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25.11.16

TASTE OF AUCKLAND 2016


19.11.16

THE SUGAR CLUB

30.10.16

A FEW THOUGHTS

I've been doing some thinking lately. There are so many things that I want to achieve in life, and not a single one is going to be ticked off the list if I'm spending my weekends curled up in bed with a packet of chips and Netflix. 

Something high up on my list is to develop my hand lettering. A few of you will know that I love writing. Not creative writing (I'm terrible at that) - but just the act of putting pen to paper. I love neat writing even more. You know, during one of my job seeking phases, I saw an ad for a card writer. Yes - the main responsibility of this job was to hand write cards (whaaaaaaat!!??). Birthday cards, congratulations you're having a baby! cards, every card you could possibly think of. Despite being something that I loved doing, i didn't apply for it. It offered less hours and lower pay than my (then) part time job and it just didn't make financial sense to apply. 

A few nights ago, I found a calligraphy pen and started playing around with different quotes. Sure I can make normal hand writing look neat on paper, but one thing I was never good at was calligraphy and joining different letters together. But as with everything, I would never get better at calligraphy if I sat around and did nothing. So this weekend was a little more productive than usual and it was spent developing one of my passions. Above is one of my favourite quotes from this weekend. 

You are capable of amazing things - you just need to stop thinking and start doing. 

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

Sheena x


16.8.16

STREET EATS 2016


The thing I miss the most about Asia is the street food. The delicious but probably-not-the-best-thing-for-you street food. Street Eats was an event that brought Asia to Auckland's doorstep. This year, I was lucky to be hosted by AirAsia and got to experience an exclusive Hawkers Market Experience. With over 80 dishes from numerous cuisines – this was definitely an event worth attending.
9.8.16

it's been a while


Sorry it's been so long since you've heard from me. It's been a tough couple of months and a lot has happened. In a nutshell, I graduated, got a full time job and I have been trying to adult for the past six months. Those of you who work and blog full time, you can stop reading now before you realise how stupid the rest of this blog post will be. 

I wish university taught you certain things – how to wake up early, how to manage work life balance, how to achieve that fine balance between work, family, social life, blogging and sanity. For the first few months of my job, I was physically exhausted. Going from waking up at 11am for a class at 12 to waking up at 6:30am every day was incredibly difficult, no joke. My days felt a little something like this: wake up, go to work, come home, sleep, wake up, repeat. I would find myself facing the consequences the next day if I made plans on a week night. Don't get me wrong these plans are usually just dinner and dessert with a few friends, but usually these nights end with me going home around 10:30 - 11. Add in some time to unwind, get ready for bed and we're looking at past midnight on a week day which means less than six hours of sleep every night. I've really struggled to be an adult the past few months. Someone please tell me I'm not alone!

On top of this, I can't even count the number of times I have sat down in front of my laptop and tried to write. I have been tired and uninspired. There have been so many times where I've felt as though I can't publish a blog post because it isn't of a high enough standard. I've also felt the pressure to post every single week if I started posting again. I don't know how many readers I still have left, but I really want to start posting for me. I've always been terrible at scheduling posts – I just get too excited to publish something I've been working on. Therefore you might see three blog posts a week when I'm feeling inspired or no posts for two weeks when I'm not. I can't promise a weekly post, but I can promise that'll you hear from me more often. 

- Sheena




4.4.16

BELLINI AT THE HILTON



Bellini's refurbished interior oozes both comfort and sophistication, and their gorgeous nautical themed decor is just the beginning. As you sink into their couches, you'll never want to leave. Pair that with the stunning harbour view and Bellini's new bar menu and classic cocktail list, you'll be in for an unforgettable experience.


Bellini — The Hilton
147 Quay Street
Princes Wharf | Auckland
Bellini - Hilton Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
28.3.16

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE TRAVELLING TO NEW YORK


It's taken me way too long to write up this post. I've been planning it for the longest time, because I wanted to make it this detailed and slightly formal "10 tips" blog post. But after a month of trying to plan the perfect post, I realised that a formal tone of voice is not what I'm known for, nor is it something I would prefer over a more informal "chatty" post, like every other post on my blog. Also I had more than ten tips, and "12 tips for travelling around New York" made my obsessive compulsive nature cry just a little bit.

After much consideration, I came up with "THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE TRAVELLING TO NEW YORK".

5.3.16

FEBRUARY | MONTHLY ROUNDUP


I've already missed two months since this series started. Woops. I spent the majority of both January and February looking for a full time job. I also had hardly any money to live on after my holiday, so these months were very exciting (not). Nevertheless, I do have exciting news!

Here's a look back into the month of February:


22.2.16

A TRIP TO MURIWAI


Hi everyone! 
I'm so sorry there's been a lack of posts on as told by sheena lately; I've been busy looking for my first full time job and have been chasing something very important... But more on that in a later post! Maybe.

I'm all about chasing new adventures this year (you can read more about that here), so we decided to do something different this week and went to find the gannet colony at Muriwai! 

31.1.16

USA BEAUTY HAUL: FAVOURITES


I'm sure all of you know by now that I spent the entire month of December in the States. Here are some statistics for you: 3/4 of my holiday was spent in New York, about half my holiday was spent shopping, and beauty products made up a third of my luggage.
I was also able to step foot into a Sephora for the first time in about eight years! My last experience at Sephora was in Hong Kong and it was before I even delved into the world of make up and knew what foundation was. Needless to say, I purchased tonnes of make up during my holiday, and have put together a whole heap of my favourites for you!



23.1.16

BAOBURG | NEW YORK


Baoburg: serving up a unique fusion of flavours influenced by Asian and Spanish cuisine since 2013.

126 North 6th Street
Brooklyn | New York
15.1.16

FIRST ADVENTURE OF 2016: LONG BAY



For one of my new year's resolutions, I vowed to go on more adventures: from flying to another country to chasing waterfalls back home. Today was the first (proper) adventure of 2016 and I can't wait to share these photos with you!

7.1.16

NIAGARA FALLS | AMERICA


Others use books to document their bucket list experiences, I use my blog.

Bucket List:
56. Go to Niagara Falls ✓ ✓✓ 

When23/12/15

WhereFrom the American side

HowBoston and Niagara Falls tour

Who was I withMy sister Stephany!

1.1.16

2015 IN REVIEW + 2016 GOALS


Photo: 2015 Best Nine Instagram photos. 
Sums up a few of my favourite things pretty well: travel, food and flatlays. 

As I sit here writing this post, the fact that everyone close to me has already experienced 2016 is on the top of my mind. It's still New Years Eve here in New York, but I feel as though I've celebrated the end of 2015 and the new year already vicariously through photos, videos and text messages from everyone back home. 

Here is my 2015 in review, reminiscing about adventures and food and all the best things that happened to me.