The Training Geek.

17 Apr

Oops! Sorry! Been away from this blog for so long. Will update exciting things soon I promise! But first of all.. I’m gonna introduce you all to…

The Training Geek.

Wanna learn more about working out?

Wanna stay fit and healthy?

Wanna challenge yourself?

Click on the picture above to empower yourself! (:

It doesn’t matter if you want to work out on your own or with a group of friends, The Training Geek caters to all! Have a go, don’t be shy. It will all be worth it, I promise!

From Miss to Mrs (:

17 Nov

Yes. It’s true. My dearest boy went on one knee and proposed to me while we were in Gold Coast. (: I’m going to be Mrs Ho! hehe And I still can’t stop smiling. hehe LOVE the ring. Can’t wait till the wedding. Let the planning begin! (2 years in advance hahah)

Happy 7th Year baby!! (: Many more years to come!

EARL Canteen

29 Oct IMG_1613
Ground level,
500 Bourke,
Lt Bourke St courtyard,
Melbourne 3000

I have always wanted to try Earl Canteen. I’ve read about it from reviews and people raving about their sandwiches. So I have been dying to try! And since baby had a lunch break before his evening shift, I met him for lunch at EARL Canteen! Yay!

I was so super happy when we arrived at this small and cosy little cafe. We were greeted by the friendliest waiter ever. Seriously! Service was really really good. No doubt that I will be a returning customer!

We were introduced to try this pressurised cold juices and they were really yummy! He was right to say the pink lady apple was the best! I had the passionfruit and apple one. Really good on a hot day!

there were so many to choose from but we decided to choose what hit our minds first!

the crispiest skin, and meat that will just melt in your mouth. With the combination of apple, cabbage and fennel coleslaw it was perfect! The only thing that baby wasn’t too happy about was that his baguette was not toasted proper. So was a bit tough! But other than that, the flavours were really good! I do prefer this to what I had.

I had the duck confit sandwich! hehe I have a thing for duck confit. haha so I had to order it when I saw it on the menu. When it came, I must admit, the colour of the duck meat isn’t that attractive. But let me tell you, never judge the food by only it’s looks! It was soft and also melt in your mouth. Together with the caramelised fig, walnut and onion jam, it was SO GOOD! sweet and savoury all in one bite! LOVED IT!

Will definitely head back to try the other sandwiches or even just to have the pork belly sandwich again. haha yes. that’s how much I loved it! (:

and im sure from this picture, you can see why!

and also from my baby’s super clean plate! (:

So what is your favourite kind of sandwich?

Stephie’s Visit : Food Galore !

26 Oct

Whenever friends come over to Melbourne, the only thing I want to really do is to bring them to my favourite places to eat! and that’s absolutely what I did when Stephie came over! (: of course, we didn’t finish all the food in one day! haha

First stop : Dumplings Plus

Unfortunately, I didn’t take the main dish for the meal, which was the stewed belly of pork cause we were too excited and too hungry! haha but we also had a few starters, which I did take.

this is a house favourite : beancurd with century egg. but there was a little too little century egg for our liking!

of course we can’t not order a serve of pan fried dumplings at Dumplings Plus! haha these were yummy with alot of vinegar! slurps.

The Beatles vs. U2

Oh! we also had the crispy chicken which was really good! (: haha once again, too hungry and forgot to snap photos! :P

Stop Two : Roule Galette


CREPES! hehe and not just any kind of crepes, NUTELLA crepe!

that’s how happy we were that Stephie is back in Melbourne! hehe

wouldn’t be complete without hot drinks on a cold day! (: hot chocs, flat white and espresso!

