Monday, December 31, 2012

New Years Eve Party!

went to watch the Hobbit in 3D. tbh, it was kind of boring, like they dragged the first half too much for my liking, but the 2nd half was ok.

(setting a random time for this post..)

had cheap pepper lunch (: and i finally had my cheap pearl milk tea! despite being in hk for over half a month, today was the first time having it.

this year's xmas/new year's party was kind of a disappointment for me. like no massive, massive turkey/ham/carving set. only food from Jusco, which was surprisingly good. people playing card games and loser had to eat the christmas cake since it was untouched unlike all the other foods. they also did a drinking version. everyone had a card on their forehead and you look at other people's but not your's. you call out who you can't to lose, so maybe all hearts or highest/lowest card. really funny, since my uncle thought other people would lose, but he lost two times. first round one piece, 2nrd round 2 pieces etc.

\it was nice seeing people i haven't seen before and just the atmosphere was amazing.

as for presents, no individualied stockings. last two times i was in hk, every child received a stocking filled with really nice lollies/snacks/useful toys and goodies.

and my names was picked 2nd last for the family present draw. i could either pick from my family's present that we chipped in, or the other one, so i went for the other one, turned out to be honey. we already bought 12 jars of manuka honey over to hk. also, for the family draw, my family was drawn out last, so the only prezzie left was a bath set. not useful ):

but my rich uncle gave everyone personalised prezzies (: most of the guys got this branded jackets worth like 100 aussie dollars, but he bought it in new york, so not sure what price he got it for...most of the girls got agnes b make-up bags, yay useful stuff. AND HE BOUGHT MY MUM A COACH BAG. wow, at least 4000hk$. as for raffle, 2nd/3rd prize were$500 sponsored by my uncle and his friend. 1st prize was 1500 where each family memeber can choose to pitch in 100 for their name to go into the draw. the person who won it was one of my cousin's. apparently they won 500 last year. then the major, major prize was another legit coach bag bought by my uncle. my 7 year old girl cousin was drawn, so her mum has it. imagine if i got it, 2 coach bags in massive cardboard boxes in our luggage...

not even sure what sydney's fireworks theme is. all i know is that people can send txts and it would appear on the bridge. hk's fireworks looked better than last time i saw it, along with the laser lights. but i only saw like a minute of it since there were over 40 people in a hk house and you were lucky to even get from one side to the other to watch the tv. at least my grandpa chucked out his old box tv earlier in the year....

and alcoholic drinks which are mixed with each other are so sweet and nice (: even though they have heaps of alcoholic content...so yum (: my brother drank a whole cup of 7-up, and it was alcoholic 15%. his liver is going to die...i didn't get drunk. i wonder what it would be like...

ahh, my newphew and niece are so cute (: and they're both 3, so they play together and super duper cute (:

2012 was a really amazing year (:

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Zara

i love Zara! and it's in quite a lot of places around hk, unlike sydney. it's soo good (: like they have
what i consider "cool" clothes.

heaps of people now since they have sales. so glad i didn't buy anything from there last week. in sydney, things are wayyy over priced and apparently they get sent quite a lot of old stock from other countries. still haven't been to the sydney one yet. in hk, the clothes are considered expensive to hk people, but still heapppps of people buying stuff. on top of sales, the hk dollar is high, so even branded stuff like zara are ok and worth to pay pieces of clothing. so many people lining up for fitting rooms, and paying and also lining up to ask staff stuff. there were already heaps of staff using their fancy ear pieces asking people upstairs for more stock.

but all up, spent less than 1000 hk dollars for decent pieces of clothing (:

the lego at causeway bay was sooo cool!

so much good food. like massive sized fresh abalone. i guess going out with relatives' relatives' relatives' is good since you get heaps more free food and prezzies.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Les Miserables/High Tea/Ice Skating

Les Miserables was soooo good! defs one of my favs movies. i NEVER cry in movies, not even in marley and me and dog-like movies, but i kind of got a bit teary in this one. i thought i wouldn't like it since it was all sung out, but those songs were all deep and meaningful (: like seriously, there were less than 25 spoken words in the whole 2 hours. my cousin was full crying throughout it. you could also hear other people sniffling a bit, but there were also humourous parts.

just go and watch it (: i really like it. surprised people like russell crowe could sing.

oh, and i went to the ifc and the xmas decorations were sooo cool! xmas trees made out of yarn, and also different styles of dress. and the cinema was really nice, they actually call it a "house" instead of a cinema. seats were leather and wide, and i could fully extend my legs in front of me. sat in the 5th row even though my uncle already booked tickets a few days before. yeah, it was a full house, but 5th row was alright.

had hotpot dinner and got home at 1am...

before that i went to high tea at The Upper House. everything was so posh, but the menu description sounded better than it actually was. the cutlery and stuff weren't as nice at qvb. qvb tasted better, portions were a bit bigger and also more tea choices.

i can't ice skate to save my life. i would rather bungee jump off a cliff than go ice skate at full speed.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

