MELBOURNE FOR THE LONG WEEKEND

During the long Easter weekend break Li-Zen, Vinh and I decided to visit Melbourne. Jaguar was kind enough to offer us a vehicle for our journey down south. The Jaguar F-PACE is a performance crossover for those who love driving, with unrivalled dynamics and everyday usability. 

The all-new F-PACE seats five passengers in absolute comfort. The interior is a perfect blend of premium materials and finishes, exquisite detailing, luxuries such as heated, electrically-reclining rear seats. Vinh and Li were able to sleep quite comfortably for the eight hour drive! ;) 

Another great feature was the Supercharged V6 engine as it made the long drive much more thrilling along the  scenic coastal drive of Melbourne! A special thank you to Jaguar Australia for such a great trip.

Image by: Li-Chi Pan

Image by: Li-Chi Pan

Image by: Li-Chi Pan

Image by: Li-Chi Pan

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Image by: Li-Chi Pan

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VISIT

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Make sure to hit up St. Ali Coffee Roasters whilst in Melbourne. We dropped by for a quick breakfast. I tried the Mexican corn fritters but the coffee was the absolute highlight for me! 

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Great Ocean Road

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Image by: Vinh Pham

We took a full day to drive on the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to the Twelve Apostles! I would highly recommend making a stop at Lock Ark Gorge for an amazing view. As you get closer to the 12 Apostles you will start to see little helicopters flying around. Ample parking is available. Walking across to the viewing platforms to see some of the worlds amazing natural features, albeit natural erosion. You are truly able to appreciate the beauty of mother nature! 

Image by: Li-Chi Pan

Image by: Li-Chi Pan

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Image by: Vinh Pham

STAY

St Jerome's Rooftop Hotel

From the moment you walk inside St Jerome's you feel so welcomed and at home. The staff are so friendly and helpful. Once you settle into your tent there are so many things that you can do at this rooftop hotel that there's no reason for you to leave. And why would you want to leave when you get such an amazing view of the Melbourne CBD? ;)

The free treats upon arrival, complimentary ice-cream and free cocktail are all lovely touches to the hotel. Breakfast was delivered to our tent along with complimentary warm drinks. The tents are chic, cosy and well heated. We were required to share a bathroom with 2 other tents.

Nevertheless, a very unique and novel concept in the heart of Melbourne City. Would highly recommend!

Image by: Vinh Pham

Image by: Vinh Pham

MELBOURNE BACK TO SYDNEY

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Image by: Vinh Pham

Image by: Vinh Pham

Image by: Vinh Pham

GLIDER KS CAFE

I decided to drop by Glider cafe located on the food haven that is Kensington Street. I've always loved this quaint and charismatic space - it's the perfect spot to drop by for a quick coffee or to work in. With its minimal, gold accents and intricate tableware it's hard not to fall in love with this charming, little cafe.

I was lucky enough to meet Anthony upon entering the cafe- who shied away from the camera. However, I managed to sneak in some behind-the-scenes shots whilst he was making coffee and was pleasantly surprised to learn that he was the current owner of the cafe. Anthony developed several Thai-inspired dishes with his wife.
The extensive menu offers some extremely beautifully plated dishes from the Thai Milk tea French toast to the Kimchi Chicken burger. There are both savoury and sweet dishes for all. Looking forward to trying more of this menu! Thank you again for having us.

1) How did you get into the cafΓ© business? What inspired you to get involved?

Working as barista for 15years, cafe always been my second home, maybe I spend more time behind  coffee machine then my bed. So, of causes I have strong passion for coffee but always inspired by customers friends family who enjoys my service.

2) How did you get kick started in the coffee business?

Collecting ideas by talking to customers. Try to understand current trend by traveling and reading. Good opportunity came and I caught it straight away. Without thinking to much.

3) What would a normal day look like for you?

I wake up early and sleep late, I don't know because it's coffee but I can function perfect with out much sleep. Nowadays I spend most of my day documenting ideas and next plan, reading books about coffee plantation.

4) Why Sydney? What draws you to the Sydney coffee & food scene?

Being multicultural city like Sydney, gives you great opportunities to enjoy different types coffee and food with in short travel distance. I always wanted Asian infused food with great cup of coffee served under same hood. I know that lot of them tried and fail. I will make that happen in Sydney.

5) The food at your cafe is incredible! Who comes up with beautiful, picture perfect (or should I say Instagram worthy) dishes? 

Aren't we all like to be unique but not too much? Lucky that I had chance to travel around the world, my normal thinking and seeing things bit different from others. I give my ideas to my chef and he makes it happen. He hates it sometimes and but most of time he loves the out come.

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6) Do you have any advice for people who are looking at starting or running their own business?

Keep in mind that your business should support your life and your life style not the other way around. Knowing but not doing and Not knowing at all is different. Let's know about it and let's do it!


Photography: Li-Chi Pan & Vinh Pham

ABOUT

Address
26 Kensington Street
Chippendale NSW 2008


Phone
 0401 438 883

DO Indulge with PANDORA

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As the morning light creeps into my room and gently casts a shadow onto my white linen sheets, I glance over at my breakfast tray. A cup of warm, black coffee and generous bowl of homemade granola draped with red raspberries and fresh milk awaits me. It's the little quiet moments like these which I value so deeply. Pleasure is not a luxury, but a profound psychological need. 

We get so caught up with the chaos of our daily lives that we often forget to take a moment to appreciate the little things. Like a beautiful bouquet of fresh peonies from the flower markets or a good cup of homemade black coffee. Learn to love and embrace your flaws and imperfections and be confident with who you are, because you are perfect.    

I was lucky enough to have been invited to be a part of PANDORA Jewellery’s new campaign: #DoPANDORA. This campaign helps women express the fact that jewellery (PANDORA) isn't merely a 'fashion statement' nor an 'object of desire' but a symbol of something much bigger. PANDORA inspires a new strength and determination to be honest about who you are and what life means to you -  like PANDORA itself - sharing ideals of social and environmental responsibilities.. The DO PANDORA campaign celebrates this and brings this ethos to the forefront.  

Self love helps mould us into greater versions of ourselves. Believe in yourself a little more and take a moment to indulge once in a while -- you deserve it. 

To view the PANDORA DO campaign and the new season collection, visit www.pandora.net.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: VINH PHAM