Sunday, 9 July 2017

South Korea SEOUL || Day 1 (Dong Seoul Hotel)

My first time flying Asiana and I was overly impressed by the inflight slippers in economy. Which meant everybody took their shoes off, but thankfully nobody had Hong Kong feet!

Koreans are hygienic people, as proven by the lack of stinky feet and the long queue at the toilets after meals as every. single. Korean. went to brush their teeth.

Apparently Asiana's Korean cuisine is famous but because I didn't research the airline, I hesitated for 1 second when asked for my meal preference and lost my bibimpap. However the air stewardess was so breathtakingly beautiful and looked so genuinely sad that I couldn't eat bibimpap that I reassured her (and myself) that it was ok, because her eyes were so big and watery that I couldn't sulk at her.

Finally we arrived in Seoul, got our SIMs and train tickets, and here I am grinning loonily on a Korean train, with hangeul and a legit Korean man behind me and everything. I know this is a bad photo because I texted it to a Tinder and never heard from him again hahaha.

We trained to Dong Seoul bus terminal, where we'd booked a room at Dong Seoul Hotel so we can easily catch a bus to Andong the next morning.

It was 0 degree celsius when we stepped out of the train, and I almost died.

Thankfully the hotel was well-heated, and we were upgraded to a suite -

Albeit an old suite which made me feel like I should be doing some shady business deals.

Proximity to the bus terminal is good, and the room is ok for 1 night.

After unloading and having a giggle over the furniture, we went out for supper.

There were several stalls around the hotel, and all of them looked exactly the way roadside food stalls look in Korean dramas!!!

The proprietor didn't speak English, but some young Koreans sitting at the counter did, so here I am with my dream-came-true expression. Always wanted to eat fish cakes in broth from a stall.

Mei had breaded sausage.

When you're done eating, you can clean your fingers using the toilet paper strung up at the counter. Hahaha.

1 April 2017

Wednesday, 24 May 2017


If you are a person who cares about where your life is going, do not pretend otherwise.

Sunday, 18 December 2016


15 dec - an early Christmas celebration with expensive angmo style dim sum at Work In Progress and Janie's amazing chocolate Nutella cake!

and then in reverse chronological order..

10 dec - at the opening of Stan's bakery in Eastwood, with Becs.

7 dec - one day Maz mentioned Ippudo was doing $10 ramen, and this happened that very night (points up.

Stan brought bread for us to sample. Yum!

the year is winding down, the weather is doing daily alternates of heat waves / cold rain and i feel a bit dazed because my love life is sad, but what to do? (at least my love life is 'funny like a tv sitcom' to my friends. i'm so happy my misery brings you joy.)

can only 见招拆招 😊 and go out more.

i'm so lazy when it comes to going out i beh tahan myself. i arrived at a party on Friday night after 11pm, and people were shocked to hear i was so late because i went home to shower after work and couldn't part from my bed.

(i finally rolled out of bed into the shower at 10pm after Kw gave me a pep talk, and i'm glad i went. one feels less miserable when sipping orange juice + vodka and playing games with friends. thank goodness for Kw!)

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

pendolino's wild mushroom pappardelle

so good i had it 2 years in a row at work Christmas dinners.

and so good it has its own dedicated blog post.

Monday, 5 December 2016

cousin lyanna visits

Cousin Lyanna visited Sydney last weekend, and it was fun to catch up and show her my fave restaurants.

We went to

1/ Fratelli Fresh for black truffle, mozzarella, egg pizza, bellini and shiraz
(where i reconfirmed my habit of continuously eating/drinking until my dining partner assures me i don't have to finish if i don't want to.)

2/ Black Star Pastry for strawberry watermelon cake
(sekali sold out =.=)


3/ N2 Extreme Gelato for alcoholic Baileys Cheesecake gelato
(she was amazed by the substantial size and creamy non-sweet flavor.)

4/ Hurricane's Grill and Bar for their famous ribs
(the garlic mushrooms entree was good, too. however i was super thirsty on Sunday night, so there must be tons of MSG in the food.)

