Sunday market & walk

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The weather was nice today although it drizzled a bit during midday.

We visited the Takapuna market, one of the busiest and most diverse markets in Auckland.  Probably spent too much time looking at the odds and ends and only managed to grab some vegetables as the stallholders were about to close.  I sure love markets as most other ladies do (I am pretty sure).

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Lunch at Mamak, a Malaysian restaurant famous for its street eats menu was delicious as always.

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After lunch, we walked almost the whole length of the white sand beach.

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It was an awesome Sunday for us and I hope it is for all of you in Auckland and all the other parts of the world too.

Happy Sunday!

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Flat Rice Noodles

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Flat Rice Noodles is known as Kuay Teow (Kuih Tiaw) in Hokkien.

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They are available from Asian supermarket either fresh or dried.  The dried forms are imported from Vietnam or Thailand where they are used for Pad Thai and Pho.

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Flat Rice Noodles is cooked in many varieties in different countries and is a popular street food.

Pad Thaiis made with soaked dried rice noodles, which are stir-fried with eggs and beansprouts.  It may also contain fresh shrimp or chicken.  It is normally served with a wedge of lime and roasted peanuts.  Pad Thai is thought by some to have been introduced to Ayutthaya during the time of the Ayutthaya Kingdom by Chinese traders and subsequently altered to reflect Thai flavor profiles.

pad thaiPhở is a Vietnamese soup consisting of rice noodles (Banh Pho) with herbs and meat, primarily made with either beef (phở bò) or chicken (phở gà).  Pho…

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Birthday lunch at Farina

Happy birthday, Jin. 🎂

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A year ago, I blogged about a birthday lunch at Miss Moonshine with a 6-month-old baby.

Time flies, Baby Kirsty’s dad is another year older.  Today, our family celebrated Jin’s birthday at Farina, an Italian restaurant in Ponsonby.

The restaurant is very cozily decorated and the lady staff was very nice and friendly.  We ordered a few dishes to share.  The girls had a few cocktails but I am old fashioned (no drinks for me during lunch unless it is Christmas) and had my regular cappuccino.

I love their pizza crust, thin and crunchy.  My favorite dish was the lamb ribs.  We sat at the table with the sofa and that was comfortable even with two toddlers who were pretty hard to control.  Overall, the service, ambience and food were great.

Farina deserves a 4.5 (rounded up to 5) Zomato’s ratings from happy diners and two very playful toddlers.  The environment…

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There is always hope

One of the simplest way to stay happy is …………..
Letting go of the things that make you sad.

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NZ Herald’s news today ………….

The owner of a Banksy print allegedly worth more than £40,000 (NZ$81,000) has shredded it in a copycat attempt to try and double its value – but has now been told it is worthless.

Art experts were contacted by an owner hoping to sell their destroyed Girl With a Balloon print after mimicking the artist’s latest stunt – where a remote device was used to shred the Banksy print at auction.

The seller supposedly sliced strips into the expensive piece with a stanley knife, then requested the print be listed for a minimum of £80,000.

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Girl With Balloon – Banksy

Girl with Ballon is undoutedly Banksy’s most famous stencil and one of his most sought-after artwork. The image is now ubiquitous, appearing everywhere on the Internet but also on postcards, mugs, bags… For all Banksy lovers, it’s definitely a must-have piece of art and was released…

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One-Pot Grapefruit Chicken

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It’s grapefruit season!

There’s just so many things you could do with grapefruit.  From sweet treats of brown sugar on grapefruits to cakes, muffins, chutneys, jams and juices.

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With abundance supply, I got a bit creative and created a one-pot Grapefruit Chicken with Orzo Pasta for dinner.

orzopastaIngredients
2 grapefruits (one for marinate and one for cooking)
800g Chicken nibbles (or 10 drumsticks) approximately
2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 onion (chopped into pieces)
Garlic salt seasoning
Mixed herbs
1 tablespoon of Butter for frying
150 gm Orzo Pasta
Celery leaves/parsley for topping (optional)

  1. Grate the grapefruit and juice it.
  2. Marinate chicken with the juice of one grapefruit and brown sugar together with the rind of grapefruit a couple of hours before or overnight.
  3. Slice the other grapefruit into circular pieces.
  4. Heat the pan and add the butter.
  5. Add the chopped onion and marinated chicken.
  6. Add a dash of garlic salt seasoning to…

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Fun things to do each day of the week

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Every little thing in life can be injected with a bit of fun.

Here are 7 fun things to do for each day of the week.

Make cookies with a smiley faces.

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There’s no need to have Pokemon Go, wear a Pikachu pyjamas.

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When on a stroll, jump for a photo shot.

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Don’t miss the fun even when you are alone, watch a comedy.

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Don’t let the rain spoils your fun, have an indoor picnic.

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It’s never too old to play monopoly.

NZMonopBJoin a Laughter Yoga Class.

“In Laughter Yoga, we don’t laugh because we are happy; we are happy because we laugh.” – Dr Kataria, founder of Laughter Yoga.

Credits to all contributors.  Please click on the photos to take you to the source.  I have fun sharing them for this week’s Photo Challenge.  Thank you.

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A rejuvenating trip – Wanaka & Queenstown

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We are so blessed living in New Zealand with the most breathtaking sceneries and fresh air.

THIS BLOG IS FULL OF PICTURES.  A picture speaks a thousand words.

THIS BLOG IS FULL OF LINKS, leading you to the places of interests.

My favourite places to unwind are the ever popular Queenstown which is a top tourist destination and the quieter Wanaka which shares many of the characteristics that draw millions of tourists to Queenstown each year – the mountains, the lakes and the outdoors, only that it is more relaxed and has a carefree feel.

We (or is it just me) kept wanting to go back to Wanaka for relaxation and its unspoilt beauty and Queenstown for the buffet meal at Stratosfare Restaurant.  Trust me, you will never get tired of these two cities, the most beautiful places in the world.

Our last trip was from 20 to 24…

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