Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Last First Day of High School

Wow, to think that five years ago, I was just another little year eight ready to start my journey at high school and here I am today, almost a week into year twelve.
I'm pretty sure my school was one of the only schools in Brisbane which started on Monday. I had been looking forward to see all my friends again after not seeing some for the entire holidays! Chantal and I had our first duty of year eight prefects as we got to lead them all the way up to their home room which is up in G44 and helped them settle in and also we had to teach them how to unlock their lock for their lockers. Took some people longer than others but they eventually got it. Ahhhh my buddy Jess is so cute! Apparently she wrote me a really long email asking me all these questions and whatnot but I never received it D;

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Maddy looked a bit derp photobombing at the back. (Thanks Ailsa for the photo)

Well personally, I hate where my locker is situated. It's in a narrow walkway down at W1 and even though mine's near the edge, it's so cramped especially during the beginning of lunch and end of school. Our house group lockers are also separated into three areas for some strange reason and my house room is on the complete opposite side to where my lockers are.

Enough complaining from me, Happy Belated Chinese New Year and Happy Australia Day! Hope you spent it better than I did..

I managed to do some studying in between all the procrastinating I did. I stuck up my term planner although I don't have much on it yet, but once I get my assessment schedule it'll all be in scribbles.

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We also got new school diary designs and format this year. It's now a bigger awkward sized diary with a a binder thing on the side. I keep thinking I don't have my diary because it's like a book.

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And check out my cute apple speakers! I was going to post a photo of my desk then I realised how messy it actually looked, but anyway, back to the speakers :D

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Band camp this weekend......... LOL

Saturday, January 21, 2012

A Little Surprise.

Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.

— Oprah Winfrey
Happy surprise birthday Billy! Hopefully you didn't expect this even though you awkwardly bumped into Mitch, Ben and Alan buying your birthday cake...

Took place at Obaltan along Elizabeth Street and it was a while before everyone finally got into the restaurant. Caroline led Billy into the restaurant and 'SURPRISE!'

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Billy the birthday boy

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How cute it Caroline ??!?!?!!

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Billy posing with the knife and cake even though I ended up cutting it into uneven pieces.

Okay, bye.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wall to Wall

I trust that everything happens for a reason, even when we’re not wise enough to see it.
— Oprah Winfrey
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In a way, I'm actually looking forward to starting school, just not the whole study, work part. I say this because today, most of the prefects from my school had to go this prefect thing where we had teachers and school counsellors come talk to us about what we need to do and whatnot and everything sounded pretty fun ! Okay, enough 'loser looking forward to this aspect of school' talk.

During some of my spare time, I decided to alter and add photos to my wall. I added some new posters and printed off some new photos but I realised I didn't print off enough so I will have to go and print some more later on or just take more photos.

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It's slight crooked as it goes along but I really cannot be bothered to adjust it. I swear it looked fine when I was originally putting up all the photos (which was ages ago). I take off and replace some photos when I can be bothered... I think this side looks so much better than the other side because it's not as cluttered as the side shown above.

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Here's a close up of the poster I found in the Sportsgirl booklet thing:

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Well the photo below shows the only poster I actually bought for myself at the kpop store in Melbourne.. I bought 3 for Angus' birthday (I'm such a nice friend :') )

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I don't know where I should put this one because there's not enough space for it on the cluttered wall but it'll look if I put in on the nice side because I already have 2 posters on it :/ But more importantly, the poster itself is *u* I mean c'mon, look at Taecyeon! LOOK AT HIM.

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Sorry Yoona LOL

Also, I have one thing I need your opinion on. Should I go to MAC or Napolean Perdis to get my make up done for my formal?? I'll take suggestions on other make up brands that you know are good too. I want to make my decision and book as early as possible because the people at NP said it's best to book ASAP and apparently there are four other formals on the same night as mine so bookings will need to be done early!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Food For Thought

I think it’s brave to try to be happy. You’ve gotten so comfortable being unhappy. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to wake up in the morning and choose to be happy, to let the water wash everything away?

— Pushing Daisies
I'm back in Brisbane after a wonderful week down in Melbourne. Did quite a lot of shopping and eating... There are so many enticing restaurants there, I think I would probably spend so much money on food if I ever lived there again.

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Some nice looking Macaroons at a Cafe at Chadstone Shopping Centre.

One night, we specifically went all the way over to Richmond (I think that's the suburb) to go to one of the restaurants we always used to go to called The Pacific House. Renovations had been done since the last time I went and it has expanded into the restaurant that used to be beside it, sigh the memories :')

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1/2 Peking Duck, Beijing Sauce Rib thing and got to have some vegetables.

