London - January 2016

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London is one of my favourite cities in the world. The architecture, shopping, galleries, museums and array of cuisines is incomparable. It has the vibe of a large metropolitan city but also the charm of an European old town. It's simultaneously quirky (Camden markets), modern (near Tate Modern, Southwark) and peaceful (the walk between Soho and Westminster Abbey along all the tree-lined and terraced streets is unbelievably gorgeous). This was my second time in London.
At Tate Modern on my second night in London. I love this gallery to bits, mainly because it houses an impressive collection of Dali (including the famous Transformation of Narcissus) and lots of contemporary artworks. This specific installation included crates of soil from parks all over London. The crates were left to grow in their natural state for 6 months. I believe I was there in around the 3rd or 4th month. The gallery shop was also having a huge sale so I was able to score a pack of Damien Hirst postcards (which I later used to DIY my 2016 calendar).
I met up with a university friend who had been on exchange in the Netherlands and was euro-hopping in the preceding months. We escaped the London cold at Aquashard, a very snazzy bar up in the Shard where cocktails were 18 pounds a pop (!!!). However, the sunset over London Bridge was magnificent and well worth our overpriced drinks.

Dinner with friends of friends who were in London doing their medical exchange. Flat Iron had great steaks, condiments and very cool souvenir cleaver knives (just joking, you had to pay for it).
Solo lunch at Jamie's Italian near the Financial District. I was so relieved to find this place after wandering in the cold from Saatchi Gallery to Westminster Abbey. The pate was to DIE FOR as was the prawn linguine.
One of the most intriguing galleries in London! Saatchi Gallery is full of emerging artists, and is packed with a plethora of contemporary installation works (my favourites). I ended up buying a huge volume on contemporary art at the bookstore (though I regrettably had to lug this 2kg book all the way back to the airport the next day).

Money Diary

/ Tuesday, 16 May 2017 / 1 comment:
Image result for money diariesIt's fair to say that I am quite addicted to reading the Money Diaries, amongst other diaries (e.g. those in NyMag/theCut). I think it comes down to being a curious (read: super nosey) person. Here is my own.

Female, 24, Sydney
Junior Lawyer
Lives at home


7.30am: Woke up, rushed to get ready. Grabbed banana bread and packed lunch for work. I still live at home so all of these are covered. I pay $400/month to my parents to cover for basic groceries/ mostly out of filial duty (<3). The fare to work on the train costs $4.82. Bloody opal is getting so expensive. I think there are price increases looming post-July.

12.00pm Day is bit busier than normal, drafted a few agreements and sent out some emails. Eat lunch with my Genmaicha green tea ( I am a total sucker for Japanese green tea with roasted rice). I don't spend any money regularly on coffee, primarily because I only drink it when I desperately need it for a spruce or when I am in a coffee mood (once in a blue moon). I also think coffee is a black hole for money.

5.30pm Leave work for dinner with Vu. We go to a Lebanese place in Darlinghurst which has a 50% off deal. We end up being stuffed on the banquet for $65 in total. The haloumi and cauliflower salad there is to die for (ooh the beef cheek was good too). Vu kindly covers dinner.

9.00pm Head home on train $3.50


7.30am: Same old routine with banana bread and all.  $4.82 My opal card does auto-top up when I exit at my station in the CBD. $40.00

1.00pm: Work is not busy at all. I did around 2 hours of advice writing and mooched around (hello Money Diaries!).

5.30pm: Head home on train $3.50

6.00pm: Saf from Ladylike on Buzzfeed has a great channel for mindless watching. I binge. Dinner at home is great. I have a lot of congee since I'm still sick from Monday.


8.00am: The fare to work on the train costs $4.82. I grab sushi today since I'm a bit tired of the banana bread. I love the salmon and avo rolls, paired with the teriyaki beef. $5.20

5.30pm: Work was NOT busy. Tried asking around, to no avail. Ended up writing a new marketing piece about the new crowd-sourced funding legislation and how the new Federal Budget planned on expanding that law to proprietary companies (come on, they should have done this in the first place lol). I receive our joint Colourpop order! Spend 20 mins swatching makeup on my hands and showing to co-worker.

5.45pm: Having dinner at Jamie's with Vu. There is a $10 truffle pasta special. We get one each, share the polenta chips and tiny piece of bruschetta ( omg Jamie's is such a rip off sometimes). The pasta was very good though. We sink into food coma. I cover dinner this time $42.90.

8pm: Head to Newtown to drop off stuff in car. $3.00 Change into my costume, complete with Slytherin tie and school blazer.

