Pylon Lookout and Milsons Point

Two of the most iconic landmarks in Sydney are the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. I've always been fascinated by the latter and seriously considering doing the Bridge Climb in the near future (I have to save more because it costs around AU$300). For the meantime, why not go for the next best and cheaper thing?

Cafe Spotting: The Grounds of Alexandria

Sydney prides itself of its brunch culture. With hundreds of cafes flocking the city, finding the right one could be a bother. Thankfully, there are such places that we can consider as go-to or must-visits, one of which is The Grounds of Alexandria. Aside from being a café, a restaurant, and a nice outdoor eating spot, The Grounds has a lot of other things to offer such as pretty interiors and exteriors, luscious greens, and even rustic feels. Not to mention they serve up some of the best nutella doughnuts and most refreshing lemonades!

The downside, this place can get pretty crowded especially during the weekends. If your schedule permits, time your visit away from the peak days (usually weekends). Go on a Thursday just before noon to get the most out of your visit. Plus the doughnut cart is open! :P

On the other hand, during weekends they would have The Grounds Market, where around 80 stallholders would sell their unique and local wares to the general public. It's up to you if you want to brave the crowds but I can say this place definitely deserves a visit or two.

Shrimp with Asparagus (with just the right hints of spicy)

I've always been a fan of prawn and shrimp. I can still remember when I was a kid, I would beg my parents to eat at Tokyo Tokyo after Sunday's mass so that I can have Tempura. Up to now, this crustacean is still my favourite.

For some reason, I find it difficult to cook shrimp at home. It doesn't taste as well as the ones I order outside but when you get this craving, there's no stopping me in trying.

One recipe, I will be sharing today (I actually have two in the bag, I'll share the other one next week) is a simple dish called Shrimp with Asparagus. I feel that it will taste better with fresh shrimp that's been peeled and deveined but we have to make do with the frozen variety. The red chili pepper adds a lot of kick to this otherwise simple dish. For the garlic, ginger, and soy sauce, I eyeballed the measurements so just adjust it accordingly depending on your taste and flavour ;)

How to apply for an Australian Visa in the Philippines (via ImmiAccount)

I guess, in one way or another, we all have an idea of our dream destination. That for me would be the Land Down Under. This beautiful country has lots to offer! As I said before, I stayed there for a month and I haven't even scratched the surface. I just can't get enough of this wonderful place so I thought I would apply again for a tourist visa. Previously, I applied through VFS Global (which I will blog on a separate post). I decided to apply online because 1.) It is more economical and cost-effective 2.) I can do it at the comforts of home and 3.) It saves paper since everything is electronically submitted.

Food in Photos: Surfers Paradise, Queensland

Aside from fond memories, my recent travel to Australia also made me gain weight. I couldn't blame anyone because I brought this to myself, eating left and right just excited to try and taste everything. If you take a peek at my phone's camera roll, half of it is about food.

If we're being honest, I must admit that I have this nasty habit of going on a diet right before a big trip. The main reason I would say to people is that I want to look good in photos but secretly I just want to make room for all the food that I am going to eat! ;)

Today on the blog, I'm sharing some of the glorious food (and drinks) that I consumed in Surfers Paradise, Queensland. Enjoy xx

Sydney in Photos Part I: Chinese Garden of Friendship

I said that I would write something while I'm on vacation but obviously that did not happen. I was either too enthralled by the sights or too tired from all the walking. Oh, Sydney, how can I even start? If I would have to choose a new favourite city, Sydney will win hands down (Sorry Hong Kong). There are just too many sights to see and lots of scenes to immerse yourself.

It's the kind of place where you want to live and never want to leave. 

I was there for a month and I feel that I didn't even scratch the surface. There were so many stories to tell, so many mishaps to share, and so many lessons to learn.

I had so many photos to show (!!!) and here's just a part of it.

Honey Garlic Chicken

I skipped two #SundayCooking posts because I was preparing for my trip, which again I feel that I am nowhere near ready. I packed and unpacked then packed again :| I wanted to bring everything with me!!! I am in awe of people who can fit everything in one suitcase. Now, don't get me started on capsule wardrobe (how is that even possible?) It seems like I have a long way to go before I become a savvy traveler (but I am learning! :P).

