Monday, 29 August 2011

an old photo

max brenner

a happy photo before hitting the books!

honestly why why why did i think it was a fun idea to return to uni?!

Saturday, 27 August 2011

simple


是说我的日记可以改名为 ‘我的美食日记’了-- 除了吃还是吃!

昨天 S (os: 我除了 s 还有别的朋友吗?) 约我吃晚餐。

本来想当节省宝宝的我建议在家里煮,但她看了我在冰箱的菜便说: ‘不如我们出去吃吧~’

哈哈她说没有肉类她真的不知道怎么下厨!

她也说我房间很乱 (妈,我错了 T.T 一直以为是你太挑剔了,没想到我房间真的很乱!)

我们本来要吃 baja cantina,但由於 fully booked,只好乖乖找附近的火锅店~


人生第一个麻辣锅! *兴奋*

我们 2 人点了 6 样菜-- 油麦、金针菇、豆腐、牛肉、豆腐皮与三文鱼头。

(没照因为觉得照生食有点恶心)

吃了很久~ 因为 s 都把菜一样一样下。

回想与 kl 的朋友吃火锅。。不懂是不是童军的关系。。都是菜快快下然后速战速决地吃光光!

但慢慢吃也不错~ 优雅~ 嘿~

看着那照片,有股冲动跑去厨房煮 duk gook 吃!

我们点微辣的。。已经算辣了,但下次还想升级吃中辣的!

味道不错,虽然那麻辣汤好像百分百是油!

若可以喝那汤就更完美了。。但 s 说火锅汤很热气 (还是第一次听过) 所以必须忌口

(也要等皮包 recover 一下。。昨天就吃去 33刀! *晕*)

而且肚子真的。。最近吃太多了,肚子有点不舒服了!

(昨天 2 个女人还跑去 coles,又是一逛又走不出来!)

今天也去了另一个逛到留连忘返的 art market!

但笨蛋 iphone 又当机了! 所以没照片 T.T

明天又得跑死 apple 一趟了 (叹气)





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Friday, 26 August 2011

mid week


it is the weekend again!

not that am particularly delighted-- time is flying by too fast and i'm feeling more and more like a Masters student (on the verge of death) and less like a carefree foodie.

but this Wednesday, had a lovely mid-week indulgence thanks to Jasmine

(thanks Maybs for introducing us!)

old-fashioned interior of Heritage

it was so understated i walked right past the front door.. not somewhere i'll ever discover if not for Jasmine *grateful*

but Jasmine was super excited about their half-price mussels on Wednesday, and though i'm not a big seafood girl i wanted to try them!


i know, i know =.=

but just an additional slice of lemon really added class to a simple glass of iced water!

(okay, i'm just easy to impress)

okay, okay, here's what we came for--


a big pot of mussels in broth of your choice for the bargain price of a$14.50

even by Malaysian standards it's a steal!

when i first saw the mussels my first thought was, eh?! looks so dry one..

but that was promptly replaced by mmmmmmmmmm's after the first bite.

if you eat it with the soup it's mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm~

my mushroom consomme was flavorful and just the perfect balance of sweet and savory.

walau eh.

J had a Belgium beer to wash everything down with.. but I didn't partake since i'm still not over that little episode a month ago at 3 Wise Monkeys.

i think Paul will adore this place!


pair the mussels with the chips (part of mussels set) and it's a total mid-week pick-me-up *^-^*

(not that i need any cheering up-- just had another awesome night out with S)

and tomorrow we may be going to an arts market.

then Taiwan Festival on Sunday.. yes, for the food.

but next week we're staying home to study.. we hope.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

goguma magic


this is what S and i had for lunch on Monday.

as S puts it, if we hang out any more we would end up dating each other.


jang jang!

goguma couple!

was gonna cook dinner.. but ended up doing a quick dash across the street for Thai takeaway *slaps self*

p/s. if anybody from USyd is reading this, there's a cute little guy working at BurgerFuel Newtown.. worth checking out.. along with the goguma fries with aioli XD

Monday, 22 August 2011

conversation with my cousin

on Saturday night i had dinner (and a hearty whinging session) with cousin Paul and his girl.

feels a bit sorry to poor girlfriend who has to listen to me dissect my.. rather numerous issues.

anyway one of the topics was cooking.

i like it.. sometimes. or when i'm cooking for others occasionally.

but to get down and dirty in the kitchen for every freaking meal just makes me eat ChocoPie instead.

or ice-cream. or waffles. or popcorn. or fruits.

or-- do i really need to list out what i'm poisoning myself with or have you gotten the picture?

'start small,' Paul advised. 'start with sandwiches.'

which is lovely in theory because i adore bread.

but what happens is i buy bread and some salad leaves and cheese. 

