Festival of the Winds 2014

Last weekend, we went to Bondi beach to be part of the Festival of the Winds. Finally!!! Beautiful weather after months of rainy days! It was my first time to go to this event and so I was excited. I was with Andrew, Reg and Teejay and we just took the train going there. It’s not surprising that there are heaps of people in queue to catch the bus from Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach. We decided to walk from the station to the beach. It’s just a 2.5km walk so it’s similar to crossing the Harbour Bridge so that’s not too far.

Festival of Winds

Festival of Winds

We arrived in Bondi beach after half an hour and we saw colourful kites up in the air. We were like kids enjoying every shape and colour flying where the wind blows. Apparently, it’s not allowed to fly a kite wherever and whenever you like it. There’s a law from the Australian Civil Aviation about kite flying. You might want to check it out first before you go and make your own kites. If you’re in the Philippines, this event very much like the kite flying during the Hot Air Balloon festival during Valentine’s week.

Festival of the Winds

Festival of the Winds

Festival of the Winds

Festival of the Winds

Festival of the Winds

Festival of the Winds

The crowd was massive and I’m sure those who brought their cars had problems finding their spot. The weather was perfect and you simply have to enjoy the moment. Too bad we didn’t bring our picnic mats and kites with us. It would’ve been better if we stayed and really be take part in the festival. Nevertheless, we had a great time despite the long queue for the bus going home.

Festival of the Winds

Festival of the Winds

We know what to do next year though!

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Hello September!

I know it’s mid September already but still I want to welcome my birth month a very warm greeting. Here in Australia, this month is the start of Spring time. We will witness blossoming flowers everywhere. On the first day of Spring, meaning 1st of September, we really had an amazing weather. The fresh and wonderful Spring breeze is welcoming everyone. Unfortunately, the next day was “Winter” time again. Hahaha! It’s like a one day perks thing.

Anyway, to start off this month’s beauty, here’s a photo of the Sakura/Cherry Blossoms tree found at the corner heading to the train station. At first I thought it’s not a cherry blossom tree but a week after, it blossomed to this awesome pink cherry blossoms.

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

If you’re near Wollstonecraft and walk along Shirley Road, you’ll see a whole stretch of Cherry Blossom tree! My eyes were glittering in joy when I saw it. So I don’t have to go to Japan to see these, we have it here as well. And it’s during my birth month! How cool is that?

To kick-off a new month, a change of season, I did some changes too such as my bed sheet! It’s “ME” time this month so I’d like to pamper myself with things that’s pleasing to my eyes.

Purple Bed Sheet

Purple Bed Sheet

The next change would be my haircut! I travelled all the way to Westfield Parramatta to get a haircut to a famous Filipino hairdresser, Bhajun. I had a haircut last year as well and I had the same one this year. My goal is to naturally remove the hair color I had before. It’s a bit expensive to maintain dyed hair here so I will go back to my “natural” hair color which is black.

New Haircut

New Haircut

It’s a bit shorter that expected but he managed to cut my “ombre” hair. I’m kinda getting used to wearing my natural hair colour again coz it’s been a while. I can’t believe my hair is that black black! How do you like it?

I also bought a new phone case with card slot! I need it because I often use the train as my mode of transportation and we need to tap on and tap off the opal card every time you go in and out the train station. So instead of carrying it all the time, might as well stick it in my mobile phone so it wouldn’t be that hard to look for it.

Speck Purple Casing with Card Slot

Speck Purple Casing with Card Slot

I think that’s all the “new” stuff for now. There would definitely new things coming this month. However, I still need to think about what to do on my birthday. With me being busy at work, I might end up postponing my “Birthday Project” this year. I hope not though. I would probably do something different this year. I will keep everyone posted.

Have a wonderful Spring season!

What are your plans this season?

Western Union Reunions

I’ve been in Australia for more than a year already and I’ve seen a lot of Filipinos around Sydney. I’m sure there are heaps of Filos (short term for Filipinos) in other suburbs and regions of NSW as well as the other states of Australia but I will just focus in Sydney where I am residing at the moment.

This was the first day I landed in Sydney, Australia on May 2013

This was the first day I landed in Sydney, Australia on May 2013

I’ve been asked a couple of times why I left the Philippines and I always tell them that it’s a dream to live in a different country. The media, family and friends may influence this state of mind but whatever it is, I know that it’s always been an adventure for me to see a new world and experience it with them. I always tell them that I’m not certain if I’ll live here for good but for now, I want to try. So far, I’m enjoying it. I can name a number of differences but the respect for one another is always a priority.

I am fortunate to be here as an independent migrant with in-demand skills plus a supportive family and friends. I was not forced to go here, it was my own choice to try my luck in Sydney. Since then, I never felt that my decision to be here was wrong. The universe was good to me and I hope it continues to do so. Please don’t get me wrong, I love my family and I miss them so much especially on birthday celebrations and the like. Since it’s my choice to be here, it’s one of the sacrifices I made. However, as much as I’m enjoying my somewhat “lucky” position, I know a couple that had a hard time moving here. And sometimes, being away in a different country without a family or a friend makes life unbearable.

A family photo from my last Christmas in the Philippines before moving to Sydney

A family photo from my last Christmas in the Philippines before moving to Sydney

When I got here, I was able to catch up with a University friend, Marge. We’re both a Campus Ministry volunteer in the University of Sto. Tomas, Manila. I was surprised to see her after all these years as I never seen her since we graduated. Over time, I knew things about her from common friends but it was only here in Sydney that I get to know her full story.

The first time I met up with my friend Marge and JC who was visiting from the Philippines

The first time I met up with my friend Marge and JC who was visiting from the Philippines

When I heard about the Western Union Reunions, she was the first person that came to my mind. This new campaign will bring Filipinos overseas a chance to reunite with their loved ones back home. The promotion is participated by different countries all over the world and that includes Australia. They will give away 30 return air tickets per country via Philippine Airlines, the flagship carrier of the country. I wanted to get one of those tickets but I know that this is the perfect opportunity for Marge to see her beloved daughter. This would definitely be a REUNION for her and her baby girl.

This is Marge and her daughter Carmela

This is Marge and her daughter Carmela

Marge had a tough time to go abroad and leave her daughter behind. As all moms do, they’d sacrifice anything to give their daughter the best life they can give. And for my friend, going to Australia and working here will make that dream come true. It’s not an easy way for her. She first went here as an international student and went off her track as a registered Chemist in the Philippines to become an IT professional. I am in the field of IT and it was my key to get a PR Visa to Australia. She wanted to do the same path but things get out of hand and she needs to process her papers all over again.

It’s been more than 3 years since she saw her beautiful daughter and the only way of communication is thru the world wide web. Thanks to the advance technology we can see our loved ones thru the tools available in the internet! Also, since she’s transferring money to her daughter, she uses Western Union as a way to send money from Australia to the Philippines. Thus, making it easy to send money any time of the day.

It is really heart warming to know that there are organisations out there that are willing to reach out to our fellow Filipinos who needs their support and help all over the world.

I suddenly missed my family back home and would love to see them soon too!

Thank you Western Union for a chance for Filipinos to have their REUNIONS. It’s a lifetime gratitude for your love and support.

Kudos!

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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!