Shrine of Remembrance & Royal Botanic Garden

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On the first day of our Melbourne trip, we don’t want to cramp too much things in our schedule as we were still pretty tired after long hours of night flight. Therefore, we decided to go for sightseeing after our lunch. Since Shrine of Remembrance is located at Birdwood Avenue, right opposite of Royal Botanic Garden, we decided to visit both places on that day.

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The Shrine of Remembrance is one of Melbourne’s most crucial and iconic landmarks, as it was build to honour Australians who have served in armed combat and peacekeeping operations during the World War 1. The shrine opens 9am – 5pm daily (closed on Good Friday and Christmas). The admission is free. It also has Shrine Tours which run from the visitor daily at 11am and 12.45pm, and Services of Remembrance are held every half-hour beginning at 10.30a.m. You can also spot Eternal Flame that is always burning is the front of the building and The Man with the Donkey bronze sculpture.

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Aside from soaking yourself in the rich history, feast your eyes with the breathtaking view of Melbourne cityscape and the 13 hectares of landscape parkland in Kings Domain as you walk up the stairs. I got to admit this is the first reason that attracts me to pay a visit!

P.S If you want to have some dramatic shots, visit during the sunrise or sunset.

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If you’re not in a hurry, take some time and sit on the grass to enjoy the sun and breeze.

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Aside from the breathtaking view from the stairs, you could have a panoramic view of Melbourne from the top of the Shrine. Remember to look up to the ceiling when you enter the building. It is absolutely marvelous, isn’t it?!

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After visiting Shrine of Remembrance, we walked over to the Royal Botanic Garden. I really enjoy the walk as the time we went was early Spring so we get to see some of the tress are still in their winter mode,  which the branches look like reaching arms, while some have started to bloom.

Royal Botanic Garden was established in 1846, the gardens extend over 36 hectares and display an amazingly justify collection of over 50,000 plants from around the world, including rare and threatened species.

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Surrounded by palm trees and overlooking a clock made of colourful flowers, the bronze statue of King Edward VII on horseback sits in the Queen Victoria Gardens on a granite and basalt pedestal.

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Directions to Shrine of Remembrance -> here

Directions to Royal Botanic Garden -> here

Check out where we stayed -> here

We have nothing to lose, but a world to see.

 

Favourite Cafes in Penang 2017

Cafe hoping has been a huge thing in Penang, Malaysia due to cafes have been mushrooming in the past few years. Whether you’re Penangites or travelers who plan to visit cafes during your trip, seek no further than this blogpost as I have rounded up my top favourites. These are the cafes that I keep on going back and can never get tired of it.

  1. Dān 单

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If you have a thing for cosy minimal space and greenery (especially terrariums), this cafe definitely checked all the boxes. Not to mention, they serve great coffee and matcha and chocolate lava cakes! I always order two of em whenever I pay a visit.

The Must Try -> Chocolate / Matcha Lava Cake

*Parking tickets can be stamped at Penang Bowl

Address -> 38/1 Lebuh Farquhar George Town, Malaysia

Operating Hours -> Mon-Sat: 1PM – 10PM ( closed on Sunday )

For more details, visit their Facebook page.

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2. Bricklin Cafe Bar


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If you need a good cup of coffee while working on your assignments or work, Bricklin Cafe is your ultimate destination! I love how the chill vibes this cafe give off. And talk about the good natural lighting that ensures you to nail your instagram-worthy shots effortlessly. Not to forget, you could also walk around Hin Bus Depot and indulge yourself with the surrounding mural arts, or some weekend exhibitions.

The Must Try -> Ice coffee with ice-cream, affogato

Address -> Hin Bus Depot, 31A Jalan Gurdwara
10300 George Town, Malaysia

Operating hours -> Mon-Thurs: 10:00 – 22:30 Fri-Sun: 10:00 – 23:30

For more details, visit their Facebook page.

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3. Shia’s Granola @ Hin Bus Depot

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Any health conscious junkie or granola lovers out there?! If you are, you’re in luck! As Shia’s Granola has the best homemade granola in Penang! And it is situated at Hin Bus Depot as well! Best of both worlds when you could just visit so many cafes in one spot!

The Must Try -> Caramel Banana Granola, Jumbo Bowl, Popsicles

Address -> 31A, Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours -> 11AM-8PM (closed on Monday)

For more details, visit their Facebook page.

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4. Roots Dessert Bar


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If you’re a dessert freak and love to try some uncommon desserts, Roots Dessert Bar has everything you could ever imagine. And trust me not only they are delicious but also aesthetic pleasing!

