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(Left to right) Helena, Anastasia, Connie

What makes you happy?

“FOOD! Hahahaha!” ūüėÄ “Food, fashion and music.”

Happiness is…

“Being healthy and being around great people.” 

“Being around people that you love – it doesn’t matter where you are as long as you’re around people that you love, you’ll be happy always.”

A Walk in a Winter Wonderland


*We live in the sunshine state in the Southern Hemisphere thus faux snow ‚ĚĄÔłŹ‚ĚĄÔłŹ‚ĚĄÔłŹ

On December 10, Warner Bros. Movie World held their annual White Christmas Community Charity Night, that launched the beginning of White Christmas 2015, and I was fortunate enough to attend and bring along some company (ty Marina Mirage).

At admissions

 

 

Elf tip: Leave home early to arrive early, the traffic struggle is real!


It happened to be storming on our way there which was a little worrying but Mother Nature cleared the sky not too long after we arrived, just before 6pm.

O Christmas Tree

The gorgeous and ginormous Christmas tree greeted us as we entered the park – not even the rain could dull its light. ¬†Colourful themed foil balloons and light sabers being sold on carts, the ‘snow’ falling gently all around and excited children and adults alike getting into the Christmas spirit. The entire Gold Coast SUNS Team also participate in the event; White Christmas being the the biggest community event of the year for them. ¬†The event allows thousands of the disadvantaged on the Gold Coast and their families to enjoy free entry to Movie World for the night, a free meal, the chance to get autographs and take photos with the SUNS players. ¬†I’m so glad I was able to go to this year’s Charity Night as you see how Movie World and their partners really give back to the local community; to those who need it most.

When the mascot has hair fetish?!

Okay, so maybe the regular White Christmas nights aren’t the same as the Charity night but there are still loads of the same cool things happening and mounds more to offer:

There’s heaps to see, such as the snow (don’t eat it, we’re not that advance just yet), the dazzling display of more than one million lights at 7pm, and the special themed parade at 8pm where all the Looney Tunes Charcters, The Gingerbread Man, Frosty, Santa’s little helpers and the big fella himself come out to play on spectacular Christmas floats and sing and dance to Christmas carols.

Elf tip: Grab a good spot for the parade, Santa’s helpers hand out sweet treats!

There are also heaps of magical things to do too which are included in your ticket: like visit the fairies in the fairy garden, take an Elfie, take awkward family photos with full on matching beanies, scarves and Christmas shirts – capturing the awkward is easier than expected, take pics with Santa and if you’re lucky, the Looney Tunes in their Christmas wear, and of course experience the best rides Movie World has to offer like the Superman Escape, Batwing Spaceshot, Scooby Coaster and the rides in WB Kids (weather permitting)! ¬†For an extra $28 for adults and just $13 for kids, you can also enjoy a delicious Christmas feast at Rick’s Cafe for event nights before Christmas Day, which include a traditional roast and Christmas pudding. ¬†You can also decorate a yummy gingerbread man for $6 – best part is you get to eat it and don’t have to clean up your mess! There’s also the Elf Club and the North Pole Pass that you can book! ūüėÄ

Elf tip: Go watch the Ice Age Christmas 4D adventure in the Roxy theatre – definitely one of the best 4D experiences.

Super Awkward Family Photo

Awkward fam photo round 2

 

Smiling’s My Favourite

Not now Arctic Puffin!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie World’s White Christmas began on December 11 and will continue on selected days¬†until December 31. Pre-booked tickets are selling quick so book online to guarantee¬†you get a hold of the experience. ¬†For more information, check out their website¬†here.

Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. Excuse me while I turn on the a/c, make myself some good hot chocolate and watch Polar Express. ūüôā

Until next time, stay fabulous ‚̧

Know Your Worth

Loving me, loving me. Loving you, loving you.

We all know what it feels like to have been treated like crap, to have been used and abused by work/school mates, friends and/or lovers. It sucks.  Confidence and self-esteem are key qualities in both personal and professional development yet seem out of reach with society driving us to embrace unrealistic expectations and the lack of respect shown for one another.  How we see ourselves is not only derived from our own beliefs but is also influenced by those around us. Self love is not something gained instantly, it is an ongoing lesson obtained with the right attitude and an open mind.

