Today, I attended my last clay sculpture session with Dee Jaeger in Fremantle Arts Centre. I’m grateful for the experience I’ve had there. It’s been so much fun working with clay, and I still have half the bag of clay left, so I will definitely be making many more figurines when we get back from our travel.
I got to bring just my first figurine home. The others have still not been bisque fired. Well the only bowl that had been (above), I still had to glaze, so I won’t be seeing its final result until we come back to Perth, which will be late August! I’m going to miss working with clay, that’s for sure.
I can’t believe we’ll be leaving Perth in three days! I just did my last shop of pasalubongs a while ago, so I will just be relaxing and packing our suitcases these last days … and hopefully I’ll have the motivation to use up my last two sessions at the gym!
I know I haven’t been blogging as regularly as I used to. I have this love-hate relationship going on with interior design at the moment, but I’ll be active blogging while traveling, updating you on our mini adventures. Oh the following months, you guys, they look promising to me. I just know I’ll be filled with motivation and inspiration soon again … I can almost taste it. ♥
Life in Perth lately has been alright.
My clay sculpture class has rekindled my creativity. It’s nice getting my hands on something again, and I can’t wait to show you everything I’ll manage to complete.
I love these summery pants I got for our Manila trip! In eight days, you see, we’ll be flying to Hong Kong to visit BZ’s boss and wife for a weekend. After that, we’ll be flying to Manila to stay for a little over a month.
My family will also be there on vacation from Bergen, so can you imagine how excited I am!? To have the whole family gathered again, in the Philippines at that, is something we’ve all been looking forward to for months and months!
Until then, I’ll keep sipping lattes to keep me warm here in chilly Perth.
(I’m looking forward to Kuppa‘s berry nut latte though!)
I don’t usually show off food, but I love it when BZ gets inspired to cook, and this is what we had for dinner: seared yellow fin tuna on mango salsa. Although it had a pinch too much of chili, it was delicious.
Two nights ago, I convinced BZ to take a walk with me to King’s Park. It’s a tourist attraction in Perth, and I can’t believe it was his first time after almost ten months of living here already! We missed the sunset, but the skyline view made it worth it.
Although Perth is a beautiful city, honestly, there isn’t much to do. I have the right to say so because I don’t work, haha! I’ve tried motivating myself to focus on fitness, but even that has started to bore me … to the point where three days can go by without me moving a muscle. Tsk, not good, but I’m sort of hoping that our trip to HK and Manila will reignite a passion in me I feel I’ve lost. ♥
• interior architecture of InterContinental Melbourne the Rialto Hotel •
• beautiful interior architecture of H&M •
• Melbourne Central •
• Royal Arcade •
• love padlocks on Southbank Bridge •
So our 5-day trip to Melbourne was such a great experience! Although I’d been thrice before, it was like experiencing Melbourne for the very first time. The three first times, we stayed at BZ’s house in a suburb 45 minutes away from the city. So driving into the city was not a daily thing. But this trip, we stayed in the middle of the city. Since BZ wasn’t feeling too well, I got to explore Melbourne on my own.
And I loved the buzz of Melbourne—something Perth completely lacks. I loved how there was always people out. In contrast, Perth on a Friday night is dead empty. No kidding, you’d see more people out on a Monday morning in Melbourne than on a Friday night in Perth. So we were completely drawn to the buzz of Melbourne.
Although BZ has lived in Melbourne for 16 years, he agreed that staying in the middle of the city (as opposed to his childhood home 45 minutes away) opened his eyes to a whole new side of Melbourne. He reckons it’s his new favorite city. So we’ve talked quite a lot about it, and we’ve decided that we’re trying out Melbourne for a few months once our lease is up here in Perth!
BZ has the amazing opportunity of working from anywhere [with internet] in the world. Wouldn’t it be a waste to settle down in just one place when we have the privilege of experiencing different places to live? Especially when we don’t have kids?
It has been quite depressing for me not being able to score an interior design job yet. I really appreciate how BZ considers my happiness—where having a job I thrive in plays a huge role. I just don’t understand why it’s so difficult to get a design job here! I’m already considering visual merchandising.
Staying home every day, doing chores just to fill my day with things to do, has taken its toll on me. I don’t even have friends here! How depressing! Seriously. While in Melbourne, I met up an acquaintance from college who’s lived there for four years. Just having someone new to have lunch with was so nice. Someone who didn’t know what was going on in my life—someone genuinely interested in me. That was really nice.
You know, once you enter a relationship, you gotta have your own life. That’s what this whole experience so far has taught me. You can’t rely on your partner to fill in every role you need in your life. Not even his/her family will do. You have to have a life separate. That’s also another reason why I want a job so bad.
