Food review: Morning Glory

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Some time last week, Leo and I decided to check out a cafe over the weekend. Since I work on Sundays, Saturday is the only full day we can spend together and I usually prefer it if we can actually leave the house and do something, so off we went to Morning Glory, here in Canberra, which we’ve heard rave reviews about from some friends.

We were excited to go there for several reasons -

  1. It’s in the NewActon area, which is a new, bougie, trendy area where lots of nice restaurants are located. We’ve gone past a lot

  2. they’re opened by the people behind XO, which is a popular southeast asian-inspired restaurant - which ALSO has lots of good reviews

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The space inside Morning Glory was lush and beautiful and we both really loved the use of wood especially with the wavy wood feature built over the kitchen/coffee/register space in the first photo.

Because it was such a sunny day, we chose to sit outside to enjoy the great weather.

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Their day menu wasn’t as extensive as some cafes but I appreciated that because it narrowed down which item to pick.

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I ended up picking the Baked eggs and Leo had the eggs Benedict with miso cured ocean trout with a side of char siu bacon.

My baked eggs were great! The sauce was spicy and flavorful and the chicken+veal meatballs were juicy. The thick chunk of bread was PERFECT for it and sooo satisfying to eat with the sauce.

Leo’s dish was also pretty good and I liked the miso cured trout because it was less salty than the usual smoked salmon. The char siu bacon was amazing!!! The cut of bacon they used was just thick enough and the char on it made it just a bit crispy YUM.

For drinks, I got a regular soy latte when I wanted the kaya latte but they ran out of kaya. Leo got a Vietnamese iced coffee cocktail which was basically coffee + alcohol haha.


Overall, I’m glad we gave Morning Glory a try because we enjoyed the meal but we both agreed as we left that service was really NOT great.

We chose to sit outside, which I think was the mistake because the service staff weren’t particularly attentive to those of us outside. The drinks alone took 15 minutes to get to us and when they finally served them, the waiter did apologise for the delay because they were swamped.

They were not very busy with customers outside so I’m assuming that they were swamped with the crowd inside.. which was not a great excuse for the inattentive service.

That said, we’d still return to try out other things, especially from the dinner menu. And hopefully then, we’d have a better experience with the service as well.

Food: 8/10

Ambience: 9/10

Service: 6/10


After eating, we walked around the area because I wanted to take some photos in my dress and we found several nice spots to take them, especially on such a beautiful day! As always, Leo did a pretty good job considering how awkward I am in front of the camera once I see people nearby.

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It was also great weather to wear this dress because it was warm enough in the sun but once we were in the shade, it was definitely a bit too cold for me.

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NewActon has several art installations in the area and this was just one of them that I was standing in front of for a photo - something about time I think? It’s a lovely area to be in and we’ll definitely be back to try another place soon!

Spending time with my parents in Canberra

So this post is a bit late but just over a month ago, my parents came to visit us here in Canberra. This isn’t their first time here but it was basically their first official time here because they actually spent more than 1 day this time. Last year, they were here for a day and had lunch with Leo’s parents WITHOUT me haha.

We knew about their trip since last year when I first reached Canberra because my mom accidentally ruined the surprise. Anyway, it all worked out since we got a place with a spare room and could save them the money and trouble of booking a hotel or airbnb.

Initially, we thought that them being here for 2 weeks was going to be too much free time but they ended up with a packed schedule because my dad’s best friend lives here and is retired so he had heaps of time to take them out for coffee and stuff.  

I didn’t really think that I would miss my parents that much since I WhatsApp them everyday, but spending time with them really made me miss them. 

And I’m happy I made this little vlog to remember our trip :-)

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Our day trip to the coast

Leo and I knew that we definitely had to bring my parents to the coast while they were here and it didn’t disappoint at all. Hyams beach was just beautiful, with the amazing white sand and clean shoreline.

We stayed overnight in Jervis Bay which is a little town with a fantastic view of the ocean and great fish and chips.

10/10 would recommend driving to the coast if you can!

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Bowral

We stopped in Bowral on the way back to Canberra from the coast and had an amazing pie and apple crumble at a little cafe called Girls & Boys Cafe.

We also stopped by Dirty Jane’s, which is a massive vintage warehouse. The whole space is filled with little booths and display cabinets with people’s vintage finds for sale. There was an amazing range of items like furniture, film cameras, toys, medals, jewellery and even some designer wallets.

