Archive for July, 2010


Posted in adventures in Liverpool, doctoring tales, family, love on July 27, 2010 by twotwoeight

I passed my exam! 🙂

Finally…I can resume my life!  My hermitic ways for the past 6 months have not been in vain!  Now I can go back to my gu zheng lessons, my yoga class, reading fictional books, watching television series, watching movies (the last movie I saw was…I can’t even remember!), falling asleep without a textbook in hand, going out for meals…the list is endless!!!

I am so relieved that I do not have to go through the last six months all over again.  And that I didn’t jump into the River Thames after the exam!  Looks like I won’t be disliking London after all! 😉

I could not have done it without the unconditional support of my family, who is my pillar of strength.  And of course Dr.Loo, who not only is my mentor and sifu, but has been my constant source of motivation.  Thanks for believing in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself.

And to every friend, patient, teacher and acquaintance who journeyed with me, or I’ve had the pleasure of crossing paths with along the way, I sincerely thank you, from the bottom of my heart.


The mighty sinful Torte

Posted in gastronomical delights, Vienna on July 18, 2010 by twotwoeight

If you have a sweet tooth, then you cannot leave Vienna without sampling the famous Sachertorte.

The Sachertorte was created by pastry chef Franz Sacher in 1832 for the Austrian State Chancellor.  He was only 16 years old at that time and an apprentice cook, and he created the famous chocolate cake which is known worldwide as Sachertorte till today.

In 1876, Franz’s son Eduard Sacher opened a grand hotel called Hotel Sacher but it was his wife Anna who made the hotel famous beyond words and a national institution.

The story doesn’t end there.  In 1965, their apparently insane son, Franz Jr. sold the original recipe to Demel’s, a cafe on the Kohlmarkt.  Since then, these two world-famous institutions have been rivals for the “original” Sachertorte.

I couldn’t leave Vienna without trying out this insanely famous torte then!  I tried Demel’s version of the Sachertorte as well as their house cake, the Annatorte.  The Sachertorte was good, but personally, I liked the Annatorte much better.  The Annatorte is made up of chocolate cake sandwiched between generous layers of nougat, orange jam and topped with more chocolate (at least that’s what I remembered).  Oh…so sinful! 🙂

Is it worth the migraine?

Without a doubt! 😉

Back to Reality.

Posted in professional tourist in the making, through the lens on July 12, 2010 by twotwoeight

I can’t believe two months passed by just like that — it was incredible.

I am glad to be home, but still feeling jet lagged.

And can’t help having some withdrawal symptoms.

Sigh…time to snap out of it and get back to reality.  And real life.

Cooking in Cambridge

Posted in family, gastronomical delights on July 8, 2010 by twotwoeight

Last night I had a taste of Chinese food — my nephew cooked and we ate in!  Actually, we heat up the szechuan pork leftover from the night before and stir-fried some seasonal vegetables which leaves were bigger than my face!  But it was still nice to have a sit-down Chinese meal.

I like the petite rice cooker…it’s as tall as the glass!  If I ever want to own a rice cooker, this would be ideal, since I’m not a big fan of rice.

Will be home this weekend…wonder what’s cooking at home? 😉

PS/ I just realized that the last post was my 228th post of this blog!

gone NICI mad!

Posted in love, random bits on July 7, 2010 by twotwoeight

It didn’t occur to me that I was in the hometown of NICI until I was killing time browsing the shops at Munich Airport.

I was so busy sightseeing I did not even have time to go and look for them when I was in Europe!

Sadly, my search for them in Cambridge has led to no positive yield (a better term for failure; as one wise person once taught me 😉 ).

So for now it’s just pictures then…

The hills are alive…

Posted in professional tourist in the making, Salzburg on July 7, 2010 by twotwoeight

As one lady said when we arrived in Salzburg, you just feel like belting out Sound of Music!  Salzburg is so picturesque…I don’t even know how to begin to describe it!

My time in Salzburg was all too short.  Definitely must make another trip back here, and explore the outskirts of Salzburg.

Went to see some of the sights that were featured in the film…after all, when you think of Salzburg, two things come to mind.  Sound of Music and Mozart. 😉

More to come…


On top of the world, with coffee and music.

Posted in professional tourist in the making on July 3, 2010 by twotwoeight

Just came back from having a cup of coffee and a slice of traditional Hungarian cake at the rooftop terrace in Fishermen’s Bastion, which is at Castle District in Buda.  The aerial view of Pest is spectacular…walked the grounds of the Royal Palace and watched as the sun set and then as the sky darkened, the city lit up.  Did I mention the view is spectacular?

And the best part was, there were 3 musicians there who were playing the violin, the double bass and another traditional Hungarian instrument and so, I was serenaded while I sipped my coffee.  Heavenly!

Will put up the photos later…as I’m only able to use the hotel computer now! 🙂

Off to Salzburg tomorrow…