But I’m so grateful for everything I’ve experienced. And life will only get better from here. ♥
• [disappointing] result of a 3-hour digital perm session •
It has taken forever to grow out all the dyed part of my hair. Although I want to have completely natural hair, I just got sick of the straight look, so I decided to have a digital perm done to my hair. I looked up hair salons in Melbourne (because I knew it would be way cheaper than in Perth) and found that not all salons offered that service. Which made me think that the few that did, would show good results.
So I went for Nara Hair salon along Lonsdale Street. I spent three whole hours in the salon, and after all of it, the curls weren’t as curly as I’d expected. I was told to not wash my hair for two days! I couldn’t even tie it up, so that evening for dinner I put bobby pins into my hair to look half decent.
The next day, I woke up to straight hair! So I went back to the salon that afternoon and said I wasn’t happy with the result at all. I was hoping I’d get my money back, but then I started feeling so bad for the Korean hairdresser who had a hard time understanding me and communicating with me. Sweat kept on dripping down his head, you see, so I instantly switched into a I-just-want-to-know-what-to-do mode from being an unsatisfied client.
He offered to do the treatment all over again. But I didn’t want to spend another 3 hours in the salon that beautiful Saturday noon (not to mention my hair smelled burnt), so all they did was wash my hair (yes!) and applied a curling serum to it and blew it dry while twisting my hair to “bring out the curls.” Then all of a sudden it looked the way it did the day before. As I walked away from the salon, I thought to myself: Now I know to never try this again.
I just don’t have patience with styling my hair, so if it’ll take that much fuss every time after I shower, never mind. Although my hair didn’t turn out as I’d expected, it has a waviness to it, which I’m okay with. At least it isn’t too straight anymore! But yea, never again.
• loved shopping in Melbourne: Steve Madden heels for $50! •
• back in Perth: floral arrangement at Gordon St. Garage •
• rearranged existing décor + our own •
You guys, it’s getting really cold down here in Perth. While the rest of the world celebrates Spring, we’ve met with bitter Autumn. I’m not a fan of the cold at all—I’m all covered up with sweatpants, cozy socks, a knitted top, a scarf—topped with a cozy throw. And it’s just 16℃ at the moment.
The past week has been pretty busy for us. With several back-and-forth trips from our old place to our new place, we’ve moved in in just two days. We even prepped up the old apartment for BZ’s friend and her boyfriend, who visited over the weekend from Melbourne, during those two days.
In two days, BZ’s leaving me for a whole week, so we had his family come over last night for dinner, which was kinda like a house warming. He did all the cooking: pork belly with gravy, roast chicken and veggies, fried fish and coleslaw salad. What I love about us is that we complement each other in that he loves to cook (I don’t have the patience) while I love to keep it clean.
And now I’m sipping leftover white wine from last night. ♥
And seriously, I’m falling head over heels for clay! Last Monday was our second session, and I was so deep into it that I got sad when I realized we had only an hour left to call it a day. She is a work in progress, but here she is all tall and proud:
For the past months, I’ve become fond of bringing home bouquets from grocery trips. I find that flowers bring in warmth and femininity to our otherwise cold and gloomy apartment. The last bunch of flowers had started to wither over the weekend, so when I came home from my 3-hour clay sculpture session Monday noon, I was surprised to receive a bouquet of budded irises and lilies from my rarely romantic boyfriend.
They were still buds when I got them, so when I woke up to a few blooms yesterday, I couldn’t help but smile. Seeing flowers bloom is something I’ve come to enjoy. The lilies are still buds, and I can’t wait to see them all in full bloom. They’ll be pops of violet and yellow on a grey backdrop. But not for long, ’cause guess what—we’re moving into a new apartment today!
• blooming irises and lily buds in a blue bottle •
We had been waiting and waiting for the real estate agent’s reply, and yesterday she finally did—with good news at that. Where we currently stay is comfortable for just BZ and I, but we decided we would like a bigger place to be able to host dinners and whatnot for his family. After all, they are the only ones we know here in Perth! And with the smaller apartment where we have been staying all these months, it just hasn’t worked out.
The new apartment is also fully furnished and equipped, so I won’t get to really style it as I would’ve liked. It comes with interesting décor pieces, however, but at the moment, they all seem so scattered. One thing I can’t wait to do: to assemble them in such a way that will bring me aesthetic satisfaction. Alas, there are a few faux plants and flowers here and there, and I’ve decided that most of them will have to be hidden from sight. That’s probably the first thing I’m gonna do.
One other thing I can’t wait to get my hands on is the guest bathroom. Now that I think about it, maybe one potted faux plant can find its home in there. Greenery is always visually pleasing. Choosing a soap and hand towels … the thought makes me all giddy inside!
Oh the simple things in life. ♥