Friday, 26 February 2016

February Update

February update! I've never done a post like this before, maybe I should make this a thing.

+ I didn't go on a trip this month as part of my #take12trips. In the beginning of February, I rolled my ankle as I was walking to work and three weeks later, it is still niggly and I am worried about it not healing properly. I was planning on going on a hike for my trip this month, but alas I decided against it due to my ankle.

+ I am obsessed with Arrow and Flash. I caught up with both shows completely which meant that I spent most of my time this month marathoning those two shows. This roughly equates to around 100+ episodes. I am insane.

+ My attitude towards work has been fluctuating. I keep meaning to write a post about it, but I am a little torn about what to write exactly without revealing too much. I am currently writing this post at work and on a scale of 1-10 on irritation, I am at a 9. Yesterday I was at a 10. But there are some good days where I really do enjoy my current rotation.

+ The woman in charge of the Graduate program got sacked so currently without a manager, although the Exco HR is trying to reshape the program. I have had a chat to so many people and provided my feedback multiple times. I suspect they think that out of the graduates, I am the highest risk of leaving the company. On the same day I found the news of her exit from the company, I opened this in fortune cookie "A thrilling time is in your immediate future'


+ I discovered Miss Patina and I am obsessed! Everything is so cute, but alas a little expensive for me with the exchange rate. Plus I don't know if it is too cute-sy for work. Although I have started wearing my pinafore dress and I love it!

+ I am obsessed with Dan + Shay's new single, "From the Ground Up"

+ The car is booked for the Easter long weekend! Still not sure where to go though. I am wanting to visit Laurel Hill Forest which is a 5 hour drive from Sydney. I think it will be another 'sleep in the car' kind of road trip. This time, I can be more prepared!

+ And for bit of a laugh:
Travel itchy feet rating: ★☆☆☆ (under control right now)
Saturday, 20 February 2016

Dutch Snacks

This post is a little belated! At the end of last year, Mei and I exchanged a goodies box filled with snacks from our home country. I included things that a) I quite enjoyed and b) were quite iconic as Australian snacks. She has posted about it here.

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Packaged so beautifully!

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Unlike Mei, I didn't have the forethought to take photos of each item out of the packet as I was too busy stuffing my face!

My favourites were:

  • Shortbread (mmmmmmmm!!)
  • Lukken (although they are Belgian!)
  • Stroopwafels! Of course, I love these and in fact, I should have some left. Not sure where I've stashed them now.

Thank you Mei! I love how the internet has provided me with this opportunity. Although my only issue is that I wish that Australia Post was not so bloody expensive as I would be able to do something like this more often.
Monday, 15 February 2016

BW Film: Turkey

I always have these bouts every now and then where I feel that I should be out there doing something. It really comes down to my wanderlust flaring up and I am just itching to travel and explore the world.  But alas, practically I can't be jetting off to other countries all the time. And of course, between saving as much money as I can for a deposit for property and travelling the world, something has to give.

Some travel photos from Turkey. An incredible country and one I want to return to ... one day. Too many places to see, too little time.


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Love Valley.

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The clay was crazy. I actually forgot about it until I saw this photo.

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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Warragamba Dam & Burragorang lookout

Last Sunday, I headed to Warragamba Dam and Burragorang lookout. Warragamba Dam supplies 80% of Sydney's drinking water and was built in 1958. When I was growing up in Sydney, drought restrictions were such a normal part of my life and in 2007 the damn fell to levels below 33%! I remember when they were discussing about building desalination plants and how by 2015 (ish) we would run out of water. Thankfully the drought eased and the dam is now at 93% capacity.

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The Burragorang Lookout overlooks the Burragorang Valley which was drowned to create the lake and subsequently, provide Sydney's water supply. During the construction of the dam, the inhabitants of the valley were vacated and some of the buildings were dismantled. However, apparently some of the buildings remained and are now underneath the waters of the lake so when the water level is low, parts of the town reappears.

I thought the lookout was absolutely stunning and it was very nice to see quite a few people having a picnic in the area. However my biggest gripe was that someone was flying their drone which was so incredibly noisy and ruined the peace. It sounded like a line trimmer/whipper snipper. How annoying!

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It was a very nice drive and I loved being out of the city. What I didn't know that the area is part of the Blue Mountains National Park; I didn't realise it stretched that far south! I am also 80% sure that I saw a small orange Qantas plane near some farmhouses!

This was my second trip of 2016 for my #take12trips. To see my previous trips please click here.
Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Revolver Cafe

It is honestly hard to keep track of cafes in Sydney because new ones are always popping up. There are cafes that are quite popular and trendy for a few months (largely attributed to Instagram) and then they fade away a little. Revolver was a cafe that I had heard about a little a few years ago but never managed to visit until a few weekends ago.

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The chai latte was a little too spicy, but not in a good way.

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The Ultimate Cheeseburger | 16.5 | Beef patty, smoked mozzarella, beetroot, old school pickle, house made slaw with aioli, and BBQ sauce in a Sonoma bun with chat potatoes on the side

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Trout Rosti | 17.5 | House smoked, Tasmanian ocean trout on a corn rosti with smoky roast capsicum relish, baby spinach and avocado 

I ordered the trout rosti and it was disappointing. Firstly, the trout was cold which made me suspect that either a) it came from the fridge or b) was canned. I love potatoes and everyone who knows me knows that is pretty much the most defining thing about me. I thought that the corn rosti would include potatoes (as the term rosti would imply) but either the potato was almost non existent or it was just corn.

I also tried the Cheeseburger. The best part of that dish were the potatoes which were very close to perfection! The burger itself though was very average.

Overall, not a place that I would necessarily visit again unless I was in the area of Annadale.

Revolver Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato