Thursday, September 15, 2016

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand travel diary - The Church of Good Shepherd

A few years ago, me and hubby went to the South Islands in New Zealand for a week or so after attending a friend's wedding. It was a really relaxing road trip to travel along cities of Queenstown, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch and Akaroa. During this trip, we remembered this particular place at Lake Tekapo where the Church of Good Shepherd was. It was such a beautiful place where we almost felt like we were in another realm, or even somewhere that doesn't belong to Earth. So today I wanted to share this amazing place with all of you, and hope more people will visit this heavenly spot in the future ^^

Here's a view of the glaciers when we first arrived, and we almost couldn't believe the surreal turquoise colour of the lake at first glance.

Oh here's me enjoying that amazing view and soaking up in the gentle sunlight. Just look at the colour of the water!!

So why is the water at Lake Tekapo in this colour??

"The majority of water flowing into the headwaters of Lake Tekapo comes from large river systems that extend right back into the valleys of the Southern Alps. Feeding these rivers are large glaciers. Glaciers are slow moving rivers of ice.
Glaciers start as fallen snow high on the mountain plateaus of the Alps. As more and more snow falls, the weight of the new snow compresses the older layers until it becomes a thick, heavy layer of ice.
Gravity draws the ice from where it formed and down the slopes of the mountains.
Just like water, the ice collects in valleys and pushes its way down the valley, ripping loose rock from the valley walls and trapping it in the moving ice.
Any rock trapped against the sides of the ice flow is ground, with huge force, along the solid rock of the valley floor and walls. Such is the force, the grinding action of rock against rock results in a powder as fine as flour. It is often referred to as glacial flour.
The fine flour is carried with the ice down the valley until the warmth of the lower altitude reduces the ice to water.
In the case of Lake Tekapo, the glacial flour continues its journey in the river waters of the Godley, Cass and Macaulay rivers until it flows into the lake where the majority remains suspended within the water. This results in the turquoise colour."

Extract from

To be honest, we almost thought the colour was artificial at first!! I guess we just couldn't believe there was such a beautiful place existed on Earth, it was seriously more like a dream to me.

We went there around November so it was still Spring, and we were lucky to see the lavender field.

There it was, the Church of Good Shepherd standing at the distance. I think we snapped quite a few photos around this spot, as it was just so easy to get a postcard-like photo and the scenery looked perfect from every angle.

The Church of Good Shepherd is open from 9 am to 5 pm from October to April, and 10 am to 4 pm from May to September. Apparently you can also have your wedding here (, could even consider a proposal around here too since the atmosphere is so romantic.

The Church of Good Shepherd looked amazing no matter what time of the day, but I think our favourite time was probably around sunset. When the golden light washes over the lavender field and the Church itself, it created a magical mood.

Another must-do activity at the Church of Good Shepherd is definitely stargazing! Did you know this area is considered as one of the best stargazing spot in the Southern Hemisphere? Or even on Earth? Since 1980s, lighting control has started to minimize light pollution and thus maintained this clear night sky.

Here's a photo we took at about 1 am at the Church of Good Shepherd, and it was absolutely worth the wait. You will be stunned by the amount of stars you can see from this area, and I guarantee that you will be strongly mesmerized by this sight.

This trip has really made us fell in love with New Zealand. It was so pure, so natural and the air we breath has never been so fresh. I do highly recommend people to visit the South Islands in New Zealand at least once in a lifetime, where you can totally immerse yourself in nature. And if you do, hope you will stop over at this beautiful spot called Lake Tekapo, where it will remain in your memory forever.


Address: Lake Tekapo 7999, New Zealand

Friday, September 9, 2016

Preparation for a journal

Hi guys^^ Today I'm just writing a post about my preparation items to start a journal. Feel free to use this as a reference/guide for your own, but of course there are way more items/tools out there which can be used as well.

The first item I have prepared is a journal itself, it's a very simple one with green leaf patterns and comes in about 160 (128 blank) pages. I've purposely used a relatively smaller size at 132 x 183 mm, as I'm not planning to fit too much into each page. I hope to use this as a future baby journal, so each page shall be enough to document an important moment/day.

I have also prepared 2 patterned scissors, incase I need to cut pictures/photos and add a bit of artistic side to them. 

Obviously I will need tools to write on the journal, so I've prepared different kind of pen as well. Here I have a set of crayon, a 10 pack colour pen I've found in DAISO, a multicolour ball pen, a felt pen and some pastel colour pen. I'd mainly use them for writing, doodling, and decorating purposes for each page, and hopefully they will make each page look really pretty LOL. 

