Thursday, 31 December 2015

2015: A Reflection

I can't believe as I'm sitting here writing this, 2015 has come to an end. It's been honestly such a rollercoaster of a year. I graduated from school at the end of last year receiving a graduate diploma and decided it would be a year for me to figure out who I was and what I wanted to do with my life. I feel like I've become so much older but also learnt how scary the real world is out there. I decided to recap and journal some moments from 2015. Firstly, let me look through all my social media to try and remember what I've done!

I started this year by heading off to Europe. First stop was Zürich, Switzerland a city I immediately fell in love with. The culture, the atmosphere everything about it was beautiful. I enjoyed watching the sunrise over the swiss alps and hearing the clocks chime on the hour. The people of this city were so friendly and always ready to point out directions to us tourists. Plus who doesn't want the smell of chocolate following you around?

After Zürich I headed to Oslo, Norway. Although it wasn't love at first sight, Oslo grew on me. I quickly discovered all the fortresses, castles and viking ships which excited me because I am utterly obsessed with anything medieval. I also got a chance to see The Scream painting by Edvard Munch in the National Gallery. While I was there, it began snowing and I built my first snowman, well snow cat! After Oslo, I headed to Warsaw, Poland. I was a little bit overwhelmed of being there. The language terrified me and I felt like such a foreigner. I learnt a bit about the history of Warsaw and thought it was pretty remarkable how they managed replicate the city after the war from a few photographs.

From Warsaw I returned to Toronto, Canada. I was so happy to see all my friends whom I'd met during my time on student exchange. Unfortunately, while I was in Canada my lung decided to collapse on me leaving me in hospital for a week and for my birthday too. The entire time I kept thinking to myself, thank goodness this happened in Canada where they speak English. The incident resulted in the rest of my travels being cancelled. I was so upset about this because I was suppose to meet up with my family in England for the first time in fourteen years. I decided to study in Toronto for six months and found myself in a student resident living away from home for the first time. It was such an experience and even though I got pretty homesick, I was so glad I did it.

On my return flight from Toronto to Melbourne I had a layover in Hong Kong, where my mothers side of the family are from. It was so lovely to see all my family after feeling so alone for six months. I stayed with them for two weeks and couldn't be happier. My older cousin is a photographer and took me to some of the best photo spots in Hong Kong giving me little tips here and there on how to improve my photography. Unfortunately, I discovered mosquitos love me got over thirty bites during my stay.

After that, I returned home for a couple of nights before I had to head off to Adelaide. I remember being really grumpy because all I wanted to do was sleep in my own bed and cuddle my cat but I had to do a dance audition which I actually got! I was so thrilled I couldn't sleep all night. I danced for a few months but realised the stress fractures in my tibias had retuned ultimately stopping my dancing career. I was pretty devastated and still am but trying to stay positive! While waiting for my tibia's to fully recover, I knew I had one last thing to do this year... to see my family.

I haven't actually seen or spoken to my UK family since I was four years old (family issues) but I knew the time was finally right! I literally went to the travel agent and said, 'I'm planning of going to England next week' to which he replied, 'well we had better get a move on then!'. I stayed a few nights in London and did all the tourist things (like seeing the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour) before heading to Edinburgh, Oxford, Hampshire, Cornwall and Bath. It has honestly been the best trip of my life and I won't be lying in saying I did shed a few happy tears.

Next year, I'm going to go back to school! I have no idea what I'm going to study yet but I've learnt that when one door closes another one opens. I actually really enjoyed school so I'm quite excited to put my thinking cap back on. I'm also pretty excited about meeting new people! For now, I'm absolutely broke but at least I got to live and see the world! Hopefully 2016 won't be so dramatic but I guess a little drama here and there doesn't hurt anyone, right?
Here are my top nine Instagram photos from 2015! If you're curious to know yours, you can click here.

Time to bring on 2016 - Happy New Year!


Saturday, 5 December 2015

Christmas Star Cookies

Apparently today is National Cookie Day. I'm not entirely sure who makes up all these events but I just go with the flow because I enjoy cookies. Ever since the Christmas tree has gone up, I've been feeling so festive. Naturally, I put two and two together and bam, we've got Christmas Star Cookies. It's a simple egg-free recipe that make about 16 sugar cookies. I also added in a bit of cinnamon because I always feel like spices are a vital part of festive baking.

