Friday, August 15, 2014

Birthday card making & cupcake baking

One of my uni friend that was working in Thailand visited NZ around her birthday time.
So we decided to have a 'welcome back + late birthday celebration' dinner.
Since i have not seen her for so long, thought it would be good to make a card that all my friends' can sign + a mini cupcake for the birthday girl :)
 I created the basic writing and shape using my 'Officejet 7500A' (so handy~)
and hand drew the illustration part.
The first few things pops into my mind when i think of this friend were 'can eyeline, sunglasses and long hair'
So the final card kinda looks like a make-up salon poster? (In my opinion? haha)

After the card was baking!
I really enjoyed the blueberry cream cheese i used in my last baking,
so decided to use that for the cupcake icing!
For the cake part, went for not so sweet 'Matcha pound cake'
(two cupcakes in the photo: one for my friend, one for my tasting, to make sure it doesn't taste bad haha)

We had another real big cake after dinner to share so I didn't get to see my friend eating this cake 
(She said she will eat it for breakfast the next day), hope she liked it! X)

Had some fun playing with my Bf's DSLR XD

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Waffle Supreme : Auckland CBD (Takeout)

All my friends know how much I love sweets, but only few knows my obsession with Waffle.
When it comes to waffle, I am extra picky! (I think it became like this since it is pretty impossible to find a descent waffle place in Auckland in my personal opinion T_T)
I especially like Belgium Waffle cause they are soft chewy inside (due to nice thickness of the dough compare to those pre-frozen plasticky waffles) and crispy light sugar coated outer layer~ +w+
And adding little bit of melted chocolate on the top makes it perfect!

Anyway, so yes I love Belgium waffle and yesterday I finally found a place that sells them!
'Waffle Supreme' is located on Elliot Street.
The shop is a small red container that can be easily seen.
As soon as i walked near by, I could smell the sweet waffle~

I read through the menu as quick as i can and ordered
'Basic Beligium Waffle + melted chocolate on the top'
 (There were pre-made waffles and some small samples that people can try.)

While waiting for the waffle, was able to chat a little with Andy (in the photos above) the waffle maker. XD
(I was so excited about the fact that I can have Belgium Waffle in NZ and got bit chatty haha)
Andy told me that seeing people setting waffles on the top of the sky mountain while he was in France inspired him to start the business.
Anyway after few minutes my waffle was ready~~

Sweet crispy and chewy hot waffle melted in my mouth pretty quick XP
(I would be very keen to try it with ice cream on the top during summer +w+)
Because I went after 3pm ish? the coffee station was closed. 
(Waffle + Coffee will be my next visit plan.)

Think I wrote quite a lot today haha (Got too excited)
So long story short, if you like Belgium waffle (doesn't have to crazy into it like me) I would recommend Waffle Supreme~>w<

Waffle Supreme
Corner of Elliott St. & Vistoria St.
Auckland CBD

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Eiffel en Eden (Cafe) - Three Kings

One of my friend posted some photos from 'Eiffel en Eden' cafe a while ago and I was very keen to try this place. (Because I am a huge Choux pastry fan and this place has quite a range!)
So decided to catch up with a friend at the cafe!!
She had some things to do in city before our meeting time, so she picked me up. And thanks goodness she did, cause I somehow gave her the wrong address to the cafe XP haha.
Anyway we arrived at the cafe around 11.30 and there were plenty of seats for us to choose from. (It became quite packed when we finished our first round)
I forgot the ask the waitress's name but she was SUPER friendly!! which made me want to visit the place again if the food are good.

 One side had a sweet cabinet full of desserts,
other side had a warm cabinet with savoury food like pie & quiche.

 Our first round was savoury food XD
I chose a Lamb pie (Tomato chutney inside) + Soy latte bowl
My friend got a pumpkin soup.
Wish the pie was a bit hotter but loved the latte was perfect! (asked for extra hot XP)

After an hour? of chat we went for a second round (SWEETS!)
This time my friend ordered a coffee; decap cappucino + Chocolate Eclair
I ordered Choux something cream. (French name.. haha 0A0)
I wish the Choux was more puffy but the crunchiness of the outer shell was up to my standard.
And the custard cream inside was go~~~od +w+ 

I will be keen to visit the place again for more choux pastries if I am near by. XD

Eiffel en Eden
985E Mount Eden Road
Three Kings
Auckland, New Zealand

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Face Painting Party (EHS)

I had my first face painting party under my name few weeks ago.
I was so excited and nervous at the same time!
The theme for the party was 'Fairy' so many guest were wearing really cute fairy costumes!
Fairy decorations around the house was amazing! Such a shame I forgot to take some photos X(
The weather was good so kids could play in the garden while waiting for their turns.
Most of the girls wanted small butterflyso I tried to make each butterfly different using various colours. :)

The girl on the left had her own wings on her back! adorable!

Blue and Pink flowers for this princes to match her sweater ;)

Dinosaur & Skull

Big fish & Butterfly decoration for adults!

I can't wait to visit more parties and see kids (and adults) smile when they see their painted faces!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Trip to North : Day 2

We checked out around 10am and drove ourselves up to 'Cape Reinga'.
Weather continued to change during our 5hour drive.
We stopped at 'Cooper Beach' for a stretch and some snap shots. :)

When we finally arrived at 'Cape Reinga' it rained quite heavily for a bit, but luckily cleared up while we waked down to the light house.

 LOVED the view!!

 The famous light house was smaller than I expected. (so cute!)

