September 30, 2014

Toothless. (***)

Good Evening,

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After receiving tickets from a workmate, Dean and I went to check out the Dreamworks exhibition at ACMI on Sunday.

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We had a nice lunch at Bowery to Williamsburg before hand. Dean had been wanting to go but I kept declining him whenever he suggested it because I barely ever crave bread or sandwiches (I thought their menu was limited, but it turns out I was wrong).

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It was all very delicious. The key lime pie was a standout.

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The exhibition was impressive! I don't think you need to be a fan of Dreamworks to appreciate it, it was great to get an insight into the process and the interactive elements were fun.

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We had some Yo-Chi afterwards... It was yum but totally unnecessary.

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September 27, 2014

27.09.14 (*****)

Good Evening,

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Here's a photo of my dad and I in front of my first Mecca Maxima window design:

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It's fun [for me, at least] to visit the different stores because every design is slightly different depending on the window dimensions.

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On the same day that I weighed myself for the first time in a month and discovered that I'd gained 4kg and was at a weight I told myself I'd never exceed again 3 years ago... I went out for ramen with my mom. Since then it has been a case of "diet starts tomorrow"... Ugh.

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The following day I redeemed myself by getting lunch from The Tofu Shop, my new favourite weekday lunch spot.

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I started traveling on a full fare Myki (public transport card) this week so I'm paying double of what I used to pay... Being the economical person that I am, I want to avoid taking public transport as much as possible... If you think about it, 2 days of utilizing public transport is equal to a decent meal! So this is my rainy day style on my bike, the poncho to protect my clothes and hair and the glasses to shield my eye makeup... Thank goodness for the Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable tinted primer to keep the rest of my face in tact! Ha.

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That day at work we had an afternoon treat to celebrate the launch of mecca.com.au!

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After that I met up with a bunch of friends from university for cheap dumplings. So there were around 10 recent graduates of graphic design around a table and we sat next to the most ironic person, Frances Abbott (daughter of Tony Abbott). I went to school with the loveliest group of people, it was so good to see them again. Wish I could have stayed out for longer. 

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... But I had to meet a couple of my colleges at 7:30AM the following day to do some exciting work in-store at the Maxima store in Highpoint.  I compromised my breakfast for a little extra sleep which I regretted because I got so hungry, cannot handle leaving the house with an empty stomach. After we were done in store, I ducked out to grab a Boost smoothie.

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It was lunchtime by the time we were driving back to work so we stopped at the Victoria Market and had Boreks in the sun, it was bliss. I got two boreks since they were only $3, so cheap! One could easily fill you up though. The two VM girls I spent that morning with are the funniest, I really enjoy their company.

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That night, Dean picked me up from work and we went to the Sun Theatre in Yarraville to see, "Wish I Were Here". The cinema was really mini and they had comfy sofa-style seats, I liked it! As for the film it was okay... Borderline boring... But there were a few good bits.

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We had a post movie dinner at Yim Yam, it was so delicious! Cannot get that duck curry out of my mind.

Since we'd both missed The Bachelor on Thursday night, we watched it online after dinner... Glad Jess was eliminated... she got on my nerves, I didn't like how calculated she was. Still want Lisa to win but I don't think she will... I CAN'T BELIEVE HE'S GOING TO PROPOSE IN THE FINALE NEXT WEEK.

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September 22, 2014

Family Around a Table. (*****)

Good Evening,

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Oops, it's been 10 days between posts... I definitely underestimated 'adulthood' when people told me that I wouldn't be be able to keep up with the daily posts as I get older. Not having spare time is how I like it though, or else I'd get bored...

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Exciting news! My mom and I booked tickets to Paris! We're going in June next year so I'm all ears for travel recommendations.

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A classmate from uni took nice photos of me for a project the other week! I think they turned out great... I really love that light/shadow detail under my feet in the first photo.

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I baked a [if I can say so myself] a delicious lemon tart from scratch last weekend. I followed Phillippa's recipe.

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Also cooked dinner that night.

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My cute heart shaped grocery bag from Alpha 60.

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On Tuesday (?) I was at work from 8:00AM to 9:30PM! We had a breakfast where women from The Hunger Project came to speak to us about their organisation as the company have formed a partnership with them. They aim to break the cycle of poverty by helping the 'hungry' help themselves with a focus on empowering women.

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After work I attended a brand training for a new brand launching into Maxima and Kit, Josie Maran. Their motto is, "luxury with a conscience", they're all about spoiling yourself without spoiling the earth.

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Met up with Obarie (my grandma), aunt, and father at Den on Friday night where my brother made me a lovely fruity cocktail. Obarie came down from Perth and my aunty was visiting all the way from Tokyo.

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For dinner we had Tempura Hajime booked. It was my fourth time dining there (hence the fourth time I probably state this on my blog) but for those unaware, they are a little restaurant that specialize in tempura where the chef cooks in front of a maximum of 15 (ish?) guests a night. We all got the tempura 10 piece course with sushi.

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Freshly fried tempura, bliss.

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Yum.

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Yes! Green tea KitKats from my aunt and homemade strawberry jam from Obarie!

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On Saturday we went to the Grain Store for lunch with Dean. It was very pleasant, love that the menu is different everytime I visit.

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Did not expect my $8-$12 (ish?) dessert to be so beautifully presented!

After lunch us girls went shopping on High Street Armadale... Obarie went a little crazy with her credit card... I wish I could spend money the way she does (though she insists it's a rare occasion...)

For dinner we went to Jim's Greek Tavern, we ordered a lot of seafood!

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In the 452435 times I've eaten here, I think we had the best experience on Saturday night... For the first time we didn't order too much and the young waiter we had was super polite, friendly and worthy of much praise!

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... Since we were in the area we had some sneaky scoops of Messina ice cream.

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Slept in on Sunday and in the afternoon joined the family on a trip out to Doncaster... They were keen to see my first Maxima promotion (which ends soon!) and to do a little shopping.

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We somehow ended up in Koko Black where we had a little chocolate break.

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My brother was finally able to join us for a meal on Sunday night at Guhng. Lol at all the table shots in this post.

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(we had more KBBQ but meat is boring to look at).

That was the last time I saw Obarie and my aunt as they left on Monday night... I love it when my extended family come to visit, I'm very envious of families that live in the same city! Hopefully I'll be visiting them in Perth and Tokyo soon... So keen.

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My lunch today, the spicy chicken soup from Hella's again...! It's so addictive.

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