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Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Yam Omocchi Mooncake

Discovered a new mooncake flavour from Casahana for this year's Mooncake Festival...the Yam Omocchi Mooncake. It came in dainty box which holds two mooncakes, the Yam Omocchi and Hazelnut Toffee. We like buying Casahana Mooncakes because of the creative flavours they offer. A cute bonus would be the pretty packaging they're kept in. Their boxes can be used as a storage box or a gift box.
We savoured the deliciousness of the Yam Omocchi on the eve of Mooncake Festival, paired it up with coffee and tea. The Yam Omocchi is a brilliant creation as the mooncake is made of Purple Yam (I love Purple Yam!) while the innards are made of mochi. This mooncake was filling (had to share with the Hubby) and not too sweet. 
I hope Casahana continues making this flavour every year.

Have you encountered any interesting Mooncake flavour this year?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Filled With Love, Gratitude & Strength

I just had an amazing long weekend with three of my closest friends at a healthy resort up north. This getaway took awhile to happen. For years, we've always dreamed of having some time off together, just us girls. 

When we finally decided to do it, the planning was easy, flights and accommodation were booked in just two days and we were all set. 

For three days, we found refuge in a healthy spa in Byron Bay where we ate healthy food and enjoyed activities that stretched our muscles and soothe our bodies. The big bonus was being with friends whom I never tire of talking and listening to; women who inspire me with their wit and warmth.

A special thank you goes out to our families for letting us do this. For taking care of the home while we are away. It's never easy going away especially on weekends but our family supported us. 

I'm filled with so much love, gratitude and strength from the healthy journey I had with dear friends. The weekend reminded me to take care of myself more and to always surround myself with positivity. It was an experience of finding my core once again. I'm very grateful. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Stra Heajanggug (Strathfield, NSW)

Stra Heajanggug is one of those Korean restaurants that we like to frequent. It's just a few minutes walk from Strathfield train station so it's very convenient whenever we are in Koreatown. They consider themselves a traditional Korean restaurant as they offer dishes that remind you of home-cooked meals in Korea.
We've dined here a few times and here are some of the dishes we've tried:

Steamed Jokbal or steamed pig's feet. Lightly seasoned with salt, pepper and spices, topped with salad. Jokbal is one of Korea's famous appetizers, street food and accompaniment to alcoholic drinks such as Soju. The pig's feet were sliced thinly and very tender. We've only had this once in order to experience the taste of Jokbal and wouldn't mind eating it once in a while.
Kimchi, Tofu & Pork Soup. Not for the faint-hearted. Very spicy; the kind of hot I like. The kind of hot that's comforting during cold nights.
Beef Ribs Soup. The beef was so tender that it almost fell off the bone! The soup had a balanced flavour of sweet and salty. This is my favourite Beef Ribs Soup to date. Some nights, we only come back just to have a bowl of this. 

Stra Heajanggug feels like home to us. From the simple but cozy ambience of the restaurant, the Korean Dramas they play on TV, the promptness of the staff and of course, the delicious food they serve.

Stra Heajanggug
Shop 28/45-47, The Boulevard 
Strathfield NSW 2135
Phone: 02 9746 7500

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Lion King (The Musical)

This is one musical that I truly enjoyed. The movie "Lion King" was a great movie with songs that made us fall in love, laugh and cry. The musical production gave us that and more. To see the characters come to life and perform in colourful costumes were a sight to behold. At the end of the show, I loved the musical more than the film.
I'm most amazed with the actors because other than act, sing and dance, they also had to control the puppet above their heads. The task wasn't easy but their movements were graceful, as if they were one with their respective puppets. 

My favourite productions were: "Circle of Life" (start of the show), "I Just Can't Wait to be King", "Hakuna Matata" and "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?"

A few photos to remember:

A peak at the orchestra which was located below the stage.
The Husband and I outside Capitol Theatre.
Rafiki in wax, located at the ground floor lobby of Capitol Theatre.
The Lion King will run until 31 August 2014. You can buy tickets via Ticketmaster. If you have time this weekend, check out the website for tickets and see it before it ends.