These monthly recaps give me the chance to keep you updated on what I’ve been up to, where I’ve been, and what’s to come on the blog. It also gives me a chance to share more about myself, my interests, and current obsessions.
Unfortunately, October was a non-travel month for us. We didn’t wander far from our front door, but we did start thinking about our next adventure, wherever that may be. Stay tuned for details!
What’s for eating?
Afternoon Tea at the Westin: I joined my colleagues for High Tea at the Westin earlier in the month. I’m a sucker for bite-sized nibbles, finger sandwiches, fancy tea cakes, and scones with cream and jam; and the Westin ticked all those boxes! It was such a lovely and relaxed environment, and we felt super fancy getting dolled up. Starting at $49 a pop, it’s not the cheapest way to spend an afternoon, but it was so much fun. We’ve even started thinking about where to go next.
Mill & Bakery: I’ve already salivated over the delicious goodies available at Mill & Bakery before, but you guys! I’ve found a new favourite delicacy. I want you to meet their delicious Rose Cake. I’ll just leave this here…
I am back in the reading game, and I have Kobo to thank for it.
You know when companies send you suggestions based on previous purchases? And you usually ignore those emails, cos, what do they know?! You’re not going to fall into that trap, right? Welp, just as I was about to hit ‘delete’ on one such email from Kobo, a book they suggested caught my eye: The Mistake. And no, it was not a mistake! I read the synopsis, was instantly intrigued, and hopped over to Goodreads to see if it really was something I would be into. [That’s what I pretty much always do before reading a new book.] The reviews were positive, so I purchased it for a measly $1.79. I’m not even kidding when I tell you that I read that book in a day. I don’t remember the last time I was that hooked on a story. And, as much as I don’t like comparing titles, if you liked The Girl on the Train, or Gone Girl; then do me a favour and check out The Mistake. Come back here when you’re done, and let me know what you thought of it!
During this past weekend, Kobo got me again with White Hart. Yes, it’s technically a young adult fantasy novel, but the reviews were good, and the first book is currently free on the Kobo website, so what the heck, right? You guys, hook, line and sinker! YA novels are a bit hit and miss for me, but I really enjoyed this one. It’s a three-part series, so the time investment isn’t huge, but the storyline was really gripping. And, as a fantasy lover, it had everything I needed to keep me turning the page. I finished the first book in a couple of days, and have already downloaded and started book two.
I’m still working my way through The Good Place. It’s harder now, having to wait a week between episodes. And season two hasn’t been as good as season one, but I’m totally invested, so I’ll keep watching. Also, I’m loving Ted Danson, which is something I never thought I’d say!
I finally finished A Series of Unfortunate Events this month, and really enjoyed it. I’ve come to the conclusion that the show is better than the movie, and I’m looking forward to season 2.
First of all, I want to do a shout-out to the fantastic albums that have been released this year! 2017 has been ace. I’m looking at Lorde, Imagine Dragons, The Killers, and the Foo Fighters, in particular. Hand on heart, I’ve listened to each of their new albums on repeat and I am not done with them yet.
As you know, we are huge LEGO nerds, so were pretty keen to check out the Brickman Experience here in Melbourne. We popped down to Harbour Town one weekend to check it out, and it was pretty impressive!
You guys, I finally got a new game for my Switch! Albeit a very short one, Pan-Pan was quite the challenge (for me, anyways). There are no talking characters and only subtle clues for you to figure out what to do. But I really enjoyed it, and wish lasted a bit longer.
This past Saturday we attended the PAX conference for gamers. So many people were dressed up in the most amazing costumes! The great thing about PAX is that it really has something for everyone: card games, board games, and PC and video games. In Zelda news (cos there always has to be Zelda news!), we attended a panel about the future of Zelda. It was so cool to sit in a room with a bunch of fellow fans and hear from the experts. I don’t personally know anyone who has played Breath of the Wild, so I totally lapped it up.
Flåm, or how to feel like a tiny ant in a big world
Flåm is a tiny village in Norway, surrounded by the biggest mountains I’ve ever seen!
The very best way to spend a short stopover in Singapore
The next time you have a stopover in Singapore, look out for our friend Eric, who’ll take you on an awesome adventure.
The curious Quokka of Rottnest Island
Quokkas have to be one of the cutest wee animals I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. And, they’re in abundance on WA’s Rottnest Island.
Old Quebec > Dreaming of (another) White Christmas
There is nothing quite like a snowy Christmas, especially in French Canada.
I really lost steam in October, recording a second a day. The month started off well enough, but it got to a point where I was struggling to find moments to capture. I felt like I wasn’t doing anything interesting enough to film. Or, I was too worried about what others would think if I busted out my phone to snap a quick video. So, I only successfully captured half the month. It’s a bit of a letdown. And I really have missed watching my daily clips, so I’m going to kick it off again in November.
Did any of this resonate with you?
Let me know in the comments what you got up to during October!