Queensland Holidays (Townsville & Airlie Beach)

Jan 2022: Finally, we were able to travel outside Victoria. After multiple lockdowns and flight date modifications, we were able to see T’s family, THANKFULLY! Our flights were, luckily, uneventful though the view from the plane was superb. The birds-eye-view of the endless ocean, several small islands and the desert-like sand formations underwater was a treat. I enjoyed it more than the movie I was playing. It was so good; I would say those first two flights were among the many highlights of the trip.

(Tip: Qantas Flight from Melbourne to Brisbane to Townsville: Right Side: hopefully your flight is on a non-cloudy day)

Queensland during summertime truly feels like the Philippines. It made me feel nostalgic in a way. The heat, wind on my face, and the occasional rain made me feel like napping all the time. Well, that was what we did on our first day in Townsville. Along the Strands, we just sat under a tree and napped. Our focus in Townsville was family hence, we didn’t really do anything new.

Airlie Beach is 3.5hours away from Townsville and it is also, apparently, the gateway to the 74 (wow) Whitsunday Islands. So, over in Airlie Beach, as expected, we did more adventurous activities. We joined a tour group for snorkelling. We had to, unexpectedly, climb a few uphill steps at Whitsundays Island National Park.  What for? For its awesome lookouts! The ocean view from up there was worth the sweat. Just don’t forget to carry water with you. We also went to Whitehaven Beach to experience the warm ocean water and its powdery white sand. We snorkelled at Mantaray and Butterfly Bay. I enjoyed the whole day so much. I wished we had more time. We booked a jet ski tour too, but we had to cancel it due to unpredictable weather.

We went a few times to Airlie Beach Lagoon to swim for free too. I was hoping that the trip would make me a stronger swimmer, maybe it did. I was literally in awe of all the viewing spots around Airlie Beach. I particularly loved Shute Harbour and the viewing points near it. It was more serene out there than most parts of Airlie Beach.

With T’s mum, we also joined a ‘tuktuk’ tour which brought us to some paths we’d never seen before. Unfortunately, we did it on our last day. It would have been nicer if we did it earlier, so we could walk back to the paths and points where they brought us and stayed there longer, especially because in some areas, when one’s lucky, one could see turtles. I wanted to see turtles!!!! =( So that’s another tip for you.

Overall, it was a fun trip of exploration and family bonding! It made me happier.

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Annual Year-End Entry 2021

Due to the pandemic and travel restriction protocols changing all the time, we didn’t really go out much last year. Yes, we worked a lot, and in line with that, we had to freight our products to Portland and Mt Gambier. Also, we were lucky enough to be able to have a quick get-away to Gold Coast, and two times in Melbourne CBD. Nothing much, but so as people from most parts of the world. Almost everyone’s traveling lives were put on hold.

Though I was quite pleased because T and I were able to complete our last year’s resolution which was to be able to do juice fasting four times in 2021. I guess that was all we could do. As we were all locked down and unable to travel externally, we had to find something to challenge and/or discover within ourselves. As per my previous posts, T loved it and felt many benefits from it.

In 2022, we intend to travel more. We planned to embark on this new journey of taking a break from working, see more of Australia, and hopefully the world if everything re-opens. For now, I just want to wish you and your loved ones, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Last juice fast of the year

Nov 2021

Yay! I made it. I was able to fulfill my new year’s promise to T, to do 8-10days of juice fasting four times this year. So how did we go this time around? Well, aside from the obvious weight loss, I had this lingering hip/lower back pain for the past few weeks. On our sixth day, I realized it wasn’t painful anymore (after I told T’s visiting sister, I was not feeling anything!). Ok, to be honest, I also stopped running and other strenuous workouts while we were juicing, and just focused more on mild yoga with some stretch emphasis on my back and hip area. So, the pain’s possibly gone because of it?! T believes it was the juice fasting! I also want to believe, but I am not sure.

I seriously hope, someone would initiate a real scientific study with controls to see the effectiveness of juice fasting in different forms of illnesses or inflammations, so we could somehow have something more than just anecdotal evidence.

Suggested rough protocol:

Location: Hopefully in a controlled environment like the hospital. This will hopefully be done as an inpatient to eliminate external factors. Plus, for ensuring the safety of our participants too.

Participants: People with “mild” conditions, (yeah let’s start with mild stuff first) or some diseases that are immediately visible to our naked eye (say acne, eczema?)

Methodology:

Could be random or convenience sampling?

Whoever wants to do / random if possible?: Juice fast only /  Juice fast + medication / medication only

Monitor health indicators every day by doctors and/or nurses.

