Holidays in Queensland, Australia

24 Dec 2019 to 8 Jan 2020

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.

View of Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach

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

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Happy New Year!

 

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My 2019

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWell, I didn’t go for much traveling last year but I’ve gone through so many things. I quit my 13year job, moved to another country, started schooling, my fiancé got sick, I got married, we went for a mini-travel to Yarra Valley and Tasmania.

It was a colourful year. I experienced both happy and traumatic events. So, to celebrate Christmas and the end of 2019, myself and my hubby went to Queensland for 2weeks.

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Wilson’s Promontory Weekend

14-15 Dec 2019

We drove to Foster at about 1030am, checked in at about 2pm, then we drove for about 20minutes to Agnes Falls. It was a short walk from the Customer Service car park. We then drove for about an hour to Tarra-Bulga National Park. It was a good place to do short walks. I particularly liked the suspension bridge there. We then headed back to Foster.

In the morning, about 30-45 minutes from Foster, we drove to Wilson Promontory. There’s plenty of things to see and walk in the area. We only managed to do an easy climb up Mt. Bishop and walk along Squeaky Beach. We hoped and attempted to go to the Big Drift but we couldn’t push through with it due to time-constraint.

WilProm was just so gorgeous. There were plenty of mountains on one side, beaches on the other. There were caves apparently, also sand dunes. There are different types of nature to satisfy any nature-lover. Two days in this kind of place is not enough. I super enjoyed it. This is a highly recommended place for people who love nature and walks.

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Midlife Crisis

Have you ever felt like you are trapped? You do not like what you are currently doing but you do not know where else to go? You try to swim back up to your route, but waves keep on pushing you down to the unknown? What if you like the unknown better but you cannot afford it? You rely on other methods to get by but these methods don’t feel suitable? You try to depend on others, but people keep on stabbing you instead of helping you out? You know well enough that the only solution is within you, but you do not know how to start or how to escape from this prison? How do you start when failure cannot be an option? How do go when you feel old to start over? How do start over when people are denying you from detaching from your previous life or profession? How do you start over? How should I? I am lost. I. NEED. HELP.

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Juice Fast experience

fastingBackground:

T always had this nerve-related pain on his shoulder. He went to numerous medical professionals to have it checked but no one can diagnose. Disappointed with the ordeal, he took his healing into his own hands. He went on 60 + days of juice fast and 15 days of water fast which apparently made him feel a lot better. He did juice fasting a few more times after that.

I know he believes in this so much, therefore, I wanted to try it myself. I do not have much to complain about except for my floaters (eyes) and some clicking noises on my ankle, but I refused to have it checked because I am sure I will be advised to stop running and I am not quite ready for that yet. T said and, based on some readings, juice fasting or fasting, in general, can heal our bodies in ways we couldn’t imagine.

Finally, I’m on my 3 months break. T and I decided to go on a 7days juice fast. But of course, just like working out, we needed a “warm-up” and a “cool down”. We decided to be on a eggs, fruit, and veg only diet for a week to prepare our systems for the fasting, then another week of the same diet after the juice fast before slowly introducing meat again. I am a big meat eater and its only rare that I want to eat fruits and vegetables so believe me when I say THIS IS TOUGH FOR ME. I am intending to continue with a soft intermittent diet of 12-12hours. T is not.

Initial weight:

T: 83

P: 58

What’s on our Menu?

Day 1:

Lunch: Rock Melon and Banana

Dinner: Omelette with tomato, mushrooms and salad with spinach, mixed greens, mushrooms.

Day 2:

Lunch: Papaya and banana

Dinner: Omelette with capsicum, tomato, mushroom and salad with the same ingredients as last night’s, baked fries

Day 3:

Lunch: Papaya and banana

Dinner: Sauted mixed vegetables, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, long beans, mushrooms, tofu, eggs and rice

Dessert: Pineapple

Day 4: Same as Day 3

Day 5:

Dinner: Pizza and baked fries from dominos; Omelette with capsicum, tomatoes and more home-made baked fries.

Day 6:

Lunch: Lakshmi Vilas Vegetarian Restaurant’s veggie  curries, Dhal, chapati, pappadam, rice etc.

Dinner: Avocadoes, eggs, corn

Day 7:

Lunch: Lentil Soup

Dinner: Corn, mangoes, avocadoes, kiwifruit

We shopped for fruits to juice on Day 7.

Weight:

T: 79

P: 54

Start of Juice fast.

Day 8 and 9: Juice made of red and green apples, beetroot, carrots, kiwifruit, blueberries, ginger, spinach, lemon, celery

Feeling: I was feeling sleepy and my cravings were so strong. I am having bitter after taste.

