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food pt 2
Sunday, July 16, 2017 // 5:30 AM

So my laptop died and silly Jess didn't back up the recent photos. So there will be no more food pt 2 from europe :(

I'll try and put something together of food from elsewhere (maybe) haha

okay bai

Incident report
Saturday, June 17, 2017 // 5:32 AM

On the 17th of June 2016, just before 730 pm my car was hit in Milperra. The cross streets, people and car rego will remain anonymous, but I do have record of all of them on my person.

I was driving down the road at 60 km/h in the left lane. A car in the right lane had stopped to turn right into one of the intersecting streets. Two cars stopped behind this car. I continued to travel at 60 km/h in the left lane. As I passed the first of the three cars stopped on my right, the back right of my car had been struck my another. I then pulled over to the left side of the road a few metres ahead to check on everyone's safety and assess the damage of both cars.

I spoke to the driver, who proceeded to ask if I had seen his left blinker on, to which I said no. And because I did not see any indicators used on any cars (except for the right indicator on the very first car), I proceeded forward. He told me that he had checked his left mirror before pulling out, to which I asked, "did you check your blind spot?" he claimed that he had. His partner who was in the front passenger seat claimed she could not recall if he had checked his blind spot.

We then exchanged details and tried to determine who was at fault. The third party claimed that I swirved around his car (owned by his partner) which had already come out of the right lane. However, I recall going straight completely and his partners car coming out of the right lane just as I passed him, hence his hitting the rear of my car.

We took photos of licences, rego and damage and agreed to let our insurers deal with the situation.

At 826 pm I call AAMI and spoke to Antonio (I believe) about the situation. Upon learning my insurance had not been paid, he offered me advice on how to handle the situation.

Just before 9 pm, I enter the police station with intention to file a police report and was provided the number for the police assistance line.

At 927 pm, I call the police assistance line and spoke to Andrew. I could not make a report and was advised to wait for the third party's insurance company to contact me and clarify the events of tonight's accident.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 // 6:12 AM

I love peanut butter toast w bananas

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

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