Month: December 2013

{Travelogue} 10 Tips for 1st Time Walt Disney World Visitors with Kids (Part I)

This year, the biggest gift for all of us was a family vacation to Walt Disney World (WDW).  When the day came, we were all too excited to even worry about the long 25 hours flight to Orlando, FL. To say I was nervous about the trip was an understatement – I had visions of “60 minutes queue everywhere”, “whiny & hungry kids” lashing through my mind every single minute. The reality was not bad at all.  Oh yeah, I did experience some of those visions but as our first trip to WDW, I would say that the 9 months planning has made this vacation the Best and Happiest vacation ever.  I’m not claiming to be a Disney expert here but I wanted to share the experience I went through with you so you can make that happen on your first visit to WDW too! (Warning: I had to split this into 3 parts as there are just so much details to share … sorry!) 10. Have a plan It sounds unreal but if you …

{Travelogue} 10 Tips for 1st Time Walt Disney World Visitors with Kids (Part III)

In Part 1 and Part II of this series, I’ve shared some first timer tips so you are ready to enjoy and have that most MEMORABLE vacation ever with your family (without all the worrying) at WDW.  These tips have served me well during my recent trip and so it is my wish that you will find them useful as well.   To conclude, here are the final few tips …  4. The 4Ps – People, Props, Princesses & PHOTOGRAPHY WDW is not just a kid’s park.  It’s a photographer’s heaven.  When I came home, I realised that I have snapped close to 2,000 photos in WDW!  Everything in WDW is photograph-able, of props, people, princesses – just snap snap snap.  But remember to pack extra battery packs, memory cards and tripod (if you do not trust your hands). I had my handy (and light!) X100 which shoots wonderful colours in low light so that saved me from tagging my tripod.  I also brought my lightweight Macbook, external HDD and extra battery pack so I …

{Travelogue} 10 Tips for 1st Time Walt Disney World Visitors with Kids (Part II)

In Part 1 of 10 Tips for 1st Time Walt Disney World Visitors with Kids, I’ve shared 3 tips and this is beginning to get exciting.  Before long, you and your family will be on your way to WDW and I hope these tips will come in handy. 7. Stroller – Your kids are never too old for this  Just admit it, WDW is not just a park built for kids, it’s for the parents to enjoy too.  We’re all humans – naturally, with daily packed itineraries, everyone gets tired. Tip no. 7 – don’t forget the stroller. Who cares if she’s too old for stroller!  It’s my lil’ one’s refuge during our day out at the parks.  The parks are big (don’t be fooled by the map 🙂 ) and shuttling from one end to another within the park is exhausting.  With the stroller, my lil one can rest while we zoomed from one attraction to another and waiting for that firework or parade to start. Of course, if you decide not to bring, …

Kimchi, BBQ & Lots of Plates : Hallah

When you visit Queen Victoria Market, make sure you pay a little more attention towards the shop house across Victoria Street.  One of the shop houses Hallah, a contemporary BBQ Korean restaurant.  We came with a social voucher that entitled us to a BBQ meal with three meats and sake. Kimchi and various condiments  The meat choices were marinated Beef Rib fillet, Mild Chicken Thigh Fillet and Ginseng Pork Rib. We had to cook them on the grill but if you don’t know how, don’t panic because the waitress will help you with the cooking (when the restaurant’s not too busy).  The overall marinade was very tasty without going overboard.  Out of the three meats, we preferred the Ginseng Pork Rib because of the tenderness of the meat post-cooking. The meal also came with Marinated Short Pork Rib Soup which had three chunky pieces of pork rib meat that fell off the bone in soup.  This is one hell of cracker dish.  I loved the soup very much (very hearty) and the only shortcoming – …

Craving for Malaysian : Masak Masak

Being away from home makes me miss the food that I love in Malaysia.  Masak Masak synonymous with a popular childhood ‘pretend’ cooking game that I often played when I was a kid with my neighbour, is also home to some of my favourite Malaysian hawker delights. Newly opened (well, not so new by now) at the popular Smith Street eatery strip, Masak Masak is definitely a wonderful addition to the Asian food scene in Melbourne. The menu offers a good range of Malaysian hawker fare and modern Malaysian twists from $5 bites to larger plates at $19.  They also offer set menu if you are not sure about the portion sizes. Our dinner kicked off with a plate of Mixed Beef and Chicken Satay (6 pcs) $14 grilled on traditional charcoal fire.  I love the idea of satay cooking on charcoal, releasing that smoky charcoal aroma but unfortunately, they have gone a little over with the beef marinade.  The 6 pieces of satay was also overpriced at about $2.30/stick (compare to Mamak‘s $1.50/stick) and the …

… Wishing you a Very Berry Merry Christmas

Six months have passed since the birth of Burp! Appetit and I have enjoyed every minute of it.  I want to thank all of you for the support, encouragement and kind words that you have written in this blog.  Burp! has brought back two of my passion and that is photography and eating. My new year resolution is to continue to find exciting places to write about, try more recipes, improve my writing and photography and hope that you will enjoy reading my blog.  I wish everyone all the very best and may your dreams come true!  XoXoXo

Ramen or Ramen Burger : Shizuku

Heard about the Ramen Burger craze that shook New York when it debuted? Ever since I read about this, I was very excited to try it because it sounds weird but interesting.  Imagine a burger patty sandwiched between two “burger” made of ramen … hmm … Customer reviews have given mixed feelings about this modern Japanese interpretation of a simple burger.  So, was it over-rated ? We shall see … To experience this, we head to Shizuku, the one & only Japanese restaurant in Melbourne that serve ramen burger.  The menu boasts a good variety of modern Japanese snacks Izakaya-style.  One of which that I was attracted to was the modernised Cheesy Nori Snacks – basically it’s a fancy name for baked cheese wrapped in seaweed “nori” sheets and sprinkled with chilli powder.  Overall taste was ok but I wasn’t really game for the texture which has soften in the process of the baking. Cheesy Nori Snacks $8 Shizuku’s interpretation of gyoza comes with four different types of dressing – flavours range from tangy, spicy, sweet …