Birthday Presents 2015

Welp. This is awkward, I totally said I would post this before the end of 2015 but here we are again …
Here are the wonderful gifts that I received for my 24th birthday from some pretty awesome people last year. I really cannot express how thankful and blessed I feel to know that I have such amazing friends and family in my life ♥

Like always, I thought I’d show my appreciation by doodling some fun pictures on each of them, while posting what sarcastic comments on what each person really thought when they bought these gifts (hover over for real thoughts!).

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With the amount of food related items in this gift, OJ and Wen obviously think I have an obsession with food(!!!) or that I’m a silly pumpkin head that needs to spend more time makin mah hair look nice ;~;

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Cindy, Nico, Lawrence, Aidan and Jack obviously think that I go on picnics to drink and drink….

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Ness filled the box with fun, colourful paper and thinks I have the driest hands ever ;A;

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Jess got me the Revlon Colorburst while Amber & Laurent got me the YSL lipstick. My lips must need dat extra colour!

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Amelia and Alex must have an impression that I’m mega stressed and need to relax by taking a bubble bath while reading a book to calm my nerves. Add the cleansing mask cos my pores must suck ):

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QuestJen sent over a pamper package and must have the same idea that I’m just mega stressed… or maybe it was her way of teeling me I stink and need to take more baths~

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My work mates combined and got me a range of items! All I can say is they think I must be obsessed with lights as there’s a candle and a night light! They also must think I’m a snob and need help starting some convos…

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Zuz got me an October birthstone Pandora charm and probably assumed I needed it to remember when my birthday month is, as I can get super forgetful!

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Audrey gave me a Crown giftcard where I spent it on restaurants …soooo I’m totally a pig right?? hahah

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Fathima sent me flowers at work because she pities me for gettin no flowers from Ash ;A;

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Without a doubt, my brother thinks I’m too short and needs a smaller bag so I can carry less shit around

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My mum got me a range of things and the only thing she must be thinking is that her daughter def needs to up her style with some new clothes, bag, jewellery, scents and makeup! 

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And finally, Ashley bought me stuff that was all super taped up with labels saying ‘Baby Proof’ and ‘Baby Locked’. HE OBVIOUSLY THINKS I’M A BABY >:( !! But in regards to his gifts, he probably thinks I nap too much, is a partially a lion and lugs around my camera too much so opted with lenses for my phone~

All these gifts were absolutely amazing and again I feel thrilled to know these people are in my life!

Drink with Me: Pepsi Sakura

Hello! So I was pretty upset when I found out Pepsi released a ‘Sakura’ flavour in Japan for Spring after we returned back to Melbourne. Thus I was super excited when I found a bottle at Tokyo Hometown, which by the way is an amazing Japanese store in the CBD that can cure post-Japan snack cravings haha ♥

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While the drink was a super cute pink with a pretty design, the taste unfortunately did not live up to its hype.

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting but the resulting flavour of Pepsi and Cherry Blossom ended up tasting rather odd. At first sip, you are met with the familiar fizzy sensation of Pepsi, but are then suddenly left with an overwhelming taste of too much sugar and a tinge of a peach aftertaste.

Overall, I was quite bummed by this but hey, it was a fizzy drink and I still ended up finishing the whole thing ♥

 

Eat with Melody & Irene: Giant Pocky!

Hello hello! If you follow my instagram, you would know that I went to Japan earlier this year with Ash. Being the food-crazy person I am, I came home with a suitcase and 8kg shipped package filled with snacks hehe. While I have heard not so great reviews about the Giant Pocky …it was too much of a novelty not to pass up.

So here’s another Eat with Me post, featuring one of my coolest friends, Irene ♥ Her thoughts and opinions will be coloured in purple. 

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For those travelling to Japan, you can buy Giant Pocky at the Glico Store, located at Tokyo Station. I definitely recommend checking out Tokyo Station to see all the wonderful and delicious souvenirs you can buy. I actually visited Tokyo Station alone, as Ash was too busy exploring Nakano Broadway, so I had no one to control my crazy shopping spree hehe. It was definitely awkward carrying so many bags on the train ride back woops.

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From left to right, we have Chocolate, Melon, Grape, Strawberry and Matcha. All pretty normal flavours hey?

As you can see, the giant pocky are individually wrapped in colours that represent the tasty flavours inside. You get 3 of each flavour, so there’s a total of 15 Giant Pocky in a box! Keep that in mind if you were planning on sharing it or not!

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First up, Grape and Matcha! Of course, the Matcha was delicious and reminded me of the good ol’ normal sized versions. Except with considerably more biscuit in a bite.

Grape tasted just like someone had taken a grape candy, melted it, and then dipped a pocky biscuit stick into it. Which wasn’t altogether a bad thing, once you got over the slight strangeness of a ‘grape biscuit stick’. While I agree with Irene, I actually really liked the unique flavour of Grape instantly – although this may be because I love grape candies too heh. The grape pocky was tangy, and also had tsubu tsubu on it, which are like little clumps of (?flavour) over it which gave the pocky an interesting texture.

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Next we have Chocolate and Strawberry, both which are flavours that are already quite well known. Like matcha, both of these taste like their regular sized versions, just in jumbo size and more biscuit. The strawberry pocky also had tsubu tsubu, which always gives it an extra layer of texture and taste! I definitely always prefer pocky that have tsubu tsubu over any smooth coated one.

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Finally, we have the strangest flavour in the box …melon!

Melon was the same as Grape – it tasted exactly how it was meant to, and was quite nice, though after trying it it became clearer why matcha, chocolate and strawberry were the standard flavours. This definitely wasn’t one of my favourite flavours, but as Irene said, it tasted how it was meant to – fruity and melon~y.

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So there you have it – 5 different flavoured pocky in jumbo size! Would I buy them again? Probably not for self consumption, but maybe as a novelty gift or souvenir to bring back from Japan! As the matcha, strawberry and chocolate (not sure about grape) are all readily available in Australia in regular sized form (which is definitely more of a convenient size for snacking), I think I’ll just with that for now!

Overall, a very exciting foray into the exciting world of pocky variations.