Day 10: Rock Melon, Mango, red and green apples, lemon, carrots, kiwifruit, watermelon

Feeling: Sleepy maybe because I haven’t been working out.

We realized mangoes are not very good to juice because it only turned into a puree.

Day 11 and 12: Pineapples, carrots, strawberries, apples, and blackberries.

We have over-shopped last Sunday and we realized we had to throw away so many rotten fruits.

Day 13 and 14: We traveled to Portland and since juicing is inconvenient when traveling, we decided just to drink Nudie Fruit Juices.

Weight:

T: 78

P: 55

End of Juice Fast

Day 14:

9Pm: We broke our fast and had vegetable soup with pumpkin, mushrooms, cauliflower, peas, carrots, spinach, potatoes, corn, and broccoli.

Day 15: Same soup, nuts, avocado, honey, nuts

Day 16:

Lunch: Vegetable burger

Dinner: Pardesi Vaishno Dhaba’s Vegetable briyani, rice, Dhal Takda or Lentils with cumin.

Day 17:

Lunch: Boiled corn and nuts

I generally didn’t feel anything different; my floaters are still floating and my ankle is still clicking. I ran on day 17 again and I realized I didn’t have any discomfort after not running for 2weeks. Usually, when I stop running for a while, I would have some when I run again. This time, there’s none. T also felt better and his stance was better too.

Day 18:

Lunch: Vegetable Sushi from Bruce Lee Sushi. We also broke our no-dairy diet by sharing a slice of cake from Twisted Sista.

Dinner: Omelette with egg and tomato; Wrap with tomato, lettuce, mixed greens, and lentil patty. We also had baked fries and mango shake

Weight:

P: 55

 T:79

Day 19:

Lunch: Vegetable soup with mixed vegs.

Dinner: Same wrap as last night.

Day 20:

Lunch: Avocado

Tea: Nuts, peas

Dinner: Veg soup with egg and egg noodles; baked samosa

My tooth got chipped off. I am not sure if it’s related to my juice fasting but it was a weird coincidence.

Day 21:

Lunch: Baked Samosa

Dinner: Veg soup again.

Day 22:

Weight:

P: 53.8

T: 79

Veg diet was broken. We had tea at Isshin Japanese Restaurant in Forest Hill.

It was quite an experience. Yes, I didn’t feel much difference, but I am just hoping the whole programme somehow improved my system.

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Half a day in Mount Gambier

19/10/19

Hubby just had some work to do there hence, I went with him. I convinced him to stay over-night. With our short half a day, we managed to explore the town and surprisingly, there were so many things to visit near Mt. Gambier’s centre, Caves, Sinkholes, Lakes. They were all worth visiting. Hoping to explore more of it in the near future.

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Tasmania Get-away

July 2019

We arrived in Hobart early morning. We decided to hire a car and we drove around the city as we weren’t sure if we were able to check-in that early. After brunch, we tried our luck, and yey! to Wrest Point as they let us check in early.

We had a short rest and we headed up to Mr. Wellington. Unfortunately, due to snowing, parts of the road going up there were closed. We just walked around the nearby trails. We then drove down and looked for a place to eat dinner and found a seafood restaurant near the pier. Oysters were yummy but expensive.

20190719_120328_HDRThe next day, we took the ferry to Bruny Island. The island was full of nice views and viewpoints. My favorite, of course, was the lighthouse as it was serene up there.  They also have an oyster restaurant there which unfortunately we couldn’t visit. I checked their website and found out that their prices were a lot cheaper than anywhere in the mainland, even cheaper than the one in Salamanca Market.

 

The next day, we went to Salamanca Market. It was an open market by the pier which only operates every Saturday. There were a lot of food, music, and crafts. It was an interesting walk. We then drove to Launceston passing via Mount Fields.

DSCN3268There were innumerable trails to choose from in Mt. Fields with different levels of difficulty. Of course, we, for now, chose the easy trail, which was a trail that would pass through their 3 rich and beautiful waterfalls. They were stunning. Trails were also very easy to navigate. Next time, we promise to ourselves that we would try other trails. Hopefully, the one with snow.

Russell Falls

Horseshoe Falls

Lady Barron’s Falls

 

Driving to Launceston from there was a long and vertigo-eliciting process. After their amazing sunset, the road was very dark and windy. We could see a lot of dead animals on the streets because of this. There were very little possible stops for toilet or food along the way. So, fill up your fuel and empty your bladders before driving from Mount Fields to Launceston.

