gratitude list

Gratitude List 07.04.21

It’s been a while since I shared my #gr8ful list here ━ now, accompanied by my a-glass-on-Wednesday-night wine, seems as good a time as any.

Today I am grateful…

That I work in the CBD area which at times makes me feel like I am in the American TV shows I grew up watching. That I cultivate nurturing hobbies and for having the chance (and my sensibility) to nurture them. For stand-up comedians. For the sight of stacked books, hanging house plants, flying flock of birds and easy-to-read tarot spread. For life-defining split-second moments. For having white teeth and a happy womb. For relatable personal blogs. For an endless supply of funny stories and sleepy tea. For the come back of some parts of the old normal. For having a zest for life. For keep discovering more and more things, I love as I grow older, like chai. For film photography Instagram accounts and inspiring audiobooks. That I have strong female friends.

❥K

Echuca Farm Stay Diary: Day 7

Happy New Year from a liminal space in Echuca!

Today is our last day in the farmhouse. Though I’d love to stay for much longer time (weeks if not months), I am grateful for the short time I had here. It recharged me completely ━ mind, soul and body. I feel refresh and rejuvenated. Ready to conquer (no, not “slaying” my year anymore ━ from now onwards, I will be respectful of the new year) 2021.

I closed 2020 by eating 12 grapes and thanking the Universe all the good things I experienced and all the not so good things that helped me grow.

Meanwhile, started 2021 by wishing Fafa and then my parents a Happy New Year (even though it was just 8 PM of a different year on their time) and went to sleep peacefully.

I woke up early to have one last breakfast made by Fafa at the farmhouse. Then I ran, meditated, fed the chickens, pulled the tarot card for the year (Ten of Swords!!!) and did the new year tarot spread.

After writing this, the last part of my last farm stay diary series, I have to pack, tidy up the farmhouse and bid goodbye the baby cows, the farm and the house before heading back to Melbourne and forward to 2021.

Rustic Bedroom Echuca Farm Stay Melbourne VIctoria Australia

Echuca Farm Stay Diary: Day 6

Hello from the last day of the unprecedented year.

Today I woke up from yes, another great night sleep. After slathering my face with the pure luxe face oil I got as a free sample, I started reading The New Parisienne by Lindsey Tramuta in bed.

I was in the middle of writing the annual post of “The Year I..” when Fafa called me for brekkie. Today he only made egg on toast anticipating the delicious lunch date in the town.

I published the above post, pulled a card representation for the year-end (King of Cups), went running, clocked 150km for the year, and sat to do one of my new year rituals; writing my new year intentions and goals, resolutions, and sharing the process with Jik.

2021 Intentions, Goals and Resolutions

By then, it was almost lunchtime. We got ready and drove half-hour in the scorching heat. We had lunch at the Monkey Coo & Asian Kitchen. My order wasn’t as good this time, but the crab spring rolls appetiser was yummy!

Before leaving Echuca town centre, we made a short stop at Candle Scents as I wanted to give a small thank you token to the farmhouse owner who has been so courteous throughout our stay, even when we broke the bathtub yesterday.

It was past 3 PM when we were back in the farmhouse. Since it was too hot to do anything and it’s a liminal space day anyway, after feeding the chickens, I changed into Pjs, opened a new bottle of wine and started journaling.

I wrote my last gratitude list for the year, tarot related goals for the next year and any random things I can think of in between, with the pink-sky backdrop which can be seen from the dinning room where I am writing this from. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

After this as my previous days’ routine, I am going to shower, watch Come Dine With Me on SBS Food, have steak dinner (Fafa’s new year’s eve speciality), drink more wine in the name of festivity, write a bit more, greet the cows, wish my parents an early Happy New Year, read, eat 12 grapes as another new year tradition, drink tea, watch Dexter, pray and go to bed early-ish so I can greet the new year in peace and gratitude.

Happy New Year’s Eve ━ hope you are celebrating it the way you want.

Film Camera MjuII Kodak Colorplus 400 Mirror Selfie 2020 Meletos

2020 The Year I…

…Rang in the new year in Japan for the third time in a row. We had sushi and sake as the first meal of the year.

…Went to Bali for a weekend getaway. Now reflecting back, I am grateful we had the chance to travel outside of Australia this year.

…Started a new job in a new company.