Monitor overall well-being (energy, happiness etc) every day

Maybe do this for at least 2 weeks??

The investigation would focus on differences in health indicators + well-being + acne appearance?

This could be replicated for other conditions too.

I sincerely want to know. Maybe this can be an option for people with idiopathic diseases (like for T., his doctors couldn’t tell him exactly where his pain was coming from. Juice and water fasting were his last option). I know some doctors + pharmaceutical companies will not like this because the only people earning from this possible solution would be our farmers, fruit vendors, and companies selling juicers.

Oh well, this entry is just to take it out there in case someone who can actually fund this is reading.

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10 Days Juice Fast (Aug 2021)

18 – 27 Aug 2021

This juice fast felt slightly easier as I only started craving on Day 8. Aside from that, nothing much has changed. I still have a lot of questions about the effectiveness of juice fasting as I do not feel anything when I am doing it. It’s a different story for T though. I could really see the frequency of his spasms lessen during and after a juice fast.

 To slightly enlighten me on what happens to our bodies during a juice fast, I decided to measure, not only our weights but also our glucose. This is because there were people worried about our sugar spiking up during a juice fast?? Naturally, our weights would go down.

Sugar? We used an Accucheck Performa. Our fasting Glucose were always within the normal range (below 5.6mmol/L) the whole time. I also measured our sugar thirty minutes after our first juice. Now, results from this factor were slightly intriguing. For some reason, having watermelon juice seem to cause higher glucose count than pineapple juice. To be honest, I wanted to present our data in a more analytic/statistically organised method, but I am not sure what’s the best way to do it. Anyway, our next one will be in October. Maybe by then, I would know how.

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Purpose

When I was younger, “purpose” was just a word with no heavy meaning. As I age, the word becomes more and more difficult to subjectively define. This journal was about searching for it, and my search involved just living life as it is. Trying stuff and finding out what that word will eventually mean for me. I am not young, yet I am not in a hurry. It feels scary sometimes because I feel lost, but, yeah, in the meantime, I just enjoy what’s in front of me. Luckily, I am enjoying the process, and I am optimistic that I will eventually embrace my purpose!

This entry was just to share about Hidden Brain’s new episode entitled “You 2.0: Cultivating Your Purpose” (https://hiddenbrain.org/podcast/cultivating-your-purpose/) It felt comforting to hear that even very successful people go through the wilderness trying to find it. Also, as they have mentioned in their conversation, purpose isn’t supposed to be found. It is supposed to be cultivated from within. I was also pleased to hear that my way of “finding” or possibly “cultivating” it is somehow scientifically acceptable. 😉

According to the episode, there are three pathways to purpose:

1. Proactive pathway: Purpose may come gradually as we pursue a hobby or a passion. It may gain momentum and eventually become our big P. (maybe my method)

2.  Reactive pathway: It may come in response to major life events that may lead us to change or reinvent ourselves

3. Social Learning: Observe someone else who have purpose.

But, my question is, does purpose have to be very specific? Is the constant desire to make the world a better place considered a purpose? Whilst all the ways and methods to constantly achieve bits and pieces (of making a world a better place) considered our goals? O well, just a thought.

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Victoria Lockdown 5.0

Despite how optimistic I am with this pandemic; I cannot help but to get frustrated when we go through a lockdown again. The idea sends chills to my spine and a burst of hot air in my head. When will this ever end?

First world problem it may be. I have enough here. I have everything I need and more, but I am tired of it. I am tired of the restrictions. I miss my family back home. This is the longest I haven’t seen them since I became an overseas worker. I am agitated and angry, but the saddest thing is, this anger cannot be directed to anyone. This is no one’s fault.

With the government’s tourism subsidy, we were able to book a few domestic flights at discounted prices. But with restrictions seemingly doing a ping-pong from one state to the other, I am losing hope that we could travel any time soon again. I am going crazy!  I want to cry but there are no tears dropping! I want to scream but I had to swallow my voice back! There is nothing we can do! NOTHING! =(

Anyone else feeling the same way?

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Second Annivesary in Melbourne CBD

8-11 July 2021

Time is flying so quickly; We are now two years married. Everything felt like yesterday. Anyway, on the day of our anniversary, we decided just to celebrate by dining in at our wedding reception place. M, the guy who helped us organise our wedding, was still working there, and he served us with complimentary dessert and coffee, after knowing that we were there for our anniversary. We also had the same cake as our wedding day. Nothing extravagant, really. We then watched a movie which was ok. 

