Hiatus

In the past year, I’ve spent too many days copying my cat…

Now I’ve decided it’s time to stop being a copycat.

Hurrah! Better late than never right?

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Inefficient friendships

Just recently a friend of mine mentioned the topic of efficient friendships aren’t always healthy. It really got me thinking. He was discussing about how when you love someone you don’t care about the boundaries such as the insecurities – you’ll go out there and spend time with this person. You’ll forsake the worries about how late it is, or that you have other things to do. It’ll be a priority to talk to this person. It won’t be ‘efficient’ anymore. If it’s too efficient it becomes a calculation. To value friendship in a less efficient manner (I’m not talking about logistics here; because we do need it) is to love like Jesus does. It’s to put their needs before your own. It’s to be willing to face rejection because they’re worth the rejection.

Colossians 3:12-14 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.TT

Maybe I’m not explaining it all too well but it really got me thinking.

Cultural Comparisons

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It wasn’t too long ago where I found myself boarding a plane and heading all the way to the US! Keeping it short and sweet here are a few plus things that I’ve discovered along the way about living in the states!

  1. Strange vending machines don’t just exist in Japan. I have now come across ice cream vending machines, vending machines that sell pringles ANDDD frozen meals!
  2.  I’ve learnt a crazy amount about currency/exchange rates. I never thought I’d get used to the US dollar (what with the pennies, nickels and dimes?!) And the coolest thing? There’s such thing as Disney currency. Yep! There are Disney dollars and they look like pretty cute colored dollar bills.
  3. Bottomless mugs are a big normality. Bottomless meaning that sodas at restaurants are often refillable for free!
  4. Tip and tax are different. Tip and tax/gratuity are not usually included in the bill or on price points. Tax is usually about 10% of the price however gratuity could be 10%-20%, 18% if you’re on Disney property.
  5. There’s no such thing as Maccas. It’s Mickey D’s!
  6. On the topic of wording, chips = fries, soft drink = sodas, rubbish = trash, postcode = zip code, mobile = cell and there’s plenty more to add to the list!
  7. Waffle fries are an awesome delicacy.
  8. Driving on the other side of the side/being a passenger is scary. And I’m not sure if it’s an all America-wide thing but I rarely see anyone signal. I also don’t feel like pedestrian crossings have humans as the first priority…
  9. Eggs your way are really indeed eggs your way! Overhard, overeasy, scrambled, boiled, sunny side up, soft boiled AND poached! So many options.
  10.  The date order. I’ve been so used to writing date, month, year all my life but now it’s month, date, year!

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Enduring Hardships // Reflection Part 1

A while ago I did a talk about ‘Enduring Hardships with A Christ Focus’. In my talk I shared about how we could apply this focus in our lives and what the Bible says to encourage us when we go through trials and difficult times.

I thought I’d do a post on what I shared about. Perhaps at a later time I’ll share further on other points I discussed (it was quite lengthy!) and more about what I’ve been through personally.

I share this post from a Christian perspective and although I know not everyone shares the same theology I hope that if you’re going through sufferings of your own you’ll be able to find out more about who Christ is and what it means to have His love in your life.

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Scarvelli Cafe // Balwyn

First time visiting Scarvelli Cafe and it was a delight!Scarvelli TT (1)
 I liked the overall presentation of the cafe, the simple decoration of flowers on the table and how spacious it is! There is also an outside seating area which fits heaps more people (larger groups).Scarvelli TT (4)
Apart from their regular menu they also have salads, muffins and baguette type of foods at the counter area.
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The menu! I was tossing up between the Good life bowl, Dukkah Eggs, Wood Fired Salmon, Open Omelette and the Chilli Eggs & Ham – hahaha, too many choices meaning I’ll be back!
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Chilli Eggs & Ham // $16.50
Boyfriend said it was delicious :) He really liked the presentation – the eggs reminded him of ying/yang.Scarvelli TT (6)
 Wood fired Salmon // $17
This was my dish! It was so delicious. One of my favourite breakfast dishes I’ve had no joke. I thought everything complimented each other really well – I liked the citrus flavours (I think from the mustard salsa and avo) against the crispy polenta. #justyum. I wouldn’t say I was full afterwards though, but it was a comfortable stomach.
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The waiters were friendly and the atmosphere was nice. I came on a rainy day too. The only downside was that it did take awhile for the food to come out after our orders were placed. The food was worth it though! I’ll be back :)

Scarvelli Cafe on Urbanspoon

“Impossible/Possible List”

tangertalksI’ve decided to give this ‘Impossible List’ as inspired by Mishyymoo a go! The original ‘The Impossible List*’ comes from Joel Runyon who says that The impossible list is that* challenge. This list of impossible things contains all the things I ever thought I couldn’t do because it was “impossible.”

I’ve decided to do a SLIGHTLY different take and incorporate some general goals of mine into the list as well. I’ll probably add/edit/cross of and work on this list throughout the year/my life (haha – probably life – I think it’ll be awhile before I even begin to attempt some!)

