Archive for July, 2009

Villa Roma Ristorante & Pizzeria

Sometimes it’s difficult deciding where to go for dinner. It doesn’t help when your friends have standard answers of ‘Anything’ ‘Up to you’ ‘Also can’ when you ask them what they want to eat. Somehow or other, I always end up making the decision which can be good or bad, good because I get to go to the restaurant of my choice, bad because I always feel personally responsible if the food turns out bad.

As usual it was a ‘up to you’ night with the only request being ‘can the restaurant be an entertainment card thingy’. Since we were planning to go to San Churro in Fremantle for their chocolate desserts, I picked Villa Roma in Freo for our dinner venue. It was once voted one of the top 55 restaurants in Perth by STM so I was quite hopeful.

The restaurant itself was warm and bustling, we had to wait about 10 minutes for a table which is usually a good sign. The waiter recommended Linguine Al Pollo ($19.90) to Adrian which came with chicken, mushrooms, roasted capsicum and cream. I didn’t try this but I think Adrian said it was alright but not flavourful enough.

Amy had the Risotto Al Pollo ($19.90) which was a tomato based chicken and mushroom risotto. This tasted just ok texture wise but I’ve been spoilt by risotto at Ciao Italia and this just didn’t make the cut.

Bryan’s Risotto Pescatore ($21.90) was seafood risotto with garlic, butter and tomato sauce. Taste wise it was rather bland, but worse of all, the portion was so miniscule, it really was just a thin layer of risotto and that was it. Just compare it with the portion that Amy had!

Mine was the Scaloppine Marsala ($28.90) which is thinly sliced fillets with marsala wine sauce with a side of salad and roasted potatoes. The salad and potatoes were ordinary, but I quite liked my fillets which were tender and the marsala wine sauce which was sweet and savoury.

The start of the night was Richard’s Lamb Shanks ($24.90) which was braised lamb shanks with roast potato and asparagus in red wine and mushroom jus (one of Villa Roma’s most popular dishes). The portion was generous and the lamb shanks were braised till tender, the red wine and mushroom jus was nice too, but I would have preferred stronger flavours. Still, it was a good and hearty dish.

We all shared the Tiramisu (the website says $6.00 but I think it was more $8.00) which was made with mascarpone cheese (I hate it when people use cream as a substitute) but the sponge fingers weren’t soaked well with expresso and it was just missing that something that makes tiramisu so yummy.

Overall the guys thought that Villa Roma deserved a 6.5 in terms of food but a 7 for their lamb shanks and 8 for their service. I must mention that their service was great, the waiters were personable, attentive and very friendly. I also liked it that they asked us whether we prefer tap water or bottled water, unlike the Italian restaurants nowadays that serve you mineral water ($3 – 4 for a bottle) when you ask for water.

I’ve decided to give Villa Roma a 6 instead just because I feel the food was really just average (but the lamb shanks deserve a 6.5 – 7), and Hanami was really a lot better compared to Villa Roma.Haha, I can’t believe I’m taking this ratings thing so seriously.

p/s Entertainment voucher gives you 25% of the meal to the value of $35

Daitaoha ratings:

Food : 6/10

6

Service 8/10

8 service

Villa Roma Ristorante & Pizzeria
9-13 High Street, Fremantle
Tel: 9335 3664
http://www.villaroma.com.au

And it’s Monday again (T____T)

Weekend over in a flash, another long long work week ahead.

Friday evening I found myself locked outside my home for a good hour before Jo came home to rescue me. As usual, daitaoha  didn’t bring her house keys to work. Dinner at Villa Roma (in the faraway Freo) with friends, the food wasn’t great but the service was superb (will blog in future). The tiramisu, sadly, didn’t even come close to Ciao Italia’s version. Skinny flat whites with the guys at Soto in Mt Lawley afterwards.

Saturday I went shopping alone and didn’t spend a single cent. Surely the best kind of shopping. Late night dinner/supper at the newly opened HK style cafe on William Street with men in black.

