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I feel like I’ve finally hit my stride now that we’re already in the first week of February. It’s been quite a challenging transition – easing into the new year with a new job, an internship, and trying to ace a summer class all at once. This week felt productive with both work and studying for an exam, but on a positive note, I’m also counting down days to my next getaway (hint: Great Barrier Reef).

The weather has been uncharacteristically cold for a summer (19today!) and it’s been raining non-stop since yesterday. I’m trying to make the most of the cuddly weather before it picks up to 30 something again next week, and in the meantime, I wish you all a great weekend! x.

With Lyndon Huf, CEO of Maction Australia, discussing the future of engineered wearable device sensors 
The cosiest cocktail lounge tucked away in West End
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Raindrops on the bus window
Stayed in and kimono party while it was raining out

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A kind reminder to celebrate the little things in life

The first week of the new year always leaves me feeling conflicted. In some ways, I’m ready for the fresh start, excited to get back to uni and work, and am relaxed after so much time off. But on the other hand, I get sad the holidays are over, and that I’m running out of excuse to approach each meal as though it’s one big celebration. But I’ve been trying to look for the little things that get me feeling excited for this slightly awkward time of year: boyfriend’s birthday and having him back in Brisbane in February, binge watching some of my favorite TVs (Suits, Black Mirror, and completing Stranger Things), and an upcoming birthday trip that’s just a month away.

Here’s to making it through our first month of the year and to really great things to come in 2018! X

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetA cosy little corner in SWOP, West End (more pictures of it hereProcessed with VSCO with hb2 presetHome of my the energy pods (my favorite nap spots in uni)IMG_1032New Years Eve’s night out attempt that ended up in SouthbankProcessed with VSCO with m5 presetIn one of my favorite bars in town (one I mentioned here)IMG_1089I refuse to be anything less than a boss since I was a baby, apparently

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This year, June 6 marks the start of Ramadan, an annual observance for Muslims all over the world especially in Indonesia, considering it being one of the biggest Muslim countries. During this month-long fasting, people normally host gatherings with friends or family to break their fasts at the end of the day. Being a non-Muslim myself, I do have a lot of friends and family who are fasting and I grow up being accustomed to and do enjoy the tradition of breaking fast every Ramadan.

I also went to see Now You See Me 2 on its first opening day in the theater with some friends. I’ll admit this movie had incredibly big shoes to fill. I absolutely love the first one & believe it to be a genuinely hard film to beat. While it is definitely hard for me to say if this one was better than the first or not, I’m glad that it lived up to the high expectations it had set for me and definitely did not disappoint. This movie takes the levels of suspense of disbelief to a whole new level where magic and a Robin Hood heist all combined into one. And don’t even get me started on the casts, because I immediately got into my fangirl mode and went online to get my Tumblr doze of Dave Franco and Jesse Eisenberg as soon as I got home.

Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetOne of the many breaking fasts menu I had with friends this week (Holycow’s Medium Rib Eye)Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetDefinitely ordering this Manhattan Fish Market’s seafood platter on my next detour thereProcessed with VSCO with a6 preset
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Barbecue night with the best crew before everyone takes off on their vacationsIMG_8038.JPG
A captivating book recommended by an English teacher of mine from high school that I’m currently re-reading

A Little Bit of Everything

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  1. What your zodiac sign says about your career and an idea of what your ideal job should look like.
  2. 13 Ways to upgrade your summer beauty routines.
  3. The twix bar get The Scran Line treatment with this yummy devils food chocolate cupcake with a chocolate sauce centre, , shortbread cookie frosting, a drizzle of salted caramel sauce and a sprinkle of crushed shortbread cookies.
  4. 71 most surprising hollywood celebrity friendships.
  5. Take a peek inside one of the world’s largest high-tech company – Samsung America’s HQ sitting in Sillicon Valley.
  6. The story behind Monopoly’s iconic pieces.

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Last week was pretty laid back in a very good and relaxing way. Besides classes and work, my days mostly involved watching Netflix and YouTube videos on my bed, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. On Sunday we celebrated one of my girlfriend’s birthday over dinner at FJ Bistro & Deli in Kemang, which I’d been to before, but turned out to be lovelier by night.

Today marks the start of the last official week of our lectures before finals start next week and I’m planning to only make the best of it. Looking forward to a short getaway with my girlfriends in a few days and to just have plenty of fun before we enter our back-to-back exam days. Have a great week ahead.

IMG_5797The prettiest cotton candy sky on the way home from work

thumb_IMG_7066_1024Some major photo booth game with the goofiest squad

Still obsessing over this Kikki.K coffee mug that I featured on my last post

Pardon the poor quality but babes stay babes

Highlight of the week: Nameera turning 20 and wishing her nothing but the best!

