Thursday, May 26, 2016

Washoku Lovers invites me to Suminoya // Japanese Yakiniku Restaurant ヾ(*´∀`*)ノ

Yesterday I was invited by Washoku Lovers to do a review at the Suminoya restaurant, located in Martin Place. Suminoya is known to be an authentic Japanese BBQ restaurant since the year 2000 and is affiliated with other well known Japanese BBQ restaurant such as Rengaya (still my #1 favourite Jap BBQ place) and Koh-ya, in Randwick. 

1 Hosking Place, Sydney 2000
Opening Hours:
Lunch: Mon-Fri: 12pm - 2:30pm
Dinner: Mon-Fri: 6pm - 10:30pm, Sat & Sun: 5:30pm - 10pm
Ph: (02) 9231 2177

Suminoya Japanese Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I actually had already been to this restaurant for the first time about 2 months ago, for my friends' birthday dinner, so I roughly knew what to expect. As for today, I decided to invite my dearest childhood friend Stephy to come eat with me! 

This time round, we had the pleasure to try out Suminoya's lunch menu where we ordered the "12 piece salmon sashimi($19.90)" and 2 sets of the "3 Choice Charcoal BBQ (AUD$24.90)". 

First, we had the 12 piece salmon sashimi which was served fresh, while they played Jazz music in the background to make your experience more enjoyable and relaxed. 

Once we had finished our sashimi, we were then served our main lunch meal for the day. Our 3 choice charcoal sets also included rice, miso soup and salad. 

We had ordered 2x Beef tongue, wagyu beef loin, wagyu beef harami, wagyu beef rib fingers and pork belly, which were all well marinated and had a reasonable serving portion too! 

Each meat dish will vary in time when it comes to cooking them to perfection, as it will depend what 'cut' you are cooking. For example, the Beef tongue only needs a minute or less to cook both side until lightly toasted. This will leave the meat super juicy and tender and tastes even better with the BBQ sauce that is provided. 

Additionally the all-you-can-eat buffet dinner menu is very popular for a casual and affordable dining session with friends. It offers a wide variety of dishes from their a la carte and bbq menu. A few of of my favourites are listed and shown below! 

Yukke- well marinated and tender too! 

Eel Rice- my all time favourite Japanese dish! I had to have more than just one of these! 

Today's Slushie- we got grape flavour the night we went for my friend's birthday dinner! Yummy and flavourful! Perfect to freshen up your taste palette!!

Salmon Sashimi- how can I not order this! Salmon is one of my favourite fish to eat! 

ICE-CREAM!!-You have to try their black sesame ice-cream, as it is packed with that aromatic sesame taste!! The green tea is also super good too, so if you're not a fan of black sesame, green tea is the way to go! 

It was quite a chilly day yesterday, which made it perfect to warm ourselves up with Japanese BBQ. I had a lovely time with Stephy as we both enjoyed our delicious lunch meal and the staff were super friendly and attentive too. Although this post is sponsored by Washoku Lovers and Suminoya, I would recommend this place based on my personal experience as the ingredients that they use are all fresh and delicious! I would definitely recommend trying their Seafood & Yakiniku dinner buffet menu if you want to get a taste of everything! 

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Also join Washoku Lovers today to receive multiply benefits at participating Japanese restaurants around Sydney and Melbourne! E.G. At Suminoya you will receive an extra dish of your choice for the Charcoal BBQ meal(Mon-Wed). A huge thank you to both the Washoku Lovers team and Suminoya team for inviting me and my friend to enjoy the food with such a wonderful experience!! 


Good morning everyone! I think autumn/winter has finally hit us today with some rain early in the morning! It's time to bring out our thick coats and stay warm. Anyway, I shall be heading into work today but later tonight I will do edit some of the clips that I filmed at the restaurant and share it with you guys soon!! 

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Innisfree Skin Care // It's real squeeze mask - Pomegranate o(*^▽^*)o

It has been a while since I last did a facial sheet mask review and if you have joined my little youtube family you would know that I recently did a massive Innisfree beauty haul and I shared my all my purchases with you guys. The products that was my main haul were the It's real squeeze mask sheets as they were having an amazing offer "Buy 10 Get 10 Free!". I went ahead and purchased 20 sheets and got 20 sheets free!

Which brings me to this review on the Pomegranate It's real squeeze mask sheet. Pomegranate is known to be the queen of fruits and has many benefits for the skin. This includes bringing radiance to the skin, preventing damages caused due to radicals, anti-inflammatory, stimulates cellular regeneration, anti-aging and  moisturising. This mask is also infused with Jeju green complex consisting of green tea, tangerine, cactus, camellia leaves and orchids to keep the skin healthy. 

The mask sheet itself is a triple-layered sheet, staying moist and hydrated for an extended period of time. Also, it easily allows the essence, which carries the nutritions, to penetrate into the skin with high absorption rates. Additionally, it has the perfect snug fit over the skin, making it comfortable to have on while doing other things.

