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The Great Barrier Reef Review and Introductory Dive!

This post is probably surprisingly coming from someone who actually has a fear of swimming in the ocean. I absolutely love being at the beach but i usually panic when anything touches my foot and come straight back out again. As you will know, Australia is home to some of the most deadly sea creatures that do actually make an appearance from time to time where people swim. A week after I was paddling on a beach in Byron bay a man was killed by a shark . Not exactly the most comforting of news! Before I set off for Oz The Reef was something at the top of my list of things I wanted to do, yet once we had booked it I couldn’t stop having nightmares about it! No jokes, I kept dreaming that Luke lost the camera under water and dived right down to get it and gets taken by a shark, it was really stressing me out lol !

It takes about an hour and a half to get to the outer reef from Cairns on the boat. The day was started by being given tea and bacon sandwiches on board and then followed by me sitting there quietly with Luke asking me if I was ok every five minuets. I wasn’t sure haha!
It was nice to see that Our boat wasn’t packed full, everyone had a seat and enough room to move about. Luke and I sat opposite a lovely German couple who looked so young for their age. Apparently being a gymnast can stop you ageing by about ten years! ha !

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So let’s get down to the bit you want to really hear about- I was in group 1 for the scuba dive. I got dressed into my wet suit, put my googles on and was told to sit down at the edge of the platform at the back of the boat. One of the crew put a belted weight around my waist and placed the oxygen tank etc on my back. It was so heavy!! I placed the regulator in my mouth and plonked myself in the water. Dylan the instructor took my hand and led me down to a bar to hold onto under the boat.reef bar

I could hear myself breathing , extremely quickly. I looked out in front of me and just saw a vast expanse of blue. My heart was pounding. Dylan looked at me and did the ‘ok’ hand signal, I did it back. You can tell from my eyes I was trying my best to remain calm haha.

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In front of me was a rather large fish with small teeth, it was getting nearer and nearer and I started to panic. I pushed myself up to the surface and managed to calm myself down. Once I was ready I made my way back down to the bar. After a few minuets of getting used to not breathing through your nose and relaxing into it all, Dylan then led me further down. I could see all the coral infront of me, it was a lightish brown colour with some patches of light pink and a brighter blue. Not like the illumines pictures you see on the internet but still beautiful all the same. The water was such a Lovely clear blue colour. If it had been cloudy I don’t think I could have done it. Being able to see so clearly made me feel safer.

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As we got deeper more and more fish began to swim past us. Up close Parrot fish look so big. They have incredible colours! It’s easy to see how they got their name, they move their fins in a way like a bird up and down and their faces really do resemble beaks.parott fish

Shawls of tiny blue fish whirled past us and I held on to Dylan’s arm for dear life. He signalled to me that I could go off on my own but I wasn’t ready for that! I felt safe knowing he knew what he was doing, concentrating on breathing and looking at the fish was enough multitasking for me right now. We ventured lower together and he pointed to a clown fish doing little circles of his house. It was so amazing. For any first time diver we all want to say ‘I found Nemo’ Β Unfortunately we didn’t get a picture. Big shout out to Luke for taking all of these lovely photos by the way! I was too busy concentrating on breathing and looking at things in-front of me i couldn’t Β multitask taking photos of it too!

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It was a great way to practice keeping calm in life actually! It sounds so silly but you don’t really have a choice to allow yourself to be overwhelmed down there, otherwise you might swallow water and start to drown! I think so much of the time in life we think we have the option to start ‘swallowing’ water and allow ourselves to ‘drown’ if you will… I think most of us our stronger than we realize. Everyone should go diving to realize that haha!!

For anyone who is considering going I really would recommend the company we went with ( obviously not being paid to say that and don’t have any mates that work there lol !)

