Melbourne Expat Diary Blog Series: 13th Month

Melbourne Expat Diary blog series was inspired by the interest to read about the life happenings of other expat bloggers. I started writing my own version ever since I moved to Melbourne. I hope you enjoy reading the summary of the last 30days of my life, as a Melbourne expat, as much as I love writing it.

You guys, 11 days and 999 pictures later, I am back from Japan!

We touched down in Melbourne yesterday morning and I spent the whole day recuperating from the long and tiring plane rides back home. Between then and now, I have had Nasi Lemak (Singapore Airport), Briyani, spicy Szechuan chicken, copious amount of lavender tea, a large flat white, a bowl of pho and pasta puttanesca. Those things combined with the icy cold weather and back to back meetings at work, I am finally grooving back into the daily routines.

Melbourne expat life highlights of the month

April has been a memorable month. It started with Fafa’s birthday. We celebrated with ice cream cake from Joylati, our favorite ice cream shop (yeah, I never thought I would ever write “favorite ice cream shop” in a sentence). We continued the celebration on the weekend with lunch at Saba, our favorite Ethiopian restaurant and ended it with the comedy pub crawl together with Jik who came for a weekend visit.

A week after that, Japan happened. And in Japan a lot happened. We started our trip with Tsukiji fish auction and ended it with yakitori in Golden Gai. And if I must choose the best part of the Japan trip, it would be the gorgeous Sakura. I feel really grateful to be able to experience it.

Lastly, Miaw, who was missing in action, finally reached home. Just in time to join the Japan trip.

New things in Melbourne expat life

Seeing Osaka, Takayama and Kanazawa for the first time.

Also, I am writing a book. Ha ha.. But yeah. The tentative title is Tarot & Travel, as a tribute to the push to write a book from my tarot reading session. The concept is a travel journal guided by the tarot card drawn each day during my travel. Pretty cool, eh? At least I think so. I have filled a few pages until now. Hopefully it’s full and ready to be published sometime in the next year or two.

Things the Melbourne expat loves this month

I loved Japan and almost everything about it, which I will share with you in many blog posts soon. For now, let me tell you about N.S. Harsha. He is an Indian contemporary artist who features India, more specifically South Indian cultures, in his arts. We saw his exhibition, Charming Journey, in Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum. Those paintings brought me so much joy in the short hour we spent looking at them. If you are in Tokyo anytime before 11 Jun 2017 please visit his exhibition. It will be well worth it, especially if you have a thing for India.

Another honorable mention would be cold soba. The first time I read about it was from The Princess Diaries series. That time I was like, what? Why would anyone eat cold noodle?? Long story short, I have been avoiding it all my life until it was presented beautifully in front of Naho, the tour guide who sat beside me in the soba shop (I ordered hot chicken soba). Thankfully, she offered me to taste it and thankfully I was shameless enough to try it. OMG it tasted SO GOOD! I polished off the cold soba served on the plane ride back to Melbourne. The same one that I didn’t touch on the plane to Japan. Her simple gesture expanded my life.

Melbourne expat media consumption for the month

Well, confession time. I bought a book from Osaka and two from Tokyo, one of it was N.S. Harsha’s Charming Journey, because some reasons my brain forgot the carry-on weight limit every time we were in Tatsuya bookstore. I haven’t finished the first one yet, so more on it next month.

A new-to-me blog that I loved this month would be Eric Kim Photography. I stumbled upon it on Flipboard and ended up following him on BlogLovin. Eric writes about photography, writing and life musings in a simple clean manner. I have been going through his archive since the start of Japan trip.

I started listening to the Budget and Cents podcasts by Cait Flanders and Carrie Smith. It is giving me constant nudges to organize my currently out of control credit card bills eeeeep.. Maybe I should start with a month long shopping ban in May. That would be a double eeeeep…

Melbourne expat life next month

A few colleagues and I are going to Comic Con this weekend. I am going as Kamala Khan, the teenage Pakistani American from with shapeshifting abilities. How cool is that? I got the costume months ago, hope it still fits me after the tons of ramen I slurped in the past week.

Also, the shadow guilt of buying an embarrassing amount of ridiculous face masks from Japan tax free shop in Shinjuku made me rethink about my approach on minimalism. Or the lack of it, to be exact. Ugh!

Melbourne Expat Internet History

How about buying a $27k tiny house by MUJI? The almost dead minimalist in me starting to get its strength back.

I read an article about #GaijinConfessionFriday in the Japan Times (yeah, I read newspaper in Japan. I am a better version of myself in Japan) and tweeted the hashtag last Friday.

Various food items from Kanazawa.

An increasing number of women are practicing witchcraft.

Why I Write? was the first post I read from Eric’s blog and it got me hooked.

Best and worst things about living in Japan.

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