Crab a la Jin’s

April 29, 2016

Nothing better than delicious homemade food with good friends.

Actually, there is one thing better. When someone is making the food for you – thanks chef Jin!

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Jess & Jin invited us over for some pretty tasty Chinese crab dishes!

Saucy crab with noodles

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And chili crab!

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Thanks for having us over and feeding us such tastiness guys! πŸ™‚

Moments in January 2016

January 24, 2016

Date night with Michael at Ribs and Rumps! Once in a while, I have cravings for ribs and Michael indulges me πŸ™‚

We shared the Signature Pork RibsΒ  – 1/2 rack for $39 – so expensive, I know! Always good though…

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And we also ordered the Entree Platter for Two – with boerewors sausage, honey bbq glazed buffalo wings, & seasoned panko crumbed calamari with nam jim dipping sauce ($29). Good value and tasty – would recommend the platter for sure!

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January 26, 2016

Hang out day with Jess & Jin! Started with breakfast at their place – we brought over stuff to make pancakes πŸ™‚

Cookie wanting a share of pancakes as well…

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Chilled

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And then decided to go watch The Hateful Eight. As this empty movie theatre can tell you, don’t waste your time. All 5 of us couldn’t stop fidgeting and agreed the movie was a waste of time.

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For dinner, back and J&J’s for a delicious baked snapper – thanks guys!

January 30, 2016

A day to be hoity-toity with the girls – Jess, Sabrina, Rachel and Micah. Thanks for hosting the High Tea Jess!

Impressive display of homemade goodies and tea sets πŸ™‚

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Sabrina made a Japanese styled cheesecake, Rachel made lemon squares. There were finger sandwiches and savoury pastry bites – yum! I went a little crazy for Jess and made carrot muffins, apple tarts, lemon rosemary scones, and cinnamon rolls.

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Needless to say, there was enough food and tea to keep us filled and last us hours of good conversation πŸ˜‰ And we still had enough food to share with the boys who went out and enjoyed a round of golf!

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And again, Cookie always wanting a part πŸ˜‰

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

December 31, 2015

New Years Eve was going to be a quiet night with board games. Somehow, we became the ‘cool kids’ and people wanted to hang out at our place. Of course we didn’t say no!

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Beers and board games for everyone! Rang in the new year with new friends and old… happy new year!

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There were even confetti poppers… I don’t even remember where they came from!

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I think everyone enjoyed themselves, and so kind of them to help clean up before heading home. Look at us starting the new year with this sparkling house!

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January 01, 2016

In reference to my previous post about Malaysia House, we spent a quiet first day of the new year with delicious takeaway! Pad Thai, Beef Rendang and Golden Sands prawns with leftovers for another meal… mmm!

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January 02, 2016

How lucky, still off work!

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We went to Yeppoon – Rosslyn Bay

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So you know it, we had a picnic and I got to bust out my brand new wicker picnic basket – I love it!

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Wine, croissants, biscuits, and more. Perfect food for perfect weather!

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I remember we toasted to the new year and all the excitement lined up… including moving up from interns to Junior House Officers, vacation, and getting married! Happy new year!

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Christmas Festivities

December 24, 2015

A quiet Christmas Eve together at home. And of course, Michael can’t do Christmas without some eggnog, rum and cinnamon!

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Also spent the night baking some of my favourite white chocolate & cranberry cookies to share on Christmas.

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December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

We slept in, which was glorious. And then we opened presents together… our 5th Christmas together, how I love this man!

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We agreed not to spend too much on each other for Christmas presents this year (around $150)… gotta save up for the wedding!

Some stocking stuffers from Mike – I think he got me the Toblerone because it’s his favourite and he knew I would share πŸ˜‰

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A card from Michael’s parents

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Some of Michael’s stocking stuffers

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The Paediatric Ward did a Secret Santa gift exchange… I got some beautiful earrings and a notebook – thank you Santa!

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Gifts from my sister… all the way from Canada, thank you so much!

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Michael was so incredibly proud of his Christmas presents to me, and to be honest, I was amazed! He got me so many great things at such incredible deals, he stayed within the budget!

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I’ve always wanted a wicker picnic basket, and this one had 4 complete sets of stainless steel dinnerware and cutlery! And now that we have a beautiful island to visit, he’s bought me some fins to complete my snorkel gear. And a ground pad and inflatable pillow for camping (after getting me a sleeping bag earlier in the year!) And a girl can never have too many underwear – thank you so much my love!

