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Vivid 2017

Vivid Sydney is an annual light show that showcases great ideas and creativity of amazing artists. The event has spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails, botanical garden and an amazing water show at Darling Harbor.

Last week, we went to Vivid like every year as it is one of the best shows Sydney puts on apart from the New Year fireworks.

This year, canon had a special setup in front of the Opera house and Harbor Bridge. We queued up for 30 minutes to take our photo and it was worth it :).

They emailed the digital version and gave us printed copy as well.

Overall, we had a great evening out and Chhori enjoyed it a lot too.

Have a great day everyone.

M from nepaliaustralian


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Vivid 2016 and Smashed iphone6

Last week, we went to watch Vivid like every year. It is one of the best shows Sydney puts on apart from the New Year fireworks. I loved Vivid this year as there was line-up of amazing lights in even more places.

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My favourite was the animated canvas on Opera house inspired by Aboriginal arts. It was so nice that we stayed in front of it for a long time, admiring the view and taking some great photos.

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Another one of my favourites was the Sydney’s Hidden Stories projection onto the Custom’s House. It was full of great characters like the lizard, snakes, cockatoos, gnomes and gumnut fairies and even a witch. Even though it was a cold evening, we loved the night out and Chhori was happy to run around.

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On the way back to the train station, we found a phone on the middle of the road. It was an iphone6 and a car must have run over it. The screen was all smashed and we could not see anything.

The phone had a cover which had a student card with name and a photo. The first thing I could think of was to search for her name on Facebook just in case we could find her. We found a Facebook page with the same name but we were not sure if that was the same girl as the photo seemed a little different.

In that mean time, the phone started ringing but we couldn’t pick it as the screen was smashed and was not sensitive to touch. So I decided to leave a message on her Facebook just in case it was the same person.

The phone kept ringing and eventually died.

The next morning, I checked my Facebook for a response but there was none so I decided to call the university. Luckily when I talked to the lady there, there was only one student with that name. So I left a message for her to call me back and let her know that the phone is with me.

That afternoon she called me and was happy to know that I had her phone. Unfortunately I had to inform her that the phone was smashed and unusable. We arranged for her to pick the phone up from my friend’s office as that was closer to her.

The next day, she picked up the phone and I was happy that the phone was reunited with the owner even though it was battered. It is a good feeling when you know that you did the right thing. 🙂

And it was really nice of her to send me a pack of nice chocolates as a “Thank you.”

Do you have a similar story where someone has returned your lost item or you found the owner for a lost item that you found? Please do share.

Have a great day.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian


Vivid Sydney 2014

Sydney has once again been transformed into a spectacular canvas of light and music when Vivid Sydney took over the city. This year the festival is so big that we had to go twice to make sure we saw all the great displays.

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The first time we went to the Darling Harbour where Cockle Bay was centre stage as the stunning Aquatique Water Theatre again brings a little of the magic of Versailles to Sydney. Even though it was a cold evening, we had heaps of fun enjoying the show. The video projections, colour laser was really worth the trip. Here are some amazing photos from the night.

Then over the weekend, we went to Circular Quay for another amazing display.

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We reached there before 6pm and there were lots of people already. We had fun watching Opera house transformed into a colourful canvas, Customs House turned into a series of massive ‘musical sculptures’ with Play Me!, in an explosion of light, colour and sound. We also enjoyed giant snakes sliding across the Art Deco façade and Cellular Tessellation is a geometric architectural installation made from recycled plastic milk bottles.

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There was food market in the Rocks and we enjoyed the street food for dinner. I also enjoyed the photos with the big Robot called Chip, yellow transformer looking guy and two very tall ladies in pink walking around on stilts.

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After resting or a while we walked to Martin Place to enjoy more displays. Martin Place is part of Vivid for the first time. I loved Urban Tree Project and geometric head that uses live video to put your face on the work.

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Here are some of the amazing photos I found on the internet courtesy of  James Morgan from Destination NSW.

If you are in Sydney don’t forget to go and enjoy the amazing displays.

Take care.

M from nepaliaustralian


Vivid Light Festival Sydney 2013

Sydney was once again transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas when Vivid Light Festival Sydney started last week. Colouring the city with creativity and inspiration, the largest light, music and ideas festival in the Southern Hemisphere, Vivid Sydney features lighting installations around the Sydney harbour foreshore, live music performances, and over 120 creative industry events.

vivid (1)So on Saturday, hubby and me put on our warmest jumpers and went to the city to enjoy the colourful event. First stop was Darling Harbour and I have to admit Vivid is even better this year than the last few years. Vivid lights up the city like never before and creates an atmosphere of creativity and fun, transforming iconic buildings and spaces into canvases for light.

This year, Vivid Light has tripled in size, with one-third of lighting installations from international artists including from the USA, Germany, Italy, Greece, Malaysia, Korea, Poland, Brazil and New Zealand.

As we reached Darling Harbour, they had just started the 7pm show. As there were so many people, we were on the side and the view as not very good. Still, the 3D projections and laser sculptures were just amazing and it went for around 15 minutes.

vivid (3)We wanted to see it again and someone told us that the show would be even better at 8pm with fireworks at 8.30pm. So we decided to hang around until 8pm and went to get the best place to watch, from the top of the bridge, next to IMAX.

vivid (2)And we were glad we stayed. The 3D projection was different and much better than the 7pm. Aquatique Water Theatre transformed Cockle Bay into a 20-metre wall of water, light, colour, projections and music inspired by the fountains of Versailles. They had Spanish music, Bollywood music and ballet as well. That is not all, the water and display was just amazing. Watch the videos and photos below.

vivid (1) vivid (2) vivid (3)The show lasted around 15 minutes. Then we waited another 15 minutes for the fireworks to start. Fireworks were amazing as well and they went on for around 10 minutes. Me and AS just enjoyed the wonderful view cuddling with each other.

vivid (5)-tileIf you are a Citibank customer, you can also enjoy a pop-up bar on the Darling Harbour foreshore.