1 Tbs milk
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup self-raising flour
1 cup plain flour (plus extra)
1/6 cup honey
1/4 cup icing sugar
100g soft butter

1 egg white
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
silver pearls

1. Preheat the oven to 160C.
2. Line your baking tray.
3. Mix the milk, cinnamon, self-raising flour, plain flour, honey, icing sugar and butter.
3. You may need to add more plain flour if the dough is very sticky.
4. Wrap the dough in cling wrap and put it in the fridge for 15 minutes.
5. On a floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out the dough until it's 6mm thick.
6. Use a star cutter to cut the dough and carefully place it onto your baking tray.
7. Place the tray in the oven for 10 - 12 minutes until the cookies are golden.
8. Let the cookies sit on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
9. Beat the egg white with an electric whisk until it becomes stiff like a meringue.
10. Add in the icing sugar and lemon juice and continue whisking.
11. Put the icing in a piping bag and line the edge of the cookies placing a pearl on each point.

Hopefully this post has put you into a festive baking mood. Let me know if you end up making these cookies. They're really quick an easy to make and I think they look quite sweet. Most importantly, they taste delicious!

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Oxford University

 My uncle knew about my absolute love for Harry Potter, so he kindly booked me a Bed & Breakfast in Keble College, Oxford. Walking around Oxford University was so bizarre to me. It truly felt like I was stepping foot into a movie with people wearing robes, riding bicycles and using satchels. The Architecture and history of Oxford is extremely fascinating as well. What caught my eye was how hardworking the students were. You'd find them studying in every nook and cranny, even the local pub. I was a little amazed that the employees working in McDonald's wore a tie when all I wore was a polo shirt and a sports cap back when I worked there. During my stay, I discovered that a lot of the filming for Harry Potter was done in Oxford, hence why my Uncle booked me a night there. It was so spectacular to see that hardly any 'movie magic' was actually needed as the architecture and atmosphere was already close to perfect. 

I took the photo above just outside Christ Church College. It was founded in 1379 making it older than six hundred years old. I thought this was such a classic UK photo of a beautiful cottage styled building and a lovely garden.
This picture was also taken at Christ Church College founded in 1546. It's their great hall which had been set up for a special event that evening. The great hall in Harry Potter was actually inspired by these halls found in Oxford University.
One of the many chapels found within the colleges' of Oxford University.
Do you recognise these stairs?

"Welcome to Hogwarts. Now, in a few moments you will pass through these doors and join your classmates. But before you take your seats, you must be sorted into your houses. They are Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Now while you’re here your house will be like your family. Your triumphs will earn you points. Any rule breaking and you will lose points. At the end of the year, the houses with the most points is awarded the house cup."

Did that quote trigger any memories for you? These are the very stairs that McGonagall stood on while welcoming Harry and his classmates to Hogwarts. They're also the stairs where Harry officially became enemies with Malfoy when he refused to shake his hand.
This photo was taken in New College but you might know it better as the Hogwarts Cloister's. On the right of the picture under that tree is where Malfoy was turned into a ferret. It's also where Cedric Diggory told Harry that the prefects bathroom wasn't 'a bad place for a bath'.

If you're a Harry Potter fan, add Oxford to your bucket list now! There's also a lot of walking tours you can join to learn about this history of the place while getting some good photos. There's also the Hospital Wing you can visit from Harry Potter which doubled as the classroom. I also visited the Bodleian Library which has a copy of every single english book every published. It is also the location of where they filmed the Hogwarts library. There too are books locked to chains just like the restricted section!

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Warner Bros Studio Tour

This morning I got up at about 6:30am, had a shower and then quickly had my breakfast because there was a bus waiting to pick me up at 7:30am to to take me to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Leavesden, London. You have no idea how long I've been waiting for this moment. I even packed my Gryffindor scarf and deathly hallows necklace so I could walk around looking like a complete bookworm. The whole experience was brilliant and I learnt and experienced so many crazy things, such as riding a broomstick and watching animatronics come to life.

