Post-Aussie

I figured that I probably will not have time to finish up the Aussie posts so soon, since I might be going on a hiatus soon, so I should probably clear the post-trip entries first.

Suffered from a little jetlag for 1 week ever since I came back~ Auto-waking up before 8am and feeling tired by 10pm 😴

The first thing I wanted to do after I came back was to give this place a last visit before it closed.
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So glad that I fulfilled my wish and gave these yummy food a try!
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Miss the beancurd a lot~
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Tried the mee sua this time and it’s really yummy! But I had no confident to finish it so I asked to be put in a container 😅
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Goodbye, 老地方 and till we meet again (:

It’s the mooncake week so had a lot of mooncakes as well~ Gave Peony Jade a miss this year but I still had Raffles Hotel champagne truffle mooncake!
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Tried it once last year and I love it! So glad to have it again this year, even though it’s not durian mooncake 😅
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Every piece is so precious because it’s so expensive. But super nice!!!
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Gift from Aussie! Hahaha! Lyn and I still bought each other gift even though we travelled the same country 😁
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Had yet another NDP appreciation dinner at Park Royal’s Si Chuan Dou Hua, but this time round mainly to “appreciate” the GL, AGL and logistic team. But appreciation 归 appreciation, protocols and rules still apply 😒

Please order only a SIMPLE drink.“I think it’s quite a turn-off hearing that first thing during a dinner treat. Like you wanna treat someone to show your appreciation yet you set rules and say can only order this or that. Who will still have the appetite to eat ah?
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We couldn’t even choose what to eat already because it’s a fixed six-course meal. Leng Leng said the nicest thing for the entire night is the tofu, so you can kinda judge 😐 I’m not a fussy eater so my conclusion is – not exactly not nice (except some dishes), but nothing fantastic or leave an impression.

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Looks like algae soup but not as bad as it looks lah

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Some tough meat

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Fish, but I like the black fungus more

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Nuts are a turn-off

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Untouched noodle

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Leng Leng’s favourite dish

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The signature 四川豆花, but not a fan of it

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纯萃。喝 green tea latte from Hong Kong!!!

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One of the day’s lunch
Because I missed spicy food so much when in Aussie!

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Mooncake galore!

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Rainbow (:

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1609

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The same yummy Absolut pasta

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The $18 magic mushroom~
Portobello is always ouch, but yummmms!

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Wish granted!

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5th

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Attempting to take a pic of the round moon~

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A moment to remember

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Promises.

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Always love a stroll~

Started Saturdate with a good breakfast and I did not succumb to the prata temptation this time! Opted for carrot cake instead but it’s the big big piece kind😦 At least it’s still not too bad in terms of taste.
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Off to work off the calories and extra KG from Aussie!
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Taking a 1-min break~

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To enjoy the breeze!

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Changi > ECP > Changi

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After 3 hours!

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With the 2 stubborn kids – Miss Stubborn Bull 🐗 & Mr Stubborn Lion 🦁

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天天这样开心, 不就好吗。

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Cannot sit plane but can watch plane~

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When is my next flight? Hmmmm.

Supposed to be a long fun-filled Saturdate but I ended up in shock. Like really really shocked, and scared. It’s what I had been worrying would happen and I watch it happen right in front of my eyes. That kind of at a loss of what to do feeling with lots of “what if” in mind. Lots of shouting as well. It was just a frantic moment for the other unharmed two.

Was just 1 second away from pressing the dial button for the ambulance. I would have been really mad if it has been a joke, like how it happened so many times. But I was still angry when it wasn’t. Because my heart really almost skipped a beat. Really 吓死了。。。

But that’s the thing about stubborn people, they don’t really care or think about the people around them worrying for them, they will still do it for themselves. And I happen to be with 2 stubborn kids, remember? 😒

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Shattered, like literally 💔

Aussie Day 4 – Bondi Beach!

It’s beach day today and we were lucky to be blessed with good weather + blue sky again~!😀 Morning view from my room’s window!
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Got the whole bed to myself after Mommeyyyy left quietly for her flight, because she didn’t wanna wake anyone up. Still managed to drag myself up to hug her goodbye before she left! Can’t wait to reunite with her in Gold Coast! (:

Headed out after our usual breakfast and it was quite a sunny day! Thought I could do without jacket but it’s still a bit chilly for me 😅 It was really quite warm at the beach though, and I think we had the perfect weather! A bit of sun, a bit of wind, a bit of clouds…hehe!
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Took the train down to Bondi Junction before catching a bus from there!😀
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Spotted a fast food chain that looks very much like our Burger King, and I think it really is! But they call it Hungry Jack’s there 😅
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And here we are, at the famous Bondi Beach! When we talk about beaches in Sydney, this is definitely the one that people will mention~ Just look at the blue sea with the blue sky! Isn’t it such a beauty? 😍
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It’s really nothing close to our East Coast Park at all and this is why I love to visit the beaches in overseas~ So beautiful that we couldn’t stop snapping away😀
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Wefie time~!

