Travel Tuesdays – KL during CNY

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Food. Kuala Lumpur. Chinese New Year.

With Chinese New Year coming up this Sunday, I had a flashback to when we spent CNY in KL a couple of years ago. Being of Filipino background we never really celebrate CNY so it was exciting to see so much colour and festivities taking place!

There was a dish they called Yu Shang that was made up of different colourful ingredients and together all the members of the family would use chopsticks to mix it all up and toss it around bringing prosperity the higher it was tossed! Kelly Siew has a great blog entry on this dish with a recipe for you to re-create for this weekend’s new year occassion!

Malaysia is rich with a never-ending array of tasty dishes and I couldn’t believe that I had never tried nasi lemak before! We stopped to eat at Old Town White Coffee whenever we could as I was obsessed with their nasi lemak dish and kaya toast (see pictures above)! A must-try if you’re in KL 🙂

What are some Chinese New Year traditions you follow? And what are some dishes that will be served on your dinner table this Sunday?

Baby’s day out!

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Baby’s first outing to daddy’s work

Yesterday I took baby out for the first time to visit daddy at his work in the city with the help of my sister! It ended up being a very eventful first outing without daddy – hot weather, Docklands during corporate lunch hour, a visit to daddy’s office, a dead car battery meant a call to the RACV Roadside Assist truck, an exciting visit to some friends with babies in Balaclava and peak hour traffic on the way home. Seeing everyone in their suits made me miss dressing up in crisp shirts and heels for work (I’ve been living in t-shirts and leggings these past 5 weeks!).

I am slowly practicing taking baby out and have found that it is all about organisation, preparation and patience. It was quite warm yesterday and I was exhausted by the end of the day, however visiting daddy and some friends and their babies made it all worthwhile! Baby was so good and slept in his pram and in the car through most of the day – even during the 20 minute wait for the RACV man! I think after yesterday’s shenanigans, I should be able to handle a more easy trip to the shops on my own 🙂 Practice makes perfect!

Happy birthday Mr Hubby/Daddy/DJ Atomik! (Today is Wes’ birthday!) 

What baby travelling tips can you give a first-time mummy?

Happy birthday to Mr Husband/Daddy/DJ Atomik!

Travel Tuesdays – The Grove LA

The Cheesecake Factory, California Cheesesteak, Caesar salad, Farmer’s Market.

The Grove

The Cheesecake Factory at the Grove was where I had my first meal in LA. The servings were huge as expected and my California Cheesesteak was tasty and so filling! It was a nice sunny day as we ventured out in the Grove and the first place we stopped was Forever21 for some shopping. After a taste of how much cheaper the shopping was here, our next stop was Melrose Avenue!

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Travel Tuesdays – Touching down in Paris ’09

I will never forget hubby’s face as we walked up and out of the metro into the world of Paris, France. After a long and tiresome flight he was just in awe at the beautiful buildings and scenery – like everywhere we looked was straight out of glamorous magazine shoot or an old school movie. We spent 8 nights in Paris for the last leg of our honeymooon and I can’t wait to go back! Here are just a few first pics we took on our first day there.

Travel Tuesdays – Venice Beach May 2012

Our first week in the America was filled with trips to the beaches. Knowing that Melbourne’s weather was about to get real chilled, I think we wanted to make the most of the warm, sunny reception in LA. Venice Beach was awesome!

The people: So many people with so many personalities. There were a lot of hustlers, buskers, and people who talked enthusiastically to themselves!?
The shopping: We shopped for novelty tshirts and cheap jewellery.
The Food: We ate some fresh fruits and hot dogs.
Favourite thing to do: Definitely people-watching!…and maybe next time I’ll get to try the bike-riding or roller-blading along the beach side.
Venice Beach is somewhere to go if you’re looking for a colourful way to spend your day 🙂