9/15 Bayswater Road, Potts Point

It's without a doubt that Sydney is home to so many restaurants and cafes offering an amazing selection of international cuisines, so it's hardly surprising that there are a lot on my 'bucket list'. The first time I'd heard of Harajuku Gyoza was when they introduced the Raindrop Cake. I do want to see as much of Sydney and savour as much good Asian food as I can before I leave for the UK. So when they reached out to me to try out their desserts, I pretty much jumped at the opportunity and became a food blogger for the day. 

Harajuku Gyoza is only a short 2 minute walk from Kings Cross train station and quite a few bus stops. For me, the decor was quite cosmopolitan - the different plates were a really nice touch. 

We started with some of my favourite appetisers - Eggplant Tempura (i.e. the only tempura I like), Agedashi Tofu and the Tebaski Wings. I really liked that the batter on the tempura wasn't overdone and the bonito flakes on the tofu are always the highlight. To follow up, we ordered some Pork and Duck Gyozas (because you don't go to Harajuku Gyoza without ordering gyoza). The pork was a little underwhelming, but the duck gyoza was amazing. 

Of course the star of the show was the Raindrop Cake. It comes in three flavours - brown sugar, strawberry and matcha. After trialling the brown sugar and the matcha, hands down, matcha wins. The actual cake itself is mesmerizing - bigger than I thought it would be, and much less jelly like. Personally, I really enjoyed my matcha raindrop cake and it's an experience I'm happy to have had. But perhaps my favourite dessert was the Salted Caramel Gyoza with Ice Cream - so much salted caramel filling, paired so well with the vanilla ice cream and perfect for a cold, rainy day. 

Huge shoutout to our wonderful hostess. She was so sweet and lovely, really helpful and attentive. Unfortunately, I didn't catch her name but she is pictured below.

Have you tried out any new restaurants in your city??
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hello friends!

it’s been well over six months since i last sat down and wrote out a blog post; and i would like to think that there’s good reason for that! grab yourself a cup of tea/coffee/juice, and we’ll pretend like this is a cute little catch up x

uni & exchange

last semester was…uh, different? i started doing subjects for my major, which meant a shit tonne of essays, self-reflection and group work. whilst essays are still despicable, i feel a lot more comfortable talking about myself and my goals and even loving group work (no, that wasn’t a typo).   i still dread the thought of group work but after spending 4+ hours a week with these guys (pictured below), i’m starting to warm up to the idea. 

something that didn’t change last semester was how many commitments i had. i’d reduced my part time work hours, but i’d picked up pro-bono consulting, volunteering with the student organisation, and some leadership positions instead. with all this, i somehow managed to improve my grades and i even managed to scrape my first HD!! 

a lot of this last sem has also been prep for exchange. from applications to acceptances, enrolment to flights, there has been plenty of times where the only thing i’ve been capable of saying were profanities. (i mean they stuffed up my visa twice - twice!! - how does that happen??). and there’s still so much i have to do :( 

either way, i leave in less than three weeks to start my backpacking trip in europe. i’ve jam-packed my itinerary with two tours, so i’m ready to tick off a lot of things on my bucket list :) if anyone has any recommendations for the greek islands and central europe, please please please let me know! 

these last couple of weeks, i’ll really just be busy with packing, last minute bookings and catching up with all my friends for the last time. it’ll also involve eating as many golden gaytimes as possible, and hopefully going to the beach one last time. 

how have you guys been? x
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It's crazy to think that it's almost been a year since I chopped off a load of hair and donated it to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program! On a day-to-day basis, I haven't really missed my long hair, especially since my short hair is so much easier to maintain and no where near as damaged. But every now and then I see someone with beautiful Rapunzel-esque locks creating gorgeous updos and I start to feel some serious fomo. 

So when Irresistible Me contacted me about trying out some of their hair extensions, I thought why the hell not? Now, I'm an absolute hair extension noob - having had long and really thick hair for most of my life, there wasn't really a need for any extra weave - but they told me to just go ahead and give you guys my two cents on my first impressions.