ROAD TRIP TO ALBANY!!!! Part 1

Dawn in the little suburb of Canning Vale.

I love waking up in the morning whenever I’m on holiday, because I know with each brand new day, brings about a new adventure.

One that I can look back on fondly for many years and of course.. share the experience with my readers on my blog :)

I also love little towns and suburbs away from the city, they’re always more beautiful ♥

Coming from someone who has grown up in Singapore, I could never understand all the hype of living near the city.

Who cares about the city lights when only in the country side, you can look up into the vast night sky and see hundreds and thousands of stars twinkling in the distance?

Our trusty little rented car.

Sam shoving all our luggages into the car boot..

My mum and Sam always nag at me for not packing light. How do I pack light when I’m staying for a month in Australia during WINTER?

Speaking of winter, today is an extra cold day… Melbourne is WAY colder than Perth!!!

But it’s ok, I’m gonna whip up a hearty meal of braised lamb and sweet potato mash with a pavlova for dessert later so hopefully that will warm us up.

Gwen and Blake!!!!

Blake is Gwen’s boyfriend just in case you were wondering

Me posing like a goon at 7am in the morning

Oooh doesn’t he look excited :P

Haven’t seen him for a MONTH before this… we were both so happy to be around each other again

And we’re off!!!!

See ya later Perth ;)

Passengers in the back seat!!!!

Road trips with 4 people are the best, any more than that can be a little too big a crowd and any lesser won’t be as fun!

Sam trying to figure out where we’re going with the GPS..

I swear GPS are lifesavers!!! I’m bad at reading maps and trying to do it in a moving vehicle will make me puke for sure. I get motion sickness from just sitting still in a car.

I hate Garmin GPS though… The one my mum has always does stupid things like “keep right, then exit left” or “turn right” when there IS NO RIGHT TURN and when you betray your own intelligence to listen to the dumbshit device, it spontaneously self-destructs and tells you “re-calculating”.. WTF.

Nerd in the morning.. It’s too early for make up and fake lashes

I really really really like driving in the country side!!!

It’s fun spotting colorful birds that fly along beside us and keeping a look out for kangaroos (that I was petrified of hitting with the car) and it always makes me smile when we pass by masses and masses of horses / sheep / cows…

City girls get fascinated by farms ;)


Much love ♥

After driving for about an hour, we made our first stopover at this little cafe cuz we needed to gas up as well

Lovely place to have breakfast in the morning.. Me heart quiet quaint cafes ^___^

Nothing ruins a dining experience more than a noisy crowd.. I like my privacy!

Me warming up my hands with the heater... sooo cooollldddddddddddddddd

Sam trying to act cool… again.

Why do guys always do that in pics!!!

G and B

Our hot chocolate and sandwiches which tasted much better than they look!!! Yummmm

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Me and Gwen decided to look for their restroom in the back and we came across bird cages and roses instead!!!


Pretty birds!!!!
I think birds are one of the few wild animals I’m not afraid of.

But Gwen told me this horror story about this boy at her school having his eyes POKED OUT by an angry magpie. As in that little boy is now blind because of that bird.

WTF!!!!! And she got attacked by the same stupid bird herself when walking through that area after school one day…

Got really angry hearing that story because apparently the same stupid bird has attacked many kids and even permanently blinded one but nothing is being done about it except to warn people not to walk through the area during that particular season..

FFS that bird is a huge hazard why don’t you guys shoot it down already.. Who cares about one god damn bird??

If this happened in SG, the dumb bird would be long dead.

And this is one of the rare occassions I love being a Singaporean and living in SG… no crazy wildlife out to poke your eyes out or attack you wtf!

Blake feeding Gwen.. something? o.O

Awww I love how gardens are EVERYWHERE in Australia!!!

Almost everyone has pretty flowers grown in front of their houses :)

And I don’t even have to worry about getting close to them because it’s winter and the butterflies are DEAD!!! *throws confetti*

I can’t wait to have my own house and my own garden.. I love flowers and I’ll be growing my own veg and fruits and herbs and flowers!!! So much fun!

