Day -Zero

I just spent a whole entire day literally in my car.. my car is a mess 😦 I normally wouldn’t eat in my car.. but with all the restrictions in place, I really had no choice :(. It’s so dirty now…and carwashes and stuff are all closed as per the stage 4 lockdown :(.

I am exhausted.. but just wanted to write a quick post to let you guys know I’ve reached Melbourne after driving solo across from Adelaide. It was scary.. but it was also exciting and exhilarating experience as well. I wonder if I would enjoy it more with company…probably? Depending on who it is.

I saw a few cool things along my journey.. including SILO art and a giant Koala! I have added these photos to the post.. it made the trip more worthwhile.

This was my first roadtrip on my own…and I gotta say.. it’s quite sad seeing all the dead wildlife that are strewn across the roads :(. I counted at least 12 kangaroos and 1 possum that was dead. For some reason, some dead kangaroos had a red X marked on them :S. Something did jump out In front of me, not sure if it was a possum or a black cat.. but luckily I did not hit it.

Another thing that I noticed there was a lot of police presence on the the side of the road towards Adelaide. When I unknowingly reached the border between Adelaide and Melbourne, the other side of the road had a checkpoint set up to make sure everyone entering Adelaide had a permit. Good to know the borders are keeping the Adelaide people safe.

What people are surprised at is I didn’t get stopped at all by anyone at the borders. I didn’t need to worry about it at all! It was literally cross no questions asked.

I have some house inspections to do tomorrow and some paperwork to do for my new job. Hopefully all goes well and I don’t get in trouble for going out >.<

Silo art

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.

How to help a Hoarder – Part One: Perishables

Happy Easter people! To those who celebrate and to those who do not. I do not, but I did go to work today. I am super guilty of relapsing in my old ways and working way too many days consecutively (again)..and it looks like my next day off won’t be till the 25th of April…which I HOPE IS NOT a public holiday..coz if it is..it means I’ll be working…and my next day off will be May.. !? ANYWAYS, that’s not the point of this post, the point of this post was to gather some tips on how to STOP hoarding. I think this is especially important during a pandemic, as the temptation is there…to hoard as much as you can! Even when you don’t need it at all and you have no space left in your fridge!!~ As a former (?) and daughter of two hoarders…I’ve thought of some ways that perhaps we can resist that temptation and just buy what we actually NEED and not Hoard. Coz hoarding is baaaddddd…

I am gonna seperate this into perishable (food/things with expiries) and non-perishable items (toilet paper). Today’s post will be about FOOD! The next post will be on non-perishables.

FOOD:

  • Buy what you need and try not to be tempted overbuy. 
    Will you actually finish that loaf of bread that is on sale? I mean, yes it looks so soft and fluffy to touch now…but like it won’t be that soft in a few days…it will get stale and hard :(. Unless you freeze it straight away… But isn’t your freezer already full of all the other stuff you have hoarded?!?!
  • Do a stocktake of what you already have at home!
    This is especially important if you have multiple people living at your home, who also go out and buy groceries. There is no point all three of you going out to buy milk, because if you do, you will end up having 3×2 Litres milk expiring in a few days plus another two bottles 1 Litre of soy milk, taking up like half of your fridge. This is what happened to my family…and the funny thing is, most of us are lactose intolerant ?! Before COVID, we usually at MOST have one bottle of milk, which often goes out of date… If you already have lots of fresh fruits in the fridge, don’t go and buy more…just eat what you already have….which brings me to my next related point.
  • Eat what you already have at home!
    If you followed the above step, you would have realised that you already have 10 cans of tuna that you bought last year! So you don’t need another 10! Eat those first before buying more…if you don’t, you will risk LOSING MONEY!!! No point buying more when you already have heaps. If something is really hard to eat (like a tastless nectarine!), try eating it with like yoghurt…icecream or something good xD….to reward yourself…don’t chuck it away if its still good (and healthy)!
  • You will save money and minimise food wastage.
    These points could have been enough to have their own dot point.BUT. Minimalisation is good?! Help stop food from being chucked into our bins, by buying only what you need and will actually eat! You will save a lot of money but using up what is in the fridge. Obviously, it is vital to check expiry dates and throw away mouldy things…But remember, there is a difference between “Best before ____” (which is a suggestion) and “USE BY ___ ” (throw it out now!!).
  • Give away what you know you won’t eat
    Whenever people give me chocolate or something too sweet, I bring it to work. While I don’t do that now (sharing germs is baddd), you can always give things in whole packets to people who you know will actually eat it. For example, my friend sent me some plum candies from Japan…Unfortunately, I am not a huge fan of plum candies…so I regifted the gift to my younger brother who has a massive sweet tooth and will literally eat anything given to him. When I mean regifted, I mean I knocked on his door, and without a word..just put it on his computer table, and left. LOL.
  • Grow your own vegetables and fruits!
    Well, my mum is an avid gardener as I have mentioned…and we have a lot of vegetables that we can eat from her garden…so she used to be like “OMG we need to go out and BUY MORE VEGETABLES”…now she is like “OMG WE NEED TO GO BUY MORE VEGETABLES…oh wait a minute, NAH we good…I’ll just go pick some”. I, sadly do not have a green thumb and have even managed to kill a small cactus that I got for my birthday one year..  ANYWAYS, since this coronavirus, I have decided I am going to try raise a small plant from a seedling.  Woolworths last year gave out free seedlings to people who spent over $30 in one purchase…it’s like the predicted this pandemic would happen! Anyways, I have a seedling for some Pansy flowers…sooo I have put it into my mum’s pot, that already has some succulents growing on it. ANYWAYS, wish me luck that I will remember to water it daily…and will it grow?! Who knows… 
  • Don’t buy in bulk coz it’s cheaper…especially if you know you won’t finish!
    For example, I know being lactose intolerant I can’t have a lot of dairy at once…so having a large tub of yoghurt is a nono :(. I will open it..eat a little and more often than not, I will forget about it and it separates and becomes all watery and gross. I know it costs more to buy those small little cartons of single-serve yogurt…but it really saves me money in the long run, because I actually know I will eat them..I crave yoghurt every now and then…but I want to eat one that isn’t separated and watery!These are all the tips I can think of now… if you have any other suggestions to help stop people hoarding food, please share in the comments below.. And Remember, there is no need to hoard food because there is not likely to be any shortages of food! Supermarkets remain open during this time, so just buy what you need and leave some for others!!!

Watch out for the next post about other items that don’t expire (I thin)~!! Like toilet paper, cosmetics..clothes!

 

Stay safe and wash your hands :)~

 

JL

 

woman in white long sleeve jacket shopping for fruits
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New Zealand: Things to do

I am back. With part two of the NZ related blog posts. I have tried putting the photos in a slideshow…hopefully that is more useful than the Mosaic with descriptions.

 Mildred Sound Full-Day Tour

Apparently a must-go…and we did…We had to travel for almost 5 hours on the bus there and 5 hours back to get there from Queenstown. During the time we went to Queenstown, they had only just reopened up the road for Tour Buses ONLY…It can be damaged and closed for a few days because of flooding (I think)… Apparently, there are more rainy days in Milfred than dry days…

Mirror Lake: This was one of the stops we made on the way to Milfred Sound and it is super pretty and worth making the trip for the photos…! This was one of the highlights of the day tour, to be honest! I didn’t even know we were going to be stopping here…The name ‘Mirror Lake’ suits it perfectly…as you can see the image of the mountain reflected so clearly onto the motionless and still water. It’s so calm…so Zen

Milford Sound Cruise:

The cruise was roughly 2 hours long and the package we got included lunch… Our boat was a Jucy Cruise Boat…and to be honest…I don’t know why I was expecting a buffet-style lunch…but man I was severely disappointed! We all got either a vegetarian meal of rice and vegetables…or a chicken calzone… and everyone got a kids pop top…Let’s just say I did not finish my food…and I am glad I had eaten snacks along the way on the trip. My friend and I went to the front of the boat to take photos…and when the boat came to a waterfall we thought we would be safe…waterfalls are just light rain isn’t it? No…we got drenched from top to bottom… 😦 was the photo worth it? Probably not! haha But the captain of the boat was telling us…there is a folklore that this water will make you 10 years younger…given I already look like I am 18…I think I am good. haha.

