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Food (pt 1)
Sunday, May 7, 2017 // 5:23 AM

NB: I WAS SUPPOSED TO POST THIS 2 WEEKS AGO BUT MY NET CUT OUT AND I LOST EVERYTHING AND I FORGOT TO REDO IT AND IT WAS MY FIRST TIME MISSING OUT ON A POST IN A MONTH SINCE 2008. ABSOLUTELY DEVO. Why even blog anymore, amirite? :(

(if that didn't make sense, I've posted something every month since July 2008 and last month I didn't. :(...)

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Due to my extreme boredom, I've decided to finally post some photos from Europe! Today's instalment features images, descriptions and an experience rating of some of the food we delightfully consumed on our trip last year. Enjoy!


Cannabis flavoured ... stuff ranging from lollipops to cookies and mainly lollipops actually, haha.
Amsterdam, Netherlands
These products don't contain THC which is the active component in weed that gives you the high, it's just cannabis flavoured.. stuff. It wasn't very good. Kind of tasted like sweet dead grass.

Flower shaped gelato
Ibiza, Italy???? I think
This was actually soooooo good! I'm not a big gelato fan, but after this we pretty much got gelato everyday in Italy and Greece cos we loved it so much, haha. I forgot the flavours, I think it was hazelnut (new fave), pistachio and mango sorbet. Def prefer the gelato to the sorbet!
Boxed sangria
Barcelona, Spain.
Hands down, one of the best sangrias out there. As with the gelato, we pretty much had sangra everyday in Spain and Italy and in any other city/country if they had (Budapest!) it and this boxed stuff was actually so good. Not too sweet, not too goon-y. Danzo and I finished this box at sunrise, got home, napped and woke up with the biggest hang overs, haha.  The only other sangria that I remember being better than this was at a restaurant in Ibiza that did strawberry flavoured sangria. they also had this mad mango chilli cocktail
Jenny's whole lobster
Rome, Italy
We were just craving some seafood by this point. This restaurant was ho hum. It was pricey for what you actually got with below average quality. Forgot what it was called. Jenny's lobster was good tho cos lobster LOL
My first Greek Coffee!
Athens International Airport, Greece
While we were waiting for our good friend Bobs to arrive from SYD, Em and I chilled at one of the cafes in the airport. They barista was very nice, taught me how to drink this. So it made out of a powder that is quite insoluble (very much like Turkish and Leb coffee, which I have tried before) So after they serve it to you, you need to wait 5 mins or so for the powder to settle and you "decant" while you drink, haha. You're left with this thick brow sludge at the end which is v gross, don't drink that hahahahahahahaha. Also, it didn't need any sugar! There was this nice nutty flavour to it :)
Our first Greek Salad!
Athens, Greece
And so begins the greek food spam. If you've followed me on IG/FB you'll know that I absolutely adored Greek food and Greece in general! We got a greek salad with every meal. Idk why, but everything just tasted better there. The tomatoes were sweeter, the feta was a perfect balance of creamy, salty and sweet and all the vegetables were just so.... UGH. I love Greek food!

Bobs' Fresh Fish of the Day
Athens, Greece
Another one of my favourites. So on our cab ride from the airport to the house, the cab driver was telling us about his favourite places and his favourite foods. He told us that he liked simple meals like grilled fish and boiled vegetables and while the idea of it didn't really appeal to me, Bobs was so keen to try it. This was his first time and it was absolutely divine. The fish was cooked perfectly and came with a really nice lemon butter sauce. The boiled vegetables actually compliment it so well. This became a dish he and I ordered on the daily

My first Moussaka!
Athens
Words cannot describe how happy I was with this meal. There was so much potatoey goodness and so many veggies and such a nice sauce! I miss greece :(
Mixed souvlaki
Athens again
We got this when we went to meet Chanelle!!!! This was literally the best souvlaki I've ever had in my entire life. I know I exaggerate a lot, but this is a relative thing so, if all things are exaggerated and this comes out on top, that's saying something! haha. First time having tzatziki in europe and boy oh boy, was I impressed. I literally wiped up everything off this plate. There was not a crumb left!!!! so good
 Bobs' fresh fish of the day number 2 or 3 haha
Same day as the previous 2 photos. Bobs and I enjoyed the souvlaki so much that after the beach we got it again, but from a different place. This wasn't as good tbh. We should've gone back to the same place haha
 Jess' fresh fish of the day: Bass (i think)
Athens
This was hands down my favourite fresh fish in the entire trip! It was so well seasoned and juicy and sweet. 100% reminded me of the fish my mum makes at home and by this point I was major home sick so this meal was so spesh :)

