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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Rise of The Pinnacles

Today I wanna talk about one of the interesting place I visited in Western Australia. It's the Pinnacles. The Pinnacles are large natural rock formation, an ancient desert sculptures of the Pinnacles. It sits in Nambung National Park, along an idyllic stretch of coastline north of Perth.

Visiting the the Pinnacles Desert in Perth is certainly an eye opener for me. Well, it's not everyday you get to set your eyes on such a magnificent build by Mother Nature. These rock formations are simply one of a kind. It's only in this desert-like part of Perth you get to see these wonderful formations that comes in all shapes and sizes. When I stepped foot there it just felt out-of-this-world! I could not believe I was actually there! 

 I got my brother to record a video of me in jumping in joy and in full excitement!
Mom enjoyed herself too by posing next to these rocks
With clear blue skies, these plain vast desert with rocks are a sight to behold! It took us almost 2 hours drive to reach here from where we stayed at Landsdale and it was worth it.

Each rock has a unique shape and comes in many sizes and forms. Not one are the same.

Ancient limestone pillars of the Pinnacles. And here I am having some fun taking some selfies with my loyal selfie stick.
Brother leaning against a rock pose. Looking cool there little brother!

With my jump for joy pose.

And I am taking the opportunity to do a lot of poses among the rocks.
Mom celebrating the open spaces.

The sun was shining brightly. It wasn't really hot but cool. 

Noticed this van dragging tyres to form the tracks and create some friction so that the roads are not so slippery on the fine desert sand.
Check out the properly planned trail of rocks that formed a very systematic path. It was huge in there and we had to circle around quite a bit before we could get out. We were lucky to be able to drive in quite a bit and circle the surroundings. I heard some parked their car outside and walked. It's a loooooooooong walk. Trust me! And luckily it did not rain that day. Out of the 9 days I was in Perth it rained almost 7/9 the 9 days. Can you imagine! 
Hope you enjoyed the photos and scenery too from these pictures. I will be writing more about the other beautiful places I visited while in Perth last month. Stay tuned!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Norwegian Charm and Seafood Gala Dinner 2017

The Norwegian Seafood Gala Dinner 2017 is a splendid showcase of Norway’s bounty seafood from the sea.

Hosted by Her Excellency Gunn Jorid Roset, Norway’s Ambassador to Malaysia, it took place on October 13 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. 

It’s an annual gastronomic event is orchestrated by renowned Norwegian chef Frank Naesheim and his team of culinary professionals from Norway, Malaysia and Singapore.

Abundant fresh seafood for the dinner is flown in from Norway and this includes Norwegian salmon, shrimps, Norwegian cod, king crab, snow crab, lobster, crayfish, scallops, mackerel, Atlantic halibut and monkfish, among several other varieties.  
 Salmon Salmon everywhere, I just can't wait to eat!

Yummy King Crabs
This fantastic produce will be presented in a wide range of cooking styles, including Norwegian and Asian.
Delectable cuisine

For this dinner chefs Markus Dybwad, Anderson Ho, Kenneth Loke Mun Kit, William Ng, Mathew Leong and James Han will be contributing their culinary skills to the table, alongside Naesheim, who is Head Chef and CEO of Snorre Food Pte Ltd in Singapore.

Markus Dybwad was formerly junior sous chef at Heston Blumenthal’s 3-Michelin star Fat Duck and is now consultant chef with Snorre Food. 

Chef Markus Dybwad 

 Chef Kenneth Loke Mun Kit
Mathew Leong is from the 1 Michelin star Chef Renaa Restaurant in Stavanger, Norway.
Penang-born Anderson Ho has worked with masterchefs Alain Ducasse, Alain Senderens and Gerard Boyer in Raffles Singapore and is chef advisor and mentor to Singapore’s National Culinary Team. Kenneth Loke Mun Kit, from Johor, is corporate chef with Park Hotel Group Singapore while William Ng is Chief Fishmonger at FISK Seafood Bar. James Han is from Snorre Food. 

 Among the guests present at the event enjoying a wide spread of fresh seafood.

 A great platform for networking too!
The Guest of Honour for the night was the Minister of International Trade and Industry, Dato Sri Mustapa Mohamed presenting an award to the CEO of Invest KL, Zainal Amanshah.

 Chef Frank Naesheim and his team of culinary professionals from Norway, Malaysia and Singapore taking centrestage.

Now back to some happy food 😁😃😄
Let's not forget about dessert! The dessert spread located outside is an amazing spread of endless delectable mouthwatering goodies. I had two rounds but could not even try them all.
Indeed guests were all spoilt for choice with so much to choose from.

Towering Delights

 To die for Blueberry Cheesecakes
 My tummy was already so full! I could not try everything! My favourite is their incredible and distinctive flavoured ice creams at the dessert counter managed by these 2 sweet ladies.
It was indeed a remarkable event  that surpassed expectations. A Taste of Norway brought to you by the The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur

Thank you so much for having me! Seen here with me is Rio Yamase from Japan who played the Violin in last year's event.

About Chef Frank Naesheim
Chef Frank Naesheim’s seafood dinners have become an annual highlight for the Norwegian business community in Malaysia.
Naesheim has worked in two and three-star Michelin restaurants in France. He was chef de cuisine at the Bagatelle in Oslo when it was awarded a Michelin star, the first restaurant in Norway to be honoured this way.
Known as the Salmon King in Asia, Naesheim first came to work as executive chef at the Vikings Restaurant in Singapore in 1987.
A few years later he established Snorre Food Pte Ltd, to import quality Norwegian seafood and promote it in Asia.
He launched cooking competitions, highlighting Norwegian salmon, as part of the Salon Culinaire, a high-profiled Asian culinary event in Singapore. 
Naesheim has written a cookbook Norwegian Salmon in Asia, produced recipe booklets for salmon and organised the Salmon Buffet of the Century in Singapore. He has been guest chef in numerous food promotions in Asia and Norway.
Naesheim has been serving on the Singapore Bocuse D’or committee since 2000 and is the director of Continental WACS Asia (World Association of Chefs Societies).