MELB – SG : The journey begins…

Let’s start at the very beginning. A very good place to start…

One of the things I look forward to when I travel, is the view from the sky :).  So,  allow me to indulge in a few photos snapped on the way to Singapore (SG)??

up, up and away we go!
up, up and away we go!
I LOVE CLOUDS!
I LOVE CLOUDS!
The sunset in Darwin while we were in transit.
The sunset in Darwin while we were in transit.
Long exposure of the city lights as we touch down in Singapore :)
Long exposure of the city lights as we touched down in Singapore :)

Note: For those just after the food reviews, I’m sorry but you’ll have to wait for the next post!  For those who don’t mind engaging with my ramblings, please read on :).

Though I was tired and had acquired odd back pain after the flight(s), it was good to see the friendly face of my dear blog-first-real-life-second friend, Angel, waiting for me on the other side of customs!  I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it on this blog before but I found Angel’s blog via a friend of a friend’s blog perhaps 4 years ago (has it really been that long?) and after adequate stalking on Facebook background checks, we became friends in real life when Angel came to Melbourne and I visited Perth :).  She was such a gracious host sister to me, taking days off from work to take me around and I am forever indebted to her and her family for letting me stay at their place during the SG leg of my trip!  You are welcome at my home when you next visit Melb, dear ^^.

Anyway, by the time I arrived in SG, it was 10pm and having been on the go since 2pm Aussie time (so 11 hours), my body was ready to go to bed.  My mind, however, wanted to know the plan for the week.  So after some Mee Goreng, the Macbook was whipped out, along with the vague list I’d put together with help from friends and Your Singapore and we got to work…

opps, mee goreng me eat all!
opps, mee goreng me eat all!

…to construct this plan of places to go and food to eat:

What it looked like after 7 days...
What it looked like after 7 days…

As you can see, I gave this list a good go by the end of the week with the majority of the places to go being food-related haha.  There was a LOT of food consumed on this trip (the extra kgs I likely put on – I don’t intend to weigh myself until I’ve done a few more sessions at the gym – can testify to that lol) and originally, I wanted to launch into a few food places on this post, however, I realised that I got a bit carried away with my story-telling and given my own short attention span when it comes to writing/reading rambling blog posts, I’ll save it for the next post ;).

Coming up:  Be prepared for bubble tea, famous chicken rice and kaya toast! :D Stay tuned!

♥ Ames

Question: Can anyone guess which musical the lyrics at the start of the post are from??

P.S. I’m graduating from law tomorrow!! For the praying kind, please pray that   the Melbourne weather is good – not too hot, not too cold, sunshine and blue skies for happy snaps of our special day ^^ Thank you !!

Photography: That weekend in Coolum, QLD

Hi all :).  Been getting things sorted after returning from an amazing national campus leaders summit up at Coolum, QLD.  It was a weekend I will never forget, gleaning wisdom from past decades of campus ministries and catching a vision for the future… more thoughts on that will be added here.

Well before I share a few nature shots from the weekend, a big shout-out needs to be given to the fantastic cooks at Luther Heights Youth Camp!  I’ve been to my fair share of camps over the years as have many of people I attended the summit with and it was unanimous that the kitchen team at Luther Heights made the best camp food that we’ve ever tasted!  Here’s a sample of what they cooked up:

Clockwise: Lasagne, Nachos, Schnitzel, Beef Burger… so good!
Scrumptious Apple Crumble!

If you are after a lovely location with good camp food in Qld, look up Luther Heights!

Alright, so unfortunately for us the weather was not the greatest with 2/3 days looking like this:

foggy and humid… not a nice combination.

But we had a chance to check out a local beach…

very rocky…
the view from a higher vantage point :)

Some interesting greenery on the way back to the camp site…

From someone’s garden – a bit blurry (taken on the phone camera)
I call them water jewels :)

On our last day, the sun finally came out!

Blue skies at last!

We caught some sun flare…

<3
<3 <3

Saw a boat… (is this called a tug boat?)

Was impressed by the innovation…

no sandy taps… because there are no taps!

And I got distracted by the sky on the drive to the airport…

A masterpiece
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. – Psalm 19:1

Hope the high schoolers are having a great first week back and the uni kids are enjoying the last week of freedom!

Also before I forget, the winner of the 1st blog-o-birthday giveaway is… Choc Chip Uru!! *throws confetti*

Congratulations!

Shall be in contact to send out your little thank-you present :) Thanks to everyone else who entered for your ongoing support!

Will be back soon with a foodie post soon ;).

♥ Ames

Showcase of GC

I’ve already posted some of these on the other blog and on Facebook, but I’ve just had another look at some of the shots I took in Gold Coast and I just really like them ^^.  So here are some as I cook up some food posts:

Fluffy clouds! Just want to bounce on them!
some really interesting architecture
some unusual flowers I've never seen before...
The gorgeous view from SkyDeck, 77 floors up
Surfers Paradise
Caught some of the sculptures from the International Sand Sculpture Championships!
sandy toes :)
my all-time favourite shot <3
Love.
my love for the sky is revived...

