Stephanie’s Spa Brisbane – Review

My Christmas present from my family back home was a spa day at Stephanie’s Spa in Brisbane.

Yes I know my family are amazing!

Firstly I would like to say that I wouldn’t really call this place a Spa, a Spa in my eyes is somewhere with a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, lots of different types of steam rooms and saunas which this is not that, so if you are looking for one of those kinds of spa days then I would suggest going elsewhere.

This place is more of a beauty clinic where you pay for individual treatments rather than a spa day package where you make your own way around the place and pick and choose what rooms to go into.

So for my Christmas present my family got me the ‘All Wrapped Up’ treatment which included the below…

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They also got me time in the steam temple so I had a full day of pampering.

I found it quite difficult to find the spa at first as it is actually part of a hotel which if I would have read the booklet they sent me then I would have known this rather than using google maps to direct me and getting lost, but that’s my fault.

Once I arrived the staff were really friendly and also seemed to be excited for me, after all I was going in for about 6 hours’ worth of pampering so what’s not to get excited about?

I had to fill in some forms and pick out my colours for my manicure and pedicure and then I was taken into the dressing room where they provided me with towels, a robe, some shoes and some disposable underwear. I was asked to get changed and then go and wait in the lounge.

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While I was waiting in the lounge on the very comfortable chairs I helped myself to the complimentary drinks of rose water and herbal teas. They also had a large range of books, magazines and newspapers for me to choose from while waiting for my pampering to begin.

I was in there for around 5minutes before I was welcomed by the receptionist who took me over to the steam temple. She asked me to take a seat in there while she explained what would happen. I was given 3 bowls of mud/clay. One for my face and neck, the second for my upper body and the third for my waist down. I was also given a dry exfoliating sponge and a glass of water.

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I was told to dry body brush myself and then apply the mud/clays to the specific areas and then sit back and relax when the steam began. It felt very luxurious and relaxing as I had the temple all to myself. The room filled with steam and I lay back and listened to the relaxing music whilst looking at the star like lights on the top of the ceiling. After about 30mintutes a light mist of water sprayed over the room and the lights came on slowly which was my cue to hop in the shower to remove all of the mud/clay.

The steam temple alone was incredible and my skin felt so soft after all of the clays I had used, I couldn’t stop touching my skin! I give the steam temple 5 bees!

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Once I came out of the steam temple I made my way back to the lounge where I helped myself to more complimentary drinks and it wasn’t long before I was welcomed by my therapist for the day who asked me to follow her to the treatment room. The treatments I had in here were so good, I had a full body exfoliation with dry body brushing to begin with then an exfoliating scrub followed by a masque and then I got – ‘All  Wrapped Up’ in body foil and lay there relaxing while I received a hand and scalp massage. It was pure heaven.

After the treatments were done I had to go back in the shower to wash off all of the exfoliation and masque and then got back on the bed where she applied some body moisturiser and then I had a facial done, I nearly fell asleep while all of this was going on as I do remember hearing myself make some snoring noises which woke me up.

After all this pampering it was time for lunch where I went back to the lounge and had some champagne and chocolates brought out to me and a Caesar salad. Even the food in this place was amazing, the salad was covered in the crispiest saltiest most delicious bacon I have ever tasted. Once I had finished my food and chocolates I was then greeted again by my therapist and taken through to the manicure area.

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The manicure and pedicure took around 2 hours and I was sat in a massage chair for the whole time, I had paraffin wax masques on my hands and feet and lots of filling a massage and finally painting of my nails. They looked the best they have ever looked.

After this it was time to end my pampering session and I went and got changed in the dressing room and then sat in the lounge until my nails dried.

I would 100% recommend this place for anyone wanting to indulge in some treatments, everything from the moment I entered to the moment I left was perfect and I couldn’t have asked for a better day. So they obviously get a big 5 bees from me.

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Brisbane lead up to christmas

I wrote this on the 22nd December but forgot to post it up, silly me!

We went down to south bank on the 19th as they have Christmas movies playing at the lagoon outside. We got there just before it started – they were playing elf. But it was so busy there was absolutely no where to sit and watch the film. We stood there for a little while and watched a bit of it but soon decided that we would just go for some food and have a drink before the Christmas fireworks started at 8:30.

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This also proved rather difficult as everywhere was absolutely packed telling us that we would have to wait for an hour before getting seated, so we walked around for a while before settling on a place called Grill’d, which if you haven’t been you should definitely give it a visit! Burgers galore! Although I would stay away from the herby chips! Nice idea – not so nice in reality!

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We stayed there and ate and drank some wine and had a chat and then walked over to the river ready for the fireworks. On the way back we walked through a Christmas market which was also rammed full of people, it was really strange walking around a Christmas market in the heat wearing shorts and a little top when what I am used to is wearing coats, hats, scarves and gloves and still feeling cold. So it was definitely an experience.

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We went and stood by the bridge and watched the fireworks. They were amazing, they have boats of the river that set them off and they also play Christmas songs so it was a really nice evening and i actually managed to feel a little bit Christmassy!

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After this we walked back towards the hostel and then decided to go out for a few drinks at another hostel nearby called city backpackers. It was a good night! The drinks are so cheap in there compared to everywhere else. We had gone in there before and I loved the top the girls behind the bar were wearing, they said ‘weapons of mass destruction’ which I felt like I needed this in my life to go with my lovely plastic assets – THE MINIONS! So when we were at the reception getting money out I decided to buy one, the man behind the counter was funny his name was paddy and he was very Irish which I love! He was asking me what size and how booby I wanted it and obviously small and extra booby is the only right answer so I bought it and didn’t realise until I tried it on that It said a different thing – it says ‘you have been a naughty boy, go to my room’ which is actually even better in my opinion!

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So I got changed in the reception into the new top and went about the night having a good time drinking and doing crab dancing and as always making silly snap chats in the toilets! When I go out for a ciggy and the owner was there, he called me over and said I looked good in the top and offered me a job there! I asked how much the pay was etc. and then he said that I would have to move there!

I was considering moving out after all the drama of last week but I soon sorted my head out and decided against that but that wasn’t for another couple of days so I didn’t really know what to do at this point! And as always my overthinking mind was doing what it does best and not really knowing what to do about it!

 

The next few days were pretty boring, not much happened to be honest! Just a lot of chilling by the pool and topping up my tan which is getting pretty good now if I do say so myself! Happy happy happy! Although I and Amy did walk down to St. George square and look at the town hall. They play some kind of movie on the building! It’s crazy! But it’s really cool, it’s strange but good!

