January 7, 2015

What’s Crackin’ 2015

What’s Crackin’ 2015. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

What’s Crackin’ 2015…… Happy New Year friends! How are you all and did you have a wonderful Christmas? Were you able to take some time out and rest after the epic-ness of 2014? Did you eat your body weight in food and drink yourself merry? Are you ready to get crackin’ on 2015? OK, interrogation over!

What’s Crackin’ 2015. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

As my Asian adventures come to a close, I’m reflecting on the year that was and the year that will be.  So much achieved, and so much to be grateful for, so much still to do.

What’s Crackin’ 2015. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

I write you from way up in the clouds, slight exaggeration, it’s not like I’m in a plane or anything, but I am way up top of the south tower at the Fairmont Hotel in Singapore overlooking some of the coolest landmarks I’ve ever seen.

What’s Crackin’ 2015. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

So, it might be the altitude that has me all pensive, although it’s more likely to be the after effects of back to back food comas #foodbabies but whatever the reason, these past few weeks have been filled with some amazing experiences and I’m a little sad we’ve only got a couple of days left adventuring.

What’s Crackin’ 2015. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

We’ve legged it miles, consumed a bazillion calories, we rickshawed & trishawed through ancient cities across four Asian countries where I got my haggle on, my sweat on, my awesome tan on, and even my cough on… yep, Penang tried to kill me.

What’s Crackin’ 2015. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

We got lost for hours with a non english speaking taxi driver in Kaula Lumpur, found ourselves eating SPAM for breakfast, I may have gone back for seconds, sampled lots of local tukka in side streets and back alleys, and sipped summery cocktails in the Hawaii of Malaysia, learnt to make spring roll wrappers and energy drinks in a remote village, and I even got my Budda on in ‘the’ Pagoda of Myanmar (Burma).

What’s Crackin’ 2015. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

2014 was awesome for kicking serious goals as the Events Manager at the NPCA, the team & I were the architects behind around 650 events where just over 40,000 meals were served.

Anna & Wedding People

I was involved in the operational side of 80 odd live broadcast Press Club Address’ to the country, and assisted 30 couples with the planning of their ’I do’s ’!

What’s Crackin’ 2015. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

I was lucky enough to have lunch with some pretty awesome people including Bob Hawke, John Howard, Dick Smith and Graham Turner too. The Events department cleaned up at a number of industry awards nights, I scored a sneeky feature in a TV commercial, was interviewed on national radio and involved in the 101 Human Brochure.

What’s Crackin’ 2015. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

I was crazy spoilt (maybe ruined) by Cheffu and the kitchen team with some of the best food I have ever eaten.

What’s Crackin’ 2015. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

There may or may not have been beer involved in the decision, but I also joined a baseball team, and I’ve made some fabulous new friends.

What’s Crackin’ 2015. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Yep, it was a year filled with many, many pinch me moments, I reckon I am one of the luckiest gals around, because hot diggity….. 2014 was A-MAZING!

I cannot thank each of you enough for your support of my blog, I appreciate so much that you take the time to stop by. I love connecting and sharing with all of you, you guys ROCK! Thank you for making it possible!

What’s Crackin’ 2015. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

I wish you a magical, fun filled, exciting, scrumptious and rainbow fuelled 2015.

Lotsa love!


I’d love to hear what fun shenANNAgans you have planned for 2015? 

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Nicole Seeks World - March 6, 2015 Reply

Researching our own Asian adventure, and it sure looks like you did it right with all the colors and the food and stories. When you say the Hawaii of Malaysia, is that Langkawi? Anyway, just wanted to say thanks fort the inspiration and hopefully your 2015 is going as well as your 2014 did!

    Anna - March 10, 2015 Reply

    Hey Nicole, thanks heaps for stopping by. 🙂
    The Hawaii of Malaysia is indeed Langkawi, it was absolutely gorgeous. Let me know if you guys get there, I only spent a few hours sipping mango cocktails taking in the beauty of it all, but the diving is meant to be awesome, as is the food.
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment, 2015 is cracking along rather quickly. Hope your adventures are amazing.
    Cheers! 🙂

Dedy@Dentist Chef - January 14, 2015 Reply

Lucky you my friend!!!
wishing you all the best this year….

