So something kind of mind-blowing has happened recently – I’ve had to add that I’ve actually got a published work to my resume!

Even if the subject is kind of whacky and may seem like it’s not at all related to travelling, it was something I have a lot of life experience in, and it showed me that writing about things you’ve experienced is much easier than writing fictional stories and trying to imagine what these imaginary people are going through. Maybe I was never cut out for fiction, because characters echoed people I knew and myself, rather than taking on a life of their own. Maybe I was always meant for non-fiction writing? My blog does go very well when I actually pay attention to it…

I think that’s another thing I like about books – when you’re done writing, they’re there and finished. It’s not constantly progressing and doesn’t need to be tended to and maintained all the time. Maybe this is why my plants always die? I like the idea of something being finished, tied-up neatly and ready for consumption by others. There’s a certain feeling of accomplishment knowing you’ve completed something.

And this feeling of completion is sooo good that I’ve started planning for a bunch of other books again. Since nobody is paying me this time, I have free reign to write whatever I want, and this time it’ll be just my name on the book – not that I mind sharing the cover with my awesome mother. So while I work on my next few books (which actually means write a lot, drink a lot of coffee, and then delete a lot go text) you should go and check out the newly-published ebook.

If you buy it now, you’ll also get a free book that’s the start of my mum’s next series, the A – Z of Travel Planning. So you can learn how to clear your junk, make some cash, and then put it towards a good cause – travel! And it’s dirt cheap – you really have no excuse now!

 

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I haven’t written to it since I was overseas. That’s over a month ago, mainly because I don’t want to think about all of the things I did while I was overseas. It was so fun and carefree and since we’ve gotten back we’ve mainly been stressed.

About a whole variety of things. Petrol costs, bank balances, phone bills and every other bill possible, health insurance, job seeking.. It feels like it’s been a massive stress party, and I’m the hostess with Tim as my unfortunate guest. There have been a few screaming and crying episodes where everything seems like too much, and there have been many sulky mornings and nights when we get on each others nerves.

And as you can see by this post so far, there hasn’t exactly been much fun stuff to write about. I’ve not really been in the mood to write about the things we did overseas because of the lack of internet access here (which means no pretty photos to go with posts) and so instead, I’ve been distracting myself with a million other things.

The upside to the neglecting of my blog is that my uni work is finished and submitted on time (so far, one down and two to go) and I have been making a lot of journal entries for future projects, as well as starting other projects of my own and working on some with my mum. So things have been getting done, I just haven’t had the energy to log on and write about it. I’d promise that will change, except we all know it won’t.

So instead, there’s your update. I’m not dead, and I’m still writing. And I will muster up the courage to write about my adventures soon.

It is officially my last night in Malaysia. Come tomorrow, Tim and I will finalise packing our bags, and head off on the bus to begin the long journey home.бизнес

Our journey involves a one hour bus ride, a one hour flight, a four hour stopover, and almost a nine hour flight through the night to Australia. Followed by a day and a half in Brisbane to get the rest of our belongings and say goodbye, and then we’ll be driving across three states to get to our new home.

They do say that “change is as a good as a holiday” but never content with doing things by halves, Tim and I decided the best thing would be to have a holiday, then come home to a massive change in life. The decision to send our belongings across the country and move to a new state seemed like a really good idea before we went away, when we had a heap of money saved and were fresh out of jobs we’d grown tired of. But now… It’s seeming like a bit of a crazy decision.

I still can’t decide if I’m looking forward to being home or not. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing my pet, and my sister and girlfriends from work. I’m excited to drive down to Melbourne with Tim, because we’ve never been on a road trip together before and I’ve never been on a road trip with someone who will pull over if I want to take a photo in the fields of grain. I’m really keen to wear some different clothes and read new books that I couldn’t carry with me on this trip.

But I am going to miss motorbiking on the edge of a foreign country, and eating delicious and extremely cheap food every night. I’m going to miss the freedom of not caring what time it is, or where we are. I’m going to miss having no schedule to stick to other than the upcoming date of a flight to another exciting destination. I’m sad to be leaving the amusing confusion that comes from not speaking the native tongue of whatever country we’re in.

So it’s a bit of a mixed bag of feelings today. I think I’ve got pre-post-holiday depression – which is really unfair because being prepared for things isn’t what I’m known for, and this isn’t even being prepared for anything good. I think I’m going to just stop blogging now, before I get too mopey about my upcoming return home. Instead, I’m going to go out and eat my last dinner in Malaysia, and I’m going to enjoy it!

