Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival

IMG_6913Another beautiful weekend has passed – this weekend consisted of the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival.

What a beautiful day spent šŸ™‚

I started the day off RIGHT *thumbs up*

Woke up bright + early, went to the gym, had a great arm workout (I’ve been loving going to the gym lately!), came home showered, went to J’s house + had some tea w/ his grandmother (she is the cutest!) than went to get Rach + start our day out.

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It was SOOOO busy! I couldn’t believe how busy it was, there were people EVEYRHWHERE!

I got some boomerang photos + other photos that I wanted.Cherry blossoms only bloom for 1-2 weeks, once a year – it is so eye opening at how + why this occurs.

J + I once went to the Cowra JapaneseĀ Gardens together but we were too early for them (about a week early)

 

 

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The significance of theĀ cherry blossomĀ tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, theĀ cherry blossomĀ represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short.

This idea is tied to Buddhist theme of mindfulnessā€”the practiced ability to live in the present. The life cycle of these flowers make us question why we fail to live life to the fullest, why we donā€™t spend time with our loved ones, and why we do not take the time to simply pay attention to the living, breathing world around us. Cherry blossom festivals are a time to regain our perspective on life, and to make a promise not to take the good things in our lives for granted.
IMG_7002It’s amazing the meaning behind this – life is very short & we should focus on the amazing things we have in life + not dwell over the things we don’t have.

I also got a cute little fairy floss bouquet! It was the cutest, most yummiest thing ever! It didn’t taste like normal fairyfloss, itĀ tasted like raspberry.

What a beautiful Saturday spent ā¤

 

 

 

How was your weekend? What did you all get up too?

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ā¤

A, x (1)

 

Melbourne, Day 3.

I can’t believe how fast this holiday came & went – sitting on day 3

made me a little sad bc knowing we had to go home in the night šŸ˜¦

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Woke up a little early again to shower, & get ready – the place was SUPER toasty, I loved every minute of of being within that warmth bc as soon as we stepped outside, I regretted life! šŸ˜›

When we stepped outside, my nose froze (but once again, I loved the smell in Melbourne)

We went through the little alley ways & found a cute place called RIVA to eat our breakfast, we got the hangover breakfast (even though we weren’t hungover, lol) IT WAS AMAZING!

It was a breakfast w/ the LOT! & I enjoyed every single bit of it šŸ˜›

 

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After our breakfast, we went for a stroll around Melbourne, saw some more shops + churches. The photos I’ve added is Scot’s Church, this was a beautiful church also.

We than decided to go to Eureka Sky Deck 88, which was really exciting – this is a building that is 88 levels high & you get a 360 view of Melbourne.

It was a little daunting at the start knowing I was going to go up 88 levels, but Rach was there to calm me down, she said ‘girl, you already go up 50 levels for work, this is going to be a piece of cake!’

 

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When I got into the elevator, I got a little scared but I literally didn’t feel a thing & we were up to the top within 38 seconds.

Once we were up there, I was fine (I was actually fine the whole time, I just got a little anxious, that is all)

I facetimed J when we got to the top so I could show him what the view looked like, I moved the phone to look down to the ground instead of the view & I think the height scared him, hehe. I told him I’d love to come back to Eureka w/ him.

It was an amazing experience, I really enjoyed my time there, we attempted to step outside on this caged balcony they had but it was SUPER windy up there so we quickly went back inside.

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I could see the whole of Melbourne, which was super nice (sort of reminded me of the Observation Wheel).

I love heights, that super weird though bc I thought when developing anxiety, I would’ve gained a fear for heights… But I didn’t.

After Eureka, we headed back but detoured through some graffiti lanes – I really liked what I saw, it was some amazing art that people add to these lanes.

Coming back from Eureka, I saw a homeless couple at Flinders Street station, it was the most saddest thing I have ever seen – it wasn’t like the beggers I see near my work w/ a sign but it was more of me seeing them have there WHOLE home set up in the corner of this station. I was touched – I went & purchased them 2 x cappuccinos & took it to them (I pray that they enjoyed their coffees)

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Once we worked out what we had to do in regards to planning our afternoon considering we had a 830 flight but had to walk to the tram, catch the tram then catch the bus to the airport.

We went back to where we were staying & had some lunch, relaxed, we watched a movie than started packing our luggage making sure everything was packed before we padlocked our suitcases.

Closing the door behind for the last time in Melbourne, made me sad, some lovely memories were made – BUT I will be back!

Once catching the tram to the bus station, than catching the bus to the airport, we got to watch the sunset within the distance.

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When arriving at the airport, we had a hot chocolate & some Krispy Kreme donuts (my weakness) I than went to the book store within the airport & purchased a book for the plane (I am the biggest sucker for books, I will spend ALL my money on books – I should do a book collection blog post)

We caught the plane home, it was smooth ride, I read the whole time – when we landed we walked to my car in the car park & I drove Rach home.

