November was quite memorable. Two “major” things happened to me this month.
First, I had my 1st volcano trekking experience and it was absolutely amazing in every sense of that word.
This is the crater lake that after the volcano erupted. And there are quite a few things you can do there such a boating..
Secondly, on the last day of the month I accomplished something I have never done before my entire life. You know those claw cranes at the arcade? I finally caught not 1, not 2, not 3, but a lot of Sesame Street and Pooh stuffed toys! I never thought I’d feel so happy over this kind of accomplishment! Between my friend and I we caught about 20 of these little toys. What we plan to do with them is another story.
October has been a very busy month! All the stress and preparations from the previous 9 months all culminated in October…
My cousin finally walked down the aisle…now they tell me I’m next. Haha. We threw her a hen’s night 1 week before the big day.
a more, um, artistic photo of penis straws from my cousin’s hens night.
And I made my first wedding cake! A present for the couple.
And so after the wedding a lot of us young ones made it to the Philippines for another round of celebrations. It really does looks island-y from above!
One of our stops was Boracay – famed for white sand beaches..
Spring is here! Flowers are abloom.
And here’s the cutest thing I’ve seen all month – the musical, Annie! I am slightly envious of little kids who are bursting with talent.
My almost successful attempt at making macarons from scratch – salted popcorn with salted caramel filling.
Lighting lanterns for mid-autumn festival. I haven’t “celebrated” mid-autumn festival since I was 16!
How is it the end of August already? Feels like the year just started…and now shops are stocking up on Christmas decorations already. It’s crazy how time flies. But anyhow, I squeezed in a little holiday to Sydney in the midst of all my studying, working, and other things that I should be doing. It was a good 4-day break.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Opera House
Three Sisters at the Blue Mountains
Of course I managed to get my hands on some Zumbarons and other sweets and they survived the plane ride!
And no trip to Sydney is complete without me bringing home some Krispy Kreme doughnuts for my doughnut deprived friends/colleagues/family. I brought back 4 dozens of doughnuts. Holy cow, everyone was staring as I walked through the aisle on the plane.
My sexy shoes for the wedding have arrived! Hurrah! Now the only question is…how to walk in them?
Another big hurrah for seeing the Mother Monster herself.
Yes , that her on the horse.
And here are some sights from one of my walking expeditions. After months of saying I’m going to walk the freeway I finally did.
I popped by an organic farmers market in the heart of the city. Can’t say it was the best farmers market but the cafe at the markets was good.
Some time later in the month our state was struck with what can only be described as freak weather. Rain is not something we see that often so even stranger are tornadoes and strong winds. It was cold, cloudy, and gloomy for about 7 days straight.
But, on the brighter side of things…staying indoors gave me time to finally make test batches of mini cupcakes for the wedding. The big day’s getting closer!
Wow, 5 months have gone past just like that. There wasn’t anything remarkable for me at the start this month except for the fact that I have finished my 1st round of 5 exams.
But before the month ends I have managed to squeeze in some memorable experiences:
Yes, S Club 3. There’s just 3 of them now and it doesn’t have the same ring as S Club 7 so we’ll just leave it at S CLUB. Period. I can’t say that it was a terrific performance. The other act, Big Brovaz, was way better but S Club was a band that I grew up with. And mind you before Big Brovaz and S Club came out the club was playing hits from the 90s from the Backstreet Boys to Spice Girls to Aqua…took me right back to my tween years and I felt no shame belting out to Barbie Girl.
Two days later I went to catch the AFL (Australian Football League) live. It was my first time watching the game live and it sure was an awesome experience. I’m from the West Coast and both teams were West Coast teams playing against each other so that made the match extra special. Needless to say my team won! Hurrah!
I love flowers.
Caught a gorgeous sunset during the Easter long weekend.
Tried flying a kitesurfing trainer kite. It was very fun and calming.
Loving my new jewellery holders. Finally got these organised after so many years!
My favourite month of any given year! Sometimes it’s 28 days, sometimes it’s 29…which other month can claim to have this kind of power? Sure it’s the shortest month we have but I managed to tire myself out (in a good way).
It starts off with love (even though we commemorate it mid-month). It’s the love month and how could you possible hate love, especially with this little cutie looking at ya?
What comes after that a few days later is my birthday. Lots of eating over the birthday weekend and I’m spoilt with 2 cakes.
Plus, I have the best boss in the world. And the best colleagues. Flowers and profiteroles made from scratch because they know how much I love my sweets.
Then it was off for some partying sometime during the weekend. Best part was? I won $10 at the casino
Yep, I think this has been the most eventful birthday I have ever had. And you know what I have come to realise? Your birthday of ever year should be a big celebration because that’s another year that you have lived and it marks the start of a new one. That’s 525,600 minutes of opportunities given; and 31,536,000 seconds gift of life. If that isn’t worth celebrating then I don’t know what is.
I also got to experience outdoor cinema for the first time ever. It’s really good! Cool breeze throughout the night and, quite frankly, I enjoyed this cinema better than the indoor ones. The sounds are not as good as indoor ones but lying down on bean bag beds and watching a movie on the big screen while eating popcorn make up for it. I know you can do this at home too but I don’t have a big screen nor a good sound system.
And it’s a leap year!
check out January photos here
I’m really not in the mood to study so I am procrastinating yet again. I think I’m more efficient when I don’t feel like studying because I will do everything else except hitting the books. I may regret this later but here’s a little snapshot of what my January ’12 was like. Consider this as another addition to the blog.
It was awesome. 2012 is off to a good start! I quit the gym and started using the great outdoors for walking and jogging. Then I sweat it out in a Bikram Yoga studio. I have shed a few centimetres and I can finally fit into the bridesmaid’s dress.
I promised to start eating healthier too so even with buttery goods right before my very eyes I learnt to say no. Breaks my heart but sometimes you just have to do the right thing. Or I should really just stop going to places where food is temptation.
2012 is also when I finally took out my polaroid camera out of its box. I got this as an advanced birthday/2011 Christmas present from K when we were holidaying in the US of A. It’s part pink and funky and shoots out film. I love it!
What did I do with the camera then? Tested it out during Australia Day, of course. Mind you, the films are more expensive than the camera itself so I’m trying to budget film use because I only bought a few boxes from New York. I was really happy with the photos…even the overexposed ones – that just goes to show how sunny it can be in Perth!
I hope everyone is having a fantastic start to the year too!
Mismatched colours and patterns and animal slippers to keep me warm this winter.
I always walk pass this magnificent tree on my way to work. Beautiful, isn’t it?
Finding fully bloomed flowers in the garden makes me smile.