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  • Jaleey 11:36 am on August 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    currently snacking on banana chips &amp listening to… 

    currently: snacking on banana chips & listening to Hot Mess—Cobra Starship
    recap of my week! i took a lot of photos i love so ill be adding a lot of new ones into the Photos page :) i dont think ive ever put up this many photos in one post.. prepare yourself!!

    tuesday: class started at 10 and there was a lab right after. we dissected a human brain & were learning about the various anatomical locations, which i never thought would be so difficult to identify bc there were so many cross sections to analyze. afterwards, i quickly went to grab a bite at a nearby cafeteria with a friend, both of us smelling disgusting, & the food totally reminded me of USC dorm food which just made me think of home :( after taking a nap, eating dinner, we went to go watch The Ugly Truth. took the ferry to South Bank, which is soo beautiful at night, and we got there and realized it was sold out! the other movies we weren’t too keen on seeing, so we decided to go to Indooroopilly. along the way we stopped by 7-11 to buy snacks, thinking it would be cheaper & better than those at the cinema.. who knew, it was so so expensive (is a pack of gum for $5 normal? small bag of m&ms $3.50, small bag of chips $3!!). welll we got to el dorado & it was such a cute little theatre, really cozy & barely anyone there, quite ideal :) the movie was surprisingly good. i didnt expect to really love it bc it looked like another typical chick flick w/a predictable plot but this one’s funnier bc their acting is hilarious :O and i think gerard butler has gorgeous eyes! i love his green eyes! hmm..by the time the movie ended it was already 11 so we decided to just walk back home…which took one hr but i never realized it’s so beautiful at night. we walked across the field, looked up, and saw tons of stars. theres not much light pollution here, but ill bet it still doesn’t compare to the meteor shower that just happened back home, which i missed :(

    Brisbane city from the ferry stop at South Bank

    Brisbane city from the ferry stop at South Bank

    walkway to main st of South Bank

    walkway to main st of South Bank

    walkway :) can't imagine how gorgeous itll be once all the vines fill in!

    walkway :) can't imagine how gorgeous itll be once all the vines fill in!

    wednesday: EKKA exhibition!
    we were originally gonna leave at 9 or 10am, but decided we should just go later so we didn’t have to leave so early at night. we took the ferry there, and transferred to a train in the city. the train was packed & EKKA was even more crowded! its such a big deal, there are trains and buses from the city to EKKA every 10 min! even though EKKA goes on for ~10 days, wednesday was brisbane’s holiday so everyone got a day off to go. before i got off the train, which led us into the center of the whole exhibition, i saw all the carnival rides & flags & roller coasters and there was soo much going on! it was basically a small theme park/carnival with horse-racing (which people got soo dressed up for! gotta love the huge hats though), wood chopping (went to watch, and it was surprisingly intense. those guys are soo strong!!! & they chop a tree trunk that has a diameter of my body (yes, very big) in about less than 30 seconds! so fun, and everyone left with sawdust sprinkled all over hehe), railroad racing, home & garden & leisure centers (with all sorts of decoration contests), international food pavillion, farm animals/pet competitions, stand up comedy & music (katy perry was there…i missed it though! i cant believe it), and tons of small game/shopping centers. i had no idea there was so much going on & in the end didnt get to see it all :( i had a ticket for a fashion show ft australian designers’ collections but didn’t have time to go! & i didnt get to ride the horses & see a lot of the pavillions. ohh well it was fun anyway :)

    halfway through it started sprinkling, then raining (while a double, then triple rainbow appeared!), then it started really pouringggggg. but luckily we went inside a showbag pavillion (where they sell tons of goodies/candies/products) in bag sets for a certain price, and stayed dry there. its funny bc inside is crazy. every kid is wearing some type of rainbow wig/afro/halloween costume ensemble that they just bought, and everyones buying something! they also had a taste testing place where u could try new products/wines/teas/ice creams/foods, so that was really fun! around 8 or so, while everything was beginning to close down, we went to go watch part of the closing ceremony, caught a glimpse of an American cowboy guy doing horse tricks & making his horse go through fire & whatnot (there was lightning at a distance around the stadium the whole time, but no thunder. it was really pretty in a weird way) and some monster car show. we decided to beat the traffic back home, so we missed most of the closing ceremony & the fireworks.. maybe itll be online. hehe such a tiring day, but i see why people make an effort to go each year :) & the pictures below are only about 1/4 of all the photos i took. it’s taking forever to upload, so maybe ill add it into the Photo page another day

    i love the teddy bears!!! but later i looked at this photo & realized, the couple in it are so cute!

