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Shopping from Nepal

How can I go on a holiday especially to Nepal and not have a post on shopping, so here I am writing about my experience and showing off things I got in Nepal.

Firstly, I have to say that shopping is Nepal is not at all cheap like it used to be 10 years ago. Every time I go back, the price seems to have doubled but the quality seems to have gone down at the same time.

During most of the shopping I went with someone who lived there and I am so glad I did. Otherwise I would have paid almost double for everything as I am not so good at bargaining. Here is a simple example of bargaining in Nepal.

Customer: Looking at the Rs 3000 price tag, how much can I get it for?

Shopkeeper: There is 20% discount now, so it will be Rs 2400.

Customer: Rs 2400 is too expensive for this shoe. I know it can be better. What about Rs1500.

Shopkeeper: Really sorry but Rs 1500 is too low. Since you like it so much I will give you a further discount. Ok it is Rs2200 just for you, I have never sold it in that price for anyone else. (Of course not telling the truth)

Customer: Come on I am not asking for too much discount, OK since I like it I will give you a few hundred more.

Shopkeeper: Sorry, I can’t do that price. OK my last best price is Rs 2000.

Customer: Come on dai (brother), I am sure you can do better.

Shopkeeper: The price is already cheap. Look at the quality and the stuff.

Customer: Ok, my last price Rs 1800. I don’t have more than that.

Shopkeeper: Ok only for you am I agreeing at this price. I promise you will never find this price anywhere else. Please do come again and shop here.

It was like you needed to have patience to bargain otherwise you’d end up paying higher price for everything. I am glad to say that I have learn the skill after a few shopping trips I still always questioned myself when the shopkeeper gave an item easily at the price I wanted :). I guess unless I live in Nepal for long time I will not master the skill.

Despite all this and the fact that I was so busy, I still managed to buy a few things for myself. Of course, that list included shoes. 🙂 🙂 🙂

I am addictive to shoes and to everyone who reads my blog regularly it should come as no surprise. AS has made me promise that I will throw out old pairs of shoes when I come back if I was going to buy so many pairs in Nepal and I agreed.

I think there are only a few shops in Kathmandu selling good quality shoes and I am lucky to have found some such shops this time. I was actually looking for winter shoes when I was there but as it was the end of winter there, It was hard for me to find what I was looking for. I still managed to buy some boots, not exactly what I looking for but close enough to spend my money on. I also bought a few high heels, wedges, flats and scandals.

Here is the entire collection from this trip. Now I have to make room for them in my shoe rack. I’m just waiting for an opportunity to wear them soon.

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Apart from shoes, I really didn’t buy anything else for myself. I got a few saris from my MIL and mum so I didn’t have to spend any money on them. In addition, I have so many saris here that I decided it will be wise this time to invest my money on things I need for home.

Thus we spent lots buying carpets, decorative handicrafts and a painting. I am so happy with the end result.

Like every time, AS didn’t buy much either as he prefers cloths from here. Moreover, according to him I have converted him to be like me that he has too many jackets, pants, t-shirts and shoes that he doesn’t have to worry for a few years.

Hope you liked my new shoes collection. Till next post, take care.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

His t-shirt /shirt

I am sure I have seen this in movies a lot but wondering how many of you borrows your partner’s shirt/t-shirt to wear around the house.

Once we started living together, I got into wearing his t-shirt. I have tried shirts as well but I love t-shirts more.

It started one summer when it was so hot that I couldn’t wear my clothes and borrowed his t-shirt for a day as it is loose and very comfy. It is long enough for me not to wear any pants and it also kind of smells like him even though it has just been washed.

But one day has now turned into every day. 🙂

The great thing about this is that he loves it that I love his t-shirt and now has a special pile in his wardrobe where I can go anytime and pick a t-shirt.

Just checking that I am not the crazy one here.

 Do you wear your partner’s clothes? Do share.

