Category Archives: Melbourne Moments

G’day Straya!

Happy Australia Day!!!

Or should I say, Straya :p

Celebrated by Aussies from all backgrounds, at home or overseas, 26th of January marks the day the first fleet of British ships landed in Sydney. It’s also called as Foundation Day/Survival Day/Invasion Day. I guess what to call it depends on whose perspective.

For us, it is a simple family day. We join in with the celebrations by going to the beach and perhaps having a drink and a barbie too. Appreciating the life this great country offers.

Altona Beach, Melbourne. 2014

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Ramen Love xoxo

Melbourne is a melting pot of cultures. A food haven. Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Arabic…you name it and you’re likely to find a restaurant serving that cuisine.

I seldom eat out in Melbourne tho. My family lives here and everytime I come home, I always make the most of my mum’s cooking. 🙂 But out and about on a cold Melbourne afternoon, my sister and I stopped for something warm. Ramennnnnn

Who could resist this delicious Japanese noodle dish. We enjoyed this indulgence when we used to live in New Zealand. And there was this place in Auckland that served fantastic ramen. It was not a fancy place rather it was like an old, “dirty”, and cramped ramen house in Japan. So authentic with the cooks preparing the food infront of you, the big pots of boiling stock and noodles taking much room of their tiny kitchen. I  particularly like the enthusiastic welcome they give each diner coming in. A loud “irrasshaimase!” A Japanese greeting to show respect to customers walking into a place of business.

Love the lanterns

Love the lanterns

Ramen Ya in downtown Melbourne is however “mainstream.” A modern restaurant with Japanese-inspired decor. But their ramen is definitely still traditional. In fact, they say they are the tonkotsu ramen specialist.

My tonkotsu charshu ramen. Plus gyoza on the side. Yum

My tonkotsu charshu ramen. Plus gyoza on the side. Yum

Takoyaki

Takoyaki

Some tea?:) How cute are these?

Some tea?:) How cute are these?

Can’t argue with that as I left my bowl of ramen empty and my stomach full 🙂

Tea with The Great Gatsby

Hi everyone! Sorry for being away from the blogging world for a bit. But if you follow me in Instagram, you’ll know that I have been out and about. And again, I am on a mini-trip in Aussieland.

First thing I did, afternoon tea with the sisters. It’s quite our tradition now I reckon. And we are constantly on a lookout for exciting afternoon tea escapades. So I am glad to stumble upon Cinema Nova here in Melbourne. It is a contemporary cinema, an art house, showing special movies of interest from the classics to the latest.

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In-house bar while waiting to be seated to our 22 seat cinema and our afternoon tea spread is prepared and ready.

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Gonna try it!

Cinema dining is not new, I know. We have it in Dubai, which by the way I am yet to try. But high tea at the movies was something new for me. Excited and all, we booked to watch the movie Gatsby which by the way I have seen already, but this time no popcorn and soda thank you.

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Pimms cocktail, pot of tea, savories and yummy sweets…oh where do I begin?!

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Why hello there dear Leo 🙂

For 39 Aussie dollars you get one drink (I chose Pimms cocktail), savories and the sweets, and your movie ticket. A  sweet as deal I reckon even with the extra 3 dollars for a pot of tea. Did I mention the joys of a not crowded cinema? Served by a waiter, cushions for extra comfort and yes…that warm feeling too 🙂 Definitely will come back.

Extra servings :D

Extra servings 😀

Life Downunder

My typical day these days…

Woke up around lunchtime.

My sister and I went to Melbourne CBD for a bit of a stroll. Checked out David Jones and bought some bling.

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Chunky bling yo yo yo!

Had some Vietnamese.

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Fooooood @Rice Paper

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Bartman rocks!

Headed home.

Dinner with the family~lil sis cooked Turkish Lamb (yum).

Lamb that falls off the bone!

Lamb that falls off the bone!

Watched tv.

Skyped.

Blogged.

And oh, it rained today.

zzz…

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