Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Why you shouldn't pass on Perth, WA

A lot of people pass on Perth (including T-Swift) as it's miles away from Sydney/Melbourne/Cairns. It's actually closer to Bali than it is to Sydney - I think, I should check that but meh.

Honestly though, if we hadn't of had friends here, we would have probably done the same thing and headed straight for the East coast. Luckily for us we have made Perth our first stop and we are gunna be based here for the next few months.

So why shouldn't you pass on Perth?

indian ocean
 
1. Perth is the sunniest capital in Australia. We get 8 hours of sunshine a day and in summer it regularly tops 35 degrees.
 
2. It's supposedly the 3rd windiest city in the world making it ace for watersports like wind and kite surfing. It also cools you down a hell of a lot when the temperature is above 40.
 
3. There's loads of cool places to go on a road trip - 260 km south is the Margaret River region which is meant to be mega for surfing and 129.5 km away is Lancelin...Surfing, sandboarding and 4 wheel driving. There's also Coral Bay and Ningaloo Reef 10-12 hours away for if you fancy a bigger adventure.
 
4. We also have Rottnest. A beautiful island accessible by ferry with a whole hog of stuff you can do. Also Quokka's (cute little mousey rat things) are native to here. Google them and you will defs want to see some of the lil cuties in the flesh.
 
5. Fremantle is a half an hour drive away. So far Fremantle is one of my most favourite places in the world. Fun, quirky shops, an amazing market and loads to do - We went on the prison tour (read more about it here), I promise it was really good!
 
6. The shopping. Okay maybe one that's not so much for backpackers with no money whatsoever But the shopping here is seriously good. The chilled out surfer look is something that I'm really loving at the moment.
 
7. The laid back lifestyle. When the beach is a 15 minute drive away and you live in 8 hours of sunshine a day it's pretty hard to be miserable. Everyone is so chilled out and the majority are really nice and chatty.
 
8. I've never seen a spider in the house. Everyone I know on the East coast has encountered spiders in their shoes, their bedrooms, ergh. Also the aggressive funnel web spider doesn't live here, only the timid red back - Leave them alone and they will leave you alone.
 
9. The Sunsets are insane. Sure you get sunsets everywhere but the sunsets here are unlike any I've seen before. So many colours and if you're at the beach, pretty romantic. I'm currently collecting all my sunset pics into one post so keep your eyes peeled.
 
10. We have some wicked national parks. There's loads of parks up in the Perth hills and on the way to Lancelin you have Yanchep where you can Koala spot - All ideal for hiking! There's also some marine parks where you can go swim with turtles, whale sharks and more.
 
11. Jurien Bay is a 2 hour drive away and you can skydive over one of the most beautiful spots in WA. (Check it out here)
 
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Sunday, 22 February 2015

King's Park

If there is anywhere in Perth you should check out, it's Kings Park. With spectacular views of the city and a feeling of doing something good for your body (there's a lot of uphill walking), it's definitely a must do.
 
We spent the good part of a morning there and only left because we forgot suncream. 'Coz it's so high there was a really nice breeze and it has some places to eat if you can't be bothered taking a picnic (Which I definitely recommend you do!)
 
I can't believe it took us a whole 2 months to actually make our way over to it and I think I left a little bit of my heart up there.
 
view of perth from kings park
 
 
kings park selfie

jody and kings park

selfie at kings park

couple selfie

 
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Monday, 16 February 2015

LATELY I LOVE

Being unemployed is starting to get old. I was in the process of getting a job hairdressing but due to my visa and age I couldn't go for the position I wanted. Que a few tears and a strop from me. Buuuut I gave myself a shake, signed onto some recruitment agencies for temp work and I'm hoping to hear about some work this week.
 
Everyone is at work now (Jody has a job at least, wooo) so I'm home alone trying to stay occupado, meaning lot's of blog idea's and a spotless bedroom.
 
Anyways here are some of the things I've been loving this week!
 
the kardashians
 
KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS
It makes me want to hang my head in shame admitting this but I LOVE the Kardashians. I haven't got a job yet so this past week I've been the only one in the house and I flicked this on 'cos I was bored and there was nothing else on - I got completely sucked in to their crazy lifestyles and now I can't miss it. Faves are Scott and Khloe for sure.
 
dark places book

'DARK PLACES' BY GILLIAN FLYNN
From the author of 'Gone Girl', this was one of the books she wrote previously. I picked it up from K Mart and I DEVOURED it. I found Gone Girl pretty hard to get into but I pretty much swallowed this one whole. Intense stuff.
 
typo stationary

TYPO JOURNAL AND PEN ($20 & $7)
Just like every 20 something female, I'm a sucker for stationary. I love owls and I couldn't just leave this little dude could I? I'm like a magpie when it comes to glitter so I got this journal to hoard my blog idea's in, rather than writing a half arsed post and forgetting about it.
 
half bn hairstyle
 
THE MAN BUN
Dude, I feel like Mulan with my hair like this. Everybody else seems to be doing it so why not me? My hair's at that awkward, annoying length where it just kind of hangs not doing a great deal so sticking some of it in a crappy bun makes it a bit more fun. I have sticky out ears aswell so this is great for keeping my hair from killing me in the heat AND it hides my ears - Winner. 
 
