A CELEBRATION TO NEVER MISS…

Do you know how to celebrate special occasions during the lockdown? Since March this year, everything has changed due to the pandemic. Our everyday life isn’t the same anymore. We’re now getting accustomed to so many new habits and changes that we’ve never thought of before, like I’m studying online from the past six months, though I’ve never had to experience this, and online learning was a taboo for me a while ago.

EID DAY 2020

One of those changes is the way we celebrate Eid (a major Muslim festival) this year. This weekend, we were very busy with the joyful activities of Eid-ul-Azha. However, we’ve been unable to visit many people’s homes since the government is raising restrictions again in New South Wales, after the sudden rise of virus cases in the State of Victoria.

But this is Eid, the day that occurs just once in a year, and we don’t want to miss a single opportunity in making a unique and memorable day. Everything is essential, from special Eid prayers and new dresses to flavorsome food and exchanging gifts.

Eid brings back a bunch of memories from childhood. I remember back in the days when I was a teenager, I used to visit every house on my street to get a glimpse of animals they’ve got to sacrifice. The brown goats were always my favorite (they are too innocent by face) and those attractive white cows with black polka dots all over their body and a large black mark around one of the eyes. Not only were the animals the exciting stuff, but the noise of children that used to echo everywhere in town when someone brings a cow from the farm into their home. Childhood is indeed the most joyful time of everyone’s life.

So we had Eid on Saturday, just two days ago. I was both excited and fearful. It’s exciting because it’s a celebration day and a day to sacrifice for the sake of God and protect our wealth from evil eyes. But fearful because we’re trying our best to keep social distancing, and Eid is all about meeting with the loved ones.

Anyhow its all about how we manage to do certain things and adapt to certain situations. So, my husband and I decided to invite only brother and sister on the Eid day rather than inviting many other friends (we missed them so much!).

Eid day is incomplete without having a luxurious feast, which is usually to serve a beef or mutton meal to the guests. I was more interested in frying a liver for my guests. Though I had to accept that I always messed this one up, I overcook this particular dish. Share me a recipe of the beef liver in the comments, please.

After discussing for long, my husband and I decided to make a meat Lentil soup (aka Beef Haleem), especially for the Eid. Beef Haleem takes about three to four hours before it gets ready for serving. I was a little freaked out with this one too, as I’ve never made a Beef Haleem in the past (though my husband is an expert). I gave it a try, and to my surprise, everyone loved the way it was cooked in just three hours! I could see my guests licking fingers and mentioning all the good things about Haleem. I felt so relieved, so calm. But my husband did look at it as well before serving, so it was a stress reliever at the same time.

Not only Beef Haleem, but I made another famous food as well. After all, Eid is our Cheat day! Meaning, we allowed ourselves to what whatever we like, and we crave for.

BEEF HALEEM WITH GREEN GARNISHINGS

Anyway, we spent the rest of the day talking and making giggles and laughs all over. It was such a pleasant evening. The day ended with my friend’s WhatsApp call, telling me all the great activities she had throughout the day.

Life teaches a lesson everyday life is itself a great trainer. It trains us for many things that we’ve never considered learning before. As the human proceed to maturity, he trains himself in a certain way. It’s all about being able to and accepting to learn. So what I learned with trying out new meals on the Eid day is that we all have to face the fear at any stage. Coming out of a bubble is a tough work, not being able to come out of that bubble puts ourselves into more trouble anyway, because when the bubble bursts at some stage of life, we find ourselves helpless and alone. So start facing your fear from today. If you’re aware of your weakness, face it, and try to cope with it.

Here’s a reminder for all of us:

“You don’t have to be great to start, BUT you have to start to be great” –ZIG ZIGLAR

I hope this article gave you something to learn.

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WALK OF LIFE # 6: THE ULTIMATE TWO-DAY PERISHER VALLEY TRIP VIA CANBERRA

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Since the news announcement by the authorities in NSW (New South Wales, a state of Australia), was made for lifting holiday travel restrictions within NSW, we’re looking forward to a much-needed break. It’s relatively positive to see Australia coming back to life, and people planning their long-pending travels. As exciting for everyone else, we’re too pretty excited about our next trip, and that’s why we dedicated this week to Travelling and Tourism.

In today’s Walk of Life, we’d like to share one of our trips to Perisher Valley, Kosciuszko National Park in NSW (New South Wales, Australia). Yes, you read it correctly: One of our trips. Because we’ve been to the Snowy Mountains once every year. Why? We’ll answer you later in this post, but let’s first know a bit about Perisher Valley.

REPOPENING OF THE VALLEY

Perisher Valley is reopening for skiing and snowboarding on 24th June 2020 for NSW residents. If you’re planning for a snow-covered adventurous holiday, knock off your bucket list with this place! Perisher Ski Resort is famous for its tourism because there’s a lot to offer. From skiing and boarding to chairlift, the tourists never get disappointed with their exploration.

TRAVEL TIME

We previously visited Perisher Valley in 2018. Our trip was super-fun, exciting for kids, and entertaining. Our total travel time by car (from Sydney West to Perisher Valley) was 6 hours. What comes along the way is the National Capital of Australia, Canberra. We stayed there overnight before continuing our way towards the valley, since the travel was long enough to exhaust ourselves and the kids.

WHAT TO PACK?

A single day trip to Perisher Valley is usually enough to explore the sightseeing. We packed a few clothes and snacks for the kids. The essential garments to take along were the Jackets, Sweaters, Mufflers, Gloves (the ski equipment is available on site for hire).

We woke up early, at 5 AM, and transiting towards Canberra by 7 AM. We rented a Mazda CX9, a super-smooth car, and perfect for the family since it allows ample space inside.

DRIVE TO PERISHER VIA CANBERRA

We saw Kangaroos, horses, and other farm animals on the way. The road trip was splendid. On the roads of Canberra, we enjoyed the nightlife and food (we’ll write a separate post on our tour to Canberra).

The next morning, we left Canberra early to arrive at the Perisher car park (As always; we continued to wake up early in the morning for a trip) to explore the place thoroughly. We arrived at 9 AM, while the kids were still asleep in the SUV!

Parliament House, Canberra

THE WEATHER

Given the time of the year, it was quite surprising to experience relatively warmer temperatures (15 degrees if we remember it correctly). We brought sweaters and jackets with us, but eventually had to keep them in the car’s boot, since a single layer of clothes was enough!

THE ACTIVITIES

We heard that Perisher is great for newbies for learning to ski, since the slopes across all four resorts are suitable for beginners. We traveled in July, typically considering a desirable season for skiing. We didn’t opt to learn to ski so far as there were a lot more incredible things to do beyond skiing at Perisher Valley. We enjoyed building a snowman and rode on the chairlift.

TOTAL TRIP COST

The trip to Perisher Valley is generally expensive if you choose to hire ski and snow gear. But since we didn’t ski, the entire two-day trip added up a little under $1000 for our family of four. That included meals, car rental (you can travel by your car too), chair lift tickets and accommodation (Finding how to travel with a low budget is easy, here is our post to guide you).

WRAPPING UP

Traveling is a lifetime experience, and quite frankly, you’ll regret the missed opportunity to pay a visit to Perisher Valley on your tour to Australia. Our latest trip to the Perisher Valley was both exciting and thrilling. People covered in round helmets, neck warmer, and reflective goggles are also the kindest from inside. The culture and spirit of Perisher inspires us on every visit.

We hope you loved reading Walk of life today.

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