Uncle Tobys Quick Sachet Oats

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They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why? Because it literally means “breaking the fast”. Our body didn’t have any food intake for 6-8 hours depending on your sleeping hours. And with that, we need some food to nourish our system. That’s why the first food of the day is necessary.

In my case, it’s a bit difficult to eat breakfast especially if I want to sleep in. It takes too much time and effort to prepare a good breakfast! Most of the time, I’m off to work and grabs a cup of coffee without having something balanced to eat. Good thing Uncle Tobys heard my plee. Their Oats Quick Sachets are perfect! It’s perfect for busy individuals like me and for the whole family as well. A convenient and tasty option to have in the morning. It has no artificial colours or flavours that makes it all natural and healthy.

Uncle Tobys Oats Quick Sachets

Uncle Tobys Oats Quick Sachets

So what’s my idea of a dream morning? It’s when I wake up in the morning without worrying what nutritious food I will take. It is with the help of Uncle Tobys Oats Quick Sachets as it is very easy to prepare and mess free! All you need is just add milk and stir to mix. I personally prefer hot milk or water before mixing. As recommended, it should be on high for 90 seconds, stir and allow to cool slightly before serving. It’s all you need before cracking on!

For more information, you can visit Uncle Tobys website.
So what do you have for breakfast?
Is it healthy enough?

Winter Season

After almost 2 months of not blogging, I’m back! There have been a lot of changes lately that made me missing in action. Yeah I know I’m just making excuses but well, yes I really am.

To give you an update, I just moved out and now living with my Uni friend. That means I was busy fixing our new apartment and making our house look tidy. It was my first time ever to actually move out and be on my own. I realised that it is way too different from moving to live in a dormitory in University since I need to have my “own” furniture and stuff. I was lucky I had friends and family that gave me hand-me-down stuff and I end up not buying much for myself. The only problem was the coordination of moving the furniture from one place to another. And to add, moving it up to the top floor of the building where we’re located. It was hard to move to and from the apartment and I eventually got blisters on my feet because of moving around. I was a bit worried coz I might get different injuries and viruses since I’ve got exposed wounds everywhere. What if I catch bacteria and develop a disease or something. There might be a possibility that I will have a hard time to research how to remove warts since there’s a chance I might get one. Yikes! Enough of those, going back,  until now we still have little bits of things that we need in our apartment.

On the other hand, it’s winter season in Australia! I remembered wishing to have a winter season in the Philippines but now that I am experiencing that I’m having second doubts if I like it. It’s pretty damn cold these days and I’m making it as an excuse for not updating my blog. Hahaha! My fingers are getting numb so I can’t be bothered to type and use my laptop. I surf the internet using my smart phone and that’s it. I can’t update my blog at work too so that’s one of the reasonsssss why my blog is not updated. As of writing, I’m wearing 2 layers of clothing plus a throw and a purple hand gloves wit ha yellow bow that I borrowed from my housemate, Reg. I wear 3 layers of clothes in the morning to office but thank goodness the building has a centralised heater so it’s not that bad inside.

I have nothing interesting to say at the moment, only my whining side is active. I wish I can re-arrange my system to religiously update my blog as it’s a good practice for me to share, reflect and improve my english as well.

What do you prefer? Summer or Winter?

 

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Movie 2014: The Fault In Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars (grabbed from iMDB)

Movie Cast:
Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster
Ansel Elgort as Augustus Waters
Nat Wolff as Isaac

To see the whole cast, see iMDb: The Fault in Our Stars 2014

Movie Synopsis:
Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.iMDb
 

 

I had the privilege to see the advanced screening of this movie through Nuffnang Australia. I’ve been an active member of Nuffnang Philippines and hopefully I can do the same thing here. However, the main office is located in Melbourne so most of the events are held in that state. Only few events like this one is held in Sydney. I do hope in time they will have more events here.

