Cheers

Cheers to the goddamn Board of Studies for giving me a very shit timetable for my final exams. YAY for my brain deteriorating into a crumpled mess on the floor. Thanks BOSTES!

While my exams are in October, I feel the need to already prep myself for the onslaught of torture that will be chucked at me. I’m especially excited about having two of the most mentally challenging exams – Modern History and Extension One Maths on the same day, 40 minutes apart. Thanks for looking out for my mental well being BOSTES! I guess the spread of exams isn’t too bad, but I have 6 exams that are consecutive, the crown being handed to my double whammy on the 26th of October with a shit ton of history and a shit ton of algebra.

I can’t wait for HSC to be over. Let me just please get my desired ATAR so I can go on to study a degree of either pure economics or a combined in economics.

Praying for myself to pull through until November 2nd when at 12:30 pm, I will be a free child. And on a side note, I’ll finally be able to break up with my clingy boyfriend, the HSC!! I’m in high spirits and I’m motivated and I just need to keep on going, battling this educationally abhorrent creature that loves denoting who we are to a number. I know that with hard work and dedication that I’ve employed for half of my battle through year 12, I can achieve my goals and aspirations. I’m ready to flipping bring it.

xx Simran

My last day of freedom until November

Isn’t it lovely how the rainy and bleak weather corresponds with my mood? It’s the last day of the Autumn holidays and tomorrow I return to school. Fun. It marks having basically 100 school days of year 12 left which is really quite terrifying.

And right now, it’s bloody freezing. It’s rainy and the cockatoos are on the patio making a mess so they can escape the wind and rain and gah. I don’t want to go to school honestly. I like my house (:

But nostalgia and feeling aside, I am currently decked out in a onesie to keep warm. I transformed into a bee to keep warm. Damn Sydney. Not even Winter and the weather has already become awful

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Also because I like spoiling myself on my last days of freedom, I made dark chocolate chip buttermilk pancakes with cinnamon and served with fresh berries from scratch. I haven’t had pancakes in so long and oh my god they taste flipping amazing. And obviously because it’s the morning, I made myself a cp of tea to accompany the brekkie I dove into. So good.

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There is chocolate all over my plate from the pancakes but I can’t bring myself to care because the smell of hot pancakes is filling my room and I have no words. So much goodness. Not very healthy but whatever. It’s freezing and I now have a food baby. Cheers to Winter and lovely breakfasts!

So now the plan is to watch movies and cry about the freedom I’m losing until November. Cheers to the HSC and year 12. I really want to graduate now so I can travel and work and do the good things in life. I want to experience more and travel the world. My wanderlust is real.

xx Simran

To be brutally honest

The struggle is so real when you find yourself lost in an actor’s movement or voice or eyes instead of analysing the movie as a supplementary text for your English essay.

Can I just say that firstly, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is a beautiful human being. I don’t understand how someone won so much in the genetic lottery. How am I meant to analyse Bend it Like Beckham when all I can focus on are his eyes and cheekbones and accent. God damn.

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And while we are celebrating beautiful people, last night as I chilled alone, I decided to watch a Bollywood film. And since I didn’t want tears because I still haven’t watched the ending of Kal Ho Na Ho without sobbing. I actually haven’t watched the movie in its entirety because I always end up sobbing and I’ve seen the movie up until the part where Naina gets married over 30 times haha. I need someone to hold and console me if I’m to ever watch the ending because there are too many emotions.

Anyway, getting back on track, after intense discussion of why Shahid Kapoor has a man bun and how hot he used to be with a mate, I decided to watch Dhoom 2. Sure it isn’t the best Bollywood movie and it’s so unrealistic it isn’t funny, but can we just take a minute because of Hrithik Roshan? If I met him in person, I’d actually faint. I’ve been such a big fan of him since I was introduced to him at the age of 3 because of Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gam. And I cannot even. No words describe my love and admiration for him. He’s hot. There is no denying that. The man can dance and he’s so smooth but sweet and adorable it isn’t even funny. My admiration for him has extended to the point where I will subject myself to dodgy movies he leads in just so I can watch him being cute or badass on screen. What even is life honestly.

