Liking, Loathing, Noticing

Liking: Air conditioning and ceiling fans… with temperatures soaring into the 40 degrees Celsius range, thankful for ways to cool down!

Loathing: Lack of sleep. At the busy end of my work year, so much to organise and little time means many of my colleagues, just like myself are seriously burning the candle at both ends.

Noticing: Tiredness definitely affects my motor skills, I seem to drop things and break things, knock body parts on various protruding pieces of furniture when I’m tired and stressed!

Liking: Upcoming holidays! Christmas time with The Artist, so looking forward to some quality time together.

Loathing: Price increases at holiday time. Why do flights to anywhere from Australia seem to cost so much! And hotel mark ups… The Artist thinks everything over $100 a night is expensive. Ha! These days that would barely get you a night in a hostel.

Noticing: The internet really knows you, like some creepy stalker guy you may have dated back in the 90s. One search through google and every page and social media site is bombarded for ads for the very thing you searched for! Remind me not to search for any feminine products, that can stay off my facebook thank you!

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Essential Holidays…

5 days to go until I head off to Beijing to start my 21 day ‘Essential China’ tour with G Adventures. Can’t wait!

Encounter the essence of China in all its wonderful diversity—climb the Great Wall and stare down the Terracotta Warriors before heading down south on this 3-week tour of China’s cultural and natural highlights. Rest your gaze on the giant Buddha of Leshan and explore ancient mountainside monasteries at Emei Shan, then float down the world-famous Three Gorges of the Yangtze River before stepping out to experience the vibrant rural life and stunning scenery of Yangshuo. With your accommodation and transport arranged by our expert CEOs, this adventure offers up a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.

Packing sorted, visa received, flights purchased, travel diary ready for action!

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Things I’ve learned … being sunburnt

1. You will guarantee to be burnt in Australian Summer in under 15 minutes if you don’t put on sunscreen. Unlike the gentle European sun, our rays are unforgiving!

2. Getting your face burnt as a teen leads to pigmentation and spots in your late 20s and 30s. This will be more annoying and disturbing than actual wrinkles, which is what you worry about happening to you when you are a teen. I wish someone had warned me about pigmentation – not wrinkles!

3. Burning the stomach area is super painful. I learnt this the hard way one Christmas Day and couldn’t walk, sit, breath, laugh, sleep without excruciating pain. Note to self, your young sporty cousins who live at the beach probably get their stomach out to the sun a lot more than your once-a-year-christmas-day-exposure of your pearly white belly. Just because they don’t put on sunscreen doesn’t mean you don’t!

4. There is something satisfying about tan lines. Sure they look rather ridiculous but its nice to notice you have got a tan. Though these days tanning is best done through a bottle or sprayed at the Salon. Which I love for those extra whitey bits (like the belly!) but my naturally tanned arms and legs can look extra dark!

5. When you have a great all over tan (such as one sprayed on) you just want to be nude. Or as close to nude as possible! Its true, skin looks slimmer with a tan, but please fake it!

6. I have been blessed with slow release tanning skin. If I do get  a natural tan, especially on arms and legs, my melanin hangs around for months, after a summer in Europe I think my tan stayed for almost a year!

How To Pack for 31 Days Away

What do you pack for a 31 day holiday? When you are traversing two continents? When you will encounter temperatures from 7 degrees to 37 degrees celcius, with snow and extreme humidity? When you will do 7 flights (9 if you lose your passport)? When you will be sunbaking, hiking, shopping, dining out, going to the theatre, visiting temples, attending conventions, trekking through jungles, walking on glaciers? When you can only take a backpack (as stated by the tour company)?

Gosh if there was such a simple answer. I feel I’m getting pretty good at packing for overseas trips now. Tip No. 1 – Check the forecast and climate details of your locations. I needed a thick warm jumper for the Canadian rockies, but also need soft light cotton dresses for South East Asia. I was covering all weather, all seasons and due to my tour company on the second half of the trip, could only take a backpack (much prefer a suitcase).

So I was limited in what I could take, for sure. And also wanted to do as much shopping as possible! Tip No. 2 – Sometimes it pays to send a box of goodies home through the post rather than paying exorbitant airline fees for extra bags. Especially if you are away for a number of weeks and don’t want to carry stuff around.

In terms of packing clothes, I chose the colour pink as my accent colour to go with a range of neutrals – black, white, grey and denim.

I took a grey knitted jumper, a black long sleeved top and a hot pink cardigan.

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For tops I took two black and white print tees, a dark pink singlet/tank top with a love heart in studs, a black textured singlet/tank, a plain black and a plain pink tank/singlet. I took a silky sleeveless blouse with a pink leopard print pattern.  

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For Bottoms I took a pair of dark denim shorts, dark denim jeans, black jeans, black leggings, a denim skirt and a pair of peacock feather patterned pants.

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I took my warm purple parka, a black cotton dress and a maroon and black patterned dress.

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I was lucky enough to stow the parka and one pair of jeans in my boyfriend’s bag after the first 2 weeks, before travelling to Asia as he was heading home early. Made some more room for shopping!

Accessories and Shoes – I took some black thongs/flip flops, pink patterned flats and sneakers. My first task was to buy a pair of converse in the USA, which I did. If not I may have taken an extra pair of walking shoes. I also bought 2 pairs of flats too. The clutch bag was used to store jewellery in it in my bag, then doubled as a handbag for dinners out. I took one scarf for sarong/wrap/scarf/blanket purposes. Bought lots more in Asia too.

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Recent Overseas Purchases

I do like to shop… and I do like to travel, so shopping while travelling is a win win situation for me. Especially when amazing bargains can be found.

The only dilemma is carrying what you buy. My bags get so stuffed it is impossible to carry them! Oh and if you have the unfortunate debacle of having a backpack stolen. True story for another day.

This trip I was savvy and sent a box of shopping home from the US, since I still had to backpack my way around South East Asia.

 

Here are some of my recent buys!

Colour Fest Day 13 – Vivacious

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I have so many clothes in this colour range, love a bit of deep pinky fuchsia to brighten the day. Love my soft leather $15 handbag above, and my pink top with the built in necklace!
Can’t wait to try out my new love heart sweater from Mix@Coles!
This is the base colour for my 31 day trip, starting tomorrow, packing is a mix of pinks, blacks, whites and denims!

Liking, Loathing, Noticing

Liking: Holidays tomorrow! A 31 day adventure to America, Canada and Asia can’t wait!

Loathing: The idea of 18 hours on a plane tomorrow, with a 5 hour stop over, then a combined 3 hour bus trip. Urgh, the downside to travel, bring on window seat!

Noticing: Miss S hasn’t noticed I’m leaving yet. I have organised a house sitter so I’m sure her world will be in turmoil (You’re not my human!) though she wouldn’t like the alternative (Cattery!)

Liking: Summer weather, bring on Thailand Beach time!

Loathing: Bills and Fines arriving when you’re trying to save for a holiday. Especially when you think you had paid the fine already!

Noticing: There is way too many clothes and accessories in my ‘to pack’ pile than will fit in my backpack. Uh oh…