Downtown Sydney

August 9, 2009

This was semi-blogged on Friday as it is a no school day! Woots~ But got woken up early anyway because the toilet-sealer guy came to check why my shower is still leaking. Oh wells, at least I wouldn’t oversleep for the UQ SSS’s lunch BBQ in an hour’s time. :) eating on open grass in school with other Singaporeans in the middle of a school day afternoon should be cool. :)

I am going hiking tommorrow too!

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I shall do the laundry and more packing when the others go off to school later. Meanwhile, leaving sunshine state of Queensland for cosmopolitan Sydney… :)

2 days since I touched down, settled the bank account, the phoneline and more urgently, the house rental, Mama and I headed off on our Sydney holiday with a piece of mind. :D

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So at ease she let me unwrap my “your an adult now” gift from her! A Coach tote!!! :D

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In the Virgin Blue “sponsored” terminal, I discovered how liberal Australia was towards you-know-what. Haha.

The flight from the domestic airport (probably not so efficient) was delayed so by the time we checked into our hotel at Rydges World Square, it was dinner time.

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Was picked up by my cousin, Denise Jie Jie and her boyfriend, Clement, before heading down to the nightlife hub of Darling Harbour.

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Wasn’t really in the mood for eating so we just had side dishes and cake.

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Had to turn in early the night before just to wake up in time for the morning buffet breakfast at the hotel. Pity there wasn’t as much food as I would have liked. :(

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In the later part of the afternoon, we went shopping at an outlet mall! I got a pair of boots and 2 sexy heels – so I don’t look too much of a midget next to Cheeleng in school. :P

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After shopping, we went touring just like tourists should. First stop, the Art Gallery of NSW.

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Followed by the stadiums when Sydney played host to the Olympics in the year 2000.
P/S: ANZ bank is the current sponsor.

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The most famous of all, the Sydney Opera House from a distance.

We also detoured to the best photo spot within the Royal Botanic Gardens (lucky we had a car!). The day being Independence Day – July 4th, alot of couples were getting married.

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Mrs Macquarie’s Chair (or lack thereof).

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The view was undeniably fantastic.

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Bird bathwater cooler.

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Since we were in the vicinity, we visited the The Rocks arty-farty Saturday market below the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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Had to queue up for yummy tea-break at Pancakes on the Rocks.

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I am so loving it!!!!

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Dinner at the packed Seoul Ria on George Street. Lovelove spicy! :)

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Post-dinner activity was hitting the Star City Casinos! My first time leh!!! I won 600% of my $2 “investment” in the first jackpot and subsequently lost Clement’s 20 bucks on another machine. Oopsy!

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My new car! Lalala~

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The hippest hen party mode of transport is the Hummer limousine which supposedly comes in pink too!!!! I wantttt!

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On Sunday, we made our own way down to Bondi Beach via public bus! This place sure is very different from the beaches I am used to seeing.. Shopping broadwalks and the way the city merges into the waves is just breathtaking.

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Lunch was Thai food run by Singaporeans. The good thing about this place is the small talk everyone seems to have time to make with each other.

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Held in a public school, another hand-made market that is oh-so-popular in Australia (with all its scrapbooking and DIY shops)! As the weather got chilly towards the middle of the day, we took refuge with coffee, cake, comfy sofas and a bout of ‘people watching’. :)

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Spot the difference??

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Braving the winds to catch a glimpse of sunset, we came across a lifesaver club’s swimming pool that was just at the edge of the ocean! Cool hur? Save water somemore. :P

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Dinner was at a famous ribs place, Hurricane’s Bar & Grill. Cuzzie introduced me to Jackson (Guo Cheng), her boyfriend’s sister’s housemate, who is also from Singapore Poly. Small world hur?

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Cute bibs!!!

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So gooood! Tempted yet??? Heee!

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Filled tummies = satisfied people!

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On Monday, Mama and I were left to explore the city alone and we pigged out on an unhealthy lunch where the old-timer on the next table struck up a conversation (that is how spontaneously outgoing Australians are!!!). I forgot the whole gist of the conversation only remembering the part where he said I had beautiful eyes. Wakakaka!

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Old buildings fascinate me.. So vintage-y and full of history! Like the Queen Victoria Building, with all its branded shops and chic little tea houses.

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Another gothic looking church. Pity Singapore doesn’t have such magnificent structures. :(

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On our way back to the hotel, we came across the cutest shop of all just along Pitt Street!!!

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With a bimbotic, chio “wet sign”.

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At night, it was too cold to head out and we wanted to watch NCIS (a detective show) on channel ten so we ordered pizza! It wasn’t so nice but it was a rare indulgence.

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On the last full day of our little holiday, Mama finally caved and let me have my favourite food!

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Visited Chinatown but was vastly disappointed at the size and cheena stuff there. The only comforting part of it was that it felt familiar and the traditional Cantonese cake and dumpling shops were so authentic.

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Stumbled upon the outlet malls within the city…

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Had Din Tai Fung for farewell dinner. Xiao Long Baos sure work well on a cold and home-sickly night although the standard sort of couldn’t match up to home. But still, dumpling heaven!

Finally, the day came for us to head back to my new home. One thing for sure, Virgin Blue sucks! Flights were cancelled, delayed whatevernots. The staff were disorganised and confused in directing us, the queues were impossible! Bad bad experience!

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In the terminal, I saw the rainbow behind all the turmoil quite literally. FULL RAINBOW!

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I also had famous but expensive chicken pie!
Now, I am back in Brissy and I want to go home. :( :(

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SINGAPORE! :)

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