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Nan Tien Temple

Nan Tien Temple – Wollongong

Nan Tien Temple which carry the meaning by “Southern Heaven Temple” is a Buddhist Temple complex located in Berkeley on the southern outskirts of the Australian city of Wollongong, about 80 km south of Sydney. It is one of the branch temples of the Taiwanese Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order, founded in 1967 by Hsing Yun,  which has over 120 branches worldwide. The temple is one of the largest Buddhist temples in the southern hemisphere, completed in 1995 (source wiki).

It was Chinese new Year Week 2018 and we decided to came to this temple to visit. There’s many people visiting on weekend though the tour buses and the car park was full when we arrives but we manage to find a parking anyway. Please scroll down to see the photo’s.

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The area is so big so make sure you are fit to walk. There is a reputable vegetarian restaurant here but we did not manage to eat there because too many people was queuing and we do not want to wait. This is a good place to visit especially if you’re a Buddhist, you can  pray here.

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Nan_Tien_Temple_Exit

Thanks for stopping by to read! XOXO

Wollongong Short Visit

Wollongong – Light House

A 2 hour drive from Sydney to come here is really worth it, I came here last 2 years and it’s so good to be back! The day was sunny, warm and windy.

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Wollongong_light_house

The City Beach view from the Light house is stunning. So many people were here last weekend.

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More photos from the Light house.You can soak in the rock pool as photo below or just have a sun bathing, all you need to do is walk down to the rocks from the light house.

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Its very calm to just sit and relax here while watching the waves

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Wollongong_light_house_View

I bought a mango-hazelnut ice-cream from the ice-cream van but the taste is just normal. Its the only vehicle that sell drinks and dessert there at the time.

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Wollongong_light_house_icecream

 

Palm Beach and Whale Beach Outing

Last weekend we planed on going fishing at Palm Beach at the Northern Beaches. So, we went early so we could catch the evening views. It was lovely evening and at 6.30pm it was still sunny and warm.

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Palm_Beach

There is still many locals having picnics and swimming at the time.

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Palm_Beach

Not to mentions all the nice boats park at the deeper side of the water. The water is calm here so its safe to swim. By the way this was my second time coming here but before was already dark so no nice views like this.

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We didn’t notice this sign before. But after consult the land_based_fishing group in fb they said its ok to fish here as long as you clean up the mess.

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We decided to look for other places to fish though since we are not so sure if its really okay to fish in Palm Beach. So we went to this Whale Beach it was on the other side of the land, just Waze for it if you have doubt. After a long haul to look for this beach we finally arrived. Whale beach is wide and the sand is golden brown colour (very unique). The waves is very strong and we saw other people fishing there as well.

Its hard to fish here, even with heavy sinker and fishing line doesn’t sink properly and keep coming back to the beach. Ive told my partner to get a proper gear as beach fishing isn’t as easy as the fishing on the wharf, especially the one with super strong waves hehe… Next time perhaps.

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Whale_Beach

Lucky we brought some home cook canton fried noodles. We had dinner on the beach while watching the waves and sunsets.

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Yup, thats Palm Beach Wharf night view. we came back to Palm Beach at 9pm because its safer here. We cast our lines from the beach and not from the wharf; technically legal =). Didn’t catch any fish though, quiet night. Even the people thats on the wharfs seems to catch nothing that night.

Fishing at Blacksmith Beach on New Year 2018

The year of 2018 we/i started with beach fishing! Blacksmiths is a coastal suburb of the City of Lake Macquarie in New South Wales, Australia adjacent to the Pacific Ocean 24 kilometres south of Newcastle’s central business district, between the suburbs of Belmont and Swansea (wikipedia).

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The photo above taken on the way to blacksmith. I could see boat stopping by the sand and families enjoys the white sandy, crystal clear water and the blue skies. Such a lovely hot day!

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The slides shows the view when i stepped into the beach. Its wide and long thus plenty spaces for everyone. If you have a 4×4 you can drive up here too.

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It was a hot windy day lucky i had my cap & scarf on!

