So long, farewell…

January 8, 2010

Goodbyes suck.

Disney College Program Disadvantage:
Saying goodbye to those you have grown close to over
the last few months who’s program ends before your own.

I’ll miss you guys so much!

The Cirque crew farewelling Jenny, Sean and Mike 😦


All Dressed Up…

January 3, 2010

For New Years Eve at Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba!

Despite the fact that we are dressed like boys,
aren’t we just the cutest things you’ve ever seen..?

Australia, Puerto Rico, China & South Korea... what a mouth full!

Guests, please note: NO PHOTOGRAPHY!!!!

The Cirque usher gang looking very sharp pre-show!

New Years Eve at Cirque was a blast. We had two shows as  normal, both sold out, but the ending of each show was quite the sight. All the guests were given different coloured glow sticks, and at the end of the show when the lights went down just before the  performers ran out to take their bows all 1,600 guests cracked their glow sticks and started spinning them in the air.

At the same time, hundreds of balloons fell from the ceiling while ‘Happy New Year’ lighting appeared on the walls. The band started playing Auld Lang Syne while the performs took their final bows. I was standing in the mezzanine looking down on this all and let me tell you, it really was something. Such a pretty sight. It was a spectacular ending to an amazing and life-changing year and I couldn’t image spending it anywhere else with anyone else.

We were out by 11pm and after that it was PARTYYYY TIME!

<insert limited drunken memory here>

I really love my Cirque family. The Disney International College Program was the best decision of my life and I’m glad I picked the 12 month program instead of the 6 month one otherwise I’d be going home in two weeks, and I’m by no means ready for that yet. There are, however, several College Programees at Cirque that I have grown fairly close with that leave next week. I’m not sure how to say goodbye to them. They have all become a part of my daily life here and since none of us have our families here with us, we all act as family to one another. It is going to be so hard to say goodbye. I’m 110% positive that my softer side will come out next week and that I will bawl my eyes out whilst trying to part ways.

I am not a fan of goodbyes 😦


HAPPY NEW YEAR!

December 31, 2009

It is such an odd concept to grasp; it is already 5:24am on January 1, 2010 back home in Melbourne, Australia.

Right now it is currently 1:24pm on December 31, 2009. Odd.

Each year I sit at home texting my mates here in the U.S. wishing them a Happy New Year almost a whole day before they actually reach it, but now that I am here, stuck in 2009, it is such a puzzling thought. Oh well. Stuck in the past it is… well, at least for the next 10.5 hours.

Oh, by the way, I’d like to thank you all for the wonderful ‘Happy New Year’ texts at 8am this morning. I was all snuggling in my blankets, sleeping and dreaming away ever so soundly when my cell phone crazily started buzzing away. Nice gesture, only I rolled over and went back to sleep.

Happy New Year to every one back home in Australia.
I hope you have a safe and prosperous 2010 and
that all your wishes and dreams come true…
and let’s be honest, they will come true because
you will all get to see me again in 2010. Ha!

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Ringing in the New Year in Australia…

Pretty much the only thing Sydney is good for.

Sydney Harbour Bridge fireworks spectacular.

This year has been one of the best years of my life. There is just simply too much to mention, but if I tried to sum it up it would go something like this…

New job. New friends. Life changes. Responsibility.
Bushfires. Australians unite together.
Hating on
old job.
Excitement and good news. Stress. Quit new
job.
Quit old job (finally). Stress. Left my friends.
Left my family. Emotions. Canada. Visit old friends.
Moved my entire life. America.  Disney. Started a new life.

Overwhelmed.
New experiences. New responsibilities.
New friends. New job. New culture. New learnings.
New place in life. New outlook on life. More travels.
Old friends.
Kelly Clarkson. Missing family.
Missing friends. Missing my cat. Lonely Christmas.

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Here’s to 2010. I hope it’s an amazing year for all. I know I’m damn well looking forward to it!

xo


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

October 31, 2009

EEEEEEEEE today is Halloween here in the U.S.A. and I scored the night off work!

I’m so bloody excited. I wish I was able to express through my typing just how excited I am because I feel these pointless words that I’m typing aren’t doing my excitement justice… maybe this will work… OMG I AM SOOOOOO EXCITED RIGHT NOW!! Hmmm, you get the point.

Back home in Australia we do not celebrate Halloween. I mean, you always have that one kid in your neighbourhood try to instigate Halloween by dressing up and going door-to-door trick-or-treating, but that is pretty much it. Boring! So, today will be my first ever Halloween celebration and I’m so pumped for it.

We are pre-gaming at a mates house then heading over to Downtown Orlando to drink and dance the night away in our cute little costumes! Photos and stories to follow.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!


Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi!

October 24, 2009
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Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba

So, in case you are a wee bit slow and haven’t yet gathered that I work for Disney at Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba in Orlando, Florida, here is a reminder: Hi, my name is Lynda and I work at Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba. Phew. Glad we got that cleared up.

