Top Cheap casual eat out: Sydney CBD

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Menya Mappen

537 551 George St
Sydney, NSW 2000
It is a kind of place that you have to queue for. Constantly busy in a small quiet restaurant. Food here are always fresh and you definitely get what you paid for.
Average cost for 2 people is $20, free water.
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Encasa Deli

135 Bathurst St, Sydney NSW 2000
Feel like having Spanish food ? Encasa is a must visit restaurant. The chorizos here are amazing and some fresh olives.
Average cost per roll is $10.
 
Wynyard 

Hunter Connection Food Court

Address: 7 Hunter St, Sydney NSW 2000
There are heaps of food here, all very cheap. Most of the stores are cash only so make sure to withdraw some cash on your way here.
I have spent $6 for full meal here. There is a variety to choose from and they are all good.
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Pasta and home made garlic bread

It was a simple dinner in door on a quiet Sunday night.

Good food, good company and very healthy (just a little bit of carbs).

 

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In Australia, we have long weekend this week. So I definitely have had a very well spent long weekend with doing as little as possible. Just stayed in door and cook good food and hanging out with good company.

Still trying to go to Vivid (light festival in Sydney) before it ends 😦 !

What are you all doing this weekend ?

Thai Style Laska with Roast Chicken

The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside -Mark Twain

Want to make something warm for winter but don’t want to put in too much efforts ? 🙂

I made my own version of Chicken Laska today, it was really simple, quick and tasty. See below for my easy recipe:

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbs of Olive oil
  • 250ml coconut milk
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 200 ml of water
  • 1 tbs fish sauce
  • 1 roast chicken
  • 200g vermicelli noodles Laksa Paste
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 bag of beansprout
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 jar of laska paste

METHOD

  • Step 1
    Heat oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Add Olive oil and onion. Stir until the onion is brown and add the laska paste from the jar. Meanwhile, pick the roast chicken into serving pieces and add into the pot. Stir for about 3 minutes, add the chicken stock and water. Bring to boil and add the coconut milk in. Add the fish sauce and bring to boil. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes (cut into serving pieces) and leave on stove for 3 minutes before turning the stove off.
  • Step 3
    Cook the noodles according to packet instructions. These noodles only takes about 5 minutes not like pasta so don’t leave too long on stove, it will be soggy. Drain noodles
You can use any vermicelli noodles, this is just an example of what they look like.

Serving instruction

In a bowl, add some beansprout, add the drained vermicelli and then laska soup over the noodle. If you like spicy then add some fresh chili and dried onion over the top.

 

Enjoy !

Roasted chicken Marylands with vegetables

Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments – Bethenny Frankel

Ingredients

4 chicken Marylands

4 carrots

2 potato – cut into serving pieces

1 zucchini – cut into serving pieces

1 sweet potato – cut into serving pieces

1 red onion – cut into slices

2 tsp vegetable oil

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp of pepper

1 lemon – cut into slices

25g butter

1 piece of rosemary for taste

Method

1. Heat your oven to 180C fan-forced. Add the Marylands to a baking dish with the oil and toss to coat, then arrange skin-side up in a single layer. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and squeeze over the juice of the lemon slices. Add all the cut vegetable to the baking tray and then put the squeeze lemon slices on top across the tray. Bake for 45 minutes.

2. Microwave the butter for 15 seconds until liquid, brush over the top of chicken. Add the rosemary and bake for a further 15 minutes.

3. Rest for 10 minutes and serve

5 days breakfast challenge (2mins read)

I have a very round body, so I always try to eat low carbs food but often only lasts a few days.

I challenged myself to have proper breakfast for 5 days in a row and the below is the result. We all got to start some where right 🙂

Day 1 – Coffee with 1 piece of toast

Nice and light.

Day 2 – Scramble egg with 1 apple

This meal was so filling as it have high protein. I had breakfast at 9am and did not have lunch until 1pm.

Day 3 – Oat with banana

This gotta be my favorite, it was so nice. A touch of raw sugar in the oat porridge with banana toppings.

Day 4 – A fruit salad containing 1 green apple, 10 grapes and 1 mandarin with a cup of milk tea with no sugar
Day 5 – Hot chocolate milk with Weetbix

So yeah it was that simple. I will be commencing another 5 days and will show you guys what I have in my up coming posts.

Do it with me 🙂

How to write a stunning Curriculum Vitae (CV/Resume)

I used to work for a recruitment agency and it is quite normal to go through hundreds of CVs every day and select the most suitable applicants for 1st stage interview. The trick is you don’t write your CV using a hard-to-read font or make the entire CV very colorful because we (recruiters) will have to go back and edit your details in the simplest form using the most basic template.

You will need 3 main sections in your CV.

1 – Your details (don’t put your address or DOB in your CV, it is not necessary). If you are going for a position like “Account manager” or something similar and if you have an English name, please use it instead of your actual name (Only applicable if you are Asians). I used my full name when I applied for jobs and never used to hear back, my old boss told me it was because my name as too Asians and between picking me and an English name person, I would most likely fail to be selected (yes, noted).

2 – Your education details: only include your most important achievements. Eg the name of your Degree, Certifications and the Institution that you got your certifications from. Don’t include unimportant info like your primary school details, high school achievements, unless you are applying for job WHILE you are at school.

3 – Work experience: this is the most important part. You will need to present yourself in a way that will be attractive to your employer. Outline your achievements from your previous work place, specify the time when you worked at that place. Try to make it point form, short and straight to the point.

For example:

  • I have achieved my KPI by 105% for project x.

Instead of,

  • During the time at this company, I worked on project x. My hardworking efforts and determination has allowed me to achieve over and beyond what is expected of me. I was expected to close 5 deals in a period of 1 month. However, I have been able to close 7 deals in a record period blah blah blah…

The above example is too long especially for someone who has been working at more than 5 different places

 

At the end of your CV, do include 2 referees from the most current 2 jobs that you have been at. this will give you more points and higher chance of being selected. For people with referee’s section left blank, we often just trash the application unless we are desperate to find people to fill a role.

Let me know if you guys would like to see a sample of an approved CV.

 

Ciaooo for now!

5 x Self-improvement tips

We all want to lead a better lifestyle, always want to beat the crowd and achieve something every day, but let’s be honest it’s not often so easy. Just add a little bit of determination to the ingredients and you will get to where you have set to be at. A very special person once said to me “a river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence”.

Follow the below tips with me and let’s be successful together.

Work hard – consistently focus and work hard. Trust me it will pay off. doing a task that takes you 10 minutes comparing to someone who would be taking 30 minutes, you will surely be rewarded whether it is materialistic or emotional.

Educate yourself – always spare some time during the day and flicks through a few pages of your topic of interest, watch the news, read your favourite book. Knowledge is power. It will make you rich.

Live your life – go to different places, travel to different countries. You will really know how little you are when you step out in this world. Life is short so I don’t want you to miss out all the beautiful things/places out there.

Stop comparing – stop comparing yourself to other people. Yes, there will be tones of people out there that are prettier, smarter, richer than you. But so what? you can’t be them and they can’t be you. Everyone is special in their own way, remember to always cherish yourself. I feel super lucky every day waking up to another day full of potentials, super lucky to not have cry for food, water and clothes.

Be honest – always be honest to all the people that are in your life. They are in your life for a reason so don’t take it for granted. Honesty will take you above and beyond capability. One lie can ruin your career so don’t do it. Admit your flaws, learn from your mistakes to be a better person every day.

Let me know how you have lived your life !