I am looking forward to Christmas but I am also really missing home a lot right now! I miss all my family and I really miss my friends! I do really like it here but I also am bored a lot of the time as everyone seems to not do a lot or go off and do things separately which is a bit annoying because I don’t really have anyone to go off and do things with so I have been stuck in the hostel quite a lot! Yes I know I could go out on my own but it’s always better with someone else, so I would really like to ship some of my besties from back home over right about now! I always knew I would get homesick around this time so I am quite looking forward for Christmas to be over in a way and then I can figure out what to do!

I am starting to get low on money too so I do really need to look for a job but it’s so hard to find one that I actually want to do and that I’m not going to get fed up of and walk out! I found it so easy back home why not here?? But then I also don’t know if I just want to leave straight after New Year and just go somewhere else. I do like it here but I also feel like maybe it’s not exactly where I am supposed to be.

I was hoping to have found someone else by now to travel with be that a man or a new bestie! It would just be nice to have that one constant with you, don’t get me wrong travelling alone is great but it’s also a bit lonely at times if you’re not in the right place, and if there is one thing I know about me it’s that I am definitely a people person! Yes I like my own space every now and then but I would much rather be around people out doing exciting stuff. Well we shall see what happens hey!

Anyway tomorrow I have to go out and get some food and more for Xmas day and then the day after is Xmas eve where I will be getting extremely beautified all day in the spa! CAN NOT WAIT!!

CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT THE SPA DAY

And then the day after that is Christmas day, so it’s going quite fast, better make my mind up then shouldn’t I.

That can be all for now!

I will update the rest tomorrow.

 

 

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Brisbane update finally!!

So I know it’s been a while since I updated my blog, I have been busy and also not really knowing what to write about certain things that have been happening but I have now got my balls back and I am going to write about what has been going on the past few weeks!

The reason I was worried was because I didn’t know who was going to read this and also because I didn’t know how much detail to go in about again certain things! I’m going to write the basic jist of what has happened but not go into too much detail such as a read at your own risk post!

Also because I can’t remember what happened from day to day now I have left it so long I am just going to bulk everything together!

So let’s start with the job!

So as most of you will know I walked out on my stripper job and spent basically everyday searching for jobs, it was getting stressful, I wasn’t hearing back from anyone and got to the point where I needed to start applying for jobs that I did not want to do! So I applied for a job in fundraising! To me I cannot think of anything worse than this kind of job, I hate people who try to talk to me in the street with a passion!

I also have got social anxiety! So trying to talk to people in the street is very stressful for me to! However I applied and went for an interview on the Thursday of a couple of weeks ago the date was the 3rd December. The next day I got a call back saying I had got the job and I was really happy as this was fundraising for Cancer and I feel like this is very close to my heart as just before I went away as one of my best friends from back home had his mom pass away from Cancer so this to me felt like I was supposed to do this job! I know I can’t turn back time and bring his mom back but I can make more people aware of how high the cancer risk is in Australia!

I was actually really shocked by how high it is over here! 50% of the population will be affected by cancer at some point during their lives which is crazy! The sun here is so strong and the lack of an ozone layer doesn’t help people’s chances either, so it is a great cause and I was happy to be a part of it! Although my first week was horrendous! I felt so scared and so nervous and I felt pretty emotional too! It surprised me actually as I have known for a few years now that I have got social anxiety and just general anxiety with absolutely everything and this job kind of slapped me in the face with that and made me realise how bad it actually was! All through the first week I just wanted to run away and hide and cry! It was not the best week of my life at all, but I made myself carry on!

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I do not want to be a nervous wreck throughout the rest of my life! I want to be a happy and confident person and not have to worry about talking to people and I guess the only way for me to get over that is to put myself through a bit of mental torture to begin with but that won’t last forever!

So in the first week, well on my first day on the street I actually had a really bad day, I was unlucky and managed to stop drunk people and someone who seemed to hate Australia and not care about cancer at all, telling me that his dad had it and he didn’t care so I was incredibly shocked and didn’t really know what to do with that! I also find that the city is a really hard place to get people to stop and chat to you as everyone is in such a rush all the time and then the people are a lot like I was! Wanting to avoid fundraisers at all costs! I now have so much more respect for fundraisers than I did before! It’s a HARD HARD HARD job to do!

Then on the Thursday I got asked if I would go on a travel trip with a few people of the team, this scared me so much because I thought omg I will have to go away for the week and I won’t be able to escape even if I wanted to! (I always like to have an escape plan!!)

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We went to a place called Goondiwindi on the Sunday evening (I love the names here) it’s a very small town that is about 4 hours south west from Brisbane! And I managed to get my very first sign up all on my own so I was very happy with that! And then in the evening we chilled at the caravan park, smoked some weed and drank some beers! It was a good day and night although I got absolutely covered in mosquito bites so bad that when I woke up the next day my leg was swollen and I couldn’t even wear my shoes! A whole pack of antihistamines later and some antiseptic lotion it was feeling a lot better.

We spent the next day in Goondiwindi too but I started hating the job again! Lack of breaks and just me feeling miserable from the bites and again trying to stop people was making me feel miserable. It’s not that I hate the actual job, I think it’s needed to make people aware of what is actually going on in the world of cancer and it is a great cause but I just think it’s not for me! And I don’t really like pressing people to spend money when they don’t really want to at first which obviously means I’m not going to be a very good fundraiser! Part of the job is concern handling (when they say no) but I think if someone says no then they have a right to that and I don’t really like pushing someone into saying yes.

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We left that night and moved onto a place called Stanthorpe which was about a 3 hour drive away and it was very high up (around 800meters above sea level) so it was a lot cooler here and for the first time being here I felt freezing cold at 17degrees! Guess my body has adjusted to the heat here!

Again this day was not enjoyable for me, we didn’t have a break and then our lunch was late, I was feeling ill and miserable and just being generally moany! I had already in my head decided that I hated this job and wasn’t going to continue after this week so I had no motivation and then with the lack of breaks and unpaid overtime it was making me feel even more miserable towards the job. It got to lunch time and the manager called me and I told her that I was going to leave, I carried on working for the rest of the day and thought If I could get a couple of sign ups in the afternoon I would change my mind but I didn’t! I guess I am just not made for this job at all!

So I searched for a bus back to Brisbane and left the next morning! I think it is a shame as the people who work with the company are really nice so I will miss spending time with them but I can’t just stay in a job just for the people! I need to enjoy myself and enjoy the work otherwise I will get miserable and moany – and yes I know I shouldn’t get like that but at least I know myself well enough to know that I would feel and act that way and I think I did the team a favour by leaving to be honest! I don’t want to bring anyone down with me!

