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Went for a walk on Sunday across the Sydney Harbour bridge from North Sydney.. The walk was fantastic and we were treated to nice surprise as we witnessed incredibly beautiful images projected on the sails of the iconic Sydney Opera House as part of Vivid Sydney Festival of Music, Light and Ideas..Lucky that we decided to bring our camera with us and managed to take some wonderful pictures of this wonderful event..

Life can be so beautiful.. you will be treated to beautiful surprises in life as long as you don’t say “No” to the opportunities!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8071639.stmSydney Opera House 1Sydney Opera House 2Sydney Opera House 3

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Strawberry, White Choc Muffin

My first attempt to make muffins.. and it turned out to be quite good:)

I got the recipe from here.

These are all the ingredients:

All ingredients - see list below

All ingredients - see list below

300g (2 cups) self-raising flour
150g (2/3 cup) caster sugar
170g (1 cup) chopped white chocolate
2 teaspoons (10ml) lemon juice
250ml (1 cup) milk
125ml (1/2 cup) oil (we use peanut oil, but any mild-flavoured oil could be used)
1 large egg (we use eggs with a minimum weight of 59g)
200g berries (we used strawberries and raspberries)

Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius (170 degrees Celsius fan-forced).
Line 12 holes of a muffin pan (1/3 cup capacity holes) with patty/muffin cases. Similar to the one suggested in original recipe, I used paper-lined foil cases that measure 5cm across the base and 8cm across the top.

Whisk lemon juice, milk, oil and egg in a medium bowl until combined.

Mix self-raising flour, caster sugar and white chocolate together in large bowl. Stir in berries.

Gently stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Stop stirring once the ingredients are combined (do not over mix). The batter should be quite wet.

Divide mixture evenly between muffin cases.

Divide mixture evenly into muffin tray

Divide mixture evenly into muffin tray

I was so nervous because the mixture was still very wet. I was not sure whether I was doing the right thing!
Bake for about 22-27 minutes. To check whether muffins are cooked, press lightly on the centre of a muffin; if it springs back, it’s ready. A knife inserted into the centre of a muffin should come out without any batter attached.
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This is the second xmas in Land of Oz for me. The first xmas was good for me as I got my first job offer here. The second xmas is good too as I finally got a pay rise. Not huge but encouraging.

Yesterday was our company Xmas party. It was held in the trendiest pub – Establishment in Sydney CBD. It was really fun. A lot of alcohol (as you can expect), food, dance music, people, and dance moves. I have danced but did not drink.. I really like the time to dance my heart out as it is really a good way to relax and relieve my tension over the past few weeks.

The theme of the xmas party was Light, Camera & Action. So the dress code was naturally Glamorous, Fabulous, or In a character. It was fun to see them really dress up and into a character. There was a guy who came as Princess Leila!! Yes, he looked really funny.

He looked exactly like this photo! Funny, isn’t it?

There were Shrek, a number of Jokers, a Batman, few Wonder Women, Sailor Moon, Marilyn Monroe, King Kong Girl, King Kong himself, etc.

I wore a little black dress with bright blue cardigan. Normal and simple.. (more…)

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Everglades is one of Australia’s foremost heritage gardens. This treasure from the 1930s sits in twelve and a half acres of European-style gardens and native Australian bush with breathtaking views over the Jamison Valley in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains.


IMHO, nothing really special there.. but it was a good walk in some nice gardens on a beautiful day!

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Continuing the photo post..

We continued driving towards Kosciuszko National Park. This is the largest national park in New South Wales and one of the greatest in the world. Covering almost 675,000 hectares, the park contains the highest mountains in Australia, the famous Snowy River and all NSW ski fields. Its many and varied attractions include walks through alpine herbfields; spectacular caves and limestone gorges; scenic drives; and historic huts and homesteads. 

In summer, vehicle pass is AUD16. The fee increases to AUD27 during winter!

Because it was still summer. We paid AUD16 to enter the park. And the pass was valid for one day. Then we continued to drive towards Perisher Valley.. 

The moment I stepped out of the car, I realised that I was not wearing enough clothes! It was freaking windy and cold in Perisher Valley! The strong wind almost blown me away!


Didn’t I look funny!?

Climbing to the lookout point..

more & more photos.. (more…)

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Nepean Dam

Let the photos do the talking..


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