Tim and I had a little spit the other day.. He was stressed about how we had no time left and had SO MUCH TO DO! He was stressed, which makes me stressed, which makes us both very wound up and cranky and a bit shouty. So to calm him I had to explain that we really don’t have that much left to do now.

I have one more shift at work, and then I’m officially unemployed. We got our international driving permits the other day (they’re not even valid in Vietnam!) and we’ve sorted all the clothes we want to take with us overseas and have our backpacks almost finished.

So now what’s left is packing for Melbourne, sorting our backpacks for the final time, packing the remains of our stuff into our car, selling my bed, and purchasing travel insurance for the both of us. I should also probably start doing some more study for university – I’ve kind of fallen off the bandwagon after submitting my first assignment and don’t even know when the next one is due – oops.

Update: Just logged into my university forum and discovered that my assignment, which must include two interviews with a politician and a member of the community relating to my chose issue, is due in less than three weeks. And is actually due after I’m overseas. Faaaaark. So instead of messing around tomorrow, I’m going to have to news gather and somehow find a newsworthy story, find people to interview, and conduct these interviews via phone whilst I’m in Melbourne with Tim. Joy!

This post did have a point, but now that I’ve instantly converted into stress mode for uni, I’ve completely forgotten what it was. So I’m going to give the computer to Tim so he can write a more useful post for his website instead.

2013 feels like it was a really strange year, and a lot of weird stuff happened. But it all happened really really fast, and I can’t believe that somehow it’s going to 2014 tomorrow. I always get crazy hyped up over the New Year and write down all of my resolutions for the new years and then crash and burn with them all before January is even over because I love to set the bar too high.

So instead of making crazy resolutions, I’m just going to look back over 2013 and reminisce on some important moments for me…

I moved back in with my parents and started working on having a better family relationship.

Meticulously crafted bookshelf after moving into an empty house.

Meticulously crafted bookshelf after moving into an empty house.

I quit uni when I was unsure about my future, and instead chose to earn money instead.

On my first day of uni, with a bottle of vodka and two cigarettes

On my first day of uni, with a bottle of vodka and two cigarettes

I chose money over uni.

I chose money over uni.

I met some awesome people – Kristie, who cemented our friendship after we were pulled over by the cops. Tim, who I thought might be a serial killer and tried to hook him up with a friend of mine before realising I loved him. And other people like millionaires, TV personalities and a whole array of interesting humans.

Lights of my life.

Lights of my life.

I chose mental sanity over money, and learned how to make money last after I quit the job that was making me miserable.

Miserable at work for the millionth time in a row.

Miserable at work for the millionth time in a row.

I learnt how to drink, then gave it up in order to be healthier and now only drink on special occasions.

My favourite drink from Limes Hotel - that I soon gave up.

My favourite drink from Limes Hotel – that I soon gave up.

I learned to value myself more, and to only hold onto the thing in life that will make me happy. So I expelled toxic people from my life repeatedly, and instead held onto people like my siblings.

She is growing up WAY too fast!

She is growing up WAY too fast!

After being told by my boss I was too fat for one position and not pretty enough for another at work, I grew to love and accept myself even more. I spent a good amount of time this year focussing on being healthy in everyday life. I now work both of those positions at my new job, after telling her to shove it.

Loving my job and boss for once.

Loving my job and boss for once.

I let other people stop influencing what I liked and didn’t like – and saw One Direction in concert twice! And they were amazing. 

Front-row seats were definitely worth it!

Front-row seats were definitely worth it!

I passed my drivers test and became legally able to drive on my own. Not long after I got a speeding fine to teach me about road safety – a lesson still in the works.

So glad I passed!

So glad I passed!

I learned that travel is best done to make you happy, and blindly following another’s plan will only make you miserable.

I was unaware of what lay ahead of me when I accompanied a friend on their trip.

I was unaware of what lay ahead of me when I accompanied a friend on their trip.

I explored my own backyard – I went to Melbourne for the first time and fell in love, and I drove with Tim into NSW when we decided to camp in  the wilderness.

The waterfall at Lanikai Campgrounds in NSW.

The waterfall at Lanikai Campgrounds in NSW.

I started university again, this time online and with renewed vigour about pushing myself to study and submit assignments. I’m trying to focus on a bigger goal, and see how this will help me in a year’s time when it’s all over.

Struggling before my first assignment.

Struggling before my first assignment.

I gained courage – I made my own decisions, sang a lot of karaoke, dressed up and went on adventures.

Singing karaoke with a total stranger.

Singing karaoke with a total stranger.

Scariest pirates ever!

