4th Anniversary Glamping

Ash and I celebrated our 4 years earlier this year and to commemorate this special day, we went GLAMPING!

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For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, ‘GLAMPING‘ is as defined by Urban Dictionary,  “glamorous camping. Satisfying your craving for the outdoors and your penchant for a good meal, nice glass of wine, and a comfortable bed.”
Translation: We had a bed in an air-conditioned tent on a roof top in the CBD

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We stayed at St Jerome’s, which is located on the top level of Melbourne Central, and it was a delightful experience.Our Luxe tent was fitted with a working air-conditioner (thank goodness, since it was boiling that day), comfy double bed, a stocked esky, nuts, slippers, robes, as well as an in-tent dining service which was accessible through texting the reception (very handy for lazy, anti-social people such as myself!). We also received a complimentary sweet treat and cocktail each from the General Trader store (which, by the way, are more than happy to help you get anything you need!)

Ashley also surprised me with some gorgeous flowers, which St Jerome’s helped pick out!

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Some delicious cupcakes that Ashley organised St Jerome’s to provide us with upon arrival!

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We ordered jaffles using our in-tent dining service!

Later that evening, as part of our stay at St Jerome’s, we received our tablet pre-stocked with movies, sleep time tea by T2, and Gelato Messina custom made ice cream delivered straight to our tent! It was definitely a very pleasant way to end our evening, as we sipped tea and ate ice cream in bed while watching a movie.

We also made use of their sauna service (..despite the heat) and while I probably only lasted like a total of 10 minutes, Ash managed to stay for our whole booking of the sauna hahaha.

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Again, as part of the package, we got breakfast delivered straight to our tent the following morning!

The breakfast delivered included a coffee of our liking each, as well as two baguettes, muesli, fruit, yoghurt, milk, T2 peach tea and organe juice! It was definitely a delicious and convenient way to wake up.

I seriously could get used to breakfast delivery every day hmmmm….

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Many of my colleagues thought I was being crazy, spending so much money just to stay in pretty much a hotel room that was a size of a tent. But hey, it was a unique experience and I actually really enjoyed it!

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St Jerome’s The Hotel
Level 3, Melbourne Central Shopping Centre
Melbourne CBD

Year of the Rooster!

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My Chinese New Year this year was spent undertaking placement in the Kinder Room at my Early Learning Centre!
I taught the children the popular song, “Gong Xi Ni’, as well as the cute hand action to go along with it. As our ELC is predominantly Asian, many of the children knew the song already and the translation behind the lyrics (more so than me heh). It was great to see them so proud of their language and culture, especially when they were teaching the other children the words and actions.

Another special thing that happened this CNY was my family’s first yee sang.

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Yes, I know what you’re thinking. How the heck is this girl Malaysian and has never done yee sang with her family?! Well, after moving to Australia all those years ago, my parents just never bothered to keep up with any of the traditions and thus, we never did yee sang!

My awesome friend Agnes was just coming back from M’sia, shortly after CNY, so she kindly bought this wonderful packet of Yee Sang for me to share with my family (thank youuuuu!). It was a wonderful, yet slightly awkward, experience for us, but nevertheless, something that I’d definitely remember fondly.

 Hope you all have a prosperous new year! <“)))><

Review: Mouriya Kobe Beef Dining

Hello true believers, Ash here to faceroll my keyboard until a blog post coalesces

One meal we had in Japan deserves special attention, more so than the rest. The place in question is called Mouriya, and being situated in the heart of Kobe, it was only fitting that they specialised in Kobe beef. Having already dabbled in the stuff in a couple other places and being aware that it is beyond scarce outside of the Nihons, we (mainly me) wanted to experience the absolute best of this delicacy, and in light of it being our last supper in Japan, we decided to go fancy.

神戸牛フィレステーキコース (Kobe Beef Fillet Steak Course)

Mouriya opened up their first location in 1885, and their longstanding success serves as a testament to the fact that are one of the most famous and well-regarded Kobe Beef restaurants.

  Other than the striking stained glass windows, another pleasant facet at the outset was the personal table service we got from the chef.  When choosing drinks he cheerily informed us that due to ongoing Whisky Festival celebrations, all their scotches were discounted and seeing as how we were already spending a pretty penny, decided to hit up the fancy stuff: Macallan.

前菜(Hors d’oeuvre): duck liver pate

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サラダ (Salad): Roast Kobe Beef Salad

スープ (Soup): French onion soup

 It soon became apparent that the cuisine was largely French-inspired,  and prepared with top Japanese produce. For hors d’oeuvre, we had some tantalising duck liver pate. Following that, we had some tasty roast Kobe beef salad and French onion soup, using what we were informed are the best Japanese sweet onions – which may sound a bit like hyperbole, but I can say it was some damn good soup.

フィレステーキ: Ashley: 150g of A5 Kobe Beef Filet Tenderloin Steak | Melody: 80g of A5 Kobe Beef  Filet Tenderloin Steak

Finally, ladies & gentleman, what you’ve all been waiting for, the main course: Kobe Beef Filet Tenderloin cooked medium-rare on sizzling hot plates. Other than it’s succulence and being super delicious, the fact that it’s A5 tenderloin says it all: SO GOOOOD.

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 I cannot praise this place enough. Seriously, the food and not to mention the service was some of the best I’ve ever had – if you plan to take a trip to the land of the rising sun soon and have even a passing interest in beef, make sure to pen Mouriya into your itinerary. While it may break the bank, you won’t regret your newly broken bank one bit.

Me and Mr Kobe Beef Grill Man

 Mouriya Kobe Beef Dining
http://www.mouriya.co.jp
Kakuten Bldg. 2F, 1-9-10 Kita Nagasa Dohri,
Chuo-ku Kobe-shi, 650-0012