Friday, 30 September 2016

Adventure #7: Melbourne Zoo

Last Friday night I slept for a good 12 hours, after a week of not being able to sleep properly, and didn't get up until 1pm the next day - when Daniel told me he really wanted to go to the zoo, and he wanted to go now. Me being me, always up for an adventure, jumped out of bed and we rushed to the station to start our (very late) day.

It was nearly 3pm by the time we got to the zoo, and we knew we wouldn't be able to see everything before it closed, so we decided to splurge and get annual passes so we could come back again the next day. If you've read my latest haul, you'll know I need to save money since I had to take a week off work... and, now that you've read this, you'll know that I'm not above dipping into my savings if it means we get to go on a new adventure.

We quickly walked around and tried to see as much as we could. We managed to see the penguins when it was their feeding time, which is always interesting, but the next day was even better.

We got up early, packed some sandwiches, and prepared for a very big day. I thought we had seen nearly everything the day before, but I was wrong. We started with the reptiles and saw the small tortoises chomping away at their leaves. Seeing animals eat (or even just yawn or blink) always turns Daniel and I into kids again, and makes us make these high pitch noises that somewhat translate to the word "aww".

This is mine and Daniel's third trip to the zoo since we've been together, but it was the first time we'd ever seen the otters, and it completely made my day. Otters are definitely up there with some of my favourite animals (as well as turtles/tortoises, penguins, frogs, etc), and I love that they mate for life and have a favourite pebble that they keep! It's just too cute to handle.

We also discovered that there's a Japanese garden within the zoo, which was absolutely breathtaking. I managed to take a couple of polaroids there, plus a few others around the zoo (don't worry, I didn't take any of the animals because the flash would've scared them).



It was such a great weekend. I love animals, and I love seeing Daniel around animals. It always makes him so happy. I have a framed photo of him on our bedside table of when we were at the petting zoo at the Melbourne Show in 2014, and he's got the biggest smile on his face. It's so adorable.

Anyway, I better stop before I completely embarrass him. I truly do recommend going to the zoo if you're able to. It's not that expensive compared to the aquarium, and you get to see so much more. However, there is usually quite a line, so it's much better to pre-pay your tickets or annual pass online, and skip the queue.

Until next time,
Indya xx

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Collection Series #1: My Pandora Charms Decoded

I am a sucker for mementos; things that remind me of an old adventure, or even just a really great day. I collect souvenirs from every place I visit, I take as many photos as possible, and I make sure to document every day that my heart feels full, either in a blog post or in my journal.

I really do romanticise so many parts of my life. I get very attached to memories and moments, which may seem silly to some people, but it has really helped me to start enjoying life. I can't believe there was a time that I dreaded to even open my eyes. Of course, back then, I wouldn't have believed there'd be a time where I'd look forward to doing so, but I'm so glad I stuck around to see it happen.

As I've mentioned many times, I am collector of many things, and I plan to do many more collection posts in the future that will be a lot larger, but for today's post I thought I would talk about my Pandora charms, and the meaning and/or memory behind each one.

I can't remember the exact order that I got them in, but I do know roughly, so I will try to talk about them in order from oldest to newest. I first got my Pandora bracelet when I was around 14-15, so my first few charms I got merely because I thought they were cute, rather than the fact that they represented a certain memory.

My heart, snake, ghost, dice and soccer ball charms were some of the first charms that I got, mostly because whenever I drew idly in class in the corner of my notebooks, it would be one of those things. I'm not sure why, but those things just stood out to me. Especially soccer balls - all my life I have despised sport, but I love soccer balls and I have no idea why!

The next three I got were a letter "I" (because my name starts with I, obviously), a purple glass charm, and a dangly pink heart. All of them are still quite basic, but I felt that they put a little bit more "me" into my bracelet.

After those, I got my "16" charm for my 16th birthday, and my "18" charm for my 18th birthday. Celebrating merely ageing is kind of strange, considering you don't really have any control over being born or getting older, but there were times in my life where I didn't think I would make it to 16, and there were even more times in my life where I didn't think I would make it to 18. It just seemed so out of reach; so far away that I would just give up on life before I got there.

