Dreams of miles away

Dreams of miles away

For the longest time, as far as when my traveling fervor awakened, I’ve always wondered how Europe was like.

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I am aware that I don’t have the greatest knowledge when it comes to the world, history, and many other things but the one place that I always wanted to visit was Paris, specifically because of the Eiffel Tower and the dreamy romantic feel that is spoken about Paris.

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Anyway, not long ago, I thought my dream to go to Europe would just be a dream and one of those things that I’d say I’d do in the “(far) future”. It wasn’t because I didn’t have adequate finance or time but because I don’t own a passport as powerful as I’d like to. Because of this, there are many restrictions when it comes to traveling for me and these restrictions are my biggest fear whenever I have travel plans. Unlike some of my lucky friends, some of us (including me) actually have to work for it (visa application) if we want to make it happen. Luckily, in less than a month’s time, I managed to get my visa sorted. I applied for the Schengen visa, which allows you to visit all the countries in the European Union, so I thought why not visit as many places in Europe while I could right? 😆

Because of my visa, everything was last minute for me and flights and hotels skyrocketed… which I had already mentally prepared myself for and so, even though it cost me an arm and a leg, I wasn’t going to stop. The travel itinerary itself was a muddling process too because of so many options and so my friends and I were still booking train tickets and researching places till the last minute. Finally, before our flight, we were able to decide on France (Paris- 3 days), Switzerland (Zurich, Interlaken- 3 days) and Italy (Florence, Pisa, Naples, Rome – 6 days).

I will probably do separate blog posts writing about the places I visited and share some pictures I took, because if not, this post would probably never be finished.

Still, let me share a few of my favourite shots.

Paris, France

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Zurich, Switzerland

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Rome, Italy

To end this post, I really have to say that this trip reassured me of so many things that we tend to overlook. Sometimes we feel that our dreams may be too big or too far-fetched, but no matter what we want or where we want to go, we will need to work for it. With sufficient effort (perhaps luck as well), anything is achievable… And just like many success stories, if you fail the first/second times, it only means you are that much closer to achieving your dream.

Hope everyone is having an adventurous summer!

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

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Tansen, Palpa [Nepal trip 2017]

Tansen, Palpa [Nepal trip 2017]

There’s always something new to see and learn no matter how many times you visit the same place. Each time is an eye-opener and each time it will just hit you how fortunate you are in your own way.

Last December when I went back for a very short trip to Nepal to accompany my mum, I visited this place called Tansen, which is in Palpa. I always knew my mum’s hometown was Palpa and I’m sure I’ve been there before but I never really thought much about it.

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It took about 2 hours from Butwal to reach Tansen, though it felt so much longer because of the many turns and curvy roads. I’d say it was quite an adventure just sitting there in the car watching yourself go higher and higher in the mountains and to be so near the edge, it almost felt like a slow roller coaster.

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Tansen is an ancient hill town that is located midway between Lumbini and Pokhara. It is located in between Nepal’s two most touristy areas, Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha and Pokhara, known for its trekking heaven. So, if you were to take a road trip between those two places, you’d definitely be passing by Tansen. If you do, you should certainly take a day rest here and enjoy this lively town.

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Tansen to me was like a hidden gem. The fact that the closest city was more than 2 hours away, yet people still created homes and lived in such hilltops was so fascinating to me.

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Because we were in a hurry to get to my mum’s grandmother’s place which was on the way, I wasn’t able to explore the little town bazaar or really go anywhere out the car.

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I never thought I’d see a place so colorful and beautiful. I really hope that I can visit this place again and truly get to immerse in its beauty.

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I know that next time, I will.

 

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

 

 

A Special Woman

A Special Woman

I didn’t send her a present this second Christmas but she still is close to my heart in the sense that she touched my whole-being, a new experience that’ll last for lifetime.

