Journal Entry #008

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Oh boy, it’s the week before Valentine’s Day (and Dan’s birthday)!

I won’t lie – this year, I haven’t planned anything for his birthday or V-Day. I think it’s because we’re travelling this year and agreed that it’s not worth blowing money on these two days… plus, we also don’t have any friends to celebrate it with, haha.

I called in sick to work so I had the day off today. Headaches are the worst, and they’re even worse when you drown yourself in painkillers and they still won’t go away!

I spent today looking at grad school. I’ve been having this itch lately to go back to school and my colleague, Sophie, told me there are Master programs out there that don’t require a thesis. The only reason why I’ve never considered a Master’s program is because I don’t believe I could ever complete and defend a thesis. I wouldn’t even know what to write my thesis on. I would rather do projects and essays than write a thesis.

So, I’ve compiled a list of potential Master programs to take when I settle back at home. I’m looking to do it online so I can balance work and not take any more student loans either.


My roommate Tiffany purchased these gluten-free Lamington (like a chocolate cake with coconut). They’re soooo yummy so I took a picture for reference. They would make a good Aussie gift for our friend, Tiffany back at home.

Last Friday, we also went to the famous Crown Casino in the city. I’ve seen it a million times and finally got to go visit it. I don’t know why but even though I have no clue how to gamble aside from hitting the slot machines, I love casinos. The atmosphere is fun and they got pretty cool lounges.

The Crown Casino really reminded me of Las Vegas. It’s so much better than the casinos we have back at home.

Prior to hitting the casino, we stopped by Viva Kebabs for a Halal Snack Pack (HSP) which is equivalent to the Canadian poutine but with tons more toppings. It’s fries, with melted cheese curds, meat (usually chicken and/or lamb) and a bunch of sauces. 10/10 would order again!

I withdrew $20 and Dan withdrew $100 so in total, we lost $120 that night. Didn’t hit a single row in my slot machines and Dan lost his playing blackjack.

The highlight of that night was when we both had to go to the bathroom. Like anywhere else, there was a line up in the women’s. By the time I came out, I found this girl full on hitting on Dan.

So, it’s really rare for me to get jealous when it comes to Dan and girls. I didn’t go bat-shit crazy on this girl. I just stood there and laughed at the entire situation and basically waited until Dan finished telling this girl off. When she turned around to see me, she literally was yelling “is this her?!”.

Like, yep – this is me. Dan said she was trashy wasted, lol.


I’m taking this weekend to catch up on blog posts and write some of my own. There are a few I got in mind and just need to transfer it on to “paper”.

Also, our local movie theatre is having an early screening for Alita: Battle Angel movie! We’re catching it tomorrow night at 7PM and I can’t wait to spoil it for those back home (lulz jks).

Have a great weekend!

The Grampians Trip | New to Melbourne Bus Tours

Hey, can you believe it? We finally got around to doing something touristy and leaving the city! It only took about 2 months to do so… lol.

On Australia Day (Jan 26th), we finally went on the long-awaited Grampians bus tour. I found this bus tour hosted by New to Melbourne on Facebook and it’s aimed towards travellers and budget travellers. We missed out on the early birds special and got the next tier which was about $65? I think early bird special was only $50 per person.

I mean… that is significantly cheaper than renting a car! I pushed Dan to join me on this bus tour because the reviews were great buuut… I think we’ll skip these bus tours going forward. We originally planned on doing two more tours with them but it’s not our style, despite the cheap prices.


I took a nap before arriving at our first stop, Beaufort, a small little town about 2-2.5 hours away from Melbourne downtown. It’s one of those towns with only one major main street as their downtown and everything is local. It was our first pit stop to grab some lunch and for the next 30-40 minutes or so, I just loved Beaufort. I don’t know why but I love small towns.

From there, it was only about 40ish minutes to The Grampians.

