Monday, November 28, 2011

Camera Roll Update #3

1.  A gift for my cousin's 24th birthday, because he's involved in a never ending love affair with all the high class brands :) Seriously, his credit card suffers every month from his spending habits (>.<)  2.  A birthday gift for Greg, the chef at my family's cafe :) it's a memory board that I made from a tea towel (bought from Typo!)  3.   and I got everyone to sign on the back (^-^) he was ecstatic about it!  4. a snapshot memento from the lunch I had with Vivian and Leah along Chapel street last weekend @ Soda Rock Diner (^-^) it was an old school diner setting, with the table juke box and everything! Loved the experience and the burgers were yumm!  5.  A handful of stamps I picked up Typo, seriously loving that shop (>___<)  6. A catch up dinner/dessert with my good ol' uni buddies :) It's been so long since we've all got together! Farewell Freda* hahaha X)  7. A birthday gift from Alice & Tri (^_^) it's a wooden jewellery cupboard! Love opening up the little doors and draws! Can't wait to paint it too :) Thanks for the lovely surprise you guys!! <3  8. My outfit/make up for a night out @ Love Machine for one of my best friend Cat's birthday last night :) it was a rocking night hehe!  9. A birthday gift from Serinna (^-^) such a pretty necklace! Wore it to Love Machine too :) Thank you lovely!! 10. A parcel delivery from Dear Monday (^-^) woo hoo! New shades and black bondage leggings :)  11. Part one of my birthday present for dear Cat! (^___^) isn't it cute?! so happy she loved it!  12. Instax photos from my day out for Cat's birthday with karaoke and dumplings for dinner! <3 


Wow! Major photo update of what's been happening lately for me and the past couple of weekends (>.<) Which explains why I haven't been able to find much time to blog much, and when I do, I'm too tired to even think about going on the computer (>.<) And it's sad to say but I'm a little behind on my paintings too! (ultimate sadface) :( No kidding, it makes me sad thinking about it.. But it's good that I carry a sketch book around with me whenever I go out, so that I'll be able to draw down any silly ideas that run through my mind :) So far it's been proved productive! 

Also, things are starting to move forward with my friend's event: Stage Fright that I will be a part of as one of the showcasing artists. I'm now one of the hamper basket organisers! We'll be compiling up to 3-4 raffle ticket baskets (filled with home-made goodies and artworks from the artists) to be won to raise funds for the event, and then baskets to be won on the day of the event! I'll be donating a few of my paintings/frames and memory boards for the baskets :) // Last week we had a meeting on Sunday, and it was good to meet other crew members that are all helping out with making this event happen! I met another artist, who will also be showcasing her work on the day, and it was great! She's a hardcore illustrator who works for Madman! It felt so nice to meet someone who has the same mindset and be able to talk about it with them :) She was an inspiration and encouraging with my work when I spoke about my insecurities and worries. (>.<)

Anyway, it's already 1:30am now and I should really hit the hay (~_~) as I do have work tomor, wah. I hope everyone will have a lovely week ahead of them, and enjoy their holidays if they've finished their exams!! :) and OH! Hello hello to my new followers! :D It's nice to meet you!

Love, from Julie xox

P.S. Just want to say a quick little something for the birthday girl <3 

Happy 23rd Birthday Dear Cat! :) 

Isn't it crazy how time flies? It's already your birthday again, and I swear it felt like it was only yesterday we went to the Filo festival for your 22nd! But it means that I'm lucky enough to still have you as one of my best friends today (and forever more man!!) You are one of the greatest people I know and you deserve all the sunshine life can give! You've always been such an inspiration with your passion for life and I admire how you find the strength to fight for what's right. It makes me want to be more assertive and strong too. So thank you man, for always being there to lend your shoulder for me to lean on through tough times, and to share a random fit of giggles over something stupid (-_-) for our fun times together :) Love you Cat, I sincerely hope you did you enjoy your birthday weekend with your loved ones <3 *muah muah* 

Love from J xx

P.S. Part two of your gift will be coming soon :) woo hoo!

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Framed, delivered, I'm yours!

