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Anniversary lunch @ Gowings Bar & Grill, Sydney

I am sure if you have been reading my blog for a while, I have mentioned multiple times that AS is an introvert but for our anniversary he surprised me by sending me the following poem.

I wish I could write with such majesty
But woe is me I have no poetry
The only words that come to me
Is “Happy 5th Anniversary”

Years ago you stole my heart      
You have it still my sweetheart
Now with our family on the start
Let’s live happy, never apart

Happy 5th Anniversary my sweetheart!

I have never thought he will ever write a poem for me and to top that up, post that on Facebook. I know it is a big deal for him and he did it for me.

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Apart from that, he also bought me a ring and a beautiful card. He knew I wanted a solitaire diamond ring for a while so he got me one this time. Of course I am very happy to get such a beautiful ring. It was a great start to our Anniversary.

As we are parents now, it is hard for us to take an evening off from Chhori. Also it will be hard for my parents to look after her the whole day and till late evening so we decided it would be best for us to celebrate our anniversary with a lunch instead.

So both of us took a half day off from work and met in the city for lunch. We decided to go to Gowings Bar & Grill, Sydney as one of our friends recommend it.

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As we walked into the QT hotel to the restaurant, we could feel that the décor was very different than normal hotels. The building has a wonderful sense of old-world character with a quirky wall full of old trunks and suitcases and even brick exposed walls.

The ground floor has the Parlour Lane Roasters which is a café that serves freshly brewed coffee and light bites by day, and by night, wine and bar snacks.  Gowings Bar & Grill is located on the first floor. As we stepped out of the lift, we were greeted by a friendly staff. She took us to our table and helped us with the napkins.

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As we sat down on our table and we noticed that there were many corporate people there on their extended lunch and the place was full.

I loved the ambiance of the restaurant with its modern and plush décor. It was definitely different to the previous anniversary’s fine dining experience.

The first thing we were served is two baguettes to start, with Pepe Saya butter. The bread was warm but a bit hard to chew.

Beer Steamed Prawn Cocktail “Re-Dux”

Beer Steamed Prawn Cocktail “Re-Dux”

We started our lunch with the entrée. AS chose Beer Steamed Prawn Cocktail “Re-Dux” served with shredded Iceberg , cucumber, tiny shrimp, tiger prawns, cognac horseradish and fermented tomato hot sauce, squid ink and prawn crackers and I ordered Yellowfin Tuna Tartare lettuce Cups served with kimchi, organic soya sauce, toasted sesame, pickled fennel hearts.

Yellowfin Tuna Tartare lettuce Cups

Yellowfin Tuna Tartare lettuce Cups

Love the tuna as it was crunchy with just the right sauce. Not too sure about the prawns as I don’t like beer at all and it had a strong smell of beer. AS loved it though.

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½ Spick duck

The main meal was ½ Spick duck  served with Paris mash steamed black cabbage and salt bush and Wood roasted free range pork belly which was filled with malt bread stuffing , sage and parmesan wasabi spinach served with mustard apples, Paris mash and black truffle gravy.

Wood roasted free range pork belly

Wood roasted free range pork belly

The pork belly was the highlight for me for sure with such a yummy flavour and the portion was perfect.

Even though it said ½ duck in the menu, we didn’t expect it to be such a big portion. Perfect to share, amazing flavours but it made us too full so we decided that we would order only one desert and share.

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For dessert we had the Finger Lime Coconut Lemon Custard Tart which was served with Buffalo Ricotta Chantilly, green coconut flesh and coconut ripple gelato. The first spoonful came with the powerful flavour of lime and lemon but we love it. We made a good decision to share as we didn’t have much room in our tummy for more food.

Finger Lime Coconut Lemon Custard Tart

Finger Lime Coconut Lemon Custard Tart

Over all we had a great time and an uninterrupted adult conversation. We were so stuffed after the 3 course meal that we decided that we would shop around for a while and then we went for a relaxing hour long Thai massage.

By the time we were done, caught a train and reached home it was around 7pm.

When we opened the door to our home, Chhori was patiently waiting for us. As soon as she saw the both of us walking through the door, her eyes lit up and I knew that she is the best thing out of our relationship and there is no argument about it.

As I opened the baby gate, she came running and hugged and kissed me and the day just became perfect.

Thank you everyone for sending Anniversary wishes. We really appreciate them.

Hope everyone had a great weekend too.