Have a great weekend everyone 🙂

M from nepaliaustralia

XOXO

A walk in wardrobe: Dream come true

I know every girl dreams of having a walk-in wardrobe like Carrie Bradshaw’s from Sex and the City movie but not everyone can have Mr Big in her life who will surprise her with a wardrobe as big as a one bedroom apartment.

Actually, it may not be only a woman’s dream to have a walk-in wardrobe, what about the sneakers wardrobe of Turtle from Entourage. BTW, Entourage is one of my favourite series  :).

I am sure in many of my previous posts I have mentioned how I would love to have a walk-in wardrobe. The fasionista inside me always dreamed of opening a door and seeing all her clothes and shoes nicely hanging from floor to ceiling in a walk in wardrobe.

As you, all know, I have moved recently to a bigger place and one of the things I got in this new place is a walk-in wardrobe. 😀 Initially, it was just a storeroom which was meant to be a storage or study but from the first time I saw this place, I knew what I wanted to do in that space, a walk-in wardrobe.

My hubby was nice enough to let me have my dream so we designed the space and bought wardrobes and finally I have a walk in wardrobe.

I am sure all of us have seen big fancy walk-in wardrobes on TV. Mine is definitely nothing like that so don’t be disappointed when you see it. It’s not the biggest walk-in closet ever or the prettiest of all but it’s certainly my little heaven. Here is a peak.

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You can imagine my excitement when I walk in every morning to pick my dress and shoes to go to work. It feels like I am shopping from my closet. Before, this wardrobe, I had my clothes overflowing everywhere but now everything is in one place and the feeling is just awesome.   To make it fair, my hubby is getting the whole wardrobe in our main bedroom and I had this slice of heaven to myself. As I said, it is not very big but has enough space for my dresses, shoes, bags and accessories. It took me a while but I have arranged the entire wardrobe.

I have my work clothes in one section while my daily dresses at one end, parties and formal dresses are on one rack and summer dresses on another.

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Then all my shoes are nicely displayed in two cupboards so I know what I have. I have talked about my obsession for shoes here and here so you know that I have many pairs of shoes. Now as they are all visible, I know my options upfront. I made sure all the black ones are at one area and all closed shoes are on another. It feels so good to know that I have so many pairs of shoes. Before, most of them were in boxes so I had no idea what I owe.

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I also have enough room for my accessories like earrings, belts, hats etc.

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Except my winter clothes, everything is in this room.

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For my winter stuffs, I used the wardrobe in the second bedroom where I have jackets, coats hanging while all my jumpers and sweaters are neatly folded on the shelves. Then I have scarves, gloves, stockings and beanies in drawers.

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All my saris and traditional outfits are not used so often so they are in my suitcases. I can’t believe I have so many saris and kurta surwals. Most of them are from my wedding.

walk in wardrobe (14)For my makeup and other accessories, I have a slim boy. Each shelf has different items and now I can match my outfit to different accessories like rings, sun glasses, necklace and lip gloss more quickly.

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I still want to do some more in this room like having a nice carpet and a small ottoman. But for now, I am very happy with what I have.

 “I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet.” —Carrie Bradshaw

So tell me about your wardrobe. What you wish you have?

XOXO

M from Nepaliaustralian

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A guide to culling your closet

I was reading this post on Vouge the other day and decided to share it will my gals here because I know our wardrobe need makeover from time to time.

 Winter is the perfect time for wardrobe rehab. Out with the old, in with the new.

So makeover your wardrobe with four-step guide.

CULL

1. Set aside pieces you know you won’t wear, whether it be damaged (unrepairable stains, rips), ill-fitting or are too dated.

2. Eliminate double ups:

– If you own numerous striped t-shirts, there’s a good chance you like the one you purchased most recently better than its predecessor. Throw the oldest one out – you’ll always choose to wear the updated version when getting dressed.

