April 23, 2014

E is For... (***)

Good Evening,

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Hope you all enjoyed and made the most of the Easter long weekend. I have to admit that I got a bit bored... Apart from going out for dinner twice (fun fun fun), I just lazed around on my lounge room floor refreshing Instagram every 5 minutes while semi-watching the royal couple's live coverage of their tour in Australia (zzzzzzz). Quite frankly, I'm glad to be back at work.

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My Easter highlight was definitely catching up with my three best friends. Bianca's back! I love it when all four of us gather, I get too happy and clingy, never wanting to part and go home.

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We ended up at Ito for dinner again... The city nowadays is so populated and overwhelming, the perfect place for a quiet dinner is Ito because it's never busy and they have comfy seats. The food is whatevs but you're not paying much for it anyway.

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Monica got each of us a lovely Easter gift! Cute rings made out of old typewriter keys from White Moose.


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My outfit yesterday, this dress has either shrunk or I have gotten taller!

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It was announced yesterday that Lorde's Australian Tour has been postponed due to sickness. Bianca and I had tickets to her show tomorrow so we're pretty bummed, especially 'cos Bianca came down from Queensland to attend the concert with me! Ah both/all the shows I've gotten tickets to this year have been heavily postponed... Oh well, you can't get angry at anyone for being unwell.

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Walking home from the train station got a million times scarier since daylight savings ended... It's pitch black in my neighbourhood by the time I get home at 6:30! I got so frightened when a couple of men got off the same train and walked in exactly the same direction as me (I barely ever have company walking home)... I ended up walking around the whole block in the rain just to avoid them.


April 19, 2014

A New Favourite. (***)

Good Evening,

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I've had a very quiet long weekend so far, a much needed rest (though I admit I'm already getting bored).

My brother and I rode our bikes down to Prahran to meet our dad for dinner at a French restaurant. My mother laughed at me for wearing this shirt but it was totally unintentional.

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It was our second time at Chez Olivier, and I have to say, this place has quickly become one of my favourite restaurants in Melbourne! I just wish I knew how to pronounce the name... I'm terrible with foreign languages, is the "Z" silent?!

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Their homemade cinnamon butter is so memorable and addictive, I wish they sold it in tubs!

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Our delicious entrees, they were all perfect.

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Our mains. My eye fillet steak was heavenly, hands down the best steak I've ever had. I loved all of the elements except for the foie gras (which both my dad and brother thought was delicious).

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My upside-down apple tart, a good note to finish on.

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My dad checking in on Facebook, haha.

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In unrelated news... I think I want these shoes... Despite my hate for high heeled sneakers, triangular motifs, and the fact that they won't go with 87% of my wardrobe.  I still want.


April 18, 2014

Good Good Friday +日本語 (*****)

Good Afternoon,

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Happy Easter everyone! What a great little holiday, I like that Easter doesn't come with any obligations (for me at least) and that all chocolate consumption is guilt-free and encouraged!


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The Easter Bunny came early and visited my workplace! Delicious eggs by Koko Black were placed on everyone's desks on Wednesday morning. The design team also received treats from a paper supplier.


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We also had a morning tea with hot cross buns at work. I had three...


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But perhaps my favourite part of Easter, now that I work full time are the four times I can sleep in in the mornings! I had an amazing sleep last night, 98% sleep quality and 10 hours of slumber... On most weekdays my sleep quality is between 60% ~ 70% and only sleep for around 6 hours.



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On Monday I had plans to see Fergie/Ferguson/Dr. Ferg after work for a cheap dinner. I rode my bike from work into the city for the first time and the views were spectacular. We caught up at Guzman & Gomez (?) and I had a delicious barramundi burrito, IT WAS SO GOOD... light, fresh, tangy, and perfectly balanced.  We always end up talking like two high school girls (Fergie is a boy), it was fun.



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My outfit on Tuesday.



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A new shopping complex (The Emporium) in the CBD opened its doors on Wednesday so Dean and I went to check it out after work. It wasn't as crowded as I had feared, it was nice and spacious! In terms of occupying stores, I find it weird that a lot of them have stores operating in Melbourne Central just next door... The main star of the Emporium though (in m'pinion) is Uniqlo, the first store to open in Australia taking over 4 levels! The store set-up is consistent with the Uniqlo's in Japan (where the bran originates), the pricing is still reasonable (but obviously not as cheap), and you can tell that they're trying to teach the, "Japanese service" to staff (surprised to see that they imported store managers from Japan to train the local staff).

街のど真ん中に新しくショッピングセンターが出来てオープンの日にディーンと行ってきました.とても広くて思ってたほど混んでなかったです.このモールで1番注目されてる店はなんと日本のユニクロです!オーストラリア1号店!4階もあって店内は日本とほとんど変わらないです.日本からの店長がたくさん日本の接客をオーストラリア人のスタッフに教えに来てるみたいでこだわりにびっくりしました.「いらっしゃいませ」の変わりに、「Hello, welcome to Uniqlo」でした.

