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Rinoa Heartilly
20 March 2011 @ 11:53 pm


Because I need to generate a little more traffic for people to take notice of my designs, my design dumps will be living on my tumblelog. Although I've been at home here at LJ for the past 10 years, I've just found tumblr much more efficent in terms of mass pic uploads without the need for an external server. Will still occasionally post here, but mostly friends only & invisible.

Thanks for all the good times!
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Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Rinoa Heartilly
13 March 2011 @ 03:09 pm
Wow, anyone remember imood.com? I can't believe it still exists. Nostalgia much?

Got Thirsty Merc's In The Summertime stuck in my head. Very strange since it's raining and overcast today.
Current Location: Burt's house
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Thirsty Merc - In The Summertime
Rinoa Heartilly
12 March 2011 @ 11:33 pm
So this week we were trying to book fares to Queensland because of the $1 flights promo with Tiger Airways. Sure enough, the flight up was only $1 and the flight back was roughly $60. Seemed like a good deal. So I went to book and eventually got to the final payment summary. Everything seemed to add up, except that Tiger tacked on an extra $60 to the total. I double checked the flight details and fees. Aha! There was the extra $60 listed under "Convenience Fee". WTF? So I looked it up. Apparently the "Convenience Fee" gets tacked on whenever you book using a credit card. How totally BS. To be honest, I think it'd be more work for Tiger if we didn't pay via credit card online. They'd have to waste money sending out invoices and printed tickets. There just always seems to be a catch, doesn't there?

In other news, came home today with a MacBook Pro. It's sexy. Just trying to get used to using new shortcut keys after more than 10 years of using PCs.
Current Location: home
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: Owl City - Meteor Shower
Rinoa Heartilly
02 March 2011 @ 12:50 am
Three weeks ago, I was a nurse. Two days ago, I became a graphic design student.

At the beginning of February I was supposed to start my graduate nurse program after many years of painstaking study. As the commencement date of the program drew closer, I got less and less sleep. Anxiety kept me awake. It wasn't until a few days before I was meant to start that I literally woke up and realized "Hey, I don't want to do this anymore." I realized that: 1) I didn't have the passion for nursing anymore; 2) I didn't want to wake up dreading going to work every day; and 3) I didn't want my heart to break every time I had to say goodbye to a patient. I thought I was strong enough for that, but it turns out I'm still just human and fragile. That's when I decided to quit. I pulled out of the program and didn't look back.

I spent days crying. I came up with a list of things in my head that I'd miss about the job. And then came the big question: What next?. I thought about what I was good at, what I'm passionate about. I thought about the things I wanted to achieve in my life.

In my lifetime I know that: 1) I will eventually be the owner of a very unique and successful patisserie; and 2) When I have kids, I would like to be running a small business. I thought about these things. Something inside me didn't feel right about becoming a patisserie chef right now. But then I turned my thoughts to the other small business. Initially when I had the thought of starting a business, I figured it would be a small craft business. Perhaps plushies, jewellery, and small handcrafted goods. But then my mind went to design. It seemed to make sense. I loved image manipulation and web design growing up. Why did I never think of doing it as a career? Why not take a leap?

So that's where I am today. I've enrolled myself into graphic design and advertising. For the first time in a very long time, I feel light and unburdened whilst thinking about my future career path. I feel like I'm finally getting to express who I really am, not having to live up to anyone else's expectations.

This feels good. Can't wait to see what the future holds.
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Hillsong - Healer
Rinoa Heartilly
06 January 2011 @ 11:54 pm

To kickstart the new year, I thought it'd be a lovely idea to cross some things off of ze grand to-do list before they become stale. I jumped onto my 43things.com account and came across No. 5, share the fabled 4kg burger from Horsham with friends. I thought, "Hey, let's start there. Let's go on Saturday before work starts again!" It all sounded like a great idea at the time... That was until I saw this -- the monstrous 8kg burger. This gargantuan of a burger features 3 times the meat of the original, and consequently triples in price too. Shall we attempt to take on this new monster? Guess we'll just have to wait and see.

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Current Mood: alert
Current Music: Metric - Black Sheep
Rinoa Heartilly
18 November 2010 @ 12:58 pm

Last night we headed out to Crown to catch the midnight screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was totally worth the sleep deprivation. We got to watch the staff screening, which meant free entry, great seats and a friendly crowd of Potter/movie enthusiasts. The movie was awesome. It was exactly as I imagined whilst reading the book. I literally spent about half the movie holding my breath and clutching onto Burt's arm. Would love to see it again before it leaves the cinema.

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Current Location: work
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: Train - Drops of Jupiter
Rinoa Heartilly
23 October 2010 @ 08:03 pm

Today's outing took us back to good ol' Melbourne. Everytime I spend time in the city, I always find myself thinking that I'd never want to live anywhere else. I just love the mix of historical and modern architechture, the colourful street art, the beautifully maintained gardens, and the ever-changing laneways and eccentric eateries. Add the fact that there is always something to do in Melbourne (events, concerts, markets, exhibits), and there's no need to wonder why Melbourne is one of the most liveable cities in the world.

Today we ventured to check out some of Melbourne's hidden sweet treats, as listed in last week's copy of the The Age. This article brought us to a charming little cafe in Carlton North called Sweet Source, which is speculated to have some of the best cupcakes in Melbourne. I agree with the speculation. These cupcakes are in a league of their own. The cupcakes were exactly as The Age had described them: old-fashioned in apppearance, with a high icing-to-cake ratio. Most people find too much icing overwhelming, but the generous amount of not-so-heavy icing worked well for this delicious treat. My partner described it like this: "I couldn't tell where the icing stopped and the cake started". The cake itself amazingly moist, which is something most cupcake places struggle to get right.