It started off with us all sitting in a little theatre watching Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson giving a warm welcome. I'm not going to lie, my eyes teared up a little out of pure joy! Soon I found myself wondering the great hall and hearing the beautiful music of Harry Potter that filled my childhood. I also took the opportunity to try a cup of butterbeer which delighted my sweet tooth very nicely. It was really fascinating to watch the clips of how intricate the making of Buckbeak and the other creatures were. Warwick Davis was absolutely hilarious to watch and made it all very engaging.

I loved walking through Diagon Alley as well as seeing the Hogwarts Express, a newly added section. I got my picture taken at Platform 9¾ as well as riding a broomstick over Hogwarts! At the end of the tour you get to see a spectacular massive Hogwarts model. The detailing they put into Harry Potter is what amazed me the most. The effort was 110%. They even built props like the back room of Dumbledores office which was never shown in the movies just to help create the atmosphere.

I really commend Warner Bros. for doing this as I honestly had the most magical day. It wasn't just some boring museum you could go and visit, it felt like you were part of it and everything about it was perfect. The staff were really friendly too and were willing to help you take a photo and answer any questions. I could write a whole lot more about this but I don't want to spoil anything! I'm still so thrilled I got to spend the day.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Edinburgh Castle

This morning I had to wake up at 5am while it was still dark and gloomy because I was travelling to Edinburgh Castle! Unfortunately, it remained pretty gloomy for the rest of the day but that didn't stop me for exploring such an beautiful city. I was just here for the day so I spent most of my time exploring Edinburgh Castle. It was a lovely experience to learn the history of the castle and to just get a general feel of Edinburgh.

The plane ride was only one hour and I didn't need to bring any luggage with me so that all went very smoothly. From the airport, I caught a bus which took me right to city about a 20 minute walk away from Edinburgh Castle. It was funny walking around all the tourist shops that were selling kilts because my high school uniform was a kilt and I kept seeing the exact pattern everywhere. I really love tartan and plaid so I was really in heaven just walking around. I even got to have a look at a tartan making factory which was pretty fascinating. 

By about 5:30pm, it was time for me to head back to the airport and journey my way back to London. I'd love to come back in the summer one day and stay for a few days. 

If you want to see more photos I took of my whole UK visit, I've started uploading some onto my Flickr page: Here

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Many years later

In the first picture, I had just celebrated my fifth birthday and was at my grandparents house. Now fifteen years later after no contact with my extended family, I've finally been reunited! It was so strange walking back into that house. Everything seemed so much bigger and higher from a child's perspective. It was so lovely to see pictures of all my cousins hung on the walls to fill in the gaps of my memory. For dinner last night, I had potatoes, vegetables with chicken and lemon tart for pudding. My first home cooked english meal in a long time. Hopefully it won't be another fifteen years until I set foot again to that house!

I'm currently sat on the train to Cornwall, a five and a half hour journey. Thankfully there's scarce bits of wifi and a charging port on the train. Unfortunately, with all the hustle and bustle of lugging my suitcase around, I've forgotten to bring food with me so now all I have is a packet of tic-tacs. Hopefully, a food trolley will come down sooner rather than later. I must say, the view is absolutely gorgeous, lots of rural farming areas and small english cottages. With all the sheep I've passed, I'm surprised I haven't fallen asleep yet! Also, the sun is beginning to lower and will probably set in an hour or two so I'll hopefully get a lovely view of that!

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Day of the Bridges

Day two was much better after some good food and a nice shower, even though I did wake up at 3am. I walked by the River Thames and across all the bridges; Tower Bridge, London Bridge, The Millennium Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge, Waterloo Bridge and the Westminster Bridge. All in all, a lot of walking and probably not the best thing to do with two stress fractures in my legs. Westminster Bridge actually reminds me a lot of Southbank Melbourne and the bridge that crosses the Yarra River.  (I feel like I've overused the word bridge!) My mum actually told me when I was young and sat in my pram, she pushed me across one of the bridges and I asked her if London Bridge was falling down and proceeded to sing the song. At the end of the day, I rode a ferry along the river. A good opportunity to sit down and ease my aching feet!

