Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill

 

We recently dined at Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill at Traders Hotel. And nothing beats the view of the KLCC Twin Towers while dining at Gobo. 

For dinner we treated ourselves to Chef Mun's 4 Course Degustation.

We started off with an Appetiser each, GUP Garden Salad and Balsamic Marinated Tuna. The colourful Garden Salad was a delight. The mix of baby carrots, thinly sliced grilled capsicum and onions, cherry tomatoes and asparagus, drizzled in house dressing was a good start. I have to say that the marinated Tuna with smoked eggplant and basil leaves did one better.

For starters, it has got to be the Chef's Daily Special Soup of the Day which was a light and creamy pumpkin soup. A silky and textured soup, with crunchy croutons to give it an extra oomph. 

We also chose the Spinach &  Ricotta Pappardelle pasta. The handmade fresh egg pasta was delish and nicely paired with the sauce - pine nut, sage and zucchini with a dash of lemon zest.

For the mains we ordered the rib eye and Seared Salmon. The 150 days Grain-Fed Angus Rib Eye was cooked to a perfect medium rare, served with fresh summer vegetable and caramelised onion relish, sprinkled with feta cheese.

The pan seared Salmon was cooked just right, tender and crispy, where it counts. The flavour of the risotto was sublime, made with a pistachio pesto and Truffle oil. 

I'm always looking forward to dessert; our last course of the degustation. We choose the Mango Panna Cotta and Coffee Opera. The Mango Panna Cotta is my personal fave as I'm not that much of a coffee fan. We were truly satisfied after the 4 course meal, the service and quality are tops. We can't wait to come back and see what chef Mun comes up with next?

Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill, Impiana Klcc Hotel & Spa, Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 

Bubu Long Beach

 
Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz + May Leong

Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz + May Leong

Thinking of the next holiday destination to visit when in Malaysia? I'm loving a little vacation spot we visited at Perhentian Island on the east coast of Malaysia.

Just a 30 minute boat ride away from Kuala Besut (a cute and sleepy town in Terengganu), we headed off to Bubu Long Beach on Perhentian Island Kecil.

Bubu Long Beach is a small paradise located on a white, sandy beach. Leon and I loved taking walks, past beach hut cafes and chalets along the way. The snorkelling is fantastic at Perhentian Island. There are barracuda, parrot fish and even little "Nemos" hiding in the coral or  swimming close to the beach shore. Snorkelling and diving trips can be easily arranged at the resort or at one of the many stalls on along long beach.

My favourite part about Bubu Long Beach Resort are the freshly baked croissants and espresso for breakfast and one can't forget the Cocktail Hour in the evening, a real highlight. From 5pm  they offer guests a range of free drinks including cocktails, how good is that?  My favourite Bubu drink was the 'Tinggi-Tinggi', made of a delicious concoction of local fruit juice.

We had a room with great views overlooking the garden and beach below, a beautiful place to wake every morning before a day of fun activities; snorkelling in the amazing reefs or putting your feet up in  beach chair under an umbrella.

Bubu we'll miss you and we cant wait to come back!

 

Bubu Long Beach, Perhentian Island Kecil, 22300, Terengganu, Malaysia
 

Lanson Place, Kuala Lumpur

 
Photo Credit : York Leong

Photo Credit : York Leong

My family and I checked into Lanson Place, Bukit Ceylon in Kuala Lumpur on a week day. We were just over in the capital city of Malaysia, before heading off to the islands on the East Coast. Lanson Place is a multi-award winning complex of serviced residences, with a beautiful view of the cityscape.  

I’m loving the modern and sophisticated interior of Lanson Place. It is plush and I feel very much at home. Spacious kitchen and dining area to cook and eat with my family. My favourite has got to be the lounge room for reading. 

We had a delicious buffet breakfast. It was wonderful. The setting was intimate. We got to enjoy the view of KLCC while eating our freshly cooked omelette and eggs. There was also a wide selection of yummy pastries, smoked salmon, pastries, breads and a generous selection of cheeses. The cappuccino was tops

I’ve always wanted to stay the night overlooking KLCC Twin Towers, and thank you for having us, Lanson Place. It was a dream come true! A plush and spacious 2 bedroom apartment, a perfect place to relax and unwind with the family.

Have a great day all.

x

Photo Credit : York Leong 

Photo Credit : York Leong 

 

Celsius Coffee Co

 
Photo Credit : May Leong

Photo Credit : May Leong

I am in love with this place! Celsius Coffee Co is not just your regular cafe. It's a cafe with a postcode envy and a killer Sydney harbour view!

So, me and my friends popped by Celsius Coffee Co for brunch on a lovely Thursday afternoon. We decided to all go vegan (our friend, Brad, is vegan, hehe).

And my oh my, they're all delicious. We ordered the Super Greens Breakfast without poached eggs. It comes with sauteed kale and asparagus, with lime avocado spread on a generous slice of sourdough bread.

I am a chia pudding fan and I had to try their Coconut Milk Chia Pudding served in a glass. It was beautifully layered with granola, berry puree and fresh strawberries and blueberries.