Scariest pirates ever!

I also moved out of home, sent all of my stuff interstate to prepare for my move to Melbourne in 2014, got pulled over by police WAY too many times (and got a few speeding fines, oops), and so many other things I can’t even think of. Excuse the lateness of this post.. In a perfect world I would’ve posted it on the 31st of December as a nice wrap-up, but perfection doesn’t happen often in my life. And that’s how I like it. 

Tim and I attempted to have a little day-date on Saturday. It was my day off, he didn’t have work, and we’d been given a Christmas gift of money with explicit instructions to go out and do something nice with it, not use it for bills or anything else. Always willing to spend someone else’s money, we took Tim’s “mum” Heidi’s advice and went off in search of something good to do. I wanted to see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and (helpful hint) in Brisbane, the Southbank Cineplex is the cheapest place to go.

So we headed into the city with plans to get an early dinner and head off to the cinema. We wandered around Southbank, listened to an awesome busker (Micka Semfel of Pacha Mamma), and after I said no to every place we walked past, we finally found South Side Diner. I immediately said yes, as it’s too-cool vintage feel really appealed to me. And they had multiple choices for mac and cheese on their menu. I was sold.

I totally stole this (oops)

I totally stole this (oops)

Their site says “South Side Diner brings together everything we love about the US of A.  The Diner creates a little modern nostalgia in the heart of South Bank offering local, fresh, honest fare mixed with American popularity and playfulness.  Complete with booth seating, swivel bar stools, endless cups of coffee, and the best mac ‘n cheese in town, we open up early and stay open late!”

I can definitely attest to the best mac and cheese, I ordered the goat’s cheese option and it was soooo good. Tim had the NYC Tower burger and being in one of his ravenous moods, also ordered sweet potato fries (and finished off my generous portion of mac and cheese as well!) and they were all super tasty.

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Goat’s cheese mac & cheese with crumbly goodness on top.

Burger & Fries

Sweet potato fries with chipotle sour cream, and Tim’s NYC Tower burger.

We sat on the outer edge, and got to spend our meal watching people come and go on the street, which was quite nice and relaxing. The food came really quickly after we ordered, and I was absolutely stuffed about halfway through my meal (the chocolate injected banana I scoffed before lunch probably didn’t help). Tim ate everything – his burger, the fries and the rest of my mac and cheese, and then he was full.

Our view of Grey Street from our indoor bench.

Our view of Grey Street from our indoor seats.

They have a really extensive and unique vintage cocktails menu, which neither of us were really in the mood to try, but there were a few I would consider going back for if I wasn’t going to stop drinking. The staff were really helpful, a little too helpful in Tim’s opinion but that’s because he’s a solo kind of guy. I dropped my glass of cider all over the table and myself and they were totally cool about it all. Which was good because it embarrassed the heck out of me and I made a very quick escape afterwards.

Some of these sound really interesting!

Some of these sound really interesting!

I would definitely go back (when they’ve forgotten that I throw cider about) and try out their lunch or breakfast menu and get a bit of variety in. Our meal and drinks came to $63, which fits in the average category out of the cafes and restaurants located along Grey Street and Little Stanley Street in Southbank. And South Side Diner has the advantage of serving actual meals, not just tapas or share platters like a lot of the other choices available. It was a tasty experience, complete with a cool retro feel and music from Grease and the Jersey Boys soundtracks.

Tim can't decide what to drink.

Tim can’t decide what to drink.

Why did this glass have to be so slippery?

Why did this glass have to be so slippery?

 

 

Christmas is over. I submitted my first uni assignment (and will probably get very average marks as I don’t want to write factual articles for newspapers). Movers came and took all of our belongings away to Melbourne for $1000. I spent a lot of money at Boxing Day sales and I feel very guilty about it and have now placed myself on lockdown. I got very very drunk last night at the club my best friend works in and threw up in Tim’s car. I saw The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and thought it was great.

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Christmas was really nice, I got a lot of great presents from my family and Tim’s friends, like nonfiction books, my first ever Lonely Planet that wasn’t photocopied in Vietnam, and Dean Koontz books. For travelling I got a food tour for Tim and I in Vietnam, and my first pair of Havianas, which will be a really good pair of flip flips for Asia, and pyjamas so that I don’t have to go half naked if we stay in hostels. Tim bought me a lovely pair of earrings and expensive makeup I refuse to splurge on myself, and a cute collage photo frame with pictures of us.

My uni assignment was boring and not fun. I don’t want to be a journalist and writing completely boring articles with no opinion or interesting input really sucks. I don’t expect good marks and I am looking forward to 8 weeks away when I can move on to my next course.

