CURRENT LOCATION: Albury, NSW, Australia
Albury, is a town or city that's a 4hour drive away from Melbourne. Flew over to Melbourne on the 12th Feb 2016 (Friday) together with Mama Cheng. Came here to stay with my sister, Melissa, who's been posted to Albury for her rural rotation for 2months. So yes, that is the jist of it. That is why I am now in Melbourne but, also not technically in Melbourne.
OOTD for 140216:
Crop Top: TopShop AU
Leather Midi Pants: MDS.com
(Raided my sister's closet and stole the blazer, crop top and sunnies from her haha!)
Headed out for dimsum in Chinatown. Had to go to Shanghai Dynasty in that Bourke Street Mall because everywhere else was fully booked! Apparently it was some "Human's Day" celebration and also Chor 8 of the Chinese New Year, making the entire Chinatown stretch, which is Russell St, to be completely filled with people. Never in my 8years of having been in Melbourne, have I ever seen that many people on the streets of Chinatown!
Mostly asians, but also locals, wandering along the streets of Russell and Little Bourke with their families in tow. Multiple groups of Chinese Associations performing Lion Dances outside of shops. It is our Chinese belief that these dancing lions would bring us good luck and prosperity. Whether it is true or not, I love this tradition regardless.
Speaking of Chinese New Year, the Chengs decided to host another Open House party for our guests and relatives on the First Day of CNY = Chor 1 at our house, like we've always been doing since we moved in 4years ago. It's really nice and heartwarming to see the guests slowly start to pour into the house and better yet, I get to receive a tonne of angpows (red packet money) from them :D
Perks of being unmarried! Married couples will give out red packets with money inside to every unmarried relative or friend or person. I think, the reason why, it's to actually bless us unmarried folk to hopefully eventually be able to find someone to marry lol! So, it's like "Nah, take this money and go find someone to marry la please." hahahaha!
NO, I keeed. That is obviously not the reason why people give out red packets. It's the New Year, so giving out New Money is the same as giving out prosperity and goodwill to the people you care about.
GONG XI FA CAI from Mama Cheng and I
We got our CNY outfit from a small clothing boutique in Sutera Mall Johor Bahru. It's located on the basement floor, directly opposite this Johor Laksa shop. They sell like sooo many beautiful pieces ranging from the super traditional Qua (where it is mostly worn for weddings or really special occasions) to lovely QiPaos and to clothes for normal wear.
Outfits from the few days of Chinese New Year that I was in Malaysia:
Chor 1 (First Day of CNY)
Chor 2 (Second Day of CNY)
Chor 3 (Third Day of CNY)
Vicky was sleeping when I woke her up to take these shots.
She fell back to sleep by the end of it LOL!
And now, back to where I am now, literally sitting on a couch, typing this on my trusty laptop waiting till it's time to pick my sister up from work. My daily routine for the past few days I've been here, includes cleaning, sleeping, cooking, and eating. Yes, COOKING! Been learning a great deal of cooking from Mama Cheng. So much that I've decided to create a hashtag for all my kitchen adventures (currently only 2 LOL).
Cooked Mama Cheng's Recipe Pancakes this morning. It doesn't look like a traditional fluffy pancake, it's a little more to the thin side with a tonne of crispiness on the edges.
And for dinner, we cooked up a feast (for 3pax), Peppered Prawn, Corn Soup, Stewed Pork, and Herbal Tea Eggs.
I must say, I'm becoming super domesticated. I wonder if this can last when I'm back home lol! And ok, this post had too many topics mashed into one. Will stop now and thank you so much for reading :) I will be updating way more regularly now, seriously this time!
Have a wonderful week ahead!