Anyway, I went to Event Cinema, George Street in the CBD with my cousin Grace who already read the book. I remembered her crying while reading this book so it got me intrigued. She was so excited when I told her that I got tickets to the movie and we’ll see it a week before the official release date in Australia. Because of this, we were asked to surrender all our bags to make sure that no cameras or phones or any media device are brought inside the cinema. There were a number of security staff inside.

Well, sine I don’t want to spoil anyone. I will just say my general reaction about the movie. I haven’t read the book but made me want to read it after watching this film. I got teary eyed most of the time whenever the characters cry. Hahaha! I reckon everybody if not most shed a tear while watching. There came a time where you can hear everyone sob. I really think that the film was touching, inspiring and well played. Such a good movie! I would want to own a dvd when they get to release one!

So make sure you bring some tissues with you if you know you’re a cry baby. You’ll need it badly. Hahaha!

Here’s the official trailer of the film:

 

Share me your thoughts when you get to see it!

Thoughts on Personal Hygiene

I’m not actually sure but I think it’s the Flu season these days. A lot of my colleagues are sick and my cousin and uncle are sick as well. Do you agree? What’s happening?! Is it because of the change of weather or it’s just virus? I’m not really sure!

After seeing a number of “victims”, I suddenly had the urge to go to the GP and get a flu vaccine. I was supposed to get one early this month but things get busy so I forgot all about that. I probably need to visit one very soon to avoid the virus! Is there a particular vaccine I need to get or just the generic one? Well, I think I need to confirm it with the GP.

So how to avoid getting sick? Hmm, let me see… First, double dose with vitamin C and drink more fluids. Next, make sure that you’re taking good care of your personal hygiene. It is recommended to wash your hands with a nice soap as often as possible. This is because germs can spread out quickly so it is best to have a clean hands every time. I also bring hand sanitisers and mini disinfectant alcohols with me all the time. It’s always true that avoidance is better than cure. Lastly, exercise! It helps build immune system so you risk getting sick.

That should help you, I hope.
What are your plans to avoid flu?

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2014 May Travel: Fremantle, Western Australia

This is another city of Western Australia that I visited half day. The city of Fremantle is another good place to see if you have a limited time in Perth.

The place was recommended by my clients and so I went there via the Perth Underground. Yay! It’s a convenient ride from Perth to Fremantle. There’s a Fremantle line that will stop at Fremantle station so I have no doubts that I’ll be lost.

Fremantle Railway Stations

Fremantle Railway Stations

It’s a beautiful, small city where you can relax and enjoy your weekends. I had my walking tour and a day tour to one of their famous sites. Here’s a rundown of what I did in Fremantle.

1. Fremantle Town Hall
This is the first “old” building I saw after the station. Just follow the walk path and you’ll definitely see the town hall. I wasn’t able to go inside though.

Fremantle Town Hall

Fremantle Town Hall

Fremantle Visitor's Information

Fremantle Visitor’s Information

2. Fremantle Visitor’s Information
You can get a number of maps and tips on how to maximise your day trip at Fremantle. Too bad there were lots of people in queue so I just got some booklets to help me explore the city.

3. Fremantle Prison
I was on time for the day tour. I joined a number of tourists and had a tour of the Fremantle Prison. This is very similar to Alcatraz probably but I’m really not sure. Just a thought.

Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison

It was a bit creepy being inside the prison knowing that a number of people has suffered and died in this place. I’m just there for information and “history” purposes only.

Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison

Inside the Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison

One of the prison cells where 2 prisoners share

Fremantle Prison

Catholic Chapel: The only place where the men and women are seen together

Fremantle Prison

One of the cells where an Aborigin was detained

Fremantle Prison

Where they hang the prisoners that were sentenced to death

4. Fremantle Markets
Unfortunately, I only saw where there markets are located but only opens on the weekends.

5. Esplanade Youth Plaza
One of the famous hotels in Fremantle is the Esplanade Plaza. In front of the hotel is the Youth Plaza where young and young at heart can enjoy the greens and some playgrounds.