Some of my gifts for Michael. Friends made fun of me for getting him a textbook but I thought as this is his current, most serious, decision in life – it would never hurt to have a good (recommended) reference book

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This was our first year away from family at Christmas, a little sad! But so kind of Nerissa to invite us to join for lunch with her parents (Aunt Neetha and Uncle Danny) visiting from Brisbane. We had a great time and it felt like having a family away from home πŸ™‚

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Old man Jin helping with lunch

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Started with a fresh watermelon and prawn salad with feta, mint and proscuitto

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We were treated to a full home cooked dinner complete with a turkey! And even got to try a different styled stuffing with a base from chicken liver, something tasty we’ve never had before!

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We had no idea, but there was even a gift exchange, which was so lovely! Thank you so much to everyone for including us two Christmas Orphans!

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How cute are these two?

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Garrett mugs for everyone!

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A Corelle set from Jess & Jin, mug from Garrett, Spa kit + men’s set from Aunt & Uncle… thank you so much guys!

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Love you guys!

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Dessert

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With these avid fishers, once the topic of fishing came up… it didn’t stop πŸ˜‰ Not only did they go down to fish in the evening, they also made plans to go fishing bright and early the following day πŸ˜›

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Thank you so much to our friends for a warm and beautiful Aussie Christmas celebration!

December 26, 2015

Family Christmas get together in Ottawa! Got to skype the g-parents the join the fam jam πŸ˜‰

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Even from afar they think of us too ❀

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These two!

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A beautiful Christmas gift from Amanda – diffuser with mood lighting

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A few days later, a package came in the mail for us – from Michael’s parents!

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So many delicious goodies!

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And some beautiful Christmas cards from our friends ❀

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Weekend trip to Bundaberg!

August 8-9, 2015

We finally took a weekend off to visit our friends Yoni, Josiah, and his wife Danya! Josiah and Danya are settled and working in Bundy this year, while Yoni was rotating through for his surgical rotation. and coincidentally also working with Josiah.

Only ~2.5hrs from Gladstone, we left early Saturday morning and stopped at Agnes Water along the way! Didn’t swim but had a nice picnic and the beach reminded us of an undeveloped Noosa πŸ™‚

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We arrived to Bundaberg in the late morning and decided to visit their Botanic Gardens.

Two conclusions:

  1. So many birds!
  2. Definitely worth a visit if you have time!

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Japanese Gardens

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Chinese Gardens – look at all the turtles!

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So peaceful πŸ™‚

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Picking up Yoni after he finished work, yay – finally reunited!

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As Josiah was still busy moving into their new house, we decided to go for a late lunch and meet him later. For the first time this year, Korean food! How I missed you! Had a great meal at Korean food&Cafe “Hello” consisting of…

Bibimbap!

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Tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) and a side of Kimbap! So good!

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Always ruining my photos!

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Not only was the food good, the restaurant even had a ‘Korean Grocery Store’ section – allowing us to stock up on all our favourite Korean snacks for cheaper!

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The city centre reminded us of Rocky!

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Danya was unfortunately out of town Saturday, but we had a lovely dinner and catch up with Josiah and Yoni at City Elements, which I will share more about in a separate post!

The following morning, August 9th, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Botanica Cafe with some of the most generous portions of food AND hollandaise sauce!

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Of course, a visit to Bundy just isn’t complete without stopping at Bundaberg Rum Distillery!

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Definitely worth paying $15 for a self guided-interactive tour. If you have time, sit and watch the National Geographic segment: Bundaberg Rum Megafactory. Very informative and interesting!

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Did I mention at the end of the tour, your price includes 2 drinks? And those drinks can include the limited edition MDC Black Barrel – Distilled 2005, valued at $139/bottle? Worth it!

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The boys went to play golf in the afternoon at Bargara Golf Club while I recuperated in bed from a viral illness. Luckily I was feeling much better by late afternoon when Danya returned from Brisbane!

So nice to catch up with these guys!

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One last meal together at the Spotted Dog Tavern before driving back to Gladstone – until next time friends! We miss you!

Past moments in Gladstone & Rocky!

A few more memories! Haven’t been posted but certainly not forgotten! πŸ™‚

Celebrating one of my fav ladies’ 24th birthday (June 17)! A nice meal at Gracemere Hotel and, of course, cake!

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Obviously very happy with the company and the cake πŸ˜›

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The numerous drives back to Rocky every weekend while we were in Gladstone. Gosh, it was always good to be home and sleeping in our own bed!

