Monday, October 22, 2012

First Round of Goodbyes: Las Vegas {+ a giveaway!}

Saturday, The Dizzle and I had our good-bye party with all of our San Diego and Orange County friends.
It was really great except then I remembered that I hate goodbyes.
I think it was easier for me to just pretend I'd be seeing them all in a week or two.
Guess it's time to perfect our Skype skills, eh?

Anyway, yesterday began the first official "Goodbye Leg" of the trip.
We drove 5 hours up to Las Vegas so we could spend a few days seeing V Dizzle's dad and sister.

My gambling fingers are getting antsy, I tell you!
I've said on more than one occasion that we should just take $19,000 out of our traveling funds and put it all on Black.
I'm joking...sort of...not really.
Sometimes these Asian genes of mine are a real curse, people.

We'll be here until Wednesday, so wish me luck that I can muster up the anti-gambling will power.


In the meantime, I'd like to introduce you to a lovely friend of mine!

Meet Jasmine. She lives in Australia. And she's pretty much the bomb dot com.
Let's just say that Australia has always been the coolest place in my mind and I've always wanted to go.
I've spent many o' years butchering their accent and if we ever make it to Australia on this journey of ours, I'll probably be "that girl" who thinks she can speak with an Australian accent perfectly, while onlookers look at me with pure disgust.
It'll be grand, mate.

Anyway, Jasmine is doing a really thoughtful giveaway of all of her favorite things.
She's calling it her "Mini-me Giveaway."
And in her words, "The aim is to make someone else out there more like me (hence why everything on the list sums me up) and because I want a mini-me real bad :("
Good enough reason for me!

Here's the loot!

1. Collins Vanessa 2013 Calendar/Diary
2. Earl Grey Tea
3. "It's Not How Good You Are..." by Paul Arden
4. Great Last Mascara
5. Tim Tam candy <---aka Real.Live.Aussie.Candy

Enter Below then enjoy our little interview sesh so you can get to know this awesome girl a little more!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

There is no right or wrong way to go about blogging. You need to just do what makes you feel comfortable and run with it. Be inspired by other blogs, whether it's their design, content or stylistically, but take it and make it your own. Just because someone else is doing it, doesn't mean it will work for you! People on the Internet seem to have a canny knack for sussing out whether someone is being genuine or not, so I've warned you - do what feels right for you.

I enjoy writing about my daily life (in the least conceited way possible..) Living Down Under, I think it's true that we do things quite differently from the rest of the world. The blogging world is saturated by American bloggers (and I love it!) but it's a sharp contrast to the way Australian bloggers roll. We really are very relaxed people down here and for the most part, not much really ruffles our feathers. When I write my posts, I think that kind of attitude seeps in. I like to incorporate things like photographs I've taken that give you a glimpse of Australia, anecdotes that are purely Australian and tid-bits about my life; as a full-time university student with a part-time job in retail, I am full of social commentary ;)

Wake up. Eat my breakfast (this is a must!). Shower + make up. Drive to the station. Train to university. University all day. Train home. Drive to work. Work from 6-9. Drive home. Watch some TV. Catch up on the Internet. Read. Sleep. I am tired just reading that!

When I was 11 and in my last year of primary school, we had a graduation at the end. It was super important that you "went" with someone. There was one boy in my year that had liked me for years (because who wouldn't?) and I had secretly liked him too. Apparently it wasn't such a secret though and someone had told him that I had a "crush" on him and all of a sudden, he stopped liking me. I was heart broken. But determined. I still wanted to go with him to the graduation. So one lunch time, I built up some courage and interrupted his hand ball game and said "Will you come to the graduation with me?" He laughed in my face and practically screamed NO! Later that day he asked some other random girl to go with him! I was devastated. I thought for sure he'd appreciate my audacity? Apparently 11 year old boys don't like that. My best friend from primary school still to this day brings that story up occasionally. Moral: Don't be a brazen 11 year old hussy, it won't work.

Sometimes I get Jessica Alba, other times Jennifer Lopez. I don't really see either of those. My absolute favourite though, was when a guy I barely knew told me I looked like Gwen Stefani. I actually had to ask him to repeat himself because I look nothing like Gwen Stefani. 

Having only travelled to a couple of different countries, New Zealand is at the top of my list. I like how cold it is over there, how slow the pace of life is (yes, slower than Australia!) I also love the accent but that's natural. I imagine this answer will change in a few months time when I return from my 6 week long Europe holiday! Sweden here I come ;)

I cry all the time. And I'm an ugly crier. You know those people that cry, and they look so cute? Single tears dropping from their eyes, make up in place, the cutest little facial expression? Yeah, that's not me. My eyes go red, my face bunches up and I sniffle like there's no tomorrow. Which is a shame, because weddings, babies, funerals, long days and people using my stuff without asking all make me cry. When someone does something nice for me? I cry. When someone does something nice for someone else? I cry. Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration. The point I'm getting at though is you should be my friend and love me for ever because I'm dreamy. 

Now go show her some blog love!



  1. I hate goodbyes! When we moved to NC I cried.. a lot. I miss our friends and families!

  2. Aww. You're really going! So exciting!

  3. Looks like you are at least having some fun before the good byes! Just remember that adventures are always a good thing!

    I love the idea of Australia as well! One of my good friends is from there...I could listen to her talk all day!

  4. That picture of you two is so cute!

  5. Ahhhhhhh timtams are the greatest things in the world!!!!!

  6. Woo hoo for Vegas!!!! :) I was born and raised there, just got back from visiting my family there. :)

  7. I love Jas, so it only makes sense that I enter!

  8. ^^ I love Linds, so it only makes sense that we elope and live happily ever after!

  9. Awwww! I'm in San Diego too and I didn't say goodbye!! That's such a bummer but I hope you're having fun :)

    xo, Adriana.



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