*Cue Country Roads by John Denver*

So, Grampians is like a national park in the state of Victoria and our first stop was Mackenzie Falls. It’s at the top of the park and let me just say… holy crap, it’s beautiful!

It’s a giant waterfall but the scenery and landscape were just so beautiful and peaceful. Everything was blue. The water stream was refreshing and cold on a nice 30 degrees day. It really was breathtaking and I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like this before.

The great Mackenzie Falls.

We then hiked a bit further down to get away from the crowds.

Does anyone else like copying their significant other? LOL.


Unfortunately, the tour started later than usual and the tour guide had trouble sticking to the itinerary throughout the stops so Mackenzie Falls was only about an hour… like seriously?! Only an hour to experience this beauty?

So we hopped on the bus and visited our next stop, The Balconies that overlooks The Grampian, I suppose.

This was a mediocre stop. The view was great but definitely not worth cutting Mackenzie Falls short.


And ten minutes away was Reed Lookout (I think??? lol). This was literally the dumbest thing because she only gave us 20 minutes to experience this lookout, and the best lookout was 1km always. Like, it would take 15-20 minutes alone just to walk back and forth from the lookout to the bus.

Sorry! This panorama wouldn’t rotate T__T

The last stop at the bottom of the Grampians was this kangaroo park. Unfortunately, it’s weather dependent and it was a hot day so the kangaroo park was empty. I think that sort of stricken a chord with Dan because when you look back retrospectively, we didn’t have to rush all the stops and could’ve experienced a bit more.

The next and final pit stop was in a town called Ararat where we stopped for some dinner. We had Nando’s planned (since we get dropped off right in front of it after the tour) so we just ordered some fries and drinks at McDonald’s to keep us satisfied until Nando’s.


So, all in all, the itinerary was planned for 9am to 9pm and we got back into the city at 8:45pm despite having a late start… I mean, I disliked the tour enough for me to actually be happy to have it end earlier than anticipated.

Don’t get me wrong – The Grampians was a beautiful experience and trip but the bus tour thing is not us. And New to Melbourne could really tighten up their game.

The tour guide was late to greet us. The bus was late to arrive. The bus driver was haggard and needed to take breaks on the side of the road. We stopped at a hotel to pick up another passenger’s mom?! And every stop was cut short to ensure we arrive back into the city at 9pm.

Not worth it. Crammed in a bus, our legs were tired and our shoulders were stuff, and when we arrived at our stops, we barely had time to fully stretch our legs and enjoy the views.

Sure, it’s $50-65 but for a once in a lifetime experience, I think it’s worth it to chuck out some money to rent a car and do things to your own desire and not wait on anyone else.

Oh well… lesson learned for our next road trip!

My First Australian Open!

Last week, I went to my first ever Australia Opening… actually, make it my first tennis game ever. If you don’t count any games I’ve watched my classmates play back in high school.

Dan has been doing some work at the AO and decided to grab some court tickets to catch this event. I didn’t know just how big an Australia Opening is until my colleagues were talking about it. When I mentioned that I’m heading there on Sunday, my colleague, Charlotte, was telling me how much I’d love the atmosphere and Dan thinks the atmosphere would be pretty cool for me as well.

We went with our roommate, Tiffany, and her brother, Tom. When we first arrived, we walked around the grounds filled with yummy vendor stands and shops.

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely LOOOOOVE visiting souvenir shops so when I saw the Fan Shop, I dragged Dan in. He did warn me that all the Australia Opening swag is hella expensive so just how expensive? A damn baseball cap costs $40 and all it has is ‘AO’ embroidered on the front.

We got tickets to Margaret Court and I watched some legendaries played. They must be legendaries but I had no idea who they were, lol.

After this, it was the Women’s Double.

After that, it was a break before the Women’s Single match. We went to this BBQ pulled pork vendor for lunch and made it back to our seats in time for the Women’s Single match.

So, prior to the Women’s Single match, the court was rather empty. But when this match was starting, the entire court was nearly filled seat to seat. I think this was the “title match” for ticket holders to Margaret Court.