San’s dad is a huge plant person and they have this massive backyard FILLED with all sorts of plants… like the area is almost as a big as their house itself!

They have their own lemon tree (it’s funny watching Sam jumping and trying to get the ripest ones at the top) and they grow their own cucumbers, etc etc.. Imagine that!!!

Having your own lemon tree. *sings* “I wonder how, I wonder… Yesterday you told me bout the blue blue sky… But all that I can see, is just another lemon tree!”

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After breakfast, we’re off on our merry way again… making our way to Albany which is a FIVE HOUR drive away.

Thankfully most of the drive was super fun and not boring, because these two provided us with endless entertainment

From their silly little antics to blasting music from their iPod dock and singing along with it!!!

I love long and scenic car rides and I love music… Combine these two and you get the awesomest karaoke session!

I really miss singing along to Blink 182 and other fun songs in the car!! WAhhhhh.

It’s cool how we all listen to pretty much the same type of music ♥ It’s like no matter how different you are, you can still relate to each other in one way or another.

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Our next stopover was beside this extremely picturesque railway track!

We pulled over for a short rest and to do some stretching, looked to our left and hey waddya know?

A perfect photo opportunity and we got right to taking super awesome shots!!!!

Took some shots for G and B and I love them, sooo happy looking!!! They’re so cute together :)

Hahaha Gwen loves jump shots :)

And I am awesome at taking them hehehe /shameless much/

Emo Blake.

And I don’t understand how his toes didn’t freeze up and fall right off his feet while wearing slippers in this weather!!!!!!

Group photo!!! ♥


Awwww fun times :’))))))

Time for me and Sam’s shots!!! We’re lazier and less active so we just sat down on the tracks instead rofl

We attempt to do a jumping shot and it turns out like… this? LOL

Happy girl!!!!!!!!!!

……..Not so happy girl :3

Hahahaha I love how we’re having fun and taking pictures in the middle of NOWHERE.

We checked the weather forecast several days before and it predicted that it was gonna be stormy and bad... but it couldn’t be anymore beautiful.

It was relatively warm, sunny, and just gorgeous.

Someone up there loves me!!!!!!!!!!! ♥

We continue our long drive…

The time passed pretty quickly with playing “I Spy With My Little Eye” and telling horror stories and riddles…

And we arrive at ALBANY!!!!!!!!!

Albany is a small coastal town that’s endearing and very very photogenic!! You’ll see why later.

Say hi to OCEAN MIST VILLA!

This was our little holiday home that we rented… isn’t it cute?

Ever since I discovered staying in holiday homes, my trips have never been the same again!!!

Don’t get me wrong, I truly love hotels and their poshness and whatever but holiday homes just give your holiday that extra homely and special touch.

I love being able to experience living in proper houses in different parts of the world… fully equipped with kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms, and even SPAS!!!! (jacuzzis but they call em spas here)


They’re cheaper, bigger, and fucking awesome!

I’ll show you what I mean:

The living room with DVD players and free inbuilt DVDS for your enjorment!!!! Hate it when hotels charge like 20 bucks for one DVD wtf.

Sam and I spent like 80 bucks on in-room DVD entertainment during our Orlando stay LOL

The dining table with a fresh vase of lilies that they specially put there to welcome us!!!

Sooo cosy…I think they’re lilies? Whatever flowers they are, they’re absolutely gorgeous!

I ADORE having flowers around the house, even more so if they’re fresh and real!!!!

Instant homely touch ♥


Gorgeous deep pink

Pink and white flowers sure to make a girl’s heart melt… I‘m a fan of roses but these are like a breath of fresh air!!!

The kitchen!!!

Where we cooked up a storm later on that night (read: world famous creamy mushroom pasta hehehe)

Another plus factor for holiday homes instead of hotels is that you get to fit so many people into one house for the same price of a hotel room!!!!

Ocean Mist Villa had three bedrooms, plenty good accommdation for 8 people or perhaps even more! (there’s couches and whatnots)

Tired Sam from driving 5 hours ish…


*huge kisses*

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The first activity we got up to was checking out THE BEACH!!!!!!!

We specifically chose a house that was right next to the beach, that’s why it’s called Ocean Mist Villa!