One thing I will say is that I am happy I did do the job even though it was only for a week and a half but that was a week and a half longer than I wanted to do it! It has increased my confidence and made me realise some things about myself which I wouldn’t have realised if I hadn’t done the job! It’s also made me more aware of cancer and how high the statistics of being diagnosed with it are so it is making me think a little more about my lifestyle choices which is a good thing!

So now to the next part of my life……

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In the last few weeks there has been a lot of confusion on my part due to yes a boy! What a surprise! So a lad called Tom came into the hostel and as soon as I saw him I remember thinking ‘oh no….this is not going to be good’ why?? Because I thought he was rather tasty to look at! And then after chatting to him for a bit I thought he was also a really nice person! which means big trouble for me and my over thinking mind!

I couldn’t get him off my mind but I refused to let myself do anything because even though I would love to find someone who wants the same things that I do and my dream has always been to find someone who wants to travel the world too blah blah blah……I also am not an idiot! I know that these kind of things tend to only happen in movies and with my track record of men treating me like shit I really don’t want that to happen over here!

I have also decided that I’m done with pointless relationships, yes I know I’m travelling and what everyone does here is sleep around with people and then move onto the next without really caring about each other, well I have realised that is not me!

If I am going to be with someone from now on then I want it to be real or have the potential of being real, I know you can’t decide within the first week or so that you are going to spend your lives together – I am not that stupid! But I do know that you can go into something with good intentions and by good intentions I mean not just planning on sleeping with someone for a bit and only that! And then see what happens, no game playing just enjoying each other’s company!

So back to Tom…..I had mentioned to Amy that I liked him and that he was oh so beautiful which he is, but that I also was not going to let him know this! I get very nervous showing my feelings towards people when I don’t know how they feel about me! I don’t want to feel embarrassed or anything so I find that I try to act like I don’t like them at all! (I know – silly right)

Anyway……he obviously heard that I liked him and came and spoke to me about it, I said that I wasn’t sure on what to do! For days I kept going back and forth in my mind about if I should start anything with him after all in my head he is a man, he is going to hurt me in some kind of way as every other bloke I have come into contact with has! (And quite badly too which I’m still not quite over I have come to realise).

So after a lot of thinking and a lot of talking to friends here and back home I decided to try not to worry about things and just go for it, which I did! And it seemed to be alright for a while! But now I’m not so sure!

I don’t really think he likes me as much as I like him and he seems to only want to spend time alone with me when it’s late and everyone else has gone to bed…..hmmm I wonder why that is??

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We all went out for a few drinks last weekend and me and Tom had a bit of an argument as I felt like he had been a bit unfair to me the night before and was just waiting for an apology which I didn’t get…we ended up speaking and sorting things out and he seemed to say all the right things but he was drunk so I guess that might be the only reason why as he seems to be different again with me now! How confusing!!!

I know he’s not all in the wrong but as I have been told if a man wants to be with you he will make sure that happens and also make you very aware of that fact which he has not! I know it’s only been a few weeks but I still know myself well enough now to know what I want and need from starting something up with anyone and I am not in any way ashamed or embarrassed to say that I want more than just a few hours alone together every few days doing ‘certain things’ As I mentioned before I am so over silly games and so over sleeping around with no intentions of anything else! I would much rather have nothing and wait for someone who actually wants to be with me and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that….do you?

My other problem however is that I constantly question everything I say and do all the time, so I will feel like I want more or say something about the way I feel and then panic and think – ‘shit, should I have said that? Am I being an idiot?’ which I have done about this situation but I do think that I deserve more and I don’t think that I am wrong for wanting to be treated better!  Maybe that will make me stupid but I’m ok with that!

I wasn’t sure what to write about the whole thing as I do want to keep my diary updated with everything in my life so I can look back in years to come and remember so that’s what I have done! I don’t know if he will read this or not but if he does then he does and I guess I will just have to deal with what ever is to come! – Hopefully all good but I am not that optimistic haha.

Right well that’s done……. So what else have I been getting up to?

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Well I love everyone in this hostel! There is a big group of us now who are staying for Xmas and New Year and it’s a really good group! It’s going to be a very sad day when we all part ways but that’s the life of a traveller I guess! People quickly become your family and become a big part of your life because you are living together and spent the majority of your time together! I know I have made some friends for life here and that makes me happy!

I have managed to get everyone involved in secret Santa which me and my amazing friends back home do every year! And even though it does not feel like Christmas at all here I am still making sure I have some Christmas spirit even if everyone else is not as enthusiastic about the idea! Back home I love Christmas and I get that from my amazing mom! She is crazy for Christmas and why not? It’s something to look forward to! It’s a day where you spend time with people you love and have a good time! So I will bring my Christmas spirit to the land down under and I will sing Christmas songs and dance around to them! I am however deeply saddened at the fact I did not bring my elf costume to wear on Xmas day! But I will get over that! Maybe try and find a Santa bikini or something haha.

So what am I doing now??…..well its Christmas next week and I am just going to chill and try not to spend too much money as I don’t want to work until after new year now! But I just need to try and come up with a plan about what to do after New Year! Where to go, what to do etc.…..

Also on Christmas Eve I have a spa day which my amazing family got me! I am so excited! It’s a whole day of treatments just in time for Christmas! Eeeaaakkkkk!!! It’s going to be amazing so thank you guys!

Right I think I have wrote more than enough now, sorry to blabber on but you know me! I don’t do well with short and sweet!

I will try be better with updating this next time haha.

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Brisbane – Job hunting and sunbathing

My last diary post stopped last Tuesday when I was waiting to go to work….

24th November

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I went to Honey B’s at 6:45pm and got changed, it was really quiet but I already knew it was going to be. They only had 5 girls working and I was quite happy with this as I wanted to learn more moves on the pole. My god it’s hard!!

Who knew being a stripper would be such hard work hey! Luckily all the girls there were really nice and wanted to help me learn. So when you’re on the stage you have 2 areas, the pole and the stage. Both of these areas scared me! – I’m not exactly the most ‘sexy’ person in the world and trying to do some gliding around the pole and the floor ends up looking a bit robotic from me! (How I managed to win wet t-shirts I shall never know now!!)

All the girls were amazing on the pole, climbing up and leaning back, going upside down and all I can do it spin around it! Although I couldn’t even do that right to begin with as I oh so gracefully face planted the floor on my first night!

So after a few hours of practicing climbing up the pole I managed to pull myself up, wrap my legs around the pole so the pole was resting on the side of my knee which created a lever, this meant I could lean back and touch the floor and spin myself around. I was so impressed with myself, however when I was doing this I could still feel myself being very ‘jerky’ so I don’t think it would have looked too sexy for the men to watch, oh well big improvement for me anyway.

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The next day I literally did absolutely nothing! My body was in so much pain from the pole dance lessons the night before!

