Weekend in London


It is almost as if I am trying to tick off all the big cities in the world (although I am not). But anyway, I made my way to London two weekends ago to hang out with my hall mates from Singapore.


I have been to London many times during my exchange days but it is always fun to make new memories with old friends.


We did a couple of touristy things and ticked off a few of the main London sights.


And tried free coconut water.


And had one too many beers.


And of course, indulged in good food. I finally got to try Burger and Lobster!


And these scones from the Muffin Man.


And this random but tasty paella from Portobello market.


And this Zi Char meal at Gold Mine.

I wish my friends would come to this part of the world more often because it is so nice to be in their company.

Till the next time we meet, here is a video of them reacting to Swedapura videos. How…embarrassing.



Hokkaido June 2016

I cannot complain about how the first half of the year has unfolded for me. I definitely was not expecting to be travelling this much at the start of the year but I am thankful for many different trips to spend time with friends and family. Yes I traded 1 LDR for many LDRs but I am happy to be able to create memories with my loved ones in different parts of the world.

Last week saw me flying from Stockholm to Hokkaido to meet my parents for a week. It might not have been that many days but it was enough for me to fall in love with Japan (even more than I already do). Before the trip even ended, my parents and I were already briefly discussing about meeting up in a different part of Japan next year.

I did not take a day by day log of what we did but perhaps this jumbled lot of photographs would summarise our trip succinctly.

Left: My first meal at the airport with my parents who so patiently waited for me. And even though my luggage was missing, seeing my parents again and having fresh sashimi and perfectly marinated beef made it all okay.

Right: Sightseeing stopovers while on the road and this was the Oshinkoshin Falls. We were shivering, can you tell?


And then we eat more again. What else. This was a mixed dinner from a food court.

Left: Stopover to do a quick footbath onsen in acidic water in Kawayu.

Right: Take more touristy pictures and eat loads of Hokkaido soft serves.


We randomly stopped the car whenever we spotted animals. This trip we saw many horses, a baby fox and deers while on the road.


Eat again, of course.

This was us feasting on King Crabs which was caught in the morning. It was so fresh and sweet and good. I need to eat this meal again.


It was nice that other than having fixed destinations, we kept our itinerary relatively free and easy so we could just go with the flow as we travelled around the island and stopped whenever we saw something interesting. While we may not have covered not have covered ALL the tourist attractions (which is impossible in one week), we definitely had a good time just exploring a new place together.


My Hokkaido attractions recommendation would be: 1) Visiting Furano Flower Farm when in season 2) Take a boat to the tip of Shiretoko (UNESCO Heritage site) 3) Try an onsen 4) Go hiking in Shiretoko (would go back to do that to be honest).


If I could fly one airline for the rest of my life, I would say that it would be JAL handsdown. It might be a close call between JAL and Qatar but really, this AirMos burger just took the cake for me.

Maybe I have not flown enough but a burger in the air? I love how I had to assemble my meal myself!


And oh yes, one can never leave Japan without a stash of snacks. There is no such thing as overkill when it comes to snacks (for me).

Ending this post off with a cute picture of my cute parents and if you click on it, you would head over to our video filmed in a Japanese convenience store!


See you in a month!

The joys of Spring

Now that I have been through the first full winter of my life, I feel like I can finally fully understand and appreciate the joy that spring brings. It might just be my favourite season because we can celebrate the fact that winter is over and enjoy longer sunny days that are neither too cold nor too hot.

I must say that spring has been treating me very well so far and I cannot be happier and more thankful. In fact I managed to escape the “bad” spring weather when I was in LA because it was snowing in Stockholm and I don’t believe the snow would come back again but who knows?

So we got our barbecue parties going…


My tummy is so grateful for all the amazing cooks I know here. These were some really yummy pork skewers that was complete with a spicy dipping sauce.

It is also picnic and ice cream weather now. I feel like I have come full circle eating the exact same ice cream almost one year ago (refer to Gröna lund post from last year).


The city has also been buzzing with festivals like the Eurovision song contest and this was from the Indian Festival from yesterday. I do not eat much Indian food in Singapore but I am more than happy to eat any Asian food now (with extra spicy sauce no less).


And I also did my first run of the year, which was none other than the happiest 5k on earth – The Colour Run.

It was probably the easiest 5km to do since we had to stop whenever there were human jams and so many people came just to take pictures so trying to jog past the walkers is not that easy either.

But nonetheless it was like one big dance party and everyone was so colourful and happy.

So the sun usually sets at around 2130 and rises by 0400 now and the days will just keep getting longer till July. Sidenote to the Lee Family coming in July, you can expect days to last about this long while you are here!

Looking forward to what the rest of the spring/summer would bring!

Till the next time!

Cafe Hopping in Stockholm

Lou was in Stockholm for a weekend and we had a blast going around checking out different cafes and restaurants in Stockholm.

Left: Breakfast at Vete-katten, a traditional Swedish Confectionary, where we had cinnamon buns and coffee. This is the place Stockholmers swear by for some good fika.

Right: Midday snack at Cykelcafé Le Mond where we had an acai bowl. Thankfully it was just one because it was filling (and expensive).

Brunch food at Greasy Spoon where we shared a plate of blueberry pancakes and pink rosti.

It was my first time having matcha latte here in Stockholm but was slightly disappointed. The food was good though, and even better because we managed to skip the crazy queue by going closer to closing time.

The pink rosti was our favourite! It was a combination of beetroot hollandaise sauce, smoked salmon, poached eggs on top of a bed of rosti.

Left: Lunch at Rosendals Trädgård – an open air cafe near Skansen. It was such a beautiful sunny day to be eating outdoors and we shared a soup and some cakes.

Right: Meatballs at Meatballs for the People. Am so glad I gave this place a second chance because the meatballs did not disappoint this time. It was a plate of comfort food.

Overall I would say that eating out in Stockholm is not cheap but am happy to find little spots in the city to enjoy a good meal (once in a while). Hope this post made you as hungry as it made me.


Till the next time!

International Potluck Lunch


This week I had one of the most sumptuous lunch ever. Just look at the spread! Looking at the pictures again just makes my…tummy smile.

We decided to do an international potluck lunch where everyone would bring something from their home country so there was traditional Swedish food (of course), Japanese pork, Chinese dumplings and Indian Briyani to name a few.

Surprisingly no one made meatballs so thumbs up to the Swedes for their creativity! I must say that I really enjoyed the homemade flat bread with cheese and reindeer sausages.

But my all round favourite had to be the chicken briyani because it tasted so much of home. Sososo good!


Safe to say we had enough food to last us the week and I may or may not have been more excited over this as compared to a…julbord (Christmas Dinner).

And just in case you are wondering what the Singaporean aka me brought….


Here is my homemade satay and chicken flavoured rice balls. I slaved in the kitchen for at least 3 hours over the satay because cooking them without a grill was a pain. That explains why the balls were only chicken flavoured and not the proper chicken rice balls.

It was funny though that the balls ended up being a hit. Especially for the brave souls who dipped them in the accompanying chicken rice chilli sauce.

Hope everyone has been having a great week!

Till the next time!