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Lots of LOVE!!! Hehe!

It was such a sunny day that we could hardly open our eyes! But it’s really the perfect weather for beaches~
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Transformed into a sunshine girl! 😂
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Looking tourist-sy here~

And then we started doing plenty of jump shots, over and over again! Thank goodness it was on grass patch, which is softer, so it doesn’t hurt your feet when landing. But still, doing a jump shot with too many people is just not easy!!! So hard to synchronise!
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Probably take 98378972~

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Leng Leng looks like she’s being washed off by some sea waves here! xD

Next team to try! Much better timing this time round because we don’t have Miss Kelly, who does jump shots like she’s doing ballet 😑
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Now the YOLO solo jump shot!😀
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And this is the hilarious moment when the bird decided to “jump” together with me!
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It looks quite obscene to have a bird right below me, but it was actually behind me and the amazing thing is we really jumped/flew at the same timing!!! So bird does more accurate jump shots than human beings 😝
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Guess what are we doing, surrounding Mr Chan?! 😆
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Ta-duh~! Inspired by the reflection shot we took 4 years ago, Lyn suggested that we try it again! Hahaha!
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Yayyyy! We are the apples of his eyes!😛
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Heading down to the beach~! Really such a beautiful beach!!!
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Everyone commented that I look super lack of sleep because my dark eye circles are very obvious 😑 In other words, I just look extra cui on this day~ I admit that I had not been sleeping enough for the past few nights, but I think I will be having very good sleep soon with the big bed to myself! Haha!
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Attempting an artistic shot for Ah Lyn~
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What are these 2 kids Kor & Mei doing?
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小脚与大脚~

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Made with LOVE!

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We love the blue sky!!!

As usual, the super cartoon Lyn was trying hard to get her heart-shape right – freezing there with her half-heart so that she would not screw up the shape 😂
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Sarang hae yo~!

Tried yoga on the beach but look who’s tilting to the left 😂
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And who’s tilting to the right now…hahaha!
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Then who finally lost her balance! 😆
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Finally a decent shot! Hahaha!
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Guess what I am doing this time round?
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Sand shots as inspired by Mr Chan!
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But these let-go-of-sand shots were purely my own inspiration 😛 Love the fineness of the sand there!
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Busy with our own subject – Lyn with her Mickey and me with my sand! Hahaha!
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Took some nice shots for Mr Chan too! This one looks like he’s carrying the surfboard, got beach boy feel! 😁
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Beautiful clouds in the midst of the blue sky~
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Another nice shot by yours truly! Really so proud of my photography skill!!! HAHAHAHA!
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Wish we had brought our bikinis to suntan a bit or have a picnic here! Thought it would be too cold for that~
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Couldn’t join them at the sea area nor barefooted because I was wearing stocking~ So I could only help them take photos from a distance instead (:
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Candid shot of the emo people!

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Selfie since I couldn’t join them~

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Hello blue sky~!

There were a lot of people surfing because the waves were strong enough.
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Even has got people jogging in bikini 😶
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Capturing the curiosity and fear of a little girl😀
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After taking so many nice pictures for others, it’s time for my turn right?! 😝
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Favourite!

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With the one who is always there for me! ((:

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When the rest has already walked much further to explore…haha!

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那些年!

Reunited with the rest at the pavilion for lunch!
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Rainbow flag~

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Loving the clouds!!!!!

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The hot couple! xD

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After a boob job…LOL!

Meals are always a headache~ Some wanna eat this some wanna eat that. Here has got food for all and here doesn’t. Here too expensive there too little choices. Oh well, I’m glad we found something for everyone in the end!
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Again, I was not hungry (I really think I can just survive on breakfast everyday~) and I wanted something small. Got attracted by the chicken wrap at the counter so I dropped the idea of the kids’ meal! In the end, the wrap was still kinda too big 😐
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Yeah! Enjoying the relaxing beach!

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Happiest moment for everyone (except me) – MEAL TIME! Haha!

Off to the next destination which we missed on Day 1 because we didn’t had enough time to go~ Glad that we managed to cover more or less everything in the itinerary eventually!😀 Back to the Central station once again~!
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With the arrival of Lyn and Kelly, there is bound to be group wefie! Hahaha! But this time missing of Ah Gong Eric because he was constantly rushing us in order to cover more places 😅
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Ah Gong is back!

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Mr Very-Serious-Photographer xD

And despite rushing us, Ah Gong still couldn’t help but snapped some photos of the railway track 😓 So all of us snapped too! Hahaha!
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Off to the Paddy’s Market and taking beautiful pictures while walking there😀
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Nicer shots of the clock tower this time! (:
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Strolling in the good weather!