It is so important to surround yourself with good, positive people. ¬†Invest your time with people who are going to lift you higher while staying grounded. ¬†Invest your time with people who make you a better person but still accept and love you for who you are. Invest your time in people who support you no matter, the ones who are there for you at¬†your best and at your worst.¬†Invest¬†your time wisely and with the best people because you only have one shot at each day. ūüôā ¬†Remember that not everyone is going to stick around forever but appreciate those who bring good energy and treat you like custom couture and not just off the generic sale rack. ¬†There will always be people trying to rain on your parade but don’t let them dull your sparkle.

Darling, love yourself. ‚̧ Much easier said than done but you’re the only one who can make that choice. ¬†Look in the mirror and say how dashing or sexy you look. Tell yourself that you love the way your eyes sparkle in the light or the cute way your nose wrinkles when you laugh. We¬†have flaws and are the worst critics of ourselves, but embrace who you are and no one can use your flaws against you. #flawesome

Know that the¬†number of likes, comments, friends or followers you have does not say anything about your character. ¬†We are priceless and should not fear abandonment by another. Don’t settle for less than the best. ¬†We should not be someone’s back up plan or second option. ¬†Know that you are precious and loved. ¬†Take the time to discover and treat yourself – binge watch Netflix, buy those new kicks or lay in bed for as long as you want, find something you love and do it as often as possible. Know your worth because what you allow is what will continue.

With love and light always, Monique x

We Are Sisters, We Stick Together 


I’m going to be honest, I love being a girl but it’s a difficult task. ¬†I attended a conference exclusively for senior high school girls with the hopes of choosing the path to empowerment, boldness, resilience and beauty.

If you ever get the chance to listen to Vita Adam do a motivational speech, DO LISTEN! She’s a very inspiring lady whose vibe is just so energising. ‚̧ She reinforced all the very important issues and challenges we face and encouraged us to change the world.

To be BOLD is to be strong, confident, fearless but most importantly, courageous. Being bold¬†in a society that’s constantly trying to confine us and push that we’re not good enough is a challenge. ¬†If you want to try something, just have a go! If you want to try different hobbies or sports or food, just do it! ¬†And don’t do it for others but for yourself. You can only fail if you don’t try.

Words are very powerful, especially names, and have either a positive or negative impact on us. The more they’re repeated, the more you believe them. I try to refrain from using negative and degrading language about other people both male and female, and also myself because it does nothing but make yourself look and feel bad. When asked to list the various good and bad things we call others and ourselves, I was honestly shocked by the amount of terrible and sad words girls call other girls, their ‘friends’, and themselves. I call my friends sugar, honey, babe, darling or just a nickname derived from his/her actual name. ¬†Last year I also came to terms with myself and promised to only speak positively about myself, however not arrogantly. Even as a joke I really don’t see any humour in calling friends s1uts, b*tche$, id!ots or fat. Some people, maybe even some of you are thinking that I’m way too serious or can’t take a joke but that’s just proof of the belittling culture we live in. Why is it more common to find girls calling each other names with horrible definitions compared to kind positive names?

By us females calling each other certain names, we are also giving men permission to do so. We’re always trying to straighten up the guys and teach them to respect girls but we must start with each other. Like the Cheetah Girls said, “We are sisters, we stand together. We make up one big family, though we don’t look the same.” Girls, we have to look out for each other all the time. ¬†Changing the world starts with you. Sure, the entire world isn’t going to change in an instant because we treat each other kinder but it’s a step in the right direction. No one is perfect and it’s natural to make mistakes but we need to practise a healthy culture, which includes a positive sisterhood, not only for ourselves but for younger girls – those who admire and look to us for guidance and as role models.

We are a beautiful specimen just as are males. Each one of us is unique, smart, and important. We must always remember to have courage and be kind.  It takes a strong wave to go against the current but we all have that power and can be amazing people. 

“Where there is woman, there is magic.”¬†Ntozake Shange

Know Your Enemy By Tasman Anderson Review

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“We’re going burning.” Australian writer, journalist and author, Tasman Anderson’s first novel, Know Your Enemy is a really good read! It was fast-paced, high action, and engaging – a top job for a debut novel!

Nicole is desperate to leave Silverlake, the small town she’s spent her whole life in, and her plans for escape and her future career are all falling into place. But when the local heartthrob Aiden points out the one thing holding her back, Nicole‚Äôs response sets off a chain of bad decisions that leaves her second guessing everything she ever knew about herself. ¬†Does Nic have what it takes to survive in this unknown world, or is she letting her desires ruin her life?

