Sunday, December 25, 2011

It's Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone from all corners of the world! Here's an animated card I made to greet everyone in four languages...

If you are like some kind of a photo behavioural analyst, you'll realise that I'm trying to hide one side of my face from the camera. Yes, it's because it's swollen! Just a few days ago I finally went through wisdom tooth extraction... How brave was I, seriously?!

The right side of my face is still a little swollen, but definitely better than the first day after the extraction of course! Personally, before going in I was really terrified. While it wasn't as bad as I had imagined, it certainly wasn't a breeze! The injecting of anaesthesia did hurt; imagine needles being pushed into your gums!

I'm telling you, the needles were humongous, and I expected to die.

Anyway! I shan't ruin the festive season with talk of death and painful surgeries! Crossing my fingers for Round 2 (not looking forward to it) of my extraction in January for the remaining two wisdom teeth.

Have a lovely Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Great Ocean Road

Hello everyone! I'm not DEAD! At least, not yet anyway. Sorry for the lack of posts for the last hundred days Finished exams and then it was straight to work. Sometimes I've got days from 9-5 and by the time I get home, I'm too tired to do anything else.

Anyway, I'm here to make up for the lack of posts by composing an extremely long one - YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! Plenty of photos to go with the writing anyway.

Last week, K flew all the way from Singapore to visit Melbourne and part of her Melbourne tour was a stop along Great Ocean Road! I hadn't been to Great Ocean Road since I was 12, so I leapt into tourist mode and joined in the road trip It was a terribly long drive to Great Ocean Road from Melbourne, about 4 hours, and the roads were windy because we were going up the mountain. Hence, by the time we reached the supposedly freezing destination, I was pretty much too nauseated to feel cold - which explains why in the following photos, I'm just in thin cotton clothing, as opposed to the other people there.

Me and K outside the entrance.

The Twelve Apostles. Apparently there's only Eight Apostles left because the rocks have been eroded away Not really sure about that though, I reckon the real story is that mermaids borrowed the rocks to rebuild their underwater palace when the 2004 tsunami destroyed it. And diplomatic talks with the mermaids failed to get us back the rocks so the government made up the story of erosion. We all know, failed diplomatic talks means less votes for them. So let's just stick to the official story eh? Erosion. That's what happened. *Nods knowingly*

Me, K and SK.

It was really, really windy, so please excuse the hair. I do not normally look so, wild. And K has bunny ears here (in the middle), haha!

Another shot of me and K.

The pretty ocean waves.

Scary cliffs!

See! It's so scary! We might fall and DIE!

SK was taking this photo for us and he commented it looked like a postcard! I think it's because the cliffs and the sea and the rocks all fit in nicely in one shot. Happy!

Woo~ Literally on top of the world!

Seriously, the wind was a HUGE problem. We had to stop every ten seconds (or maybe just me) to fix our hair.

Me and SK.

Teehee! Look how cold the boys are!

Moving on from the Twelve Apostles to the London Bridge. Can you read what's written on the sign?

Zoomed in words of the London Bridge sign!

The tidal waves at London Bridge.

The remains of London Bridge.

Boys are freezing! Az is deliberately posing like that (on the right) because he wants to look like Superman

K and I and the horrid wind!

Die, wind, die!

The helicopter pad. Apparently you can experience Great Ocean Road from a bird's eye view for a massive sum of money. For like, 5 minutes.

Our next stop that day along Great Ocean Road was to the Wildlife Park! Which, I will share in another post because this one is way too long, and I'm tired. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Great Expectations

"Nonsense," she returned, "nonsense. This will pass in no time."

"Never, Estella!"

"You will get me out of your thoughts in a week."

"Out of my thoughts! You are part of my existence, part of myself. You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then. You have been in every prospect I have ever seen since - on the river, on the sails of the ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea, in the streets. You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with. The stones of which the strongest London buildings are made, are not more real, or more impossible to be displaced by your hands, than your presence and influence have been to me, there and everywhere, and will be. Estella, to the last hour of my life, you cannot choose but remain part of my character, part of the little good in me, part of the evil. But, in this separation I associate you only with the good, and I will faithfully hold you to that always, for you must have done me far more good than harm, let me feel now what sharp distress I may. O God bless you, God forgive you!"