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With Ah Tiff!

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Buildings near Central station

We passed by this Market City Mall which I later discovered that it’s also in our itinerary, but we did not have time to visit because the Paddy’s Market is the priority~
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Reminds me of somewhere in SG…hmmmmm

Arrived at Paddy’s Market! As you can see (in the background), the eager Ah Gong has already rushed in again while we were still wefie-ing away 😐
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After the previous day‘s Paddington Market and The Rocks weekend market’s experience, I had little faith that we would buy anything at the Paddy’s Market as well. I thought it would be mainly expensive handmade items again, but I just wanted to take a look since it’s a recommended place~

It turned out that the Paddy’s Market is exactly the kind of market I was looking for! The kind that sells cheap clothes and etc like I had been hoping all the markets would be like! Was so busy shopping that I did not take any picture inside~ This was koped from Kelly’s Facebook 😅
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A pity we only had like 1 hour inside because it closes at 6pm~ But at least I finally got something for myself!!! We each bought a jacket there which we would feature on day 5’s post, so stay tuned!😛

Anyway, I really wished we had more time inside the market because by the time we finished getting the jackets, all the shops were starting to close😦 Did not have time to go back to get the cute pajamas suit too~

By the time we were finally done with our shopping, poor Karen and Ronald were already waiting outside for us, freezing in the cold! And Ah Gong Eric has also went off to the Opera House by himself, because he wanted to catch the view before the sunset 😐 I think he was still a tad too late because the sun really sets very early in Aussie!

Yea so we only managed to catch the night scene by the time we arrived~ Makes it a bit hard for photography, but still managed to capture some decent shots luh 😅

Sydney Harbour Bridge first!
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The many attempts to take a nice shot with the Harbour Bridge 😅 Night shots are really challenging!
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Quite like this (:

Now the Opera House!
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In love with you!

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Finally seeing you in real and up close!

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Aussie’s icon

Heading nearer for more beautiful shots!😀
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Life goal – to dine in the romantic restaurant at the Opera House at least once in my life 😂 So beautiful inside! I really wonder if there’s minimum spending of like 100 per pax…hmmmm.
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Can only selfie outside for now~ But I will be back! 😛
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Having a beautiful night ((:
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And more shots of the Harbour Bridge from Opera House!
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自拍~

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拍拍拍!

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Photo-bombing the two! xD

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With her pet Mickey!

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Mei, Kor & Mickey!

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You strangle my Mickey I strangle you!

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Blurry shot with Lyn x.x

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Mickey’s photo shoot~

Wefies wefies and more wefies! By then the poor couple has retired somewhere again 😐
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Attempted to find food for Mr Chan but to no avail~ Thank god for cup noodle though! This time I ain’t disagreeing on it because beggar really can’t be chooser 😅 So tired after being a whole day out, but guess what Tiff and I are still doing at midnight???
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Preparing everyone’s lunch for our Blue Mountain the next day! Dreading to wake up in a few hours’ time 😧 Less than 5 hours of sleep left! Nevertheless, it has been a happy beach day! Hehe!
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Aussie Day 3 – Sydney Tower Eye!

Rise and shine for day 3~! The early birds having breakfast together again😀
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Waiting for the late birds~

Finally heading out and passing by the same church again! 😅 But yay to blue sky!!!
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Did not have a good sleep hence I look weird in almost all the photos for the day 😩
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Outside!

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Inside!

The first stop of the day was Paddington market, which happens only on Saturdays! But first, we gotta change take a bus from the Museum station~
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Street of Sydney

The Paddington market is located beside a church, so don’t surprised if you thought you have alighted at the wrong stop 😅
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The market opens from 10am to 4pm, selling mostly accessories, clothes and some food. When I first heard the word “market“, I imagine it to be like flea market, lots of cheap clothes and etc. But in the end they are mainly handmade items or clothes by local fashion designers, so all are quite pricey kind.
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Took it as a chance to practise photography instead 😅
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Tried some macro shots on the plants but failed~ Still not quite satisfied with the macro function of the camera. But then again, the lens is not a macro lens in the first place, unless I choose to invest in one. Hmmmm.
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Finished all the stalls in just a short while, so I went to get the gelato that I contemplated earlier on!
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Passion fruit gelato! Could have been a nicer shot if the camera didn’t fail to focus so many times and I also have no hand to adjust 😐
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The weather was really pretty good for the day, so it feels damn relaxing to just sit under the big tree and 放空~ Just don’t think of anything but the gelato! Haha!
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Chilling under the tree~!