 PSA: Savva's in Athen's has the best Baklava in the world
So crunchy, so flaky and no overpoweringly sweet! People on the next table could hear the crunch when we bit into these delicious balls of sticky goodness
 Savva's salad. Not sure what the dressing was, but it was 100/10
Savva's falafel plate
We loved Savva's so much, we had it once for lunch and came back the next day for breakfast!
 Octopus in an orange vinaigrette
Athens
This was interesting, but average at best. Just wanted to try octopus in Greece tbh haha
 Seafood pasta
Athens
Greek pasta is better than Italian pasta imo (don't hate me)
Saganaki (grilled feta)
Fira, Santorini! Greece
We stopped by this little diner or sorts for our first meal in Santorini. It was very homey, owned by an old Greek couple. They were excellent cooks with a great sense of humour. They also had the "best sangria on the island" according to the owner, and I had to agree with him, haha. This was nice! interesting, in a good way. A little bit too salty for me cos its all feta, but what they do to it is quite good. I'm just glad I got other things too to balance out the saltiness
Fresh fish (again)
Fira, Santorini
Need I say more?
My first Moussaka in a clay pot!
Fira, Santorini
Wasn't as good as the one in Athens, but still ace! We also had our fair share of vegetarian moussaka and it was always better than the meat one. This was true of a lot of things we had in Europe. Like veggo pasta, veggo stir fries, the veggo version of anything was always really good, if not better than non-veggo.
 Seafood moussaka
Oia, Santorini
We walked almost 3 hours along a high way, then on a trail peppered with donkey poop all the while surrounded by a cloud of dust to get to Oia to watch the sunset. We ate at this fancy restaurant with a great vantage point. The sun went down as we ate and when it disappeared, people applauded??? haha. This was probably the least satisfying moussaka I had on the trip tbh.
Jenny's lobster pasta "For 1"
Oia, Santorini
This pasta dish was supposed to be for 2 people. She asked for a serving for 1 person and this is what came out. (Yes, that is a full lobster)
Sunset, mussels and (no) muscles. Haha, kidding ily
 The fish I got on the day we went quad biking
 Real time reaction. (I really wanted chips hahaa)
 Our last fish! but with the lovely lemony buttery sauce we had at the very beginning. No other places besides these 2 served us this sauce
Goulash
Budapest, Hungary 
Looking at this is making me hungary, hahahahaha get it? I forgot what this tasted like. I remember it being good, but not mind blowing

And so concludes part 1. 

Stay tuned for part 2 which should be out next week (or next month hahahaha)
okay bye


March 18
Saturday, March 18, 2017 // 4:54 AM

Hey guys. I don't know if anyone still reads this, haha but the last time I spoke to some high school friends, they said that they still check up on me occasionally. So hello Juliana, Cynthia and Snoopy :)

Boy, where do I begin? Gamsat is next week. I finally got myself into this nice little routine where I'd wake up at 5:45 am, sleep on the train, gym, have breakfast at VC, do a bit of gsat, then begin my day. Everything has been quite full on cos I've also got my lit review due 3 weeks after gamsat and my Mum and sister just left for a holiday so Dad and I have to fend for ourselves lol.

Anyway, so a friend of mine told me that theres a name for people who grow up in a different country/culture to their parents (basically me and 100% of my friends, also prob something close to 50% of aussie kids, even. lol don't quote me)

So we are whats referred as 'third culture kids', children or adults now, who were once children who grew up in a culture that is different to the culture of their parents. There's a whole list of characteristics on wiki about us and they're pretty much all very true. What was surprising to me was that this term was coined in the 50's. Although, I guess a lot of people did migrate/immigrate post war etc.

