Housefires – Mountain to Valley

Fell in love with this song when I put on the Housefires playlist and took a walk to our new home.

The last time I had to think about my career was 6 years ago. Now I’m at a crossroads again, wanting to leave but unsure of where to go. I love that this song speaks to me in this season so specifically and while I still don’t know where to go nor what to think, I just need to be filled with His love and remain in His presence. When I posted it earlier, A mentioned that it spoke to her so much with respect to camp.

In the light of Your glory and Your plans, what I have to deal with really pales in comparison. But yet, You don’t deem it too small for Your attention. I know that in Your love, my future is good.

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Kuala Lumpur

The last time I was at KL was in 2011. With a bunch of 10 fellow CNM honours friends, most of whom I’m no longer in contact with. And another trip just a few weeks or months down with a group of girlfriends whom I fondly call the MSG/HDL girls because of our common memories made over food.

This time, its with my NIE batchmates, an amazing group of foodies who are a great support in this difficult profession.

Three noteworthy food places to visit if you’re there:

1. The breakfast thieves

2. Shin Kee beef noodle specialist

So good, I had 2, while the friends shared a 2nd bowl of beef ball soup.

3. Village Park Restaurant Nasi Lemak

So glad I announced that I was” not gonna share”

Others worth noting:

4. The eatery our Grab driver recommended when we asked him what was good at Jalan Alor. Turned out really yummy but not special nor mind blowing like the others above. It was a typical good zichar. We scrambled for seats and sat precariously under a tree. Witnessed bird droppings landing right on our table but was quickly cleared away by their excellently efficient cleaning staff. We waited about an hour for our food and while it didn’t disappoint, we don’t think we’d wait for it again

5. The view from our Airbnb apartment at Platinum Suites (The Face)

We didn’t manage to swim as we fiercely went about having good food, but it sure was a well needed time of relaxation.

Back to work tomorrow though its the September holidays, and I hope it all pays off with this batch of students.

Strangers Reunion 

I have full respect for a business that takes care of its family. I asked Immanuel to choose a place for brunch today and enjoyed every bit of it. This piece of news just warmed my heart. And in it, I see a glimpse of how any organisation that truly cares for its people should be. The larger an organisation gets, the harder it can carry out such things, it seems.

More and more, I see how much I don’t like to be part of this huge organisation – with so many restrictions that are necessary to govern its sheer size.

 

 

Perth: food

(All in Aussie $ and portions for 3 really big eaters)

Petition 

Total: $101 (5/5)

The pork knuckle was initially really yummy until. The sauce got a little icky and the end. However, the cabbage dish more than made up for it. I’ve been referring to it as the best cabbage I’ve eaten in my life. The buckwheat puffs were the cherry on top.

The beef tartare was exceptionally fresh too – all mixed up and eaten with toast. Amazing. I’d definitely return if I had the chance.

*So I did return on the last day of the trip for breakfast!


Francoforte Spaghetti 

Total: $71 (5/5)

I read about this place on TripAdvisor and came here on our first night. They do spaghetti and do it perfectly!

*It was so good that we went back another night and had more.


New Moon 

Total: $83.50 (4/5)

The porridge and hor fun were strange but the dimsum was excellent.

 

Gong Cha

This was the most expensive Milk Foam Alisan Tea I’ve had @ $6.30 – but worth it since all the Gong Chas in Singapore have closed down.

 

Honeycake

We had honeycake for tea today. Since I’m not a fan of cake, I guess my review for this isn’t accurate. We had 2 small slices for $10. A small box costs $20 and a bigger one costs $29.

I got some back for family and friends but I’m still unsure if it’s known to be from Perth.



Seoul Korean BBQ and Steamboat

A good respite from all the western cuisine that we’ve been having. $39.90 per pax for the buffet BBQ and a steamboat. Nothing special and I still prefer what we can get in Singapore, but it was nice being one of the only 2 groups of customers in the big restaurant. Also, while the meats and sides weren’t particularly appealing, the kimchi was exceptionally fresh and salty, the way I liked it.

Total: $140, including drinks (3/5)



Le Vietnam 

Read about this Banh Mi and it does live up to the hype. The owner who did the sandwich for us showed us a photo of how crowded it gets at lunch time. Clearly someone who takes pride in his craft without being overbearing. Perfect breakfast!

