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

2016 in a Nutshell

   It is incredibly amazing (yet scary) how fast 2016 has flown by!
It has definitely been a great year, and I think I can define 2016 as the Year of Travel.

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One of the main highlights of 2016 was that it was the year that marks my first trip overseas ever!
In February, Ash and I embarked on our first journey to Japan. Neither of us had ever traveled overseas before so it was a rather memorable experience for both of us. My dream of visiting Japan was finally fulfilled and I can’t wait to go back again! (Seriously, we keep planning all the places we’ll visit hahaha)

We also had a short trip to Sydney in June, which was also lots of fun.

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I think in 2016 alone, we stayed in 5 Airbnbs, 1 Ryokan,  1 Resort and 1 Hotels!!
It was actually really nice to be able to get away  from reality and escape to these many places.

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The other highlight of 2016 was being able to meet several band members/celebrities!
While some we may have paid for, the rest were met at bars after the concerts which was super awesome.

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2016 was also filled with quite a couple of unexpected farewells, but it just opened up the door to making new friends!

Farewell 2016! You’ve been fun, and I hope that 2017 will be just as good ♥