I've also prepared a bunch of cute stickers, and they range from adorable characters to simple patterns. I'd definitely go a bit crazy over these stickers, as I love using them to decorate! My favourite one so far are the Gudetama stickers, so I'll be looking forward to use those quite often ^^

(On the side note, I really want to include some drawings of "Bun" into this journal LOL if you haven't seen my creation of "Bun", you can see it here:

The other bunch of decorating tools I plan to use are the Washi tapes or Masking tapes. I've prepared a lot of patterned ones and a few with Sanrio characters (though somehow I ended up with more pink colours LOL). These can be used to create borders or break lines, and I'm quite looking forward to see how they turn out.

Some other extra decoration items I've prepared are the sticky notes, in here I have My Melody, Little Twin Star and Rilakkuma ones. Most of them comes in quite tiny sizes so they can pretty much serve the same purpose as stickers. With the slightly bigger ones or ones with more space, I can probably write a few summary points or notes on them.

One of the essential tools in my opinion, is the Instax camera and films. To be honest I'm more of a picture/photo person (thus I love Instagram so much LOL), so I'd love to add in Instax photos into my journal. I'm really excited to document each moments with this pink Instax I had, and it will be great to look back on it in the future.

The very last few items I've prepared are the drawing/pattern templates, as I thought they may come in handy when I get too lazy to draw or I just need some simple graphics LOL.

I got most of the decoration tools/items from Taobao using Taobaoring as shipping agent.
Shop link:

I'm really hoping to start on this journal very soon! Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions ^^ Otherwise please look forward to them as I will try to post some pages here and on social media in the future ^^

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Brunch at The Picnic Burwood Cafe

On one of the weekdays, me and hubby went around Burwood area for brunch at "The Picnic Burwood". It was stated to be located at the corner of Park Avenue and Burwood Road, but actually it was just in the middle of Burwood park. What an awesome location!

The park itself was very peaceful and family-friendly. It wasn't hard to spot "The Picnic Burwood", as it was the only building that looked like a cafe there ^^

"The Picnic Burwood" was a very popular cafe indeed, and there were a lot of mums and babies there on this particular day. We arrived just before the line started building up at the entrance.

100% whole pressed fruit and vegetable juice!!! We liked the sound of that.

The entrance of "The Picnic Burwood" cafe was full of plants and flowers, which gave a really nice "Spring" vibe (oh god how much I miss Spring!). I love it when a cafe seems environmental-friendly and full of green plants, and this place definitely had the decorations I liked in my mind. 

The cafe itself was outdoor with a rooftop cover, and the tables and chairs were in simple and classic white wood. Though due to the fact there were a lot of children and babies around, it wasn't so much of a quiet cafe LOL. We didn't mind it too much though, since we are going to be parents soon so this might be a little preview of what life could be like afterwards :P

I had my mind set on the "Not so French" toast before we came, so I didn't have a hard time trying to decide what to eat. On the other hand, my hubby had fun browsing back and forth with numerous the end he picked "The Schnitz" with string fries.

Watermelon and Lychee Juice

We decided to share a fresh juice and keeping it light. This "Watermelon and Lychee Juice" was an excellent choice as it was very refreshing and not too sweet.

The Schnitz - House made chicken schnitzel with a slaw of kohlrabi, shaved celery, beet root, carrot and parsley. Served with Chamoy Aioli and string fries (or Sweet potato chips +$1)

This was my hubby's brunch, and he loved it so much with the sauce. The schnitzel was well-cooked with the right amount of crunchiness, and the string fries and salad on the side have perfectly complemented the whole dish.

Not so French - Coco Pop coated French toast with watermelon, mascarpone, seasonal fruits, chocolate crumb and Persian fairy floss

When I saw this before we went here, I was madly in love with its presentation and the sound of its ingredients! It was probably one of the most innovative French toast I've ever had, as there were so much textures and flavour to it. The toast itself was actually sitting on top of a chunky piece of watermelon, which made the taste really interesting in a way. Due to the moisture of the watermelon, the French toast turned somewhat soft, and surprisingly they combined quite well. Not to mention the extra love for its Coco Pop coating!! I also enjoyed the bits and pieces surrounding the toast, and it was somewhat amusing to squeeze out that tiny tube of syrup. There were sweetness, crunchiness, stickiness, soft and mushy bits, combination of warm and cool sensations, and hints of saltiness...I was pretty satisfied after this LOL.