    Anna - January 14, 2015 Reply

    Thanks a bunch Dedy! You too mate. 🙂

cityhippyfarmgirl - January 13, 2015 Reply

Oooh look at all those pretty lights on in Singapore. So pretty. That would have been amazing for some photo taking.
I hope 2015 is a wonderful year for you lovely, (sounds- and looks! like 2014 was a cracker as well :-))

    Anna - January 14, 2015 Reply

    Oh it was A-MAZING! We were squealing with delight when the light show happened. 🙂
    Thanks sweets, wishing you a stella 2015 too.

Kris Johnston - January 13, 2015 Reply

Happy new years to you.

You sure have had an event filled 2014. I hope you can repeat, as I have enjoyed the weekly updates of the adventures you have had.

Photos of your trip are fantastic. Unfortunately all I got out of that is you ate SPAM………
that stuff freaks me out. 🙂

    Anna - January 13, 2015 Reply

    Right back at chya little bro schnitzel. 🙂
    Yep, 2014 was a cracker, had me one heck of a fun filled year, very lucky I am.
    Haha… That’s what I was served for breakfast my first day in Singapore, it was hilarious, I had to eat it… Many SPAM points earned for eating it overseas… Right?! 🙂

Kathy @ Olives & Garlic - January 13, 2015 Reply

Ohhh, I love your adventures and all these pics. Looks like you had a great time. You look great!

    Anna - January 13, 2015 Reply

    Thanks heaps Kathy. I sure did have an amazing year. 🙂

Raymund - January 12, 2015 Reply

Ohh you made me miss Singapore, you made me wanna visit it now.

    Anna - January 12, 2015 Reply

    Singapore was amazing, such an organised city, so clean and the food. Far out… Amazing. 🙂 I say, get on a visit stat.

Gourmet Getaways - January 11, 2015 Reply

Looks like you had so much fun in Asia! That overlooking photo of Singapore is amazing!

Julie & Alesah
Gourmet Getaways xx

    Anna - January 12, 2015 Reply

    Asia really was amazing, it was a whirlwind trip, but dang, all the experiences were wonderful, and the light show in Singapore was amazing, not to mention the food. Drool! I am one lucky lady! Happy New Year Julie & Alesah. xox

My Inner Chick - January 11, 2015 Reply

–I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet.

You are a super star! And you live like one, too! xxxxxxxxxx HAPPY 2015!

    Anna - January 11, 2015 Reply

    Haha… I only just posted Kim, and you are/have read it now. LOL! 🙂
    Thanks for all your support in 2015, and for being so dang sassy, you rock!
    Huge giant hugs across the oceans, and a brilliant, fun and happy 2015 to you too.
    Mwah! xoxoxo

Choc Chip Uru - January 11, 2015 Reply

Happy (SUPER) New Year my friend! You sound like the NYE buzz has followed you into 2015 😀
All the best!

Choc Chip Uru

    Anna - January 11, 2015 Reply

    Thanks lovely Uru! 🙂
    Very much looking forward to following your tangent fuelled cooking and eating adventures this year, and I hope your 2nd year at uni is a blast too. Giant hugs. xo

Anna (Hidden Ponies) - January 11, 2015 Reply

What an incredible, packed year! Thanks for all the beautiful photos! Looking forward to 2015…hope yours is off to a great start 🙂

    Anna - January 11, 2015 Reply

    Oh yeah, it was one heck of a year, Anna. 🙂 2015 so far has been amazing, wishing you a super year ahead too. 🙂

Eileen @ TheFoodAvenue - January 10, 2015 Reply

What an epic year! So glad we got to meet through the Human Brochure!! xox

    Anna - January 10, 2015 Reply

    Heck yeah Eileen! Not only did we get to do some really cool stuff, but I was lucky enough to make some pretty amazing new friends too. Looking forward to doing some foodie stuff together this year. xox

Krista - January 10, 2015 Reply

I love all these pictures of your happiness. 🙂 You’ve had such amazing adventures and experiences and I’m just thrilled for you. Wishing you a fantastic 2015. 🙂 xo

    Anna - January 10, 2015 Reply

    Thanks my lovely, thanks for all your support last year, and for sharing your world with me. It is a delight to ‘visit’ you each week on your farm. Have a brill year my friend. 🙂 xox

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl - January 10, 2015 Reply

Loved reading this 2015 post, you are going to rule this year girl!

