Thursday, January 22, 2015

In One Week

NEW FARM / BITTERSUITE
Crushed avocado, creamed corn, fetta, pepperonata on sourdough w/ smoked salmon and poached egg | Green & Lean Smoothie 


SUNCORP STADIUM / ASIAN FOOTBALL CUP / AUSTRALIA VS. KOREA
Definitely an intense match between Australia and South Korea with a final score being 0 - 1 in South Korea's favour! Tonight, Josh and I are heading to the match between Australia vs. China in an elimination quarter-final.


VARIOUS / FISH FRENZY
 West End / Smoked Salmon Bagel at Tazza Coffee

Gasworks / Sushi and Sashimi Set at Reef Seafood + Sushi for Henry's birthday 


PADDINGTON / SHOUK CAFE

Brunch date with Sarah and Sandra after a late night out. Sandra and I both were both excited to try their new menu while Sarah was more excited as it was her first time at Shouk! I would recommend Shouk Cafe to you all. Their service, food, location, interior are all delightful and it's a wonderful way to start your day. Did I also mention they also serve dinner?

63 Degrees Mushrooms / Chocolate & Waffles / Pumpkin & Halloumi on Toast



Lots of Love x

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Part 4 // Korea

SEOUL / GWANGHWAMUM SQAURE


YEOSU / BULLET TRAIN FROM SEOUL

From Seoul, we caught the bullet train to visit Yeosu -- Josh Dad's home town. Known for their various fresh and delicious seafood, Yeosu did not disappoint. From the food, to the fresh air and the beautiful scenery, it was so lovely to get away from the busy city streets for a few days.

Round 1 | I tried fresh squid that night, the squid was still moving!


Incredible view from our hotel room situated right beside the ocean

Sunset view from the lobby of our hotel

Up in the mountains where the air was so fresh I wanted to bottle it up and take it back to Seoul with me 
Deliciously delicious dinner before heading back to Seoul

SEOUL / TRICK-EYE MUSEUM 

On the morning of our flight back to Australia, Josh and I squeezed in a quick trip to the Trick-Eye Museum located in Hongdae. Some of the paintings were a bit tricky to pose for but we were both so amused by the paintings and couldn't stop laughing at our photos afterwards.



SEOUL / THE MORE PHOTOGENIC FOOD

Last meal in Seoul at Coffeeworks (Gangnam)


A quarter of the patisserie display at Coffeeworks

Bingsoo at Sulbing with Jiwon, Jenny, Josh, Chloe, Steve and Chris!

This is what strawberry dreams are made of


As you can see, we travel really light... 


BRISBANE / HOME SWEET HOME

Thank you every one for reading my posts and hoped they were somewhat interesting for you to read! If you have any questions, feel free to ask me via my ask.fm :) 
I truly hope you all have a wonderful year and may you all create long-lasting beautiful memories with every one around you xoxo

Friday, January 16, 2015

Part 3 // Hong Kong

W Hotel // Afternoon Tea at Woobar

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong // Afternoon Tea with a view


Unfortunately, Josh was unable to go to Shanghai (long story short: due to his passport expiring in less than six months and limited time, he was unable to apply for a Chinese visa) so we weren't able to travel to Shanghai with the rest of his family. 

Anywho, the first night we stayed in Mongkok, literally 5 minutes walk from the Ladies Market. On the first day of our arrival in Hong Kong, Josh and I started off at W Hotel to try their Afternoon Tea before taking the MTR to Central where we spent the rest of our afternoon around the IFC Mall area. For dinner, we journeyed to Tim Ho Wan where we experienced our first Michelin Star Restaurant! It was honestly the best yum cha/dim sim we've ever eaten. Later on in the trip, we realised there was also one at the IFC Mall we could have just gone to ha ha.

Tim Ho Wan // Yum Cha for lunch on the last day in Hong Kong with every one

We spent the next day at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel located in Kowloon for Afternoon Tea. Originally, it was just Josh and I and since we booked beforehand we got allocated the perfect seats right at the window. Looking out onto Hong Kong was absolutely lovely and soon enough, the rest of Josh's family came straight from the airport to accompany us at Afternoon Tea! 

Our Hong Kong trip mainly consisted of food, food and more food. Josh and I spent some time cafe searching and found a pretty cool cafe located within a long corridor in Causeway Bay called Cafe Corridor!

