The monthly round up: March;

March was another good month. I started valuing houses again & boy are the houses here amazing! I flew up to Brisbane for a few days to attend the Isagenix annual conference, got all dolled up, ate good food & saw my bestie, S at Jamie’s Italian. Our 2nd visit together, my 7th visit over 3 restaurants (a little obsessed!)

Gala night with my russian sister <3

Gala night with my russian sister ❤

The Communal, Brisbane CBD

Jamie's Italian, Brisbane

Jamie’s Italian, Brisbane

My parents came over from Perth for a week & we went up to the 88th floor and I think this is where they fell in love with my city.

Eureka Skydeck

Of course, their Melbourne visit consisted of trying some new places with me (duh).

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The Stables of Como

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Cecconi’s on Flinders Lane

Other places visited in Melbourne this month: campari // who’s harry // MoVida // othello // doughboys doughnuts // entrecôte // two birds one stone // drugstore espresso //bar none

My brother from another mother, M got married in NZ so it was another long weekend away for me visiting friends & family.

Reunited with H <3

Reunited with H ❤

99% of the time I'm in gym clothes. So good to be back with K!

99% of the time I’m in gym clothes. So good to be back with K!

Wedding ready!

Wedding ready!

After so many long weekends away from Melbourne the last few months, I flew back to Melbourne not wanting to leave any time soon. For the first time in what feels like 10 years, I don’t have any trips planned and you know what? I don’t mind. Moving to Melbourne just under six months ago is a holiday in itself. So many places to explore and so much food to get through 😀

No place like NZ;

NYE on Waiheke Island

As I sit here & write this back in Perth, I look back on my NZ trip with a big smile on my face. It was my 6th time back in 7 years & it was most definitely my favourite time too.

I spent 9 days with one of my closest friends, Kse; going on road trips, doing bush walks, doing group dinners & drinks, dancing our little hearts out, looking at christmas lights & of course, christmas & boxing day celebrations. Since I haven’t been back in 2 years, our 9 days together went past SO fast.

Once Kse left, I did a few road trips with other friends, spent the night out at Piha Beach, celebrated New Years Eve and just enjoyed every minute of my time in NZ. The weather was absolutely perfect this time as well (unlike my previous summer return where I got rain for 2 weeks!)

View from the Sky Tower

I ended my trip with a day spent with an old friend, some height satisfaction from being up the Sky Tower & then dinner + drinks in Ponsonby (my new favourite Auckland spot). As I waited for my taxi in the early morning, I did consider just missing my flight like I did the last time. On more than one occasion, I felt like I lived back in Auckland. Even after 7 years, I slotted myself back into things there & it felt like I had never left.

View northwest from the Sky Tower

Every trip back is so different but with the number of friends I really bonded with this time, it made me feel so blessed to have such amazing people in my life. Until next time NZ!

NZ highlights 2013;

I’ve spent the last 2 weeks enjoying every single minute of my time in NZ. Because I haven’t been back since January 2012 & my best friend was only around for my first 10 days, we were trying to fit in as much as possible in the first half of my visit. The weather was nice to me (for once) so there’s been lots of beach visits & time outside.

Here’s a few pics of my highlights so far:

En route bush walk in the Waitakere Ranges

Handstands with gorgeous back drops

Catching up with old friends at the usual bar

 

Tequila fun with my girlfriends

 

Getting ready with the girls for Z’s wedding

Going down to The Mount with my bestie for the first time in 6 years & climbing the mountain for the first time in 8 (!!) years

Being surrounded by the most beautiful landscapes everywhere I go

Looking at christmas lights on Franklin Street

Spending christmas night with my friends

Days out at Piha, going for walks & admiring this view

Nights spent at Piha with good food & good company

Camping in the Coromandel & walking up to this! Still love you NZ!

I’ve spent majority of my time in Auckland, with a few days out at Piha, 2 days at Mt Maunganui & 2 days on the Coromandel Coast. I’ve had the most welcoming visit, I tend to forget I’ve been gone nearly 7 years because I have so many solid friendships here (but I’ll save the big write up about my trip until the end).

Tonight, I’m relaxing at home (well my NZ home) before a big new years eve day tomorrow & a few days away up north. Wishing everyone the best new years eve celebrations!

Sigh of relief;

I’m free…for the next 4 days at least. I’ve had a few hours free here & there over the past month but no days with no work or study so you can imagine how happy I am! My friend S is coming over from NZ, I haven’t seen her since September when we met up in Sydney so I’m very excited to just relax and hang out with her.

So far, our plans consist of a lot of swimming, relaxing at the beach and dining out. It’s still 30 degrees these days so I’m going to make the most of it this long weekend, especially cause I’ve spent the past few weekends, studying indoors.

I feel like a hermit that has finally come out of its shell. It’s a good feeling!

Lovely Surprise;

L to R: Me, Zhora, Kasey & Sophie: January 2010

Yesterday, I made plans with Sophie to talk this evening (NZ time). When I called, I got a lovely surprise when Kasey answered the phone. They were all at Zhora’s house so I called at the perfect time. I got to talk to my closest girlfriends & James and Reuben, two of my good guy friends.

The phonecall brought over a range of emotions. On one hand, I was really sad that I wasn’t there but on the other, I was really happy that they were all together & I could talk to them because it’s been a while since I’ve spoken to Kasey, James or Reuben on the phone.

In 4 months, I’ll be going back for Zhora’s & Sophie’s 21st so considering I haven’t been back since January 2010, 4 months is nothing.

 

Where is home?

I’ve been very confused recently about where I consider home. Past few weeks, I’ve started thinking about how at home I feel here in Perth, something I never thought would ever happen because I used to despise Perth purely because I was forced to move here. I’ve made some really good friends here & feel like I’ve found a place here where I fit.

But speaking to Zhora, one of my close friends from NZ last week made me realise where home is: West Auckland. Speaking to Ksenia & Sophie makes me miss them but when I talk to Zhora, I miss her AND home. As much as Ksenia & Sophie are my best friends, Zhora is the one the most like me so her describing things back home actually makes me feel like I’m there but then I get sad because I realise it’s her, not me.

So last week, I had a massive rush of home sickness overcome me, 4 years after I moved.

Will I ever overcome it? Or is it like your first love, something you will never forget?

Off to Sydney;

In 20 minutes, I’m off to the airport & catching the red eye to Sydney. I haven’t had a good nights sleep lately so hopefully I’ll be able to have a quiet one tomorrow & Thursday with my friend Maia until one of my best friends, Sophie, arrives Friday morning.

I plan to do all my shopping tomorrow & Thursday so then I can leave all the beach hopping for when Sophie flies in. Weather forecast looks promising so fingers crossed it doesn’t suddenly change!

I’m just so happy to be off work for a week & also not have to worry about studying or attending classes- today was my last day! yay 🙂

I’ll think about my exams when I get back. But until then, I’m going to enjoy exploring a new city, catching up with Maia who just got back from Europe & spending some quality time with Sophie, who I haven’t seen since late January.

I cannot wait!