Sunday was grocery shopping for more $1 apple bags and watching the dynamic noodle duo slurp down big bowls of noodles at Big Bowl Noodle. Calv had noodles for brunch, noodles for tea and noodles for dinner *shakes head*

Present from Calv from Melbourne, good chocolate from the famous Koko Black.

Sunday afternoon, cooking Jo’s lunch for the next day, my version of Kuching’s Taugeh Mee a.k.a. beansprouts noodles. I call it Tee Mee (as in sweet noodles) because it’s  sweet and sticky.

Ssssh… don’t tell Jo but the congee for dinner tonight had fish in it! I masked it with lots of ginger and sesame oil plus minced the fish so she wouldn’t spot it, seemed to work well. Why are we eating sick food? Sunday evening I received a phonecall from Jo to say that she’s coming out in rashes. According to the GP she’s developed a viral infection, I suspect it’s fatigue from coughing, going out and working. Jo is pretty much going through what I had last year, an entire month of cough and flu. So far I’ve managed to stay strong despite all my sick friends and colleagues, but I’m starting to feel body aches and developing headaches.  Arrgh, I absolutely cannot afford to fall sick and stay home from work.

And so Monday is over, I’m already starting to plan my weekend, anyone up for a Sunday excursion to Alfred’s Kitchen for the best burgers in Perth?

The quest for the best Japanese in Perth starts @ Hanami

I’ve propably mentioned this about a thousand times, but I really really love Japanese food.

I’m not sure how to explain why I love Japanese food so much, I love how the Japanese toil over the perfect ingredient, their love (or perhaps obsession) for fresh, healthy  and seasonal ingredients, the sweat and tears of honing the best techniques( watch the movie Tampopo about perfecting the ultimate ramen and you’ll get a clue), the sharpest knives, the gorgeous utensils, the delicate portions. When it comes to Japanese food, it’s the whole picture, it’s not just about the food, it’s also about respect for the ingredient, for the season, presentation is the key to everything, not only must it taste good and be good for you, it must also look beautiful.

When I went to Japan, I was only a young kid and wasn’t very excited about Japanese food. Now that I’m older, I can only imagine how fantastic the food in Japan must be, just looking at the pictures from my sister’s annual Japan trip transports me into throes of wonder and amazement (plus salivation). Japan is my ultimate ‘must-go’  foodie place before I die, maybe year 2010? Here’s hoping.

In Perth, there ‘s quite a bit of Japanese food around, but none that transport me into foodie heaven.  Sadly, a lot of Japanese restaurants either fall into the ‘not authentic Japanese (more like Malaysian chef) but good for a quick sushi fix’ category or into ‘overly expensive need to eat McD afterwards’ category.   So I’ve decided to start on a quest for the best Japanese in Perth, first round, is Hanami at Mount Lawley.

Jo and Hieng Chiong at Hanami, the surroundings are not particularly posh, more of a family restaurant feel I suspect. I’ve been to Hanami twice now, but am always reluctant to blog about it because I take the most ugly pictures here. I don’t know what it is, dodgy lighting or just my shaky hands, everything looks ugly, so here’ a warning in advance. The food tastes better than it looks.

Beef tataki or raw beef salad entree. I’m not such a fan of beef tataki, but Gill is, and she said it was one of the better ones she’s had. The dressing was nicely vinegary and tangy, the beef tender and nicely pinked in the middle.

Teriyaki beef bento. I can’t remember most of the prices now but most of the bento boxes are under the $20 mark, so pretty good value for money. I remember comments that the teriyaki beef was tasty and tender.

Mixed sashimi platter, thick slices of sashimi, all fresh and good.

Prawn tempura sushi. I know the sushi was made by order, because the rice was still rather warm when it was served to us, a bit odd, but still tasted quite good nevertheless.

