The Dog Walking Chronicles: Lovely Sweethearts

The Promenade, Robina Town Centre

After a morning of shopping and a beautiful lunch at River Penang, James and I hung around Robina Town Centre’s waterfront Promenade. The sun was out and we revelled in the warmth of impending spring. Yes, the days are indeed becoming noticeably warmer. The end of winter is nigh! I can actually wear shorts, skirts and uncovered shoes without my legs and feet going numb!

The Heart of Beautiful Brisbane

A couple of weekends ago, James and I hopped on a train from Helensvale and headed into Brisbane. We mainly stuck around Queen Street and South Bank. Places that were nostalgic to us.

Before we started our relationship, Brisbane was one of the few places we went to as just friends. Well, we didn’t really see each other often before we became a couple. Probably because he was my brother’s friend and being with him meant Kevin would be there too, but mostly because we were both too shy to do anything about it. Anyway yes, Brisbane was one of the places we went to without Kevin knowing. We caught the train up and were stuck in the city the entire day, together and alone. Oh, you should’ve seen us! There wasn’t a time where it was awkward. We just had so much to talk about. Don’t even know what we talked about. But we just couldn’t stop. We had so very much in common. It was so much fun!

Two days after that, we confessed we liked each other and decided to start a relationship.

A year and a half later, we’re still together and very much in love.

Won’t You Shine, Shine On

My boyfriend is a wonderful, beautiful individual who knows how to make me smile and how to make me laugh. I like it when he makes me wholemeal blueberry pancakes for breakfast in the morning, like he did yesterday. I like it when he surprises me with honey green tea from the bubble tea shop when he visits. I like it when he picks up one of the dusty guitars sitting in the corner of my room and sits on my bed to play Aloha de Chocobo.

I also kinda like it when he wears his sunglasses on top of his beanie. It’s cute.

The Dog Walking Chronicles: A Late Afternoon Stroll

A couple of days ago, we took darling Fudge and my camera for a walk. The sun was about to set, so I figured we’d get some pretty shots in the dwindling light. We took Fudge to the nearby dog park where owners are allowed to let their pets run loose and socialise with other dogs. Along our journey, we managed see other little creatures including creepy spiders, beautiful butterflies and brave birds.

A Weekend Getaway on Hamilton Island

A feature blog entry by James, who attempts to summarise his weekend trip to Hamilton Island with his lovely family…

“So, after finishing my final exams on Friday night, I flew to Hamilton Island to meet up with my family and to celebrate my sister’s birthday. Saturday was a fairly relaxing day, mainly spent by the pool eating a fairly average bowl of nasi goreng and trying to tan my relatively pale skin. That night, we headed to the yacht club for my sister’s birthday dinner! Being a somewhat posh restaurant, you would expect my family to have some decorum, but instead we spent about two hours turning our napkins into chickens and pirate hats and forcing the chef to take pictures.

     

The next day, we took the ferry over to the golf club on Dent Island for some lunch and a tour of the back 9 holes. The views from the course were incredible! That night, we stayed in and ordered some amazing pizza from a café on the island. The next morning, my father and I went on a little adventure across the island to have a .22 rifle shooting and go-karting competition. Despite ending up with a horribly bruised back due to some harsh driving, I still beat him! That afternoon, we spent an hour driving around the island on a jet ski tour.


      

Tuesday was our final day on the Island, so we spent the morning packing, then got some very tasty tapas for lunch before leaving at 2! Overall, it was a really good weekend, and a nice break after two and a half weeks of studying and exams, but I was very happy to get back home to Angie.”


Lunch at the Hakataya Noodle Shop

On Tuesday, James and I had a wonderful lunch at the Hakataya Noodle Shop in Surfers Paradise. While their menu isn’t extensive, their ramen is definitely best you can find on the Gold Coast. Their gyoza (Japanese dumplings) are pretty amazing too. After lunch, we stopped by the Hazel Tea Shop to grab some bubble tea. There’s nothing better than a cup full of chilled honey green tea and tapioca pearls.

