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July 8, 2019

Impression, Sunrise

On Saturday, I went down to Canberra with YY and Wai Lam to see the Monet exhibit currently showing at the National Gallery.


June 22, 2019

Pizza, Duchamp, and a spot of shopping

I have been stressed lately, and my friend told me I needed to take some time out to properly relax in a way that didn't involve Netflix and ice cream, so yesterday afternoon I had some me-time.


I feel like this is one of my favourite views of Sydney, looking back towards the city when you've crossed the Domain. It's underrated.


I came across a pop-up food truck and bought myself a pizza which I ate on a park bench. The weather was cold but the pizza was warm in my lap. I polished it off while watching the lunchtime joggers (I looked at every one of them in the eye).


I went and saw the Duchamp exhibit at AGNSW.


My favourite was the hat rack, it looks like a cute little sea creature.


I swung by the Cos sale afterwards and picked up a replacement striped t-shirt for a good price.


Sat and read in Koko Black for a while - best hot chocolate in Sydney, believe me!


Then I bought another top in Uniqlo - I know it looks like I'm just stress shopping now but I promise I've been meaning to get a striped button down in this exact colour for ages!

After I went home I went for a jog and ate vegetables for dinner. I felt rejuvenated indeed.

June 9, 2019

Paronella Park

I spent two days up in Cairns this past week. I was up there for a one-day course, but I had the day before free, so I decided to hire a car and drive somewhere. I thought about the Daintree, but I didn't quite have enough time to get up there and back, but on some research I came across this place called Paronella Park, which was about an hour and a half south of Cairns. It was built in the 1930s by a Spanish immigrant, and it is amazing. It reminded me of Quinta da Regeleira in Sintra, which is one of my favourite places in the world.


May 25, 2019

Vivid '19

Another year, another Vivid! It always marks the start of winter for me, but to my disappointment it wasn't properly cold when I went last night. However, since it was the first night, the crowds weren't too overwhelming. So after a dinner at the new Mary's CQ (which is now on my Sydney recs list), we set out to see the lights.


May 2, 2019

Sydney recs

Here is a post that has been brewing in my mind for a few months! A list of my favourite places to eat and drink in the Sydney CBD, from morning until night.


April 15, 2019

Birthday week off

My seven days off last week happily coincided with my birthday week.


March 21, 2019

Kakadu

Kakadu is a famous national park in the Northern Territory, a 2 hour drive from Darwin. It’s both ecologically and culturally significant, having lots of important Aboriginal sites archaeologically dating back at least 20,000 years. Twenty thousand! Currently it is the tropical summer, which is wet season (although we didn’t encounter any rain), so lots of sites were inaccessible. We still had a great time seeing what we could. The park covers a huge area - half the size of Switzerland, apparently - so we did a lot of driving.


March 16, 2019

Darwin

I have been up in the Top End the last five days! I have friends working in Darwin currently, so decided to make the most of my week off to go and visit. We spent most of our time in Kakadu National Park (post to follow) but I found the little I saw of Darwin really interesting so wanted to give it its own post.

Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory, and is geographically in the tropics. It’s closer to South East Asia than it is to Sydney and has a more diverse population than I would have expected for a smaller Australian city. It was the only Australian city bombed in WW2, and in 1974 it was destroyed by Cyclone Tracy. It has a completely different feel to other Australian cities I’ve visited.


March 2, 2019

Homebody


My plant babies multiplying.

Just checking in, saying hi. It's been an exhausting few weeks! I've started up at my new hospital, and even though being on a seven-days-working-seven-days-off schedule should technically give me lots of free time, it doesn't feel like it. I work 12 hour days on my weeks on so basically don't have time to do anything else, so on most of my week off I'm out catching up with friends and errands. So it feels really, really nice when I get the chance to chill at home, tend to my plants and read on the couch. And once things settle down I hope to be more active around here again too!

February 14, 2019

January 30, 2019

Blue jeans

I thought I'd do an outfit round up since it's been a while since the last one, and I realised that all the outfits that I'd caught with mirror shots involved my new Uniqlo boyfriend jeans. Not regretting buying them at all!


January 21, 2019

Thursday and Friday

Thursday and Friday were my days off last week, this is what they looked like.


January 12, 2019

New in recently

Some new things I have bought over the last few months.


I got myself a new bag in the sales, it's the mini Signet from J. Crew and I love it! I'm not much of a bag fiend (the last bag I bought myself was in 2014) but I'd been wanting a small cross-body bag that matches my tan sandals. It's big enough for my wallet, phone, and keys, and I can squeeze my Kindle in as well if I really wanted to.


I added a pilea to my plant collection but it's not doing that well - the leaves are all curling and I don't know why. I tried more light and less water but that made it look even sadder. I think it might be the hot weather we're having, which can't be helped much. It's still putting out new leaves quickly though, I guess that's a good sign?


A new mug from H&M home. I quickly realised why large mugs aren't usually shaped like that, it's not very ergonomic.


New top and jeans from Uniqlo. The top is rayon, which they've changed to make it less wrinkle-prone, and I love it. I'm considering buying it in black. These boyfriend jeans I've been wanting for years, I finally bit the bullet and have been wearing them all the time!


Added to my work wardrobe in the spring - a boxy top, from Uniqlo again.


My eight year old Macbook Pro was finally brought to its knees by a few drops of water (that dripped off a carton of ice cream, no less) on the trackpad. I replaced it with this Windows Surface Laptop which I got for a good price in the Black Friday sales. I really enjoy using it, and the all black looks pretty nice. I considered going with another Macbook again but I wasn't so committed to Apple that I could justify the price.

January 7, 2019

Looking forward

Here are some things I am looking forward to in 2019.


A seven-on, seven-off working schedule. My roster for most of this year is seven days working and then seven days off, which I think I prefer to the Monday to Friday life. It gives me enough time to do things I need to as well as a few days to solidly relax.

The human contact of catching the train to work. I will probably be sick of it two weeks in, but I've been driving to hospital for the last four years and have sort of missed commuting via public transport.

Being more social. Despite being a firm introvert, I do enjoy a good party. More often than not I'm glad I've made the effort of turning up somewhere, even if I've dreaded leaving the house.

Studying in cafes. I have started studying for real, making notes from textbooks again, and am finding that I quite enjoy it. I do get easily distracted and being in a public place helps quell my desire to watch Netflix or online shop from sheer self-consciousness.

Another adventure. My leave is in October and I'm wanting to go to Patagonia, or elsewhere in South America. I will just have to make sure my plans don't get out of hand to try and keep my usual travel anxiety to a minimum.

Taking up hiking. To prepare for aforementioned possible trip to Patagonia, for which I will need to break in a pair of hiking boots.

Bringing back this blog. There are so many post ideas that have been in my head for months, which I've just not been able to get onto the screen. Watch this space!