This year, like most years, I'll not be spending my Christmas in the cold. )':
My current holiday trips are as follows: 25/11 to 01/12 - Cairns + Great Barrier Reef 11/12 - back in Singapore. Technically not a holiday but still! 18/12 to 27/12 - Off to South Africa! *squeals* 11/01 to 13/01 - BKK here I comeeeee!
In between I'm sure I'll be visiting Malaysia because of my relatives, but I do hope I can get to go to the newly renovated Snow World at Resorts World Genting!
Yes, the Snow World at Genting is now newly renovated! Better to go and enjoy the white snowy atmosphere now than few years down the road when the place turns grey from overuse right! I've actually never went to Snow World despite the gazillion times I've been there! The 'snow' just turns me off quite bad because they're really dull-looking and does not resemble a white snowy atmosphere, lol!
Maybe it's about time I try out the Snow World myself! (; You should too (you know, before everything turns grey...)!
I've been fiddling with Polyvore, but never really created any sets because I found it tiresome. Then again, Polyvore sets are pretty good at keeping track of the things you love, so that you can always go back and look at the fashion you yearn for (and then decide again if you want them or not).
A few days back, I had a phone conversation with my Malaysian cousin because we majorly needed a catch-up. We kinda grew up together in Perak, Malaysia, but as time goes by, it got harder for us to get together. She now has a family and a job in her country, while I'm still pursuing my studies in Australia.
Ever since she had obtained her driving license, she has been driving herself and her daughter everywhere - across states, and at times into Singapore. It's quite amazing, really. Then she told me about her first drive to Genting, and of how terrified she was as she tightly gripped onto the steering wheel throughout the whole uphill journey.
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Genting, or Resorts World Genting, is a hill resort in Malaysia. It is situated atop the Titiwangsa Mountains, and is a considerably short 1 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. So, driving to this resort meant that you'd have to continuously press the acceleration paddle because your vehicle will just roll back if you don't. Then again, you can take a coach or the cable car, Genting Skyway, to reach the resort.
When we were younger, my Malaysian relatives and my family would drive together for a mini getaway here. We'd have 5 to 6 cars (because we have that many relatives) driving towards the resort, and we'd wind down the windows to inhale the mist, lol! The weather is perfect there for a tropical country. Their main attractions were themed parks and casino; It was a perfect duo because the adults can head to the casino while the coasters and arcades 'nanny' us.
Now, Genting has become more than just a gambling arena or a kiddy palace. They have expanded their original concept to include concerts and even shopping.
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From 9 November to 31 December, Genting will be extending their shopping hours to 1am! With over 60 boutiques opening throughout these 7 weeks, I hope I'll get the chance to head up and play, eat, and shop during this summer vacation.
For more infomation: http://www.rwgenting.com/sg/en/shopping/index.htm
It's finally the 7th consecutive post on breakfast/brunch hangouts! :D
This is gonna be a pretty short one since I haven't been out brunching for months. I dug this out somewhere from my 'pile' of photos because I like this cafe's atmosphere and layout. Sadly, I do not have many pictures showing you the cafe's interior/exterior. Actually, I've only got this:
This place is none other than Ponycat.
If you've been to New Farm to dine, you'll realise that this little suburb has a lot of food to offer. A bit of Googling will also inform you that most of the restaurants and cafes here have received positive reviews and feedback. Since we haven't been to Ponycat before, my friends and I decided to brunch here.
Ponycat is one of the smaller brunch cafes I've ever been. Their furnitures are not exactly spacious, so when I first stepped in, I didn't think the place was actually pretty small. Quite smart of them. The tables are however perfect for coffee. It is just a tad tricky for dining.
Another smart feature Ponycat had was the riddance of printed menus. Since the cafe does not have much space to play around with, printed menus will only clutter the area, right? So the cafe had their menu written on a huge chalkboard framing the counter, which I thought was really interesting. At first you'll find it weird staring at the counter area, but it becomes handy when you wish to order more while eating. The chalkboard gives the cafe a character as well.
I know I can't do justice to this cafe because I don't have enough photos, but you'll like it here if you're into artsy mural and simple wood furniture. (;
Roasted Field Mushrooms. This is so worth every cent and dollar. The mushrooms were huge and full of flavour. They were pretty generous with the feta too! (:
Smoked Salmon. It didn't just look generous, it was extremely filling! I like how they had balsamic glaze which complemented the dish, and the scrambled egg was light and creamy. I love eggs like that! I can't make mine stay intact while being moist when I cooked. ): This is skill.
Chorizo Omelette. I think the presentation was really cute. And the amount of rockets is crazy. Balsamic glaze, huge omelette, sourdough, and crazy amount of rockets - it was hard to finish this much haha!
We did order drinks but I guess I did not take any shots. We didn't like their chai latte. Too milky and diluted. Pretty disappointing. I didn't have that bad of an impression for their coffee though, so, go ahead! (;
I thought I had enough brekky trips during my Melbourne vacation to cover 6 posts, but I guess I'm wrong.
I still want to continue the 7 brekky recommendations so I'd have to dig some up from Brisbane's. It's not so difficult to do that since whenever we could, K and I would go for brunch dates.
However, I realised people tend to recommend super popular places. That's not surprising 'cos most people prefer to head to places that's been raved. So I decided to do the opposite and tell you about a brunch location that's worth going even though it's not as well-known.
The cafe I'm introducing in this post is Pawpaw.
