The Necessity of a Break 


One of my favourite things to do is to lie underneath the stars. Some people do mediation while others have a 10k run; I look up at the stars and think. Sometimes I have music, like tonight, other nights I don’t. It makes me realise and appreciate how lucky I am. It is also just nice to take a step back from the stress of work, work, work 24/7. If I can’t sleep, I will often quietly come outside and it helps to clear my mind. It is so easy to get caught up on the freeway of life that sometimes a break is needed. I enjoy star gazing because it makes me realise how small we are in comparison to the universe. I also like just listening to nature; like humanity just fades away. 

My teachers at school are pushing the idea of a 5 minute meditation during class. Now this doesn’t really work for me because it just encourages me to sleep, but it works for a lot of people. I think it is beneficial in life to find out what calms your mind and clears stress. Whether that be listening to music, thinking, running, or just sitting still for 5 minutes, I think that it makes a huge difference in your personality and your attitude. I know the difference that star gazing as had on me. I appreciate the little rewards and gifts that life grants us, and the need for understanding yourself. 
Cya later Skittle Skater 💫

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27 Fun Facts to Start Your Day

‘Did you know….. ?’ I use this phrase almost as often as ‘how are you’ some days. Are you one of those people who love to know the unusual or unbelievable facts about… well, everything? I am. I enjoy being able to share them with the people around me. Most of them are useless, but they are perfect conversation starters. I have put together a list of ones that surprised me for your enjoyment. Share them with your friends and see which ones you didn’t know.

  1. There’s is a basketball court inside the Matterhorn at Disneyland. Employees go shoot hoops on their breaks.
  2. Disneyland employees weren’t allowed to grow mustaches until 2000. Walt Disney wanted his employees to be clean shaven.
  3. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.
  4. In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
  5. Tea is said to have been discovered in 2737 BC by a Chinese emperor when some tea leaves accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water. The tea bag was introduced in 1908 by Thomas Sullivan of New York.
  6. If the amount of water in your body is reduced by just 1%, you’ll feel thirsty. If it’s reduced by 10%, you’ll die.
  7. Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.
  8. A group of twelve or more cows is called a flink.
  9. The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the varieties of pickle the company once had.
  10. 315 entries in Webster’s 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
  11. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear any pants.
  12. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
  13. Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
  14. In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child.
  15. There is a city called Rome on every continent.
  16. The skeleton of Jeremy Bentham is present at all important meetings of the University of London.
  17. The longest time between two twins being born is 87 days.
  18. In 1923, jockey Frank Hayes won a race at Belmont Park in New York despite being dead — he suffered a heart attack mid-race, but his body stayed in the saddle until his horse crossed the line for a 20–1 outsider victory.
  19. The northern leopard frog swallows its prey using its eyes — it uses them to help push food down its throat by retracting them into its head.
  20. In 1993, San Francisco held a referendum over whether a police officer called Bob Geary was allowed to patrol while carrying a ventriloquist’s dummy called Brendan O’Smarty. He was.
  21. The first American film to show a toilet being flushed on screen was Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
  22. There’s an opera house on the U.S.–Canada border where the stage is in one country and half the audience is in another.
  23. The average person spends 6 months of their lifetime waiting on a red light to turn green.
  24. James Buchanan, the 15th U.S. president continuously bought slaves with his own money in order to free them.
  25. Bolts of lightning can shoot out of an erupting volcano.
  26. About 150 people per year are killed by coconuts.
  27. The word “gorilla” is derived from a Greek word meaning, “A tribe of hairy women.”

Cya later Skittle Skater 💫

Struggling Through Procrastination

School has finished and I am patiently waiting for my friend to finish her audition for the upcoming school production so we can walk home. I am sort of dreading going home because I have an English essay to finish for tomorrow. I will let you in on a secret… I have barely started. I know, I know. ‘Why are you doing this instead?’, ‘Get to work, lazy butt!’ I swear I have tried to work on it but it is just so boring. I have this amazing ability to find a way around everything. It takes a certain skill set but it is easy to achieve with practice.

Procrastination has become easier over the years with the creation of the internet, making special mention to YouTube and Spotify. As I am writing this, I have Lotto by EXO playing in my ears, and I am trying to resist the urge to dance. As I can’t dance and am still at school with the teachers walking around me, it would be quite embarrassing. And on comes MAMA the EXO-K version. Love this song… ANYWAY, as I was saying it is easier to become distracted nowadays.

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So it is now a few hours later and while I have made progress on my English essay, I still can’t be bothered to do it. I mean, it apparently has to be 1000 words and I am going to struggle to get to 700. Has anyone read The Boat by Nam Le? I preferred Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden from last year. Oh well, it will be over soon. My essay on the other hand…. even Ailee can’t encourage me today. Tomorrow morning will be quite stressful, I reckon. I don’t recommend to anyone to leave an essay to the last minute, even if it is dead boring and you would rather light yourself on fire than think about it. It is a bad habit that I wish to change, but English just isn’t helping.

I have put up the link to a lovely little video that will help in your procrastination process.

Cya later Skittle Skater 💫

MAMA by EXO-K

The Addiction That is K-Pop


When my friend first introduced me to a popular K-Pop group, BTS, I had no way for foreseening the hold that it would have on my life. 


It started with BTS. Gorgeous Jungkook, sweet Jimin, sassy Suga, princess Jin, cheeky V, and the leader Rap Monster. I was drawn in through their amazingly tight choreography and their resonating lyrics. 


Next came SEVENTEEN. 11 members, 3 units, come together as 1 team (17). At first I was surprised with the sheer number of the group. Having not much experience with K-Pop, I wasn’t used to the group sizes. Mingyu… 💜. 


Then followed Ailee. The beautiful pop diva. The American-born singer reminds me of Jessica Mauboy and Jordan Sparks. I love her power and sassy lyrics with ‘I Will Show You’ rivalling Taylor Swift’s break up songs. 


Finally came EXO. Learning their names was the easiest of all the groups. The first song I heard was Monster. There was something about Chanyeol that forced me to watch hour after hour of EXO videos. 

The sad thing about being an Aussie K-Pop fan is the language barrier. BTS released a new video 11pm last night and unfortunately when I tried to watch it at 11:30pm I couldn’t understand what Kookie (Jungkook) was saying. However, I know that subtitles will soon be at my rescue thanks to some amazing people. 

I would recommend all of these idols to people who are interested in K-Pop or want to try something new. I am loving it and maybe you will too. 
Cya later Skittle Skater 💫

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Introducing Me


Good morning all! It is currently 8:40 am on this lovely Monday. Usually I would be at school now, with the bell just signaling homeroom but today is a public holiday. Labor Day to be more precise. So I am taking advantage of my day off and am still in bed.

So, me…. well, I am a year 11 Australian who loves history and following my sports teams.  The historical time period that I probably know the most about is Tudor England. I enjoy watching AFL, cricket, hockey, and tennis.

My plan for this blog is to post often about whatever I like basically. One day it may be about the history of cricket while another could be a review of the latest blockbuster. It depends on my interests at that moment in time. Hopefully you like history.

I hope that your day, whatever the time may be, is going splendidly and that you are enjoying every minute that you have been given. I have to get up now since I can hear movement in the kitchen.

Cya later Skittle Skater 💫