Thursday, March 29, 2012

Day 360: Dinner at World

This will most likely be my last time at World Bar & Cafe *tear*. I was upset at the fact that they didn't have calamari that night. Shame because it's goooood! How can I leave without their good calamari?!

Anyway, this was another nice evening with my manager. We shopped and worked up an appetite. We've declared Thursday official "Diana Day" and "Thursday Funday".  So you heard it here first: Thursday is the new Friday ;-)

Oh, and I rushed back for Grey's ... and it wasn't on!! WTH?!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Day 359: Wednesday Windows

Mad props to these window cleaners! They are on this thing all day going up and down cleaning the windows for us so that we can have a clear view of the city. We all just stare at them and give them props for their job. It makes me so nervous that I stop mid-conversation to gasp for two seconds. *eeek!*

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Day 358: Tram 55 Walk

Today we had another collabo dinner in which I proceeded to stuff my face, of course. Instead of teasing you with delicious food pictures, I decided to take it easy on you. Here are some shots of my walk from the tram stop to the dinner.

Personal Growth Note: I tried rice pudding again today expected to still hate it but I actually liked it. I even had two extra spoonfuls. Maybe it's just this specific one. We'll see.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Day 357: PWC Flowers

My building has the prettiest flower arrangements every week. They never disappoint. I just found out that my favorite Melbourne florist does the building flower arrangements! I have good taste, right??

No more "Flowers of the Week" in Melbourne since I'm leaving soon, so these will have to do.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Day 356: Souvenir Shopping!

I jump on any opportunity to go the QV Market. I showed a few co-workers around Melbourne's "must do" spot. I think it's interesting that no matter how old, young, cultural background, life experience, etc... ALL of our visitors have loved the QV Market. 

Everyone always tells us how they wish there was a market like this back home and I agree! Then again, a market like this would put a DENT in our back account because we'd be so obsessed we'd buy everything every weekend lol. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Day 355: The Last Ride

I went on my last bike ride along the beach today. Actually, it'll be my last bike ride in Melbourne! I'm so thankful I was able to go back out and take it all in for one last time. I'm going to miss the ride but I'm looking forward to new trails and scenery back home.

I celebrated with a break, and a glass of vino! 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Day 354: Friday = Doneday

The weeks have been piling up on me lately as I prepare to go back home. On Fridays I come home from work and knock out for 2 hours. I feel like the whole week just comes crashing down on me.

Side note: I swear I can't get enough of these blinds. I think I'm obsessed with the lines, or is it the nice silhouettes they help create? Or how they go from floor to ceiling? Or all of the above? I don't know what it is.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Day 353: Thursday Dinner Escape

I went out to dinner on a Thursday.
    I'm such a crazy woman.
        It was nice to have dinner with a colleague from the US.

I even made it back in time to catch Grey's!! (Yes, it's that serious)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Day 352: Lift is all mine

My co-workers will probably laugh at this one.  Yes, I snuck a photo while I was in the "lift" (elevator) alone. It's nice to ride down (or up) 36 floors by yourself. It's almost as good as having the bathroom at work all to yourself lol. TMI??

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Day 351: Walking Home for Lunch

I'm going to miss walking home for lunch every day (did I say this already?). I see all the local food vendors and restaurants come alive and thrive on the expensive lunch options. I like coming home, relaxing in the middle of the day, and having a meal that's not overpriced.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Day 350: Grand Prix Air Show

Here are my two favorite photos from the Grand Prix air show right outside of my window. The jet was so loud my apartment shook a little!!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Day 349: 13 Floors Down

I went to sleep fairly early last night so I woke up nice and early this morning. I checked my mail and got good news! I made it to the final interview round! Once the excitement wore off, I went back to sleep.... only to be woken up by the building fire alarm an hour later. I packed my bag and flew down the stairs. 

Damn you woman that burned her toast and caused the building to evacuate!!! >_<

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Day 348: Cukoo!

We went to dinner at Cukoo restaurant in Mt. Dandenong. It's a German buffet "experience". Honestly, the food wasn't great but it was a good time. Unfortunately, I wouldn't go back to the restaurant. After dinner we drove over to the observation point. Even though it was dark, the view was gorgeous. I could only imagine what it's like in the morning.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Day 347: ZzZzzZz

The last two days have been pretty intense. I got home from work, read a few pages of my book... and fell asleep. I had a nice long (much needed) nap.

 --- too drained.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Day 346: Waiting...

I was notified today that I got an interview for a big-time position. I was also nudged to apply for another big-time position, so I did. I've been preparing for the interviews and now I'm playing the "waiting game".  The way I see it, I have a win/win situation on my hands... even if I don't get any of the positions.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Day 345: Micro Breweries

I was asked to photograph Hawthorn at the FedSquare Micro Breweries show case again! I was looking forward to photographing these guys and sneak in a few sips, too.

The BEST part of the whole night was that MY photos from the last showcase were on the BIG screen!! My photos looked good up there, hehehe.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Day 344: RIP Orchid

I was told an orchid is an easy plant to take care of ... lies!! The leaves are still green, the weird stem things seem to still be alive but the flower part is a goner. I know they die off, but I'm convinced this plant isn't coming back. I'll keep trying until I leave Australia buuuut it's chances are slim.

