I don’t think I have ever felt this way ever in my life.
I just did a tweet rant about this but I think I’ll do a short blog post instead coz I’m still feeling emotional and I wanna remember this moment.
A short while ago, I suddenly burst into tears and I couldn’t understand if what I was feeling was happiness, or sadness. I think it’s a mixture of both. Happy because I should be thankful, but sad because it’s all over. I thought about how amazing the past week of my life has been and I feel so, so SO incredibly grateful for it. I know I haven’t updated my blog for awhile, but if you follow me on Twitter / Instagram you’d know some of the things I have been getting up to.
This week that I spent in Perth…. man, it’s just been out of this world. For an impromptu trip this has been really special. The whole time it was happening, I’m like, “is this real? Surely nobody has it this easy. Really?”
I can’t summarize the week’s activities in one blog post, but I have a few pictures and stories to share.
My Perth story begins!!! A really rough outline of it anyway. The only pictures I have are the ones I’ve tweeted, these are all from my phone.
Arrived in Perth, and stayed in this beautiful 3 storey home. For free. Thank god for this because Perth is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in and I definitely wouldn’t be able to afford something this luxurious on my own. This was minutes away from the Burswood casino and Burswood dome where I played blackjack and watched Taylor Swift live.
We also got to drive my mum’s Volvo Sports car around wherever we wanted to go.. for free too wtf. This made life in Perth so convenient and carefree because accommodation and transport are the two biggest worries of any traveler!!!
First thing I did in Perth was go grocery shopping with my mum… and that made me so happy. I SO LOVE the supermarkets here in Australia. (I’m blogging this from Melbourne now btw)
I dunno why I haven’t moved to Australia already. Their supermarkets are really SUPER coz they’re hugeee and stock such a wide range of products!!! The variety that’s so readily available is insane. I love cooking and food and I was absolutely thrilled by all the options available and most of the food was reasonably priced. You might think I’m overreacting but this is coming from a deprived 19 year old who has to depend on her own cooking for affordable & nice meals but finds herself stuck in an empty supermarket near her home..
Either that or eat her maid’s shit cooking or go out everyday for extravagant meals which is not really feasible in the long run. You know the NTUC Fairprice at Simei runs out of the most basic ingredients such as MUSHROOMS or SALMON. And they don’t even stock stuff like scallops or the right kinda bread sometimes. So for me to walk around in a supermarket that was like, 10 times the size of what I get back home was such a good feeling. Australia’s produce is so fresh and huge, I’m in love. ♥ Onions as big as my face. If I lived in Aussie I’d cook up crazy meals ALL The Freakin’ Time!!!!
I bought Taylor Swift’s wonderstruck perfume!!! Which totally caught me by surprise coz Sam pointed it out to me while we were at Changi Airport’s departure hall, otherwise I would’ve walked right past it without knowing. FINALLY, I own a bottle of magic! I’ve waited so many months for this to be released in Singapore. Oh and that is me doing my best Wonderstruck impression hahahah.
Tried chilli mussels for the first time! I’ve never liked mussels but these were awesome!!!! Anyway the point of this pic is not about the mussels, but rather, I wanted to say…
Thank god we have awesome friends in Perth that drive us around, taking us out to amazing food places to eat and just spending time with us making our time here better. You know who you are!!! ♥
The weather in Perth was perfect!!!! Better than what I had hoped for. Sunny and windy without being humid or too warm / cold. I think good weather is highly essential for having a good time in a foreign country. Thanks to the good weather I was so eager to get out of the house and explore everyday, and I took nice long strolls in parks with my boyfriend and my mum which I LOVED. Appreciate that I was able to spend ample quality time with them throughout the week.
It’s so rare to see the both of them this carefree. Their faces light up and seem like a whole new person and it makes me incredibly happy to see them happy.
This is me in Perth. Everyday was awesome hair and make up day and I got to wear all my summer dresses, yay!!!!! I’ve got a happy person’s glow.
The food was always SENSATIONAL :’) My taste buds were on fire every day. Quite obviously, food makes me extremely happy.
