Music on Repeat: Amistat

Hello!

While in Melbourne I walked past this band busking several times and every single time I would nag whoever was with me to stop and let me get their name down so I could find their music online (such a crappy excuse, pretty sure they rolled their eyes at me the 4th time I used that excuse).

I am mesmerized by their voices. They mesh so well together and both their voices are so smooth. I’ve been looking them up on youtube and going through all their performances. I sound creepy. I promise I’m not creepy. (Doesn’t that sound like something someone creepy would say? Whoops!) I’ve come to the conclusion that I prefer their acoustic/live performances to the studio version.

I seriously considered buying their CD the first 10 seconds I heard them, except I realized that have no way to getting the songs from the CD onto my computer (unless I buy one of their external CD things).

I think I saw/heard them at the exact place videoed here:

2013 Performance: The Man Who Cant be Moved

Here’s one of their songs: Humble Hands – Amistat

Amistat is made up of Josef and Jan Prasil, twin brothers from Europe.

If you live in Melbourne or are going to be there on June 18th you might be able to snag yourself a ticket to see them live. Click HERE. (I’m so jealous!)

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Travel: Melbourne Trip Round up (+ Links)

Hello! I’m back! I’ve missed blogging and just sitting down and going through all the blogs I’ve subscribed to, so I’m really glad I’m back 🙂 As you might have seen, I just got back from my 2 week trip to Melbourne where I saw family and friends and ate (and ate and ate and ate and ate). I’ve been awful with keeping up with my Instagram so I decided that I would make a post about my trip using some of the photos I took and have yet put onto Instagram. Hope you enjoy it!

(Links of the places I’ve mentioned will be at the very end)

