A Day Well Spent In Brisbane City: Three Days Before Christmas (Part 3)

Previous title: Our memorable walk in Brisbane City: Nearly two kilometers

Walking at night has never been so much fun until we head back to where we parked our car after watching the fireworks almost two kilometers away from South Bank (from my previous post Last Night In South Bank, Brisbane). Here are the reasons why I said so:

We saw the lights brought the city to life.
And who won’t notice this Ferris wheel standing tall and proud as the night highlights it’s beauty.
Where eveybody took a shot to remember how Brisbane is like at night.
And guess who waited until we cross the street.

The Artist.



Surrounded by those orange cones, he made a stage for himself. 

He stood there, patiently waiting for his audience…

He laid his art works flat upon Brisbane City floor,

While capturing the heart of his fellow artists.

He offered fifty dollars for one of his art work,

Such a huge discount for a real masterpiece.

He entertained his audience and introduced himself…

He said his arm was broken and he was lucky to have it.

He said he has to live with it…

Dumped his ex-girlfriend with it.

Now, he does his art with it…

And then I thought… Isn’t he wonderful?

A performer. An entertainer with a broken arm.

Most of all he is an artist.

And just in case anyone in Brisbane is interested in his art work, here’s how you can contact him.๐Ÿ˜‰

We proceed with our walk and we saw these:

Meet Silver Steve. I remember we first saw him in Gold Coast when my mom and my brother visited us last Christmas, 2015. It’s good to see him once again.๐Ÿ˜Š


Now, notice how far we are from the Christmas tree in this photo.๐ŸŽ„

Then, notice the crowd and the colorful building๐Ÿ› (left side) as we go near…


And as we got there, all the families have gathered while watching the film by the use of projectors and this beautiful building. I think the story was about the true meaning of Christmas. We didn’t have much time since it was already late. Atleast, I had the chance to take some shots. 

But the families who have gathered there were amazing. I wish I could take a photo… Imagine the mom and dad along with their three kids watching attentively seating on the same position with their mouths open because of fascination. What a lovely view.๐Ÿ˜Š


And here is the view as we got near the tree.โ™ฅ๏ธ


We kept on walking until there’s not much to see…

We were sooo tired because we walked all day but the experience we’ve had was amazing. Who knows where we might be this time next year? Probably, somewhere else… But I’ll grateful enough to remember this wonderful Christmas memories…

Merry Christmas Everyone!๐Ÿ˜Šโ™ฅ๏ธ๐ŸŽ„

22.12.2016

A Day Well Spent In Brisbane City: Three Days Before Christmas (Part 1)

We were running late that day, I couldn’t remember what else I’ve got to do but we left our unit about ten o’clock that morning.

It was already noon when we have reached Brisbane. We then parked the car in the Barracks Shopping Centre and decided to have our lunch in a vietnamese restaurant we found in the city.

It was a lovely day, perfect for our plan to walk while we explore around. We also enjoyed the beautiful buildings surrounded with beautiful people from all over the world. 

Here’s our museum hopping:

Our first stop: Queensland Art Gallery

Click the link for more details:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queensland_Art_Gallery

Here are some of the photos I got:

My souvenirs.โ™ฅ๏ธ

Our second stop: Queensland Museum

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queensland_Museum


This one here is a photo of an approximately 1,800 years old statue. Which, I accidentally touched. The guard silently approached me and whispered that we are prohibited to touch anything inside the museum. Although she was nice and discreet, I felt a little embarrassed but on a second thought, I said it was alright. For what’s it worth… I touched something that’s part of our history.๐Ÿ˜Š


Last stop: Queensland Gallery of Modern Arts

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queensland_Gallery_of_Modern_Art

Just when you enter the building… Exclusively for kids only!โœŒ๏ธ๏ธ


Now, these are amazing art pieces!๐Ÿ˜Š

Look at the details!!! I was totally lost for words.๐Ÿ˜‰

Cute little birds.โค๏ธ

It’s just sad they said that they’re getting extinct.


Do you want to play?


It’s not my thing though, so…


We had a seat when we got tired. Those bean bags are awesome! Then we left a note before we leave:

We finished our museum hopping just in time for our walk to South Bank.

And here are our photos from Stanley Street Plaza.

http://www.eatsouthbank.com.au/dining-guide/precincts/stanley-street-plaza/

You know what to do. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Tired? Why not seat and listen to their lovely music.
Santa for a cause.
Isn’t it nice to let us know where to go? ๐Ÿ™‚
You know where to go! It’s time for shopping! ^_^

And I guess that was it before the sun went down. I may not be able to take a lot of photos or the best angles but it doesn’t matter as long as we capture the best experience that day.๐Ÿ˜Š

Thanks everyone!๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’•

Remembering Our Interesting Childhood Memories (Part 2)

I’ve already shared one of my interesting childhood story. Now I’m going to share my husband’s story.๐Ÿ˜‰

Conversation:

Me: “What was your insteresting story again??”

