Why social media sites will be the end of me.

March 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

1. There’s information, and then there’s TOO MUCH information. Ever get the feeling that you know something about a person that really wouldn’t have bettered your life in any way, shape or form, if you didn’t? New babies are cute. Being able to gush over your best friend’s new summer haircut is nice. Browsing through pictures of a classmate’s holiday in Africa is interesting. Watching your friends graduate from college, get jobs, and grow to be adults is educational. On the other hand…hearing friends complain about said jobs while you are struggling to find one of your own, being inundated by five-times-daily posts about how perfect and how in love a former group mate is with her flavour-of-the-month, seeing that quiet girl in 4th grade’s tongue in another person’s mouth – NOT COOL. At all.

2. They take up a lot of time and you don’t even know it! Raise your hand, who here has ever found themselves panicking at the end of two hours, after supposedly taking a 10 minute break from writing a paper/lab report/essay/lit review/insert-other-supposedly-official-and-therefore-important-thing-here? Seems like this is a more common problem than it seems since, from experience, an alarming number of friends disappear from cyberworld come exam time. My cousin, on a regular basis, asks her boyfriend to change her password just so she can’t access facebook when she’s supposed to be working towards a deadline of some sort. Of course this works every single time since there are absolutely no other sites out there like pinterest and tumblr to keep one busy. Problem solved.

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Spontaneous Strawberry Saturdays.

March 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

I was quite sceptical at first (yes, amongst other things) when I heard a knocking on my door at 9:30 am on a Saturday morning, insisting that I “get up already!” to go on an impromptu road trip. I was looking forward to having a long late breakfast with my kindle and my coffee, but I was up for the change in routine. For people who know me and my family, you’ll know that it’s not often we do ‘spontaneous’. It’s a relatively alien concept that isn’t one of the things we do, yet each time it manages to surprise us. Last Saturday wasn’t an exception – it was spontaneity meets Saturday meets strawberries (whuuut?).

After an hour and a half, we set out (with snacks, loaded iPods, and a couple of tumblers of coffee) on our slightly long drive to Mornington Peninsula, approximately 2 hours away from where we live.

Our first stop was a place called Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens. The weather was mild, the garden was lush, and it was a wonderful departure from the past couple of months’ distractions that mainly consisted of the airconditioned indoors of the malls and malls and malls of Manila. While I’m not much for the great outdoors (it’s always been too uncontrolled, too uncertain and rough, not to mention too dirty for my taste),  I welcomed the difference, the pleasantness of it all.

A map of the 25 acres of gardens, lakes, ponds, pools, mazes, etc.etc. of Ashcombe. And no...we did not walk through and experience all 25 acres, thank goodness.

Ashcombe was nice, although the entrance fee, like everything in Australia at the moment, was a bit pricey (AUD $17.50!). For the opportunity to a) serve as ammo for my blog and b) give me  a chance to get in on this iPhoneography hype that everyone’s suddenly on, it was pretty worth it. (The macro lens on my iPhone that i’ve read good reviews about, not so much….)

Image credits for this one goes to my brother.

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Just when you thought stats couldn’t get any worse….

March 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

They go and put a flag counter to go with your stats. How in the world are people supposed to concentrate, step away from the obsessive allure of stats, and actually get some work done(!) when you can now see almost-exactly from where people are reading your crap from? It’s not like there wasn’t enough pressure to blog interesting, semi-intelligent, definitely intelligible things to begin with. Nooooooo. Now I have to think whether my readership from the Czech Republic (Czech Republic!!! I knowww!!) is gonna have fun from the things I say!! This is like being new to uni all over again…meeting people from Peru, having drinks with friends from Spain, being good friends with a Norwegian! Oh WordPress, you really know how to press my buttons!

My newest obsession. I can see how this could be a problem....

Just when I thought I was getting over this whole stats thing (I’ve even managed to go a few days without checking!!!), the WordPress guys have to revamp things and add a heavy load of fuel to the fire! I see what you did there WordPress people. I’m on to you…..

Making New Year’s resolutions in March

March 4, 2012 § 5 Comments

2011 had no year-end realisations, no year-to-come resolutions, nothing deep and thoughtful. I was tired, fed up about thinking and feeling too much, definitely lazy. I’ve been avoiding writing since I got back home because I’ve been avoiding examining my life now that I’m finally in the here-and-now, with no laters and tomorrows on the horizon.

Maybe this is the healthier alternative, after all. Sure, some famous guy once said that an unexamined life is no life at all, but surely he wasn’t talking about girls and how the female psyche works. When one of your bigger problems is to overthink your way into melancholic introspection, then surely to stop thinking and dwelling on one’s feelings is a step in the right direction?

This year, there aren’t any specific resolutions. (Don’t start asking why this is a New Year entry in March. It’s because I’m finally back from my staycation and have to face the real life.) I only have a very general one – it’s to say YES to anything and everything that comes my way. Maybe it’s partly inspired by Jim Carrey’s film, maybe it’s partly due to this apparent quarter-life crisis I seem to be having. Or maybe it’s me finally getting sick and tired of getting in the own way of my happiness. I’m tired of complaining that I’m not getting the most of out life when a vast majority of hours are whiled away in front of my computer watching movies. I’m sick of being bored with Melbourne and unhappy in it when there are perfectly decent (and maybe) lovely things to do out there that I don’t know about when I spend the majority of nights staying inside.

The freedom of saying YES: this year, I promise to be my own Jim Carrey.

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