Sunday, February 19, 2012

it's an OZ thing :)

Can't believe how fast time flies... feels like it was just yesterday that I flew over to Sydney and started my days at Sonoma.  But now I'm back in Melbourne... and within days I'd be flying over to Indo.

I realized, over and over again, that I should be updating this blog more frequently... it's just that it always takes me a while to actually blog (writing and editing pictures).  And often time, I rather be going out or planning out where to go next. Either that or I just don't have internet connection when I feel like writing. But today is one of those days when I don't feel like going out because the weather is looking quite gloomy and cold out there...
 
So what's the verdict??? I still dunno what I want to do with my life or where I want to live.  All I know is  I love, love, love Sydney.  It's a metropolitan surrounded by beaches.  How cool is that?  You get to experience living in a big city, but at the same time, the white sandy beaches are only minutes away.  I wish I had more time to spend in Sydney, but I have to leave for now.  So many nice memories I'm taking with me :).  I love the people I worked with, eventho often time I'm finding myself thinking "why the heck am I not understanding what they're saying???"  I figured out that OZs don't roll their "r", so words like "butter" becomes "buttah", "better" becomes "bettah"... so "everything is always bettah with buttah" hahahaha :-p. They also use words not commonly used is the US such as "heaps", "darling" and "bloody".  

I loved seeing the similarity and differences between OZs and US cultures.  Learned a few little tricks here and there and found one in particular to be my favorite, a trick of devouring a timtam bar... and there's actually a name for it according to wikipedia, the tim tam slam :).

What you need to perform this spectacular act is a cup of hot beverage of your choice (can be coffee, latte, tea, or whatever you want) and some Tim Tam bars (one is simply not enough).  


First, you bite the corners of your tim tam bar.  


Then, as if you're using a straw, slightly submerge one end of the bitten corner in your hot beverage, and suck thru the other end.  The hot beverage will seep thru the biscuit and the chocolate center will slowly start to melt.  

You have like a few second to devour the yummy goodness before the whole thing start to crumble and if you don't do it fast enough, you'll end up with messy fingers and face ;-). 

it's there, and now it's gone! voila!
Ahh the tricks you learned from traveling.... hahahaha

I can't get over Sydney's beautiful beaches too... so even though I have to leave this time around, I will definitely come back again!  There's still so much to see and do... so farewell for now and see you again soon!

*my OZ's snack pack, made by lovely Winnie @ Sonoma

details in the fabric




"Details In The Fabric"
(feat. James Morrison)

Calm down
Deep breaths
And get yourself dressed instead
Of running around
And pulling on your threads
And breaking yourself up

If it's a broken part, replace it
If it's a broken arm, then brace it
If it's a broken heart, then face it

And hold your own
Know your name
And go your own way
Hold your own
Know your name
And go your own way

And everything will be fine

Hang on
Help is on the way
And stay strong
I'm doing everything

Hold your own
Know your name
And go your own way
Hold your own
Know your name
And go your own way

And everything, everything will be fine
Everything

Are the details in the fabric
Are the things that make you panic
Are your thoughts results of static cling?

Are the things that make you blow
Hell, no reason, go on and scream
If you're shocked it's just the fault
Of faulty manufacturing.

Everything will be fine
Everything in no time at all
Everything

Hold your own
And know your name
And go your own way

Are the details in the fabric (Hold your own, know your name)
Are the things that make you panic
Are your thoughts results of static cling? (Go your own way)

Are the details in the fabric (Hold your own, know your name)
Are the things that make you panic (Go your own way)
Is it Mother Nature's sewing machine?

Are the things that make you blow (Hold your own, know your name)
Hell no reason go on and scream
If you're shocked it's just the fault (Go your own way)
Of faulty manufacturing

Everything will be fine
Everything in no time at all
Hearts will hold

Monday, February 6, 2012

rude awakening


Have you ever played a puzzle and found all the right pieces and, as if you have a super power, everything falls into place just perfectly? Isn't it awesome when that happens?  Well it's even more awesome when you see magic like that happening in real life...

I'm so used to planning everything so meticulously and altho I'm pretty good in adjusting when things didn't go my way, I'm always the kind of person who likes things to be organized and planned out.  This hasn't really been the case with my life the past years...

I left SF hastily... sold everything, booked a flight, left everything behind and just ran away.  But my running away was probably one of the best things I probably have ever done for myself.  No plans.  Out of my comfort zone.

See, the coolest thing is that when you have no plans, sometimes life just seems to unravel itself quite perfectly... quite magically.


After flying into Melbourne, there was nothing on the drawing board.  I had always wanted to go to Australia and maybe even live here.  Can't see what life is like in this country without experiencing it first hand.  I had a few job leads in Sydney, so I decided to book a flight to Sydney sooner than later.  So here's where the magic happened...

Without knowing the neighborhood, I actually found a room for rent within walking distance from this bakery that I was referred to.  What are the odds??  The owner of the house are so nice that they even picked me up from the airport!! Upon talking with the people at the bakery, I decided to work there on a three-weeks trial basis.  



But here's where the rude awakening happened... the job starts at freakin' 3 o'clock in the morning!! Holy shiet... I've been on vacation and now I have to force myself to wake up at 2am!!!!  That's when I usually go to sleep! And I had to walk for 30 minutes before I start the work.  Oh... my... gawd...  To make it even worse... Sydney has been welcoming me with ... rain ... in the middle of its summer.... >_<

But guess what.... turns out that my cousin, who at first I didn't know was living in Sydney, lives really close to where I work.  Fifteen minutes walking distance!!! Crazy awesome! 



... doesn't really make the 3am start time any better, but at least I don't have to walk 30 minutes to and from work ^_^.

I'm not sure what I'm gonna do after this three weeks... but you know what, it's alright! I'm gonna leave the drawing board empty.  We'll see what the universe have in plan for me ;).