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Kuching daze

We’re back in Kuching! Now going on Day 5 but it feels like it’s gone by in a blur because of R’s sister’s wedding. Already I feel sad that we’re going back soon ūüė¶

Darren roti canai love

Darren roti canai love

Spending the last few days with my brother. Here he is digging into his favourite roti canai. He ordered a roti bawang and a roti kaya, both very good!

roti pisang

roti pisang

I had roti pisang (banana) for the first time. It was a bit odd at first eating it with curry, sweet and savoury but very yummy.

puffs

puffs

My favourite ‘sa yong’ puffs sprinkled with sugar for dessert. So good. This will probably be the last sa yong that I eat for a while (so I had three!), *sob* no more sa yong until my next return to Kuching.

teh tarik

teh tarik

Teh tarik which we had with the roti canai. Not too sweet and very fragrant.

stutong market

stutong market

I love exploring the wet markets in Kuching. This is stutong market which had lots of great food stalls.

banana galore

banana galore

Why are the bananas in Malaysia so much better? Makes for much better banana fritters/goreng pisang too!

kueh chap

kueh chap

Kueh chap from Stutong market. This was my mother’s lunch which she said was pretty good.

kolo mee

kolo mee

My first kolo mee in Kuching! Also from Stutong market, it was very good.

Ok that’s all for now, Happy New Year in advance!

Camping@Mandurah Caravan &Tourist Park

A very belated post of our second camping trip also around the Mandurah area but this time at a different camping site, the Mandurah Caravan & Tourist Park (522 Pinjarra Road, Mandurah). 20141206_064233

This time we only went for a weekend so I took the train up to meet the guys at the site where they had everything already set up hehe. It was a nice spot and very popular with families (swimming pool, playground and good facilities), not as idyllic and peaceful as our last spot but better in the sense that we got a lot more shade and were nearer to the amenities. 20141206_072249 Lots of birds around our area! The duck family came visiting in the morning. They were not shy at all. 20141206_072420 The Australian ringnecks were also very brazen and hopped up to our table for some breakfast. I had to save Tristan’s breakfast from his fast beak.

20141206_082740 Our big breakfast!
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The boys go crabbing which is what Mandurah is famous for.
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Crabs in the water. But sadly, we didn’t manage to catch any full sized ones.

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This time we explored more of the Mandurah town centre. Lovely perfect camping weather. It was Perth at its best.

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 One of my favourite photos this year. Tristan and his yee zhang R. He looks a bit apprehensive and I think he was because Yee Zhang hardly ever carries babies so this was a rare shot.

20141206_114530 Tristan turned 2 earlier this week! He is turning out to be a happy, cheeky little boy who likes nothing better¬†than to dance and sing. 20141206_151402 I still treasure all my weekend coffees and this one was a nice one from Decadent C’s, a lovely chocolate and cake laden cafe that we found by accident (25 Husband Road Mandurah). It’s very family friendly with nice grassy lawns and a playground for the kids. 20141206_151612 The cakes¬†were delicious¬†too! Definitely returning if we end up camping around the area again.

20141207_123709 Sunday lunch at Catch 22 (U1/ 4 Zephyr Mews, Mandurah) which is located by the waterside. It felt like the perfect weather and location for a pork belly and pineapple pizza, this one was ok.20141207_123754 Jo and Ming Sian both ordered the lamb which came with beetroot and fetta. While the food at Catch 22 wasn’t outstanding, it made up with being located on a scenic spot which was perfect to end our sunny camping trip.
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The boys having a go at the inflatable pillow at our campsite haha.

Our next camping trip will be at Swan Valley (not sure how it’s possible that we are camping even closer to home this time) and I’m already looking forward to our wine tasting and cheese galore hehe. I think there will lots more camping in 2015!

I’m watching Michael Bubl√©’s Christmas concert on tv now, such a cliche but I do like Christmas songs and also Bubl√© (=^____^=). This year’s lead up to Christmas seems particularly joyful and fun. Maybe it’s because I’m just really hanging out for a holiday after such a tough and challenging year. Or maybe it’s because everything seems to be finally drawing to an end and I feel like I’ve actually managed to achieve a couple of goals this year! That’s not bad for a procrastinator. But deep down inside, I know the reason why I’m really feeling the¬†festive season this year is because more of my family is here in Perth, and especially, the kids are here.¬† I love being able to spoil them with Christmas gifts, I relish being the favourite aunty who can buy them¬†forbidden sweet treats, and most of all, I love being able to watch them grow up and being part of their lives.¬† Since they’ve been around, my life feels so much fuller and meaningful, yes, I love being daitaoha yee yee, it’s the best!

They all come together

You’re looking at the fruits of my past few weeks of Christmas cookie baking. This includes a fun Sunday session with my niece Kaka. She enjoyed decorating the cookies with sprinkles, shiny dust and colourful icing. But I know her favourite part was eating the cookies! Funny girl kept hinting ‘these look yummy….’ then proceeded to nom down several cookies.2014-12-13-21-54-50_decoA mixture of almond biscotti (including some with dark chocolate bits), scottish shortbread and ginger bread all wrapped up in pretty bows. I think Kaka’s decorated cookies added a lot of Christmas cheer and festivity to the jars.

These are going to be for R’s colleagues as well as some of my favourite workmates. I hope they like them :). I definitely had fun baking them and will probably attempt rocky road and other sweet treats next year. Maybe Tristan will be old enough to play with Kaka and I in the kitchen next year…

Bring on the holidays already!!!

Back Online!

Sorry for the hiatus, we have been internet-less for the past couple of weeks which in all honesty, I didn’t mind too much.
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We’ve been for another camping trip since then which was lots of fun. The above is one of my favourite photos from the trip, R and Tristan bonding haha.

I will blog soon I hope. Christmas wind down has begun at work and I’m really enjoying the slower pace. Just counting down to the holidays now, woohoo :).


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