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I’m back in Singapore!! I could tell it was definitely Singapore after touchdown because of the humidity.. you can feel it at the boarding gate! And the sun is still out at 5pm, unlike in melbourne which would be completely dark by then. Even though my tolerance for the cold is not that great, I miss the weather in Melbourne! I could wear my jeans comfortably without feeling itchy and sit at cafes alfresco without sweating buckets. But all good holidays come to an end. So here we are. 😦

Anyway, I watched a great deal of movies the past few days. It must be due to the long nights in winter with nothing to do since most of the shops close at 5pm (except Woolworths our favourite hangout hee). I watched Funny Face starring Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Kay Thomson (who btw is the creator of the Eloise children books!!). I thought it was okay but definitely not among my favs. I didn’t like the songs and although Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn are amazing individually, I didn’t feel they had chemistry. On the other hand, I really enjoyed High Society starring Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. Hands down one of my favourite 1950s musicals. (okay I know I say this alot but it really is good!!)

I just finished editing the video of our trip in Melbourne part 2 so i’ll be uploading that later. I have so much footage I think (okay I know) I’m going to make a third video. Sounds crazy but how do you squeeze 12 days into a 3 minute song? The first video comprised of footage from our first 4 days… you can do the math. Okay I got to go back to unpacking. SO MUCH STUFF.

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Blogging in the middle of my vacation with my family in Melbourne right now… The weather today has been really chilly. While we were at Queen Victoria Market this afternoon, there was actually hail for a few seconds and then it rained. So we decided to go back to the apartment and I cooked curry for tomorrow while watching Take Me Out to the Ball Game. It’s probably the best 1940s-1950s musical film that i’ve watched in a long time. And best of all it starred Gene Kelly, my favourite american actor! (okay second favourite after gregory peck heh) Go watch it!!

Not sure what’s the itinerary is for tomorrow. I guess we don’t really have one because we are just hanging around but I like it this way because it is so much more relaxing. Last saturday we drove past the great ocean drive and then to see the twelve apostles and on Sunday we went to Lake Mountain to ski. The drive was sooo long I practically slept through both days. Boo you, car sickness. Woe is me. But the view at Lake Mountain and at the twelve apostles was so amazing, it was worth it. We drove past Maryville to get to Lake Mountain and it was soo beautiful! We literally drove through a forest and it was foggy and misty, straight out of a movie. (or in Justine’s words, Lord of the rings)

But everyone was so tired after all that driving so yesterday we basically slept in and then in the afternoon I went to Bourke street with my Mum and sister for some exploring and in the evening we met up with my dad, brother, sister and my first cousin (who is older than me haha) for some really good Korean food at Oriental Spoon. More on that later.

Just because videos are always more fun, here is a video of the past week in Melbourne!! I think Part 2 is coming up…

ps. the video is better enjoyed FULL SIZE.

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ps. the video is better enjoyed full size.

This video is from 3 months back, when Rachael was in town but I just wanted to share it because Rachael Yamagata is just so amazing live. It really was like straight out of the record. I’m not usually into melancholy music and lyrics and I tend to gravitate towards more upbeat albeit kooky music (or summer ish music as I would like to call them), but somehow Rachael resonates with me. I’m more of a jazz kind of girl but her lyrics are so poetic, you can’t help but be moved you know?

Anyway I intend to make this blog more of a vlog because I loveeee making videos and I think it would be a great way to document my journey at UC Berkeley especially in cases when I’m at a lost for words. So here’s my first video post!

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And so here we are again, attempt number 3 at keeping a blog. I really do have to start remembering that – I have a blog. Because I really am a bum (& thus the inclination to avoid doing anything remotely productive), I hope this space will become a reminder for me to live in the moment and really make the most out of every experience.

Maybe, just maybe, this space can also become an outlet for me to vent my frustrations and kill my boredom when college starts ie fill the void left behind when kdrama/tv deprivation kicks in (Mum, i’m just kidding…)

I’m not much for introductions so I’ll just end here. ONE MORE WEEK TO MELBOURNE!

P.S. how great is this theme?! The “NEW” sign next to the title of the post is so… awkward haha.