The last week begins…

One week left in Adelaide.

Hmm. Times flies when you realise it is finite and not unlimited.

I had an adventurous week and I did a lot of things within then I normally would.

Caught up with old work colleagues, family, lots of badminton, gym…and even traveled to a few places I haven’t been before! I went to a small rural town about 2.5 hours drive away from Adelaide, called Port-Pirie. As I have a friend that is a pilot, we hired a small aircraft and flew there…I have never been in a small aircraft before and it was definitely a really exciting experience. I was so surprised that the landings and take offs were so much smoother and faster than I expected!

The view from up in the sky is amazing and despite having an awesome new phone camera, it doesn’t seem to do it justice. Somethings in life you just have to experience it first-hand yourself! We flew over the famous Pink Salt Lake, which kinda looked more brown than pink to me.. (It was my first time to see it)…

We had about 2.6 hours in the air…I even got to fly for a bit…While exciting at first..it is a bit more tiring than steering a car. Once we landed in Port-Pirie, we booked a cab to take us to town and we enjoyed some lunch at a place called Safavia . This is where we both tried something called a ‘Chicken Stack’…which is basically chicken with a quiche and some bacon stacked on top of it.

Post lunch we had a bit of a walk around town…there wasn’t a whole lot to do…but thee was a small museum, which looked deserted. We also walked passed a real estate sop and boy is it it a cheap!! You can get a 3 bedroom house with lots of land for well under 100,000k! To put that into perspective, a house of that size would easily be 6 or 7 times that amount in Metropolitan Adelaide.

We then walked around the railway and to a small jetty, took some photos…then it was time to head back to the aircraft in the cab.

I flew some more on the way back. It was a good experience.

Yesterday, I caught up with some old work mates in a place called Plant 4 Bowden- which as its name suggests, has many plants for sale…It also had many cool looking shops and little eateries. I wish I had discovered this little gem earlier! I have been living in Adelaide for so long, yet I have never been.

It’s funny how you only finally start to explore and enjoy somewhere when you know you are leaving.

 

Planes

Planes remind me of freedom, of travel, of excitement.

There are fewer planes in the sky now because of the global pandemic that is happening.

Not knowing when we can go overseas safely again is a sobering thought.

How nice it would be to fly like a bird in the sky.

When you are at home, it feels like you are caged in…locked up…safe..but your soul is deteriorating slowly.

Adelaide Fringe Show

Last week was a tough week with all sorts of new rules, legislations, and bans happening in Australia… I have been studying for an exam for almost three months and was going to take this exam on the 21st of March…HOWEVER, Mr Corona Virus decided to stop that from happening… 😦 The Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison announced all non-essential meetings of over 500 people would need to be postponed or cancelled. So far, we haven’t received any further information as to when the exam will be. He announced this on Friday the 13th of March that this would take place on the 16th of March.

Anyways…Leading up to the exam, I like to do nothing but the bare minimum of stuff I need to do… Work, Exercise, and STUDY in all my spare moments. So I had no time to check out the Adelaide Fringe Festival (Which usually starts the start of March and Finishes Mid March), which I try to go to at least one event each year. I didn’t think I would make it this year, because…you know prioritising studying for the exam. HOWEVER, we found out on Friday 13th that the exam was cancelled, so I tried asking my friends last minute if they wanted to go to the festival…However, most of them already had other plans or have already been to the shows that I wanted to go to. All good. I will go by myself…with this ban in place, who knows when the next community event will be? Everything is being cancelled or postponed, left, right, centre.

I went to an art exhibition experience called ‘1000 Doors’…which is basically many doors…I don’t think there was 1000…but there was a hella lot of doors. If you think about it, doors are pretty interesting concepts…they hide behind them the unexpected, the unknown, and the secret. In hindsight, given the current situation the world was in, it was probably a mistake for me not to have worn gloves while opening those 1000s of doors… LOL.. anyways.

