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Happy Tummy

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I think I have fallen in L O V E……..with Korean food!

Korean food was first introduced to me by my dear friend Lenie.  One day, she brought me and our girlfriends in a Korean restaurant that serves food buffet style. We ordered barbecue and kimchi soup and tofu as sides. The red-colored soup intimidated me at first. I mean when you see red it could be very spicy right? I was afraid that my tongue would burn. But Lenie took the first sip then assured me that it was not that spicy. ‘You can take this, it’s really good’ she said. I didn’t hear her scream or didn’t see any change in her facial expression when she said that so I took it as a sign. I collected all my courage and took the first sip. And as they say…the rest is history.

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Kimchi soup with beef and beef bulgogi from Seoul Garden Hotpot. I’ve been to 3 of their branches but I think  I’ll keep on coming back to their Cathay Cineleisure Orchard branch because their service was great, the waiters were ‘neat and courteous’ and the food tastes better.

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The aftermath!

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Jap Chae (Korean Glass Noodles) and Bulgogi from Arirang Korean restaurant in Planet Holiday, Batam Indonesia. I know right!? We were in Indonesia and we had Korean! Anyway, their food was great. It was a bit expensive but I think it was all worth it because it felt like they went all out with the ingredients. The Bulgogi and Jap Chae was so good and flavorful. 

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The whole shebang! Take note, there were only 3 of us ladies and we finished all of these!

For more info about the restaurants featured in this post, please visit these links:

http://www.seoulgarden.com.sg/sghotpot 
http://www.planetholidayhotel.com/arirang_korean.html

Written by mella

June 27th, 2012 at 12:00 am

Cradle Mountain: Dove Lake Circuit Walk

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There are different self guided walking tracks around Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake. Since we only had a day to spend, we took the easy route. We hiked for 4 hours around Dove Lake and enjoyed every scenery IMMENSELY. The air was so fresh it sort of healed our polluted body.

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It was cold and it rained a couple of times. But we already expected that so we were prepared. We brought raincoats and wore proper clothing.

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Wild flowers and button grass everywhere!

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Thankful that we were able to take decent pictures before it started raining.

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End of hike. It was supposed to be just 2 hours but we took time taking pictures and had a couple of rest stops. I had to remove a couple layers of my clothing because Mr. Sun suddenly decided to come out.

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We had dinner at Highland Restaurant which is a 10 minute drive from our cottage. The food was great and in big servings! I just wish they serve rice or mash potato (I’m so Filipino hahaha).

Tip: Once you get to Cradle Mountain, please visit the Visitor Centre as soon as you arrive. They all have the information you need about the different activities that you can do in the park. It’s also the departure point of the shuttle bus. They also have a small café that sells pizzas and pies and they do take aways! The centre is open daily from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.

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June 3rd, 2012 at 11:07 am

Into The Wilderness (Cradle Mountain continuation…)

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Better late than never eh?

After travelling for hours, we finally arrived at Wilderness Village. We stayed here for a one night. We were really impressed by the coziness of the cottages. The only issue we had here was they don’t have a restaurant so you will either bring your own food or travel to the nearest restaurant, which I think is a good 10 minutes drive. They have the usual complementary coffee and tea though, not sure if that even matters.

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Kitchen and dinning area. The kitchen has everything you need to prepare a 3 course dinner (okay fine! maybe just a salad and a simple stew). They have plates, spoon and fork, knives, glasses, stove, pots and pans, fridge and microwave oven. So if you’re in the mood to cook, stock up on your ingredients before going up the mountain.

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Bathroom. It’s not that big but it has everything you need. It even has an extra light heater? Not really sure what it’s called but it really adds warmth to the room. The brown-ish color of the water that you can see there is the actual tap water from the faucet which according to them comes straight from the mountain. They say it’s clean and safe to drink but we didn’t dare.

Website: http://www.cradlevillage.com.au/
Address:  Cradle Mountain Rd, Cradle Mountain
                  Tasmania 7310
                  Phone: +61 3 6492 1500
                  Fax: +61 3 6492 1076

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Written by mella

June 2nd, 2012 at 8:52 am

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