1. Pure Shore

    The last weekend was spent at Noosa Heads in the Noosa region of Sunshine Coast, Queensland. It was a leisurely 1.5 hours drive from Brisbane, with stopover at the Ginger factory as well as the famed Eumundi market. If you’re a first timer to the Noosa region (like me), then the two attractions might appeal to you but otherwise, I suggest you skip this and drive straight to the beach for a little fun in the sun.

    We put up a night at Outrigger Hotel Resort and Spa – a beautiful 2 bedroom apartment with very minimalistic design and all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. One of the best features of the hotel is the heated pool. It definitely helped especially when its winter now and you want a quick morning or evening swim. Breakfast at the hotel was decent – not as elaborated as what you get back in Asia but good enough to keep the stomach warm and satisfied. Coffee’s good too.

    Besides the main beach on Hasting Street, Sunshine Beach is probably my favourite as it is less crowded and one of the most beautiful. There are multiple ways to get to the beach but it gets really tricky as most of the entrances are located in a residential area. Meaning you have to navigate your way through to find a parking spot and look for a sign. We were lucky to find a spot where it lead us to this small part of the beach which says “leash-free beach” for dogs. Many of man’s best friends were spotted running freely playing catch with their owners or just “mingling” with their new found friends. I swear, these dogs are surfers their past lives as they love playing in the water and always barking and teasing with the incoming waves.

    From here, we took a short hike (approximately 30 mins one way)  and it lead us to Alexandria Bay beach – a nudist beach. I’ve been to one before in France many years back so I’m just curious and excited to see one here. If you’re wondering if I bare all – no, I wasn’t prepared to strip and run around naked that morning. Haha.  After spending about 30 mins, we hiked back slowly while stopping at various look-out points soaking in the spectacular horizon.

    The remaining of the day was spent, like how the Italians put it dolce far niente by the beach.  Of course, there are a lot of activities you can choose from (eg surfing, kayaking, wake boarding, paddling) but we just want to chill, take it easy and enjoy the breeze. 

    As the sun began to set, it’s time to head back home. I’m dead tired by the time I reach home but the tan and minor sunburn here and there proofed that I’ve had a good time in Noosa.   

    Till the next road trip.  

  2. Cultural Diversity

    Probably one of the most interesting festivals I’ve attended here in Brisbane. The World Refugee Week 2014 came to a close with an all day long celebration of cultural dance, musical performance and craft under the beautiful weather. And what’s a festival without all the glorious food from different regions in Africa, and from country like Iran and Jordan.

    I finally get to eat Ethiopian food again. The first time I had it was in Brooklyn, New York a couple of years back and finding a similar restaurant when I was living in Singapore was almost impossible. The cooking style and spices used in Ethiopian cuisine are very much like what we used to eat back in Asia so it was a relief to eat something very distinct in flavor and spices. Will do a separate food post. 

    Attending the festival today makes me more aware of refugee matters and what these people have to go through and it immediately hit me that we all should be so thankful for what we have - that we’re born in a stable country and we don’t have to fight to survive.  

  3. A MOET for every celebration

    Celebrating my cousin’s birthday with good food and some bubbly tonight.

    This was at The Euro - a modern European restaurant under the Urbane Group helm by executive chef - Alejandro Concino.

    Classy interior but not too formal, great food and impeccable service.

    The Euro

    181 Mary Street

    Brisbane, Australia

  4. Shadows & Silhouette

    “Of all the means of expression, photography is the only one that fixes a precise moment in time.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson 

    4pm, Edward Street, Brisbane - today. 

  5. Front & Back

    I almost forgot how much joy holding it again and the freedom I have to shoot anything I want while being discreet. 

    And most importantly, being inspired again to do black and white photography - something I’ve lost over the past 10 months. 

    You can easily spot a Leica shot. Easily. 

  6. That Day In Sydney

    …. and i will say it again and again, there is just “something” about the sky and the sea in Australia. 

  7. In Pairs 

  8. Boom Shouk-la-ka-la-ka

    First entry on food review here in Brisbane. 

    Ever since I touched down in this beautiful city back in May, I’ve visited and tried a couple of restaurants / cafes all over and have been pretty happy with it. The quality of food is great, portion is huge, and definitely worth every penny you pay. However, the food that I’ve tried somehow lack of inspiration for me to do a feature here in this blog. They are all like the usual ones I eat back in Singapore - eggs benedict, pulled pork sandwich, toast and eggs, muesli and such. So repetative, so boring. 