I won't go into too much detail about Hong Kong since my photos below will pretty much sum it all up! After four days in Hong Kong, we all flew back to Seoul to our home away from home.

Smile Yoghurt // Frozen Yoghurt Parfaits

Petite Amanda // Let's just say a lot of cake was eaten on this trip

Ladies Market in Mongkok // Taking our hassling skills to the next level

PIZZA PIZZA PIZZA

Haagen Dasz at Langham Place // Ice-cream Fondue

Date night at The Peak


Have a lovely day everyone xoxo

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Part 2 // Korea

Hello hello hello everyone! I cannot believe I'm returning home tomorrow night. This trip has been absolutely incredible and I'm so thankful I get to take home so many wonderful memories and experiences. Josh's lovely family definitely made sure I got the entire Korea experience -- we started at the snow where I got to try snowboarding & skiing for the first time, consumed Korean dishes I've never heard of before and tried Korean experiences such as Jjimjiilbang to visiting the busy city life in Seoul and to the peaceful, serene, seafood town in Yeosu. 

Since I took so many photos throughout my trip, I've decided to split my trip into three posts. I wanted to upload more photos but I didn't want to spam so I decided to cut a few food photos haha
Part I: At the snow at High 1 
Part II: Seoul before Hong Kong
Part III: Hong Kong
Part IV: Seoul and Yeosu after Hong Kong

Part II

Day 6 // Seoul
After our five days in the snow at High 1 came to an end, we took the shuttle bus that directly took us to Seoul. Our hotel was located in Gangnam and became our home away from home. Chris' family guided us through Itaewon, showing us the array of cuisines available before going through the backstreets in search of cafes and patisseries.  

View from my hotel room

Eclair by Garaharu // The most aesthetically pleasing eclairs I've ever laid my eyes upon

Red bean filled fish-shaped waffle thing on one of the street stalls

That night, we taxied our way to Noryangjin Fish Market where all my wildest seafood dreams were set out right before my eyes. Basilcally, it was just stall after stall for what felt like a kilometre where wholesalers presented their freshest seafood swimming around in tanks or laid out and customers purchased whatever seafood they pleased. Once we bought what we wanted, they were brought up to the restaurant upstairs for us to consume. I felt so spoilt by the selection of seafood on offer! To be honest, I was never a big fan of seafood (except for sashimi), until I met Josh. Ever since then, my appreciation for seafood has increased ten-fold.

Sashimi // Raw Kingfish and Tuna
Fresh Oysters

After dinner, us younger ones went out and met with Jiwon and a few of our other friends for what ended up to be a pretty crazy night. 

Day 7 // Seoul
The day after, we headed to Co-Ex to check out the recently renovated shopping centre. The shopping centre itself was massive, it took Josh, Jiwon and I ageees to find where Hannah, Chris and Johnny where. Even though the centre was huge, the stores were really spread out and the ceiling was really low which I didn't quite like...

Jiwon and I at Co-Ex

Later that evening, Josh and I took the metro to Myeongdong! Stores were placed one after another and there were numerous street food carts which all smelt delicious. I ended up trying the tteokbokki, odeng (fish cake), this strawberry covered in red-bean and mochi thing and pomegranate juice!


Day 8 // Seoul
Josh and I took the metro to Hongdae where we spent the afternoon cafe hopping while exploring the area. We discovered this pretty cool specialty coffee cafe located on the second level of a store in one of the inner streets called Word Coffee. Their interior immediately caught our eye and I ended up ordering their house brew while Josh ordered an Espresso. I hadn't drinken a coffee in a while and their brew tasted just the way I like it! Out of our entire trip, this had to be my favourite cafe we stopped at.

Hongdae // Stylenanda Flagship Store

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From there, we took the taxi which drove us to the bottom of Namsam Tower. Instead of taking the cable car up, we decided to climb up the stairs which turned out to be a lovely workout. I've always wanted to lock a lovelock on Namsam Tower and my dream finally came true heehehehehe. On one side of our lock we wrote something cute and lovely but then on the other side out true colours came out HAHA

Halfway up!

Very classy


Later that night, I ate the best kimbab I have even eaten in my entire life. The photo doesn't even do the kimbab justice.



 
Ended up ordering three churros for dessert HAHA


I'll be on the plane home this time tomorrow! Thank you all for reading and I hope you all have a lovely day :)


Much Love xoxo