Husband: “The stickers, remember?”

I was trying to remember but then I needed my husband to retell the story to refresh my memory.๐Ÿค”

This is what happened according to him:

He was at kindergarten at that time. Across there school was a store selling school supplies and variety of children stuff including the famous snacks with free sticker inside (which you could buy for only P1.00).

I also went to a public school when I was in kindergarten. That’s why I can say that most of the public schools including the stores across the street were pretty much the same.

Going back, their teacher adviced them not to cross the street no matter what happens. They’re only allowed to go when they have their guardians to accompany them. That’s for their own safety, of course. To prevent them from getting into an accident or anything bad to happen.

However, being kids those days and wanted to be up to date (because that’s the trend at that time) himself together with his classmate went to cross the street to buy the snacks with free stickers inside.

It was their recess at that time and their teacher saw them holding the snacks in their hands. Eventually, their teacher knew that they disobeyed what she have said and that made her a little upset. Well, I used to do that too. I was just lucky enough not to get caught. I guess my husband wasn’t that lucky.๐Ÿ˜…

Their teacher made sure to give them a punishment. An interesting punishment I supposed.

Their teacher asked them why they did that. He answered it was because of the sticker that was included inside the snacks (given that it wasn’t available inside their school). Having heard that, their teacher had a brilliant idea of what their punishment was going to be and she made sure that it was something memorable.

Their teacher, asked them to give their stickers to her which they did. The next thing they knew, their teacher sticked it in each of their forehead and told them not to remove it until the next day of class.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Afraid to upset their teacher even more, he followed what she have said. His mom picked him up that afternoon and noticed the sticker on his forehead.

She told him he can remove it already (thinking that it looks a bit silly๐Ÿ˜ญ) but he refused. So they walked their way home with the sticker on his forehead where everybody could see and with his mom still wondering why.

They’ve already reached home, there his parents are still wondering what happened. So, they asked him and he told them everything from start to finish. They all had a laugh after figuring out and confirmed that the teacher didn’t mean what she said ‘literally’ instead she only wanted to teach him a lesson.

So, he learned his lesson from then on. Said, he no longer believe everything that he’s teacher was telling him.๐Ÿ˜‚

Thanks for viewing everyone! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Have a nice day.๐Ÿ˜Š

A Day Well Spent In Brisbane City: Three Days Before Christmas (Part 2)

Previous title: Last Night In South Bank, Brisbane

We’ve been here in Queensland for almost three years yet we don’t have any idea about the happening in South Bank (located on the southern banks of Brisbane river) during this time of the year, the Christmas season. Which is good because we never run out of first time experience while we’re here (this time with my father-in-law๐Ÿ˜‰). Here’s our expectacular views from last night:

I took this first photo below while I was sitting in one the benches few meters away from the side of the river. It was already crowded at that time yet people are still coming. It was the time of the night where if you leave your seat, don’t expect it to be there. Consider it taken the moment you leave.๐Ÿ˜‚


So, these photos over here which are showing the buildings on the other side was taken when I already left my seat. That’s when I joined my husband and my father-in-law when they found a spot on the side of the river since it has a much better view.


Above photo was taken after I left my seat and joined these two gentlemen. That’s when we missed the Hillsong Christmas Carols concert simply because we have no idea about it and everything that night was a surprise. Lucky for us, we’ve learned that there will be a fireworks show in less than an hour and we could have a better view alongside the river.

However, it was so cold and we forgot our jackets in the car which was parked more or less than two kilometers away from there. Since we couldn’t go back to get our jackets, we decided to leave our spot again and buy some coffee to feel a little warm. If you’re wondering how we got that far, it’s simple, we walked. It was an amazing walk though.๐Ÿ˜‰

Our spot has been taken right away after we left to buy some coffee. Luckily, my husband and my father-in-law found a spot under the tree while I tried to fit in (that’s how much fireworks means to me) our previous spot to get a good view when the show starts. Thankfully, I’m small.

You might also be wondering where the expectacular view I was talking about, well if those photos up there weren’t expectacular enough, I hope these are:

The moment when the fireworks starts…

The fireworks dance along while the Christmas carols were playing. My heart was touched and tears voluntarily rolled down my cheeks. It brought me back to my childhood and it reminds me that Christmas and New Year’s celebration will never be the same again for me and the rest of my family.

