July 2017

One morning last week, I had to go back inside our apartment building to grab gloves because I couldn’t take the cold. Winter is officially here. On two weekends in Sydney, I spent most of my free time this month working on some changes related to this blog. You wouldn’t be able to see it immediately, but I want it to be more culture-oriented, at least in the long run. So far it’s only 70% done and the last quarter is the most challenging part, and I got lazy in the previous week, so…

I went to Sydney twice this month. The first time was to have a girls’ weekend and check out Jik’s new apartment. As usual, we had a great time. We discussed many randomnesses, got drunk on fancy wine, explored many bookshops and ate way too much. It had been so good that we repeated it the weekend after—more about it and on Sydney in the upcoming weeks.

I met Liz on a random weekday, what was supposed to be a walk back to home turned out to a Miss Chu dinner and drinks date. Liz also threw her world-famous hot pot party last weekend. We played a backpacker card game and ate way too much. I went back home with my friendship-o-meter filled to the brim.

We ticked off two new Melbourne neighbourhoods to explore: Footscray (never going there again) and Hawthorn (might move there for good). We also went to Bunnings for the first time, where I got a few garden tools to revive my almost dying herb garden. Being a plant mama turned out to be a big responsibility. 

In Kinokuniya Sydney, I caved and bought The Wisdom Seeker tarot deck, after avoiding it a couple of times. It turned out to be a good buy as I instantly connected with the deck.

Not sure whether I have mentioned before, but I love me some dry chilli chicken. Eating it makes me happy. Always.

Another happy inducing thing: summer coloured manicure has become a mental boost during winter months.

Last Friday, a few colleagues and I hung out at a pub called Munich Brauhaus near our office. It has everything I require from a drinking place: a large seating area, good munchies, and live music. I also recommend the shakshuka at Tall Timber, Nonna’s meatball at Lucky Penny and almost everything at Uncle Restaurant.

Manda and I started daily gratitude Lync message exchange at work, usually right before we go home. We both agree these few words of good things for the day has improved our life quality. I urge you to try it with someone you are comfortable enough to some timeshare sappy stuff with.

On a separate note, Manda also challenged me to bring home-cooked lunch to work next month. Challenge accepted, man!

Other than that, with Liz, who has gone for almost two months now and another weird workmate leaving soon, the office will be a lesser fun place to be. Ugh!

I enrolled in Camelia Elias’ tarot prompt course, so far, I only half understand it. Must put more effort and cast some spells soon.

I cut down on eating out. The impact has not shown yet, with all the flight tickets purchased lately, but I would like to make positive progress.

So much so, I convinced myself to get the zip wallet I wanted for a while. The wallet is from a local store called Status Anxiety (not a fan of the name) which leather products I saw at the Harry Hartog bookstore at the Bondi Junction earlier this month and loved. That time, it didn’t have the colour I want, so I ended up ordering online with a 10% discount. Speaking of colour, I chose yellow, the colour I associated with the feeling joy so that every time I take out my wallet, to pay or put in something, I am symbolically sharing some joy with others.

I cleared the kitchen, the fridge, and almost all paper documents this month. It felt so good afterwards.

Do you create or read zine? There was a time of my life that I was so into zines that I started collecting without really realizing it. I still have some good ones that I will be more than happy to pass it to you. Just drop me a comment or email if you want it.

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