    i love the teddy bears!!! but later i looked at this photo & realized, the couple in it are so cute!

    showbag pavillion—tons of peopleee

    showbag pavillion—tons of peopleee

    self explanatory

    a few of the rides

    so high up :)

    so high up

    my favorite photo—i love how the sky & clouds look

    my favorite, or should i say "favourite", photo

    no cotton candy—it's called fairy floss here!

    not cotton candy—it's called fairy floss here!

    equestrian—if this were fb, id tag esther here :)

    equestrian—if this were fb, id tag esther here :)

    the brisbane broncos—rugby team signing

    the brisbane broncos—rugby team signing

    yes, that's a balloon! that he later went into!

    yes, that's a balloon! that he later went into!

    double rainbow; after this, there was a 3rd, but it didnt show up on camera

    double rainbow; after this, there was a 3rd, but it didnt show up on camera

    strawberry sundaes!

    strawberry sundaes!

    stand with cute pillows & shoes!!

    stand with cute pillows & shoes!!

    the coolest shirt!! the bars lit up & changed w/the music!

    the coolest shirt!! the bars lit up & changed w/the music!

    fresh food pavillion-location of all the taste testing :)

    fresh food pavillion-location of all the taste testing :)

    inside the pavillion

    inside the pavillion

    australian hibiscus

    australian hibiscus in the garden center

    in the garden centre—flower arranging contest celebrating Queensland's 150th anniversary

    in the garden centre—flower arranging contest celebrating Queensland's 150th anniversary. each of the small pots at the bottom are $5+, the ones at the top & middle are all at least $10!

    orchids were everywhere

    orchids were everywhere

    strawberries & cream stand

    strawberries & cream stand

    wood chopping contest

    wood chopping contest

    hello there, ginormous cow on the roof

    hello there, ginormous cow on the roof

    night show

    closing ceremony

    leaving EKKA :( bye bye

    leaving EKKA :( bye bye

    i will post more pictures another timeeee. for now, bye bye :)

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  • Jaleey 1:19 pm on July 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    hehe i just spent the whole today sitting… 

    hehe i just spent the whole today sitting on my lazy ass watching season 2 and 3 of FRIENDS!! ahh i love the show it totally cracks me up. i love chandler!! hes my favorite hehe and hes so cute :O)

    anyway i have orientation tomorrow from 8am to 4pm sadly! going to be super long, but at least i understand what they’re saying right? there are so so many asians here for certain majors its crazy. my apartmentmate from china said in her accounting orientation she saw only 3 non-asians and then questioned why she even bothered to leave her country in the first place! shes basically taking the class with all chinese people from china anyway :O hm speaking of apartmentmates one of them arrived two days ago and shes also from the US! she goes to cornell & studies neurobiology–what a coincidence, huh? and out of all 4 of us in the apartment, 3 of our birthdays are in october, and the dates are on the 23, 25, and 26.. spooky hahhah october is going to be funnn :)

    and im sending out some of my postcards soon in the mail! i bought them from the City at a little souvenir travel shop & they also sell really cute small kangaroo and koala furry backpacks & small little cases, im guessing for cameras and phones. hahaha i was thinking of bringing the backpacks back but that might be embarrassing to wear since the animals are sorta really big on it and 3D ahaha :X oh & shocking but i thought sheep stuff such as the UGG shoes would be cheaper here but they’re like $200+!! how??? they look a little  different too!

    ohhkay school starts in a week! im sorta really dreading it but i guess on the bright side itll force me to attempt to be productive & ill get more exercise climbing the stupid hill up to campus everyday :Op haha but i dont have super long blocks like i do back @ sc so it isnt too bad.. and as of now i have no classes fridays i want to take advantage of that one weekend & go to new zealand! :D

    & good news the uni has some promotion going on for internet quota! so im going to buy it soon & then i can finally go on moreeee HURRAYY!!!!!

    the bird!

    the bird!

