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Queen’s Birthday long weekend

Last weekend was a long weekend in Sydney as we celebrated birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. Normally we plan out-of-Sydney trips during long weekends but this time we didn’t. One of the reasons was because it was predicated to rain every day. How frustrating,I know.

When I came home after work on Friday, I was a bit annoyed that we had 3 days off and it seemed like we might be home most of the time. I was just venting my frustration when AS got me the socks. Now I know when he gets me the socks, he wants us to salsa. I really didn’t want to as it was a rainy day and I had been busy at work and was tired. All I wanted to do was rest and relax in front of the TV. I gave in when he asked me very sweetly a few times.

So, we danced the salsa for almost an hour and it definitely lifted my mood. I was happy when we had a light dinner and were off to bed. Sometimes I do need a bit of a push to do something and most of the time AS is there for that for which I am always glad.

Anyway, we woke up to a beautiful sunny morning on Saturday.


There was no way we were staying in so after breakfast we jumped into a car with some friends to go for a long drive toward Wollongong, aseaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, 82 kilometres south of Sydney. It was a nice drive but there was heaps of traffic on the road. It looked like everyone had the same idea when they woke up to an unexpected but beautiful and sunny morning.

Our destination was the Lagoon Seafood Restaurant located by the sea, which features an excellent à la carte menu. We had seen it featured in a program on TV and many good food guides so we wanted to try the amazing food.

We reached the restaurant just before 2 pm and all of us were already starving. We had made the booking beforehand so we got a table next to the window which had a great view. We ordered Salt & Pepper calamari, BBQ Seafood Platter and Hot & Cold Seafood Platter.

The lagoon (5)

So we had Lobster mornay, Moreton Bay bugs, BBQ king prawns, Kilpatrick & mornay oysters, scallops in the shell, BBQ octopus, salt & pepper calamari, barramundi pieces, tempura prawns, blue swimmer crab, natural oysters, fresh prawns & smoked salmon which were just delicious.

The lagoon (1) the lagoon

The portions were huge and we all were full but we still wanted some dessert. We decided to share and ordered a Cheesecake and a passionfruit coconut cake. They were delicious as well and we were glad we did order them.

The lagoon (4) The lagoon (2)

After lunch, we walked for a while near lagoon and it was just beautiful evening with sun setting on the horizon.

wollongong sunset

For a winter day, it was quite warm and beautiful.


On a whim, we decided to go for a movie so we jump into the car again and made an almost 2 hour journey back to Sydney. We picked Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt as everyone seemed keen on that movie. It was a good movie and all of us loved it. We had a perfect day with perfect company.

On Sunday, we woke up again expecting a gloomy day but again we were blessed with a sunny day. It was such a great feeling to have a beautiful weekend. We had a lazy breakfast at home and caught up on our TV series. I felt like having pani puri so made one for lunch. It was delicious as always.

pani puri

It was a relaxing afternoon and by evening we were ready to go out. We decided to go for a massage and dinner. Luckily, our regular Thai massage was not booked out so went for an aroma therapy massage.

 It is always so great when you go in with a sore body and come out fully relaxed. All the girls there are really friendly and do a great job. After the massage, both of us were fully charged so went for a walk hunting for a restaurant for dinner.

Finally, we decided on a Vietnamese restaurant. AS ordered three-way pork dish, which was really yummy and I ordered my favourite papaya salad with prawn and pork. The portion size was just perfect for us.

papaya salad three way pork

We ended our meal with Jasmine tea which was nicer that I expected. That ended our lazy Sunday.

jasmine tea

As we had a lazy Sunday, I told AS that we must have busy Monday as it is the bonus day and we should make the most of it. He agreed and we were excited to wake up to yet another beautiful sunny morning. Quickly, we got ready and went out for brunch.

We tried a new café where they served an amazing breakfast. AS ordered the big breakfast and I had Spanish omelette. The food was amazing but my omelette was so big that I could not finished it.

breakfast (2) breakfast (4)

I like my hot chocolate too.

breakfast (1)-tile

The day was looking good so after the breakfast, we decided to go for a walk on the nearby beach.

It was a perfect blue sky and no black clouds but slightly windy at the beach. We sat on the beach for a while and talked. I love all the session we have where we just talk about everything in our life. I really think these times we spend together are so precious and glad we do it so often. I believe that in every relationship good communication is very important.


After a while, we decided to walk the few kilometres of the coast line. It was nice to see so many people on the beach just relaxing or playing volleyball.

As we were walking the sky suddenly turned grey and sun went hiding behind them and it started drizzling and we had nowhere to hide.

We hadn’t brought the umbrella with us so we just ran for our car which was parked a few blocks away. We kept running and giggling as the wind tried to take my scarf away but we had a blast in the rain. As the rain was not heavy, we were not that wet but it was fun running, made me feel young and happy again

After the unsuccessful walk ,we decided to go to the mall where we looked around for a while, decided we were tired so did our grocery and came back home.

The timing was perfect as we Skyped with our parents in Kathmandu, watched the latest episode of Games of Thrones and enjoyed my Jamie’s Oliver’s Chicken tikka masala with brown rice for dinner.

It was the perfect unplanned long weekend.

How was your weekend everyone, hope all of you in the north are enjoying your summer, (I am so jealous).

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian


Lock it away

In life small things give you pleasure. But at the same time, sometimes we are so blinded by the big picture we miss small things. 

So I am writing my experience from last weekend about my own failure to notice minute things. 

Last weekend, I went for a drive to NSW south coast, one of the magnificent drives near the sea. It was with AS and our friends, DS, DR and DS’s parents who are visiting from Nepal. I just loved the drive and had passed via that road many times to go to Wollongong.  One of the best parts of the drive is to pass through the Sea cliff bridge. You will agree with me that, the view is just breath-taking and so many TV ads for cars are shot there.

While we were there, her parents mentioned that, they saw in one of the TV serials in Nepal that there is a bridge where you write your name on a padlock and lock it on the railings at the side of the bridge. Then you throw the key into the sea with all you bad luck. As they had seen that, they wanted to go there and do the same. 

But to my surprise I had never heard about that before. In my mind, I was trying very hard to think if I had seen or heard or read anything like that but nothing came to mind. Thanks to the latest phone, we have internet on the go so AS Goggled it. To our surprise it said it is in the south cost in Seacliff Bridge and luckily we were only a few kilometres away.

So we parked the car and started walking to the bridge. I have driven over that bridge so many times before but never saw the padlocks so we thought of asking a few people where on the bridge, it is. Surprisingly even the local people had no idea what we were talking about. Anyway, we walked towards the bridge and to our surprise, there they were. Lots of padlocks from the start to end of the bridge and I had never noticed them before. I guess I was so mesmerised by the view that I failed to look at the railings with their padlocks on the bridge. 

I started examining many locks there. Some of them had names of the bride and groom with their wedding dates or husband or wife with their anniversary year and wedding dates. It was so wonderful to see so many couples showing their love. Then there were some with names of the whole family or names of mates. Also I found some locks with names of people who had passed away. 

Once I came back home I had to know what that was all about so again I asked my good friend Google and found the following information from website click here   for more info.

It was started by a couple, John and Fay who lived in Helensburgh and  saw something similar in Cinque Terre,Italy when they visited Europe. In 2006 John wanted to surprised his wife on their 40 years anniversary so he engraved their names with their wedding date on a padlock and locked it on that bridge. So romantic!!! And now there are so many of them following their foot steps. 

One the way back to the car, we saw one more amazing thing, a tree with thongs (sandals) pinned to it. I am guessing that would be a one of its kind. 🙂

Here are some pics from the day