My best friend Sally

Today’s blog post is special! It’s about my best friend Sally, who I’ve known since kindergarten! Sally may live on the other side of town, but we’ve gone to the same school for years, and we love to hang out together at the mall or at the park.

I think our friendship started when our kindergarten teacher assigned us as seatmates, and so we were always able to see what the other girl was drawing or doing on her desk. We were just little kids, so we tried to ‘improve’ the others’ macaroni artwork or whatever by reaching over and ‘fixing’ it and causing such a huge fuss! I don’t even know how we became friends after such meddling, but I think it was because we both managed to get the teacher so frazzled! And that’s how it started, the two of us were always together on the playground or at lunchtime, and that never changed all the way until high school.

My family travels a lot for vacation, so that means I get to meet a lot of different people. Most of them are just the same as other people I have already met. But Sally is the one person who remains different. I never meet anybody quite like her, so I think that’s why she’s my best friend. She’s also funny and crazy, and we love the same flavors of ice cream which is chocolate! Here’s a pic I found, dedicated to Sally.. (LOL)

choc ice cream


We like a lot of the same things, really, except we don’t listen to the same kinds of music. Her tastes run very much to  classic rock, while I’m more of an alternative-indie type of person. That means we do tease each other a lot about what we listen to!

Sally and I also love to watch plays together. When there’s a new production at the local theater we’re always among the first to buy a ticket– and the last, too! We’ve never seen a play less than twice. We do whole Shakespeare dialogues at the drop of a hat and play Broadway music in the car, which drives our fathers crazy! In fact, when we’re together we drive a lot of other people crazy, but we just like to have a good time.

I am super lucky to know someone like Sally, who is like a sister to me!


Here’s a post about my favourite book

Today I want to write about my favorite book, Magic or Not by Edward Eager. I first read this book when I was nine years old and I’ve read it every year since then! Well, I’m 14 now, so that means I’ve read this book like 5 times and I know it very well, but it never gets old for me.

This book is a classic and it’s about four friends who discover a magic wishing well and use it to make their summer the best one ever. But there’s an overarching mystery to the plot that makes the reader doubt, was everything that really happened magic or was it not? At the end of the book, they gain a new friend and find out the secret of an old abandoned house, and while it’s never clear whether what was going in is really magic (it is implied that a neighbor helped them out from afar, spoilers!) it doesn’t really matter because they had fun and learned to make friends, and changed things in the small town that they lived in.

And that’s why I really liked this book. It leaves the mystery right where it’s supposed to be and focuses on the four main characters. They all behave in relatable ways, and will easily remind you of yourself or your friends. The language Edward Eager uses is a lot of fun to read, a style similar to JM Barrie or Ursula le Guin. And the plot is paced in an enjoyable fashion that slowly guides the readers into a grand adventure, even if the characters are doing something very simple like joining an art contest or rowing a boat.

When my cousins are growing up and looking for good books to read, I always lend them my copy of Magic or Not– the epitome of a perfect summer friendship adventure!


My holiday in Japan

I’m so excited to talk about my most recent trip outside of the country– a vacation to Japan with my mum and dad! We had always been talking about visiting Tokyo and other cool places, and this year we were able to make that dream come true!

On our trip, we went to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, three of the top cities for tourists to go to. We landed in Tokyo for the first part of our trip and stayed there for three days. Tokyo is a great example of the old and the new, since for every news skyscraper is an ancient temple that is still well looked after. As the capital of Japan, Tokyo is very busy and very crowded! But from our hotel window, the lights are truly an amazing sight. Definitely, if you’re an anime fan, Tokyo has an abundance of anime and manga shops on every street that it’s hard to choose. But since my dad is an architect, we spent a lot of time in the temples. We spent a whole day just in the Meiji Shinto shrine, one of the most beautiful religious buildings in the world, and of course we visited the Imperial Palace and its gardens. We have great pictures for all those locations, but I think my most memorable experience in the capital was going to the Tsukiji fish market, a must-visit for every tourist in Japan!

The next leg of our journey was in Kyoto. Kyoto used to be the capital of Japan and the seat of the Emperor, but on our holiday we learned that the capital was transferred to Tokyo during the 1st Meiji period in around 1860s. Kyoto remains a very charming place with a lot of preserved history and culture. My favorite aspect of it was the Geisha culture! The Gion district offers a lot of history about Geisha and their elaborate, fascinating lifestyles. Many Geisha still live in Gion, as a way of preserving the city’s heritage. Our last day was spent in Arashiyama’s bamboo grove to take a nice, long relaxing walk in the bamboo grove, which we capped off with afternoon tea at a wooden tea house (called Ochaya!)

Osaka was the last location on our trip, and even if we planned it to be the most relaxed, it ended up being the most exciting and exhausting! We visited Universal Studios Japan, hit up some more temples, and spent hours and hours shopping, returning home with lots of gifts for friends and families and souvenirs to add to our travel collection.

I loved Japan for the way it seemed to effortlessly let the past and the present coexist, with a lot of emphasis on preserving their culture from beyond the modern age. If you’re going to travel anywhere, make it Japan– make it any city in Japan!


I recommend this storage company!

