First things first, check out the view from my room in Cairns!
I love Cairns for how chilled-out it is, and how accessible everything is because it’s so small (unless you’re straying from the tourist area and visiting the residential, but why would you). The first time I went I was alone and honestly, it bored the heck out of me after my day trip to the Great Barrier Reef. It’s really just souvenir shops, one huge supermarket (which I do love), bars, and restaurants I can’t afford to eat at for every meal. Oh, and a huge mall which, in my opinion, is far from everything; and why would you want to be in a mall in Cairns anyway? If you want to go diving/snorkeling, sky diving, or rafting, you would have to join a day trip, which isn’t particularly cheap either.
I do love Cairns though, I just need a good friend to go with, and a few more things to do there. My friend Christina and I would have some amazing fun had we went together and happened to have made our set of “Cards Against Humanity”. Making those cards would have been amazing. Christina, my boyfriend’s brother Josh (we didn’t trust my boyfriend with scissors), and I had an amazing time bonding over cutting paper. Yes, cutting paper. It’s mesmerizingly peaceful. This is a story for another time.
Anyway, Cairns, yes.
One of the most amazing things about this place is that there are free barbecue areas along the esplanade – not all bunched up, but spaced out with grills, seating, and drinking fountains all there FOR FREE! My friends and I managed to buy a crap load of stuff and just hung out all night – even until the lights were off and random birds came out and made bird sounds.
I had a full day to spend in Narita, and after catching up on some sleep for half of the day – I went to Aeon Mall with a friend of mine.
Tokyo, and like most places for me is all about eating three meals in an afternoon to make up for all the energy I’ve so faithfully exerted on window shopping (sometimes actual shopping).
First up, sashimi don!
This might be a nicer picture to look at.
Toasted Almond Caramel Latte
To counter the oncoming of the mighty Japanese food coma, we headed down to Starbucks (I know, don’t judge me) for a coffee, what I always forget about flavored coffee is that they are such warm and cosy drinks that they always make me want to sleep.
We walked around to look at the supermarket and even more food – so just get prepared for the food porn section of this post. Continue reading →
Hi guys! I’ve gone quiet for a while because I’ve been so busy making jewelries and… *drum roll* posting them online for sale!
This is so so truly exciting for me! Tell you what, I got so excited one day that I got mild chest pains… Hahahahahaaa. I made a Facebook Page and Instagram account for “Bits and Pieces”, but haven’t really posted anything on it, since I wanted to set up my Etsy store first. A few days ago I posted two items on my Etsy store (URLs to come at the end of the post :p) but had to run out for dinner with mom, so I just left it at that, expecting to have to stress out about no one even wanting my stuff after a whole month.
I was vegging out in front of Sims 3 that night when I suddenly got an email and Etsy app notification, telling me I’ve just made my first sale! It completely caught me off guard. Honestly, it was one of the most exciting moments I’ve had. Getting sale notifications for things you’ve made is such a good feeling!
I’m planning to go shop for more materials so I can make more unique jewelries for “Bits and Pieces”, hope you guys will like it! All the hand-drawn jewelries I make are one of a kind since… I hand-draw them! Looking forward to making more unique jewelries as I explore into print techniques though
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I’ve always loved crafts – my mom is super ‘crafty’ (hur hur hur… see what I did there), and I grew up watching her make little bracelets to taking over all the decorations for my cousins’ weddings. She also made me an Emperor Dowager outfit for a party and it blew everyone’s mind
Lately I’ve gotten into making shrink plastic crafts: been making little pendants and I tried making a money clip the other day. It didn’t all turn out as I had hoped but shrink plastic still fascinates me! Continue reading →
I don’t really know what to call this. It’s mini-burrito-looking-ish springrolls with chicken, mushrooms, and avocados.
We have this grocery problem at home where because of my unstable schedule, we never know if we should stock the fridge. I would spend days at home with no food in the fridge because I’m either too lazy to go shopping, or because I don’t know if I’m actually going to be at home. Sometimes we would stock the fridge and won’t get time to cook until the vegetables have all wilted.
Yesterday as my mom was heading to the supermarket I told her I’d be home for lunch the next day so some veggies would be good. She came home and this happened:
Mom: Hey I bought these fresh mushrooms.
Me: *Immediately pays attention to these special mushrooms she’s making a point about*
Mom: You should eat them ASAP though, I got them on sale…
Me: You mean you got the not-fresh ones that are gonna go bad if I don’t eat it soon, which is why they’re on sale?
Mom: That’s what I meant, just eat them.
So I opened the fridge this morning, having completely forgotten about these what I now call ASAP-mushrooms, and lo and behold! Mushrooms! Too many to finish in one go! CHICKEN! THREE BREASTS!
*Immediate thought: I won’t be home tomorrow to finish all this meat and magic, I mean, ASAP-mushrooms*
That was a cue to actually make brunch and forget about having egg whites and avocados for breakfast. In my mind I knew those avocados are going to rot if I don’t eat them either, so I decided to put everything together and demolish it. We have these springroll sheets sitting in our fridge, which I also know they’re going to make mould babies soon, so…
Me sitting next to the faucet for warm water for my eye with the laptop set up to keep me entertained.
