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So, that time is nearly here.. Tomorrow morning, at around 8.30am BST & 6.30pm AEST, Tourism Australia would have or will be getting ready to announce the Finalists for the Best Jobs in the World campaign.
I’m pretty certain that at this point, my fate is already sealed.. But I can’t help but want to revel over the last month or so and smile at the truly amazing experience courtesy of the great Land Down Under.
It seems like just yesterday that I was scrolling down my Facebook feed, realised that the Best Jobs campaign was back for a second time and decided to apply. I spent the next day filming and editing my application video with the help of one of my best friends, Shivani and my Aussie partner in crime, Matt and without telling anyone, submitted a 30 second clip which would result in one of the best experiences of my life.
Irrespective of the outcome, a huge thank you to Andrew McEvoy & Tourism Australia for this truly amazing opportunity and like many other potential Chief Funsters have said, win or lose we will ALL be planning to make it down to Australia one day!
Friends and family, I’ve said it before but I could say it a thousand times again and it still wouldn’t be enough – Thank you for the love and support over the last few weeks. It meant the world <3
Coincidentally, I’ll find out tomorrow morning just as I’m settling into a new role – My very first day! So, if I don’t happen to get through and am not replying to phone calls, texts, tweets or messages, it’s not because I’m sobbing uncontrollably into a tub of ice cream (hopefully) but will probably just be in the middle of training! On the same note, if I do make it into the magical 3 and don’t reply to your messages.. It will most likely be because I fainted.
I doubt I will sleep tonight but if I do, I’ll be dreaming of you Australia!
P.S I’ll leave you with this song, since it has been playing on repeat in my mind over the last 48 hours..
With the announcement of the Chief Funster Finalists fast approaching, I’ve got Australia on the brain. I’m having trouble sleeping, listening to the likes of Pendulum, Bee Gees, Savage Garden & Gotye on repeat (Yes, I know, an incredibly random mix but all have Aussie connections somewhow) and constantly pacing up and down my room.
At this stage, the anxiety is catching on.. You can’t help but think “What if I did things differently”? The If’s, But’s and Maybe’s start to creep in and you have to remind yourself inspite of some of it being based on luck and circumstances, you gave it your best shot and that’s what you should be happy with.
Even after my campaigning techincally ended last Wednesday, I’ve continued to recieve relentless support from my #TeamShay-sters and even a fellow contestant! Every day I can’t help but feel incredibly grateful and loved – so thank you! <3
Since I’ve clearly got a case of “Chief Funsteritus”, what better way to calm my nerves than to dig into some Aussie grub? Literally, feed my anxiety..
SydneySide Beef Burger, topped with jalapenos, roasted red peppers, crisp lettuce, juicy tomato, red onion and cool sour cream, served with fries and onion rings – £6.65
I’ve been a big fan of the Walkabout chain for a good few years now. I have one too many memories of busting a few (awkward) shapes on the dance floor at thier Shepherds Bush venue but that is an entirely different blog post. The Walkie is known for its friendly regulars, promise of a good time but I’d never really focused on thier food before.
The menu offers what you’d expect of the venue; Honest Aussie Grub. Expect to find All-Day brekkies, Steak pies, Chicken Parmigiana, a range of Sarnies and Bonzo Burgers!
I opted for a SydneySide burger.. for OBVIOUS reasons.. it is the dream destination after all. The combination of the jalapenos and roasted red peppers gave the beef patty an extra kick, which was well cooked and still moist. The burger is served with fries and onion rings and considering you get all that for £6.65, I’d say that’s pretty good bang for your buck..
Apart from the decent grub, The Walkie is an awesome place to hang out to watch a football game, to catch a quick pint with friends at or to let your hair down at the weekend. Every Saturday and Sunday all thier venues are BUZZING with locals and antipodeans alike, getting thier party on to classic rock anthems and cheesy pop. If you fancy a taste of the land down under in London, why not pop in?
Check out a list of their venues here.
That’s all for tonight my Londonistas..
Hope you’ll keep your fingers crossed for me over the next few days!
Thanks for reading.. Until the next post!
Good morning all!
Well, it’s official.. The ‘Ultimate Referee’ challenge is over. The image above is just a little hint of what went into my summary video.. a sequel to my Harlem Shake!
I am so grateful to have had this amazing opportunity to get into the second stage of the competition. Over the course of our two week challenge, I’ve gotten to know some of my competitors a litte better and I’m so pleased to say that even If I don’t make it into the final 3, I’ve made a friend out of this!
I thought I would feel a sense of relief as my fingers hovered over the ‘send’ button last night, seconds away from submitting the documents that summarised two weeks of passion, dedication and ambition into a mere 18 pages and two and a half minutes of footage. But I didn’t. A wave of emotions rushed through me; Yes, relief, for having completed my report with hours to spare.. Pride, for all that I had managed to achieve in such a short space of time and a little hint of anxiety, thinking this may well be my last contribution to this amazing campaign.
The last two weeks have been truly amazing. It’s been overwhelming the amount of support I have recieved from family, friends, accquaintences and even complete strangers! This past fortnight has taught just how kind and selfless people can be in your time of need. So, for all of you that took the time to help me try and get a step closer to the job of my dreams, I sincerely thank you.
I took a risky approach to my campaign and whether it will pay off or not, we won’t know until the 15th but it has been an ABSOLUTE blast.. Filming the Funster Shake on the London Underground will forever be one of my fondest memeories. A huge thank you to Tourism Australia for giving me this life changing opportunity!
Now we play the waiting game..
In other news, for obvious reasons, my social calendar has consisted of tumbleweeds over the last two weeks but I am making up for lost time and going to some awesome events this week, so look out for regular updates over the next few days and a style post later tonight! Here’s a little preview..
That’s all for today my Londonistas..
Thanks for reading.. until the next post!
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