Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Blue Starfish

Only in Fiji did I see blue starfish, at least on the beach. So exciting to see one everytime I was there. This time around, I've seen around four. Together with some corals, shells, hermit crabs, they make the beach look enticing to visit.

Blue Starfish at Shangri La Fiji

Corals on the Beach

Love walking or jogging on the beach with washed-ashore corals. The beach looks so natural with these beauties. I would have loved to collect and bring them home but would be in trouble with customs, eh. So I left those beauties there and would just search for new ones when I come back.

Corals on the shore, Shangri La Fiji

Hidden Beach

It was our third visit but first time to get to this small hidden beach, just below that pretty lookout point. No one else was there so it was all to ourselves to explore. We loved watching hermit crabs on this shore having races. They were so cute!

Hidden Beach, Shangri La Fiji

Pretty Lookout Point

Ah, my favourite place and will never get tired of you Fiji! I love this pretty lookout point of the lagoon at our Fijian resort. Look at that beautiful painted glass, it's got Nemo on it! I could pretty stay here all day doing nothing!

Lookout point, Shangri La Fiji

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Pretty Sails

From the Harbour Bridge, one can have a perfect view of the pretty, white sails of Sydney, the Opera House! Isn't it a sight to behold? I could never get tired of it. We walked across the bridge all the way to it where others wanted to get a closer glimpse of its beauty up close as well.

The Sydney Opera House from the Harbour Bridge

Ferry Traffic

Taken from the Harbour Bridge, it's amazing how many ferries go back and forth Circular Quay everyday. It's definitely one of the busiest harbours! And as a ferry commuter, isn't it a great feeling seeing the two most famous attractions of Sydney regularly: the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge!

Ferries near the Opera House



Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Bridge Climb

Not that I'm endorsing. I haven't done this bridge climb yet but it looks like an amazing thing to do in this great city. I think it would be fun! Took this photo while crossing the bridge on New Year's day,  a thing we'd like to do every year.

The Bridge Climb

The Harbour Bridge

Like its neighbour, the Harbour Bridge is one of the most popular attractions of the city too. What makes this special for me? The bridge is photogenic! I can get pretty good photos of it from any angle. Like this one, it's an angle from Taronga zoo and a plane just made it picture perfect.

The Harbour Bridge

The Sydney CBD

The Sydney central business district is quite impressive  from the zoo as well. Those buildings all standing tall to create a famous skyline. We love our Sydney tower! That seems to be the tallest and we've been up there a hundred times ;-). You should try going up there too, the view is amazing!

The Sydney CBD

Sails of Sydney

Inspired by sails of a ship, white swans and seashells, the Sydney Opera House, if not the most, is still one of the most visited attractions of the city. This is one example of fine design and architecture. It's beautiful that even living here for almost a decade now, I still don't get tired of it.

The Sydney Opera House from Taronga Zoo

City View from the Zoo

Taronga zoo has one of the best views of Sydney's top attractions, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. It's a great city that even the animals have an awesome view! There are some vantage points in the zoo where you can get a good picture of the city's skyline. This one is from the amphitheatre where the bird show is being held.

City view from Taronga Zoo

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

A Very Handsome Kangaroo

It's one of the symbol of this beautiful country so it has to be very handsome and indeed, with less effort, this Kangaroo looked very handsome. It was getting hot in the zoo during our last visit so this dude was enjoying the shade and was so cool as tourist took picture of him.

Cool and handsome Kangaroo at Taronga Zoo

So Cuddly Koala

I've been living in Sydney for almost nine years but I haven't seen a Koala as cuddly as this one. Isn't it sooo adorable? It was just resting up there looking cuddly, of course to the delight of the zoo visitors like me. I wish I can laze around like that forever!

Cuddly Koala at Taronga Zoo

Pretty Lotus Flowers

One of the attractions of the Chinese Garden that I'm always attracted to are the absolutely gorgeous lotus flowers! They never failed to make my day complete and happy, not to mention very pretty. These beauties are normally floating on the pond so there's no way one can get near them. Maybe the better.

Pretty Lotus Flowers at the Chinese Garden

The Mighty Dragon

A mighty and handsome dragon entertained us and showed off its beauty when we were visiting the Chinese Garden. They are quite friendly and can be seen anywhere in the garden. This one was my favourite as it posed handsomely in front of the camera.

Dragon at the Chinese Garden of Friendship

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Winter Shopping

Got to keep moving to warm up and I think shopping is not such a bad idea. After going around checking out some shops, I have to rest my tired feet and enjoy this glass ceiling allowing me to see through the tall buildings outside. Very nice!

Greenwood Plaza, North Sydney

Winter Wonderland 

It’s fairly warm for winter with 16 - 18C temperature with plenty of sunshine but there’s no stopping our local park to turn into a winter wonderland! Of course, to the local kids’ delight including my own. What a treat during the school’s winter holiday.

Winter Wonderland

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Vivid Sydney 2018

My boys were so sick when the city lit up so I had to go alone to the Quay to take a peek. I couldn’t last long as it was too cold especially near the water but I was able to get a decent photo of the Opera House. Looked great!

Opera House - Vivid Sydney 2018

Colourful Autumn

When it’s that time of the year when it starts getting cold, sometimes gets a bit or even quite wet but also the time when leaves turn red and orange, it’s exciting and beautiful! I welcome autumn this year with open arms!

Autumn in Sydney

Friday, May 18, 2018

Exploring Northbeach

Northbeach Wollongong is a lovely beach. So wide, there’s a lot of space for everyone. I didn’t really get to swim as the water was already cold but I did jog for two consecutive mornings. It was awesome! There were still some beach goers who did swim and even surf so the water still looked
lively.

Northbeach Wollongong


Wollongong Sunrise

Colouring the Cockatoo yellow is this breathtaking sunrise from our balcony. This colour gives me so much energy which is much needed to start my day. It marks the beginning of another lovely day!

Wollongong Sunrise!


Chatty Cockatoo!

This beautiful Cockatoo was our alarm clock in the morning while staying at our Wollongong hotel. It’s colour is actually white but looked so yellow because of the morning sun. We loved it hanging out at our balcony eventhough it leaved some droppings behind :).

Chatty Cockatoo!


Pagoda at Nan Tien Temple

I love this view of the Nan Tien Temple’s pagoda from the Gratitude hill. It was a beautiful, warm day with a little wind so being up there was just an awesome feeling. A perfect day indeed, not too hot and too cold.

Nan Tien Temple Pagoda


Fisherman at Work 

Can you spot the tiny human being down there on top of those rocks trying to catch a fish? I wonder how it might have felt being so close to those crushing waves. I guess super exciting and I’m sure chilly cold.

Fisherman at Wollongong Rocky Coast


Wollongong Head Lighthouse

Wollongong’s two lighthouses are visible from the Northbeach just across the road from the hotel. It was a beautiful day to go up the hill and get up close to at least the head lighthouse. There are also old canons next to it and the view from up there was fantastic!

Wollongong Head Lighthouse


Wollongong Dusk

The view from our balcony’s hotel was truly mesmerizing as the sky coloured up with crescent moon already in place and not to mention the pines with the beach in the background.

Beautiful dusk in Wollongong


Sea Cliff Bridge

Sea Cliff bridge is one of the attractions on the Grand Pacific Drive. It features a two-lane of traffic and a walkway so you can actually cross the bridge by foot while enjoying the breathtaking coastal scenery! This was one of our stops when we did a roadtrip to Wollongong.


Sea Cliff Bridge


Friday, April 6, 2018

The Royal Easter Show

What’s the long Easter weekend without going to the Royal Easter Show?  We picked a hot day so we were tried hiding in the shades for a while but when it cooled down, it was ready for the rides! Son had a blast!
 
Ride at the Royal Easter Show

Pollination 

After seeing the Easter Bunny, went to see the latest Calyx exhibit: Pollination. Less flowers, more greens and some giant bees. Nevertheless, it something worth visiting. Best thing is it’s free!

Pollination at the Calyx

Easter Bunny

Went to the Royal Botanic Garden for the great Egg Hunt. My son enjoyed all activities before getting to the Easter Bunny. What a delight to see this female bunny waiting for us to have a photo with. Something to look forward again next year.

Easter Bunny waiting at the Calyx