Last year, we also wanted to do the same, but because of the pandemic, our wedding reception cancelled our booking. Luckily though, the pandemic didn’t stop us from having the same cake. Hehe

Coming back to this year, on the weekend, to continue with our anniversary celebration, we booked a room with river view at Crowne Hotel, and explored the city for the next two days. Melbourne CBD is definitely happening. With all its quaint lanes, busy streets, pretty buildings, and uhhh the state library. It is the oldest public library in Australia, and among the first free ones in the world, but it didn’t look old at all. It was immaculate. It was awesome! I had been to Melbourne so many times before, but I never had the chance to enter the library until that day. It was so beautiful.

To warm Melbourne’s very cold nights, and yeah, our last night was particularly chilly, CBD also have the Crown Gas Brigade which we also enjoyed. It was spectacular both from near the eight towers and from afar! Apparently, this attraction is the world’s largest fireballs at night?

Next time we have the time, Melbourne CBD’s museums and parks would be on our list.

Melbourne CBD

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Gold Coast, Australia

9-12 May 2021

We just spontaneously booked this flight after finding out that it is still on sale (50%) as part of the Australian government’s initiative to stimulate domestic tourism again whilst there are not many Covid-19 cases here. We worked so hard for the past uncountable months because anyway, we couldn’t go anywhere for holidays. We worked mostly seven days a week. Now that we can go somewhere, we decided, work can wait, and we can take a break. We deserve it.

So, travelling here was our first flight in 15 months. I was very thrilled. Tullamarine airport was busy, which was unexpected. It felt like pre-Covid. The only reminder that we’re still in Covid period was everyone was required to wear a mask while in the airport and onboard.  We departed smoothly. On our descent, the birds-eye view of the endless sand and ocean was just breath-taking! I’ve never seen such a straight long beach in my life!

As this holiday was planned to rest and relax, we didn’t really plan much activities. We just booked an accommodation with a nice view of the ocean, and near the centre where everything we might need and crave are close by.  I would have extra energy to do walks and see waterfalls, but I have to think of my dear hubby too. Married life is full of compromises. This time, I would have to because I could also use a little chill time.

On our first day, we just chilled at a nearby restaurant to watch T’s  AFL, then we went home. On our second day, we went for a swim in our hotel pool, then we took Uber to Burleigh Beach. I’ve never seen so much model-like fit people, mostly women, in my life until we walked along that beach. T, as you could imagine, was very happy, and he kept on saying “Good work,  baby” (on ‘choosing this location to go for a walk). We then had dinner in a Thai restaurant….and yes, we are still together.

On our third day, we didn’t have much activities too. We woke up early to view the sunrise right in front of  the beach, we went for a 2-hr massage, went to view sunset by a river, and caught up with T’s friend at night. We also hired a car that we used to look around on our last day after we’ve checked out.

On our last day, we just drove around because the weather was not as friendly as the past  few days. It was pouring hard, and it made it difficult for us to enjoy the place more. Our flight was at night, and gladly it went uneventful.

Back to hard work the next day.

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Juice Fasting (again)

17-23 April 2021

I keep on forgetting how difficult it is, until I am doing it again. Just like a marathon, it is indeed more of a mental challenge than physical.

I promised my hubby we would do a juice fast 4x this year. He would pick the dates. Juice fasting makes him feel better. I could see. It is pretty obvious he’s having less spasms during and after we juice fast. While I keep on doing it because I am curious, challenged, and ultimately, to support the hubby.

Aside from the expected weight loss (this time, 54.1-51.7 kg), weakness and waking up in the middle of the night, I do not know exactly what’s happening inside me. I’ve researched juice fasting, and most of the articles are anecdotal, and would always just say, “there is currently no published research supporting the safety or effectiveness of juice fasts”. I am just wondering, if many believe of juice fasting’s effectiveness, why couldn’t I find scientific papers about it, or at least, a paper about what does juice fasting do to a healthy person’s body? Can someone point me to one? If there are none, will government agencies, institutions or independent companies sponsor it? I will be very willing to participate. =) I am just super curious.

Let me know.

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Rainy Days at Wilsons Promontory and our scenic route home

21-23 Mar 2021

We were supposed to go to Wilsons Prom last weekend when it was all sunny, but our plans changed. Instead, we drove this weekend. Initially, we were supposed to walk a few trails within the promontory but the weather prevented us from doing so, unfortunately. On the first day, the wind was strong and there were occasional drizzles. The second day was worse. It just rained the whole day. So instead of going for walks, we just drove to the nearby lookouts where we just had to walk a little. It was still nice despite the wind was intimidating. Hopefully, next time, we could visit on a sunny day. Wilsons Promontory remains my favourite destination near Melbourne.

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