After a long, exhausting but amazing trip to Seoul, I am finally back! Don’t get me wrong, I had the best time, exploring a different city and county, trying different food, trying to make our way around the Seoul subway system with no Korean language knowledge whatsoever and making new friends, but I am glad to be home!
I wasn’t really sure what to expect when arriving in Seoul. Would it be similar to Indonesia? Or more like Australia? But it wasn’t different, a good different. The city itself was huge. A very vibrant city. Walking down some of the main ‘shopping’ streets, I found myself comparing to other major cities I have previously visited. I was getting a bit of a New York City vibe to be completely honest – almost as many foreigners roaming around too!
One thing that I will not miss is the food. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed trying different traditional Korean dishes, but I just wasn’t sold. Everything was either fried (chicken, pork) or rice. Nothing in between! I was just craving a bowl of lettuce, because I don’t think I ate one vegetable when I was away. They just don’t exist in Korea. The only way you will consume a vegetable, is when it has been pickled or fermented… not really the way I like to eat my veggies, how about you? I cannot wait to devour a HUGE bowl of stirfry tonight, eating my body weight in veggies! I have never been more excited in my life.
Although I was there for a study tour, it did feel more like a holiday! From the photos I have posted you are probably wondering when I actually did study?? Well, I did hah. Anyways, one of the best things I did when I was away, was taking a K-Pop class! If you have never listened to K-Pop before, do yourself a favour and give it a listen. I guarantee you will be surprised. I am obsessed. Who knew that music in another language could be so great. I have no idea what they are saying, but I like to think people are impressed when I sing what I think they are saying!
I am off to Brisbane tomorrow, because I really don’t like staying in the same place. I am visiting my mum, dad and buddy (dog), who I haven’t seen for a few months! I have been to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, but not for awhile. I am excited to explore more of my own country! I seem to only travel overseas. But we have so much here in Australia to see, I just need to find the time to see it all!
I hope to get back into my normal routine and post more often. Have been super lazy lately, sorry! But for now, it is currently 6:30pm and I am about ready for bed. I HATE overnight flights. Like they wake you up at 4am for breakfast. It is not breakfast time at 4am. Please just let me sleep! But that is what I am doing now. So thanks again for reading, I hope you are still enjoying my posts! XX
hello and welcome back! I think I might change my posting day to Sunday now – just seems more practical for me now, ya know. I thought I would start with like a little response on last weeks post. So I got quite a few messages from people asking if I was ok – I was fine! The post sounded a little bit more depressing than how I actually was feeling. I guess I just got so caught up with the words that I was thinking and writing and wrote like I was the loneliest person on the planet, but I really wasn’t!
But todays post is positive – I promise! So I am heading off to South Korea on Saturday (yay). South Korea? Why would I go to South Korea? Well, I am actually going on a Study Tour for uni – like how awesome! I was just super fortunate that I was a) given this opportunity and b) actually able to go. So I applied and had my interview for this trip when I was in Buffalo. I remember very vividly having my interview the day I went to a Bills game (American football btw) and we watched the whole game in a snow storm. I was freezing. I have literally never been that cold in my life. Anyways, the cold weather really took it out of me. The interview was 1:30pm (Monday) Adelaide time, which was 9:00pm (Sunday night) Buffalo time. So when we got back from the game, I spent the next hour in the shower to thaw out and then the next three hours napping. I set my alarm for 8:30pm for the interview, had the interview and then went to sleep.
That last paragraph was a bit of a side note, but everyone should know by now that I am a huge advocate for travelling and taking every opportunity that you get. You learn so much about yourself, your country, other countries, cultures, traditions and food, that you simply cannot experience sitting at home. Well you could watch youtube videos, etc, but thats beside the point. What I am trying to say is I take every (well most) opportunities I get. First, Buffalo and now South Korea. What a lot of people don’t know, is that the universities have a lot of money available for funding, grants and scholarships when it comes to these trips. My entire South Korea study tour was payed for (apart from like $100 plus spending money), and I got quite a large grant when I went to America. Don’t get me wrong, you do need to be somewhat financial, as there are added costs which you may not be aware of, however, I truly believe it is better to be poor with money, but rich in experiences. This is the motto I live by, and this explains why I never have a large sum of money in my bank account.