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Quite like this chillax photo! (:

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While waiting for the rest~

Took the bus back to Museum station to meet Lyn and Kelly, who have finally flown over to join us after settling their work!
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But I figured that since their hotel is pretty near the station, we could drop by and visit and also to use the bathroom😛 Ta-duh~! The big reunion of all 9 pax!
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And off we go to our next stop!
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Arrived at the same station as the previous day – Circular Quay, because we were heading to The Rocks again~ But this time round, it was for The Rocks weekend market 😅
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I don’t know what is this (maybe a school?) but I like the the feel of it~
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Took more shots of the Harbour bridge this time round to make up for what we missed out yesterday when it was raining! Haha! Loving the blue sky~!!!
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Hello again, Harbour Bridge!

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Street painting~

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Communicating with the birds aka gong jiao wei! xD

I think the locals must be wondering why we are all so fascinated by the birds, so busy snapping away…hahaha! But the birds all look so white and clean, unlike our birds!
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And here comes an ugly bird~ Definitely look like the “ugly duckling” amongst the “swans” 😐
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More CDB shots!
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And we made up for the gloomy Opera House shots that we took too! The grey sky definitely didn’t do justice to the Opera House. This is the kind of sky it should be taken with!😀
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Off to the weekend market!
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Some of the stalls were the same as the previous day, but at least there were many more stalls today, since the weather was good.
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Did you see what I see? It’s kangaroo meat! 😖
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Recommended the prata-like spinach to Lyn, since she did not get to try the previous day. Good that she likes it! (:
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Although there were more stalls, most were also selling expensive accessories and clothes like the Paddington market, hence I finished the first half pretty fast and took a break to take some photos while waiting for the rest~
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Selfie while waiting~
But looking weird again @.@

Was looking at the itinerary and I suddenly recalled that I was supposed to visit a cafe – La Renaissance Cafe and Patisserie in this area for the best macarons in Sydney! Hurried my way to find it but sadly, they have run out of macarons, not for the day, but for the entire month! 😱

Got this cake which the staff recommended instead~ It’s really pretty, but I forgot that I’m not a fan of white chocolate and I just didn’t enjoy the cake for some reason.
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Maybe some things are meant to be viewed from a distance, untouched. 😟
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Castle-looking building with the pretty blue sky!

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Off with the market, where’s next!

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Pretty flowers, bloom for you and me~

Back for more shots of and with the Opera House!😀 After all, we have been seeing it on postcards or TV, so it’s a different feeling seeing it in real! Couldn’t resist snapping while walking back to the train station~
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Dung, flowers & the Opera House!

It was quite windy so it really wasn’t easy taking a proper shot…Zzzzz. Hair looks so screwed and messy in almost all the pictures!
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And it was also sunny at the same time so I could hardly open my eyes! Small eyes + messy hair, what a bad state to take photo 😑
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Finally a better-looking shot with the Opera House!
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And then we tried doing jump shot, but again it wasn’t quite synchronised 😐 That’s why I said I would only try it once because it’s really hard for all to synchronise and everyone will end up having to jump again and again~
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The ladies by the bay! Clinging on to Lyn because the wind was blowing and it was freaking cold!!! 😂
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Tried to take a Train To Busan version with Karen being the victim! Hahaha! Look who’s the hungriest 😆
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Golden shot @ golden timing xD

And a few more shots of the Opera House before we finally set off ~!
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Our next destination was the Sydney Tower Eye, another icon of the city!
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The area was mainly all the branded goods and atas shops~ Even the buildings and streets look so atas aready!
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Busy woman at work again~ Really never-ending calls! 😨
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Most of them voted to go up to the Tower Eye to take a look, hence up we went! The ticket price has increased with the addition of some lame 3D show. It’s compulsory to watch it before we could head up the observation deck~
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Felt very much like Japan’s Tokyo Tower and Paris’ Eiffel Tower, but of course different country has got different view and it was definitely nice to see Sydney’s night view from a bird’s eye view🙂
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I also managed to take nicer pictures this time round, thanks to my Canon camera 😍 So many postcard shotsssss!!! Hahaha! A pity we missed the full sunset because the sun really sets damn early in Aussie!
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Testing shots for one another because it’s never easy to take portraits in low-light condition! Always such a challenge no matter what camera you have~
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We even tried all ways like using our own lights and etc but I still didn’t quite get a perfect shot for myself~
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On the other hand, I think I took pretty nice shots for the 2 gentlemen leh!😛
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It’s always difficult to direct someone to achieve exactly what you have in mind…hmmmm. The woes of photographers! Not that I am one luh 😅
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Well anyhow, more shots of the beautiful city~!❤
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Ending off with a group shot! The couple has retired to a corner with chairs by then 😅 I think we really over-exhaust them every day~
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Had dinner at Din Tai Fung because I think they really miss Asian food? Hahaha! Again, I wasn’t quite hungry and I don’t know why people say you tend to eat more when it’s cold, cause your body burns more energy trying to keep you warm, but it’s just not the case for me. I usually get less hungry when I am cold; same for when I was in Europe 😕

Night photography after dinner, while walking to Darling Harbour to catch the fireworks!
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Love this shot!!!

