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A Year has Passed.

I really missed out on hanging with some quality people this year at hardcore.
I hope you all had a good time, and I hope to see you soon.

Please come and visit.

The Upper East Side..

Well, from here anyways…

My Aunt and Uncle just bought a new house…
Worth a trip to Sydney, just to check it out..

It’s been a while.

Some might have thought that I merely forgot to update this blog, but to be honest, I haven’t really been in the right state of mind.

My winter holiday was supposed to be fantastic. I had been looking forward to it, for as long as I can remember this year. I was to fly to Sydney for hardcore and stay with some of my amazing friends from Canberra and catch up with everyone else. From then, I was to fly to Melbourne, stay with a friend for the night before catching a bus up to Mount Hotham where I would be snowboarding for a week for work. AMAZING.

Life can be really cruel sometimes.

I arrived in Sydney on Thursday night- It should have been earlier, but a late friend picking me up ensured that I missed my flight. I had been tattooed on my back the day before, and on my new flight I had an irritable Italian child kicking my chair the entire flight which hurt a damn lot.

By Saturday morning, myself, Morgan and Amy had all woken up seriously ill. We were perfectly fine on Friday night, but Saturday morning, we all felt like we were dying, and were considering not even going to hc AA.

The show was such a waste as I couldn’t enjoy myself, and was on so much medication, cough syrup etc which I had smuggled in. Morgan and Amy weren’t so lucky.

By Saturday night my fever was unbearable, and I stupidly went out to hang with some good crew. I couldn’t last long, and after Brookelisted got her night time pie, we headed back to our 6 bed room, which now had 16 people sleeping in it.

Sunday saw me almost having a breakdown at the airport as I was so sick, and didn’t want to fly, but had nowhere to go, and I didn’t know whether to go to Melbourne like planned or fly back to Perth.

Mikeh convinced me to come to Melb, so on I boarded. Sunday night I stayed at a friends and he was so good to me, but by now my fever was even worse.

My bus left at 8 in the morning, and I decided to miss it (even though it cost me 150 dollars).
That day I ventured into the city to find a doctor, only to find out I have swine flu.

Melbourne doctors (well the one I went to) are terrible. She merely said, drink lots of water and take painkillers.

Not cool Jan!

I asked her if I could fly back home, she said – yeah it’s fine, swine flu is so common now etc etc..

I booked a flight and arrived home at 1am the next morning.
Saw my doctor that day, they were appalled that for the following reasons.

a) I was allowed to fly
b) Wa let me in (luckily they didn’t know), as I was only case number 465 in Wa.
c) The idiot Victoria doctor had given me nothing to take.

I got loaded with a whole heap of antibiotics and antiflams. Since more than 48 hours had passed, I was denied Tamiflu.

Meanwhile Amy and Morgan had also been diagnosed, along with some other (mostly all from our room), but they managed to get the flu shot. Jealous. They got better a lot better than me.

So now my Sydney trip was ruined, my Melbourne trip was ruined, and I am sick at home in isolation.

Small World

Took a few days to coach to Canberra and spend some time with some good friends. I got a phone call off a mate in Adelaide asking about the IA show and I was telling him about my night and where we stayed etc.. and the guy in front of me in the coach overheard me say 50 Lions.

Looking at this guy you’d never think he was into hardcore. I like being surprised like that. Turns out he had caught a coach up to Sydney for the IA show, which I had driven from Melbourne for.

Also turned out, this guy was the IA tour manager in Japan last time they toured there. Crazy hey? We chatted about bands and tours and then he slept and I watched a movie on my ipod and probably dropped off afterwards too.

Stayed at the Vegan House in Canberra – many good times, got woken up by two kittens and a puppy every morning which was cute – but sometimes too early. Like 4am too early.

Caught a coach back up to Sydney, went to the beach – buried a very tall friend, caught some waves, got badly burnt just in time to fly to Melbourne.


After a terrible red eye flight to Melbourne where the person next to me was throwing up for literally three hours, I arrived still jetlagged from Qatar and literally passed out on Sam mid speach sometime later that day.
Rough Times.

Melbourne always equals trips to the following joints for me.
92 house
La Panella
East Brunswick Club
Lord of the Fries.


A bunch of us decided to make the ten hour drive to Sydney for the IA show. Our fifth person bailed last minute so we decide our friend Andrew was going to come with. The plan was to tell him we were taking him out for ice cream and when he realised 2 hours later that we were on the highway to Sydney, we would tell him we’re actually going there instead.

The poor thing had to cancel his movie date for the evening.
So five of us ventured out in a car packed with soda, glowsticks, brownies, la panella, a carton of Coopers and some of Natalie’s baked treats.

It was an epic car ride.

The show was definitely worth the travel.

“For those of you who had a sad about the fact that this wasn’t internal affairs playing, it’s just as well that you missed it”.
We appreciated every minute of it, and every single bit of sweat that was exuded. On a side note, Iron Mind were mind blowing.

A hectic night out and way to much redbull saw three of us attempt to rest our eyes at Kelly’s place on his wooden floor without blankets, pillows and for me – without sleepwear; all whilst listening to the farts and stomach sounds of some very ill men in the same room. We’re all very good friends now. ha.

