I think we had the feeling that our vacation days were not enough therefore, we decided to take another day off. I have already been to Phillip Island many years ago, just to witness the Penguin Parade one winter. T hadn’t been so, we decided just to have look for a day. It was a little over one hour away from our suburb, so it wasn’t too tiring for him to drive.
I couldn’t even remember the exact year when I went there, or I was with, but I do remember the seats, the weather, the penguins, and the feeling. Going there during summer was a completely different experience. I didn’t even know there were so many sides and each side has a different character. Some sides were swimmable, some just for us to view, some were secluded, some were crowded, some areas you could surf. There were different forms of water conditions for everyone’s varying water activity needs. We were just there to view and watch, yet those were good enough for us to enjoy especially ,because yesterday’s weather was rather perfect as well.
We decided we would go back and spend more time, swim and most probably stay there over night. I could just imagine watching the sunset from there. =)
Melbourne-Adelaide-Mildura-Melbourne and those towns in between
Adelaide (Dec 27-Jan 1)
We were initially planning for a road trip to Sydney but of course, our dear friend COVID-19 got in the way again. We had to change our plans and visit South Australia instead. I’ve never been to Adelaide and T didn’t mind going back. I also, didn’t want to take airplanes yet as I feel that its still not very safe considering the number of cases rising again.
Anyway, T drove the whole time as I couldn’t. Our drive to Adelaide wasn’t very eventful and T would usually say, the whole drive there was boring. To me, there is excitement everywhere, especially if they’re new to me. I thought the painted silos and the old buildings along the way were interesting.
We arrived a little bit late so, we just went out for tea and headed to our accommodation. Our first full day was spent climbing Mt. Lofty. This activity definitely put a huge smile on my face but sadness on T’s face. Though we drove up to the summit, I decided to descend to see the waterfalls and climb back up again. T almost reached the bottom with me, but he decided to stop and wait for me to ascend again and we walked together up to the summit again.We then, went to the Glenelg, beach side of Adelaide and relaxed there. We just had coffee and cake, drove a bit more, had tea at the happening Hindley Street.
The next day, as T’s body was aching, we just drove around admiring Adelaide’s churches, as it is tagged as the “City of Churches”. St. Peter’s Cathedral is such a beautiful work of art as well as the St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. We went in, prayed a while and experience the moment as I haven’t been inside a church in a while now. We also visited the Central Market and had brunch there. We also squeezed some time to watch T’s crush, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman 84 (Script is a thumbs down).
The next day, we travelled by the beach and had a short swim in Noarlunga Beach. It was beautiful. It looked warm, but nah, it was still cold for me. We then had tea at Big Shed and I finally found a beer that I liked and could drink. We then rushed back up again to Mt. Lofty for sunset. We successfully managed to view it.
Our last day, New Year’s Eve, we went for massage, finally managed to attend a mass at St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral. We had dinner at Rundley Street, another happening street, and stayed there til the countdown. We drove around watching drunk children enjoying their New Year’s eve celebrations and went back home.
Overall, I really felt that Adelaide is a city of beautiful buildings and architecture. I certainly enjoyed photographing them. I like the atmosphere of the city as it was just very chill and relaxed. Its beaches were also enjoyable. I loved it.
Mildura (Jan 1-3)
T kept on saying there’s not much to see in Mildura. But nah, they’ve got the serene Murray River there. We drove around it on our first night and had tea at the city centre. The next day, there was a thunderstorm. We just drove to Red Cliff and had a look at their red cliffs and Big Lizzie, the historical tractor. We also managed to have brunch under a tree along the Murray River. I had been asking T to do that with me, and finally, we were able to do it in Mildura. We spent a good 2hours relaxing there. We then headed to Ranfurly Lake because a little search placed its name as one of the best locations to watch sunset. We then, had tea and that’s about it.
