Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hint 5: Get plenty of sleep every night

7-8 hours is ideal for sleep. If you get less than seven hours you might not be able to concentrate in class. You might also be really grumpy.
You might also eat more things than you normally would.
Don't pull all nighters at all. Start afresh in the morning.

Chop Chop Chicken

Not too bad but its canned. You can easily put this in your sandwich. Its a little bit rubbery though. I got this in one of my showbags from the show hence it was free. I'd never buy this at the supermarket

2Pocket by Katherine

2pocket is a new coffee place that just opened in the city. They are in Lt lonsdale st next door to Catherine Manuel Designs. They open at 7:30am most days.

Here this is a really quiet place to study and like Towfd they sell teas, chips and chocolate. Oh yeah and coffee beans.  They are a fairtrade place.















They are just a coffee hence they don't do much food.
They do their own coffee blend and I got to sample it today. Yay. For $3.80 I had a long black. It was chocolatey, nutty, smokey and a bit bitter. I didn't mind the bitterness though. I loved it.

The Asian guy that served me was lovely. He seemed really knowledge about the blend of coffee and told me that some of the profits goes to the producer and the supplier and some of it they keep for themselves.

But I just wished that they served more food than just their pastries, biscuits and chocolates. I encourage you to visit when you can.

Plunger coffee by Katherine

You can easily make plunger coffee at home. It just takes time and patience to do it right. Hence this is not a drink to be made in a hurry.
I got to try courtesy of my friend two sachets of Italian espresso by Robert Timms.
I have never done this before as I've always had instant coffee.
You just put the bags into the plunger and then you add hot water (not boiling water). You plunge it five times, wait about two minutes and then you plunge another five times. And then enjoy.
My coffee was rather weak... I prefer instant, but this is great for when you have the time to enjoy this. A pack of Robert Timms outside costs around $8. (A pack of 28 bags that is)


Its effects on you:
Its filtered hence there are a lot more antioxidants. As well as that there is more flavouring. Some people might not be able to sleep on this.
But this is great if you need a pick me up.

I probably wouldn't do this all the time as it is expensive, but occassionally yes.

The Royal Melbourne Show by Katherine

I bought my ticket for the early bird price of $22 as a friend of mine is a RACV member. Yay and I didn't have to pay the extra $15 to see the MKR show as it was free.
We got there by public transport. But if we were to drive there it would cost a ridiculous $20 just for parking just for the two of us. I had a monthly and my friend just had MYKI money. BTW there is nowhere to recharge MYKI so you have to do it at the station.

The ATM facilities are limited so its a great idea to make sure that you have heaps of cash before you come. If you don't there is an ATM in Shopping village next door so you can always get money out before you enter. Or if you are coming by train you can get money out at Flinders st or Southern Cross station as they have heaps of ATMS.

There were heaps of cute things in the Art, Craft and Cookery pavilion.





































































There is so many free things to do at the show such as see all the cooking demonstrations, milk a cow, see the Pets and sample lots and lots of food. You even get some products for free to take home. I did have to pay $1 for a really good spirally apple and $4 for some really great Timboon Ice cream.

But the only downside is that show bags can cost quite a lot and you don't get much in them. But I got 2 food bags for $10 and a Women's weekly for $15. My friend got carried away and got way too many. She got about 7 bags.
The rides too can cost a lot.  But we are not fans of the rides or the games.

The MKR stuff was really cool. Normally you'd have to pay $15 but it was free. Great and I loved Karen Martini. She was a really great host. Nick and Rocco were really fun to watch. Sorry I couldn't take any pictures of the boys- it was so dark in there and there was so much security around that place. 

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