The cafe doesn't just have delicious cupcakes. They have a selection of unique pastries, savouries and other sweets available. They also make a beautiful cup of coffee.

To be continued...

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Current Location: Burt's house
Current Mood: sleepy
Current Music: Train - If It's Love
Rinoa Heartilly
06 September 2010 @ 07:25 pm
Pedestrian death toll rise blamed on iPods in New South Wales - http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/pedestrian-death-toll-rise-blamed-on-ipods-in-new-south-wales/story-e6frf7jx-1225914654031?from=public_rss

Sadly, I'd actually have to agree with this article. I've almost been hit by a car because I tuned out whilst listening to my iPod. Curious to see what initiatives they put into play here.
Current Location: home
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Relient K - Getting Into You
Rinoa Heartilly
04 August 2010 @ 11:50 pm
So, daytrip destination #5 for 2010 was Phillip Island, which is roughly 140kms southeast of Melbourne. This was the first time Burt & I had been to Phillip Island properly since we were kids. The road to Phillip Island is one I'm very fond of. Just before you arrive, you see a beautiful expanse of aqua & turquoise water along one side of the road. Then when you see the bridge at the foot of quaint little San Remo, you know you're there.

So here's a rundown of our day. After deciding on Phillip Island in the morning, we threw some snacks, fishing gear, and blankets in the car, and finally set off at around 10am. Arrived just after 12noon.

STOP #1: The Information Centre
We already had an idea of where want to head, but stopped in just in case there was anything else we missed. As expected, the place was packed with penguin merchandise (being famous for penguins and all). What we weren't expecting was loads of tourists, families and school groups lurking around, as the weather was quite nasty today. Max of 11 degrees with frequent rain.

STOP #2: Rusty Water Brewery Restaurant
By chance, we picked up the brochure for this place and decided to try it for lunch. I really enjoyed it. The place was fairly quiet, which I'd attribute to the nasty weather. Burt ordered the soft shell crab dish in tempura batter, served with chilli plum sauce and salad, which was awesome. The sauce was perfect. I ordered the calamari & chorizo salad, which was also delicious. For such a simple dish, there was so much flavor. Rusty Water also happens to brew their own "handcrafted ales", so we decided to give the sample paddle a try. The sample paddle includes four different kinds of beer. We went for a "blind test" paddle and guessed 3 of the 4 ales. Fair effort considering we don't normally drink beer. Beers were: i) Stone & Wood Pale Lager; ii) Coldstream Chocolate Winter Ale; iii) Dark Malt Burnt Toffee Ale; iv) Koala Pale Ale, which I'd recommend.

STOP #3: Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
Next stop, Phillip Island Chocolate Factory. This place was downright awesome. As we walked in, we were given samples of their delicious white chocolate truffles. Then we went on the tour. They take you through the history of chocolate, the making of chocolate (which includes interactive machines that let you see what each stage of making chocolate is like), and a gallery of portraits made of chocolate. There are also chocolate games, chocolate samples, a chocolate village, a tonne block of chocolate, a chocolate fountain and even a design-your-own chocolate machine. You could custom make your own chocolate bar, which included crazy fillings like strawberry, cola, vegemite or wasabi. If you want to feel like a little kid again, this is the place to go. To top it all off, we came home with green tea, rose, and white chocolate truffles. They didn't make it to the next stop.

STOP #4: The Nobbies & The Nobbies Centre
The Nobbies are a pair of island rock formations situated on the westmost point of Phillip Island. There's a cafe & gift shop located there, as well as a seal watching centre. Seals often come to breed in the area, but there were none to be found when we visited. The Nobbies are also surrounded by rolling green cliffs and boardwalks, reminiscent of the Irish countryside. There's a particularly interesting coastal feature called the "blowhole", which was amazing to watch. Reminds me just how treacherous the ocean can be, but also how majestic and awesome it is. Didn't spend a great deal of time at The Nobbies, but still enjoyed what we saw.

STOP #5: The Penguin Parade
To top off the day, Burt and I decided last minute to watch the penguin parade. We figured it wouldn't be as busy because of the unforgiving weather. The penguins are actually in "false" mating season at the moment, which made the experience much more hillarious. The parade was good; the penguins fought hard against the strong tide and waddled onto the beach right in front of us. Then they made their way towards their burrows. There are boardwalks situated above the burrows, so we got to see the penguins up close and personal. That's when their mating rituals began, starting with the raunchy mating calls. They're very vocal animals. We saw one funny pair of penguins where, after finishing "the nasty", the male penguin stood up tall and stretched out his flippers in a human-like manner as though he'd just done a hard day's work. We also got to see a few female penguins incubating their eggs, thanks to the little man-made nests that are connected to the Penguin Parade centre. All in all, it was an awesome experience. More than 500 penguins came ashore that night. And despite the rain and the giant "no photography" warning sings, I managed to snap a few shots ninja-style by using ISO mode with no flash.

So that's about all for our Phillip Island tale (for now). After a two hour drive, we arrived back home at around 10pm. I wish we had more time there, but I have no doubt that we'll be back there to stay for a bit longer. I look forward to the day. Photos to be posted soon on FB.

* Footnote: Daytrips #1-4 will be backdated. I haven't quite gotten around to writing them yet.
Current Location: home
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Hillsong Live -
Rinoa Heartilly
04 August 2010 @ 11:30 pm
It's days like this that being with you makes me think of peanut butter sandwiches, warm socks, hot chocolates, marshmallows, and looking forward to rainy days instead of disliking them. It's days like this that make me forget every hurt, overlook every annoyance, and wish for the future to be the present instead of being constantly within our grasp, but not close enough to touch or taste.
Current Location: home
Current Mood: lovedloved
Current Music: Owl City - If My Heart Was A House