Steph is super happy with her hot choc! (:

Stop Three : Lord of the Fries

I will always bring friends here. cause they do have the best fries and the best topping ever. Those who are weight conscious… this might not be the best choice. haha but it’s SO GOOD. really. I kid you not!

of course I was talking about FRENCH CANADIAN! hahaha this deserves a close up shot!

how good is that? sinful, but good. Isn’t that always the case? haha

Stop Four : Verb Cafe

We had to bring Steph to our favourite brunch place at Newmarket and she loved it! hehe

She ordered the Field Mushrooms, which had a portobello mushroom, caramelised onions, spinach and goat’s cheese on toast! YUMMERSS! but too much spinach left a tart feeling in Steph’s mouth haha. took a while for it to go away!

I had their special : corn cakes with bacon, chilli and sour cream. Absolutely divine. I go back every week hoping it’s still on the special board. haha (: definitely my favourite!

and Baby and Cheok had the big breakfast! This was baby’s usual Sat morning brunch hehe

Chai Soy latte for me and a large cup of latte for my baby hehe

Stop Five : Greens @ Brunswick

We wanted to bring Steph to Minimo’s but it was close on Tuesdays. So we brought her to Greens instead! Crowded as usual, we sneaked in and found ourselves a seat next to the kitchen haha. so here’s what we had!

Steph loves pesto. Ever since we had the weekly dinners I knew she loves pesto. haha so she ordered a pesto, veg and ham panini which was huge and good! hehe

I ordered the potato stack with haloumi, bacon, tomatoes and a poached egg! this was so good. I tell you, anything in a stack. haha just order it! :P

So in the span of 2 days (yes just 2!!!) we finished all these food. haha we’re GOOOD. hehe See u next year back here Stephie! (: oh but i will see u in Spore real soon! hehe

10:10 The Green Carpet Edition

20 Sep

Olive Ventures is proud to present 10:10 The Green Carpet Edition, a Charity Concert & Flea Market for the Environment, in support of 10th October 2010, “a global day of doing”.

There’ll be plenty of food & drinks to go around, so grab a friend or ten and come eat, drink, shop and hang out for a good cause.

A portion of all food & beverage sales will be donated to 2 local environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)- Singapore Environmental Council (SEC) and Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES).
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GET YOUR SHOPPING ON!
It’s about time to heed the old & wise adage: Reuse, Reduce & Recycle!

Olive Ventures & For Flea Sake are collaborating and getting the hottest vendors with quality pre-loved and eco-friendly merchandise to showcase their wares just for you. Now, who doesn’t love a good bargain? Also, look out for products by CHOOSE, Singapore’s first eco-store.
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BRING YOUR DANCING SHOES!

We’ve got a line-up perfectly suited for a chilled out Sunday afternoon for your aural pleasure.

From 1pm till late, come groove to the beats & tunes of these talented musicians: -

DJ Funk Bast*rd
Michaela Therese
Cheating Sons
Alicia Pan
SIXX
The Cereal Killers

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HOSTED BY: DIVIAN & VANESSA FERNANDEZ OF 987FM’S AM JAM!!!

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DON’T MISS OUT – 10:10 The Green Carpet Edition Goodie Bags!
The first 20 guests who arrived and present their reusable shopping bag will receive a specialty goodie bag stocked with eco-friendly products.

You may get lucky and end up going home with some X-mini speakers, Eco-Friendly Products, dining vouchers, skincare products and much more!

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When: 10th of October 2010, 11 am – 10.30 pm.

Where: Krish Restaurant & Bar

More Details: Facebook & 350.org

Go give your support to my brother and the environment!!! (: GO GREEN!

when the girls came over.

25 Aug IMG_1039

I love it when people want to come over to my place and eat something I cook. By no means am I saying that I am a great cook. I’m not. I just really enjoy cooking for friends and I really enjoy the company! (:

The girls only had one request: MEAT. haha and straight away, steak came to my mind. There’s a recipe from The F Word (by Gordan Ramsay) and I haven’t got a chance to try it yet, so this would be the best time to try it! Daring huh? A new recipe when friends come over. haha well, I believe that even if I failed, it would be a fun experience anyways! hehe

Beef fillet with Gratin of Mushrooms

It wasn’t too complicated at all. That’s why I love recipes from Gordan Ramsay. Always allowing people to make them from home! hehe and from home, I did!

