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Homeward Bound November 2, 2008

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Woo hoo, we are pretty excited right now because we gonna have 3 weeks holiday on this month. We will be going back to Indonesia, mainly Jakarta (our beloved hometown) because we really missed it and want to catch up with some friends and family especially Diana since this is her first time going back home after almost 1 year living abroad in OZ. I know 3 weeks is pretty short to spend at Indo but you know, annual leave quota does not let me stay longer 😦 What more, it really is not the best time to go for holiday since Aus Dollar is pretty low and this means more money to buy foreign currency.


Jakarta – here we come.

Anyway, we will leave Sydney on 6 Nov by Singapore Airlines, taking their last flight (they fly 4x a day Syd-Sin), so will arrive at Singapore around 12AM. Decided to spend the night at the Airport Hotel so we can spend the next day (7 Nov) sightseeing (probably bit of shopping) around Singapore. Then we gonna take last flight to Jakarta at 9.20PM using SQ as well so arrive at Jakarta at 10PM local time.

We will also going to Bali for 4 days 3 months since we can’t get enough of Bali during our honeymoon last year hehehe. Everything is taken care of, from the flights, hotel, transport even itinerary is scheduled so we can only hope everything will be work in place and no delays whatsoever. The only thing we worried is Air Asia (for flight to Bali), they are quite infamous with flight delays but when you travelling cheap, can’t really do anything more other than wait 🙂

We at Bali last December.

The temple where Kecak dance is performed on Uluwatu at sunset time.

Pura Ulun Danu

Of course, one of “must do” thing in Indo is to try local foods (let’s hope our tummy can stand the foods) so expect many many entries about this. We have listed which restaurants & places I should go at Jakarta, Bandung and Bali hahaha. We mainly want to eat Indo foods because we missed these the most, the reason is although there are some Indo restaurants in Sydney (mainly on Anzac Pde – Kensignton & Kingsford), the taste is not that original. In Jakarta, there are a lot of good foods you can get from hawker and small restaurants 😀


Diana’s Birthday Dinner – Rise Restaurant Darlinghurst October 15, 2008

Posted by adriandiana in Personal, Sydney Foods.
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Diana just celebrated her birthday on 4 Oct, so we decided to have dinner with some friends on the 5th of October. The place we choose is Rise Restaurant which serves 7 course Omakase Degustation Menu. It is our first time trying degustation menu except Mark which has been to Tetsuya’s and tried their 12 course degustation menu.

The restaurant itself located in Darlinghurst, near Kings Cross (Big Coca Cola sign). It was really pretty hard finding a parking spot, which probably due to the long weekend (Labour Day public holiday).

Something funny happened while we were waiting for the foods to come. I pulled out my SLR camera and started taking photos of the foods & friends. This act in effect get other people (at other tables) pulled out their own SLR too. LOL.

Alright, enough with the story, let’s get on with the photos, shall we.

Menu (this can be changing from time to time)

Salad of ocean trout tataki & mango coconut salsa
I tried ocean trout sashimi for the first time and still thinking it was salmon hehehehe. They all really look alike.

Potato cream soup with prawn tempura & tofu
This is by far the most delicious meal of all we had during the 7 course, and we all agreed.


Assorted today’s fresh market sashimi
This meal consist of tuna, salmon sashimis and oyster. Of course, nothing special about this. Pretty common in other jap restaurants.


Steamed baby octpus with ‘ume’ plum sauce, Tuna tartare on gari sushi roll, Duck and bamboo shoot with “Hoisin” sauce

Steamed scallop, mung bean noodle & ginger shallot sauce
I didn’t mix the noodle and sauce so when I eat the noodle, it felt really bland. Something wrong, but others find out we have to mix it so really the taste is not that bad hehehe. ( I forgot how it tastes though, probably similar to some soy sauce).


Chicken roulade tempura with pumpkin puree & soy ginger sauce
This came as the main meal, with a surprise. They gave us a bowl of rice to have with this meal. We couldn’t help but assuming this is so asian. Everything needs to be eaten with rice. Hehehe. Why is that? I thought it is nice enough to eat this on its own. Personally I am quite disappointed as I found the sauce taste is rather bland.

The video light from Mark’s Canon HDV camera is good for lighting up the food 🙂

Pannacotta with black tapioca & kahlua cofee granita
Very nice, I can really feel the kahlua in all that ice.



A special desert prepared by the restaurant for the birthday girl.

The 3 siblings … enjoying the food

Does something smell funny?

Mark really look genuinely surprised when I took his photo


The lovely couple enjoying their desserts


Gifts presentation. Diana thought it was a wallet.

Which turns out to be Nintendo DS


Posing in front of the entry door, while waiting Mark getting the car.

And some spooky ghost story as well hehehe.

Overall, it was a nice dining experience. We ended up getting more food that night (at 1 AM – went to East Ocean to have very very late dinner yumcha), since the food portion is not that big at Rise. I also have this similar post at my photo blog

Cloudy Monday October 10, 2008

Posted by adrian in Personal, Random Thoughts.
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The clouds started gathering from the moment we about to leave Fish Market to Bondi Beach.

Here are some photos, looks pretty dramatic isn’t it 🙂 All of these photos are taken by my pocket compact camera, no big SLR this time. Still quality is great. For better viewing experince, you take a look at Adrian’s Photo Blog.

Starting from fish market :




Bondi beach :







Parramatta Ferry Ride October 9, 2008

Posted by adriandiana in Personal, Travel.

What is the best way to use that DayTripper ticket knowing you only have a few more hours left?
Use it for the expensive rides such as ferry ride 😀

Alright, we used the ticket for ferry ride to Manly and return to CQ. I really have no idea what it costs if we only buy the ferry ticket only (can’t be bothered to find out the price on web hehehe). So, to maximize the usage, we also decided to catch ferry ride to Parramatta and return to CQ.



Really, there were also other people doing same stuff like us, because I saw one lady on ferry ride to Manly, only to see her again on the Parramatta wharf at the end of the day. Hahaha. So, I reckon Daytripper is quite a good value ($16) when it comes for travelling around Sydney the whole day.


I just found out that no more ferry goes beyond Parramatta so they have to turn the ferry around in front of the wharf.




The Rivercat is turning around. Nice red clouds hanging in the sky.


Sunset view


Welcome to our first ever blog! October 2, 2008

Posted by adriandiana in Personal, Uncategorized.
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A short introduction.

We are Adrian Christianto & Diana Octavia. Married back on 1 Dec 2007, we live in Sydney Australia. We are still Indonesian citizen but live permanently here so we are not trully OZ yet 🙂

We, like most young married couple, would like to have our own place someday, so we are in the process of saving up for that new place. But we still love traveling, eating out and etc so we can still have some fun while saving up 🙂

This blog will follow our life so we will post just about everything if we want to do it and feel like to do it 🙂

Adrian has his own photo blog which he posts photos from his Canon SLR.