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Currently: June 2015

Here we are! Another month draws to a close and we are officially half way through the year! This month made me very nostalgic as it marked the month I left New Zealand one year ago for my big trip abroad with one of my best friends Moana! I wrote a blog post about my trip highlights: “Throwback Thursday: Best Trip of my Life“. Anyway, here’s what I have been up to this month: CURRENTLY: Reading: A lot of woman’s magazines. I’ve just starting an internship at one of NZ’s top woman’s magazines, Woman’s Day. Watching: Orange is the New Black. I don’t know why I didn’t start this sooner Listening to: I know I go on about Years and Years all the time. But I love, love, love “Shine” and “Foundation” at the moment. Dreaming of: The day I will work for a magazine that I love. Planning: A big trip which is still kind of under wraps at the moment. Keep an eye out for updates in the next couple of months. Making: New connections thanks to my internship (I …

A Tiny Topshop Treat

When it comes to competitions, I always have to enter. I get 101 emails a week from places with promotions and sales that I swiftly delete without opening. But it’s when the email boasts a competition or has a giant *WIN* in the subject line that my interest is captured. So it’s with this in mind that I hopped down to Topshop to try my luck at a competition and a super super cool one at that. Yes I am skint, yes I should be studying, yes I probably won’t win, but I went along anyway. I was in desperate need of some new items to add to my make-up bag so I thought I’d try Topshop’s range out for once. I’m one of those people who likes to shop around, I’ll give most things a try. So far the only make up item that I’ve bought more than twice has been Maybelline The Falsies mascara and the Benefit ‘They’re Real’ mascara, all my other make-up items are pretty much one-off’s. So this time I …

Burnt Out, But…One Week Until Wellington!

It’s been a while, four months actually, since I’ve been on a plane, but in exactly one week’s time I’ll be on another big mechanical bird flying out of Auckland to visit New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. It might not be a long-haul flight to tackle an adventure on the other side of the world, but it’s still something I am very very excited about because this has been one hell of a semester at uni. Uni burn-out season has arrived at my doorstep. It’s that time of the semester when the semester is drawing to a close and everyone has all their deadlines at one time and are working so furiously at all hours of the day and night that the body just can’t cope and konks out. Probably more accurately known as disorganisation and bad time management. Exhibit A: ME – Currently curled up in bed with a sore throat and the sniffles, sipping on a hot cup water with lemon and honey. This is what uni does to you people. (This is slightly …

Food Photo Friday #14: Hungarian Puffs of Delish

Food: Hungarian Fried Bread Puff/ Consumed: Langos Stall, Silo Park Markets, Auckland/ Date: February 2015 A trip to the Silo Park Markets in February led me to my first experience of Hungarian food, and let’s just say – I’m ready for more! Silo Park Markets has a wealth of food stalls to try out, many of which I’d tried, and others that sounded deliciously tempting. There was one thing that stood out to me though, after I’d seen people walking around with ridiculously large doughy puffs topped with delicious looking things. I thought to myself, “Anya, you need that in your life, and you need it now!” Not one to ignore my inner voice, nor deny it the thing it “needed” in it’s life, I found myself in the queue for a Langos Hungarian fried bread puff and I was not disappointed. I went for the bread puff topped with tomato, feta and harissa, a deliciously salty combo! My friends went for the Korean burgers which I had been tempted to try as well, but …

Study break, catch-ups and celebrations!

There’s nothing more refreshing and nothing that makes me more relieved than handing in my last assignment for the semester, and on Friday I was able to do just that. I gave myself a much deserved (well I think it was much deserved anyway,) break over the weekend catching up with TV shows and I also got through season 1 of UK TV shows Grantchester and Happy Valley. Both quite different on the spectrum of television, but both very enjoyable. I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those people that gets lost on the internet. For example I google search something and then a few minutes later I’ve clicked my way into something so riveting that I read about it for hours, but it’s completely different from where I started. Prime examples include reading about cats, the origins of citrus fruit such as mandarins and grapefruits and very interesting things about paleoanthropology. It was by this means that I came across the TV shows. Yeah, I know. I’m weird. Anyway, thanks to a …

