This year, 2016 has already started off on an astounding note. I got the opportunity to fly overseas to the beautiful Melbourne, Australia for an internship. And not just an internship alone but while here I’ve had the chance to explore all the beauty this city has to offer, meet new people, make new friends, grow and learn so much. I’m so blessed and grateful to have made it to 23 glorious years and enjoying every minute of my birthday weekend thus far because it has already started out with a bang.Bang
The first bang was on Friday the 12th: The plan was to go out for drinks and hookah with some of the other interns. Little did we know the place that I had originally chosen to go wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. After arriving and asking around we soon realized that the hookah bar was no longer functioning, it had solely become a rooftop bar. Accompanied by my Austrian and Chinese friend and waiting for the others to arrive we decided to enjoy the moment, have a drink and search for another place. Upon finishing our drinks and leaving we were told the reason why the hookah portion of the bar had closed and recommended another hookah bar that we could go to.
We decided to wait for the others to meet up with us outside of this rooftop bar so that we could all venture to the one we were recommended. While waiting, we got front row seats to a one-man magic show, which was actually pretty entertaining. Not too long after the others met up with us and we all took a tram to Lygon Street, which is known for having a conga line of great Italian restaurants and hookah bars. After exiting the tram and walking some distance we arrived at Minzaman Lebanese Cuisine and enjoyed great Lebanese food (which was a first for me), drinks, shisha and even a table dance from a belly dancer (which I got to join in on). Check out my belly dancing skills here. The first night to kick off my Jordan year weekend was truly done right and I’m so grateful to have been surrounded by the best of the best people.
On the night of my actual birthday, Saturday the 13th, my dear Austrian friend had everything all planned out, I was just supposed to look fabulous, go with the flow and enjoy my special day. Knowing that Italian food is my favorite she reserved a restaurant and then made reservations at Club Vintage for dancing afterward (she knows me so well, I love to dance). The evening started off with shots, pre-gaming, good music and a game of cards in my room. Seeing that I was already dressed and so were some of the others, we made our way to the restaurant. Below is the crown and sash I was given to wear and the only actual good picture I got of myself for my birthday before we left for dinner.
Dinner was really family-like, one long table filled with a bunch of us stuffing our faces, laughing and enjoying one another’s company. After dinner, the plan was to still go dancing but we stopped at a bar first for some drinks and rather than embarking on a much farther journey to our intended destination, Club Vintage we took a shorter route and revisited a club by the name of Miss Collins. Though it wasn’t R&B night like it would have been at Club Vintage and despite busting my bum twice it was still a great way to end the night. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. In the first two days of my birthday weekend, I got everything I wanted: relentless birthday wishes from friends and family near and far, hookah, good drinks, good food, lots of dancing and nothing but good people and good vibes surrounding me.
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To end my birthday weekend on the best note possible, we took on St Kilda Fest on Sunday the 14th, also known as Valentine’s day (I still don’t consider it a holiday). I was very familiar with the St Kilda area because the company (Dumbo Feather) I interned for is located in St. Kilda not too far from St Kilda Beach, St Kilda Pier and the area where the festival was going to be taking place. That’s one of the things I love most about Melbs, is that there is literally always something going on and you don’t even have to travel too far to get to the action. Upon arriving in St Kilda we enjoyed some cheap pizza/pasta and pre-gamed at a place called The Barf. A place that I was all too familiar with because it’s right around the corner from Dumbo Feather (the company I was interning for) and I would occasionally go there for lunch when I didn’t pack my own for the day. Overall St Kilda Fest was a truly fun and beautiful experience. Everything from the live music, food, scenery, and people was truly worthwhile. I’m so glad I got to attend and end my birthday weekend with an amazing outdoor festival.
Overall my 23rd birthday was everything that I could have dreamed of and then then some. I couldn’t have asked for a better venue to celebrate than in Melbourne, Australia and from Friday to Sunday, every day was a celebration. As a result of how my 2015 ended and my 2016 began I can without a doubt deem this year my glow up. I’m in a new place mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually and well on my adulting journey. I’m not saying everything is going to be perfect but this year will definitely be filled with an immense amount of growth and elevation in all aspects. I’m definitely keeping my head held high, crown upright and looking forward to all that’s to come. Cheers to many more years!
Continue to experience the Life of Tai in my next post…
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