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June 17, 2018

Outdoors kind of Saturday.

Thank goodness for good weather! Although it wasn’t sunny, the cloudy day was just right for a casual outdoor Saturday at The Forks and a downtown Jazz Festival.

My English language partners and I set aside this day to hang out at The Forks. It was only my second time at The Forks and this was my first summer here. The last time I was here it was still winter. Summer has a really different vibe here. The place was very crowded when I arrived at 2pm. There was an orchestra playing out at the tent which was lovely.

Kaho, Nauen and myself went around the mall, just looking around at the stores and things that they sell there. Besides the “food-court-like” stalls, there were also some retail shops selling locally made goods which I gave me some ideas for souveniers in the future.

Of course, there was also the regular international shop that sells all kinds of souvenirs and international items. In one particular shop I found a cute little keychain with my name on it!

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Kaho was craving for waffles so when she saw The Original Pancake house there, she suggested we have dessert for our late lunch.

Certainly would not recommend this place, not because of the service, but the amount of cream and nutella they put on their food just seems excessive.

I ordered the pancake with Banana and Nutella, but they’ve put too much Nutella that it ruined the wonderfully made Banana pancake. Both Nauen and Kaho ordered waffles but they also agreed that the cream was too much. I also did not like the coffee at all! It was terrible πŸ˜“

It was about 4:30pm that we noticed the crowd was dwindling down. I suggested to the girls that we stop by at the Jazz Festival downtown just to see what it’s like. Thankfully, they both didn’t mind the Jazz music and was game for it.

We didn’t spend a long time there since Nauen had to leave around 5pm when her host family invited her for dinner. So we all ended the day then.

We’ve still got about 5 hours to complete for the language program to get out certificate and references but I do hope they won’t give up on me. They’ve been such a pleasant company and I really hope I have helped them with their English learning to some extent. πŸ˜…

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May 7, 2018

When you can hang out with people you live with. #awesomeflatmates #sundaynightchronicles

With Yuri, Erico and Fernanda at The Toad in the Hole pub just walking distance from our apartment. Spontaneous Sunday evening outing with my cool and awesome flatmates. I feel really blessed that I get to live with people that I actually like and enjoy having conversations with like this bunch.

Highlight of the night was when Yuri asked me,

“do you have friends in school/university?”Β 

I thought she was about to say that she might know one of my friends, but given the many times I tend to misunderstand her, I asked her what she meant by that, and she said that she hardly see me going out and I am always at home. Which was why she asked if I had friends in university that I actually hang out with and go out with. It was just hilarious. I know, writing it out now, doesn’t make sense why that sentence would sound so funny, but if you know Yuri and the way she talks, you’d understand why.

Of course, I had to explain that I indeed had “friends” in university, but I am a homebody and would rather spend most of my time at home than out at bars or drinking in pubs. Occasionally, like tonight, I wouldn’t mind giving some time to spend with friends and especially people I hardly get to spend time with since everyone gets so busy with work.

Erico didn’t like the warm beers that they served at the Toad, so we moved on to the Cornerstone after just one drink. Glad to have the chance to try out a new place and their food. Since I hadn’t had a proper dinner, I took the opportunity to try their Lamb Shank for $18.00. It came with spinach, risotto and mushroom and it was not too bad at all. Wouldn’t mind having it again in the future. Actually, I spent about $42 dollars in one night and I would do it again if it was with this bunch. Time spent with them is worth the money! Erico and Fer had some meatballs while Yuri ordered some good old honey garlic chickin’ wings. >.<

Surprisingly, one of the topics we talked about was having religion and a belief in God! Yuri is an atheist so she explained why she didn’t believe that God exists. Fer did most of the explaining, and said how God exists but He gave us the freewill to make our own decisions although He does have a plan for our life. I guess we did share the same values even though she’s Catholic.

It is never a dull moment with this bunch. We can talk about anything and everything and the conversation can just keep going. I like the fact that we are all in our 30s and so kind of have a common thing so we are not a bunch of millennials that just want to party all night. By the time it was 12:30am, we were all either too sleepy or too tired to continue on and all agreed to retreat and call it a night.