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Fishing

We started fishing when the tides is up but there’s still many people walking on the beach. This is my first time beach fishing so now i know you must be in the water and waves in order to get good shot LOOOLL. But wasn’t nice when it gets darker and colder!

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Yess thats a shark but small one, and No we didn’t keep him its illegal we know.

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Fishing – This Guy is pretty huge, threw him back to the sea too!
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Fish- yes we kept that one *grin*
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Furboy visited us
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Fishing while looking over the moon

Its really windy at this time and getting cold too. I need to get my jackets ready next time.

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The Flesh+Blood

Thats my new years adventures and i hope more to come =)

There’s a short video on this trip check it out : Blacksmith_Beach

Singapore Trip Part 3

Day 3

Hello there, today i would share on the third day activities in Singapore. Supposedly to USS in Sentosa but we ended up in Sentosa beach!

First of all i would want to show you guys my phone data and calls balance. So much left and i don’t think anyone can finish it!

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3.1 The Lunch at Hard Rock Cafe Sentosa

Upon arriving Sentosa, we went to HRC to eat. The Bars is cozy the staff were attentive and the food was great.

We ordered Buffalo Wings, Legendary Burger and Chicken Sandwich. Everything was great and big portions, Cant finish everything but as long as the craved was served thats all matter!

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Must Take photo they made it in such way for tourist to have a moment here. Should have this in Malaysia though!

3.2 The surrounding of Universal Studio Singapore

We were supposed to go to Universal Studio today but because after lunch its already past 3pm and The USS close at 6pm so we decided to roam around and come back tomorrow.

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Which one would you go to??

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As we all know Resorts World is everywhere In Malaysia, Philippine and also in SG.

3.3 Beach Station, Sentosa Island

As we walk we found a monorail station not far from USS gate and its free ride since its still new. We walked towards the crowds and wait for the monorail and head to Palawan Beach at the very end of the station.

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Monorail Station – Beach Station

It was hot and humid. After a while we start to sweat and sticky. It was a long walk and yeah this one is unexpected.

We finally reached the Palawan Beach in the end and there’s many people chilling here, having picnics with friends and families and some just taking a swim . Impressive man made islands and beaches.

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Palawan Beach from the Hang Bridge
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Palawan Beach – Look Out Point -Sunset
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Palawan Beach- Look Out Point
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Palawan Beach – Look Out Point
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Palawan Beach- The SouthernMOST Point Of Continental Asia
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Before Crossing back – on the Hanging Bridge
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The Surrounding
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The Peacock

If you have children, bring them here, would be very interesting  for them to play in Kidzania. Im not too sure whats in there though.

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Kidzania

Most of the toilets along the beach is still under constructions this time around so if you need a loo you have to come to Kidzania there’s public toilet here.

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Kidzania –  Qatar Airways

People does cycling here and Its really fun to watch.

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Sentosa Island Map
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Walking towards Siloso Beach
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So much ahead of us
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The Beach Station
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The I.FLY Cafe

Its so much fun seeing everyone learning to fly in that large tube Its definitely a must try if you have yet to eat something because i think the pressure might make you vomit if you do this with a full stomach.

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I.FLY Singapore

Please plan your budget ahead if you wanna do this. Shopping  earlier days makes us put this in the wish list . *wink*

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Price Screen

There’s also few nice rides here (which we don’t expect to bump into), as well =(. Due to time constraint we keep walking to see what else they offer  (after the photos below). So much of a “Singapore is not so big to finish in 2 days” – said my partner as this part of the island was still in construction many many years ago when he came. Now we are chasing time to explore (@@).

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Luge Ride – Sentosa Island
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Luge Ride – Ticketing Counter
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Cable Rides

Further walking we found this Mega Adventure booth that operates couple of adventures and one of them is flying fox to the small island across the beach.