We then reached the city and headed for a nice meal by the pier, again. I wanted oysters again but it was just too pricey for me, so I had to control my urges.

The next day, T’s friend pick us up to show us the majestic Cataract Gorge. T was already complaining because there were more trails up there. I particularly liked the vastness and quietness of the place. We then went to a pub to watch their team play, then dinner. Our last activity was to visit a church for a short prayer.20190721_120453_HDR

I was happy and content.

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Yarra Valley Get-away

July 2019

To begin our mini-honeymoon, we went to a Japanese food buffet, Okami. They were ok, only the waiting time for the food to be served was quite long. Then we drove to a secluded place in Yarra Valley called Deville Healseville and spent a couple of days there. We used their spa every night to relax.

On our first day, we went around the town, looked for a church, viewpoint and we found this interestingly named restaurant called the Innocent Bystander.  We were hoping for a juicier story behind the name but unfortunately, it was all about wines. The owner wanted to make people’s wine experience more accessible and more enjoyable for people, hence, they decided to be a ‘bystander’ instead of a competitor.

20190711_152626Next day, we randomly decided to go to Lake Mountain. Without proper attire and preparations, we went to a snowy hill. This is T’s first snow experience and I was too excited for him. To enjoy the trip better, despite we were on cheap mode, we hired winter wears that cost us $108. We tried to convince ourselves that we paid for the experience. We did.

On our third day, we went to the Chocolate Factory. Of course, it was crowded. The only thing I enjoyed there was the free-taste of Choco. They were yummy of course, but a little bit pricey in my opinion. Then we drove around Yarra Glen. Then, we found Kinglake’s Mason Waterfalls.

It was a short trail walk from the parking space to the waterfall’s viewpoint. It was a small one, unlike those of the pictures from the internet. I just enjoyed the fact that T and I walked together using a trail. =) We then had Indian Food for dinner.

The next day was checkout, sadly.

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Wedding Suppliers and Finances

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For those multi-cultural couples out there, we spent less than $15000 AUD for everything already. Including my parents’ flights, our accommodations before and after the wedding, 55 persons with 3-course meal.

Please do contact me if you need help preparing your wedding. We got our stuff from the Philippines, Singapore (where I used to be based) and here in Australia.

For my own reference, and to help other couples have a rough idea about how much is it to have a simple wedding like ours, I’ve come up with a table of our Suppliers and their prices. I will share it if you need it.

SUPPLIERS
Ceremony Mr. Hobson, Port Melbourne
Celebrant Mimi Zaetta
Reception Mr. Hobson, Port Melbourne
Bridal Dress Manila, Philippines
Shoes Manila, Philippines
Scarves for Bridesmaids Manila, Philippines
Pouch Manila, Philippines
Wedding Rings 1 Binondo, Manila
Wedding Ring 2 Silver Works
Accessories Manila, Philippines
Flowers Facebook Sellers (second-hand)
Videographer MLB Media
Photographer Mel Imbi
Suit Ferrari Formal Wear
Hanky Ferrari Formal Wear
Vest Singapore
Shirt Manila, Philippines
Cake Old Hadies Bakery
Cake Topper Online
Wedding Favours Online
Make-up(4pax) Shades by Sheryn
Sounds and Music Simon
Arts and Crafts Melbourne

On how good the videos and photographs are, I can’t say yet as I haven’t seen the results 2weeks post-wedding. Why are they taking a bit long? I am not sure and I really don’t care. So long as I get them eventually. I am not sure about your own urgency, but I don’t really feel like rushing artists. =)

Mr. Hobson was great. Nice sunset view, yummy food, great people to deal with.

Cake, was super yummy and affordable. Mr. Hobson helped cut it as dessert and embellished it with jelly-like toppings which made it heavenly.

Shades of Sheryn was good. She made us look beyond presentable during the wedding.

Mimi was fun and easy to work with.

Simon is a friend to my lovely groom, so he didn’t charge us but to thank him for his help, we….. He’s very talented, seriously very very good!

To our suppliers, thank you so so much!

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Wedding day

6 JULY 2019

As I see my friends’ Melbourne posts on Facebook, it slowly started sinking in that, yes, I was getting married and they all flew here to celebrate this occasion with me.

Day before the event, we had to decorate the place. This was a family team-activity, mine and T’s.

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On the day, I was nervous, excited, scared, all emotions combined. We recited our vows, ate, danced and sang. Everything went smoothly. I was happy as almost everyone I cared about was present in  one place. I can’t explain it but it was just perfect.

Our Vows

Vows

Original Rings and New Rings

Original Rings and New Rings

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