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Ocean visits! Walking along the beach never gets old with perfect blue skies and good company! Especially when it’s so close by!

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Celebrating Kon’s birthday (June 28) with cake, boardgames, and wine!

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Plus what better birthday gift than a hockey jersey of your favourite team from your girlfriend? πŸ˜›

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Making it out to Rockhampton River Festival (July 11) – enjoyed some good food and even watched fireworks in the pouring rain!

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And only once in our 10 weeks in Gladstone did we have a visitor – Jin coming down to visit Jess!

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But it did make for a pretty darn good breakfast out at lightbox. I mean… check out their breakfast special for $23! Easily one of the tastiest breakfasts I’ve had. And for the first time in Australia, when I answered, “I’d like my eggs over easy please,” they understood exactly what I meant!

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Good coffees too, thumbs up lightbox!

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The boys played golf whenever they had the chance – I had a lot of time to take photos on the golf course… enough for a whole post on its own!

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Not forgetting to enjoy some good homemade food in Gladstone!

Having Jess and Ian (surg PHO) over for some Viet subs, savoury sticky rice and stir fry!

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And being treated to chicken curry and spring rolls made by Ian and Jess, respectively! Yum πŸ™‚

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Selfie during our last meal together before Ian heads back to Brisbane! Thanks for being good to us!

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More good times to come!

Flying to Brisbane!

February 23, 2015

The first 5 weeks of work passed by like a blink of an eye.Β Even so, we were already ready for a vacation, bring it on!

Hung out in the Qantas Lounge at the airport before flying back to Brisbane! Here’s the view!

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We picked up our rental car at the airport and checked in at our hotel – Riverside Hotel Southbank. Clean, modern, good size, and exactly what we needed! Had a daytime nap and rested in bed watching the Oscars.

So nice to being back in Brisbane! After resting, we had a lovely walk around South Bank, bought some Max Brenner chocolates for family, and stopped for a snack at Ahmet’s. Their dinner banquets are definitely worth trying friends!

Excited for food!

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Freshly baked Turkish bread glazed with butter and herbs ($5.50)

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With a side of Baba ghanoush ($4.90) – one of our favourite kinds of dip, made with roasted eggplant

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We also got some Mucver – Green zucchini fritters with tomato salsa, fresh mint & dill yoghurt ($11). Tasty, but much greasier than we personally like.

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Later that night, we went over to Matt and Kristen’s for dinner, joined by James and Kim! So, so nice to see and catch up with them! Felt like forever since spending time with them! Matt and Kristen made yummy chili con carne, James and Kim brought 2 kinds of cheesecake and we brought some wine. So delicious and filling, and in great company too! We miss you guys!

No pictures…sadface 😦

Fantastic dinner at Seoul

Sept 06, 2014

Had the opportunity to visit Dan and Natalie and see their lovely apartment, meet their cute dogs, and catch up!

We then headed over to Seoul for dinner, one of their favourite Korean restaurants. Tucked inside the first floor of a building on Duke St, you couldΒ easily walk by without noticing!

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The restaurant was quite empty for dinner time, with only 2 other tables of Korean patrons. Unfortunate, because from the quality of food we had, it should be bustling! Clean with modest decor consisting of mainly wall decals and accent walls.

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We were immediately greeted, shown to a table and given menus.

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Between the 4 of us, we enjoyed 3 different appetizers.

Kimchijeon (Korean kimchi pancake, $6.99) which was crispy on the edges and interspersed with yummy pieces of the fermented cabbage.

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Tteokbokki ($7.99). Chewy rice cakes with slices of fish cake and onions smothered in a thick gochujang (Korean chili paste) based sauce. Served piping hot, adding to theΒ spiciness satisfaction!

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Gunmandu ($9.99 for 10 pcs) – fried dumplings with crispy shells and filled generously with delicious meat!

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Dan and Natalie!

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For mains, Michael and I shared an order of Bibimbap ($14.50) which is a sizzling dish of rice with an assortment of seasoned vegetables, meat, topped with an egg and served in a hot stone pot. One of our favourite Korean dishes and the quality of this one did not disappoint!

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Natalie and Dan ordered Jaeyuk Bokum ($14.50) which was very tasty! Extremely tender, well marinated pork stir fried with kim chi and gochujang, I think this was the best dish of the night πŸ™‚

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The main dishes also came with a bowl of miso soup and side salad – which were simple yet still good.