And I’m so glad we did……… because it was BEYOND STUNNING:

It really is something, isn’t it? :’)

Regardless of which country I travel to, the beach is always a must in my itinerary..

Even when it’s freezing cold in the winter. Because there’s just nothing like standing on sugary white sand and waking up the soothing sounds of the waves and the ocean and of course, feeling the ocean breeze in your face!!!

No matter how many times I’ve seen beautiful beaches, they ALWAYS blow me away and never fail to make me happy ♥

That’s me going “OMG BABY IT’S SO PRETTY OMG I LOVE IT OH WOW OMG” while jumping up and down lol


Happy people hehehe

This picture makes me tear a little.

I want to grow old with someone and take special walks with them along a magnificent coastline in the morning with our trusty little doggie too :’)

Sammy boy :P

Sneaked a pic of them making out… I’m not a stalker, they just make out heaps!!!

I turned around to snap a pic of them and what else are they doing but of course.. exchanging saliva again :P So I took the pic anyway

We went to sit beside them on the sand and they pointed out a dead pufferfish in the corner… Wtf what’s a small pufferfish doing in the middle of the beach?

Aren’t they found in the deep seas??

I leave you guys with yet another breathtaking photo of Albany….

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Gonna go cook for Sam’s family (again lol) now, AHH I LOVE COOKING IT’S SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!

When I was younger I used to think that cooking was a chore and only for housewives who had no choice but to do it and consisted mainly of de-scaling fish and de-gutting chickens HAHAH

But ever since I picked up baking, it opened new doors for me and I discovered a part of me I never knew…. I love food but whoever thought I’d love making food too!

Ok well I really gotta go now cuz Sam’s staring at me intently waiting for me to finish lol I’ll contonie this post in a day or two (again!!)

MUCH LOVEEEEEEEEEE

****TO BE CONTINUED***

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

Arriving in Perth!!

Hai people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am absolutely freezing my ass off right now. To use the computer in Sam’s house is a torture, because to plug my lappy in, I have to unplug the heater which is one of the worst things you could do in the winter.

I officially cannot feel my hands anymore.

But anyway, I PERSERVERE so here I am being your lawfully wedded blogger upkeeping her duties!

I’ve finished editing a bunch of pictures, at least a hundred I think, and although they have zero photoshopping but it will have to do since I don’t have the time to sit around liquifying to make my jawline smaller!


So let’s start from the very beginning…

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Time: 6am ish

Where: Singapore

*mum knocks on my door*

“OI!!! It’s six plus already, if you don’t wake up now you’re going to miss your flight”

Upon hearing this, I jumped out of bed and rushed to put on some clothes although I was extremely tired since I had only about an hour sleep before.. was packing my clothes 2 hours before take off.

Procrastinating at its maximum.

Well I thought I was all good to go but my stupid luggage suddenly decides to die on me and wouldn’t close properly!!!

Maybe it was due to the fact that I had a LOT of shit jam packed into it, but we had to repack the entire thing and I ended up lugging 2 heavy luggages which is a nightmare for me because I was going to be traveling alone and I have so many things to carry and it just freaked me out!

Anyway fastforward a bit, I end up reaching pretty early despite all the yelling and drama at home and I still had time for breakfast before I went into the gates.

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Here comes the golden bit:

We all know how flights can be really uncomfortable when you’re a few thousand miles up in the sky, right?

So I made sure to dress really comfortably – comfy leggings, a super loose, airy and sheer tank top paired with a thick jacket to keep me warm.

I went bra-less because I hate wearing bras on flights (or actually, anytime. agree girls? so uncomfortable!!!) and I thought it’d be fine and nobody would notice since I had a super thick jacket on…

But I COMPLETELY forgot that to pass immigration and customs, you have to take off your jackets and shoes!!!!!

I absolutely panicked but I couldn’t just bolt out of the line since I was already like preparing to board the flight and I would look very suspicious..

I was wearing nothing but a tank top inside and it was VERY sheer! Like can see my belly button kinda sheer.

