OH SO BEAUTIFUL
*These words shall suffice to summarize my Japan trip. For now.
OH SO BEAUTIFUL
*These words shall suffice to summarize my Japan trip. For now.
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.
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. 🙂
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.
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!
Almost a decade and I am back in my home country…
Quite a bumpy ride taking the domestic plane from Kathmandu to Butwal…
But seeing this view and flying through the clouds was simply breath-taking…
Still so lush & beautiful…
Ready for landing, which is the scariest part for me…
Best part of being home is the hand-made food made with so much love… Ditched the forks & spoons, the way to eat nepali is using your hands 😉 !
Love from Nepal,
For the last 2 years, I feel like I have been away for the Summer, which is true; getting myself involved in an exchange programme the first summer and being away for immersion last summer in Australia. For a long time, I haven’t been home (Hong Kong), while most people prefer to be somewhere else taking a tropical vacation, I was actually pretty excited to finally be home and what better time to explore the place than summer time!
Last Friday, me and my bestie took a casual trip to Sai Kung, which is almost 2 hours away from where I live by train. We had to take an additional 10 minute minibus ride since it was quite remote. Well, just like any other trip, the commuting is worth it when you finally reach the destination!
Here’s one of the first shots we took.
You can tell already that it was a very chill & relaxed place. There’s just something so calm about the water that instantly makes everything just flow.
If you are in Hong Kong, this place is called Sai Kung waterfront park. It is basically a long promenade overlooking the sea.
You could hop on different cruises that would take you to some hidden beaches and other activities like snorkelling and boating. For us, these had to wait for another day!
We decided to just stroll around the local town, which was in fact more like a neighbourhood. A very friendly one indeed!
By the way, if you love seafood, I think this would be a mini food heaven for you!
So first things first, we were starving after that long journey and what better way than to have a meaty burger to devour the hunger!
We went to this really cute restaurant/ cafe called “Jam” (btw, there were many unique little cafes that were so homely that you wouldn’t find at city centers with a really good eye for design & archecture that let off very bohemian & retro vibes!)
The lemonade was the perfect choice to refresh and it was sooo good! The milkshake I ordered was quite unique, it was “Apple & Cinnamon” flavored and it was quite a twist to regular milkshakes that I really enjoyed!
The food was very good and it literally took “Jam” into all of their dishes! Can you believe I had my fries with Jam? I asked for Ketchup but they didn’t have it! I think the patty was somehow seasoned with some Jam juice because it was very juicy with an interesting slight sweetness!
The chicken salad was excellent though! I really enjoyed the balance of sweetness & sour!
After lunch, we had a quick stroll and shopped at this vintage shop called “Vintage” (very original isn’t it!) It really was a true vintage shop where you could find almost anything and being a 90s kid, I was pretty excited to see some familiar things!
Just opposite to the vintage shop was this retro-looking cafe called “Five Coffee Company” and they served original coffees! Not the ones you find at starbucks but authentic coffee beans that you could smell from afar! They had other choices of drinks too, such as beers & juices and light snacks!
We went for an iced latte to beat the heat and it was the perfect atmosphere to ponder upon life and silly things!
Here’s my friend posing for a shot (though we really did discussed stuff & took some notes!) haha 😆
After a coffee break we decided to walk till the end of the promenade. The wind was blowing and there were many four-legged friends walking along too!
Seeing a lot of people on the water, literally walking as the water was quite shallow, we decided to try as well!
It was an amazing experience literally walking on water. It took us a while to reach the sand area in the middle of the sea.
Finally reached it! This was actually in the middle of the shallow sea. Then we made our way across to the beach side!
Made it to the mini beach!
You can still see people so far away in the water! That was how shallow the sea was!
Here’s a little outfit of the day I tried to take with the colourful kayaks!
I felt that my outfit was very coachella inspired! A very unintentional though! All that mattered was that it was comfy and very appropriate for the weather!
Oh by the way, we saw cows as well just chilling like any other day munching the grass!
And of course, I had to take this mandatory follow-me- around picture to complete my little adventure!
