Reminds me of Bali

Tonight, I cannot stop thinking about Bali. My facebook news feed exploded with memories of my Bali trip last November today, people commenting on old photos, everyone wishing they were over there again. And to top it all off, my NZ best friend S is going there next month so I offered to put together a list of places to go, stay & do. After spending some time looking at all the awesome hotels and villas, I can’t help but want to go back there again.

I seriously need to figure out how I’m going to satisfy this travel bug of mine with only 4 weeks of annual leave a year. So far, I’ve used up 1 week for NZ in July with another 2 weeks booked in December… that leaves me with 1 more week this year to go to Thailand/Bali/Sydney/Melbourne/Broome.

Hmmmmm, it’s not going to work is it?

Good conversations

A in Brazil

Tonight, I ended up having a conversation with A for an hour & a half. I realised I haven’t spoken to him in awhile so we caught up with each other about what the other has been up to, what’s new & what we’ve got planned in the next coming months.

He’s very much like me, traveling fuels his mind & inspires him to keep living and keep driving himself forward. A lot of my friends are similar to me in that regard but A seems to be the only one lately that has helped me keep the travel bug at bay. We were talking about his travel plans this summer (6 weeks in Europe & then 6 weeks in South America not long after) and I said how I couldn’t help but want to pack up & leave once again.

But he made me realise, that yes, I’ve done a lot of traveling for my age & I’m also a lot younger than him so I can’t go comparing, so it made me feel a little better.

The thought of knowing I have to live in WA for the next 3-4 years because of university makes me feel so restricted but because I’m such a workoholic & don’t want to work less so I can get my studies over with faster, at least I can afford to go on holidays in that time.

Talking to him tonight was just what I needed.

Rio de Janeiro

Every so often, the travel bug creeps up on me and has me lusting for all sorts of different places. The places never change but the order in my head does. Ever since my friend A went to Rio in February this year, the city has slowly crept up my travel list.

I don’t know what got me thinking about Rio tonight, but I looked at flights and it killed me a little inside seeing that a return is cheaper than my one way ticket home for christmas.

Choices, I don’t regret them. But at least I know that Rio isn’t so out of reach…


Moving out!

I’m finally moving out of home next weekend!

Ever since I got back from Europe in February, I’ve felt more than ready to move out but with starting university and in the middle of leaving my old job, it wasn’t really good timing. Now that I’m all settled into uni and have been at my current job for the past 3 months with no sign of leaving anytime soon, it’s time for another change in my life.

I’m moving into a two bedroom apartment with my Perth best friend K (she’s like a sister to me- a really awesome older sister that I get along with really well). I went over there today and we set up an IKEA bookcase- it took us an hour in total. Next Saturday, I’m going to bring my bed, dressing table and clothes….and not much else!

I’m looking forward to seeing how I’ll go with cooking and cleaning. I was away from home for 3 months over the summer, I managed fine then, surely it won’t be much different.

Mid semester break

Economics isn't as fun as I thought it'd be

It’s mid semester break this week but there’s no such thing as a break when you fail two out of three mid semester exams. I walked into those exams thinking I would pass them but I can’t say I cared too much about them. One was on my birthday & the other was on the morning of my party so you could say my mind was elsewhere.

This whole semester, I’ve been slacking BIG time. I haven’t put in much effort since day 1 but after seeing my mid semester results, I’ve woken up big time. If I don’t pass these two units, Economics & Business Law, I’ll be behind in my degree and it’ll be a waste of a money (equivalent to a trip back home,eeek!)…which would hurt me big time considering I’m paying for my degree upfront as opposed to getting a loan like the others.

Good news is, if I try really hard for the next 6 weeks, I could still pass. Now I’m not going to be silly about it & say I’m going to commit every waking hour to study but I’m definitely going to get a study schedule in place. I have Tuesday afternoons off work so instead of going shopping, I’m going to go into uni & use that time to catch up with my lecturers but I am going to refrain from late night weekend outings with friends as it cuts into my mornings, when I can study best.

Sadly, no more morning walks & breakfasts with friends on the weekends but I figure, rather that than summer school! Now I’m off to uni to do a revision session my lecturer has been kind enough to put on. I have a feeling I’m not the only one failing!

Sunny September

Port Beach with L & C

Today I caught up with L & C, my two European friends! We had drinks in the sun, some snacks (late lunch for me) and then we walked along my favourite beach which I think they’re starting to like as well.

Days like today, when it’s 25 degrees outside, make Perth not so bad. September & October are my favourite months because it’s just starting to get warm but come summer, and the weather is a little too much for my liking! Now that I don’t have to catch the train to work, it might not be so bad but my plans are come November, drive down to Port Beach every evening for a swim and/or run.

I’m excited for summer 2011/2012!

The Safe House


Transformers fans prepare to experience the sting of jealousy. The Safe House is a veritable cement transformer, a home with the capacity to achieve maximum security while affording the ability to open up and transform into more vulnerable states. Architecture firm KWK Promes left no security issue untouched when they designed and constructed the 6,100 sq. ft. fortress. In order to penetrate the Safe House you would need to match all the required security entrance codes. Upon entrance, one would wait in the ‘safety zone’, an area bordered with concrete walls, before being let inside the house. When the home is in its closed state, it is reminiscent of a large concrete Rubik’s Cube. When in its open state, a draw bridge lowers, connecting the home to the indoor swimming pool, movable walls open, mobile shutters come up, and a rolling aluminum gate raises opening the home to an expanse of garden views. The entire home transforms with built in electronic engines, which means the house opens and closes with the touch of a button!

Now, where can I get one of these and how much will it cost me? I know I’m aiming big here but that house is pure genius.