When I got to the front of the line, I had no choice but to take off my jacket, and I had to walk through the security offers and the metal beeper thing with my arms across my chest, obviously feeling VERY naked and I think I saw a few people smirk and point at me.


FML MAJOR!!!!

So much for dressing comfortably… how effing embarrassing was that? *face palm*

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My flight with Qantas was pretty good, almost zero turbulence thank god… I was seated beside 2 other asian girls (yay no obese farting perv and no crying babies I need to stab) and I pretty much slept through the entire thing.

Traveling alone isn’t as bad as I thought… I guess it’s more of the fact I was worried that if the plane crashed I couldn’t turn my head and face my loved one beside me and tell them how much I loved them and I would die a very loney girl.

Anyway fastforward even more, I arrived in Perth and fucking immigration took like 1 and a half hour (SERIOUSLY) and I almost died waiting in line.

But all was better because when I walked through the gates of Perth’s airport, I see a very excited Gwen waving to me and it felt nice to have somebody welcome you to their country!!!!

I can’t believe I’m with Gwen again, I was in Perth with her in March 2009 and more than a year later we’re still in contact and going on fun trips together. *tear*

I miss you baby gurlllllllll!!! (“v”)

(He must’ve been an orang utan in his past life)

We waited for Sam to arrive from his domestic flight (Melbourne to Perth) and then we took a taxi to Bayswater Car Rental to pick up our rental car!! (taxis are effing expensive here, like 40 bucks for a short trip)


SAM DRIVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hahahaha that was the first time I’ve ever seen Sam drive and we’ve been together for almost a year wtf.

It was so funny seeing him do adult stuff… Most of the time I still see him as this small little bouncy boy who’s always bugging me for cuddles.

His driving is pretty good though… quite smooth and safe, didn’t get motion sickness from car rides like I usually do :)

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We drove off to Gwen’s house to stay for the night!!!

We had an early start the next day so no point checking into a hotel…

Gwen’s room!

Green everywhere… The complete opposite of me. She hates pink and I love pink, she loves green and I hate green :P

She keeps her room so organized, mine’s like a complete mess lol

Oh and her family is SOOOOOOOO nice.

Her parents invited us to join them for dinner and we had a little chit chat.. They were really cool people, not like your typical old fashioned asian parents. Very modern and fun to talk to!

Cute little brothers too… I wish I had younger siblings.. Or one that’s slightly older than me!

Sam being a monkey in her room wtf double decker beds so nostalgic!!!

Gwen’s Green Carpet!!

Oh I love carpeted (sp??) floors in COLD countries… It really protects your feet from the icy cold floors! It’s winter in Australia now and it’s pretty damn cold here. (although not as cold as Orlando was)

Lol Sam brought these for me cuz he knew my feet would be cold!!!!

I love these, they are so comfy and uber cute.. Never have to worry about misplacing bedroom slippers again – how can you lose something so bright yellow and bulky?

I was super tired from my flight (I didn’t get any sleep the night before!) so we took a nap for a few hours and Gwen went on a date with Blake…

It felt kinda weird to be sleeping in somebody’s room for the first time without the owner of the room herself even being there, I felt like such an invader wtf.

She came back home, and we drove out to get Domino’s Pizza!!!!!

Wtf I love Domino’s, they’re so cheap and pretty good for what they’re worth!

It’s like 9 bucks for a whole pizza and they’re not stingy with the toppings.. Damn Pizza Hut is like 21 bucks for the same size but so much poorer quality.

They also have yummy garlic bread and chocolate lava cake and a whole heap of other stuff… LOVE it. Wish they had Domino’s in Singapore.

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We showered, changed into comfy clothes and started discussing our plans for tomorrow..

Lol that’s my sleeping outfit!!!! Major fugly but stupidly comfortable.

We got into bed and it was so hard for me to fall asleep because it’s so quiet and pitch black in Gwen’s house!!! Like ear-piercing quiet, there wasn’t any noise at all so I made her put on some music before I could fall asleep lol.

In Singapore, I’m used to having flashing lights from my laptop and computer screens and noise from my air conditioning plus flashing lights and engine sounds and the occassional motorcycle screech coming from the highway (PIE) that my house is right next to!!!

