I used to say that I was a pessimist but down there in my heart, I was a skeptic person. After every test, I took or interview I took I would worry a lot about the consequences. I would doubt myself even though other would praise about my work. I would always feel like they were just bragging about things. After coming to Melbourne everything changed, I changed. The way I would perceive myself changed. I started praising about myself, taking care of myself, started being a pessimist and this time I did not doubt myself. All this happened because I learned how to sail by the edge. Continue reading “Sail by the edge”
Let me take you to Aretha’s 1st birthday party and also share you about the new culture I observed.
My Philipino friend invited me to her niece’s 1st birthday lunch/party and it was exciting experience. It was a complete different scenario from how we celebrate any occasions in my home country Nepal. The theme of the event was ‘Ahoy Sailor‘.The venue was beautifully set and decorated with balloons , cup cakes, matching cutlery and mouth watering foods. I had an opportunity to meet people from diverse background who was there to celebrate the little kid’s birthday.
The food was main attraction of the event I must admit. There were many types of authentic food from Philippines. Some of the main dish were Calderata (beef stew), Pancit (Noodles) and Lechon(roasted pork). The food were delicious I couldn’t stop but put everything in my plate so that I could try them.
The main feast : Sushi, Caldereta, Lechon, Pancit, Lumpia (this is only some portion of the food, I would need another plate to fill up other kind of dishes)
The mouth watering :Lechon
Now comes the games :
After eating the huge feast my friend and I hosted some games for the kids. The games played were bring me something (where we would mention an object and the kid who brings the right object first would win it) and musical chair. Not only the kids but the adults were engaged and enjoying the games.
The event was a blast there was delicious food, games, face painting and cakes. To wrap up I enjoyed the event a lot, we shared happiness, celebrated a special occasion, tried new dishes, had an opportunity to learn and observe new culture , made new friends and connection.
Balancing work and study life is the most difficult thing an international student face. As an international student without any network and experiences, it is still difficult for anyone to get a job.
Today I am not here to discuss how difficult it is to find a job but I am here to share about what things one can learn from the Job Hunting Journey.
Being optimistic, Yes I will get it.
2.Learning to become patience
Waiting for the response but still not giving up.
3.Increase in Confidence level
You have that confidence that you can excel any interview.
4.Coming out of comfort zone
It’s a courage to wake up to the random place and asks random people for the job.
5.Excel your communication skill
After speaking to people from the diverse language you learn to communicate well.
My day starts with you with the every sip that freshen me up and makes me energised,
You have been with me forever and you brighten up my day when I feel drained,
You are the best mate when it comes to exam cause you help me gather all my knowledge in the tiny storage in my brain,
Sometimes you are even my confidence booster and nervousness extractor cause one sip of your taste makes me feel like I can beat any fears,
Thank you for being the best mate so far and hope our friendship longs last forever and ever.
Life’s a roller coaster once you get on the ride you
don’t get out of it driving through a straight road.
Not every steep and trough will give you an exhilarating feeling
Sometimes you feel nothing And sometimes you are emotionally drained
Sometimes you just forget why you started the ride
And it’s sometimes when the ride takes to a point where you want to scream out to get off or jump off from the seat.
However, after the amazing ride is finished you have contended that the ride was fun although scary.
So life is a roller-coaster where the up and downs are that gives you the strength to ride on a more dangerous ride and makes you calm when the ride finishes.
Saturday 25th April 2015, has already been marked as the BLACK DAY for all the Nepalese around the world because of the deadliest tremor that had hit their life. Thousands of people died, got badly injured physically and mentally, building collapsed, house wrecked, people were traumatized. It shook their heart and house as well. The ‘home’ where they sheltered themselves for protection was no safer to them. They started finding for shelter in the open field.
Life has been on the hook since then. People do not know what to do next. They cannot assure the safety under their own roof. Education system, industries, companies and most of other business has been affected and some shut down. The economy of the country has been affected as a whole although only eight out of 75 districts had been affected.
As life was returning back to the normal Nepalese life, another big quake again shook the most parts of the country. They were living with hope until then but that hope that had kept motivating them to uplift their life got shattered within a nanosecond. Smile had already been faded away and on top of that the last hope has also been lost in Nepal. They are urging the God for good fortune for all the Nepalese.
A sudden shake of the chair rings the fear of alarm in my heart nowadays. Nepalese heart has felt so hollow that even a clinch of sound can startle the whole body. With this fear unlike others I had the same terror of the quake feeling. With some six families and mine we had sheltered in a corner of my garden. The first week of the earthquake days were so spine chilling that no one could even have the feeling of dizziness. The aftermath made our life more fearful. We felt everyday as that last moment of our life. Hopefully we all are still alive with a new spirit that we can still move on with our life. I don’t know why but looking at the people staying under the tent beside the pavements and some open space that weren’t secured to them made me feel like I was one of the lucky amongst others living a luxurious life right now although I was living in the corner of the garden (although it wasn’t that comfortable to sleep on the wooden plank and the mattress). We have been watching movies each night after the second big quake with the help of projector. I somehow felt like time was going back to the stage when the village had a single television set and all the people would come together to watch some program .Watching movies together with some 30 people made me feel like I was in a small movie hall but there were people to share the funny parts of the movie. The laughter made us feel us release our stress somehow. We even made different dishes together (such as panipuri , chatpate ,chips ) which made me feel like every day was a picnic. Although we were living with fear there was always some humor that would spice up the moment.
Life has been a divine favor for us until now. It has gifted us the reason to be happier because of the second life after the dreadful tremor. And it has given a meaningful lesson which wouldn’t have been realized had the quake not struck the Nepalese heart. Well, money and fame is not the strength of the human being but it is the company we get from fellow human being, our greatest strength. When the quake hit us we did not care about our money or the home but we ran from it with the fear that it would be the reason that could take our life. But we searched for the helping hands to at least share a warm hug in that devastating situation.
Nepalese have not yet lost faith in God and his blessing and everyone is living with the hope that tomorrow’s sunshine will bring a brighter smile in them.
Lastly, Earthquake took many things that were dearest to us but it did left us many lessons that could build the new Nepal.
This was written during earthquake and I wanted to share here because it gives me a courage and hope that even after those black days I am here in beautiful city of Melbourne sharing this after two years starting a beautiful life as an international student.
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