October 10, 2013

Day 5 – first day in London

So after a big long plane ride, we finally arrived at heathrow airport. A bit delirious, we struggled from Victoria Station to our apartment, lugging along 30kg of luggage on our backs and arms (we promised to take a taxi next time round).

We finally found our building, on 11 Gloucester Street – it was a pretty street full of white buildings. We had one problem though, we didn’t know our apartment number! So, Aaron proceeded to press every number on the intercom, until finally, our host arrived at the door and let us in. We took a nice shower, and then set off to explore UK’s capital.

We started off at Leceister Square, the place was full of half price theatre vendors. The square is known for its performing arts, and we spent some time looking at William Shakespeare’s monument at the centre of the square. As we moved along, we ended up randomly in M&M world. We headed down Picadilly Circus and Regent Street. We bought a salami and mecheggo baguette and sea salt and cracked pepper chips, which we ate at the centre of the circus.

The Royal Academy of the Arts was another place we stumbled on, and we checked out giant paintings. As we walked down the street, we were attracted by an interest shopfront with English Box statutes on its roof – it was Fortnum and Mason. It was an amazing store! It was filled with chocolate and sweet treats from England, with teas and fancy cutlery. We were able to try out some macaroons for free too – Aaron had chocolate and earl grey, while Michelle had mango (which she thought was lemon). We then headed back and bought more macaroons and Laduree, a peppercorn one, and a salted caramel one – they were delicious, though the peppercorn one was a slight big strange.

Walking down Bond St, we were intimidated by expensive brands. Michelle was in search for some Heston products at Waitrose, which we found and bought a few for dinner in the future. We walked down Oxford St, and had a burger high tea (and a large lettuce salad) at BRGR & Co. The British Museum was our next stop, where we rushed to look through Ancient Greek, Rome and Assyrian artifacts before closing time. After the museum, we headed home, jet lagged and slept at 8:30pm. The apartment was very nice to us, the first time we’ve used Air BnB before – a positive experience, as we were treated with breakfast, milk, cookies, wine and even beer! Then we slept…

October 7, 2013

Day 1 – Fly to malaysia

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three s trands is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12 NIV)

Today we woke up uber early – 4:30am! Eating Bavarian cheesecake for breakfast (and we also had maccas and chips on the plane).
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Finally got to Ipoh after a 3.5 hour bus ride! We got to eat some peanut prawn crackers, but slept for most of the time. When we reached our hotel, the “n00bs” gave us hotel rooms that were already occupied – safety much? Anyway, Michelle sorted if out – she was amazing today, and took care of the whole group.
We ate gna choi gai at night – Er Yee sorted it out for us. It was delicious! The gna choi was short and stumpy with a little tail and tasted sweet. We were both satisfied and had sugar cane drink too.

October 14, 2012

Too good to be true

Been dress hunting lately and stumbled across this seller on ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/cheap.sale2011/m.html?item=160656042974&var=460032456463&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562

 

its all very strange.
dresses for $7.99?
100% buyer feedback?
im going to put an order through
and let you know the results!

July 30, 2012

Cafe Rosamond Dessert Evening

Cafe Rosamond dessert night
happens on Thursdays @ 7pm
Dessert tubes, $9; 1/2/3 courses $20/$30/$40.

 

This was the second
time ive been here.
I believe the photos from the
first visit were a lot better
as I took my SLR.
These were taken with
my point and shoot.
will have to dig up the
old photos

random photo whilst walking there

 

four lovely courses
which i cannot remember exactly what they were!
the tube was deconstructed jam donut
and i believe the last course was
one with beer jelly.
we had a rather large group
(10 people)
so started lining up at 6:30pm
they gave us the larger table in the corner.

 

think the first visit was
rated highly in my head.
the second time took out
some of the element of surprise.
Though the menu changed,
presentation was basiacally the same.
:) Think I wont be back a third time.
not because the dessert was bad or anything
but there are so many desserts to try
in Melbourne.

 
Café Rosamond on Urbanspoon

July 28, 2012

cutler & co

yes indeed
cutler & co!
this time round,
i didnt read any blogs
look at any photos
and it paid off becuase it was indeed a night
full of surprises.
(a good thing)
first fine dining experience
with a group of lovely friends.
surprisingly, there were quite a few tables
of groups


bread


snacks

selection of appetisers

close up of pate in the shape of cigars.. in a cigar box!
this was so clever!

Raw hervey bay scallops, chilled pea and sorrel soup, avruga

hand-picked spanner crab, abalone & king brown mushroom, golden chicken broth

hay baked carrots, goarts curd, toasted grains & ash
this dish was probably my least favourite of the night.
very normal.

Smoked & fried duck, morcilla, golden raisin & beetroot

grass fed short rib, kohlrabi, onions & sage

arnaud comte, 15 months old, with lavosh
mmmm cheese

palate cleanser

violet icecream, chocolate ganache, sour cherry & clove meringue

petit fours

really enjoyed the night
lovely company
lovely food.
its a totally different fine dining experience
when going in a group.
though.. i was not full afterwards.
content. yes.
full. no.
serving sizes actually quite small
so… i guess no surprise A
ate a pie from a random pie face
a little later that night
-_-!

Cutler & Co on Urbanspoon

July 3, 2012

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I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:14-16)

As I walked around the city streets in peak lunch hour… It just hit me. All these people… Every single one. Uniquely made and very much loved by God. Every single person had their own life story… Their own problems… own lives, own thoughts and aspirations. And each one was known very intimately by Him.

Such a mind blowing thought!

July 2, 2012

exciting times

sydney one day trip- booked

gold coast- booked

vietnam/cambodia/singapore- booked

im so excited!!