Tower Bridge was gorgeous and is such an iconic monument of London!
This photo makes me smile. I call it 'Guards off Duty'. They were suppose to be listening to a speech but all looked rather bored. They kept turning around to watch all the people walking past behind them. Such a contrast to the guards that can't be phased by anything!
The Millennium Bridge to mark the year 2000. Does it seem familiar? It's the bridge that is destroyed by death eaters in Harry Potter. It's actually nicknamed the 'Wobbly Bridge' because the day it was open, it was closed an hour later because it swayed a foot either side. It was eventually reopened in 2002 after modifications were made.
Lastly, Trafalgar Square!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

I'm in London

Apologies for having not blogged a while. My hotel has no internet and I finally figured out how to get my phone's hotspot working. I'm currently in the UK visiting my family for the first time in sixteen years! The last time they saw me, I was four years old which is absolutely crazy to think. So far I've been mostly around London. Yesterday I visited Edinburgh and tomorrow I will be making my way over to Oxford. Over the next few days, I'm going to start posting what I've been up too so it's not a massive overwhelming post. I think I've basically covered all of the tourist attractions in London so I'm having a bit of a relaxing day today. I've been to the London Eye, Big Ben, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Kensington and Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral. I've also walked around Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. My legs are very tired!
I flew from Melbourne to Abu Dhabi, then Abu Dhabi to London. All in all, an unfortunate twenty hours too long! I arrived very early in morning with typical wet, foggy London weather. My hotels check in time was 2pm so I had to just walk around aimlessly for a few hours. At this rate I had probably slept four hours in the last two days! I was in complete awe at the beauty of Hyde Park and all it's autumn leaves. Who thought it was a good idea to plant evergreens all around Melbourne? It looks like summer all the time. I then walked through the Royal Gardens and found myself outside Buckingham Palace. This sounds crazy but I actually saw Prince William walk out of his car and into the Palace! I know you're all going to scream 'pics or it didn't happen'. I'm not a paparazzi and my hand was so shaken I took the blurriest picture of him.

So far, I've been loving London! It's so nice to be back in my home city and I can't wait to see my family in a couple of days!

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Halloween Cookies

It's exactly ten days until Halloween! Yesterday, I decided to do a little bit of baking and make some sugar cookies. Let me just start by saying, decorative icing is a lot harder than it looks! I'm still laughing at my mummy and how disastrous it turned out. My favourite cookie would be the vampire! *Insert Twilight joke here* I had a standard sugar cookie recipe which I then attempted to make sightly healthier. Obviously not entirely healthy because sugar is basically what Halloween is all about! If only we celebrated Halloween a bit more here in Australia. I know some of you talented bakers out there can probably do a lot better, but I thought I'd just share mine to get your creative juices flowing in case you wanted to do something similar for Halloween.

Halloween Sugar Cookies (Serves 16) 
80g coconut oil
80g caster sugar
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
300g plain flour
pinch of salt
4 egg whites

Royal Icing
250g icing sugar
1 egg white
¼ tsp cream of tartar
Queen's writing icing

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line your tray with baking paper
2. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave or over a low heat until it's a liquid consistency
3. Beat the coconut oil, caster sugar, bicarb of soda, salt and egg whites.
4. Slowly add in the flour until it forms a dough consistency
5. Flour down the table and roll out the dough using a rolling pin
6. Cut out little circles using a small cookie cutter
7. Place them on the lined tray and let them bake for 10 minutes
8. Allow them to cool slightly and then refrigerate
9. Beat the egg white until it has a thick meringue consistency
10. Gradually add in the icing sugar and cream of tartar
11. Allow the cookies to completely cool before spreading on the royal icing
12. Refrigerate for a few minutes until the royal icing has dried
13. Decorate using Queen's writing icing however you like!