When I arrived home, J was there waiting for me, took my suitcase out of the car, we had tea & snuggles, we missed each other heaps. I was super tired… I than went to bed šŸ™‚

This is my last post about Melbourne, the 3 days spent there were amazing (was not long enough) but I am really looking forward to going back there very soon.

There are so many things that I would like to see & so many other churches upon googling that I would love to visit.

A, x (1)

Melbourne, Day 2.

I woke up pretty early on Saturday morning, I wanted shower, wash my hair & do my make up ) bc I take forever to get ready) & I also wanted to feel fresh for the day.

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It was 1 degree, so I had to rug up so much, I am used to Sydney cold & Melbourne cold is VERRRY different, I swear its not the same.

We went to Soul Cafe for breakfast, I had a white egg omelette w/ mushroom, capsicum, spinach & feta and of course, a hot chocolate.

We than toured around for a bit & went to St Francis Church, I lit a candle for J & I + prayed for us šŸ™‚

The church was absolutely amazing – I was left speechless (I have a big thing for churches)

My time within the church was short yet, I still spent the time thanking god for my blessings as well as praying for J & I (as mentioned)

 

We than made our way to the Queen Victoria Market, whereby we purchased some waffles & chips on a stick.

The market was huge, it took us a fair while to get around it – it sort of reminded me like some of the markets we have here.

The market was based out in the open & I really enjoyed the air that Melbourne has (weird, I know) but it’s different to Sydney, it was more fresh & crisp.

From The Queen Victoria Market, we headed to the Observation Wheel, it was really amazing, that’s all I have to say.

It took 30 mins to do one round of the observation wheel, it went at 1km an hour, it was so slow yet worth every cent. I absolutely loved this (bc I am a sucker for views). It was a very beautiful we got of Melbourne. (reminds me of Sydney a little) just big, big buildings everywhere.

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Afterwards, we went out to dinner at a pizza + pasta place called The Groove – I had the best spaghetti bolognese – it was delicious, they gave me so much but I could eat it any more so they packed it for me to take home.

Later on in the night when we got home, we watched some movies & did face masks & relaxed.

Day 2 was full of adventure & tourist-like tings which I really enjoyed.

I know for a fact I would def do the Observation Wheel again, that was amazing.

What I loved was putting a back pack on my back w/ all the essentials inside & stepping out for the day & being a tourist. (This is really what I want to do in Europe, just pop a back pack on & off I go)

Stay tuned for Day 3.

 

A, x (1)

Melbourne, Day 1.

The time has finally come where I can talk about Melbourne, yes I know it is quite delayed but I have to admit, I’ve been quite busy since getting back to Sydney.

Melbourne was such an amazing experience, & by all means it is no where near done, there is so much to see that I have not seen yet (I feel like Melbourne will be a place I go back to MANY times)

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I will break these blogs into 3, so I’ll blog day per day so the blogs aren’t cluttered with too much info nor photos.

Day 1

The alarm went off at 3:00am & oh my, did I want to go

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back to sleep, BUT I couldn’t bc I had to go get Rach + get to the airport for a 6:00am flight. I got ready, packed the car w/ my suitcase (how cute is my bag tag J got for me).

I got to Rach’s house @ 3:30ish & we set off to the airport.

We checked in & were ready to have some breakfast.

Macca’s, it was! What better way to devour some Macca’s before a flight (I must say though, it was DELICIOUS) Maybe bc I was hungry, it just tasted amazing!

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When boarding the plane, the anxiety kicked in – I was a bit anxious but kept it together, thank god.

I was really looking forward to seeing the sunrise on our flight – I was really looking forward to that.

The sunrise left me speechless, it was honestly the most amazing thing I ever saw!

It was so beautiful – I have seen sunrises in many places around Sydney but I haven’t

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seen it in the air & my lord, it was BEAUTIFUL.

Upon landing, (it was a bumpy one) we caught the bus into Melbourne CBD & checked in šŸ™‚

We than caught a train to Chadstone, Melbourne trains look amazing compared to Sydney ones AND… you have to press the button on the door to open the door (well we didn’t know that & thought we just had to wait for the next train)

When arriving at Chadstone, I was GOBSMACKED this shopping centre was AAAAMAZING! I was speechless, I have never seen a shopping centre like it.

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We went to Louis Vuitton (standard) & other stores (I even bought J a gift whilst we were here), we shopped lots, spent most of the day here.

We had lunch in a cute little cafe, was the cutest thing ever, even sat on a little swingy chair.

When we left, we walked all the way back to the station about a km walk than headed back to Melbourne CBD, we stopped to buy munchies for the night.

I have to admit, I was WRECKED! absolutely wrecked, being up at 3am really took it out of me.

I started dozing off at about 7:00pm (the worst), we ordered pizza for dinner, & had a movie night which was really fun, i really enjoyed myself just being able to relax & rest.

Day 1 was amazing, relaxing, & good to just arrive in Melbourne, shop a little & relax.

Stay tuned for day 2.

A, x (1)