I was alone at my spot since the crowd have already covered the place. My husband and my father-in-law stayed where they are and we watched the fireworks separately. I was thankful enough they didn’t saw my damp face. Well, nobody did.

The finale…

The fireworks left a smile on our faces as it faded after the show. It feels as if we were young again. I guess we are… Age is just a number afterall.

But the most important thing I noticed that night was it brought all the people together as one.โ™ฅ๏ธ

However, it didn’t end there. We still have to walk for another almost two kilometers to get back to the car, but that’s another story… ๐Ÿ˜‰


Tips For Making A Good Decisionย 

We’ve been through a lot of decision making lately. All of them were major decisions that will definitely have a big impact in our lives in the near future. That’s also why we have to be really careful about it. There are few things that we already have made our decision and there are still some things that we have to finalize and think about. Having said so, I want to share with you some ideas which we find really helpful when making a decision:

  • โ€จNever make a decision based on our emotions – There are times that we have to make a major decision but relying on our emotion is definitely not an option. Our feelings change base on our situation while decisions we make have long term permanent result. This is where we have to face the consequence if we made a mistake. It’s because some of our decision lead us to something that we have to live up to for the rest of our lives. One good example of which is getting married. Now, that’s only one example and there are still a lot more like: Investing into a business, buying a house, and so on and so forth. So when it comes to serious matters like these, it’s always better to be wise and think about it a thousand times. If we don’t, chances are: We’ll end up in a trap and regret it for the rest of our lives.
  • Never jump into a decision just because somebody told you or just to please that somebody – Some people give us advice when we’re facing difficult situation. It maybe a family member, a relative, or a friend. It’s actually good because they’re showing their concern and want only what’s best for us. However, we also need to keep in mind that their advice serves only as our guide to come up with a much better decision. At the end of the day, it will still be ‘us’ who will celebrate the result of our good decision or suffer the consequences if we made a mistake. 
  • Never make a decision in a rush or in a hurry – Good decision making requires a lot of critical thinking. Therefore, we have to give ourselves enough time to do everything we could to come up with a good conclusion. Let’s do our research, ask for advice, learn from people who already went through the same situation that we currently have. While learning from our own experience is good, it is much wiser to learn from others’. That way we don’t have to commit the same mistake. Also, weigh things over and consider the pros and cons of the decision we’re about to make. Let’s be reminded that what lies ahead depends on our decision and most of the best results come from thorough deliberation. For us to do it we need to give ourselves enough time.
  • Practice brainstorming while in the process of decision making – We often hear the saying that ‘two is better than one’ and it’s also true when it comes to decision making. Most of the times we decide for ourselves alone. However, there are times that the result isn’t the way we’re expecting it to be. That is why brainstorming works. This is where we could throw and answer questions with each other, exchange opinion and generate ideas which we couldn’t do if we’re on our own. We could either do this with participation of our family, relatives, friends, or our partner (husband/wife) and this is where the ‘what ifs’ come in. Also, this is where we discuss all the possible results we could get from a certain decision. Where we weigh in our options and priorities, and determine if our decision is timely for us (considering our current situation). From there, we could choose which decision is best suitable for us and there would be a bigger chance for us to make the right decision. Sometimes, if we’re really lucky, our chance of doing it right may even be precise.
  • Clear your mind before making a decision – There are times that we have a lot in mind while we’re in the middle of decision making. It might be our deadline at work (or school project maybe), personal problem, and other issues in life that we need to face. If we’re in this situation, we have to take a deep breath, relax, and set our issues aside. Let’s think of our decision making as our profession, where we don’t mix our personal issues and work together. Going into a nice and quiet place also helps. Then, we can move on and sit down to think about what to decide. The reason for this is to avoid confusion and to have a clear view of our current situation that is important for us to make the right decision. One good comparison of this is decluttering our home. This is where we remove unneccesary items to have a better view of the place and to make neccesary things easier to for us to access.

And that’s all for now for this post…


I hope these tips help someone whose in the middle of dicision making today. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for viewing everyone. Have a nice day! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mystery Blogger Award

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Thanks so muchย aysabaw.comย for nominating me, you’re as amazing as your blog! It’s my first time to receive an award since I first started blogging and I’m just so happy. It means a lot.๐Ÿ’•

I would also like to thank the creator of this wonderful awardย okotoenigma.๐Ÿ’–

ย WHAT IS MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?
โ€œMystery Blogger Awardโ€ is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
โ€“ Okoto Enigma

RULES

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Tell your readers 3 things about yourself:

  1. I’m a simple person.
  2. Iย love pets especially dogs.
  3. I’m scared of cockroach.

Here are Aysa’s Questions:

  1. If you are to choose between Alien Invasion and Zombie Apocalypse, which one would you preferย and why? I’d preferย the alien invasion, I think it’s less morbid.
  2. What animal best represents you and why? A bird, I loveย being free.
  3. If you could live forever, how would you spend eternity? By being carefree and happy.
  4. If you could only take three things with you on a deserted island, what would they be? A knife, a pan, and a blanket.
  5. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and how would you use it? See the future. I’ll use it for preventive measures to illnesses and tragedies.

