Tuesday, December 27, 2011

end of an old, start of the new.

That time of the year where the end of the year creeps up behind you and when you do finally realise its all go from there. I've had a short hiatus from blogging. One reason being i've been extreamely busy with end of year plans and secondly I haven't had much to share with everyone as we are currently in the process of upgrading our camera.

This is just a short post with snaps of what I've been up to as of late. The last few weeks included events such as Christmas parties, birthdays and of course Christmas itself.




Row One: A birthday dinner with Mum and Edwina at the Guillaume at Bennelong in the Opera House. The dinner was to celebrate Edwina and Mine's birthday. We also saw Leonardo DiCaprio who just happened to be sitting next to us having dinner!
Row Two: The surprise party that Rick and James threw for me with a delicious chocolate marble cake. A picture of the family Edwina, James, Xavy, Rick and I. The YSL Malachite and Gunmetal ring I bought for myself as a little birthday present.
Row Three: Christmas drinks and food both at work and home.
Row Four: First few days spent in QLD fishing at Maroochydore River and the scenery outside Kawana Waters Hotel.

I know this is a bit late, but I just wanted to thank all my readers that have come through the blog this year and all the kind words and support you guys have given me. I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays and all have a great and safe new year!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

okinawa.

Our last week spent in Japan was in Okinawa, Japan's south Island. Looking forward to sun and beach, something that we dearly missed, we arrived to a down pour of rain. Its funny now that I think back to it, but it seemed the rain kinda followed me everywhere in Japan. A little disheartened, we picked up our rental car and drove North up the coast line of Okinawa to our resort. There weren't that many foreigners in Okinawa so planning the trip was rather hard as most places ONLY spoke Japanese. Would of loved to visit the smaller islands like Miyako, but as they required another connecting flight to get there, we kinda ran out of time.

We stayed at the Kanucha Resort which had it's own private beach, 3 pools, 7 restaurants, 1 golf course, spa and also its very own bus that takes you to different stops within the resort. Our own little suite had its own little Jacuzzi on our balcony and an interior decor that was very Bali-esque.

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Everyday we woke up to clear blue skies and a stunning view of the ocean and the beach. Luck was on our side as we'd enjoy perfect weather during the day, with rain at night.  Some highlights of the trip:

Driving to the Churaumi Aquarium (world's second largest aquarium) we came across a coast side with amazingly blue water that stretched out miles out to sea and met with the horizon and made it look like as if the ocean dropped off the edge of the globe. They had some amazingly man made structures which I think were designed as a wave buffer?

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Churaumi was actually quite an impressive aquarium too. One of their tanks housed three whale sharks, tuna, angel fish, grey nurse sharks, bull rays, eagle rays and all whole lot of other tropical and pelagic fish. I think in all we spent about 2-3 hours just in the one area. There were sea creatures that I've actually never seen in any of the other aquariums I've been to back home in Australia and they also had a shark research lab. Kinda freaky in there as there were shark specimens in like jars and what not.

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The second day was spent with our guide Masa who took us diving with three whale sharks and snorkeling around in the Blue Cave. Both were amazing experiences, especially the whale shark dive, I was so nervous at first I could literally feel my heart jumping out of my chest and panicked slightly when I actually had to go under water and swim literally centimeters from a whale shark of 8 meters long. We also purchased a new water housing for our camera, which meant plenty of underwater snaps and close ups!

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Okinawa was definitely an experience that showed me an alternate side to Japanese culture. It was so unlike the mainland Japan and its culture rather more Eastern influenced. Its locals are a lot more like us here back home, love for surf, sun and sand.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

la biancara.

This cute little wine bar called La Biancara is located on the corner of Inokashira Park. We walked pasted it pretty much everyday when we went to take the train out. We were always intrigued, but we never tried it as we were too intimidated that we couldn't read the menu's and got surprises when our food came out.

On a whim one night, we decided to go and have dinner there. The owner Kodaira spoke pretty good english and ended up writing up a translation of the menu for us. We had such a good time that night that we decided to host our little going away dinner there.


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We gathered some friends, ones we meet there in Tokyo, ones we meet at home in Australia. We drank and laughed at new and old jokes and memories. Rowdy in our own right and tasting too much wine from around the world, it was such a great night.

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After a few drinks, I obviously started getting a bit festive, pulling poses, topped off with a nice little pair of oversized glasses, borrowed from a friend. Obviously having a bit too much to drink =)

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Just want to thank La Biancara for having us and hosting a great night for us! I really hope to come back soon! And I know its a month late in the making, but thanks guys Ayu, Taro just to name a few for coming and spending an awesome night with us!

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the iconic.

I thought I'd give all you guys a bit of a break from my influx of posts based on my Japan trip and introduce you to the little hype of an online store called the Iconic happening, here in Sydney. The Iconic is Australia's newest online boutique for fashion and footwear, stocking some amazing Australian brands such as Ellery, Shona Joy and Ginger and Smart, just to name a few.

They offer free express shipping on orders and if your in the Sydney metropolitan area, they also offer a 3- hour free express delivery! CRAZY GOOD?! I think so, perfect for those days where a little online retail therapy is wanted, but with instant gratification!

To find out more about these guys, check there out here.


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Thanks for all the comments from the last post lovelies!
This week has been pretty hectic, but I promise I'll reply to all and check out all your wonderful blogs!

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