Busselton (Leavers 2k15)

If you asked me a few months ago whether I was going on leavers (schoolies) or not, I would’ve said no way. But with two weeks until the leavers parties, and everybody raving about it, Elyse booked accomodation. At first I was iffy about the whole ordeal because of what I had heard about leavers, but it ended up being so much fun (other than the fact that I feel like I’m suffering from swine flu now that I’m home).

I thought I’d share a few photos I took over the time I was there.

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Enjoy December x

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Living In The Moment

If you haven’t been living under a rock, sheltering you from the viral trends of social media, you would know that the “new thing” always has to do with spring cleans, starting fresh and living in the moment.

If I got a dollar every time I saw an instagram post captioned “living in the moment”, I would be rich. But is there anything at all that’s “living in the moment” which requires you to stop, take a picture, and post it to social media? Living in the moment is about not worrying about what anyone else thinks, not stopping for anything and just LIVING IN THE MOMENT. What is more self explanatory than that?

Social media has begun to take over the world. No matter where you go, you’ll see people on their phones, texting, taking pictures, sharing their lives in an instant.

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But there is a movement. A movement towards a better future? A less ‘virtually-connected’ and more physically-connected future. Take Essena Oneill. She may have been titled social media ‘queen’, or instagram ‘goddess’. But after years of “having it all” she has decided to quit social media. She’s keeping her blog (http://www.letsbegamechangers.com/ an amazing blog about her thoughts and her journey). She changed all the captions on her instagram photos, to satirical or serious captions to do with the fake-ness of the posed/edited photos. They’re interesting reads, especially for you’re usually someone who admires the perfectly staged bikini shots of instagram models. Essena Oneill’s new outlook and new life has influenced the lives of many. She made a video directed at her 12 year old self, or anyone who is 12 and felt like she did, convincing her that having “everything” is not what it perked up to be. That she and people around her who would’ve been known as ‘famous’ or ‘having it all’ were deeply depressed, whether it was conscious or subconscious. Her video is deeply moving and makes you feel guilty for watching the video in the first place. She urges people to leave their house and go do something they love, without having to meet people over social media. Continue reading

What It Feels Like To Be Graduated

As of Tuesday night, I am officially graduated from highschool. Although I’ve been looking forward to this moment for a really long time (probably around 5 years to be exact), it’s an odd feeling. Not having to wake up early everyday, not knowing what’s right around the corner. It’s not only liberating, it’s also daunting. For the past 12 years I’ve always known what’s happening next week, or the exact things I need to study for the next test. And now, for the first in forever, I don’t know who I’m going to be sitting next to at exactly 11:20am everyday.

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I still have my final exams to complete over the next few weeks, but after that, it’s all over. I cannot wait for the holidays. I have an endless list of things I want to do. Most of you know I am taking a gap year (the reason why I started this blog) which means for the next year, I am going to be documenting everything. Documenting through photo and video. I’m excited to be posting blog posts and youtube videos of my adventures for you all to enjoy. In no less then 17 days, I’m going to be done with study and the adventures will begin.

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Places To See in Perth: Cottesloe Beach

As the weather heats up in Perth, we are reminded that beach season is soon. In the peak of summer, the temperature reaches 40º C every so often with an average maximum of 35º C. It’s easy to say that the typical Australian goes to the beach quite often during these times.
Cottesloe Beach: Indiana Tea House

Cottesloe Beach: Indiana Tea House

There are many beaches along the west coast near Perth city. But the main attraction is Cottesloe Beach. Although it is often tourists that visit this particular beach, locals also find their way here due to the lively atmosphere, the picturesque Indiana Tea House, and the bars, shops and cafés along the road (my favourite being red spoon).
Salted Caramel and Macadamia Gelato (Red Spoon)

Salted Caramel and Macadamia Gelato (Red Spoon)

Although the swim was absolutely freezing (as it is quite often anytime of the year) I adore the beach would never pass up a trip. Because after all, Australia has the best beaches in the world.
Cottesloe beach

Cottesloe beach

May Street Larder

Located is East Fremantle, May Street Larder is a tumblr-esque, cute, little café with lots of vegetarian and/or vegan alternatives.
11911495_10204921677658193_1122012058_nThe first time I went was when someone recommended it to my vegan friend, Coralie. Hearing about this place through its artsy instagram, we knew what to expect. I ordered the breakfast burrito, chorizo, feta, eggs and white beans, served on a wooden board with the jalapeno sauce in a little glass dish on the side, absolutely delicious. Although a little on the pricey side, it definitely is worth it!

Taking photos was a difficult feat; we went on a Saturday and had to wait 20 minutes to get a table. However, again, it was definitely worth the wait. Coralie and I were constantly gazing around the room, visualising countless photo opportunities; we would have to come on a day where we could actually take photos.

11950773_10204921675298134_415476390_nAlthough the main meal was great, the desert was even better. May Street Larder is known for their cocowhip. Cocowhip is a frozen soft serve made only using coconut water (meaning it’s gluten free, dairy free and vegan). It looks similar to frozen yoghurt, but it’s a MILLION times better. You can get cacao infused cocowhip with your choice of toppings. I recommend the vegan caramel. 😉

May street larder also sell their own lupinola, protein balls, jam and vegan chocolate, all in cute instagram-worthy packets.

From the first time I went there, I knew that May Street Larder was somewhere I would go often, whether to simply get a cocowhip or to get a scrumptious brunch. I took these photos when I went on a weekday, where there was near no-one in the store and I had many opportunities to take as many photos as I wanted.

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May Street Larder

May Street Larder