Monday, November 13, 2017

The Hills are Alive - ♪♫

A couple weeks ago we had our Four Year Anniversary!
I told myself I absolutely had to blog it down, because it was a weekend that I know I never want to forget. All the feels, for reals. I didn't mean to rhyme. hahah.
I can't describe how much I love this cheeky, spastic, handsome guy. The guy who when we first met I thought was insanely out of my league and decided for myself that I was not the kind of girl someone like him would ever be into. He was the typical cool, handsome, casanova, and there I was, the dorky, glasses-wearing nerd.
Everytime I think of our relationship, I really do ask myself - "How the heck did I get so lucky?".
And I don't think I'll ever stop wondering that :)

We planned out our weekend to be a super chill, relaxing, wine-infused vacation spent in the Adelaide hills. Neither of us had ever really gone wine tasting, so yet another 'first' to add to our growing list.
I'm so happy to share all these firsts with Simon, there's no one I'd rather share them with.

We booked an Airbnb location- a secluded, romantic, cosy place close to Strathalbyn
Going on this trip I realise how awesome SA is, driving only 20 minutes gets you well into the country-side and the lush hills area, wineries everywhere you turn and excellent views wherever you go. One of the reasons I'm definitely aiming to keep my family in SA.

Started the day down in Port Adelaide with Zhen, and ate at the Folklore Cafe- a little breakfast spot that sits legit right on the port, with ceiling-to-floor windows so you feel like you're floating on the water. Its a super nice place to relax. The food was overpriced though, so if you're looking for cheap food, this is not the place to be. $20 for breakfast? Not for me. Haha.
Its crazy how popular breakfast/brunch has become, and how much people can charge for simple food these days. Avo on toast? Mate, how are you charging me over $10 for that.
REGARDLESS, we had a nice start to the day.
Theres an epic playground right next to the cafe that has a human-sized hamster wheel!! How crazy is that!? Haha definitely relived childhood in that playground.

  
We said goodbye to Zhen and made our way towards the hills.
First place we stopped at was The Winehouse, in Langhorne Creek. I'm so so glad that this was the first place we went to, because the lady who took care of us was so accommodating and friendly. I was worried that being our first time wine tasting, people might look down on us or think that we are just there for free wine or something. But she was awesome. Invited us in with open arms, straight away gave us an excellent wine tasting and talked us through the history of each wine with their wine-makers. She gave us information about things without being overbearing, giving us time alone with our opinions and didn't shove her opinions down our throats. I suuuper enjoyed myself.
Would be a perfect wedding venue, if our guest list was small.. fat chance with that though, given the size of our families. Haha. Absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately I was so preoccupied with enjoying myself and soaking in all the feels that I didn't take even one photo. Doesn't matter though, I know I will come back in a heartbeat.
Ended up buying a couple bottles of red that we really enjoyed and even some of their Meechi Beer, which was surprisingly tasty given that they don't really make beers.

Another thing I'm thankful for Simon is how patient and knowledgeable he is, while still being humble and being a great listener.
Having worked at Gauchos for years, they had all their waiters go through wine tasting courses so they would know which wines to recommend to guests, and be able to suggest appropriate pairings to particular meals. This means he is pretty well versed with wines, unlike me who does not have a clue.
Even though he knows what hes doing, he is more than happy to listen to other peoples opinions and doesn't approach things arrogantly, which I certainly know some people who do, when we start on a topic that they know alot about. He is more than happy to and super patient with teaching me the ropes and encouraging me to learn more about things. Jesus christ, sounds like I legit idolize him. Haha but lets face it. Why deny it? I'm his biggest fan.

Moving on, since we enjoyed ourselves so much we continued with our winery adventures and ended up at Bremerton Winery, a place much larger than the first, suggested by the lady who helped us out in the Winehouse.
I felt like even as a beginner wine-taster, their wines weren't as nice as the previous, they tended to taste more acidic and didn't have that nice lingering finish. Look at me, trying to describe wines.
And although I'm a newbie, I can say with full conviction that I am 100% a red wine girl.
Maybe its bad drunken memories of sculling cheap whites, or just the overall over-sweetness of them, but I'm definitely not a white wine person. Even if you gave me a free bottle (which the airbnb owners did), I probably wouldn't drink it. I've only had a handful of good white wines, and those were at pretty high-end restaurants and they paired the whites with a really nice seafood dish.
Anywho, Bremerton although wasn't my favourite in terms of wine, was my favourite place that we had food at. We ordered a tasting platter with our bottle of cab-sav, and thoroughly enjoyed having a sip after every mouthful, and seeing how the flavours change/enhance. So crazy good.


