Engagement + wedding band: I did not have any specific requirements, except I wanted something in yellow gold and a solitaire. Mashayek went with Australian Diamond Brokers and revealed very little as he wanted to keep it as a surprise. I absolutely adored both rings and how beautiful it turned out. Wedding planning Planning
approach: we set
ourselves a very tight goal and we found ourselves on go-go mode the whole
time. The upside was that we did not dwell on one task for too long. We picked
a job, assigned responsibility, completed the work and moved on to the next
one. However, this also meant that many of the tasks were rushed and we did not
have time to do it as well as I would’ve liked. Vision: my own first priority was
finding photographers who would understand our culture and would be able to
follow with our style. Photography is very close to my heart and I looked into
this right from the beginning. I wanted to keep the styles different so decided
My homegirl has returned to Sydney for a visit so we planned for a dinner. Every time she visits we do first catch up over Thai or Malaysian, so we wanted to continue our usual ritual. :P We knew we wanted Thai. We came across Saute Thai restaurant in Parramatta. None of us has been on Church street for a while so we don't know when this opened up or if it was always there and we've just been blind! Anyway, we took our time to order because we are both very indecisive (you can see why we usually end up going to the same place because we'd rather talk and catch up on life rather than decide what to order :P For entrée we ordered Tom Yum soup. It was absolutely delicious, perfect acidic balance of lemon, ginger spices.
Mains: Panang curry with roast duck, Singaporean noodles and jasmine rice
Roast duck was juicy and tender. Noodles were a big portion- we had plenty of leftovers. Their service was wonderful, the waitresses walk around and fill your drinks which we thought was q…
Some of you might know about the desperate attempt I made last year for the
Strawberry Watermelon Cake (see previous post at Black Star Pastry).
Yesterday I had the
privilege of tasting this cake at a party. I got super excited as I’ve been
wanting to try this for almost a year now. I was so tempted to just skip the
mains but I patiently waited for dessert time and made sure I left space for
the cake :P
In the meantime, I went to take a close look
at the cake (could not resist, for obvious reasons) and I was amazed at how magical it looked. It was constructed
beautifully starting with a layer of almond dacquoise followed by cream, then a slice of
watermelon with cream,almond dacquoise and cream
again. Finally, it was topped with strawberries, pistachios and dried rose
It was a quite a
delicious cake but unfortunately, it did not meet the expectations I had. I
liked certain elements, such as the lightness of the cream layers, fresh
watermelon and the nutty base. The topping h…
Mum left some moong dal in the fridge, I've never cooked with it before so I wanted a recipe to use it. This was probably one of the easiest curry I have ever cooked! So simple yet so delicious :)
Recipe adapted from: http://www.steamingpot.com/pumpkin-moong-dal/
I modified the recipe as I did not have some of the mentioned ingredients.
1 TB EVOO
1 cup of boiled moong dal (1/2 cup raw)
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tsp of garlic and ginger paste Turmeric powder (sprinkled) Curry powder (sprinkled)
250g pumpkin, finely chopped, skin on
1 red capsicum, small cubes
1 tomato, small cubes Cumin powder (sprinkled) Few green or red chillies
1) Boil moong dal (refer to instructions above- easier if done beforehand)
I already had my boiled moong dal so I started from step 2
2) Add EVOO oil
3) Add onions, garlic/ ginger paste and turmeric powder once oil is hot
4) Stir for a few seconds
5) Add pumpkin, boiled lentils and chillies once onions are cooked
Last Friday was our last day back at uni, it was kinda sad but more exciting at the same time! We had made plans to celebrate afterwards at Newtown.
I've seen so many people raving about the Strawberry Watermelon cake at Black Star Pastry so that's we decided to settle for dessert.
We finished uni at 4, got a little speech from our lovely coordinator, took a year group photo and set off on the walk to Newtown. It was kind of early for dinner so we decided to have dessert first. We got to Black Star Pastry at 5:01 and were devastated to see it had already closed! We were late by a minute (they close at 5). Despite our efforts of knocking on the door, the staff inside did not open up to apologize. But while looking at the door we realised there was another pop-up store at Town Hall. We had to decide whether we would chase it or leave it, and we chose to do the former, for obvious reasons! We desperately wanted that cake!
We went to Town Hall and took a while to find a place be…
I had a reunion with some of my old uni friends. The perks of meeting up with old friends is, it feels like time hasn't moved at all when you meet them! I can't believe it's been almost two years since I saw them properly. It's crazy how quick time flies! We have been trying to meet up for sometime now, but everyone is busy with either work or study so it's really difficult to fix on a date.
We set this date back in early July and we all kept our word :D
We chose this place so we could accommodate for a friend who is vegan. This was my second time eating a full vegan meal so I was quite excited to see what vegan dumplings would be like!
The staff were very friendly and organised. We were served with water and sauce soon after we sat down. Bodhi works just like any other yum cha place, the food keeps coming around and you pick what you like. However, the downside is you can't say yes to everything so you have to turn down some.
I'm behind with the blogging again, finding it so hard to keep up with how fast the time is flying! April was a pretty good month for me, I had my birthday and graduation this month so I got spoilt with lots of presents and food!
In terms of work, I'm progressing at a moderate pace. I reckon I could be faster if I didn't have so many meetings to attend. I've joined a committee recently so there are additional meetings/events and few extra jobs to do. So I really need to make sure I'm productive with the time I have.
With my systematic review, I have finished extracting all the papers. I'm up to doing quality assessments now. We did Cochrane which I was already familiar with from last year. But there's also a new one called GRADE. From what I've heard, it's a complex tool to use so I think I'll need to allow myself some time to learn this.
The other thing I learnt this month was NVivo. I did an short online course on this software. It's useful fo…
Gosh, I honestly don’t know where the month has gone! Yes, I know you’re going to say that I say that literally every month. But I suppose time does fly quicker as you are getting older. Speaking of which, I turned 24 this month. My dad insisted on celebrating, but I think I am just getting to the age where I prefer to keep my birthday a quiet business and hide away. I got spoilt with some great presents and cake, of course! I had a lot of cake this month. I have had a few moments of hibernation this month, it does help with my internal struggle sometimes which is still ongoing, but I’m trying to deal with it in a different way (some of you would probably know about this from my previous monthly blogs).
In terms of work, I have been juggling endless things this month. The student projects have been quite time-consuming, particularly because I needed to obtain ethics approval for one of them which needed a lot of work. The good news is that we were recently approved and currently recr…