Hey there APJ Crew,
Wedding is done & dusted. We have had many adventures, guests are leaving and I’m BUSHED! We still have Jin’s nice & nephew but basically life is back to normal.
Scent Diary: 30.7 – 5.8.2018
We were a bit busy last week for me to get this summary in the Scent Diary so a week late. SORRY!
OK. I don’t have very many photos of the wedding because I was one of the participants but here are a few I really loved. The day went swimmingly without a single drama or hitch. My cousin Mark flew in from another state to walk me up the aisle, Jin’s father walked him. We had 105 guests including the celebrant (longtime friend Sandy) and String Quartet (led by longtime friend Tim) and the whole event lasted only 3 hours (I would probably have an hour more if I did it again). Held in a newish Italian Restaurant Enzo’s Cuccina Northmead we had shared plates on each of the 9 tables. 3 x Pasta and Garlic Bread entree, 3 x Pizza and Salad main, creme Brûlée or Tiramisu dessert and coffee/tea. The sparkling wine was Australian Croser and we went through 5.5 x 12 bottle cases. There were a choice of 2 beers, a red and white wine and each table had 2 jugs of soft drink.
Tara and Sandy before the madness started
Some of the crew
Our friend Sue made the most delicious cake ever.
After everyone had left (including my husband) a small group of about 10 of us stayed and had a few celebratory drinks. I’m quite pink with excitement and booze by this stage.
Without consulting on our fragrance choices Jin and I both chose to wear Neela Vermeire Creations. Jin in Bombay Bling and I was in Rahele.
SOTDay: Mata Hari by DSH Perfumes
Jin decided on a Sydney City tour for today. The Korean family is all living at our place in Parramatta and they took the ferry down. A leisurely 1.5 hour trip that shows the waterfront changes as we go from suburban to cityscape. Aunty Tracey, Tara and I are living in town with Kath so it was easy to jump a train and go a few stops to Circular Quay. The Koreans met us there.
We first wandered around the Sydney Opera House.
Then we all jumped on the Botanic Garden Choo Choo Express for a look at all the gardens have to offer.
We were dropped just near Mrs Macquarie’s Chair where we did the obligatory photos.
After, we had a picnic in the warm winter sunshine with one of the best views in the world (forgot to take a pic). We wandered up to the NSW Art Gallery where Tara, Sindy and I did a Highlights Tour and then went for some hot beverages and cakes.
The Korean contingent went back to Parramatta for a BarBQ and I have zero recollection of what we did.
SOTBed: Honey Blossom by Aftelier Perfumes
SOTDay: Silences PdT by Jacomo
Today 15 of us met bright and early at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Sydney’s most interactive park where we are encouraged to interact with sections of Australian fauna and even buy special food to feed them. It’s a fabulous place and Tara even got to pat a Koala and feed Wallabies and Kangaroos.
From there we hit McDonalds. Don’t judge us. We were on a time budget and were herding cats.
Then on to the Blue Mountains to see the Three Sisters. The story goes that a rival tribesmen fell in love with the three daughters of the head man. They were rejected as suitors so decided to take the girls by force. Fearing the worst head man father asked the witchdoctor to hide his daughters. Witchdoctor disguised them as three spires of rock in the canyon. Unfortunately during the raid the witchdoctor was killed and could not free the women from their now eternal imprisonment. Here they still stand.
The Korean contingent went on to the Inclination Train but I stole Tara away for High Tea at the Hydro Majestic. It was heavenly and we were absolutely stuffed by the end.
Sadly Aunty Tracey had to go home today.
SOTTrivia: Miss Dior vintage EdT
Tara and I went to Parramatta RSL for Trivia.
SOTBed: Mata Hari by DSH Perfumes
SOTDay: Rahele by Neela Vermeire Creations
The Korean contingent wanted to go shopping so I snuck Tara away and we met Anna Maria at Redfern Station in the car to take her down to the Chinese Gardens. If you are a Sydneysider and have never been there (like me) it will come as a big surprise. We spent two lovely hours sitting in various sunny spots. Not doing anything much except chatting and taking photos.
For lunch we met up with TinaG and Alice at a favourite haunt, Blue Fish in Darling Harbour. We had a fabulous view of the city and bay. There is currently a boat show on so the worlds best were on display. Cocktails, food, wine, laughter,. chatter and wonderful bonding while being spoiled by the staff? YES PLEASE! It was a perfect lunch sitting in the warm sunshine.