casually got given $10 000, some diamond earrings and a really cute silver necklace from my great uncle today. even if it's in hk dollars, it's still quite a bit of cash to hold. don't get me wrong, i did share it with my family. my great uncle really likes me (: last time he gave me diamond rings and more jewelery, but this time more cash. yay! i don't have to use my own money to pay for my iPhone, that 10K will defs pay for it in full (: and he shouted my family last time for our trip to macau where we lived in 5 star hotels for a few nights (: i still remember the really cool electronic fogless mirror. also, i forgot which year, but he paid for one of my hk tickets before (yep, didn't even pay for his own nephew, my dad, but paid for his grand-neice..) he owns like 10 jewelery stores around hk, macau and china, so it explains how he casually can give my legit jewelery for free (unlike how i'm pretty sure the pearls my brother got who he claims are real are probs fake since it's impossible to get it for so cheap, but at least they look nice..) he asked if he needed to support my uni studies since he really likes to support kids to study, but i'm like "nah, it's ok". apparently he also supports like 10 other relatives' kids to study. also went to The Symphony of Lights. going this time, i don't think its as good as last time because: a) it was cloudy-ish b) less laser and less colour varieties c) the economy is worse so it only went for like 10ish minutes. had maccas for the first time in hk for dinner. totes stylish xmas dinner...my relatives on my mum's side always have a massive xmas party every year, but i think this year, for once, they're trying to save money, so they're having a combined new year/x,as party...at least there will be prezzies for family raffle draw thing and heaps of food (: BUT THERE WILL BE NO TURKEY! ): last year they bought this massive carving set for a leg of spanish ham and a turkey. the whole set includes the stand, knife, fork like thing, mesh glove and other assorted stuff costs more than the massive ham. even though i live in a hole in hk, coming back from tsim sha tsui was less than 20 aussie bucks. i love taxis in hk (: Monday, December 24, 2012 Free Loader i feel so popular in hk. everyone wants to have dinner with me. so i choose depending on what type of food they can offer. i went sushi train today! 2nd time in my life. had 22 plates between four people, and we were actually full. last time i only had 3 plates since it's sooo expensive in aus. another aunty asked me to have sushi train with them, but i picked the other one since they have a car =D and i can only see the other uncle on weekends since he works in China. parking spaces there are soooooo small, and it was the more expensive side. you cannot open your door. wider cars will have both tires on top of the parking line, and some cars have to go over to the other parking space. if you have a medium size car, it won't fit and the front of your car will go over the front line-so ridiculous. i have photos. then hot pot for dinner with some relatives' relatives' relatives (: everyone is so friendly even though i've never met them before. the whole "fighting" for the food spirit is really fun. didn't have to pay a single cent today. all the clothes and food and transport absolutely free (: maybe my parents might pay them back, but i doubt it, since i wanted to pay for my own clothes but they did the asian thing. also, at a store, theline to pay was so ridiculously long, they had a guy holding up a sign saying "Please queue up here" so you knew where the line ended, and it was a pretty big store. really need to stop buying clothes. i've only bought around 10 pieces of summer clothing. still wearing a t-shirt around the place, while everyone is wearing massive down jackets, i hate down jackets, and even if you give me one, i probs won't take it back, since one big jacket equals around 20 pieces of summer clothes. it's actually quite nice to not have parents with you, since i can have good quality meals with relatives for free, and i don't have to use my parents' money to pay.this week without parents have been good since i get to choose which relatives to visit. i've pretty much been to all of the department stores on the west part of the mtr line. they're just department stores, but the xmas decorations are really different in their own ways. oh, i saw a half travelator and half escalator today, so cool! so many free clothes and shoes and food (: new phone (: which can't be used atm ): Sunday, December 23, 2012 bro got back from China yesterday was supposed to be the day before, but their flight delayed for like 12 hours and they went to the crown hotel for free! according to my bro, it seems like 6 stars (even though it doesn't exist). at least he said china was fun, better to spend that money playing rather than changing the date of his ticket. and he rememberd about me and bought me a legit pearl necklace, i'm not a pearl fan, but at least he bought me something, and it's purple. ceebs recounting all my days. i bought starbucks today, but was disppointed, since 1/4 of the cup was ice ): yay, surprise phone calls with good news from relatives =D although i will have to pay back my parents when i get back to aus... need to do a post about where i'm living in hk right now. i really like it (: i haven't bought a single piece of winter clothing in my first week at hk, all i've bought are summer and work clothes. i still have a week to figure out what to do next year.. Saturday, December 22, 2012 ATARs i should be content with my ATAR. i guess i can get into anything i want (apart from med and law). problem is, i'm still not sure what to do apart from med. people ARE going to judge if i do a course with less than 90. and i know people are like "do whatever you like" but i don't want to "waste" my atar points. i was reading the news yday. they said something about atars are worthless. it's true, since everything has bonus points (apart from med/law/some courses), which means i could get a low 90's atar and still make it into stuff. idk, i still think i could've done better, not that it would make any difference in getting into a course, but inside, i wish i tried just that bit harder to get a higher atar. i really had my own tail. the stuff i band 6 was ok, but my last 3 units were really bad, like how in school's there may sometimes be a massive tail, where my tail really dragged me down quite a lot (imo). yeah, my last 3 units were a big gap from my band 6 stuff. need to drill into my bro to not full focus on one subject. on the other hand, getting a super high atar would mean i would waste more atar points. the courses are weird. as in, the main stuff are: med 99.95, law high 99, commerce/science 96, engineering 91, so i find it awkward for 98 and 97 and 95, 94 etc, since there aren't really any "general" courses to do, only specific ones eg physio which are in 98's and like psycology with 97. what i'm trying to say is that you either have to do exceptionally well, and even really good, as in low 99s/98/97 means you have to waste some points since uac don't really cater towards those ranks. not sure if that made sense, but i've just been thinking about points being wasted for the past day. awks, haven't even told my parents yet. actually haven't told anybody (except my younger cousin was looking over my shoulder, and i accidently left the atar window open, but i'm pretty sure she didnt know the significance of it...) Thursday, December 20, 2012 Result Day i kind of could already guess what i got, although i am a bit disappointed with phys. also, i managed to not band 3 or 4 jap, so that's a relief, but it still won't count. so the examiners hated my adv essays. there is quite a large gap which is super low compared with my externals for adv. quite sad really. what's actually sad is how my marks differ by 14 (and that's all the figures you'll ever get with my marks). go figure. it means i failed stuff. some people's marks differ by like 4, but not mine. yeah, now, approx 7 hours before atars come out, i'm anxious. i'll be super duper happy with over 98, but with my marks-there's no chance. i don't even know what to do apart from med (which i won['t get into for undergrad). expectations lower as you go through the journey... people are really smart. they can still have a bf/gf and have a life and still state rank one or more subjects and not look like complete nerds. geniuses. Wednesday, December 19, 2012 night before HSC results i didn't care much about my results, until i met up with fellow hsc students, actually one in particular... not going to wait until 3am (which is 6 in aus). just wake up and check. anyways, i think the site will crash at 6. congrats to jason who topped chem and joyce who topped jap! (secretly hoping joyce will pull me up so i won't band 3 jap....) so many wierd schools (private schools) which i haven't heard off top different stuff. i remember last year i almost had tears of joy for band sixing chem, since i didn't expect it. i think i won't band 6 anything. the worse thing that happens is that people stalk each other and they secretly judge you behind your back if you didn't get a band 6. please don't laugh at me! i already know i'm not smart. Monday, December 17, 2012 Predicting HSC/ATAR Results you know, talking about australia's schooliing system and stuff about uni's are always good conversation starters. why? because i've talked about it twice everyday-already. i don't think i'm going to band 6 anything, so defs no-all rounders for me. and jap is/was my worst subject, so probs band 3 =/ as for atars, well not expecting anything spectacular. don't judge me guys if i end up doing a course with only 80 or 90 atar points! i actually couldn't care less right now. this holiday mode is good (: i think i'm going to drag down the school. oh well, no one will ever know (except the teachers) since i don't plan on telling anyone what i got, not even my parents (since they'll still be back there, probs tell them a week later), so don't bother asking me, but you can always tell me what you got if you need someone to share with =D also, that is why i didn't register for sms. i'm still on three, and three roams, so my phone also works in hk, i think i would be really heartbroken if i saw my fake results a few days earlier than my real one. oh, need to do a post about phones in hk. so unfit =/ Sunday, December 16, 2012 Family Dinners i love family dinners (: especially my mum's side. (dad's side is more civilised...) the dinner is supposed to start at 8.30pm. people start to arrive from 7.30, with the majority arriving at 9.15, and the last at 9.30 (my aunt whose houses' windows you can't see due to all the clothes piled in the rooms, is ALWAYS LAST). people to rsvp, so there are actually less seats than the number of people. if you leave your seat then too bad, someone else would've taken it. it's kind of funny. that's why you have to stay put. but they ended up sitting on a 3rd table, but had to walk to the main tables for food. HAD MY FIRST CLASS OF CHAMPAGNE! no dizzyness (: probs cause it's not as strong. red rose champagne is also good (: not very alcoholy, but smelt/tasted nice. even champagne itself sounds nice. there's this bubbly feeling. kind of got "peer pressured" by my relos since they're like "your mum's not here" if my mum was there, she wouldn't of let me (despite the fact that i can legally drink). it's good to start with something not too strong, since if you had like a vodka or something once you start drinking, it's not good, compared to gradually easing yourself into it. so much food from relos today-already. finally had the Haagen Dazs ice-cream. it's good but not super good. also had the dinner, my uncle bought back cookies from the NYC which his friend lined up for 2 hours to get. super nice (: they were bigger than the size of my fist. oh, and people have to sometimes think for 10 seconds of what to call each other. like me, it was the first time seeing some of my nephews/cousins, so sometimes people don't even know who i am and vice versa. this also applies to relos who live in china who just come back to hk for the weekend to see family. find that i have more time in the mornings than at night. Saturday, December 15, 2012 Hong Kong yay hk! as soon as you step outside the plane, you can smell the distinct smell of hk. even from the plane, you can see the pollution of foggy stuff. super awkward yday. i'm now 90% sure that if you're a girl by yourself going on a plane, you get tested for everything. like i did a body scanner, and had my 3rd random explosive test, which awkwardly turned out positive, (other 2 times were negative), and the guy had to repeat the test and go through normal procedures, so i was thinking, maybe i might make it on tv, but then i remembered border security only films people going into aus not out of. it was a waste of my express pass since i still had to wait for the results. no idea how i have traces of explosives. maybe it was from the train...or my dad's suitcase was really dirty on the outside... training it to the airport is actually about the same time as taking non-toll roads, but soooo much more hassle. carrying 30kg of stuff all by myself ): and only 7kg of stuff is actually mine. my hands still hurt from lifting, pulling etc. plane ride was good (: arrived half an hour early so my uncle who just came back from NYC didn't have to wait as long, at least he had a lounge to go to. he bought three suitcases of stuff, xmas prezzies! and managed to fit 5 movies in 8.5 hours (: mainly watched animation, but i really love on-board entertainment. i've found that you either by business/first class or wait until 5mins before te bag drop closes, then you don't have to wait in line when you check-in. the line at immigration was shorter for visitors