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Moka Pot Cafe (Good Food, Iffy Service)

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They provide breakfast, lunch and drinks (breakfast till 2:30PM!)
I’ve been to Moka Pot Cafe a few times and each time the food has been quite good. It’s definitely more costly than Aura Cafe but the food is probably just a tad better here – however their service is not (Aura has top notch service, friendly staff members who greet you and check on you once in awhile). I have to say at Moka Pot Cafe it’s been highly disappointing. I really don’t know why because Moka Pot Cafe is generally quite busy and has pretty good reviews on Urbanspoon – it’s a visually appealing place and it just SEEMS like a friendly environment so I get drawn to wanting to go in (it does look inviting from the outside) but the last two times I’ve gone, I haven’t really been greeted at the door, instead slightly ignored. I will continue this line of thought at the end of my blog post since it’s quite long (Don’t read it if you don’t like rants!). For now, moving onto the GOOD stuff – the foooood!!! 

The last time I came here, I ordered the Egyptian Eggs ( poached eggs, dukkah, spiced pumpkin, caramelised onion, spinach + toasted Turkish pide) and it was SO good. I really enjoyed the combination and they were generous with the amount of pumpkin they gave (cubed pumpkin). The flavours and spices went well together. I remember I thought that it may not be filling without toast but it was just right. I was so tempted to try it again, but decided to go for their Health Kick (though they had this special mushroom dish which sounded pretty good).

moka3Health Kick $16.9 // poached eggs served w/ confit tomato, smashed avocado, spinach, tomato relish on multigrain toast)
Disappointing smashed avo (quite a thin mushy layer of it), but I loved the tomato relish combo with the poached eggs and spinach. (SERIOUSLY YUMMY RELISH!!) Overall a good dish and quite filling too. (Fills you up more than the Egyptian Eggs). I like the concept of the dish with smashed avo because at other cafes you usually only have the option to get smashed avo by itself or just with eggs.moka2Big Breakfast 19.9// choice of poached, fried or scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, hash brown, mushrooms, oven roasted tomato, spinach + toast
I didn’t order this dish (bf did) and it looked very yummy! Nothing too special about it though. The negatives is that bacon (a lot of the pieces were quite burnt), but those scrambled eggs and mushrooms look very nice! It was a pretty big serving as well. 
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Having joy is not the same as being happy // Reflections

Joy is an amazing feeling and a wonderful way to live and view life, but it can often be confused with ‘happiness.’joy

Sometimes joy doesn’t come so easily because of our emotions, our situations, and what we currently have.  We can often fall into the trap of focusing on what we don’t have  and if you’re spending all this time wishing life was something else, it’s going to be pretty easy to feel unhapppy. It also brings up the problem of discontentment and comparing yourself with others (which completely sucks! But we’re humans and it’s something we are ALL capable of feeling). Now of course, there are plenty of situations to be unhappy, sad and miserable about and it’s not really unjustifiable… In a fallen world, that’s something to be sure of. I’m definitely not saying you have to be happy or telling you to be happy…What I am saying is that JOY and HAPPINESS are different! You can still be capable of having joy in your life despite your circumstances.

Trouble is going to come our way in multiple occasions but  it can be used for good! That’s why we need joy in our lives. Joy is being able to get through these difficult circumstances and these tough and hard to deal with emotions because there is HOPE in God. With hope, there is peace. We can find rest and assurance knowing that  even though sometimes things are just out of our control, there is God. We can put our faith into believing that whatever happens God CAN still make good happen. That whatever He chooses to do, even if we don’t understand why, it is still part of His sovereign will and that one day it will all come to light. God is still a LOVING and JUST God. It’s a struggle of faith when we can’t seem to see these characteristics, but I believe that God is still above us, and who are we to question his decisions? He doesn’t change and he’s loving, so what happens – the bad- the terrible- I wouldn’t say God is happy, but if He allowed it, we can still turn to him for comfort, instead of anger.

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Taiwan photostory

I’m in the amazing city of Taiwan – Taipei! :) It’s been a crazy week but definitely an enjoyable one. I’ve been out and about exploring different areas of Taiwan (mostly Taipei) and spending time with my lovely relatives.

Here are some quick snaps of Taiwan I’d like to share with you. All in really random order by the way, but let’s say its the highlights of the week! #tooeagertoshare.

IMG_7316 Cute mobile accessories selling for about $50NT each ($2) They’re probably made out of polymer clay but it’s quite special and fun to gift because a lot of them are moulded after popular cartoons! E.g. Hello Kitty & Angry Birds. Can you spot any others you recognize? You can find these at many night markets around Taiwan.IMG_7491 Beautiful Taipei 101 BuildingIMG_7501i I know.. not exactly necessary or cheap (you can get bottled water at 7/11 anywhere in TW!) but this is so cute. It’s been made into the shape of the 101 tower!IMG_7606 Delicious Sashimi Salad at the ‘Best 85 Panorama’. I loved it. IMG_7680 Amazing view of Taipei City.IMG_6067 The best fruit ever!!! Water Apples. It’s so unique – on the inside it’s almost fluffy.IMG_7116 Delicious Pipi’s @ Shi Ye Restaurant. IMG_7210Last but not least, I ha to share these adorable creatures with you! At first I thought it was a statue but they are real live moving turtles!! This was at Aletheia University.

Musing

Hey there, thanks for checking out my ‘tangertalks’ blog!

I thought this would be  great way to remember  memories so this is my personal blog created out of curiosity and fun! 

I hope to learn something from this experience and hope you’ll enjoy learning with me =]