Month: October 2015

The Best Day Ever

Yesterday was fantastic.

It’s so easy to get caught up in negative moments that we forget to really appreciate the days when we can’t stop smiling. I had one of those days yesterday – but luckily for me, I was incredibly aware of how great the day was.

First up in the morning I had an interview for a new job. I am a huge fan of the brand so I was completely thrilled. I had a good night’s sleep, woke up, got myself dolled up, and went to the interview. I know I interview really well – it’s something I’ve always been proud of. But this interview was something else! Because I’m so passionate about the brand I was able to genuinely talk about why I wanted to work for the company – no fluffing around and no saying something just because I thought they wanted to hear it. I was the first interviewee for the morning and the boss told me “we have another 30 interviews to go, but you can be pretty sure you’ll be part of the team.” Stoked!

Next on the agenda was my shift in Fairyland. A 6 hour shift making fairy hair garlands – I honestly could not love my job more. Or the people I work with! Ally and Bella are the hands down best company a girl could want. We gossiped and laughed all afternoon, it was awesome.

I also heard some information that enabled me to completely get over the break up I went through 9 months ago – and let me tell you, I am beyond relieved! No more hurt or heartache. It’s unbelievable! It’s something I never thought I would say, but here I am, saying it. I am over him!

THEN I got the phone call telling me I got the job from the morning interview!

Best. Day. Ever.

False Alarm…

There are some false alarms that I find very annoying. Like our smoke alarm in the kitchen, for example. We seem to be masterchef-ing away one second only to be standing on a chair and attacking the SILENCE button on the alarm the next. We’ve never burnt anything! That’s why these false alarms aren’t helpful or reassuring, just stressful. Particularly when there is a $1000 fee for not shutting it off before the fire department is dispatched – Yikes.

Then there are some false alarms could be annoying but you’re not really that invested in them. Like when my housemate Emma offered to cook me French toast one day only to quickly follow up with “oh wait, we have no eggs, don’t worry” before I could even think of how nice it would be. Annoyance diverted, but since the option was there the French toast technically still existed… but not enough to worry too much. So it’s okay Em.

Then there are false alarms that are so fantastic you can’t even be mad that they put you out! Like me staying in Sydney and not moving back to Cairns. Surprise!

I had been having a lot of second thoughts about my upcoming move back to the Little Smoke and I realised I just wasn’t happy with the decision. It wasn’t easier and it wasn’t what I truly desired, so why was I trying to trick myself into thinking it was? Luckily a lady messaged me last minute to fill in for a children’s entertainer job the other week. I had done children’s entertainment in the past and it was what I had hoped to continue doing, but I had never worked for this particular lady. I’m so glad she contacted me because the three days I spent under her company name were enough to make me say “wait a second! This might be great!”.

I went into her office for an induction day and explained my situation and I was met with a very awesome response, assuring me I would have a good amount of work with this company. I have never met a lady so kind and eager to make life easy… what a blessing. An absolute blessing and it came into my life at just the right time! I guess everything really does happen for a reason.

After speaking with her I immediately enrolled in a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, which I will be doing online via correspondence in addition to (hopefully!) finding a part time daycare job. I made all the phone calls I needed to and I couldn’t stop beaming about the fact that I was actually going to stay in Sydney!

It’s been a bumpy ride to get back to this point and although it’s not the completely fresh start I would’ve had in Cairns, it’s a fresh Sydney start. My favourite lesson I have learned from this little experience is simple: I live in a beautiful and exciting city and I have hardly explored anything. My Sydney Bucket List will be staying active and this time around I will make my Sydney life monumentally more worth it.

Les Miserables | REVIEW

Les Miserables has been showing at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney since March and I’ve only just been to see it! Since it is now in it’s final week I decided it was better late than never and booked myself a ticket! (I actually bought two tickets because there was a 2-4-$60.01 deal which I thought was hilariously genius! But unfortunately I was unable to find someone to take the second ticket, so I just went On My Own – pun very much intended.)

Les Mis is one of my favourite musicals but before today I had never seen it live! The only way I had gotten to see the story come together, even after loving the songs for years, was when the movie came out with Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe. I was super excited to have my first theatrical experience with Les Mis and it just so happened to be the Australian cast’s 500th show!

I hurried in with only 10 minutes to spare before the show started due to my dawdling around the theatre foyer. The Capitol Theatre is my favourite theatre so I always enjoy walking through it and around it whenever I get a chance. I had seats in Row E of the dress circle and I was very happy with my selection. I have only ever had tickets in the dress circle though, so hopefully the next show I see I can find some good seats down in the stalls. This visit was only my 5th time at the Capitol, having seen both The Addams Family and Wicked twice previously.

The orchestra was FLAWLESS. I wish I could rave more about them. The opening sequence had my body covered in goosebumps! They had the most incredible sound and it was all SO spot on. I unfortunately didn’t buy a program, so I can’t be sure exactly who I saw in each role onstage. I plan to head back in this week to the theatre just to pick a program up – I never see a show without buying one.

