I'm very sorry but I've felt so lazy lately. I do have stuff to write about, but for some reason I just feel too lazy to put it down. I also want to save the pictures for when I properly explain that day aswell, so atm I'll just give you these selfies fom the morning visit to Balmore beach 8am.
Manly nigiri Manly nigiri
Went driving around Manly and areas around yesterday. The weather was quite shitty as it has been rainy for last week, but I got to see some spots at least. The natures wet face is another kind of beauty I'm incredible grateful for aswell, it is amazing to feel the earth drink the heavens to sprout new life.
Stopped at the local sushi shop and tried out some glazed scallop and king crab nigiri.
Oh god, I've forgotten how good scallop tastes when slightly burnt on top <3
Kindergarten cooking class
Held a cooking class for Lennox kindergarten today (Lennox is my sis's kid). Mum started with making masaman curry and chicken fried rice, and I showed them how to make coconut chocolate balls (of course I get to do the chocolate stuff :P). The kids are obviously too young to actually learn how to cook but the teachers described what was happening in a very good educational way so hopefully they learnt something small :)
When we came back home both mum and sis fell asleep in the living room while I was busy making gyoza dumplings haha!
A little taste of Italy
I was drinking some with my sis and a couple of Filipinos last night. Stayed up very late like usual and then woke up early in the morning again, unable to sleep. Again.
My lack of sleep is starting to get ridiculous, it's been like 1,5 months since my travel (and lack of sleep) started. I wake up early in the morning for the cause of sleeping early aswell, but somehow I end up not sleepy until late... and then it goes again.
Anyway, today I've been ridiculously tired all day. Like, sleepy tired. We went for lunch at a Italian place and had some spinach/ricotta ravioli with creamy pesto sauce, the thickest cheesy garlic bruschetta I've seen, caramel/chocolate ganache wih vanilla ice cream and tiramisu. Nice yeah, even though I eat spinach/ricotta ravioli every time I have pasta where I live in Malta lol. My excuse is that I've been out traveling for 1,5 months now alright, I'm allowed to have Italian
Have been busy working for my sister since I arrived to Australia. I mean busy as waking up, working until bedtime, getting about 5h sleep and wake up for more kitchen preparation. My sister is selling food at a concert, for which 19 000 tickets has been sold. Bruce Springsteen, you womanizer! We've got SHITLOADS of differents pring rolls, chicken skewers etc now. Thousands, made by the hands of the Chailom women (yeah, that's my surname).
Has obviously not been out and around so much, been spending all time in the kitchen and that's not very interesting atm so I'll give you guys a peek on how Singapore's departure hall looks like. It it impressive
Safely arrived in Sydney, or actually Singleton, on tuesday. I flew from Taipei with a transit in Singapore, where they announced a delay of three extra hours... Which meant like, 8hrs of dead time in the airport. I was really impressed of Singapore's airport, but 8 hours was a bit over the top. Oh well, thought I could spend some time food researching so I went to subway, had a GORGEOUS tunamayo sub (I love subway more than any other chain in the world, but never eat there), then tried a sardine sandwhich, then the Singaporean dish chicken and rice. I'll have to try it again outside the airport though, cuz that one was one of the poorest meals I've ever bought in my life. It was like, nothing. And dry. And the service-mind of the catering staff was... Not there. Alright, it was after midnight, but c'mon, 95% of the people was obviously VERY bothered by the customers. No smiles. Sighs and rolling eyes. The airport was great, but the service was low, I have to say (at least the service around the food court). Or maybe it was my face
Sharing some Taipei pictures, had a bit time to stroll around before going to the airport. Pretty! Sunny! Bubble teas! I need to come back and give Taiwan a better chance at some point.
Alright. Japan resisted to the end with letting me go by delaying my flight to Taipei, but finally, I made it!!
As I stayed at Kansai airport hotel with a bfast buffet closing at 9.30, I had lots of time preparing for the flight (which departed 16.40). I then slept through the full flight and landed about 18.40-something. In Taipei. Chaos
I've gotten used to the organized and shy people of japan, and was now facing shouting people (alright, loud language) queues that wasn't really a line, no one gave me an arrival card for the immigration so I had to go back the line again, buses was confusing, where's the english etc etc. In the end, I think I was just so confused cuz I didn't eat or drink anything on like, 7-8hrs.
Somehow got hold of Nick who've been living in Taipei for 4 years. Great guy! I'm really sad we didn't get more time together, but the world is small :) We stumbled into a lantern festival, really pretty, saw a band playing, then went to Shilin night market for some tastes of Taiwan. I felt like home with the street food stands before even going inside the actual market.
I bought quite much. My weakness is these stands, I can go crazy and buy all sizzling things I see. I got some kind of blood-marinated stuff (or I don't know actually???), hundred kilos of fruits (alright, just a lot) and chicken feet. I never really thought eating chicken feet would be a tasty experience, it's just skin and bones after all, but I wanted to at least try. I was freaked out, but I did it and I never chewed any toes I tell you
Biggest sausages ever
Today, I painted my nails for the first time in.. I don't remember last time. One year? Two years? I have no idea.
While I was inhaling the smell of nail polish, I realized how fucking beautiful nails I've got naturally. They get long, they have good shape, people actually pay shitloads for getting this look in acrylic plastic or whatever they use. Together with my ability to easily grow long hair, what a lucky girl I am. But I guess I need those things to be able to state that I'm still a woman, hahaha I sound more like a man when I open my mouth lol
Sorry for this weird post. It just popped up in my head. Now, I want to cook some Japanese hotpot, drink beer and practice my tamagoyaki skills (and eat tons of bread with it). Oh Tanya is hungry again
Sorry for the weird change of colors in the pictures!