If you're a sweet tooth, you gotta try the Celsius Waffles. It is served with berries and topped with toasted nuts and peanut butter cream. And the maple syrup is to-die-for!

I have to say, this is the prettiest outdoor/indoors kind of cafe in all of Sydney, with the loveliest view of the harbour! It is a cute little spot, with limited seating available, and that makes it extra special to be here at Celsius Coffee Co. I love the idea of brunching so close to the water. So calming. I feel like I'm on a holiday!

You can get here via ferry to Kirribilli Wharf (the cafe is right on the jetty). Driving is another option. Celsius Coffee Co is a stone's throw away from the Prime Minister's house (why not pop over, hehe) and drive a little bit further, you'll find yourself right underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Celsius Coffee Co

Kirribilli Wharf, 1/2 Holbrook Ave, Kirribilli NSW 2061
 

My Mini Moment

 
Enjoying our delicious Cinnamon Mini Scrolls at home. Photo Credit : May Leong

Enjoying our delicious Cinnamon Mini Scrolls at home. Photo Credit : May Leong

Baby, it's cold out here. When it's wintry days in Sydney, I'm in need of something warm and delicious. Over the weekend, I decided to throw a self-party at home with my partner in-crime, Leon Korobacz, of @hungrysydneysiders and a few of our friends.

Having my mini moments with Baker's Delight 'Cinnamon Mini Rolls' are the best ever, paired with decadent home made hot chocolate.

The yummy sticky cinnamon scrolls are crafted by hand, with layers thinner than typical scrolls, jampacked with spicy cinnamon flavours. I'm in heaven! The mini scrolls are topped with a dollop of whipped Cream Cheese of Choc Cream Cheese for that extra umph.

I must say, my "Mini Cinni Moment" are my kind of afternoon snack in winter!

Stay warm, folks (for those who live in the Southern Hemisphere, ahah!)

x

m

 

 

 

Dark Matters at White Rabbit Gallery

 
The Dark Matters exhibition at White Rabbit Gallery. Photo Credit : May Leong

The Dark Matters exhibition at White Rabbit Gallery. Photo Credit : May Leong

Now, we were just in Chippendale for a good cheese burger. Then, Leon (of @hungrysydneysiders) then just realized, we were just a stroll away from Sydney's well known art gallery, White Rabbit.

Founded by Kerr and Judith Neilson, White Rabbit is open to public and it is one of the world's largest collections of contemporary Chinese art.

With new collection every couple of months, this time around we have the new collection called "The Dark Matters".

It was indeed a less colourful version compared the previous installations. But, in saying that, I love the simplicity of "The Dark Matters".

Inspired from the traditional Chinese method of using the black ink. According to a Daoist philosopher named Lao Zi, he said, "Know the white, but hold to the black."

The artists in this collection use blacks from cans, plastics, steels and cartridges. Conveying messages of today's realities - world pollution and mass production.

We were greeted by a huge black cloud made of paper, painted in grey ink. New York based artist, Lin Yan, created the nebulous cloud titled 'Sky 2' to express her concern of Beijing's serious air pollution.

My favourite piece is definitely 'Crystal City' by Wu Chi-Tsung. From afar, you wouldn't realized he used cheap plastic boxes as a medium. It's a beautiful piece. Under the moving light, Chi-Tsung created a phantom cityscape that is ever changing.

White Rabbit Gallery is opened until July 30th. Check it out before it closes for the next installation :)

xm

White Rabbit Gallery

30 Balfour St, Chippendale NSW 2008
 

Best View of Sydney Harbour, Shangri-La Sydney

 
Soaking up the Sydney Harbour view with Miss May. Photo Credit : Priscilla Barbosa

Soaking up the Sydney Harbour view with Miss May. Photo Credit : Priscilla Barbosa

Look no further, if you're looking for the best view of Sydney Harbour from The Rocks. I found the best place in town, and it's at Shangri-La Sydney.

I am so in love with the view overlooking The Rocks below. Everything looked quaint from above, and it kind of reminds me of Brooklyn in NYC.

The Sydney Harbour is always busy. One will see big cruise ships and ferries arriving and departing from the terminal. And I must admit that I'll never get bored watching the hundreds of cars driving over Sydney Harbour Bridge (because that was what I did the whole night). Look a little bit to the right, one will have the view of the Opera House sitting pretty on Bennelong Point.

Goofing around with my girl pal, Priscilla Barbosa xom

Goofing around with my girl pal, Priscilla Barbosa xom

A little bit on behind the scenes. I spent the evening shooting with my girlfriend, Priscilla Barbosa who takes the prettiest photos in town! I adore her, and you guys should check her beautiful wedding photography in Sydney and Disneyland in Orlando.

Sometimes, we never knew what we're going to shoot, but we just went along and try new things out. There will always fairy lights to play with.

Have a fab week everyone! Thanks for popping by to check out this awesome view of Shangri-La Sydney!

By far, my favourite and most memorable moment in this city. This place reminds me that I am part of the city of Sydney and I've never ever felt so connected before. It is definitely something I should never take for granted. I feel so lucky to be living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

x

m