Sunday, 11 July 2010

Brekky at Outpost, and off again...

Hi lovelies out there ;)

Recently me and hubby picked up a new found interest, we've been in Melb since forever but only realized that this city is the heaven for brekky-brunch lovers....  There are tons of small independent cafe serving unique home made dishes scattered around Melbourne and its surrounding. we're so slow I know -.-""  I've had brekky or brunch many times before with friends but never really pay attention to what the place serves, the coffee and all, I went mainly for the meet up, so as long as the foods don't kill me I won't complain.

Anyway, couple of days back, after his overnight shift, hubby needs to go to the city to take care of  some stuff but the place he wanted to go were not open before 9am, and since he finished work at 7am I suggested to him that we go on a brekky date, lolz...

So, of we went to Outpost at South Yarra one of the nice cozy independent cafe that are tucked neatly in the 1st floor of an apartment/office, very near to the South Yarra Station.

Likey the fresh tulips that greet us on the door

The place looks warm and quite inviting

Inside, the kitchen, coffee making area, cashier and cake/breakfast display area are all open to each other. It's kind of messy but nice at the same time :) feels homey...

We had latte each, their coffee was really good, both me n hubby are not coffee drinker but we love the smell and the taste of their coffee, and also they were warm enough without burning the tongue. The coffee were actually still warm enough for drink even after we finished the breakfast :) (maybe we ate too fast?)

This is what I had. French toast with bacon, syrup and almond. The portion was hearty!! If I come again to this place I would share it with someone, luckily that particular day both of us were famished :D The french toast are just right in the sogginess department, and the syrup on the bacons were not too sweet too. 

 This was what hubby had. He loved it, me too (lolz I had my claim on some of the asparagus, salmons and greens), the asparagus were soft and crunchy, the greens and creams were fresh and went very well with the salmon and the toast

I can safely say that I'll be back to this place. Food and coffee-wise this place is great, service was also polite.  My only rant is, if you come in groups or when it's busy, then you would have to sit at another room (forgot to take pic of it) that is separated from the kitchen, coffee area etc, and the separated room lack the charms and warmth of the area pictured on my photos above. They need to put some drawings and yellow bulbs, me thinks.

Anyway, Outpost is a fine place.

On the other note, I'm off tomorrow for a 2 weeks holiday, and then to Jakarta for my in-law's wedding. Will update when I arrive in Jakarta!!

Thanks for still stopping by and reading my blogs despite the lack of updates -.-"" I appreciate it very much!!

Take care and have a great monday (tomorrow)!!

Monday, 14 June 2010

My little hero :) ROHTO Eyedrops!

I haven't been a good blogger I realize *sigh* anyway...

Here's my current fave product.. the little hero who saves when busy and tiring days take tolls on my eyes  :D :D

ROHTO eyedrops!!

It's a japanese brand and I believe alot of people have heard about it. I used contacts alot in the past and as a result of prolonged usage my eyes have been having constant irritation with some scary red bloodshot (on the white area of eyes). I took some months off contacts lens (can't believe I survive those months), and then I stumbled on this little gem in a bottle.
FYI, this is NOT TO BE USED when you are WEARING contacts. I usually use this morning and night, as needed.
Be warned though, first time using it could be quite a shocker. Unlike the previous eyedrops that I have used in the past, this one stings at some first seconds.

Me: *drop to the left eyes*
Hubby: *staring in shock*
Me: *drop to the right eyes*
Me: ARGHHHH it does STING!!!
Hubby: what is that?? a toilet cleaner??

But after a while the stinging sensation subsided and when I looked into the mirror my eyes were abit red, I was disappointed and was having the "maybe this doesn't work on me" forlorn moment. After 10 minutes I went back to the mirror to clean my face and was pleasantly surprised to see my eyes, the bloodshot were all gone and my eyes looked clear and healthy!!
Here's the before and after pictures..

Before (before putting anything, the rim of the white area is red)

After (about 10 minutes later)

Enough said, it's a keeper :) now hubby is a user too, even after calling it "toilet cleaner" -.-"
I read ROHTO has a lycee eyedrops too, I'm abit curious but I am yet to put a lycee into my eyes, so until I can brave the lycee I'm quite happy with this one!!

