Saturday, July 21, 2007

for the love of food..

i started a new blog Carene's Kitchen ( to share my favourite recipes.. i had so many recipes copied down in books and stuff.. so i decided to share them! be sure to check there! =)

Thursday, July 19, 2007

melbourne: day 9 (last day)

today is the last day in melb.... we went for lunch at world restaurant & pub along southbank.. the food was not bad..we tried kangaroo steak and gumbo.. i won't try gumbo again, nothing fascinating.. paella and risotto is better.. but the kangaroo steak was quite nice..

after lunch, we went to the melbourne aquarium..

on the escalator down into the sea... ... (no not really.. )

do you dare to enter???

help!! someone save me from the snakes....

okay.. look closely at the 2 frogs in the middle.. they are.. mating.... discovery channel right here!

that's a japanese spider crab.. these weird things just have to be japanese.. foong likes.. hehee...

this is the horseshoe crab's underbelly.. it's the one of the few animals that has survived prehistoric times.. meaning they didn't go extinct and evolve etc... 'cos they are tough enough to protect themselves.. apparently, their exo-skeletal structure is more closely related to a spider (or is it scorpion?) rather than a crab.. cool..

and into the oceanarium.... *ta dum ta dum* jaws!!! no.. it's juz a grey nurse shark.. endangered species.. big and fat..

feeding time!! watch the giant stingrays practically wrap the feeders up.. *scary*

but something scary actually did happen during feeding time that we didn't manage to capture on camera.. the big fat shark got so enthralled by the smell of the food that it just simply took a bite and caught the feeder's head in her mouth!! thank god the feeder was wearing a helmet and all.. but there were a few heart-stopping moments, for us and the feeder.. so scary.. if the shark had opened her mouth bigger, she might have bit off at the neck rather than the helmet...

with the end of the melbourne aquarium, we took a walk to get chocolate churros and the guys went for more fries.. on the way, the guys saw this!! check it out.. liberated bookshop.. haha.. super dodgy...

the guys subsequently went off for soccer at uni of melb, leaving us to wander around and take photos in the uni.. those photos, i haven't received.. when i did will add it into this post..

then at 7pm, we went to the airport and arrived back in perth at 1040pm... i'm already missing melb.. maybe cos when we were there, it was so fun.. all the frenz and everyone hanging out together... now it's back to sch and sloggin again... which reminds me, for last semester's coursework.. i got both distinctions.. =D

melbourne: day 7 & 8

we brought them back to barista express for the breakfast! they were happy and satisfied.. we also got the news from les's fren who helped him check results that he got all distinctions, making it an even happier occasion! so all smiles!

after that, we went to DFO Spencer since the boys haven't been to dfo and of course we bought some more stuff.. demonstrated by sam, we each bought a kate hill bag.. i like. heee..

after dfo, we went to the royal melbourne hotel for dinner and drinks.. les saw happy hour, $5 pizzas and beer..
while waitin for food, we went to explore and take pictures!! the place used to be some sort of jail i think, and they kept the jail rooms as VIP dining rooms.. hahaha...

ky trying to pick the lock and break free.. but *ahem* with a fork?

food and booze! cheers!!

we continued the drinking with drinking games back in the room but with wine instead.. it was fun lah!! haha.. =x

the damage: wines carefully tasted and selected at mornington peninsula.. wat a waste.. lol..

next morning, there were reports of fog in the morning. it even caused airport flight delays... we could see it in the city too..

we went for dimsum in chinatown.. before heading onto smith st.. the boys found a funky lookin shop!

after smith st, we took a walk thru carlton gardens and the musuem for photos..

boys trying to be models for the day..

at brunetti, the boys had too much sugar i think.. les sugar high..

someone tried to eat kerk!!

then it's back to the hotel for more drinking games.. but not before a stop for more booze and some girls.. he ran out of money after buyin the booze to go club x and needed donations! wahahha...

melbourne: day 6

rise and shine.. it's the st skilda sunday market..
the boys got up to get a good look around..

me acting cute..

the market.. the stalls are just placed along the road..

the st kilda beach.. it's a lovely area.. heard it's very popular..

the famous luna park!

the goldman! hehe

"street art" cool mural..

who's cuter? robot or sam? hmmm..

after st kilda, there was still time so opportunity grabbed for more shopping!! we headed back to the city to melbourne central.. on the way, pictures of the library were taken..

melb central..

after shopping, we went to sambal kampung for dinner.. malaysian food.. ngoh hiang was good! yumz.. after that on the way back, we saw this homeless woman writing on the pavement with chalk.. so sad..

melbourne: day 4 & 5

day 4:

the morning started off with a trip to Krispy Kreme for doughnuts!! check out the spread!!! don't they look yummy.. hee..

after krispy kreme, we went to collect the car we rented for two days and drove to DFO (direct factory outlets) in Essendom.. yes more shopping.. i bought for my mum and brother this time ok.. =p

after shopping, we picked sarah up and went for dinner at La Porchetta opposite queen vic market.. not bad..
then we retired to an early night to prepare for next day's trip to mornington peninsula.. lester went out to supposedly play computer games with kelvin at his place, but the truth of the matter? we had surprise delivery from singapore!!! kerk, foong and kingyau flew in that night.. next morning, kelvin woke us up and the three of them walked into the room.. talk abt surprise! for a moment, i thought i was dreaming.. hahaa..

day 5:
so they collected another car that kel had rented and joined us for the trip.. and we have the two drivers discussing road routes..

on the way the girls entertain themselves by cam-whoring and i grabbed opportunity to get 40 winks.. haha.. but there's always time for a commercial break! eat crunchy nut cornflakes!! damn shiiok!!!

arriving in mornington peninsula, first task on hand is to grab lunch.. so we went to montalto for wine tasting and lunch..

we had rabbit stew!!! this rabbit tastes better than the last rabbit i had (and no i dun make it a habit to eat rabbit)

after lunch, it's photos again!

tryin to be artistic.. lolz..

we took a look at the maze garden.. but didn't go for the walk cos raining so juz a pic at the fountain..

another winery..

this is actually taken in the toilet.. lol..

group girls photo..

group boys photo..

finally, brewery to the delight of the boys.. even the girls got into the mood..

drink again?!

after mornington peninsula, we drove back to melb.. no more cam-whoring.. all asleep.. zZzzz...
reaching perth, we headed for lygon st for dinner at papa ginos..

shorty's corner??

this photo was an attempt to take the waiter... cute meh? abit too scruffy for my tastes.. lol..

this photo of sarah is really an attempt to take the "chiobu" in the top right corner.. she's hot lah.. (taken by les haha)

fooling around while waiting for the food..

it has arrived!!! we shared a pasta sampler of spaghetti marinara, ravioli of ricotta with mushroom cream sauce and gnocchi in amatriciana sauce.. as well as pizza of half gino's special and half bbq chicken.. it was too much!!

went back to rest after dinner..... no dessert.. =/