(i don't cook meat because i'm a bit rusty at that and i drink soy milk daily so my protein levels will go off the roof if i cook meat in addition to that. meat is my eating-out-special-occasion food.)

in my fantasy, i make a healthy sandwich prettily (both myself and the sandwich) then consume it in delicate bites.

in reality!

i get hungry.

i ignore it and continue surfing the net.

i get hungrier.

i decide to make a sandwich after finishing this one last video.

starvation mode sets in.

i run to the kitchen both because i'm starving and freezing, grab the bread, slap on butter and jam or Guylian spread thickly, and eat a bloody 'sandwich' in like 4 bites while standing at the counter.

this is the trend, which means by the time i finish the bread (and the jam) i still have an unopened packet of salad in my fridge, along with the cheese.

deep long sigh.

when will i start living like an adult, really!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

美丽的母语!


你好 我好 大家好

今早其实又是 4 点多发恶梦吓醒!

起来拜拜一下。。回去睡又睡不好。。算了索性醒来继续人生~

我吃饱睡觉 99.99% 会发恶梦 [哭]

但还是很犯贱地。。昨天与 paul 在 hurricane's 大快朵饵! 

终於认识 paul 夫人本人了!

貌似很 nice 也很单纯,朴实的人 :)


每个拜六都是与 s 去吃吃喝喝的好日子!

我们又是由甜点开始-- 看最上面的 apple cinnamon pie!

吃完了觉得有点腻,便去找 sayong 吃海南鸡饭 *^-^*

是说 sayong 这地方有点偏僻, 只有在悉尼呆了一阵子外加有点方向感的人才能找到呀! (我到底在自豪什么啊? 是找到鸡饭店又不是找到男朋友 =.=)

2 样其实都不错吃! *满足* *满足*

有一样没照到的是 85c (台湾蛋糕店在这里的分店) 的 tiramisu。

我们还真的以甜品开始也以甜品结束我们的午餐呀! 太恐怖了!

;;;

吃饱后便去逛街。

第 1 站是去 woolies 看。。羊奶粉!

虽然这次是为了 s 姐看的,但最近我还挺常在婴儿部转。

不是因为迫不及待想生宝宝了 (虽然父母已做好迎接新生命的准备了 *晕*),而是因为想买 baby lotion!

不觉得宝宝的味道特别香吗?

但这里不怎么卖 johnson's baby lotion。。很怪 hor?

最近试用澳洲品牌 GAIA 的有机 baby lotion,但它是花香的。。baby 身上有花香-- 怪!

;;;

接着逛街时。。s 买得很开心!

那死 dotti 的衣都美到~!

真的恨不得每件买!

但现在天气有点冷所以不怎么适合穿。

等天气暖些我再看是否还喜欢。


好啦,看一些免费的快乐 *嘴巴快笑到裂了*

刚好吃完走出来就马上放烟花!

很美也很靠近 *开心* *开心*


我照了 n 张,结果 paul 夫人问我: ‘你拍 video 了吗?’

我才后知后觉。。对 hor,可以拍 video =.= 

笨到!! 我到底要怎么毕业啊?!


但照片 edit 了也很漂亮啦!

觉得特别爽,在普通的拜六也有烟花看!

最后。。现在想到 s 大推荐的 green tea ice-cream crepe。。流口水呀!

Thursday, 18 August 2011

the 1st love lunchbox of my life!

churros for 2

woke from a nightmare at 4am.. probably because my room was too hot, dry and stuffy!

went back to bed and when i woke at 8am, saw that i had a message from Silvia at 4.22am!

she wanted to go eat dessert as she wasn't in the best mood so we decided to go to San Churro at noon.

so weird that we kicked off lunch with dessert XDD

sappho books & cafe

after very normal (aka non-mind-blowing) churros we wandered around Glebe looking for a restaurant for lunch.

upon Urbanspoon's recommendation we decided on Sappho.. which turned out to be one of those quaint institutions which is a bookstore in front with a cafe at the back.

fabulous college atmosphere! food is simple and comfortable.

S didn't like her eggs benedict because she doesn't like hollandaise sauce but i enjoyed my Pumpkin and Ginger Soup with toast and butter thoroughly!

 pumpkin & ginger soup

S talked about her problem all through lunch and i shared a bit of my (sadly, rather limited) experience as well.

hope she feels better :) since i'm always a bit lost myself when my friends feel bad.