I remember this match because everyone was talking about it! It was the match between Danielle Collins and Angie… something, lol. I don’t know the players but I believe Angie was world’s #2 and she was knocked out by Collins under an hour! At that time, Collins was #14 in the world.


Since Collins smashed the match fairly quickly, we were pretty much out of our seats as fast as we got there. I mean, it was a good match but Tiffany made a good comment saying we spent money on these tickets and sort of wish we got to see more tennis.

We were about to head home until we decided to watch another big game outdoors since we don’t have tickets to see that game. It was a good experience to see how so many Aussies would just hang out with drinks and food and catch some good tennis.


Overall, it was a great day and a nice real Aussie experience! I learned a lot of tennis as well and can see how much of an addictive game it can be to watch.

We Went Mini Golfing! | Holey Moley Golf Club

Two Mondays ago, Dan and I got kicked out of our place because the water heater broke and the plumber and real estate agent came to repair it in the evening. Our housemate isn’t actually allowed to rent to couples, and our names aren’t on the lease, so we weren’t allowed to go home until 7PM-ish.

So, what is something to do on a Monday evening? Indoor mini golf, of course!

We planned on going mini golfing earlier but Dan got super tired so we saved it for another day. Plus, it was sooooo much cheaper to go on a Monday than a Saturday ($10 per person vs $22 per person).

It was such a cool little joint! First of all, I couldn’t believe this building housed mini golf, lol. I was also surprised to see two bouncers at the door but I guess it can get pretty rowdy with the crowds and drinking. The joint also has a small bar and dining area in the back.

I think I’ve only done mini golfing once or twice in my life and that was back at some shitty neighbourhood carnival, haha. Recently, I’ve been going to Top Golf down in the US for the past two years thanks to my work’s conference and it’s always a blast! I was super excited to see a Top Golf commercial for Australia but it’s on the Gold Coast and we don’t plan on exploring that area until closer towards the end of our trip.

We have ten rounds and each of them has a different theme. My favourite one is this ass Trump themed round, and the goal was to get the ball through the wall.

At the end of the night, Dan won by three points. I think he was pretty surprised to see how close our scores were since he has no idea that I absolutely love Top Golf.

How cute is this plants vs zombie theme?!

And yes, we also came home to a nice working hot water tank again 🙂

Journal Entry #007

Monday, January 28th, 2019

I said it once and I’m going to say it again… January 2019 is done already?! The first and last month of the year always flies by for me. I can’t believe this is my last entry of the month!

I’m quite proud of myself lately. 2019 has been a great start so far in terms of finally getting around to one of my goals that I always set year after year. And that is… learning how to cook.

Prior to the start of the year, I Googled and snapped pictures of easy, peasy, lemon squeezy recipes and saved them onto my Google Notes app to sort of make an online recipe book. I think of the things that failed in the past was I would always dive head first and get overwhelmed by all these ingredients and cooking methods. I had to realize that even professionals had to start somewhere so I broke it down into easy recipes so I can master the techniques and get comfortable working with different ingredients.

Dan and I sat down to make a weekly dinner plan so we also won’t be tempted to order out or drop by the supermarket and spend $30 on one dinner. The other day, I felt so cheesy that we’re one of those families that have declared Wednesday nights as meatloaf nights.

Shit quality but first time making meatloaf! We followed an easy one pan meatloaf dinner recipe w/ broccoli and sweet potato.

Following Vivian’s recommendation, I dragged Dan to try out Sakura Kaiten Sushi and oh my lord, it’s the best sushi we’ve had since arriving in Melbourne! There was a small line up when we went but it was sooooo worth it. It took me by surprise how cozy and small the restaurant was. Definitely an intimate place to have dinner.

And, did I mention that this is another sushi train restaurant?! It’s not as cool was Genki Sushi in Tokyo but better than Sushi Hub!

