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Our Sydney Wedding

24 Oct

Anyong Everyone!

For those who just started following my blog, thank you! 🙂 Just in case any of you get confused, I used to live in Malaysia for 17 years and left for Korea for a few months last year, then moved to Sydney in December last year! When I had first come to Sydney, I remember being busy planning for two weddings! One in Seoul, South Korea, another in Sydney, Australia! (I will write up another post about how I went about the wedding planning + about the Korean traditional wedding too!) Dan, my husband and I got married on the 9th of March, 2014, at Sergeants Mess, Mosman, Sydney, Australia.

Two weeks before the wedding, I remember checking the weather almost every single day, and the weather forecast bom.gov.au which I call bom in short form, had stated that there would be heavy showers with thunderstorms. Aussies have to check the weather everyday unlike Malaysia because it changes like almost everyday! Well Sergeants Mess did have a back up plan for us to get wedded indoors but still, it was my dream to get married out under the sun with the clear bright blue skies!

I still clearly remember checking the weather forecast at 6am in the morning, while I was getting my make up and hair done, and again bom had stated that there was going to be showers and thunderstorms. That instance, all these troubling thoughts just flooded my brain. I was one heck of an anxious bride… like gosh, in my head I knew I could not do any photo shoots outside the venue,  that I have to be so darn careful with my dress, have to hold the ceremony indoors, would not have the bright blue waterfront background like how I had always imagined it to be, that it would potentially get really windy and mess my hair up …and the list went on and on. Then I calmed out and told myself that there was nothing I could do about it but pray and I prepared myself for an indoor wedding.

When I reached the venue at 9.45am, I was completely shocked to see that the sun was out! I looked outside and I did not see a single gray cloud in the sky and the bright blue skies reflected on the bay making the venue absolutely beautiful! Thank God the weather turned out to be the complete opposite! 🙂

The backdrop for our wedding!

We held our ceremony outdoor (Yayy!), went on to do a tea ceremony (whereby we served tea to our parents, grandparents, relatives and then get red packets (money)/jewelry) too), followed by a quick photo shoot with all the bridesmaids and groomsmen, and then on to the reception. 🙂  I’ve put a gallery below so click on the first photo and use your right arrow to view the gallery (Photos courtesy of Luna Studio –  yes we did fly them over from Korea).

Before I end this post, here are some advice to the brides on your wedding day:

  • Make sure you take deeeep breath and say this out loud to yourself, not in your head “I am getting married!”, then look around you to see whats happening and soak it in. Do this a few times. I still remember every single moment I said that to myself! Seriously, everything goes by too quickly on your wedding day. Soak everything in.
  • Have a videographer or at least a gopro/someone recording every single moment! While you are in your bridal suite, you don’t know what on earth is going on outside and after everything is over, you would want to go back and see what your husband had been doing while you were getting ready
  • When you sit down on your bridal table, EAT the moment you see the food. Well for me I was really hungry so I just whacked all the food. 🙂 Tell your bridesmaid to eat too because you can talk to them anytime after that. I have heard so many brides that had said that they didn’t even touch the food at all. So I was like damn, the food here is good so I have to eat it on my special day, and I remember finishing every single course 🙂 Hoorayyy

Well that’s it for now everyone~

Anyong! 🙂

 

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Menu Tasting at Sergeants Mess, Mosman

16 Oct

Anyong!

With my latest addiction to instagram @jinnysun & @sunpetalsflorist, I just had to post about the menu tasting at Sergeants Mess, Mosman, Sydney that we went for, a few weeks before our wedding on the 12th of February, 2014. Sergeants Mess is owned by the Grand Pacific Group which also owns QVB The Tea Room, Dunbar House and Gunners Barracks.

