my maming family

19 September 2016
I spent the better half of September with Faiz's parents who flew down from KK for 2 weeks and Ika joined us from Mildura for about a week. Walked around Melbourne, did a little sightseeing, went to the zoo.. And when I'm not doing any of these things, I was reading and chasing after essay deadlines.  I also ordered the iPhone 7+ in jet black in early September and I can't wait for it to arrive in 10 days!!! 

 I won't bore you with words - plenty of photos to go through. Enjoy :) 

Pretend walk hahahaha

Southbank strolls 02

My typical walks from the gym to the apartment. This was taken after my 6 am training so the sun was just coming up and rising. It gave me so much bliss and contentment - immersing myself on walkways where people were rushing to go to work.

I love silhouettes. 

The end of Swanston St near Flinders station.


A collection of days. Stay ins while sipping on Faiz's freshly brewed coffee, watching movies, exploring markets and zoos. I love Faiz's family - they always make me feel welcomed and loved. always supplying me with endless laughs and jokes and feel good moments.

Faiz is getting real fancy with his coffee art! Made with the Little Guy.

He's been practicing lots and lots.

Bought a new coffee grinder too!

When your outfit matches the background....



Outside Melb Central

Faiz said we're the 3 musketeers hahahah

Lunch at Vegie Bar

Mindblowing mushroom pizza

Desserts - why stop at 1?

Checking out make-up at Mecca. My make-up hoarder in crime! 

"What you got on your eyes girl"
"Oh its the modern renaissance with sigma e25 brush"
"10 points to gryffindor"


Matchy shoes

Coffee run at Market Lane

Outside Vic Market. Had breakfast with Faiz's parents before I rushed off to uni

Side smile but actually constipated 

Walking around the city

Waiting for Ika to get her eyebrows doneeee

Bourke St

Colour blocking

I rarely take shop photos but look at how the lights nicely landed on our faces?? Thanks for the great photo op.

Crazy susumingming

We beat our faces real good HAHAHAH

Faiz finds so much enjoyment in driving its crazy.

Disclaimer: I do NOT look like this. If only you could apply snapchat filters irl. GIRL U BETTER WORK.

Faiz, Ika and Edna - roadtrip to Moonlit Sanctuary!!! Gonna feed the fuck out of wombats and emus.

Stripes overload


Look at your pretty eyes!!

Here's a photo of us together

We're holding hands!!!!!!

Green sanctuary for the animals

I have a magical touch. These animals be touching my hand and shit when I feed them hahahaha

Here's a nice lil photo of the snake, almost constricting my neck hahaha.


Found my favourite spot in the Arts West building to chill in between classes. A comfy lounger by the window for me to catch up on my readings.

Rose St Market

Came here to buy more candles and try out organic bars of soap. 

Take your pick

Tasting platter - how cute.

I bought 5 of these bars to try.

What I came home with. My whole life, I've always been a shower gel type of girl but I've been using these bars for a few weeks now. I just finished the lavender coloured soap (settle petal) and currently on the mint coloured soap (ello ello). I find that it makes my skin softer and not as dry? I like it.

Marble finishes with all natural ingredients. They lather up rather nicely without drying your skin out.

Where I buy my candles from. The guy pictured is Damo and he owns Shadow Moon Creations. Damo makes soy candles with all sorts of scents. They last waaaay longer than paraffin candles and are substantially cheaper too! I've bought candles from him for about 2 years now so I have a few favourites where I'd order in XL sizes with 60 burning hours. 

He makes soaps as well and look how beautiful?!?! Sometimes he throws in some sample soap bars :)

XL candles in french lavender, coffee, sugar cookie and sweet pea jasmine. And 1 free soap bar.

Love these earrings - I think Bella would pull them off so well

Lune croissant

Go to place for my carb fixes. "No matter what I say, stop me when I've had 16 ok" Hahahaha.


Croissants available 

Tried their world famous almond and chocolate croissants!


6 candles from Damo and the odd one from Glasshouse.

Banana and strawberry smoothie for breakfast. 
Recipe: 1 large banana, 5-6 large strawberries, 1 scoop of cookies and creme protein powder (this makes it creamy without milk), water and ice. I had this everyday last week lol.

Cat naps

FAVOURITE SNACK OF ALL TIME. Chopped carrots and hummus. I remembered my best friend Steph bringing it to college one day in 2013 and I was like wtf is this magic bitch and she said um its hummus wtf hahahahaha. I miss her.


