From the 10th to the 12th of July, E and I decided to squeeze in a little vacation to a spot in Central Coast, Sydney. We decided to check out Ettalong Beach, where it was blissfully calm and relaxed, different from the concrete maze of the city. Even though we planned to go on a trek, didn’t happen, because we quite enjoyed the comforts beneath the sheets in a new town.
It was a change that was needed, from the constant hustle and stresses of appointments who wouldn’t want to relax? For me, it is important to have these “time-offs” with only people you trust, it can be anywhere really.
There will be a future post of the apartment we stayed at as well as the restaurants/cafes we stopped by. It is a quiet town, where you instantly feel safe. From what I saw it was majority elderlies and some young adults. The area where we stayed at had a town centre, where their only cinema was located [quite small but beautiful inside] and elegant restaurants inside. It was the market that was held on the weekends, that brought vibe and colours – it was breathtaking inside!
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Melbourne was a refreshing mini-trip, that I have been longing for whilst juggling work and studying. Being able to spend time elsewhere than Sydney, with the most important person in my life, gave me that rejuvenating hit and gave me an opportunity to catch up with my boyfriend.
We arrived 3 hours before our flight was due, EJ kept drifting off to sleep, whilst I kept looking around trying to find a hot chocolate to keep me up.
Sad to say that most of our days in Melbourne was cloudy, though luckily it didn’t pour! So we had a chance to explore, going into lane ways, eating at various cafes and checking out what Melbourne had to offer. I really do wish I had another day to spend there, because just walking down the Yarra River was so breathtaking.
Got to let y’all know that getting to and from the airport was a cheesecake! You just take a Sky Bus that would cost you about $18 per adult. We were about to take a taxi, but when we found out about this bus and there was a free shuttle service to our hotel, we said hell yeah!
The useful map that Stamford Hotel provided us
I think I’ve gained some weight from all the foods that we ate, especially trying out their coffees and their hot chocolate. I honestly did not come across an awful hot chocolate, they were all on point.
The graffitis’ were so impressive that they were gallery-worthy, because of how detailed and meaningful they were. Unfortunately, when we got to Hosier Lane it was blocked off because of construction.
Oh Melbourne, I will visit you again. I love the free city circle tram, gets you honestly to all the major cites.
The Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
I love visiting museums. Be it a war memorial, art, music, etc… but I really love visiting museums that showcase the country’s history. New Zealand’s history is a rich and a traditional one, they have natives that started the culture through songs and dance, which is then passed down to generation to generation.
Luckily enough, not only did we get to see the items preserved in the museum, we also had a chance to watch a Maori Cultural Performance ($25 pp). I recommend going here and to see the dance, before venturing to other sites or even before you leave. It’s also beneficial to have some cultural knowledge of the place visited. There is an entrance fee of the place, I will have to get back to you on that once I get the information (to be updated).
How awkward was I haha
I always get butterflies whenever I imagine myself on an airplane, heck just being at the airport. There’s just something exciting knowing you’ll be some place different and foreign, even if the place is nationally English speaking. It’s somewhere new!
So after work I made my way to the airport, like about 5 hours before our flight (so eager haha) and waited for my partner to come along. He came and we had a quick run-around the airport. Ate at the Terrance and had a beer or two, easing up before the flight.
This picture does not justice to what I saw, the Auckland skyline at night was beautiful.
Took a $80 cab ride from the airport to the suite, the taxi driver I swear was driving us the long way. He was deadly quiet that I kept thinking the worst scenarios haha. If you ever take a cab ride here in Sydney, the taxi drivers are so friendly, they’ll actually talk to you and not make you feel like an intruder in their car. But he got us to the place so I guess that’s all that matters!
The houses I noticed at night, were colonial looking like. It’s like those houses you see back in World War II, British influenced homes. The roads were quiet, not much activity for a Thursday night.
Princes Wharf (Next to Lenin), 201 Quay St, Auckland
You can’t take a picture inside, the bar tender takes a couple for you and if you’d like to take one home it will cost you $8.00NZ for one!
Found this little treasure at the wharf down Queen St, where my partner was like “let’s go!” and I was like “ummm it’s already cold outside, why go somewhere colder?”… I guess you already know who wins haha.
A novelty experience, catered to tourists or already drunkards next door. It opens till midnight, and I remember the lovely lady who was our bar tender/photographer telling us stories of childish customers who would come in and destroy the ice sculptures inside. Don’t get me started with how much it costs to make per cube. It was like stepping into a freezer box, but with cool statues inside! Cold real cold. At the front you’re given a puffy blue jacket, gloves and there’s a bar tab inside (not a vast selection of drinks) $15NZ per cocktail.
Entry price is $30NZ per adult… we only stayed for about 20 minutes haha why not!?
If you like the cold and would like the experience a bit of winter wonderland try out this place when you visit.
If you have not seen what New Zealand money…
As you can tell I wasn’t ball’n at NZ haha. I got so confused one time at the counter, felt like the biggest tourist. Their coins are all circles, whereas the coins in Australia are very distinctive with their money, theirs all look the same… except for their 10c which was bronze. All plastic like Aus.