Esplanade Youth Plaza

Esplanade Youth Plaza

6. Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour
It is the commercial marina of Fremantle. The Fishing Boat Harbour has all the happenings at night time and weekends. It’s the place to be if you’re looking for something upbeat and fresh seafoods.

Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour

Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour

7. Round House Precinct
The Round House is the oldest public building in Western Australia. This is a small prison cell where they hold the convicts in the early times. The place also has a nice view of the beach. Again, such a beautiful place to relax.

Round House Precinct

Round House Precinct

Round House Precinct

Round House Precinct

Round House Precinct

The view of a beach in the Round House Precinct

8. Western Australia Maritime Museum
I haven’t been in any maritime museum yet in Australia and I was amazed with WA’s Maritime Museum. There are heaps of boats and ships inside the museum! Hahaha! I was all by myself literally saying “wow!”.

Western Australia Maritime Museum

Western Australia Maritime Museum

9. Cappuccino Strip
I had a hard time looking for this famous strip! It’s not in the map. I asked the owner of the souvenir shop where I bought some magnets to show me the way. Alas, i found it! Hahaha! They say that the DOME is one of the best restaurants there. I remembered the DOME back in the Philippines and I realised I never tried it there!

Fremantle Cappuccino Strip

Fremantle Cappuccino Strip

Fremantle Cappuccino Strip

Fremantle Cappuccino Strip

In addition, they also have a FREE buses for everyone. The Blue Cat and the Red Cat. I was able to ride the Red Cat before I left the city back to Perth. I just hop in and hop off at the station.

Fremantle Bus

Fremantle Bus

I did had a very good time in Fremantle and would definitely recommend it to friends who wants to visit Western Australia for a short time.

How did you find Fremantle? Awesome, right?!

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2014 May Travel: Perth, Western Australia

Last week, I had the privilege to visit Perth, the capital of Western Australia. I had some time to see and roam around the city after work hours. I will share some of the things you can do if ever you visit the city for a limited time.

Perth view from the hotel

Early morning view of Perth from the hotel

One thing unique about Perth is that it’s clean and quiet. The only time I get to see people around is during lunch time. After 5.30pm most of the stores are closed. Luckily, some of the pubs and restaurants are still open where I had my dinner.

Murray St Mall, Perth at 7pm

Murray St Mall, Perth at 7pm

One my first day, I went to the Murray St and Hay St Mall since I got off the office quarter to 5pm. I was able to put my bags in the hotel since it’s located in the center of CBD. I stayed in Adina Hotel, Barrack Street.

Adina Hotel, Barrack St, Perth

Adina Hotel, Barrack St, Perth

Here are the things I saw nearby that I can easily visit: The malls, the train station which is the Perth Underground and the Bell Tower.

Perth Underground

Perth Underground

Perth Underground Ticket Machine

Perth Underground Ticket Machine

Perth's Bell Tower

Perth’s Bell Tower

The next day after work, I had more time so I went some place that requires more walking. I went to the Western Australia Museum, State Library and in Northbridge where they usually have sunset cinema for free. Unlike in NSW where we pay for the Sunset Cinema experience. Hahaha!

Western Australia Museum

Artwork in front of the Western Australia Museum

In front of the WA State Library

In front of the WA State Library

Northbridge, Perth, WA

Northbridge, Perth, WA

On my last day, before my flight. I had some time in the morning to see Perth once again. I went to the morning mass at St Mary’s Cathedral in the city then I took the bus 37 going to Kings Park and Botanic Gardens.

Perth Fire Station

Perth Fire Station

St Mary's Cathedral, Perth, WA

St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth, WA

Inside the St Mary's Cathedral, Perth

Inside the St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth

Inside the St Mary's Cathedral, Perth

Inside the St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth

It was one good day for a walk and I wished I had more time to see the whole of Kings Park. It’s very similar to Sydney’s Botanic Gardens but the view of Perth is outstanding! I bet it also has an amazing view at night.