As a foodie, I wanted to try the best dishes like how you would look up in google for reviews for any restaurants/cafes. But for this place, I could not find many. I myself blog because I know and I believe here is a need and want for people about particular topics. Of course I also do it because I do love jotting down my thoughts about me and my life too. So thank you to those who read my blog. Your interest in my blog and the comments you write do make my day! 🙂

Okay so… back to food!

Dan (fiance then, husband now) and I chose this place to get married here in Sydney because of the absolutely stunning waterfront view. The moment I first saw this place last year, I knew this was the one. We locked it in immediately and we both received a complimentary food tasting for this place.

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Waterfront view at Sergeants Mess. Photo courtesy of Luna Studio.

We arrived at the venue at 6.30pm and our tables were already set up.  It felt like we were on a date!

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Talk about how organised they are! They had everything labeled  and set up!

Weeks prior to our food tasting, we had to choose 2 different types of entrees, mains, desserts as well as the wines! I had no idea which ones to go for so after half and hour of googling, I ended up choosing the following ones.

Parmesan crumbed veal

Entree: Parmesan crumbed veal fig walnut and feta salad, hazelnut and cabinet sauvignon vinegar dressing. I couldn’t really taste the Parmesan. 6/10

Slow roast pork belly, fennel puree, green apple and tarragon, iceberg lettuce

Entree: Slow roast pork belly, fennel puree, green apple and tarragon, iceberg lettuce. This was the best pork belly dish I have ever tasted! It just melted in my mouth! I had to say, this was the best dish of the night. 10/10

Grilled lamb rump, potato fondant, romesco sauce, tuscan cabbage

Main: Grilled lamb rump, potato fondant, romesco sauce, tuscan cabbage. The meat was tender, and the potato complementing it was amazing! 8/10

Roast beef rump cap, chimichurri butter, beetroot, sauté potatoes

Main: Roast beef rump cap, chimichurri butter, beetroot, sauté potatoes. The beef was overcooked so we complained. We still went ahead with this dish for our wedding and on the day itself, it turned to be perfect. 🙂 7/10

Apple & cinnamon crème brulee, muscatels

Dessert: Apple & cinnamon crème brulee, muscatels. It wasn’t fantastic but it did enlighten my mood. 6/10

Fig and almond tart, sesame ice cream, port glaze

Dessert: Fig and almond tart, sesame ice cream, port glaze. I was so full after the main and the entree but still this was good. It wasn’t too sweet at all and they were generous with the figs too! 9/10

Lastly for our wines this is what we had:

  • Sparkling Wine: NV Angoves Chalk Hill Blue 8/10
  • White Wine: Angove’s Chalk Hill Blue, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 8/10, Multi Regional, Bay Of Stones Sauvignon Blanc, South East 7/10
  • Red Wine: McPherson Cabernet Merlot, South East AUS 7/10, Angove’s Chalk Hill Blue Shiraz Cabernet, Multi Regional, AUS 6/10
Our view and our wines

Our view and our wines. (If you don’t like the wines you try on the day itself, you can always ask for a different one to try).

Unfortunately we could not taste the canapes as they were not included in our food tasting. So here’s how I rated them. After the ceremony at the site on our wedding day, Dan and I along with the bridesmaids, groomsmen went for our photoshoot nearby and came back to the bridal suite room and found out they had left canapes for us to try! I thought we were going to miss out on them. I was so touched by Sergeants Mess’s service!

1. Prawn tortellini, corn, harissa & lemon  2. Salt cod brandade, cured swordfish, mustard

1. Prawn tortellini, corn, harissa & lemon 8/10
2. Salt cod brandade, cured swordfish, mustard  8/10

Mushroom & Madeira consommé, foie gras ravioli

3.Mushroom & Madeira consommé, foie gras ravioli. It didn’t look appealing but it tasted real good! 9.5/10

And here’s our final menu we had for our wedding!

Our DIY menu

Our DIY menu which I got the template from etsy (https://blog.etsy.com/weddings/diy-wedding-menus/).  So we didn’t up adding the dessert to our final menu because we thought there was enough substantial food already in the entree and in the main.