Hanami serves teppanyaki, on two separate occasions we ordered the teppanyaki beef and chicken (featured above). The beef was alright, not very flavourful but nicely grilled. Teppanyaki chicken felt like homecooked food, saucey and sweet, went well with rice but didn’t feel very grilled to me.

Mixed sushi platter, not outstanding but not bad either.

My must-order at all Japanese restaurants, the chirashi sushi bento. Generous portion, good sticky sushi rice but not as good as Zen’s chirashi sushi.

A close up shot of the chirashi sushi.Thick slices of sashimi.

Jo’s must order at Japanese restaurants, the unadon. The unagi here was alright, a little bit chewy I thought, I wonder what unagi from those specialised unagi shops in Japan taste like? Yums.

Mixed seafood and vegetable tempura . Nice mix of vegetables and tempura, I think they had pumpkin and sweet potato tempura which are my favourite tempuras, I didn’t eat any of the seafood tempura so not sure whether they were any good, comments Jaso?

Overall, Hanami falls into the pretty affordable but might not be overly authentic category.This is a good place to go to when you’re craving a nice substantial bento box, tasty Japanese food which won’t break the bank. It’s not a  ‘flowers and stars coming out of the head’ experience, but  like I’ve said, I’ve yet to experience Japanese food of that category anywhere in the world, still, I would definitely return.

Daitaoha ratings:

Food : 6.5/10 daitaohas

6.5

Service: 6/10 daitaohas

6 service

Hanami Japanese Restaurant
685c Beaufort St
Mt Lawley 6050
Tel : (08) 9371 9855

The Grey Hoodie Boy Part 4 It rains

Grey Hoodie boy wasn’t on my bus today. It was drizzling and I wondered whether he would be caught in the rain.

I was reaching the lights in front of my building when it started raining heavily so I ducked under the roof of a building for shelter. Suddenly,  Grey Hoodie walked right past me and stood at the lights.

I don’t know why it still surprises me when I see him but it does.

The lights turned green and I walked ahead with my umbrella, he turned and saw me and smiled ‘hello’. I shared my umbrella with him while we crossed the road in silence.

I told him that he should use his hoodie to cover his head but he said he was ok. Then we said goodbye and I went into my building.

My Grey Hoodie boy encounter of the day ends there. Are you all sick of reading about Grey Hoodie boy yet? Because I feel  slightly stupid and silly for blogging about him and really should stop.  I swear it’s really not as romantic  as it seems.I think of us as  strangers that somehow know each other.

Today it struck me, I call him the Grey Hoodie boy because he’s always in a grey hoodie. So do you think he calls me ‘The black coat girl’ because I’m always wearing my black coat? I think it’s more likely I’m known as ‘The girl who fell’.

(=____________________=)

Smiley lamp

I watched Harry Potter with the boys last night, while it was quite good, it didn’t live up to my expectations. I guess all that hype about it breaking the box office record of all time (won The Dark Knight) made me think the movie must be spectacularly good, it was an easy watch, but I wasn’t blown away. Still I love love watching movies in the cinema so I really enjoyed myself.

My home cooking has a Japanese theme this week! I thought Jo was going to work today so I prepared her bento box the night before. This is the same bento box that I used for H’s bday bento in a different design, I love pretty and cute bento boxes, they make lunches so much happier.

My ‘lazy’ bento box of foolproof teriyaki chicken, tamagoyaki with rice topped with wasabi and seaweed seasoning. I also made some avocado, mayo and lemon juice mash to go with the chicken.

Despite talking about trying new recipes etc. I’ve been so lazy this week and copping out with my lazy cooking. Dinner tonight was store bought roast chicken on mashed potato with grilled butter mushrooms. I read Jo’s blog about craving fast food and wanted to roast some potatoes for her, but the first thing I heard when I reached home was her coughing away in the bedroom. So I made mashed herbed potatoes with light sour cream and a bit of mascarpone instead.

