Time To Eat: Kaili's Fish Market Cafe

Friday, October 12, 2018

When some of my friends got to know that I was going to be in Perth, many of them suggested that I grab a bite at Kaili's and spend some time at the harbour. It is indeed pretty well known among the tourists and I'm sure you must have seen shots of their amazing seafood on your instagram feed at least once in your life. It was definitely in my places to eat at list while I was there and I didn't regret dropping by for a bite at all.

46 Mews Rd, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia

After dropping off at the train station and exploring the surroundings of Fremantle, we got hungry and head on over to the harbour, as recommended by many. There are tons of seafood restaurants that you can choose to dine in here but one that stood out in particular among all the recommendation was Kaili's. It wasn't that hard to find because Kaili's located distinctively at the corner of the harbour and takes up a building on it's own.

Personally I love places that show visual representations of what's on their menu. 

A dustbin in the shape of a shark. How apt!

I swear I actually saw one of the tentacles move.

There is quite a variety of items for you to choose from and it could get pretty confusing or overwhelming when you first enter because there are two different major queues. However, just pop a question to the crew on duty or ask anyone in line and they will tell you - one for the main menu of platters and such and another one for selective barbecued food and ice cream. They even had something called the fish and chips ice cream, which we never got into trying but now that I think of it, I definitely would the next time I'm here!

The indoor seating is great during winter cos it's warmer with the radiator on, but it can get pretty overwhelming with the noise + smell so we opted to sit at the outdoor seating area, which was definitely less crowded during the winter. It's mostly occupied by tourists because a) I guess locals aren't as fascinated by the harbour as we are and b) there are tons of seagulls trying to eat your food if you leave it unattended or if you feed them - which, tourists tend to do and will in return result in more seagulls attempting to take a bite off your fish and chips!

But despite being constantly interrupted by these seagulls, many tourists still choose to dine alfresco because of this:

The view of the decks that you get to enjoy while sitting by the side of the cove. I mean, personally for me, I can't think of anywhere to experience in Singapore, other than at ONE°15? It's not even the same concept because back home, it's leaning more towards the lavish and luxurious lifestyle whereas here you get to watch some boatmen at work + enjoy the vast blue sky with constant honking of boats docking. Although there is still this sea stench, you kinda get used to it after awhile. You gotta experience it once when you're in Perth to understand what I'm saying.

I am allergic to seafood but calamari rings are my favourite!

We got so hungry til we didn't even bother to take a proper shot of the food when it all arrived. The presentation of the food could definitely be better but generally, for four pax we spent around AUD45 (approximately SGD50) for the whole fried seafood platter + drinks + sides, which wasn't so bad because an average meal in Perth costs around AUD10 per person.

I decided to publish this today because I woke up missing Perth and I've only written a few posts about my last trip there - most of which can be found under the Perth tab. I can't believe that it's been almost a year since I visited - so I definitely cannot wait to go back there for my graduation next year! Til next time, safe travels, always! ♥

Hiking Day Trip In Kuala Lumpur

Monday, September 3, 2018

Yes, you read the title right. Who would have known that this natural beauty can be found in a concrete jungle like the city of Kuala Lumpur? Well, I didn't! Like most Singaporeans, I grew up having visited our neighbouring country a lot and for me, Kuala Lumpur happen to be the city in Malaysia that I visit the most because I have relatives living there. However, like most Singaporeans too, I never knew that this existed just thirty minutes away from the city centre. It was crazy how surreal the feeling was to witness this view after two to three hours of scampering through the dense forest of Bukit Tabur.

Twenty Six.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Today, I turn twenty six and I still don't know how to feel.  

I think it's just me and birthdays. I love celebrating the birthdays of people around me but when it comes to my own, I don't know how to react or behave. I either get very emotional and deep or I turn completely indifferent. But anyhoo. Here's what went on last year. I wrote about how miserable I felt that I was jobless and how much I felt like I was lacking behind, especially with a family full of high achievers. But at the same time, I talked about how glad I was that I did not give up on myself when times get tough and how I managed to successfully get over scumbags that I dated. I was a walking contradiction and I still am, but I think I have successfully gotten rid of the habit of comparing myself to others - and start comparing myself to my past self.

