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31st July 2009



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23rd March 2009

3:46pm: Things to do when i get home. in no particular order
Roller Derby
Krav Maga
Guitar / Singing

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16th March 2009

11:31am: I finally arrived in Thailand last night.

Sort of wondering why I didnt come here in the first place. Why did I go to Vietnam again? anyone?

The weather is beautiful. There are boucoup white men. the food is incredible. the roads are mostly sane. people are friendly. did i mention the weather is beautiful. I'm 6km from world class beaches... Man oh man... *twang of regret*

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6th March 2009

9:46pm: my signal came through. I have to be back in Australia, BFA pass in hand, for enlistment, June 11th.

Thailand here I come :)

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12th February 2009

visited 18 states (8%)
Create your own visited map of The World or try another Douwe Osinga project

Where I want to go:

visited 49 states (21.7%)
Create your own visited map of The World or try another Douwe Osinga project

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11th February 2009

3:22pm: If I wake up several mornings in a row and hate what I am about to do with my day, I will make a change.  Life is too short.

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3rd February 2009

8:51am: Hamlet: Mojito

Hamlet: Mojito, originally uploaded by evilmidori.

I am thankful for Ete for making the WORLDS BEST MOJITOs.. yeah i've had a couple

I'm thankful that I now have a grand total of 13 hours of private classes a week, making me a rather well paid English teacher.. hell yeah.

I'm thankful that my mobile phone works

I'm thankful that I have the capacity to feel love (aawww) and stuff.

I'm thankful that I have a cool flatmate who laughs when i drink 2 mojitos and almost fall off my chair.

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2nd February 2009


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1st February 2009

11:38pm: Gratitude Project... day.. 4

Cycle Polardroid Hanoi

I'm grateful to be living in Hanoi.. because its fun and amusing

I'm grateful for the zipper on my backpack working again *phew*

I'm grateful for a full night of sleep tonight

I'm grateful for our new, soon to be house keeper

I'm grateful for being able to do university by distance ed....

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31st January 2009

6:39am: rise against

rise against, originally uploaded by killanxiety.

I think I forgot to post yesterday! Oops.

Today I am grateful for punk rock cos it makes me feel good inside

I'm grateful to have extra work this weekend

I'm grateful to have this nice new bedroom which is cosier than my old one.

I'm grateful to be able to walk around this city

I'm grateful that I speak a few words in Vietnamese

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6:37am: Flickr
This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

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29th January 2009

6:21pm: The habit of gratitude...
I read somewhere that your life will be better if you express more gratitude..

I am going to take on the challenge to post 5 things i am thankful for every day, with a picture or 5 too...

So here goes!

1. I am thankful for Tet, because I have a full week to myself.

2. I am thankful that I am in Vietnam, experiencing living in a (very) foreign country.

3. I am thankful to my friend Ngoc for inviting me for lunch today at her house, I was able to see a true vietnamese living situation (very small...)

4. I am thankful to my mum for being so wonderful :)

5. I am thankful that I have my laptop so I can listen to punkrock all the time teeheee

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11th January 2009

11:52pm: drawing personality
What does your drawing say about YOU?

The results of your analysis say:

You tend to pursue many different activities simultaneously. When misfortune does happen, it doesn't actually dishearten you all that much.
You are a direct and forthright person. You like to get to the core of the issue right away, with few signs of hesitation.
You like following the rules and being objective. You are precise and meticulous, and like to evaluate decisions before making them.
You have a sunny, cheerful disposition

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9th January 2009


Morning Power Questions

  1. What am I happy about in my life right now? What about that makes me happy? How does that make me feel?
  1. What am I excited about in my life right now? What about that makes me excited? How does that make me feel?
  1. What am I proud about in my life right now? What about that makes me proud? How does that make me feel?
  1. What am I grateful about in my life right now? What about that makes me grateful? How does that make me feel?
  1. What am I enjoying most in my life right now? What about that do I enjoy? How does that make me feel?
  1. What am I committed to in my life right now? What about that makes me committed? How does that make me feel?
  1. Who do I love? Who loves me? What about that makes me loving? How does that make me feel?

