The exciting exhibition is running for a limited time only, at the Art Gallery NSW, from now until the 8th March 2020. Adults are charged at $25 and children are charged at $12.
A fun and mesmerising experience, where visitors are introduced to Japanese folklore, from ghosts, shapeshifters, spirits and mischievous goblins. At the entrance, visitors are given the choice to carry an audio device (highly recommend), which senses the visitor when entering each gallery room. Different music is played, setting and enhancing the experience. Some artworks have an audio recording, which provides visitors information and stories for each artwork. I loved the little activities placed on some artwork labels, for the children to interact with the artwork or exhibition.
The amazing Japanese artists you will find there are: Takashi Murakami, Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Chiho Aoshima, Fuyuko Matsui and Miwa Yanagi.
Through this immersive exhibition, I’ve definitely discovered and appreciate the Japanese folklore and the artists’ work behind each piece. My favourite highlight artworks are on this post, but to be honest, there was much more that I wanted to take a photo of. Take your time to read each artwork description and try it with the audio device, for an enhanced experience.
With over 180 works and each gallery having their own unique theme, you will be hypnotised by the stories behind each artwork and like me… wanting to comeback for more!
Such a cute and fun event, independently run and inspired by the nostalgic arcade hit, Pacman! The pop-up event ran for two days only, August 16 to August 17, where hours are split between ‘Family Session’ and ‘Adults Only’ periods.
Located inside Marrickville’s Town Hall, you are greeted by friendly event staffs, who provide you with a wristband that has your 3 life tags attached. So whenever you get caught by the human-ghosts, the life-tags gets ripped off. The immersive maze is lit up by LED lights, where you have to collect stamps, items and collect the 6-code digits to accumulate points. But be sure not to get caught by either of the ghosts! Running isn’t permitted by anyone, not event the ghosts, so just walk fast haha. Surrounding the maze, there’s a cute little food/bar section, limited arcade machines and some board games. Oh and the DJ was awesome, playing some dance-worthy music!
I quite enjoyed the event, I recommend coming in a group, it’s so much fun! The maze was surprisingly large, everyone was not rowdy and the challenge-factor was definitely there.
613A Elizabeth St, Redfern NSW 2016
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Set inside a warehouse interior, this refreshing cafe was a sure welcome to kick start the day ahead. The minimalistic space is so wide, that you can stretch your legs comfortable and take your time enjoying the food.
A health conscious ‘all day’ menu, with a cheeky cocktails menu which I didn’t get to try, its kitchen runs from 7am to 3pm. I ordered a regular almond milk latte, it was beautifully roasted as well as the vegan bowl. The creamy blend of roasted pumpkin, pumpkin hummus, shredded kale and the crunch of the roasted hazelnut was superb. The prices are what you expect to find in Sydney cafes, and the quality that was served made it Got seated quickly, meals got delivered quickly and got the day started off in the right direction!
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Running between the 18/08 till the 27/08 this local event was a breath of fresh air! If you have not been to or would like a taste of Japanese culture with the beautiful backdrop of these gorgeous flowers, this festival is a must.
There were 3 areas that had rows of cherry blossoms, you be sure to have your gadgets ready for the ultimate snaps! With my visit, we were blessed with clear blue skies which made the trip more picturesque. Be sure to enter early so you avoid the crowds. There were various other programs, such as a sumo stadium, oragami, silent disco, cosplay and live entertainment. For just $5 for entry, you not only get to relax against the blossoms but you also get treated to a variety of tasty Japanese cuisines!
1/28 MacLeay St, Potts Point NSW 2011
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I have heard of this name previously, and since I was in the area it was perfect timing to drop by! Just a few minutes walk from Kings Cross station, you will find yourself submerged in the upbeat and cosy feel of this Chinese restaurant.
I love open kitchen concepts, it brings entertainment to your table as well as excitement. Billy Kwong uses this in its layout flawlessly, where E and I sat at the bar watching the chefs do their magic, whilst sipping through their delicious drinks menu. The price point is normal, from $17 upwards to $48, and the dishes came out timely. Friendly staff and made you feel welcome.