STY STY STY STY STY STY STY STY STY STY STY !!!!
Apparently once you’ve had it you’re prone to get it again; and in my case, again and again and again and again. I know some simple home remedies and have an ointment for it and last time I got a sty I was able to keep it under control, which is why this time I only decided to go see a doctor when it got really crazy yesterday. Of course, the one day I decide to go see a doctor it’s a Sunday and the clinic I usually go to is closed – story of my life.
Ah, for those of you who don’t know what sty/styes are: it’s basically an eye infection caused by blocked pores. It’s basically a pimple/acne somewhere on your eye. The ‘head’ of the ‘acne’ is usually along your eyelashes or ON THE INSIDE OF YOUR EYELID. OH MY DAYS I’M GROSSED OUT JUST TALKING ABOUT IT.
My styes have gotten so out of hand before that I’ve had to get a procedure done: it’s where they (warning, gross stuff ahead… guard your gag reflexes) clamp down on your alreadyswollen and in pain eyelid, flip it, and go all out squeezing all the pus out of your infected eyelid. Woot! Partay!
So yes, that’s me. That procedure (the nurses and doctors call it a small operation… oh my days I’m still thinking about pus, are you thinking about pus?) is definitely one of the most painful experiences of my life. That’s why every time my eye gets infected my stress levels are much higher than the seriousness of the sty itself. Obviously stress doesn’t help it at all, and once again, story of my life. Anyway, I went to the doctor’s yesterday to get some new meds and I think I’m my the way to recovery. I think this would be a quicker process if I went to my eye clinic and paid a load of money for a crap load of pain again, but… I think I can do without it this time. Thanks.
By the way, I mentioned home remedies earlier on: If you’re at the beginning of an eye infection, the smartest thing would still be to go see a doctor – if not, find a clean towel or gauze and soak it in warm water, and put it over your eye (please don’t burn your eye). Make sure you’re not using the same part of the towel/gauze as the bacteria may spread and cause a more serious infection. The heat will open up your pores and the infection will subside/drain. I’ve heard that the steam from warm showers/a pot of water would help too; by logic it should, but I haven’t tried it. The other thing you should do on top of this is to go to a pharmacy and tell them you have an eye infection and ask for an ointment for it. It’s probably best to do this if you’ve been prescribed one by a doctor before and ask for the same thing at a pharmacy.
Before I started dating, when my boyfriend and I were still getting to know each other, we knew we liked each other. Why? We texted each other everyday. For hours. To me it’s quite obvious there’s something if there’s a guy I talk to everyday, but one night when I was feeling upset and he called to check up on me, it felt special. Super special. It’s strange when you think about it, because friends used to always talk over the phone anyway – it’s how they stayed in touch. I guess it’s when someone asks you to hang out that made it special. Of course, it still is, but as time goes by, our expectation for human interaction has steadily lowered. I find myself defaulting to texting these days, and I don’t usually like to call unless I have to, or if I know that person well. REALLY WELL.
One day, I was scrapbook-ing and looking at my hand writing when this thought struck my mind like all things that strike, “I don’t even know what my boyfriend’s handwriting looks like!!!” That really weirded me out. Back at school, friends and I would write notes to each other. It made sense to know what your close friends’ handwriting looks like. These days I’ve only seen my own writing in my journal and my mom’s on post-it notes all over the place.
I think half of this is just PMS, but last night I got off from work pretty stressed out about not having enough jobs. That’s right, I don’t get roles handed to me on silver platters and I’m pretty broke.
This morning I woke up and saw an email from my mom telling me she doesn’t know what are the right things to say when I’m like that. I appreciate her love and advice, but also had to explain to her I’ve tried to do those things and why they don’t usually work. THAT depressed the crap out of me. I kind of had a bit of an emotional break down. Continue reading →
I’m so glad you guys loved the posts on Dubai! Blown away by the fact that you’re embracing my lazy-blogging.
I can’t believe I went on my second trip of the year in January – and thanks for kicking my butt about not updating. Ladies and gentlemen, after a three-week delay, here comes Tokyo 2013. I kind of hope there will be a “Tokyo 2013 – Trip #2″.
Welcome to Shinjuku, it’s got to be one of the largest train stations in the city of Tokyo. If you’re new to this blog, welcome, this is me, I tell you what I think(i.e. I think this is one of the largest stations in Tokyo, if not the largest), but half the time I won’t be bothered to look it up and give you the real facts. This is probably what my first look at Tokyo looked like. I’ve been here before when I was three or four, but I really don’t remember what it was like. I’m sure it has changed a lot too. Isn’t it funny how you used to be able to step out of an airport, look out and go, “So this is <wherever>”, but these days half the time you step into their underground train stations and the first view of the city you get is… a station.