Dessert Heavan at Bay Vista Parramatta

Monday, October 15, 2018
Bay Vista Parramatta Chocolate Pecan Pie
Bay Vista Ice Cream Bowls
Bay Vista Menu
Bay Vista Apple Crumble Waffle
Bay Vista Ice Cream
Bay Vista Cake Parramatta

Bay Vista Parramatta at Altitude Building, 1/330 Church St, Parramatta NSW 2150

Eleven weeks ago until the end of the year means I have around eleven more posts to blog. And I am starting to feel as though I am finally making a dent into my backlog.

And I also feel satisfied when I tick through my 'To Blog' list, even though I am exhausted from staying up to blog before the week is up.
Like today. I did a 10 hour working day on a Monday. A Monday. Officially the worst day of the week; and on Mondays I have to start work at 7.30am.
So tonight I can home at 7pm and immediately had a twenty minute nap, feeling distraught that I was already this tired on a Monday, then when I woke up I had some cheese and some boring brown rice with meat. I had to wash the dishes, pack my lunch, clean up after myself and do some mundane adult activities.

Now I am sitting here, writing this up. And my mouth is salivating at the desserts I ate a few months ago at Bay Vista. This was my first visit here and I remember how excited I was to study the extensive menu. And when the desserts came out in huge portions I remember cheering with my bestie friends Betty, Jaye and Erin. From memory (as the menu always changes at Bay Vista) we had ordered the Chocolate pecan pie with a side of cornflakes, vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. Jaye had this magnificent ice cream bowl with caramel sauce and banana, and Betty ordered waffles topped with apple crumble with extra vanilla ice cream. Then we also had berry shakes, milkshakes and soy lattes to accompany the food.

And I remember specifically that this food, gave me comfort and an escape. It just reminded me that sometimes all you need is some good cake. Work is supposed to be a means to a life (a life outside of work), it gave me an excuse to hang out with my friends who just wanted to not care about their diets for a few hours, and it reminded me that I am lucky enough to go out and experience nights like this, even though right now I am here in my PJs blogging (and watching my husband pack his lunch for work tomorrow, bless him).

Anyways today is a short blog post, here to just reminisce some dessert from Bay Vista. Sometimes the photos I took are enough to convince people that the food here was delicious!
Hopefully I can get some good rest tonight and be ready for another 10 hour work day tomorrow. At least I can find some comfort in the fact that it won't be a Monday.

Love is In the Air - Smokebomb Photography

Monday, October 8, 2018
Smokebomb Photography Orange Smoke
Coloured Smoke Yellow Smokebomb Photography
Pink Smokebomb Photography
Blue Smokebomb Jeep
Green Smokebomb Colored
Red Smokebomb Photography
Coloured Smoke Photography Orange Smoke
Blue Smokebomb Jeep
Green Smokebomb Colored Black & White
Coloured Smoke Yellow Smokebomb Photography
Pink Smokebomb Photography
Coloured Smoke Blue Mountains Photography
Green Smokebomb Colored
Blue Smokebomb Jeep
Coloured Smoke Blue Mountains Photography
Coloured Smoke Orange Photography
Coloured Smoke Orange Photography

Photos by: Clarzzique Photography and Videography (Clarissa)
Smokebombs from Coloured Smoke - purchased CS-18g 5 packed MIXED (1x: Red, yellow, green, blue, orange)
Location: Lennox Bridge, Glenbrook NSW Australia

A few months before our wedding, I approached the talented Clarissa from Clarzzique Photography and Videography to discuss using coloured smoke bombs for our pre-wedding photos.
With both parties never using smoke bombs before, I think the photos turned out beautifully!

We went and lit the first smokebomb and just went with it. We soon realized we only had about five minutes or so before the smoke bomb completely sizzled out. Luckily we asked Lisa and Flora to help fan the coloured smoke to try and control the direction. We also ran around trying to get our poses in and to move out if the smoke became too much. There was alot of yelling from Clarissa to move positions if she saw the smoke was immersing us and yells from Lisa asking if she should fan more or less. It was pretty funny.

There was a moment when we had lit the yellow smoke bomb and the smoke traveled well above the bridge where cars passed by. Two people stopped their cars to peer down to yell out if we were ok. I think one person even pulled out their phone to take a quick photo. Luckily they left after we yelled out "we're good!".

Sp here are a few tips for anyone out there trying out Smokebomb Photography:

1. Bring a friend to help fan smoke and to light smokebombs
2. We had a light reflector (it was huge) which really helped with pushing smoke fast. But anything with a big circumference will help.
3. When fanning, don't use a up-down continuous motion, try and only fan in a downwards motion once, then access the smoke, then gently and slowly bring the fan up again, and then fan again is a downwards motion. This helps move the smoke gently in one direction rather then fully immersing the subjects.
4. Bring wet wipes!
5. Friends should only wear clothes that they don't mind getting dirty
6. Bring a gas lighter with an extended ignite so you can light the smokebomb from afar. Also smoke holders help (can be purchased from Coloured Smoke)
7. The smokebomb releases smoke fast, so plan your poses and positions beforehand
8. It helps that your friend holds the smoke bomb and move it around the subject
9. Pick a location that is quiet and get permission from any parks beforehand.
9. My favorite colours were blue, red (pink) and orange! More dynamic.

And last of all, have fun! I think Clarissa took hundreds of shots to find a few perfect ones. She did a great job and especially within the unknown territory of Smoke Bombs - she captured the love, crazy, cheesiness and fun between us. Thank you!

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