Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Melbourne Day 3-4

Took the chance to travel out of Melbourne CBD on Day 3 and 4, before S returns back to SG. We spent an entire day on Great Ocean Road and another day at Werribee Open Range Zoo, which was a significantly shorter drive.

Started the day with McDonald's breakfast!



And because the parking in Melbourne is very expensive and we wanted to offset the parking fee, we bought these huge macarons to qualify for the free parking promo hahaha. Better to pay for expensive macarons than expensive parking!


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Wrapping up 2017 Q2 Q3 Q4

I'm reluctant for 2017 to go, because it is probably one of the best years I had in recent times.

2017 was FANTASTIC.

As you can probably tell by my lack of update, I have been super busy this year.

Highlights would probably be,
- Getting Married
- Honeymoon in Europe
- Maldives surprise trip
- New Job
- Getting the keys to our new home!

Besides Europe and Maldives, we also made several short trips to neighboring countries in Asia as well~ Hong Kong, Hokkaido, Malaysia Genting and Tioman. My travel backlog is piling up so much that I've decided to post everything else that is non-travel related in this single blog post.

For my convenience, I shall be really random with this! No time to sequence the photos. Haha.

So we got married in March, and our wedding was featured on Blissful Brides magazine!


Saturday, January 6, 2018

FoodLine Chinese New Year Catering

Chinese New Year is coming soon!



I thought that we'd be able to move into our new home before Chinese New Year but I guess that's impossible now, because we are still considering our renovation options.

I definitely want to host Chinese New Year gatherings at my new home the next year though! However, as I'm planning to have an open-concept kitchen, it's unlikely that I will do much cooking... But a big feast for Chinese New Year is still a must! Thankfully, Foodline.sg has a listing of CNY menus (party sets for small group of 5-10 pax to full buffets for 20-100 pax), complete with the necessities like Yusheng and Pencai. How convenient is that?! I am able to compare the menus and see which one I prefer, all on a single platform. With the best price guarantee, I can also be sure that I'm getting the best deal! Sometimes there are even free dishes/ discounts up to 50% off that is exclusive on Foodline.sg which I can't get even if I order directly from the caterer!

I think that some of you may also consider getting caterers to prepare the reunion dinner, especially for those who can't cook. The prices are definitely also more value for money compared to booking a restaurant outside!




Use my coupon code ESTHERCNY38 for $38 off (valid for all orders till 31 Dec 2018, min $350 spending) - Doesn't have to be CNY menu because the code is valid for the entire year! Just remember to use it for any events you require catering for - baby first month, housewarming (i'm already checking out the menus for myself!), birthdays, etc.


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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

FoodLine Christmas Catering

It's nearing Christmas again!

I'd be celebrating it with the family this year and I've been trying to order a log cake and other festive goodies online. The first site I went to is of course FoodLine.sg! I've been recommending them ever since I used them during my Guo Da Li earlier this year. I like how convenient it is to search and compare a wide variety of vendors on one platform.




If you are also looking to order catering for Christmas parties or platters for small gatherings, you can check out the Christmas tab on FoodLine.sg. You can easily filter your search to party sets for small group of 5-10 pax to full buffets for 20-100 pax. There are a number of menus available depending on your budget. FoodLine.sg has a Best Price Guarantee and some vendors give exclusive Catering discounts up to 50% off if you order it through FoodLine.sg!






For additional discount, you get $38 off all orders if you input my exclusive coupon code ESTHER38 (min $350 order, valid for all orders till 31 Dec 2017)!


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Monday, December 11, 2017

Melbourne: Great Ocean Road

We allocated time for a one-day road trip along Great Ocean Road and it was the most memorable part of my trip to Melbourne... The spectacular scenery is extremely worth the long drive out! As we had limited time, I researched in advance on the highlights along the route and decided on some key stops.



Thursday, December 7, 2017

BTO Keys Collection

Finally collected the keys to our new home today!



He initially suggested to shorten the typically 25-year loan to 20, but I felt that 5 years make no difference. Hence, we made the impulse decision to reduce it to 10 years. This also means that we cannot slack for the next few years liao... must work hard :x



We only started to look out for contractors a week ago.... Hopefully we can finalize one soon. Very excited to start on renovations!



Can't wait to host family and friends in our new home :)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Melbourne Day 1-2

A year back, my sister had a two-week study attachment in Melbourne and we decided to make it a family trip! My dad and me were there for 9 days while my mum stayed with her throughout. S tagged along as well and we took the chance to have some photos taken for our prewedding album! Read about the photoshoot here: www.estherxie.com/p/wedding.html

I have very fond memories of Melbourne and I will be sharing our itinerary in detail!