1. Commission painting for my sister Anna, made for her best friend Tran, along with her favourite quote about friendship (^-^)  2. Another commission painting for Anna, for another of her best friends, Jenny - who had just opened up her own pharmacy! So Anna thought it'd be nice to have a nice painting for her to hang up in her store :)  3. Stamped doilies :)  4. A funny requested commission painting for one of friends, along with their two favourite cartoon characters, GTO and Shin chan!! (^0^) They're all so mischievous! haha!


Another weekend is here! :) 

Seriously, these weeks are just flying by too fast! 2012 is nearly at our doorsteps! But before that comes around, Christmas is near, and I've started a list of my christmas gifts for my loved ones (>.<) tricky stuff, but I hope it won't come down to last minute gifts, that's the worst, looking for gifts at the busiest time of the year for the shops (T__T)" I got told off for walking too slow this one time.. cranky lady!

Anyway, I'm not working this weekend, and that's just so peachy! :D The girls at the cafe offered to work for me, so I could have it off - which is super awesome of them, thank you so much Lilah and Noy! (^0^) this way, I'll be able to sleep in for the next two days :) oh how I miss sleeping in <3 I'll also have more time to just paint (>.<) finished my cousin's birthday present last night :)

Welp, this is just a quick post, I wanna return to more Studio Ghibli films and what not (^-^) *sigh* wish I was able to just relax in a pool, that would have been the best today since it was so freaking hot in the cafe (~___~) and now it's stormy outside, wth Melbourne!!?

Have a great weekend everyone! :)

Love, from Julie xox

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Vinh's 24th Birthday!

These are just a handful of my favourite snaps on the same night of Thao & Loi's Wedding (^-^) But this was all about celebrating my cousin Vinh's 24th Birthday! We all bought a change of clothes and shoes, and got ourselves to the city via train for the after party! :D We went for karaoke, had a couple tequila shots (by then, I was already giggling like a mad woman at everything), and then we headed to Joo-Mak, a korean bar, to continue our drinking party! Their strawberry soju was so yummy, it didn't even taste like alcohol! (^____^) I made a mistake of drinking it with a spoon because I thought it was soup LOL As you can see from the last photo, I'm just suffering from a serious case of the endless giggles, couldn't even take a proper group shot because of me :P It was so much fun! Vinh was totally gone though, we had to take him home with us (-__-) at least he didn't chuck up in my room! Phew* 

I didn't wake up till 3pm the next day (>.<) wah, what a night! The wedding and that just knocked me out completely! Can't wait for our next drinking night with my sisters and cousins (^-^)


I've been so behind with my blogging lately (>_<) but I guess things are starting to settle down now, and I can actually make a good move on with my paintings. I've got so many ideas, so it's time to turn them into dreams come true yo! Rah rah rah! *determined face* :) 

Today I got to see the girls again, along with Tri, and we went sunglasses shopping because of Cat's great deal with Sunglasses hut (^-^) we each had $250 credit to spend! And I decided to use it on a pair of Ray Bans! :D WOOOOOOO!! It was the first pair I tried on and I just loved it LOL! Can't wait to hold them again in my own little hands, mine oh mine (>.<) Thank you so much Cat!!! <3

Okay, I'm gonna NOT nap tonight and be more productive with things! :) 

Hope everyone's having a lovely week so far! 
The weather is just beautiful at the moment in Melbourne , loveeeeeeeeee! 

Love, from Julie xox

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thao & Loi's Wedding Celebrations!

So last weekend was my eldest sister's wedding! 

We were so fortunate to have such beautiful and flawless weather for the entire day during our wedding celebrations :) It all started out from 5:30AM for me and the other girls, but for the bride and mum, the day started from 3AM (>.<) due to make up and  hair! OmG! You can imagine how tired everyone was, but that didn't stop us from smiling non-stop for photos through out the day! hehe (^-^) 

The tea ceremony commenced at 7:30AM, but we were running a little late as the boys took their time arriving at our doorstep! As you can see from the super hot pink and electric blue ao dai, it was a traditional tea ceremony between two families, where the wedding couple offers tea to the elders, and exchanges gifts :) Perhaps it was a little unrehearsed, but no big drama and the photos from JWP Photography turned out lovely! (^___^) 

Here are more photos from the morning tea ceremony on Facebook! (here)


Once the tea ceremony was over an out, it was only the girls that were left at the house, while everyone else had to head on over to the groom's house for continuation of the tea ceremony :) and guess what we did while we were waiting to go to our hair/make up appointment?! 


