Saturday, 21 October 2017

In one month's time, I will be in Europe. I will be walking around the streets of Rome in my winter layers, maybe on our way to the Colosseum or a quaint Italian cafe for a warm cuppa...the options are open. It's still a bit unreal to say that that is where I'll be in four weeks time. As per the itinerary above, we will be starting off in Italy and then making our way up to Netherlands and Germany. There are so many things I'm excited for in each of the cities - Italy for their pastries, pasta and gelato; Amsterdam for the river walks, bike rides and scenic-scapes; and from what I've heard, Berlin is just going to be good (or should I say gut...hah) no matter what we do.

It will be the first time I will be travelling to Europe and travelling overseas without family. I have heard a lot about Europe from my sister who has had her fair share of travelling over the past decade and I hoped to one day experience it for myself.

I'm very excited to document the trip and you can probably expect several new entries in the travel journal on this blog when I come back. I didn't really do a really great job in documenting my Japan trip last year but I'm hoping to spend my summer holiday making an effort in editing and organising a folio of memories to remember the trip by.

Besides travelling, I'm very looking forward to end of the year. Many of my friends will be graduating and some family will be coming over from Hong Kong, so much celebrating is expected. December is one of my favourite months and I have a feeling it will be a fun one again this year. Now, it's just four more weeks of work between me and a few wonderful weeks in Europe. The countdown begins!

Now playing: Crazy Dream - Tom Misch

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Just a mid-week 'hello', that's all :) 

Sunday, 17 September 2017

These are a few of my favourite things

I'm back with some favourites! This one is a bit of a mixed bag and I'm pretty excited about some of them.

1. iPad Pro. I had been mulling over a drawing tablet vs. iPad Pro for over a year now. I had been wanting to draw things digitally and to write over my photos but didn't have the medium for it. And then, on one Friday night, I decided to go to the Apple store to "have a look at the iPad Pro" and...I caved in. The purchase hurt a little bit but it has been worth the investment. I've mainly been using the app 'Procreate' to sketch and draw over photos; I'm still experimenting with all of its different functions but it has definitely made sketching and digital sharing a lot easier.

2. Skarsta standing desk. This has been something that's also been long time coming. My back is prone to getting sore from sitting too long because of my scoliosis. A standing desk seemed to be a good alternative to alleviate this problem. This particular standing desk is from IKEA and it's a manual one that has a handle that lets you wind the table up and down accordingly.

Some food favourites:
3. Connoisseur - Murray River Salted Caramel with Macadamia ice cream sticks. There are few ice cream flavours that I would dub as one of my favourites (I take my ice cream flavours very seriously), but this one definitely deserves a top spot on my list. It is on the sweeter side but the nutty macadamia can balance out the sweetness a bit.

4. Dark chocolate maltesers. I'm not usually one for dark chocolate, so discovering that I preferred dark chocolate maltesers over milk chocolate maltesers surprised me. I found that with it being dark chocolate, it means that it's less sweet...which means you can eat more of it without getting sick of the sweetness (and who can complain about that?).

5. Dean Lewis. I had the chance to see the "Waves" singer in a gig last month and I'd say he's one of those artists who sounds better live than in recording. He has this very full-bodied voice that just makes your insides melt. He was also kind enough to join us in the crowd after the gig to do a meet and greet. On the topic of music, another artist who I've been enjoying is I Know Leopard (particularly 'Let Go', 'Spaceships', 'Rather Be Lonely'). 

6. Nip + Fab. I was introduced to this brand by a friend after expressing to her my frustration about my white/blackheads around my T-zone. I've always been bad at knowing what the ingredients in products do and which ones would be good for what I need. I decided on the Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads and the Glycolic Fix Overnight Purifying Gel. After using these products for a few days, I had already noticed that a lot of my stubborn whiteheads around my nose had gone and my skin felt a lot more soft and smooth.

7. Loreal Pure Clay Mask - Exfoliate + Smooth. The reason for purchasing this was mostly because I was constantly seeing ads in Instagram about these new clay masks Loreal was producing. I decided to try one out and because I seemed to be going on a theme of 'exfoliation', I got the red algae one which is supposedly good to get rid of uneven/dead skin and give back your a "glow". Surprisingly enough, I have noticed a brighter and clearer complexion - maybe from a combination of this mask and the Nip + Fab products.

