Sunday, December 28, 2008


Oh the thrill and excitement of being random ! Such an opportunity came knocking on the door of my quiet life the weekend before Christmas.

The condition for some fun and adventure was ideal. I had the weekend off from work and it was also the last days with my flatmate before she left Monday night.

Friday night - dinner at some place new to me and catching up with friends over bubble tea in Northbridge after weekly cell meetings. Not a norm as I usually leave as soon as cell finishes having to work on 6.30am shifts the next day.

I came home to an invitation from my flatmate to accompany her to Burswood Casino of which I accepted.I've never been to one so I was curious to go for a look see and it was so much fun just watching adults play big people's games. My favorite was the wheel of fruits.
It was so exciting partly because Perth is usually quiet after 6pm and there's really not much to do at midnight so really, being in Burswood that was alive and vibrant at an unearthly hour was quite an experience.
Saturday - slept in for a bit ( heavenly). I have been the driver most times this year except for rare occasions when I was absent minded- locked my car and house keys in the house just as I was leaving for an event sometime this year or the time I left my car keys in the car boot after putting my groceries in.

Otherwise, I'm usually in the driver's seat but that day, I was offered to be driven in my flatmate's cool new car

and we went to Karrinyup Shopping Mall enjoying the beautiful sceneries along West Coast highway.
which was another first for me that weekend and discovered Big W - departmental store that sells for less. We sinfully enjoyed a packet of X'mas Doritos Corn Chips.

We then headed to Beaufort Street in Northbridge and I had my first visit to the art Gallery of Western Australia
of which I thoroughly enjoyed the "Earth from Above" outdoor photography exhibition. I marveled at the beautiful pictures - truly amazing so to speak.A sample picture of a mangrove swamp in Voh amongst the gorgeous collection of photographs.
We also enjoyed a walk down the street where there were flower wholesalers selling various flowers - so fresh and pretty at affordable prices.
At night, after sitting down to a good home cooked meal, Alison and I went on an adventure! We went looking for two finalist homes in a competition that were competing for best decorated house to a jaw dropping extend all in the name of Christmas.

Alison was the navigator and I- the driver. We found the first house in Thornlie and was overjoyed. It was reported that this house attracts approximately 1000 visitors every night. I will let the pictures do all the talking.

singing bear and penguins...

We tried looking for the second home in Bibra Lake but unfortunately there were some complications and we got ourselves lost of which we only gave up looking for the particular home an hour later.

Sunday - dressed up for Christmas service at church.
My passengers that morning were not my usual in fact one of them was a new friend I made that day itself. Sylvia was my new China friend and I wouldn't have guessed she was married.

There was a mini petting zoo especially for the kids. I thought watching the adorable kids were so much more fun than observing the lazy animals.
I miss my kindergarten home full of kids and their noise. Although they do get on your nerves sometimes and drive you up the wall most times they really warm your heart in their cute little ways. It's also a joy to see them grow up so quickly but the flip side is being reminded about getting older.

All the girls from this family attended my mum's kindy one generation after another and now they're all so grown up *tear* Even my sister has grown into a fine young lady and my mum still looks as young as ever.
A friend was generously giving out his collection of soft toys that Sunday. Unfortunately I am not much a fan of soft toys so I had them given to Isabella who happened to adore them.Shopping with Isabel that afternoon - hunting for gifts but to no avail. Our trip to the market was more fulfilling before sending her home in Woodvale. All of which are not usuals.

Monday- sent Alison off at night.

One of our last pictures together.
We made two new friends at the airport while queuing to check in and actually sat down over a drink- so random but they were indeed interesting new friends.

Lots of first in one weekend but it sure was one to remember!


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