Foodie mouth| LT. NIC CAFE in MEL

Hey there,

 

It has been a very relax day after all the hard works completed.

Today I am going to share a very nice and yummy cafe in Melbourne where is also runned by my uncle.

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Melbourne Solo trip #Yes finally I am talking about traveling.

Hi there,

Sorry for the disturbing about talking too much serious nursing things in the past few weeks. Travel mode Jess is back for 2 hours from now. LOL

SO I finished my assignments earlier than I imagined that allows me to have a day off for a little explosion in Melbourne while all my friends are suffering from the homework.

The weather in Melbourne is more groomy and cloudy than Sydney, it’s said here is 4 seasons in a day which I can not agree more.

 

I felt its spring this morning.

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Getaway| Trip planning in Nantou, Taiwan. #Monster village #Sun moon lake #Lotus Forest

We actually visited all those places in different times, but if you only have limited time in Taiwan, then I suggest you can go all those places in one go.

Let’s see the map first! Imagining Taiwan is a kind of potato and sitting in the middle of East-Asia. Nantou then is the heart of the potato, the only city isn’t next to the ocean in Taiwan.

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Foodie mouth| Asakusa street food adventure 

We purposely starving ourselves for lunch in Sensoji Shrine as PPL had a bucket list for the yummy food.

If you like a snack food, this will be a heaven for you. LOL. So here we go!

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Travel|D1 Hello Tokyo

Never over planned for your solo trip because you will never know what to expect during your journey.
This was the first time that we plan to meet each other in our destination, Tokyo, Japan. We purposely chose the flight that will land to Tokyo on the similar time, so we could just start our adventure sooner.

However, James just got told that his flight was cancelled few hours before check in!!!!!!!
What an unexpected surprise!
So literally it will be my solo trip for the first day.

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I was waiting for my flight with heavy panda eyes. Looks like we will have nice weather in Tokyo.

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A place called happiness, Disney sea, Tokyo

Disney Sea is definitely a place called happiness for me. There is a magical spell cast in the whole land. I could just feel happy when I saw the mickey mouse on the shuttle bus to the main land.

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Travel| JJ Japan GO! Pre-trip planning

Yes! Japan! We are finally going.

It seems like everyone has been to JP except us. LOL The more we both have seen , the more excitement we have.

So, please allow organising freak, Jess to share her crazy pre-trip plan.

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Bucket list of road trip in Aus

Here are some places that I wanna visit when I live in Aus one day.

 

 

 

The Daintree Rainforest,Cairns, Queensland,

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Cairns Great Barrier Reef

See Turtles on the Great Barrier Reef

Uluru

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Tasmania 

http://www.aurora-service.net/aurora-forecast/

Aurora Australis Tasmania:https://www.facebook.com/groups/auroraaustralis/

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What to do in the Central Coast, NSW – part 3

Final coverage post for our trip in May to Central Coast – part 3!
Don’t forget to try the fish and chips in Nelson Bay, nothing quite like a seafood box from a sea town.


Also had a lovely pear desserts (did you know desserts spelled backwards is stressed?) cooked and prepared by Jess.
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Upon leaving our cottage on the last day we wrote in the guestbook to leave our mark and romance!
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Mandatory selfie before leaving.
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Other things we managed to slip into our trip were visiting the local national park in the area – a must do. We managed to find a waterfall at this one too.


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Jess getting excited to use her bubble gun.
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She’s got it out!
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Gan Gan hill look out!
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Back at home and repairing out skin with Jess’ recommendation for skin repair!
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Hope you enjoyed it and have an idea of what to do, I know we certainly did!

Nelson Bay (a trip back to the past)

Following my previous post on Nelson bay, I had mentioned that it wasn’t our first time there. It was back in 2011 when we had first met each other (this is a whole other story) and will just briefly cover what we got up to that time around compared to our most recent trip 5 years on!
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We stayed at Samurai Beach Resort which has sadly closed down since then. It was a beautiful place although I do remember it wasn’t as easy to find the rooms in the dark because of the lack of lights!


Here is Jess checking some of the local attractions and finding out information on where we should go!

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Not sure what I was doing here but the room was beautiful and came with our own bathroom also unlike some places which may have a shared bathroom.
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Sand dunes and boarding seemed like the thing to do when you’re up in Nelson Bay!


The difference with this trip is that we got to meet the camels! (although we didn’t ride them).


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What else can you do at Nelson Bay if you’re only there for a night?


What can you possibly be looking for Jess?
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Ah hah! No trip is complete without a good Baskin & Robins ice cream!
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Another view of Jess at the bottom of the dunes, so cool!
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We also had a Domino’s pizza on the way back which was so delicious and ever stuck in our memories that Jess was so full she slept on the way back to Sydney!


A great escape for any couple, both short and long! We willy likely visit again one day!
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What to do in the Central Coast, NSW – part 2

Next up, we packed our bags and headed to Peats Ridge about 30-45 minutes from Nelson Bay Sydney bound direction.
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We rented a beautiful secluded little cottage in a farming area.


The best thing was, there were horses and even farm animals just right next to us!
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It’s worthwhile going to Coles or Woolies before you embark on the journey as Peats Ridge is quite in the middle of no where!
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Preparation for our meals.


We cooked burgers together! Its actually very satisfying cooking by yourself.
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No animals were harmed in the making and cooking of our meals above and future displayed ones 🙂


Another great thing to do is abseiling!


They had some really good instructors and overall very well worth the experience!


After that we cooked another delicious dinner served by none other than the Masterchef Jess!


