Sunday, August 17, 2014

Food Tour Party: Better Burger, Britomart

currently: listening to George Ezra 'Blame It On Me'.
Slotted in between 1885 and Britomart Country Club is a new burger joint modestly titled 'Better Burger'. What makes this place better? Well that was the question on everyone's minds.

My ex-uni friends and I (I call them the homegurls) have done a fair bit of touring together around the city's food establishments (and fun fact, they inspired my idea of the first Food Tour Party). From our student tight times of $5 takeaway meals at Wendy's to more recently Burger Burger on Ponsonby Road, our tastebuds understood what a good burger was. And for the first time, no one in this food tour party had ever tried this place before, so it was to be a brand new experience for all. My friend had overheard Better Burger described as 'good burgers but at McDonald's prices'. With that description it was hard to figure out what we were to expect.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Take Note Tracks: Blame It On All About Psychosocial

currently: cold. Man this weather.

Welcome to Thursday's Take Note Tracks.

Basically it's an attempt of a weekly feature where I will share with you tracks you should take note of - whether good, bad or bizarre. Because everyone loves to be at the forefront of new music before everyone else, you indie wannabees.

George Ezra - Blame It On Me

If you live in New Zealand, you would have heard George Ezra's song 'Budapest' (currently #1 on the NZ RIANZ charts). He came to New Zealand recently where at work he did a studio interview I filmed, and honestly he seems like a funny, down to earth guy who's really talented. And when he sang a bit of 'Budapest' acapella and it captivated me. So for the past week I've been listening to George Ezra's music and fell in love with the album. The video for 'Blame It On Me' only came out a few days ago, and this song is amazing, and really catchy.
Take note: Britain's best export since Ed Sheeran. He's also super tall.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Life Lessons You Can Actually Learn From Taylor Swift's song '22'

currently: eating birthday cake.

I recently turned 23 last weekend (it was a great birthday, thanks) and so ended the year of playing Taylor Swift's '22' as a theme song for the double twos.

Being 23 is that weird spot in life where you're not old...and yet you're not that young either. No big birthday milestones happen until you're 25. And let's be fair, that's when everyone says it goes downhill from there.

I'm not ready just yet to depart from 22. A time where Taylor Swift says that we're happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time, it's actually true. And who knew, you can learn things from a Taylor Swift song.

Life Lessons You Can Learn from Taylor Swift's 22 for people 22-years-old and over
"It feels like a perfect night for breakfast at midnight..."
I endorse eating whenever you feel like it. I feel feeling young and free is the ability to make up your own rules and not taking yourself seriously. Concerned about your hashtag-paleo diet? Calm down and enjoy the ability to make decisions and enjoy things out of the norm. Life is too short.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Ellie Goulding + Broods in Auckland: Mini concert review and photos

currently: keeping warm.

Last Saturday night, I went to Ellie Goulding's concert, and while I quite enjoy Ellie Goulding, but I wouldn't say I'm her biggest fan in the world, or in New Zealand. But after hearing great reviews from Ellie's concert at the Studio a year or so back, as well as quite enjoying the hits from her latest album, I figured I could pay the $79(+fees) worth to go see her at Vector Arena this time around.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Day 16 of Asia - I'm coming home.

currently: Have 'Coming Home' by Diddy Dirty Money in my head.

I'm coming home.

While I've loved my time in Malayia and Singapore, I really miss Auckland.

Since Wednesday I've gotten sick with headaches, sore throats and stomach aches. The humidity and me have been worst enemies, and so have night-time fan and my sleep. I didn't sleep at all last night, except when I fell asleep about 6am for about 3 hours. It's been impossible for me to sleep here.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Day 15 of Asia - Motorway in New Zealand vs motorways in Malaysia

currently: wishing the original GIF still existed because I spent ages making it before my computer crashed itself.

If there's one thing I'll never be able to deal with in Malaysia, it's the driving style here.

Take New Zealand:
New Zealand is fair to say very proper when driving. They stick to the lanes (in between the lines), they generally indicate for the expected 3 seconds, and they merge like a zip.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Day 13 and 14 of Asia - A Vague Guide to Malaysian Food

currently: writing in the dark.
When you ask me what comes to mind when I think of Malaysia, I have three simple words.

Humidity, shopping, and food.

I always do the most eating while in Malaysia because there's just no set times for lunch or dinner or supper. It's a "oh we have time, and we haven't eaten in ages. Let's go makan (eat)." And there are no rules as to where or when you can or can't eat. So here's the vaguest guide in the world to eating food in Malaysia.