Probably will have a foodie post up after Easter but I intend to write some thoughts about Easter on the other blog :).  Take care, lovelies and may you discover and celebrate the true meaning of Easter!

♥ Ames

How to catch pippies the Asian way

Destination: Venus Bay, Victoria, Australia.

Step 1: Have a hearty breakfast at your local Noodle Shop.

Number 13 at Phu Linh (Mi Kho Cha Tom Chien = fried bean curd paper prawns & dried noodles)

 Extra point: If you visit Phu Linh a day after new years, they give out complimentary sweet soup (I know that’s not what you call it but this is the best direct translation I could make!):

a combination of grass jelly, 'tadpole eggs' (not really) and other chewy substances...

Step 2: Buy some snacks for the road ahead.

Step 3: Enjoy the lovely view along the way.

love the open spaces in Australia :)

Step 4: Stop for lunch at the park across from Wonthaggi Hospital.

Make-your-own-Vietnamese-roll

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cherries for our bellies

With such a backlog of food posts, it’s hard to know where to start so I thought I’d write about something more recent…

Today’s weather reminded me of our adventure to Yarra Valley on the weekend – it was four season in one day!  Typical Melbourne weather, you’re likely to say!  Two weeks earlier, the weather was forecasted to be 27°C, sunny with blue skies.  Two weeks later, 23°C, heavy rain and thunderstorms!  Did we let that stop us from going on an outing to the cherry farm?  Of course not!

Prepared with umbrellas and raincoats, we prayed for a miracle as we drove through drought-breaking showers towards ‘Cherry Haven’, a family-owned cherry orchard, overlooking the picturesque Yarra Valley of Victoria from the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges.

In Victoria, cherries seasonally begin from early November and continue sometimes through until mid January (so says PickYourOwn.org) so if you are in our lovely state, you have a month and a half to visit (Is it just me, or has this year just flown away? December already!? Far out!)…

Anyway, back to last weekend!  By TGoG, the rain started to lighten up (read: it was still raining) when we got to the farm so we waited for a few other cars to arrive before setting off to fill our tummies buckets with cherries!  The guy manning the entrance, gave us a discount to go in because we had so many people, but generally, entry is $6 for adults and $3 per child under 12 years of age:

self-explanatory

With entrance paid and buckets in hand (they are provided for your use for free and can hold up to 5 kgs of cherries!), we took a look at the little tutorial of how to pick cherries:

and then went off to explore…

Cherry Haven boasts over 30 different types of cherries in the orchard and we all had fun working out which ones were sweet, crunchy or both!

Each row has a sign that tells you which type has been grown in that row and let me advise you to check before you pick and bite (I learnt that lesson when I bit into one called ‘sour cooking cherries’):

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Spoils from VN

So there was a question or two left unanswered around these parts… First, what costs $125? Unlocking a door apparently lols.  And how many bags of coffee would you bring back from an overseas trip?  That was a bit of a redundant question since I kinda gave you the answer with that photo haha so as you can see there were 12 bags:

This also reveals the fact that the parentals went to VN recently, specifically during the period when this blog was birthed (and why carelessly slamming a door closed without the key costed me $125)!  So now perhaps you can forgive me for the incessant posting that happened that week- I was terribly deprived of conversation and human contact, saved only by a few occasions including when my Aunty came and stayed for a night and my cousin came to visit.  I didn’t realise my cousin was such a foodie as well, as he spent a good half of his visit detailing the restaurants he frequented on his business trip to Sydney and gave me a list of places (he even drew me a map!) I just HAD to go to when we go in July :P.  Anyhow, besides the coffee, my parents brought back a few items I’m sure no one else would have brought back from VN: Continue reading “Spoils from VN”

Perth… and the food we ate – Part 1

Being wired the way I am (I think it has something to do with being Asian), trips are mentally broken down into two categories: This is where we went + This is what we ate (can any Asians testify to this? No? Maybe it’s just me then).  So let’s take a trip down memory lane and do just that!

Earlier this year, My parents and I skipped Melb-town for a week to enjoy a much-needed break post-Christmas/family camp/summer subject/internship… my dad asked me if I wanted to go to NZ or Perth (we haven’t been to either place) and I chose Perth :D.

When I’ve told other people of the choice I made, they all looked at me oddly…(I got this reaction from a Perth local too) Seriously? You chose Perth over NZ- another country?!  In retrospect, the better choice may have been to visit NZ before they had their earthquakes but, well… there was a purpose behind my decision :P.  More on that later.

We had booked ourselves into an apartment in Swan Valley, The Vines which is basically in the heart of Perth’s wine country….and, as we have now learnt, it is VERY far from the city! Haha, never gonna make that mistake again!

Anyway, after we checked in we headed back out to the city to find a place for dinner (about a 40 min drive?)… Continue reading “Perth… and the food we ate – Part 1”