Family Luncheon at Balgownie Estate

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One of my responsibilities at work is to organise staff events, and this year, we decided to splurge a bit and go to a winery!

On Saturday 5th August, we held our ‘Family Luncheon’ at Balgownie Estate. Each employee was allowed to bring a plus one, so of course, I dragged this fella along despite his whinging (srsly tho, free lunch and wine tasting!).

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The function started with this lovely gentleman, whose name I have forgotten, educating us on five different wines, whilst providing us with a generous serving of each! Despite not really enjoying wine, I ended up really liking the two sparkling wines that we got to try – NV Premium Cuvee Brut and 2015 Black Label Sparkling Shiraz. I ended up buying both in the end, thankfully with a generous discount from the same gentleman.

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Of course, with such a large group of ladies, it was expected that in between drinking and eating, we would be taking photos! Apart from it being a little bit chilly, the weather was perfect for some fun outdoor photos too.

And no, Ash did not take any of these photos! He was too busy enjoying the warmth of indoors…

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I’m all about the little details, so I not only created a seating plan that encouraged people to chat with people they’re not used to, but also created a lovely place card for everyone that matches with the invites I also made (not pictured).

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I also host trivia every year, and of course, provide prizes for the winning team and runner up!
As can be expected, I don’t always get the biggest budget for purchasing these prizes, so it’s all about finding cheap bulk items and making them look ‘pretty’. If my memory serves me right, everything in the above photo – 5 main prizes and 5 runner up prizes – in total, cost me around $40 to put together.

(Note: Ash’s team won the trivia and no, it was not rigged!)

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Our package consisted of alternating entrees and alternating mains. I unfortunately didn’t manage to get a good photo of each of the dishes, but I dare say they were all quite enjoyable. The worst dish of the lot would probably be my chicken, which I felt was unfortunately a little bit dry, despite the goodflavours.

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It was such a fantastic day and I was really happy with how everything turned out in the end.
Our mini bus of people decided to stop by the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie on the way back, and I seriously cannot believe that I’ve never been before! It was chocolate heaven and I felt like was a kid in a candy chocolate store!

Madman Anime Festival

 Madman Anime Festival was held on 2-4 September 2016 at the MCEC!
I haven’t been to an Anime con in awhile so I was pretty excited to hear Madman announcing their first ever con, especially after I heard they’d be having guests from Animes like Evangelion, One Punch Man and SAO.

The best part was Edel was coming down from Sydney especially to attend the Madman Anime Fes :)

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As pretty much all the cons in Australia, all the same Anime and Hobby shops were there, plus the local Artists area.
However, to ensure the Madman really brought the ‘Japan’ experience, there were some extra attractions and activities to do too! Apart from the awesome stars, there were a Tokyo Ghoul Exhibition, One Punch Man Experience, Itashi car display, Ban Presto and the amazing Ichiban Kuji!

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So Ichiban Kuji is a lottery held monthly by Banpresto! Tickets usually cost around ¥500 and you have the opportunity to win some pretty amazing things! At Madman Anime Festival, they held a couple of lotteries over the weekend that Ash and I were super excited to participate. To start, we both bought tickets for the Dragon Ball lottery!

Dun dun duhhhh…Ash won the G prize and I wont the I prize hahaha!

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Ash’s one actually looks pretty awesome whereas my one isn’t that amazing hahaha! Still cute though!

After walking around a bit more, we decided to try our luck oneeee more time and buy another lottery ticket. While Ash chose the Dragon Ball set again, I decided to try for the One Piece one (even though I stopped watching that ages ago). I remember the attendant asking, which one of us was more lucky, to which I responded with Ash hahaha

…which was true because while I won the B Prize, Ash won the A Prize!! 

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Pretty damn awesome! It is quite unfortunate that I don’t watch OP and Idk what to do with this Mihawk lol!

The rest of the weekend was spent attending panels (the One Punch Man panel was amazing and Makato Furukawa was incredible!); buying random merch; watching Love Live! and not liking it (lol sorry lovelivefans!!!); and getting stuff signed! We were pretty disappointed to unfortunately miss out on autographs from the One Punch Man guests; thankfully I did manage to get a SAO light novel signed by some of the creative staff while Ash got a bluray signed by the Japanese seiyuu of Asuka from Evangelion!

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 Overall, the experience was kind of fun but aside from actually attending signings and panels, there wasn’t that much to do. We would definitely attend again next year but might reconsider a weekend pass depending on the event schedule.

And who knows, maybe I’ll even cosplay again :P

SAMA 10 Year Anniversary

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been three years since I last posted about SAMA/MCAC!
For those who didn’t follow me back when I posted more frequently (heh), I used to post a lot about this wonderful club that I was a part of during my Uni years. I loved it so much that I was even on the committee in 2011-12.

So why am I suddenly posting about SAMA now in 2016?!
Well, September 2016 marked ‘Society for Anime and Manga’, previously known as “Monash Clayton Anime Club’ TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY, and to celebrate this joyous occasion, ten years worth of committee members came together!

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It was such a magnificent sight to see ten years worth of generations that all played a part in building what the club is today. We had some of the oldies mingling with the youngins; and it was so awesome to see that despite the huge age difference that some of us had, we still had enough in common to hang like old friends ♥

Being on committee not too long ago meant that I was fortunate enough to already know many of the committee peeps and it really got me thinking how lucky I am to be part of something so special that about 80% of my actual friends were made through this group. I mean, you can even see Ash in the above picture which is saying a lot hahaha!!

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The 2011-12 committee reunited in 2016!

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Left: When we were first elected in 2011 and Right: Our final day as a committee in 2012!

Do we look the same? Hahah! It’s baffling to think that the bottom two photos were 4/5 years ago now.

Apart from taking a bunch of photos with one another and reminiscing over old times, we gathered at Burwood Teppanyaki for a pretty fun and interactive dinner experience! For those who have been to teppanyaki before, you would know that it always involves catching food/bowls that a chef throws at you. In our case, some special few people attempted to catch their bowls of rice from across the main road of Burwood Hwy. Pretty freakin’ intense hahaha.

The night ended when we were kicked out of Pancake Parlour, after being previously kicked out of Burwood Teppanyaki.
(Not because we were rowdy or anything, but because we stayed and chatted until both of them closed!) 

♥ What an amazing club to be a part of! ♥