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Jan 30, 2011

Project 365

I know I know. I'm a super failed blogger. Lots of stuff to post about actually but the thought of me not being able to upload photos via blogger anymore is such a pain! Which usually is the case of me not feeling like blogging. I'll slowly post something soon..

Anyway, the main reason of this post is... As requested by my cousin Amanda, she started her Project 365 on New Year's day and asked me to start 1 as well. After lots and lots of delays, I finally started my own. Project 365 is basically an album of 365 photos truout a period of 1 year. Taking a photo a day. People with really good photography skills usually showcase their different skills each day. Well too bad, I'm no pro. So I'll take this opportunity to make an album showcasing what I do everyday for a year. Sort of like a photo diary.

I'm usually someone who gives up easily some certain things, especially when I'm too lazy.. So we shall see how long will this Project 365 last. Hopefully I'll pull it through. Wish me luck :D

Here's my album - Project 365

Jan 7, 2011

Hairloom & Caramel

I'm back with Food posts. This time, something cute and colourful from Singapore!!

The next morning after coming back from Australia, my dear cousin, Amanda brought me to this really interesting cafe called Hairloom & Caramel, a salon and cafe in Shaw Plaza, somewhere near Bugis area.


Hairloom being the Salon.



and Caramel the cafe.

Went along with my sister and cousin from my mom's side, plus my mom for morning desserts :)

My dear cousin, Amanda

The uniqueness of the cafe - everything's so colourful and unique. Each different from one another yet they blend so well together.

I came back during Christmas time so the salon and cafe were decorated with christmasy tringklets. Which explains the christmas tree in the picture of the salon.



This place doesn't just provide hairdressing services and F&B services, it also sells interesting little tringklets like in the pictures below. I love seeing stuff like these.

Was so tempted to buy the Director's Card Clock and the Film Clock! Yes, they are digital alarm clocks.




I used to own 1 of these mini pianos when I was a kid. I wonder what happened to it.

Alright, now to the main purpose of visiting this cafe...And it's none other than...

CUPCAKES!!!  My favourite - Chocolate cupcake with Caramel Topping. The one on the far left with obvious caramel sauce on top.

People who knows me knows that I can never say no to desserts, especially cakes. And I mean NEVER unless I'm really tooooo full. But even if I were, I would still go for it. LOL. 

Besides cupcakes, they also have other desserts like Bread and Butter pudding which was pretty good too.

Creame Brulee (another favourite dessert of mine) 
and Brownie cupcake. 

I didn't really enjoy the brownie cupcake as it was a bit too dry for my liking, but I love love LOVED the creame brulee.

They don't just serve desserts, they serve salads, soups and proper food to fill tummies in the morning, afternoon and night :)

I think this was Terriyaki Chicken Salad. Pretty delicious 

Of course, drinks as well.

Hot chocolate with marshmallows.

Hairloom & Caramel also does catering for Birthdays and other functions. You can even book the whole cafe (it's not that big) for birthdays and such. Which I think it's a pretty swell place to celebrate in. I would if I lived in Singapore. A friend of mine did, and her pictures were awesome! So colourful and pretty.. I shall find my own little unique, colourful and interesting cafe in KL and have a small party there one day. Yes, ONE DAY. lol...

Will definitely go at least once more and enjoy the cupcakes before flying back to the land down under...

Jan 3, 2011

Australia Zoo: A Dream Come True

The day before we headed back to Melbourne, we rented a car from Budget and drove to Beerwah to visit 1 of my Must-visit-place-before-I-die - The Australia Zoo a.k.a Home of the Crocodile hunter - Steve Irwin. He's 1 of my well respected idol. Such a waste to hear that he'd passed away. Been watching his series on Animal Planet called the Crocodile Hunter for a very long time till it ended suddenly :( 

So this post is something very dear to me and this experience is really a memorable one for me.

Yay to Australia Zoo! Home of The Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin!!
I was sooo excited that I couldn't stop screaming in the car like a crazy little fan girl. Lol!!! But unfortunately, halfway tru our journey there, it started to pour. And it poured real mad that the zoo was badly flooded.

Flooded up to knee length I would say. Haha. What an adventure.
Even when it was raining cats and dogs, I was too excited to stay under the shelter and wait for the rain to stop before wondering around the zoo. Thank God I didn't wait too, or else I'll only be exploring the place when it's about to close.

Before the start of the 1st show, we walked around and admired these old pictures of both Steve Irwin and his parents and his wife as well as recent pictures of his family.

There's even a comic about him!

First show we watched was the Warrior show where it showcases Elephants, birds, snake and CROCODILES!!! 

The Crocoseum. It was like a DREAM COME TRUE for me to be sitting in this crocoseum!!! If you follow the Crocodile Hunter on Animal Planet, I think you'll feel the same way too. The Planner/Navigator surely do.

A conservation message by Steve Irwin. Sure wished he was still alive. It'll be another dream come true to meet him in person.

The Elephants.



The Grand Finale


Next was the Otter show. So cute, aren't they?!

These Water Dragons were everywhere around the zoo, running freely. Apparently, if they happen to climb into the Otter's enclosure, they'll never come out again.. Lol!

and he couldn't keep his hands to himself. lol

Wombats!!! and it's baby...


In the East Asia part of the Zoo, we saw Elephants taking a dip in their pool. From this enclosure, it clearly shows how lucky these animals are to be living in Australia Zoo and not any other zoo (of course, they're better left in the wild). This zoo is SO well done, SO beautifully done for these animals to enjoy.

Just look at how the Elephant's enclosure look like.

This will soon be a Cheetah race track. 

Red Panda

The Crocodile above is dedicated to NiniekSugiartiNiniek.  Niniek, meet Daisy :D

Fang 2.

The crocodile above will be very familiar to Crocodile Hunter followers. It's the famous Acco. Largest crocodile in the zoo, weighing 1 ton!

And Agro (below), 2nd largest croc in the zoo, weighing 600kg!

When it was raining heavily and the zoo was flooded, they closed the pathways leading to these 2 crocs. That's how dangerous they are :)

Next, the snake enclosures, showcasing Australia's most dangerous snakes.

The bones of a python and a pig. Reminds me of Bintan when I witnessed a python having it's meal.

Would you just look at that.. A giant Orca!!! I want!!!!!!!!!!!

There's this petition going on about saving Steve's Place. You can logon and read more about it, also, please sign the petition :) - Save Steve's Place

While waiting for the last croc show of the day, we took the time to camwhore round the zoo.

His 1st time touching a Koala.

And finally I got to cuddle a Koala!!! :D

Big croc showdown. Would you dare?

The last croc show - The illusive croc, Casper.

They've recently built an animal hospital just behind  the zoo. only requires a donation of $2 to enter.

baby bats...

Koala rehabilitation centre...

The doing an operation on a poor turtle.

 Overall, the experience was unbelievable! Left me speechless. Everything was so beautifully done and well maintained. The BEST zoo I've ever visited!

 Not to mention we had fun driving there and back :)

Car rental by Budget Rentals: bout $90 (split between the number of people in the car)
In this case, 2
Zoo admission: $46 (student & Senior citizen)
: $58 (Adults)