"The Picnic Burwood" is definitely somewhere we'd like to go again, just to try out different dishes on the menu. I have become far more interested in Cafe food, brunch, desserts and High Tea in the recent years, so it was really satisfying to find some good food like these in a local area.

The Picnic Burwood Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Opening hours: 
Tue to Sun 8am - 4pm (Closed on Mon)
Corner of Park Ave and Burwood Rd (at Burwood Park), Burwood, Sydney
Phone number:
02 9745 1034

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Dubai, UAE travel diary - Sunset Desert Safari with BBQ dinner

Back a few years ago, me and hubby decided to visit Dubai UAE. After seeing Disney films such as Aladdin and Anime such as Doraemon in childhood, I have always wanted to see what nightfall looks like in an Arabian desert. Later on I watched "Sex and City 2" movie, and that was when I started to consider about going to UAE with hubby.

We have mainly gone around with a tour in Dubai, and there was this particular one which left a great impression on us. It was a sunset desert Safari with BBQ dinner, and we had heaps fun so I really wanted to share the experience with all of you.

On this day, we first arrived at the desert for a 4WD adventure on the sand dune. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the tour guide said it was something similar to a roller coaster.

Weeeeeeeeeee~~~ off we went with driving up and down along the sand dune! It was quite fun actually, but a few people couldn't handle it and decided to come out of the car after a while. Luckily me and hubby didn't get dizzy or feel nauseated during the ride, we both enjoyed the excitement very much. I probably would only recommend this activity to relatively younger people and people who doesn't suffer from motion sickness or anything, otherwise it could be a bit painful throughout the ride.

We then arrived at our campsite, where we would spend the afternoon and evening there along with dinner and more activities. I really loved the fact we were all sitting on the ground and sharing tables, and then later enjoyed the campfire under the stars.

We climbed up a really high sand dune, getting ready to enjoy the sand boarding activity. To be honest, I was TERRIFIED!! I am someone who is afraid of height, and this was certainly something I was a little reluctant to do. Though since I was there, I decided to give it a go anyway...and yea, I was literally screaming my way down and everyone from the campsite probably heard me LOL.

Here's the view at about half way on the sand dune.

There were little stores like this that sells colourful sand art in bottles, we thought they were really cool so we bought some as souvenirs.

Of course, there were Shisha available on the campsite too! It was actually the very first time we tried Shisha, and it made everyone relaxed and started chatting about how much fun we had so far. The Shisha we tried was apple flavour so it wasn't too strong, and it was more for an experience.

When it was sunset time, me and hubby decided to go for a camel ride. Look at how relaxed this camel is!! LOL.

I think everyone enjoyed this activity, and the view was simply amazing. At that moment I truly felt all my childhood fantasies have come true!

Another fun activity I've tried was the Henna Tattoo, and they did a simple flower pattern with some twirls. Again this was my first time, and I found it very amusing at the ink they've used and how it turned out. I think they lasted for about less than a week, so I pretty much had fun with it on my arm for the rest of the trip.

Here is my plate of food for dinner, there were BBQ meat, potato, Naan bread, curry on rice and some vegetables. Overall they were simple but fit into the atmosphere really well, as we really enjoyed eating along with lots of other people.

After dinner, we got to watch some local dance performances. This man here pretty much spun around for the whole dance, and  it was so pretty to watch the colourful costume as the night approached.

The dance was amazing, haha although it could be a little dizzy or hypnotizing after staring at him for awhile.

The next performance was a belly dance by this gorgeous Arabic woman, and it really added a sense of mystery with that mask on her initially.

She was extremely good at balancing objects on her head too LOL. By this stage, everyone were absolutely excited by the music and the overall vibrant atmosphere. When the night completely arrived, we took a look upon the stars above us and it was one of the best moment ever in our lives.

Even after a few years, I still kept telling people how much I miss that night at the Arabian desert. I could almost feel the heat from the campfire again, along with the smoke of BBQ and people's laughter. Whenever people go to Dubai UAE, I'd always recommend them to take a tour there. It was an amazing experience that can't be explained by words and phrases, you have to see and experience it on your own to understand the magic behind it :)

We went through a local tour at the time, but if anyone's interested then here's a similar tour on Expedia.