Jo was all excited when I got home saying ‘you’ve got a parcel! Quick open so I can see what it is!’ It was a parcel from Shirley! I was rather surprised to receive a parcel from Shirley because it’s not my birthday or any special occasion. Guess what was inside?

Necklaces for me and Jo, I decided Jo should have the ‘Fu’ one because she needs prosperity while I should get the ‘Lian’ one since I need romance!  Thank you Shirley (^___^).

That wasn’t the end of it. Shirley bought me a cute lamp, a smiley happy looking one which is what I look like when I eat something really yummy.

It has two expressions, this one is more me when I’m watching a sad movie and about to cry, haha, except my eyes are not so big. Thanks Shirley, it was a great surprise, it’s so nice to get an unexpected present, sometimes I think those presents are the best of all, touched lah.

And that ends my Wednesday, two days to Friday and counting!

The Grey Hoodie Boy Part 3 I know his name

The Grey Hoodie boy was on my bus today. He was sprinting to get onto the bus again and made it just in time. Still in his grey hoodie (^_^).

When he locked eyes with me, he gave me a big grin so I smiled back as well.  During our bus journey I thought ‘Nah, I can’t talk to him’. Despite all my bravado, I’m really a shy person at heart, sorry guys, couldn’t use your pick up lines(= ^_^=).

At the lights, I was extra careful on the slippery pathways just in case I fell again (very likely scenario).  To my surprise, Grey Hoodie boy walked towards me and said ‘How’s your hand?’ I stammered ‘ Oh, it’s fine, just a sore back’ and showed him my hands. Showing him my hands, what was I thinking?! Luckily the lights turned green and he said ‘Gotto go, see ya!’ gave me a wave and walked briskly ahead.

I thought that was a bit odd because I know now that he usually walks down the same stretch of terrace that I do, maybe he was running to catch a bus again? Anyway, not wanting to act like a stalker, I didn’t try to catch up with him and was smiling to myself while thinking ‘I bet Jan and mum will love this story”.

He was at the lights in front of my building again. I thought ‘I should ask him where he works’ but decided to stay put. But then he walked to me and said ‘where do you work?’ Aaaaaah, he took the words out of my mouth! So I told him and I now know where he works, which is not far from my building. He said that it was a pretty long walk from our bus stop but good for exercise. I said that I had seen him walking in front of me before and he said he’s noticed me walking around the city as well. So paiseh.

Then in front of my building, we exchanged names, shook hands and bided each other goodbye.

So a little bit of entertainment for you this morning. I now know his name but to me, he’ll always be the Grey Hoodie boy 😉

Japanese vegetable curry 3 ways

Thunderstorms and hailstorms make me want to hide in my bedroom with a steaming plate of hot curry and rice, one of my favourite winter comfort food. Usually I like to cook my Japanese curry with beef brisket which requires hours of braising but is gorgeously tender and flavourful when added with the curry sauce. But today’s  curry was more of a vegetable curry, there were chicken pieces in it but mostly lots of carrots, onions, enoki mushrooms and butter mushrooms.

I overcooked as usual and ended up with a large pot of curry, so I thought I would prepare Jo and Hieng Chiong’s lunch bento tomorrow. Jo’s lunch bento tomorrow is wasabi seaweed seasoned egg rice with Japanese curry.

Guys usually prefer noodles, so Hieng Chiong’s lunch bento is chicken curry udon. I hope he likes it.

Dinner tonight is omurice with Japanese curry, it’s been a long time since I’ve made omurice, I fried the rice with some tonkatsu sauce, egg and seaweed seasoning and wrapped it with an omelette which was a mixture of mirin, sugar and egg.

In the past I used to wrap yakisoba with omelette and top it with mayo and tonkatsu sauce, quite yummy. I’m going to try making cold soba soon, but only if it stops raining (-_____-).

Ok, going back to watching Top Chef now, I’m getting addicted!