The next day, we drove back home. We Googled about the Pink Lake along the way and we couldn’t find much information about it. We asked the locals and they were as clueless as we were. T wasn’t keen to go anymore, but I was still very optimistic that the experience would be great. After a few minutes of begging, I managed to convince him. Yipee! It was the first time for me to see a Pink Lake.
We also drove past Bendigo. I have heard about the city but never really had any impression about it. I got a shock to see how beautiful the city was. We walked around and had tea there. Next time, we would see and explore more of it.
The sun was setting as we drove home and that show became the finale of our short holiday. Back to work next week.
We didn’t have much travels in 2020 because of our dear COVID-19. The only travels we had were our trip to the Philippines and a brief one in Singapore. After February, the only travels we had were work-related, to make and deliver our goods. I haven’t seen my family in almost one year, the longest I haven’t seen them. =(
This pandemic put a halt in a lot of aspects. For me, I’ve always believed that face-to-face mode of education is the best mode, but this pandemic forced us to use online learning. It was a little bit strenuous for my eyes, but yeah, I was able to graduate and obtain another degree this year.
I may have not travelled but this university experience, helped me meet people from different races and cultures, and those interactions would have been even better and meaningful if classes were face-to-face, but then, of course, nobody had a choice. The highlight of my year was me, finishing the course and that’s about it.
Hopefully, next year would be a better year for all of us. Happy New Year, friends!
And yes, we managed to do it again. We started at the same day as last year. My goal is just to keep my promise to Tim, that we will do it once a year and to somehow lose a bit of weight. We only used green and red apples, carrots, beetroot, lemons, a little bit of strawberries this year. Well, it was tough (for me) because I had to do the juicing most of the time as well as because I am always hungry.
On my second day, that bitter taste in my mouth was back and I felt weak. It improved a little bit on day 3. I indeed lost about 2kg on day 5. There was also a little bit of effect on my leg rash which was unexpected. Could be placebo? I am not sure, but it looked better on Day 5.
Anyway, I promised Tim that next year, we would do a monthly 2-3days juice fast and we would ensure that we will include Kichidi on our diets at least once a week.
I learned about the Kichidi when I took my 200-hour Yoga Instructor Course back in Singapore. We would eat this after our Kriyas or cleansing as it is basic and very gentle to our tummies plus there are other benefits too.
Mung Dhal – Protein
Salt – flavour and electrolytes
Turmeric – Antibacterial, antiseptic and good for immune system
Ghee – Nourishes the intestines
Cumin Seeds-Good for digestion
Just boil them together.
This is a very simple meal to prepare and could be very nutritious too even when we are not doing Kriya.
Just a reminder though: I am not a nutritionist or a health guru. So, ensure to check with your doctors before doing alterations in your current diet.
I can’t believe it has been 1.5 years since I moved to Australia. It was a bold move considering I was living a comfortable life in Singapore. I quit being an allied health professional to study business. Now the course is over. I still am unsure on what to do with my life. Maybe I am thinking and analyzing too much? Maybe I am rushing the process? Maybe I should start trusting it. Maybe…..
For now, I am going to re-start by waking up early and sleeping earlier than before too. Waking up with small pieces of purpose in my head therefore, I’ve got something to look forward to completing every day. Like this entry…. Anyone on the same boat or had been on the same boat? Share or advice please. =)
This virus originated from China late last year. It spread all over the world and now, everyone’s scared and worried about health, both our own and our loved ones. Lockdown, social distancing, frequent hand hygiene were the usual national responses from different countries. With all these limitations, we all cannot go anywhere, we cannot do much, how do we cope?
Luckily, we have digital media nowadays. It is easy to find something to do. We have Netflix, Facebook, Tiktok, which is slowly getting more popular over this Covid-19 period. On Facebook, I could observe people dancing, acting and singing with the help of this app. I also noticed people becoming more domesticated as everyone seems to be cooking and baking then posting which I kind of liked the idea as I am seeing plenty of inspiration for meals to cook after browsing on Facebook. I am also seeing so many photos of empty grocery shelves, some were making jokes about posting their own house plan stating that they’re making an itinerary to tour their own houses. Some are posting about front liners and thanking them which, to be honest, they truly deserve every single gratitude they are getting.