Kings Park & Botanic Garden

Kings Park & Botanic Garden

View of Perth city in Kings Park

View of Perth city in Kings Park

State War Memorial, Perth

State War Memorial, Perth

Well, that’s all for my Perth walking tour! Hope you liked it as much as I did.

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2014 Fun Run: Nike She Runs

Last 3rd of May, the first Saturday of this month, we had our 2nd fun run of the year. It was yet the best running event I’ve ever been to since I started this running craze of ours. It was one of the craziest runs ever! We braved the freezing weather!!!

Nike She Runs 2014 Race Pack

Nike She Runs 2014 Race Pack

It was the Nike She Runs 2014 held at the Centennial Parklands, Sydney. This event has a lot of firsts! First event that gave out free Singlet, first night run, first run in Centennial Park, first event with LOTS of freebies and first run without a medal. Hahaha!

Nike She Runs 2014

Nike She Runs 2014

I arrived a bit early than usual and I’m happy I did. They really set up the mood for the run and it was crazy. The moment I step inside the event village, all I muttered was “WOW”. Hahaha! Huge signs and happy ushers were there to help and assist you that day. They gave out free bobby bins, hair elastics, blistex lip balm and a free spray of Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume. Amazing, isn’t it?

Nike She Runs 2014

Nike She Runs 2014

Then I went to the baggage area to check in my bag for spare stuff. I just brought with me my phone, timing chip and jumper. Since I’m early, I still have time to check the whole village. The first thing you’ll see is the big trampoline that they set up in the middle of the event place.

Nike She Runs 2014 Trampoline

Nike She Runs 2014 Trampoline

The next thing would probably be the large “SHE RUNS” signage where they printed all the names of the girls who participated in the run that night. I was looking for my name in “M” since my last name is Madula but they put it in A!!! Why? I registered as Kathleen Anne Madula and they thought that my last name was Anne. And not only that, my last name was spelled wrongly. It was spelt Mandula instead of Madula. But nevertheless, I appreciate the effort. Not to self, I will register with only my first name in the next runs.

Nike She Runs 2014

Nike She Runs 2014

Nike She Runs 2014

Look for my name! :)

Then it would be the photo area where you take a picture of you and represent your hood. Since I’m staying at Northern area of Sydney, I took a photo there and made it as my race photo. When my friends arrived, I again took a photo since we’re all on the same side of the Sydney.

Nike She Runs 2014 North Represent

Nike She Runs 2014 North Represent

The next thing would be the Nike Store! That night, everything was on special. A 20% discount for all the items that they were selling in that store. I was also an instant model when I had a photo with a staff taken by the official photographer. I look so happy in the picture! Hahaha!

Nike She Runs 2014

Nike She Runs 2014

Nike She Runs 2014

Nike She Runs 2014 (grabbed from the official photos)

There were exercise areas where you can do your warm ups and cool downs before and after the run. There were food stalls, table and chairs as well as heat posts everywhere. Thank goodness!

Nike She Runs 2014

Nike She Runs 2014  (grabbed from the official photos)

Nike She Runs 2014

Nike She Runs 2014

About 15mins before the run starts, a group warm up was done by one of the organisers. She was up on stage and we’re all following her. We’re just waiting for our group to be called before we can walk and start the race.
After some time, we started to walk to the starting line and before we knew it, we’re already starting the race!

Nike She Runs 2014

Nike She Runs 2014  (grabbed from the official photos)

As mentioned, it was freezing that night so air was thin as well. I was having a hard time to breathe and the race has just started. It was not even 1 km yet! I really thought I couldn’t make it. I told my friends to move along and we’ll just meet after somewhere. After a number of stops, I finally found my pace. I also felt that my knees and ankles were hurting probably because of the cold weather. It was really a struggle.

