THE ROAD TO YES – Sorrento, Great Ocean Road, Mount Gambier (PART 2)

How do you tell your travel companion that he snored like a steam train last night?  I was actually rather excited to sleep in the campervan, until I found out that my travel companion actually snored in his sleep. When two guys confined in a tight space, there was no escape of the loud snoring for me. I kicked him, nudged him but still no luck. I woke up grumpy the next morning, the bad sleep definitely didn’t help with the long drive either. I simply had to find a solution somehow.  From Phillip Island to Sorrento is a 2 hour drive, hence we started early and headed to the ferry wharf as we will be bringing the campervan to cross the water on SeaRoad Ferry to Queenscliff wharf. I really looked forward to this part of the journey as it will be one of the most scenic routes of the trip – the picturesque Great Ocean Road. It’s been a long time since I visited Great Ocean Road which was over 15 years ago, so it was kind of nice to cruise along this part of Australia and admire the nature beauty. We made quick stops at a few popular landmarks including the Loch Ard Gorge, London Arch and of course the most famous Twelve Apostles. Despite we were on the fringe of Australia south coast line, I had no trouble to stay connected with Optus network and able to post a few videos and photos on Snapchat and also Instagram. We spent another night in the campervan at Port Campbell as the snoring continued. That evening was particularly freezing as our van was parked...

The road to ‘YES’!

  “If you could do one thing, anything at all, what would it be?”   One thing that I have always wanted to do but never get the chance to do is to set off on an adventure in a campervan across the countryside to see the real Australia. I love the idea of carefree travelling, blue sky and open road, just a GPS and keep driving. I will venture off the beaten track, mingle with locals, share a beer or two at the local pubs. When I am hungry, I will pick up some local produce and cook myself a meal on the portable stove. When I am tired, I will just park the car somewhere, anywhere for the night. Along the journey, I would also like to give back to the community, doing charity work and help the needy. At the very least I could feed the homeless some hot soup and bread from my campervan to beat the freezing winter nights. Yep, that’s exactly what I told Optus when they asked me this same question. Guess what, they liked my crazy idea and agreed to make it happen for me, start from next week! It was totally a big ‘YES’ moment for me.    So for the next 8 days, I will embark on an epic road trip in a campervan from the coast all the way to the outback. Apart from exploring, cooking and eating, I will also be live blogging during the trip to share my journey in real time as possible. I have never done it before but I am up for a good...

A fun day at Cook Republic HQ

  We simply don’t do this often enough anymore these days. They said they know what I am up to; they know what I ate last night, they also know what I wore, where I went and who I met – all are revealed just one click away on something we are all so attached to – the ‘social media‘. So one Friday afternoon, it was actually nice to unwired, swapping keyboard and mouse for a day of making real face-to-face connection with a group of open-minded, easygoing photography enthusiasts at Cook Republic HQ. It was a great day hosting a food photography workshop alongside Sneh at her beautiful home (Oh-em-gee, that kitchen!). We had a great time photoshooting, food styling and also sharing a scrumptious lunch prepared by Sneh and her friend, Petra. The day always went so fast when you had too much fun. Here are some photos from the workshop that sums up what a beautiful day it was and where the real connection was made. I believe Sneh has just listed new workshops on her blog. So I hope you can come along to our next gathering in Spring. I am really looking forward to it....

My favourite hidden food spots in Asia

Food and travel goes hand in hand. Whenever someone comes back from oversea trips, he will tell you what a wonderful holiday he had and before you know it, he will start scrolling through all the food photos on his iPhones to show you all the delectable local delicacies he ate during the trip. I am one of them. In partnership with Cathay Pacific, I have already given you a little sneak peek into my travel suitcase and showed you what I can’t travel without. So for this second post , I am going to share some of my favourite  hidden food spots in Asia that I think you should visit if you haven’t already. So here goes: Chengdu, China Chengdu is famous for two things – panda and street food. Chengdu has the best street food in China or more commonly known as “small eats” (xiao chi – 小吃). Chengdu is the provincial capital of Sichuan province in Southwest China, it is the fifth most populous city in China. You will find most of the food here in Chengdu is numbing hot, the signature ‘mala’ flavour (the numbing sensation form the Sichuan peppercorn) is what Sichuan is famous for. I love my spicy food, but there is always a price to pay the next day! T.M.I? There are many areas where you can find great street food scenes in Chengdu with all within walking distance. Jingli Road is a popular street food area amongst the locals and tourists. There are food stalls set up in a clean and organised environment. But my favourite area is Kuan Zhai Xiang Zi, translating to “wide and narrow lanes”, an upmarket area where you will find plenty of street food...

What is inside a Food Blogger’s Luggage?

I would consider myself a latecomer when comes to travelling. In 1996, I came to Australia as a student, but not a tourist. So as a poor uni student, leisure travelling was totally out of the question. 8 years later in 2004, I finally able to afford and go travelling “as a tourist” to UK and Europe. Needless to say, I’ve caught the travel bug since. I am very thankful that this food blog has also given me lots of travel opportunities since I first started back in 2008. I have flown with many airlines for my travels, whilst most were great experiences but sometimes flying can be a total nightmare. My last trip to China with Cathay Pacific was definitely one of the better experiences. Cathay Pacific are personable in their service and more attentive to the customer’s needs, all a part of their philosophy that travelling well can make your trip more memorable. Cathay Pacific has just launched ‘Life well travelled’ campaign and asked me if I would be interested to collaborate and share my travel experiences. I like to think travelling is all about the journey before arriving at the destination. Travel experience begins from the moment I pack my luggage before hopping into a plane. I guess some of you are possibly curious about what is actually inside my luggage when I go travelling. Also there were a few people asking me about my camera gear that I used for all my travel and food photography. This post might answer some of those questions. So here are some of the necessities that I cannot travel without:...

A feast in Lima, Peru – Part 1

“Es difícil hacer el amor pero se aprende.” It means, “It is difficult to make love, but you learn.” You know what they say about those sexy Latin Americans, they are always so charming, full of passion and always so much love to give. This quote above is only one of the many love notes that had been permanently scripted in mosaic tiles at the Parque del Amor, a famous “Love Park” overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the Miraflores district in Lima, Peru. A park solely dedicated to love. Everywhere I look, there are couples holding hands, embracing, kissing like nobody’s business. I think I have caught the love bug as well because I am falling in love with Peru. Our short layover in Santiago was only just a teaser of what South America has to offer. Peru is where we were heading, and it was only a short flight away via LAN Airlines to Lima, the capital and the largest city of Peru. Well, do you know Peru is actually a desert? Despite Lima being the world’s second largest desert city after Cairo, it is actually a lot greener than you’d have expected. Because of its geographic location, this forever foggy coastal desert is full of moisture captured from the fog that turns this city into oasis-like pocket of vegetation. Hence Lima is also known as the garden city in Peru. The only way to understand how this city was formed is by visiting its coastline overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and the Love Park is a good place to start. “My memory is stronger than your forgetfulness.” The Love Park Opened to public in 1993 on Valentine’s Day, the love...