Lang Nuong Vietnam, Foch Road, Singapore.
Address: 18 Foch Rd, Singapore 209260.
Another try of the Vietnamese food at this authentic Vietnamese restaurant which is located at Foch Road, next to VXX Cooperative cafe and the famous pig organ soup shop.
The setting of the restaurant is authentic with low height’s tables and chairs. They are famous for Vietnamese BBQ. During lunch time visit, there is no people around except my colleagues and myself. I think they are doing night business more than the afternoon session.
The beef pho has the almost equal quality with the beef pho at Mrs. Pho. The soup broth is good but they added some pepper into the soup, it gave extra kick. I am not sure whether it is original.
The noodle and ingredients are generous, the price is same as Mrs. Pho and if want to compare with Mrs. Pho, perhaps, Mrs. Pho will be the better choice for me.
Mount Wellington, Tasmania, Australia.
It was September 2017, it was still cooling and winter season was not over yet in Tasmania. I was travelling from Singapore to Tasmania for the first time. Having busy for the weeks before my departure, I did not make a good preparation for myself to the unfamiliar weather in Tasmania.
It was a great challenge for myself while staying in Tasmania during the winter because I did not bring along a winter cloth. With just a normal jacket which I used in my office in Singapore, I walked around in the street and even went up to the Mount Wellington. I was not remember what the temperature was when we were half way en-route to the peak.
It was cold in the morning although it was sunny, later of the morning, just before noon, the sky went dark and started drizzling. We hurried up back into our rented car and drove away to the Mount Wellington.
We were greeted by a rainbow. The picture below I took using my mobile phone, Huawei P10 with filter on.
It is a beautiful scene, it always brightens up everyone’s the day whenever we see a rainbow. More happy if we could see double rainbows. At that point of time, I looked at the rainbow, I felt all the worries have temporary left and I learned to enjoy my life and quickly adapt the environment in Tasmania.
I am wondering why I took a picture of these two flowers and the art on the wall. It is a portrait picture, not even a landscape, which at least it would be able to show the whole piece of the wall painting.
Mysteriously, I feel… I must be thinking about something when I took this picture. Anyway, this Airbnb’s house has a lot of wall paintings. There is another one in the living room.
Personally, I love this picture a lot. I can feel cooling weather, relaxing and peaceful surroundings. I still remember how I felt the stressful and tiredness of the day have gone away right after I took a deep breathe. Look at the dog opposite the road, it does know how to enjoy its life over there.
I have made this picture as my phone’s lock screen wallpaper which a caption, “hanya takdir yang menentukan ia”. It is Malay words which means, “only fate determines it”. I have a reason why I added this caption onto the picture. I want to always remind myself, it is only fate determines what is next for me or for us. If we are fated, time will bring us together.
I took the picture while standing in front of the bakery shop, Jackman & McRoss which is located at Hampden Road, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
During our stay in Hobart, Tasmania, we did not even go to any cafes for a breakfast because we have a cozy kitchen and great chef who prepared the breakfast every morning. Most of the days, I prepared my own breakfast which consists of bread, hard boiled eggs and a cup of hot drink, either the tea or hot milk.
Cheese and Ham Sandwich
Yea, probably the presentation of this sandwich may not look appealing. I placed few sliced of hams, some butter and topped with a piece of cheese. It would be great if I heat up the oven and toast the sandwich for a while.
Hard Boiled Eggs
With some salt and pepper, it completed my daily breakfast.
My friend recommended me to try this brand of its chocolate and coffee drinks. I took the coffee to try, it is quite nice and rich taste. You can drink it cold from the fridge or you can heat it up using the microwave, both tasted good.
Plain Yogurt with Strawberry
On my last day in Tasmania, I managed to open the tub of yogurt and took some of the cut strawberries and put into the bowl together with the yogurt. The colour looked great, white and red. Both go well with each other.
It is not expensive to prepare your own breakfast in Tasmania. A big loaf of bread which we can get in the Coles or Woolworths will cost less than $3.00, their dairy products are generally quite cheap and a box of 12 eggs cost $3.00. These easily can last you for a week or more.
Farm Gate Market.
Address: 104 Bathurst St, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia.
Every Sunday, come rain hail or shine, a busy street in the heart of Hobart transforms into a bustling farmers’ market. I captured this line of words from their website. This morning market sells both fresh vegetables, herbs, meats, fruits, flowers, breads and etc. We were here on our second day to buy some fresh vegetables and meats for our dinner. We planned to prepare steamboat at night.
Before I visited this place, I googled online and saw one of the beautiful pictures of a cup of hot coffee with the background of the market. As I walked along the street, I stopped by at one of the mobile coffee stalls and queued up to purchase some. I bought myself a flat white and my friends chose to have hot chocolate.
The flat white is just normal, not fantastic, same goes to the hot chocolate which my friends said it was quite sweet. The main purpose of having a cup of drink is to take a picture of it here, similarly to the beautiful picture I saw from the Internet.
I took a picture of the coffee right at the middle of the street, standing in front of a bread stall while waiting my friends to choose the breads. Is it lovely? On a sunny Sunday with a cup of coffee, walk down the street and get the groceries for tonight’s dinner. This is how the life should be during the weekend.
Flippers Cooked Seafood
Address: Sullivans Cove, Hobart TAS, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia.
You can see this stall when you are driving along the main road, Davey St. It is located right opposite of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. They serve various types of cooked seafood and we loved their scallops, fish and calamari.
It is fresh, juicy and delicious. The best way to enjoy them is just simply add some salt and vinegar and squeeze some lemon juice. Look at the size of the scallops, it is so big, bigger than those we eat in Singapore and Malaysia and most importantly, it is fresh.
The calamari rings is another one which you should not miss out. Yea, I am going to repeat the words, it is fresh, delicious and the ring is big. Maybe, you might find the price is a bit expensive for this stall as compared to another one, however, it is really worth to get it. The service is good and the waiting time is not taking long. There is no tables and chairs nearby, the drawback of eating here.
We have a beautiful house in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia which faces the lake and lawn at the back of the house. I believe I can see the sunrise from my room every morning but I did not manage to capture one during my stay because I always wake up late.
Tell me how to wake up early when you have a comfortable bed and cozy room like this? And, I am glad that I can have this whole room on my own. Although, it is not as spacious as the other rooms and did not come with heater, it is really good enough for all I needed after a long day out.
The next place I loved the most in this house is the kitchen which is so complete with electric stove, microwave and oven. There is a steamboat pot which we enjoyed our hot steamboat with fresh ingredients.
Jackman and McRoss.
Address: 57 Hampden Rd, Battery Point TAS 7004, Australia.
It was our first stop for food in Tasmania, the restaurant called, Jackman and McRoss.
Bakers of fine breads, cakes and pastries. We’re here for the scallops pies, one of its famous.
This is how the scallop pie looks like when I cut it into half. It is plenty of medium sized scallops. It tastes good, well spiced and not salty.
The lamb pie is equally nice and it is recommended by the waitress to try it. She told us it is also one of the best sellers. Indeed, it is a good recommendation and worth to visit the bakery for a pie or drink.