We were treated to flavoursome dishes, that highlights the mixture of Australian and Chinese ingredients. The main notes I experienced were the peppery, salty, sour and sweet notes in each dish and I wished I had a larger stomach to keep going through their menu! Their wontons were to die for and their spicy omelette was soft, crisp and heavenly. The pictures I took are a bit dim, so it doesn’t fully capture the presentation but it isn’t short of amazing. I almost forgot… their green matcha gelato is the best I’ve tasted, two scoopes was not enough!
TedxSydney 2017 was purely amazing and inspirational! Not only was I in awe of the brilliant minds and courageous presentations of the speakers, it was refreshing to listen/watch the whole event unfold.
For its price, I cannot remember the exact price but it was below $200, you are scheduled in a full day (9-6PM) with talks, mini talks in between sessions accompanied by morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea! Also, we were treated with 10 short films that have yet to be shown to the public. I loved all of the mini films, but the Tetris and story about a mother reuniting with her child melted my heart.
The other cool concept placed within The Hub, where people congregated after each session, was the Tribe spaces. You are given a pack of stickers to choose from and stick onto your name tag, this identifies some of your personality traits and interests. You then find the balloon with the same colour and find other people who share your same interest. It’s great if you came alone or want to meet new people. There is a youth (30 years and under) event, I believe being held in September this year.
201 Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000
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You’re looking for a place to dine in style and receive explicit service? I would recommend to dine at Sepia, to celebrate a special occasion or maybe if you have a few dollars to burn, to dine-in randomly. They did not dissapoint!
E and I are not frequent fine-dinners, and it was fresh of breath air to experience it again. We were seated early, as we arrived earlier. The interior spoke aloud the words of class, modern, comfort and security. In the sense, that throughout our experience, the floor staff was on point in their deliverance and timeliness.
Each plate we received had their own unique presentation and style, however the theme was consistent throughout. They dishes presented was Japanese-influenced. I believe we ended up doing the 9+ course, just because it was tasty throughout! I can’t tell you my favourite, but I can tell you I was full after. Scroll till the end!
116 Blues Point Rd, McMahons Point NSW 2060
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Recommended by a mate of E’s, Blues Point Hotel has a cosy and charming bistro where it is great to visit, after a long week of work. I couldn’t get over how the lounge area looked! Now back to the bistro…
Their menu was interesting, in that they incorporated a variety of flavours. Offering salads, grilled items to your usually pub food, pastas burgers, curries and seafood. The service was extremely fast and the quality of the foods were comforting! I left quite full and I was digging the flavour of their curry. The pepper squid was to die for, the mayonnaise and lime that came with it, was a tasty blend.
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Shakespeare’s Henry IV (1 &2) is seamlessly combined with Henry V, set in a modern superhero universe… still cannot get your head around it? Imagine an alternate England where magic exists, where princesses can control nature and where thieves as well as drunkards are prevalent.
The play follows Hal, or otherwise known as Prince Henry. Speaking in Shakespearean, Hal is initially portrayed as a rebel against the King but a civil war looms over, he chooses to accept his destiny.
Adapted and directed by John Galea, be sure not to miss out! Taking a contemporary approach to a classic play, it was an entertaining adaptation, from the actors/actresses to the props it was superb. The props helped create the magical world, but the actors/actresses truly gave the story life.
200 George Street Sydney 2000, Tenancy 2
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I had visited during the busy lunch hour, found right across from a major company. You can either order your coffee and be off your way, or choose to casually dine amongst business suits.
The menu consists of modern, seasonal produce and serves from breakfast to lunch. I loved the interior, mostly consisted of browns against white and grey, I can imagine people having frequent meetings within. Enough about the interior, let’s talk about the food! Fresh, it deceivingly does not look filling but it sure was. I had particularly liked mine, which I believe was the Avenue Veggie Breakie Bowl.
Service was efficient and looked polished. The only downside is that the waiter got my coffee mistaken, but hey it still taste good!