Kai Fan Plz

Long day.
On a whim decided to make some chicken rice using my trusty recipe over the years after a killer morning at work.

I originally didn’t intend on taking pictures because, well, I just wanted to get the whole process over and done with. Plus, I knew I had a workout waiting for me at the end of this tunnel.


Its such a joy that we finally have a pot big enough to blanche a whole chicken without needing me to flip it over!


While the chicken gets all tasty on us, we prep the ingredients to go into that aromatic-one-more-bowl-please rice.
I accidentally let my onions get a wee bit too burnt while I was chopping up some garlic and smashing up a knob of ginger but thats OK.
That lovely char is gonna add some smokiness to the rice when you toast the raw rice along with everything before using the chicken broth to seal the deal in your rice cooker.


Strip the chicken to shreds (I find that this makes for a better eating experience – just my thing) on top of a bed of organically grown cucumber and you have what I’d call a bloody good dinner.

Hainanese Chicken Rice

By the end of this, I was utterly knackered.
Some plans to head out got shelved over surprise surprise, sleep!


Hey Google, y u keep killing my internet

Well this might explain why our router keeps cutting out every day or two. Disabling the 5 GHz band seemed to have fixed it temporarily but every so often, it does again. 

When your router is on the bottom floor of a 3 story townhouse, climbing down 2 flights of stairs unnecessarily becomes a huge chore. 

Hopefully they push out a patch soonish.

The Moth Mother Cometh

What can I say? I love me a good Stephen King novel.
This book took me slightly longer to finish than I would have preferred but hey, at least I can file it away under my ‘read’ list now.

Not being entirely sure how Owen contributed to this book means that I can’t genuinely comment on what he brought to the table, but you can definitely notice subtle differences in the pacing and also plot development when compared to previous King works.

Did I like it? Yup.
Would I recommend it? Yup.
Would I purchase a physical copy of it?



Word passed through the grapevine about this little show called Dark and how great it is.

I had 4 days off over Christmas.
3 nights of being able to relive my teenage days staying up late watching the sun rise.
Naturally, this show became my consumption of choice.

It starts off a little slow (the pacing is ridiculously erratic IMHO), you try and wrap your head around the linguistics of it all (unlike Narcos where everything seems to just flow), and the characters, ah man, don’t get me started about that part. If you don’t pay attention to who is who and how each and every one of them are connected, you’re buggered.

IF you can get over all those humps and want to be wowed by some dark cinematography, then by all means add Dark to your to watch list.

I actually thought it was heaps better than Stranger Things season 2, but it’s easy to be critical of them both for different reasons.
With all of that being said, the ending was a bit of a let down. You sort of get this vibe that the director was intentionally holding back to lure you in for season 2 but this just leads to a frustrating finale. The initial plot of the series revolves around the missing kids and what happens to them.
Why in the bloody hell was this not better explored?

#Rant over#


There was this chat I once had with a friend about how useful these little smart gadgets actually are and why would anyone every desire one. This is especially true if you’re paranoid about your privacy and don’t feel comfortable with what is easily the biggest tech company (I consider apple a phone company as they haven’t put out anything worth their salt in a while) listening to your conversations 24/7 365 days a year. Unless your internet goes out, but that is another story altogether.

Lo and behold, we have one for the living room now. I had a voucher for 20$ at my favourite brick and mortar store plus they had it going for 48$ so….there wasn’t much thought that went into this purchase.
28$ for a mini? That’s a compulsive buy right there.

What can I say after 2 weeks ? It sure does come in handy when I’m cooking and need to set a timer or to play some tunes to get a vibe going but it’s a bit of a shame that you need spotify premium to fully unlock all that lovely features (but not exactly a deal breaker to me).

With all the 75$ for 2 deals going on now, I’d say get one (or 2) and think about what you can use it for later.
I chuck more questions at it without even thinking nowadays.


New Year? 2018 Waterfall Gully Hike

What did you end up doing on the first of January?
Sleeping off that hangover?
If you were, my apologies, I know how that feels like. Being hungover in your 30’s is so different from when you’re hungover in your 20’s.

We decided to get an early start to the day (or rather I was woken up earlier than I would have liked) and drove down to waterfall gully to get our blood pumping.

My original plan was to start the hike at the foot of the waterfall where the cafe is, but due to navigational errors, we settled on this instead!


Awfully thoughtful of the council to have a few benches just sitting around for people to take in the magnificent view @ 300 metres.


Thankfully, there was zero snake sightings. Despite what the sign said about bikes, we noticed a few going up and down which was kinda insane.

All in all, 1 hour up, 50 minutes down. Not bad considering we had my mum with us.
If you’re wondering where the scenery pictures are, sorry to disappoint but the bulk of them turned out to be either overexposed / out of focus.
My insistence on shooting on full manual mode means that there’s gonna be a lot of trial and error before everything comes good, but hey, it’s a process.
I’ll get there.