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A SNAPSHOT INTO THE FUTURE?

10+ years ago, Chris and I were living in college in Australia. Remember those days? I think some of you do :) (don’t we all feel so old now?!) Anyway, living there too was another couple that got together during those days and subsequently got married, just as we did. And even more co-incidently, the guy is from Australia and the girl is from Singapore!

They were really fortunate had had twin boys a year ago, and were celebrating their 1st birthday. Their twins fascinate me because when Hunter was born, I thought he looked so similar to them! I guess it’s the similar mix of genes or something.. but I reckon they have such similar skin and hair colouring, not to mention the same pillowy white arms and legs :P It’s fun seeing them now because it’s kind of like a window as to what Hunter will look and be like when he’s older!

Us with our college friends (who are now parents of the twin boys)

TWINS!! I think they have such similar build and colouring to Hunter

Father and son making strange faces

One of my fave outfits of his

And just a quick message from Hunter….

 
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Posted by on 20 July 2011 (Wed) in Friends, Hunter, Parties, Uncategorized

 

THE QUEEN AND MANGOSTEEN

Had a big mummy meet up with a bunch of yummy mummies in SG. It was actually much calmer than expected, considering we had 3 young babies there. Actually Hunter was the loudest because for some reason, he hated the place! Between the stuffiness/heat and the dim lighting, he was all cranky and cried. THE ENTIRE TIME. It was agony! Then, the moment we stepped outside, he stopped crying and was happy again. What the….. My ears were ringing from his crying and I nearly went insane with his fussing.. so just as well he calmed down before we all went shopping, heh ;)

Anyway, we ate at a “gourmet British pub” called The Queen & Mangosteen. And so I ordered, what else? the Fish and Chips!! How can I go to a Brit pub and not order fish & chips? ;) They were excellent. Lovely meaty fish encased in a thick but well-cooked batter. I adored the dip that it came with, and the dish is enough for a light lunch.

It’s a lovely pub but needs to seriously re-think their air conditioning. The heat in there is awful in certain spots, so everyone else at the table was fine, but I had full-blast of the hot air blowing in. It would otherwise have been a lovely relaxed lunch with the girls!

(Note: some pics stolen ruthlessly from the girls :P )

Stroller brigade! Hunter’s is the poor manual kind ;)

The Queen and Mangosteen, a gourmet British pub

My Pimms & Lemonade – delish

Potato & Leek soup, “not good”, apparently

Mini burgers that looked cute, but had no cheese!

My fish & chips. Excellent

This is what Hunter looked like the entire lunch

Cam-whoring in the baby change room

Complete LMAO!!! at little N’s expression… cannot.. stopppp.. laughing……

A more normal shot of everyone ;)

“Well HELLOOO there pretty girl”

“Tee hee hee!”

“Hullo ladies. Wanna see some of this? Do ya??”

 
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Posted by on 14 July 2011 (Thu) in Friends, Hunter, Playdates, Uncategorized

 

OUR FAREWELL LUNCH

A lovely girl friend opened her home and hosted a 12-person (plus 2 babies) farewell party for Chris, Hunter and I over the weekend. I was in a bit of denial the whole time, because it feels so strange that we’re actually saying ‘goodbye’ to some dear friends that we’ve met, shopped, partied and eaten with over the past 2 years in Shanghai. Farewells are just depressing, and it feels like we have them so often!! I think I’ve had about 5 farewells in my life, every time I moved countries. Sigh.

What I loved about the party was that everyone brought some food.. and it all turned out perfect. Delicious food that was all homemade, which really impressed me :) We did Triple chocolate fudge cookies that I mixed together at home, then baked it there (so it would be super fresh). I love the smell of cookies baking in the oven, especially when they’re triple chocolate, mmmmm…..

Being at my friend’s place also meant we could kick back and relax and chat… for over 7 hours!! It was a lovely way to spend a weekend lunch and was so bittersweet. We will really miss our friends here :(

*POP*

‘Lil bear

Raw veggies. Words fail me.

Homemade cous cous, this was divine!

Homemade mushroom quiche, soooo creamy

Homemade chilli and cheese, OMG OMG OMG…

Homemade corn bread, which I went wild chowing down on

Homemade (haha, just kidding!) fruit. So colourful!

Our custom-made cupcakes bearing our initials :D

Father and son

Hunter playing with my girl friend (he loves charming the ladies!)

The triple-chocolate fudge cookies I made :)~

My freshly baked cookies!

Mmm.. moist goodness

 
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Posted by on 16 May 2011 (Mon) in Food, Friends, Parties, Uncategorized

 

BRING ON SUMMER!

My girl friend and her husband threw a BBQ party to rock in summer.. which is fast approaching in Shanghai – woohoo!! FINALLY, too, because winter has been dragging on for seemingly ages. Winter is depressing in Shanghai – cold, dreary, rainy. And now that the weather’s so lovely, we’re suddenly thinking “Oh Shanghai is sooo nice, we should keep staying here!”. Funny how the brain so easily forgets the other 10 months of the year here when it’s either freezing cold or sweltering hot ;)

We’ve actually never had a BBQ party in Shanghai before, it’s just always been a very Australian thing for us. So it was absolutely delightful to have sausages, burgers, grilled prawns, etc! The burgers were particularly terrific :)~

Me with some of the girls at the party

The nibbles table. We brought that pear tart (which I adore!)

Grilled bacon-wrapped asparagus and cheese. OMG yum…

My burger. It was awesome!!

3-month old Hunter VS 5.5-month old lil girl… they were the same size, LOL.

Lounging on the couch

I got mah cuddles!!