But I didn't. I made it to 18, and at the time I had a great boyfriend (who I am still with now), and hardly a care in the world. It was such a wake up call to how great my life had become compared to what it used to be, so those charms are more to me than just a way to subtly let people know that I really am over 18 (I recently got mistaken for 16, despite turning 20 this month).

My next charm has quite a cute story to it. It's a dangly charm of two hearts joined - which is mine and Daniel's "thing". You see, my 17th birthday was my first birthday with Daniel, and we had only been officially dating for 3 months, so I wasn't expecting anything too extravagant for my birthday (especially since he was a year 12 student who worked at a supermarket, as did I), but he got me a beautiful necklace (which he spent far too much on. It would take us hours to discuss whether it's worth spending that amount of money on anything now) of two hearts joined, and the words "I love you" on the side - which he didn't actually see when he bought it, so luckily we had already said it, or that would have been a tad awkward!

Anyway, when I opened it, I immediately loved it because it was so special and thoughtful and one of my first real pieces of jewellery (besides my Pandora bracelet) and, as I was fussing over it, he said "it's two hearts joined, just like us". I practically melted. Hardly any 18-year-old boys would say something like that, and I managed to find the one that did! I am so blessed. Since then, any time we see two hearts joined, we say it's "us", so when I asked for a Pandora charm for my birthday (because I am really slack on filling up my bracelet), it was an obvious choice to get the charm that had two hearts joined.

The last two were also from Daniel. A dangly Eiffel Tower, because I obviously love Paris (I kind of wish I waited until I had actually visited the Eiffel Tower before I got the charm, but there's plenty of travel-related charms that I can get to represent that memory), and another charm that consists of two hearts joined, because I can never have enough reminders of that sweet and adorable thing that my wonderful and shy boyfriend said to me when we were in high school.

I do love my Pandora bracelet. I can't wait until it's full and I can think back to all the memories that each charm represents. It's the little things in life that make it worthwhile.

Until next time,
Indya xx

P.S. You may have noticed there are two charms in the first photo that I did not talk about, and that's because they're not Pandora charms. The crayon box is from Chamilla and I'm not sure where the little dangly heart one came from as it was a gift!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Baking/Homeware Haul

San Churro, which I visited on my birthday
Firstly, I feel the need to explain why there is no Sunday Savings post this week. The past two weeks have been absolutely hectic. I have been sick for quite a while now, I had to take time off both school and work, and it all escalated on Wednesday night when I had to go to the hospital.

I'd had an earache as a side effect from my ongoing cold. The doctor said there was no infection and that I'd just have to rest and wait for it to pass. I spent nearly two full days in bed, but ended up becoming bored out of my mind so on Wednesday I got up, did some house work and washed my hair - what a mistake that turned out to be!

I tried so hard not to get water in my ear, but I apparently did not succeed, and ended up in Daniel's arms, crying from the pain because it felt like someone was trying to push a rock into my ear. At 12:30am, it got a lot worse and I started hearing a really loud thunderstorm sound in my ear, so we decided to go to the hospital.

On the way there, my ear actually popped and the pain became a lot more bearable. As I was no longer in that much pain, I wasn't seen until 4am (which I totally understand as there were people who were definitely worse off than me). It took the doctor 5 minutes to look into my ear and tell me that I had a small burst in my ear drum. She prescribed me antibiotics and I went home and hibernated until lunch the next day.

Since I had to take time off work, and still have to pay rent, I did not visit the op shops this week, but I do have some cute things I bought from ALDI a few weeks ago to show you, and the things I bought with my birthday gift card!

From ALDI I got some cake moulds in the shapes of the numbers 0-4, some pink "ready to roll" icing, and pink bunting flags, which I am absolutely in love with. Daniel also bought me two pink lolly jars from ALDI, which we then filled with lollies from Kmart. Kmart's lollies are extremely cheap, but due to their small size in comparison to the large jars, we ended up spending $14 on them!

Also from Kmart, we picked up a door mat, which I have been wanting for a while. It's just a simple black one that says "Welcome", but I decided to put it at the door "backwards", so when we leave the house, it's like the world is welcoming us. Cheesy, I know, but what's life without whimsy?







































I spent the rest of my gift card at Target, which is a store that I haven't stepped into in years. I was actually going to see if they had any stationary items (I wanted to buy washi tape to decorate things with), but I saw the home wares and the rest is history.