This is by far one of the most memorable flatmates I have lived with. I can’t thank God enough for sending them in my path…

April 28, 2018

Perks of living with flatmates that loves to bake πŸ˜

Having some pão de queijo, thanks to my Brazilian flatmates. Freshly baked cheese bread anyone? 😁

Feeling really blessed; my heart and stomach is full! It’s such a nice surprise when food comes knocking at your door. (literally my housemates when they gave me this bowl of goodness!)

Happy Friday people!

September 28, 2017

Aspire2International Spring Graduation 2017

Where do I begin talking about this day that I have been anticipating for the two years I have been in New Zealand?

Well, perhaps just two days before the actual graduation day. I started thinking about what I would wear under the robe, shoes, any accessories, how I should do my hair, etc etc. It was obvious I was excited about the event. I learned something new about NZ too, that we actually need prescriptions to get contact lenses! NZ is so weird sometimes, I mean in Malaysia I can get contact lenses anywhere and as long as you have a pair of glasses you can get them. But nope, not in NZ apparently.

My mother was pestering me months before that she wanted to come visit me in Auckland and attend my graduation. I didn’t really want her to come firstly because flight tickets were very costly, secondly, it wasn’t my first graduation. So naturally I had to decline and tell her it’s not going to be a grand thing anyway. And I was right about it.

I was very critical of the whole event really. I couldn’t help it since I attended the previous graduation ceremonies and knew what to expect and what not to. What I didn’t expect was that the guests and attendees of the event didn’t even get offered at least drinks or any food! Urgh.. I mean how much cost cutting can you get? And the robe, oh gawd, it was like the moment you get out of the theater, you had to return the robe and there was no one to warn you that you couldn’t take pictures of your robe after you get out of the hall! They were in such a hurry to get you to return the robe on the day itself. (eyes roll profusely!)

I didn’t expect my classmates to attend the graduation except for Jason, my one time Colombian classmate for F9 paper. As it turns out, there were quite a few of them that showed up surprisingly. L-R : Jason, Ashok, Arun, Nisan, and beside me was Jaspreet.

These were the most pictures I managed to get with them. Most of them left their separate ways almost immediately after the ceremony so there weren’t much photos to take afterwards. I also didn’t manage to take any photos with my tutors as they weren’t even there. Sigh.

 

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Overall, I wasn’t impressed with the event, felt that $75 bucks was a bit over the top for the muffin and USB that they gave as a graduation gift. It was not worth it at all.

I thought I could compensate that less than average graduation ceremony experience with good food I was expecting to enjoy at Federal Delicatessen where my Colombian friends and I would go after the ceremony to eat our supposedly “early dinner” or “late lunch” because there was no food at the ceremony (eyes roll here again).

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L-R: Monica, Ana, Jason, myself, Paula and Saj.

Oh to my surprise, I was very unimpressed with the serving, the service and the taste of the food they claim to be the best. Urgh. More sulking to come. I ordered their NY Strip Steak, although the steak was alright, but the serving was just too small. And their menu dared say “Best Shared”???? Scoff!!!

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I have to talk about the Montreal Poutine. I was reading Lucy Knisley’s Delish comic and that’s where I recently read about Poutine and what it was. I knew that when I saw Poutine in their menu, I just had to try it. Then, OMG, it was just fries, which were not fresh by the way, and less than average, topped with gravy and some cheese cubes! What blasphemy!!! I cannot believe I fell for this false advertising in Zomato.

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I also read in Zomato that their cheesecake was a must try. See, I am very particular about desserts, having tried so many wonderful and glorious dessert in the Philippines, I knew I would not find anywhere else that could make desserts as well as Filipinos do, but I wanted to be proven wrong. This was not that time. It was just so-so and definitely forgettable.

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It was turning out to be a bad day for me after all. Not so great event, not so great food, what else could go wrong? Well, bad people apparently. People who asks for crazy amount of money to fix a mistake that was not done by me. Not gonna dwell on this but let’s just say it involved me having to urgently borrow money and I hate it when that happens.