To be honest, my favourite character was Libby; with Aiden being a close second (one to add to the fictional crush list). Not too often I find myself loving the ‘best friend’, but Libby played an essential role in my eyes and her character developed really well. Anderson did a fantastic job at creating believable characters with no two people exactly alike. As a teenager with big aspirations myself, I could relate to Nicole and sympathised when her and the group were in trouble.

I enjoyed the style that Know Your Enemy was written in and appreciated the use of tension and showing and not simply telling, which was effective. However, I guessed the ‘plot twists’ that arose throughout the book including the ‘major bombshell’. Although I tend to enjoy chick-lit and dystopian, I do like a good dose of mystery and action and was eager to finish the novel. I don’t know much about cars but I loved the detail especially when it came to the upmarket drives! Based on my knowledge, there hasn’t been a story like this published yet so it was great to read a fresh storyline that included common yet important themes such as whether the truth really sets you free. I would recommend it to high schoolers looking for something fun and intense but don’t mind a little teenage drama and romance. Anderson’s, Know Your Enemy is an exciting YA read and I do look forward to reading her future works. I would rate it a 3.5/5 but round that off, it becomes 4 stars.

Rating:

****

A Day In Oz’s New World City

Spent a glorious day in Brisbane Central and Southbank with one of my best girls and here’s what went down:

#WokeUpLikeThis

#WokeUpLikeThis

8:20am ¬†Train trip from Gold Coast to Brisbane begins. It’s an express airport train, so there weren’t too many stops #Yes! ¬†We could not wait to wander around Brisbane! Train talk basically consisted of being grateful for no assessment to think about¬†and being able to enjoy the beautiful day, discussing current affairs and university plans also happened. Tip: If going on a long train ride – go with a family member, a friend, or a few if you can – the trip seems to go way faster, and maybe you’ll have a break and be able to interact IRL in real life! ūüėÄ

Arrive at Central Station amongst the hustle and bustle of a busy working day and Denniscia and I maneuver ourselves towards Albert St and then Queens Plaza and Wintergarden. 

9:45am  We browse through stores of all sorts i.e. Longchamp, Topshop, Typo, Tommy Hilfiger, The Body Shop, Country Road, David Jones, Coach, Mecca Maxima, Shiek, and buy necessary things.

After walking around the same block a few times and asking a kind Starbucks barista directions, we finally find Jamie’s Italian – Jamie Oliver’s restaurant in Brisbane and await it’s opening alongside a group of sophisticated senior citizens.

11:40am ¬†The lady I’m assuming is either assistant manager or supervisor apologises for the restaurant’s tardiness and let’s the first group in who held a reservation for 8 followed by Denniscia and I. ¬†By this time, the line outside was massive so we were glad we arrived early despite getting a little bit lost. We were seated by a friendly waitress at a corner table on the far side of the restaurant where we were presented with the menus and the specials of the day. Everything looked so yummy but we both settled for pasta. I’ll upload a review next week ūüôā

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Rigatoni & Fettuccine

After satisfying our hunger and returning to the light, we walked through Queen Street passing through a couple stores including Forever 21 where we bumped into another one of my girls. She joined us and talked as we walked to the Queensland Art Gallery, where she made her departure. Denniscia and I basked in the intricacies of Indigenous art and admired the International and Asian pieces.

Island Currents

Island Currents

QAG

QAG

I felt all types of sad... Made from fibre glass and white bindis.

I felt all types of sad…
Made from fibre glass and white bindis.

Headed¬†over to the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre where we went back to the land before time ūüėČ and walked with the dinosaurs and looked at animals that had visited the taxidermist… ¬†The¬†Gallery of Modern Art aka GOMA was our last stop on our day trip. ¬†An appreciation for Queensland Contemporary Art was partaken. The exhibition features over 30 talented upcoming, mid-career and senior Queensland artists that all have their individual styles. We also browsed through The Painter’s Reach by Robert Macpherson, which is on display until October 18. This collection is one of my personal favourites, which combines various contexts: minimalism, abstraction, aesthetics and the everyday.

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#Mayfair by Macpherson

4pm  We take the train back to the GC and through other means of transportation, we have a brief afternoon tea at a little cafe before arriving back home with tired feet, but full stomachs, smiling faces, and happy hearts. Days filled with food, culture, history and fabulous company are my favourite kind of days.