It's real squeeze mask - Pomegranate  Ratings:

My skin feels instantly hydrated and brightened. My fine lines have become much smoother and I my skin does feel firmer and tighter too!  
The aroma is not too strong and creates a really relaxing atmosphere for me to enjoy my facial sheet mask time! 

You can purchase this mask from the Innisfree website at AUD$1.70/each or on Amazon (15 mask sheets) too. However, I got them when on the official website when they were having a special offer "Buy 10 Get 10 Free", it was a huge bargain!! 

I am extremely happy with my first try on the It's real squeeze mask in Pomegranate. I cannot wait to try the others and I would highly recommend this mask to those who want to brighten and firm their skin for the day. 

This morning I have been catching up on old Sailormoon series and I just absolutely love it! But now I really need to get my working mojo on to continue my report! However more innisfree products shall be reviewed again soon! 

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Touring the home of the Glowworms // Waitomo Glowworm Cave o(*≧□≦)o

The day of our Waitomo Glow worm cave tour it was also a gloomy sort of day. We were going to be black water rafting in the caves but due to the weather the activity was cancelled so we postponed it for tomorrow and booked another tour instead.  

We did the walk in the Ruakuri Cave ("Rua" means den and "kuri" means dog). It shows the amazing engineering and natural cave structures. There are adifferent limestone formations and crystal tapestries and you can see some glow worms too! 

During the beginning of our tour we had to walk down this spiral pathway and as we walked, our tour guide started whistling and singing and the sounds were amazing! The sounds just echo throughout the room and is so incredible! 

The formations of the limestone were pretty cool, but it is forbidden to touch them as they may snap and break off, plus you will be fined! 

Additionally, water runs through these caves which is why it is damp and will find some water running past or trickling from above. 

Did you know glowworms are carnivorous and will eat their siblings in order to survive! Also the bits that glow are actually their poop! Plus when they become a fly, they only have 24 hours (if I remember correctly) to find a mate and reproduce, as that is their life purpose. 
Hello my loves! I apologize that I didn't get anything up last night as I was having a late dinner at the boyfriends place and was too tired to blog anything. However today I shall get a full on productive day going! I have so much I want to do and also need to do!

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Kayaking in the storm // Tongariro National Park -Taranaki Falls Hike (๑•̀ㅂ•́)و✧

The following day was our first gloomy and slightly wet day and I could finally put my poncho, that I had brought along, to good use. Our first activity of the day was kayaking around the Moari Carvings in Taupo! 

We had the morning session with our instructor/guide and another couple from Germany. The water was quite warm and still as we started our journey to the Maori carvings. 

It started to drizzle as we slowly approached the Maori carvings and we took a few photos before we left. My boyfriend decided to jump off a cliff as if didn't look all to high, but he did say when he got up there is was quite a height! 

On the journey back, the struggle was REAL! I mean look at my face!! We were fighting the storm and waves but because our kayaks had a motor we were able to cut through the water swiftly. However our motor would stop working because our kayak would jump over the waves and the propellers weren't in water. It was a tough journey back as I had to fight the pain in my arms and by the end of it they were so wrecked! After we had a quick snack back on land, we were then headed off towards the Whakapapa Visitor Centre so we could go on a hike in Tongariro National Park.

Because of the weather, it was advised to see which are the safer hiking routes to take and we lucky for us, the route we originally wanted to do was still up and running. We did the Tranaki Falls track which is 6.45km loop. 

We began our hike and along the way we saw alpine grassland, beech forests and other amazing landscapes such as nearby mountains and volcanoes! Let my photos do the talking for me!

When we came to this mini water fall many, who had also went on the Taranaki Falls hike that day, thought this was the falls (as did we!) and turned back as it started to drizzle. 

However my partner and I continued through the wind, rain and fog as we thought we were halfway. We realised when we reached higher grounds that we were not half way at all. In the far sight we could see a water fall rushing by! That's when we realised those who saw the mini fall and turned back had actually missed the main attraction of this hike! 

Taranaki Falls plunges about 20 meters from volcanic cliffs into a pleasant pool. We went down to get a closer view of the water fall and also take some awesome shot!
As we continued our journey to complete the hike, the fog got heavier but the view was absolutely amazing! It was just breathless despite that it looked a bit creepy! 

Once we had successfully completed our 2.5 hours of hiking (30mins more than suggested because we took our time taking photos!) we went to the nearby hotel for a hot beverage to warm ourselves up! Then it was back on the road!! There is another hike here in Tongariro National Park that we were really interested in, but it is a 4 day hike, which we were limited on, so the next time I come to New Zealand I will definitely be challenging myself even more to do the 4 day hike! 

Good evening my fellow blog family!! I'm super exhausted as I had work today and also hungry because I haven't had dinner yet! Anyway I will be getting my blog revamped very soon! I've been saying it forever and it's finally going to happen! So probably less pink and bows but will still have some colours otherwise it's way too plain or like any other minimalistic blog styles~ 

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