Illy Coffee

Finally, I’ve given in and bought this coffee. I am just curious why a lot of vlogs I watch has this brand of coffee. Aside from its cute coffee maker, some of them just use this brand’s ground coffee.

I only drink coffee on my rest days. It is a treat for me. I’ve tried buying coffee from local shops but it wasn’t as good as when I prepare it myself. I used to do the french press method but coffee I made through that makes me dizzy. I tried the drip method and it doesn’t have that effect on me. But with the drip method, I just follow my instinct.

I like my coffee medium with a bit of sweetness.

I used to drink instant coffee. I started drinking as young as 5 or 6. I would even pour it over rice. Then I was introduced to ice blended coffee–mocha is my favorite. The best iced blended mocha I’ve had was at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. It has the perfect taste of a mocha for me.

I also drink our local coffee–Batangas coffee or kapeng barako. I used to enjoy the smell of coffee bean being grinded in the market. Batangas coffee has a fruity taste. I love it because its taste is home to me.

Moving to Australia, I got introduced with different kinds of coffee. But I don’t really like milk in my coffee so I only tried long black and mocha (although it still has milk in it). Over the years, I find coffee shop mocha and long black really bitter so I stopped buying coffee from coffee shops.

Moving back to the point of this post, Illy is on the pricey side. I could buy other brands for AU$15 a kilo (half price) but this is around the same price just for 250 g.

It is in a tin can and sealed. I put a few spoonfuls on my filter and add hot water and I could see bubbles. I knew that despite it being in a tin can, and grounded, it is still fresh.

The taste? It is smooth and velvety. Usually, if I leave my filter in my cup it would be too bitter for my liking right away, but this one is just right. I was even able to drink the next cup. It didn’t taste too acidic at all.

Am I going to buy this brand again? Definitely.

If you know any other brand that is better than this let me know. I am curious to try it.

Princess Hands

In my search upon the “perfect” perfume, I came upon an online shop that sells other scents made from the same company.  in this online shop, I can have free shipping if I would purchase one body care products.  This is why I have L’Occitane’s Cerisier Princesse (Cherry Princess) Hand Cream.  I am almost out of this so before I consume all of it, I might as well take a picture of this and write something about this product just so I would remember someday that once I have used a product as nice as this.

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It is enriched with shea butter which makes my hand soft and supple, perfect for winter or cold weather and also after washing my hands which I often do because of my work.  But what I love most about this is the scent.  it smells so nice.  The price is a bit dear at $15, 30 ml but the quality is good so I would say that buying this cream has been worth it.

Two Status

Thinking about my lovelife or the lack thereof, I opened my FB homepage. I saw status from 2 ladies. The first one was about how she was leisurely walking and looking up then she saw some artworks. Enjoying it, she took pictures and posted on FB. She’s obviously very happy. And I know why.

The next status was just pictures of people with this lady. This lady is charming, attractive to boys. In the picture, she was drinking with friends. This lady was in a relationship but she was still married. So she could not marry her bf yet.

A question entered my mind. Which of these example would I choose to follow?

The first one followed and surrendered her lovelife to God. There were struggles but she let God take hold of her heart. The result is a beautiful, better than ever love life. I learned that surrender and obedience to God yield the best result. She had to wait but it was worth it.

The second one followed herself. What she wants. She has drawn her security from the affection and attention of the opposite sex. She didn’t really want what happened to her. She was just a victim of circumstances. She’s in love but she could not just marry him.

The obvious choice would be the first one. Surrendering and obeying God with our lovelife require grace from God to endure the wait. To stand God’s refining fire. God will always be there ready to help us when we ask Him to and even if we don’t ask Him. He’s there ready to protect and guard our hearts and to burn all the impurities of our lives. We can rest in the truth that God will give us what is best for us and when it is from God, there will be peace. 🙂

Nasi

There’s Noodle Bento on West and they serve very nice Malaysian food. They don’t have Hainanese Chicken though. Oh well, I went there yesterday and bought this.

