Saturday, February 17, 2018

Flower Quickly Fading

Well what a week it has been. Finished off internals rotation 1 already. These 6 weeks have literally flew by. I tell myself to study something after uni, but I somehow don't end up studying stuff. Internals was pretty good since you actually don't start at 9am everyday. Didn't have that many px since uni isn't officially opened, but still glad they got some px's booked in. Quite a few days where you turn up to uni and don't get to see anyone, but can't do much. I guess I will miss internals because of how everything you do at uni is the gold standard method, and so much imaging equipment involved unlike outside in the 'real world' where you do like 10% of what you learn at uni, and not much equipment is available. There's also less pressure to sell glasses at uni, unlike outside where all the CEOs and shareholders and bosses just want that profit. 

Next 6 weeks are back to work, and no, I didn't organise it myself. Good thing is it's close, but bad thing is I might work for free. Hopefully I will be allowed to practice and do stuff...guess we'll see, but that means not going to be in the city as often and can't pass by to get freebies or cafe hopping. At least can avoid 2+hr bus journeys to uni. Traffic in the arvo is not too bad. The morning will get worse once uni officially starts, so I already avoided a lot of being trampled/fighting going on buses going to and from uni.

Thanks BW 💜

 


stems so long

petals

Since it's my blog, I'm allowed to spam photos here lol. Me being stingy purposely requested nothing crazy expensive tbh. Flowers are already expensive, and prices do go up for Vday. Bouquets are nice to look at, but I would rather eat the 3 figures worth of money rather than have flowers which are temporary. Yes food is temporary, but you can't eat flowers (apart from those edible flowers).

Saw some influencers on Insta who had a bunch of roses, and they were $500, quite a few dozen of roses in a hemisphere shape...but really $500 for something that will die in about a weeks time? $500 can buy you half an iPhone, or quite a few expensive meals. I guess some people are willing to pay that much, but I don't think I could even accept something so outrageously expensive.  


Interesting flavour

There's quite a bit of meringue and lemon curd in it, so there's actually not much ice cream. It does melt quite fast since it's softer in texture. It's not too sweet since the lemon curd helps cuts the sweetness.



Thank goodness for honest people because I almost lost my $600 lens yesterday. Didn't realise the supervisor didn't put it back in my case. I took back the case but the next day someone said they had my lens. Nts: check lens is in it's case before finishing packing up. Since I'm not back at uni for ages, and a new group is starting internals, then I would've freaked out if I opened my case on Monday to find a missing lens. 

Hokkaido milk and matcha latte, yuzu sorbet-$3.90 each

The hokkaido milk could be a bit more milkier, matcha latte wasn't as strong in matcha since it's a latte I guess. Yuzu was more on the sweet side rather than the citrusy side, but could still taste it. It wasn't a very smooth sorbet, bit more on the icy side but still melted quite quick.


Free chatime at Castle Towers: green tea, grapefruit, no sugar, no ice, with coconut jelly-$5.70

I normally don't ever but this stuff since the grapefruit flavouring is still sugar in a diff form, so only drink this stuff if it's free or I'm overseas. This one was ok, couldn't taste much green tea since the grapefruit covered it, but grapefruit could've been more sour. The coconut jelly wasn't very coconut flavoured either. Waited around 20mins for this so not too long. It took about 10mins to get into the car park and 5mins out since so many traffic jams around the shopping centre. They also closed off some entrances for maintenance or something. Nts: don't go shopping centres in middle of day in weekends. There's pretty much same amount of traffic as peak hour time. Since they implemented paid parking, finding a spot wasn't too hard.

Greek gyros: lamb and halloumi 

Greek food for lunch because why not?

 
2 days later

3 days later. I like the tallness of the long stems



Lyrics from Who Am I

Normally no one replies to Insta stories, but funnily 2 people replied this time. One also suggested to hang a rose upside down in the dark to dry them, so yolo and going to try. This song has been in my head the past week. Reminder that everything on earth is temporary.