What makes the day worse, was that I blew a job opportunity because I missed a call from a recruitment agent. Even though I called back almost immediately after missing the call, the job was already gone by the time I was able to call back at the end of the ceremony. Urgh. Not a good day at all.

So after getting home from the ceremony, I decided to drown my sorrows in take out Chilli Pan Mee from Paparich and a small tub of Ben and Jerry’s chocolate fudge ice cream that is worth 270 calories. (wails)

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Oh well, congratulations to me.

 

March 19, 2017

Craving for the King of Fruits.

After church service today, had lunch with my ladyboss and Saj at a Filipino Cafe called Turo Turo down at K’Road. I must say, they took their time in preparing the food, and ladyboss was actually kinda disappointed with her dish which was the Sinigang Baboy that wasn’t even sour at all.

Anyway, after lunch, Saj and I headed to the famous Lim Chour supermarket to get some stuff that you wouldn’t otherwise find in the regular supermarket like Countdown or New World. And I got me some DURIAN!!!

They were both Thai durians but I think I liked the second one better than the first. The first one was “Seedless”!! Awesome how today’s packaging really makes it so much easier to consume the Durian. And I can have it all year round too! (I think) However, the seedless one sort of smelled a bit strange for me, I reckon it was because it wasn’t vacuum sealed and the fruit was packed with clingwrap.

It was kind of costly too, the first package costing $19.99 while the  vacuumed one was about $16.00

I guess getting this once in a blue moon wouldn’t hurt 😜

March 12, 2017

UberEats newbie.

Uber Eats is finally in Auckland. Yay!

And what a day to try it out than on a rainy lazy Sunday. 😏



I was very curious to try UberEats because I had an idea of what the services would be like. I thought that I could choose whatever I wanted to eat and then get someone to buy the food and deliver it to me. 

I was wrong of course. It was very much like Menulog, where you can only order from stores that are listed in the app. So KFC and McDonalds is not on the list obviously.

I ordered from this Tuck and Bao shop that serves Malaysian, Thai and Filipino fusion food. Had a Bene Bun and Nasi Goreng. The Bene Bun was good as it had spinach, tomato and salmon on it. The nasi goreng was sort of sweet rather than salty.


Delivery fee was $5.99 but in Menulog, some delivery fee wS $8.00 so I guess it depends on where you order from that the delivery fee changes? Perhaps. Will need to try out other stores in UberEats to find out πŸ˜‰

August 13, 2016

End of midterms celebration. #classmates

Midterms are over!!! And yea I know, its not like the FINALS are over but hey, we can celebrate in the little things right?

Because I promised my Korean classmate Hyeji, that I would go out and have a drink with her after exams, we ended up here at Bannsang Korean Cafe down at High Street. Arun and Nissan also tagged along for lunch and some drinks just to hang out and chill after a stressful week of studying and exams.

I ordered what I know best, which was the Bibimbop cos I know they serve eggs with it. I never say no to eggs. But then Hyeji let us try her dish which was called the Yuk gae jaang. It was a beef broth that also had eggs in it, it was so yummy. I have to go back there next time and order that instead.

Of course, the main reason why Hyeji wanted us to come to this place was so that we could taste Korean Soju. I think it was some type of Soju but it was a flavored Soju, Blueberry that is. It was kind of like Vodka for me. But hey, at 13.5% alcohol, yupp thats something alright. Hyeji really wanted to see me drunk but it wasn’t the time of the day to do so though.

I liked our little bunch of different nationalities: Korean, Malaysian, Indian and Sri Lankan. It’s how I would imagine a world should be. Not just all the Chinese hanging around themselves, or a bunch of Indians with themselves. I always find myself hanging around people who are from a different culture than I am. We talked about everything, from food, to classmates who are annoying, to movies, and pets, and even talked about how Hyeji should get a boyfriend and I should get married. *rolls eyes*

Anyway, we had two bottles of about 345ml of that Soju shared among four of us which was not a lot of alcohol yet. So Hyeji suggested we continue the little party down at a bar called Occidental. It was my first time here, but she has definitely been here a couple of times, especially for the mussels. She also suggested we try the Cherry Beer. I told her to just get me whatever is sweet.