Food Photo Friday #13: Bánh Mì from Box of Birds

Food: Chicken filled Bánh mì  / Consumed at: Box of Birds, Elliot Street, Auckland CBD /Date: June, 2015 Two Vietnamese Food Photo Friday’s in a row! This week I went to Box of Birds, an off-shoot of the hugely popular Bird on a Wire for a delicious Vietnamese-inspired sandwich. (Excuse the terrible photo) as you would have probably noticed, I’m a sucker for anything Vietnamese or Vietnamese-inspired so after a couple of trips to Box of Birds in Auckland’s CBD I thought it was about time I tried their version of the Vietnamese bánh mì. Vietnamese 101: In Vietnamese, bánh mì generally just means bread but has become synonymous with the Vietnamese sandwich is western countries. If a Vietnamese person were to refer to it they’d refer to it by including the kind of filling. For example bánh mì thịt (thịt meaning meat,) or bánh mì chay (chay meaning vegetarian).  And my thoughts? Pretty, good! I’m not used to having chicken inside bánh mì, I usually have pork, so it created a bit of a different texture. They also used sour-dough bread …

Currently: May 2015

Happy Queen’s Birthday Weekend! If there’s one thing this month has been, it’s that it’s been crazy. Not particularly in a good way, more like crazy busy, crazy stressed. With one week left of my second-to-last semester, deadlines have been creeping up and tests have been a plenty. I definitely still feel like I’m doing the right course, but the workload is mental and the bar has definitely been lifted for our final year. There hasn’t been much to report of late. I’ve started working again now and again to try and get those dollar bills, but having to juggle it with uni work has been difficult. I did go on a police-ridealong on a Friday night though it was honestly the coolest and most exciting experience ever. Everyone was so lovely and absolutely hilarious, if I ever want a career change I know where to go. In the meantime, here’s a quick summary of what I’ve been doing this month. CURRENTLY: Reading: “Dragonfly In Amber” by Diana Gabaldon (#2 in the Outlander series) Watching: Outlander (duh), …

Food Photo Friday #12: Pho in Brighton

Food: Phở Bò (Beef Pho) / Consumed: Pho, Brighton, UK / Date: December 2014 If you have any idea what “pho” is, then you might think this is the weirdest title of any of my blog posts to date. Why? Because I’m writing about the time I ate one of the most famous Vietnamese dishes of all time not in Vietnam, but in… Brighton. Here’s what happened: When you live overseas, there’s almost always going to be something that you miss from home. For me, it was delicious homemade Vietnamese food (my Mum’s family are Vietnamese-Chinese and I have grown up living off Vietnamese food). One of the first things I did when I arrived in Cardiff was to Google search if there were any Vietnamese restaurants in the area (after three months in France without Vietnamese food, I was getting some intense cravings). There was only one result which was 1) in an area I had never heard of 2) I had no idea how to get to and 3) I am lazy and couldn’t …

Food Photo Friday #11: Risotto Con Pollo at Elliot Stables

Food: Risotto Con Pollo /Consumed: De Niro, Elliot Stables, Auckland CBD/ Date: April 2015 So the photo looks a tad gross, but as you can probably tell, I love me some food from Elliot Stables and I’ve decided I’m going to try a dish from every restaurant there, but this time it was back to De Niro for some more Italian. A lunch date with my good-friend who was over in Cardiff with me, led us back to Elliot Stables. She’d never been before and neither of us were really sure what we felt like. I think Elliot Stables is a really good place to bring friends because there are so many choices and the place itself is awesome. I chose a Risotto Con Pollo, which is “Arborio rice tossed with chicken pieces, mushrooms & asparagus filled with parmesan cheese” and was very very yum! It was accompanied by the usual juice- cranberry. I love risotto, and usually opt for a seafood risotto with prawns, so this was a bit different for me, but I loved …

Life After School Advice (Part Two): University & Study Abroad

Welcome to the second instalment of my four part, ‘Life After School Advice’ series. This is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while and have collaborated with some of my close friends in order to do it. My friends and I all took slightly different paths after we graduated from high school, so this series is a way to shed light on the different things you can do after school and what it might be like, from people who have experienced it. We are by no means experts, but we are going by our own experiences. My hope is that this series will help people who are just about to leave school and are still unsure about what they want to do. Or anyone else who is just in general, stuck in a bit of a rut. If you haven’t read part one about work and travel you can do so HERE. So now, without further ado, here’s part two. Part Two: University & Studying Abroad You all know me, Anya. I’m currently studying …