Booked flights for parents so they can fly back to HK for grandfather's funeral. I guess I am pretty lucky to have reached my age where all 4 grandparents are alive, and now just 3. I guess I'm not as affected since it's sort of expected when people get old, their bodies just don't function as well. 

Ended up having French food on CNY eve. I guess we didn't really have a lot of food either at home since parents didn't feel like celebrating cause of fam...I am Asian but not Asian enough to celebrate, even though it is my year. It's cute how people post photos of their dogs.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Pablo

First time I had Pablo was in Tokyo last June, and it was amazing with the melted cheese inside. Japan also has heaps of flavours as well, where as the Sydney was mainly 3 flavours plus a special. They only do the cheesecake version in the bigger cakes instead of selling individual portions. Got the 3 mini tarts: matcha, original and white choc raspberry Christmas special.


 
Matcha-$4.50, original-$4.20, white choc raspberry-$4.50



display





look at that gap between the filling and the tart


 

The pastry is so ridiculously thick compared to Japan. I never got around to doing a Tokyo food blog post (since 6+meals a day would take me like 6 years at this rate lol), but I can guarantee Japan's once are a lot better in terms of technique and flavour, at least it's not like 0.5cm of pastry.




could have more matcha flavour



The inside didn’t have that ‘melting’ effect for the original flavour and the pastry is also a lot thicker than Japan. Normally if something from overseas comes to Aus, it’s generally not as good, like Tim Ho Wan with ridiculously thick pastry and close to no filling for Sydney BBQ pork buns.

The Pablo cheese tarts in Sydney just didn’t have the same taste or feel compared to overseas. They are ok, but not worth the $4+ price tag. Worth trying once in Sydney but multiple times (if I had time) in Japan. 



menu


Pablo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, February 12, 2018

It's ironic how patients where you see more 'interesting' stuff on the anterior eye that they also tend to be the ones where you can't fill your 'quotas' and normal stuff to practice on. Not going to reach my sem 1 quotas so probs try make it up in sem 2. It's just really a matter of 'luck' depending on your patients, and also supervisor if they allow you to do extra techniques. Less primary care clinics this week but can't do much and I have a feeling no LV...Most of the time you trek to uni to see a px, but I still really appreciate the learning environment since there's so much equipment to use and all the optoms are so smart.

Coco Cubano: mango and lime granita-$7.50

Trying not to be anti social so plugged on a drink which I can technically make at home. This was more on the sweet side. I remember having nicer drinks at the Parra one ages ago... Haven't been to the other side of the uni for so long, and didn't realise still so much construction going on. 

Having internals isn't too bad since you don't really start at 9am each day unlike next rotation with the private placement. Goodbye to brunch times and food adventures during the day. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Winter Olympics 2018

Yay Olympics! How has it already been 2 years since Summer Olympics... Love watching the Olympics, and for winter, my favourite would defs be figure skating. It's just so elegant, and their costumes are amazing. It's held in some rural mountains in South Korea this year. Another reason winter Olympics is good since it's held during our summer, and beginning of the year is less busy, whereas normal Olympics is normally when we have exams/busy in August.

Korean kids are pretty cute, and there's quite a lot of nice synchronisation. They have heaps of newer technology lights/projections which seem more 3D. They have lights between each chair, so from a birds eye view, you can see different projections on the audience. The country name carrier ladies have really pretty costumes. I find it funny how they have seat warmers on the seats. The stadium is a lot smaller than the normal 400m track.

Fav part were the 1200 drones which formed a skateboarder then the Olympic rings-it's so cool! Like how do they not crash?

Had to Google why the order of countries are so weird and not in alphabetical order. Turns out Greece always comes out first since the first Olympics were first held there, and it's by the Korean alphabet, so Aus comes out last. Maybe Australia is sort of pronounced the Jap way with an O..? Host country always comes out last.