And in return for this wonderful opportunity here are my awesome nominees:

thoughts9367

thewattsonline.com

dgandreid

bookaddicthaven

hollyannkurt

purplebutterfly964

Here are my questions for you:

  1. What is your favorite color?
  2. How would you describe your favorite color to a blind man?
  3. Given a chance to choose one, what would you choose beauty or wisdom?
  4. Why? Please explain your answer in question No. 3
  5. Given a chance that a genie would grant you just one wish, what would it be?

Thanks heaps everyone! I really appreciate it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Earlier At Table Top Mountain With My Father In Law

Conversation:

Me: “Where are we up to?”

Husband: “To Table Top Mountain.”

Father In Law: “Let’s go.”

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It’s our first time to go to Table Top Mountain after almost three years that we’ve been around here (me and my husband) but now is a bonus and we’re glad that we have my father in law visiting us for Christmas (that make us three). It was also my very first time to climb a mountain! So, double the fun! Then, I’ve found out it wasn’t what I’ve expected.

I was expecting that it’s like the usual commercial tourists’ spot with stairs and ladders and that there will be shops surrounding it (like some other places we’ve been to here in Queensland) but I was wrong. Actually, I was very wrong.

So, I wore a blouse, a jeans, and my slippery shoes that I bought from a second hand shop (I’m glad I’ve put my socks on and that I’ve changed my mind about wearing my sandals). To level it up I brought my black suede sling tasselย bag which was really smart by the way. I felt so awkward and out of place! Well, I was.

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We had a laugh when we got to the place. Seeing the view gave us a hint of what it will be like for me considering what I was wearing but my curiosity convinced me to join my husband and father in law climb all the way up the mountain.ย 

At first it was okay. I could still carry my bag with me and could still take a photo while I climb my way up. However, as we go higher, the path where we climb up gets narrower and slippery because of the dust, tiny stones, and of course because of my inappropriate shoes.

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So, we decided to put all of our stuff together in our backpack which my father in law voluntarily carried on his back. He said it helps him to get his balance.

Then we continued and I already felt the difficulty in climbing up. It was never my thing and I felt like I was suffocated. So, they gave me a stick (just some branch that they found on the ground). It helped me all through out our journey and I owe it to that magic stick!

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It was a silly, yet funny, and great experience. The nervousness, adrenaline rush, the fear of rolling down the edge of the mountain, break some bones and worse… Die. The trouble of my slippery shoes, shortness of breath, limited water because we only brought less than a liter for the rest of us. The heat of the sun where I almost collapse but nothing beats the surprise when you see the exact opposite of what you have expected! At least, that’s how I felt.

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I appreciate the whole experience all along (It was awesome!) and gained more respect to mountain climbers. That sport isn’t as easy as it seems. It takes a lot of courage, strength, endurance, and extreme confidence to even get a selfie while standing up at the peak of the mountain.ย 

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Then, again you need to bring extra (courage, strength, endurance, and extreme confidence) upon climbing down the mountain. Otherwise, you’ll have to stay up there for the rest of your life (that’s what I told myself in order for me to climb down). Shout out to all mountain climbers out there! You’re all amazing! I salute you all!๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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It was a really great experience in the end. I’m not sure if I’ll try it again to climb another mountain but who knows? I might try it again soon!๐Ÿ˜Š

I never regret getting myself into trouble especially if the trouble is worth it. I haven’t tried winning the lottery so I don’t know the feeling but I think climbing the top of the mountain while wearing something silly would have the same feeling.

Here are some more of our photos.

 

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I told myself if I make it without rolling down the mountain and any broken bone, I will recommend the SHOES! Yeah, the shoes originally came from K-Mart that I just bought from the second hand shop. It was good! But PLEASE DON’T USE IT WHEN HIKING!!! My heart almost jumped out.

The view upย of the Table Top Mountain…

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Look at my dirty hands!!!

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We also went to the galleryย nearbyย and this quote that I’ve read there really spoke about my experience today:

“Blessed are the curious, for they have adventures.”ย  -Lovelle Drachman

All photos taken were from my husband, Hack Alvarez. Thanks hubby!!!

Thanks so much for viewing everyone! ๐Ÿ˜‰