We third culture kids are/have:
-bi or multilingual: true of pretty much all my friends

-an expanded world view: so we can view situations from multiple perspectives because we have been exposed to two (or many) different cultures who approach issues differently

-interpersonal sensitivity: this was like a big "TRUUUU" moment when I read this, haha. So because we've been exposed to multiple cultures, we are able to control our actions and emotions and are adept in registering societal norms and cues which differ to our own culture(s). Essentially, were more sensitive to the idea that people from different cultures do things differently and eat weird shit and have odd customs, but we're very open minded about it and are more readily accepting of these new ways as 'just how they do it, cos its a part of their culture' Some of my mono cultural friends can come off as rude when they just innocently ask or say things like 'but that's not how you do it' or 'thats the wrong way' etc. Even my relatives in vietnam (mono cultural) view some things that westerners do as out right crazy and will verbally express this. Although most westerners won't understand, haha.

-cultural adaptability: not just being able to move across diff countries with different cultures and be a bit more accepting of it, but also including the adaptability to different organisations, like cultural fit in a corporation.


Although we have an upper hand in these regards, we also face many challenges:

- Confused loyalties: This one rang true for me quite profoundly. So third culture kids can be confused about politics, patriotism and values. This is loosely related to having an identity crisis, which I know a lot of people face. Like, am I Australian or am I Vietnamese? because there is a clear distinction between the two in terms of political beliefs, cultural customs and values. And there hasn't really been a place before that has the amalgamation of both in harmony. So I guess were kind of the pioneers of that group. Like Aussie-asians. I know, especially for myself, that I don't feel like an aussie-asian. Its more like sometimes I'm more aussie and other times im more asian. I understand that I am both, but my identity makes a bit more 'sense' when I chose one of the two sides. I guess it is quite dynamic. And I do switch between the two. What I'm trying to say is that it doesn't feel like adding vegemite to pho is ever going to be a thing that works well enough to be socially accepted. LOL

Ignorance of home culture: I literally know nothing concrete about what life is like in Vn. I can't really say that I understand what it's like to grow up in a developing country, or to go home from school between 11 and 1 to have lunch and then return. You know, like I may know a little bit of info, but its all anecdotal. I never really experienced it. (which goes back to how sometimes I can feel more australian than vietnamese, of course the converse situation also exists)

Adjusting to adult life: a mixture of influences from many cultures can make it hard to develop an identity and a sense of belonging. I think these all go hand in hand.


Anyway, I thought that was an interesting concept. It's nice to know that there's a name for what I am, haha.

Its late, until next month!


as promised
Monday, February 20, 2017 // 3:00 AM

a photo (singular) blog

haha, I'm too lazy to upload all the photos from my phone to my laptop, so y'all can have one photo


Partying with my girls from VC :D



February has flown by


photos up soon i swear!! LOL



Tuesday, January 24, 2017 // 3:33 AM

bucket list

Year in review
Friday, December 30, 2016 // 3:48 PM

Probably the most general, most repeated thing that has been going around on social media of late is how big a shit storm 2016 was. And another big thing, which seems to be a tiny bit more of a specialised view, is how 2016 was a year of 'realising things' and boy, can I vouch for that.

For me, 2016 wasn't too bad a year. It definitely wasn't the best, but nothing drastically bad happened for me to wish this year over sooner. It was a year of growth, maturation and yes, it was all through the realisation of things that maybe I wanted to stay oblivious to, but in hindsight, I'm glad I figured whatever the thing was, out. 

I think what made this year feel worse than others, at times, was my happiness. And it's not that I didn't have good people and good things surrounding me, on the contrary, in regards to those I've never felt closer to my friends and I did some pretty cool stuff this year. I think it's got to do with just being older. I've heard from several sources that the happiest years of your life are your teenage years and the ones you have after you retire. Everything just goes downhill from high school, or there abouts. And I think I'm actually starting to see that as true. 

This was my year off, out of uni. I went and travelled the world and had fun, but never have I felt more pressure or stress on a day to day basis. And I don't even have finals to study for! I was thrust into the 'real world' although I didn't find myself doing anything in my field until the very end of the year, but there was this constant worry about everything. There was more responsibility. And I think that's what slowly chipped away at my happiness. Somedays it genuinely felt like my full capacity of happiness was halved. All the things that made me immensely happy 2 years ago only made me 'happy' now. Not because of my shift in interest or whatever, I don't think I can just feel to that extent anymore, or not as often as I did anyway. And that both upsets and disappoints me. 