After this we made our way to the airbnb location, "Mirabooka Bed and Breakfast".
I rate this place 11/10. Yeah, it was THAT good. I'm not even exaggerating.
It was pretty much a shed on someone's farm, but it was such a good stay. The owner had lit the fireplace a couple hours before our arrival to keep the house nice and toasty for us, the view from our windows was magnificent, rolling hills with cows grazing across the river..
She had left us ingredients in the fridge to make our own breakfast, a complimentary bottle of wine, all the amenities we would ever need.
Handmade soaps on the bed, bathrobes and extra towels.. everything.
My favourite part? Our own hot tub jacuzzi on the balcony overlooking the view.
Holy. I was losing my mind over how nice the place was. There wasn't any wifi or TV, just us two spending good quality time together and enjoying each others company. And Stranger Things season 2. But I'll get to that later. Hahah..

We decided to cook ourselves dinner and stay in for the night, since we had booked a dinner at "The Olfactory Inn" for the next night.
Treated ourselves to a nice homecooked steak, and hopped in the spa for a super relaxing night in.


We got up in the morning nice and early to prepare ourselves breakfast - Bacon, eggs and tomato on toast, fresh milk and orange juice all provided by the owners- and thoroughly enjoyed our breakfast and the views. Damn Australia, you're so beautiful.
Then we had a super energizing morning spa! Haha, really made good use of the spa for sure. I love the bubbles and the jacuzzi action! Leaning towards having one when we move out together haha.




We headed off to the next winery on our list- Longview Wineyard.
Hands down my favourite winery of the trip. The views were AMAZING. Holy crap I can't even describe. Such a beautiful place, with friendly staff and a super fancy cellar door tasting room. Holy moly. I wish I could go back and see it once again. I'll definitely try to.
There was a wedding planner setting up the function room for a wedding and we had abit of a chat with her about the winery as a wedding venue. I would absolutely love to have a wedding at Longview, I would highly recommend anyone check it out if you're looking for a place.
Downside though, would be the distance from Adelaide, its abit of a drive from town and if you're getting people drunk at a wedding, you want to be somewhere close where you can call an Uber right? Haha also they hold about 150-180 max, so we'd have to see how big our guestlist would be.
Damn, look at me talking like I'm engaged. I'm not, but it is definitely on the cards, as we've discussed many times. You might think I sound like the crazy gf (which I totally am), but everytime it was always Simon that would start talking to the manager about potential wedding venues. Haha.
Again. How lucky am I?



I absolutely fell in love with the place, and even more so the wine list. From there we treated ourselves to a glass of Devil's Elbow Cab-sav, and walked around the estate, not one care or stress in the world :)
Ended up buying a couple bottles of red again, adding more to our small collection.

Next stop- Lake Breeze.
Upon recommendation by the lady at Longview, we had to check it out for ourselves, hearing how amazing it is.
But unfortunately, this was my least favourite stop. The man who served us hardly looked at us and barely knew anything about the wines he was giving us to taste. We didn't really appreciate how bad the service was, but at that point we were both super hungry. Tasted a couple of red and chose one that we thought was ok, it was certainly the better one out of the ones we had tasted.
Ordered some salt and pepper squid (Simon's fav), and a haloumi salad.
Boy were we disappointed. As you can see by the photo, the meals were nothing to jump for joy about. Tasted like very low-end food, ingredients straight out of a packet. They squirted sweet chilli sauce over the squid for god's sake. Who does that. Ruined it. These ain't a bowl of wedges, don't put sweet chilli sauce over it!
Maybe I'm being harsh, but I was not impressed haha. Hey, a girl's gotta eat though right?


