We Are 14!

Celebrated our 14th anniversary last weekend.

We would usually go for a holiday as a gift to ourselves. But due to his work schedule, our trip would be early December instead. So we had a comparatively much smaller celebration over the weekend. I am not complaining since it would mean we are having a winter holiday!

Last year we did not go for an anniversary holiday as well because it was too close to our family trip though it was a short (I do not have enough days of annual leave!!).

On Sat, we went for afternoon tea at our favourite hotel. Ever since our first visit in 2009 (a dinner on our 4th anniversary) even before it was officially opened, this hotel topped our list of places for celebrations.

Dim Sum Afternoon Tea
at
Cassia
Capella Singapore

Dessert Time

Stayed for another 30 minutes after our meal, chatting while sipping the hotel’s handcrafted chinese tea (needed more tea to help us digest).

A very relaxing afternoon tea indeed. Delicious dim sum served by very attentive staff. Anyway, Capella’s service has always been superb. Whenever we needed anything, we would be attended to within a couple of seconds. And our teapots were constantly filled throughout the 2-hour afternoon tea (we drank a lot of tea by the way

After leaving Cassia, we still felt bloated so took a stroll around the hotel.


I craved for some sparkling and some rosé so hubz bought a rosé champagne to pop that night.


The next morning hubz surprised me with a bouquet which was delivered to the café we having brunch at – Wildseed Café & Bar.

A fabulous weekend of celebrations indeed.

Her 80th birthday present – II

Day 3

Homestead Brewery

Baudin’s Macadamia

Had a therapeutic walk at the Swan River in Maylands before our afternoon tea.


Day 4

After breakfast, we went for coffee and shopped for a couple of hours at Watertown Brand Outlet.

Dinner was with Sis’ friends and their family.


Day 5

We had to check out at 10am. Too wasteful to throw away the leftover food (like bacon & bread) as it was not nice to leave them to the host.

Next stop was Fremantle, it was only a 10-minute drive.

Her 80th birthday present – I

Asked mom if she wanted a banquet for her 80th birthday or a family holiday, without any hesitation she chose the latter.

For the both of us, we prefer to take red eye flights as we would have a full day upon arrival. But with an 80 year-old, we chose a morning flight and reached Perth at about 1pm.

We did not do much during the 5D4N. Just walking around a bit, visited some cafés and a bit shopping… mainly some elderly-friendly activities.

It was past 2pm by the time we collected our car, so went for late lunch first before checking in.

After settling in at the house, we made a trip to the nearby supermarket to get our next 5 days’ supplies.

Had dinner at one of our favourite restaurants (because of its beers), Little Creatures Brewing and ended the night earlier.

Had a minor accident that night when Sis was boiling drinking water for all of us. She scalded her foot when pouring the boiling water as the kettle was not closed properly.

For those few moments, we wished we did not stay in a big house as we had to run up and down to get first aids items (initially we did not know her scalds were quite serious).


Day 2

We made a doctor appointment for Sis to treat her wounds after breakfast. I found a clinic that was near the next destination. I wanted to visit a curated grocer.

Sis was tough, she walked as normal for the next 5 days. Glad that our activities were very lax, suited the senior citizen and the injured lady well.

The Shorehouse

We were not hungry so ordered small dishes and sides to share instead.

Lake Monger

Had afternoon coffee after Lake Monger and paid a short visit to Sis’ friends & family who migrated to Perth more than 10 years ago.

Wedding Bells

It was the first in the family after almost 8 years. Last Friday, my sister-in-law (hubz’s 2nd older sis) got married.


Doing dinner the Japanese way

A few rounds of champagne before dinner

An exquisite 8-course at a cosy 34-people wedding dinner

And free flow wines throughout the dinner

Proceeded on to the hotel’s Atrium on Level 1 to continue the boozing.

3D3N in Taipei

Our team trip to Taipei in April and this year, hubz joined me 😃

First night was dinner with the team. More than 250 of us had dinner at a local buffet restaurant – Hi-Lai Harbour Tianmu. This year’s was not that good as the time spent in travelling from hotel to the restaurant including a 45-minute traffic congestion, in seven coaches, was not worthwhile.

Meanwhile, hubz explored the area nearby and had his favourite beef noodle.

Besides the team dinner on first night, it was a free and easy 3D3N. Every morning after meeting some colleagues for breakfast, we would set out separately.

Visited a few cafés, did a bit of shopping and indulged in some street food at Ximending.

Had early dinner at a Japanese restaurant in Uni-UStyle – Hataka Tempura Yamani (博多天麩羅 山海).

Chose this Japanese restaurant because it was just 5-minute walk to a brewery where we wanted to have some post-dinner beers. We had their Dark Lager (which uses Bavarian chocolate malt from Germany containing caramel and chocolate flavors) during our last trip in Nov 2016 and so missed it. And it was cheap too – SGD5.20 a pint during their HH which was a 1-for-1 promotion!

The night did not just end there. Were being “summoned” to gather after we were back at hotel. So after freshening up, we met the ladies at the hotel’s lounge for some back-to-school card games 😄