This morning I was ten minutes late for work. My excuse? I was trapped in the elevator in my apartment building. This is no joke. I stepped into the elevator (as per usual), the doors closed and I pressed “Ground Floor”. Nothing happened. I pressed it harder this time. Nothing. After a few goes of this with no movement, I began to panic and press every single button my elevator has to offer me. And still…zip.
I was lucky to be stuck on the top floor, allowing me one small bar of phone reception to call my brother (or as I now refer to him as my “rescuer”).
As I began my routine walk to work, one of my first thoughts was what if no one at work believes me? What if they think I made it up? It got me thinking. There must be some ridiculous excuses to be late for work that are actually real. So I took a stroll around the OneShift office to find out if anything weird had happened to my colleagues to make them late for work. Here are my published findings.
1. When my daughter was two years old, she had a habit of locking people out of our house. One morning when I was leaving for work, my wife came out to say goodbye. Needless to say, she rang me a few minutes after I had left saying she had been locked out and our daughter was sitting in the living room watching Dora the Explorer.
2. I was sleeping in a super noisy hotel one night (hadn’t quite found a place to live yet), and so I was wearing earplugs to get to sleep. Usually they fall out during the night, but I had woken up in the early hours and put them back in due to the noise. When my alarm went off in the morning, I didn’t hear it. Ended up being two hours late for work! A lovely sleep in.
3. Once I was coming earlier to work after a few days of getting into work late (bus delays). That morning when I thought I was doing well, a police officer stopped me on my way to give me a fee for crossing the street a few seconds before the light turned green for pedestrians! I arrived late and furious.
4. When I was living in London, our bus was severely delayed because a man pulled out a knife on the bus! Luckily, we had a police car behind us!
5. I remember one morning I was dreaming that I was at work and when I eventually woke, I had slept through my alarm and was late for work! Oh, the irony.
Next year is the year. The year claimed by ‘Back To The Future’ to have flying cars and more importantly…hoverboards. Well, all I can say is, well done Director Robert Zemeckis, well done. You weren’t too far from reality!
Hendo, a company created by a California couple, have introduced the world’s first hoverboard! And it's still only 2014!
Ok, so the hoverboard can only float over a metal surface. And ok, the battery life is pretty terrible. And all for only $10, 000! An absolute bargain! Sarcasm aside, how cool would it be to ride a hoverboard to work?!
I gather this new concept has received a bit of criticism because there have been so many other prototypes in the past that have failed to follow through with the goods. And even though this is far from perfect, it’s an awesome start! Give it a few years. Then i'll consider splashing out the cash.
One of my favourite parts is that, despite all the setbacks, they’ve gone ahead and already designed a hoverboard park!
Every time I think of hoverboards, I think of this song. Seth Sentry is an Aussie hip-hop artist (and a personal favourite of mine) and this song could not be more relevant for this article. So do yourself a favour…
Seriously, though guys. Hoverboards. It's a thing. The world is finally catching up with all those futuristic movies with flying cars and crazy technology! Well, sort of.
If you want the more specific scientific details behind this breakthrough (incase my depiction wasn't informative enough...as if), check out this IFL Science article.
Each of these places have something exciting in store for 2015 that will make them sore to the top of your travel list for next year! Get your hiking boots out, these regions aren't your average travel destinations.
This peninsula of Turkey is famous in Australia and New Zealand for it’s role in the First World War. 2015 will be the 100th anniversary of ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) troops landing in Gallipoli, which will no doubt see thousands flock to the peninsula during April of next year.
In 2015, the Rocky Mountain National Park is also celebrating it’s Centennial. The 415 square miles is situated in Colorado, USA. It encompasses an incredible mountain range, beautiful lakes and 355 miles of hiking trails. Not to mention the glorious flora and fauna! To celebrate it’s 100-year birthday, 2015 will be an incredible year to visit the National Park with concerts, parades, and exhibitions to be expected.
Toledo is a district in Belize known for its adventure travel. Filled with rainforests, rivers, mountain ranges and caves, this is a top spot for those looking for something different. Once a small area different to get to, a new road currently in the making will change all that. It will connect Toledo’s small villages with Guatemala and the world.
Woohoo! Australia made the list! And what a great pick, lonely planet! Tasmania is often forgotten about, but what a beautiful part of the world it is. Next year will see the walking adventures of Tasmania grow even more, with 35km of redeveloped walking track linking Denmans Cove with Cape Hauy. Ok so that doesn’t sound very exciting, but apparently it’s one of the largest projects of its kind!
Known for the incredible Northern Lights, but this isn’t why it’s made the list. March 2015 will see all light completely disappear for a few minutes when the moon blocks out the sun.
Looking to travel on a budget? Check out our Top 6 Destinations for Students!
I’ve said it before; I’ll say it again. A job interview is a two way street. You are not there to be harassed with terrifying questions. You are there so the company as well as yourself can see how well you would fit the role. While you should be trying to impress your potential future employer, you also need to suss out whether this position is suited to you.
P.S. When an interviewer asks “do you have any questions for me?” that’s secret business language for “ok, your turn” so have something prepared. And never say no.
Don’t ask questions that you:
a) Should know the answer to
b) Could have answered yourself with a simple Google search
Here I was thinking The Bachelor ended a few weeks ago, but it seems it’s only just getting started. Thanks go to Mr. & Mrs. Sleaze Bag (Blake & Louise) for continuing our journey into a pit of tragic despair.
Blake is still switching from lover to lover (or from fiancé to new girlfriend), girls are still crying, and it seems the audience is getting bigger for this never ending post-show drama.
Apparently Blake and Louise have done an exclusive interview with Woman’s Day, where they reveal their “official love story”. This issue is set to come out TODAY.
Not all is well in paradise, however (dun dun dunnn). Basically the entire country hates this couple.
Some people’s hatred stems from the fact that Blake proposed to one blonde lady friend in the finale while in less than 24 hours, he was declaring his love for another blonde whom he himself kicked off the show in the previous episode. Did he get confused? Did he think they were the same person? No turning back now.
Other’s hatred (including my own) is due to the fact that Blake (and no doubt Channel 10) continues to drag us innocents into their extremely fake and extremely public love life. Don’t they realise that the only reason we allow this to happen is because it makes us feel a whole lot better about our own lives?
Then again, we must remind ourselves that they have sold their love story to Woman’s Day for a mere $50,000, reports Sydney Confidential. Well played, Sir. Well played.
If you’re anything like me then you love all things Asian food – and no doubt you’re planning to head to Hyde Park’s Night Noodle Markets sometime soon (if you haven’t already).
You’ll be over-run with dumplings, pork buns, smoky barbeque skewers and…you guessed it, noodles. I would imagine that this is what Heaven is like. A lantern & colourful umbrella filled park that is overcrowded with little food stalls offering all of my favourite goodies. Although, in Heaven, I imagine that all the food is free.
This was actually my first time to the markets this year. Last year I wasn’t living in Sydney, but I do remember the influx of countless instagram photos capturing lanterns of every angle and every filter imaginable (well, there are only 20 filters but I’m pretty sure I saw them all). I’m ashamed to say that after being overcrowded by these faux photos, it did make me want to attend the next markets.
Photo: Me again!
And I was not disappointed! Although it was slightly sprinkling (I count myself lucky as a few hours later Sydney was inundated with a huge storm), I was surprised to see how huge the markets were! There are stalls lining the perimeter, making it ridiculously hard to decide where to get your food (just one of my many first world problems), sweet little seating areas dotted around the place that you just cant wait to sit at until you realise it’s VIP and you are most definitely not a VIP, and lanterns covering all possible overhead spaces that make you want to take a photo but you don’t want to be that person.
As a side note, can I just point out my surprise at seeing a Messina Gelato store at the market? An Italian inspired Australian Gelato store at an Asian Noodle Market? They must have a killer marketing team to be able to fudge their way into that one.
The Ramen Burger. A burger bun made out of ramen noodles? Ohhh yeah. If you’re happy to wait in the queue for this popular dish it, go for it.
The Noodles! I know, it was quite a shock to me as well. Being at the noodle markets, I had to do my bit by purchasing a noodle dish (duh). I gotta say, it was up there with some of the most boring Thai I’ve ever had.
Get down there before you miss your chance, they close on October 26th.
Last week, a rumoured 200,000 Snapchat photos and videos were leaked online through the online message board 4chan. This leak was dubbed “The Snapping”.
Let’s get one thing straight. People take (presumably) promiscuous photos of themselves with their phone, send them to other people, and then are genuinely shocked and horrified to find out that they aren’t all automatically deleted? We sent men to the moon in the 1960’s and some 45 years later, we cant fathom that a simple image can’t be saved to someone’s phone without them realising?
I mean, come on.
Snapchat claims that there was no breach of their app’s servers and that in fact, it was a third party app that was responsible for the leak. SnapSave is the third party app that has been put to blame, an app that allows Snapchat users to save and store Snapchats without the sender knowing (creepy).
Job interviews. They're terrifying. What are they going to ask? What do they want me to say? Why am I naked? Oh, it's just a dream.
We've all been there. That's why I've recently got in contact with Jess, a HR professional who has shared her tips for the job hunt, the dreaded job interview and eveything inbetween advice for job seekers! Do yourself a favour and take her advice on board, she knows what she's talking about.
1. Make sure your resume is up to date and will stand out.
2. Be picky, and don't just take a job that you think you might like. Understand what the job is and be certain you will enjoy it.
3. Tap into your network and see if your connections can help you score an interview with a prospective employer - referrals are highly regarded in most companies.
Make sure your resume includes keywords that are used in the job ad. The reason for this is many organisations these days are using sophisticated recruitment technology that filtering through resumes and rank them based on key words and phrases from the job compared to the candidate's resume. The more key words you use, the higher your chances of being noticed.
Personality is certainly more important. Skills can always be taught and learnt, but personality and your natural self is not something that can be learnt, altered or changed with ease.
I am biased - I regard work experience over education based on my own personal career. In Australia, work experience and on-the-job learning is seen as critical. In America, companies regard college education more highly. It really just depends on your field of work and the opportunities you have to even get that initial work experience. Some industries, such as the trades require study in conjunction with work, and that makes it easy for plumbers, carpenters and landscapes to get both at the same time. On the flip side, those studying law will not be able to the get work experience they need until they have graduated from their studies.
When a question is not actually answered, but a tangent is taken to dodge the question.
To see how much the candidate has researched the company and what we do. This is a foundational and a basic, yet a critical part of a candidate's preparation for an interview.
I really value direct contact from a candidate to show their interest in a role. As a job seeker, I would take the requested measures required in the application process (such as filling out online forms), and always follow up the application with an email or a call.
Stop thinking, start doing :)
Students are known for their stingy spending and tight budgets. I know, I've been there. In fact, the student mindset (well, I've personally found) continues to creep into my daily life. I find myself spending 10 minutes deciding which coconut milk to buy (do I buy the homebrand for 79c or look like an healthy hippy and splurge on the organic stuff that no doubt contains the exact same product?). Even though I've sadly left the student life behind me, it continues to follow me in my footsteps. And I've noticed my friends are doing the same! One such friend of mine refuses to buy herself an Opal card. Her argument..."why would I buy an adult Opal card when I can still buy student paper tickets?" (No, she's not a student).
The mindset is more relevant than ever in travel. We all want it and we want it cheap. So I've compiled a small list of absolutely stunning travel destinations that are kind to your wallet (more so than other places, anyway).
Ok, I've never been myself. I've had many friends travel to this buzzing cultural hub and I can only assume that India is an experience like no other. For starters, it is the second most populated country in the world. If you want a truly life changing journey - this is it.