    Anna - January 10, 2015 Reply

    Oh Yeah! I reckon it’s gonna be a cracker. 🙂 I’m looking forward to following your gardening adventures this year. Take care. Mwah!

Mandy - January 9, 2015 Reply

Anna, what a year! Brilliant and amazing from beginning to end. 2015 is clearly going to be even better – what a pleasure; plus we get to meet – woohoo! How bladdy exciting!
Love, hugs and kisses across the oceans my dear.
🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

    Anna - January 10, 2015 Reply

    Teehee, it really was Mandy. I sure am one lucky lady to live the wonderful life I do. 🙂
    BOY-YEAH we get to meet this year. Happy dancing!!!
    All my love and hugs and kisses across the oceans to you too.

Jean | Holy Smthereens - January 9, 2015 Reply

Happy New Year Anna!!! Your 2014 does sound amazing! And getting in a baseball team is really cool 🙂
I will do some photo browsing of your Asian adventures on Instagram! Spam for breakfast! Hahaha! that was me growing up! (spam, bacon and and all other heart attack inducing things, WITH rice of course) hahaha!
May you have an even more wonderful 2015!!!!

    Anna - January 10, 2015 Reply

    Right back at chya, Jean! 🙂
    Haha, yep…. baseball is a hoot. I spend a good chunk of time feeling slightly scared that the ball will hit me, but its fun.
    SPAM really is a thing in many parts of the world, did you cook it like bacon? Or deep fry it? And yes, always served with rice or noodles in Asia. 🙂

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - January 9, 2015 Reply

What a stunning view of Singapore! Wishing you an even better 2015 Anna 🙂

    Anna - January 10, 2015 Reply

    It was incredible, Tandy. They did this light show at 8pm every night that finished with fireworks, I’ve never seen anything like it before. So crazy awesome it was. 🙂 Thanks heaps, you too! xo

Tim | UrbanDuniya - January 9, 2015 Reply

OMG that FOOOOD! I’m sooo hungry right now, and I’m dying for some really good Asian food! Happy new year, and may 2015 be even more awesome and mouthwatering than the last year!! 😀

    Anna - January 10, 2015 Reply

    Hahaha…. I know right?! All the asian foods we ate were amazing, so much so I got recipes from many of the chefs/cooks and will be making at home. 🙂 And I thank you Tim, I wish you a fun filled 2015 too. I’m gonna come visit Melb this year, hoping you’ll share some of your fave foodie spots. 🙂

Alice - January 9, 2015 Reply

Love hearing about your adventures overseas and I’m sure the best stories are yet to come! It’s been so fantastic getting to know you via the blog this year and I know there will be lots more adventures in the Berra for you (and me!) yet to come! Can’t wait to hear more about your journey and where it brings you in the future! All the very best for 2015!

    Anna - January 10, 2015 Reply

    Alice, you are one of my bloggie heroes! 🙂 And meeting you in 2014 was defo one of my foodie highlights. I so look forward to following your adventures in the next exciting chapter in your life, and I can’t wait for you to move to the Berra. Happy 2015 friend. xo

Agness - January 9, 2015 Reply

Wow, girl! You look absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!! Happy New Year and all the best. Omomomomomo to the food :D!!

    Anna - January 10, 2015 Reply

    Nawwwh! Thanks Agness. 🙂 You are so sweet. xo
    Gahhhh… the food, it was heavenly. 🙂

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - January 9, 2015 Reply

What a year!!! I am happy for all your achievements and love to read about your adventures.
I hope I can visit Singapore in a near future.
I wish your 2015 be even more exciting than 2014. Happy New Year!!!

    Anna - January 9, 2015 Reply

    What a year indeed. It was a lot of fun, and I cant wait to see what fun happens in 2015. 🙂 Hope your year is a cracker too. Cheers!

Mabel Kwong - January 9, 2015 Reply

So glad to hear you’ve visited Singapore! That is a marvelous view of the city. And what a traveling year you had visiting all those places in Asia. I think it was just your luck that you got a non-English speaking taxi driver in Malaysia. Quite a lot of them do speak English 😀 SPAM for breakfast? What a massive treat!