Monday, 28 September 2015

Mid-Autumn Festival

Yesterday was Mid-Autumn Festival! For those of you who haven't got a clue what I'm on about, it's basically China's Thanksgiving. It's celebrated on the 15th day (full moon day) of the 8th Chinese lunar month with history of this festival, dating almost to the beginning of China's history. There's also a story that goes with this festival:
'A strange phenomenon occurred one day — 10 suns arose in the sky instead of one, blazing the earth. Houyi, an expert archer, stepped forward to try to save the earth. He successfully shot down nine of the suns, becoming an instant hero. He eventually became king and married a beautiful maiden named Chang’e. But Houyi grew to become a greedy and tyrannical ruler. He sought immortality by ordering an elixir be created to prolong his life. The elixir in the form of a single pill was almost ready when Chang’e came upon it. She purposely swallowed the pill so he would not be immortal and cause pain for the people forever. This angered King Houyi, who went after his wife. Trying to flee, she jumped out the window of a chamber at the top of the palace—and, instead of falling, she floated into the sky toward the Moon. Chang'e has lived on the moon ever since, with a giant jade rabbit as her companion. You can see the shape of a rabbit underneath a cinnamon tree in the shadows of the moon.'
Generally on this day, extended families will gather together and eat traditional foods. One being the Mooncake. The one pictured above is filled with lotus and one egg yolk. The egg yolk symbolises the full moon. Some mooncakes don't have any yolks and some have four, it's all personal preference. There's also many flavours including the more traditional red bean, lotus and sesame or some modern ones filled with custard, cream cheese or yogurt. There are even mooncakes made out of jelly or ice-cream. Lanterns are also a huge part of the Mid-Autumn festivities. People use to release lanterns into the sky (yes, like the Tangled movie) but now a days they're hung around houses and the streets.

Since it's just mum and I, we just cooked up a big dinner and ate lot's of moon cake. Actually we cooked far too much and I ended up eating the same food for lunch and dinner today.

Wishing you a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! 

Thursday, 17 September 2015

TBT: Hong Kong & Macau Vlog

Here's a bit of a throwback Thursday. When I was returning from Canada to Australia, since the flight is so restlessly long I decided to have a stopover in Hong Kong. I got to meet up with my friends and family and I had such an incredible time. I had way too much Yum Cha and Gai Dan Jai but it was all worth it! I have to admit, I miss Hong Kong a lot! In Australia, it's just my mum and I and sometimes it's really desolate at the dinner table. I miss having Grandparents who force me to eat until I can barely move, Aunts and Uncle's who treat me like I'm part of their nuclear family and cousins who I can just laugh and be myself around.

Whilst reminiscing those happy memories, I found some footage on my computer of bits I had randomly filmed so I decided to put all the clips together and make it into a little video. While I was in Hong Kong, my Aunt and Uncle also took me on a day trip to Macau, which has done a lot of refurbishing since I last visited in 2001. It's actually the worlds largest gambling industry, 7 times bigger than Las Vegas! Don't worry though, they didn't take me to Macau to gamble, we honestly went to enjoy the view and get a feel for the history of the place.

If you'd like, you can read my blog post called 'Summer in Hong Kong'. I have some photos I took from my visit there and more details about my trip. Also, you can check out my Flickr Hong Kong Album. My cousin is an extremely talented photographer and as he knew I'm so captivated by photography, took me along to some of the best photo spots in Hong Kong.


Sunday, 23 August 2015

Healthy Carrot Muffins

A few days ago, I made some carrot muffins and they turned out mighty fine if you ask me. Obviously muffins are not the healthiest food you can eat if you compare them to your fruit and veggies but compared to your doughnut you're munching down on right now, their pretty damn good and satisfying. They also happen to be vegan because I want everyone to get a taste of them.

Serves 12

2 cups of sieved wholemeal flour
½ tsp of bicarbonate of soda
½ cup of rice malt syrup
1tsp of cinnamon
a pinch of nutmeg
2 peeled carrots
1 cup of almond milk
2 tbs of coconut oil
2 tbs chia seeds
110ml of water (6tbs spoons)
12 cupcake/muffin liners
12 pecans

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C & line the muffin tray with the liners
2. Mix the chia seeds & water together in a small cup until they have a thick, jelly like consistency
3. Blend the carrot in a food processor or grate it by hand
4. Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda, syrup, carrot, nutmeg & cinnamon in a large bowl making a well.
4. Heat the coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds
5. Stir in the coconut oil & milk into the well. Lastly add in the thickened chia seeds
6. Mix it by hand or with a blender
7. Evenly distribute the mixture into the 12 muffin holes
8. Pop a pecan on top of each of the pre-baked muffins
9. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes
10. Enjoy, best served warm

How simple did that sound? Chia is a great substitute for egg, especially if you're vegan or in my case, ran out of eggs but found a stash of chia seeds in the pantry. The general rule for chia to egg substitution is 1tbs chia + 3tbs water = 1 egg. If you're baking something finer you can also grind the chia before adding water but in this case, I didn't think it was necessary. Also you can use honey instead of rice malt syrup or even just brown sugar.