It was truly a treasure trove and if we weren’t in a hurry to get back to Canberra, we would have definitely spent several hours wandering around marvelling at all the trinkets there.

I held off not buying everything I picked up and ooh-ed over and only left the place with the beautiful shell-shaped caviar dish.

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Catching up with Leo’s family

Of course, we also met up with Leo’s family several times during their trip and we had dinners at an Italian place, at their family home and a chinese restaurant in Dickson on my parent’s last night in Canberra.

My parents had more alcohol than they usually do in an entire year which resulted in lots of laughs and fun.

I’m so glad everyone had a good time together and it just makes me so happy that both our families get along so well.

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2018 in review

I thought I’d better get around to writing up a post about my 2018 before it got too late, since it’s already the second, (now third!!) day of 2019, omg.

2018 was a huge year for me and Leo and we couldn’t have done it without our family and friends. It was not the easiest year for me because I definitely struggled a bit when Leo went back home - because I lost my biggest pillar of support and my best friend. We began our LDR which didn’t last very long since I managed to get the work and holiday visa which allowed me to come over to Australia to work (and holiday) in the end.

Some memorable things that happened in 2018:

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I’ve not won anything good in a competition or lucky draw before 2018 but as of last year, I was the lucky one to win $1000 at the company CNY dinner and I was SHOCKED!!!

Super happy and very, very shocked. Thinking back about working there is kinda bittersweet because I did have a good time working there even if I had issues with certain things, and I did like the people I worked with!

Aiyah I must stop being naive and thinking that there’ll be a perfect workplace with zero work politics, until I have my own business, I guess  🤔 

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I got the biggest tattoo (so far) on my upper thigh, as a birthday present to myself and I love it! It’s got flowers and a bit of colour and Pei (@peipokes on IG) did an amazing job despite me not being appropriately dressed AT ALL. FML.

Cynthia (@cynthiafolia) also did an amazing job with the apple blossoms on my inner arm even though it hurt quite badly because it’s a more sensitive area.

Both were beautifully drawn and I love them.

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Doing more yoga the past year thanks to guavapass definitely helped me to be a bit more accepting of my body. To be proud of what my body could achieve with regular classes and how much stronger and more flexible I could become!

And realizing that yoga was not as boring as when I first tried it years ago with the proper teachers and classes, really helped me to improve my mental health - to calm down and focus on other things that were more important than work and it was so good to have something to look forward to after work and during the weekends, with friends.

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Leo and I went to Bangkok together and we had such fun exploring the place and eating our way through the city, especially all those amazing 7-11 toasties!! LIFE CHANGING.  

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I had the honour of being a bridesmaid at the first of our friend’s weddings, even with a gatecrash in the morning too! And I say that only because I’m not sure my other friends will be doing the same when they eventually get married.

It was a long, but fabulous day that began at her house and ended with us slightly drunk at the dinner table because the lady serving our table was so nice and kept refilling our glasses with wine. But of course, that wasn’t the best part of the wedding.

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The end of Leo’s contract meant that he was going back to Canberra which meant we had to begin our LDR.

But let’s be real - I got really lucky and successfully applied for the work and holiday visa soon after he left and before I knew it, I had plans to join him in Canberra after stopping work.

It couldn’t have come at a better time because I knew I wanted to try living overseas again. Plus, I had been so sick of my job and being in Singapore, so being able to leave and experience both working and living in Canberra was a great idea!

We were really blessed that Leo’s parents were willing to let us stay at their place right after I went over, while we settled down and looked for a place of our own.

Searching for a place to rent was a pain but in the end, we succeeded and we ended up with a fabulous place in Dickson with everything we need in our vicinity.

And while it’s not the first time Leo and I are living together, having a place together has been quite different. Right from the start, applying and searching for places, managing rent and utilities on top of daily expenses… it has taken quite a bit of work to be an adult!!! But I’m grateful that Leo has been as supportive as he always is and has managed the boring parts, like our utilities. Bleh.

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2018 was also the year that I’ve managed to spend the most time with my other best friend who has been in the Down Under for so many years!!

We caught Spilt Milk together and a few weeks after we took the bus up to Sydney to celebrate her birthday with her. It was so nice and we had an amazing time altogether with her friends (who are now ours too!).

