Sunday, November 1, 2015

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to all my bloggers, I hope you have a nice time. Yesterday was Halloween for us in Australia, I had a DJ set at Incursion but I didn't dress up this year. Above is what my makeup looked like, my skeleton is also in the photo :)

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The cheapest pair of boots

Okay, guess how much these cost me...

ONLY $1!!! I'm not kidding you.

I was browsing around eBay and I saw these pair of Underground creeper boots being auctioned starting at $1. I put in my bid, and strangely enough no one else bid on top of me. I won them for $1, with $14 postage.

I know that Underground boots generally cost at least $150 AUD, more like $200 due to the weak Australian dollar at the moment. I felt really sorry for the seller, I think he was expecting more money. He should have put a minimum bidding amount. When the boots arrived, I saw that he paid $34 dollars for shipping, so I felt even more sorry for him. Poor bloke.

Hey, at least I got nice shoes.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween Package from Coffin Kitsch!

I was lamenting the fact that Perth has very little Halloween items this year on Instagram, Meagan from Coffin Kitsch noticed, and offered to send me a little package which was very kind of her.
America, and even the UK, are so lucky to have lots of usable Halloween items. We don't get anything nice over here, and a lot is gaudy and ugly.

Wrapped up in a cute ribbon.

This is an awesome coffin card!

Cute reusable shopping bag. I love the print!

Meagan sent me so much stuff!!
There are two tea towels, a tablecloth, bat and spider glitter garlands, and three types of food! I really enjoyed the Brach's brand of candy corn, and it disappeared quickly :) I've had generic brand before, which I didn't enjoy. 
The tea towels are currently hanging on my oven, waiting to dry some dishes.

Thank you so much Meagan! You are so good to me. Go and follow her blog over at Coffin Kitsch.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Halloween Tag!

Hey, long time, not talk. Procrastination is my name, not doing stuff is my game. Anyway, the lovely Meagan, from Coffin Kitsch, tagged me in a Halloween Tag. I need to answer 13 questions (spooky number) and tag 5 other bloggers.

So here we go!

1. Favourite Halloween song?
I Put a Spell on You, by Screamin' Jay Hawkins

2. Witch or Vampire?
Oh man, I like both. I guess, technically, witches have more power than vampires. But vampires have always been my favourite.

3. Favourite thing about Halloween?
Finding items to use all year. Although it's difficult to find items in Perth, I love finding spooky candles, and other decorations to display around my apartment all year.

4. Halloween Party of Scary movie marathon?
Movie marathon, by myself with a pack of chips. I actually don't think I've ever been to a Halloween party, apart from club nights.

5. Skeletons or Zombies?
Another hard question. I love skeletons, but I'll have to choose zombies. I've toned down a bit, but I'm a huge fan of zombie films. I've seem so many of those gory 70's zombie films, I think my mind has been desensitised.

6. Favourite Halloween candy?
Cadbury Screme Eggs! I love the mini ones the best!

7. Favourite Halloween movie?
Halloween, the first ever "horror" film I ever watched. I used to watch it a lot.

8. Favourite Halloween costume?
I loved my spooky ghost costume, from a few years ago.

9. Favourite Halloween store?
Sadly, we don't have any Halloween stores in Perth. This year's shops are terrible, there is really nothing on offer. I guess the closest we have is Lombards, which is a party supply store. The Halloween stuff is usually displayed alongside the Melbourne Cup items :(

10. Jack-o-lanterns, yes or no?
Eeeh, I mean, I don't hate jack-o-lanterns. I guess they're okay?

11. Bats or Black Cats?
Bats! They's so cute.

12. Is Halloween your favourite holiday?
Yes! Even though it's not popular in Australia, I love the chance to find some new spooky things to buy. Although, Christmas comes at a close second, due to the family and yummy food.

13. Pumpkin spice latte or hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate! I don't drink coffee, and hot chocolate is probably what I buy if I want a hot drink.

Tags (only three because a lot of people have been tagged already):
Deus Ex Machina
The Walrus Room
Lucretia's Reflection

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Melbourne Adventure! Day Four

Once again the morning was nice and sunny, no rain at all. I had this day all to myself so I took the tram an hour south of Melbourne to the Ripponlea Estate, which is better know as Aunt Prudence's house on the tv show Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.
There was a costume exhibition from the third season which I really wanted to see.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Melbourne Adventure! Day Two and Three

Saturday, Day 2:
Back at Federation Square, near Flinders Street station. This morning will be spent with Amanda, and her group, at the Bowie exhibition.

Excited about the exhibition in front of the ACMI sign.

There was a lot of Bowie imagery inside the ACMI.

Here is the bad news, I couldn't take any photos inside the exhibition!!!! :(
I'm a bit sad that I couldn't take photos. At the start of the tour we were given quality Sennheiser headphones with the usual neck box thing you're given during art exhibitions. The sound production for the exhibition was great, when you walked around to different rooms it changed the audio.