Interesting that Russia is banned cause of the whole doping scandal, and 'clean' Olympians compete under the Olympic flag, and team is called 'Olympic Athlete from Russia.' Also didn't realise Taiwan has to compete under 'Chinese Taipei' with a modified flag including the Olympic rings.

Those Scandinavian countries/northern countries/USA with real snow always are the strong winners, but it's still nice to see other non snow countries still compete. Aus still has a decent team.

Every time it's winter Olympics, I just think of Steven Bradbury winning Australia's first gold medal. A lesson to never give up.

Some countries just have one competitor and then 3 people behind who are coaches.

I know I should study, but Olympics are every 4 years so...

Friday, February 9, 2018

Wild Sage

I normally figure out where I want to eat beforehand, but on this night spontaneously decide to come here to also try to avoid the rain. This new building in Barangaroo was built within months, since my bus goes past it every morning, and you can see the progress everyday. It's a nice half indoor/outdoor sort of restaurant, although not all their outdoor seating is fully covered so some of it gets wet outside. I love the floor to ceiling windows though since it allows natural light into the restaurant. Inside there aren't many seats, but they were kind enough to give us a bigger corner table.

food spread



One for the lady: Irresistable & Addictive. Rose petal infused vodka, pear brandy & pomegranate fused with fresh lime & vanilla. Served straight up in a classy martini glass-$18

I hardly ever order drinks when I eat out, apart from coffees, but alcohol is expensive so I normally don't order it. The cocktails in photos looked too pretty to pass this time round, so decided to share this drink. It was actually really delicious, it had a bit of sweetness from the fruits and the floral flavour wasn't too overpowering, yet you could still taste the vodka in it. Sometimes cocktails just taste like cocktails or juices, and you think if they even put any alcohol in it.




Pork belly lollipops with cabbage, daikon, pickled carrots, sesame seeds, shallots, chilli aioli-$16 

I love the sound of this on paper and thought it was very cute. You get 2 pieces per stick, so it is pricey, but so delicious. I don't normally eat the fat of pork belly at home, but I do if I eat out. The skin was crunchy and had decent chunks of meet. The sauce was a nice sticky yet not too sweet, and the chilli aioli helped give a mild kick to it. 


Slow cooked ox cheek with guinness beer, pickled carrot, dikon, pomegranate, crispy shallots, horseradish-$28

inside

The ox cheek was cooked perfectly, and split really easily with a knife. It looks small but once you start digging in, it's pretty filling. Couldn't really taste the guinness beer since all the alcohol was probably cooked off already. The pickled carrots and other veggies helped to keep this dish light.


Black chicken: pepper, lemon grass, tamari & coriander chicken with green mango cabbage salad-$28

This sounded cool on paper but was more on the average side. I was thinking of it being really black like charcoal, but I guess the black is from the paper. Flavour wise, the chicken wasn't overly seasoned and cooked well. This dish was really fresh, but the salad does have quite a lot of acidity to it, so more of an acquired tasted.




open kitchen










Wild Sage Barangaroo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Pipilotti Rist: Sip My Ocean-MCA

A rare day off meant finally having the chance to visit this exhibit at the MCA. Was originally going to go here 2 months ago, but we ended up seeing Yayoi in Brisbane. I'm not a big fan of modern art, but this exhibit and Yayoi Kusama were both pretty good. First time going to a paid exhibit in the MCA, but I think this one was worth it. There's quite a bit of interactive stuff to do, and lots of cool projections projecting onto different every day objects, yet sort of gave a homely feel. 

The main exhibit was the Pixel Forest, that has lights which changed colour and matched the artist's song. Spent a decent amount of time here just taking photos for fun. Good thing about coming on a morning non-school holiday weekday is there are minimal amount of people in photos.

Credit goes to BW for this pic

Just some other snaps from my iPhone, took one too many photos so just picked some pics with lights in my favourite shades of purple.