Sunday, December 31, 2017

Thank you, 2017!

Every end of the year, I like to look back and reflect on the year that has come to a close. It's always an amazing feeling when you remember just how blessed you've been. In 2015, I moved to Australia, got engaged and got married, and graduated from university. In 2016, we got our permanent residency, had tons of adventure, and at the end of the year ended up moving to the countryside.

This year began with us living in the countryside, moving back to Adelaide during the first quarter, and ended up purchasing our first home towards the end of the year! And we also achieved our dream wedding in the Philippines this year. 2017 also saw me through 3 career specialties at 3 different sites, building up my resume to be quite an impressive one.

But first, some adventures along the way:

Friday, December 15, 2017

Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria, Shrine of Remembrance, and Fitzroy

I visited Melbourne again during Spring. While I thought it would be warm, it was cold and windy for a Spring day. Luckily, I brought my floral embroidered denim jacket with me.

Because I had already seen Melbourne CBD and The Great Ocean Road and other Melbourne highlights (see Melbourne Itinerary HERE), I meant to check off some Melbourne stops that I missed out on the first time.
National Gallery of Victoria - floor

Friday, December 1, 2017

7 Ways To Decorate Your Living Room For Under $200

After a relaxed day lounging around in my high low floral sleeveless dress from Dresslily, I thought it would be a good idea to show you around our living room which we decorated on a tight budget. Think it's not possible? Here's a few ideas to get you excited to decorate your own living room.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

7 Reasons Why You Should Take A Vacation From Work

Do you need a reason (or an excuse) to take a break from work and sign that annual leave form? I'm just relaxing here with my Rosegal floatie but I got you, boo! I’ve always been one for work-life balance. So here's 7 reasons why you should take that much needed break and have a holiday.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Jord's Dover Timepiece in Ebony and Copper (Plus GIVEAWAY!)

Both my husband and I became fans of Jord’s wood watches the moment we laid eyes on my zebrawood watch from the Frankie series that I first featured HERE . Opening the box to reveal the Dover timepiece in ebony and copper was no different. I felt like I literally became the emoji with the heart eyes.
His and Hers Jord wood watch

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Spring Day at the Fleurieu Peninsula

It's Spring in Australia. The sun has come out to play, and so have I. Off we went for a quick road trip down south of Adelaide to pay the Fleurieu Peninsula another visit.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Bae-sic White Tee and Denim Skirt (Zan.Style Review)

I love basics. In fact I have quite a handful of white tees because I just can't get enough of them. Now basics with a twist? Yes, please! Initially when Zan.Style asked me to do a review, I didn't expect much but the products definitely surpassed my expectations.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Adelaide Date Idea: Bridgewater Mill and Heysen Trail Fairy Garden

Looking for something other than dinner and a movie at the mall? How about a long, lazy and luxurious lunch followed by a lovely walk into a trail dotted with little fairies? Or swap it around and start with a late afternoon walk into the nature trail and end it with a fancy dinner and some wine. Sound good to you? Read on!
Bridgewater Mill SA bar

Monday, July 10, 2017

My Winter Survival Guide

Let's be honest, the Australian winter is nothing compared to winter in other countries. So we summer loving folks really shouldn't complain. But still, there is a need to turn the heater on. So here's how I'm living out my winter.

Friday, June 16, 2017

20 Signs Your 20s Have Made You Domesticated (#Adulting)

Getting our own place and moving into an area with my friends as neighbors has somehow made me feel like a character in Desperate Housewives for a second - without the extreme drama. Sometimes I still feel like my husband and I are just kids playing house and pretending to be grown ups. But wait, I guess I AM grown up, and I've become domesticated! *gasp!* Ever feel the same? If you can relate to these 20 things, then you're definitely currently #adulting like me.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

How To Get Through A Challenge In Life

Editing these photos had me singing, "Are we out of the woods yet (3x)?" Just because, well, I was literally in the woods for this shoot. Hence this motivational post about what to do to get through a challenge because we all go through challenges in life where we feel like we are in the woods and the bright light at the end is nowhere in sight. Whether your current challenge is striving towards graduation, that thesis, that new job you want to excel in, a new business venture, a paradigm shift - whatever you're going through right now, read on.
Estelle off-shoulder bell sleeve bodysuit - HERE

Monday, May 8, 2017

Apple Picking: Pick a Pink Lady at Harrisville Orchards, South Australia

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, as they say. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of apples, off I went to go apple picking at my first time attending a "Pick a Pink Lady" weekend in South Australia. Pink Lady apples, obviously.
Apple picking in Adelaide, South Australia

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Love Story of Milestones, Adventures, and Travel (Feat. Printiki)

My square prints from Printiki couldn’t have arrived at a better time! K and I moved back to Adelaide and I couldn’t wait to make the place our very own and I badly wanted to have our photos printed out. We’ve gone through beautiful milestones, adventures and travels together as a couple and I thought printing them out in the cutest square prints would be the perfect way to tell a story.

A love story of milestones, adventures, and travel told with Printiki prints.

Monday, March 20, 2017

5 Things You Must Do In Yorke Peninsula

Having lived in Moonta for half a year, we've met some awesome people, gained valuable experiences, and have gone on beautiful adventures. Here's a few of the many wonderful things you can do in the Yorke Peninsula if you're looking to spend your holiday in this quaint destination.

1. Crab Raking in Port Hughes
Never knew you could rake crabs? Neither did I. We bought our crab rake at the fish and chips store by the beach at Port Hughes for $15. If you think about it, that was a good investment since we've caught several crabs that could have sold for much more than $15. But into our tummies they went!
Crab raking in Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
Crab Raking at Port Hughes, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Saturday, March 11, 2017

12 Things To Bring When Camping for Absolute Beginners

As you may already know, I, an absolute beginner, went camping at Innes National Park, in Marion Bay, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. I can now proudly say that I survived camping in the Australian outback! Okay, I'm not sure if a national park really counts but in my book, it does. So glad I did my research though and got smart tips from Go Camping Australia. And now I've come up with my own list of 12 Things To Bring When Camping for Absolute Beginners:
Innes National Park

Friday, March 3, 2017

Beginner Camping at Innes National Park

After 2 years of living in Australia, I finally went on my first camping adventure. As a complete beginner (okay yes, I've been a pampered little princess all my life), the experience was new and exciting, What better place to try it out than at Innes National Park in Marion Bay, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia?
Innes National Park, South Australia
Innes National Park, South Australia

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Melbourne Itinerary (Including Peninsula Hot Springs, Enchanted Garden, and Great Ocean Road)

When my family came to visit from America, we made sure to travel to Sydney, go around Adelaide, and for our last stop: Melbourne. Because we had kids with us, this is a family-friendly Melbourne itinerary which includes Peninsula Hot Springs, Enchanted Adventure Garden, and the 12 Apostles at the Great Ocean Road. We also traveled during winter last year but this itinerary can be easily done during all 4 seasons.

Day 1-2: THE CITY - Melbourne CBD
Clockwise: Yarra River, Melbourne CBD, Hosier Lane, Flinders Train Station

Monday, January 23, 2017

Lake Bumbunga, South Australia - THE PINK LAKE

I first read about the existence of pink lakes in 2014 on Gary Pepper Girl. Still, I had to gasp when I saw it for myself. Lo and behold, a body of water in my favorite color. Almost unreal, yet there it was. I'd run in and bathe in its candy-colored glory but as they say, beauty is deceiving.
Jeannie in a Bottle Blog: The pink lake, Lake Bumbunga in South Australia

Tuesday, January 10, 2017