 Not wanting to end the afternoon on a disappointed note, we drove to another nearby winery- The Angus Plains Estate.
Albeit a small, unassuming place, we ended up having a really nice time. Spent the rest of the afternoon chatting to each other, and its crazy to say that after knowing someone for 8 years, we still learn new things about each other all the time. Still plenty of stories to tell, feelings to share and memories to look back on.
Some couples say that after being together a while they have nothing else to talk about. But when you have someone that you just click with and are completely open with, having a discussion about literally anything is always possible, and always satisfying.

After a quick power nap back at the cottage, we had dinner at a fancy little place in Strathalbyn called "The Olfactory Inn". It was an expensive dinner, I won't deny.. but the reviews were so good that we had to try it while we were in the area.
Unfortunately by then we were both very wined-out and couldn't really enjoy the wine feels like we usually do on the occasion that we go to a fancy restaurant.
The food was very good but to be honest, I think I am over expensive dinners. Next wine trip I reckon we will have all our dinners at home, I generally feel happier when we can totally be ourselves. The restaurant had an odd atmosphere too, especially as there was a table of extremely loud girls laughing their brains out and talking using their 'outdoor' voices LOL. I feel like an old grumpy woman. Gg.

Back at home we exchanged our cards- We both decided that we wouldn't buy each other gifts because gift-giving becomes more of a chore the more often you do it - Birthdays, Valentines, Christmas, Anniversaries.. No way you can keep up.
We've decided to buy gifts only on Birthdays from now, since we would rather spend the money elsewhere. Plus, the Christmas budget is mostly spent on getting gifts for each of our family members too, it all becomes abit out of hand! Wedding anniversaries, we would probably get gifts on significant years ie 1, 5, 10 etc haha We'll see.

Although we landed on card-giving, he got abit creative and wrote me super long letters inside each of these bottles, signifying one bottle describing each year we've had together.
How bloody cute is that.. ♥
I'm always a sucker for creativity and thoughful-ness :P


 Oh right, although I swear we did so many things and fit alot into our itinerary, somehow we managed to start and finish season 2 of Stranger Things! HAHA We're crazy, yup. We just started watching and couldn't stop. We watched half of it one night before bed and then the other half on the next night after dinner. It was insanely good by the way. Can't recommend it enough. The actors they've chosen- although mostly young kids, were perfect. Such exceptional acting.

Needless to say we had an AH MAAAAY ZING weekend in the hills, and I can't wait to do more wine trips in the future.
It is most definitely a 'once-in-a-while' type vacation, as our wallets were much lighter after the trip. It all starts to add up once you're on a roll and keep finding wines that you really enjoy and want to take home for your own stash. Not to mention all the food! Hahah But it was worth every dollar.
You can't put a price on experience :)

So after a good two hours sitting here at my desk my back is starting to hurt and my elbow is creaking?! Haha Way to sound like an old woman again. But I finally got my story down and extremely happy that I can one day read back to this weekend and enjoy it all over again :)

I can't wait.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Brisbane.

So for the first time in months I'm at my desk trying to study, and now I understand why I was able to blog so much back in the day - PROCRASTINATION.
I am literally finding any distraction to take my mind off/prolong the time I have before I have to put my head in a book.
First I watched about ten episodes of Parks and Rec, which by the way is AWESOME and you all have to go and watch it.. Then I read a few sentences of my notes.. then thought I would come and blog. Hahaha.. Oh, the memories of being a uni student. Last night I failed super hard, turned on the laptop to study and ended up playing Killing Floor 2 for the rest of the night..

Why am I studying, you ask?
Well I should be studying all the time, to keep my knowledge current and blah blah..
but this weekend I'm going to Brisbane, and I'll be doing some volunteer dentistry for refugees and homeless people!
Thought I should really read up on oral lesions/conditions because I really need to know my stuff. Especially because their overall health is likely to be poor and therefore present with different oral lesions/lumps/bumps/ulcers/disease.
Should be super interesting, and hopefully super fulfilling!