I bought three things, all donut-themed. The first thing I saw was actually a donut cookie jar (which is something I used to collect, but I recently decided to cull my collection, and now I only have 5 left), but I picked up the wrong box and accidentally bought these donut stacking bowls instead. It basically looks exactly the same, except that these are four separate bowls that each act as the one below's lid (except for the top one, which has its own lid).


I also bought was a porcelain coffee cup with a donut pattern on it. Coffee cups are another thing I collect (although they're really a part of my bigger collection of mugs and cups in general), so when I saw one that had donuts on it, I knew I had to buy it.

Lastly, I saw a placemat for $1 that had the same donut pattern as the coffee cup, so I got that too. Not sure what I'll use it for, but it won't be as a placemat, since we don't eat a table. I'm thinking I might use it as a background for some photos. Otherwise, I'll just place it somewhere in the house to go on display.

I'm not sure if there will be a Sunday Savings post next week either, as money will be a bit tight until I get my normal hours back, but I'll always try to have a post up on Fridays and Sundays, even if they're not the usual adventure and/or Sunday Savings post (don't worry though, I've still got a few back-up adventures to write about, and more happening in the upcoming months).

Until next time,
Indya xx

Friday, 23 September 2016

Adventure #6: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art


I really do love art. Even if I often have trouble figuring out the underlying meaning behind it, I still find it fascinating and inspiring and gorgeous.

As much as I love older art (as cliche as it may be, I am a huge Van Gogh fan), I also quite enjoy contemporary and modern art. Even the aesthetic of art galleries pleases me - the white walls and the paintings laid out so nicely; I find it calming to be in a room filled with art.

I frequently visit the National Gallery of Victoria, but I felt like going somewhere new so, after some Googling, I had my sights set on the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.


Even though it's only a 15 minute walk from Flinders Street, it feels like it's not in the city at all. The street it is located on was deserted, and there was hardly any noise around it. If you didn't know better, you would have no idea that there were countless trains, trams, buses and cars bumper to bumper just a few metres away. It was very peaceful and tranquil - even borderline spooky.

Admission is free - which is good considering there's only two rooms of art - and there's a small cafe inside as well. It wasn't anywhere near as busy as the NGV gets, but as I said, it's practically hidden away from the rest of the city.




Despite the visit only taking about 15 minutes, it was a nice little stop to take during a day out in the city. I really do love seeing art that I've never seen before, and I love learning the names of artists that I haven't heard of.

I know that people have their adversities to art, particularly contemporary and modern, but I just love that there are practically no rules.

If you create something, it's art - and I love that there's so many people out there who have so many feelings and thoughts that they just have to create something before they burst with emotion. I really do think being able to create and witness art in its infinite forms is one of the greatest things
about being human.

Until next time,
Indya xx

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

My 20th Birthday

It was my birthday on Friday, September 16th and, as unsettled as it makes me to think about the fact that I am now twenty, I did have a really great day.

I woke up to the bedroom and lounge room being decorated in pink streamers, and filled with 50 pink and purple balloons, thanks to Daniel.

Before my birthday last year, Daniel remembered that his family would always decorate his and his siblings' rooms for their birthdays, and when I said that I never had that, he decided to do it for me - and now it's our tradition.

Daniel gave me my card and presents, which included a DVD I picked out, 3 Pokemon NanoBlocks, and 2 sets of shelves.

After that, we went to San Churro to get my free birthday Churros for two (which is another tradition of ours, as of last year). I love the decor of San Churro, and the Churros were delicious, but I couldn't manage to finish them all!




We stayed at home for a while until we had to leave for dinner with my friends at Sut and Wine. It was great seeing everyone, especially those who I don't get to see as often. I honestly didn't expect any presents, but they all got me something, and what they got really showed how well they know me.

One of my best friends got me a Sailor Mars Pop Vinyl figure - which I had asked for, as she is by far my favourite Sailor Scout. I just love all the red she wears!