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The quality of each dish was excellent, coupled with very reasonable prices! The only hiccup during our dinner – we weren’t checked on during our meal and staff weren’t really circulating as the restaurant wasn’t busy. As a result, empty water glasses around the table while eating spicy food! Would be great to have call buttons at each table like we’ve seen in many Korean and Japanese restaurants, or water jugs/bottles left at the table. That way, staff only need to come around when needed and everyone is happy πŸ™‚ Would definitely recommend Seoul for great Korean food!

So lovely to see you guys again! Hopefully next time we’ll be catching up in Ottawa πŸ˜‰

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Day trip to Maroochydore!

Had a super lovely Saturday with James and Kim yesterday, thanks so much you two! πŸ™‚

Earlier this week, James suggested we drive up north to Maroochydore to go to the beach. How could we possibly disagree?

Turned out to be an absolutely gorgeous day! The current was quite strong so Kim and I didn’t go “swimming” but water was still super refreshing πŸ™‚

Photo cred: Kim

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We then went to visit Harrison, who’s at a hospital nearby and is amazingly living out this rotation in a beach resort/village. Beautiful house with great views and access to a private beach, kayaks, swimming pools, etc.

We even went kayaking, which totally made Kim’s day ^_^

A trip to the beach wouldn’t be complete without beers, fish and chips for lunch!

And could only be better with a beautiful sunset πŸ™‚

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James and Kim, you guys are adorable.

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Group photos!

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We were treated to an absolutely lovely, home-cooked/BBQ dinner by Harrison and his housemate, Pam. And of course, any get together is always more fun with boardgames! In this case, Cards Against Humanity and Mafia/Werewolves. Definitely made me think of the friends back in Canada! Was also nice to meet the other housemates, Richard (again) and Dara πŸ˜€

You guys are all awesome, thank you so much for such a wonderful day!

Hey, it’s snowing on my blog!

And I can’t remember how to stop it… you’ll just have to deal with it until I fiddle around and find that magical switch to turn it off.

So… I’ve been back 2 weeks and have been terribly blog-silent, what have I been doing?

You might’ve seen me mention it in earlier posts, but home renovations took up quite a bit of time! Does it count if you’re not tearing down walls? Because I didn’t do that this time.

Our living room: Before

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Our living room: After

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Not too shabby? I am amazed I put this together without:

  • Destroying it
  • Having it fall on top of me
  • It being crooked!

I’ve also helped my brother with his bedroom but it’s still full of his unorganized junk, so no pictures for now!

What else – I FINALLY had Tim Hortons!

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Look at the glorious selection (or at least what’s available at 8pm). A dozen donuts for approx $7 – apple fritters, I have missed you!

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Even better that this Timmies is just on the corner of my street.

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Yum, makes me so happy! Got some apple fritters, blueberry fritters, apple cinnamon with jelly filling, Boston creams, blueberry/strawberry jelly-filled, maple cream, yum!

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We also had (really simple) Subway dinner with my grandparents on the evening of his 79th birthday (Nov 24)

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My sister brought her turtle, Franklin, over to visit my grandparents after dinner πŸ˜›

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The next day, Nov 25, we celebrated his birthday with the entire family!

The foods!

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The birthday man!

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Giving our cards and gifts

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Having lots of fun playing Articulate (came all the way from Australia!) after cake πŸ™‚

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FULL ALBUM HERE!

AYCE sushi with my family on November 28th at Sushi Kan!

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Mmm, green tea ice cream

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RANDOM! My new favourite combination: goat cheese (herb flavour) with blueberry jam – delicious! And bagels! Australia! Why you no have delicious bagels?!

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Met up with Bea on Friday, Nov 30 for lunch at Bobby’s Table. Good company and good food in a homely and friendly little place!

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And then for dinner met up with the girls for sushi at Genji – delicious! So nice to catch up with Ruixi (and hear all about her engagement!), Julia, Atong and Alyssa – you girls make me laugh non stop – love you guys!

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BONUS! My brother’s ugly face πŸ™‚

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Okay, I should go pack now… flying to Halifax tomorrow morning! πŸ™‚

R U OK?

Yesterday, (second Thursday of September) was Australia’s national R U OK?Day.

I actually had no idea until my brother, who’s in Canada, posted the question on my FB wall and informed me. Like him, I too think it’s a great idea.

(Info below is taken from RUOKday.com, please visit their website for more!)

R U OK?Day was inspired by the death of Barry Larkin (1940 – 1995).

Barry was a fascinating and successful business management consultant who took his own life. His son Gavin Larkin (1968-2011) partnered with television producer Janina Nearn in 2008 to develop a campaign that would inspire Australians to stay connected and support people.

