Monthly Archives: February 2011

Emma’s warm up for Climb 2 Remember

I’m super excited to do my Climb2Kilimanjaro later this year, but I really need to start training!!

 

so in preparation I have decided to sign up for the Memory Walk for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW.

 

 

I would love some explorergirls support in my mini challenge so please do support me here:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=372287&Lang=en-CA

 

Or even better, join my team and participate with me on the day! Direct message me for details!!

 

 

The big Climb2Kilimanjaro is in September and my goal is $10,000!! This is in honour of my late Grandpa Jack who passed away from the Alzheimer’s disease.

 

For more info on the Climb2Kilimanjaro: http://www.inspiredadventures.com.au/climb2remember/

 

To donate directly, you can visit my fundraising page: http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

I will keep everyone posted via updates to my blog,https://lovellyinc.wordpress.com/ and I will also host Sydney based fundraising events.

 


Pizza party at 2.30am

Pizza free anytime of the day on a cruise ship is great. Visiting it every single night and having 2-3 slices before Bed at 2.30 is not so great.

I have been hitting up the casino and following it up with some dancing in the Crypt dance club every night on the cruise. Now when dinner is at 9pm, come 2am, one is rather hungry. So a 24 hour pizza shop comes in rather handy.

 

Pepperoni, California chicken, Margarita and yummy vegetarian! Delicious pizza and always fresh, especially when you make friends with the Indian Waiter.

 

I am glad this cruise is only 7 days in a way, this habit is becoming far too good. I don’t even eat pizza back home but when you get all expenses paid all things included, you gotta take advantage.

 

And we certainly are! As are most guests. At 2am, Sorrento’s Pizza is the most happening place on the Freedom of the Seas ship. Pizza party!!

 

Have another slice!

 


2010 in Summary

So long 2010, Bring on 2011

by Emma Lovell on Wednesday, 05 January 2011 at 05:00

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

4 Days late but you all should have recovered by now.

 

Hope you had a wonderful night. Mine was quiet and spent with my lovely aunts and uncles. Just what I wanted. We had a surprise of the neighbours setting off fireworks in the backyard which we could see clearly through the glass conservatory roof. Just lovely.

So 2010 was a crazy big year, and a lot has changed. Here’s just a few highlights.

 

– Graduating from UTS with a Bachelor of Business with Distinction

– Having Pogojo, my company, making headlines across various news formats

– Visiting Singapore for a work meeting with FAPAA

– Going to Jakarta for an epic shopping spree and getting my feet cleaned by live fish

– Watching Sunsets in Bali with my lovely new friend Arief and relaxing for the first time in years!

– Running my business Lovelly Communications and working with some fantastic clients such as Inspired Aventures

– Helping to champion the CLIMB2KILIMANJARO trip with Alzheimer’s Australia NSW in honour of my late Grandpa Jack and also my Great Uncle Joe.

– Snowboarding in NZ after breaking my back last year in September

– Going to Melbourne to see my Mexi girls

 

Not all the year was highs and the last few months of the year were tough, being overworked and stressed to the max. So 2011 is a new leaf. Stress less and more enjoying! taking time to step back and appreciate. And doing work that is fulfilling.

Who knows what the year holds, but i look forward to whatever 2011 wants to throw at me!

 

 

This trip so far- and where am I now?

(Miami – 10th feb! Posting this so late!!)

 

I was in Mumbai from 14th-27th December, visiting friends then at a wonderful wedding for 7 days. Congratulations Nakul and Forum. See the pics in my album.

Currently in my Aunties lounge room, 40 minutes south of london, UK. Here until 28th january visiting family (big bro jamesie) and friends.

 

Off to Berlin on 22nd jan for 4 days

America- LA, on 28th January

Carribean cruise with Dad on the 13th feb!!!

 

Love to hear from you and thanks for all your love and support through 2010!!

 

The ever travelling

Em

 

xx

 

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An Autobiography in Five Chapters

An Autobiography in Five Chapters

by Nyoshul Khenpo

 

(beautiful piece sent to me by My Aunty for the new year)

 

 

1) I walk down the street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I fall in. I am lost…

I am hopeless.

