Australian Writers' Centre has been hosting annual competitions, hereby acknowledging the Best Australian Blogs every year. The prizes are both exceptional and motivational. I received an email near noon, prompting me to look into the competition. I eagerly took the chance and filled out an application for a place in the competition. The best part is that they focus on writing, so I'd like to think I stand a chance. Despite not being adequately established in the blogosphere I have no regrets in signing up. After all, it's all for good fun. I have nothing to lose, so why not?
As you may or may not have noticed, there is a Nominee Badge on the sidebar of this blog. You can find out more information about the competition by clicking that nifty button or this sentence itself. And to any fellow Aussies out there in the blogging community, I encourage you to join! I know many of you who are very worthy of widespread recognition.
That's it for now; I'll be back sometime later this week with an update. Hope all is well for you folks!
I managed to snag myself the first Foster The People album, a deluxe edition at that!
Our group became united as Julia, Mariel and Julian joined us. We had a benevolent meal of fish and chips, right beside the fishing boat harbour. A light-hearted atmosphere all around, thanks to such pleasurable scenery and fantastic weather. We goofed around along the coastline, and by unknowingly doing so, our whole group of people merged into one. We took our shoes off and made a beeline for the beach. By that point in time, I didn't care if I wasn't practically dressed or anything trivial like that. We senselessly capered about, carefree but happy. I couldn't stop laughing the whole time we were frolicking to and fro, and poking fun at our situation. That was when things really started getting fun.
The nine of us daringly attempted to place our bare feet beneath the streets, every step of the way. In our defence, the ground was comparable to a furnace thanks to the ever-shining sun. Eventually, we found our way to our destination. It's this charming café that Yuxian and I were motivated to try. Imagine our excitement upon spotting it, and us remaining dazed at the darling decor. It was incredibly unique, in my opinion, for it to be located next to a small art gallery. We ordered rose iced tea, homemade lemonade and a brownie to share. But wow, I was really taken aback by their brownie. It was the right, precise combination of chocolate and everything else in between. I'm definitely going back there; the ambience is perfect, and their food leaves me wanting more.
After afternoon tea, we took advantage of the gorgeous earthly setting by snapping away. The staff was kind enough to turn a blind eye towards our mischievous photography opportunities. Once we were done, we played around in the vast field of colossal pine trees. I never got what the definition of 'playing' exactly was, but we sure did it alright. The realisation of school tomorrow and other responsibilities kicked in, and we found our way back to reality. But I think it's safe to say we all went home, immensely satisfied with our time altogether.
It appears that dreams are never entirely disconnected from our everyday lives. I was fortunate to live one out today.
'We are always running for the thrill of it, thrill of it, always pushing up the hill searching for the thrill of it. On and on and on we are calling out and out again. Never looking down; I'm just in awe of what's in front of me.' - Empire of the Sun
Friday - My friend held a gathering at her place in order to commemorate the passing of summer. I'd like to think we took advantage of the current weather as well. The night was so much better than we had anticipated it to be. I couldn't have asked for a better bunch of people to party with, especially since I was able to spend the few hours with some of my favourites. Definitely lots of funny and spontaneous antics to make for another memorable night.
Saturday - Autumn is here! Well, if you live in the Western states you would know that the seasons are rather delayed. Ironically it seems just like spring. Temperatures have still been soaring, yet with contrastingly cool evenings.
Sunday - Julia came over for a study date, though I mainly ended up slacking off. We chilled whilst listening to Last Dinosaurs, Bombay Bicycle Club, Passion Pit, Bag Raiders and Empire of the Sun. Sunset was in full swing when we decided to head out for a walk. Thereon, more in-depth conversation continued as we sat surrounded by nature. (pictured as above) I do think it was a necessary catch-up session, and I'm glad to have had her by my side today.
Anyway, bottom line is: February has never before been so jam-packed with the felicity of friends. The month has been dear to me, and for that, I am insanely elated. Heck, the whole summer has been a downright dream. I just can't contain how happy I have been, guys!
Luckily, tomorrow would be a public holiday, resulting in a day off school. I deem it as the cherry on top of a fantastic February. Oh, bless the long weekend.