There is no doubt that in movies like Koi Mil Gaya and Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gum and Jodhaa Akbar (possibly my favourite movie of all time because Indian history fascinates me) are timeless. They are perfection on my screen and I can watch them over and over again without ever feeling sick of them.

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If I met Hrithik Roshan, I would actually hyperventilate. I’m not even exaggerating here. If I have to go to India post HSC because that’s what all Indian children do apparently, I’m forcing my aunt to take me celebrity stalking. I’ve done it in the past and it’s an incredibly fun past time when in Mumbai 👌

This is the life of an Indian Aussie who gets the best of both worlds. Praise the lords for beautiful people and being Indian. Yes sometimes I come off as more Aussie than Indian, but at the end of the day, I can’t live without my dhal, and Indian Weddings (I’m going to one in two weeks and I’m so excited holy crap), a culture and heritage I’m so proud to be a part of, and of course Bollywood movies that make me laugh and cry and take me on an emotional rollercoaster.

xx Simran

Tuesday mornings are a sensory experience

It’s quite cold. Maybe I feel more cold because I have a cold but it’s quite cold right now. At least it’s sunny and my room has sunlight being thrown around, warming my bed and desk 🙂 ⛄️⛄️⛄️⛄️⛄️

Tuesday mornings are quite bland usually. Tuesdays mean school which isn’t as favourable but praise the lord for our term break. Today marks the heart of our mid semester break and I don’t know whether to be happy or sad about it. I miss my morning routine and being on top of life but the comforts of my room and blanket and trackies is too much to give up.

Today morning has been unusually packed. I had maths tutoring (ew) in the morning so that meant waking up early to go and learn. Fun. And then because I was freezing when I came home, I decided to spoil myself and make a proper breakfast instead of settling for a cup of milk.

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First things first is grilled tomatoes seasoned with oregano, chilli and olive oil, freshly smushed avocado, boiled eggs, and tomato and capsicum relish piled upon sourdough bread from the local bakery. I honestly missed the taste of eggs for breakfast because when I was younger, I ate eggs for about three months before I developed an intolerance to them. I couldn’t eat egg without it being processed into a biscuit or cake or dessert which was unfortunate because eggs are so nutritious. But recently, my doctor said to try eat them again because now that I’m older, intolerances are grown out of. And I’m glad I can stomach eggs because they are so delicious and really fill me up. It’s a great thing to have and they’re so convenient to eat on the way to school or on the go if I’m in a rush to get to school. I also decided to put effort into my brekkie because why the hell not (:

Also praise the lord for avocados. Avocados are possibly the best things on earth and they taste so good with so many things. Something I really enjoy making with my avos is an avocado smoothie with kale, flaxseed, oats, almonds and a teaspoon of honey. It’s delicious. 

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In the true spirit of my “Indian-ness”, no part of the day is complete without a cup of tea. I’m quite picky with my milk tea so I have a special custom blend I prepare for each cup. The additions to my tea vary with season so in summer, I tend towards adding cardamom and an Indian herb called Tulsi; but in Winter, I love having a spicier blend, so I add ginger, cinnamon, cloves and Tulsi (the cinnamon and cloves are to prevent colds from being as bad and they taste so good together) to black tea leaves and then I add milk and honey. Tea is the best thing I probably learnt to make. It brings me so much satisfaction and happiness. Can you feel an unbounded sense of happiness from having a well made cup of tea? I think you can.

