Monday, January 31, 2011

Daily Outfit: First Day

This is it! Thursday marked my first day at work... paid work! Most other teachers were happy in shorts and tshirts but I thought I'd make my usual effort.

thanks catso for the bum shot.

Really difficult to dress professionally when it's so hot outside!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Not so Handy

I experienced a whole new level of pain yesterday while chopping up chilli for a papaya salad. HOLY SMOKES! I knew I had sensitive skin, but three hours of burning agony?!

I tried everything: milk, ice cubes, salt, soap, tequila....

I thought I was going to be permanently disabled (hypochondriac, much?)

Thankfully the heat subsided just as we were tucking in to the papaya salad. The verdict? Not a spicy dish at all...

Daily Outfit: Hot summer

Although it's been a hot weekend, this shot was in fact taken before I went away. Teachers catch up at the beach for lunch!

I rode my bike all the way down (about 15km) and my chain only came off twice...

Thanks Mr McLean for the photo!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Welcome Home

It's been a while my dears! Last time I touched base I was at the beginning of my travels in Laos, ready to continue exploring Southeast Asia. Thank you for the well wishes and concern!

We had a great time.

The last few days have been a bit busy, what with starting a new job and all! I'm most excited to start a new routine.

Thanks for your patience and I look forward to a return to regular programming...

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Lost in Laos

Sa bai dee friends! I know it's been a while between posts but I haven't been on the internet since I left Australia. It's been a crazy trip so far and we've only just settled in a place (for an extra night, yippee!)

  • arrived in Bangkok late Wednesday night
  • spent Thursday touring the city in sweltering heat
  • caught an overnight bus on Thursday night
  • arrived in Chiang Rai Friday morning, bussed to Chiang Khong, crossed the border into Laos at Huay Xai and hopped onto a boat
  • cruised down the Mekong on Friday and Saturday, sleeping overnight at Pak Beng
  • survived our boat breaking down on Saturday night and running out of natural light and somehow managed to make it to Luang Prabang
  • have just enjoyed a relaxing Sunday exploring Luang Prabang

PHEW! Photos etc upon my return... maybe!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

On the road again

By the time you're reading this we'll have safely touched down in Bangkok, Thailand, ready for three weeks exploring Laos and Cambodia. I'm so excited!

I haven't travelled (overseas) since coming home from France in February! This time, I'm Asia bound and with the manfriend in tow to boot. I've explored Thailand and China to date, and am looking forward to adding two more Asian nations to the photo albums.

Posting is likely to be sporadic at best so in the meantime I wish you all joyous summer (or winter!) holidays and I'll be seeing you all after Australia Day...

Daily Outfit: New Year's Day

I very irresponsibly neglected to get any snaps on New Year's Eve so you just have to make do with the day after: sleep-in, breakfast alfresco, bike ride in sunshine, homemade lunch, trip to the beach, dusk beers, cheap (delicious!) Chinese. Starting the year off right!

I could not have spent a better day!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Daily Outfit: Perth special

Fly-in, Fly-out visit to my sis. Bridesmaid duties and lots of good food!

Daily Outfit: Just for Laughs

Trying on bridesmaid dresses for my sister's enjoyment....

Could this dress get any more heinous? I particularly like the beige bra strap, pot belly, ruffled shoulder and who can ignore the colour....

Monday, January 3, 2011

Daily Outfit: I did it!

Remember how I had a ridiculously productive day last Wednesday?!

I bought a car! And took a bad photograph! (sorry)

Sweaty cycling and playing backyard cricket! I love Australian summers. So different from my December festivities in France....

Daily Outfit: Balmy night

Met my boyfriend at the bar after work then headed to his parents' place for the evening's festivities.

I love daylight savings!

Daily Outfit: Lunch Date

Another gorgeous summer day. Lunch with old school friends and then a few housewarming drinks before a Christmas (post!) party.

Daily Outfit: Open House

My, my petals: how time flies when you're having fun. It's been a splendid silly season, hasn't it?!

This shot was taken the other day at my friend's "Open House" - drop in between dawn and midnight for a glass or two and a feed with good company.

Lots of outfit shots coming atcha over the next few days and then a most conspicuous absence: I'm off to Laos!

Xmas Down Under

What? Talking about Christmas still? How very 2010.

I thought I'd share with those of you living in cooler climes just how we celebrate when the mercury hits the thirties....

Eco-friendly wrapping from yours truly.

Obscenely decorated Christmas biscuits (fun with the manfriend's family!)

Lunch on the 25th! Enough for this vegetarian to eat...

.. or clear her plate.

Finishing off the day with some healthy table tennis competition.

How did you celebrate the day? Family? Friends? Inside? Out?