Sweet Summer Child

Beach time!

yay

It’s a wonder how the time has flown by so fast; can you imagine that it’s meant to be Autumn right now!
Life is so incredibly busy now and I feel like I haven’t had a day to just relax in so long. But nevertheless, being on the constant move at least ensures that I’m not wasting away in front of my computer mindlessly scrolling through things. These photos are about a month old, but the memory of the sun, sand and cool breeze makes me yearn so much for those never ending Summer days filled with leisure, that are unfortunately leaving us quite quickly..

Soon the leaves will fall and as it gets colder, we are given an ever-present reminder that…
Winter is Coming

Birthday Dinner at Maha

Oh no. I know what some of you are thinking – I’m posting about the boyfriend’s birthday and I haven’t even posted about my own birthday from late last year yet woops. Oh well ..I’ll get to that eventually, I promise haha!

So, for Ashley’s actual birthday, I took him out for some amazing Middle Eastern cuisine at Maha Restaurant.
Run by the popular chef, Shane Delia (that my mum excitedly announced she loves watching on TV!) I was betting on the food to be delicious! It was one sleepless night that I was scrolling through Urbanspoon that I had stumbled across Maha – now with my boyfriend’s second favourite cuisine being Middle Eastern, I was so incredibly stoked to have found such a highly reviewed restaurant that I booked it instantly (a month+ in advance).  And I was not wrong to have done so!!!

A complimentary cake for the boyfriend from the amazing staff! 'Mabrook' means celebration!

Upon arrival, we were met with an amazing ambience filled with laughter, low-key music and detailed interior.
After being ushered in to our seats by our lovely waitress, we took a look at the menu and picked the ’4 Course Soufra’ straight away! (I pre-picked this, but I gave Ashley some choice just in case my assumptions were wrong!)

With hardly any time to spare, our drinks arrived with the first  course shortly following after.
The waiter who brought out the food kindly explained each dish and the components inside them. He also explained exactly how each parts were meant to be eaten and with which other component on the table! Not to be rude, but I found it hard to concentrate on what he was saying when the aroma of the dishes were making me salivate!!

Smoked hummus, lamb, cashew, cumin seeds; Almonds local olives, maltese fel fel; 'Aegean coast' wild greens and beach bananas, oyster cream, pork crackling; Chemen cured salmon, tahini potato salad, spring onions

I think Ashley would agree with me that everything in this first course was absolutely delicious. From the hummus to the salmon, everything was so divine that I’m fairly sure we licked those plates clean (save the olives). The second course came out with hardly any wait between; and after our delectable first course, we were super excited!

Zucchini falafel, almond, handmade haloumi; and radish 'manti' turkish dumplings, garlic yoghurt, dried mint, aleppo pepper

I apologize for the badly taken photo! But when the menu said ‘turkish dumplings’ I was not expecting this!! I don’t know how to describe it but it was probably one of the best things I’ve ever tasted in my life and ..not going to lie, but I really want to eat some right now. The other dish was falafels which whilst I’m not a huge fan of, Ashley is quite an expert of. He pretty much told me that these falafels were cooked perfectly and were delicious, so there you go. We were both happy to eat our respective favourite dishes so this was another course that we were both swooning over.

Oh, I should also mention that throughout the night, our lovely waitress would pop by every once in awhile to see if we were alright. She even got to hear the secret about Ashley’s birthday presents whilst he was off in the toilet hehe.

12 hour roasted lamb shoulder, sumac, garlic, green olive tabouleh; Corn bread crumbed sardine fillets, carrot and cumin, preserved lemon, flaxseed; Cracked wheat pilaf, barberry, date, almond; Fattoush, caramelised garlic, tomato, cucumber

I’m not going to lie, but by the time this came out I was actually pretty full (I get full easily okay! haha)
The star of this course was definitely the 12 hour roasted lamb shoulder, the pieces were tender and went beautifully with the pilaf. Now, unfortunately, the only thing that ruined this course was the sardine :( Neither Ash or I are huge fans of fish, but the taste of this was just too strong for our liking. Sadly to say, it was left uneaten. However, I really do feel like that was due to our personal preferences and other people who enjoy sardines more than us would’ve loved it.

Turkish delight filled doughnuts, honey, roast walnut ice cream; Mastic pudding, rosemary pearls, chocolate soil, blackberry sorbet; Watermelon and beetroot, peppermint crisp ice cream, rosewater ice

I was so excited for this course to come out, especially after all the reviews I read about the famous Turkish delight filled doughnuts!! And those reviews were right on their mark; the doughnuts were all sorts of mouth-watering deliciousness! I wanted to steal Ash’s! Not going to lie, but the other desserts pale a bit in comparison but are definitely not to be overlooked! The Watermelon rosewater ice was refreshing and sweet; whilst the Mastic pudding was a very different yet pleasing experience. The flavours all came together very nicely and made me a very happy dessert lover :D !

As you can see from first picture, the lovely staff at Maha also surprised us with a complimentary birthday cake!
Our expectations were definitely met with the impeccable food and service. There is no doubt that we will be returning back to Maha in the nearby future – they even do a beer+burger lunch so I’m so excited for this!