On the last night before I left, my Mum and I went to La Porchetta and had Italian Food :D

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My mum ordered a steak with mushroom sauce and vegetables and I ordered this Pollo Fungi Tortellini dish.

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For dessert we had a cupcake each!

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I'm actually really surprised I didn't gain 10kg from all the food I've consumed last week.

Also, while shopping through the city in Melbourne, I happened to pass by some talented buskers!

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Think he looks like a hobo? Yea, maybe but his piano skills are amazing even though the piano he uses it all tattered and old. You wouldn't expect someone that looks like that to be able to play so many songs and you can also request songs for him to play.

There was also this Japanese guy who was really good at beatboxing? I think that's what you can classify this but I think he called it Mouth Music or something. His girlfriend was also standing there supporting him and she was SO PRETTY.



Well there goes my New Year's Resolution......... >.>

ps. I made a new personal tumblr account: http://myaileeen.tumblr.com/

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tram Cables

It's crazy how fast time flies by.

So far, Melbourne has been treating me very well, although the temperature is a little colder than anticipated, I am having a wonderful time nonetheless. I arrived on Monday morning and I'm leaving next Monday. Since it was 40 degrees or so the other day in Melbourne, I thought it would still be hot and so to reduce weight of luggage and whatnot, I didn't bother bringing any winter clothes, being summer and all. When I got out of the airport in shorts and shirt, I was literally freezing my ass off in 15 or something degrees at 8am.

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First stop after heading home was Yum Cha; in this photo is my little hyperactive Lisa.

I've never really took much notice to this, but Melbourne is a lot more populated than Brisbane. There's so many people everywhere and there are so many side shops! I've been to Chadstone Shopping Centre everyday so far since we live pretty close to it and I also saw the most amazing dress that would make my perfect formal dress. Shame it's around $1000 over my budget...

Personally, out of all the shops at Chadstone, I think the design for the exterior and interior for Miu Miu looks the best (the real thing looks better than the photo).

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I think of the photos below are going to be of food because I don't usually take photos while I'm shopping...
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Cute cupcake parlour/store!

There is a Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop near the cinemas of Chadstone !!!!!

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Three scoops LOL (shared of course) Strawberry Cheesecake, Phish Food and Triple Caramel Swirl ♥

In Sportsgirl, there was this one little boy who followed Lisa around and started saying 'BEST FRIEND' to her, it was sooooooo adorable and then he went over and hugged her and kept following her around :3

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The photo on the left is of when she took and a bag from the rack and started running around the store and decided to leave Sportsgirl with the bag... >.> My mum had to drag her back into the store and Lisa would not let go of the bag, even after kicking and yelling on the floor LOLLOLOLL

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CANDY, Look at all the mini Reese Buttercups :3

Yesterday night my mum, Lisa, Helen (my best friend from grade 6 and haven't seen her since then ) and her mum went out for dinner at Sofia which was a nice reunion :')

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DINNER

Helen and I also saw this pretty cute waiter who we decided to take a photo with HHAHAHAA funny story, completely shameless.

So, Today's plan was to go to Chapel Street and shop around then head to the city but the weather was terrible so we decided to just stay at Chapel Street. There were loads of shops anyway and it would have probably taken more than a day to shop around, they've even opened up a Topshop and Topman down this street!!

Scary story, it started hailing for about 10 minutes and while we were walking down trying to find cover, there was this huge BOOM sound and my mum and I looked around and one the cable things for the trams exploded D; People were all getting out of the tram and you could smell this smoke sort of odor and within five minutes fire engines and police all arrived. It was crazyzyzyyy.

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A lot of people gathered around onlooking what had happened even though rain was pouring down.

I love Melbourne though and I realise this post is all random and whatnot so I guess it wouldn;t hurt to post a photo of the 'Key to my Heart' bracelet (left photo) I got with Courtney!

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(I bought the other one yesterday)

Well I'll be continuing my shopping journey tomorrow! Hope you are all doing well ♥

Thursday, January 5, 2012

My Top 5 iPod/iPhone Apps

Thought I might do something a bit different to my usual posts so I'm going to show you and review my top 5 favourite apps although they are not necessarily my most used apps.

No. 5: The Game of Life

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I recently downloaded this app the other day and I'm not quite sure whether if it's just the fact I'm on holidays and get bored at times or something but I actually find this game fun! You choose a character and all that kind of stuff then at the beginning you have to decide whether or not you want to go to college or go straight ahead to career. It just covers the basics of life like getting a job, getting married, buying a house etcetc but in a board game way. You also earn money (depending on the job you end up with) and can also lose money if you land on a the losing money spot. The aim of the game is to go through the Game of Life board until you reach retirement and the player with the highest net income wins. Kinda sucks how you can only choose between four colours and four players in one player mode though.

