Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Prada’s Window Display

I love Prada’s Christmas window display this year, looks very futuristic! I thought I’ve seen Wall-e that went through a makeover. Very new and shiny, very Prada! Definitely, a robot who wears Prada!

Wall-e? Wearing Prada?

Christmas House

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

Kangaroos Up Close

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

Tiger Experience

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

Starstruck by Po

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

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

Intercontinental Life

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

Relaxing Beach Pool

While at the Gold Coast, we stayed at the Intercontinental, Hope Island and glad I picked that hotel. We had a wonderful and relaxing stay. Thanks to its beautiful surroundings and of course the relaxing pools and spa. The beach pool is a natural addition to the already green and leafy hotel ground.

Beach pool of Intercontinental Hope Island, the Gold Coast

Flower Colour Explosion

I have to applaud the curator of the Royal Botanical Garden for once again coming up with a fantastic combination of flowers planted in different parts of the garden this year's spring. This one is near the rose garden, on the way to Macquarie St. where the angel fountain is located. It was a wow sight! A truly explosion of colours!

Spring 2017, the Royal Botanical Garden, Sydney

Spring Walk 2017

I was looking forward to see the blossoming peach trees but somehow the flowers didn't really come at once this year nevertheless the flowers on the ground were as pretty. This year the spring walk wasn't just dominated by the Wisteria but also by these colourful flowers (don't know the name)!

Spring Walk at the Royal Botanical Garden, Sydney

The Beautiful Wisteria

Officially spring in this side of the world and Sydney's Royal Botanical Garden was showing off its beautiful spring display. The Spring Walk this year was dominated by the lovely Wisterias in different varieties. They were a sight to enjoy!

Beautiful Wisteria, the Royal Botanical Garden, Sydney

Friday, September 22, 2017

A Beautiful Wait

For a couple of hours, I had to wait to get into a concert at the Olympic Park. I guess I was too early. But how nice it is to wait when the temperature was so comfortable and I get to enjoy this very beautiful view! Definitely a cure for someone as impatient as I am.

Sunset at the Olympic Park Sydney

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Spring is in the Air

Definitely, spring 2017 is here with the signs of blossoms everywhere. But which store could possibly beat DJ when it comes to decorations? This year, their lavish spring decoration is a must-see! David Jones ground floor is adorned with beautiful flowers. Such a lovely sight to shop!

David Jones Ground Floor, Elizabeth St.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Fluffiness and Cuteness Overload

Found these super cute fluffy toys at Mini So in Chatswood. Like me, you won't be able to resist them. Touched some of them and they were super soft and cuddly. A destresser during tough days!

Mini So's cuddly toys

Vivid Sydney 2017

It was too cold for me to go around at the heights of Vivid Sydney this year but still lucky enough to see some traces of the event inside a cozy, warm mall. These monkeys were hanging all over Westfield Pitt St's foodcourt. Colourful addition to the place.

Vivid Sydney 2017, Westfield Pitt St.

Books and Architecture

I love working in this place. Basically, it's a huge room with its surrounding walls full of books! Plus it has a beautiful ceiling allowing natural light to lit up the whole place. Not the forget, adorned with beautiful stained glass windows. And of course, very quiet as it is a library.

Mitchell Reading Library

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Flower Heaven

The newly opened Calyx at the Royal Botanic Garden is All About Flowers this time. And it's something you don't wanna miss out. The wall is prettily decorated with small poinsettias forming large flowers and lovely orchids dominated the central area. A must see this winter!

All About Flowers Exhibition at the Calyx

Spring in Winter

Winter in Sydney is obviously warm enough to call out spring flowers. These lovely little-bell like blossoms are already showing off their beauty at the Royal Botanic Garden. They definitely make winter more bearable.

Early spring blossoms at the Royal Botanic Garden

Art at the Galleries 

Beautiful wall art next to the toilet at the first floor of Galleries Victoria. It has that anime feel in it which kind of match the general atmosphere of the mall as it offers some popular Japanese shop and restaurants. Love the place!

Wall art at Galleries Victoria

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.