The dude to the far right in the photo is my favourite performer in the La Nouba production. He is one of four Les Cons who pretty much appear throughout the entire one hour and forty minute show and are guaranteed to make you laugh one way or another. When I usher upstairs in Curtain C, he always comes through and we have an enjoyable short chat which usually begins with him mocking my Aussie-ness by saying “G’day mate!” in his Polish accent.

When I first started at Cirque a few months back and he found out that I was Aussie, he told me that one of the Power Track performers was actually from Australia, so since then, it has been my mission to meet her.

Power Track performers - Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba

Power Track performers - Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba

Today, my mission was finally conquered… it only took about three months… not bad hey! (Gheeez, Lynda, could you have possibly taken any longer?!?)

I bumped into her out the back of Cirque and we had a nice Aussie chat! I love meeting and talking to Australians here, they’re all so laid back and relaxed so there was never an awkward silence in the conversation, it just kept flowing. She’s a Brissy girl but has been living in the U.S. for the last eight years. After hearing this, I was surprised that her Aussie accent was still so noticeable, although she seemed surprised when I told her that! We chatted for a good five to ten minutes but then she had to go and warm up for the 6pm show. I’m super glad we got the chance to meet and chat, she was so sweet… but then again, most of us Aussie’s are 😉 haha.


“Can I See You In My Office Please?…”

October 9, 2009

Really? I’ve only been here for a whole twelve minutes!!! What the heck sort of trouble could I cause in such a short time span that is deemed “can I see you in my office” worthy?!?! *craps pants*

Those seven little words are never usually a good thing, so you can just imagine the frantic mode of panic my heart flipped into when my manager announced it to me in front of everyone in the box office today at Cirque. I’m pretty sure my heart skipped a beat and within a matter of seconds, I had played out every possible scenario from the last few days that may have served as  “can I see you in my office” worthy. The only thing I could think of was maybe laughing too loud… that, or corrupting the poor, innocent Chinese girl. Haha.

To panic, or not to panic? That is the question.

To panic, or not to panic? That is the question.

I guess my manager saw me freak out a little and enter managers’-office-panic-mode because her next line was the wonderfully relieving, “Don’t worry, you’re not in trouble.” *un-craps pants* Phew. My heart beat and blood pressure returned to normal and I felt a wave of relief pass over me, although now, I was just plain confused. If she had just left it at “can I see you in my office?” I would have just assumed I was getting into trouble for something; what? I don’t know. But at least I knew it was something. However, as soon as she followed “can I see you in my office?” up with “don’t worry, you’re not in trouble” I had absolutely no idea why she’d want me in there, so at this point in time, I was extremely confused. Again, I started playing out non-trouble related scenarios in my head from the last few days. Ahhhh I couldn’t pin point any! PANIC!? YES? NO? PANIC? MAYBE!?!  PANIC! YES, AHHHHH!

I jumped off my seat and slowly made my way over to her office…

“Lynda! I just wanted to say thank you for *Saturday night. You were amazing and handled everything extremely well!”

So, this is what relief feels like! Haha. I was so happy to know I was being rewarded for my good efforts. After working 8.5 years in the same job before coming to Orlando and busting my ass and never getting anything in return, I finally felt like what I was doing had meaning and was being recognised. She held out three DVD’s, all Disney, of course, and told me to pick one. EEEE how exciting… Enchanted, Wall-E or The Incredibles… How could I reject the cuteness that is Wall-E???

Ummm, guys, that was a rhetorical question… YOU CAN’T! Wall-E it is 🙂 Along with the DVD was a personalised thank you card which said…

“Lynda, great job Saturday night. Thanks for all your hard work.”

This just made my day. Too sweet. I wasn’t expecting anything in return so to receive the DVD and the card was just amazing. Made me feel all happy inside… so happy I wanted to do my happy dance… but I restrained myself, it was tough, but I managed! Haha.

Today was a good day 🙂

Wall-E and Thank You card from my manager :-)

Wall-E and Thank You card from my manager 🙂

*Saturday night: Last Saturday during the 9pm performance of our Cirque do Soleil, La Nouba show, there were some major technical difficulties and malfunctions which resulted in the show being cut short and the Power Track act being skipped. Many guests were pissed off by this and gathered at the box office after the show to complain. Long story short, we had to offer a whole bunch of free ‘welcome back‘ tickets. It was utter chaos!!!


Dear Melbourne…

October 7, 2009

I you, really, I do. You are one of the most beautiful cities this world has to offer (Bias? Who, Me? Never!). You will always be home… BUT… and Melbourne, promise you wont hate on me, buttttt…

… I want to move to the U.S.A. on an E3 visa after my J1 visa expires and I’m done with the Disney International College Program.

Anyone know of any U.S. companies that sponsor E3 visas? Better yet… anyone want to employ me when I’m done? *cough* Marketing Travel/Tourism position *cough*

Pretty please?

LOVE this country

HOME: Melbourne, Australia

HOME: Melbourne, Australia