This day of action is dedicated to inspiring all people of all backgrounds to regularly ask their friends, family, and colleagues, β€˜Are you ok?’

By regularly reaching out to one another and having open and honest conversations, we can all help build a more connected community and reduce our country’s high suicide rate.

More than 2,200 Australians suicide each year and men are around 3 times more likely to die by suicide than females. For each person that takes their life, another 30 people attempt to end their own life.

Most people don’t openly share their feelings, particularly if they’re struggling. The best thing we can all do is regularly talk to the people we care about – regardless of whether they are at risk – because connection is good for us all.

Now that I am aware of this cause, I have to say that it is close to my heart.

I have gone through a few really hard times (not suicidal ideation, not necessarily depression) during which I felt like I couldn’t or shouldn’t try reaching out to someone for help and support. Some people think that it’s because a person doesn’t have a good social support network and therefore no one to talk to, but that’s not always the case. I have an amazing group of friends and family I know would be there for me in a heartbeat, but that doesn’t necessarily make it easier to reach out to them.

My friends have important exams, I want them concentrating 100% on their studies. My family is already having a hard time dealing with the same situation, I don’t want to burden them even further. My friends have never gone through this experience, they cannot fully understand how I feel. The reasons can go on and on.

It can be a struggle to open up to others and I will be forever grateful to the times when my friends took the initiative to ask me if I was alright. And I will continue to pay that forward.

It doesn’t have to lead to, or be as serious as depression, to warrant the question, “Are you okay?” And it certainly doesn’t have to be only one day a year!

So… who will you ask today?

Old and New Friends

In the last few weeks, we have had 2 dinners with friends at our place.

On March 2 was with my new PBL for Sushi Night. It was amazing and we made tons of food. There was fresh salmon sushi, calamari tempura, yam tempura, shrimp tempura, Mario made great crispy roasted pork, Chen and Roger made dessert – such yumminess! It was also a nice opportunity to get to know PBL 36 better and overall just have a good time.

Then we had a Wine & Cheese Housewarming night on March 9 with our old PBL members from last year. Such good food! Everyone complimented our new place and had their fill of finger foods. I’ve missed my old PBL group so it was really nice to have everyone together again for some catch up time. Hoping to do something again soon!

Memories with the family

A few random moments to share!

My sister. Setting a Flight Control score record so high on my iPad, I still have yet to beat it 😦

My mom made steaks to have with our grandparents one night. Steaks were bigger than my face!

I put up the Christmas tree and decorations!

My Cau Mo Hai took us out to dinner with their family and my grandparents. I got to choose the restaurant – Koreana. For some reason, food was not as good as it used to be. Sorry, I know these pictures are bad, but they’re the only ones I have!

Snow! How pretty it is!

When my brother falls asleep, my sister plays a game. How many things can you pile on him before he wakes up? So far: Grandma’s sweater, bottle of wine, newspaper, tub of cookies

Apple and cinnamon – possibly my favourite dessert combination. But gum? Really? Gross!

“People of Walmart”

Haha, that’s all I have! I had many other memories and outings with family and friends, but I’m sorry I don’t have any pictures to share 😦

Thurs Oct 20, 2011 – Last day of exams!

Woo hoo! My last exam of first year medical school!

My third exam went from 10am to 12pm. It was overall very fair and of same difficulty as last year’s, thank goodness!

The class then headed over to the Rugby Club for BBQ and drinks aaand we even got a class picture! πŸ˜›

Where am I?! :O

I haven’t seen 1/2 of these people and I’m sure quite a few weren’t even present – what a crazy huge class!

Great year, great memories, great times!

And now, the 3 of us are on to even more exciting things… in Vietnam!! πŸ™‚

Good luck to us! Here’s to hoping nothing bad will happen and that we’ll be learning lots while having tons of fun!

Happy Birthday Jawn!

There were about 15 people at our place celebrating Jawn’s birthday… and at the same time, it was also a farewell. Jawn is graduating this year, and recently received an offer to work in Perth! Yay for him and all the best!

In addition to the food guests brought, there was so much yummy food that Tap cooked: jellyfish and shrimp salad, fresh springrolls, crispy roasted pork, noodles in a cabbage bowl, deviled eggs, shrimp, chicken wings… and probably more that I can’t remember. Jawn is soo special πŸ˜›

I’m sorry about the blurriness… I wasn’t paying attention to my aperture!