The long-wait is over. I finally finished eiting all the pictures I took (and stole from mi madre's iPhone) from the trip! You know, because you care (this is the part where you come in and say you don't) I rarely take photos during trips because I'm more a "screw-everything-and-live-the-moment," #YOLO sort of person. Plus, I usually forget that my camera exists until the end of the day and realize I should be documenting moments so I can share them with my grandchildren or something. But — big butt — being the dedicated fashion blogger I am
On the day after we landed in Sydney(after 25-hour worth of flights, if you're interested. It could be a lot shorter if we transferred at Los Angeles instead of Hong Kong, but we initially didn't plan to go to Australia), we went to this place in Kiama called Blow Hole. This Blow Hole thing is kind of nature's answer to water fountains, but more spontaneous. It was really low-tide that day, so we basically spend 20 minutes standing there, trying to take pictures of non-existent squirts of water that we can't see. My uncle made up for it by buying us Aussie-flavor pizza, which tasted really good considering I hate pizza(trust me, if you have a choice of pizza or PB&J sandwich every single Friday, you will get sick of it) Note: the Japanese dumplings seen in the above collage was for breakfast. We should move on now before I make stupid comments about my ethnicity.
We went on this road trip on the third day. The road trip lasted for a week or so, but it's actually 60% of being in a bus with 30 other people I don't really know. I just spend most of the time napping and listening to Marina and the Diamonds' The Family Jewels, which I really just need to make a post dedicated to it already. We stopped at a lot of random places that I don't really remember(but mostly places I didn't take photos of), but the most interesting part of this whole damn road trip is the day we went to Lady Musgrave Island and the Great Barrier Reef.
We went to Lady Musgrave Island, which is near/over Great Barrier Reef, during the middle of the road trip that I did not volunteer for. It's basically an island made out of dead coral, which is really beautiful in this creepy, natural sort of way. There are also a lot of old trees that had been there since the middle of 20th Century, just to prove my point of the whole natural creepy beatific weird thing. I also went diving/swimming over the Great Barrier Reef. I got to swim with fishies! So, um, yeah. (I instantly developed an allergic reaction to the salt water, though. Not really all fun and games) No, the photos are not taken with a underwater camera, etc. It was taken during this 5-minute half-submarine ship ride I went on while patiently waiting to dive/swim. I actually didn't take a lot of photos, considering that my nutcase of a brother took over 200 photos with my mum's camera. I know because I had to delete them, one by one.
I met up with a certain Nusardel Oshana on the last few days before we left. We(including my mum, because she thought Nusardel's a pedophile or something. No, he's not a pedophile) went to Museum of Contemporary Art because we are artsy-fartsy, "cultural and shit." (His words, not mine) To be honest, I love it because it was so different from all the museums I ever went to. I still haven't went to the Yayoi Kusama exhibit at Whitney back then, so it probably had something to do with that. I still haven't go there, so whatever. We really spend quality time together, considering how we stand about 3 feet away from each. I also secretly laughed at his inability to use chopsticks, so that's that.
After lunch, our personal tour guide of the day took us wandering about in the city. You know, just going about and window-shopping and touching stuff we couldn't afford. We somehow managed to end up at Darling Harbor, so we went to this place called the Chinese Garden of Friendship. *insert a funny punchline* Let's laugh at the irony of all of this. And that's basically all we did. I'm just so talented at maintaining friendships with people, am I not?
I definitely did a lot of exciting thing in Hong Kong, like meeting up with the billion friends/family/ex-colleagues/ex-neighbors my family had. But that's just the cherry-on-top, y'all. The only reason that all these photos I've taken in Hong Kong are food photos is because it's the most memorable thing of this whole trip, ever. We didn't really do anything touristy, because I lived there for the whole first 10 years of my life and it's not really necessary. We did went to Disneyland with this childhood friend of mine, as you can clearly see as the background of the top collage. We really shared some quality time together, not maintaining eye contact with each other and while waiting on the line for the new rollercoaster ride(at least, it's new for me. It wasn't there the last time I went there). Definitely the highlight of my trip, really.
Miscellaneous photos I have no clue how to catagorize: a collage. Clockwise from top left corner: 1) A little gem I found at a rest stop convenient store while going back into Sydney, at the end of my road trip. Ah, you Australians and your funny cards. 2) 6/7 hours into my 26-hour delay at the airport, so I spend my time chewing Japanese dried shredded squid into shaping like trees(I personally think this looks like a Whomping Willow). Thanks, Typhoon Vincente. 3) Some kawaii-Japanese figure I found while patiently waiting for my mum to finish buying stuff 4) Bitch sipping my tea 5) At the Hong Kong's-version of Barnes & Nobles, browsing psychology books about fictional characters. I'm an exciting person!