The Must Try -> Watermelon Cake (which is originated from Australia, and it is SO refreshing to enjoy after your meal), Ice Roots Special, Rose Cheesecake

* Watermelon Cake is available only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. I recommend going in the earlier part of the day as it is in very limited supply.

Address -> 72, Jalan A.S. Mansoor, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Operating Hours -> 12noon – 11pm (Tuesday to Thursday) , 11am – 12midnight (Friday to Sunday)

For more details, visit their Facebook page.

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5. Brown Pocket favourite-cafes-in-penang-brown-pocket

If you happen to shop at Gurney or Paragon and wish to visit cafe, Brown Pocket which serves a wide array of food ranging from waffles to coffee and parfaits will satisfy your taste buds!

The Must Try -> Mocha Pocha, Berrymisu, Affogato

Address -> Gurney Paragon L- 10250, 6-11, Jalan Kelawai, Georgetown, 10250 George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Operating hours -> Everyday 10am to 10pm

For more details, visit their Facebook page.

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6. Twelve Cups

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Twelve Cups is one of the oldest cafe establishments in town. Ambiance-aside, I was totally impressed with the food quality and endless options. You could literally find food ranging from savory to desserts. Hence, if you are seeking for a cafe that serves solid-promising food, give this place a try.

Address ->  12, The WhiteAways Arcade, Beach St, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Operating Hours ->

Sunday 9AM–11PM
Monday 10AM–11PM
Tuesday 10AM–11PM
Wednesday 10AM–11PM
Thursday 10AM–11PM
Friday 9AM–12AM
Saturday 9AM–12AM

For more details, please visit their Facebook page.

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7. Constant Gardener Cafe

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Need a topnotch cup of coffee, Constant Gardener will not disappoint you! Ranging from Ethiopia origin filter coffee to single origin Madagascar Chocolate, they have everything for everyone’s taste buds. Not to mention, they do serve scrumptious and aesthetic pleasing pastries.

Address -> Ground floor of Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce Building, 9, Lebuh Light, 10200, Georgetown, Penang.

Operation Hours -> 9:00am – 12:00pm daily (Closed on Monday)

For more information, please visit their Facebook page.

Red Alert: 3 Ways in Styling Red Sweater

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Red alert!! If you are aware, red is the IT colour this A/W! I love how red gives off the powerful, punchy and impactful vibes the minute you don. You can spot the fiery red shade, which I call it the real Coca-Cola red, has dominated the runways, Instagram feed, and also the streets. From tees, sweaters to suits, there’s an entry point for every lady in red this season. Not sure where to start? I would suggest start from a basic red sweater!

Today, I would be sharing you 3 different ways on how I rock this red trend easily. P.S You only need 1 red sweater to have 3 different looks.

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Tips on Channeling Red 

  • If you want to cause some head turning, embrace the trend by wearing red from head to toe. Make sure to play around with different textures.
  • If you want to let your red item do the talk, team it with neutral colours such as black or white. These two colours complement red very well as they act as the perfect canvas to tone down red. Besides, they also make it easy to wear day to day.
  • For chic and romantic look, team it with pink shade.
  • If you’re looking for a new way to spice up your usual weekend denim look, inject a splash of red will make your casual ensemble more stylish and trendy.

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Red X Black 

For the first look, I wanted something casual yet edgy look. Hence, I paired my red sweater with a pair of black mom jeans. I added a hoop detailing on the belt loop to add that edgy accent. For shoes, I wore a pair of black sneakers. Lastly, I finished off my look with a black chain crossbody.

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Top: Mango | Bottoms: Topshop |  Shoes: Adidas | Bag: Charles and Keith
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Red  X Blue Denim X White 

For the second look, I wanted something casual and retro. And the easiest way to create it is to throw on a pair off medium-washed mom jeans. To look more put together, I cinched my waist with a black belt. For bag, I carried a white saddle crossbody. For shoes, I slipped on a pair of white leather pointed toe sling back platforms to match with my white bag. Lastly, I finished off my look with a pair of hoop earrings.

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Top: Mango | Bottoms: Topshop | Belt: H&M | Bag: Zara | Shoes: Charles & Keith

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Red X Black Denim Jacket X Black Leather Skirt

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If you want to rock your red sweater from morning to evening, seek no further than this look. For this look, I played with different textures to spice up the red sweater. Instead of pairing with pants, I teamed it with a black leather skirt. The leather instantly adds that edgy vibe that befits your cool girl personality. I also draped a black denim jacket over my outfit to add more drama to the outfit. Not to mention, it also keeps you warm! Lastly, I finished off my look with a pair of black mules. You could switch it to a pair of killer boots if the weather is unbearable.

