Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sleeping my Days Away

You are a fortunate person, indeed, if you can begin each day accepting the fact that during that day there will be ups and downs, good breaks and bad ones, disappointments, surprises, unexpected turns of events. — Roy Benjamin
This week in Melbourne has honestly gone by quicker than I imagined, and there's only two more weeks before I head back home. My days have been occupied with either sleeping, lots of eating, shopping, walking and oh did I mention eating? But it's not really a holiday as such when I come since I used to live to here, it's more of a time to spend time with my mum and to re-energise. And the typical Melbournian weather is still dramatically changing on an hourly/daily basis. It was around 35 degrees on the day I arrived and then it went down to around 20 degrees the next two days...

Moving on, one of my favourite places that I usually visit are the arcades and lane-ways found in the Melbourne CBD. They have lovely cafes, stores and displays where everything just looks delicate and pretty.


Interior of The Block Arcade

 The Royal Arcade where one the most delicious macaroon store is located.

How pretty are these cakes? They look so delicious omg. I'm definitely going to have to try out Hopetoun Tea Room before I leave Melbourne. 

I was going to bring my DSLR but it was too heavy and so my dad and brother said not to and WHY DID I LISTEN TO THEM?!? I wish I brought it since I have never had a chance to bring my camera to Melbourne before.

Since Melbourne has daylight savings, the sky is still bright even at 9pm which is strange because it usually gets dark in Brisbane at around 6. It's really nice to go for a stroll along the beach or pier after dinner and watch the sunset but it's like couple central. Couples everywhere you look lol, e v e r y w h e r e .


OH and today while walking across the bridge from Crown Casino, this man was walking and hopped on the edge, grabbed out the fishing rod and started fishing, it was so random.


And remember that time I won that $200 dress voucher? AHEEHAHEHEHA


Congratulations to everyone who got their university offers and good luck to people who are still waiting for the other rounds!!

This is what I'll most likely be doing unless I decide to choose my VTAC offer (which come out tomorrow) instead :)


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ferry

There are many things in life to be thankful for, so don't let one ungrateful individual ruin your entire day.
Okay, well, since I returned from overseas (about two weeks ago), I've only eaten at home twice lol. I don't even know what I'm doing with my life everyday any more.



I spent yesterday evening with Sarah, Adrii, Brendon, Jason and Khang for dinner and dessert at Oxford Street, Bulimba. Sarah thought it'd be cute to catch the ferry from Southbank to Bulimba while Jason, the more practical one out of all of us insisted to catch the bus since it only took around ten minutes while the ferry took fourty-five. I like how we caught the ferry anyway.

We had dinner at The Jetty, which was conveniently located next to the ferry terminal except it was pretty disappointing when the restaurant overbooked our reservation. Our table was originally placed along the patio where we could have had an amazing view of the river, however, we got placed along the wall... Meals took ages to arrive, so by the time they made it to the table we were all starving and dug right in. We ordered the chicken quesadilla with spiced avocado & sour cream; pizza with pancetta, pesto, kalamata olives & buffalo mozzarella; potato gnocchi with basil pesto, heirloom tomatoes & buffalo mozzarella and grilled eye fillet with potato fondant, wild mushrooms, double smoked bacon & veal glaze. I thought the gnocchi tasted quite nice, except the serving portion was too small.

The Chicken Quesadilla that tasted too spicy for Adrii to handle. Sarah has nicer photos on her blog here: http://srhtrng.blogspot.com.au/

 Jason and Sarah are too cute 

After dinner, we strolled over to Mud Bar where we had dessert and met up with Melisa since she was there with other friends beforehand. Sarah and Jason ordered this drool worthy Death Row which was basically twelve or so different types of chocolate combined into one dessert. If you haven't been to Mud Bar, I would highly recommend you to try their desserts.

 We crossed Love St. along the way, awwww.

 Khang and Adrii's Ferrero dessert.


Brendon and my Mud Chocolate Tape.

My sneaky shot since he says he doesn't like photos that much 


The city lights were so pretty on our way back to Southbank via ferry.

