Category Archives: Issue 2: Family

Favourite picnic spots in Sydney

Favourite picnic spots in Sydney

Many people who live in Sydney have come from near and far, lured by the lifestyle, the weather, the beaches, job opportunities, or an Australian partner. Others have no choice but to leave their home countries for reasons we can’t possibly imagine, and their harrowing journey ends here. Most of my friends in Sydney, like me,Continue Reading

A Nepali meaning of family: A source of identity and existence

A Nepali meaning of family: A source of identity and existence

“Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in…” What a beautiful poem Robert Frost has written. When I read this poem, ‘home’, to me, means ‘family’, and I wonder if Frost also had a similar thought in his mind when he was composing the poem. HomeContinue Reading

Yala National Park

Yala National Park

After spending about a year in Kenya, my family caught what I like to call ‘the wildlife bug’, and upon returning to Sri Lanka we spent more and more of our vacation time visiting national parks and wildlife sanctuaries around the country. Although it’s small in size, Sri Lanka is one of the most bio-diverseContinue Reading

(S)mothering to the core

(S)mothering to the core

You know what I don’t understand? Overprotective parents. No no, hear me out. Here’s a typical scenario when you are out with your friends (If you are a Sri Lankan girl living with your parents). Phone rings. “hello?” “Putha*, where are you? You need to be home now.” “Ma, it’s only 10.30, we just finishedContinue Reading

Family tradition, from Hong Kong to Sydney

Family tradition, from Hong Kong to Sydney

I thank my lucky stars that I was born into a large family. Count seven children on my mother’s side and six on my father’s – that’s a whole lotta uncles and aunties. Throw their offspring and their offspring’s offspring into the mix and you have one giant melting pot of Pangs! (Both my parentsContinue Reading

Inya Lake

Inya Lake

In Yangon (Myanmar), we don’t have a lot of parks and public recreational spots. So when we think of places to go relax with family or friends, only a few places come to mind. Inya Lake is my favourite place to go in the evenings, especially when I want to get out of the houseContinue Reading

It’s not death, but passing away from this birth to the next

It’s not death, but passing away from this birth to the next

There are two occasions where I get the chance to meet up with my entire extended family: Weddings and funerals. More recently, as economic constraints have taken their toll on the overly flamboyant Sri Lankan weddings, invitations lists have become shorter and shorter and funerals seem to be the only place where everyone comes together.Continue Reading

Family in Mexico

Family in Mexico

Family was one of the things that drew me to Mexico; not my own family, but the sense of community that is inherent in this culture. I feel like family is a loosely defined term in this culture. Family in Mexico could be blood, or it could be a close friend, or your cousin’s wife’sContinue Reading

Thingyan spirit

Thingyan spirit

In Myanmar (or Burma, as it was once known before), March is the time when summer steps in, and summer holidays start. Like in many other countries, summer holidays are the time when families carry out their plans for summer vacation activities. There are a variety of holiday destinations to choose from, but the mostContinue Reading

Rediscovering soul country – exploring Borenore

Rediscovering soul country – exploring Borenore

Not many people venture over the Blue Mountains when they visit New South Wales, Australia. But you’re in for a treat if you do. Head to Orange, just a 3.5 hour drive west from Sydney, for an authentic experience of the Australian bush countryside. One of the biggest towns in the Central West region ofContinue Reading

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