Author: Anya @ myoddadventures

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Currently: May 2018

What I’ve been coveting and doing during the month of May.

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Disneyland Hong Kong

Disneyland Hong Kong (5 Days in Hong Kong: Part 2)

This series of blogs begins with a sad prologue: The phone that I took all my photos on while I was away has since died before I could get all the photos off it, so the visual storytelling of these posts will be reliant on Snapchat and Instagram posts, so bear with… If you haven’t read about my first day in Hong Kong, you can check that out here. *scroll down for my top tips and insights, otherwise feel free to read on from below* Ok, let’s begin: Day Two in Hong Kong was one I’d been looking forward to as soon as my Mum announced we’d be stopping in Hong Kong for a few days. For me, Disneyland was a given — period. This strong sense of need originates from my previous job: working for Disney World in Orlando, FL back in 2016. It was like a homecoming… except like in a different country, but Disney is Disney. In case you are new to my blog and are unaware, I love public transport. Auckland …

Wu & You Auckland

Food Photo Friday #37: Lunch @ Wu & You, Auckland

Food: Tuna Sashimi Pizza, Wok Fried Broccolini, Mr Krab’s Nori Taco, Yuzu Pot/ Consumed at:Wu & You, Mt Eden, Auckland / Date: 25 April 2018. I’d been hanging out for about a month to try this place ever since it had opened. Working alongside food magazine Dish, I had gotten the low-down, which had obviously made me even more eager to try it. On ANZAC day I headed with a bunch of friends to Wu & You, an restaurant with a similar approach as Melbourne’s Mr Miyagi, for lunch. I was on a bit of a tight budget and also am supposed to be doing the Biggest Loser Challenge at work, so those were the two things stopping me from ordering literally everything on the menu. I’d had a squiz at the menu the night before (indecisiveness is a major flaw of mine) I’d made up my mind already of what I would be getting (surprisingly no dumplings for me this time which is incredibly unlike me). I almost broke my decision, but persevered and …

Food Photo Friday #36: Lunch @ Birdie’s

Food: Szechuan Roast Duck, Roast Pumpkin Birdie Bowl, Cocktail on Tap/ Consumed at: Birdie’s All Day Bar + Deli/ Date: April 2018. I live just a couple of minutes away from Sylvia Park, but despite this, I still haven’t had a chance to check out all the new eateries that opened at The Grove at the end of last year. Last Saturday, bored and hungry (plus a little hungover) I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to head to one of the eateries I hadn’t yet been to yet, Birdie’s, to see how it was. I hadn’t yet talked to anyone who had been there and saw pretty mixed reviews online, but after a look at the menu there sounded like quite a handful of tasty dishes, so I was keen to give it a try. We headed in for a late lunch (around 3pm) so the place was pretty quiet. I really liked the decor – we sat opposite a wall with wooden frames framing bunches of dried leaves, herbs and flowers and …

Easter at The Hamilton Gardens

On Easter Sunday I made the drive to Hamilton to spend the day at the beautiful Hamilton Gardens with my friend, family and family friends. It was a gorgeous warm autumn day, and I was surrounded by gardens that transported me to a new country each one I visited, but the best part? It was free! It had been a long time since I’d visited Hamilton Gardens, and while a day spent looking at gardens may not sound like the most exciting way to spend your day, it’s actually a pretty relaxing, enjoyable day out. We left Auckland close to 10am and arrived at the Hamilton Gardens about an hour and a half later. It was packed. Before venturing into the actual grounds, we stopped for a quick bite to eat at their cafe (I was actually really keen to try a cafe I’d heard about, The Kirk, but with limited time we stuck to the Hamilton Gardens cafe). First up were the ‘Enclosed Gardens’ and this is pretty much where we spent most of …

5 days in Hong Kong (Part 1)

