bienalle at cockatoo island

I’ve been waiting for the Biennale to start back up in Sydney since the end of last year! It’s basically an art exhibition that runs in Sydney every two years and showcases a variety of international work across different galleries and locations! Some of the locations include the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Museum of Contemporary Art and Carriageworks. The Biennale at Cockatoo Island in particular has always been my favourite! It’s currently running from the 18th of March until the 5th of June. I’ve been to two previous exhibits and have always been in awe of the art I’ve seen there! Here are a couple of snaps that I took on the day! Although I did enjoy my time there I feel like it was not as interesting as previous years. I think that may have been because they have spread out the artwork more amongst other locations so I will definitely take the time to explore other artwork while the Biennale is still on!

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everyday s(u)kin products

Has anyone here heard of the brand “Sukin”? I’ve been using it for quite a while now (I think possibly a year?) and it’s actually the only brand I use currently to wash and moisturise my face. Since I’ve been using it I’ve noticed a dramatic difference in my skin’s texture and colour. I generally have quite oily acne prone skin and I feel it’s been very difficult to find products that are suited to my skin type. I’ve tried many products but none of them have worked as well as Sukin. Please keep in mind that what works for me may not work as well for you. This is my experience with Sukin that I am sharing to you so I hope it may help in some way!

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nursing diary: from teacher to student nurse.

So if you may or may not know, Im currently studying a Master in Nursing. It’s a two year course and I’m currently in my second and final year. I think reflection is a big part of nursing .. reflecting on practice and reflecting on yourself.. so I’m going to take the time (maybe this will be an ongoing process.. who knows?) to blog about how I decided to change and study nursing, why I enjoy it so much and hopefully how I’m going in the clinical setting! Fingers crossed will be me next year.

warning: I wrote a lot!

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new makeup brushes

I ordered these brushes a couple of weeks ago and they’re finally here! I don’t own many makeup brushes. I think it also encourages me to use makeup more because I feel more encouraged to use them! I bought my first set of brushes a year ago. Thats right, you heard me. A YEAR AGO. Previously I was using my fingers to apply my makeup because I felt it was just easier to do. I think i’ve realised since then that brushes do help with application because it means I can spread out product more evenly and I’m not transferring bacteria from my fingers to my face. I think applying makeup to my face with my fingers previously also encouraged pimples and since I’ve used brushes, my skin problems have decreased dramatically!

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butter cookies with marble icing

So today my bestfriend nicolle came over to visit. We weren’t really sure on what we wanted to do. It was a pretty hot day (summer feels like it’s still here even though it’s officially ended!) so we were deciding on whether we should go to the beach but we decided against it as it would have been a long drive to get there. Instead we decided to make cookies!! I personally love making cookies but I don’t really make them that often. My favourite to make is definitely butter cookies because theyre just SO easy to make and need very little ingredients. I thought i’d try it with a little twist this time! I’ve been seeing these kind of marble style cookies floating around instagram so I thought i’d give them a go! With the help of some cookie cutters, some honey and food colouring we came up with these!

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guilin, china

Thought I’d blog about the tour I went on during my time in China in January! Can’t believe its only been two months since I’ve been overseas but it actually feels alot longer! My mother LOVES day trips and travelling and exploring new places.. so whenever we go back to China to see relatives my mum always squeezes in a couple of days to go on a tour. I remember the previous tour I went to with my mum was back in 2012 where we went on a tour through Beijing. Apparently I went there when I was a small baby but obviously hadn’t remembered anything of it so it was great to go and explore the capital! This time round my mum decided to go to a place called Guilin.

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Hunter Valley

Over the weekend a couple of friends and I decided to go to Hunter Valley for my friend Michelle’s birthday! She turned 25 this year so she decided to do something fun and different! I’ve known Michelle now for about five years now and I think we have gotten to know each other pretty well! I think as a group, all the girls in it have been through highs and lows together so it was a great chance to get away from the city and hangout, relax, celebrate and catchup!

We stayed in the Hunter for two nights and went to various wineries and restaurants! I’m pretty sure all of us were looking forward to eating at Muse Restaurant after hearing from our friend Lily what a fantastic experience it was when she went last. The birthday girl lovvedd the food and we took quite a number of photos there before we left!

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cat island, ainoshima – japan

I had a blog post previously about how my day trip to the cat island in Japan but it got deleted when my domain expired 🙁

So I’ve decided to write up another one! The cat island that Jono and I went to last year was situated near Fukuoka, Japan. It was our second time in Japan and we decided to explore an area we had never been before. I’m not sure why we decided to go to Fukuoka but I think one of the main things that drew us there was the fact that apparently there were alot of street food stalls there. AKA ‘Yatai’

If I remember correctly we flew into Osaka and then caught a bullet train to Fukuoka. We had calculated before we went to Japan that it would take roughly five hours to get there.. and because we knew we would be going to different places in Japan we got a Japan Rail Pass before hand. This post by Rachel was basically the guide I followed to get to the island. I think maybe one or two things changed on the bus timetable but overall it was a very useful guide! There is another cat island that is more popular so be aware that this is alot more quieter than the other cat island Tashirojima.

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valentines day 2016

My boyfriend Jono and I have kind of made it a tradition to spend valentines day together at home. I admit I do love eating out theres no question about that.. but I think as time as gone by I feel like valentines day is overrated… I’m not even sure if i’m using ‘over rated’ correctly. I do love the idea that people appreciate their significant other alot more on this particular day, however it gets me thinking about why people don’t show their love like this on normal days when it isn’t valentines day? Roses and flowers are about triple the price, you need to book weeks and possibly months ahead for restaurants and perhaps you need to buy a special gift. Maybe I’ve just become old and boring or something but I don’t think I really like the idea of my boyfriend spending tens or even hundreds of dollars to please me on one particular day. I think I am just happier spending my valentines day at home.

For the past three valentines day Jono and I have spent it together. Excluding our first valentines day in 2013 when we were in Singapore, for the past two he’s always cooked me dinner. This year was no different! Jono is a pretty busy guy. I know he works INCREDIBLY hard. Along with his five day a week full time job (where he leaves the house at 7:45am and gets home at 7:45pm), he also helps his father at a plant stall in Kings Cross on Saturdays. SO basically his only one day off is the Sunday. That is the day where he tries to fit in things that he wants to do. It’s not always easy to do that what with family commitments and trying to spend time with me as he’s a pretty DIY person. He loves making things and building things and never wants to waste a single minute of a day. This is why I really truly appreciate all the time and effort he put into choosing what food he wanted to cook, having to go out early to buy it all in between going to work and going to the gym and going to work on saturday and overall making sunday a really really fun day!

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japan last february

Can’t believe that it’s actually been a whole year since I’ve been back to japan. I really miss it. I miss the food, miss the people (especially one of my friends who is currently living there), miss the picturesque streets and shops, miss the cute cafes just the overall feeling of japan. Hoping that I can go back soon! My boyfriend Jono actually found some really cheap flights but unfortunately I have placement and hospital and won’t be able to get the time off! In the mean time, here are some photos that he took of Japan! For more of his amazing work you can checkout his website!

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