Of course, how could we drink without having some snacks to go with all that booze? So we had a side dish of wedges with sour cream and continued our chit chat for about an hour or so after which we all agreed it was time to head home around 3:15pm.

This was really our first time eating out together and it was good that we get to do it once in a while because we see each other week after week in classes but we never really get to hang out outside of “serious” class mode.

Thanks for the lovely session guys, you guys rock!

May 3, 2016

Yoplait Vigueur. #packaging #deception

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Chocolate mud cake. Tsk. This is what happens when pictures deceives our eyes and speaks louder than the words written on them.

I should’ve known. What else would you expect from a yoghurt packaging right? The pictures showing an actual sponge moist chocolate cake got to me I tell ya! Urghhh.. spent freakin $6.49 on that 6 pack tub.

Don’t be deceived people. These marketing strategies are out to get you, you chocolate cake fanatics! Beware I say, bewaaaaaare!!!

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April 18, 2016

Shared Lunch Party.

It’s the time of the season again, we are required to bring a plate to the office to share and of course show off our cooking skills.

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Thanks to my sister’s recommendation, I decided to bring something ethnic and exotic to share with everyone. I made Hinava! It’s a Kadazan delicacy made of raw fish. It’s basically a raw fish salad. I used tuna and soaked them in lime juice overnight so that it’s marinated well.

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Look at all the food on the table! Everyone brought so much food it was just food coma going on with my body after the whole event.

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There’s Vietnamese spring rolls, fish curry, chicken curry, lamb curry, biryani rice, coconut rice and lots of dessert. I especially enjoyed Salu’s Samoan dish, with the coconut bun soaked in Coconut milk.. mmmmm absolutely simple yet delish!

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And then there’s those who forgot it was the shared lunch day and just went ahead and brought take out from nearby foodcourt but its ok, enjoyed those food too 😊

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April 17, 2016

Catching up with Noelin and the little ones.

Finally managed to catch up with this sweet lady again after so long. The last time we got together was during Christmas eve last year! And how months flew by! Although it was a rainy day, it was nice that she still made the effort to come out to hang out and see me even if it was for a short while, and even if she had to drag her niece and nephew with her. I appreciated it very much.

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Noelin initially wanted to take me nearby at Ponsonby area, but there were no parking to be found, and finally she decided to just head on to Mission Bay which was the idea in the beginning anyway. Went to this Cafe called De Fontein which is a Belgian Beer Cafe, but not to worry, it was child friendly, although they do serve alcohol and hard liquor, I was even tempted to drink wine at broad day light but seemed like Noelin was not up for it, and especially since she had to drive anyway. So woopsie.. next time for me then :-p

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Noelin suggested I go for the fish and chips since it was a really big serving, and I didn’t really felt like rummaging through the menu and figuring out what I wanted to eat since I was already really hungry at 1:15pm so I agreed to go with the same dish.

The place was packed when we got there, had to wait and sit at a temporary table which had the kids sitting on a really high tall chair, and it was not comfortable at all. Good thing we were able to move to another table before the food arrived.

We just talked about random things like work, whether or not we wanted kids (duh, common topic among 30+ singles), and movies what not. With kids around, our conversations were pretty limited to R-12 if you know what I mean.

Noelin insisted to pay for the meal, so I told her I have to pay for dessert. So we moved to KiwiYo which was just a few blocks down the road, and took the kids there for some “healthy” dessert. I mean, I was ready for lots of unhealthy thing, but I guess Noelin was very considerate and caring of Maya and Lucas and wanted to make sure they didn’t get too much sugar in them. Good on her!

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It was a nice and simpleΒ catching up moment, we were done right after the dessert and she dropped me home since the kids also needed to get home soon. I was glad we were able to do this. Especially since Noelin was the one who initiated the meet up, so sweet of her to still think of me πŸ™‚