The lovey-dovey who walks hand in hand no matter where they go 😊 Super sweet one!!!
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Finally arrived at the Darling Harbour and it was sooooooo coldddddddddddd!!! The wind at night was really merciless and it totally reminded me of Europe 😖
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The lovebirds retiring to anywhere with seats again 😅 Poor Ronald was so cold that he even bought gloves! And Karen also walked till her legs were swollen…
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The fireworks started before we managed to walk over to the spot, but still managed to capture it at least! (:
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Just a small-scale one since they have it every Saturday, so I guess it makes sense. Every year, Singaporeans are complaining about their tax being used for NDP fireworks, so imagine this is like a weekly thing 😐 Can’t be expecting much.

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The flowers!

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With the dung!

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The hoodies!

Mr Photographer spoiled our picture by keeping his cool 😒
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Group shot (with a photobomber) before Eric accompanied the couple back to the apartment to rest, since they were really exhausted after a whole day out 😔 Really not easy to accommodate to all because some might be tired while some still wanna hang out~
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Anyhow, the rest of us stayed to look for a place to chill out because the alcohol is supposedly cheaper than water in Aussie. And it would definitely be nice to experience chilling out in a foreign country, since you are here to relax and all! (:

But I think only the wine in supermarket or wine shops are really cheap. Those in the bars especially the cocktails are quite the same price as Singapore 😐

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Opting for cider instead!
Thank you Mr Chan for the treat!!!

Lyn insisted on taking a picture with the Darling Harbour sign even though it was freaking cold and we couldn’t wait to get away from the sea!
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In the end we were so cold that we resort to hiding behind pillars and each other! 😂😂😂 The wind was really a killer!
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And look which happy bird just found a street that he owns! 😆 I  wanna go to New Zealand to find my Vivian Street too!!!
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A group pic on Mommeyyyyyy’s last day with us before she flies back to Gold Coast the next morning! Despite the disgusting toilet and all, I really love how we stayed under one roof, eating together and laughing together! So much love!!! ❤❤❤
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Aussie Day 2 – Queen Victoria Building!

Rise and shine after a good sleep! 😃
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The early birds were already having breakfast! I am considered quite an early bird too since I know I need time to prepare, so I will try to wake up earlier~ But Tiff is still the earliest bird every day, because she needs at least 2 hours to prepare 😱 Whereas the cute couple is very fast in their preparation, so they are usually very on time too!
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Love how we get to sit together and have breakfast together like a family…hehe! But due to the differences in waking up time and preparation time, we can hardly have everyone eating together at the same time 😐 Usually the early birds would have been done by the time the late birds come down~

My sumptuous breakfast – strawberries, cake from clubhouse last night, bread from Singapore and fruit juice!
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It’s a gluten-free cake and Tiff and I figured that it’s not our kind of cake 😐 Gluten-free is not our thing. But it’s chocolatey and nice luh~ Just not a fan of the kueh texture.
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Set off to our first destination – Town Hall station! A little change of plan because it was a rainy day, so we decided to visit somewhere indoor instead~ So first stop – Queen Victoria Building, which was supposed to be day 1’s plan!😀
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A group picture before Mr Chan left to meet his old friend for coffee! Oh Mommeyyyy did not join us because of her leg problem and also because she had visited most of the places that we wanna go. She really flew here mainly to SEE us! (((:
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I only know the building is well-known for its pretty interior and exterior. They are a lot of shops inside too, but mostly designer brands or not things that we would buy back~ So we had a photography session inside instead!
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We stayed at this Great Australian Clock spot for a long time because it’s quite a nice spot for pictures!😀 Took the chance to brush up my photography skill too with my Canon camera! I think it takes really nice pictures and I am so glad that it came right in time for this trip! Hehe!
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Practise and being practised on~

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A selfie with the clock!

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Photo-inception! xD

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With the pretty clock!

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With Ah Tiff!

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A group pic minus 1! Haha!

And more clock shots! Oops~ Too pretty, can’t help it 😅
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The EOS M10 camera comes with 2 zoom lens but I only brought 1 because it’s heavy. Still, it’s good enough and despite zooming so much into the clock’s figurines, the details remain quite clear! I’m impressed!
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And the clock has this cute ship that moves around it like the clock’s hand but it’s a ship instead of a stick😀
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A last glimpse of the top storey before we move downwards (:
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And it’s the Great Australian Clock once again but from a different level’s point of view! 😆
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So pretty, isn’t it? 😍
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Okay, enough of the Great Australian Clock. Now, presenting you the Royal Clock! 😂
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I actually like this clock a lot too even though it looks simpler than the Great Australian Clock~ It has Tiffany & Co‘s feel because of the colour combination! 😍😍😍
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A glimpse of all the shops that we can’t afford 😐
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Bee boots spotted!!! ^^

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I quite like this shot ((:

Moving on to practise photography on the stained glass windows! Definitely reminds me of the churches in Europe~
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And the pretty ceilings as well! Of course the pretty is not the Europe-painted-ceiling kind of pretty but it has its own beauty (:
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My neck almost break trying to get a nice symmetrical shots of this ceiling and I concluded that photography can be damn tiring!!! Hahaha!
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Under the pretty ceiling!