I have never had that much good food in such a short span of time!!! EVERY meal was mouthwatering & delicious and we never fail to have dessert afterward. Now this is another little thing that’s a big deal to me. I love eating and having dessert with people. Most people have meals with each other coz they need to eat, but to have dessert with someone else means a different thing. People smile and talk more during dessert, and they just seem to be having a good time. You don’t HAVE to have dessert, people CHOOSE to have dessert. It’s a luxury, and a social thing. It’s when conversations steer away from work and all stress-related issues and we talk about the most random, lighthearted things… I say this because I have meals with strangers all the time, but I only have dessert with my closest friends and family and I always enjoy the whole experience immensely. I hope I don’t sound crazy for associating sweet food with happiness lol but if you give my theory some thought it does make sense!!!!!!
And while we’re on the topic of dessert, here’s Sam racing against time to eat a soft serve cone bought from an ice cream van in the park, under Aussie’s unforgiving sun. Ice cream was made for summer days like these.
Shopping… I LOVE SHOPPING!!! & the shopping was so cheap in Aus because everything Summer-related was on sale coz the season is over for them now!! Most of my dresses were only about 20 AUD which is even cheaper than blogshop dresses but of much higher quality :’) It’s so hard to find good cheap deals in Singapore.
Lots of cute dresses from Valleygirl, if they had this store in SG I wouldn’t even glance at Forever 21. And of course my shopping was made even more fun by the fact that my mum was spontaneously over-generous and decided to pay for a lot of my things this trip (usually I pay for my own holidays) and she kept picking out cute outfits for me to go try on!!! I love her so much!!!
Speaking of my mum, we celebrated her 55th birthday on the 26th of February. I made her a b’day brunch which had eggs benedict with parma ham, salad with italian dressing, cherry tomatoes and feta, & Peri Peri chicken! I refuse to believe my mother is already 55. I keep thinking she’s only 45 because she looks and behaves like one.
She had mad luck at the casino on her birthday – 30 minutes in and she won $1550 AUD. All hail the strong AUD dollar!!! How’s that for a birthday present?
Had brunch at this gorgeous Rose Farm atop a hill.. It was so damn scenic and have I already mentioned the weather was beauuuuuutiful?!
The food… was even better than the scenery I reckon!! Check out our kickass slices of oreo chocolate cake and mango cheesecake. When you have meals like that every single day HOW CAN YOU NOT BE HAPPY?????
THIS…. 89wufdfsher35ssjssllffjfj LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here’s what I posted on Instagram:
“Holy crap, I still can’t believe it. I SWAM WITH WILD BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS IN THE OPEN SEA TODAY!!!!!!!! I actually did it. I’m so happy I could die, a lifelong dream is fulfilled!! :’) I’ve waited so many years to do this. It amazes me how incredibly social and intelligent dolphins are.. I have no words for how much I adore bottlenoses and orcas. In the water, I was stunned by their grace and sheer size, so so beautiful. They appear quite slick from the surface, but when you’re swimming with them up close, they’re much more burly looking! We were out at sea for like 5 hours and swam with over 15 different individual dolphins from different pods. One family had the most ADORBS BABY dolphin that was less than a week old!!! Wtf the most precious thing I have ever seen. I especially loved it when the dolphins swam right underneath me, less than a meter away and looked up at me. They’re so conscious of their surroundings, I’m sure they were just as curious about us as we were about them. That was Definitely one of THE best experience in my life!!!! It was magical to say the least. One more activity checked off my list of “Things to do so I can die without regrets.” <3”
FUCK YES. I AM SO HAPPY JUST THINKING ABOUT HOW HAPPY I AM.
They say happy people glow and I think I’m glowing in this picture because I barely have any make up on besides my eyebrows and yet I don’t look so bad. (I think LOL)
More dresses I bought!!!!!!
Shopping at Garden City with my mum and Sam!!! Looking at this picture makes me giggle.. Mum’s like “lets go check out that other shop over there!! :D” and Sam’s like “…not my most favorite thing to do. And your shopping bags are heavy.””
More glorious food… foood…. I have so many other food pics I haven’t posted!!! Asian food tastes like HEAVEN after you’ve had Western meals for a week straight.
Just Phillip and I ♥
Random vain pic
I got this at K-Mart where I bought a buttload of cheap & cute PJs They all have adorable prints or slogans on them!!!!
Brunch that Sam, my mum and I cooked up!!!! Cooking as a family is so therapeutic! Most people can only have brunch on Sundays but we had brunch everyday like a boss. I’m sorry if I sound like I am gloating but I just really wanted to share with you guys all the good things that have happened to me recently!