I spent my afternoon today with my lovely Bella for a cute brunch date at Brew. I've been planning to go there for quite some time now and it's an underground cafe along Queen Street Mall opposite Top Sushi and Mos Burger. I ordered a smoked chicken and pesto toasted sandwich and yep, I also highly recommend you try that place out too.

It was also my first time eating at Wara Wara for dinner, as I met up with Melisa, Sandra and Alice later on. I ordered the Chicken Mayo Don and it was reasonably priced and the portion was just right, considering how hungry I was by then. We continued being fatties and ordered the Deluxe Tasting Plate at Movenpick. We ordered (from top right to bottom left): Creme Brulee (my favourite out of them all), Panacotta, Tiramisu, Maple Walnut, Rum and Raisin (the rum flavour was so intense) and Cappuccino.


I'm leaving to Melbourne tomorrow night and I will be returning back home either late January or early February so hopefully I'll keep blogging while I'm away, not that you will be missing out on much. 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Dolly Eye: Georgiae Brown

A big hello to all you lovely readers! Today, I have a circle lens review on Georgiae Brown from The Dolly Eye which is one of my favourite series.



PRODUCT DESCRIPTION 
Diameter: 14.5 mm 
Base Curve: 8.60 mm 
Water Content: 38% - 45%
Duration: 1 year disposable 
Power Available: 0-10.00



Size and Design: After more than a month of not really wearing any circle lens (I was overseas and so I wore my clear ones instead), it felt weird having big eyes again. The Georgiae lenses are 14.5mm, however the thick black outer ring of the lens gives a more noticeable enlarging appearance of the eyes. Personally, I think these lens look weird without makeup to compensate the large eyes, but then again, I say the same about 14mm lenses too.

Along with the design, the lens weren't too bright or evident even in photos regardless of flash. The pattern gave a nice blended brown appearance which I particularly liked. The design itself looks really pretty as seen in the photo below, it's like mini swirls :)


Natural Light (Without  flash): 


With flash:



Colour and Comfort: I like the brown colour of these and they aren't nearly as bright and noticeable as the Fynale J12 brown lenses in my previous circle lens review. The pattern of the Georgiae lens blends with the pupil so the colour and design isn't as obvious when worn and I personally prefer it that way since it looks a lot more subtle and natural. These lens are fairly comfortable, I wore this pair for around seven hours without them feeling dry or irritating which is always a good thing. 


 Overall Ratings: 

Size: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Enlargement: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Comfort: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Design: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Colour: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Overall: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ 


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year

I know this is a little late, but happy new year to you all! I hoped you all had a wonderful time celebrating the end of 2012 and the beginning of yet another interesting year.

2013 New Year Resolutions:

- Eat less ice cream
- Eat less in general
- Have more patience
- Exercise more
- Maintain and create new friendships
- Become rich and famous lol

I caught up with a few friends who booked an apartment at fancy hotel in the city. It was so good seeing them all since we haven't really had a chance to properly see each because of  our different overseas trip. So after food and an intense conversation with Alice and Sandra (Jihae, Brendon and Jason were more listeners) while the others were at karaoke, Brendon and I went off to Southbank to watch the countdown and fireworks. Luckily, we managed to find a space alongside the river since Southbank was ridiculously packed with people moving in every direction. The fireworks were pretty good, they were accompanied by a laser/light show.




Afterwards, Brendon and I headed back to the apartment to meet up with the others but we were only allowed to stay for ten minutes since visiting time was over (it was around 1am), all I was able to do was grab my jumper. I planned to go home except we ended up just walking around everywhere until morning. There actually quite a few people out and about all night so it was all good. I couldn't even sleep since I had contacts in........

 We were even able to watch the sunrise lol

I hope you all enjoyed Christmas and New Years and were around your family and friends. Last year was an amazing year for me (apart from all the work and stress and omg). This year will be another adventure and I wish everyone the best of luck for 2013.

Before I finish the post, I thought I'd post some of my nicer purchases made in the past week, yay.