‘HOW THE FUCK DO THEY DO THIS EVERY SINGLE NIGHT???’

It hurt to even sit up in bed, but I was happy as I have not done a single shred of exercise since I left home. I did also wake up with a variety of bruises all over my body with the biggest one being on the back of my knee from where I had to wrap my leg around the pole to spin myself around it! Again….

‘HOW THE FUCK DO THEY DO THIS EVERY SINGLE NIGHT???’

On the 26th – I got a message asking me to go to dancer training in the evening at 6pm, I spent the day by the pool and job hunting again and then went off to the training.

When I got there I was told it was going to take 3 hours and they also were telling me that I would have to buy my own shoes this weekend which would set me back $100! Hmmm….. $100 for a pair of shoes that I hate and hurt me and I will never ever wear ever again! I don’t think so!!!

I told them that I couldn’t stay for the training as I had plans so I left and went to the south bank to go to a shisha bar with Tim (Tim Tam) and Matty, but when we got there they told us that we would have to buy a couple of meals to be able to smoke in there and the meals were around $30 each so we thought not and went to an ale and cider bar called Tomahawk bar for a drink instead.

27th November

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I spent the whole day lazing by the pool again and job hunting again, where I found a purchasing job that I really wanted to apply for. I find the agencies here really hard to work with as they never call you back and don’t really help at all, I’m making a list of all the places I have tried and when I finally find one that is helpful I will make a post about it to try and help people out, especially as I have quite a bit of experience in admin and waitress roles but yet finding it really difficult to get a call back. I knew it was going to be hard but not this hard!

5pm came and I went off to get ready for my job while I knew everyone was going to go out for a few drinks which made me feel really sad and dreading going to work to have sleazy men trying to touch me, but I’m going to go I thought as I need the money!

Off I went to work at 6:45pm paid my $30 working fee and I got changed into my undies and went and sat downstairs with nothing to do as it was empty other than look around and think about what the fuck I was doing in this place!

‘Why am I here?’

‘What the fuck am I doing?’

‘Do I really want to be here and have men touching me up and having to dance on them and act like I want to do it?’

After I asked myself these questions I went upstairs got changed and told them I needed to leave, I didn’t tell them I was quitting but that I had something I had to do just to give me a little bit more time to think about it, even though I already knew I wasn’t going to go back again.

So I left and went back to the hostel where everyone was getting ready to leave, I quickly went upstairs and got changed and met them all out the front of the hostel where we walked up to a bar just up the road called The Yard Bird. Everyone went there for chicken wings, I went for the beer!! We spent most of the night using face swap on my phone which made for some funny pictures. We stayed here for a few hours having a bit of a drink, and then ventured up the road to a bar on Caxton Street for a couple more drinks.

Love these lot…..

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I know we went back and decided to go to the park for a spliff, I think we stayed there for a little while as I don’t remember too much more other than the fact that we went out at 9 and ended up back at the hostel at around 2am. When we got back we were sat in the front room and Terhi said we should go have a party in Jacks room as he is in the quiet area so we wouldn’t be heard!

We went in the back room for a bit and sat around had a few laughs and watched some funny YouTube videos and then went to bed. It was a good night and I was feeling extra happy that I wasn’t at the strip club!

28th November

The next day I woke up feeling a tad sick and hungover but the pool soon sorted me out as did food. Then a few of us decided to walk up to The Yard Bird and grab some food, as we were walking up there we saw a massive crowd of people waiting outside the stadium for Ed Sheeran to play, I was obviously super-duper jealous and wanted to be in there watching him.

We went and got some food and some beers and then headed back to the hostel where we just sat around and chilled for most of the night until I had the urge for wine, so I walked down to the bottle shop got myself 2 bottles of wine and drank on my own! – I wonder where I get my wine drinking habits from (mom and Nan???).

A relatively quiet evening but oh so nice to be able to just chill and not do much now! Really loving being here and feeling settled and relaxed.

29th November

Sunday was another quiet day chilling by the pool and heading to the park for more spliff’s, I also only drank one bottle of wine the night before so me and Terhi went to the park put down a blanket and sat there for a few hours drinking the remaining bottle and having a nice chat whilst listening to some music. She is from Finland so had lots of finish music on her phone which I enjoyed listening to. I do like living in hostels as you get to meet a lot of different people who can show you lots of different things like this. I love the variety and I love discovering new music, ways of doing things, cooking etc.

30th November

Another boring day (but not so boring as I was by the pool sunning it up) but lots and lots of job hunting! I applied to so many agencies and so many jobs advertised online. It’s really hard to find work here as a girl I think.

I also got the urge to have roast potatoes and we only have a tiny little toaster over so it took absolutely forever to make them but they were so bloody good! Not as good as back home but as good as I could make them in the little oven here. So I was extra happy with my roast dinner.

1st November

Again spent the day job hunting! And writing the blog! Yet again I have been slow with updating! What a shocker! Although I am adding things to lists for writing posts about what to do in Brisbane, and I will definitely be writing one about finding work as I have found it really hard. There are so many agencies here it’s hard to know which ones to look at and it’s hard to get call backs from them regarding work. I found this back happened back home in Worcester too, but when I moved to Evesham the agency there was brilliant and called me all the time so I think I was just expecting that to happen when I got here and that I would find work quickly. Oh how wrong was I!

I did managed to get a call back from a sales company who have asked me to go to an interview tomorrow, but it’s for a door to door sales role which is surprise surprise commission only! So I will go just to see what it’s all about but it’s not what I want to be doing at all. I’m not really the best person for knocking on peoples doors trying to convince them to sign up to something or buy something but I’m not losing anything with this one like with the dancing job! So I will give it a go until something else pops up and continue to look!

 

 

 

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Agnes Water – Brisbane (week 1)

It’s that time yet again where I have to update my diary, and I think this may be the longest I have left it but luckily I haven’t actually done much to update on so I should be able to remember, let’s begin then…..

Agnes Water – 14th – 16th November

So in my last post I was in Agnes Water, the hostel we stayed at was the Southern Cross Hostel – REVIEW CLICK HERE

I didn’t do a lot in this place, Beth and Christy had a surf lesson but I knew not to do it as let’s face it I can get a little bit angry if I’m not very good at something and also I don’t seem to do well trying to learn something new in large groups – plus I’m holding out for the sexy Australian man that I am destined to meet to teach me on his own! A bit of one on one training!

Hervey Bay – 16th – 18th November

After Agnes water we went down to Hervey Bay where we stayed at The Friendly Hostel – REVIEW CLICK HERE.

When we arrived here it looked like quite a big place but there wasn’t too much to do there, we spent most of the time in the hostel making the most of the oven and the free Wi-Fi by streaming movies and cooking fish fingers. It was nice to do this after all the travelling around we had been doing.

