go a GP straight away.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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