Saturday, 6 September 2014

Sweethearts Rooftop BBQ



On Friday night, A and I went to Sweethearts Rooftop BBQ for his friend's birthday celebration. It has been raining in Sydney for the past 2 weeks or so which I don't mind except when there is sideways rain. Luckily, it only started to pour once we got to the venue.


A green salad with halloumi. It was really tasty!

I can't believe that it is already September! It is my birthday in 3 months and I will be leaving in 80 days!
Saturday, 9 August 2014

BoA Fraud Team, I Love You.

Well the only exciting part of my week was getting an email from Bank of America telling me that I had suspicious fraudulent activity on my debit card. And I did! There is a first for everything. Someone tried to buy $600 worth of electronics and pay for a $200 hotel. Jokes on them, I only had <$250 on that card and I didn't know banks were watching my transactions that closely. After a 40 minute call to America (hope I didn't spend over my cap amount ...) I will be getting a new debit card to me. It took forever to state the address I currently have and having to spell out Sydney and 'NSW' is weird. I sincerely hope that the card actually gets to me. When it does, I will finally be transferring money out of it and closing it. Originally I didn't want to pay the $50 in fees and I thought I would be doing more shopping on American sites, but after this experience it's just not worth the hassle. Also, the fraudulent activity only happened after I purchased jeans from Aeropostale. Hmm =/ I guess I never paid too much attention to online websites and assumed that they were safe, and never really thought about the work that banks do. You learn something new everyday.

When I was originally speaking to the operator, it felt like this.

N.B I don't know why her voice actually changes in her second and third try. I swear it wasn't like that in the movie.

I hate automated services. The frustrating moment when I was saying "fraud ... fraud.... FRAUD" and it refused to understand me.
Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Melbourne: Last Day

I seem to have a tendency to forget about concluding travel posts (case in point, my major travel trip in 2012).

12th July 2014
This was our last day in Melbourne however we had plenty of time before our 8pm flight. First stop was breakfast at the QVM which was a stone's throw away.
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Potato borek. Mmmmm...

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Bratwurst with a ridiculous amount of sauerkraut.

We headed to the Melbourne Museum because it was free for students!
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This was a little creepy, I have to admit.

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I don't know why, but the story of Phar Lap has always stuck with me. It is probably one of the few things - if not only thing- that I remember from Year 8 history. I think I also learnt something about mini skirts ... perhaps. Oh and watching the mini series Vietnam in class (Nicole Kidman looks nothing like that now. Quite funny).

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Lunch at a random place in Chinatown. Plastic tasting dumplings.

We caught the airport bus from Southern Cross station and it reminded me an awful lot of the stations in Europe.

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And that is the end of all my Melbourne posts. I guess I should put the standard two questions.

My Overall Thoughts
Now, the age old debate: Sydney or Melbourne. Truth be told, I don't have an opinion. To each their own. When it comes to major cities, I don't really understand the debate on which one is better because the way I see it, they are different in their own way and suburbs are almost always the same. I feel like Sydney feels busier, but is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. Personally, I'm not a big fan of big cities. A few people told me that they think that Melbourne is quite European, but I don't really see it. Melbourne feels like the love child of Philadelphia and Chicago.

Would I re-visit?
Not particularly. When I have a family - and granted that I am still in Sydney - I would probably visit as it is super close.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Melbourne Trip: Brighton Beach & St Kilda

11th July 2014
This was my day as I had done most of the planning. We headed to Brighton Beach to do the coastal walk to St Kilda.

Breakfast at Manchester Press.

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On the train, it was quite overcast however when we got off the skies were starting to clear up. It was a pretty boring walk. Also a long easy walk at at around 10 km and it was so windy!

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By the time we arrived at St Kilda we were starving and headed to Lentil as Anything. The place was packed so we ended up being seated at the very back next to their lentils....
Lentil as Anything is a series of pay what you can, not for profit vegetarian restaurants in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. The restaurants wholly rely on the generosity of their patrons, volunteers and suppliers to operate, receiving no government or church funding. Patrons are asked to "pay what they feel" the meal, service and beverages are worth by contributing an amount of their choice into a box at the counter.
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On our way to Luna Park, we passed by some very tasty cake and pastry stores. I picked up a cherry crumble which tasted very funny; it tasted like the artificial cherry flavour in cough medicines.

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I wanted to stop by Luxbite before we headed back to the CBD. The desserts from Luxbite weren't that sweet! I really liked the Lolly Bag Cake. The green tea cheesecake bothered me since I am not a fan of buttercream (however it isn't stated in the description...) and I'm not a big fan of macarons, but Endless Love was too pretty to not get!

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(L - R) Endless Love, Lollybag Cake, Green Tea Cheesecake

For the last night, we switched hotels to one further north in the CBD as it was quite a lot cheaper than staying at the Victoria Hotel. We also got upgraded! 

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View from the room. Right next to the QVM.

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