Green Valley, Raging River

A trip we took earlier this year to a place in China called Fugong. Here are some of the photos.

Side street
Side street
Typical Breakfast. Steamed buns, chinese donut (you tiao) and soy bean in a bowl
Infamous Yak Butter Tea – salty and rancid tasting…

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Captain America’s Hamburger Heaven


  • Restaurant Name: Captain America’s Hamburger Heaven
  • Location: 38 Forest Road, Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia
  • Opening Hours: Open 7 days. Mon – Wed 5:30 – 9.00pm. Thurs – Sun 12:00 – 2.30pm, 5:30 – 9.00pm
  • Costs: $15-20 per meal

Feels like what I imagine an American diner would feel like if i’d ever been to a legitimate one in America. The restaurant has posters, numberplates and red-white-blue decor. The booths give it a cosy feeling.

Menus are printed on a single sheet of A3 paper and are clear and easy to navigate around.

Logo from their website.
Logo from their website.
Lime milkshake and rootbeer float
Lime milkshake and rootbeer float
Delicious buffalo wings - entree size
Delicious buffalo wings – entree size

Their buffalo wings are a must try. Deliciously juicy with just the right amount of flavour. Highly recommended!

The Cheeseburger
The Cheeseburger
The Chilli Burger
The Chilli Burger
Epic Hot Dog - 1/3 of a metre
Epic Hot Dog – 1/3 of a metre

Come prepared to eat a decent amount. Large servings with generous chips on the side. This place really hits your American food craving spot. Can’t do it too often though. Wow, really craving this as i’m currently in a place that does not serve much of this sort of food.

Interior decor and ceiling
Interior decor and ceiling
Bit of a shock at the size of this thing
Bit of a shock at the size of this thing

Check it out if you live nearby or seriously crave some of this food.

Menu from their website
Menu from their website

angelxling rating : 3.5/5

Dark Sugar Cookies

These amazingly simple brown sugar cookies are quite decadent and rich. Using dark cocoa powder and brown sugar, it ensures the cookies are rich, yet not overly sweet. They go really well with a cup of tea or coffee.

Dark Sugar Cookies
Dark Sugar Cookies
Just out of the oven on waxed baking paper
Just out of the oven on waxed baking paper
Beautiful cracking that gives the cookies a home-baked feel
Beautiful cracking that gives the cookies a home-baked feel

Made these recently and they turned out really well!

Original recipe from: , modified by angelxling



1/2 cup of softened butter

3/4 cup brown sugar, tightly packed

1 large egg

1 tbs of vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups plain, all purpose flour

1/2 cup dark cocoa powder

1 tsp cornstarch

3/4 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt (I did not use this)

***Makes 12 – 15 cookies, depending on size.***



1. Using a stand mixer with paddle attachment (or electric hand mixer), combine butter, sugar, egg and vanilla. Beat on medium-high speed until well-creamed. Approximately 5 – 7 minutes until light and fluffy.

2. Scrape down sides of the bowl and add remaining ingredients. Mix on low speed until just combined (approx 1 – 2 min).

3. Make tablespoon sized balls and place on a plate. Flatten mounds slightly and cover with plastic wrap.

4. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 5 days before baking. (Baking the warm dough will result in thinner, flatter, spread out cookies)

5. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line two baking trays with baking paper or spray with cooking oil.

6. Place cookies onto the baking trays, spaced 4 cm apart (they will not spread too much).

7. Bake for 8 – 9 minutes, or until the edges have set and the tops are just setting. Rotate the trays at the 4 minute mark. Do not bake the cookies any longer than 10 minutes, as they will become hard, crumbly and crunchy. I look for the slight cracking of the edges.

8. Allow cookies to cool on the trays for 5 minutes before transferring them onto a wire rack to cool further.


Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Yummy for your tummy. Enjoy!


Bag Review – Charles and Keith (What’s in angelxling’s bag…)

Here’s my review on the Charles and Keith bag I received as a gift recently. I love the design and uniqueness of the shape.

Charles and Keith Bag in Taupe
Charles and Keith Bag in Taupe

Below are some quick details on the bag, my review of it and website details. Also, there is a quick What’s in my bag? section below.

What's in my bag? to follow
What’s in my bag? to follow

Model Number: ART #CK2-50660194

Style: Trendy

Colour: Taupe

Description: Handbag with detachable strap

Website: Charles and Keith

This bag was such a unique shape so it really caught my attention. If you know me, you know that I love really unique designs and special features on a bag. This bag was adorably boxy shaped, but also soft to the touch.

It is a medium-sized bag with two top handles and a detachable shoulder strap. It can be hand carried or worn cross-body. Cross-body is a great hands-free option, although the boxy nature of the bag can make it a little awkward to sit against your hips.

