Monday, February 20, 2017

Thoughts on Subscription Boxes & the Dream box (۶* ‘ꆚ’)۶”

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Recently I've been watching heaps of subscription box opening videos on youtube and it's always exciting to see what you get each month from a particular company or theme box that you choose. 

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Subscription boxes have been around for quite some time for all different types of genre. There's one for makeup, skincare, clothing, accessories and even movie/anime themed ones too. There's even a subscription box for books too, which has really caught my interest! 

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At the moment I'm kind of obsessed with the The World of Wizardry/Harry Potter themed subscription boxes. They are all so lovely and beautiful, especially at the moment they all have been themed around Fantastic Beasts and where to find them.
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I really enjoyed the movie so I'm planning to get a World of Wizardy themed box, maybe next month for myself. I love how actual props from the movies are included in the boxes, which makes it that extra bit more magical. 

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However if I were to talk about my dream subscription box, I would definitely love to see a Sailormoon themed box. I've seen anime themed boxes with a few different anime's items in the box, but I would love to see a one anime focused subscription box. 
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There are a few Sailormoon subscription boxes but what I'm really after is the quality of the gifts inside the boxes. I would love to see some bandai props, pullip dolls or limited edition gifts. However each of these things can be quite expensive, so pricing may be an issue here, but I think once in a while a gift like these will make the box worth waiting and paying for. Besides official sailormoon merchandises, clothing's, accessories, jewellery and prints/stickers would be perfect to fill up the box. 

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I would also love to see a Ghibli themed subscription box too! It can either be a mixture of the different Ghlbli films or a focus Ghibli film for the month. 
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The quality of the products is definitely something I think about before the price, and if I know I'm getting some official merchandises I am more willing to pay a little more for the subscription box. Again I would like to see actual props from the movies, as well as prints, clothings/cosplay item, jewellery, accessories, stationary, etc. 

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Another subscription box I would definitely be interested in would be around the theme of tea. I think a tea themed subscription box would be interesting and fun, since it will be something we are able to use often. This could include different tea leaves/teabag selections, information about the monthly tea given, different teacups or teapots sets and cute little trinkets would be nice. 

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Speaking of tea, I also wouldn't mind subscribing to a Matcha (green tea) themed box! I love absolutely love matcha! Any I would drink, eat or try anything that is matcha! In a matcha box, it would be nice to see different snacks, drinks, information, tea ceremony bowl & whisk, oriental items (i.e. Geta sandals). This would be a very intriguing box, especially for the Matcha-lovers out there. 


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Saturday, February 11, 2017

For the Bento lovers // Hotto Motto Media Launch o(≧∇≦o)

2 months ago I was invited by Washoku Lovers to attend the exclusive media night of Hotto Motto. We were invited to enjoy the tasting of various bento's offered at Hotto Motto. In Japan, "bento" (lunch boxes) are an integral part of the food culture and represent the traditions and convenience that have been cherish since ancient times. Bento dates back to the 1600s and today they have proven to be come a popular takeaway item, due to the wide variety that exists. 

Hotto Motto has the largest share of the bento market in Japan and has more than 2,600 shops. They provide delicious and affordable bento and have been expanding globally in China, Korea and Australia. 
Baseement 1, The Galeries,
500 George St, Sydney 2000
Opening Hours: MON-SUN: 11am - 5pm
PH: n/a

Hotto Motto Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The whole night we got to meet the people behind the brand, meet other foodies, take photos and eat the all the bento's available. I must say the ingredients used are quite fresh, and taste-wise they have done a great job when up-keeping a fast food chain store. They have many great option for a healthy, quick and fast lunch for those working in the city.

Sixteen-grain Rice & Roast Beef Salad Bento (AUD $14)

Wagyu Sukiyaki Bento (AUD $18)

Nasu-miso & Hoki Bento (AUD $15)

Pork Katsu-toji Bento ($13.80)

Tori-meishi Bento (AUD$ 12)

Pork Katsu Curry  (AUD $13.80)

Chicken Terriyaki Bento ($12.80) 

Unagi Bento ($15.80)

Premium Makunouchi Bento (AUD $18)

Chicken Namban Bento (AUD $15)

Makunouchi Bento (AUD $15)

Saba Shio-yaki & Chicken Karaage Bento (AUD $15)

Hello hello~ It's currently 40 degree's here in Sydney and IT will be our hottest weekend this year! Recently I haven't been able to film much as I've been a bit busy with family and work, but I have been editing my travel videos to keep my weekly video uploads going! Keep up to date with me by following me on my social media platforms below!!
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Back at The Grounds of Alexandria (♥ω♥ ) ~♪

My first weekend back in Sydney, my brothers and I decided to take my mum out for breakfast at The Grounds of Alexandria. My mum has never been before and we've shown her photo's of the times we went with our friends/partners. She thought the food, markets and animals all looked pretty cool and different! 

We decided to leave the house around 9:30am and got there at around 10am. We were super lucky and got a parking on site instantly, even though The Grounds was packed already! We went to get our buzzer for the cafe, before roaming around the area and checking out the markets and animals. I must say The Grounds has changed a lot since the last time I went.

It's much bigger, better and more amazing than before! The flower store is massive, there is an official burger/hotdog stand, a cute children's corner and just behind the flower store there is a marketplace, where small business come to sell! My elder brother and I purchased a few candles and essences, cause they smelt so good! 

We looked around at everything for about 30-40 minutes before our buzzer went off. We headed straight to the cafe and took our seats. We were limited to only the breakfast menu, as they only serve the lunch menu from 12pm. 

We ordered all different dishes each, but my mum was totally digging the Breakfast burger that was being served around nearby tables. So she had to order one of them. We also ordered our coffee and began the waiting game.

Then one by one each dish came out and it was time to dig in!

I got their Signature Avocado with an added sides of a poached egg and bacon. It's pretty much avocado, heirloom tomato, feta, pomegrante, za'atar with The Grounds sourdough (AUD$17). There was a generous amount of avocado, probably used a whole avocado and the toppings were delicious. 

My younger brothers' girlfriend for The Grounds Big Breakkie, which comes with Serrano ham, smoked tomatoes, baby peppers, chorizo, roast pumpkin, avocado, poached eggsm labne and sourdough toast (AUD$22). There was so much to eat off this plate and we all had to help in to finish this dish off.

My elder brother got the Chefs Breakkie pan, with winter vegetables hash, slow cooked duck, duck sausage, a hens egg and sweet onion relish (AUD$22). I really liked the flavours of this dish, as it is really homey and cosy! 

My younger brother got the King Crab Omelette. It consists of freshly shelled crab meat, free ranged eggs and crème fraîche with zucchini & herb salad (AUD$22). I found this dish quite average, but I did love the fluffiness of the omelette. 

And finally, the Breakfast Burger that my mum wanted! It had bacon, fried egg, avocado, lettuce, cheese, tomato relish and smoky mayo on a brioche bun with a side of polenta chips (AUS$18). The burger was juicy and packed with fresh ingredients! My mum thoroughly enjoyed her burger and didn't leave a single crumb.

We also ordered some coffee, which I was super excited for as this was my first cup of coffee since I landed back in Sydney from my trip. 

I ordered the Deconstructed Mocha and it was perfect!! 

After brunch we went and checked out the farm animals and took a few more photos before we left. 

Last time I mentioned I might be going to Japan this year...but looks likes plans have changed as there is no more ideal $0 return flights back to Sydney, so I guess I will just save up my leave for next year instead. 
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