Saturday, August 8, 2015

I'm Back: A Tale of My Adventures

Oh lordy you guys I am so sorry for the unintentional hiatus I've taken for the past month. I'm back though and here to stay (somewhat... hopefully).

Life has been pretty hectic and I just moved away from blogging because I had no time for internet. July started off with a bang, with me reading 3 books in the space of 2 weeks - I felt so good about myself. Then everything went downhill from there.

But first, a huge thanks to HarperCollins YA for the tickets to the Paper Towns premiere. Paper Towns was one of the first books I read in July and I enjoyed it so much! It's my 2nd fav after TFIOS. I adored the road trip feel, the mystery, the pranks, the diverse characters, but most of all the realistic ending. Cara Delevingne was absolutely flawless at the premiere and she was so down to earth and funny! The movie itself was a faithful adaption of the book.

Then my demise follows. A workmate recommended a K-drama to me. Now to be fair, this was one I'd wanted to watch back when it came out - I was still in high school at the time but never got around to it. He was raving about and I knew it was really well received so I thought you know what? I'll give the first ep a go. I. Was. Hooked. It was so different to the usual K-drama formula: it's usually sweet poor girl and snobby rich guy are meant to be together but rich guy is in love with rich girl; rich girl is in love with rich guy's best friend who is also rich but very nice... and so the story goes. Secret Garden was SO different and it had a bit of magic (THE GUY AND GIRL SWITCHED BODIES) and omg THERE WERE SO MANY FEELS. My heart :c

After and during my 2 week binge of Secret Garden (where I did no reading) everything seemed to be happening in my social life.

I went to a K-pop concert! BTS (Bangtan Bomb) were even more amazing live and I fell in love with them all over again. My fav songs were definitely I NEED U, Sick, Just One Day, Danger and War of Hormone.

I had 3 days of full day training at work and I was so exhausted each night. Then the Saturday straight after the training was the ball for my work. I was in the city early getting my makeup and hair done. The ball was fabulous. I'd never been to anything so fancy before! The theme was Miami Glamour so I wore a short blue lacy dress and I turned up feeling SO undressed. It was full black tie, with ladies in floor length dresses and guys in tuxes with bow ties. The venue was massive with high ceilings, gorgeous decorations and the food was awesome. There were apparently 800 people there. Went after drinks (BIG mistake) and stayed in a hotel overnight.

Turned up to breakfast on Sunday with Amie, Kat and Caz feeling absolutely gross and hungover but had a great morning with these lovely ladies!

Work then picked up with me finishing later every night and I was so exhausted when I got home I basically had dinner and just fell into bed. So again, no reading for me :(

A friend then held a wonderful Christmas in July party at her house and she did up her backyard so beautifully!

My team then won the Trivia Night for my uni's society. The theme was Disney and I can say I was the one answering all the Disney questions - and correctly :D

AND THEN AND THEN... I went on a road trip to Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay (whitest sand in the world) over the Bank Holiday long weekend. It was so gorgeous and beautiful and the weather was perfect. We had a onesie party, lots of good food and even more alcohol was involved. It was just an overall great weekend bonding with the people I've met this year. The sand was actually the whitest I've ever seen (whiter than Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island) and our beachhouse had steps from our backyard that went right down to the beach!

Kiama Blowhole, on the way there

Stanwell Tops and Black Head Reserve on the way there and back

Sunset at Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay

View from our beachhouse (Hyams Beach)

Now... I finished The Queen of the Tearling (finally) the other day and I'm halfway through Howl's Moving Castle so August is looking like a much better reading month.

Tell me lovelies, what's been happening with you?


  1. My gosh Jaz it looks like you had an amazing month! Thanks for the awesome recap, you looked gorgeous at the ball and your holiday pics are amazing! How cool that you caught up with Amie and everyone else, I know how addictive kpop is as well but I haven't watched it for many years! Glad to hear that you are back Jaz <33

    1. Thanks for the welcome back Jeann <3 I've missed you guys heaps. Bwahaha I clean up all right it seems. The ball was probably the best I've ever looked to be honest :D

  2. HOLY MACKEREL, so much socialising it's making me giddy! Sounds like you're having a very fun year :D After HSC my friends and I are going to Jervis Bay for a week and it looks absolutely stunning. OH and I'm glad you liked Paper Towns as well :D

    1. Em you're going to LOVE Jervis Bay! I hope HSC year is going well for you - you're nearly there :) Too much socialising actually mentally and physically drains me despite the fun.

  3. omygosh you have clearly kept busy. I watched Paper Towns with my friends recently and yessssss it was so amazing! Very lucky of you to breathe the same air as Cara omg. AND HELL YEAHS FOR WINNING TRIVIA!!!

    1. I haveeee. And missed you heaps :D So glad to hear you enjoyed the movie too. I feel so privileged to have been in the same room as Cara omg.

  4. Sometimes, we need to take breaks. I did that for a few months. It was refreshing :)

    I have not seen Paper Towns yet, but I didn't really love the book, so it's okay. It was awesome to be a part of the premiere, though :D

    During my hiatus, I watched a lot of k-dramas, and Secret Garden was one of my favorites that I've seen during that time. I binged watched all the completed Korean and Japanese dramas. It inspired me to learn Korean.

    How cool that you watched BTS live?! I actually like them. I need you girl. Wae honja saranghago honjaseoman ibyeolhae! Sorry... I like that song, too! I wish I saw Big Bang when they were here last week.

    Have an awesome week ahead!

    Dre @ Sporadic Reads

    1. YES BTS <3 Omg where are you? BIGBANG is coming to Sydney in Oct and I've got my tix. Can't wait!

  5. Basically, you just had a lot on your plate! Loved hearing about your adventures. And I'm especially loving that you binged Secret Garden! It's been ages since I first watched this one, but now I kind of want to revisit it ;)

    1. I did haha. I miss you Alexa, I feel like we haven't talked in ages! Secret Garden is definitely worth rewatching :D

  6. oh wow, Jaz... didn't know you were so Asian, ha ha ha... K-drama then K-pop! I think it has been over a decade since I've watched any K-drama. But if I ever get into one these days, nothing will get done either :p It's way too addictive.

    How's Howl's Moving Castle? Have you read Uprooted yet?