Always be prepared with a nice wine to supplement your dinner.
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Will finish off with part 3 shortly!
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What to do in the Central Coast, NSW – part 1

In May of this year, Jess visited Sydney again and we decided we’d have a trip to the central coast of NSW. It was our first “wild” adventure where we would stay away from suburbia and have a little time away from the busy-ness of Sydney. Where did we decide to go? Central Coast of course!

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We first went to Nelson Bay to catch some sunshine and a bit of the ocean and stayed at a house hosted in Nelson Bay. It was a nice cosy place right next to the beach!


Highly recommended the host Trisha as she was very helpful and friendly, here is Jess taking a mandatory selfie of herself 🙂

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Now us together after a good night’s sleep.
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Next up we went to the sand dunes via the tour buses for some sand boarding!  They have various levels of difficulty (which was pretty much different sand dune starting heights). I felt it was quite slow on the non-steep ones and wasn’t really worth the effort walking up unless you went to the steep ones!

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Keep your hands out to balance on your way down!

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Next up, we took the bus back to Nelson Bay then went for a boat trip for dolphin watching!

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Don’t forget your sunscreen!

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They also had a boom net which I managed to convince Jess to go on. Surprisingly there were no dolphins that came to that side because of the sun being on the other! Shame.

All suited up to go now 🙂
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Funny thing was, once Jess got off the boat and into the boom net everyone started wanting to go in! I took the role of photographer!

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Best thing was, we actually did see dolphins and a beautiful view this time (one of our first trips out of Sydney was to Nelson Bay but unfortunately no dolphins that time).

 

When you have a daytrip in Jinshan,Taiwan without a car.金山

I believe the most comfortable and easiest way to travel around is going anywhere by a car, rather then carrying luggage during the trip.

However, I don’t have a car. Here are some tips for people who intend to make your trip with less troubles in transportation.

Today’s destination is……Jinshan where located in the up north in Taiwan.

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A list of things to do in Sydney part 2

Continuing from my old post found here

4) Gould’s Book Arcade
Now this is a really cool second hand book store that has literally hundreds of shelves and shelves of second hand books. If you’re interested in grabbing a bargain, finding something interesting to read or just to browse around something different. Pop down to Newtown and check these guys out.

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I almost always end up buying something, Jess probably would too but she doesn’t have much space in Taiwan so we often have to leave it here in Sydney until she comes next year!

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5) Pho An in Bankstown
Given I’m Vietnamese, we’re bound to have Pho some time, although we haven’t had a bowl together recently! For those who aren’t familiar with it, it’s the most popular Vietnamese dish worldwide and probably the first thing that would come to mind when thinking about Vietnam.

Unfortunately we didn’t take a photo of the actual dish itself but the expression on our faces should be able to tell you the review! Extremely fast service and large servings, price is a little higher than what’d you expect if you were from Cabramatta but overall a good place to try!

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6) Christmas lights hunting
This is a tradition in Australia particularly in Sydney during Early December to Mid January each year. This probably doesn’t happen as much as it did before simply because of rising electricity prices but still, it is quite popular and people do get into the spirit!


The thing to do is to check this website for the latest locations and participants each year!


Probably the most famous place is in Ryde, there’s a street there which is full of houses who light up the entire street. Best to get a comfortable car and ready to get some late night food!

TLC Taipei Picnic Day

 

I had an enjoyable afternoon with friends for my first picnic experience with TLC in 2016.
Here are some tips for someone who hasn’t had picnic yet.

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The first step for the date is to check up with your guest list.

Provide a related link and map for your guest.

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Hot air balloon exp

 

 

Hot air balloon! sounds so exciting by its name right? I am probably the only one person who brought a swimsuit for the first hot air balloon experience. You may ask me why I brought that. It’s because James told me we were going to the beach at 5 a.m. LOL I know I know, it sounds ridiculous, but en, I believed him.I realised that I was actually flying in the air at very last second. It was another surprise for me.

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Getaway| 礁溪Jiaoxi 四圍城堡Lanyoung Railway

We visited Yilan, Taiwan last week and had lots of fun and have built new memories together.

Jiaoxi (礁溪) is one of a suburb in Yilan.

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fb4e8-easter_icons-20-128About the transportation

As we didn’t have a car, we went everywhere with the public transport.

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we trained to Jiaoxi station

The other thing that I like about this city is that busses normally come on time, there’s really small chances of missing your bus.

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Please be aware that most of the busses don’t run on the weekend.

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Lanyoung Railway 四圍城堡

Take R1 from 礁溪 train station.

Address:No. 72, Sec 7, Jiao Xi Rd., Yi Lan Xian 262

FB: https://www.facebook.com/lanyangrailway

 

This place has exhibited Shaun the sheep at the moment where it used to be Harry Potter theme.

It’s a restaurant and some little shops surrounding.

 

 

fb4e8-easter_icons-20-128About the food

Yilan is famous for suck, scallions, pork stick and so on. (Also check “must eat in Longdong night market)

We had a special version of duck pizza and pearl milk tea pudding for lunch.

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It taste quite nice as your rarely can tell it’s a duck. The sauce is perfectly match cheese and vegetables. The 9there thing we like about it is the bread is thin one resulting in easier bites for us.

Pearl milk tea pudding
We ordered this is because James is a big fan of pearl milk tea, however this taste funny. It’s not a pudding. The texture is more like mousse with lots of pearl on the top. The only thing I like about this is the Shaun sheep chocolate. Lol

So just avoid this dessert then you will be fine.
We enjoyed the scene there a lot. Every corner is dedicated. I reckon here is a right place for kids or someone like me who love cute things.

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