Beauty Empties: March & April 2017

Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation (I20 & I40): This one is my HG foundation, and unfortunately (devastatingly, really) discontinued. I typically mix 2-3 parts of the lighter shade to 1 part of the darker shade depending on the season and how light or dark I am. I could go with I20 in winters. I used up one of each shade the other month. I only have two I20 and one I40 left (eep). I hate looking for new foundations but I will really have to get onto it soon. I love the compact, clean packaging and unlike a pump or tube, you can get every last drop out. I’ve rambled before about how I love the liquid formula and finish. This foundation is amazing! I talked about this previously in an empties post.

Burt’s Bees Pink Grapefruit Refreshing Lip Balm: This is my ideal lip balm texture. I’m struggling to find alternatives to Burt’s Bees since they’re no longer cruelty free.

Fairy Drops Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara: I love this mascara and this was my second tube after a few years. It’s brilliant for short Asian lashes – it holds shape, lengthens like woah, and adds some volume. The lengthening fibres can get out of hand sometimes and I have to carefully remove some, haha. It comes off fine with my usual makeup remover oil, but won’t smudge at all during the day.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: I received a deluxe sample from Mecca (with the same wand as the full size). The formula was too heavy for my measly lashes, and the curls drooped immediately under the weight. It was also a bit clumpy. I wasn’t a fan, despite all the hype.

Food lately: March & April 2017

Long time no blog! I knew it would be difficult, but full time Masters and work is kicking my butt. I’m staying afloat better than I thought, though.

Actually I didn’t have any outstanding food dishes from March, so these are all really from April.

KFC: Kentucky Fried Cauliflower (Dexter, Preston)

The first time we naively rocked up to this establishment, we were told the next table was available at 9pm. We left, of course. For the next visit, I had to book three weeks ahead (because I also wanted a table, not bar seating). We rarely go to places that need booking far in advance, and if it’s that popular, we’re more used to having to line up/go early since “cool Melbourne” is all about “no bookings”. I was expecting great things, but also prepared for disappointment, because well… case in point: Chin Chin. I was blown away though, especially by our starters. The batter was so addictive and perfectly fried (I could eat it all day…). I especially loved that the cauliflowers (one of my favourite foods, btw) were in large chunks and not at all disguised or hidden by the batter.

Hot meat doughnut (Dexter, Preston)

For the sake of this post, I actually decided the KFC was my favourite dish of the night. But these meat doughnuts still deserve mention. The only thing we both hated was the sugar. I thought it was perfect enough (especially the dough) without having to be so overtly “doughnut-y” with all the sugar. The meat inside was so moist and packed with flavour. I can see these being a real signature menu item.

(I can’t find the name of this anywhere, but I think it was) Beef short ribs tacos with corn, chilli and pineapple salsa, pomegranate, yoghurt and lime (Left Field, Carnegie)

These were the best brunch tacos I’ve ever had! They were great sizes and had the perfect ratio of tortilla to filling. The filling was also quite delicate with a lot of elements. It had everything I love about a balanced dish – contrasting textural elements (smooth yoghurt and crunch from the pomegranate) and flavours (acidity, sweetness, richness, smokiness). I was quite impressed.

Bulgogi K-quesadilla (Chimac Plus, Abbotsford)

I’ve visited the original Chimac before and the menu is the same, I think. They do very good Korean fried chicken and Korean-Mexican fusion. I don’t think I’ve had the K-quesadilla before. The quesadilla was really well toasted and nothing fell out or came apart (I loved that, haha). It had a nice crunch too. Something about this fusion worked really well. The cheese was not too strong but complemented the subtle flavours of the bulgogi, and gosh those jalapenos were spicy.

Food Lately: February 2017

Cheesy Puds: Piped with prosciutto goats cheese & black olive goats cheese (Hercules Morse Kitchen + Bar, South Melbourne)

It was my first time ordering the cheesy puds from Hercules Morse. They were, once again, perfect little morsels. I loved the flavour combinations with the creamy and tangy goats cheese. I couldn’t decide on a favourite!