Take care and happy Monday

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Celebrating 5 years of happiness: Happy Anniversary dear husband

Yes it is 24 June again and we are celebrating our 5th Wedding Anniversary. I can’t believe that time has gone by so fast. It was on 24 June 2011, we tied the knot and since then every year we had an amazing anniversary celebration. Here are the links for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Also every year I have been writing a letter to AS to celebrate our milestones (2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015) and here is my letter for this year.

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Dear darling AS,

Five years ago today, we became husband and wife. We didn’t know where we were heading back then but we knew for sure that we belonged together. And now, half a decade later, I can say with absolute certainty that the past five years have been the best of my entire life.

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Our lives have changed so much now that we are parents but every day has been an awesome journey that I would not trade for the world. You are a great friend, husband and my rock.

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Every day, I see Chhori with you, I feel so blessed that we are so lucky to have a man who is so loving, caring, kind, thoughtful, gentle, calm, patient and wonderful in our life.

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I love watching you play with her so patiently and talk to her. I love it when you tell her a story and put her to bed. You both are all that I could wish for in my life.

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Thank you for believing in me and for helping me believe in myself. You are a phenomenal dad and an even better husband. I am looking forward to so many anniversaries with you.

Happy Anniversary!!!

Always Yours,

M

P.S: We are going to lunch at Growings Bar and Grill and for a much needed massage afterwards so I’ll update with more later.

Till then take care.

XOXO

M from nepaliaustralian

Happy 35th Anniversary Dad & Mum

Thirty-five years of marriage…wow, that is a long time! That is how many years my parents have been married for. Lucky for us, they were in Sydney so I, my brother along with AS and my SIL decided that this was the time to celebrate.

My parents were not very keen to have a celebration at first but the as we talked about it they came around and finally we decided to have the celebration for their 35 years of union.

Why do I admire my parents and their 35 years of marriage?

First of all they had an arranged marriage as I have talked before in my blog. They met only a couple of times before their marriage. But their marriage has everything a couple needs to have in a successful marriage and I am so proud to call them my parents.

It is said that you don’t really appreciate your parents until you become one, and I have to say that is at least partially true. I admit that I probably never truly appreciated how hard it is to raise a child until I had Chhori. Now I truly understand the sacrifices they made so I and my brother could get the best possible things in our life. I am not sure I will ever be able to match that with my children but I will surely try.

My parents have also taught me many lessons in my life. They have taught me that love is true and that love can last forever. I love my parents and I am proud to be their daughter.

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So to celebrate the special day, we booked a restaurant, invited 40 – 50 close friends and family and made the day one to remember. I made sure my mum was dressed like a bride in a red saree and dad in his finest suit.

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We ordered a cake with their old photo on it and decorated the restaurant with banners and balloons.

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The evening started with a family photo shoot and as guests started to arrive, the fun began. We had lots of fun with drinks, food and dance. Sharing a few photos from the day.

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Happy anniversary, Dad and Mom!

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Have a great week everyone.

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Happy 4th  Anniversary

Today is our wedding anniversary. Like every anniversary, I am writing a letter to my dear hubby.

Wedding Ceremony

My dearest AS,

Happy 4th Anniversary my darling.

I want to let you know that every passing year, my love has only deepened because it always gives me more opportunities to appreciate how amazing you are. I believe now that a love that has endured this earthly test can never end and I swore to love you for time and all eternity.

The way you love me, the way you have come into my life, I wish the journey shall never be end till I die. Thanks for making the day special in my life. Happy Anniversary A, you are my soul mate and I was incomplete without you.

Thank you for always being there and helping me to be all that I can be. Also thank you for the biggest gift of my life, our daughter Chhori.

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All my love, Now and always!

Yours M

XOXO

M from nepaliaustralian

P.S: We are going to dinner with family tonight so update you more later. Till then take care.

My Valentine’s Day 2015

Normally I love Valentine’s Day and as you know from my previous posts from past here , here and here, I plan things for the day in advance.  But when you are as heavily pregnant as I am, you are not as excited about Valentine’s Day. All I want these days is to get a good night’s rest and for baby to come to this world safely.

So when AS asked a few days ago, what I wanted to do for Valentine’s Day which fell on a Saturday this year, my answer was to stay home and rest. I did get my wish and lots more for sure.

I know Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean just red roses, cards, chocolates or gifts but it means love, care, hugs and affection and I am so glad to have a partner who showers me with all that and lots more.

As I told you before, I keep waking up in the middle of the night, these days and it is so hard to go back to sleep. So on the morning of 14th, I woke up early (4am) and was struggling to go back to sleep. I was so thirsty as well and to my dismay, the bottle next to my bed was empty so I woke AS and ask if he could get me some water.