than for hk residents. my child hk card expired, need to get an adult one. oh the struggles of being 18....i actually don't like using my card, i like to collect stamps in my passport. i'm staying in one of my uncle's houses this time, not my grandmothers. my grandma's place is good since it is really convenient, but her place is on the outskirts of the suburb so less noisy. now the place i'm in, i can actually see green stuff! living on one of the edges of hk, wake up to a sunrise (covered by pollution) and mountains, but the air is more fresher on this side. THERE ARE NO SHOPS HERE, it's that new. at least there's an mtr. waiting for relatives to wake up and then ring them to meet me.... Thursday, December 13, 2012 Packing i have a habit of packing things the day before, in reality, it's really the hour before i leave i do most of my packing. like when people came to my house just before schoolies, i was still eating/packing. i think i used to pack heaps early, but realised it was a waste of time/took up space in my room/hallway, so leaving it until i really need to pack is good. also, sometimes you need this piece of clothing but it's already packed, so you'd have to dig for it, but packing the day before eliminates this "frustration" (not sure what word to use here...) there's actually not much to pack. i have ~20kg of food which i need to take and lug to the airport ): i still have changed/checked my preferences. kind of forgot what order i put stuff in. awks. another day of Glee. don't know why i'm so into it since tues. am i missing high school? not atm. i mean, my high school life was probs around 2% of what glee has. the only thing in common between our high school life and theirs are the bells/periods. finished season 2. well, i kind of skipped parts (obviously) since there's 22 episodes 43min each, which is approx 16 hours, which leaves 8 hours to sleep, but i like my 10-12 hour sleep, and then there are chores...i was actually quite excited for doing chores during hsc =/ hk tomorrow! going to try not to over buy. by tomorrow night, i would have been to 5 different airports in one week! 5th planes ride in a week! setting new pb's (: yay planes and airports! Townsville (sunday/monday post. yeah, my posts these days are kind of completely all over the place) i really should stop taking photos of everything. i really am a tourist. from the path to clouds to the transition of a plane when it stops and people reload food and petrol. it was sooo hot. "dry hot" humid. and the worse is yet to come. wild turkeys and kangaroos everywhere. and marine animals which sting you from november to may. it's actually quite pretty, but the water still wasn't fully blue like thailand beaches or cairns (haven't been there, but i've seen photos) so they don't actually have a beach. everyone came from sydney. also saw 2 other baulkoers, who also didn't tell their friends about going there. what a coincidence. saw some old girra people, like some people i would never have thought they would have gone/tried. idk, i can write stuff well, but can't talk good, and hate this feeling of regret...oh wells...and i always seem to talk less than people. really should have talked more/kept of talking and talking and talking. if i got in, i would actually consider if i really want to go there, because location wise, it's pretty crap. from one side of campus to the other takes about 40 mins walking. there's just land and land and land, and even though i can drive, i won't have a car there. oh, and the public transport is really bad. only buses, which you have to walk quite a distance. it's true how people saw rural people are friendly. like on my 2nd "random explosive security test" at the airport, the guy was making convo with me, so was the white/old-ish taxi driver, and the person didn't even check for my id at the airport! i mean, that's kind of dangerous since if someone picked up my e-ticket, they could've got a free ride back to sydney. it was a good experience (: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Qantas-domestic four planes in two days. i think i'm becoming a mini high-school-leaver-expert-on-planes-and-airports jks. i wish. anyways, i guess i made a good decision to come back down on monday on qantas, since my dad says they always give you snacks. so on sunday going on business i stuffed myself for the day, then on monday i was also fed more plane food (: (this probably doesn't make sense) what i wanted to say is that qantas is good since they give you food even if you're in economy. their business class on small planes isn't good since there are no leather seats. also, the flight attendants on qantas vary in age. like one guy looked like one my the deputies/my old maths teacher back at girra. when giving out the safety instructions, they were very un-cooridinated and did stuff at different times, where as virgin had young-ish people, AND WERE SO PRECISE IN DEMONSTRATING THE SAFETY STUFF. yes, i notice these things. it's actually quite amazing, their co-ordination. qantas had some screens to watch for economy, but glancing back at virgin's economy, i don't think they had any screens. i love planes! being high above the clouds is so pretty (: i love everything about planes, except the toilets. i'm really picky about my toilets, so duke of ed toilets were...a challenge back then... qantas is cool, since in sydney's domestic terminal they have their own side/building which is closer to the car park, which means other airlines kind of have to trek a bit to that side. now i know where the 10min free parking is at the domestic airport. Glee Marathon my whole body full ached yesterday after trekking all over the place on monday and carrying all my bags since i decided bringing a suitcase and walking around the place would look even lamer. haven't carried a backpack since september, so my shoulders were aching yday (and kind of a bit now) and i also slept for 13hours yday, record. then i felt sleepy the whole day. today and yesterday i had a glee marathon. re-watched all of season four so far, part of season three, and starting from the beginning. when it first came out, i didn't really follow it, and just watched it whenever it was on and i had free time. it's actually really predictable, but i like their voices (: and initially i thought season 4 would be bad, since most shows after the 3rd season goes bad, like Lost, i followed the first 4 season, and then it was ridiculous, and skipped to the last 2 episodes, and Heroes, was my favourite tv show for 2 seasons, then everyone started to have super powers which wasn't that fun to watch. i could have a glee marathon any day over a LOTR marathon, but i'll still try to watch them before uni starts. soo many chores. oh well, good exercise, and walking a lot over sunday/monday was also good exercise (: going to gain so much weight when i go hk, oh wells, there's good and cheap food over there (: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 Business Class!!! BUSINESS CLASS IS THE BOMB!!! i wrote about 2.5 pages about this in my notebook, usually i try to keep it to 4 lines per day, but it was just superb! i went on Virgin Australia business class, really depends on your flight which kind of determines which aircraft. but on my first flight, i was on a newer plane (i googled this stuff before) PRIORITY CHECK IN. even though i didn't have any bags to be checked in, i decided not to use the "check in yourself" machines, but be cool and skip THE MASSIVELY LONG SUNDAY MORNING LINES, and get checked in right away. you could have 2 bags at 32kg each. that's 64KGS! so much! but i didn't use it ): even for my hk flight, we can only have one 23kg ): THE LOUNGE. free entry! actually, you have to be a member to enter, and then you also have to pay a membership fee, so technically you can't buy your way in unless you are a member, but business class allows you to have free entry. the food wasn't that great since they don't have neil perry whose with qantas, but there was still free food! i hate way too much, like 5 pieces of bread, plus other stuff. the sydney lounge is better than brisbane as they have their own barrista and freshly made pancakes, but at brisbane, they only have a coffee machine, and a machine which makes the pancakes. but the seats at bris are better. a lot of people go to the lounge to just chill and not eat. after 11am, they change it to the lunch menu, so at brisbane i could try more food. the toilets are soooo clean. like 4 star hotel quality. they're massive as well. and the soap/hand cream was really nice quality. also, had a look at the shower, and they supply you with soaps and stuff, and they were really clean and nice, and defs 4 and maybe 5 star quality. waking up early to spend 1.5 hours at the lounge was worth it. PRIORITY BOARDING i bet the guy there was thinking "are you sure you're in the right line" but i didn't have to wait for all the old people/young kids to board first since business/gold/platinum member could board first (: IT FELT LIKE YOU WERE ROYALTY ON THE PLANE (well as high as royalty can go on a plane...if that makes sense). "good morning Miss Li" "would you like anything miss Li" "would you like me to take it miss Li" "Thank you miss Li" etcetc AND THEY ACTUALLY SAID MY SURNAME THE RIGHT WAY! yes, i was impressed since aussie people sometimes don't say it right. the cabin crew boys for business class were so cute! not hot, but cute. kind of gayly cute.. (?) idk, like kurt and blaine on glee. and the flight hostess were quite pretty. (will do a comparative qantas post before i go hk). upon sitting down, you get served some juice, then they ask if you need to hang your coats etc (yes, you can hang your clothes up if you want). AND YOU GET INDIVIDUAL SAMSUNG GALAXY TABS! they didn't have ipads ): but next year qantas is going to roll out ipads on most of their boeing planes even for economy. anyways, you only get a tablet to watch off if you're in business class, since they don't have installed screens unlike Virgin Atlantic's international flights. tablets are way better, since they're clearer/bigger, and easier to control compared to a remote. and they had recent movies as well (: didn't finish ice age 4 on my first flight (i'll finish it on my plane flight to hk), but on my second flight, i managed to finish diary of a wimpy kid (the 3rd one). then they also gave you free ear phones with this cute little cases and the quality was pretty good. since my first flight was short, they gave out muffins (well i actually didn't hear the other option since i was watching stuff. THEY HAVE REAL METAL CUTLERY, CERAMIC PLATES AND GLASSES for business class! they have plastic everything for economy. you could tell the glass was actual glass since i saw one that was a tiny bit chipped. then more unlimited drinks etcetc. and they have leather seats! i could even extend my legs horizontally since it was THAT spacious. they rope of the business class seats, and there is this purple barrier. also, business have their own toilet. and on my 2nd flight, you're not supposed to go to the toilet when people are going to leave the aircraft cause you might cause congestion, but the person still let me since i was in business. on my 2nd flight, it was an old virgin blue plane, but they renovated the insides so that even economy had leather seats, but business/economy had the same sized seats. just the seat pitch for business was longer. i was also watching stuff, and didn't hear properly the menu for lunch, so i was like "the 3rd option" which turned out to be the vegetarian option, the salad wasn't that nice, and the chocolate tart was soooo sweet, so i didn't finish lunch, but i already stuffed myself at the brisbane lounge. also had a cranberry and something juice. i had about 5 drinks in 1.5 hours. you may say, business class requires more money so the lounge isn't free. but in one of my earlier posts, i said i used my dad's reward points since the business ticket used less points than the economy ticket which lets you changed dates etc (which STILL doesn't make sense, since in business you could also change dates and stuff for less points but you also get more benefits) SO EVERYTHING WAS FREE FOR ME! BUSINESS CLASS IS SO WORTH THE MONEY! i hope i don't get sucked into wanting to go on business class for the rest of my life. i would really like to do a job which allows me to travel, since i love planes, and then reward points, and then fly business for free! you guys have to go on business once in your life! imagine what first class would be like...they don't have first class on short domestic flights. even though i'm going on economy to hk, it'll be ok since i'll have heaps of new movies to choose form and watch (unlike economy domestic flights you don't get anything if you're on virgin) yay business class! (: Saturday, December 8, 2012 Almost an Airport Catastrophe i was supposed to leave today, but stuff happened so i'm leaving on friday, but my bro is going by himself to hk. and we all kind of died in the car today. first, it's actually because of my bro/dad/mine decision my bro was really, really slow to get out of the house, but my dad was all like "over an hour, plenty of time" lol jks. so i told my dad to not go through the m2/lane cove tunnel/harbour bridge tunnel because all up it would cost around 12 bucks. so we took the long way, and bam, we hit Victoria Road, one of Sydney's busiest roads. we thought there wouldn't as much traffic since it's a weekend, but obviously we were wrong, traffic jam for 15min. then we avoided another tunnel, but went through the city. bad choice, city traffic on a weekend=20min traffic. super duper bad, like all the lights didn't co-operate, so when it was green, only 2 cars could actually go through the lights because of the cars on the other side. we couldn't turn back, so went underground to the free tunnel. even getting inside the tunnel took 10mins. then we saw signs saying there was an accident. inside the tunnel. it was about 2 already, and bag drop closes an hour before the flight ie 2.45 since the flight left at 3.45. major traffic jam, since three lanes become 2. super duper stressed. dad was so angry. why? because if my bro missed his flight, we wouldn't be able to re-book since all the other flights were full. we couldn't even get a credit since we already checked in online. and then we already paid more than an iphone 4s amount for his trip to china, which obviously couldn't be re-booked. after 25mins, we passed the car. FRIKKEN 4WD BMW? WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BREAK DOWN? SO MUCH FOR A LUXURY CAR WHEN YOU BREAK DOWN INSIDE A TUNNEL. in tunnels, there is only one way, but if you at least broke on a normal street, at least we could've done a u-turn or something. there were signs saying "turn on the radio" and then they had several announcements about moving to one side for emergency vehicles, which meant the car broke down like 5 mins before we entered the tunnel. if only my bro wasn't so slow. after emerging from the tunnel, we only had 15mins before the bag drop closed. every single car to the airport drove at 100 instead of 80. it was logical, getting stuck with so many cars. i was scared that my dad would crash into someone else's car and vice versa which would mean my bro wouldn't be able to get on his flight. 