Botanicals Notebook Collection
Friday, August 22, 2014

Botanicals Notebook Collection

Stationery shopping excites me. Especially when you get stuff as pretty as this. 

Rifle Paper Co.'s Botanicals Notebook Collection showed me floral CAN look good on stationery. 
It comes in a pack of three; baby pink, light blue & red. It's so not something I would usually buy, but it's one of my favourite stationery purchases I've ever made (and trust me, I've made a lot.) The paper is also crisp white which I adore, and the details are so cute. Rifle Paper Co. definitely know what they're doing.
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Thursday, August 14, 2014


Coming home to Australia is always kind of bummy because we just don't do restaurants like other countries. Nonetheless, one that wasn't too far off is a burger place called Grill'd. 
I've heard SO many people talk about this place, but because I'm not one to eat out too often, I'd never really tried it out. Until now.

 Shirley wirley being all curly.

We got the sliders. Pat ordered ones with wasabi & just a normal cheeseburger. It was really good! Burgers are always good.

Burger time. I can't remember which was Pat's and which was Shirley's... 

I ordered the pomegranate salad. I wasn't feeling the burgers in the moment (shock horror!) and the pomegranate seeds, quinoa & goat's cheese just really spoke to me. It was delicious, but something I could make at home, let's be honest.

Grill'd was good. It's nothing fancy - but a good place to eat out if you're just looking to take a break from cooking and want a solid, fool-proof choice of restaurant.
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Bible Study
Monday, August 11, 2014

Bible Study

I am a follower of Jesus. 
But I had always put off reading the Bible because I had a King James version & would get lost halfway through the verse, and be so confused as to what was going on. 
A few weeks ago I decided to put my foot down & finally purchase a new Bible & a new book, to document.
For my notebook, I went with Moleskine's Large Notebook in Khaki. I've heard they're incredibly good quality & since I want to keep this notebook with me, well forever, I decided I'd stick with the safe. What I like about this notebook in particular however, is that it's soft cover. I don't know why, but that appeals to me more so than the regular black hardcovers. One thing to note about Moleskine that I didn't know is that they use ivory paper, not white. I kind of didn't like that at first, but I'm coming around to it.

For my Bible, I chose the English Standard Version as my choice & I am so glad that I did. It's leatherbound & the font is really easy to read. More importantly, I actually UNDERSTAND it. If you're a fellow follower of Jesus and looking to purchase a new Bible, I used this website that compares a few verses in different translations to see which is best suited for you. 

Please note, I'm not looking to preach or impose on anyone's beliefs, just simply sharing the love. You can focus on the Moleskine part of this post solely, if you'd like. It is a pretty cool notebook! 
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J.S. Burger
Thursday, August 07, 2014

J.S. Burger

Burgers are my favourite food. Just the thought of a big sloppy, juicy, salty patty can make my stomach turn upside down in hunger. This post is a kind of agony to type up. Nonetheless, I will march on through to bring you one of the best burger places I have ever come across, right in the heart of Tokyo. 

The interior design definitely has a 'Tumblr'  vibe to it & I would imagine, appeals to the young'uns. We visited this restaurant on two occasions (in two days, but let's not speak about that). Lunch offered a free salad buffet.
By salad, they mean a variation of vegetables & potato salad. Nonetheless, still delicious. I recommend Goma dressing - which is a Japanese sesame dressing that I am now obsessed with. Shirley even bought a bottle to take home!

 Onto the goods! Drinks were a Coke for Shirley (not pictured). 
Patrick's iced tea.

And my green tea with jasmine iced tea! I'm a big fan of iced tea but for some reason, it never occurred to me that I could ice up my favourite flavour of tea. Strange.
It was freakin' delicious and I wish I had it with me right now.

 Patrick decided he was feeling a little belly-guilt from all the food we'd been eating on the holiday, so he decided against a burger & for their breakfast special instead.

Having said that, he still ordered a side of onion rings.

Shirley's teriyaki burger. Oh my goooooosh.

And my burger. The J.S. Burger with pineapple. HELLO!
There are few words to describe, with justice, the experience I had while eating this burger. Twice.

 Because the burgers are so deliciously juicy, they offer these paper sheets as holders for your burger to help the sauces stay off your hand & transport into your belly.

And the fries. Oh the fries. The BEST fries ever, we decided, three-fold.
I'm talking major crunch on the outside. Perfectly fluffy on the inside. And a perfect amount of seasoning. 
The servings seem small, but hand-in-hand with your burger, it all feels you up so well leaving you entirely satisfied.
 I'll let you in on a secret. I don't really love eating out. I usually think it's over-priced, hyped up & rarely do I get excited about it, especially not more than a home-cooked meal. But J.S. Burger is a restaurant I would recommend in a heartbeat to anyone. If you ever visit J.S. Burger, I urge you, so much to visit this cafe for one of  the best culinary experiences of you life.  

I purposefully posted this restaurant review last to end on a high note for the final post of my Japan round-up. It has been so much fun posting these as a hit of reminiscence for me while I'm back home. I post for the public, but also for personal reasons so I can share these moments with my personal circle & also for my future self. Thank you for reading if  you have done, and bearing with my insane amounts of spam Japan posts. If you would like to talk about travelling in Japan (or anywhere!) you can email me at otherwise my Japan chats are over... for now.
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Japan, Part Seven
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Japan, Part Seven

Tonight, we hit up ODAIBA!
I wanted to go to the Trick Art Museum but that didn't go according to plan. But if you ever visit Tokyo, I think you should definitely put it on your list! 

As a fan of pretty lights & city nights, we obviously had to ride the ferris wheel that overlooked beautiful Odaiba.
 I'll try to keep it low on the city photos in this post since I've uploaded so many already. I can't help it, I love the city! 
We headed to Aqua City to visit the RAMEN HOUSE. 
It's basically a whole level dedicated to ramen - several different ramen stores that you go up & order from... & eat outside on the deck with the stunning view.

Packed full & satisfied, we walked over to Tokyo's own Statue of Liberty.
The wind was perfect tonight. A day filled with good views, good weather in the city - makes me very, very happy. 
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