A woman, I would have never crossed paths with if it wasn’t for my immersion trip to Australia. I realise after my trip that she was more than a host to me. I will always remember vividly having dinner together at 7 while watching Australian Idol, the season with Benji Madden. My favourite will always be the thick cabbage soup (name I can’t recall) with warm garlic bread that she used to bake for us. Simple as that, just like her. Then, we used to wash the dishes together, though she wouldn’t let me near the hot water in the basin and instead I would be helping her dry them with a white cloth. We would sit at the kitchen counter for hours sometimes, talking about our future plans, lives and our past. She was around the age of my mother or even a bit older but she became my friend. A true friend that cared about me and in a way, envied my youth, most probably because I was a reminiscent of her childhood. She would always get me in my feet and never let me miss a chance to go out and explore. It’s strange, even if we were from 2 parts of the world, we still had so much in common. “Good on ya!”, she would say time after time, which I still remember so distinctly.

10 weeks at her place and just like that, she became one of the woman that I truly admired and aspired to be. Genuine beauty from the inside and out that made the last day very emotional for the both of us. I don’t know what it is and it’s even harder to put it in words but she was special to me and I really hope my memories of her will still be as vivid when I have kids, just so I can tell them all about this special someone. Though, I’m quite certain I may never see her again, which saddens me. But more than anything, I am beyond glad I was able to meet a unique being at my time in here, which we call life.

 

 

*I had this sudden urge to write about this special woman I got to meet during my time in Australia in fear that my memories of her would fade away in time. This urge came in when I and my friends were talking about our Australian days the other day and I realize how fragile these memories get, no matter how significant to us, it is bounded to perish as time goes by, so by writing this little description of her, I hope to seal the memories of this special woman, so that maybe in 5 to 10 years, it is just as clear as it is today.

 

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

 

 

 

 

 

Foodie Day-out!

Foodie Day-out!

Here I am, starting with “it’s been a while since…” but it’s okay, because sometimes, we simply get so caught up in our lives, even if its accomplishing day-to-day things, I guess it’s okay as long as we know our priorities in life (not that my blog isn’t, just that there are other things on top 🙂 )!

Today, I just felt like sharing a bit of my day with you all. Well, it was a public holiday and a Wednesday that day. I love it when there’s a day off in the middle of the week, which means, it’s one day closer to the weekends! Somehow, it ended up becoming a foodie day!

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First stop was BLT Burger! I cannot say no to Burgers and Fries, they are literally my favourite kind of food! So, I had this beasty BLT Classic burger with fries and of course coke (because the experience wouldn’t be the same without it). I rarely drink coke but I gotta have it with my burger (Anyone can relate to this?!), so it’s a cheat meal for me! Besides the juiciness and tenderness of the patty, I enjoyed the pickle even more! I absolutely love pickles!!!

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And here I am while waiting for our food!

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After stuffing ourselves with some delicious burgers, we had to take a stroll to let the food sink in…. and to be honest, we struggled a bit with food coma (that just means we had an awesome meal)! Anyway, right outside the mall, I decided to take an outfit of the day!

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Very simply but with a touch of girly-ness! The yellow top that I’m wearing is actually a dress but I decided to wear it as a top by belting it on my waist and folding up the upper half, so that it falls the right length and looks more like a top!

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Soon, it was evening and time for dinner, so we decided to hit up our favourite Nepalese restaurant in Jordan, called “Street Food”. The dumpling in the picture is called momo and as much as it looks like any typical Chinese dumpling, it actually isn’t much alike! Momo is a very popular dish in Nepal and there are so many different kinds. Every Nepali loves their momos! The one in the picture is buff momo and the restaurant specializes in it. This is truly one of the best momo I’ve ever tried in Hong Kong! So, if you ever want to try one of the best momo in Hong Kong, then definitely go here!

With good food in my belly, it was a very content day and a day-off well spent! Comment below if you’ve ever tried momo or would love to!

Talk to you lovelies soon! 🙂

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

Outfit details: Top//H&M. Pants// Forever 21. Ballet flats// Forever 21. Scarf//Nepal.

Find me on YOUTUBE?

Find me on YOUTUBE?

