Bentos for Lunch at Wagaya @ Wednesday, April 29, 2015

We've been to Wayaga before which does Japanese food, though not had lunch here. I like going out for lunch, as I usually find many places with lunch specials, which is cheaper than dinner. That and there's less people around, and noise. 

One day we had the time for a long leisurely lunch at Wagaya, and chose to sit out on the balcony, over Chinatown. It was very warm that day, but in winter there's outdoor heaters (the silver thing on the wall) and they have blankets too. Also the balcony and downstairs is only open for lunch on weekdays. Weekends upstairs and down are both open. 

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Wagaya's lunch specials are fantastic! You pick a protein and carb. As in meat and then how you want it, say with noddles or a bento, and it's only $10. These days a mainly costs $12-15+. 

I let the waiter choose between teriyaki and kaarage chicken, hello beautiful deep fried chicken! With a bento box, as the carb option, because I love bentos! I can't imagine getting noddles when it's weighed up against a bento.  

It came with miso soup, hot and a bit too salty this time. The last two times were good though. Tofu, I hate the skin, but it's me it's like not liking a dish. There was strange shaving on top, which was a type of fish, I'll try new things but not when I don't know what it is. 

As expected the karrage chicken was perfect, especially served with mayo and salad. I like this salad. There aren't that many not fast food places that do lunch for $10 (with the exception of sushi) especially bentos with miso soup, so this is a fantastic deal. At night Wagaya is more expensive, so on a budget I'd save your visits for lunch. Will I be back? Yes, in a few week in hope of no tofu. 

One day I shall get around to doing a 'Ten $10 Lunches in Melbourne CBD' post and Wagaya shall be on it. That's going to be a while though will all projects launched and exams coming up.

Do you like to go out for lunch over dinner? Where's your favourite bento place?

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Why are we so busy? @ Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tuesday 15th April

How do you know when you're made hard boiled eggs? When they've bounced for so long part of shells have fallen off. Is that normal? 

Life is a series of journeys. Some of them are exhausting. For example today I'm taking (bus, train, tram, walk 480m) to get to the dr, then walk 600m to get the (bus then tram). (Tram) back to the city. Then for dinner (train, tram) and walk. That's x2 buses x2 trains x4 trams. Excluding getting to/from home. Even with a car it's hard - where are you going to park it? Half these places are hard to park, and then there's costs and time restrictions. Today life is hard.

A long day that started with a rush to see a dr, a new one and hopefully one off visit. My shoulders hurt when I'm always on my feet for work, but not when I'm shopping or anything. I've tried standing up straight, it's hard and hurts. 

The dr recommended swimming twice a week. He was very close to the park, so we took the chance to take a stroll and take some pictures too. Ended up walking quite a bit, though I enjoyed it, even with crazy splotches of rain.

Lunch on the balcony over Chinatown, much hotter than expected out here! And it's 27 tomorrow, summer's back and so are hats. Being a night owl I struggle to even get to lunch. Wagaya has been on my lunch list for a while now, ever since our first visit. 

After lunch we went shopping, hairspray, tickets, lipstick. I do like that the sales lady wasn't pushy, she recommended I try a cheek tint, and didn't push to sell me a lip liner like the last one. I bought the Roomiest Rose, after much consideration and attempting not just to get the last one I had (two ton tomato). Originally I wanted the cherry one, but I have a lipstick that's a dupe in colour. I've seen it on ebay for $13 but really don't trust that, probably a fake. 

Today's mail was a parcel! With donuts! Le beau was excited till he realized it was one of those pool donut tube things. :P I don't have a pool, but I'll figure out how to use it somehow. 

Dinner at Angliss Restaurant, one of three visits that we shall cover soon.

Dinner took longer than expected so we took a cab to tonight's show. If you're going to Angliss for dinner, you might want an earlier 7pm booking, or not to have something you have to rush to afterwards. 

Whelmed with Gilligan x (Loving Repeating) was a fun show about stories from her life and her thoughts, set to music. Especially our mutual dislike for #thinspiration #fitspiration (never heard of that one) and the deadly dreaded #blessed. I absolutely hate that last one, though I have no one in my life who would use that tag. It's worse than #bae meaning droppings in a European language. 