I don’t have too much planned this year, except for relaxing and taking it easy 🙂

    Anna - January 9, 2015 Reply

    Yeah, Singapore has been amazing, everything about the city is fabulous (minus the cost, it is a little exy). Teehee, yeah… The more frustrated the taxi driver got, the less English he spoke. Thinking about the trip now makes me laugh, we were getting louder and louder with our explanations and direction giving. Gah #facepalm SPAM… What a treat right!
    Sounds like you’ve got a good year ahead then. It’s good to take time out to regroup and relax. 🙂

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - January 8, 2015 Reply

Happy New Year darling Anna!! Sounds like 2014 was an absolute cracker and you deserve no less-you are such a star! I hope 2015 is full of fantastic food too! 😀

    Anna - January 8, 2015 Reply

    Thanks heaps lovely lady! 🙂 Yep, 2014 was a cracker, can’t wait to see what is in store this year. I shouldn’t think of food the way I do, but hot diggity, it is one of the most wonderful things to look forward too. LOL!

Erin | The Law Student's Wife - January 8, 2015 Reply

What a wonderful journey you have had, and here’s to many more in 2015. Cheers lady!

    Anna - January 8, 2015 Reply

    It was pretty darn amazing! I had me an absolute ball! 🙂
    Wishing you a super, fun filled 2015 too Erin.

Susan - January 8, 2015 Reply

What a year you’ve had ShenANNAgans, well done, I feel just a little bit exhausted reading through this post, you have achieved SO MUCH – I’m super proud of you. I’ve had so much fun tagging along with you through Asia through one after another food frenzy & all things fun, back-up photographer & scary bad choser of Asian taxi drivers!!!! Cannot wait to see what you get up to in 2015.

    Anna - January 8, 2015 Reply

    It really was a cracker of a year huh? 🙂
    Thank you, really…. Thank you so much for all your support, love and guidance, for being a wonderful friend and helping me achieve all the crazy and fun goals I set, I am super grateful you are in my life. All the love and hugs to you! xox
    Teehee, I reckon I am one of the luckiest gals around, I love that we do our yearly travels together. Thanks for making Asia so dang fun, getting lost in the taxi shall go on our list of misadventures. 🙂
    Looking forward to sharing the journey with you. Thanks! You are amazing. Happy 2015! xox

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - January 8, 2015 Reply

I get such a buzz reading about your successes one after the other. You’re an inspiration to an oldie like me. 🙂

    Anna - January 8, 2015 Reply

    Wow, thank you so much Maureen, that is incredibly kind of you to say. 🙂 I am super lucky to have such amazing people in my life, just like you. Happy 2015 lovely lady. Looking forward to following your adventures. xo

    Lizzy (Good Things) - January 8, 2015 Reply

    Anna certainly is an inspiration to us oldies, Maureen…. just reading her posts gives me enough energy to want to jog around the block… (makes me want… I don’t do it, mind… LOL). Anna, love, love, love your work. What a great holiday you’ve had and what a fab year 2014 has been for you. To be honest, you deserve nothing less! And just wait till you see what 2015 has in store! Enjoy.

      Anna - January 8, 2015 Reply

      Hahaha…. You made me giggle Liz… That is lovely, thank you for your kind words. I like that I inspire you to ‘want to’ jog around the block. Having the intention to do something, is like 90% of doing it right?! 🙂
      Thanks Liz for your support in 2014, I’m so pleased we were able to meet, I very much look forward to many a catchup in 2015, following your foodie adventures and sharing mine with you. Wishing you a splendid day, and a wonderful year ahead. xox

Hotly Spiced - January 8, 2015 Reply

Apart from Penang trying to kill you, it sounds like you’ve had an unbelievably fantastic holiday. I do love your images and the sound of your travels. I’m pleased to hear 2014 was great to you and I do trust 2015 can live up to that or be even better xx

    Anna - January 8, 2015 Reply

    Teehee… it was one heck of a virus, was crook for 4 days, but I guess that is all part of travel huh?! My holiday has been wonderful, such a fun filled journey. I have a really great feeling about this year being one of the best yet. Thanks for all your support in 2014 too, Charlie. Hope the South Pacific is treating you guys well. Happy New Year! xo

Hannah - January 8, 2015 Reply

You are AMAZING!!!!!! I’ve loved being part of your 2014 and cant wait to share 2015 with you!