Has anyone else noticed that Africa looks like a sad person with a beard, horn, and oddly shaped head?
Right before I got off the plane, this caught my eye. Has anyone else noticed that Africa looks like a sulking person with a beard, horn, and oddly shaped head?
My cousin and I were too hungry to take a photo of our lunch (Jimmy Grants - I had the 'Nonna Maria' So. Good.) but I snapped a photo of her paying for our pre-dinner snack - froyo @ 'A Thousand Blessings' The chocolate hazelnut was my favourite!
My cousin and I were too hungry to take a photo of our lunch (Jimmy Grants – I had the ‘Nonna Maria’ So. Good.) but I snapped a photo of her paying for our pre-dinner snack – froyo @ ‘A Thousand Blessings‘ The chocolate hazelnut was my favourite!
Brunch at 'Sardie'. I got the Acai bowl, my cousin got a raspberry muffin(?), and we shared sweet potato fries with a really yummy avocado dip. I would definitely go back!
Brunch at ‘Sardi’. I got the Acai bowl, my cousin got a raspberry muffin(?), and we shared sweet potato fries with a really yummy avocado dip. I would definitely go back!
Reunited with one of my most favourite people ever and what do we do? We spend 4 hours making felted wool animals from Daiso for $2.80 AUD each. She made George the Penguin and I made Percy the Pig. They're best friends.
Reunited with one of my most favourite people ever and what do we do? We spend 4 hours making felted wool animals from Daiso for $2.80 AUD each. She made George the Penguin and I made Percy the Pig. They’re best friends.
Also reunited with the lovely Belle (the best friend of Putt Putt) who (as we can all see) was stoked to see me.
Also reunited with the lovely Belle (the best friend of Putt Putt) who (as we can all see) was stoked to see me. It’s okay, she loves me. Really! She came to snuggle in bed with me 🙂
We went to the  Abbotsford Convent then snuck over to the Collingwood Children's Farm and stared a lots of animals. We met....
We went to the Abbotsford Convent’s bakery to check out their lovely baked goods, then snuck over to a part the Collingwood Children’s Farm and stared a few animals. We met….
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a bunch of goats/sheep, cows, horses, and a donkey.
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This one was NOT amused… or it just had a RBF (resting beach* face)
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While this one kept posing for me. I have about 15 shots of this one smirking/grinning 🙂
We also sent to Lux Bite for some dessert. It was really cute and relaxing and the service was fantastic. The desserts we picked were beautiful but was lacking the wow factor taste-wise.
We also sent to Lux Bite for some dessert. It was really cute and the service was fantastic. The desserts were beautiful but lacked the wow factor taste-wise. Not too sure if I’d go back.
This is one of the deserts we chose. It was a giant raspberry and lychee macaron. The other one we picked was a chocolate mousse which I think I devoured before even realizing I should have taken a photo.
We picked a giant raspberry and lychee macaron and a chocolate mousse (which I devoured before even realizing I should have taken a photo).
We also got a hot salted caramel chocolate drink. It was less 'hot chocolate-y' and more 'hot cocoa/malt' (which I think was written on the menu but we were too eager and misread it).
We also got a hot salted caramel chocolate drink. It was less ‘hot chocolate-y’ and more ‘hot cocoa/malt’ (which I think was written on the menu but we were too eager and misread it).
We also visited Phillipa's Bakery. We thought we would have made it early enough to snag ourselves a nutella cronut but at 10:30am we were too late. However we bought ourselves a loaf of sourdough (we also wanted the brioche loaf but it was sold out) and also....
We also visited Phillipa’s Bakery for a nutella cronut but at 10:30am we were too late. However we bought ourselves a loaf of sourdough (we also wanted the brioche loaf but it was sold out). Lesson learnt? Get there EARLY.
A tuna sandwich on a charcoal bun (which was delicious) and also....
Just because they were out of cronuts didn’t mean we were going to leave without food though! We split a tuna sandwich on a charcoal bun (which was delicious! Sorry for the awful photo, it’s so hard to make tuna filling look good…) and ….
a cup of really nice coffee. The service was on point. We found that one store was friendly than the other. When we popped into the other store in the city to see if they had any other bread left, the workers seemed a touch impatient and fed up. However, I would definitely recommend popping in to try their stuff!
a cup of really nice coffee. The service was on point. We found that one store was just a bit more friendly than the other. Regardless, I would definitely recommend popping in to try their stuff!
This photo is actually in my instagram feed (Whoops!) but I could't not mention the amazing macarons from La Belle Miette. The macarons are  so good I could easily polish off a whole box of them (who's to say I haven't done that before....). The boxes are gorgeous and so lovely to keep or give as a present.
This photo is actually in my Instagram feed (Whoops!) but I couldn’t skip past the amazing macarons from La Belle Miette. The macarons are so good I could easily polish off a whole box of them (who’s to say I haven’t done that before….). The boxes are gorgeous and so lovely to keep or give as a present.
It's a shame I didn't get a better photo but anyway,in that cup is a scoop of ice-cream and waffle. It was perfectly coffee-y and hot and cold and mmmmmm.
In that cup is a scoop of ice-cream and waffle and I swear, something else… I just can’t quite remember. What I do remember is that it was perfectly coffee-y and hot and cold and mmmmmmMmmmm. Well done Waffee!
It didn't hurt that their store was so cute too. The place was decorated all over, had a cosy feel, and the staff who worked there were smiley, jokey, helpful and really sweet. It was the perfect place to sit down for waffles and coffee and a good old chat :)
It didn’t hurt that their store was so cute too. The place was decorated all over, had a cosy feel, and the staff who worked there were smiley, jokey, helpful and really sweet. It was the perfect place to sit down for waffles and coffee and a good old chat 🙂
We went to Messina's twice.... It's so flippin amazing. I'm sad I didn't get any photos because we went at night and it was dark and a tad crowded but umfgh. We had apple pie + 2 special flavours the fist night, then the lychee + mandarin + panda coconut sorbet the second night. If you're around this area, its a place you should visit!
We went to Messina’s twice in a row…. It’s so flippin amazing. I’m sad I didn’t get any photos because we went at night and it was dark and a tad crowded but umfgh. We had apple pie + 2 special flavours the fist night, then the lychee + mandarin + panda coconut sorbet the second night. If you’re around this area, it’s a place you should visit!
We also stopped by Brunetti for some dessert. the Minifreddi (? the one that is pictured) tasted like a giant Ferro Rocher. If I could... I'd have this everyday. This is a place you must stop by if you're in the city.
We also stopped by Brunetti for some dessert. The Minifreddi (? the one that is pictured) tasted like a giant Ferro Rocher. If I could… I’d have this everyday. This is a place you must stop by if you’re in the city.
Spent my last day being silly with my cousin and my aunt :)
I spent my very last day (Queen’s birthday!) being silly with my cousin and my aunt 🙂

I keep forgetting to document my travels, but I think that’s generally okay because I had fun and I still noted down all the places you guys should visit! I didn’t do many tourist-y things because I’ve lived in Melbourne for 4 years and so it was a really chill type of trip. Most of the things I’ve noted are more local-y things.

