Month: May 2017

Love at first sight, Bicheno, Tasmania

We had a stopover in Bicheno, and I fell in love right away with this place. We arrived in the holiday house we booked in the afternoon. Wild rabbits jumped away to avoid my car. There was a pond and a lot of green area in front of our room, duck mother was taking a stroll with her little ducks. 🙂 Bicheno is a little town on the east coast of Tasmania, about 182km from Hobart. If you leave from Hobart, there are plenty to see on the way, Wineglass Bay, Berry Farm, Marine Farm, and so on. We didn’t go to Wineglass Bay because it requires a lot of hiking. We stopped at Coles Bay to have a quick look and enjoyed fresh seafood lunch at the Freycinet Marine Farm. Bicheno is really tiny. Its township was established in 1866. According to Wikipedia, it’s only about 151.1 km2 with population of 853. However, it has amazing wildlife, little/fairy penguins, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils and more. It also has some best diving spots in Australia. After settled in, we took the …

Damper with Feta

I only found out about damper a month ago after I have been living in Australia for over four years. Shocking! I love it! I made one yesterday for our dinner party. Everyone liked it. It was so easy to make and so delicious. So I have to create a post to share it with you guys. It’s really a great solution for a quick bread.  After it’s baked, it is crispy outside and soft on the inside. Damper is a traditional Australian soda bread that is baked on campfire by swagmen. Basically, it’s made from flour, water or milk, and butter. Personally, I think it tastes a little bit like savoury scones without so much butter and egg. In this recipe, I add feta cheese, dill and pine nuts. Unfortunately, I ran out of sun-dried tomatoes. Otherwise, I will not hesitate to put some in the bread. When I say it’s simple to make, I am not kidding. There is absolutely no need to knead the dough (oh, how much I love that! 🙂 ). Rub …

Real Neat Blog Award 02

Million thanks to Roda from Growing Self for the nomination. I am really grateful for the love and support from my fellow bloggers. I think starting this blog was one of the best decisions I made last year. I highly recommend you guys to check Roda’s blog. I love the way she writes. She makes me laugh very often. I can feel her passion and love through every single one of her post. Here is the link of her blog, Growing Self. The rules: Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog  Answer the 7 questions sent by the person who nominated you  Nominate 7 new blogs to receive the award and write them 7 new questions List the rules and display the Real Neat Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog Roda’s Questions: Paper or Plastic? Paper. If you could transform into any animal, what would it be? A dolphin. 😛 Who is your historical soul mate? hmm…don’t think I have one yet… Are you a city mouse or …

Urban Decay Naked Skin Colour Correcting Fluid|review

Hey loves, happy Friday! Today I am gonna talk about Urban Decay naked skin colour correcting fluid. I have the colour peach. I know a lot of you love Urban Decay naked skin weightless concealer. I have to say I am not. My go-to concealer is BareMinerals complete coverage serum concealer. I found the UD concealer is too heavy on my very dry skin. Urban Decay says this product has an innovative and lightweight formula. It leaves the skin illuminated and radiant. The liquid formula is light and easy to blend. Its pearlescent pigments can diffuse light on your skin. It also has vitamin C and E to nourish and protect the skin. There are six colours: green – correct spot redness, blemishes, broken blood vessels. lavender – balance sallowness and bright yellow undertone pink – for dark circles in fairer skin tones yellow – conceal purple-hued dark circles peach – correct dark spots, veins, blue-hues dark circles in deeper skin tones deep peach – for dark discoloration and sun spots for deeper or bronzier skin tones. …

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia – 3

On the last day in Hobart, we decided to see Port Arthur and a little town called Richmond. Richmond Richmond is about 25 minutes drive from Hobart CBD. No regrets to go there. It was such a little gem. When we arrived in the morning, it was still quite early. Most of the shops were not open yet. Although I was desperate for my second coffee dose, I wanted to wait to get a decent cup from a local cafe. Travel doesn’t mean we have to compromise, right? We took a walk to see this historic village full of heritage buildings and Georgian architecture. Most of the buildings are dated back early 19th century. Richmond was a military staging post and convict station linking between Hobart and Port Arthur. Left the car-park, we turned left on Bridge St. It led us to the most famous landmark of the village, Richmond Bridge. It was the oldest bridge still in use in Australia. Walking over the bridge and looking down the Coal River, there was a lot of …

Monday!I need chocolate cookies!

