In my previous blog post, I recounted the events leading up to Scott’s admission to his parents about our relationship. In this post, I will pick up where I left off and talk about the first time I met my future parents-in-law. While there are common themes in many cross-cultural relationships (opposition from family, strict… Continue reading Meeting my South Asian parents-in-law for the first time
Formally known as menstruation. As with my previous post, you might ask why this is a thing for me. It wasn’t something that merited a lot of thought and attention…until I got married to a Nepali. This week, international media picked up local news on the death of a woman during chhaupadi, which is the… Continue reading Let’s talk about Period!
I first came to Nepal on a tourist visa that I got on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We were able to register our marriage before that visa expired, so by the time I needed to renew it, I was already eligible for a spouse (non-tourist) visa. This is how we did it. DISCLAIMER: This… Continue reading HOW TO: Switch from a Nepal Tourist Visa to a Marriage Visa
A few days ago, Ba’s cousin’s wife died. This meant he and Ama had to enter a period of mourning. Death and mourning are observed differently in Nepal and in the Philippines, so I wanted to document this one. This is different from mourning the death of a core family member. I don’t know where the person… Continue reading Mourning from a Distance
Hajur buwa and hajur ama are the Nepali words for grandfather and grandmother, respectively. But in this house, grandpa is more affectionately called Ba, and grandma is Ama. Ama actually means mother, but here everyone seems to call their mother mommy. All of my grandparents died early, either before I was born, or when I… Continue reading Ba and Ama: My Nepali Grandparents-in-law
I am not from Nepal, and Scott has not lived here in years, so we’re both out of touch in terms of places to visit, and acts to see, and whatever is happening in Kathmandu. Add to that the responsibilities that come with being married adults, and we have found ourselves spending most of our… Continue reading A Night of Spoken Word Poetry
Click here for Part 1 of this series. After about 10 days, Scott went back to the Local Police Office. When he arrived there, an officer was in the process of writing the letter about us, and he told him to come back at 8 am the next day so that they could go to… Continue reading HOW TO: Marriage Registration in Nepal for a Nepali and a Foreigner (Part 2)