Other best parts of my trip were:

  • Getting to see my extended family and spend time with them. They’ve done so much for me and been there for me over the years, so getting to see them is always exciting.
  • Catching up with one of my oldest and best(est) friends who I haven’t seen since 2012/2013. She ended up in Canada while I was in Melbourne. It was really sad 😦 but it’s okay, we had Yum Cha this time.
  • I also got to spend some time with my best friend’s family (I pretty much consider them my family) and say goodbye to Putty (one of the best cats ever).
  • Got bahn mi (Vietnamese sandwich) twice from Phouc Thanh and had the biggest Vietnamese feast at Loi Loi.
  • Using my (new) camera!
  • Had Balinese food. They make surprisingly delicious ribs!
  • Remembered to take photo-booth photos with my best friend (it’s a tradition!)
  • Got coffee and donuts for breakfast from Adeney.
  • Saw an amazing video of my cousin’s wedding. I cried. It wasn’t any old video either, it was made like a movie/documentary thing. Eesh, setting the bar high much?

 Links to places I went to (that I think you should consider putting on your list of places to visit!)

Outside of the city: Abbotsford Convent (Bakery) Ripples (Yum Cha with the push carts!) Sardi Collingwood Children’s Farm Phouc Thanh Loi Loi Adeney Lux Bite

Within the city: Waffee A Thousand Blessings Daiso Phillipa’s Bakery La Belle Miette (Rating: 4.9 from ‎3,141 votes. Just saying!) Brunetti Jimmy Grants (They put chips in your souvlaki!!!! YES.)

Away for a few days!

I’m currently in Melbourne and I’m seeing friends and family so I won’t have much time to write new posts and such so I’ll likely be rarely blogging until the 9th of this June. It’s just about a week or so, but I didn’t want to be away without letting you guys know.

See you all soon 🙂 xx

5 Rules I (Try) to Live by.

5 Rules I (Try) to Live ByI’m going to end May with these 5 rules are currently the most important rules in my life. I don’t do all these consistently because I’m human, but I’ve been working on it.

1. Be ‘selfish’.

Sometimes I forget, but it’s so important to put myself first. When I start putting everyone else before myself, I’m often unable to take care of myself and give my best to others and my responsibilities. It’s a vicious cycle of letting myself down and letting others down. This can as simple as to taking 30 minutes for time to do what I want.

2. Appreciate:

– Myself: It’s so easy to think of all the things I don’t have, can’t do etc. but there are so many things that I can do and do have. The negatives only takeover the positives when I allow them to amplify.

– Others: It’s also so easy to list the negative points of other people (especially if I’m feeling angry/jealous etc), but that often doesn’t change anything. By listing all the good things about other people, I’m able to learn from them and hopefully become inspired.

3. Look past the surface.

It’s good to be inspired or love someone, but being blinded by admiration for others can be unhealthy. I try to acknowledge everyone’s strengths and weaknesses. When I block out one and concentrate on the other, my expectations of them and myself are unrealistic and unfair. It’s always good to have big dreams and admire others, but you’ve got to have some sense of reality to stay sane.

4. Be a good person.

This might sound really silly but I want to be a good person. I hope to find happiness and contentedness in that. I don’t want to look back in my life and realize that I’ve hurt and offended everyone. Kindness and manners go a long way. Ask people if they need help if they are struggling, give people your full attention during interactions (this is one of my pet peeves. read about them here!), and say thank you/greet people you interact with. It’s not about making other people see that you’re a good person, but doing things because you want to and because it’s the right thing to do.

5. Celebrate & be proud.

Celebrate the littlest of things. Be happy about things.
I remembered to drink lots of water? Woohoo!
I found my keys after furiously digging through all my pockets and my bag on the floor of my lobby in front of 10 people? Woohoo!
I got that assignment in on-time with time to spare? YES. YES. I. DID.

Videos on Repeat: A Bad Lip Reading of The NFL

Hello! This is a scheduled post because I’m supposed to have arrived last night in Melbourne and am (hopefully) currently curled up in bed soundly sleeping. I’m the type to sleep for hours on the plane so I’m hoping I won’t sleep too much and I’ll still be a bit sleepy by the time I reach Melbourne.

I wanted to share the 2 videos from the lip-reading series that are my favourites! I have pretty awful hearing and often mishear people so this is especially amusing and fascinating to me.

Have a good day and new posts will be up in a few days
so be sure to come back!

10 of My Pet Peeves

10 Pet Peeves So just going by the title you might be thinking ‘Jeepers, what an absolute grump!’, but honestly I think that (most of) these pet peeves are worth thinking about. It was interesting for me to go through things that irk me and really think them through.

