Princes Pier Long Exposure

This year has been huge in terms of photography. I bought myself 2 new lenses, some ND filters, and a tripod. With all this new equipment, it has opened up so many doors for new genres of photography. I am finding myself addicted to doing long-exposures. It is so much fun because you have no…

Best Nourish Bowl @ The Little Woodpecker Cafe

Continuing my cafe hunting around in the eastern ‘burbs, I recently came across The Little Woodpecker Cafe in Blackburn North. The cafe, although hidden away in a quiet suburban street, is always busy every time I have visited. One thing that stood out about this cafe was the creative name of their dishes. If someone…

Stone-fruit Galore @ Rayner’s Orchards

Most of last year was used to explore the hidden gems of the Yarra Valley. One place worthy of another mention is Rayner’s Orchards in Woori Yallock. The first time we went, we went all out. WeΒ  joined the tractor tour, where for $25.00 per person, you could eat as much fruit as you possibly…

Middle Eastern Flavors @ Oasis Bakery

Hot deserts, colorful robes, grand temples, festive music, beautiful oil lamps, Persian dips, tasty cheeses, exotic spices… for all things Middle Eastern, Oasis Bakery is your place to be. Oasis Bakery is your one stop shop for grocery items, a bakery selling fresh pastries and cheeses, and a cafe serving Middle Eastern flavored dishes. I…

Toorongo Falls @ Noojee

Forever chasing waterfalls, forever chasing impossible dreams. A New Year resolution I set for myself this year is to expand my roadtrips to cover more ground,Β  in particular, explore more of the Gippsland and Victorian High Country areas. Given that I have covered most of the Yarra Valley, now would be a good time to…

Erskine Falls @ Great Ocean Road Lorne

A trip to Lorne would not be complete without visiting Erskine Falls. Unlike other waterfalls in the vicinity, Erskine Falls seems to be the most renowned and most popular in the Lorne area. We arrived at Erskine Falls closing in to 4pm and yet there were stillΒ  so many people around. I had to wait…

Sheoak Falls @ Great Ocean Road Lorne

The steamy forty degree heat of summer dropped to a lovely 25 degrees last weekend, so taking that as a good opportunity to roadtrip, we went on a spontaneous trip down the Great Ocean Road to chase waterfalls. In the morning, however, the weather was a bit of a hit and miss. One second it…

Teddy’s Lookout @ Great Ocean Road

Welcome to the long awaited summer holidays. I am done with all my coursework. That means no more lectures, no more studying for exams, no more assignments, no more going to university. All that is left are two placements. Given how slow things are moving, I doubt the university will find me a placement any…

Japanese Baked Cream Cheese Cake

In previous posts I said I was moving away from sweet foods, to acquiring more of a savory palate. That still holds true, however, one dessert still holds a strong position in my heart. That would be the Japanese Baked Cream Cheese Cake. For those who haven’t tried it, the texture of it is somewhere between a sponge-cake and a baked cheesecake. Why I say half way is because the Japanese Cheesecake isn’t as dry as a regular sponge cake, nor is it as creamy and dense as a baked cheesecake. If done properly, the texture should be fluffy and light.

Over the years, I have bought my Japanese Baked Cream Cheese Cakes from Grand Taipei and Carrington Cake Shop, both in Box Hill. Only until recently have I attempted to home-make one, after being inspired by HoneyBeeSweets and her mouth-watering food photos on Instagram and on her Blog.

Merry Christmas 2016

As I say every year, I can’t believe it is Christmas again. Reading back on last year’s Christmas 2015 blog post, it is terrifying to think another year has gone by. The December-February period is always my favourite time of year, so I am going to make sure this year counts. This year’s Christmas was…

Life Update 5# Review of 2016

It’s nearly the end of the year and as per tradition, I like to do a review of the year that has gone by, as well as stating goals and plans for the coming year. Taking a quick moment to think about 2016 so far, all I can say is, I have had a very…

Kyoto Cafe @ Eastland Ringwood

There are many things I love about eating at Kyoto Cafe. Over the last few months, I have been at least five times and I would still go back for more. Located at Eastland Town Square, the restaurant is very spacious, with outdoor and two-storey indoor seating. I like sitting outside because the lighting inside…