10mins remaining, my bro leapt out of the car, and i ran after him with his luggage. luckily i went with him to the bag drop, since he's kind of stupid. he went virgin australia instead of virgin atlantic. BUT WE MADE THE BAG DROP WITH ONLY 6 MINUTES REMAINING. SUCH A RELIEF. even if the bag drop closed, the most important is the boarding pass. i guess if we did miss it, he'll just have to buy EVERYTHING from his suitcase in hk. the guy at the bag drop kind of smiled, since my bro was sososo late, so he gave my bro an "express path" pass for customs, which he already had. i though you used them when you went inside customs but after he went in, the express path door was further too the left. oh wells, he said customs only took a minute for him. at least on friday i know where to go to use my express pass. i also went with him so my dad didn't have to pay for super duper expensive airport parking prices. only the first 15mins is free. and the gate closes 30min before departure time, and you still have to walk to find the gate, but he made it 10minutes before it closes. (but i remember once, the flight was delayed cause a passenger had some over sized luggage and the whole flight had to wait, something along the lines of that, don't really remember...) REALLY HOPE IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN, WHICH IS WHY I'M GOING TO LEAVE FIVE HOURS BEFORE MY FLIGHT DEPARTS. going to go by train-at least there aren't traffic jams, but there are delays...which probs won't be as bad as our traffic jams today. yay airports! going to be there for 4/7 days this week (: i think being an air hostess would be cool. get to travel the world and go on many planes. too bad i'm short. and i finally slept for 12 hours-record so far. super bad idea, had a mini-headache and back hurt and felt super duper hungry. tired throughout the day, and i also have to wake early tomorrow... =/ STILL CAN'T BELIEVE MY BRO ALMOST MISSED HIS FLIGHT. Friday, December 7, 2012 so many people assisted today. you could see where your money went. you know, random thought, being a nurse isn't too bad, since it's not hard work, but you're still in a hospital. nuclear medicine seems pretty cool. massive machines. i always have the mindset that private anything > public anything (which completely contradicts the various posts/articles by Icedtrees) just watched the last episode of season 2 sherlock holmes. MIND BLOWING. at first, i didn't really like where the episode was going, since it didn't have a lot of detective stuff, but i guess i didn't mind the whole plot thing. just googled how he came back alive. they are pretty plausible theories online. i understand why people can't wait for season 3! maybe they should also make a sherlock holmes 3 movies, since they have the tv series doing a season 3... i'm also up to date in modern family and glee. i see what ten meant by fast tracked. i thought they didn't have enough money and just stopped putting it on tv, but it's actually because the episode isn't even out in America yet. i guess hk will get my mind off what happens next, and then watch them when i get back (: but cliffhangers! ): my "to go" list of places to eat/go is longer than my "to buy" list. i've decided the 2nd day i go to hk i'll go to my aunty's house to take some clothes. not sure if i told you guys this, but she sleeps in the living room since 2 of her rooms are filled with bags of clothes (the 3rd room is her husband's) bro going to hk tmr already. Thursday, December 6, 2012 Talent 100 Party i couldn't go last year since it was during exams, but i could go this year! it was super awkward at first since when i arrived (and i went there about half an hour late), there were only like 10 other people who i didn't know. but then that's why you have to make friends or else you'll end up a loner. it was at this place where apparently had cheap and nice food. we had finger food there and unlimited number of drinks. i thought i wouldn't be full, but after a number of mini burgers which were super cute, mini quiches etc, and heaps of pineapple juice, i was full. it was almost a 1:1 ratio of student to staff, since it was a school night, so there were mostly yr 12's. last year's pictures looked like there were more people. there wasn't a dance floor, but a dance space. at least the dj was ok. left 1.5hours earlier. it actually ends around now. sooo much people drinking/smoking. unlimited drinks! the bar had heaps of different drinks. i still have had a proper drink yet, but it's too dangerous. at least i only have 2 years to be super careful not to drink and drive, unlike people who are are starting to drive after hsc have 4 years to be super careful to not drink and drive (if that makes sense, since you'll be 18 when you still have your L's). less than 2 years until i have my full licence, then i can have a little bit of alcohol, but still be under the limit to drive. i wore my super short black dress. it's kind of for "clubbing" but it's not "revealing" which is good. it's amazing how a simple belt can change an outfit (i actually hardly ever wear belts). i love wedges (: comfy and gives you height (: saw some old people, but then other people who i didn't know were quite friendly. i've kind of lost my touch for curly hair since i didn't curl my hair during hsc year. oh wells, now i have time to refine my skills (: went for a scenic drive at night (it kind of sucks that you can't stare at houses and drive at the same time). from macquarie to my house, i only saw three fully lit up houses. i guess the electricity prices are preventing people to put up more xmas lights. the house around the corner of my street has been consistently putting up lights full on-good on ya! also, bro had his formal today. he's still not back. his school is so nice! they organise two private buses to get them to their cruise and back to the station. yes, yr 10 and they have cruises. not sure what they do for semi next year. i had to force him to bring a camera. just read bitter's post. i was going to say, tbh, i don't like anne hathaway's short hair, but i still love her as an actor. remember the good old princess diaries? ahh, early morning tomorrow. Wednesday, December 5, 2012 Draft Time going to post my draft posts. they're all actually completed, except either blogger or my internet screwed up, so i thought i posted them, but they never ended up being posted. and then i clicked all of them, and they all disappeared!!! ): so i went back, and then i could only save one old draft. i may have accidentally deleted it --- from a while ago: (i also deleted a 100th post/ramble about btown, and other stuff...) write, so the orange pencil button is for a new post. i think this is more stylish-word-document-ish, hopefully i'll get used to it... ahhhhhhhhhhh.....my excitement for hunger games. they make me happy, since i haven't been reading anything good these days. finished book 2 today. 2 books in 2 days. this is a record for me. (i'm a slow reader) it sucks how my brother reads faster than me and tries to spoil the story with truths/lies...you know, his school studied the first book in year 8, how cool! he was one of those who "read the book before it was popular" ahhh, the book is so ridiculous, as in funny (?) ridiculous... --- got a letter from uac today, which reminds me that i need to change my preferences. haven't logged in ever since...before hsc...i think? isk, more than 2 months ago. i don't remember what my 1st preference is...awks... also, i will admit that sherlock holmes, the modern tv seriers is better than the movies, but i still love the movies since they have some action and i like the actors, it's just that the tv show has really cool crime scene stuff, and the plots are pretty smart. like the one i watched today: "i am SHERlocked" ingenious! please watch it guys (: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 "LOTR Marathon" well that was the plan, but i only ended up watching a third of the first one. i've seen most of the first one in history elective a few years ago, but fell asleep in parts (and i usually don't fall asleep in movies), and i don't think i could go through and watch the 2nd and 3rd one. maybe i might finish the trilogy before i start uni... thanks JB-Hi5 for the food! it's good to try something different for a change. then we ended up doing...(i shouldn't say here) i still remember how to get to girra without using a gps! oh, did i mention that on friday night, someone crashed into my car which was parked on the top of our street. on sat morning when i went out, i removed the screen protector thing, and started driving when i noticed a piece of paper, and then i stopped and thought i was fined. turns out the guy left a note. then on sunday morning a neighbour came by and told us that her friend came and didn't want to drive home since she had drank and ordered a taxi. the taxi guy did a three point turn and crashed into one of my headlights and dented the side panel. IT'S SOOO WIDE AT THE TOP OF OUR STREET. HOW CAN YOU FAIL A THREE POINT TURN? there's enough room to not do a three point turn. fail taxi driver (and his english on the piece of paper wasn't very good)-at least he left a note. but at least he left a note, unlike our old neighbour's friend who also dented the side of my car but just drove off. there's something about the spot i park on the street. i'm always wary of my parking, so i make sure i don't park bad. dad fixed the car, but it's kind of awks getting the money back without going through the whole insurance process Monday, December 3, 2012 Skyfall-James Bond if you didn't know by know, i like to talk about the movie (so if you don't want me to spoil it, don't read it...) it was good, but not great. i understand why my bro was kind of dissapointed. bond girls didn't do much of the typical stuff, only one bond car, this one was just different, but action packed with the bombings and stuff are pretty cool. i also realised i really like my cars, but cars lose their value, unlike houses... and M died! she was a really good actress, she really suited the role. well i guess she had to retire at some point, since she was in a lot of films. i quite like "Skyfall" by Adele. and before the movie, my bro spoiled for me that skyfall was bond's home, at least he didn't spoil the ending. and that movie seat was so bad. either had to sit really straight or slouch a lot. my back really hurts. that's why towers event cinemas > parra. just googled who rescued him from the river. we never know! noooooo, but i guess that's where our assumptions come in. and i feel ripped off. last time i caught a bus to parra its was 2.30. this time i said student (instead of child/concession) and it was 2.20. maybe it's cheaper after 8am... and i finally had bread top today! well the savoury bread. haven't had them for over half a year since i don't think they're worth it, and are very oily walked around a lot randomly today. so much stuff to do. Sunday, December 2, 2012 HK Tourist Websites googled top 10 places in hk. i've been to all but two, and was planning to go there anyways. thus, i will spend approx four weeks eating! going to restrict myself to not buying a lot. last time i bought quite a lot, that even now, some stuff remain unused, which is a waste of money. i wonder if my mum will let me roam around the markets at night... AND I FOUND MY OCTOPUS CARD! lets hope it still works. took a while to find it though, since i had to go through my bag of last holiday stuff. so reminiscent! i have wet tissues from thailand, and like streamers from disneyland. and i found my journal from my last trip, it's actually filled in every page, and i managed to write everyday, unlike this journal which i am still a few days behind... yay for business class! access to lounge=free brekkie buffet! will actually wake up early to go to airport (: Saturday, December 1, 2012 Yogurberry x 3.5 so there was a yogurberry at epping. full packed today since it was their last day for 50% off. still haven't had noggi, but probs won't be having it anytime soon. i think out of moochi and yogurberry, i like the 2nd one better, as it has more stores=more popular=tastes better. chatswood (after term 2 assessments): six flavours, i think. when i went there, i scabbed off people. eastwood (after trials): six flavours, strawberry, blueberry, taro, passionfruit, plain, mango. i think this was$4.10

