Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Срећан Божић / Merry Christmas!

Today is my Christmas, so I would like to say Merry Christmas to all Serbs and Orthodox Christians who are celebrating Christmas on 7th of January!!!

If you'd like to know a little bit more about some traditions, have a look here.

Слава на висини Богу, а на земљи мир, међу људима добра воља (Лк 2, 14)
Мир Божји, Христос ce роди!

Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, good will toward men (Luke 2:12)
Peace from God! Christ is Born!
  
Срећан Божић свим Србима и Православним верницима који славе 7-ог Јануара!!!




Ms Jelena xx



Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year - 2015!!!

Happy New Year!!!!

May 2015 be a year full of love, laughter, success and all of our dreams coming true!

May it be a year of happiness and peace in the world with lots of good things making the breaking news - baby animals, love stories, happy endings, romantic proposals, hilarious movies and everything else that puts a smile on people's faces!!!

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Ms Jelena xx

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Goodbye 2014! Hello 2015!

So 2014 is almost over, my darlings!!!

Hope it's been a great year for you, and if not, 2015 is just around the corner, so let's make it amazing, shall we?!

For me, 2014 has been a year of an amazing highs and some lows. When you think about it, the highs have been high and the lows weren't all that bad.

The highest of highs? I married the love of my life, my best friend and that person that understands me without me having to explain things! It's the best feeling! I feel loved and happy every single day and while little troubles of life get in the way, Mr J is right by my side to make it all better :)

Having my husband, my friends and my family in my life (even when they aren't geographically close) is what makes life good, year in, year out!

Right now, I honestly can't even think of bad things, and my constant mantra is to concentrate on positives! So in 2015, as every year, I will try to make myself be as best a person I can be and achieve the highest of goals, without punishing myself if I don't!

So go on and have a wonderful NYE - whatever you are doing, make sure to stay safe and happy and have lots of fun!

May 2015 be a year of new beginnings, new possibilities and old experiences to guide you to a happier you!!!

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Love,

Ms Jelena xx



Monday, 29 December 2014

Melbourne 101

As it comes to the end of the year, we all start to summarise what we did, where we went, what we saw during the year. We tick off the lists, we make plans for the next year and we look forward to it, no?

This year, hubby and I went to Tassie! Now, I will be writing about Tassie and I will tell you about some of the highlights of our trip at some point, what I wish I'd known before I went, what places were a "must see" etc., but before I do that, I think it's only fair to talk about the city I call home - my beloved Melbourne!
 

So I might bore you with what's coming your way with this post, but if you've never been to good ol' Melbs before, then keep on reading! Did you know that Melbourne has been names the world's most liveable city for the fourth year in a row?! And in 2014 we have also been voted the friendliest city too! I moved to Melbourne over two years ago and it's funny how much it feels like home. Don't get me wrong, home is where the heart is and I call a few more places my "home", but when I see Melbourne from the plane and once I land, I feel home. I felt this way ever since my first visit to Melbourne 10 or so years ago!

View of Melbourne CBD from Brighton Beach

When I moved to Melbourne, everything was new, so I did a lot of exploring and I still do. I feel that this vibrant city has so much to offer and that for as long as I'm here I will never ever get bored - a new store or a cafe will pop up, a new exhibition will be on, there is always something to do in Melbourne!

So, my darlings, while in Melbourne, why not take advantage of the free City Circle Tram and hop onto a W Class tram that will take you around the CBD, past some major sights such as Princess Theatre, historical Flinders Street Station and Parliament House and Treasury Gardens. This tram runs every 12 or so minutes, so you can hop on and off to explore the streets, laneways and arcades and discover the true magic of Melbourne at your own pace. The City Circle Tram will help you get around the city and to see some of the sights you might not see otherwise because you might not walk up that way.


Melbourne loves to wine and dine, so whether you are looking for a five course degustation menu with wines to match, a quick bite, just a coffee and dessert, or maybe something from a particular country or cuisine, this multicultural city will satisfy your cravings. For Asian cuisine, head to Swanston Street and make sure to go into Melbourne's Chinatown Precinct, located in the eastern end of Little Bourke Street. For something Greek, make sure to visit Lonsdale Street Greek Precinct and for everything else, just wonder around and get lost in the laneways and streets - Hardware Lane is one of my favourites for a late night dinner and I make sure to take all my visitors there! And if you are after some drinks, enjoy them with a spectacular view at one of Melbourne’s fantastic rooftop bars - Melbourne's Rooftop Bar, I am looking at you! And if you're wondering out of the city, check out Naked in the Sky - the best!!! :)

Another awesome bar to visit is Ponyfish Island - located under the love bridge!