 Stopped by at a dairy in Te Pao because I found that this place is famous for a real big size ice cream. So had to try XD 
(I had to share my ice cream haha)
Took us 8 hours to drive back to Auckland!
Should have stopped around the mid point for a rest. But this was a last minute planned trip so didn't really think this through XP
 Everyone was pretty exhausted the next day haha)

Trip to North : Day 1

I went on a small trip to North part of New Zealand last week.
Our stop on the first day was 'Paihia'
The weather looked promising when we left Auckland but the rain came and go throughout the whole trip X(

Luckily the weather became sunny again when we arrived in Paihia :D

We Grabbed lunch at 'Winnies Takeaways'.
Fish Burger + Milkshake.
I tried their fish burger when U visited Pihia few months ago and I would say best fish burger I had in NZ so far XD
Discovered this REALLY spicy chilli at the place and I am very keen buy  bottle soon for myself ;)

After the meal, we checked in to put our things down and went to 'Haruru Fall' for a walk.

 Met with really big roosters XD

(Canoed around the fall on my last visit)

Had some pork ribs + beers for dinner in the town but was too hungry to take any photos XP
Went to bed not too late since we had to drive up to ' Cape Reinga and drive straight back to Auckland the next day. (But managed to watched few episodes of 'Elementary' before bed.)

Monday, June 23, 2014

La Premiere Experience

I went to Sylvia Park Hoyts to watch 'Maleficent'  the other day.
(was my first time watching a movie in La Premiere.)

We grabbed a big lunch at BurgerFuel before the movie and had some photo time at La Premier Lounge.

 Cute round sofas in the lounge + flower decoration

The seats were big and comfy (leg part of the sofa stretching out XD) 
But complementary popcorn and drink were really disappointing. 
Popcorn prepared ages ago so cold, soggy and plain salty. X(

I really enjoyed the movie in the comfy sofa but if I watch a movie in La Premiere sits again and feel like some pop-corns, I would rather buy them straight from the candy bar.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cima (Cafe) - Auckland CBD

I felt like grabbing some cafe food for lunch so decided to visit 'Cima' cafe on High St.
They used to have lunch deals where you can get a main and a drink for around $17.
Sadly the deal was gone :(
But I was too hungry to move to another cafe so sat myself down on the second floor of the cafe.
(Was too cold to seat outside XP)

I ordered 'Cima's Grilled Chicken Burger'
My BF ordered 'Meatball Spaghetti'

I would say the spaghetti was pretty average.
But the burger was bigger than I expected with nicely toasted buns with generous amount of chips on the side. (Couldn't finish the chips)
Especially like how they served the chips in a small tin net container.

If I revisit and order the burger again, might ask for less dressing. (Not really a sauce lover XP)

Anyway overall was a nice filling lunch. XD
Didn't have time to take some photos of their dessert cabinet but they all looked pretty delicious. +w+

56-58 High Street, 
Auckland, New Zealand

Bonus Shot using instagram filter :)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Rosie (Cafe) - Parnell

Was a rather quiet and sunny day after the storm so decided to have brunch in a cafe.
The cafe me and my bf decided to visit was in Parnell, called 'Rosie'
Heard they have some cool lighting and indeed they did.
(Apparently the flower light cost more than a car 0A0;)
All the furniture and dishes were all nice (and pricey)  fancy design wares. 
Cabinet food looked pretty and delicious. (Forgot to take some photos though..)

Their menu was nicely covered with hand stitched fabric, giving an antique classy look.

Rosie Cafe had a wide range of juice and smoothies to choose from!
I went for a glass of 'Apple & Kale' Juice and I really liked it! (Was too green for my bf XP)

For my meal I've chosen 'Mushrooms, pancetta, poached eggs, chilli ragas'
My bf went for 'Omellette, smoked fish, soft herbs, caper salad'
plus 'hash potato'

The presentation of the foods were good.
I definitely wasn't expecting hash brown to be a square shape.
But seasoning in foods were a bit too much for me...
So I was quite glad I ordered refreshing juice instead of creamy coffee XP

If I visit Rosie again, think I will go for the cabinets sandwiches.

82 Gladstone Rd 
Auckland City

Found some pretty flowers beside the cafe building +w+

Monday, June 9, 2014

Face Painting Weekend

Last Weekend,  I worked at NewWorld Supermarket, Victoria Park.
They had special weekend event happening so they hired Facfaces for a face painter and a balloon twister. (I was the main face painter) All free for NewWorld customers and they also had candy floss!!
Saturday was pretty quiet so painted few staffs to promote the face painting.
But Sunday was rather busy!

 Princess, Butterflies & Bat girl

 Butterfly & Rose

 Leopard & Monkey

As usual, doodles on myself while waiting XD

Monday, May 26, 2014

Present Preparing

I was the organizer for the upcoming birthday party for my friends.
Rather than individuals preparing a gift each, me and my friends decided to make one person do all the shopping and people just chip in at the end. 
So I, the organizer, became that person and collected few presents!
After few hours of present hunting, I was able to find some good presents.

I normally wrap my presents either in white or brown papers so I can write messages on them.
But this time, decided to use 'Kiki.K alphabet&number stamp set' to title each presents instead!
(Bought the set quite awhile ago but had a chance to use them!)

(Close Shots)
Love the unplanned stamp edge marks because they make the whole thing look more organic XD

After all the labeling, randomly stamped on my sketch book to clean off the inks. (Think I can make wrapping paper in that style next time +w+)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Birthday Present (Pug)

I had a busy March since there were quite a lot of birthday parties to attend.
And this one was one of the birthday present I prepared.
Since the birthday person likes 'Pug', I decided to paint him one. XD