1. Crashing at Len and Drew's place.
I call them my Courtney Cox and David Arquette. I just love them to bits. They've been really great and supportive especially over the last couple of months and I couldn't be more thankful. Hang time with them is always no-fuss and steady. I got to their place on Thursday and spent the rest of the evening chatting and having dinner in front of the telly.
2. The job interviews.
The plan has always been to move to Sydney after I get my permanent residency. And three weeks ago, I finally decided to check out the market and see if I find anything that suits. I haven't had to apply for a new job in over three years so needless to say, this was a very bg step for me. I went on my first two interviews last Friday and received positive feedback on both. It's too early to say more at this stage but things are looking promising so far. Please please please pray and project for me. I want to be in Sydney by May. :)
3. Gael in the lift.
I got to my first interview really early so after checking in with the receptionist, I decided to have breakfast in the cafe downstairs. I was waiting for the lift and when the doors finally opened, lo and behold! Gael Garcia Bernal was standing right in front of me! Ok, it wasn't really Gael but he looked exactly like him. He even had Gael's piercing green eyes. We smiled at each other and I just stood behind him to avoid any eye contact. And buti na lang walang mirrors sa lift or he would've caught me blushing. I was talking to Lars about it later on and she said I should've said hello. And pano daw if si Gael talaga yon (impossible... what would Gael be doing there?)? LARSSSSSS! Oh well...
4. My lucky shirt.
I was walking around QVB when I realised that my shirt had a big rip across the back. The thought of it being ripped during one or both of my interviews was horrifying. I panicked a little bit but I thought it was pointless at that stage. I quickly jumped into Ally and bought a replacement top to wear to dinner. This is what it looks like today:
5. Meeting up with Miel and Lars after work.
I met up with Lars after she finished work and we hung out with her workmates for a little bit. We went to Bungalow and didn't get anything because they had dinner reservations somewhere else and they were just waiting for a couple more people to arrive. I also met up with Miel and we went to Lindt Cafe. I showed her my lucky shirt and apparently the exact same thing happened to her. She said that the iron must've been too hot and true enough, the part where it ripped was brittle when I checked it. Le sigh. We'll have to go shopping for business shirts together Miel... after the shopping ban has been lifted, of course.
6. Dinner with Tita Lorna and Tito Dennis at Chinta Ria.
It was Friday and I was fasting so I didn't eat as much as I normally do. It was very tempting though and I almost gave into trying the duck at one stage. I just distracted myself with exchanging cuentos with Tita Lorna and Tito Dennis. The main topics of conversation for the evening were Ramon, moving to Sydney, the job hunting and the really pretty girls seated at the table next to ours. :p
7. Lunch with Liz.
Liz is one of those people that I really connect with. We've known each other since I came to Australia and we've always gotten along really well. We have the same interests and think similarly about a lot of things. We also work in the same industry so our lengthy discussion about where our careers are heading really put things in perspective for me.
8. Coffee with Ala.
I hadn't seen Ala in so long and now we've caught up two weekends in a row! :) I met up with her and Chris at Kinokuniya where I got a bit of education on comic books and graphic novels. They've never really caught my interest in the past because I thought they were all about testosterone, blood and gore. Ala got two books as a Moving to Australia Anniversary present to herself. I got her another book as well. We then went to Starbucks where she bought us coffee. Lars and Miel followed and we just stayed there for the rest of the afternoon.
9. Blanca from Barcelona.
Blanca is my friend's girlfriend and she just moved to Australia three weeks ago. It was great to talk to her cos we were speaking half broken Spanish and half broken English the whole time. It was good practice for us. :) I also found out that she used to work in Nou Camp and I nearly died. Six degrees of separation from Messi, Marquez and everyone else from my football team! I learned that Saviola is nice, Marquez smells good and Ronaldinho stinks! Hahaha. Anyway, I'm hoping to catch up with Blanca when she visits Canberra.
10. Joe's bbq.
I've said goodbye to so many people since moving to Australia. It's just part of the networks that I've formed here. I met Joe when he was an Aiesec trainee two years ago. After staying here for a couple of years, he decided that it's time for him to head back to Brasil. It was a good farewell and as with all Aiesec parties, it was fuelled with lots of food, chatting and music.Loot over here!
New MJ! :)
My fairy godmother from WeHo strikes again. The Limited Edition Across the Universe 3-Disc DVD, MBMJ Posh shirt and gum boots for Bluesfest! :)
I had a great day on Friday so I decided to pop by the shops whilst waiting for everyone to finish work. I've been holding off on shopping because I was supporting the girls' "cause" but seeing as the cause doesn't exist anymore, I decided to give myself a little treat. I call them the wedge with an edge.
I've been to-ing and fro-ing between Canberra and Sydney all week. I was in Sydney on Monday because it was a public holiday and I thought the extra day away would do me good. I drove back to Canberra with Marcus and Nat that evening, had three frantic days at work and by Thursday, I was back in Sydney again for a couple of job interviews.