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‘Foodie Challenge’ Round-Up: Sydney (May/June 2015)

♪♫ Chocolate – The 1975

If one didn’t know any better and happened to scroll through my instagram, they would most likely make the inference that I spent 10 days in Sydney eating and doing nothing else. They wouldn’t be entirely correct but in no way would I say they were completely wrong either. With the days I spent waiting for ‘pending’ or ‘processing’ paperwork, I was determined to meet up with as many of my friends as possible; a corollary of this being the copious amount of coffees and brunches which came into existence.  There really is no better way to catch up with someone than over a relaxing brunch. Additionally, many of my foodie friends were enthusiastically recommending all of the ‘must-try’ hot-spots and dishes which I had better add onto my list before I left. Without further ado, the food ‘log’ shall be revealed…. *inhale*

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“Everything Before Us” – Wong Fu Productions

♪♫ My Dear – Kina Granis

A different kind of post today….

Wong Fu Marathons.

There.  I said it.

Apart from spending time with friends and family, Wong Fu Marathons have been my ‘go-to’ post exam activity.  I was introduced to this YouTube channel by Lil’ Bro just before my final high school exams.  Yes, a high risk situation, I was able to maintain enough self control and avert any major procrastination.

Post-exams, I was hooked and ‘tradition’ has been observed from then onwards.

If you haven’t already heard about Wong Fu Productions, allow me to do the honours.  It is a three- man American film making group, with their primary mode of delivery being YouTube.  A majority of their videos feature non-stereotypical or caricature-like Asians, which is a refreshing change and possibly part of the reason for their success.

Over the years, their ‘shorts’ (short films) have evolved from the simple and fun uploads to very well crafted works.  One thing that Lil’ Bro and I agree on is that regardless of story-line, the Wong Fu cinematography is well executed.  The angles, panning, transitions and colour tones can draw one in before the story has come into full play. Oh and it always helps when they have an awesome soundtrack!!

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“To Lead, To Excel, To Overcome”

Scenario: Friends and family members have spent the last year listening to Ming rattle on about what her brother has been up to in Singapore.  She enthusiastically shows them photos from the milestones of his army training and is always at least one hour early for these aforementioned events.  Additionally, she lugs around her oversized camera and uses up 8GB of storage space taking a ludicrous number of photographs and posting them all over instagram and Facebook with extended captions.

Diagnosis: a bad case of proud older sister syndrome.

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‘Where to next?’ – 2015 Update

♪♫ Heart of Life – John Mayer

Well hello empty space.

EEEK… I admit that my posting this year has been appalling and I won’t try to make any more excuses other than to say that it has been a more eventful and crazy 2015 than I had anticipated.

Over the past six months I officially graduated and had a taste of the work force. Before I knew it, I was accepting my dream university offer in Singapore and bidding farewell to work life.

It is rather funny how things unravel…
–> Since high school I had my mind set on pursuing medicine.
–> At the end of 2014 I had my mind set on taking 2015 to work in Singapore.
Now,
–> My relocation to Singapore has evolved into something more permanent
I can safely call this wonderful city home for this next phase of life
–> I am embarking an entirely different course of study in Singapore to pursue another dream and

Who knows where it will lead me….

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Snapshots of Silly Season

From the build up to Christmas, to the interlude between Christmas and New Year and to the ushering in of the New Year, food and family festivities are without a doubt abundant. With Lil’ Bro flying in and out of Singapore, I enjoyed my first mother-daughter Christmas before my entire family was reunited in its full form to call in 2015.

I thought I would round up some of my festive season highlights before 2015 really takes off!

Christmas Day
The latest addition to my family was the star of Christmas Day 2014 and we spent most of our lunch fawning over ‘baby-talk and -giggles’.  I decided to undertake the role of dessert provider and spent the week prior to Christmas looking for ‘Eton Mess’ components.  My original plan to make my own meringue was short-lived due to my baking essentials being left in Sydney and I was unable to find any pre-made crispy gems on my scavenger hunt.  Luckily, Mum saved the day by deciding that we should ‘redesign’ the ‘Eton Mess’ with honeycomb crunch and cream cheese ice cream to substitute the meringue and usual mascarpone/cream component – it is just a ‘mess’ of deliciousness after all!

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The Year of Change: 2014

2014 has been a year of change and growing up (as cliche as that sounds).

New people came into my life while others filtered out.

My Mum and I spent a majority of the year in different countries.

I had an epiphany about my future and study plans.

I turned 21.

I completed my first undergraduate degree.

(Now what to do with a Bachelor of Medical Science?)

I relocated to Singapore for the year of 2015.

My Little Brother moved to Singapore for National Service. For the first time I had a glimpse into the life of an only child.  But really, he underwent and experienced the greatest change of all.  Change may in fact be too modest a description as he undoubtedly has transformed into a man.   Nevertheless, I still see my baby brother underneath the mature and learned exterior.

My goals and hopes for 2015:

Find a job, which will hopefully help me figure out my ‘where to next?’.

Have fun and enjoy being 21!

Spend more quality time with the family.

Cook and bake deliciousness.

Read more.

Write more.

Capture more photographs.

Eat well.

Sleep well.

Get fit (mmm…maybe)

Thank you to the Sydney Food Bloggers and any readers out there for your support and patience in 2014.  I hope that you all have a fantastic New Year celebration!

What are you all planning for 2015?!

Until next year!

Ming xx

Final Sydney Post of 2014: Rushcutters Restaurant and Market Place

A final post on Sydney brunch for 2014…

It took me a significant amount of persuasion in order to convince my Dad to leave his study for a final Sydney brunch together.  After my first dining experience at Rushcutters for a friend’s 21st, the birthday girl herself (Hey Pip!) had me determined to revisit the cafe/restaurant/market place for brunch.


I must admit that I am susceptible to the luring decor and ambience of any dining location.  The high warehouse like ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass panels created a spacious and almost al-fresco atmosphere.

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