Sunday, 18 December 2016

dec


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 =.=)

Sunday

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

acme

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.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

jalice wedding [curzon place x le montage]


I can never get ready on time for weddings.

Which was why, for JAlice's wedding, I caught an Uber instead of the train.

Which led me to arrive more than an hour earlier than the ceremony start time - the couple had quoted an earlier start time so everybody will be on time.

Luckily I bumped into Stan at Curzon and he drove us to Macquarie Centre for breakfast.


Curzon Place is a wedding venue- old and quaint.
The staff seem a bit jaded though.

The ceremony was lovely but my $750 Varas, the sun and the wind were conspiring to kill me.
The only way I can wear Varas without my toes falling off is by wearing stockings.
But the stockings + my dress create so much static that when my friend touched me I yelped in pain, so no stockings.

Photographers
I realised that the reason I hate being in the sun in because I invariably get sunstroke.

And then I feel queasy and have to take Eve headache painkillers.

Me + the parasol gifted by Mei
My (very girly) dress cost $100! (Weddings are expensive in many ways..)
And it ripped the first time I wore it! I expected slightly more from $100..
So I went home to change after the ceremony.


Le Montage is gorgeous at night.



The main was !@#$ but the starter, entree and dessert were good.


Photo booth
So here it is! A record of the first wedding ceremony I attended.

The newlyweds were good-looking, their friends were good-looking.
It was a wedding full of beautiful people.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

sydney cherry blossom festival


Sydney has sakuras. (So what was I doing in April, moping for cherry blossoms - which I'd seen, but forgotten - in Japan.)


Japanese gardens. Tick.
Massive crowds. Tick.

It's like hanami in Japan, but with overpriced Japanese food!


It's quite organised and you get free entry if you're dressed up (cosplay or kimono).


#tbt the crowds were quite overwhelming. And there were heaps of bees buzzing around the blossoms, which freaked me out a little.
But I heard the gardens practically empties out around 3pm.
If I ever do go again, I won't do it in the morning.


I went with my friend's friends.

Before I left the house, I'd told Frenchie my hanami plans over breakfast.

'Auburn is really far, no?'
Yes.

'And you will take the train for an hour to see the blossoms?'
45 minutes.

'Because we have them all along our street.'
((Glares


It's true though. At the end of winter the cherry blossoms explodes with colours and the walk from home to the railway station can be quite charming. (Pardon the bad photo, it was an overcast day.)


After wandering around the park grounds (where we saw an albino kangaroo at the mini zoo), Maz, KC and I met up with Dat for bingsu-


YUM. I heard there's this famous bingsu place in Malaysia, which I totally wanna try in October!

At night we had galette -


I can only say.. Four Frogs Creperie is the place to go to for awesome crepes, not my home((小声

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

david jones flower show


I've lived in Sydney for 5 years without realising that every spring, David Jones puts on a flower show.

And I probably would have spent the next 5 years without knowing what I'm missing out on, but this year my friend Tash worked on the flowers, so we went to check out the show.

(M: Is this the first ever flower show?'

Everybody: No, DJ has had it annually since.. forever.)


I've never experienced anything quite like this before - there were massive fresh flower instalments within the store, and inhaling the fresh, subtle scents while getting free samples browsing was a whole new level of pleasure.


We went to DJ on the launch day, which was also Vogue's Fashion Night Out. I always actively avoid crowds, so I never knew FNO was so awesome! There were free sweets (Messina gelato, vanilla sea salt soft serve, fairy floss, Lindt chocolate balls, #doughnutime), t2, cocktail and champagne stations throughout David Jones. After nabbing nibbles you can check out the deals on offer or wander around getting skincare samples and/or free manicures.

Tash the florist surrounded by her fans
After Tash joined us, we scored extra deluxe samples by announcing, 'She did the flowers!'


I keep meaning to return and take photos when it's not so crowded, but since the gahmen scrapped the free-after-8-journeys incentive on public transport, I'm much less inclined to just pop out whenever.