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Saturday, 14 February 2015

6 Travel Mishaps

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- When we were in Barcelona we were on a bus back to our hotel. We saw the hotel and determined the next stop would mean we would end up right outside - But oh no. It took us on the motorway and round the outer city resulting in an hour and half round trip before we ended up back at our hotel. Thank God the bus driver was a cool dude.

- In Egypt we got a taxi from our hotel to the centre of Sharm El Sheik. Unbeknown to us the taxi driver rang his brother (or whatever he was) and arranged for him to meet us at the taxi rank and hustle us into a dodgy side street shop. From here we were badgered constantly to spend money and felt too intimidated to leave. After half an hour of trying to be polite Jody told him we had to leave as we were meeting people and we ran out of there.

- Another Barcelona story! We booked on lastminute.com and being the donuts that we are we didn't realise until last minute that our flight home left from Reus. Meaning a 5am wake up call, an hour long train ride down the coast and a taxi to the tiniest airport ever. We saw a lot of Spain that way but man it was scary not knowing where we were.

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- In Edinburgh we didn't have change for the bus back to our B'n'B so we decided to walk back to it. Que a 4 mile walk in the slowly darkening day, using only my photographic memory. To be honest we had a lot of fun but still, if we had been anywhere else it could have been bad for us.

- Once upon a time when I was a ditzy, over excited kid, like 8 or 9?, I got out of my nannie's car on the way to Wales and managed to loose a purse with £100 in it. This led to lot's of tears over not being able to buy any tacky 99p store shit or go on the teddy pickers but thankfully, Nannie and Grandad saved the day.

- In Egypt we booked onto a snorkelling trip - Little did we know I get severe motion sickness on boats so I started spewing as soon as we left the harbour and didn't stop until I was back on solid ground. The guides poured ice cold water on my head and made me suck on a lemon to try stop the sickness. Ew.

There you have it - the 6 things that have gone wrong whilst I've been on my travels. Share yours below!

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

A film review: The Kingsmen: Secret Service

 
If you are a regular reader (HEY if you are!), you will have seen the odd film review on here before. Jodes and I are massive film fans and we're Grand Cinema member's (Get us). Also if you follow me on twitter - Alright_Blondie - you will have more than likely seen my ramblings on there.
 
So today we went to see Kingsman:The Secret Service - featuring Taron Eagerton (newcomer,  gunna be in Legend with Tom Hardy *Drools*), Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong...To name a few.
 
Colin Firth plays a totally different to character to any he has ever played (Say bye bye to Mr Darcy) and he takes on a young chav as his candidate to fill a role in a highly secretive, competitive and dangerous organization of spies. Obs this leads to all sorts of goings on and the it also has a super cute pug in it!
 
I'd defs recommend going in with an open mind - Accept the fact that it's a silly spy film and it's a bit daft and you will love it. The film and the actors don't take themselves too seriously and it is a lot of fun.
 
 It's a good, light movie, released at a perfect time - The cinema's are currently chocka with serious, Oscar nominated films that are slightly morbid. Going to see The Kingsman is money well spent.
 
Have you seen it? Thoughts?
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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

A film review: Still Alice

still alice poster
 
Julianne Moore, you beautiful, red haired Goddess. Take the Oscar, just take it!
 
In Still Alice, Julianne Moore plays Alice, a super clever linguistics lecturer who is diagnosed with early on set Alzheimer's. It shows her mental ability slowly declining to the point where she doesn't know her kids, her home, even herself.
 
It's one of those films where you come out feeling so lucky and happy that you are a okay and you are not suffering like some people around the world are. It makes you never want to complain or whinge about how crappy your day at work was ever again. It makes you want to not waste any more time dicking around and to live life to your fullest because you never know what is around the corner.
 
I really enjoyed Still Alice and even though I didn't cry (AHEM Jody) it really made me feel and we both came out needing a hefty dose of Parks & Rec and Chocolate. The supporting cast included Kristen Stewart and Alec Baldwin but they were pale in comparison to Julianne Moore. She handled the character of Alice so well and her performance was pretty believable.
 
Have you seen Still Alice or read the book by Lisa Genova?
What did you think?
 
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