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February 25, 2011

Bits and bobs

Remember those old watches I unearthed and showed you guys the other post? I got some of them fixed. This one is probably my favourite. On the face is a cat, watching a mouse, and you can't tell here but the mouse is actually the second hand and ticks around! It's not waterproof, unfortunately, so I'll have to be careful while wearing it.

On Tuesday night we went out and ate Italian, a farewell dinner for one of our friends who was moving to Melbourne for university; we found out today that she's staying in Sydney, though! So glad.

I bought some stuff for university from Typo today. That store is seriously growing on me, I actually really like their stuff. I got one of the Back to School packs. I figured a pretty notebook would encourage me to take neater notes (my handwriting is atrocious).

In other (good) news, I passed the driving test, so I can drive around alone now! Although the idea still kinda freaks me out.

February 19, 2011

More food: Candy and pancakes (again)

I've been quiet (on this blog) lately because I haven't been up to much. Summer's coming to a close and uni's starting at the end of February and I'm kind of glad for it - this extended holiday has been great for relaxation and recuperating after that last traumatic year of high school, but I think I function better when there's work to be done (and when it's colder).

Today I went out with several friends to the Rocks. The original plan was to visit our friend Mel at Luna Park, where she works (cool job right?), but the trains were all messed up due to trackwork and it was too hot to walk over the bridge, so we hung about the Rocks and the markets until everyone came.

I remember visting the Sticky store in the Rocks when I was a kid, but I never found it again (came across one in Bondi Junction but it's closed now). I was actually beginning to think that I'd hallucinated that visit, until we found it again today, in the Rocks centre. The only reason we went into the Rocks centre was that I needed the bathroom. Times like these, I almost believe in fate... We watched them make candy, but didn't buy any because it was quite expensive.

Then we headed to Pancakes on the Rocks. It was nice to see people I hadn't hung out with for a while - WL, Carrie, Tina, plus YY and Mel (who I'd met up with last week).

I had a Vanilla/Chocolate surprise. I have to say, I think I'm sticking to the simple pancake stacks next time. The chocolate pancakes was ridiculously dense and rich - I couldn't finish it all.

In addition to panckes, they serve...



And yes, how could I forget, chips.

By the way, sorry about the bad phone pictures in this post! I actually had my camera on me but the top two were spontaenous snaps... as for the last few, I really just wanted to dig in and didn't want to go to the bother of unearthing it from my bag!

February 13, 2011

Melbourne, part 2

Second post of our Melbourne trip! During the day on Friday, we checked out the art gallery at Federation Square and took the tourist shuttle bus to Docklands. Even though it was meant to be a good shopping destination, there was nothing really there (think factory outlet type things) so we only had lunch and took the bus back to the CBD.

We decided we'd go to Luna Park in the evening, even though we have one in Sydney, just for something to do. Obviously, we didn't do our research properly and when we got there everything was shutting down because of the severe weather warning that night. We took some pictures anyway.

We figured, since we were there anyway, we'd walk down the main road. There were some cool shops, and really nice looking bakeries.

We settled on churros for dinner. That's right, fried dough dipped in melted chocolate.

On Saturday we headed to the famous Chapel St. I don't have many pictures because we were pretty busy shopping.

I bought a pair of shorts for $20. They're kind of a dark grey/black high waisted shorts. No pictures yet. In the afternoon, we checked out what I think is the rest of the art gallery.

We spent Sunday, it being our last full day, just roaming around the CBD.

The GPO, full of swanky stores. Reminds me a little of QVB.

We had Grill'd for lunch.

AMAZING chips.

I'd been craving a red velvet cupcake for a while.

Monday was pretty much a morning spent sitting on Federation Square, since we had to leave for the airport at 2 and we couldn't think of where to go in such a short amount of time. I love that Melbourne has so many sparrows everywhere, they're adorable and they're not around in Sydney anymore.

Plane back into Sydney (I'm not quite sure why we made a circuit and flew in from the north, though).

My summer is winding down now, university starts at the end of February. I'm excited, but mostly nervous, as I've got no idea what it's going to be like. Obviously, I won't be able to spend as much time on this blog anymore (I'm not quite sure I'd be doing anything interesting enough to post!), but I'll see how everything goes when I get there.

February 9, 2011

Melbourne, part 1

So I'm back! I really enjoyed my week in Melbourne. It seems we had good timing as well, since we skipped out on Sydney's heatwave (40C is definitely not my preferred temperature). Since I have a ridiculous number of pictures, I'm breaking them into two posts; even then, these are the minority of the ones I took.

To weigh into the Sydney vs. Melbourne debate: I think, overall, Melbourne is a classier city. It's much more laid back, has a nicer atmosphere, the people are more polite and better looking, has better weather (less humid), and the CBD itself is very neatly set out (Sydney is a total mess in comparison). That being said, I'm not sure if I'd rather live there, since it's quite a bit smaller and there's less to do.

On the plane. I don't take to planes quite well (I get travel sick on cars, buses, etc as well) but both plane rides this time were okay.

Tiny window of our tiny motel room. We were quite lucky with our motel; it was small, but clean enough and was close to pretty much everything.

On the first day (Tuesday), we just explored the surrounds to get a feel of the place - we walked up Swanston St, explored Chinatown, and came back down to Federation Sqaure and Flinders St Station. We found Retrostar, which we were really excited about, but it was a little disappointing. The prices were quite inflated and I couldn't find anything I liked that fit me.

One of the many little laneways with really cosy-looking shops and cafes.

Comfortable clothes and the trusty chucks that I wore almost everyday.

On Wednesday, we started the day off with the City Circle tram to Melbourne Museum. I think, with the free transport (Tourist Shuttle bus as well), Melbourne is more tourist-friendly as well.

On the tram. I'm on the left, YY is on the right.

The Royal Exhibition building. I love big, fancy buildings like this, and there are many of them in Melbourne.

We had fun posing with the displays.

That night, we headed to the Night Markets at Queen Victoria markets, but I didn't take my camera so there are no pictures of that. It was pretty crowded, so we didn't get a very close look at the stalls - we only bought food.

On Thursday, we went to Scienceworks, which is basically a science museum. It was super cool - aimed at kids, so everything was easy to understand and there were heaps of fun interactive things.

This picture of me cracks me up everytime.

For lunch, we went to the Pancake Parlour, which is similarly themed to Pancakes on the Rocks in Sydney. I think I liked these pancakes more. We just had the basic pancakes with chocolate and vanilla ice cream, and their fries.

We also chilled on a bit of grass for a bit, and then did some exploring of the arcades.

This is Jenny.

My chipped black nails.

Gog and Magog at the Royal Arcade.

We had peking duck for dinner, since it was Chinese New Year (but apparently we were meant to have it the night before?).

Part 2 coming soon. For now, there are more pictures on my flickr which I couldn't fit into this post. By the way, did this page take ages to load? I don't think blogger has an option of putting a "read more" thing.

Off to catch up on your blogs now!