2017 in a nutshell

Hello again,

It’s been some time since my last post and that’s not just because I’ve been really busy, but I guess also due to me losing inspiration for writing.

Don’t get me wrong, I love writing but so much has happened that I just needed to take some time away for myself.

I did some travelling in 2017, not as much as I wished due to me going back to studying. Nevertheless, the trips I took were heart-warming and no less an adventure.

I went to Byron Bay, Sydney, Bintan, and twice to Maldives.

Byron Bay & Sydney

My fave place in the world. Sydney holds a special place in my heart. I can’t explain why. Maybe it’s the vibes and people there. I feel so at ease and at home whenever I visit Sydney.

If I can move to Sydney tomorrow, I will do so in a heartbeat. And I’m so glad I got to take my mum along for this visit. I hope I’ll be able to go back to this beautiful city soon.

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Bintan

A short but still meaningful trip with the family. It’s been years since we took a family trip so when everyone was finally free, off we go!

I wished we had more time in Bintan but reality awaits. Our next family trip will be in 2020. We’re planning a two-month road trip across Canada and Alaska, so I’m really excited about it!

Maldives

Another place I’ve been wanting to revisit for far too long. Maldives is just so beautiful with its islands and beaches. I went there to heal and it was definitely a great trip after 10 freaking long years. I’m so happy to have met new friends there who made my stay a joy.

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School

In March, I will have completed my Freshman year. Honestly, I can’t wait for it to be over and move on to become a Junior. So much has been happening but I just hope that I’ll stay focus on my goals and objectives.

With that said, here’s to 2018 being a better year and lots and lots of new adventures!

Xx,

Nic

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Pacamara

Pacamara has always been one of my fave cafes since it opened a few years ago. What I like about this cafe is that their menu is ever-changing. For some cafes, when they change their menu, the food quality just isn’t as good as what it used to be. But at Pacamara, the list of food on the new menu, is not only pleasing to the eyes, the quality is just as good, or even better!

I still remembered when Pacamara first opened. At that time, I was still staying around the area, opposite the cafe in fact. I heard so many amazing reviews on the cafe and was really interested in trying out their red velvet pancakes. I brought my family there after my exams and my Mum got hooked!

A year later, I introduced this place to my Boo, and like my Mum, he really loved the place, even though he was hesitant to visit at first. Lemme tell ya, it’s not easy to get Shah to love a cafe. He’s not really a cafe person. As he always say, ‘I’m a roti prata, mee rebus kinda person.’ So for him to really like a cafe and the food, it’s a huge compliment.

So Pacamara has become over fave cafe to visit as a couple.

And I thought why not introduce this place to my paternal aunt, who like me, loves to try different types of food. The two of us, along with Tara, went there for dinner.

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Steak Frites 200g ($25), Rocket and Pear ($15), Chicken Breast ($17.50).

We ordered the Nutella Fudge and Lemon Tart as well to share.

Can I just say, FOOD COMA!

I wasn’t having a great day that day, but this meal lifted up my mood, and for awhile I wasn’t stressing over anything.

So if you’re in the Thompson area, do visit this cafe. It’s a good place to have a meal with family or friends. Awesome food, awesome ambience.

Can’t wait to head back to try their Day Menu. Been wanting to try their Creme Brulee French Toast and Matcha Pancake.

In the mean time, I’ll just be patient…..

 

 

Xx,

Nic

Chinese New Year 2017

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Wishing everyone a Happy Chinese New Year! Good health, happiness and success in your endeavors 🙂

I feel that this year’s CNY was a little quiet than usual. But nevertheless, I’m sure everyone felt the spirit of CNY.

The first day was the usual at the Lims, visiting relatives to bai nian and then heading to Grandaunty Fung’s house for a night of fun and gambling.

On the second day of CNY, we did something different to the usual CNY activities. Dad brought Tara and I to The Asian Civilisations Museum. We went to The Penny Black for brunch first before heading over to the museum.

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And we went to explore the nearby Fullerton Hotel. Dad was saying that he’ll bring us there for high tea the next time since we didn’t have enough time that day.

It was my first time to the Asian Civilisations Museum and I have to say, it has definitely piqued my interest. We were only able to cover the exhibitions on the first two floor, so I’ll definitely head back there again. Maybe we should make it a family museum-hopping day and try and visit as many museums in a day.

After that, Tara and I headed home as all our relatives came to our place to gamble.

There were quite a few hiccups during this year’s CNY, but hey what’s life without some drama?

Once again, wishing a Happy Chinese New Year. May you have a blessed and golden rooster year 🙂

 

 

Xx,

Nic

Wheeler’s Estate

A trip to Mandai led us to an impromptu stop at Seletar Aerospace for lunch.

It is not easy to get there, we kept getting lost as it was our first time going. But the place was so quiet (maybe because it’s a weekday lol) and so beautiful, out of the hustling and bustling of the city.

At Seletar Aerospace, you’ll be spoiled with choices over what to eat. There’s Wildseed cafe, Wheeler’s Estate, etc.

We went with Wheeler’s Estate. The food there is a little more pricey but the food was not too bad.

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Beef Short Rib, can be shared among 2-3 people ($59). My favourite dish. The meat was so soft and tender. With the BBQ sauce, it was perfecto.

Estate Corzetti ($20). The pasta lacked of seasoning. I had to ask for more garlic to make the pasta more tasteful.

Pull Apart Bread ($20). We got both the Bacon & Cheese and the Garlic & Cheese stick. The breads were my least favourite. I thought that there was not enough fillings inside and I couldn’t really taste the saltiness of the cheese and bacon. The garlic taste was also barely there.