 

 

This psalm 139 song popped into my head… however i cant remember who sings it.. a female voice.

My google search:

 

PSALM 139 Songs

www.songarea.com/music-codes/psalm_139.html

We have 100 different psalm 139 songs. You can listen Psalm 139 music by left clicking on the titles. You can create your playlist with Psalm 139 tracks from our

 

gg.. how am i ever going to find the one in my head?

as an aside… found this one whilst searching

 

June 14, 2012

Adelaide in one day

here’s another slack post.
was actually really excited about writing this post
and then life got in the way
and forgot about it doing it.
details are a little blurry now…
as it was in may.
good thing i typed some notes on my phone along the way
in anticipation of my procrastination

yes indeed! you have read right.
another random one day trip, this time to adelaide.
(actually, this is the second random one day trip…
last time went to barossa valley, so this time
decided to head the other way to adelaide hills).

The day began nice and early with a 6am flight
with the time difference, arrived at adelaide 6:50am.
Some rental car issues, however nothing was going to
dampen our spirits!

8am, we find ourselves at Mt Lofty Summit.
Paid the $2 parking fee *surprised*
(this was a recurring theme for the day…
the parking was so cheap in adelaide)

the plan was to have breakfast at the summit
however it only opened at 9am
so walked around a bit (beautiful views)
with the fog about to clear.

with itchy feet for adventure, decided not to wait
and drove down the mountain in search for
somewhere to have breakfast.
Went past this hotel on the side of the mountain (8:45am?)
and had breakfast there.
forgot about photos as was famished.
Small-ish portions
not as good as breakfast in melbourne =P
Never the less, a good stop over.
Pretended to be hotel guests
and played a game of billiards in the games room.

9:30am Next stop, Mt Lofty botanical gardens
parking was free (machine not working)

It’s here where my memory fails me.
Cant remember if this creature is actually called
the adelaide rat…
or if we just made the name up.
Dnded up playing this game:
“how fast you can say the name plaques aloud?”..
rhododendron aberconwayi
rhododendron macrophyllum.. … . . . .. . . .
seriously… all i can remember from the gardens
is the name plaques -_-!

10:30am arrived in Hahndorf,
Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement

German sausages for lunch.
very interesting town indeed!
each store full of quirky things.
They (the shops) looked small on the outside,
but dont be deceived!

Icecream!
(was totally sold by the sign)
left at around 2:30pm
sigh of relief as we got back to the car…
too much walking for the sleep deprived.

Next stop, Brickworks market, 3pm
(free parking hee hee)

Some of our random purchases…
lollies from hanhdorf
a random solar powered monkey with a plant in its brain
jar of shiraz jam
huon pine pate dish (only $15!)
random second hand books

4pm headed back to adelaide city
Random stop at some sports store and morning glory store
4:50pm rundle st mall?
cant remember…

Saw a sign to ‘that dapper market’
stuck on a bicycle on a street corner.
Google mapped the address and
lo and behold! We found ourselves
at a vintage market!
Bought a faux leather bag.
Started to get worried about how we were going to carry
our random purchases back on the plane.

6:30pm dinner at tasty thai

what big menus.

7:48pm had a bit of time left over
So went to Au Martin Calme for a quick dessert

8:15 started our drive back to the airport
9pm at departure lounge waiting for flight
back home.

And that,
was the end of one very enjoyable, random, epic day.
… even blogging about it makes me feel tired.

June 11, 2012

Entertainment book vouchers

Been meaning to get one for many years
but never really got round to doing it.
well!  i have a lovely copy
full of vouchers.  who can resist?

(1) Snow Pony, Balwyn

banana bread- amazing. both visually and the taste
croissant- every bite melted in my mouth
mc pony muffin- sad to say… mcdonalds bacon and egg mcmuffin tastes a bit better
+ coffee

total with 25% off voucher= $22

yummm… cant wait to go back again!

Snow Pony on Urbanspoon

 (2) The Bay Hotel, Mornington


Seafood platter for two

Creme Brulee with house made citrus sorbet

dinner to finish of a very relaxing day in mornington
good service. very attentive.
was extremely full after the seafood platter.
no oysters tho. oh well.
so much leafy salad (comment, not criticism)
food alright… then again,
im easy to please.

total: $92-$35=$57
 Bay Hotel on Urbanspoon

(3) Madame Mango, Camberwell

the food was so good!
cant remember the names of things ate.
but i did return again without a voucher.
they take bookings,
which is nice to have a table all ready for you
when you arrive.
actually i just called 30 minutes before arriving.

the chicken was so flavoursome and juicy! *drools
walnuts, generous serve of salad.
cant remember the price
Madame Mango on Urbanspoon

June 11, 2012

Belgrave

Its been a while since ive post.
have been extremely lazy and
have the biggest backlog of photos -_-!
long weekend and ive been sick with the flu.

alas.
anyway…
decided to venture out today despite the headache
as it was very nice and sunny.
the plan was to “drive in any random direction”
and see where it would lead.
usually this works fairly well.
today, well…

the town of Belgrave we find ourselves
with the fog about to clear

the op shop with the huge open sign at the front
turned out to be closed.
the pizza store where we wend to lunch…
was weird.  very very weird.
like you just stepped into someones dining room
homely some may call it.
euphemistic word.

for dessert, went to Chocolate Sensation.
ordered 2 desserts from the counter.
a chocolate brownie and a mini strawberry tart.
waited 20 minutes for them to literally take them out and put it on a plate.
still… that i can deal with.
the reason why im ranting is that
she had her finger next to the brownie
as she put the plate down.
terrible.
not a bad brownie. not an amazing one.
didnt eat the bit which her finger touched
would i go back?
no.


Chocolate Sensation on Urbanspoon

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