But for now.. lets get back to studying..
Wish me luck.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Recently there was an incident that happened very close to home, to someone I know.
She was jogging along a path at around 5:30pm (broad daylight at this time) on the Sunday just passed, and got attacked by a male. Lucky she managed to get away, with minor injuries and bruises.. Apparently his intent was to rape.
Now the suspect was caught later on that evening by the police, and the scariest things to me is the age of the perp. Sixteen.
SIXTEEN. I wonder what I even did at that age.. Still floating in the clouds and I dunno.. having fun at school.
To think at 16 you could have such a crazed and twisted mind. Scary. He was also an Aboriginal boy, but thats neither here nor there.. It is what you make of it.

When I heard I felt sick to my stomach and just couldn't shake that feeling all day. I wonder shes feeling.. I can't even imagine :/ I think she's stopped leaving the house and even when shes home she has to have someone at home with her.. Poor thing.
If it were me I wouldn't be able to leave the house alone again, and would definitely not go running alone ever. I would probably leave Port Augusta too.
So i decided not to tell my parents, because thats probably exactly what they'll make me do.
I don't think they've ever been 100% comfortable with me being so 'far' from home, where if something were to happen they would be quite helpless. If they heard about this they wouldn't be able to sleep at night..

I will just keep to jogging down the jetty where there are plenty of people and definitely be on alert at all times. I won't pretend it hasn't affected the way I feel about this place haha cause it has..
You never think it will happen to you until it does.
Shit happens, wrong place wrong time.. Bad things happen everywhere, its not just because we're in Port Augusta. Yeah you've all heard rumors about this place being a hole, deros and delinquents all over the street but its really not like that.
I guess you just have to try your best to make sure you avoid putting yourself in that kind of position.
Always run where there are people, don't go near bushes, keep your music down or don't wear headphones.. Be alert :/

Stay safe people ♥

Sunday, August 13, 2017

KF2

I think it's safe to say that I'm very much over driving back and forth from Adelaide to Port Augusta.
The 3.5 hour drive is finally getting to me..
People can't believe that I've managed to last so long doing what I do, and to be honest I didn't think I was capable either, but thanks to the massive support from my parents and Simon, and having such an epic work environment makes it feel very worth it.
That being said, it has taken alot of discipline and mental strength to keep myself from just flipping the table and throwing in the towel.
Being away from everything that makes me happy is hard, I won't deny.

Recently got a new laptop, well new but second hand off Gumtree-
Needed something that could comfortably run Killing Floor 2 without lagging.
With my old laptop I couldn't run the game smoothly even on lowest settings and resolution haha..
Never thought I would own a gaming laptop.. hahah I definitely surprise even myself sometimes.
Definitely another plus of moving down here, I've picked up online gaming as a way to have fun with my friends, brother and Simon while I'm away. Maybe not a plus as its another thing I can add to the list of 'Things to keep you up late and keep you from gettting good sleep', but lately its been something we all can bond over and enjoy together even though we're so far apart.

Pick up KF2 if you guys are looking for something to kill time :) Highly recommend.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Short week is short


As expected the weekend just past was completely crazy.
But I can't blame anyone but myself for the consistent hangovers. No one forced me to drink that extra beer, take the extra shot. Hahah.. I guess really I haven't grown up yet. But I'm ok with that :)

Friday night we had a games night with my cousins Emily and Gavin, and ofcourse their other halves. As always we had alot of fun, everyone in that group can drink a decent amount so I bought a slab and we went all in. Haha.. Its great to have such a close bond with family.

The next day we cured our hangovers with South Saigon Pho :D Legit probably my fav cuisine at the moment. The soup is just oh my goodness. Can't say much about the people LOL JOKE.
We did a bit of shopping, initially to get a present for Tira since we were all going to Tira's birthday dinner that night, but ofcourse with all the damn sales going on, we all got abit side tracked and ended up picking a few things out for ourselves too. :'P

Tira's dinner was out in town and they all wanted to go bar hopping after, but soon after dinner Simon Zhen and I peeled ourselves away and just ended up chilling at Soju Bar. I really think I'm too old to go clubbing- and that was where the group was headed- a place called Bump and Grind. Not being single also takes away most of the purpose of clubbing too. HAHA not that I overly miss that part at all.
But its true, the highlight of going to the clubs back in the day was ofcourse dancing and singing our faces off, but the thrill of the chase!
Don't get me wrong, we still go together every now and then and it is still bags of fun, but definitely a different kind of fun.
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I still don't understand how people go out partying in town when its so damn cold! I think it was 4 degrees that night, I could hardly feel my fingers.


