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The Day Off

I can’t remember the last time since being in a deep depression that I’ve woken up and haven’t turned my music on.

I’m sitting in silence. My window is open so I can hear the trees being teased by the wind, birds calling and insects making sounds as the day is getting ready for a hot day in Melbourne.

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More importantly, I’m letting myself listen to my own thoughts.

Yesterday I had what I call a day off. One day to actually do something really positive for myself. I packed my beach bag and a book and just headed for the coast. The beach is where I will always go to when I need to be alone.

I first stopped in Frankston. Locals sometimes call it (FRANGA) and it is a little bit bogan-esque, however I find most people quite honest and genuine.

If you say hello, they are not shy to say hello back or look at you funny…most of the time.

“how ya goin?” Is usually the best way way to say Hello. lol

Uhhh…what is it? and where did it come from???

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After breakfast, I headed over to a local market to have a stroll around. It was a great community market with all sorts of small businesses selling products and also local residents selling their bric and brac. (vintage clothes and second hand items)

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I came across a table with a lot of random jewellery. I love collecting all sorts of odd, quirky jewellery pieces here and there. This time I found a cool ‘8 ball’ ring, which I really love. It’s one of my favourite rings now and only cost me $1 ~ So Happy!

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After a nice stroll through the market, I was ready to hit the beach. I decided to keep driving until I reached Rye for some Gelato or coffee. I finally reached Rye and it was quite busy as many people love to go to the beach on a hot summer’s day.

I enjoyed a Banana and Strawberry Gelato and a stroll down Rye Pier, before deciding I was going to keep driving until the very end of the Peninsula.

It was a really nice drive all the way down to the end, where I ended up at Point Nepean. I didn’t really know what I was going to do there, but I packed my towel, some food and left my car in the car park and just started walking.

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I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful this place was found myself really enjoying discovering this beautiful place that is only 2 hours drive away from my house.

I took a long walk in the direction towards the Quarantine Quarters. When I finally got there I was quite impressed. It was very interesting to see all the old equipment they had for processing overseas migrants. Australia has always had strict quarantine policies, which has been essential to keeping our natural environment and produce protected from harmful pests.

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I then took a long walk along the beach and found a quiet spot to relax and take some beautiful photos. It was so peaceful down there.

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I decided to go to the Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs and enjoyed the evening relaxing some more in the hot mineral pools.

It was exactly what I needed after a long stressful week. 🙂

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In the Jungle

Down the rabbit hole. Welcome to the world of singledom.

I’ve been single for a little while now and it’s definitely been an interesting experience. I suppose for quite some time now that I’ve been working on just being happy with who I am and let everything else around me…just happen.

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Single life is definitely fun, but it does get exhausting as well. My friend who has been single for a little long than me has told me two things about single life.

1. It’s a Jungle out there.
There are so many different types of people to meet. I love meeting people and I’d like to think I have a pretty good judgement of character. So you start to learn how to weed out the potentials and non-potentials. There are an occasional few that slip past the crazy filter.

2. It’s a numbers game
You just got to keep trying. There are may fails. In fact for me personally, I don’t think any guy has lasted more than 1 or 2 weeks max. It’s a bit sad, but it’s the reality of dating and being single. You’re not going to get a long with everyone and I feel like I also don’t want to keep wasting my time (or their time) on something that doesn’t really have future potential.

Personally I don’t think there’s any hard and fast rules to dating. Everyone is at different stages in their life and only ready to be able to commit so much to a ‘relationship’.

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My advice as always is to play safe, especially if you’re all over Tinder 😉
Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t work out for you. Plenty of fish in the sea (as cliche as that sounds)

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Also be realistic, it’s not always going to be smooth sailing or easy. Rejection is a sucky thing, but it’s all about how you deal with it that says a lot about yourself and your character. Try to stay positive ^_^ !! Making sure you have the right support from good friends you can trust I think is also really important.

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Plus – Stay Classy. AND HAVE FUN!!! xoxo

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The Big Issue

Life has a funny way of surprising you sometimes.

I enjoy taking public transport on the weekends. A whole day ticket costs $3.50 if you travel on a Saturday or Sunday, so it’s really worth leaving the car at home and getting around by train, tram or bus. It’s really relaxing, you don’t have to worry about traffic or speed limits. The other bonus is that it’s not crowded at all.

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So today a lovely gentleman called Stefo decided to sit next to me on the train. I was half falling asleep with my sunglasses on (yes the sun is FINALLY out) when I noticed him.

I saw that he was carrying The Big Issue bag, along with a few other bags full of water and other few items for the day. He was had a slight hunch back, his hair was a little untidy, his clothes didn’t fit right, but he had kind eyes and a nice smile.

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I casually greeted him and asked him how much for a copy of the Big Issue? $6 now for one copy. (It’s apparently gone up in price from $5)

Stefo unfortunately did not have any copies for me and needed to go pick up a batch from office. So I gave him $6 and said I’d come find where he was standing and get a copy from him later.

The long boring trip into the city then turned into quite an enjoyable one. Stefo was a really friend and genuine person and I enjoyed his company so much. We talked about the good food Melbourne has to offer, how great it is that we live in a city that is so multicultural, world issues, the economy and how lucky we were to live in Australia.

Stefo was originally from Croatia and we shared some stories about the local foods he loved to eat. I got some great advice from him to head down to Gertrude St, Fitzroy as some of the restaurants there do very authentic Croatian food.

I was heading down to Parliament station to meet some girlfriends for Brunch at The European. So we said goodbye at Flinders Street Station. Stefo’s post on the weekend is on Little Collins Street and Elizabeth Street, so I said that if I passed by, I would pick up my copy of The Big Issue.

Unfortunately I did not see him during the day, however it did not really matter. I went on about my day as planned. However ironically I saw Stefo again getting the 4pm train back to Glen Waverley. I was again delighted to see him and we happily chatted all the way back to Holmesglen, which was his stop.

I loved the genuine conversation I was able to have with Stefo and I was so happy to hear that he was thinking of enrolling himself into some education. He loved music and his Father was an accordion and his grandfather played the trumpet. He had some experience playing electric guitar. However unfortunately has not been able to afford to buy the equipment. But he would love to be able to teach other people music.

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I’ve never purchased a copy of The Big Issue, but I always see vendors standing on the street corners of Melbourne. I recently noticed one guy had bottles of water and ice tea available for purchase.

When I worked at the Red Cross Blood Service (ARCBS), there use to be a guy selling the Big Issue near Parliment station early in the morning. He probably is there still every morning, singing jingles and rhymes about the people he sees. He would always have something nice to say, such as compliment you on your dress.

Meeting Stefo really made my day.
I have a smile on my heart. Feeling grateful.

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