Our DIY Menu

Our DIY Menu

Overall, the service at Sergeants Mess was exceptional and the food was something I would want to go back for just a meal if I ever could for another tasting! I would have to say the food surpassed my expectations even more on my wedding day and I was glad I chose this place to get married 🙂

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6246 days in Malaysia and counting

4 May

Anyong!
So it has been a little while since I have blogged. So many things have happened during the past few months. I have been making plans to finally leave Malaysia by end of this year. Yes it is a big decision. And where is my next destination to? Sydney, Australia of course, the city that has captured my heart with its fascinating scenery, cosy cafes and a relaxing culture. So after my December 2012 trip, I had made another trip down in February and my heart had already set foot and never turned back. Being back in Malaysia feel like a vessel that has lost its soul. WAIT. I take that back. Malaysia does have many things that I love except for that massive tension between different races that splits the nation.

Food.

What I love most about Malaysia is the food.
When it comes to food.
I would have to say I go ALL out.

Roti empat segi. Empat segi means 4 corners in Malay. It is the same as roti canai, but I usually order this at any mamak (chilled out malaysian restaurant) because God knows when they had prepared the roti canai, kept it and just heated it up to serve you.

Roti empat segi. Empat segi means 4 corners in Malay. It is the same as roti canai, but I usually order this at any mamak (chilled out malaysian restaurant) because God knows when they had prepared the roti canai, kept it and just heated it up to serve you.

Mango dragonfruit juice from Asia Cafe, SS15, Subang Jaya. This is sooo refreshing. Every time I drink it, I get amazed at how good it is!

Mango dragonfruit juice from Asia Cafe, SS15, Subang Jaya. This is sooo refreshing. Every time I drink it, I get amazed at how good it is!

Mee Raja from Murni's, SS2. This place is not exactly very hygienic but the food here is so good! Even if you're full and you go there to eat at like.. 2am, it still tastes so good!

Mee Raja from Murni’s, SS2. This place is not exactly very hygienic but the food here is so good! Even if you’re full and you go there to eat at like.. 2am, it still tastes so good!

Noodles with Char Siew and Wanton from Uncle Seng, SS15, Subang Jaya. You should request this with onion oil. It tastes a little bit like the Korean black noodles called Jjajangmyun, which is my fav food!

Noodles with Char Siew and Wanton from Uncle Seng, SS15, Subang Jaya. You should request this with “onion oil”. It tastes a little bit like the Korean black noodles called Jjajangmyun, which is my fav food!

Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng from Village Park, Damansara Utama. Gosh this is awesome. This is by far one of the best chickens I have ever tried!

Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng from Village Park, Damansara Utama. Gosh this is awesome. This is by far one of the best chickens I have ever tried!

Chicken Wings from Wong Ah Wah, Jalan Alor. I have been going here since 1996, and I remember at that time they occupied one shoplot and there were no air con rooms like they have now, but still, it was packed then. Not only are the chicken wings good, if you add the chilli sauce that comes along with it to the fried rice, it's just mmmmmmmmm. The kam heong la la, kang kong belachan, deep fried squid, buttered prawn along with some sour plum lime juice here are good too.

Chicken Wings from Wong Ah Wah, Jalan Alor. I have been going here since 1996, and I remember at that time they occupied one shoplot and there were no air con rooms like they have now, but still, it was packed then. Not only are the chicken wings good, if you add the chilli sauce that comes along with it to the fried rice, it’s just mmmmmmmmm. The kam heong la la, kang kong belachan, deep fried squid, buttered prawn along with some sour plum lime juice here are good too.

Sang Har Mein, from Restoran Green View, The portion is humongous. Used to come here with my whole family when I was a little kid and I was like wooah when I saw those big prawns!

Sang Har Mein, from Restoran Green View, The portion is humongous. Used to come here with my whole family when I was a little kid and I was like wooah when I saw those big prawns!

