Instagram is such a happy place where sharing photos with friends and new-found friends in the blogosphere is so easy. How I wish this app is available to other phones (exclusive for iPhone) so that I'll get to see the wonderful photos of all my snap-happy friends.
I may not be able to blog about stuff that happens in my daily life these days but I get to document the little things that make my everyday significant thru instagram and twitter.
It's been awhile since I shared some daily happenings in my life (although I try to incorporate something personal in every blog post I write, whether it be a food blog or a travel blog) so here's a few photos that described my past week.
Monday was a hot day and as the temperature when up to 34 degree Celsius in the city, I decided to refresh myself as I walk from work to the train station when I passed by the Happy Lemon store. I've received a few recommendations to try their beverage because I'm fond of Chatime, so I gave it a go. I ordered a regular cup of their Green Tea with Rock Salt and Cheese and the staff was friendly enough to teach me how to drink it. He said that patrons usually drink the cheese on top of the drink first before they close the lid. So that's what I did. The cheese had a bit of sweetness and it tasted alright. However, I didn't like the drink as a whole. It didn't taste right to me so I threw it way after just a few sips.
My plant bloomed a flower this week. I've had this plant as a gift from one of my workmates four years ago. The plant sits on top of a shelf above me so every time I get stressed, I look up and my plant is there to give me a little cheering up. My plant has bloomed flower(s) since I took care of it but it's only now that it bloomed again since I came back from vacation in April.
I received the final stuff to complete my phone needs. The Husband ordered tons of screen protectors which I received on Wednesday morning. On Thursday, I received the black cables I wanted to use when I'm at the office. The white cables of the iPhone gets dirty easily so I wanted a black one which I can leave connected to my office computer. It also saves me from forgetting to charge when I'm at work.
Once a week, I get to stop by at my barista friend's cafe and everytime I visit him, he gives me a cup of hot chocolate and a piece of Caramel Kiss. I think one of "life's must-haves" is to have a barista friend who knows how you like your coffee or hot chocolate for you. My barista friend knows that I like my hot chocolate with less sugar and piece of marshmallow in it. And he also knows that I love their cafe's Caramel Kiss so he packs a piece for me to go with my Hot Chocolate.
The Husband was in his sweet tooth mood on Thursday night and came home with a slice of Double Chocolate Cake. I only had two little bites of this sinfully delicious chocolate cake and downed it with a cup of Peppermint Tea.
I was on a 5-day work week this week and I'm glad I made it to Friday. I was in no mood to dress up so I was in a rugged/sports ensemble: sneakers, jeans and shirt. To make my Friday at work happier, I brought packs of Swiss Miss and gave some to my friends. They loved it! It sort of my treat to us for being at work on Friday.
We're all in a festive mood this week as we prepare to celebrate Melbourne Cup on the 1st November. Melbourne Cup is the race the stops the nation every 3:00pm of the first Tuesday of November. It is the biggest and most celebrated horse race in the country. At work, we have the Melbourne Cup Sweeps where we place bets on the $1. $2. $5 and $10 sweeps. We will have a Melbourne Cup barbeque lunch and afternoon tea this coming Tuesday.
As I was about to go home on Friday afternoon, I received a sweet email from one of my trainees. Like I said in instagram, I'm grateful and blessed to have a job that I love. I've always believed that one must love what they do for their job to love them back. When it comes to what I do everyday, it's all about being generous with time and details; it's about having the patience to deal and listen to people. My job entails having a big heart for SERVICE without expecting anything in return. When I see my trainees finish their trainings and be able to do their job efficiently, I feel very fulfilled. To hear from them and receive appreciation from them is always a big bonus.
To take away my Happy Lemon nightmare, I just had to end my week with my favourite beverage from Chatime: Brown Rice Green Milk Tea with Pearls.
Our little pigeons (they're not babies anymore) celebrated their two-week old on Friday. To friends, tweetmates and instagram mates who have been following my shared photos, they have seen our daily adventures with these cute ones since Day 1 (from being eggs to hatchlings). I plan to share a separate post on their growth. I'm just waiting for them to grow up and fly away so my story will be complete. According to google, they will be able to fly on their first month. I'm excited for them but I know I will be a bit sad not seeing them in our balcony at the end of the day.
Korean BBQ night on a Friday night! This week we decided to not eat out so on Friday, we had a quiet night in and had Korean BBQ in our balcony. We found this electric smokeless grill in the shops on sale a week ago so we bought it. Korean cuisine has been a part of our home now that I even learned how to cook Korean dishes (that's how much we love the cuisine) and having a smokeless BBQ grill is just the icing on the cake. So there, no need to go out for Korean BBQ plus the Husband and I enjoy our dining experience and bonding inside the comforts of our home. It was a perfect way to end our busy and productive week as we get to have good and fun conversations over a delicious meal.
If you have instagram and care to find me (my instagram ID is @ibyang) and let's share good vibes over captured photographs.