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Chhori flying for the first time

I can’t believe that Chhori is over 14 months old and is a toddler now, not an infant anymore.

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It feels like just a few months ago that I was pregnant but time has just gone so quickly. I guess this is how we get old and we don’t even realise it.

As I mentioned before, my in laws are here and we are taking them on an interstate holiday. That means Chhori will be flying on a plane for the first time tomorrow.

We went on our first holiday with Chhori to Dubbo but we drove. She was OK overall and we were relieved that she didn’t get sick. Tomorrow, she will experience flying for the first time. Luckily for us the flight is just over an hour but still I am excited and anxious at the same time.

I have done some research and will be equipped with entertainment and food for her but I am still a bit worried that it will be hard for her to sit in the same place for a long time. She loves to walk as she has recently discovered the freedom of walking so let’s see how she will cope. I hope we won’t annoy anyone with her moving too much and hope no tears at all.

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We are going to the Gold Coast and I am looking forward to the holiday. It would be mine third visit, AS second and Chhori’s and my in laws first. The weather looks good and hope things works out as we have planned. We plan to visit Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World and Wet n’ Wild. Also we will be doing some sightseeing and shopping.

Chhori is a bit sniffly at the moment and wakes up multiple times at night so I have to nurse her back to sleep. Hope the warm weather will make her feel better.

Will update about our holiday when we get back.

Please share some any tricks you use while flying with young children. Also share funny story you have flying with young ones.

Have a great weekend!

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

 

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Tips on baby friendly holidays please

I am sure you all know by now that I love travelling and going to new places. The last time, we had a holiday was our babymoon to New Zealand.

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So it has been more than a year since my feet touched a new place so it is definitely itching. But the big problem now is I have no clue about holidaying with a baby.

We definitely want to go spread our wings with Chhori but we are so new to this that we are a bit scared. I don’t know what kind of holiday I need to research. There are so many questions in my mind. Beach, mountains or something else? Is she too young? Should we wait? Will she be bored or annoyed if we fly? What do you do when you travel with a year-old baby?

While I was pregnant, I was thinking that we will do what suits us and the baby will adapt but looking at Chhori now I don’t want her to be uncomfortable in any way thus all these questions in my mind. She is the most important person in my life right now and I will never forgive myself if I put her through a difficult situation.

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Anyone who has travelled with a small baby, please do share your tips. We definitely need a holiday but we are so clueless.

Hope to book something soon and slowly adapt to our new life as parents and travellers  🙂

Take care everyone,

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Anzac Day 2014

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. Sharing some of the touching photos from the day.

Lest we Forget.

Redcliffe, Queensland.

Redcliffe, Queensland. Source: News Corp Australia

The Memorial Cross at Mount Macedon, Victoria.

The Memorial Cross at Mount Macedon, Victoria. Source: News Corp Australia

Gold Coast, Queensland.

Gold Coast, Queensland. Source: Getty Images

The Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne.

The Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne. Source: News Corp Australia

Hobart.

Hobart. Source: News Corp Australia

Redcliffe, Queensland.

Redcliffe, Queensland. Source: News Corp Australia

Point Danger, Tweed Heads.

Point Danger, Tweed Heads. Source: News Corp Australia

Canberra.

Canberra. Source: Getty Images

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland.

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland. Source: Getty Images

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland.

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland. Source: Getty Images

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland.

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland. Source: Getty Images

Point Danger, Tweed Heads.

Point Danger, Tweed Heads. Source: News Corp Australia

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland.

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland. Source: Getty Images

Redcliffe, Queensland.

Redcliffe, Queensland. Source: News Corp Australia

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland.

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland. Source: Getty Images

ANZAC Day Commemorated At Currumbin

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland. Source: Getty Images

Eltham, Victoria.

Eltham, Victoria. Source: News Corp Australia

Point Danger, Tweed Heads.

Point Danger, Tweed Heads. Source: News Corp Australia

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland.

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland. Source: News Corp Australia

A sea burial, Queensland.

A sea burial, Queensland. Source: Getty Images

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland.

Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club, Queensland. Source: News Corp Australia

Redcliffe, Queensland.

