How my love of cooking started

Cooking was never my forte. Being the fourth child in the family, I  was never interested. Washing the dishes was my main job. I only knew how to cook fried eggs, fried fish and boiled rice. Since I got married, I was very determined to learn so I can feed my family and so I spend most of my time watching cooking shows, surfing the internet for simple and healthy recipes. My mom-in-law was the one who taught me a lot about cooking. From showing me different types of herbs, cheeses, flours, pastas and a whole lot more. It was so fun!

It was not an easy journey. I shed tears and went to our room the first night I cooked for my husband’s family because it was a disaster. I could not face them. However, they gave me words of encouragement, and from then on I said to myself that I should learn from it and if others can do it I can do it as well. Now I can say I am confident in the kitchen as long as I have a recipe. Lol! I wish I can create my own dishes. It will happen.  I have learned that if you really want something, you put your heart and mind to achieve it.

One day, I would like to have a restaurant or any food-related business back in my home country. I am learning as much as I can now, attending classes and watching heaps of videos to gain more knowledge about cooking.

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Pork Katsudon

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Osso bucco with risotto milanese ( a labour-intensive dish but very delicious)

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Tuna with cannelini beans, onion and rocket

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Goat’s cheese, tomato and caramelized onion quiche

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Vanilla pannacotta

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Christmas jelly slice

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Eclairs

These are some of the dishes that I made that have become the favorite in our household.

Thank you for taking time to visit my page and may you have a blessed 2017. Xoxo

 

South Korea Part 1

For so many years, I have dreamed about travelling to South Korea. Firstly, I watch Korean dramas. Secondly, I love their culture, their history is very interesting and I have lots of Korean friends. So when the opportunity came that we could travel overseas, I suggested South Korea to my husband, to which he agreed.  And so we went via Singapore, and that will be blogged about later.

One thing I must say is that you don’t need to learn the language if you go there. I forced myself to learn some phrases  but when I started talking to Koreans in the few words that I have learned, they talked more and more and I could not understand them anymore. Lol! Most people understand basic English, especially the waiters, sellers and people who are catering tourist’s needs and wants. So don’t stress yourself about communication. You will be fine.

Because we stayed there for 10 days I will write about our experience into a few blog posts. I hope you get to enjoy the blog as  I take you to our beautiful journey in South Korea.

We stayed in a place called Lotte City Hotel Mapo. It was a lovely place as the subway, restaurants and shops were just below the hotel. Very handy indeed. Now photos time to give you a good perspective of how we enjoyed our holiday there.

Thank you! And we are glad to be here.

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Living room where the children enjoyed watching Korean cartoons even though they did not understand anything at all.

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Our home for 10 days. My husband and I loved watching football here while the children were watching cartoons in the other room.

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That is the hotel at night. Just to the left of the hotel is where we had our first dinner. We had Italian food. Lol!

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Italian food on our first night in Korea. Lol! Seafood marinara and pizza  were served to us.

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Pool is a must for our trip if we want the children to be happy as well.

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We were on board a bus in this one on our way to Gyeongbukgong palace. Very exciting!

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You are not mistaken. There were cherry blossoms everywhere as we went there in Spring.

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Tadaaaaa…the majestic Gyeongbukgong Palace. My favorite palace out of all the palaces they have. It was the main royal palace of Joseon Dynasty and was built in 1395.

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The drum that is used during change of guards.

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The king’s throne. We just settled in listening to some interpreters as we did not get one. Wink!

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Beautiful isn’t it?

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I so love this part. It seemed endless. Our boys loved running up and down this area.

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Just in front of this was a man painting this view. I would have loved to buy if I had some money. Oh well, I am sure it would have been very expensive.

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This is situated at the back of the palace

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There were fishes in the water. We were not allowed to go near that structure. So we just settled in watching the fishes.

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The guards outside the front gate. I was doing some silly poses with them but I was reprimanded. So just a friendly reminder guys. Don’t do silly poses with the guards! I apologized by the way.

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This place is called Gwanghamun square. Just right across the palace where the statues of King Sejong and Admiral Yu Sun-Shin were located.

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The statue of King Sejong ( The fourth King of Joseon Dynasty).

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The statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin ( A naval Commander who fought against Japanese navy during Joseon Dynasty and came out victorious.)

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Our couple of days exploring Seoul ended here. We caught a train back to the hotel for an afternoon rest, then we had a swim in the pool and enjoyed our sumptuous Korean food dinner. At last!

So that’s it for now. I hope you enjoyed reading the post and looking forward to the next one.

Thanks for dropping by!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Barrenjoey Lighthouse is situated near Palm Beach in New South Wales. It is quite a walk to reach the top and with a 5 year old and a 2-year old, it was very brave of us to go there. The path we had to follow was so steep that we had to take turns carrying our youngest son and that is with break around five minutes in between. Yes, it was challenging but the view when you reach the top is spectacular. It was worth all the hardships. The photos below are some of the photos I took. See for yourself.

Our car is one of the cars parked on the right side of the screen. Oh yeah, we started from there.

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Slowly, slowly walking our way to the top

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Halfway there

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We have reached the top. Yay!

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There is it. The Barrenjoey Lighhouse which was built in 1881

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This is my favorite view

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Poor trees were burnt where there was a headland fire in 2013

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There is our little darling happily exploring the place.

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So beautiful to look at

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My boys looking down to the water as some people were kayaking

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There they are. I might try to go on a kayak in the future..

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It was a very lovely experience especially it was with my boys. We would do it again one day but in the afternoon as we would like to stay until the sun sets.

Thanks for dropping by!

Nice to be back

Yay! I am back in the blogging world after years in hiatus. I have started blogging in 2011 which I really enjoyed but having two young children just occupied so much of my time and I just stopped blogging.

I have been wanting to blog again but unfortunately I have lost my domain as it was subscribed by another  blogger. Anyhow, now I am back and would be sharing anything about travels, food and everything there is to write about.

I am looking forward to gaining friends and read interesting blogs again.