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[Recreation - Out & About] An Afternoon in Bathurst, NSW

{Vintage style lamp posts dot the city roads}

I resided in Bathurst for a year before moving back to Orange. Bathurst has eventually grown on me especially it has specialty shops that are not available in Orange. Plus, there’s Target in Bathurst. I love shopping in Target and it kinda sucks to drive 40 minutes just to shop in Target from Orange. But I suppose for city dwellers, 40 minutes drive from point A to B is no big deal. So please forgive me for being spoilt by the traffic-jam-free-and-everything-is-so-close-together-in-regional-towns lifestyle.

Anyway, two Saturdays ago, my beloved had to attend a work conference in Bathurst and I volunteered to accompany him with the desire of revisiting my favourite spots in Bathurst.

{The Begonia House in Machattie Park}

{I couldn’t resist to check out what’s new in The Naked Bud – a treasure trove of retro and vintage items and cloting.}

{Shops filled with partyware and decorative items have never failed to make me happy.  The Party Table is a place where I seek inspiration for styling my food photos. I love how the partyware is organised by various themes and colours. I love everything the shop has to offer, like a child in a candy store. And of course, I couldn’t help but to bring some chic napkins and girly baking cases home with me. :)}

{If you want a place to rest your tired soles and re-energised after hours of wandering around, The Hub is the place to be. Hip and modern decor, decent prices and most importantly great food – I thoroughly enjoy my vegetable plate with tempura tofu and haloumi. To quench my thirst, I’ve ordered the fruit juice of the day – apple and cranberry juice – and it was refreshing!}

{The sweet ending of the trip was the Annie’s ice cream parlour. When I was living in Bathurst, getting a small tub of homemade macademia ice cream used to be my Friday after-work routine.  Unfortunately I couldn’t find an ice cream shop in Orange that could rival Annie’s. Oh, and they make really good ice cream cakes too!}

  • The Naked Bud – to see more of their vintage goods, please check out the Facebook page here.
  • The Party Table – check out their online store and blog over here.
  • The Hub – check out the latest update from their Facebook page here.

Thanks for your hospitality and letting me take photos in your shops! :)


Dear readers, this is not a sponsored post. I did not received any remuneration (or compensation) in any shape or form for these special features.

Orange Theme & My Quick Friday Dinner

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Bathurst and wandering around for a day on my own while my beloved was atending a work conference. It was a beautiful day and it was nice to all day to myself. I have taken many photos during the trip and intend to dedicate a separate post on the shops and scenary that made me fall in love with Bathurst. After all I did spend a year living there and gradually, the place has grown in me.  Until then, here are bits and pieces of my trip and a photo of my expressive little conure, Mango, and last night’s dinner I quickly whipped up.

{An alley way on George St, Bathurst}

{Veggie plate with Tempura Tofu and Haloumi at the Hub, Bathurst – it was so delicious and flavoursome – seriously, meat dishes eat your heart out! lol}

{Stumbled upon a house filled with flawless Begonia – located at Machattie Park}

{Funnily, when I was typing this post, she was chewing another feather again. I always wonder why she does that. Maybe it’s like nail biting habit for humans, haha!}

{Vintage lamps – at the Naked Buds, Bathurst. This is a treasure trove of retro and vintage homewares, furniture, clothes, little trinkets etc.}

{Friday night dinner – I often crave Chinese takeaway and movies on a Friday night. Instead of buying… I try to emulate “Chinese takeaway food” at home. For this dish,  I added prawns, fresh Hokkein Noodles, garlic, fresh red chilli, choy sum, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil and white pepper.}


Index - Recipe

4 Ways with

Asian Dessert

Baking with Fruits & Vegetables



Chia Seeds





Everyday Ingredients

Fizzy Drink Cooking/Baking


Kitchen tips

Leftover Ideas

Lemon / Lime


No-Cooking Required





Party Ideas





Red Meat


Special Ocassions

Stale Bread/Croissont


Toasts & Sandwiches

Tim Tams

Vegetables/ Squash/ Legumes



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Collage / Inspirations


I eat, I drink {coffee} & I shop.

In my grocery bag

Occasional doses of me