14 Months, A New Aquarium, White Day

So, many things have happened since the last time I blogged. On Thursday, 1st of March, James and I celebrated our 14 months together. I stayed over at his place because his parents were away. As a surprise, I baked him some mocha cinnamon chocolate chip cookies in the shape of little hearts. In return, he surprised me with a batch of sugar cookies (a few of which were cut into dinosaur and heart shapes). They were absolutely lovely and the texture was perfect. They were soft but still retained a bit of crunchiness which I always enjoy in sugar cookies. I liked them so much that I asked for the recipe! James wasn’t too happy about them, however. He didn’t think they were good enough as a monthaversary present, so he actually made me another batch of goodies a few days later to make up for his ‘fail’ sugar cookies, although I didn’t think they were bad at all! His other batch of goodies? Wonderfully fluffy little melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate and pink icing, which honestly blew me away!

Daytime antics at James’ house. We eat and do funny dances. Most of the time. Well, probably all of the time, if we’re not busy baking/cooking in the kitchen.

On Friday afternoon, we had a wonderful little picnic under the shade of one of the billion large palm trees outside James’ house. We had a really nice view of the water. Halfway through the picnic, Pickles and Bonanza flew into the tree we were under to come squeak hello. Well, they were pretty much observing us with their cute little curious stares. One of them eventually hung upside down on one of the palm fronds and stayed in that position long time just looking at us being all cuddly and kissy. I’ve seen Pickles and Bonanza be very cuddly and kissy towards each other and I bet you they think it’s rather nice to see human couples act the same way too!

  

When we went back inside the house, we hung out downstairs (where no one really hangs out), and had a little short-lived competition at the pool table. I lost. Enough said.

 

On Saturday, 3rd March, mum and dad treated us to a yum cha lunch at Top One. It was an extremely filling and satisfying lunch. I don’t spend much time with my busy parents anymore so it was nice to be out with them. After that, James and I visited the huge pet store at Biggera Waters (Brontasurus) to look at cute little animals. From yellow ducklings to Persian kittens to Japanese quails to Mexican Axolotls, this store always has something to offer! I was quite interested in the fish section. I used to keep fish as a kid and my house back in Singapore had a large 90 gallon (~340 litre) aquarium that was full of amazing tropical fish.

Anyway, when we got home from the pet store, guess what my parents had waiting for me in my bedroom! A brand new aquarium! Alright, so it’s tiny (only about 5 or 6 gallons), but still! I now have a new little fish tank sitting in my bedroom! It’s been a week and a bit since I got the tank now, so it’s currently stocked with a bunch of living creatures, but it took a lot of work getting the tank to the state it’s in now! All the rocks and gravel and planting and water testing! Well, at least there’s fish in there now and they seem happy! :)

As well as the aquarium, my parents brought home a tasty mini Japanese cheesecake for James and I to share! ♥

The 6th of March was Ann’s birthday. There was a little family dinner at Naomi’s house. Naomi prepared an awesome bangers and mash dinner, plus bread and butter pudding for dessert. So full afterwards! For Ann’s birthday present, I got her a set of Crabtree and Evelyn products that came in the prettiest box ever, and also, a pashmina cashmere shawl. Ann is James’ mum, by the way!

 
Left: Ella with her daddy, playing with the mini trampoline!
Right: Mohawk’d Ella and her granddaddy!

13th March (Tuesday), James came over and handed me two adorably wrapped presents as early White Day gifts. He stuck little messages written in Japanese on them, which I thought was very clever and cute. Inside the presents were, of course, chocolate. Lindt chocolate. Yummy, yummy!

Well guys, that’s all I have to blog about. I just want to finish off this blog entry by adding that James and I have booked flights to Japan and we’ll be going in May. We’ll be staying in Yokohama and Tokyo. I am extremely excited! Can’t wait!