It isn’t my fault.

It takes forever to find a way out.

 

 

2) I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I pretend I don’t see it.

I fall in again.

I can’t believe I’m in the same place.

But it isn’t my fault.

It still takes a long time to get out.

 

 

3) I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I see it is there.

I still fall in…

it’s a habit.

My eyes are open.

know where I am.

It is my fault.

I get out immediately.

 

 

4) I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I walk around it.

 

 

5) I walk down another street.

 

Taken from “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying,” by Sogyal Rinpoche.

 

If we don’t recognise the repetitive nature of our lives we might learn much by experiencing ourselves within these words.

 

 

Fantastic message for starting a new with a new outlook!

 

 


Venice Beach and Santa Monica Afternoon

Venice Beach and Santa Monica are gorgeous areas of Los Angeles. Seriously they are so pretty and such a differnet vibe to Hollywood and downtown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riding a bike or rollerblading is quite cliched, but man is it fun. $10 for an hour and you can see so much of this beautiful boardwalk and vista.

 

Typical sunset scenes will never get old for me and the photos are stunning but don’t do it justice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After all that physical activity, Robata Japanese restaurant on Santa Monica Blvd. The sun was setting, the sake was flowing and the sushi was delicious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stepping back to Venice, you are in a for a good laugh and some funn scenes. Great graffitti, a whole lot of hippies and some interesting smells will meet you from the “doctor” aka pot shop. Each to their own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A must see in LA!!! Venice and Santa Monica- oh and the pier lights up at night!!


Billy Reed’s – Palm Springs, CA

If you’re looking for a great All American dining experience in California, head south of LA to Palm Springs and visit Billy Reed’s.

 

 

 

Billy Reed’s is a well known restaurant in this area for it’s great atmoshperre, delicious food and decent prices. The menu is about 60 cm tall, by 60 cm wide, back and front, so you can imagine the choice you have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is my cousins favourite restaurant and he said they do a great bowl of soup for      $5.95 (USD). He wasn’t kidding. A huge bowl of soup and choice of bread and you are certainly satisfied. We went for chicken noodle and split pea with te date nut loaf (wish is sweet and almost like a muffin more than a bread.)

 

 

The staff are smiling, the atmosphere is great- the décor reminds you of a sweet old grandmas house and the food tastes good. What more can you ask for? They also do dancing nights and theme nights.

Thanks for coming hunny, check it out on the web!

http://www.billyreedspalmsprings.com/home.html


LA = Lil Mexico

Now apparently to call a person of Mexican origin a Mexican in Los Angeles is deoroggatory or politically incorrect. News to me! And strange considering a huge part of the Los Angeles population is in fact, Mexican.

It has surprised me how much America, well this part of America, is reminding me of Mexico. I did live in Monterrey Mexico which is the most Americanized city of all those in Mexico, but still, the resemblance is astounding.

 

I’m staying in San Gabriel (yes that is a Spanish word) and seriously I could be in a suburb of Monterrey. El Pollo Loco, Tacos , Las Tunas drive. And you can speak Spanish in just about every shop you go to. I should have come here to learn my Spanish before going to Mexico. I even got to chat to the gardeners the other day.

So why, when a city has so much of a Spanish/ Mexican influence- do the Mexican people object to being called Mexicans? I would love someone to explain this to me. I know that some people may have been born here in the USA but have Mexican parents or origins, but should they not be proud of their heritage. I can also see that people may have a latino or hispanic appearance but actually be from El Salvador, Dominican Republic or Guatemala. But even when I asked my friend who lives in Juarez, Chihauau, Mexico about it, he said he doesn’t understand why they in most senses of the mexican nationality they are Mexican they still refuse to be called so?

 

I guess I can kinda understand it, as I am Australian but  people say I’m British as my parents are originally from the UK. You could say, I’m Australian with English blood yes, but if someone calls me English I wouldn’t call it an offence? And certainly not derogatory. Sigh.

 

So apparently Latino American is the correct term. I shall try my darndest to forget my Mexican connections and replace them with the Latino American mentatlity.

 

Hasta luego.

