Embrace the World in Grey

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It starts with one thing, I don’t know why…

I’m sorry for the extremely cheesy and cliched start to this post. But it’s honestly one of the few opening lyrics that’s just so catchy and memorable and kicks off such an awesome song. I didn’t think that the news about Chester Bennington would affect me much. I enjoyed listening to the hit singles Linkin Park released back in the day as I played them off my old trusty MP3 player on the school buses. They were full of angst that many teenagers could relate to as you navigate through puberty feeling misunderstood and alone.

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Third World Countries: 5 Things You Take For Granted

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I got back recently from a three week trip to the Philippines. Located in Southeast Asia, with a population of over 100 million people with the official languages of Filipino and English, the Philippines is a slightly under-the-radar travel destination. Now I could go to all the trouble of researching about the rich Filipino culture and their customs and thus provide you with a vast amount of knowledge so you can walk away from this blog post with having learned something new, but that’s just not me. Instead, I’m going to go into detail about how I struggled with living over there and five differences I missed back home.

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Stuck in Routine

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I don’t like being out of my comfort zone. I do like trying new things but it’s generally the idea of trying something different that appeals to me. Actually getting up and putting it in action inadvertently ends up feeling too tiring and/or overwhelming for me and I end up giving up more often than not. I’d love to be the kind of person that takes life by the horns and seeks adventure and living to the fullest. But is that really me or just what I daydream about?

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The Rules of Facebook and Instagram

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Just about everybody with a computer or a smartphone uses social media in one form or another. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube, etc. And in this day and age, we’re all just a bunch of shallow, conceited pricks who want the world to see how awesome we are (or at least how we seem like we are.)

Thus here are a never ending list of rules one should strive to follow, lest they be seen as jerkoffs with no common sense or self-awareness. I’ve added to this for a while now and I know there are plenty others that can make the list but this is good enough.

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Three of My Fears

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Driving scares me. It was always the main reason why I never got my licence until I was years past the minimum age requirement of 16. Even after I passed the computer test, I still resisted getting behind the steering wheel of a car for a long time. I had always relied on public transport when I was younger – it gave me time to stare out a window and listen to my indie/alternative/soft pop music. Trains were my preferred for their rhythmic, even journeys. Buses typically gave me less time to zone out as I had to watch out for my stop and was almost guaranteed to be sitting next to someone. Either way, I liked walking and I liked not having to concentrate too hard on how my body was moving from A to B. But with driving, I’m the one in control of my movement. I take the car and I turn on the ignition and I pull out of the driveway and I join the other thousands of vehicles on the road. I have to be focused at all times. If I drift off because I could barely make myself sleep last night or I get distracted by something off to my side, what will happen?

I don’t ever want to find out.

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I’m an ABC

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That’s Australian Born Chinese for those that aren’t familiar with the initialism. Although I have seen Americans use it for themselves with the A standing for American, the basic principle is the same. I was born and raised here in Australia and it’s a phrase that I and many of my friends are familiar with. I’ve been called it by several people who come from China and try to figure out if I’m like them when they ask me when I came to Australia and commend me on my great English. I’m not really that kind of “fresh off the boat” Chinese. Got my birth certificate to prove it, I swear.

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Any Green Thumbs For Sale?

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I really love making presents for others. Sometimes I come up with elaborate ideas that never gets completed because it’s just far too complicated and I can’t find the right materials so the idea just stays unfinished. Other times I feel like I’m staring at a blank wall and don’t know what would even seem like a decent gift for anyone. I’m not saying that this gift is beyond brilliant and incredible, but I’m quite proud of it because I think they’re kinda cute and I just love plants.

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I Wanna Be A Pokemon Trainer

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As I’m sure almost everyone out there knows or has heard, Pokémon Go was released two weeks ago. I’ll be honest, I didn’t jump on downloading it straight away even though I knew so many people who did; I hesitated because it seemed like such a gimmicky fad that wouldn’t really be much fun to actually play. That one decision cost me a day of catching pokemon. Yes, I regret it.

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Little Miss Beauregarde

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Blueberries are expensive. $10 a punnet at my local fruit and veg store nearly makes this muffin recipe not worth making because of how often you seen prepackaged ones available in store. But it’s homemade and you know exactly the ingredients that are in them and of course you get that sense of accomplishment when they come fresh out of the oven looking all cute and happy – at least that’s how I felt about these. I had to restrain myself from eating all twelve in the same day. In case you were concerned, I only ate one that day. And I gave some away. So I didn’t gorge myself on them despite the temptation.

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