Saturday, June 30, 2012

You are my favorite part of the morning. 
When I hear you turn towards me 
When my eyes first open and I shake the sleep off
When the sunlight streams in 
When for the quickest second, I’m surprised that you’re right there.
When I once dreaded opening my sleep laden eyelids
I now look forward to it.
To our early morning squinty-eyes
To the not-yet-brushed teeth morning kiss
To the eventual starting of the coffee pot 
To the first sips of coffee you prepare for me
I look forward to it.
To the moments that make the weekend seem that much sweeter
Like discussing our plans for the day
Like deciding we want to do nothing at all
Like taking naps in the middle of the afternoon
Like all the little things we do
That make living together perfect.  

Monday, June 25, 2012

a little STAYcation

Sydney's been pretty brutal these last few months. Winter is definitely in full effect and the rain has been pouring down in buckets. So for the longest while, Miguel & I have been cooped up in the apartment, trying our best to stay out of the crazy weather.  Weekend after weekend passed where we did nothing but avoid the madness outside, (we're homebodies at heart) until I finally had had enough. I proclaimed that we needed to get out of here, go somewhere, anywhere and get a little adventure into our lives! Luckily Miguel quickly agreed, and on the spot we began crafting up a little staycation for the two of us.

After a quick google search, we settled on the Q Station at Manly. It sounded like a little oasis away from Sydney city where we could get away for just a night, enjoy the awesome scenery and relax.  The place did not disappoint.  When we arrived, we were greeted then escorted to a tram that drove us down some gravely paths and into the main cabin area.  It felt like we were truly secluded and being that it was the middle of winter, it wasn't packed with people at all.  There were enough people there to make us feel comfortable instead of abandoned, but really, I was too busy taking in all the scenery to notice anyone.  Oh I was also busy being afraid of... the ghosts. 

Miguel informed me after we booked our room that Q Station stood for Quarantine Station and the harbor was actually the place where huge ships docked after their voyages from England primarily between 1800-1960 into Sydney.  Those on the vessel had to stay at the Q Station for up to 3 months if anyone in their ship was deemed sick and could therefore infect the small Australian population. So that goes without saying, Q Station has its fair share of ghosts. I was TERRIFIED. 

However, once I got my mind of the ghouls, I truly did enjoy the area.  It was nice being amongst nature and breathing in the fresh air.  Q Station also has a really top notch restaurant called The Boiler House which Miguel & I ate at not once but twice.  My parents came to check out the scenery the next day and grab lunch with us.  The food was superb and although the prices were a bit steep, I didn't mind it so much, as the service was also impeccable.  

Overall, I'd say the staycation was a success.  I came back home feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.  Miguel & I also kicked our severe case of cabin fever, and we even got to see a part of Australia we had never seen before. I'm not sure if I'd ever do another sleepover at the Q Station, (the ghosts really scared me!!) but I will definitely do another nearby getaway next time cabin fever strikes. 

Have you ever booked yourself a staycation? How'd you find it? I'd love to hear.  

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Well, Hello!

I'm very, very new around these parts, but I thought I'd finally take the big leap into the "big girl" world of blogging. So... here I am.  I guess I should do a bit of an introduction of myself, as this is meant to be a lifestyle blog chronicling my life and adventures in Sydney, Australia.

In truth, this blog first and foremost will always act as a diary of sorts for me to look back and remember the adventures I've had during my young adulthood. Secondly, this blog's purpose will *hopefully* add fuel to the writing fire and get me to practice it more. Lastly, I'm not-so-secretly hoping to build a community around this blog and fingers crossed gain a readership.

So lets start...

My name's Praxis. I'm a 23 year old female from California. I spent the majority of my childhood in Southern California then moved up to San Francisco during high school and through out college. 2 years ago I moved to Sydney, Australia with my mom and step dad.  One year ago, my long time friend, recent love moved to Sydney to join me.  Together he & I moved into a tiny apartment in one of Sydney's awesome suburbs, and it has been nothing short of bliss.

I'm headstrong, stubborn, independent. I've got a fiery Spanish heart and gentle Filipina soul. My roots are firmly planted in both countries, but I have yet to really experience either  for myself.  I love fiercely and passionately. I keep my friends close to my heart and my family even closer.  I shop to make the time pass, and I write to stay sane.  I am constantly growing, learning, doing. I stand firmly on the shoulders of those before me, and am thankful everyday for the opportunities laid before me. I have an opinion on e v e r y thing

This will always be a place of honesty. I will always share my truths -- positive or not, and through that I hope to look back and learn from the mistakes I've made or triumphs I've experienced.

Really, I'm just a lucky girl, experiencing life to the best of my ability and smiling every step of the way.