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23 March 2015

#CupcakeQuestions - Glasses, School Plays and Broken Bus Signs

Hello everybody!

It's Monday again, which of course means it's time for another #CupcakeQuestions!!

Who was the first YouTuber you ever watched?
The first YouTuber I ever watched was Danisnotonfire, and to this day he is still one of my absolute favourite YouTubers ever. I found him because somehow I stumbled across his "Christmas Disaster" video, which I still love. A lot.

What was the first conversation you had via text message today?
The first conversation I had via texting was with my friend, after we finished exams. It went like this:

Me: Business exam is over :D 2 hours was far too long...
Him: Haha
Me: There is something very wrong with the bus board. It says the bus isn't coming for 136 minutes (but it literally just arrived..)
Him: Yeah it did that for me also

Not a very exciting conversation. But yes, the bus board actually said that the bus wasn't coming for 136 minutes.



Have you ever witnessed a crime take place?
No, but in 2008 there was a hit and run accident just down the road from my house, and I remember the whole road being taped off with police tape, and the victim's family arriving.

What are your five favourite books?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

What was your first phone like?
I had an old Samsung (which I still own but don't use). It was one of those old slide-y phones with the keyboard where you had to press each button three times to type one letter. I remember thinking it was so cool I could get three songs on there (maybe four if I was lucky).

Do you have any weird habits?
I have a really weird bedtime routine, where I will have to make sure my bedroom door is properly shut, make sure my wardrobe is shut. make sure my blinds are shut, and then smooth out the sheet on my bed, and check the exact time, date and temperature. I can't sleep unless I have done all that.

Do you wear glasses?
Yes, I do, but I wear contact lenses most of the time. I only wear my glasses on the weekend/in the evening.

What does your bedroom look like?
It is a square room, with pink walls and brown carpet. I have on one wall my ornament cabinets, my wardrobe, and my small television. On the wall on the right of that (so we're going clockwise around my room from my bed), I have my dressing table, where I have my makeup, my jewelry box, and my stereo. On the next wall I have my bed and my bedside cabinet. On the last wall is just my window.

Do you play any instruments?
I learnt a very little bit of bass guitar, and I can play viola somewhat well (if you gave me sheet music, I could play it, it just may not be too spectacular)

Have you ever been in a school play?
I played a king's servant in the Nativity play in reception. I was a narrator in the play of "The Frog Prince" in Year 1. I also in the chorus of "Aladdin" in Year 4. I would love to be in a school play now, but my school isn't exactly an artistic school.

And that is all for this week! I hope you enjoyed it, and hopefully I will have another post up by the end of the week! xxx

16 March 2015

#CupcakeQuestions - Skittles, Evacuations and MKR

Hello everybody!

It's Monday, which of course means it's time for another #CupcakeQuestions! I would just like to say thankyou to my friend Alex, as well as @Boboboberla and @Maryalice090399 on Twitter for submitting these questions :)

What are you doing right now?
Right now I am in Biology. We’re doing something about light energy which I really don’t understand. (Why is Biochemistry the first unit of Biology?? There is a reason I don’t do chemistry..)

Who was your favourite teacher from primary school?
My favourite teacher from primary school would probably be my Year 6 teacher. He was really laid back and cool, and he wasn’t very strict. I remember he would let us rearrange the desks every day to sit wherever we want, which I really liked because I would often be stuck sitting next to someone annoying (the teacher thought I would be a “good influence”). He also encouraged me to write stories, which no one else had ever done.

Do you cry in films?
Yes, definitely. I cry at anything. The first time I watched Titanic was when my friend and I conveniently forgot to hand in our sports day permission forms, so we had to stay in the school library. We decided to spend the day watching Titanic. Which I cried at. I still can’t watch it without crying. Same with The Fault in Our Stars. It tends to get a bit silly, because I cry in Disney films (Bambi and The Lion King). This is why I tend not to go to the cinema.

How is the weather right now?
Right now it is quite sunny, but the weather has been really unpredictable recently.