Cute boxy shape, large compartment inside
Cute boxy shape, large compartment inside

It has one large main compartment once the zip is opened. It also has decent sized back zipper pocket and two other slip pockets on the other size.

Inside large zipper pocket
Inside large zipper pocket

The material is polyurethane and is quite soft but still holds it’s shape. The lining is good quality material that feels very durable. The bag has good quality light gold hardware.

Two slip pockets
Two slip pockets, you can see the box sides.

The zips, clips and metal details are high quality and unique in design. Two areas that catch your eye are the clips where the detachable straps attach to the bag, and also, the unique way the zip and end fasten securely. The zip closure on the bag is really what caught my attention. It is a large zip that secures with a clip on one end, and the other zip end also has a clip.

Large zip locks into place with this clip. There is one on the other side too to secure the other end.
Large zip locks into place with this clip. There is one on the other side too to secure the other end.

There is also a key fob that hangs on the outside of the bag with the key ring protected inside the fob. This is a really nice touch that adds class to the bag.

The quality of the seams and attachments are very good.

This is my first Charles and Keith bag, so I’ve not much to compare it with, but friend’s of mine have had C and K bags before, and have been pleased with the quality.

I really love using this bag and will enjoy using it in future. I would not use it as an everyday bag due to it’s unique shape, but more for special occasions.

What's in angelxling's bag...?
What’s in angelxling’s bag…?

1. Charles and Keith bag in Taupe

2. Panda pouch I got from Ocean Park few years ago.

3. Double sided mirror – gift from friend

4. Small umbrella

5. Hair clip

6. Sunglasses and case

7. Baby Lips Colour in Coral

8. Phone (a friend’s as mine has died)

9. Sweet Pea Hand Sanitizer from Bath and Body Works

10. Ice Breakers fruity mints (watermelon, citrus, apple flavour)

11. Small packet of tissues

12. Bus pass in limited edition Skittles bus pass holder and lanyard

13. Black quilted wallet

Normally, my keys would be in there too. This is what I would bring when going out. Will do a school bag edition soon!

Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

These yummy fragrant cookies are perfect for peanut butter lovers. You can also substitute M&Ms or chocolate chips instead of the peanut butter chips.

Also, see below for flour to self-raising flour substitute.

Peanut Butter CHip Cookies
Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
Just baked, out of oven, hardening for 5 minutes. (approx 18)
Just baked, out of oven, hardening for 5 minutes. (approx 18)


150g softened butter (I used between 100 – 150 so that they were less buttery)

1 cup white sugar ( I went with slightly under a cup so that they weren’t too sweet)

1 egg

2 1/2 cups self-raising flour (see below for flour substitute)

400g ( 1 large packet) Peanut Butter Chips (I used Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips, but chocolate chips or M&Ms may also be used)

*** Makes approx 15 – 20 cookies ***

**** Flour – Self-raising flour substitute. I didn’t have any self-raising flour, so I added 2 teaspoons of baking powder to each cup of flour used ****


1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line 3 baking trays with baking paper.

2. In a large glass/metal mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.

3. Add egg and stir until runny.

4. Add self-raising flour and mix with your hands (If mixture is too wet, add a tablespoon of flour and mix until soft dough forms).

5. Using a tablespoon, scoop dough and roll, place on baking trays.

6. Cookies can be gently pressed down to flatten slightly.

7. Press 5+ peanut butter chips into each cookie.

8. Bake for 10 – 15 mins or until golden brown. You can rotate trays at the 5 – 6 minute mark for even baking.

9. Remove from oven and leave for 5 minutes to harden.

10. Transfer to cooling rack and cool for 5 minutes.

Keeps for 1 week in an airtight container once baked. Unbaked dough can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

See below photo for M&M alternative. Enjoy!

M&M cookies!
M&M cookies!

Red Ramen Salad

Decided to try love4cre8ivity (on Instagram) recipe for Ramen Salad. Here it is, with my modifications!

Red Ramen Salad
Red Ramen Salad

Salad Ingredients

1 medium (head) cabbage – chopped OR 2 bags of shredded cabbage (I used red cabbage this time)

1 bunch spring onions – chopped

3 large chicken breasts – cooked (steamed) and shredded

1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds

1/2 cup toasted crushed almonds

2 packs of oriental flavoured ramen (instant) noodles – uncooked and broken up

Dressing Ingredients

1/3 cup white vinegar

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup olive oil

2 flavour packets (from Ramen noodles)


1. Mix all salad ingredients together.

2. Mix dressing ingredients together.

3. Pour dressing over salad.

4. Let the salad sit in the fridge for 2-3 hours before serving.

** Serve hot or cold **

Ate the ‘left overs’ the following day. Decided to heat it up in the microwave for about 2 minutes as there was chicken in it. My biology brain told me that eating chicken cold is not the best idea. I think it tasted even better the following day! I really loved the toasted sesame flavour. Super delicious!