It’s nice that we’re finally in the same country after 6 years of being apart, even if it’s only for a year :-)

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After almost 3 years together, 2018 was also the first time we’ve celebrated Christmas and New Year’s Day together! We’ve always been overseas separately for Christmas the years before and it was nice we finally could spend it together and even hosted his family’s Christmas dinner at our place, which we really enjoyed despite the stress haha

I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for me in terms of work and life and friends/family.. ANYTHING is possible at this point.

If anything, I really hope that I’ll remember to be kinder, happier and to cherish every single moment of my very lucky life. And if all else fails, I’ll read this post again to remind myself of how lucky I am.

Happy 2019 everyone :)

ON FILM: An afternoon at Huskisson

The weather that weekend was  perfect.

The weather that weekend was perfect.

Hello again! We finally collected the film photos we sent to the shop today after 10 days and I can’t wait to share them all! They have been scanned so nicely that they’re the sharpest I’ve EVER seen and I’m loving so many of them. But I’ve included some non-film photos in here as well.

A few weeks back during the last long weekend of the year (till Christmas), Leo and I spent a nice sunny afternoon in Huskisson, just less than 2.5 hours away from Canberra. It was a last minute decision to drive there and I’m so glad we did! It was our first “road trip”, if you can consider it that.

It was lovely to spend such a sunny afternoon on a beautiful beach and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. But don’t let the sunshine fool you, in the shade and when the wind blew, it was really cold.

Lunch at The Huskisson

Lunch at The Huskisson

The view from Huskisson’s restaurant

The view from Huskisson’s restaurant

But just before looking for a spot on the beach, we had lunch at The Huskisson which is a hotel right along the beach. It was full of families and groups having lunch while overlooking the view and we joined in with our calamari and fish and chips to share. Leo chose this spot precisely for the fish and chips and they didn’t disappoint!

The cleanest beach I’ve ever been on!

The cleanest beach I’ve ever been on!

We reached a nice and peaceful area of the beach just walking about 10 minutes away from the main town. The sand on the beach was so fine between our toes and so soft, it almost felt like we were walking on powder instead.

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Leo made me go into the ocean and it was SO cold! I just had to walk right in and dunk myself to get myself used to it. The waves were pretty strong but it was nice to stand around in the crystal clear water, feeling the waves crash onto my legs repeatedly - almost like a massage of sorts.

I was smiling in the photo but I was just masking the pain I felt from the freezing water haha.

Also - not usually one for bright colours but I’m loving this Seafolly set I got in this pretty coral shade! Can’t wait to get back into exercising so I can actually do it justice.

I really enjoy using the Snow app for fun effects like these

I really enjoy using the Snow app for fun effects like these

We laid on the beach for a while, watching people go by. We also very much enjoyed watching all the happy doggos running around on the beach - it was so cute.

It got quite cold in the shade soon because the sun got hidden behind the trees we were under and we packed up to head back.

But before heading back up to the main area, we spent quite a while checking out this huge space filled with craters and rockpools.

The textures and colours in the rockpools

The textures and colours in the rockpools

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I loved looking into the shallow pools filled with little corals and shells, although we were on the hunt to see if we could spot something cool in one of them, like an octopus.

We did eventually find a deeper pool that looked like it had some creature hiding in the shadows of the crevices but I couldn’t get a photo of it.

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Leo took these 2 shots of me that I really like and he did such an amazing job with the framing while I did a terrible job taking a photo of him. I always give him a hard time because I think he doesn’t take nice photos of me but in all honesty, it’s usually my fault because I can’t help getting super awkward once he tries to take a photo of me.

And the worst part is that he is a sweetheart and always more than willing to be an “insta BF” but I just ruin it by getting awkward. These turned out well because there was no one else around haha.

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And after cleaning up and getting an ice cream, we went back to the car to get a slight headstart on our trip back because we didn’t want to deal with heavy traffic when the rest of the people decide to leave.

Leo and I had such a good day together, savouring the long weekend and I definitely want to go back there once it gets warmer, which I guess is now, since Spring is officially here and the weather has been sunnier and hotter during the day. We’ll just have to figure out a weekend when we’re free once we settle in to our new place! And that’s a whole other post. I’ll probably go into more detail about the process and tips because it was AN ORDEAL finding a place to rent.

Till the next post!

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