I love my coffee and so does Melbs, so we get along just fine when it comes to a cup of that perfect latte or a cappuccino. Manchester Press, Brother Baba Budan, Market Lane Coffee, Padre, Cup of Truth to name a few. Explore until you find a perfect blend and head outside the city to find even more fun and quirky cafes with amazing coffee. Degraves Street also offers awesome cafes and that European culture - loud, noisy, laughter and lots of cigarette smoke. Now, I'm not a smoker myself, but it doesn't bother me when others smoke and I think it really adds to the atmosphere!

Padre at South Melbourne Market
Everyone who knows me would also know that I don't share desserts (willingly) and that I quite like my sugar hit! I'll usually head to Brunetti's after shopping and when everything else is closed, but I'm very fond of Laurent's, Luxbite, Zumbo (he's at Melbourne's Emporium now!), Chockolait (their Pavlova is to die for!). If you're wanting to go a bit into South Melbourne make sure to visit Chez Dre - it's amazing for breakfast, lunch, coffee and of course the desserts - mouthwateringly delicious! 

Breakfast at Chez Dre
And before I go into more food coma, let's move along to something healthier! A walk in the park perhaps! Melbourne is quite leafy and has some beautiful parks - when you are here for a limited time, you might not even wonder into those parks, but if you are staying in Melbourne for a week or so, I'd suggest you make a bit of time to explore the parks as well - Fitzroy Gardens feature a beautiful Tudor Village and also Cook's Cottage, so do check them out if you get a chance! 

Cook's Cottage

Tudor Village

Alexandra Gardens, Queen Victoria Gardens and King's Domain are also beautiful, so if you are heading that way, make sure to visit the Shrine of Remembrance as well - pay your respects to Australian men and women who have served in war. The crypt is beautiful and it gives me goosebumps every time I visit - it is a special place. You can also go up the stairs to the roof that offers beautiful views of Melbourne. And for even more spectacular views, you really need to go to Eureka Skydeck!

Inside the Shrine of Remembrance
Do you love street art, my lovelies? Go up the stairs, down to the basements and roam the streets and laneways to discover your own treasures and to admire Melbourne’s many urban galleries. Melbourne is renowned for its street art, so have a wander through Hosier Lane, Rutledge Lane or Union Lane, to name just a few, and check out the graffiti or catch an artist at work! Now I don't know about you, but I love me a bit of street art and Melbourne does street art really well! The detail is absolutely incredible on so many of these paintings - you feel like you are looking into the soul of the girl on that wall! Take your time to really explore and appreciate what these artists do and make sure to take photos because these streets and laneways are constantly changing!

Artist at work in Hosier Lane

Melbourne loves being unique, so for some people watching take a stroll along the Yarra River where Melbourne’s distinctive style ranging from trendy, straight of the runway, to hipster, street grunge and preppy is on full display. I love that I can wear whatever I wish and noone is going to judge me. I love that feeling of being myself and being accepted in Melbourne and I think our little Melbs does the welcoming and acceptance better than other places! 


Speaking of uniqueness, cross one of the bridges and walk along Melbourne streets to soak in the city’s architecture where old buildings go hand in hand with the modern ones. I love that Melbourne preserves the walls of old buildings and then builds something completely new and modern out of it, so we have these beautiful old facades and then a skyscraper peaking out of it!

Melbourne's Architecture - a bit of old and a bit of new
I could go on and on and on with the lists of things you should visit - SeaLife, galleries, museums, parks and gardens, but the point I would like to make is that you should just relax and enjoy your experience. Our weather is a bit unpredictable, so make sure to have a scarf or a cardi handy to make yourself warm in case the weather changes and  don't get upset over wind or rain, just enjoy the ride!

Melbourne Central
And to cut my ramble here, all I can say is that I really love Melbourne. I moved here on my own and I never felt lonely, because there are always people out on the streets. I'd go for a walk along the Yarra along the South Bank, or down Bourke Street, Swanston Street or anywhere else really and I'd just let me thoughts wander away. Melbourne buzzes with people, laughter and music, so go on and explore! Don't be afraid of getting lost, because you will discover something new everywhere you go and that is exactly what I've been doing here ever since I officially starter calling Melbourne my home.

Fire displays at Crown Casino - nightly on every hour

Where is your home, my lovelies? And why is it special?

Love,

Ms Jelena xx







 

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all my darling readers who are celebrating today!

I hope your Christmas is filled with laughter, happiness, love, peace and joy wherever you are and whoever you are with!

I hope you all get some awesome pressies, but also remember to be grateful for what you already have!

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Remember to love, give and forgive!


Love,

Ms Jelena xx