Monday, October 17, 2016

Orianthi & Richie Sambora Melbourne Concert 2016

Back in 2009, when I fell in love with Michael Jackson, I started to have a major girl crush on his blonde guitarist Orianthi.

Back then I was 15, I told my mom I wanted to play guitar because of her and the rest was just history. In fact, I even wrote a series of blog posts dedicated to my guitar goddess ► PART 1, PART 2, PART 3, PART 4

The last time I attended Orianthi's concert was back in 2010. Believe it or not, I actually convinced my mom to let me fake an illness to skip an exam in high school just to attend Orianthi's concert :P Yes, my gumption led me to achieving my dreams of watching Orianthi live!



Fast forward years later, I finally got another chance to watch Orianthi's concert again. This time, she partnered with her boyfriend Richie Sambora (who used to be the guitarist from the Bon Jovi band) under the name of RSO

The BTS story behind this was actually really random. One day I was shopping with Chernie at Emporium and then just as we stepped out from the escalator, the advertisement board in front of us changed a display. For the split second, I was thinking "who's this blonde girl that resembles Orianthi so much" and I looked down at the printed words and started going gaga!!!! 


The concert was held on the 27 of September, on a Tuesday night @ Margaret Court Arena. Thanks Patrick for accompanying me for the night - it's really rare to find someone who talks about guitarist with me! 


#OOTN on point for a rock concert! 



It took us lots of running and rushing to get here and luckily we made it on time. 

Honestly speaking, I swear to god I will NEVER EVER buy non-VIP concert tickets anymore! It's too far away from the stage and I was too short to be able to see things beyond people's head!

Lesson learnt: When it comes to concert tickets, go expensive and go to the front rows or stay home!



Guest singer was an Aussie singer


The joy killing part was that we had an hour's interval between the guest singer's performance and the real performance of Orianthi & Richie. What a bummer! I sat there and ate all of the cookies that I had with me in my bag ><


Finally~









































Orianthi and Richie performed for nearly 1.5 hours. They did covers and my favourite parts of the night would definitely be the moments when Orianthi sang her solo album songs! Those songs really brought back lots of memories ♥ 

Can't wait for Orianthi's new albums again! Wonder when will I get to see her again! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Follow Me to Mount Dandenong

I am in desperate need of a vacation. Excluding my trip back to Malaysia to mingle with friends and family, the last time I traveled to a new place was more than a year ago.

OMG!! Now I finally know why I am always rumbling at home, at work, at gym...literally everywhere that I really want to go on a vacation. However, the sad thing is my schedule is so packed and now that I am working (still quite a newbie) I can't afford to take leave to go away. In fact, my annual leave that I have accumulated so far is 20 hours! HAHA! So, I shall sink myself back to the reality and try to satisfy my desire to travel by blogging about my small roadtrip, which is from LAST YEAR! 

When my grandparents and mom came over to Melbourne for my graduation last year, we headed to Mount Dandenong for a halfday trip. 

Here I am immersing myself in all these photos, reminiscing those days when I have all the time in the world to do all my lazy ass slacking shit...because I am in major denial of studying for my upcoming PTE test!!! 





Grandma and Grandpa's first visit


Spotted a hidden gem which sells all sorts of antiques and little bits and pieces. I really love places like this for you will never expect what you can find from there!











That's the courtyard of the shop and everything you see here is up for sale! 


ALERT >> Your meal MUST be at this restaurant, if not you can't go around telling anyone that you have been to Mount Dandenong! Your trip is invalid!




Living up to its name, Pie In The Sky is an award winning pie restaurant: #1 in Victoria and one of the top 10s in the entire Australia. 


Like mother like daughter! Now I know even that taking photos whenever I go is a hereditary thing! HAHA






Don't be fooled by my photos that show a quiet and soulless restaurant. By the time we finished our meal, people were lining up outside waiting to be seated! Thank goodness we went there pretty early. 




Their pies may look really normal as if there's no difference between them with the ones at pie face, 7-11 or even the frozen ones from the grocery stores. However, what you don't know is that all of their pies are handmade with the leanest and freshest ingredients together with their homemade sauces and spices which can't be found anywhere else apart from "In The Sky" (get it get it?!)  Plus, despite the restaurant for being so famous, their pies are  of very reasonable prices. In fact, I would say at low prices - 5 of us ordered 6 or 7 pies with beverages for each of us and the bill was not more than $60AUD! What a bargain :D


Every table was full when we left. Better be early than starving~ 

PIE IN THE SKY


Address: 43 Olinda-Monbulk Road, Olinda 3788 Victoria.



Contact Number:
+613 9751 2128

Email:
info@pieinthesky.net.au

After lunch, we drove to the Dandenong Ranges which you can see from the maps above is not too far from Pie In The Sky. It's just that the roads are pretty confusing to us as none of us had ever been there before, including myself despite living in Melbourne for so many years.




So somehow as we went towards the wrong direction and were going around aimlessly, we stumbled across this piece of land. OMG, the scenery here was so BREATHTAKINGLY picturesque! 

After a few wrong routes taken, we finally arrived @ Dandenong Ranges. I'm not a big fan of natural parks back in Malaysia because of the crazily hot weather and annoying bugs. Fortunately, the weather was very fine when I was here at the Dandenongs and most importantly, I wasn't being attacked by any form of bugs, apart from one freaking bee which happened to fly pass my head and got me screaming like a complete idiot! ><

Anyways, here comes the major photo spam! Nothing much for me to elaborate on the Dandenong Ranges as it is basically all about nature, trees, sky and the calm environment as a whole which ought to be a good place to relax from the busy city for most people. 


























How to get here?! I did your homework on behalf of you. 

I took this information from visitmelbourne.com which I hope will be handy for you if you ever want to go to Mount Dandenong ;) 

PS: photos are all taken with iPhone 6 without any editing at all because I was too lazy to bring my camera let alone Photoshopping every single one of them x) Surprisingly, they turn out very decent and I love them!

Just realised that it is time for me to go to bed and I haven't done much for the night apart from this blogpost. God damn it! So...as much as I hate to admit, I gotta wake up super early to study quite a bit before heading to work! 

Till next time! BYE~