Another friend got me a box of goodies (the box is one of my favourite parts, pictured to the right, it's just so cute!) including two journals, a bunch of Eiffel Tower things, and the card she got me even came with a packet of little pencils so you could colour in the picture on the front! So cute. I've just met this particular friend this year, so it was really warming to see how well she already knows me, and how much she pays attention to what I say!


Two other friends got me a bunch of make-up - which is fitting as I am a beauty student, of course - and one of the lip products is the most gorgeous shade of pink!

Another friend, who I've known for 10 years now, got me a potted daffodil and wrote on the card, "To bring happiness into your home", which is honestly the sweetest thing in the world.

She also bought me TWENTY FOUR DONUTS, as pictured to the left, because I love donuts. I was so shocked; it was such an unexpected present, but a brilliant one. I don't really get to see this friend much (in fact, only once over the last year), but it's so nice to see that she clearly keeps up with me, since she knows about my obsession with donuts. I have the best friends.

I was so busy having fun with my friends over dinner that I completely forgot to take photos of them, the food, or the restaurant! I am constantly taking photos of everything, so I really must have been having a good time for me to completely forget. Over the last few years I have definitely become a homebody, but every time I see my friends I'm reminded of how lucky I am to have them in my life, and that I should see them more.

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The next day, Daniel and I went into the city for the day. We got a frappuccino at Starbucks, then had a quick bite to eat at McDonald's before heading to the aquarium.

If you have read my aquarium post, then you'll know that Daniel and I have annual passes to the aquarium, and if you're a fan of McDonald's (or even if you just have a TV), then you'll know that they've bought their Monopoly game back, where you peel off the stickers to see if it's an instant win, or a property. As luck would have it, we peeled off one of the little Monopoly stickers on our chips, and discovered that we had won... free entry to the aquarium! Of all things! It certainly made us laugh.

On the way home, I bought myself the Sailor Moon Pop Vinyl figure, since I loved the Sailor Mars one so much, before getting ready for a dinner out with my family at a Mexican restaurant called Carlos Cantina.

The food was delicious (both things I ate were smothered in sour cream, salsa and guacamole - just how I wish my life was!) and the waitress we had was lovely, and really funny. It's always great seeing my family and making new memories - not to mention getting photos taken! I never need to worry about taking photos at family events, because everyone else is already doing it! Maybe that's where I get it from.

I got some really pretty cards that I'll most likely put up on my office wall soon, some money (that is already gone... whoops), a gift card (which I can spend at Kmart!!! I'm so excited) and a candle that smells incredible, and has a little pouch with some jewellery hidden within the wax! Such a unique idea.

My Nan also got me an ice cream cake, which I was really happy about because I didn't think I was going to get one this year (I had already spent a lot over the last few days and couldn't seem to justify buying a cake for just Daniel and I), plus the fact that it was an ice cream cake, which is definitely the best kind! I kept the candles as a memento (which is my excuse for hoarding pretty much everything), even though being 20 freaks me out.

All in all, I had a great birthday. I usually have really high expectations about things like this and tend to get let down, or let my constant habit of stressing get in the way of having fun, but I really did enjoy seeing everyone and getting out of the house - and instead of being bummed that my birthday is over for another year, I'm just going to focus on the events that I have within the next few months, and the fact that it will be Christmas before I know it!

Until next time,
Indya xx

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Sunday Savings #4

I wasn't sure if I would get time to visit the op shops this weekend, but I managed to get everything I had planned done on the Friday and Saturday, leaving Sunday completely free to do my usual shopping. Plus, I had some birthday money to spend, so I managed to get quite a few things!



First up is this ADORABLE tea cup and saucer. They're from the brand Crofton, and after lots of searching, I am pretty sure they were originally $6.99.

Total spent: $2.99
Total saved: $4.99





These two plates, which perfectly fit my new obsession with pink, were IMPOSSIBLE to find online. They are from the brand "Modern Living", which is a very common phrase so Googling it was a nightmare, plus they didn't have their own website. On the back they do say that they're made of porcelain, so I looked up porcelain plates on eBay and saw a lot of singular plates for sale for $4, and I got both of these for $2.99, so I'm pretty happy.

