August 21st, 2013

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The Bondi To Coogee Walk!

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Max Brenners and evening sky I happen to chance upon on the way home from school

It is the simple things that we sometimes forget to enjoy while we live our busy lives.

I re-watched all eight Harry Potter films, spreading it over three days, somehow managing to squeeze school and assignments in-between them. Forgot what it does to all my feels when the final movie credit started rolling.

I for one, am really happy that I got to grow up with this amazing series of work.

Peace out!

July 1st, 2013

It has been 1 month since my last update. I blame the exams and my laziness (and procrastination) because as hard as I try to deny it, I AM lazy. Well, at least I’m admitting to my faults and working on them because I could be re-watching Charmed right now instead of updating my blog.

Now, exams.
I’m not sure how they managed to fit all those information in a mere twelve weeks but what’s done is done and I now know better so starting from next semester, I will cut back on slacking and place more effort on studying. I sure do hope this whole ‘I will study hard’ determination stays for a month or two at the very least > >

Back home.
Yup, I am back home, far away from the winter in Australia because well, the cold isn’t exactly fun when you don’t move (aka, sit in front of a laptop for hours) and it feels like the temperature is dropping by the second even though the wall thermometer tells you otherwise. Who knew 19 degrees could make me shiver like that?

Besides, there is lots and lots of good food here so I can live with the heat and humidity. You have to understand, being a college student living in a self catered dorm means I’ll eat whatever that is edible in my fridge and cook whatever that requires the least time. By right, I should be losing weight but quite the contrary to my dismay. Tsk.

And here’s to the abrupt end to my post because my pictures are stuck in my camera. The card reader isn’t working and the cable is being a bitch so I’m just gonna go wrestle with electronics now.

May 31st, 2013

Since winter is creeping up over here, the spiders seems to be feeling the cold.

The other day, the guys from another block caught a funnel-web spider and they put it in a jar, named it Basil. Nicknamed Bas.

Of course, since poisonous spider is in a jar, there’s nothing to fear when they came around showing off their spoil which I took a good look at. Pretty impressive.

Then they caught another two breeds of spider which makes 3 different breeds in 3 days.

And I found one in the shower when I stepped in to take a shower. (Not a funnel-web, thank god.) My flatmates says it is one of the ‘normal’ ones but it looked too big to be close to normal. I was tempted to say something along the lines of ‘There is nothing normal about the size of that devil spawn’ but I didn’t cause it seemed like a normal thing for them to see spiders of that size. Afterall, one of them with shoes on stepped on it and shoved it to the side like it was as easy as peeling a banana.

Well, the spiders back at home probably screams tiny now but that doesn’t mean I can stay calm when I see them)

Anyway, I had a shower filled with paranoia because when I left it and went to ask my flatmate for help, it was IN the shower. When I returned, it was OUT of the shower which is…freaky. Are there two spiders or did it just crawl really really fast after many failed attempts of trying to crawl up the slippery tiles of the shower area?

It was like, I turned my back for a second and boom, it teleported outside the shower or got its twin to take its place while it hides behind a bar of soap of something.

And speaking of showers, day before the spider incident, there was the fire alarm incident.

See, we had this event called ‘Wizard’s Cup‘. It is where you drink canned booze and tape/stack the empty bottles as high as possible. Highest wins (Obviously).

Since it is called Wizard’s cup, some found it fun to make wands and stuff.

Some guy, while making the wand, somehow manage to press the fire alarm button with his butt and guess what I was doing?

Showering

Just my luck. Thankfully, I was done (close call) so I basically jumped into my clothes and went outside, leaving footprints and drops of water everywhere with my hair that was leaking water.

So, the security came and so did the fire truck. Talk about a big hoo-ha.

Fire fighters came out of their truck and the first thing they asked while walking towards our block, looking all chill was ‘So who has been cooking?’

When we replied no one, he gave a small laugh and went ‘Yeah right’.

I guess cooking is a fire hazard.

Anyway, I hope that when I shower today, there will be peace like usual.

Besides, I don’t think I’ll be that lucky the next time something happens. See, fire alarm incident, I was done showering. Spider incident, I haven’t started showering though my clothes were off.

Who knows if the next time something happens (like a freaking blackout), I’ll be in the middle of my shower and there’s no one to help me. Or worst, if the water supply gets cut off. Or both plus some spider lurking in a corner.

Great job scaring myself.

May 7th, 2013

When I moved to Australia, bringing a camera along wasn’t exactly in my list of things to bring so when I started my impromptu planing of visiting Sydney with my friend who flew up from Melbourne, I realized I should have brought my camera along. But since I didn’t, I figured getting a new camera wouldn’t hurt.

Thus, shopping time.

After some research and comparing, I found Canon 500 HS which comes in a lovely red rather fitting so I ordered it through the website with the cheapest price and guess what, my order was placed on backorder as they were waiting for new stocks to arrive which, according to them, might take about a week so I will receive it in two weeks time.

That obviously did not happen so I cancelled my order after a good TWENTY TWO DAYS of waiting. Obviously, I have finish visiting Sydney by then so I was all ‘screw the camera, who needs one’ right?

THEN, the dress I bought from Sydney arrived and it was so beautiful that I went, okay, I need a camera to take this moment down plus my other online shopping items arrived also but hey, I don’t have a camera! So, I went back to the same online store because they have free and fast shipping, ordered Lumix TZ25 after hours of researching and guess what?

OUT OF STOCK

There wasn’t even an estimated time of arrival and I was asked if I wanted to get another model.

I was pissed. Like, don’t you people update your website? Why on earth would you place an item there that is already sold out? Hell, at least indicate at the site or remove the ‘add to cart’ button or change the status to unavailable!