Too much going on at the same time! Work is shooting for front page of a newspaper, but I have tickets for Mozart, and a workshop. Mozart has cupcakes, but then how often does work get on the front page? I know it's silly but when I was little I wanted to be Miss Universe, and so the picture is the closest I'll ever get. And I've missed another newspaper shoot before...

The mail arrived nice and early, I got out of bed, sat down by the window and suddenly it was 3pm! We were late to class because it took 20mins to get from the station to school, as oppose to the normal 7 minutes. We should always leave before 7pm.

After class we got back to the city, had a snack sized salad from 7/11 and went shopping at Coles. There's one at Southern Cross but a bit further up towards Lonsdale St. Beans for a shoot and jam, bonne maman because I love the jars.

Because I was in class, sadly we missed a show at this place. Where I still have yet to go. 


Bad decisions were made...

Today started at 9am, the event started at 10.15 but everyone, and I mean everyone got there well before then. Is that normal? When I walked through the door everyone was being offered a program, but I wasn't. Instead she asked if she could help me, thinking I was lost. It was a senior citizens event, that's what happens with a day time time slot.

We were't late, everyone else was just very early! And so we didn't get an event cupcake which le beau was looking forwards to. But there was carrot cake, friands, scones and lamingtons. We didn't have enough time to try everything though. 

The concert was very good, though Mozart always makes me a bit sleepy... 

After the concert we stopped by Daiso and Myer to get a mascara sample. I now have spider legs for lashes and they scrap against my glasses, it's hard to blink. But that's how you know the mascara really does lengthen your lashes!

Lunch booking were a bit iffy, I didn't realize that it was an auto answering machine system. That and spontaneously booking that very morning isn't me. But we did get there in the end, a late lunch for there was no one else there. And Angliss Restaurant is always popular. 

Off to class, 20 surveys to complete. One survey 20 copies. That's the hard part, data entry is easy. Fast forward. Waiting for jas for over an hour, and so I missed an event, waiting, and dinner was sold out by the time he rocked up. Proud of yourself? He says yes. 

I really need to get a tattoo that reminds me that "I wait for no one. Ever." Yes the therapist says I'll end up alone, but then no one will ever slow me down. I will not live a life of waiting and regret. 

Under the clock there was coffee sampling for a gold coin, Nescafe Smooth & Intense. We had a mocha and it worked! Coffee doesn't normally work on me, unless I get shots. But this one instantly woke me up (I was a zombie today) for 20mins and then I crashed. 

I love these gold spray painted plastic coffee beans. Fill up a bowl and stick some candles in there, that'll be pretty. Also great as a scatter. 


A visit to two drs. Milk tea. Working on theatre stuff. Theatre talk over a salad dinner.

Baby spinach, sweet potato mask, beef patty, tomato sauce, mustard, pickles, boiled egg. Clearly cheeseburger inspired :P It even smelt like a cheeseburger, the meat didn't taste like McD though. 

Gathering things for theatre involves thinking out of the box, I needed to source background noises for a banquet, Macbeth's. You can buy that stuff, just like how you can buy music. Instead of sound effects during brainstorm we listed period dramas that might have music. Settled on Ship's Cook from Emma.  


Work, meeting new people. Ok I met one new person. There was a guy dressed up as a banana! No it wasn't the banana guy I met.

After work we had a quick after lunch dessert with le beau, sneaking in any moments I have free. He bought black forest cake, a HUGE slice for just $5 that was designed IMO for two, from my favourite cheap cake place, Green Refectory.

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Networking at the tavern in the afternoon **regrets not coming in costume** so nice in warm in there! All morning it was very cold and wet at times. The sun wasn't warm enough to warm us up.

Girl judges me for not being a cam-whore/selfie person. That's cool, I don't need likes to validate my self-esteem. I don't believe in selfies, but if you want to go ahead. So glad all my friends are guys, who don't take selfies.

Check out these amazing shoes I came across near morman's office!
They're customs and not for sale.

Saturday 11th April

Before you judge I'd like to say it was on sale. It was just $3! 

When I was little Barbies were $50 each and there was a fairytale princess theme happening, none of this rockstar princess one direction loving doll with a bieber of a Ken doll for "boyfriend". She's just his beard. 

It's the 50th Anniversary of the Barbie Doll, and Myer is relaunching the sale of the first doll.

