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April 27, 2016

Everything that's bad for me

What I've eaten in the past few weeks: a photodump.

Well deserved taco and movie night after a study day.

Pan fried pork buns, one of my favourite foods in the world, at Taste of Shanghai.

Churros at Oliver Brown.

Milkshake at Tella Balls. Pretty average, really just made to be social media dessert fodder I guess.

Half off all food at Spanish Churros in Glebe, we went nuts.

Attempting to split two dessert sliders from One Two Lounge between four people.

A new Taiwanese fried chicken place in the city - I think I still prefer Hot Star.

Drinks at the Choc Pot, which is new in Regent Place (next to Aqua S), which were average.

Another post-study day dinner; takeout from Mario's in Crows Nest this time. The pesto pasta is so good!

Birthday food and drinks at Soda Factory. I know they do Dollar Dog Tuesdays, but on other days the full price hotdogs are actually a lot better.

Greek food at The Hellenic; I made the wrong choice and had major, major food envy.

Back at the Choc Pot, this time for the souffle. It was good, very fluffy, but my #1 souffle is still at Max Brenner.

April 25, 2016

20th Biennale: Mortuary Station

This building is a few hundred metres down the tracks from Central Station. When I was little and my family would drive into the city, I would always see it on the way and wonder what it was. I found out that it was Mortuary Station, part of the old Rookwood Cemetery line, and I've had a fascination with it since. Between 1869 and 1938, this was the station where funeral trains carrying the coffins and mourners departed from. It's currently housing a Biennale exhibition.

Apparently it adopted elements from 13th century Gothic style.

I liked these arches.

The exhibit on the main platform was one with big spirals of incense (that had somehow fallen down).

The waiting room in Mortuary Station... how morbid.

The exhibit on the outside was made of bird seed. No birds spotted.

So it was pretty cool to finally go inside - I think I was more into the station itself than the exhibit there. I believe it's kept maintained for various events throughout the year, but no trains run through anymore.

April 23, 2016


UNIQLO t-shirt / Mango pants / Bass loafers. // H&M t-shirt / UNIQLO jeans / Dune boots / Daniel Wellington watch.
UNIQLO sweatshirt / Glassons pants / Bass loafers / Daniel Wellington watch. // Zara top, Cotton On pants, Dune boots.

Armed with a new lens, this shadowy corner of my room is now okay for outfit photos. Headless because the field of view isn't wide enough - but that means I don't have to try so hard to get a photo with an acceptable expression. If only I'd done all stripes this week, for consistency!

April 20, 2016

Reading slump

I've been in a reading slump since I got back to Sydney. Over travelling this summer, I'd mainly been re-reading YA books which are easy to concentrate on when I'm on a plane, train, or waiting around. After I got back, I tried to read heavier stuff but I couldn't get into it - I put down a couple of books without finishing them. I think there are good arguments on both sides for whether you should stop a book you're not enjoying or keep going with it, but generally reading before bed is my favourite time of day and I just wasn't looking forward to doing that with those books. But here are three I've managed to finish.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. It's a psychological thriller, in the same vein as Gone Girl. A woman, who is (to put it lightly) a hot mess after her divorce, becomes involved in the disappearance of another woman who lives on the same street as her ex-husband and his current wife. It's gripping enough, but I picked up on what the twist was going to be maybe halfway through the book, and some of the events are kind of unrealistic. The atmosphere was generally uncomfortable, which I guess is a good thing because it managed to draw me in that much. They're making a movie based on this, apparently.

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie. I kept saying that I mean to read more Agatha Christie, so when Nina mentioned Death on the Nile in my Nile post, I decided to give that one a go. I like detective novels (huge fan of a certain series by Arthur Conan Doyle), but I wasn't really feeling this one. I've read one other Agatha Christie book, And Then There Were None, and I felt that same about that as well. All the characters confused me, and I'm just not a fan of the style.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I enjoyed this one. It's a gothic sort of story-within-a-story, but written in a more modern way. It's about a woman who's been asked by one of the country's most famous writers to write her biography (which is as twisted as you expect in a gothic story), while she confronts her own issues from the past. The twist makes you do a bit of a double take (and is also a bit unrealistic), and then you realise that there have been clues all along. It's a fun and satisfying read, would recommend it.

Hopefully these ones have launched me out of the slump! Anyone got any recommendations?