Tara and I went home for a nana nap and then headed off to trivia at Greystanes Inn. We had a really good crew come and play.
Some of the Koreans went off to Uluru today.
SOTBed: Methaldone by Aether Parfums.
SOTDay: Narcotic Flowers by 1000 Flowers but just before lunch I added CHANEL Bois des Iles EdT from the CHANEL store.
A much smaller group set out from Redfern today. We caught the train to St James Station and wandered the shops a little bit before food. Tara and I dropped into Mecca and found a new brand neither of us had seen. Basically a copy of the Aether perfumes story and scents, VERY close. I urge you to try the Aether first, for my money it’s a better product.
Then we all went up the Sydney Tower to 360 Degrees restaurant. We had the 2 course meal with a glass of wine for only $60/person with a few extras added on top like sides and coffees. The food was 100% better than expected and the views are spectacular. Everyone loved it.
Then I had to take Tara to the airport for her return home. We cabbed it to the airport. I was really sad to see her go and we had big hugs. When she went into the gate I burst into tears like a little baby. Very bloody embarrassing. She has been a stellar guest and I’d travel with her anywhere.
Jin and his Mum, Dad and Aunty picked me up from Redfern and we joined his niece and nephew at home for a Pizza night. So yummy and fun.
SOTDinner: Kasbah by 19-69
It was 10pm before I started my trek back to Redfern by train. VERY tired. I need a holiday.
SOTDay: Neela Vermeire Creations Rahele. It’s just so bloody perfect for this super warm winter we are having.
We took Ma, Pa and Aunty to Darling Harbour for a look and a coffee
Then we all went through the Star Casino. Jin and I put in $20 each and bought some $5 chips for the Roulette Wheel. Everyone had a go and lost. I (greedy bitch that I am) had three goes. On the third spin my number came up and I won us $30 so for a total loss of $10 we all had a great time and came away feeling like winners. Annoyingly my number came up again in the next round and I should have left it on the 6 spots I had won on. Better to tap out early though.
Lunch at Sydney Fish Market on the edge of Blackwattle Bay in Sydney Harbour. The sun was shining and temperature about 26C. Even I had some fish cocktail pieces and crumbed calamari with chips. They had King Fish and Salmon Sashimi, Prawns and some other stuff I didn’t notice. We washed it down with a softly sweet Moscato. Afterwards we all had Ice Cream. Excellent afternoon.
In the evening it was time for Ma, Pa and Aunty to go back to South Korea. While we were waiting for the Airport Assist to take them through to their gate we bumped into the cousins coming back from Uluru. It was a lovely family farewell with Kath as well.
Had a late night shower and feel 100% more lovely. SOTBed: Hermès Epice Marine.
SOTDay: DSH Perfumes 1000 Lilies. This smells utterly gorgeous on application and for about an hour afterwards. Then it softens to a whisper that my nose registers as different to how I smell but which is completely untraceable as a scent. (Know what I mean?) Kath and I both doused ourselves in the parfum.
Bacon and Smashed Omelette for breakfast. We stripped the beds at Kath’s place and got her ready to clean after our lovely sojourn. I packed all my bags and we said a very sad goodbye. Living with her this week was like being on the most wonderful vacation.
Came home and cleaned it from top to bottom. Linen washed, vacuuming, bathroom and kitchen floor all gorgeous. Walked through the house with my two lit Korean Incense Sticks saying my post cleaning mantra. Today it was “Capture all Negativity and Bad Juju, leave only Good”. I repeat it constantly while walking through all the rooms and it really does feel like the place is cleansed by the time i’m finished.
Trying to clear the backlog of eMails and other stuff.
Wearing Oud Spirit. If you think Oud is terrifying then this could be your gateway starter. Oud Spirit is the prettiest oud I ever smelled.
OMG! I woke late at 10ish. Jin and the kids are off SCUBA diving. The house is so quiet. I think this is the first time I’ve had on my own since Tara arrived and then jumped on the computer to get my eMail inbox cleared a bit and work on this Scent Diary.
I’ve doused myself in Cacharel Liberté this morning and I’m smelling FINE!
Had a bubble bath, napped and made myself gorgeous! Gave myself a spectacular few spritzes of Mitzah by DIOR! I smell freaking fabulous.
Off to work.
DRAMA! Not my fault (Thank Goodness!) but so bloody annoying. This is the second Trivia drama over the last week or so and it has me flummoxed.
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