Our movers were friendly and chatty, pointed out to us that nearly every piece of furniture we had was scratched, and told us they were going to pull our BBQ out at Byron Bay and take our bikes for a spin. Our things should arrive at Tim’s parents’ house tomorrow at some point, and hopefully it’s all there and all of my fragile stuff (teacups and teapots) survived the ride.

The rest of my week was just work, shopping and getting too drunk last night because my bartender best friend kept filling me full of alcohol. It was just what I wanted though, I just didn’t want to spend the drive home puking on myself/Tim’s car. It’s not the first time or even the tenth time that I’ve had a really horrid end of the night with alcohol, and I think I might just give it up except for special occasions. I love having fun, but I’m sure I wasn’t born a drinker (and don’t feel like conditioning my body to destroy itself just to become one).

Tim and I had a nice day yesterday.

Tim and I had a nice day yesterday.

On a brighter note, I finally got to see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty today and absolutely loved it. I thought it was shot really beautifully (cinematography skills really speak to me as a wannabe cinematographer) and it was played out beautifully. All of the shots in Iceland also rekindled my burning urge to go there, and I think when I get back from this trip to SE Asia I’m going to try and look into it a little more and start saving to go there. My new freeze proof camera can actually be put to good use!
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I’m going to spend the rest of the night in bed, sorting through clothes with Tim while we try to create a packing list for our trip, which is only 22 days away! Eeeeek!

Thinking about all the things I still have to do.

Thinking about all the things I still have to do.

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Tim and I have begun our attempt to pack everything we own into boxes and move interstate in the new year, and it’s coming along verrrrrry slowly. I feel like most days (the days we actually do stuff, I mean) we just move stuff from one part of the house to another. This is really frustrating because we only have two rooms in our house apart from our lounge/kitchen and bathroom, so everywhere is just getting clogged with junk. I’ve been documenting the progress a little bit so that when it eventually does get packed up, we can see how far we’ve come from our mess.

I took these photos about a week ago and already we’ve progressed a little bit.

This is our lounge room, filled with a bunch of half-empty or overfilled boxes, and a handy assortment of household items littered around the floor, such as spices, shoes and the local paper, in case we fall over and need to entertain ourselves until help arrives. I’ve certainly had an almost-fall more than a few times now. Luckily, it’s a tiny bit tidier this week, which is good, because I can feel our bird judging us.

Lounge room

Getting into our house is a minefield operation lately.

Also located in our lounge room is our couch – which we haven’t sat on in about a month but are desperately trying to palm off on Gumtree. So far, no takers, and I feel like it might be going to the Salvos at the end of all this. Maybe we should list it as a storage unit instead? It looks absolutely the same this week as it did last week – maybe worse.

Couch

The pile of crap is too high to sort through.

The spare room is really the only room that we’ve made a dent in. We’ve sold the table, cleared out most of the bookshelf and have most of it packed away into boxes now.

Dining room

The only room that looks vastly different.

And thank god we’ve cleared it too, because now we can see our carpet and I’ve had enough room to realise I have a serious shoe addiction that doesn’t seem to be waning as I grow older. I’d blame my job and it’s requirement for high heels, but it pains me to admit that there’s a few pairs here I’ve only worn once or twice because they’re inappropriate for work and I never go out anymore.

Shoes

This isn’t even all my shoes!

Our bathroom is a disgrace. We’re currently using it as a floordrobe because whenever it’s sunny, I’m passed out in bed and never wash all the clothes that need washing. Sad to say I’ve never let go of my “try everything on then throw it on the floor instead of hanging it up” attitude. But I’m trying.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Bathroom

My mother is going to be super unimpressed by this.

Our bedroom isn’t bad enough to warrant a photo, I have one but it really just looks the same as normal. We enjoy putting things on the bed so that the other one can take it off later and stick it in our dumping ground – the couch.

The last place we really have is the garage – but since it’s mostly Tim’s stuff I am trying to leave it mostly to him, mainly because he’s attached to things I can’t understand attachment to, and we just end up squabbling over stuff.

Garage

Tim’s problem!

The main reason I’m making this post is to really show myself just how much stuff we have left, but also to remind myself that in just a week a lot of these rooms look different and better than before. At the moment I’m just finding it hard to muster up the energy to do anything remotely productive, like packing, work (I quit my job today), or my distance ed work. I just want to get into a cocoon and not come out until it’s January 20th. But sadly, I’m a human, not a caterpillar. Dang it.

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