Since it’s a sushi train, we pay by the dishes and each colour of the dishes represent a different price. I think we picked out most of the $3-something plates.

The damage!

We have also been trying new local restaurants as well! We went to Burger Bliss for some delicious burgers – they got very yummy fries, and Wings of Glory for some good ol’ chicken wings. We only went to Wings of Glory because I found a Groupon deal, lol.


So, taking 10-20 minutes walks throughout the day is highly encouraged by my team at work so I’ve been starting to go on daily walks after my lunch. Now only does it kill time (haha), but it also makes me feel like I’m burning off some calories from my lunch. I work in Footscray and it’s surrounded by very nice graffiti murals.

Dan’s dad also requested us to find a book called The Killer Koala and we tracked it down via an online store. It’s somewhat of a rarity I suppose because very few stocks were available online and most of the ones we found were on Amazon or eBay for almost $100! We got the book for only $30 with free shipping.

Dan has finished reading it and I heard him chuckle a few times throughout the book so I’m keen on reading it as well before we ship it back to Canada for Dan’s dad.

Underarm Laser Hair Removal Experience

Last week, I completed my second underarm laser hair removal session. For those who weren’t aware, I finally decided to get laser hair removal back in December.

I’ve always wanted to get laser hair removal because the idea of no longer shaving sounds wonderful to me… because seriously, who likes to shave constantly?

Since moving to Melbourne and arriving just in time for summer, I was getting annoyed with shaving everyday. I kid you not, it’s literally everyday. Plus, Dan bought a pack of 2-blade razors that are shite and I want to get through that 12 pack before buying a new razor so the shaving isn’t great either – it’ll leave like a shadow.

Ladies – be sure your man knows how to shop for razors before sending them out to the store.

However, I’m a wimp and put it off since forever. I stuck to shaving and plucking because I thought laser hair removal is going to hurt like a biotch… I mean, c’mon… it’s a laser beam! But that being said, I did get LASIK done, and been waxing soooo how painful can it really be????


For those in Melbourne, I booked a consultation at ClearSkinCare Clinic (South Yarra). It was meant to be a consultation but I also told myself that if it comes down to my first session as well, I’ll do it right then and there because I don’t want to come down again after a few days. Plus, what’s there to consultant about getting some armpit hairs removed?

Initial thoughts? It’s fast. It literally took less than 5 minutes to do both armpits (which sort of makes me annoyed that I gotta travel all the way to the clinic for a 5 minutes appointment). I don’t even think it’s 30 seconds per side!

I instantly was able to smell a faint scent of something burning – my hairs being burned? It’s a bit off putting but it goes away once she’s done lasering you.

The cool air sensation really helps. I actually can’t imagine doing it without that cool air blowing on your areas.

The actual lasering and pain? It sort of stung, not going to lie. I suppose all those who say it’s like having a rubber band snap at your skin consistently for 30 seconds is correct… At first, it didn’t hurt but after about 3 seconds, you start to feel the sting.

But, it’s not unbearable. I would have to say that I enjoy getting my Brazilian waxes more than getting lasered. I might pop a painkiller the next time I go… The pain is brief – really brief. It stings for a few seconds but once the whole ordeal is over, the discomfort fades. I would call it more of a discomfort than pain and would rate it a 4/10.

If you’ve gotten waxed, tattooed, or pierced, I think you can survive an underarm laser treatment. I’m not sure how well I would do for bigger areas but I’d give it a shot and keep you guys updated if I ever do a Brazilian or full leg.


The price? The clinic had a big sale and underarm treatments were only $9 per session which is how they caught my attention in the first place, lol.

But, it’s $9 per session if you buy in a package of 10. So, I ended up paying $90 but they make you prepay instead of like signing a contract or something. I’ve been told it’s a very common practice in this industry, and if not, I think all of them do it this way?

I think $90 is okay for ten sessions. I probably wouldn’t buy it if the clinic didn’t have a sale, to be honest. Laser can be pretty expensive.