Similar tour link:
Expedia - Sunset Desert Safari with BBQ dinner

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Neutrogena HydroBoost Night Concentrate 50g Review

Hi guys, today I'm going to introduce another product from one of my all-time favourite skincare line "Neutrogena HydroBoost". I have been using their Water Gel product for quite some times and it worked really well on my skin, thus awhile ago I decided to try the night concentrate as well. I've used this product for more than a month now, and to be honest I couldn't wait to share it with the world even just after 2 days!

This Neutrogena HydroBoost Night Concentrate 50g comes with Vitamin E enriched beads combined with Hyraluronic acid, Olive Extract and Ionic Mineral complex which suppose to help enhance skin texture and reduce fine lines while producing intense moisture when you sleep.


Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Olivate, Polyacrylamide, Sorbitan Olivate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Synthetic Beeswax, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Trehalose, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Laureth-7, Mannitol, Carbomer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Microcystalline Cellulose, C12-14 Pareth-12, Sodium Hydroxie, Fragrance, CI 77289, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, CI 42090.

The product itself is Dermatologist tested, Allergy tested, Oil-free and Non-comedogenic. Although sold in Australia, it is actually made in Korea from local and imported components.

The product comes in a glass jar with a screw jar cap, they are both in aqua blue colour which gave a refreshing vibe. The cream itself doesn't have much fragrance, and it feels very cool and refreshing on the skin. I totally love the fact it's very light weight, absorbs really fast and has absolutely no residue. 

As you can see, it comes with lots of small blue beads which contains Vitamin E, and they will burst and melt along as you apply the cream on your skin. 

I apply this Neutrogena HydroBoost Night Concentrate 50g every night after cleansing for winter (on face and neck), and I have been in love ever since the first day of using it! This cream not only made my skin extremely moisturized and lasting almost the whole day since I woke up, it also made my skin more plump and unbelievably soft and smooth (literally my finger would glide down as soon as I touch my skin). I also noticed it gave my skin quite a healthy glow, although the reduction of fine lines were not as noticeable yet.

- Extremely moisturizing and long-lasting effect
- Provide healthy skin glow
- Oil-free: leave no residue
- Doesn't have much fragrance for scent-sensitive people
- Feels gentle, cool and refreshing on the skin
- Light weight, easy to apply and fast absorption
- Can apply small amount each time and goes a long way

- May not be convenient for travel-use due to the size, weight and material of the packaging
- The effect of fine line reduction is not obvious

Product link:

For Australian buyers, you can get this product from local stores such as Priceline or Chemist Warehouse

For overseas buyers, you can try searching it on Ebay.

***This review is not sponsored, I have bought the product by myself and all review are solely based on my personal opinion***

Sunday, August 21, 2016

How to make Spicy Fried Chicken (Korean style)

I have always loved Korean food, and especially chilli food. Here I'll share a simple recipe for spicy fried chicken served with rice to enjoy.

1-2 people

600g chicken thigh
Milk (enough to all chicken thigh)
Potato starch (enough to cover all chicken thigh)

For marination:
Soy sauce..........1 tablespoon
White/cooking wine..........1 tablespoon
Grated garlic..........1 teaspoon

For the sauce:
Chopped garlic..........1 teaspoon
Chopped onion..........1 tablespoon
Tomato sauce..........2 tablespoon
Korean spicy sauce (BekSul)..........
2 tablespoon 
Soy sauce..........1 teaspoon
Sugar..........1 tablespoon
Sesame oil..........1 teaspoon

(The Korean spicy sauce and potato starch can be found in Asian grocery stores)

1. Wash the chicken thigh and soak them with milk for about 20 minutes, this helps to get rid of any frozen smell and makes the chicken thigh more tender.

2. Wash the chicken thigh again, drain the water and chop into desirable sizes. Then marinate them for at least 30 minutes.

3. Roll each of the marinated chicken thigh onto the potato starch evenly, and then leave them aside for about 3-5 minutes. 

4. Start deep frying the chicken thigh in the oil pan (set on 180 degrees) until golden, then leave aside to drain the excessive oil. 

5. Get a large pan and stir fry the chopped onions and garlic until aromatic. Then put in the sauce and chicken thigh and stir them to ensure the sauce is evenly distributed.

TA-DA! It's now ready to be served with rice!

You can probably try to add in pieces of pineapples or sprinkle some white sesame over the top, as these will make this dish tastier!

Thanks for reading! Have fun cooking and eating!!!