An Evening with Oprah!

This was a pleasant surprise from my dear friend Diana. She’d been calling me and texting me to call her the day before the big day and I wondered what was going on. She didn’t say anything, so I wasn’t sure. And then I saw her tickets and I knew what it was about.

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Since when was Oprah coming to town and why did I not hear about it through my networks of self-development like coaching groups, Tony Robbins groups and business/entrepreneur groups?? What is going on?? (more…)

Happy New Year: 2015 Highlights

Happy New Year Everybody!

Wishing you all had an awesome end of year and celebrated with a big bang! 

What an interesting year 2015 was (I wrote “has been” but 2015 is now over).

January

It started off quite roughly this year – the after effects of losing my day job last year had rolled into the start of the year. I was really desperate for a job, anxious because I didn’t know when the next pay cheque was coming and I was still so depressed about who I was and what I couldn’t do.

The start of the year had many rejections. I applied for quite a few jobs, received lots of rejection letters; went to a few interviews; was rejected from all the interviews; met up with a few potential employees from the past and was rejected from virtually all of them. It was all struggle, struggle, struggle.  (more…)

The More You Give, The More You Receive

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Wishing you all had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends and that you enjoyed some shopping!

This year was the first time in a few years that I spent Christmas with family and we had a celebration. As my cousins’ have said, this year we’ve had the best food yet! 😀

Approaching Christmas, it wasn’t the greatest. I was nagging the car repairers and insurance company to get my car back to me before Christmas. So it took a lot of talking, asking questions and suggestions – Ok, firm speech, questioning and demands – just to get my car back. To my disappointment, the car came back alright, but it just didn’t feel right and there were things that were missing. Not a great start to Christmas! (more…)

Recent Mind Shenanigans

So recently, it’s been quite challenging and interesting at the same time. I’ve had many things happen at the same time and made many observations and thought why not record it here. It will seem quite haphazard and a little “jumpy”…

I Didn’t Know I Would be so Calm After An Accident.

So two weeks ago, I was running late to work from feeling shitty from the weekend. My stomach had been really in so much pain from the alcohol that I had drank on Friday (keep scrolling for more details). I was feeling like crap so took a few hours in the morning to sleep in and go to get some proper food at the shopping centre nearby.

While wanting to turn left to get to work, this incident happened.

I was at those slip lanes that was turning left and so I stopped to look at the oncoming traffic. I was being cautious because I didn’t want to just go when it looked like there were cars coming. Unfortunately, the girl behind didn’t think the same. (more…)

Happy Birthday to Me!

Wow.. this is a really long absence. I know, I know, i always start my blogs with the same heading.

Anyway, this blog post is really overdue – I was really meant to write this at the start of the week, BEFORE my birthday. I wanted to share my thoughts of stepping over the 30 line and finally entering my thirties. Damn.

LOL. Well.. to be honest, I’m very happy to be 31 and still have 23 year olds trying to hit on me every now and then. Still keeps me feeling so young inside. *WIN*

This year, I took off the hide my birthday option on Facebook and just allowed for love to flow my way. I was very very blessed to have received many well wishes, kisses, birthday hugs, parties, great good, presents and four cakes! Yeah!

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Believing in Love Again

This week has been so busy. Working really hard this week to balance between working full time and trying to pump out two assignments. One of which I literally did nothing until last night and this morning and one that I’ve been researching bit by bit all week to try to understand.

It’s been hard.

This week from driving to work, not wanting to go to work, driving to uni, not wanting to go to uni – has been hard. Every time I drive into the city via the freeway, when I’m exiting that M1 patch of the road that I cannot remember the name of it, I think of the past. That part of the road has so many memories of the past. I think about the life I used to live, the person I used to love and the thoughts that I use to have.

This week was challenging because I challenged myself to learn to be calm. Learn to be patient. Learn to not be reactive. I find myself really reactive to things – I get annoyed easily, I’m hot tempered, I get emotionally attached at work. It’s not a good thing.
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So Many Changes!?!?!

It’s been so long since I wrote. I think I have a trend of writing that opening statement, but this time, there really has been a long absence since I wrote.

In truth, I took a long hiatus to recharge, recover and commence my new journey. I guess, I wanted to wait a little time for things to settle before I started to write about what is happening.

Well… from where I last left off, I think I hinted about a breakup. Yes, I have broken up and now single and free again! (more…)

Goodbye Violet Box!

Wow, I wondered why I received two Violet boxes this month and there you have it, I saw the email.

It’s see you laters for Violet Box. At least they have the decency to tell it’s subscribers (unlike the Red Pawpaw folks).

What a shame. Violet box is such as awesome box and it’s a pity to see it go. I guess with our location, the Australian dollar falling and just the whole general public not trusting subscription boxes (or not liking the “trend” of it all) has seen such an awesome thing go.

I’ve enjoyed Violet Box over the year – received some really good products and enjoyed the value that this box offers. It’s just a shame that such an awesome concept is now finished.

I tried to look for the native box (still there) and notox box (have a different concept now, very much like nature box in the US). I wonder if the other box… the one with the blue dots is still around.. or Her Fashion box.. Probably not.

That’s the reality of the Australian market. So small and not many supporters. I fear for what may happen in the future.

Goodbye, Violet Box. Thank you for some great times!

Karen

Temples in Melbourne

Earlier in the year, around Chinese New Year, I went on a temple tour with my mum and aunties and uncles.. because I wanted to visit different temples than the ones that we normally visit.

Mate, was it interesting!

Imagine…

500 Asians in 10 Buses

Enuff said. lol

Almost every temple we went to was like… a stampede of asians running to the toilet, getting food, taking pictures and some who’ve made it into the temple for a quick prayer with the master. Tsk Tsk!

I was actually really surprised with a couple of the temples as I’ve never seen them before, never heard of them, never thought they existed and never had a chance to go inside.

So the first temple was the starting point in Springvale, Chua Hoa Nghiem.

Then after the master told us to “take it easy” and not “scare off the temple volunteers” we set off on our coaches to Reservoir… far far away. (more…)

Royal Mail Hotel @ Dunkeld

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It’s been a good month since visiting Dunkeld in May and yes, I finally got around to putting up the pictures and things. It’s been a pretty hectic and stressful few weeks and only now I can breathe for a bit.

As some of you may know, I was up in Dunkeld to present an Online Business Strategy workshop with about 10 small business owners in the area. This is the first time I had ever visited the Grampians. I’ve heard of this place from my friends who have visited and done a photography trip, but I, on the other hand, have never been.

The trip there…

Dunkeld is about 1.5 hours from Ballarat or about a 3 hours trip from the Southeast of Melbourne. I took the Glenelg Hwy from Ballarat which was about a 1.5 hour drive through bush and farm and a small section of deforestation.   (more…)