Flowers in spring are the best.

Monday, 5 September 2016

my first au wedding

moi, Mei, Tash

Finally I got to attend an Aussie wedding.

KW + I

I was an hour late to the reception - because I had class in the morning, then had to go shopping for a pair of heels to wear to the dinner, by the time I reached home I was tired and needed a nap etc.

Our close-knit group was split across different tables around the room, but still we congregated around the stage to catch up.

Apparently the food and alcohol selection was considered good - I have nothing to compare it to, but that's what my friends told me. It was also well-run, one 环节 after the other.


Here are numerous shots of KW and I - 2 38 zhabors plucking the baby's breath from the table pieces and sticking them in our hair (and then fantasising about Sam Claflin hehehe).

you are sweet, like a honey bee..





I quite like the concept of a 3/4 course meal, as opposed to a 10-course banquet.

And the dancing was pretty fun, because we were the biggest group on the dance floor, so no matter where you were on the dance floor, there was a friend to dance with!

Because it was an ABC wedding, the newlyweds had a wishing well instead of a gift registry. So I prepared an angpao, similar to when I attend weddings in Malaysia. Well, I actually wrote out a card and stuffed money into the envelope, because I didn't realise I had a packet of angpaos.

For my next wedding (this Saturday!) I'll be more organised - I have wedding shoes, I'll be on time and I'll prepare my angpao on Friday night so I don't have to ask my friend sitting beside at the reception, 'Hey, do you have cash?'

In fact, my shit will be so together that I'll even bring an extra pair of shoes for when my wedding shoes hurt.

Everybody is getting hitched! It's a bit scary.

And I'm not sure if I can fit into my party dresses - that's even scarier.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

turning 27

for my 27th i had a joint 40s Shanghai-themed party with KW at Uncle Ming's.


we had our hair styled at L'Atelier (K's birthday gift to me).


there were yummy nibbles..


and we ordered lots of Shanghai Roller (Suntory whisky/ Johnny Walker Blue/ Laphroaig + honey and lemon). the fire burnt off the alcohol so despite the strong scent the taste was quite smooth.

video

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my first drink was a Brown Sugar Choya. yum!


everybody dressed up. (and it was on this fateful night that Eunice introduced Chinese drama Nirvana in Fire to me. the same Nirvana which led to #这辈子睡不到王凯人生还有什么意义)

i wore the same cheongsam i wore for last year's Halloween party - which i picked up from Salvation Army.






received a Lancome Juicy Shaker :))


lots of alcohol.

afterwards when friends were quizzed on what they recall of me at the party, they only remember 'lots of alcohol in front of' me.

i think half of them forgot it's a birthday party because there was no cake.





other non-officiel celebrations -


lunch at The Governor's Table with Tiff.


and dinner + cake with housemates. (who are standing around staring at my cake.)


i bought my own cake from Bakedown Cakery. it's sad, but i hate cheap generic cakes, and nobody loves me enough to spend $100 on a cake for me.

i think i'll ask for a pastel frosting next time- this cake looks a bit.. manly for my liking.

it tastes amazing though. i ordered the Smoky Chocolate because i love tea-infused chocolate, and it was worth every cent.


surprisingly, Jen teaches in Malaysia. if i were in KL i would love to learn how to drip.


and then there were other dinners with other friends.

sometimes i half-joke that i meet some of my friends twice a year - once on my birthday and once on theirs.

still, i'm grateful that people made an effort to help me celebrate.

27 is a terror-filled number for me, and every year after it's only going to get worse.

i spent my actual birthday hiding alone in my room, refusing to eat with housemates. (the dinner + cake occurred a week later.)

and i drank a lot at the party and at the celebration with my housemates.

it's been a month since i turned 27, and i have come to terms with my age somewhat (enough to type this, not enough to not dread 28).


new life motto for my 27 y.o. life is Work hard and sleep with the one you love.

共勉之。

(世界最近都变这样了。)