 
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Posted by on 4 May 2011 (Wed) in Friends, Parties, Uncategorized

 

CHOCOLATE TOUR AROUND SHANGHAI

There is a group of around 14-15 girls that are the “tai tai” women – that is, women that aren’t working and so are free during the day to hang out, do brunches, cooking classes, coffees, shopping, and generally bum around :P And I am merrily part of that group now that I’m on maternity leave, heh! We meet up every week to chill out and enjoy various spots around Shanghai.

One of our ‘dates’ was a chocoholics tour around Shanghai! There were 3 places – HoF, Napoleon, Whisk. I arrived a bit late (lesson for everyone: a mother with a baby is always either early or late, never on time!) so I missed out on the first place, HoF. Sad, as they are my #1 favourite place for chocolate in the city, but at least I’ve eaten my way around their menu, so I knew I wouldn’t miss out on anything.

The 2nd place was Napoleon, which is newly opened and all spacious and chocolate-coloured inside. The service was really attentive as the owner took the time to explain each of the items on the menu. Of course, I couldn’t resist a good ‘ol Australian meat pie, so I got one, and it was deeeelish. Nice filling, and an outstanding buttery flaky pastry. Their desserts were also pretty impressive and had a homemade touch to them. Their cheesecake in particular was very well received by all – creamy and rich, but not too strong of a cheesy flavour. One of the ladies actually thought it tasted like a white chocolate cheesecake. I’m pleased that Napoleon is so close to us, we’ll be back!

At Napoleon chocolate cafe

Luscious hot chocolate with marshmallows

Beef pie, YUM!

Chocolate cake with a berry layer

Creamy cheesecake

The 3rd spot was Whisk, which I’d heard a lot about but hadn’t gotten round to visiting yet. The interior was tidy and pretty, and the service attentive but not overly friendly. We were all rather affronted when they told us “we don’t serve water, you have to order bottled water”. I HATE places that do this. All it screams to me is “we’re too cheap and too greedy for money, so by refusing you water, we hope you will order drinks and make us more money”. For that reason alone, I wouldn’t go back to Whisk, they certainly aren’t customer centric.

I really enjoyed the Banana chocolate cake, which was spongy and moist. However, the Churros were inedible! Dried out hard little sticks of churros, looking very sad and dry on the plate. The dipping chocolate was so watery it didn’t quite stick to the churros, and we weren’t provided spoons to try and scoop it up. We didn’t want to anyway, the chocolate was NOT good quality and did not taste like heaven. Their saving grace was their 25RMB red wine, which was served in a more-than-decent portion. I was disappointed with Whisk though, as I found their desserts were in general just average, and the whole “no water, please give us more money by ordering drinks instead” policy had us disgusted.

Our red wine.. mm..

Churros – not good

Banana chocolate cake – this was just fantastic

Chocolate mud cake – this was good, but not as good as the banana choc cake

Chocoholics

More chocoholics!

 
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Posted by on 7 April 2011 (Thu) in Food, Food reviews, Friends, Uncategorized

 

HOUSE PARTY

My domestic goddess of a girl friend had a house party at her place last weekend, fitting in around 12 people! I would like to do the same, except our place with explode with that many people in there ;) Dinner was absolutely fantastic Mexican food, which I really think is right up there as my #1 favourite Western food (alongside French cuisine. Yes, both are vastly different but I love both!). I especially love the DIY kind, which was what she had.. because you’re given free reign to squash in as much meat, and dollop on as much sour cream and guacamole as you want. Ahhh…. simple pleasures.

Cuddled up on the couch. Me & belly at 32 (and a bit) weeks!

Chips with homemade guacamole…. *slurps*

Smoked salmon with homemade hummus on crackers, yum!

The boys mingling

Relaxing over a few drinks

The Mexican food station….. oohlala!

Homemade Mexican rice. This was super duper good combined with……….

Homemade chilli! Awesome comfort food, and not very spicy so I could have some.

I’m especially fond of house dinner parties now that I’m pregnant. Reason being they make my life a LOT easier/better. When we go out to a restaurant, we have to worry about stuff like: Is the food clean? and the more important, Are people smoking? because sadly, China is not like Australia or Singapore where smoking is banned indoors. Here, people light up even in the tiniest of spaces, and don’t care (probably often they don’t even realise) if there’s a pregnant woman in the room. I react badly to smoke and it makes me feel really ill, so this is my biggest annoyance about going out – and being pregnant makes it even worse.

The boys spent the night playing poker

Whilst the girls spent it gossiping ;)

My coffee in an Hermes teacup… which we found the same pattern of in the Hermes scarf book, LOL!

Very fancy looking Chinese tea

 
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Posted by on 29 November 2010 (Mon) in Friends, Parties, Uncategorized

 

BYE BYE SHAU-RU!

We bid a sad farewell to the lovely Shau-Ru over the weekend. She’s leaving our fair shores for greener pastures… how sad it is when a foodie friend leaves! We celebrated in style at Maya, with a storm of delicious Mexican dishes. The service there was absolutely top-notch, and we were more than impressed. Very attentive and friendly, they took the time to explain all their dishes and were very accommodating :)

Fellow foodies

The platters Chris and I scoffed. As you can see, didn’t make it in time
to take a pic of the chorizo dip on the bottom left :P

My luscious virgin Mango frozen cocktail

OK this is random but anyway, a pic when my gf and I met Tina (who reads my blog) in Singapore!
Thanks for sending the pic, was lovely meeting you in SG :)

 
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Posted by on 25 November 2010 (Thu) in Friends, Uncategorized