No matter how many times you visit a place, you never see¬†it the same way twice. ¬†There are always new things to see, new cafes to eat at, and new places to go. ¬†Also, if you have the patience, try your hand at exploring a new destination without the help of Google or Siri and just feel your way around the city or turn it into a game of 2 rights, 1 left¬†then¬†straight ahead – as long as it doesn’t put you in harms way. ¬†Who knows? Your new favourite place could be just around the corner!

Images: Monique Pueblos and Denniscia Waight

QCYeeessss!

Alongside thousands of Year 12s across Queensland, I completed the dreaded QCS (Queensland Core Skills) test earlier this week. ¬†It varies depending on where you’re from, you may recognise a similar test i.e. HSC, GCSE, SAT. Two full days of writing, multiple choice and short response exams. Delightful. I’m not going to sugarcoat it… it was very challenging –¬†even with heaps of preparation. ¬†However, it was two of the fastest days of my life! ¬†My school hosted a breakfast on the first day and gave us brain food in between exams on both days which was a neat treat. It was probably to lessen the blow or distract students from the pain. ¬†A wave of relief washed over me as soon as I’d finished the final multiple choice on Wednesday afternoon, that being said, I have 5 pieces of assessment to focus on now. In perspective, 12 years of schooling had been leading up to this test that will have a key factor in determining our OP (overall position) and for most of us, will dictate whether we receive guaranteed entry or even get accepted into our uni/college course. Before you make any snarky comments, we understand that there are other ways to get into our preferred¬†course, but if there’s a somewhat faster way, why would we want to take an unwanted detour?¬†I’m not going to find out my results for months but I know and you should know that¬†your OP and your QCS grade doesn’t determine who you are, your intelligence, and what you are capable of. ¬†I’m so glad in 2018, they’re booting this test system but for y’all doing this next year and the year after, here are some top tips for slaying QCS or any test:

  1. Sleep – Sounds simple but a lot of people including myself don’t get at least 8 hours of sleep. ¬†You want your mind as well as your body to be well rested, it’s an exhausting two days.
  2. Make sure you have all necessary equipment Рhaving to borrow equipment on the day itself will just cause unnecessary stress. 
  3. MANAGE YOUR TIME – this is one I struggled with, while others were the total opposite. Think of how to split your time between the questions because you don’t want to lose points for not filling in answers you knew the answers to due to a time shortage.
  4. Keep calm – I was surprisingly calm during the tests… besides the last 5 minutes – hastily shading¬†in the bubbles or writing a concluding sentence. Just relax, the less tension you have, the more you’ll be able to focus and understand.
  5. Don’t ruminate – I have a tendency to overthink things as a lot of us do. ¬†But as the wise Elsa of Arendelle and James Bay say, let it go. ¬†We can’t change the past and as long as you did your best, that’s honestly all that matters.

These can be applied to any exam and sure, it may be an important test at the time that may influence your short-term but it’s still only a test. ¬†Work hard and don’t burn yourself out. You will be great for as long as you want to be.¬†x

Morgan’s Happy

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What does happiness/being happy mean to you?

It means having enjoyment in life and the feeling from being around good people ad enjoying life to its full potential.

What makes you happy?

My friends, my family. YOLO. When I do really well in something. Achievements.

When you or others are down, how do you pick them back up?

For me, I play my flute or any other type of music. I make other people happy by just being my funny human self and use my humour.

 

Rose Is Choosing Happiness

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What does happiness/being happy mean to you?

That is deep! Happiness means to me, doing the things you love and being with the people you love and being content in life with what you have.

What makes you happy?

My family makes me happy ’cause my life revolves around them, my friends make me happy. Just a simple life but good things in life, yeah. This just came straight at me. Family and friends make me happy.

If your friends and family are sad, how do you cheer them up?

A good talk with them or even a hug! Just a hug, that simple – because sometimes people don’t want to talk to you when they’re sad so you just give them a hug and I guess sometimes that means the world to people or just showing that you’re there for them… yeah.

Are you happy now?

Yeahhh! I’m happy ’cause I’m with Monique ūüėČ and we’re chilling here, it’s pretty fun. So yeah, I’m very happy, thank you. ‚̧

Lachlan’s Happiness

Lachlan, 16

What does happiness/being happy mean to you?
Feeling that you have value, if that makes sense… Appreciating yourself and everything that you do. Finding comfort that what you’re actually doing means something not to others but to you.

What makes you happy?
What makes me happy? I’m a materialistic kind of guy so money comes on top (1), travel comes in second (2), and good appearance and good friendship groups comes in third (3).

Are you happy now?
I’m happy now ūüôā