There were a bajillion other eateries I wanted to show her, maybe during another trip..

Lyanna loves performances, and even before we watched Spiegel'esque at Spiegel Zelt, we'd stopped to watch an impressive breakdance street performance with 6-packed French men. She asked to take photos with the performers after, which is something I'm forever too shy to do.

Spiegel had the strongest pole dancer I've ever seen doing gravity and (biology?) defying moves. If it weren't for my cousin I never would've discovered Spiegel. [hearts]

I hugged Lyanna bye at Sydney Opera House today, where she's watching one of my fave plays - a flea in her ear. 

yep, post poo drops

Thanks cousin for the gift, and looking forward to seeing everybody at cousin Tai's wedding whee!

And if anybody else visits, we're eating
1/ Tsukemen at Ramen Zundo
2/ dry hot pot
3/ crepes at Four Frogs

We're shopping at
1/ Chemist Warehouse
2/ Woolies or Coles
(People go nuts in these 2 shops)

Saturday, 3 December 2016


grilled nectarine, pistachio oil
Last night Kw took me to dinner at ACME to celebrate my foray (?) into adulthood.

Not sure how long I can keep #adulting haha.

We went to ACME - the review on Timeout was all kinds of amazing. It's the kind of 'grammable, hipster fusion restaurants for yuppies which I like but rarely frequent because they're not cheap.

I think that Kw has integrated into Australian society more seamlessly than I have - she starts (and ends) dinner with alcoholic drinks (I still dislike the taste of alcohol and I itched like mad after I had my umeshu), then we talked before ordering (I always order first, or when prompted by staff) despite the increasingly obvious nudges by the lovely staff, as we only had our bar table for 2 hours.

beef salad
The food is awesome. The grilled nectarine was a total flavor explosion in the mouth, and the creamy pistachio oil balanced out the caramel sweetness of the fruit.

Beef salad was a bit like Thai beef salad. It's good and simple, but not the dish that I fantasize about returning to eat.

We also had the linguine, black garlic, burnt chili and macaroni, pigs head, egg yolk. ACME has a sharing concept and the wait staff will advise you if the food doesn't seem to be enough as the portions are small.

The linguine's texture was a bit stiff, kinda like Asian dry noodles. I love the macaroni, which must be ACME's signature dish. This would be the dish I dream about eating again. Timeout has a delicious photo of the macaroni. I love fresh pasta, and I can say that the macaroni here is probably the 2nd or 3rd best I've tried in Sydney - Pendolino's pappardelle is #1, and #2 or #3 is Fratelli Fresh.

I'm having a noodles phase recently, what with my recent tsukemen obsession then now fresh pasta.

The bar staff (owner?) was hilariously honest. We were making small talk, commenting about oh, can't believe it's been a year! when he said, 'yeah, can't wait for 2016 to be over, it was such a shit year.'

Haha I've never met a bartender who talks like that. He continued, 'Didn't you have a shit year? Everybody I knew had a shit year.'

We ended with sake for Kw and the coconut rice cream, white chocolate dessert for me. The dessert was generously sized, and good. I only like coconut when its flavor isn't overwhelming, and the interplay of hot/cold, creamy/crunchy in this dessert makes it interesting.

So much good food in Sydney!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

很废的 housemate

Tonight nobody cooked dinner, so I stood at the counter eating kimchi from the jar with my fingers, oozing class and sophistication.

Ben came into the kitchen and exclaimed, 'Whoa! Min! Put the lid back on!'

'Wanna try?' I lifted the jar.

'No! Your crap must smell really strong after eating that!'

Haha what on earth. I seriously never thought of kimchi affecting my shit's odour.

So I ate some more kimchi, then opened my mouth and leaned in to Ben.

This is how conversations run at #28.

I'll be recording the daily mundaneness of my life more often recently because look what I bought on Black Friday!

New housemate Elaine encouraged me to buy it!

I struggled for days (actually, years) and finally caved, because my 11'' Air is too small for my 27yo eyes.

21.5'' screen is awesome! But I miss having a trackpad.

And life will continue sucking until payday.