化悲愤为食量!

jang jang!

the first love lunchbox i prepared in my life.

potato salad + a lonely strawberry (heh) + french truffle chocolates + cabbage and carrot stir fry.

straightforward but cooking these ate up all my makeup time!

so that racks up my barefaced days in Sydney to 5!

the veg cheered S up as she had a craving for Chinese-style stir fry veggies, and i got to use my cute lunchbox (it was crap at keeping food warm, though).

win-win! smiles all around!

then S told Jackie about it and now i have to cook a Malaysian lunchbox for J ;p

holy cow i have never cooked Malaysian before but am looking forward to trying my hand at it :D

母性大发呀!~

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

pocahontas 2


look what was waiting for me when i finished class today! :)


i smudged the address ;p

but ooh isn't this exciting? (haha no wonder people think Malaysians still live on trees!)


box of organic produce-- goguma (sad that goguma couple is ending, though i didn't cry unlike Adam couple's era), carrots (i usually prefer frozen carrots, but i cooked one for dinner and it was quite good, too), 1/2 pumpkin (sigh.. i foresee at least 1/2 hour in the kitchen just to chop it), 2 granny smith apples, 2 pink ladies and 2 red delicious (all apples destined to be blended with soy milk for breakfast), mandarins, 2 oranges, an avocado, 1/2 cabbage :) and potatoes.

wow isn't it cool? receiving groceries via mail! feeling very first world right now whee!


then i was so terribly high i took a self-portrait (since i was wearing falsies-- gosh i hate them).

if you're super close to me you'll see something else.. hehe~

Monday, 15 August 2011

happy birthday dad


i am studying hard.

(okay i could be working harder but c'mon, give my old man a break!)

Sunday, 14 August 2011

centred

butter, cheese, honey

yesterday had a fabulous day out with the gorgeous Ka Wei and Silvia.

hopefully Ka Wei will post our photo on Fb and tag me so y'all can see how pretty my friends are (yep and i'm beautiful by association as well lalala)

and Silvia is now keen to marry a Malaysian 'so her baby will be multilingual'! haha see we're doing Malaysia proud!

kicked off with lunch at Curious Cafe, which we found on Two Thousand. (app-obsession again)

sampled their affogato but Campos Coffee's is better.

campos coffee affogato, a$5.50

it's the BEST!! i really wish i could bring it back for the people i love!

mini breakfast set with chili baked beans, curious cafe

see the tiny 1/2 of a cherry tomato?

on the description it reads '... 1/2 tomato'. puh-leez! i feel so cheated though am not much of a tomato person!

the reviews are good on Urbanspoon and co., but the food wasn't so delicious that i wanted to DIE or anything. i like the rather dim and old-fashioned decor though. i didn't even mind the bit of dust. wooden flooring, mismatched furniture, posters all over the walls.. this is the type of interior i love.

lone puff cloud by eugene tan (NOT my cousin), aquabumps gallery

because Silvia likes photography, i suggested Aquabumps, a gallery selling prints of mostly Bondi by Eugene Tan.

Lone Puff Cloud is my fave of all the shots in the little gallery because i'd always loved skies. some people like the sea, some prefer mountains.. but for me it has always been the sky.   

and apparently all the photos are only tweaked minimally, so now i REALLY wanna go see a Bondi sunrise. thanks to Ka Wei's descriptions i also REALLY wanna go to Perhentian =.= looks like i REALLY wanna do a lot of non-study related things.

sometimes just going out to look at pretty things gives me as much pleasure as shopping, if not more :)

tutti frutti waffle with chocolate lick, max brenner

after our little spin in Aquabumps we went shopping at Westfield Bondi and then had dinner at Max Brenner (yep, we're girls, we have dessert as dinner).

crepe, max brenner

between taking snaps of the waffle and the crepe, the staff dimmed the lights =.=

but everything was absolutely yummy, even better than i remembered.

Silvia and i had planned to return home before dark as it was the first day of the Ghost Festival but then because we're girls we spent forever in Woolworths selecting snacks and groceries haha. (yes we even used Paul the Octopus app to decide between the Most Sublime Yogurt on Earth or the Most Scrumptious Ice Cream Ever)

however it didn't matter in the end as Ka Wei's boyfriend dropped us off in his car with awesome windows.

;;;;;

you know sometimes when you go somewhere and you just feel comfortable? or you meet someone and just click? that feeling is how Sydney makes me feel-- made me feel 2 years ago when i first visited.

sometimes when i'm just doing simple stuff like going to the kitchen to refill my water bottle or learning new things in class i feel so alive and lucky (nope am not on drugs, sugar or caffeine).

then i'll fret that being so happy will infuriate the gods (ish, right? but i can't help myself) but am counting and appreciating every (expensive) blessing i have, thanks parents and God.