In Attendance.

Hopefully see you there 🙂

Also trip to Canberra is back on… Be there Sun – Tue.

The End

Well it’s 11:25pm on the 31st December Qatari Local Time.

All of my best friends are already sleeping/passed out back in Australia after celebrating new years eve.
I’m currently sitting in my parent’s apartment, third floor watching daggy movies by myself in my pajamas.
I cooked my own dinner and am awaiting my parents return – estimating about 12:30 because they don’t really party.

For some reason I decided not to go out tonight. It’s wierd. Last year I was all about celebrating the start of a new year. This year I am very indifferent. It’s just another day right?

So why am I here typing this… and why have so many before me, reflected on the year that was.

We all had high expectations. It was going to be a great year. We should have known that from the way it started, it wasn’t to be.

The great new years party held by Dorcia that everyone we knew was going to, ended prematurely at 1:30am. The building had to be clear by 2.
So my new year started wearing an oversized green nightie borrowed from a friends sister, sleeping next to Bob at Fob’s house, and watching a Hannah Montana marathon.

2008 held for me, many trips and sleep overs out of Perth. I retreated to Margaret River at least three times and caught some excellent waves. Some shows down at Bunbury staying at the infamous Prince of Wales Hotel. Camping in Walpole twice (both times in Winter), whilst I had glandular fever and only to find my tent had a leak in it.

I travelled to Melbourne the most out of anywhere, settling at 4 times – I just can’t seem to get enough of that place and the beautiful people there. Canberra twice, Newcastle twice, Sydney twice, Adelaide once, and Brisbane/Byron Bay/Catherine Hill Bay/Surfers Paradise and Moroochydore once.

Definite Highlights was the Extortion Tour in January with the best show being in Sydney at the Empire. Thrush, White Male Dumbinance, Homewrecker, Jungle Fever, AVO and Extortion. A guy in a wheelchair stage dived for goodness sake during extortion. Close second was the Melbourne Arthouse show of the same Extortion Tour. 731, SJN, Agents of Abhorrence, Jaws (their last show ever), Mindsnare and Extortion playing. This was my one and only time at seeing Mindsnare play at the Arthouse and what a show it was. I remember Rohan being shit scared to play a set after them, but Extortion delivered.

I learnt a lot on that trip. Even more so when I got back. Tall poppy syndrome, how people cannot be trusted, and how promiscuous boys will lie and spread rumours about girls who refuse to step down to their level and sleep with/make out with them.

Other shows which were highlights for me this year was the Blacklisted tour. The only shows I didn’t do on this tour was Queensland – because the people I was travelling with couldn’t afford it. Blacklisted were super nice and put us on the door for all shows, including hardcore AA and 18+ in Sydney. Best memory, was George giving Brooke Listed and I the mic and letting us sing an entire song at their last Australian show – Sydney HC AA.

I got to know some awesome people even more – thank you Brooke and Morgan and Sam. I love you.
And thank you to those who gave me a place to stay – Darren, and Willy and Benny Temper.

Have Heart AA Sideshow at HQ Skatepark was amazing, as was Shipwreck AD at the same venue. Both frontmen have a lot of good things to say, and I got to have some really decent conversations with them both.

How can one ever forget the last Ruiner show. It was held at the Hydey and will always be remembered bitter sweetly. Just before Ruiner played their shortened set of 6 songs(they had to jump on a plane), we all learnt that a good friend of ours had taken his life. The show went on, and I can honestly say that that set was the most passionate and emotional set I have ever been a part of. They put everything in it, as the friend that we the locals had lost, was a friend they had been touring with for the past two weeks.

I’ve learnt a lot of things this year. That life is too short to take things for granted. That I have the most amazing close friends imaginable. That I love my brother more than words can ever explain. That I am finally not afraid of my father. That i should look after myself a lot more, and make sure I am well – before bending over backwards for others. That people are fickle and the world is filled with flaws. That I will never be perfect – but it won’t stop me from continually trying to work on my weaknesses. That I am extremely sappy and mushy when it comes to puppies, and animals.

I have been through so much and continue to do so. I still have the whole immigration thing over my head and the uncertainty of knowing where I will be living tomorrow or the next day. I am still mourning the terrible deaths of 3 who were close who left this world before their time was truely up. Some stresses of this year have been cleared up in the last few weeks which will certainly make a huge difference, and I have medical results proving that my ill health of 2008 was due to having Glandular Fever, and not because of my dietary choice to live a Cruelty Free Life. I’ve stayed true to my beliefs and have no regrets. You won’t find any one night stands from this girl. I try to see the good in people, I try to love them for who they are.

I’m older, and wiser, slightly more jaded but a lot more stronger.
There are still so many things that I have to look forward to in my life, and I can’t wait for them, and to share them with someone special.

I refuse to make new years resolutions because I believe we should be continually improving ourselves, rather than only thinking about it, one measly day of the year (although it got Mom to quit smoking last year and I am ever so grateful – it’s been exactly one year now – smoke free 🙂

It is now 12:20am Qatari Local Time.
The new year has begun and I don’t know about you but I’m hoping for one full of adventure, happy memories, one of achievements, building relationships and living life to the fullest.

Thank you for reading – I bid you Adieu.