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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

XOXO

Take care

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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

XOXO

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

XOXO

Last week of Autumn

Last Saturday was the last day of autumn and winter is officially here.

On Friday after work, we decided to go to eat at our local Vietnamese restaurant. I am a big fan of their rice paper rolls so we ordered that with quails and had Vietnam’s style fried rice. The food was nice and we both loved it. It was a great start of the weekend and we were relaxed walking back home. Sometimes not having to cook seems to take so much stress out of our life :).

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On Saturday morning, I went for my usual run. I normally run with a my friend of mine and it is so easy to go the distance when you have company. We ran for over one and half hours and was glad that my step count reached over 11,000. That really made my morning as I am still counting my steps every day. It was drizzling at one point and I just loved the rain. I got to run in the rain after ages and it was quite refreshing. One of the reasons I love this walking track because we get a great view of the beach no matter what time of the year it is. It is always so rewarding.

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After the run, we had our normal breakfast and waited for my SIL to drop off my nephew. We were babysitting for the afternoon and it was exciting for us. My nephew has grown up so much (gonna be 2 years next month) and is very cheeky. If he makes any mistake, he goes around and kisses everyone so no one will scold him. We had fun watching him, playing with him and running round with him.

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In the evening, my SIL picked him up so we decided to go to city. It had been a sunny afternoon so it was the perfect evening to go and watch Vivid Sydney. I will share more pics from the day in another post.

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Sunday started very slow as we had no plans. AS was still asleep and as it was cold outside so I decided to stay in bed and paint my nails. I normally do that once a week and I am learning to do it differently this each week. Here is what I ended up with.

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When I was almost done, AS work up; I wanted to get out of the bed too but AS asked me to stay in bed and he will fix breakfast for us. I really like these gestures from him and having a lazy and spoiled weekend makes me feel cheerful. I reminded him that we have hardly anything left in the fridge so maybe we need to out for grocery but he assured me we are OK. Therefore, I watched an episode of Downton Abbey while he cooked breakfast. At the back of my mind I was wondering what we are having for breakfast as I knew we were out of bread.

So after almost an hour in the kitchen, AS called me and he served me this for breakfast.

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Yes we had samosa and deviled eggs and tea. We also had some Jeri (sweets) to finish off the breakfast. I am very pleased as he used what we had to cook and I have to admit he is becoming better and better every day in the kitchen. In addition, he is so romantic and caring 🙂

It was raining in the afternoon so we stayed in, watched a movie and relaxed. By evening I was over with the indoors and stared to become grumpy and of course, my knight in shining armour came to the rescue again. He got a pair of socks for me and asked to put it on. The nhe started a salsa tutorial on YouTube and that was the start of our fun evening in.

AS and I had taken salsa classes before but separately so it was so much fun to learn again and practice together. As salsa dancing can be very intimate, I enjoyed it a lot. After an hour dancing I was in a happy mood as we had so much fun.

I have to admit he is a very good partner as you need male partner to lead and he was doing an excellent job.

Hope you guys had a great weekend too.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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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