But I really enjoyed the atmosphere, and the staff were really friendly.

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Xx,

Nic

Weekends are made of these…..

Well hello again guys…Happy Monday and hope you had a great weekend.

The whole week was a mad rush for me, running around, working, trying to spend time with my family and getting some me time as well.

I met Mel and James for the Shu Uemura and Shopbop collaboration event.

The next day, we went to Botanic Gardens for Mel’s photoshoot and ended up having brunch at Food for Thought.

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And for lunch, I met up with my dad for lunch at Tanuki Raw Bar.

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Friday was spent with my grandma and after that, dad and I went for drinks at Bar Bar Black Sheep. I guess it’s safe to say we had a little too much to drink. I felt the effects the next morning. But it was really fun to spend time with my dad.

The next morning, I met up with Shahrul and we went to Afterglow for some Acai Bowl before heading to my cousin, Joshua’s, birthday party. 

Happy 21st Birthday Joshua! Hope you enjoyed your party 🙂

Staycation at MBS

Over the weekend, we had a mini staycation at MBS. It was a really awesome experience!

But first, coffee stop!

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Our room was super hugeeee and gosh the service there was sooo good!

And Shah and I made a trip to the ArtScience Museum to see the displays at Future World.

And right after that, it was back to work. We went to Sephora ION to meet Mel and James for a SkinInc event.

It was such a long and tiring day, but I felt so accomplished that day. I had a great day with my Boo and at work. And I absolutely enjoyed myself during my MBS staycation.

 

 

 

xx,

Nic

 

 

Darwin (2016)

Hello again! I’m lying in bed, enjoying a glass of Brown Brothers White Gold Moscato and reminiscing my recent trip to Darwin.

Boy, was it a roller coaster ride!

I should start at the beginning, when my flight was delayed for 10 hours! Then we reached Darwin airport to collect our rented car and realised that those below 25 years old, are considered underage. As such, we had to pay even more for the insurance, which increased our expenditure.

Our excitements diminished even more when we were told that due to wet season, many of the waterfall attractions were closed due to flooding and crocodile sightings.

We spent a total of 11 days (22nd Dec-1st Jan) in Darwin, going for road trips and exploring outside the city.

Right after arriving in Darwin, we immediately drove to Litchfield and stayed at Lake Bennett.

We only stayed for a night before heading even further out to Kakadu.

Unfortunately, it was impossible to visit any of the waterfalls as they were closed. We spent 4 nights there. Other than the trekking at Nourlangie Rock and the crocodile jumping tour, I was really bored. Tara and I even discussed taking a flight to Sydney to spend the rest of the holiday there. We weren’t joking. I even searched for flights that went to Sydney the very next day. That’s how bored we were. Some of you may know, I love Sydney. Like really LOVE. So much so that I’m moving there in a few years time. I can never say no to going to Sydney. Ahh the place of my dreams….

Ok enough daydreaming. Back to Darwin. Focus Nicole.

After our stay in Kakadu, we headed back into the city for the rest of our stay, and we were in dire need of Asian food!

We were supposed to head to Florence Falls, Tolmer Falls and Wangyi falls, at Litchfield. But due to the thunderstorm we had the night before, the roads were flooded. During our whole stay in the city, except for NYE evening, it was pretty much just thunderstorms and more thunderstorms.

I’m telling ya guys, don’t bother going to Darwin during wet season. Uh uh! You’ll miss out on everything and there’s no point risking your safety just to see some beautiful waterfalls. Well, unless you wanna get stuck in your car in the middle of a flooded dirt road, or get eaten by those really big fat crocs they have there. Just saying.

The day we cancelled our drive to the Litchfield Falls, we heard there were a group of tourists who thought it wise to try their luck. They ended up getting stranded in the flooded zone that was infested with salt water crocodiles, for an hour, until help came! And they were very lucky cos the only thing that stopped their car from going over the river, was a big fat rock!

And when we went to Nourlangie Rock for our trek, we drove past a bush fire! It was happening just right next to the attraction!

If you wanna go Darwin to see all the amazing stuff, go during dry season, like between June till October.

I have to be honest and say that I was very disappointed that I couldn’t visit the waterfalls. I mean when you’re in Darwin, you need to go visit them. So when you realise you can’t, it really really sucks.

Oh yes, you can swim in the waterfalls but not during wet season, unless you wanna make some reptile friends. Another bummer.

Staying in the city was a lot more relaxing. We didn’t have to wake up early to prepare for a long drive ahead, or worry about flooding along the road or any crocodile sightings.

We  basically went to the mall everyday, satisfied my Japanese food cravings, found some nice street art, braved through a very sudden heavy downpour on a jetty, and waited to see some sunsets that did not happen at all due to the cloudy skies.

Found this cool street art that had butts painted all over!

Food at Laneway was amazeballs!!

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Mindil Beach is famous for stunning sunsets. Sadly, we weren’t able to witness it.

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Oh yeah, did I mention we had breakfast in bed?!

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Mandorah Jetty. The place where we got caught in the rain and were totally soaked to the bones.

Nightcliff Jetty, another place with amazing sunsets. And as usual, we didn’t get to see it due to the cloudy skies.

And ahh my favourite! Celebrating the end of another year and welcoming a new one. NYE!!

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We were really lucky on NYE. It was supposed to rain during the evening and night, but thankfully it didn’t until we reached back our hotel. It was such a huge thunderstorm, the howling of the wind was so loud an frightening, and because of it, our flight going home, was delayed….again.

But we were so thankful that we could catch the fireworks. A good way to end this trip.

 

 

 

 

xx,
Nic