They told me that if I don’t need all ten treatments, I can put the balance towards another laser treatment, but unfortunately, no refunds.


The results? Oh my gosh, am I ever glad to do it! After the first session, I barely had any armpit hairs left. I had a few strands that the laser didn’t get the first time so I’m excited to see how the second and third treatment plays out.

But seriously, after the first session, I shave only once a week. So, with the second session done, I’m thinking I don’t need to shave at all soon.

It’s incredible to see such a big difference after a few sessions. I’m starting to regret prepaying for ten because I honestly don’t believe I need all ten sessions to get results. My old waxing clinic started doing “pay as you go” for laser hair removal and she told me it’s actually cheaper and better in the end because every candidate is different, and clinics do not refund you if you don’t use it all.

For example, even if I paid more than $9 per pay as you go session, it still comes out cheaper than prepaying for everything if I only require 3-4 sessions for my underarms to see permanent results.

That being said, that’s why I opted out not to get my Brazilian until I get back home. I think I’m going to ask if I can use the remaining sessions on my happy trail instead since that’s something I’m self-conscious about too.

But boy do I love hopping out of the shower and not have to worry about shaving my armpits anymore. I would say, you’re pretty much paying for the convenience and you need to ask yourself “do I dislike shaving enough to drop $90?” Because I do.

So, for those who have done Brazilian or full leg laser hair removal, please let me know how it went for you!

Money Diary of a 25-year-old HR Admin in Melbourne | Dec. 16th-22nd, 2018

Doing a new segment called Money Dairy that logs my spending on a weekly basis (excluding rent, subscriptions (eg. Netflix, Spotify, gym and Scribd) and debt payments). I love looking at how my peers spends because it makes me less guilty of my habits, but it’s only fair that I contribute my weekly spending habits as well. Be sure to check out my other money diary entries over here!


Sunday, December 16th
11am – Kicked off the nice Sunday with some Starbies… $11.80
12pm – Went to my beloved Target for a better pillow and some workout clothes… $19.00
12:30pm – My shitty Skullcandy headphones broke so I had to buy a replacement from JB-HiFi. I decided to go with Sony this time… $30.74
1pm – Since we were in the city, we decided to stop by Sushi Hub for lunch… $15.40

Monday, December 17th
1pm – Hit the wall at work and went for a cup of coffee from a fancy shop… $4
6:30pm – Grabbed some groceries for tonight’s dinner from Woolsworth… $24.47

Tuesday, December 18th
9am – Was craving that delicious Vanilla Latte from Cotton Mills Coffee so I skipped the usual 7-11… $5.50

Wednesday, December 19th
8am – I forgot my banana for breakfast so I purchased a slice of banana bread with my coffee at 7-11… $3
6:30pm – Got too lazy to go food shopping and cook so we ordered Yori Yori Sushi from Uber Eats… $36.48

Thursday, December 20th
9am – I don’t know why, but my dumb ass decided to skip 7-11 today and went for a fancy latte again… $6

Friday, December 21st
3:00pm – I got off work early so I decided to stop by TK Maxx (the Aussie version to Winners/Ross/Marshall’s) to browse around without being rushed. I ended up picking a pack of seamless undies and lavender essential oil… $18.95
4pm – Of course, the mall I was at had a Starbies… $5.50
6pm – I promised Dan that I’ll cook dinner so I dropped by Woolsworth again to grab some groceries… $29.76

Saturday, December 22nd
Hallelujah, I did NOT spend a dime today!


Total for the week? $210.60!

Not bad, compared to last week’s, eh? It’s the week before the holidays so I was downtown a bit more, and it was an odd week that I craved Vanilla lattes so much!

Lessons from this week? Do not buy Skullcandy in-ear headphones… and maybe plan my groceries a bit better so I’m not constantly heading to the groceries stores.

For those who are wondering, I’m not including my monthly rent, bills, subscriptions, and student loan repayments. I don’t know why, maybe I should?