Back To Regular Programming

And, I am back! Did you miss me? Is someone reading this? :) I've been in a hiatus for a while because I had to deal with "life" for the past few months. I literally had a major change in life - geographic and status wise. I moved to Australia and got married here! So to say that I have a lot of new experiences to share is an actual fact.

Getting Here

I traveled from Manila, Philippines to Brisbane, Queensland here in Australia via Philippine Airlines. The trip was overall comfortable except for one bit of surprise stop to Darwin, Northern Territory also here in AU.



Why surprise? All the while I thought that I have a direct flight from Manila to Brisbane but when I boarded the plane, it was announced via the PA system that we will in fact off-load the plane in Darwin, pass thru customs and board the same plane going to Brisbane. It was my first time to take the service of PAL for an international flight, as well as my first time to go to Australia so I am unsure if it was a norm (?). Nothing in my ticket indicates the stop in Darwin so I emailed them to clarify it for my own education but no response was received, sadly.

But no big fuss about it. I got here safely and that's the important thing.

Give Me Brisbane Any Day

I arrived in Brisbane around 9AM with a very welcoming weather. I am not tired at all since I slept during most of the approx. eight-hour plane ride. My then fiance (now, husband <3) and his cousin Kuya Jake fetched me from the airport. I cried a little when I saw Nikko after over a year of being apart. I did not cry heavily, it was too surreal at that time. Anyways, I adjusted after like one hour (lol) and I'm back to my old self and Nikko and I were goofing around right away. Gawd, I missed him!




Anyways, as I am not tired at all during my arrival, we dropped off my things in Kuya Jake's place, we roamed around Paddington (where Kuya lives at that time). It is an inner suburb west of Brisbane city and it is purdy. Like unreal pretty.

Then the rest of the time, we explored the city of Brisbane. I've got a lot of things to say about Brissy and can't wait to share them!

Around Straya

It has been half a year since my arrival and I've never been around Australia that much. I am blessed to have a job right away so not a lot of time to go on trips. But I've been to a couple of places in Queensland such as Hervey Bay, Sunshine Coast, and Gold Coast. I've also been interstate and was able to visit Adelaide, South Australia where Nikko lived for over a year before moving here.

I still aim to share those experiences here, and most specially the new things I tried here in the city of Brisbane which is my current home away from home. So stick around. <3



Happy Easter everyone!

10,000 Views for Heels and Jeeps


And, I am back! Did you miss me? Is someone reading this? :) I've been in a hiatus for a while because I had to deal with "life" for the past month but I have to have this post to thank you all for visiting my page regularly, or even those who just google things and ending up reading my blog cause heelsandjeeps.blogspot.com officially hit 10,000 views (and counting!). Thank you so much!


Actually, that number is not that big compared to other blogs but for me who really enjoys sharing some of my thoughts and end up having those views without even the need to is such an accomplishment. You can check the lower-right corner of this page to see the page counter if you don't believe me. *wink*

10 Significant 10,000s of this World

So as a way to thank you, let me share 10 significant 10,000s of this world. This is for your own knowledge nugget that may be able to help you win "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" or "The Chase". Who knows?

1) Hours of Practice: In the book Outliers by author Malcolm Gladwell, it says that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. (Source: www.wisdomgroup.com )

2) Steps A Day for Better Health: One study found that women who increased their step count to nearly 10,000 steps a day reduced their blood pressure after 24 weeks. Another study of overweight women found that walking 10,000 steps a day improved their glucose level. (Source: www.livescience.com )

3) In Anatomy: Each neuron may be connected to up to 10,000 other neurons, passing signals to each other via as many as 1,000 trillion synaptic connections, equivalent by some estimates to a computer with a 1 trillion bit per second processor. (Source: www.human-memory.net )

4) In Scientific Units: The equivalent of 10,000 square metres is one hectare. (Source: www.metric-conversions.org )

5) In Zoology: It says that there are approximately 10,000 species of birds. (Source: www.10000birds.com )

6) In Time Conversion: 10,000 days is equivalent to 864,000,000 seconds or 14,400,000 minutes or 240,000 hours or 1428 weeks (Source: www.metric-conversions.org )

7) In States: 'Land of 10,000 Lakes' is the nickname of Minnesota. In fact, there are 11,842 lakes that are 10 acres or more. Depending on one's definition of a lake, we have seen numbers as high as 15,000. Minnesota's license plates display the legend "10,000 Lakes." (Source: www.netstate.com )

8) In Athletics: 10,000 metres, 10 kilometres, 10 km, or 10K (6.2 miles) is the final standard track event in a long-distance track event and a distance in other racing events such as running, cycling and skiing. (Source: www.wikipedia.org)

9) In Geography: The Ten Thousand Islands are a labyrinth of water and mangroves islets off the coast of southwest Florida The islands harbor an abundance of life, and the shallows serve as nursery grounds for countless marine species. (Source: www.nps.gov )

10) In Movies: 10,000 BC is a movie about a prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe. (Source: www.imdb.com)

Again, thanks!

So there, I hope you learned something! :) Or if you got bored, just browse on this blog for other topics. Haha! 

Here's to the next 10,000 pageviews! Yay!

xoxo,
le belle

Je Suis Reconnaissant

For most of the Bible-related Facebook pages I follow, the theme has been consistent these past few weeks. They always remind me to have a thankful heart. It is easy to have a thankful heart if you get what you want. But, how about when things are NOT happening according to what you want? Will you still be able to say, yep "I am thankful today"?