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8th January 2009

2:20pm: Omg.. whats the name of that australian emo band..

Argh, Argh.

Its haunting me taunting me. I remember seeing them play at that gig... January before last.. wow.. 2 years ago.. time really flies.

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12:57pm: I’m painfully homesick.
At the moment, I miss everything.
I went on facebook and found that my ex boyfriend –from almost 7 years ago – has a girlfriend.. she looks like a younger, slimmer version of me. Complete with band t-shirt and long sleeves, cute hat. The works. It makes me ouch.
I spoke to a friend yesterday who told me how jealous he is of me, for being here.
I don’t understand it, but I do.
Vietnam is really no different to any other country, but at the same time, everything is different.
I have no rules. No laws to worry about. My main concerns are getting to work in one piece, when I do work.
Yes, I’m in an exotic location, but life goes on. Its really just the same old merry go round. I’m doing my best to break the mold.
I have decided that my next move will be to the USA, then on to South American. But, this changes daily....

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7th January 2009

8:49pm: i'm deliberating over this stupid assignment, that is only worth 20% of my grade.

who cares about globalisation anyways? certainly not me. maybe i should. it seems kinda pertinent.

I should be outside, enjoying vietnam.

Been here 2.5 months now. Am making more money online which is sweet. working 2 part time jobs which is okay. mostly feeling terribly lazy..

i have a motorbike. that is cool. but.. everyone does.

i still dont speak any more vietnamese. should probably work on that.. but i'm having an anti social phase.

my first.. 6 weeks here were a blur of parties and drinking. I just want to hang out and watch movies now :P god thats bad. I'm in a seriously exciting city and i'm studying the most boring topic on earth.

gotta quit the moaning. do the stupid essay (tonight - due friday). who cares. just gotta pass. not like i'm going to use this degree for much anyways. why on earth did i pick this? stupid terrorists making me study them.

despite not drinking i woke up today with a horrible hangover. i think i ate something funky last night. maybe just too much coffee.

i've taken up meditating, playing guitar daily, and i'm thinking of going vegetarian (again). Vietnam is changing me.. its the lack of influence from others... there is no one here who's opinion matters to me. not one. no. no one.

Did i mention i have a full time maid? that is made of awesome. oh yes. she makes my bed, irons my clothes.. *wonderful* will have to talk her into making vegetarian meals. a totally rise against influenced demi-vegetarian. I will eat fish and eggs and lets be real i'm not going to be a vegetable nazi.

but i digress.

globalisation, and why the liberals have it wrong.

peace out.

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11:49am: Caveman!
Grrr arrr Rum and Monkey.

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30th December 2008

10:03pm: I'm back to confused.

I'm in Vietnam, living in a huge, modern house with all the conveniences. I have a bike, a chauffeur (taxi paid by the school) and I earn more than most of the population.

But i feel like i stepped out of the comfortable australian rat race into the (by comparison) very uncomfortable vietnamese rat race.

I have a mortgage to pay, a degree to do, and a life to be had, and i'm finding it hard to balance the 3.

Do i work my butt off to earn enough money to be able to socialise and pay the mortgage, or do i take the lower paying job with a better life and then not get to party? Its a frustrating dilemma. Add onto this that there is no music scene at all in Hanoi and you can see my frustration.

On the one hand i feel like i am just looking a gift horse inthe mouth.

I do not want to sell either of my properties under any circumstance.

I do not want to be completely broke all the time - thats getting old, and fast.

I do not want to never go out... Its so sad you know i've been here over 2 months and havent seen any of the tourist sites.. I've literally been on course or working since i got here. Its a shame.. but thats property ownership i suppose. Will i look back and say "i should have sold?"

If i did sell.. would i look back and say "what was i thinking?"


