Lone Pine Sanctuary: cute animal alert!

Lone Pine Sanctuary is just down the road from my friend Tom's house and it is awesome!  There's not much to say, just awesome animal pictures to post for your viewing pleasure. I will say though that I've got a newfound respect for parrots, we befriended some and when we had to leave they made a massive fuss! I was so sad to leave them! 

Koala! 

Koala! 

Bush turkey! 

Bush turkey! 

More koala! 

More koala! 

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Kind of a scarily muscular male kamgar

Kind of a scarily muscular male kamgar

Straight chillin' 

Straight chillin' 

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He wanted to be my friend

He wanted to be my friend

Dozing Tazzy devil

Dozing Tazzy devil

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Fast moving platypu

Fast moving platypu

Sitting in the old gum tree

Sitting in the old gum tree

The old dingi

The old dingi

Hahaha how appropriate

Hahaha how appropriate

A Wednesday in New Farm: good eats and cool art

Meghan's friend Kat has Wednesdays off. The two of them often hit up a cool new cafe but with Meghan gone vacationing in Laos with Alex I stood in and let Kat bring me to a cool brunch spot. We went to a new place in the New Farm neighbourhood called Cafe Loco. The menu was very on trend, with lots of paleo and gluten free options.  Kat agreed to go splitsies on a couple of things we were both eye balling so we could both eat more things.  I suspect Kat is a bit of a Chai latte aficionado as she was very excited about them having Prana Chai and informed me I might never be able to go back to the syrup kind after. So Chai lattes (coconut milk for me), ricotta pancakes, and "mushrooms" were ordered.

Kat and our meals

Kat and our meals

"Mushrooms" or something similarly non-descript. Mushroom ragout on rye toast with poached eggs and mushroom "foam". 

"Mushrooms" or something similarly non-descript. Mushroom ragout on rye toast with poached eggs and mushroom "foam". 

Dense yet incredibly fluffy pancakes

Dense yet incredibly fluffy pancakes

Kat then took me to the Brisbane Powerhouse, a graffiti filled former industrial power house that's now a theatre and exhibit space surrounded by a lovely park and rather pricey looking neighbourhood.

So cool

So cool

Graffiti covered walls and a photography exhibit

Graffiti covered walls and a photography exhibit

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Oh Brisbane Powerhouse, you're so quirky

Oh Brisbane Powerhouse, you're so quirky

They have a circus school!

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It started off as a very nice and sunny day!

Eeeeep don't rain on me!  I managed to make it back to the Powerhouse in time and drink coffee until it cleared up again. 

Eeeeep don't rain on me!  I managed to make it back to the Powerhouse in time and drink coffee until it cleared up again. 

Fabulous homes everywhere.

The view from the Powerhouse

The view from the Powerhouse

They take private school very seriously around here

They take private school very seriously around here

Of course I took some photos of the pretty foliage in the area, because I like to do that.

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Perusing Paddington- Meghan's birthday!

I made it to Brisbane in time to celebrate my wonderful friend's birthday, Meghan of Jaunt and Flaunt (jauntandflaunt.com)!

Smiiiiiiiiileeeeeeeeeee- Happy birthday Meghan!!!!!

Smiiiiiiiiileeeeeeeeeee- Happy birthday Meghan!!!!!

Meghan picked me up from my friend Tom's house where I was crashing as my first stop in Brisbane. Brisbane is a very twisty town, very hard to get around even for those who live there, so I was grateful for the ride!

We ventured over to the Paddington neighbourhood, known to be very pretty and hip, and had lunch at Shouk Cafe (shoukcafe.com/au).  Perched on the top of a hill it was a gorgeous view. Their food is awesome too! We had almond milk Chai latte's all around (a bit too syrupy though) and I had the shakshuka, Meghan the challah french toast, and Kat the lamb flat bread. We also befriended one of the servers...as in he gave me his number very nicely. Blond, tall, freckly, man-bunned, tattooed- just my type.

After lunch Meghan showed me around the area and we ducked into some super cute shops, like Thousand Island Dressing (thousandislanddressing.com)- it has SUCH cute accesories, and one that I would love to collaborate with,  Showroom (show-room.com/au). Showroom is a shop that displays interesting wares by web-based designers.  

Posing with tea (in a favourite second-hand dress I purchased at ReFashion Vancouver)

Posing with tea (in a favourite second-hand dress I purchased at ReFashion Vancouver)

Meghan and fancy skin care

Meghan and fancy skin care

This view is fabulous- Showroom's back porch view is gorgeous

This view is fabulous- Showroom's back porch view is gorgeous

Easter Weekend in Sydney

Apparently Easter weekend is a really big holiday in Australia and I arrived the morning of Easter Friday to a closed and hungover city.

My super awesome Californian friend, Kyle, happened to be in Sydney for business and let me crash in his hotel suite at Sheraton on the Park and do touristy things for the weekend. He was feeling a bit tired of going around alone, so he was happy to have a friend in town.

Singing in the rain

Singing in the rain

It was pretty drizzly and most things were closed but we managed to make the most of it. We found a nearby hot yoga studio, Hom yoga, where I felt rather self conscious (those people were really fit!) and we lined up for a Malaysian restaurant Kyle had read about and he had his first Malaysian food experience ever!

Hotel beds are great for jumping on

Hotel beds are great for jumping on

Gorgeous sunny breakfast at Sheraton on the Park

Gorgeous sunny breakfast at Sheraton on the Park

Remarkably on the Sunday morning, dashing out for a hot yoga class, we bumped into a good friend of Kyle's from his undergrad at the hotel's breakfast room!  That just turned our weekend into a huge social adventure, joining other Californians and even a Vancouverite at an event in Watson's Bay and then the Sydney Horse Races.

Very under dressed for the event

Very under dressed for the event

Sharp looking boys mixing drinks

Sharp looking boys mixing drinks

Vipul's emerald green suit is AMAZING!!!

Vipul's emerald green suit is AMAZING!!!

Americans don't cab, they Uber

Americans don't cab, they Uber

We (pretty much mostly Vipul and I- we kept losing Kyle) met the nicest ladies at the races that day and got some interesting life wisdom.  Penny, a beautiful freckled blonde, let me in on the secret to her marriage which was basically this: marry someone you find really hot. Various friends of hers were getting divorced after finding they had married "nice" and "appropriate" people that they had no passion with, whereas even when disagreeing with her husband she still, er, wanted to be intimate with him. Interesting!

Kyle and Ryan had to go to work on Tuesday so Vipul and I did vacation-y things.

Splashy splashy

Splashy splashy

Rooftop patio selfie!

Rooftop patio selfie!

Ahhhhhhhhhhh beautiful view

Ahhhhhhhhhhh beautiful view

That's my first weekend in Sydney in a nutshell! Well..minus meeting with my crush who I met at UQ in 2008...that's a whole other story.

Travel day 1: Vancouver to Sydney via LAX

So today will be a super long travel day.

I already woke up extra early because when I put all my favourite clothes in my suitcase (kindly loaned to me by my awesome lab coworker) last night I discovered they DID. NOT. FIT. Typical Liz, always packing all the things.  This morning involved rolling things very very tightly and tetris-ing things in to see what I could get away with bringing. Fortunately that worked way better than last night's plan which was shoving things helter skelter into the suitcase so I could get to sleep. 

I did it!! Pack ALL the things! 

I did it!! Pack ALL the things! 

How I feel about packing (and my purse): 

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And lastly my one obligatory pic of pretty clouds and blue sky because I have no idea how to blog but I know you have to have pretty pictures :p

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