in between chapters and TBC

It has been over a month since my last post but a lot seems to have happened since then.

One of the biggest life milestone was finishing up at the job I had been in since I graduated from university.  Though I knew it was time to let go, it did not make the parting any less emotional.  There were many tears before and after the official announcement and on my last day, the waterworks hit even before I got up to say my final farewells.

It is still slightly surreal, probably because I have not started my new job yet but I’m sure once I’m back in an office space again it will hit me afresh.

What I realised was that at the core of it, it was the people, it was the relationships that I was finding hard to let go of.  I know it is not like I’m not going to be friends with my now ex-colleagues but it is more that the relationship dynamics have shifted, we won’t see each other every weekday anymore nor share in some of the in-jokes that used to fly across the partitions.  It is that ending that I still mourn quietly in the heart.

But as one wise man once said:

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.*

And now it is time for a new chapter, a new beginning.  The old is gone, the new has come (almost).  Trying to squeeze in the last few tasks on my to-do list before I settle back into the rhythms of full-time employment.

Continue reading “in between chapters and TBC”

Fancy Hanks: love me some pulled pork

*blowing off the cobwebs*

*dusting off the shelves*

HELLO…

Hello…

hello…

Does anyone still following this blog???

Not surprised if this blog is but a distant memory in the blogosphere… despite my best attempts, 2014 wasn’t much of a blogging year.  I did try to restart it with monthly updates on the other space, but even that trailed off towards the end of the year.  The latest update can be found here.

I’m feeling a bit rusty with blogging and it feels a bit awkward (hopefully it doesn’t come across too much like that) but I think rather than overanalyse it, I’d better just start exercising the blogging muscles and give it a go…

Without going into a huge overshare about what’s been happening the last year, I’d like to share about a recent double date with one of our favourite couples, GR.

IMG_6361On our first double date we were keen to try out Fancy Hanks up near QVM, however, when we got there, they were closed for food orders so we vowed to return to try the American style food offerings.

So one sunny Sunday afternoon, we finally made it!

IMG_6349 IMG_6350Now a tip for newcomers, order before you sit down for a chat.  The wait time for ordering was about 30 minutes even though we had arrived at 6:00pm.  I guess with only one person at the register, things can only go so fast!

IMG_6354IMG_6355 By the time we got to the counter they had already sold out of the beef short ribs and the quarter beer can chook *sadface*… so we collectively ordered the rest of the meat on the menu and a serve of each of the salads PLUS a side of burnt end beans and a hush puppie (not the shoes!) *happydance*!

IMG_6356My favourite was definitely the pulled pork – very tender.  I was also surprised by how much I enjoyed the beef sausage!  The others thought the brisket was the real winner – looked like Chinese char siew to me hehe! Ribs were very tasty as well.  I’m usually not a fan of coleslaw but this one was very refreshing with the addition of pomegranate.  The burnt end beans side was also a highlight – it’s not just beans ;).

close up...
close up…

The atmosphere of the place is great as well with some live music at the start of the night – though a bit loud if you are going there to chat.  They also have a separate bar section as well with plenty of drinks available to go down with all that meat!

Overall, pointers to take away:

  1. Get in early and order first before finding a seat.
  2. Do order: brisket, pulled pork, salads and burnt end beans.
  3. Don’t sit too close to the music if you want to talk (that’s a no-brainer really lol).
  4. Go in a group so you can try more of the different meats :D.
  5. Have fun!

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Thanks GR for a great catch up :). #doubledate no. 3??

Oh and E for the recommend hehe.

IMG_6357OK how did I do for the first foodie post after over nearly a year?? :P Not so fussed at the moment with formatting and photo sizing at the moment, just want to get back into it really.

Feel free to leave your comments below – happy for feedback.

‘Til next time.

A few big announcements!

No, I’m not getting married! Lol, I remember when J used to sit us down for a chat and we’d always jokingly ask her if that was the case (until one day, she actually did make that announcement!)…

Well, first off – I’ve finished the 30 day guitar challenge!  I was pretty good for the first 20 days but once I got through the beginners guitar book my friend Ada lent me,  I found it harder to know what to practice.  I ended up trying to perfect the C- Am-F-G progression which I’m still working on… I’m not quick enough with my transition between the chords yet but I’m not gonna stop just yet ;).  There’s definitely a newfound appreciation of guitarists and string instrument players in general!

Secondly, I want to thank Soph for the Liebster Blog Award!  The Liebster Blog Award is for blogs with less than 200 followers, allowing for lesser known blogs to be appreciated and recognised.  [I must just quickly interject here to say that my blog follower count on the right —> is a bit deceptive… somehow, since these blog posts are automatically publicized on my Facebook page, WordPress includes the number of ‘friends’ I have from there as well… in reality, I have 26 WordPress blog followers and 3 E-mail blog followers = 29 followers though not including those through RSS feed… so much less than 200!]

I met Soph in real life through a friend of a friend back in 2009 (that’s when we think it was) and I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with her via Twitter and other social media mediums since then until we met again in real life before her trip overseas.  I love the way she writes as well and always appreciates it when she visits so go over there and give her some blog lovin’.

The Libester Blog Award Rules:
1. Thank the Liebster who awarded me.
2. Link back to their blog.
3. Copy and paste award on my blog
4. Reveal my top 5 Liebster blogs
5. Let them know you chose them by leaving a comment on their blog.
 I would like to pass this award to (in no particular order)
  1. 6ixx – choir buddy since primary school; she’s the one who inspired me to start a blog way back in 2008
  2. Mama Bea’s – best baker her age that I know; I know who is creating my wedding cake one day ;)
  3. Vintage Pearl – another real-life-friend-turned-blogger; love Hannah’s quirky style and love for all things vintage!
  4. Imani – Rosie’s a new blogger too and her blog posts always challenge me to look deeper than the surface
  5. Lydia {takes pictures} – always inspires me to get out there and make better use of my DSLR :)

It was difficult choosing just five so I wanted to also give Honourable Mentions to bloggers who already have an established fan base but that I HEART as well :)

I better stop there as I could go on and on about the amazing people I’ve ‘met’ through blogging, it’s been a pleasure :).

Now moving on to the really big announcement!

If you have been following this blog, you would have known that I began a Daniel fast last month which meant fasting from meat, bread and sugar.  There was a lot of time for personal reflection (and new cooking experiments!) and one of the things that came out of it was this new foodie idea/project/initiative…

Click through to find out what it is all about and I hope you can join in too.

And one final announcement, whilst on the fast, I also gave thought to taking a new direction with my old blog.  I’ve decided to open it up to a wider audience now (though not yet confident enough to post them directly to Facebook) so you’ll find the button on the right sidebar and I’ll give updates here every once and a while :).  I hope to have special posts on Fridays to feature a book, song, quote or anything else that has inspired me but this Friday (tomorrow) I’ll be develing deeper into the idea behind the ‘Eat Out: Help Out’ project and how it’s going to work.

OK, I better hit the sack with an optimistic plan to go to the gym before the last day of work tomorrow :D.

♥ Ames