cherrybrook: four flavours, taro, mango, strawberry, plain. not self serve since the store owners bought a yogurberry machine. $3 (and it was half price). didn't feel like there was a lot. melted really quickly. flavours weren't strong enough, epping:$3.10 (yay for half price) six flavours, strawberry, taro, green tea, chocolate, mango, plain. consistency better than cbrook, but because there was heapsssss of people there, i don't think the machines made it cold enough, so it also melted quickly, but i satisfied my froyo craving since cbrook one wasn't made nicely.

according to the website, i still haven't tried: pomegranate, pineapple, banana, green apple

this time i actually want to get bored in hk, if possible. whenever we go, we go overseas for a month, but end up spending only 2 weeks in hk since we go to another country/mainland china. so i will make a massive list of touristy places to go which i haven't been to yet! there's still other people's places i want to go.

relos forcing me to get whatsapp. i'll get it when/if i get a new phone.
i wonder if my octopus card still works from two years ago? i still have some money on it...
just checked. valid for three years.

and when i was getting out of the car today, there was this massive spider. as in 12cm diameter. literally had to run away from my car
and then another massive spider (but not as furry) in our hallway about an hour ago...

Friday, November 30, 2012

Sentimental Pens

Third full day at home since hsc ended.
well i should have done an errand today, but was ceebs-do later...

what have i become since the holidays started? a taxi driver and a secretary. lol, not work, it's part of my "house chores."

apparently now i'm going on the 14th. still not fully decided, better than 18th i guess.
nts: don't book tickets so early next time. things happen, things change, and thus had to pay extra iphone 4s to change from my original date.

this sucks:

it's like how i went in '07 that they were almost finishing smallworld, so i had to wait 2 years to go in '09. and in '09 they were almost finished another addition and have to wait till this year to go. now,  have to wait x years for mystic point.

to go to disneyland between 24 dec to 1 jan w/ the whole family and wait in ridiculously long lines? or go after 1 jan and miss out on the xmas themed disneyland, but have shorter lines...and i'm pretty sure i just miss out on their chinese new year celebration themed disneyland. and i want to go to their halloween themed one, but who has holidays in october in uni?

everytime i go hk disneyland, i always go when they have the xmas stuff, but my dad still hasn't been to hk one before, since we go there before he arrives in hk..

not sure if this makes sense.

spent quite a lot of time sorting through my pens. approx 60+, never ended up counting them though..i have a lot of "sentimental" pens.
took up 1/4 of my drawer. don't have the will to go through the rest of the drawer...

yay for our group spending minimal money on schoolies! random thought...

bro gone for youth camp=quiteness for the weekend, but i was actually looking forward to playing boardgames with him. feel kind of monopoly deal deprived...

yes! made it through spring by wearing long pants at home. new record! i'm very heat intolerant, so to wear long pants on a day like this is a pb.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Last Minute Travel Changes/N2 Ice Cream

thanks Happy Apple for the food (:

mad dash to city after lunch which i did not expect.

my brother is so lucky! he doesn't want to go hk by himself, but he has to since we've already changed my date and my mum's, so that iphone 4s to change his date as well is not worth it since he has nothing except school which i guess he can skip. instead, last minute plans to get him a visa and he's going to a china 8 day tour. I WANT TO GO! except i can't, since i'm spending fewer than a month in hk so no time.

yay for travel agency connections! so my mum and i had to change our original dates, but it's hard since it's peak time, and even if you had money, there are no seats. so my mum's friend knew the boss, so he managed to swap another clients' seat so mum can go with dad on a flight before xmas.

and also, family friend knew the bosses for this travel agency since their son is in the same rowing club as family friend's son.. so super last minute, they managed to to get my brother on the same flight with family friends and on the same tour, which if you didn't have connections, then you wouldn't get on, since the flight was already full or something.

my bro and i always have these trivial competitions, like for me "i-want-to-go-to-more-places-than him" i guess he's going to beijing and great wall etcetc, so he's "winning" in terms of international places, but i guess i'm ahead domestically. kind of jelly, but at least i get to fly business class on one of my domestic flights (: still don't understand why business class used up less points than the "any seat" economy option...it's going to be a bit awks, sitting next to "business men", who probs will think what is this girl doing?

anyways, some random sydney boys info. apparently their school contribution each year is $1500. girra was around 20, baulko 300 and normo 450, so sydney boys is soo expensive. i sometimes wonder why my parents pay for everything... like the building fund for the shelter for the bball courts which i will never use.. for sydney boys, THEY HAVE ROWING AS A SPORT! you just have to pay another 1500. apparently parents routinely cook the boys dinner and brekkie. their routine for rowing is after school row, eat, study, sleep, wake up and row at 5.30am, then go to school. wouldn't you be exhausted? rowing is so intense, like on olympics, and apparently people still continue their sports in yr12. that's why syd boys are so talented, good at sports and school. the parents have to stay with them overnight to cook them food. i guess there are "richer" public schools. people who go to school in the city usually lives in the city since it would be convenient=rich people. rowing makes people buff. like family friend's son, he used to be the same height as my bro, but not i think he's almost 6 feet. back in yr 5, i was faster than him in swimming. now he's given up swimming after going to state, and taken up bball, rugby, soccer and rowing. oh, they have a legit gym in their school, esp to train people for rowing. I TOOK A TRAM TODAY. FIRST TIME EVER IN SYDNEY. the only other ones i've been in were in melb. maybe i've been in one in syd when i was younger...are they private run? because once you get on, you pay, then once you pay and sit, the tickets people come after you to double check that your receipt is legit. they go after everyone once they find a sit, trying to find people who might have not bought a ticktet. trams are quite expensive, since they don't go a long way. really need a new phone. my internet is so slow on my phone...but i finally found my way to N2 EXTREME GELATO. 6 bucks for quite a large scoop, i guess the costs is in the nitrogen. it's not super super good than what people say. i tried the salted butter thing, but we bought walrus delight (rose flavoured w/ dark choc choc chips) and pandan w/ rambutan. the good thing was that they weren't too sweet and super duper smooth. it doesn't feel like you're eating cream, which is nice (: photos on fb. took a while to find this place though =/ but it wasn't hidden or anything... need to actually figure out the settings on the gps in my mum's car. like our tom tom asks if you want to avoid toll roads, but not this one, so it directed me to lane cove tunnel/m2 which costs like$10 in total, but managed to avoid them and improvise (: sometimes gps aren't that good...
and apparently there's a yogurberry in epping..? drove past and my mum noticed...but i need to go to the city one sometime, and go to noggi...all when i come back from hk/have money.