Hey everyone,

It’s been a while… & life has been hectic with the starting of my internship this week. For the past few weeks, I have been mentally preparing myself for my internship at a local Secondary school in Hong Kong. For the next 4 months ( a full academic term), I will be working as a practice teacher teaching English to form 4 students and… I’m super stoked yet nervous at the same time! I also feel a major flashback to my own secondary school life such as what teacher qualities I connected with as a student (mainly as a teenager!) and what I enjoyed doing during my time there. I have to say though… it’s not so black and white where I can simply view it from my students’ perspective and mould my teaching accordingly but in reality, there is a lot of weight already burdened on our shoulders before we even begin the school year. Responsibilities to the subject, obligation to the school, coordination within different subjects and even the administrative work for the general office… all these are just some of the work we teachers have to handle. Becoming a teacher myself, I now see my old teachers in a different light and truly understand their everyday struggle, yet it still amazes me how they managed to have a smile every time we faced them! A big THANK YOU and SALUTE to all the hard-working teachers out there! I genuinely believe you are our society’s secret SUPERHEROES!

As for me, I am still a small potato who is yet to dive in the pool. A lot to learn, gain & experience and honestly… I think I am ready to jump in! ❤

Besides talking about my interesting week during my internship, I also wanted to share my first YOUTUBE video! With my noob editing skills, I hope to share memories that were captured in videos with my readers. As much as I take pictures, I take videos as well, so why not just get them into some form that I can always look back at.  I also love watching vlogs and seeing how other people live their ordinary lives, so I might even start vlogging if I get a chance!

This first video that I’m sharing is actually of my immersion trip to Australia that I went to last summer! I’ve taken so many videos with the idea of sharing it on YOUTUBE for myself to look back… & wow, I can’t believe it took me a year to start! I will be sharing more once I get time to edit and stuff.. since I do have… quite a lot, covering all my whereabouts in Australia. For now, I hope you will check out this video and maybe leave a comment & subscribe. 🙂

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

Down the Memory lane: Childhood

Down the Memory lane: Childhood

It has been a good 4 days at the village, in nepali terms “Gau” where my family originally is from and my birth place. To be honest, I am surprised how much I am enjoying my stay despite the constant electricity & fresh water shortage.  

 
My grandparents have finally decided to settle down and so, finally getting to build their dream house next to the one that raised their children and for the first 4 years, me. 
  

Thank god we have a back-up system at our new house that recharges using solar, which comes in handy when power cuts off, so we can still manage basic accommodations such as the ceiling fan (which is a must for Nepal’s Summer) and the lights around the house. 

I can’t pin my favourite part but… One of the thing about staying here is the fresh air & water (when it’s available)! The water comes directly from the mountains and is filtered naturally… So you can only imagine how pure it is!   

 
That’s the view behind our place and I can never get tired of seeing so many greens and rice fields everywhere! Also, my grandfather is a superman; he grows corns, guavas, lemons, chillies and so many more at our backyard!  

 

Okay, I guess I lied, my favourite would definitely be just chilling and killing time with my grandparents and Pappy, our little furry family member! 

  

   

There’s Pappy and my grandpa! He sincerely has a soft heart for animals! 

 

When asking my grandma to smile, there’s the outcome. She always replies, “how do I smile? Like this.. Eeee?!” and goes laughing about how she doesn’t have the teeth to do so! Haha!

 

We also get a lot of love from our opposite door neighbour (a kitten), meowing at our doorsteps, unfortunately, Pappy’s sworn enemy. 
Another amazing thing about going back to the village is discovering gems that hold so dear memories!  

 

For instance, our old kitchen is literally the place my mum gave birth to me! Of course, the kitchen was more traditional back then, but can you imagine??! 

Another thing is going through my things (Thankful my grandparents still preserved them as it was!), even though I cannot recall everything, it’s fun hearing stories related to the objects. Heres a picture of me I would like to share… I was probably around 3 at that time! 

  

My hair was a mess, it didn’t start growing until later. I guess the one thing I can say is that I’ve had pixie short length hair once in my life ! Also, my mum always complain about the fashion disaster caused by my dad in that picture!  

    

I am in love with this place and so glad I got to come back and revisit my childhood! It’s funny how a lot people call out to me when I’m out strolling with the family, “Roshani hoina yo?!!” (Isn’t this Roshani?!) in complete shock! So many unfamiliar faces but amazed after all these years they still remember that little child! 

  

I cannot even begin to describe my experience here but through this short sharing, I hope I can remind myself the beauty in simplicity that’s so rich in this field full of emeralds! 

    

I hope you all are having a wonderful experience this summer! 

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl