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Reading about Perth, the most isolated city with a tiny population of 1.7 million, gave me butterflies in my stomach. The big city lifestyle has always appealed to me, and the thought of moving to an “ulu-ulu” (I think this literally translates to “up the river”, but refers to really isolated booney places in malay) place was absolutely terrifying. I sought solace in the fact that I would be too caught up in postgrad studies to even realize where I was. It’s an amazing 3 year program (I kid you not), after which the world would be yet again my stage.

But having been here a good chunk of time, I feel so comfortable. Friend of mine even goes as far as saying it’s simply “perfect” here. You might say, well, nothing in this world is perfect. But wait till you come to Perth – it sure builds at least the illusion of perfection. I think what stops me in my tracks every time is just how beautiful Western Australia is. Ever been on those vacations at very chilled out resort places and thought to yourself: “Gee, I could definitely live here”. Well, that’s exactly how I feel in Perth. The warm sun, the crashing surf, the vast wilderness and bush, and of course enough of a metropolitan city feel so you don’t feel like you’re perpetually stuck in the bush. I feel like there’s just so much to do. The possibilities are endless. Whether it’s a wholesome cycle to Fremantle, a long run along the Swan River, trying out breakfast at a beachside café and then lazing on the beach, or road tripping down to the Margaret River wine region with a bunch of good friends – there’s so much to enjoy and indulge in. I love being on the move and just enjoying life – doing, seeing, feeling, tasting, listening, the list goes on… It doesn’t take a bustling NYC that doesn’t sleep to entertain me – no, actually that would probably just tire me out.

I think there’s a huge difference in being entertained and actively enjoying or engaging in entertainment. There’s a very passive quality to being entertainment and I think it’s a bit like succumbing to something. I find it happens in big city cultures, where you’re constantly surrounded by a sea of people, and groupthink comes into play. It sort of feels like you’ve disjointed from yourself, and you sort of let it happen to you. I love when I get to engage and participate in my entertainment. It’s just nice when you don’t feel like you’re just drifting with the crowd and getting caught up in a massive hype that you don’t even understand. There’s so much more room for creativity and individuality when you get to create your own fun. It feels like you own it, and that makes you savour it all the more. Perth sort of gives me that space to create my own entertainment. I still haven’t pinpointed exactly what about it allows me to do that, but I sure do love it!

But really, it’s been 3 months that I’ve been here. Who’s to say I will still enjoy it as much here 3 years down the road. I wonder where the wind will blow me next, or will it? I’ve always had a bit of an itch keeping my feet moving. My mum says it’s like she’s still chasing after a toddler. But that’s the way to keep meeting people of all different shapes, sizes and perspectives. When my world collides with others’ and my eyes are opened up to their viewpoints – that’s what makes me happy.

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