March 2, 2015

Off my Chest. (*****)

Good Evening,

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Oops, quite some time has passed since my last entry.

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The Saturday before last, Dean and I were in the city for his friend's birthday party (so lovely of her to invite me, I had a great time!) before heading out into White Night. We had plans to see The Hobbit at the Moonlight Cinema but it was cancelled due to a little sun shower at 5PM… Pretty disappointing seeing as it was the perfect balmy night for it.

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The projections on the Exhibition Building were so next level! The leafy one above made us feel as if we were in a video game.

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The following day, Dean,  Bianca, her twin and I had plans to check out the Adelphi Rooftop Pool Bar… We were so keen but when we got there, the bitter man told us that he couldn't let us up because it was after 5PM (10 minutes past!), I had even called up prior to making our way there and the guy said the pool closes at 7PM and didn't even mention the 5PM cut off. He was clearly a stubborn person so we didn't even bother to reason with him… We just left and ended up swimming at Bianca's family's pool and having a jolly time.

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After a dip in the pool we went down on to the streets to snack on delicious Asian street food, stalls were up to celebrate Lunar New Year.

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We had a lie down along the river below the fire blowing [retired] water fountains.

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On Tuesday after work I attended my second Personal Training class. It was difficult to learn all the different activities but it was lots of fun… I learnt that I can't do pushups, not even one proper one.

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On my way to work on Friday, Dean waited by the road until I passed and captured me enjoying my sunny morning ride… I'm not ready for Autumn, I feel like summer didn't grace Melbourne this year!

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Another photo Dean took after work when we rode to Fitzroy to attend the launch party for Melbourne Whip - a neat free publication featuring the bikes and riders of Melbourne.

P.S. I bought this Kloke dress on Thursday night at the preview night of the Magic Designer Sale, it's the comfiest thing in my wardrobe!

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Dean and his bike are featured in this first issue.

That night while a group of Dean's mates and I were grabbing burritos from Trippy Taco, we heard of the chilling news that a young man had been killed riding his bike down Sydney road by a careless woman not checking before she flung her door open and forcing him onto the path of a moving truck. Every cyclist's worst nightmare and biggest fear because it's just so unexpected…

Watch the video below (couldn't figure out how to embed?!) before you jump to victim blaming conclusions like so many did on social media before footage was released (Note: In Victoria cyclists are to ride to the left of traffic, often wedged between traffic and parked cars - it's illegal to ride on the footpath)… The rivalry between motorists and cyclists in Australia causes me much grief  - a person's mode of transport does not define them, we're all human at the end of the day and both good and bad road users exist regardless of what's getting them from A to B.


The poor lady in the video who lost her son to another dooring incident articulates her opinion well, views I totally share. A bunch of cyclists are rallying towards better bike infrastructure which would be ideal but I think education and awareness really is the key - most roads (that I've ridden, at least) are safe just as long as everyone is obeying the rules and sharing a mutual respect.

… Evident in some of the insensitive, irrelevant, ill-informed comments on the video, unfortunately we're not quite there with the respect part…  

In my opinion there's no fair compensation for taking an innocent person's life and ruining others' (Truck driver + loved ones) out of a subconscious low regard for others (the word,"mistake" is too forgiving for my liking). Dangerous acts on a car, bike, motor bike and even on foot shouldn't be tolerated. It's not a nice way to be reminded but following some of the road casualties of late, I hope people have reflected and become more cautious and responsible on the road.

End rant.

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Saturday night 6 of us caught up over a feast at Gyoza Douraku and dessert at a place close by. We got to sit in the private room! Yay.

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Nutella and peanut butter crepes with ice cream, caramel sauce and fruits… Was so good.

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On Sunday Dean's family had a spare ticket to the air show so they (he) invited me to join them.

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The shows were very spectacular… It all looked very dangerous to me.

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The food stalls there were good!

It was a nice day out, something different for a change! The crowd there reminded me of the people from my hometown, Taupo (NZ). The enthusiasm of some of the grown men there (Dean included) was kinda pure and cute.

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February 21, 2015

Weakling. (*****)

Good Afternoon,

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I don't think I've mentioned it here but I bought tickets to see Kele a few weeks ago. The show's at the Corner Hotel across the road from my workplace and tickets were only $25!