1. People who stand on the ‘walk’ side of the escalators.
The funny thing is technically I don’t think we’re supposed to be walking on escalators but generally we’ve established a walk and stand side to escalators, so when people block the entire escalator it annoys me (especially if I’m in a rush and also because I can be a pretty antsy person and would rather be anywhere else). I know, I can hear people saying ‘Take the stairs!’ but sometimes stairs aren’t nearby, plus climbing the escalator is a tad faster than climbing the good old stairs. After all, if I could choose between flying or flying while getting a boost from Superman, I’d pick the option with Superman any day.

2. People who cross roads without looking/checking.
This annoys me because it’s downright dangerous and also really inconsiderate for the drivers especially if the pedestrian light is red. It would be stupid to pretend that jaywalking doesn’t happen, but just make sure it’s safe to do so! The consequences doesn’t end with the person who was hit, but also the driver/passengers.

3. People who are on their phones during meal times and conversations.
I find this to be beyond rude. Of course there are exceptions, however generally if someone (no matter how much I like the person) is using their phone while we’re in a conversation, I’ll choose to stop talking until they are done. If I need to be on my phone, I’ll also ask the other person to hold on for a moment. I think it’s so important to give the other person your attention (or at least the illusion that you’re paying attention) and to do so otherwise is hugely disrespectful.

4. Really loud cars/motorbikes
Loud noises startle me pretty badly. You know what, they don’t even have to be loud to startle me so it’s not surprising that I loathe the ‘vroom’ sound of cars and motorbikes. I don’t really understand what it does or where exactly it comes from, but because they startle me and seem disruptive for no good reason, it is a pet peeve.

5. Getting a wobbly table or chair during class (or even worse, an exam)
I think I’m a wobbly table/chair magnet. I got a wobbly table and chair for one of my final exams. It was an essay / short answer exam where I would need to write furiously. The examiner actually laughed at me because I was trying to wedge things under the table legs during my exam but was unsuccessful because all 4 legs were uneven and the only things I had on me I could spare was one plastic bag (that I had to return at the end of my exam) and 3 pens.

6. Leather seats
I’m a really sweaty person and leather somehow always makes me sweaty and therefore I’m self-conscious and incredibly uncomfortable on them.
Sweat + leather = no. Why?
– Sticks to the skin
– Makes that velcro-y sound when you stand up / are wearing shorts or skirts
– Can seem like a slip and slide when sweaty (yuck)

7. People who cut in lines
Rude. So Rude. I don’t understand why people feel entitled to slipping into lines. It riles me up when people pretend they can’t hear you or see the line. It’s so simple, just ask if you can go in front of me and the people behind me because of *reason XYZ*. People are unlikely to refuse you (granted your reason was… reasonable), and that way no one is offended.

8. When food doesn’t live up to your expectations
A dessert store was being hyped up and everyone was raving about it so papa and I decided to go give it a go. That was the first time papa and I didn’t finish a cake. That was a sad day.

9. Blinds
I really really dislike blinds and have a particular grudge against vertical blinds. My reasons for disliking them are pretty weak. Let’s just say that blinds really aren’t that bad, I just don’t like them. I can’t be the only one… right?

10. Wet socks
Give me any item of wet clothing but wet socks. I can sit around in a wet shirt, skirt, shorts and pants for a pretty long time (long enough for it to dry at least), but not socks. Even when my socks are damp, I get sad and grumpy.
I used to put my socks and shoes into my school bag when it poured and walk to school barefoot. I now realize it was a stupid thing to do, but the happy feeling of dry socks and shoes was just too hard to resist.

Do you share any of my pet peeves or have any of your own?
Let me know (and maybe they’ll become mine too haha!)

Songs on Repeat: Tangled’s ‘I See the Light’ + Cover by Carrie Hope Fletcher and PetesJams

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I don’t think I’ve mentioned that I’ve been on a slight Tangled craze. I’ve had the movie playing every night for about a week or so… If I had to pick, I See the Light would probably my favourite song (closely followed by I’ve Got a Dream).

Mandy Moore’s voice is just so so so beautiful, I remember hearing her sing in A Walk to Remember and years later although I forgot what movie it was from, I remembered her voice and the song so clearly. Also, perhaps I somehow missed the craze, but I wish that Mandy Moore was promoted as much as Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell were. Maybe it was just that Let It Go was everywhere which was why they seemed like they were everywhere.

I included one of my favourite covers of this song. Carrie and Pete had me so giddy the whole time with them acting out the parts of Rapunzle (am I the only one who can never spell her name right?!)  and Flynn Rider. It’s just a super sweet and happy cover.

See you in a few days!