Experience

Creepy Hollow

Usually the best part of taking the dreaded bus to Perth is the arrival, but my last trip had us taking the mid trip break at a new place.

Creepy stuff for sale

Creepy stuff for sale

Formerly the Beaufort River Roadhouse, Creepy Hollow is a cafe/gift shop with a difference. At first I thought they had just forgotten to take down their tacky Halloween decorations, then I entered the shop and saw the extent of the creepiness. They have a whole “market” set up where you can purchase scary masks, tricks and other Halloween type products.

Who's your mummy

Who’s your mummy

On walking in I was startled by a large statue which must have a sensor because it greeted me in an deep eery voice! Another headless statue whined about missing her wedding day because she lost her head!

This roadhouse is in the middle of nowhere, can you imagine if they had a power outage and they were surrounded by all these spooky talking statues?? It’s the kind of place that I’m glad I packed my knickers!

 

Personally I really dislike scary stuff, thriller movies, suspense or surprises so I was pretty keen to buy my obligatory hot chips and take refuge in the bus!

If you are looking to stop somewhere different I can recommend checking out the creepy hollow, just don’t ask me to go back!

Jaime Nicole xx

Katy Perry’s Perth-ect Performance

Yep, Katy said it! She has a daggy sense of humour and I love it!

I was very impressed at the opening night of Katy’s Australian Prismatic tour by her amazing vocals which were highlighted by fireworks, smoke, flashing neon lights and a lot more cats than I ever thought there would be…image

She first appeared in all her neon brilliance from the middle of the main stage singing “Roar'”surrounded by dancers dressed in multicoloured lights and holding tribal spears. Songs progressed to an egyptian theme with “Dark Horse”, her dancing mummy ladies with giant balloon bums and boobs had me in stitches all the way!

Floating poo emoji

Floating poo emoji

Katy’s fans are called “Katy Kats” which may explain why Katy dressed up as a full on cats-the-musical pink glittery cat costume for the song “Hot n Cold” with an amusing cat cartoon on the big screen.

Only Katy would also have giant emoji remote controlled balloons hovering over the crowd, one a giant poo, another labelled “Katy’s Taco” while she bounced around in a blow up car singing “California gurls”.

Dance camera surprises

Dance camera surprises

Many costume changes were carefully executed with entertainment in between, including a dance cam, focussing on sections of the crowd who were all equally surprised and excited to be on the big screen- or pretending that they weren’t dancing especially well for the camera.

A scary but beautiful moment was when dancers ran a thin floaty material over the centre crowd, to simulate clouds, while Katy was “Walking On Air” above, hoisted high into the air.

Katy 'walking on air'

Katy ‘walking on air’

Back on the ground again, Katy talked about her garden at home and what she liked to grow (not weed as one crowd member yelled) and then ‘grew’ a guitar and a pizza. Katy admitted she was in fact allergic to gluten but dreamt of pizza constantly, even imagining that the umbrella of sunflowers above her was actually a pepperoni pizza!

One lucky fan from the crowd was brought on stage to claim the gluten filled pizza, 11 year old Shakayla. Katy congratulated her, commenting that Shakayla was

a nicer name than Shakira and also to watch her body because “your body changes”. I believe Katy recently celebrated a milestone birthday, she looked fantastic but I’m still not sure what colour her real hair is- Katy remarked “why have one colour when you can have a rainbow!”

Lucky birthday boy meets Katy

Lucky birthday boy meets Katy

Katy sang “Birthday” to a lucky teen boy pulled onto the stage (apparently his birthday that day), giving him a boob-in-the-face-hug then leaving him to spend the rest of the song on top of a spinning cake. Katy serenaded him, flying around on a balloon swing, confetti cannons going off in every direction.

Telstra Thanks sponsored the event, providing “prism vision” glasses. During the later half of the show we were prompted to put on our glasses, to watch Katy perform with extra fireworks and a dazzling light show.

My latest ValleyGirl purchase.. Keeping in with the cat spirit!

My latest ValleyGirl purchase.. Keeping in with the cat spirit!

I enjoyed Katy’s music in the past but wouldn’t have considered myself a Katy Kat-I didn’t even know what that was! I was thoroughly impressed with her performance, singing well whilst jumping around so energetically! If I wasn’t allergic to cats I think would be meowing with the rest of Perth đŸ˜‰

 

Jaime Nicole xx

Hand in my pocket..

A good looking man sidled up to me as we were boarding a train to start our pub crawl in the heart of Prague. He was standing so close yet didn’t make eye contact with me. The sound of the train doors echoed in the scarcely populated platform and we moved towards the open doors. The man obviously had no clue about personal space as he stood touching my shoulder, and then I felt a HAND IN MY POCKET AND IT WASN’T MINE! He was so sneaky about it, holding a coat over his arms to disguise what he was actually doing!

Luckily I only had a map of the city in my pocket (haha sucker!) and all my valuables were in my across my chest bag that I held in front of me. I stared in shock and then anger at him as he ignored me and sat a little distance away.
My evil eyes must have let him know what I suspected because he got off at the very next train station in the middle of nowhere!

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We continued on our journey and had a great time drinking absinthe and beers across the city of Prague, forgetting that the night had almost resulted in a loss of possessions.

A least I got felt up by a local hottie-even if he was a pick pocketer!

Have you had a similar experience on your travels? It can happen anywhere, we just have to stay vigilant. Comment below to share your tips on keeping possessions safe on your travels.

Jaime Nicole xx

Don’t fall in!

Some new experiences when travelling are easier than others. Learning to eat rice with my fingers, making a snowball or using an EFTPOS card were relatively simple tasks, but there is one thing that most people can find confronting..

