Author: Chelsea Daniels

Sheila About Town

The musings of a 20 (something) Aussie girl living in Christchurch, New Zealand… Firstly, moving to New Zealand in winter was a huge mistake. (Note to self: when making life altering decisions, make sure to do some research.) Coming from Australia anything below 18 degrees is a bit chilly on the nips. How about minus 10 for your liking? I actually could see my breath in the air INSIDE my room. That’s not okay. They actually talk about the wind like it’s the only thing everyone has in common. It’s not the old ‘the weather is nice today’ icebreaker, it gets really specific here. ‘Oh them southerly’s look like they’re on the way’ is an actual phrase here. Say that to any South Islander and you’ve made a new best friend. Defrosting – something I associate with my chicken I take out in the morning for my dinner. Why do they call it that, defrosting? Because it’s come out of the freezer, where it’s super cold – like Antarctica cold. Here in New Zealand’s deep …

What not to do in Belfast

If I was to give anyone advice about travelling it would be that you have to be prepared for anything. The most random situation is going to happen to you when you least expect it, and trust me it’ll be a whole lot easier if you have everything you need when you’re trying to get the Irish border security to believe that you’re not seeking asylum in their country… So after a hard (and I mean HARD) 5 days of partying in Ibiza I was looking forward to seeing my family in England and getting some well-deserved rest. My friend and I decided to part ways for a mere three days and that’s where alarm bells should’ve started ringing. When you’re as disorganised as me and rely on your more organised, mature friend to carry all kinds of important documents, you should never, and I repeat NEVER leave them. So off I go on my flight to Manchester via Belfast. Admittedly I wasn’t even sure where Belfast was but was happy I got to add …

What happens in Vegas

Las Vegas is everything that anybody has ever told you, and more. You can’t comprehend it until you see it with your own eyes, and even then it’s pretty hard to believe. The famous strip of lights, interesting characters and (what it seems like) a never ending access to booze will tantalise all of your senses, it’s basically a playground for adults. The pure size of everything is almost overwhelming, with the infamous Caesar’s Palace taking up what it seems like 10 blocks it’s nothing like you’ve ever seen before.     When people kept telling me that I just had to check out Will Smith’s new movie The Pursuit of Happiness back in 2010 my expectations were through the roof and I was expecting myself to be leaving the cinema in an uncontrollable mess. But it was quite the contrary. Sometimes when something has been worked up so much your mind has made unbelievably high expectations and when they’re not met you’re left feeling just ‘meh’. Of course, there is always an exception to …

Why you should be nicer to your next customer service, retail or sales representative

They’re already having a shitty day Chances are that they’ve already been spoken down to, yelled at, mentally abused, been called something horrible and demeaned as a human being at least three times before you even walked through the front door. How about you be the one to give them a break. They’re getting paid minimum wage Full time retail is like the shit kicker job of the sales totem pole. They’re not getting paid nearly enough to be putting up with your carry on. They’re usually the ones standing between your problem and solution They are the ones that have the power to either make a situation incredibly easy for you, or completely fudge it all up. Think of it as a partnership, a team almost, and treat them with the respect you would treat a team mate. I guarantee you that you’ll get the results you want faster than you thought. They don’t want to be there either That smile you see on their face when they ask you if you need help. …

Why does everyone love San Francisco?

Why does everyone love San Francisco? Maybe it’s because we, unknowingly, stayed in the apparently infamous Tenderloin district, where you literally walk over mounds of homeless crack heads to get to your hotel lobby. It’s just so depressing to see so many people make such a fuck up of their lives, all in the one place. Sometimes when you see a homeless person on a street corner, you may throw them a couple of bucks in change and walk off and think ‘gee that’s depressing’, yet forget about it five minutes afterwards. In San Fran (which you can’t say around the locals apparently, they hate it), it’s like that every god damn three steps. You also can’t call it ‘Cisco either. We were warned this in LA by a couple from Santa Monica. It’s like San Francisco as a whole have put out a notice saying, “oh no, only our friends can call us Fran, or ‘Cisco.” Well you know what, deal with it ol’ mate San Fran, because I’m Australian, and we like to …

Disneyland Disappointment: where your childhood dreams go to die

Disneyland made me realise that I am not 10 years old any more and that I should probably make something of my life. For us Australians our childhood would have involved a family vacation to the Gold Coast at one time, or at least hear stories from a friend whose family loved them more. A family trip to “the worlds” was like nothing other and our little mini selves lapped up the characters, rides, shows and plush fluffy toys of our favourite animated characters. Naturally, Australians always compare ourselves to our across the globe counterparts, the Americans. Due to the fact that our media industry is inundated with US news and gossip, we have all known Disneyland to be this colossal wonderland for all of our inner children, unlike anything that we could ever fathom to imagine. Oh but it is not. You may be shocked to know that Disneyland California is really not a whole lot bigger than Movie World, our great Australian equivalent. It’s like we are in this twisted mindset that because …