Sunday, 2 August 2015

Happy birthday Harry Potter & Tag

If you aren't already aware, I'm a huge Potterhead. With that being said, when it was time for my first pay check to come around, I instantly made some unregrettable purchases to add to my collection. It just so happens that it was Harry Potter and Jo Rowling's birthday. Yes, you heard correctly too! My first pay check!
 How super cute are they? They're called Pop! Vinyl. I got mine at EB Games but I'm sure you could find them easily online. There's actually Snape and Hagrid ones to collect too but I thought I would start with the Golden Trio.  There are also ones with Harry in his Quidditch uniform, but there are hundreds of collectables ranging from your favourite TV show to book.

I also thought that in honour of this special day, I would do the Harry Potter tag since Harry's world is so important to me and is basically what I named my blog after. I hope you enjoy reading it! Feel free to answer the questions yourself and let me know so I can read your answers! Note, if you haven’t read Harry Potter, don’t read as there are spoilers.

The Harry Potter Tag Questions

Favourite book ?

My favourite book would either have to be Deathly Hallows or the Half Blood Prince. I just remember being so excited and at the edge of my seat reading them both and the plot twist was so captivating!

Favourite movie?
This is a hard one to answer, my favourite movie would probably be Deathly Hallows Part 2. I thought it was such an amazing finish to the series and I love how the used music from The Philosophers Stone which made it so nostalgic.

Least favourite book?
The Order of Phoenix. I’m not sure if it is my complete hate for Umbridge or the fact Sirius dies or how angry Harry is through the book.

Parts of the books/movies that made you cry?
Hedwig’s death in the books, Fred’s death in the movie and the end of The Deathly Hallows Part 2 Movie because I felt so nostalgic.

Favourite character?

There are so many characters that I love and have such amazing traits and strengths. My favourite would probably be, Luna Lovegood because she’s intelligent and doesn’t mind what people think about her which is something I need to learn. I love how Jo Rowling made the females in Harry Potter such brave and clever characters such as Prof. McGonagall, Mrs Weasley and Hermione.

What would your Patronus be?
I think mine would be a cat or an owl.

What would your Boggart be?
This is such a difficult question. I really don’t know what I’m most terrified of. I’m a perfectionist and even though I know there’s no such thing as perfection, I think just complete failure and being far from it. I’m also scared of dying but not of death if that makes sense. I’m frightened of the process, (Does it hurt? What’s it like?) but not of actual death because ‘death is but the next great adventure’.

If you could have the Resurrection Stone, Invisibility Cloak or the Elder Wand which one would you choose?
I can’t really choose between the Invisibility Cloak or the Resurrection Stone. I’d love to be Invisible and just people watch but at the same time, being able to talk to people who have passed would be such good guidance. I think I’d probably choose the Invisibility Cloak though.

Elder Wand: Who survived that you wanted to kill?
Definitely Umbridge. She’s the reason I could barley make it through the fifth book. She was basically all of my most hated traits in one person coated with sugar. Actually, I’d want her to receive the dementors kiss. Nasty, horrible and pure evil.

Resurrection Stone: Which death do you want to undo?
Either Sirius or Fred. I felt like Sirius and Harry lived off each other and it shows how unfair life can be. Sirius was so innocent and cared so much for Harry but ended up locked in Azkaban for 12 years. Fred because I feel like Mrs Weasley had so many children and although she was a great mother, she must have payed so much attention to Percy because he was a ‘model’ child during his time at Hogwarts. I felt like Fred and George misbehaved partly because they wanted more attention so they strived off each other and gave each other strength.

Cloak of Invisibility: Which character would you want to erase from the books?
Hmm… this is hard too. Every character symbolises something important. I think I would erase Kreacher just because of his bad temper and how I want all house elves to be like Dobby.

What House would you be in?
I think I’d either be a Gryffindor or Ravenclaw. I think the hat would ask me to choose between these to. I think I’m brave at heart and courageous but I also love learning and see things quite logically.

If you could meet any member of the cast who would it be? 
I’d love to meet Rupert Grint and Tom Felton. I love how normal Rupert is and how fame hasn’t gone to his head at all. I mean he used his money to buy a ice cream van and hands out free ice cream. My friend met Tom and said he was really nice, he seems really funny in his interviews too and I love people that can make me laugh.

