March Rabbits

Pot Plant Milk Tea

Have you guys heard about milk tea which is presented like a pot plant? A few of my friends posted photos about them on instagram so I decided to give them a try! I went to try them at two different locations puuu

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Tea + / Tea Plus is a Taiwanese restaurant located in Burwood. It’s a bit of trek getting there, but easy to get to via the train or bus.

I ordered the Matcha Plant Milk Tea ($5.80) and the Deep Fried Chicken Cutlet on Rice ($9.80). I love green tea drinks and desserts so I thought I would try that flavour first. My friend ordered the chocolate version.

The drinks looks almost too good to drink.

The Pot Plant Milk Tea is really interesting. It’s made up of 3 layers – milk tea as the base, the salty foam and the crushed oreo “soil” with a mint leaf. Stir them all together for a refreshing taste! I’m not really a fan of milk tea, but the seasalt foam makes it a delicious combination.

The Deep Fried Chicken Cutlet on Rice dish was also very delicious and filling – especially the corn that came with it! I’m a big fan of corn and they served it sweetened so it was a bonus for me. I like the way Taiwanese deep fry their chicken, so no complaints there.

This lunch combo was really filling for me, I think their dish portions are quite big so I had to order take away. Perfect place to eat at if you’re feeling a bit more hungry than usual. I definitely look forward to coming back here and trying their other drinks!

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Tea Plus
Shop 9, 258 Burwood Road,
Burwood, NSW 2034
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The other location I went to try the drinks was at Mizuya, located in the city. They have 3 different flavours – rose, green tea and chocolate and they’re only a bit more expensive at $6.80.

A sign outside

And of course I (and my friends!) tried the green tea flavour. Their drinks also consisted of 3 layers but up of different ingredients - drink flavour base, creamy foam and milo as the soil. I found this drink more strong in green tea flavour, and much more creamier due to the foam. I felt like this was more like a dessert than a drink. It was nice to drink but in a different way.

Cheers for matcha!

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Mizuya
614 George St,
Sydney NSW 2000
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In comparison, I prefer the pot plant milk tea from Tea+ as I feel the combination is more unique and nicer as a drink. It’s great to have different pot plant drinks to try and I hope more places will have something similar soon! I think it’ll be interesting to see how people can use this concept and come up with their own combination of flavours.

Deco-co-coration!☆

Besides the fun of taking shots with an instant film camera, the next best thing is decorating them! I think adding embellishments creates a personalised touch and feeling to the photos puuu

I’ve been collecting deco stickers from G-market since a few years ago and last month I received another batch of stickers I bought from Taobao. Finally glad that I can use them! I got my recent haul of sticker from this Taobao store. Apparently Taobao ships overseas now, though I’ll still use a shopping service until there’s an English help desk since my Chinese is horrible. The agent I’ve been using for the past year is Bhiner and I haven’t run into problems with them :chuuu

The stickers I got are mainly to decorate schedules/planners but they’re also perfect for instax snaps. While hunting, I mainly kept an eye out on stickers with:

  • Captions/banners so I could write inside them
  • Mini expressions/kaomoji
  • Speech bubbles/words/phrases
  • Mini hats/hair accesories
  • Patterns/borders
  • Cute characters!

Mini stickers are the best so you can fit them around the border or in the photo so it doesn’t cover anyone. Personally I like ones with kaomoji/faces and words so you don’t have to write on the cheki. I think character stickers also adds more expression! I have big writing so I’m always scared I’m gonna run out of space before I complete the word :buuu

Thanks to my friends who helped me decorate most of these

Besides stickers, markers are also a must for me if you don’t have any frame/banner stickers or if the photo is too dark for the stickers. Sometimes I like to write in the date or add little drawings/effects.

I have the Sakura Deco Cute Metallic Photo Marker – 6 Color Set which a friend got for me in Hong Kong. These markers by Zebra are also pretty popular to use, otherwise I’ve seen people use Posca markers as well. I’m planning to buy a set so I’ll probably post about them after I use them! I think as long as they’re made to write on glass/plastic you can use them on the photo’s surface and opaque ink will be visible on dark parts of them film, so buying paint markers are probably the best if you’re not too sure on what to buy.

I’ll definitely be buying more stickers so I’ll probably be posting update every few months. My main problem at the moment is finding albums and ways to display all the photos since I’ve taken so many in the past few months :sweat

Mini Con Report – Animania Sydney 2014

On the 22nd of March I went to Animania - sadly it was their last event! I think it’s a great pity to see a convention stop after running, especially since it’s been around for over a decade. Personally I had an interesting time volunteering as one of their small section managers and gained various skills and experience which I know I’ll find useful to apply in different areas throughout my life.

Makoto – Danny | Haruka – Reika | Nitori – Me | Rin- knitemaya | Rei – Ayu | Nagisa – Izzy
Photo by Aoki

It was a last minute decision but I cosplayed as sailor Nitori from Free!. He doesn’t have an official version but it’s based off the official artwork. I actually wanted to cosplay as Nagisa in his swimmers and yellow Iwatobi tee, but I got swayed to join my friends who were also doing the sailor version lol.

Haruka only thinks of water

A super big thank you to Ayu for sewing my outfit! She kindly sewed my sailor top and hat.

Here’s a quick run down of my outfit:

    • the striped tank top for $5 from Cotton On
    • white pants for $20 from Target
    • skinny black suspenders for $6 from Jay Jays (yay student discount!)
    • shoes – navy striped TOMS which I bought previously
    • blue material was $20 for 2 metres at Lincraft

It’s my first time buying the materials and other items locally so it was interesting (and annoying!) trying to hunt for the perfect items to suit my cosplay but I got there in the end! Since it was last minute I didn’t get time to put the blue lines on my pants though, I bought the pants the day before the con :buuu

I spent the most of the day outside and taking photos with friends. The weather was so hot and humid lol, Sydney’s weather has been either pretty hot or windy and rainy so far this year :shock This is actually my first time wearing a short sleeved cosplay so I thought I would be fine but I still sweating and boiling!

Here are some cheki shots which I took :teehee  I always bring my instax camera out with me whenever there’s social gathering. It’s a fun way to make precious memories.

Nowadays I spend like 80% of conventions just chatting and catching up with friends, so I actually don’t experience much of the con haha so I guess this isn’t really a con report :3seal I probably should do something about it but to me cons have always been about socialising. I usually don’t follow most of the guests that come to Sydney and buy most of my merchandise online.

And to end this post here’s a vid of what usually happens when I meet up with friends. Just a warning there’s a lot of random things going on :kaohuhu