Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas Fountain

This colour-changing fountain is always a lovely sight at Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour. For a lively Christmas atmosphere, someone added a ginormous, also colour-changing star just behind the fountain. This is so popular that it's hard to get a photo without photobombers.

Fountain at Cockle Bay Wharf

Mistletoes!

This walk bridge connecting the parking area to Darling Harbour is beyond practical, it's also pretty. I love the wooden floor and you've got to watch cars zooming the road right under it, which is always a sight for my little boy who loves cars! But during Christmas time, it looks extra special with these lighted mistletoes on the glass walls. Just lovely!

Darling Harbour


Star Wars Advent Calendar

My son got a Lego Star Wars advent calendar this Christmas. The figures are so cute that I thought they are worth sharing. Behold, Luke Skywalker being confronted by a storm trooper. We've got C3P0 behind to warn our guy :).

Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar 2015

Sunday, December 11, 2016

QVB Christmas Tree

Of course what's Christmas in Sydney without taking a glimpse of the grandiose Swarovski Christmas tree inside the Queen Victoria Building. It's said to be the tallest indoor Christmas tree in the city that it's impossible to take a photo of the whole tree with the available space around it. So yes, I got probably half of it here.

Swarovski Christmas tree, QVB

Lights of Christmas

The St. Mary's Cathedral is one of our favorite destinations during Christmas as it hosts a spectacular Christmas-related light show. The church facade turns into a series of lovely still images and even animations. This year, we were lucky enough to see the show with the moon peeking through the clouds, just wonderful!

Lights of Christmas, St. Mary's Cathedral, Sydney

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas Tree 2016

The Christmas tree is up and the gift wrapping is to follow. It's a very busy and exciting time of the year! It's the same thing we do every year yet it never gets dull. That's the spirit of Christmas and let's hope everyone gets to celebrate like this way!

Christmas Tree 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Purple Tree

Spring in Sydney means patches of purple around the city and that's because of the beautiful Jacarandas and their blossoms. In comparison to the cherry blossoms, Jacaranda lasts longer. I guess 3 weeks or even more. That's a lot of time to enjoy this beauty. So go around, walk in your neighborhood, you'll never know just at the next lane, Jacaranda trees are lined up happily to greet you.

Blossoming Jacaranda tree at Hyde Park

Pink and Lavender

Spring in Sydney is fabulous when it comes to blossoms. The rose garden in the Royal Botanical Garden is a must to visit around mid October. It showcases roses in different colors and sizes. The whole place smells very sweet, it's peaceful that it's a sin to not pause, sit and admire those beauty. I could stay there for the whole day!

The rose garden, the Royal Botanic Garden
 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Perfect Sunset

As a closure to our holiday, we waited for the sunset on  our last day in Fiji. And it was perfect! It was serene. We were bathed in that beautiful sunset orange color as we observed the sleepy sun finding its way to sleep. The breeze and water were warm from the warm day which was quite inviting to soak again in the water. Our holiday ended beautifully and we'll surely be back again.

Sunset on the beach, Shangri-La Fiji

Gentle Tide

Enjoyed this lovely and clean beach with crystal-clear water, sugary sand and gentle tides perfect for the little ones! The best part is it's only meters away from our room so we could enjoy it as much as we wanted. A perfect holiday indeed!

Beach at Shangri-La, Fiji

Colors of Fiji

Calm and definitely beautiful day after the storm. What can be better than soaking in the warm sun, splashing in a cool crystal-clear water with fishes swimming everywhere and being out in the water on a brightly-colored boat. I guess nothing!

Colourful kayaks on the beach, Shangri-La Fiji

Tropical Storm

Greeted by a tropical storm as we landed in our favorite escape destination, Fiji. Thankfully, it wasn't really that bad, we just got a taste of what's rainy season is like. To be safe, stayed in our room as soon as we arrived in our hotel and wished for a beautiful day the next day.

Windy and wet day at Shangri-La Hotel, Fiji


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Peacock Beauty

Before braving the crowd to see the cherry blossom, was entertained by this blue beauty. It was a bit distressed due to a lot of people wanting to take a photo of it but I was lucky to get a good view from a distance. Thanks to my zoom lens, I didn't have to get too close to scare it.

Peacock gallery at the Japanese Garden, Auburn Botanic Gardens

Cherry Blossoms

Welcoming spring 2016 with these pretty cherry blossoms is one of the highlights this season. The Japanese garden was pretty crowded as the cherry trees are in bloom for only 2 weeks thus everyone wanted to get a closer look at them.

Cherry blossoms 2016 at the Japanese Garden, Auburn Botanic Gardens

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Pink Lotus

Mesmerized by this blooming beauty, the pink lotus I found at the pond of the Chinese Garden. The lotus flower symbolizes rising from a dark place into beauty and rebirth, as this is exactly how lotus flower grows.