beauty and the geek spends a ridiculous amount of money on dresses and make-up etcetc.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Airplane Tickets Dilemma

if you asked me last week, i would still be flying on the 8th.
but ever since coming from schoolies, things have changed...

i cried myself to a headache when the airline people said that there were no other airplane tickets until 31st dec, and even then, had to add $155. which meant i would only be in hk for 12 days, LESS THAN TWO FRICKEN WEEKS. then chucked a mini-tantrum, and wanted to not go hk, and then rather i wanted to refund/credit my ticket. my ticket is already approx the price of 64gb iphone 5. but i had to change my date, so i think my mum and i decided to spend price of iphone 4s each to change the date, and spend 10 less days than what we planned. my bro is so lucky, he get to spend 4+ weeks unlike me )))): and he hates to go hk, since most of his friends are in aus. but too bad, not changing his ticket, or else thats another 4s. my dad's tickets is four iphone 4's, since he's going right before christmas. and i wanted to extend my trip since i would be going there later, since i did research, and almost all uni's except for usyd do enrolments online. but all the flights back in january are full, and only available in feb, but i'm going to melbourne! so that won't be possible. sucks, spending less than a month there. basically, i can almost buy 10 iphone 5's for this short hk trip. so, less than a month in hk ): my mum promised me i can choose who to visit, and don't have to visit some aunty's sister' uncle 2nd cousin etcetcetc person. last time we visited at least 5 randoms (from my perspective..) that 5 half day's gone. i'll just have to visit my grandparents, and one great uncle who's given me so much. and this time i'm choosing which aunts and uncles to visit. last two times we went, i still haven't been to all my aunt's and uncle's homes ))): apparently, they are saving me some legit spanish turkey. at least my rels remembered i love my food. I HAVE DECIDED I DON'T EVEN WANT TO GO TO ANOTHER COUNTRY OR VISIT MAINLAND CHINA. it's usually prerequisite for me to go mainland china to visit one of my great uncle's. no offence, mainland china is worse than hk. in terms of everything. oh wait, my great-uncle's house is big. from memory, 6 levels which 3 or 4 bedrooms on each level and proper bathrooms (you know what i mean...) last time i slept on the 4th level=so much exercise. that's the only thing i like there. i'm not even allowed to go on china's roller coaster, because they are super dodgy and apparently you can see bolts coming off it, even relative who lived there all their lives don't allow their children on it. going to another country is a waste of time. think we're going to america after my bro's hsc. even then, i want to spend a week in disneyworld... i've decided that i'm going to go on virgin or qantas for all the plane flights by myself. you've seen on tv, and i've heard from my dad. whenever he walks past the jet star line, its at least 45min wait since they have minimum staff and bad service. and from iced tree's comment a while ago, i do not want to be sent through to the international line, which would mean i would have to go back home to get my passport to get checked in through the whole customs, ie miss my flight. going with someone else on jet star would be ok, since we can share the horrible-ness of that airline. also, yay for dad's various reward points for domestic flights (: BUT VIRGIN IS SO CUNNING. with their cheaper flights, they say "sold out" when you try to use your points, but you can still buy it through cash. lame. they do have seat available, but it's in business. I STILL DON'T GET IT. their "saver" any seat economy is cheaper than business "reward" seat, but both use points. would choosing seats really be more expensive compared to a business can't-select-seat ticket? that's why qantas is good. they aren't cheap and block you from using your points for "cheaper" flights. headache. wow, this is more stressful than hsc. thinking about all these tickets. i need to ask my dad for advice on changing flights. strange how jet star has direct flights, but virgin/qantas don't. SO MUCH INVOLVED going to reply on public transport for the whole of next month for so much. really need to put in some effort, or all this money is going to waste... didn't realise how big my living room is until i vacuumed today. it's been a while that i almost forgot how to use our vacuum (it was a fancy one, around the price of an iphone..). and i decided to count how many dresses i have, as one does...i actually lost count, but at least 30... this afternoon has been depressing. maybe my head hurting just makes it more depressing than this whole thing sounds. binge eating. oh, and i'm, starting to skip brekkie again. it's just simply because i wake up in time for lunch. BLOKUS IS$30 AT TARGET!!! do i really want to spend 30 for a board game (it's been at least 6 years since i've wanted a board game for xmas), or should i save it for 3.75% of an iphone 5 aussie dollars? mini dilemma. going to get my bro to play board games w/ me. just realised that my board game section at home only has 4cm left, and the blokus box from memory is 10cm...so even if i bought it, it wouldn't fit...probs had to move the buckaroo box..

good job if you got through all this (Y). also, it seems the whole blogosphere kind of died already ): please blog guys!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

T2

finally had t2 today. it's quite nice, and they all smell really good. i see what my brother means by having free tea there. they had 5 flavours to try today.

i think t2 is the only tea my brother likes.

it's obviously not as good as qvb high tea's tea.

my mum and i are not "typical asians". if we do try something for free which is nice, we buy it, even if it's a bit expensive. we got creme brulee and organic chai tea. i love chai. creme brulee smells like it sounds, but is actually kind of tasteless =/

had a look at the high tea. it's actually quite expensive since the petit fours, sandwiches etc didn't look very pro.

i think it has been over 2 years since i visited hornsby westfield.

Monday, November 26, 2012

just watched breaking dawn part 2 trailer. it's literally the whole movie in 2minutes. so glad i don't watch trailers until after the movie.
i actually quite like the music they use for twilight.

is it really sad if i don't watch youtube, but go on apple's website to look at their videos? they're actually quite interesting.

so many plane flights by myself in the next 2 months. more than ever in my life.

my hk shopping list is actually about 1/10 of my list back in '07 and '09. going to do most of my shopping at my aunty's house. she is a hoard, like my grandma. a bedroom filled with a million plastic bags of clothes. not even a proper walk in wardrobe can fit their amount of clothes. only stuff i really need that are expensive here i will buy there. and i just want to go H&M because people say it's good and cheap-ish in hk

i'm trying to spend minimal amounts of money. so not going to go out. until i have money. i'll go to parties and people's houses since they don't involve large amounts of money.
yeah, i've decided to only go parties and people's houses.
hate me all you like, but i'm not going out.
apart from seeing skyfall, probs see that in hk since it's cheaper...

am i willing to spend $300+ for the 1/4 chance rather than the$10+ for the 1/15 chance.
decisions. decisions.

other thoughts:
so no-one wore that teal, one shoulder w/ jewel/ diamondy stuff to our formal. although i could recognise where some people got their dresses from.
and i really like the feel of my mum's car. at first even at a red p-plater, i was always scared i would scratch it, but now i'm more "confident" with it, even if it's longer parking feels the same with my small car.

my sleeping pattern...i actually have no sleeping pattern. last week i woke up at 11am for half the week, then the 2nd half before 6.30am. now i just sleep at ridiculous hours =/

Breaking Dawn Pt2 and Argo

(if you don't want me to spoil it for you, then read my other previous posts...)

so, it has finally ended! well, the twilight saga. i guess i was a twilight fan-ish since i bought all the books. i guess they were good, well simple to read. (and i read really slowly...)

pt2: SOO MANY OPENING CREDITS. IS IT NECESSARY? they have credits at the end as well, i guess is appropriate to show you who else starred in the movies before, but it was kind of a waste of time.

the graphics were much better, compared with twilight. and renesmee is really pretty! i like her (: just googled her, apparently she's a model, and model's have to look good. and bella is skinnier in this one and is actually looks so much more better than the other ones, i guess they had to use more make-up and she had to loose more weight since she had to be a vampire...

but they dragged it out way too long. i liked how they used extracts from the book. i forgot that they actually didn't fight but was all a vision, thought was a bit lame.

and we had a private screening! well 8 people in total in a big-ish cinema (: finally had curly fries and bagel at the great bagel company. it was nice but not super nice. nice talking to bitter, who intoduced me to swarovski's aura perfume-IT IS SO SO SO GOOD. not that i will buy it since i don't wear perfume, but it doesn't smell "mature" or "young", so it feels just right for my age. and got more marc jacobs, they are always nice.

kind of regretting not buying that quilted bag. yes, everyone has one, but i really like them bags.