I'll take any pointers.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Day 343: My Love Pieces

I know we've done a "tokens" shot before but I love them, so they deserve two photos in our 365. Every morning when I try to figure out which earrings or bracelets to wear I always have a look at the special items my hubster has given to me throughout the years. Whenever I do wear these it just boosts my mood. It puts a little extra pep in my step! The man has taste and I always get asked about my "tokens" and I love it, hehehe. 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Day 342: Moomba

The Moomba Festival was this weekend. I met up with a few friends for lunch at the festival and I didn't bother to get on any rides. Why? I didn't want to pay $10 for one ride.

Damn -- I'm sounding cheapo-depot lately but c'mon these prices are ridiculous! lol.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Day 341: DIOSA Office

I've been using a local cafe as my "DIOSA office" but this will have to stop. I went to work this weekend, ate lunch, and had a coffee. The bill was $24! Heck no. I can stay at home and use the internet free and eat lunch that is already paid for. I'll have to find a new spot to work at on the weekends.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Day 340: Tapas & Bowling!

Sarah and Tung finally made it on the blog.  Actually, they made it on the blog on Day 312, but you only saw their backs. Today we met up for a quick drink, dinner, and bowling:

Quick Drink:
It was a gorgeous Friday, so a nice drink was much needed after a long work week.

We had tapas at Movidas Next Door. The place was super small. So small that we had to go next door to the bigger Movida to use the bathroom. The food was OK and overpriced. I did enjoy my meal with Sarah and Tung. I'm glad I got to try this place with them, but I won't be going back.

Fun! Fun! Fun! This was Sarah's 2nd time bowling ever in life <-- How could she deprive herself of the bowling privilege lol. She learned quickly and is now officially addicted to bowling. Bowling is even better when it's free! How? Well, that's our secret ;-)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Day 339: David Banner is International

This poster caught my eye today. It brought back some great memories! No, I don't like David Banner (except that "Stuntin' is a Habit song lol). 

Reeeeewind!  We visited my LS in Germany a few years ago. We went out one night and randomly ended up at a club where unbeknownst to us, David Banner was performing. Why was David Banner the hot shit in Germany?! Why did the Germans know all the words to all his songs?! And... why did we have a legitimately good time rockin' to David Banner in Germany?! lol.

I'm so mad I missed his first appearance in Australia. I wonder if he tried to drench a confederate flag with liquor and burn it on stage like he did in Germany ... hahaha!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Day 338: Orange People

There's always something going on near my office. Today, there were people dressed like orange people posing for pictures. There is rarely a dull moment in this city. I'm sure it's the same in most major cities around the world, but you take it for granted in your hometown. You become "immune" or "blind" to it. But, when you are somewhere new, you notice almost every detail. I'm glad I'll be able to go home and experience it like it's new. I can't wait to see what New York, Philly, and any other American city have waiting for me and hubster.

Day 337: Philanthropy Reminder

I have been part of many Breast Cancer Awareness initiatives ever since I joined my sorority. Every year we heard survivor stories, walked the walks, and raised the money. I have to sadly admit that I haven't done much since I graduated, except participated in a walk here and there.

When I got home this afternoon I saw this bright pink truck and it gave me a nice reminder that the fight still isn't over! I will get involved again in some capacity. I'll start putting that work in again.

Day 336: Coffee & Stripes

I'm so proud of my attempt at nail art. Since I don't have much to do during my evenings (except work on my new company and the gym) I take the time to explore my nail art talents!

I call this design Sophistafunk! It's so classy, subtle, and sassy.

Damn this Aussie coffee!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Day 335: Girly Fun

Nails ... Movie... Lasagne... Gin in a pouch from Tanzania. Seriously, what else do you need for a much needed girly Sunday??

Day 334: Mucho Skyping & Cafe-ing

I actually got out of the apartment on this ugly Saturday. I went to work at a cafe in the city and when my battery died I hurried back to the apartment. I proceeded to Skype for hours!  Thank goodness for Skype!

Day 333: B&W Friday

Here are some scenes from my walk home on Friday night. I had a great night, but snapping these photos were the icing on my Friday night cake. Most people don't notice me since I've gotten better at my street photog techniques. Other people try to photo-bomb my photos, which I don't mind (depending on my mood). I'm glad I'm getting good practice in Melbourne. I'm ready for NYC. 

Day 332: My Big Nik & T-33 Days

Can you believe that the 365 project is almost over?? 33 days to go! I need to finish strong. I have my tools now I need to give my imagination and creativity a boost!

Ever since I launched DIOSA Nails & Polish I've been working late evenings and weekends and I've been shamefully neglecting Longology. I guess the good news is that I'm enjoying it so it doesn't seem like work. 

Day 331: Bye Bye Night Market

Dear Night Market,

Thank you for making Hump Days fun! We enjoyed all the food and quirky vendors you had to offer. We didn't like your Sangria, but nothing is perfect, right? More importantly, thank you for giving us a spot for good times with good people. We'll miss you!

The Longs