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Tour Counter

We walked to the end of the beach and found Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resorts. From this point we walk along Imbiah Walk then found Siloso Point Bus Stop. The day is getting dark and we followed everyone else taking the bus. To our surprised we were sent to VivoCity Mall at the Harbour Front. Now, thats the catch. Supposedly this free ride is for the resorts guest but we accidentally went with it and went out of Sentosa. Well, we didn’t managed to visit The Merlion because we thought we have enough time to come back there by Monorail but now we are out of the Island, perhaps we can go back again next time? Our innocent bought us the free ride though. I guess my mission to take photo with the “Merlion” statue is gone for the second time. Yesterday at the Marina Bay Sand I didn’t managed as well because it’s late and “The Merlion” on the bay front already been switched off, no lights & no water coming out of its mouth =((. Someday!!! Sighhhh….

3.4 VivoCity Mall

So yeah, this a a good sign to be able to visit this mall out of the plan, at least going into the air conditioned again after hours of walking. Entering the mall and saw the phone charging station and since my phone is on the low bat I went straight to it. Its very easy to operate this thing just put any finger you like as it require a finger print to open & unlock, and its foc.

This mall is pretty descent with a train station attached to it make it easy for anyone coming over. Perhaps most tourist here is from Sentosa Resorts!

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The VivoCity Mall
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The Sign

 

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Train Map
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Train Fares

We decided to be adventurous today and take the train back. We will take the line from Harbour Front to Outram Park (Interchange, Punggol Line) then to Lavender (Pasir Line). We estimated walking around 10-15 minutes to reach the hotel from Lavender Station. The fare is cheap only cost $3.80 for us both! Recommended for those who seeks adventure and save  $$$ =).

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Harbour Front Station
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Harbour Front Station
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Outram Park Station – Interchange to the East West Line
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Outram Park Station – Interchange to the East West Line
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Outram Park Station – Interchange to the East West Line

We arrived Lavender Station and use a GPS map to find ways to our hotel. Along the way we stop by a supermarket to get some food and drinks.

The slideshow shows some of the things sold.

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And yeah we made it to the hotel with just $3.80! Thumbs up to me hehe.

I’ll update some video on my youtube later on on todays trip.

Do take a look ya! PrettygorgeousalleyTV

 

Singapore Trip Part-2.2

Garden By The Bay

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Credit: Garden by The Bay website

As we all know this time around is the season for Lantern Festival (Moon Cake Festival/Mid Autumn) so we decided to celebrates the night of the lights at the Garden by the Bay. From”Garden by The Bay’  website photos that we see, it is one magnificent photo and we would want to see what they have there. Thus after Orchard rd. walk, we decided to go by taxi around 5.30pm.

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Garden By The Bay

When we arrived, we saw many people; families, groups, tours, children from all over age range. The park is actually a nature park consist of 102 hectares that consist of Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. Well, thats not what we expected! Another long haul walk to finish this Park but this is just the beginning.

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Ferris wheel from a far
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Marina Bay Resort

Then we realised there are two cooled conservatories which is 1)the Flower Dome and 2)the Cloud Forest. Both are a super huge glass house. So we made our way to the ticketing counter and hope to catch the lanterns once we done.

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Going to the Ticketing Counter

We have to turn twice to find the entrance, you’ll have to walk around the “glasshouse”to get to the ticketing counter to access the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome, both entrance is opposite each other.

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Admissions Prices

We noticed that the last time to enter each garden is at 9pm and now is 7.24pm so we will be a bit rushed. The price for two conservatories is 28$ for tourist. We didn’t have time to use the skyway though, maybe next time.

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1. Flower Dome

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Entrance- Flower Dome

Upon Stepping inside windy chill weather and its fully air conditioned. These plants are so lucky to not experience heat in this tropical country!

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It’s just kind of weather that everyones like – High Land weather. So many lights. My photo’s bit dark because of all these dim lights.

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Whoever getting married here, I’m sure she is one lucky bride! Somewhat i felt like in Avatar with all these blue lighting.

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Pumpkins

These giant pumpkins makes me fell like halloween without costume!

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Gorgeous right! Who would thought of this place is actually in a ‘glasshouse’? It’s so futuristic.

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Wood Dragon Sculpture

The wood dragon above makes me wonder: Danarys Targaryn LOL…

There’s lots of strange shape looking plants too like the cactus in the photo above. I saw signage of Flower Dome Cafe while we walk but too bad we can’t check it out because of time constrain. It would be nice to come early and sip coffee and enjoy the weather and the views, probably next time!