The exhibition itself was very busy, I'm not sure if that's due to being a Saturday or if Bowie is really popular. Anyway, it was very difficult to see some of the items due to the large amount of people crowding around.
I highly recommend the film companion to "David Bowie Is", it really captures what's available to see at the exhibition and how it feels to be there. If you cannot see the exhibition, watch the film!

The items followed his life, from early childhood around Post-Blitz London through adolescence and things that inspired him.
I couldn't pick one item of his I enjoyed seeing the most, but I really liked seeing his different inspirations and handwritten lyrics. His costumes and outfits were very surreal to see in real life, sometimes it's hard to believe that Bowie is a man and not some God-like creature.

Some of the best things about exhibitions is the souvenirs at the gift store. The selection at the gift store was small, and very expensive. One magnet cost $12!!
I purchased this hardcover book for $70. It's a very nice book, I suggest buying it if you're a Bowie fan and you don't get the chance to see the exhibition.

I really liked the bag I got with the book ;-)

The ACMI also holds some items from Australian film and tv. Here is a Mad Max Interceptor!

Here is exhibition hall while walking back to the hostel. It looks very pretty in the sunset.

I really loved this rundown building. I wish I could live in something like this.

Sunday, Day 3: The Lion King!
I got up early on day 3 and walked to the Queen Victoria Markets to meet Amanda (and company). Here is the walk through the exhibition gardens (same building I photographed at sunset the day before). 

I saw this awesome fountain.

Also ducks!
At the Queen Victoria Markets we got some hot jam donuts, and I purchased a few items from the stalls.
We then headed off the see the Lion King at the Regent Theatre. I was very excited, as this show has not traveled to Perth yet.

This is the photo from me seat, we were third row!
I really enjoyed the show, I'm a huge fan of Disney/The Lion King. We had priority tickets, so we also got a drink, ice cream, and programme.

Dinner at Big Boy BBQ. Omg, this burger was great. This had beef brisket, cheese, and fried onion strings. I was excited to try brisket, because I've never had it before (we don't get American BBQ in Perth). The meal was awesome, and I finished off with a peanut butter cream pie. Amanda and her friends shared a meat platter, it looked awesome!

Next day: Exploring Melbourne by myself at the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Melbourne Adventure! Day One

Around two weeks ago, I visited Melbourne for the first time. Primarily to view the "David Bowie Is" exhibition taking place at ACMI. "David Bowie Is" is an exhibition which took place at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, it proved so popular that it's touring the world. I promised myself that if it came to Australia I would go to see it. So I bought a ticket last year when the exhibition was announced :)

I really love aeroplanes, I think it's fantastic that travel has changed so much over 100 years. It's crazy to think how quickly we can reach places now, and how not long ago we used to have horse travel only!
On the aeroplane, I got two seats by myself, which is always appreciated.

I arrived in Melbourne late in the evening, and I was lucky to have a friend come pick me up from the airport and take me to my hostel. I stayed at The Nunnery, which is a lovely hostel situated about a 30min walk from the city.

My room was an 8 bed female only dorm room. I personally don't like sharing with people, but when traveling I'm always on a budget. The hostel also offers free breakfast, which is nice. I woke up nice and early the next morning, and started my walk into Melbourne.

Here's the fireplace in the common room of the hostel. Really nice on a cold winters day.

I passed some really nice architecture on the way.

Close up of the statues.

I found Flinders Street Station, where I was meeting a coworker. She really loves Bowie too, so when she hear I was going to see the exhibition we tried to plan some sightseeing together. She also brought her young son and friend Andrew, both who I've met before.

My coworker had booked high tea for us at a new place called Fancy Nance. We took a tram there, which was fun.

Walking past some pretty storefronts.

Fancy Nance was hidden down an alleyway.

We went with the "I'm So Fancy" option.

Because we booked an early time the place was deserted.

What's high tea without tea? I had my favourite, English Breakfast (I'm not very adventurous in my tea). Sadly, the pots of tea did not have free refills.

First course!

They had a lot of strange fancy foods. I enjoyed all of it, apart from the item on the left. This was a rice dessert with popcorn.


Second course, jam and scones. My favourite!
One of the jams was capsicum (bell peppers for you Americans) with a cream cheese spread.
The thing in the middle is an olive pastry with smoked cheese. It was really, really smoked. All your could taste was smoke. I still ate it :)

Third course, savoury. The item on the right was a chicken sandwich with deep fried buns, YUM!

After morning tea/lunch we were stuffed! We went for a little walk, and found a produce market.
We found this cool robot.

We had dinner booked for the evening at TGI Fridays (which is not in Perth). My coworker went back to where she was staying and I decided to stay in the city because there was no point going back to my hostel.
So, I did what I always do when I'm in the city centre with time to kill. I went to the library.

Here is the State Library of Victoria's reading room.
I brought my kindle with me, so I spent a few hours reading here till it was time for dinner

Domed ceiling.

The front of the State Library.

At TGI Fridays I had a fajita tower!! It was fantastic! It came out smoking from the meat in the middle dish.

For dessert I had a fudge brownie thing. It was delicious!

After stuffing myself with food the whole day, I walked back to my hostel and went to bed.

Next day: Bowie exhibition!!