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I think this is called Seafood Nasi. They give a big serving. I ate this for yesterday’s lunch and today’s breakfast. 🙂

It should be my goal to try to eat everything on their menu during my whole stay here in this side of NSW.

God has been good to me. Bits and pieces of niceness from people I don’t expect to be kind to me make me think of God’s work in my life. Thank You God.

Convictions and rebuke are God’s discipline. Because He loves me. Like a father disciplining his daughter simply because he loves her.

I am no wiser than I think I am. I just have to obey God. Godly counsel from other people helps. Thank You Lord.

Word 4U 2Day

In the Philippines, I’ve been blessed to discover the W4u2day mag devotional.  Those days that I was reading this devotional had been amazing.  God has revealed so much to me.  However, the UCB Philippines have stopped publishing this, I don’t know what happened.  I searched for its Australian counterpart and I was led to this site.  They give free devotionals to anyone inside Australia.  I have received its latest issue and the articles here are also relatable. 🙂  Thank You God for this devotional. 🙂

On another topic, I am totally digging Adele’s songs right now!  Thank God the internet here is fast. 🙂  I can listen to her on youtube without the agony of waiting for it to finish buffering. 🙂

Some instructions of God is clear like right now.  One question has been answered.  I was just telling my Mom about this endeavour when this certain person sent me the result of that.

Another question has also been answered.  Last night I was asking God what might happen and then I told Him that I need not worry because it is God’s plan and not mine anyway.  I can rest knowing that God is in control. 🙂

Koorong

In the Philippines, my favorite Christian bookstore is OMF.  I would go to Greenbelt 1 just to immerse myself in Christian books/devotionals there at OMF.  So imagine how happy I have felt when Z led us to Koorong Tamworth.  I feel like I’m in heaven then. Hehe…:)

I bought this devotional bible there in New Century Version (NCV).  I thought I would find it hard to understand.  But this is one of the more understandable versions of the bible.  I am glad I bought this.  🙂

I also tried this Kebab Stall in the Centrepoint Shopping Center in town.  I wanted something spicy so I decided to eat kebab with yogurt and garlic sauce.  It’s not as spicy as I think it would be but it’s okay and not messy to eat 🙂  They also give good enough amount of beef.  Well, they should for it costs around 9 bucks 🙂

 

After going to town, I waited for my housemate so we could go to the supermarket for our food.  She’s into health stuff now and I would often tell her which is healthy and not.  I have been planning to go back to eating healthy and becoming a sort of vegetarian but I’m still trying to overcome factors that hinder this endeavour. 🙂  Anyway, I bought some healthy stuff like choco milk fortified with Calcium, oats, cornflakes, biscuits instead of chips.  Improving right?!  One step at a time. 🙂  I noticed also that my stomach is not that upset anymore. 🙂  I owe it to this healthy food. 🙂  Hmmm I need a food menu. Have a great day everyone! 🙂

Great Find

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I saw this small dining place at RCBC Tower. The place looks cozy and great to study here or just simply talk.

The food is also affordable. I ordered personal size pizza, tuna carbonara, iced tea included for only Php 130.

They also have an array of gelato and its choco ice cream looks enticing. It is relatively expensive considering that a scoop is worth Php 65, more expensive than the pizza.

Good food, affordable price, great ambiance, this is one great place to be.

I would recommend this to you.

Magnum Truffle

Some 7-11 stores still have this flavor.  Thank God, another heavenly ice cream.  The first time I’ve eaten ice cream which caused me to close my eyes from too much goodness–tastes like heaven was when I tried the Guinduia ice cream of Caramia.  Then this lunch, the truffle flavor was so good.  It has something to do with the choco ice cream.  I nearly ignored the belgian choco coating because the ice cream itself tastes so heavenly.

Anyway, I think I would go to work early tomorrow so I still have time to buy this oh-so-good ice cream bar. 🙂