Pidapipo, The Best Gelato Shop You Need to Visit in Melbourne

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If you have a sweet tooth like me and crave for the authentic Gelato while you’re in Melbourne, don’t you dare to miss out Pidapipo! The trained chef, Lisa Valmorbida has travelled to Italy and studied at the Capigiani Gelato University, before returning to Melbourne to open up her own gelateria.

For those who don’t know what gelato is, it is Italy’s lighter version of ice-cream – milk, cream, sugar and eggs (not always, though), typically flavoured with nuts, pastes or fruits. What sets gelato apart from ice-cream is a lower butterfat content thanks to a milk-to-cream bias, and a denser, more elastic texture resulting from a slower churn and a warmer serving temperature.

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The one we went to is located at Lygon Street, which can be easily accessed by tramp. From far away you could spot the Neon sign, saying Pidapipo. And if you visit during the peak time, the long queue is the easiest sign to locate this gelato shop.

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You could either dine in or take away your gelato. We chose to dine in and sit at the window seat and enjoy watching the passerby. I was totally impressed by the interior design of this gelato space. With the marble counter and gold accent lamps, every corner is so aesthetic pleasing.

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While waiting for your turn, you should definitely start to decide what flavour to get. To be honest, I got a huge dilemma in choosing as you can see the menu is literally endless!

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On our first visit, I ordered Nutella Swirl with additional Nutella topping and pistachio. And baaam need to say more, both are absolutely delicious. I love how rich they are. While, my friend ordered a passion fruit gelato with a raspberry swirl. If you want something refreshing and sour, these two flavours will complement your tastebuds.

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You know how good is their gelato when we stop by again on the next day. On the second day, I ordered Pistachio again, but I picked a new flavour, which is Strawberry Rose and Cream. If you love the smell of rose, you will definitely love this. This time my friend also ordered a Pistachio and a new flavour, Pineapple.

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For more information check out their website – here

How to get to Pidapipo at Lygon Street

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy gelato, and that’s kind of the same thing.

 

4 Ways to Style A Blazer

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Every wardrobe should own at least one good blazer. I do not understand the reason until I own one! A good blazer especially a black one is so versatile. You could easily dress it up with a skirt or dress it down with a pair of jeans. Most important is blazer is the easiest way to make any old outfit look polished and put-together! Without further ado, let us check out 4 ways I styled a black blazer.

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1. 9 to 5 Chic

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Getting dressed for work can be so effortless. All you need is a black blazer and you can achieve a sophisticate 9-5 look easily.  For mine, I teamed a basic white tee with a pair of black and white gingham skort. To add a structured layer, I team it with the no-brainer, black blazer. I love how it instantly gives off the smart vibe. For shoes, instead of opting a pair of black flats or pumps, I spiced things up with a pair of lace-up ballerina flats. Lastly, I finished off the look with a black leather handbag.

Blazer: H&M | Top: Zara | Skort: Zara | Shoes: Butterfly Twist | Bag: Zara

2. The Smart Casual

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Heading out for brunch and want to look polish without looking too overdressed! A blazer is definitely a big YES. For this look, I wanted something casual yet put together. For top I wore a retro vibe graphic tee, and I teamed it with a pair of mom jeans. For shoes, I wore my everyday sneakers, Adidas Stan. Then, I elevated the look with a  black blazer, a pair of long hoop earrings, and a black quilted leather mini crossbody with gold embellishment.

Blazer: H&M | Top: Zara | Jeans: Topshop | Shoes: Adidas | Bag: Zara | Belt: H&M

3. The Weekender 

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For the chic weekend look, I wore a grey basic tee with a pair of denim shorts. To cinch the waist, I added a Western vibe, studded belt. To make my look more dressy, I wore a black blazer, and a pair of black pointy-toe flats. Lastly, I finished off my look with a bucket bag.

Blazer: H&M | Top: – | Jeans: Topshop | Shoes: Charles & Keith | Bag: Hieleven | Belt: Mango

4. The Date Night

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Heading out for a date with bae? This look is for you. For top, I picked a pink cami top. Then, I teamed it with a black denim skirt. To add a glam factor, I wore a pair of statement fur slips. To intensify the feminine accent, I carried a matching pink leather crossbody. Lastly, I wore a black blazer to add a polish finish.

Blazer: H&M | Top: Topshop | Skirt: Topshop | Shoes: Charles & Keith | Bag: Coach

When it rains, look for rainbow. When it is dark, look for stars.

Golden Shower by ChinChin, The Pink Bar You Need to Hit

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Whether you’re a millennial pink maniac, a minimalist that appreciate aesthetic pleasing space, or a pleasure seekers who enjoy small bites and drinks, Golden Shower By ChinChin is definitely the Pinterest / Instagram-worthy bar you should visit to kick start the New Year, 2018.

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It is all written in the name “Golden Shower”, you will first welcomed by a luxe bathroom designed entrance, where you can spot sparkly chandelier, mirror, gold accent bath tub, sink and black and white marble flooring.

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And behind the door of the fancy bathroom designed entrance, you will be welcomed by this #millennialpink heaven! I got to say every corner is so aesthetic pleasing and Pinterest worthy! My favourite is definitely the bar stools which feature gold legs and pink cushion! Even my mom can’t help but start taking tons of photos.

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You could either enjoy your drink and small bites at the bar counter or the couch area.

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For drinks, my sister and I each ordered a glass of Prosecco, which costs RM18 (per glass). Whilst, my mum ordered a glass of Cafaggio Chianti Classico Italian red wine, which costs RM20.