Grab the book closest to you, open to page 153, and read line 18. What is it?
The book closest to me is The Fault in Our Stars. Page 55, line 23 says, “ “Hazel Grace,” Augustus said, as he heard my footsteps. ”

Something funny that happened at school?
In Year 8 we had an evacuation, and everyone thought it was a serious fire because the teachers were really confused, and then while we were evacuating, thinking it was a drill, we saw the fire trucks, so we all thought it was serious. The best part was someone yelling “NO MY LAPTOP IS IN THE CLASSROOM”

Do you watch reality TV?
Yes. I love My Kitchen Rules, House Rules, Toddlers and Tiaras, World’s Strictest Parents and Supernanny (just to name a few!)

Are there any apps you love?
I really like Five Nights at Freddy’s. I’m currently stuck on the fifth night of the first game, because I’m refusing to let myself play the next games until I am past it. I also like 2048, but I have never gotten the 2048 tile. I love Granny Smith as well, and I remember in Year 7 we used to play it all the time at lunch.

Are you scared of anything?
I am scared of a few things, but one of the main things is that I am terrified of not fitting in.

What is your favourite sweets/chocolate?
My favourite sweets are by far Skittles. I have eaten two packets in a single day! Chocolate-wise, I love Time-Out bars.


That is all for this week! If you want to submit a question for next week, you can do so by either commenting on this post or tweeting using #CupcakeQuestions xxx

15 March 2015

Sydney 2014 | Day 6 - Darling Harbour

Today was unfortunately our last day in Sydney. We decided to go back to Darling Harbour, and go to the Wild Life Zoo and Madame Tussauds.

We first went to Madame Tussauds, which I really enjoyed. The wax models were amazing! They looked so realistic! They had models of people like Taylor Swift, Michael Hutchence, Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, Kylie Minogue, and the royal family. What I really liked is that you could get right up close to the models to take photos.

Next we went to the zoo. Honestly, it wasn’t the best zoo I had been to, but I did enjoy getting to see the koalas.

We had lunch on Darling Harbour. I don’t remember the name of the restaurant, but the customer service was horrendous. We walked in, and apparently we walked in the entrance, because immediately the waitress said “How did you get in?!”. She also was quite rude when serving us, and was unimpressed when we asked to take the anchovies off the pizza. Besides that, the food was really good. We had pizza, and fish and chips, which were both delicious.

We still had some time left before our flight, so we went to the Sydney Tower Eye. There was this little fresh juice and smoothie shop, so we went and got a smoothie. My mum and sister both had mango smoothies, and I had a berry smoothie.

After this, we returned to our hotel, collected our bags, and went back to the airport.

Our flight back was smooth, and we had no delays.


I really enjoyed visiting Sydney. It was the first time I had ever been to Sydney, and in comparison to the Gold Coast, it was very different. I am looking forward to going back to Sydney in March 2015.

Sydney 2014 | Day 5 - Jenolan Caves

Today was definitely the busiest and most stressful day of our holiday. We decided it might be cool to go out to the Blue Mountains and go adventure caving in the Jenolan Caves. The only problem with this is that there is no public transport to the caves. Which meant we needed to hire a car.

We caught a train to Leura, which was where the closest hire car place to the caves was. The train trip was about two hours, which I absolutely hated, because I don’t like sitting in the same place for long amounts of time. When we got to Leura, we walked to the car hire and got our car.

We set off, following the directions of the map on my iPhone. It turned out that this was the wrong direction, which we had been driving in for half an hour. We turned around, and began driving on the incredibly long 2-hour journey to the caves.

When we got there, we went on the Temple of Baal cave tour, which was really good.






Temple of Baal Cave Tour

Next we went on the Plughole Adventure Cave tour. This was absolutely terrifying. We had to get into the cave by abseiling in. I was freaking out about this, but luckily everything was okay. It was really satisfying once I was at the bottom of the cliff. The rest of the adventure caving was really fun. It was really fun crawling and squeezing through the gaps in the rock. Of course, I was the person in the group to get stuck in a hole!

We drove back and returned out hire car, but unfortunately we missed the train back and we had to wait for an hour, so we went to a nearby Woolworths and bought a massive tub of chocolate and cherry ice cream, which we ate at the train station.