Hello there! I wish everyone is having a great day! 🙂 Somehow Monday is always the busiest and longest day of the week for me. If I need something to lift my mood, it will be these chocolate cookies. 🙂 Crisp, crunchy, full of dark chocolate and almonds. It goes well with tea or coffee. I don’t like milk chocolate much, but I am a super fan for dark chocolate. Studies show that dark chocolate actually helps us to deal with stress and improve our brain function. See, a good reason to have a little bit of dark chocolate everyday. However, don’t over indulge. 😉 I always have some Lindt 70% or 85% Extra dark chocolate bars in my kitchen. I used 85% one in this recipe. I love Lindt dark chocolate. (No Ads here!) The texture is extra smooth. The taste is very well-balanced. This chocolate cookie recipe is simple and easy. After you bake it, let it cool completely and store in a airtight jar. Then, you can enjoy it anytime you want. Makes 30 small …

New Favourite Red Lippy – Nars Le Palace Velvet Lip Glide | Review

Hey lovelies, Happy Friday! I have a short review for Nars Velvet Lip Glide today. Most of the days I am a typical neutral, nude lip colour type. However, I do love a red lipstick from time to time, especially in the cold season or a rainy day. A little bit of bright colour can change the mood and brighten things up. A couple of weeks ago, I got Mecca beauty loop box. Among all the little goodies in the box for me to try, I found a mini size Nars velvet lip glide. The colour is Le Palace. You can see I love it so much that I got myself a full size one already. 🙂 Nars says this product is “Covetable comfort meets confident colour in a high-pigment formula that glides like a gloss, cloaks like a lipstick—and feels like nothing else. Semi-matte colour glides on a stays supple without drying or feeling sticky. Developed with Oil Infusion Complex, an innovative concentration of precious oils, fused to create a smooth-glide effect. Fully coats lips on contact with smooth, saturated, …

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia – 2

The first night at Hobart turned out to be a disaster. I booked three nights at a B&B in the city for us. I usually like to stay in B&B because most of them have style and characters. This one was no exception. However, in my opinion, it really needs some serious maintenance. We could see cracks everywhere, on the walls and ceilings. It was impossible to close the windows properly. We couldn’t get any sleep because the pedestrian crossing walk signal alert was beeping every five minutes outside of the window. We had to move out and find a new place to stay. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to get any rest at all. (Of course, the owner refused to refund us for the two nights we have paid!). Anyway, that changed our plan on the second day. Because I didn’t get much sleep, we decided that we should just go to some places close by without too much driving. We cancelled our trip to Mt Field National Park. After breakfast, we booked another place …

Broccoli Tofu Bites

I have to say these are yummy and healthy. I made two batches last week. My husband loved it. He had some for dinner and then popped two more in his lunch box. Normally, he is not a big fan for broccoli and tofu. This recipe has three of my favourite ingredients. Broccoli is full of fiber and vitamins, and Tofu is a good source of protein, iron and calcium. Then, there is the black rice/Forbidden rice, which is packed with antioxidants and fiber. (Fiber! The more the better! 🙂 ) I reckon it’s another way to eat more vegetables and tofu. I used store-bought tea infused firm tofu. You can just use firm tofu instead if you can’t find one. They are super easy to make. If you have a food processor or a blender, it will do all the work for you. My food processor is not big enough, so I just let it chop everything for me. Then, I mixed it in a bowl with a spoon. I used a baking tray to bake …

Happy Mother’s day!

Mother’s day is just around the corner. I want to take the opportunity to wish all the mothers and mothers-to-be a very happy Mother’s day! Wish you enjoy a day full of love and happiness! xoxo I have had this idea to write a short post about my mom for a long time. This is probably the best timing to do it. She has been a great mom to me. She encourages, inspires and supports me in my whole life. I feel very blessed to have her as my mom and my best friend. Well, I am not gonna talk about how she has been a good mother to me. I want to tell you a short story about her retirement. 🙂 My mom is probably the most hard-working woman I have ever known (no exaggeration there!). She has dedicated all her time to our family and her job. At the age of 70, she finally convinced herself it was the time to retire. We had a little talk before she made the final decision. She was …