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If you visit during the Shower Time (5.30pm to 8.00pm), the menu is pretty limited as it only serves snacks. So while waiting for the dinner menu, we decided to order some small bites. We ordered crostini with Char Siew, French Onion and Smoked Salmon dips. Among these 3 dips, Smoked Salmon is definitely my ultimate favourite. And I love how crispy the Crostini is! The Crostini costs RM32.

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And of course, how can we not order these fancy desserts. We ordered two chocolate pearls. One in white chocolate and one in dark chocolate. It costs RM15 each.

P.S not only they are delicious but look how gorgeous the presentation of the food is! I also fall head over heels for their galaxy marble accent silverware.

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So here is me trying to get my #OOTD shot. TBH how can I not seize this opportunity.

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I’m glad we decided to wait for the dinner menu. If not we are going to miss this utterly mouth-watering Hokkaido Scallops. The staff also told me that the chef would constantly change the way they prepare every single dish. Hence, visit here more often to check out how one dish is served in different ways.

Hokkaido Scallops costs RM64.

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Lastly, we had Japanese strawberry as our last dish. I got to said this is by far the most expensive Japanese strawberry I had in my life, as this small plate costs RM32. I would probably not going to order this the next round.

In short, this bar is definitely worth the hype and visit!

Address: 86, Lebuh Bishop 10200 Georgetown, Penang.

Time: 5.30pm-2am (Closed on Mondays

Visit Golden Shower’s Facebook page – here for more information.

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The Great Ocean Road, You Will Regret For Not Going!

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The Great Ocean Road has always been on my bucket list and finally I get to visit it when I went on a business trip last October. I’ve seen so many photos of the Great Ocean Road on the social medias and it always feels like I’ve been there, but of course nothing beats the real thing!  The Great Ocean Road is known as one of the best road trips on the earth and YES it definitely claims it crowns!

Hence, if you’re visiting Victoria, make sure you take some time to travel the Great Ocean Road! You’re going to regret af if you miss it!

Since, I do not have much time in Victoria, I do not hire a car (which I’m pretty regret, but I’m definitely going back in the near future). If you are planning to do the drive properly, I would suggest you to go the full length plus stop at towns, try not to cramp everything in a day as it is definitely impossible, try to go for 2-3 days and book accommodation along the way. I’ve joined a bus tour >> click here for more information

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Leaving Melbourne, our first stop is one of the Great Ocean Road’s surf beaches, Urquart Bluff. Our tour guide is super thoughtful, she has prepared  us some hot drinks and biscuits. We then took our own sweet time and enjoy our breakfast while talking with each other at this beautiful spot. It totally feels like we’re on a school trip.

Don’t you sleep away your entire journey, as you don’t want to miss the picturesque ocean view along the way.

Memorial Arch

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After our breakfast we stopped by the Memorial Arch which is a popular destination to stop at, as it is the beginning of the Great Ocean Road. Many will take the opportunity to stop by to take a photo with the arch and the statue, commemorating their adventure.

Mt Defiance Lookout

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We then continue our journey and stopped by the Mt Defiance lookout which is approximately 10kms from Lorne. Here, is William Buckley’s First Permanent Resting Place where you get to know how fascinating William Buckley get to survive despite all the odds.

Kennett River

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Before lunch, we stopped by Kennett River to check out one of the most iconic animals, Koalas and Australia’s native Parrots, Lorikeets and even Kookaburra.

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These are the lunch we had at the Iluka Restaurant in Apollo Bay. And after our hearty lunch, we went to  Maits Rest Rainforest. Situated in the Otway Rainforest you will see some of the tallest Eucalyptus Trees in Australia.

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The drive along Port Campbell National Park where the well-known, magnificent 12 Apostles is situated is definitely another scenic stretch where you could see wild seascapes and lush greenery with goats and horses. P.S If you want to prevent the crowd and have the best view, visit during the golden hour such as sunrise or sunset! If you would love to enjoy the view from above, you could also go for a helicopter ride.

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After that, we went to  Loch Ard Gorge, which situated at the stretch of coast which is renowned for its collection of shipwrecks due to rough waves and indeterminable ocean. This place is definitely my favourite as there are many routes to discover, ranging from the geology of the region on a 900m return walk along the coastline to the limestone cliffs.

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Before heading back to Melbourne, we went Gibson’s Steps which are carved into the limestone cliff face to view the 12 Apostles from the Beach.

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And I’m very grateful to witness a gorgeous sunset on our way back.

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How I Style Black Statement Hoodie

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You probably already knew that I’m a girl who live in sweaters and sneakers. If you don’t, now you know (lol). Usually I tend to style hoodie with a pair of distressed skinnies, or a pair of shorts for that comfy and chic look. However, this is not the look I go for today.

***The black statement hoodie which I’m wearing is sponsored by Shein. But as usual, I won’t be bias and all my opinions are truthful.

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The hoodie itself is pretty thin, tbh it is more like a sweatshirt, but I’m totally fine with it as Malaysia is hot and humid throughout the year. And I get to layer it with jackets or a shirt underneath when the temperature drops. Hence, if you’re looking for thick hoodie, you might just skip this.

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I got drawn to this hoodie the moment I spot the full moon graphic on the center and the ribbon drawstring with letters on it. I absolutely love how they instantly spice up this black hoodie and add that edgy vibe. If you don’t favor black, this hoodie comes with several colours! P.S remember to size up as the hoodie runs in a smaller size. The one I’m wearing is in size XL.

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For this look, I wanted something minimal, edgy and feminine at the same time. Hence, I teamed the hoodie with a black denim short skirt, and a pair of white adidas superstar sneakers.

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Top: Shein | Skirt: Topshop | Shoes: Adidas Superstar

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