Frolicking at Cottesloe Beach!!!!! Where we danced for hours in the waves of the Indian Ocean and turquoise waters of Western Australia. Lol ok I make it sound really glamorous but it was not I kept getting dunked in the water and I choked on sea water a couple of times and a lot of sand got into my contacts but HEY IT WAS AMAZING. Taylor Swift visited this beach a few days after we did and she loved it too!!
Western Australia is such an underrated place. I don’t understand why people keep saying it’s a boring place to live or visit. There’s so much to see & do here. Open your eyes people!
Summer breeze ♥
This, is the view from King’s Park. Where Sam and I wasted an afternoon away just walking among it’s well kept grounds and carpet grass while munching on ice cream. I could never do this in Singapore because 1) weather’s too hot and humid for walks.. 2) our parks are nowhere near as nice or well-kept and 3) our parks don’t have views like this!!!
They say some of the best things in life are free. The beaches and parks in Perth are it!
You’ll find a lot of couples and families lying down on the carpet grass, looking out into the city skyline or up into the blue blue sky. You know what I love about Australia? How family-orientated people are. You can tell it means so much to them and they try to spend as much time with them as possible! I hear from people working in Perth that when the clock hits 5, people rush home to spend time with their families immediately. On the weekends no one goes out with friends because it’s family-time.
Well for the true blue Aussies at least.. not the Asians living there.
AND THIS!!!! WAS JUST YESTERDAY.
The day I saw Taylor Swift live again in concert, for the second time. I can’t decide if I liked this or swimming with dolphins more. Both were LIFE CHANGING.
My dress for the day
I braved 3 hours in the SCORCHING Australian sun, with no sun block, or chairs, or anything to relieve the discomfort, with hundreds of other fans… We just stood / sat on the road outside the stadium waiting for the performance to start. We were there early coz we had standing pen tickets and wanted to be as near as possible. It was so hot you wouldn’t even believe the misery everyone there put themselves through just to be that much closer to Taylor.
That’s dedication if I ever recognized it!!!!!
I WAS ENCHANTED TO MEET YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I WAS LIKE……. “:’) This was what I came to Australia for.” I booked my tickets to see her even before I arranged any flight or accommodation / tours, etc.
I CAN’T EVEN BEGIN TO EXPLAIN TO YOU WHAT IT FELT LIKE looking at her and having her look back at you and being so close and seeing the Speak Now our right in front of my eyes, barely 3 meters away, I could even see the blemish she had on her face!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This experience was ten gazillion times better than the show she had in Singapore a year ago. I love T Swizzie so so much.
She’s a huge part of my life. I listen and sing to her songs like every damn day and I can always relate to her lyrics. She also happens to have the most charming personality ever!!!!!! I screamed and screamed when she came on, I cried when the touching / sad songs came and I sang every lyric to every song. It was one of the best nights of my life. What made it even more amazing was that Sam was next to me singing along too hahahaha I listen to her songs when he’s in the same room so much, he’s a fan now too!!! We danced to her slow songs despite being packed like sardines in a dying, hot & sweaty crowd and it’s something I will never forget.
Thank you Taylor for inspiring me in so many ways you don’t even know!!!!! I LOVE, LOVE love you, and my mum, and Sam, and my friends, and all the people who are good to me… I love my readers who still regularly check back for updates on my blog even though I tend to be poofy and sometimes don’t update for extended periods of time!
My week has been amazing, as you could probably tell by now. So great, in fact, that I burst into tears because I’m now sitting in Sam’s bedroom in Melbourne wondering how the hell I am ever going to top that. I’m not saying life will never be better than this, BUT I FIND IT SO HARD TO DEAL WITH ALL THE AWESOMENESS that has been bestowed upon me…. There’s so much else I haven’t blogged about as well, I think it’d be impossible to share every thing that made me happy because that would take me all night and I’m getting quite sleepy.
I feel a lot better after blogging this, I’ve stopped crying and now I’m trying to accept the fact that life isn’t always going to be a fairytale. Life will soon be returning back to normal…
But I’ll try to live by this quote,
“Don’t cry because it’s over, but smile because it happened.”
Long live all the magic we made.