3. Adopt the 3-month method:

– If you haven’t worn something for three months but you’re not quite ready to part with it, store it away in a bag. If you haven’t gone back to these pieces three months later, you can be sure that they won’t be missed in the long-term.

4. Determine what needs to be altered, donated to charity or sold. Group them in piles accordingly.

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5. Donate to charity: everything you eliminated in the first step.

6. Hold a clothes swap with friends: sometimes pieces are too good to throw out or they’re simply too recognisable to wear too many times.

– Keep the clothes swap to a small group of close girlfriends (six or less is ideal) with similar or complementary style.

– Set a date and stick to it. Make it a group activity to encourage and motivate each other.

– Discuss how it will work with your friends beforehand to clarity details. Will it be a straight swap system (e.g. clothes for clothes) or will it work on a points system?

– Remember, don’t fall into the trap of coming home with more than you took there. Only take your friend’s pieces if they truly add value to your wardrobe.

Sometimes you have to be ruthless when culling items in your wardrobe.

7. eBay: reserve pricier items or pieces that are still in great condition for eBay.

– Use your phone to create and upload listings to avoid the ‘need to eBay’ pile growing too large.

– Clear photos are essential. Use photo editing apps to optimise your images.

8. Hold a market stall with a friend.

– Be sure to choose an appropriate market for your goods (e.g. fashion-specific markets offer the best customers for those selling pre-loved clothing).

– Promote your market on social media in the weeks leading up to the event.

– If you’re not offering Eftpos facilities, know where the nearest ATM is for customers. They will lose interest if it gets too hard.

– Make your prices reasonable. Remember, a market is saving you the hassle of creating listings on eBay, so the more you sell, the better!

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9. Buy new hangers:

– Count how many pieces you have left. Purchase that many hangers, plus three extra to keep spare.

– Purchasing thicker, wooden hangers will leave less room for clutter in your wardrobe.

10. Section your wardrobe into categories that work best for you:

– This could be by style (coats, shirts, skirts), occasion (weekend, work, evening) or colour.

11. Take note of staple pieces you’re missing, whether it be black jeans or a white button-up blouse.

– Keep a list stored in your phone so you don’t make unnecessary purchases when shopping.

MAINTAIN

12. Self-discipline is key:

– Every time you buy something, throw something out.

– If you’re going to make a purchase, think of what that item is worth replacing. If you can’t think of anything, you don’t really need it.

– Repeat these steps every three months so the task does not become too overwhelming. The more often you cull, the quicker and easier the process will be.

P.S:  Lots of the points in this post is bit hard to follow but I am going to try my best  and see where it leads me.

Please share you own tips here too.

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Switzerland

I couldn’t be happier when we were in Switzerland. As I mentioned in my previous post, Switzerland was a dream come true for me and to be able to see and be in the place one has been dreaming from one’s childhood was a great experience. Snow-capped mountains, green rolling hills, no poverty and political neutrality is Switzerland, what more could I want. At that moment I felt really happy with our holiday. I knew no matter what other people said about Switzerland that I will be coming back again and again during my lifetime.

We were really lucky in Europe as we missed the rains during our tour.

Fluelen

While in Switzerland we stayed in Fluelen which is the farthest point of the lake from Luzern, a picturesque little place with the train station right beside the landing stage.

Every corner was an OMG moment looking at the beautiful scenery, the mind blowing engineering of the train lines and roads, and at snow on the higher peaks even in spring.

We stayed at Hotel Hirschen-Cafe Seehof which is a small hotel in front of the lake. Although the view of the mountains is breathtaking, there really isn’t much to do in the immediate area. The church beside the hotel is beautiful but when we went for a walk in either direction for an hour and we didn’t find many things to do.

As for the hotel, it was small and very basic so was a tad disappointed. But we were lucky to get the back room as our fellow travellers were complaining about the noise. Even though the front room had the stunning view of the lake and mountains, since the train tracks run along the lake, it was also a bit loud and guests in the front rooms couldn’t sleep. On top of that, every morning, a herd of cows walked past the hotel with big bells on their necks that made lots of noise as well.