Have a very good start of the week everyone!!

Sunday, 23 May 2010

My Lumix in Action!!

On my last post, I did say that I will do Zumba review on my next post but decided to postpone it because I wanted to show some pics that I have been snapping with my new Lumix LX3 :D :D
Love love love the color of the results, although I'm yet to master all the features of the camera, I can even take my jewelry's picture with this camera because it captured the details beautifully.

Well, mostly I'm taking pictures of my own cookings LOLz...since I'm not an expert cook, every time I did a successful attempt on a recipe I had to take a picture of the result, just in case my friends don't believe me when I tell them I actually can cook hahaha..

Meuntang (Spicy Fish) :p

Dumplings :)) My fave food to make. Reason: easy to make and to store. I usually make in batch and dump them on the freezer. Great for times when I need a quick meal ;)

Here's what I love to made with my newly acquired food processor. Almond energy balls Lolz don't you love the name? Super easy to make, just a cup of raw almond

6-8 soaked pitted prunes

Throw them all into the food processor and run it for about 3 minutes

Walaaa.... here's the end result :D Healthy nibbles!! I just pop two or three of them to my mouth everytime I want some snacks :D  Next  I wanna make macadamia energy balls!!

Sanma Takikomi Gohan (Japanese style fish rice??Someone help me translating the name pls)

I modify the recipe abit because I don't have all the required ingredients ^^"

Perfect with the dumplings!! :D :D

And I told you I could use the camera to take my jewelry pictures too, here's some of the pictures that were taken with the camera ( I edited the colors a little).

I'm in love with my Lumix LX3  <3 <3  <3 If you're considering this camera I think you should go for it :) I'm very happy with mine

On a side news, I just found out a very heart breaking news re one of my dearest blogger Nehs. My prayers and condolences be with you sister :(((

ps. I noticed some new followers, HIII there!! I will soon visit your blog too!! thanks so much! :)

PPS. CHECK OUT THIS COOL NEW ONLINE COSMETICS STORE BY NIC NIC!!! She's having an awesome giveaway too!!

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

My current fave stuff

One week or so ago I celebrate my 27th birthday, and here's what my husband and friends got me (at my rather obvious hint-full request lolz)

I have had my eyes on it ever since my brother came home with the twin counterpart Leica d-lux4, and since Lumix LX3 is half the Leica price, I want it even more!

Another present that I got is the Breville Multi food processor that I've been wanting too for quite some time. 

I think I'm ready to be a mum. WHY? Because I get excited over a food processor!! @.@"  lolz
cooking is never big in my life, my HS friends would laugh their heads off if they hear me saying "I like cooking" ^^"

So I have been playing with these two things and also accompanying my mum in law who is visiting us, while still trying to juggle things from works.

This might not be a too exciting post, but I am certainly excited over my two new possessions!!
What have you been wanting for a while that you plan to get (or get someone to give you haha) on your birthday?

Next, I think I'm ready to review my Zumba Latin Workout pack :D

Until laters xoxo

Monday, 26 April 2010

KARMIN review!!

A while ago I won Nikki's sponsored giveaway and the prize is this beautiful KARMIN hair styler pictured on the right...

I have used it several times and it's times to do review on it. I have mentioned how I love the sleek design and the white color... now that I have actually put the tool into action I have some thoughts that I'd love to share with you guys..

I can say overall I love this KARMIN hair styler because it lives up to its promise of super fast heating time..

The Pros are:
  • Heats up real fast, I only use the 180 and 240 heat level, and it heats up in about (if not less than) 10 seconds.
  • The heat last very long before it starts re-heat-ing again.
  • Very lightweight. It's not a problem to carry this on my everyday bag
The Cons are:
  • I wish the ion plate is larger. I know I said I love the sleekness of the tool, but when it comes to using it to straighten hair (I have lots of hair) and make bigger curl, I found it a little bit hard.
But overall I love this product because it saves me lots of time, here's the look of my hair about a week ago, I needed to finish doing my hair & touched up my makeup in about 30-40minutes before we needed to leave the house for a wedding reception. I'm not good with hair as I have said many times before so excuse the messiness :p

Sorry for the bad angle, I took this pic quickly because hubby was already waiting on the door hahaha.. Basically I curled my hair with KARMIN and then arrange it with bobby pins. I really didnt have much time so I kinda did my hair without even looking at it until I finished everything -.-"
Here's the front view...