Redcliffe, Queensland. Source: News Corp Australia

Eltham, Victoria.

Eltham, Victoria. Source: News Corp Australia

Eltham, Victoria.

Eltham, Victoria. Source: News Corp Australia

Robert Amour with granddaughter Katura Halleday.

Robert Amour with granddaughter Katura Halleday. Source: News Corp Australia

Chinese garden of Friendship

Last weekend, we went to visit a hidden treasure of Sydney, in the middle of the city in Darling Harbour.

Initiated by the local Chinese community to share their rich cultural heritage and celebrate Australia’s 1988 Bicentenary, the Chinese Garden is the result of a close bond of friendship and cooperation between the sister cities of Sydney and Guangzhou in Guangdong Province, China. The Chinese Garden of Friendship was designed by Sydney’s Chinese sister city, Guangzhou.

Even though I have been living in Australia for so long I have never been inside the Chinese garden. I have walked past the garden numerous times but for some reason never thought to go inside. Last weekend the weather was so good that I and my husband decided that we must go out and enjoy the sunny day. So we took a train to the city and walked to Darling Harbour from Town Hall train station.

We were in the garden by 11am and there were only 3 people on the queue to get tickets to go inside. We got the ticket and it cost us just $6.00. We started our tour from the right hand side door of the garden.

The whole garden cannot be seen from any one point within the garden. It has a number of features including the Dragon Wall symbolizing the bond between New South Wales and Guangzhou, the Water Pavilion of Lotus Fragrance, the Twin Pavilion and The Tea House that offers traditional Chinese tea and other refreshments. The garden is a popular venue for weddings, providing many beautiful backgrounds for photographs.

We were there to enjoy the day so we just walked around the garden and enjoyed the sun taking photos from time to time. There was a big pond in the middle of the garden and it had big colourful fishes. I actually forgot that we were in the middle of the city once we were inside. As spring has started here, there were so my beautiful flowers in the garden. I just loved everything in it: the trees, well-trimmed plants, beautiful spring flowers, calm lotus pond and the magnificent temple.

It was peaceful, serene, beautiful and calming. There is a waterfall which gives the feeling that you are in some national park. There are some alcoves to rest and overlook the whole garden to just soak in its natural beauty. We took so many photos as wherever I turned there was a beautiful view. The garden isn’t large but there are plenty of places to sit and take in the views. It took us about an hour to meander through the garden.

We saw a beautiful bridal carriage which is the imperial bridal carriage was used by Chinese Emperors in ancient times with extremely ornamental decorations. The jade carriage is typical of the historical carriages of past dynasties. It is believed 100 skilful artists were engaged in the laborious and intricate carving work. Over 300 tons of raw jade were used, the finished weight approx. 2 tons.

The carriage has a canopy decorated with entwining dragon motif with two lanterns in front. The main body of the carriage is carved into elaborate openwork of dragon, phoenix and fairies which are the symbol of Luck, Prestige and Authority. The two front shafts are cut as two lively charging dragons, guiding the carriage. Behind the carriage are two ornamental fans, which symbolise Royal Dignity.

The age and the cost of the carriage are unknown, however it is believed the carriage came from the Chinese Province of Guangdong and it is said to be the only carriage known to be outside China.

As we were walking around we saw a few people wearing traditional Chinese costumes and taking photos so we decided to find out more about it.

We found a place in one corner of garden where you can hire a costume for $10 and pretend to be a Princess/Queen/Emperor/Empress. They let you roam the garden with the costumes as long as you like and parade around the gardens and take as many photos as you like.

So me and AS decided to dress up as well and become Chinese for a while. I choose a red dress and the lady in the shop helped me to do my hair. AS choose a dark blue one and even got a long white beard to try with his costume. This was one of my favourite photos of the day.

Once we were dressed, the lady from the shop took a few of our photos. From there we walked the whole garden taking photos in different locations. We felt like we were in some movie walking around in the costumes and taking photos. Lots of people stopped to look at us and a few even asked us to pose so they could take a photo of us :). It was a really interesting experience to feel like we were in China.

I saw two girls wearing the costumes so we took photos with them as well. It was so much fun. I really loved it.

