Another late post... Sorry! Just a little run through of my morning in Manchester a couple of weekends back with my family and little pup, through a series of (mostly) squares. I realise it's only a sneak peek of two places, but both were such gems that I felt compelled to share with you all. It was relieving to be away from home, even if it was only for a few days. Although, I did get rather sick of my dad's persistence towards taking tourist pictures in every irrelevant place photo. (Most notably the random candid in front of Primark? #asiandad) Anyway, I'm happier to be home now and back on track with my projects, one of which is redecorating my room! More to come soon, hope you're all well. Xx
P.S. Apologies in advance for a super photo-heavy post! 

We scoured the net to find the best place for brunch in the city and Home Sweet Home did not disappoint us at all. It definitely levels with the brunches that I have back home.
Highlight of the meal: the BEST Nutella and toasted marshmallow milkshake eeever. Seriously. Didn't even take my time to savour this, lapped it all up before my food came. Too good. 
Also good but not as good: the poached eggs on toasted sourdough with a side of spinach. My go-to brunch of choice and Home Sweet Home certainly did it some justice. Just... not as good as the truffled poached eggs I get at a local place!

I have yet to find an art shop as cool as Fred Aldous in London but maybe I haven't really tried hard enough. Anyway, this place is seriously awesome. (Side note: I've been using this word far too much, suggestions on a better word maybe? Please?) It's full of fun crafty things and two vintage chemical photo booths - one colour and one black and white. The sister and I opted for the B&W and unsurprisingly, I pulled mugshot faces in all four. Double chins galore. 



A horrible curated and weird collection of photos from Southbank's current Festival of Love, which I visited a couple of weeks back. Despite the mess that is this post, I wanted to share these photos from my day with my sister they were too good not to share. The festival is hard to miss, with huge neon installations and typography dotted around the South Bank centre. A little crazy, whimsical and a whole lot of fun. Definitely worth checking out if you're looking for something a little artsy in London - or even if you're not. What's not to love about hanging origami birds and giant light installations?



My little (big) sanctuary in the city. Staying in Jakarta equates to hectic schedules, mad traffic capable of driving you berserk and lots (and lots) of time being spent indoors.  Luckily, my grandparents have this awesome garden which they absolutely pride themselves on. It's understandable though; this place is the perfect spot to read a book, watch some Parks and Rec and just breathe a little before re-entering into Jakarta's insanity.  It's not even been two weeks since leaving the city I'd call my second home but I'm definitely missing it already - lots more than I expected. Planning my next trip back ASAP.



Zara overalls, H&M striped top. Fjallraven Kanken rucksack, New Balance trainers

Some shots of me monkeying about on Monday after my day out with my sister at the Festival of Love. It turns out Syakira has become a decent photographer and she may just be better than me on the portraits front - I've been a little rusty and seriously need to up my game. My mum gifted me with this Kanken backpack before I left for Indonesia a month ago and I've pretty much established it's the best bag ever, although admittedly my travels have taken a toll on it and it's in dire need of a good wash. Also whilst on the topic of items that have taken a toll, we should take about this striped top. It's lasted me for two years maybe, through thick and thin, but I'm starting to think I'm going to need a new one. It's a little hard for me to let go of this one since we've shared so many memories and it's travelled practically every with me. Every time I buy a new one, I find it never feels as good as my trusty H&M number. But I've come to terms with the fact that all good things must end so any suggestions for striped tops would be welcomed with open arms! 

P.S. I have one or two posts lined up from my trip to Jakarta so prepare for some back and forth action between Jakarta, London and an upcoming trip to Manchester/Liverpool/Chester/the general northern area.