and her embodiment of happiness

turning 20

25 November 2014

The big 2-0! 
Officially celebrated my birthday in Melbourne for 2 years in a row. 
It was really, really, really, lovely.
 Always a nice time spending my special day with people I love and cherish. 
Turning 20 triggered a train of thoughts; 
each and every one of them humbling. 
So grateful for where I am in life, who I'm surrounded with and what I'm doing. 
So grateful for each and every person that walked into my colourful little life. 

Anyway, here's how I celebrated my 20th :)

Wore a lovely white laced Dolce dress on my last day as a teen!

With my favourite Malaysians & Singaporeans 

1st surprise of the day :)

Got surprised with my favourite cake & sparklers!!!!!

Turning 20 on the 18th

2nd surprise:
Got waken up at 7 am from a flower delivery. 
Steph, who's all the way in London sent me a bouquet of lilies & champagne :'(
(Hi, I miss you all day, everyday.)

Went for obligatory birthday brunch with the gals @ Lux Foundry. 
Only person missing was Bella :(

Thug lyfe with Dee

Wore the A.Wang x HM shirt dress throughout the day

After brunch, I had lunch with Ibu at Crown.
Was nice having her around but she left a few days later for KL :( 

Opted for Italian for lunch. Read in an article a few months back that the restaurant won an award for the best pizza in an international competition!


My favourite!! Truffle butter on pasta with sliced truffle on top.

Been wanting to go to Komeyui for a while now. A lightbulb lit up & Faiz suggested that we go to Komeyui for my 20th.. 
What better way to celebrate my birthday than to have my favourite cuisine with my favourite man? :) 

Outfit for dinner

Wagyu rump. Seared to perfection; twas so succulent & flavourful.

Unagi sushi

My favourite!!! Miso cod. 

Sashimi platter

Soft shell crab sushi

Wagyu tataki

Came home to another delivery by Shze who managed to get it delivered all the way from Sydney :'( 
Faiz also surprised me with a bouquet of 20 roses!
I've never felt more loved. 


It's crazy how I've been blogging on and off for 9 years now.
From my xanga days to tumblr to blogger. 
1 more year till I hit a decade on the bloggingsphere.

My 20th was simple and sweet; filled with tons of surprises along the way. 
Blessed with the presence of each and everyone of you :) 

Can't wait to head back to KL next month so I can have a belated celebration with my family. 

Lots of love, 
from a newly turned 20 Sara


pre-exam jitters

07 November 2014

As promised, here I am procrastinating... 
Heheh work load reduced significantly in the past couple of weeks. Wrote 2 essays for 2 of my subjects, 1 more essay for my Law in Society then I would've covered 3/4 subjects. Got a written exam next week then its summer holidays!!!!!! 
I am in absolute awe at how fast the semester flew by.

I'm not too excited for this month's weather though. November's predicted to be the hottest November ever in Melbourne for the last 30 years or something. Freaking insane, don't know how I'm going to survive that... I guess I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

The A.Wang collection for H&M was released on the 6th of November. 
My friends and I decided to camp outside the H&M store from 12 am until the store opened at 7, so we queued for 8+ hours in total (including the waiting time in between group sessions).

 We were very, very close to the front so my friends & I managed to get what we wanted from the collection. I found it incredibly amusing they allocated only 10 minutes for you to shop, it made the girls and I super efficient in finding our desired pieces. 

what an experience!!
Would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Whats 8 hours when you're surrounded with the best of companies? 
(You could say the shopping was a bonus :P)

With the fuzziest blanket ever. Sad I had to bid goodbye to it...
(Scroll down for why)

Faiz & his housemate, Dez. 
I love how Snapchat added the 'Melbourne, Australia' stamp.

Funny story: 
I brought a blanket with me just in case it got cold. So after a while of waiting I went to the toilet. When I came back, I found a drunken man sleeping on the seat next to me, covering himself in my blanket.
HAHAHAHA. I couldn't find it in me to wake him up, he looked so snug. 

But fret not, we made use of his presence. 
PS/ I didn't keep the blanket after seeing some delectable drool marks. 

With the funniest bunch of Singaporeans ever!!! 
Lynn, Apple, Agnes & Beatrice. 

GO TEAM!!!! 

Breakdancers while waiting for the store to open its doors

Total damage... 

Faiz and I wanted to take a break from our normal park - walking around the city - movie routine. So for date day, we went to the JPG Exhibition! It was a rather spontaneous decision I think, we were on the tram heading to the Botanical Gardens when we spotted the NGV from the tram stop. 
Next thing you know, we're purchasing tickets for 2 to the exbibition.

Had loads of fun looking at JPG's designs and discussing with Faiz what we both liked about the exhibition. He particularly liked one of JPG's coats that was made entirely out of crocodile skin!!!!!
I really liked the velvet gown with crystals stitched onto it (picture below).

The rotating runway 

Kylie Minogue in one of JPG's dresses

My outfit for the day! (Giving abbreviations a break for a bit)

All smiles for date day at the museum.

The weather was perfect! Sunny, blue skies with a lovely temp. 

Park Dates w the Mr.

Needs no introduction - I love park dates, full stop. 

Wore my white fur vest for 2 days in a row. Love how warm it makes me!!!

In the tram, bored out of our minds

Tramming back, no seats so had to resort to sitting on the tram floor hahaha

How bokeh(full).

Slightly off the ground, hehe

Royal Exbihition building, location for my exams next week

Happy faces :)

How to annoy your boyfriend who's trying to take a picture hahahahaha

Love this dress!!! Outfit for park date #2.

Lace flairs on faux denim.

Technically not a park - State Library Lawn opposite Melbourne Central

Everything in between;

Paired my A.Wang sweater with my nike air max

Pink on green tones

My ultimate favourite green tea cookies!!!! 

Can spot Melb Uni's campus from my apartment's balcony hahaha

Waffles who refuses to lose weight.

Evidence #2.

Outfit for a looong library session 

Took this en route to uni

$10 book sales make my day

Watched the sunset on my balcony

Library outfit #2

Love the tones in this picture


Went for a quick lunch with Xy before the library

Toast with butter & preserves

Made full use of RMIT's doors

Craig treated Faiz and I to lunch at the Espresso Room

Was ransacking my brains out when I ran out of contacts. Thank god for Craig!!! 
Best optometrist in Melbourne, hands down. 

Deep in conversation

Asian escape in the city

Sunflower tees

Took me so long to make Faiz take this photo

That sums up my week thus far. Its been lovely as always!!!! 
Can't wait for exams to be over & done with & for holidays to commence. 
Freedom feels near, I can feel it. 

Things I've got planned for summer (so far):
1. Check off a few brunch places with the gals. 
3. Faiz's graduation on the 17th of December. 
4. Read. Read. Read. Read. I've got over 20 books I need to catch up on!!! 
5. Watch all the tv shows comprehensible to mankind.
6. Damn. Forgotten how much I love writing lists. 

Have an awesome day, wherever you are!

Lots of love from an excited Sara,

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