    part of gold coast

    part of gold coast

    look at this tree on campus! it has stuff growing down from it!!

    look at this tree on campus! it has stuff growing down from it!!

    on campus; part of the great court

    on campus; part of the great court

    i cant figure out how to rotate the tree picture! :( it does it automatically for some but there is no rotate button :O
    okay farewell that is all for now bye byeeeeeee

     
    • Mar 5:33 pm on July 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      the stupid hill is going to shape your butts nicely! :DD

    • Lauren 10:03 pm on July 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      wow! classes are already starting?! craziness. send me a postcard! hehe :o)

  • Jaleey 1:07 pm on July 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    i know ive totally been neglecting this blog… 

    i know, ive totally been neglecting this blog. im bad at keeping up with things & especially with this limited internet connection, i hardly can go online for more than 5 minutes at a time. pretty pathetic i must say!

    today, i went to a large farmer’s market at West End Markets. i bought tons of veggies and fruits and bread!! it’s cheap, fresh, the sizes are larger than at the grocers, and fun to go there too! definitely need to take the ferry there again next saturday :) as for my days here since my arrival, haven’t done much to tell the truth! yet, i havent been sleeping in either! happen to wake up each day around 6 am, then for the next hour or two i drift back and forth in and out of my sleep! haha ive been to the City also known as downtown Brisbane about four or five times (it’s just a 15 minute bus ride) and to Gold Coast the other day. the beach is chilly now so there weren’t that many people around. swimming is unimaginable in this weather! i also visited chinatown here the other day. it’s located in an area called Fortitude Valley and like everything else, i had to take the bus and transfer & take the train there. transportation’s really convenient here, but nothing compared to asia!! hehe and i still am getting used to crossing the road & looking right first. the whole driving on the right side is still weird for me!

    overall, the view has been beautiful here. the river, the skyline, rural-er areas, campus, are all gorgeous. im surprised at how nice the weather is here although it’s winter! a bit like january/february minus the rain (well, so far) and sunnier in the afternoons. i have no complaints besides the chilly breeze, which is good :O) however, everything here is so pricey. from food, accommodations, clothes, shoes, accessories, everything has been more expensive than back in the States! literally, the Subway $5 footlong is $7 here, and not even the price exchange rate makes up for it! ugly ass shoes (that are not only hideous, but shitty in quality) are at least $60 here; forever21 clothes, which are cute but not that great in quality, are all at least $60 here too, if not more!! i saw these pair of sneakers i really wanted, and needed especially in this weather, but i looked at the price and was shockeddd—$140!! back home you can buy at least 2 pairs of nice nice shoes!! :( well, i am definitely prepared to buy tons when i get back, especially since it’ll be the xmas season! im so excited for shopping and for recognizable, familiar U.S. brands @ U.S. prices!

    alrighty, gotta check my quota. i used up my month’s very limited 400 MB in 2 days when i first got here… now im limiting myself to 0.10 GB everyday. i bought 2 GB for $20..lets see how long this lasts! :Op UPDATE: I USED 0.02 more!! ahh! hahah i must sound psycho but im worried this isn’t even going to last me one week! so skype & video chatting–i doubt that’ll happen at this rate! unless magically i have quota that i can’t use up. hmm..guess this restriction might be good for me; hopefully, ill focus on my academics more :Op!

    by the way i got a new phone number!! i doubt anyone reading this is going to call me overseas..ask me for it if you really want! i can send international texts & receive calls all the same :)

    & here are a couple of pictures for your enjoyment! don’t forget to check out the Photos. tab @ the top!!

    downtown treasury office

    downtown treasury office

    chinatown in Fortitude Valley

    chinatown in Fortitude Valley

    skyline in the day; via the ferry

    skyline in the day; via the ferry

    story bridge; ferry ride to the City

    story bridge; ferry ride to the City

    gold coast beach

    gold coast beach

    ferry ride

    ferry ride

     
    • Helen 7:06 pm on July 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      everything looks so pretty!!! I miss you!

    • Mar 7:16 pm on July 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      You’re so slim now, justine! :D
      more pictures!

    • Lauren Lee 8:44 pm on July 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the updates, Justine! Love the pictures too! Keep blogging — i love to read about your adventures abroad! My blog is coming soon…

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