We went out walking the next day and I just felt miserable, it was getting closer and closer to the end of the month and I just wanted to feel settled somewhere and get a job and meet some friends that I was actually going to be with for xmas and new year’s, so on the same day I decided to grab a cab back to the hostel and just booked my bus to Brisbane.

That’s the thing about me, if I want to do something or get an idea to do something it needs to be done then and there, I’m very impatient (probably something I should work on) but I know what I want and I know what makes me feel comfortable, and travelling around for so long without a steady base around xmas time is not something I want to be doing (unless I’m with friends of course, and while yes I was with Beth and Christie I also knew we wouldn’t be spending xmas and new year together so I was feeling a little lost)

After I booked the bus I spent a few hours searching for good hostels for me to stay at as I know I am going to be spending a month or so there it had to be perfect or as close to perfect as I can get. After a lot of searching I came across a hostel called –The Aussieway and booked it. It seemed perfect for me as I read a lot of reviews on TripAdvisor and found that people tend to stay here long term while working and also read that there is a lot of weed smoking, which is perfect for me! –

(That is one thing I will not be putting in read at your own risk! WEED SHOULD NOT BE ILLEGAL!! END OF STORY!!!!!)

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So after I booked the hostel I thought ok I will look for some jobs so perhaps I could just start working basically straight away, I went on gumtree and applied for a hostess job in a strip club. I got a reply almost straight away asking me when I could speak on the phone, so they gave me a call and arranged an interview for the next day after I arrived in Brisbane. So I started getting excited as it is just around the corner to my hostel and the place is called Honey B’s (seemed like it was meant to be with the Bee’s!!!)

Me, Beth and Christy spent the last night together watching crazy stupid love on Netflix and drooling over Ryan Goslings sexy body!! It was a beautiful evening.

Brisbane 18th – 24th November

18th Nov

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I woke up in the morning said goodbye to the girls and then got the bus to Brisbane which took around 5 hours. When I arrived I went to the hostel and checked in had a bit of a swim in the pool and got to know some of the people staying here, I love this hostel it’s so chilled and everyone is really nice.

My interview was at 7pm so I didn’t venture out of the hostel and just chilled and walked up the road to the club I thought I was interviewing at, filled some forms out and went in for the interview and half way through we both realised I was in the wrong place and I was supposed to be in the club down the road. Luckily they were both part of the same company! (Such an idiot sometimes!)

I walk down the road to the correct place and wait a little while to go downstairs for the interview, as I’m waiting I see many girls walking around in their underwear or lack thereof and think wow these girls are HOT!!! One of the girls comes over to me and asks me what I’m interviewing for and I tell her the hostess job. She tells me that I should go for the dancer job and that it’s really easy.

When I go down to the interview the woman interviewing me starts telling me about the costs of some courses I would have to do and the uniform to be a hostess and as I’m not planning on staying and working in Brisbane for too long it would end up costing me quite a lot in these costs, she then mentions dancing and that I could give it a go!

‘Hmmm, I’ve never really thought I could do stripping as a job, can I really do this??’

She tells me I could come in for a trial and they will go through dancing on stage and a lap dance etc. and tell me how much money I could be earning.

‘I feel like I was supposed to come here, should I just give it a go?’

I decide to say ok and that I will go in for a trial shift and see what happens! I will give anything a go once, how else am I supposed to know If I will like something or be good at something if I don’t try it first? I tell them I will come back in 2 days’ time so it gives me a bit of time to prepare myself.

Fake tan, nail polish, waxing etc.…..god it’s been a while since I have actually looked after my body! I used to do it all the time at home but on the move it’s been hard to keep up with looking good and gets pushed to the back of my priorities!

‘I guess it will be nice to feel beautiful again’

I venture back to the hostel and have a chill with everyone downstairs and think about what I have just said yes to! Am I seriously going to do this??

After messaging my amazing mom she tells me to go for it and puts my mind at ease!

19th Nov

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I woke up quite early and had a stroll down to the Southbank where I came across a free museum so I spent some time in there wandering around and learning about aboriginal culture and of course the dinosaur’s and Australian animals. – Who have I become! I don’t walk around museums on my own! I guess I’m growing up a little bit.

I came out and carried on walking around the south bank where I saw the ‘city beach’. It’s just a big pool with some sand and grass banks to laze around that’s right next to the river! It is really nice but I didn’t do any sunbathing!

I spend the majority of the day shopping for xmas pressies to send back home and buying some makeup etc. ready for my new job! It was a really nice day and the city was amazing! I think I’m going to really like living here for a while, it’s not small and it’s not too big either which is perfect! Everything seems to be in walking distance.

I went back to the hostel and chilled by the pool for a bit and then got a bit of an early night as one of the lads in my room suggested we go for a spliff! This seems to happen quite regularly here which is great but it also means that it’s taken me a long time to get around to writing my blog updates! I can see this may become somewhat of a recurring issue!

Luckily I had put on my fake tan etc. before the spliff, I can see that going horribly wrong while a bit spacey!!!

20th Nov

I again wake up quite early and walk down to the transit centre where I catch a bus down to a suburb called Toowong, where they have a K-mart for cheap underwear (sort of like a Primark for all those back home)

I buy myself 3 sets of new undies for $50 so that’s not too bad! And then buy a few more Xmas pressies, catch the train back to the centre and then walk into the centre to go post all my pressies home. The postage cost me more than the bloody presents! They didn’t seem to have much options for post! It was either pay $40 for 3 month shipping or $120 for 7 days! Well I obviously have to pay the 7 days don’t I!! Ahhh well.

Again back to the hostel to chill for a bit and then start getting ready for my new job which I needed to be at for 7!

Now while I am not in any way ashamed of what I am doing for work I know certain family members are not going to want to read about what I have to do so I am sticking it in read at your own risk! So CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT TO READ!

 

21st Nov

I got in around 4:30am and got straight into bed, had a few hours’ sleep and then got up and went downstairs to chill by the pool for a bit with everyone. We all decided that we would go watch the sunset from Mount Gravatt.

Beth and Christy called and said they were in Brisbane for a few days so I told them to join us on the sunset trip.

Shockingly I ended up getting rather stoned so everything went into slow motion and then it was time to leave. We met Beth and Christy at the bus station and off we went, we had to catch 2 buses there and we could see the sun coming down and down and we knew we were going to miss it. After 2 buses and a 2km walk up the mountain we finally got to the top and even though we missed the sunset we managed to see the beautiful sky and it was still a fantastic lookout of the city.

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SERIOUSLY LOVE THIS PLACE!!!! And I get to live here for a month or so!! Yayyy!!!

