2017 Autumn in Sydney and Melbourne: Hosier Lane

Another memorable stop in Melbourne - the Hosier Lane.

Walk down the famous bluestone laneway and admire the street art that has made the Melbourne urban art scene known across the globe. Take in the dizzying array of colours, characters and shapes created by local and international artists alike. Pick out everything from stencils and paste-ups to murals and installations. Take a wander on your own or join one of the popular walking tours to get some background on the artists and their work. Take a detour round into Rutledge Lane and explore the work lining the walls, windows and wheelie bins of this sister 'gallery'. SOURCE.

Once you've had your fill of the colour and mayhem of the street art, slow things down with a refreshing cocktail at Misty – a popular pre-gig drink spot for the Forum Theatre crowd. Alternatively, sit elbow-to-elbow with other hungry punters at Movida – one of the city's best tapas restaurants. SOURCE.

Melbourne's most celebrated laneway for street art, Hosier Lane's cobbled length draws camera-wielding crowds snapping edgy graffiti, stencils and art installations. Subject matter runs to the mostly political and countercultural, spiced with irreverent humour; pieces change almost daily (not even a Banksy is safe here). Be sure to see Rutledge Lane (which horseshoes around Hosier), too. SOURCE.

Since the 1990s, Melbourne's lanes, particularly the pedestrianised ones, have gentrified and their heritage value officially recognised as well as attracting interest from Australia and around the world. Some of the lanes, in particular have become particularly notable for their acclaimed urban art.

The city has several festivals which celebrate the laneways, they are major tourist attractions and frequently feature in tourism promotions, film and television. SOURCE.

You should visit this beautiful place too!

7 New Year Parenting Resolutions from Real Moms from MomCenter.com.PH

7 New Year Parenting Resolutions from Real Moms from MomCenter.com.PH

Everyone wants to improve on something every new year, and the same holds true for parenting. And while resolutions to be more healthy, more creative, or more thrifty are for the betterment of the individual, parenting resolutions are great because it not only benefits one person but also our kids and even our partners. This fact alone makes it well-worth any parent’s time.

To start you on this new year, we have asked real moms about their resolutions. So here are a few simple and totally doable changes you can adapt for the new year.

1. Make the effort to be more healthy.

My number one goal for my family this year is to eat healthily. I sort of put this in the backseat last year, as buying and preparing our food takes too much energy especially with my two toddlers in tow. So this year, I would like to put in the extra effort in preparing healthier and more balanced meals for our family every week.
– Antonette Bacay MontaƱo

2. End the work day every day.

Working from home sometimes defeats its main purpose for me when I tend to just focus and lose myself on work, instead of also minding my kids at home. So this year, I promise to be more mindful of my priorities by establishing working and mommy times – and stay away from work when its mommy-time!
– Loubeth De Leon Faderes

3. Be more mindful of finances.

I started freelancing again last September so things have been lighter for our family, financially speaking. So this year, I promise to continue building our emergency fund again and open a trust fund for our 3-year old.
– Shiena Rose Castillano-Operario

4. Go minimalist.

Continue minimalism principles so I can find more time for my son, such as spending less and prioritizing expenses so I’m not enslaved to my work. Thereby saving me time and energy, which I can then spend for my family and myself.
– Ena Kristina

5. More patience, less shouting.

I promise to try and be more patient this year, especially when tutoring my eldest in his studies. And hopefully, this will also mean less shouting for me.
– Angel Zosa

6. More kids-time, less busy.

Honor “playground time” with my kid, regardless of how busy I am.
– ZF Santillan

Spend more time with my boy.
– Diana Claire Medina Cervantes

7. Small changes for a better mom.

This year, I promise to do small changes in our routine, such as preparing more healthy food, becoming more strict with regards to bed time, being actually with them during their play time, and lessening screen time for both of us!
– Gianne Karla Realizo

Saving and arranging for more activities for my boy.
– Liway Tayag Etame


Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Happiness is...

1. Fun Weekend with Friends and Family
2. Bonding
3. Freshly Brewed Coffee by the Hubby
4. Family Practice
5. God's Love
6. Household Meetings
7. Friends
8. Soccer Drills and Games (more please!)
9. Future Travels and Adventures
10. Good Memories

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What is Freedom?


Sharing a Song this SUNDAY: I'm Gonna Be There by Lash

2017 Autumn in Sydney and Melbourne: Melbourne's Train Stations

While my family and I were in Melbourne, we used the public transportation particularly the trains to go around the city. And boy, did we love it!

How pretty is this?

And look! Is it just me or this reminds me so much of Harry Potter?

And this coffee shop inside the train station...

...is definitely looooove! ♥♥♥

2017 Autumn in Sydney and Melbourne: Melbourne City Center at Night.

Ah, this beauty is definitely unforgettable, isn't it?

I know, no words to describe.

And I'm so grateful to having seen it in person. (*wink*)

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Happiness is...

1. Relaxing Weekend. Super Love it!
2. Freshly Brewed Coffee by the Hubby ♥
3. Friends from the Community
4. Chapter Assembly
5. Upcoming Households
6. Family
7. Blessings and blessings! Thank you Lord!
8. Crispy Pata
9. New eBooks
10. The Husband

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2017 Autumn in Sydney and Melbourne: Flinders Street Station and St. Paul's Cathedral at Night

Our first stop in Melbourne, Flinders Street! Oh what a joy to see so many tourists here. And shops too! I love this part of the city!

Flinders Street is a notable street in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Running roughly parallel to the Yarra River, Flinders Street forms the southern edge of the Hoddle Grid. It is exactly 1 mi (1.609 km) in length and one and a half chains (99 ft, 30 m) in width. It is named for the explorer Matthew Flinders, erroneously credited with discovering Port Phillip at the time of its naming. It extends eastwards as far as Spring Street and the Treasury Gardens and westwards past Batman's Hill to the Melbourne Docklands. As the closest street to the river, Flinders Street serviced Melbourne's original river port. Customs House, now the site for Victoria's Immigration Museum, is on Flinders Street. SOURCE.

And look, here's another special discovery along Flinders Street, the St. Paul's Cathedral. ♥♥♥

Opposite Federation Square, on Melbourne's busiest intersection, the neo-Gothic St Paul’s Cathedral is a Melbourne landmark, built between 1880 and 1931.

Constructed in sandstone, the current building replaced an earlier bluestone church, built on the site where the first public Christian services in Melbourne were led by Dr Alexander Thomson in 1836.

Designed by William Butterfield, the cathedral’s architecture is described as Gothic transitional, combining Early English and Decorative Gothic styles. Highlights include the fine polychromatic brickwork, beautifully patterned floor tiles and mosaics, banded stonework, fine timbered roof and tiled dado walls. SOURCE.

Here are more details of the beautiful Cathedral in case you want to check it out...


198-206 Flinders Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Contact details

Phone: 9653 4333

Opening hours

Mon: 8am – 6pm
Tue: 8am – 6pm
Wed: 8am – 6pm
Thu: 8am – 6pm
Fri: 8am – 6pm
Sat: 9am – 4pm
Sun: 7.30am – 7.30pm

You can also check the website for times of services. The cathedral shop is open daily from 10am to 3.30pm.