Hokkien Mee from Restoran Ahwa, Jalan 222. Best best best ever hokkien mee that I have ever tried. Looks oily, is in actual fact only, but not jelak (Malay term used to describe that feeling you get when you eat rich and creamy food). I don't need any chilli padi or kimchi to finish to dish off!

Hokkien Mee from Restoran Ahwa, Jalan 222. Best best best ever hokkien mee that I have ever tried. Looks oily, is in actual fact only, but not jelak (Malay term used to describe that feeling you get when you eat rich and creamy food). I don’t need any chilli padi or kimchi to finish to dish off!

Char Siew and Siew Yoke from Restoran Golden Spring, Kota Kemuning. Never ever tasted anything like it before. The sauce with the rice that is given together with the char siew is just... awesome!

Char Siew and Siew Yoke from Restoran Golden Spring, Kota Kemuning. Never ever tasted anything like it before. The sauce with the rice that is given together with the char siew is just… awesome!

Mango Loh in front and Honey Dew Loh behind, from KTZ, SS2.  Don't  opt to choose the other Lohs because Mango Loh is much much better!"

Mango Loh in front and Honey Dew Loh behind, from KTZ, SS2. Don’t opt to choose the other Lohs because Mango Loh is much much better!”

Tamago mentai sushi from Sushi zanmai. All the other sushis are 'okay' but the egg with the sauce on top sprayed with a blowtorch is the best here.

Tamago mentai sushi from Sushi zanmai. All the other sushis are ‘okay’ but the egg with the sauce on top sprayed with a blowtorch is the best here.

Chicken Carbonara Fettucine from Chauteau de Caffeinees, Jalan Kamung Pandan. Funky tasting carbonora but gooood!

Chicken Carbonara Fettucine from Chauteau de Caffeinees, Jalan Kamung Pandan. Funky tasting carbonora but gooood!

  • Fresh gardenia bread toast along with the Fatty Crab (from Taman Megah) Chilli Crab sauce at the side
  • Bak kut teh from Kee Hiong, Klang. The soup here is THICK and NICE.
  • Dominos pizza’s classified chicken new york crust (I can finish one extra large pizza of this!)
  • Banana leaf rice from nirwana bangsar telawi
  • Super rings (love it even though i know its super unhealthy)
  • Satay, dim sum, chicken rice ball, kuay talam
  • Char kuay teow from Penang and Penang’s cendol the stall on the right! (I am sure most Malaysians will know where)
  • Mamak food: Indomee, Nasi Goreng, Tosai, Teh-o-ais limau, Roti bakar
  • Fruits: Durian, Mango, Mangosteen, SOURSOP!!

And the list goes on.

Soooo it has been 17 years and 1 month plus into being in Malaysia. I have to say Kuala Lumpur is more like my hometown rather than Seoul. All the lahs and aiyas and ffk ing (for those of you who don’t know, this is not f***ing, it is a Cantonese a term called fong fei kei which means if someone makes an appointment, and they don’t show up) is part of my routine life. Surprising I can switch on and off my slang depending on whoever I meet. So what accent do I have? Well I have lived in England too when I was young, so its neither Konglish (Korean English), Malaysian English, nor is it British English; it is a conglomeration of accents.

All those kidnapping and robbery incidents? It is happening everywhere. I am sure it been happening for a long time and it feels like crime rates are increasing just because we are now more aware of it due to social media.

I only have a few more months here and now only am I realizing how grateful I am to have lived in such a beautiful country with. Maybe I have been taking it for granted. I should start appreciating more until the day I go. Because who knows, maybe I will have an opportunity to come back here again,

Maybe I might regret not eating all that Durian I could eaten have when I could. 🙂
So Imma eat all the food I want from now on!!!

Places I visited in Sydney

10 Jan

Anyong again!