Sparrow and some meatballs

It’s Sunday night, Jo and I are in the living room watching the Masterchef finale. I made it a point to watch the finale tonight despite not having watched a single episode of this vastly popular show. But my colleagues are all obsessed with Masterchef so they made me promise to watch it so I can discuss it with them tomorrow. So far I like both finalists but I’m rooting for the Chinese girl who’s originally from Malaysia! Oh no, the aunty actually incorrectly identified shallots as onions, how can she get that wrong?!

Anyway I am feeling miserable because the weekend over. Even worse, Jason has gone back to Geraldton and won’t be back in Perth for another 10 weeks. 10 weeks feels like a long time, I wonder what my life will be like then? Lately I’ve been facing new experiences and challenges everyday so I’m a bit apprehensive. Ah well.

Masterchef update: The secret ingredient was whole chicken, I guesed the Chinese girl would cook Hainanese chicken and I was right!! Only I don’t think she’s cooking it right because she’s steaming the chicken and  hainanese chicken is usually poached/boiled. She’s making pandan chiffon cake which is one of my favourite cakes of all time.

Friday night dinner and drinks with TGIF gang minus Gill. It was also a farewell of some sort for Jaso. After dinner at Hawker’s Cuisine we headed off to the new 399 melbourne style bar on William Street. There was great, cosy and warm atmosphere and we had a great time drinking wine (me and Gerry mostly) and chatting.

Saturday morning I woke up early but was nursing a slight headache. Met up with the rest of the guys for karaoke but left to walk around the city with Gerry and Bryan. Introduced the boys to Tiger Tiger coffee bar which serves really really good coffees.

tiger tiger

The service isn’t great, but the secluded alleyway atmosphere with the live Spanish guitar playing was fantastic. They serve a mean hot chocolate with marshmallows as well, yums.

Dinner at Sparrow also located on William Street. Sparrow is an Indonesian restaurant located almost opposite Manise. It’s very popular in Perth and well known for the friendly service, affordable prices and small portions. I remember Fung was the first person who introduced to this eatery, I used to frequent it quite often  but haven’t been since we discovered Manise.

Beef rendang which you order by the pieces (I think it’s $2.50 per piece). The owner told us that the beef was cooked for 5 hours, despite the long cooking time, I still don’t think the beef is tender enough.

Sparrow has empek-empek too, only they call it pempek ($7 with egg). Sauce wise the pempek was pretty similar to Manise’s empek-empek, but it wasn’t crispy enough and the fish cake was a little harder and chewy.

I forgot the name of these mussels, Kerang something. I didn’t have any of these but Wendy said they were good.

I didn’t feature most our dishes but what Sparrow does well is their gravy laden asam/curry dishes are always tasty and great with rice. We ordered 10 dishes in all with drinks and rice and it was only $10.50 per person (the owner also gave us a 10% discount which he has done every single time I’ve frequented).

Happy and satisfied customers!

Daitaoha ratings (btw, the rating system is on my About page):

Food : 6/10

6

Service: 7/10

7 service

Sparrow

Shop A
434 William St
Northbridge 6003 WA
Phone: (08) 9328 5660

I feel like cooking something big and elaborate, but I don’t know what to cook, who to cook for or what to cook for. But today I wanted to try a tomato and cream sauce pasta instead of my usual tomato based sauce, it turned out quite well but I will be experimenting more to get a better tomato cream sauce. This time instead of just using tinned tomatoes I also added fresh tomatoes which I feel made the sauce taste fresher and lighter.

I made beef meatballs to go with the spaghetti and garnished the pasta dish with lots and lots of parsley.

Masterchef update: The Malaysian girl lost!! I wish I watched the show right from the start now, but I have Jason’s Top Chef to watch, I hope it’s good!

I am hoping to force myself to try cooking new recipes and will try to post up a  new recipe from my collection of cookbooks at least once a fortnight. So scary there’s a hailstorm now, the windows sound like they’re going to break,lightning and thunder  everywhere,ok, maybe I don’t like rainy weather so much afterall (T___T).