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What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? Worked in logistics, moved overseas, studied by correspondence.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Did i make any? i can't recall... I made goals and achieved them. Wanted to lose weight, did, then i put it back on :(
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

4. Did anyone close to you die? Yes, my beloved Tashii :(

5. What countries did you visit? Vietnam

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? A “proper” relationship with a guy who respects me. More $$$, more travel and comforts and more friends.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Xmas eve - that massive party in Hanoi that was just... completely out of control. Valentines Day because i broke up with mark the week before.. Ummmm Thats all

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting my act together and leaving the country. re-starting my degree.

9. What was your biggest failure? Not having spent more time in IM, not making anywhere NEAR enough money. Not sticking to playing more music....

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nah, dont think so...

11. What was the best thing you bought?
One way ticket to Vietnam. $5 flag for when Vietnam one the soccer (best $5 EVER) my sweet sweet bass amp which i will probably never see again. Must move somewhere permanently and get it sent over...

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Old mate, for being a faux friend. Mark for being a knob end.

14. Where did most of your money go? mortgage, bills.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Fuck all really. re-enlisting was up there, but was moved aside by coming to Vietnam. Right now i'm excited about journalism..

16. What song will always remind you of 2008? Everything by Rise Against and the Distillers.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you

i.happier or sadder?
happier i think.

ii. thinner or fatter? thinner (yay!)

iii. richer or poorer? about the same.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Studying, playing music.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? being distracted and unfocused. Like now.

20. How will you be spending Christmas? I spent Xmas eve partying and Xmas day hungover trying to find my wallet and keys (found the keys, wallet long gone).

22. Did you fall in love in 2008? WIth Vietnam, yeah :)

23. How many one-night stands? None.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Burn Notice.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

26. What was the best book you read? Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? Citizen Cope.

28. What did you want and get? Travel

29. What did you want and not get? Love, my degree.

30. What were your favorite films of this year? Twilight, Bond, The golden compass

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 28. I think I just chilled out.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurablty more satisfying? A proper relationship, being in a band... *sigh*

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Slob scene adult

34. What kept you sane? Music, goals

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Bond.

36. What political issue stirred you the most? Elections in USA & Australia

37. Who did you miss? Tashii....

38. Who was the best new person you met? Basically everyone i have met in Vietnam, Jane back home too

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. Dont stress about the money, its more important to not regret what you havent done. Know what you want and go after it with reckless abandom.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: i'm standing on a roof top ready to fall.

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13th December 2008

10:18pm: Untitled
Blogged with the Flock Browser

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23rd November 2008

8:32pm: Its bed time on a sunday night in Hanoi, and i'm feeling inspired.

I've been trawling the four hour work week and thirty day challenge sites.

Thinking about dreamlining and all that stuff. Realised that i am actually living my dream already... just unfortunately next month i start work again.

Must spend more time fixing up the websites to encourage the cash flow. thinking of that magic 200/day. which i'm not far from, probably just need better copy. hmmm

I've applied for a house on the edge of the city, in a quiet, non-western neighbourhood. I can't wait to move into a house, have a couch and television and all that good stuff that hotel rooms dont have.

I ride a motorbike now. And i know this city reasonably... i get by without a map... mostly

I can order food and drinks and say hello 5 different ways.

At this stage i will be in Hanoi for 6 months to a year.. maybe i'll cap it to 6 months, and then going to Morocco or Tunisia. I'll finish my degree in the next 12 hopefully *yay* so that i can get a decent pay grade over there.

Wow. I am living in Vietnam. I have a motorbike. I am getting educated. I am a teacher and... I'm living that dream. Its so surreal.

But, as much as I love Vietnam... at this stage, its not where i'm going to plant myself. I want to be somewhere that i feel like i wil 100% learn the language. So yeah, Tunisia, Argentina even. We'll see.

How exciting!

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29th October 2008

7:36am: Finally getting my bags sorted. The packing caper is taking ages. Still have to go to the city today and see Chrissie, get my insurance sorted (finally) and buy a few more items. My bag is pushing the 20kg mark. But.. i figure.. I'm gonna be there a while, right?

11pm Tonight i'm on my way to vietnam!!!

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26th October 2008

3:35pm: My bags are packed and i'm ready to go. Tickets are in my backpack. *gulp*

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