Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Wassup, mate!

I'm speechless! I have to be because them vocal cords have finally rebelled and decided to enlighten me as to the weird sounds i am capable of making. I can now do hoarse, guttural, squawk and possibly a mean rani mukherjee voice. Elder son never had it so good, considering its exam time. Of course i can do THE glare but the person has to be seeing you to get scorched by it....

sigh....

and my family will never win at dumb charades!

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So we welcomed the new year at the Sydney harbor bridge watching the fireworks, never mind being squished by a hundred, no make that million, other like-minded people. That reminded me why we rarely get out of our cozy home on new year's eve. But the euphoria of screaming out happy new year and the firework display was worth being squished for!!

It was a holiday well spent at Melbourne and Sydney,where each one got to do his thing. We did a LOT of walking, petting (the animals), jaw dropping (at the beautiful scenery and clear waters) and kicked balls (er..lets make that football) on the soft sand. We even visited the MCG...





At a petting zoo in Melbourne, where we fed and touched koalas, turtles, emus, wallabies.



An emu says "hi, wanna get spooked?"

One excited male, doing what he does best, preening for the ladies


Father and son completed an exhilarating climb upto the top of the Sydney harbor bridge ...f you look closely, the spots in blue on the arch near the flag are the climbers....






while mother and son (the bridge climb was for 10yrs and above - I qualified but the 6 yrold didn't ) walked across the bridge, looking down into the waters below, taking in the views from the lookout tower and going camera crazy.


Having got back home after 12 days, it seems like its been a long time and everyone's all geared up to get back to the comforting chaos of our daily life.
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Since being speechless is the mood of the moment, this seems like a right time to react to this....WIAN from Random thoughts and Preethi from Incessant musings believe i am friendship-material...all i can say is that they are intelligent women with good taste...:).

And here's a virtual hug to you both....for the award...and the sentiments attached to it.
[This award is given to a blog that invests and believes in PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.]
Thanks to them, i now know a new word - self-aggrandizement.
And i pass it on to all those kind people who read here regularly...I meant the award, not the word...

31 comments:

Rambler said...

hey welcome back...

lot of petting [animals]...now welcome to the world of disclaimers :D..hehhe


looks like you had a wonderful time out there..waiting for more pics..

and take care of your throat :)

Compassion Unlimitted said...

A forced Mouna Vratha after an exciting holidays. Wow the pictures were very nice expressing the moods you & your family were in..
Got over the excitement or still lingering !
Happy Shankaranthi to you and your Family !
TC
CU

~nm said...

Oh my!! What awesome pictures!!

I would so love to do this bridge walk!

brocasarea said...

rani mukherje!...lol....

Preeti Shenoy said...

Lovely pics!! Did you know there in Emu farming in Baramati near Pune?We had been on one of those agri-tourism trips and my children were fascinated with Emus too.Glad you had a great vacation!

Joy said...

You are back, You are back!!!

What lovely pics! Wow that climb sure is exhilarating. So you were amongst the first to welcome 2009 :)

Have a great year! and while your throat is not strike, try hands on acting, there might be another Rani Mukjherjee on making who might trun into Madhuri Dixit once the voice is back :) :)

Pavi!!!! said...

Great pics! u guys seem to have had an awesome time!

n the poor kid has xams in Jan?Just after he returned frm vacation! he must be in no mood to study!

Mama - Mia said...

what a super holiday you have had Suma!! :)

lovely pictures ofcos! and we need some more! and the bird we saw at bannerghatta national park yesterday was Emu as M cliamed and not an ostrich as i cliamed! sigh! the man is smart! :p

cheers!

abha

Suma said...

rambler:: the voice is back!!! :)


CU:: happy pongal to you too...yes, we had a wonderful time...

~nm:: you must, if you get the chance....


@bro:: :)

@ preeti::Thank you! yes, i know about the emu farms near pune....interesting, isn't it?

Suma said...

@joy:: yes, ity sure felt good to be first in something...:)

and comments like yours bring me so much joy ;), tho i have two left feet when it comes to dancing


Pavi!!!!: thanks, we did have a good time... and the 'poor kid' is absolutely bindaas about the tests...


abha:: MORE?!!!! i've uploadeda few on facebook...i don't know how you do ure photo posts! dudess! :D

WhatsInAName said...

SO SO SO Good to see you back :)
And you surely made me give out a wistful sigh at that lovely vacation :)
But lets get down to the basics first! WHAT DID YOU SHOP? :D

Gazal said...

welcome back !!!

am sure you had a amazing trip to australia.(the pics say it all)
the animal petting is sure something i would love to do !!!

Monika said...

good to know u had a blast... saw the pics on FB amzing one

Suma said...

WIAN:: shopping? zilch!!! except for a boomerang fridge magnet and some stuff te kids picked up...let's just say, we were having too much fun to shop... :)


gazal...hey thanks...the koalas were absolutely cuddable...


monika:: thank you...:)

pink dogwood said...

don't know how I missed this post. I was just thinking that I haven't heard from you and you must be back by now.

anyways, awesome pictures. my brother was in sydney for 3 years and kept calling us to visit him, but we never made it. Now he is back in US.

I haven't forgotten the refrigerator tag - have taken the pictures - need to upload and write some words around them.

welcome back and happy new year :)

Kavi said...

Dumb Charades from Sydney !! Thats interesting !

And i quite liked the picture of the EMU !! Real upclose an personal !

Hmm !

RandomThoughts said...

Lovely pictures! Hope your voice is back. Have the exams gone on well?

Sometimes our eyes can speak more effectively than us!

Take care.

rayshma said...

i picked the new word too.
i LOVE the pics!
and i know.. am really late here, eh?! but well.. another week till my net gets sorted! SIGH!

Keshi said...

WOW u were in Sydney? u should hv caught up with me Suma! :)

Happy New Year!

Lovely pics!

Keshi.

Nags said...

beautiful pictures!

Just Like That said...

Awwwww.... exams after such wonderful hols are NOT fun! My sympathies to him and to you, Hope it went off well.
Dunno how I missed this post earlier, had been waiting for this post which I knew would come. Can't let those amazing photos go waste when you have a blog! :-D
And yeah, I need to do this tag too...
LOL @ Rani Mukherjee!!

Veens said...

i m yearning for a holiday too :D :) :)

that sounded so much fun :)

and yeah u r freindship material alright :) :) u deserve it :)

Suma said...

pink dogwood...

that was an opportunity missed....

and lemme know when u upload those pictures...

and happy new year to you too :D

Suma said...

kavi...

that emu was quite a curious one too...

hmmm?

Suma said...

random thoughts::
the voice is back...and so is the morning musical...

:)

Suma said...

raysh::
glad to be of service, dear...

more pics on facebook...go have alook...
and see you soon...

Suma said...

keshi...

and all this while i thought you were in Brisbane...

were you there at the harbor bridge on NYE?


nags::
thank you...:)

Suma said...

JLT::

exams? went off pretty well...

and lemme know when u do that tag, okay?

Suma said...

Veens?

you are back!!! happy new year gal, and a holiday?!!!! ahem...after the wedding?!!!!!

koff..koff!

:)

Keshi said...

Gooddai maiite! ;-)

hell na Im in Sydney, the best city ever!

I used to go the NYE fireworks for the past 5yrs...I needed a change this year...so I didnt go there this time. Besides, we hv to camp up there for hours just to get a good view!

Im glad u enjoyed Sydney :)

Keshi.

Neera said...

lovely update of a lovely vacation Suma :)
And congrates for the well deserved award :)