Personal Journey

I've had my recent share of asking and waiting for so long and being thankful during the process and when I finally got what I am asking for. For over a year, I've been away from the love of my life. He migrated to Australia and I lodged my visa application soon after so I can follow him to the land down under. But the approval of my visa did not happen fast, it has been slow. As in it was ten months slow. I know, I know... others had it worse but for my whole adult life Nikko has been my rock and we were never away from each for so long. Ten months of waiting is torture.

Waiting Game

I love organizing files so when we lodged my visa application, I was all focused and enjoying the process because it's all about filing. More like making a scrap book of our relationship. It was fun but not until we submitted the docs to our agent. There was a bit of confusion and it became difficult. I don't want to go into details but we had a rough start and then when all docs were fixed, the waiting started and that's when the emotional turmoil happened.


I was literally saying every end of month for ten months that my visa will be approved the next month. That's what I say to myself, my family and friends. I say the same thing even if it does not make sense anymore. I mean, come on! I just told you last month it'll be approved this month but nothing positive arrived. But I still say the same thing, despite of what I feel and what I see. I stayed focused because, really what choice do I have?

The Silverlist

My "25 Things To Do Before I Get Married" list.  Why 25? Because I got engaged at my silver year of existence. ❤

Note:
If item is hyperlinked, please click on it to see related post.
If crossed out, it means I am done with it. Yay, good job me!


1) Accomplish a goal (Secure driver's license & learn to swim)

2) Educate yourself (Read different book genres)

3) Go on a Solo Trip (Simara Island May 2015 Trip)

4) Be with genuine people

5) Eat a new type of food (Spicy Rice Cake (South Korea))

6) Spend your money on experiences (Surfcuit, Travel!)

7) Spend a lot of time with your friends (Food Trip)

8) Ask your grandparents to tell stories about their young life

9) Open a savings account

10) Work really hard on something you care about

11) Party on weeknights

12) Wear whatever the hell you want

13) Splurge on concert tickets (Charli XCX and Planetshakers)

14) Find a new show & watch in 1 weekend (Parks & Recreation)

15) Get a pet (Steele and Spotify)

16) Live somewhere else

17) Find some sort of exercise you don't hate

18) Do things alone

19) Learn that one skill that will help you in your career

20) Build network of friendly acquaintances

21) Make the first move (on conversation, travel)

22) Go to therapy

23) Learn to cook

24) Volunteer

25) Do something out of your comfort zone! (Inked!)

Roller Coaster Ride of Life

How do you prepare for a roller coaster ride? Do you prepare physically by hanging yourself upside down to have a feel of it? Or, do you prepare mentally by sitting still and imagining it all in your head? What if you did any of the two or even both options, do you think you will still go? 

Will the likelihood of you actually riding the roller coaster be higher if you just went for it at first thought and just deal with it during the ride? Whew! That's scary.


In Life

I guess, at my age (going 27 y/o), "going for it" is already a very risky option. I have a lot of things to consider. But it does not mean that I will never take risks, besides what is life without a little bit of adventure.

[Music] Planetshakers: Live in Manila 2015

When I learned that Planetshakers will be in Manila, I was not very keen to book tickets because I have other expectations for that time frame of their concert. However, I think I'm really meant to watch their concert as it became suddenly clear that I can actually attend so I booked tickets right away.

I should be honest though that I had a bit of a dilemma as their concert was scheduled so close to Zedd's True Colors concert in Manila, and watching Zedd live is part of my bucket list too. But, priorities. I was happy with my choice! Maybe next time, Zedd!

Planetshakers: Live in Manila
Smart Araneta Coliseum | August 13 & 14, 2015

[Book Thoughts] Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo! by Nicholas Carlson

I saw this book 'Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!' by Nicholas Carlson while lining up to get my tix for Charli XCX concert in Manila. To say that I did not intend to get this book is a actually a fact, because I only got interested with it's full purple glory. But what the heck, I'd read it anyways.

The book cover

So This Is Not About Marissa

Having worked for two tech giants, I am a bit familiar with some of the who's who of the tech world including Marissa Mayer. I've heard her name when she was still in Google but really got interested when she moved to be the CEO of Yahoo in July 2012.

[Music] 'iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour' Podcast

Finally a new episode of 'U Talkin' U2 To Me' podcast hosted by Adam Scott and Scott Aukerman has been released! I previously shared here that I discovered this *hilarious* and *great* podcast discussing anything about the band 'U2' amongst other things (if you are a listener, you will know what I mean), and I am so thrilled to have a new episode to listen to.

I've since extra loved 'U2' because of this podcast and my fiance who also likes the band got on board with me when I asked my Dublin based friend to give me U2 mementos once she visits home again. The U2 fever is quite strong on us already.

'iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour' Ep

The U2 Concert
Running as Episode #21, the latest episode of this podcast is entitled 'iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour' which is after the ongoing 'U2' concert tour. This ep is the rain all this podcast's fans are waiting for in the middle of the drought!

[Places & Food] Lipa City Food Scene | Episode 2

As promised in the previous post of mine where I shared food places to visit here in Lipa City, I am sharing this second episode for more choices!

Recently, my long time friend Nicole visited from Ireland and prior to her flight going here we already planned the food trip itinerary for her, still with the help of our 'very well-versed with food choices' friend Linger. Here's the plan that unfolded.

Exploring Lipa's Food Scene (Episode 2)
  • Ambrocia's House of Ramen and Teppanyaki
This was the first place we visited on what I call as the 'great Nicole returns to PH foodtrip'. It was raining that night so it was fitting that we had ramen to ease the cold.
Ambrocia's quaint location