on the run

So if we're friends in real life, you may or may not know about a tragedy that happened to me in the last couple of weeks. My Samsung Galaxy SII has finally kicked the bucket, pretty much leaving me high and dry! And while I complained about it all the time, not having a portable camera, music player, or even an alarm clock is slowly but surely killing me. Anyway, these are some random pictures on my phone before it and all of its files were banished into oblivion. Meanwhile, the long search for a replacement continues...


Food adventures with my mum, aka the best dining companion a girl could ask for. On one random occasion we had afternoon tea at Parisi, a little cafe in Queen Victoria Building. The iced coffee was pretty dismal, but an aerial shot doesn't capture the glory of that lemon meringue tart! So tall, so meringue-y... Also, on the left is me in a quirky chair surrounded by quirky pictures at Coco Cubano.


We both chose the fish and chips at Coco Cubano, which was a bit overpriced but still pretty good on the whole! The batter wasn't too thick, like so many other places I've eaten at. I also liked that salad with vinaigrette dressing, which I guess was consolation that our meal was kinda healthy. Anyway, the gluttony continued at the Coffee Emporium where we shared some lemon meringue pie... again?! Don't ask why, but my mum has phases and lemon meringue anything is her current obsession whenever we go to cafes together.


Pretty flowers and new sandals. I never used to be a sandal person, but they really are essential unless you want your toes to sweat buckets in the warmer months! I'm so excited to wear them to death when summer finally hits, which may be awhile considering the crazy moody weather Sydney has been experiencing lately. With tops of 25°C followed by two days straight of thunder and hail, my wardrobe has never been more confused...
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a day at floriade


So while I'm madly procrastinating from two assignments due next week (meep), here are some snaps from when my family and I popped by Canberra for Floriade! If you didn't already know, Floriade is an annual event that features flowers, fairy floss, a ferris wheel and more. It's also possibly the only reason I'll visit Canberra, cause once you've been you've pretty much seen it all. Anyway, there were a bunch of fun installations there, but everyone knows the tulips are the stars of the show! I'm kinda bummed that we didn't get to see the night event though, it seemed like a lot of fun.

There's just something about oodles of flowers that brings out my inner Asian tourist, y'know? If only it wasn't so blindingly sunny...


Trying to recreate this cheesy photo, which is actually ridiculously hard to do with one person! Who would've thought?

Aaand some cherry blossoms we stumbled across. I was too late to see them bloom in Sydney, but spring in Canberra must have been delayed because of the perpetually cool weather. Anyway, I've been sidetracked from studying for far too long now! Wish me luck...
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around the world blog hop

So, today's post is a bit different from the usual sort! I got tagged by the lovely Jane from Deluminators to do this tag about creating stuff. She’s a fellow Sydneysider that blogs gorgeous photos from her food adventures, daily life and travels around the world. Her blog also happens to be one of my favourites, so definitely check it out! Anyway, even though I don't write DIY posts very often, I thought it’d be fun to answer these questions about my creating process (or lack thereof). Read on if you're curious...

1. What are you working on?

Currently I’m writing a lot of articles for uni and my internship, which I’m sure no one wants to hear about! I actually want to get better at sewing, so besides another pencil case I may try my hand at making my own kimono cardigan. If it doesn’t turn out to be a disaster, I may even write a blog post about the finished product...

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I know literally everyone says this, but when I make things I always tend to add my own little twist to it. I absolutely love whimsical stuff, bright colours and quirky designs, so whenever I DIY something I guess it has a little of my personality embedded in it. I also try a lot of different things, so that makes my crafting 'style' hard to define. One week I could be baking a cake, the next I could be painting, making gifs or scrapbooking... It all depends on my mood, really!

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

If I'm being 100% honest? Most of the time I make stuff I want to buy but can't! I'm quite picky, so a lot of the time it's just easier to make things myself to avoid disappointment (just take my pencil case as an example). Of course, there's also more to it than that. I love the process of creative things, and it's a nice release when I'm overthinking things in my life. Plus, there's nothing more gratifying than proudly using something you've created with your bare hands.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?

Everything starts with an idea. Once I have a lightbulb moment I research tons of different blogs and tutorials, then mishmash different ideas and techniques I want to use. I've never really been a planner though, so after that initial stage my 'process' becomes kind of... out of control. I tend to experiment a lot on the way and if something feels right I usually go with my gut, so I guess you could say that most of my finished work is a happy accident! And obviously, this all takes twice as long if I document the process to blog about.

So now, I hereby tag the following people. Happy blogging!

  • Rosa from Avec Rosa - Another Sydney blogger who posts a lot of food, tidbits from her daily life, and fun videos. She's also a design student and posts about her artsy adventures from time to time.
  • Michelle from Daisybutter - Michelle's a UK blogger who's always writing thoughtful pieces about fashion, lifestyle and blogging in general. She also happens to have a great sense of style!
  • Chloe from A Little Birdy Blog - Chloe's a blogger from New Zealand, and her blog's a great source of inspiration. When she's not updating her blog with the cutest DIY projects, she always has amazing interior ideas to share!
  • Posted by : Mani