Happy New Year, one and all! I know I’ve been MIA. Reason being that I’m actually back in Singapore for the summer, visiting family and friends so I haven’t been blogging much. In the mean time, here’s pictures of Dini the cat to appease angry readers. 🙂
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Christmas is almost here! Have you tried By Blackbird’s Christmas cake yet? If you haven’t, you have to! It’s really soft, moist, with a slight hint of liqueur. Which I heard is really Jin’s dad’s liqueur. Chakey secretly told Sash and I this as she was hiding the bottle under her apron, showing it to us while we were there stuffing our faces with cake.
By Blackbird sells them it little slices, but you can custom order bigger ones (pictured here) for your Christmas celebration parties and share it with your family.
The cake is not overly sweet, but you get little sweet chewy surprises in the form of dried fruit and little gummy thingys. Plus that preserved fig that came on top of it… yums.
Chakey has been working on heaps of Christmassy goodies (gingerbread and mince pies to name a few!). The last time I was there, she was working on some pretty awesome gingerbread houses. I stole a crumb from their sample plate (no, I did not destroy her beautifully decorated gingerbread houses just to steal a taste), and I thought it was pretty good although I’m generally not a fan of ginger.
Be sure to check out all the Christmassy goodness that By Blackbird has to offer! Also, I heard that Jin and Chakey might be going on a short break over the summer, so be sure to eat your fill of Chakey’s creations before they disappear.
My previous post on By Blackbird: Here.
(This post sounds a little bit like an ad, but no, I wasn’t paid to write this)
Hills had a Halloween party one weekend, and she made a jellyfish costume out of an umbrella, ribbons and fairy lights. I also helped her make a snack to bring to the party.
Sash abandoned me for Sydney, just when I found out that I would be getting a break from uni afterall. So, I arranged to meet some friends. Plus, it would have been a pity to see such good weather go to waste.
I rallied up a group of friends to head over to Hahndorf with me to try out a cafe that I had stumbled upon whilst my mum and brother were here, but never got to try. The cafe turned out to be more of a dessert cafe, and we hadn’t had lunch yet. So we ventured off to The Haus.
It was a lovely sunny day, and they had a lovely outside sitting area, but we decided to sit inside to avoid getting sun burn. The staff were patient and friendly, introducing the various items on the menu because we had trouble deciding what to get. Everything sounded good.
The final part of our Great Ocean Road trip eventually led us to Melbourne.
Whilst in Melbourne, we visited a couple of places. Here’s some of them!
Just before Mum and I left Melbourne, we managed to squeeze in another place from my Melbourne list.
The mum was slowly taking a liking to small burger joints such as Huxtaburger. The place was packed when we got there, but everything moved quickly there, including the people, and we only had to wait 10 minutes for a seat.
Each burger had a name. Perhaps named after someone, perhaps not. I got a Huxtaburger and my mum got a Bill’s.
The second day onwards of our journey was when we got to see the attractions of the GOR. Because the Great Ocean Road is such a popular route amongst tourists, the attractions were clearly marked with signs along the way. You don’t really need a GPS to show you the way, just follow the signs.
The Grotto was the first place we visited. There is a pretty lookout to the ocean, and the majestic view of the waves crashing onto the cliffs. So while you’re up on the lookout, you can hear the loud crash of the waves. And then when you follow the steps down to where this keyhole rock pool is, it suddenly becomes so serene and peaceful.
The Great Ocean Road attractions are rather straightforward. There’s this really long road that goes along the coast where all the attractions (The 12 apostles, the London arch etc) are. You just drive long this road and turn right every 3 minutes or so and stop to admire the rock formations.