It is not only fear that’s arising. Hatred became very apparent as well. Hate about China, hate about other races, hate about each country’s political solutions and actions, hate about people who are hoarding. It seems that, aside from crowded hospitals and deaths, hatred became an indirect by-product of the virus itself.
It’s sad that people are becoming more discriminating racially than ever. We are all fighting the same enemy. We should fight this invisible enemy together by staying apart. Without mutual respect and understanding, it makes things harder. Distance between people is enough to say and make people feel that we actually care. Hate makes it harder for us to embrace each other again after this virus is over.
You are lucky if you have your family with you and that you know you can help prevent them from getting sick. Some do not have their families with them. They just have to pray and hope that their elderly parents won’t catch it. We are stressed and frustrated with what is happening, but we all are suffering and struggling because of this. Let’s help each other get through this more smoothly. It’ll be easier that way.
We flew by Scoot as we were on budget and because we wanted to go stop over Singapore. I saw my dad from far away waiting for us at the arrival waiting area in Manila. His look has changed since the last time I saw him. It pinched my heart if you know what I mean.
We just went to have a Filipino meal in one restaurant and then had 1-hour massages. T wanted to have as much massage as possible while in the PH because it is cheaper. The next day was my dad’s birthday. We met with my sister in Tagaytay to have a buffet breakfast. It was a nice feeling to dine together again. We then went to Caleruega to attend a mass. It was my parents’ first time to go there while I have been there a couple of times. We used to do retreats there when we were in school. After plenty of photo ops, we went to my relatives’ home to celebrate the day with them as well. It was the first time T met a relative of ours. The next day, I had two migration documents to settle. We just had coffee at Manila Bay.
Our three days in Subic began. Papa drove for about 5hours. We reached Subic exhausted, so we just went for massage and dinner to call it a night. The next day, sadly, papa was not able to come with us as his knee was sore from driving for too long with air condition. I wasn’t used to that. Papa had always been enthusiastic when it comes to going to places. I felt sad but hey, we still went on with our day anyway. We walked by the bay and these men started talking to me about island hopping. I have read a lot about the island near Zambales but not much about Olongapo. He explained about Sampaloc island (1hr away), Mayanga Island (15mins away), SIlanguin Cove (2hrs away), Snake Island and Grande Island. He said their boat rent is P1k per 1hour and can go for a Sampaloc island for the whole day at P4k. Of course, I asked for a discount. They didn’t give me much but still, P3.5k was ok considering we had a white person with us.
Off we went snorkeling in between Grande Island and Sampaloc Island. We haven’t even swum for 5mins when a patrol boat came near us and told us that we weren’t allowed to snorkel there and that we could be fined P5k for it. The corals there were sort of dead and I didn’t see any fish at all. In my head how can you not allow swimming but allow people to kill the corals? Apparently, they said, it depends on the “gifts” offered. Disappointed, he headed back to the boat and decided to just travel to Mayanga island. Our only plan was to go for a day at Sampaloc but because of this, we had to turn back and spend a few hours at Mayanga. The water there was crystal clear though it wasn’t as still so, it was hard to snorkel. There were fishes in some parts. It was a small island with only 2 or cottages. After only a few hours we decided to head back. I thought they promised we would also go to Snake Island but we didn’t so we paid for the price of the whole day and actually just had a boat time of 4hours which was disappointing. We went home, rested and went for a walk at the boardwalk with papa.
I researched about Silanguin Cove. Yep, it’s super nice in photos. There were two possible ways of going there, one is by driving 45mins to a town, then taking the boat for another hour and boat costs P2k going there or from the same boatmen the day before at P4k (from P5.5k) for 2hrs in the boat but no driving. We chose the latter so everyone can just chill.