When it comes to choosing a company for a service you need, it is not as easy as it seem. That is because, in general, people may require a particular service only a couple of times during their lifetime. So when it comes to choosing, it may very well be your very first time. With many providers to choose from, making the decision are often hard, and I don’t blame you! This is where recommendations from others plays a big part in making that decision. Think about it, would you choose someone who has an awesome review or would you go for someone with a bad review. Of course, you’re going to choose the one with a good review. It’s a no brainer!

So what does the above blurb got to do with this particular post? Well it leads to one of my recommendations. This time around it’s for a storage company in Perth. It came about when I needed some extra space to store my pride and joy. I am talking about my beloved scooter! Usually, I have spot in our garage where I usually park it. But because my cousin Amy came over and stayed at our place for about a month, it meant that my usual spot for my scooter was taken! So prior to her coming over, I planned ahead to hire some storage space. That is when I searched high and low for a storage facility within the Perth metro area that is secured and would provide me with easy access to my scooter (if required). But it also had to be affordable. After all, I didn’t want to spend a massive amount. At the same time, I wanted my beloved scooter to be safe.

Anyways, to cut the long story short. I ended up choosing this storage facility with awesome reviews. To be honest with you, it was mainly due to the good reviews I saw online that made my decision that little bit easier. After my experience with these mob, the online reviews were oh so true! I could not fault their service. From the time my phone call was answered to the final bit of saying goodbye to them. It was nothing but awesome service all around. All in all, I definitely recommend them if you’re looking to store your beloved items.

storage in Perth


Why skip bins are my friend!

Now there’s an intriguing post title. “Why skip bins are my friend!” Many of you will probably be scratching your head wondering what the hell am I talking about. Easy easy. Rest assured I will be telling you why. In fact, I’d gladly write a few paragraphs about it. Just thank me later yeah? LOL.

Now, ever since I was little – I loved keeping things tidy. It all came from my mum. You can call her someone who is a “clean freak” to put it nicely. She used to keep our house spotless. Not a dust in sight. If it was, she’d say to us that the place needs a cleanup. Now there’s two side of this obsession. 1) The place stays immaculate (which dad absolutely loves) and 2) It made mum (and the rest of us) tired from the overkill of constantly cleaning the place up. As you would probably guessed, this is where the skip bins come in. Well, there’s more to the story than let say meets the eye. But just let me summarise it for the sake of this post not turning into a freakin’ 1000 words content killer!

Here goes… Dad works as a garbage collector in his early days in suburbian Sydney. As much as the job may make some people puke, he was proud of the fact. He went on to fulfill his duties like a hard working Australian citizen did. Whilst working he met someone by the name of Mark. Mark also worked as a rubbish collector for many years. Long story short, Mark moved over to Perth not long after they became friends. Dad always use to tell me stories about how hard working Mark was. How he respected the man’s work ethics. He said Mark was also a top bloke. So I guess, perhaps Dad is missing him.

Fast forward a few years later. we found out that Mark runs his own rubbish collection business over in Perth. His brand was Wizz Binz. He still own and operate this skip bin hire business, check out his website at WizzBinz.com.au if you like. If you live in Perth I would seriously contact him of you’re after a skip bin or two. He’s got a variety of skip bins of various sizes. I am sure he’ll have one that will suit your needs. Oh yeah, his bins are bright orange and if you ask me, it looks awesome. A lot better than the other bins you sometime see around Perth. Check out a pic of his bright orange bin below:

wizz binz skip bin

So why does Mark has got to do with me moving to Perth? Well like I said in my previous post, prior to me moving to Perth; I had a close friend who lives there. As much as I love my friends, I was also close to family. They are everything to me. So when I told that about me wanting to Perth, the decision was easy. Why? Because Mark lives there! I guess you can call it fate?


Where do I live?

Somewhat a mystery to many, especially since I didn’t reveal it in any of my pages; is the whereabouts I am from or where I am currently living in. Not that I didn’t want to share the details, but to put it quite simply… I forgot. Yep, even the best of us forget. Hahaha. Well, I’m making up for it in this post. So if you’d like to know a bit more background about me then continue to read this post.

As you know, I was born in the year that was 1978. The place of birth is Sydney Australia. But I am now currently residing in Perth, Western Australia. So there you go! You know now even more about me. And the cool thing is that this is only my second post. Imagine if you stuck around more in the future. You will know a whole lot more about me. Well, more than my about page will ever tell you.

Before you ask why I chose to live in Perth, I wanted you to know that I adored Sydney. So absolutely nothing against Sydney; I just simply wanted a scenery change. Since of my best friend lived in Perth all her life. I decided to join her. It’s as simple as that.

If there’s anything else that you want to know about me, simply comment below.


Welcome to my domain!

A shout out to the world wide web. My blog, my story. Here’s my first post but it will definitely won’t be my last. You may not know me, but I promise that if you follow me – you will fall in love with me! Well, in a non-creepy way.

My name is Mika and I was born in 1978. Hence the appropriately named blog Mika78[dot]com! I must say I was lucky to pick up the domain name as I was searching for a suitable domain name high and low to no avail. Until very recently, I was browsing the web and came across the domain Mika78 listed for sale. Needless to say, I bought it right there and then!

For now, what I would like you to do is to bookmark this blog of mine. Let me take you in my life and let me share my stuff. Make sure you come back to read my future posts. Most of the times, I would write about ordinary everyday stuff. But then again, wouldn’t you rather read about something you can relate? I will say no more!