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Top: Mango | Jacket: Uniqlo | Skirt: Topshop | Shoes: Charles & Keith

Don’t be trapped in someone else’s dream

 

Where to Stay in Melbourne: For Family and Friends

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I just got back from Melbourne and I’m so excited to share the place we stayed throughout our entire trip (I swear it is AMAZING). If you’ve already booked a ticket to Melbourne and not sure where to stay, keep reading! The place which I stayed would be ideal if you’re traveling with your family or friends.

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Playhouse Service Apartments is situated at Abbotsford, a strategic location for travelers. First, it’s near the CBD (approximately 3.5km), and it only takes you around 35 minutes if you’re traveling by tram. There are loads of trams down Victoria Street, so you could easily catch the tram. And you could easily top up your MyKi card balance in the cigarettes or convenience stores along the street. Second, it’s a Vietnamese town, and you could find delicious multi-national cuisines ranging from Thai to Italian. And not to mention, fantastic cafes and bars all within walking distance. If you prefer to cook, there’re Aldi, Woolworths, and Coles. Furthermore, you could also walk along the Yarra River which is just beside the apartment.

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The apartment we lived at is a 2 Bedroom Executive Apartment. The room consists of spacious living room with a couch, table, and 50″ LCD TV. The highlight of the living room is the floor to ceiling glass that enables you to catch the gorgeous sight of Yarra river and parkland views. P.S you can even spot some hot air balloons in the early morning!

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For those who love to cook, there’s a beautifully equipped kitchen. You could basically find anything and everything you need here! There’s oven if you want to bake, and also a microwave for you to heat up your food. P.S you can also find washer, dryer, iron and ironing board in the cabinets. It also has a small dining area for you to enjoy your meal.

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Each bedroom consists of a queen size bed. And the room I lived has a wide glass window, which is definitely my favourite part. I just love to unwind my day by lying down at the bed and look out from the window.

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The master bedroom which my manger lived in has a queen sized bed, a 32″ LCD TV, and an attached bathroom.

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The apartment has two bathroom, one is attached with the master bedroom, while another one is beside the second room. The bathroom is considered spacious and it has a shower area and a basin area with large mirror. They do provide toiletries and hairdryer.

Below is a short room tour clip for my Instagram story. Pardon my giggling lol

You’ll never know until you go!

Tricks to Elevate Your Basics

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Whenever I’m too lazy to think of what to wear, there’s nothing better than slipping on my trusty uniform, a T-shirt and jeans. Not only these staple pieces are always in style, but also, a certain comfort comes with wearing them. If you’re planning on going back to the basic yourself but still want to look put together in it. I’ve come out with some styling tricks which you can easily elevate any everyday outfit to new heights.

*** Butterfly Twists is so kind that the PR team gave me another pair of their comfy flats. I have to say, their flats are so comfy that I couldn’t help but keep wearing em!

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Tricks to Bare In Mind!

  • Pay attention to details

While wearing basics from head to toe, it’s extremely important to pay attention to the details such as the silhouette, and the fabric. For example, the black basic tee that I’m wearing has ruffle deets on the sleeves, making it anything but boring.

  • Cuff a pant leg or shirt sleeve

Nothing is cooler than flaunting your cool pair of shoes. Bonus point: cuffing your pants do elongate your figure!

  • Accessorize is KEY

Let your accessories spice up your outfit! You can always add a belt to cinch your waist and make your bottom anything but boring! Not to forget, bag plays a huge role in making your basics to a whole new level.

  • Don’t forget jewelry

Add a splash of glam to your outfit promises to make you look put together in no time. You can go for a statement necklace or earrings to make your entire outfit pop. Or you could polish your look with some delicate pieces.

  • Channel bold lip colour

If you’re a makeup junkie, this trick is for you! A bold lip colour is the easiest way to make you look from A to Z in seconds! I swear you could be wearing no other makeup, and simply swiping on some lip color just makes your face look more alive.

  • Drape a jacket or blazer over your shoulders

Whether it’s a denim jacket or a blazer, by draping them over your shoulders can make a big difference.

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Lipstick: Mac’s Ruby Woo | Top: Topshop | Jeans: Topshop’s Mom Jeans | Shoes: Butterfly Twists | Bag: Zara

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With Good Basics, You Will Have Endless Options.