From Perth With Love

Linglang and Fung are getting married today! And it’s Shirley’s birthday as well. YW’s family and Shirley have both flown to Kuching for the wedding, which leaves me the only one out of the picture, otherwise, it would have been a proper Monash Avenue housemates reunion.

I’ve already sent LL and Shirley wedding and birthday presents, making Shirley promise that both of them would only open it at midnight. I wonder whether they liked the presents? But I didn’t want to leave Fung out. One of the things that Fung said to me when he last saw me in Kuching was something along the lines of  ‘eh, can take more pictures of UWA/Perth or not? Places that we’ve been to and used to hang out at’

Wish granted sir! One afternoon, I took my trusty (but slightly wonky) camera to UWA and started snapping away. I did a full circle, starting from the clock tower, moving towards Octagon theatre, towards the Arts building , Reid library, Engineering block, GP3 lab, Guild village, Social Science, Law and back again. It’s funny how easily names like Social Science lecture theatre, Alexander lecture theatre, roll from your tongue despite years of non use.

The underground passage from residential colleges to UWA. Whether it was coming back from a crabbing outing and giggling about the absence of crabs for our much lauded chilli crab meal with Kelvin, or dressed down in shorts and Ts and rushing for a lecture, I remember many many great nights of walking the passage with my friends.

The ‘money’ shot of UWA, the famous clock tower. After witnessing countless of  couples taking their wedding photos on UWA grounds , I used to vow to my friends ‘when I get married, I MUST take my wedding photos at UWA’. How time has flown, and now it’s LL and Fung taking wedding photos and getting married!

Can you tell where the water starts? I remember one very cold night when we accompanied Shirley on her ‘experiment’ expedition of ‘training’ ducks to respond to her bell ringing. We stood at the pond throwing bread at the ducks with Shirley ringing her bell incessantly while trying to look inconspicuous whenever anyone walked by. Hahahaha. Did you eventually get a good mark for that assignment Shirley?

Octagon theatre where it all starts for nervous first year Commerce students.

After walking past the clock tower, you step into this lush, green world of giant trees, whispering leaves and bird chirping. I was so scared during my first day in Perth because I knew no one, I had no idea where I was going to stay and there was no one with me. Plus it was a Saturday or Sunday morning and Perth was  like a dead city. Then on the second day LL visited me and invited me to stay with her, YW and Shirley. And that was the end of my lonely days in Perth (^___^).

Something new in UWA! They’ve planted some daffodils on the lawn in front of Reid library. I used to lunch with my Thai friend Sung on this lawn, surrounded by the big trees. During autumn, some of the trees turned into hues of gold, red and orange.

The steps leading to wisdom? Haha, so cliche. But really, these steps lead up to Reid library, the biggest and ‘main’ library in UWA.

Benches outside the library. Many a time I sat on these benches with my uni mates chatting about nonsense. It was also a meeting point ‘I’ll meet you outside Reid library’. I remember having long conversations with Bernard, Weny. Best of all was sometimes looking up and seeing Shirley and LL walk by. Then we could walk home together 🙂 .

I took this photo of the Engineering block for you Fung! I remember how Fung was very happy when he found out that I was a Law student, he rubbed his hand with glee and said ‘great, now I have someone to throw fruit at during the annual Law/Engineering food fight’. Law students always got creamed by Engineering students (-____-).

The most horrible and must go place for poor hapless Commerce students, the dreaded General Purpose building 3. dubbed GP3, where assignments are swotted out and copious amounts of papers are printed. I had a peek inside and there are no longer any computers inside, where do Commerce students now go I wonder?

UWA student guild which was the start of a new phase of our student lives. LL and Shirley joined the International Students Service committee and sometimes I was roped in to help. I first met H at the ISS annual general meeting and joked to them ‘he’s quite cute, next time can have the meetings at our house’.