Going to the toot in foreign countries…
I once went into a shopping centre ladies toilets and as it was quite busy there was only one loo available. It was one of those hole in the floor toilets i had heard about from friends. It had taken me ages to figure out where the loos were at all so I was busting to go and decided to brave it. The floors were wet with god knows what, the attendant constantly mopping so it never dries.
It involves quite a bit of skill to squat and pee with your pants out of the way (but they can’t touch the ground or they’ll get wet on the floor slime) AND hold onto your handbag AND supply your own loo paper! Many places in Asia do not supply paper and you can’t flush it either, instead disposing of it in a bucket or washing your tush with a jug of water! Anyway I triumphantly completed the task like a toddler learning to toilet train and left the cubicle to wash my hands (dodging the lady with the urine mop). As I looked around I noticed that other cubicles were free now and THEY WERE ALL WESTERN TOILETS!! I had unwittingly chosen the only weird dunny that even the locals hadn’t preferred! Funny how our expectations of some countries really aren’t correct for the majority, like pet kangaroos and Aussies throwing shrimp on the barbie- IT’S FLOPPIN PRAWNS!

Just to be clear, I actually managed to cock up all of the above easy experiences; I rubbed chilli in my eye while eating with my hands, I fell over and only hit myself with the snowball and I tried using my eftpos card at a McDonald’s in Austria but it was completely in German!I still ended up with my (possibly expensive-who knows) curly fries and made a new friend (who may have tried to steal my card) so it was worth it!

My point is that every experience, good or bad can teach you something.
I’ve learnt to not always believe the stereotypes and tourist campaigns, and to take other people’s travel stories with a grain of salt as everyone experiences things differently. You may see the hole in the floor toilet and feel completely at home!

Jaime Nicole xx

Real Beliefs or Gullible Foreigner?

Learning about local customs and beliefs are one of the most interesting parts of travelling, but sometimes I feel like they are just pulling my leg because I’m a foreigner.

Here are my top 7 experiences of this- 7 because its apparently lucky!

1. I’ve received gifts of good luck purses full of coins that I can’t spend or it has the opposite effect- very bad luck
2. I’ve had to wear polka dots and eat only round fruit at New Years to promote good fortune to the household
3. I’ve looked on while my driver signs the cross before starting the car-not sure if they are praying for a safe journey or for the car to start!
4. Told not to shave my armpits at that time of the month or my skin will turn black
5. Sweep the outdoor areas in the mornings to sweep away bad luck
6. Don’t eat chicken if you have the flu (what about chicken noodle soup??)
7. The weirdest one of all was to use my own menstrual blood as an acne cure! I really hope this was a joke and no I definitely did NOT try this!EW!!!

Have you heard of any of these before? What unusual superstitions have you heard on your travels? I would love to hear them, please comment below!

Jaime Nicole xx

Rich, Strong and Intoxicating..

“So apparently you taste it and then spit it out? As if that’s going to happen!”

The extent of my wine knowledge was put to the test last weekend when Lauren and I joined a tour of Denmark’s wineries and cider makers to raise funds for Relay for Life.

We started our tour at Rockcliffe winery and were welcomed by a squashed snake on the road that was still wriggling! After gawking at the roadkill for a beat, we sampled some tasty reds and decided they needed a place in our collection.

“That’s amore” seems like a suitable song to bust out when you are drinking wine, especially according to one of our fellow wine lovers who sang it loudly throughout the afternoon, entertaining us until he fell asleep in his chair.

Black Pig Cider (named after their dog Angus) was our relaxing venue for lunch where we feasted on a beautiful gourmet lunch prepared and packed by our karaoke queen Lexy.

Lauren tasting the apple and pear cider

Lauren tasting the apple and pear cider

A wine tour is not complete without loud singing and noise on the bus!
What song do you think of when people ask you for a karaoke/singalong song?
The only song that popped into my head was ‘its getting hot in here’ which could be dangerous on a wine tour bus full of inebriated people!

The next stop was Elephant Rocks Cider Company. You know those silly people who push doors that say you’re meant to pull and vice versa? I’m sorry to say i have joined the club. I tried for ages to undo the hinge of the gate to the amusement of my winemates- who may I add did not correct me! Luckily I made it inside to the delicious toffees and brittles!

Elephant Rock Cider Company-range of sauces and relishes

Elephant Rock Cider Company-range of sauces and relishes

We visited a range of wineries but none were as welcoming as Yilgarnia who (after a treck through the bush) we found waiting for us with delicious nibbles and tastings!

Although my knowledge of wine has only progressed from a port wine jelly and red-some-for-me-bit-for-the-cooking-more-for-me level to drinking from a glass, I assure you that we are all experts once the bottles have been consumed!

Whats your favourite wine drinking karaoke song? Comment below!

Jaime Nicole xx

P.S Make a donation to Relay for Life and help in the fight against cancer – and remember to drink responsibly and with karaoke.

This is us!

“Don’t forget to pack your knickers” said my mum and probably every other mum sending their child off to school swimming lessons. How was I to know that you don’t wear them under your bathers or you will get a saggy elephant butt? Or maybe that I should have continued to wear them when I got those ‘easy to pee’ bathers with the press stud crotch that continuously popped open and flashed my hoohaa to every other swimmer?

I guess some (numerous) experiences teach you not to take yourself too seriously, we are all human and we all have saggy elephant butts at some point!

Welcome to PackYourKnickers! My name is Jaime and together with my sister Lauren we hope to share our stories of travel adventures, life experiences and trying new things! Whether you have a cackle or “pack your knickers” we look forward to inspiring, creating and sharing our world with you.

Jaime Nicole xx