|Greenwood Plaza, North Sydney|
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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!
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.
Tuesday, July 10, 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|
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
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
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!
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 :).
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|
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’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|
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
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|
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|
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Saw this lovely lanterns hanging on Pitt St. in celebration for the Chinese New Year. I usually cross the pedestrian bridge linking Westfield and Myer and I get to see shoppers below and the occasional themed decorations.
|Chinese New Year lanterns, Pitt St.|
Finally, explored Barangaroo and its reserve. We love the reserve, nice place to relax and watch small boats, ferries and huge cruise ships sailed by. We enjoyed the lovely view of the harbour and the Harbour Bridge from the other side. It’s an ideal place to picnic.
|Sandstones at the Barangaroo Reserve|
Darling Harbour, since its facelift, has a lot of things to offer. Kids can change one fun activity to another. At that time, we just came from the playground and found another place to explore. This water fountain is irresistible for kids. It’s been around even before the renovations. Good thing, they kept it.
|Water fountain, Darling Harbour|
My son and I went to see the Pipilotti Rist exhibit last summer and the Pixel Forest was definitely our favourite. It was a room filled with these lights that looked like pixels which were suspended from the ceiling. Lights changed colours, it was very captivating!
|Pixel Forest, Pipilotti Rist exhibit|
It was extremely hot, temperature reaching 40 degrees and we thought a cool breeze on the beach was the best solution. And it was! Slices of cold, sweet and juicy watermelon helped beat the heat as well!
|Enjoying summer heat at Balmoral Beach|
It’s indeed the most beautiful harbour, the Sydney harbour! Took this photo when we crossed the Harbour Bridge from Milson’s Point to the Rocks. It was a lovely day, we enjoyed our walk, stopping from time to time to take a shot of this lovely view.
|Sydney Harbour with the Opera House|
I always love to visit the Chinese Garden here in Sydney. It’s peaceful and the landscape is fun to explore. It’s like a little oasis in the city. A small garden but packed with lizards, dragons, birds, dragonflies and colourful koi fishes. I like climbing to the top where this pagoda is. Lovely view of the garden from up there.
|Pagoda at the Chinese Garden of Friendship|
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Christmas is upon us especially in North Sydney’s Civic Park next to the Stanton Library. This year looks quite festive! People dropping by for the Twilight Food Fair will definitely have the Christmas feel. There’s the Christmas house, a Christmas tree, a bauble and a present all lit up at night and are perfect for photo ops!
|Chrismas House at Civic Park, North Sydney|
Thursday, October 26, 2017
We didn't expect we would meet some locals at our stay in the Gold Coast. These kangaroos are used to humans and they're free-roaming the Intercontinental hotel ground. It was nice to see them up close and not in the zoo. Quite peaceful animals really, just minding their own thing :).
|Free-roaming kangaroos at the Intercontinental Hotel, Gold Coast|
One of our loved destinations at Dreamworld was the Tiger Island. 4 beautiful tigers showcased their skills by the help of their trainers. It was amazing to see what they can do if trained properly. One of the tigers could climbed a pole and dived as well. So take note, they can climb and dive, I repeat :).
|Trained tiger, Tiger Island, Dreamworld|
Met and greeted one of our favourite celebrities at Dreamworld! It was no other than Po himself from Kung Fu Panda! I was so starstruck when he came out of the gate just behind us and proudly beaming to say, I was the first one to give him a cuddle :). Second was my son :).
|Po Kung Fu Panda at Dreamworld|
The candy shop at Dreamworld was one of our favorite destinations and it's connected to another favorite, the ice cream parlor :). Really, how can one resist? My son burst into the shop, me in tow, of course and we were like in sweet heaven. Purely fun!
|Candy Shop at Dreamworld, Gold Coast|
Yes we loved the Intercontinental life! It was beautiful and relaxing. Not trying to promote but hey we had a great experience and would highly recommend it specially to families with kids. They have great food, big pools and a spa, hotel ground is green, proximity to the marine shopping village and it's close to Dreamworld. Just a note: it's a bit far from the Gold Coast airport though.
|Intercontinental Hotel, Hope Island, Gold Coast|