Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Molang Diary

Just like any stationery lover out there, throughout my life I had hoarded a hell load bunch of planners/diaries/journals. However, there was never once when I could commit myself entirely to it. It just didn't feel RIGHT. You know the feeling right?

Throughout all these years, I was trying to hard to find D Diary for myself. Buying a diary is just like buying a guitar or choosing a boyfriend - sorry, but that's the best analogies I could come up with LOL! You gotta learn through the painful way via the trial and error method. Before you found your right one, you would go through some that you thought you would like it or be able to accept its flaws (too small, too big, too thick, too thin, bad paper quality, boring template or designs etc). Then eventually you would give up and dump it aside. Until...one day, you meet the true love of your life then the magic happens. 


This Molang Diary was the 1st diary that I picked up when I set my feet back into journaling for the umpteenth time (read my story of journaling here). 


I stumbled upon this diary when I was browsing eBay in my bed. I fell in love with it at first sight. However, I knew myself too well - I was hesitant to purchase it because I thought I would eventually abandon it. After days and days of struggling, I gave in to the cuteness of Molang! 



If I'm not mistaken this Molang Diary is the 2014 version but it came with 2015 calendar as well. It comes in 3 colours - tiffany blue, white, watermelon red. Needless to say, I choose my favourite colour! It was priced at approximately $7 USD when I bought it off eBay last year. The newer versions are definitely pricier. 

The very best thing about this diary is that it's UNDATED. I was totally blown away that time when I discovered this fact. I could write in it whenever I wanted and it's not so much of a major commitment. It's no longer a problem if you go about a few months not using it or whatsoever because you are the one in control of the dates. 

Okay, enough of my rambling, let me show you the pages in the diary :D 


Pastel pink as the front page and you have a little plastic slot to put your little miscellaneous paper items or even polaroids.


Then you have the message to yourself / note to self column. 



The spread for the entire year. 




I ignored the 2014 calendar completely when I was using this diary in 2015. Anyway, even if I were to use it this year, it still wouldn't do much harm to me because all the spreads are undated, so why bother? 




Every month before the monthly spread, you will have a little molang illustration waiting for you as you start your new month. Not to mention that they are all different for every month.


A list with check boxes. Good for your list of monthly goals or things that you can't categorise.






An empty monthly spread. It comes without the months and dates. You have the flexibility to start the diary whenever you want. No longer having to start your diary in January anymore. I hated the idea that if you decided to start organising your life some time in the year and you had to leave a bunch of pages blank at the earlier dates of your diary and it seems life's so disorganised again. 





Every month, there's are different illustrations across the pages. You can save up on your stickers because these Molangs are cute enough to stand on their own!




For the weekly spread, you have the freedom to set the dates yourself too. 








Here's how I used mine. 

Molang Diary was my diary from October 2014 - September 2015 before I switched to my Midori Traveler's Notebook. I loved it a lot for it's flexibility in numbering the days and months on my own as well as the size of the diary and the small little illustrations in its pages. I made my change because I wanted something that allows me to have more writing space so I could doodle/ramble and write whatever that pops into my mind. Molang Diary is good for usual to-do list but it you were going to incorporate more things into it then it will be rather tricky unless you have microscopic handwriting to be able to fit hell lots into it. Nonetheless, Molang Diary is a good choice for yourself or as a present to a stationery junkie friend. I highly doubt that there's someone who can say "No" to such a cute notebook right?

Up till this day, I am glad that I actually picked this Molang Diary up because without it, I wouldn't have had returned to my journaling days. Not only that, ever since I bought this diary for myself, I have been obsessing over Molang the character! My bestie bought me a Molang cup for my birthday, a little Molang plushie for Christmas and I got a set of Molang stickers for my Midori Traveler's Notebook too. 

Stay tuned for the next blog post under the category of "Pens and Papers" where I will be sharing more of my journaling stories/tips and tricks/DIY/flip throughs. 

It's 11pm right now and I shall end this super long blog post and finish up this episode of Gossip Girl that I am watching at the moment (Yes, I know I am late for the trend but whatever HAHA)~ Good night xoxo

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Grand Trailer Park Traverna @ Bourke Street

Speaking of burgers, there are tonnes of places to choose from in Melbourne - the conventional fast food chains (team Hungry Jacks here! haha) or the local burger hunting spots which might be hidden in a place where you will least expect them to be.