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The Guzman & Gomez in the food court were giving away free burritos. Since my barramundi burrito was so life changing on Monday I ordered it again but it wasn't half as good... It tasted totally different but I don't blame 'em as they were probably super busy in the kitchen.


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Free gin cocktails... It was way stronger than I had imagined, the taste reminded me of tequila (bad, bad memories) so I couldn't finish it.


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I was in a bit of a pickle with my shopping bags as they didn't fit in my basket but I was smart and wore the tote as a backpack. Also, as you can see, the second Muji opened there... It's slightly bigger than the one in Chadstone but still very small compared to the stores in Japan. I was hoping that it'd be bigger and include their furniture range!



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My outfit on Thursday, so ready for the long weekend!


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This is how my body tells me that winter is here... My hands get so hyper-dry which results in cracking and bleeding! It's like the pain of a paper cut times 5! Ah.



April 13, 2014

A Weekend Away. (*****)

Good Evening,

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On the 9th it was my 2 year anniversary with Dean.

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That stamp is so perfect in depicting the moment we became an official couple, the log and everything!

It's been a peaceful and comfortable two years... I think those two adjectives sum up our relationship pretty well.

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Our anniversary landed on a weekday so we could only go out for dinner after we both finished work. (lol we look so small in this photo). I let Dean choose the restaurant and we ended up dining at Ezard on Flinders Lane, somewhere I've passed 3435453 times but had never noticed.

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It's probably the fanciest place we've ever been together but it wasn't too fancy to the point of tiny tiny portions of dots and froth on a plate. The entrees only look small because we got them to half them so we could have a plate each of two entrees. I enjoyed everything except for my main snapper which could've done with a bit more flavour (I resisted asking for salt because I thought they might get offended...) It was a nice gesture of them to write, "Happy Anniversary" on our dessert platter plate when Dean had only briefly mentioned it on the phone.


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During my lunch break the following day I walked past the Corner Hotel and saw a poster up for the long awaited W.A.S. show that I bought tickets to over 6 months ago (!!!)... It was initially scheduled for January but it got heavily postponed to May. I remember fantasizing about getting a job at Mecca by the time of the show and walking to the venue (just down the road) after work, now it'll be a reality! Maybe I'll even bump into Keith Murray during my lunch break, or overhear their soundcheck... heh.

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Had SpudBar for lunch, it was so filling but I managed to finish it (just).

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Oh boy, I went LINE crazy with my phone and downloaded these adorable wallpapers!


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Dean planned a weekend getaway to Daylesford/Hepburn for our anniversary. Our first stop was the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa.

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Super nice facilities but we agreed that it was way overpriced at $90 each for entry into all the spas and scones. I think I would have significantly enjoyed myself more if the water wasn't so lukewarm, I like my baths at at LEAST 40 degrees. We had a great relaxing time there but it isn't somewhere you'd go again... I much prefer and recommend the Peninsula Hot Springs.

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The scones were really good but I got stung by a wasp on my leg (weird 'cos I wasn't even provoking it)... I've only gotten stung once before when I was a kid and it's funny how tolerance to pain changes when you age, it didn't hurt that much this time 'round.

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Deanus booked us a stunning Villa (Hepburn and Hepburn) as a surprise!

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Tucked away in a secluded area just opposite the hotsprings.

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Complimentary treats!

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It was so nice! There's a curtain that goes around the glass bathroom by the way.

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One of my favourite features was the fireplace.

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And the balcony which was bliss after a hot bath. Apparently wild kangaroos and echidnas come out to play sometimes.

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We went to the local pub (Farmer's Arms?) for dinner. It was buzzing and we had to wait for a table but the food was worth it. I had the lamb shanks. This is the kind of food you want to enjoy when in a rural town.

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The nice guy at the Villa allowed us to check in later at 1PM which allowed us to sleep in, apparently Dean had a dream that I dumped him though... Ha. My front teeth fell out again in my dream, it's probably my most frequent dream/nightmare. Anyway, we had lunch at a cute little place called Beer and Breakfast. I liked my corn fritters (a lot) but Dean was underwhelmed with his hashbrowns.

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After having a walk around town (which didn't take long at all) we headed to Lavandula, a Swiss Italian Farm best known for their lavender fields. Since it's now Autumn, the lavenders weren't too spectacular but the farm had a nice country atmosphere.

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Even though we had just eaten, we shared a platter of goodies and had cake (not in that order, ha). I was so happy with my apple cake and my lavender lemonade. I also had a pot of lavender tea which was quite nice too.

We really seemed to be attracting the wasps of Daylesford... This is Dean freaking out and looking like a wizard casting spells (or simply a madman).

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I fell asleep during the drive back home to Melbourne but woke up for ice cream from Ben and Jerry's... I deeply regretted getting two scoops in a special cone, it was too much... The "couch potato" flavour was good, it had chocolate covered potato chip clusters in it, best combination.

I should sleep now! Bye!


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