If you feel hungry there is a teahouse. You can also hire a 45-minute audio tour in English and Mandarin, if you like.

For the price, we had an amazing day, relaxing and wonderful.

Prabal Gurung made a 13 years old boy’s dream come true

I have always loved Prabal Gurung and I respect him more now after reading this heart-warming story. I am sure you will start liking him too (if you are not his fan already) after you read this.

If you want to read more about him, you can do it here, here, here and here.

A 13 year old, Jeremy Miller, wrote a hand written note to Prabal Gurung which Prabal posted on his Instagram with the following note.

This melts my heart. The best note I have ever received. Who knew an affirmation for something I love doing would come from a 13 year old. @jerbear_fd601 you really made my day!!! Xo PG

So in reply Prabal sends him a shirt from his collection. Isn’t that sweet of him? Then Jeremy posted the following photos wearing the t-shirt. Prabal Gurung posted the following photo with a note in his Instagram.

Y’all this is my 13 year old Instagram buddy Jeremy who really touched my heart yesterday with his sweetest note so I thought why not return the gesture and look he looks adorable in our Fall12 Tee, no? He reminds me of my own nephew Arhant. @theboyoffashion @jerbear_fd601 dare to dream and inspire all of us. I am excited for your future!!!! PG

I am so touched by his gesture. I hope my dream of wearing his collection and meeting him one day will come true as well. Waiting for his collection to come Down Under!!!

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Traffic chaos around the world

When I think about traffic, I think there is no way the traffic can be as bad anywhere else as in Asia like in Kathmandu, Bangkok, India, Vietnam , Hong Kong, etc. but in the past few months I have been surprised that in Europe, the traffic is worse than in Nepal.

I know Kathmandu has more cars on the road than the road can handle. To cross the bridge from Kupondole to Thapathali, it can take you an hour but believe me that is not as bad as what I saw while touring around the world.

While I was in India, I asked the driver why his car’s side mirrors were closed. He said, it will get scratched (by other cars) if it is opened so he left it closed. Imagine my horror to be in that car for weeks knowing he doesn’t even have side mirrors in use. I was definitely scared about my and my parents’ safety. But after a few hours on the road, I realised that not only the car we were on that had its side mirror closed but every vehicle on the road was using the same trick.

Then I got to experience tuk tuk in Bangkok and I will tell you it is not a great experience that I will cherish. There are so many cars and tuk tuks in Bangkok along with motor cycles and bicycles that you wish you were not sitting in an open vehicle in the summer heat stuck in traffic.

It was the same story in Vietnam with the traffic but in Vietnam we had booked air conditioned car which made our journey bearable. I couldn’t imagine being on a non AC car for 4-5 hours in the summer heat.

But there is one thing common in all these places I have mentioned above. They all have narrow roads with too many vehicles on the road and traffic chaos along with very slow traffic like 40km/hr.

In US, the traffic seems to fine expect in New York. In New York, cars were not even stopping for pedestrians on the pedestrian crossing even when the crossings are so big that you could see it easily from 100 meters away. In other parts of US, they have very wide roads and I really loved their freeway with their exit numbers. Even in peak hours most of the roads seem to cope a lot better than in Asian countries.

My perspective of traffics changed when I landed in Europe for my last holiday. I took a bus tour around Europe but in England we did our own driving.  I drove a very small car for a couple of days and was shocked to see narrow roads everywhere. The good thing was that at least everyone was following the traffic rules so things were under control. While in Germany, we were on a no limit highway where there is no speed limit for cars and we could see that cars were zooming away in front of us. Funnily enough these types of highways are the one that have the least accidents.

Anyway travelling around Europe, everyone told us that wait till you get to Italy and you will realise what crazy traffic is. In my mind I was thinking, I am sure I have seen crazier traffic in Asia.

But the day we reached Italy, Italian drivers proved me wrong. OMG Italian traffic is a real example of chaos. Especially in Rome, there is no room for error. People were driver cars as if they were walking so there were no signals and they were driving the car wherever they can fit it into. And the worst thing is the roads are very small. On top of it, vehicles are parked on both sides of the road. In one occasion, our tourist bus had to reverse almost 500 meters in a tiny road because the place we were supposed to turn right at had a car parked on the corner making it impossible for bus to turn into the road. There was no other option but to return in reverse. I really believe that Italians are really good drivers after driving on those roads for years.