When we returned to Wynyard, we popped back into our hotel to get changed, and we went back out to Jamie Oliver’s Italian for dinner. Once again, service and food was excellent.

Sydney 2014 | Day 4 - Palm Beach

Today was by far my favourite day in Sydney. We started the day off, once again, by going to Circular Quay and having a coffee at Starbucks (I had a Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino again!).

As you may know, I love Home and Away. The one thing we wanted to do in Sydney was go to Palm Beach, which is Summer Bay in Home and Away. We booked an official tour to take us, as we were unsure whether we could get there otherwise.

The tour guide was around twenty minutes late, but we were fine with this. We were in a mini bus, and there was about eleven people on the tour. Out of these people, myself, my sister and my mum seemed to be the only people interested in Home and Away. Everyone seemed to be a bit miserable and disinterested in the whole thing.

The bus trip was incredibly long. I hate long bus trips, so I felt really uncomfortable during this time. On the way to Palm Beach, we stopped for coffee (which was included in the tour) at the Driftwood Café and Homewares.

When we finally arrived at Summer Bay, our tour guide took us around the bay in the minivan, and then let us out to look around ourselves. Honestly, I was quite disappointed with the tour, because we were left by ourselves the entire time, and served an average, cold lunch. I did really enjoy being able to go to Palm Beach, however, particularly as I have watched Home and Away since I was a child. We got to see places like the iconic entrance to the beach (and of course the beach itself), the surf club, the diner, and the Gina Palmer bench.

On the way back to Manly Beach, we got to see John Palmer and Brax’s houses, which was really good.

We were dropped off at Manly, with a complimentary ferry ticket to get back to Circular Quay. The ferry trip back to Manly was fantastic, even though it was storming.


When we got back to Circular Quay, it was raining extremely heavily. The train back to Wynyard station was cancelled, so we caught a bus back to our hotel. Once again, we had a quiet night in our hotel room.

Sydney 2014 | Day 3 - Opera House & Bondi Beach

Today was quite a busy day. We woke up quite early and caught a bus to Circular Quay. We started the day with a coffee from Starbucks. This was the first time I had ever been to Starbucks, and it was definitely one of the best coffees I have had (I say coffee, but it was actually a Frappuccino). I had a Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino, and I loved it!

We walked to the Opera House, and we spent ten minutes trying to figure out how to get in. A staff member gave us completely wrong directions (or maybe we were just bad at following instructions). We went on the tour and it was amazing. I cannot describe it, it was just amazing. I learnt so much about the history of the Opera House. If you are in Sydney, then you definitely have to take this tour.

After the tour we caught the bus to Bondi Beach. Bondi Beach was not at all what I expected it to be like. I was quite disappointed with it. It was incredibly busy, and I definitely prefer quieter beaches. If you have never been to Bondi, the best way I can describe it is that it is where cool trendy people hang out, and as I am neither cool nor trendy, I really did not fit in.

We had lunch at a restaurant called the Vue Bar. I liked the restaurant itself, I liked all the quotes written on the walls in the stairwell, but overall I didn’t really think it was anything particularly special. We had the Chicken Meat Tapas and the Seafood Paella Seafood Tapas. It was very expensive for the small meals, but I suppose that is what tapas is. We were also charged $7 for a jug of tap water, which I thought was strange as tap water is free at every other restaurant. It was quite nice, but I probably wouldn’t go back to the Vue Bar again.

We returned back to our hotel, and went for a swim. The pool facilities in the Radisson were gorgeous. There was a pool, sauna and spa, and these were all incredibly clean, very quiet, and were just beautiful.


We then got ready to go out to dinner. We went to Jamie Oliver’s Italian Restaurant, which was conveniently opposite our hotel. I cannot remember what we ordered, but the food was delicious. We also had fantastic customer service. The food was also very cheap, but very good quality. I was amazed that a bread basket, which was quite large, only cost $1.50!! I loved this restaurant, and next time I’m in Sydney I’d definitely want to return.

