Jon came over to visit for two weeks. We had so much fun, sometimes we forgot about taking photographs. You’d start to notice that the photos started off looking all nice and pretty (cause it’s photographed with my DSLR) and then we got lazy and just stuck to Jon’s Samsung S5. A few exceptions to the last few photos, I just can’t leave my camera behind for a sunset shot, come on!
WARNING: LOTS OF COUPLE PHOTOS AHEAD.
We did a 5 day road trip down to Wellington, stopping for a night at Rotorua and another night at Hastings. With our rented Toyota Camry from Hertz, we had so much fun, even while driving. Jon was in charge of music obviously, and we were jamming to Alabama Shakes, Radiohead, The Black Keys, Bonobo and Nightmares on Wax. Now, we can’t wait to do a longer road trip in South Island. Potentially two weeks? That would be even more awesome.
Lunch at Fat Dog Cafe, Rotorua
Outside Rotorua Museum.
I promised to make full use of the selfie stick. It’s super useful when there’s only the two of us.
We had dinner at Ten Twenty Four at Hastings. When we arrived (without reservation, how clever!), we circled the building, wondering if it was closed for a private function. Thankfully, the waiter came out to the side door and we were able to ask if it was open. Although they only accept reservations, we were lucky that it wasn’t a busy night and the chef would be delighted to have us.
We were quite early, so we had the whole restaurant to ourselves. It’s almost as if Jon reserved the whole restaurant for me. Hah, jokes.
Double cheese burger at Five Boroughs, Wellington
DUCK FAT ROASTED POTATOES AND GARLIC.
This scaredy cat doesn’t dare to walk through the upper dam without me. 😛
At Island Bay Marine Education Centre-Bait House Aquarium, Wellington
That’s a mouthful.
The one minute sunset passed so fast.
In this trip, we have covered a lot of ‘first times’. Unintentional relationship goals achieved. Hah!
- Road Trip ✓
- Slept at 9pm together like old folks (It’s for the sake of waking up early to drive, people) ✓
- Took a tacky kissy photo (with one leg up!) in front of a point of interest at Rotorua Museum. ✓
- Nature walk (At Zealandia, Wellington) ✓
- Beach walk ✓
- Candle lighted romantic dinner for two at Two Twenty Four (Plus points: Whole restaurant to ourselves) ✓
- Made home made burgers from scratch ✓
- Discovered new places in the North Island of New Zealand✓
- Freezed on top on a mountain, Mount Victoria, Wellington(Well, a hill, really) ✓
- Watched a 1 minute sunset together (Oh, so romantic) ✓
- Bought non-stick pans together (WHAT?!?) ✓
- Jon supported me at one of my photography workshops ✓
I can’t wait for him to be back again soon. Meanwhile, I’ll deal with the winter winds first.
What a long hiatus.
I was back in Malaysia/Singapore for the whole month of February and the very first thing I did was have a bite of Obanhmi’s new ORoasty. I just had to. It was too tempting not to.
Vietnamese Egg Coffee (RM9.90)
When i first saw it on the menu, I had mixed feelings about this coffee. But I definitely didn’t regret ordering it to try!
It’certainly has a very interesting flavour, almost like drinking liquid coffee Crème brûlée. I must warn you, it’s a very sweet and aromatic cup of hot coffee Crème brûlée. Love it (Eventhough, it’s a bit too sweet).
Lime Slush (RM7)
J ordered the lime slush and we really needed that drink. Boy, it was so refreshing, we were almost so tempted to order another one. The mint bits in the slush and the best overwhelming citrus explosion went so well together. Perfect for the darn weather in Malaysia, no joke!
Vietnamese broken rice with grilled pork chop (RM12.90)
An excellent choice for a quick office lunch, don’t you think? Unfortunately, the grilled pork chop was a little bit too dry for my liking but I loved the broken rice personally because of the soft texture.
When I asked J for his opinion on ORoasty, he said it felt like good breakfast all in one amazing sandwich. I guess that does sums it up about right. ORoasty is packed with the juiciest roast pork, marinated veggie (Almost like pickled vegetable), sunny side up and lots of coriander. What a brilliant concoction.
Chicken and prawn spring rolls (RM9.50)
I always have a soft spot for spring rolls. Fresh spring rolls, not fried. Dipping them in sweet and sour sauce.. So yum.