REEF EXPERIENCE COMPANY
http://reefexperience.com.au

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The travelling girl’s make-up bag. Don’t judge me I’m poor :)

Over the last 8 months I’ve been living on a very tight budget which has meant I’ve only purchased a few new beauty bits. My make-up bag has become even more precious to me and when things start to run out I have to just accept it. Eek. Most days I’ve usually got my hair scraped back in a high pony with sun cream dotted on my face. I haven’t brought a hair dryer, or straighteners or anything of that nature with me but luckily with a bit of conditioner my hair is usually ok! oddly when I go to work is probably the time I wear most of my make-up. Somehow applying a little bit of Chanel red lippy makes me feel ready to face the customers. …that makes me sound like I have a promiscuous job … I work for a hospitality agency and in a burger place haha!
I’m actually really enjoying this little time in my life, even if I am looking slightly homeless at times

So let’s take a peep!…

SKIN

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BB cream- Garnier Medium

Foundation- Clinique even better 01

Bronzer- Bourjois delice de poudre..the chocolate looking one!

High lighter- YSL touche eclat 1

Blusher- Bourjois blush creme 02

My magic all rounder- Benefit watts up!.. I use this for my cheek bones and as an base eye shadow.

Brushes- GOSH 404 and topshop foundation that I forgot to include in this pic!

EYES

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Barry M Dazzle dust in shade 25 and 39

Mac gel liner

Bobbi brown long wear cream shadow in velvet plum

Maybelline the falsies mascara

Benefit they’re real mascara

Color trend Kajal stick … very cheap and cheerful

GOSH 348 brush…. and some random eye shadow brush from super drug

PERFUME

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Chloe… its not just one of my favourites because its my name haha

Giorgio Armani Si- Luke got me this! he chose well, its amazing.

LIPS

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Benefit Benetint

Lancome juicy tube- the melon tasting one!

Vaseline original and rose

Burts bee’s lip balm pink grapefruit- literally wear this every day

Channel lip Stick in dark red

MOISTURISERS

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Loccitane hand cream

Clarins Men moisture balm – I got this for Luke and its amazing. I secretly use it every day haha!

St.ives coconut milk and orchid body lotion

and my one and only current Nail Varnish… I love the fact its called the same thing as the ginger cat from the aristocats! too cute

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Bare faced bondi Beach shot
 

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The travelling girl who once had the brilliant idea of writing a blog but never did…. Part one

So, back in March me and my boyfriend Luke set off on our travelling adventure. For both of us it was our first long haul flight. I remember being so paranoid about getting a blood clot, I had my flights socks on and made sure Luke wore his too even though he thought it a little unnecessary. Every 2 minuets I was doing some sort of weird foot movement to keep the blood flowing. I have to say that flying with emirates was a very pleasant experience, the planes ceiling had twinkly lights that resembled stars and I remember thinking I liked the air hostesses uniform consisting of bright red lipstick (along with clothes haha!) we were also incredibly lucky that our flight was pretty empty which meant I could lie down across a whole row of seats for about 5 hours of it! I kept forgetting that I was going travelling and was more focused on not dieing, drinking water and trying to get some sleep.

We had a quick change over in Dubai airport- I was told not to be drunk or hold hands with Luke as we could potentially be arrested for it. I was too tired to do either of those things luckily! We then jumped on the plane towards Bangkok.

It was night time in Bangkok when we finally arrived. I couldn’t believe we were here! We jumped in a taxi and handed the driver our ripped out page from the travel guide that had the name of our hotel on. He nodded and then asked to ring the hotel to ask for directions, which I found a little strange but there must be thousands in Bangkok. As we were driving down the incredibly busy motorway I remember just staring out the window, exhausted, trying to take everything in, to the left of me I saw two parents and a tiny little girl of about 2 years old all huddled up zooming next to us on a blue scooter, I nudged Luke. Obviously health and safety was not an issue here.
We got out of the taxi at our hotel and it smelt like you could catch something from just breathing in. As we entered the hotel I was relieved to find such polite and welcoming staff along with fresh smelling air! Our room was perfect and had a massive bed! we got the important stuff out of the way like eating the free pack of Oreos and trying on the dressing gowns, and then braved the world outside .