After the sunset we walked back to the road and went and got some food from a red rooster which is a bit like a kfc. It was so good!!! Then we got the bus back to the centre and walked back to the hostel for an early night as Me, Beth and Christy were planning on going to the zoo the next day.

22nd Nov

We woke up early and checked the weather and it was supposed to be raining all day at the zoo so we chose not to go to the zoo.

Instead I stayed at the hostel, got stoned and played the Aussie version of cards against humanity which was funny! I do love that game.

Then a group of us went to the cinema to watch the new hunger games at the cinema just down the road to us! (We are in such a good location, we have lots of bars and even supermarkets etc. around us)

 

TIP*** – if you say you’re a backpacker at palace cinemas then you can get the ticket for the price of a student – $13.50 instead of $18.50.

 

After the cinema we went to a bottle shop and got some wine, went back to the hostel and got ready. It was Nicole’s last night in the hostel so we were going to go out to some gay bars for the last evening as she had never been to one before! So we had to show her how good they are!!

Beth and Christy came and had a few sneaky drinks at the hostel with us (you’re not supposed to have an alcohol here but be sneaky and your fine)

We used an app called UBER to get a taxi which is usually a lot cheaper than a normal taxi as they are just normal people in their normal cars. We got dropped off in the valley and went to a club called Family, or Fluffy on a Sunday!

There’s me thinking Yayyy….Gay club means cheesy music and drag queens galore! Oh how wrong I was!! It was hard techno music, the drinks were extortionate and just not a great atmosphere really. So we didn’t stay too long in this club. We went upstairs for a smoke and spoke to some people who told us to go to another club called The Beat.

We went there and as soon as we walked in there was a big plate of cheese, pickled onions and olives we were told we could eat if we wanted to so of course while we were paying our entrance fee we did, and then we made our way upstairs where we found another plate of sandwiches which we started eating too! – What is this place?? I LIKE IT!! FREE FOOD!!!

This club seemed much better, it was quiet but they had all the cheesy pop songs on and we seemed to be the only girls in the place, the place was filled with lots of gay men who wanted to dance with us. After a lot of dancing on stage we went outside to the smoking area where one of the men wearing a long dress and pearls came and joined us and asked me if I wanted a tarot card reading!

DOES A BEAR SHIT IN THE FOREST?

I went for a general reading and he told me that it seems like I am on the track to being where I want to be, but that something isn’t quite right, he said he thinks I may have started a new job that I am not too sure about but that I seem to be in the right location and around the right people now. He also said that he thinks that if I continue to ‘push through the shit’ I will get to be exactly where I want to be and be happy.

I find tarot cards so interesting, as I hadn’t said anything to him about a new job but he knew! I don’t know if they are real or not but it was interesting to have it done.

We stayed in the club dancing and making up dance routines to the spice girls and vengaboys until they shut at 3:30 and then went and sat on the floor outside while waiting for Nicole, where we met 2 lads who wanted to go to a strip club! We said yes and started walking down the road only to find it was closed. But there was a man passed out on the floor covered in sick which a couple of us helped him up (I did not! I didn’t want sick all over me)

Of course I needed a kebab! So we went and got one of those and then got a taxi back to the hostel and finally got into bed as everyone else was getting up for work at 5am.

23rd  Nov

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I woke up at 10am when Nicole was checking out and grabbed all my stuff off the top bunk and switched with her! Yayyy I have a bottom bunk! It’s so much easier to be on the bottom, and plus the top bunks here don’t have any railings so you can fall off! And obviously I am clumsy so it wouldn’t be long until that would happen!

I went to meet Beth and Christy down at the city beach and had a bit of a sunbathe, we then went for some Mexican food at a place called Cactus Republic. It was AMAZING!!!

I walked back to the hostel and had some food then went for a spliff with Luke and Tom which then made me feel so tired! After a few days of hardly any sleep I wanted to get a really good night’s sleep so I was in bed by 8pm!

24th  Nov

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And that brings us to today! I am now sat in the common area at my hostel, I went for breakfast this morning at a place called Chelsea Bistro which is right by our hostel.

It was so bloody good it was unreal! I had a BLT but this was no ordinary BLT! It was spectacular! With a side of hash and feta! Mmmnnn my mouth is watering thinking about it again! I would definitely recommend this place!

I think I need to do a post on all the good places to eat around here! Everywhere looks and smells amazing! – Yep I’m going to start making a list of the good places!

I’m also pretty happy with the WiFi here as I can upload pics pretty fast so that means my posts should look a little better now! Smile

So after food with Beth and Christy I walked back to their hostel and chilled by the pool for a little bit and then said our final goodbyes! So its official I’m back on my lonesome again now, although everyone in the hostel is really nice so I’m not alone. But it seems so strange to have left them after travelling with them for so long, but I guess that’s the way of a traveller! You meet people who become a part of your life for a little while and then you go your separate ways!

That’s going to take some getting used to for sure!

Well I am now just waiting around until I go back to work again tonight which is going to be a quiet night but means I can practice a bit without feeling like anyone is going to laugh at me so that’s something.

And I will try my very best to update my blog again tomorrow! But let’s face it, we all should know what I’m like by now and know that’s probably not going to happen!

Oh well, it’s the thought that counts….right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Strip Baby Strip

So I arrive at Honey B’s at 6:45pm armed with my bag of underwear, I took 3 pairs with me to change into throughout the night as I was told.

When I arrived I was told I had to pay the $30 working fee, and I then went into the changing room where I was met by one of the hostesses who had to go through everything with me and the other new starter!

We had to fill some forms out and sign some contracts etc. and then we got down to the actual work. so when I went for my interview the woman told me that I would pay $30 to work there for the evening and that I would be my own boss and that I don’t actually work for them. Then anything I make I keep. – This was a lie!

So if I’m dancing on stage I get to keep anything I make in tips, but if someone pays for a lap dance I get to keep 60% of it! Which I think is a bit cheeky they make you pay to work and then take some of your earnings on top of that!

We had to make our own stripper name, I couldn’t think of one so they named me something like Jacinta but I kept forgetting to use that name throughout the night so I changed it to Cassie which is much easier for me to remember, as you are not allowed to use your real name.

So we were told we need to wear dark makeup, we are supposed to tan and also have about 3 changes of underwear for the evening!

They then took us upstairs to the lap dance area and went through the rules for this, basically you have to get completely naked regardless of what the men want, even if they tell you to keep your clothes on you have to take them off! And they are allowed to touch you but not between your legs or any mouth contact and you have to tell them this before each lap dance. If you don’t tell them and they do touch you then you don’t have anything to fall back on because you didn’t tell them the rules.

