Posted March 17th, 2013 in Food, Perth WA | No Comments »
Today there was an Indonesian Food Fair in Bateman. I heard there’ll be many authentic Indonesian foods including savory and sweet, so I headed down there to have a try.
This WAICC Indonesian fair is annual event, and is carried out at Bateman Catholic primary school building.
When I arrived there – …WOW, lots of smoke coming out from satay section. There were people grilling satay in front of the building, and it was very smoky!! Smelled good at the same time too – variety of meat with Indonesian peanut sauce… yum!
There were lots of Indonesian signature foods such as Nasi Lemak, Mee Goreng, Martabak. I got this sweet sesame ball-thingy (labelled “ONDE” but I’m not sure if this is the name of the food??) and it’s good It’s like the sesame balls you get at Yum Cha, but this one has different filling inside.
There were many great foods to buy. I’ll definitely come back next year!
Posted January 14th, 2013 in Perth WA | No Comments »
Time passes so fast…. I was talking about Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and now it’s already January 14!
How did everyone spend New Year’s Day and the holiday season? We did pretty much nothing – just relaxing in the pool in the yard and visiting friend’s house.
Hiro made New Year’s mochi (kagami-mochi) using Play-Doh. A little mandarine on top
And he ate mochi we made. It was first time he had mochi – I was little worried that he might get choked on mochi (that’s a major reason for people being admitted to the hospital in Japan during New Year’s holiday season :p)
And we were treated with Spanish chicken dish by our friends It was delish!
I brought some sushi and dessert.
I wasn’t in Perth this time last year so I’m not sure if it’s only this year or it’s been like this since last year, but Perth’s summer is getting humid….!!! Since I came to Perth in 2003 Perth’s summer has been always HOT and DRY. Now I don’t know if I’m in Japan or Bali or Australia :p I hate hot and humid climate…. it makes me go crazy (*_*)
Australia Day has been always sunny and hot (and dry), so hopefully it’ll be like that next week…
Posted December 9th, 2012 in Perth WA | 3 Comments »
I’d been wanting to do something with my hair …. again! It really started to annoy me My hair was curly (but not in cute ways), dry, and so difficult to set every morning. Besides, I don’t have time to do it every day, so I just lived looking like this ↓↓↓
But I couldn’t stand it anymore – I see my friends’ photos from Japan and they look so pretty and well-maintained. I wanted to colour my hair back to black as it’s much easier to maintain. So I decided to go back to Nao’s place to have my hair a make-over. (previous post)
I wanted to do rebonding (a process which permanently (and checmically) straightens your hair) – I started to rebond my hair when I was at high school, and have been doing it many times since then. It makes my hair so easy to maintain. I asked Nao if she can do rebonding, and she said yes!
You can’t do rebonding and color at the same time as it will damage your hair, so you’d better leave it about 1 week between each treatment. Having your hair coloured first then do rebonding is recommended as the chemical used for rebonding may fade the colour - although Nao said it shouldn’t be a problem if you leave enough time (1 week ~) between the treatments.
Here I come….! On the way to Nao’s place.
Hair rebonding takes several hours to get done. First chemical brakes your hair structure, then hot iron to straighten your hair, and the final chemical to seal the hair structure. It sounds bad to the hair, but no, it is not harmful at all. It even repairs hair issues like split ends and dandruff, and you only have to have re-touched your hair after new growth.
Hair rebonding straightens your hair and makes it sleek, shiny and fabulously straight.
I will colour my hair 1 week later. Now arranging my hair is so much easier! I don’t mind strong wind blowing to me anymore as my hair will always stay calm and straight
I didn’t know about this but Nao told me that you can have hair rebonding in salons in Perth too – I thought it’s available in Japan only :p But here it costs around $400!!!! Wowwww so expensive. I usually pay around $100 ~ $200 for hair rebonding + hair cut in Japan.
At Nao, it costs just $150 for short hair. I think it’s very reasonable compared to other places.
As you can see on the photo, Nao will close her shop from 26th Dec till 16th Jan 2013. She is going back to Japan to spend New Year with her family So envy her!
I’m loving it!
Nao in Canning Vale : 0430 927 880
Posted October 20th, 2012 in Perth WA, Ume's Thought | No Comments »
Nature – this is one of the things I love about Perth!!
Although going to the park is one of our daily routine, we had quite a time in the park we went to this morning. It’s just normal park, nothing special, but with what we did we felt so close to nature. We played with trees, leaves, sticks, stones, and bugs
I was amazed how much both of us enjoyed doing these simple things – watching lady bugs moving, collecting pinecones, and making letters with sticks – without toys and bouncing balls.
There are so many parks across Perth and it’s amazing. I really think Australia is a very nice place for families with kids.
Today’s experience recalled my childhood memory. I used to climb up trees to catch cicadas and beetles, soaked my body in the small river to catch crayfish, and watched killifish swimming around in the water. Now I can’t do these things around my house anymore. Things have changed a lot, and I barely see wild creatures over there. Lots of buildings, trucks and noises.
Today I felt that we belong to nature and are part of it. I wish kids benefit from these amazing things out there in Australia.
Posted September 10th, 2012 in Food, Japan, Perth WA | No Comments »
We are definitely in middle of spring now. It’s been pretty warm for the last few days – though forecast says it’ll rain again soon. Time for lots of insects… (yay…)
Spring makes me feel happy, sleepy, and want to do laundry everyday. It also makes me want to go out for picnic with Hiro who always wants to get out of the house and play outdoor.
Lunch I made for Hiro the other day…. It’s not only for Hiro, by the way. He is a big eater but I don’t think his stomach can hold this much food. :p I made them to share with my friends.
This is one of the things I like about Perth. In Japan… well, in my hometown, you can hardly find park or nice place to sit down with kids and have lunch together. There’re always cars, buildings, and people passing by. There is park near my kindergarden, but it’s not big and the ground is covered with seaweed for some reason!! How come? Is it not seaweed? Or the area used to be under water or something? Very weird…. So I don’t want to take my kid there to play. He might try to eat it :(
My parents used to take me and my brother to many places for picnic when I was a child. Near Biwako Lake, some themed parks, and some public park. You have to drive there and is not really close to my house. So I definitely think Perth is very family-friendly and great environment for kids.
Mixed sandwiches and omu-rice. It’s so easy to prepare if you have the ingredients.
For Omu-rice you’ll needs:
- 2 cups of steamed rice (preferably left-over from last night)
- 2 tbs of frozen mixed vegetables
- 2 tbs tuna, canned, drained
- 1 tbs unsalted tomato sauce
- bit of oyster sauce and soy sauce
Then, make large thin omelet. Place on the tomato fried-rice. Draw smily face with tomato sauce!