South Korea will be an amazing experience for me, I am very excited to see what it will be like. I think that South Korea is such an underrated country in Asia. You don’t hear of many people heading to South Korea for a holiday. The primary focus of this tour is the STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). We will be heading to various schools, kindy’s etc, to see how they incorporate STEM into their school. This will be awesome, as the emphasis on STEM in Australia is insane!
So this will mean that I may not get the chance to post in the next coming weeks. When I return, I FINALLY get to see my bestie Tilly after a year of being apart! But then I head to Brisbane the next day to see my parents, so a super busy next few weeks of travelling for me – remember my life motto? I just cannot help myself!
Thank you all again for reading and for all the messages etc. I truly love that you love reading my posts! XX
hello and welcome back! Its been a long time since my last post – i’m sorry, but I guess life has just taken over me right now and haven’t been able to find the time or be in the right frame of mind to write something worth reading.
So here in SA it is the long weekend. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE long weekends. That extra day off just makes the rest of the week so much better. But this weekend was different. I did absolutely nothing. And yes, for many this sounds nice, but for me, I am feeling lonely. I have no family in the same state as me (expect Brod – but lucky for him, he actually has a social life) and recently this has been harder than ever. My parents have jetted off around Australia and the remaining family I have is in Perth. Yes, I do have friends, but being around family is different. I have missed out on lots. I have missed many birthdays, christmases, special events etc, that I am done. I am sick of missing out. I am over having tours of new houses through snapchat and I am sick of celebrating Christmas with family over FaceTime.
For many reading, I am sure you are trying to relate to this. You may not be close with your family and that is fine, but that isn’t the case for me. I feel I have grown apart from family, simply because I only get to see them once or twice a year. So much has happened and I have missed out on so much.
I do love SA, it has been a great place to grow up, but i’m ready to leave. You know when you have the feeling that you have outgrown a place? That is how I feel about Adelaide. I had outgrown the Riverland and moved to Adelaide and now I have outgrown Adelaide. I am ready to move back home. Home to Perth.
Like I have said, I have missed my family immensely, but I have also missed the strawberries grown in Wanneroo. They are the BEST strawberries you can ever eat – but lucky for me, I can sometimes purchase them here in SA! If you’re an avid strawberry lover like me, be sure to look out for the Wanneroo grown strawberries at the supermarket – they will not disappoint! (Plus this was not sponsored by Wanneroo strawberries!!)
So, this post was basically to enlighten everyone on my decision to move back to Perth. I am ready to be back with my family, the yummy strawberries and to be able to explore Perth as an adult. And plus, I feel I need to go to Rottnest. Like I lived in Perth for like 10 years and never went…. Anyways, I will be moving at the beginning of next year, when I have finished my degree (lord help me)
I know many are aware of my decision, but I kinda forgot to tell my bestie Tilly and thought she knew, and she didn’t (whoops, soz), and so I wanted to tell you all!!! So if you have never been to Perth before, you should really come and visit me. I promise you will love it! XX
hello friends! guess what? It is Wednesday, and i’m writing a post, what. No way! I have finally found some time away from my busy life (lol) to write this, so I really hope you like it! Side note, as if it is almost June? Where has the year gone? I have almost been back for 6 months and that is crazy. We should totally do Buffalo round 2 @Heidi @Nicola @Hannah @Celine?
I have been reflecting a lot lately on how long I have been back for. Like it actually almost feels like it didn’t happen. Was it all a dream? The other day, my aunty tagged me in a memory on Facebook when I jetted over to Perth for my visa interview, and that was a year ago. When I saw that, I began reflecting on what was going on in my life this time last year. I was on my third year placement, but unfortunately my mind wasn’t all there. I was stressing about my trip. I still hadn’t booked my flights and I had no idea where I was going, a month from when I actually left, talk about last minute!