After we had gone through all the basics, we went back downstairs. They give us a couple of drinks for free to calm our nerves and then we wait for men to come in and get to talking to them.

It was a couple of hours before I started talking to someone who wanted a lap dance, he paid for me and the other new girl to give him a double lap dance for 20 minutes. This was in one of the booths downstairs so the rest of the club could see you take your clothes off. It was a bit awkward at first as there was 2 of us so it was a bit strange for us to know where to go etc. but it seemed to go ok.

After the first one I was feeling a lot more confident and then was told by one of the hostesses that a group of men had set up a tab for lap dances etc. and I should go and speak to them, so I did and then one of the men told me to give him one. He was from England and was around 50years old, he seemed really nice and we went upstairs to the lap dance room. As he only got 10minutes I had to take my clothes off straight away and straddle him and do things like bounce up and down. Or you can sit facing away from them and lean back on them. It was really surreal to do this, and I didn’t know what to do with myself really, but he seemed to be enjoying himself. I guess they aren’t really going to be judging my dance moves when I’m naked and lay or sat on top of them!

After this one we went back downstairs and they bought me some drinks and then I was asked to go back upstairs with another one of the group. Again he only wanted 10 minutes. So naked straight away, and back on their lap straddling them. You just have conversations while doing this, so you have to think of things to say which I got better with throughout the night as my mind stopped thinking – OMG YOUR NAKED AND GIVING A LAPDANCE!! WTF!!

I eventually got up on the stage but I found this bit even more stressful than the lap dance as you are in front of everyone. The pole also spins which I forgot about so I went to spin around the pole and it span with me, and I nearly face planted the floor.

They have a rule about dancing on stage, you have 4 songs each and then signal to change over. If there is someone in the club then there needs to be someone on stage at all times.

I wasn’t very good on the stage so I decided to go in on Tuesday as its quiet so I can practice without the embarrassment of a full club to laugh at me.

After a few more hours I had met another man who was buying me drinks and then took me upstairs for a lap dance, he seemed really nice and chilled and maybe a little down and upset. – You don’t ask them what’s wrong or about wives or girlfriends.

My feet were hurting so much from the massive shoes they make you wear so I decided to stay and chat to him for a while as he was buying me drinks and giving me cigarettes! He did pay me for another lap dance too and he didn’t want me to dance, so when I went up for the second time, I had to take my clothes off and sit next to him having a chat completely naked. That I did find strange. But he seemed to just want to help me out, and he was saying things like he wished he had met me last weekend when he had his whole weekend free.

So I think some men can come in there and get the wrong idea about the whole thing! It’s not like I would have met him outside of work, and we are also told that we are not allowed to do this and that’s why we have to use fake names.

When we came back down from the second lap dance we sat around and had some more drinks and he also gave me a massage because I was moaning about my feet hurting. He took my shoes off and massaged my feet but I got told off because you have to keep the shoes on at all times when downstairs which I thought was unfair as they are so big! And I never wear heals! So to go from not wearing anything to wearing the biggest ones in the whole world is HARD!! – Apparently I will get used to them!

20 mins or so later the woman who interviewed me asked me for a chat, and asked what I thought. I looked at the money I had made – $260 and thought I can’t really complain too much and that was with me not really trying towards the end as I was tired and lazy and couldn’t be bothered to walk around in the shoes. So once I get used to it I could potentially make more.

So I agreed to go back again. I said Tuesday so I could practice and then I think she’s put me down for the weekend too.

I have come to the conclusion that while yes it’s not something I really want to do, the money is good so I am going to do it for as long as I can be bothered to do it. That could be a week from now, it could be a month from now. I don’t really know.

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The Friendly Hostel – Hervey Bay REVIEW

The friendly hostel is a really nice place to stay. It’s a bit of a walk from most places but its very relaxed and isn’t like your normal hostel.

When we arrived we thought it seemed more like a shared house than a hostel, for starters they had a shared area with a lounge and a kitchen for 2 rooms of 4 people, so that was a nice surprise. The kitchen was big and actually looked like a kitchen back home.

THEY HAD AN OVEN!!!!!!!!  – fish finger time baby!!! Smile

They also had 4 hobs and a large fridge for everyone to share, and free tea and coffee (although you had to provide your own milk). In the fridge they had a big tub of margarine for everyone to use which is also a plus.

The lounge area was good, with 2 sofas and a TV it was a nice place to go if you just wanted to chill out and feel like you were at home for a few days. There was also a big book full of DVD’s you could rent and they had a good selection. We rented love actually as it was getting close to Christmas.

This place also offers free wifi which was very good as I managed to catch up on the episodes of the walking dead I had missed and watch a few films on Netflix without much loading time at all. So this was a massive plus for me as Hervey bay although it looks like a big place there isn’t actually that much to do there, so I used this place as a chillout time for the 2 days.

They do also let you borrow the bikes in the garage for free, but a few of the ones I tried didn’t have working brakes which is never a good thing when trying to ride a bike on the road in another country (well I think so anyway) so we walked around instead.

The laundry is cheap, it costs $3 for a full load of washing and they provide you with the washing powder too, and then if its sunny you can dry your clothes on the line next to the laundry room or you can use the dryer for only $2 so it was much cheaper than any other hostel I have stayed in.

The staff seemed nice, but I did hear one of the lads in our room having a bit of an argument with the manager on his leaving day saying he was being very rude but didn’t hear much more than that, they don’t seem to stay in reception for too long also which I found annoying at times, like when I wanted to rent a DVD or when I wanted to do laundry (you need to pay at reception to use the laundry)

At the front of the hostel there is a door to the right that says it needs to be kept closed at all times, if you go in there you will find some Guinee pigs wandering around that are really cute and you are allowed to go play with them which I thought was a really nice touch to this place.

You can also receive a free shuttle pick up from and to the greyhound bus stop if you call them to book and tell them when your bus is arriving.

Those are my only downfalls about the place really, it was just what I had wanted, a nice chilled out time where I could just relax and watch films so I am going to give this place 4.

I would have given 5 but I think it could have been made a little better in areas, just by the staff being available more and maybe a few hostel gatherings such as BBQ’s etc.

 

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Nomads – Southern cross hostel review AGNES WATER

Agnes water is a very small place, there isn’t too much to do there.

We stayed at NOMADS – the Southern Cross hostel, and I have to say it was amazing. It’s a little bit further out than the other hostels but you get around this by taking advantage of the hostels free shuttle service which runs every few hours.

The shuttle will drop you right at the greyhound bus stop and also the ‘shopping centre’ if you can call 3 shops and a supermarket a shopping centre.