    Anna - January 8, 2015 Reply

    Nawh, you are the best. Thanks heaps buddy, I love that I have you in my world, that you cheer me on and support me through even the craziest of adventures and routes I take. I am so lucky to call you my friend. Thank You!

    Press Club Panda…. Has a ring to it. LOL! I tried to fit the Panda in my purse, but Singapore didn’t like that, my people are working on it. Haha. 🙂

Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) - January 8, 2015 Reply

Happy New Year to you too Lovely Girl – and we do so enjoy hearing about what you are up with you very interesting job and life – keep it and so pleased you have had a great time in Asia.

    Anna - January 8, 2015 Reply

    Here’s Cheers Rachel! 🙂 Thanks heaps, I appreciate that I am able to share my journey with you guys. Great time had in Asia, I sure am going to miss all the amazing food, but I look forward to giving my bed a giant hug and sipping a real coffee. Happy 2015 loveliest lady. xo

Sue Slaght - January 8, 2015 Reply

What a year you have had! WOW! 2014 was a jam packed year for us. Getting the blog going, meeting thousands of people virtually, traveling, learning about social media….well this old girl’s brain has bee non overdrive. 🙂 Thanks so much for your encouraging comments and following. This year we have lots planned including a hiking cycling trip in Peru and on to the Galapagos. It’s off to Mexico late next week to thaw from this frozen spot we call home. All the best. Sue xo

    Anna - January 8, 2015 Reply

    You guys are so freakin inspiring, I love visiting your blog, even if it does mean I am adding things to my travel bucket list and it is growing at a crazy fast speed. Cant wait to see your adventures in Peru, the Galapagos and Mexico, argh…. so jelly, Mexico is high on my wish list. Happy thawing friends, see you soon. xox

The Squishy Monster - January 8, 2015 Reply

Happy New Year!! I love seeing your smiling face! Please take me with you on your next back to back food coma!!

    Anna - January 8, 2015 Reply

    And to you, Squishy! I am heading out for my last day of feeding, I mean eating in Asia now, come on over. Lol! 🙂 Have a great 2015, reckon it is going to be an epic one for you.

Bam's Kitchen - January 8, 2015 Reply

Anna it was so fun enjoying 2014 with you and can’t wait to see what is in store for 2015! You had some wild and crazy times in Asia and hope you are on recovery from all of your travels. Wishing you well. Take Care, BAM

    Anna - January 8, 2015 Reply

    And you lovely Bam! 🙂 I love that we connected in 2014, and very much look forward to following your 2015 adventures.
    Yeah, Asia has been an amazing experience, I can’t wait to share all my travel stories in more detail.
    Hugs to you! xo

Dave - January 7, 2015 Reply

Great wrap up of 2014 Anna, loads of fun and I’m feeling hungry after seeing the images of some of the exquisite food you’ve been fortunate enough to eat.

The big question I’m keen to ask is; did the panda do a good back rub?

Seeya soon 🙂

    Anna - January 8, 2015 Reply

    Yeah it was huh, Dave. I really do eat like a Queen, she says rubbing her tummy budda style. 🙂
    Well that funky little panda didn’t give a back rub, but he was rather comfy to sit on for some rest after legging it half way across Singapore.
    Very much looking forward to catching up, I owe ya a beer. See ya soon indeed my friend.

Elizabeth - January 7, 2015 Reply

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you too Anna! So glad to hear from you and that you are having a fabulous time… I look forward to many a travel blog about your time away 🙂

What did you do on New Year, you look so gorgeous! Great Photo 🙂 Anyway… talk when you get back! enjoy the last of your time away!
Liz x

    Anna - January 7, 2015 Reply

    Right back at chya Liz! 🙂 I was in parts of Asia with the worlds slowest internet connection, so decided to leave my first official post until now. My break was fabulous, I have missed you guys tho. Cant wait to catch up on all your happenings. 🙂
    New Years, we got all dressed up and went for dinner at a fancy fine dining restaurant (was SUPER expensive and not all that great) then we went to a show, a movie and danced in the New Year with 1000 other people. It was awesome!
    Hope you have had a wonderful start to 2015. xox

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