Hello, May. I’ve been looking forward to you since I returned from Bali. I am so ready for my two trips to Queensland this month! April ended up being a pretty uneventful month in my world. I’ve just been working (and saving for future adventures). I also got the chance to check out three shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
How cool is the Malthouse Theatre?
My tastebuds have been treated too, with trips to Proud Mary and Stoker’s Pancakes for brunch, 8Bit for dinner (the burgers are worth the wait), and Gelato Messina for dessert. The way to my heart really is through ice-cream.
Thanks to my new life schedule, and having one full day a week to focus on my writing, I have been able to consistently get blog posts published this month. I am loving my new routine already.
• My Top Five Cruise Wishlist: Going on a cruise is on my bucket list. Doing research for this article was fun, because I didn’t realise just how many amazing cruises there are around the world.
• I have published several posts thanks to my collaboration with Hipmunk. This month’s posts included accommodation guides for the Carolinas, New York City, Hilton Head Island, La Jolla and Los Angeles.
• 10 Places to Eat and Drink in Legian: I couldn’t find a comprehensive list of decent places to visit in Legian before my trip to Bali, so I thought I would compile my own. I enjoyed every single Nasi Goreng I consumed in the making of that post.
• Shopping in Shanghai: Another city on the bucket list. Yes, my mental bucket list is MASSIVE.
• 15 Reasons to Move to Melbourne: My previous posts on moving to Melbourne always get a few clicks, so I thought my one year anniversary was a good time to write the ultimate moving to Melbourne list.
• When the Heart Wants What it Wants: A little personal post about what my future holds.
Melbourne cityscapes on a pretty autumnal morning
Man I have done some hardcore reading lately.
♥ The Anti Cool Girl by Rosie Waterland: described as a black comedy memoir, Rosie holds nothing back as she talks about her life. The book is expertly written, as she intertwines both poignant and hilarious anecdotes from her tough childhood.
♥ Passion by Lauren Kate: Book #3 done, and I have to say this was my least favourite in this series. I now just have to read book #4, because I can’t leave the series unfinished, but #3 just felt uneventful and somewhat boring compared to the first and second novels.
♥ Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas: I would definitely recommend this YA fantasy series over its counterpart above. I’ve found these novels to be interesting and constantly surprising. In book #3, the King’s Champion learns a lot about her past.
♥ Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert: I reserved this book at the library ages ago, and I finally got the opportunity to read it this month. I am so glad I did, because it was exactly the inspirational read I needed. So many times I felt like Gilbert was writing words just for my benefit. I am going to write a post about what Big Magic taught me soon. But if you are a creative, I highly recommend picking up a copy.
♥ Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: I thought I would read this romance novel before the movie hits cinemas later this year. It was an easy to read book about a woman caring for a quadriplegic man. They both changed each other’s lives, but the ending may surprise some people who are used to happily ever afters. I thought it was apt, but nonetheless sad, and I am interested to see if the movie sticks completely to the story.
♥ The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin: Oh yes, I have been all about the inspiration this month. I listened to this book about four years ago now, so thought it was time for a refresher. I did enjoy re-reading it, and wrote down quite a few notes that really resonated with me. I recommend this novel to everyone: whether you think you are happy, are stuck in a rut, or just feel like being inspired.
I’ve just updated my Goodreads profile too. So please add me and let me know any books I need to read NOW.
Golden hour in my hood
Online, a couple of my favourite articles this month included this gem from Y Travel, discussing why you don’t have to give up your daily coffee to travel. I also bookmarked The Department of Wandering’s post on A Beginner’s Guide to LA. Plus Nomadic Matt listed his 18 Favourite Things to do in Melbourne. I might have added a couple from his post to my bucket list.
Walks along the Yarra River
May shall be busy but fun, which is how I like it. What exciting things do you have planned this month? Let me know in the comments.