Prior to entering, they allow a gap between the previous guests and for you. There was only one rule, remember to close the doors and yes we could take photos. I was told that everyone experienced a different wave of familiarity, fear, or sensation in each type of room…I was super hyped and intrigued.  It was a super interesting experience, especially since I went by myself… I went at my own pace…it felt like a maze…and indoor adventure almost. The first door I walked through led me to an alleyway that reminded me so much of an old (and creepy) hospital corridor! Nostalgic. The lighting of each area also suited the different environments that they were trying to portray. Some cosy doors reminded me of my grandparents home in which I used to visit almost every week as a child. Some doors led to small places like a closet or a chimney. Some rooms felt like they were abandoned and made to look like a home for street people. There is one room in which you can only see through a small hole in the wall, lets you see into a super creepy room bathed in red light. Possibly an interrogation room? In some of the rooms, I felt like I was going back into time …one had a super old working radio and one a piano…I have attached some photos in this slide show here, unfortunately, because of the low lighting in some of the rooms and my haste in trying to take photos when no one was in them, led to some photos being too blurry to post :(.

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This is the Dolls House a three-storey recreation of a dolls house created by the Visionary Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi in the middle of Rundle Mall in the city centre of Adelaide. There was a long queue to go into the house and I stood among many young families grandparents, and kids to enter the magical looking building. I am amazed that he was able to build the house so quickly! He has only built something similar only one other time, and that was in Paris in France. Entering the house I didn’t know what to expect! It felt so much like a real house…with some real furniture, real fridges, sinks…yet everything was just so pink and so cute! Everything else was painted on…it really blended the real and the fake and you do feel somewhat like a doll. If someone living in a house that cute and bright, how could you not smile? I guess one downfall is one side of the house is completely made of glass so everyone can see what you are doing. LOL.

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Overall, I enjoyed my small escape from study, work, or exercise. The Prime Minister made another announcement today that because of the Corona Virus meaning that we can’t have gatherings of more than 100 people now… That will really affect big birthday parties…weddings…funerals… However, he says Universities and Schools should still go ahead as usual. He believes it’s better for kids to go to school rather than stay home and be looked after by grandparents who are at more risk of complications if they get the disease. There is also rule that there can’t be any more than two visitors at a time to aged care facility residents…they are also banning any children under 16 years old from going, except for exceptional circumstances. From the 1st of May, only those who have had their Flu Shot will be able to go into aged care facilities. No one who has come back from overseas in the last 14 days is also allowed to go in… All sorts of social gathering and activities have been recommended to be cancelled. Sounds like a really depressing time to live in aged care right now… :(…

In other terms of changes, The Prime Minister has asked ALL Australians to come back to  Australia as soon as possible and recommends no one leave UNLESS they really have to. Anyone who comes back from overseas from ANY country in the last 14 days has to self-isolate themselves for 14 days…failure to do so can be persecuted. I am really lucky that I didn’t have to cancel my trip last month to NZ and also that I don’t have to self-isolate… but unfortunately, my sister and her family are in Japan at the moment and they will be self-isolating for 14 days when they return to Adelaide this Saturday…

What a time to live in. :O

Stay Safe and wash your hands everyone!!

New Zealand: Food!

Hi All!

I am back!! After some initial sickness post travels and adjustment needed for time difference…I am almost back to normal… Back to work already :(…saving up for that next holiday.. HAHA

I have decided to split my post about New Zealand into separate posts! Today’s post will be about the food I ate in NZ…! The next one is probably going to be places I went to…and  the third about the activities I did while there… I hope you enjoy this short mini-adventure series…since I don’t go on as many travels since I started working 😦 #sadlife. #worklife

It was great to get away from work and to destress…soak in the views…and eat some really yummy foods!! My friend and I aren’t foodies…but we do love getting recommendations from locals and from people who have been to Queenstown NZ before.

Our first proper meal in Queenstown was a Japanese restaurant called Tanoshi..and it was a teppanyaki-style restaurant…A little on the more expensive side, but it was really tasty. Surprisingly there were quite a few Japanese restaurants in Queenstown city as it is a popular place for Japanese Tourists.