Eye fillet, mushrooms, cream, chives. BEST combination. I’m definitely not joking! I don’t really joke about my food. haha it’s an important part of my life! hehe having with crispy potatoes = ultimate! hehe I wanted more by the end of the night, even though I was super duper full.

the steak just melts in your mouth! and I was so glad I used shitake and button mushrooms in the gratin. The flavours just makes the whole dish come alive!

not sure how you like your steak, but everyone around the table was pleased with their medium-rare steak. I normally just prefer medium, but I knew the steaks were fresh (I bought them that very morning at Queen Victoria Market!)  and I definitely won’t be happy if I overcooked it. So medium-rare was definitely fine for the night!

Just looking at the photo is making me hungryyyy and crave for an eye fillet now! haha and I am definitely not hungry now. haha just can’t resist a good piece of steak! (:

Being a chocolate-crazy person, as I am. I picked a chocolate tart as the dessert for the night. I have always wanted to try making a tart. For some reason, I never got down to doing it. Being as brave as I am, I decided to do it tonight! So yes! two brand new dishes on the menu! DARING DARING me! but I totally regretted trying making a tart, cos the tart shell totally failed!!! it was so crumbly, I couldn’t even get it out of the mold. So I had to keep it in the mold and everyone just had to eat out of it. haha. I’m kinda scared for life, cause I haven’t got the courage to give it another try! I should though, really wanna make momofuku’s crack pie. hmm.. ambitious me. SOMEDAY. I will. (:

I must say, although the tart was a failure, the chocolate ganache and the huge strawberries saved the dessert! The tart shell, though crumbly, was very buttery!

I scored some really red and huge strawberries at the market that morning too! (: they were as big as my palm!

(: will definitely try making a tart again soon! Although I am really quite scared about failing again. haha. I will. One day!

Thanks for coming over girls! I’m still very amazed you finished both discs of Italian Food Safari! haha. But yes, thank you for your wonderful company! Was great! (: Roast pork again soon!

ps : recipes for both dishes will be on my food blog soon! (:

Support Olive Ventures!

24 Aug

My brother, James and his business partners, Stuart and Derek have been nominated for the Spirit of Enterprise award 2010! (:

Watch the video above and vote for them!!! (:

You can do it through SMS or online here!

For SMS :

SOE<space>063 and send to 79000

Thank so much for your support!!!

family + love .

19 Aug

super duper sweet. I must say, I teared.

Braised Pork Belly with Yam

10 Aug IMG_1004

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know how home sick I always get. One way to make myself feel better is to cook. Not just cook anything, cook something that reminds me of home. So that’s what I did, I made something my mum makes best – Braised pork belly with yam. (: You usually eat this with a bun and some salad leaves. But it also goes super well with rice!

The recipe I found is a little time consuming, but all the work and effort put into the dish is definitely worth it. By the time it’s done steaming, the yam would be broken down and it would have absorbed all the flavours. The pork too will be melt in your mouth! Of course the happiest person when I said I was going to cook this was my baby. hehe He and pork belly are very good friends. hehe

Click here for the recipe! (:

Beef Stroganoff : Masterchef Recipe

9 Aug

Have you been catch Masterchef when it was on tv? I have! I caught as many episodes I could when I’m home and if I missed one, I would load it on the Masterchef website and watch it at my own free time! (: One dish that caught my eye and tummy was the beef stroganoff! the orangy creamy texture of the dish, topped on pasta, I think it’s a match-made in heaven.

so I got down to business. I didn’t have creme friache or the usual substitute of sour cream, so I “cleaverly” used thickened cream which wasn’t too good an idea, cause it became very starchy. But other than that, the flavours were really yummy and my baby really enjoyed it! (:

Click here for the recipe! (:

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