Showing posts with label friends. Show all posts
Showing posts with label friends. Show all posts
Saturday, 20 February 2016

Dutch Snacks

This post is a little belated! At the end of last year, Mei and I exchanged a goodies box filled with snacks from our home country. I included things that a) I quite enjoyed and b) were quite iconic as Australian snacks. She has posted about it here.

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Packaged so beautifully!

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Unlike Mei, I didn't have the forethought to take photos of each item out of the packet as I was too busy stuffing my face!

My favourites were:

  • Shortbread (mmmmmmmm!!)
  • Lukken (although they are Belgian!)
  • Stroopwafels! Of course, I love these and in fact, I should have some left. Not sure where I've stashed them now.

Thank you Mei! I love how the internet has provided me with this opportunity. Although my only issue is that I wish that Australia Post was not so bloody expensive as I would be able to do something like this more often.
Monday, 24 November 2014

The Tea Cosy

I have been busy meeting up with friends over the past week before I leave for my two month trip overseas. My two closest university friends and I met up at The Tea Cosy for some afternoon tea.

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I ordered the Devonshire Tea which consisted of two scones, jam and a drink of my choice. The scones vary daily and on the occasion that I visited, there was the choice of: plain, currant, apple crumble or cheese and thyme. I picked apple crumble and cheese and thyme with paw paw, lime & passion fruit jam and Turkish Apple tea.

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A few months ago, Owl Girl mentioned that there were two ways to eat a scone which I had never realised before. Devonshire method is where the cream is placed on the scone first followed by the jam. The Cornwall method is jam first, followed by the cream. I used to eat it the Devonshire way however I tried the Cornwall way and I think I actually prefer the latter!

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Devonshire. Excuse the chipped nail.

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Cornwall.

How do you eat your scones?
Friday, 14 November 2014

A Farewell at Sea Bar

When I worked at my first job, I met this quiet, but lovely Filipino couple who come to Australia to earn some money and have a comfortable life when they returned to the Philippines. At the time, they had left their 4 year old daughter with family. I was 17 at the time and it was when I first really understood the sacrifices that people make to better the lives of their loved ones. They were originally meant to stay for 2 years however after 5 years, they are now returning home.

Originally, cultural differences created a slight rift between us, however we also worked 6-7 hour shifts together in a small space which meant that we eventually bonded. I have so many wonderful and hilarious memories with them, including the time that they sneakily roasted a chicken in the industrial oven for their dinner (I'm sure that the owner would have been very, very unhappy). The wife actually helped me to get my current job where she and her husband also worked at.

For our farewell, we had lunch at Sea Bar (next to Seachange).

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My Cajun spiced chicken salad

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Lamb cutlets with kumara mash.

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Fish and Chips

Like Seachange, there was attentive service and the food was really good. I actually didn't even finish my salad which is a rarity. I was very impressed that there were two pieces of chicken (I was expecting slivers of chicken) and chunks of avocado. I may have also eaten a third of my friend's chips since they were so crispy!

I was originally a little apprehensive of meeting since we hadn't talked properly for nearly 4 years now; we would say hi and bye when we saw each other at work. But conversation flowed really easily and I just remembered why I loved talking to them before. They are so down to earth and genuine people which I find a rarity unfortunately. We just talked about children, partners and just about how to live a fulfilling life. I'm a little sad to see them go because it is change (and I'm not the fondest of that). But maybe I will see them again one day when I visit the Philippines. Whenever that is.

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A very cool looking tree due to the winds. I am sure a quote about adapting to change and obstacles would be fitting here. Sadly, I can think of none.

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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Studio 10 + Turimetta Beach

On Tuesday I went with my friend to be part of the audience for Studio 10. I actually never watched the show before but it was alright. It was a little tiring sitting in the same spot for 3 hrs but we got a giveaway from People For Plants, which is co founded by Jamie Durie. We each got: cleanser, toner and day cream.

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After the show and other difficulties in the city, we headed back to her place and detoured via her favourite beach, Turimetta Beach. It was gorgeous. Completely secluded and very much a locals beach. We didn't head down to the sand because we weren't particularly interested in climbing down and then up around 150 steps each way.

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I have been obsessed with 'Switched at Birth' lately and am almost up to date with the show. We watched 4 episodes, had caesar salad and Orange Midori + lemonade.

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Saturday, 10 August 2013

N2 Extreme Gelato

Haven't posted for a while. I originally had plans to meet a friend who I hadn't seen in over a year for dinner. However, my Saturday class finished early and we ended up meeting for lunch instead for ramen at World's Square. It was both an interesting and awkward experience. What was interesting was sitting in her car that was completely decked out in Hello Kitty gear.

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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Today, a few of my coworkers were meant to head down the coast to Kiama. I had wanted to walk from Minnamurra down to Kiama but some of the coworkers were no longer interested and the trip got cancelled.

In the end, we headed up to Palm Beach and to Barrenjoey Lighthouse. At Palm Beach, we saw the trailers for the filming of Home and Away.

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Sunday, 30 June 2013

Roller Derby: BSK vs SAS

I have been intrigued by roller derby since watching Whip It! and also a Cold Case episode which featured a victim who was a participant. A mutual friend had commented that he was attending the first bout of the season, however, for that event I was at work and couldn't make it. This time, I bought my ticket and left work early for the bout.

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It has been bucketing rain in the past week and whilst it is nice to an extent, it is also a little annoying having to deal with puddles and splashes from cars/buses.

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Overall it was a lot of fun. Intense but fun to watch it in action. The only thing that I was surprised about when the BSK did their victory lap was that all the girls were a lot older than I imagined.

And a follow up to my previous post. I know what I want and what I want is to let it go. To let them go. Tonight was a good night in a sense because it showed me that there is a life after. It was also so frustrating to hear that the mutual friend was treated poorly by the devil incarnate; it just reinforced my negative feelings against that individual. But the night was also awkward. Why? Well, we went to dinner and it felt weird as though it was date (which it wasn't). I am also never eating at Dixon Street again. By the time we got back to the city, it was already 10pm and I honestly wanted to go home. But he was hungry and we stopped off at Dixon Street for Chinese food (I honestly would have been content with Maccas). Not entirely pleased that I had to pay $19 (!!) for a tiny portion of Singapore noodles. Yeesh.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Hokkaido

Dogs

Rain

Today was the last exam for semester 1. I had already expected that the federal constitutional law exam would be terrible and it was. The lecturer likes what he likes and is incredibly specific. Oh well, peanut butter.

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Torikatsu Ramen

I had dinner with the guy I had met on exchange. Truth be told, I will probably not be meeting up with this 'friend' anytime soon. The entire night, I must have spoken around 100 words, with 20 words being spoken to the waitress who took my order. It amazes me how oblivious some individuals are and the extent of  their self-centredness. I learnt far too many intimate details, details that I didn't need to know. On many occasions, I was convinced that my left eyebrow was about to fall off my face; when I am skeptical or incredulous, I raise my left eyebrow. Eye colouring changing due to the individual's mood? Really? Telling me that you are in love with a guy that you met on Thursday, a mere 5 days ago?
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