Squeezing in a post because who knows when I would be able to blog again (Hopefully, I would be able to sneak in a few travel posts and pictures!)

Today's recipe is Honey Garlic Chicken, you can do this with beef but I am not that confident yet with cooking beef so I'm sticking with chicken. Up to you! ;)

Bacon Chorizo Potato Salad

Today on the blog: Making your comfort food and just being grateful ;) I've been feeling down in the dumps lately, an excuse for me to just go ahead and eat anything (I'm looking at you Potato Corner fries!!!). I'm always stressed and annegry. Although, whenever I feel whiny and mad, I would also realise how grateful I should be about everything that is happening to me right now. I know that life could be many times better but in my current state, I am grateful that I'm in a good place even if I don't realise or admit it often.

Gratitude is such a powerful feeling. You won't believe how many times I've been saved by practising it! Just wanted to remind myself and my readers of it, Be grateful and thankful even of the littlest of things! It would make a lot of difference in your life!

On another note, food does make a big difference not only in one's life but on one's stomach as well! :P A comfort food like no other – creamy, sweet and tangy potato salad. It is something you can make over the weekend, stuff inside your fridge and take out whenever you feel the need to consume comfort food.  In this case, they consumed everything in one sitting. I have to replenish and buy ingredients for a bigger batch next time ;)

Ham & Cheese Quesadilla

What a crazy week it has been! Tomorrow is going to be a start of another crazy week (or maybe not!). I made a mental note that I should update this blog regularly and that means doing a #SundayCooking post. 

The problem: I wasn't able to swing by the supermarket. 
The solution: Scavenge for ingredients in the refrigerator.

Luckily, I have some leftover flour tortilla, ham and a bit of quick melting cheese. That's why today on the blog, I'm sharing to you how you can make Quesadilla from just about anything in your refrigerator (as long as you have flour tortilla wraps at the ready). 

Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie

You know how sometimes you'd want to dig in to something hearty but wouldn't want to get so stressed in cooking. Fret not! I know just the thing. Sharing to you tonight, a recipe that I would consider as Masarap, Masustansya at Kayang-Kaya! 

You don't need to make a pie crust, because who has time to knead a dough anyway! Instead, let's start with Purefoods' Sexy Chix Chicken Chunks in Guiltless Broth, a bit (or a lot) of Magnolia Quickmelt Cheese and Magnolia Gold Unsalted Butter.

Masarap, Masustansya at Kayang-kaya: Baked Sesame Chicken

I've always liked chicken. Chicken > Pork! For some unknown reasons, I am most attracted to the breasts and would always pass on the legs. That's just how the way it is! While, I know so many others who love legs, thighs and wings. Ha! That goes to show how diverse we are on our taste buds. Fortunately, we don't have to buy it separately. We can just buy one whole chicken, chop, cook and dig in! On a side note, I have always been fascinated with whole chickens and families. Most of the time, when families order/cook a whole chicken, nothing would get wasted, each member of the family has their favourite part and no one has to worry of leftovers. ;)

Today on the blog, I bought one whole chicken, cooked a part of it and turned it to something amazing! ;) All you need to do is to whisk together the ingredients for the marinade, pour it and let it sit then bake! Easy Sesame Chicken! Eh talagang Masarap, Masustansya at Kayang-kaya ang recipe na 'to! 

Whole Wheat Broccoli and Sausage Pasta

I can’t believe that it is already the first week of April. It seems like time just flew by and now here we are trying our best to keep up with our resolutions. I honestly want to practise more cooking and less eating (out). So today on the blog, I’ll share one of the dishes I have prepared a few weekends back. It is easy, quick and most importantly delicious! Ingredients can easily be bought at your local supermarket so you don’t have any excuses! ;)

Salmon Burger

I wish everyone had an amazing holiday season and time to start fresh this 2016! I am so psyched about the beginning of the year because it acts as a reset button where you can start anew and really get motivated! One of my NY goals is to make more conscious choices when it comes to what I eat in a daily basis.

So for this fine weekend, I decided to make some Salmon Burgers minus the cheese.