I actually wrote this list of 25 BEFORE 25 in early 2016 before I hit the quarter life crisis:
✗ Driving License
✗ Open-Water Diving License
✓ ACCT License
✗ Graduate with a bachelor's degree.
✗ Climb a real mountain.
✗ Try bungee jumping or sky diving.
✗ Invest in a new DSLR.
✗ Go on a solo trip. 
✗ Be happy with how I look. 
✗ Stay committed to rugby. 
Stay committed to floorball.
✗ Donate blood.
✗ Be able to run 5km non stop. 
✓ Become financially self sufficient. 
✗ Learn how to cook at least 5 new dishes.
✓ Be independent. 
✗ Take my mum on an all expense paid trip. 
✗ Attend a spinning class.
Attend a boxing class.
✗ Watch a movie alone. 
✓ Learn or try yoga.
✗ Go on a road trip. 

Pathetic. Hahahaha. What the heck? I barely even completed half of the list. Also because I feel that this list wasn't specific enough - like, "be independent" to what extent actually? I don't make sense but back to being twenty six.. I still don't know why and how all my loved ones keep up with my bullshit but honestly, I think I have toned down by a whole lot - all thanks to Fazwan. I thought turning twenty five was a big deal but damn, it's crazy to be "adulting even more" now that I'm a year older.

The 365 days between my two birthdays have been pretty crazy yet productive.
  • Got a job that I pretty much enjoy the love-hate relationship with. 
  • Got the chance to visit Laos, Bangkok, Sydney, Vietnam and Kuala Lumpur. 
  • Got offered to go to France for work but had to turn it down for a family trip. 
  • Got transferred from Division 2 to Division 1 for Floorball. 
  • Got my first distinction for a module & left with 2 semesters for school.
  • Got a new Macbook Pro and Canon G7X. 
  • Got to open up and be even closer to Fazwan. 
As much as I wish to achieve more and be able to remove some parts of my past, I think I did pretty good. One thing's for sure, I'm glad I never gave up on this space. It's kinda nice to actually be able to sit back and sort of "review" the years that have passed, and I'm fairly determined to actually do a whole revamp of this space once I'm done with my exams. I'm still contemplating on whether or not I should switch to squarespace because that's gonna cost me four times of what I'm currently paying for my domain now but.. we'll see how it goes.

All in all, I'm thankful for the things that happened as they got me to where I am today. I feel the need create a new list of things to complete by 2020 and I most probably will - because I'm just a list kinda person. However, it's also because the upcoming days ahead are filled with so many great plans - I don't wanna jinx it just yet by talking about them before they happen. Nonetheless. Here's to the great year and may we all look back to each year feeling more hopeful for the next chapter. 

♥, NMJ

Johor Floorball League

Monday, July 2, 2018

Fazwan was called up to take part in the Johor Floorball League with his friends this year and we had to make our way across the border, week in and week out. At first it was quite tiring just thinking about it but it turns out, having to spend my off days each week being a supportive girlfriend wasn't so bad after all. I got to watch him score a few goals, get a few fouls and in the end, carry the trophy too. I also got to check out a few different accommodation spaces and eat loads of good food, so I guess the trips made were pretty worthwhile. 

Here are some of the photos from the league. The rest of the photos can be found here. Enjoy! 

While in Johor, Fazwan, his good friend Wan and I all stayed at different hotels throughout each week, so I'm really looking forward to writing a review for each of the accommodation spaces - although they were not sponsored. I'm also slowly falling back in love with blogging so expect quite a number of belated updates coming up. I promise I'll write a proper catch-up post soon, so keep a look out for that one too. Exciting things are coming. Catch you guys again soon! 

♥, NMJ

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