Pink Lotus at the Chinese Garden

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Masks at the Garden

Beautiful and colourful masks were on display at the Chinese Garden a while back. They all looked like kids-sized masks and my son would have enjoyed them if he came with me.

Colourful masks at the Chinese Garden

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Giant Snow Globe

Luckily, Sydney doesn't get snow during Christmas. Reason why I moved here, just couldn't stand cold.  But for some people here, the idea of snow especially Christmas time (since it's summer here right now) is just fantastic.

Giant Snow Globe Sydney
Giant snow globe in Marketcity.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Presents under the Tree

It's the 24th and all presents are nicely wrapped, waiting for the lucky ones to unveil the surprises. My little boy is overly excited always making sure that no present is dented and broken. Very cute but understandbly for his own good, lol! Here's wishing everyone a Happy Christmas!

Christmas in Sydney
Presents under our small christmas tree.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Lights of Christmas

Though tired from going around the city during the day, we decided to wait for the light show outside St. Mary's Cathedral. It was quite windy and cold but worth all the wait. Sing Australia choir was entertaining the crowd before the show started and at 8:30, the church lighted up.

Lights of Christmas St Mary's Cathedral
The Lights of Christmas at St. Mary's Cathedral

Santas by the Window

While window shopping, I took notice of these santas by the window. "Have you all been good?" Have I? I guess so since I've got a parcel coming soon!

Santas QVB Sydney
Santas on display at a toyshop in QVB

World Square Tree

World Square has always a special place in our hearts. It's our first impression of Sydney as we stayed nearby during our first month here. Quite crowded but love it! We went to check the atmosphere of the place this Christmas season. Lovely Christmas tree!

World Square Sydney
Christmas tree at World Square

Paddleboating to Santa

What a fantastic idea! Good they come up with this paddleboating this year. My son loves it! He's been riding twice already though he couldn't paddle due to his short legs but he's very good in stirring. Love to see other families and couples enjoying it too.

Christmas at darling harbour
Paddleboating to Santa at Darling Harbour

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Longest Cable Car Ride

To get to Ngong Ping Village which is on top of the mountain, we rode this longest cable car ride we ever had. Got the crystal cabin which has glass bottom that allows one to see what's directly underneath. On the way back, we had the cabin all for ourselves. That's what I call privacy!

Ngong Ping Hong Kong
Cable cars to Ngong Ping Village, Hong Kong

Disney Star

Of course my son had the chance to meet the biggest star in the park, Mickey Mouse. He was delighted and so as the adults :).  After a long queue, my small family had a lovely photo with this celebrity.

Hong Kong Disneyland
Mickey mouse at Disneyland Hong Kong


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tian Tan Buddha

And since we were nearby, we took the long cable car ride all the way up to Ngong Ping Village, had lunch there before seeing the giant Buddha and the impressive monasteries.

Tian Tan Buddha Hong Kong
Tian Tan Buddha, Hong Kong

Magical Birthday

We brought our little boy to the happiest place on earth to celebrate his 3rd birthday. Of course he was ecstatic and seems to have great memories of it that he would just out of the blue ask to go back to Disneyland.

Hong Kong Disneyland
Sleeping Beauty's castle at Disneyland Hong Kong

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Giant Tree

The Sydney botanical garden is adorned with old, giant trees. They give one a mystical feeling when walking under them. Here, my two boys are dwarfed by this gigantic piece of nature.

Sydney royal botanical garden
Giant tree at the Botanical Garden, Sydney



Pink Poppies

Visiting the botanical garden in spring is always a delight. We've walked through an alley of cherry blossoms, passed by beautiful orchids, sniffed through some roses and gardenias but the poppies are always a standout.

Sydney royal botanical garden
Poppies at the Botanical garden, Sydney

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

St. Mary's Cathedral

It was another lunch at the Sydney tower and a nice, clear day on that day. St. Mary's Cathedral with the Archibald fountain from the top is a lovely sight to behold. Good food + great view = winning!

St. Mary's Cathedral Sydney
St. Mary's Cathedral photo taken from Sydney Tower

Noisy Kookaburra

Early spring mornings, this Kookaburra was our alarm clock. There was no way to set the alarm ourselves so we had to deal with the monkey noise even as early as 3am. Short nights but glad they're over!

Kookaburra Sydney
Kookaburra seen from my son's bedroom.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

City Lights

Early spring tour was still a bit chilly but it was wonderful to see the city lit up as it was getting dark. The harbour bridge with the Luna Park and the high buildings of North Sydney is a sight to behold at dusk.

Hrabour Bridge Sydney
Harbour Bridge with Luna Park and North Sydney skyline in the background.