Sydney 2014 | Day 2 - Aquarium & Watson's Bay

Day 2 was a very busy day in Sydney. We woke up quite early, and headed out to Max Brenner’s in the Met Centre for breakfast. We had chocolate crepes and chocolate waffles, which were incredibly delicious. The only negative about breakfast was the quality of customer service we received, as the staff were not particularly friendly. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the food, and that was what we went there to have.

We then walked to the Sea Life Aquarium in Darling Harbour. Darling Harbour was gorgeous. It reminded me a lot of the harbour in Port Douglas. The aquarium was fantastic. It was rather busy, but I think this was probably because it was a Saturday. I particularly loved the penguins (they were so fluffy!!), and the dugongs. I love dugongs! My mum was really confused as to why I liked the dugongs so much, but I just think they have such cute faces!

When we left the aquarium, we caught a ferry from Darling Harbour to Circular Quay, where we then got a connecting ferry to Watson’s Bay. I really enjoyed the ferry trip, because on the Gold Coast we do not have ferries, and I had not been on a ferry since I was a child.

I really loved Watson’s Bay. I like to describe it as “something out of Cry Baby”, because it looks like a little 1950s beach town. At a recommendation of a friend, we ate lunch in a lovely little place called Doyle’s on the Wharf. It was a nice little takeaway fish and chip shop. It was very crowded, and it was difficult to order because people waiting for food were queueing up in the line where you are meant to order, but it was definitely well worth the wait. We had Salt & Pepper Squid, and Half Lobster Mornay. Both of these we had chips with. This was the first time I had ever had lobster, and although there is not actually a lot of the meat on the lobster, I did really enjoy the taste. The fish and chip shop had quite big portions, which impressed me, because I thought it was really good for the decent price.


We returned to Circular Quay and caught a bus back to our hotel. We had another quiet night in the hotel room, playing cards and Five Nights at Freddy’s (best app ever).

Sydney 2014 | Day 1 - Arrival in Sydney

Hello everybody!

I am finally uploading my little series about what I got up to when I went to Sydney in November 2014. I’ve been meaning to upload it for ages, but it has taken such a long time to edit the photos, and I have been back at school as well, so I haven’t had too much time to do the write-up…ANYWAY, let’s get on with the post.

We decided to fly with Jetstar for two reasons. First of all it was the cheapest – we got our flight for only $39 each way! – It was quite a bargain! As well as that, we did fly Jetstar when we went to Port Douglas in 2013, and they were a really good airline. It wasn’t as if we needed the fanciest airline, we just wanted to get to Sydney.

We arrived at the airport about an hour before our flight (let me tell you, it was way too early!), and as we headed over to the security gate, this huge bell started ringing, and all the lights turned off. When we finally found out what happened, it turned out that Gold Coast airport had lost power.

After waiting for about half an hour for the power to be switched back on, we finally got through security and just made it to the terminal in time for our flight (we had to look a bit crazy running through the airport). Turns out, we didn’t need to run, because our flight was delayed an hour because of the power outage.

The actual flight itself was okay. I don’t really like flying because I don’t like having to sit down for long periods of time. Besides that, it was a pretty good flight. On this flight, I read A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. I absolutely love all of his books, and A Walk to Remember was very beautiful, but also very sad.

Once we arrived in Sydney, we spent about twenty minutes looking for the train station. My mum insisted she knew which way to go, which ended up being the completely wrong way, and we were on the other side of the airport.

We got to the train station, and it just blew my mind. I am used to being at train stations on the Gold Coast, where there is just two platforms, and you either catch the train going one way or the other. In Sydney, there is about twenty different platforms, all with trains going in different directions. And the trains are triple decker trains! Is that a normal thing in other cities? On the Gold Coast they are one level, which is quite boring by comparison.

When we got off the train at Wynyard Station, I was absolutely blown away by the city. This was my first time visiting Sydney, and I thought it was just beautiful. I loved the architecture, how some of the buildings looked really old, and I looked the buzz and excitement of the city.