The hostel is quite spaced out and all in little cabins which are named after countries, on the decking or balcony or whatever you want to call it, you get a table and chairs and also a hammock to laze around in. (my idea of heaven, I don’t know about you?)

The hostel has its own bar so it means no alcohol allowed on site, (but what they don’t know can’t hurt them right!) plus the drinks aren’t too bad, you can get a bottle of beer for $4 and a bottle of wine (PROPER WINE – NOT GOON) for $11. So compared to your average bar that’s cheap as chips!

They do sell food but only at dinner time or you can buy pots of noodles that you make yourself from the reception area. When I stayed there they had a pizza night where they hand make pizzas and cook them outside in (have no idea what they are actually called) a pizza oven that they use sticks from trees to cook with, it was pretty cool.

The free Wi-Fi is really good at certain times (when it’s not busy) I managed to upload a YouTube video in under 2 hours which is the best I have had yet for free Wi-Fi, and I managed to facetime home no problem. Free Wi-Fi is always a massive plus for me.

If you can’t get on the free Wi-Fi or don’t have anything to use it with then you can use the computer room where they have a few desktop computers free to use.

The rooms themselves were your average hostel room, they were clean and had private bathrooms, the max in a room was for 4 people so it’s nice a small – no long waits for the shower.

The kitchen was big and they did have an oven but it was out of order when I went so you may want to check this before going to the supermarket and buying lots of fish fingers or whatever else you want to stick in the oven. The only downfall about this place was the amount of flies in the kitchen. They were EVERYWHERE! Like turn around to wash your chopping board to find them all over your food everywhere.

They also had a cinema room with 2 big benches with cushions on and a stack load of DVD’s to choose from if you fancy a lazy day.

The hostel also offer you a couple of experiences to book, one of them is riding around on chopper motorbikes listening to ACDC and having fake tattoos plastered all over you. It was very funny to watch everyone practicing doing this in the gardens before they are let out loose on the roads (luckily it’s such a quiet place so going on the road is fine.)

You can also book a 3 hour surf lesson for $17 which is by far the best price I have seen travelling down the east coast so far, so take advantage of this while you are there.

The staff are really friendly and they also take on people looking to work for accommodation which includes looking after the gardens and driving the shuttle bus into the centre.

I give this place 4 Bee’s, they would have got 5 if they had more food to offer and the flies weren’t everywhere.

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Mission Beach to Agnes Water

So since I last wrote on here I have been to Magnetic Island and popped my driving a car in another country and just a different car to my good old Nissan Micra called Benny! And what a first car to drive, a Barbie car which we named Cindy.

I wrote a review on the place we stayed in as it was a package deal so rather than writing everything out twice you can read about what we got up to HERE

We stayed there for 2 nights Friday 6th November to the 8th and then got the bus down to Airlie beach where we stayed in Magnums hostel for one night and then me and Beth went off to the Whitsundays for 2 nights on a boat with a company called pride of Airlie, again I have wrote a review on this so if you want to read about that then click HERE

When we came back on the 11th we had 2 more nights booked in at Magnums in Airlie Beach where I have got bitten to death by anything that flies or crawls! I am absolutely covered from head to toe in bites! I’m not a celebrity but get me out of here NOW!!!

Airlie is a little bit of a party place but nowhere near what Cairns is like, thank god! Where’s my beach parties that I dreamt of so much? – think that will be coming very soon as we caught a 10 hour bus to a place called Agnes Water last night and it’s a little bit closer to Brisbane where I think I’m going to settle for a while.

Before our bus we met Christy’s Cousins and had a BBQ at the lagoon as in Aussie style they again have lots of BBQ’S dotted around that are free to use! It’s such a hard life! Although I have to say I am actually looking forward to getting some work soon and up my funds!

I was going to go straight in and do my farm work but have reconsidered this option as it is coming into their summer and I am already finding it hot, so I don’t think I will do too well working throughout their summer outside in the baking heat and doing hard work! Yep that’s asking for trouble! So I’m now going to just get a normal job until after summer and get some farm work when its cooler! Just need to make sure I do it!

The place we are staying at now seems very chilled out and not much around which actually makes me very happy. I don’t want to spend any more money until I know I have work coming my way, so I’m really looking forward to moving down to Brisbane or Byron bay in the next week or so.

I am actually writing this sat in a hammock on our balcony which I think is pretty cool! It’s so chilled out here, just what I want and need!

 

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Magnums Hostel at Airlie Beach Review

Magnums is a nice place to stay, its right in the middle of the main street at Airlie beach and when we booked our bus and trips with Greyhound Travel we got some vouchers for various hostels. So we got a night here for $15.

They have a variety of rooms and we were lucky enough to get a little cabin again with our own little balcony. The rooms themselves were alright and seemed clean enough, we had our own fridge in there and also a bathroom. Although the doors to the bathroom were rubbish! They were like half doors so didn’t touch the top or the bottom which can be a little embarrassing when going to the loo in front of a room full of strangers.

The shower was also a bit annoying, it was super strong but it also couldn’t make its mind up if it wanted to be hot or cold. Other than that it was alright.

The room was also absolutely freezing as they had air con that was timed to come on every couple of hours, and when I asked at reception they told me that they couldn’t do anything about this. Why on earth do hostels keep putting air con on so bloody cold?? I threw away all my warm clothes damn it!!!

The one big plus for me for this place was that they offered free Wi-Fi! It’s so nice to be somewhere that doesn’t charge a bomb for using Wi-Fi again! Surprisingly these places are actually hard to find over here. They only offer it in the free Wi-Fi zone but this has lots of benches and even a BBQ for you to use.

The kitchen area was just a usual hostel kitchen area and they have 2 areas! 1 is at the front of the hostel and the 2nd one is at the top of the hostel. They also have a laundry room which is the cheapest one I have found so far for $3 per wash.

You are not supposed to take your own alcohol into the hostel as it is a licenced premises but we all did and the security guards don’t even seem too bothered about it which is really good.

We were also really lucky as we had to check out at 10am but because it’s such a big place and spaced out we handed our keys in and managed to stay in the room until 2pm when we decided to go to the lagoon for a swim and a sunbathe – the hostel does not have its own pool, but the lagoon is just over the road.

It’s also in a really good place as Woolworths is right next to the hostel as is the booze place!

You can store your luggage at this place either for a few days if you’re going on a Whitsunday trip or just for a few hours. They do charge for this but if I were you I would just turn up and wait at the opening times and just walk to put your bag in. I didn’t get asked for me ticket once!

I’m going to give this place 3 Bee’s as I think the storage in the rooms could have been better, the bunk beds didn’t have rails on the top bunks, along with the rooms being cold and the shower not being the best. But they do have their pluses so I think 3 is fair.

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