Nike She Runs 2014

Nike She Runs 2014

Nike She Runs 2014

Nike She Runs 2014

Along the course of the race, there were a number of entertainments were there to booze up everyone’s energy! There were cheerleaders, bands, disco lights (that was very annoying by the way) and group of people holding cheering card board signs. It was really nice except for the disco lights. I suddenly remembered the “The Mummy” or the “Space Mountain” ride in Universal Studios. It really made me dizzy and have to concentrate where I’m running coz I might end up going in circles or something.

Nike She Runs 2014 Finish Line

Nike She Runs 2014 Finish Line

I finished the race, 3 mins after my friends finished the run. It’s not that bad coz I beat my 10k run time in The Sun Run. The official time was 1:12:24 for 10km!

Nike She Runs 2014 Race Time Result

Nike She Runs 2014 Race Result

After the run, we all got a water bottle from Nike and got a free massage as well. There was free cleansing juice from Lucky You Cleanse while we queue to the massage area.

It was really a great night sans the cold windy weather. I’m excited for the next year’s Nike She Runs!

Random Wednesday: Pandora Series – Third Set of Charms Collection

Early this year, I shared my second set of charms collection. This time, I got almost all the charms I wanted. It’s too bad that I bought it earlier and didn’t wait for a good promotion. The promo that time was a free leather pandora band with silver clasp. This coming Mother’s Day, they are giving away $90 silver bangle bracelet with pink pave heart clasp. Well, I can’t do anything about it now. I just need to be happy with my purchase.

The Pink Glass Cherry Blossom Charm represents my trip to Japan last 2013. This bracelet represent “my life” from the day I bought this bracelet. This is the best representation of Japan from the Pandora collection. I thought of the clip but this one won to pair my existing purple glass charm.

The Sydney Opera House Charm represents my migration to Sydney, Australia last 2013 as well. There’s a lot of options for Australia but I think this charm won my heart. They have koala, kangaroo, Melbourne tram which is gorgeous as well. The reason why I chose this is because Sydney is where I decided to settle and the charm exactly represents the city.

The two clips namely Milkyway and Head Over Heels are just normal clips to add up my purchase. Well, I chose something similar but still different. Did I sound right? I also chose the cheapest so I prefer this one. I was thinking of the plain ones but I want to jazz it a bit. So the hearts and stars are things I also like so I chose these.

I am thinking of buying the safety chains instead of the clips but the sales representative told me that my bracelet will look better if I get the clips first before the chain.

As mentioned I bought these charms to get the Triple Leather Bracelet with Silver Clasp in Black. Check out the package I got from Pandora.

Random Series - Pandora

Random Series – Pandora

So here’s how my bracelet looks like at the moment.

Random Series - Pandora Set 3

Random Series – Pandora Set 3

I grouped it from Right to Left according to: travel [clip] gifts [clip] personal charms.

How do you find it?

*official Pandora charms grabbed from Pandora Australia’s website

Pandora Series Set 1
Pandora Series Set 2
Pandora Series Set 3

2014 Fun Run: The Sun Run – Dee Why to Manly

It’s now time to back track and post some interesting events that had happened in the past few months. Let’s start with the most recent ones and so on.

Early this year, we had our first fun run that was The Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run. It is a morning run from Dee Why to Manly. We signed up for the 10km course which is a new one for this year. It was normally 7km only but they decided to add one for other runners. Since we’re gearing up for the next City2Surf run, we decided to go for the 10km.

Sun Run 2014

Sun Run 2014

The 10km course starts at 6:30am so I slept over at Reg’s place that is just blocks away from the starting line. It was a beautiful early morning run.

Sun Run 2014: That's Reg infornt of me!

That’s Reg infornt of me!

The course was a bit hard for me but the view was amazing. I finished the run for 1:17:39. It’s not bad for starters, right?

Sun Run 2014

Sun Run 2014 Result

I was the last one who finished the race but it was just a matter of minutes. The first one was Flaire, Reg and me. I’m such a loser. Kidding! Hahaha!

