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First Birthday away from home

May 19, 2013 Leave a comment

So I have a series of stories on how I had my birthday here in Australia.

Pre Birthday Celebration (May 16)

Chelo and Cristina, together with their husbands, were very kind to invite me to have breakfast with me at a café. We supposed to have dinner on my birthday and go clubbing, But because of our different schedules, they decided that instead of dinner, make it breakfast. We had breakfast at One Forty Café.

Cristina, Hannah (Me), Chelo

Their food serving was really worth the price. I mean I was used to having regular sized bread and bacon. Look at the photo that I took. I mean I didn’t even finish my food. Yum.

Poached Egg with Bacon and Sausage

After we finished, I wasn’t aware that they would surprise me with a Cupcake with a candle. Yeah it was cute and pink.lol. I mean also yummy. I had to just take it home cause I’m too full to eat it.

Yeah I’ll blow my candle

At work, I thought it would just be a regular day. I was busy going in and out of the storage area that when I came inside, Paula turned off the lights and my colleagues sung me a Happy Birthday song with a cake candle and card. I wasn’t expecting something from them. I was really happy that I thought no one will notice that it is my birthday tomorrow.

On my Birthday (May 17)

Today is 24th birthday. I mean age doesn’t matter to me but every time people ask me what’s my age, usually I don’t tell them. Most of the time, they thought that I’m either 18 or 21, well thanks guys. Hehe

Anyway, Tita Melody was kind to go with me to have groceries for my party. I cooked Potato and Pumpkin Au Gratin (Baked), Penne Sausage Pasta, Leek and Thyme Chicken Roulade. I was supposed to use the vanilla sponge cake that I bought and garnish it with fresh fruits and syrup but I was too lazy at the party to even make it so I just served it as it is.

Party Food Porn. hehe

Then at the party/ gathering, I saw some of my other friends. I didn’t know that we have the same common friend. Filipino community here is bonded ei. I also met familiar and new faces. We had to chat chat and chat the whole night. I mean I enjoyed sitting and getting to know other people. I’m lucky to meet these people. Thinking that I am alone here in Australia for a year, who would have thought that I won’t feel home sick. Hehe

Yeah. Guys are outside. It’s just us Ladies.

I was home almost 12am and I Skyped with my family and boyfriend. I blew candles with my cake here with them.

Blowing my candles on Cam

Yeah I miss them especially my bf and my cat. I video my cat via skype and she was still as cute as before. I miss Yuri (my cat)

Yuri on Skype

Post Birthday (May 18)

I woke up late hence I didn’t have my breakfast. Good thing that I had a brunch schedule with Arlene, also one of my Filipina co – worker at the Hotel.

Arlene and I

She picked me up at home and we went to Bunbury Forum and had our lunch at the Dome. They told me that food there is good. But I think expensive compared to the Birdcage Café. The food portion is less but enough for me. Hehe.

Chicken Parmigiana with Salad and Chips

After lunch, we went to Big W and heck I went shopaholic mode again. Grrrrr. I have a guilt feeling every time I go shopping. In the Philippines, I seldom do clothes shopping while compared here I do it every pay day. Imagine right. But I don’t spend all my pay and seldom do I splurge for expensive stuff. I really enjoy dressing up here cause in the Philippines I can’t usually wear the clothes that I want. I think about what others might say. But here, I can wear anything. Hehe. We went back to town, look at shops again and went home. And I bought 4 bottles of Strongbow again. 😛

I spent my remaining hours at home watching Be Careful with My Heart and blogging.

What more can I asked for right.

Cheers,

Hannah

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Vlogging made simple

May 18, 2013 Leave a comment

I will just have this post to tell you that I have my vlogs uploaded at my Youtube Channel. Though I speak in Filipino most of the time. So I think for those foreign readers, sorry. Hehe. I know how to converse in English but at times I tend to use my native tongue for comfort ability.

Having a vlog may mean self – absorption yet I still upload for the sake of my family and friends in the Philippines. So readers and viewers, please bear with me. Lol

I bought a Canon Ixus 125 HS just for vlogging and compact camera. I mean I have my Lumix LX3 but it is still bulky ei. And I trust those youtube vloggers who use this camera. Yeah it’s good.

I just use Windows Movie Maker to edit videos. I don’t know how to operate other programs. Enough said. hehe

Here’s my youtube Channel link:

http://youtube.com/blueharmony

Just leave comments or anything. Just spread love not hate please. J

Cheers,

Hannah

BTW, I also am new to Instagram. So follow me as well. J (username: hans12022)

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An encounter with my Achilles’ Heel

May 17, 2013 Leave a comment

So long time no post ei. So it’ll be my second month here in Bunbury Australia. So far so good. I mean come to think of it, my first month was really that hard, especially that I am alone. I have no family nor friends here with me to help me sort things out or just even listen to my problems, rants and joys.

But that first month, even though it was tough for me, seemed to have helped me improve and mature. I had mixed emotions throughout that month. From the excitement of starting my work, to meeting new people and of different nations, time of coping up, maybe a little of culture shock, frustrations, jealousy, pressure and depression. It was my first time to even experience these emotions in my life and problems which I can proudly say that I solved.

After that first month, I had a few realizations. I must be able to stand up on my two bare feet, be strong and be mature with things. Yeah I admit that I was really pressured at my work. I can’t cope up with how they want me to work. I mean they thought that I have a lot of experience towards work that’s why during my first month they kept on pushing me hard, as in really hard. There was this time that I thought I messed up things and I wanted to cry. But I didn’t, instead I still carried myself well. At home that night, it was when I cried. Hehe. I won’t let anybody at work see me cry or lonely. It took days before I started to be back with my cheerful self. I mean it took me long before I stopped thinking about my frustrations and stopped pressuring myself more. Expectations, they ruin things okay.

When things cleared out for my chefs that I wasn’t well experienced, they said sorry for they treated me hard. Since then, they were patiently teaching me and answering my questions.

These days, I do better on my work. I coped up fast without me realizing it. I pleased and impressed my chefs with my work. I am too is impressed on how far I’ve come through since day 1.

My family and friends might know that I am independent and strong. This independency and strength of mine were really put to test with my situation and location now. Who would have thought that I can surpass those challenges. Yeah, even the strongest person has his/her own Achilles’ Heel (weakness).

Cheers,

Hannah