And in case you’re wondering where’s Leng Leng, here is she! Still busy with the endless phone calls all day long~ I really pity people who have to bring their work on holiday 😐 I mean I genuinely feel sad for them. What’s a holiday if you still gotta work…hmmmm.
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Attempting a wefie with the ceiling!
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Done with our photography session inside and off we went to buy the famous atas Haigh’s Chocolates that Karen recommended!😀
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Then it was time to check out the exterior! This beautiful building is the Sydney Town Hall! It’s not in our itinerary so we did not go in to see, only chanced upon it when we were crossing the road to the building beside~
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A pity there is construction work outside the Queen Victoria Building, which really spoiled the beauty of it! The building is actually really beautiful especially at night!
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So the reason why we braved through the rain to the building beside is because I wanna visit the famous Black Star Pastry that my colleague recommended 😅
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And this is the popular watermelon cake that she recommended! I actually went there for this but chose another cake in the end…hahaha! This was Tiff’s order and I took a shot of it at the cashier before it got all squishy, flimsy and yucky~
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Reunited with Mr Chan and off we went to our next destination! As you can tell, Leng Leng is still still still being bombarded by work matters 😐
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Spotted the signature Opera House the moment we got off the train! A pity the sky was really gloomy and not as blue as the previous day~
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And hello Harbour Bridge too!😀
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As you can tell, the Friday Foodie Market only happens on Fridays, like duh~ And we were only left with less than an hour when we arrived! But there wasn’t as much as I had expected, just a few stalls and we finished them in no time. Maybe it’s also because of the bad weather, so only a few stallholders were there 😔
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Found this prata-looking bites with spinach and cheese inside! It’s quite yummy😀 I love spinach!!!
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It’s also nice to have something warm under such cold weather (((:
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But the rainy day really caused much inconvenience and delays to our plans 😣 Not only we gotta put on ugly ponchos, our shoes and socks were all wet from the rain too! Damn disgusting!
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And we had to skip some places for the day due to time constraint, because travelling in a big group really takes more time than I had expected~ Maybe my itinerary is only meant for myself 😅

I thought the foodie market would have enough food to feed us, but everyone (except me) were still hungry 😐 So impromptu decision to check out the famous Pancakes On The Rock!
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It took us a really longggggg walk to finally find it! Felt so bad for poor Karen and also Ronald, who was freezing from the cold ☹ Finally having our first proper meal of the day (except breakfast) at odd hour again! Haha!
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Black forest pancake to share as dessert! It looks literally like shit but it’s pretty good!
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I did not order any mains because I was looking forward to finally eat my cake from Black Star! This is the lychee raspberry cake that caught my eye 😍 It’s super nice!!! Nicer than the watermelon cake in my humble opinion…hehe.
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The lottery-king – Mr Chan spotted the Aussie TOTO and we decided pool money to buy the 21 million lottery! Hahaha! Day-dreaming all the way till Aussie! 😝
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Moved on to our last destination – Chinatown, which is located at the Central station!
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This is the busiest station in New South Wales but it wasn’t as crowded as I had expected 😅 Just many more homeless people sleeping at the station~
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The mates were looking forward to visit Chinatown because they were already missing Asian food and hot soup on day 2! Hahaha!
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Clock tower at Central station! Yes, clock again~ 😂😂😂
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Arrived at the Chinatown! Probably one of the very few places you will see Chinese words in Aussie!
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No proper street shot of the Chinatown because it was still drizzling~ It basically rained the entire day! But at least there were still more stalls than the foodie market, just that all the food were rather overpriced. Saw prata!!! I definitely miss curry and all the spicy food during this trip, but I think this prata was at least 4 bucks and above 😑
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Ended the night after some Chinese food at the food court. The food were quite expensive too but the portion was crazy, especially the mountain of rice! We did not order that but we were quite shocked by all the portions we saw at other tables 😅

Headed back to deliver Mommeyyyyy her sandwich and medicine! She was down with cough and was in the apartment the whole day due to the rain~ Luckily she’s a mouse and knows how to steal bread from the dining table…hahaha!

Aussie Day 1 – Hello Sydney!