When I was reflecting, I also began reflecting on my time in Buffalo, especially rugby. For those who don’t know, myself, along with two other foreigners, decided to join the rugby team. I will admit, I was not too keen on the idea in the beginning. Rugby? Me playing rugby? I have never thrown a rugby ball in my life. But Heidi convinced me and I have to say, it was one of the best things I did.
I clearly remember walking over to the field for the first practice. I was terrified. As we were walking, I was thinking “what am I doing”, but then I got there and I couldn’t escape! Everyone was super nice, it was kinda overwhelming, but reassuring. And then the practice started. I remember doing A LOT of running, push ups, more running, burpees etc and thinking, holy moly, I am going to get so fit (and maybe abs?). And then the rugby drills started. WOW. What the hell is a ruck? (I still don’t really know tbh).
After the first practice, I was still unsure if this sport was for me. I was used to netball and tennis, where I actually know what I am doing, not rugby! But there must of been something that interested me, because I went back to the next practice, and then the next one etc.
What I was trying to convey in this post, is stepping out of your comfort zone. I was a very shy girl who wouldn’t do anything. I hated going somewhere alone, I hated talking in front of others and I hated doing something different. But last year, I had to step out of my comfort zone. If I didn’t, I would have had the WORST time ever. Sometimes you just have to do it. Take the risk. Do something different. When I look back, my whole trip wouldn’t have been possible. I traveled alone for a fair bit of my trip. I had to eat out alone. Sightsee alone. Take selfies because no one was there to take photos of me. But I had a great time. I could do what I wanted, see I wanted, eat what I wanted. It was awesome.
After that first practice, I wasn’t sure if rugby was something I wanted to do. But I stepped out of my comfort zone and did it. I made the best friends and was able to experience the ‘real American life’. I am forever grateful for this, for the experiences and the friends, and am extremely happy that the Buffalo State Rugby clubs opened up to three foreigners. We sure did add some diversity to the club!
If you are in a situation and you are not entirely sure, step out of your comfort zone and do it. Unless it’s something bad, that could get you into trouble, don’t lol. But if it is trying a new sport, making new friends or going to a parry and not knowing anyone else – make friends and talk to people! You are all great and will be just fine!
hello my friends, I am so sorry that I didn’t write a post last week. I am still trying to sort out this whole balance thing. Have been super busy and just not really coping, but ill get there. Anyways, I thought I would just check in, ya know.
Mothers Day. A day to celebrate and appreciate everything that our mums do for us, including the laundry, dishes, cooking etc. One of the hardest parts about moving out of home, apart from not seeing the parents everyday, was having to do my own washing and household jobs (still not 100% sure on how to wash a bathroom, but i’ll get there). Mother’s Day this year was special. Mum and I did the big 7.4km walk at the Mother’s Day classic here in Adelaide. Not only was I pretty knackered at the end, but it was a super fun walk, something that I got to experience with my mum. A few close friends of mine, as well as many others, are no longer able to spend Mother’s Day with their mums. That is why, you need to make every Mother’s Day (as well as every other day) special.
My parents have decided to pack up and travel around Australia for the rest of the year. I am very excited for them, don’t get me wrong, but they are taking the dog away. How could you?? Just joking… but how cool is this? I would love to just pack up my life and spend the year on the road. But I am only 21, I just need a little more money and like be 40 before I can even think about doing something like this. I just have so many plans in my life that I want to do within the next 2 years. Like I know I have the rest of my life, but I just cant bare to wait that long. Anyone else like this? A positive for me though is that I can go and visit them, wherever they may be. I am thinking Brisbane in July? Anyone know of any cool brunch places in Brissy (priorities hah).
