The Mangrove Tree @ Tenby Point

When I arrived at Tenby Point, I did not expect to see so many photographers around. I smiled to myself because it felt rather nice being surrounded by so many like-minded people. At the same time, I felt pretty overwhelmed because everyone looked so professional with their fancy lenses and filters. Then there was me, with my very basic tripod, basic DSLR, basic lens, and basic filter. Nevertheless, I ended up chatting to two photographers. We never exchanged details or anything, but a few days later, after I had posted my mangrove tree photos on Instagram, I received comments from both of them saying “oh hey, you were the photographer we met the other day.” I love the photography community on Instagram haha ❤

Running Creek Castle @ Kancoona

We had a fantastic 3 nights at Running Creek Castle. I loved the yummy and generous breakfast basket we were given, the beautiful surroundings, the tidiness and cleanliness of the castle, and of course, how extremely kind and responsive the owner’s were to our needs.

Beautiful Bright @ Huggins & Apex Lookout

We visited Bright over the Easter Weekend. At the time, there was also a farmer’s market happening. As a result, people were EVERYWHERE, and streets were packed with cars. Getting that perfect autumn street shot of Delany Avenue in Bright was near to impossible. I was a bit let down by that, but my spirits quickly lifted after hiking up to Huggins Lookout and Apex Lookout and seeing Bright from above.

Autumn Days @ Mt Macedon Honour Avenue

After a hiatus from blogging, I am finally back! These last 2 months have been crazy busy with report after report, every day, non-stop. Well, I am happy to say,  those crazy days are (temporarily) over, and now, I could do with some R&R, not to mention, catch up on some long over due blog…

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…

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. We  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,  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 still  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.