So now as I attempt to get my history extension work done, I have the angelic voices of Charlie Puth, Sam Smith, Justin Timberlake and Ed Sheeran emanating from my speakers and I don’t feel like working at all. Honestly, I’d hoped for a little down time in my holidays but that clearly isn’t happening so whatever. Time to attempt to write my notes for my major work (: Yay for HSC.

xx Simi

Autumn

It’s been quite a bleak beginning to my Autumn holidays, Beautiful but bleak nonetheless. Especially when it’s been raining continuously. But this is perfect weather for cuddling with bae (my bed) and drinking tea and hot chocolate and watching long Bollywood films to bring back all the feelings.

I don’t know where I’m going with this post.

Oops.

Anyway, today has been pretty crazy. We went out for breakfast this morning because why not, but the morning was potentially the cutest thing I’d ever witnessed.

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First things first, let us admire the I woke up like this look. There was a lot of UV from the sunrise because it wasn’t raining and therefore I looked very washed out. But lets be real, I’m not complaining because my gross skin from the stress of school is hidden and the eye bags building themselves a home under the eyes aren’t that noticeable. 

After deciding to finally come down and chill with the rest of the fam bam, we were interrupted mid conversation by the landing of the resident bird. Richard, when he’s wet and col
d, is so adorable. So naturally, we had to feed our baby because he’s a bit silly. But first, before he came to me to get the seeds I held in my hands, he decided to put on a modelling show, showing off his ‘wet’ look. So much cuteness in him I couldn’t even.

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He is actually my favourite bird at the moment. So much love for this goofy, adorable baby that comes to visit us everyday and wreak havoc on our plants.

After my morning adventures, fawning over Richard, we finally head off to have breakfast. And let me just tell you, I haven’t had such a delicious breakfast in a long, long time. My breakfasts before school usually include a smoothie with oats, almonds, flax seeds, milk and various fruit; and an egg or a piece of toast. What I consumed this morning was heavenly.

I also want to signal boost “The Missing Piece”. This is a vintage, artsy cafe nestled away in Macquarie and it’s so so so cute. The staff were absolutely lovely and the service was fantastic and holy crap the food. I actually give this place a 7/5 because damn I haven’t had such a delicious breakfast in a while.

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Naturally to warm up after coming out of 13 degree conditions (It was so cold in the morning. All this wind and rain had Sydney temps dropping faster than my jaw when I see Theo James). Mochas are my go to coffee. I don’t like a lot of varieties of mocha, but I will always have a mocha if I’m feeling cold or need happiness in my life. It isn’t about the caffeine. It’s about the sense of homeliness having a hot drink influences. Also, I’ve decided to join a barista class after I finish my HSC. I want to turn my love for coffee into something productive. I also want to make incredible latte art.  

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For breakfast, I got what the menu called: “It’s spelt s-p-e-l-t” – a piece of spelt fruit toast topped with ricotta, walnuts and honey. It was literal heaven in my mouth. I love sweet breakfasts and this definitely topped the charts in my book. So much flavour and deliciousness, and the combination of fruity bread and ricotta coursed happiness through my veins, So delicious. 

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Just for added love, my sister, who prefers savoury breakfasts got the above. It had haloumi, avocado and some other delicious things that I can’t remember because I was too busy dying and going to heaven from my own food.

ANYWAY, food comas aside, brekkie was awesome and I was so full after that we decided to go shopping to help keep us awake after the deliciousness. It it had been warmer, I would have definitely tried their milkshakes. The presentation and list of flavours and combinations sounded incredible. I know this isn’t the only time I’ll be going in the holidays. I’m very keen for another trip.

Holidays have also meant going to watch and catch up on my extensive list of films. When term ended on Thursday, one of my close mates and I went to watch Insurgent, the second part of the four part series by Veronica Roth. Let me just say right now that Theo James, the gorgeous man who plays the character “Four” is a sex god. I cannot even with how gorgeous he is. He’s just been added to an already burgeoning list of celebrity crushes I have and I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not. But whatever.

Behold his glory:

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You get my drift.

It’s going to be a jam-packed Autumn break and I’m ready to bring it. My game needs to be on point to smash the HSC and I’ve never felt better about it.

xx Simi