I begin the re-telling of my time in Hong Kong and Vietnam with a sad prologue: The phone that I took all my photos on while I was away has since died before I could get all the photos off it, so the visual storytelling of these posts will be reliant on Snapchat and Instagram posts, so bear with… This one-month trip to Vietnam (via Hong Kong) had been a long time coming. Let’s be super dramatic and say it’s been 22 years coming. Why? Because my Mum is from Vietnam and until this trip, neither me or my two younger siblings had ever been. And considering we’ve grown up identifying probably more with my Mum’s Asian side than say my Dad’s Pacific Island side (well it’s been that way for me anyway,) it was a huge deal to finally be going to the “motherland”. Before heading to Vietnam though, we were stopping over in Hong Kong for five days (just FYI: I LOVE Hong Kong guys). The last time I’d been to Hong Kong …

Currently: March 2018

Oh, hello there. Long time no see. I’ve stumbled my way back to the blog for a couple of reasons; 1) one of my workmates said I should start a food blog (little does she know I have a blog already, I’m just terrible at updating it and 2) I do miss it, quite a lot! I can’t say my life has changed very drastically at all. I’m at the same job, same house… It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago (23 years-old holla), did go to New York for a few days in August last year and on an amazing one-month trip to Hong Kong and Vietnam though over the Christmas break, so I’ll be doing a bit of catch up and talking about that in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been loving during the month of March. CURRENTLY Reading: I really haven’t been doing much reading at the moment. Bar, proofreading and subbing my magazine. I would really love some book recommendations though! Watching: Not a lot. The billions …

Food Photo Friday #35: Dinner @ Happy Boy

Food: Pork burger, KFC and Peach Iced Tea Slushie/ Consumed at: Happy Boy, Royal Oak, Auckland/ Date: 22.07.2017 Royal Oak was the busiest I’ve ever seen it on a Saturday when I stopped into the brand new Happy Boy last Saturday. It’s difficult to miss with its neon lights pulsing from within. Walking inside is like being transported straight into a video game, it’s uber cool. The place was buzzing, there was a massive line of people waiting for tables which almost put us off, but after being told it would only be a half hour wait (which turned out only being about 20 minutes,) we were happy to wait around and soak up the atmosphere. We got there just after 6.30pm and the place was filled with young families digging into delicious burgers and sides. When we left, close to around 8pm the crowds had died down and there was no wait. So if you want to be seated quickly, best to go a bit later. I’d already decided what I wanted before heading …

Shop ‘Til Ya Drop | Washington DC Day 4 and 5

After trying to jam in as much as we could in the first few days, our fourth and fifth days in the capital were much needed chill days consisting of (window) shopping and seeing more of our new favourite city on foot. If you haven’t already, you can check out Day 1 here, Day 2 here and Day 3 here. Our last couple of days weren’t very eventful in terms of checking out iconic landmarks, but it did cement our love for DC. We were both quite exhausted by the previous day, so being able to take in the sights and sounds of DC at our own slow pace was a nice change. This included window shopping at malls and shops, trying a handful of cute cafes and getting our internet fix.   A few quick observations during my visit: Something that really stood out to me was how easy it was to walk everywhere. The whole time during our stay in DC we never had to take public transport of any kind. I guess …

Culture Vultures at the Smithsonians | Washington DC Day 3

Day three in the capital consisted of a lot of museum and art galleries, a must for me when visiting a new city, even if it’s just a quick peek. And if you haven’t already, you can check out Day 1 here and Day 2 here. It’s no secret that I’m not about early rising. Except for very special occasions, (read: occasions that happen no more than once a fortnight,) so it was no surprise that we left our hotel just before noon for our day out exploring a few of the Smithsonians. Our first port of call was the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Georgie studied American history and politics at university so she had a particular interest in stopping in for a quick nosy and to be honest I’m always up for museum visits of any kind. I was in awe when I saw the Star Spangled Banner in real life. Other highlights included the First Ladies exhibition where you could see a lot of the famous outfits the First Ladies have …