If you were on the Quidditch team which position would you play?
I think I would be a chaser. In my junior years of playing netball I played a ‘similar’ position to a chaser.

What character would you like to date/marry?
Hmm this is a tough one. Either Cedric Diggory because he seemed like a modest guy, especially when his father was boasting about him defeating Harry or Ron Weasley because he’s funny and by the end of the series we really saw how much potential he had to be an amazing wizard.

What is you favourite spell?
The Patronus charm because I’d love my patronus to just sit by me and keep me company.

What would your job be in the magical world? 
I’d like to be a journalist for the Daily Prophet or a Quidditch pla.

Were you happy with the ending?
Definitely. I thought Jo was an absolute genius and I remember when I finished I just sat there for a good few minutes in awe. I actually think it was perfect and couldn’t be happier. It sort of confuses me now when Jo says she regrets not putting Harry and Hermione together. I must say, I wasn’t too happy with one small detail in the ending of the movie. Harry didn’t use the elder wand to repair his own wand before destroying it but I think that’s just me being picky.

How much does Harry Potter mean to you?
Harry Potter is my childhood. It’s what kept me company as a child and gave me hope. I learnt through the characters how to be a better person and how to deal with difficult situations in life. I love how Jo Rowling said ‘Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.’ When ever I pick up a book I read a while ago, it transports me to that time when I read it and I know Harry Potter will do the same.

I hope you enjoyed reading this tag. It was fun to make so I might do some other tags some other time. I can’t wait to read your answers.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Summer in Hong Kong

The last time I wrote a blog post was a long time ago. Oops! I'm currently back in Australia but not home yet, I actually just got back from Summer break in Hong Kong. Just been catching up with my family, soaking in the sun and getting bitten by mosquitos. Twenty-seven to be precise. 

I actually had the most wonderful time and I can't get over how cheap it is to eat out. I could buy an entire meal for $5AUD which included a drink and sometimes even a dessert. One thing I could never do is eat rice or noodles for breakfast though. My brain just shouted 'No!' every time I saw people around me doing so. Mostly I just spent time catching up with family and one of my besties but I do have some highlights from the trip. 

Whilst in Hong Kong, I visited Macau and watched The House of Dancing Water which was so astonishing. I've never seen anything like it so I found the entire show so exciting. We sat in the second row though and got splashed a couple of times but they provided us with towels. I also went to Sam Ka Tsuen, Lei Yue Mun, an old fishing village. It was very beautiful there and nothing like the rest of Hong Kong. I did get bitten by a lot of mosquitos though but they seem to love me.

Another popular tourist destination is the Avenue of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui. I didn't get to stay there for very long as a monsoon decided to break out making everyone dash for the indoors with soaking socks! I also caught a cable car to Lantau Island which thankfully this time was a beautiful day. I saw the Big Buddha, went inside a temple, rode a small boat around Tai O and saw pink dolphins!

If you ever find yourself in Hong Kong, you need to visit The Peak! Especially during sunset hours as you get to watch the sky slowly darken over and the city lights gradually turn on all from a peak. There are a million people their trying to take photos though so if you want to good spot, don't arrive too late! A truly magical thing to see. I had brilliant time in Hong Kong. It's a crazy busy city with something to eat/shop/see around every corner but I love it. I can't wait go back soon but for now, I'm so looking forward to going home!

 Photos from top to bottom:
Lei Yue Mun, Lei Yue Mun, Lantau Island, Tai O, The Peak, The Peak


Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Sunday at Toronto Island

After an extremely busy week at school, my roommate and I decided to pay a visit to the beautiful Toronto Island which I absolutely adored. Although it was a bit of an overcast day, I had a lovely time. 

Shoutout to Google Maps for leading the way and helping us when we were lost and starving! I absolutely loved the ferry ride there. It reminded me so much of my childhood when we use to live in Sydney and I would catch a ferry with my Mum and Dad to Rosebay or Manly beach. I love how the main essence of the island is nature and it really is the perfect family place for a picnic or barbecue. For dinner, my roommate and I went to the Carousel Café and I had a roast vegetable pizza with goats cheese and pesto. It was delicious and I really want to try and remake something similar when I go back home. I took a few photos from my trip and thought I'd share them with you. I can't wait to go back to Toronto Island again!

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