It was indeed a long boat ride especially the waves were not very friendly. The cove was not entirely visible from the main passage. It was nicely hidden inside a group of hills which served as a gate to a private beach. We snorkeled in there and unlike the Sampaloc waters, Silanguin Cove’s corals and wishes were so alive. It was so beautiful. Water was calm and there were not many people. That time, we almost owned the whole place. Cottage rental was P800 and the entrance was P150 each person but the caretaker said we can pay P1k all in. We spent hours there until the sunset and truly enjoyed it. It was worth it. Heading back was dark and rough, therefore, I felt guilty and gave them extra P1k.
These boatpeople also have a sideline of cooking for visitors. My dad loves things like that so I gave in. He said it was P1k for a huge fish and 1kg of pork and P200 for cooking. I gave him P2k thinking that that would include cooking but on the day, the boat people were not there and the cook asked us to pay extra P300. Food by the bay is always yummy to me no matter what the taste is but it was not worth P2.3k. We went home after that.
Talk to several boat companies before actually heading there. I did not as I generally did not plan anything.
Make sure to get your “baon” before heading to the bay or terminal.
Make sure to discuss your itinerary in detail and that if it is legal to go there or not.
I was generally happy about the trip except for the feeling that I was a little ripped off in my own country.
We didn’t do much the next day. I just went for Dental cleaning and I hated the “White House” way of saying the price. Cleaning was said to be P800 but its case by case basis. Once you’re lured inside, they would check your teeth and tell you that the basic cleaning was P1.5k. Almost double despite I knew my teeth were not so bad as I go for cleaning every 6months. Anyway, this script of “case by case” was annoying to my ears. Why can’t they just give at range so it’s not shocking to hear once inside?
The next day, we went to meet my sissy for a hot-pot lunch and shooting. I couldn’t make myself do shooting as it was loud and scary. This was our last day in the PH. It was sad of course.
This Wuhan virus couldn’t stop us. We stopped in Singapore for 21hrs, therefore, we visited the Jewel, collected a document and met a few friends. I miss both my 1st and 2nd home now that I am returning to my 3rd home.
Every time I’d go home, I could see my parents changing physically. It breaks my heart. It feels like time is really slowly taking them away from me whilst I want to keep on holding on to them….
Since I could not get enough of Wilson’s Prom, I begged my hubby to take me there again. This time around to check out the Big Drift and my fave Squeaky beach again. The last time we were at Wil Prom, we were not able to walk the Big Drift due to time constraints. We went back to have a look at it.
Big Drift was an easy walk up. It got tough when we reached the sandy part of the walk. As we know, ascending the sand would always be one step up, two steps slide-down. We managed to summit it. We were the only people there, which was good. Until we decided to descend. We lost the trail we used to come up. I have read about it before and never thought it would happen to us, but it did. Haha We walked around for about 15 to 20 minutes to find which part of the sandy surface to start descending.
Squeaky beach remained beautiful yet too cold to swim in. We also drove and explored small beaches which I forgot the names of. We will definitely return at Wil Prom as there are still so many natural beauties to explore.
Happy New Year! We decided to fly to Townsville because T’s mum and brother live here. We traveled a little bit as we went to Port Douglas for 3 days and Airlie Beach for a day. Both were beautiful though the latter is vaster than the former. We also walked around the Cairns’ Esplanade for a bit.
It was nice to explore further but to be honest, we were traveling on a budget. We just enjoyed what we could afford, and, in our case, we could afford food and coffee. All those islands hopping, jetski-ing, snorkeling were just too ex for us at the moment. Anyway, we were just content, and all these activities can wait.
This trip’s main aim is to just be with the family, and we were able to achieve that. I am happy.
On a separate note, I plan to have my own income-generating activity this year. I am hoping to completely change my career but if it is impossible, I would probably just accept the fact that I cannot change (yet). That would be disappointing, but I can wait