Hello from Sydney!
(and a belated Merry Christmas)
The night I completed 3 weeks of hard but fulfilling work with a truly fantastic group of giving and fun-filled individuals, I hopped onto a plane heading for Christmas in the land down-under. More specifically, this would be Christmas in Sydney for the first time in 15 years. A relaxing break like this could not have come at a better time!
The most unique part about Christmas in Sydney is the oxymoron of summer and beaches with the iconic white winter Christmas imagery we all know so well. This was really drawn to my attention when someone recently asked me whether it was odd to see ‘tank-top wearing Santas’ in Australia, to which I replied with a “Strangely, I think I may be used to it”. So, when organising our mandatory catch up with wifey @mighteee, I of course suggested that we embrace this Sydney ‘uniqueness’ and make our way to Bondi Beach.
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!!
Before, after and during… Ok maybe context is irrelevant……..
I spend an undisclosed amount of time trawling through #sgig, seeking out the latest must-try eating spots in the eclectic foodie scene of Singapore.
I spied a number of brunch and dinner posts featuring a new addition to the scene, Chopsuey, a new ‘East meets West’ concept restaurant established by the people behind P.S. Cafe. For foodies unfamiliar with P.S. Cafe, there were originally three sites in Singapore, boasting to-die-for Truffle Fries, however one of their branches was transformed into Chopsuey.
Christmas Eve 2013 approached much faster than I expected it to and before in knew it I was completely behind in finding somewhere to celebrate…. Until I remembered this venue and made a last minute booking which was accommodated for efficiently!
Set in Dempsey Hill, an area of restored army barracks which is now home to many other interesting eating venues, the restaurant interior is truly unique. High ceilings and an airy old-time bungalow accommodates for diners ranging from small to large groups with beautiful marble tables.