Dry Grilled Pork Vermicelli (RM12)
I quite like the vermicelli with the grilled pork but I didn’t like the idea of having fried spring rolls in them. It was pretty refreshing though but way, way too heavy on the oily ingredients.
Vietnamese French Toast served with ice cream (RM11)
The french toast is served with two ice cream of your choice and nuts! It’s made perfectly. Crispy on the outside, really soft inside. It’s not your average eggy type of french toast. In our opinions (Me and J’s), it was more like buttery bread with ice cream. J did mention it felt quite messy to eat the whole thing because you need to put ice cream on it.. And then the nuts… Blablabla. But I loved it. Messy or not, it’s really good.
1Utama Shopping Mall Outlet
LG 328, New Wing – near Teppanyaki, Cold Storage side.
I’m writing a post because I’m procrastinating on my assignments and a test this Friday.
Meanwhile, some updates on my life. We had a movie night party last Saturday. Ian brought his fancy 32 inch tv and we managed to get it to work with my laptop. (Panicked for a few minutes, thinking, why didn’t we checked it a day before?)
Woohoo, 32 inch tv! Much wows, slightly bigger than ours.
John brought his coffee machine and made us some extremely delicious drinks. Sadly, his ‘work space’ isn’t exactly a prestegious spot in our house, he had to kneel down to make the drinks.
It was a potluck party so everyone brought some food. Nadhirah and I made tom yum soup and vermicelli to go with.
Parents often worry about how my generation will forget traditions and Malaysian culture, really, they’re very wrong. Not in this part of the world anyway. I had the chance to go to 3 open houses this week. Woopeedoo, it feels just like home.
After the Raya open house at Amirah’s place, we missed the train by a few seconds because the ticket machine was down.. So we had to wait another 26 minutes for the next one..
Brunch with Nadhirah and Sherine. I made super plain aglio olio and potato salad. Nadhirah made scrambled eggs. Yum.
I managed to go to a gig at Whammy Bar, K’Road with Ian on Friday too. I think I’ve been out almost on a daily basis with these people now.
No idea how I was okay with a screamo gig.
Bihun Sup! Makes me miss Mee Soto so, so much. :C
Even their keropok lekor and bergedel was so good. They’re definitely wife-material. Unlike me, Nadhirah and Amirah…
Nadhirah and Amirah
And that’s the unflattering me.
Happy Monday everyone!
Hope everyone’s bright and cheery today. I’m trying to update my blog as often as I can with lots of photographs. This post has a little bit of everything though, a lil’ update on my life in Auckland right now.
Yes! More construction going on to beautify the view from my balcony!
But it’s okay, I still get great sunset views every day.
Last photo of my fiery hair before I dye them to another colour! I have 6 colours to choose from. Tsk, can you guess what colours I’m doing next?
Check out my new DIY knife holder. I wanted to do a magnetic one to save space (Since the kitchen area isn’t very big) but the magnets I bought were totally useless and I couldn’t find any stronger magnets. Japan Dollar Shop and Daiso was out of magnets. Boohoo.
So I resorted to this super duper cheap and heavy knife holder. All you need is a vase/container and lots of pasta. I used 6 and a half bags of cheap spaghetti (500g each). In total I spent about $10. I’m glad I didn’t buy a vase made of glass. Otherwise it would be so much heavier and a pain to move around when I clean the kitchen area. This shall do until I find a prettier container and have enough time and some rubbing alcohol to dye the pasta!
Cheesy potato ready to go into the microwave!
I’m still afraid of the oven. So I’m sticking to the microwave until the day the oven stops scaring me.
On Saturday, I went down to Parnell and Epsom. Well, I got off the bus at Epsom, 4 stops too early… So I had to walk 4km to reach the PokeCenter that was hosting a Pokemon Tournament.
I didn’t regret my mistake one bit! Tsk, I walked pass Greenwoods Kitchen and I couldn’t resist. THE SMELL OF PIES AND PASTRIES. I bought a Spinach and Feta Quiche for $5.50 and it was awesome.
I caught a Pokemon at the PokeCenter. She’s a very talkative Torchic. She hogged my microphone right away. Cheeky girl..
Little dino couldn’t stand her voice and was desperately trying to turn the mic off.
I think I need a life.
A real one.
Made a new Globescape. This time with a different touch to it!
Next, I plan to do one inspired by white and blue china.
You can check out the other Globescapes here. 😀