The planning of our UK trip was centered around this day — a match day at Manchester United’s homeground, Old Trafford. This was Manchester United’s last game of the season. It has been Anders’s lifelong dream to watch a match here. And United definitely did us proud that day!
Since we were staying just 1.6miles away from the city centre, a.k.a the happening area of York, we figured why not just have a slow stroll over. The walk took us less than an hour including time where we stopped randomly to take photos. In addition, the thought of finding parking space within the city just irked us out. We planned to spend half a day in York which was just right before we get overwhelmed by the influx of tourists.
Our last day in Scotland has arrived. Many wonderful memories has been made in this amazing country and even a change in life status (engaged!!! read day 5 post) happened there. Despite being a little sad to bid Scotland goodbye, we were very much looking forward to our drive towards England for more wonderful adventure!
The visit to Cradle Mountain was one of our fondest memories of Tasmania. The main reason behind this was because it was the first time Anders saw snow! Staying there for just one night was probably our only regret. We headed out to Dove Lake for the best views in the area, but the weather was gloomy and snowy that day. So, here are our favourite shots of our journey to a gloomy Dove Lake!
This is the first blog post in our new Australia photoblog series. Prior to starting this blog, we traveled to a few places and we thought it will be a good idea to share some of our favourite photos from those trips with you.
First and foremost, here are our favourite shots from one of the most beautiful coastal drives in the world, the Great Ocean Road.
Our destination today was the F1 Pit building! We were heading to the highly anticipated Boutique Fair! We're not sure how many there has been in the past, but it was our first :)
It’s been a while (more than a year…) since the last post. But that’s because of all the good things happening to both of us which kept us busy last year! *Drum roll* We bought a house and got married!!! And now we are very much settled into our new life, place and roles, so back to the grind! This is a no driving day as the city is expectedly difficult to navigate and the parking system is very confusing based on our experience the night before, where we tried to park near our stay.
When we were looking for a destination for our end year trip, our main criteria was that it had to be relaxing. We just wanted to eat, drink and sleep. We eventually decided on Bandung, Indonesia. The reason? It’s a great city for cafe-hopping and good food! So, this post will mainly be about the cafes and restaurants we visited (and how photo-worthy they are)
We all need a break sometimes, and after months of endless work and long office hours, we finally decided that it's time for a weekend getaway! We've been wanting to visit Batam together as it has been a long time since we visited the island. After some research, we decided to stay at Sijori Resort & Spa.
A photolog of the Food & Music Festival happening this weekend, Let's Go Jalan Jalan 2017.
Just got back from our second trip to Bangkok this year. This time round we planned it around food, food, and more food for our short 72 hours there. Trust me, it's hard to narrow down the list of drool-worthy local dishes and the instagrammable cafes available there. But I'm glad we made all the right decisions and not waste our calories intake!
Here's the list of food we ate and like.
ONE OUNCE FOR ONION (EKKAMAI BRANCH)
The cafe is tucked away in a small lane so it wasn't the easiest to locate it, but we found it with the help of google maps. They have expanded the indoor (air-conditioned) area so it looks slightly different from what I have seen online. Adjacent to the cafe, there's a hip multi-label clothing store named "Onion". This tranquil cafe area is really cosy with the sunlight shining in through the large window.
We were there early for brunch. Don't be fooled by its name, the menu is not onion-centric. Instead it offers a great selection of western food and drinks which we really enjoyed! He ordered a cup of mocha and the Grilled Croissant which comes with a tomato egg dip. I ordered a cup of tea and the Thai Garlic Bacon Pasta which was what drawn me to this cafe. We give both the dishes two thumbs up! I fell in love with this cafe and will go back in a heartbeat if I could.
Nearest BTS: Ekkamai
Address: 19/12 Ekkamai 12, Sukhumvit 63 Rd., Klongton Nua, Wattana 10110 Bangkok
AUDREY CAFE (THONGLOR BRANCH)
Desserts from Audrey Cafe kept showing up on my Instagram feed for years so we decided to give it a try. Among all of their branches, Thonglor branch have the best exterior in my opinion and it happens to be in a cafe-clustered district which makes cafe-hopping a breeze. Service staff were very welcoming and sat us at the loveliest table by the window where we can lust at its beautiful surrounding. Had a tough time deciding what to order as the menu has more choices than what I knew.
Eventually we settled with the Thai Tea Crepe Cake and Milo Sizzling Roti that did not disappoint! Crepe cake drenched with Thai tea sauce is of the right texture and sweetness. Soon, the second dessert was served. Our eyes went big when the waiter began to pour the Milo sauce over dessert and the pan started to sizzle. We left the place fully satisfied!