Not only that, they're selling it for the original price of $3. 

While I was at work le beau was at the shops to buy me a Barbie Doll, he got there at 7am, while I was on my way. He was 8th, and I was 60th-ish by the time I got there. There was a mini stampede to get into line. Lines are good. In asia everyone just pushes, I may be little but I'm good at that. :P 

One guy pushed into the line and was rejected, security said they're not selling it to him, not the $3 one obviously, or the $35 pre-order. It's $50. His kid cried and he blamed security. Le beau says no, when you're an asshole and your actions lead to your kid crying it's your fault. 

It was one per person, le beau came in costume as he was on his way to Supernova :P lots of people wanted a few, for their mother in a nursing home XD nice try, or two-three for their granddaughter, I think that one's legit. No one would get up at 6am to buy a doll to sell on ebay, not limited edition, just limited cheap ones.

The dramatic cat eyes and arched eyebrows are very different from the modern dolls, she seems to have that mean "I'm better than you" look on her face. It would have been interesting if they did a different set each era, with make-up and hair to match that era. They sure are doing that with Ken's image and Barbie's Pop Princess thing.

I wished I had a castle with an entry like this, that glitter isn't photoshopped in.

There wasn't a sign saying not to touch. :P 

Cut-outs except the bridge, raised platforms, that lead into the wall. 

There's no secret door - we checked. 

While I can't remember if the tree trunk was real or not, but the green and lights is.

Is it just me or does this doll look like Taylor Swift? Except the round rather than heart shaped face. They have a Cinderella wig! Child sized I'm sure. It's expensive, cosplay expensive, too much for a quick dress-up for your kid.

I don't see making something like this too easy, but it's pretty cool.

These dolls are huge! Much like their eyes, that Sleeping Beauty is a bit scary.

Just in case your kid is goth you could always start the trend early with these. :P

More lego, le beau loves lego. 

There was a pre-booked lego event on, I'm not a morning person I just hadn't slept the night before, because I got up in the afternoon and work. And so even if I knew about the event we're not going. Activity tables to make a lego picture frame, someone didn't turn up so we got to make one. Thinking of doing a photo shoot with lego and us, me as the damsel in distress and him as my knight. Though we're still looking for a face for his character. 

Afterwards we went for a snack.

The miso soup which was a bit flat and average.

The black sesame soft serve which was ok, nutty and smooth in a cone on the train to Stale Land. I much prefer the green tea. I wouldn't get this again, I prefer the texture of Shyun's. 

I love playing cards! They might even feature at our wedding.

7.30pm Dinner with Sushi Chef at Shyun.

Sadly average miso $2.50.

I love bentos! And Shyun has pick your own protiens. I had the miso katsu which was absolutely delicious as always, and teriyaki tofu which had a gross strange gel-like film like on some fish, but more on the unnatural/added side. Later during the week I find out it's the tofu and the way they cooked it. So it's that dish I don't like. And this bento was only $12 with the two things I picked. While I love Shyun, I'm not getting tofu cooked that way again. 

Conversations over Dinner. Everyone has different ideas on life and relationships. Most of us (I'd hope) believe in being a strong independent woman who doesn't need a man. Perhaps like Miss Acc she can renovate her own bathroom and build a row boat. She doesn't need a man, she is complete on her own. She may want a man in her life though, but still has her own interested and activities. 

Sushi chef doesn't believe this, he's not saying I'm a werido for not believing I need a man. But he believes people were meant to be together, to complete and validate each other. O.o No... Everything was meant to be done together, everything including going out for dinner. I do not agree with this. Le beau & I do not live or work together, we, well, I eat alone most days at my desk using a spork. I often do things on my own. But I do love his company. I think that in a way sushi chef is waiting to meet someone to lean on, not in a man-child way, but to take him places and do things together. Meanwhile tonight I'm here typing this without le beau, as he's asleep. 

To be the third wheel to me means to me, that there's a group of three, and two people are together. They perhaps hold hands and refer to moments that they were apart of, unintentionally excluding the third person. Meanwhile sushi chef says it's when there's a group of x amount of people, all married, except one, himself and he is the wheel.

How was your Saturday?

Clearly picking the title for the post before finishing it was a bad idea. :P

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