How to love Perth more;

Today, I picked up my first Entertainment book from a friend. For those not familiar with the book, there’s one released every year. This book can be used from June 2013 to June 2014 and offers a range of discounts in Perth, the Swan Valley, Margaret River and a few places over East…score!

It’s broken up into sections: fine dining, cafe and bistro dining, casual dining, informal/takeaway, arts/sports/attractions, retail, shopping (including florists and magazines!) and my absolute favourite? car rentals, theme parks and over 1,000 hotels and resorts throughout Australia & New Zealand (even a few for Bali!)

I’m actually sitting here scratching my head and wondering why I didn’t get one sooner! It’s the perfect way to try something new with friends and/or family AND save money.

You can find out more information: HERE.

Anyone else never bought an Entertainment Book? Or am I the only one?

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Sing at the top of your lungs;

Photo taken at Groovin the Moo, 2011

With the amount of assignments & tests on at the moment, I’m finding little time to go for my usual river walk. I know from past experience that walks in the fresh air are my number one solution for a mood booster but what I didn’t know was that singing can have a similar effect!

After hearing that, I did some research and here’s what I found:

– “All types of singing have positive psychological effects. The act of singing releases endorphins, the brain’s “feel good” chemicals. Singing in front of a crowd, a la karaoke, naturally builds confidence, which has broad and long-lasting effects on general well-being. But of all types of singing, it’s choral singing that seems to have the most dramatic effects on people’s lives” via How Stuff Works

– “Canadian research has shown that when people listen to their favourite music, it activates the same pleasure-rewards centre as sex, and thus a release of dopamine. The pain-dulling effects of endorphins, however, appear to require more active involvement” via Canada.com

–  “Singing gives the lungs a workout; it tones abdominal and intercostal muscles and the diaphragm and stimulates circulation; it makes us breathe more deeply than many forms of strenuous exercise, so we take in more oxygen, improve aerobic capacity and experience a release of muscle tension as well.”

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– “It is very effective as a stress reliever and improves sleep; it also improves mental alertness” via Barbershop Harmony Society

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What’s there not to love about singing huh? Now my question is, what’s your favourite song or album that always gets you singing the loudest?

Dreaming of Elwood;

Every now and then, I look on realestate.com.au to see what’s available to buy or rent. With university finishing up in the next 6-8 months, I’m free to work and live where ever I please (the benefits of property valuation!)
 
Most days, I look at houses that are far beyond my reach (for now at least) but lately, I’ve been looking at what I can realistically afford by myself. I’ve never been an apartment kind of person, because where will my poor (future) bulldog live? But when I saw this little studio apartment in Elwood, Melbourne, my heart melted into a million pieces.
 
It’s situated on the first floor of a mansion, within 10 minutes walk of the harbour. It’s got beautiful high ceilings, so high that you can stand on the floor of the bedroom loft and still not touch the ceilings. 
 
I can’t stop myself looking at the photos online, imagining what kind of furniture I’d put in. After reading Sarah Wilson’s ‘Simple Home’ series, I would definitely apply the simple home principle to this wee place.

I am in loveeeee with the natural light!

Looking out to the entrance and bathroom

 

And the stairs up to the loft? No problems, I’ll just make sure my couch is super comfy to sleep on!

Broome snaps & things to do;

The photos are finally here! I packed a disposable camera for my Broome trip (I’m loving the waterproof ones!) because I love the photo quality and how much they remind me of my summers in New Zealand; I went through countless rolls of film every summer back home! Unfortunately, out of the 19 photos I got on film last month, only a few turned out. Luckily, S got a brand new camera on the way to Perth so in this post, there’s a mix of film, digital & iphone snaps. Can you guess which ones are which?

The walk to the beach which took 7-10mins but felt like hours!

The infamous Cable Beach!

This is how I spent every day; reading under the umbrella & going for long swims every hour. Life is tough….

The hourly swim

It was usually calm though!

 

The beautiful Miss S

 

Camels! They were such beautiful things

Oh so adorable!

 

& I found them hilarious!

Before the ride with our camel, Zara

 

How many times have you been photobombed by a camel?

The camel tour people were so lovely- they took so many snaps for us on our own cameras

 

Nothing like a West Coast sunset!

 

$4 for two chicken quesadillas…cheapest meal in town!

& because no Broome trip is complete without a visit to Matso’s Brewery!

 

Beer tasters

What would I recommend?

– Staying in Cable Beach because you’ll want to be in the water all day every day (and the guys at Beach Hut have you sorted for umbrellas, sun lounges, beach chairs, sunscreen AND cold water every day)

– The pizza from The Sunset Bar (and the amazing view of the sunset isn’t too bad!)

– The sticky date pudding from The Zoo Cafe in Cable Beach (for only $10, it was devineeeee!)

Hiring a car for the day and heading to Gantheaume Point via Kavite Road (the red dirt road pictured first)

– Watching the sunset from the grass near Sunset Bar (complete with a bottle of wine or ciders!)

Matso’s Brewery in town which has yummy food and the tastiest ciders (their beers are pretty good too, according to S)

– Having dinner at Diver’s Tavern in Cable Beach for a super relaxed evening (that’s where the quesadillas are from!)

– Get plenty of Vitamin B1 supplements beforehand or during the trip if you’ve never experienced sand fly bites (very unpleasant and SO DAMN ITCHY!!)

Already planning my trip back…

Broome Adventures;

Last month, I went to Broome for the first time with my best friend. The weather forecast said it’d be 35 degrees everyday which was perfect, because Perth was getting down to 20 (cold in comparison to the 40+ summer days we’ve had). But something I realised when we stepped off the plane…35 degrees in Broome is TOTALLY different to 35 degrees in Perth!

After the initial shock & angry outbursts because it felt so uncomfortable, my body adapted by the second day. We spent our days laying on the beach under big umbrellas (thanks to Beach Hut or else I’d be a lot more sunburnt than I was!) and nights at the bar watching the sunset.

It was good spending time with S, someone who isn’t so clued up on social media (all she has is Facebook) so I had my phone on flight mode most of the trip, only checking Facebook/Twitter/Instagram updates early in the morning or just before bed. And I even managed to read two books instead of constantly refreshing my social media/checking emails/pinterest.

Last month marked sixteen years since S came into my life and we reflected on our earlier childhood fun, the teenage years & the last few years we’ve been apart (I hate remembering how long it’s been because it only makes me sad). The next 12 months are going to be full of change, and I welcome the change with open arms!

Until then, I’ll be making the most of my current situation & enjoying every minute of it!

NEXT UP: Photos from my Broome trip & things we got up to