 

p.s. loving being able to buy great tortillas in store and get REAL tacos in the restaurants!!


San Gabriel Home Stay

San Gabriel, California, USA. A fusion of cultures an interesting step outside of your typical LA.

 

Luckily again, I have friends who have a lovely house here. Peter and Gary kindly opened their home to me and my cuz during my 11 day stay.

 

Just half hour – 45 minute drive from LA, it’s close but far enough away to have some peace and quiet.

 

I have been sunbaking, making home cooked lunches, watching Satellite TV and relaxing! The best  part about staying in a home, you do get the opportunity to have down time!!

 

Attached above are photos of the San Gabriel Area and below are some of the house as well.

 

the Lovely backyard.

 

 

A lovely porch for morning sunshine.

 

The gorgeous manicured front gardens.

 

I will always opt for staying in a home over a hotel!!! Thanks guys!!


My Magic Cuz Bill

Everyone should know about my incredible, amazing, talented and big hearted Cuz from the US of A, Bill “Magic 500” Hunter.

 

I have such admiration and love for him that I even organised for a dedication book of 80 pages to be comiled by more than 100 of his friends in 2009.

 

 

This month I have been creating a website for him so more people all over the world can know how amazing he truly is!!

http://www.magic500.wordpress.com

 

(Pictured with Parnelli Jones and Jim Dilmartar 2011)

 

Here is his official Bio from his photograph sheet he autographs for fans:

 

Magician Bill Hunter was born in Lake Forest, Illinois, the son of a Scottish golf professional. however, World War II would change his life forever. early in 1943 he was assigned to the United States Naval Armed Guard and was a gummer aboard a troop ship sailing in the Pacific. In July 1944 he was a patient at a US Navy hospital in Sydney, Australia. It was here he had the good fortune to meet and become close friends with the famous Steve Belloise. Belloise was on og the top ranked middlewight boxers in the world, and was  great amateur magician. He began teaching hunter the special art of magic, while both were patients of the Navy Hospital.

Hunter presents a different type of magic where he strolls and mingles throughout the crowd, table to table, entertaining small groups that quickly grow into large groups and it’s all done “right under your nose.”

 

He also can present a stage type show to audiences of 50 to 500 or more. Sophisticated Sorcery and Comedy make his act fun for audiences of all ages.

 

 

After dinner banquets, conventions, hospitality rooms and trade shows are his specialty. With now a big name in the Air Shows and Indy circuits.

 

Known to many as the “Indy 500 Magician”, Hunter has performed for the past 41 years for race car drivers and sponsor parties at the famed Indianapolis Motor speedway.

Hunter has entertained and become friends with a long line of celebrities, including Movie Stars, TV stars, Astronauts and a variety of famous people. He has entertained in 32 States of the USA, Australia, Greenland, China, Japan, Thailand, Europe and Singapore.

 

love you cuzzy!! So proud of you! xx


Lord Fletchers, Palm Springs, CA, USA

Lord Fletchers is an instituition in the Palm Springs and Palm Desert area. This little English pub like restaurant is a favourite amongst locals and hundreds of people travel from far and wide just to experience it.

 

I was lucky enough to not only visit this restaurant whilst in Palm Springs, but also to meet Lord Fletcher himself. The Lord and lady were dinning right near us and even came over to say hello, being goof friends of our host, Mr Kubly of Swiss Colony.

Now this restaurant is also famous as it was a favourite of the one and only, Frank Sinatra. He live d in the area for a long time and used to frequent this restaurant. Here is me with his photo and also sitting in his favourite chair. Felt  very cheeky indeed.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can get amazing traiditional pub food here, but cooked 1000 times better. This is quite a fancy restaurant I’ll have you know. Silver service and first class all the way. I had the famous Lord’s cut Prime Rib of beef, served with creamed spinach, horseradish sauce and a Yorkshire pudding!! Check it out!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not gonna lie, I was kinda intimidated!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a wonderful dinner and finished it off with a kalhua, cream and soda drinol- so good! The company of my cuz bill, and his friends was also delightful.

 

 

 

Highly recommend this restaurant as a great experience and for terrific food.

 

See more info at the website:

http://lordfletcher.com/


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