In what ecstasy of unhappiness I got these broken words out of myself, I don't know. The rhapsody welled up within me, like blood from an inward wound, and gushed out.

Great Expectations

Monday, November 7, 2011

2011 K-Pop Music Fest

To celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties between South Korea and Australia, Australia will be hosting the 2011 K-Pop Music Fest this November The concert will feature lots of K-Pop stars, just to name a few: SNSD, CNBlue, B2ST, 2AM, miss A, TVXQ, KARA, 4minute, SECRET.... best of all there will also be my personal favourite SHINee!

Hooray! The super awesome SHINee! And while I like all the members of SHINee, my ultimate favourite is...

Hi there happy face! My bias Jong Hyun! *Runs off to hyperventilate* Can you believe they are going to be in Australia all at once?

However, there is a huge "BUT" amidst all this happy crazy screaming! BUT... the concert will be held in Sydney, not Melbourne. NOOOOO... I realised that all the big concerts are always held in Sydney, or even if they come to Melbourne, they will be first held in Sydney. This is terribly unfair! WHY YOU NO COME MELBOURNE?!

And if the concert being held in another state nine hundred and seven kilometres away from me isn't bad enough, the concert will also be held right smack in the middle of my exam period! So I wouldn't be able to go anyway

"I'm going to put on a potato sack and a black hat and sit in a corner and eat paper forever!" *Runs off and cries*

My friends are flying to Sydney for the concert though, because they booked their tickets before our exam timetable was released. And apparently I can take comfort in the fact that my very kind friends were forced to offered to take a million photos of Jong Hyun for me, but under the conditions of, in their own words, "...if I can remember his face" Why do they tease the sad-little-me so?

Photos of him will make me quite a satisfied, happy girl though So I guess I'm looking forward to all the photos that would be taken on behalf of myself!

Aww, a Jjong picture

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Queen's Visit

The Queen (Elizabeth II) is here for her 16th visit to Australia and she arrived in Melbourne for a short tour today! We headed down to Federation Square at about noon to catch a glimpse of her

Look at the crazy number of people!

It was kind of horrifying. There was like a whole mass of people already jostling each other while the sun blazed happily away. ARGH! It was mad hot I don't understand! Half the time Melbourne is freezing but the sun just has to pick the day when tens of thousands of people are gathered to scorch us all! My face and my hair felt on fire and it was really hard to see anything with the glare from the sun.

On top of that, my view of the Queen was continually obstructed by people's heads, hats, flailing arms... and their expensive, modern, whopping enormous DSLRs. It's not enough that they block all possible view of the Queen but they had to shove their high definition DSLRs in my face If it weren't for the three million police who were also present at the venue, and also the fact that I did not have wings, I would have snatched those DSLRs and made a run for it. Not that there was anywhere not already occupied by people that I could run to. Like I said, I would have needed wings instead.

The very official-looking procession of white police cars trailing after the Queen's ride.

I wasn't really able to snap a good photo of the Queen, as you can tell from how stuck I was behind the crowds. Took this one of the huge screen, which even though is blocked by random poles, is high enough to not be blocked by arms and hats. Also, according to the news, there were at least 3 people who fainted in the crowd from heatstroke. That's frightening. I'm glad I stayed near to shade

Hooray, Her Majesty the Queen is dressed stylishly in my favourite colour

She smiles a lot, doesn't she? How lovely!

She reminds me so much of my granny. I love her already!

Back to looking at the crowds. At first, I was like "Oh my gosh, look at all these crazy people! Why are there so many of them?!" But shortly after, I realised that I was one of them too Hello to all ten thousand of you fellow curious and excited friends. See how much of a distance I am away from the Queen, that I take more photos of the crowd than of her

Here's where the Queen starts boarding the Royal Tram, and everyone starts cheering and yelling and fighting to get the last glimpse of her before the tram leaves.

It was an awesome feeling though, amidst the discomfort and the heat, to be able to see the Queen in person in real life, and to say that after. What a lovely, royal day.

Disclaimer: Not all photographs belong to me, because obviously I wasn't close enough to Her Majesty to take a nice, crowd-less photo.