When we left Italy, I thought I had seen the worst traffic in my life but oho boy, how wrong was I. As soon as we entered Paris, I saw more extreme traffic chaos. The freeway we entered in Paris was so busy that we were crawling. The guide was telling us that our hotel was only 15 minutes away but it took us almost an hour to get there. I saw a bike colliding with a car just in front of us as well. Also one of the days we were there, I noticed the main city roads had no white marking so we didn’t know how many lanes it had. To top all this, motor bikes and scooters were everywhere squeezing in wherever they can.

I am sure I still haven’t been to any places like China and Mexico to see more chaos that traffic causes but I am glad I went around at least to these places because it made me realise that we definitely are in a better place in Australia. Next time when I am stuck in traffic, I won’t get frustrated as I have seen worse. I really appreciate the roads and rules we follow in Sydney. I guess all the people who whinge about Sydney’s roads and traffic need to have a round trip to Asia as well as Europe to appreciate how good we are compared to there. I know there are better roads in the world but definitely we don’t have one of the worst ones.

Safe driving everyone!!! Remember no life is worth reaching 5 minutes quicker to any places.

Venice by night and Venetian dinner: Italy

It was afternoon when we reached Italy. Our guide told us that we will have a few hours free before we go to Venice for dinner so me and AS with a few others from our group decided to go on a shopping spree. I was so happy to find a mall close to the hotel. And we ended up buying 2 small suitcases for hand carry on the plane. As we travelled we had bought lots of souvenirs so we were running out of space on our suitcases. I am so glad we bought the suitcases as I was able to do my own shopping and fill up the extra space they allowed. I ended up buying 4 pairs of shoes and 4 dresses. I was so happy that we went to this mall and happier still to find dresses and shoes in my size.

After shopping we went back to our hotel and got ready to go for our dinner trip. We took the bus till the port and then caught a motorboat to go to San Marco. The islands looked so beautiful with old buildings and lots of history. The guide was on a microphone explaining to us what each of the building were.  It was evening by that time and the sunset over the water was beautiful.

We walked to St. Mark’s Square, passing famous buildings, small bridges and inner canals to a typical Venetian restaurant for an aperitif including wine, mineral water and coffee before the four-course dinner. We had bread roll and butter on the table along with wines. We were seated next to a Canadian family and a couple from Brisbane. It was a fun night. The first course was a tomato and goat cheese platter followed by pasta. By then I was really full but main was still to come. For the main I chose chicken and AS had fish. Finally we were served homemade tiramisu as desert. It was really yummy but I couldn’t finish mine as by then I was stuffed like Turkey on thanksgiving. I am not a big fan of 3 course meals; imagine my state when it was four.

After dinner we had some time to explore the area. So we went to St. Mark’s Square and enjoyed listening to the musicians who were playing beautiful music in nearby café. From there we went for a walk and saw beautiful Venice with a cool breeze blowing in from the lagoon; the lanterns coming on, the peeling plaster glowing in the moonlight.

The evening was balmy and we felt quite relaxed, enjoying lovely Italy. There were people in the gondolas enjoying a nice evening ride and some of the shops selling masks and souvenirs were still open. We decided to wait till the next day to shop around. There were still lots of people out enjoying the music and dinner.  It was a really nice evening and I was so happy to have my husband next to me.

We stopped over at Rialto Bridge which is one of the famous bridges in Venice that cross the Grand Canal. In this area, which originally housed the food market, there has always been a canal crossing, at first, a simple bridge of boats, and later a real wooden bridge, made from two inclined ramps with a mobile section in the middle, in order to allow the passage of ships.

Rialto Bridge, a stone arch, was constructed under the supervision of Antonio da Ponte, between 1588 and 1591. We took a few photos there and it was almost time for us to board our boat to go back to the hotel.

On the way back to the mainland, it was a beautiful ride and I could see the beautiful place fading out on the horizon. I was really excited to come to Venice again the next day for proper tour and world famous gondola ride.

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