What he came back with took my sleep and tiredness away and made me so happy for rest of the day. He had a bouquet of roses and a wonderful card. I am not sure how he manged it but every year he manages to surprise me and make me so happy. He makes me feel like a Princess and he is definitely the best man a woman could ever wish to have by her side.

valentine's day (3)The roses were just perfect and card was heart touching.

It read:

To You,

My Lover, Partner and Friend

on Valentine’s Day

I wish one special word

could describe

all you mean to me…

1 word that would say

parent, friend,lover

all in one

…but since a word like that

doesn’t exist.

I hope you know that

when I say “I love you”,

I mean all that and more…

because you mean

everything ti me.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Anyway after that, he made sure I was comfortable and OK and put something on the TV for me (normally this helps me go back to sleep). I must have drifted back to sleep soon after as I don’t know when I fall asleep.

In the morning, we had a nice home cooked breakfast and had a great-relaxed day.

valentine's day (1)This pregnancy is getting to me for sure because, by afternoon I was sleepy again so decided to take a nap. I was awakened by the nice aroma of food. I really did not know what was happening so I went to the kitchen.

My hubby was busy preparing lunch for us and he was almost done. He asked me to relax and served me homed cooked yummy lunch. It was a really great idea than going out this year for sure. The rest of the day we enjoyed each other’s company. My day was so perfect that sometimes I couldn’t believe what I have done to deserve a husband like him. Seriously, I couldn’t have asked anything more.

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I fall deeper in love with him and he is definitely one of the most caring and handsome man that ever walked on Earth. I have to say he is the most important man in my life on this day and he always knows how to make me feel precious and beautiful and I am so blissfully happy to have found the perfect man.

Can you believe this is the last valentine’s day that will be between two of us only, then for rest of our life, we will have another addition to our family, our daughter to make our love even stronger,

So how was your Valentine’s Day? Hope you all had a blissful day too.

Take care,

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO 

Our Story – “Wanjala” ceremony- Part 48

This is a continuation of my previous posts. Please read the previous posts here.

This is a ceremony where the newly wed bride is taken to the temple of the Kuladevata (family deity) where the bride is introduced to the god as a new member of the family and in front of the god, the groom puts Sindoor on the bride’s forehead and hair partition.

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The very next morning after I came to AS’s house, we went for Wanjala. It was me, my MIL, AS’s aunts and AS. We drove to the temple and waited in the queue for the priest to be free.

Wanjala

Once he was available, we handed him all the things for the Puja along with Sindoor from the Swayamvar ceremony. He performed some rituals and prayers and then asked AS to put Sindoor on my forehead. My MIL held a red and gold cloth from behind and, AS put the Sindoor on my forehead. Then I had to touch AS’s feet to get his blessing.

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Then we went around the temple to get the blessing from the gods. Once all the pujas were done, we sat down and ate the sagun we had brought from home. It is considered a good sign to eat around the temple.

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More on wedding on next post, till then, take care.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Our Story – “Jwain Bhitraune” ceremony- Part 47

This is a continuation of my previous posts. Please read the previous posts here.

Jwain” means son in law in Nepali. After the wedding when the newly married couple visits the bride’s home for the first time, the groom has to give Supari to all the close members of the bride’s family and is introduced to the members of the bride’s family. The event also comprises of the bride’s family presenting the groom with gifts such as clothes, shoes and even jewellery.

When we (me and AS) came to my parent’s home for the first time, all my relatives were waiting for us. It was exciting as it was the first time a son in law visits the house after the wedding. It is the ceremony where the, groom is introduced to the bride’s family members. The funny thing was he already knew all of them.

The preparation was all done before hand so we went straight to the room where Supari ceremony going to start. AS sat down alongside his brother and my aunt (the eldest member of the family) started the ritual.

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Like most ceremony, she put tika to Lord Ganesh and then to AS. Then AS gave supari to my parents and it return they gave him a suitcase which had a suit, a shirt, shoe, socks and perfume. Then Supari was given to rest of the family and my brother gave him a watch and other relatives gave him money.

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As it was only close relatives it didn’t take long. After that we had dinner. It was fun to be back at my parents’ home.

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The days following the wedding, AS and I had to visit all my close relatives. They performed simple puja and give him Sagun. It is called “Jwain Bhitraune” in their home. Normally this process takes many days as you go to various relatives one day at a time but we finished this process all in one day. We visited all my relatives and we had breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner and more snacks in different relatives’ homes.

In Nepal, everyone loves to feed you and they don’t like an empty plate so by the end of that day we had so much Sagun and food that both of us were completely stuffed. My relatives also gave us some cloths as gifts.

Till then, take care.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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