The next day we took my parents to eat lunch at the Watermark at Glenelg. Been a while since I had a buffet. I can't believe how much I could physically stomach back in the day. Wish I could still! Cause now I feel like I don't eat my worth when I go to buffets. Hahah I guess its not a bad thing..

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Was a nice family day out, we then went to walk around in Ikea. So much fun, just looking at things and thinking about what Simon and I would buy for our house when we come around to moving in together, different styles, layouts and functions.

That night we went to my ex-boss Daniel's house. Everytime without fail, I would end up drinking too much when we go to Daniels. He is a massive fan of drinking games and really knows how to have fun. I'm so grateful for him still inviting us to his place for parties and treating me like a sister even though I haven't worked for him since 2015. Hes one of the best.

Anyways, not hard to guess that my drive back to PA the next day was struggle town, and I was sitting in my car for 3.5hours asking why I let myself drink so much all the time!?

Needless to say I'm suuuper glad this weekend is looking pretty quiet. 
Hope everyone's enjoying their short week! The weekend approaches! :)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Work work work work work

Super busy weekend coming up, long weekend celebrating the Queen's birthday. Still doesn't make sense to me why the Queen has different birthdays in different states.. But thats neither here nor there. haha
Birthday parties and gatherings happening all over the long weekend.. Hope I'll have enough time for my parents D:

So I have this dental assistant that works with me, she's been with us for almost half a year now.
I don't know what it is with young aussies (excuse the generalization), but seriously most of them really don't know what good work ethic is. I have definitely cut her enough slack, but still am finding myself getting annoyed over things that she does/doesn't do.
Even when I pull her aside to have a chat to her and she says "Yes, ok, sure thing, will do", the moment we head back into surgery she just returns straight back into doing the wrong thing, as if I had never had the conversation with her.
I mean, its not just that, but the last time I had a chat with her pointing out where she could improve and things that need to be done better, the next day she had a 'migraine', and didn't come to work.
Yesterday an instrument ended up in the bin that she accidentally threw away (approx $100 to buy), she said she couldn't find it and said she looked through the bins- I went into the bin myself and started searching, what do you know.. I find it in the bin. I called her out and said it is her responsibility to check whats on the trays before she throws them away, and to be abit more careful.. after all, dental shit is not cheap.
Today- you guessed it. Suddenly 'sick'. To add to that, she's got tomorrow off for some reason and then Monday is a public holiday. So she has essentially just weaseled her way into a 5 day holiday.

Why do the younger generation think its ok to be like this? One small criticism and suddenly you can't come into work. Laziness? Embarrassment? Either way, when we are short staffed it makes it twice as hard to get patients in and out on time. And time is money.
Its not as if I am super critical and constantly tell her off and nag, honestly its at that point where I have given up trying to correct her and end up doing things myself, getting instruments out of the cupboard myself because she STILL doesn't know what I'm asking her for..
All getting abit ridiculous. I've talked to the practice manager and discussed her performance but I think because we don't want to train up a new person, we're keeping her on two days a week now.
Two days is still too much lol. My stress levels off the roof when she's assisting me lol.
Sigh. At least its not full time anymore. Excuse my rant, sorry guys. Just feel like its hard to work with someone that don't listen to you, has poor work ethic, is totally irresponsible and doesn't put their brain into the job. Even more so she tried to blame me for the instrument in the bin. As if its my responsibility to clean out the trays. Sorry mate, but thats what we're paying YOU for.
I mean, make a mistake- sure, mistakes happen, people slip up. But if you slip up you better bloody own up to your own mistakes. Otherwise what? More instruments get thrown out in the bin, more money down the drain.
After that incident I was made aware that its not the first time things have been thrown out that shouldn't have. Apparently we've lost quite a few of them. Things don't simply disappear into thin air. Take responsibility for goodness sake!
I feel like because its not THEIR clinic, THEIR company, THEIR own money, they couldn't give a rat's ass.
Definitely not a mindset I am overly fond of, yet one that I realise many young people have these days.