After the fireworks, we walk to the train station and went to Circular Quay where Opera House, International Passenger Terminal, a ship from P & O cruise and Harbour Bridge were lit up in bold colours and 3-D graphics.

vivid (6) vivid (7)The grand façade of Customs House at Circular Quay displayed an amazing visual feast of 3D-mapped projections .

For the first time in the world also, the famed Harbour Bridge of Sydney comes fully alive through an “interactive lighting installation” found in the western side of the bridge.

We were home around midnight and were glad to have had a great night out. If you live in Sydney, do go out and enjoy this awesome festival, and for everyone else here are some videos, I managed to capture and some from YouTube too.

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I love living in Sydney

Every time I go outside Australia, I realise why I love living in Australia particularly Sydney so much. It reminds me what we have here and how lucky we are to live in this place.

In Nepal, there is a proverb “najjiko deuta hela” which roughly translates into “You neglect the temple closest to you”. I feel that happens to me as well when I think about Sydney.  I keep forgetting that I am living in one of the nicest places in the world. Coming back from Vanuatu I was amazed again (I tend to forget it from time to time) to see the beautiful view of Sydney from the plane. The amazingly beautiful blue water, lots of beaches and the landscape with a backdrop of Harbour Bridge and Opera House. I didn’t notice before but even our suburbs look nice and green from above.

So in the sprite of falling in love with Sydney again I decided to make a list of things that I love about living in Sydney.

  1. Sydney is one of the most multicultural cities I have seen so wherever you are from, you don’t feel like an outsider. You will see people from all over the world living in harmony here
  2. As it is multi-cuisine as well, you can get any food in the world easily and it is not that expensive either. You name food like Chinese, Mexican, South African, Cuban, Spanish or Italian and there are restaurants that will serve you your type of food.
  3. If you are into music then you can find hippies, trans, punks, rockers, jazz , hip hop in the nightclubs so life is not boring.
  4. Everyone is so nice and friendly (seriously if you have a smile on your face and walk around the city I bet more than 80% of the people will smile back at you. You know what they say about laid back Aussies.)
  5. We have so many nice beaches here, like 100’s, from famous Bondi to Manly, you can pick one beach every weekend in summer and you will still have many beaches left to go for the next year.
  6. There are so many nice places around Sydney for a day trip that your life can never be boring. Just jump in the car and drive away. Whichever direction you go, you will reach a nice destination.
  7. Every time I go to any other country and even interstate, I remember why I love Sydney’s weather. I know it has been crazy lately but the weather is mostly beautiful. The beautiful sunshine right now is my witness 🙂
  8. I don’t have to worry about what I wear as no one stares at you. (I have that problem every time I go to Nepal.)
  9. You can wear thongs (flip-flops) everywhere in summer and it won’t be consider inappropriate. Ohoo my mum was not happy when I tried to wear tongs outside my house in Nepal. It is considered ghar ko jutaa(slippers for wearing in the house) there.
  10. We protest with peace rallies about anything. It makes the point and no one is adversely affected. I really feel Nepali politicians need to learn this. This Nepal Bandh (Close Nepal) in Nepal is getting ridiculous. I can say it “Today is Nepal Bandh” because my favourite restaurant down the road closed down. (WTH)
  11. Coming from Nepal, free health care is one of the perks of living here. I know people complain a lot about things that can better the health care system but if you have lived in a developing country like Nepal, you will appreciate the things you already have with the health care.
  12. You can catch public transports everywhere. Choose from bus, train, ferry or monorail and you can reach your destination easily. I missed this when I was in US (except for New York). It is like you have to drive everywhere.
  13. Imagine you run out of milk while trying to make tea. What do you do? I just take 3 dollars from my wallet and go down stairs to buy milk. Ya I love it that corner shops are everywhere in Sydney and most of them are open 24/7 so that you don’t have to worry too much about basic necessities. It might be a bit more expensive but it is worth the price in emergencies. I realised it is a perk only after I visited US where you mostly have to drive just to do your groceries.
  14. You know how guys sit outside a corner store in a group and tease every woman who pass by the shop in Nepal, I am so glad it does not happen here. I used to fight with so many of them. They are always a rude crowd. Unfortunately, when I go back to Nepal, I still see such groups.
  15. Being single, young or female is not looked down upon.  I am glad about it otherwise it would have been hell for me to survive here. I was so young and naive but I was able to get a job and a place to live without any problems.
  16. Relationships are open so you can be single, partners living together without being married, a gay couple or just mates sharing a place. No one will judge you. People just accept you as you are.
  17. I still feel safe even after dark in Sydney. Even at midnight I can catch a train home not being worried about my safety. In Nepal, my phone starts ringing as soon as the sun goes down to make sure that I am on my way home. I don’t blame my parents for their concern as it is really not safe after dark.
  18. Religion is not a problem so even if you are Hindu, Muslim, Christian or Jew you are welcome in everyone’s home and can go to their kitchen and none will raise an eyebrow. I have seen in Nepal, they won’t let you into their house or kitchen if you are from a different cast and if you are from a different religion, they will treat you like an outsider.
  19. One of the best things about living here is you don’t feel that you need to show off how much money you have. I am sure lots of people around me are millionaires but I really neither care nor know as it is not important how much you earn or how big your house is. Everyone seems equal when you are together and having fun.
  20. I feel independent and capable while in Sydney. I don’t feel like I am a helpless female which Nepal used to make me feel.

P.S. Don’t get me wrong , I love my background, culture and Nepal but there are so many things I love about Australia particularly Sydney as well that I thought I would share them with you.