I thought all of the main and supporting characters were brilliant. I particularly loved Fantine and Eponine (and of course the Thenardiers!). I found Cosette to be a very different vocal tone to what I had imagined and at first it distracted me a little but I fell in love with her after A Heart Full of Love. Eponine, I have finally decided, is my dream role out of the choice of characters in Les Mis. I always thought it would be Cosette because I am that kind of soprano, but I was weeping every time Eponine sang and it just cemented the fact that I identify with her character so much more. A Little Fall of Rain had me crying my eyes out, and I LOVE that about theatre!

I thought Valjean, Javert and Marius were all very strong and their vocals suited what I had expected, so I liked that a lot. Valjean is my favourite character because Bring Him Home thoroughly touches the very depths of my heart. I have never heard the song performed and not cried – and I have heard Bring Him Home performed quite a number of times now… it is the pinnacle of the show for me personally, and I thought our Aussie cast absolutely did it justice. The simplicity in the movement was perfect. It was exactly what I wanted from that piece and I was so relieved.

Unfortunately the entire row in front of me was made up of bouncing lively children and the entire row behind me was made up of chatty British tourists… normally this would be no problem, but in a show like Les Mis, with all the quiet touching moments that you just want to let yourself feel it is frustrating to have everyone behind you coughing and whispering about how cold they are and everyone in front of you jumping up and down and standing up and talking to each other… but I guess that’s what you get by going to a matinee! Oops, my bad.

All in all it was an enjoyable show and some parts of it really hit the spot… but it’s just no flying Elphaba! Now that was a theatrical moment that had me crying into my hands and believing that my sole purpose in life was to work in music theatre… It’d be good to have another one of those moments some time soon, but since Wicked has just been released for amateur societies to do I think we can kiss that blissful experience goodbye for a while.

Quick, go get your tickets before Les Miserables leaves for Brisbane (or if you live in Brisbane, book those tickets!) – you won’t regret seeing this show.

Sydney’s Night Noodle Markets

This evening I went to the Night Noodle Markets for the first time this year with my cousin and her family. The markets run from October 8th to October 25th and it is my absolute favourite event on the Sydney yearly calendar – you can bet I’ll be visiting over and over again!

The Night Noodle Market is the biggest event run during Sydney’s Good Food Month. With over 40 stalls, a selection of bars, and nightly entertainment, the market is perfect for foodies of all ages! Sydney’s iconic Hyde Park is transformed into a spectacle with the colour, sights and smells of an Asian hawker-style market, and the buzz and hype of a huge outdoor festival. The market has been running for 17 years and is more popular than ever!

I personally recommend finding the $3 pork buns, ‘Chips on a Stick’ (there are heaps of flavours, I tried both the chicken salt and cheese flavours and they were incredible!), and the spring rolls and fried wontons at the stall I just can’t remember the name of! I even made a mental note because they were my favourite (and so cheap!) but now I can’t remember for the life of me! I’m sorry, I know that’s not very helpful – I will update after I visit the markets next!

I didn’t have any of the desserts tonight – I was so full from all of the savoury food! I plan to go back one night soon and just devote the evening to desserts (it’s a hard life!). I absolutely love this event and we only get it for a couple of weeks a year so I plan to make the most of it!

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Rugby League the Musical | REVIEW

Maybe I shouldn’t have put myself in the position of being a Queenslander in this audience the day before the all Queensland NRL Grand Final… Regardless, it was a hilarious show and I would highly recommend it for any people who enjoy sportsball (even if I did have to get up and bang coconuts together as the ‘QLD Percussion Section’).

Tonight was my first trip to the Sydney Fringe Festival for this year which is terrible since it finishes up tomorrow night. I chose to see Denis Carnahan’s Rugby League the Musical in appreciation of the fact the the NRL Grand Final is happening tomorrow, and both of my teams are playing! Hawthorn had just won it’s third straight premiership in the AFL and I thought the only way to deal with that disappointment was to book a last minute ticket to something that would remind that no matter what happens in tomorrows Grand Final, I win!

It was very clever and awfully entertaining. Carnahan took on many different roles from players, to referees, to the businessmen behind the league. The songs were all original parodies, and many involved catchy choruses that were easy to remember which had the audience singing along in delight. There was one part involving audience participation. When he asked for the Queenslanders to come up to the stage, I stayed put as I was worried for what was to come. However, I was ratted out by a lady sitting two rows behind me who must’ve paid attention when earlier in the show he had asked who was a Queensland fan and I raised my hand. I had to stand at the front of the stage and bang coconuts together with two other guys who were equally as afraid. Turns out we were just the percussion section and nothing else, so the Queensland shaming didn’t last for too long! (Of course, it was all in good fun – no Queenslanders were harmed in the making of this show! Let’s be honest though – if we come up with slogans like “Seven in Heaven” and “Eight Straight” to promote our Origin wins, it’s safe to say we like to be the centre of attention… so Carnahan really just did us a favour!)

His final song was a reprise of his claim to fame ditty, ‘That’s in Queensland’ – originally a satirical number about the process of how players are selected for State of Origin. For this finale he changed the lyrics to create a 2015 Grand Final Prediction. I will leave you with his parting lyrics –

“Where’s Brisbane? That’s in Queensland. Where’s Townsville? That’s in Queensland. Where’s the premiership? Not in New South Wales.”