How is your summer so far? Hope you too are enjoying exploring new or even old places!
For a very long time, well at least I think, I have been craving to get away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong life but it just wasn’t possible with all the assignment deadlines as a student and preparations to be done for the summer course at work! As soon as I submitted my last assignment, I had to celebrate and so last weekend, I planned a mini weekend getaway with my friend to Macau! My short vacay lasted for 2 days (16-18 May, 2015) but I felt like it was one of the most satisfying getaway even though Macau is pretty much similar to HK (in terms of the hustle and bustle in downtown).We checked in Saturday night at this hotel near the beach called the Pousada De Coloane. It lies a bit remote from the city area and we didn’t realize this until we got there, which was about a 40 minute ride form the ferry terminal. Unexpectedly, it was quite worth it hearing the waves hitting the shore early in the morning! So, I would say it’s a great location if you are looking for a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere in a city like Macau! To be honest, from my experience, it actually balanced the day, from shopping and visiting hectic busy areas to winding down and having a piece of mind at the end of the day! I only visited the Macau Tower and the Venetian the first time, so of course I had to visit other main attractions, like the Galaxy, City of Dreams and the Ruins of St. Paul. On the night we arrived, we visited the City of Dreams and partied all night at one of Macau’s top Clubs, called Cubic. It had such a concert sort-of- vibe with its huge stage and the DJ’s hitting their jam on the stage. We literally danced all night and thank god, we decided to ditch our heels before we left the hotel! So yes, we were partying in our flats and vans, but hey we still got free shots and drinks at the bar! 😀
The next day, we could hardly get up and the weather was not cooperating too! It was drizzling all afternoon and we were pretty much stuck indoors for a good 2 hours during lunch at the hotel.Then, late afternoon, we headed to Venetian to explore the casinos and shop around. It was my first time in a casino and it’s not like I even know how things work, so obviously I was only comfortable with pressing as few buttons as possible and to try my luck! So we played the Big Wheel, where we just had to insert a few dollars, choose a number and hope for the best! Then we tried searching for Bath & Body Works, since we don’t have it in Hong Kong and it literally took us like an hour! It was all worth it when we got to smell all those yummy candles (what I was looking forward to most!). It got a bit overwhelming after a while and I ended up getting just 1 candle that I initially smelled and loveeeed! Coconut Leaves! Two of my favorite thing in a jar! JUST AN EXPLOSION OF WONDERFULNESS! Btw, I also went a little nuts over Lush, especially their bath bombs.
Xoxo, Oddinary Girl
How is March going on so far for you? Mine will be for sure hectic in the coming days, balancing work & assignments… & maybe social life, if I continue procrastinating! Basically for the next 2 months, I will be dodging assignment deadlines like bullets & hopefully I will have the willpower to focus & conquer them.
So anyway, one of the way I procrastinate is by going through my photo gallery in my phone and believe me, I could spend hours in there since I never delete my photos even if I have transferred them on my Macbook. So you can probably imagine the thousands of photos saved and my phone’s storage is an everyday struggle. But, today instead of just flicking the photos on my phone, I really wanted to share these photos taken last year at Bondi Beach, Australia. If you are by chance, anywhere near Sydney… GO to Bondi if you haven’t! You will love it!
I had a lovely time just watching the sun set with my friends and enjoying my coffee & my cookies n’ cream donut from Kripsy Kream (sucks we donut have one in HK 😓)! & at that time, it was pretty much vacation for us and we did nut have any worries, watsoever!
OK, now to the point, all I wanna say it
Donut worry! Be happy!
That is…while you can. 🙂
I’ve heard the saying
You will fall in love with this city!
But I rarely come across the idea of falling in love with a country… In my case, my experience in the place down-under, Australia, let’s face it… I’ve fallen in love with the country!
Often I find my friends telling me, “wow I’ve never heard you speak so much of a place other than Australia”. It’s true that I love sharing my travel experiences with my friends and family… But never did I realize “Australia” was the majority of the content. But seriously… There is something so special about that place and it has made its way in my heart at first sight.
Like seriously, how can you not fall for that?