Total: $40+ (4.5/5) 

*And… As usual, if something was good, we went back another time.


Kailis Seafood, Fremantle

We had seafood for lunch at Fremantle. The lobster was exciting, and scallops perfectly barbecued. The fish and chips were fine and the oysters were disappointingly tiny.

Total: $135 (4/5) 



Little Bird Cafe

We had such colourful, wholesome meal here. I never thought steak could work as a breakfast dish but it worked out fine! The toast in the other two dishes were great too. So glad we managed to squeeze in a brunch here as it closes at 3pm. The first time we tried to pop by, the kitchen was closed already and we sadly walked back to our hotel.

Total: $79 (5/5)

 

 

Arirang Korean Restaurant 

We had this on our last night there. It was really yummy and could match up to the average Korean BBQ restaurant in SG and in Korea. The family next to us (mainly the dad) kept looking over at our table and asked me about the Kimchi Stew. I heard that dish being mentioned time and again. He really enjoyed his food and looking at him eat in swift movements made me enjoy my meal a little more 🙂

Total: $120 (for the three of us)

 

So it seems that a 5-day trip to Perth was possible without any driving. We took two trips out of the city centre and it was just right. Mommy was initially very unsure of what she had done – considering that she had been to Perth many times before. But with google maps and tripadvisor, she managed to try so many new things. Good job to me!

Bangkok 2017: Day Four

Today’s breakfast at Cabochon was the tops!

I’ve never seen a more delightful looking breakfast that’s the perfect blend of east and west. I love bacon and I love fish sauce. The ‘mueh’ or rice in soup fish was perfect. Just like the fish soup we have back home, with the freshest tiny little oysters I’ve ever had.

The pork soup was fantastic, with small intestines and fresh lean pork. The vegetables in it was fresh too – looked like kangkong and some exotic looking textured leaves which had a crunch to it.

The sweets were exceptionally pleasing to my tastebuds too. The butter must’ve been some high quality brand or simply used generously – the cakes were so dense and buttery. Even the sliced bread with butter tasted flavourful.

After packing our bags and taking a look at the pool,

(nothing to shout about but its Cabochon’s pool so I’m biased) we went off for a long walk to Ekkamai. Underestimated the walk there – especially since we were in the hot sun for a long while. Gave up 4/5 of the way after we passed by Suppanigga Eating Room and took a cab down for the remaining 1/5 as we got a bit dehydrated.

We found this place, Unfashioned Cafe, which was a tiny little establishment next to its vintage/international shop.

Refuelled by the cakes and drinks, we walked on to Ekkamai Macchiato, and then to One Ounce for Onion.

We skipped Macchiato as it smelled of cooking kitchen oil, and skipped the pricey products at Onion.

The exterior of Macchiato looked like a house. We had to squeeze through many cars to get in – strange.

The coffee, according to Immanuel, had a smoky flavour to it. I can’t drink coffee so all I could do was admire the store layout and takeaway cup design as usual.

We promptly made our way to Suppanigga Eating Room for lunch after this. It was wonderful. The prawn wanton I wanted had run out so we had these crabmeat and pork cakes stuffed in crab shells.

The rice with crispy fish was yummy but the pad thai with crab meat was dry and too tomato-ish. The Tom Yun Kung was the winner and the beef shank salad was delicious as well. We paid around 1400B+ for this meal – expensive by Bangkok standards but worth it in my opinion. I would have traded the Pad Thai for more crabmeat pork cakes though.

We ended our day with a foot massage at Health Land Ekkamai as it was near the cafes we visited. We wanted the therapeutic massage but the only slot was at the time we had to leave for the airport. So we settled for the foot massage at 350B each for an hour.

Immanuel said that the technique for Health Land and Watergate spa was on par, but Health Land won for ambience. I still preferred the Watergate spa as the aunty was so loving – She put my head on her lap as she did the head massage for me. That said, its an unfair comparison as it was two different massages.

So our preferences:

1. Health Land – for ambience, price and comfort with technique

2. Watergate Spa – for technique, price and convenient location just opposite Platinum Mall

3. At Ease – would not go back again, perhaps it was the timing and just our masseuse. Very popular amongst Japanese tourists though.