8.30pm: Return to Townhall for a Harry Potter party. $3.00 I bought tickets for both of us around 2 weeks ago ($56). The drinks line in there is impossibly long (everyone is yelling for their butter beer and polyjuice potion) but the props and the music is fantastic (early 2000s late 90s, just how I like it). I met a uni friend and an old tutoring friend in there, and their friends/ bfs. We drink a bit and dance the night away. Drinks came to $20.

12.30am: Return to Newtown $0.90 to car


11am: Dead tired. Over exerted self. Cough has gotten worse overnight. Have some pork chop/rice, kindly receives ride home and head to sleep.

5pm: Wake up. Still dead. Text friends to cancel on dinner that night. Sleep.

7pm: Eat congee dinner with family. Watch some Eurovision semi-finals (chuckle at the yoddle and rap Romanian duo) and head to bed watching more Buzzfeed.


9am: Mothers' Day! We have brunch early at Rhodes. It was really nice and airy place with great food. (Except I was mourning the fact that on the way, we drove over a T-way lane. We had no idea what it was until it was too late. If we get caught it means a $325 fine and 1 demerit point... Fantastic.) I grab brunch $41.

11am: Grocery shopping with mum. I suss out flowers but she doesn't seem keen.

1pm: I sloth around at home doing nothing all day apart from watch more Buzzfeed, folding some laundry and replacing my bedsheets. Still mourning over potential fine. Still sick so I have an afternoon nap.

6pm: We head for dinner at Bondi Pizza (I posted about it in my previous entry). My sister and I split the bill - it comes to $50 each.


9am: Text boss to tell him I can't come to work. Cough has gotten even worse overnight.

2pm: Sleep and then eat noodles. Head down to doctors. She prescribes me antibiotics. $5.30
 I see there's a sale in chemist warehouse and thought about buying something to cheer myself up. But then I remembered potential fine from yesterday. Didn't deserve a pick-me-up. Leave empty handed.

4pm: Sleep some more. Have a bottle of water.

For the rest of the night I just napped and had some dinner.


7.30am: Back to the grind. Feeling much better after antibiotics though! The train fare costs $4.82.

12pm: Caught up on boring work (tedious stuff but didn't' really need a brain to do it). Enjoyed my packed lunch.

5.30pm: Off work! Quickly head to Japanese food at Townhall. We get tonkotsu and fishcake at a cheapie Japanese place next to the cinemas. I cover. $24.00

6.45pm: We head to watch Alien Covenant! Very excited. Have been waiting for a sequel since Prometheus. We bring our iced coffees from Starbucks to the theatre (thanks Vu).

9.00pm: Movie was fantastic! I didn't have SUPER high expectations, and mainly went for the CGI Aliens, alien-gore (lol) and Michael Fassbender. The actress in Fantastic Beasts did a great job though as Daniels. Catch train home $3.50

Weekly spend: $281.08
Transport: around $40.00/week
Food: $163.10
Drinks: $20
Entertainment: $56
Other/meds: $5.30
Impending fines: $325 (FUCKTHIS)

♥ ❤ ❥ Mothers' Day ❥ ❤ ♥

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Left of Field is a fairly recent discovery, situated at the waterfront at Rhodes. The cafĂ© is well-known for their earl grey pancakes paired with caramel popcorn and summery fruits. Mum opted for the truffle toast and fried duck egg (aka the best mushroom toast I've had in a long long time).
Mum is very pleased.
Could scoff 5 down in one sitting. Was so more-ish and umami.
 Being the piggish family that we are, we then proceeded to Bondi Pizza for dinner. The pumpkin sage and parmesan ravioli was quite nice. The addition of the sundried tomatoes initially confused me a bit, since between bites you'd get this sudden hit of salt and sourness. 
Mum and her second feast of the day. Very pleased once again. Feat smoky pulled pork pizza and slaw, and smoky pork ribs (very nice).
Shrimp and chorizo pizza. Spicy (but definitely more yum than spicy).
In other news:
  • Work is somewhat picking up (partner is once again hinting at all the things that will come flooding my way...he is vague about timing though...).
  • My cough is finally receding a bit after antibiotics (decided it was best to take day off on Monday to actually visit a doctor lol).
  • Alien Covenant is a great movie. Am now itching to re-watch the whole Alien franchise again. Also, I think I love Michael Fassbender. Nothing like a vengeful square-jawed humanoid to wrench some heartstrings *Wagner's Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla plays in the background*
  • Looking forward to watching some medieval jousting and swordplay on the weekend at a medieval fair! 


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