For a moment there I felt slightly homesick (already lol) but it didn’t take very long for me to fall asleep.

According to Gwen I was farting throughout the whole night HAHAHAH wtf we had a lot of pizza at like midnight, so after that I felt like farting heaps but I held it in (not nice to fart in somebody elses room what) and my body actually decided it was a good idea to fart at night when everyone’s supposed to be asleep and wouldn’t notice…

But nobody was asleep except me FML!!!

Gwen was playing on our iphones for a long time and Sam said I farted so loud that he woke up HAHAHA no lies omg I’m seriously lol-ing now.

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Anyway I have to prepare to go out now, we’re going to see the Titanic Exhibition in Melbourne Museum omg!! Titanic is like my fav movie. *cue my heart will go on music*

After that we’re watching Inception, which is apparently a very good movie at their imax theatre, which is apparently an 8 story high wide screen wtf.


Can’t wait!!

Will post the rest of the trip hopefully tomorrow or the day after.


A LOT OF SUPER GORGEOUS PHOTOS THEN!!!!!!!!!

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

Food, food, GLORIOUS food!

Sam suggested this brilliant idea last night of posting pictures of all the great food we’ve been having recently..

It’s brilliant because it would make a quick but awesome post! I don’t usually take photos of food, but good food + good camera = win combination.

So here’s a compliation of some of the delish meals we’ve had the pleasure of eating in Perth!!

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WARNING: FOODGASM AHEAD!!!!

We start off humble.. two sandwiches and a cup of hot chocolate is what we had for breakfast on our first day in Perth!

Humble but really good.

Roast Beef with Chutney & Cheese + Curry Egg = Classic Western dishes with an indian kick to it.

I love Western and Indian cuisine so this was like a dream come true. Lovely way to start our morning.

Caesar salad with smoked salmon… A classic!

Fried calamari with tartar dip…

I reckon Swensens has the best tartar sauce I’ve EVER had!!! Tasting other tartar sauces is like so blah for me now

Melting Moments!!!! Eeeeekk they’re these buttery and super crumbly shortbread treats with sweet cream sandwiched inbetween and of course, with icing sugar sprinkled on the top!

They’re EVERYWHERE in Perth and I’ve probably had like 6 of them in different places…

Apples in Albany’s supermarket!

I love colorful and texture-y photos :) They’re so happy looking

Me and a GIGANTIC orange!!! Why are all the fruits and veggies in Australia super-sized?

I have a huge head and that thing is almost as big wtf. In Singapore the oranges are so tiny they’re like testicle sized LOL

HAHAHAHA my little munchkins and fucking huge ass sweet potatoes!!!!!!!!!

WTF tell me that’s not big I dare you

…..That’s not even the weirdest part.

They sell RABBIT MEAT in their supermarkets. *jaw drops*

!!!!!!!!! Nuuuuuu the bunnies!! ……………But they are so cute T_____T

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Ok enough fooling around & random stuff…

Now it’s time for SERIOUSLY MOUTH-WATERING SHOTS.

First up, this is my famous creamy mushroom pasta!!! (it’s not actually famous of course, i just like to call it famous)

It is so fucking yummeh and we made this from scratch kk! From peeling and chopping the mushrooms and the sauce is home made too.

In all honesty I think it’s the most awesome pastta I’ve ever had (and I’m a huge fan of pasta) and no I am so not shitting you!!!!

Maybe one day I’ll post the recipe and show you guys how to cook it (it’s actually very simple) but for now I shall just tempt you heh.

I’m actually making this pasta for Sam’s family for dinner later!!!! HAPPEH!!! (along with grilled salmon and apple cinamon cheesecake. wait, have i blogged this before???)


Indian food, oh how I have missed you.

This was some fish masala.. slightly spicy and very yummy!

Gwen’s never had indian food besides prata before (Wtf??) so I HAD to show her what she’s missing out on!!!!!

You only live once, so order as many butter chickens as you can.

Tandoori chicken.. Probably the most famous indian dish!!

And of course…

Butter chicken :’)

From the first time I’ve put a spoonful of heavenly goodness into my mouth that was butter chicken, I swore to myself I’d never marry a guy who didn’t know how to cook it for me.