…Practice with Miko, the first (second-hand) film camera I scored on eBay at the end of last year.

…Celebrated my friend’s, Liz, 30th birthday with a stay-cation in Mornington Peninsula.

…Self-isolated.

…Joined a witch coven.

…Bought my first ever indie tarot deck created by a female artist, then the second, then the third.

…Studied for CPA.

…Started liking black-coffee which no doubt is heavily influenced by Fafa.

…Finally enjoyed a good sandwich. It’s from Tivoli bakery on Toorak road which was introduced to me by Liz.

…Lived in lock-down for the most part of the year.

…Had a lengthy period of sadness from the combination of Covid and seasonal depression.

…Which made me pick up running.

…and cooking.

…and journal-ed as if my life depends on it.

…Got a tarot deck and oracle deck for birthday gifts from Fafa and Jik respectively.

…Had plenty of tarot readings.

…Deepen my tarot practice.

…Started a tarot blog then stopped because I thought I didn’t have that much to talk about in relation to tarot.

…Facetimed with my parents every single day from March onwards.

…Started this blog, a personal blog, but proceed to discuss mostly about tarot.

…Paid for a Google Photos account.

…Found out that Chiron has entered my chart since March and will stay there until the beginning of next year. Eek!!

…Finally read The Alchemist and generally read more books than last year.

…Stayed in a Mornington Peninsula airbnb.

…and in a Meletos winery in Yarra Valley.

…and in the farmhouse in Echuca where I took a boat trip along the famous Murray River.

…Went to an art gallery in Bendigo to celebrate our date-anniversary.

Six of Pentacles Spacious Tarot Deck

Six of Coins of Gratitude

This morning, I draw the Six of Pentacles from The Spacious Tarot deck. Traditionally, Six of Pentacles is about charity, helping hands and a sense of community.

In the Spacious Tarot deck, the Six of Pentacles is depicted as six floating coins. A bird-nest laid on the floor, ready to catch the coins if they do decide to fall.

All-day today I have been trying to figure it out why did I draw Six of Pentacles today. The day, I invited my friends for a belated Diwali celebration lunch.

Shouldn’t Three of Cups be much more fitting? Even Four of Wands and Ten of Cups or Ten of Pentacles, but Six of Pentacles was an err…

That’s until right before they left, one of them offered to host the next hangout, immediately followed by the other one offering the one after. The third friend chimed in to do it in her place to close the circle.

Circle.

It was only then it clicked to me.

Six of Pentacles is about giving and accepting. It’s about sharing. And the sharing doesn’t always have to have “helping” undertone. It can also be sharing a good time, laughter, food and wine with my loved ones — my chosen community.

Six of Pentacles is also about gratitude which I am filled to the brim with today.

17 Things in 2017

It turned out, despite being quite a downer year, I have a lot of things to be grateful for in 2017.

These are 17 things I am grateful for in 2017:

  • Discovering True Crime podcasts and my love and addiction for it.
  • The surfer guy in Sunshine Coast who saved our lives. I didn’t get his name, but he will forever be on my gratitude list.
  • Text from Pedro saying “You deserve more than this” on my shittiest day. 
  • All the kind gestures and words, including compliments. However small. Please keep it coming Universe!
  • My cousin who mixed me a drink the minute she saw tears in my eyes. I have the best sisters!
  • And best friends! Reliving Wala Wala night with my best friends.
  • Being extremely contented and incredibly happy on my birthday week. My 2017 birthday week was the happiest point of my life filled with Tazi trip and Jik’s visit. Too bad the high was smashed soon after with an unexpected depression. 
  • Moving to a new department at work, which came with an admirable manager and leaving work on-time. I have a life after work now!
  • When Fafa offered to buy me another ticket to come back to Melbourne a day earlier during my depression period above, I was so touched that it made me cry even more that day.
  • Utilizing various kitchenware. I am an adult now!
  • Experiencing Sakura with Fafa and Uluru with Jik. Both were magical moments!
  • Choosing myself and slowly healing. It’s still work in progress but I got me!
  • Witches, friends and the covenant.
  • Every single trip I took this year, impromptu or otherwise.
  • Hyggelig moments at the apartment, which we turned into a home.
  • Crossing things off of my Wanderlist.
  • Even though this took a little longer than I expected, I finally feel at home in Melbourne.