Wednesday, 7 September 2016

sydney cherry blossom festival

Sydney has sakuras. (So what was I doing in April, moping for cherry blossoms - which I'd seen, but forgotten - in Japan.)

Japanese gardens. Tick.
Massive crowds. Tick.

It's like hanami in Japan, but with overpriced Japanese food!

It's quite organised and you get free entry if you're dressed up (cosplay or kimono).

#tbt the crowds were quite overwhelming. And there were heaps of bees buzzing around the blossoms, which freaked me out a little.
But I heard the gardens practically empties out around 3pm.
If I ever do go again, I won't do it in the morning.

I went with my friend's friends.

Before I left the house, I'd told Frenchie my hanami plans over breakfast.

'Auburn is really far, no?'

'And you will take the train for an hour to see the blossoms?'
45 minutes.

'Because we have them all along our street.'

It's true though. At the end of winter the cherry blossoms explodes with colours and the walk from home to the railway station can be quite charming. (Pardon the bad photo, it was an overcast day.)

After wandering around the park grounds (where we saw an albino kangaroo at the mini zoo), Maz, KC and I met up with Dat for bingsu-

YUM. I heard there's this famous bingsu place in Malaysia, which I totally wanna try in October!

At night we had galette -

I can only say.. Four Frogs Creperie is the place to go to for awesome crepes, not my home((小声

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

david jones flower show

I've lived in Sydney for 5 years without realising that every spring, David Jones puts on a flower show.

And I probably would have spent the next 5 years without knowing what I'm missing out on, but this year my friend Tash worked on the flowers, so we went to check out the show.

(M: Is this the first ever flower show?'

Everybody: No, DJ has had it annually since.. forever.)

I've never experienced anything quite like this before - there were massive fresh flower instalments within the store, and inhaling the fresh, subtle scents while getting free samples browsing was a whole new level of pleasure.

We went to DJ on the launch day, which was also Vogue's Fashion Night Out. I always actively avoid crowds, so I never knew FNO was so awesome! There were free sweets (Messina gelato, vanilla sea salt soft serve, fairy floss, Lindt chocolate balls, #doughnutime), t2, cocktail and champagne stations throughout David Jones. After nabbing nibbles you can check out the deals on offer or wander around getting skincare samples and/or free manicures.

Tash the florist surrounded by her fans
After Tash joined us, we scored extra deluxe samples by announcing, 'She did the flowers!'

I keep meaning to return and take photos when it's not so crowded, but since the gahmen scrapped the free-after-8-journeys incentive on public transport, I'm much less inclined to just pop out whenever.

Flowers in spring are the best.

Monday, 5 September 2016

my first au wedding

moi, Mei, Tash

Finally I got to attend an Aussie wedding.

KW + I

I was an hour late to the reception - because I had class in the morning, then had to go shopping for a pair of heels to wear to the dinner, by the time I reached home I was tired and needed a nap etc.

Our close-knit group was split across different tables around the room, but still we congregated around the stage to catch up.

Apparently the food and alcohol selection was considered good - I have nothing to compare it to, but that's what my friends told me. It was also well-run, one 环节 after the other.

Here are numerous shots of KW and I - 2 38 zhabors plucking the baby's breath from the table pieces and sticking them in our hair (and then fantasising about Sam Claflin hehehe).

you are sweet, like a honey bee..

I quite like the concept of a 3/4 course meal, as opposed to a 10-course banquet.

And the dancing was pretty fun, because we were the biggest group on the dance floor, so no matter where you were on the dance floor, there was a friend to dance with!

Because it was an ABC wedding, the newlyweds had a wishing well instead of a gift registry. So I prepared an angpao, similar to when I attend weddings in Malaysia. Well, I actually wrote out a card and stuffed money into the envelope, because I didn't realise I had a packet of angpaos.

For my next wedding (this Saturday!) I'll be more organised - I have wedding shoes, I'll be on time and I'll prepare my angpao on Friday night so I don't have to ask my friend sitting beside at the reception, 'Hey, do you have cash?'

In fact, my shit will be so together that I'll even bring an extra pair of shoes for when my wedding shoes hurt.

Everybody is getting hitched! It's a bit scary.

And I'm not sure if I can fit into my party dresses - that's even scarier.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

turning 27

for my 27th i had a joint 40s Shanghai-themed party with KW at Uncle Ming's.

we had our hair styled at L'Atelier (K's birthday gift to me).

there were yummy nibbles..

and we ordered lots of Shanghai Roller (Suntory whisky/ Johnny Walker Blue/ Laphroaig + honey and lemon). the fire burnt off the alcohol so despite the strong scent the taste was quite smooth.

my first drink was a Brown Sugar Choya. yum!

everybody dressed up. (and it was on this fateful night that Eunice introduced Chinese drama Nirvana in Fire to me. the same Nirvana which led to #这辈子睡不到王凯人生还有什么意义)

i wore the same cheongsam i wore for last year's Halloween party - which i picked up from Salvation Army.

received a Lancome Juicy Shaker :))

lots of alcohol.

afterwards when friends were quizzed on what they recall of me at the party, they only remember 'lots of alcohol in front of' me.

i think half of them forgot it's a birthday party because there was no cake.

other non-officiel celebrations -

lunch at The Governor's Table with Tiff.

and dinner + cake with housemates. (who are standing around staring at my cake.)

i bought my own cake from Bakedown Cakery. it's sad, but i hate cheap generic cakes, and nobody loves me enough to spend $100 on a cake for me.

i think i'll ask for a pastel frosting next time- this cake looks a bit.. manly for my liking.

it tastes amazing though. i ordered the Smoky Chocolate because i love tea-infused chocolate, and it was worth every cent.

surprisingly, Jen teaches in Malaysia. if i were in KL i would love to learn how to drip.

and then there were other dinners with other friends.

sometimes i half-joke that i meet some of my friends twice a year - once on my birthday and once on theirs.

still, i'm grateful that people made an effort to help me celebrate.

27 is a terror-filled number for me, and every year after it's only going to get worse.

i spent my actual birthday hiding alone in my room, refusing to eat with housemates. (the dinner + cake occurred a week later.)

and i drank a lot at the party and at the celebration with my housemates.

it's been a month since i turned 27, and i have come to terms with my age somewhat (enough to type this, not enough to not dread 28).

new life motto for my 27 y.o. life is Work hard and sleep with the one you love.