When she extra :*

Really enjoyed this and I made it 2 nights in a row. Coleslaw mix with red cabbage, beetroot, broccoli and roasted butternut squash. For dressing I mixed 2:1:1 lemon juice, honey and extra virgin olive oil. 

MMm crunchy and earthy and tangy.

Banana/strawberry smoothie again. Not pictured but sometimes I just make banana smoothies for snacks coz I love them so much. Faiz always looks at me funny and makes a face when I make these hahahaha.

I drink my water out of a 2 litre mason jar with a glass straw coz its so easy to gulp? I've been having 6 litres of water everyday now ever since I've made the switch. And I got the mason jar for $3.50 at the dollar store WTFFFFF. The glass straw was a bit more, got it online for  $19 but so worth it and GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. I made a big batch of fish curry with very minimal coconut milk. 

Flavours next day even better?!?! 

I mean it when I say its my favourite snack!!!

Sumo oranges that're seedless and succulent af.

Rockmelon slices with banana/cacao smoothie and the usual carrot/hummus.

Fruit salad. I LOVE PERSIMMONS!!!!

Here's what I've read since the start of August: 

1. Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2) 
2. Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials #3) by Phillip Pullman 
I love, love, loved this trilogy. I've added this to my list of favourite series, up there with Harry Potter! I got the 3 in 1 series from iBooks and there were 1100+ pages of it all together. I remembered finishing the first book (Northern Lights) in April and wanting to ration the last 2 books accordingly. I started on the 2nd book last month and it ended with a freaking cliffhanger so I. JUST. HAD. TO. BINGE. THE. WHOLE. THING. Great character developments and storyline. Had a little problem with the general shape of the story but nothing I can't overlook. Seriously recommend 100%. When I was reading the series, Faiz said this is the first time he has seen me so vocal and expressive. Safe to say, it gave me lots of feels. Anyway, the author deals with really complex, almost heretic themes. But it really challenges the conventional plane of thought and that is no easy feat for any author. A little snippet: he basically personified god into a simplified deity. So His Dark Materials is definitely not for the weak hearted. 

3. Breathing Underwater by Sophie Hardcastle
After discovering her last year with her debut autobiography, Running Like China, I fell in love with her writing. There is a certain fluidity in her words that is natural and heartbreakingly beautiful. She writes with such poise and eloquence while captivating the reader with every word and punctuation. Breathing Underwater is Hardcastle's first fictional novel but I could definitely see some parallels with Running Like China. Touching on similar topics like surfing, grief and emotional ebbs and flows. Not even kidding when I say Sophie Hardcastle can write about the life of a bin in a concrete jungle and I'd still go out, buy the book and savour the words like little bits of jewels. Her debut autobiography is in my favourite shelves on Goodreads. Also one of my favourite authors along with Khaled Hosseini (author of A Thousand Splendid Suns and Kite Runner).

4. Three Sisters, Three Queens by Phillipa Gregory
My 2nd book by Gregory - the first one was The Other Boleyn Girl. I remembered reading Elizabeth I's fictional diary when I was 10 and I've been fascinated with the Tudors ever since. The 556 pages novel entails the story of Margeret Tudor, Mary Tudor and Katherine of Aragon - future queens of Scotland, France and England. I gave this 3/5 on Goodreads. While I enjoyed reading about their intertwined lives, Margie's incessant whining grew more and more petulant and overbearing. A few chapters of it is fine but to read it over and over again throughout the whole novel is exhausting. I wanted to see her in a more empowered stance so this was a bit of a disappointment. I liked The Other Boleyn Girl more.

5. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick 
The true tales of 6 defectors, told with great insight on matters of famine, death and love in North Korea. She covers a significant deal on the totalitarian communist regime. Fascinating read. Gave this 5/5 on Goodreads.

6. Behind Closed Doors by Sue Smethurst
A true story about 30 years of sexual abuse and incest in Victoria, Australia. Harrowing to read but sometimes lacking depth. 

I'm currently reading Napoleon the Great by Andrew Roberts. Its my first history/biographical book on the revered Napoleon. There's about 900 pages of the book so it'll take me a fair bit to get through it. Everyone on Goodreads have been raving nonstop about it so I'm pretty excited!!!

Lots of love,
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