Maha Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Beauty of the Rose

Hello everyone! I hope you all had an enjoyable Valentines Day ♥
Please tell me all the wonderful goss and details of what you did and what you wore! I thankfully had a lot of options for Valentines Day outfits, one being this lovely dress that Cherry from Rose WholeSale sent me recently.

Whilst I didn’t actually wear it for Valentines, I did wear it to the boyfriend’s birthday dinner last week! Unfortunately, I didn’t have any photos of my outfit from that night since I felt a bit mean asking him to take photos  of me on his birthday(!!!) so I had to retake them on one of my off days. It’s obviously more of a night dress but you get the point!

When I first saw this dress listed as only $12.40, I was a bit sceptical – I mean, sure, dresses can be cheap but that usually means they aren’t that amazing either haha. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this dress was better than I was expecting! The material is quite thick, with small, pretty lace detailing on the shoulders and neckline.  I really enjoy the little slit on the side, as it gives it a nice asymmetrical look. Pretty perfect for an nice dinner out in my opinion ;)

Unfortunately, this particularly dress is a one size only (which I prayed very hard that I would hopefully fit in to)
Thankfully, I did. I know I’m not a skinny model, so please ignore my rolls and lumps :P I also found it slightly too short, and hence had a little bit of problem with it riding up. Note: It also has no support for your boobs, so wear a good bra and hollywood tape to keep them in place hahaha. Otherwise, you’ll constantly adjusting them to sit decently on yourself.

Overall, I’m really happy with how the dress turned out for it’s price and I’m glad to add this to my wardrobe!
Rose WholeSale is pretty jampacked filled with clothing (men’s too!), accessories, jewellery, shoes, bags etc. In fact, I’m fairly sure I spent a few nights trawling through each of their pages to find something I was after! So I definitely recommend going through the site if you’re after some new clothes that won’t cost you a fortune! ♥

Sponsored by Rose WholeSale

Birthday Paintings

For those who follow me on instagram/twitter, you would know that Ash’s birthday just passed ♥
As I am a crazy girlfriend that loves spoiling her loved ones, I kind of went all out for Ashley’s birthday this year. To make me seem less insane, his presents were a combination of his birthday, valentines and our one year anniversary which is next month ♥ ! So, last year when it was his birthday, we weren’t dating but he was a bffl, I drew these two very small pictures for him. And whilst I’m quite happy with how the batman turned out, I was incredibly disappointed with the deadpool (mainly because I didn’t know anything about him) ..and they were both just laminated paper.

Please ignore his dishelved look as this was 12.30am in the morning after a long day!

This year, I really really wanted to give him better artworks of his favourite comic characters that he could display.
So, I became super ambitious and decided to buy canvas to paint on for the first time(!) And painting isn’t something I actually do, I’m more used to pencils and paper. In fact, the last time I properly painted a picture would be …the drawings I gave him last year (and that was also the first time I did that …) SO, SECOND TIME PAINTING EVER AND FIRST TIME EVER USING CANVAS. I totally should have practised much earlier on, yeah?

Nup. I started these paintings 2 weeks prior and only bought the materials for exactly 3 paintings lol ;A;
Anyway, here are my progress photos that I took of each of the three paintings. You can scroll over each image to see a more detailed explanation of my actual progress of each of these paintings.

And ta~da! The wonderful, completed trio sitting side by side that I am so proud of.
There are of course plenty of things that I would’ve done differently if I had the time, but I was so happy to be finished on time and to have them turn out better than I expected it would!! *Collapse in a puddle of goo

So, when he was opening his presents, I made him open up the paintings last.
The look on his face when he realised there was three paintings was absolutely priceless ♥

You can not believe me enough when I say that I’m glad that his birthday is done and dusted.
I was so exhausted from planning his presents, organizing dinner, and cooking/preparing for his party that I actually got a bit sick the day after his party woops. But that’s a blog post for another day!  Now I can just sit back, relax and enjoy whatever he’s got planned for the upcoming Valentines and our One Year Anniversary ! ♥ Woohoo!

Year of the Horse!

Hi Everyone! Wishing you all a Happy Lunar New Year ♥
May the Year of the Horse bring lots of good luck, health, success, prosperity and happiness to us all! <゜)))彡

新年快乐

As always, Chinese New Year has been a dull affair in my household as we really don’t have much family in Australia at all. But regardless, I still continue to take these silly CNY photos year after year hehe. Ahem. The only problem with these photos now is that I’m getting fat(!!!!) ..so I’m starting to look like a little dumpling in this outfit ;A;

Anyway, life for Melody hasn’t been very interesting in the past few weeks – just very busy.
I feel like I haven’t had a moment to rest since 2014 started and I really hope this ‘tiredness’ doesn’t catch up to me!

I don’t really have much else to say in this blog post except I hope everyone ate a lot and got a lot of ang pao!!
There’s definitely a lot more things I need to blog about (including belated posts woops) but that’s all for another time ;)! Hopefully that’ll all be up and written before the next month passes woops. See you all then!! x