Didn't have time to finish all of the hair so I just ponny tailed the rest  :p

And here's another look that I created a while ago for a contest, but I chickened out the last minute because I thought I didn't do a good job ^^"

I have another look that I did for another contest too, but I mixed up on the due date and missed the submission date hahaha...will keep that for my next post..lest I have nothing to blog about XD X3

I think I'm ready to go back into bloggingworld!! yay!!
Take care everyone!!


Monday, 12 April 2010

I'm still around..but busier...

Hii lovely bloggers..
I'm still around, but I'm getting a lot busier lately..anyway..just a quick post to say a big HI to everyone...
I wish everyone is doing well and happy...
I will be back blogging very soon ^^
Here's what I made for dinner today, sundooboo chige..

There are some viral/virus going about these past days some of my friends have been getting gastro and flu...the weather changes might be one of the reason...I hope you guys are taking care of yourself :)

Until my next post, stay safe and happy! God bless :)

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

One steamy hot night...

During one of those summer hot night... I lost my head over the heat...
and I baked cookies....
hahaha...I know I should have stayed away from the oven but I just thought "'s hot anyway...and I want some cookies"
So I stayed full awake until 2am and made my healthy dose of cookies ^^
This cookies recipe is my guilt-free indulgence because it contains no flour and no sugar at all. I used ripe bananas for the sweetening agent and also dark chocolate. As for the flour, I substituted it with rolled oats and almond meal.
I usually eat most of the cookies myself ...hubby likes it too but he's not big on cookies and cakes so most of them are MINE.. hahaha...not so healthy after all... -.-"

and here's some random purchase from SASA.. I have been giving alot attention to my hair lately because since I went to Thailand last year I have lost alot of hair and noticed slow re-growth plus major dryness...

DHC vitamins, Essential shampoo, conditioner and hair mask, and kose softymo cleansing oil. All from Japan. I haven't used the essential series because I'm still going on my Kracie shampoo at the moment...

I use hair mask everytime I wash my hair now...and it helps alot with the dryness, eventhough my hair still look dry but it has improved alot. I have used tsubaki hair treatment mask (the red one) before and it works very well...but it's pretty pricey.. so after I saw Kathy from LotusPalace review on this Cosmetex Roland hair mask I got really excited because it's big (300ml) and cheap (USD 7.7 if I remember correctly). After I used it for the first time I fell in love with it...I think it works as well as the tsubaki... I will definetely re-purchase!

Melbourne is not as hot anymore...we've been getting funny variation of hot days, hailings, storms, moderate cloud, and fine days...

How are you guys doing?? hope everyone is well!! :))

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Ron Mueck Exhibit

Hellow everyone...I've been semi MIA lately...aside from work I just feel that I need a little time off blog, for some reasons :)  I hope everyone is doing well.

A while ago I went with a friend to an exhibition of Australian prominent sculptor, Ron Mueck, at the Victorian Art Center. His works were very impressive, so meticulous and detailed, but I do not wish to remain in the same room with his works at night time hahaha.....

I'd love to share some pictures with you :)

note: There are some nudity entails in the artworks, so if you mind please skip this post :)
 Guess whose face is that??

 This one is called "the mask" note the pores and minute beard hair, even the eyelashes look so real

Take a guess??

 Did someone say KFC?

  Human sized chicken

The thinking lady

 One big thinking lady....

These grandmas look as lively as the grandma on the background

Astonishing details how the flabs look so human :D

 Actually the sculpture is mini sized

This one is fantabulous...the proportion of everything is excellent!

One cute big baby, before you say "ugly", we all did look like that when we first came out of our mum's womb hahaha :D

I enjoyed the exhibition very much :) I hope you enjoy the picture too...

Have a nice day everyone!

PS. My cute fellow blogger Diane mentions me in her youtube video, check her youtube channel out! :)