Guild village still looks the same with the same shops. Always the most busy place during lunchtime and the ‘place to be seen’. Also where the Multicultural Week that I chaired was held. LL and Shirley, do you all remember Weny? I’ve been meeting up with him for lunch in the city, it feels just like old days except we’re now in working clothes.

The dreaded Law building. Truly, it was and probably still is one of the lousiest faculty buildings around. No good lecture theatres, tiny rooms and perpetually cold.

Outside the Law building and Commerce building (btw, Commerce now has a spanking new building block). Sometimes you can find me sitting on one of those benches waiting for a tutorial to start.

The Arts building. We’re now well into winter, so the autumn leaves were falling, so pretty.

I sat on the bench for a while and wished that you girls could be here. From my seat, I could see my favourite Matilda Bay in the distance. I thought about how Fung once brought Linglang for a ‘romantic’ dinner picnic at Matilda Bay and when we asked LL about it she said ‘it was so cold!!’.

I thought about the first time I met Fung. We were walking along Hampden Road  going to Snackbox for dinner/church gathering. There was a dark shadow walking towards us carrying a tin or some sorts. It was Fung returning LL and YW their container because they had given him green bean soup earlier to thank him for letting them stay at his place while hunting for our place.

Ever since that day we started matchmaking LL and Fung, creating opportunities for them to sit together in the bus, asking him out during our grocery shopping trips, Rottnest Island. When Fung asked LL over to his house for a romantic candlelit dinner, he consulted with me about his menu, Shirley and I dressed up LL, I loaned her my necklace, we were all giggly and excited. When LL came back, she was Fung’s girlfriend.

Fast forward many years later,  today she will be his wife. So as I said in the card, thank you LL and Fung, for giving me the privilege and pleasure of witnessing the start of your romance and sharing bits and pieces of your life since then. I am truly truly sorry I couldn’t make it to your wedding, but you know I’m there in heart and spirit. Congratulations to the cutest couple I know.

Shirley, I can only imagine how excited you are now, I can feel it from here, thousand of miles away. I know you will laugh and cry on my behalf, so thank you for being my representative. But please don’t forget it’s your day as well, remember to celebrate and have fun. Happy birthday dear friend.

The Grey Hoodie Boy Part 2 Hello

For the past few days, unintentionally or perhaps intentionally, I have been taking an earlier bus to work. Today I was on the early bus again and Grey Hoodie boy wasn’t on it. I felt a sense of relief and disappointment at the same time. It’s funny how when someone is always around, you never notice them, but once you start noticing them, they’re never around.

I’ve been getting teased by my colleagues, friends and family about Grey Hoodie boy with many of them asking what Grey Hoodie boy looks like. In the bus ride I was composing my blog reply to this question. Imagine a 20 something Chinese boy, tall, slim, in working clothes and a perpetual light grey hoodie. Messy spiky black hair, fair, sharp features, small eyes and never smiling. He walks languidly with a backpack slung lazily around one of his shoulders, that is until he sees the bus in the horizon, then he starts running really really fast.

Whether he’s good looking or not, I’m not sure, he’s definitely not not good looking, but also not drop dead gorgeous or someone you notice immediately.

So with these words running through my head, I reached my work station, switched on my computer and realised that I didn’t have any money for dinner tonight. So I thought I would go out to the bank next door and get some money from the atm.

There was someone else at the atm so I stood there waiting with my wallet and listening to my ipod. Then I saw someone in a grey hoodie walking up the street and slow down.

It was Grey Hoodie boy.

You know how when you’re falling down there’s a moment when time stops and you’re thinking in disbelief ‘you’ve got to be kidding’. That was me. Looking at him stupidly (with the earphones still in my ear, oh god) he smiled at me and said ‘Hello’. So I smiled back, and said ‘hello’ and I turned back to the atm!!!!!

Now, back at the office, I’m still in a state of disbelief and am blushing from head to toe. Aiyoh.


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