Thursday, January 01, 2009

good bye 2008. hello 2009

It's scary that time passes so quickly these days. It didn't seem so long ago when I was bade farewell to 2007 then 2008 came and went. In all honesty, too many unfortunate things happened this year so I'm sort of glad that we're going into a new year with hope that things would get better.

Well, it wasn't all gloom in 2008. I had my good moments too.
I am thankful that I got to visit a few good establishments this year around the region.

My first trip of 2008 was to Taiwan. Although D & I didn't make it to La Petite Cuisine in Taipei as we had planned, we still found great local delicacies to feast on. In Australia, I had the privilege of meeting and talking to Tetsuya Wakuda of Tetsuya's. It was amazing to hear him talk about an inspiration he had when he tried Hainanese Chicken Rice on one of his visits to Singapore. I also had an enjoyable time at Universal Restaurant where I got to taste the interesting creations of Christine Manfield. Bistro Vue by Shannon Bennett was definitely a highlight of the year as well. On the local front, I had my first ever WCG dinner which featured Kiyomi Mikuni. Thanks to my childhood friend, I also had the chance to attend a Charlie Trotter's dinner at the Sun Festival.

I'm looking forward to more foodie adventures, more smiles and less heartbreaking moments in 2009. I hope the same for everyone too.