Sun Run 2014

Sun Run 2014 – Flaire, Reg and Me

We had a great time and had fun checking out the bazaars that morning. We wanted to jump in the beach after but we don’t have clothes with us.

Sun Run 2014 - Manly

Sun Run 2014 – Manly Beach

We also bought some stuff as souvenir. $10 for the shirt and $5 for the cap. Pretty good stuff!

Sun Run 2014

Sun Run 2014 – Souvenir

We’re looking forward to our next runs!

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2014

Our easter celebration is not yet finished. After the morning mass, I went home and got some stuff and went straight to the Olympic Park. Every Easter, they have this event in celebration of Australian culture. The Sydney Royal Easter Show enjoy a lot of things such as agricultural competitions, animal shows, entertainment, carnival, shopping and much more. I heard from my colleagues that one of the major things that people are looking forward to is the Wood chop competition. Another probably is the Show Bags.

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2014

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2014

I went on my own via Train and purchased the entrance ticket of almost $40. The fee was a bit pricey for me but if you think about it, it’s not that bad. They actually turned the boring Olympic Park grounds to a fun and enjoyable environment. Hahaha!

Sydney Royal Easter Show - Show Bags

Sydney Royal Easter Show – Show Bags

Sydney Royal Easter Show - Coca Cola Show Bag

Sydney Royal Easter Show – Coca Cola Show Bag

My officemate asked me to buy some show bags for his daughter. I thought that it’s just a small hall where you can find stuff by sections. When I got in, I was overwhelmed. It was huge and I don’t know where to start. There’s no map inside as well so I have to walk around and look for the stuff he wanted. After half an hour, I got all his requests and met at him at the nearest exit gates. It was the smile of the kids that made it worth it when they saw the show bags. It was really cool.

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2014

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2014

After buying those show bags, Reg and Flaire were already there too. We again took a stroll inside the show bags hall then off for lunch. We don’t know where to go so we look as we go. We saw the Woolworth’s Dome where they sell organic and healthy stuff. We went inside to check it out and try some testers and see if there are things we want to buy.

Sydney Royal Easter Show - Woolworth's Dome

Sydney Royal Easter Show – Woolworth’s Dome

It was again massive but we were happy to buy a bagful of Gotzinger sausages that taste amazing. The bag was just $15 for 4 packs of sausage. I bought the cheese kransky, hungarian beef sausage, kabana pepperoni and the german bratwurst. I should’ve bought more but it was too heavy already.

Sydney Royal Easter Show - Lunch

Sydney Royal Easter Show – Lunch

We ate in one of the stalls available and it was not actually good food. Well, we were starving already so we ate whatever’s available. After lunch we met up with their friend somewhere near the barn. Hahaha!

Sydney Royal Easter Show - Me, Daday, Reg and Flaire

Sydney Royal Easter Show – Me, Daday, Reg and Flaire

The area was a bit smelly but it was interesting to see that they created a mini farm inside the park. A mini barn or a petting zoo. Hahaha!

Queue for the Sky Flyer

Queue for the Sky Flyer

Riding the Sky Flyer

Riding the Sky Flyer

After meeting their friend, we decided to ride the Sky Flyer. It costs $7 for one ride. Pretty expensive! I wonder how much money a family can burn in one day at the park. Calculate entrance fee, show bags, food, rides, games, etc. Oh well, never mind.

Photo taken by Flaire

Photo taken by Flaire

View from the Sky Flyer

View from the Sky Flyer

I never thought that I’d get dizzy after the ride. According to Reg, the circumference is a bit small that’s why it is possible for you to throw up. Hahaha! I admit, it was a bit scary for me too. It was nice that Flaire was able to take a photo in action. Too bad I was playing with my phone that time.

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2014

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2014

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2014

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2014

It was a full day of walking but pretty cool stuff. I’m not sure if we’d go there next year but probably I would coz Andrew might want to experience that as well.