I would have to say I took more than 400 photos in Sydney while I was there! I have selected only a few to upload for everyone to see~ 🙂 Enjoy!

Walking towards the Opera House from Circular Quay.

Walking towards the Opera House from Circular Quay.

Seeing the Opera House from a different angle.

Seeing the Opera House from a different angle.

Sydney Harbour bridge. Don't you think it is magnificent?

Sydney Harbour bridge. Don’t you think it is magnificent?

At the Sydney Fish Market! Oysters were yum yum!

At the Sydney Fish Market! Oysters were yum yum!

At The Oaks, Beer Garden. The atmosphere is equivalent of a Malaysian Mamak

At The Oaks, Beer Garden. I must say the atmosphere is pretty equivalent of a Malaysian Mamak.

At The Star, where you can gamble day and night.

At The Star, where you can gamble day and night.

At Darling Harbour. This Place is so romantic at night!

At Darling Harbour. This Place is so romantic at night!

Fireworks at Darling Harbour~

Fireworks at Darling Harbour~

2012 Christmas Eve Dinner!

2012 Christmas Eve Dinner!

Christmas Pot luck Dinner with friends~ I cooked Kimchijjiggae~~

Pot luck Christmas Dinner with friends~ I cooked Kimchijjiggae (bottom right)~~

At hunter valley somewhere~

At hunter valley, about to eat after sooo much of wine tasting!

At Hunter Valley again.

At Hunter Valley again.

At Hillsong's Christmas concert!

At Hillsong’s Christmas concert!

At Clovelly Lawn Bowling.

At Clovelly Lawn Bowling.

Saw this fancy yacht near Circular Quay!

Saw this fancy yacht near Circular Quay!

At Taronga Zoo.

At Taronga Zoo.

Managed to capture these two cute fellas walking across the road!

Managed to capture these two cute fellas walking across the road!

I cooked for new years eve!! :)

I cooked for new years eve!! 🙂

Last night at Hyde Park!

Last night at Hyde Park!

It is 2013, and I am in Kuala Lumpur, and it will be my 17th year here in March! I have absorbed all the energy from my Sydney trip and ready to start a new chapter in my life. I have officially turned 25 and I am ready for something new. I know that 2013 is going to be a year full new opportunities and challenges. It will be better than 2012 and as the years go past I know it will get better 🙂

I wish everyone to have a prosperous 2013!

Happy New Year Peeps!

Anyong!

Off to another country for inspiration

20 Dec

I flew to Sydney, Australia this time instead of Melbourne to see if I could get another spark of inspiration to do something. The first place I went to was The Grounds of Alexandria and had my first cup of Sydney coffee!

My first cup of cappuccino in Sydney!

My first cup of cappuccino in Sydney!

Outside The Grounds of Alexandria.

Outside The Grounds of Alexandria.

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The way this place was designed is exquisite!  They get fresh ingredients from the garden they have outside for their cooking! And this place is huuuuge! People hold weddings in this place!

Next I went to Bondi Beach and the moment I saw that beach, my jaws dropped. Although the beaches in Malaysia have crystal clear water and white sands, there was something different about this place. I felt so relaxed here. I saw so many people surfing, skateboarding, sunbathing, just chilling here, something you can’t really probably on a day-to-day or weekly basis in Malaysia because the beaches are just too far from the city. I mean, imagine having a beach like 20-30 min away from your house. That’s like driving from 1U to subang. I wish Malaysia could have a beach close to the city!

Bondi Beach, Sydney.

Bondi Beach, Sydney.

Enjoying my time at Bondi Beach!

Enjoying my time at Bondi Beach!

It was not only the beaches that captured my attention. There were so many little cafes near the beach which were all so nice and cosy!  I wanted to go into every single shop because each and every one of them were so unique and had their own character!

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Near Bondi Beach

Okay, ooops~~gotta pause here for a bit.

Will talk more about Sydney when I can!

Until then~ anyonnnnngggg 😀