Friday, 12 August 2011

right this nanosec


i would do anything to eat something yummy.

royal copenhagen belgian waffle with a scoop of rocher ice-cream and drizzled clumsily (sorry it was DIY) with chocolate fudge?

i think i expect all my meals to be fabulously delicious, but not every experiment in the kitchen culminates in a serendipity-dessert. haha a bit grouchy because my attempt at dinner was gag-inducing and i had to throw it away-- sorry dad.

and what amazes me is how hungry i am all the freaking time but i don't get skinnier. or warmer.

whenever i go to the library (law, where the cute guys are, heh) i'm always the only one huddled under my layers of clothing while everybody else is just in one. single. t-shirt =.=

ah~ the mysteries of life XDD 

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

sydney trains


yes i now live in a first world country.

i buy my organic groceries online.

but trains will be trains-- it's like a MUST for them to be dirty and graffiti-ed.


if rebecca black were riding on a sydney train instead of her friend's car, she would sing

kickin on the upper level
sittin on the lower level
gotta make up my mind
which level should i go?

for me it's a no-brainer-- it's either the middle level for short trips or upper level for longer ones.

the lower level makes me panic.

when you look out the window you see people's feet and it's just weird.

Monday, 8 August 2011

july in sydney 2

mushroom chocolate!

so adorable kan?

the older i get, the more i dig girly stuff =.=

happy! happy!

probably so delighted because it's not easy to find dinner here at 10pm on a week-night!


we finally found a humble little thai place.

there was a really pretty thai waitress inside (i knew she was thai because she was speaking it)

'gosh, she's gorgeous!' i'd exclaimed in chinese.

then i proceeded to continue talking about how hot thai people are (now that i think back i just wanna knock myself out cold with a punch).

only at the end of our meal did i know she could speak chinese too!!

thank goodness i was complimenting her!

;;;;;

finally!

after losing my way once (and somehow ending up at the railway station near my home) on my quest for atas sandwiches and tarts, i found John and Peter Canteen the second time around!

it is actually in an art gallery named Carriageworks, which was why i missed it. i mean, there is a railway station nearby, can i be blamed for assuming Carriageworks meant, well, carriage works?

monsieur croque

the line was short as i went at a time when everybody except lazy postgraduate students me had to be at work.

and it is actually the Best Sandwich i'd ever had in my life.

it's not fancy or cute, just a basic toasted ham-and-cheese sandwich, but the fillings tasted so.. good. plus it had just a whisper of mustard and some herbs which just went amazingly well together. (i usually detest mustard but this time is a fantastic exception.)

ah~ all my money is spent on food! but i can't recreate those food at home :( i just botched a simple sweet pumpkin soup dessert with sago and milk. added not enough sugar and too much sago and over cooked the pumpkins. 

now i have a pudding on my hands--


it tastes alright but the consistency is way off and it's screaming out for more sugar!

i am no cook. sigh.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

雪梨7月大大杂记 1

7 月 29 日-- 等待火车去 sydney fish market 的 2 位迟到大王!

一天的第 1 餐就吃酱多 cholesterol,不怕死噢!!

这龙虾其实是美国的。

会不会觉得很无聊,在 sydney fish market 吃什么美国龙虾呀?

但澳洲龙虾贵个 4、50澳币,所以我们还是乖乖吃美国的~

但其实我个人较爱热的龙虾。

看到这就想到 eunice!

她很执着要吃新鲜的 salmon sashimi,而且还教我如何挑最新鲜的!

是说我真的从她那里学了好多东西呀!

sashimi 越硬挺越好,而且纹路也越深、越明显为佳。

我们等了好久,希望店会拿新货出来,但最后只好认输吃没那么美的 sashimi (但还是不错啦!)

;;;

接下来分享一些校园生活照-- (我是来念书的呀!)

可爱翻了的冰淇淋车!

赤着脚的洋妞!

我真的在澳洲了呀!

像 market 吧?

但其实是学校的 re-o day,有些 clubs & societies 摊子酱。

还有买吃的与一些首饰。

我真的没看到什么想参加的,所以都靠朋友介绍我去参加琐碎的活动。

忍不住买了一支!!

好想在春天到海边吃冰淇淋。。但这里没 pier。

坐在 pier 的最外端吃冰淇淋。。那种感觉真的难忘!

若没试过,务必去尝试!

你就会理解我在罗嗦什么了!

有没有在流口水?!!

哈哈 欠揍噢我~

这是雪梨最著名的韩国餐厅 madang 的芝士蘑菇炒黏糕。

我们 4 天内来了 2 次,你可以发挥想象力,到底是怎样的美味!!

这里晚上不收 reservations,要吃就得乖乖排队 (在这吃饭好像一直排队呀!)

madang 躲在一个小巷里,但还是挺热闹的。

餐厅外也有个等待区-- 有椅子与暖炉,让你等桌子。

roti canai 在这里是要排队吃的!

哈哈小小的 mamak,来这里准备升级!!

无语呀~

鲜芋仙-- 这里的 snowflake

eunice 说比 snowflake 好吃,而且是在台湾有店的。

我们又排队!!

但后面有帅哥,所以排队时心情还是很愉快!

你们看我走样了!

眼妆掉到不行! (嚎啕大哭然后跳入大海)

我觉得我打太长了啦!

我写日记就是酱! 有点受不了自己!