Quality of this game on the iPad 2 is waaaaaaaaaaay better, my brother and I were playing this on my Grandpa's iPad which made the iPod Touch version look so crappy.

No. 4: 1000 Cameras

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1000 Cameras is a photography app which has pages and pages of different filters you can apply to photos. Like most other photo filter apps, you can either choose to take a photo or use a photo you already have. If you see the second photo above, all the dots show just how many pages of filters there are available. You can also adjust the amount of filter applied. I guess one of the downsides to this app is that you have to crop the photo to a certain size, but apart from that I think this is a great photo filter editing app.

No. 3: 美图秀秀 (Mei Tu Xiu Xiu)

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Out of all the photography apps, 美图秀秀 would have to my favourite. You can change the lighting, saturation, contrast etc. add frames and filters. The filters on this app are mostly pretty nice and are separated into three different categories (I don't know how the sorted the categories out). You can also make the split images like the one shown in the third photo above. One of the flaws to this app applies to the people who don't understand Chinese. Although even if you can't read the words, it's pretty easy to guess what options does what.

No. 2: Instagram

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This app requires you to sign up and after you sign up you can upload photos, follow other users and view, like or comment on their photos. Other users are able to follow you and can see your profile which shows some of the photos you have uploaded. Before you upload photos, you can choose filter settings which can make your photo look more appealing.

No. 1: Lock 'n' Roll

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Lock 'n' Roll is the most addictive game and I think on the reasons why is because I keep wanting to beat my high score. It's a dice game and at first, it takes a while to understand how the game works but once you get it, it's pretty fun. I usually play it on the bus or when I'm waiting. The aim of the game is to eliminate as many dice as possible in certain combos until you have no more free spaces left to place the dice. I've had this app since the first few months of when I got my iPod (so around January, 2010). I know it's kinda sad how my high scores are so high but still, I AM PROUD OF THEM ALRIGHT?

Now to something completely irrelevant |

Yesterday a group (I think there about 20 people or so) of us went down to the Gold Coast. Thank goodness the weather was perfect, sunny blue skies. I got a slight tan but not as tan as I wanted and unfortunately didn't take very many photos ): The two photos below are the only two photos I took on my iPod LOL

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Spent most of the day with the lovelies Diem and Courtney

AAANNNNDDDDDD Guess what? I'm also going down to Melbourne for a week on Monday! YEY! :D

Monday, January 2, 2012

Resolutions (+ Sales)

Without a heart I can never really know what it would be like to love someone, or ever really understand trashy novels.

— Wizard of Oz
Happy (belated) New Year! 2011 was a year that went by a lot faster than I imagined and hopefully, 2012 will be better (although it will be one hectic year being in year twelve and all). I had an interesting New Year's Eve at the city but it turned out pretty alright in the end, at least we managed to make it to the midnight fireworks at Southbank. Hope everyone is enjoying 2012 so far and prayers go to the people affected by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake which occurred yesterday

So, I have never set myself actual New Year's Resolutions before so I've decided to set myself 5 realistic and hopefully achievable resolutions for this coming year 2012. I know they aren't the most original resolutions but anywho.

1. Study, study, study/Get a single digit OP
Preferably OP 5 or higher which means I just got to knuckle down and isolate myself from the rest of the world, limit Facebook, Blogger, Tumblr and Twitter etcetc usage.. Seniors 2012!

2. Have more patience and don't give up on some things so quick (eg. Maths)
Perseverance is key.

3. Lose weight.
My self-consciousness really got the better of me. Not sure how that's going to turn out though. Also, I don't think I'm going to bring this up again...

Good luck to everyone with their New Year resolutions too!

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I repainted my nails yesterday for the New Year, I'm really into plain pastel colours at the moment.

Well I spent my day at Chermside and bought a few more things (lovelovelove SALES)

I was deciding between a wall calendar or a wall planner and I ended up getting the 2012 Wall Planner from Kikki K:

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Got a pair of sunglasses from Le Spec:

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Two new cute mini nail polishes from Chichi:

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And some perfume from Juicy Couture!

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☆ The best part was everything I bought was on sale I even got my brother a Starcraft II 2012 calender :')

By the way I bought these macaroons the other day from Woolworths, they didn't taste as near as good as they looked.

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HAPPY 2012!