2. Cloud Forest

After almost one hour at the Flower Dome we finally entering the Cloud Forest. The entrance was impressive there is a mist and a 35 metre indoor waterfall (the highest indoor waterfall in the world!). I only have a “WOW” facto in mind at the time. If someday we lost all the forest due to human self destruct & global warming, this will be the only place to see one.

It felt really chilled with the mist, feels like raining from the 35 feet waterfall; plus theres so many Wood Dragon Sculpture around. How does this Cloud Forest Felt after Visitor Time Finished yea? Must be scary.

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Wood Dragon Sculpture
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Cloud Forest – Rafflesia Flower that can only be found in Borneo
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Waterfall from the higher ground

The photo above – Thats one high waterfall.

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Cloud Forest
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Cloud Forest- The highest bridge.
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Cloud Forest

I’m not so sure if a height fright person should do this walk. Parents with young children even push along their baby stroller here so i guess it depend on the person.

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lime stones

There’s limestone too, i wasn’t expected this. Good for young children to learn.

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cloud forest – *peace*

The hight mountain above is the back of the waterfall in the earlier photos.

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Cloud Forest
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Cloud Forest Gallery

We cant spend time at the gallery because the place is almost close. I only managed to grab 1 small souvenirs *sad*. They close sharp at 10pm! I wish they have souvenirs machine outside though at least i can buy some from the  machines.

3. The Lantern

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Love all these lanterns, they made them in such to show the cultures of the people of the olden days.

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As we walk out of the Garden, we found a straight bridge walkaway across the highway, passing by Marina Bay Resorts toward the Marina Bay Sand.

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Spectacular view of the night from the walkaway especially that ferries wheel.

4. Marina Bay Sands

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Spectacular architecture. just like the conservatories! Means, daylight during the day and save energy. So many shops here but all were closed. This morning our Uber guy was saying “you need around 5 days to tour Singapore so that you have enough time”. Only by then we realise that its so much to see and 3 nights isn’t enough!

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We had supper at the foodcourt as its the only place open after 10pm that we found. Still many people there even though the shops were already closed.

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We took a peek from outside of the Casino but we didn’t enter as we were wearing shorts and felt inappropriate. So this one to be visit next time =).

If you’re plan to come here, do come early and take lots of photos.

Thanks for reading! XOXO!PrettygorgeousalleyTV

Singapore Trip Part-2.1

Orchard Rd.

Good morning SG it’s the second day today being here. Before heading out I went to the mini mart just down the hotel and get my tourist prepaid sim card else i cant online and during this trip *wink*.  Well there you go as in the pic below I got 100G data, 500mins local call and 20mins IDD, valid for 5 day and cost only 15$. Who can finish 100G in 5 days?

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Then we head straight to Orchard Rd by UBER. Its pretty cheap and wont take long to get one as there’s lot of UBER driver around the corner.

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At Orchard Rd, we went to one of the Food Junction – (food court) to have lunch. Theres so many stalls to choose from but we decided to have Beef Soup noodle, Beef black pepper rice and bbq chicken wings. The food portion is big and we barely finish the food.

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Cosmetic’s in in Guardian Drug Store

Im impressed by the price tag display, Malaysia counterpart should use the digital price tag display too, its really not environmental friendly with printing all these papers and inconvenient to customer when the tag is missing plus when the bar reader is not working.

It’s fun to see all the never ending malls while walking on Orchard rd. but we cant really go to each and every shops or mall in a few hours. Along the road we saw Victoria Secret Flag Store and check it out:

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Enjoying the music

The store is really huge and I love that big screen TV & the curved stairs! Got 2 bottles of mists for my sisters back home and its on promo 39$ for 2! Bargain 😍.

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Gold and Jewelry

I also went to Astalift, the price in Malaysia is much cheaper but SG store have products that Malaysia don’t. Price wise, better buy the Jelly in KL, it save a lot!

Well to be honest orchard rd. is just a never ending street of massive shopping malls and we did not spend the whole day here as well as we need to go to the Lantern Festival at the Garden by The Bay. See you at the next post! xoxo