I obviously canceled my order without making much noise. Not like making a ruckus would get me my camera but I did mentally decide NEVER to buy from that store again. Instead, I order the same model from ANOTHER store that had it in stock and was cheaper.

Guess what, they need a landline to confirm my order.

Now, I DON’T have a landline (I’m a foreign student staying on campus for crying out loud. Why would I get a landline when I have a handphone?) so I input some random number to complete the form and submitted my handphone number in the comments section and when they emailed asked for best timing to call and verify my order, I replied asking for assistance regarding the issue of landline.

NO REPLY FOR TWO FREAKING WEEKS

Feeling really annoyed because it shouldn’t be this hard to buy a camera online (which is much cheaper than going to stores), I emailed them again, telling them that they ignored my email for two weeks and I don’t want to wait any longer and asked them to cancel my order.

The refund came within 24 hours. Finally, something fast happened! -insert sarcasm-

Anyway, from wanting a camera till that point, FORTY SIX DAYS PASSED.

I don’t really remember why or how I still want a camera after all that nonsense that I was placed through but I did. So after a few days of searching, I went ahead and ordered one and wa-lah, another problem though this time was my mistake.

I forgot to change my handphone number thus, when I tried to pay, the bank kept sending the verification code to my old phone number so my order wasn’t successful. Immediately, I went and changed my number, tried again TWICE but I still wasn’t receiving it on my handphone so I went ‘Fine, if it doesn’t work tomorrow, this camera is not for me’.

Really, getting a camera shouldn’t be THIS hard.

The next morning, well, more like afternoon because I love sleeping, I re-ordered and IT WORKED! It was perfect. Lowest price online even after adding shipping and surcharge, the only number required was handphone, delivery takes about three days maximum and I even found a 10 dollar discount coupon! Within an hour, the store called and confirmed my order and the next day (which was a Saturday), a tracking number was provided.

Now that’s what I’m talking about! Efficiency! Moreover, I ordered the camera on 3rd May and it was delivered on 7th May. Considering the shipment was from Hong Kong and it was the weekends, I say it arrived super fast so kudos to them.

Without further ado…

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PANASONIC LUMIX LX7!

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Well, the only thing missing that I can think of is the manual booklet. But who needs a manual when you have the internet right?

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I realize my ipad takes decent pictures. And yes, the colors brightens up my boring desk and room.

Sweet. I’ll be testing out my new camera and will update once I find something that is worth posting. I should also get a memory card and…maybe a screen protector since I’m getting fingerprints all over the shiny new screen. Eeeek!

March 14th, 2013

Here’s the story of me, the spider and the roach. (aka completely useless post that I’m writing because I have time and I thought it be fun to remember how I freaked out when I get old and re-read my posts.)

Let’s begin.

Having enjoyed a medium vanilla latte at 4pm on 12th of March and finding myself awake during bedtime, I decided to do some studying since I’ve been falling behind a little. At around 1.30am when I was getting annoyed at my fantastic lecture who somehow managed to cramp 42 pages of jam-packed information into an hour long lecture, I spotted something black crawling into my room from the window.

See, the windows without the fly screen CANNOT be opened so I was really curious as to how this creature managed to squeeze through the fly screen. I think it was a cockroach (a baby toddler one) but it looked different from what the cockroaches looked like back at home…A different species perhaps.

Moving on, I mustered my courage as it started moving towards the edge of the window ledge and was going to grab a piece of tissue to kill it when I noticed this tiny spider circling it and it looked like the spider was trying to immobilize the roach by spinning web since the roach kinda struggled a little. So I thought ‘awesome, the spider is going to do the job for me’ but alsa, the spider was too tiny and the roach broke free.

(I must say the spider looked like it gave up)

Since spider failed, time for me, the human, to get rid of a roach.

I grabbed a piece of tissue and well, tried to smother/smash it which in my defense looked like it worked because when I removed the tissue, the roach wasn’t there so my first thought was that it is in the tissue and I should get rid of tissue with dead roach ASAP. I barely moved away when the son of a bitch jumped out of my tissue, landed on the table which made me abandon the tissue and almost let out a bloodcurdling scream at 1 plus am.

While I let out a silent yelps and did stupid dance movements (or more like threw a fit) to shoo away the ‘eek’, it fucking crawled to god knows where.

I blame the uneven surfaces.

Unable to locate the roach and seeing how I don’t have insect killing spray, I resorted to using insect repellent that is used on humans. Well, it did make the tiny tiny spider run around (which I killed) and it did lure out the roach. It was crawling at the side of my table closer to the wall and I thought ‘There! My chance!’ so I grabbed another piece of tissue and once again, smashed right down at it.

I swear it is the small gap between the wall and the table that saved the roach because when I removed my tissue, it was alive. Yes, ALIVE. Resilient creatures I tell you. (I am so getting bug spray when I go grocery shopping next time) Bright side, it started crawling on my table which means a flat surface and this time, I rolled up unwanted magazine and smacked it twice before grabbing it with my tissue and panicking all the way as I threw both magazine and tissue into trash bag, tied it up and threw it outside.

So, crisis adverted. Roach gone, spider gone, Misaki still wide awake and feeling really really paranoid thus leading to a shower at 2am.

Finally deciding that screwed up body clock isn’t going to be fun, I went to bed at 4am and I somehow managed to get up at 9am. I was surprised alright. Went against it and went back to sleep only to wake up 2 hours later feeling hungry and groggy.

If there’s anything good about ungodly hours is that it is quiet, the air is cool and it is great for study.

THE END.

Abrupt endings. I love them sometimes.