Totally not in the mood for work when the flight is right at night, but I still had a half-day slot to go~ Doesn’t help that I was rushing the residents’ video till 3am the previous night, so really mad shagged!!! 😪

Super duper sleepy and since the half-day slot started only at 2pm, I spent the first half of the day lying on the sofa in my colleague’s suite (bigger sofa)~
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That’s what happen when you are office-alone!
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Eventually, I decided to even skip lunch to nap. Really switched off the lights and just nap (after taking this photo luh)! Superrrrrrr tired!!!!!!! 😴😴😴
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And finally, I survived the other half of the day and could officially go on holiday mode!!!!!!!!! Waited so damn long for this day to come! Mad excited but first, I had to go home to rush some changes for the residents’ video~ Really a super express edit! Hahaha! Managed to finish everything and upload before I chiong for the airport…phew! 🚀

Now, check out who’s gonna open a cup noodle stall in Aussie! LOL! Shall not say much since these noodle kept me quite satisfied during a few days😛
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全都到齐了!Time to check in~!😀 So happy to see everyone and I was definitely excited for our very first NDPeeps trip!!!
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Ah Tiff’s luggage exceeded by 2.4kg even before flying =OOO

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Good bye to the 51 years old Singapore~!!!

And being the patriotic NDPeeps, of course we must take a wefie here luh! 😆
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My breakfast + lunch + dinner ._.

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Finally boarded!
My first time taking Scoot, I think!

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LET’S GO~!!!!!!!

It was a 8.5 hours flight and as much as I had been hoping to catch some sleep during this overnight flight, I can never quite sleep well in planes or coaches. Still managed to catch a couple of hours I think, since it didn’t feel quite like 8 hours have passed 😅

No flight entertainment for the long flight but luckily Mr Chan has loaded some movies in his tablet! Still did not manage to finish my Brooklyn because the plane chose to land at the saddest part! Imagine you are on the verge of crying liao then you heard, “Please switch off all mobile and electronic devices.” 😐
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Arrived in Aussie at a quarter past 11 in the morning~ Surprisingly, the queue at the custom was pretty short and we cleared it in no time! Thought we would be stuck at the food declaration part since Aussie is well-know for it’s super strict food regulations, but neither! I did not even manage to declare my mooncake and pong piah that I brought for Mommeyyyyyy! I just happily followed behind Eric, as instructed by the staff, and ta-duh~! We are out from the gates! 😅

So while I was still in the shock mode, discussing with Eric about how we passed the custom so easily while the rest are still stuck inside, I kinda saw a lady holding a piece of paper and walking towards us. I ignored it and even thought that we booked Airbnb for our accommodation, so it can’t be someone picking us up lah. But the woman kept walking nearer and nearer to us till I felt something was wrong and turned around. GUESS WHICH SIAO CHAR BOH I SAW?!
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Seriously surprised to the max! I mean I did give her our flight details, but I never expected that she would fly all the way from Gold Coast for us!!! Wah it’s the kind of surprise I love – people flying miles away for you 😍
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So touched and so happy to see her, of course! And still so damn shocked and surprised after 5 minutes…hahaha! Really only the crazy Mommeyyyyyy will do such impromptu thing!
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Spent a longggg time (almost an hour!) at the airport because the rest were getting the SIM cards~ So glad that I switched to M1 and can use the data-roaming for only 10 bucks! Wouldn’t have known it too if my colleague did not mention😀 So convenient and 划算!!!