My group and I, well we started saying this more and more this year and at first, I welcomed the idea, then I tried to deny it as best I could, but now I think I'm finally starting to really accept it. We're adults now. We're no longer teenagers, no longer 'young adults' still maturing, we're like full blown adults. We've finished/ we're finishing uni, we're thinking of moving out and being more independent, we've been working meaningless jobs for many years and we're now starting to trade those in for 'real jobs'. We're adults.

I forgot where this was going, haha.

In summary...

Cons:

  • feeling lost 80% of the time without guidance
  • not getting into med, for some reason it hurt more this year than previous
  • working meaningless jobs, just to make money. something I regret in hindsight. but money was good lol 
  • not making the most of my time off to do something good/meaningful 
  • watching my friends go through hurt and heart ache
  • dad sick
It not that big of a list but certain points bare a lot of weight. Also, I'm by nature an optimist so if it was bad, but not that bad, I would've overridden it in my memory haha

Pros:
  • I got to travel Europe with some of my oldest, newest and now dearest friends
  • No winter :)
  • Not having to do exams
  • Jamie
  • Opening up to my friends more and becoming closer because of it :)
  • Summer scholarship at VC
  • My new bike
  • I got to volunteer more and make a small difference to those in my community
  • Tutoring my kids
  • Dream team
  • Fishing! 
  • Flume's concert, which was literally the best night I've had all year
  • graduating. I know I've told you guys this already, but thank you so much for coming, I didn't expect such a turn out and thank you all so much for flowers! y'all really made me feel special :') 
  • Being an FR again with St John

2016 wasn't so bad :)

But there's always room for improvement! Here's to 2017! 

Have a fun, happy and safe new years guys :)


Love always,
Jess

December
Thursday, December 15, 2016 // 4:27 PM

What a long 5 weeks it has been! I just finished my second last week at Victor Chang. Been super busy. Have barely seen my boo and my friends, but it'll be over soon. I'm have a ripper good time though, haha. Photos up soon too.

I can't wait for xmas!

For those who have been asking, here is a list of stuff I would like for christmas


Wishlist:
A flamingo.

Be Here Now
Thursday, November 10, 2016 // 10:45 PM

So I haven't put up a photo blog in ages, haha. I still have not compiled all my Europe pics yet, so here's a quick recap of what I've done since coming home :)

 Went to a lookout in Napean with Collin the first week I came back :)

 Standard Bowl. Sick club w a real bowling alley and arcade games!




 Flew kites w dese 2
 Traditional Viet Wedding whole roast pig
 Bae and our first born at Cathy and Sanith's Wedding


 When bae would rather talk to ur cousin than to you
 Little beach trip to Stanwell Tops/ Thirroul with Danzo and MISOOOOO






 What a cutie
 Hahahahaha so this one night we went exploring and Collin walked into a mud puddle that proceeded to suck his foot in hahahahahahahahahah poor bubba


 Defqon 1

 Tried this with my students
 Brunch w Snoopy
 Went for a hike to Figure 8 Pools with Hellen Marcos and Emily! Saw this beautiful Kanga





 We walked up the side of a waterfall

 WIESOC engineering gala


 Too much of dis lol

 Danzo's birthday

 Listen Out!!!



 The group went down to Thirroul for Labor Day and had a seafood picnic before we went swimming

 Bobs and I shared these snacks before heading home haha

 Greek food near uni!!!
 Figure 8 again w Jamie and his mates
 Terence's surprise dranks lol
 Hellen's new baby Skye!!!!

 Sculptures by the sea
 Devil Foetus



 F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
 Met Freddy Crabs from Sticky Fingers!!!! Ahhhh!!!!
 Caught my first Trevally
 First time filleting fish. I reckon I did okay haha


 Left of Field

 Ads' 22nd!
 Cathy aka Lone Wolf with Eeh aka Eeh
Is that the guy from The Faze?