Total spent: $2.99
Total saved: $1.01



This next item, which is once again pink, had no writing or pictures on it at all, which means I could not find its original price. However, there are a lot of similar items on Etsy and eBay which range in prices - some were even up to $30 - but I chose to compare the price to the ones that most resembled mine, which were £10.99 each, or $19.07 AUD. Not too bad for a vintage/retro-style item, since they are very popular, but I'm still glad that I only paid $2.99.

Total spent: $2.99
Total saved: $16.08

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This cute little heart (which is NOT broken, as my boyfriend thought, but merely has a flat end so it can stand up on a shelf) was only $2.99, and when I saw that it originally came from Typo I thought I would have saved quite a bit of money, but once I got home I checked their website and saw that they're only $3.46! I am still happy with it though.

Total spent: $2.99
Total saved: $0.47

I adore organisation, so all my documents have to be properly stored and categorised. Since I also look after all of Daniel's documents, my current binder is very, very full and heavy, and I've been needing a new one for far too long, so I grabbed this one as soon as I saw it.

A sticker on the back says it's from Big W, and while I couldn't find this exact binder on their website, I did find another pink binder for $5, which isn't bad, but still more than the $1.99 that I paid.

Total spent: $1.99
Total saved: $3.01


These may be boring compared to the other, prettier items, but they are by far the biggest save of the day! In my office I have two bins, one for recycling and one for everything else, but at the moment they're just two bags hanging off my desk, so when I saw these guys for $2.99 each, I knew I had to get them (even though they aren't pink... *sigh*). On the bottom they have stickers stating that they're small mesh bins from Staples, which I looked up online and discovered that they're $29.35 each! Bless whoever gave them up for me to discover.

Total spent: $5.98
Total saved: $52.72
















































I've been wanting to read Go Ask Alice for a while. It's taken directly from a teenage girl's diary as she battles with drug addiction. Definitely not the happiest of stories, but I've heard it's really good, so when I saw it for $1.99, I had to get it.

The second book was $2.99. I had never heard of it before, but the Penguin cover drew me to it (I love them, I don't know why). According to the blurb, it's about the author Gerald growing up with his strange family. Since I love true stories and autobiographies, I thought I'd give it a try. Once again, I've compared what I paid to the price that Book Depository has them for, as that's where I usually buy my books.

Total spent: $4.98
Total saved: $29.57

Total spent overall: $24.91
Total saved overall: $103.19

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I did buy one other thing, which was a piece of clothing to go with the Cosplay outfit that I'm planning for this year's PAX Aus, but I decided to keep it a secret until I write the adventure post about it. Unfortunately, the event isn't until November, but hopefully my outfit will be worth the wait!

I did lots of things over the last two days for my birthday, and got so many amazing presents (honestly, I can't believe how well my friends know me), which I will put up a post about next week! Keep an eye on my Twitter for updates on bonus blog posts, as well my usual adventure posts on Fridays, and of course my Sunday Savings posts.

Until next time,
Indya xx

Friday, 16 September 2016

Adventure #5: Melbourne Cake Expo

If you've read my mini baking haul, then you'll know that I love all things to do with baking and sweets, and that I go to the Cake Expo every year. Even though this year's Cake Expo came and went in March, I am already counting down the days until the next one, and I felt like writing a post about it.

The Cake Expo was one of the first real events that I attended in Melbourne, apart from the Melbourne Show, and it really opened my eyes to all the wonderful things that this city has to offer. Evidently, Melbourne has been named the "World's Most Liveable City" for the last six years, and I can definitely see why (I have always lived here though, so I have nothing to compare it to).

BB-8 Cake by Kevin Martin

Ever since I started writing articles and reviews for the website Weekend Notes, I always know what's coming up on Melbourne's busy schedule (which is a big reason why I finally started this blog).

One of the main attractions at the Cake Expo is the Cake Decorating Competition. Anyone can choose from the multiple categories to enter into, which include one tier, two tier, three tier, cupcakes, and novelty cakes. In my opinion, novelty and three tier are the categories with the cakes that will blow your mind, but every cake that is entered is gorgeous and far better than anything I will ever make.

The other fun part of the Cake Expo is looking around all the different stalls. Whether you're a baker yourself, or just a food appreciator, it's amazing to see how many different ideas people can come up within the world of sweets. Two of my favourite shops that I discovered when I visited this year were Yum-Mammas and Storytale Cakes, who are both located in Melbourne. (They have no idea who I am or anything, I just fell in love with their creations.)


