I made an effort to take lots of foodporn pics for my 24th birthday this year but I put off blogging about it for two freaking months. Haha! Well, it's a beautiful day today and I can honestly say that I've exhausted my thirst for Korean variety shows, American TV shows and Japanese anime.. well not really but enough for me to sit down and start blogging again!
Twenty four. Twenty four... TWENTY FOUR!!
Wow. I actually still can't believe I am already 24! It almost feels like that older I get, the faster the years seem to pass by. Maybe I'm just a lot busier than I used to be. I've mentioned this to a few people (namely my customers) and I get the feeling that maybe we aren't THAT busy; we just get so caught up with whatever is happening that we don't stop to take a breath and reflect on life as much. My life is solidly WORKWORKWORK. SLEEPSLEEPSLEEP. Then, on my days off, SLEEPSLEEPSLEEP. CATCHUPONTVSHOWS. On occasion, I'll catch up with friends and have a super indulgent meal. For the most part, I've stopped doing things I really love though.
I really DO love TV, don't get me wrong... but what about my hobbies and interests? I don't bother doing anymore decoden (but it's probably because I've outgrown that phase), I probably don't read as much (even though I just bought 11 books from book depository the other week lol), I don't play with my makeup, go out and exercise, get entangled with photography and photo editing... the list really does go on! I don't do anything for ME anymore. I just do the simple things in life that don't involve much thought or creativity and that just help me wind down after being heavy loaded with work.
It's only now that I'm starting to really reflect on it. With summer slowly approaching, I want to be able to look at my life and feel some sort of fulfilment. Now that I've finished my studies, I have nothing but work to concentrate on and it's not even the job I thought I'd be in at this age. I know now that I need to invest my energy into more than one thing because I face so many disappointments through work and it hits me the hardest because I'm far too involved. I think I'd be a lot happier if I alleviated a lot of that into something else I enjoy more.
Anyway, this is all getting a little too D&M for me.
ONTO THE BIRTHDAY PHOTOS!!
Birthday dinner with my family.
This year, I wanted to take my family out for a change and treat them to dinner as a small thanks for everything they've done for me. My plan failed.
My brother has a knack for grabbing the bill really fast because his in-laws always beat him to the punch whenever they go for family dinners out. I had no chance. Dad received the bill and my brother instantly asked to see the price and then BAM! He whipped out his credit card and it was over in a flash. I was actually really upset that he ruined my plans but he told me that because he couldn't get me anything I wanted in Hong Kong, this was his present to me. Gosh.. silly brother.
The dinner venue was quite nice. Really great service and we had a nice private booth to sit in for dinner. The wait staff cooked and cut up all the BBQ meat for us and were very accommodating. I would say the food was delicious, but not something I would crave for. It's a really expensive place to dine in, so I doubt I'll be back until there's another special occasion.
My sweet Tofu-cheeks took me out for a really lovely dinner treat at Izakaya Den and Passion Flower for my birthday. I'd never been to Izakaya Den before and I never knew it existed becaause of it's low-key entrance (hidden stairwell lol). The atmosphere was really classy; think contemporary izakaya style. The dishes were all in small serves (just like many izakaya), but there was quite a bit to choose from. My personal favourites were the corn and also the pork belly (melts in your mouth *yum!*). They also had an extensive sake and alcoholic beverage list. I got myself two yummy cocktails hehehe. I would definitely go back, even though it was more on the pricey side. That's what you get for really GREAT food!!!
My friends had told me about this place a few times so they decided to take me there as a birthday treat! The restaurant is small but still full of people. We ordered a big sushi platter to share as well as a few other things on the menu to try. I loved every single mouthful!! My favourites would have to be the grilled unagi nigiri and also the softshell crab handroll which the owner recommended to us! Really lovelly fulfilling meal~ I would definitely recommend this place and would go again :)
é with Julie.
On my actual birthday, my parents were all out so I decided to go for a birthday brunch with Julie! It was her first time at Chez Dré so we decided to go all out on the food and desserts hahah! I've been to Chez Dré only once before with my friend Jasmin, so I haven't been able to try a lot of their food yet. Every time I do go, I'm always very happy when I leave. The food is very comforting and I love the runny poached eggs. The sauteed mushrooms are always super delish as well! The desserts were really perfect! I didn't eat the roasted coconut pineapple tart until I got home, but it was so silky and smooth and had the perfect sour/sweet combo from the pineapple. My other favourite is the caramel eclair, which I got last time too. You really must try it if you're a fan of salted caramel~
After brunch, we ended up walking along Chapel street for some light shopping. It was raining that day so there really wasn't much to do. It would have been great if the sun had been out, because then we could have just sat in a park or something. Oh well, that's Winter in Melbourne for you!
All in all, I had a great birthday this year. Birthdays are becoming less of a big thing for me now that I'm getting older. That's why I didn't bother organising a birthday party this year. I expect that I might do something next year, but we'll see how things go haha. I'm just really thankful that I was able to spend some quality time with some great people in celebration of my birthday. I felt very spoilt with love and amazing food hahaha.
I hope that from now on, I can make time to blog a bit more often. Maybe once a week if I can. I'll see how things go. Anyway, thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed all the delicious photos!