Apr 27, 2016

These birds still captivate me every time I look at them. They are beautiful colours of the rainbow and masters of agility.

Doesn't he look like he is doing a chin-up?

These four birds are snacking off the tree near my balcony, and I spent a good 10 minutes stalking them, They pretty much ignored me and went about picking the best bits.

I find animals in Australia a lot less jittery than animals in Malaysia. They seem to know that they don't have much to fear from people, and are used to humans because so many houses share areas with the bush.

This one was about 3 feet away from me (you can see the edge of my roof right there). Yes, he turned to look at the crazy woman stalking him with a camera, but went about eating again.

Feb 22, 2016

Malaysian Migrant in Sydney

Hello there!

When I started this post, we came to Sydney as expats. We love this land and we have now evolved into migrants.

Still, a big part of us will always be Malaysians and we'd love to meet and chat with others. If you are a Malaysian and would like to get in touch just for social purposes, or get any advice from more seasoned migrants, do join our Facebook group :

Malaysians in Sydney

Along with work and the general busyness of life, I don't update this blog as much as I'd like to. There are loads of posts awaiting writing, but they have fallen into my long list of to-dos.

Apr 15, 2015

Of Hunter Valley and smelly goodness


We recently went on a trip to the Hunter Valley. There we sampled smelly cheeses, among them the blue cheese.
Hubby looked at me as I smelt it. I wrinkled my face, and declared, "It smells like garbage."
He took one bite and I asked him how it tastes.
"Like garbage," he winced.
"It's supposed to be complex, multi-layered..." I said, attempting to rationalise what a connoisseur thinks.
"Well, it's complex and multi-layered, like garbage," he said.
Yes, we don't like cheese, but we lurve durian, especially the Musang King variety. It is rich, complex, multi-layered, and 'fragrant'. In fact, it is even more fragrant than cheese, because you can smell it a mile away, and once it gets into a car or a hotel room, no amount of airing will remove the smell. But it is heavenly, while blue cheese is yucky. Go figure.
(Durian cake pop image from www.popolate.com.au)
In Hunter Valley, we also did the obligatory wineyard visiting. My kids said this would be an awesome place to play hide and seek.

Hunter Valley is gorgeous, but it is a bit of a yawn for young families. It is really for the lovebirds, the childless (and therefore more financially endowed) couples, or the wealthy retirees who can indulge in wine and spas and balloon trips.  

The only thing worth a visit is the Christmas light show, I'd say. The tip I'd have is to start your walk after dark - we went in early at 7pm, and couldn't enjoy the start of the tour because the lights had yet to stand out. The magic only happens when it's dark.