Also the clock tower rang every 15 minutes even in the night, but honestly as both me and AS were so tried from walking the whole day during the trip, it didn’t keep us awake at night.

We had a couple of meals in the restaurant of the hotel and it was ok.

We got to see the real Switzerland in this town where there were less people, more natural beauty with the view of snow-capped mountains everywhere and the big beautiful lake which took our breath away.

Lucerne

Lucerne is a city in north-central Switzerland, in the German-speaking part of that country.

Complete with gable paintings, the covered, medieval Chapel Bridge forms the centrepiece of Lucerne’s townscape and is considered to be one of the oldest, covered wooden bridges in Europe. A further landmark of the town is the Museggmauer, a wall which, with the exception only of one of its towers, has been preserved in its original, well-fortified state.

Historic houses decorated with frescoes line the picturesque town squares as they do the ‘Weinmarkt’ square in the car-free old town. Lucerne is a city of town squares and churches. The Jesuit church dating from the 17th century is regarded as Switzerland’s first sacral Baroque building and the twin towers of the Hofkirche form an integral part of the townscape.

We also visited The Lion of Lucerne, a carving of a wounded lion on a stone cliff. The figure of a dying lion which was hewn from the face of rock in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guards killed during an attack on the Tuileries in 1792 is one of the best-known monuments in Switzerland.

And with its 112-metre-long Bourbaki panorama, Lucerne possesses one of the world’s few maintained, mammoth circular paintings.

Tradition and modernity stand side-by-side with ease in Lucerne, as the town has also earned a reputation for itself with innovative design. The futuristic Culture and Convention Centre (KKL), designed by leading French architect Jean Nouvel, is one the architectural highlights of the town. The KKL is also a landmark of Lucerne and venue for a wide variety of cultural events throughout the year.

Lake Lucerne cruise

Formed in the ice age by an ancient glacier, the lake can reach depths of over 700 feet. The crystal clear fresh water is home to swans, ducks and fish.

Once the tour of Lucerne was over we went on a cruise on the Lake Lucerne. The weather was overcast and cool, but the lake was nice. There was something very peaceful about this quiet lake tucked in between the Swiss Alps.

The cruise was really nice where we got to explore and admire nature at its best with gently rolling meadows, idyllic bays, dramatic fjords, and near-vertical cliffs. We also got to see Switzerland’s most significant historic landmarks like the Ruetli Meadow, where the Swiss Confederation was founded in 1291, William Tell’s Chapel, and the Schiller Rock.

Shopping

Lucerne has a great mix of retail shopping in a very small area. As Switzerland is not part of the European Economic Zone prices are more expensive than the rest of Europe.

Watches, timepieces and clocks are one thing that the Swiss are famous for. Rolex, Longines, Tissot, Omega, Tag, Swiss Military, Swatch were everywhere. But as we were time poor we went to just one shop and spent almost 500 Swiss franc buying watch , Swiss knifes and souvenirs.

Dinner at Lucerne

I think once you had the best, it is easy to get disappointed. When we went to dinner in Lucerne, we had fun but definitely not as much as in Prague.

The night started with people playing traditional Swiss music and singing Swiss folk song.

It was followed by the audience participation in Yodeling and drinking beer.

Lucky for me (and unlucky for AS) AS got picked to be on the stage; it was really funny to hear him Yodeling and gulping down the beer. I am sure he had fun.

Food wise, Switzerland was similar to most of the Europe. We were served Founde (Swiss cheese dish) with various salads. It was followed by Geschnetzeltes Kalbfleisch (strips of veal in mushroom sauce) with Rosti (grated and fried potatoes). And the evening ended with a serve of Swiss Chalet Desset (Meringue with applesauce and strawberry ice cream).

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