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Stupid germs

I’m sick again! And R and I were patting ourselves on the pack for not getting sick this winter too :(.

Working from home sucks. Because it means you can’t actually rest because your emails are pinging non stop. Sigh. Stupid emails.

I hope this is like a 48 hours bug because the weekend weather looks great and I could do with some sunshine.

If I get well, I promise to make us a tiramisu. Haha rewarding myself with food as usual.



It’s winter! It dropped to 4 degrees this morning and I really felt it. My long boots are out of the shed and wore my first turtleneck of the year.

I was going to blog about our Singapore trip which feels so long ago (it was back in April!) but I’m too lazy šŸ˜¦

Since our return from the April trip it has been crazy at work, even crazier than before if possible. I guess we’re kinda like the accounting folks, this is our ‘peak period’ but it feels like it might never end. I’m hanging out for my next getaway to Sydney but that’s not till September yikes.

Funnily enough, I’m really looking forward to FIFA world cup! I have been out of the football scene for a long long time and have no idea who the latest players are but I can’t wait. Woohoo!

Ahoy Matey!

It’s been a while since I’ve done any creative cooking in the kitchen :(.

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I’m no where near diminishing my 30 must-cook list, so far I’ve only cooked one out of the 30, but I promise I will do one more this week. Instead, I have been relying on my old-time favourites, such as this teriyaki beef onion, tamagoyaki and stir fried cabbage and carrot bento.

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But at least I have been trying new food places! This is Tao Cafe, which while not actually new (they have branches in Myaree and Innaloo), is pretty new in Victoria Park. Already it is very popular and was buzzing on Saturday night. The upside of Tao? They have a wide variety on their menu ranging from Vietnamese, Thai to Japanese (they even have a sushi train). The downside? Jack of all trades, master of none. The Pho Tai above was very average, in fact, while the broth was alright, their noodles were not the usual smooth rice noodles that we’re used to from the Vietnamese fare in Northbridge. Prices also on the higher side (around $15.50 – 18.00 for a dish) compared to their counterparts in Northbridge.

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HC’s Com Tam ($15.00) broken rice with pork chop, egg and shredded meat. His first reaction was ‘very salty’ haha, so I guess that means it was pretty tasty.

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I have to say that the presentation of Tao’s dishes were all very appealing and nice, the orange hue of the rice of my Com Ga Chien Don ($15.50) a crispy chicken with rice and sweet and sour sauce, was very pretty. Unfortunately I’m not sure what they put in the rice to get that nice colour because the rice itself was rather bland and didn’t taste of anything much. It was much better after I mixed in the sweet and sour sauce which tasted like sweet chilli sauce.

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Jo enjoyed her Pineapple Fried Rice ($15.00) and said that she would return in the future. While the food was only average and portion perhaps on the smaller side, I can see why Tao Cafe is popular in the neighbourhood especially with its BYO policy, good location and bright cozy interior. I think it will be here to stay.

Tao Cafe
Shop 1, 860 Albany Highway,
East Victoria Park 6101
Phone: 08 9361 1100
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All aboard! A different Sunday evening in Fremantle. The guys accompanied me on a work function of a different kind (no, I am not a sailor) which saw us board the Leeuwin II.

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Baby was dressed up in his Sunday nautical best for the voyage haha.

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Lots of romantic stories regarding the Leeuwin. My colleague once proposed to her husband on board the Leeuwin II.

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The tiny bunks down below. No individual cabins or captain quarters here.

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The whole family on the decks of Leeuwin II. I wish my parents were here, I think they would have enjoyed a tour around this little ship. Ah well, two more weeks till they arrive and we can go fishing in Freo. Bon voyage!

Melbourne Cup: A day in the office

daitaohaĀ emails group of colleagues:

Hi guys, I’ve agreed to help Colleague D organise the food for our Melbourne cup lunch. Since everyone is bringing a plate, please come by my desk and jot down what you’re going to bring so we can all see what others are bringing and thus avoid a repetition of cakes = fat.

Colleague J emails group:

I’ll bring a friend.

Colleague S emails group:

I’ll bring nachos with lots of FATTY cheese.


10Ā emails later, everyone is having fun adding their dish to the email chain. daitaoha thinks ‘why don’t these guys just reply to me instead of sending group emails!’

daitaoha notices that theĀ big boss is on the group emailĀ list * face palm*Ā 

daitaoha emails group minus big bos:

Err guys, if you’re going to ‘reply all’ can you please delete the big boss from the group list because for the past few minutes he’sĀ been receivingĀ these ‘important’ emails discussing Melbourne cup food!

(whole floor roars with laughter)

10 seconds later….

big boss emails group:

I’ll bring the work ethic. Get back to work! šŸ™‚

(whole floor roars with laughter and pats me on my back)

(-______________-)”. Pai seh ah.

