2016 in a Nutshell

   It is incredibly amazing (yet scary) how fast 2016 has flown by!
It has definitely been a great year, and I think I can define 2016 as the Year of Travel.

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One of the main highlights of 2016 was that it was the year that marks my first trip overseas ever!
In February, Ash and I embarked on our first journey to Japan. Neither of us had ever traveled overseas before so it was a rather memorable experience for both of us. My dream of visiting Japan was finally fulfilled and I can’t wait to go back again! (Seriously, we keep planning all the places we’ll visit hahaha)

We also had a short trip to Sydney in June, which was also lots of fun.

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I think in 2016 alone, we stayed in 5 Airbnbs, 1 Ryokan,  1 Resort and 1 Hotels!!
It was actually really nice to be able to get away  from reality and escape to these many places.

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The other highlight of 2016 was being able to meet several band members/celebrities!
While some we may have paid for, the rest were met at bars after the concerts which was super awesome.

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2016 was also filled with quite a couple of unexpected farewells, but it just opened up the door to making new friends!

Farewell 2016! You’ve been fun, and I hope that 2017 will be just as good ♥

Christmas 2016

Oh my! Can you believe Christmas has already come and gone?! Nooo :'(

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I was very happy that Christmas Eve fell on a weekend this year! It meant that I was able to help mum set everything up from the start of the day, rather than having to rush home right after work to get things done haha. And I think it definitely paid off! Everyone agreed that it was the most impressive spread we’ve ever done!

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For dinner, we seemed to have a lot more seafood! We had: rendang, tofu, mussels, oysters, fresh prawns, brocollini, salmon cream cheese pikelets, roast duck pancakes, and some American bbq meats from Big Boy BBQ

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Our family Christmas dinners keep getting bigger every year!
After a delicious dinner, we played some old school games like Crash Bash and NBA Jam. But of course, the most exciting part of the night for everyone was …present opening timeee! I am definitely so blessed  to have the family and friends that I do who have gifted me with such amazing things this year

♥ ♥ ♥

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I received a plethora of things from my colleagues this year!
I received face masks from Nan; soap from Bonnie; Ecoya candle from Jo; jewelry from Hannah (who also gave me jewelry for my KK); Alice in Wonderland stationery and Orange  essence from Audrey; Myer gift card from work; chocolates from Tina; a fan pen from Agnes;  as well as a candle, frame and plant from Rhianna ♥

How blessed am I to be able to work with such amazing and thoughtful people.

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From the parents at my centre: I received chocolates from the Lims, Zadehs and Velimirovics! I also received a candle from the Elbellis, as well as a Juicy Couture perfume from Ling ♥ I am so blessed to have thoughtful parents at our centre!

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From some lovely friends, I received: a kimono from Angela; Le Vin alcohol from Cindy & Nico; lollies from QuestJen; as well as  a Chocolate Dog and Batman book from Shalini! Some friends come and go, but I am blessed to have the ones I do in my life.

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From my wonderful parents, I received so many things from Lancome!
I am so blessed to be have been born to such loving parents who have given me so much in my life. I love them more than anything and I am so thankful for all their love ♥

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 From my siblings, I received Kat Von D and OPI from my older brother and his partner; Sephora palette and Clinique items from my older sister; and a Artist kit and Kikki-k set from my younger brother!

Everyone complains about their siblings, but I am blessed to have such wonderful ones.

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From my loving boyfriend Ashley, I received Peter Alexander cake pyjamas and J.K Rowling’s  Fantastic Beasts book! I am so blessed to be with someone who embraces and loves me, despite all my craziness!

Christmas has always been my favourite time of the year and nothing has changed.

Merry Christmas everyone ♥

Review: Tokyo Kitchen Sakae

Japanese food is definitely one of my favourite cuisines.
Sadly, there  aren’t that many great Japanese restaurants near me. So you can imagine my joy when Ashley told me of this wonderful Japanese restaurant right near his work place in Brighton!

Funnily enough, we decided to visit on a day where I wanted to “save money”, but of course… we couldn’t resist their sashimi platter, nor some sake to accompany it! But hey, I do not regret my decision ♥

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Takoyaki ($8.90)

I don’t think Ash and I ever go to a Japanese restaurant and not get takoyaki!
If you’re not familiar with Japanese cuisine, “ocotopus balls”might freak you out but I assure you they are absolutely delicious and a must have! *salivates

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Sushi & Sashimi Platter for One ($22.90): 2 pc tempura tuna roll, 3 pc nigiri, 1 pc tamagoyaki & 9 pc assorted sashimi

Honestly, I didn’t become a fan of sashimi until I went to Japan! I blame that on the bad ones I must’ve tried here prior the delicious ones I got to eat in Japan mmm

Anyway, this sashimi platter was the bombbbbb. It had two pieces of maguro (tuna), as well as a maguro nigiri which is, hands down, my favourite kind of sashimi out there! It also came with tempura tuna rolls which I’ve never come across before, and unsurprisingly, they were also super delicious. Everything on this platter was great and I totally regretted not getting the Platter for Two, considering Ash got to try a piece of everything!

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Premium BBQ Wagyu ($29.80) – BBQ full blood & marbling 9+ wagyu, served with spicy teriyaki vegetables

 This was some pretty delicious wagyu that came with a side dish of black rice.
I didn’t eat much of  this so I can’t really comment, but I do think its definitely a dish to try!

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Green tea ice cream ($? not on menu)

There wasn’t actually any dessert on the menu but I really wanted some (as you do)!
Luckily, when we asked, they had some ice cream (red bean, black sesame and green tea) that we could order. It was a delicious way to end an awesome dinner!

I hear they also have some  smashin’ bentos during the day, so I’m pretty excited to visit Brighton some time in the nearby future to try some of them mmm ♥

Tokyo Kitchen Sakae 
66 Church St, Brighton VIC 3186