    I tried my luck again this morning by visiting some food blogs and was pleasantly surprise to see this cafe being reviewed by a couple of bloggers. A quick taxi ride later, I reached Paddington and found this place easily. I was greated by Guy, the co-owner of this place at the door. 

    Shouk Cafe serves middle east inspired dishes and going through the menu gives a fresh take on brunch. The food here reminded me of my favorite brunch spot back in Singapore, Artichoke. Without thinking much, I ordered the Shakshuka - a Tunisian style baked eggs with thick tomato sauce, olives, fetta cheese and sausages. Very good and satisfying especially on a cold morning. Menu here

    The cafe is rather small with limited sitting space, so do come early or be prepared to wait. Once inside, the warm hospitality of the team will make you feel at “home” - in Egypt, Jordan, Israel or whatever you fancy.

    Shouk Cafe

    14, Collingwood Street, Paddington


  9. Bali is always a good idea

    A 5 hour transit in Bali brought me here to Kuta beach for a little fun in the sun while drinking my Bintang beer. Great to escape the chilly winter in Australia and back in sunny South East Asia for a couple of days.

  10. "You Will What You Imagine"

    A quote displayed on the roof of the Art Gallery of NSW for the Biennale of Sydney 2014.

    It was at the museum that I met JK, a fellow instagrammer and pet photographer based here in Sydney. Previously, it was tumblr who set the platform for me to reach out to a lot of interesting individuals out there but as of late, instagram too has open up a lot of opportunities. 

    Although my meetup with JK was a brief one, we managed to do a lot of walking around the botanic gardens where it leads out to this look out point of the harbour bridge and the opera house (photo above). We also did a quick tour at the art gallery before walking back to Potts Point for dinner at a Thai restaurant. It was a huge relief for me to eat something “asian” after 3 days of continuous poached eggs, sandwiches, pastas and bagels. 

    My short trip to Sydney this time around has been pretty fruitful because apart from JK, I also managed to meet up with a tumblr friend whom I’ve known for more than 4 years virtually but only meeting up for the first time.

    I won’t reveal now but you will have to wait until the next post!  

  11. This Won’t KALE You

    Kale is everywhere nowadays since it is listed as one of the super foods of 2014. One of the more common ways to consume kale is to put it in the juicer, blend it and drink it straight (in shots). But, that’s too disgusting to my liking. 

    Kale chips, however, is delicious and definitely a healthier snacks in between meals.

  12. Autumn in Sydney

    Currently in Sydney for a couple of days before heading to Brisbane.

    Such beautiful city.. 

  13. The Sky & The Sea

    Enjoying my last day back home in Penang before heading to KL and then back to Singapore for a couple of days. 

    Currently on my 3rd week of holiday and one more week to go before I on my work laptop again, logged in to Microsoft Outlook with hundreds of overflowing work emails. I wish I could just select all, delete everything and start a brand new inbox. hah! 

    On a less stressful note, heading to Sydney next week for 3 days before enroute to Brisbane. Shoot me an email or “ask” if you have any good recommendations of the city. Much appreciated! 

  15. Clan-house Grandeur

    The Khoo Kongsi clan house temple was made famous after it was used as one of the filming locations for the 1999 blockbuster - Anna and The King, starring Jodie Foster and Chow Yuen Fatt. I remember visiting the set with my friends back then and was literally blown away with the huge production crews and how Hollywood transformed the quiet street / area in Penang into a buzzling 19th century Siam market. Very impressive. 

    Today, Khoo Kongsi remains one of the top attractions here in Penang with tourist flocking to visit the temple to see its grand main hall filled with intricate carvings and amazing art. I heard special artisan from China are specially flown in to restore the carvings and drawings all around the temple from time to time. The lower basement of the temple is a museum where you get to learn and see how the Khoo clan has its influence in Penang as well as the history of various parts of the temple.

    We visited the temple on a weekday and that makes it more pleasant as we have the entire place on our own - walking from one part to another, admiring the intricacy of the carvings and the opulence of the renowned clan. 

    Khoo Kongsi

    18 Cannon Square