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Many of you may or may not know that I also write for Weekendnotes, a website featuring articles about events and activities happening in Melbourne.

I’ve also just started writing for a new website called Livlicious. It has a similar concept to Weekendnotes but also has opportunities for businesses to contribute with special offers etc. Check it out and if you have any suggestions, leave it on the Feedback tab, as it’s only just starting out!

Here’s a selected few of my articles but please visit the respective websites to see the rest so you don’t miss out!

 

 

 

Goyogo Frozen Yoghurt

Froyo is all the craze now, so of course the popular and lively nightlife of Lygon St could not miss out! Goyogo is a new frozen yoghurt place on the popular strip and they’re attracting people with their bright, modern decor, and their flavours and toppings that cater to everyone. Read more here.

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Top Things to do in Autumn in Melbourne

It’s a common mistake to believe there’s not much to do in Melbourne once summer is over. However there’s plenty of places to explore that radiate a special and unique beauty in autumn. Read more here.

 

 

 

Blue Lotus Water Gardens

The beautiful lotuses and water lilies at Blue Water Lotus Gardens make for spectacular views in this area of Yarra Valley. It’s great for a walk – take in the luscious scenery as you walk on cute bridges in the midst of it all or sit down for a bite in a gazebo. Hurry, the season closes on 6th April. Read more here.

Picknics Cafe

Located along Nepean Highway, the strip right across the beach, this Rye cafe serves some classic breakfast meals with careful presentation. In addition to that you can walk right across to the beach after your meal. Read more here.

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Where to Relax, Read and Dine

If you want to know where to dine with some amazing views, what’s a relaxing place to enjoy a read or what’s on next weekend, my latest Weekendnotes articles will tell you all that. Simply click the links below or visit here. You can even show me your support by clicking “Like” or “Subscribe to Monique N” in the left hand corner of that page!

Philippine Fiesta 2013: article//website

If you didn’t get enough of Filo culture in my last post, did you know that each year there is a Philippine Fiesta in Melbourne? You can witness some amazing cultural performances, from singing to dance and wrestling matches. Meanwhile, you can venture through all the food stores and sample their amazing BBQ dishes.

If you look out, some Filipino groceries are selling presale tickets to the event or you can just rock up on the day!

Top Places to Read a Book in Melbourne: article

Need I say more? Sometimes, you just want to enjoy your latest novel and block out everything else. However, it’s always nice to do so in a peaceful atmosphere, whether it’s a beach or a park. Read my article for my favourite spots, including a little sneaky treat at the end.

Melbourne Dining Spots with a View: article

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Here you will find some conventional places that you may have heard of, within the greenery of areas such as the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges. If you’re wondering what will be nice for someone’s next big occasion, if you want to explore or if you simply just want to treat yourself, these places are perfect to drop by!

Tulips, Tulips Everywhere

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If you are looking for a some beautiful scenery in the Dandenong Ranges, there are numerous options. Come spring, the Tesselaar Tulip Festival is a popular destination for tourists, families, couples and anyone looking for a relaxing day. Oh, and for anyone feeling a bit photogenic.

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Each year, the tulip farm holds a festival around September-October. I also visited last year, but I really don’t remember it being as packed as it was this weekend! The carpark was enormous, yet vehicles lined the streets, disregarding the no-parking area.

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The fields are lined with vibrant colours in strips, and basically everyone is strolling down them and taking photos with their DSLRs. It’s really a sight to see and it happened to be some great, sunny weather. The fields are quite muddy – so be prepared to get your shoes dirty! To assist with this, there are various “boot scrapers” located around the venue, where you hold on to the structure, put your shoes up and, well, scrape the dirt off your shoes!

Each weekend has a theme, unluckily it was the same theme as the time I visited last year. It would have been nice to experience a different culture, but nevertheless I experienced the Dutch Weekend again and tried some Dutch donuts. Unfortunately, they were very oily, doughy and not as flavoursome as I thought. There are various stalls for ice-cream, Dutch poffertjes (pancakes), sausages, ice-cream and more, but expect a long line for the main cafe.

There was also a cute, traditional Dutch dance performance in clogs. The seniors who are part of this group are very enthusiastic and happy to perform for the crowd each year.

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There are other sections to stroll through besides the tulip fields such as the separate gardens where they grow tulips (below), cherry blossom trees, walkways of other brightly coloured flowers, and little spots for kids (a fake rainbow, some poles that make music etc).

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As usual, there are some downsides. The main food lines are long, as are the toilet lines. The portable toilets got clogged up and on the way out, as I eyed the line of cars illegally parked and thought no one would fine that many people – behold! Two ticket inspectors making their way down the line. Perhaps the event holders need to look into this parking situation for the future.

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Besides these minute cons, I highly recommend this place if you just want to have a stroll with friends or family amongst some beautiful colours. If you are interested in going this year, make a move! They still have a Food, Jazz and Wine weekend and an Irish weekend left.

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Tesselaar Tulip Farm is located at 357-359 Monbulk Road, Silvan. Tickets are $20 adult, $17 concession and can be bought online or on the day, more information here.