From left to right: The sashimi was really nice and soft in comparison to Australias…The Cheese potato pancake was a first for me…so yummy! The Japanese pancake was really yummy and cooked just right. The last dish on the right is lightly fried scallops with wasabi sauce…also really really yummy.

Underneath that is some Vadu and Larder cafe…in which I got a pulled pork burger with fries and a matcha latte…while my friend got a salad with a Tumeric latte.

There was a french restaurant that had lots of icecreams and chocolates…I got a vanilla bean popsicle and opted to have it coated in dark chocolate…so yummy..while my friend got their raspberry sorbet in which had won a few awards.

The next meal with the pasta and the pizza..was at ‘THE COW’, which was recommended by one of our tour guides in Glenorchy as a good place for Italian food. She recommended that we MUST order the garlic bread (which I forgot to save a photo of) and you will know why when you order it…it is very unique. I will let you go and try it yourself to find out why! At first, we were just going to order a vegetable pizza (The just wrote it would be any vegetables they had on hand)…but then we saw that they do half-size pasta and we ordered the half-size seafood pasta…and I am so glad we did! The pasta was the favourite of the day! It was so yummy and light…with fresh seafood. The vegetable pizza was interesting! It had lots of vegetables as promised…mushroom, tomato, celery, zucchini…but I personally ain’t a fan of celery…especially not on a pizza!

Here’s a photo from our trip in Arrowtown of the ‘Flat white’ I ordered… I am sure I ordered a latte…but I think I got a flat white instead??? It was more bitter and did not have as much froth as I would have liked…but maybe it was because I asked for soymilk.

Like I said before, NZ seems to have a lot of Japanese Restaurants and to my excitement, they were just opening up a new GreenTea Dessert Place called Tsujiri…which is a well known Greentea company in Kyoto, Japan…which has branches around the world… Their tea is really nice! I have tried it before from Kyoto. It is a bit on the dearer side for tea, but it is really good stuff. I had a Matcha Shaved ice with Matcha Softserve and shiratama. The soft serve was delicious, not too sweet, bitter but that’s the way I like it. My friend ordered the matcha crepe…and it was probably the best matcha crepe I have had! Really recommend trying this in Queenstown -or wherever there is a branch :P!

Back in Arrowtown, this is the bakery that is well known in this area…They have an assortment of different pies on sale..including a butter chicken pie! Unfortunately, I was quite full from our brunch and only bought a vegetable Calzone (No photo sorry) and an Apple Strudel (which I didn’t really like because it had sultanas-which I am not a fan of). My friend bought a cinnamon scroll..it looked delicious …but I didn’t get to try 😦

 

Last but not least, We splurged on one of the dinners using the deal on 1st table..which allows us to book an early table ($10 booking fee) and get half-price off the final bill. This dinner was really worth it..as we really wanted a taste of what seemed like ‘Typical New Zealand food’. This three-course meal was normally $60 per person, but thanks to the deal we only paid $35 per person. After the first two dishes came out…firstly a soup..then some damper (I think) and some salmon..on the plate with the salmon..it actually isn’t caviar or salmon on there! I think it was some sort of jelly that was made to look like it and some cooked watermelon…very smart! The ‘Final course’ was actually four dishes which surprised both my friend and I..as we were expecting maybe one dish to share. This is where I fell in love with the Kamara Potatoe…These were the best potatoes I have ever eaten…so crispy…so delicious. The lamb in this meal was so splendid and beautiful…melt in your mouth special! With the dish in which I think they are rice balls (?)..that was quite nice too…but the roasted vegetables underneath them were a little bit too dry for me. ALSO I must rave about the chocolate covered broccolini…who would of thought dark chocolate and vegetables would mix SO WELL? So yummy…I am thinking of imitating this at home…so nice….