Sunset by the Quay

On our way to our Italian dinner, my eyes caught this very relaxing sight. People sitting by the water at sunset probably having early dinner or late coffee or just sitting there on the bench like that lady in blue.

Circular Quay Sydney
Sunset at Circular Quay, Sydney

Asian Umbrellas

Entered Marketcity, it's a shopping center close to the Chinatown and was amazed by this lovely decoration! Way to keep dry in this very wet Sydney.

Market City sydney
Japanese umbrellas in Marketcity, Sydney

Winter Turtle

There's always something to see in Darling Harbour and this winter, though cold and gloomy, this winter turtle stopped by for everyone to say hello. It's not so gloomy afterall.

Darling Harbour Sydney
Giant turtle floating at the Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lovely Tropical Day

Finally the sun came out from hiding! The sea breeze was cool but under the sun was comfortable. It was definitely a lovely day to hangout at the beach! Fiji holiday enjoyed!

outrigger Fiji
Beach umbrellas, Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji

Shy Hermit Crab

Just one lazy day exploring the shoreline of our resort, we've found lots of hermit crabs. They were perfectly camouflaged with the sand and the pebbles so if you don't look closely, you won't see one.

Outrigger Fiji
Hermit crab at the Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji



Cool Pool

Still Fiji. Relaxing by the pool. It was an overcast day followed by rain the next day so the water was cool but didn't stop my boys from splashing! I had to spare myself ;).

Outrigger Fiji
Pool area of the Outrigger of the Lagoon Fiji

Balcony View

We escaped a week of Sydney winter for Fiji. It was 5 degrees warmer at least :). From our balcony, we had a view of the resort village and the ocean. Lovely!

Outrigger Fiji
Our room balcony at the Outrigger of the Lagoon Fiji

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Zoo Lovers

This was the loveliest shot I ever had of animals. I was eating ice cream when I passed by the giraffes when it was their feeding time so I had to quickly finish the rest to get my hand on my camera. Aren't they sweet and lovely?

Taronga Zoo Sydney
Giraffes at Taronga Zoo, Sydney

Battered Cobra

This is my son's battered Shelby Cobra. Currently lost its windshield and waiting to be mended. It will be in the garage until dadi will find time to fix it.

Cobra Shelby Toy
My son's Shelby Cobra

Winter Land

We believe it's winter here even with the presence of a fantastic weather with blue sky and visible stars at night. But when people believe, winter land appears! And it's always crowded!

Darling Harbour Sydney winter
Winter land at Darling Quarter, Sydney

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Autumn Colors

It's winter here in Sydney but feels like autumn actually. Some trees are feeling it too, resisting to shed off all their leaves. This is a shot of a weeping willow tree at the Chinese Garden as the sun was setting.

Chinese Garden Sydney
Weeping Willow in autumn at the Chinese Garden, Sydney

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Caved Goat

It was a lovely sight though not much for the smell. This goat at the zoo was at this small cave as the sun was setting creating the light effect. I was lucky to get a shot and it seemed to have enjoyed the attention.

Taronga Zoo Sydney
Goat at Taronga Zoo, Sydney

Winter Flower

I spotted these pretty flowers at the zoo. Don't know how they're called but since it's winter here, I call them winter flowers. I love flowers that bloom in winter. They make the place beautiful despite the cold.

Taronga Zoo Sydney
Flowers at Taronga Zoo, Sydney

Doll Friend

Meet Kimiko, my son's (2 yrs and 9mos) favorite doll! Well, he only has one :). He fondly calls her Kim Kim and Kim Kim is always around especially when he eats. She's a very sweet company!

Japanese Doll
Kimiko, my son's doll

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Volleyball Now

Ah life! Wish it's like this all the time. I didn't really get to play but still can hear the noise these happy people made while I had my own Fiji beach experience.

Shangrila Fiji
Pool area at Shangri La Fiji

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Scraping the Sky

For someone who's not used to this scenery, it can be really overwhelming. Never seen so many skyscrapers in one place! I still have to get a closer look of New York obviously :).

Hong Kong skyline
Hong Kong skyline from the Peak


Sunday, August 5, 2012

Draft Bear

I miss this super cuddly bear-head draft pillow. I used to put it on the balcony door, its head facing me asking cuddle me please all the time! Soo cute! I'm having new ones now but not as cute as this.

Cologne winter
My cute draft bear in Germany.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Soap It

I've been dealing with too many soaps these days. One smells strong and fruity, another one makes my hand really dry but have to use it to get rid of stains, one mild for baby and yes a couple more. Soap on photo reminded me of my grandma's favorite.

Venetian Macau
Smelling-good soap at the Venetian, Macau


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Terracota Warriors

This was a year ago but glad  we went to see the legendary terracota warriors. They were not many on display but see them live was like going to the ancient tomb itself.

Terracota warriors exhibition
Got to see the Terracota Warriors!