Showing posts with label Scotland. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Scotland. Show all posts

Sunday, 20 May 2018

How I Met My Australian Family Online

I remember growing up seeing my Mums side of the family all the time. I saw my Dads side of the family maybe a handful of times, but that's just how it went. 

One day I was googling the house that was in my Dads side of the family for years. I came across a story online called "About My Nan, as she told it". I quickly scrolled through the story to see how google picked up this story on my search words. We had soo much in common, her family lived in the same house, they were related to the movie star Hugh McDermott, they mentioned names I'd heard mentioned. I was curious, but at the same time I didn't know how they'd react to me contacting them. I clicked on the contact section and sent a message saying "I think we might be related". Within a few hours I got a reply from a Kirsty and we were discussing who were related to. It turned out Kirsty's Nan and my great Gran were first Cousin's.

Kirsty lives in Australia and I live in Edinburgh, so we stayed in contact on Facebook. The second I knew I was going to Australia, I messaged Kirsty and we were discussing meeting.

Kirsty messaged saying she'd meet us at the Gold Coast Airport. I remember stepping of the plane and walking into the airport and spotting someone who looked like the photos online, but they were looking down at their phone. I was 99% sure it was Kirsty, but at the same time I thought what if I go and it's not her. I stopped and looked directly at her and she looked up and we both smiled at each other. She came over and was like give me a hug haha. I met her family (or my family haha) and spent everyday in the Gold Coast together. 

It feels crazy to think we met online, but am glad we stumbled across each other. My family judge you, but meeting Kirsty it was different. Her whole family is funny, laid back and open with each other. We talked about everything, family, shopping and men haha.   



Thursday, 12 April 2018

Psychic Cafe | Update

I was one of those people who didn't believe in psychics. It sounded crazy how someone could tell you things about your life. One day I joked to my friend I was going to a psychic, to get answers. I went to Little Whispers cafe, in West Calder with my Mum. You can read about "My First Psychic Reading Experience" (here).  

My first reading, everything was accurate what she said. I did feel the reading, was like she was referring to the child me. She talked of me doing gymnastics, as a child. However one thing the psychic said happened, so I've wanted to go back and see what else they would say. 

This time I went the psychic cafe with my friend Kirsten and we had Lee do our reading.

Some of the things Lee said : 

There's someone who's jealous of me because I won a situation. - I knew what she was talking about.

I have a blog and I let the negative get to me. - I really do. I find myself taking a break from my blog, when someone says something negative about it. She said well don't you are letting them win and that's what they want. She said people enjoy reading what you write. 

I write about America. - To which I replied but am not going to America this time. She said I see you going to an island with palm trees. I guess Australia is a kind of island.

A big company will contact me to do with my blog. - I have had small company's contact me

She asked if I was in a union with someone - To which I replied no. Then she showed me a picture that appeared on the glass I drunk out of, asking me if I want to hump the guy. I started laughing and she kept saying, tell the truth do you want to hump him?.

It was scary the things she knew and funny when she was asking if I want to hump him. 

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Ivy On The Square | Edinburgh

When I heard Ivy On The Square was opening in Edinburgh, it brought back memories of Los Angeles. It's been 10 whole years since I visited The Ivy, in Los Angeles. I actually have photos of me, posing outside The Ivy. 

I looked online to book a table at Ivy On The Square. They had every half an hour available through the whole day, so I decided not to book than stressing over getting there for a certain time. I headed to The Ivy with my Mum and when we arrived they said no tables were available, but if we sat at the bar they'd shout us when one was available.    

We sat at the bar and ordered a drink. I then took my phone out and went on The Ivy website and there was tables showing available to book for now, so I clicked book. 10 minutes went by and I said to my Mum, "you know I booked a table for 10 minutes ago". My Mum shouted someone over, so I said we had a booking for 10 minutes ago. The staff person said to follow her and we were taken to a table upstairs.   

I ordered:

Aromatic duck curry
Fragrant coconut duck curry with lemongrass, lime, chilli, roasted cashews and steamed jasmine rice. 


Mixed berry smoothie 
Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, banana, coconut milk and lime.


Chocolate bombe
Melting chocolate bombe with vanilla ice cream and honeycomb centre with hot butterscotch sauce 

The chocolate bombe was the best, but if I go back I would book. I think they prefer you booking. I ended up sitting drinking alcohol at the bar, for the sake of it. 

Sunday, 17 September 2017


It's true what they say, friends are always there, no matter what. My friend Kirsten is only a month younger than me. When we both turned 18, she was the one person I always headed into town to clubs, in Edinburgh. You always got a laugh with Kirsten, as she was that confident person who'd speak to random guys. I don't know how many times Kirsten had us waiting on a taxi home and she'd go off chatting to randoms. I stopped going out drinking in town when I was around 19-20. I felt I had my years of partying, but I also started to drift apart from Kirsten.   

Then last year I got a friend request on Facebook from Kirsten, but a different second name. She got married. We spoke, like we'd always been friends. You'd never think 10 years went by. The chats we've had and the laughs we've had.  