‘Working’ from home

The office’s air con system was aggravating my cough and flu so my manager gave me permission to work from home. Yeah!!!Y (^______^)Y


So what is ‘working’ from home like? First, you dose yourself with lots and lots of over the counter meds.


Then you water your one and only living plant/herb. I love my basil plant, so far it seems to be thriving well but I’m worried it will die on me too, please don’t die dear basil.


My ‘attempt’ at working, hahaha. Recognize the website?


Snacking at home! A slice of yummy Coffee Pecan Torte from Cheesecake Shop. I like cake. Especially cake in front of the tv at home, hoo hoo.


The best thing about working at home is having lots of time to prepare dinner, especially dishes that usually take a long time to cook.

beef brisket

End product: Zhu Hou braised beef brisket with radish and carrot. I love cooking beef brisket, I just wish it didn’t take such a long time to get it to fork tender texture.

Sigh, end of my working at home day. Back to the office tomorrow (-_________-)”.

The Printer Killer

A couple of days ago I received an email from a long lost friend which started with ‘I know you hate your work. It’s all you talk about nowadays’. It gave me a jolt and I thought ‘omg, people are actually getting sick of me complaining about the workplace’. Luckily the second line was something like ‘go to to work at home and be your own boss’. It was a spam email …

Speaking of work, I killed the printer at work AGAIN. I don’t know why I have such terrible luck with electrical appliances, they just commit suicide once they’re in my hands. This is the second time I’ve jammed the printer. I had to use my damsel in distress techniques (just stand there looking helpless and lost, this comes quite naturally for me) and ask any passerby for help. A female colleague suggested asking the young male colleague in the other branch for help.

So I flew off an email saying ‘ Dear xxx, I know you’re not the printer guy, but the small printer outside the kitchen is jammed and y colleague reckons that you’re good at fixing printers. Do you think you could have a look? I’ve tried but the paper’s still stuck.’

He replied saying ‘I have no idea how y colleague has come to that conclusion. My usual tactic is to attempt to fix it but get frustrated after 10 seconds and smash it with my fists. In any event I am happy to have a look at it. Be there in five.’

So he tried but failed and ended up getting his fingers smeared with ink as a result. We had to call the technician in. Afterwards I wrote to the young male saying ‘I’ve emailed the technician. Thanks for trying, sorry for getting your fingers dirty.’

His reply ‘No problemo šŸ™‚ Sorry I couldn’t actually fix it. My friends that actually work for a living always say I never get my hands dirty. I guess now I can say I doā€¦ on occasion.’


All in a Day’s work

(Early this morning)

Daitaoha to Mel: I’m feeling really unmotivated today. Very grey.

Mel to Daitaoha: It’s not just you. I feel bleeeeahhhhh today.

(10 mins later, Lin walks in)

Lin to all: I’m feeling really unmotivated today. I just thought I would announce it to you all.

(Daitaoha thinks to self : Hey, she’s repeating exactly what I said earlier)

Lin to all: Is it too early for a coffee? Oh… ok, I’ll make myself a green tea.

(10 mins later)

Daitaoha to all: Does anyone want a coffee??

Mel to all: Aarrgh.. and I was just congratulating myself for not getting one since Lin mentioned it 20 mins ago. Oh well, at least I lasted 20 mins, could I have a skinny cap please?

Lin to Mel: Er.. actually Mel, that was just 10 minutes ago.

Mel : Oh. *silence* It felt like 20 minutes (-_________-)

Lin: Who cares?! Let’s all get coffee!


(20 minutes to going home time)

Lin emails Daitaoha: 20 MINS ALMOST TIME TO GO HOME!!

( 12 mins to going home time)

Daitaoha emails Lin: 12 minutes to go, but who’s counting?

Lin emails Daitaoha: I AM!!!!!

(Both start packing up and switching off computers. Fire drill goes off. Announcement: Beep. Beep. Beep. This is a practice fire drill. Will all fire wardens please go to the fire phones)

I couldn’t believe our bad luck. We had to climb down 8 flights of stairs and stayed an extra 40 mins for the fire drill!!!

Anyway, enough about work, some food photos.


My carrot cake which I found too light and fluffy, I was hoping for a more dense texture so it would be easier to slice.


I tried out Lin’s low fat Malteser slice recipe, for a weightwatchers recipe, the chocolate cake was wonderfully chocolatey and moist, yums.


Mei chai kou rou, braised belly pork with pickled mustard, I love this dish not because of the pork belly, it’s the pickled mustard I like!


Tom yum soup, it was a good way to get rid of all the leftover seafood mix and fish in the freezer.

Yeah, it’s finally Friday tomorrow, I can’t wait for the weekend!! (^_____^)

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