Happy Birthday Vanessa!

Dear Vanessa, You are a special child!  Someone who changes my life just by being a part of mine. Click on pics for full view and some commentary: Click on pics for full view and some commentary: Click on pics for full view and some commentary: I Am So Glad I Got You. Happy birthday … Continue reading

Massimo’s Tigella From Squisito Bar – The Crescentina Or Tigella Of Modena?

Vanessa worked in the Cupcake Family (click here to see cupcakes and macarons) in QV Centre while we were living in Melbourne. Come evenings (on those days that she worked part-time), I would take a walk from Franklin Street to Red Cape Lane and consider that as part of my exercise regime. On this particular … Continue reading

Wanna Lok Lok? – Malaysia Local Delights

When I was living in Malaysia in 2009,  Lok Lok was my favourite supper and still is whenever I visit Kuala Lumpur. There is no particular restaurant that serves Lok Lok simply because they are everywhere. The best Lok Lok you can find in Malaysia are van operated although they do have syndicated suppliers. My … Continue reading

Yum Cha Is Chinese Brunch – 點心

I read online: “Originally a Cantonese custom, dim sum is inextricably linked to the Chinese tradition of “yum cha” or drinking tea. Teahouses sprung up to accommodate weary travelers journeying along the famous Silk Road. Rural farmers, exhausted after long hours working in the fields, would also head to the local teahouse for an afternoon … Continue reading

1000 £ Bend

1000 £ Bend is one of the most unique spaces in Melbourne, comprising a bustling cafe, a massive gallery and events space and an air conditioned cinema space. Founded in 2009 following the closure of the city’s iconic St Jerome’s laneway bar, the venue – which is located in what was formerly the Peter Stevens … Continue reading

Illicit Artistic Expression

According to Wikipedia, Graffiti (singular: graffito; the plural is used as a mass noun. Also known as Graff) is writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place. Stickers and other adhesives are not considered graffiti. Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, … Continue reading

Not Just An Old Tram Stop

MART 130 Take Tram 96 on the opposite side of GPO on Bourke Street towards St. Kilda’s Beach. Tram 96 – Destination Tram Stop 130. Even though it was my 3rd trip there, I’d stupidly got off at stop 128. Instead of waiting for the next tram, I decided to walk and came across this … Continue reading

Börek Bakehouse

As promised in my previous Turkish Bakehouse post, I went back to say “Merhaba” to the chef and bought myself the Cheese & Spinach and Spicy Lamb Gözleme AUD6 each from Börek Bakehouse on Elizabeth Street. This time round, I remembered to ask the young man behind the counter to warm them up. He was … Continue reading

Kenzan@GPO is now Gekkazan

The name kenzan (剣山) literally means sword mountain but I cannot make out the meaning of Gekkazan, a name Kenzan@GPO used after renovation. I asked a Japanese friend of mine, Kei san, and he thought judging from the romanised word, Gekkazan, may be “月下山” literally translating to mountain under the moon. Kei san did some … Continue reading

Pluto with a D

Vanessa and I got bored at home after Ray left us to play football with his mates so we went to Chocolateria San Churro for coffee. As we walked along we saw some music equipment lying around waiting to be set up just at the corner junction of State Library and Queen Victoria Centre, Swanston. … Continue reading