A quick browse through Yum-Mammas Instagram shows how talented they are and what big, extravagant cakes they can make, but I've got to tell you, it was their little novelty items that caught my eye at the Cake Expo.

They have the most adorable cookies that I've ever seen, pictured below, that I know if I bought any I would not be able to eat them without crying. Not to mention their "Unicorn Poop", pictured right, which I think is a brilliantly creative name, and definitely the only thing associated with the word "poop" that I would consider eating.

Now that I am getting more serious about my baking collection (and sort of more serious about actually baking), I am wishing that I had purchased some of the tools and gadgets that were for sale - or at least taken some photos to show you.

I remember an abundance of cookie cutters, cake tins and other decorating tools that I know I would practically be drooling over if I saw them now. At least I've got a while to save up for the next Cake Expo!

Something that I have purchased both years is a novelty ring. The first year I went I bought one in the shape of an Oreo cookie, and the second year I bought one in the shape of a purple macaron - completely forgetting until I got home that I had bought the cookie one the year before from the same stall. I guess I like what I like. Unfortunately, I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the stall I got it from. Next year I'll do a better job of noting down the names of stall holders!

Until next time,
Indya xx

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Sunday Savings #3

This week's Sunday Savings post is going to be quite long. As it is my "birthday month", I decided I was allowed to splurge a little extra on myself... My back account isn't happy (especially since we just bought a new washing machine as well), but I sure am.




This top was $6.25, which is pretty pricey for an op shop, but it was too pretty to pass up. I couldn't find it online ANYWHERE, but the clothes that I found from the same brand (L'America) were quite pricey, so I think I got a good deal.

The next thing I got was this pretty n' pink magazine file for $2.99. Upon inspection I discovered it's actually from IKEA in a pack of two for $12.99, which would make them which would make them roughly $6.45 each, so I got it for less than half price, which is pretty good.

The second pretty n' pink item I certainly did NOT save on. I paid $3.99, and found it for sale on the American website Ali Baba for US 20 cents. Even with the conversion rate, that would only bring it up to AUD 27 cents, which means I paid $3.72 more than I needed to, so I'll deduct that from the total savings.

Total spent: $6.98
Total saved: $0. Even with the save from the first item, I still ended up "losing" 26 cents. At least my office will be pretty!

This is probably my favourite thing that I bought today. There are so many things I want to do with it, I can't make up my mind! I found hundreds of similar items online, but couldn't manage to find the exact item. It has no label or words anywhere on it, which makes me wonder whether it would possibly be a homemade item. The backboard is a little loose, but nothing that I (*ahem* Daniel) won't be able to fix.

Etsy has a bunch of similar boxes ranging from $30-$100, but I'll compare it to one of the $30 ones just to be reasonable. I still saved quite a bit considering I only paid $5.99.

Total spent: $5.99
Total saved: $24.01

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The next few items are things that Daniel bought from Cash Converters (we went to four different ones just today). Daniel has been wanting a Play Station 2 for a while now, so he could play Guitar Hero. Obviously, you can't buy Play Station 2's anymore, considering they're 16 years old (feel old yet?), but when these bad boys were brand new, they were sold for US $299.

Since we only paid $49, I think we got a pretty good deal - although, every time I've seen one at a Cash Converters, they've all been the same price, so are we really saving anything? I guess that's up to you, but I'm going to compare to the original price (I won't convert it to AUD though, since this already isn't a very accurate comparison)
because I think the nostalgia alone made it
quite a good save.

The controller pictured above the console is actually a Play Station 1 controller, but is compatible with PS2. However, the X button didn't work, which is the most used button, so it's kind of useless. Regardless, it was only $3 and you don't need a controller to play Guitar Hero, so Daniel didn't mind too much. I will deduct from the total saved though, since it technically money wasted.

Total spent: $52
Total saved: $247








It was very difficult to find the original prices of the old Guitar Hero games. I managed to find an article that said World Tour was released on Play Station 2 for $90, and since there's only a year between that and Legends of Rock, I'm going to assume they were around the same price. We paid $3 and $5 for them (respective to how they're laid out in the photo). Either way, I'm glad Daniel decided to buy them all now, and not when they first came out.

