If I had to say anything about August, it would be that I'm so glad it's over. With my schedule rendering me busy for pretty much five days a week I've never felt more tired in my entire life, so unfortunately blogging has had to take a back seat for now! I can't even fathom how some people manage it with full-time jobs, but thankfully things should die down a bit with the arrival of a new month. Anyway, when all else fails I usually rely on Instagram to document my life, so here are some snapshots of what I've been up to lately:





1. The sunset that birthed a million Instagram posts. No kidding, I almost didn't post this because I didn't want to seem like a total cliche...

2. After hearing so much hype about it I finally got around to trying Anita Gelato, and it was pretty darn good! I got the Cookie Man flavour as per Rosa's recommendation, and the cookie pieces complete with freshly melted chocolate more than satisfied my sweet tooth.

3. Stalking plants after being dragged to Flower Power, as you do... This is what happens when your mum's a gardening fanatic.

4. Family fun times involving sushi and frozen yoghurt.

5. I was a little too excited to finally get my hands on these Typo lanterns for my magnetic board! There's just something about string lights that really complete a room. In any case, I'm currently resisting the temptation to add even more to my collection.

6. I'm not usually a fan of chicken burgers, but this one from the Grounds proved me wrong! The chicken pieces were pretty generous, and of course I can never go past those amazing, thick-cut chips.

7. Garlic tonkotsu ramen from Gumshara's. Seriously, is there ever an occasion when a steaming bowl of ramen isn't appropriate?

8. At the Art Gallery of NSW. I was actually there to see a Japanese exhibition and guided tour for uni, but in the weirdest turn of events my classmates and I ended up being invited into the members lounge, haha! All we really did there was take advantage of free hot drinks and cookies, but hey... there's something to tick off my bucket list.

So, there's my month in pictures! I feel ridiculously guilty that my only post this month has to be an insta-recap, but hopefully I can get back to normal programming soon. In any case, you can keep up with me on my Instagram account (@manisay) and I hope you're having a great weekend!
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life lately

Isn't life a funny thing? One minute you think you're bored out of your brains, then suddenly you're overwhelmed and have too many things on your plate the next. That's pretty much why I took an unintentional break from the blog, since I've been too busy interacting with actual humans to make blog posts that I'm content with! I have to admit, I've been avoiding posting personal things here since I just don't think anyone finds them interesting. Nevertheless, since I've accumulated so many photos here's a peek into my life recently:


Free fun doesn't get much better than Jenga, brownies and photo scavenger hunts with old friends! After a day of running around and trying to fit four adults onto playground equipment, I came home with way too many photos that need to be explained... like this one of a seemingly ordinary cloud. It's totally shaped like a unicorn, in case you couldn't tell.

Some snaps from when I was volunteering at my uni's orientation. At first I was worried that I'd burn out from socialising too much (typical introvert problems!) but it was honestly one of most rewarding things I've ever done. In the span of one week I probably met more people than I have all year, not to mention the fact that most of our time was spent fooling around and singing nineties songs. Don't even get me started on all the free catered food that comes with it...


Now that all the fun and games are over I'm off to uni for actual class tomorrow, which is a bit sad! I think it goes without saying that I'm not ready to let go of my couch potato status yet, or get back into the daily grind. One of these days my timetable won't involve early starts on a Monday morning...
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revisiting the grounds

So when I visited the Grounds of Alexandria last year, I knew it wouldn't be long before I was back again for round two. This place only keeps getting more popular and it really shows... In fact, my friends and I went on a Monday afternoon and had to endure an hour long wait, while last time it was only twenty minutes! Apparently parking's also pretty atrocious, so walking from Green Square station might be something you want to consider. After all, it only takes about fifteen minutes and you'll need to walk off the inevitable food coma!

Part of this place's appeal is that everything's so photogenic. Vintage-style lemonade stand with pretty signage? Check. ATM hidden within a red telephone box? Check. Mounted deer head on the wall? You get the idea... There was even a florist selling rainbow roses that I kinda wanted, but at $5 a pop it definitely wasn't happening!

The 'Ground' Burger served with beer-battered chips

I ordered the Grounds' signature burger, and oh my. I've been looking at a disproportionate number of burger pictures lately and after weeks, the craving has finally been satisfied! This one was pretty good as far as burgers go – the toasted brioche bun was nice and soft, and I really liked the mayo and crisp lettuce inside. Oh, and can I just say that I love the chips at this place? I was so full that I didn't really get to enjoy them properly but they were delicious, especially with the chilli mayo on the side! They kind of remind me of the ones you can get at the Snag Stand, which are a hybrid between regular chips and wedges.


Iced tea, Crushed apple cider, Beef ragout stracci, Steak sandwich 

Our whole group got drinks to-go and I have to admit, it was pretty comical to see so many drinks being served in bubble cups instead of the usual mason jars! Thank goodness I did get one though, since I could barely finish my iced tea and ended up drinking it on the walk to the station. Anyway, my friend really seemed to enjoy her beef ragout stracci despite none of us being sure about how to actually pronounce it (isn't that the worst)? Same with the steak sandwich, although I noticed that they changed the bread since last time! Despite this it was still huge and seemed like a battle to finish...

Lemons and strawberries today, bread and pastries tomorrow. Speaking of lemons, during the wait we tried teamonade which tasted more like lemonade than tea, but it was still pretty good! It's inspired to me to make my own lemonade with pretty garnishes sometime.


While I like food I'm usually someone who'll snub a restaurant at the mere sight of a line, so this was definitely a rare occasion! I thought the hype would die down by now but apparently not, so that may determine whether I decide to come back again or not. Nevertheless, if you've never been and have FOMO (fear of missing out) I recommend trying out the Grounds for yourself. It's certainly an experience!
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