Those last two photos of snacks that tasted good in NZ are their chips…Made from NZ potatoes! SO tasty…And also in the centre of Queenstown and literally also in every store that sells food…is COOKIE TIME. We went to the actual store..and yeah it’s super busy….and you can get lots of freshly baked cookies there! It is quite yummy…but it makes. a big difference when you buy the fresh ones from the store 🙂 I bought some back as a souvenir for my Aussie friends and family.

Other recommendation:

-At top of Skyline Gondola- The cafe there is pretty nice…I had a mixed berry crepe there…quite nice! My friend bought some Tip Top Icecream up there..it was quite generous for the amount they give you…I think it is an NZ brand of ice cream.

-Ferd burger, Ferd Bakery, and Ferd Ice cream. They are all in a line next to each other..and you can’t miss it…there’s always a line outside Ferg Burger. To be honest, the burger doesn’t look that awesome on the outside…hence no photos posted…but it tasted really nice! I got the lamb, but my friend got Venison…but yeah I preferred mine more…Would I get it twice? Probably not…the line up was about half an hour…then we waited an extra half an hour because they forgot my friend’s order…really bad service…and I guess average food…but …it is quite cheap in comparison to the other places we ate at I guess!! Worth trying…but make sure you ask where your order if you suddenly see other people’s numbers going before you.  They have the feeling of being a fast-food restaurant with no service…but yeah charging more and slowish service…

I think that is mostly what I ate out! If I didn’t take a photo or mention it here…it probably wasn’t worth mentioning! I had a great time eating delicious foods while here… 🙂

Look out for the next blog about activities I did in NZ…

 

Thanks for reading and supporting this blog as always :))!!

Not really an update…BUT..

As the title says, not really an update..but, I am going on a trip to New Zealand! Super excited!! I haven’t had a proper break from work or life since I started this blog almost 3 years ago…Go hard or go home…or go NZ.

I’ve never been to NZ so I will have lots of photos and experiences to share when I get back. Excited to see their sheep, experience their delicious Ferdburger, Paragliding, and exploring the Lord of the Ring movie backdrops… :O

Just a reminder to everyone work hard..but also remember to relax and enjoy life!! Or you will burn out like I do… sizzlee…..You only live once but you only die once too! More about this another time…

SUPER happy not to have to go to work for a week…LOL just so over it today… just let me go home!!! I still have some last-minute packing to do tomorrow morning…but other than that I am pretty much set to go…

I have packed some facemasks for the plane trip…thinking whether I need alcohol gel or antiseptic wipes…=s

I’ll update when I get back!!

Take care till then!

 

Novel Coronavirus in Australia

Unless you have been living under a rock, you would have heard of the Novel Coronavirus that has recently broken out in Wuhan, China. News spread throughout the world and now everyone is scared that they will be the next to get the virus. There are over 12,000 people and has killed over 250 people world wide….

Currently, there are about 14 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus in the whole of Australia, with two confirmed cases in South Australia. Yet, despite the low number of people with the virus, everyone is worried. Facemasks are all sold out…hand sanitisers are also on the way out. I just heard on the news today that Australia has banned all Chinese National Tourists from coming here and also any foreigners that have recently travelled to China..Unless they are a Permanent Resident or Australian Citizen, they won’t be able to come here. Australia is not the only country to ban Chinese tourists into their country…

I can’t even imagine the repercussions that this virus has had on the tourism industry… Australian Universities rely on income from International Students, especially from China. To have this ban come into place…means a massive source of income that is gone…

On a more personal level, my parents have asked for a refund for their tickets that they bought last year… The status of China is “Do not travel”… Airports are now filled with thermometers and facemasks for everybody. My university has sent an email to all staff and students not to travel to China…There was one pharmacy in the middle of the city that has temporarily closed its doors for fear of the virus….

I work in a hospital and luckily we have not had any cases come to us yet…however, we are getting daily email updates about the virus and where it has gone to…It’s scary, yet I also feel like it is overhyped. It’s normal to fear what we don’t know know..the fear of the unknown… We don’t know how to cure this virus..we have no vaccine… It’s difficult to know how to detect it.