I couldn't find the price for Guitar Hero 2 either, so I'm going to compare it to the original price of the first Guitar Hero game, which was $69.99. I couldn't find the original price for the Gibson SG Controller, but I found a bunch of second hand ones online for $20-$40 - and we managed to pick up both the game
and the guitar for only $9.

Total spent on games and accessories: $17
Total saved: $252.99

Take these numbers with a grain of salt though, since you can't get the games or the console new anymore, and you can (obviously) get them second hand a lot cheaper than they were originally priced, but I just wanted to see how much we saved buying them so long after they were released.

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There probably won't be a Sunday Savings post next week as it's my "birthday weekend" and I've got a lot planned. However, there will be a Sunday Spendings post, as I bought a bunch of new things this week that weren't secondhand that I want to share, plus I'm going shopping again next weekend - and, if that's not enough, I might even post some of my birthday presents, since I know what most of them are and I'm very excited.

There's just something about birthdays that makes me feel like a little kid again - and, considering most of the things I'm getting are Pokemon-themed, one might say I still am a kid!

Until next time,
Indya xx

Friday, 9 September 2016

Adventure #4: SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

jellyfish being jellyfish
Being in your 20's is a weird time in your life. My boyfriend and I are both working part time, and I am also currently at school, so money is a strange thing in our lives. Sometimes it feels like we have plenty, and other times it feels like we barely have any.

For example, we both have annual passes to the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium - but we don't have a bed frame, or a couch. I am aware that it appears as though our priorities are a little mixed up, but I feel like they aren't too bad. We don't need a couch since we don't watch TV and don't have people over, and we have a mattress, which I definitely think is the most important part of a bed.

please, no photos

Don't get me wrong, I do really want a bed frame. I despise mess and disorganisation, and seeing a mattress on the floor screams "untidy" (plus, I really need the space under the bed to store some empty boxes that we refuse to get rid of), but we don't own a trailer, so we're not sure how to get said bed frame to our house.

Anyway, my point is that when you're 20 and you have some money left over after bills, you want to spend it on something fun, not a piece of furniture that isn't going to enrich your life that much. So, Daniel and I bought annual passes to the Melbourne Aquarium.

pufferfish saying hi
Annual passes are $80 for those aged 16 and up, which enables you to walk in through the express line, flash your card, and by-pass the very, very, very long queue, 365 days a year - and since general entry is $41.50, you only have to go twice within 12 months to get your money's worth.

Daniel and I love animals, especially penguins, so we visit the aquarium every time we go to the city. I found that it's even better the second or third time you go, since you've already taken plenty of photos during the previous visits, so this time you can take a step back and truly appreciate just being there. Plus, you don't have to worry about trying to get a good photo whilst wading through a hundred others trying to do the same thing.

I refuse to believe that this isn't their face
There are a bunch of perks you get for having an annual pass as well, including 20% for up to four friends who visit the aquarium with you, 20% off Amazing Aquatic Experiences, 20% off all purchases in the Adventurer's Cafe (hey, sounds like it was made for me! Hah), 10% off Public Ticketed Events, 10% off all purchases from the Gift Shop, and $2 coffee from the Coral or Deck Cafe.

So, even though we don't have a bed frame, or a couch, we do have a special card that allows us to visit cute and little (and not-so-little) animals every single day of the year - and I still think we made a good decision.

Until next time,
Indya xx

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Sunday Savings #2

Part of me is regretting coming up with the idea of these Sunday Savings posts as it has changed the way I shop. I used to buy things if I happened to see something I like, but now I feel like I have to buy things so I have something to write about, so my wallet isn't very happy at the moment - but then I look at all the cute things I bought and I feel a little better!

However, it is proving to be more difficult to find the original prices of some items that I had anticipated, so today's entry is more about my Sunday Spendings, rather than my Sunday Savings.

 The first thing I'll talk about is this book on origami since I was able to find its original price quite easily. There were heaps of different online shops to purchase it from, but I compared it to the price that Book Depository have it for, as that is the website I buy most of my books from (when I actually buy them brand new).