Mac ‘n’ cheese croquette (Kitty Burns, Abbotsford)

This was just a side I wanted to order. But it was pretty epic and delicious. Look at how perfect the shape is! It was wonderfully crispy, and the mac n cheese inside had a great consistency and flavour. The inside kept its integrity really well. How can you say no to this croquette? Yum.

Matcha soft serve (Yokozuna, Chadstone)

Perhaps unexpectedly, I still think that the best matcha soft serve in Melbourne is from all the restaurants that have this one particular machine. The soft serve texture and flavour is spot on, and it’s a fraction of the cost of the fancy places (that don’t even taste better). You just can’t beat this soft serve.

Chives dumplings (Paradai II Thai, Carnegie)

These were sooo good! They came out piping hot, and the skin was super crispy while the filling of chives was very flavoursome. I was pleasantly surprised that it was all chives (without excessive binding agents and fillers). These were winning starters!

Beauty Empties: February 2017

Wild Ferns New Zealand Manuka Honey Hand and Nail Creme: This was a gift and I ended up loving it so much. It has a great texture that was easily absorbed and not greasy. It left my hands feeling so smooth every single time. I wanted to repurchase it but it was too difficult to get without paying shipping.

Shiseido More Deep Medicated Hand Cream: I got this for free from a Sasa order. It was a great handbag size hand cream. I didn’t like it all that much because it was fairly heavy and greasy.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Butter Cream: I’m obsessed with the smell of this body butter. It’s like a really lemon-y lemonade, and it’s so refreshing! I love the consistency of this body butter as well – very smooth and quick to absorb.

Kracie Naive Facial Cleansing Foam (Peach Leaf): I rotate between the “types” of this face wash, but I’ve been using this line of face wash just as religiously as my makeup remover for well over five years. This was the last bottle of the old packaging I had. I like that it’s a cream to foam type of cleanser (that’s my favourite type), so the skin feels really clean but not dry and stripped. I use it with my little silicon exfoliating thing every day and it takes off all my face makeup in one round. I haven’t changed up this routine in years.

Travel: Japan Trip 2012 (Day 15 – Tokyo Disney Sea)

Travel: Japan Trip 2012 (Day 15 – Tokyo Disney Sea)

See: Japan Trip 2012 itinerary and summary

Day 15: December 10

The only other Disney theme park I’ve been to is Tokyo Disneyland back in 2006 during my first trip to Japan. This time I wanted to visit Tokyo Disney Sea, which is unique to Japan. I had heard amazing things about it. From Shinjuku, we took two trains to Tokyo Disney Resort (which is where both Disneyland and Disney Sea are located) near JR Maihama Station. From there, the Disney Resort Line, which circles the resort, will stop at both parks.

Even the special Disney Resort Line monorail is aptly in the Disney spirit.



We visited on a Tuesday in winter, so it would have been a fairly low crowd day. It wasn’t terrible but there were still lots of people. I definitely would not want to visit during holidays or weekends. It was a cold day, but also super sunny.

We were there all day, from just after opening to after the big show at night, Fantasmic. We didn’t go on any rides, as we weren’t interested in that kind of thing. The whole place was incredibly beautiful with unbelievable attention to detail. It was also so clean! It was honestly so much fun, just to wander around and experience everything. My mum really enjoyed the day too, so I definitely think it’s a great place for people of all ages. There’s just a lot of walking, standing and people.






I was really tempted by a lot of adorable souvenirs, like these hilarious hats. How cool are there? I talked myself out of one, but I did buy some really flashy Disney sunglasses which I wore all day, haha. In my defence it was really sunny so kind of useful (for one day). The great thing is almost everyone in Japan is a little dressed up in Disney attire or accessories when they’re at Disneyland or Disney Sea. There’s not much you can wear that will make you stand out.


Arabian Coast was one of my favourite themed ports. It was so well made and there were so many hilarious Genie details everywhere!









The main “finale” of the night (the time changes throughout the seasons, but around 6/6:30pm in winter I think) is held at the Mediterranean Harbor. To get a good viewing spot, it’s best to get there early.




Most people leave after the show, so the exits and transportation will be really crowded.


After we left, we headed back to Shinjuku, and went into an izakaya for dinner. The drinks and food were great, but we hadn’t anticipated all the smoking, which was a total downer. I often still forget to check the smoking status of restaurants in Japan.