August 23, 2014

Mani. (****)

Good Afternoon,

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What wonderful weather in Melbourne today! I'm so ready for Spring! This has been my first full winter in Melbourne since 2011 and I'm so over it... I'm mainly sick of my winter wardrobe - I hate winter fashion.

This past week has been a very economical one for me. Rode to work, packed my lunches, and didn't go out for any midweek dinners.

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Yesterday at work they had a manicure station set up in the office with all the Mecca Cosmetica nail colours and their brand new products to assist in perfecting your nails. As a very impatient nail painter, my favourite product is the Ready Set Quick Dry Nail Mist - the name speaks for itself.

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The Polished Up Mani-Pedi Perfector is also a tool I need in my life... For when you get nail polish on your skin around your nails (ie. every time).

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From midday yesterday, the design team went on an excursion to visit various stores and showrooms participating in Melbourne Indesign - more relevant to interior designers than graphic designers, but it's always good to be exposed to other areas in design.

All these places we visited were excellent hosts... We got so much free food and drinks, heh.

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... and napkins!

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So many sweet treats! This is just a snippet of how spoilt we were.

Visiting all these furniture showrooms made me wish I had my own place to decorate! ... But in reality, I feel like I'd be too poor to indulge in such things if I were to move out right now. I wish they sold more Muji furniture here... So stylish and affordable... I want my whole house to be Muji (including their BGM soundtracks!).

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Had a very quiet Friday night at home. Had a flick through a couple of magazines I picked up at Melbourne Indesign. I quickly lost interest in Habitus with ads on every spread distracting me... But Alquimie was a beautiful publication, I spent some time admiring the layout design then gave it to my brother who appreciates quality alcoholic beverages (being a part-time bartender).

Looks like this weekend will be a peaceful one. A quiet week is a good week IMO.

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P.S. I would really appreciate it if people would quit being nice to me only when they want something from me... Lately a bunch of people I barely know have been in contact asking for favors ... and to be honest, ceebs.







August 19, 2014

Little Creatures. (*****)

Good Evening,

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I didn't end up doing anything on Saturday after writing my previous post... I had that photoshoot scheduled for the afternoon but it was postponed due to the photographer being ill. I was notified just as I was finishing up my make-up (grr)... It felt like a waste to not go outside with my face done up so I just went for a stroll down High St.

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I'd been quite pimply recently so I popped into Mecca and asked the host to recommend an acne treatment to suit my skin type (dry + sensitive), she convinced me to try out the Malin + Goetz product... At only $30 (ish?), I had nothing to lose.

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After one night's application all my smaller sized pimples were gone in the morning and the larger ones had shrunk noticeably! It hasn't had drying affects on my skin either! Amazing...

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On Sunday Dean and I went on a mini road trip down to Geelong! We checked out the fairly new Little Creatures brewery (opened in Dec last year), I knew it'd be good fun but it exceeded my expectations! We first headed to the canteen, I was so keen to stuff my face in fatty food after a week of semi-dieting leading up to the photoshoot (By semi-dieting I mean cutting down on sweets and junk food).

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They gave us two of these pizzas by mistake, yippee!

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Wish the lamb rips hadn't come last when I was ready to explode (so full due to the bonus pizza!)... They were so yummy but would've been better enjoyed with a less-full stomach.

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The canteen was at its full capacity, it was buzzing! Lots of kids parties (!) and large gatherings... We even saw a couple of familiar faces from Melbourne.

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We participated in the brewery tour which was very educational! I have a new found appreciation for beer (even though I can't enjoy the taste yet...) and respect for Little Creatures as a company, they're as environmentally friendly as you can get. Our tour guide was engaging and very knowledgeable... He'd slip in a little trivia here and there like how the difference between "low carb" beer and regular beer is the equivalent to 2 grains of rice (!)... and that in a scene of a Star Trek movie, they're running around in a spaceship that's actually a brewery.

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Following the tour we had a tasting of all the different types of beer they have on offer (around 10 varieties?!). I'd never noticed how different they were, I actually didn't mind a few of them! I felt very intelligent talking beer with my dad and brother later that evening.

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I surprisingly had room in my stomach for dessert after the tour! This brownie was bliss! It was perhaps the best brownie I've ever had!

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Dean kindly drove me to St. Kilda from Geelong as I had a dinner at Wabi Sabi Garden with my family planned.

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Yummy! I feel like I'm in Japan when I go to this restaurant.

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Had a strong craving for the spicy chicken soup from Hellas on Monday, so I went on my own for lunch. It's such a hit, everyone seated around me was ordering it!

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My oriental face was on the Kit HQ staff picks e-mail that went out today... Haha.

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August 16, 2014

Two and Twenty One. (*****)

Good Afternoon,

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I'm currently eating a bowl of yoghurt with an assortment of fruits and the orange pieces taste like cheese burgers! The mandarin I ate in the morning also had a cheese burger taste... A restaurant I went to last night smelt of cheese burgers too (due to it being on the menu, though). I have never been a particular fan of cheese burgers but I feel like I need to consume one in order to cancel out the taste of them in citrus fruits!

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It was Miss Papillion's 2nd birthday on Monday so I thought I'd get her chains a little maintenance on the eve of her turning 2.

It was also my brother's birthday on Monday, he turned 21. On the eve of his birthday we had a casual dinner at Mama Papa (my second time that week!)

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I love Thai dumplings!

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Best roti in Melbourne... As voted by me.

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The lamb (or was beef?) curry was tasty but the meat to curry ratio wasn't to my liking (I'd prefer less meat...)

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Yum. We were so full after this dinner.

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My colleague who sits next to me at work came back from a holiday in Africa on Monday and had these cute souvenirs for each team member, I got the zebra! He now lives on top of my iMac.

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Joined a few of my colleagues for lunch at Love Pho... Was planning to keep my tummy fairly empty for my brother's 21st dinner that night but ended up having a big bowl of noodles.

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The family gathered to celebrate Jay's 21st at Rockpool. I think it's so special how they print the date on the menus everyday. We had a great experience there, the waiters are professional yet personable, the atmosphere is special and the food was delicious... We over-ordered as per usual.

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I ordered the fish thinking it would be the most healthy option but it turned out to be deep fried! Oh well, it was really good.

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Our waiter probably felt sorry for my brother not having a birthday cake and kindly brought him a little tart with a candle in the middle, so sweet of him.

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Little did he know that we had a massive cake back at home...

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The week was a pretty chilled one, before I knew it, it was Friday. Had lunch in the sun at Top Paddock with a group of girls from work.

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Went out for dinner last night with Monica and Shenia, it felt so good to be reunited. We had a sensible dinner at Shimbashi where they make their own soba noodles... Come to think of it, Melbourne lacks places that do soba the traditional ways (there are loads of hip  cafes with soba salads and such though...). I wouldn't be surprised if it's the next Melbourne food-craze though, considering how guilt-free and delicious it is!

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Got home before midnight and came across my dream room-wear set on Facebook! A Lowry's Farm collaboration with LINE... Waaaaaant. Wouldn't wear character prints out but it's a different story for inside the house! They're subtle anyway, how cute is little Cony popping out of the butt pocket?!

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