Nearest BTS: Thonglor
Address: 1136/3 Soi Thonglo11, Vaddhana,Sukhumvit 55, 10110 Bangkok
BAN KHUN MAE RESTAURANT
Found a highly-rated Thai food restaurant along our shopping route at Siam. We've always thought that an authentic Thai food experience can only be found by the streets, but Ban Khun Mae proved us wrong.
Arrived at noon and the restaurant is already filled with locals and tourists with minimal chatter as everyone were concentrating on eating. It is of an affordable price range despite its nicely decorated restaurant setting with good service. The menu included many photos of the recommended dishes, which made us so tempted to order everything. And we did over-ordered for two to share. Reccomend you to try the pandan chicken and green curry.
Nearest BTS: Siam
Address: 458/6-9 Siam Square Soi 8, Rama 1 Road, Patumwan District, 10330
NEON NIGHT MARKET (TALAD NEON)
Neon night market (Talad Neon) is a relatively new night market in Bangkok and is situated 10 minutes away from Platinum Mall by foot. Popped over to this market for dinner after shopping. It's our first time having a proper meal at a night market.
We were spoilt for choice with the various street food, seafood, barbeque and bar options. Along the seafood stalls area, we were constantly pursued by the friendly staff to dine at their area. In the end, we settled down at a crowded seafood stall and ordered Steamed Sea-bass, Grilled Squid and Pineapple Rice. The steamed fish tasted very fresh and the pineapple rice was very moist! Here's a tip, we think it's better to dine at a crowded stall as they will replenish their seafood supply more frequently than those quieter stalls.
Before leaving the night market, we got a plate of mango sticky rice from a cute store named "Mango Fu". As expected from Thailand, the mango is super sweet!
Nearest BTS: Chit Lom
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 4pm to 12midnight
Address: 1087 Khwaeng Makkasan, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400
MBK CENTER LEVEL 6 FOOD COURT (FOOD ISLAND)
Feeling famished after touchdown, we hurriedly checked-in to our hotel and head next door to the MBK Center level 6 foodcourt for a quick and fuss-free Thai meal. Don't confuse this with the more expensive level 5 foodcourt! It is good to note though, that the level 5 foodcourt provides halal food.
A variety of Thai cuisine are offered here at a low-price. To purchase the food, you will need top-up money into a refundable cash card at a counter first. The Pad Thai and Oyster Omelette are definitely our favourite from here!
Nearest BTS: National Stadium
Address: 444 MBK Center Phayathai Rd., Pathumwan, 10330
Mister Donut is everywhere in Thailand but not in Singapore, why?!! This trip had us on a "Pon De Ring" craze, eating a minimum of three donuts a day. Our absolute love and obsession, the Glazed Pon De Ring, is very soft and chewy like mochi. It is not as sweet as other American donuts and priced at only 25baht each! We even packed a box of half-dozen donuts to bring back to Singapore for breakfast, and they tasted exactly the same the next day!
Address: Everywhere except Savarnabhumi Airport
Share with us in the comment if there are any other amazing food in Bangkok that we should try in the future?
Thanks for reading and sharing! (:
Anders + Cindy
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Flowers are always associated with beauty and love. Many people gift flowers to their other half from time to time, on special occasions or just as a sweet surprise. One of the things that is more precious than the gesture of flowers is time. And last weekend, A Better Florist gave us the perfect opportunity to enjoy the gift of both.
Each workshop is unique as it features different flower combinations. For our class, the main type of flowers we got to work with are Roses, Carnations and Baby's Breath.
The first step was to clean up the flowers. Good idea to get rid of the thorns on the roses before doing anything else. The Carnations required some 'massaging' to aid it in blooming. We also had to remove the leaves on the lower parts of the stem as we did not need them there for a bouquet.
Next, we moved on to the hard part: Arrangement. A demo was done for us by the teacher to show us the final product. No one could quite remember all the steps, but it was fine as he guided us along the way.
If we had one thing throughout the class, it was confidence. We thought we had a good finished product several times, only to get a chuckle from the teacher when he sees our work. And after rounds of guidance, we finally had our finished bouquet!
A hundred photos with one bouquet
We saw a video where Photographer Emily Quinton took many different photos from just one bouquet. So we decided we have to give it a try too! We didn't reach a hundred, but here it goes.
In the end, a two hours workshop gave us an entire weekend of fun. Nothing beats trying something for the first time together with your loved ones. Really appreciate A Better Florist for the invitation as we enjoyed ourselves during the workshop. We both truly feel that this workshop could be a wonderful gift to your other half, as you get a bouquet of flowers at the end, and more importantly, you get to spend a great time with him/her.
P.s Flowers are still looking good after six days!
Other Tips & Info:
- Details on which flowers will be used is available at the sign-up page of each workshop.
- Feel free to bring back leftovers for other uses such as flat lay photography.
- Be careful while dealing with the roses as it's easy to get pricked.
- Plant food is given at the end of the class.