Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Cold & Wet Winter in Perth

The last post I blogged about was 3 months ago, but it feels like ages ago. I hardly log into my facebook account, let alone blogging. But that does not mean I am not passionate about writing or expressing my thoughts into an online journal and practically have everyone in cyberspace to view and read about it *grinning*

Anyway....winter is here and it has only been 24 days of cold, wet & windy weather in Perth. Unlike other seasonal countries, we do not have snowflakes & extreme drop of temperature (minus 0 degrees) to really experience the winter season (thank goodness for that), otherwise I would have moved up to Queensland, the sunshine state, almost tropical as my hometown in Kuching.

This is my 2nd winter experience since I have migrated to Australia for good (maybe). But my heart still aches for the comfort & familiarity of my hometown; the food, culture & people. Life is all about taking chances/risk and making things happen for yourselves. It is a pedestal to stand high on your tippy-toes, look beyond the brick walls and climb over it.  Besides, I have always wanted to venture out of my comfort zone and experience new things & places.

I recalled my 1st winter was quite unexpected for someone like me, who gets easily excited with the coming seasons. It was last year winter, when at one frosty morning around 630AM, as I was about to get into my car, I'd noticed the roof of my car was fully covered with shaved-crusted looking ice. Of course, I took a picture of it with my phone camera and posted in my facebook. I just stood, stared & touched it for seconds only to realise it was freakin' cold outside. Silly me!!

Despite the awesome discovery of frost on my car roof (for the first time in my life), winter is my least favourite seasons in Perth. It is always wet & windy during the winter, and the sudden downpour of rain that lasted only a few minutes, just enough to wet the grass lawn.

There was this one time when I had to depend on the public transportation to get to work and of course, winter was my biggest hurdle. Even the strongest & biggest umbrella could not saved you from getting wet from top to bottom and your perfect hair & attire all messed up from the fierce wind. It was an unforgettable experience.

But the best part of winter is the squid season, which is the best time to catch some fresh squids at the foreshore beach. My uncle would normally go squidding with his 16 year old son, on their small boat and caught at least 30 decent size fresh squids, ready to be deep-fried or stir-fry with dried chilli & soy sauce. Delicious!!

There you go...that is my winter experience in Perth. This year winter, I am fully prepared for it. 

Friday, March 8, 2013

It's been a while..& what's up Ms B...

YES...I KNOW...I have been neglecting my blog for such a long time. I have lost count the times I intended to write something on my blog but never had the chance to sit down and type away.

So, now I have the time to blog but running out of ideas. I am just going to start with anything that comes into my delicate mind. Sleepy but the brain is running like a clockwork now. (hehe)
It is almost midnight, 10 minutes to 12AM to be exact, and I am slouching on my hand-me-downs double bed in my spacious lounge room, that has no door, using only a makeshift wired curtain as a temporary barricade, which is enough to serve its purpose. I do not have the luxury of a privacy for that matter, living with my Aunt and her chaotic family of 9, which you may be surprised as I have included the 2 annoying miniature dogs, a German Schnauzer and Yorkshire Terrier (I hope I got the spelling right as I couldn't be bothered to 'Google' the breed's name).

I have my valid and justifiable reason as to why I am still living with my Aunt when I know very well that I can rent a room outside the comfort of my familiar zone. Here are my top 4 reasons:

  1. Living with the 'family' means paying less than the current rental market; renting a room outside & close to the city radius would mean forking up an average of $300 per week. I saved 1/2 the amount that goes directly to my savings.
  2. Food is always provided for; by the time you get back from work, dinner is served.
  3. House chores are exceptional; I do my own washing but my Aunt will cater for the housework most of the time anyway.
  4. I have cousins who I can go out shopping or for movies on weekends.

Looking to rent a room?? On second thought, maybe NOT!

So, there you go. Keeping up with the Fowles can be a headache sometimes, but nevertheless, I love them to bits.

It's 5 minutes past midnight and my eyes are already calling me to shut and snooze.

To end this note, I want to wish my fellow bloggers a good and fuzzy night.