Photo (top): ThroughThe LiquorGlass
How have I lived in Australia my entire life, travelled to all parts of the globe and never visited New Zealand? Yes, I'm a terrible human being. This stunner is on the top of my travel bucket list for the coming summer months and I can't wait! There is so much adventure to be had in this beautiful spot. Whether you love skiing or snow boarding, hiking, and of course the legendary New Zealand bungy jumps! It's so close to home...unless you live in Perth.
Ok, students might not be able to afford this gorgeous resort but you get the idea. Bali isn't the only destination that Indonesia has to offer!
Think of all the delicious food and cool mopeds you can ride around?! Yes, please!
Why do the Philippines always get looked over? This image alone makes me want to book a flight. You can get some crazy cheap deals on flights! Think of all the Instagram photos you could take in this beauty! O-M-G #nofilter #jks
It may be far away, but it's worth the flight. There is so much Island Hopping and food eating to be done in the beautiful part of the world! Greece is surprisingly cheap due to their economic downturn, but you'd be doing them a favour by buying into their booming tourist industry!
The book is always better. Well, in my opinion. No film has ever out-done its book counterpart. In fact, I have even refused to watch the film version of The Book Thief in fear of it ruining my favourite book. Ok, I’ll give Harry Potter some credit, thanks to J.K. Rowling no doubt chaining herself to the director every step of the way, scrutinizing his every decision. And have you seen The Kite Runner? If you haven’t, do yourself a favour and keep it that way.
When it came to Gone Girl, however, how could I have possibly refused to watch one of the biggest films of the year – and with Ben Affleck? I never say no to Ben.
For the most part, I did enjoy Gone Girl. If you haven’t seen it, you should. It was entertaining and it did stick with the details of the book fairly closely. Yes, it skipped a few details but that’s to be expected. In no way am I saying that it was a bad film, because it’s not. And if you think I’m about to criticize the director of The Social Network, Fight Club, and Se7en, then think again.
Here’s my point. How are you supposed to condense 432 pages of suspense and intrigue into two and a half hours (albeit it could have been two hours)? How are you supposed to portray a movie version of a book that switches between characters like a tennis match? The answer: you don’t. For me, the book kept me under suspense until the very end. I was always curious, always questioning. Whereas the movie, once the twist was revealed that Amy has framed her husband for her own murder (oh yeah, spoiler alert), all details seemed to be released within minutes. We are no longer wondering what comes next. The suspense is over. It’s almost (dare I say it)...disappointing.
Not trusting my own opinion, I’ve branched out and sought the opinion of what others had to say!
Estely, who has both read the book and watched the film:
“As with the book, the first half of the movie was a bit slow. The interpretation of Ben Affleck as the husband with a dull face was perfect, even annoying sometimes! For me, the actress Rosamund Pike who played Amy did a perfect interpretation! Her eyes, the way she moved, walked… everything was perfect and so true to the book description.”
Adela, has not read the book but has watched the film:
“The story line was perfect! But the first half of the movie was a bit slow and confusing. It was an ok movie but I was expecting a lot more.”
My main issue is with the ending. Don’t get me wrong; I was disappointed with the ending of the book as well. I wanted Amy dead. Instead, it turned out she had married a man just as psychopathic as she was, luckily for her. Even though I didn’t get the satisfaction of a well-rounded ending, it seemed appropriate that they be together after Nick turned out not to be the person we thought. In the movie? Nick stays the same. He is the same, gorgeous Mr. Affleck that we see throughout the film and yet he chooses to stay with this crazy bitch? Why am I, as an audience member, supposed to buy this?
Here’s what Estely thought of the ending:
“As in the book, I wasn’t angry at the end chosen by the author; I thought that they were so similar on a crazy level, that they deserved each other. And thank God for the rest of humanity, two insane people together means that other two innocent won’t be hurt by their behavior!”
As always, the book prevails. No one is to blame. Words can often be more powerful than images, allowing you to imagine your own version of events rather than been presented them on a silver platter. Even if that platter does contain Ben Affleck, I prefer my imagined version.