Finally settled the SIM card as well as our OPAL aka EZ-link card! Luckily we have Mommeyyyy to guide us through where to buy and etc! You can get it from the convenience store at the airport by the way~
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Off to take the train to the city!
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A pity we missed the train and gotta wait 20 minutes for the next! Guess we have been taking our MRT frequency for granted 😐 If only we managed to find the correct platform earlier, but the train station is quite confusing here! There’s no proper indication or directory to show us which platform to take which line and we gotta walk around to find each time we wanna transit. And I thought Japan‘s train system is confusing enough…..Zzzzz.
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Finally boarded the next train and the trains here are double-deck!
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With the cute mum-to-be – Karen! She cracked me up so many times with her words and confusion 😂
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And hello Sydney~!!!!!!!!! Loving the blue sky and buildings already!❤
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The weather was chilly at 15-ish °C and everyone loves it, but I just hope there was a little bit more sun….hahaha!
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Took us about 15-20 minutes walk from Kings Cross station to finally get to our Airbnb apartment! Didn’t expect it to be so far actually, but also because we had our luggage and all so it took us a bit longer~
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There was no host to welcome us so we had to solve our own “secret code” to find our key! Felt like an Escape room game😛 And jiang jiang~! Mr Chan has successfully gotten the key to let us “escape” into the apartment!
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We were all chiong-ing in to chope rooms, hence I did not take photos of the 3-storey apartment until the last day~ This explains the mess in the bedrooms later on! Hahaha!
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Living room at level 1 where we watch TV sometimes, but most of the nights we were all deadbeat, so only drank a glass and went to bed 😅
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The dining area where we had our breakfast every morning!
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Although the apartment is just nice to accomodate the 7 of us + June, there were only 2 bathrooms, so we had to take turns every morning and night~ This is the level 1 bathroom where I showered the first few days but refused to use it later after Mommeyyyyy said someone peed on the floor while showering cause there’s a smell 😖😖😖
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This is why I need my own bathroom!!! My no.1 pet peeve is having to share bathroom with people who might have different bathroom habit or habit that I can’t accept. But in the first place, I don’t understand why would anyone wanna pee ON THE FLOOR when the toilet bowl is just right behind 😷😷😷
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Well anyway, there is washing machine and dryer and everything else that we need, so quite convenient~
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Here’s the cursed stairs where Mr Chan injured his toe after a fall 😐 As much as I like multi-storey house because I get to climb up and down and exercise, it can cause much inconvenience to some, especially when we gotta lug our heavy luggage up (and down on last day)!
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The room in between level 1 and 2 was given to our preggie Karen as well as Ronald for the convenience of them getting up and down (:
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It was only on the last day that I find out the room actually comes with a balcony! So romantic~ But it was too cold to be chilling outside I guess…hahaha!
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And right outside the room is the other bathroom! With bathtub some more! But it doesn’t look very clean to be soaking in because the house is a bit old~
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And at level 2 is my room! I insisted on having my own room because pet peeve #2, I prefer not to share my bed or sleep with air-con at 21°C and have to go through the blanket-fight at night 😐 I want my own cozy room with heater on and I can roll around the bed without being afraid that I might wake my roommate up…hahaha!
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But in the end of course I shared my bed with Mommeyyyyy for the first 3 nights that she was with us. I am glad that she doesn’t like to sleep with air-con too and there was also no blanket-fight because she couldn’t stand the heat of the heater + blanket in the end…LOL! I think it’s so nice to sleep in the warmth! 😅
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Right beside me is the men’s room, shared by Mr Chan and Eric!
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I wanted to choose this room because of the fireplace! I never stayed in a house with fireplace before and I thought it was quite cool~ But Eric kept trying to convince me that it’s fake and etc so just let them have the room instead 😒
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He even wanted me to take the room in the attic at level 3! Attic sounds like where the maid sleeps 😑 Not saying Tiff and Leng Leng are maids ah! Hahahahahha!
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But thank goodness I did not take this room, which I did consider at first, because there is no door!!!!!!! OMG~ Can’t imagine sleeping with open door, let alone NO DOOR! So weird and awkward!
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Done with the room arrangements and everyone was famished, since it was already around 4pm. I did plan some places for day 1, but because Mommeyyyyy wanted to meet her friend – Alana, she suggested that we join for lunch as well. So off we go~!
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The church that we passed by everyday when heading to the train station~ Quite pretty! ((:
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The cute couple strolling behind!

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With happiness of a new addition written all over their faces! Hehe!

Super in love with the blue sky! 😍
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The meeting place – Reversby was quite a number of stops away, so the tired couple took a nap in the train~ Look at Ronald’s blissful smile while napping on his comfy cushion! 😆
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Hello from the other side (of the train)!

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Mr Chan going crazy in Aussie on day 1~

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Finally no photo-bombers! xD

Met up with Alana and she brought us to her workplace, which is a clubhouse that only members can bring their friends in!

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Our very first meal in Aussie, with Alana!

I actually wasn’t that hungry – in fact I don’t think there was any point when I was hungry during the trip 😐 I think gluttons who travel with me might really starve to death…hahaha! Ordered a seafood basket in the end, since everything else looks too big for me to finish~
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After the meal, Alana brought us around the clubhouse to take a look before we ended up in our favourite place – the supermarket!!! Hahaha! Mommeyyyyy was so amazed that we could actually spend up to hours there, and continue again at another supermarket nearby! 😆 Well, I don’t deny that I loveeee supermarkets in all countries! That’s where you get most of the goodies from…hehe!

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Exclusive to BB only ((:

Alana even got her tenant to come and send us back, since we need 2 cars to fit us all! So we ended up spending even more time at the supermarket, while waiting for the tenant to come…hahaha! Mommeyyyyy said we bought the whole Coles and Woolworth – the 2 major supermarket in Aussie 😆

Saw people carrying pretty flowers everywhere! Wonder what’s the occasion…hmmmmm~
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Slept throughout the ride back to the apartment in the tenant’s car~ Mad shagged! Haven’t had a good 8-hour sleep for 2 nights!!! 😣 Gonna recharge for a full day 2! Till then~!