I can reassure that my life is pretty well back on track now – am loving this extra flow of cash into my bank account! This weeks post is only short (I know, sorry!), but important. If you haven’t told your mum, dad, brother, sister, dog, fish or cat (ew) that you love & appreciate them lately, DO IT. Unfortunately, anything can happen at any time. OR your parents can just decide to leave you, who knows!
Thanks for having a read, I do really appreciate it! If you have anything you would like me to talk about etc, please let me know! I am kinda running out of decent content!!! XXXX
Well, I was wondering how long it would last. As you’re probably aware, it is Friday, not Wednesday! You know when you’re like ‘I will just do it tomorrow’ once and then every time after that you do the same thing? Yeah thats what I have done lol. I hope to get back into it next week and write on Wednesday (but lets just wait and see!).
This post is more like a little chit chat, rather than my usual stuff. I feel like I am running out of decent content, but still want to write something. All the things I wanted to write about, I have already written about, so I just have to go on more holidays (lol) to get more ideas and inspiration. Am I right? yes.
So this week, I started my new job (yay!), but I have been struggling with the whole balancing work, life, friends etc. For some reason I have just been super exhausted. Like I know I am only working shifts of like 2.5 hours, but I am spending the whole time in the pool, in chlorine and this just makes me super tired. I literally finish at 6pm and then by 8pm I am dead. What is wrong with me?
So many of you know just how cruisy uni has been for me this semester. Like I literally feel like I do nothing, but there isn’t much more for me to do. Like I cant just make up work for me to do – why would I do that anyways? I had an assignment due tonight – I have finished thank god, but I was like stressing majorly about it. I dedicated most of Wednesday, Thursday night and like all of today to do it, but just couldn’t find the motivation. I went out for brunch this morning because priorities, and then came home and smashed it out in like 3 hours. I swear I produce my best work under pressure, on the day it is due. Anyone else like this? I think you have to be super motivated and passionate about the topic or assignment to finish it early. I am at that stage though where I am just so sick of studying and am ready to be an adult and have a full time job. I bet though in like a year when I actually have to work and adult properly I will be wishing I was back at uni. I guess you just cant win hey?
Anyways, where I was going with the last paragraph is that I now have to balance uni with work. I know I have a pretty laid back semester, but I still need to find time to complete assignments, attend uni and do the work. Unfortunately, you need to do the work to pass, who knew? Because I have been super tired this week, my uni work has kind of become the last priority, as I am valuing sleep and food higher than study. I think it will take me a few weeks to get into a routine and to become more organised to be able to balance work, uni and life. I am LOVING the money though. Don’t you just hate it when money just keeps going out of your account but nothing comes in? That was me for like 3 months. But now I have to pay a stupid parking fine – there goes my first pay check. Who knew that parking in a bike lane (whoops, I should learn to read signs) would cost $263. Like what? I would like the council to tell me why the fine is so much and would possibly could make this fine so high. This is absurd.
Anyways, thanks again for reading and I’m sorry this is a bit of a different and messy post, but I just really like writing. Also shout out to the Buff State rugby team for not inviting us to your formal, I’m very upset, but I hope you had a fab night – even without the foreigners @heidi, @nicola.
I am very sorry for not posting last week, I was very busy! I have just spent the best week in my favourite place ever, Bali! Eating, drinking, swimming and tanning – what else could you want? I was fortunate enough to tag along to my aunty, uncles and cousins little Bali getaway – sorry guys!
Unfortunately, flying direct to Adelaide from Denpasar is awful. The flight leaves Bali at midnight and arrives in Adelaide around 7am – which means that you don’t get much sleep (I guess when I move back to Perth, I will have an endless supply of airlines and flight times!!). I am always grumpy, tired and very sad when I arrive back in Adelaide. For some reason, after coming home from Bali, everytime, I am an emotional wreck. I have no idea why. I am literally sad for weeks after until I can convince myself that I will be going back soon. During these few weeks, I constantly look at airfares and accomodation to make myself feel better. This only ever happens after Bali – it is super weird. I think its because when I go to Bali it does feel like a holiday. I literally do nothing! Maybe I am so sad because I know when I come home I actually have to adult and not just spend my days swimming and drinking?