We walked to the Tower Eye, where we had a lunch reservation. As soon as we stepped into the Tower Eye, we realised how much we didn’t fit in. We were in quite casual clothes, and the Tower Eye is filled with designer stores like Chanel, Gucci and Prada. It felt a bit like that scene in Pretty Woman where she walks into the designer stores and they say, “I don’t think we have anything for you. You’re obviously in the wrong place. Please leave.” (If you haven’t seen that movie, you can watch that scene here so you know what I’m talking about!!).

We went up to the revolving restaurant, which was amazing. The restaurant was revolving, so you slowly rotated, so you could see the entire view while you eat. The food was fantastic too, there were foods like Cherry Glazed Ham, Emu Sausage, and Fish and Chips. There were also so many teeny tiny desserts, like Profiteroles, Pavlova, and Lemon Curd Tart. All the food was delicious. The service was also exceptional. The staff were also very attentive, constantly bringing us more water and checking on us in case we wanted anything.

After the buffet, we went to check into our hotel. We stayed in a Premier Room in the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel. It was just stunning. Absolutely gorgeous. The hotel was one of those old grand buildings, the reception was all marble tiles. The reception staff and concierge were incredibly friendly – they immediately took our bags and we were greeted every time we left or came back to the hotel. The room was spectacular. It can incredibly clean. Although there was a little noise, as to be expected when you are in the city, the hotel was generally very quiet.

We headed back to the Tower Eye to complete our Skywalk. This was where you walked round on the glass platform outside of the tower. The view was absolutely amazing. I strongly recommend you do the Skywalk if you are in Sydney.


After completing the Skywalk, we went back to our hotel for a quiet night in.

9 March 2015

#CupcakeQuestions - Pizza, Photos, and Valentine's Day

Hello everybody!

Today I bring to you another instalment of #CupcakeQuestions. These questions were all asked by my friend Jayme over at Tropical Nerd, so if you are interested you can find her here.

Question you hate to answer?
“What’s your most embarrassing moment?” – I struggle to think of a single moment that is more embarrassing than another.

Most embarrassing moment?
The moment I always say is my most embarrassing would be something that happened on Valentine’s Day 2012 (I am going to call the person involved X).

X and I were standing together in the school courtyard (so it was full of people), and there was this concrete bench thing. I was standing on one side of it, and he was standing on the other side, and we were just talking. Then my friend skipped up to us, playing Rihanna’s song “S&M” at full volume, and she pushed us together. I then tripped on the concrete bench thing, fell forward towards X, so he had to grab me, and it would have looked very awkward to anyone watching (I know this because my friend who played the song took a photo of this.). It probably doesn’t sound too embarrassing, but keep in mind we were only in Year 7, and we were only 11, so it was very embarrassing.

There is more to Valentine’s Day 2012, but I think I’ll leave that story for another day.

Last photo you took?
The last photo I took was when I was on the plane, and it was the clouds from outside the window.



Last lie you told?
The last lie I told would probably have been on Saturday, when I told my sister I had deleted a picture of her, when I didn’t, because it was a really funny picture (I did delete it – she just didn’t know about the “recently deleted” folder on iPhone..)

Weirdest prank call?
The weirdest prank call I have ever received would be when my friend Alex called me, pretended to be from an acting agency, and told me he had seen my performance in the school musical of Aladdin, and he thought I was so good he wanted to sign me (I knew it was Alex because he was the only person who had seen the DVD of my performance in Aladdin, and yes, I was in Aladdin, but it was a horrific experience, but I think I’ll do a separate post about that experience).

Perfect pizza?
My perfect pizza would be a cheese stuffed base, tomato sauce, extra cheese, every meat topping possible, and pineapple. I really love meat-lovers pizza.

First thought this morning?
“Argh I have double Business today…and I’m really tired…is there any way my mum will let me have the day off…no I’ll have to go to school…”

Would you ever want to wake up as somebody else for a day, and if so, who?
I don’t think I would want to wake up as somebody else. I’m not going to go into an explanation why, because I would be here all day if I did.

If you could be any age for a week, what age would you be?
I would like to be 19 for a week, but I don’t really know why.