For the next waterfall, we went to…I smartly stayed inside the boat and took a photo from there instead. As you can see it looks like the boat went in a terrible storm! Everyone that braved staying outside was fully drenched…even worse off than the first waterfall. LOL.

 

Milfred Sound Cruise was great for the photos…but I mainly just soaked in the views..as it was quite windy outside and I had no phone strap or anything I was afraid to take photos at the front of the boat, but luckily my friend took plenty of awesome photos and I have included some on the blog.

Preparation for getting off the boat was a hassle…The captain announced half an hour before we went back on land that now would be an ideal time to go to one of the two toilets on the boat before landing…because when we landed we need to go back on the bus ASAP. So anyway, being girls my friend and I lined up for literally half an hour to get in one of those precious toilets. So, if you are a girl, make sure you go before the rush before the landing.

Glenorchy Horse Riding -Half day trip (2 hour horse trek)

A bus picked us up near our hotel…and picked up several others that were going to Glenorchy too. The bus trip from Queenstown was about an hours drive away. The tour that we went with had their own stables about another 15 minutes away from the main town that we stopped briefly in to let others off to do other activities in the same area.

The horses in NZ seemed huge in comparison to the ones I had ridden in Adelaide…Maybe it was just that the one I rode was an ex-racing horse?! I forgot the name of my horse….but he was a bit temperamental and had a bit of a mind of his own…but that’s alright…It was fun..and I didn’t get kicked off.  We were taught how to instruct the horse to move forward, how to stop, and how to lead them to go left or right. We were also instructed on how to stand up in the stirrups to remove pressure from kidneys when they pooped or peed.

The trek was nice, gentle, but to be honest the two-hour trek is a bit too long…I think the one hour trip would be sufficient enough. On our horse ride, we saw a few birds and some wild rabbits..other than that we didn’t encounter any other wildlife, unfortunately.

 

Kiwi Conservation Park:

Entrance to this park is expensive, but all proceeds go into maintaining the park, so I guess you can see it as a donation. My friend and I were curious to have a look at the Kiwi bird, which we haven’t seen before. Unfortunately, Kiwi’s are nocturnal so their habitat was in almost complete darkness and you couldn’t really take photos of them. They are an adorable and unique bird though! A super long beak!

Skyline Gondola:

Paragliding – G-Force, make sure you call before you go up to the top because they won’t refund your luge ride, unfortunately. That’s what happened to us, we were not told by the Viator company that we had to call the company at 8:30am of the morning of our flight to check if weather conditions were suitable for paragliding…we found out when we got up to the top… A return ride on the gondola was about $41! Not cheap… I was quite disappointed that we weren’t able to go :(, we, however, got a full refund as it was not our fault that the trip was cancelled.

Luge Ride:

I think it’s a fairly unique experience and pretty fun. Sort of like driving a little car that does not use any electricity, but moves from gravity. Watch out for kids that overtake you though… A family-friendly activity.

 

Park Run-NZ

Park Runs are timed 5km run across the world on Saturday morning and NZ is no exception. The run is held in the park in the city…While I didn’t run, I walked the track and enjoyed the views. This is a free event and is something you could consider doing if you have nothing to do on a Saturday morning.

City

On certain days, there are small market stalls that are set up in the city. A regular busker there and his singing sheepdog ‘Happy’, is incredibly cute. There are many delicious restaurants in the city, please see my other post on food.

Hiking: 

New Zealand is so beautiful…there are numerous number of walking trails around the city that lead to amazing views,

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