Since returning, I have been very sad, but life goes on. I have to stop and think about just how lucky I am to be able to visit Bali as often as I have. I am always complaining to my mum that I haven’t been back in four years. I really shouldn’t be complaining.
In 2010, my family and I decided to sponsor a child in Bali. We were given the sweetest little boy, Yogi. Through sponsoring Yogi, we paid for his school fees, books, uniform etc, which allowed him to attend school – an opportunity a lot of Balinese children do not get to experience. As Australians (and many other nationalities), we are lucky we are all given the chance to attend school. To get a good job or career. But most of us still complain about how much we hate school or that we don’t need to go! Just think that for many Balinese children, attending school is just a dream.
Yogi grew up in a village, in the North East of Bali. I have been lucky enough to go to his village on several occasions. The location is sensational. The views of the ocean would be worth millions, but this is where the poorest Balinese people live. Although they don’t have a lot at all, they are the happiest people you will ever meet. Last Wednesday, I was fortunate enough to see my aunty/uncle and cousins sponsor child, Wayan in his village. When you arrive, they are so happy to see you. They greet you will a big smile and a hug, making you feel very welcome. As soon as we arrived, a bunch of other boys from surrounding villages rushed over to see us. Balinese children are literally the cutest things ever! We gave the family lots of second-hand clothes, toys and lots of food. Who knew that all the ‘stuff’ we have sitting and lying around our homes would actually change someone else’s life?
Every time I visit Yogi or in this case, Wayan, we always complain about the long car ride! Yes its long, but there are more important things to think about. Through these visits, I always stop from a few moments and appreciate what I have. A stable family, a roof over my head, dinner on the table every night and clean drinking water. All the things we take for granted. Imagine trying to live without these things for even a few hours, I can guarantee that most of us would struggle immensely.
When telling people I was coming to Bali, I got some mixed reactions. A few comments were made about why some people would never go to Bali – because they don’t believe ‘tourists’ should visit – we need to go to Bali to help the poor, build houses etc rather that spend money there, eating and drinking. These comments made me think. Without the tourists, Bali would be even worse. ALL of the millions of tourists who flock to Bali each year are building their economy. Giving the Balinese jobs. Yogi continued on to hospitality school, where he is now working at the Octopus restaurant in Nusa Dua. He has built a life for himself, doing something he loves. If there were no tourists, people like Yogi would not have a job.
I understand that everyone will have differing opinions on Bali. Some people hate it, while others love it (including me). To me, Bali is one of the only places where I can lie around a pool for a week and not feel bad for not doing anything else! As you become a more frequent tourist, you begin to form friendships with some of the Balinese people. We have a friend, Hillary, who we always get to pick us up from the airport or when we go to the villages. We also have our regular beach bars we like to go to. Jimmy’s Bar was frequented a fair few times this trip as well! So I guess having these friendships justify coming to Bali? Hm ..
I am super sorry for the long post, but I thought I should make up for last week. I also thought this was an important topic that I wanted to discuss. If you are interested in looking to sponsor a child, we did it through the Carolia Charity – which is run by two women in WA. ALL the money given is given to the child. If you are interested in doing something like this, please do! You don’t know how much this will change lives. If you have any questions, please message me! I am a very strong advocate for allowing every child access to an education. It is just so important.
Although my week in Bali is over, I am counting down the days until I visit again whenever that is – maybe November (please mum?!). Although I can assure you, that if you are only going for a week, you do not need to pack 4 pairs of bathers, especially when I only took hand luggage.. But yes, you can go to Bali for a week with only hand luggage!! Just a heads up, the next few posts will probably also be about Bali, because why not. Talking about it just makes me feel like I’m still there (even though I’m clearly not!!)