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saw argo last tues at avoca. pretty cheap, 12. even event cinema's child is 13.5 and at avoca, student and child are the same prices.

pretty intense movie. i swear i've seen a movie with the same story line before. it's nice to see an action movie, since i haven't seen one in a while. need to see skyfall. apparently it's super suspenseful and better than the other daniel craig's bond films.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Schoolies

that week went by very fast.

really cool. just chilling and stuff.

another 400+ photos taken.

i ceebs recounting, and i'm sure if you really want a recount of our week, you can go on my fellow blogger's pages. i'll put photos on fb later. you can stalk me there/ to see what i did.

some highlights:
- being the first to try the standing up paddling board thing. even the guys were "afraid" to try it, but they could see me doing it. it was actually pretty easy to balance and use, but a guy on purposely pushed me, and i fell in seaweed. i tried everything there: kayak, double kayak, paddle boat and standing up board thing. too bad we didn't have the under water cameras until that night...
- joyeeta's christmas dinner picnic. A WHOLE LEG OF HAM. and prezzies for everyone! (30ish people) even if it's a few dollars here and there, it's the thought that counts. and my prezzie was just what i needed. i've always wanted something from typo, now i can use it as a diary/journal thing for post-hsc and holidays (:
-almost all-nighter. stayed up till 5am on tuesday morning/mon night. i think my sleeping pattern is still damaged. slept for 12 hours last night.

managed to survive a week without cooking (cutting stuff up doesn't count). really need to learn how to cook if i am to live in the future...
the house was really nice. renovated bathrooms and kitchen. that bathroom with three doorways was a bit =/ and yay for dish washer!
i can't believe they finished a 1000 piece puzzle when i left and came back from my interview. (just saw Happy Apple's link to photo, yeah, totes will be impossible...)

meeting up with other groups was really nice. so convenient that everyone was in a 10min radius. oh, i want blokus for christmas (2nd on the list under iphone)

i bet my whole group can say we left the house cleaner than when we entered the house. (:

so blessed with this one week with friends and fun (:

Formal

following the post the day before formal:

1 didn't happen
2 definitely happened. I WAS SO LOOKING FORWARD TO A PHOTO WITH THE LIMO. and it was just gay that it rained.
3 didn't happen

it was nice dressing up. only had to pay for my dress, earrings, formal itself, photographer, hair and make-up, limo

shoes, clutch, bracelet, ring all from home.

it was nice apart from the rain. actually, the venue wasn't that great. at least the dj was better than camp, but i didn't "dance" much since i didn't want to ruin my hair, and get my dress ripped by fist pumping guys.

took 2gb worth of photos, 400+ photos.

food wasn't that great. didn't get to see everyone's dresses since we were all just packed into a verandah, and couldn't move around much.

was so surprised that tess's dad came after formal to give us all a cd. still have yet to look at it...but thanks!

went on a bus, taxi, limo, car that day.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

my first wedding where the bride had FIVE bridesmaid. usually asian people have less than white people, since one bridesmaid cost a lot in terms of dress, hair, make-up etc.
on average, people have 2. she has three sisters, plus 2 friends = 5 bridesmaid.
her dress is by far the most sparkly dress i've seen for a wedding. it was just so glittery. not bling/jewelled, but just glitter, meshy, puffy wedding dress material. and they kissed for so long it was just lol. but they did their vows in canto =/ 1st time i've seen a young couple saying their vows in canto.

and it was an after lunch wedding (to obviously save money on food). but they had a "candy bar" to represent how their love is super sweet. it was super cute, first time seeing a "candy bar" where they had bags, and you could "take away". i remember in 2010, i went to an arvo wedding, and all they had was one cupcake and one drink each. at least today you had free reign of the snacks.

i wear a different dress to each wedding. and i still haven't repeated! yay! still have heaps of other unworn dresses to go to weddings in my wardrobe (: and i collect wedding invites + programs. the talk was pretty good. apparently he was my first ever maths tutor which i went to in primary for a month then stopped =/ don't remember

the work dinner was about three weeks earlier than normal since everyone is going overseas.
i finally satisfied my shark fin soup craving, but it had crab in it, so it was a bit different. and yes, i know what happens to the shark. my rich uncle explained to me once for half an hour, but he didn't convert me into stop eating it.

14 course meal.
received 1/7 of an hk iphone 5. go figure.
I SAW FIREWORKS ON THE HARBOUR BRDIGE IN THE CAR COMING BACK HOME. it was really cool, cause they were literally next to you, and the loud sounds it makes, esp when you open the window (:

i still haven't told my mum why i secretly don't want to go hk.

don't have time to even blog about formal/schoolies, yet even put photos up.

it seems the mail didn't fail me.
too scared to ask other people. because people will always secretly judge you/hate you/love you

Friday, November 23, 2012

apple once a year sale

i have to double post, no idea how i will get this all out.

thanks ophelia for the party and food! it was really nice.
good seeing girra peeps.

anyways,
so i managed to fit in some time to go to the apple store beforehand for their once a year sale. mind you, apple stores itself never has sales. I WAS FULL HOPING IPHONE 5 WOULD GO ON SALE. but ofc it wouldn't be since it was new. guess i'll have to wait for hk, if i ever get there...

I FINALLY TOUCHED AN IPAD MINI. i actually quite like it since my hands are small, so it fits better than normal ipad, and it's lighter. the ipad w/retina display is wow, it is really ever so clear. and the new macbook pro is sooooo thin. and i thought my mac was already thin. then you have retina display and it's amazing. EVERYONE GET A MAC! they are so user friendly, and really good. like, my laptop still can shut off in 2-3 secs, and load in 10secs. and it's almost 2 years old. not going to get another laptop until after uni, don't want to waste my money.

but my "heart melted" when i touched the new ipod touch. that was the most surprising. it is sooooooooo light, like paper, and so thin. the photos of it make it seem fatter than it actually is. maybe because in photos it's a close up so it seems bigger. and i finally tried the beats by dr dre headphones today. hey they are pretty good, except isn't is really bulky to carry around? and the new nano is also thinner than my nano (which i haven't touched for almost 2 years...)
i actually like this new set of colours, my pastelly, compared to the bright "chromatic" ipods.

retina display is truly amazing. lol, my dad wants to buy an ipad, but i', not sure if he even knows how to use one. there was so many old people buying ipads and touches. some for their wives and they were persuading their wives to let them buy one, other bought 2/3 touches, probs for their gran kids.

yay apple!

Life Changing Decisions

ok, first of all before my formal and schoolies post.

i only told 6 people, but then somehow 20+ other people found out as well.

i still can't help thinking about it. at the briefing on wed, i already knew i had no chance. even if i spoke well, there will ALWAYS be someone better. i guess i'm just disappointed that i didn't try harder. my interview was actually really bad and awkward.

it was supposed to be 20mins, but mine was 15. i just didn't know what to say. THEY ARE NEVER SUPPOSED TO GO UNDER TIME. ALWAYS OVERTIME IS BETTER. you could see from their faces they were bored of me and wanted to sleep.

i wanted to sleep as well ever since monday night/tuesday morning almost all nighter.

so result? not going to even bother checking on 13th december since i am 100% sure i'm unsuccessful. my first ever interview, i guess i was nervous, but that's natural right? will learn from this experience. nts: don't sleep at 12 before an interview, and don't have an almost all nighter 2 nights before. i was really, really sleepy whilst waiting.

and then this arvo i had my first afternoon nap ever since 2010 trip from hk where i had jet lag.

more life changing decisions which actually doesn't really affect me, but everyone else...just going to pray.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

1/15

gg.
i have no chance of getting in. like that girl who kept on talking and asking, i bet she can ramble for 20mins, and thus get in. at least i'm not doing elec, which so far has 0/10 since they have no sponsors.

why gfc!? there used to bet] 5/15, and now there's 1/15, and possibly 2/15. apparently arnotts was so close to signing up, but backed out. it's not like the business side like actuarial which has 10/~45 and they have countless supply of money/sponsors.

it really isn't about the money. it's about the work opportunities, connections and jobs at the end. and the i think i finally found a course i would really like, except if i just do it normally, then after i finish, it would be hard to find jobs etc.

i don't get why they advertise the whole thing so much when hardly anyone gets in.

still kind of surprised i passed through. i hardly put in any effort into it, and was finishing it the night before =/

approx 8 baulko kids for both eng and business. apparently that's quite a lot.

just doing it for the experience.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sign Out Day

finished signing everything quite quickly.

made 1 dollar today. wasn't planning on selling anything. the things i didn't sell, i just chucked them in the recycling since i don't have room. i've touched the recycling bin in the past 2 days more than i have for the past 2 years.

and i'm so stupid. why did i not pretend i didn't have my bus pass? it's dejavu, like this year when we had to return our yr11 id cards, i should have learnt to pretend. now i have to pay for my bus tomorrow.

yr 11's are so different this year. last year i had to search everywhere for fitspatrick. this year no one wants anything, and our year has heaps more resources than last year. oh well, not really my problem since i had no textbooks to sell.

it's sooooo awkward seeing/talking to my teachers. it just is. luckily none of them asked my how i went, or else i would've said i just failed. they just said "hi, how are you" still awkward.

i have seen this short black lace and white bottom skirt at least three times. so at curzon hall this week so far was, tues-tangara, wed-cheltenham, thurs-girra.
whenever i say my formal is at homebush, it feels like we're going on a picnic. but one of my ex-mlc friends had her val dinner there, and said it was nice.

my face is so bad. even worse then during trials/hsc. must be the weather. hence, i hate summer hot weather.