I’m not going to lie I was scared to even cross the road ! There didn’t appear to be any traffic lights, and from observing others the method seemed to be just walking out into the road whilst about five million scooters all beeped their horns at you and swerved. Some how we made it. We were staying in the ‘China town’ district of Bangkok so I think a lot of the strange street food that we saw was Chinese. I held my breath and probably pulled quiet a rude facial expression. The meat out in little glass trolleys looked like it had been festering there for weeks. We decided plain noodles was brave enough. We ate our plate of food a table literally on the side of the road, in that moment I actually really enjoyed myself. All the bright lights from the buildings, the hundreds of scooters whizzing by and there was little old me tucking into some grub.

The next day me and Luke both wanted to get going and do something fun even though our body clocks did not feel the same. We met this really sweet Thai guy called Tony, who said he would personally drive us round for the day and take us to the floating markets and what ever else we decided for a really good price, after Luke had bartered with him of course. The floating markets were so interesting, i brought some mango and coconut rice from a lady passing by. My first taste of my soon to become Thai addiction. We also shared a pad Thai which also become our go to dish. On the way back we visited a temple, I’m not sure which one it was unfortunately but it was beautiful on the outside, inside gave a more eary feel which isn’t surprising as there was a dead monk in a glass box on show. I remember also picking a stick with a number on- and then whatever number I got I would take a piece of paper out of that corresponding box to be given a future reading. Mine said something about marrying a widower! Not sure I’m a big fan of that haha. After that we then made our way to a little place just outside of Bangkok where you could ride elephants. It was an incredible experience being so close to such a magnificent animal. I stroked the top of her head, it felt so rough and surreal. She was so gentle. Even though I’m happy to of done it I do think its sad. The elephant didn’t seem to be in distress but also didn’t seem to look overly happy. I do Believe they deserve more respect than they are given.

It took us an eye watering 21 hours to make it down to phuket, luckily it was the most glamorous coach in the world. Can you detect my major sarcasm? Naturally within the 21 hours I needed a wee. I made my way to the make shift toilet, saying make shift is generous. The toilet didn’t have enough room for you to put your legs around it and even hover above. I had to hover sideways and aim. It was horrendous ladies. There was wee all over the floor – not just mine I’d like to add! Thank God I had tissues in my pocket as of course there was non. The whole experience was Hilariously disgusting,if that’s such a thing. Apologies if that was a little more information than needed but my goodness me.

Some generous friends of my parents had allowed me and Luke to stay in their amazing three bedroom apartment in Phuket for 5 weeks. It was such an amazing place. We spent most of our time there sunbathing, walking around the town, getting massages for the equivalent of about Β£6 for 2 hours and eating lots of yummy food. This stage of our trip was always intended to be just a time to relax and be. We had both just worked really hard saving money to come away. It was a much needed rest, and a blessing to have this place for free as we had not been as sensible as we should of been when it came to saving up! In comparison to Bangkok it seemed like the most tranquil place on earth. One of my highlights was definitely meeting apartment 6C’s gorgeous maid called Mon. She was literally one of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever met. We became so close! She used to bring me so much delicious fruit, Thai mangoes are the best! She also gave me a cooking lesson on how to make sticky coconut rice as she knew I loved it. In return I offered to buy her some new trousers like mine as she had previously asked to try mine on! I tried to get her to choose some online but she felt too bad, in the end i had to give her mine which was also hard to get her to except, once she had she was really happy which I was glad to see. I could go on and on. She was amazing. I heart Mon. This is one of those rare times that I love Facebook for being Able to keep in contact with her πŸ™‚

On our journey over to Sydney we got stopped at customs by the royal Thai police… Apparently we had over stayed by five days. Who cares? They definitely did haha. Oopsie. I think all they really cared about was us paying money! I was just happy to make it onto our flight…

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