Longest you’ve gone without sleep?
The longest I’ve gone without proper sleep is around 30 hours on flight to England. After this I slept for about 14 hours.


That is all the questions for this week! Thankyou so much to Jayme who submitted all of these (and that wasn’t even all of her questions – there are more to come next week!!). Remember, you can submit questions with the hashtag #CupcakeQuestions on Twitter, or you can leave a comment on this post! xx

2 March 2015

#CupcakeQuestions - Pets, Pigs and Punctuality

Hello everybody!

Hello everybody!

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you may have seen what I tweeted last night:


Today is the first time I will be doing #CupcakeQuestions, which is a Q & A I will be posting every Monday. Every week I will answer 10 random questions that you can submit to me on Twitter. 

Are you a punctual person?
I would like to think that I am, but my best friend Ally might think otherwise, because whenever we meet up she is always first there and I am always at least 10 minutes late. 

Do you have any pets?
I have a cat called Moggie, who is a rather long tabby cat. He is very naughty, and often behaves like a dog.

Do you prefer books, movies or television?
I love all three! I love the book and movie of The Book Thief, The Fault in Our Stars, The Hunger Games, Twilight, and The Notebook, as well as the films Scream, Gone Girl, Titanic, Pretty Woman, and of course, Cry Baby! I also loved Cathy Cassidy's Chocolate Box Girls Also, when I was younger, and all of Jacqueline Wilson's books, and I still have all of them to this day. Television program-wise, I love Home and Away, Degrassi, How to Get Away with Murder, Pretty Little Liars (but I hate getting spoilers for it) and Misfits. I also love My Kitchen Rules.

What is your favourite emoji?
My favorite emoji would definitely be the pig one.




 Also, while I am mentioning the pig emoji, why is there one of just the pig's snout?! When would anyone ever need to send a message with a pig's snout?!

What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
There would have to be several. Whenever we go on holiday, my mum loves to make us do all sorts of crazy things. There was the time in Port Douglas where we went hot air ballooning, white water rafting and scuba diving (all of these are incredibly scary - and keep in mind I was 12 when I did all this). There was also the time when we went to Sydney and she decided to go abseiling (it was worth it in the end, but was very scary at the time!)

Would you want to know when or how you would die?
No, I would not want to know either. I would be happier just not knowing.

What was your least favourite subject in primary school?
I absolutely hated sport, and I still do. I am the most uncoordinated, clumsy person there is. I cannot run, I cannot catch, I basically fail at sports. It is so bad that I fell off a treadmill last time I went to the gym. And the time before that, I fell of the exercise bike. An exercise bike that is completely fixed to the floor.

How many languages do you speak?
Of course, I speak English. I learnt Chinese Mandarin for about five years, but I'm not exactly fluent in it. I'm also learning French at the moment, which I am terrible at.

What is the last book you read?
The last book I read would be Flowers in the Attic by V.A. Andrews. It was a fantastic book and movie - I highly recommend reading it.

What do you do on days off?
If I ever have days off school I'll probably sit on the sofa with a bowl of mashed potatoes and watch Cry Baby.


And that is all for this week, I hope you enjoyed it! Remember, you can submit questions to me on twitter using #CupcakeQuestions . I will hopefully have another post up by the end of the week!

xxx

1 March 2015

100 PAGEVIEWS!

Hello everybody!

Yesterday I logged into blogger, ready to write up a new post, and I saw the pageviews overview. My face probably looked like the shocked Skype emoticon, which, yes, I did send to my best friend Ally.

Why was I so suprised, you may ask?

On the 23rd February, 2015, this blog had 100 pageviews, in a single day.

This just shocked me. I cannot understand how my little blog reached that many pageviews in a single day. It is incredible! I have only had my blog for 7 months now, and already that many people are looking at it.

I would like to thank everyone who has been reading this blog. I cannot tell you how much it means to me. I have a long way to go with my blog, and reaching this first little milestone has made me so unbelievably happy. Thankyou to everyone who has been reading this blog, because I would not have reached my 100-page-views-in-a-single-day without you!

I hope you are enjoying my blog so far, and I have lots more to come! xxx