This is Melbourne that we are talking about, you can always find a hidden gem somewhere in the city. It's a city that brings you surprises and wonders. 


So where does this starry stairway lead you to? 

Stairway to heaven?

Or the astronomy section of a science museum?

A club? 


Welcome to Grand Trailer Park Traverna!

Conveniently located at the corner of Exhibition Street and Bourke Street with free tram access (take it on Bourke Street heading towards the Parliament station), you will find this retro burger joint waiting for you. 




This retro burger joint has caravans, motorhomes and picnic tables underneath a bunch of fairy lights! How cute!




Semi-self service concept as you have to place your own order(s) at the counter. 


Then with a number given, you can then sit back and wait for your food to be served to you. 


Kinder bueno and nutella milkshake

I don't usually fancy such chocolate-y drinks but to my surprise, this isn't really sweet and that's a good thing for a semi-sweet tooth like me. 


Francis Underwood
($A 17.50) with premium Australian beef patty, American cheedar cheese, tomato, butter, mac and cheese croquette, special burger sauce & American mustard on toasted brioche bun.

Honestly speaking, the burger looks tempting on photos but in real, it doesn't have any much difference from the $A 2.45 McDonalds Cheese burger in terms of its taste and flavour, of course you get more stuffing in it. However, to me , it's not worth paying $A 17.50 for just a burger. Most prolly you are basically paying this price for its cute environment and that's all.  

PS: If you opt for CB1 (Cheeseburger 1) on the menu with a mac and cheese croquette as an add-on side, you get the exact same thing for as Francis Underwood for a relatively lower price. 




One mandatory selfie because I was commanded by Erica to feature her in here! :P 

On the side note, I will strongly advice you guys to not visit during the lunch hours on weekdays. We came here at 1pm on a Friday afternoon and it was insanely crowded. It took us 15 minutes of wait in the line before we could place our order :/ 

All in all, to me, this place is undoubtedly cute and the burger's fine too...but I don't think it's worth the price. Sorry, I am still choosing Hungry Jacks over this! 

It's getting pretty cold in Melbourne these days, dress well people! Till next time ~ XOXO


Grand Trailer Park Traverna

Address: 87 Bourke Street, Victoria 3000.
Contact number: (03) 9972 3699

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Cozy In The Rocket @ Georgetown, Penang

I was tidying my photo folders on my laptop when I stumbled across these photos from my visit to Cozy In the Rocket from a long time ago. 

In my humble honest opinion, even after living in Melbourne for so long, Cozy In the Rocket serves much better pasta than most Melbourne's pasta places that I had ever tried. 

The cafe's located right next to the famous "Little Children on Bicycle" mural by Ernest Zhacharevic. If you don't know about Penang's Georgetown mural, then you are missing out BIG TIME!


This is the "Little Children on Bicycle" mural. Ask any Penangite, they will be able to point you there! It's our pride :D










The place was rather rustic, cozy and pretty antique-y. Definitely the type of cafe of my liking. I prefer cafes with retro and woody deco rather than those with minimalist while marble ones. Am I the only one here? 

On the side note, although there's air-conditioning, there's no wifi available. 

















With my most sincere apologies, because this set of photos were from once upon a time, I really can't recall the names of the dishes anymore. From memory, the carbonara spaghetti with lots of bacon and sausages were AMAZING! 


Just a little reminder that the food portions here weren't really big and the prices weren't exactly cheap. Also, as there were only 2 people managing the cafe (including the chef), the customer service would have been neglected here and there if the cafe's busy.  










Some photos of the outdoor space of the cafe. From here you could most probably hear the chattering sounds from the tourists who were crowding around the mural art. 


Perhaps, head over to that little heritage street after your meal as a light exercise? 

PS: I have learnt my lesson in a painfully hungry way - Do NOT write blog posts regarding to food at night! Now I'm going to get some snacks NOOOOOO!

Cozy in The Rocket 

Address:
No. 262 & 264, Lebuh Pantai, 
Georgetown, Penang. 

Contact Number:
+6012 496 7838

Opening Hours: 
10am-5pm (Closed on Mondays)