Melbourne Expat Diary blog series was inspired by the interest to read about the life happenings of other expat bloggers. I started writing my own version ever since I moved to Melbourne. I hope you enjoy reading the summary of the last 30days of my life, as a Melbourne expat, as much as I love writing it.
How’s your Thanksgiving? Even though, we don’t celebrate it in Australia nor in Asia, I always try my best to celebrate Thanksgiving in my own ways, like flying home to be with my parents and hanging out with loved ones. This year I made a gratitude list and hung out with my best friends on the Thanksgiving weekend.
Melbourne Expat Life Highlights
Do you remember when I fell into a mini depression a couple months ago? The one that made me skip writing for a while, the one that made me feel like killing someone at work, the one that made my relationship with wine grew even closer. Yeah, those ones; I cautiously believe that the soul-crushing dark period is now behind me. I realized this on Tuesday morning, when I woke up and, half asleep, declared to the soft toys that Princess Miaw was up.
Princess Miaw is back people!
I earned the title Travel Girl for the month with a long weekend in Gold Coast, another one in Adelaide and an impromptu trip to Singapore. Fafa and I had a much needed beach vacation in Gold Coast, while the latter were girls-time filled with happy selfies, drunken chats and heart-to-hearts. More about these trips on separate posts.
Frida and I did our monthly catch up at The Mind, Body and Spirit Festival, where I scored some woo-woo apartment decorations for our not-so new apartment. It has always been really nice to catch up with her as I can talk about anything and everything, including magickal stuff, without being met with a raised eyebrow. Our next meeting will be in April next year as she is leaving tonight on a four month trip to South Africa.
New and Favorite Things in Melbourne Expat Life
Rachel painted Uluru as a gift for me. Apart from Japan, Uluru has taken over my heart geographically. Maybe that is why I am constantly attracting Uluru stuff and I am perfectly happy with it! Speaking of Rachel, she is moving back to Shanghai next week, which is the opposite of my favorite thing, but if this is what she wants, I am happy for her.
We saw a red moon on the first night in Gold Coast. Before, I thought the red moon was a myth. Oh, no, it was real, pretty and majestic. This is why everyone needs to visit Australia, it’s filled with wonderful things!
Have you heard of the Law of Expectation? I have been practicing it by writing eight things I want at the start of each week. It’s fun! So far at least half of it got crossed-off, which includes getting $250, early delivery of iPhone X, getting a call and going to Wala Wala Singapore. I am still waiting to cross off “finding my iWatch“. Meanwhile, why don’t you try it and let me know whether it works for you?!
I had a lot of delicious food, wine and cheese cakes this month. I had the best ginger chicken congee in Byron Bay, spicy Indonesian food in Singapore, Do Dee Paidang in Melbourne and Kilpatrick oysters in Adelaide. All were worth gaining my pre-depression kilos back.
This might sound weird coming from me, but I am happy to hear Meghan Markle’s engagement news. I like the fact that she is a celebrity and mixed race woman who looks fantastic in pencil skirts and has her own career and a great taste (have you seen her purple leather jacket?!). I bet, she will be a legendary duchess/princess/queen. Don’t get me wrong, I love Kate Middleton aka Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. I love her hair and her great taste in shoes and hats, so much so that I collected their royal engagement stamps. But Meghan Markle opens the possibility of a normal love story and marriage. I hope she will smash down the whole fairy tale concept by making grumpy faces in the royal pictures, having arguments in public and wearing sexy fashion mistakes. Fingers crossed. Meanwhile, as a respect for her and my Rachel, I named my iPhone X Rachel.
I got this rainbow wishing band from a Crystal store in Byron Bay called Bay Gems. You are supposed to make a wish while tying the rope on the hand. When the band is broken, the wish will come true. Ha!
Melbourne Expat Work and Domestic Life
I want to make some handmade ornaments to be hanged on our Christmas tree. Just need to find the time, skill and motivation to do it before 25th December. Do you decorate Christmas trees?
I hosted a women only party at our place earlier this month. A few of my colleagues, Liz and her friend Summer came. We ate a little, talked a lot and drank too much. Soon after I put Sharknado, one by one they left. Still, I would like to think it was semi-successful.
Also, I have been cooking. Excessively. Every day. Like a dedicated housewife. Don’t ask me what happened, because I don’t know why. Last month I was playing a make-believe adult who didn’t know how to cook rice and today I packed my Asian lunch to work and have an air-fryer in my Chirstmas wish-list.
Melbourne Expat Media Consumption and Internet History
Just realized that I have not finished any book this month. I started Logam but still have more than half way to go and I haven’t touched Man At the Helm at all! And I am already excited about Ikigai. What have I been doing?? Gah!
No new movie or TV show this month, both Broad City and HTGAWM have upped their game, good TV! Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for Scandal. It has turned into a garbage, but I still watch it because sometimes I like my TV trashy.
I have been spending some time working on old blog posts, giving them some attention and face lift as needed, when I stumbled upon the article I wrote about living alone, after moving out from my parents’ a couple years before. I also wrote a lot of foodie stuff this month, there was the Combodia’s happy pizza, Singapore food that I had been missing and a friendship moment in the Hong Kong coffee shop.
Melbourne Expat Next Month
My intention in December is to be awe-ed by Melbourne. I went through my last year pictures and realized I used to unapologetically take pictures of everything and anything in Melbourne just because it fascinated me. I used to say things like “I am right off the boat, everything here is fascinating, excuse me for being new!” — I want that again! I want to see this beautiful city with the same fascination I had before.
Another thing that I, very hesitantly, want to admit is that I have to f-ing exercise. I need the additional energy to tick off more things I like to do each day. My plan is to start jogging over the weekend and incorporate yoga once a week. Let’s see.
I went to a Harry Potter pop-up in MYERS with Amanda, my fellow Slytherin, yesterday. It was a major disappointment. Meanwhile a local friend told me that they have been doing the MYERS Christmas window display for 60+ years! And here I thought it was a commercial gimmick from recent years! Thankfully, Fafa managed to drag me to the last two years ones.
I have booked for another tarot reading sometime next month. Have you done it before? Would you? I will share the new year tarot reading outcome here!
Look at me, promising stuff to you! Even though I have like a hundred posts waiting in the draft folder. Alright, moving on..
This Sunday, Liz and I are going to a tea workshop on Sunday. It’s a birthday gift from Jik. We have no clue what the workshop all about, but we are keeping our minds open and excited about the endless possibility of tea. Speaking of Jik, we are celebrating her birthday in Sunshine Coast, Queensland, next weekend. We have scheduled the much needed beach and bitching time. I also have a kutti gift for her.
Saved the best for the last, we are going to Japan again this year. We are flying to Tokyo on Christmas’s eve and back to Melbourne on the New Year. This time, I am rather chill with the itinerary, except for visiting Caretta Shidome, a trip to the Disney Sea, trekking the Suicide Forest (if I can convince Fafa), eating lots of Japanese cheesecake, haunting local coffee shops in Harajuku and searching for the Zojirushi mug. Okay, the itinerary isn’t that loose to begin with..
Before I wrap this up, let me share the quote that helped me on my dark days.
“I know you’re sad, so I won’t tell you to have a good day. Instead, I advise you to simply have a day. Stay alive, feed yourself well, wear comfortable clothes, and don’t give up on yourself just yet. It’ll get better. Until then, have a day.” — Remember, you guys, self care is very important.
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