I recently got invited to a Press Event, in Edinburgh and Kirsten said she'd come along with me. I agreed to drive to the event, so I went and picked Kirsten up.

We headed for dinner at Five Guys, at Fountain Park before the event. I had the veggie sandwich and vanilla milkshake. Kirsten had the beef burger and banana milkshake. 

The next part ended up being very eventful. I went to Fountain Park a couple months ago to pick up pizza at Pizza Hut and I asked the woman at Pizza Hut, if she had to validate my parking ticket. She said no it's free parking and I got out ok. So when I went to drive out, I kept putting the ticket in the machine and it wasn't letting us out (We were entitled to free parking, as we had Five Guys). I pushed the help button and suddenly the bar lifted. Kirsten said she knew a street where to park nearer, so we headed to there and the street was full. I said let's just drive back to Fountain park and walk along. So Kirsten set Google maps on her phone to back to Fountain Park. It took us a detour around Edinburgh City Centre and I ended up driving like I was in America.

Once we got back to Fountain Park, we headed to the Press Event. After the Press Event, we headed to Five Guys to get the parking ticket validated to get us out. When drove out the car park, it came up - Have a nice day. Thanks we needed that, after the stressful drive in the City Centre.

Safe to say it was my first time driving in Edinburgh City Centre, stressful, but we still managed to have a laugh. Thanks for the good night Kirsten, the laugh and all the advice you've gave this past year. It's nice known you've stayed the same person, after all these years and we can still have a laugh.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Wetherspoon | Vegetable Burger

Expect plenty of Wetherspoon meal posts on my blog, as Wetherspoon is my local place to go to. I headed to Wetherspoon with my Mum, for dinner. 

I had the vegetable burger, which comes with chips and an Irn bru. The vegetable burger isn't as nice as the vegetable burgers Wetherspoon used to do, it was abit mushy. 

I think my Mum is morphing into my Gran (her mum). My Mum kept saying it's awfy loud in loud. It reminded me of the days, when I went to Wetherspoon with my Gran for dinner and my Gran would say "it's loud". It's a pub, pubs get loud with lots of people haha. 

Saturday, 9 September 2017

MINI Photo Shoot | Circus Lane

Who else loves photographing their car ? I used to love driving my old MINI to Queensferry and taking photos of it, with the Forth bridges in the background. 

As you may already know, I got a new car (MINI ). I love discovering new places and discovered Circus Lane, while searching Instagam. Circus Lane is in the Stockbridge area of Edinburgh and it's the prettiest street I've seen.

To mark MINI's first photo shoot, I drove my car to Circus Lane.   

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Top 5 places to photo in Edinburgh

I have been sightseeing Edinburgh, like a tourist so I've put together my top 5 places to photo.   


I took these photos back in April after going for a wee walk in Stockbridge. It looks so pretty in spring, with all the flowers. I can't remember the name of the street, but it's just off the main part of  Stockbridge.  

I've been to the Edinburgh Skybar a couple times now. It has the best views looking into Edinburgh Castle. I totally recommend going when it opens at 6 for photos, as after half 6 it's crowded. 

I actually discovered Circus Lane searching instagram, would you believe it ?. I thought the photos people added looked really pretty, only to discover it's my city, Edinburgh. 

You wouldn't believe Dean Village is just behind the city centre. 

My Dad took me to the Queensferry bridges viewing point, as he used to drive buses and saying he took a lot of tourists here. He said how all the Americans loved the viewing point and asked my Dad how he knew of it. I had never seen the bridge at this angle, it makes me think of Full House and the San Francisco bridge. Who else can hear the Full House song in your head ? Whatever happened to predictability. The milkman, the paperboy, evening tv ? 

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Queensferry Crossing Experience | Photos

So you all want to know if the Queensferry Crossing Experience was worth it ? A couple months ago I saw an advert to apply to walk across the Queensferry Crossing, Scotland's newest bridge. It was a once in a life time opportunity for 50,000 people, as there's no pedestrian access. I wasn't fussy, as a bridge is a bridge. You'll see the view when you drive over. The Queensferry Crossing actually opened for 2 days before the walk, so I've been over in a car already. I decided to apply anyway and I got an email saying I got picked. We got a personal invite in the post, alongside a lanyard and card with the details.

headed along to Aegon at Edinburgh Park, where we had to go through a security check before getting on the bus. They ask for a driving license or Passport, that matches the photo on your lanyard card photo. I showed my driving license, then got on the bus. The bus drove away with only about 20 people on, but there was plenty of buses lined up decorated with "Queensferry Crossing Experience". The lane for the Queensferry Crossing had cones blocking the lane, with a lane for the buses to go up and police standing at the entrance. It was when the bus went in the lane blocked off, it started to feel real we were one of the lucky ones picked to walk the bridge.

I got off the bus and there was a loud speaker saying "welcome to the Queensferry Crossing Experience a once in a life time opportunity". Then it was our time to start walking.  

It was a fun experience getting to walk along the road of the Queensferry Crossing, known you'll never get another chance (unless you do it illegally). I also got to try out my new camera (Canon G7)