Book Depository's usual price for Everything Origami is $24.95, but at the moment it is 9% off, so it's only $22.61. I bought my copy for $3.99 - although, to be fair, since I got mine second hand, I didn't get the 123 origami sheets with it.

Total spent: $3.99
Total saved: $18.62

The rest of the things I bought I could not find online ANYWHERE. They're all very generic items that could be made by a range of people, and NONE of them have ANY indication as to what brand made them or where they are from.

Whilst I am certainly not one to care about brands, at least most people can judge what a certain brand's items are worth. With items that have no label whatsoever, you run the risk of paying more than you needed to. However, as these were all thrifted, I'm sure I got them for a pretty good price.

This wooden teapot was $2.99.







































A Paris tin, which I have no purpose for as of yet, and frankly no room for either, but I simply had to have it so I could add it to the ever-growing list of belongings I own that have the Eiffel Tower and/or something Paris-themed on it.

As I prepare to type of the cost I feel as though I may have paid a tad too much, but nothing will stop me from adding to my collections!

It cost $4.99.



I already have a perfectly good set of marble coasters that I love from Kmart (a.k.a, one of my favourite places on Earth), but there was no way I pass up something cute and pink with cupcakes AND tea cups on it, so I picked these up coasters as well.

They were $2.99 for the set of four.



Once again, my devotion to my collections won me over on these purchases, and I picked up both of these cupcake tins for $5 each - before realising that I already have some heart shaped cupcake moulds already, but those ones are made of silicon, which I'm always nervous about cooking with (I had some melt on me once, but now I am not so sure that they were silicon after all), plus these ones have cute little hearts in the middle too, so I'm still glad I got them.

All of these items cost me under $20 (with my student discount on Sundays) and while I probably won't use any of them for quite a while (except maybe the origami book, Daniel seemed really excited to give some of them a go, and I do have lots of paper with pretty patterns on them), I still love picking up cute little knick knacks like these - and I especially love when people come over and are taking aback with all the things I own; it almost feels like an accomplishment. Almost.

Until next time,
Indya xx

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Adventure #3: Del Kathryn Barton Exhibition @ Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Del Kathryn Barton is one of the few artists I know of that is both alive and Australian, since the majority of artists whose work I am familiar with lived in the 1800's - Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, etc.

The Student
I love her bright, extremely detailed and feminine paintings. I first saw her work in the 2014 Romance Was Born exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria - and I just knew I had to visit her exhibition The Nightingale and the Rose at ACMI.

Publishing house Art & Australia invited Del Kathryn Barton to produce a series of works back in 2010 that would reinterpret a classic fairytale, so Del Kathryn, being a big fan of Oscar Wilde, chose his 1888 story The Nightingale and the Rose. For those who aren't familiar with the story, a nightingale (ie: a bird) overhears a male student saying that his professor's daughter will not dance with him because he cannot find a red rose to give to her.

The Nightingale

The nightingale feels for the poor student, and tries to find a red rose for him, but soon discovers that the only way to procure one is to sacrifice her life and use her heart's blood to dye the rose red (children's stories sure were different in the 1800's, weren't they?), which she does. The student brings the rose to the professor's daughter, but she rejects him once again because someone else gave her jewels and "everybody knows that jewels cost far more than flowers".

There are far more details to the story, which Del Kathryn brought to life with the help of Australian filmmaker Brendan Fletcher, but I don't want to give it all away.

The Professor's Daughter
Whilst I feel like I'm admitting to breaking some kind of law here, I have actually never read anything by Oscar Wilde, despite the great things I have heard about this work, but seeing this exhibition has definitely inspired me to change the fact in the near future.

I can only imagine how it would have felt to see this exhibition had I been familiar with Wilde's work and the story of The Nightingale; literally seeing the story come to life through a series of gorgeous paintings and animations would have been practically mind blowing, but nonetheless, the exhibition is still beautiful even when you go in completely blind-sighted and unfamiliar with its topic.

Plus, I am a strong believer that art can just be appreciated, and that it doesn't always have to be understood.

The Nightingale and the Rose exhibition will be at ACMI until the 11th of September.

Until next time,
Indya xx