Enjoy! Please let me know if you try this and how it turned out!

Yunnan Impressions

Well, I’m here in China learning Chinese in Yunnan.

China flag made of flowers.
China flag made of flowers.

What an experience! Here are some of the experiences I’ve been able to have so far!

The climate

It’s super dry here. I feel like I may nose bleed anytime. My skin is usually oily combination skin, but here, it has become quite normal. Good or bad?! Who knows. I am almost regretting not bringing the thicker body butters, moisturizers and BB creams. Gah! Who knew?!

I am also getting more and more tanned. I ride to school and my arms are mostly exposed. Getting a seriously dark arm tan. Face isn’t too bad as I wear a helmet, sunglasses and a face mask (for dust!).

My riding get-up. Helmet, sunnies, mask. Attractive.
My riding get-up. Helmet, sunnies, mask. Attractive.

It is so dry here that they are subject to spraying the roads and walk ways with water that they pump out of the ‘sewage/drainage’ waterways and into trucks. These trucks drive up and down roads spraying the nasty refuse behind or infront. It smells pretty bad. Supposedly it also helps the sub-par quality road from cracking if you keep it moist. The only warning you get is that the trucks play random icecream-truck-style music as they spray. Do NOT get caught behind or next to one of those.


Yellow arrows show the spray trucks
Yellow arrows show the spray trucks

The altitude was a huge issue to get used to. It is much harder to breathe deeply here. The oxygen content per breath is far less. So, walking up stairs is a chore and you can become so much more short-of-breath than back home. Let’s just say, with the amount of walking, riding and climbing stairs, we are like those long distance ‘high-altitude’ runners training. 😀

The culture

To be honest, the culture shock is ongoing. It wasn’t so bad, as I’ve been to China before. The people in Yunnan are very different. They are kind, usually nice and when they find out you are a foreigner, are genuinely interested in why you are in China. They don’t purposely go out to rip you off, but you may get one or two.

The hacking and spitting thing is audible everyday. But far far less than it used to be. I think the idea is to get rid of the pollutants breathed in and not to swallow it. But yes, a long way to go yet.

Drivers and riders. There are more and more cars here now. Until about 5 years ago, it was mainly just bicycles. So, alot of the current drivers you see are brand new drivers. Most have driven less than I have! They drive like they ride their bikes. Wherever there is a space, go for it! If the light is red, one can still ride through in a gap between oncoming traffic. Let’s just say that riding has been a funky experience. I definitely need to ask for protection every time I head out. I’ve yet to run over, or be run over, by someone. Let’s just hope it stays that way.

Still getting used to things such as – no lining up, just push your way through (although it is not as bad as I expected) and hanging produce (meat in particular) just about anywhere along with washing.

Overall, I am slowly getting used to it. But like most things, I think some things will always take me by surprise.

The language

So, I know all of you Asians with some sort of Chinese heritage are going to expect the next line. I am so glad I did some sort of Chinese School back when I was younger. Thank you parentals! It has come in handy. No matter how little practical stuff I actually learnt. Just a basic understanding of pinyin can take you far.

Off to school!
Off to school!

Malaysians and Singaporians (and Taiwanese) – WOW, how different our Mandarin is to the people in China! I have had to learn other words and new words to replace some of the ones that are not heard of here. An example is the word ‘fridge’ – There are four different ways to say it! Also, ‘pineapple’. And I’ve noticed that M’sians and S’porians also don’t do our ‘_h” words very well. Such as ‘sh’, ‘zh’, ‘ch’ , etc etc.

So, will take some time to get used to, but getting there, little at a time. Feel free to practice with me!

My desk at school. Text, highlighter, mechanical pencil, notebook and matcha greentea
My desk at school. Text, highlighter, mechanical pencil, notebook and matcha greentea

The other thing that makes learning difficult is also that not everyone speaks ‘pu tong hua’ Mandarin here. Some will speak their dialects. There are 20+ minority groups (out of 50+) living in Yunnan, so each one has their own unique dialect. So… like Mandarin, but not.

Final words…

cloudy skyline
cloudy skyline

But overall, I am loving this place. Loving learning new things daily, being challenged, making new relationships, strengthening old ones and getting used to the hustle and bustle.

City view
City view

What a blessing it is to be in this land. I am looking forward to many more exciting experiences ahead!