and her embodiment of happiness

melbourne apartment

30 July 2014

I am once again, the queen of procrastination.
 Been so occupied with first week of uni! 
Finally managed to finish decorating and arranging the apartment
 after a month of moving in. 
Again 99% of the furniture was shipped over from my Sydney apartment 
so apologies if it looks nearly identical.  

I'm currently staying in the Milano apartments
It's the same apartment I stayed when I was residing in Melbourne last year, 
same exact layout, just on a higher floor 
(I'm currently on the 35th floor, last year I was on the 28th). 

View of Melbourne's CBD from the balcony

Managed to squeeze my clothes + bags into the tiny closet!
 If I could improve anything, hands down it'd be the closet space.
I miss my closets back home :( 

My room 

Pink fairy lights intertwined onto the bed frame

Study table with a view

My necklace organiser

Significantly smaller than my apartment in Sydney but I'm happy with it! 
Feels very cosy :) 

Living room.
Ran out of space for my boxes so I'm temporarily using the balcony as storage space hahahaha

My favourite sofa

Bedside table

Pink skull and a poem about Faiz and I framed.

Pink flowers, Ecoya candles and ring holder

Dining table. 
I love how rustic the benches look

Candles and cactuses 

The other room, my parents' isn't pictured because well.... 
It isn't really relevant hahaha. 
I've always sought after 2 bedroom apartments because my parents visit so much from Malaysia! 
Almost once a month, mind you. 

there you go! 
My apartment in Melbourne.
I still need to get a proper shoe rack and little bits of things for the
 apartment but its safe to say that everything's 90% done.

Weather in Melbourne has significantly improved from the last time I blogged; 
more sunny days and higher temperatures. 
I'm also constantly in pleasant, happy moods lately, 
 I've heard complaints from friends saying 1st year timetables are almost 
always horrible but yay, I guess this semester is an exception.. Heh. 

Till next time!


cooking at home

25 July 2014

I've been aspiring to cook more at home lately; so far progress has been good. It really is much healthier, especially when you know what goes in your food. 
I especially love cooking breakfast/brunch food. Lots of eggs, toasted bread and avocados involved :)

Basa fish with rice and brussels sprouts

Chilli eggs and dollops of avocados with grated parmesan

My favourite so far!
 Pancake stack with layers of peanut butter and berries

Avocado + feta on sourdough with smoked salmon

Easiest thing to make for breakfast.
Overnight oats with bananas & berries

Prawn + garlic pasta with broccolis

Sourdough with chilli eggs and mashed avo

Traditional chicken soup - 
no salt + pepper! Just water, chicken, vegetables & chinese herbs. 

Scavenging for new recipes will now commence! Shall try my hand in baking next. 
Brownies, cookies...
Watch this space for some home-cooked meals. 


shutterbug adventures

24 July 2014

Feeling quite pleased these days;
 finally enrolled and chosen all my subjects for the semester, got my wifi set up and signed up for the muay thai gym @ Dynamite (thanks to my cousin Dee for introducing! She's been training there for about 2 years now). 
 It's been a productive week so far so big thumbs up!!! 

I've been a pretty dedicated shutterbug lately, carrying my camera around and just snapping random still here & there! 
Also got Lightroom and VSCOfilm 1 - 5 so I've been playing around with all the edits and colours. Slowly but still getting the hang of things.

Anyway, this week's update - 

Electric blue nightingale 

Love the leather details my coat

Strolling around the city with my favourite person. He's from Kota Kinabalu as well, like me!
6 months to go till Faiz bids uni life goodbye-
 completing his honours in civil engineering soon :) 
Exciting times for this mister. 

Macro shot

Exteriors outside the cafe

Painted on the wall

Sweet potato fries

Slow roasted lamb shoulders

Pink flowers spotted on Collins

Flinders station

Captioned: Positively Fabulous

Collins St

Spent the day with Medina and Kimmy

Aids awareness

Spot Dee's pooh tattoo

Kimmy looks beautiful here

Kim's flats

Chocolate dusts on cappuccinos 

Cactus in Dee's place

Current iPhone case

Haven't worn my So Kelly bag in almost a year

Favourite shot so far

Stranger photobomb

Exploring Melbourne's alleys with Faiz

Royal Arcade's interiors

Grey on grey with the mr

Eggs @ Queen Victoria market


The infamous hot doughnuts @ Queen Vic

Chai latte @ Plantation

Crystal necklaces

Faiz's coat game hahahaha

I've been putting off this post for days! Melbourne's cold weather is downright sleep inducing so my productivity levels at home is currently at 0%. 

2 posts coming up - 
My apartment in Melbourne & my cooking adventures at home!

A lazy Sara signing off, 
have a nice day!

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