This is the era of the coronavirus…there are so many jokes about it..but is it as bad as it seems? Or are we just afraid of the unknown?

Travel is like medicine for the soul

While I was studying at University, I would always go overseas each year in the Uni holidays, without fail. It was the event that I most looked forward to at the end of the year. It was the sweet reward for my hard efforts that I put in through the year…Working hard to pass my subjects and then working hard after class in my part-time job to save up for my precious holidays. To me, travelling was medicine for the soul. Unfortunately, since I have started working full-time, it has been incredibly difficult for me to go on holidays because this is subject to being able to take leave, and if you have enough annual leave left.

There are many benefits to travelling, this includes benefits to one’s health. It can decrease stress and also be good for the clearing of the mind and allow you to relax. It also has many physical health benefits, because it will force you to get moving around and doing different activities that you normally would not do. It is good for your mind to because you get to become familiar with a new culture and the customs of a society that is different from your own. You get to meet new people, taste exotic foods, and see beautiful things that are greater than anything you have ever imagined. I firmly believe that those who travel have more stories to tell and are more interesting people to talk to and spend time with. Travel can teach us an invaluable lesson in life, teaching you to appreciate what you have, or encouraging you to try harder to achieve what other cities have. Basically, you are going to ‘A Whole New World’. Pun intended.

In saying that, there are a few things that travel is unfortunately not good for. Travel costs money. Usually. A LOT of it. You need to buy flight tickets, accommodation, transport, food, travel insurance, and so forth. It is not a cheap activity, especially if you are struggling to survive day by day, how can you afford to travel? Or if you are trying to save up for a house or something else…it just sometimes doesn’t seem necessary. It can be risky too, especially if you are going to third world countries where you may contract an infectious disease. You could also be at higher risk of being mugged, or a target of scammers because you are a foreigner. For some, who have a fear of flying, water, or motion sickness in general, travel could cause more headache than it is worth. It is also a time-consuming activity, which generally requires lots of planning…and if you factor the time you spend ‘travelling’ it could be days of precious annual leave that is being used up, in which you could be ‘Chilling at home’.

Travel has a multitude of benefits for one’s mental and physical health and allows us to become more culturally informed. However, it is not a luxury that everyone can afford and it also comes with some risks and dangers. However, for me, travel is a medicine for my soul and the longer I don’t travel, the less alive I feel. Even if it is a temporary medication that drowns my sorrows, only for a moment, it is worth it.

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Can’t believe it is 2020.. This year i am going to be posting short like essays like this, which I use as a preparation activity for my exams 😀 …

Random Rants: Why Can​ Birds Fly?

I just got back from a short trip to Sydney to witness one of my good friends getting married to the love of his life. This was my 2nd time flying interstate in the space of the last month. I so happened to get put on to another window seat and the view never ceases to amaze me. Also, the fact that the plane being so heavy and with so many people is able to take off into the air. Amazing. Do I understand the physics and magic of it all? Do I want to? Probably not. I prefer not knowing in some ways, because it makes it even more magical than knowing all the ins and outs of aircraft.

I observed several birds I saw among the city… How do they fly so easily? Just a flap of a wing and they are airborne… Why weren’t humans born with wings? Why do we need to board large aircraft to be able to fly? I believe we have envy of animals…in that, they have the ability to fly, swim at great depths, and survive in extreme conditions that we wouldn’t be able to without equipment.

Are we just too scared to fly? Just think a young bird has to jump out of its nest for the first time to be airborne…it has to take the risk of falling to its death if it isn’t able to fly…Why walk when you can fly? Predators coming? No problem just fly away. can’t reach that hard to reach fruit in the tree? No worries. Just fly a little higher. Is there a river that has no bridge for you to cross? No worries just fly over it.  You get my point.

But what was my point anyway?

Maybe I should ask someone why birds can fly.