We had lunch at this very fancy place called Zafferano’s and it was one of the best meals of my life!!!

The location was lovely, right in front of the swan river – the service was excellent, they gave us free freshly baked turkish bread with yummy dips (dunno what they are) and it’s the first time I’ve ever had turkish bread! It’s one of my fav breads now, it would go so well with olive oil and vinegar :D

This steak, I think, is one of the most beautiful things I have ever laid my eyes on… or sunk my teeth into. Either way.

It had this mega awesome sauce that I don’t even know how to describe (wtf it was just a whole burst of flavours) and the steak was cooked perfectly, tender and juicy and there was this cheesy tomato / chilli thing on top and I know I’m not giving you very good descriptions because my stomach is growling so loud I cannot even think properly wtf.

If I was in Perth, I’d DEFINITELY go back to Zafferano’s again!

Smoked salmon with cream corn quiche… Oh-so-good too!!! Creamy goodness

Rocket salad with cherry tomatoes and roasted pumpkin!!

I never used to eat salads, but how can I refuse when it’s so damn yummeh? I forget I’m eating gross veggies! (yes I still have the mindset of a 10 year old sometimes)

Hot chocolate at Botanical Cafe!!!!

I had this very same hot chocolate about 3 years ago when I was on holiday to Perth with my mum. So much has changed, especially me, yet the hot chocolate still stays the same…

It’s nice to know some things will always be there for you, just the same as the first day you’ve known it!

Spinach, mushrooms and duck ravioli. I think?

Steak sandwich and golden fries!!!!

Love it. It’s pretty much their staple lunch here… I love eating fries here, they’re always freshly made and uber crispy. (they just need sweet chilli sauce, wtf coming from asia I LIVE ON CHILLI SAUCE)

Lunch at Gino’s in Fremantle!!!

Mushroom risotto… Obviously a huge shrooms fan :’) I love them funghi

Massive meal of.. everything? Pork chops, chicken pieces, sausages… Everything under the sun lol

Super huge bowl of minestrone soup!!!!

Chunky potatoes, vegetables, I love it when pasta comes with the soup, I don’t like dipping bread all that much

Chocolate place in Fremantle!! Damn expenive one of those small little truffles is like 3 AUD each WTF.

Me and Sam stupidly bought one each, because we’re tourists like that.


THIS!!

Omggg… deep fries (I think) cinnamon churros with melted hot chocolate / white chocolate sauce to dip in.

CRAZY good I wanna have it naooooooo

Hot white chocolate is so underrated!!! They need to sell it in more places wtf vanilla beats milk chocolate hands down

Crispy duck entree. YUMS!

This was for our anniversary dinner at Y2K restaurant in Rockingham!!!!

I googled “best restaurants in rockingham” and this place came up.. I can see why!

6 pieces of juicy fat scallops with spinch aglio olio (that was actually slightly creamy)

Portions were big, food quality was top notch and price was extremely affordable for what it’s worth.

Beef fillet with cheesy tomato salsa! This was actually just as good or even better than Zafferano’s steak!!!!

I can’t decide which one I like better… They’re both too good :’)

Gwen & Blake agreed it was like the bestest meal EVER! (we all ordered the same thing lol)

Brekky!!!

Scrambled eggs just the way I like them… super runny and buttery! Could do without the uncooked yolk at the bottom though LOL but it’s kinda hard when you’re frying 6 eggs in one small pan at the same time!

I only took a photo of one dish, but we also had chicken satay, parma ham, smoked salmon, hash browns, sausages, bacon and cherry tomatoes for breakfast wtf. Gluttons galore.

Ending off with a little creme brulee dessert that Sam made for me.. Awww!

That’s the end of my food post, and I bet you had a foodgasm!

Oh how I adore being a huge foodie. I love food more than I love my boyfriend, no lies HAHAHA

For the haters who like to ask me, “Why are you so fat?”


THIS BLOG POST SHOULD EXPLAIN WHY!!!

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Next post coming up:

xoxo,
Very Gluttony Jess

xoxo,
Jess
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