Back in Osaka
Since my flight got canceled yesterday, I'm still stuck in Osaka. Booked a new flight to Taiwan today, but to the south airport which means I'll get to ride through all of Taiwan to get to Taipei. The weather is hopefully nice and I'll get to see somet aiwanese landscapes. It completely sucked yesterday, but it really helps focusing on the good things instead ^_^
A pic of my saviour from last night. Me and my friend ran to catch the last train, but for some stupid reason I took it to the wrong direction. Lol
Nigiri feast and chocolate truffles
My last night at the ryokan. We had a feast! I made kanpachi and salmon nigiri, some soup and then helped the daughter of the house to make her valentines chocolate. Since there was no real chocolate-making equipment, I decided to just make easy truffles, but I have to say the household was fairly impressed. I just bit my tounge and kept he curses for myself, but I've learnt to appreciate what they see rather than what I see. I've understood that perfect is easier to reach in other eyes, especially for a family who doesn't usually make desserts, so I'm all really happy and grateful for their appreciation :)
Tomorrow, I'll leave Beppu early for Taiwan. Japan has been nice, but I can't deny that the weather here really sucks this time of the year. I've been missing Malta more and more, everyone seems to upload lovely, sunny pictures of Malta and I'm just like, I belong there. I belong in the sun and in the beaches. But time will come soon, in a week I'll leave Taiwan for summer time Australia and it'll all be glorious ;)
Chocolate sauce burger and chocolate dip fries
Exactly as the title says, I just had the strangest burger. The burger chain Lotteria has a February only deal when they're serving this burger with chocolate sauce inside (also a mustard dressing, what the hell?). They also serve French fries with a chocolate-sauce filled biscuit tart to dip in. And of course I had both, I can't let this weirdness pass me by. I even considered ordering a chocolate milkshake for it, but realized in the final moment it was over the top so I just had a strawberry one.
Let me say... Well, it wasn't utterly disgusting. Remember the chocolate chips I had before in Kobe? Well, those worked together better, but I mean, it was edible. Maybe not the brightest of all flavor combinations, but a fun valentines month thing to dare people with I guess.
Another special thing is that this is the only burger I've bought except for McDonald's cheeseburgers (also tried Teriyaki and prawn burger here in Japan, once) and I have to say that Lotteria knows the deal. Between the bread and mustard dressing (and very artificial chocolate sauce) was a breaded chicken piece so juicy the liquid just overflowed when biting. Screw all those dry beef patties and chicken breast burgers, this is the shit. It was a epic sight in between the weirdness, I'm still not into burgers but bring me another strange one and I'll eat it.
So. Tonight, I'll spend the first night in YamadaBessou, one of the oldest ryokan in Beppu.its family run, and I'll stay there for free, but help out. Already helped them make sushi yesterday, and I got to practice my tamagoyaki skills!!!!! I'm so happy for that, tamagoyaki is so much fucking fun!!!!
This is the ryokan,a net he outdoor spa (onsen). I can't leave japan before trying it out at least once, but when I watch it I really don't feel like getting in. I'm a fucking cat :(
Miyajima and travel emotions
Yesterday was one beautiful, oh so incredibly beautiful beautiful day spent on the Miyajima island with Sean, Zil and Marcus. We hiked up Mt Misen, something about 2000m high. Steps almost all way up, but I must say my lifestyle has been taking its toll already haha... The beers I've been drinking last 3 years didn't encourage my legs to take the last hundred steps really :P
Anyways, we ended the mountainhike (both up and down) with great coffee, and later some izakaya dinner with beer. After that, we went searching for a technobar we were at the night before, but it took hell of a while I say. Ended with tequila shots and more beer.
Today, I've been crying my eyes out. The Hiroshima days has for some reason caught me deeper than the other cities (except for the chiba psy party) and when we, my Hiroshima family for 2 days, split I felt completely heartbroken. Like, seriously, I cried on my platform. It's a thing included when traveling, it reminds me of how alive and full of feelings I am, and for the first hour alone at my train I was just bursting of emotions. Obviously this is the thing of how beautiful life can feel, and that you need some downsides to fully grasp the beauty. Oh god, I'm just swambling around, guess I'm still a bit emotional.
Anyhows, slit myself from Hiroshima to arrive in Beppu today. Is staying at a former colleagues place, a shared flat with 4 Japanese guys and atm 1 french couchsurf girl. Party people, about my age and like-minded, oh Marcus you should've come here!!
Fries with the sashimi yes please!
Our favorite technobar in Hiroshima, just fucking
impossible to find but very tiny and very cozy <3
Hiroshima okonomiyaki party
Arrived to Hiroshima yesterday, with the Shinkansen train (fucking hell, they're fast). Went to the first hostel of my life! J-hoppers Hiroshima at Dobashi station, I had one of the greatest evenings so far. I happened to come on the evening when they held a okonomiyaki-party, so Hiroshima style okonomiyaki research and beerdrinking with people from the world in one clash. Fucking great!
At the moment, I'm sitting in the living room of the hostel, waiting for my iPad to charge up. I have about 7hrs to kill before meeting up with other couchsurfers, and I'm thinking of going to Miyajima. Apparently, that's one must-do thing while visiting Hiroshima, and with the hours I have to kill.. Why not.
Got shitfaced. Kanpai!
Its raining outside and I really don't feel like traveling today. Will go to Hiroshima by train and try out my first hostel, but I secretly just wish I was on the beach in Thailand atm. My god how rain can take one down.
Natto, tofu, kimuchi and orange milk.