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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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Austria

Vienna is extremely clean with beautiful architectural buildings and stunning statues everywhere. We had our local guide to take us through the Ringstrasse and numerous magnificent buildings, such as the MAK, the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum, the cultural district the Museums Quartier, the City Hall and the Burgtheater. She was really good with lots of information.

On the way back to the opera we passed by the Belvedere Palace, the former summer residence of Prince Eugen, which houses the largest and the most precious Gustav Klimt collection in the world.

 Hofburg Palace

Hofburg Palace was the home of the ruling Hapsburgs until 1918, when all royalty was wiped out by WWI. It’s a beautiful and massive complex, and the main building now houses the National Library. The initial part is a museum of “Sissy” – Elizabeth, wife of Franz Josef, who was popular and well-loved Queen of Austria.  She was originally Bavarian and revered by everyone at the time as the most beautiful person. At the age of 15, she was chosen over her sister Helena to marry the Prince of Austria. Sissy was considered beautiful and mysterious, and became a cult figure similar to Princess Diana when she was tragically assassinated in her later years. Her life was extremely interesting.  The rest of the palace houses the imperial apartments.  Every citizen had the right to a private audience with the emperor, so many of the rooms were geared to this event.

In front of the palace there is the statue of Prince Eugene of Savoy. He was one of the most successful military commanders in modern European history, rising to the highest offices of state at the Imperial court in Vienna.

From there we went to  St. Stephen’s cathedral .

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

The St. Stephen’s Cathedral has a very pretty exterior.  The church sustained serious damage in WWII when a fire broke out; the roof burned and its large bell crashed to the floor.  Originally built in 1240, it is a beautiful church in the Gothic style.

The cathedral is large and beautiful. There are tombs where the old Bishops are buried. Since its earliest days, St. Stephen’s Cathedral has been surrounded by cemeteries dating back to Roman times, and has sheltered the bodies of nobles and commoners. It has always been an honour to be buried inside a church, close to the physical presence of the saints whose relics are preserved there. Those less honoured were buried near (but outside) the church. Because of the colourful glasses on windows, multi-coloured light surrounds the cathedral making it bit difficult to see things as well as to take some nice photos.

We were there in the morning and it was quite busy.

Salzburg

Salzburg is just beautiful with its medieval Old Town . Salzburg is set on the edge of the Alps and the Fortress sits high atop a mountain overlooking the town.  We crossed the Salzbach River to the Old City and headed to the famous Getreidegasse.  All the stores on this street put up iron signs above their doors with images of what to find within for those who couldn’t read.  And it is nice to see that till date the tradition has been maintained. Salzburg Cathedral was really beautiful even though it was destroyed in WWII.

Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey is an Austrian Benedictine abbey, and one of the world’s most famous monastic sites. It is located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river Danube in Lower Austria, adjoining the Wachau valley.

It is symbolic to the 18th century excess of the baroque period by the religious aristocracy of the time. This is simply a superb place. The 30 year restoration of this Abbey was well done, and it is truly a jewel architecturally. Famous people and royalty have stayed within its walls and one certainly gets a sense of ”place” going through the various rooms.

The Abbey Chapel is really beautiful .There are also beautiful gardens and a pavilion, as well as a bastion and a nice restaurant with terrace rest and relax.

Mirabell Palace and gardens

Mirabell Garden is located right in the heart of Salzburg and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy. There is fortress, fountains, a gnome garden, small hedge maze and a great rose garden. If you have watched Sound of Music, you will realise that “Do-Re-Mi” song was filmed in this garden. A lovely place to stroll through with shade from large trees and overhanging trellises.

Wörthersee: Lake Worth

On the way to Italy we stopped over in this beautiful town called Wörthersee where there is an elongated lake that stretches from the Carinthian capital Klagenfurt in the east to Velden in the west.

The Wörthersee is the biggest of the Carinthian lakes. The lake is crystal clear and the scenery beautiful. The lake is at the base of the mountains with small resort towns dotting the shoreline. In summer you can have a lot of activities, like swimming, surfing, sailing, and fishing making it very popular. We had lunch in the restaurant overlooking the lake.

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Slow down people, smell the flower

This morning when I was waiting for the lift in my apartment, one of my neighbours came to wait for the lift as well. I had already pressed the button to call the lift and it was visible as the red light was on. But she kept pressing the button as if it would bring the lift quicker. Once the lift came she rushed inside and I follow her. I press the ground floor button. She was going to do the same floor so she pressed the already pressed button few times. She looked so impatient in the lift and as soon as the door opened at the ground floor, she rushed out. I was just wondering what the rush was about. I have seen so many people rushing to their destination all the time.

I always see drivers’ impatience trying to change lanes in busy traffic even though they know it won’t get them to their destination any sooner. Even though they run red light in one place, I normally catch them at the next red light anyway so I don’t understand why they are risking their own and others life like that.

Today on the way to work I just wanted to observe people who are rushing somewhere. They all seemed a bit grumpy and were just rushing around.

I know we all feel that we are time poor and it makes us to do things quickly whenever possible. But I also know that you can’t run on a moving train or jump off the airplane to get to your destination quickly.

I am equally guilty of rushing all the time. I always want to do things quickly so I want to sit down and relax as soon as possible. Often I find I can’t really relax until the work is done. But lately being married to AS, I have learned how to relax a bit. I still have a long a way to go.

Sometime when I read stories like this, it hits me hard. Often we don’t appreciate small things in life until we lose them.

In today’s world where everyone is running after money and power, there are not many people who will stop and smell the flower. We have so many ambitions and dreams that in order to fulfil them we are forced to work hard and keep working. Gone are the days when people would always have dinner as a family,   visiting their friends and relatives regularly and just enjoy simple pleasures of life.

Have you ever heard your parents or grandparents saying the time has gone in the blink of the eye? It is so true for everyone. One day we will be old and when we look back at our own life, what do you want to see. For me, I want to see a gal and woman who enjoyed every minute of her life with less regrets, surrounded by love and laughter.

Have you ever noticed, if you smile while walking on the street, in most cases you will get a smile back from a complete stranger? That is how easy and simple life is. So stop making it complicated and enjoy the small happiness in life. For some it may come as cooking, gardening, baking, or writing. Whatever you enjoy, just go ahead and do it as this time will never come back in your life.

There is a saying by Will Rogers, “Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save”.  So I am making an effort this week to slow down a bit and enjoy things around me. And here are few things on my plan list to make it a better life.

  • I am planning to catch up with family and friends so I can enjoy their company and share life.
  • I will be going to some place nice this weekend and appreciate nature’s beauty. It is almost spring in Sydney and it is so beautiful everywhere. May be a picnic in a park will be a great way to relax.
  • Spend more time with my handsome husband without distractions like TV, mobile or books.
  • I will plan my life more so I don’t need to rush and get frustrated.
  • I always wanted to mediate because I heard that it helps us keep clam. I will definitely try that.
  • I will exercise more and look after my body without making any excuses.
  • I will call my parents and tell them I love them a lot.
  • I will try to get the negative thoughts out of my head and think more positive.

 Will definitely let you know how it goes. Please share your own versions 🙂 and please don’t forget to smell the flowers …