It's funny how this cafe is named Pawpaw because it's not like their meals are specialised in the orange-flesh fruit. For those unfamiliar with the term paw paw would know the fruit by its other name, Papaya. I think paw paw, or papaya, is a love-hate fruit; from what I know, people either love it or hate it. I personally don't mind the fruit, but who cares, this cafe has nothing to do with paw paw/papaya!
Now back to the cafe. It is highly likely you'd miss Pawpaw because it's hidden in a corner. They did put up a signboard along the main street though, which helped us to locate it fairly quickly.
We decided to have our brunch here because I had an appointment for eyelash extension that was a few seconds away from the cafe. It was at 2pm, so boy was I glad this place serves breakfast this late into the day!
It was relatively quiet when we were there. The simple wooden furnishing complemented the interior as the cafe is pretty spacious. I've seen some cafes squeezing in tables and chairs in every corner because it is just too popular, and the noise and lack of private space gets a little disturbing when you dine. I didn't get those at Pawpaw. Not sure if it's because it's pretty empty that day, or because of the simple layout.
As usual, we have mocha and milkshake. I didn't take a photo of the milkshake because it was too sweet, and a bit too thin. The coffee was not bad though. Figured since it's Campos, lol!
This is the corn fritters we ordered. A must try! It was crispy and light! I hate doughy fritters because it'd taste rubbery and gross. This was not thick and rubbery at all. It's topped with sweet tomato relish and sour cream, with a side of bacon and avocado! Look at the colours!!
The other meal we got was the Baked Eggs with chorizo and feta. This is a very unique dish compared to most Brisbane breakfast menus, and I'd highly recommend this if you're in the mood for a warm, comfort dish. The gravy is full of flavour, so remember to soak your crisp buttered bread in it and take a big bite! Yum!
The staff here is also very friendly and full of smiles. I even got myself a free muffin before I left (because otherwise they'll be thrown away and gone to waste)! And yes, the muffin was awesome!
If you missed the usual breakfast hours and can't get rid of your cravings, go down to Pawpaw for some! They'll treat you and your stomach very well! Till 4pm, that is. (;
If you had driven to the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne City, you'd probably pass by a gorgeous lil city without knowing its existence.
Geelong is the second most populated city in the Victoria state. It serves as a port, so you'll get a breath-taking sea view when you're here! I would have not have ventured to this area if not for R, who happens to be staying there.
So when K and I were on the way to Great Ocean Road, we decided to pop by Geelong since it's on the way, and have some brekky!
It was very early when we reached there, so most of the shops were still closed, and minimal life was present. There was however a little cafe that was already operating.
Beside The Point is a cosy cafe nicely decorated with Victorian-inspired furnishing. While dining, the cafe had the occasional drop-ins from what seemed like regular customers. It looks like a family business that is often patron by familiar faces from the way the owners greet and chat with their customers.
The food here is relatively simple, unlike most modern breakfast places. Sometimes, simple is the best, right?
We ordered Eggs Florentine and Toasted Panini with Bacon.
Eggs Florentine. This was so satisfying! The eggs were done perfectly and there's a generous amount of spinach and hollandaise sauce. The greens were pretty for me!
Toasted Panini! These were yummyyyyy because the bread was crunchy but not dry! The eggs were moist and fluffy, and it's like simplicity at its finest! I prefer this than Eggs Florentine because you don't always chance upon a good simple brekky Panini like that!
One more picture taken right outside the cafe before I end of this post! Do try out Beside The Point if you're nearby, but don't expect a fanciful brekky like Melbourne's if you're here.
Beside The Point
5 Cunningham Street,
Geelong, Victoria 3220, Australia
Let's move a little away from central Melbourne, to a beautiful suburb called Port Melbourne.
Port Melbourne was also where K and I stayed for our entire duration of the trip. It's so gorgeous, I wish I live there for real, lol!
Even though it is just a suburb, they have tons to small restaurants, bakeries, and boutiques lined up along their streets. It is only a little over 10 minutes drive from Melbourne CBD, and their tram is extremely convenient, too.
Plus, there's a beautiful view of the Yarra River 10 minutes walk away from our accommodation! Perfect place to live!!!!!!!!
So, along the streets where they have all these cafes and shops going on, Balderdash stood out a little more becos' it was always a little more crowded than the rest.
We dropped in here for brunch as it was closer. We were a bit tight with the schedule, as we had to do a bit of a drive down to Geelong to visit my dearest friend, R. :D
After looking through the photos that I have, I realised I can only offer you a review of one breakfast dish, because I was the only one who chose the brekky menu whilst K chose another from the lunch. You can go try more and tell me what's good though! (;
I can't remember which one was the hot choco and which was the mocha, but I know for sure that I love the mocha more than the hot choco! I was super elated to see the coffee art as well! If you realised, the previous two Melbourne brunch cafes do not have coffee art for their mocha. Oh! Okay so I suppose the one with the art should be the mocha then!
LOOK AT THAT AWESOME FRITTERS! One thing about this place is that they are so generous with their portions! I was full midway through eating this. This was crazy, haha! Don't you love the colours here! (: I found this dish pretty interesting. There was a lot going on; the bacon, the poached eggs, avocado, tomato relish, corn fritters, etc. Pretty fun until you got too full!
This was his risotto. I can't find this on their main menu, so I suppose it was on the specials. This was mushrooms with pumpkin, and very savoury!
Give Balderdash a try, and tell me what else is good too. I'd hop down to Port Melbourne to try another meal from this cafe again if given a chance, just to see what else they have in store for me.