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If I'd known he had a show scheduled in Ballarat I think I would have made a day trip out of it… Have the ultimate high school flashback day and go to Sovereign Hill during the day before seeing my teenage idol live. I wonder if there are any Kele fans in Ballarat though…

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Hair styling by my workmate.

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The girl least likely… Ellen Nakamura has signed up to a weekly personal training session at work (for free!). As my mom likes to remind me all the time, it's only downhill from here (my age - 23)… It's probably time I started looking after my body, and it's a good social activity too. There were around 12 girls from work at the first session which was a boxing one, it was fun and was easy… AT THE TIME… But for the four days to follow my leg muscles (after boxing?!) ached like never before, I was limping everywhere and felt like my legs could buckle at any given moment… It felt like someone had bashed my legs with a hammer 34453453 times, haha. Of course, this pain was embraced and I was pleased to see that my body fat percentage had gone from almost 30% to 25% since the session which is still not great but the lowest it's been since I was a child.

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On Wednesday we had a Brown Bag Lunch at work where everyone eats lunch (catered) together before listening to a lecture. The speaker talked about the idea of positive psychology which is something I believe in (to an extent) and owe my personal achievements and good health to. I enjoyed his talk, it reinforced the importance of freeing the mind of negativity and self-doubt.

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On Thursday we had a team lunch out in the sun at the Little Berties (?) courtyard. It's a little hidden gem run by Berties Butchers on Swan St.

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I had a very delicious meal! Lamb shanks with roasted sweet potatoes.

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After dinner at home last night my mom drove me to a new ice cream parlour in Elsternwick. It was really buzzing and the owner who served us was nice but the ice cream was pretty average… It probably would have been fine pre-Messina but I can't un-taste their next-level ice cream.

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February 15, 2015

Autobiography. (*****)

Good Afternoon,

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My birth-week bled into the beginning of the week just passed.

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My lovely workmates showered me with cute gifts.

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I have decided to assign this gold polka dot bowl as my desk snack bowl.

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We went out for a team lunch at Dimitri's Feast. I very much enjoyed my moussaka and the calamari we shared!

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They also organised the waitress to bring out these celebratory cupcakes, so nice of them.

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Also redeemed my birthday freebies earlier in the week. So good.

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On Wednesday we had another breakfast ride before work with an addition of a new member! This time we chose Top Paddock as our breakfast venue.

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I had their famous hotcakes which exceeded my expectations in terms of yumminess but was too heavy for breakfast before work… I felt so bloated for the rest of the day.

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Cuties!

We hope to recruit more riders from work to make this a regular thing. It's such a great way to start the day and is surprisingly energising.

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On Friday night my mom and I went to Chadstone for a bit of a browse. We had a great food court meal from Roll'd.

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… and rich sundaes from the Lindt Cafe. I had the raspberry one, it tasted way better than it looked.

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Was tempted to wear a red dress on Valentine's Day but chickened out and opted for a subtle red lip instead.

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Dean and I went to Cinema Nova's equivalent of Village's Gold Class. For the same price as admission into Gold Class ($39), Nova Deluxe offers a movie screening in a comfy intimate cinema with food and drinks included in the cost! They brought out our lunch after it had gone dark so I couldn't really see my food but it was like a lunch box by MoVida (according to Dean?) with an assortment of finger food… I asked for no goats cheese but my request was ignored and I got a shock biting into the goats cheese since I couldn't avoid it in the dark, haha. Apart from the cheese it was pretty nice.

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We saw The Theory of Everything, the film based on Stephen Hawking's first wife's [auto]biography on his rise to fame and their marriage. It was a charming love story but also quite inspiring knowing that it was based on real life couple who faced these unconventional hurdles. Dean and I both really enjoyed it. Speaking of autobiographies, I just realized that this blog is pretty much an autobiography!… A very badly written and mundane one that will never get turned into a Hollywood film.

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From Carlton, we ended up walking to T by Luxbite near Southern Cross Station. Dean got me an emoji cake which was quite the novelty but actually very delicious.

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For dinner we went to Mugen Ramen which was tucked away in an alley off Flinders Lane. The space was really cool, I felt like I was in Japan! I had the curry tsukemen and we shared the gyoza… Dean knocked over his beer after touching the hot plate my mistake and made an embarrassing mess but they kindly cleaned it up replaced his beer for him.

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