I REALLY HOPE WHEN THEY GIVE OUT ALTERNATE FOOD, I GET THE ONE I REALLY, REALLY WANT. i will somehow beg everyone at my table =/
corsages are really pretty, but i'll never get the chance to have one unless i'm really sad and rich, and just randomly buy one when i'm 50+

three things i'm praying won't happen:
1. this would ruin my whole formal mood, and potentially schoolies, but more formal
2. no rain. that would ruin everyone's effort.
3. ruin's my formal mood, and possibly other people.

dilemma: to buy qantas w/ food, or jet star w/ bad service, no food but cheaper. and then there's different carry on weights. 2 of 7kg for qantas, or 1of 10kg. if i bring more there than i can't bring anything back since return flight is jet star. i'll figure this out after schoolies.

this is totally me (bottom pic):

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

HSC Clean Up

ever since i finished last week, i did not touch anything, so all my sheets were just stuffed into a folder, which looked deceivingly neat, but inside was full messed up.

photo time:
after paper 1 and after paper 2. it was a full pen before paper 1. my poor $2.50 inkjoy. end of trials and end of hsc. there was actually time to be "neat" during hsc. middle of hsc. felt slightly happy. end of trials and end of hsc. received even more resources after trials. pile 1: over 100 sheets of hand-written essays/some phys/some jap circus! butterfly confetti! this morning. yes, didn't touch it and floor got messier after hsc. starting to file. sorting out English. english done. sorting out the sciences and maths. almost done! well it's stacked in piles, and now i just need to find a place in the house to store it. pile 2: taking forever in deciding what to chuck. it's actually bigger than it looks, as it contains other thick uni info booklets. i felt like i formed my own fortress with my own books. and my piles felt like "stepping stones" so i was just stepping on everything for fun (: and also to flatten things...I ACTUALLY CANNOT THROW ANYTHING AWAY. i have kept all my books since year 7. so those above english sheets took me a long time to sort out. and that pink book above will be the first book i will ever chuck. also, I DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW PEOPLE CAN HAVE OVER 7 TEXTBOOKS FOR ONE SUBJECT. like reading what people have, they have over 60 textbooks for both yr 11 and 12. first thoughts: how do you even finish them all and all that money!? i didn't buy any textbooks for yr 11, and only bought 7 textbooks for all my subjects in total for yr12. and i didn't even finish my fitzpatrick 2/3U. people literally have 10 times more textbooks than me, then there's also the school textbooks. i hardly touched school ones. then people have tutoring resources and online stuff. SO HOW DO PEOPLE FINISH THEIR STUFF? i didn't even have time to finish my minimal 7 textbooks for all my subjects. (which is probs why i failed my hsc) oh, just to show how much food we have. this is a shell in our hallway with food. yes our hallway. because our four fridges, 2 massive cupboards in the garage, pantry, other cupboards in the kitchen, and living room. in the above, i counted there are 8 packets of tim tams, 5 of arnotts assorted biscuits, 8 cans of tuna, 15x cup of soups, 3 packets of other biscuits, 9 blocks of lindt chocolate (i found out there was strawberry flavour), other muesli bars and biscuits. that's only 2 shelves in this shelf. Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Blog Outing thanks Harvard for your house! i love going to people's houses (: i'm looking at my set of boardgames right now. oh, how i have abandoned them all for over 2 years. shall play them sometime (ie after hk) but it was a fun day. also, stalking at people's formal photos are quite cool. there's this one dress, kind of teal, one shoulder w/ some jewel things-i have seen this dress at least 6 times already! if i see it on friday, i'll point it out. oh, and my dress still fits (secretly jumping w/ joy) so far this year (according to my fb), i have seen one person wear my dress, but in a different colour. i think i ceebs w/ jewellery and nails. like, no one in photos/irl is going to look at your hand. and, i think i can relate to bitter's post a while ago, and littlemisssunshine a while ago, about digging through their mum's closet. i finally found blouses/tops with the really nice/cool breezy material which, i think my aunt gave my mum who never wore it. they sell for 10 bucks these days, so yes, 50+ saved! i can't believe my uncle came all the way from hk to go to cairns. and i found out the reason today: apparently there's a solar eclipse. i guess, he's rich so he can go wherever he wants whenever he feels like. he could at least shout me to go china like he did with my cousin and her boyfriend who she broke up with a year later (which is totes a waste of money) oh well, he promised me high tea in hk at a really top place w/ champagne (: still haven't had a drink yet. there's plenty of time later on in life. i don't get why other people want to kill their livers aka themselves whilst so young... yes, bella finally left! i've been waiting ever so long for her to go away. Monday, November 12, 2012 Birkenhead Point finally! apparently, i've been there about 10 years ago. there were long dresses, but not my type. couldn't find any maxi/cool/cut out dresses. but i found my dress again! last time it was at a white persons formal shop in rouse hill, this time also in a white person shop. this shop said it was a "new arrival" but when i bought it in the city this year, it was "old stuff" these marketing strategies... so today's shop didn't have a sale for it, so the place i bought it from in the city was the cheapest as they had a sale back then. i don't know where my dress receipt went, but i'm pretty sure i got 100 off the marked price. my dress's style, so far, will hardly ever go on sale. apparently it's branded. i didn't even know until the person said it was made in australia. i tried googling the company, but there wasn't a website. didn't end up buying any clothing, will save that for hk. but i got a new wallet! yay (: my cuurent wallet kind of broke a few months ago, but never had the time to buy a new one back then. awkward moment when my desk and surrounding is messier than during trials and hsc. no joke. i'm going out on wed as well, so it's defs 26th november will be my first stay at home day (since the 25th is sunday-> church) since hsc has finished. going out every. single. day. i do not understand how people can just stay at home. don't they have stuff to do and places to go? samantha on x-factor keeps on getting better. i finally voted! (though fb) Sunday, November 11, 2012 Frankenweenie so some points expired tomorrow, so i had to use it by today, and i think it's not worth using a free ticket for a child price, thus i got my mum to come with me so she could use the free ticket. well, it's a Tim Burton movie, so the actual graphics were different/weird and halloweeny. it was overally pretty nice. simple story line, that i think my mum could understand (she has really bad English, so shows like yday's ovo is good since it had hardly any english, and only a few english words) they used physics in it! you know, the whole connecting the frog to electricity to make a complete circuit which conducted, in the movie it was just exaggerated. first time ever having chatime! only reason was because i had a buy one get one free voucher. apparently they opened 1.5 months ago. tried mango green tea and had pearl milk tea. their milk tea is defs not as sweet as easyway since they had real tea, i don't remember if easyway used real tea. last time i had easyway was 3 years ago, and back then, i think for the tea they used flavouring. the mango green tea was really sweet, but at least they used real green tea. towers has changed so much. only walked half of one level, and saw at least 10 different shops. english will follow everywhere. belonging/symbolism/tone were all involved in today's bible study. also yesterday: so our neighbours moved out over 2 months ago to this suburb. and we were driving around that suburb and by pure coincidence, saw their car coming out of their driveway, and they saw us. yes, now we know where they live! this world is really small at times. Saturday, November 10, 2012 Cirque Du Soleil-Ovo AMAZING. my first ever proper circus. i've been to one in primary, but ofc wasn't as cool. so worth paying the extra 40 bucks for better seats. i was like literally 3 metres away from them, so you could actually see their faces properly. a lot of them were asian, but i guess chinese people are good at these stuff, and there's better pay here. there were people there, from all ages. everything was so seemless, from the transitions to the acts. so many things were happening, it was hard looking at everything at once. whenever they changed scenes, even with massive rope/net props, it too less than 30s, i think anyways, my favourite thing was the man and woman with a rope. just one hand around a rope, and they can swing around it, then throw the other person around. and when they swung, they were above my head, and was real cool. 2nd best was the tightrope walking w/ ladder and also uni cycle. i've ALWAYS wanted to see it irl, and the claps at that point was defs the loudest. 3rd fav was the trapoline. i remember the documentary they had last year, and it said something about the trampoline part, which the reporter tried, but couldn't even bounce back up. as weird as this sounds, i love people swinging each other, throwing, twisting at great heights. oh, how i wish i could climb that net, or jump on the trampoline. the setting for everything was really well done, the costumes-soooo cool, and live music as well is (: their make-up was amazing. at the end, there was butterfly confetti! first time ever seeing that. also, glad i didn't sit on the edge because: you get hit on the head with random nets/pats on the head by the performers/ they choose you to "flirt", oh and also, one of the performers took someone's half-eaten popcorn and started to chuck it at people, twas quite funny. the only bad thing about my seat was when they high up on the trapeze-just had to tilt my head, and also at the end when the musicians were coming out, couldn't really see who they were from my angle. you could see where your money went: the performers, the$1000+ costumes which have to be durable/stretchy/comfy/non sweaty, the ushers who guided you to your seat with torches-they didin't even have that in wicked, the actual tent, the site hire, the toilets-they had branded/toilet paper you use at home-not the crap paper you have at home, the other people selling stuff, the security who spend half their time taking photos of people, then there's the behind the scenes people.

literally just got home. was going to drive, but then there's a lot of toll fees. there was trackwork today, so it was just get to the station and see what trains there were. almost missed the train going there, was still buying a ticket when the train arrived, but they saw us running and opened to half-closed door. that was the first time ever i've experienced a train door re-opening. everytime i miss it, it was either still on the stairs, or closed in my face.

ate out today =/ it was relatively cheap for city food, except there were soooo many people.

i've been out since 8am. so exhausted.

now i've been to 2 musicals, and 1 circus. need to go to a music concert (my dance concerts don't really count as concerts to me...)