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  1. These seven bright Scandinavian spaces are sure to be a major source of #homespiration this week.
  2. A beginner’s guide to face oil. I personally love virgin coconut oil and that’s what I’m currently using for my face and hair.
  3. Guide to creating your own homemade Nut and Coconut Butter.
  4. These 9 wedding photographers reveal the most memorable photo they’ve ever captured that will absolutely melt your heart away.
  5. 3 (Insanely Easy) recipes to take you from morning through lunch.
  6. Coachella-Inspired packing list for your upcoming summer getaway.

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This week, if I must say, was by far the busiest I’d ever been in the past few months. I had just started part-timing shifts at a coffee shop slash creamery in the neighbourhood to fill in my rather empty schedule from Thursday through Sunday. Yes, my classes only fill up 3 out of 7 days a week, and the rest is a ridiculously long weekend, so feel free to envy. There are a lot of perks that come with working at this place, including staff discounts, the cutest customers, and the fact that I get to “taste” all the 18-different-flavours of ice cream to my heart’s content. I’ve also been getting along with the owners and other part-timers (who are as much crazy as they are friendly) and there’s simply nothing about this job that I don’t love so far. 

To top it off this week, there were dozens of cupcakes order for a birthday party and some more to be sold at my work place. I baked endless trays of espresso cupcakes (I will be sharing the recipe in another post) and the whole house smelled like a coffee shop even hours after we were done. It was agreeably chaotic – in the sense that I felt exhausted but satisfyingly productive at the same time. Here are 5 things to sum up my week (that mostly involved food and beverages) and have a great week ahead!

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Practicing my milk-steaming for the countless time
Weekly meeting situation for an upcoming event this end of monthIMG_6787
A coincidental wardrobe match and the cutest pair of unicorn slippers at a house party last week IMG_7840
Spot my espresso cupcakes at Hubble Scoop CreameryIMG_7819
Setting the tune for Monday and hopefully the whole week

A Little Bit of Everything

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  1. Hoping to check-off this Essential Bucket List Experiences in Australia while I’m there.
  2. Pop Tart Milkshakes hands down.
  3. You can do Carrie Underwood’s favourite workouts on the go, wherever you are.
  4. The exotic ancient city of Bagan, Myanmar that I would love to step my feet on someday.
  5.  Omyakon, Russia that has been dubbed the coldest village on earth and also known as the “Pole of Cold.”
  6. 9 Tips for a better night’s sleep that could be useful after an all-nighter.

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From a few weeks back: PANAMA Live at The 6th Music Gallery by FEBUI

More often than not we are faced with certain things that we have to get done at a certain time, but we usually just end up procrastinating and leaving these (important) tasks in the back of our minds. Until it freaked you out the night before, or so in my case. My recent trip to Singapore was pretty impulsive (I booked my flight only two weeks prior to date), and I knew that going away for vacation right before my mid-term exam starts was a particularly crazy idea to begin with, but I’m glad I went ahead anyway (I’ll be sharing more about it on another post).

It was an immensely relaxing break and although it made me postpone my studying a little bit more than I should, I was really able to focus on my exam the following days. Looking forward to tackling just one more paper down on Monday before planning another quick getaway with my girlfriends on the coming weekend. Have a great one!

IMG_6204Typical classroom situation

thumb_thumb_IMG_6670_1024_1024These dark chocolate truffles with melt-in-mouth hazelnut praline fillings were bomb

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetCame home from Singapore to a room full of birthday surprise from my girlfriends

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Quote of the day, literally.

As we enter the final week of February, it finally hits me that I practically have only 27 days left before I turn 20. I don’t know where the time has gone, but boy, it flies. Despite the highs and lows, I’m glad to have managed to actually get a lot of work done these past few days. I’ve been occupied with shooting and editing for an upcoming trailer project with friends, prepping for IELTS, and catching up with The Flash. It’s been raining generously around here and nap times have been dangerously inevitable, not that I’m complaining. I’m baking lots of crème brûlée today for a dinner party and hopefully I’ll remember to take pictures as I’m planning to do a recipe post for it some time next week. Have a great weekend!

Brunch date with a girlfriend featuring my Molecular Biology reportIMG_5574
Hanging succulents at a coffee shop nearbyIMG_5843
An impulsive lunch date (Social House, Grand Indonesia)IMG_5737Throwback to this cotton candy sky on Valentine’s Day because mine was a lovely one

x, Amanda.