Anywho, enough of me ranting. I think I've said enough. I do still really enjoy work but its just the one girl that was on my imaginary fence for a while but just recently pushed herself over the line for me. Hopefully she can get her shit together, otherwise I think I'm going to have to be more outspoken about it.

On a more happy note, can't wait to drive home for the weekend! :)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Man Crush Everyday

Cheeses crust, my body aches so badly. I'm so crazy sore in what feels like pretty much every muscle.
Had Sturt tournament on yesterday, it started at 1pm on a Sunday and finished up at Midnight, our game being the last game for the night- I somehow managed to drag my lazy ass out of bed at 6:30am the next day to drive 3.5 hours back to PA and start work at 10:30am.
Dear god I am very much exhausted by now. As you would imagine.
But hey, it was so worth it. SO worth it.

I don't think I'll ever forget how the night went down, and how much admiration for Simon I had in my heart. My goodness did he play well.
Its not just the part where he played well and went on to win Open Men's singles, but legit the semi-finals and the finals were absolute nail biters, every rally was exhilarating to watch. What blew me away was how determined he was throughout the games, even when he was losing. Every single time he would pick himself off the ground, dust himself off and just be even more ready for the next point. He looked absolutely wrecked, but he never once gave up or stopped trying.
Far out, that kind of mentality is so crazy powerful and inspirational to me. Why? Cause I don't have much of it when I'm on court. Especially playing singles- when I start to lose my confidence drops and by the end of it I'm beating myself up and the opponent doesn't really need to do much. That's why my singles game is always so struggle town.

Simon and I played mixed together too, and I'm 100% proud of what we achieved and how we played as a team. Not once did we squabble or disagree, and every mistake was followed by positive words of encouragements, instead of "you should have......".
I'm super proud.
Our semi-finals match was pretty much our finals, we played a team I had lost to without fail every time I meet them in competition- Daniel Reed and Michelle Au. Then again, I wasn't partnering Simon when I lost to them. haha
I was almost certain we would lose to them. Especially because Simon was already starting to cramp from his singles semi and Finals matches (after epic wins), and looked so so tired already.
But seriously that guy's mental strength and drive to win is incredible. What can I say. When we were down he would pick us up, when we were winning he would keep the fire going and push me to do the same.
I know I sound like a crazy little girl just praising her boyfriend to no end, but I seriously am in awe of his personality and attitude :) I love it.
When we won it, I almost cried with joy. Was such a close match and literally point for point.
I have to say though, a friend of ours- Jackson- came to coach us in the middle of the game and really turned the tables. Its one thing playing a good game athletically but another thing to really read the game play and tactically follow through. Having him to point out our mistakes and our strengths suuuper helped. So grateful for him. Before yesterday I barely said hi to the guy.. and suddenly he comes on to help us and lead us to the win.
After winning that I didn't even care if we won finals or not. I was so happy with how we played and crazy proud of Simon..
In the finals we played maybe ten points and Simon's cramps got intensely worse, to the point where his leg fully straightened and wouldn't bend even when forced. Crazy. Insane how a person can push themselves so far out of their physical limits and comfort zones. I would just stop at the first sign of a cramp lol. Weaksauce.
But anyway, definitely could not play on as Simon couldn't even walk anymore, so we ended up forfeiting the finals. Felt a little sorry for the opponents cause in the end we couldn't give them a good match. But we did what we could haha sorry guys!
So we both came away with a few wins-
Simon winning the mens singles and runner up mixed doubles, and me winning the womens doubles, runner up womens singles and runner up mixed doubles. Triple finalist yo! Haha Not bad given I've literally been wasting away over here in Port Augusta.
Although, I was very close to losing to someone I shouldn't have in my singles.. Me and my zero fitness came to bite me in my big ass. Definitely made me feel like I need to go back to the gym or something.. but man, I don't want to spend money on the gym anymore.. and too scared to go outside by myself and run lol. Aaaaanywho, maybe it'll just have to wait until I go back to Adelaide.
I really felt like I had to write this post so I could engrave it into my brain forever. The feels last night were out of this world amazing. Quite possibly one of the best moments of my life. Haha how ridiculous does that sound?


TLDR: Simon is a beast, and Jun needs to get on his level!
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