8. My "grandpa" pants. This is probably my favourite-ist thing over the past few months. I call them my grandpa pants because of the pattern and its slouchy silhouette. They're a purchase from Kmart from a while back when I was in need of a pair of comfy pants, and this pair ticks all the boxes. I mostly wear them at home or to places wear I'm not seeing many people, but they can also definitely be worn with a tucked in top and some Birks/sandals for a super casual look.

(Also, shoutout to my new banner! I thought it was time to get some new jars. Sketched by yours truly using Procreate).

Now playing: Let Go - I Know Leopard

Sunday, 30 July 2017

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Oh hi. It's been a while. 

Remember how in my last post I said I was still waiting for a job? Well, the wait is over. God has graciously provided me with a full-time Speech Pathologist position at a school. Ever since starting work (about two months ago), the days and weeks have just flown by. It's pretty unbelievable that we are already more than halfway through the year. It seemed like only a few days ago where I flipped my calendar into June (but we're already in August?!)

Blogging has been very sporadic this year. The past half of the year has lacked routine and I had been spending most of my time trying to find my feet as a newbie out of uni. Now that things have settled down a little bit, I thought I would provide an update on my new job and other things that I have been up to during the past few months that I have been away from my blog. (Just a forewarning, it's quite a wordy post).

After graduation, I had an inkling of where I wanted and didn't want to work. I was certain I would steer away from working in a school setting. But God is full of surprises and he has placed me in (you guessed it)...a school. I landed the job after one of my friends from uni messaged me about a school in Logan looking for a Speech Pathologist to join their team. Her uncle is the head of college so she had this information hot off the press. They've never had a Speech Pathologist before and I would be first and only one. Knowing that I would be a sole Speech Pathologist and also the role being in a school setting, I was hesitant. Ideally, I wanted to work alongside other Speech Pathologists so they could offer me advice and guidance as a new graduate. But I decided to take a leap whilst making sure I would be proactive in looking for mentorship from other sources. I also told myself that even though it wasn't my "dream" setting to work in, I knew that I would grow to love it.

I was quietly anxious about it all but after the first few days, some of the anxiety was dampened by how caring and welcoming everyone was. I got asked how I was finding things by at least one person each day and just as I thought I could quietly integrate myself into the community, someone wrote a huge welcome message on the whiteboard in the staff lunchroom for all to see. And just in the first month of working, there were three surprise parties for several staff members and it just showed me how generous and thoughtful this community that I had found myself in was.

Being the first and only Speech Pathologist meant that I had to lay the groundwork for basically everything. I had to order a whole lot of resources, set up a referral system for teachers, create alternate ways of doing things while I waited for resources to come, learn the existing system of how things operated and figure out how I could integrate into all seemed like an overwhelming task. And while I still have many moments where I doubt myself and feel like I have no idea what I'm doing, it's been a great learning curve and I am feeling more and more comfortable and confident each day that I am there.

After spending more than a month assessing students and developing resources, I was finally able to start my therapy groups last week (yay!). Currently, I am working with students from Prep to Year 3 and boy, has it been interesting (and cute). Little people have such interesting and surprising things to say sometimes. My favourite part is getting random hugs and 'hi's from some of them throughout the day. Some also think I'm one of the Chinese teachers so I get a few "ni hao"s from time to time which is quite hilarious.
Working has sapped most of my energy nowadays but there have been pockets of time and weekends where I was able to kick back and do things I love. I was lucky enough to have a few days off during the school holidays to visit a new brunch spot, explore the quaint suburb of Graceville (from where the above photo was taken) and revisit a childhood memory of painting a pot. I also visited the Etsy markets yesterday and seeing creators and their handmade goods always tickles my itch of wanting to create my own goods. But alas, that day is yet to come.

It has also been a month of new music, with Oh Wonder releasing their second album (which I fall in love with a bit more every time I listen to it) and Yoste hosting their first official gig - which I was so glad I could be there for! I was very impressed by their opening act as well (i.e. T Scarlett).

I think I have officially broken my record of most words in a post, and with that said, I should probably stop it here. Hopefully I can provide another post soon :)

Now playing: Slip Away - Oh Wonder