Hello there!

Thanks for stopping by the blog, I hope you are having a lovely time having a little look around.

You would think that writing about yourself should come easily… especially when I have blogged for over a year. But the truth is, I could never really find the right way to say, “Hello! This is me and my blog.”

So, I am taking my friend Miko’s advice and I am going tell you a little about myself and the blog in dot points because everything sounds a little funnier and less daunting in dot points. So, here we go!


Thermomix - Creamy Mushroom Soup
Creamy Mushroom Soup
  • Name: The name in part comes from this amazing album called Happenstance by Rachael Yamagata and in part what the word itself represents. I was listening to this album on repeat during a darker time in my life while I was still a closet pro-crastibaker. This album pulled me through a tough time and I started to see the joy in discovering things by pure coincidence, and trust me – it happened a lot when I baked. I stopped fretting over the small stuff and learn that you can’t always control every aspect of your life. Not long after the cloud of doubt cleared, I decided that blogging would be a good way to expand on my creativity and explore new things.
  • Topic: It is primarily a food blog. I share with you recipes I have made and enjoyed from other food blogs, cookbooks and websites, places to eat and visit with the occasional sprinkling of my thoughts on life. I can sometimes be a bit of a lazy cook/baker and prefer to indulge in simple recipes and not elaborate or complicated ones.
  • Growth: Recently, I took a break from blogging. I blogged about my uncertainty of continuing InHappenstance as a food blog here. Going forward, I am hoping to grow with my blog and slowly evolve it into something a little more meaningful and personal.
  • Why: Why was it necessary for me to start a blog? It started as a way to share my recipes with family and friends, but after my blog hiatus of nearly 6 months, I discovered that blogging was my outlet to explore a more creative side of myself through cooking/baking, photographing and writing.
Homemade-Dumplings-and-Soup |Copyright @ inhappenstance.com
Homemade Chicken and Chives Dumplings and Soup

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  • My name is Lynnette and I live in Melbourne, Australia with my husband, Harlan who is a top dude, my best man-friend and food test subject.
  • Office administrator by day and during my down time I indulge in my creative side as food blogger / closet poem writer / novice photographer.
  • Born in Malaysia / Chinese-Malaysian by decent / honorary Australian by choice – I have now officially spent equal parts of my life in Malaysia and Australia. Bring on the identity crisis!
  • When asked about things to do in a country/city I have been to – I will mainly offer tips on where and what to eat.
  • I procrasti-bake a lot. When I use to live at home, my mother always knew I was trying to avoid confronting something (assignments, boys, people…) when she found me in the kitchen covered in flour and sugar.
  • I enjoy watching period / costume dramas, really sad movies (that make my heart-break or cry), chick flicks and classic slapstick comedy. (None of this comedy drama stuff that seems to be the norm. Sometimes a girl just wants to laugh so hard she pees herself!)



  • I don’t have a favourite anything because I change my mind too often. (Classic Gemini)
  • I am going through a real Musical soundtrack phase at the moment. Think, Waitress, Hamilton, The Colour Purple and the usual rotation of Legally Blonde, Wicked and Les Miserables etc.
  •  It is a well-known fact that anyone that ends up living with me gains at least 5 kilograms before they leave. Kind of like Hansel and Gretel… NO to the cannibal witch but YES to the house made of cakes, candy and delicious sweet treats.
  • I am currently challenging myself to read 25 books this year. When I was about 4 – 16 years old, I would read at least 20 books every two months! The creative and imaginative me is slowly decaying and I am trying to re-ignite its creative fire!
  • Growing up in Malaysia, our favourite pastime was eating. It is common to eat at least 6 meals a day. Breakfast, 2nd breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and then supper. And it is also not uncommon to drive nearly 2 hours in search for the latest eating trend/delicacy. I have no idea how I managed it back then (metabolism, where the hell have you gone?!) but these days, I stick to the 3 meals and the occasional naughty dessert.

Okay, PHEW! I did it! *fist pump* Thanks so much for sticking with me through that, I hope you got a little insight into who I am and what this blog is about… but, like most blogs it is a work in progress and I am excited to see what this new journey will bring.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Patagonia Ice Cream, Queenstown, NZ