Over the weekend a couple of friends and I decided to go to Hunter Valley for my friend Michelle’s birthday! She turned 25 this year so she decided to do something fun and different! I’ve known Michelle now for about five years now and I think we have gotten to know each other pretty well! I think as a group, all the girls in it have been through highs and lows together so it was a great chance to get away from the city and hangout, relax, celebrate and catchup!
We stayed in the Hunter for two nights and went to various wineries and restaurants! I’m pretty sure all of us were looking forward to eating at Muse Restaurant after hearing from our friend Lily what a fantastic experience it was when she went last. The birthday girl lovvedd the food and we took quite a number of photos there before we left!
I had a blog post previously about how my day trip to the cat island in Japan but it got deleted when my domain expired 🙁
So I’ve decided to write up another one! The cat island that Jono and I went to last year was situated near Fukuoka, Japan. It was our second time in Japan and we decided to explore an area we had never been before. I’m not sure why we decided to go to Fukuoka but I think one of the main things that drew us there was the fact that apparently there were alot of street food stalls there. AKA ‘Yatai’
If I remember correctly we flew into Osaka and then caught a bullet train to Fukuoka. We had calculated before we went to Japan that it would take roughly five hours to get there.. and because we knew we would be going to different places in Japan we got a Japan Rail Pass before hand. This post by Rachel was basically the guide I followed to get to the island. I think maybe one or two things changed on the bus timetable but overall it was a very useful guide! There is another cat island that is more popular so be aware that this is alot more quieter than the other cat island Tashirojima.
My boyfriend Jono and I have kind of made it a tradition to spend valentines day together at home. I admit I do love eating out theres no question about that.. but I think as time as gone by I feel like valentines day is overrated… I’m not even sure if i’m using ‘over rated’ correctly. I do love the idea that people appreciate their significant other alot more on this particular day, however it gets me thinking about why people don’t show their love like this on normal days when it isn’t valentines day? Roses and flowers are about triple the price, you need to book weeks and possibly months ahead for restaurants and perhaps you need to buy a special gift. Maybe I’ve just become old and boring or something but I don’t think I really like the idea of my boyfriend spending tens or even hundreds of dollars to please me on one particular day. I think I am just happier spending my valentines day at home.
For the past three valentines day Jono and I have spent it together. Excluding our first valentines day in 2013 when we were in Singapore, for the past two he’s always cooked me dinner. This year was no different! Jono is a pretty busy guy. I know he works INCREDIBLY hard. Along with his five day a week full time job (where he leaves the house at 7:45am and gets home at 7:45pm), he also helps his father at a plant stall in Kings Cross on Saturdays. SO basically his only one day off is the Sunday. That is the day where he tries to fit in things that he wants to do. It’s not always easy to do that what with family commitments and trying to spend time with me as he’s a pretty DIY person. He loves making things and building things and never wants to waste a single minute of a day. This is why I really truly appreciate all the time and effort he put into choosing what food he wanted to cook, having to go out early to buy it all in between going to work and going to the gym and going to work on saturday and overall making sunday a really really fun day!
Can’t believe that it’s actually been a whole year since I’ve been back to japan. I really miss it. I miss the food, miss the people (especially one of my friends who is currently living there), miss the picturesque streets and shops, miss the cute cafes just the overall feeling of japan. Hoping that I can go back soon! My boyfriend Jono actually found some really cheap flights but unfortunately I have placement and hospital and won’t be able to get the time off! In the mean time, here are some photos that he took of Japan! For more of his amazing work you can checkout his website!
Most of my family on my mothers side are living and are from Guangzhou, China. For those of you who don’t know where that is it is the third largest city in China and is located in the South. People mainly speak “Guangdong hua” aka Cantonese. I can’t speak it unfortunately haha. My mother and all her family can but I think I was brought up speaking mandarin so that is what I’m most fluent in. Luckily they can speak mandarin too! I can speak a little bit of cantonese and can understand a little but it’s not great and I can hardly make conversation.
Anyway so my mum and I travelled to China on boxing day and I came back on the 10th of January. My mum decided to stay a bit longer to spend more time with her family which was nice. I actually really enjoy going back to China to see family. I don’t really see many people my age travelling there though. not sure why? I always see people going to Hong Kong and other SEA countries. I like going back to China because I actually feel like I’m ‘going home’ even though I never grew up there. I really like exploring the area where my family lives and eating all of the yummy food and shopping! Deep down inside I am still a cheap asian.
The first week or so was spent mainly catching up with family and going out with them.. I hadn’t seen them in about three years so it was wonderful to catch up with them again. Some aunties had moved places, one of my cousin had had a child (HE WAS SO CUTE). I really hope I can go back again soon! Here are some photos I took!