Hehe it was probably the most fun I've had in a long time with my sisters and cousins (^-^) we were all still dressed up in our ao dai, so we took pretty photos along the stairs, and then all changed into our night dresses for a quick photo shoot with them too ;) how can we not?! The lighting in the front room was just perfect! 

As you can see, we were just being complete dorks in our photo shoot LOL! :) 

Here are more photos on Facebook (here)


Hair and make up time!

At 10:30AM, we rushed off to Glenny to get our hair and make up done by Aqua Hair Salon :) I just told them to make my hair curly, and put it up in a classy up-do! It kind of took me a while to like my hairstyle (>.<) especially the fringe curl, but I came around after a while :) But it's a shame there isn't a clear photo of my hair done up from the back, but apparently it looked real cute/classy according to everyone :) haha!  and the make up was pretty! But this all took about 3-4 hours for everyone to completely finish (~_~) and so, I do what I do best in times like these, I napped on the couch LOL I waited a good 2 hours to get my make up done (>.<) couldn't help myself! 

Rushed back home by 4:00PM, get changed quickly to catch a maxi-cab to Preston, which was where the night wedding reception was! It was nearly 45 minute drive.. so I napped again LOL :P 


The Wedding Night Reception! 

We arrived at the venue by 5:30pm, which was a little late (>.<) and already, my feet were starting to hurt from wearing heels! Boo! They were comfy when I tried them on in the shop (-_-) Anyway, everyone was just running around trying to get last minute things done, and organising tables! Our mission was to guide all the guests to their tables, after signing their name and getting a photo with the wedding couple :) Virginia and I did our best, till our feet killed (-_-) so we were told to just go sit down LOL

Food was served not long after most guests have arrived, and we were just STARVING!! So you can imagine, our whole table just gobbled their food down every time a new banquet dish came out! I must commend on the restaurants quick service! Every time any one finished with their plate, BAM, the plate was gone! LOL I was usually the one they were waiting to collect from coz I'm a little of a slow eater hahaha! XD My bad! It was a 10 course banquet, and we were just stuffed afterwards :) some odd dishes here and there, but I was satisfied! Didn't take photos of the food though >.> oh well! :) 

Through out the night's banquet, there were speeches and little festivities hosted by the MC! There was even the toss of the bride's bouquet! LOL It would have been okay... except for the fact that the MC kept saying: can all the single ladies step up, ALL SINGLE LADIES PLEASE STEP UP!? (this went on for a bajillion times more before our table stood up looking super embarrassed LOL) 

And it was Anna who caught the bouquet hahahaha XD good job man :P 

As the reception started to draw to a close, the restaurant finally played Jenny's CD mix for the night, and we all started dancing! (^___^) At this point, we all changed into our flats from our heels, and we were just dancing up a storm!!! Omg, the chef from the cafe,  Greg, was just a dancing diva! LOL And I had no idea my little brother could be such a good shuffler ;D I sure hope he keeps it up, that boy has potential!! 

Here are snaps from the night (^0^)

Here are more photos on Facebook too! (here)

My sister Thao looked beautiful on the night :) Her wedding dress was just so pretty! I didn't get to take a full shot of it though, but I'm sure the professional photographers did! The rest of the girls in my family, sisters and cousins, all looked gorgeous too! Rahhh!!  (>___<) I mean check out Jenny's hair!?!! She looked like a freaking movie star! XD hehe! 

Anyway I can just keep on rambling :) the night reception finished around 11:30PM, and that's when we all got changed for a little birthday celebration for Vinh's birthday afterwards! (but that's just gonna have to be a different blog post, this one is already too packed with photos LOL XD) 

It was definitely a night to remember, and I sure hope my sister Thao enjoyed herself, despite it being non-stop for her all day with all the wedding celebrations (>.<) She had multiple dress changes during the night, and she looked stunning in every one :) Loi is definitely a lucky guy! 


Once again, congratulation to my sister and Loi, the newly weds! :) 
I wish you all the best for your happily ever after guys! 

Love, from Julie xox

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