Dublin Bay Cruises

Earlier today, I was invited by Anastacia to join Tayo and herself on Dublin Bay Cruises from Dublin city centre to Howth. I’ve went for another cruise with this company before, from Dun Laoghaire to city centre. It seems a great opportunity to visit Howth again. We departed at 11am from Sir John Rogersons’s Quay.

Dublin Bay CruisesThe weather was warm although it’s rather cloudy then, I was contemplating whether to bring a jacket with me or not. It was a right decision to bring one, as it became very windy and cold when we’re out in the open sea. The girls definitely enjoyed themselves, especially Anastacia. Tayo still has a fear to go the end of the boat, kept holding on the rail for fear of falling into the water. Half way through the cruise, I got a little seasick and decided to stay in the cabin while watching a documentary about whales and deep sea life.

Happy girls on the cruiseHappy AnastaciaAfter an hour and half, we finally arrived in Howth, just in time for lunch. We went to a tapas restaurant, Octopussy, mainly because of its name and it also serves non-seafood items (Anastacia doesn’t like seafood). Later, I discovered it was ranked 3rd in Top 10 Great Places to Eat Outdoors by Lovin Dublin. Only 9 more to find and dine. Summer, please come soon!Octopussy's Seafood TapasOctopussy's menuAnastacia ordered chicken wings, Tayo had a platter and I got myself a seafood chowder. Everything was remarkably delicious, although the patata brava didn’t quite live up the expectation. I’m quite surprise how much I enjoyed the lightly battered anchovy. I’m glad we went in early to the restaurant since it got packed very quickly afterward. 3 groups were put in a 20-min queue to get seated in. We decided not to linger around after we finished the food due to this.Delicious lunchSeafood chowderAfterward we walked around Howth Market. I love food market, the smell of freshly baked goods, beautiful decorated dessert. I don’t quite know what to buy, quite relieved that I was stuffed from lunch. Otherwise I’d probably ended up buying dozens of the mini cupcakes.Mini cupcakes

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But I can’t totally control myself so I bought ONE mini Oreo cupcake, just to satisfy the craving. Plus a woven bracelet, it matches to the mori girl look I’m working on for Hakone trip. Afterward Anastacia and I shared a scoop of black forest ice cream. That should be enough for my diet (I hope).Gelatos

Candle tree

I call this tree next to the Olympic House “Candle Tree”. Doesn’t it look like there are dozens of candle attached to it? Ready to be ignited.

In the evening I met Anna from Grumpy Bear Creation to discuss a Harajuku hairpiece commission. I ended up buying beautiful ponytails hairpiece made of foams and cyberlox. More to come soon but here’s the preview..Cyberlox ponytails

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